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So I’m not into making resolutions.  I never have been.  I resolve every day to be a better person, mom, wife and daughter.  That’s it.  Life has its ups and downs every day so why make promises that you can’t keep after the first month of the year.

I realize that I sound horrible but I don’t see the point.  I don’t need to lose weight, get right with God, etc.  Okay, maybe I need to quit smoking but that’s about it.  😉  Yes, its my only vice and its a bad one.  As a diabetic I need to quit…badly.  I’ve already dropped over 100 lbs and I’ve never looked or felt better in my life.  Weird huh?

As for making resolutions in regards to reading…just keep reading…just keep reading!

So what are your resolutions or do you even make them?  One winner will win a copy of The Couple by Harlie Williams.

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Happy Release Day to Sins Lies & Spies (Black Brothers #2) by Lisa Cardiff w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @HeaBookToursPR @LCardiff_author #HBTPRM #ReleaseDay Blitz #Giveaway

 

SINS LIES & SPIES by Lisa Cardiff
Black Brothers Series #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
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Knox Black is no stranger to secrets… 
As the head of a private military company, specializing in intelligence gathering, he’s more than familiar with political corruption and secrets worth killing for.
He has one objective on his current mission… 
Knox must uncover the mastermind orchestrating the blackmail scheme swaying votes in Congress. It was supposed to be easy. After all, nothing fazes him, until he faces off with Trinity Jones, a member of a rival company.
Knox is determined to flip Trinity’s loyalties and use her to his advantage, but there’s one problem­—he can’t keep her out of his head, or his heart.
As the tangled web of secrets behind the blackmail scheme unravel, Trinity is unwittingly thrust into the center of it. With her life on the line, Knox will to have to decide what is more important…
His mission?
Or the woman who stole his heart?
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“Jones,” Knox taunted, drawing out my last name. “Are you going to take this or are you wrestling with the ethics of stealing my work?”
Without dropping my gun, I grabbed it with my free hand, but he didn’t release it. Locked in a silent battle, I heard Representative Lang’s scratchy voice outside the office door. My head whipped to the side. Dammit! I hadn’t fully closed the door.
What is wrong with me tonight? I’m not thinking clearly.
Knox closed the space between us, his face mere inches from mine and one side of his mouth hooked upward. A jolt of electricity arced between us. My blood felt like lava in my veins. He angled his head toward the cracked door. “An amateur mistake, don’t you think?”
“Fuck you,” I whispered, but I could hardly hear my words over the frantic swoosh of blood through my ears. My carefully crafted plans were going to blow up in my face. If I lowered my gun, Knox could take advantage of the moment and walk out of here with the memory stick. If I kept my gun aimed at Knox, I’d end up spending the night in jail, and I’d have to call Miles for bail money. I’d almost rather rot in prison than tell him I messed up. Sure, he was my boss, but that didn’t mean I wanted to interact with him any more than absolutely necessary. Our relationship was dicey these days.
“I see your wheels spinning, but there’s only one way we’re going to get out of this now.”
My dark eyes his clashed with his in a silent battle. “What do you have in mind?”
“We’re going to put on a good show,” he said, his warm breath tickling my face and sending shivers down my spine.
Electricity zigzagged through the air like a thunderstorm gathering strength on the edge of the horizon. My fingers involuntary twitched with the urge to sweep through his disheveled blond hair. He looked downright dreamy as his deep sapphire eyes zeroed in on my mouth. Before my mind registered his intent, he was kissing me.
 
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After spending years practicing law and running a real estate development company with her husband, Lisa decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer and she must confess that inventing characters is so much more fun than writing contracts and legal briefs. A native of Colorado, she lives with her husband and three children in Denver. When she isn’t managing the chaos of raising three children and owning her own business, she can be found reading or writing a book or tinkering in her garden.

