Release Day Blitz ♥ Endless Obsession by: Alex Grayson!

 

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I’ve silently watched her for a year, staying hidden in the shadows, biding my time.
She may know me as two different men, but she doesn’t have a clue what I’ve done.
She unknowingly became mine the minute my eyes touched her beauty.
But I’ve done things. Things she may not be able to forgive.
I know all her secrets, her habits, her preferred coffee, what she does in her spare time, her favorite lingerie brand, even that she sleeps naked.
At night, I watch her from her window. During the day, I watch her from my computer. She innocently bares her heart and body to me, and I soak up every single fucking second.

I’ve stayed away, but I’m tired of watching from afar. It’s time Poppy finds out just who I am and what I’m willing to do to take what’s mine. She may hate me when she finds out what I’ve done, but she has no choice but to accept it.

 

She will be my wife.

She will mother my children.

I will claim every part of her heart, body, and soul.

Anything else is unacceptable.

Poppy Lexington has become my endless obsession. I will become her uncontrollable addiction.

 

Unknown: Have you enjoyed the flowers I’ve sent you?
I freeze, except for my eyes, which pop open wide in shock. My breath gets caught in my throat when I realize this must be my mystery flower guy.

Holy hell! It’s him!

Why in the world is he texting me? After all this time, why contact me now? And what in the hell do I say to him? It’s become a routine. I’ve gotten used to getting the roses and not knowing who they are from. Question after question runs through my mind. Who is he? Why send me flowers? Why not introduce himself? Where did he first see me? How did he find out where I worked? And how in the hell did he get my number?
That’s my number one question, so I ask him.
Me: How did you get my number?
It only takes seconds for me to receive a reply, and I’m not sure how to take it.
Unknown: I have my ways. You didn’t answer my question.
He has his ways? What is that supposed to mean? My chest tightens with fear at his answer. I push back the fear and ask another question I’m dying to know.
Me: They’re beautiful, thank you. Who are you?

Unknown: You’ll find out soon enough.

 

Umm… say what? Another question avoided. My eyes narrow in suspicion.

Me: I’m not sure I like that answer. I have no idea who you are. What if I don’t want to know you once I find out?

 

I notice the time on my phone and pull the second thigh-high up my leg, keeping my eyes on the screen the entire time. This is really weird, him having my number. I’m sure it’s not too hard to get the information, but it’s the point that he went through the trouble to get it. I hate being left in the dark like this.

 

My phone dings again, and I quickly grab it.

 

Unknown: You’ll want to know me. Trust me.

Trust him? That’s laughable. How can he think I’ll trust him when I have no idea who he is?

 

Me: It’s hard to trust someone I don’t know.

 

I slip my feet in my heels as I wait for him to reply. It’s doesn’t take long.

 

Unknown: You’ll learn.

Unsure of how to respond to that, I walk back to the kitchen to get a travel mug of coffee ready. He seems so confident, and cocky. Maybe a little too much, since it’s coming from a total stranger. How can he be so sure?

 

I type out my original question again.
Me: Who are you?
Unknown: Soon…

I grip my phone in frustration. Now that he’s contacted me, the need to know who sends me roses every week is overwhelming. It’s no longer a curiosity—I need to know. I should be more afraid, but I’m not, and that gives me pause. Why am I not more fearful? He’s obviously hiding something, right? But what?

He sends another text before I get a chance to reply.
Unknown: Have a good day at work, Beautiful.
What? That’s it? He has flowers delivered to me every week for eight months, messages me out of the blue with cryptic messages, then wishes me a good day at work? Pissed off vibes has my gut clenching. How dare he contact me and leave me hanging.
Me: That’s it? That’s all I get out of you?
I flip the off switch on the coffee pot, grab my now full travel mug, my purse, and with phone still in hand, I leave my house, locking it up behind me.

I’m buckling my seatbelt when he replies.

Unknown: For now, yes.

Oh no, that doesn’t work for me. He needs to give me something. He can’t just expect me to accept his non-answers.

