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💗Coming October 13th, THE BOYFRIEND EFFECT by Kendall Ryan💗

The Boyfriend Effect

By Kendall Ryan

Release Day: October 13, 2020

About the Book

I’m not boyfriend material.

If a trail of broken hearts, and a piss-poor record of failed relationships have taught me anything, it’s this.

My buddies are happy to give me shit about my latest breakup from here to next Sunday. Thanks, but I’d rather have a root canal.

And a vasectomy.

At the same time.

But my relief comes in an unlikely package—the gorgeous and feisty Maren. She just so happens to be my friend’s sister, so that’s not awkward at all.

But I’m a man on a mission, and Maren is down to teach me all the ways I’ve been failing as a boyfriend. Apparently, there are many. And it’s all very informative—until I start to catch feels.

Now it’s not just my reputation on the line, but my heart too.

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About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 100 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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🌟IT’s Live! 🌟 BROKEN KINGDOM by Ashley Jade🌟

  BROKEN KINGDOM (Royal Hearts Academy #4) by Ashley Jade Release Date: October 22nd   Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46196186-broken-kingdom       Broken Kingdom #4 is AVAILABLE NOW!! FREE in Kindle Unlimited! Amazon: https://amzn.to/2GECLe3 Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3nn3r3J Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/3lkM3Le Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/3noFf0U       Wicked Princess is book 1 of Bianca’s journey. Her journey (and the entire series) concludes with Broken Kingdom. Welcome to their kingdom.   Catch up with the first book, Cruel Prince #1, right here: Amazon: https://amzn.to/30l209E   Ruthless Knight, Book #2 Amazon: https://amzn.to/30qGilH       Blurb: Welcome to their broken kingdom. They say you’re happy now. That you can’t remember anything from your past and it’s for the best. They told me if I cared about you I’d stay far away and leave you alone for good. Because you’re getting married to a man you love. Only problem is… you loved me first.     About the Author: Ashley Jade loves to tackle different genres and tropes within romance. Her first loves are New Adult Romance and Romantic Suspense, but she also writes everything in between including: contemporary romance, erotica, and dark romance. Her characters are flawed and complex, and chances are you will hate them before you fall head over heels in love with them. She’s a die-hard lover of oxford commas, em dashes, music, coffee, and anything thought provoking…except for math. Books make her heart beat faster and writing makes her soul come alive. She’s always read books growing up and scribbled stories in her journal, and after having a strange dream one night; she decided to just go for it and publish her first series. It was the best decision she ever made. If she’s not paying off student loan debt, working, or writing a novel—you can usually find her listening to music, hanging out with her readers online, and pondering the meaning of life. Check out her amazon page and Facebook page for future novels. She recently became hip and joined Twitter, so you can find her there, too. She loves connecting with her readers—they make her world go round’.   Connect w/Ashley: Website: https://ashleyjadeauthor.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ashley-Jade-Author-788137781302982/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ajadeauthor Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ashleyjadeauthor/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14175946 Bookbub:https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ashley-jade Amazon: https://amzn.to/2RGsIJ9  
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💙Author Feature K Webster for the STORIES OF SEPTEMBER ANTHOLOGY💙 CHECK OUT THE 4th TEASER FROM THE STORIES OF SEPTEMBER ANTHOLOGY, HE MADE ME STAY by @KristiWebster PREORDER AT THE SPECIAL PRICE OF $2.99! AMZ: https://amzn.to/3hXlE52 Apple: https://apple.co/2Np5Xpj Nook: https://bit.ly/3hWFMEE Kobo: https://bit.ly/3fX5RSh #anthology #authorfeature #kwebster

 

STORIES OF SEPTEMBER ANTHOLOGY

Release Date: September 22nd

 

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CHECK OUT THE FOURTH TEASER FROM THE STORIES OF SEPTEMBER ANTHOLOGY, HE MADE ME STAY BY K. WEBSTER!

 

Get ready for an ALL-NEW collection of sweet and sexy romance novellas from 10 best selling authors obsessed with falling in love. Coming September 22nd!!

