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Blog Tour – Soul or Discretion – Susan Mac Nicol & M. Tasia

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CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET

Simon Bridgeworth believes in loyalty, and keeping things in-house. When he discovers his best friend, who has been running the Canadian division of Simon’s tech empire, has been skimming millions from the company, Simon flies to Toronto to get to the bottom of the theft and learns his friend has been murdered. Devastated and at a loose end, Simon knows there’s no way the company’s problems can be kept under wraps now. Imagine his surprise when he learns the Mountie investigating the murder is the first repeat Simon has allowed himself in years.

Sergeant Nick Cooper is a proud member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He’s served his country in the military, and now he’s protecting the citizenry of Toronto. But devotion to duty is no longer enough. On a whim, Nick hooks up with Aristocrat69 on crUIzer, and what started as one night of incredible sex turns into an attraction neither man can ignore. When a grisly mob murder sends Nick to the Breakforce corporation, he is shocked to discover his lover is none other than its CEO. When Simon’s life is threatened, ethical lines blur as Nick does anything to keep him safe – no cost is too high for the man who has become Nick’s everything.

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Despite his experience at hook-ups and having sampled a wide range of the male population across the world, Simon’s jaw dropped on seeing the man in front of him.

Sweet Jesus. His profile picture didn’t do this man justice at all. He was, quite simply, stunning. And big. And muscled.

Crystal blue eyes stared at him from beneath short-cropped dark hair and from the expression of appreciation on the hook-up’s face; he was finding Simon equally as tasty. Dressed in old comfortable jeans, a jacket that looked as if it had been rescued from a thrift shop, and large boots that were scuffed and worn, the hook-up was exactly what Simon needed.

Simon gestured the man in. “Come in, Northernsalute,” he murmured with a smile. “I have a feeling we’re going to get on fine.”

Northernsalute grinned as he came in, his blue eyes crinkling with laugh lines and the trimmed stubble around his jaw looking deliciously lickable.

“Yeah?” He reached out a calloused hand and stroked Simon’s jawline. “I think I might agree with you on that one, Aristocrat sixty-nine. I’m a sucker for a man with an English accent.”

Simon rolled his eyes as he closed the door, and watched his guest—well, his guest’s extremely tight arse—stride across the room to stand by the cocktail cabinet Simon had already opened.

“Not the first time I’ve heard that,” he said. “I don’t know what it is about the accent that triggers horniness on this side of the pond, but I thank God for it. Perhaps someone should do a study on it.” He gestured to the bar. “Would you like a drink first? I know we’re here to fuck but there’s no point in not being civilised about it.” He noticed his “date’s” flinch at Simon’s choice of words. Oh God, he groaned inwardly. Please don’t let this guy be another needy bastard like the last one.

“Whisky, neat. No ice. Oh, and the name’s Nick. I can’t imagine calling you Aristocat sixty-nine all night so figured we might as well swap names now.” Nick raised an enquiring eyebrow as he shrugged out of his jacket and placed it on the back of the sofa.

Simon poured the drinks. Whisky for Nick, and a bourbon for himself. He’d developed a taste for it when he’d lived in New Orleans some years ago. “If you wish. Mine’s Simon. Please refrain from any cute ditties about ‘Simon Says’ because I’ve heard it all, and I’ll probably re-arrange your face if you try it. Especially in bed.” He handed the whisky to Nick, marvelling at the way the man’s face lit up in laughter.

He really was an attractive chap, Simon mused. With a personality to match. He might be worth a repeat or two while Simon was here. Save him explaining his hook-up philosophy to a new men.

“Duly noted.” Nick’s twang was sexy and Simon wasn’t averse to hearing more of it. He walked over to the couch and sat down, patting the seat beside him.

“Let’s have a drink, then we can get down to business.”

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About the Authors:

SUSAN MAC NICOL

Sue writes steamy, sexy and fun contemporary gay romances, some suspenseful, some gritty and dark, and others just plain ahhhh….

