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Broken Knight—Love isn’t simple!

 

Love—a simple four-letter word. But is it that simple? Love binds humanity together. Love builds connections between people. Love ties families together. Love is a term used to convey a deep appreciation for something. Love connects friends. Love has a flip side as well and it breaks and drives the human heart into the dark recesses of madness. Love infiltrates the line between rational and irrational behavior. Love compels people to be better and on the flip side, it drives them to know the worst of their own personalities. In the end, love is anything but simple.

LJ Shen tackles this complex relationship of love in her newest release, Broken Knight. Broken Knight touches every theme related to love: Love is fickle, Love is strength, love is family, love is friendship, love is nature, love is nurture, love is evil, love is broken, love is forever, and so much more. Knight Cole and Luna Rexroth are part of the many dualities Shen weaves into this prose of genius. Shen uses juxtaposition of motherhood in a motif which digs its way into the reader’s heart, and the recovery is one you won’t walk away from easily. She uses Knight and Luna as a beautifully constructed paradox of love and value of the fight that makes it worth the struggles. It’s a beautiful read with so much more beyond broken Knight, proving love isn’t simple; it’s worth every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears.

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Audio (narrated by Jacob Morgan and CJ Blooms) ➜

Not all love stories are written the same way. Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.

Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.
Sweet.
Caring.
Charitable.
Quiet.
Fake.
Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language.
Who taught her how to laugh.
To live.
To love.

Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.
Gorgeous.
Athletic.
Rugged.
Popular.
Liar.
This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna.
But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.
When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes.
Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy.

Savage Beast Hits the Mark!

There is something about Max Savage that draws the reader into his world from the first three sentences. He’s observant, reflective, and exudes a strength that forces your hand into falling into his web. Savage knows his way around the world and brings his specialty to Tulsa, Oklahoma. His charm finds himself in the middle of a puzzle with a hot, smart as a whip, witty female detective ready to make Tulsa open its doors to the big picture.

Sloane Howell unleashes a masterpiece of brilliance with Savage Beast. He paints the picture of Max Savage, Tulsa, and the underworld in a way only Howell knows how to do. Howell is spot on with the mystery and deceit and folds in a slight air of sexy mischief. He’s rich in exposition, but he’s not careless and frivolous with his intent. Howell builds up the rich good ‘ol boy’s network into an artful masterpiece which falls along the lines of Grisham, Brown, and Child’s works. What sets Howell apart from most authors is the ability to dive into new genres and take off running while nailing the themes and styles from the first word to the last word. A worthwhile read and I’m looking forward to more of Max Savage and Sloane Howell’s artistry!

Savage Beast (Max Savage #1) by Sloane Howell 

Blurb:

They killed his best friend. Now, someone must pay.

Former soldier Max Savage lives off the grid, leaving behind the society that scorned him. But when his best friend’s murder is ruled a suicide, Savage is hellbent on finding who’s responsible and why.Partnering with a headstrong detective looking to prove her worth, Savage pursues a set of cryptic clues that lead to shady backroom deals and the highest levels of corruption.

As the clock dwindles, devastating secrets are revealed. The pair must decide whether to risk their lives against overwhelming odds or watch the world they love crumble down around them.

If you love pulse-pounding thrillers loaded with suspense, action, and twists you don’t see coming, Max Savage is for you! Click buy now and start reading today!

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AM Johnson Colors the World Anew

Indie O’Connell embraces her genetic blemishes and turns them into flawless works of art. She’s loved and admired in her family. A place colored with freedom and safety. Indie’s twin, Royal, stands by her side as a best friend, protector, and her light in the dark times. When Royal finds his happiness in Camden, a fellow college student, Indie gains a new confident but loses a bit of Royal.

Kai, Camden’s roommate, fights his own demons. He shields himself from his own pain through swimming, majoring in something he believes will make others proud, and finding friendship in the least likely of places; his teammate, Royal. The complication comes when he makes a move to make himself happy, and he finds himself seeking shelter in Royal’s sister. A girl who asks him for nothing but makes him want to be a better man. A man she can trust and rely on as his own world falls apart.

I knew diving into Johnson’s work the themes and topics would follow the tropes of difficult choices, situations, and taboos most authors shy away from penning. Johnson once said, “This work might upset her following as it contains the least amount of sex of any of her works.”

