Happy release day! Legs by Kelly Siskind

Title: Legs
Series: One Wild Wish #1
Author: Kelly Siskind
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: September 27, 2017
Running into your one-night stand is a special kind of awkward. Competing against him in a wine tasting contest is delicious torment…
On Rachel’s twenty-seventh birthday, she wishes to finally find a rewarding job. What she doesn’t wish is to drink a boatload of wine, sleep with a tattooed bad boy, and drunk email her boss in one glorious, career-ending move. But the fiasco pushes her to pursue a career inspired by her late father’s love of wine: sommelier. 
Unfortunately, she’s competing against her infuriating one-night stand, a man as intoxicating as a Pinot Noir.
Two years ago, Jimmy was set to inherit his family winery. Then it got ripped from his grasp. To close that dark chapter of his life, he plans to win a local sommelier contest and use the press to expose his family’s tainted wines. 
Jimmy loves studying the streaks of alcohol that cling to a wineglass, known as the wine’s “legs,” but other shapely legs are stealing his focus. Tantalizing legs. Legs that had wrapped around his waist for one wild night. Jimmy, sadly, has a weakness for legs. 
He also hates to lose.
LEGS is a full-length, standalone Smart, Sexy Romantic Comedy with a swoony Happily Ever After. No cheating or cliff-hangers here! Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren, Avery Flynn, Alice Clayton, Emma Chase, and Lauren Blakely.
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Rachel settled onto the stool beside me, her spine ramrod straight. She tucked her elbows to her sides. Not exactly relaxed.

A drink could help. “What’s your poison?”

“Apparently dangerous men I don’t know, but I’ll have a glass of the Lynmar Pinot.”

I could do dangerous. “If I’m your poison after two minutes, imagine how you’ll feel in a few hours.” That earned me a long swallow from her. “She’ll have the Foursight,” I added to Cameron. It was sweet how confident she was ordering that wine, but her lips would taste so much better after a sip from my glass.

She shot me a look, her freckles sharp against her reddening cheeks. “Pretty sure I can order for myself, and I’d like the Lynmar.”

“You don’t want the Lynmar. 2011 was a brutal year. Trust me.” No need to bore her about the early rains that season and the lack of fruit.

“Actually I do want the Lynmar.”

Cameron moved to grab the bottle, but I held up my hand. He halted. 

To her, I said, “I’ve been sipping the Foursight since I got here. You telling me you don’t want a taste?”

Her attention dropped to my lips again, and she grazed her teeth over hers. Fire sparked in her brown eyes. “I may want a taste of that wine. Later. For now I want the Lynmar.”

“It’s inferior.”

“It’s splendid.”

“The season was crap.”

“The season was hard, not crap.”

“The Foursight is a sure thing,” I said. She must have seen the heat in my gaze.

“I like the underdog,” she countered, a sultry note to her voice. “Finding a diamond in the rough. The vines that survived 2011 were stronger, and a few vintages shone. Like the Lynmar. Hints of spice. Creamy mouthfeel.” A quiet hum passed her lips.

Okay. The girl knew her wine, and my attraction to her spiked. With the haunts I’d been frequenting, and my bartending gig at Rudy’s Tavern, I hadn’t been around a woman like her in ages. No visible ink, her outfit more conservative than racy. Her straight brown hair would look sexy as hell tangled in my fist. “You sure you don’t want to skip to the mouthfeel part?”

She smiled freely, the first hint of her letting loose. “I’m still not sure how bitter the aftertaste will be.”

My answering grin was just as carefree. “I know how to make it sweet, Sunshine.”

She barely reacted, but her nostrils flared. “Then get me a glass of the Lynmar.”

“You’ll regret it.”

“I’m already regretting walking in here.”

I chuckled, unsure the last time flirting had been this much fun. “How about a bet?”

“I don’t bet with strangers.”

“But you have drinks with them?”

She paused. “What sort of bet?”

Between her rejection at Vesper and her stiff posture now, sitting beside me was probably pushing her beyond her limits. Limits I wanted to test. The women I’d messed around with weren’t tough to reel in. We were always after the same thing: a fun night between the sheets. The girl at my side was tipsy, but not so drunk she didn’t know what she was after. Something told me if I could unlace her, it would be lightyears beyond fun.

“You do a blind tasting of the Foursight and the Lynmar,” I said. “If you can’t tell them apart, then I buy you a glass of my choosing, and I get to taste it on your lips. At my place.”

“That escalated fast.” So did her breathing.

“Did you want this to go slow?”

Instead of turning me down, she said, “If I win…if I guess each wine, what do I get?”

“You tell me.”

“A winery?”

I barked out a laugh, but there was nothing funny about her joke. Two years ago, I’d have been able to ante up. “Might be out of my budget. Anything else?”

She looked at me through lowered lashes. “My place.”

Now we were getting somewhere.

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Kelly is the author of CHASING CRAZY, MY PERFECT MISTAKE, A FINE MESS, and HOOKED ON TROUBLE, the latter three being part of her Over the Top series. A small-town girl at heart, she moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.
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Release day: Sweet Reality by Laura Heffernan

Release Date: September 5, 2017

 

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SUGAR, SEA SALT, AND SHOW BIZ Jen Reid's life after walking off a reality show has been great--she's gone from being a broke twenty-four-year-old Seattleite with no love life and no job to the twenty-five-year-old who got the guy, moved to Miami, and is starting a bakery with her best friend. She thinks her showmance love might be about to propose. And with mouthwatering goodies based on everyone's favorite shows, her business, Sweet Reality, is destined for success. That is, until a killer competitor opens right across the street. If she's going to save Sweet Reality, Jen has to come up with a secret ingredient--like the recipe that won Totally 80s Bake-Off. Jen can get it--if she steps back into the spotlight. Soon she and her boyfriend are out to sea on a cruise ship full of reality stars, including her nemesis, Ariana; her lying, cheating ex; and some wicked producers looking to bring the drama. Separate cabins, "surprises" from her past, and scenarios tailor-made to spark fights are just the beginning. But with her self-respect, her business, and her future on the line, the fallout from this made-for-TV plotline will be all too real . . .

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Cover Reveal: Legs by Kelly Siskind

Title: Legs
Series: One Wild Wish #1
Author: Kelly Siskind
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: September 27, 2017
Running into your one-night stand is a special kind of awkward. Competing against him in a wine tasting contest is delicious torment…
On Rachel’s twenty-seventh birthday, she wishes to finally find a rewarding job. What she doesn’t wish is to drink a boatload of wine, sleep with a tattooed bad boy, and drunk email her boss in one glorious, career-ending move. But the fiasco pushes her to pursue a career inspired by her late father’s love of wine: sommelier. 
Unfortunately, she’s competing against her infuriating one-night stand, a man as intoxicating as a Pinot Noir.
Two years ago, Jimmy was set to inherit his family winery. Then it got ripped from his grasp. To close that dark chapter of his life, he plans to win a local sommelier contest and use the press to expose his family’s tainted wines. 
Jimmy loves studying the streaks of alcohol that cling to a wineglass, known as the wine’s “legs,” but other shapely legs are stealing his focus. Tantalizing legs. Legs that had wrapped around his waist for one wild night. Jimmy, sadly, has a weakness for legs. 
He also hates to lose.
LEGS is a full-length, standalone Smart, Sexy Romantic Comedy with a swoony Happily Ever After. No cheating or cliff-hangers here! Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren, Avery Flynn, Alice Clayton, Emma Chase, and Lauren Blakely.