This collection will feature brand new stories from:

Fiona Cole

Willow Winters

Meghan Quinn

Skye Warren

Ella Fields

Jade West

K. Webster

Amelia Wilde

Trilina Pucci

Meagan Brandy

 

 

PREORDER TODAY AT THE SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICE OF $2.99!!

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Blurb:

Before the school bell rang on September 1st, we were already falling in love.

Stories of September is a collection of sweet and sexy romance novellas from 10 best selling authors obsessed with falling in love.

Authors included are:

Fiona Cole

Willow Winters

Meghan Quinn

Skye Warren

Ella Fields

Jade West

K. Webster

Amelia Wilde

Trilina Pucci

Meagan Brandy

 

 

 

About K. Webster:

K Webster is a USA Today Bestselling author. Her titles have claimed many bestseller tags in numerous categories, are translated in multiple languages, and have been adapted into audiobooks. She lives in “Tornado Alley” with her husband, two children, and her baby dog named Blue. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and researching aliens.

 

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Stories of September Author Feature #3 This feature is for Trilina Pucci #comingsoon CHECK OUT THE 2ND TEASER FROM THE STORIES OF SEPTEMBER ANTHOLOGY, DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS by @trilina_pucci!! PREORDER AT THE SPECIAL PRICE OF $2.99! AMZ: https://amzn.to/3hXlE52 Apple: https://apple.co/2Np5Xpj Nook: https://bit.ly/3hWFMEE Kobo: https://bit.ly/3fX5RSh

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STORIES OF SEPTEMBER ANTHOLOGY

Release Date: September 22nd

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CHECK OUT THE THIRD TEASER FROM THE STORIES OF SEPTEMBER ANTHOLOGY, DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS BY TRILINA PUCCI!!

Get ready for an ALL-NEW collection of sweet and sexy romance novellas from 10 best selling authors obsessed with falling in love. Coming September 22nd!!

This collection will feature brand new stories from:

Fiona Cole

Willow Winters

Meghan Quinn

Skye Warren

Ella Fields

Jade West

K. Webster

Amelia Wilde

Trilina Pucci

Meagan Brandy

PREORDER TODAY AT THE SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICE OF $2.99!!

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Blurb:

Before the school bell rang on September 1st, we were already falling in love.

Stories of September is a collection of sweet and sexy romance novellas from 10 best selling authors obsessed with falling in love.

Authors included are:

Fiona Cole

Willow Winters

Meghan Quinn

Skye Warren

Ella Fields

Jade West

K. Webster

Amelia Wilde

Trilina Pucci

Meagan Brandy

About Trilina Pucci:

Trilina is an author, wife, and mama to three rowdy kiddos. When she isn’t making grilled cheese sandwiches, she can be found writing saucy novels that titillate and excite her readers.

Pucci’s journey started impulsively. She wanted to check off a box on her bucket list. But what began as fulfillment has become incredibly fulfilling. And now she can’t see her life without her characters, her readers and this community.

She currently resides in Northern California with her Italian stallion and her feral children, where the days are slow and easy and wine pours are heavy. (just kidding…maybe)

Connect w/Trilina Pucci:

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🍁Stories of September 🍁Author Feature Willow Winters 🍁 #anthology #comingsoon #willowwinters

 

 

 

STORIES OF SEPTEMBER ANTHOLOGY
Release Date: September 22nd

 

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CHECK OUT THE FIRST TEASER FROM THE STORIES OF SEPTEMBER ANTHOLOGY, FALLING AT FIRST SIGHT BY WILLOW WINTERS!!

 

 

Get ready for an ALL-NEW collection of sweet and sexy romance novellas from 10 best selling authors obsessed with falling in love. Coming September 22nd!!

This collection will feature brand new stories from:
Fiona Cole
Willow Winters
Meghan Quinn
Skye Warren
Ella Fields
Jade West
K. Webster
Amelia Wilde
Trilina Pucci
Meagan Brandy

 

 

 

PREORDER TODAY AT THE SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICE OF $2.99!!
Price goes up to $9.99 on release day so grab your copy now!!
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Blurb:
Before the school bell rang on September 1st, we were already falling in love.

