#NewRelease from P.C. Zick

 

This month as summer wanes, I have two books I’ve re-released as my own.

Originally, I wrote these books for Amazon’s Kindle Worlds as a part of Melissa Foster’s Remington World. This meant that Amazon owned the rights until they stopped publishing them. In July, they ended the Kindle Worlds program and returned rights to the Kindle World author, Melissa Foster. Melissa, the sweetie that she is, gave us all our books back if we revised them to remove all mention of her “world.”

That’s what I did and now I have these books back as my own, and it only feels right. I went into the writing of them knowing I wouldn’t own them. I saw it as a great way to work on the craft and earn some money, so it’s a bonus to now have them in my own yard.

And to celebrate, this month I’m running some specials on them. Plus, they are both in Kindle Unlimited.

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#99cents – August 15-29

Love on the Wind – A Montauk Romance Book One – Six years of traveling for her television series has left host Kiley Nelson longing for a place to call her own. Spending a weekend at her girlfriend’s beach house is the perfect reprieve, especially when she purchases property to finally settle down. But her peaceful escape is shaken when she smashes into a car containing the sinfully sexy and infuriated passenger, Jeff Hammond, who immediately melts her heart.

Jeff, staying at his friend’s Montauk home to relax after a trying week of building a home for a spoiled diva, doesn’t count on sharing his weekend with the flaky, yet incredibly sexy, Kiley. He agrees to build her house, despite the tug on his heart as Kiley turns him on in every delicious way.

Passionate weekends and shared dreams begin to shape the house they start to build together. As their relationship deepens, so do the wounds from past hurts, rousing ghosts from Jeff’s traumatic past. When a summer storm rolls in at the nearly complete house, they’re forced to deal with the past before it shakes and cracks the very foundation they’ve built.

Misunderstanding and stubborn personalities threaten to rip apart the fledgling relationship until both Kiley and Jeff learn to trust one another.

Download for 99 cents until August 29!

Jingle Bell Love – A Montauk Romance Book Two – Denny’s wife—the only woman he’s

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#FREE – August 27-31

ever loved—died the year before and his friends are intent on finding him a new love. Jill’s first experience with love in college left her skeptical that she would ever be able to find love.

When Denny and Jill find themselves lustfully drawn to one another, they’re ashamed of their secret encounters. When friends suspect there might be something between them, they disapprove. Unsure of how they feel about one another, the attraction continues. To keep things on the downlow, they hatch a pact to be friends with secret benefits. When those benefits explode into something more than primal urges, one of them breaks the pact, and the whole affair and friendship ends up unraveling as the holiday season approaches. This steamy romance jingles all the bells for the Christmas season.

Download for FREE August 27-31.

JINGLE BELL LOVE – REMINGTON KINDLE WORLD NEW RELEASE

p-c-zicks-latestBig news today as I release another book in the Kindle World of Melissa Foster’s Remingtons. Known as “fan fiction,” by some, this steamy romance borrows a couple of Melissa’s characters from her Love in Bloom: The Remingtons series.

Jingle Bell Love brings back the characters I created in Love on the Wind. This time it’s Jill and Denny who are hopelessly in lust with one another despite their friends believing it’s a bad idea.remington-kindle-worlds-romances-by1

Four other Remington World books released today as well. I hope you’ll check them all out for a rollicking good time during the holidays. All of the covers were designed by Calinda Be.

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And don’t forget to check out where it all began with Melissa Foster’s original Remington series. Click on image to discover this fantastic set of romances about the unforgettable Remington siblings.

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FIRST GLANCE – THIRTEEN FIRSTS

NEW RELEASE – FIRST GLANCE

I’m very excited to announce the release of this box set filled with thirteen novels from thirteen different authors. Each steamy romance is the first book in a series from the individual author. It’s exciting because you might discover a new bestselling author in this set, knowing that there are more books to read by your new discovery!

