23 September 2018

The Immortal Mark Box Set

The Immortal Mark box set has a shiny new cover!

This series is leaving Kindle Unlimited on October 24th, and it will be released for sale on all other ebook retailers. So if you haven't read the series yet and you have Kindle Unlimited, make sure you borrow it ASAP so it's on your kindle, then you can read it at your leisure, even if it's after October 24th.

Already read this series? Please click here and leave a quick review for the box set over on Amazon. Most people review the books individually and then the box set doesn't get any review love. Reviews are ALWAYS appreciated and needed because they help an author's visibility on the giant that is Amazon.

Haven't read The Immortal Mark yet? Here's what it's all about:


Book 1: The Immortal Mark

The only thing Cara got for her eighteenth birthday was an unexpected invitation to move out of her uncle’s house. College isn’t an option for a poor girl with average grades, so when her best friend Riley finds them a mysterious job opportunity that includes room and board, Cara is interested but thinks it sounds too good to be true.
The night before their interview, Cara has an epic night out with Theo, an impossibly handsome guy she just met. He’s charismatic, a little mysterious, and it feels like she’s known him her whole life.
When she runs into him at her interview, he’s cold and elusive. He makes it very clear that he doesn’t want her working with him, which only makes their mutual attraction burn hotter. Cara takes the job for Riley’s sake and promises herself she’ll avoid this jerk and his mood swings, no matter how hard it is to keep away from him.
Soon she finds out her millionaire employers aren’t normal guys who live and travel in luxury. They’re immortals. Theo wasn’t trying to ruin her job prospects. He was trying to save her life, because the girls they hire never make it out alive.

Book 2: The Immortal Truth
Cara and Riley know the truth about their new job, but they can’t say a word about it to anyone or they’ll be killed. While their fates hang in the balance, Theo has promised to find a way to help them. Theo has been shielding Cara from the horrible truth, but Cara has just discovered some truths that even he didn’t know. 

Book 3: The Immortal Bond
After discovering who’s really in charge of the Rosewater Clan, Cara and Theo find themselves in a deadly imprisonment they can’t seem to escape.

See The Immortal Mark on Amazon

Also available in audiobook! Click here to see the audiobook versions. 

20 September 2018

Happy Book Birthday to INTO THE DARKEST NIGHT by Cassandra Giovanni!

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This is my stop during the bookstagram blitz for Into the Darkest Night by Cassandra Giovanni. This bookstagram blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. This bookstagram blitz runs from 18 till 24 September. See the tour schedule here.



Into the Darkest NightInto the Darkest Night (Chaos Theory Duet #1)

By Cassandra Giovanni

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Age category: Adult

Release Date: 18 September 2018



Blurb:

I was born a child of the Elite; destined to live a life of privilege in Sun City.

With one decision I gave it all up.




Ana Jacobs knows the Elite and their depravity all too well. She was one of them once. Her father was a member of the Inner Circle and head of the Trinity funding the corruption of Sun City. When he learned she knew the names of those he'd hidden so well, he turned his back on her; had her kidnapped and tortured to protect his secrets.



When she escapes the island and learns of her father’s death at the hands of a knife-wielding vigilante called the Nightwatchman, she returns to Sun City, vowing to use her knowledge to protect the city. As a city cop, she blends into the background, and no one suspects her real motives.



Levi Bennett knows where Ana’s been. He's also an Elite, but where Ana was sent to the island, he ended up there by accident. While Ana buries herself in her work and stopping the flow of illegal drugs and weapons into the poverty-stricken Blue District, Levi covers his pain by partying and spending his trust fund on buying bars and restaurants.



Thrown together by Levi’s constant pressing of the limits, the two can’t deny the connection they share through their dark pasts.



Their demons are one in the same, but some demons can’t be tamed.




You can add Into the Darkest Night to your to-read list on Goodreads



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There’s a reward program for everyone who orders a copy of Into the Darkest Night (ebook, physical copy or library requests) before 30 September. You can fill out this form. And you’ll receive your reward for ordering and be entered to win the grand prize.



