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  • Just One Kiss by Te’ Russ: New Release & Giveaway

  • Summer Rain Anthology

  • Grim Encounters by Holly Hood: Release Day & Giveaway

  • Men of Steel by M.J. Fields: One Year Anniversary Sale


Award-winning investigative reporter Cassandra McAllister
is finally taking a break. Especially after her latest exposé. Now all she
wants is to enjoy her time soaking up the sun on the beach, steps away from her
private Jamaican villa. Her mysterious, yet extremely sexy neighbor is a great
distraction, and she plans to make him one of her methods of relaxation.
RJ Campbell’s attraction to Cassandra is strong from the
first moment he lays eyes on her. But when their lips touch for the first time,
he knows he’s a goner. But RJ is harboring a secret that once it’s revealed,
could potentially destroy the feelings growing between him and Cassandra.
Can these two overcome the secrets and issues they have
and build a lasting relationship? Or will their time together be nothing more
than an island rendezvous?
RJ realized he’d greatly underestimated how it would be to sit while Cassandra tried on dresses. At first when he waited for her to come out in the first
dress, he figured it would be boring just sitting there waiting for her to come out in dress after dress.
When she came out in the first dress, he felt his throat dry and his body stiffen. He sat there watching her as she looked at herself in the mirror, turning this
way and that before turning to him.
“Well,” she said twirling around, “what do you think?”
“I think you look amazing.”
“It is a nice dress,” she said turning to look in the mirror again.
“Maybe you try on some more to see if there is something you like better.” She turned and looked at the rack. “There are so many, but I think you’re right. I’ll try on a few more.”
Then he found himself becoming more and more eager to see her in each dress.
Each dress looked better than the last, and they all fit her amazing figure to perfection. Soon he was thinking more about getting her out of each dress. He lookedover his shoulder. Gwen hadn’t come back yet and he figured she wouldn’t be back unless one of them called her. The dressing area was in the back and around the corner.
It would be so easy for him to slip in the dressing room with her.
Before his next thought, he was up and over to the dressing room in a couple of quick strides. He whipped the curtain open, causing Cassandra to jump.
His eyes darkened immediately at seeing Cassandra in only her underwear.
“RJ!” she whispered, trying to cover herself and close the curtain at the same time. “You’re not supposed to be in here.”
“Don’t worry,” he said with a wolfish grin. “No one else is here, remember?”
“What about Gwen?”
“I doubt she’ll be coming back here anytime soon.”
He stepped in and closed the curtain.
Cassandra took a step back and found she was up against the wall. His large body nearly took up the entire dressing room. She shook her head nervously, but she had a shy smile on her face. “RJ, I don’t think we should do this here.”
He smiled back at her and skimmed the back of his fingers down her throat to the top of her breasts. “Come on Cassy, I thought you were the type who liked living a little dangerously.”
Never one to turn down a challenge, she slid her hand around his neck, stood on tiptoe and kissed with so him much heat they could have burned down the whole dress shop.
RJ lifted her up and wrapped her legs around his waist and began to kiss her neck. He rocked his hips against her center and she moaned at the movement. His hand slid up her back to her bra and he was just about to unhook it when his phone rang.
He reached into his pocket, grabbed his phone and turned it off.
“What if it was important?” Cassandra asked.
“Believe me, nothing is as important as-”
The phone began ringing again.
He swore under his breath, dropping his forehead to touch hers. He placed her down on her feet and pulled his phone out of his pocket again.
It was Carmen calling.
He swore again.
Since she knew where he was and what he was doing, he knew she wouldn’t call unless it was important.
“I’m sorry, baby, I have to take this.”
She simply nodded. “Go take your call. I’ve narrowed my choices down. I shouldn’t be much longer.”
“That’s good to know, because I want to finish what we started in here.”
He kissed her then turned and walked out to answer the phone.
“Carmen,” he said through gritted teeth, extremely annoyed with his sister, “now is a really not a good time.”
“RJ,” Carmen said in a worried tone, “Mother knows where you are.”
 Growing up an introvert,
Té Russ found solace in literary arts at an early age. She found reading to be
a vehicle to broader horizons and writing a form of self-expression. She began
writing love stories in her adolescent years as a way to expel her youthful
thoughts of love into words. Since then she has gone from writing stories and
thoughts of love in journals to attending college for journalism and falling in
love, which has allowed those youthful words of love to blossom into a series
of stories in her romance novels. Though she has an immense appreciation for
the sheer smell that books collectively exert, she also has found balance to
her introverted nature with adrenaline inducing activities. So if she does not have
her nose pressed deeply into a book or her pen ticking through a pad, you may
also find this mother of three jumping out of airplanes, cheering her husband
on at the top of her lungs at MMA fights, buzzing down the interstate on the
back of motorcycles, or kayaking.
Twitter: @TeRussNovels



