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Queen of the Knight by Lydia Michaels

Queen of the Knight

This is book two in the Surrender Games Series

If you haven’t read Sacrifice of the Pawn, you need to read it first before moving on the Queen of the Night!

The game has changed, and no player’s position is safe…

In a world of power, money, deceit, and lust, no player is exactly how they seem. Love and trust are at stake when the game is changed, and old enemies come out of hiding, disguised as friends. 

Isadora Patras must proceed wisely. After thirteen years of heartbreak and denial, she no longer trusts her instincts. One man embodies her past, the other could be her future, but which one holds her heart? Isadora must choose between her family and two very different men. Either way, her choice could cost her everything. 

In a game of kings, bishops, rooks, and knights there are no guarantees. But if Isadora wants to be a Queen, someone will have to lose.

This book has all the feels, the first date has never been more fun, the first kiss never sweeter, longing, built up the anticipation of what can be and what has yet to happen.

Two people who grew up too fast, too quickly, never having the opportunity to be children themselves, can they find what they have been missing in their lives? Is it true that everything you learn is taught in Kindergarten? This story will grab you by the short hairs, tug and pull until your heart pays attention. Excellent must read.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: LYDIA MICHAELS 

Lydia Michaels

Lydia Michaels is the award-winning author of over 30 romance novels. Her novels from the darkly compelling Surrender Trilogy were Apple iBooks Bestsellers and her work has been featured in USA Today. In 2015 she was the winner of The Best of Bucks Award and she has been nominated as Best Author in the Happenings Magazine two years running [2015 & 2016]. She is a four-time nominee for the prestigious RONE Award. Her books are intellectual, emotional, haunting, always centered around love. Lydia Michaels loves to hear from readers! She can be contacted by email at Lydia@LydiaMichaelsBooks.com

Webpage: http://www.LydiaMichaelsBooks.com

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SACRIFICE OF THE PAWN by Lydia Michaels

scarfice of the Pawn

SACRIFICE OF THE PAWN (Surrender Games 1)

Surrender Games follows the emotionally charged and highly erotic contemporary romance saga, The Surrender Trilogy. 

Isadora Patras has sacrificed years raising her younger siblings, Lucian and Antoinette. As her brother and sister grow more independent, she feels her purpose is lost. Aching to do something selfish and hungry for a taste of the forbidden, she takes a lover—her father’s protégé and trusted family friend, Sawyer Bishop. 

In a secret affair trust is tested, respect is bartered, and reputations are on the line. Sawyer has always been Isadora’s mentor, but now it’s her move. She’s through being a pawn and ready to demand the respect of a Queen.

The Surrender Games Series should be read after The Surrender Trilogy. 

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About Lydia Michaels

Lydia Michaels is the award-winning author of over 30 romance novels. Her novels from the darkly compelling Surrender Trilogy were Apple iBooks Bestsellers and her work has been featured in USA Today. In 2015 she was the winner of The Best of Bucks Award and she has been nominated as Best Author in the Happenings Magazine two years running [2015 & 2016]. She is a four time nominee for the prestigious RONE Award. Her books are intellectual, emotional, haunting, always centered around love. Lydia Michaels loves to hear from readers! She can be contacted by email at Lydia@LydiaMichaelsBooks.com

Webpage: http://www.LydiaMichaelsBooks.com

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Envy- A.D. Justice

Though I denied it, envy ruled most of my life.

I was always the outsider among people born to privilege.

Envy made me despise them, the Montague Manor elitists.

Until I fell in love with one of them.

Wyatt Spencer Weston changed my life.

He changed me for the better, at first.

Until his inconceivable betrayal nearly destroyed me.

He recently took control of his family’s business and the vast wealth that comes with it.

I’ve waited years for this day to arrive.

Envy used to rule me. Now a driving need for revenge does.

Wyatt will soon learn a valuable lesson in envy.

When you have everything, you have more to lose.

 

 

Revelation – Amy Briggs

Lucinda Quinn couldn’t wait to get out of her small town and make a name for herself in New York City. But what she found was the harsh reality that nothing comes easy. Working as an intern, with long nights and menial tasks doing nothing for her career, she doesn’t bat an eye at becoming an employee of one of New York’s best kept secrets – Infidelity. One year of companionship, with a well-connected rich man in the city, is just the ticket she needs to finally skyrocket her dream of becoming a successful businesswoman.

