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 Vacations, Emergencies, Blogger Burn out–they hit us all. And having extra posts scheduled and ready to go can be a life saver! This May join up with dozens of other bloggers for a two week blog binge where we’ll up our number of scheduled posts by 15.

Dates: May 1-15

Goal: Increase your number of completed “Scheduled Posts” by 15. Ie. If you start with 15 posts at the end of the two weeks you’ll have 30 posts in your “scheduled” file.

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My Goal:
I currently have 3 scheduled posts which sucks because if something happens my blog will be silent. So my goal is to get 20 posts scheduled. I’m also planning to start a few new post types so this will help get them established. I need to come up with names for those posts as well.
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Behind My Mask by Holland Kohl #Review

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Behind My Mask by Holland Kohl #ReviewBehind my Mask (Blood and Envy Book 1) by Holland Kohl
Series: Blood and Envy #1
on January 22nd 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 173
Format: eBook
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four-stars

I ran to escape my demons. I buried my past deep within the recesses of my mind and fought to keep it there where it couldn’t harm my newly constructed life. I was Anna Wharton. A professor’s wife. A woman of means and class.
In a former life, I was Envy Harris. A biker princess in the Hell’s Demons MC. A girl with dreams and a killer right hook. The witness to my Father’s death. The holder of the key.
Then I met him and everything I fought to keep hidden came crashing back into being. How could I escape my past when it stared at me with intense green eyes and held me tight in tattoo covered arms?
*This is book 1 of 3 in the Blood and Envy Series* Please note: This book contains profanity and deals with serious themes including violence and murder. All books are available now.
Blood and Envy Series Behind my Mask (Blood and Envy Book #1) Under my Skin (Blood and Envy Book #2) Inside my Heart (Blood and Envy Book #3)

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Review
Behind My Mask is a MC book about love lost and found. It has a different feel than most MC books and I really enjoyed that.
Envy watches her dad die and has no idea who to trust. She wants out of that life and so she completely changes her identity. Lorne grew up in the MC atmosphere as well and got out. When they meet each other in their new lives, they don’t recognize each other. They know they want to be together though.
I really enjoyed both characters and hated that this ended on a cliffhanger. I want to read the second book now.
four-stars

Shameless by Lex Martin #ReleaseBoost

 
Shameless by Lex Martin
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: April 26, 2016
Blurb
Brady…
What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing. Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I’d be lost if it weren’t for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who’s slowly finding her way into my cynical heart.

I keep reminding myself that I can’t fall for someone when we don’t have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things.

Katherine…

When Brady shows up on a Harley, looking like an avenging angel—six feet, three inches of chiseled muscle, eyes the color of wild sage, and sun-kissed skin emblazoned with tattoos—I’m not sure if I should fall at his feet or run like hell. Because if I tell him what happened the night his family died, he might hate me. What I don’t count on are the nights we spend together trying to forget the heartache that brought us here. I promise him it won’t mean anything, that I won’t fall in love.

I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.

Shameless is an adult contemporary romance/spinoff featuring a character from The Dearest Series, but it can be read as a complete standalone.

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 Author Bio
Lex writes adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.
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Scorpio’s Kiss by M.C. Domovitch #BlogTour #Spotlight #GuestPost

Scorpio’s Kiss by M.C. Domovitch #BlogTour #Spotlight #GuestPost

Scorpio’s Kiss by M.C. Domovitch #BlogTour #Spotlight #GuestPostScorpio's Kiss by M.C. Domovitch
on January 29th 2016
Genres: Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 477
Format: eBook
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Scorpio's Kiss is set in New York and Paris amid the glamorous and competitive worlds of art and real estate, Scorpio's Kiss takes the reader from the late 1940s to the 1970s through the tumultuous lives of its heroes. There is Alex Ivanov, the son of a Russian immigrant and part-time prostitute. He yearns to escape his sordid life and achieve fame and fortune. His dreams of becoming a world-class builder are met with countless obstacles, yet he perseveres in the hope of someday receiving the recognition he craves. Half a world away, Brigitte Dartois is an abused teenager who runs into the arms of a benefactor with an agenda all his own. When she finds out that her boss has an ulterior motive, she flees again, determined to earn her living through her art. This career brings her fame, but also the unwanted attention of her early abuser. M C Domovitch's debut novels are compelling tales filled with finely etched characters and a superb understanding of the power of ambition. Scorpio's Kiss promises to resonate with all who once had a dream.

