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  • White Collared-Greed by Shelly Bell: Blog Tour & Giveaway
  • Shooting Star by Arianne Richmonde: Cover Reveal & Giveaway
 
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In the second installment of Shelly Bell’s four-part serialized erotic thriller, law student Kate Martin enters a world of dark
secrets and seductive fantasies at the exclusive sex club Benediction.
Restrained by duty … Reeling from a threatening phone call and frightened that her past will be revealed, Kate turns to the one man she can still trust: Nick. She can’t deny her attraction to him, yet she craves the passionate connection she has with Jaxon.
Bound by passion …
Undercover at Benediction, Jaxon introduces Kate to the sensual pleasures found in exhibitionism and voyeurism. While they mingle with the club’s patrons, Jaxon and Kate unearth clues about his wife Alyssa’s last days that could lead them to her killer. But as she investigates further, Kate is shocked to learn of a cold case that is eerily similar to Alyssa’s murder … and when the evidence ties Jaxon to yet another death, Kate begins to question everything she knows about her enigmatic lover.
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My first thought on this second installment is WOW! This book was hot but it was also intriguing. More information about Jax’s wife come to light as Jax and Kate go undercover at Benediction. The trip to the club wound up being much more than just a fact finding mission for the couple as they enjoyed their time together. As the story progresses, there are more and more questions that arise. Being only part two of four, it does end in a cliffhanger….and what a cliffhanger it is!  Absolutely cannot wait for Part Three!  Five huge stars for both Parts One & Two!  Bring on Part Three!
Chapter 1. Every Breath You Take by The Police
Chapter 2. Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden
Chapter 3. Hanging by a Moment by Lifehouse
Chapter 4. Secret Door by Evanescence
Chapter 5. Let Me be Myself by Three Doors Down
Chapter 6. I’m Here for Your Entertainment by Adam Lambert
Chapter 7. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Tori Amos
Chapter 8. Try by P!nk
Chapter 9. Pieces by Sum 41
Chapter 10. Circus by Brittany Spears
Chapter 11. Hemorrhage (In My Hands) by Fuel
 

TEN REASONS YOU’D WANT JAXON DEVEROUX FROM WHITE COLLARED AS YOUR BOYFRIEND

  1. He’s polite, chivalrous, and protective…
  2. Except during sex when he becomes forceful, demanding, and one hell of a dirty talker.
  3. He likes grape Popsicles.
  4. For a rich guy, he knows how to throw a mean punch.
  5. He didn’t inherit his money or become a billionaire by thirty. In fact, he’s only a mere millionaire. Besides, he made his money the honest way—he married into it.
  6. He’s the perfect combination of kinky and imaginative.
  7. He looks good wet.
  8. He knows how to use his hands.
  9. He has excellent taste in accessories.
  10. As evidenced by his previous marriage, he’s not afraid of commitment. Let’s just hope his second wife doesn’t wind up like his first.

 

TWENTY FUN FACTS ABOUT WHITE COLLARED

  1. It was inspired by a real Michigan murder.
  2. I began writing it in response to the ill-informed and prejudicial media reports which sensationalized the case due to the alleged suspect’s involvement in the BDSM lifestyle.
  3. I created the sex club, Benediction, from rumors I’ve heard throughout the years that a similar exclusive club exists in Metro-Detroit.

4.        White Collared is a murder mystery. See if you can figure it out!

  1. There’s a love triangle between the heroine Kate Martin, her boss Nick Trenton, and her client Jaxon Deveroux. Will you be #TeamJaxon or #TeamNick? I was rooting for both of them. Together.
  2. Kate is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and while she’s worked hard to get rid of her accent, in her head (and mine), she sounds a bit like Marge from the movie, Fargo.
  3. Kate rides a Harley. To work. In winter.
  4. Everybody in the book has a secret. Just remember that.
  5. As I wrote, I pictured Henry Cavill in the role of Jaxon Deveroux. He’s in Metro-Detroit this summer along with Ben Affleck (with whom I share a birthday) shooting Batman vs. Superman. I’m thinking of stalking them.
  6. I didn’t write the book and chop it into pieces to bilk readers out of their hard-earned money. Trust me, I’m a reader too, and I love reading serials! I wrote it as a serial to increase the excitement of the reading experience and stimulate both mind and body.
  7. I’ve been watching General Hospital and other television serials for more than thirty-five years. This book was born out of my love for cliffhangers. Who remembers the summer when everyone waited for Dallas to return to find out Who Shot J.R? (Let’s not mention the whole Bobby is alive and the previous season was a dream fiasco.)

12.      Each part is only $.99 which means its $3.96 total for more than 400 pages.

13.  White Collared is releasing weekly which means you won’t forget what happened in the previous installments.

14. It’s a standalone. While I’d love to write more stories for Kate, all the loose ends of White Collared are wrapped up at the end of the book, and she gets her happy ending.

15.The title refers to more than what the murder victim is wearing when she’s found. When you read it, see how many ways the term white collared is used both figuratively and literally.

16. It has a couple of my favorite tropes- forbidden love and older man/younger woman. In White Collared, it applies both to Jaxon and Nick.

17.      Kate is the opposite of me. She’s outdoorsy, athletic, and used to love to garden, fish, and hunt. I prefer the indoors except when I’m laying by the pool, and I kill flowers, hate fish, and won’t hunt for anything but a bargain on books.