Lover of angst and conflict, she enjoys putting her characters through the emotional wringer and bringing them out the other side with an HEA, or, at the very least, a HFN.

She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and is also a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. She’s the Editor-in-Chief at Divine Magazine (www.divinemagazine.biz), and she’s a Charity Board trustee at Being Me in London (http://www.beingmecampaign.com).

Sue is passionate about research and has stayed in a circus, taken lessons from a blind person on how it feels to be non-sighted, and has travelled to a lighthouse with maintenance crew to see firsthand what it’s like inside. She’s also written a screenplay with a Hollywood actor/producer, with a view to taking her book, Sight Unseen, to the big screen.

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amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Mac-Nicol/e/B008YE9GGI/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1

M. TASIA

Michelle is a paralegal and author who lives in Ontario, Canada. A member of the RWA and its chapter RRW, she is a dedicated people watcher, and a lover of romance, 80’s rock, and happy endings. Married to a good man, mother of two wonderful girls, Michelle is also a servant to two spoiled furry children.

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❤Review❤ Mask Beneath Her Face – Rafael Chandler @RafaelChandler

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Author: Rafael Chandler
Series: Standalone
Genre: Horror
Number of Pages: 412
Publisher: Neoplastic Press
Publishing Date: October 14, 2017
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
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Bobbi Metzger is a survivor. She was the only one left alive after a slasher invaded her sixteenth birthday party butchering all of her friends and leaving Bobbi with a scars in remembrance of that horrible night. Thirty years later, Bobbi is still trying to piece her life back together. Starting over in a new city with a new job, everything seems to be going well for Bobbi, until the nightmares invade her mind again. Fearful that a slasher is going to slaughter the only people she loves, Bobbi heads back home to North Carolina to her makeshift family….Jesse, sam and Cris, who each battle their own slasher and horrors from long ago.

MASK BENEATH HER FACE really brought back a lot of childhood memories for me. I remember watching all of the slasher films when I was a young teen and being completely horrified and yet staying up late at night glued to the tv screen watching all the movies like Friday the 13th and Halloween. So, it comes as no surprise that when I read the summary for this book, I knew I had to read it. I am happy to say it lived up to all of my expectations, gory details and all. The story starts off with a bang. You are drawn right into the horrific scene of Bobbi’s friends, or what was left of them I should say, all dead at the hands of a slasher, and Bobbi fighting for her life to make it out alive. My attention never waivered right from that opening scene. The plot slowly builds as you learn about Bobbi, Jesse, Sam, and Cris’ past history with slashers. I loved the ancient history that was sprinkled in and I felt it gave the story an eerie feel.

Rafael Chandler brought me back to my teen years and reminded me why I loved slasher films so much. He held nothing back and even took it a step further by introducing multiple slashers into the story. Wait, did I really say multiple slashers, you ask? Yes! I was completely floored and heavily invested in each of the slashers each wielding their own brand of terror. This book is not for the faint of heart. There is blood, gore, and a whole lot of chopped off body pieces. What I also like most is there is a story line.  We really get to know each of the characters and learn about their fears and why they have become what they are which makes them relatable to perhaps our own fears (like someone looking through my window at night in the dark, UGH!).  I also love the cover art with the spider and how it relates to the story because the spider in the story is no Charlotte’s Web!

I highly recommend picking up a copy, just don’t read it in the dark or when you are alone! Scratch that…..read it when it is dark and you are alone (insert evil laugh here).

❤Review❤ Until The End of Time – Edie Baylis @ediebaylis

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Author: Edie Baylis
Series: Downfall Series #1
Genre: Dark Romance
Number of Pages: 433 Pages
Publisher: Athame Press
Publishing Date: September 5, 2017
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
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Seth Wright and Jane Ellerton are in love. Theirs is not an ordinary kind of love, though. It is filled with violence, drugs, and an intensity fueled by their cruel and sadistic tendency towards brutality. They feed off of each others need for the darkness, which in turn makes Seth and Jane’s relationship even more intense and passionate. Their love is like none other and they match each other perfectly. However, not everyone in their lives are happy with the two of them being together. Debbie has been in love with Seth for over two years and Paul wants Jane back for himself. Their delusions sets off a chain of events that test the bounds of Seth and Jane’s relationship like it has never been tested before. Seth and Jane start to feel the strain as paranoia steps in testing the depths of their relationship. Who can they trust in their circle of friends? Could their love survive until the end of time or are Seth and Jane headed down a path they could never return from?

