Release Blitz- Up All Night by Joanna Blake

Release Blitz

Title: Up All Night

Series: Rock Gods

Author: Joanna Blake

Release Date: June 30, 2017

I’ve got fame and fortune in spades – and I don’t mind using them to get what I want: HER. Little Miss Thing has no idea the WILD RIDE I’ve got planned for her.

I’m kind of a big deal. As in, everyone on the planet knows who I am, and they have since I was fifteen. You’d think that doing whatever I want, not to mention the constant stream of women, would be pretty fun.

And they were. For a while. But now I’ve seen it all – and it’s enough to make a man pretty jaded.

When there’s a human stampede outside my concert, I jump out of my car to help. That’s before I see the girl who nearly got trampled – the tiny, young, adorable superfan.

So I invite her backstage… and before I know it, I’m inviting her to Vegas for a night of hard partying — and hopefully more.

She’s even more innocent than she looks, and I end up taking a cold shower. The last thing I expect is for her to sneak out the morning after.

No matter what I do, I can’t get this girl out of my head — her smart mouth, her huge blue eyes, and those crazy curves of hers are my own personal kryptonite. The fact that she doesn’t fawn all over me just adds fuel to my fire.

I’ll do anything it takes to win her – even pull out the old-school romance.

Jewelry? Check. Roller coaster ride at 4am? Check. Following her across the country like a Goddamn puppy dog? Check.

This girl is gonna be MINE.

This book was previously released under Dare Me. It has been extensively rewritten and expanded. It’s a light and sweet story with a guaranteed HEA and not even a hint of you-know-what!
Enjoy!
Xoxox,
Joanna

 

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Joanna Blake loves good old fashioned romance, men who open doors and work with their hands. Hot Blooded Heroes is a series of sizzling stories about True Blue American men and the women who love them. She’s thrilled to be collaborating with Pincushion Press on her new series! Come along for the ride!

XoX,

Joanna

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Love- Chapter 4

Sheena binkley

Here’s chapter 4. 🙂

After browsing in Macy’s for an hour, Sophia and Layla decided to take a break near the food court.

Layla sat down at a bench near the carousel and looked around. “I’m tired.”

“From what? We haven’t done anything.” Sophia said as she sat beside Layla.

“Exactly! Let’s do something tonight. In fact, let’s hit up a club. We haven’t done that in awhile.”

“Yeah, since last summer.” Sophia jokingly replied.

“It’ll be fun. We can dress up, meet some fine guys, and dance the night away.”

“I don’t feel like it.”

“Come on! This is the first day of summer so everyone and their mama will be out tonight.”

Sophia sighed. “Fine.”

“Great. Now, we need to find an outfit for tonight.” Layla said while getting up. She gently pulled Sophia up and she sighed.

“It better be fun tonight.” She said while walking with Layla.

“Trust me, it will be. Would I ever lie to you?”

“Yes, you would.”

Layla laughed. “Trust me on this one.”

As they were walking, Sophia looked around the food court when she suddenly stopped walking. Natalie and Cassandra were walking out of Express. Layla looked from Sophia to the direction of Natalie and Cassandra and rolled her eyes.

“What are you doing?” Layla asked. “Why would you even talk to them after what they did to you?”

“I know what I’m doing, Layla.”

She went over to them who were going near the directory. “Well, well, well, what are you two up to? Trying to steal another man that doesn’t belong to you?”

Natalie rolled her eyes. “What do you want, Sophia?”

“I don’t know why you’re upset with me? I should be the one pissed after you practically threw yourself at Patrick. For someone who wanted to see him so happy, the minute he was you tried to end it.”

“Listen, I’d made a mistake putting you two together; but I didn’t have to do anything to break you two up. You did it all by yourself.”

Cassandra gave an evil smirk at Sophia. “Yeah, Sophia; but you could never keep a man, could you?”

“You bitch!” Sophia exclaimed. She tried to go after Cassandra, but Layla grabbed her.

“Girl, stop! She’s not worth going to jail over! Neither one of these stanks are. They’re both trash.”

“I know you’re not talking, heifer.” Natalie barked.

