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*Blog Tour* The Volkov Bratva Trilogy by London Miller + #Review + Excerpts + #Giveaway @LMAuthor @IndieSagePromo

In the Beginning
by London Miller
Volkov Bratva #1

Publication Date: October 14, 2013

Twenty-year-old Lauren Thompson left her small town in Michigan to begin a new life in the Big Apple where no one knows her name or the tragedy that had rocked her family fifteen years prior. With new friends and an intriguing new love interest, starting over is easier than she expected...but Mishca Volkov isn't what he seems. As the son of a Russian Mob boss, he thrives in a world of chaos and fear, earning the title of Bratva Captain through blood and pain.

When the two cross paths, lines blur and passions ignite, bringing them closer than they could ever imagine. Until secrets from the past threaten to tear them apart. Can they fight past their demons... or were they doomed by fate before they ever met.

Loved this book!

This book's story starts with the murder of Dr. Cameron Thompson, while his daughter, Lauren, is hiding in the closet. Fifteen years pass, and now Lauren is a twenty year old young woman. She doesn't remember anything that happened the night her father was murdered. She moves to New York to go to college. It is her first time away from home because growing up she was very protected by her mother, Susan, and by Detective Thomas Ross, the detective that found her in the closet the night her father died.
One morning she meets Mishca Volkov and her whole world changes. Mishca is a Captain of the Volkov Bratva, the Russian mob.
They start getting to know each other and become very close.
But Mishca is still hiding from Lauren that he is a member of the Russian mob and that something that happened in the past that connects them both. How will Lauren react when she finds out the truth?

From the beginning this story pulled me in. It is very interesting and full of emotions.
Loved that we are able to see how Lauren and Mishca's relationship developed. Nothing was hurried.
Loved the suspense.

Lauren is a great female leading character. She is very strong. Due to the trauma of witnessing her father's murder, she blocked all memories from before that night and doesn't remember her father. She wishes she could remember him.
Mishca isn't what you would expect from a mob guy. He is fierce and protective but also very kind and sweet. Loved that he never rushed Lauren to do anything she didn't want and let her take her time.
Loved Amber, Tristan, and Matt. They are great friends and they show they are very loyal.

This is a fantastic book, very well written, that will make you want to read it in one go. The cliffhanger is killing me and I can't wait to read the next book!

Publication Date: February 2014

Lauren Thompson

After learning the truth behind her father's tragic murder, Lauren vowed never to go near another Volkov again, but sometimes matters of the heart are too strong to resist...

Mishca Volkov

As a Captain in the Volkov Bratva, Mishca has pledged his loyalty to the Vory v Zakone, but he soon finds himself at odds with the life he's always known...

Until the End

When Mishca and Lauren fight to salvage their relationship, new obstacles present themselves, forcing the pair to make drastic choices that either tear them apart or bring them closer together...

Outside the precinct, the sun was shining, police cars were parked along every inch of the street, and Mishca Volkov was casually standing at the foot of the stairs.

Lauren stopped where she was, a few feet above him on the top step. It all came flooding back, like it had been yesterday when everything had changed between them instead of almost four months ago.

Same wavy, disheveled hair, same towering relaxed frame, but there was something different about his eyes.

They were still that endless blue, but now they held a haunting knowledge she was all too familiar with.

He looked like he hadn't slept in days, and Lauren despised herself for caring. Completely ignoring him, she continued down the concrete steps, towards Ross' old pickup.

Ross made a rude sound below his breath, hobbling down the steps on his crutches. There was no love lost between him and Mishca, and it wasn't just because Mishca's uncle decided to send his foot soldiers to attack them in the middle of the night. It was because Mishca was Russian Mafia.

On the surface, Mishca was a law abiding, tax paying citizen like the rest of the country, but to a man like Ross, it was what Mishca was on the inside that he disliked.

Criminal. Mobster. Murderer.

Lauren hadn't believed it at first, but it was hard to deny it when she had witnessed it first hand.

Ross glared at him as he passed, Susan following soon after, though her expression was far less menacing. She almost looked... sad. Not like the last time the two had crossed paths. Back then, Lauren hadn't understood her mother’s strange reaction, but now it was more than clear that they had more of a history than she had ever known.

The lawyer spoke softly in Mishca's ear and after his nod, she was off, never speaking another word to Lauren.

He didn't come towards her, didn't crowd her with his presence, just stood there, allowing her to make the decision.

She didn't think about the consequences of her actions, just held her head high and approached him. Up close, the effect was worse because now she could smell him. Mishca was just overwhelming in every way possible.

But that wasn't what today was about. She couldn't get sucked back in.