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Happy Release Day to Carry You Home (Carry Your Heart #2) by K. Ryan w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

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CARRY YOU HOME
by K. Ryan
Carry Your Heart, #2
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Also in this series: Carry Your Heart
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, New Adult

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Synopsis: The conclusion to Caleb and Isabelle’s story…

Everything is going as planned, for the most part. With school, the club, and new responsibilities on the horizon, the life Caleb and Isabelle imagined together is so close they can taste it. But their happiness is also a fragile one–all it takes is one wrong turn, one stupid decision and their happily ever after shatters all over the highway.

Because as old threats resurface and new ones rise, the most deadly enemy of all lies not in outside forces, but inside the club itself. How do you follow orders when you know those orders might destroy everything you love? How do you move forward when all your best-laid plans slip right through your fingertips?

Choice breeds consequence. Hope rises from the ashes. Love weathers any storm. And in the end, every road leads home.

**Carry You Home is not a standalone and is the sequel to Carry Your Heart. It is intended for readers 18 and older**

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Both of his hands settled around my face now and overwhelmed by his closeness and drunk on the emotions he’d resurrected in me, I closed the short space between us and pressed my lips gently into his. Caleb stilled for only a moment, no doubt startled by the fact that I was the one initiating this, but I was way past the point of no return now, and he recovered a heartbeat later, tightening his hold on my face, somehow pulling me even closer to him.

It started slow and tender as our mouths tentatively became reacquainted with each other and I couldn’t help the soft moan in the back of my throat just at tasting him again. It had been so long since I’d felt this, I’d honestly forgotten what his lips felt like…or maybe I’d just forced myself to forget. But there was no denying how good this felt, how at home I felt as his hands slid all the way around my waist.

Suddenly, I was moving in the air as he spun us around to press me back into the island. He gripped my hips to hoist me up onto the counter and my legs wrapped around his waist to help him sink in even deeper before I had a moment to recover.

His tongue pushed its way through my mouth and as his rough, familiar hands skimmed up the back of my shirt, just stopping at the edge of my bra. I shivered in his arms and wondered fleetingly if this was just all a dream. If I’d wake up any moment now, alone in my bed, and wondering what the hell just happened. But his lips were still moving over mine, tasting and taking everything I offered to him, eagerly giving it right back to me.

My hands wound their way around the back of his neck and gripped the top of his head as he ground my hips down against the hardness in his jeans. Just as I leaned my forehead against his to sigh into his lips, a loud cough jerked me out of the whirlwind I’d stumbled into it.

My hands dropped away from Caleb’s face and I turned just in time to see my dad shuffling toward the refrigerator. Caleb jolted and hustled out from between my legs to put some space between us. He ran a hand over his head as if to smooth the hair he didn’t really have there and my dad cast a wary glance over his shoulder at us.

“Don’t mind me,” he chuckled. “Just needed something to drink.”

“Sorry, Dad,” I murmured and bit down on my bottom lip as I slid off the counter.

My dad met my eyes briefly before turning his attention to Caleb. “Where are you planning on sleeping tonight?”

Caleb cleared his throat roughly. “The couch.”

“Good,” he nodded and shut the fridge door as he turned to us with a water bottle in his hand. “Probably best to take it slow, huh?”

I opened my mouth to protest, but for the life of me, I couldn’t find any words to say. My dad just waved goodnight and disappeared around the stairwell. When my eyes found Caleb again, he was staring slack-jawed after my dad and he shook his head.

“Wow.”

“Yeah,” I laughed. “That wasn’t embarrassing or anything.”

Instead of responding, he tucked his hands deep in his pockets and grinned at me.

“I should, um,” I swallowed hard, already backpedalling toward the same hallway my dad had just disappeared to. “I should get to bed. I’ll see you in the morning?”

“I’ll be here,” he nodded. “Sweet dreams, Iz.”

I waved awkwardly because there was no way in hell I was getting out of this gracefully and I scrambled up the stairs, practically running my dad over in the process, and didn’t stop until my old bedroom door was shut safely behind me.

