Monday, September 29, 2014

Forever & More by Tabetha Thompson

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Title: Forever & More (#2 in the Friend Zone Series)

Author: Tabetha Thompson

Release Date: September 29

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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It’s a time for new beginnings, a time for change, but things don’t always go as planned. How do you pick up the pieces of your heart and move on when you can't find them all? Chloe recovers from her physical injuries, but does that mean she's healed? How much longer can Skye sit back and watch the only woman he loves slowly kill herself? Lines are crossed and souls are shattered, but when you have faith in those you love, nothing is completely lost. Happily ever after's come to those who work for it. It’s not something that is handed out freely. For it to be worth something, you have to earn it.   release teaser 3  
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About me? Huh well what can I say. I'm a twenty-nine-year-old stay at home mother of two beautiful girls and I have the opportunity to share my stories with you… My children are amazing. There isn’t a day that goes by that they don’t challenge my husband and I or make us laugh and feel loved. Growing up the way I did, I never wanted kids, but they’re here and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world for. God has truly blessed my family and me. My husband Bill is the levelheaded one; he’s always so calm and logical, whereas I'm the loud-mouthed spaz that doesn’t know when to shut up. He was my saving grace in a time when I really needed one. I honestly believe he is my gift from God. He’s everything I've ever wanted: smart, kind, loving, PATIENT, (lord knows he needs it living with me) and so very supportive! I'm a firm believer in going through life’s tragedies and blessings so that you can become the person you were meant to be. Writing has always been a hidden passion of mine and I am so thankful that I finally have the opportunity to share my stories with you.  
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Love Nouveaue Release Day!


Love Nouveau

B.L. Berry

New Adult Contemporary

Cover Designer : Najla Qamber Designs


The only thing inevitable in love is despair.

I knew from the start that he was going to wreck me.

Nothing could have prepared me for the day he walked into my life… or the day he walked out of it.

I self-destructed.

All that remained was a shell of the girl I once was.


And I don’t know if I’ll ever recover.



Silence passes between us and he nudges my elbow with his. Reaching out for my hand again, he delicately traces the inside of my palm where he kissed it yesterday with his fingertip. Goosebumps rise and my body hums with anticipation. I turn to look him in the eye again and he has a charming, yet shy, look on his face.

For the love of all that is holy…lean over and kiss me, already!

“You know … if you’re wondering whether or not I want to,” he pauses for a quick breath and stares at my lips before continuing. “I want to. Or rather, I want you to.”

I can hardly control myself and double over in laughter.

“What?” Phoenix asks, his eyebrows knit together.

“I cannot believe you just said that! You just turned one of my most favorite songs into a cheesy pickup line!”

He chuckles softly and tries to pull me back toward him. “Yeah, you got me. At least now I have confirmation that you have good taste in music.”

Pfft. As if there were ever any doubt. I’m becoming increasingly more aware of how he works. Clearly he has issues making the first move, but once the door is open, the shy guy dissolves.

We stare at each other in silence … staring through each other … his hazel eyes pleading for what we both want to say … for what we both want to do.

For something that has been so easy to do so many times before, I’m surprised by my nervousness.

Then, as if on cue, the world starts moving in slow motion. I watch Phoenix close his eyes and lean toward me, and I swear … I swear I see his lips quiver.

“Ivy…” he whispers. My name tastes of chocolate and caramel from the cupcakes we shared and my heart sighs at the sound of my name rolling off of his tongue.

I lean forward and close the gap between us, running my fingertips down his face and committing his stubble to memory as I slowly part his lips with mine.

I fall into this kiss…

Fall into him…

Fall for him.

This kiss. God, this kiss is deliciously slow like honey. Instantly I can feel it everywhere in my body, blazing in my palm … my chest … my toes. He takes his time, his hands outlining my neck to my shoulders and down to my arms.

I kiss him like I’m starving and I only now realize that I have been hungry for the past twenty-two years, savoring every last bite, committing it to memory for both the present and the afterlife. I take my time memorizing his mouth with my tongue.

The fresh taste of his lips …

The way his arms envelop me, delicate but firm …

The tender moan that rises from the back of his throat …

I’ve come undone.

Pulling back, I watch him bring his fingertips to his lips in wonder. When his lips struck mine, tiny sparks jumped. Heat flashed. Instant combustion.

