quarta-feira, 29 de abril de 2015

♡ Blog Tour + #Giveaway ♡ Shadow of Doubt (SBG #2) by P.A. DePaul + Excerpt @PADePaul @onceuponanalpha




Shadow of Doubt
SBG #2
by
P.A. DePaul







The new SBG novel from the author of Exchange of Fire.

When her secretly filmed tryst shows up on the internet, Michelle Alger goes on the run. She has no choice. Not only was her one-night stand the son of a US senator, but he's been murdered — and she's the number one suspect. With both the senator and an avenging drug lord on her trail, her life is in danger. There's only man she can trust. He saved her once, but will he still be her hero six years later?

Captain Jeremy Malone and the rest of Delta Squad have the senator's order: find the mystery woman who killed my son. But to Jeremy, she's no mystery. Six years ago his team of Green Berets rescued her from the torturous clutches of a Colombian cartel, and he's never forgotten her. His personal and covert mission: find Michelle before anyone else. When he and Michelle do meet again, the sparks are explosive and consuming. They're also dangerous as hell.

Because with each new bit of evidence, Jeremy suspects that Michelle's innocence may be a ruse — a beautiful trap set by a woman who has even more secrets yet to bare.











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Michelle paced the length of the room for the thousandth time. There were exactly eighteen steps from the bathroom door to the sad excuse of a table. Not the biggest rooms here at the OTE.

A long moan drifted through the left wall followed by a slam, then rhythmic banging.

"Oh, God. Yes," a woman cried. "Give it to me, daddy."

Whomp. Whomp. Whomp. The cheap picture over the bed rattled with "daddy's" frantic pace.

Michelle rolled her eyes to the ceiling. "Really?" she asked the stained tiles. As if her situation wasn't bad enough, she now had to listen to a bad porno.

She glanced at the clock. 5:22 p.m.

Her fingertips felt cold. She went to rub her hands together only to find her palms had a thin layer of sweat. How messed up was that? Darn nerves.

For years she had fantasized about this moment. So many versions ranging from innocent to completely far-fetched had captivated her dreams. Only Fate would deliver the version where she was holed up in a seedy motel with Big Daddy providing the sleazy soundtrack.

"Yes! Right there! Harder!"

She tuned out the "Oh-Gods", and the "That's-the-spots" and replayed her favorite fantasy. The one where Captain Jeremy Malone sought her out only to find out she had been given a new identity and placed in Witness Protection. Devastated by the government's unwillingness to tell him where she had been relocated, he made it his personal mission to find her. Though it took years, he finally discovered she became a park ranger in Indianapolis. He immediately requested leave from the military and showed up at her apartment door.

She laughed at her foolish daydreams. Even if the man had hunted her down, then what? Her track record since Colombia had been Michelle, zero; Disaster, every time.

The looks of disgust on her partners' faces when they saw her body usually killed whatever passion she had been able to muster through the fear and memories. Only one man had seen beyond carnage and made her feel as if it would be okay.

A hoarse shout bled through the thin wall followed by a lot of groaning. Hopefully that signaled the end of "daddy's" session.

Had she done the right thing calling Cappy? How long had he been in Indianapolis? God, had she been this close to him all this time? What if he's seen the news? Would he call the police, FBI, Army to tip them off? She started to panic. Oh no. What had she done?

Knock. Knock. Knock.

Michelle jumped at the sound on her door. The blood drained from her face and her heart pounded against her ribcage. No way in this short span of time could it be another drunk with the wrong room. Which meant... He's here. All her insecurities rushed through her brain as she stared at the door. Everything from her thunder-thighs to her lack of makeup and hungover status swamped her.

"Michelle?" a muffled, deep male voice called on the other side. She'd know that intonation anywhere. It slid over her, tightening the knot in her stomach. She rubbed the dancing area and snagged on a button. Jerking her head down, she started cussing. She still had on the ugliest uniform ever. Not one ounce of sexiness could be wrung from the drab olive and gray clothing.

Sweat pooled under her arms, not helping her confidence and—

Wait, what was that? She squinted and dabbed a spot on her shirt. Great. She had on the most god-awful stained uniform ever.