I disagree. Indie and Kai develop as two lost souls and search to find the key to those flaws they see within themselves. They each desire love, commitment, and trust. Deep down within each of them is an innocence they work hard to cover up to the outside world; An innocence which needs fostering and molding by the best artists. Artists who know it takes time developing perfection and dance with purpose through the process.

I made the mistake of finishing reading Seven Shades of You while in my classroom. Johnson’s words moved me in ways only her works are capable. She showed me the layers of violets, reds, blacks, browns, blues, yellows, and more which breathed life and passion into every word of this prose. She touches on mental illness, deadly diseases, suicide, and self loathing while building the backbone of the series which relies on truth, trust, and an open heart for viewing others and oneself in a light of joy and depth which destroys the naysayers and builds only the bridges of love, light, rainbows, and happiness. In the end, Johnson checks off one more incredible work which opens the doors for taboo subjects and healthy discussions and solutions for all walks of life to enjoy.

Seven Shades of You 
(A Twin Heart Series Standalone Novel)

❤︎ Release Date: June 13th
❤︎ Buy link: https://geni.us/pj0V

♥︎ BLURB ♥︎

Her world was color. Canvas and paint.
Indie O’Connell lived inside her head.
Her voices the muse.
And as a freshman at St. Peter’s College, all she wanted, was to create a name for herself with the brush in her hand.
His world was over.
Despite his humble upbringing, Kai Carter seemed to have it all.
Captain of the swim team and a full scholarship. His golden boy status a mask he had to wear to keep his dream and his family afloat.
All the pieces of his life dangled precariously from his fingertips.
Forced to fight a battle he’d never signed up for, Kai’s loyalty turned out to be his undoing, and like a good captain, no matter what the cost, he’d gone down with the ship.
They never planned for their worlds to collide.
He was her brother’s best friend.
She was supposed to be invisible.
Off limits.
Being together, regardless of how much they wanted it, was a line they’d never cross.
But when lives get messy, lines get blurred, and in love, nothing is ever black and white.

Michaelson’s Controversial Release Hits A Hot Topic

The beauty of Zane Michaelson’s works lies in his willingness to challenge the status quo. He takes on risky topics and fleshes out all the details good, bad, and indifferent. He explores the dark corners of desperation and sex trafficking in his latest release, Pimped Out: Selling My Soul Part One. The ugly truths of Tyson Reece come to light when he finds himself out of a job and starving. He turns to the most dangerous man he knows for help. A man who broke him once and won’t be afraid to do it again. Michaelson weaves in a hungry young detective, a heart-stopping best friend, and a world tainted with drugs, sex, and deceit behind the high rollers of Liverpool’s seedy underworld.

Michealson’s Pimped Out hits the reader in the chest and leaves no room for skipping a page or closing one’s eyes. This work touches on a current topic of sex trafficking that exists more than citizens choose to recognize. Modern authors, such as Grisham, hit racial discrimination in A Time to Kill with a brutal rape and murder of a young girl in the backroads of Mississippi. It opened the eyes of the public wide to the injustices still alive and well in the 21st century. Alice Sebold hit the market with Lucky, her own brutal account of being raped while attending New York University. Then she followed it up with Lovely Bones. It later went on to be made into a film. These authors also sought to open up the eyes of the public to brutal truths in modern day society. I appreciate the bold honesty with which Michaelson opens the doors to the brutality and darkness within sex trafficking and the modern world. Society cannot stop what they sweep under the carpet and authors bold enough to tackle the big issues are well worth reading.

‘Selling my Soul: Part One – Pimped Out’
by Zane Michaelson

The new Taboo M/M Erotica Series.

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🔥Blurb;
This book was BANNED by Amazon prior to its initial release!

Twenty-one-year-old Tyson Reece is down on his luck.

Suddenly finding himself unemployed; pride and his upbringing keep him from accepting handouts, either from his best friend Kyle, or the government.

Broke, hungry and alone, Tyson succumbs to a last resort, contacting Kieran Wayland, his depraved ex.

Sensing an opportunity, a spur of the moment decision brings the police crashing into Tyson’s world, setting in motion a chain of events he could never have predicted.

