Thursday, July 2, 2020

Featured Author: Carla R.

Welcome Today's Featured Author 
Carla R.!



Badass: Book One in the Bombshells Series


The debut novel by Carla R.

Badass, Book One in the Bombshells Series

Molly O'Brien is a spitfire. She co-owns a successful salon with her best friends and is living that single girl life. She's got a smart mouth, a warm heart and a string of terrible dates trailing behind her.

After she meets sexy fireman, Brenden Clarke, she starts to think her luck with dating may have changed. When a very public altercation with her ex sets off a chain of events that has her fearing for her life, Molly has to decid if she'll be the damsel in distress or a total BADASS.


 















About Carla R.:
Carla R. is a married, mom of two that loves to read a good love story. She got it in her head one day that she could write one too, and so she did. She loves to write about strong independent women and the sexy men that love them.

When she's not writing, she's usually spending time with her hubby, kids and pets or binge watching The Office ...again. She's a stay at home mom with a caffeine addiction, a part-time hairstylist, and a full-time smart ass.
 
 






1. Can you tell us a little about your book?
Bad Ass is a story about a woman, named Molly, that is her own hero. She's sassy, smart and self sufficient but she wants to find love. She has a whole slew of terrible dates before she meets Brenden. He's a sexy, sweet Alpha male, but he also realizes that Molly can take care of herself. After they meet, Molly starts being stalked and terrorized. So a good portion of the story is trying to figure out who  is behind it. 

2. What inspires you to write? 
This is my first book and I had been kicking the idea around in my head for a while. It took me a long time to get up the courage to start writing because I wasn't sure I could write a full stoy. There are a few scenes that are based on actual events from my single days.

3. How do you come up with your characters names? 
Molly is a name I've always liked. I always pictured myself as a Molly if I wasn't a Carla. That probably stems from my love of 1980s Brat Pack movies. I had friends help me name a few charachters also. Some of the characters are named after my actual friends, like a few of the Bombshells. (ladies that work in the salon Molly co-owns)

4. If you could be friends with one of your character, which one would you chose? 
Well, Molly kind of is me... not exactly me, but a cooler more put together version of a 20 something me. Sammy, who is Molly's best friend is loosely based on my friend Casey. But I'd really like to hang out with all the Bombshells.

5. Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured? 
I write when I can find time. I have two kiddos, 8 and 2.5 years old. My 2.5 year old has some special needs so, a lot of my day is devoted to her care and appointments. Typically after they go to bed at night, is generallly when the magic happens. And by magic, I mean I binge watch The Office and procrastinate, then stay up too late cranking out a few hundred words and then do the same thing the next day. 

6. Do you have a favorite spot to write?
 I usually sit on my bed when I write. Sometimes when the kids are running around in our backyard, I'll sit at the patio table.....that has yet to produce more than one sentence. 

7. If you had a superpower, what would it be? 
Eternal Energy. It would be nice to feel refreshed and energized all the time. Maybe I'd work out more if that were the case. Is being well rested a super power?

8. What  writing projects are you currently working on?
 I've started working on the second book in the Bombshells series. This one is about Gracie, who is the receptionist in the salon. I'm also mapping out the stories that will follow these two in the Bombshells Series and a series that will somewhat intertwine with Bombshells but will include lots of sexy, bearded, tattooed fellas....if you're into that sort of thing.
 

Links to buy:
I currently only have the link to Amazon. It will be avaible on other platforms, but I don't have links to those yet. If I get everything loaded correctly before the 2nd, I will send you those also. 


Release Blitz for Drowning by Hope Jones




Title: Drowning
Author: Hope Jones
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 2, 2020



Blurb

Imagine orchestrating your divorce under false pretenses.

That's precisely what Cecilia Topps did. After receiving a disturbing diagnosis, Cecilia felt like she was drowning, unable to take a breath. She didn't want to bring her husband down with her, so she created a damaging lie.

Cameron Topps had been going through the motions for seven years. The betrayal he felt from his wife left him numb and unable to love again. His indifference led to hatred when he walked into his bar, seeing his wife again after unknowingly hiring her.

Secrets are exposed, lines are crossed, and Cameron finally learns the truth about his divorce. Is he willing to drown with Cecilia all over again, or will he move on for good?







