EXCERPT REVEAL ~ INTERNATIONAL PLAYER by Louise Bay

Today we are delighted to be bringing you an excerpt from Louise Bay’s all-new contemporary romance,
INTERNATIONAL PLAYER

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Being labelled a player never stopped me from being successful with women. Until I met Truly Harbury.

Truly was the first girl who ever turned me down.

The first female friend I ever had.

And she might jyst be the first woman I ever fall in love with.

When an emergency means she needs my help running her family’s charity, I’m happy to introduce her to the glitz and glamour of the London business world—taking her to dinners, coaching her through speeches, zipping up the sexy evening gown I helped her pick out.

The more time we spend together, the more I want to convince her I’m not a man to avoid, that we’re not as unsuited as she believes.

She sees herself as the book-reading, science-loving introvert while I’m the dangerous, outgoing, charmer.

She thinks I love parties and people whereas she prefers pajamas and a takeaway.

What she doesn’t realize is that I like everything about her–the way her smile lights up a room, how her curves light up my imagination, and especially the way her lips taste when coated with tequila.

She’s the first woman I ever fell in love with. I just need to know if she could ever love me too.

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I held out his glass, and he took it with one hand, loosening his tie with the other. I pulled my eyes away from his long fingers and the way he always seemed so confident everywhere he went.

“How was your day?” he asked as he sat on the other end of the sofa, one long arm stretched across the back of the cushions, almost touching me like he’d done the night we’d kissed at the tequila bar.

“Good,” I said, nodding furiously.

He chuckled. “What’s going on, Truly? Do you have bad news you need me to help you deliver to Abigail? An issue with the foundation?”

“Not exactly,” I replied, tipping back some more wine. “Not at all, in fact.” I had to tell him what I was thinking, but it seemed so stupid now that he was here, all perfect and gorgeous. Why on earth would he want me?

“I just thought we could have some wine and talk. You know.”

His smile faltered. “Okay.” He took a sip of wine. “You said you had a proposition.”

“Yeah, but I’m not drunk enough yet,” I replied. I wasn’t sure I would ever be drunk enough. “And neither are you.”

“I have to be drunk to hear whatever you have to say?” He glanced around my book-lined room. “Are you going to tell me you’re MI6 and that you want to recruit me? Because I’m in. I always thought I’d enjoy a life as a spy. It just doesn’t pay enough. But I could do it part-time.”

I fixed him with a glare. “I’m not trying to recruit you into MI6, Noah.” I rolled my eyes. Men. Why did they always think they were a step away from being the next James freaking Bond?

He grinned. “Yeah, I didn’t think so. You’d make a terrible spy.”

I leaned back into the sofa. “There’s no way I could do that job.”

“For one thing, they look for people who don’t stand out—you’re way too beautiful for people not to notice you.” He twisted my hair in his fingers, and I closed my eyes, forgetting for a few seconds how that wasn’t normal behavior between us.

My eyes flew open. “That’s a perfect example.” I shifted to look at him properly. “Things like that. The fingers. The telling me I’m beautiful. I need you out of my system. And Jesus God and a banana, I need some sex.”

He chuckled and grabbed the bottle, topping himself up. “I’m cutting you off until you tell me what this is all about,” he said.

“I just told you. I need to get laid, and you, with all your tequila kisses and unzipping dresses and that thing you do with my neck—you’re the man for the job.”

“The job?” he asked, his eyebrows retreating into his hairline. “The job of getting you laid?”

 

Meet Louise

USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books include the novels Faithful (not currently on sale as undergoing maintenance!), Hopeful, The Empire State Series, The Royals Series and The Nights Series (both series of standalones books each following different characters).

Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films. Louise loves the rain, The West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants, and champagne. She loves to hear from readers so get in touch!

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Surprise Announcement from bestselling author Emma Hart!

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Dangerous Magic, an all-new cozy mystery from New York Times bestselling author Emma Hart writing as Evie Hart, is coming May 16th!

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It’s not every day you have to return to your hometown to bind your borderline-poltergeist grandmother to the family property.

Unfortunately, today is that day for Avery Thorn.

All Avery wants is to report the binding to the Witch Council so she can fulfill her obligation, but finding a dead body and the Head of the Council on the brink of death isn’t in her plan.

Especially when she’s pegged as the number one suspect.

