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Excerpt from Retaliation (the Oceanstone Initiative #2) by Haley Cavanagh w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @haley_cavanagh #scifiromance

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Sakota saved Astraeus and her friends from certain death, but in doing so, she gained the attention of the Oreck, who will stop at nothing to destroy everything in their path. With their ship severely damaged, Sakota and her crew land on a nearby planet and seek sanctuary while they make repairs to return home. But nothing on this perfect planet is as it appears, and Sakota soon learns they’ve traded one danger for another. Hunted and targeted, will Sakota be able to carry out her mission, or will everyone she cares about be destroyed?

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“No .”

Sakota bolted up in bed in the middle of the night.

Her dreams of blood and fear were monopolized with pointed teeth, cartilaginous faces, long, double-jointed arms and legs, and cruel, black alien eyes. The Oreck. They haunted her, perpetual alien God-ghosts with their eerie, electromagnetic glow beneath papery, gray skin.

Beside her, Astraeus slept, his arm flopped over the groove in the bed where she’d lain as he held her. He stirred, frowning. Was he having a nightmare too? She reached her hand out and searched with her emotions, as she’d learned to do.

He tossed, fitful, in the clutches of a nightmare to do with Upsilon’s destruction. She couldn’t remember what her nightmare had been about, but it had ended violently. Peace, she sent silently. Tranquility . Calm . Rest .

Astraeus sighed in his sleep, relaxed, and rolled over. She feathered hair out of his face. His existence had blown her away, and it still did. Astraeus’s genetic code far outstripped her own. He had defense mechanisms in place to protect him from climate extremities that she could never even dream of having. But more so, for the first time in her life, she’d fallen in love. It went against her pragmatic nature, but his comforting presence anchored her amid the wreckage.

She scrubbed her face with her hand in the darkness and swung her legs over the side of the levitating bed, careful of the bed’s height when she stood.

Humans were either a lot shorter than most of the visiting interplanetary delegates, or for some strange reason, they liked their beds high.

Her limbs ached, fatigue from the action of the last several days. She suspected healing from microgravity had something to do with it too, but she’d been through the wringer. The way she walked, the weight of her lips when she spoke, her arm and leg muscles seemed heavier and more visceral, like someone had injected them with a heavy drug. Ridiculous, of course. She was in the best shape of her life.

In the center of the room, she stretched and did some yoga until the tightness lessened. She rotated her neck. In a day or two, the slight dizziness and disoriented inertia would subside. As a physician, she knew the symptoms. She’d be fine. But telling a patient about them versus experiencing them were two different things.

She padded barefoot out onto the balcony, drew a silver cup from the shelves, and dipped it into the fountain. Distant light illuminated the Chuleron buildings along the skyline in the distance. She brought the brim of the cup to her lips and drank. Cool and refreshing, much cleaner than the sterilized water she’d had back on Earth. Tastier too. Earth water had to be purified at least five times before it could be considered healthy enough for consumption. Bacterial pathogens ran rampant in food and the polluted streams and springs back home, so sterilizing was essential. The delightful coolness soothed her throat.

She twisted her hair and pulled it over her right shoulder, taking in the strange, tantalizing city. Did her suspicions about this place come from her subconscious, because of the death and violence she’d experienced? Or was Hisoka right and something seemed off?

About the Author:

Haley Cavanagh is a military veteran, wife, and mother. She is an alumna of Columbia College, a musical theater nut, and she loves to dive into any book that crosses her path. Haley resides with her family in the United States and enjoys spending time with her husband and children when she’s not writing. She loves to hear from her readers, and encourages you to contact her via her website and social media.

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#Review of With Love Series (With Love, Ella & Daniel, ever after) by Alexa Randolph w/a an author interview and rafflecopter giveaway!

With Love Series

by Alexa Randolph

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GENRE: Romance

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BLURB:

With Love, Ella:

Ella Chambers was a top event planner in New York, about to marry the man of her dreams. Daniel Collins was the quarterback for the Giants, on his way to winning his first ever Super Bowl. Life couldn’t get any better when they both said those three words to each other and planned to spend the rest of their lives together.

Until one perfect day came crashing down around them when they hear the three words no one wants to hear: You have cancer.

Now instead of dresses, flowers, and invitations, they’re dealing with doctors appointments, tests, and tears. Their love and strength will be tested and tortured, but they’ll fight with everything they’ve got to make it through.

Daniel, Ever After:

Daniel and Molly are both lost in their own worlds. They recently lost the most important people in their lives. They are connected in so many ways but are complete strangers. They are barely hanging on, but a drunken encounter sends them over the edge of despair. Can they bring each other out of their misery, or will they continue to push each other away until it’s too late? Find out in the sequel to With Love, Ella, titled Daniel, Ever After.