Love your romance with variety? Love the joy of knowing you’re finding a brand new series with more fab books to follow?

FIRST GLANCE gives you THIRTEEN, very different, exciting series for you to fall in love with! There’s something for every taste in these THIRTEEN romances from USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors. From light paranormal, to Motorcycle Club romantic suspense, to New Adult, reunited first loves and sports and even a taste of forbidden love. First Glance has it all: sexy heroes and smart heroines in love stories to make you cheer, sigh, and beg for more.

And the best part? The whole set is only $0.99 for a limited time.

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Here’s a peek at what you’ll find in this set.

First Glance - Kimmie EasleyX Marks the Spot – Kimmie Easley – When her family comes under fire, Jolene rushes home to save the MC, only to find that her ex, Ronin, is wanted for murder. Can Jolene let go of their tortured past in order to save their future?

First Glance - Diane RinellaIt’s a Marshmallow World – Diane Rinella – Once upon a time, Darla was given a mystical gift, along with an ominous message. Now, meeting Chris puts her head in a spin. Could it be that gift from long ago holds the key to their happiness?

First Glance - Marcia JamesRacing Hearts – Marcia James  – Stock car legend, Tom “Torque” Tyler, faces a bleak future following a traumatic head injury and seizures. Determined to drag her high-school crush from his self-imposed solitude, service dog trainer, Meg Klein, and a tiny but talented seizure response dog bring Tom hope and love.

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First Glance - Abbie St. Claire - ConflictedConflicted On 5th Avenue – Abbie St. Claire – Chance made them neighbors. Chemistry made them lovers. Will fate make them a family?

 

First Glance - Michele Shriver (1)Playing for Keeps – Michele Shriver – Hockey star Colton Tremblay’s bad-boy reputation got him traded from Montreal to the expansion San Antoio Generals. As a female reporter, Maya Dominguez can’t afford distractions from the players she’s assigned to report on, but Colton is used to getting what he wants. Can he persuade Maya that this time, he is playing for keeps?

First Glance - PerfectionPerfection – J.L. Campbell – A girl, a guy, a toddler, a pesky ex. Will love triumph over adversity? Natasha and Karim have been burned a time or two, and are giving relationships a break, but their fascination with each other is stronger than their willpower. Natasha must put aside her mistrust of the opposite sex and Karim has to spill his secrets, before they explode and kill his chances with Natasha, who makes him want things he’s sworn to give up.

First Glance - Aubrey WynneA Medieval Encounter – Aubrey Wynne – Without the use of magic, court wizard Rolf must convince Melissa their love is genuine in order to lift a centuries old enchantment before time runs out.

First Glance - P.C. ZickBehind the Altar – P.C. Zick – All seems perfect in Leah’s life until tattoo artist Dean rides his Harley into her heart. Dean is drawn to Leah’s natural beauty and genuine goodness, but Leah’s engagement to Dean’s brother stands in the way. The more they fight the attraction, the harder it is to stay apart.

First Glance - Casey ClipperSilent Love – Casey Clipper – Navy SEAL vet Sean is finally ready to trade in his playboy lifestyle for a serious relationship. He thinks he’s found the perfect woman in Beth—but will her painful past cut their blossoming love short?

First Glance - Rachelle AyalaTaming Romeo – Rachelle Ayala – Evie Sanchez is recovering from heartbreak when she runs into Romeo Garcia, the boy she left behind. Now a movie star, Romeo never understood why Evie stood him up. He whisks her away on his motorcycle and reignites her love with romance and adventure. Is the fantasy real or revenge? Evie and Romeo are about to discover if their buried feelings will explode in pure delight or utter disaster.

First Glance - Susan Ann WallThe Sound of Consequence – Susan Ann Wall – When Stacie Nightingale starts her new life in Seattle, she doesn’t expect one unexpected night of passion with her new neighbor Owen Landry to change her life forever. She’ll face her own trauma and accept Owen’s sordid past to finally find happiness – and love.