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Prologue

“I’m sorry.” My words were muffled by the hiccup of tears and snot running down my face. I tilted my eyes down. I couldn’t look at him. My poor, sweet Cam. He would never forgive me. I knew this. It was what I wanted. 
I wanted—no, needed him to walk out our front door and not look back. I needed him to hate me. 
“You’re sorry? That’s what you have to say?” He was calm, so damn calm it physically made me sick. I knew it was because he was hurting. I knew that hurt was eating him alive. 
I couldn’t say anything past the lump in my throat, so I nodded instead.
Cam looked at me, looked through me and for a moment, I was worried he would see that I was lying and try to demand the truth from me. I would deny it. I didn’t want him to know the truth. I wanted him to think I had done the unthinkable, done something he’d never be able to get over. 
My beautiful, broken husband stared into my eyes for two solid minutes without flinching. He said absolutely nothing. His gaze flitted between both of my eyes, then down to my nose, my lips, lingering there, then finally back to my eyes. I bit my lip nervously, waiting for him to say “Ah-ha” and catch me in my lie. 
Cam never did, though. I wasn’t going to deny it made me a little upset that he didn’t know me well enough to know I was lying. I wanted to take back the words that had left my mouth five minutes ago. I wanted to take back the entire day, but it wasn’t possible, and I needed to accept what my new life was going to look like. 
“I can’t even look at you,” Cam muttered, turning away from me. I caught the curled lip and glare on his face before his back was facing me. Hurt so strong filled my chest and made it feel like it would explode and not in a good way. 
God, the pain was so bad. 
I had to rub my chest, right above my heart, but it didn’t ease the ache I had put there. 
Cameron, the man I had married two years ago, grabbed his coat off the hook in the foyer and opened the front door. He turned around, glancing at me one last time. That last time was enough to make a sob escape my throat. He had a single tear running down his face then splashing on his broad shoulders. 
I had never seen him cry before. Not when his mother died, not when we had to put down our first dog, and not when we had gotten married. Never. That lonely tear trekking down his cheek broke me and I knew, down in my bones, I would never be the same after putting that tear there. 
I didn’t speak a word and Cam walked out, slamming the door behind him, making me jump. I finally crumpled, falling into the fetal position on the couch and crying until I couldn’t breathe. I had done this to myself. I knew it had to be done, but that didn’t make it easier. 
Two hours later, he hadn’t come back and I knew he wasn’t going to. He wouldn’t come back until he knew I was gone. I had packed the majority of my stuff, placing the few boxes in my small car. I only took my clothes. I didn’t feel right taking anything we had gotten together when we moved into this house. 
Glancing around the place I had shared with my husband for the last year, I felt a level of sadness that I didn’t know I would continue to feel for six months. It settled over my shoulder like a blanket, except it was cold—a cold blanket of nastiness. 
At least that blanket wouldn’t be wrapped around Cameron. He didn’t deserve that. 
I fired off a text to him, locked our front door and left the key on the porch, then backed my car out of our driveway for the last time. 
Me: I’m so sorry, I never meant to hurt you. I love you and always will. 
I didn’t speak to Cameron again until two months later after a stranger showed up on my doorstep serving me with divorce papers. I could have let those papers kill me, but I knew it was Cameron’s best chance at a decent life, so I went to the court dates. I didn’t fight him. He petitioned for everything except my car. I gave him everything. That’s what he deserved. 






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Hope Jones is the wife of her very own alpha male and the mother of four beautiful daughters. She lives in a small town in South Carolina, but was born in Brunswick, GA. She's always had a love for reading, even at a young age thrillers always interested her. As she got older, romance mixed with some thriller/suspense became her obsession.

If you can't find Hope glued to her Kindle, you'll usually find her chasing her girls around, running her hectic household, and plotting stories for the alpha men that have taken over her mind.


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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Cover Reveal for Until You Believe by D.M. Davis




Title: Until You Believe
Series: Until You #4
Author: D.M. Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Designs by Hang Le
Release Date: July 28, 2020



Blurb

Some scars are hard to forget. Some wounds, too deep to heal. 

FIN:
Family means everything. 
Slotted to become CEO of his family’s tech company, he lives, breathes, and sweats family.
But his commitments are crushing his hopes of starting his own family. 
Margot lights up all those ignored desires and unspoken dreams.
She is what he wants—exactly what he needs.
It’s not a matter of want. It’s a matter of who he lets down. 
Which ball will he drop if he decides he wants more from life than a job that is his life? 

