Happy release day!! Everything I could find that sounds like “us” is listed. I highlighted a bunch with bits from the blurbs that I thought looked especially interesting…

And the ones that have me extra attentive? Maybe Not (of course!! I love dueling roommates), Trashed (this author has the most intriguing blurbs! She’s a janitor, and he’s a star)… December Rain (marriage issues…), Hitched (married to a stranger in Vegas while drunk? Eeeeep!), Of Loss & Betrayal (I have to start with book one, though first) and maybe… Exquisite Danger (biker book, and she’s autistic…)

P.S. LOOK what’s on sale today for only $99!!!! Fire HD 6, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black —->

P.P.S. Let me know if I’m missing any or if you loved any (from this list or elsewhere).

BARGAINS (NOTE: bargain priced when I added them, but prices can change on Amazon, so make sure to check before you finalize your order).


  • The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12) by J.R. Ward <— Amy found us this deal!!! SUPER SALE on it today, my friends!!!
  • Roomies by Lindy Zart <— recent release that Kelly liked! “I was looking for something light and still well written and I thought Roomies was even better than that. I really enjoyed it.
  • What’s Left of Me by Amanda Maxlyn <— Athena loved it! “4-4.5 stars for “What”s Left of Me” by Amanda Maxlyn. Great story! … must say that I just finished the epilogue and I was in absolute shock with tears streaming down my face, that was painful! I am on to book 2 need more of Dre and Parker!!”
  • Boy In A Band (A Morgan Mallory story Book 1) by Lisa Loomis <— Michelle highly recommends this one! “If anyone is in a book funk, I recommend Boy In A Band by Lisa Loomis. Absolutely a 5 star read. It frustrating, heartbreaking, relatable and just so well written. You feel everything in this book… It’s long but does not drag”
  • NOCTE (The Nocte Trilogy Book 1) by Courtney Cole <— Back again because our fellow readers are LOVING it. Maria is going nuts! “Hi Maryse, it is 12:24 A.M and I just finished Nocte and all I can say is holy f&@%#! What amazing writing, I am utterly speechless. Wow, I was completely blind sided by this book! Please read this book, but you have to go in blinded. I have asked my friends to read this book with me but they did not want to do another cliffhanger, but I utter you to go ahead and take the plunge it is so worth the read…. For me it’s a complete 5plus *” and Debbie agrees: “It’s a great book. The second book is going to be released in February.”
  • Unexpected Dreams: Dream Series, Book 4 by Isabelle Peterson <— M/M romance recommended by Mary! “Just finished Unexpected Dreams by Isabelle Peterson. HOT M/M romance.”
  • The Waltz: Sexual Awakenings #1 by Angelica Chase <— serial series? Recommended by Anne! “The Sexual Awakening series by Angelica Chase. Part 1, The Waltz was brilliant and I have just finished part 2 The Tango and wow it’s erotica with a heart.”
  • Sugar Rush (Friend-Zoned Book 3) by Belle Aurora <— Recently released and Michelle says: “…love the humor.” and Lucy agrees: “…so adorable. I’m laughing all the way through.”
  • Wasted Love: A Brooklyn Novel (The Brooklyn Series Book 1) by Danielle Jamie Tabby is loving this one! “Completely engulfed in two different books at the moment. Wasted Love and Tempt my Heart both by Danielle Jamie. Hotness overload!” Oh yah! It does look good! “He flips my world upside down the moment we meet. The only problem is he’s the male version of me: Career driven and enjoys having a good time with no plans on settling down. Throw in a bad boy rocker and a sweet Aussie and I find myself going from a simple, carefree life to a full-blown love square. It’s going to be dramatic. But hey, what’s life without a little drama?
  • Bartered (The Encounter Trilogy Book 1) by Pamela Ann <— Kay recommends this one! “Loving it! Love everything by her!”
  • Red by Kim Jones <— Recent release back on the list ’cause Rita is loving it! “Parts are hysterical, and other parts dark and heart breaking.”
  • Mending Scars (Scars Series Book 2) by Nikki Narvaez <— Tasha recommends it! “…it’s a beautiful story of healing after a horrific life event. Of love, life and happiness … AMAZING job”
  • Incandescent: Knights Rebels MC by River Savage <— Shell found us this one on super-sale and I’m TOTALLY starting it now!!! “Kadence Turner has no business lusting over a student’s father, especially the president of the Knights Rebels MC. Nix is crass, obnoxious and dangerously sexy and for some reason, Kadence can’t seem to hate him for it.






