Monday, May 28, 2018

Waking to Black by V.H. Luis Excerpt, Teaser, Interview & Giveaway



Waking to Black
by V.H. Luis

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GENRE:   Erotic Romance

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BLURB:

He shattered my defenses, and I was fragile to begin with…

The first time I saw Adam Black, I was between the arms of a criminal, a gun to my throat and even then, I knew I was staring at the most dangerous man in the room.

Maybe it was his confident, cerulean eyes, or the sex appeal radiating from his pores like heat waves on a scorching day, but by proximity alone he made my vision blur and my heart stammer.

The day I was nearly killed in a bank hold-up, I began to live—because of him.

Now, I’m praying for the first time in years, hoping the scars of my past, the secrets I keep, don’t interfere with my future…


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Excerpt One:

I close my eyes and bend my knees—or at least I think I am. I’m finding it hard to breathe, and the room is spinning. I must not be moving fast enough because the next thing I know, the man with the big gun grabs me and shoves the cold tip of the barrel against my neck.

This is how it ends? A pang of regret stabs deep within my belly. I wonder who will feed my cat when I’m gone, and the pathetic nature of that last thought is sobering. I haven’t accomplished much in the last twenty-four years. My eyes begin to water, and my vision clouds.

“Hey, take it easy,” a much calmer voice calls out from behind me.

I try to focus on the deep tenor of this stranger, who to my shock is defying a man with a gun, but my senses aren’t cooperating.

Using me as a shield, my captor spins me and I get a blurry first look at my would-be hero. Through pooling tears, I see he’s dressed in an expensive black suit, a crisp white shirt, and a solid black tie. He has hair the color of dark coffee, and because he defies the order to hug the floor, I notice he’s tall. His sapphire eyes lock on mine, urging me to breathe, and for a split-second I forget I’m in the arms of a lunatic because it’s this stranger’s gaze holding me hostage.

Though his hands are in the air, like everyone else’s, he seems to be humoring the robber rather than obeying him out of fear. And while not armed, his calm demeanor is more threatening than the creep jamming a gun against my throat. It’s as if under the façade of composure something dark and dangerous lingers—the insight makes me tremble.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

V.H. Luis is the author of the Black Series, an erotic romance trilogy that follows the love affair of Evelyn Snowe and Adam Black. Her debut book WAKING to Black, will be released in 2018, and the subsequent sequels FADING to Black, and SURRENDERING to Black, will follow shortly thereafter.

Welcome to my internet haven!
I’m a born and bred Miami Girl—and proud of it! I would wear shorts and flip-flops every day of the week if I could. Growing up in Miami, surrounded by my parent’s heritage has made me proud of my Cuban ancestry. Cafecito and a guava pastry for breakfast? Yes, please! Salsa music while I tidy the house? Of course.
If I’m not busy scribbling notes about the story pounding out of my head, I’m painting, listening to music, or spending time with the love of my life—my son. If I decide to travel, I bring the whole family (in-laws included), or at least I try to, because life is too short not to spend it with family; one of the many lessons my father taught me.

Interview – V.H. Luis

1.      Where are you from?
I grew up in the melting pot that is known as Miami, FL. My family is Cuban and though I was born in Miami, my Cuban roots are definitely a large part of my identity. In fact, Spanish was actually the first language I ever learned. I’m Cuban-American and so proud. Having the opportunity to grow near the beach, in such a diverse community taught me values I hope to instill in my own son.
2.      Tell us your latest news?
I’ve been experiencing a whirlwind of emotions. In the last few weeks my debut bookWaking to Black (Uninhibited #1), was released. Currently I’m working on finalizing book two of the series Fading to Black, so that I can get that story in the hands of readers quickly. I hate waiting for the release of a book so I’m trying my best to ensure readers don’t have to wait a long time for the next installment of Evelyn and Adam’s story.
I’ve also been part of this book-blog tour, organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. I confess answering/writing my responses for interviews and guest-posts have been time consuming, but incredibly rewarding. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some lovely people and again, I’m in a whirlwind—so many wonderful emotions overrunning my senses.
3.      When and why did you begin writing?
Ever since I was a little girl I was scribbling poems and making-up stories, though I didn’t really let that passion blossom until I was fifteen. I became part of an online role-playing community which was text-based and I truly believe it is because of that community and the wonderful friends I made there that my ability to write improved. I appreciate the fact that my parents taught me a second language, though not learning English until I was five did make it difficult for me early-on. I think having to communicate with others solely typing/writing really helped me become a better writer.
4.      When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That is a hard question to answer… Honestly, it wasn’t until May 2, 2018 (the release date for my debut book Waking to Black), that I considered myself an actual writer and I often have a hard time accepting the term author. Perhaps it’s an issue with my confidence, but I’ve respected that term for years as an avid reader that to actually be considered in the same realm of so many I admire,is at times difficult to accept. I’ve been writing in secret, in the comfort of my bedroom for years and only recently decided to publish.
5.      What inspired you to write your first book?
I spent so many years reading romance and enjoying that genre, not to mention the years I spent writing stories for myself in a role-playing community that the decision to write a novel was rather fluid—it seemed like a natural step.
I also had a difficult time dealing with the passing of my own father and found myself in desperate need of a hobby that would help me channel that sorrow into something positive. I’m happy I decided to do this because the experience has been extremely rewarding.
6.      What would you like my readers to know?
Waking to Black (Uninhibited #1), is the first in a planned trilogy. It’s an emotional erotic romance and though the heat factor is high, more than anything it is a character driven story. It’s a billionaire romance full of depth and if that’s the type of story you enjoyreading you should take a chance on Waking to Black.