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All proceeds from the volume will be donated to
the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (, the largest
anti-sexual violence organization in the United States.
What happens when love gets caught in the rain?
In this romance anthology, RITA-Award winning author Molly
O’Keefe shows us the power of a city thunderstorm from the top of a skyscraper,
while Amy Jo Cousins soaks us in a rain in Spain. New York Times bestselling
author Ruthie Knox’s heroine is devastated by a winter storm, while a summer
thunderstorm grants Alexandra Haughton’s hero and heroine a second chance at
love. Rain sparks self-awareness in the robot in Charlotte Stein’s story and
allows Mary Ann Rivers’s heroine to fall in love with her hero and her own art.
Rain causes romance between the college students in Audra North’s and Shari
Slade’s stories, while romance causes rain in Cecilia Tan’s myth-inspired tale
of a sacrifice to a demi-god. Nine romance novelettes, edited by Sarah Frantz.
Buy Links
 Behind the Book
Summer Rain, like so many projects, started out as nothing
more than a simple feeling: a desire to make a positive difference in the
world. So often, making a difference begins with giving something. It might be
money, time, or both, or something else altogether…but most importantly, it is
about giving, and giving vibrantly—with a focused mind, a full heart, and an
understanding spirit.
Giving vibrantly leads to vibrant change. Powerful, positive
change. Through the incredible generosity of eight other talented authors and
one talented editor, that starting point—that desire to make a positive
difference—turned into an act of vibrant giving. Summer Rain is a collection of
powerful stories about love, written with the hope of making a positive change.
Each year, nearly a quarter of a million sexual assaults are
committed in the US, nearly half of them against victims under the age of
eighteen. RAINN assists so many of these survivors, not only by operating
telephone and online hotlines for victims of sexual abuse, but also by working
in partnership with rape crisis centers in the United States of America,
providing programs to prevent sexual abuse, and helping to bring abusers to
the Works
by Ruthie Knox
Jessie Bellin’s cheese shop is failing, her house is falling apart,
and the mortgage is ninety days overdue. With nothing left to offer, she’ll
take what she can get from the handyman who wants nothing but her body. But
when Mike Kaminsky suddenly asks for more, Jessie has to figure out exactly
what she wants—and if it’s possible for a woman who’s lost everything to learn
how to hope again.
Heart of It
by Molly O’Keefe
Gabe seems outwardly successful and
content, but inwardly, he struggles to banish the lingering demons of his
childhood. Elena is a survivor herself and knows that the smart move is to walk
away from Gabe. But his pain and his hope are too compelling to resist.
Are these two wounded people brave
enough to find love together?
Sacrifice by Cecilia Tan
When a tenth century trader from the
Orient sells his daughter to a Macedonian, he doesn’t ask why the man needs a
virgin, little knowing she is intended to fulfill an ancient pact with a
demigod who can end the crushing drought. But this demigod has sworn off his
father’s rapacious ways. With the influence of the ancient pantheon waning,
only love can heal them all.
by Charlotte Stein
Moira longs for a connection—any
kind of connection with anyone—and is beginning to despair she will ever find
it. In desperation, she purchases an android, hoping against hope that she can
find some solace in a simulation of the real thing. But what she doesn’t expect
is Michael—a machine that seems to be more than the sum of his parts.
by Mary Ann Rivers
Lisa Shirek is everyone’s favorite
barista. She does more than get her customers’ orders right: she gets her customers. She can see the most
painful moments of their lives like stormy weather around their bodies, and she
does what she can to soothe that pain with the right smile, the right words,
the perfect combination of coffee and foam. Except, then, there’s Mark—he’s a
sunbeam, a mystery made of light. He breaks through the storm around her so she
can see herself, for herself.
Rain in Spain
by Amy Jo Cousins
Travel writer Magda and scientist
Javi are cranky with the heat—and each other—on the streets of Sevilla. They’ve
been married for a year, after a whirlwind courtship, and Magda is questioning
whether or not she made a mistake. She’s not sure if her need to explore the
world can ever mesh with Javi’s more regimented life.
As they stroll the cobblestone
streets of one of Spain’s most romantic cities, Magda tries to show her husband
just what it is she loves so much about her job that keeps her far from home
for so long. By the time the sun rises, they’ll know if there is a way forward
for them together . . . or not.
by Audra North
Stas Petrovich is sure that being
elected president of his college class will grant him the social acceptance he
craves. But when rain ruins his campaign event, he’s left in the company of the
Weird Girl, the one person guaranteed to jeopardize his chances. But he
discovers that Leila dos Santos is fun and genuine and sexy as hell, and he’s
forced to reconsider what’s most important to him.
by Shari Slade
Tess Bell’s sex vlog flashes on
another student’s tablet screen in the middle of an economics lecture. Worst of
all, the guy she’s been secretly eyeing all semester sees it, too, and asks her
out for coffee at the local diner. Is he like their awful classmate, convinced
he’s owed something because Tess dares to be curious about sex, or does he
really want to know her? Only one thing is certain: nothing is private
by Alexandra Haughton
When Amy Collier left behind her
dreams—and her pride—in L.A., she hoped for a few quiet months to regroup. She
never dreamed her hometown’s welcoming committee would take the form of Tom
Wilson. Well, he could just keep his I-told-you-so grin and his sexy-cowboy
charm; she doesn’t want any part of it.
Except seeing him again stirs up a
storm of emotion, and she must try to reconcile bitter memories of their past
with her uncertain future—a future that might be a whole lot brighter with Tom
in it.