Zara Mulaney, a newly promoted DI, is watching Wayland from afar, convinced he is part of an underworld organisation responsible for a spate of terrifying murders across the city.

Quietly investigating Wayland, she is outsmarted at every turn and believes him to be protected by other high-ranking officers within the force.

In a last ditch effort, she approaches Tyson, hoping he is the last piece in the puzzle; the one who can finally bring Wayland to justice.

But, Wayland is a tour de force with friends in high places; arrogant in the belief he is untouchable.

Agreeing to help Mulaney, Tyson is about to be plunged into a world he never dared believe existed.

The brand new taboo series from best-selling author Zane Michaelson

Meghan Quinn – Dear Life

Dear Life follows the lives of four characters whose lives turned in a direction they never expected. Daisy is the sheltered one, while Carter wears a chip on his shoulder. Jace makes a choice which is one of the hardest decisions he must wrestle with, and Hallyn has her fairytale ripped from beneath her. Megan Quinn brilliantly tells this tale of fate, love, sacrifice, and rebirth with a conviction that moves the soul. She leaves her audience thinking about how many are given a new lease on life and how many are left behind. Quinn brought tears and empathy as well as happiness and joy to these flawed survivors.

Quinn takes the plunge into writing this novel through several lenses. First, a four character POV. Then she weaves in letters and texts to enrich the depth of the sobering themes. Overall, Quinn explores the ups and downs and creates a beautiful tribute for this thing we call life. I waited to read this one as I knew the emotional rollercoaster of the words Quinn penned between the covers. This will definitely be a re-read as it moved me in ways I never expected!

Buy Link: DEAR LIFE: https://amzn.to/2Sj9zK8

Blurb:

Dear Life,

It’s New Years Eve and time for a resolution. Time for decision and self-discovery. After all, isn’t that what starting over, in a new year, is all about? Forgiveness. Clean slates? Finding beauty in heartbreak and pain, and finding yourself along the way?

We hope so.

Because we’ve immersed in the anonymously published Dear Life program, designed to help us step outside of our comfort zones and start anew. Forced to face obstacles and relinquish our demons we’ll come together–or fall apart– to prove our existence:

Hollyn: The perpetually hurt
Daisy: The sheltered and naïve
Jace: The athlete with a heart of gold
Carter: The bitter and pained dreamer

Win big or lose it all, we’re at a crossroads in our lives; four strangers meeting in the middle. Do we have what it takes to use this one chance and start over? Or will we fall apart

Michaelson Plays Another Dangerous Game!

The Vampyre Romance continues with Dangerous Game. Michaelson provides a slow expositionary novella in book one, The One. In book two, Dangerous Game, he picks up the pace as Zahir combs the continents in search of Adriel, Sebastian, and Sienna.  Michaelson digs deeper into the realm of vampyres, witches, and the ethereal natures of the PNR genre. His ability lies in character development and strong connections within the setting. He paints the picture of old lore with modern-day attributes and combines the centuries of history with flawless transition and beauty.

Michaelson’s versatility among the subgenres of romance continues entertaining his audience. He pens each word of Dangerous Game in the PNR world just as easily as he blotted the paper for contemporary romance, non-fiction romance, and erotica. The PNR series floats back to styles of Shelley in Frankenstein and Stokers, Dracula. All in all the series is shaping up and I can’t wait to see what taboos and debauchery among the vamps and witches Michaelson will unfold next in this series.

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A Vampyre Romance: Book Two
Ebook & Paperback

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*❈°Blurb
After the shock discovery of Adriel’s true nature, Sebastián and Sienna whisk her away to Venice in the hope of tracking down Millicent Balanza.

A powerful witch in her own right, Millicent, is a direct descendent of Sienna, and Adriel’s only hope.

Wary of her own gifts, Millicent has retreated from the real world and lives a solitary existence. She hasn’t spoken to another living soul for many years, but this could change as she senses Sienna’s presence.

Will Millicent reveal herself to Sienna?

Is she powerful enough to protect Adriel?

Only time will tell.

Back in London, leader of the vampires, Zahir, is on the hunt for Sebastián and Sienna, hell bent on making them answer for their crimes.