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Excerpt Two:

Daniel and Ella were waiting for their drinks when Marissa came up to them. They both inwardly groaned not wanting to deal with her and her drama that always seemed to follow. “Hello Ella, Hello Daniel,” Marissa said in her fake high-pitched voice. “Hello, Marissa. Enjoying the evening?” Daniel asked.  “Yeah, it’s been fine. So, Daniel are you excited for the upcoming season?” “Yes, it will be great to get back into the routine. I have a good feeling about it.” “That’s great. Well, I can’t wait to come watch practice in a few weeks. I know you will do amazing.” “Practices are actually closed for family only, but you can always buy season tickets to watch the team,” Ella explained, trying to be as nice as possible, but getting annoyed. “Oh, I know, my cousin is the second string quarterback and was able to get me into a practice. It’ll be great.” Marissa said while putting her arm around Daniel.  “Oh well, that’s nice. Daniel, I love this song. Let’s go dance,” Ella said, holding his hand.

“Sounds great babe.” 

“Bye Marissa,” they said, walking away with their drinks in hand. Marissa just stood there glaring at Ella. What did she have that Marissa didn’t?

Ella and Daniel had been dancing for hours with their friends and family, having a great time. Ella really had to go to the bathroom so she dragged a giggling Julia, Daniel’s sister, with her to the bathroom. Marissa and her friend saw them go in so they decided to follow. She couldn’t let Ella get away with humiliating her in front of Daniel.

Welcome Alexa! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

 

I am 25 years old and published my first novel 2.5 years ago. I am an only child and because of that I would use my imagination to pass the time. I always had scenarios and stories in my head that would play with my friends. I love to read all sort of romance series. I love series even if they are about different set of characters and can be standalones because I get so invested in all characters. I love being able to continue on.

 

Is the book a single title, or part of a series?

 

I am showing my series With Love Series (With Love, Ella and Daniel, Ever After)

 

What were your inspirations for the story?

 

I was mostly inspired from books I have read and the people in my life.

Please share your setting for both books. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most? 

 

Both books take place mostly in New York City and the Hamptons. Book 2 has chapters that take place in Michigan also. I live in Michigan, but I have always loved New York and the Hamptons.

When did the writing bug first bite? 

 

I have always loved to write cards and letters to people I loved and with my personality and imagination it all came together in 2014.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

 

My books were inspired from Nicholas Sparks and John Greene. Right now I am really loving Jillian Dodd (Keatyn Chronicles, That boy and C.M Stunich author of Rich Boys of Burberry Prep.

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

 

Besides writing I love to blog, podcast and read.


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

Just keep writing no matter what. You will always be practicing and think about self-publishing because it could make all the difference. 

Just a note…I will be reviewing the books as a whole since it’s a duet.  I feel as if you really need to read With Love, Ella before diving into Daniel, Ever After.  Ms. Randolph does an excellent job of showing you what happened in the first book but I feel that it’s better to read them together.  But bring tissues, lots of them.  You will be crying some and they will be ugly tears.  Trust me on this.  Harlie doesn’t cry when she reads but in this series, she did.  On to my thoughts.

Remember that I don’t do spoilers so the review might be somewhat brief.  I adored these books.  The characters are childhood sweethearts so I really enjoyed getting to know them throughout the years.  Don’t worry, Ms. Randolph doesn’t info dump on you but she does let you glimpse into their childhood and how they came together in the end.  Keep in mind that there two romances in the books.  So getting to know everyone is crucial to your overall understanding of the storyline arc.  Especially in the second book.  Again, Ms. Randolph keeps you on your toes with keeping up with everyone.  You will get to know some pretty interesting secondary characters in both books that only enhance your overall enjoyment.  That said, in the excerpt above, you will have to deal with Marissa in both books.  She is nasty, vile and overall, just a hateful person.  She doesn’t know when to stop but, she will learn her lesson soon enough.

Ella and Daniel are sweet together but honestly, I thought Molly and Daniel were the stronger couple.  Even though they have been through so much in their short lives, I felt their connection was better.  They argued, irritated each other (Princess, kiss ass, Romeo), at times not communicating, watching them go from a somewhat fling to friends to lovers and then the black moment.  While the black moment was expected, it made so much sense.  I hate when authors put in a black moment that, at times, can be a head-scratcher but not here.  It’s very realistic and heartfelt.  I think I cried as much as Molly and Daniel.

