Cover Reveal: Preservation by Kate Canterbary

Some things have to fall apart before they can be put back together.
PRESERVATION: The Walshes #7 by Kate Canterbary
Releasing May 23, 2017 by Vesper Press

Two lonely hearts.

Just once, she’d like to be someone’s first choice. She’s strong-willed and spunky, but she’s left picking up the pieces from her ex’s lies and manipulations, and daydreaming about taking a scalpel to his scrotum.

Flying under the radar is what he does best.

He’s laid-back and loyal, but he wants the most off-limits woman in his world, and nothing will
ever make that a reality.

An arrangement of mutual benefit.

Two months, four  dates.

Five, if things go well.

Five at the most.

But possibly six.

Definitely no more than six dates.

Only the appearance of a romantic relationship is required, and they expect nothing more from their time together. There will be none of those benefits involved.

One wild weekend.

After waking up in bed together—very naked and even more hungover—the terms and conditions of their arrangement no longer apply. Now they’re faced with something riskier than exposing their fake relationship: letting go of the past and zipping up the future.

Some things have to fall apart before they can be put back together.

 Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since. Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.
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Cover Reveal: Keeper of Souls by Casey Bond

Title: Keeper of Souls     Author: Casey Bond

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Horror

Expected Release Date: May 19th, 2017

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Carmen Kennedy finally feels normal. Enrolled in college, she’s making a few friends and taking life one day at a time. Her days are filled with classes, studying, and attempting to be more social, while her nights are filled with terrifying dreams. All of her nightmares have one thing in common: him. She can’t see his face, but a flash of dark feathers is all it takes to remind her of The Keeper of Crows. He isn’t supposed to be real.

There is a world that exists beneath the fabric of our own, a torturous place filled with despair. The Keeper is there; Carmen just has to find out why and if there is a way to help him leave that place. Her sanity and life will be threatened, but she can’t ignore his screams any longer.  

When love exists, it doesn’t matter the distance. It finds a way to remind you.  

Will love be enough to save Michael and Carmen when The Keeper of Souls stands in their way?

Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.

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Guest Post: L.E. Sterling’s Top 5 Villains & Heroes/Heroines


One of my favorite things about immersing myself in a good book is coming across characters that really stick with me. Sometimes they’re good — and sometimes they’re soooo bad. While I’m not always sure I know what makes them so appealing, they definitely have traits that make me re-read the books they appear in. For those looking to discover some unforgettable characters, I might just have a few recommendations to get you hooked on a new series.

And so, without further ado, here is a random list of my (current) favourites:

Literary Heroes & Heroines

Kate Daniels – Kate Daniels series, Ilona Andrews

Who doesn’t love a lady who can wield a sword like nobody’s business and knows magic words that can bring a ten-foot rampaging golem to its knees? But that’s not the only reason I love Kate Daniels. This feisty heroine (staggering understatement) is also amazing because she’s complicated, dark, completely neurotic in her special Kate way, as she awkwardly avoids any sort of bond or relationship with anyone… and then falls for the Beast Lord. Good fun!

Richard Gansey III – Raven Cycle, Maggie Stievater

I love geniuses, especially when they are obtuse. Gansey is that special kind of genius — he’s like an alien among people because he’s just so darn awkward. I see a theme here. I must really like awkward people (reflection of myself, maybe?). But he’s also very compelling because he cares so much about people. He really is a different kind of person.

Elizabeth Bennett – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Liza Bennett is the heroine for the ages. I’m convinced she’s the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer — sarcastic and cutting people to the quick with her wit. And – oh yeah – only slightly less clueless than her Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth is really different than other girls her age. She has a very independent mind and doesn’t mind sharing it. Smart female characters make me really happy as a reader.

