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T M Cromer

Is the Author of The Thorne Witches Series. 

I want to take a minute to talk about The Thorne Witches series…

If you haven’t had the chance to discover this series for themselves, I’d like to tell you about it the following is taken from T M Cromer’s newsletter.  Please feel free to check out her website for further information:

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The Thorne Witches is a series about a family of witches set in rural Tennessee. They go about their everyday life all the while keeping their powers hidden from the rest of their community.

Summer Thorne (Summer Magic – bk 1) is a veterinarian and runs the local animal sanctuary. She takes in all the animals that no one else wants or that have been mistreated by others. There is nothing normal about Summer or her animals. Like all good heroines do, she runs afoul of the town sheriff, Cooper Carlyle, whom she’s always crushed on. Only now, Coop wants to shut her down for the safety of the town. This story is filled with laugh-out-loud humor and hijinks.

Autumn Thorne (Autumn Magic – bk 2) is an activist and maintains the families finances. She’s also the ringleader of the witches and tends to tell it like it is. If you love a strong, kickass character, you’ve found it in Autumn. Her story is about love, loss, and sacrifice. What wouldn’t she do for the ones she loves? But it’s also about redemption and forgiveness. While this story is more serious in nature than book 1, I feel you’ll fall in love with the characters as they develop along with the story arc and enjoy this story just as much, if not more, than book 1.

Winnie Thorne (Winter Magic -bk 3) has a thriving company that produces potions and lotions for those with health issues. She makes magical arthritis creams for the elderly and bakes plate-sized cinnamon rolls that never fail to get devoured. But our dear, quiet Winnie has been holding onto a secret for a long while. She’s been in love with Zane Carlyle for a great many years. And unfortunately for her, they’ve already made a hash of things. Only she’s wiped Zane’s memory so he wouldn’t know about their first go around. Winnie’s story pulls in the humor of book 1 with the angst of book 2 and then adds a little magic of its own. With support characters you’ll fall in love with, this book is a winner for Winter.

Spring Thorne (Spring Magic – bk 4) is the family jewel. She sparkles and shines, and has a genius IQ. Sure, some of us might hate her on principle alone, but I’m betting you’ll fall in love with her in this particular series. Spring isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with the big baddie – or the mouthwatering Knox Carlyle – to come out on top. Her story has a few dark moments for our feisty heroine, but she is a fighter, and I promise, you’ll be cheering the outcome of this particular book.

Holly Thorne (Rekindled Magic – bk 5) is the half-sister to the Weird Season Sisters. This “Prickly Pear” has had a rough go of it, but she’s not going to let that get in the way of what – and who – she wants. With the delectable warlock Quentin Buchanan as her self-appointed bodyguard, Holly has no reason to fear those wishing to do her harm.

While our story arc ends with book five, there will be other books coming in the series that are stand alone.

Alastair Thorne, the man you love to hate in book 1 but fall in love with by book 5, will have his own story called Long Lost Magic (bk 6).

Nash Thorne, the scholarly businessman with an attitude, will thrill you with his story, Essential Magic (bk 7).

And we mustn’t forget the vivacious GiGi Thorne-Gillespie and her wayward husband Ryker. These two will have a second chance at romance in her story. As yet, book 8 is nameless, but I’ll be hosting a book-naming contest in the near future. Be sure to have your thinking caps ready!

 

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Dare Me by Rebecca Shea


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Five coworkers.
Four drinks.
Three glances.
Two fleeting smiles.
One dare.
 
A dare that will change my life.
 
That’s all it takes to send me plummeting into the arms of the mysterious Holt Hamilton. Behind his crystal blue eyes is a secret, one that screams danger but calls to me anyway.
 
My name is Saige Phillips.
 
I never walk away from a dare.
 

