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Excerpt: DR. STRANGE BEARD by Penny Reid

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Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He’d also like to forget her entirely, but that’s never going to happen. Roscoe remembers everything—every look, every word, every single unrequited second—and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone.

Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be . . .

Ten years after Roscoe Winston dropped out of her life, all Simone Payton wants is to exploit him. She’d also like some answers from her former best friend about why he ghosted her, but if she never gets those answers, that’s a-okay. Simone let go of the past a long time ago. Seriously, she has. She totally, totally has. She is definitely not still thinking about Roscoe. Nope. She’s more than happy to forget he exists.

But first, she needs just one teeny-tiny favor . . .

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Guest Post + Excerpt: Lindsey Frydman’s Top 5 and THE HEARTBREAK HYPOTHESIS

The Heartbeat Hypothesis Lindsey Frydman

It feels unfair to pick only 5 books when I love SO many, but…I did it. (And it was hard!)

  • The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
  • I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent Series) by Barry Lyga
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

 


An excerpt from my debut novel, The Heartbeat Hypothesis

He picked up his camera again, still wearing a half grin.

My heart thumped in my ears when he aimed it at me. “Can I be honest? I’m not really a fan of pictures. Not of me, anyway. So this is…a lot harder than I thought it’d be.”

“What girl isn’t interested in photos of herself?” The large round lens still pointed directly at my face, but since he never buried his head behind the camera, I couldn’t tell when he was actually taking a picture.

“This one,” I said, pointing at myself for emphasis. “This girl is not a selfie fan.” My face always looked too round, too pale.

Jake’s gaze trailed down toward my chest, but his lips pressed together in a way that made me think his focus wasn’t on my scar. “You may as well be. You’re beautiful.”

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Exclusive Excerpt: SNAPDRAGON by Kilby Blades

Snapdragon by Kilby Blades

Cold? Colder than it’s been in, oh, all winter? Warm up with this fantastic excerpt from Snapdragon by Kilby Blades!


Michael ushered her to his car—a dark gray Maserati that suited him somehow—and tucked her safely inside. She hadn’t noticed until after he closed her door that in place of formal shoes, he wore black and white Converse All-Stars. This detail made her smile.

She watched him discreetly for several minutes as they sped down city streets. From the reverence with which he handled his car, and the obvious enjoyment with which he drove it, she got the sense that he was not just another handsome boy with an expensive plaything—he had a gentle way of handling anything he touched, and seemed like the kind of person who treasured his possessions.

Yes, Darby realized. There was something different about Michael. Already, she had a tender curiosity about him. She thought back to their easy conversation on the beach—she liked smart people who knew how to have a good discussion. Even their small talk about wedding gropers and fake engagement rings had been refreshingly real. She recalled the chemistry in his hotel room, also surprisingly reactive. She was already looking forward to the end of the night.

“What?” When he asked, she knew she had been caught watching him.

“The way you’re touching your car…I think I’m getting a bit jealous.”

The corner of his lip quirked up. “I thought we said no jealousy.”

“We agreed that our jobs came first, but we never actually agreed on rules,” she pointed out.

“Should we?” He shifted gears and glanced over at her as they turned south onto Lake Shore Drive.

“Maybe there’s only one…” she mused. “No hard feelings about competing priorities.”

“Is that enough for you?”

She thought back to how inflamed she’d been at his comment about women being biologically incapable of not wanting commitment.

“Still think you’re going to break my heart?” Darby teased.

“Maybe I’m worried you’ll break mine.” His mouth widened into an even fuller smile. He smiled a lot. Working in medicine meant Darby was often surrounded by illness and despair. She appreciated that Michael seemed happy, albeit a bit intense.

“How about this? We promise each other that when it ends, it ends in a single word—whether that be tonight or a year from now. No awkward confrontation. No messy breakup talk. That’s the shitty part anyway, right? We agree to keep it fun and simple. And, when it stops being fun, or stops being simple, it’s over.”

“Sounds sensible.” There was hesitation in his voice.

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Exclusive Excerpt: Tamara Gill’s ONLY A DUKE WILL DO

Only A Duke Will Do Tamara Gill

We’re back from a holiday weekend and there are only two things keeping us alive right now: Spite and this amazing excerpt from Tamara Gill‘s Only A Duke Will Do!


“I’m sorry you feel that way, but you cannot stop Isolde from marrying. She will marry one day. It may not be me, but it will be someone. And if the reports around London are correct, she is looking for a husband.”