UNTIL THE END OF TIME sets the bar pretty high right from the first few pages. Murder and mayhem interweave through the pages and into the lives of Seth and Jane. Both seem to relish and thrive through all of the violence in their lives. I don’t think either one knew how to be normal. Even though they were in love with each other, their love was filled with obsession and paranoia which eventually spirals out of control. While reading this story, I couldn’t help but think of Seth and Jane like the couple in the movie Natural Born Killers. Which, at the time was a pretty controversial movie, much like what I think this story is as well. Either you are going to love it and embrace the craziness that has become Seth and Jane’s world or you will absolutely hate it because it’s so unconventional. What can I say? I love the crazy. I love anything outside of the norm. This isn’t some happy go lucky romance. There is murder, violence, and cheating which can be a trigger for some readers. Personally, I love how the author, Edie Baylis, did not hold anything back. The story is in your face, every messed up thing you can think of is probably written in the pages of this story.

There are many characters and multi POV’s, but I never felt lost in the story. Did I necessarily like any of the characters? Yes and no. Seth and Jane do very bad things together and separately, but yet deep down inside, they both had some redeeming characteristics that made them likeable. It may not have been much, but you can see how much they did want to change, but they were so accustomed to a life they were leading, that it became hard to pull themselves away from it. Can they make it out of their life of depravity and become normal? Or is this already their normal?

I have to say that I really enjoyed this story and had a hard time putting it down. Edie Baylis has created a gripping, psychological story that sucks you right in and leaves you embracing the manipulation, lies, and craziness that takes place between the pages. If you like the weirdness, a couple who is not the norm, and a colorful cast of friends who are just as crazy/psycho as the main couple, then you may want to pick yourself up a copy of UNTIL THE END OF TIME, which is the first book in the Downfall series. Book two in the series, ESCAPING THE PAST, was released earlier this month and I cannot wait to find out what happens next.

Trigger warnings: Violence, murder, cheating, rape.

❤Book Tour❤ Don’t Look At Me – J.P. Grider @JPGrider1

A reverse Beauty and the Beast tale;
because why SHOULDN’T the boy fall in love with the ugly girl?
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DON’T LOOK AT ME
J.P. Grider
Don't Look at Me
Genre: New Adult Romance, Suspense, Folklore
Publisher: Fated Hearts Publishing
Publication Date: March 29, 2018
Haven:
A diligent hand carved this hole in my face.
It stole my confidence, my identity, and ended my short-lived career as a broadcast journalist.
I am now unemployed. Alone. Ugly.
And expected to get over it and move on.
Go on living life as usual—as if the world doesn’t judge the grotesquely unattractive.
Quest:
It’s been three years since I was kicked out of the Army for nearly killing the opposition’s militia commander with my bare hands.
I am now unemployed. Alone. Angry.
And expected to forget the nightmares that hold me hostage and move on.
Go on living life as usual—as if the world doesn’t judge a dishonorably discharged ex-soldier.
Don’t Look at Me is a modern-day Beauty and the Beast tale—reversed and twisted. Because even the ugly need a good story, and even the beautiful are ugly deep down.

Selected Reviews

“This is one of the best contemporary retellings of a fairy tale that I have read, ever…”
– Carrie Griffin
“…A real emotional read with a touch of drama and suspense. Who is behind the vicious attacks on local women? So not just your run of the mill- boy meets girl love story.”
– Pauline Anne
“…It is so good, I could not put it down…This book drained me emotionally and left me stunned for a few hours after reading it…”
– Trisha
My Review:

One of my favorite Disney movies of all times is Beauty and the Beast, so it comes as no surprise that when I heard Don’t Look At Me is a reverse retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I knew I had to read it.

