quinta-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2016

♡ Excerpt Reveal + #Sale ♡ Fighting Solitude (On the Ropes #3) by Aly Martinez @AlyMartinezAuth @RSofRomance





"Jesus Christ, Quarry! Calm down. You're making it worse." Till pointed toward the building where the woman I loved lay dead in a coffin.

Oh, God.

My eyes, tunneled by rage, flashed around the mob of reporters before landing on the front steps of the funeral home, where an even bigger crowd of Mia's friends and family were watching me violently break down — again.

"I need to get out of here," I mumbled, straightening my shirt.

"Good idea," he replied, shoving me toward my car. "I'll drive."

"No. I want to be alone."

"You can't drive right now, Q."

"Watch me."

"You cannot be behind the wheel..." He carried on with some explanation, but I was more than done listening. The silence had never sounded so good.

Looking up at the sky, I sucked in a breath so deep that it caused my lungs to ache. I refused to release it though.

Don't exhale.

Ignoring Till's protests, I dug my keys from my pocket and folded into my car. Barely managing to squeeze around the relentless reporters, I started toward the exit.

This is not happening.

Don't breathe.

My lungs were on fire, but it felt a hell of a lot better than what was going on in my heart, so I bit my lip and let it blaze — praying that it would eventually engulf me.

Glancing in my review mirror, I saw the cops rolling into the parking lot, but that wasn't what made me stop. My breath left me on a rush as I slammed on the brakes the moment she came into view.

Liv was standing in the middle of the road, staring at my taillights.

Her big, brown eyes were as empty as I felt, and her face was painted with absolute anguish. Without out a single second of hesitation, I leaned over and pushed the passenger's side door open in invitation. In a pair of heels and a short, black dress, she sprinted forward, not slowing until her ass hit my leather seat. Her door hadn't even shut before I was off again.

After turning her cell phone off, she tossed it in the glove box. Mine quickly followed. She didn't ask any questions as I pulled onto the highway in the exact opposite direction of both of our apartments. She didn't want to go home any more than I did.

Our destination was unknown, and that alone made it infinitely better than the one we'd just left.

I drove.

And drove.

Then, when I was sick and tired of aimlessly driving, I drove some more.

With the exception of Liv flipping the radio on when the sun went down, we sat in absolute silence for over four hours.

Alone, yet still together.

Finally, around ten p.m., with an empty tank of gas and sleepy eyes, I slipped into a parking space in front of the apartment Liv and Mia shared. Liv didn't delay in pushing the door open, but that's the only effort she put into getting out.

Dropping her head against the headrest, she whispered at the windshield, "Her parents told me she left letters for us. We can pick them up whenever we're ready."

"I don't want a fucking letter. She lied. She's sorry. I got it. Nothing left to say."

"Maybe it will explain stuff though. It might help."

My angry gaze jumped to her, but she was still staring out the window.

"Will it bring her back?" I asked. "No? Then I don't need a goddamn letter. Fuck that. Fuck her parents too. I don't want shit from them."

"They didn't kill her, Quarry."

"How can you say that?"

Her eyes finally met mine. "It was what Mia wanted. She signed the Do Not Resuscitate order, not them."

"What the fuck are you doing here? Please, God, tell me you are not actually siding with them? Because, if I recall correctly, we both begged them not to give up on her. They didn't give a shit about anyone. Liv, they didn't even get a second opinion."

"I'm not siding with anyone but Mia. She made a choice. We have to respect it." Her expression was emotionless, even though her voice trembled.

"Respect it? Fuck her shitty choice. She should have respected me enough to let me have a say."

She laughed without humor. "You never would have let her go, Q."

I slammed the heel of my palm against the steering wheel. "You're goddamn right I wouldn't have!"

"She had brain cancer. It was going to happen one way or another. She knew it. And she made a decision. We don't get to be mad about that."

"Get the fuck out of my car."

"No. Listen to me—"

"I'll start listening the moment you stop spouting the bullshit her parents shoved down your throat tonight."

She raised her voice for the first time all day. "It's the truth!"