"Are you having me followed?" Lauren asked. Her first thought was to ask him why he hired the lawyer, but that was plainly obvious considering where she had come from, but what she didn't know was where the lawyer had come across the information.

"Not in so many words."

Classic Mishca evasion. "I'll take that as a yes. Did you come here to make sure I wouldn't talk?"

He looked frustrated, like she wasn't saying what he thought she would. What did he expect? It wasn't like they had walked away on good terms. In fact, it was better if they didn't talk about it at all.

"Is that what you think now?" He asked looking down on her. "Is that all you think of me?"

"It's who you are," she said back just as fiercely. "You never showed me the monster that hid beneath the pretty surface."

"I showed you what mattered."

Like they had done so many times before, they unconsciously drew closer until they were just a whisper apart.

It was almost too easy to get lost in his eyes, the way his lips twitched when he was going to smile, or how he always made it a habit to kiss her knuckles when they saw each other.

Even now, she could feel the ghost of his lips pressing against her skin and had to refrain from reaching for him.

"I'm leaving, Mish."

His eyes softened when she used that nickname for him. She could practically read his thoughts and knew, despite how much it would hurt, she had to let him go.

"Lauren, about what I said... I didn't mean—"

"You don't have to explain."

He shoved a hand through his hair, the way he did when he was agitated. "I want to, to fix this."

She squeezed her eyes shut, wishing she could ignore the hopeful look on his face when he said that.

It was hard, staring up at the man who had been such a big part of her life for months, someone she had grown to love and care for, but there was too much between them, and she didn't think any of it could be fixed.

"I can't."

Lauren drew away from him, watching the mask fall over his face. This was goodbye.

Turning her back on him, she walked back to the car where Ross and Susan were waiting. With each step, a foolish part of her hoped that he would call her back.

The Final Hour
by London Miller
Volkov Bratva #3

Publication Date: July 2014

Three months pass without incident, leading Mishca and Lauren to believe they can finally move on from the past and build a life together

...but enemies both old and new lurk in the shadows, waiting for the opportunity to strike.

When a dangerous threat presents itself, Lauren is forced to turn to the one person that would rather see Mishca dead than live happily ever after

...she now has to step into a role that demands payment in blood.

Alliances are formed, one side fighting for survival, and the other for retribution.

No one can be trusted.

No one is safe.

War is coming.

...and not everyone will live to see the end of it.

While Lauren was preoccupied, Mishca took a moment to just watch her. The way she smiled when she spoke softly with Amber, how her eyes would light up with humor when Luka told a joke, and how even when he promised to return shortly, her gaze still sought him through the crowd. Such simple things in retrospect, but more the reason why what he was about to do was more than worth it.

He'd specifically told Vlad and his men working security for the night to stay out there with her, knowing that when he approached Ross, he would probably get punched in the face for what he was going to ask. Mishca liked to think that if he were in Ross' shoes, he would be more understanding if his daughter wanted to be with a known criminal, but then again, if Mishca ever had a daughter, he would be the most overprotective father in the world.

Mishca signaled for the bartender again, needing another shot of Vodka as he waited for Ross to exit the restrooms. This was the only opportunity all night that he had gotten the detective alone, and while Mishca could have asked his question over the phone where the likelihood of him getting hit was low, but he wasn’t a coward, and he knew he would eventually have to face Ross whether he liked it or not.

Like Mishca's thoughts had conjured him, Ross came walking out, his eyes intent on the party. Mishca tipped back his drink, swallowing it down without really feeling the burn, clearing his throat to get Ross' attention.This was the first time in a really long time — besides with Lauren — that Mishca felt nervous.

Ross didn't look too happy, but he did wait as Mishca approached him, his frown deepening when he noticed Mishca touch his breast pocket. It wasn't the first time Mishca had done it throughout the night, but Ross was one of the few that noticed.

"You've been doing that all night. What the hell are you hiding?" Ross asked suspiciously.

Only he would notice Mishca doing that and actually call him out on it. "I have a question for you."

"Yea? Get on with it."

"I know you don't like me much -"

"At all."

Mishca almost smiled. "But Lauren and I are serious and I..." Mishca hesitated, clearing his throat again. Ross looked at him expectantly while Mishca tried to covertly remember if he was right-handed or not. Deciding that it didn't matter, since either hand was going to hurt like a bitch, Mishca finally said the words. "I wanted to ask you for Lauren's hand in marriage."

There was a split second of shock on Ross' face as he stared Mishca down like he thought it was a joke. When Mishca didn't laugh, he cocked that left fist back and slugged him so hard, the people observing them gave cries of surprise, drawing the attention of their party outside. Straightening, Mishca raised his hand, a silent stand-down to his men that were already making their way towards them.

He couldn't stop Susan though.