Stories of September is a collection of sweet and sexy romance novellas from 10 best selling authors obsessed with falling in love.

Authors included are:
Fiona Cole
Willow Winters
Meghan Quinn
Skye Warren
Ella Fields
Jade West
K. Webster
Amelia Wilde
Trilina Pucci
Meagan Brandy

 

 

 

 

 

About Willow:
Willow Winters is so happy to be a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Contemporary Best Selling Author!

Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two.

In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!

 

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We are so excited to introduce you to THE COVER LAB! New to the book world, The Cover Lab is a website where photographers/models sell their EXCLUSIVE photos to authors/publishers for book covers.

We are so excited to introduce you to THE COVER LAB! New to the book world, The Cover Lab is a website where photographers/models sell their EXCLUSIVE photos to authors/publishers for book covers.

Yes, you read that correctly, EXCLUSIVE. Once you see it on a cover, you’ll never see it again.

The website functions like a search engine. Type in what you’re looking for or just peruse all our photos, find the perfect photo, purchase, and then a direct download link is sent straight to your email. Super simple with results right away. We are just starting out and we have so much more to come, so stick with us as we continue to add on more and more to this awesome website.

AUTHORS: Be the first to find out about new photos about to go on sale: https://bit.ly/3b1v22R

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AND FINALLY . . . LET’S GO LOOK AT SOME EYE CANDY!

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Quick note from the owner:

Dear Friends,

The Cover Lab has been a labor of love for over six months, a place where I wanted to bring together the two worlds of photography and romance. This new platform was truly created to help, to inspire, and to bring everyone together. If we can not only

make the search of a cover photo a little bit easier, but also give these wonderful artists a place to show off their talent, then we are doing our job. We truly hope The Cover Lab offers a helping hand to this wonderful book community. Happy perusing and stick around because we have so much more to come.

Lots of Love,

Meghan Quinn

 

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The 8th Annual Mental Health Awareness Book Fundraiser benefiting the Keith Milano Memorial Fund

 

Welcome the 8th Annual Mental Health Awareness Month Book Fundraiser benefiting the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
 

For the 8th year, an amazing group of authors have generously agreed to donate, in Keith name, a portion of their May book sales to help raise awareness for mental health …. for the 8th year people who never knew Keith are coming together to make a difference.

How do you thank a community that has helped you keep your brother’s spirit alive—a community that helped you keep a promise made to him after he passed.

15 years ago when we lost Keith, we decided he would not go quietly, that we would fight for mental health awareness, fight to bring mental illness out of the darkness in his name. At the time we had no idea what that would mean, where our journey would take us or that this community would embrace the cause and join us in the fight.

This event was born organically out of us sharing Keith’s story and our family’s mission and we are humbled at how his story has resonated with so many. We continue to share his story and hope you will join us in making mental health a priority. By sharing your truth, the dialogue can continue to help others feel less alone and more likely to get help.

Our family is so touched by how this community has embraced this cause.

With Deepest Gratitude,

Denise Milano Sprung

 

Here is how you can help raise money and awareness for mental health:
  • Purchase a book from the amazing books listed below! We hope you will #1click4charity a number of these amazing books! Please note that although below are Amazon Kindle links, the portion of sales is from any platform: digital, print and audio.
  • Share the image below or any of the custom photos the participating authors share on social media to raise awareness and to show your support.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation directly to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at AFSP.

Thank you in advance for your support as we work to bring mental illness out of the darkness.

8th Annual Mental Health Awareness Book Fundraiser
 
Author
Book(s)
Alice Archer
Alison G Bailey
Alyson Santos
Amy Lane
Brenda Rothert
Cara Dee
Carly Phillips
Danielle Pearl
ES Carter
J.R. Gray
Ginger Scott
Jennifer L. Allen
K Bromberg
Karen Booth
Kelly Jensen
and Jenn Burke
Kindle Alexander
Laurelin Paige
Leylah Attar
M. Jayne
Melanie Harlow
Melanie Moreland
Natasha Madison
Nicole Edwards
Piper Rayne
Raine Miller
Sarina Bowen
Sawyer Bennett
Sierra Simone
Virna De Paul

 

Keith Milano Memorial Fund

140 Adams Ave, Suite B-12
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Fund Information:The Keith Milano Memorial Fund was established to help raise awareness about the devastating and deadly disease that is mental illness. Keith’s spirit and laughter is kept alive through our efforts to increase awareness about mental illness and to raise money for education and imperative research. Keith often struggled with society’s perception of mental illness. Our hope is that by having the strength to say that Keith was “Bipolar” we can strip away the stigma and help others to be more open about their disease.