Ryder Donahue is one of Manhattan’s most eligible bachelors. With a thriving multi-million dollar company, and stunning good looks, he could have any woman he wants. Except that he’s tired of the distraction of the dating scene, filled with nothing but gold diggers, throwing themselves at him for status and money. Knowing he needs an escort to events, to establish his credibility among the old money in New York City, he hires a companion from the Infidelity Club to be his stand-in girlfriend for the year.

When Lucinda and Ryder meet, their pasts collide, setting in motion a tumultuous roller coaster of events that leave them wondering what could have been, and what could be. Will the two set aside their jaded memories to turn this business arrangement into a relationship? Find out in Revelation, a Fidelity World novella.

 

Collared-Leteisha Newton

Death changes us all …

Without my husband, my world caved. The business we built together is a prison. Our home, once filled with laughter and passion, is a tomb for what was. I want to give it all away and find a new place to start over. But the needs inside me, long-hidden whispers, won’t leave me alone. What I crave, a newfound darkness to match the pain, is impossible to ignore.

When Infidelity offers me a chance for fulfillment and a companion with no strings, I grasped it with both hands.

My Master is hurting. He’s filled with agonies and releases them on my flesh. We push and pull, an Owner and his slave, and I am helpless at his feet. But he strengthens me, giving me the power to fight his demons and substitute for what he’s lost.

I wasn’t supposed to fall in love, shouldn’t want to be more than a replacement. But I did, and I do. We only have the agreement between us, but I want him to own me irrevocably. Forever, always, to keep me …

Collared.

 

 

Diamonds by N Kuhn

As a diamond broker for the Costello crime family, you should never, ever, fall in love, with the Feds, especially one sexy black haired, green eyed vixen, set on putting you away.

They say, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But when they are blood diamonds, from a criminal you’re supposed to put away, this Federal Agent can’t keep them, or him. Can she?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Devious-Solease Barner

Revenge is best served cold… until her.

Jaxson Montgomery has worked long and hard to climb to the top of the business world. His company is one in which image and connections mean success or failure. He’s known as ‘The Fixer’, and for the right price, he can make any problem disappear. His services are sought by the wealthiest and most famous people across the globe… and, quite often, the most notorious and criminally inclined as well. He’s respected by men and adored by women. To society, he appears to be a man with everything, good looks, charm, wealth, and, if he so desires, a different woman every night of the week.

But in his world, appearances are only a matter of perception. Jaxson Montgomery does not have everything. There’s one thing he desperately wants and he’s determined to have it, by any means necessary. After tragedy in his own life leaves him reeling and broken with a problem even he’s unable to fix, Jaxson is determined to seek retribution. He has the perfect plan. It’s devious, dark, and dangerous, but failure is not an option. Jaxson learned long ago to keep his friends close and enemies, closer. He’s prepared to do whatever it takes to have his revenge… even if it means sleeping with the enemy.

And the beautiful Silvia Demetri is the perfect pawn. After all, revenge is always best served cold…

Until it isn’t.

Kindhearted Silvia Demetri doesn’t have the perfect life. Yet, to the world, she appears to have everything a woman could possibly want… beauty, intelligence, sophistication, money. But we all know, appearances can be deceiving. There’s something missing, something very important. She yearns for love, but has given up all hope of finding it.

When Silvia begins preparations for her annual charity foundation event, little does she know her entire life is about to be changed by a simple chance encounter with a handsome, charming stranger, one who will sweep her off her feet, make her feel things she’s never experienced, and turn her world upside down.

A man who knows nothing about her or her family… or so she thinks.

But what if meeting Jaxson Montgomery wasn’t chance at all…

Maybe it was something far more devious.

 

 

Captivate – Stacey Lynn

Claudia Townsend, daughter of disgraced Judge Keith Townsend needs a fresh start, and in New York, she finds exactly what she’s looking for.

Raised with poise and grace and a lifetime of being around the wealthiest members of society in Savannah, Georgia, becoming a client of Infidelity makes perfect sense. It offers her everything she needs—financial security, a new life, and the possibility of final getting rid of her pesky V-Card.

What—or who—she doesn’t expect, is for Liam Allistor to come crashing in and messing up all of her new plans.

Liam Allistor has more secret than he has tattoos. His deep set black eyes and banging body along with his mystery allure is what makes panties drop as soon as he steps on stage in crowded arenas. But then he’s rocked by a scandal and his ticket sales plummet. His tour ends at breakneck speed, and everyone, including Liam, is left wondering if his career has come to a screeching halt.

He needs a publicity makeover, but more than that…he needs a girlfriend. And Infidelity is just the place for him to find one.

His agent wants him to clean up his image. Infidelity wants his money and silence.