First Glance - Bonnie EdwardsBody Work – Bonnie Edwards – Lisa Brady Delaney left Tyce Branton in her rearview mirror. Years later, she needs his help. But is she the girl he remembers or an independent beauty who’ll never need him again?

 

 

 

SPRING INTO ROMANCE WITH A GREAT READ

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Read some great romances this spring! Wishing you warm weather and sunny days. There’s much excitement in my writing world these days, so I thought I’d give you a little preview and a chance to read some of these in advance of the release.

Sweet Romances for Spring

It’s been a tough winter for many of us, but soon it enough it will be but a mere memory.

I kept busy writing. In November, I participated in my first National Novel Writing Month and wrote the sweet romance, Misty Mountain, set in the Smoky Mountains. I’m excited to announce that this romance will be a part of the box set, Spring into Romance, set for release March 15. But it can be preordered now for only $0.99.

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An integral part of the success for any book involves reviews. Several of the books in this set are new releases, so we’re looking for honest reviews from readers. If you’re interested in reading any of the books on the left, please fill out the form below, and I’ll send you a free copy of one of the books below. All we ask in return is an honest review posted on Amazon for the book and for the set.

MISTY_MOUNTAIN_smallFill out the form below for a free review copy in exchange for an honest review for Misty Mountain. You’ll love this sweet romance between Lacy and George, both keeping shields around their hearts.If they can put down their shields long enough to discover the love growing between them, then nothing will stand in their way to finding happiness.

 

vsw resizedRequest a copy of The Vet’s Secret Wish by J.L. Campbell.This sweet romance is so new, it hasn’t even been released yet! Matthias Laing strikes an uneasy compromise with Toni Nevers, who agrees to marry him on Valentine’s Day—eleven months away. A man of action, Matthias can’t rest easy after Toni’s ex admits he wants her back. With Toni’s daughter and her small army of pets on his side, Matthias rolls out a plan to get Toni to reconsider the length of their engagement and opt for a summer wedding.

 

MailOrderGroomCover_resizedRequest a copy of Cindy Flores Martinez’s Mail-Order Groom. Lisa’s wedding is canceled when she catches her fiancé, Jeff, with another woman. In a twist of fate, she meets Krzysztof from Poland who is seeking an American woman to marry him and help him stay in America. After hearing his heart-tugging story, Lisa says “I do” to him. It’s strictly a business deal. He’s not planning to stay in America forever, but she starts falling for him.

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I said earlier that I’d spent the winter writing, which includes completion of another romance–this time one that’s a little steamier. Love on the Wind is a part of Melissa Foster’s Remington World and will be released March 2 on Amazon. Advanced Review Copies (ARCs) are now available in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

SPORTS RULE AS AUTUMN REIGNS

Here in Pittsburgh it’s difficult not to be a sports fan especially right now. Baseball teams vie to play in the play offs with the World Series lurking. Football started two weeks ago and already Super Bowl contenders race to win a ring. And if that’s not enough, the hockey season is about to start. Whew.

To escape the competition of your favorite teams for a few minutes this season, why not slip between the pages of a great box set of romantic, steamy stories – all with a sports’ theme, hunky heroes, and delicious relationships?

Score One For Love – Ten Stories for only $0.99.

Download your copy today!

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Here are the stories grouped by the sports.

Football

Loved by the Linebacker Lyssa LayneLoved by the Lineback by Lyssa Layne – “Love Lyssa’s books. Love this story.” Amazon review

Blurb: When sports agent Camila Lemos and linebacker Evan Purser meet, anything but sparks fly. When the walls are broken down, will a touchdown be scored or will it be yet another fumble for both?