"What the hell is going on with you two?" She asked in a heated whisper, glaring at them both. "You should be glad Lauren didn't see that."

Mishca touched his face, wincing as the pain radiated through his face. Dammit, that was going to bruise.

Ross seemed too angry for words. "I asked for Lauren's hand."

"I don't — Oh." She drew out the word, understanding what Mishca was saying. She tried to keep a straight face, but the edges of her mouth were twitching like she was trying to fight a smile. "Thomas, we have talked about this. We agreed not to interfere."

"Well I'm not going to give my blessing on something I don't agree with, and I definitely will never agree to having a Volkov in the family."

Mishca understood, but that didn't stop his temper from flaring. "I'm not my father."

"The hell if you're not. Look what you've gotten her into since she's been here. Damn Albanians - and hell, she isn't even safe with your lot."

Susan shushed him, noticing that they were still the center of attention despite their lowered voices.

"I didn't take that into consideration then," Mishca said trying to remain calm. If he lost his cool, he would never get them, Ross in particular, to agree. "I would protect her with my life, of that you should have no doubt."

Even if Ross didn't know what that meant, Susan did. Mishca knew he could never win him over, but Susan, Susan was another story entirely. She had never outright told him, but he believed she had a soft spot for him.

"I've met your father," Susan said, "and I met your mother. No matter how brief, I can see a little more of her in you than Mikhail Volkov. More importantly, I know you love Lauren and I know she loves you. If you're what makes her happy, we won't stand in your way.” But she wasn’t done yet, noting his triumphant smile. “But from now on, I want someone with her when you're not around."

"It's already been done," he promised her.

She nodded, looking relieved. Ross only looked a little more pissed off.

"I hate you," he said bitterly.

Mishca looked the man dead in his eyes and said, "That may be true, but your love for her overshadows your hatred for me."

"I want to talk to Lauren first," Ross said, gazing out past the windows. "I'll tell you my decision after."

Mishca had no choice but to stand there with Susan and watch Ross walk off with his fate in his hands.

Also in the Volkov Bratva series...

Time Stood Still
by London Miller
Volkov Bratva #3.5

Publication Date: November 4, 2014

Can a love born of violence stand the test of time?

Despite a less than ideal start to their marriage, Mishca and Lauren are finally in a place where they do not have to look over their shoulders at every turn. Now that they are in a secure place, it's time for them to have the one thing Mishca had promised her before they took their vows.

A honeymoon...

Traveling to the sandy beaches of Sardinia, Italy, the couple will explore what brought them together in the first place, instead of the life that constantly threatens to tear them apart.

But as the newly appointed Boss of the Volkov Bratva, is it too late for Mishca to have an even remotely normal life... and is Lauren ready to face another challenge that neither of them saw coming...

With a degree in Creative Writing, London Miller has turned pen to paper, creating riveting fictional worlds where the bad guys are sometimes the good guys. Her debut novel, In the Beginning, is the first in the Volkov Bratva Series.

She currently resides in southern Georgia where she drinks far too much soda, and spends her nights writing.

*Book Blitz* VIP (Rock & Release, Act #1) by Riley Edgewood + Interview + Excerpt @rileyedgewood @XpressoReads

Rock & Release, Act #1
Riley Edgewood

Release Date: November 17th, 2014

Genre: New Adult, Romance

VIP is the first act of Rock & Release, Riley Edgewood's three-part new adult romance serial!

When Cassidy Evans scores VIP tickets to a concert, she decides to use them for one carefree night before beginning a summer internship at her father's Fortune 500 company. But one carefree night turns into a few too many martinis — with two unexpected twists: A steamy encounter with Gage Logan, sexy singer and guitarist, and a tempting job offer from Gage's boss to work at the concert venue she now knows quite intimately.

She definitely can't take the job. Her internship is an opportunity any business major would kill for. But the thought of working with her father, a man furious with grief over a family tragedy that struck six months ago, fills her with dread.

Then there's Gage. Working with him all summer could be hot. Cassidy can't stop flashing back to their night together. Molten kisses. His hands smoothing across the skin of her belly. The weight of his body above her own...

And suddenly the decision about how to spend her summer is much, much harder to make.

Interview with Riley Edgewood

What inspired you to write VIP (Rock & Release, Act I)?
My (awesome) friends gave my husband and me VIP tickets to a concert (Steve Miller Band & Journey — fantastic show, by the way), and at the pre-concert VIP bar, I sat there watching the college-aged staff working their shifts and realized it could be really fun setting for a story. Drinks, musicians, that "new adult" period of life… I let my imagination run away and it came back with Cassidy.