Overall, the books are superb.  I got to know a cast of characters that will forever be in my heart.  The storylines are relatable, relevant, plausible and overall, just a joy to read.  Keep in mind though, I’m a Houston Texans fan.  I kept thinking of Eli Manning from the New York Giants at times when I read the book.  Sue me…

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Alexa Randolph is the author of Daniel, Ever After, which follows With Love, Ella.  “It was so fun to be able to watch my characters grow from my first novel to this one,” Alexa says of her contemporary romance novel.  “My heart hurt when theirs did, and I felt like I was a part of their world.” You can always find her typing away at the keyboard, crafting romantic short stories or dreaming up characters and plots. Or you may find her blogging and helping to raise awareness for chronic pain. Not surprisingly, Alexa also loves to read the types of stories she writes and is especially fond of John Greene and romance novelist Nicholas Sparks. Alexa is a 2016 graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Communications; during college she was a regular contributor to the online blog, “The Odyssey.”

 

Website: www.alexarandolph.com

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Daniel, Ever After buy link: https://amzn.to/2ZjO42G

 

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Spotlight featuring Black Ice (Stormwatch series #4) by Regan Black w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @ReganBlack #romanticaction

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Stormwatch series blurb:

The storm sweeps in like a thief in the night… Winter storm Holly is the worst in eighty years bringing high winds, subzero temperatures and snowfall better measured in feet than in inches. The weather paralyzes everything in its path, but in this storm, weather isn’t the only threat.

A new installment of STORMWATCH releases each Thursday starting December 5 through January 9. Each thrilling full length novel is a standalone story with no cliffhangers. Don’t miss a single one from half a dozen of the genre’s bestselling storytellers!

December 5 – Frozen Ground by Debra Webb
December 12 – Deep Freeze by Vicki Hinze
December 19 – Wind Chill by Rita Herron
December 26 – Black Ice by Regan Black
January 2 – Snow Brides by Peggy Webb
January 9 – Snow Blind by Cindy Gerard

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Evelyn Cotton deals poker at the Silver Aces casino in Deadwood to keep the family adventuring business in the black during the off-season. News of the storm barreling closer has the casino packed with locals pushing their luck and travelers who are stranded. When Wyatt Jameson, her high school sweetheart, sits down at her table it’s all she can do to keep her hands to herself. For more than twelve years she’s dreamed of choking the life out of him for running away to the Army without giving her so much as a goodbye kiss.

Wyatt isn’t back in town for a reunion, though seeing Evie reminds him what sacrifice means. He’s been looking for purpose since an injury ended his Army career. Now, the FBI has recruited him to infiltrate a crew planning to steal a fortune in diamonds, including the famous Mae West Solitaire currently on display at the Silver Aces. The thrill of being needed and the hefty payday if he succeeds easily override the risk of dredging up the old memories and heartache he left behind.

But when the thieves up their timeline due to the storm, Evie gets caught in the crossfire and Wyatt’s plans are turned upside down. He has to win her over -and fast. Without her expertise they might not survive long enough for him to tell her she’s the woman he’s never stopped loving.

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Wyatt’s phone buzzed again and he glanced toward the slot machines, looking for the FBI agent posing as a casino guest while watching his back. Agent Noelle Pickering, second in command on her team of four, had been the first to reach out to him about this assignment. She wore an emerald sweater and black slacks, her short blond hair gleaming under the lights. At the moment, her phone was at her ear.

“What are you up to?” she asked. “We aren’t covering your poker losses.”

“Didn’t ask you to,” he said. Besides he was modestly ahead at the moment. “Saw an old friend,” he said. It wasn’t like his ties to Evie were a secret.

“You might want to delay the old flame hookup routine until this is over,” Pickering said.

“Right.” The FBI had done as much homework on him as they had on their target.

“We picked up another call on the phone tap. Evelyn Cotton might be part of the Cordell crew.” He barely suppressed the automatic rejection of such an absurd suggestion. If Cordell had contacted Evie it wasn’t because she was interested in helping him steal a fortune in diamonds.

“Not their first communication,” Pickering continued, as if she could read minds now. “And here she is, a casino employee. Sounds like she’s into him.”

Bull. That was just mean, even if Pickering was simply relaying facts.

Tate Cordell was a slick operator, that’s all. He was using Evie somehow. Anyone could change in eleven years—Wyatt was proof—but Evie would never willingly help a criminal. Cordell must be lining her up for backup or a distraction.

About the Author:

Regan Black, a USA Today bestselling author, writes award-winning, action-packed romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and urban fantasy novels featuring kick-butt heroines and the sexy heroes who fall in love with them. Raised in the Midwest and California, she and her husband currently share their empty nest with two adorably arrogant cats in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the rich blend of legend, romance, and history fuels her imagination.

Regan Black online:

Website: http://reganblack.com
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