“Caliente Nights (The Night Series Book 1)” by Suzette Riddick

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Caliente Nights (The Night Series Book 1)

by Suzette Riddick

Genre: Romance/African-American

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Nursery school teacher Jeanette Adams is struggling to keep her family owned business afloat. Working days at the school and nights as a department store clerk is taking its toll physically on Jeanette. When things couldn’t get any worse, she finds herself in a situation that will further burden her financially after she crashes into a luxury vehicle. Romance is the last thing on her mind; that is until she comes face to face with the owner, undeniably sexy, Alonzo Castro.

Professional athlete Alonzo Castro has had it with gold-digging women. All he wants is to meet a woman who isn’t interested in his status or bank account. Beautiful, car-wrecking, Jeanette Adams is the breath of fresh air he’s been craving. Determined to make Jeanette his, Alonzo pursues the sassy teacher despite his parents’ desire for him to marry within their nationality.

As the couple’s relationship is thriving their love is tested when Alonzo doesn’t come clean about his past. When his secret is outed by a trusted friend will Jeanette be able to forgive him?

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“Scorched: A Hot Contemporary Romance Collection”

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Scorched: A Hot Contemporary Romance Collection

Genre: Romance/Anthologies

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CAUTION: May melt your e-reading device!

Decadent dominants, hot-blooded bad boys, and hunky heroes fill the pages of these sinful stories. If you’re looking for steamy sex, passionate kisses, and warm whispered promises, you’ll find them here.

Let your heart take flight. Escape into a world where fantasies are realized and passion burns white-hot. A place where the forbidden is allowed, and naughty is expected.

SCORCHED. A captivating collection for the lustful at heart.

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Including Stories From….

New York Times bestselling author, Monica Corwin USA Today bestselling author, Kris Austen Radcliffe USA Today bestselling author, Lauren Smith USA Today bestselling author, Ann Marie Frohoff Piper Lawson Kim Carmichael Maggie Carpenter AJ Matthews Sylvie Stewart Taylor Rose Clare James

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“Sweet Masterpiece: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery (Samantha Sweet Mysteries Book 1)” by Connie Shelton

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Sweet Masterpiece: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery

(Samantha Sweet Mysteries Book 1)

by Connie Shelton

Genre: Cozy/Mystery/Culinary/Paranormal

FREE at time of posting!

When she’s not baking her delectable pastries Samantha Sweet breaks into houses for a living, and that almost certainly leads to trouble. When she finds an unmarked grave on a property in a remote spot in Taos County, New Mexico, Sam calls in the authorities. A small mural painted inside a closet in the abandoned house provides clues and Sam is caught up in an investigation alongside the good-looking Deputy Beau Cardwell. A fortune in artwork, a bogus will, and a wooden box that seems to give Sam powers she never dreamed she possessed–it all adds up to a dynamic paranormal romantic mystery.

Then, there is all that chocolate! Sam’s real goal in life is to use her elegant baking skills to open her own pastry shop, Sweet’s Sweets. She’s gaining quite the reputation as a baker with a magical touch, but a few obstacles stand in her way. Her grown daughter shows up on her doorstep–jobless and homeless; her bank account is at an all-time low; and trying to work from the tiny cramped kitchen in her home is becoming impossible.

Somehow, Sam copes and she finds that her dreams might just have a chance of coming true.

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#NewRelease “Cupid’s Schemes: A Collection of Sweet Romances” by Kelli A. Wilkins

By Kelli A. Wilkins

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Hi everyone,

I’m pleased to announce the release of my contemporary romance anthology, Cupid’s Schemes. In these 16 flash fiction vignettes, Cupid’s arrow hits the mark and ignites a spark between two strangers—whether or not they’re looking for romance. Their unusual meetings lead to new beginnings and new chances at love.

Sweet stories of couples falling under Cupid’s spell include:

* a Medieval knight courting a pretty lady
* two neighbors discover that romance can happen when you least expect it
* a dehydrated mermaid rescued by a handsome stranger

These lighthearted mini-romances are perfect reads for a quick lunchtime escape or an after-work indulgence.

Here’s an excerpt from Skating Sweethearts, the first story in this collection:

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“Turn! No, Jules! Not that way,” Cheryl cried out.

