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New Year’s Eve Sale!!

Hi everyone!! 2019 is almost here, so to countdown the new year, I’m reducing the price for both books in the Into You series!

Starting on New Year’s Eve, you can get Into You for FREE, while Resisting Temptation will be priced at $0.99. If you have been looking to purchase these books at a cheaper price or reading my books for the first time, then this is the time to grab both books because they will go back to their regular price on January 2nd.

Below are the synopses and links for both books:

Into You

Vanessa Hartwell has always lived the good life. With her fancy job as a management consultant, she never had to worry about anything; that was until her boss, and former lover, decides to sell the company to a business that already have a staff in place.

Now that the life she knows is quickly changing, she has to find a job fast. With the help of her good friend, she decides to take a position at an unlikely place. She didn’t think things could get any worse; but that all change when she encounters Mark Fernandez. She soon starts to become friends with Mark, but she can’t get past the idea that not only is he her co-worker, but also the owner of her new employer’s son. After what happened between her and her former boss, she made a vow to herself to never mix business with pleasure. Will Mark be able to change her mind or will she let love pass her by? 

Mark Fernandez has always been a ladies’ man and have encountered a couple of flings at his father’s business; but he never encountered someone like Vanessa. She’s a bit feisty, but he knows he can find a way to let her guard down. While he does, he has a couple of secrets of his own that he doesn’t want anyone to know. Will he be able to continue hiding them, or will Vanessa be the one to break down his wall? 

As the two try to establish a relationship, there will be a lot of obstacles in their way, including jealous exes, negative family members, and even crazy co-workers. Will the love they have for each other be enough to keep their relationship going, or will it tear them apart? 

Take a journey with Vanessa and Mark as they try to build a relationship with each other as well as discover their purpose in life in the story, Into You.

Resisting Temptation

Troy Jimenez is one of the top managers at Suds Car Wash-Richmond, but is also a huge player. From his constant flirting with customers to him indulging in many of the employees, he loves the ladies, and with his good looks and charm, he knows he can get any woman that comes into his path. 

That was until Reece Palmer came into his life. 

Reece is everything Troy wants in a woman: smart, ambitious, and sexy as hell. As he tries to find ways to get with her, Reece is definitely not falling for his antics, making Troy wonder if she’s worth the fight. 

Or is she? 

After quitting her job and abruptly leaving the only city she knows, Reece decides to move to Houston to be near her cousin, Vanessa, her husband, Mark, and their daughter Samantha. She doesn’t know what direction her life is heading, but she knows she needs a job fast. Her cousin suggests she come work at Suds as the new office manager. With the location needing a bit of a facelift, Reece is up for the challenge; little did she know she also need to get the manager in line. In more ways than one. 

With the daily theatrics of the business, including bickering amongst the employees, and rude customers, Reece has her job cut out for her; but the real issue is with Troy. She wants to strangle him on a daily basis, making her wonder if her feelings for him are pure hate, or something more. 

The constant interaction between the two will make them wonder if there is something more between them. While Reece is trying not to get involve with a co-worker, Troy has even bigger demons to deal with, causing him to finally face them head-on. 

Will the two be able to get past their personal issues to see where their feelings are for each other, or will their dilemmas push them further away from what is right in front of them? 

Release Blitz- Whispered Prayers of a Girl by Alex Grayson

Release Blitz

Title: Whispered Prayers of a girl

Author: Alex Grayson

Cover Designer: Cover Me Darling

Cover Model: BT Urruela

Photog: Kruse Images & Photography

Release Date: July 10, 2017

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A tortured soul meets a damaged family…

A lonely man, a widowed woman, a carefree boy, and a broken girl… Can the four come together and help heal each other? Or will fear of the unknown and guilt about the past keep them apart?

 

Her whispered prayers break her…

At night, as she’s drifting off to sleep, I press my ear to the door and listen to her heart-wrenching pleas. Her words are agony to my healing heart, but I cherish the sound of them, for that’s the only time I ever hear my beautiful daughter speak. Since her father died two years ago, she’s grown quiet and withdrawn. Cat’s Valley was to be our new beginning, a place where my family and I can heal, but what we find there is so much more.