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READ CARRY YOUR HEART, THE BEGINNING OF CALEB AND ISABELLE’S EPIC LOVE STORY…

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CARRY YOUR HEART
by K. Ryan
Carry Your Heart, #1
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, MC

Synopsis: When Isabelle Martin steps onto Sawyer Auto Repair’s parking lot, she can’t believe it’s come to this. After dropping out of a school she never really wanted to go to in the first place and dumping a boyfriend she never really loved to begin with, she thought coming home to Claremont, North Carolina would solve all her problems. Instead, she’s still reeling from her mom’s death six months earlier and trying, but failing to help her dad, who’s sunken deep into a whiskey-fueled depression. Working in the local, motorcycle club-owned, auto shop’s office is a last resort, but it’s the only option she has…even if it means working with Caleb Sawyer, the bad-boy biker with swagger to spare who used to drive her up the wall in high school.

Caleb Sawyer is on the fast-track to a downward spiral. He used to think he had the world at his feet–all he has to do is be patient, earn his keep in the club and in the shop, and his legacy within the Iron Horsemen MC will be his for the taking when the time is right. But that just doesn’t mean anything without his old lady by his side, who wants to leave Claremont more than she wants to stay with him. When the bottom finally drops out, nothing prepares him for the impact and he deals with it the only way he knows how–with whiskey and women. Despite all that, being around Isabelle Martin, the girl whose feathers he ruffled so easily in high school, somehow brings him back to life. She doesn’t take any of his crap, but she calls him on it without judgment and without pity.

Despite some initial animosity, Caleb and Isabelle quickly realize that the perceptions they had of each other in high school couldn’t be further from the truth. The more time they spend together, the closer they become and the more they gravitate towards each other. Both are at a crossroads, but stuck in reverse. Isabelle needs help; she just doesn’t know how to ask for it. Caleb needs a life preserver; he just doesn’t know where to find one. And ultimately, on the path to rediscovery and identity, all roads lead them to exactly what they need–each other.

**New adult/contemporary romance told in alternating points of view. Recommended for readers 18 and older.**

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ABOUT K. RYAN

K. Ryan

K. Ryan is a former English teacher, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2009. When not writing, she’s either binge-watching something on Netflix, running, reading, or cheering on the Packers. She lives in the Green Bay area with her crazy-supportive boyfriend and the best decision of her adult life, a not-so-stray cat named Oliver.

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Review and Interview for Sky Garden by Jenny Schwartz w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

 

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by Jenny Schwartz

 

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

 

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On the rooftops of London, you can be anyone.

 

A year ago, Lanie Briers escaped a serial killer. She grew up in a theatre family and her act was mediumship, but not anymore. Life, now, is a hidden retreat above a quirky Bloomsbury museum, where she waits and watches.

 

Nick Tawes is an unexpected intrusion. He’s a landscape architect filming a television series on roof gardens, and he intends to build one in Lanie’s aerial territory. He has his own demons, old family troubles, that lure Lanie out of her refuge and into living again.

 

But as summer progresses and the sky garden grows, Lanie’s enemy is closing in–because some secrets must go to the grave.

 

 

 

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Head down, he forced his feet up the endless, dizzying stairs.

 

Abruptly, the wall of the house ended. He swayed, blinking at the transition from shadowed darkness to light. He’d reached the roof. His jetlagged brain bounced between explanations of neon light or moonlight as the source of illumination. Tokyo roofs were seldom dark; London skies seldom cloudless in his memory.

 

 

Concentrating on his feet, he negotiated the awkward step up and over a concrete wall edge, and down onto the roof. He looked up.

 

A woman looked back at him.

 

Soundless, he watched her mouth open and the plate she held drop. Water and soapsuds fountained up.

 

The light came from a kitchen window.

 

His brain kicked into gear. “It’s all right. I’m from the solicitor’s. I have a key.” Ridiculous words, but the fear in her expression demanded reassurance.

 

She held a phone up, soap suds running down her bare forearm to the pushed-up sleeve of an apple-green pullover. The phone was brandished as a weapon.

 

“A key,” he mouthed exaggeratedly. “I have a key.”