Welcome to the sixth installment of “You’ll Never Believe…”

For those that don’t know what these new featurettes will be about, here is the scoop! “You’ll Never Believe…” will feature the weirdest questions or encounters that authors have been asked/had. Might be about their books or random things, like meetings in a bathroom where someone asked what brand of toilet paper they normally use. Fun stuff and inside scoops that an author would not normally share.

*squeeeee* I love secrets!!!

Ready for Cat?

You’ll Never Believe… with Cat Porter

Cat Porter is the author of “Lock & Key” and “Wolfsgate

I was trying to write a moment of deep attraction between two characters in my work in progress and it wasn’t flowing. I was distracted and simply wasn’t “feeling it.”

It was my turn to be our neighborhood’s money manager for shared expenses, so I decided to take a break and go outside and pay the septic tank guy who had arrived earlier. I quickly brushed my hair, added a dash of lip balm, and slid on my sunglasses.


As well as being a very sweet person, the septic tank guy was hot. Over six feet tall with bronzed skin, trim and muscular body, and a boyish, but sexy smile. He grew up in the USA so we would chat in English about living in a foreign country whenever we saw each other.

That afternoon he was in no hurry to finish up his job. We chatted about this and that, both of us smiling and laughing behind the safety of our sunglasses, interrupting each other by mistake often enough. I waited as he packed up his truck. Wearing only his cut-off shirt and shorts in the heat of the summer sun, watching him finish up was not a chore.

I handed him the cash as he handed me the receipt. Our fingers grazed, the flesh of our hands brushing, and he said in a voice the perfect mixture of sincerity and flirtatiousness, “You need anything else from me?”

There was a split second of stunned silence on both our parts as we stared at each other, frozen for just a beat. In that single moment, an electrical current zinged up my arm at his slight touch, my breath caught in the back of my throat, my chest tightened, and my heart raced. And just like in the books, a rush of heat flared through me at the deep tone of his voice, at those slightly insinuating words. My lips parted.

I was utterly speechless.

In the next second, realization flickered over his face and we both laughed.

“Nope, that’s it, thanks. Have a good afternoon,” I said, my face hot as I strode off. Smiling ear to ear, I headed straight for my laptop and inhaling all those hot, swirling zings of feeling that were shooting through me in all the right places.

I wrote.

And wrote.

And wrote. Oh, how grateful I was that the universe gave me just what I needed in that moment, as a writer and a woman.

Excerpt from “Wolfsgate” © Cat Porter

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Steamy and sweet and everything in between. A great little contemporary romance read that made me smile, gave me a few butterflies and had me feeling that touch of book-angst that I crave so much. And it was soooooo often recommended, so it’s about time I gave it a go!

Ashley: OMG…I just finished Frenched and it was AMAZING!!! Great recommendation from M. Pierce and you, Maryse! Smart, funny, sexy, sweet…this book has it all! Now I just need one to top it!

Lori: I just finished Frenched, I liked it, easy and romantic…Tucker the f**ker, it keeps popping in my head and making me laugh.

Drea: I actually cried during Frenched.

Jaime: You have to read Frenched! It would be so sad to miss out on this gem of a book! It’s pretty much perfect!

Marina: Push Frenched to the top of your list!!!

Nicole: I really enjoyed Frenched! Highly recommend.

Julie: I finished Frenched and loved it!  Sweet, sexy, fluffy fun – just what I needed!