Julie yelped as she whisked along on the ice, barreling out of control and barely keeping her balance. Her ice skates seemed to have a mind of their own.

What should she do? If she tried to stop, she might trip and go flying head over heels. If she turned, she’d probably fall onto her side. Either way, she was doomed. God only knew what she’d break if she landed on the cold, unforgiving ice.

This was a bad idea. A very bad idea. Why did she let Cheryl talk her into coming here today? How is this supposed to be fun? She zoomed along, praying she wouldn’t crash into anyone. Thankfully, the outdoor rink wasn’t very crowded.

“Watch out,” she warned as she skidded past a teenaged couple holding hands. All of a sudden she spotted a man in a red ski coat right in front of her. Uh-oh.

Before she could stop herself, she plowed into the back of the tall man. To her surprise, he whirled around, caught her, and twirled them in a circle.

She closed her eyes as the world spun. Then, everything stopped.

“I’ve got you. Are you okay?” the man asked.

Julie relaxed in his grip. It took a second to realize that his strong arm was coiled around her midsection. Her gloved hand rested on his shoulder. Strong, stable, nice.

A blast of cold air blew a lock of blonde curls in front of her face and she brushed it away. She glanced up to see who this powerhouse was. She gazed into her rescuer’s cocoa-brown eyes. “I’m sorry I crashed into you.”

“You’re not hurt are you?”

“No, but my pride is wounded. I made a complete fool of myself in front of everyone. I have no idea what I’m doing.”

She licked her lips and realized the handsome guy still held her around the waist. He seemed to be in no hurry to let her go—and that was fine with her.

Julie studied his high cheekbones, Roman nose, and stubbled jawline. Dark hair peeked out from under his red knit cap. He appeared to be in his early thirties, like her.

She inhaled deep as the wind blew a whiff of his musky cologne in her direction. Whoever this guy was, he smelled wonderful.

“Thanks for rescuing me. I’m Julie.”

“Allan.” He gave her a gentle squeeze. “Feel free to need rescuing anytime.” He winked. “Let me guess, this is your first time skating?”

“It shows, doesn’t it?” She looked back over her shoulder. Cheryl stood at the far end of the rink, waving. “My sister gave me a push in this direction and… Oh.”

Now she understood exactly what Cheryl had done—sent her skating right into this hunk on ice. Cheryl had an annoying habit of always trying to hook her up with strangers. It was a nice idea, and she meant well, but how many times had she flirted like crazy only to discover the man wasn’t interested—or worse—have his wife or significant other appear out of nowhere? It was embarrassing.


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I hope you’ll check out this collection of sweet romances. Each one is a unique look at fun first meets. Look for Volume 2 coming in 2019!

Happy Reading,

Kelli A. Wilkins



Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels, and she’s also been known to scare readers with her horror stories.

In October 2018, Kelli published Cupid’s Schemes, a collection of sweet mini-romances.

She also released her first online writing course, Fiction Writing for Beginners, through Teachable. This course is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to write. Visit: https://kelliwilkins.teachable.com/ for more details.

Kelli’s historical romance, Redemption from a Dark Past, was published in 2018. This full-length Gothic novel is set in the kingdom of Hungary in 1723 and blends a sensual romance with mystery and suspense.

If you like horror fiction, don’t miss her latest novella, Nightmare in the North.

Kelli posts on her Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins and Twitter: www.Twitter.com/KWilkinsauthor.

Visit her website www.KelliWilkins.com and blog http://kelliwilkinsauthor.blogspot.com/ to learn more about all of her writings.



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“Three Bloody Pieces: a novel of witchcraft and magic (Caitlyn Book 1)” by Elizabeth Davies

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Three Bloody Pieces: a novel of witchcraft and magic (Caitlyn Book 1)

by Elizabeth Davies

Genre: Paranormal & Urban/Fantasy/Magical Realism

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Queen, beggar... cat? Caitlyn is all three.
Lured from her homeland by black magic and dark enchantment, Caitlyn falls into the clutches of a powerful sorceress, a witch who changes her life forever.
Only death can free her. The question is, whose?

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#GuestPost Peter Murphy, author of “The Last Weekend of the Summer”

Peter Murphy

What I have learned so far.