With that one kiss, an ember hidden deep inside my soul awakened a sleeping shadow. A kindling in my hollows started a slow burn. The ember becomes light, a twin flame illuminating my heart.

It’s strange to think that something as innocent as pressing one’s lips to another’s can so drastically alter the course of your entire life. But with that single kiss, I know that he is important.

That single kiss has changed everything.



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B.L. Berry is many things. A New Adult author. A self-proclaimed music whore. A long-course triathlete. A marketing savant. And a full-time working mom. While there are never enough hours in the day, she does the best she can to get things done and hopes for technological advances in human cloning.

When she’s not hiding behind her computer writing, you can find her spending time with her family or catching up on her favorite TV shows. Rumor has it she’ll sleep when she’s dead.

She is Canadian by birth. Mexican by marriage. Chicagoan by heart. Kansan by choice. Jayhawk purely by common sense.

Residing outside of Kansas City, she lives with her husband, two children and black pug. Each day her family thanks the makers of e-Readers, because without which they would be living amongst stacks and stacks of romance novels. Conversely, each day B.L. Berry thanks the makers of e-Readers for hiding her book-hoarding tendencies.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Manipulation Trilogy Blog Tour Blitz

Title: Warped - The Manipulation Trilogy Book Two
Authors: Alicia Taylor & Natalie Townson
Genre: Romantic Suspense.

I won’t be caught off guard again. I won’t let them win. They played the first round and won. Now it’s time for me to even the score. Damon and Leona will pay for their twisted games. Leona is first.
His touch repulses me. 
His fake affection disgusts me. 
He sickens me.
I need to get my head in the game. I need to be smart and break their bond to more easily crush them. Damon is clever. He knows what he’s doing. He’s been playing the game long enough.
He’s twisted. 
I’m warped.
It’s time to finally end this. 
Time to finally win.


“I need you,” I say as my hands glide over the planes of his chest, each muscle tightening under my palms.
“I know what you need, beauty,” he growls. 
Damon squeezes my arse before one of his hands slides down the back of my thigh. He grips the back of my knee and brings my leg up to hook around his hip. I cling to his shoulders and dig the heel of my foot into his firm arse cheek to steady myself.
His hard cock bobs against my stomach, making me desperate for him. Damon presses his chest to mine and claims my mouth in a hungry kiss. His tongue collides with mine, and they battle together.  
My blood heats to volcanic temperatures, my pussy clenching and dripping. I need him in me, filling me. Instead, Damon’s fingers make contact with my throbbing clit. He rubs around the hood in a soft circle before slipping down my wet folds to my entrance, where he slowly runs a fingertip around the outer rim before plunging two fingers inside. I cry out and my body clenches around his thick digits.
“You’re so fucking wet, Ella. Fuck, you unravel me, baby.”
Damon starts a steady rhythm with his fingers as he kisses down my neck. I throw my head back and moan as he nibbles at my pulse point. I don’t know what it is about his nibbles but they turn my insides to mush. Moans pour from me as he pulls his fingers out and rubs hard on my hooded pearl. 
My body trembles in his hold. Damon releases his grip on my arse to grip my hip, and walks me back a step, until my back presses against the cold, tiled shower wall. His assault on my pussy doesn’t stop. He alternates between finger fucking me and caressing my clit.
His other hand slips from my hip to my back, and slowly strokes up my spine. Goosebumps break out across my skin and I whimper. My nails dig into his neck as my orgasm builds, ready to break and make me float. 
“Damon,” I cry. I just need something more, it’s not enough. Damon seems to notice, and his hand leaves my back to grasp my hair. He tugs, pulling my head back, and my chin juts into the air. Damon’s lips travel up my neck to rest at the tip of my chin. 
His hand cups my pussy, his palm presses into my clit, his finger hooks in me. He hits my secret bundle of nerves, making me scream. Fuck, it feels so good.
 I grind into his palm as he closes his lips around my chin and gently bites, pulling my hair at the same time. A deep feral growl erupts from him, vibrating into me, tearing a moan from me. 
“Damon... oh fuck.... Damon... I’m gonna... ohhhh,” I pant out. 
My upper body erupts with chills as Damon pulls away from me slightly, only to latch on to my nipple, biting with enough sting to send me over the edge. I scream his name as wave after wave of pure bliss rolls through me.

