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  • Ready to Burn by Tracey Alvarez: Release Event & Giveaway

  • Men Of Steel by MJ Knight: 99cent Sale

  • Vengeance is Mine by Kasey Millstead: 99cent Amazon Sale & Giveaway

  • Fight for Her #2 by J.J. Knight: Review

  • Rock Me, Gently by M.J. Schiller: Review

Ready to Burn Release Day

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Book Title: Ready To Burn (Due South Book 3)
Author: Tracey Alvarez
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 25th, 2014
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Synopsis

Take one sassy Harland girl…

Shaye Harland, sous chef de-awesome, desperately wants the role of Due South’s head chef. Though a little out of her depth, she can totally cope with the extra demands if she can resist her future brother-in-law when he muscles in on her kitchen. The Hollywood wannabe is nothing but a troublesome distraction and he fries her sex-ometer to a crisp. But as far as romance? Forget it. Love, when she finds Mr. Perfect, will be as sweet as her to-die-for cookies.

Add a bad-boy from LA…

Del Westlake swore he’d never again set foot on the island he calls the “ass end of New Zealand.” With his reputation as a sous chef in one of LA’s hottest restaurants trashed, and his estranged father’s restaurant needing a head chef, Del wants nothing more than to go in, get the job done, and get out. Except his feisty second-in-command carves herself a spot in his heart and completely incinerates his plans.

Watch the sparks fly as they burn it up in the kitchen…

Winning a spot on a TV reality show is just what Del needs to jumpstart his career back in the States. Nothing can get in the way of him winning—not even the woman whose trust he’d destroy if she discovers his secrets. But with a film crew capturing the explosive kitchen chemistry between them, will his bad-boy ways rear up and ruin his shot at becoming Shaye’s Mr. Perfect?

Meet the Author

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Tracey Alvarez lives in the Coolest Little Capital in the World (a.k.a Wellington, New Zealand) where she’s yet to be buried under her to-be-read book pile by Wellington’s infamous wind—her Kindle’s a lifesaver! Married to a wonderfully supportive IT guy, she has two teens who would love to be surgically linked to their electronic devices.

Fuelled by copious amounts of coffee, she’s the author of contemporary romantic fiction set predominantly in New Zealand. Small-towns, close communities, and families are a big part of the heart-warming stories she writes. Oh, and hot, down-to-earth heroes—Kiwi men, in other words.

When she’s not writing, thinking about writing, or procrastinating about writing, Tracey can be found reading sexy books of all romance genres, nibbling on smuggled chocolate bars, or bribing her kids to take over the housework.


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One second Del stood beside her all moody and mysterious, and the next, his hands gripped the railing on either side of her hips. He moved fast—fast enough that she made an embarrassing little eep-ish squawk. Nowhere to go unless she became flexible enough to do a flip over the wooden railing.

Shaye yanked her hands from her pockets and gave his chest a shove. “Back off.”

Even after she added her sous chef do it now or die glare, he stayed, big and bad and way too close. He continued watching her with dark and unreadable eyes, his nostrils flaring slightly as he breathed.

Her hands didn’t know what to do. She couldn’t put them back on those two hard pecs, since every single nerve-ending had soaked up the heat burning through Del’s shirt and transmitted swoony, oh yeah sighs into her brain.

Stupid nerve-endings. Stupid brain.

She wriggled her bottom, so she half sat on the railing, arching away from him. “What are you doing?”

“Showing you the reason.”

The rough timbre of his voice stroked over her. Wickedly dark, decadently rich, scarily addictive. Like chocolate, the quality stuff made of eighty percent pure cacao.

He leaned forward, his face level with hers. “It’s a compelling reason.”

Shaye’s hand shot out to grip his biceps—that or topple backward—but God, he felt amazing. All hard, sinewy muscle and why the hell couldn’t she unhook her fingers?

Her breathing hitched, high and ragged. “My sister’s a cop, and I know how to defend myself.”

“So, show me your ninja moves.”

“Daring a cornered woman to hurt you isn’t very bright.”

One of his hands rasped off the wooden railing and touched the end of her ponytail. He selected a strand and stroked it down her jaw. Shaye licked her lips, unable to suck her gaze from his mouth, which angled closer. Close enough that she could tell the flavor of the last handful of potato chips he’d eaten.

Salt and vinegar. Her favorite.

She strained upward to see if he tasted as good as he smelled…Freaking hell

Shaye reared back a little, hair slipping from his fingers, her chin narrowly missing his. “Are you going to kiss me?”

Her heart gave a little bunny-hop at the thought and leaped around her ribs.

“Not unless you ask real nice.”

“Ask you?” There was that damn smirk of his again. She should’ve guessed he was playing with her. “When pigs fly.”

A muscle ticked in his jaw, but the smile didn’t falter. “Now you’ll have to say, ‘Please, Del. With a cherry on top.’”

“I’d jam that cherry up your nose before I’d kiss you, Hollywood. Get outta my face.”