And Liam? He wants Claudia, and he doesn’t care what he has to do to get her.

 

On August 3 from 6 – 10 PM EST….in Aleatha Romig’s Updates and Teasers we will have a THE FIDELITY WORLD LAUNCH CELEBRATION. Different authors every 15 minutes. Special appearances by THE DRAZEN WORLD and IMPERFECT LOVE WORLD – Kindle Worlds. The grand prize for the celebration is a Kindle Paper White.

Here’s the link to the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1478310262469278/

 

 

 

 

 

aleatharomig1Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

2017 brings Aleatha’s first “Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha” with PLUS ONE, a fun, sexy romantic comedy.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent

NOTE: Please be aware that this book deals with sensitive topics like cheating. 18+ Only. 

Layla Robinson is not crazy. She is suffering from unrequited love. But it’s time to move on. No more stalking, no more obsessive calling.

What she needs is a distraction. The blue-eyed guy she keeps seeing around campus could be a great one–only he is the new poetry professor–the married poetry professor.

Thomas Abrams is a stereotypical artist–rude, arrogant, and broody–but his glares and taunts don’t scare Layla. She might be bad at poetry, but she is good at reading between the lines. Beneath his prickly façade, Thomas is lonely, and Layla wants to know why. Obsessively.

The Unrequited

First I would like to thank BookBistroBlog, Laura Lee and Shabnam Arora for their recommendations for new releases, so far so great!

Saffron A. Kent is a new author to me, and I can honestly say, WTF? This story is dark, twisted, and taboo. It touches deep within your soul and fucks with your mind. The writing is impeccable, descriptions of scenes are picturesque, and you get the feeling you are the person invading their privacy. It’s truly mind blowing!

Forever Valentine PR and More proudly presents the release blitz for Summer Love by J.Lum.

 


Title: Summer Love (A Forever Series Novella)

 

Author: J. Lum
Release Date: Jul 10 2017
Cover Designer: J.M.Walker / Just write. Creations
Blurb
TOBY
Spending the entire summer with my father wasn’t in my plans. I hated him. I was angry and resentful, and it made me feel out of control.
Until I met her.
Casey is carefree. She lives life to the fullest, without regrets, and to a guy like me, she was hope. We only had the summer, and I knew better than to get wrapped up with her, but I couldn’t help it.
And now? Now, I don’t know how to let her go.
CASEY
I’d never been in love. At fifteen, my life was filled with books and family expectations. Love was not something I had time for.
And then, he saved me.
Toby is a boy from California, so you would think he’d be easy going, but he isn’t. He’s the definition of self-control; everything has to be “just so.” But when we’re together, living each day with reckless abandon, I realize that life is so much more than fairytales within the pages.
I’m pretty sure he’s my soulmate. But what good can possibly come from falling so hard when you’re this young? How can this ever work?
A promise. That’s all we have to hold on to. One. Simple. Promise.
***This novel contains adult/mature young adult situations. It is only suitable for ages 18+ due to language and sexual situations.
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Tobias
Te odio!” I hate you. The burning rage builds up inside as I am forced to converse with this family that isn’t my own.
“Tobias, I told you to speak English in the house! You will respect my rules while you are here. Do you understand me? Your mother and siblings don’t understand you!” My father is gesticulating wildly with his fist raised. I take a few steps back, my own fists clenched as I try everything to control my anger. But I can’t get my temper under control and my face is burning hot. How dare he imply Debi’s anything but my stepmother? She’s not my mother, and Molly and Jamie are not my siblings. I don’t have a brother and sister …

 

