Blazing #BlogTour: Reality Gold by Tiffany Brooks

Reality Gold
Tiffany Brooks
Published by: Dunemere Books
Publication date: May 22nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

“There are only two ways to survive Internet infamy: drop offline and play dead or give everyone something bigger and better to talk about. I’ve tried the first strategy. Now it’s time to try the second…”

A year and a lifetime ago, Riley Ozaki was just an ordinary high school junior in San Francisco, stressing over boys and grades. But an ill-conceived editorial in her school paper brought her an internet avalanche of public-shaming and ruined her life.

Now Riley’s on a helicopter dropping into a deserted island with nineteen other teens, to star in a reality show that will be her redemption. She has no other choice. National attention was what got her into this mess, and only the same level of exposure can get her out. Besides, Riley has a few tricks up her sleeve.

With a cast of vivid characters who will stop at nothing to win the show, a cursed island setting, and a priceless treasure waiting to be discovered, Reality Gold will drop readers right into a scheming web of lies, love, and betrayal.

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I kicked off my sneakers and let my toes sink into the soft sand, taking it all in. Sparkling blue water, with a wide band of white beach that sloped up toward the green jungle. Really, it was a perfect and picturesque backdrop—all very Lost, minus the crashed airplane. Supposedly there was a storm on its way, but right now the sky was bright and crisp without any sign of trouble.

This was it: the very spot where my godfather, Miles Kroger, had been murdered. You would never have known someone had died a violent death here if this beautiful, serene view was all you had to go on. It wasn’t that I expected to see signs of a crime scene, or even a memorial, but it was a little unsettling that something so savage could have occurred in such a peaceful setting without leaving a mark of some sort.

Or maybe my discomfort came from the fact that in some ways it was hard to recognize this as the same place. Two years ago, this beach had been mostly deserted without any man-made structures—just lots of treasure hunting gear piled around a makeshift tent camp. Now it was Disney’d up: Incan-style huts and hammocks, fire pits and torch-lined paths. A giant gold gong glinted from the treeline. The sand seemed whiter, almost glittery. Even the jungle seemed greener, as if it had done nothing but rain since I left.

Actually, in a way it had rained, I realized. Money. The whole reason I’d heard about the show in the first place was because Deb had been drumming up investors and my father had been on her hit list. My father: Oz, the Great Wizard of Silicon Valley. Otherwise known as Albert Ozaki, he was the man who could bring any start-up from poverty to profitability—someone whose only disappointing endeavor thus far was, apparently, his daughter.

“There had better be a green bandana in that basket for me because there’s no way I’m partnering with those yellow idiots,” Maren said.

Everyone who’d jumped off the helicopter was celebrating about a hundred yards away. They were a mass of activity, almost a single unit, hopping and jumping around either in excitement or in an effort to dry off. Maybe both. It wasn’t even nine in the morning yet, so it would be awhile before the sun would get hot enough to do any good.

I held on tightly to my bag. I didn’t regret staying on the helicopter one bit.

“Team Sol!” There were lots of celebratory cheers, some with a taunting edge, as if yellow unquestionably represented the better team and those of us on the green team had already failed the first test.

Ha. Little did they know.

Author Bio:

Tiffany Brooks lives in San Francisco with her family and a bunch of pets, who luckily don’t object to being featured on her Instagram. The best thing about living on the west coast is she can find out what happens on Game of Thrones three hours ahead of air time. That, plus not having winter weather, means she’ll never move back east, although that doesn’t stop her New England family from asking when she’ll be moving “back home” to NYC or Connecticut. Reality Gold, her debut novel, kicks off the Shifting Reality Collection, a YA trilogy.

