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Book Promo: Release Day for Until by Anna B. Doe!

Forever Valentine PR and More is proud to partner with Anna B. Doe for the Release Blitz for 

UNTIL (New York Knights, book #2)!
Title: Until
Series: New York Knights, book 2
Author: Anna B. Doe 
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Cover Design: Emily Wittig, Emily Wittig Designs and Photography
Release Date: January 5th, 2018
 
In the war of wills, broody football player finds his match in a beautiful supermodel. What could go wrong? 



Until is kind of darkish and sexy story about two people who don’t believe in love, yet can’t escape falling.

I was betrayed by those who I loved. Those who I believed in. It was the first and the last time I let myself love someone outside my family. A little girl grew up and opened her eyes. Love makes you weak. It makes you wish for the thing you can’t have. It makes you vulnerable, and I swore I will never again go down that path.
 
Until I met him—Jack Daniel Shelton. 
 
She left me. She ruined me. The day I found her gone I promised myself I’ll never let anyone have that kind of hold on me. Especially not a woman. Now she is back. No matter how much time has passed, no matter what I tell myself, her hold on me is still strong. There is also a secret she’s been keeping from me. A secret I can’t escape from, but a secret I can’t turn my back to either. A secret that could ruin everything I worked for.
 
And then, there is her—Sienna Roberts—everything was just as it was supposed to be. That is until she walked in my life. 
 
Can two souls that lost faith in love find it in one another?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36872963-until

ONE-CLICK Until for $0.99 or read for free with KU!

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Exclusive excerpt from UNTIL 
“We meet again, baby doll.”   
“I’m no doll or princess, hot shot.” I lift my chin into the air. 
A soft chuckle falls from his lips. “What are you then?”
“A rebel, all sass, and attitude.”
His fingertips slowly touch my cheek. “For me, you’ll always be a doll.”
His words are soft caresses against my skin. I take a step back to break the spell his words left me under and narrow my eyes at him. 
There hasn’t been a man that affected me like that in … ever.
I don’t know what it is about J.D., but every time he’s near I lose myself to him. 
Johnny calls out and breaks our staring contest. He leads us through different poses, every one sexy but sophisticated. 
J.D.’s hands move over my body—it’s nothing like it was that night. They are on my waist, back, or somewhere on my arms. It’s simple and professional.
But his hold is like I remember it—firm and strong. 
The palms of his hands are not soft and taken care of like most of the male models, they are rough and chapped. Hands of a man that actually uses them for a living. When they trace my skin, in the most innocent of touches, they make me shiver in delight and my insides clench. Awaiting.   
He can feel it. I know he can. I heard that bastard chuckle softly behind me.  
I can feel the heat of his body all around me, it’s radiating off of him, and sometimes, when he has to stand right behind me, I can feel his hot breath on my skin. 
We don’t say anything at all, we just do our job. But I can feel it. This something building between us.
Sexual tension. 
Lust. 
I never sleep with the same man twice, but something about him calls to me. 
Makes me want more. 
One more touch.
One more kiss.
One more night. 
Until this passion inside me is extinguished completely. 
 
EARLY REVIEWS
You’re hooked from the get go, two broken people find each other and boom! A spark is formed and you’re a goner. A love story, you’ll be thinking about long after the book is done.” – Socially Book Nerd
 
This is their story… it has secrets. It has hurt, betrayal and broken hearts. Determined to never feel. To never love. Until…..each other” – Emergency Book Blog
 
I loved this story. I was hooked and didn’t want to put it down. They both had baggage but in the end it made them grow closer together. What an amazing love story. Can’t wait for the next book.” – Jade
 
Captivating book about trusting yourself and finding love.” – Author Stephanie Gresham
 
You can read first two chapters for #free here: https://www.wattpad.com/myworks/133802210-until

What to know how it all started?
Lost & Found (New York Knights, book #1) 
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I don’t know what I want to do with my life. The only thing I am sure of is that this is not what I imagined my life to be. So, instead of staying and trying to figure out what is wrong, I choose to run away. I choose the unknown. I choose the adventure.
My name is Anabel Majer, and I’m lost.
 
