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Derailed — by Kacey Shea

Jessica Moore a young woman accustomed to going without, happy to be the cheerleader for the dreams of others. Her boyfriend knows this and swoops in taking full advantage, leaving her feeling beholden, starving, and yearning for attention he’ll never provide.

Sean Willis plays for the team. He believes in his band and each member. The blood runs deep and he won’t break those ties. However, his new bandmate arrives with a lifestyle and moral code that sends warning flags up from the start. Sean can deal with a jerk but his girlfriend a sweet thing inside and out creates a bit of a challenge for Sean and his own family code of ethics.

Kacey Shea pens the heart of a hero and the fair maiden nicely in Derailed. Sean the rock star plays the roll on stage, but his head and heart behave different out of the spotlight. He feels for the situation Jess finds herself in and he knows a snake in the grass when he sees one. Shea sprinkles the right amount of vim and vigor into Sean making him a hero every reader roots for. On the other hand, Jess fights for everything she works for, and the need to make the world root for her once in her life keeps her spirit alive. She knows the higher road, but Shea creates her in a way the audience sits hand in hand with Jess on her journey. Sean and Jess are a must read!


Author Kacey Shea
USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance. Published works include My Undead Heart, Caught in the Flames, Detour, and the Uncovering Love series.
Kacey Shea is a mom of three, wife, and USA Today bestselling author who resides in sunny Arizona. She enjoys reading and writing romance novels as much as her son loves unicorns, which is a lot.

When she’s not writing you will find her playing taxi cab to her children while belting out her favorite tunes, meeting friends or family for food and to share some laughs, or sweating it out in the gym. Kacey finds that picking up heavy weights repeatedly is good for her mental health as much as it is for the physical.

She has an unhealthy obsession with firefighters. It could be the pants. It could be the fire. It’s just hot. On occasion she has been known to include them, without their knowledge, in her selfies outside the grocery store.

Kacey one day aspires to be a woman hand model in a sexy photo shoot. You know, the woman’s hand raking across the muscular back or six pack stomach of the male fitness model. Yep, that hand.

Until that day comes she will continue writing sexy, flirty romance novels in hopes to bring others joy!

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Falling for his bandmate’s girl is a bad idea, but when it comes to Jess, he can’t help how he feels.

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Sean Willis knows the difference between right and wrong. Sure, the bass player of Three Ugly Guys has made his share of mistakes, but when push comes to shove, Sean always chooses the high road. Now, even when things are unraveling with the band, he’s the voice of reason.

Until Jess.

She’s the only thing he’s ever wanted and couldn’t have. Not only is she his new roommate, but her boyfriend is the newest addition to 3UG. She’s more than off limits, she’s a temptress with her unaltered beauty and gentle spirit.

Jessica Moore has never been the center of anyone’s world. In fact, she’s familiar with being forgotten. Not too tall, not too pretty, not too smart; she’s just Jess. No stranger to scraping by for survival, she finds shelter in Coy Wright, a musician with dreams bigger than life. But when Coy skyrockets to stardom, Jess is thrust into a world in which she doesn’t belong.

That is, until she discovers an unexpected friendship. Sean treats Jess as someone special, important, and worthy of love. The feelings and desires he stirs within are dangerous, because despite Sean’s kindness and affection, she’s forever loyal to Coy.

What happens when doing the wrong thing feels right?

Jess and Sean’s friendship is put to the test, along with alliances in the band. Is love enough to derail their best laid plans, or will selfishness throw everyone’s success off track?

DERAILED can be read as a standalone or start with Trent’s story in DETOUR first.

The Elder – Not the Usual Suspects! A Who Done It by Celia Aaron

Benton King, a sexy young lawyer, finds himself lost in a web of lies and deceit. King’s answers rest on the heels of a young female detective, Arabella Matthews. Something about this determined detective entrances Mr. King. He readies himself to discover both the truths behind his predicament and the character behind Miss Matthews.