Yessssss Julie! Exactly that!

Mind you, there wasn’t anything *crazy* or shocking, or… even uncomfortable in this storyline. Just a jilted girl on her wedding day that takes her honeymoon to Paris alone…

…my Independent Woman positivity had fizzled.

Everywhere I looked I saw couples in love.

F**king everywhere.

is mad at her ex, and her friends and everyone in between…

I was mad at Tucker for jilting me, mad at myself for letting it get to that point, mad at Coco and Erin for making me come here alone, mad at all the couples I’d seen, mad at France, mad at love.

…ends up in a bar needing a drink… badly…

I discovered it was a Canadian sports bar. Pausing a moment to consider, I decided I wasn’t mad at Canada, beavers or sports, so I went in and glanced around.

LOL!!!!! That is the “tone” of this book. Fun right??

And!!! She meets a handsome half American/half French bartender that offers to be her tour guide.

And the chemistry between ‘em? *whoooooo* No denying their attraction, the rapidly developing crush, the feelings of elation, and heart-pounding “almosts”. And suddenly she realizes, she’s already getting over her ex-fiance. You know what they say… the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else. <— OH NO I DIDN’T!!!


Pure cuteness. And LOTS of steam. Holy moly was there steam. Considering the very sweet touches, and the light and airy feel of the writing and the characters, I was *blink blinking* at the hotness. And her… ummmm… penchant for the F-word. Hey I’m fine with it. You know me ‘n dirty mouths.

And the angst I mentioned? Well you know how it is.

What the hell was I going to do when I had to go home? What if I never had this again?

She’s only there on vacation after all. Long distance relationships rarely work out, and I mean… they’ve only known each other a few days. What could they possibly have once she leaves their Paris cocoon. Would their love-bubble burst?

It feels like the last time. It feels like f**king goodbye.

What if it is? What if it is?

OMG I TOTALLY FEEL HER THERE. That whole seen, that whole thought process was… poignant.

Good stuff.

Well written, good flow, enough of everything to keep me reading and to keep me feeling it, but nothing over the top, which I totally needed. I needed predictable, but entertaining and not too heart wrenching. Just a touch to keep me worried with “her“. And this delivered. Yeah I know… I usually love rip-my-heart-out stories, but sometimes a girl needs the reading path of least resistance every once in awhile. No kidnaps, no darkness, no bad boys, no alpha-males, no shock-value.

And this one hit the spot!

Sweet and sexy and totally something that I could see as a funny Lifetime or Hallmark movie. Er… minus the f-words and sex scenes. *snort*

4 stars!



Welcome to the fifth installment of “You’ll Never Believe…”

For those that don’t know what these new featurettes will be about, here is the scoop! “You’ll Never Believe…” will feature the weirdest questions or encounters that authors have been asked/had. Might be about their books or random things, like meetings in a bathroom where someone asked what brand of toilet paper they normally use. Fun stuff and inside scoops that an author would not normally share.

This time, it’s about the crazy research. ;)

Ready for Jillian?

You’ll Never Believe… with Jillian Neal

It happens to all of us throughout the week. We meet a mom we’ve never met before at the kiddo’s class Christmas party, or we run into an acquaintance at the grocery store, and they ask: “What do you do for a living?”

I smile and brace myself. “I’m a Romance writer.” A million thoughts instantly scatter across their minds, and it is very evident in their eyes just what they think of my profession. Huffy indignation –oh yeah I’ve gotten lots of that. Excitement—definitely that as well. Panic—do I tell her that I read those books? But the most common emotion is probably curiosity.

The bravest of those curious souls will inevitably grin, sidle closer to me, and ask: “Really? So, uh, how do you do research for that?”

Now, I write Contemporary Series Romance with a light Fantasy twist that involves multiple couples trying to take down a massive criminal organization.