Back when I was a child, I spent time in various parts of rural Ireland. Along with beautiful vistas and cultural oddities there was one thing that always comes back to me. When you met a stranger on the road, you stopped to talk. And there was a time-honored ritual to it. You began with comments on the weather.

It was explained to me that in that, one could learn much of the person they were speaking with; those who focused on the far away clouds on a bright morning, those who saw the little patch of blue sky above the rain, those who knew the value of rain for the crops, those who suffered the heat and cold as part of the great mechanism that was the physical world we inhabited but barely understood.

I grew fascinated with it all and by my early teens, began to experiment with boundaries. I was from the city so the rurals allowed me latitude with a certain sympathy. City dwellers, back then, were more to be pitied than scorned. I would ignore the invitation to talk about the weather and raise the more delicate matters of what, why, and where. Often that ended conversations abruptly as the rural stranger would bid me a good day and wobble off on a bicycle with a few backward glances.

Later, when I was old enough to venture into public houses, I encountered another version of the dialogue dance. Back then, country pubs were places for social gatherings and not always places for excess. Especially during the daytime when people would pop in for a quiet drink—not unlike stopping for a coffee. Farmers, who began their days early and worked late, would often have a lull in the middle of the day and as most of the pubs in rural Ireland also functioned as stores, could enjoy a mini-break while picking up a few essentials. Naturally, if a neighbor happened by there was an opportunity to talk about the weather, the price of livestock, the sad state of the nation, and whatever else might be topical.

It was all very civilized, but like most routines it often needed a bit of enlivenment. Radios and television had not yet intruded on these sanctuaries and the only phone was kept in a booth on the main street. It was down to the storyteller to create diversion.

The best storytellers were those who could read their audience. A quiet afternoon was like a matinee and was best suited to a subtle, controlled approach. Bustling, full-bodied, animated performances were better suited to raucous evenings when a fiddler might pass by. Afternoon conversation had to be engaging, but not so much as to keep the farmer too long as the evening’s chores could not be ignored.

Sitting off in a corner, speaking only when spoken to, politely but succinctly, I could sit back and take mental notes. It was story-telling in its old and time-honored form and something I try to be mindful of when I write.

Peter Murphy3While the storyteller has the advantage of direct access to the audience—not unlike an actor or a musician—many of the skills are transferable and for the benefit of my own understanding as they relate to writing, I have grouped them as follows:

A good storyteller can quickly gauge his/her audience with aforementioned comments of topical relevance and carefully absorb responses both verbal and physical. From there, it is a matter of drawing the audience along with relatable but not personal observations and before long the teller can spin a yarn for the enjoyment of all.

For writers, they must rely totally on instinct as to how a reader might be responding and the importance of the opening line, paragraph, or page cannot be overstated. Many readers talk about being “grabbed” by a book and this is what they are referring to.
There was a time when writers could get away with a slow start, but as the world gets faster and faster, the pressure is on from the get go.

I once heard someone say that there is nothing worse than a talker who loves the sound of their own voice and while some writers can overindulge in the minutia of detail, most of us have to find the balance. Sometimes we get it just right. Other times . . . not so much. Naturally those elements of detail that resonate with the writer are likely to be more adorned, but staying on plot is vital.Peter Murphy1

Writers, like all storytellers, must quickly establish credibility with their audience. And it must be done without burdening them with all that you know about the topic. Academics can use footnotes and references, but storytellers must rely solely on the use of language. “Finding you voice,” is a term beginning writers often hear. It must be confident and assured and it must ring true.

Where a live performer can “read” their audience, a writer has to go on instinct—and the opinion of a good editor. It is a trial and error thing and the better way usually becomes most apparent only after the book is published. Writing more books is key, and hoping that you haven’t lost your audience along the way.

While novels can serve many functions; inspiring, inciting, revealing, etc., in the more troubled times many people look for warm comfort. Novels should resonate and have relevance, but they must also entertain and reward the reader. It is no small task and one that can only be learned through a trial and error process. In that, insightful feedback from readers is of vital importance.

So, as I learn to apply all that I have observed from storytellers, I realize what a wonderful journey writing really is.


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The Last Weekend of the Summer

by Peter D. Murphy

Genre: Literary Fiction

Published by: The Story Plant

Publication Date: August 28, 2018

Number of Pages: 224

ISBN: 1611882575 (ISBN13: 9781611882575)

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