Now, it’s down to Avery and her cousins—and her sassy feline familiar—to figure out who tried to murder the Head of the Council. Magically bound to find the culprit, the last thing she needs is the new detective getting under her toes.

Unfortunately for her, she finds herself colliding with the hot cop more than she wants. And since her familiar hates him, it’s not always pleasant.

New magic and a devastating tragedy threaten to derail their investigations—but not quite as much as the person who isn’t happy they’re involved…

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About Evie

Evie Hart is the cozy mystery writing alter-ego of New York Times bestselling author, Emma Hart.

Evie was born when her love of paranormal cozy mysteries jumped from her Kindle to the page. The Haven Lake Mystery series is her first foray into the paranormal cozy world and begins with DANGEROUS MAGIC.

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COVER REVEAL ~ THE CANDLE PALACE by Devney Perry

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Today we are delighted to be bringing you the magnificent cover for Devney Perry’s sixth book in the Jamison Valley series.
THE CANDLE PALACE is releasing 20th August.

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The Candle Palace - CoverSometimes a single flame can ignite a love that lasts a lifetime. 

Milo Phillips knows the meaning of pain. Suffering through the most intense physical agony of his life, he’s confined to a hospital bed to bear it alone. More than once, he wishes he’d died in the explosion that melted and mangled his skin. Darkness consumes him, snuffing all the joy in his life and leaving an empty hole in its place.
But one day, a flicker of light sneaks into his hospital room, driving away some of the hopelessness. For the first time in months, pain isn’t all he feels.

The flicker’s name is Sara Foster, his new nurse. Milo just hopes that Sara can see past his scars. Because underneath, his heart has begun beating again just for her.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.

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BECAUSE HE’S PERFECT ~ Title Reveal: Part Three

Today we are thrilled to be sharing six titles from five of the BECAUSE HE’S PERFECT authors and a word about their story. 

BECAUSE HE’S PERFECT is a charity anthology, releasing 7th May! 

 

Because He’s Perfect is a charity anthology with all proceeds being donated to the Movember Foundation.

Twenty-two authors ranging from first-time writers to long-term storytellers, seek to dispel all the myths from the romance world about what a perfect hero should be.

Emotional or physical disabilities and illnesses are nothing to be ashamed of; in fact, they can make a man. With the inclusion of a poignantly emotional foreword by NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan, this anthology will take you on a journey through comedic laughs, sweet contemporary romance, and into the world of darkness and bizarre.

Joining the authors on their quest are one graphic artist, two photographers, and two models donating their time and efforts to this project, which has inspired all involved.

We hope you will enjoy what you read, ‘Because He’s Perfect’.
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Ally Vance: Deep Breaths is a multi-layered title. It’s named for the breathing exercises used to alleviate symptoms of asthma attacks, of which the hero of my story suffers with. It’s also painfully ironic because it’s so damn hard to breathe when your lungs won’t allow you to. It’s also romantic, because have you ever met someone who simply took your breath away?

Anna Edwards: Don’t Sugar Coat it! comes from a joke between my husband and I after his diagnosis. It was a bit of a shock and we were both numb. My husband ordered a cake from his hospital menu and was telling me what he’d ordered for lunch. I blurted out, ‘Don’t Sugar Coat it.’ We laughed so much. It was just what we needed and I knew that would be the title of my book as soon as I conceived the concept of the anthology.

Maria Macdonald: Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes it’s hard to see the light in the darkness. Don’t let the negative become all consuming. Balance whatever you can with a positive. I call it a ‘suck and sweet’, no matter what’s sucking right now, there is always a sweet of you look hard enough.

Tracie Delaney: “Worth The Risk” came about because of the challenges involved in having a relationship with someone when one party is HIV positive and the other isn’t. It just seemed to fit perfectly. I also wanted to showcase the immense progress made in treating HIV and how those living with the virus are now able to live full and happy lives. What a triumph of science and the indomitable human spirit.

Victoria L. James: I’ll be honest and admit that when writing this story, I didn’t have a particular title in mind. Faith No More actually came to me midway through, when I was immersed in the fact that so many sufferers of PTSD lose their faith in everything when then they’re stuck in this constant loop of past and present. This anthology is incredibly important to me, as is this story. It’s vital we continue to raise awareness and show that everyone struggles, no matter how they appear to the outside world, no matter how big or small their suffering may seem. We’re all human, and sometimes it’s hard to keep the Faith.