This is a serial, right? Why did you serialize Rock & Release into three acts?
Well... I do call it a serial because the plot arc reaches across all three acts of Rock & Release. Each act is between 30 & 40k words and each releases two weeks after the last. (In order: VIP, Starstruck, & Show Stopper). At first I planned to put it out as a novel all at once, but a writing friend suggested it worked well in three parts. PLUS, this way, since I'm a debut author, readers can pick up the first act (VIP) for cheap (only $0.99) and decide if they want to keep going from there. I thought it might be a better way to allow readers to take a chance on a debut without forcing them to spend the full cost of a novel the first time.

Tell us something you love about your main characters that we can't tell from the blurb?
Hmmm. Let's see... Cassidy loves whiskey. Not that it plays a huge part in the story, but it's always been interesting to me because I couldn't STAND whiskey when I was in my young twenties. (Don't love it now, either.) But there's a reason for it, and it's something she shares with her father, which is cool. Gage is sexy and sweet (that's in the blurb!) but he has some serious stuff going on with his family. And then there's Luca James, who's not in VIP but plays a very prominent role in Starstruck and Show Stopper. He's got a few dark secrets... and that's really all I can say about that.

Obviously, authors love their main characters — but who are your favorite secondaries?
This is too hard to answer! I love so many of my secondary characters — and even the tertiaries, too. Let's see... There's Vera, who doesn't necessarily have the best taste in guys, but is super team girls supporting other girls, which is a trait I adore. Teagan, Cassidy's oldest friend who has some issues and can come across a little rough, but came to me so fully formed she'll be getting her own book in the future. Clark, who's more of a tertiary character so I couldn't push more of his story into this one, but he's funny and a flirt and I just love him on and off the pages. Zach. Zoey. Katy... I could go on and on — I really do love all my characters! Even most of the bad ones.

Tell us three things about yourself we can’t discover by reading your author profile.
Ummmm... I went skydiving on my 21st birthday, and it was amazing. (Not sure I have the guts to do it again though!) I competed as a gymnast while growing up. (I even competed at the same competition as Dominique Dawes once! #amazing. I also was on an Olympic training team for a while.) I have four tattoos, including a little star on the inside of my middle finger, and I love it.

What are your favorite new adult titles by other authors?
I *loved* All Lined Up by Cora Carmack. (I have the second book of that series lined up (pun = totally unintentional at first) and waiting on my kindle as my prize for finishing my next book). Easy by Tammara Webber. All of Chelsea Fine's NA, too. And More than Exes, Elizabeth Briggs' new adult rock star novella that just came out.

What's next from Riley Edgewood?
Well, Starstruck (Rock & Release, Act II) comes out on December 1, and I'm really excited about it! In this act, international rock star Luca James sweeps into town, and he's just... yummy. Show Stopper (Act III) releases December 15 as the final part of Cassidy's story. And the next book in this series, a companion novel (full-length, this time) is coming soon! This one's a sexy lil beach romance! (New Adult, of course.)

Anything else you want to share with readers?
I love hearing from readers — so drop me a line anytime!
Email: rileyedgewoodauthor at gmail.com
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Twitter: twitter.com/rileyedgewood

"You should stay and have a drink." The words tumble from my mouth before I can stop them, tripping over my tongue and cartwheeling past my lips and if I could grab them and swallow them back down I would.

Or... Maybe I wouldn't. Maybe I like this bold version me who says what she wants to.

He meets my gaze, half of an amused smile across his lips, revealing white teeth, with one slightly crooked cuspid, and, no, I actually don't regret my words at all. His mouth. Those lips. That perfectly imperfect smile… If what I said convinces him to stick around, I'd be nuts to be sorry for what I said.

"As long as I don't have to drink anything quite this pink." He taps the rim of my glass with a long, slender finger.

"I'm Cassidy." I stick my hand out to him — because if I'm going all confident and carefree Cassidy here, I'm not holding back.

"Gage." He doesn't hesitate to reach out this time around, which makes me a little giddy though I hide it by swallowing the rest of my drink, which thankfully goes down smoothly this time. When he holds my fingers a second longer than necessary, I don't mind at all. And when he keeps his gaze on mine as he slides into the seat next to me, his expression friendly—and a little suggestive — my lips curve up in response.

Coming Soon

Rock & Release, Act #2
Riley Edgewood

Release Date: December 1st, 2014

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Show Stopper
Rock & Release, Act #3
Riley Edgewood

Release Date: December 15th, 2014

Genre: New Adult, Romance

Riley lives in the DC area and spends most of her time with her characters, playing with her toddler and husband, and pretending she knows how to be an adult. Former dancer. Current writer. Lifelong lover of accessories, books, and the beach. And cats. Can't forget the kitties. Of which she has two.

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