This was so far from her fantasy she could only hang her head. About par for the last twenty-four hours.

Knock. Knock.

"Michelle," Captain Jeremy Malone said again. "It's safe to open the door."

No one shouted "POLICE" or "FBI". That was a good sign, wasn't it? Didn't they have to identify themselves first before entering? That meant he was alone, right?

She threw her shoulders back and strode across the room. Closing her eyes, she took a deep breath and opened the thin wood.

Holy Cheesus on wheat toast.

How could she not recall how HUGE he was? And that was saying something, since she was considered tall. But he had to be at least a half a foot over her head. Not only tall, but ripped with muscles... Like no-way-could-this-exist-in-real-life muscles sprouted beneath a tight T-shirt. Since he had worn a helmet the last time they met, she had never gotten to see he had dark brown hair, buzzed in a military crew-cut. His stance was all business; exuding strength and power and don't-mess-with-me-cause-I-know-eighty-ways-to-kill-you. But one feature commanded her attention—the same one haunting her for years. His eyes. Those wonderfully expressive deep coffee-colored eyes.

"Cappy." She shuddered. After so many years of longing, she was finally staring into their depths... and he was staring right back.





✿ The Series ✿


Exchange of Fire
SBG #1
by
P.A. DePaul






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Since P.A. DePaul first sounded out the words "See Spot run" and "See Jane walk", she was hooked. Couple that with weekly trips to the library where she usually tried to get the maximum amount of books allowed, and watching both parents get lost in a book, you would think she'd get a clue that writing might be something she should investigate. But sadly, no. (She's a little slow on the uptake.)

After years of escaping into fantastical worlds in books, P.A. DePaul started to get an inkling in the back of her mind that she could probably create something fun too. But again, as she was slow to move on to anything concrete, the idea just continued to fester until she picked up J.R. Ward's compendium, The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide. Eureka! The three-way bulb in her brain finally clicked higher than the dim-watt. When she finished reading the "Advice and FAQs" section, her hands shook and her palms got sweaty. After she blinked away the lightheaded feeling, she thought to herself, "I can do this. I've read enough books to know what's out there and what's popular. I'm gonna give it a try." Then she sat in front of her computer, chin in her hand, and drummed her fingers. What to write about? Even though she loved reading about vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, and witches, she realized she had nothing new to offer. Frustrated, but not daunted, she went to bed and woke up the next morning with an idea; a concept that refused to go away. A couple of failed manuscripts and storylines later, she finally got it right. (Though, in her mind, those first couple of manuscripts weren't failures. They were learning tools to help her hone her writing and learn how to construct a storyline. Some of the characters you'll come to love in the Guardian Security and Investigations series started in those original pages and she just couldn't part with them. Don't be surprised if one day, she dusts one of those off and works it so they'll finally be in print.)

Knowing she had a novel worth fighting for, she joined the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and entered it in four contests. She won third place in Utah Chapter's Heart of the West Contest! Woohoo! Confirmation she was on to something.

P.A. DePaul originally hails from Carroll County and Baltimore County, Maryland, but also lived in Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia. She currently resides in a beautiful community just outside Philadelphia.

When her head is not completely absorbed with listening to her very demanding Guardians tell their stories, she can be found with her head in a book — not only enjoying the story but studying what makes the novel work for her or not. She loves action-adventure movies (if it blows up spectacularly, she's there) and watching way too much TV. (Can everybody say "Procrastination?" To which she usually replies, "But it's research!" Yeah, they don't believe her either.). Her husband and three-year-old Shi Tzu, Montgomery, sometimes stand outside her closed office door and wonder, "Is she still alive? Do we dare bother her? What if she's on a roll?" Monty usually answers by scratching on the wood anyway. Gotta love a dog who doesn't care about boundaries! Good thing he's so cute!




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♡ Cora Carmack's Special Announcement ♡ @CoraCarmack @InkSlingerPR



♡ Special Announcement ♡



HERE’S THE SCOOP!

