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Happy Release Day to Fractured Wings by C.R. Lemons! @CRLemonsAuthor @c.r.lemons @cr0191

Title: Fractured Wings
Authors: C. R. Lemons
Genre: Adult, Psychological Thriller
Published: November 7, 2017
Page Count: 220 Pages

Just when the time has come to spread your wings and fly on your own, life has other plans and anchors you to the ground…

Alex Sutherland has lived a charmed, small town life, which has been perfectly mapped out. As a recently engaged law school graduate, she is on the cusp of starting her new life and career in the big city. However, her carefully laid out plan is instantly halted when she is attacked while out for a run on the last day at her childhood home.

Although her physical wounds have healed, she is plagued with constant nightmares and recurring memories of the brutality. At her lowest moment, Alex finds her strongest support from Anthony Gabrielli, the FBI agent in charge of her case. Through his subtle encouragement, she takes steps to reclaiming her prior self, even though her assailant has not been caught. When she discovers she is still being targeted, she decides to face her fears and becomes determined to find out what lurks in the shadows.

 

This change came over me as I was confronting Danny. It felt good to stand up for myself and express these feelings of anger and despair towards him for what he did, more importantly what he did to me. Now, I yearn to be able to confront my attacker in the same way. I have to find him along with the person responsible, and it is not going to happen with me withering away in my bed. My wings have merely been fractured, and it has taken some time for them to heal. I am on the brink of soaring again, and nothing is going to stop me once I am fully recovered.

“I have such an active imagination and I truly enjoy transcribing it into words. As I am writing, the people, places, and things come to life before me and I completely lose myself. Writing is my meditation. I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Thank you and happy reading.”

After receiving a degree in paralegal studies, C. R. Lemons was a paralegal for many years until deciding on a career change of currently managing her award-winning, family-owned business.

As a child, she would sneak her mom’s romance novels and lose herself in them. She always had an active imagination and dreamt of sharing it through writing. This dream finally came true with her published catalog… a five novel erotic thriller series, Getting Him Off; her standalone novella, The Mysterious Mr. Blackstone; a collaborative Dom/sub romance novel, Naturally His; and, her two poetry collections, Naughtiness is Contagious, An Orgy of Erotic Poetry, and Poetic Nympho. For the latest list of books by C. R. Lemons, please visit her website at http://www.crlemons.com.

As an erotic thriller novelist, C. R. Lemons is a self-proclaimed occasional naughty poet. Her love of writing started through poetry in her teens. She was inspired to start writing poetry again and found a talent in the erotica.

C. R. Lemons is a native Texan who enjoys her coffee strong, her music rockin’ and her life full of laughter.

 

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Spotlight featuring The Devil Orders Takeout by Bill A. Brier w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @billbrier

THE DEVIL ORDERS TAKEOUT

by Bill A. Brier

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GENRE: Mystery/Thriller

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BLURB:

A tax attorney with integrity…a powerful mobster determined to bend his will…

Grayson Bolt isn’t about to compromise his integrity to help a notorious crime boss escape the cross-hairs of the IRS. But there’s a steep price to pay for defying The Man–Grayson’s beloved wife and older son.

There’s only one way for Grayson to prevent his younger son, Jim, an innocent golf prodigy, from also being taken out: play a dangerous game of cat and mouse. And what will Jim be forced to do when the woman he loves gets ensnarled in a web of betrayal and deceit?

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EXCERPT:

“I’m afraid you’re going to get it hard, Mr. Bolt.” Costanzo had that fatherly tone of this will hurt me more than you. “Did you ever stop to think that there’s only one way of being dead, but many ways of dying?”

Grayson felt something cold touch his spine, all the way down. “I don’t follow.”

“Take your man Stockard. He killed two of your beloved family members, wife and eldest son. Isn’t that right?”

A strangling tightness gripped Grayson’s throat. “That— that’s right.”

“Wouldn’t you say a part of you died too?”

“What’s your point?” Grayson’s voice erupted in suppressed panic.

“You don’t have to die to feel dead. I’m going to kill your other son. That’ll be your punishment.”

The blood drained from Grayson’s face. Just like that. Most people held the basic principle that no man should be punished for the deed of another. Costanzo was not one of them. Grayson would be cut right to the bone, and his son would be the sharpest knife Costanzo could use. Costanzo had spelled out the thought in invisible brushstrokes. It was there and Grayson had tried not to see it.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Bill grew up in California and went to Hollywood High School, then served in the Air Force as a combat cameraman.

After hiring on at Disney Studios as a film loader, he soon advanced and moved on to other film studios.

He earned a master’s degree in psychology. A big help when working with Trumpish Hollywood producers. You’re fired!

During his more than twenty-five years in the movie business as a cameraman, film editor, and general manager, Bill worked on everything from the hilarious, The Love Bug, to the creepy, The Exorcist, to the far out, Star Trek and Battle Star Galactica.

Eight years ago, Bill switched from reading scripts to writing thriller/mysteries and driving racecars. After completing three award-winning novels, he signed with Black Opal Books. His first novel, The Devil Orders Takeout, is about a devoted father and husband who makes a deal with a real-life devil to protect his golf-prodigy son after his wife and older son are killed in a mysterious accident — and pays hell for it.

Bill’s second mystery, The Killer Who Hated Soup, is Book One in the 1950s The Killer Who series, and it launches this Summer. The Internet? Never heard of it. Smart phones? Who you kiddin’?

Energetic and eager to make his mark on what Time magazine called the next great boom town, Bucky Ontario leaves his daddy and little sister in Louisiana and rides a bus to Defiance, Oklahoma, a town not particularly adverse to murders, just the embarrassment of them when committed by high officials.

Book Two, The Killer who Wasn’t There, will be on bookshelves this fall.

Bill writes every day and golfs infrequently (that damn right knee!). His five children and eight grandchildren keep him busy going to birthday parties, and he never misses a one!

The Brier Patch is Bill’s wildly entertaining blog about his shameless early days in Hollywood. It’s on his website, billbrier.com, along with a contest linked to The Devil Orders Takeout, which will award the grand prizewinner $1,000.

Bill is a member of Mystery Writers of America.

Bill’s USA Today revealing interview:

http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2017/04/24/bill-a-brier-interview-the-devil-orders-takeout/

Bill’s website with blog: billbrier.com

https://www.facebook.com/Bill-A-Brier-Author-1651581281813646/

https://twitter.com/billbrier

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16577326.Bill_A_Brier

 

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#Guest Post, #Excerpt & #Review of Regenerate by Sarita Leone w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

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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