 

Scars mar his body. Pain has left him in pieces…

Four years ago, I lost the two things I cherished most in the world. They were ripped from my arms in the most painful and cruel way. Since then, I’ve kept to myself, preferring to stay away from the pitying looks and murmured rumors. Everything changed when she and her children barged into my life. It was an accident, and I don’t deserve them, but now that they’re here, I’m not sure I can let them go.

 

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JUST LIKE LAST NIGHT, I walk silently down the hallway until I make out the murmured whispers from a girl begging God to bring her father back. I gently lay my hand on the door and listen as she slowly melts my heart until it’s a puddle at my feet. My chest aches with the need to walk in there and take away her pain. I’ve never heard such tortured words before. The pain that comes from them is overwhelming and unbearable. Even my own immense pain from losing the ones I loved can’t compare to this. This girl’s pain is so much more.

My head falls forward, and I pull in a deep breath to steady my heartbeat. It’s been quiet for several moments, and I know she’s finished. I let my hand fall from the door, and I walk down the hallway back to the living room. I drop to the cushion and let my head fall in my hands.

They’re leaving tomorrow. The sun is coming out and the temperatures are supposed to be in the lower fifties, much higher than it’s been in days. The snow won’t melt in one day, but it’ll be enough to let the road crew get to the fallen tree and her truck. My call earlier tonight to Travis confirmed they’ll be working on the roads tomorrow.

I’m not ready. It’s unreasonable and irrational, but I don’t want them to leave yet. I’m not ready to give up Daniel’s buoyant behavior or Kelsey’s quiet and depressed mannerisms. I’m not ready to give up Gwen’s giving and resilient personality. I want to keep them here. With me. They’ve brought so much light into my life since they’ve been here, and I want to keep it for a while longer. Which means they need to leave as soon as possible, before my dark world rubs off on them. I want to be selfish and harbor that light, but I won’t.

What hurts the most was the dejected look on Daniel’s face when Gwen informed him and Kelsey they’ll be leaving tomorrow. What surprised me was the morose look on Kelsey’s. That girl and her sad eyes have me wrapped around her little finger. And the boy…. Everyone should have a Daniel in their lives. Gwen tried cheering the two up with promised visits to all their friends once the roads were clear enough for it, but I could tell it didn’t work. I could also tell it wasn’t working for Gwen herself. She tried to hide it, I’m not sure if it was just from the kids or from me too, but I know she doesn’t want to leave either. The four of us, in a matter of days, have become close, formed a bond of a sort. And that right there is another reason they need to leave. I can’t let that continue. It’s not something I deserve. It’s something they need to form with a man who’s worthy. A man who will be there for them always. A whole man, not one who’s only half of himself.

I give my hair one good pull, letting the pain push away the unwanted feelings, before releasing it with a muted growl. I’m pissed at myself for wanting something I shouldn’t. This family is too good for me. I couldn’t even protect my own when they needed me. How could this family be any different? I refuse to take that chance.

I lie back against the cushion and force thoughts of Gwen and her two kids away, and instead let my own demons take over. Closing my eyes, I let the screams of pain and fear flood my mind, reminding me why Gwen, Kelsey, and Daniel are better off without me in their lives.

 

 

Alex Grayson is the bestselling author of heart pounding, emotionally gripping contemporary romance including the Jaded Series, the Consumed Series, and two standalone novels. Her passion for books was reignited by a gift from her sister-in-law. After spending several years as a devoted reader and blogger, Alex decided to write and independently publish her first novel in 2014 (an endeavor that took a little longer than expected). The rest, as they say, is history.

Originally a southern girl, Alex now lives in Ohio with her husband, two children, two cats and dog. She loves the color blue, homemade lasagna, casually browsing real estate, and interacting with her readers. Visit her website, www.alexgraysonbooks.com, or find her on social media!

