“Finding Their Way Home” by Brenda Baker

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Finding Their Way Home

by Brenda Baker

Genre: Poetry/Women Authors/Canadian

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Compelling, thought-provoking, and emotionally bare. This is a collection of poems that will inspire you and touch your soul.

In her debut book, Brenda Baker explores both our humanity and the human experience. Throughout, she introduces a range of characters from all walks of life – inviting the reader into their world to share intimate stories of love, loss, heartache, pain, and joy.

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“The Book of Harlan” by Bernice L. McFadden


The Book of Harlan

by Bernice L. McFadden

Genre: Historical Fiction/AfricanAmerican/Holocaust

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WINNER of the 2017 American Book Award

WINNER of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Fiction)

2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Nominee (Fiction)!

Washington Post Notable Book of 2016

The Book of Harlan opens with the courtship of Harlan’s parents and his 1917 birth in Macon, Georgia. After his prominent minister grandfather dies, Harlan and his parents move to Harlem, where he eventually becomes a professional musician. When Harlan and his best friend, trumpeter Lizard Robbins, are invited to perform at a popular cabaret in the Parisian enclave of Montmartre–affectionately referred to as “The Harlem of Paris” by black American musicians–Harlan jumps at the opportunity, convincing Lizard to join him.

But after the City of Light falls under Nazi occupation, Harlan and Lizard are thrown into Buchenwald–the notorious concentration camp in Weimar, Germany–irreparably changing the course of Harlan’s life. Based on exhaustive research and told in McFadden’s mesmeric prose, The Book of Harlan skillfully blends the stories of McFadden’s familial ancestors with those of real and imagined characters.

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“White Russian – A Thriller (Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels Mysteries Book 11)” by J.A. Konrath


White Russian – A Thriller (Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels Mysteries Book 11)

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Genre: Women’s Fiction/Thriller & Suspense/Women Sleuths/Police Procedural

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Just when you get out…

Former Chicago cop Jack Daniels thought she’d left her former life behind. She’d traded her badge for a toddler, and her lifelong pursuit of heinous serial killers for a boring house in the suburbs.

…they pull you back in.

Then Jack sees some pictures. Pictures of men who were supposed to be dead. And once again, against the fierce insistence of her husband, Phineas Troutt, Jack reluctantly straps on her gun and goes hunting. Hunting for the worst of the worst.

This leads to a trek across the Great Plains, searching for a modern slavery ring, on a collision course with three of the most horrible villains Jack has ever faced.

But Jack, and her irritating buddy Harry McGlade, will face them, and much more. Because they’re prepared to go to hell and back to rescue an old friend.

The trick will be getting back in one piece. And—spoiler alert—they don’t.

What are you willing to lose?


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“Unexpectingly Happily Ever After” by Holly Kerr


Unexpectingly Happily Ever After

by Holly Kerr

Genre: Romantic Comedy/Humor

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Casey finally got her Happily Ever After!

This novella is the sequel to Unexpecting (Baby! Baby? Baby?!)

Having a baby was all Casey ever wanted, even though her friends had been concerned with the lengths Casey had been willing to go to get pregnant. But all it took was a drunken night with friend/roommate J.B., along with an expired condom for Casey to get everything she ever dreamed about…and more.

Six years after giving birth to triplets, married life with J.B. has been a dream come true for Casey. She’s embraced being a soccer mom and family trips to the grocery store…now, if she could only keep the kids from eating the olives out of her martinis. J.B. manages to juggle being a father and restaurant owner, and even insists Casey agree to the girls’ weekend in Las Vegas with Brit and Morgan to celebrate Brit’s latest wedding – her BFF’s fourth trip down the aisle.

But just before Casey leaves for her trip, J.B. asks the question – does she want to have another baby? And Casey is shocked to find the answer isn’t as easy as she expected.

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Fibromyalgia and Skin Conditions

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Your skin is your biggest organ – it covers your whole body, so it’s important to make sure that you take good care of it. That being said, there are a lot of issues that you can have with your skin when you have fibromyalgia.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at why our skin is so sensitive when we have this disorder, and what disorders we may have to deal with when we’re struggling with fibromyalgia.

Why Does Your Skin Get So Affected by Fibromyalgia?

As you know, fibromyalgia is an excess of pain caused by hypersensitive stimuli – basically, your nervous system is screaming at you when something shouldn’t even be giving you any sort of pain or anguish in the first place. It’s giving you signals that aren’t really there.

This is referred to as hyperalgesia – which literally means “excess pain.” This excess pain can happen almost anywhere, but because your skin is the largest organ in your body and it has most of the nerve endings that you are dealing with, it’s no wonder that our skin becomes hypersensitive to a number of things.