Sookie Stackhouse – Sookie Stackhouse novels, Charlaine Harris

Any character who practices her impeccable manors on vampires and improves her mind through teaching herself a ‘word of the day’ is a friend of mine. Sookie is so complex; she’s so smart, and yet ends up getting into all sorts of trouble she shouldn’t. And I love that her mind-reading ability (her superpower/curse) makes her complicated, exceptionally strong, and yet really quite fragile. I love this woman.

Jace Herondale – Mortal Instruments series, Cassandra Clare 

Jace is a funny one. He seems destructive, which both annoys and upsets me. And yet his heart is always in the right place. He cares too much, is too sensitive, and so when he gives his heart away, he doesn’t do it by half measures, either to his friends or to Clary. This causes him no end of problems — but as a reader, I just can’t put him down.

Literary Villains

And now on to the Evil Ones, who are so much harder to pick than heroes and heroines. Have you noticed that a lot of times the villains aren’t people but forces and systems? That’s especially true of YA Dystopian fiction (i.e. “the Games” in The Hunger Games). Still, here are a few noteworthy villains that you should definitely check out.

The Lilin – The Dark Elements series, Jennifer L. Armentrout

Okay, is it just me or was the Lilin SUPER CREEPY? I was really impressed by how upset (and dare I say it, almost scared) as I read about the being that would take the soul of the one it possesses, and literally killed a lot of the main characters in this amazing series. Don’t mess with the Lilin — you may not live to regret it!

Valentine – Mortal Instruments series, Cassandra Clare

I had scary daddy nightmares after reading this series. It’s rare to read about a father who manipulates and uses his children as cruelly as Valentine. But it’s how he lies to Jace and Clary about who Jace is that just chills my blood. Kept me reading on and on, but boy, did I ever feel for these characters!

Tori and Dr. Davidoff – Darkest Powers series, Kelley Armstrong

Okay, this is a 2-for-1 because, holy, between frenemy Tori and the evil (or misguided?) Dr. Davidoff, there were seriously times when I didn’t think Chloe was going to live through the series. This is one of those series where the “bad guy” is actually a company, but there are some pretty awful people in the book anyhow. In fact, all of the characters in this series really stick out as memorable and completely addictive, so if you haven’t yet picked up this YA series I highly recommend it!

Roland – Kate Daniels series, Ilona Andrews

What do you do when the villain of your piece has been alive, literally, for aeons and is the most powerful being on the planet? Roland is the stuff of legends and nightmares. He created the zombies in the Kate Daniels world. And he can do anything. Think master magician and blood sorcerer. Think a man so powerful he creates realities and worlds and gods. I frankly don’t understand a being of his magnitude, which is why I kind of think of him as the scariest villain I can think of.

Bonus Pick: Bellatrix Lestrange – Harry Potter series

I don’t know why, but I was way more freaked out by Bellatrix Lestrange than Voldemort in Harry Potter. With Voldemort, I kind of got it. He wanted to control everything, so fine. But Bellatrix? What is she after? She just seems to enjoy hurting people, which upsets me, and frankly, kind of freaks me out. Maybe I’m too sensitive.

And so there you have it. My picks for top heroes and heroines! If any of these are new for you let me know how you like them!

True North by L.E. Sterling  

Published by Entangled Teen      Published April 4th, 2017      

Genre: YA Fantasy/Science Fiction

Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there’s been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.

While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters’ blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.

As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.

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 I was a voracious devotee of sci-fi and fantasy novels all through my childhood, so I suppose it doesn’t come as much of a shock that I’ve returned to the genre with a vengeance.

For a while I turned my back on the genre in favour of ‘high-brow’ literary texts. Ironically, it was my doctoral degree that saw me circling back. There’s something about the way postmodern literature plays with the arcane that had me utterly fascinated, and it wasn’t long until I fell headlong back into my old ways and haven’t looked back since.

My first novel, which isn’t in the Urban Fantasy or Fantasy genres, isn’t high literature, mind you, even if it tangles with some serious statements about politics and the way our western world runs. My editor described it as something between Charles Dickens and The Catcher in the Rye: Serious Fun, in other words.

