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The Sinister Silhouette by Alex Grayson

Title: The Sinister Silhouette
Author: Alex Grayson
Genre: Romance Suspense
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Cover Design: Cover Me Darling
Image Credit: JW Photography
Model: Amanda Renee

 


“Luca….”

She whispers my name at night, filling my dreams with her haunting beauty. Her tormented amber eyes

beg me for something I don’t understand, and her agonizing pain becomes my own.

For years, she’s come to me, calling my name.

For years, I’ve never known who she was.

Until now….

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“LUCA….”
The willowy feminine voice comes from behind me. I slowly turn my head first, then the rest of my body and look for the source.
Blackness. Pure and absolute. That’s all I see. Except for the tiny twinkling lights. There’s a shit ton of them. It reminds me of the times I would spend the summers with my aunt and uncle out in the country. As a kid, I would always sneak out at night and lie on the roof when the sky was clear and the moon wasn’t visible. It was my favorite time of the month, because everything was so dark, except for the stars. I’d lie out there for hours and just watch them twinkle, every so often catching one that soared across the black sky.
These aren’t stars, it isn’t a moonless sky, and I don’t fucking like this. These tiny sparks of light float right in front of me, all around me, almost like glowing specks of dust.
“Lucccaaaa….”
Warm air whispers across my ear, and I spin, expecting to find someone behind me, and still see nothing but those damn flecks of light. Squinting, I try to look past them and the darkness to see something. Any fucking thing.
Frustration grows in my stomach when nothing appears.
“Who in the hell are you?” I yell, anger deepening my voice into a growl.
My ears strain as I listen closely. All I hear is my own breathing and the slight pounding in my ears from my heartbeat. The beat only gets louder with my mounting aggravation.
“Luca.”
This time, the voice sounds rushed. It’s still whispered softly, but not the slow calling of the other two times. It’s urgent. There’s an echo too. It comes from behind me, but the echo drifts around me from every direction.
I tip my head back and snarl to the… ceiling? The sky? I have no fucking clue. “What in the hell do you want from me?”
Not expecting an answer, because I didn’t get one to my previous question, I’m surprised when the voice comes again. It’s close. So close, it almost seems like the words aren’t spoken out loud, but are just somehow in my head.
“I need you.”
My brows slash down into a frown. There’s pain in the softly spoken words, and for some reason I don’t like the emotion coming from the voice. Something sharp pierces my chest, like a dull blade slowly being sunk into my sternum, taking my breath away. I rub the spot, not understanding why the pain is there, but knowing it’s caused by the agony in the woman’s voice.
“Where are you?” My tone is gruff from the stinging ache.
“Here,” she whispers.
I whip around and still see nothing but the twinkling lights. I reach out, hoping that even if I can’t see anything, I can feel something. It’s so dark I can’t even see my hand in front of me, only the tiny lights floating by in a rush at my hurried movement.
One catches my eye off in the distance about fifteen feet from me, and I hone in on it. It’s slightly bigger than the rest. I take a step forward, then stop when it begins to grow. It doesn’t get brighter; the luminosity stays the same. It’s just the size that changes. Actually, it looks like the light is dimming the bigger it gets. Like it’s no longer a light, but a fog-like substance.
It stretches longways, getting greater and greater. I start moving toward it, but no matter how many steps I take, the same distance stays between it and me.
Something starts to form in the white haze. I squint, not really sure what it is, because it’s almost transparent now. It’s still growing, but the bigger it gets, the more it loses its solidness.
A face.
I can barely make it out through the white haze, but it’s a woman. Her features become clearer, but the more the face forms, the more it fades as well.
I take a couple of steps forward, then jerk to a halt when I remember it does me no good.
“Fuck,” I mutter.
What in the hell is this shit?
“Lucaaaa….”
The voice whispers again, and I know it’s from the translucent vision, but the lips don’t move.
The face becomes a face and shoulders, then face, shoulders, arms, and torso. Her hair flows around her, moving slowly, like it’s floating in water.
She looks at me, and the stark pain in her eyes almost has me staggering back with the force of it.
I really don’t fucking like that look. And I really don’t fucking know why. I’ve never seen the woman before. She doesn’t even look vaguely familiar. Why in the hell would her pain be my pain?
“Who are you?” I demand.
Again, her lips don’t move, but I still hear the voice inside my head. “Come to me, Luca. I need you.”
Before I have the chance to react to her words, something happens. I tense as swarms of the nearby glowing dust infuse the white mist of the woman. Her crystalline appearance starts to solidify. Her face and the upper half of her body become more visible. Her hair, which up until that point was colorless, is a deep, rich brown. It’s long, flowing to the middle of her back. Her eyes are light brown, but not an ordinary brown. They’re an unusual golden amber. I’m not sure if it’s because of her noncorporeal appearance or if that’s their natural color, but they seem to glow.
More specks of dust penetrate the woman’s form, and the more that rushes in, the brighter she gets.
She lifts her arm, as if reaching out to me, and before it registers what I’m doing, I reach out to her.
When I take a step closer, the light surrounding her shimmers brighter. This time I’m able to shorten the gap between us. I take another step, and it seems to glisten even more. I’m tall, so when I take my next step, there’s only a few feet separating us. But the brightness is now almost too much to bear. I have to squint from the sheer brilliance of it.
There’s only inches between the tips of her fingers and mine now. The pain resting in my chest intensifies the closer I get, but it’s as if there’s a force that’s pushing me toward her. Like if I don’t, the pain would be a thousand times worse. I don’t know why, but something inside me says I must go to her.
I hold my breath as the tip of my middle finger touches the glowing tip of hers. Several things happen at once. A low growl resonates deep in the back of my throat, my fingers curl into a fist and my arm drops to my side, and the fierce pain I was experiencing in my chest turns so excruciating I’d swear my heart is spilling out onto the floor at my feet.
The trifecta of feelings happens because the instant my fingertips touch the woman, her form disintegrates. The thousands of pieces of dust that make up her form fall away into space, leaving me once again in complete blackness.
I tip my head back and an angry, pain-filled roar leaves my lips at the loss of something so important.