Haven Quinn is a newscaster in Stratford. Although it is the career she wanted, the timing of it is less than ideal especially when she gets out of work at 3AM. Recently, there has been a string of slashings in the area. Women are being attacked and left horribly scarred. One night while leaving work and walking to her car alone, Haven becomes the slasher’s next victim. Only this time, she got the worst of his brutality. Left with many scars all over her face, including a deep puncture wound has left Haven terribly wounded and feeling like she looks like a beast. She becomes a hermit in her own home afraid to be among people because of her hideous looks.

Quest Vescovi is back in town after the death of his grandfather. A grandfather whom he has not seen or spoken to since he was a young boy because Quest’s father and him had a falling out. His grandfather left his bookstore to Quest and a will which states he needed to keep the bookstore open for five years in order to get his inheritance. Quest is also going through his own turmoil after being less than honorably discharged from the army. Like Haven, he has his own scars he is dealing with only his scars are in the inside.

Haven and Quest are both scarred in their own way. Can they both be what each other needs to open up and learn how to accept themselves for who they actually are?

There are no words to express how much I loved this story. It was heartfelt and often times, emotional. Haven is a survivor. Imagine being brutally attacked and disfigured just walking to your car. The emotions that you would go through knowing you will never look the same way again. The media puts so much emphasis on beauty and what women should look like that it comes as no surprise that Haven feels ugly, like a beast, afraid to show herself to people in fear of what they may think of her. In a lot of ways, I am sure most women can relate to Haven and the inner turmoil she goes through when it comes to looks/beauty. Also, unlike the Disney classic, Haven is not so much a beast in action and mannerisms. She is very sweet and down to earth, kind and loving. She is such a well thought out character that you can’t help but to root for her and want her to be happy.

Quest is battling his own demons, but he can’t help feeling an attraction to Haven. He sees beneath her scars to the beautiful woman she truly is. Little by little he gets her to open up to him and they start to fall in love. Quest, I sometimes felt, acted older than his 25 years. I guess in part that is due to being in the military and overseas and also because of what he went through while being overseas. In a way, the military forces you to grow up. What can I say about Quest? He is every girls dream guy. He is sweet and kind. He does have a bit of a dark side to him, but that just makes him all the more endearing. He is a man’s man with a lot of heart. He doesn’t find it easy to open up about his past, but with Haven it is different. He can be himself and in the process he slowly begins to heal.

The mystery of the slasher does come out eventually. I did have my own thought on who it could be and he was quite creepy.

One other aspect I loved about the story is it takes place in NJ and PA. I live in NJ so it was nice hearing about the towns and also the Poconos area of PA. I also got a huge thrill about the mentioning of classic novels and then out of nowhere one of my all time favorite romance books was mentioned in the story. I was like “Yes! J.P. Grider you have fantastic taste in books!”

All in all, Don’t Look At Me is such a wonderful modern day tale of Beauty and The Beast that should not be missed. For me it was a 5 star read. The story broke my heart shattering it to a million pieces, only to be pieced back together again little by little. If you love emotional stories with a sweet and tender romance that slowly builds as the main characters get to know one another, then you will fall in love with this story just like I did.

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About J.P. Grider

J.P. Grider

J.P. Grider is a New Adult and Young Adult author who is a sucker for a good love story – whether it’s reading one or writing one. And when she’s not reading or writing a fairy tale, she’s living one.
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❤Blog Tour❤ The Penance List – S.C. Cunningham @rararesources @SCCunningham8

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This one comes with a warning – a steamy suspense-ridden psychological thriller – think Silence of the Lambs meets 50 Shades and hold on tight! S C Cunningham writes with a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes. Grab a glass of wine, close the bedroom door and read alone!