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Alicia Taylor

Alicia Taylor was born and raised in the East Midlands town of Derby, England, where she lives with her family and mass of animals - she's a huge family and animal lover.
Writing powerful love stories and creating Alpha males with a dash of darkness has become a passion of mine, and I have many stories and characters swirling in my head that I can't wait to share with you all. Is it weird to have so many voices in my head? I'm not crazy, I promise... maybe a little bit.

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Natalie Townson

Natalie Townson is 33, a mother of one beautiful little boy and lives in Gloucester in the UK with her Husband. Corrupted is her debut novel that is a book one of the manipulation trilogy, that she co writes with Alicia Taylor. Warped is book two in the manipulation series. She has had a love of reading since a young age and her favorite authors are Sophie Kinsella, J.S.Scott, Melody Anne and Stephanie Meyer to name a few.
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Friday, September 26, 2014

♦ ♦ Unclaimed by Laurie Wetzel ♦ Blog Tour ♦ ♦

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Book name- Unclaimed by Laurie Wetzel
 Genre- YA Paranormal Romance
Release date-8/11/2014
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 Abandoned by her birth parents and ignored by her adoptive family, Maddy Page believes she is unlovable. She only allows herself to dream of falling in love. That changes when she meets MJ; handsome and kind, MJ penetrates Maddy's defenses. Maddy soon finds herself confiding in MJ like she has with no one else, revealing secrets even her closest friends don't know. He makes her feel safe--a feeling she's never experienced except in her dreams. When Maddy witnesses MJ disappear and reappear in thin air, she realizes she might have been wrong about him. He could be dangerous--maybe even a killer. Determined to uncover the truth of who--or what--MJ is, Maddy ignores her instinct to run. But she soon realizes that getting close to MJ could cost more than a broken heart--it could cost Maddy her soul.

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 Excerpt 1

 My entire body pulses in the wake of his touch. His words “if you were mine” keep circling around in my head, and with each rotation, something inside me grows. He makes me feel happy and less broken. I feel I could take on the world as long as he’s beside me. Whatever he is, I don’t care. I’ve never felt anything like this, and I’ll go to Hell and back to keep it. Regardless of what happens to me, I have to protect him. I have to keep him safe, always. He grins and squeezes my hand again. My body responds with such intensity, I almost feel as if I were floating. I don’t want it to ever stop. I want to stay strong. I want to be brave. I want to feel safe. He gives me all of that. I want to hold him forever, even if it’s only his hand. “Tomorrow,” he says, pulling me from my thoughts. “I’ll find a way to see you.” “Promise?”

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 All I want now is to be near her—but that could be the very thing that kills her. “If you care for her, you’ll leave this house and never see her again. If she dies and she’s unknown to Heaven, that’s it. This otherworldly girl will either be sentenced to Hell or cease to exist. Can you face eternity knowing you brought that fate to her?” All the air rushes out of my body as the weight of her life once again rests on my soul. I turn back to her, memorizing as much as I can about her—the way her soft arms wrap around her torso, the color of her eyes that match the emerald gemstone still in my pocket, and soft pink lips I never got to touch. Goodbye, my Maddy. I stand and find the strength to walk out the door and leave the best thing that has ever happened to me.

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 My heart flutters. I really do like MJ. I blush and pop a few grapes into my mouth. As ecstatic as that makes me feel, I still don’t know, fully, if I can trust him—not until I know what he is. “So … you still haven’t answered my original question. Government experiment, superhero, or something else. Which is it?” He sighs, shaking his head. “I wasn’t created in a lab somewhere.” “What about an alien?” “No.” “Mutant?” “No.” “Warlock?” “Wouldn’t that fall under the category of magician?” “Magicians are usually fake. Warlocks and witches could be real. So are you one?” “No.” Stumped, I rest my chin on my hand and huff in exasperation. “Give up?” he asks. “No. But I’ve made some good progress on my list.” “You have a list?” “Uh huh.” I toss a few more grapes into my mouth. “Of what you think I might be?” I nod. “I don’t suppose you could just let it go?” I narrow my eyes at him. “If I did a bunch of crazy things that you couldn’t explain, would you let it go?” He smirks and shakes his head. “You win.