MARGOT:
Family means disappointment, broken hope, and reinforced insecurities. 
It’s not a sanctuary to seek, but a tie to break.
Fin showed her what family could mean. What it would be like to be loved despite her flaws.
Her goals are tested when she desires to have more with a man she shouldn’t want, yet can’t resist.
But she’s hiding a secret from the world—her bubbly personality, a mask she wears well.
When Fin decides to make Margot a priority, will she unburden her secret for a chance at love?

D.M. Davis’ Until You Believe is the fourth book in the Until You series and is a poignant, emotionally raw, friends to lovers, sexy, contemporary romance.







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His eyes linger on our hands before roaming across my sleep shirt, catching on my lips, and stilling on my gaze. “You make me want things, Marguerite,” he whispers like regret and yearning all wrapped up in an unfamiliar package.
The ever present want and fear when I think of a future that can never be, war in my stomach. “Don’t. What I have could never be enough.”
“Don’t sell yourself short, Pixie.” He squeezes my hand before releasing it and turning away. “You have more than enough of what I need.”
I linger on his impressive form as he pulls on his jeans. But when he turns to look at me again, I turn away, disappearing behind the bathroom door before he can witness the fall of my shoulders, and hope, slide from my face.
Regret follows me as I jump in the shower and do exactly what he asked me not to.
I wash all evidence of him off my body.
Where he lingers, water can’t penetrate.
It can’t wipe him from my mind.
It can’t cleanse him from my soul.
And it can’t save my riotous heart from falling.






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D.M. Davis is a Contemporary and New Adult Romance Author.

She is a Texas native, wife, and mother. Her background is Project Management, technical writing, and application development. D.M. has been a lifelong reader, and wrote poetry in her early life, but has found her true passion in writing about love and the intricate relationships between men and women.

She writes of broken hearts and second chances, of dreamers looking for more than they have and daring to reach for it.

D.M. believes it is never too late to make a change in your own life, to become the person you always wanted to be, but were afraid you were not worth the effort. You are worth it. Take a chance on you. You never know what’s possible if you don’t try. Believe in yourself as you believe in others, and see what life has to offer.


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Release Blitz for Vengeance Executed by Zoey Indiana




Title: Vengeance Executed
Series: Vengeance Trilogy #2
Author: Zoey Indiana
Genre: Dystopian/Sci-Fi Romance
Release Date: July 1, 2020



Blurb

Saving the world is much harder when you shouldn't exist.

Freya is the closest kept secret in the government. Her psychic powers alone strike fear into her superiors. Working as a double agent for the Resistance, she must devise a plan to destabilize the government that has her under constant supervision, as well as every other citizen.

As one of only three living men, Bash is her unlikely accomplice. Behind the scenes, he is the deadliest hacker that has ever worked for the Resistance. Determined to overthrow the government that made his gender illegal, he won't stop until the Dystopia is destroyed.

When an ARI spy manages to locate their headquarters, both of them must find a way to keep the existence of men a secret.

If you love badass heroines, bearded men, and sizzling romance that will keep you up all night long… Join the Resistance and download Vengeance Executed today!







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"I can't get over how big this place is." Tris'Tyn's voice broke Bash's sexual fantasy starring Freya.
"It's huge, so large that you're not sure how to deal with all of it." A grin flashed on Freya's face. Bash scowled at her choice of words as memories of the first time they made love surfaced. She'd never seen one in person before and worried he wouldn't fit. He'd proven that theory wrong.
"It's nothing like the Resistance camp I came from."
"That's because they weren't the Resistance." Bash growled as he raised an eyebrow at Freya.
"I meant to ask what you meant by the 'real Resistance'." Tris'Tyn's gaze bounced to her.
"You don't have to worry about that anymore. You're with us now and soon we'll strike the final blow to ARI and the Sovereign. Then everyone will be free." Nova interjected with a glare at both Freya and him. Busted. 
After Tris'Tyn and Nova got off the lift, Freya grinned at him. When she straightened from the wall as the doors opened at their stop, Bash swooped her up into his arms then tossed her over his shoulder. It brought back memories of the first time he'd done it at the safe house where they'd stayed right after they met.
"Are you serious right now?" Her fists pounded against his back.
"Sorry, not sorry." He didn't hold back the laugh. "But if you want to give me a massage, my lower back is a bit tight."
She slapped his ass before giving in. Just like last time, there was only so far she could go without hurting him and he knew she wouldn't risk that.
Placing his hand against the wall to reveal the bioscanner, he remembered it was unnecessary. All he had to do now was imagine the door opening and his nanites used the wireless communication system to pass the security codes and open the door. Another thought sealed the door as he tossed Freya on the bed.
Scrambling to sit up, she glared at him. "Was that really necessary?"
"Not in the slightest, but it was fun.