18.  The character Nick Trenton is named after my friend who died our freshman year of college.

19.  I don’t use a pen name.

20.  I’m hosting a forum on my Facebook author page so that readers can post their theories and talk with each other about the installments. I may pop in now and then to give hints and exclusive previews!

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SHELLY BELL writes sensual romance and erotic thrillers with
high-emotional stakes for her alpha heroes and kiss-ass heroines. She began
writing upon the insistence of her husband who dragged her to the store and
bought her a laptop. When she’s not practicing corporate law, taking care of
her family, or writing, you’ll find her reading the latest smutty romance.
Shelly is a member of Romance Writers of America and International Thriller
Writers.
 




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AUTHOR ENDORSEMENTS

 
“Shelly Bell is a fresh new voice in erotic romance. She brings the heat!” ~ Lexi Blake, NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author
 
“White Collared takes you on a thrill ride of danger, murder and lust, leaving you hungry for the next installment.” ~ Stacey Kennedy, USA Today Bestselling Author of BARED“A rollercoaster ride of jaw-dropping sex, heated anticipation, and a perfect dash of suspense, all tied together with flawless writing. When I wasn’t clenching my thighs, I was frantically flipping pages to find out what would happen next! I can’t recommend this series enough. Buy it. Devour it.” ~ Alessandra Torre, USA Today Bestselling Author of BLINDFOLDED INNOCENCE
 
 
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Cover Reveal

Shooting-Star

Book Title: Shooting Star
Author: Arianne Richmonde
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: July 7, 2014
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Synopsis

Meet two dysfunctional products of Hollywood.

Star Davis and Jake Wild: they’ve met their match.

19-year-old, Oscar winning Star Davis is an A-list movie star. Hell-raisingly beautiful, she tosses men aside like used Kleenex. She commands 20 million per movie—or at least did until drugs, alcohol, wild partying, and a police arrest sent her kicking and screaming into rehab.

Now she’s out, squeaky clean, and determined to win the role she was born to play: the lead in Skye’s The Limit—ready to re-conquer Hollywood.

26-year-old British director Jake Wild lives up to his name: he’s the wildest player in town. He’s also Hollywood royalty. From a family dynasty of powerful directors and producers, Jake’s home is a movie set. With reams of hot starlets at his beck and call, Jake can get any woman he wants. But with his new movie, Skye’s The Limit in pre-production, he’s decided it’s time to get serious and change his philandering ways.

Star is “liability on legs” and Jake doesn’t want her near his precious movie. But Star has wily ways of getting what she wants. And apart from the role of Skye, what she wants is Jake right where he belongs:

Under her thumb.

Lights, camera, action . . .

But the action is not what Jake expected.

New Adult Contemporary romance 17+

excerpt

THE FIRST THING EVERYBODY wanted to know about me (apart from who I was dating) was how the hell did a nineteen-year-old get (a) so rich and (b) so screwed-up? I asked myself the same thing, daily. When I glanced at myself in a passing mirror I’d say, Hey Star, what happened? And when? When exactly was it that things got so . . . so chaotic? And what, girl, are you going to do about it? I often wondered how I’d been so lucky, but I also took it all for granted. The way movie stars generally do when they feel fame is their birthright.

Still, I was no fool, every day I counted my lucky stars and knew that at any given click of God’s big fat thumb and index finger, all this could be taken away from me.

Not that I was some religious God freak. I had never even gone to church. But when the chips were down I found myself making deals with God. And after I’d hit an all-time low at rehab, I promised God—the last night I was there, in fact—that I’d be a good girl if he could just procure that part for me. The role I’d had my eye on.

The role I was born to play: Skye in Skye’s The Limit.

Most people think that actors are super-confident. But no. We’re all terrified. Terrified that we’ll be out of a job. That the last big success was a fluke—that we’ll be discovered as phonies. And that someone more beautiful, more talented or more something-or-other will topple us from our pedestals. The truth is, we are fakes. All of us. That’s the nature of our job. We lie. We trick people into believing we are someone else. When we cry, sometimes it’s real and other times an act. And nobody can tell the difference. We’re so good at what we do that we even fool ourselves.

Especially ourselves.

We glimmer on the red carpet. We are glorious. Victorious—but we’re also walking time bombs. Waiting to detonate. Waiting for our secret to be revealed. The big secret being that we’re no better than anybody else.

We get zits. We look like shit before Hair and Make-up gets their hands on us. People dump us. Hey, even Marilyn Monroe was treated like crap by various men.

Even goddam, luminescent, Marilyn freakin’ Monroe.

And although I wasn’t aware of it then, I was as vulnerable as Marilyn when I walked out of that clinic and stepped—in my Choos—into a velvet-carpeted limo, purring like a welcoming pussycat, waiting to take me away from the ugly world of imperfection, back to my cocoon of beautiful chaos, that shone so brilliantly on the outside—like a floating bubble that mirrored a cerulean-blue sky and the sun which glittered its golden rays—blinding all my fans.

That wonderful, hopeful afternoon I knew I was back.

Back to conquer Hollywood.

Meet the Author

Arianne Richmonde is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Pearl Series: Shades of Pearl, Shadows of Pearl, Shimmers of Pearl, Pearl, and Belle Pearl. Also the USA TODAY Bestseller, Stolen Grace, a suspense novel. When she isn’t writing you can find her hanging out with her husband and family of furry animals in the French countryside. Arianne loves hearing from readers and is thrilled to bring you her latest three-part novella series, Shooting Star, Falling Star, and Shining Star which will be released at 20 day intervals throughout the summer – perfect for the beach!

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