“Let’s go. We have better things to do with our time then be around these losers.” Layla said.

The two turned around and when Natalie started to yell.
“Cassandra’s right! You’ll never keep a man! Damn virgin!”

Sophia turned around and gave Natalie the finger. Natalie returned the gesture before grabbing Cassandra and headed to the stores.

Sophia shook her head. “Gosh, that girl is stupid. I don’t even know how I could be friends with either one of them.”

Layla scoffed. “I’ve been trying to figure that out for the longest. At least you’ve wised up about them.”

Sophia smiled. “I am too. Let’s go find something to wear for tonight.”

“Now we’re talking.” Layla said as she followed Sophia into a shoe store.

 

February 4, 2012

Sophia was heading to her car when she saw Cassandra coming to her.

“Hey, Cassandra. What’s up?”

“Can I get a ride home? My car is in the shop.”

“Sure. Get in.”

The two hopped in and Sophia put the key into the ignition. “So, how’s things going between you and Terrance?”

Cassandra sat up in the seat and looked out the window. “Things are going great. We had a date last night, which was fun. We went to the movies, talked a little bit, then ended the night with some hot sex. After that, he took me home.”

“What a night.” Sophia said dryly.

“What does that supposed to mean?”

“Does every conversation you or Natalie have with me has to be about sex? There are other things to talk about than sex.”

Cassandra gave Sophia a confused look. “All I said was that I had sex. It’s not like I went into details about the encounter. What’s your problem lately, Sophia? It’s bad enough that we barely see you and when we do you have an attitude. What’s going on?”

“Nothing is going on. I just would like to have a conversation without talking about how big or small a guy’s dick is or how good he is in bed. I’m sorry, but maybe the reason why I haven’t been hanging out with you or Natalie is because one, I have a man, and two, because the both of you are selfish and immature.”

“Oh really. You know what, you are the one who’s immature. If you really think that you and Patrick are going to have this wonderful relationship, then I suggest you think twice because he’s not going to stay with you long if you’re not giving him any. Maybe he’s cool with it now, but do you really think he’s going to go months or even years without having sex? If you think that, then you’re completely clueless.”

“Sorry to disappoint you, Cassandra, but Patrick and I love each other. We’re very committed to each other and we’re not even having sex. Patrick knows that I want to wait and he doesn’t have a problem with it. If he doesn’t, then why should you? Now, I suggest you and Natalie both stay out of my damn business and leave me the hell alone. Got it.”

Cassandra smirked. “Fine, Sophia.”

Sophia rolled her eyes and drove up to Cassandra’s driveway. She gave her an intense stare.

“Your ride’s over. Get out.”

Cassandra grabbed her backpack and purse and grabbed on the door handle. She got out and slammed the door. Sophia rolled down her window and yelled at her.

“And don’t slam my damn door!”

She reversed out of the driveway and sped off.

“Bitch.” Cassandra said and went inside.

“Heifer.” Sophia said while speeding down the street…

 

“What are you thinking about?” Layla asked

Sophia glanced at Layla and smiled. “Nothing important.”

The two walked pass Victoria’s Secret when Sophia suddenly stopped, almost causing Layla to bump into her. She stared at the outfit in the display window, which was a beautiful pink lace embroidered baby doll with a matching pink thong.

That’s the outfit I wore the night Patrick and I made love.

Layla came up to her. She glanced at the outfit before staring at her. “Are you okay? You look as if you’re going to pass out. Please don’t.”

“I’m not. I’m just thinking about something.”

“I’m sure it’s about Patrick. Spill it.”

Sophia turned to Layla and gave a shy smile. “There’s something I haven’t told you.”

“What is it?”

“When Natalie mentioned about me being a virgin, let’s just say she doesn’t know anything about me now.”

Layla gave a surprised look. “You had sex with Patrick?”

Sophia nodded. “On our anniversary.”

“Girl, why didn’t you tell me? I’m your cousin!”

“I wanted to, but I felt it was something I wanted to keep to myself.”

“I told you when I lost my virginity.”

“Sorry, Layla, but I wanted to keep it private.”

