Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Blog Tour: Redeemed by Maria Vickers


Title: Redeemed
Series: Love Seekers Series
Author: Maria Vickers
Cover Designer: T.E. Black Designs
Release Date: March 17, 2017

Chad Alexander is a playboy that leads a life full of comfort, ease, and fun. With enough women at his beck and call to keep him from getting bored, he doesn’t understand why there is one woman constantly on his mind. She infuriates him, gets under his skin, and makes him desire her more than any other woman he has ever known. He loathes Rayne for the way she treats people she thinks are beneath her. In fact, he wants to teach her a lesson that will leave a lasting impression on her. But when it’s all said and done, why can’t he leave behind the one woman he can’t stand?

Rayne Sampson is a beautiful woman who has men throwing themselves at her feet with one bat of her eyelashes. She is a woman that men write sonnets about, but she isn’t happy. Disgusted by her brother’s new wife, Rayne refuses to accept Emma in her life. Rayne knows that Chad has it out for her, however, she’s decided she’ll be the one teaching the lesson this time. Can she ignore the way her body yearns for his touch long enough to prove her point?

Fighting each other, the passion between them ignites, leaving them both burning. Will they survive “the lesson” Chad sets out to teach her? Or will they both be incinerated before they reach the end of the line?

Sometimes facing defeat is the only way to find yourself redeemed.


**Although this is book two, it can be read as a standalone or as part of the series.

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Chad

Instead of doing what she told me to do, my smirk grew. “Last I checked, you weren’t my momma.”

“Thank God! If I was your mother, I would drown you in a pool of rubbing alcohol. Lord knows what you have living on you and in you.” Her tongue flew out of her mouth and her face screwed up into a disgusted expression.

“I can feel the love tonight.”

“This isn’t the fucking Lion King and you are not Simba.”

Frowning in confusion, I tilted my head to the side and questioned her, “What the hell are you talking about?”

“Really? Are you going to pretend you don’t throw out lines like that to get inside a girls pants?”

“I don’t need to resort to tricks like that. All I have to do is cock my finger and they all come running.”

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Rayne


Narrowing my eyes, I glared at the man—and I used that term loosely—sitting across from me. I had arrived in enough time to witness his obnoxious flirting with the restaurant hostess. I shouldn’t have been surprised, and I couldn’t say that I was per se, but my shock had been more with the fact, he was meeting me while trying to score her.

And now he wanted to try to pull the wool over my eyes? He had a long ways to go before he could ever trip me up. Leaning forward, I crossed my arms on top of the table and spoke slowly so that he would understand me, “The Lion King, that Disney movie?” When he nodded, I continued, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight is one of the songs in that movie. Simba and Nala have been reunited and they are taking a walk in the jungle together.”

“Okay, but it wasn’t my intention to quote that song or movie. And, I will point out that when I’m giving you a line, you will wholeheartedly know it. Just wait, because you never know when I’ll work my magic on you.”

“Puhlease. Save it.”

He chuckled, long and deep, and it felt like the whole room vibrated with that sound. I hated him even more for that. “Honey, eventually, you’ll want what every other girl wants.”

“You mean like Emma wanted you?” I interrupted him before he could go down that dumb ass rabbit hole.

His body fell backwards in his chair. If the furniture didn’t have a back, I could see him falling to the floor. Did that really shock or injure him? It shouldn’t have. My brother told me himself what had happened between Chad and Emma. Unlucky for me, the bitch chose my brother instead of the player across from me. Fuck my life.

“Harsh,” he muttered.

“Truth,” I retorted uncaringly.

Leaning forward again, his own eyes narrowed and started me down, studying me, watching and waiting for me to make a move. “Why are you here, Rayne?”

“Why did you call and invite me? I just figured I could get some free alcohol off of you.”

“Well then, by all means, let’s start off with a shot. Tequila?” He quirked an eyebrow upwards, daring me to tell him “no.”

I hated tequila. If there was one shot that had the potential to get me drunk fast, to make me spill my secrets, it was that damn drink. Jose was definitely not a friend of mine. “Fine with me.” I prayed that his tolerance was shit and would be as low as mine. If not, I could easily find myself screwed.


Title: Exposed (Book One)


✨ Blurb ✨

Your twenties are supposed to be some of the best, and certainly the most fun of your life, but for Emma Taylor, turning twenty-five brought her world crashing down around her. Four years after being diagnosed with a debilitating disease, her love life is non-existent. A series of failed blind dates–courtesy of her friends–has left her feeling depressed and defeated. Intent on turning to her best friend for a vent session, Emma sends off a rapid-fire instant message, except her message ends up in someone else's inbox. The inbox of hot Navy pilot, Bryan Sampson–her friend Mel’s best friend, and Emma's secret crush.