I glance over my father’s shoulder at them, pretending they aren’t listening in on yet another argument my father and I are having. Molly is tucked in and sitting on Debi’s lap, sucking her thumb with a sleepy look on her face while Jamie’s blue-green eyes are marked in concern. His bowl of chocolate cereal lay untouched and soggy.
We had just started screaming at each other when they walked into the kitchen, bright and early, their hair in disarray. I felt sorry about waking them up, especially Jamie, who is at the same age as I was when my father walked out. He’s not stupid; he knows something is wrong and that look on his face, the concern—I put that there. He usually looks at me like I hung the moon. The older brother he always wanted. We both carry the deep-rooted Spanish looks. While my eyes are deep brown, both Jamie and Molly’s are blue like their mother’s and hair jet-black, like our father’s.
Since coming here, almost every conversation ends up like this, and today is no different. My father set me off this morning when he tried to have a “normal” conversation with me about what I had been up to. As if he really cares about my life. Where has he been the last eleven years? Not in our home, and certainly not with me. No, he was with them, being their doting father. With my teeth and fists clenched, I stare up at my father.
No me importa. No son mi familia …” Taking long breaths, I pause. “You left us! I don’t want to be here, just as much as you don’t want…” My eyes burn from the impending tears, and I blink hard. No, no, no. I won’t cry. He doesn’t deserve any of my feelings beyond anger. I have to get out of his house. I’m suffocating here. I try to run past him, but his strong hands grab hold of my mine, as if to anchor me in place.
“Tobias, don’t … Please, look at me.” I turn away from him and shake my head as he squeezes my hand. “Tobias, perdóname. Lo siento. I’m sorry.”
I yank my hands free from his grasp as soon as his last ‘sorry’ leaves his lips. I can’t stand to be in this house another second. I can’t hear him apologize for leaving me—leaving us—to find a new and better family. I take long strides towards the door and, without looking back at him, I swing it open and it bangs into the wall. I shake my head. “No significas nada para mi.” I pause, before repeating my words in English so they all can understand me. “You mean nothing to me. I won’t ever forgive you.” Then I slam the door shut, running quickly off the porch and down the path towards the beach. The hairs on my arms stand up as my feet beat hard against the ground. The air is crisp and breezy, but I don’t care. I need it to be cold as I burn off the anger I can still feel churning inside me. Being this close to him makes me lose all control, and I never do that. His needling questions this morning, asking how my life is. Well, fuck him, he doesn’t get that luxury. Who gives him the goddamn right to try and establish any relationship with me? I saw his agitation with my one-word answers. It was like poking the bear, and part of me enjoyed watching him struggle to gain some sort of ground with me.
What tipped this particular conversation was when he brought up my mother. For a split second it had sounded like he truly cared, but then I remembered, he can’t care about her or me. Maybe he feels guilty for being absent all these years, but he can’t crawl his way back into my life and expect me to bend to his demands just because we share the same DNA. I pick up my pace, allowing the slight sting in my feet to distract me from everything that just happened. To give me time to work my way through my anger. From a distance, I can hear my name across the wind. I know it must be my father shouting after me, but I ignore him. I refuse to let him do this to me. Not again.
At the end of the day, deceit masked in remorse is all I see when I hear his apologies. He walked away from us and never looked back. I don’t owe him anything. And he doesn’t deserve my forgiveness. I run faster, wishing for the memories to fade. All I remember was my mom’s endless tears as she begged my father not to walk out. I was thrust into immediate adulthood when he left, and I tried to pick up the pieces. It took my mom years to get over him walking away, which is why I was surprised she forced me to come here to visit. I didn’t even get a choice; she sprung this “bonding time,” as she liked to call it, on me last minute. I had been looking forward to spending the summer with my cousins, and my aunt and uncle, but now I had to see him. I love my mom, though. Despite her bouts with depression, she has always been the one constant in my life. I saw the hurt in her eyes when I yelled at her in the airport. I could barely look at her before she sent me on the plane.  
“Why are you making me do this? Lo odio! I hate him, Mama. Please, I don’t want to go there. You have no right to make me go! I just … I can’t leave you by yourself.” I knew saying that would hurt her feelings, a small reminder of me as her constant shadow. Always ensuring she was safe, that she was going to be okay.
Toby, please. I know you are angry at me. But, he’s your father. He loves you. Bebé, cometí un error. My anger shouldn’t have kept you separated from a father who loves you. I was the parent, and I let that responsibility fall by the wayside. I let you carry that burden I see you carrying with you, always. You deserved a life—a childhood, and I took that away from you. It was my mistake, mijo, not your father’s. You were too young to understand at the time. Yo era egoísta. Stop holding onto that anger I put there. Mijo, I love you. You need this summer together … you both do. It’s for the best. Just, please remember, I love you. Always.

 

I watched the tears stream down her face as I told her how much I hated her. I was such a dick. I didn’t mean to say the words; I just couldn’t understand why my mom was doing this. Why she was making excuses for him. Of all the people in the world, why him? I never walk away angry from her, ever. It was a promise I made her years ago. And I broke it.

