Cover Reveal and #Giveaway: LEGS by Kelly Siskind

Title: Legs
Series: One Wild Wish #1
Author: Kelly Siskind
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: September 27, 2017


Running into your one-night stand is a special kind of awkward. Competing against him in a wine tasting contest is delicious torment…

On Rachel’s twenty-seventh birthday, she wishes to finally find a rewarding job. What she doesn’t wish is to drink a boatload of wine, sleep with a tattooed bad boy, and drunk email her boss in one glorious, career-ending move. But the fiasco pushes her to pursue a career inspired by her late father’s love of wine: sommelier. 

Unfortunately, she’s competing against her infuriating one-night stand, a man as intoxicating as a Pinot Noir.

Two years ago, Jimmy was set to inherit his family winery. Then it got ripped from his grasp. To close that dark chapter of his life, he plans to win a local sommelier contest and use the press to expose his family’s tainted wines. 

Jimmy loves studying the streaks of alcohol that cling to a wineglass, known as the wine’s “legs,” but other shapely legs are stealing his focus. Tantalizing legs. Legs that had wrapped around his waist for one wild night. Jimmy, sadly, has a weakness for legs. 

He also hates to lose.

LEGS is a full-length, standalone Smart, Sexy Romantic Comedy with a swoony Happily Ever After. No cheating or cliff-hangers here! Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren, Avery Flynn, Alice Clayton, Emma Chase, and Lauren Blakely.





The last person I wanted to see walked into the restaurant, and I tensed.

Her frantic gaze was forced to me, and the only three vacant seats. She searched the room in vain, the rounding of her spine a clue she wasn’t thrilled about her options. She looked out the way she came, squeezed her eyes, then squared her shoulders and marched toward me.

Part of me—the lower half—wanted to pin her to the wall with my thighs while I hitched that proper little skirt higher. The other part hoped she’d wandered into the wrong place. Not because our night together had been bad, or the fact that she’d disappeared without a trace. No. The thing that had the tendons in my neck bunching was remembering how good it all was. Too good and too much fun, and I’d imagined rounds two and three and four ad nauseam. But rounds always ended in a knockout punch.

This girl was nothing but trouble.

She paused at the table, drew in a long breath, mumbled something as she exhaled, then glared at the seat beside me and the ones across. She chose beside, probably to face the room.

The only reason we’d hooked up two weeks ago was because there were no names and no strings. She’d admitted how hard it would be for her to relax, how awkward she’d feel afterward. The relaxing part I took care of with one brush of my lips. The awkward was still alive and kicking.

What went down between us couldn’t happen again. Distractions over the next two months weren’t an option, and repeat affairs led to feelings, and feelings led to promises, and promises were nothing but lies dressed up to seduce. Not an outcome I was keen to revisit. Still, I couldn’t ignore her anxiety, as long as she wasn’t here because of me.

I leaned toward her. “You’re the last person I expected to see.”

She squished her lithe body farther from mine. “Kind of coincidental, don’t you think? Did you follow me?”

“I got here before you. If anyone is stalking, it’s you tailing me.”

Indignation colored her cheeks. “I didn’t follow you. I saw a flyer and thought the contest looked interesting, but you obviously read it, too. If I’d known you’d be here”—aggravation laced her hushed tone—“I’d never have shown up.”

Her harsh words had me fisting my hands, or maybe it was how tempting the line of her neck looked, that column of tanned skin shifting as she swallowed. But she was right: having a diversion wouldn’t help my plan. “Then we’re on the same page.”

“Excuse me?”

“Since we’re both here for the contest, we can pretend that night never happened.”

Her face fell, but a beat later, she said, “Good,” nothing but ice in her voice.

I followed with “Great.”

She spat, “Fine.”

So much for stamping out the awkward.

Kelly is the author of CHASING CRAZY, MY PERFECT MISTAKE, A FINE MESS, and HOOKED ON TROUBLE, the latter three being part of her Over the Top series. A small-town girl at heart, she moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

Kelly Siskind and J.R. Yates #Pitchwars 2017 Wishlist



Kelly Siskind

I AM SO EXCITED TO MENTOR THIS YEAR WITH THE FABULOUS J. R. YATES. I will now refrain from writing in all caps and tell you hopefuls a little about moi.

Aside from my love for J.R. Yates, I’ve career-hopped from cook to teacher to cheese shop owner, and, finally, to writer. I released four novels over the past year and a half with Grand Central’s Forever Yours, including: CHASING CRAZY, MY PERFECT MISTAKE, A FINE MESS, and HOOKED ON TROUBLE. I love critiquing and working with other writers more than I love flooding Twitter with inappropriate photos.