Bryan Sampson has only met Emma Taylor one time during a night of karaoke while on leave, but in one night, she managed to make an impression. She seemed timid and uncomfortable in her own skin, but underneath it all, he could see how strong she had to be in order to cope with her disease. So when her message catches his eye, he opens it without a second thought, and realizes almost immediately it isn’t intended for him. Now that he’s read it though, he can’t turn his back on her and feels duty bound to help the cause. Besides, what else is he supposed to do with his free time? He vows he will help her find love never suspecting that the more he talks to her, the more he finds out about himself…the more she occupies his thoughts.

Emma is determined to face her demons thanks to Bryan's encouragement, but little by little she begins falling harder for the one person who isn't ashamed of her or her disease. Can she put her heart on the line and take the risk? Can she convince Bryan that love, her love, is worth it?

Sometimes all it takes is one person to expose the beauty within.

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In June 2017, be on the lookout for Maria's next project, By the Book, her first M/M romance. 

✨ Blurb ✨
Joshua Dayton met the man of his dreams as a sophomore in high school—his mentor and biology teacher, Mr. Cayden. Fearing his love would be considered forbidden and rejected, he ran away to college, determined to move on and forget. Three years later, he is summoned home and comes face to face with the man he tried to leave in the past. The same man he never stopped loving.

Samuel Cayden was looking for a fresh start and an escape. What he was not expecting was to develop feelings for his student, Joshua. Yet when the boy returns home a man, Samuel can no longer pretend the pull between them doesn’t exist.

Will the student become the teacher, showing Samuel how to open his heart? Will Samuel be able to prove to Joshua that things are not always what they appear? Or will the spark fizzle before it has a chance to ignite?

It’s time they got a lesson in love and temptation.

Maria Vickers currently lives in St. Louis, MO with her pug, Spencer Tracy. She has always had a passion for writing and after she became disabled, she decided to use writing as her escape. She has one novel published now and will be publishing her second novel in September 2016. 



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Release Blitz: Bear With Me by Jenika Snow



BRITTIN

When my brother and his problems had me coming back to Stales, my hometown, I was scared not just for my twin’s health, but also because I knew I’d run into Law, my bear-shifting ex and the sheriff of Stales.

Our breakup hadn’t been grisly, but after nearly two years, the thought of seeing him again had everything tightening in me because … I still loved him.

But that was the past, and I knew I had to move on, right?

LAW

Brittin was the only woman I would ever love. She was it for me, even if she broke it off because of my domineering ways. I screwed up when I lost her, and I spent the next two years regretting it. But she’d wanted space, and when she left for the city, I let her.

But now she’s back, and it’s my chance to show her I can give her everything she wants. It’s my chance to show her I can be the man she deserves.

I just hope I haven’t let too much time pass, because not having Brittin in my life is a fate worse than death.

Warning: This short story features a growly bear shifter, and a stubborn heroine. Bear With Me was previously published under the title “Yes, Sir” and was included in the Cuffed and Claimed anthology. It has since been revised and re-edited, but the story itself is the same.
Law