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May 22nd
Rainy Days and Pajamas >> Excerpt
The Writer’s Inkwell >> Excerpt

May 23rd
Rockin’ Book Reviews >> Review
LenniLand >> Review
Living a Hundred Lives >> Review

May 24th
Becky on Books >> Interview
Book Traveller >> Review

May 25th
Loves Great Reads >> Excerpt
Princess Reads >> Review

May 28th
The Avid Reader >> Guest post
Smada’s Book Smack >> Excerpt

May 29th
Character Madness and Musings >> Guest post
Married To Books Reviews and Blog >> Review

May 30th
Twirling Book Princess >> Excerpt
Two Ends of the Pen >> Interview

May 31st
The Cover Contessa >> Interview
Adventures in Writing >> Review

June 1st
Teaser Addicts Book Blog >> Excerpt
The Phantom Paragrapher >> Review

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Blazing #BlogTour: The Forest Beyond the Earth by Matthew S. Cox

The Forest Beyond the Earth
Matthew S. Cox
Publication date: February 6th 2018
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult

Under the watchful eye of the Mother Shrine, twelve-year-old Wisp ekes out a simple, but challenging life with Dad, foraging for food and losing herself in old books from the world that came before. She loves the Endless Forest ― except when the Tree Walkers come for her.

In ages past, the great rain of fire and ash destroyed the Earth, wiping out the ancients and everything they had made. Nature has reclaimed much since then, spreading out in a vast forest full of wonder and dread. Ever in fear of being taken away, she follows Dad’s rules without question while learning to survive off the land.

No longer a small child, she accompanies Dad on one of his treks, her first time more than a few steps away from the cabin. A day exploring with him is the happiest time of her life, but joy is short-lived.

A monster follows them home.

Safe in her Haven, she hides while Dad goes outside to confront the beast. She wakes alone the next morning, and waits. Alas, her hope of his return fades with the daylight. Desperate, she breaks his strictest rule and goes outside alone. Not far from the cabin, she discovers his rifle abandoned next to the monster’s strange footprints.

Afraid but determined, Wisp sets off on her own into the Endless Forest to find Dad ― before the Tree Walkers catch her.

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An hour of foraging the next morning yielded a lovely breakfast of grubs, some of which had been bigger than Dad’s fingers. Wisp impaled them on thin sharpened sticks she’d made long ago for grub roasting, and toasted them over the fire.

She stretched and roamed around the cabin for a little while after, debating another walk into the woods to find some mushrooms. It would be better if Dad could find a boar or something, even if she had to wait home while he did so. However, between them being gone all day yesterday plus the morning grub hunt, Dad appeared quite intent on putting time on the bullet machine.

Rather than disturb him, Wisp decided to visit Mother.

The cabin’s main room had three doors. One led outside, the metal door went to Dad’s room, and the door opposite Dad’s room led to Mother’s shrine. It had been a few days since she spoke with her, so it sounded like a perfect idea.

She padded over and knocked twice on the thin door made of planks nailed together. “Hello, Mother. May I enter?”

No sound of protest came from within, so she pushed the door open and got a breath of air so heavy with the scent of pinesap the taste settled on her tongue. An undertone of another fragrance, musty and unpleasant, simmered at the edge of notice beneath it. The small chamber, barely a quarter the size of the other room, contained two small tables each with a single drawer, standing on either side of a large wooden chair. White plastic panels covered both windows, dimming the light, but still allowing enough to reveal a slender figure in the chair.

Mother sat as still as ever, her hands clutching the ends of the armrests, talon-like nails yellow and cracked. Long, dusty dark brown hair framed a face as grey as the dress she wore, lips peeled open enough to bare her teeth, giving her an expression like she’d stepped in something cold and slimy. Her right eye opened more than her left, both black, empty sockets. Stain trails ran down her cheeks from long-ago shed tears of darkness.

Coffee cans littered the ground by the chair, containing pinesap, and other magical substances Dad said allowed her to see out from the Other Place. Years of dead flowers formed a ring around the chair, tokens of love she’d placed there on special days going back as far as she could remember.

“Hello, Mother,” said Wisp.

She clasped her hands in front of herself, bowed her head, and shuffled forward, moving her feet an inch at a time until she stood by Mother’s withered right hand. After a reverent moment of silence, she knelt and rested her head on Mother’s arm, the coarse fabric scratchy against her ear.