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 Justin covers his face in his hands and groans again while they slide down. Once his hands are back at his side, he grins. But it’s nothing like his earlier ones. It’s shifty. Twisted. It reminds me of the Grinch. “Why did I expect this to be easy with you? Do you want to die? Is that it?” “What? No.” My heart beats so hard, I can almost feel it hitting my ribcage. I take a few steps back while trying to regain control of myself and the situation. His eyes soften as harsh lines on his face relax. “If you stay here, Mads, I won’t be responsible for what happens to you.” I stare up at him, studying his expression for cracks in his I-suddenly-care-what-happens-to-you fa├žade. The longer I look into his endless black eyes, they tighter the knots inside me get. “You’re not lying.”

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 “Now say if you had changed even one of those things, your destiny would be completely different.” I know which fork I would choose to redo if I could. It’s the same one I’ve regretted time and time again. If I could go back, I would have never rejected his first kiss. Damien smiles. “Say, for example, this alternate-reality dream of yours is one where we kissed the first night. Everything would have been different between us. However, it is because you rejected my kiss that I looked at you differently. It is because you were sent away that I missed you. It is because you were promised to another man that I came there that night, which ultimately led to us being together now. As much as I wished we had kissed the first night, I am glad we did not. I, for one, like this path much better.”

 Author bio

 Laurie Wetzel has always had a passion for writing, but it wasn’t until a New Years Resolution in 2011 that she finally shared her lifelong dream of being an author with her husband. He read the very first draft of Unclaimed and gave her the words she needed to hear, “This is what you need to be doing.” Three years later the first book in the Unclaimed series was published with the second book expected to be out in 2015. Laurie lives in Mankato, MN, with her husband and two young sons. When she’s not writing, working, or spending time with her family, she’s either reading, running, or catching up on her favorite shows on Netflix. For updates on the Unclaimed series as well as other works in progress, feel free to check her out online!



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Thursday, September 25, 2014

♦ ♦ Roman by Kimber Dawn ♦ Blog Tour ♦ ♦

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Roman is a man of little words and lesser morals. He's a man who accepted his demons long before the average person even realized they had any. Roman has never felt emotions like guilt, shame, or remorse. Roman has also never felt love, sympathy, or compassion. 

Jaded for reasons unknown with more money at his disposal than he knows what to do with, Roman's walk to the dark side began long before his first kill.
He will taunt you, he will make you hope and watch in amusement as you fall for him, believing you're the one who can save his soul. Believing you're the one who can get through because the other twelve failed, you'll know to the marrow of your bones how lucky being number thirteen really is… 
How do I know all of this? Because, my name is Heather Mackenzie and I've been number thirteen for a lot longer than I ever intended to be.

Who is Kimber?
Shit, sometimes even I don't know. However if I had to type up an author bio (which, son of a bitch, I do) this is how it would read. BTW, caught a lot of shit for this author bio. Really don't give a fuck though, because I was asked to type up a bio. And if I can only say one thing for certain about myself, it's this: I'm real, I don't back down from what I believe, I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. I don't bite my tongue and I never try to hide the ugly parts of who I am... You either love me or hate me, but if you love me... I'll always be loyal, no fucking matter what ;)
I can be called a billon different things—daughter, mother, labor unit nurse, queen bitch, best friend, a lover, and a fighter. I've recently gone through some shit in my life I would have never believed possible, much less believed I would survive and come out conquering feats of which aren't usually met by a small town southern girl. Either fucking way, I came out on top and stronger than before, and though I've been through hell and back, I'm still just lil ole me... a book blogger, book pimp, and a book whore. My two indulgences remain to be my Jack’s in life…Jack Daniel’s and Blackjack. My biggest dream, the day I'll acknowledge that I've succeeded in life and can I die a happy woman, is the day I get to go two stark-naked hour-round sexual bouts with Jason Statham. *Sighs* 
I was born and raised in Louisiana… and No, I do NOT live in a bayou, I actually see the beaches on the gulf coast more than I see a bayou, lol. I started writing poems and short stories very early in my life. You know, for the Michael's and Leo's and Nick's in my life. I've been a book hoarder since I was eleven years old, but then a couple years ago something wonderful happened! The 50 Shades of Grey craze brought to life my inner smut whore and I commenced to read anything and everything smut affiliated. When reading wasn't enough anymore and I noticed that so many of the authors of my favorite indie authors and their books weren't getting the exposure their work deserved, I turned it into a mission, starting my own blog, buying their books and reading them one by one. I then wrote my reviews for my blog and didn't hold back in writing them (Hell yeah those motherfuckers a profanity laden). I've never done a single thing in my life halfway. I always go all in. After the success of my Blog, and the insistence of one of my bestest friends, my sister from another mister, Trina Taylor of Bad & Dirty Books, I was ready to finally take the plunge and see if I could write a book that was worth a damn. 
I'm a Southern girl to my core, a self-proclaimed smut whore, and I keep hearing that I’m an author, but honestly… I don’t believe the rumors. I don’t feel like a kickass bitch spittin’ out lyrics, or stories, like a motherfuckin’ rockstar. 
Tattooed across my ribs are the words I have always lived by: 'Aut viam inveniam aut faciam tibi.' Latin for: If I cannot find a way, I will make my own.
If you want to contact me, give me a shout out at 3am because my story just decimated your work day potential, or hell if you want to stalk me (I’ve met some of my BFF’s that way, don’t judge a stalker, they are awesome, fun, kickass bitches) follow me on these links:

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

♦ ♦ HYPERCARS CRUSADER by Jordana Mia Lezamy ♦ Cover Reveal ♦ ♦

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Title: Hypercars Crusader (Griffin League #1)
Author: Jordana Mia Lezamy
Genre: Romance/ Erotica/New Adult
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Cover Design: Cover Me Darling
"NOTHING IN LIFE IS A COINCIDENCE" It was the day of a special occasion in my life, when my entire future was rewritten and set on a new course Or was this always part of destiny that I believed you cannot run from? My Destiny. Now Ours. Together. Exclusively. As I watched him at the show I never planned on attending – I was certain of one thing about his velocity: ONLY GOD is capable of catching him. The moment we met, there was no looking back on a past life down a darkened and lonely road any longer. Before him I had never dated anyone. Before him I lead a normal good-girl life. With him my plus size curves and unique facial features are loved and adored beyond a passionate and lustful extent Beside him I became queen to the messiah of a hypercars racing universe I defied heaven for As fate would have it, regrets collected like old friends ready to relive both our darkest moments It’s always darkest before the dawn, but to see the sunrise at the end of the finish line, there are SEVEN words of a pledge barricading the way: Oath Griffin Blood Hypersonic Racers Breakneck League Cauterized words onto his soul that will decide if he is either a villain or a savior The ultimate sacrifice must be made by him alone Which will he choose? Which will he let go of? Which means more? This is our journey This is where our saga with fast cars begin. Contemporary, Erotica, New Adult, Romance : Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
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About The Author
27 years old. Birthday November 12th.
I have an obsession with REALLY fast cars, car magazines and car shows too.
I am an event co-ordinator part time and love to bake.
I mostly read “dark-themed” or extreme Dominant and Alpha Male novels.
Hypercars Crusader is not dark. My characters love each other waaaaaaay too much for that.
I am in love with Henry Cavill, 90’s or old-school music and I have an addiction to Italian Ice-Cream.
My family and friends are always laughing are always telling me I’m funny and louder than the average human.
Biggest passion in life is that I LOVE to laugh.
My body shape is curvy in all the right places and that is why my leading lady is plus-size too.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

♦ ♦ Unforgiven by Rebecca Shea ♦ Release Day Blitz ♦ ♦


We are so excited to celebrate the release of UNFORGIVEN by Rebecca Shea today! Trust us, you do not want to miss out Lindsay and Matt's story!

About Unforgiven

Unforgiven_Rebecca Shea_ebooksmLindsay Christianson seemingly has it all—the perfect career, the perfect boyfriend, and the best-laid plans for a perfect life—until one phone call changes everything.

With a moments notice, Lindsay must choose between her perfect life and her professional dreams. The choice momentarily seems clear when the opportunity to propel her career abruptly sends her across the country, leaving everything she loves behind in North Carolina.

Navigating a new city with a broken heart and a job where her colleagues will do anything to sabotage her success, the pressure quickly becomes too great. When old habits resurface, Lindsay finds herself chasing demons she thought were long since buried.

With pain and destruction left in her wake, will Lindsay find a way to erase the damage she’s done, or will her sins remain unforgiven?