“I understand. So, how was it?”

Sophia smiled. “It was amazing. That was one night that I would never forget….”

 

August 29, 2012

Sophia looked at her closet and sighed. “I really don’t know what to wear,” she whispered.

“Layla, what would you wear on your one-year anniversary to Carl?!” she yelled to Layla in her room.

She walked into Sophia’s room and smiled. “Nothing.”

“Seriously, Layla! This is an important day and I want to look really nice.”

“Okay, for starters, Patrick would think you’re beautiful if you were wearing a brown paper bag. Whatever you choose, he would love it. Where are you two going anyway?”

“I don’t know. Patrick said it was a surprise.”

“Well, pick something nice but sexy. Something that’s simple, but also says wow.”

Sophia pulled out a black strapless dress from the back of her closet. “Like this?”

“Exactly.”

The doorbell rang and Layla went to the door. Patrick was standing outside with a dozen of pink roses in his hands.

Layla opened the door and smiled. “Hey, Patrick. Aren’t you looking nice tonight. Where are you taking Sophia dressed in a suit?”

Patrick walked into the apartment and smiled. “Somewhere special. I would tell you, but I know you, Layla. You would definitely tell Sophia.”

“No, I wouldn’t. Why would I tell her?”

 “Because you will. Is Sophia ready?”

“Yes, I am.” Sophia said while walking into the living room.

Patrick looked at Sophia with a wide grin. “Wow, Sophia. You look amazing.”

“Thank you. Are those for me?”

“There’re not for me.” Layla jokingly replied.

“Happy anniversary, baby.” Patrick said. He went up to Sophia and gave her a kiss on the cheek.

“Happy anniversary, Patrick. Now, I’m glad I chose this dress. You look really nice. So, where are you taking me, Mr. Baker?”

“You’ll see. We better go, though; I made reservations so we better not be late.”

Layla smiled. “It must be big if you made reservations. You two have fun.”

“We will.” Sophia said. She went up to Layla and whispered in her ear. “Don’t wait up.”

“I wasn’t going to.” She replied and smiled.

The two went out the door and to Patrick’s car. He looked at Sophia and took her hand.

“Baby, tonight is definitely a night that we won’t forget.”

Sophia smiled. “I know, sweetie.”

“Are you sure about this?”

“I’ve never been so sure about anything in my life. Patrick, I love you and I want to share my first time with you. I always told myself that I would give myself to the person that I want to spend the rest of my life with. Sweetie, I choose you.”

Patrick looked at Sophia and kissed her on the cheek. “Let’s go then.”

He started up his car and back out of the parking spot.

After the two shared a special dinner, the two walked out of the restaurant hand in hand. When they reached Patrick’s car, he opened the passenger’s door for Sophia to get in. As soon as he got in, he started up the car and looked at her.

“You’re having a good time so far?”

“Yes, I am.”

“Good, because of course the night is not over. But before I drive out, I have to do this.”

He pulled out a black blindfold from the glove compartment and smiled. Sophia looked at him and smiled.

“The next destination is another surprise?”

“Yes, it is.”

“How exciting.”

Patrick put the blindfold over Sophia’s eyes and kissed her softly on the lips. “Believe me, baby, this is worth the suspense; so, sit back and enjoy the ride.”

Sophia did just that as Patrick put the car in reverse and left the restaurant parking lot.

Thirty minutes later, and Patrick drove up to their destination. He put the car in park and turned off the engine. He opened the door and quickly went over to the passenger side to look at Sophia.

“I’ll be right back.”

“Okay.”

“Where am I?” Sophia whispered. As she was about to pull off the blindfold, Patrick ran back to the car and smiled.

“I see you trying to peek. Come on.” He said. He opened the door and slowly got Sophia out of the car. The two walked into the building and strolled through the lobby area. They went to the elevator and Patrick pressed the up button.

“Where are we? Are we at a hotel?”

Patrick smiled. “You’re asking too many questions.”

“Because I want to know.”

“Which you will in due time.”