Fans of Cora Carmack's Rusk University, we have a SUPER exciting announcement:






ALL CLOSED OFF, Book 4 in the Rusk University Series, is coming!!!


Check out this message from Cora!


*WARNING: This letter contains spoilers for All Broke Down. If you haven't yet read that book, read at your own peril. SECOND WARNING: this letter talks about fictional characters as if they are real people. Sorry I'm not sorry. THIRD WARNING: The letter below broaches a serious topic that could be a trigger for some people*

Hello beloved readers!

The first person who read one of my Rusk University books was my older sister. I gave her All Lined Up when I finished, and her first question was "Are Ryan and Stella going to be together?"

At the time, I told her no. I had plans for both of them that included their own storylines. I thought they were too much alike. They'd make great friends. They might even hook-up, but in the end... I couldn't envision anything serious for them. So I actually rewrote some of their scenes trying to make that aspect of their connection more obvious. And still, when All Lined Up released, amidst the chatter about sweet Carson and sassy Dallas, I had people asking if Stella and Ryan were next. I denied it again (and again and again).

But sometimes in writing, the stars align and a character will become bigger and more real than you could have possibly imagined. It's a wonderful experience, but in Stella's case it was also incredibly heartbreaking. While I was writing All Broke Down, the news was inundated with information about the Steubenville rape trial and other tragedies and injustices like it. Tragedies where women have been violated first by an attacker, then by judgmental and hateful people, and finally by a justice system that repeatedly fails survivors of sexual assault. Having grown up in Texas, where too often football stars are treated like gods and can get away with just about anything, it hit particularly close to home. And since All Broke Down featured a passionate activist heroine, I felt compelled to reference this chronic dark underbelly of elite sports.

I can remember vividly sitting on my couch, brainstorming how I would incorporate such an event into the book. I had thought the assault would happen to an unknown character, and maybe I would focus on the way it divided the team and the school and the town. But like I said... Sometimes a character will become bigger and more human than I anticipated. And it sounds crazy, but in my mind, I felt Stella push her way forward and say, "Mine. This is my story." I immediately began to cry. Sob, really. Because I loved her as a character. She was hilarious and strong and didn't take crap from anyone. She was everything I always hope to be. And I didn't want her to go through that. Even as I cried, my brain began to tell me that it made sense. Stella was vibrant and enjoyed a wild party. She was not afraid of her sexuality, and she had no problem with casual sex. She was the kind of girl that probably had a reputation. The kind of girl who could be heinously and violently taken advantage of, and people would STILL blame her. Because she was in the wrong place, wearing the wrong clothes, behaving in the wrong way. But just because it COULD happen to her, didn't mean I wanted it to. But once again, Stella was there in my head saying, "Someone needs to tell this story. And I'm strong enough to do it. Let me." And when Stella chose her story, she also chose the man I'd been adamant wasn't right for her. Because as it turns out... Those two characters who I thought were too alike aren't so alike anymore. And Stella needs Ryan to help her hold on to that vibrant and strong girl she was before.

So I let go of all the plans I had for her, and allowed her to tell me her story, which is about more than just sexual assault. It's about the aftermath. Depression. Shame. Guilt. Anger. Injustice. Victim-blaming. Slut-shaming. It's about the way that kind of event can change everything-- how you relate to people, how you think, how you dream, how you love. It's about the way the rest of the world moves on to the next big tragedy, and you're still left holding the broken pieces of who you used to be, with no idea how to put them together again or even if you want to. It will be the most difficult story I ever tell. And the most important. Because it's a story that belongs not just to Stella, but to millions of people around the world. It's a story that belongs to a new person every 107 seconds*. And that's just in the United States. Think about that for a moment. 107 seconds. Stella's story won't be any easier to read than it will be to write. But I hope you'll help me drag this story into the light.

So now I'll step off my soapbox and just tell you about the book...




All Closed Off
Rusk University #4
by
Cora Carmack


✾ Synopsis ✾


Stella Santos is fine.

Maybe something terrible happened to her that she can't even remember. And maybe it drives her crazy when her friends treat her like she's on the verge of breaking because of it. Maybe it feels even worse when they do what she asks and pretend that it never happened at all. And maybe she's been getting harassing emails and messages for months from people who don't even know her, but hate her all the same.