My research involves things like – How to hot wire a car. How to take apart illegal weaponry. How to disarm a vicious opponent. How to kill someone with the energy in the world around you (there’s that fantasy twist.) Which blood vessels and arteries should be blocked first to completely disarm a criminal? If I’m going to hide my characters’ powers in plain sight, what’s the best way to make that plausible?

None of that “research” is quite what they’re going for, however. My sexy scenes are intense, descriptive, and detailed, involve Gifted energies, and they want to know more about that. My own sexy hubby is often asked if he “helps me research.” I’m not certain how he’s responding, but I have seen him high-fived on several occasions. I may need to ask him about that.

And yet, how I research is not at all the most unbelievable question I’ve been asked. Oh heaven’s no. I’ve been asked my favorite position, if my mother is appalled by what I’ve decided to do for a living, and which of my characters’ lives is based on my own. I try to gently remind them that my characters, for the most part, have superpowers and that I’ve never personally taken down a major criminal network.

But if I had to pick one of the most bizarre questions I’ve ever been asked, it would be from an extremely conservative family member that is horrified by what I write. I believe she made it through Chapter 3 of my first book before she started lighting candles for me. Her very pointed question was: “So, Jillian, when exactly did you decide to knowingly and willfully begin sinning?” I stood there with my mouth gaping open for several minutes. I made several unintelligible sounds, but none of them were actual words.

Finally, I just shook my head. I love, love! I love writing all of the scenes in my books. I love writing love scenes. I enjoy the intimate knowledge and understanding you get from a character in the middle of those scenes.

I never answered her question. After all, I have criminals to take down, characters’ lives to weave together and tear apart, and I need to figure out how my guys could absorb fire into their Gifted energies. I have cars to blow up and computer viruses to launch and then dismantle. There are several of those sexy scenes that need my attention. Those aren’t easy to write, you know. I’ll have to come up with an answer to her question later, much, much later.

Exclusive Excerpt:

Fionna bristled and turned her face away from his roving hands. Dan couldn’t stand it. He couldn’t watch it. He couldn’t watch some other guy who had held her, who had seen all of her, have her back in his arms even only for a dance. She was his, his baby, his life, the only person who meant anything to him.

The way her sweet smile formed on her face, those deep sienna eyes that grew dark and hungry from his touch, her adorable nose, her beautiful lips, swollen and ripe when she wanted his kiss. The thin skin of her delicate neck that always held her heady scent.

The graceful curvature of her spine, the way her breasts swelled from her desire, the way her nipples darkened and puckered just for him. The way her hands felt when she clung to him. Her voice soft and raspy as she begged to be taken. The silky perfection of her satin skin. The perfect indentation of her stomach and the beautiful swelling curve of her backside. The dimples that she hated, and he adored, where her back met her luscious ass.

The way she smelled like vanilla and coconut and heady musk. Her lush lower lips, the way they swelled and glistened for him. The sweet, intoxicating flavors of her. He would eat his way through fire just to taste that tight, wet space between her legs that formed around him, like it was made for him alone.

The way she moaned when he filled her. That perfect gasp on his first ragged thrust when he staked his claim. The way she screamed out his name as he brought her to climax. The way her long hair flowed around him when she pulled him deeply into her mouth.

Her long shapely legs and her adorable feet that she thought were unattractive, but Dan thought completed her perfection. It was all his and his alone, along with her heart, her tenderness, her vulnerability, her fears, and her dreams. Her very soul, all his. And some pompous asshole was trying to make a claim. Dan couldn’t sit there and watch him offer her his keycard, yet again, as the song ended.

She is mine. The thought pulsed with every beat of his heart. It reverberated in his soul and solidified his muscles for a fight.

Title: An Angel All His Own (The Gifted Realm Book 5)

Author: Jillian Neal

Expected Date of Publication: November 18th 2014

She’s everything Dan Vindico has ever wanted. Fionna Styler embodies every single thing he told himself could never exist inside of one woman. She’s beautiful, smart, funny, powerful, and she’s his… almost.

No one can know they’re together. The Interfeci would never let her live. It was an inevitability, but Dan simply cannot resist her.