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The last person I wanted to see walked into the restaurant, and I tensed. Her frantic gaze was forced to me, and the only three vacant seats. She searched the room in vain, the rounding of her spine a clue she wasn’t thrilled about her options. She looked out the way she came, squeezed her eyes, then squared her shoulders and marched toward me. Part of me—the lower half—wanted to pin her to the wall with my thighs while I hitched that proper little skirt higher. The other part hoped she’d wandered into the wrong place. Not because our night together had been bad, or the fact that she’d disappeared without a trace. No. The thing that had the tendons in my neck bunching was remembering how good it all was. Too good and too much fun, and I’d imagined rounds two and three and four ad nauseam. But rounds always ended in a knockout punch. This girl was nothing but trouble. She paused at the table, drew in a long breath, mumbled something as she exhaled, then glared at the seat beside me and the ones across. She chose beside, probably to face the room. The only reason we’d hooked up two weeks ago was because there were no names and no strings. She’d admitted how hard it would be for her to relax, how awkward she’d feel afterward. The relaxing part I took care of with one brush of my lips. The awkward was still alive and kicking. What went down between us couldn’t happen again. Distractions over the next two months weren’t an option, and repeat affairs led to feelings, and feelings led to promises, and promises were nothing but lies dressed up to seduce. Not an outcome I was keen to revisit. Still, I couldn’t ignore her anxiety, as long as she wasn’t here because of me. I leaned toward her. “You’re the last person I expected to see.” She squished her lithe body farther from mine. “Kind of coincidental, don’t you think? Did you follow me?” “I got here before you. If anyone is stalking, it’s you tailing me.” Indignation colored her cheeks. “I didn’t follow you. I saw a flyer and thought the contest looked interesting, but you obviously read it, too. If I’d known you’d be here”—aggravation laced her hushed tone—“I’d never have shown up.” Her harsh words had me fisting my hands, or maybe it was how tempting the line of her neck looked, that column of tanned skin shifting as she swallowed. But she was right: having a diversion wouldn’t help my plan. “Then we’re on the same page.” “Excuse me?” “Since we’re both here for the contest, we can pretend that night never happened.” Her face fell, but a beat later, she said, “Good,” nothing but ice in her voice. I followed with “Great.” She spat, “Fine.” So much for stamping out the awkward.
Kelly is the author of CHASING CRAZY, MY PERFECT MISTAKE, A FINE MESS, and HOOKED ON TROUBLE, the latter three being part of her Over the Top series. A small-town girl at heart, she moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.
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Cover Reveal: Steadfast by Michelle Hauck

I'm so excited to have Michelle Hauck on my blog today, talking about all things writing and sharing with us her new cover! It's phenomenal. She's an amazing person to know and follow in the publishing world, and I'm truly blessedto be one of those people.

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It all starts, of course, with getting hit with the writing bug. You have an idea for a story. You bravely sit down and write it. You learn that you don't know how to write quite yet and you begin to gather experience plucked from other writers farther down the road.  

A manuscript or four later your craft has improved enough to land an agent. Your brilliant story goes out to the scary land of editors and may or may not sell. But you persist. You write other stories if the first one fails. And eventually you make your first sale for, say, three books. 

Now you are faced with the scary fact that you need to write your first sequel and carry on a story line. You get the wonderful news that the characters you adore will live on. At the same time, you are full of anxiety that a sequel is a daunting thing and you've never tried one before. Bravely you forge forward and write a sequel that meets your editor's approval. 

A new first appears now that you conquered the other challenge. You now have to write the ending book of a series. You have to take all the characters and all the obstacles you created and bring them to, not just an end, but a highly exciting end. Once again you doubt your talent and ability. You plunge forward nonetheless. And you succeed.

Cover reveals. Release days. Publishers Marketplace announcements. All those days are great days, but they are blips on the actual journey. The true test is the challenge you meet everyday to go out and do what scares you because you might fail-- and see yourself instead succeed. 

So a cover reveal is not so much a celebration of art as it is a celebration of spirit. Another test passed. Another doubt proved groundless. A forging forward on the journey of you, whether you are a writer or something else. 

Proof I climb this mountain in the form of a third cover for my Birth of Saints series. Thank you for being a witness and may you climb your mountains. 

Do what scares you my friends and face those challenges.  

Against an angry god whose only desire is to wipe out all life, what hope is there to survive?

The army from the north has left a trail of burned and captured cities. In trying to stop them, Claire and Ramiro unleashed the northern god, Dal, but now they face two monstrosities and no amount of honor or hope can stop the killing as Dal grows in power.

Searching for a miracle, Claire finds the elders of the Women of the Song, who might teach her a thing or two about using her voice magic to fight back—if they can put aside their own problems first—while Ramiro searches for truth in his dreams, leading him to the northern priestess Santabe, the only one who could share her knowledge of Dal and the mysterious magical Diviners. 

Claire must unite the Women of the Song in the face of utter destruction, and Ramiro must decide how far he will go to get the answers he needs to defeat the rampaging god.


It will take nothing less than a saint to rise and face the leviathan before they all become martyrs. (unofficial blurb)

Steadfast releases December 5, 2017

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The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.

On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.

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A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.

Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?

On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.

What they find instead is an old woman.

But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.

A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.

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Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two college-going kids. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, Picture Book Party, and Sun versus Snow. Her Birth of Saints trilogy, starting with Grudging (November 17, 2015) and Faithful (November 15, 2016) and Steadfast (December 2017)  is published by Harper Voyager. Another epic fantasy, Kindar's Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing.

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A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything.

 

 

 

The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.

 

 

 

On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.

 

 

 

The Women of the Song.

 

 

 

But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power. And time is running out.

 

 

 

A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.

 

 

 

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Following Grudging--and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall--religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck's Birth of Saints series!

 

 

 

A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.

 

 

 

Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?

 

 

 

On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.

 

 

 

What they find instead is an old woman.

 

 

 

But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.

 

 

 

A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.

 

 

 

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Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two college-going kids. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, Picture Book Party, and Sun versus Snow. Her Birth of Saints trilogy, starting with Grudging (November 17, 2015) and Faithful (November 15, 2016) and Steadfast (December 2017)  is published by Harper Voyager. Another epic fantasy, Kindar's Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing.

 

 

 

Find her on twitter at @Michelle4Laughs or at her blog.

 

 

 

Meet Me Under the Starts by KD Proctor

Release Week Blitz! MEET ME UNDER THE STARS



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Author: KD Proctor
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: BookFish Books (www.bookfishbooks.com)
Cover Designer: Anita B. Carroll, Race-Point US (www.race-point.com)  

About the Book...

When ratings for her popular DIY show start to circle the drain after the sudden death of her sister, Charlotte “Charlie” Conti has only one mission—to plan a comeback. But her sister had other plans. As part of the will, Charlie must work with *him*  to create a memorial scholarship in her sister’s memory. The same *him*  Charlie fell in love with three years ago while working at a summer camp.

The same *him* she dumped to protect his heart.
Sexy British player, Nate Walsh, has sixty days to find a new job or he’ll be deported back to England where he’s no longer welcome. He doesn’t have time to work on a memorial scholarship with *her*. The same *her*  who shattered his heart without explanation or warning.
The same *her*  he’s never gotten over.
Unable to agree on a benefactor for the scholarship, Nate and Charlie challenge each other to a winner-takes-all competition. They both know the only way to win is to turn up the heat and tease one another with the one thing they both want: each other. But as sparks fly, their true feelings resurface. Nate and Charlie must decide if their love is worth the effort or if they'll allow their disastrous past mistakes to destroy their chance at forever.

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About the Author…

KD Proctor loved college so much that when it came time to graduate, she didn’t want to leave.  Trading in her textbooks for student handbooks and policy manuals, she began a career in College Student Personnel and she fulfilled her wish to stay on a college campus forever.  She always joked that one day she’d write a book about college students, never expecting that to come true!

KD lives in West Central, Minnesota with her husband and fur-kids.  She likes to write fun twists on the usual tropes that we all love. Her characters are smart, funny, and always swoony.  And yes. They always get their happily ever after.

Before being accepted for publication, MEET ME UNDER THE STARS (formerly titled IF YOU'RE EVER IN TOWN) was the 2016 YARWA winner for the New Adult category.

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2017 PitchWars Wishlist for Heather Van Fleet and Jessica Calla

I am so pumped to be mentoring for a second year in PitchWars, and even MORE excited because this time around I’ll be co-mentoring with the amazingly talented, Jessica Calla!

Neither Jess nor I were ever picked for PitchWars as mentees, so it’s extra fabulous that we’re in this thing together now, both as agented and published authors. With that being said, the two of us will be mentoring Adult and New Adult.

#TEAMAWESOME For the win. 

(This is our official team name, By the way)  

About Heather:

Hey, I'm Heather!