My bear wanted out, wanted to claim our mate right now. But I told myself I needed to go slow. After all the shit we’d been through over the years, and the fact I’d let her walk away from my own arrogant, demanding attitude, I had to make things right. I had to show her that I knew I’d fucked up.
I had to show her even a bear could make love, could admit he was wrong.
But I liked the rough kind of sex, the kind that had my female submitting to me. And Brittin had been such a perfect submissive. I wasn’t into the whole BDSM scene, but the occasional spank, the random restraining … yeah, that got me off.
But only with Brittin.
I only wanted to do that with her. Only her.
“Tell me you want this,” I growled against the side of her throat. I just stood there with her pressed against the wall, my body pinning her, making her submit to me. “Tell me, Brittin.” I ground my cock against her belly, wanting her to tell me, wanting her to feel how hard I was for her.
“God, Law.”
“Tell me you’re mine, baby.”
“You just think things can be patched up?” She breathed the words out.
She was mine. Only mine.
I wouldn’t let her go.
“No, I don’t think things can just be erased, but I want to show you what we used to have. I want to show you how good it was.”
She closed her eyes and moaned. “I know how good it was, Law.”
I said again, loving hearing her say that.
“I want this,” she breathed out.
I ground my dick into her harder. “Say my name, baby. I want you to tell me how much you want this. I want you to tell me that it was a mistake we stayed apart.” It was my fault just as much as it was hers; I’d stayed away. “Things can be different now, Brittin. I can be a better male to you.” I pulled back and looked at her. She looked drugged right now.
Good.
“This might be a mistake…”
My heart fucking stopped.
“But I want this, Law. I want you.”
I growled out low, my bear pushing for supremacy.
“I want you to make me yours again. Lord help me, but I want things to be different than before.”
Fuck. Yes.
I stared into her eyes. “You’re mine, and I’ll never let you go. Not again. That was the worst damn mistake I’ve ever made.”
She licked her lips. “This is insane,” she whispered. “But fuck me, Law. Fuck me like you’ve been aching for me this entire time.”
“I have, baby.” I leaned forward and ran my tongue up the length of her neck. “Tell me this doesn’t feel good.” I gently bit the spot where I used to all those years ago.
“It would be a lie if I said that,” she whispered, and I groaned in approval.
I rested the tip of my nose right on the side of her neck and inhaled. Yeah, she smelled the same.
So. Fucking. Good.
“It’s only ever been you, baby.” She gasped after my words. “I haven’t been with another female since you. And I don’t want anyone else.” I leaned back and looked into her eyes.
“I haven’t been with anyone else, Law,” she whispered, her eyes wide.
“Are you surprised, Brittin? Did you really think anyone else would compare to you?”
She licked her lips, and I watched the act. “I didn’t want to think about that.”
I lifted my gaze to look into her eyes. “Once we start, I won’t stop. I can’t. Too much time has passed, and I don’t want to waste another second.”
She parted her lips and sucked in a breath.
I leaned in so close our lips were almost touching. “Tell me you want this, and that you want more than my cock filling you.”
She didn’t answer for long seconds, and I wanted to tear through my skin to get the answer.
“Fuck me.” She pulled me close and slanted her lips on mine. “Let’s just take this one step at a time,” she whispered against my lips.
And just hearing her say that, even if she wasn’t telling me she wanted me and all I had to offer, I couldn’t deny her.
She was mine, and I wouldn’t let her get away again.
Jenika Snow is a USA Today Bestselling Author that lives in the northwest with her husband and their two daughters. Before she started writing full-time she worked as a nurse.

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Release Tour: The Third Throne-Angel of Fear by Tabitha Barret

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The Third Throne: Angel of Fear (Book 4)
Tabitha Barret
Release Date: April 25, 2017

Blurb:
When threatened by a powerful enemy, what lengths will she go to in order to save someone she loves?
Anjali, while recovering from a failed coup attempt in Hell, must battle false gods who plan to wreak havoc on the Mortal Realm. She must hunt an old foe and bring him back to the Hall of Shadows before he creates an army large enough to transform the mortals into werewolves. Is she strong enough to fight the gods or will they use her to conquer the world?
Tristan, the Angel of Fear, has learned how to survive by ignoring the terror inside of him and blindly walking through his day. Though he once wished his Master, Anjali, was dead, secretly he knows that she is the only one who can help him become the angel he was meant to be. Will he stand by her side against a dreaded enemy, or will he betray her in order to be free?
A chance meeting one night with a vengeful god turns Liam Leavitt’s world into a living nightmare. Now, there are two voices in his head: one is the woman he prays can save him from a terrible fate, and the other is the Wolf God who will do anything to bend Liam to his will. Can love protect him from becoming a helpless puppet, or will loving her lead to his demise?

The Third Throne: Angel of Fear is the fourth book in the steamy Adult Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy series. Each angel brings the world closer to the Apocalypse!

*Note that this book is intended for Mature Readers due to language, sex, violence, multiple romantic entanglements, and death.