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Playing for Keeps by Michele Shriver – “This is such an awesome book! Another great one to read by Michele Shriver.” Amazon review

Blurb: Hockey star Colton Tremblay’s bad-boy reputation got him traded from Montreal to the expansion San Antonio Generals. As a female reporter, Maya Dominguez can’t afford distractions from the players she’s assigned to report on, but Colton is used to getting what he wants. Can he persuade Maya that this time, he is playing for keeps?

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Third Base by P.C. Zick – “A great beach read, rainy day read. . .or anytime or place read.” Amazon review

Blurb: Baseball star Tomas Vegas puts all his energy into winning the World Series, until he meets the widow Adriana Moretti. His supermodel ex-girlfriend and Adriana’s tightly-knit Italian family threaten them, but the more they’re pulled apart, the more they silently yearn to be together.

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Played by Love by Rachelle Ayala – “A great tale of love, sex, and betrayal.” Amazon review

Blurb: Soccer goalkeeper, Jaden Sloup, has his eye on Ella Kennedy, a woman who won’t date jocks or frat boys. When Ella discovers his ruse, she runs into bullies who force Jaden to fight and prove that jocks and frat boys can be good guys too.

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Flawed by Jade Kerrion – “An awesome read filled with angst, heartache, passion, and a deep love.” Amazon review

Blurb: When burned-out actress Ariel Falconer meets professional beach volleyball player, Jake Hunter, their mutual attraction is immediate and scorching, but neither is ready for the emotional complications of false impressions and clashing expectations. Can Ariel and Jake escape unscathed, or will their conflict shatter their dreams and the promise of love?

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An Unforgettable Lesson by Abbie St. Claire – “The sparks fly in this one. And the banter is fun. You can’t help but smile.” Amazon review

Blurb: Huck Tyson hates golf. Period. When it’s suggested that he learn to play for his day job’s camaraderie, he’s less than welcoming of the idea, although desperate to advance his career. Amelia Berringer, the club’s only golf pro, doesn’t expect her student to be quite so negative and meets Huck’s sarcasm with a snarky bite of her own. However, neither of them expect romance to rise from the greens.

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Serving Up Love by Chantel Rhondeau – “This is a wonderful story about what can happen when the boundaries of professionalism are blurred.” Amazon review

Blurb: Melanie Rush has a huge crush on her coach, Ethan Patterson. He has strict rules against relationships within his tennis program, but Melanie wants to break them all. She’s determined to make Ethan hers, no matter what it takes.

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Racing Hearts by Marcia James – “Racing Hearts definitely filled a void in my life. It was JUST what I needed!!” Amazon review

Blurb: Stock car legend, Tom “Torque” Tyler, faces a bleak future following a traumatic head injury and seizures. Determined to drag her high-school crush from his self-imposed solitude, service dog trainer, Meg Klein, and a tiny but talented seizure response dog bring Tom hope and love.

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Finding the Strength by Stacy Eaton – “A crisp and engaging read, and one I easily finished in one sitting.” Amazon review

Blurb: The night Tayla Adams is attacked, Third Degree Black Belt, Cam Giles steps in and stops the violent man. Little did Tayla know that when she takes a self-defense class she will come face to face with her knight in shining armor, but can Tayla learn to defend herself, and gain enough confidence to protect the two of them when the time unexpectedly comes?

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Body Lock by Kimmie Easley – “Seriously awesome book, combining a heady emotionally heart-stopping story with serious hotness!.” Amazon review

Blurb: After the violent death of her fiancé, Dakota Asher finds herself with a new desire to tempt fate as an adrenaline junkie. MMA coach, Ford Herveaux specializes in adrenaline. Dakota now specializes in Ford.

BOOK REVIEW FRIDAY – BLEEDING HEART BY STACI TROILO

bleeding heartOn Author Wednesday this week, Staci Troilo wrote about her choice to write multi-genre novels. After reading Bleeding Heart, her first venture into suspenseful romance, I can attest that she’s made a wise choice to branch out from mainstream fiction and mystery. She titled it Bleeding Heart for a very good reason (you’ll find no spoilers here), but I can tell you it was heart-stopping, heart-throbbing, and heart-pounding as well.