After a vow to somehow keep her safe, Dan learns what that really entails. Betrayal, scandal, millions of dollars, and watching her in the arms of other men are only the beginning, when danger intrudes into every sanctuary he secures.

Dan can’t determine if the demons in his soul or the monsters outside are more vicious, but Fionna’s life depends solely on him. That blasted tomb is ever-present in his mind. Can he save the Angel who managed to pull him from the depths of hell, the one he longs to make his own?

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An Angel All His Own (The Gifted Realm Book 5)

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About Jillian Neal

Jillian Neal is a Romance writer with a passion for passion who pens strong, character driven novels, told from the male perspective. Her guys aren’t afraid to let us inside their minds or inside their bedrooms. They’re hot on the trail of a sinister criminal organization when they’re not burning up the bed sheets.

She’s a self-proclaimed ‘Southern girl with a sassy mouth.’ Her coffee addiction is barely legal, and she’s most often running around with her hair and her pen on fire! She’s full of smarts, sass, and sizzle and that’s a lot to get into barely five feet of girl with her head always in the clouds.

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Happy release day to two much loved authors! Both Carey Heywood and Toni Aleo have released books this month (actually, it’s “Happy Release Day” to Carey as we speak!!). And to celebrate their releases (and this fabulous week), they are having a Kindle Fire giveaway.

Plus! We get an inside scoop (Five Fun Facts!) from both of ‘em about their books. :D Oh my!!! I’m so excited about Carey’s fact #1. ;) Maryse DOES start with “M”. *squeeeee!!*

Carey Heywood’s Five Fun Facts!
  1. Yesterday’s Half Truths is book 2 in the Carolina Days series. It focuses on Luke and Lindsay where book 1 told Clay and Courtney’s story (on sale for .99cents!). I seem to have a thing for my main characters sharing the same first letter of their name. Book 3 will be Mitch’s book…don’t know what I’ll name his lady yet! Hmmm, now that I think of it, Maryse starts with an M. :P
  2. Luke is a personal trainer and nutritionist. I felt oddly guilty eating my favorite snack (Swedish fish) as I wrote this book. He totally would have given my crap about it.
  3. Like Maryse, Lindsay is also a blogger. She doesn’t blog about books though, she blogs about…well you’ll have to read to find out!
  4. This book is big time slow burn. At about 57,000 words they touched for the very first time. It was extremely innocent but given the build I could have used a cigarette after writing that scene. Since I don’t smoke I probably had some Swedish fish to annoy Luke.
  5. I have somewhat of a gigantic crush on Tom Hiddleston the actor. I named Luke’s dog Loki for him. Tom does not know this but we’re in a relationship. My husband remains unconvinced.
5 Things about Laces and Lace, by Toni Aleo.
  1. Laces and Lace is the seventh novel in the Assassins series! The great thing, though, is you don’t have the read the first six to know what is going on! Each book is its own! Which is why I think the Assassins series is so special. Also, hot hockey guys truly make this series great.
  2. Tangled in the Laces, which is the prequel to Laces and Lace, was in the Seduced by The Game Anthology and raised over $15k for the Nashville Predators foundation! Also, $1 from the purchase of Laces and Lace goes to the Nashville Predators foundation for Pediatric Cancer research! Both books are included in Laces and Lace.
  3. Laces and Lace follows Lacey Martin, who is a breast cancer survivor, and Karson King, her college boyfriend, as they try to get back to what they were to each other l after nine years apart. It’s hard, though, when you have people coming at you left and right. This book focuses on the pain that cancer causes and how love can overcome anything.
  4. You should read this book…just for Jordie Thomas. Dude is nuts and funny and, holy crap, any part that includes him will have you peeing your pants with laughter!
  5. While Karson tears the ice up by being a great defensemen for the Nashville Assassins, Lacey is a lingerie creator for women who are battling or have won against cancer. She is damaged; the cancer took a part of her that she’ll never get back, but Karson will love all of her, even the damaged parts…if she would allow him to.