“Damn you to hell.” Merrick left Wardoor, grabbed a half-filled bottle of whisky from the pavilion, and started toward the Italian Walk. He found a secluded grassy spot within the trees. The sweet-smelling scent floating on the breeze did little to lesson his ire.

Merrick clung to the tree branch above his head and fought not to snap it off, imagining it as Wardoor’s neck. He flung back a good portion of the whisky and welcomed the burn to his throat. How could his closest friend do this to him?

The thought of Isolde welcoming his attentions was like a physical blow.

Damn them. Damn him.

“Moore!”

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Exclusive Excerpt: SWEET SOUTHERN BAD BOY by Michele Summers

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Finally, an excerpt for the classic Beautiful Extended Kiss category! Michele Summers has brought the heat with this delightful exclusive excerpt from Sweet Southern Bad Boy!


Vance crossed the kitchen in two long strides. “Thanks, Kat, you’re a lifesaver.” Relief flooding his face. He hooked his arm around her waist and pulled her in for a long, hard kiss. Katie resisted by pressing her palms against his rock-hard chest (well, resist might be a bit strong. More like, she pressed herself against him and looped her arms around his neck for closer contact.) The kiss deepened as he backed her against the kitchen cabinets. His rough hand moved to her throat, making her pulse jump. She savored the flavor of his mouth…coffee and forbidden wickedness. Nibbling on her lips, the kiss softened. Katie reveled in his warmth and strength. She knew she should stop, but…not yet. As if he could sense her surrender, he crushed her closer and took possession of her mouth.

“We…you…have to…stop,” she said in between nips and licks. This time she did push against him and his head lifted.

“Why?”

Katie blinked, trying to clear her kiss-befuddled head. One hand heated the small of her back; the other rested precariously close to her already excited breast. “B-because. I have a boyfriend?”

Vance looked at her as if she spoke Swahili. “Boyfriend?” His hold tightened and he swooped down for another brain-dissolving kiss as if to wipe thoughts of her boyfriend from her mind. Which he did. Quite nicely, too. Making her knees turn to wet noodles, unable to refuse… (okay, refuse might be wrong, more like surrender to burning desire).

“What’s his name?” he murmured, eating her lips as if they were made of sugar drops.

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Exclusive Excerpt: Nancy Corrigan’s SHARED FOR LOVE

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Look, we know it’s a Tuesday and we know you’re half-(mostly)asleep. Which is why we brought you some pure, unfiltered tension from the brilliant Nancy Corrigan! Check out this excerpt of Shared For Love below and pick up the book, because it is out right now!


“Are you done imagining what I would look like naked, or do you want me to stand here longer?” His rough voice zinged through her, setting her on edge. Not in a bad way. Awareness settled low. She ignored the instant arousal and yanked her gaze to his face. Green eyes framed by dark lashes snared her attention.

She inhaled sharply. Never before had she seen a shifter with green eyes. The rare gene offered power, just as the combination of her black hair and blue eyes gifted her with strength.

She let her gaze map his face as she had his body. Dark blond hair set off the deep emerald color of his eyes and framed a harsh face, but his shaggy locks softened his features. She doubted he’d styled it on purpose for the effect. The uneven ends gave the impression he’d hacked it off with scissors and didn’t give a shit if it looked nice or not.

The shadow of his beard added to the image of indifference. The uneven growth covered his cheeks, chin, and neck. Her fingertips itched to touch his jaw and see if the stubble had reached the point of softness or if it would tickle her skin and make her squirm. She curled her fingers and fought to contain her runaway thoughts. They weren’t appropriate, especially after being in Ethan’s arms. She swore she could still smell him on her skin.

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Exclusive Excerpt: COMPROMISING POSITIONS by Jenna Bayley-Burke

Compromising Positions Jenna Bayley-Burke

Back-to-work blues got you down? We’ve got you covered. Get a taste of a delectable Contemporary Romance with this exclusive excerpt from Jenna Bayley-Burke‘s Compromising Positions, out right now!


David tried to remember the last time he’d been to a grocery store. College maybe? If there was anything at all in his fridge, his sister had put it there. Kelly was wonderful about leaving ice cream and chips in her wake.

“If we split the list, it will go faster.” Sophie smiled up at him.

“Okay.” He shrugged, taking the torn piece of notebook paper from her hand. He scanned the items. All produce.