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Zoey Indiana was inspired by the idea that everyone deserves love and their own happily ever after, she loves to write about heroic heroines who go on amazing adventures while finding the love they deserve. After creating her first fictional planet where amazing creatures roamed at age ten, she was determined to prove love could be found in the stars. In addition to writing, she listens to eclectic music, practices Krav Maga, and takes on home improvement projects just for the fun of it. 


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Cover Reveal for Finally...My Forever by Kristi Pelton




Title: Finally...My Forever
Series: Just One of the Guys #4
Author: Kristi Pelton
Genre: New Adult
Cover Design: Perfect Pear Cover Design
Release Date: July 21, 2020



Blurb

What happens when…
after leaving the place you called home,
to forget the girl you loved,
knowing she chose someone else,
you must now return for a wedding you can’t bear to watch.

So, you pay a beautiful girl…
to trek across the country with you,
pretending the two of you have plans for a new future,
faking a relationship in front of your old crew,
unprepared for when she slams those rounded, green eyes into you.

Suddenly, you realize…
you are actually over the bride and ready to move on,
quite sure the feelings you’ve been pretending to have,
aren’t so fake after all,
yet, she needs the money, so you continue to play along.

Trying your damnedest not to fall…
to remember she’s an ‘employee’ you paid to come along,
and keep a promise of no romantic entanglements,
until that one moment, when you know,
you have finally found your forever.

Except for the secrets that threaten it all…
an uninvited guest from her past shows up at the wedding,
threatening to crumble your dreams,
and even if she still picks you,
your dark secrets might just end everything.






Excerpt

Back at the villa, I grabbed a beer from the fridge and retreated to the balcony. I’d missed the Oregon air. The smell of the Green Douglas Firs. I was home.
“Austin?”
Lifting my brows, I waited for what she had to say.
“You’ve done so much for me. I know that I owe you and…”
The chair flew back hitting the wall when I shot up. “Don’t, Phoebe. I paid you to come here with me, nothing more. Don’t do a goddamn thing because you think you owe me. I kissed you because I felt like kissing you. You should have just said no. I’d have respected that. But don’t kiss me because you feel some fucked up obligation.”
I stepped past her, rage boiling beneath the surface, and I stormed back inside.
“I didn’t kiss you because I felt obligated,” she whispered. “I’ve imagined that kiss a thousand times in my head since I met you.”
I stopped in my tracks and slowly pivoted around.
“Those kisses trumped every fantasy kiss I’ve had but…”
“No buts,” I stated, setting my beer on the table. I swallowed as I strode purposefully toward her without reservation. The deal sealed when she started walking too. 






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Just the fact that someone may be reading my ‘bio’ thrills me. What does one say in an author bio? Well, I LOVE to write! Sometimes characters talk to me in my head (in a non-psychotic way) and I have to get what they are saying out on paper! So, here we are! :) 

I am a part-time juvenile probation officer and full-time wife, but I spend the majority of the time helping my two favorite, college-aged sons navigate through life and hopefully become the best humans they can be.

I am a huge fan of the Kansas Jayhawks, the Oregon Ducks, the Chicago Cubs (I have a dog named Wrigley) and the Kansas City Chiefs.

I’m terribly addicted to music—ALLLLL kinds and driving in the car with the sunroof open and radio turned up helps the creative juices flow.

I am deliciously addicted to queso and cupcakes; but even with that…I like to slowly kill my body with Crossfit. I’m annoyingly sarcastic.

People ask me ‘what has been your favorite book to write’—I would have to say my original series. (I think it sold 100 copies)  J   FINALLY, I’m tweaking them! My heart was poured into these books—but they needed tweaking.  Slick was my Amazon best seller, but every one of them mean something to me.

In the end, I truly believe life is taken way too seriously by most. I say enjoy every moment, have an adult beverage and READ!! Cheers….


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