But none of that matters because she's just fine.

For Ryan Blake, Stella was always that girl. Vibrant and hilarious and beautiful. He wanted her as his best friend. His more than friends. His everything and anything that she would give him. Which these days is a whole lot of nothing. She gets angry when he's there. Angry when he's not there. Angry when he tries to talk and when he doesn't.

When Stella devises an unconventional art project for one of her classes all about exploring intimacy — between both friends and strangers — Ryan finds himself stepping in as guinea pig after one of her subjects bails. What was supposed to be an objective and artistic look at emotion and secrets and sex suddenly becomes much more personal. When he hits it off with another girl from the project, Stella will have to decide if she's willing to do more than make art about intimacy. To keep him, she'll have to open up and let herself be the one thing she swore she'd never be again.

Vulnerable.


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ALL CLOSED OFF will be releasing sometime in early 2016. I don't have a date yet for several reasons. The first and most important, is that I want to do this story justice. And as such, I have no intentions of rushing the process. Secondly, I'll be returning to indie publishing for the remainder of the Rusk series. As you can probably tell, this story means a great deal to me. And by having the ultimate control over everything from timing to editing to price, I'll be able to ensure that I'm able to create exactly the story I envision. Unfortunately, that means you won't be seeing the paperback of ALL CLOSED OFF on the shelves in most stores. Nor is it currently available for pre-order. But I hope you'll add the book on goodreads, follow me on social media, and/or join my newsletter. I promise to shout it all over the place when I have a set release date or pre-order links.

Thank you for listening as I told you the evolution of Stella's story. When it's finished, I hope you will feel as passionately about it as I do.


All my best,

Cora Carmack


*Statistic from RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network)






And an opportunity to add your voice to Stella's...


Stella's experience is only one story of many. She was with someone she trusted when it happened, and the only memories she has are pieced together from her own blurred recollections and the things people have told her. Not everyone's experience with sexual assault is the same. Each person reacts, copes, and overcomes differently. And while this book is about one specific character's journey, I would like to tell as many sides of this story as possible. As Stella grapples with her thoughts and emotions she'll be searching for advice, for comfort, for a place where people understand her and can identify with what she's experiencing. There will be room for truth within the fiction, and if you'd like that truth to be yours, this is your chance.

If you have a story like Stella's, and you want your voice to be heard...

If there's something you wish more people understood about what you’ve gone through...

If there's something you'd like to tell people struggling with a story like yours...

I'd like to give you the opportunity to add your voice to Stella's. Use the hashtag #WhenItHappened and let your voice be heard on your own by posting on your own social media, or if you'd rather I share your words fill out this google document and tell me your story. You can fill out this form anonymously or not. I'd like to begin this discussion now because April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. But my hope is to include as many stories as possible within the book itself.

So many have stories of #WhenItHappened. Your voice and your story deserve to be heard. I'm listening.

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✿ The Author ✿


Cora Carmack is a twenty-something New York Times bestselling author who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life - boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She now splits her time between Austin, TX and New York City and spends her days writing, traveling, and spending way too much time on the internet. In her books, you can expect to find humor, heart, and a whole lot of awkward. Because let's face it... awkward people need love, too.



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♡ Cover Reveal ♡ Playing the Game, Derek Backhard (The Game #2) by Shawnté Borris @shawnte_author @BookPlugPromo




Playing the Game, Derek Backhard
The Game #2
by
Shawnté Borris

Cover Model: BT Urruela

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Photographer 2: Dream Image Photography

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Release Date: June 2015





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Since being drafted by the NHL to play for his home team at age nineteen, Derek Backhard has had everything he's ever dreamed of - unrivaled MVP mentions, countless goals and assists, even being compared to the great one. Holding the power to control his future in the palm of his hands, nothing stood in his way.

Until the unthinkable happened, and everything about his life shifted. Past priorities fell away the moment he held baby Ryder in his arms mere moments after losing his close friend, and Ryder's father, Brad.