What readers are saying about Lost & Found:
 
 What I really admired about this book was the romance. It wasn’t an immediate fall into bed and declare their love for each other. It was realistic, rough on the edges, and slow burning. This isn’t something you see often in the sports romance genre (at least I haven’t found many like this) and Lost & Found is unique with the pacing, the story line and the honesty between all of the characters.” – Ashley 
 
Anna B. Doe is an indie author of the contemporary romance novel Lost & Found and Until (coming January 2018). She has bachelor’s degree in Education Science and Spanish from University of Zadar. She works full time in an office and gives English and Spanish classes in her free time. When she’s not working for living or writing her newest book you can find her reading books, watching TV shows, or traveling the world. She is addicted to coffee and a big lover of dogs. Anna writes what she loves to read, which is romance. She is currently working on various projects. Some more secret than others. 

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Book Promo: Cover Reveal for Until (New York Knights, Book 2) by Anna B. Doe

Forever Valentine PR and More is proud to partner with Anna B. Doe for the cover reveal of 
UNTIL (New York Knights, book #2)!
Title: Until
Series: New York Knights, book 2
Author: Anna B. Doe 
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Cover Design: Emily Wittig, Emily Wittig Designs and Photography
Release Date: January 5th, 2018
 
Sign up to take part in the release blitz HERE
I was betrayed by those who I loved. Those who I believed in. It was the first and the last time I let myself love someone outside my family. A little girl grew up and opened her eyes. Love makes you weak. It makes you wish for the thing you can’t have. It makes you vulnerable, and I swore I will never again go down that path.
 
Until I met him—Jack Daniel Shelton. 
 
She left me. She ruined me. The day I found her gone I promised myself I’ll never let anyone have that kind of hold on me. Especially not a woman. Now she is back. No matter how much time has passed, no matter what I tell myself, her hold on me is still strong. There is also a secret she’s been keeping from me. A secret I can’t escape from, but a secret I can’t turn my back to either. A secret that could ruin everything I worked for.
 
And then, there is her—Sienna Roberts—everything was just as it was supposed to be. That is until she walked in my life. 
 
Can two souls that lost faith in love find it in one another?
What to know how it all started?
 
Lost & Found (New York Knights, book #1) 
One-click or read for free with KU! 
I don’t know what I want to do with my life. The only thing I am sure of is that this is not what I imagined my life to be. So, instead of staying and trying to figure out what is wrong, I choose to run away. I choose the unknown. I choose the adventure.
My name is Anabel Majer, and I’m lost.
 
What readers are saying about Lost & Found:
 
 “What I really admired about this book was the romance. It wasn’t an immediate fall into bed and declare their love for each other. It was realistic, rough on the edges, and slow burning. This isn’t something you see often in the sports romance genre (at least I haven’t found many like this) and Lost & Found is unique with the pacing, the story line and the honesty between all of the characters.” – Ashley 
 
Anna B. Doe is an indie author of the contemporary romance novel Lost & Found and Until (coming January 2018). She has bachelor’s degree in Education Science and Spanish from University of Zadar. She works full time in an office and gives English and Spanish classes in her free time. When she’s not working for living or writing her newest book you can find her reading books, watching TV shows, or traveling the world. She is addicted to coffee and a big lover of dogs. Anna writes what she loves to read, which is romance. She is currently working on various projects. Some more secret than others. 

 

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New Book Release! HALYCON by Demelza Carlton

HALCYON by Demelza Carlton

 

Available on Amazon, and  Free with Kindle Unlimited: http://smarturl.it/B01MXN7KKW

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A Lone Planet. One Complex.

Unlimited Chaos.

Catch a siren. Stop the storm. Whatever the cost.

Allie, sick of war and grief, signed up as a lowly maintenance worker for the Complex in the hope of securing a lasting peace between the Metas and Humans. However, the girl has her own secrets, not least of which is her assignment from the Lorn government to monitor the Complex for signs of a suspected saboteur.

Galen, the only survivor of the Poseidon shipwreck, didn’t join the Complex for peace. He wants vengeance on the siren Halcyon, the mysterious Mer whose terrorist tactics single-handedly killed more humans than any other Meta. His sources say that Halcyon is on Lorn, and he’ll happily kill every Mer in the Complex until his parents’ murderer is dead.

Can they catch the terrorist before the Complex is destroyed?

 

The Complex Book Series:

A Lone Planet. One Complex.

Unlimited Chaos.