Into the Darkest Night




Book Excerpt:

“So, you and Lily?” I ask, pointing between the two of them as the familiar burn settles into my throat. Alcohol isn’t something I’ve missed, and I watch Levi from the corner of my eyes as he shakes his head when the bartender offers more. It’s in direct violation of everything in his files. My fingers tingle, and I pull them into fists at my sides as I look back to Robbie. He nods, and his nose twitches as he signals for the bartender to fill him up. Lily tucks a loose strand behind her ear and shakes her head to the bartender. She shifts from foot to foot as she stares down at her tan and teal cowboy boots.

“Want to dance?” Robbie asks Lily, and her eyes widen with relief.

“Yeah, that sounds great.”

They disappear into the crowd on the dance floor, and I sit on the stool beside Levi, letting my head roll to my shoulder, so I’m looking at him. “Just happened to get too loud tonight?”

He smirks, watching the crowd sway to the music. “Check the business’ file like you did mine, and you’ll see it happens regularly. Our neighbors just aren’t that fun.”

“Mhmm,” I reply as I lean back.

“So, you and Robbie—how did I not know you?” Levi finally asks, changing the subject.

I raise my eyebrows at him, and his hands are in fists, the smile on his lips gone.

“It was after you went missing— but I was around before that – we’re both Elite, well, were. You were just a tad bit engrossed with Lily from what I remember,” I reply.

His eyes drift to the ceiling. “Ah, yeah—that.”

“It must’ve been awkward coming back to…” I don’t know how to put softly your best friend dating your girlfriend. I don’t understand why my throat thickens as I watch his reaction. I shouldn’t care if it bothers him.

Maybe it’s because I get how lonely coming back is. My toes curl in my shoes at the thought. Loneliness is my only friend.

Levi leans forward, pressing his muscular forearms into his knees. “Just a little bit.” His shoulders lift, and his eyes come up to mine, causing an eruption of tingles up my spine. “But they’re good for each other. I’m not who I used to be, so it’s not like it would’ve worked anyway.”

Butterflies erupt out of dormant chrysalis I never thought would be awakened as his eyes flick over my face. The calculated smugness is gone, and the man before me is part the innocent boy I had a crush on all throughout high school and part damaged man that I feel, stupidly–no doubt–that only I could ever understand.

I turn in the stool, so I’m facing the bar. “Do you have anything that doesn’t taste like Windex?”

Levi laughs as he goes behind the divider. He reaches up to the top shelf lined with expensive looking bottles, and his shirt lifts, showing one of the dimples in his back and a pale scar that travels diagonally from it. My eyes follow the line to a tattoo of a kanji—Japanese character—for a skill I’ve yet to master.

Seishinteki kyōyō: spiritual refinement.

Judging by its placement on his back, he has almost as many skill marks as I do. Not only did Levi survive the same hell I did, but he’s received the same training.

Levi Bennett is a Shinobi—a ninja.

Just like me.

We’re something that isn’t supposed to exist in the modern age, yet here we are. I watch as he mixes me a drink, dropping a cherry in the glass before sliding it across the concrete counter to me.

“How’s paying for your father’s sins going?” he asks.

I raise an eyebrow, looking at the dark pink drink. “What’s this?”

His voice is level as he answers, “Unoriginal Sin.”

My eyes lift to his, and he leans down on his forearms, so our faces are inches apart.

“Real original, Shinobi,” I say, my voice so low only he can hear it.

He stands up and rubs his hand over his the scruff around his mouth down to his chin.

“I guess we’re more similar than I thought,” he says. His eyes flick to the television as he nods to it. “He’s trying to save the city, too. Looks like he’s doing a better job, though.”

I read the text scrolling across the screen since the volume isn’t on.

The Nightwatchman has struck again, this time taking out Adam Cleary, an international businessman. It appears Cleary was involved with sex trafficking.

My ears ring. Another name from my list and my prime suspect for the Nightwatchman is standing in front of me with his arms crossed and pulsing with irritatingly sexy muscles.