 

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Hi everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the 31 Days, 31 Authors event and getting to know some great authors so far! I had to slide in really quick to announce that A Love, Life, & Happiness Christmas will be released this Sunday! After several attempts to try and move the release date to Saturday, per Amazon, I couldn’t since it was on pre-order and technically, I missed the three-day grace window for it to be changed to Saturday. Therefore, the book will be released on Sunday.

If you have already preordered, you will be receiving the book on the new date at midnight.

If you haven’t preordered yet on Amazon, here is the link:  https://www.amazon.com/Love-Life-Happiness-Christmas-ebook/dp/B01MDKOJBE/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

To get you ready for the release, here is an excerpt from the book. It’s the prologue from Shawn’s POV.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

What is the definition of family? Does family have to be by blood only, or can it be by association? To me, family aren’t just the people related to you; instead, it’s the people who will be with you through the good and the bad. They believe in you, no matter what, and will love you unconditionally. Sure, I have that with my biological family, but I also have it with the people I’ve known since stepping foot at Shaw University six years ago. We’ve have been through so much, which has given us a unique bond that no one can break.

Now that we’ve all graduated college and ventured out into the real world, we’ve experienced even greater challenges; but no matter what, we still had each other’s backs, making our bond even stronger.

With our careers and kids, we barely have time to hang out; that’s why we made a pact in February to clear our schedules during the Christmas holiday and spend it at the Robertson’s cabin. My wife, Riana, and bro-in-law, Jayden, frequented the cabin when they were younger. Although Ri hasn’t been there in years, Jay has, and I’m sure it will bring back great memories for him and his wife, Britney.

As we arrived, I parked my Dodge Charger in the winding driveway as Riana looked around. She turned to me with her eyes lit up.

“Wow, this place has really changed!” she exclaimed. “I haven’t been here since I was a kid.”

“Your uncle owned the place, right?”

She nodded. “Yeah. Now that he’s passed, Jay has been the one keeping it up.”

“Mommy, is there a TV here?” our son, Elis, asked.

Riana turned to look at him with a smile. “There is, but we probably won’t be using it. We’re going to spend time as a family and do family activities.”

“Mommy…” he whined.

“Elis, we talked about this. Besides, Preston will be here, so you’ll have fun,” I added. Ever since Elis turned four, he’s developed a smart mouth. I guess I can’t blame him too much since that’s how I was growing up.

He leaned back in his car seat and folded his arms with a mean scowl. I gave him the death stare, and he quickly turned that scowl to a pout.

“Don’t try my patience, Elis. I’ve done all that with your Meme and Papa; it doesn’t work.”

Riana looked at me. “Baby, stop. He’s only four.”

“And he’s old enough to not try my patience.”

She shook her head, wearing a tiny smile. I noticed her eyes light up again. “There’s something I want to talk about later.”

“What is it?”

“You’ll know soon enough.” She said then gave me a kiss.

When we turned to look at Elis, who looked disgusted, we saw Marcus’ BMW X5 pull up behind us and smiled. He got out of the driver’s seat then went to get my niece, Troian, from the back seat. She was only three-months-old, but she was already a firecracker. She probably got that from her mother, Cheryl.

“I didn’t think they would bring Troian,” Riana said.

“You know Cheryl wouldn’t leave her. Besides, the cabin is equipped with everything imaginable, so she’ll be fine.”

Cheryl tapped on the passenger side window, and Riana rolled it down. “Why are you all in the car? It’s cold.”

“We have to wait on Jay; he has the key.”

“Are you serious?! It’s freezing!” Cheryl shrieked.

“That’s why we’re sitting in the car, and I’m sure there’s heat in the BMW. Besides, Jay is almost here,” I told her.

She rolled her eyes and walked back to Marcus’ SUV. He came over to my side, and I rolled down the window.

“Don’t pay her any mind; she’s been moody all day,” he explained.

“I see why: She’s barely getting any sleep,” Riana said, staring at Marcus. “Speaking of which, why does it seem like you’re okay?”

“Believe me, it’s affecting me, too; I’m just not showing it.”