All that being said, just because the skin is hypersensitive doesn’t mean that we have another disorder. The issue happens when we start to see additional pain, either past what we are already dealing with as a result of the fibromyalgia, or that may be acting differently from what the fibromyalgia was doing to our bodies in the first place. That’s where your doctor is going to step in.

If you sit and take a look at your usual symptoms, and keep track of them throughout a period of time, you’ll be able to compare and contrast and see if things are changing. Your specialist can then use that information in order to determine whether the skin issues that you are having are because of the hyperalgesia from your fibromyalgia, or if it is due to another skin disorder that has come up alongside of the disorder.


What Skin Disorders are Related to Fibromyalgia?

There are a variety of different disorders that can be related to fibromyalgia, or that will go hand in hand with the disease. Here are just a few of the skin disorders that you may have to deal with if you have fibromyalgia.

Important note: This list is not conclusive, and is only meant to be a guide – don’t try to diagnose these issues on your own. If you suspect that you’ve got something going on, a medical professional will be able to assist you and give you an idea of what you need to do to care for it.

Dermatographism. This condition is quite odd, and is also referred to as “skin writing.” Imagine that you have a bump or a bug bite that itches, and you scratch it. You know how, sometimes, you’ll see the little red marks if you scratch too hard? They go away in a few seconds, right? That’s not what happens in Dermatographism.

You get an itchy spot (usually a rash or a raised area/bump) and, if you scratch it, the area that you scratch ends up getting raised as well. You may also see little bumps up and down your arms and legs. In some cases, a towel or even clothes against your skin can cause this reaction. The welts are really what show you that you have this issue, and because your nervous system is already struggling due to the problems with your fibromyalgia, your body isn’t exactly able to deal with it in a healthy way. The flare ups of Dermatographism will last about a half an hour to an hour, and then it will clear up and you will find relief.

Rosacea. You’ve likely heard of this issue before, especially if you or your family or friends are over the age of 30. Rosacea occurs when the cheeks have a rosy red glow, but they don’t really have a reason to do so. The skin around your nose, forehead, and cheeks turns red and sometimes swells up as well. This happens because the little vessels in your skin get swollen.

You’re usually quite itchy and it’s hard to get comfortable when your cheeks are having a breakout. Even though the disorder doesn’t usually have any sort of cause, fibromyalgia usually goes hand in hand with it. Anything can cause your rosacea to flare up, and it can get even worse if you have fibromyalgia.

Tactile Allodynia. This is, possibly, the saddest thing that people with fibromyalgia have to deal with if they have a skin disorder related to their fibromyalgia. This skin disorder makes it difficult for anything to make contact with the skin. The name, in Latin, literally means “a reaction to a typically non-painful touch.”

So even if your spouse touched your arm, or you rolled over on an area that was in pain, the tactile allodynia would make it so that you felt excruciating pain, perhaps more than you’d ever felt before in your entire life. As you’d expect, this is because of the overstimulated nervous system, and as a result, your skin is just acting crazy and not giving you the proper stimuli that it should be giving you. A caress is now a painful touch, and it’s just a miserable place for you to be.

Taking care of your skin is absolutely vital when you have fibromyalgia, as you can see from what we’ve discussed here. By keeping it moisturized and making sure that you take note of any major rashes or other problems with it, you can make sure that it stays healthy and you can avoid major issues that may make your fibromyalgia worse. If you are concerned about your skin’s condition or you are looking for a diagnosis, you will want to contact your doctor as soon as possible in order to make sure that you don’t get a flare up.

Further reading

Skin Problems – Fibromyalgia: http://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/skin-problems-of-fibromyalgia.html



The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement is intended.

#PromoTour “More Than Crave You” by Shayla Black

I’m Evan Cook—billionaire tech entrepreneur and widower. Professionally, I’ve got it all. But since my wife died, my personal life has fallen apart. Remarrying seems like the obvious answer, so I place an ad. I’m not asking for much. The ideal woman only needs to be smart, organized, pretty, and helpful—both in and out of bed—without expecting romance. I never thought to look right in front of me…but it turns out that Nia Wright, my sexy, sassy assistant, just might be the perfect candidate.

After an unexpectedly hot night together, I’m ready to stop interviewing strangers and simply marry her. On paper, she ticks every box on my list. Best of all, she’s far too sensible to fall for me. I didn’t see the flaw in my logic until it was far too late. I never thought I’d lose my heart for the first time. And I definitely never imagined that she could consume me until I more than crave her. But she’s harboring a secret that could tear us apart—just as I’m finally putting myself together.