“What’s on your list?” he asked, taking it from her hand. More produce. He knew it. Women ate weird. His sister was the only sane woman in the entire world.

“The joy of having a nutritionist for a brother-in-law. Craig’s using me to test his latest diet plan,” she explained.

He took a step back and looked at her again. Even in sweats, she looked fit. “Why?” She waved her hand.

“Who can keep track of Craig’s reasons? I indulge him. To a point.”

“You should do his Deliver-Ease. It actually has real food, not just vegetables.” And since the plan was run through Strong Gyms, utilizing it let him do a little quality control.

She raised a dark eyebrow. “You’re on his diet plan?”

“You’re not the only one who indulges Craig. Besides, it’s easy. Comes right to the office. I don’t even have to think about it.

She looked at him in disbelief. “But why are you on a diet?”

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Exclusive Excerpt: RACE THE DARKNESS by Abbie Roads

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It’s boring and grey outside. Perfect weather for a great Paranormal Romance! Don’t miss this gorgeous exclusive excerpt of Abbie Roads’ Race The Darkness!


Xander paced the length of his porch, his bare feet padding across the wood, the sound pleasantly mixing with the chorus of nighttime noises rocking out on the hillside. But still turmoil roiled inside him. As much as he hated to admit it to himself, he was worried about Isleen. Worried about her health, her sanity, and—after finding that cross on her forehead—her safety. The thing that worried him the most was the simple fact that he cared at all. She shouldn’t dominate his mind. Was Matt right? Did the women in her family possess some strange power to enchant the men in his?

A rhythmic sound invaded. He paused in his pacing, trying to place the origin. It was the crunch of gravel under feet. Someone was jogging up the driveway toward his place. He leaped off the porch, oblivious to his bare feet, and raced toward the sound.

His eyes weren’t as sharp as his ears, but he knew—fucking knew—the figure that emerged from the curve was Isleen. She sucked and wheezed rapid breaths. Her heart beat a frantic duh-dum, duh-dum tempo. Her gait was all wrong—sloppy and disjointed, arms flailing almost as if she were swimming instead of running. With the way she’d acted earlier toward him, something had to be terribly wrong for her to seek him out.

Adrenaline bucked through his system, charging his muscles, readying him for a fight. He scanned the lane behind her, expecting to see someone pursuing her. Nothing. He listened for the sounds of a chase. Nothing.

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Exclusive Excerpt + GIVEAWAY: M.L. Buchman’s HEART STRIKE

Heart Strike M.L. Buchman

Save a little time and scoot to the edge of your seat now, because we’ve got an exclusive excerpt of Heart Strike by M.L. Buchman that’s positively layered with intensity. Heart Strike is out tomorrow!


“Not my first rodeo.”

Richie answered with a waiting silence. How was it that he didn’t trust himself about people? With only the one notable exception, he’d judged her moods perfectly. And that one time was because he hadn’t listened to himself.

“I was forward deployed with the 101st Airborne,” she finally offered. “I was embedded with the ground teams to frisk and question women. Every now and then, they weren’t women beneath the robes but men in hiding. If they were dressed to hide, we knew they were Taliban, Al Qaeda, or worse. They would also be heavily armed. It was close a couple of times, but I was always faster than they were.”

“You were good back there. Damn good,” Richie remarked a few miles later.

And Melissa felt good. Normally a kill gave her the shakes, but this time it hadn’t. The man had been the worst sort. He’d rubbed his erection against Melissa’s ass the moment he’d grabbed her, and his hand had been headed south into her pants even as they stood there in front of everyone. Drug runner, street thug, and rapist.

And then he’d made to grab Carla.

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Guest Post: “The Romance of Tea” by Jamie K. Schmidt

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Nothing beats a tea party. Whether you’re sitting down with a bunch of Teddy bears or attending high tea at a fancy restaurant, there’s something sweet and romantic about tea. Hanging out at a bar for a few drinks is great, as is going to the coffee house and killing time. But making tea, real tea is a chance to show someone how special they are to you.

In my Emerging Queens series, all the dragon shifters have a hoard—something they obsess and collect. In the first book, The Queen’s Wings, Carolyn hoards books. Viola in the second book, The Queen’s Flight, has a hoard of yarn. However, in my latest release, The Queen’s Dance, dragon Queen Margery’s hoard is tea. There’s a scene in the book where she explains what makes a good cup of tea.

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