I'm a stay-at-home mom of three crazy girls, that are basically little nut cases, (Ha, kidding. Sort of...) and two pups, one big, one tiny, both of which have officially turned me into a crazy dog lady.

I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Chris, and this year we'll be celebrating 15 years of marital bliss. I live in northwestern Illinois, less than a mile from the Mississippi river. 

I’m represented by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary, and my adult contemporary romance series, Reckless Hearts (A Three Men and a Baby retelling, Alpha Marines style) is published through Sourcebooks Casablanca. Book one (Reckless Hearts) is available in bookstores now, while book two, (The Right Kind of Reckless) releases in November.

I love, Love, LOVE to read romance. At the age of twelve, I would sneak into the romance section of the library and finger through the metal shelving units for all things Harlequin books featuring men wearing suits with babies in their arms on the covers. Now, I'm lucky enough to stay at home and write those types of romance books as a career.

My favorite book series as of right now are The Hangmen Hades Series by Tillie Cole and The Dartmoor MC series by Lauran Gilley. (I’m HUGE fan of Motorcycle Club romances, HINT-HINT) My favorite standalone novel will likely always be Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire (because HELLO, Travis, anyone?) and, as of recently, A Boy Like You by Ginger Scott. Yes, this is upper YA, but the swoons in it are EPIC. (It’s also kind of/sort of a superhero romance. HINT-HINT again.)

I also adore watching romance movies. Dirty Dancing (the eighties version, not that horrific remake) is my favorite. I’m also a sucker for The Notebook, non HEA and everything.

About Jess:                       

Hi, I’m Jess.

During the day, I’m a lawyer in New Jersey. At night, I write Adult and New Adult contemporary romance. My first book, The Love Square, was published by Limitless Publishing in January of 2016. My New Adult series, the Sheridan Hall series, is published by BookFish Books and consists of She Laughs in Pink, She Runs Away, and She Wants it All. Heather content edited all three books, so I know from first-hand experience that she’s an awesome mentor. I’m represented by Inklings Literary Agency.

I love romance, any steam level, open door or closed door. My favorite new adult book of all time is Easy, by Tammara Webber. I love anything and everything by Nora Roberts and I’ve never not cried at the end of a Nick Sparks book. I love to cry. It’s weird. I know.

I have a million favorite movies, but Overboard comes to mind now. So wrong, but so right. I can also recite every line of Grease (and maybe even Grease 2, don’t judge), and if you mention the word “Titanic,” my eyes start to tear up in an automatic response. I’ve also been singing the Beauty and the Beast songs pretty much nonstop since seeing the movie a few weeks ago. 

Heather’s Experience:

- I worked as a content/developmental editor for a little over a year at BookFish Books and fell head over heels with my job. (This is actually where I met Jess! I was her editor as mentioned above.) It was an incredibly rewarding job, and I met some of the most amazing people and authors during my time there. But things happened personally for me last year, and I had to move on.

- Currently, I work as an agent assistant/foreign rights manager at Inklings Literary. It's the best job ever, and my ultimate goal is to, someday, become an agent. There is something crazy amazing about helping other authors out with their dreams, which is one of the draws to PitchWars for me. I was never a mentee, even had my heart broken over it twice after not getting picked, but things happen for a reason, I'm a firm believer in that, and I am completely okay with the outcome. :)

Jess’ Experience:

- I’ve been mentoring new authors for about a year now, as a beta reader and as a mentor in Twitter contests. People say my comments are constructive and helpful!

- I coordinate the New Jersey Romance Writers Put Your Heart in a Book Contest for unpublished writers. I’m active in NJRW, as well as in the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. I’ve had a lot of exposure to unpublished manuscripts, as well as to agents, editors, and successful authors.

- As an intern, I’ve read submissions for a small publisher, recommending whether to sign authors. I have experience with good and bad queries and pages, and know how to gain an agent or editor’s attention.

- I’m a lawyer and have been writing in that capacity for almost twenty years.

- I’m the mother of two special needs boys: Patience and encouragement are my specialties! Let me help you motivate and improve!

 What to expect if we pick you as our mentee:

- As your mentors, we will most definitely work with you on the big picture as far as your manuscript goes. This includes fixing plot holes, beefing up characters and their development throughout your manuscript, cutting the dreaded telling versus showing, pacing, and all the stuff that goes along with content/developmental edits. We will be your best friends, standing by you long after the contest is over, BUT we will also be the two people who push you the hardest.

- If we think your book needs an overhaul, we’re going to need a mentee who is not afraid to tackle that. You only get two months to make this baby shine, you must be willing to work hard and fast. If you're not willing to possibly kill your darlings, change your love interest, remove a point of view, or change an entire book from first person to third, or vise versa, then you might not want us as your mentors. We’re not saying this is something that HAS to happen, of course, but we will most definitely suggest it if need be. In the end, though, this is YOUR baby. We're only here to make it pretty, and guide you along the way with our knowledge.

- We will give you a lovely gushing editorial note with all our big thoughts and plans, then we will each go through your book (twice) doing both content/developmental edits and line edits.

- It will be hard. Grueling, even. Like we mentioned before, we’ll push you to your breaking point. You may think it's not possible, but it is. If you have the drive and time to make it happen, then we will do whatever we can to help you along the way. More than anything, we want you to walk away from this contest with a top-notch manuscript that’s ready to land you that dream agent.

What we want to see in ADULT and NEW ADULT submissions:

This is the part we’re most excited about. (And what you're probably most interested in knowing too, we're guessing.)

So without further ado, our wish list:

The bottom line is? We love all things romance and kissing. Unfortunately, we can't read manuscripts without it. Therefore any subs we receive MUST have romance of some sort in them.

Now, I'm sure some of you say: "Oh, but Heather and Jess, you two are missing out on so much by only wanting books with romance." No doubt we are. You're right. BUT, the truth of the matter is, we WRITE romance, we READ romance, it's only appropriate that we MENTOR books with romance, don't you think?

With that being said, we’re totally not picky about subgenre. (YAY!) Just as long as there is kissing. Some sexy stuff would be fan-tabulous too. Sex isn't necessary, BUT it will make us happy campers.

 Some specifics that we'd love to see are below.

Contemporary Romance: 

- Give us ALL the tropes in both NA and A.

1. Best friend's older brother

2. Brother's best friend

3. Friends to lovers

4. Next door neighbor

5. Enemies to lovers

6. Childhood friends to adult lovers

7.  Single dads or moms

8. Secret Babies

- Roommates turned lovers. (Heather's 2016 mentee had a roomate book and OMG. So much love for the roomie trope)

- GIVE US YOUR MOTORCYCLE CLUB ROMANCES. Please and thank you. (AKA GIVE US YOUR JAX!!!!)

- We'll take superhero stories with elements of romance too. (A Wonder Woman retelling, perhaps?)

- We’re also HUGE suckers for sports romances. Think Sawyer Bennett's Cold Fury series or Elle Kennedy's The Deal. Not just hockey, of course. Send us your FOOTBALL players, BASEBALL players, SOCCER players, RUGBY players, ULTIMATE FIGHTERS, etc. Grabby hands for all the NA or ADULT sports romance.

- We love alphas, especially the dirty talking kind. 

- If your hero is broody, grumpy, but has a heart of gold for his woman, then that is the book for us. 

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- Bring on the sweet/beta boys too, the kind that make us swoon and want to curl into ourselves with giddy smiles and happy hearts. You know the kind, right? The ones that turn us into to absolute mush.

- We want rockers and we want country boys. 

- We LOVE tattooed and non-tattooed bad boys. And boys with beards and scruff? YES. Bring it on. 

- We love a HEA most of the time, BUT if you have a woman’s fiction with VERY STRONG romantic elements in it, and the ending holds a sobby Nicholas Spark's book vibe, then we’ll read that baby. (Even if we hate you in the end for it.)  Basically, we're a sucker for angst, heartbreak, and books that make us ugly cry. In other words, we love to be torn into pieces. WRECK US!  

- Bring on the diverse women, especially! The ones who are not typically size six's. The type of women who don't feel as though they have to change to find the right man in their lives. All shapes, sizes, walks of life. BRING IT. We love our ladies as much (if not more) than our men.

- We want your dark romances. The kind that make us question our sanity for loving them. Dark thrillers, dark romantic suspense, dark romance in general.