The elevator door opened and they walked in. As soon as the door closed, Patrick pressed the fourth floor button and waited patiently until the door opened again. As soon as it did, he gently ushered Sophia to the third door on the floor. He grabbed the key card and swiped it through the card holder. Once he opened the door, he guided Sophia to the center of the room and stopped.

“I want you to stand right here.” He instructed.

“What’s going on, Patrick?”

“You’ll see.”

He carefully took the blindfold from Sophia and slowly smiled at the surprised look she had.

The room was decorated with red and white rose petals throughout the floor and on the bed. A bottle of champagne was chilled by one side of the bed while a bowl of strawberries was placed on the end table on the other side. Not only was the room marvelously set-up, but the window overlooking the city was even more breathtaking.

“Patrick, I can’t believe you did all of this.”

“You deserve this, Sophia. Not only will this be our first time, but this will be yours, so I want it to be perfect.”

A tear rolled down Sophia’s cheek as she walked over to the window.

“Are you okay? I didn’t mean to make you cry.”

“I’m fine. This is how I imagined my first time to be. I just didn’t think it would happen, though.”

Patrick went over to Sophia and held her. “You are the most important person in my life. Nothing is more important than seeing you happy. I love you, baby.”

“I love you too.” Sophia whispered.

The two kissed as Patrick pulled away. “The surprises are not over. I have one more.”

“Patrick…”

He put a finger to Sophia’s lips. “Wait right here, okay.”

“Okay.” Sophia whispered.

Patrick walked over to a small closet near the bathroom. He came back with a medium sized box.

“I hope you like it. When I saw it, I knew it would look amazing on you.”

Sophia slowly took the box from Patrick and opened it. Her eyes went wide as she pulled out a gorgeous pink baby doll covered with lace.

“This is gorgeous, Patrick.”

“I hope it’s the right size. I described to the saleswoman your size, so she picked it out.”

“It’s great, baby. It’ll look perfect on me.”

“You could model it for me, if you want.”

Sophia smiled and gave Patrick a kiss before going to the bathroom. She stopped at the door to stare at him.

“Don’t go anywhere.” She said seductively.

“I won’t. I promise.”

Sophia smiled again and closed the door.

Five minutes later, and Patrick was waiting impatiently for Sophia to come out. He was wondering if something was wrong as he looked at his watch.

While Patrick was in the room, Sophia was in the bathroom wondering if she was making the right decision. She glanced at herself in the mirror, taking in the outfit as she touched up her hair.

Patrick walked to the bathroom door and started to speak. “Baby, are you okay? You’ve been in there for awhile now.”

Sophia moved towards the door and sighed. “I’ll be out in a minute. I’m trying to look good for you.”

Patrick smiled. “That’s not too hard to do. You’re already beautiful.”

Sophia opened the door and smiled.

Patrick looked at Sophia speechless. He went up to her and put his hand on her cheek.

Sophia looked worried as Patrick continued to stare at her.

“Baby, say something. You’re making me nervous.”

Patrick pulled her to her and gave her a passionate kiss. Sophia softly moan as her hand went behind the back of his neck. Patrick held her tighter as his manhood began to rise. He was trying to stay calm, but seeing how beautiful Sophia looked, he didn’t know if he could control his emotions any longer.

Sophia pulled away from Patrick as she took his hand. She guided him towards the bed and sat down.

“Sophia, you look amazing. Words can’t even describe what I’m thinking right now.”

Sophia smiled. “I guess that means you like the outfit.”

“Like isn’t even the word. I knew you would look good in it the minute I saw it in the window.”

Sophia smiled again and started to play with the hem of the dress. Suddenly she was even more nervous than before.

“What’s wrong? You’re not having second thoughts, are you?”

Sophia shook her head. “I guess I’m a little nervous. If we do go through with it, I don’t know what to expect. Really, I don’t know if we’re go through it at all. I just don’t want anything unexpected to happen.”

Patrick took Sophia’s hand into his and smiled. “Nothing could spoil this moment between us. Just us being together is perfect, no matter where we are or what we’re doing. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me, so I’m glad that you’re in my life.”

