sábado, 3 de janeiro de 2015

*Blog Tour + #Giveaway* Enduring Fate (Fate For Love #1) by Alicia Rae + Excerpt @aliciaraeauthor @InkSlingerPR

Enduring Fate
Fate For Love #1
Alicia Rae

Release Date: December 30th, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Deign: Golden Czermak with FuriousFotog

*** Synopsis ***

Colton Kingston has loved Paige Summers his entire life. All he has ever dreamed of is having Paige by his side while he lives the simple life of a cowboy raising horses and cattle on his farm.

When tragedy strikes, fate tests the strength of their love.

Paige’s confidence is shaken as she wonders if she can heal from her past and move forward, so Colton can have the life he was born to live. Can Colton and Paige endure everything in fate’s path?

Or will Paige give up her one true love to give Colton the life he deserves?

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I switched Foster’s direction and lunged him counterclockwise.

Another flashback suddenly hit me out of nowhere. It brought me back to when Paige and I were thirteen years old.

Hidden behind the corner where the fence posts met the side of the barn, I knelt on the ground in my grass-stained jeans next to Paige. She was studying my father’s every move while he lunged our newest colt out in the round pen. I should have been watching, too, so I could learn Dad’s techniques, but I was too mesmerized by the glow in her captivating brown eyes and the way her smile seemed to make time stand still around us.

The colt bellowed out a loud neigh, sounding as though he wasn’t in the mood to cooperate. My father responded with a low command from a distance, respectfully cuing the horse to do as he’d been previously instructed.

Paige giggled softly and leaned forward as if trying to get a closer peek between the boards of the fence. Then, she tilted her head over at me. “Someday, I want to be a horse trainer.”

I could picture Paige doing just that. She was already a great rider, and she had a natural ability with horses that very few had. Even as gentle as horses could be, the untrained young ones didn’t know any better, and that could put a new trainer at a risk.

I frowned. “Paige, you might get hurt.”

“No, I won’t.” She adamantly shook her head. “I’ll be really careful.” She pointed at my dad. “And I have two of the best dads in the world to learn from.”

I smiled at hearing the love and respect she had for my father.

“Who’s there?” My dad’s sharp voice cut in from afar. “You kids had better not be distracting my horse!”

Paige gasped. “Oh no! He heard us!”

“Hurry!” I jumped to my feet while grabbing her hand. “Run!”

Hand in hand, we ran behind the brown-and-white barn and barreled straight for the thick tree line. I took the lead, never letting go of Paige. The multicolored leaves of the fall season hit my clothing as we weaved in between the tree trunks, our feet pounding against the dirt path.

At the break of the trees, we reached the prairie on the other side. The normally bright green grass was now a striking shade of gold mixed with yellow.

Paige came up to my side, laughing, and the captivating sound stopped me in my tracks. She spun around before facing me, her smile still perfectly in place. Her long brown hair was windblown from running, and a tiny streak of mud was smeared across the bottom of her left cheek, but she was still so beautiful.

My heart thumped unevenly in my chest. I didn’t know what it was about her, but since I was five years old, she had been my best friend and the only one who could make me feel this way.

I stepped closer to her and slowly lifted my thumb to her cheek.

Paige’s laughter suddenly broke off, and her expression searched mine as if she were trying to read me. “Colton, what’s wrong?” she asked. I wiped the mud from her cheek. “Nothing’s wrong,” I said while digging deep for courage.

“Oh,” was all she had time to say before I placed my hands on either side of her face and kissed her.

After the slightest moment of surprise, her mouth softened, and she kissed me back, the tenderness of her lips moving perfectly with mine.

It was an innocent kiss back then, but nonetheless, that very kiss had forever changed me — no, that was not entirely true. Paige had changed my fate the day she walked into my life. I was hers, and she was mine. Paige and I had just been too young and innocent to know it yet.

I set my hand over my heart as I let Foster come to a stop. My chest ached as I remembered the heavenly sweet taste of her. It had been too damn long since I kissed my girl and held her in my arms.

I had respected Paige’s request and given her time away to sort things out and heal — but no more.

Foster affectionately nudged me on the shoulder, seeming confused and concerned with my behavior.

I set my hands on the sides of his ears and gave him a good scratch. “Foster” — leaning forward to show my boy some love, I lightly kissed his nose — “it’s time to bring my girl home.”

*** About the Author ***

Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing in my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams...

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*Release Day Blitz + #Giveaway* Pure Punishment by T.L. Smith + Excerpt + Teasers @LsmithT @hairgrl03

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Pure Punishment
T.L. Smith

Release Date: January 3, 2015

Genre: Dark Romance

*** Synopsis ***

One, Two.
Who to kill?
Three, four.
You better open your door.
Five, six.
Cut or nick?
Seven, eight.
Don't party to late.
Nine, ten.
Watch your gate.

My name is Kayla. Would you like to play a game with me? I promise to only make you bleed and possibly scream.

Are you ready for some fun?

Intended for Mature Audiences 18+

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I step into a private room that has no furniture, though is littered with blades, shooting stars and guns. You name it, it’s in here. Out of all these weapons, there’s only one that tickles my fancy. The shine and brightness of the stars with a skull embedded in the center. My signature blades.