**This book is a Contemporary Romance and contains mature subject matter. It is not intended for those under 17 years of age.** Add UNFORGIVEN to Goodreads here! Amazon  | Kobo | iBooks


This is the story of Matt & Lindsay:

Matt is a the man of every woman dreams. He is kind, sweet, and smart, He has a issue he is in love with someone that his has to hide. Matt wants to scream it to the world that he is deeply in love with Lindsay. Once this comes out in the open he thought his life would be so perfect.... and then Rebecca Shea is the writer of this novel.

Lindsay loves Matt she wants a life with him. Once everything seems so perfect she is given an job opportunity that she can not pass up. Half way across the world from North Carolina. Lindsay tries to adjust to her new surroundings. This is not an easy task. She finds herself walking back into some demons that she thought were closed for good.

Will Lindsay be able to conquer these demons? Will Matt and Lindsay's love trump everything? You will have to read to see.

Rebecca Shea novel titled Unforgiven. I was sooo soo excited when I got the chance to read and review this Advanced Reading Copy of Unforgiven. I am a big time Rebecca Shea fan, she amazed me in Unbreakable, left me blindsided in Undone and at the end of Unforgiven the tears wouldn't stop flowing. I will like to say this writer has strong gift of telling a story and I love to read her stories. In Unforgiven the emotions ran with me from start to finish. I was wheeled in and kept going and going. Rebecca has mastered the skill of grabbing the reader, making them fall in love by connecting to her characters. You become so emotionally vested you read this in one sitting. I admired how she made this story come to life, the writing skills of this author has made me speechless. The novel is so well described that I have picked out my cast members on the big screen. In my opinion this writer, writes from her heart and it is clearly noticeable in each one of her books. This series will always have a special place in my heart. If you enjoy a heart-stopping, emotional, realistic books check out this series. I had to re-read them a few times. 

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars

reviewed by Yolanda

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About Rebecca Shea

Rebecca Shea is the USA Today Bestselling author of Unbreakable and Undone. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her family and her beagle, Miles. From the time Rebecca could read she has had a passion for books. Rebecca spends her days working full-time and her nights writing, bringing stories to life. Born and raised in Minnesota, Rebecca moved to Arizona in 1999 to escape the bitter winters. When not working or writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her sons football games, or watching her daughter at ballet class. Rebecca is fueled by insane amounts of coffee, margaritas, Laffy Taffy (except the banana ones), and happily ever afters. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Monday, September 22, 2014

♦ ♦ Royally Tamed by Diana Ames ♦ Blog Tour ♦ ♦

While trying to find peace from the tumultuous events that started with Prince Anton’s sadistic past, the previous year has brought many changes to the intertwining lives of the prince, his brother, Damian, and his beloved sister-in-law, Mellissandra. Attempting to heal and move forward, Anton must hide secrets that, if discovered, could be the demise of the royal family and the country of Colania.
Unfortunately, one nosy stateside reporter has caught the scent of a scandalous story hidden in the backward country. Fueled by her own tormented past, Alondra believes in bringing justice to the innocent, and she is determined to expose the corrupt monarch for all that he has done.
When Alondra sets foot on the small island, she causes a chain reaction that leads to revelations in the royal bloodline, forever changing the future of Colania.

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Anton watched as Mellissandra played on the floor with two chubby babies. Anyone observing would never know that she was not both of the babies’ natural mother. She hugged them, tickled them, and loved them equally. But, only one of the babies Mellissandra was currently playing patty-cake with, was from her womb. The other belonged to Anton and his half-sister, Gilly, who now resided in the psychiatric unit of the Colania National Prison. That truth was not widely known. The official records stated that Mellissandra had given birth to fraternal twins, one boy and one girl, and their father was Damian Bellaro.
Likewise, Anton appeared to be a doting father and loving husband.  But the truth was, Mellissandra was married to his brother even though Anton most definitely loved her.
When Mellissandra picked up the fussing baby and opened her shirt, Anton groaned inwardly. She had no reservations about baring her breasts and nursing in front of him or anyone else. She would claim it was the most natural thing in the world, and it was what breasts had been made for. She wasn’t going to starve one of her babies because someone else had a problem with it.
Anton’s issue wasn’t disapproval though. It wasn’t even sexual. Honestly, there was nothing sexy about a woman with a hungry child on her breast. Anton’s problem was that every time he saw her nursing one or both of the babies, his love for her would grow.
At first, Anton had been afraid that he would only be able to see what his mother had done to him.