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I charge down the hall toward what might be the stupidest mistake of my life.
I move through the sea of bodies, shrugging past the Latina dancer, a few of the French maids, then bump into my assistant’s handsy dance partner. I stare him down. He looks at me blankly. One thing I realize instantly? My gaydar is absolutely silent. He’s every bit as straight as I am.
As he hovers protectively around Nia’s dressing room, I snarl and shoulder my way past him.
He grabs my arm. “Where do you think you’re going?”
“To see Nia. Let go.”
His eyes narrow. “Is she expecting you?”
No. In fact, I’m about to shock the hell out of her. I don’t know if I’ll be unwelcome, but I’m going to test Bas’s theory that she wants me. If he’s right…this could get messy really fast.
I shake him off, barrel inside the room, and shut the door. Behind me, I immediately hear the asshole jimmying the knob. I throw my weight against the portal to keep him out and lock it behind me.
Nia whirls to the sound of my intrusion, dressed in an inch of stage makeup, a silky white robe—and nothing else.
The moment she recognizes me, her mouth drops open. Shock spreads across her face. “E-Evan?”
“Nia.” I can’t find more words. I can’t do anything except stare and put one foot in front of the other. I certainly can’t defuse the anger and possessiveness I know I have no right to feel.
“What are you doing here?”
“That’s my question for you,” I growl. “Why the fuck are you taking your clothes off for strangers?”
She rears back and blinks at me. I don’t think she’s ever heard me curse. I keep the office professional, totally aboveboard. But I can’t manage decorum now when she’s breathing hard and her nipples are poking her thin robe.
She raises her chin and glares at me. Everything about her demeanor is like waving a red cape in front of a bull.
“It’s burlesque, not stripping,” she snaps. “I don’t do this for money. I do it because I enjoy dancing.”
“Yeah? You enjoy that asshole’s hands all over you, too?” Even though the logical side of my brain tells me I’m way out of line, I point at the door behind me and stalk closer to her. “You enjoy sex standing up with him?”
Her nostrils flare. Her mouth presses into a firm line. “Last time I checked, boss, I don’t have to justify my personal life to you.”
The fact she’s right only pisses me off more. “You do when your behavior reflects badly on Stratus Solutions.”
She shoots me a quelling glare. “You’ll have to do better than that. No one in the audience knows who I am. I never take off my mask and I never use my real name. Nothing I do on stage can taint your reputation.” Arms crossed over her chest, she saunters closer. “Why don’t you be honest and tell me what’s really bothering you? I know you’re not this mad simply because I was dressed a little risqué and gyrated on stage with Kyle?”
I debate the wisdom of blurting the truth. The rational part of my brain tells me to shut up, leave, and act on Monday like nothing happened tonight. Every other part of me knows that ship has sailed. My cock is especially eager to lay my cards on the table, grab Nia in my arms…and not worry about what happens next.
“You’re right. I’m mad because I think you’ve fucked him.”
She jerks as if I’ve slapped her. “Not that it’s any of your business, but we haven’t been together in almost two years. Thanks for letting me know you think I’m a whore.”
Hearing I was right royally pisses me off. Having her put words in my mouth kills what’s left of my patience, stripping away anything resembling professional civility.
I try not to squeeze her arms as I drag her close. “I never said that. Or thought it. I’m telling you that I can’t stand knowing he’s touched you. I don’t like the fact you still have anything to do with him. I don’t even understand why I’m here yelling and angry. I’m just…”
How the hell do I put the storm raging inside me into words? No clue, but I need to get it all out somehow or I’m going to explode.
“Jealous?” Soft surprise crosses her face.
Something about her confusion rips the confession from me. “Yes.”
“Because you…want me?”
I grit my teeth and try again to think through the wisdom of spilling all this to her. But I can’t keep it in. The softness of warm silk and hot woman under my palms almost undoes me. “Yes. I know I shouldn’t. I’ve spent forty-eight hours telling myself what I’m feeling is ridiculous and I can’t allow this—whatever it is—into our perfectly comfortable, efficient working relationship. But I can’t turn it off. I can’t fight it. I can’t pretend it doesn’t exist.”
“Is that what you’d rather do? Bury your head in the sand and not feel it?” She looks hurt.
Her expression makes me feel like an asshole. Nia always asks insightful questions. Why should now be different?
I shake my head. “For the first time in months—maybe years—I feel alive.”
Nia stares at me in silence, her gaze fused to mine. I swear I see a hundred thoughts whip through her head. For once, I can’t read a single one.
“Say something.” If she doesn’t soon, I don’t know what I’ll do. I don’t even know if I can be responsible for what happens next.
“Have you been drinking?”
“Not enough to drown out how much I want you.”
“In spite of your opinion about my sexual past? And what about our working relationship?”
She’s not wrong, but they’re barbed questions. I have to maneuver around them carefully. “Nothing matters to me except touching you right now.”
Before Nia can chew on my answer and remember all the reasons she should say no, I pull her against me. She gasps. The instant her soft body makes contact with my hard, aching cock, I groan and hold her tighter, cupping her face and lowering my mouth to her parted lips.