My second novel, Pluto’s Gate, is where I’ve come home to myself: it’s a contemporary retelling of the Demeter-Persephone-Pluto story from Greek mythology. Folded into the mix is a Shaman-in-training, a magical book, Underworld Gods, a world covered in ice, a three-headed dog, and one lousy ex-boyfriend.

But I’ll tell you this much: I believe in the power of words and stories to transform our inner worlds. Whether the characters be vampires or vagabonds, a good narrative sucker punches so-called reality anyhow.

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Review & Giveaway: Hot for the Fireman by Gina Maxwell


Today we have the blog tour stop for Hot for the Fireman by Gina L. Maxwell. Check out this fantastic new release and grab your copy today!


About Hot for the Fireman:

Ex-Army Ranger Erik Grady lives for the job. So when his chief at the Boston Fire Department offers him two choices—mandated therapy for supposed PTSD or a permanent desk job at the station, he reluctantly agrees to see a shrink. Only this doctor is unlike anything he expected. Female and curved in all the right places? Check. Hotter than a four-alarm fire? Check. The kind of woman that can heat his blood in and out of bed? Check, check. And oh, yeah, he just happens to have first hand experience…

Of all the men to walk into psychologist Olivia Jones’ office, why did it have to be him? Her one-night stand isn’t playing by the rules of just. One. Night. She’s had her heart broken in the past, and no way is she going there again. And now he’s blackmailing her into three dates? Well, if that’s what it takes to make him see a different therapist, fine. She can handle it. So what if the chemistry between them is combustible? She’s a professional, damn it. She’ll date Mr. I’m Too Sexy For My Bunker Pants. But it won’t end in the fun he expects.

It’s time to see how much heat this fireman can take…

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Gina3Before I get into why I like the book, I just gotta vent about a two-star review on Amazon based on how unrealistic and unethical it is to have a romance between a therapist and a PTSD patient (who is treated by another therapist in the building). I’m going to go on a limb here and say that 99.9% of contemporary romance is FICTION. I get it if a book/ genre/ author isn’t for you, but to give a bad review based on the plot of a romance book being “impossible” is silly. Just read the titles/blurbs of the best sellers in Steamy Romance and its evident most of us are here to be entertained and escape reality for a bit. Okay… I feel better now.
This book was a slam dunk for me: a bright and fearless heroine, military men, firefighters, dialogue that made me laugh and swoon, romance that was sweet and hot, all taking place in Boston… and written by one of my faves, Gina Maxwell.
The interactions between Olivia and Erik varied widely – from the first time they meet to their first date to the first time he admits he needs her help… it’s a great story about chemical attraction evolving into emotional healing – with belly laughs, somber scenes, and some dirty talk along the way. I also enjoyed the cast of characters in the firehouse – I am looking forward to their stories very much!


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Gina L. Maxwell is a full-time writer, wife, and mother living in the upper Midwest, despite her scathing hatred of snow and cold weather. An avid romance novel addict, she began writing as an alternate way of enjoying the romance stories she loves to read. Her debut novel, Seducing Cinderella, hit both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists in less than four weeks, and she’s been living her newfound dream ever since.

When she’s not reading or writing steamy romance novels, she spends her time losing at Scrabble (and every other game) to her high school sweetheart, doing her best to hang out with their teenagers before they fly the coop, and dreaming about her move to sunny Florida once they do.

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Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads

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Series: Fatal Truth Series
Genre: Dark Romantic Thriller
Publication Date: April 4, 2017

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He’s found her at last…

Cain Killion knows himself to be a damaged man. His only redeeming quality? The extrasensory connection to blood that he uses to catch killers. His latest case takes a macabre turn when he discovers a familiar and haunting symbol linking the crime to his horrific past—and the one woman who might understand what it means.