- Your forbidden romances? GIVE US THOSE. ASAP.

- Give us your retellings! Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood, the likes of any retelling, as long as there is romance between those pages somewhere.

- We’ll read and swoon and get all sorts of giddy over BDSM and erotica romance too, but the characters HAVE to fall in love in the end.

- Give us your diverse love stories. PLEEEEEASE. (Think anything Megan Erickson.)

- And finally, if you make us laugh with your words, we will love you forever.

 

Fantasy with VERY strong romantic elements

- We love fantasy. Think, A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet. It’s swoony with a kick butt heroine and one sexy hero. We loved it. 

- We'd totally be down for a unique time travel romance. Vikings/Outlanders all that good stuff, just as long as it doesn't completely take place in history. We're not huge history buffs. (Though there is a first time for everything.)  

 

Paranormal Romance & Urban fantasy romance

- Who says these are dead? Not Jess and I. GIVE us your shifters, especially. Your alpha or beta wolf, bear, tiger, etc. Think Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thompson series or Molly Harpers Naked Werewolf series.

 

♥ Sci-Fi with VERY strong romantic elements ♥

- Sexy alien guys are HOT. Seriously. Think an Adult or NA-aged Daemon Black from Jennifer Armentrout's Obsidian. 

- Anything that has a Laurann Dohner or Eve Langlais. (Sexy Cyborgs, alien mates? Yes, please)      

- You got a romance that takes place in space or on a spaceship or on another planet? Sure, we’ll give it a try, just as long as it’s romance based in the end.

 

♥ Apocalyptic/Post-apocalyptic/Futuristic/Dystopian with VERY strong romantic elements ♥

*WARNING*

The two of us have an unhealthy obsession with The Walking Dead. So beware, future mentee. You MUST be ready to deal with our TWD fan-girling.

Don't worry though. If you hate this show, or have never watched it, or cared to watch it, we'll still love you. xoxo

#Richonne Forever 

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#PerfectDirtyDaryl

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Here's the thing about this genre... we believe there is a place out there for every book, as long as it's well written with a good voice and an equally intriguing and unique plot.

So, if you have an Adult or NA dystopian, post-apocalyptic, or apocalyptic story that is romance centric then send it to us. We adore these types of stories. Like, an adult or NA version of The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole, perhaps, or a very sexy TWD like story that blows us away.

Things we DON'T want to see in our submissions:

- No vampires, please. There is absolutely nothing wrong with them, other than the fact that we’ve read too many and got majorly burned out.

- We're not into Regency Romances, sadly.

- If we have to wait until the very end of your book for the kissing to happen, it might not be our thing. 

 *FINAL NOTE*

If you send us something that has no romance in it at all, then we likely won't even read it. So PLEASE do yourself a favor and don't send us something non-romance related because you think it will change our minds. We'd hate for you to miss out on an opportunity to be picked by a mentor that does want to read books with no romance.

So, there you have it, our wants for a dream mentee's book, all wrapped up into one long post.

In the end, like agents, us mentors look for voice first and for most. Something we can connect to. Something that makes us want to weep with joy and hug and kiss (and from what I remember) even lick the pages of your manuscript. When it's all said and done, we will pick the manuscript we fall in love with and can feel ourselves helping the most. In fact, it may have nothing to do with the things we mentioned above. 

If you want to chat more with us, or have questions, or just want to find out how awesome we are (HA) then follow us on Twitter.  @HLVanFleet  @Jess_Calla

 

To view the other mentors for NA and/or A, hop on over to their links below.

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Cover Reveal: Loving Kalvin (The Kennedy Boys #4)

Today is the cover and blurb reveal for Loving Kalvin by Siobhan Davis! This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours.

Loving KalvinLoving Kalvin (The Kennedy Boys #4)
By Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: upper Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: July 2017

Blurb:
A second-chance romance from USA Today bestseller Siobhan Davis. Standalone with HEA and no cliffhanger.

Lana
I knew it would end in disaster, but I didn’t listen to reason. I didn’t care. Because I loved him so much.

Kalvin Kennedy ruled my heart.

Until he destroyed it.

Shattered it so completely that I became someone else. Someone I loathed. Someone who repeatedly lied to her loved ones.

So, I ran.

From him. From myself. Desperate to hide my new reality.

But I could only run so far.

When he reappears in my life, I’m terrified. Unbelievably scared of facing the consequences of my actions.

Never mind that I still love him and want him so badly—there’s too much at stake now.

How can I trust him with the biggest secret of all when he’s likely to rip my world apart again?

Kalvin
Lana was always far too good for me. Everyone knew it but her.

I tried to stay away, but I was weak.

And I hurt her.

Crushed her until she barely resembled herself. Forced her to follow a path she would never have willingly chosen.

And then she was gone.

And my world has never felt as empty, as lonely.

She begged me to stay away. Not to find her. To forget she ever existed.

But that’s like asking me to slice my heart in two and toss half aside.

I’ve never believed in fate, but when I rock up to the University of Florida, I’m ready to eat my words.

Because she’s here. Like I hoped she would be. And I’m determined to prove I deserve a second chance.


You can find Loving Kalvin on Goodreads.

You can pre-order Loving Kalvin exclusively on Amazon
It will be available to read with Kindle Unlimited once released.

Previous books in this series
Finding KylerLosing KylerKeeping Kyler

The first three books have to be read in order. The books after that can be read as a standalone and have a HEA and no cliffhanger. The Kennedy Boys series is free to read in Kindle Unlimited and book one Finding Kyler is currently available for only 0.99$ on Amazon

SiobhanAbout the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the international bestselling True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find and contact Siobhan here:
- Website
- Blog
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Google +
- Instagram
- Goodreads
- Amazon
- Kennedy Boys Newsletter

#SummerFling Facebook Hop

Get ready for a hot Summer with the #SUMMERFLING Facebook Hop Giveaway. The Giveaway will take place between 15th to 25th May and will feature the following Authors, Blogs, Groups and Pages;

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  • All entrants must be 18 years or older to participate in the #SUMMERFLING Giveaway

  • Winners will be chosen by each host randomly

  • MammieBabbie and Book Lovers United are not responsible for prizes lost or damaged in shipping or for prizes from other hosts.

  • Each host is responsible for their own giveaway prize and should be contacted accordingly if any issues arise.

  • Winners will be tagged in respective giveaway post or/ and contacted by respective hosts.

  • All prizes are set in writing and cannot/will not be altered in any way. If you do not want the prize you are selected to win, you have the option to refuse said prize. It is up to the discretion of the host whether a substitute will be given in place, but is not guaranteed.

  • No purchase necessary.

  • No cash alternative for any prizes.

For my giveaway, I am gifting Kindle or Nook ebook copies of FOUR Books. The other are as follows:

Reckless Hearts by ME :)

Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders

Beautiful Crazy by Kasey Lane

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet.

Cover Reveal: Meet Me Under the Stars by KD Proctor

Long, long ago, when I was an editor through Book Fish Books, I remember reading this book and falling so head over heels with it that it wasn't even funny! The swoon, the sexy, the humor and more... This is definitely an NA that you won't want to miss. And this cover??? Holy perfection. I love it!

Cover Reveal: MEET ME UNDER THE STARS
Author: KD Proctor
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: BookFish Books (www.bookfishbooks.com) 
Cover Designer: Anita B. Carroll, Race-Point US (www.race-point.com) 

Back Cover Blurb

When ratings for her popular DIY show start to circle the drain after the sudden death of her sister, Charlotte “Charlie” Conti has only one mission—to plan a comeback. But her sister had other plans. As part of the will, Charlie must work with *him*  to create a memorial scholarship in her sister’s memory. The same *him*  Charlie fell in love with three years ago while working at a summer camp.

The same *him* she dumped to protect his heart.

Sexy British player, Nate Walsh, has sixty days to find a new job or he’ll be deported back to England where he’s no longer welcome. He doesn’t have time to work on a memorial scholarship with *her*. The same *her*  who shattered his heart without explanation or warning.

The same *her*  he’s never gotten over.

