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Regenerate

by Sarita Leone

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GENRE: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

The Octopus isn’t an urban myth—and its agents are anything but ordinary. The intelligence bureau is so well-hidden most doubt its existence. A handful know its location. And fewer walk the halls in the subterranean compound.

Benjamin Sinclair didn’t ask to be a scientific miracle but every mission has its risks and one perfectly-placed bullet ended his life—for a brief moment in time.

Nicole Anima battles demons every day. Life as a paranormal resources operative gives her tortured mind a rest—and keeps her from contemplating her own death.

When Anima and Sinclair partner on a globe-trotting race to eliminate the threat about to cripple humanity, all hell breaks loose. Leaping from planes, crashing into continents, dealing with voodoo priestesses, and running through jungles with zombies hot on their trail doesn’t leave much time for romance, but this duo somehow manages to sizzle.

Two agents. Telepathic mind paired with regenerated commando. One world—and a mission to save it.

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EXCERPT TWO:

Nicole ripped the iPod off her bra strap and tossed it, ear buds trailing like streamers from a small black kite, toward the sand beyond the boardwalk.  

An ordinary man never would have heard the music playing. He never would have been able to hear the beating of her heart, either. But Ben Sinclair was no ordinary man. He heard both, and now that she remembered the important details of his life she wouldn’t forget them again.

“I can still hear old Mick jiving.”

The near-whisper sent a fresh wave of revulsion along every nerve ending.

“I can hear him. I can give you that satisfaction you need.”

“You don’t know what I need.” The words were hoarse. It was a miracle she could speak at all, given the tightness of her throat. “You have no idea.”

“Give me a chance to show you what I know. I promise, you won’t be sorry.”

“I’m already sorry. I’m sorry you know my name. Sorry you have my number. Sorry you’re even on this planet. Sorry? It’s just the tip of how I feel when I remember you walk among humanity.”

Silence. For one long moment, she thought she might have conquered the spider.

Then, the truth.

“You didn’t always treat me like this. There was a time when—”

“That was before I knew what you are, before I had any idea evil hides under…” She couldn’t finish. Wouldn’t finish. There was no way in hell she was going to admit his looks ever turned her on.

Worse. That he had stolen her heart. And, still held it—despite her attempts at retrieval.

Damn treacherous heart.

Topic:  How in world did you come up with this concept?  You write historical romance so was it hard to step into the PNR world?

Thanks for inviting me to chat with you today about my paranormal romantic thriller, REGENERATE!

I have written historical and contemporary romances so you’re right—this is my first real leap into the paranormal world. I’d toyed with the idea for a while but wanted to wait until the “right” idea came to mind. A few years ago, that idea fell into my life.

REGENERATE is a story of redemption, rebirth, and the restoration of order from chaos.

Anima and Sinclair work for an elite, super covert government intelligence agency called The Octopus. The Octopus houses the nation’s finest tactical military minds. They keep evil from taking over the world, without anyone ever realizing they’ve even been saved.

Nicole is badass beautiful, a woman whose paranormal ability has had her to the brink of madness more than once. She’s found her stride, working as an agent for The Octopus. But spending time with Sinclair might just push her over the edge. You see, she and Sinclair have a past. And, whether she likes it or not, he still holds her heart.

Benjamin Sinclair is the world’s first regenerated human—that is, a sniper’s bullet killed this commando but science and stem cell technology brought him back to life. He’s invincible and immortal which makes him the ideal choice for battling a zombie army or stopping an assassin’s bullet.

Stem cell research is something close to my heart. I’ve had a profound, life-changing brush with stem cells and the possibilities they hold for saving lives. While they don’t, sadly, cure everyone who needs their medical miracle, they do have potential—and save some. So Sinclair is my way of saving a hero and letting him live to save others. And that’s how I came to write this book—the stem cell part of my real life influenced my writing life. In a way, it’s been a huge help, to write about saving the man and watching him be a hero to humanity.

I loved writing this book—Nicole Anima and Benjamin Sinclair are fearless. Their struggle to keep the world safe from evil feels relevant.

REGENERATE is the first book in a series. The Octopus will definitely send Agents Anima and Sinclair on other dangerous missions. Just as there seem to be new challenges for humanity that evolve, interpersonal issues between this pair will also come into play to force growth—and encourage lots of sizzling moments, too!  The second book in the series is set to release in December of this year. I did intend this to be a series from the very beginning. As long as the world needs saving, there’s room for The Octopus!

Thanks for your time! I’ve enjoyed chatting with you!