(This was originally published as Scorpio Rising and The Sting of the Scorpio.)

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How One Person’s Kind Words Can Change a Life

Most people have heard how daunting the road to being a published author can be. Years of writing only to get piles of rejections. Unfortunately that is the fate of most writers, and if not for the kind words of my eighth-grade teacher, I would probably have never had the courage to even try.

The year I turned thirteen, I shot up over the summer, growing about four inches. The following fall I returned to school with the figure of an ironing board and became the butt of many jokes. As my self-confidence plummeted, my grades did too.

Luckily, one of my teachers took an interest in me, and when I brought in a short composition I’d written, she called my parents and asked to see them. When I found out my mother was going to meet the teacher, I was convinced I was in serious trouble. Imagine my surprise—and relief—when my mother returned after this meeting and told me that, no, I was not in trouble, that in fact my teacher had been highly complimentary. She repeated her words to me. “Mrs. Larocque said that you were gifted and that she expected that someday you would become a writer.”

Decades later, I still remember how those words filled me with pride. More than that, they filled me withdetermination. I had to prove my teacher right. I’ve often thought of Mrs. Larocque over the years, and I wonder if she ever knew how much her kind words did for me. I have no doubt that they changed my life. I could so easily have continued in a downward spiral of hopelessness. Instead, this lady gave me hope and direction. We often forget how insults can destroy, and how with little to no effort, we can instead give a compliment and build confidence and inspire hard work and success.

I can’t say that I always remember to do this, but whenever I meet a young person, I try to make it a point of giving them my undivided attention for a few minutes. I ask questions, listen to the answers andshow interest. I tell them I have every confidence that they will be very successful in life in the hopes this does for them, what my teacher’s words did for me.

I have no doubt that if I am a published author today, it is because of this teacher’s kind words.

Crazy Stupid Love by Melissa Toppen #Review

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Crazy Stupid Love by Melissa Toppen #ReviewCrazy Stupid Love: A Bad Boy Romance by Melissa Toppen
Published by Daft Empire on April 19th 2016
Genres: New Adult & College, Romance
Pages: 314
Format: eBook
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five-stars

I want him… Unlike I have ever wanted anything before in my entire life.I knew it from the very moment his eyes met mine; the way my skin burned under his dark gaze.I knew nothing would ever be the same again.
Decklan Taylor isn’t just tempting, he’s dangerous; a storm who destroys everything in his wake. But even as I stand in the path of his force I can’t turn away. While he may be the very thing that breaks me, he’s also the only thing that has ever made me feel alive.

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Review
Decklan has a dark past and there are things that he can’t forgive himself for. He drowns his pain in sex and booze and has never been with the same girl more than once. When he meets Kimber, he can’t get thoughts of her out of his head. He is determined to have her one time to rid himself of her.

Kimber grew up in a very strict home. The daughter of a politician who had to have every thing done a certain way including having his daughter go to school to be a doctor or a lawyer. Kimber doesn’t want that so she moves away and does what she wants to do. She’s not sure who she is anymore but Decklan might be the key to showing her. Together they have their share of ups and downs but that’s what love is all about.

I loved Crazy Stupid Love so much!! Decklan is super hot and I fell in love with his character. Kimber is a great match for Decklan and I loved watching their relationship grow. Even the secondary characters were all very well thought out. The steamy scenes had the perfect amount of description and weren’t too over the top. Melissa Toppen is excellent at writing a story that you won’t forget easily and this is no exception. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

five-stars

Playing For Love by J.C. Grant #ReleaseBlitz #Review

Playing For Love by J.C. Grant #ReleaseBlitz #ReviewPlaying For Love by J.C. Grant
on April 27th 2016
Genres: Erotica
Format: eBook
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three-half-stars

David Taylor is the most possessive, dominant, alpha male I have ever met. Technically he's a stalker.

He is bossy, needy, nasty, and so very sweet. He is everything I need him to be. I love him so much it scares me.

Austin James is mine.
Mine to take care of.
Mine to spoil.
MINE.
The first time I saw her, I knew she was MINE.
I saw a reflection of myself in her.
Broken. Damaged. Guarded.
I can't explain the depth of my feelings or why it happened so fast.
I just know she's mine and I'll do anything to keep her.