You can check out my books here:

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…or here

If the above isn’t enough to hook you, I’ll add the following: Not only is this my third year as a Pitch Wars mentor, but I, like J.R., am a former mentee. We know firsthand how grueling Pitch Wars can be. We also know how rewarding it is. I work with many published and unpublished authors as a critique partner and beta reader. (J.R.’s two cents: she is awesome at it.)



Not only am I thrilled to be mentoring again this year, but partnering with the fab Kelly Siskind will be like going to the event of the year accompanied by the life of the party—and there will be champagne Jell-O shots.

I was a mentee in 2015, my experience was so positive—the learning, the community and the opportunity beyond my wildest expectations—that I came back in 2016 to mentor, and this year I’m so honoured to be here to give back once again.

Did you notice that I spelled “honoured” with a ‘U’? Don’t worry, that’s not because I suck at spelling. I’m Canadian, and so’s Kelly, and we like those extra letters to keep us warm at night. Some lucky mentee is gonna be nestled between us as the center of our Canadian sandwich—they can be the OKA (a Canadian cheese) to our crazy bread. Have no fear, we know our US spelling conventions as well.

The boring stuff (Don’t skip it! If you have a story that involves communication or French, you’ll like this bit, I promise):


I have degrees in psychology and linguistics. I’m a pediatric speech-language pathologist (SLP) in my day job and grew up in a French household in an English-dominant city. So yeah, I know some stuff about human behavior (see? I’ve got my US spelling down) and how we communicate.

I live near the Canadian Rocky Mountains, work in public health as an SLP, mother my three young children (in French), and act as best friend to my husband of 14 years (in English, except when we kiss ;)). I love to travel and have visited every major Canadian city and many international destinations as well.

I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense. I love helping other writers and have worked as a critique partner and beta reader for many other authors (you may see me in an acknowledgment page or two.)


If your manuscript has anything to do with communication disorders, I AM YOUR PERSON.

So this is us:


Now that we’ve got the introductions out of the way. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.



We are looking for ADULT (or NEW ADULT- but will likely ask you to age up) CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (so please, no historical, western, gothic, etc.).

We want a love story with well-developed characters with real-life relatable struggles. We love angst and heart and don’t want weak, overused tropes such as, “I have to pretend you’re my wife for X reason. Oh. Okay. Sex. Love. The end.” And, sorry, we don’t dig alpha males who treat women like garbage but the woman’s magical vagina fixes him. Please. Just…no.


We love a man who is sexy because of who he is at the core, not because he has a tattoo (but tattoos are always nice!). We want dimension. Sell us the love. Give us a story we haven’t seen before. The overlooked guy. Something unique or diverse.

We want to laugh and/or cry (Kelly gives good ugly cry but J.R. will pass her tissues). Stories with some fun are our jam too. We love a little sass and a kick-ass voice.

We are also open to romantic suspense, and magical realism, but it has to be character driven, and must have some sexy times. We also love a hot, heart crushing M/M (sorry no F/F). ROMANCE MUST BE AT THE HEART OF THE STORY.

We especially enjoy the following tropes (but are not limited to these):

Friends to lovers

Forbidden love


Enemies to lovers

Hot nerd (think Clark Kent/quirky lead)

What we are NOT looking for:

–historical, inspirational/Christian, science fiction, gothic, horror, western, or fantasy.

Tropes that don’t float our boat:

Secret baby

Sudden baby


Alpha hero who is super mean to her, but she knows he really loves her despite all his behavior to the contrary (i.e., weak female MC, asshole male, see magical vagina reference above).

Fake engagement

If we receive any of these, they will be put in the, “This person was not listening pile.”



We will provide you with a developmental edit letter as well as in-line notes for the entire manuscript. Once you’ve completed those, we will read a second time and help you brush it up. We love thinking outside the box and are particularly good at assessing big-picture problems and ratcheting up tension. We’ll help you amp up your voice and make sure your dialogue flows. If you have pacing issues and/or character flaws, we’ll tackle those, too. We’ll communicate as much as necessary to get the job done.

Be ready to work hard, and kill some darlings. If you’re ready to put the work in, Frankenstein some scenes, take critiques like a champ, and do it while having fun, we’ll be great together.