  Talk about a book that is so totally what I don’t read.  Zombies, second chance romance, paranormal and a thriller all wrapped up in one book.  I’ll be honest, I picked the book to review based on the cover.  He’s hot, right?  And he is totally Sinclair, too.  I have no shame.  But what kept me in the book was the story itself.  I knew going into it that this book is a first for the author.  😉  

What I truly want to talk about is that the author took a risk.  She is a historical romance writer.  And yes, I’ve read her so that is why I’d give this one a chance.  She has written a book that at times is frustrating, thrilling, sexy as hell and in the end a great start to a series with recurring characters.  Yes, same couple.  *SWOON*  Same couples in a book are like catnip to me.  I like to see the character growth between both hero and heroine and how it continues to shape their romantic relationship.  Ms. Leone has set up Anima and Sinclair for a great series.  There is a back story that goes further than what we read in this book.  I feel it and I really hope that she expands on it.

Now, while I don’t care for Zombies (yes, I don’t watch The Walking Dead), I loved that aspect of the story.  And with Anima dealing with her own past and how she lives today…fascinating.  She is real to me and I realized that her relationship with Sinclair will definitely have its ups and downs.  Sinclair…I love the idea of stem cells regenerating.  Of course, now he is immortal and I can’t wait to read more about how he copes with that realization.

Overall, I really liked the book.  Sinclair and Anima are a great couple with plenty of sexy times and surrounded by a plot that is fast paced and breathtaking.  I can’t wait to see how Ms. Leone builds the world in this series and where she takes us with Sinclair and Anima.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Sarita Leone is an award-winning author who has written romance in many forms including Regency, paranormal, and contemporary. She loves happily-ever-afters in any setting!

When she’s not writing, Ms. Leone spends her time hiking, learning languages, and traveling. She loves adventure and can pack a suitcase, grab her passport, and hit the road in less time than it takes to peel an apple!

http://www.saritaleone.com

https://www.facebook.com/sarita.leone

https://www.amazon.com/Regenerate-Sarita-Leone-ebook/dp/B01N0J61IN/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1480170051&sr=8-3&keywords=sarita+leone

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Happy Book Birthday to Hunter Claimed (Dark Wolf Enterprises #3) by A. M. Griffin w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Totally_Bound @AMGriffinbooks

Hunter Claimed

Dark Wolf Enterprises, Book #3

Paranormal Romance

Release Date: April 25, 2017

Author: A.M. Griffin

 

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Giveaway:

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Blurb:

When Hunter and Asha’s worlds collide, neither is able to walk away from the other.

Asha has a simple plan for her life—her hopefully soon-to-be immortal life. All she’s ever wanted was to be so powerful that no one could ever hurt her again, and once she becomes a Vampire her dream will come true. Sure, being a Vampire’s protégé isn’t the easiest job a girl could have, but there are far tougher roads she could be walking, like following in her drug-addicted mother’s footsteps.

Hunter Arany hates Vampires, and with good reason. So when Dark Wolf Enterprises is forced to hire a group of the blood-suckers to find out who’s been stealing company money, he’s sure having them around will be a problem. He never figured it would the Vampires’ human servant who causes him the most trouble—trouble of the love and life-mate kind.

He’s hoping to convince Asha a brighter future exists in his arms, but old dreams fade slowly and can become living nightmares—of the dying kind.

 

Excerpt #3

As he sauntered over to her, with plate in hand, she took a deep breath and her mouth watered as the aroma of onions, tomatoes, cheese and eggs hit her nostrils. “That smells wonderful.”

When he held the plate out to her she practically snatched it from him, making the fork fall onto the floor.

“Whoa, slow down. It’s not going anywhere,” he joked.

“Sorry, I’m hungrier than I thought.” When she started for the utensil, he stopped her.

“Don’t worry about that. I’ll get you another.”

“Thanks,” she said as he leaned down to get it for her.

He stopped and took a long sniff at the air.

“What the heck are you doing? Are you smelling me again?”

This wasn’t the same kind of sniff that he’d given her earlier. This one was longer, more sensual and she swore he had shivered as he did.

“I’m sorry. I couldn’t help it. You smell…delectable.”

She pressed her knees together, unsure of exactly how she should feel about being sniffed. “Just…just don’t do that again.”

He looked up at her. “Why not?”

She was mortified. “Why? Because, because it’s not proper. One does not go around sniffing other people’s crotches. It’s rude.”

“Not for Wolf-Shifters.”

“I. Am. Not. A. Wolf-Shifter.”