After a brutal war between Humans and Metas an uneasy truce is declared in the Seldova solar system. At the conclusion of the treaty signing, the Complex is created on the lone planet, Lorn. The Complex is a blended community of Humans and Metas, all sent to test the waters of a more peaceful existence between the two races. Living under a domed community can only mean one thing for the Humans and Metas. Chaos.

 

A taste of what’s in store:

Galen unclenched his fists and stepped out of the cab. It zoomed away, leaving him alone in the corridor outside his door. Outside what would be home for the next two years.

Galen took a deep breath, palmed open the door, and stepped inside.

Only to discover the apartment was already occupied.

“…I repeat, restrict temperatures within all living spaces to a lower limit of two…no, make it five degrees above the freezing point of water. Anyone who wants lower temperatures than that will have to apply to Maintenance and only if appropriate insulation is fitted to all the apartment’s pipework will it be allowed,” the woman said. A floor-cleaning robot hummed around her feet, siphoning water off the floor.

An electronic voice protested, “You do not have authorisation to impose controls on all living spaces, or this one. Resident number – “

“Space that!” the woman snapped. “My authorisation is ALI-407102 Maintenance override. Stick that up your circuits and do as you’re told.”

Galen liked her already.

“Processing,” the recorded voice replied. “Authorisation confirmed. Any further orders?”

“Give me a damage report. How many apartments are affected by the burst pipes?”

A pause, then the electronic voice said, “Just those on this side of the inner ring of this level. No other apartments had sub-zero temperatures for an extended period.”

The woman sighed, her shoulders relaxing along with her voice. “Good. I want temperatures matched to those in 407 until the ice has melted in all affected apartments, and I want floor cleaning robots activated in all of them. Get me every Maintenance worker we have in the Complex, and a load of replacement pipes. This is urgent.”

“Implementing orders now,” the voice said.

As if on command, Galen’s communications device sounded an alert.

The woman whirled around, so her surprised eyes met his. She wasn’t more than a girl, really, despite her authoritative orders to the building management AI. Yet her dark eyes seemed to x-ray his soul, if he believed in such a thing.

Galen tried to shake off the effect of her hypnotic stare. Did that make her a Meta like the Intra at the entrance? “How many apartments have burst pipes?”

Her eyes widened for a moment. “Enough to keep me busy all day. Some idiot set these rooms to temperatures below freezing, without realising that some other idiot had forgotten to insulate the water pipes against freezing. Probably someone who’d never seen snow before, or what ice can do to pipes. My money’s on a stupid ship-born Meta.” Her brows drew so low they nearly met over the bridge of her nose.

Hating Metas made her Human, then. Just a really pretty one. Galen blew out a breath he hadn’t known he was holding. Human and his type and here. Whoever she was, he wanted her.

“Aren’t we supposed to be trying to get along?” Galen said. “You know, us and the Metas, now the war’s over?”

The girl snorted. “Oh, sure. The war’s over and we live under a peace treaty, so we’re not supposed to kill each other, but there was nothing in the treaty about banning stupidity. So I guess we’ll just have to live with that.”

Galen laughed. She wasn’t stupid, that was for sure. “I’m Galen,” he said, extending a hand in greeting. “I’m supposed to be the environmental engineer responsible for the Complex, and while I don’t think I’ve officially started work yet, I think your AI just conscripted me.” He pointed at his right hand, which hid the chip implant that held his communication device. “I’ve changed a few pipes in my time. I did my apprenticeship on shipboard environmental systems. Nothing as state of the art as this place. Our ship was falling apart, cobbled together from spare parts and scrap metal in the first place. You’d replace one thing, only to find something else had fallen off while you were working. I can handle pipe replacements.”

Her cool fingers meshed with his as she shook his hand. Her eyes lit up. “So you’re the genius engineer Lennox told me about. I thought you’d be older.” Her mischievous grin did things to Galen’s insides.

“I’m twenty-four, and I’ve been working as an engineer for a decade. Plenty old enough to know what I’m doing,” Galen snapped to hide the tumult inside. She couldn’t be any older than he was. In fact, she looked younger. And she was a Maintenance worker, which made her his subordinate. “How many apartments need replacement pipes?” he repeated.

The girl lifted her eyes to the ceiling. “Answer him.”

“Fifty-two, not including the two already repaired,” the electronic voice said.