 

A stand-off. He didn’t dare move. He must have frightened her when she’d felt safe and alone on this rooftop. He couldn’t understand how she and her kitchen were here at all.

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Welcome, Jenny Schwartz! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

 

Is Sky Garden a single title, or part of a series?

 

Sky Garden is a single title. I describe it as either a contemporary London romance or a London thriller. It’s very much a romance of England in summer, with danger lurking.

 

 

You said Sky Garden is set in London. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?

 

I wish I’d lived in London! There are so many amazing places to see. London is way up there on my bucket list. The problem is I’m a poor traveler (in every sense, worse luck) and I live in Western Australia, which is the other side of the world. So I armchair travel. I love imagining myself in these “exotic” locations and will happily look at other people’s holiday snaps. All the time I promise myself, one day! Thank goodness for Google Earth. It is a poor author’s life-saver for research.

 

When I do get to London I’m going to see the British Museum, British Library, Kew Gardens, Harrods, the Ritz for afternoon tea, and a ton of other places, and venture further to counties like Cornwall (I think you’ll have to pull me kicking and screaming out of there) and my must-see city, Oxford.

 

 

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

 

I am so lucky. I have some awesome author friends here in Western Australia. My critique partner is Eliza Redgold, and I meet up through the year with Michelle Diener, Shona Husk, Claire Boston and many more. They’re so talented and generous in helping out other authors. I am very, very lucky in my author friendships, including those online with people far away. However, if I could haul absolutely anyone to the table, I’d love to have a paranormal romance roundtable with Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop, Nalini Singh, Lisa Shearin and Jayne Ann Krentz.

 

 

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

 

I love to cook, but simple recipes. One pot wonders are great. I also enjoy photography. Digital photography is such a fantastic improvement on how expensive developing photos used to be. I wish I had a talent for painting, and I love attending art exhibitions, but seldom actually get there… When did time start running so fast?

 

 

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

 

Okay, this isn’t the strangest thing, but I recently saw a sixteenth century map of the Spice Islands (pretty much Indonesia, etc.) and it included the top of Australia, and would you believe what the Dutch originally called Australia?

 

Beach.

 

I kid you not! Awesome. I live in Beach. How appropriate!

 

This wasn’t the exhibition I saw, but if you’re interested in Australia on old maps, check out the National Library.

 

 

What is the one thing that you would tell an aspiring writer to do?

 

Write. The more you write, the clearer your own style and preferred way of working will become. If I had any shortcuts to knowing yourself as a writer, I’d share them, but as with any craft, it’s all about the practice you put in. Writing, storytelling in general, is immensely satisfying. Go for it!

 

P.S. Be clear about your goals. Sometimes we think we’re following our own dreams, only to discover a year later that we got seduced into striving after someone else’s. Tread your own path.

 

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I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading Lanie and Nick’s story.  It was a lot more complex than I expected and while there was a suspense element in the book, it truly didn’t come to fruition until almost the ending.  To some people that would be bad but for me, I loved it.

Lanie had some growing to do in the book.  She no innocent but considering what she went through before the book, I can understand everything about her in the beginning.  She needed to bloom, just like the rooftop garden, and she did.  With Nick’s help and in a sense his father and Chloe, it happened.

Nick was a dream from the beginning.  Patient and kind to Lanie from the get go.  He never expected too much from her except friendship.  In fact, after thinking about it, these two never realized that they were falling in love until about 65% in the book.  For this reader, that’s a welcome diversion.  Was a frustrated at times, yes but the end was so worth it in the end.

While the book is supposed to be about a rooftop garden that Nick designs, it is really about Lanie blooming again has a person with and without Nick.  Beautifully done by Ms. Schwartz.

If you are looking for a good romance with a dash of suspense, look no further than Rooftop Garden.  My heart did crack in certain places but Ms. Schwartz righted it again.

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Bio:  Jenny Schwartz is a hopeful romantic with a degree in Sociology and History — people watching and digging into the past. She lives in Western Australia and is working towards her dream of living by the sea. Jenny writes romantic suspense, as well as contemporary and paranormal romance.