Now for the Kindle Fire Giveaway!

How to enter for a chance to win it? Just leave a comment, and by 10pm EST, Wednesday November 26th 2014, I will randomly select ONE winner for the prize above.

The winner will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. This book will be sent to the winners directly by the authors.

Open to International!


BREAKING NEWS UPDATE (Monday November 24th 2014)!!! THREE books have just gone live today!

HAPPY RELEASE DAY to the authors! :D


First… I want to say I am reading “Frenched” and I’m almost done. Whoooooo hooooo that book is steamy and sweet all in one! Good stuff.

Next, look at these goodies I found amongst the latest “movers and shakers” and new releases, and even one my aunt keeps telling me to read. THESE LOOK AWESOME. I mean it!! I’m struggling between wanting to start the one my aunt recommends (Last Breath), and one that I keep wanting to read and for some reason, I keep forgetting it (Draw), and a new one that sounds Ah-MAZING (Brawler). Plus, everything below, I have personally *blurb-jolted* on and I’d say they ALL look like great reads. Like that “Roomies” one…

Oh! And one of the Kindle readers (Kindle, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers) is on sale today!! That one, for only $79 today. —->

Ready? Get a load of these!

  • Roomies by Lindy Zart <— I loved this author’s other standalone book (Take Care, Sara), and am very excited about the premise of this one! She’s in love with her awesome roommate…. and his brooding brother? Ruh roh…
  • Saving Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia <— Book #3 JUST RELEASED!!
  • Keep Me (Grayson Sibling Series Book 1) by Faith Andrews <— This one’s on SUPER-SALE and it looks up our alley! She’s a single mother, starting a new life, and runs into her friend’s bad-boy brother…
  • Keep Her (Grayson Sibling Series Book 2) by Faith Andrews <— and there’s a book #2, too! Reviews look verrrry promising!
  • Brawler by Tracey Ward <— BAD BOY BOXER alert! Another one that’s up our alley! Friends since they were young, he protected her growing up… “Now my biggest worry isn’t how to keep her safe from the world. It’s how the hell am I going to keep her safe from me?” *oooomph!!!*
  • Draw (Gentry Boys#1) by Cora Brent <— How do I keep forgetting about THIS one!?? I’m dying to read it every time I read that blurb… “He and his brothers were tough, lusty forces of nature I’d known since childhood. Years ago, Cord seduced me as a sick game. I’ve hated him ever since. Now here he is again, a man who beats other men bloody for money. Cord has always been heartless, dangerous, not to be trusted. And I want him so much I can’t think.” MINE!!!
  • Nashville – Boxed Set Series – Part One, Two, Three and Four (A New Adult Contemporary Romance) by Inglath Cooper <— FOUR books in this series bundled for – you guessed it!! – A SUPER-SALE price. She’s on her way to Nashville, and two football players come to her rescue on the side of the road….
  • Last Breath by Michael Prescott <— My aunt just finished this one and loved it! She says it caught her attention from the very first sentence. And all week she’s been following me around saying “You should read “Last Breath”. LOL!!!! Okay so here I am, looking it up… Oooooh scary-suspense sounding!!!! “Now an LAPD cop, C.J. faces danger every day on the streets of Newton Division – “Shootin’ Newton,” the city’s roughest territory. But the greatest danger lies in C.J.’s own home, where a stranger’s eyes are watching her – a stranger who plans to finish what he started sixteen years ago …
  • Make Me Forget (It’s Kind Of Personal Book 1) by Anna Brooks <— Jenny recommends it! “All five star reviews so far!! I loved this book!” Sounds angsty! “After enduring years of manipulation and an immeasurable amount of loss, Charlotte Kelly makes one last ditch effort to change her life and try to find happiness again. She knows she’ll see him when she moves back to Wisconsin. She’s planning on it, the connection she still feels to him after all these years is undeniable. But one lie tore them apart years ago, and she’s afraid some mistakes can’t be forgiven.