 

Me: How do you know me? How do you know where I work?
Unknown: I know a lot of things about you, Poppy.
Me: You’re not helping your case of me wanting to know you. It’s freaking me out that you know stuff about me, personal stuff, when I don’t even know your name. That’s not normal. It’s pretty stalkerish, don’t you think?

I notice the time on my phone again and see I have a few minutes before I need to leave, so I decide to wait for his reply.

Unknown: Just call me Mr. A for now. Have a safe trip to work.
Alex Grayson is originally from the south, but has recently moved to Northern Ohio. Although she misses the warmth of Florida and often times detest the cold of Ohio, she absolutely loves living in the north. Her and her husband bought a house on two acres of land and live there with their daughter, son, one dogs, two cats, eight ducks, and three chickens. She hopes to eventually get a couple of goats to add to their country way of living. Besides her family and home, her next best passion is reading. She is often found with her nose obsessively stuck in a book, much to the frustration of her husband and daughter. On more than one occasion Alex found herself wanting a book to go a certain way, but it didn’t. With these thoughts in mind, she decided to start writing stories according to her own visions. Although this is a new endeavor for her, she hopes that readers find her concepts on romance intriguing and captivating. Alex welcomes and encourages feedback, of any kind. She can be contacted at alexgraysonauthor@gmail.com.

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Cover Reveal ♥ ALIAS by Anita Cox!

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Anna Markov has had a long and lonely road as an undercover agent. After a year away from home, she anxiously awaits her return to Houston…and Darwin’s bed.

When she finally makes it home, things do not go as planned. Not only does her handler find her favorite hiding spot, while she’s waiting for her romantic interlude with Darwin, she’s approached by a saucy little number who cannot taker her eyes off Anna. Eden and Darwin break the news to Anna.

Not only has her vacation been cut short, she has another assignment. Her new alias is that of a submissive in Eden’s BDSM club, Illumination. Can this secret agent with a lifetime of being dominant in her life, finally relinquish control? Will she find it’s exactly what she needs? Can she quash her natural instincts and convince the target that she is, in fact, a submissive, or will he discover her identity, risking the lives of the two people she loves the most?

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Anita Cox is a bestselling author of a growing number of novels. For over ten years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, and paranormal, romances via traditional, independent, and audio publishers.

An only child born and raised in the Midwest, Anita enjoyed reading novels as a way to occupy herself and set her imagination free. That propensity blossomed into creations of her own as she began crafting novels of her own. As she matured, she began writing more adult tales and donned the pen name Anita Cox.

Anita resides in Indiana with the last teenager in her herd, a fluffy-not-fat cat named Tommy Chong, Titan the English Mastiff and the husband that helped create her creative pen name. In her free time, Anita enjoys fishing, gardening, and devouring equal portions of strong coffee and well-written novels.

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Title: “Get Nailed (MM), Cedar Falls #15”

Author: Shea Balik

Genre: MMRomance/Gay

Release Date: September 12, 2016

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Synopsis

Welcome to Cedar Falls, a small North Carolina town nestled amongst the Smokey Mountains where the people are friendly and the men are hot.

Danton Pixler has traveled all over the world, refusing to stay in one place for more than a few weeks. When he realizes something is missing in his life, he decides to settle down and move to Cedar Falls.

Kale Driggs has lived in Cedar Falls for nearly a year. He loves the quaint town but fears he will never find the man of his dreams. At a crossroads, Kale must decide if he is going to stay in Cedar Falls or move on.

Fate has a way of arranging a chance meeting for two people who are meant to be together. But will the connection that flares brightly between the two be enough? Or will health problems and family drama keep them from finding their happily ever after?

Excerpt:

“You have got to be fucking kidding me.” Crow said next to Kale.

They were both on the floor of the casino. It was a Saturday night, and the place was packed. Even the slot machines, which pulled in a good crowd normally, were filled with people milling around for one to open up. Whereas the business was good for the casino, it also meant a busy night for the security team.

Every available security officer had been called in. It was only nine, and already they had broken up ten fights, caught four pickpockets, and had to escort eight people from the premises for harassing the dealers. The pit boss, Tahl, was snarling at everyone as his dealers had to take more than the usual amount of crap, and he wasn’t happy about it.