“I’m well aware of that fact.” He dropped to his knees and she scooted her chair back so fast that she tipped to fall. Just as fast, he reached out and caught the chair legs and righted her before she tumbled backward.

“I should probably say thank you, but I’m not going to.”

“No need to thank me.”

She stared down at him positioned between her legs. How could she close them if he had his body wedged there? “So, um, can you move now?”

“No, I was thinking that I could eat, while you eat.”

She nodded toward the stove. “That was the plan. That’s why you made two omelets, right?”

He pulled his gaze away from her crotch to stare up at her. The minute their eyes met she knew she was in a world of trouble. Light-brown eyes, shielded by heavy lashes and projecting sex stared back at her. And she thought the looks he’d shot her the first night had been smoldering. No, the way he watched her now was exactly how she imagined lovers looked at each other.

“I don’t want to eat…that,” he said.

 

Shifter Claimed: 0.99 FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Dark Wolf Enterprises, Book #1

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Blurb:

The big break Trudy Hollander’s small accounting firm needs has finally arrived, but unfortunately it comes with murder, mayhem and Kristof Farkas, a man she just can’t seem to resist. Even worse, Kristof is the CFO of Dark Wolf Enterprises—the one person who can pull the plug on the job that will take her company to the next level.

Then there are the assassins who can jump from three stories up and still be able to run away…

Kristof has no intention of giving in to his inner wolf and claiming Trudy. She’s human. Too fragile to withstand being a shifter’s mate. But the need to protect her is stronger than his resolve, and his desire is more powerful yet. He’ll fight with everything he has to keep her safe, both from those who would hurt her, and from himself.

 

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Lover Claimed

Dark Wolf Enterprises, Book #2

Available now!

Blurb:

When Meisha comes home and finds a strange man in her kitchen, she does what any sensible person would do. She beats the crap out of him first, then asks questions after. When he explains her best friend is in mortal danger, Meisha knows the whole mess—including a recent murder and the threats on her friend’s life—may be her fault, and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. And no sexy stranger is going to stop her.

 

Lajos Farkas isn’t expecting to meet a spitfire, martial artist when he’s on a mission to figure out who’s stealing from Dark Wolf Enterprises, and he certainly doesn’t expect her to insist on butting in on his investigation. But getting rid of Meisha is seemingly impossible, and when his wolf decides she’s his life-mate, suddenly he realizes he’ll do anything to keep her close and grow old with her.

 

If they can just stay alive long enough to make that possible.

 

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Author Bio:

  1. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.

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Happy Book Birthday to Lover Claimed (Dark Wolf Enterprises #2) by A.M. Griffin w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #PNR

Lover Claimed

Dark Wolf Enterprises, Book #2

Paranormal Romance

Release Date: March 14, 2017

Author: A.M. Griffin

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Giveaway:

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Blurb:

When Meisha comes home and finds a strange man in her kitchen, she does what any sensible person would do. She beats the crap out of him first, then asks questions after. When he explains her best friend is in mortal danger, Meisha knows the whole mess—including a recent murder and the threats on her friend’s life—may be her fault, and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. And no sexy stranger is going to stop her.

Lajos Farkas isn’t expecting to meet a spitfire, martial artist when he’s on a mission to figure out who’s stealing from Dark Wolf Enterprises, and he certainly doesn’t expect her to insist on butting in on his investigation. But getting rid of Meisha is seemingly impossible, and when his wolf decides she’s his life-mate, suddenly he realizes he’ll do anything to keep her close and grow old with her.

If they can just stay alive long enough to make that possible.

Excerpt #3

His wolf projected pictures, first of Meisha’s back, meaning she was mad at them. Yes, Lajos already knew that. Then of Lajos on the ground incapacitated. Yeah. If Meisha tried to leave him they wouldn’t be able to function without her.

“There are two things we have to clear up. One, you can’t go with me and my team tonight. It’s too dangerous. We’ll catch the Shifters and deal with them appropriately.”

“I really don’t want to hear this shit anymore. I’m going with you this time.” She dangled her keys in the air. “Like I said, this is a free country.”

He held up his hands. “Just hear me out. There’s a perfectly good reason why I want to keep you here where it’s safe.”

She narrowed her eyes at him. “If you tell me one more time I’m too weak, I swear to Oprah that I’ll fuck you up, right here and now.”

He tried his best to hold back his chuckle. Keeping all of his teeth depended on it. He’d read all the ways she’d wanted to hurt him before he fell asleep, and he had to give it to her, her list was quite comprehensive. “Meisha, sweetheart, you’re my mate. If anything happened to you I wouldn’t survive. We couldn’t—my wolf and I would die without you.”