The novel, the first in her Medici Protectorate series, never allows the reader a moment to relax and take a breath for a variety of reasons. It’s a novel that crosses genre lines in a fascinating cross-pollination of lives, eras, and continents. There’s suspense, mystery, intrigue, and history. But overriding the whole thing is a romantic sensuality that tops anything I’ve read of late.

I’m impressed with what Ms. Troilo accomplished in this book. It’s intelligent and explores an area of mystery that has plagued generations from the United States to Italy. But she’s also written some of the steamiest sex scenes I’ve ever read. I’m embarrassed when I read some steamy romances because the plot line can delve into cheesy. Not so with this novel. She matched the personalities of her main characters–Franki and Gianni–perfectly. Both proud, stubborn, and with streaks of anger that are down right frightful. Even Franki’s sisters and Gianni’s adopted brothers fear that anger. What a combustible combination when the two meet and then eventually collide into one another on an explosive sensual ride.

It’s a roller coaster of a book that takes the reader from a city in the U.S., loosely resembling Pittsburgh, to the past of Michelangelo’s Italy.

But there’s more, if that’s not enough. There’s the paranormal aspect of the Medici line that’s been passed down to Gianni and his family tribe. Franki only begins to understand her family’s role in the whole Medici mystique after her father’s murder. That’s right–there’s murder, too. And the threat of murder always overhanging the sisters who are beautiful, talented, and devoted to their mother and dead father.

Be forewarned–not everything is solved at this end of this novel because Book Two is now being readied for release in 2016.

I highly recommend reading this book to add lots of spice and excitement to your life! I know my heart is still bleeding all over the floor after my voyeuristic visits with Franki and Gianni through all their trysts.

Blurb for Bleeding Heart—Franki, secret legacy of the Medici, is prophesied to return Italy to its former glory. Targeted for assassination and ignorant of her enemy’s identity, she is protected by Gianni, the warrior destined to defend her. He must conquer her fears and his demons to save them both.

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SCORE ONE FOR LOVE – #NEWRELEASE

Score One for Love 3DI’m very excited to announce the release of SCORE ONE FOR LOVE, a new box set filled with ten steamy novellas with sports’ heroes and heroines scoring touchdowns, hitting home runs, blocking pucks, and kicking goals both on and off the field. My newest release, Third Base, is just one of the romances you’ll find within the pages of this set. I share the limelight with nine talented and best selling romance writers. And the whole set can be downloaded for only $0.99 from all the major online retailers. Take a peek at the video trailer for a little preview of what this set contains. Keep your fan nearby – you may need it.

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Ten Steamy Novellas by Ten Romance Writers

Playing for Keeps by Michele Shriver

Hockey star Colton Tremblay’s bad-boy reputation got him traded from Montreal to the expansion San Antonio Generals. As a female reporter, Maya Dominguez can’t afford distractions from the players she’s assigned to report on, but Colton is used to getting what he wants. Can he persuade Maya that this time, he is playing for keeps?

Michele Shriver writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.

Racing Hearts by Marcia James

Stock car legend, Tom “Torque” Tyler, faces a bleak future following a traumatic head injury and seizures. Determined to drag her high-school crush from his self-imposed solitude, service dog trainer, Meg Klein, and a tiny but talented seizure response dog bring Tom hope and love.

Marcia James writes hot, humorous romances and finaled in eleven Romance Writers of America contests before selling her first comic romantic suspense, At Her Command. In her eclectic career, she has shot submarine training videos, organized celebrity-filled nonprofit events and had her wedding covered by People Magazine. After years of dealing with such sexy topics as how to safely install traffic lights, she is enjoying “researching” and plotting her novels’ steamy love scenes with her husband and hero of many years.