Following the death of Lucy, Zahir will leave no stone unturned until he finds out why she was murdered by Sebastián, and why Sienna conspired to cover up the crime.

Desperate for answers, he tracks down Adriel’s ex-lover, Benjamin, who has been compelled by Sebastián to forget the events of the last few days.

Now, only Benjamin’s blood will reveal the truth.

Will Zahir discover what Adriel is?

What will the discovery mean for them all?

A Vampyre Romance: Book One – The One

☛Link – http://geni.us/uVZbuh

Lauren Rowe Rocks the Morgan Saga!

Dax Morgan leaps onto the music scene with his band 22 Goats. The youngest of the Morgan crew finally steps on the stage and collides with his ultimate muse, Violet Rhodes. The two find all the fuel, lighting the flame between them, but timing and circumstances block their path to easy street.

Lauren Rowe continues filling in all the missing pieces of the Morgan family and truly rocks Dax Morgan to his core. Rowe weaves in the usual humor of the Morgans and the pained realities of how love wraps itself around one’s soul. The road to love is never easy and Rowe paints the pros and cons of hitting it big in the entertainment arena with all its glitter and glory along with its gluttony and wrath. The way Rowe seamlessly weaves in the Morgan family, and their entourage of sidekicks, is a brilliant display of talent and hard work as she captures within the entirety of the series. Rockstar is sweet with a cherry on top and the perfect HEA!

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Blurb:

It was lyrics at first sight when I saw Violet Rhodes across that crowded party. She was lights and darks, swirled together. Music in motion. And all of it while looking like a hitwoman at an Elvis convention.

I had nothing to offer the intriguing girl but a one-night stand. I figured I’d revel in my last night of anonymity before my first tour and shoot her a quick “We’ll always have L.A.!” goodbye the next morning.

But nothing went according to plan.

In one night, Violet crawled under my skin and into my bloodstream. She tattooed her name across my chest and between my legs. She became my muse. And then she was gone.
Now, months later, here she is again. And in a twist I never saw coming, it turns out Violet is ultra-violet radiation. Beautiful, ethereal light bringing with her the promise of damage and destruction.

My brain tells me to walk away from this girl, but my heart can’t stop feeling like she might be one of a kind . . . the sort of girl who comes along once in a violet moon.

ROCKSTAR is a standalone romance, the love story of Dax Morgan and the electrifying woman who rocked his world during his journey to worldwide rock superstardom

To download, stream and watch music videos of ORIGINAL MUSIC from ROCKSTAR go to: http://www.laurenrowebooks.com/music-from-rockstar

Joshua Edward Smith—Singularity

 

Joshua Edward Smith continues dazzling his audience with his newest work, Singularity. The plot hits too close to home with its topic nailing the tainted financial institutions and the 21st-century era of hacking and empty currencies corrupting the stock market. Smith’s ability diving deep into a topic shows as he dissects the idea of cryptocurrency and explores the dark side of greed and deception as his cast characters hack away at the financial system. Even for those who do not dabble in the marketplace, Smith provides plenty of explanation and exploration of this explosive topic. Singularity adds one more notch carved out in Smith’s wide repertoire of works.

 

Release Date: May 14, 2019

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Blurb:

Eileen is a smart, successful Millennial with a great career, a best friend, and an exciting new love interest. Yet nothing in her idyllic life is as it seems: her love interest has a devastating secret; her friend’s life is imploding; her job may be triggering a global financial crisis. As everything unravels, can a small group of friends change the course of the world economy?

Fast-paced, suspenseful, and sophisticated, Singularity paints an intimate portrait of the evolution of deep friendships on a canvas woven from cryptography, blockchain, quantum physics, law, and finance.

 

LJ Shen: The Master of Brilliantly Flawed Characters

LJ Shen began the journey of the Hot Holes with Defy. A little novella which introduced us all to Jaime Followhill and his wicked ways of seducing Melody Greene into his bed and forcing her to face her dreams. Now, Shen is back to introduce Daria Followhill; the beautiful offspring with the devious mini-me characteristics of her father and his fellow All Saints High Hot Holes. Daria wants the angel on her shoulder to shine brighter, but the devil in red simmers behind her pupils and forces her hand when her firsts are promised to Penn Scully long before she understands how to handle the demons of puberty and jealousy inside.