"It's bullshit! All of it. How am I supposed to respect the fact that she lied to me for six months? Six fucking months that I could have used to prepare for this."

"Oh my God, Quarry!" she yelled, exasperated. "Do you seriously think six months could have ever prepared you for this? I could have known since the day I met her and I still wouldn't have been ready to lose her."

"I could have tried! I could have spent that time devoted to being with her instead of traveling to fights. Jesus Christ, Liv, last weekend, I went out with the guys from the gym to play pool. The last fucking Saturday night of her life on this Earth and I was shooting pool with a bunch of assholes I can barely stand. Six months she kept the fact that she was dying a secret. Six. Fucking. Months. You're right. I wouldn't have been ready to let her go, but at least I could have figured out how to say goodbye. Instead, all I got was to squeeze her hand, say, 'I love you', and then be escorted out of the hospital by security. Fuck!"

"That's because you were acting like a fool and threatening her family! That was your choice!"

"Get the fuck out of my car. Now!"

"And it's also the reason you got thrown out of the visitation tonight. Get your shit together or you won't be allowed at the funeral tomorrow."

"I don't want to go to the funeral!" I shouted at the top of my lungs, making her flinch. "I don't want there to be a funeral at all. Now, I'm serious. Get. The fuck. Out. Of my car."

Through gritted teeth, she seethed, "You know what I'll never understand? How you claim to be so in love with her, but in this entire conversation, I haven't heard you say a single word that wasn't about you. How this affects you. How this hurt you. Last time I checked, you aren't the one being buried tomorrow."

"I wish I were!"

"Fuck you! The world doesn't revolve around Quarry Page!" With that, she jumped out and slammed the door.

I didn't even wait for her to make it to the sidewalk before I was peeling out of the parking lot.





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Fighting Solitude is Book Three in the On The Ropes Series by Aly Martinez and is Quarry's highly anticipated story releasing February 2nd!

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Fighting Solitude
On the Ropes #3
by
Aly Martinez

Release Date: February 2nd 2016





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I was born a fighter. Abandoned by my parents, I spent my life forging my own path — one guided by my fists and paved with pain.

Untouchable in the ring, I destroyed everyone who faced me, but that's where my victories ended. Outside the ropes, I repeatedly failed the few people who loved me. Including my best friend, Liv James — the one person I'd die to protect.

Even though I didn't deserve her, Liv never stopped believing in me. Never gave up. Never let go. After all, she understood what I'd lost, because she'd lost it too.

Liv was everything to me, but she was never truly mine.

That was going to change.

I lost my first love, but I refused to lose my soulmate.

Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.

Fighting to be the man she deserves.

Fighting the solitude of our pasts.

Fighting for her.


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✿ The Series ✿


Haven't read this series yet?

Meet Flint Quarry, Till & Eliza in Fighting Silence


Fighting Silence
On the Ropes #1
by
Aly Martinez

Release Date: February 23rd 2015





✾ Synopsis ✾


Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?

I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.

You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.

They both happened anyway.

Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.

Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.

I think that's the sound I'll miss the most.










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Flint's highly anticipated emotional story is FINALLY here!

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Fighting Shadows
On the Ropes #2
by
Aly Martinez

Release Date: July 7th 2015





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I come from a family of fighters. I always thought I'd follow in their shadows, becoming unstoppable in the ring. That changed the day I saved the life of a woman I loved, but could never have.

My brother hailed me as a hero, and my reward was a wheelchair.

Paralyzed, my life became an inescapable nightmare.

Until I met her.

Ash Mabie had a heart - stopping smile and a laugh that numbed the rage and resentment brewing inside of me. She showed me that even the darkest night still had stars, and it didn't matter one bit that you had to lie in the weeds to see them.

I was a jaded asshole who fell for a girl with a knack for running away. I couldn't even walk but I would have spent a lifetime chasing her.

Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.

Fighting the shadows of our past.

Fighting to reclaim my future.

Fighting for her.










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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add "Author" to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you're hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.