Loved by the Linebacker by Lyssa Layne 

When sports agent Camila Lemos and linebacker Evan Purser meet, anything but sparks fly. When the walls are broken down, will a touchdown be scored or will it be yet another fumble for both?

Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor. Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.

Finding the Strength by Stacy Eaton

The night Tayla Adams is attacked, Third Degree Black Belt, Cam Giles steps in and stops the violent man. Little did Tayla know that when she takes a self-defense class she will come face to face with her knight in shining armor, but can Tayla learn to defend herself, and gain enough confidence to protect the two of them when the time unexpectedly comes?

Stacy Eaton began her writing career in October of 2010, and as each year goes by, she releases more and more novels. She is a police officer by profession and has been since 2000. Currently, she is assigned as the department detective and enjoys digging into cases and putting the pieces of the puzzles together; with not only interview and interrogation, but by utilizing her certified CSI training.

Third Base by P.C. Zick

Baseball star Tomas Vegas puts all his energy into winning the World Series, until he meets the widow Adriana Moretti. His supermodel ex-girlfriend and Adriana’s tightly-knit Italian family threaten them, but the more they’re pulled apart, the more they silently yearn to be together.

P.C. Zick describes herself as “a storyteller no matter what I write.” And she writes in a variety of genres, including romance, contemporary fiction, and nonfiction. Her female characters are strong and sexy and her male heroes are easy to love. She’s won various awards for her essays, columns, editorials, articles, and fiction. When she’s not at the computer, she’s boating, kayaking, golfing, and just generally enjoying life with her husband—a lost love from her youth who resurfaced six years ago. Talk about a romantic story!

Flawed by Jade Kerrion

When burned-out actress Ariel Falconer meets professional beach volleyball player, Jake Hunter, their mutual attraction is immediate and scorching, but neither is ready for the emotional complications of false impressions and clashing expectations. Can Ariel and Jake escape unscathed, or will their conflict shatter their dreams and the promise of love.

Jade Kerrion defied (or leveraged, depending on your point of view) her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Philosophy, as well as her MBA, to launch her second (and concurrent) career as an award-winning science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance author. Her debut novel, Perfection Unleashed, won six literary awards and launched the Double Helix series, which should be read in order for maximum enjoyment. (Hang in there for the happy ending…) Life Shocks Romances features her sweet and sexy contemporary romance series. She writes at 3 a.m. when her husband and three sons are asleep, and aspires to make her readers as sleep-deprived as she is.

An Unforgettable Lesson by Abbie St. Claire 

Huck Tyson hates golf. Period. When it’s suggested that he learn to play for his day job’s camaraderie, he’s less than welcoming of the idea, although desperate to advance his career. Amelia Berringer, the club’s only golf pro, doesn’t expect her student to be quite so negative and meets Huck’s sarcasm with a snarky bite of her own. However, neither of them expect romance to rise from the greens.

With a creative personality, Abbie St. Claire has always had her nose in a book. Whether one for decorative painting, gourmet cooking or steamy erotica. “Heck, those books all go together in my mind. My imagination can easily picture a painting session that turns steamy and I certainly see trying to prepare a gourmet meal while getting deliciously sidetracked with a partner and finishing that meal for breakfast,” St. Claire says with a raised brow and twinkle in her eyes. An International Best Selling Author, St. Claire focuses her work on writing steamy romance from the “writing nook” in her Houston, Texas kitchen, where she’s currently at work on the “5th Avenue Romance Series.

Body Lock by Kimmie Easley

After the violent death of her fiancé, Dakota Asher finds herself with a new desire to tempt fate as an adrenaline junkie. MMA coach, Ford Herveaux specializes in adrenaline. Dakota now specializes in Ford.

Kimmie Easley is an Amazon International bestselling romance author who grew up traveling the country, rarely settling in one place for much longer than a minute. Being no stranger to heartache and love, she allows her unconventional life to fuel her writing. Kimmie is addicted to all things books, wine, cupcakes, and flip-flops. She is a homeschool momma, southern wife and pug wrangler. Kimmie can be found somewhere in the south writing wine worthy stories.