“Come here, my son,” the beautiful woman said.
Anton dragged his feet. He had just seen a man leave this room, and he knew what that meant. His mother had let the man lie on top of her, and she now smelled funny. Even worse than the smell was what his mother would want him to do after she had a man on her. She wanted him to drink milk from her.
Anton didn’t like the milk. It was warm and tasted weird. Gilly had told him that no one but babies did that with their mothers. Anton wasn’t a baby though. He was five. But if he didn’t do it, his mother would cry and say he didn’t love her anymore.
“Anton,” she said, “come here, my darling. It’s time for a feeding.”
Frightened because he didn’t want to upset his mother and maybe get a switching, Anton went and climbed onto his mother’s naked body. When he latched on to her breast, hot tears slipped over his eyes.

When he’d first seen Mellissandra with a baby at her breast, he’d only been able to see a wonderful and loving mother. She embodied everything maternal. She was exactly what a mother should be.
Anton sighed. He could gaze at the red-haired goddess in front of him for a lifetime and worship at her feet for eternity. But she was his brother’s wife, and Anton knew that the love the couple shared ran deep. He probably loved Damian as much as he loved Mellissandra. It was just in a different way. Anton would do everything he could to prevent his feelings from creating any tension between the three of them.
Rising to his feet, Anton swiftly left the room without a word. He was doing what he always did when his feelings for her became overwhelming. He ran.
Damian arrived home from his club in time to see Anton leave.  Since the babies had been born, he would work days for the most part. He didn’t like being away from his family at night when Mellissandra was usually most tired, and the babies were cranky. If Damian asked him, Anton would check on them and even sleep on their sofa, but Damian couldn’t bear to put more of a burden on his brother’s heart.
It was obvious to Damian that Anton was in love with Mellissandra. Every time he saw them together he was amazed at the person Anton became. Since Gilly’s arrest nearly a year ago, Anton had closed himself off from everyone—except for Mellissandra. Damian knew that the feelings weren’t all one sided. Mellissandra had a place in her heart reserved for Anton. This didn’t threaten Damian though because he knew the biggest part of her heart belonged to him.
Damian entered the apartment and called out to his wife. She didn’t respond, but he followed the sounds of the soft coos and giggles coming from the living room. When he saw them, he just stopped and watched in awe for a few minutes.
Mellissandra was in a pair of old ripped jeans and one of his button-down shirts. She had a baby on one breast while she tickled the other baby playing on the floor between her outstretched legs. Her flame red hair was pulled back into a braid because the babies loved to tug on her brightly colored locks. She took his breath away.
“Anton just left,” she said without glancing at him.
“I saw him, but he went the other direction.” Damian came into the room to sit beside her on the floor.
“We need to do something, Damian,” she said, finally looking at him. “It breaks my heart to see him suffering.”
“I’ve been thinking about it a lot, my love,” Damian said, staring deeply into her eyes. “But I don’t know if you’ll like the solution I’ve come up with.”
“As long as you’re not thinking of moving us out of the castle, I’ll do it.” The stubborn look he loved so much came over her face. “I won’t desert him, Damian.”
“Neither will I, love,” Damian said. “We’ll talk after the babies are in bed. For now, let me bask in the glow of my family.”
He reached over and took the satisfied baby from Mellissandra’s arms. “Oh, Arabella, you’re getting fat,” he teased the baby as he put her over his shoulder to burp her. “How has Dominic been today?” he asked his wife.
“Wonderful as usual,” she replied. “I swear, two more opposite children have never been born.” She leaned over to kiss Damian’s lips before picking up Dominic. “And I wouldn’t change a thing about either one of them.”
“So, what prompted the visit this afternoon?” Dr. Servo asked Anton.
Anton had ceased his sessions with the large group of therapists, but he had continued to see Dr. Servo. There was something about the woman that put him at ease. He felt like he could trust her.
“I just needed to center myself,” Anton said. “I was visiting with Mellissandra and the babies, and the emotions were too much.”
“What emotions were you feeling?” Dr. Servo asked, picking up her notebook.
“The same as usual.” Anton sighed. “Love, I suppose. Overwhelming envy. Adoration.”
“No lust or anger?”
“No.” Anton clasped and unclasped his hands nervously. “I have had no desire to hurt a woman since…” He paused. “I certainly have no desire to hurt Mel.”