“I’m glad that you’re in my life, too,” Sophia said. A tear rolled down her cheek as she spoke again. “I love you so much, and now I want to show you how much. Make love to me, Patrick.”

“Are you sure, baby? I’m not going to force you into something you’re not sure of.”

“I’m very sure. I’ve never been more sure about anything in my life.”

Patrick ran his fingers through her hair as Sophia put her hand on his chest. He started to kiss her cheek, then her lips. He smiled before kissing her neck. Sophia breathed heavily as a moan escaped her lips. She moved her lips to Patrick’s ear, lightly kissing his earlobe. Patrick moaned as Sophia took off his shirt. She stared at his chest, amazed at his body when Patrick slowly laid Sophia down on the bed. He gently removed Sophia’s dress as her hands went to his pants. Patrick looked into Sophia’s eyes, seeing the love that she had for him.

“I love you.” He whispered.

I love you too, Patrick…

 

Sophia glanced at Layla and smiled. “It was wonderful.”

“How did it feel?” Layla asked.

“It was okay. It was my first time, so of course it would feel awkward; but afterwards, it was great.”

“This should be a good sign that you two are meant to be. I know you would not had gave it up to Patrick if you knew he wasn’t the one. Now that I know this, you two really need to talk.”

Sophia sighed as a tear fell down her cheek. “You don’t think I know that? Since the day we broke up, I’ve been miserable. I love Patrick so much, so I never thought the two of us would end thing so soon. I wish things were different between us now.”

 

“I wish that too.”

Sophia and Layla turned around and saw Patrick standing behind them. Sophia looked at Patrick, not knowing what to say or do as Patrick gave her a depressed look.

Maybe it’s time for us to talk….

 

 

 

Release Day Blitz- I Used To Cry by EN Hardy

Vaneka’s VIP Literary Services is pleased to announce the Release Day Blitz of I Used To Cry: The Essence of Essence by E. N. Hardy.

Genre African American Fiction, Urban Fiction, Coming of Age
Publisher Hard Pen Publications
Publication Date July 1, 2017
ASIN B06Y4VKX5Y
ISBN Hardcover 9780998775418
ISBN Paperback 9780998775401
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 Synopsis

Based on true events, I Used To Cry: The Essence of Essence, is an epic coming of age novel that captivates the reader from beginning to end. An emotional tale chronicling the life of Essence, a young girl from the streets of Inkster, Michigan. She had it all. A good home, loving family and friends, beauty, and brains. When a traumatic turn of events changes her life forever, Essence is left emotionally crippled with a jaded perception of self, life, and love. For years her life is in shambles. She finds herself on a path of destruction fueled by pain, struggling to pick up the pieces. All she wants is to be loved, and accepted for who she is, but not even she knows the true answer to that question. Will she ever find what she’s looking for? Take this journey with Essence as she discovers the true essence of herself.
Author E. N. Hardy
Author E. N. Hardy was born and raised in Inkster, Michigan. Writing became a passion for her at a very young age, as an outlet, and as a means to deal with trying circumstances. She loves to write poetry, erotica, and in her own words “emotional fiction.” The only thing that matters to her is the way you “feel” after reading her work. She enjoys a career in healthcare education, and does lots of reading in her spare time. Her all-time favorite author is V. C. Andrews, with Frank McCourt being a very close second. In 2012 she began working on her debut novel, I Used To Cry: The Essence of Essence. She currently resides in the Metro Detroit area with her husband and four children.
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Love – Chapter 3

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Here is chapter three of Love. Enjoy! 🙂

Sophia and Layla walked into Macy’s at the mall and started to look around.

“Sophia, I know you’ve been thinking about Patrick today, so I hope you don’t take this the wrong way.”

Sophia glanced at Layla as she slowly cleared her throat. “If you love him like you say you do, why don’t you try and work things out with him? I know Patrick said it was because of James, but Natalie was also responsible for the incident. She basically tried to break you two up.”

“Well, she got her wish; she can have him if she wants.”

“You don’t mean that. Patrick is your first love. You two are meant for each other. Besides, Natalie is and will always be a stank. I knew that girl was trouble from the beginning.”