Unable to agree on a benefactor for the scholarship, Nate and Charlie challenge each other to a winner-takes-all competition. They both know the only way to win is to turn up the heat and tease one another with the one thing they both want: each other. But as sparks fly, their true feelings resurface. Nate and Charlie must decide if their love is worth the effort or if they'll allow their disastrous past mistakes to destroy their chance at forever.

 

Bio

KD Proctor loved college so much that when it came time to graduate, she didn’t want to leave.  Trading in her textbooks for student handbooks and policy manuals, she began a career in College Student Personnel and she fulfilled her wish to stay on a college campus forever.  She always joked that one day she’d write a book about college students, never expecting that to come true!

KD lives in West Central, Minnesota with her husband and fur-kids.  She likes to write fun twists on the usual tropes that we all love. Her characters are smart, funny, and always swoony.  And yes. They always get their happily ever after. 

Before being accepted for publication, MEET ME UNDER THE STARS (formerly titled IF YOU'RE EVER IN TOWN) was the 2016 YARWA winner for the New Adult category. 

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Find KD here:

Website:  http://www.kdproctor.com

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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/kdpwrites

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Blitz: Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blitz runs from 3 till 7 April. You can see the tour schedule here.

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Losing KylerLosing Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #2)
by Siobhan Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Upper Young Adult
Release Date: 27 March, 2017

Blurb:
Condemned to repeat the sins of the past…

Faye thought losing her parents was the most devastating thing to happen to her, but she was wrong. Her uncle’s scandalous revelation has sent her into a tailspin, leaving her questioning her entire existence.

Everything she believed is built on a lie.

And the one person she shares a passionate, soul-deep connection with can’t be there for her.

Faye and Ky can’t be together. It’s forbidden. Though they are determined to avoid replicating their parents’ mistakes, caving to their feelings is as tempting as the apple in the Garden of Eden.

Ky had sworn off girls until Faye bulldozed her way into his life. Now, she’s his whole world, and their forced separation is crushing him. Once his manipulative ex resurfaces—hellbent on ruining the Kennedys—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones including turning his back on the one person he can’t live without.

Then tragedy strikes and all bets are off.

But is it too late?

When Faye needs him and he isn’t there for her, guilt and hurt threaten to obliterate their love. As they start to rebuild their fractured hearts, another sordid family secret is uncovered, and Faye worries Ky may be lost to her forever.

But can you truly lose someone if they don’t want to be found?

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You can buy Losing Kyler for only $0.99 on Amazon

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Early praise for Losing Kyler

“Loved the drama … and the romance pulls you in all sorts of directions. Next book please!” Literary Dust

“Jam packed full of twists, turns, and revelations. I can’t wait for book three!” Danielle. Goodreads Reviewer

“Wow, wow, wow - best book yet!!! I have no idea how I’m supposed to wait for book 3!” Sinead. Goodreads Reviewer

“Non-stop action, drama, and a revelation you will not see coming. I hung onto every word of this book, devouring it…” Stuck Between Pages

“Amazing. Read this in one sitting. I had such a blast with this book.” Meghann. Goodreads Reviewer

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Start this series with Finding Kyler!
Finding Kyler
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.


Finding Kyler is the first book in the Kennedy Boys series! You can add Finding Kyler to your to-read list on Goodreads
Buy your copy of Finding Kyler on Amazon for only $0.99!

Pre-order Keeping Kyler!
Keeping Kyler

Keeping Kyler is the third book in the Kennedy Boys series.
You can find Keeping Kyler on Goodreads
You can pre-order Keeping Kyler on Amazon


SiobhanAbout the Author:
Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult and new adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the Amazon International Bestselling True Calling, Saven, and Kennedy Boys series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.

You can find and contact Siobhan here:
- Website
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- Goodreads
- Amazon
- Kennedy Boys Newsletter

Giveaway
There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Losing Kyler. These are the prizes you can win:
- One signed paperback of Finding Kyler
- one $10 Amazon Gift Card

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Release Day: The Hard Truth About Sunshine

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New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett has written her most gripping and poignant tale yet. Provocatively heart-breaking, audaciously irreverent and romantically fulfilling, The Hard Truth About Sunshine exposes just how very thin the line is between a full life and an empty existence. Despite having narrowly escaped death's clutches, Christopher Barlow is grateful for nothing. His capacity to love has been crushed. He hates everyone and everything, completely unable to see past the gray stain of misery that coats his perception of the world. It's only after he involuntarily joins a band of depressed misfits who are struggling to overcome their own problems, does Christopher start to re-evaluate his lot in life. What could they possibly learn from one another? How could they possibly help each other to heal? And the question that Christopher asks himself over and over again... can he learn to love again? He's about to find out as he embarks upon a cross country trip with a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who can't decide whether she wants to live or die. Four people with nothing in common but their destination. They will encounter adventure, thrills, loss and love. And within their travels they will learn the greatest lesson of all. The hard truth about sunshine... Warning: This book deals with some tough issues including suicide and sexual abuse.

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          LaurenBlakelyQuote THTAS Teaser #7     AuthorPhotoSince the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two. WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | BOOKBUB | AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE | INSTAGRAM

New Release Tuesday!

There are sooooo many great books out today that I can't keep up on social media. So instead, I thought I'd blog about them. It's also easier to see each one on one page rather than go hunting for them. 

So without further ado, here you go!

 

Beautiful Mess by Kasey Lane:

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Stealing Mr. Right by Tamara Morgan

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America's Next Reality Star by Laura Heffernan

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Long Road Home by Marie Meyer

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Each Our Own Devil by Joel Bain

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So, my wallet is screaming at me officially, but... WHO CARES? They're books. And books are life, obviously. Enjoy!

 

Cover Reveal: Token (Daring the Kane Brothers)

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Book Title: Token (Daring The Kane Brothers)

Author: Kelly Gendron  @kelgendron

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 21, 2017

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions  @bookenthupromo

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#Synopsis:

I DARE YOU TO SAVE ME…

Retired boxer, TOKEN KANE is comfortable on a motorcycle but little does this Irish rogue know that the next Harley he picks up will give him the ride of his life.

One week out of the year, HARLEY REDBOURNE puts away her good-girl and completely let’s go. It’s around the same time that her dark past resurfaces.

But this year is different, when it’s time to put her past away, the darkness wants to stay.

 

#MeettheAuthor

Kelly Gendron is the author of the TroubleMaker series, Breaking the Declan Brothers and a few other romantic suspense novels. When she's not writing steamy, blush producing romances, she's out meeting new people while representing a group of reputable nursing facilities. You can find Kelly in a quiet suburb, somewhere between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. If you Google her, she’ll pop up there too. And, please do find her, Kelly loves to hear from her readers, and meeting new people.

 

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Single Malt by Layla Reyne (First Look!!)

 

 

 

SINGLE MALT (Agents Irish & Whiskey)

by Layla Reyne

The heart’s a resilient beast…

 Widower Aidan Talley refuses to love again. Enter handsome younger cyberagent, Jameson Walker. As they investigate cybercrimes and his late husband’s murder, Aidan falls hard for Jamie, putting their jobs, lives and hearts on the line. SINGLE MALT is perfect for fans of Mr. & Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon and the Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban.

Advanced praise for Single Malt:

A sexy, action-packed read that had me wanting the next book! --HelenKay Dimon, author of Mr. & Mr. Smith

With sharp writing, compelling characters, and an engaging plot, Single Malt is the M/M romantic suspense series I've been waiting for. - Santino Hassell, award-winning author of the FIVE BOROUGHS series

 Follow the First Look Celebration on January 26th! One grand prize winners will receive a $25 digital gift card for Amazon (Open US & Internationally).

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About SINGLE MALT:

Title: Single Malt

Author: Layla Reyne

Series: Agents Irish & Whiskey

Genre: M/M Romantic Suspense

Release Date: February 27, 2017

Publisher: Carina Press

Synopsis:

Eight months after the car crash that changed everything, FBI agent Aidan Talley is back at work. New department, new case and a new partner. Smart, athletic and handsome, Jameson Walker is twelve years his junior. Even if Aidan was ready to move on—and he's not—Jamie is off-limits.

Jamie's lusted after Aidan for three years, and the chance to work with San Francisco's top agent directly is too good to pass up. Aidan is prickly—to put it mildly—but a growing cyber threat soon proves Jamie's skills invaluable.  