 

 

 

Alex Grayson is the bestselling author of heart pounding, emotionally gripping contemporary romance including the Jaded Series, the Consumed Series, and two standalone novels. Her passion for books was reignited by a gift from her sister-in-law. After spending several years as a devoted reader and blogger, Alex decided to write and independently publish her first novel in 2014 (an endeavor that took a little longer than expected). The rest, as they say, is history.

Originally a southern girl, Alex now lives in Ohio with her husband, two children, two cats and dog. She loves the color blue, homemade lasagna, casually browsing real estate, and interacting with her readers. Visit her website, www.alexgraysonbooks.com, or find her on social media!

 

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Kandiland by T.L. Smith

Title: Kandiland
Author: T.L. Smith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Cover Designer: RBA Designs
Cover Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography 

 

He was forbidden, my boss and incapable of loving me.
 
People talked about him, whispered about him in passing.
 
He was the king of his town.
 
And I was a visitor.
 
I was by no means a smart girl. Never loved with my head, always with my heart.
 
That fact alone almost killed me once.
 
I should have listened the second time around.
 
But the king of this small town, had me starving. Had me craving his taste.
 
My name is Kandi, and he called me his Kandiland.
 
The king declared I was his medicine, and with each dose, he became better and better.
 
He was the perfect liar.
 
And I was his perfect Kandi.
 
Together, we were explosive, and toxic in every way.