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More Than Want You, Book 1

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More Than Need You, Book 2

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More Than Love You, Book 3

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Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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“Closed at Dark: A Novella (The Soren Chase Series)” by Rob Blackwell


Closed at Dark: A Novella (The Soren Chase Series)

by Rob Blackwell

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Paranormal & Urban/Mythology & Folklore/Fairy Tales

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When a mysterious creature targets a young boy, only paranormal investigator Soren Chase can stop it. But can Soren save the boy in time?

For Soren, the case is personal. The boy’s father was John Townes, Soren’s best friend who died in a supernatural attack several years earlier. Soren will do anything to save John’s son, but he must act fast. Because the kidnapper has a mission of his own, and he’s willing to destroy anyone who gets in his way…

A prequel to the full-length novel The Forest of Forever, Closed at Dark is a self-contained novella that can be enjoyed by anyone who loves urban fantasy, mystery and suspense.

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#CoverReveal “Isolation Junction” by Jennifer Gilmore



Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’.

She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house. Through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business.

It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.

After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t, will she be able to do it?

Will Tim help her? Will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiraling life she so desperately wants to change?


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Born in the North East, I am a young, married mum with three children. I assist in running a family business from my home-base and I have a large readership of other young mums in business for my blog posts.

From an early age I have had a passion for writing and have been gathering ideas and plot lines from my teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, I have amalgamated and fictionalized other survivors experiences alongside my own to write my first novel detailing the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again. I hope that in reading my debut novel, I will raise awareness of this often hidden and unseen behavior and empower women in abusive relationships to seek help for themselves and find the confidence to change their lives.


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“Kane: A Western Romance Cowboy Novel (The Wilder Brothers Book 4)” by Sinclair Jayne


Kane: A Western Romance Cowboy Novel (The Wilder Brothers Book 4)

by Sinclair Jayne

Genre: Contemporary/Western/Romance

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Twice-buckled American Extreme Bull Riders tour world champion Kane Wilder is riding high at the top of his game, rolling in fame, adulation, women, and money. When he hits his hometown of Phoenix, he’s sure of another win. Nothing shakes his confidence and focus–until he comes face-to-face with his former friend and lover, Sky, holding the hand of a toddler with his eyes and trademarked dark curls and smile. Suddenly winning is about more than sticking his ride for eight seconds.

When one of her artworks is chosen for a world class hospital guild art auction, Sky Gordon thinks she’s finally going to make a name for herself artistically and cleanse her life and heart of Kane Wilder for good. But when Kane shows up at the gallery and learns the secret she’s kept, Sky realizes more’s at stake than just her pride and heart. Kane may be even more devastatingly sexy, but he doesn’t take no for an answer, and he plays to win at any cost.

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“Twice Burned (Double Dare Book 2)” by Pamela Burford

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Twice Burned (Double Dare Book 2)

by Pamela Burford

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Zara Sutcliffe has always been more confident and adventurous than her shy twin sister, Emma. But nothing in Zara’s past has prepared her for FBI Agent Logan Pierce… if he really is an agent, that is. She can only take his word for that after he kidnaps her and keeps her a virtual prisoner in a New York City warehouse. He calls it a safe house, but she feels anything but safe when he turns those intense amber eyes on her. The only thing she’s certain of is that her enigmatic bodyguard is too sexy for her own good. What does he know that she doesn’t?

Plenty, as it turns out. Such as his own close connection to a criminal with no conscience who’s a threat not just to Zara, but to her sister and mother as well. And all because of a bizarre, decades-old movie prop that someone wants badly enough to kill for.

Twice Burned, an RT Reviewers Choice Best Book Awards finalist, is book two in a two-part romantic suspense mini series by identical-twin authors Pamela Burford and Patricia Ryan. Each book is a stand-alone romance novel that can be read and enjoyed on its own. The suspense story line begins in Good to Be Bad, by Patricia Ryan, and concludes in Twice Burned.

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