Cassandra GiovaniAbout the Author:

Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. She writes romance books in various genres, including adult romance, new adult romance and teen romance. She also has several kids books. In addition to being a published author, Cassandra is a successful full-time financial marketer. When she’s not making the characters in her head come to life, she either has her bow and arrows or longboard skateboard in hand. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with their daughter Hope and their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.



You can find and contact Cassandra Giovanni here:

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- Goodreads

- Amazon



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16 September 2018

Teaser from Alluring Aiden



There's only nine more days until Alluring Aiden releases! To celebrate, I'm sharing an excerpt from one of my favorite scenes. Check it out below:




Aiden

How the hell could anyone cheat on her? She’s gorgeous and sweet and obviously smart. She rides dirt bikes and works at a bike shop. She is literally the definition of my dream girl.
And some jack hole threw her away for a fling? I don’t get it. Maybe he got hit on the head and forgot he was already dating the greatest girl on this side of the planet.
I close my eyes and let the hot bubbly water soothe muscles I just worked out. It’s not nearly as much fun keeping my right arm out of the water, but being in here with Jenn makes up for that small annoyance. I’m glad I took the risk and came in here. The hot tub feels amazing and I’ve made a new friend.
Well, maybe. I’m not sure if we’re in friends territory yet. But I know that’s all we can be. First of all, she’s way out of my league. Like ten thousand miles away from my league. And of course, the ever present problem that comes with being a professional motocross racer – I’ll be gone as soon as this arm heals. My buddy and team mate Zach knew he couldn’t get attached because of our busy schedules and yet he recently went and got himself attached anyway. Dumbass. He seems really happy though, and I guess they’ll find a way to make it work. I know I wouldn’t be that lucky. There’s no sense in trying to date anyone.
I don’t think relationship bliss is in the cards for me. The more I think about it, the more I realize I have no idea how to date someone. Motocross has been my life for as long as I can remember. Mikey and I spent every waking second at the local track, and the only time I saw girls was in school. I had a couple girlfriends in junior high, which didn’t really count because all we did was hold hands in the hallway. And then in high school, I travelled every weekend for the races, going to every track within driving distance, and Mikey got famous with his professional racing deal, and I just didn’t have time for girls. I like girls. A lot. But there’s never been time.
Now, I’m sitting across from one of the most beautiful girls I’ve ever seen and she’s got this content if not a little sad look on her face and I’d give my left nut to swim across the distance and kiss her.
But I wouldn’t even know how.
And she’s newly single, so kissing her would be a pretty jackass thing to do. She needs time to heal and get over him. And she needs to find someone better than me to date.



10 September 2018

What I'm reading in Kindle Unlimited

After doing my annual reader survey, I noticed that 60% of my readers use Kindle Unlimited. (Don't know what that is? It's like Netflix for books! For $9.99 a month you can read all the Kindle Unlimited books you want, which includes many of my own books! Learn more here.)

There are SO MANY great books in Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program, and I thought I'd take some time to share some of my favorites with you all.



The School Dayz series by Jennifer DiGiovanni

I love this author so much! Not only is she super sweet online, she's also a fantastic writer of YA contemporary romance. If you love my books, you'll love her series as well.




The Briarwood High series by Maggie Dallen 

I love these because they're all standalone romances that can be read in any order. Perfect for YA romance fans!




The Fight Camp series by Deirdre Riordan Hall 

This one isn't a contemporary, but I LOVE it so much! I actually love everything by this author and I'm pretty sure all her books are in Kindle Unlimited, including her YA contemporary novels, so check out her author page.


28 August 2018

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I've started a private reader group on Facebook where I can interact with readers on a more personal level! I'll also share advanced copies of my new books for review and hold giveaways and post teasers.

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22 August 2018

Pre-order Alluring Aiden Today



Alluring Aiden releases in one month, but you can pre-order it now!

“It’s just six weeks. Or forever. You choose.”


Aiden is supposed to be travelling the country with his professional motocross racing team. He isn’t supposed to break his wrist over summer and be benched for the whole fall season. He definitely isn’t supposed to find himself falling for a hometown girl who loves dirt bikes as much as he does. 