More authors to follow next week…

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ALL WE ARE: Ex-Factor Duet Book 2 by Elisabeth Grace & Michelle Lynn is now LIVE!

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Today we are thrilled to be bringing you book two in the Ex-Factor Duet,
ALL WE ARE by Elisabeth Grace & Michelle Lynn

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Coming face-to-face with my past changes EVERYTHING.

I’m at the top of my game. All my struggles have finally paid off. Life should be great.

I mean, life is great.

Except for the fact that I can’t stop thinking of her. The woman who mangled my heart into a bloody pulp and never looked back.

If I could free myself of our shared memories, my future would be golden.

There’s only one way to move on—I have to confront the past, so I can move into the next chapter of my life in peace. Which means confronting her for the final time.

I had no idea that knocking on her door that day would turn my life upside down.

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Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

A book I anticipated for as long as the wait to receive it, once it hit my kindle I dived in and was reaching the finishing line quicker than I would have liked. These authors don’t create short reads but they have the ability to spin a brutally emotional and raw tale that ensnares the reader and makes time fly faster than normal.

We don’t pick up at the end of the last book. Nope, not in this one and it does make a lot of sense to have a time lapse.  As the authors themselves state, this is a book about both Jimmy and Lilah and she was a messed up basket case in the last book. Lost in substance abuse, wallowing in it like a pig rolls around in mud. She needed time to remake her little world and discover who she is standing on her own two feet.

When Jimmy and Lilah come face-to-face again, it could have been so much better if Jimmy hadn’t found out what he did the way he did. You see, Lilah had a secret and it kept me guessing on whether Jimmy would ever be able to move past it. Hate comes from love. Hate fuels passion and these two had it in spades. With a single word or look they could injure or even maim.

‘The pressure inside me releases, and I finally admit to myself that my concern isn’t just because she’s–,

It’s because she’s Lilah.

My Lilah.

No matter the time and distance and circumstances that kept us apart, some things never change. And what we mean to one another is one of those things.’

With the time between books, t meant that the story between them progressed at a very slow pace. Almost insurmountable odds were stacked so high even Superman would have struggled to leap them in a single bound.

Lilah oftentimes wasn’t a good person in the first book. Whereas here she’s relatable, I lost count of the number of times my heart bled for her and the predicaments she had put herself in. Good or bad, her decisions (off drugs) were always made carefully and with thought and planning. Well, for the most part, she knows where she wants to be and who she wants to be and when she jumps in she does it with both feet.

“I wish there was another word for love because sometimes I feel like it doesn’t sum up what we have.”

There is no risk of boredom or monotony when reading a book penned by these two lovely ladies. Jimmy and Lilah have earned their spot on my top three much-loved couples.

‘My reaction is fierce and immediate. I growl into her mouth and slide my tongue along the seam of her lips. She parts them for me, and the taste of her rushes in on an ocean of conflicting emotions. Ever so slowly, we find that rhythm and the sting of betrayal fades and all I taste is her want and need that matches my own.’

We make of life what we will and even fictional characters have been known to throw a wrench into their own machinery. All We Are is the kind of book I wish I truly could read again for the first time. Thank you, ladies, for completing this duet the way you did. I loved the epilogue that was so brilliantly done.

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Will I ever stop hurting the one person who’s never hurt me?

I’ve done things I can never undo.

No matter how much I wish I could, sometimes the wounds I inflict are too deep, too catastrophic, too septic to heal.

As I look into the eyes of the only man I’ve ever loved I know I’ve gone too far. I’ve finally crossed the line.

Even if he knew my reason for doing this, he’d never forgive me.

He always puts my needs before his own.

Now it’s my turn to protect him.

None of that matters though because the betrayal and disgust in his eyes comes from deep within his soul. There’s no coming back from this.

He will forever be tormented by what he’s seen, and he will never forgive me.

The last fragment of my heart to hold out hope that we’d share a future, withers and dies.

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ABOUT ELISABETH GRACE:

USA Today Bestselling author, Elisabeth Grace, has a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a hot spot for alpha males! She currently lives outside Toronto, Canada with her hubby and two small children. Life is busy, but never too busy for a good story and to share her love of reading and writing with others.

For more of the lowdown feel free to visit her author website at http://www.Elisabeth-Grace.com

ABOUT MICHELLE LYNN:

Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids.

She loves all thing romance and cries at happy endings!

Visit her at www.michellelynnbooks.com