Only to lose her to a nightmare

Mercy Ledger is brave, resilient, beautiful—and in terrible danger. The moment Cain finds her the line between good and evil blurs and the only thing clear to them is that they belong together. Love is the antidote for blood—but is their bond strong enough to overcome the madness that stalks them?

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AEQUUS (The Royal Protector Academy Book #2) by Randi Cooley Wilson

Series: The Royal Protector Academy Book #2)  
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Serenity is being with the one you love.
Despair is being kept apart.
After the rain comes the war.
What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? For Serena St. Michael and Tristan Gallagher, this is reality. Tristan has accepted his impending nuptials. He’s returned to his realm and his betrothed. Their unification will create peace. Serena is still struggling with her protector’s choice. With a firm resolve, she will forsake her own future in order to save him. Their love will trigger an ancient war. Can Serena and Tristan rewrite their destinies? Or will the Vergina Sun prophecy be fulfilled, and the lovers fall to fate? Welcome back to the Royal Protector Academy.
Aequus is the second novel in the Royal Protector Academy series. This dangerously exciting and darkly romantic tale will take your breath away. It can be read as a stand-alone trilogy, or after the bestselling Revelation series. Intended for mature readers 18+ due to language, mild violence, and sexual situations.
The Royal Protector Academy novels are a serial trilogy meant to be read in order:
VERNAL (Book #1)
AEQUUS (Book #2)
 NOX (Book #3)


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The Mortal Falls from Anna Durand

From Award-Winning, Bestselling Author
Anna Durand
A spunky girl. A sexy sylph.
The fate of two worlds rests in their hands.
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Series: Undercover Elementals, Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Jacobsville Books
Publication Date: March 24, 2017
A pragmatic human thrown into a world of magic…
Lindsey Porter fled from her traumatic past, determined to lay low, but now someone has framed her for murder. The quest for answers leads her into a parallel realm where magic reigns, and with a hostile sheriff and a shapeshifting assassin on her trail, she must place her life in the hands of a seductive, supernatural man who tempts her like no one else.
An immortal sylph enslaved by magic…
Nevan is trapped by a desperate bargain struck a century earlier, yet the beautiful, spirited Lindsey has enticed him to abandon his magically enforced duty. As forbidden passion flares between them, they’ll risk everything to uncover the truth and find what they both need the most—redemption.
When two worlds collide…
The fates of the elemental and mortal realms depend on the star-crossed lovers. As dark secrets from their pasts threaten to shatter the fragile trust between Lindsey and Nevan, a shocking revelation holds the power to deliver salvation or destruction.

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Anna Durand is an award-winning, bestselling author of sizzling romances, including the Hot Scots series. She loves writing about spunky heroines and hunky heroes, in settings as diverse as modern Chicago and the fairy realm. Making use of her master’s in library science, she owns a cataloging services company that caters to indie authors and publishers. In her free time, you’ll find her binge-listening to audiobooks, playing with puppies, or crafting jewelry.
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Redux by A.L. Davroe

Nexis (Tricksters, #1) by A.L. Davroe     Release Date: Dec. 1, 2015

Genre: YA Sci-Fi / YA Science Fiction     Published by: Entangled Teen


In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.

Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again.

But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.

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Redux (Tricksters, #2) by A.L. Davroe     Published by Entangled Teen

Published on March 21st, 2017     Genre: YA Sci-Fi / YA Science Fiction


The domed city of Evanescence is in ruins. With nowhere to go, prodigy hacker Ellani “Ella” Drexel and a small band of survivors flee to the Undertunnel below their city.

To escape the wasteland she unknowingly created.

But sanctuary is hard to find. With malfunctioning androids and angry rebels at their backs, the group hopes to press on for the neighboring city of Cadence. But Ella’s chosen path is challenging…life-threatening, even. Worse, the boy she loves is acting distant, and not at all like the person she first met in Nexis.

But then Ella learns a secret…and it changes everything.

Ella knows she needs to turn back and make a stand to reclaim her home. She’s determined to bring a new—and better—life to all who’ve suffered.