Jamie's talents paint a target on his back, and Aidan is determined to protect him. But with hack after hack threatening a high-security bio-containment facility, time is running out to thwart a deadly terrorist attack. They'll have to filter out distractions, on the case and in their partnership, to identify the real enemy, solve the case and save thousands of lives, including their own.

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Excerpt from SINGLE MALT

There was a scraping sound and when next Walker spoke, he was closer, his hot breath coasting across Aidan’s neck. “Why don’t you show me some of these dance moves?”

Aidan whipped his head around, bringing them nose-to-nose. “Don’t be ridiculous.”

“I’m serious.” Walker grinned, the temptation and levity in his bright blue eyes chasing away the sorrow of the day, of the past eight months. “Impress me,” he said, using Aidan’s own words against him.

“Whiskey,” he warned, low and tight, fighting his instincts.

“Come on, it’s just us here.”

Glancing over his shoulder, Aidan confirmed the other couple was gone, Roy was nowhere to be seen, and the only two waiters left sat folding napkins in the private room.

Walker, standing between their stools, inched closer and laid his hand over Aidan’s again. “Dance with me, Talley.”

Hooked, the offered comfort reeled Aidan in. Tugging his hand, Walker pulled him off the stool and into his arms. As they swayed gently to the music, it wasn’t dancing with Isabella Aidan remembered but dancing with Gabe after their wedding. Held in Walker’s arms, knowing what he did now about his partner’s orientation, Aidan allowed himself to notice the physical similarities between Walker and his husband. Both accomplished athletes, they were bigger and stronger than him, larger in height and mass. He liked being surrounded in a bigger man’s warmth. He also liked dominating that when he had a mind to. And Walker was one hell of a specimen.

Relaxing into the embrace, Aidan coasted the hand not in Walker’s up his cut biceps, over his broad shoulder, and around to his back where rock-hard delts stood out beneath the rough chambray. Closing the inches between them, he pressed his chest to Walker’s and bit back a moan at finding the front of him as warm and firm as the back.

Walker dipped his chin, his stubbled jaw nuzzling Aidan’s temple. “Something tells me this isn’t how you danced with Isabella.”

“No, it’s not.” He breathed deep, fighting not to melt into his partner’s embrace. Everything about the moment enticed him to bury his face in Walker’s neck and let go—that deep molasses voice, the tempting cologne, a warm embrace after months of cold loneliness.

Coming May 1, 2017 - CASK STRENGTH (Agents Irish & Whiskey):

Professionally, the FBI team of Aidan "Irish" Talley and Jameson "Whiskey" Walker is as good as it gets, closing cases faster than any team at the Bureau. Personally, it’s a different story. Aidan’s feelings for Jamie scare the hell out of him: he won’t risk losing another love no matter how heart-tripping the intimacy between them. And loss is a grim reality with the terrorist Renaud still on their trail, leaving a pile of bodies in his wake.

Going undercover on a new case gets them out of town and off the killer's radar. They're assigned to investigate an identity theft ring involving a college basketball team in Jamie's home state, where Jamie's past makes him perfect for the role of coach. But returning to the court brings more than old memories.

As secrets and shocking betrayals abound, none may be more dangerous than the one Jamie’s been keeping: a secret about the death of Aidan’s husband that could blow his partner's world apart and destroy forever the fragile bonds of trust and love building between them.

Preorder now: Amazon | iTunes | Kobo | Google Play

 

 

About Layla Reyne:

2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist, Layla Reyne, was raised in North Carolina but now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs. You can find her online at http://www.laylareyne.com/.                                                                         

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Release Day Blitz: Hooked on Trouble by Kelly Siskind

I am SO excited to be hosting my dear friend, Kelly Siskind today as she celebrates the release of the last book in her Over the Top series. Hooked on Trouble is an AH-Mazing book that will suck you in like no other. If you haven't read any of the books in this series, then you are seriously missing out. 

 

Reality bites.  Hard.

The last time Raven did “real” was sixteen months ago, when she spent one unforgettable night with the tattooed, impossible sexy Nico, and then he disappeared the next day.  Since then, she’s kept her guard up and her feelings to herself.  She doesn’t have time for relationship drama when she’s busy searching for her long lost sister.

Nico hasn’t stopped thinking about Raven—her sultry curves, inked skin, or the fact that he ditched her after their night together.  Now that they’re living in the same city, he knows this is his chance to make things right.  What better way to prove to Raven he’s for real than helping her find her sister?  But when the lines between right and wrong start to blur, putting his job on the line, Nico has to decide if the risk is worth the ultimate reward.

 

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A small-town girl at heart, Kelly Siskind moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario, Canada.  When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. 

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings—Gummy Bears heal all.  She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

 

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Spotlight: Faithful by Michelle Hauck

The next volume in the Birth of Saints series is available now!

 

Following Grudging--and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall--religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck's Birth of Saints series!

A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.

Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?

On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.

What they find instead is an old woman.

But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.

A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.

Faithful- November 15, 2016

Harper Voyager

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A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything.

The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.

On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.

The Women of the Song.

But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power. And time is running out.

A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.

GRUDGING

November 17, 2015

Harper Voyager

 

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 Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two kids in college. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.

She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow.


Her Birth of Saints trilogy, starting with Grudging and Faithful (November 15, 2016), is available from Harper Voyager. Another epic fantasy, Kindar's Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. She's repped by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary.

 

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Release Day Blitz: Overexposed by Megan Erickson

 

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OVEREXPOSED BY MEGAN ERICKSON

BOOK 4 in the IN FOCUS SERIES

 

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Love runs wild on the Appalachian Trail…

Levi Grainger needs a break. As a reality show star, he’s had enough of the spotlight and being edited into a walking stereotype. When he returns home after the last season of Trip League, he expects to spend time with his family, only to learn his sister is coming back from her deployment in a flag-draped casket. Devastated, Levi decides the best way to grieve will be to go off grid and hike the Appalachian Trail—a trip he’d planned to do with his sister.

His solitary existence on the trail is interrupted when he meets Thad, a quiet man with a hard body and intense eyes. Their connection is stronger than anything Levi has ever experienced. But when Levi discovers the truth about what Thad is hiking to escape, their future together looks uncertain, and uncertainty is the last thing Levi needs…

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EXCERPT

For a moment, we locked eyes, and the air between us crackled with the promise of what could come next if we let it. I didn’t breathe—didn’t move—because this rubber band tugging at us could snap any minute, and I had no idea which way it would go. Thad’s jaw clenched, then his hand shot out and gripped the side of my head. I sucked in a breath as

he pulled me toward him. The heat of his palm seared my scalp as he closed the distance until our mouths were inches away. The tent was filled with panted breaths, pounding hearts, and every cell in my body was screaming want want want.

I licked my lips, the very tip of my tongue brushing his, and that was the last encouragement he needed, because then Thad slammed his mouth onto mine. His body crashed along with it, so my back slammed onto the ground and Thad landed on top.

But I didn’t care about any of that, because Thad was devouring me. His mouth moved against mine, opening me up, demanding to be let in, and I obliged. Thad swept his tongue inside, kissing me like he couldn’t get enough, would never get enough, like kissing me was better than breathing.

Kissing Thad was better than breathing.

I held on as best as I could, clutching his broad shoulders, the muscles shifting beneath his skin. With his knees, he spread my legs and slotted himself between them, grinding his hard cock against mine.

It was a frenzy of tongues and lips and saliva and good, hard, need-you-now kind of sex. Thad broke the kiss to suck hard on the skin along my jaw, and I arched beneath him as he hit the spot below my ear that always got me going.

My cock was achingly hard, my balls already drawn up tight, but I needed something more. Thad’s hands fumbled between us until my boxers were shoved down. A fist wrapped around both of our cocks and began stroking them together.

My brain short-circuited, my lungs screamed for air as I gasped at the firm grip. Thad wasn’t fucking around. This was down and dirty and about getting off on each other.

My hips churned with each stroke of Thad’s hand; his hip bones dug into my inner thighs as each stroke shoved my legs further apart. I had no time to imagine what we looked like, what we sounded like, because Thad bit down on my shoulder, hard, and I came like a fucking rocket. I couldn’t even cry out, as I pulsed soundlessly in his hand. His hips froze on one more powerful thrust, sending my head smashing into the side of the tent, and then he let out one small groan against my skin.