the Authors
About Ruthie Knox
New York Times
bestselling author Ruthie Knox
writes contemporary romance that’s sexy, witty, and angsty—sometimes all three
at once. A four-time RITA finalist, she’s penned the only existing
cross-country bicycling love story (Ride
with Me
) and made readers swoon with a banker heroine named Neville (About Last Night). As Robin York, she
also writes angsty, intelligent New Adult romance. Ruthie moonlights as a
mother, Tweets incessantly, and bakes a mean focaccia. She’d love to hear from
you, so visit her website at and drop her a line.
About Molly O’Keefe
Molly O’Keefe is a RITA Award
winning author who writes sexy and compelling contemporary romance for
Harlequin and Bantam Dell. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two kids and
the largest heap of dirty laundry in North America.
Sign up for Molly’s
newsletter to find out about new releases and receive The Author Is…interview
series at
About Cecilia Tan
Cecilia Tan is the award-winning
author of Slow Surrender (RT
Reviewers Choice for Erotic Romance), The
Prince’s Boy
, Daron’s Guitar
, and many other works of passionate fiction. She is also the
founder and editorial director of Circlet Press, publishers of erotic fantasy
and science fiction. She is easy to find on the internet.
About Charlotte Stein
Charlotte Stein has written over
thirty short stories, novellas, and novels, including entries in The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance and Best New Erotica 10. Her latest
work, Run To You, was recently a
DABWAHA finalist. When not writing deeply emotional and intensely sexy books,
she can be found eating jelly turtles, watching terrible sitcoms, and
occasionally lusting after hunks. For more on Charlotte, visit:
About Mary Ann Rivers
Mary Ann Rivers has written stories
as long as she can remember. She lives in Wisconsin with her imaginative son,
who won’t remember ever not hearing or writing stories. She writes love books
for humans.
About Amy Jo Cousins
Amy Jo Cousins lives in Chicago,
where she writes contemporary romance, tweets more than she ought, and
sometimes runs way too far. She loves her son and the Cubs, who taught her that
being awesome doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with winning.
About Audra North
Audra North fell in love with
romance at age thirteen and spent the next twenty years reading as many romance
novels as she could.  Even now, after
having read over one thousand of them, she still can’t resist the lure of a
happily ever after, and her collection continues to grow.  She lives near Boston with her husband, three
young children, and a lot of books.
About Shari Slade
Shari Slade is a snarky optimist. A
would-be academic with big dreams and very little means. When she isn’t toiling
away in the non-profit sector, she’s writing gritty stories about identity and
people who make terrible choices in the name of love (or lust). Somehow, it all
works out in the end. If she had a patronus, it would be a platypus.
Sign up for her newsletter to stay up-to-date
on all the latest releases, happenings, and events.
About Alexandra Haughton
Alexandra Haughton lives and writes
in a cozy urban cottage. Contrary to popular belief, it is not wall-to-wall
pink and glitter. Yet. She makes a mean chicken fried steak and has a
weakness for Italian Cream Cake (no nuts). When Alexandra isn’t writing
contemporary romance, you can find her out and about in Dallas. Just look for
the woman in a cardigan. Even if it is 103.
Find out more about Alexandra and
her writing by visiting her website.