 

Website:  http://authorjennyschwartz.com/

 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JennySchwartz.author

 

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Jenny_Schwartz

 

Amazon buy-link for “Sky Garden”:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018J7YW0E/

 

“Sky Garden” will be $0.99 during this tour.

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

 

Jenny Schwartz will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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Cover Reveal and Book Trailer for JL Long’s The Sacred Truth (Tactical Men #2) w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

Title: The Sacred Truth
Series: Tactical Men #2
Author: JL Long
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Coming: March 10, 2016
The only failures in life are the mistakes you don’t learn from.

It was only supposed to be casual. Then I fell for her. Falling head first in love, only to have fear rip it out from underneath me. I severed us with my destructive words. Correcting all the mistakes I’ve made is what I have to do, I just don’t know how.

She does. She always knows what to do.

However, fate has a way of deciding things like this for us, doesn’t it?

This is part of the Tactical Men Series. It can be read as a standalone though we meet Nolan and Jenna in A Dance Worth Dancing.

**Warning- Intended for readers 18+. This book contains situations not suitable for all readers.

JL grew up in a small town in Illinois. Not to be mistaken for Chicago. She currently resides in Kentucky with her husband, three children and their two fur-babies. She has lived an adventurous life…doing just that, living. JL is a hopeless romantic, who loves seeing love unwind before her eyes. When she can’t see that for herself with other people in real life, she writes it or reads it. Writing has been a part of her life since she was a little girl, along with being an avid reader. She will continue to write until the pen will not allow it anymore.
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Happy Release Day to Hit the Billionaire Jackpot (Hit Wedding series #1) by Nana Malone & Misty Evans w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

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Title: Hit the Billionaire Jackpot

Series: Hit Wedding Series

Authors:  Nana Malone & Misty Evans

Release Date: February 8, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Book Summary:

 

As the new president of the 3 Wishes Foundation, Jenna McIntyre gets to make dreams come true for kids with disabilities. Once in awhile, she gets to make her own dreams come true as well. Like meeting her teenage crush, pop star Hawke Thorn, whose angsty songs helped her recover from a hit-and-run accident ten years ago and who is now one of the nominees for the 3 Wishes Donor of the Year event in Las Vegas. Jenna’s based her “ideal man” checklist on Hawke and now has the chance of a lifetime to actually land Hawke himself. But catching Hawke’s eye requires the romantically-challenged Jenna to seek love lessons from the other nominee—sexy, opinionated, billionaire playboy Jacob Swinton.

 

Jacob Swinton may have a secret soft spot for kids and family, but there’s no way he’s making that public knowledge. His continuing success depends on the world seeing him as a self-possessed, calculating businessman. He’s never had to compete for anything, so when he finds out he’s not a shoe-in for the 3 Wishes foundation Donor of the Year Award, and his competition is drunken, slovenly, pop star Hawke Thorne, Jacob says game on. What’s there to worry about? But when Jenna asks him for love lessons, he has no idea the real competition is for her heart.

 

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About the Authors

 

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USA Today Bestselling Author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.

 

With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana meantime works out her drama, passion, and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

 

Nana is the author of twenty novels. And the books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

 

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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Misty Evans has published over twenty novels and writes romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance. As a writing coach, she helps other authors bring their books – and their dreams of being published – to life.

 

The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers’ Choice Award, CAPA nominations, the New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and the ACRA Heart of Excellence Reader’s Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2011.

 

Her Witches Anonymous series was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. The Super Agent Series, Witches Anonymous Series, and the Kali Sweet Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists. Her culinary romantic mystery, THE SECRET INGREDIENT, and the first book in her Deadly series, DEADLY PURSUIT, are both USA TODAY bestsellers.

 

Misty likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and hanging out with her husband, twin sons, and two spoiled puppies.

 

Connect with Misty: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Newsletter / Pinterest

 

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Misty and Nana are giving away a $25.00 gift card to Amazon or iBooks and three digital copies of Hit & Run Bride.

 

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