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♡ Release Blitz ♡ Holding Her Close (Mended Hearts #2) by Lexi Ryan @writerlexiryan @EJBookPromos




Holding Her Close
Mended Hearts #2
by
Lexi Ryan

Genre: Romantic Suspense Stand-Alone Novel

Release Date: January 19, 2016







HOLD YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE... AND YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER.


She's everything he detests about Hollywood.

After spending my entire acting career being cast as the airhead, I finally have the serious role I've been dying for, and I screw it all up during a four martini dinner with my ex. Now, thanks to the morality clause in my contract, I might lose the role of a lifetime. My only hope is to convince the media (and my eccentrically conservative director) that I've entered a committed relationship. But when I use my brother's costume party to launch Operation Fake Fiancé, I end up in front of the camera with the wrong guy, leaving my reputation — and the fate of my career — at his mercy. Any other guy I could sweet talk into playing the supporting role I need, but not Officer Cade Watts. Not the man who hates everything about me. Not the man who would most revel in seeing me fail.


He's everything she needs.

I don't care how good it felt to have her in my arms. I don't care that I can't close my eyes without remembering the way she tastes or the sound of her moan. I want nothing to do with Janelle Crane. Her scheme to fake an engagement to save her own career is exactly the kind of manipulative Hollywood crap I left LA to escape. But when her fan mail turns threatening and the tragedies befalling her former co-stars seem to be anything but coincidence, everything changes. Now I don't just want to play the part of Janelle's fake fiancé, I demand it. I won't let my jaded heart cost me another case. I may not trust Janelle but I do care, and the only way I know she's safe is if I'm holding her close.

















HOLDING HER CLOSE, 2016 © by Lexi Ryan

"Why are you so angry with me?" I link my hands behind his neck. "You're always so angry with me."

"Are you fucking kidding me?"

Rising onto my toes, I position my mouth by his ear. "No one's going to believe you're my boyfriend if you hold me like you're afraid you might catch something."

One second we're standing there, barely moving on the dance floor. The next, he's spinning me around, and I'm trapped between his body and the wall. He has one hand at my neck, the other at my waist, one thick thigh between my legs.

"You wanna know why I'm angry?" He presses closer. My already-short skirt hikes higher up my hips, and I'm treated to the delicious pressure of his thigh pressing into the lace of my panties. "Maybe because you're reckless. Selfish. Immature. Maybe because for the last three hours you've been boozing it up with your buddies while I was picturing you bound and helpless to some obsessive maniac."

Before I can reply, his mouth is on mine. This isn't like the seductive kisses we shared on our first night together, and it lacks the tenderness of the kiss he gave me at the station. This kiss matches his mood. It's hot and angry. Demanding and possessive. This is the kiss of a man who very well could throw his woman over his shoulder and drag her home. The kiss of a man whose woman would relish such treatment.

I shouldn't be that woman. I shouldn't even pretend to be her. But should has nothing to do with the way I open my mouth and slip my tongue inside to taste him. Should has nothing to do with me shifting my stance, lifting one knee to give his thigh better access to my aching center. When Cade touches me, should goes out the window and is replaced by must.

I must pull him closer. I must learn how his neck tastes. I must dissolve into his kiss until the world disappears. Then even must falls away and I am nothing but this ache where need becomes pleasure and pleasure becomes need. He called me reckless, and right now I am. With him, that's what I become.

When he tears his mouth from mine, I gasp at the loss.

"Is that better?" he asks, rubbing his face against my neck and marking me with his stubble. "If I hold you like this." The hand at my waist slides down until he's cupping my ass. "Touch you like this." The hand on my neck dips to skim the tops of my breasts. "Would that be enough?" He opens his mouth against my neck and sucks. Hard. "What's it going to take to get you to listen to me?"
















Playing With Fire
Mended Hearts #1
by
Lexi Ryan
















New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance novelist Lexi Ryan is a former college English professor turned full-time writer. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband and two children. When not writing, she can be found enjoying yoga, reading copiously, hanging out with her family, and thanking her lucky stars.











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