And when her boyfriend cheats on her, he probably shouldn’t agree to be her fake boyfriend just to piss him off. 

But Aiden has never been good at doing the right thing.

Jenn’s relationship just fell apart. She thought she’d had it all: a hunky motocross racer boyfriend, an awesome job at her dad’s shop, and a promising career as a physical therapist on the horizon. Then it all falls apart, leaving her broken and hopeless. 

A fake relationship might get back at her ex, but there’s something in the way Aiden looks at her that doesn’t feel very fake at all. 

Alluring Aiden is the second standalone book in The Team Loco Trilogy, a series of flirty, sweet NA contemporary romances. Contains steamy scenes, no cliffhanger, and a happily ever after.

CLICK HERE to pre-order Alluring Aiden on Amazon

15 August 2018

For Just One Day Release day


It's release day!

For Just One Day is the 5th novella in my First Love Shorts series. They can all be read in order or separately since they focus on different couples. 


For Just One Day is a novella in Amy Sparling’s First Love Shorts series. These quick, romantic teen reads are perfect for anyone who loves a good story about finding your first love. Each book is based on a different couple and they can be read in any order.
Emma has better ways to spend her Friday night, but unfortunately she’s stuck at a museum with her mom and her mom’s new boyfriend. When she slips away and the lights go out, Emma finds herself locked in the ancient building with no cell phone and no way out.

Jaxxon is on a mission to find something he lost in the museum before it closes. What he finds instead is a pretty girl who is accidentally locked inside the building with him. They’re both dealing with their own issues, but for just one night, they’ll have to set it aside and figure out how to rescue themselves.


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14 August 2018

Cover Reveal for Alluring Aiden


With the release of Taming Zach, I'm already itching to promote the next book in the series, Alluring Aiden. It will release on September 25th, but for now, enjoy the gorgeous cover!

Taming Zach is available now


I'm so excited for the new chapter in the Summer Unplugged universe! The Team Loco series is about the guys on Jett's motocross team, staring with Zach Pena in book one, Taming Zach.

It's available in ebook, paperback, and free with Kindle Unlimited! Check out the summary below:

She never meant to fall for someone she can’t have. He never meant to let her. 

Bree Grayson lives a simple life in her small Tennessee hometown. She works as a maid with her mom and flags at the local motocross track on the weekends. It’s good money but it won’t get her out of Hopewell. She’s determined to make something of herself, but she’d settle for something—anything to get her out of this rut.

Zach Pena’s notorious motocross fame crashed and burned as quickly as he had risen to the top. He let the fame get to his head and the partying and girls took over his life. Now he’s off the race team. Determined to get back into the sport he loves, he moves back home to spend the summer focusing solely on motocross. Girls are off the menu. 

And then he runs into Bree. 

She’s gorgeous and sweet and everything he shouldn’t have this summer. He doesn’t recognize her as the girl from his childhood, but Bree knows exactly who Zach is. She’s only had a crush on him forever. She knows he’s a womanizer and too hot for his own good, but he’s fun. 

Bree doesn’t expect to fall for someone she can’t have. And Zach doesn’t expect to be pulled back into his world of fame before the summer is over. Will Bree finally be the girl to tame his wild ways? Or will their romance crash and burn?

Taming Zach is the first standalone book in The Team Loco Trilogy, a series of flirty, sweet NA contemporary romances. Contains steamy scenes, no cliffhanger, and a happily ever after. 

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16 July 2018

An interview with Isaac ben Levi


This delightful book series about a small railroad continues with Book 2 of classic train stories.  When a railroad further South sells four locomotives to the Ozark Mountain Railroad, the engines must learn to cooperate and get along with their new friend Andrew.  Join in the fun and excitement as Andrew’s new friends embark on their first year of adventures as the journey continues!