 

 

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The Right Stud by Ilsa Madden-Mills & Tia Louise

 

Title: The Right Stud
Authors: Ilsa Madden-Mills & Tia Louise
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Design: Shanoff Formats
Photo: Wander Aguiar
Release Date: June 4, 2018

 

Blurb
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills and USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise are back with an all-new romantic comedy filled with Southern sass and steamy scenes that will have you laughing out loud and fanning yourself. Pour the sweet tea and get ready…
 
“The best way to get over your sh**ty ex-fiancé is to get under a shiny new stud…”
 
As soon as Mr. Tall, Blond, and Handsome walks into that bar, I know he’s the hook-up I need to get over stupid Cheater Kyle.
 
A few stolen kisses in a dark hallway, and I’m pretty sure we’re headed for a home run—until he disappears without a trace.
 
Whatever.
Men are all snakes in the grass, and I don’t need a new one anyway.
 
I resolve to forget about his perfect lips (and chest of steel) and instead focus on turning my Granny’s old beach house into a profitable B&B.
 
What I don’t expect is for him to show up the next day in my kitchen!
 
You see, my sexy mystery man is none other than Jax Roland, the drop-dead gorgeous home improvement star of The Right Stud, and he’s got an offer I can’t refuse.
 
With a suitcase in one hand and a hammer in the other, he wants to move in and renovate my old house while he films his new show.
 
But my roommate has secrets, and they threaten to rip our blossoming friendship—and possible love—apart.
 
When push comes to shove, is Jax really The Right Stud or is he just another nail in the coffin of love?

 

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About the Authors
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills and USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise are not a secret duo, but simply themselves.
 
Great friends, former English teachers, and southern gals in real life, they’ve teamed up to bring you laugh-out-loud naughty romances with strong leading ladies and sexy alpha males who know how to please their women—and who sometimes you just want to slap.
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The Perfect Mistake by Sophia Karlson

Title: Perfect Mistake 
Author: Sophia Karlson
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Release Date: June 6, 2018
Cover Credit: Debbie Taylor from http://www.dcagraphics.com

 

Simone Levin had a dream job as a safari pilot until an unexpected pregnancy clipped her wings. Tired of juggling motherhood with her demanding flight schedule, Simone applies for an office job, unaware that her new boss is Carlo Carlevaro, the man who’d ditched her before finding out he’d knocked her up. Carlo returns to East Africa only to kill another fire—Ivory trafficking from his lodges threatens to destroy his company. Finding Simone back on the payroll comes as a pleasant surprise. As his employee, Simone is off-limits, but she is the only one he trusts to help with his undercover investigation. With time running out, Simone and Carlo strive to expose the trafficking ring, but working together rekindles their mutual desire. When Simone is implicated as a trafficker, revealing her daughter’s existence to Carlo seems inevitable. Acting on her instincts might come too late as the syndicate retaliate and hone in their threat. Will they survive to give their love a chance?

 

Simone went to stand next to him. “Why am I here?”
He turned to her. The dark shadows under his eyes were somehow more accentuated in the play of lamplight than in the bright sunshine. “Let’s talk somewhere else.”
“Where do you suggest? The guests are bound to arrive soon and you know we can’t walk around by ourselves after dark.”
“Come to my room.”
She inhaled sharply, her hands clenching into fists. “Is that why I’m here? Do you really think–”
With a soft groan, Carlo curled his fingers around her arm and pulled her onto the deck, away from the other people sitting in the lounge. “To your room then,” he whispered, “although I much prefer mine. And no scenes, if you please.” His hand was a ring of fire around her arm, propelling her to the wooden walkway.
He walked next to her but let go of her arm.
A few steps from her tent she stopped. “I don’t care who hears this. If you think we’re going to carry on where we left off four years ago you are very much mistaken.”
He didn’t blink an eye. “You seem to be singularly one-track-minded, Simone.”
Heat rose to her cheeks; it spread down her chest to her treacherous heart, which pounded at the thought of him. Why was he still able to do this to her? Being alone with him was the worst possible idea.
“Well, if not for that, why march me to my tent as if you would have your way–”

 