“Dad taught me about how to make a fishing spear yesterday. He caught fish with it for supper, and we went on a walk. He let me go with him!” She reached up and placed her hand upon Mother’s, careful not to damage the dry, crusty skin. “I’m twelve now, but you knew that since I visited you on my birthday last month. I like the summer. It’s warm. I’m glad my birthday’s right before the summer starts.”

Mother didn’t reply.

Author Bio:

Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

Hobbies and Interests:

Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it.

He is also fond of cats.

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Sincerely Karen Jo >> Excerpt
SilverWoodSketches >> Review
Married To Books Reviews and Blog >> Review

May 15th
Mes Livres >> Excerpt
Padme’s Library >> Interview
Rainy Days and Pajamas >> Excerpt

May 16th
My Fiction Nook >> Excerpt
Teaser Addicts Book Blog >> Excerpt

May 17th
Brooke Blogs >> Excerpt
Living a Hundred Lives >> Review
Just Books >> Top 10 List

May 18th
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Guest post
The Avid Reader >> Review
Book Addict >> Review
From The Journal Of A Reader >> Excerpt

May 21st
Two Ends of the Pen >> Interview
Damaged Pages >> Top 10 List
diary of a wannabe writer >> Review

May 22nd
Twirling Book Princess >> Excerpt
The Curious Chapter >> Review
YA/NA Book Divas >> Top 10 List

May 23rd
Bookworm for Kids >> Excerpt
Storyteller Alley >> Review
The Cover Contessa >> Interview
Loves Great Reads >> Excerpt

May 24th
Dani Reviews Things >> Guest post
Inspired Chaos >> Review
Thoughts on Books >> Review

May 25th
Books A-Brewin’ >> Excerpt
Bri’s Book Nook >> Review
So Few Books >> Interview

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Blazing #BlogTour: Bound by Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor

Bound
Alexandrea Weis & Lucas Astor
(A Magnus Blackwell Novel #2)
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: April 17th 2018
Genres: Adult, Supernatural

Magnus Blackwell’s past is about to catch up with him.

An evil force has seized New Orleans. Pestilence, suffering, and darkness cloak the city. The citizens are scared and need their mambo to guide them, but Lexie Arden can’t help anyone. A diabolical presence has taken Lexie’s power and severed her ties with the other side.

Magnus Blackwell is fighting demons of his own. Torn between his devotion to Lexie and a spirit from his past, Magnus’s loyalty is put to the test. He must revisit his sins to uncover the key to the hatred ripping the city apart. If he doesn’t, Lexie’s reign as mambo will end.

Their search for answers leads them deep into the darker realms of voodoo—until a desperate Lexie does the unthinkable, and Magnus can do nothing to spare her from her fate.

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Drumbeats drifted across the water. Sweat beaded Lexie’s brow, rolling into her eyes, and her hands curled, digging her nails into her palms. Her eyes fell on the glassy surface of the swamp.

The water—something headed her way across the water.

A cloud of mist rolled and built in the center of the swamp in a spot surrounded by cypress knees rising out of the water in a circle. The fog resembled cotton candy as it congealed to fluffy clouds. Then it moved, heading toward her on the shore.

Lexie’s rapid breathing burned her lungs, and a hammer pounded in her head as fear ripped through her gut.

The first glimpse of him came as an outline against the cloud. A trace of a hand, a hint of a face.

He solidified with every passing second. Blond tossed hair lifted in the breeze; concise red lips stood out from tanned skin. The mist carried him closer, and when his face fully formed, the fear cleaving her in two instantly vanished. Back in his casual jeans and fitted T-shirt, Kalfu stepped from the cloud, and his bare feet touched the boggy ground in front of her.

“I told you we would meet again.”

He took her hand and an icy dread shot through her core.