After weeks of watching Liz fall apart over the loss of her husband as she struggled to adjust to life as a single parent, Derek vows to give her and Ryder everything they deserve, creating a life he never knew he always wanted.

Rocked to her core by her changing feelings for him, Liz doesn't know what to do with Derek or his offer. Uncertainty swirls within her as she leans on her lifelong friend during the hard times, but how much of his attention is real, and how much is pity?

Is she strong enough to let him in and let him take care of her, or will she force him away and back into the life she thinks he really wants?








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Shawnté lives in central Alberta, with her husband Ricky of 10 amazing years and together they have two beautiful children. Somehow her husband has managed to trick her into running a cow/calf operation. As much as she fusses about it, she loves it.

When Shawnté is not sitting at her kitchen table hammering away on her laptop while watching the moose chase her cows across the yard, yes this really happens. Then she is busy attend school activities, community events and chauffeuring children here and there. She is big on playing softball and watching hockey.

When the time comes to relax, you will find her snuggled underneath her down comforter reading on her Ipad. Wait... who are we kidding, if the dishes, vacuuming, laundry or the bathrooms needs a hose down, you'll always hear her say, "Just after this chapter". She doesn't have a favorite author or best story because everyday she falls in love with someone new.

Shawnté is technology challenged so with the help of Lacy you can find her anywhere. Please go like her page and leave a review/star rating on the books she’s wrote.



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♡ Cover Reveal ♡ Twisted Bond (Holly Woods Files #1) by Emma Hart + Excerpt @EmmaHartAuthor @InkSlingerPR




Twisted Bond
Holly Woods Files #1
by
Emma Hart

Release Date: June 11th 2015





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I'm an Italian-Texan woman in a family full of cops. I'm passionate and shoot before I think. You only f*ck with me if you're stupid.


Photograph cheating spouses. Hand over the evidence. Cash my check.

That was my plan when I returned home to Holly Woods, Texas, and became a private investigator.

Finding the dead body in my dumpster? Yeah... Given the choice, I think I would have opted out of that little discovery, especially since all three of my brothers are cops. And my Italian grandmother is sure the reason I'm single is because of my job.

Of course, my connection to the victim is entirely coincidental. Until I'm hired by her husband to investigate her murder and shoved bang-smack into the path of Detective Drake Nash.

My nemesis, a persistent pain in my ass, and one hell of a sexy son of a bitch.

Shame he still holds a grudge from that time I shot him in the foot twelve years ago, or we could have something. In another life.

So now all I have to do is avoid my nonna's blind dates, try not to blackmail my brothers into giving me confidential police files, and absolutely do not point my gun at Drake Nash. Or kiss him. Or jump his bones.

All while I hunt down the killer.

Sounds totally simple — until a second body proves that sometimes things that start as coincidences don't always end up that way...


(Twisted Bond is book one of the Holly Woods Files series and while it does not end in a cliffhanger, it is not a standalone.)















"Get out!" I yell, my voice hoarse.

"I'm sorry?" Drake recoils.

"Get out. Of my building," I add, moving toward him as he walks backward. "If you don't have a warrant in your ass pocket, get the fuck out. Now."

He grabs my wrist and pulls me into him. "Listen to me, cupcake. Someone got real lucky last night, and that someone was you. You weren't here when your killer wanted you to be. Yeah, I said yours. They know you're waitin' for 'em. Most nights you'd be here, right? But last night, because I pissed your ass off, you weren't. Know what that tells me?"

"I'm sure you're gonna tell me," I manage through gritted teeth.

"It tells me this killer is watching you. You ain't safe. They're waiting to strike, and it's gonna be the second you're alone. We're close. I can feel it. You're their target now. And this killer? They want to kill you."

"No shit," I whisper, looking away from him. "I won't back down. I don't care what you say. They can try and kill me. I've dealt with worse."

"Stop being a pain in my ass." He grabs my chin and forces me to look into his eyes and all their devastatingly icy glory. "Someone. Wants. To. Kill. You."

"I know."

"Yet you don't care."