I squeezed my eyes shut, relinquishing my grip on Thad’s shoulders, belatedly noticing my nails had etched crescent-shaped marks in his flesh.

He rose off of me slowly, his eyes skittering away, not meeting mine. He grabbed my pack of wipes, and cleaned himself, then me, wordlessly. I bit my lip, unsure what to say. What did one say when they were dry-humped in the middle of the night by a man who spoke in sentence fragments?

Nothing apparently. Because Thad rose, pulled on a pair of pants and a shirt, and with one last look at me, left the tent.

Without a word.

Cover Reveal: Infinity by Jus Accardo

I am SUPER excited to share the cover for book one in Jus Accardo's new series coming from Entangled. Not only is this cover amazing, but the book itself sounds sooooo fantastic.  

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Jump dimensions. Save the world. Don’t fall in love.

Nobody said being the daughter of an army general was easy. But when her dad sends a teenage subordinate to babysit her while he’s away? That's taking it a step too far.

Cade, as beautiful as he is deadly, watches Kori with more than just interest. He looks at her like he knows her very soul. And when he saves her from a seemingly random attack, well, that’s when things get weird.

Turns out, Kori's dad isn’t just an army general—he’s the head of a secret government project that has invented a way to travel between parallel dimensions. Dimensions where there are infinite Koris, infinite Cades…and apparently, on every other Earth, they’re madly in love.

Falling for a soldier is the last thing on Kori’s mind. Especially when she finds herself in a deadly crossfire, and someone from another Earth is hell-bent on revenge…

Add to Goodreads today:

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About Jus:

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

I'm a 2016 PitchWars mentor!

So, this is really and truly happening. Little old me is an actual Pitchwars mentor. The girl who entered two years straight (with no success at getting picked by a mentor) has done a complete one-eighty and jumped to the other side, and I am just so happy to be here. 

With that being said, I'll officially be m1entoring New Adult and Adult.

About me: 

I'm Heather! (obviously) A stay-at-home mom of three feisty little girls that are basically proteges of their father. I am also married to said father (aka my high school sweetheart) and this year we'll be celebrating 14 years of marital bliss. I live in northwestern Illinois right alongside the Mighty Mississippi River, in the same neighborhood I grew up in as a kid.

I love to read romance, (My favorite romance book of all times is Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire) I love romance movies, (Dirty Dancing and The Notebook will always be my faves) and last, but certainly not least, I love to WRITE romance novels. (YA, NA, but most of all, adult) 

Some fun, useless facts about me are as follows:

1. I have a Netflix addiction that rivals my addiction to coffee (and soda pop) and am currently binging on season six of Pretty Little Liars, thanks to my 12 year old daughter.

2. I love to sing in the shower, the car, and pretty much any place that's publicly acceptable. When there is karaoke, there is Heather.

3. I love to watch rugby (my hubby played for five years on an intramural team. Plus, men in rugby shorts are delicious. I mean...look at those thighs.)

God bless Buzzfeed for providing me with this picture. 

God bless Buzzfeed for providing me with this picture. 

4. I'm a Chipotle Queen. In other words, I eat there at least 2 times a week.  

5. I have a huge addiction to Salt and Vinegar chips paired with Mountain Dew.

6. I love to snuggle with my ginormous Goldendoodle. (as seen below.) Walking him on the other hand? Yeah, that's just not possible.

Okay, fine. So, when I say snuggle with my dog, I mean, get mauled by him more or less.

Okay, fine. So, when I say snuggle with my dog, I mean, get mauled by him more or less.

8. NOW, the most important thing you'll need to remember about me? I'm a certifiable Walking Dead lover. Like, seriously. If there was ever such a thing as TWD Rehab, I would likely need it.

It's a disease really. A sickness I never want to be healed from. For real. I am an Abraham fanatic through and through, and Daryl, with his unmanageable, greasy hair, makes my heart race like no other.

Writing Credentials:

- I wrote my first book seven years ago, and haven't been able to stop putting my fingers to the keyboard since.

- I've been published by several small houses, but decided a couple of years back that I needed the guidance of an agent after three bad experiences in the publishing world. 

- Needless to say I went hunting for my literary soulmate and (after lots of ups and downs in the query trenches) I signed with the amazing Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary in August, 2015. (Best. Agent. Ever.)

- Stacey guided me through the world of submissions and after many revisions and words, I signed a contract with Sourcebooks Casablanca to publish a three book series that is basically Three Alpha Men and a Baby. Book one releases February 7th, 2017. (Squee!)

My experience:

- I worked as a content editor for a year under BookFish Books and fell head over heels with my job. It was rewarding and I met some of the most amazing people and authors during my time there. Sadly, I did not have enough hours in the day to commit to it and my writing, so I had to step away. 

- I was a Ficfest mentor this year. It's a writing contest kind of like PitchWars in the sense that I worked with a mentee to help her shape up her book for an agent round. It was an amazing experience and I gained an even more amazing friend because of it.

What to expect if I pick you as my mentee:

- As an editor, I was all about the CONTENT of a book. As your MENTOR, I'd be the same way. I work on the big picture as far as a manuscript goes and have an affinity with fixing plot holes, working on helping you with character development, telling versus showing, pacing, and all the stuff that goes along with content. I will be your friend, laugh with you, swoon with you, giggle with you, and be there for you long after a contest. BUT I will also be the person who pushes you the hardest at the same time. 

- If I think your book needs a major overhaul, I'm going to need a mentee who is NOT afraid to do just that. If you're not willing to possibly kill your darlings, change your love interest, or remove a point of view even, then you might not want me as your mentor. I'm not saying I will do that, (I'm not INTENTIONALLY cruel, ladies and gents) but if I think your book needs it, I will suggest it happens.

- I will also give you a lovely gushing editorial note with all my big thoughts and plans, then I will go through two rounds of edits with you in the end. It will be hard. Like I said, I WILL push you, but at the same time, I will make sure that your entry is in top notch condition.

What I want to see in ADULT and NEW ADULT submissions:

This is the part I am most excited about. (And what I'm sure you're most interested in knowing too.)

Have a look at my GIFS for clues. 

Do you get me yet? :)

The bottom line is? I HAVE to have romance and kissing in the books I read. And, unfortunately, I can't read without it. Therefore any subs I received MUST have romance of some sort in them. 

Now, I'm sure some of you say: "Oh, but Heather, you are missing out on so much by only wanting books with romance." Yes. No doubt I am. You're right. BUT, the truth of the matter is, I WRITE romance, I READ romance, it's only appropriate that I MENTOR romance, don't you think?

With that being said, I'm totally not picky at all about sub genre. (YAY!) Just as long as there is kissing. And some sexy stuff would be fan-tabulous too. Sex isn't necessary in a book, BUT it will make me a happy camper. *wink wink*

 Some specifics that I'd love to see are below.

Contemporary Romance:  

- Give me ALL the tropes.

1. Best friend's older brother

2. Brother's best friend

3. Friends to lovers

4. Next door neighbor

5. Enemies to lovers

6. Childhood friends to adult lovers

7.  Single dads or moms.

- You name the trope, I am a sucker for it. 

GIVE ME YOUR MOTORCYCLE CLUB ROMANCES. Think Tillie Cole's It Ain't Me, Babe. I would absolutely DIE A MILLION DEATHS for an MC book. Please. Pretty PLEEEEEASE. 

- I also am a HUGE sucker for sports romances. Think Sawyer Bennett's Cold Fury series or Elle Kennedy's The Deal. Not just hockey, of course. Send me your FOOTBALL players, BASEBALL players, SOCCER players, RUGBY players, ULTIMATE FIGHTERS, etc. Grabby hands for all the NA or ADULT sports romance.

- I love alphas, especially the dirty talking kind. (FOR REAL. I NEED DIRTY TALKING, ALPHAS IN MY LIFE.) 

- If YOUR HERO IS broody, grumpy, but has a heart of gold for his woman, then that is the book for me.  

- I LOVE ROCKERS. I love COUNTRY BOYS. 