Purchase Link: Amazon


Excerpt:
He sniffed the air and gagged when smoky air filled his nostrils.  It smelled like a campfire without the marshmallows.  He had to cough to clear his throat.  That’s when the sweet scent of something he couldn’t place hit his senses and made his heart speed up.  His entire body responded to the scent.  It wasn’t flowery, but it was distinctly feminine.
Hearing the sound again, he recognized it was a heart beating.  He opened his eyes and jumped out of his bed, ready to defend himself.
He panicked when his eyes focused on his surroundings and he realized that he wasn’t in his bedroom.  He was standing next to a large bed with black sheets.  Sitting on the edge of the bed was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.  He was momentarily dazed by her lovely blue eyes.  She appeared startled, but gave him a guarded smiled.
She didn’t speak right away, which was fine by him.  He was too busy examining her long black hair and red lips.  She had an unusual formal dress that made her look like a Goth girl, except it showed off her pale skin all the way to her stomach.  He tried not to stare at her cleavage, but she was a welcomed sight after seeing the intimidating man in the woods.
“Where am I?” he finally asked, deciding it was time to speak to the gorgeous woman.
“You’re somewhere safe,” she said.  This time she gave him a full-blown smile that reached her eyes.
“Who are you?” he asked bluntly.
“I’m Anjali, Burke’s daughter.  He called me after what happened.  He thought that I might be able to help you,” she said softly.
He didn’t know Burke had any kids, but after seeing his daughter, he understood why he would hide her away.  He wondered why Burke had called her, unless she was a zookeeper.
He gulped as the events of the day came rushing back.  He remembered lying in the tub and seeing his skin split open to reveal white fur.  He saw Burke’s bleak expression when he explained the awful truth of his situation.  He heard Dylan sobbing and apologizing for getting him into this mess.  The incident in the park seemed like a bad dream, but his transformation felt like a horror movie.
Feeling like his legs would give out he slumped down on the bed.  “I really thought it was all a dream,” he sighed, putting his hand over his mouth.  “Everything is so jumbled; I can’t remember things in the right sequence.  I really turned into a wolf, didn’t I?”
She nodded.  “Yes, you did.  You were attacked by a wolf named Fenris...”
He quickly stood up and put up his hand to stop her.  “It has a name?” he asked skeptically.
She bit her lip and scooted closer.
A man, whom he hadn’t noticed before, was suddenly standing next to him with a Beretta 9mm aimed at his head.  Liam quickly thought of a way to disarm the man, but Anjali stood up and put her hand on the man’s other arm.  “This is Calin, and he’s not going to shoot you,” she replied.
“Then why is he pointing a gun at me?” Liam asked defensively.  His body was still coiled, ready to punch Calin and take his gun.
Anjali glared at Calin.  “That’s his way of saying hello.”  She tilted her head and motioned for Calin to back away.
“I see,” Liam said cautiously.
Calin, thankfully, lowered his gun and sat down on a red plush chair across the room.
Liam vaguely wondered why he only heard the thumping of one heart, but decided that he didn’t want to question it; otherwise, he would have to question why he could clearly hear someone’s heart beating.
He shook his head and stared at the woman.  “I have no idea what’s going on, but if you have a way to fix this, I’m listening.”  He looked at Calin from the corner of his eye to make sure he was still on the couch.
She cleared her throat and smiled.  “Liam, there is a lot you need to learn about Fenris and why this is happening.  Unfortunately, I’m not sure where or how to begin because I don’t have all the answers.  I can only tell you what I know so far.  First of all, I’m sorry to say that you can’t go back to your old life.  When Fenris’ venom entered your body, it changed you permanently.  If you go back home, you might hurt or kill someone accidentally.  You could shift and become the wolf without thinking, which is why I prefer you to stay here.  Secondly, Fenris will do anything to find you.  I don’t know what he wants from you exactly, but he creates followers called, die Drei.  They are very loyal to him and they will do whatever he asked of them.  Please understand that Fenris is the bad guy, so you have to find a way to fight him no matter what he says to you.  Lastly, I need you to trust that I will do everything I can to keep you safe and to keep you from losing yourself to the wolf.  There is a very real possibility that the wolf could take over your thoughts and feelings.  If you aren’t careful, Liam could disappear,” she said sadly.
He ran his hand through his hair and scrubbed his face.  “This is ridiculous!  How could my life have gone to crap so quickly?  I didn’t ask for any of this.  At no point did I ever say, hey I want to work for a giant scary man who can turn into a wolf.  There has to be a way to stop this.  I don’t want to hurt anyone and I don’t want to be anyone’s follower.  What am I supposed to do?” he asked, frustrated by what she was saying.  A sudden flood of emotions overwhelmed him, though anger quickly made its way to the forefront.




Winner of the Top Medalist Honor in the New Apple Literary 2015 Summer eBook Awards in the category of Adult Romance.

1st Place Winner Urban / Fantasy Romance Series in the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer Awards 2015


Author Bio:

Tabitha Barret graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English.  She married the guy from her Creative Writing class and together had two amazing children.  They live together in a quiet town in New Jersey with their four insane dogs.  She is currently working on her award winning Paranormal Romance series, The Third Throne, and her new Mystical Haven series.  In her spare time, she reviews other independent authors and posts Author Spotlights on her blog, The Throne Room.


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