 
 
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“Lucia’s Kitchen?” Saige’s eyes widen in surprise as I pull into the valet drive.
“You’ve been here before?” I ask, curious.
“No. I’ve heard it’s amazing but impossible to get a reservation.” She twists her hands together in her lap.
“It is,” I admit. “But my buddy Mark owns the restaurant. Lucia is his daughter’s name.”
She blinks at me. “You know the owner of Lucia’s?”
I grin. “I do.”
“Figures,” she says under her breath.
The valet opens the car door to help her out, and I jog around to meet her. Pressing my hand to the small of her back, I guide her into the fancy new restaurant in Old Town. It’s just down the road from my house and one of the neighborhood’s trendiest new restaurants.
“I thought we were just doing drinks,” she says, raising her eyebrows at me.
“We can’t very well have drinks without having something to eat. I saw the way you stumbled out of Bar 51 last night.” I smirk and she blushes.
“Mr. Hamilton, your table is ready,” the hostess says, and Saige falls quickly into step behind her.
The table I requested is private yet overlooks the outside dining area below us so it doesn’t stand out as isolated. The restaurant is dark with dim overhead lights and accent candles on the tables providing the only sources of light. The atmosphere is modern and upbeat, yet still mysterious.
“Would you like a drink? Perhaps a lemon drop shot? That’s what I saw you indulging in last night, correct?”
Her lips twist into a smile she’s holding back, and she shakes her head. “Uh, no thank you. I’ll take a vodka martini, extra dirty, please.”
I damn near choke when she says “extra dirty,” but the waiter nods his head and looks to me. “Jameson reserve. Neat.”
“Yes sir, Mr. Hamilton. I’ll be right out with your beverages.”
“Reserve?” She questions.
“Only the best.”
She puckers her lips, and I can tell she wants to say something, but she refrains.
“So I’m curious,” I begin and rest my elbow on the table. I know it goes against all forms of proper etiquette, but I honestly don’t care. “Why are we here, Saige?”
Her eyes widen, but she doesn’t hesitate. Good. “Because this is where you chose to bring us,” she deadpans.
I throw my head back and let out an exuberant laugh. She’s beautiful, smart, and funny. Everything I knew she would be and more. Our drinks arrive in record time, and I give the waiter a look to which he quickly catches on and leaves us alone. Saige picks up her martini glass and presses the rim to her bottom lip. Her tongue brushes just over the rim, easing the cool liquid into her mouth.
Her lips. That tongue. Fuck.
“So back to the question at hand,” I say, picking up my own drink. “Why are we here?” I pull a quick taste of the smooth whiskey into my mouth, letting it settle on my tongue before swallowing.
“It’s embarrassing,” she says innocently, her eyes falling to her lap.
“Tell me,” I demand with a smile. “I’m curious why Saige Phillips asked me out for a drink.”
She winces after taking another sip of her martini and pats her chest as she swallows the bitter liquid. “It was a dare,” she admits with a grimace. “It sounds childish, but we were sitting at the table and Emery decided we should play Truth or Dare, and they dared me—”
“To ask me out,” I finish her sentence. I laugh to myself, although I don’t know if I should be flattered, offended, or horrified. Truth or Dare? I scoff internally.
Saige looks absolutely mortified. She lifts her eyes and finally looks at me, answering quietly. “Yes. It’s an app that Emery has on her phone. It’s a drinking game.” She looks as horrified as I felt a moment ago. I smile as she fumbles around nervously with her explanation.
I can barely contain my laughter, and I see her visibly relax. “You asked me out on a dare?” I shake my head.
She nods and grips her martini glass for dear life.
“So what would’ve happened if you didn’t take the dare?” I ask, taking another sip of the smooth whiskey.
“I would’ve taken a shot.”
I study her expression. She’s telling the truth, but why wouldn’t she just take the shot? Seems the much easier choice rather than asking out the boss. “Didn’t look like you had any problem taking shots before you asked me out for drinks,” I quip.
“I had already had a shot,” she fires back at me. “And how would you know if I was taking shots?” She asks defensively.
I study her for a moment. “I was watching you, Saige. I enjoy watching you.” I admit boldly.
She audibly gasps, her chest rising and falling with each quick breath she takes.
I fix my eyes on hers and continue, “And I saw you watching me.”
Her upper lip twitches as she thinks of a sarcastic comeback. I can see the vein in her neck throbbing with the beat of her pulse before she finally whispers, “We shouldn’t do this.” She pulls a green olive off the toothpick floating in her martini, then she pops it into her mouth. The green olive matches her eyes perfectly.
I watch her shift uncomfortably in her chair for a few seconds before I respond, “Why not?”
“Because you’re my boss.” So naïve, sweet little Saige is.
“I’m actually not,” I tell her.
She frowns. “You own the company I work for; same thing.”
I clarify, “I’m part owner of the company you work for.”
She sighs. “Holt, this is just drinks. That’s all.” But her eyes tell me she wants more.
I lean closer to her. “It’s never just drinks, Saige.”
 