Grim Encounters Release Day

Release Day Event


Book Title: Grim Encounters
Author: Holly Hood
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance (novella)
Release Date: June 21, 2014
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions


Darkness is all around and Hope could be the next victim. Things just keep getting worse, but Hope’s determination to save those that she loves is strong.

Cherry is even more dangerous, and Hope is even more determined. She will fight to the bitter end to get her life back to the way that it once was. She soon realizes fighting for not just herself but those she loves is almost impossible. Especially against Kenny Carlo. When everything starts to fall apart she realizes just how far she must go to save it all.

In the most sexy and fast paced book yet, Grim Encounters will leave you on your knees begging for more.

Meet the Author

Holly Hood is a Ohio native with a knack for writing dysfunctional adult romances.On the days when she’s not writing she’s probably engrossed in a good reality show, or spending time with her family. She loves Sunday family dinners, cooking out, and movie nights.
She’s a mother of four, and wife to a wonderful husband.


“Now is not the time. If we’re here it’s for a good reason.” He ran a hand down the back of his neck.

Kenny rested his glass on the table. “Listen to your boyfriend before you piss me off.”

I opened my mouth to say more but stopped.

“You think I give a shit about the bartender hearing you talk about the dead body in my trunk?” He cocked his head sideways, several heads turned.

“She’s done.” Slade touched my arm. “She won’t say another god damn thing.”

I shut my mouth when his hand slammed down on the table, the hand that killed my dad.

Kenny put an arm around me and pointed across the room. “See the blonde?”

I searched the crowd of drunks and found a skinny blonde wiping a table.

“She’s the girl who can bring your daddy back to life. Unless of course you’ve changed your mind and want us to dump him on the side of the road somewhere.”

I pulled away from his fingers toying with my hair. “I haven’t changed my mind.”

“Alright, work your magic.”

I waited for Slade to stand.

“Why can’t you go ask her?” I looked at Kenny. He made everything so complicated.

“I don’t know why I didn’t think about that.” He nodded at the bartender and took his glass. “Oh that’s right. She hates me.”

I sighed. “Doesn’t everyone?”

Slade interrupted us. “What’s the issue?”

“I sort of beat the shit out of her husband and threatened to make the rest of her life miserable.” He shrugged.

“And you think we can convince her to help?” I rolled my eyes. “By the way is there anyone that can stand you or do you like it that way?”

Slade shook his head.

Kenny raised an eyebrow. “I love how even though you know I hold your dad’s life in my hands you’re willing to talk shit to me. It’s kind of a turn on.”

I swallowed.

Slade sat his beer on the table. “I said we would help. I didn’t say I’d let you sexually harass my girl.”

“You call it sexual harassment. I call it foreplay.”

I grabbed my drink the sweat soaking my fingers. “What are we supposed to say to her?”

“Say whatever you need to, do whatever you need to. Just get her to agree to a meeting.” Kenny downed his. “And do it fast she’s off soon.”

Fun Facts

      1. I share the same birthday with Prince William
      2. My favorite band is One Republic
      3. When I wake up in the morning I usually have one sock on and one sock off
      4. I have four tattoos and they all are on my left arm
      5. I am six feet tall
      6. I am addicted to Pretty Little Liars
      7. I don’t use ketchup
      8. I eat way too much salt
      9. I get motion sickness if I read in the car
      10. I have never broke anything
      11. I’ve known my best friend since the third grade
      12. I hate the sound of people chewing
      13. I don’t drink , like ever. Never has been my thing
      14. I hate just about any winged bug and spiders
      15. I love EOS lip balm
      16. I shaved my head because I got tired of my hair and it’s just now growing back
      17. I bite my nails
      18. My favorite color is teal
      19. I love cows MOO!
      20. My next tattoo will be a peacock in memory of my mom jr

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