Celia Aaron hands over the tragedy of the Kings’ and unfolds the roadmap of old money and the Southern way of life. Aaron’s ability to tell a tale of backstabbing and small-town grandeur, with the authentic dialect and rich structure, is top-notch. This is not the last of the Mississippi Kings, and the wait for more will be a tough one.

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A shocking murder.
A suspicious son.
A dedicated detective.
In Azalea, Mississippi, the only thing hotter than the summer days are the men of the King family. When the patriarch Randall King is found dead, Detective Arabella Matthews will race the clock to stop the killer from striking again. Benton, the eldest of the King siblings, has to decide if he wants to cooperate with the feisty detective or conduct his own investigation. The more he finds out about his father—and the closer he gets to Arabella—the more he wants to keep her safe. But the killer has different plans . . .

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Celia Aaron is a USA Today bestselling author and recovering attorney who loves romance and erotic fiction. Dark to light, angsty to funny, real to fantasy–if it’s hot and strikes her fancy, she writes it. Thanks for reading.

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Apotheosis: A New Release from Joshua Edward Smith

There are pitfalls people fall in over the course of a lifetime, and Cynthia is one of those folks who has fallen. She’s a midlife divorcee who recognizes she needs a change in order to live her life and fill the empty void. Apotheosis tells the tale of one woman’s journey in search of owning her own happiness. Her sojourn takes her through an emotional cleansing of sorts and mixes her foundational beliefs with a blend of cultural experiences, self-esteem building, and the path to loving oneself and having the love returned.

Joshua Edward Smith takes the Pacific Northwest by storm in Apotheosis. He creates a lost soul in search of the road to salvation in his heroine. Cynthia is never the meek and miserable type woman, but she is struggling to make sense of a life she feels has been unlived. Smith demonstrates a realism in this work. He develops Cynthia as a modern day woman who lost her way and needs to rediscover the beauty of life, love, and happiness. Smith takes the reader through all the emotions, yet leaves the audience replete and satisfied in the end. Cynthia’s journey is one that should not be missed.

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After a fleeting encounter with a state of bliss she’s never before known, Cynthia is driven to recapture that moment. She sets off on a mission to find the man of her dreams, but instead discovers the frightening truth of what he really is. Life and death hang in the balance, with her own redemption being her only hope of survival. This contemporary take on the hero’s journey is as moving as it is mesmerizing.
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Joshua Edward Smith is the author of four novels (the erotic ‟Entropy” trilogy, and the contemporary women’s fiction novel ‟Apotheosis”), several shorter works, and innumerable blog posts and tweets. He is also a technology executive, jazz musician, ballroom dancer, and father of three. He lives in central Massachusetts.

Midnight Blue Another Hit by Shen

Indie’s life developed out of multiple circumstances beyond her control. She’s grown up before her time. Her lofty goal of putting her family back on track is priority number one on her list. When the doors open wide and the opportunity arises to set things straight, she jumps on aboard the train to freedom. What she doesn’t count on is babysitting Alex; a tortured rock star. One not keen on staying sober and his addictions turn from illegal to focus on his new sobriety sidekick.

L. J. Shen masters the strong heroine and tortured alpha bad boy. She leaves no stone unturned between Indie and Alex. Shen straps the reader aboard the hate train against Alex and somehow engineers the tracks to follow a path where everyone roots for Alex to sweep this hard-headed young lady off her feet. Shen knows how to develop the long burn of mental torture into something forbidden, sexy, and desired. Another brilliant prose piece checked off and highly recommended.

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It should have been easy.
I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.
I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.
The worst part is that I should have known better.
Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.
“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”
Guess what? I didn’t listen.
I signed the contract.
World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.
My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.
Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.
Then he took my heart.
Then he took my all.

Bad Dad – The Ultimate Hero

Landon Lane is a man running from the past, living in the present, and raising the future. The problem is he’s found his kryptonite, and her name is Cora Chapman. His son already loves her and if things were not so complicated she’d also blend into his world… But that may not happen if his past is not kept at bay.