Serving Up Love by Chantel Rhondeau

Melanie Rush has a huge crush on her coach, Ethan Patterson. He has strict rules against relationships within his tennis program, but Melanie wants to break them all. She’s determined to make Ethan hers, no matter what it takes.

Chantel Rhondeau once thought a great mystery or fantasy book with strong romantic themes was the highest level of reading bliss. After reading her first romantic suspense novel, she never looked back. Chantel is author of six romantic suspense novels, a Christmas novella, and the new McCallister’s Paradise contemporary romance series. She lives in the western United States and when she’s not writing, she loves playing cards with her family, bowling on leagues, and snuggling with her lazy kitties.

Played by Love by Rachelle Ayala 

Soccer goalkeeper, Jaden Sloup, has his eye on Ella Kennedy, a woman who won’t date jocks or frat boys. When Ella discovers his ruse, she runs into bullies who force Jaden to fight and prove that jocks and frat boys can be good guys too.

Bestselling author Rachelle Ayala writes dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance.

See why I’m so excited to be a part of this fantastic set of stories? I hope you’ll grab yours today!

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#NewRelease – Balancing Act by Jill Blake

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BALANCING ACT
(The Santa Monica Trilogy, #3)

Contemporary Romance
Mature content, 18+. Heat level: 4 (out of 5)

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SYNOPSIS

When Angie goes head to head against her old nemesis Zach, “backroom negotiation” takes on a whole new meaning. As lawyers on opposite sides of a case, they’ve got plenty to argue about. She’s an environmentalist. He’s in-house counsel for a land developer.
But handling difficult clients, interfering family and friends, as well as courtroom battles proves easier than facing a growing mutual attraction that threatens to spin out of control. While Angie wants to believe there’s more to life than legal briefs, she’s been burned before. Can she learn to trust Zach, or will complications of his playboy past derail any chance of a happily-ever-after?

(Please note: Though this is the third book in the Santa Monica Trilogy, it can be read as a stand-alone novel.)

EXCERPT

“Heard your dad’s company is getting sued.”

Zach dove for the ball, slamming his shoulder against the floor. “What?”

Mike gave him a hand up. “It was on the CNS dinger this morning. You didn’t know?”

Zach scowled. As in-house counsel for Stewart & Landry LLC, it was his job to know. That’s why he regularly monitored the Courthouse News Service, and kept tabs by phone and email. It figured this would happen the one day he headed out the door without checking.

He swiped an arm across his sweaty forehead and readjusted his grip on the racquet. “Your serve.”

Another minute passed in silence, punctuated by grunts and the slap of the ball against polyurethaned hardwood and tempered glass.

“So who’s the plaintiff?” Zach asked when the volley ended.

Mike shrugged. “Some woman claiming CEQA violations.”

No surprise there. The California Environmental Quality Act was the bane of every developer’s existence, and a cash cow for any shady real estate lawyer who could find a tree-hugger willing to take up the cause.

“Damn leeches,” he muttered.

“What’s that?”

“You’d think people would be grateful that we’re infusing life into a sluggish economy.” He struck the ball with such force that it rebounded off the back wall and would have hit Mike if he hadn’t jumped out of the way.

“If not for us redeveloping the area, they’d have nothing but urban blight on their hands. Some of those buildings are barely standing, with so many code violations they should have been razed decades ago.”

“Hey, don’t kill the messenger. If you want to be angry, take it out on the plaintiff’s attorney.”

“And who’s that?”

“Judge MacDowell’s daughter. Alice? Anna? Something with an A.”

Zach drew up short. “Angie?”

“Angela. That’s it. Pretty hot commodity in real estate law, from what I hear.”

“Yeah.” Zach forced his attention back to the game.