Or die trying.

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I sag to the floor, a shaking mess.

            Slowly, Quentin gathers the rope up once more, coiling it around his arm. Then he’s still for a long minute. I can tell he’s staring at me, waiting. “Elle?”

            I shake my head. “I-I can’t.”

            He crouches down in front of me, meets my haunted eyes. I feel him take up my hands, hold them against his chest. “You’re shaking.”

            Of course I am. I don’t want to die.

            “You can do this,” he whispers.

            Mute now, I shake my head again.

            “Hey.” Shifting both my hands to one of his, he reaches out with the other, stills my head with a palm to my cheek. “Look at me.”

            I do, only because I don’t have a choice. He has me trapped.

            His expression is calm. Serene, like the boy who shot my uncle in the head. I wish I could turn off like that, become cool and calculated and unfeeling. “I will not let you fall. You need to trust me. You need to trust yourself. Stand up.”

            Swallowing hard, I get to shaking legs. I don’t know how I’m going to go down on such unstable things. One is injured as it is.

            “Shoes,” he prompts.

            I slip out of my heels, let the cold stone touch my synthetic skin. It feels strange being on flat feet. I’ve grown up on heels. Without them he seems like a giant as he bends and comes around to my back, putting them into my pack as I stand like an idiot. Seeing that I’m being useless and silly, he bends at my hip and I feel him tugging my skirts. I wince as I hear the tearing noise of him splitting my beautiful dress from hem to seam.

            Four times, like Violet did with hers.

            And then he’s winding the strips around my thighs, his fingers passing in and out like butterfly wings. My legs go from shaking to jelly and I have to hold the wall to keep myself upright.

            When he’s done, he stands in front of me, stares at me, and frowns. After a thought, he unbuttons his jacket and slides it off his shoulders.

            I blink at him, confused.

            “Put it on.” Continue reading

Proof of Lies by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Proof of Lies (Anastasia Phoenix, #1) by Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Published by Entangled Teen * Published on March 7th, 2017

Genre: YA Contemporary/Mystery


Some secrets are best kept hidden…

Anastasia Phoenix has always been the odd girl out, whether moving from city to international city with her scientist parents or being the black belt who speaks four languages.

And most definitely as the orphan whose sister is missing, presumed dead.

She’s the only one who believes Keira is still alive, and when new evidence surfaces, Anastasia sets out to follow the trail—and lands in the middle of a massive conspiracy. Now she isn’t sure who she can trust. At her side is Marcus, the bad boy with a sexy accent who’s as secretive as she is. He may have followed her to Rome to help, but something about him seems too good to be true.

Nothing is as it appears, and when everything she’s ever known is revealed to be a lie, Anastasia has to believe in one impossibility.

She will find her sister.

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Diana Rodriguez Wallach is not the child of super spies, as far as she knows. But she is an avid traveler, and every scene in her books comes from a place she has lived or visited—from her senior year apartment in Boston, MA to the hotel where she stayed in Cortona, Italy. In addition to the Anastasia Phoenix series, Diana is also the author of the award-winning Amor and Summer Secrets series; the Mirror, Mirror short story collection; and essays in both Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories and Latina Authors and Their Muses. She is an advisory board member for the Philly Spells Writing Center, and is a Creative Writing Instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University, and currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two kids. But of course, this all could be a masterly crafted piece of disinformation…

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Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell


After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll to take to her grave if she must.


Genre: YA Fantasy/Action/Adventure

Published by Entangled Teen * Published March 6th, 2017

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Amber Mitchell graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Creative Writing. She likes crazy hair styles, reading, D&D, k-dramas, good puns and great food.

When she isn’t putting words on paper, she is using cardstock to craft 3D artwork or exploring new places with her husband Brian. They live a small town in Florida with their four cats where she is still waiting for a madman in a blue box to show up on her doorstep.

Garden of Thorns is her debut novel from Entangled Teen.


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