<— I FLIPPED OUT over this book a few years ago. I had never read anything like it before… a girl befriending a homeless guy that she’s been smiling at every day for weeks. Nobody notices him. Everyone ignores him except for her. What a sweeeeeet sweeeeeeeeet romance. A nice slow burn… plus there’s the rest of his crew. He’s homeless but he’s not without his brothers.

And now there are MORE books, including book #3 (Saving Poughkeepsie) that was JUST RELEASED TODAY!!! *squeeeeee!!!* P.S. Here’s my review of book #1. And I’m not the only one that loved it…

Tiffani: I read this book and instantly fell in love!  It is so moving and different.  I loved the relationship between the sisters and the way they talked to each other–it was real.  I was so moved by the way the author portrays the characters in this book.  She writes them with all their flaws but they have a beauty to them that still shines through and the way she handles such delicate subjects is awesome.  Can’t wait for the sequel to come out!  Just really a great read!

Ashley: ohmygoodness! poughkeepsie is one of my favorite books…

Bojana: Poughkeepsie made me cry…

Melody: Poughkeepsie made me cry more than once

Carrie: I think I’m still suffering from whiplash.  Loved the beginning of the story.  Was also totally jazzed about the unique premise.  When I finished… I was dumbfounded.  Somehow Beckett ended up my favorite character.  WTF?  Blake and Livia whatever.  It was like I started out on the It’s a Small World ride and ended up on the Pulp Fiction Roller Coaster sitting between Lara Croft and Vincent Vega.  My driving force at the end was to find out what happened to Beckett and Eve.  Which totally surprised me considering how hard I fell for Blake and Livia in the 1st part.

About book #1:

He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him-just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he’s homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day.

Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She’s the same as a million other girls-certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe.

When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation she steps into the fray to defend the homeless man. And she’s surprised to discover an inexplicable connection with her new friend. After danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something in each of them.

But it’s not long before their bond must prove its strength. Entanglements from the past challenge both their love and their lives. Blake’s heart beats for Livia’s, even if her hands have to keep its rhythm. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails. Love never fails, right?

In an interwoven tale of unlikely loves and relationships forged by fire, Debra Anastasia takes readers into the darkest corners of human existence, only to show them the radiant power of pure adoration and true sacrifice. Complicated families and confused souls find their way to light in this novel, which manages to be racy, profane, funny, and reverent all at once.


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Welcome to the fourth installment of “You’ll Never Believe…”

For those that don’t know what these new featurettes will be about, here is the scoop! “You’ll Never Believe…” will feature the weirdest questions or encounters that authors have been asked/had. Might be about their books or random things, like meetings in a bathroom where someone asked what brand of toilet paper they normally use. Fun stuff and inside scoops that an author would not normally share.

I LOVE this author’s book “Escorted” and I’m so excited to get a bit of an inside scoop! Plus we have an exclusive excerpt from one of her latest releases, below.

Ready for Noelle?

“You’ll Never Believe” – Noelle Adams

Most of the weird questions I’ve been asked were connected to Escorted (which I published under my other penname, Claire Kent). In the two years since Escorted was released, I’ve gotten emails from readers who have asked me if I can tell them which vibrators to buy, if I was a virgin at twenty-seven, and if I could recommend the best male escorts in the Seattle area. Seriously – I was asked all of those questions!

For some reason, though, the question I remember most vividly came after Married for Christmas was released last year. I got an irate note from a mother of a teenage girl who was appalled because her daughter had bought and read the book. The hero in Married for Christmas is a pastor, and the woman gave me an impassioned lecture about the “false advertising” of the book and asked how I could justify writing a pastor who had sex. I tried to be gracious and refrained from mentioning that pastors have been known to have sex from time to time, and instead told her I was sorry she was surprised but the book description clearly says that it includes sex scenes. I never heard back from her after that, but I’ll never forget that email.