The light around him changed, and utter darkness radiated from Kalfu’s eyes, turning her stomach. It filled Lexie with a mind-numbing hopelessness and sent her resolve adrift on a dank, dark ocean.

The binds keeping her trapped magically lifted, and she crashed to her knees.

She scurried back from him. “What was that? You touched me and … I can’t describe it.”

“You wanted to know me. It’s why you’re here.” He raised his arms displaying a cold, empty grin. “In my world.”

“How did I get here, Kalfu.”

“Kal. Remember?” He crooked his finger. “Follow me.”

He led Lexie from the knoll, and the weight holding her in place disintegrated.

They walked toward a thick cloud. The mist split in the center and parted. A white stone bench and table appeared. Moonlight lit the swamp around them, highlighting the beauty of the clumps of knotted cypress trees, pools of stagnant water, and patches of mossy ground.

Lexie scanned the swamps for any signs of life. Her jaw muscles tightened as her mind raced with how to stay ahead of the evil spirit. She could never embrace such a dark entity, but then the promise of her lost power nudged her determination aside. How could she resist him when so much was at stake? Her power meant everything. It was the only way for her to stay mambo.

He motioned for her to have a seat across from him.

Lexie eased onto the bench, careful to press the rim of her short nightshirt around her thighs.

“Yes, before you ask, you’re dreaming.”

She rested her jittery hands on the table. “Okay, I’m dreaming, but why here?”

He raised a pointed finger in the air, and the music of the swamp clamored around them. The din of crickets, owls, bugs, even the hissing of water resonated in her ears until it became so loud she could not think. When he lowered his finger, the sounds died away.

Kalfu sat back on his bench, watching her. “I’m at home in the swamps.”

She crossed her arms, tucking her hands into her sides. “You should get out more.”

He laughed, and the black water around them rippled. The small waves painted with shards of moonlight carried across the swamp for as far as the eye could see.

Lexie admired the play of light and dark, momentarily swayed by the beauty of his imaginary world.

“That is what fascinates me about you, Lexie Arden. Your spirit. It makes you a formidable mambo.”

The mention of her title fortified her will. She could not play a passive game with the spirit of darkness. She needed to fight him.

“I can also see through bullshit a mile away. Why am I here?”

His sly grin added a malevolent glimmer to his eyes. “Ah, there is your courage. Once most people see my true inner self, they cower before me, beg me to spare them, or offer some sacrifice to grant their wishes, but not you.” He tapped a single finger on the table while keeping up his sinister, vacant stare. “You challenge me.”

Author Bio:

Lucas Astor is from New York, has resided in Central America and the Middle East, and traveled through Europe. He lives a very private, virtually reclusive lifestyle, preferring to spend time with a close-knit group of friends than be in the spotlight.

He is an author and poet with a penchant for telling stories that delve into the dark side of the human psyche. He likes to explore the evil that exists, not just in the world, but right next door behind a smiling face.

Photography, making wine, and helping endangered species are just some of his interests. Lucas is an expert archer and enjoys jazz, blues, and classical music.

One of his favorite quotes is: “It’s better to be silent than be a fool.” ~Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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Meghan’s Mindless Mutterings >> Excerpt
I Smell Sheep >> Review
Mes Livres >>Excerpt
Rainy Days and Pajamas >> Excerpt
Smada’s Book Smack >> Guest post
The Avid Reader >> Excerpt
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! >> Review
The Writer’s Inkwell >> Excerpt
Angels With Attitude Book Reviews >> Top 10 List
T’s Stuff >> Review

May 22nd
Loves Great Reads >> Excerpt
We Do what We want Book Reviews and more >> Review
Aurora B’s Book Blog >> Top 10 List
Reading for the Stars and Moon >> Excerpt
JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder >> Interview
Lamplight Review and Promotion >> Excerpt
Padme’s Library >> Interview
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May 23rd
Teaser Addicts Book Blog >> Excerpt
From The Journal Of A Reader >> Top 10 List
Rachel’s Reflections >> Review
Jazzy Book Reviews >> Excerpt
Black Words-White Pages >> Top 10 List
Dark Treasury >> Interview
The Musings of Author Jeanne St. James >> Excerpt
Kimmie. sue’s Book Review & More >> Review