"I care," I whisper, holding his gaze. "But did you ever think that I'm your best bet at catching this person? If they're watching me, if they want to kill me, they're there. Waitin', like you said. And that means they're gonna come to me. Not you. Not anyone else. Me."

"Yeah, I thought it. But I don't like it."

"Ain't your job to like it, Detective. It's your job to deal with it."

"You're right. It ain't my job to like it, but I ain't exactly dealing with it either."

"What the hell does that mean?"

"It means," he leans in, his touch relaxing just a smidge, "It means that I don't like it. I'm not dealin' with it. And the thought of you bein' in the kinda danger you are scares the ever-lovin' fuckin' shit out of me."






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By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies - usually wine - and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.



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♡ Release Boost + #Giveaway ♡ Healing Gabe (The Last Hangman MC #3) by Muriel Garcia @muriel__g @givemebooksblog




Healing Gabe
The Last Hangman MC #3
by
Muriel Garcia

Cover Design: Rebecca Marie @ The Final Wrap

Release Date: April 25, 2015





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From the day he was 18, Gabe’s life changed drastically. He lost both of his parents in a tragic car accident and had to raise his 8 years old sister, Nicole. All he wanted to do was party and enjoy his teenage life and go to college. Instead, he had to mature really fast, find a job that would allow him time with his sister but also bring enough money to keep a roof above their heads, pay the bills, feed them and make her happy.

As if things weren’t bad enough, Gabe finds himself in the middle of two clubs at war. On one faithful night, he meets the one woman that will hold his heart forever, becomes the target of the most vicious MC around Louisiana and becomes a prospect for the Last Hangman.

What happens when the love of your life is taken from you and you have to witness her horrible demise?

Things aren’t always what they seem.

Vivian had to keep a low profile after running away from home twelve years ago. She lost everything that same night and has been left empty and feeling scared for years, but she’s done feeling scared. She wants to be happy again and for that, she comes back to New Orleans.

What happened when Gabe and Vivian see each other again?

Both of their past catches up with them, bringing down innocent people. Betrayal, new found family, love and hate.

Gabe never thought he could love again, Vivian only wants to heal him and make him feel whole again.

Can they find their happiness together or will their past be too strong and tear them apart forever?










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Saving Ayden
The Last Hangman MC #1





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Teaching Aleck
The Last Hangman MC #2





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Muriel Garcia grew up in Belgium. She loves music, tattoos, hot tattooed men, travelling, and cooking. She always had an overly imaginative and creative mind but never thought of writing a book up until a couple of months ago. Now she couldn't imagine not writing stories that are near and dear to her heart.



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♡ Release Blitz + #Giveaway ♡ StepSister Devotion: The Complete Series by Eve Cates + Excerpt + Teasers @just_eve_cates @BTSPromosPR




StepSister Devotion:
The Complete Series
by
Eve Cates

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: April 29, 2015

✾ Synopsis ✾


Forbidden love between a stepbrother and a stepsister. Told from the male point of view. 18+ due to sex scenes and language.

She had me at the word 'Run'.

I first met my stepsister, Abigail Dorset at a wedding – my father had left my mom and married hers; I went there expecting to hate her.

Instead, I found something much worse... I found my soul mate. It was in the form of a girl who looked just like Snow White, and just like in the fairy tale, there was a wicked stepmother who would do everything in her power to keep control over her daughter's destiny. Being a Dorset meant you have to marry into the right gene pool and appear to be of the highest moral code. Abigail's life was mapped out the day she was born. I was seen as bump in the road – a deviant boy who needed to be avoided at all costs. So my stepmother kept us apart... or so she thought...

From the moment we met, Abigail and I knew there was something – some invisible force that makes two people want the one thing they can't have. But we wanted it anyway. Over the years, we would fight and lie, sneak and hide – we'd hurt those around us in our need to be together in whatever way we could.

But most of all, we'd hurt each other and we'd hurt ourselves, all in a bid to figure it out and find a way to finally be together because every day we spend apart feels like dying.

A life with love is magical. Without it, living is torture.