“I know I’ve said this before, but I think you need to hear it again.” Dr. Servo put down her paper and leaned into her desk. “I believe you love Mellissandra very much. I believe you love Damian very much as well. These feelings you have are normal.”
“How could it be normal for me to love my brother’s wife?” Anton demanded. He rose to his feet and began pacing.
“She’s family, and she’s accepted you as her family, even after she found out about your addiction to violence.”
“I’m in love with her,” Anton whispered. “If it weren’t for Damian, I would do everything in my power to make her mine.”
“Would you?” Dr. Servo smiled and sat back in her chair. “Sire, in all the time we’ve been meeting, you have not given any indications of having romantic feelings for Mellissandra. You’ve talked about how beautiful she is and how caring she is. Lately, you’ve stated that she’s a wonderful mother, but not once have you said that you would like to make love with her. You haven’t described a need to take her in your arms or even an impulse to kiss her.”
“I haven’t touched a woman since finding out that I damaged Gilly so badly that her mind snapped,” Anton argued.
“That’s fear,” the doctor told him. “A time will come when you will find a woman who is worth getting over that fear. You are not the same man you were a year ago as evidenced by your strong emotions now.”
“Fear,” Anton snorted. “The only thing I fear is betraying my brother.”
“What do you think would be a betrayal in his eyes?”
“A pass at his wife,” Anton said sarcastically.
“Yet you feel no lust when you look at her,” Dr. Servo countered. “You’ve described your feelings as more of—” She shuffled through her notebook for a moment. “Reverence,” she said, having found what she was looking for. “More than once, you have stated, ‘Mellissandra is like a goddess. Some days, I can sit and stare at her for hours and just be happy because I’m in her presence.’”
“Damian has said similar things,” Anton said.
“Yes, but Damian sleeps with her every night.” The doctor smiled. “So, tell me what else you could do that would betray your brother.”
Anton sighed heavily and plopped back into his seat. “If I hurt another woman, I suppose that would be a betrayal. Damian has worked hard to help me be normal. He’s put his trust in me. I don’t know if I could handle turning him against me again.”
“You look worn out,” Dr. Servo observed.
“I feel worn out,” Anton confirmed. “It’s so hard to be around her sometimes, yet I can’t keep myself away.”
“I think we’ve talked about this enough for now,” Dr. Servo said. “Mellissandra is good for you. She brings out a tenderness in you that you weren’t previously aware of. However, in the last year, you’ve gone from no feelings to an emotional overload. It’s okay to let yourself rest.”
“Tenderness?” Anton laughed mirthlessly. “Many women would argue that I don’t have a single tender bone in my body.”
“Tell me about the electric upgrade.” Dr. Servo ignored Anton’s self-deprecating comment. “Are you still having trouble getting the fiber-optic cable needed?”
Anton accepted the change of subject. “It’s not so much the supplies. It’s more a lack of skilled individuals to install it.”
Alondra sat in front of her computer, reading the short article about the woman who’d been imprisoned for nearly a year. When her boss had given her the assignment, she’d moaned and groaned about another country being ruled by a monarchy. She hadn’t wanted to travel there and be subject to their laws, laws that usually only favored men and rarely protected foreign visitors.
But the more she researched, it seemed the less she’d found. The woman in question, Dr. Gillian Portsmith, had reportedly murdered two people, attacked the crowned prince, and held a woman hostage in the hospital. For someone who had supposedly committed such heinous crimes, very little information was available. The latest article Alondra had found, only the third, stated that the good doctor had a nervous breakdown, and she was screaming about murdering the queen at the request of the prince.
Dr. Portsmith was being housed in the national prison, the only prison in the country, in a village a few miles from the castle. The only real city-type place in the entire country was the area directly surrounding the castle, so not much information on the village was available.
Alondra smelled something fishy with the whole situation. As much as she hated traveling to foreign countries, she knew if she didn’t follow up on this one, she would regret it. She booked herself a plane ticket and then a boat ticket to the small island country. She would be leaving tomorrow.

About The Author:
Diana Ames was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania.  She lives with her husband, two children, and a variety of crazy pets.  Balancing work, wife and mom duties, and writing has been the best and most rewarding challenge of her life.


Royally Tamed, Book Two in the Royals of Colania Series 

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