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Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Unbreakable series (Unbreakable, Undone, and Unforgiven), the Bound & Broken series (Broken by Lies and Bound by Lies) and two stand alone novels, Dare Me and Fault Lines. She has also co-written two books with her friend, A.L. Jackson, The Hollywood Chronicles: One Wild Night and One Wild Ride
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Sinful Games by Shelly Alexander


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Prologue
“She made the first move, so I’m all in and ready to play.”
– Oscar (Oz) Strong
Sometimes life gets f&%#ed up. Is it my fault?
Usually.
I might be a literal genius in biochemistry. I might have made the right choice when I let two of my college chess team buddies talk me into putting my brain and my multiple degrees to work in an unexpected way that has made us ridiculously wealthy. I may be the founding partner who developed our full line of wildly successful, supercharged, pheromone colognes. I might have even been damned smart, coming up with the idea to take our multimillion-dollar company public.
But that doesn’t mean I make the most intelligent decisions when it comes to my personal life.
For instance, I let my parents push me into marriage right after I finished at Columbia.
I should’ve reminded dear old Mom and Dad that their geekster, brainiac son has spent a lot of time at the gym packing on muscle and has learned how to treat a lady, both in and out of bed…so I’m smart enough to pick my own woman.
But naw.
I married a girl because my parents liked her family’s name. A girl who didn’t love me but instead loved my trust fund.
Now that I think about it, smart people really can be obtuse to the point of idiocy. Which is why falling for my new assistant is not only my biggest f&%# up, but it’s also a mistake that could put both of my business partners and our company’s future at risk.
It’s stupid, I know. But then she goes and makes the first move, and fierce competitor that I am, I can’t help but rise to the challenge.
I’m all in and ready to play by her rules. I just don’t realize until it’s too late that the only rule to the game she wants to play is seductive, steamy, sexy…and so positively sinful.
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Shelly grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in business for twenty-five years. With four older brothers and three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels…and has been hooked ever since. Now, Shelly spends her days writing novels that are sometimes sweet, sometimes sizzling, and always sassy. She lives in the beautiful Southwest with her husband and toy poodle named Mozart. Visit her at www.shellyalexander.net

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All of Me by A L Jackson


All of Me

A stand-alone forbidden romance in A.L. Jackson’s Confessions of the Heart Series…

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RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 3RD, 2018
 

People call me callous. Arrogant. Ruthless.

I call myself tenacious.

One of the most powerful attorneys in Charleston, I don’t let anyone or anything stand in my way.

Until a chance encounter changes everything.

 

One glance.

One touch.

One night.

It only leaves me wanting more.

 

But Grace is off limits. Most people would even say forbidden.

Everyone knows an attorney can’t sleep with his client.

Too bad I already did.

 

And even with the threat of losing everything, I don’t know if I can stop myself from having her again…

 
 

 
 
 

 

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

 

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, and FIGHT FOR ME novels. Grab A.L. Jackson’s latest novel, MORE OF YOU, the first stand-alone novel in her brand-new CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART series.

 

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Having to care…


There are a lot of things going on in the world right now, a rise in sexism, racism, and general crappiness towards other people.  On the climate side we use too much plastic, are exhausting our fossil fuels and experiencing freak weather.  It’s really too much to deal with on a daily basis especially if like me you worry about stuff.

But what is really annoying is the general expectation that we need to care about this stuff, that we should be proactive and boycott companies, expect ethical alternatives, demonstrate against inequality.

Yes, we need to be aware of what is going on but can we just slow a minute to appreciate where we are and why we should focus our energy on a certain subject instead of rattling our sabres at EVERYTHING.  I’m suffering from social conscience fatigue where there are too many things to fight against so that when something new happens I can no longer summon the energy to be angry or upset about it.

It is at this point that people come along and tell me I NEED to be upset. That I NEED to do something.

Brexit.

I’ve been fighting against Brexit since the Referendum to the point where I had to deactivate Facebook because the constant stream of negativity was getting to be too much to deal with.  It’s like the result gave people the right to be openly racist and just generally horrible.

To the point where people, who have no idea what the EU even does mind you, will argue about how wrong you are without a single fact to back themselves up.  They cling to this ideological concept of Britain that will never exist except in their own little brains.