“Twenty-six each, then,” the girl said. She flashed another impish grin. “How fast can you fix pipes, genius? Want to wager something on it? Loser has to make the winner dinner.”

How had she known he’d wanted to ask her to dinner? Galen shook his head. She hadn’t. “You’re on. One condition, though.”

She raised her eyebrows, waving for him to continue.

“Tell me your name.”

She let out a peal of laughter. “Sure thing, Galen. I’m Allie, and it’s good to have you on board. Genius or not, anyone who can fix pipes is a good man in my book.” Allie winked. “I’ll go left, and you go right. I already fixed the pipes in your next door neighbours’ place. A wolverine shifter family. Good thing the ventilation’s still working well.”

Galen watched her head down the corridor, unable to take his eyes off her.

Allie glanced over her shoulder. “Staring at my arse won’t win you your wager, genius. Nor will it get you any closer to getting your hands on it.”

Feeling his face grow hot, Galen turned away, but not before he heard her laughter ring out down the corridor. He had to win this wager, he swore. His reputation depended on it.

And maybe more besides, he thought, envisioning what she looked like without her standard-issue coverall. One day he wanted to find out how well fantasy matched the reality.

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THE SNAKE DEN (The Shadow & Ink Series Book 2) RELEASE DAY!! by Nikki Rae

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Book One Synopsis:
The Crow Box (The Shadow & Ink Series, Book One)
The small wooden box is dirty, the size of a human fist, and sealed with wax. When Corbin takes it upon herself to clean it and break the seal, a voice she has tried to ignore gathers strength. Shadows play on the walls at night, and with a family history of mental illness, Corbin fears the worst. But the voice tells her it is real. That its name is Six and it will prove it in time.
Drawn to this mysterious entity, Corbin isn’t sure what to believe and the line between reality and her imagination blurs more every day.
Some doors should not be opened; can this one be closed?
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Book Two Synopsis:
The Snake Den (The Shadow & Ink Series, Book Two)
The box has opened a door to the dark place where the voice Corbin hears dwells. Not only that, but she’s brought it forth in human form, into her world, into the light. But others have been alerted to her existence, and Six is only the beginning of the imaginary becoming real. Torn between her love for Six and wanting a normal life, Corbin must decide if she should live in the light or hide in the dark.
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Bio:
Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.
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BLOG TOUR! – Cast in Shadow (Revelations Series – Book 3)

✯✯Cast in Shadow✯✯
-Revelations Series Book 3-
Releases March 22nd!

Blurb:
The final seals of the apocalypse are within the enemy’s grasp. Our trio—the demon, the shapeshifter, and the succubus—continue to battle the djinn hell-bent on world domination. With God and Lucifer missing, Heaven and Hell are more vulnerable than ever, while Earth has been reduced to a battleground of famine and despair. Will Lenny, Drew and Polly be able to unmask the Master and stop their evil plan? Or will the djinn succeed and our heroes find that their world has been forever Cast in Shadow?

Buy links:
Amazon US: http://goo.gl/J4tZFd
Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/x2Vpmh
Amazon AU: http://goo.gl/QlhTiW
Kobo: https://goo.gl/3ZXzHw
B&N: http://goo.gl/TRRcHj
Smashwords: http://goo.gl/0hPqv3
iBooks: https://goo.gl/WmLhxa

About the Authors

Lisa Lane has been writing dark speculative fiction for over twenty-five years. She has ten published novels and dozens of published short stories. She is married to editor and educator Thomas B. Lane Jr. and currently resides in the outskirts of Sin City.

Her published works include the traditional Gothic horror novel, Finding Poe; the World-Mart trilogy, a dystopian tribute to Orwell, Serling, and Vonnegut; the dark allegorical tale, Myths of Gods; Revelations, a collaborative urban fantasy trilogy; and the dramatic horror novella series, Jane the Hippie Vampire.

Find Lisa online:
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Jaime Johnesee lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. She spent fourteen years as a zookeeper before shifting her focus to writing full time. Known for her bestselling horror comedy series, Bob the Zombie, she is also currently coauthoring the paranormal horror series, Revelations, for Devil Dog Press as well as her Samantha Reece series.

Find Jaime online:
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Christine Sutton is the author of more than fifteen short stories, novellas and novels. While she tends to cross genres within horror, she is always passionate about scaring the hell out of you.