Shen’s artistry with the written word and ability to deflower a plot and deliver it to maturity brings out this brilliantly flawed new age romance. Shen takes the ugly secrets of high school rivalries, clicks, and torment to a new level. The emotions run high as Shen unfolds these fragile characters, wrapping the reader between the inked words, the angst of reliving high school horrors, and the beauty of growing past all the ugly sides of puberty into amazing adults. Reckless is a wonderful addition to the Hot Hole family and a must read!

 

If you haven’t started at the beginning you need to #oneclick now!

 

 Teacher-student romance
 Taboo
 Angsty
 Perfect length (novella)
 The prequel to the Sinners of Saint series!

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From USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author L.J. Shen comes an intense, high school enemies-to-lovers romance with a twist.

Penn

They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart was completely iced.
I took her first kiss.
She took the only thing I loved.
I was poor.
She was rich.
The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.
Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.
Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.
Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.
There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.
Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.

Daria

Everyone loves a good old unapologetic punk.
But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.
The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.
In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.
Four years ago, he asked me to save all my firsts for him.
Now he lives across the hall, and I want nothing more than to be his last everything.
His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.
Now? Now he is making me pay.

Luna Lopez hits her stride!

 

Where do I begin with Luna Lopez’s upcoming release? She tackles multiple heavy topics like growth and maturity, forbidden love, owning one’s sexuality, and walking into unexpected relationships. She manages measuring all the right ingredients together and mixing in the proper amounts of sexy, snarky, and suspense creating a multifaceted work based on complex themes which blew my socks off.

I sliced off a taste of the raw dough for this piece, thinking the masterpiece swirled around the idea of a student-teacher taboo prose piece. Where My Heart Lies digs deeper into the final baked good Lopez delivered. The rich ingredients mold together into a savory blend of goodness including mending broken hearts, dissolving a marriage—which is not done through falling out of love but rather recognizing types of love—and strengthening a strained relationship. She cleverly mixes in a scorned ex-lover and a fresh look at a misjudged relationship. Then, Lopez set her words to the proper temperature of sexy time and sprinkled it in areas with enough spice to pull out all the emotions from anger, fear, and guilt to hope, love and laughter. This bakes into a well thought out treat from page one to the end.

Her characters develop in a rich, batter of connection through growth and maturity. The themes dive deep into the richness of discovering what one seeks out of a life lived to its fullest. She truly hit the baker’s dozen of novels with Where the Heart Lies and is a must-read.

WHERE MY HEART LIES
by Luna Lopez – Author

➫Pre-order http://mybook.to/LLheartlies
Releasing on 27th April 2019.
Available on eBook & Paperback

Blurb

Willow Olivia Walker is a newly single Cambridge University student heading home for the summer holidays, following a bitter split with her controlling and manipulative ex-girlfriend, Kristina.

Initially dismayed to discover her eccentric parents have hired the beautiful Georgia as a live-in nanny for her two younger sisters, she treads carefully, but slowly, a friendship blossoms that has the potential to bloom into something special.

Discovered in flagrante by her over-bearing mother, Willow packs her bags and returns to Cambridge, intent on spending the remainder of the summer months preparing for the academic year ahead.

A chance encounter between Willow and barely separated university professor, Francesca Marten, is the start of a friendship that extends beyond the confines of student and teacher.

In Francesca, Willow finds a lover who knows what she wants, but for Francesca, Willow is the epitome of the young, carefree girl she left behind twenty years before.

As Willow and Francesca’s friendship blossoms, danger lurks around the corner, as somebody is watching their every move, intent on revenge for what they perceive as the ultimate betrayal.

Together, Willow, Francesca, and a host of others dig deeper to find the tormenter threatening to derail their future paths.

Bio Author Luna Lopez

My name is Luna Lopez, and I’m from the South West of England.

I am a single mother of five children that keep me busy and leave little time for anything else.

Following years of false starts, I released my debut short story First Kiss in January 2019 and have finally finished my debut novel, Where My Heart Lies, which will be available on 27th April 2019.

I am so excited about stepping into this world of writing and hope you enjoy my work.

LUNA x

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