Sure, we can get rid of the EU migrant workers. We ALWAYS could. It was just the inefficient Home Office that couldn’t be arsed to do it’s job.

No, they do not claim benefits and get social housing as soon as they land.

Actually, most of them pay tax to the UK Government.

And.  A large percentage of them are really nice people who’d actually help you out if you needed it.

Yet we’re supposed to believe that they are some evil entity coming here just to steal jobs, benefits, and housing – and mug us in our own homes.  This negative image is just one put about by Leave, and not so far off the propaganda that was spread about Jews by the Nazi party before and during the Second World War.

This is where humanity is? It’s 2018 now so why are we still doing this crap?

Don’t tell me what I should care about.  I do care.   I’m just worn out right now.

 

 

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I’m looking for new members to come and add their input to it to help it get up and running.  If this appeals then please come and join.  Even more important feel free to let your friends know about it.

Mastermind – The Duke’s Secret Life by Lizabeth Scott


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HARLOW
Down and out,
Nobody to call, no place to stay.
I did what I had to,
I needed to survive.

Squatting in an old apartment complex wasn’t my best move,
But moving in with the sexy and sensitive owner of the building couldn’t be any worse.
After all, he just wants to help,
And I can’t resist the kindness of this particular stranger.

He’s proper and serious,
Unlike anyone I’ve ever met.
He saved me,
And now it’s my turn to save him,
From himself.

DUKE
I’ve never known anyone like her,
Gorgeous, smart, and slightly naïve,
But her sense of humor has me begging for more.
I’m drawn to her in ways I can’t even explain.

Insisting she move in was my best decision,
And now, I’m getting to know Harlow in every way,
Feeling like she may be the Duchess to my Duke.

But, I need to come clean about me,
Let her know the truth about me,
About my life.
Can a woman like her handle the secret I’ve been hiding?

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Mastermind – Harlow & Duke
Hothead – Baylee & Smith

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Lizabeth spent years doing extensive research in preparation for writing her own stories by reading every romance book she could get her hands on. At least that’s how she justifies her HUGE collection of romance books to Mr. Scott.

Lizabeth Scott

Liz grew up on a dairy farm in western North Carolina where she wrote her first story at the age of thirteen. She married her high school sweetheart and they have 2 kids and 1 simply adorable grand with another on the way. With her children now settled and on their own Liz pulled her dreams of writing back out and that little spark that sizzled for years caught fire and is now roaring back to life.

Liz loves to read and write stories about quirky, endearing heroines and the strong, handsome heroes who love them to distraction. She promises you a few laughs along the way with some steamy and charming moments thrown in but always a happy ever after.

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Hello….


It’s been a while since I’ve been here. I’ve been distracted by real life. First I had a temping job for a few months and then I was working on a Business Administration qualification and finally doing a boatload of editing.

It’s also disheartening to put so much effort into this blog and not get any comments or the views especially from the authors that I’m spotlighting here.  I understand that these are busy people and how hard it is to keep up with social media but if someone is going to the trouble of pimping your work surely just clicking a like button is fair?

So anyway,  I’m back to looking for another job.  Back on the magic roundabout of job applications, CV updates, telephone interviews, interviews and rejections.  I tick all the right boxes but just can’t get that final step.  But what can I do except to keep trying.

 

When Wrong Feels So Right: A Romance Compilation by Mia Ford


When Wrong Feels So Right: A Romance Compilation

by Mia Ford 

Losing my wife f@cked me up – my daughter was my only light.
Until Riley came into my life to care for her.
So sweet and innocent, she brightens my world.
Am I crazy to want more?
I couldn’t care for my little girl alone. My work and my grief made it too hard.
A live-in nanny made perfect sense.
I wasn’t looking for benefits – I could find women to ease my pain.
But I’m tired of sh*t-stirring gold-diggers, and oh man, Riley is so hot.
So lovely too – my daughter adores her.
She makes my house a home… makes us a family?
I knew I should stay the fuck away.
To mix sex and home is a bad idea – I don’t want my daughter hurt.
Then came the day I kissed Riley.
Brushed her soft lips, honey sweet.
Saw the passion of innocence in eyes so artless, filled with secret desire.
It’s a dangerous game.
I’ll be her first, but it could break my family.
But for this lust, this love, I’ll take a risk…

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