Her passion would have to be serial killer fiction, but she also loves ghosts, ghouls, demons and monsters of all types. Christine’s work ranges from modern day fairy tales to demonic soul eaters to ghostly children that just want to play. Her writing has been called passionate, realistic, gritty, fun, enthralling and tons of other cool adjectives.

You, too can pick up some of Christine’s work and come up with some cool adjectives of your own. It won’t be hard. I promise.

Find Christine online:
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BLOG TOUR – EMANCIPATION by Jo Michaels

Your world is about to change.
The highly anticipated psychological thriller
EMANCIPATION
by award-winning author Jo Michaels
is now available here.

Read on…

Tobias Butler has been sitting on death row since being sentenced for a gruesome murder in 2007. Bored out of his mind, he decided to apply to the online pen pal program in 2012. It’s a pleasant distraction—nothing more, nothing less—for three years, until he’s contacted by a beautiful, smart young lawyer named Jess. She’s convinced he’s innocent and wants to see him freed. As they organize their attack on the judicial system, he wonders how she plans to get his conviction overturned—because he’s guilty, and he knows it. Jess is desperate to release him—and he’s desperate to feel his hands squeeze the life out of her once she does.

This novel will keep you on the edge of your seat. Tobias is planning to murder the beautiful attorney, Jessica, who’s promising to get him released from prison. See what happens as he manipulates her into believing in love, second chances, and justice for the wrongfully accused. She wants his love, and he wants her soul. What will happen when she sets him free?

You’ll pray he doesn’t get the girl.

But you can get him.
Buy your copy on Amazon here.

This isn’t your mother’s romance novel. It’s 70k words of dark, gritty, and terrifying.


Nightlights will become the norm as Tobias sucks you into his world and leaves you breathless.

About the author:

Jo Michaels is…

Hi, I’m Jo. Let’s forget all the “Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah” stuff and just go with it. I’m a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations.

One of my favorite things is hearing from fans! You can find me on social media most any day of the week. Connect! I’d love to hear from you.

Ways to follow:

Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Blog  ~  Pinterest  ~  Instagram  ~  Tsu  ~  YouTube  ~  Wattpad  ~  Amazon Author Page  ~  Goodreads

Just in case you missed that link, you can score your copy of this novel here.

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I hope you all enjoyed the heck out of this post, and I hope you come and join the party on Facebook. I’m over there giving away themed prizes and all manner of fun stuff. Come on down! We’ll be at it from 11AM EST until I’m exhausted and can’t take anymore!
Well, that’s all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!
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Your world is about to change.
The highly anticipated psychological thriller
EMANCIPATION
by award-winning author Jo Michaels
is now available here: http://bit.ly/1Q41Nhf

Read on…

Tobias Butler has been sitting on death row since being sentenced for a gruesome murder in 2007. Bored out of his mind, he decided to apply to the online pen pal program in 2012. It’s a pleasant distraction—nothing more, nothing less—for three years, until he’s contacted by a beautiful, smart young lawyer named Jess. She’s convinced he’s innocent and wants to see him freed. As they organize their attack on the judicial system, he wonders how she plans to get his conviction overturned—because he’s guilty, and he knows it. Jess is desperate to release him—and he’s desperate to feel his hands squeeze the life out of her once she does.

This novel will keep you on the edge of your seat. Tobias is planning to murder the beautiful attorney, Jessica, who’s promising to get him released from prison. See what happens as he manipulates her into believing in love, second chances, and justice for the wrongfully accused. She wants his love, and he wants her soul. What will happen when she sets him free?

You’ll pray he doesn’t get the girl.

But you can get him.
Buy your copy on Amazon here: http://bit.ly/1Q41Nhf

This isn’t your mother’s romance novel. It’s 70k words of dark, gritty, and terrifying.

Nightlights will become the norm as Tobias sucks you into his world and leaves you breathless.

About the author:

Jo Michaels is…

Hi, I’m Jo. Let’s forget all the “Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah” stuff and just go with it. I’m a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations.

One of my favorite things is hearing from fans! You can find me on social media most any day of the week. Connect! I’d love to hear from you.

