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The Yakuza Path: Blood Stained Tea by Amy Tasukada

A bloody past haunts him. A devastating present calls him back…
Nao hides from his violent past in the Japanese mob by opening a teahouse in Japan’s cultural center, Kyoto. His past comes flooding back when he discovers a gravely injured man with a tattooed chest, a bloody knife, and a Korean business card.

Saehyun would’ve died if not for Nao’s help. He knows nothing of his savior’s connection with the local mafia, but Saehyun has his own secrets. He commands the Korean mafia, the mortal enemy of Nao’s former syndicate.

As Nao and Saehyun grow closer, so does the strength of the Korean mob. A shocking murder pulls Nao back into a past he’d all but abandoned. War is looming, and Nao must choose between protecting Saehyun or avenging the honor of his old mafia family..

The Yakuza Path: Blood Stained Tea is the first book in a series of Japanese mafia thrillers. If you like complex characters, blood-soaked violence, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Amy Tasukada’s gritty crime masterpiece.

Buy Blood Stained Tea to dive deep into the Asian mafia tale today!

Hook, Line and Sinker: River’s Sigh B&B Book 4

Brian Archer, lawyer and infamous playboy, returns to Greenridge after a long holiday to find his life in ashes. Literally. His condo has burned to the ground, and with it, his delusion that he’s a footloose, fancy-free guy who doesn’t secretly crave a home and a place to belong.

Staying with his lovebird brother and sister-in-law at River’s Sigh B & B proves unbearable, only rubbing in his deep loneliness. As does getting to know one of the other guests, a damsel determined to get herself out of distress, without any help from him. What is it about sweet, troubled Katelyn that makes Brian want to go all knight-in-shining-armor? And why is he suddenly longing for things he doesn’t even believe in, like true love, marriage . . . ?

Single mom and wannabe entrepreneur Katelyn Kellerman needs to escape from Greenridge. Her safety, and that of her children, relies on it. Plus, she knows the hazards of trusting someone all too well. So why, after meeting Brian Archer, does she wish she could just stay put and build a home? With him.

No matter how they fight their feelings, Brian and Katelyn fall for each other hook, line and sinker—but life isn’t a fairy tale. Brian can’t live in limbo forever, Katelyn’s ex is increasingly threatening, and she needs to secure a future for her and her kids. Can they beat the odds, salvage the ashes of their pasts, and risk everything for love, or are they just fishing for trouble?

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Veronica Roth Give Away!

Get swept up in Veronica Roth’s stories of thrilling futures with this giveaway! One lucky reader will win her upcoming novel, The Fates Divide, another novel of their choice, a set of Divergent faction bookmarks, a Divergent necklace, and a raven tattoo decal. Open worldwide (see rules for details)!

This giveaway is sponsored by YA authors the Six Queens (The Midnight Society), Leigh Walker (Premonition), AJ Eversley (Savior), Lea McKee (This Body Won’t Break), and Krista Street (Compound 26). By entering you’ll also be signed up to hear book news from each of them.

Good luck!

Spoons: River’s Sigh B&B book 3

Author Ev Bishop takes us back to the River’s Sigh Bed and Breakfast series for another wonderful wholesome romance.  This time a couple who are on the verge of separation, possible divorce go on a family vacation.  Will they be able to start over again and bring the family together?  We find out in this sweet romantic story.

HOOKED: River’s Sigh B&B Book 2 By Ev Bishop

This Amazon review by Diane Blaser says it all!
I am a huge fan of Ev Bishop’s new, sweet series revolving around two sisters caught between a complicated past and a tenuous future together. Sam has come back to the town she couldn’t wait to leave because the daughter she gave up for adoption has come searching for answers about her birth. Unfortunately, Sam wants nothing more than to say hello and leave again when confronted by her pregnant biological daughter and the girl’s recently widowed father. Relationships can be very messy, especially when all the parties involved are feeling threatened by each other and the circumstances between them. I really enjoyed this second book in what promises to be a poignant series about the relationships that we all struggle with and the acceptance we all hope to find.

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IMMORTAL PURPOSE by Claire Ashgrove

Building on a background of fantasy game design, a fascination with history, and a lifetime love of books, award-winning author Claire Ashgrove brings to life action-filled, passionate journeys of the heart. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction’s Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write for the Champagne and Black Rose lines. Adding to these critically acclaimed romances, Claire’s paranormal series, The Curse of the Templars (Tor), marries the history of the Knights Templar with the chilling aspirations of the most unholy–a must-read for speculative fiction fans. Her books have received multiple nominations for “Best Romance of the Year” awards as well as placements within a variety of contests, including the rigorous, Reader’s Crown Awards, where Immortal Hope was named Best Paranormal Romance of 2011. For those who prefer the more erotic side of life, she also writes darkly arousing espionage novels for Berkley as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire.

Find her book IMMORTAL PURPOSE at Amazon today

Immortal Hope

“This series (The Curse of the Templars) is explosive, sexy, riveting, and Claire Ashgrove is a master of her craft.” ~New York Times Bestelling Author of MARK OF THE WITCH, Maggie Shayne

“Ashgrove’s Templars will steal your heart and her world building will leave you wanting more.” ~National Bestselling, Award Winning Author of the L.O.S.T series, Karin Tabke/Harlow

“Claire Ashgrove weaves complex layers of history, paranormal worlds and romantic fiction seamlessly.” ~New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of WIFE BY WEDNESDAY, Catherine Bybee on the Templar Series

IMMORAL HOPE by Claire Ashgrove

Centuries ago, Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll that revealed the locations of the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they now roam the earth, protecting mankind from evil. But darkness stalks them, and battles they fight bring them ever closer to eternal damnation. One promise remains to give them salvation—the return of the seraphs.

Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul, releasing him from the clutches of their enemy. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers that she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As Merrick struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold.

Anne has six weeks to complete her thesis on the Knights Templar. When Merrick takes her to the Templar stronghold, he presents her with all she needs—and awakens a soul-deep ache that he alone can soothe. Yet loving Merrick comes with a price. If she admits she is destined for him, her gift of foresight predicts his death.


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Take a Chance on Me GIVEAWAY

Author Marilyn Brant is giving away 3 signed copies of her book over at Goodreads.
Contest runs from Jan 07, 2018 and ends on Feb 27, 2018


Take a Chance on Me (Mirabelle Harbor #1)

In matters of the heart, would you risk it all?

Welcome to Mirabelle Harbor! In this scenic suburb on Chicago’s North Shore, overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Michigan, the Michaelsen family has made their home for generations. Although their parents and grandparents are now gone, siblings Derek, Blake, Sharlene, and the twins—Chandler and Chance—all have fond memories of growing up in town, and most still live there.

Chance Michaelsen, the youngest member of the family (by two minutes) and the quietest (by far), is a dedicated twenty-eight-year-old personal trainer at the local gym. While he might not say much, Chance has made it clear that he’s not a fan of toxic people, unhealthy habits, or sharing too many of his emotions. With anybody.

Enter Antonia “Nia” Pappayiannis—the prettiest member of the loudest and most overly demonstrative family in town. They’re also the owners of The Gala, a Greek restaurant and bakery known for its decadent pastries and located just a few steps from Chance’s gym. He considers their entire family business to be the enemy of good health, but he can’t quite shake his attraction to Nia, who doesn’t seem nearly as impressed with him or his sculpted physique as most of the women around Mirabelle Harbor.

Unfortunately, between her doctor’s orders and the interfering ways of Chance’s crazy-making ex-girlfriend, who just happens to be one of Nia’s long-time friends, Chance gets assigned to be Nia’s fitness coach for the month. Pure torture. And if his ex weren’t already causing enough problems, he also has to deal with Nia’s current boyfriend—some hotshot Chicago CEO who talks big but, in Chance’s opinion, is as fake as a Styrofoam barbell.

The road to romance is going to be a rocky one, and though Nia has her doubts about moving forward, Chance has a well-developed competitive streak and might just be willing to give it a shot…if he can convince her to do the same.

Abby’s Road: A Romantic Suspense Novel

Abby’s Road: A Romantic Suspense Novel By Susan Bryde

Abby is alone…again. As a child, she learned how to be self-reliant, mask her emotions, and fade into the scenery. When she witnesses the murder of someone she loves, Abby must utilize these vital skills to stay alive. Abby retreats to her home state of Texas to lay low. When Bruce MacAlister walks into her life, determined to get to know her, he draws the kind of attention she doesn’t need. With new battle lines drawn, Abby has to make a choice – stay and endanger more lives than her own; or run, and be alone forever. From the author of Bruce’s Fall, Susan Byrde brings you Abby’s Road – the second novel in the “Abby’s Road Series.”

I really enjoyed reading this book. I felt that I had to give it a 5 star rating because it kept me turning the pages and I had a hard time putting it down. I liked the slower paced staging of the characters and story. It gave me a chance to get to know the main character, Abby. I also liked the way the author described so many scenes and places in such vivid detail. I honestly felt like I was there, like I could see or feel exactly what she was experiencing. The book was definitely full of one exciting event after the next. Sometimes I felt that it border lined being a little too eventful, almost to the point of feeling a bit exhausted. Overall I grew fond of the characters and found myself wanting to read more. I was sad to end the book and am looking forward to the next book in the series, eager to find out what becomes of Abby and Bruce. ~ Amazon Reviewer

Book Two is now out!

The Forest House by Tamara Rokicki

Tamara Rokicki is a YA Fantasy/Paranormal author. Her love for writing began at a very early age, together with her love for reading. She has been published in Anthologies, wrote as a columnist and acquisition editor, contributed to magazines and local publications, and taught writing workshops at local libraries. Now, she’s tackling her latest goal, a lifelong dream materializing right in front of her eyes. Writing The Forest House is a tangible manifestation of her journey and the way she’s overcome many obstacles. Find it on Amazon today

“Tamara Rokicki’s debut young adult novel provides a much-needed fresh take on the vampire genre. She creates haunting images and intriguing characters that will draw you in and keep you guessing as she explores universal themes of family and destiny.”
-Taryn Noelle Kloeden, Author of The Hex Breaker, The Fenearen Chronicles Book 1

“In The Forest House, Rokicki weaves our world with magic in a delightful and beautiful way, managing to be real and whimsical all at once.”
-Ashley McLeo, Author of Prophecy of Three

Dealing with anxiety and a dysfunctional family is bad enough, but it gets worse when Hera is kidnapped and taken to a mysterious house secluded in the middle of a forest.

There she meets Aethen, the leader of the Ashar Coven, claiming to be a psychic vampire who feeds on human energy.
If that’s not shocking enough, he insists that not only is she a psychic vampire as well, but also the High Priestess destined to lead the fight in a supernatural war.

The Ashar Prophecy declares that Hera will Awaken in order to save her kind. If she fails, her people will be destroyed, shattering a long, intricate past.

Hera’s role–and survival–become more complicated as her attraction to Aethen grows stronger each day.
She is now trapped in a war between two vampire factions; one vicious and bloodthirsty, the other territorial and shrouded in secrets. Her future–and the future of her coven–rests in her hands.

Will Hera find the strength to fulfill her destiny even if the secrets surrounding the Ashar Prophecy hide a terrible truth?