“Layla, stop.”

“I’m just telling the truth. Anyway, if you want things to work out with Patrick, I suggest you call him and talk things out.”

Sophia sighed. “I would, but I’m not. I haven’t done anything wrong for us to break up. Patrick should know that I wouldn’t cheat on him; especially not with James.”

“You’re telling me when James came back into the picture, you never thought about dropping Patrick to be with him?”

“No, because with Patrick I found true love.”

“So, should it matter who was right or wrong with the argument? If you two love each other, then you should be able to find your way back to each other, right?”

Sophia looked at Layla and smiled. “You’re right, but I’m not calling him.”

“Fine, but I just don’t want you moping around the entire day. Why don’t you put your mind off of Patrick and shop? I see a shirt with your name on it.”

Sophia shrugged. “Fine, let’s go.”

The two walked towards the junior’s department to look around….

 

September 4, 2011

Sophia walked into the student lounge and saw Patrick sitting outside on the patio. She slowly walked up to him and gently touched his shoulder. He looked up and smiled.

“Hey. Are you feeling better today?”

“Yeah. I got your messages. Sorry, I didn’t call you back.”

“It’s cool, but, why didn’t you?”

Sophia sighed. “I was scared. Patrick, I made an ass out of myself on our first date. I got drunk and puked on you. I was surprised that you even called me again.”

Patrick smiled. “I wanted to check to see if you were okay. Just because all of that happened doesn’t mean I’m not going to stop talking to you. Sophia, you are a great girl and what happened isn’t going to change how I feel about you. Hell, shit happens.”

Sophia gave a strange glance. “So, you’re not mad?”

“Why should I be? That was another reason why I was calling; I was hoping we could go out again this weekend.”

Sophia started to laugh. “Patrick Baker, either you must really like me or you’re just plain weird.”

Patrick took Sophia’s hand and kissed it. “I guess what you’re saying is true. So, do you want to go out with me again, Miss Davis?”

“I would like that.”

The two stared at each other and smiled….

 

Sophia looked at a shirt that Layla held up.

“You like it?” she asked.

Sophia smiled. “Yeah, I do.”

 

***

Patrick walked into the mall entrance. He needed to do something instead of sitting at home watching TV.

And to get my mind off of Sophia.

He took a walk around the mall, glancing at the different stores, until he stopped at the toy store. He went inside to look around.

To be honest, I don’t even know why we broke up. He thought as he looked at some action figures. Everything was perfect between us. I miss her so much.

He walked over to the stuffed animals section. He immediately noticed one and picked it up.

This is the bear I gave Sophia the night I told her I loved her. That’s the night that I would never forget….

 

January 14, 2012

“You’re having fun tonight?” Patrick asked Sophia. The two were walking hand in hand in the park.

Sophia smiled. “I’m having a great time.”

Patrick smiled. “I’m glad to hear that.”

The two stopped at a bench and sat down. The two watched the moon reflecting off the lake in front of them.

“This is the perfect night. The atmosphere is romantic, and I’m with a wonderful guy. I couldn’t had asked for anything more.”

Patrick gave a sexy glance. “You’re sure about that?”

Sophia raised her eyebrow. “What are you up to?”

“Wait right here and you’ll find out.” He said. He quickly got up and went towards his car. He came back with a gift bag.

“Patrick, you really didn’t have to buy me anything.”

“Just open it. I promise you’ll love it.”

Sophia looked inside the bag and slowly pulled out her gift. It was a white teddy bear dressed in a blue tux with a blue hat. She immediately smiled.

“This is really nice. Thank you, baby.”

“You’re welcome.”

“I feel really bad because I haven’t bought you anything, or…”

“Don’t worry about that. You don’t have to buy me anything. Just keep being around me and enjoying my company.”

Sophia smiled. “That’s not too hard to do.”

She reached over and kissed Patrick. They deepened the kiss, as Sophia pulled Patrick closer to her. As soon as they pulled away, Patrick took a deep breath.

“Sophia, there’s something I need to tell you.”

Sophia gave a concerned look. “What is it?”