Ways to follow:

Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Blog ~ Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Tsu ~ YouTube ~ Wattpad ~ Amazon Author Page ~ Goodreads

Just in case you missed that link, you can score your copy of this novel here: http://bit.ly/1Q41Nhf

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EMMA SCOTT Blog Tour!!

✯✯New Release✯✯

✯✯How To Save A Life by Emma Scott ✯✯

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Blurb:

Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More
and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to
know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In
the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness.

Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life
now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana
town, on the run from the police, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits.

Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as
Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life.

How to Save a Life is a complete second-chance STANDALONE novel with shades of the paranormal. It carries the characters from high school through to their
early twenties. It is not YA; mature subject matter and sexual situations. TRIGGER WARNING: some domestic violence (on the page) and mentions of sexual
abuse (off the page) For readers 18 years and up.

Buy Now:

Amazon US: http://goo.gl/pzOgRC

Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/1aQHOf

Amazon AU: http://goo.gl/hWqtBe

Author bio:

I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book
lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling.
I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity,
open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope.

Love always wins.

Excerpt:

His eyes roamed over my scarred face. I didn’t sense a shred of revulsion or disgust or even curiosity. Evan Salinger smiled at my messed up face as if it
were a gift he wasn’t expecting.

“This,” I whispered. “How you’re looking at me right now. This is why I’m here. I thought…if you saw me, you wouldn’t care that I’m ugly.” I swallowed
hard. “You might not think I was ruined.”

Evan’s smile melted into a pained expression, his brows furrowed. He moved closer to me, facing me. “You’re not ruined,” he said softly. “I already saw
your scar. When you dove into the pool to save me. When you came out of the water with me, your hair was back and I saw it.”

“I didn’t save you,” I said, hardly able to breathe and he moved even closer, into my space. I felt the heat of his body across the water that separated
us, and felt myself pulled toward it.

“You did, Jo. It might not seem like it, but you did. And God, you are not ugly.”

His hand rose up out of the water and I watched it move to my face. I didn’t stop him. His fingertips touched my cheek and his thumb traced the line of my
scar from under my eye down to my jaw.

“You’re the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen.”

It was too much. No one looked at me like this. No one told me I was beautiful. And no boy had ever moved to kiss me like Evan did. His face slowly coming
toward mine, his eyes gentle, the warmth of his attention like a roaring fire over me.

He covered my mouth with his and inhaled a little while I exhaled. A little sigh that turned to a soft moan as his mouth opened and mine opened with him,
letting him in. I let go. The shields guarding my heart lowered. Evan wasn’t taking, he was giving. His kiss gave me those impossible things I’d
desperately wanted all my life: tenderness, consideration, reverence.

I took everything in his kiss, turned it around and gave it all back to him. Willingly. Never once wondering what it would cost me later. No price to be
paid, only this moment with this boy. The beauty of time and him and his sweet kiss.

I let go.

He caught me and held me up. My arms went around his bruised and beaten body, and I held him up too. Together, we stood upright and unwavering. I was
strong in Evan’s arms. And I never wanted it to end. Ever.

My mouth couldn’t get enough of his sweet, clean taste and the scratch of his stubble on my cheek. The scent of his skin in my nose that carried little
particles of his life to me: the pool, the auto shop and his own goodness. We kissed forever, the earth ceased rotating to give us more time.

Evan didn’t try to push me past kissing. His hands never stopped moving but they kept to my back or tangled in my hair. They caressed my face and neck
while his mouth explored mine. His gentle sweetness broke me down. It was too much.

I broke our kiss and held him tightly around the neck, buried my face against his warm skin, my body trembling against his. It wasn’t safe to let anyone in
this close. I fought to find something to say, to dismiss or joke away the kiss before he could.

He kept holding me.

“This doesn’t happen to girls like me,” I whispered against his neck. “Do you know what I mean?”

God, I hoped so. I couldn’t explain it and didn’t want to try. I was beyond words. And because it was Evan, I didn’t need them.

“I know,” he murmured against my neck. “It doesn’t happen to guys like me, either. Believe me.” He held me tighter. “No one touches me.”

No one touches me.

It wasn’t self-pity. Just a simple fact. The pain and cruelty of his life was buried so deep in him, only faint echoes rose up anymore. I held him tighter.

“You’re shivering,” he said after a moment.

“I know, but I’m not cold.”

He pulled away, smiling gently. “Come on. I’ll walk you home.”