Follow Sebastian Hawke and Abigail Dorset as they embark of a journey of love and devotion, kept secret, spanning years. Watch, as it drives them together and tears them apart before bringing them together again, older and wiser, ready to find a way – to do whatever it takes – because being apart from the one person you were born to love, isn't an option.







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Standing on the edge of the pool, I roll my shoulders and twist at the waist, loosening up before leaning forward and diving. The cool wet surrounds my body as I jet through it, rising to the surface and dragging my body through the water, lap after lap up and down, quieting my mind that never seems to stop thinking, harassing me with the voices of doubt and negativity, all telling me I'm worthless and I don't belong. They tell me I'm a deviant. And maybe I am...

I0m not who they think I am. I'm not what they think I am. They don't even know me.

As I swim, I try not to think about my dad and his lack of caring – his lack of confidence in me. I try not to think of the life we had before he traded in happiness for material possessions.

Faster and faster I swim, my arms and legs, churning through the water as my chest heaves with the effort. I focus on the ache of my body. The breath as I hold it in my chest. It's always so much harder to be calm here. I don't know why he preferred this, even with all the stuff around; it's the loneliest place I’ve ever been to. And in the quiet, my mind wins.

Reaching the end of another lap, I roll my body to change directions and rocket off the side of the pool, propelling myself under the water. Just as I'm about to rise to the surface, a vision appears beneath me. It all happens so fast that it takes a while before my brain catches up with what's happening, and I swear I'm seeing things. But then a pair of lips press against mine, shocking me into reality as I'm faced with a set of amused blue eyes. I jerk backwards in surprise and plant my feet, standing up in the center of the pool. My chest heaves from exertion and surprise as I wipe my hand over my face and watch as Abi emerges from the water like the lady of the lake, so fucking stunning as she rises from the water, water pouring from her body, running between her round breasts that are covered with only the smallest pieces of blue fabric. My fucking cock twitches and the word 'deviant' flashes in my mind as I force myself to look away and keep my hands by my sides, when all I really want to do is grab her by that dark hair and kiss that giant smile on her face.

"What are you doing here?" I ask immediately, using aggression to cover what I'm really thinking. "You're never here at the same time as me."

She shrugs and pulls her long hair over her shoulder, wringing out the water. It runs down her breast and my eyes follow the stream. Did I just growl?

"School's out, and I'm not doing summer courses when this is the last summer before college. I want to have a bit of fun for a change. But it's nice to see you too. It's only been four years, brother."

My brow furrows. "Don't kiss me then call me brother."

She grins. "Why? It's not like I stuck the tongue in." She uses her hand to nudge me playfully in the chest and I catch her by the wrist, holding her hand against me as I look into her eyes while mine burn with a long held desire.

"Because right now, I'm not feeling very brotherly toward you."

Her mouth drops open and she lets out a tiny gasp. It's so fucking sexy that I immediately picture her doing that with my face buried between her thighs. My thumb slides up and down her wrist as her hand presses against my chest, able to feel the increasing rhythm of my heart and the rise and fall of my rapid breathing. Slowly, my eyes absorb the sight of her; taking in the changes of her face, her curves, her hair... I get that same tightening in my guts that I did when I first met her. Time hasn't lessened my reaction to having her in front of me. But now that I'm older, I know exactly what it is. And I know it's not the way I should be feeling around my stepsister.

Deviant...

My eyes drop to her mouth and the most powerful urge to grab her and bite those plump lips of hers, assaults my mind, and I have to release her hand and look away to force it out of my mind or I’m going to lose control and do just that.

It would be stupid. We're out in the fucking open. What am I doing?

"Just. Don't," I say, my frown returning as I step away. "You shouldn't have come."






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Eve Cates is a twenty-something author of contemporary erotic romance. She loves all things naughty, demanding men and difficult situations (pass the popcorn please). Her first series, StepSister Devotion, will be told in four parts, releasing via Kindle Unlimited.

Eve has loved writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and penned a note to her imaginary friend 'Pok'. Accused of being a 'dreamer' as she grew, she's taken that notion and turned her daydreams into stories to delight and satisfy her readers.

When she isn't writing, you'll find her at home with her husband, four children, and two dogs.



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