Essential Beginnings Kennedy Layne
Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Kristen Callihan’s THE HOOK UP

The Hook Up Kristen Callihan

Today we want to give you the heads up on a fantastic New Adult romance, Kristen Callihan’s The Hook Up, the first book in the Game On series, on sale for $.99! Here’s the synopsis:

The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy, right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she’s shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It’s a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on.

This book is hot, and clever, and refreshing, and fun. It’s definitely something to gobble down, and then ask for more, please.

“I’m not going to say it was love at first sight. No, it was more like oh, hell-yes-please, I’ll have that. With a helping of right-the-fuck-now on the side.”

Anna does a remarkable job resisting the allure of Drew Baylor, who is determined to turn their hook up into something more.

“Why won’t you let me kiss you, Anna?”
I can’t breathe.
“Why, Anna?”
“It’s too much,” I rasp.
“Not when I want everything.” He says it so deep and strong, a staking of a claim. “And I want everything with you, Anna.”

We’re not sure how long the sale will last, so if you’re interested, go pick it up now.

Portland ME Freya Barker sale July
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Guest Post: “The Biggest Hurdle to Love is Trust” by Jennifer Brassel

Trust in Dreams Jennifer Brassel

With the upcoming release of Trust in Dreams (Samhain Retro), I am reminded of how often trust plays a vital role in relationships and romance novels. Although Trust in Dreams was written some years ago, the theme of trust is as integral to a romance novel as it ever was.

Since the beginning, from those glorious early novels by the Brontë sisters, Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer and Barbara Cartland, to modern day paranormals by Keri Arthur and Nalini Singh and every sub-genre in between, trust has been a fundamental theme when telling love stories.

If you think about the novels you enjoy most (and they don’t have to be romances!) you’ll find there at the centre of a relationship or plot is a question of trust. It might be a cop trusting his or her instincts despite all evidence to the contrary, or it might be a heroine seeing beyond events and trusting in the noble inner traits of the bad boy hero. How the characters respond to these dilemmas is what makes us come to love them and their unfolding stories.

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Guest Post: Books with Dogs; Why They Make Us Fall So Hard by Codi Gary

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As a reader first, I can freely admit that books with animals are my absolute favorite. There is something about the hero fussing over an injured dog or nursing a litter of baby kittens that just melts me into a gooey pile of happiness. When an author is able to create a canine character that nearly outshines it’s human co-stars, it is definitely a plus in my book. Here are just a few of my favorites, and I gotta say, if you haven’t tried these yet, you really should.

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Guest Post: “Reinvent and Rebuild” by A.J. Pine

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Sometimes I write with a theme in mind, and sometimes the theme emerges from the story while I’m writing. In the case of One Night and One Life (my Only You series), I didn’t have a theme at the outset. It just kind of came about as I wrote, and now that both books are complete, I’m really thrilled at how both books dealt with some important issues; how they have resonated with readers; and how there’s a steady thread of rebuilding from grief through both novels. But don’t worry, folks. These books are romances (stand-alone companions) too. So you’ll get your HEA, but my characters are definitely going to make you work for it—maybe by shedding a few tears along the way.

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The Ripped Bodice Kickstarter

There’s a just launched Kickstarter campaign for The Ripped Bodice, “the only exclusively romance bookstore in the United States,” which plans to open March 2016 in Los Angeles. Imagine walking into a bookstore where nobody judges you for the books you choose to read. How much would you pay for that?!?


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Guest Post: Yasmine Galenorn Shares Some Allergy-Friendly Holiday Recipes

Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn

Next week Yasmine Galenorn’s new Whisper Hollow series kicks off with the release of Autumn Thorns. However this week she has stopped by EverAfter to share some allergy-friendly holiday recipes just in time for the holiday season! They sound absolutely delicious! Let us know in the comments if you have any other recipes to share or try these out!

Without a doubt, for those of us who have food allergies and intolerances, the holidays are a difficult time. Holidays are usually celebrated with food — lots and lots of good tasty food. But when you can’t have gluten or dairy or other common ingredients, it can feel like you’re being punished during holiday parties. Even though we all know that’s not the case, the feeling of being separate—different—from everybody else can cast a pall over the fun.

This is especially true when we are dealing with people who do not believe that food allergies are serious, who don’t believe that food intolerances are very real and detrimental.

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Something Like Love Sara Richardson

Sara Richardson’s Something Like Love will hit shelves and e-devices next Tuesday, but before then, Sara’s stopped by EverAfter to share her playlist for Something Like Love as well as answer our questions! Pre-order your copy of Something Like Love today!

Ben Noble needs to do some damage control. Fast. His heart has always been in ranching, but there’s no escaping the spotlight on his high-powered political family. Now the only thing that can restore his reputation is a getaway to the fresh air of Aspen, Colorado. Not to mention that the trip gives Ben a second chance to impress a certain gorgeous mountain guide. But Paige Harper is nothing like the shy girl he remembers . . . she’s so much more.

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Guest Post: “Special Powers Can Come in Handy” by Corrina Lawson and Robin Bielman


One of the things we love about writing paranormal romance is the fun we get to have in creating characters with abilities above and beyond mere humans. Who hasn’t wished they could fly or read someone’s mind? So we thought we’d list some of the great things about Alec and Beth in Phoenix Rising and Hugh and Tess in Veiled Target, two of the novels from the Five Past Midnight boxed set.

Corrina says…

My hero and heroine in Phoenix Rising are a firestarter/telekinetic and a telepath. This comes in handy not only in fighting the bad guys but everyday, normal activities as well.

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In a surprise announcement, Jay Crownover is releasing a novella, Leveled, to kick off her Saints of Denver series, which is a spin-off of her Marked Men! In Leveled, fan favorite Lando gets the HEA he so richly deserves! This is also Jay’s first M/M book!

Leveled releases on November 2nd, and if you pre-order today you can get your copy for $1.99 (normally $2.99)! There will also be an excerpt of the first Saints of Denver novel, Built in the back of Leveled!

We all need a hero…let the Saints of Denver begin.

Orlando Frederick knows what it is to be leveled by pain. Instead of focusing on his own, he’s made it his mission to help others: sports stars, wounded war vets, survivors of all kinds. But when Dom, a rugged, damaged, sinfully attractive cop makes his way into Lando’s physical therapy practice, he might be the biggest challenge yet. Lando loved one stubborn man before and barely survived the fallout. He’s not sure if he can do it again.

Dominic Voss is a protector. The police badge he wears is not only his job, it’s his identity, so when he’s sidelined because of an injury, the only thing he cares about is getting back on the force. He expects Lando to mend his body, he just doesn’t realize the trainer will also have him working towards a hell of a lot more. As attraction simmers and flares, Dom sees that Lando needs repair of his own…if only the man will let him close enough to mend what’s broken.


If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

  1. Catcher in the Rye: Because it’s the best book ever
  2. 1984: Because it makes me feel smart
  3. Lord of the Flies: Because I don’t ever want to be ‘That Guy’
  4. Ritual Sins: Because it’s my favorite book and has the best anti-hero ever in it.
  5. Motorcycle Man: Because Kristen Ashley is queen and she should be on any and all lists

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