May 24th
Book Lovers 4Ever >> Excerpt
The Curious Chapter >> Review
Shari Sakurai >> Interview
All Things Dark & Dirty >> Review
Stacking My Book Shelves! >> Excerpt
Book Addict >> Review
Hometown Girl Living in a Writer’s World >> Excerpt

May 25th
cupcakesandbookshelves >> Excerpt
Bibliophile Angel >> Review
Writers and Authors >> Excerpt
Bri’s Book Nook >> Review
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Tangents and Tissues >> Review
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Blazing #BlogTour: A Girl Named Blue: The Adventure Begins by Cecilia Randell

A Girl Named Blue: The Adventure Begins
Cecilia Randell
(The Adventures of Blue Faust #1)
Publication date: July 15th 2017
Genres: Adventure, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Blue Faust considers herself an ordinary girl. A little shy, maybe, and a smidge isolated. But she’s got a plan for that, and a list.

When she and her mother move to a new city, she implements it. This will be The Year of New Things, and there will be adventures. Little does she know just how right she is.

While out hiking one day with new friends, she finds herself in a strange world. She is confronted with kidnappers, stubborn beast-mounts and killer crystals. Throw in an assortment of hooligans, mercenaries and clansmen, and Blue has all New she can handle.

New List:

Learn to ride a horse-like thing

Find friends

Stop kidnappers

Get home

Easy, right?

*** Please note that this is the first book in a slow burn reverse harem series, there are no sexy times till a few books down***

**Also, there is violence and some swearing, so, yeah.**

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A Girl Named Blue Playlist:

  • Love That Man, by Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
  • Fight Song, by Rachel Platten
  • Amazing, by Kanye West, Jeezy
  • Invincible, by OK GO
  • Don’t You (Forget About Me), by Simple Minds
  • Love You ‘Til the End, by The Pogues
  • Power of Love, by Huey Lewis & The News
  • Heads Will Roll, by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Turpentine, by Brandi Carlisle
  • Humble & Kind, by Lori McKenna
  • The Perfect Parts, by Shakey Graves
  • I Wish I Was The Moon, by Neko Case
  • As The World Falls Down, by David Bowie
  • Toy Soldiers, by Martika
  • I Take My Chances, by Mary Chapin Carpenter
  • Take Me As I Am, by Wyclef Jean

Author Bio:

Cecilia Randell is the pseudonym for a lady author that has not quite worked up the courage to give you all her real name. She loves a good story, and often finds herself thinking “what if…”, so decided to put some of her ‘what ifs’ down in words for others to, hopefully, enjoy.

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Blazing #BlogTour: Fatal Flight by Madelon Smid


Fatal Flight

Sisters in Peril Series Book 1

By Madelon Smid

Madelon will be giving away 1 ebook copy of Fatal Flight, 1 ebook copy of Climbing High, and 1 ebook copy of High Seas. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Remember you may increase your chances of winning by visiting the other tour stops. You may find those locations here

About Fatal Flight: 
When he finds Sky Stravinski, Adam Hamilton becomes enmeshed in a world of danger. Did he bring it with him, earning an enemy as chief engineer and test pilot, or find it along with her? Fulfilling his commitment means persuading Sky to meet the grandmother she never knew she had. Recovering from an airplane crash, torn between opposing forces, and caught up in the attacks on Sky, Adam fights for the fascinating pilot, determined to keep her safe, and win her love.