His gaze dipped once to her mouth then flicked up. “I can’t go anywhere while you’re grabbing onto me.”

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This complete collection of MJ Fields Men of Steel series together has over 600 5 star reviews.

Men of Steel

Tattooed, pierced, alpha, New Jersey brothers Jase, Cyrus, Zandor, and Xavier Steel work side by side at their families tattoo shop Forever Steel.

These sexy and confident young men vow to never fall in love. They show no restraint when it comes to living life the way they want, and enjoy the simple pleasures in abundance. They have an unbreakable family bond and stand by each other through all of lives ups and downs.

Book 1 in the Men of Steel Series

Meet Jase Steel

Twenty-two-year-old hot-as-hell, tattooed, and pierced bad boy, who doesn’t care what you or anyone else things of him.

But Jase’s wild ways and “who gives a f” attitude is about to change. He can’t seem to get the beautifully innocent, blonde college girl out of his head. So what she’s the cousin of a friend who does not approve? Jase has never exercised self-control when it came to getting a woman, and he wasn’t going to start now.

After tricking Carly into “fake dating,” it turns out the joke’s on him, as Jase falls hard and fast for her. But as painful secrets from his past come to light, Jase will have to man up and bare it all to Carly, even if the ugly truth could tare them apart forever.

Meet Cyrus

The oldest of the Steel brothers. He’s strong, independent, and damaged. But don’t feel sorry for him, Cyrus likes his life just the way it is. No rules, no commitments, and no more than 3 times with the same woman.

Until Tara.

A child of the foster care system who can’t remember ever being loved or feeling safe, Tara brings out the protective alpha male in Cyrus. And as much as he hates to admit it, something else. Something he wishes he didn’t feel. Something that could weaken his resolve.

As they spend more time together, Cyrus’s three-times-only-with-no-strings rule disintegrates. But Cyrus hates being vulnerable. He hates feeling weak. And so he does what any red-blooded man afraid of commitment does, he lets Tara slip through his fingers, rather than let her all the way in.

But with him, Tara is a fighter, and she’s not about to give up.

Meet Zandor Steel

He’s spent the past year in Italy acting out just about every sexual fantasy he could dream up. But it wasn’t all fun and games. Zandor was there to oversee construction on a posh casino resort playground for the rich and famous.

But rumors of trouble with this brothers has him worried, and Zandor heads home to help out. It’s the least he can do.

Jase and Cyrus had been Zandors mentors. When it came to women, they taught him to avoid attachments and to know the difference between lust and love. So when word of at least one of his brothers being ready to settle down arrives, Zandor hopes he can talk some sense into him before it’s too late.

Until he runs smack into resistance.

Southern Bell, Bekah George may just be the match Zandor has been looking for in the bedroom. She’s neither intimidated by, nor afraid of his preferences. But as he starts to let his guard down, and consider the possibility of there being more to life than mind-blowing, non-committal sex, Bekah reveals a side of herself Zandor doesn’t want to see.

Was he right to avoid entanglements, or has he already fallen to hard to let her go?

Meet Xavier Steel

Twenty -three-year- old Xavier Steel is his own man, despite what his brothers and Momma Joe think. He turns away from the family business and heads to New Jersey to start a production company. Xavier plans to follow his true life’s passion and make a living playing and creating music.

Taelyn Patrick takes a grueling job in order to make extra money to help her fiancé Daniel through medical school. Besides, how hard can it be to help a spoiled rich kid throw his money down the drain?

 

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Title: Vengeance is Mine
Author: Kasey Millstead
 Release Date: August 20, 2014
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Target – Spades Motorcycle Club

They call me The Praying Mantis.

Because after I fuck my target, I kill them.

Vengeance is Mine is a dramatic tale of revenge by way of
fatal fucking.

 

“Look what I did,” I say, grabbing a handful of his cock.
“I’m such a naughty girl.” I rub my hand up and down, never breaking eye
contact with him.

 

 

From
USA Today bestselling author Kasey Millstead comes a book that will leave you
gripping the edge of your seat as you live the life of Ella Moore. With a heart
that’s been hardened by the tragic death of her parents, she sets in motion a
lethal chain of events that will eventually avenge her parents murders.

 

 

‘Before my parent’s tragic death, I had never been vengeful
person. I was nice, quiet, friendly and definitely a glass-half-full kind of
girl. But death has a way of changing everything.’

 

Ella Moore is the epitome of a badass.

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Kasey Millstead lives a quiet life in country New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and their four young children. She enjoys baking, singing (ridiculously out of tune) & spending time with friends and family. Kasey has always harboured a deep love for reading and writing, and she is now lucky enough to be living her dream of being an Author.

 

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Fight for Her, Volume 2 (Uncaged Love, #7)
Book: Fight for Her
Series: Uncaged Love #7
Author: J.J. Knight
Publication Date: October 24, 2014
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Only one person in the world could get me and Maddie back together.

Our little girl.