 Patrick gave her a serious look as he put her hands into his. “Baby, we have been together for four months and I feel like I’ve known you for years.”

Sophia smiled. “I feel the same way.”

“Let me finish. Sophia, I love you.”

Sophia was speechless as Patrick caressed her hands. “Are you okay?”

Sophia let go of Patrick and got up. She walked over to the swings as Patrick followed her.

“If I said it too soon then I apologize, but Sophia, I’m not going to hide my feelings for you. I’m so comfortable around you and even though we’ve known each other for a short while, I feel as if we’re one.”

Sophia turned around to stare at Patrick. “How do you know if it’s love? Don’t you think four months is too soon to tell?”

“No, it’s not. I know you feel the same way. I can tell by the look in your eyes.”

A tear rolled down Sophia’s cheek as she ran a hand through her hair. Patrick stepped to her and wiped her tear away. “Why are you crying, baby?”

Sophia gave a tiny smile. “All of my life I wanted to hear those words from the guy that I loved. When I heard those words for the first time from my first boyfriend, I felt like the most special girl in the world. But you know what he’d done to me? He cheated on me. Another guy said it to me too, and he left me. So how do I know you’re not going to be any different from them?”

“Sophia, I’m sorry for what those guys had done to you, but I’m not them. Baby, you have to believe me when I say I love you. I would never hurt you.”

“How do I know that?”

“Just trust me. Life is all about taking risks, and this time is no different. I’m asking you to take a chance with me. Forget about all of the guys that have hurt you. Those guys didn’t know what they had in you; but I know and I damn know that I wouldn’t want you to slip away.”

Sophia put a hand on Patrick’s cheek. He put her in his arms as she took a deep breath.

“I love you.” He whispered.

“I love you too…”

 

Patrick looked at the bear one last time before putting it back on the rack.

“I meant what I said, Sophia. I’m not letting you go.”

 

Cover Reveal- Disasters In Dating by Danielle Allen

Dating is hard.
Dating online is hard.
Dating online in your thirties is hard.
Dating online in your thirties after being in a ten-year relationship is hard.
What’s not hard?
Meeting men who aren’t really single.
Having your time wasted.
Receiving unsolicited pictures of genitalia.
Said genitalia.
When did dating become so complicated?
I just want to find a nice, good looking man who replies to my entire text message and doesn’t text me “WYD” every hour. I just want to find a fun loving, intelligent man who doesn’t have a Master’s Degree in Cheating, Shenanigans and Tomfoolery and isn’t fluent in lies. I just want to find a man who is actually the height he listed in his dating profile.
I jumped back into the dating scene with tempered expectations. I didn’t think all the men I would meet were going to be amazing, but I didn’t think so many of them were going to be disasters.

 

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Blog Tour- Naked by Alexandra Christian