Everything Sky owns comes under attack, from her airplanes to her airfield and her life. Combatting a hidden enemy and Adam Hamilton’s intrusion, Sky feels trapped by circumstances outside her control. As her sponsor, he earns her trust. But Adam wants things Sky won’t give. Meeting her grandmother and developing a relationship with Adam will pull her back into their world of wealth and entitlement. Sky won’t become a rich man’s plaything again. Will the threats that bring them together convince Sky Adam deserves a place in her life?
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Excerpt: 
“You consider going to Max behind my back being upfront?”
“Max came to me. I was interested and after crunching the numbers, researching your top notch standing on the circuit and talking with my father, thought this was a great PR opportunity for our corporation. I didn’t know you were against the idea. My experience is that as soon as someone knows what I’m worth, they want something from me.”
“And you assumed I was sticking my hand in the pot.” She stopped at the entrance to the big tent, where oceans of food were served all day. “Okay, I see where you were coming from. Pax.” She offered her hand.
She took quiet satisfaction in the fact he looked like she’d turned him on his head. Good, keep him off balance, and he couldn’t do the same to her. He took her hand, his long fingers warm and dry, just the lightest of squeezes. He’d never used his size and strength to intimidate, she realized. He was a true alpha male, for only the strongest, fastest and smartest protected the vulnerable. A weaker male, took advantage of them.

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About Madelon Smid:

Madelon Smid has the pioneer spirit of a true prairie woman. She seeks inspiration from the rolling hills and river coulees that surround her home; creating characters as intriguing and beautiful as the ever changing skies.

As a successful non-fiction writer, she co-authored a best seller, Smart Women, published Chronic Challenge: Living Well with Chronic Disease, and many articles in national and regional magazines.

She taught writing classes for adults at her local college, ran a successful online writing course, and edited five anthologies for the Prairie Quills Writers’ Group, before returning to her true love – fiction. The six romantic suspense stories in her Daring Heights series have received glowing reviews.

While she continues searching out the best in nature, exploring new stretches of water in her kayak, and seeking new mountains to ski, she sees every adventure as fresh material for the next story she will create in her home by the river.
Madelon’s Social Media Links:
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Blazing #BlogTour: All of You by Fabiola Francisco

Title: All of You
Author: Fabiola Francisco
Genre: Romance/Women’s Fiction
Editor: Robin Bateman
Cover Designer: Amy Queau
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2018
Blurb:

Cassidy Rae Pressman comes with way more than Jason Stone bargained for, yet she is exactly what he’s been searching for.

 I want what all my friends have.
He doesn’t need my baggage.
I can’t stop thinking about her.
Romance isn’t my priority, my daughter is.
I want to show her she can have it all.
He thinks we can be a family.
Her and Rae are my family now, and no one will take them away from me.
He stays even when it’s easier to leave.
I’m going to give her her southern fairytale.

Fabiola Francisco loves the simplicity—and kick—of scotch on the rocks. She follows Hemingway’s philosophy—write drunk, edit sober. She writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance, dipping her pen into new adult and young adult. Her moods guide her writing, taking her anywhere from sassy and sexy romances to dark and emotion-filled love stories.
Writing has always been a part of her life, penning her own life struggles as a form of therapy through poetry. She still stays true to her first love, poems, while weaving longer stories with strong heroines and honest heroes. She aims to get readers thinking about life and love while experiencing her characters’ journeys.
She is continuously creating stories as she daydreams. Her other loves are country music, exploring the outdoors, and reading.

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“You don’t have to help.”
“I want to.” Jason stands next to me as I wash the plates and he dries them for me. “I know I kinda showed up here and interrupted your dinner. Sorry about that.”
“Kinda showed up? More like you did show up,” I tease.
“Potato, potahto. But, I can’t stop thinking about you. This isn’t a line I grabbed from some cheesy movie. I know, I know, I don’t even know you,” he chuckles when I raise an eyebrow. “But I’ve seen enough to know I want to. I want to help you discover what your dreams are and watch you offer your daughter the best life she can have.”
“It’s complicated with her around. She already expects to see you everyday, and this is only the third time she’s seen you. I always thought if I ever met someone, and that was a big if, I’d get to know the man really well first, before introducing him to my daughter. This is backwards. It’s almost as if she’s gotten to know you before I have. It’s confusing for her.”
“So let me get to know you.” He angles his body toward me. “Let me show you who I am. It’s easy with her because she came right up to me, offered me a cookie, and started talking as if I was her best friend. I guess kids are less guarded in that sense.” He casts his eyes down a moment. I place my hand over his.
“They’ve got it easy, don’t they?” I ask him, trying to lighten the mood.
“Yup.” Jason continues drying the plate he was working on.
I’m not the only one with a past.
*Copyright 2018, Fabiola Francisco