“Pretty hot in all respects, come to think of it.” Mike grinned. “The ass on that babe…”

Zach gritted his teeth. “Grow up, would you?”

“Oh, please. Like you haven’t thought the same thing?”

“Not about her.”

“What, are you blind?”

“No. But her sister’s a friend of the family.”

Mike blinked. “Then what’s she doing suing you?”

“I don’t know. But I’m sure as hell going to find out.”

~
The raised voices outside her office gave Angie a few seconds’ warning before the door burst open and a glowering Zachary Stewart stormed in.

“What is this crap?” He flung a large manila envelope on her desk.

“Hello, Zach.” She got up slowly. “I see the process server found you.”

“What the hell are you trying to pull here?”

Angie took her time responding. It wasn’t every day that six feet of ripped, fire-breathing male invaded her office. Her gaze slid down the broad shoulders and lean waist. Oh, my. The things he did for a navy pinstriped suit and oxford shirt should be illegal.

By the time she’d worked her way back up to meet his gaze, she could almost feel the anger rolling off of him in waves.

“You seem a little hot under the collar, Zach. Would you like an ice water to help you cool down?”

His blue eyes narrowed. “Knowing you, that water would likely get spilled ‘accidentally on purpose’ down my suit. No thanks.”

“You overestimate my aggressive tendencies.”

“I don’t think so. I still remember how you negotiated your sister’s settlement. You could teach a Doberman a thing or two about aggression.”
She folded her arms across her chest. “Roger and your dad started S&L together. It was only fair that Roger’s widow get compensated for his share of the company. And in case you forgot, there was no buyout agreement in place when he died. I wouldn’t have had to push so hard if there had been.”

“A buyout agreement wouldn’t have covered all the legal problems Roger caused,” Zach retorted. “In case you forgot, he was dabbling in suspect investments on the side.”

Angie bit her lip. Zach didn’t even know the half of it. Luckily, Eva had managed to emerge—with Angie’s help—from the legal and financial nightmare following her husband’s death. She’d had to sell her house and scramble for a job, but in the end, everything had worked out for the best.

Zach’s voice interrupted her thoughts.

“In any case, that’s over and done with. But this—” he leaned forward and jabbed a finger at the paperwork he’d tossed on her desk “—is ridiculous, and you know it. S&L has jumped through all the regulatory hoops mandated by state and local government. Your client had plenty of time and opportunity to voice her concerns. The Environment Impact Review was released for public comment over a year ago. And in that time, the city council, planning commission, and rent control board have held dozens of hearings. Everyone’s objections were duly noted and addressed.”

“You’ve got to be kidding me. The objections were swept aside and ignored. A de minimis change in your developmental agreement that doesn’t trigger further review of traffic and environmental impacts makes a mockery of the whole process. The city council basically rubber stamped whatever plans you put in front of it, with complete disregard for the residents’ concerns.”

“Everything S&L did was by the book,” Zach said.

“Maybe in your view, but my client sees it differently. And at this point, the only way to get the city council to sit up and take notice and hopefully redress her grievances is exactly this.” She nodded toward the manila envelope between them. “And while the courts re-examine everything, the injunction we’re requesting will at least prevent you from demolishing my client’s home.”

He scowled. “This is extortion, plain and simple. S&L made a more than generous offer for relocation payments to the residents. Your client was the only one who refused to sign.”

“She had good reason.”

Zach took a deep breath. “Look, let’s cut to the chase here. What will it take for this to go away?”

“If you’re asking me that, you obviously haven’t read our complaint carefully enough. It’s all spelled out in black and white.”

“I read it,” he said. “And it’s complete bullshit.”

Angie shook her head. “For shame, counselor. Is that the kind of language they teach you at Harvard Law?”

A muscle ticked in his jaw. “Angie…”

“You know the drill, Zach. Thirty days to file your answer.” She ushered him toward the door. “I’ll see you in court.

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