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*** About the Author ***

T.L. lives in Brisbane, Australia with her 2 children. She started writing because of her love of reading. She used to doodle with ideas when she was younger, but never wrote too much. Her life dream is to be a full time author. If you ask her if she is like her characters, she says, "I am like both of the characters from my two book series. I think I have put a bit of myself in both... Krinos tends to say things without thinking, I do the same. She also rules the roost, and I do the same in my household." Her celebrity crush is Chris Hemsworth, she loves chocolate ice cream, her biggest pet peeve is nails on a chalkboard., and she is not a fan of having her photo taken. She loves being part of the Indie Book world, and has made some amazing friends along the way. But, she acknowledges she could never do what she does if it wasn’t for the bloggers that pimp her and the fans that support her and read her books.

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*Cover Reveal* On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins + Excerpt + Teasers @MCollinsAuthor

On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins is a contemporary M/M standalone romance with a release date of January 15, 2015.

On Solid Ground
With Me in Seattle #8
Melissa Collins

Release Date: January 15, 2015

Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography

Models: Zachary Randall and Michael Walker

Designer: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative

*** Synopsis ***

When Jacob “Dax” Daxton returns home from war, he has to fight a new battle – the one to find his place in the world. The man who normally has a clear path to victory surrounded by brothers in combat is suddenly lost and alone. After meeting Beckett Ridge, a bearded tattoo artist, Dax’s journey begins winding down an unexpected path.
Still reeling from events that shook his foundation, Beck has never been part of anything meaningful. Now faced with responsibilities foreign and daunting, Dax’s broken spirit mends Beck in ways he never even knew he was destroyed.

As both struggle to find balance, they are healed by the comfort they find in one other. On the other side of chaos, they hope to find themselves On Solid Ground.

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You holding up all right?” Beck asks as he dips the needle into the well of black ink.

“Sure,” I nod, twisting in my seat. “Actually, I think my ass fell asleep. Mind if I stand up for a few minutes?”

“As long as I can grab a smoke while you stretch, we’re good.” Grabbing a pack of cigarettes from his top drawer, he nods as he leaves the room. The drawer is still open, revealing the sketch book I was looking through earlier. Now that he’s put it away, I wouldn’t dare pull it out, but it doesn’t mean I can’t ask him about it when he comes back in.

My back pops and cracks as I reach my arms over my head. I wouldn’t call the heated feeling on my chest painful. It’s odd to explain and I would imagine it sounds extremely foreign to someone who’s never felt it on their own skin. It’s like millions of little tiny electrical wires with tiny pulses of fire jumping across the synapses. There’s no pain, just fire, and life.

Looking down at Delaney’s family insignia – a quarter filled in, while the rest lays in wait – sadness starts to fill the quiet. Guilt washes over me at being here. Sure I’m paying tribute to him, yet, ironically, I’m using it as a step to move forward in my own life. My head begins to jam up with the opposition of my feelings. Without warning, the room begins to feel smaller, shrinking all around me.

In two long strides, I’m out of the room and making my way down the hall where the vending machines should be. Not finding anything immediately, I only see a narrow hall leading to the back where I assume the bathroom is. Female voices carry down the hall, followed by ripples of soft, feminine laughter. One voice is Chloe’s. The other, I assume, is Callie’s.

“You offered Dax what?” Chloe gasps, letting her laughter billow into a riotous fit.

“You act like it’s a big deal. Lots of guys have their dicks pierced,” Callie’s voice is calm and causal, like she’s talking about the weather and not a piece of metal being shoved through the tip of your dick.

Now that thought scares me more than any battle scene ever would. But, I can’t say I didn’t appreciate looking at the pictures the other day. I just knew I couldn’t express my approval of them. Or at least I felt like I couldn’t. Callie and Beck certainly don’t strike as the type of people to be close-minded. Doubtful that a former military man who is also gay is the most unusual of their clients, I shrug and focus my attention back on their conversation. Sure my goal is more than a little sneaky, but I want to see if Callie will reveal anything about Beck.

Catching the tail of end Callie saying how it’s not her most common piercing request, Chloe makes a retching noise in her throat. “You mean you actually to..touch them?” Chloe stutters her words much to Callie’s delight.

“Cocks? Yeah, well I mean how else would you get the barbell through – ”

“No, I don’t want think about it?” There’s a shaking quality to Chloe’s voice. Imagining her face twisted in disgust makes me stifle a laugh. Yeah, okay, having a needle running through the tip of my own dick isn’t exactly my own cup of tea, but I can’t lie and say it didn’t pique my interest.

“Not like it really counted, the picture I showed Dax,” Callie’s words are muffled as a can of soda makes a load thunk in the vending machine.

“Huh? What do you mean?” The can cracks open, a soft fizz echoing Chloe’s question.

Another clumsy thunk of another can fills the small space. Another soft fizz of carbonation. Then words that made my head feel more than a little dizzy. “My hands don’t exactly make him rise to the occasion, if you know what I mean,” Callie whispers with a conspiratorial tone. Trying my best to stay hidden from their view, I can’t confirm it, but I imagine her winking at Chloe to add to the secrecy.

The image from the other day flips through my brain, like some kind of erotic replay.

That was Beck.

Holy fuck!

Chloe offers no response, but I swear my heart is thudding so wildly in my chest they must be able to hear it. “You mean?” she finally asks.

“The only hands that usually even get close to his junk – besides his own – belong to other men. You didn’t know he was gay?”

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*** About the Author ***

Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.

Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.

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