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#blogtour Defile by Jessica Prince

Title: Defile
Author: Jessica Prince
Series: Civil Corruption
Genre: Contemporary, Rockstar Romance

Declan Forrester is arrogant, selfish, and insanely sexy.
He was the very first boy I ever loved.
Then fame and fortune turned
him into a man I no longer recognized. I tried to give him
everything he needed, and in return…
he broke my heart

Now he’s back, and he wants to make things right.
What started as love turned to hate. I told myself I’d
never fall for him again, but he’s determined to
prove me wrong.

He wants to win me.
He wants to own me.
He wants to defile me.

And if I’m not careful…
I just might let him

**The Civil Corruption series is a series of interconnected, standalone, rockstar romances.**

 

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What had originally started as a six-month road trip across Cali, hopping from one shithole bar to the next, had stretched into a year and a half thanks to our manager, Chris Evers.

He’d approached us after watching us in San Diego, one of our last shows before heading back to San Francisco with our tales between our legs. We were officially out of money, and because of that, out of time. My heart was broken at the thought of going back. But then Chris appeared, promising that he could get us success if we signed with him.

At first it had all seemed too good to be true. I had to admit, there was something about the dude that didn’t sit right with me. He was slimier than a used car salesman, and twice as slippery. But he’d lived up to his promise. For the past year, the five of us had been living in a crappy little studio apartment in LA, recording our first album, and playing at bigger bars where people who mattered could see us. We’d busted our asses, put in our time, and it was finally paying off. Now we were on a fucking tour with one of the fastest-growing bands in the US. As far as I was concerned, Chris Evers could be Satan himself—as long as he kept living up to his own hype, I was on board.

Looking across the shitty apartment, I spotted Tatum sitting on the worn-to-hell couch Mace and I had found in the alley behind our building. I broke from the guys and headed toward my girl, scooping her into my arms and spinning her in a circle.

“You hear that, baby? It’s finally fuckin’ happening. We’re going on tour!”

She smiled and placed a kiss on my lips, but there was an uncertainty in her eyes that made an uncomfortable knot form in my stomach. Something was off. Tatum hadn’t been herself for a long time now, and I didn’t understand why. I got the impression that Chris made her uncomfortable and that she didn’t trust him, but she’d never spoken a word against him, and the guy hadn’t done anything to warrant us dropping him. I kept telling myself that it was just the instability of our life over the past eighteen months that had been weighing on her. Now that the doors were finally starting to open for us, she could breathe a little easier.

“That’s fantastic, Deck. I’m so happy for you guys.”

I set her back on her feet but kept her close. “What’s wrong, Tate? You don’t look that excited.”

“No, I am!” she declared loudly. Her expression finally began to warm, and genuine happiness shined in her eyes. “This is it, honey. I’m freaking thrilled.”

Resting my forehead against hers, I spoke in a hushed voice. “Nothin’ but good from here on out, baby.”

“I’m so proud of you,” she replied, her tone just as quiet as mine.

“I’m gonna give you the world, Tatum Valentine. Just wait and see.”

Her smile wobbled as tears pooled in her eyes. “I don’t need the world. All I need is you.”

She might not need it, but like hell I wasn’t going to give it to her. She deserved nothing but the best. My girl deserved to eat at the best restaurants, wear the most expensive clothes, live in the biggest house I could build her. She deserved to drip with diamonds. And I was going to make all of that happen.

 

Meet Declan in Corrupt
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Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.

Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.

In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.

Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.

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