If you want to know more about Keith or why Denise does what she does, here is short video/interview that speaks to that!

The Keith Milano Memorial Fund benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). At the end of the event, participating authors pay AFSP directly.

AFSP is the only national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those affected by suicide. AFSP is a fully accredited 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization incorporated in the state of Delaware with primary offices in New York City. Federal tax ID # is 13-3393329.

 

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💙Coming April 20th WILD FOR YOU by Kendall Ryan💙https://amzn.to/2VdQj3H #Preorder #KendallRyan

WFY-bannerCSWild for You

By Kendall Ryan

Release Day: April 20, 2020

WildforYou-6x9ebookAbout the Book

He’s growly. Grumpy. Stubborn.

And now, my new roommate.

Walking away from my disastrous last relationship was an easy decision, but moving in with a friend-of-a-friend hockey star who’s rarely home? Not quite as simple, because Grant makes me feel things even I don’t understand.

One thing’s for certain, though. I definitely shouldn’t have crawled into his bed that night.

• • •

There’s a brightness to her eyes I can’t seem to look away from.

She’s beautiful. Smart. Tempting.

And a little fragile.

I’ve never been anyone’s knight in shining armor, but when Ana needed a place to stay, it was easy to move her in with me.

Not so simple, though, is keeping my hands—or my mouth—to myself. And the night she crawls into my bed and shares her body with me has me conjuring up all kinds of ideas about our future.

Until a big surprise I never saw coming changes everything.

If you like sexy, confident men who know how to handle a stick (on and off the ice), and smart women who are strong enough to keep all those big egos in check, this series of athlete romances is perfect for you!

(Books can be enjoyed in any order.)

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About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.

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★•*❃*•★ FREE ★•*❃*•★ March 27th – April 5th Alace Sweets by MariaLisa deMora Released: Jan. 9, 2018 Genre: Dark romantic suspense

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SYNOPSIS

 

Revenge really IS sweet. ~Alace Sweets.

 

A dark thriller, this book is not a light read.

Filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense, this intense story commands the

reader’s attention as it drives towards the explosive ending. Alace Sweets is a

vigilante serial killer, with everything that implies and is sure to trip all

your triggers. Be ready.

 

At seventeen, Alace Sweets turned a corner in

her life, taking the wrong shortcut home from school.

 

Resisting the harsh knowledge her attackers will

never be made to pay for their actions, Alace takes a stand. Justice must be

served, and if fate’s scales are out of balance, she’s determined to set things

right as best she can.

 

When the laws of men fail, the rules of Alace

prevail.

 

 

 

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What

Others are Saying

 

“This book sucked me in and kept me reading straight through to the end.” –

Manda Mellett, Goodreads review

 

WOW, I loved this book. So much. So buy it, read it. Seriously, go right

now.” – Jesse Roth, Goodreads review

 

“I loved reading Alace’s story. It’s heartbreaking, brutal but sweet and loving

all rolled into one tiny body.” – Raychel, United Indie Book Blog

 

“A very intense story with lots of twist and turns and shocking details. A must

read for all those dark, gritty romance fans out there.” – Paula, Sweet

& Spicy Reads

 

 

 

EXCERPT

 

 

From Chapter Two

 

Alace Sweets

“Is everything okay?”

She crossed the distance between them and leaned in so Nate could kiss her

forehead, something she’d noted he liked doing. She let him wrap an arm around

her shoulders, drawing her close to his side before he turned so they faced Ike.