It had been a long night, which was why Kale didn’t like Crow’s tone. It sounded like the man was staring into hell and the devil just showed its teeth. Glancing in the direction his friend was staring, Kale couldn’t help but let out a groan of dismay.

Jesse Grant and his friends were walking through the doors. Worse, their husbands were nowhere in sight. “Fuck,” he swore. Clicking on his mic, he called to Stone. “Are you aware that Griffith just walked in with Jesse and friends in tow?”

There was a moment of silence, probably so Stone could look at the monitors and see for himself. Cursing came through the line that would make a sailor blush. “Keep them in your sight at all times. I’ll start making calls to their husbands.”

Kale and Crow stared at one another in disbelief. “How in the hell does he expect us to do that?” Crow asked. “We don’t have enough staff to watch them.” He gave a snort. “Hell, there aren’t enough people in Cedar Falls to keep an eye on Jesse.”

Kale chuckled. As sad as that was, Crow spoke the truth. Jesse had a way of making things…challenging, even for the strongest willed of them. How Parker, Jesse’s husband, was able to put up with him was anyone’s guess. Not that Jesse wasn’t nice, because he was.

The man would give you the shirt off his back, not that Kale would be caught dead in most of the man’s T-shirts. Like the one he was wearing now said, “Once you put my meat in your mouth you’re going to want to swallow.” Funny, but not something Kale, or most anyone he knew, would wear. Just Jesse.

At the same time, Jesse was nothing but trouble with a capital T. He may not try and find it, but trouble had a way of finding Jesse. Add to that, Jesse didn’t believe in ever backing down, no matter how outnumbered he was, or outmuscled. As admirable a trait as that was, one day it would get the man killed. Jesse was five and a half feet and a buck twenty five soaking wet. He had no chance against most of the men he came up against.

A head bobbing up and down next to Jesse caught Kale’s attention. Mesmerized, Kale stared at the man. Kale didn’t remember meeting the beauty before, and he was pretty sure he wouldn’t have forgotten a face like that.

Even from across the room he could make out the man’s bright-blue eyes filled with laughter. Captivated, his gaze continued on down to take in the earing in the man’s left ear, unshaven face, and lips just shiny enough to beckon Kale for a kiss.

Kale’s tongue darted out to wet his lips as he took in the man’s tattoos along his collarbone and arms. All he could think about was tracing each line with his mouth. No. That wasn’t true. He was also wondering if the sexy man had any more tattoos that he couldn’t see.

“Come on.” Crow slapped Kale on the shoulder. “We better follow Jesse before he gets himself into trouble.”

Seeing the man he couldn’t take his eyes off of was following Jesse to the black jack tables, Kale was more than happy to take on the assignment. Maybe, if he got lucky, he’d get an introduction.

On their way to where Jesse was impatiently waiting for a spot to open up, both Kale and Crow started barking out orders to the rest of their team. For the most part no one bothered Jesse or his friends. Especially at Utopia. The casino had been open long enough to have gotten the reputation of not putting up with bullying.

Yet, that didn’t stop conflicts from happening when they were there. Considering how rowdy things had already been, it didn’t bode well for the rest of the night.

Kale just hoped no one ended up seriously hurt. His eyes went to the sexy man shaking his ass to the music blaring from the speakers. Actually, if he was going to make wishes, it would be to end up with that tight ass in his bed.

About the Author

Shea Balik has always had a vivid imagination with stories running around in her head. Often her stories are taken from observations of other people with her own spin. Traveling is one of her favorite ways of fulfilling her passion of people watching. She’s still working on traveling to every state within the United States, and has been to at least half. Her favorite mode of transportation is the car, because she feels it

is the best way to see the country. Okay, okay. It may have something to do with her being afraid to fly, no make that terrified. Shea has always felt if we were meant to fly, we’d have wings. Not that Shea won’t get on a plane, because she will, and does. After all, how else does one get to Hawaii quickly?

For out of the country traveling, Shea has been to every Caribbean country that cruise ships visit, several times. Being a Floridian means easy access to ports and cheaper rates. Although, now that she’s cruised so often, Shea gets discounts for being a frequent cruiser. In a perfect world, Shea would cruise around the world, but she don’t see that happening anytime soon, unless she wins the lottery.