He watched her reaction, waiting to find out how she would take the news. Curious? Happy?

She frowned. Not the reaction he was looking for, but hey, this was all still new to her. “Just because your wolf likes me, you’ll die if I die?”

“He liked you the first time we first met. Imprinting is something deeper. It means we’ll be together for the rest of our lives.”

She nodded. “Um hm. Just like you told me before, we’re stuck with each other now.”

He grimaced at her choice of words. “I really wouldn’t say that. We’ve found each other. We’re mated—for life.”

“Did I miss something?”

“Huh?”

Although on the outside she appeared calm, he could almost feel the energy from her anger crackling through the air. “You and your wolf mated with me and now you expect me to be stuck with you for life.”

“Look, maybe I’m not explaining this right. I’ve never had to explain this to a human. A wolf would automatically know what this meant. Maybe I should call Andras and have him explain it to you.”

“And I would want to hear this from Andras because…?”

“Because he’s your Alpha.” He searched his brain for another comparison. “Um, just think of him as your boss.”

When both of her eyebrows rose, he was definitely sure he’d gone about this the wrong way.

“So you’re my mate. You’re in charge of protecting me because I’m a weak and fragile human. And, since I’m too dumb to understand the logistics of what this means for me, Andras, my new boss, will explain it to me.”

He wanted to shake his head, but although she was saying it in a less than desirable tone, she still had the gist of it.

“And the decision to mate with me and bond our forces forever was made without my knowledge and input,” she added.

“I told you there’s no planning for it. No wolf plans for this. It just happens.”

“So for humor’s sake, tell me something. If you had the choice, who would’ve you picked?”

“Honestly?”

She nodded. “Honestly.”

“I would’ve picked another wolf. Someone who wouldn’t expose the Pack to vulnerability. Someone who would live as long as I would. Someone who I wouldn’t spend the rest of her life worrying about.”

She turned away from him, but before she did he saw the pain in her eyes. “I’ll find someone who respects me. Someone who loves me. Someone who sees me as an equal and someone who wouldn’t mind spending the rest of his life worrying about my wellbeing.”

He rested his hand on her shoulder, needing to feel her skin under his fingertips. He wanted to make this right, but not at the cost of possibly losing her. “I’m not upset that we’ve joined. You…you’re…”

How could he find the words to tell her that she was more woman and wolf than any female he’d ever met? That her vulnerabilities were perfect, that her weaknesses were also her strongest points and that he’d go to the ends of the earth for her?

She pulled away from him. “No need to explain yourself, we were being honest. But you and your wolf are forgetting one thing, Lajos. I’m not a Shifter. I don’t have to abide by your rules.”

“Meisha—”

She turned around and faced him. Her eyes were red and watery. “I reject your claim on me.”

 

Shifter Claimed

Dark Wolf Enterprises, Book #1

Available Now!

Blurb:

The big break Trudy Hollander’s small accounting firm needs has finally arrived, but unfortunately it comes with murder, mayhem and Kristof Farkas, a man she just can’t seem to resist. Even worse, Kristof is the CFO of Dark Wolf Enterprises—the one person who can pull the plug on the job that will take her company to the next level.

Then there are the assassins who can jump from three stories up and still be able to run away…

Kristof has no intention of giving in to his inner wolf and claiming Trudy. She’s human. Too fragile to withstand being a shifter’s mate. But the need to protect her is stronger than his resolve, and his desire is more powerful yet. He’ll fight with everything he has to keep her safe, both from those who would hurt her, and from himself.

 

Buy Link: http://ow.ly/xPQP308Jd1D

 

Hunter Claimed

Dark Wolf Enterprises, Book #3

Available April 25, 2017

Blurb:

Asha has a simple plan for her life—her hopefully soon-to-be immortal life. All she’s ever wanted was to be so powerful that no one could ever hurt her again, and once she becomes a Vampire her dream will come true. Sure, being a Vampire’s protégé isn’t the easiest job a girl could have, but there are far tougher roads she could be walking, like following in her drug-addicted mother’s footsteps.

Hunter Arany hates Vampires, and with good reason. So when Dark Wolf Enterprises is forced to hire a group of the blood-suckers to find out who’s been stealing company money, he’s sure having them around will be a problem. He never figured it would the Vampires’ human servant who causes him the most trouble—trouble of the love and life-mate kind.

He’s hoping to convince Ash a brighter future exists in his arms, but old dreams fade slowly and can become living nightmares—of the dying kind.

 

Author Bio:

  1. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.

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