 

Things haven’t gotten any better. I’ve been here a week, and I’ve been ignoring her calls. She’s left a few messages and I can hear how hurt she sounds in every single one. Mom sounded really tired on the last message, though. I do need to talk to her, but I’m still so pissed. I don’t want to shout at her again, and I know I will once I get on the phone. I had hoped a few days of cooling off would’ve helped, but the constant fighting with my father has set me off to the point I’m always hot. I know my only reprieve is the beach, which is why I’ve come this way. The wind blows harder as I move faster. Sand kicks up all around me. It’s still early, and I know the sun will soon be peeking above the horizon. I want to make sure I can watch the sun as it rises above the waves.
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About the Author

 

Author J. Lum was born and raised in Northern Virginia, but spent most summers visiting new places or in Hawaii, where her father’s family is from. She’s got a bad case of #Wanderlust, so you’ll more than likely find her traveling more than staying put. She is a furbaby mom to a fat, chubby pug named Lani, who is buckets of snoring fun. When you don’t see her hanging and snuggling with her pug, she will more than likely have her head in a book. She absolutely adores second chance and dark romances equally, but will read a wide variety of books. She loves tats, cooking/baking, chocolate and coffee are weaknesses for her.
 
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Summer Love by J. Lum

Please allow me to introduce to you Jen Lum, reader and now author extraordinaire.


Summer Love primers Toby and Casey’s love story. Don’t be alarmed this isn’t YA it’s more than that, feelings-Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Seriously this will leave you wanting the next part to start now!

TOBY

Spending the entire summer with my father wasn’t in my plans. I hated him. I was angry and resentful, and it made me feel out of control.

Until I met her.

Casey is carefree. She lives life to the fullest, without regrets, and to a guy like me, she was hope. We only had the summer, and I knew better than to get wrapped up with her, but I couldn’t help it.

And now? Now, I don’t know how to let her go.

CASEY

I’d never been in love. At fifteen, my life was filled with books and family expectations. Love was not something I had time for.

And then, he saved me.

Toby is a boy from California, so you would think he’d be easygoing, but he isn’t. He’s the definition of self-control; everything has to be “just so.”

But when we’re together, living each day with reckless abandon, I realize that life is so much more than fairytales within the pages.

I’m pretty sure he’s my soulmate. But what good can possibly come from falling so hard when you’re this young? How can this ever work?

A promise. That’s all we have to hold on to. One. Simple. Promise.

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A Way to Get By Tina Torrest

At C.O.P.A. Saturday, April 1, 2017, when I came across Tina Torrest, heard the name but didn’t have the opportunity to read her work. Walked over introduced myself, turns out she is a North Jersey girl, just like me, I grew up in Paterson, she comes from Wayne, the next town north. She starts telling me about her books, WOW, really impressed, trying hard to rein in the fangirling, but it’s impossible. Sold me by saying, A Way to Get By is loosely based on Billy Joel’s song about Brenda & Eddie. Stranger album one of my favorites started singing as I was waiting to purchased the book, yup, embarrassing. Oh and Tina Torrest is now my new best friend, she may not be aware of this information yet, I’m trolling, stalking, fangirling really hard. Today, I sat down to read it in a few hours so here is my review. It’s nothing compared to her writing but it might or might not persuade you to read her work, if not, please don’t let her know it’s cause of this review.
This is Brenda and Eddie’s story, yes, they bought a waterbed and a couple of paintings from Sears. Truth be told this is no love song, no one compares to them. Their story is unique and so is the way in which the story is told, it will leave you shaking your head, singing to yourself, and remembering a fonder time in your life, that is, if you were born and lived in the late 70-80’s. BTW, this is an emotional read; feeling may range from anger, betrayal, frustration, hatred, love, and restlessness. I enjoyed reading this unique story and look forward to more of Ms. Torrest writing.

About the Author: Tina TorrestT.Torrest

T. Torrest is a fiction writer from the U.S. She has written many books, but prays that only a handful of them will ever see the light of day. Her stories are geared toward readers of any age that know how to enjoy a good laugh and a dreamy romance.

Ms. Torrest was a child of the eighties, but has since traded in her Rubik’s cube for a laptop and her Catholic school uniform for a comfy pair of yoga pants. She’s a pop-culture junkie, a movie aficionado, and an enthusiast of talking about herself in the third person. A lifelong Jersey girl, she currently resides there with her husband and two sons.

She also really digs it when she hears from readers, and is known to use words like “dig” in a non-sarcastic way.

Chasing After Me by RC Martin

Wow, just wow! A sweet love story involving two- people who on the surface may not be compatible. However, the more we get to know each character, we know deep in our hearts they belong together. It also reminds us, do not judge a book by its cover. This story is about compassion, friendship, and love. In addition, it teaches us to be our original selves, to go after what it is that we want in life and never to give up. Oh, did I mention, sex? Yeah, always about crazy sweaty monkey sex, and oh the kissing! A five star must read!!

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