Reviews for Book 1 -  “Our First Locomotive”:
-           Well written and engaging historical fiction! What if locomotives could talk?  Beautiful illustrations show the grandeur of the railroad and their important and ongoing role in American commerce.  Engaging character dialogue captures the reader's interest and imagination. Look forward to future works in this series!
-           The characters are wholesome, encouraging, and kind of heart; something that is very important to our family.   The illustrations are beautiful and help spark the imagination as you read along.
-           All my grandchildren are fascinated with trains. This was a wonderful story to read to all of them. They range in ages from 3 to 7 and were captivated just as I was to follow the journey of this treasured locomotive. Beautiful illustrations with a story to match. I look forward to reading more from this Series.
-           Highly recommend! Wonderful reading for our sons, ages 5 and 9. Story line is engaging and pictures include authentic detail. Love the ties to actual history of the Ozark Mountain Railroad. Looking forward to other books in this series. Thanks to the author for including the free coloring pages on his website. And the Lego build is pretty cool, too!
-           Though I believe it's intended more as a read-aloud for younger children, both my 12- year-old and 9-year-old daughters loved this book. The story is engaging and the language is not dumbed down in any way. We are eager to read the next installment of Andrew's adventures when it is released.



Isaac has always been fascinated with the railroad and history surrounding how it brought life to towns across the nation. He is currently a sophomore in High School and is an encyclopedia of railroad knowledge. His dream is to inspire children of all ages to learn about the impact of trains and perhaps one day build a line himself.
You can sign up for Isaac’s blog where he discusses the history of the railroad and often includes videos of interviews with local experts and museum visits. He uses this information to write the “Great Railroad Series.”   
When he is not writing, you will find him in the Ozark Mountains enjoying all that life on a homestead provides. His beloved animals, LEGO trains, shooting sports, photography, art, science, survival skills, and reading are among his favorites. 




Today we have an interview with Isaac! Read below to find out more about the author of this book.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you became a writer.

I’m 16 years old and live on a homestead in the Ozark Mountains. I became a writer when I had my first thoughts for the story that eventually became Book 1 of the ‘Great Railroad Series.’ I got excited enough about it, even though I was no fan of writing at the time, I wrote the story down.

What inspired you to write this book?
One key piece that I wanted for the series was for all the characters to be real locomotives that existed in some point in history. The main character in the series (and the inspiration) came from an old book I have published in 1950 by Edwin P. Alexander. One of the locomotives he described in short detail with a photograph and scale drawings was St. Louis Southwestern (SLSW) #412 which as readers of the first book will know is the main character Andrew. What made him a good possibility was finding out the engine had worked in Northeaster Arkansas for the Blytheville, Leachville and Arkansas Southern which was a railroad that the SLSW acquired. Finding this main character proved to be a major catalyst.

What are your other hobbies?

I enjoy reading and have since I was a baby (no joke, I taught myself to read at 2). I also have enjoyed LEGO modeling railroading since I was a kid. Caring for homestead animals is always enjoyable too and well as experimenting and inventing things around the homestead to make life easier. (Current project includes a Stirling Motor Locomotive).

Who are the authors that influenced you?

Being an avid reader there are many. Several of which I gave credit to in the acknowledgements of my first book.

How did you go about researching your books before you wrote them?

I try to be as historically accurate as I can be writing books. I have a large collection of old railroad books and magazines which have been the inspiration for many stories. There is a historical society museum that I visit monthly to dig through the archive collection and journals of historical documents has helped me immensely – especially with book 2.

Do you have any additional books in the works?

Book number 3 of the Great Locomotive Series titled ‘The Turbine Locomotive’ will be released August 2018. I’ve also written manuscripts for books 4 and 5 of the series which will be released in the Fall and Winter of this year. Also, a younger kids version will be released August 2018 which is for early readers and is called “Li’l Great Railroad Series: Happy Engines Back to Work”.

If you could co-write a book with another author, who would it be and why?

I am co-writing a book as of the present titled: Homestead Friends for older children which should be out in 2019.

If your readers could take away one thing about your books, what would you want it to be?

For me, history is important. If history is ignored, its mistakes will repeat themselves and my motivation for writing is to get kids excited about history and research more.

How long did it take you to write this book?

I started writing book 1 of the series in October 2017 and book 2 began in January 2018. Books 3 – 5 were completed by summer of 2018.