Sloane Howell has created the ultimate journey in Bad Dad—he has a hero, mentors, a villain, and the fair maiden, which he blends together with a sprinkling of magic ingredients and a cast of characters that could only bring Bad Dad to the forefront of an epic story. With Logan Lane’s help to mix these elements, it becomes clear to everyone that truth and purity of ideals lie in the eyes of a child. Howell writes the struggle of a man who broke free of his past, one with blemishes and unanswered questions, showing that every man deserves the chance to right the wrongs. Landon Lane certainly knows this is his journey to take and to win—for his son, his family, and his future. It’s time you take this journey, too, and wrap yourself around one well-done recipe for both adventure and romance.


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He has a past. Could she be his future?

My son is my life. Nothing on earth matters but him.

Soon, I’ll have to send him out into society. The cruel machine that gnashes innocence and spits out the hollowed remains of a child’s imagination. It’s a place I know all too well, considering my past. I’ve worked hard to separate myself from it, but it looms in the back of my mind—waiting for the perfect moment to strike.

My son, Logan, wants to have birthday parties, make friends, play at the park—all the normal things that seven-year olds want to do. All the things I want to do with him.

I’ve put up walls around our life to shield us from danger. Giant barriers to ward off possible threats.
Cora Chapman crashes through them like a wrecking ball. She’s intelligent and hilarious with soft curves and a spark that ignites a flame deep inside of me.

There’s only one problem—she’s Logan’s teacher.

When my past wraps its tentacles around my throat and threatens to strangle the breath from my lungs, I’m given an option—fight for my family’s freedom, or die as they’re stripped away from me.

I can’t lose. I won’t lose.

My name is Landon Lane and I am a warrior.

Sierra Simone’s New Camelot Series

Back in the fall of 1989, I entered my sophomore year of college. I claimed my major that fall, multiple subjects and English literature, and put together a plan to finish my degree in under 4 years. I registered for an overload of units because I was nerdy that way and driven by the desire to seek the knowledge before me. I registered with excitement in taking British Literature, Medieval Literature, Linguistics, Art for Children, Intro to Poli-Sci, and Math for the Elementary Teacher. Yes, I was a little insane in the course load and the copious amounts of reading I’d signed on for, but this is where I fell in love with old, middle, and modern English. The stories which were laden with social taboo and hidden messages became an obsession for dissecting them with each word and line subjected to scrutiny and purpose.

Arthurian legend was always an interest, but the semester I turned nineteen changed this curiosity to a die-hard research project. We didn’t have Google back then, and the librarian became my best friend! I traveled to neighboring college libraries in search of all things surrounding Camelot and the whispered airs of the Pagan rituals and the strength of women during the times of monarchy and courtly love. The twisted tales of secret love, adultery, incest and homosexuality so swiftly swept beneath the rug yet printed in words in such a way that only the super sleuths were able to uncover the hidden messages of love, and its entangled webs it wove throughout the early to middle ages, soon shut down with the Protestants and the hush of rituals in Catholicism and the Church of England.

But here I sit, twenty-eight years later, in awe of the prose unfolded before me in the New Camelot Series, by Sierra Simone. I spent the last week reading each book of the trilogy, American Queen, American, Prince, and American King, with my eyes hungrily eating up each word, each plot device, each figurative language infusion, and most of all each well-crafted allusion to the tales I’ve loved so dearly. Simone captures exactly the sentiments of this time and the coveted secrets sprinkled in the works of Malory, Chaucer, De amore, Bradley (a more recent view) and so many others. Each of these works alludes to polyamorist relationships and the roses which are threaded with thorns in the public’s eye of these heart-wrenching love triangles as well as the politics of leadership and commitment.