***Thank you so much for you time and attention. A huge thank you to Deal Sharing Aunt for hosting.

XOXO
V.H. Luis



My website:  https://vhluis.com/


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GIVEAWAY 

V.H. Luis will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Mr. Masters by TL Swan Giveaway


Release Date: May 27, 2018
Cover Design: Hang Le
Photographer: Graham Foster
Model: Ollie Foster
 

Synopsis

  He was powerful, older and my boss, a lethal combination. Job satisfaction has taken on a whole new meaning. When I lied on my resume, I didn’t expect it to matter. I mean any child would love me; I was born to be a nanny. I applied for a position working for a woman, or so I thought. But Julian Masters is definitely all man…the kind you dream of licking chocolate from. The first day was bad. The kids were the spawn of the devil and I spied through a window and caught him doing something obscene…. and equally fascinating. The second day was worse, he caught me snooping in his bathroom cabinet in my skimpy pyjamas and all hell broke loose. On the third day, I ran over him in a golf cart. And by day four I had decided that I wanted that chocolate…all of it. Melted….on me. But intelligent, widowed Judges don’t fall for ditzy nannies. Or do they?  

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Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card
 

About the Author

  Lover of her husband, children, words, chocolate and margaritas. When she is not writing her next novel, you will find her in a café drinking coffee with friends. Writing is her passion.  

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Between the Raindrops by Sydney Logan Sale, Trailer & Giveaway




Title: Between the Raindrops
Author: Sydney Logan
Publisher: Enchanted Publications
Genre: Young Adult/Social Issues
Release Date: May 26, 2018



Blurb

Seventeen-year-old Scout Ramsey’s life is a mess. With a dead father and a junkie mom, she can’t imagine things can get worse.

Then her mother tries to sell her for a bag of meth.

After her mom’s arrest, Scout’s forced to switch schools in the middle of senior year. Scared and alone, she pours her heart into her journal and dreams of the day she turns eighteen.

For Wyatt Campbell, senior year is predictable purgatory. Then the new girl steals his seat in history class, and suddenly, school’s not so bad. They bond through their love of music, and Wyatt finds himself falling hard for the journal-loving girl with the sad blue eyes.

Wyatt’s heard the rumors. He knows Scout’s had it rough.

He’s determined to be the one thing in her life that’s easy.

In this captivating teen novel, Sydney Logan weaves a touching story that tackles the heartbreak of addiction, the power of forgiveness, and the wonders of first love.







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Author Bio

Sydney Logan writes heartfelt stories that feature strong women and the men who love them. In addition to her novels, she has penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is a Netflix junkie, music lover, and a Vol for Life. Sydney and her husband make their home in beautiful East Tennessee.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin Review


The Sea Before Us

Book 1 in the Sunrise at Normandy series, February 6, 2018
Book 2: The Sky Above Us, coming spring 2019
Book 3: The Land Beneath Us, coming spring 2020
Betrayal as deep . . .
Love as mysterious . . .
As the sea before them.
In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France—including those of her family’s summer home—in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.
As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.
The tense days leading up to the monumental D-Day landing blaze to life in this powerful new series.