What happens when opposites attract – when a scorned childhood sweetheart grows into a gorgeous sexual tour de force – when a fun loving career girl, her racy girlfriends and insatiable lovers get caught in his revenge – when sex becomes a weapon, hearts become bait and straight tastes gay – when hi-flying careers, clandestine affairs and wannabe starlets are hunted by celebrity hungry press? Obsession, kidnap, murder… and he’s just getting started!
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My Review:

Tara, Helen, and Josie have been close friends for many years. Every Friday was reserved as a girls day lunch where they got together and discussed men or there lack of a man in their life at the moment. Their bond is tight and they are more like sisters than friends. Only, there are secrets being kept and a stalker who has been following them around town intent on making them pay.

Tara is one of my favorites out of the group. She is currently single and has been for the past year. I wouldn’t say she is promiscuous, but she does enjoy sex when in a relationship. Tara seems the more “family” oriented in the group in search of a long lasting relationship. Helen, on the other hand is rich and beautiful, but has a low self esteem. She hates herself and finds fault with the way she looks. She sleeps around with every and any man she finds as that is the only way she feels loved and wanted. Josie, the third member of this girl group, seems sweet and innocent, but she has a side that no one knows about not even her closest friends.

David has a connection to the women and an obsession with Tara. What happens when there is a new man in Tara’s life? Could that obsession turn deadly for Tara and her friends?

THE PENANCE LIST, the first book in the David Trilogy, is one doozy of a read! Like, what did I stumble into? I thought I was going to get an easy psychological thriller, instead I read some brilliantly crafted dark and devious mind bender of a story. Author S.C Cunningham has penned a delicious and often times horrifying story where each character intertwines leading up to an explosive grand finale.

The characters in the story were each written exceptionally well. S.C. Cunningham really took the time to make each character come to life with a backstory so you really get invested in their lives. I have to say there were characters that I loved and ones I hated to love. The story in itself was dark, but there were many laugh out loud moments that gave a much needed break from the evil lurking through its pages. This is a no holds barred story. The sex is plentiful – guy/guy, girl/girl….cheating…you name it it’s probably here. This book makes erotica look tame. I loved every minute of it and can’t wait to start the second book in the series.

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Author Bio –
British Crime Investigator & Crime Writer, Siobhan C Cunningham creates steamy psychological thrillers and kick-ass paranormal romance with a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour, and pulsating sex scenes. Having worked in the very industries she writes about, her novels offer a fresh level of sincerity and authority, rare in fiction.

An ex-model, British born of Irish roots, she married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of music, film, sports celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator for the British Police (Wanted & Absconder Unit, Major Crime Team, Intelligence Analyst, Investigations Hub).

Abducted as a child, she survived; and every night for months afterward, she prayed to God, asking for a deal. This personal journey sparked the fuse behind the intriguing and riveting fictional world she portrays in The Fallen Angel Series. Twenty years later she crossed paths with a violent serial attacker who haunted the streets of London, the seed for The David Trilogy was sown, book one is The Penance List, and has been adapted to film screenplay.
She is the proud mother to contemporary Artist Scarlett Raven and is owned by three dogs.
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❤Release Boost❤ Psychopath’s Prey – V.F. Mason

Psychopath’s Prey by V.F. Mason is available NOW!

“This was an exhilarating novel that will suck you up and leave you gasping for breath and hoping for more. Bravo! 5 stars!” – Bookgasms Book Blog

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Once upon a time she became mine.
Mine to hunt.

A criminal psychologist and a serial killer.
The love between them shouldn’t exist.
Or so the world thinks.
Her mission is to find him.
His single obsession is to catch her.
The hunter and the prey.
Let the games begin, and may the stronger one win.

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About the Author:
V.F.Mason always loved reading books and had quite a few fights with her momma over the genre she liked (romance, duh!) She studied filmmaking and thought that would feed her desire for stories, but that didn’t happen. Finally, when she was tired of all those voices in her head, she sat down and wrote a book. It was a huge decision to make and she thanks her friends and family for supporting her in it. When she is not writing, she can be found with her friends doing all sorts of crazy things or reading recent romance books that were written by her favorite authors.
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