Ash, Greer, and Embry pulled at every angle possible and then some. There was no stone left unturned. The infusion of the entire tale exploded within the trilogy and there were moments of dramatic irony to which I was hoping would end any other way than what had already been divulged either through knowing so much about the legend or through the prophecies penned before my eyes. But to her strength and beautifully written tale, Simone keeps the legend alive and well with each well-structured event and brick by brick transition from medieval to modern times. The stabs at organized religion, the unconventional being looked down upon by the public, and yet the sweet desire of true love and a capacity to care for others in a world that is so cruel it hurts when opened and yet eats one alive when hidden in the shadows. I’m excited as much as torn down in living and breathing the world of Greer, Embry, and Ash. Now, here I sit knowing I’ll miss the journey as much as relish what these characters have given me in reigniting a love for the legend. This is quite the tribute to a time which I find both fascinating and frightening.  

Yet in the end, I think Simone got it right. Despite the outward view of women of the time, they were/are stronger than most expect. Some could be/are ruthless and power-hungry while others sought to strengthen and partner to build the empires which were long-lasting. These women were and are not simple. They remain complex in nature able to snap the attention of the men who were/are their complementary partner. In some cases, the trio was/is stronger than the duo, and for those who find that piece which makes them whole, it develops a force which was/is unbreakable despite the narrow views of others. In the end, the rise to true power had nothing to do with financial gain but emotional fulfillment encompasses the ultimate freedom.

A thank you to Sierra Simone, from the bottom of my heart, for reawakening my love of Arthurian legend. There is nothing more sacred than reawakening the things that have laid dormant as life moves forward and priorities change one’s path. But for today, I sit and think about the history and the parallels of Camelot played out time and time again and enjoy reopening that piece of me which has lain dormant for so many years.


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Avenues Ink Series – Poet


Kieran O’Connell is the purest of the O’Connell boys. He lives with his own hidden secrets but provides a strength to the family that is waiting to be cracked and he needs the inspiration.

Melissa Trujillo has spent the last five years rediscovering how to live. She has settled into a pattern which suits her addictive personality well, until she comes face to face with a guardian angel—her soulmate. IF she’s not careful her new addiction may just become the piece that fills her addictions and then some.


AM. Johnson proves once again why reader’s love the O’Connell boys. They are not the perfect family filled with six figure salaries and golden spoons to boot. The O’Connell boys are real men, with real lives, with real struggles. Johnson’s ability to craft the Avenues in Ink boys as flawed heroes with an incredible capacity to love and persevere through the thick of things is a gift she weaves well into the construction of the trilogy. Kieran is the youngest of the bothers who’s internalized his families stresses and dysfunctions because at heart he is willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good of the family. In his pursuit of stability he sought the priesthood, but life had other plans for Kieran. Johnson blends his faith nicely with his desire to please and keep the family he loves on track after the tragic death of the matriarch who held it all together. His chance meeting with Melissa, a young lady repenting for her sins, creates the beauty of what a fulfilled life should look like. Johnson’s weaving of poetry and prose ultimately creates a work of beauty in Poet.

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Melissa Trujillo knows suffering. She’s tasted it, touched it, injected it. Sobriety is a gift, but it isn’t enough to wash away her secrets.

Kieran O’Connell knows sacrifice. He’s owned it, held it between his fingers, and felt it in his knees. Words are his freedom, and they’ve begun to fade.

Two different worlds, one moment and the Earth shifts—granting them a path.
His eyes meet hers. Her hand fits his.

Kieran finds his muse.
Melissa finds her new addiction.

But, when sin meets virtue, angels fall, and the truth, it becomes a blade. Together they’ll walk the sharp edge, and if her lies cut too deep, not even his words could save her… save them.

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Thoughts On The Book World Drama – with ‘Livet

No doubt Larry will always speak the gospel of what you might be thinking, but you are too afraid to say out loud!

If you don’t know Larry, you need to get started and catch up before Thursday, July 27, 2017 rolls around.


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Disclaimer: I don’t give two horse dicks about any of this drama shit. I’m just using it to selfishly draw attention to my own books. Fuck anonymity. I want the money. This is how you monetize a goddamned rant, son.