You never know, one day you may spark her imagination for her next book.

Whether at home or traveling she is usually in front of her computer writing or curled up with a good book.

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“In The Best Interest of the Child” by Felicia Denise #PreOrder

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Author: Felicia Denise

Genre: Women’s Fiction/Psychological/Romance

Release Date: September 30, 2016

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“Do you truly believe she wants to go into foster care?”

“No way. But until I’m certain where her head is emotionally and mentally, I won’t try to second guess her. Rena’s feeling like a burden right now, and might feel it’s the thing to do to free the Bellamys from having to take care of her. I’m walking a very narrow path with this one. Did you hear back about the updated docket schedule?”

“Affirmative, boss lady. You’re off the hook until Tuesday.”

“Then let’s get to work and make some magic!” Margo stood and headed for the door. She stopped and slowly turned back to her boss.

“Olivia?”

“Yes?”

“Don’t think for one second that we’re not having a discussion about what had you glowing earlier, got it?”…

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Catching Up & Changing Routes

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Yes! I’m happy to announce that I finished the rough draft of Scavenger, got it cleaned up and shipped off to my beta readers!😀 I’d do a happy dance, but I woke up with a kink in my neck this morning. Ugh, hate those but I don’t exactly practice proper ergonomics, either – my bad.

I’m also happy to say that I got the final cover for Scavenger done. It’s so hard keeping it to myself, I can’t wait to share it with you! Since I made Collar Me Foxy’s cover, I just decided to stick with it for the rest of the series. The nice thing about Canva is that you can make a copy of your complete cover and that way the same color theme, fonts and everything are already in place, all you have to do is replace/adjust the photo and choose the proper filter setting (if you have any) and tweak it to your liking. No need to start from scratch – so, that’s just a little insight for those thinking about making their own covers. Of course, it’s more complicated if you’re using vignettes or multiples layers.

Another little insight I’d like to talk about with my fellow Indie’s is regarding publishing platforms. First I’ll start off by stating that everyone’s experience is different, so this is in no way a guideline on what you should do – I think we all should try everything for ourselves and come to our own conclusions on what works best for us. I’m going to be unpublishing my books from Smashwords and enrolling them into the KDP Select program at the end of this month (the end of Smashwords’s quarter).

I love everything about Smashwords, why it exists and everything it provides for Indie Authors – this is admittedly a business decision, not a personal one. Unfortunately, Smashwords’s Reporting & Payment policies are not competitive to Amazon’s. I’ll break it down for comparison:

Smaswords Reporting & Payment Policies:

  • 3 months per quarter + 30-40 days for payment, so for the quarter of July/August/September an author gets paid around the end of October, beginning of November.
  • A 30-60 day lag between end of quarter and when third party retailers send payments for sales (if any) to Smashwords. (according to their FAQ)
  • Smashwords purchases reported right away.
  • Third party retailer sales updated every 48 hours under Daily Sales.
  • A $75 minimum for payment by check. A $10 minimum for payment by PayPal, no exceptions.

Amazon KDP’s Reporting & Payment Policies:

  • 60 days after each month you make a sale, you get paid. (i.e. I got paid in August for June’s sales.)
  • Your sales are updated 24 hours after they happen – worldwide.
  • A $100 minimum for check or wire transfers. NO minimum for EFT payments (direct deposit) – whatever you make, you get.

So far, I’ve only sold 1 of each book available on Smashwords, a total of under $3.00. So not only am I unsure of how many books I may have sold at third party retailers, I don’t even know if I qualify to get paid at the end of October/beginning of November. Yet, my books have been selling fairly regularly on Amazon. So, for me, this is a smart business decision to take my books to where they’re selling. Also, since both of my books fall under the 35% royalty range, rather than the 70% royalty range, going Select could be more lucrative than staying normal KDP. Here’s why:

Amazon KDP Select Reporting & Payment Policies:

  • Sales reported 24 hours after they happen – worldwide – for regular, non-KU/KOLL customers.
  • Sales reports generated the 15th of every month for Kindle Unlimited & Kindle Owners Lender Library customers.
  • KENP reports as it happens (number of pages read through Kindle Unlimited or the Kindle Owners Lending Library).
  • You get paid your regular sales 60 days after the end of each calendar month for non-KU/KOLL purchases.
  • You get paid from the KDP Select Global Fund for all books read through the Kindle Unlimited or Kindle Owner Lender Library programs – from my understanding, this is paid the same way KDP payments happen – 60 days after the end of each calendar month – if this is wrong, please let me know in the comments below!