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This is the sequel to Playing For Keeps. I didn’t care for the first book all that much but decided to give the second book a try anyways. Some of the scenes were really hot and I do enjoy David’s dirty talk even though I don’t care for him. Austin seems a little crazy for marrying him but I guess his behavior in the bedroom makes up for his crazy stalker behavior outside of it. Overall, I liked this book.
three-half-stars

Playing For Keeps by J.C. Grant #ReleaseBlitz #Review

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Playing For Keeps by J.C. Grant #ReleaseBlitz #ReviewPlaying for Keeps by J.C. Grant
on August 6th 2015
Genres: Erotica
Pages: 319
Format: eBook
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three-stars

Living in LA and dating celebrities wasn't what it was cracked up to be. I found out the hard way many had a lifestyle I wanted no part of.
Then David Taylor forced his way into my life. A sledge hammer breaking down my well crafted walls.
He was gorgeous and sexy and intimidating. I was drawn to him in a way I had never been to anyone or anything. And I knew I couldn't have him, I was too damaged, too flawed to really connect.
David saw what I was from the beginning. A broken scared girl locked away inside an aloof woman. And he was determined to free me. To make me his.
WARNING: THIS IS AN EROTIC NOVEL. If you do NOT like dominant, possessive, very Alpha-males, Playing for Keeps is not for you.

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Playing For Keeps isn’t a bad read but it just wasn’t completely my style. I don’t care for the hero in this book. David is way too over the top possessive and controlling for me. The fact that the first time he sees Austin he sneaks her phone to get her number to track her cell was just too much for me. I thought I could get past that fact but the more I read the worse it got. If it weren’t for how stalkerish David was, I think I would have enjoyed this book better.

three-stars

One Dangerous Desire by Christy Carlyle #BlogTour #GuestPost

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ONE DANGEROUS DESIRE by Christy Carlyle
Accidental Heirs #3
Releasing April 19th, 2016 from Avon Impulse
In a bet between two old flames…
 
Rex Leighton dominates the boardroom
in the day and prowls the ballroom at night. Searching for the perfect bride to
usher him into the aristocracy, he abandoned the idea of love a long time
ago–the last time he saw the delicious May Sedgwick. But when he’s roped into a bet, where the prize is the means to fund his greatest ambition and the stakes are a marriage he’s already planning for, Rex is willing to go all in. There’s just one problem-he’s competing against the only woman he’s ever loved and he’s sure she’ll ruin all his plans.
Only love can take it all
Miss May Sedgwick could be the belle of the season…if she cared. May is more interested in the art studio than the marriage market and her craving to pursue her passion far outweighs her desire for a titled English husband. Winning this bet will finally allow her to pursue her true artistic desires. Rex Leighton losing is just a side benefit, as are his breathtaking kisses that she just can’t seem to resist.
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“Against your will, then? This rogue desire to see me finally beat out your better judgment?” Sarcasm had never been May’s strong suit. She hadn’t mastered the right tone.

“I fight it every day,” he said in such a raspy whisper that she leaned in to catch it. “The desire to see you.”

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Title: FIVE BET’S TO MAKE WHEN MARRYING A RAKE

Bet #3

Like Lady, Like Rake

Etiquette books remind ladies to behave demurely, deny compliments, and exude propriety at every turn. Obviously, such admonitions won’t aid a lady if she’s determined to allow a rake to woo her. Don’t hide your cleverness or restrain your witty tongue and let a rake do all the talking, ladies. Don’t diminish your own talents to build up any man’s ego. Charm as you are charmed. Seduce as you are seduced. Have no fear of overwhelming a rake with precisely how impressive you can be. Any rake worth his salt will find much to admire in a lady of intelligence, wit, and accomplishments.

If he can jest, why can’t you? If he can seek to impress you with his wit or sporting skills, why not display your own? Whoever you are, whatever your interests and inclinations, let your inner beauty shine. You take care to dress your hair or choose the most flattering gowns, don’t you, ladies? Be sure to treat a rake to your inner adornments too. Outer beauty fades. If you’re looking to pursue your happy ending with a rake, he must value your heart and nature just as thoroughly as he is taken with your pretty face and fine eyes.