But first, buy my shit. Banned everywhere. You don’t wanna fuck with it. YOU SHOULD NOT READ THESE BOOKS! THEY’RE VERY OFFENSIVE! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED! Seasons 4 and 5 coming in the next few months.



THOUGHTS (w/ ‘livet)

So I’m sitting here with a bottle of ‘livet in the morning, dropping a deuce burger. I scroll across my phone and come across more book world drama. How fortunate is this for me? I mean, I don’t give a shitdick about any of it, but it’s popular, and I’m not above using it to promote my fuckery. I’m always…

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Never Judge a Book by Stacey Broadbent

Jess finds herself on a position no young girl ever dreams of when she thinks about her future. She’s on her own after ending her abusive relationship and she’s expecting. Her family is supportive, but how do ever work yourself out of hole that deep?

Nathan Frost has a criminal record. He’s done time. He wants to make a fresh start, but people are judgmental and refuse to believe a person can make bad choices and learn from them. But one look at the sad-faced pregnant girl in the library and he’s sunk. But how do you show a mother to be that there is more to you than meets the eye?

Stacey Broadbent captures the struggles of Jess and Nathan in a beautiful story of loss, love, and longevity. On the surface, there is nothing more pure than a mother to be and nothing more evil than a criminal. Broadbent examines the theme of never judge a book by its cover through Jess and Nathan and brings to light the need for less snap decision judgements and more heartfelt character examinations. Broadbent fills this budding romance with the best gift, the gift of hope, despite the many mistakes one may make. If you haven’t read Never Judge a Book then there is no time like the present to get turning those pages.

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When I pictured my future, I never imagined I would be pregnant and on my own, but this is my reality. I had my baby to think about, and being with a lying, cheating man-child suddenly didn’t hold as much appeal.
Turning back to the one thing that has always grounded me, I immersed myself in books; the local library, my playground. That’s where I met him.

I’ve spent my life trying to be the perfect child and stay out of trouble. People only see what they want to, though. The Frost Brothers are no good.
I’ve done my time, and now I’m trying to get on with my life. It wasn’t my intention to fall for someone, let alone a girl who clearly belonged to someone else. She didn’t look at me like everyone else did. But could she really fall for a guy like me?


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A.M. Johnson’s Kingdom – The Little Fairytale in All of Us.

Kelly is a woman who decided long ago she wasn’t going to allow her past to handcuff her future. She knows her only way is to get out of her small town is to use her natural beauty to attain something more than the life she was born into. Liam is a man who is loyal to his family. He’s been the man of the house from a young age. His shoulders harness the pressures of everyone around him and he needs to breathe but there is no time. His devotion also opens him up to a heartache of the worst kind. With Kelly in need of leaving and Liam’s loyalty, the two seem destined to destroy one another. However, sometimes fate holds the strongest hand of all.

In true A. M. Johnson style she unfolds a love story which is not without epic walls and deep-seated emotion. Johnson’s Kingdom magically weaves the past with the present in a clever integration of perspective change from first to third and this stylistic choice sets Kingdom apart from most traditional novels. The running trope of a fairy tale turned real life drama also propels Kingdom up unto a pedestal of its own. Johnson’s twist in craft and style is one not to be overlooked. Kelly and Liam’s story is a deep-rooted love prose which is well worth the read.

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Kelly Kavanagh was Liam’s happily ever after, his loyal princess. A lifeline to something better than any high school dropout could ever hope for…until the day she left to pursue a dream that didn’t include him and slowly his kingdom crumbled to the ground.

Liam O’Connell was the sun to Kelly’s everlasting moon, her painted prince. A strong and devoted soul to fight the war she was slowly losing against herself…until his promises had become lies and her dream was the only way she would ever survive.

They have more than just miles and time between them now. The twin fortresses they’ve built around their hearts are next to impossible to scale. But, when two parallel fates collide in life and in death, will the impact be powerful enough to break down their self-imposed walls?

Every love story starts with Once Upon a Time, but in real life there are no fairytale endings, and the prince who rescues you…will never wear a crown.

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