“You may still be devilishly tempting, Simone, but now that I’m your boss you’re completely off limits.”
Sophia Karlson has lived in France, Germany, Tanzania, Madagascar (not the movie, the country!) and now finds herself back on home ground in South Africa. As a teenager, she devoured romances with far flung settings, loving to travel through books. After school her itchy feet took her around the world, but now she doesn’t get much further than the school run and the daily walk with her very demanding beagle, Phoebe. She writes contemporary and erotic romance, wanting to take readers on a journey of their own. She loves hearing from readers, follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sophia.karlson.5, Twitter: @SophiaKarlson, on the web at www.sophiakarlson.com.
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Series: Iron Orchids by Danielle Norman Includes: Enough, Almost, Impact 📖All Reviewed📖 & Often (Coming-Soon)

Title: Often
Series: Iron Orchids #4
Author: Danielle Norman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: May 31, 2018
Blurb

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations…

 
He wore suits and I wore biker boots.
He went to university and I went to trade school.
He lived in a big home and I lived in a tiny apartment.
 
When my world was turned upside down, he took me in his arms and promised to help me find a new direction. Now I’ve lost my job, been separated from my friends, and any day an eviction notice was bound to show up.
 
Unfortunately, my journey was tougher than he had imagined.
When nothing goes right, look who’s left.
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Before becoming a romance writer, Danielle was a body double
for Heidi Klum and a backup singer for Adele. Now, she spends her days trying to play keep away from Theo James who won’t stop calling her or asking her out. 
 
And all of this happens before she wakes up and faces
reality where in fact she is a 50 something mom with grown kids, she’s been married longer than Theo’s been alive, and now get her kicks riding a Harley.
 
As far as her body, she can thank, Ben & Jerry’s for
that as well as gravity and vodka. But she says that she could never be Adele’s backup since she never stops saying the F-word long enough to actually sing.
 
Danielle writes about kickass women with even better shoes
and the men that try to tame them (silly silly men).
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Spring Fever Daddies by Rayanna Jamison📖Review 📖

Why settle for just one hot cowboy when you can have two?

Spring Fever Daddies by Rayanna Jamison

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Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CZP4ZJM/

 

 

 

Begin as you intend to end. That was my motto.
It was how I had always lived my life.
From the moment my roommate, Mitch, and I arrived back at his childhood home on the Second Chance Ranch, things became clear.
He wanted April. I wanted them both, and I always get what I want.
But something is different now. It feels like everything is on the line, and I’m terrified to crash and burn.
Getting what I want isn’t going to be so easy this time around. Mitch has to finally come to terms with the fact that he’s in love with me, and while he’s doing that, we have to convince April to fall in love with both of us. We have to step up and prove that despite all our faults and problems, we are worthy of that love.
It’s a lot, but I begin how I intend to end. With Mitch beside me, April between us, and both of us as her Daddies.
There are a lot of roadblocks along the way, but I’m determined to get my happy ending. And I always get what I want.
Publisher’s Note: This book contains menage scenes and power exchange scenes. If this is offensive to you, please don’t read it.

Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CZP4ZJM/

 

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is my first Rayanna Jamison story and I loved it. This is the second book in the Second Chance Ranch Series but I did not know that. And I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. This story is strictly about Brody, April, and Mitch. Although you do get the last three characters from the last book in this one, but nothing that you have to worry about knowing.

Brody and Mitch have been friends and sometimes lovers for the past twenty years. Brody and Mitch are both Doms when separate in their love lives but together Brody is top dog and Mitch switches. When Mitch and Brody go to Second Chance to help out they show up at the same time as April. These three have instant chemistry and connection.

April can tell that Brody and Mitch have a deep connection and doesn’t want to intrude on that. But the boys show that she will not be in the way. Brody becomes an instant Dom for April and Mitch. But Mitch is struggling with his sexuality. He isn’t gay, but he knows he loves Brody more than just a friend. And now adding April into the mix he knows he has to come to terms with what he wants.