- I LOVE TATTOOED BAD BOYS. I LOVE NON-TATTOOED BAD BOYS. I love bearded bad boys. I love ALL the bad boys. (And the good boys too. I like them lots.) 

- I love a HEA most of the time, but if you have a WOMAN'S FICTION with VERY STRONG romantic elements in it, but the ending holds a Me Before You vibe or any sad Nicholas Spark's book vibe, then I'd read the HECK out of it.

- I love angst. I love heartbreak. I love to be torn to shreds. Call me a masochist, but if you make me feel like I want to crawl in a hole and weep for years after reading your story, then I will jump through hoops for it.

- I want your dark romances. The kind that make me question my sanity, but I can't stop reading them at the same time.

- Your forbidden romances? Gimme those too. Teacher/Student? Yes. Totally. Stepbrother romances? Sure, I'll give it a try too, just as long as it's different than what's out there right now. 

- I LOVE BDSM and erotica romance too, but the characters have to fall in luuuurve, bottom line. 

- Give me your diverse love stories. PLEEEEEEEEASE! M/M/ F/F, POC, it doesn't matter. I WANT IT ALL.

- Got a romantic suspense? I'll run miles and miles for those. 

- I Love heroines of all shapes and sizes. With loud attitudes or quiet sass. She can be flawed, unlikable even, BUT she must be redeemable.

♥ Fantasy with VERY strong romantic elements ♥

- I love fantasy. I Just finished ready A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet and it's an adult romantic fantasy that's just soooooooo swoony. Give me swoony fantasy. 

- I do love world building, but I am also more of a fan of character driven stories. Basically, if you have a fantasy piece that holds contemporary elements, then I am yours.


♥ Paranormal Romance ♥

- Who says paranormal is dead? Not me. GIVE me your shifters, especially. Your alpha wolf, bear, tiger, etc.

- I MIGHT love a good witch or warlock story too, just as long as there are new twists added. 


♥SciFi with VERY strong romantic elements ♥

- Um, hello? Sexy alien boys anyone? I LOVE otherworldly stories like those. Think an Adult or NA-aged Daemon Black from Jennifer Armentrout's Obsidian. Yes, please, and thank you, I'll swipe those right up.

- You got a romance that takes place in space or on a spaceship or on another planet? Sure, I'll give it a try.


♥Apocalyptic/Post apocalyptic/Futuristic/Dystopian with VERY strong romantic elements ♥

Here's the thing about this genre... I truly believe there is a place out there for every book, as long as it's well written with a good voice and an equally as intriguing plot.

So, if you have an Adult or NA dystopian, post apocalyptic. or apocalyptic story that has romance in it, then by all means, send. It. To. Me! I adore these types of stories. Like, say, an adult or NA version of The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole? YES. Please, hand that right over. Now. (#TeamJack)

NOTE: I have no excuse for adding this Jamie gif, other than the fact that I love him. 

NOTE: I have no excuse for adding this Jamie gif, other than the fact that I love him. 

Things I DON'T want to see in my submissions:

- In fantasy, if your main characters have names I can't pronounce or I have to have a dictionary for some of your wording then I probably won't feel a lot of love for that story. Sorry! Complicated, epic fantasy types are just not my thing. 

- NO VAMPIRES. There is absolutely nothing wrong with them, other than the fact that I read nothing but vampires for three years straight and I got majorly burned out.

- I'm not into regency romances. Even if there is romance and sexy-times, I can't seem to relate to them for some reason.  

- *NOTE* If you send me something that has no romance in it at all, then I likely won't even read it. Probably won't send feedback either.

I know, I'm terrible (don't hate me!) but I'm just not that mentor for you. So PLEASE don't send me something non-romance related because you think it will change my mind. I'd hate for you to miss out on an opportunity to be picked by a mentor that does want to read non-romance. Plus, the mentors don't get to swap behind the scenes this year.

So, there you have it, my wants for my dream mentee's book, all wrapped up into this one, pretty page.

If I didn't specifically mention your type of romance, don't worry. Like agents, us mentors look for voice in the end. Something we can connect to. Something that makes us want to weep with joy and hug and kiss (and from what I remember) even lick the pages of your manuscript. When it's all said and done, I will pick the manuscript I fall in love with and can feel myself helping the most. In fact, it may have nothing to do with the things I mentioned above.

If you want to chat more with me, or have questions, or just want to find out how NOT cool I am then follow me on Twitter.  @HLVanFleet 

 

Now. Go forth and check out the other mentor's pages.

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt: A Fine Mess by Kelly Siskind

Title: A Fine Mess

Author: Kelly Siskind

Series: Over The Top, #2

On Sale: August 2, 2016

Publisher: Forever

Format: eBook

Price: $3.99 USD

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Some guys should come with a warning label…

Sawyer West is Mr. One-Night Stand. He doesn't do relationships or promises or feelings. He's never cared enough to get involved. Until Lily Roberts. She's sweet and shy and sexy as sin, and resisting her is testing his self-control. She believes Sawyer can be a better man, and for the first time in his life, he wants to be. But change isn't easy, and Sawyer would do anything to protect Lily from his past self. Even break his own heart…

  THE OVER THE TOP SERIES

 My Perfect Mistake, #1

A Fine Mess, #2

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she's not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings-Gummy Bears heal all. She's also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

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Excerpt:

Sawyer steps close and waits for me to make eye contact. Slowly, I lift my gaze to his gold-flecked brown eyes, but I can’t find my voice. It’s like I don’t know how to talk to him anymore.

He grins. “Hi.”

From my angle it’s easy to see the scar running down his neck, the remnant of a fall he took through a coffee table while wrestling with his brother. I’ve always wanted to touch it, feel the puckered skin under my fingers. I drop my gaze, but it doesn’t help. The cuffs of his gray button-down are rolled to his elbows, roped muscle exposed below. Something else I’d like to touch.

I blink hard. “Hi,” I say to my feet.

“Look at me, Lil.” I rock on my heels, then do as asked. He raises an eyebrow. “How fucking weird is this?”

My giggle surprises me, and I loosen my grip on my wineglass. “Totally weird.”

Thank God for Sawyer’s candid nature.

He sips his drink, probably Scotch, and a sheen of liquid clings to his bottom lip.

Touch that arm. Kiss that scar. Taste those lips. None of these urges are new, but they’re heightened. Magnified. He watches me watching him, his gaze as probing as mine. What is he thinking?

Then the music changes.

A remix of Madonna’s “Holiday” plays, and Sawyer does Sawyer. He tips his head to the right, his shoulders following, then he pushes out his hip and rolls his torso through. The guy does body waves, alternating from side to side, like he’s in an eighties music video.

People stop. People look. People laugh.

I snort, an unattractive sound I make when my laughter takes over. Sawyer says it sounds like a hyena with sleep apnea. When I snort a second time, he dances harder, and I crack up. My belly aches as he gets into it, the entire room watching now.

I suck in a breath, place my empty glass on the table behind me, then clasp his shoulders. “What are you doing?”

He stops dancing. “Making things less weird.”

“Less? What about you channeling Paula Abdul is less weird?”

“Did you laugh?”

I grin.

Then he says, “I’m sorry.”

The music vibrates in my chest, or maybe it’s his proximity. “Sorry about what?”

“Last week, when you called, I was a dick. You caught me by surprise, and I didn’t handle it well. So, I’m sorry.”

His admission pumps through my core like helium, my body nearly weightless. The confession shouldn’t be surprising, not with how he speaks his mind, but it’s been a week of silence. I was losing hope things could return to the way they were, or progress past it. I step closer, so he can hear me over the noise. “Apology accepted, but do I get an explanation?”

He drags his gaze down my body. It’s a thorough perusal—intimate, penetrating—flames sparking along my skin. His eyes linger on me, but he doesn’t speak. He rolls the pinky ring on his left hand the way he does when he’s puzzling something out. An ache travels up my thighs, heat expanding below my ribs. The longer he stays quiet, the more my skin tingles.

Finally, he releases his ring and slides his hand over my lower back. He leans forward and whispers, “I’ve wanted to do very dirty things to you and with you since Aspen, but I care about you too much to act on it. Hence my dickishness and the weirdness.”