 
Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of
every British costume drama she can get her hands on, Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

Shameless by Lex Martin #ReleaseBlitz #Review

Shameless by Lex Martin
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
  Release Date: April 26, 2016
 Blurb
Brady…
What the hell do I know about raising a baby? Nothing. Not a goddamn thing. Yet here I am, the sole guardian of my niece. I’d be lost if it weren’t for Katherine, the beautiful girl who seems to have all the answers. Katherine, who’s slowly finding her way into my cynical heart.

I keep reminding myself that I can’t fall for someone when we don’t have a future. But telling myself this lie and believing it are two different things.

Katherine…

When Brady shows up on a Harley, looking like an avenging angel—six feet, three inches of chiseled muscle, eyes the color of wild sage, and sun-kissed skin emblazoned with tattoos—I’m not sure if I should fall at his feet or run like hell. Because if I tell him what happened the night his family died, he might hate me. What I don’t count on are the nights we spend together trying to forget the heartache that brought us here. I promise him it won’t mean anything, that I won’t fall in love.

I shouldn’t make promises I can’t keep.

Shameless is an adult contemporary romance/spinoff featuring a character from The Dearest Series, but it can be read as a complete standalone.

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Review
If you have never read anything by Lex Martin before, then what are you waiting for? I loved the Dearest Series and was super excited to find out that Brady was getting his own book. Brady is a secondary character in Finding Dandelion who gives Dani her first tattoo and hangs out with her a few times. He seemed like he was a good guy in that book but Shameless lets you see so much more about him.
Brady is sexy and sweet which makes a good combination. He is the sole guardian for his niece and until the day he finds that out, he has never even held a baby before. Luckily, Katherine is there to help him out. I really liked Katherine as well. She was so sweet to Brady after their initial meeting. He is nothing like what she expected and neither is she.
This book has some very sad moments and is quite emotional. Lex Martin does an incredible job of writing those moments in all of her books. I can’t wait for Jenna and Ryan’s story.
Rating: 5 stars
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The Dearest Series Boxed Set is FREE on KU for a limited time. Get all three Dearest Series books, including Dearest Clementine, Finding Dandelion and Kissing Madeline, as well as Dearest Series bonus scenes and the first chapter of Shameless.

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 AMAZON US / UK / UNIVERSAL

 Author Bio
Lex writes adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.
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After We Fall by Marquita Valentine #ReleaseBlitz #Review

After We Fall by Marquita Valentine
Take the Fall #3
Published by Loveswept on April 26th 2016
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
 Blurb
After winning raves for Take the Fall (“crackling with tension, intrigue, and romance”—Katy Evans) and When We Fall (“sexy, emotional, heartfelt”—Monica Murphy), Marquita Valentine ratchets up the tension as new beginnings lead to undeniable passion.A tough cop with an even tougher past, Hunter Sloan has never let anyone stop him from getting what he wants—and he wants Evangeline Ambrose bad. With her gentle curves and raw vulnerability, Hunter’s beautiful, mysterious new neighbor awakens his protective side. Determined to do right by a woman who’s gone through hell and back, Hunter could be the one to take away the pain—so long as his own secrets don’t sink their relationship before it begins.Having escaped an abusive marriage, Evangeline simply wants to start over in the small, quiet town of Forrestville. She’s also avoiding all contact with the opposite sex, because she just can’t trust her instincts when it comes to men—not even with the sinfully sexy cop next door. So why can’t she stop thinking about him? Hunter has darkness in his soul, and yet no one ever made her feel so safe. For all her best laid plans, Evangeline didn’t count on choices this hard—or temptation this hot.

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Review
After We Fall is a brilliant continuation of the Take the Fall series. Evangeline and Hunter meet in book 2 under stressful circumstances that no one would ever want to happen. Evangeline was in an abusive relationship that Hunter helped her to get out of. Marquita Valentine does an excellent job handling a story about domestic violence in a way that not many people can. The violence doesn’t actually take place in this story but it’s about how to overcome the past.
This book is full of romance and was super sweet. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next book.
Rating: 4 stars
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Marquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Take the Fall, Holland Springs, and Boys of the South series, having sold more than a quarter of a million books around the world. She’s been called “one of the best new voices in romance” (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been praised as “sexy, fun, and slightly addicting” (The Book Queen). When she’s not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high-school sweetheart, Marquita Valentine lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.

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