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Title: Naked

Author: Alexandra Christian

Series: The Phoenix Rising Series

Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian and Paranormal

Release Date: April 13, 2017

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Librarian at one of Earth’s last paper libraries, Phoebe Addison is about to have a romantic and interplanetary adventure wilder than anything she’s ever read.
OUT OF THE STACKS
Librarian Phoebe Addison has lived her entire life within a seventy-five mile radius of her small Louisiana town, but when she receives a strange medallion from her adventurous, off-world sister, reality tilts toward the bizarre. Everything Phoe thought she knew is…well, wrong. Dead wrong. But bone-numbing fear has no place in this brave new world—nor by the side of the dangerous, exquisite man who saves her life.
…AND INTO THE FIRE
Following the tragic slaughter of his family, operative Macijah “Cage” St. John understands evil in a way no man ever should. He traded happiness for a magnificent and terrible power, and fate isn’t done with him yet. He wasn’t looking for comfort. He didn’t need tenderness. But today he’ll play hero to a damsel in distress, and his quest will deliver him to the uncanny Martian colony of New London—and his heart to the demure Phoebe Addison. The bookish beauty’s hidden talents and deep abiding love just might save Cage from himself.
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Phoebe could tell he wanted to say more but wouldn’t. She held his gaze, but he looked away, as if he were hiding a weakness he couldn’t stand for her to see.
“What are you talking about?” she said. “Help me understand.”
“I can’t,” he said, pulling back and shaking his head as if to clear it. “I won’t.”
“But why?”
He rolled back on his heels and stood quickly, and in an uncharacteristically clumsy movement, his shoulder brushed against the bedside table and nearly toppled the glass of tea.
“Just leave it alone, Phoe. My demons are my own.” The weakness was gone, and now that hard-edged, barely contained anger had returned.
She knew if she pressed him he would lash out. She was starting to understand, to be able to read his moods that had seemed so random and mysterious when they’d first met. There was a scab, healed over, but beneath the surface it still burned in his soul.
“Rest up,” he said, turning to walk away. “We’ll leave at sunset. Sadie has a car.”
Swallowing her nausea, Phoe threw back the blanket and stumbled out of the bed toward him. “Wait. Cage.”
He stopped but didn’t turn. “Look, I don’t know what’s happened in your past, but we all have demons. Some of us more than most. I get it.” She laid a hand on his shoulder, feeling the quiver of muscles pulled tight. The sensation of gentle touch had evidently become foreign. His head turned, staring down at where her fingertips rested against him. Such a profile, his eyes gazing downward and the faint glisten of a single tear resting just under his eyelashes. “You can trust me.”
“I do trust you, Phoe.”
She slid her arm along his shoulder, and he turned, enveloping her in a gentle embrace. He brushed a hand over her brow, smoothing back the stray locks that fell around her face. Being so close to him, she felt small and skittish. If he loosened his grasp even a little, she feared she would retreat.
He took her hand, bringing it to his lips then pressing her palm against his cheek. Instantly his body relaxed, as if her touch were some sort of calming drug. Phoebe could actually feel the tension melting from his muscles.
His eyes were full of fire and his breathing labored. Phoe couldn’t believe that it was her doing this to him. That all of this was for her.
“I don’t trust me,” he muttered in a low growl.
She was mesmerized by the curves of his lips as he spoke, and without even realizing, she’d moved closer. Only a breath between them, and then their lips touched.
At first he kissed her lightly, but when her tongue slid across the seam of his lips, he became insistent. His sumptuous mouth caressed her lower lip and it made her bold. Instinct kicked in and she kissed him back with equal intensity. Cage stole her breath and then offered his own. His arms tightened around her waist as he pulled her in against him, his hands rested on her hips as their kiss deepened.
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep fried eccentricity. As one-half of the writing team at Little Red Hen Romance, she’s committed to bringing exciting stories and sapiosexual love monkeys to intelligent readers everywhere. Lexx also likes to keep her fingers in lots of different pies having written everything from sci-fi and horror to Sherlock Holmes adventures. Her alter-ego, A.C. Thompson, is also the editor of the highly successful Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series of anthologies.
A self-proclaimed “Southern Belle from Hell,” Lexx is a native South Carolinian who lives with an epileptic wiener dog, and her husband, author Tally Johnson. Her long-term aspirations are to one day be a best-selling authoress and part-time pinup girl. Questions, comments and complaints are most welcome at her website: http://lexxxchristian.wixsite.com/alexandrachristian.

Available For Pre-order !!!

Hi everyone!! Just Right, the novella from the Something Just Ain’t Right series, is now available for pre-order! Catch up with Hayley and Morgan as they try to adjust to their normal lives, but things will quickly change when an old nemesis comes back into their lives.

Just Right

What happens when the chaos ends and their normal life begins?

It has been three years since Hayley and Morgan Carter experienced the turmoil caused by Morgan’s family. Now that the threats, kidnappings, and shootings are behind them, the two can now live a normal life with their two-year-old son, Morgan Jr. While Hayley is living her dream as an event coordinator for a high-profiled company, Morgan decided to go into law enforcement and become a detective. With their lives slowly falling into place, the two will soon find out that things are not what they seem.
As the two receive some surprising news from a former nemesis, they must decide what is best to protect themselves and their loved ones. Will the two result back to their former lives to keep their happily ever after, or will it be too late?

The official release date is set for August 9th!