 

“Nothing to worry about,

baby girl.” Nate’s voice dropped into the lower registers, and she shivered at

a sudden memory. That was how he’d sounded just before he buried his face

between her legs last night, finding that delicate balance of aggressive

licking and kissing, and a fragile tenderness that had been missing from her

life for a long time. I’ll miss you, big guy.

 

 

 

“Hey, Ike.” She

offered a little wave with the hand not currently tucked into Nate’s back

pocket. From the outside, it probably looked like they were a longtime couple,

only Nate would know that before last night all he’d gotten access to were her

forehead and fingers. She’d gently rebuffed all his overtures while keeping the

door open for use when it mattered most. Like last night, she thought, keeping

the smile on her face small. “What’s up?”

 

 

“Hey, Pauline. Sorry to

bother you and Nate.” Ike gestured towards the front room, and Nate led her

towards the couch there. “I got some bad news, honey.” Tipping her head to one

side, she settled next to Nate, letting him hold her close. She rested one palm

on his thick thigh, allowing her fingers to curve possessively around it. “Alan

Trueward, how well did…do you know him?”

 

 

Well, hell. They found

him already.

 

She carefully didn’t let

any of her thoughts show on her face. Stoicism was something she had long

practiced, really since her first breath, if she were honest. All through her youth

growing up in that tiny town, she’d had to hide everything inside her. All the

pain and anger, the fear and loss. Getting out of bed in the morning meant

sliding that particular mask into place, and she was so good at it now it was

first nature, bypassing that second nature bullshit normal people lived with.

 

“Decent guy, he takes

care of the girls.” She purposely let her smile broaden slightly. “He and

April—” Alace tipped her head so she was grinning up at Nate. “—are quite the

item.” Fraternization between employees at the club was frowned on, but Nate

hadn’t told them to stop, which meant he probably didn’t know the reason behind

it in the first place. Alace did. Alan was the entire reason she was in town,

after all. Regg had sussed him out nearly two years ago, and she’d started

laying plans. It’s what she did these days.

 

“Did you see Alan last

night?”

 

 

Boy did I ever! I saw

him on his knees calling out to a god who didn’t give one shit that the man was

about to die.

Just like Alan didn’t give one shit about those little girls he liked to rub

off on when he was a teacher. Just like that judge didn’t give a shit about

those little girls, giving Alan a commuted sentence because he “had such future

contributions to give to society” and ignored his existing contributions to

eleven little girls’ nightmares. Eleven future husbands who would have their

hands full considering the woman made for them had been so abused. Alace firmly

believed that every person had their one true love, and she just as firmly

believed that Alan Trueward did not exist in that column for any woman, or man.

God couldn’t be that cruel.

 

 

Yeah, I saw him. Saw him

kneel. Saw him fall. Kicked dirt over his blood and shoveled it into the well

after him. Saw the blade rise and fall, a glittering promise in every stroke

seeing that taking Alan’s life was actually giving him peace, too. I promised

him he’d never feel those urges again. His voice begging, pleading loudly, “I’m

sick. I know. It’s a sickness.” He was sick, all right. Sick to death.

 

 

Copyright

© 2017. MariaLisa deMora. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMING SOON

 

Seeking Worthy Pursuits

Alace Sweets, Book #2

April 13, 2020

 

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Author Bio

Raised in

the south, Wall Street Journal & USA TODAY bestselling author MariaLisa

deMora learned about the magic of books at an early age. Every summer, she

would spend hours in the local library, devouring books of every genre.

Self-described as a book-a-holic, she says “I’ve always loved to read, but

then I discovered writing, and found I adored that, too. For reading…if

nothing else is available, I’ve been known to read the back of the cereal

box.”

 

A member

of Romance Writers of America, deMora has

penned a variety of stories, with five established series that include

motorcycle romance, veteran repatriation, and time travel, as well as a

romantic standalone, dark suspense, and a legal thriller. Her website is filled

with links and information, as well as extras like character interviews,

playlists, poetry, and trailer videos!

 

 

 

Her short

bio reads, “Plate-spinner / cat herder at work; totally geeked author;

single mom in the thick of autism at home; hockey freak; wanna-be hiker;

usta-be/on-again EQ gamer.”

 

 

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