My latest book is A Family for Christmas (Willow Park Book 3)—a sequel to Married for Christmas (Willow Park Book 1)—but the hero isn’t a pastor in this book, so maybe the sex won’t be so shocking!


Finally, Lydia couldn’t relax until she took a proactive step, so she got out of bed and headed to his room. She could see the light was still on from the crack at the bottom of the door, so she assumed he was still awake.

She knocked on the door.

She gave a little gasp when it swung open in about thirty seconds and Gabe stood in the doorway, dressed only in a pair of boxers.

She gulped—afraid it was audible but unable to stop herself. She was hit once again with that wave of visceral attraction, the likes of which she’d never experienced before.

“Sorry,” she managed to say. “I didn’t think…I mean, I thought you weren’t in bed yet. The light was on.”

“I was about to get in bed.” His eyes slid down her body, taking in her soft pajama pants and tank top and lingering on where one of the straps was slipping down her shoulder. “What’s the matter?”

“Nothing. I just wanted to…I felt like we didn’t quite finish our conversation this morning. About getting along, I mean. And it was bugging me. I really want this marriage to work.”

“I do too.” Something had tightened in his body, in his expression. “And we can talk about it. But not now.”

She frowned. “Why not now?”

His voice was deliciously thick as he said, “Because you’re not wearing many clothes right now, and it’s very distracting.”

She glanced down at herself in faint surprise and then up at him. She suddenly realized that the tension she sensed in him was arousal.

Arousal. He was aroused. By her.

A thrill of excitement, pleasure, and satisfaction washed over her with this knowledge.

It was a relief. And felt right. That he was attracted to her too.

“Oh,” she said, realizing he was waiting for her to reply. “Sorry. I didn’t….”

“I know you didn’t realize it. I’m sorry we can’t talk now. But I want to respect your wishes about not having sex, and that means I have to walk away when I’m getting too…” He cleared his throat and glanced away from her. “Turned on.”

“Oh.” She sucked in a shaky breath, suddenly swept with the same kind of hunger she’d felt that morning. He was wearing almost nothing. And he was big and warm and masculine and strong. And Gabe. “Well maybe…” She trailed off again, although she’d always considered herself quite articulate in the past.

His eyes shot back to her face. “Maybe what?”

“Maybe sex isn’t a problem. Maybe we can reconsider. After all, we’re married—”

Gabe didn’t even bother trying to respond with words. He just pushed the door shut behind her and closed the small gap between them, his handsome, strained face leaning in toward hers.

If she had thought about it, Lydia would have expected him to be slow and gentle at first, had thought he might try to ease them into this—since it was the first time they were together, and she was entirely new to this. But his mouth and hands were immediately hot, hungry, and needy, and as he moved his mouth roughly over hers, he clutched her almost painfully.

But, somehow, it was exactly what she wanted. She responded, feeling an answering hunger spring up in her own body. She pressed herself against him, clawed at his back, opened her mouth to his seeking tongue and then tried to outmaneuver it with her own.

About Noelle Adams:

Title: A Family for Christmas (Willow Park #3)

Author: Noelle Adams

Date of Publication: November 18th 2014



For years, Lydia has dreamed of overseas mission work, the way some women dream of getting married. How ironic that she needs a husband to finally make it happen. She’s always been practical, however—even if it means a marriage-of-convenience so she can finally do the work she’s called to do. Gabe needs a wife at exactly the right time. Plus, he’s kind of hot.

After a spectacularly failed marriage, Gabe isn’t looking for a wife. He and his nine-year-old daughter are doing just fine on their own. But he’s happy to negotiate a practical arrangement with Lydia in order to move into a new and more rewarding job. After all, a marriage like theirs won’t end up changing his life very much.

They both have their priorities, and marriage just isn’t one of them. But their carefully planned relationship doesn’t exactly go as planned…

Willow Park series

About Noelle Adams

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

Website: http://noelle-adams.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6572847.Noelle_Adams