This book is wonderfully written. You have three people that want a relationship but have never tried this type before. You have someone struggling with his sexuality and his friends/lovers wanting to help but knowing that he has to come to terms on his own. You have April wanting something like a Dom and a Daddy but having insecurities with herself on doing just that.

This is just what I needed to read right now. It isn’t a fake romance, it is a “real life” like book. With lots of problems, but with characters working it out. LOVED IT!! I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy for my honest review.

“Have you ever had a Daddy before?”
The question confused me, and for a moment I thought of my own Dad, before understanding that That wasn’t what he meant. “Not..not like that,” I stammered, blushing profusely. I had never even considered a Daddy figure, but at this moment, God, I wanted one.
“Not like that, huh? You’ve never had a Daddy to snuggle and spoil you , and spank you soundly before tucking you into bed?”
I shook my head, finding myself wishing it was time for dinner instead of time for breakfast. Wanting everything Mitch was offering.
Except that he wasn’t offering. Or, was he?
Even when his giant hand cupped my ass, I wasn’t sure I hadn’t imagined the whole exchange.
My panties were drenched. My chest was heavy, and my breathing was soft but labored.
If it wasn’t real, it was some fantasy.
“I can be your Daddy.” He whispered the words I didn’t even realize I longed to hear.
“I can as well.” The booming voice with its Yankee twang, surprised me and I turned to see Brody filling the doorway. His wide stance filled the French doors, and his arms folded over his chest. The look on his face that lacked tenderness and bode no argument.
I felt the change in Mitch without looking at him.Brody snapped his fingers. “Two daddies are better than one , little girl. Come upstairs with us, and we’ll show you.”
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CZP4ZJM/

 


Rayanna is a coffee drinking, wine loving, sushi obsessed, knee sock fanatic who works her passions into every story she writes. She resides in Southern Utah with her husband, 2 kids, mother, grandfather, and 2 dogs.
In her spare time, she enjoys celebrating life with good food, good drinks, and good friends.

 


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Alphas of Seduction by Multiple Authors Proceeds Benefitting 4 Paws for Ability🐶

** 2017’s Alphas of Danger Anthology we’ve raised $10,000 to 4 Paws for Ability! We’ve been able to sponsor a puppy pen and help not one but TWO families obtain their service dog for their child of need. Follow our journey on our Facebook page Once Upon An Alpha.

We are now BACK with Alphas of Seduction with ten bestselling authors and we hope you join us on the journey for 2018’s Alphas of Seduction with ten never-been-told stories by ten bestselling authors**

COVER DESIGNER: COVER ME DARLING – MARISA-ROSE SHOR

PHOTOGRAPHER – K. KEETON DESIGNS

MODEL – ERIC JACOB

PROCEEDS OF SALES DONATED TO 4 PAWS FOR ABILITY

Synopsis

A glance. A touch. A word. And then it begins…

When an alpha falls in love, it’s not just about the fire. It’s the spark. The moment he’s pushed to his limits by the person who will transform his life and his heart forever. He just doesn’t know it yet…

The push. The pull. The possibilities…

The hottest heroes. Their greatest challenge. Nothing they’ve ever conquered will equal the ultimate quest of all–or the excitement of that journey. Nobody knows this better than twelve of your favorite romance fiction stars, bringing you their ultimate alpha males in short stories meant to make you smile, swoon, and celebrate the best part about falling in love…

The seduction.

Once Upon An Alpha along with 4 Paws for Ability, and these several bestselling authors, bring you this page turning, limited edition, anthology that’s sure to keep you up well past your bed time and craving your own Alpha of Seduction.

 

Authors Contributing to Alphas of Seduction:

Victoria Blue

M. Clarke

Avery Flynn

Anissa Garcia

Jenna Jacob

Isabella LaPearl

Mickey Miller

Lauren Rowe

K.M. Scott

Sierra Simone

For more information about this nonprofit organization: http://4pawsforability.org/