“Hopefully, this doesn’t ruin our vacation.” Riana muttered.

“Marcus! Bring Troian back to the car!” Cheryl fumed.

“See?” Marcus pointed out then headed back.

I looked at Riana, who shrugged. “Cheryl has the right to be upset. She shouldn’t be out in the cold, whether she’s bundled up or not.”

Several minutes later, Jay and Brit finally pulled up along with Monica and Donnell. Monica rushed out of the car as Donnell threw his hands up.

“God, that man is a damn headache!” she yelled.

Jayden looked between them and hurried to the cabin door.

“Sorry we’re late, but you all can see why,” Britney apologized, coming over to us. Riana got out of the car and hugged her, peeking into the double stroller. Jay and Brit’s twins, Carter and Isabella, were both asleep.

“How are my niece and nephew doing?” Riana asked, pulling the blanket up on Isabella.

“They’re fine; the feedings are becoming a hassle, though. But now that Jay is back, it’s a little better,” she replied as we walked to the porch.

“I’m sure it is. I even missed you, big bro,” Riana told Jayden, embracing him.

“It won’t be long before I’ll be back in the states. Believe me, I love being in Italy, but I miss my family.”

“What about Zack? He’s not going to try out for any teams?” Riana asked.

“I think he likes it there, especially since Ciara moved there permanently.”

“Why are we still out here in the cold?” Cheryl interrupted with an attitude. She quickly picked up Troian and stomped inside.

“What’s her issue? It’s not even that cold,” Jayden said.

“What we’re going through now: lack of sleep,” Britney explained and rubbed Jay’s shoulder.

“Let’s get this vacay started,” I suggested as we went inside.

“What about everyone else? We can’t do anything without them, especially Mika and Devin. They’re getting married here,” Riana pointed out.

Mika and Devin’s second child was due to arrive any day now, and Mika insist on getting married before their baby arrived. With their busy schedules, they weren’t able to plan a wedding, so Riana had this elaborate idea to plan it. I think this is all for the new book she’s writing.

We walked into the cabin, taking in how spacious the area looked. Jay had done a lot of renovations throughout the years, including brightening the lights and adding modern furniture. He also added two rooms, which is good, considering all the people that will be here.

“When are your parents coming?” Britney asked Jayden and Riana as she sat on the black leather loveseat.

“Tomorrow. Marc had some things to take care of with the team before leaving,” Riana answered, referring to her and Jayden’s stepfather.

With the scandal involving Jayden and Zack a year ago, Marc lost his coaching position with the Baker Trojan but was ultimately hired back by Shaw University. Despite the backlash from several board members, their mouths quickly shut once he won them another championship. Jay even helped with practice during his off-season, which had helped them with their recent championship.

“I hope they come. I really want us to go out,” Cheryl said.

“You do realize we’re almost an hour away from Baker, right? There is a bar 10 miles out, but it’s not worth going to,” Jayden pointed out.

“Still sounds good to me,” Cheryl quipped.

“Is everything okay, Cher?” Riana asked.

“Everything is peachy, just peachy,” she answered, still holding Troian.

We looked around at each other as Monica rushed into the cabin with her two kids. She almost slam the door in Donnell’s face before stomping into the common room.

“Really, Monica?!” Donnell yelled while dumping their luggage on the floor.

“I don’t want to talk to you right now!”

“I think we should. You’re being unreasonable.”

“And you’re being possessive, like always!”

“Here we go,” I muttered, taking a seat beside Ri. This was their daily routine.

“Maybe you two should go outside and ‘talk,’” Riana suggested, using air quotes.

“I don’t need to talk to Donnell. I’ve said my piece; he just doesn’t want to accept it.”

“Because you didn’t talk to me about it!” he retorted.

I shook my head at them, thinking they needed to grow up. But despite the constant bickering and the overly dramatic behavior, this is still my family, and I’m going to miss them when I leave Baker. But the hardest part is telling Ri…

Remember, A Love, Life, & Happiness Christmas will be released this Sunday! I hope you’re all excited to read as I am for it be released! 🙂