But just when I feel like we’ve got it made, I lose an MMA fight, a big one. I take a blow that might have killed anyone else.

For a while, we don’t even know if I’ll be able to fight again.

But the bone-crunching footage goes viral, and the world is calling for a rematch.

Surely one more fight will be enough. The money means Maddie and I can make a new start.

But my old enemies have noticed my sudden fame. And they want to make sure my career, and maybe even my life, goes nowhere.

Whether I fight them in the cage or in the street, this time I have everything to lose.

FIGHT FOR HER VOL 2 is the second of a four-part serial.

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Thanks to the author, I was allowed to read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the 2nd installment in a 4 part serial and it does end in a quite the cliffhanger. If you don’t like cliffhangers, then wait a couple of more weeks and get all four parts at one time.

This series is awesome! Parker is such a great guy. He truly wants to try to do the right thing for Maddie and his daughter. He wants them in his life. It seems at every turn, he faces a new challenge that could potentially keep them apart.

Maddie has realized that she lost Parker once and she doesn’t want that to happen again. She wants him to be with her and raise their daughter as a family. As time goes on, she can see that Parker is willing to give up a part of himself to be with them. Can she help him figure out a way that they can have it all?

Just as things seem to be going their way all around, boom….cliffie! JJ Knight always keeps us on our toes with the cliffhangers. Looking forward to next week and Part 3!!! Five stars for Parker & Maddie!

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Rock Me, Gently

Book: Rock Me, Gently

Author: M.J. Schiller

Publication Date: April 24, 2014

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Like so many others, their romance started in Las Vegas…

He’s a rock star. She’s an ad exec. After almost having a one night affair in Sin City, Josh can’t get Cassie out of his mind. Why had she run out on him?

Like so many others, their romance started with a shot of tequila…

When the Josh Dunningham of Money Back Guaranteed tries to seduce her, Cassie is taken aback. Sure, he’s hot. And he could definitely rock her world. But can she have a fling with a man she doesn’t even know?

Like so many others, their romance turned rocky…

When Cassie returns to Chicago and finds a ten-foot tall Josh Dunningham on a radio station’s banner across from her office, she is tortured by memories of their short time together. When they meet again, things explode—in a bad way—and Josh has to prove himself to Cassie to earn her trust. But will he succeed when outside forces also want to tear them apart? When Cassie receives threatening letters and is attacked in her home, Josh is determined to find out who is behind it. But will the stalker’s encore performance bring an end to their show once and for all?

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Thanks to the author I was allowed to read a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review. Have you ever read a book that really surprised you? This book was one of those. You see a book about a rock star and expect attitude, sex, etc. There was a little bit of attitude but for the most part, this is a sweet love story about a rock star that finds his soul mate unexpectedly. He hasn’t had much love in his life so he isn’t sure of his feelings and certainly isn’t sure how to express them. This is also a story of a young lady that has had hard luck in the love department. Her one relationship ended in a most unusual way and left her heartbroken. Needless to say, she is hesitant to give her heart away again. The problem is that her sexy rock star doesn’t wait for her to give her heart, he jumps in and takes it. As the story progresses, we get to see the growth in these two characters as they both realize what they want out of life. Throw in a little suspense and intrigue towards the end of the story and you have a great book. I will definitely be reading more of this author in the future.

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M.J. SchillerI was born in Overland Park, KS, in the heart of Tornado Alley, and my life has been a bit twisted since. Actually, it’s not all that twisted, but I’ve always wanted to use that line. I grew up in St. Louis, MO, went to school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and moved to Bloomington, IL, fresh out of college, after my husband got a job at State Farm’s corporate headquarters. I’ve worked as a high school/junior college teacher, personnel recruiter, office manager of a jewelry store, and, for the past ten years, as a lunch lady. I like to karaoke and attend rock concerts. I am actively involved at church and spend too much time on Facebook. I am the mother of a eighteen-year-old, and sixteen-year-old triplets, and have been married to my husband, Don, for over twenty-four years.
I have been a writer all my life. My first book, which was co-written with Mary Ellen Murphey in second grade, was titled The Black Cat, and was written on blue hotel stationary, hole-punched, and bound by white yarn. I believe it is currently out of circulation.
When I turned forty, I had an epiphany of sorts. I realized those bigwig publishing houses in New York were now probably run by people younger than me, so I shouldn’t be intimidated by them. At about the same time I was watching one of those award shows, and Jaclyn Smith got up to give a post-humorous award to Aaron Spelling. She credited him for encouraging her to go into acting, saying something brilliant like, “Reach for your dreams.” Nothing new. Almost even seems a little Jiminy Cricketish. But, for some reason, it struck me that night. When Aaron Spelling was thirteen, he was probably just like any other acned thirteen-year-old. But he worked to achieve his dreams, and became a household name. So, I began to write. Once I finished my first book, I wasn’t able to stop. I would rather write than do just about anything else. After all, you get to make people (characters) do what you want and design your own happy endings. What power! What a privilege.

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