Like I said, this is a choice I’m making for my own books, not something I’m recommending for yours, unless you want to. Another new experience I will happily share with you in a future post to let you know how it works out. In the meantime, I hope everyone is doing great and making progress on their own beloved projects and I have so many blogs and emails to catch up on, I better get back to it!😀

In Scavenger, Tessa faces a typical sub conundrum more than once. Which is: giving Master too much information, because you’re forbidden to tell lies.

“You don’t like yellow, pet?”

“I hate it, Master.”

“Good to know,” he smiled deviously.

Personally, I think Master Felix just likes having a full arsenal of future punishments at the ready. Which do you prefer in books: blatant attacks, subtle unravelings or a good mixture of both?

 

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Coming Up For Coffee

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Yes, more coffee… I don’t need more air, I’m long-winded as it is – or maybe it’s opinionated? Either way, I’m still here, just been heck’a busy in all of the best ways. I started a new job, getting kids ready for school and most importantly have been hibernating in the writing cave in between.

I’m soooooo close to finishing Scavenger, I can taste it! The finish line is just at my fingertips.

Also, giving Avarice Unforgiving a good scrubbing (aka cutting about 10k words wherever I can), because that’s going off to the editor in just under 2 weeks! The book cover’s already ordered and I’m pushing for a December 1st release date.😀

And because there’s never any rest for the wicked, I am also on a deadline with my publisher to get the final manuscript for Shades Soirée (bk. 2 of my Matron City Trilogy / The Zen Lounge) turned into them by September 25th! blah, contracts.

So, I hope everyone is doing great and getting time in their own writing caves. I’ll hopefully be getting another Dear Indie post up soon or at least participating in some book tours.

How’s your week going? Ms. Felicia, isn’t it almost time for the release of In the Best Interest of the Child? I can’t wait to read that… drumming fingers.😀

Release Day ♥ Half Cocked by: Michelle Hughes!

 

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Twenty-One-Year-Old College Student Becca Stewart has lived her life by the rules and never stepped over any lines.  For once in her life she wants to be the bad girl and enjoy what she’s missing out on.  She’s had a crush on the star quarterback at her university and decides to tell him how she feels.  He’s all in for a night of wild sex until she confesses to being a virgin.  Telling her he’d love to give her what she wants if she wasn’t innocent, she decides to fight for him.

 

Hiring a gigolo isn’t something Becca ever thought she’d do, but having Bryce is worth it.  Taking the small nest egg her grandmother left her she hires Colton Dillard and flies out to Las Vegas to get the experience she needs.  Colton owns a company that pleasures women for profit, but he’s not exactly who he claims to be!  Six foot four inches of pure sensuality, he’s every woman’s dream and just the man to teach her the ways of unadulterated sex.

 

One trip to Sin City will change Becca’s life forever.  Being seduced by a stranger paid to give her all the pleasure she’s ever craved might do more than wake up her hidden passion.  It’s one whirlwind ride of ecstasy, temptation, and discovering that sometimes you don’t know what you really want until it sweeps you off your feet!

 

 

Michelle Hughes is an international bestselling romance author from Verbena, Alabama. Before becoming an author, she was a singer/songwriter, host of a TV talent show and respiratory therapist. Today, she’s a wife and mother of five with aspirations of owning a New Orleans vampire nightclub (the setting of her first novel). For information about Hughes’ books, visit her publisher Tears of Crimson LLC. at www.tearsofcrimson.com

 

She’s on Twitter @MichelleHughes_ and her Goodreads page is at www.goodreads.com/MichelleHughes

 

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