About the Author 
Sarah Sundin is the author of Through Waters Deep, Anchor in the Storm, and When Tides Turn in the Waves of Freedom series, as well as the Wings of the Nightingale and the Wings of Glory series. Her novels have received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal. Her popular Through Waters Deep was a Carol Award finalist and named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist. Sarah lives in California. Visit www.sarahsundin.com for more information.

My Review:
This is a great historical look into the lives of people that helped others, that we might not even know about. That is the great thing about historical fiction. The author writes great war stories that bring specific time period into focus, D-Day and Air-raids are a few things in this book. The author also has a way with weaving in family dynamics and a Christian viewpoint. These families are not perfect, forgiveness and love is key, I enjoyed the main characters, and I too am curious about squirrels. I can not wait for the sequels. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy via Baker/ Revell, however all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Destiny's Series by Victoria Saccenti Giveaway


Destiny's Plan
Destiny's Series Book 1
By Victoria Saccenti
Genre: Historical Romance

One empty bus seat. Two aching hearts. A future written by Fate…



When Raquelita Muro’s overbearing mother rips her and her little sister away from their beloved Papa, one tiny, rebellious corner of Raquelita’s heart is grateful that the bus is crowded, and the only seat left is out of Mama’s sight. Next to a handsome young man.

Matthew Buchanan’s beautiful traveling companion is more than something pretty to look at before he ships out for Viet Nam. Deep in her sad, whisky-colored eyes he glimpses a new dream to replace the ones he’s leaving behind. It breaks his heart to leave Raquelita in her tyrannical mother’s hands, but she gifts him with a token of love and a tender promise to exchange letters in secret.

But their first, shy “hello” has reached the ears of Fate. Fate is in the mood to see how far it can push two lonely hearts—to the brink of temptation, desperation, and despair—before they break. Perhaps beyond any hope of healing…







Destiny's Choice
Destiny's Series Book 2

No one evades Fate. Especially when the escape route is cracked and full of holes.



As a naïve young woman, Marité Muro nearly drowned in a maelstrom of confusing emotions stirred by two very different men. One whose tortured soul tugged at her heart, another whose scorching touch made her innocent body want…more.

Four years in a Spanish prep school gave her time to gain perspective, and now she’s come home to Florida knowing what she wants. The one man she’s never been able to forget, and she’s ready to prove their age difference is no obstacle.

Viet Nam left scars on Brian MacKay, some visible, some invisible—and infinitely more dangerous. His war buddy’s little sister has ripened into a tempting, irresistible woman, but she is forbidden fruit. Yet she challenges his resolve until, in a moment of weakness, his demons slip free.

Marité isn’t sure why the man who held her closer than skin is suddenly holding her at arm’s length, but she isn’t afraid to fight for what she wants. Even when someone returns from the past who could destroy everything. Her home. Her family. And Brian’s love.





Destiny's Way
Destiny's Series Book 3

Destiny can show the way home...if it can navigate the shadows of Fate. 



Brian MacKay’s love for Marité Muro burns with the heat of an eternal flame. But when he catches her cousin, Michael, forcing an unwanted kiss upon her, Brian’s jealousy comes dangerously close to flaring out of control. 

In a moment of despair, he packs his bags and boards a plane for Round Rock, convinced Marité will be better off with anyone else. Someone younger. Someone who isn’t dragging around a crippling load of baggage—and PTSD-fueled demons.

Anger tears at Marité’s heart as she flees to her Abuela’s home. Anger at Brian for abandoning her so easily. At Michael for trying to reignite their past infatuation. Mostly, anger at herself for realizing too late that it’s past time to grow up, take responsibility for her own part in the debacle, and fight for the only man she’ll ever love.

But Fate has a few more tricks to play before Brian and Marité find the strength to reconcile. Some that haunt Brian’s war-torn mind. Another threatening from Michael’s dangerous ambitions. And one tiny, fragile miracle growing under Marité’s heart, with the power to heal their past and seal their future. If it lives long enough to draw its first breath…




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A native of Cuba, Victoria grew up in the nucleus of the prestigious Alonso family, founders of the National Cuban Ballet. The artistic environment fostered her writing spirit and an insatiable curiosity to explore the world and meet different cultures. She writes romance and generational sagas with complex emotional content, as the human condition in all its forms is her favorite theme. She is the author of Destiny's Plan, Destiny's Choice, and Destiny's Way, and a contributor to The Ultimate Guide to Dorothy Dunnett's THE GAME OF KINGS, by Laura Caine Ramsey. Central Florida is home, but if she could convince her husband, she would pack her computer and move to Scotland, a land she adores.



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