To get an idea of what we enjoy reading, here’s a list of some of our favorite books:

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (YA but a beautiful romantic story)

Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens

Nuts by Alice Clayton

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid

The Knocked Up Plan by Lauren Blakely

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

You by Caroline Kepnes

The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

(These last two, although not romance, are examples of unlikeable protagonists that kick ass.)

If any of this speaks to you, then we can’t wait to read your sub!! Looking forward to working with a fabulous mentee to help them develop their manuscript into something that they love and will capture the eyes of agents!

– J.R. and Kelly

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Cover Reveal: Friend (with benefits) Zone

I’m ridiculously attracted to my best friend.

Today is a bad day. The worst actually. After dealing with the constant manhandling that comes with being a cocktail waitress at a dive bar and surviving a date from hell, I see an eviction notice slapped on the door of my sketchy basement apartment. Great.

When my best friend Devon shows up at my door and uses his stubborn charm (emphasis on stubborn) to get me to move in with him, I give in. We’ve had about a million sleepovers since we met in the kindergarten Deaf program, but this time it’s different because I can’t stop thinking about his hard body covering mine, every single night.

I know Devon would do anything for me, but I’m afraid what I want to happen will ruin our friendship forever. And the more time we spend together in close quarters, the harder it’ll be to resist the spark of attraction I’ve always felt. But maybe it’s possible to have the best of both worlds: keep the one relationship I can’t live without and indulge in an attraction I can’t deny.

I guess the only thing we can do is try…






(Author fun fact: Before you check out the amazing cover, there are two details I absolutely love, be on the lookout for them. One, the model’s hands appear to be in motion, almost as if he’s signing. Two, my amazing graphic artist managed to add a hearing aid, as Devon himself normally wears two.)






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About the author:

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Laura Brown lives in Massachusetts with her quirky abnormal family. Her husband’s put up with her since high school, her young son keeps her on her toes, and her three cats think they deserve more scratches. Hearing loss is a big part of who she is, from her own Hard of Hearing ears, to the characters she creates.

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LONDON HALE Giveaway and Interview!


Publishing on May 2, 2017, Daddys Best Friend is the debut title for author London Hale. The book is the first in the Temperance Falls series and launches a world of naughty fantasies and taboo romances set on a small island in one of the Great Lakes.

London Hale is the combined pen names of authors Ellis Leigh and Brighton Walsh. Between them, they’ve published more than thirty books in the contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense genres. Both authors are available for interviews, questions, and random wackiness.

During release week, London Hale is giving away a book blitz swag pack to one lucky winner. Featuring a Kate Spade purse, signed paperback copy of DADDY’S BEST FRIEND, and a $25 Amazon gift card, the giveaway is our way of saying thanks to all the readers willing to try a new author!



She’s temptation personified

Nathan had always been more than just my dad’s friend. I never thought he’d see me as an adult, especially not after avoiding me for so long. But one hug, one moment feeling every inch of him against me, shattered that illusion. Consequences no longer mattered—I was eighteen, and I was willing to risk everything for my shot with him.

He’s not going to resist anymore

I never should’ve seen Eve as more than my best friend’s daughter. As a cop, I knew it was wrong. It was my job to protect her from guys like me. Chasing her could cost me my career—not to mention the only family I’d ever known—but I couldn’t hold back another second. One taste, and I wanted her. To hell with the fallout.

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London Hale is the combined pen name of writing besties Ellis Leigh and Brighton Walsh. Between them, they’ve published more than thirty books in the contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense genres. Ellis is a USA Today bestselling author who loves coffee, thinks green Skittles are the best, and prefers to stay in every weekend. Brighton is multi-published with Berkley, St. Martin’s Press, and Carina Press. She hates coffee, thinks green Skittles are the work of the devil, and has never heard of a party she didn’t want to attend. Don’t ask how they became such good friends or work so well together—they still haven’t figured it out themselves.


Authorly interview:

Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novel? Why?

Brighton: The first, for sure. A blank page is incredibly daunting, and trying to get a sentence just right so it not only sets the tone for the book, but also hooks the reader? It’s hard as hell.

Ellis: Usually the first one. I “see” my characters in action, so they tend to drop me right into a scene without warning. The last feels more natural as I’m writing it because the scene has an ending point in my head; the first usually has to be edited fifteen times before I’m happy with it.

How is writing in a team different than writing solo?

Brighton: Writing solo means you can do whatever you want to your characters and the plot without getting anyone else’s approval. It also means you have to create those characters and plot without anyone weighing in, which can be exhausting. And boring. We both went into this unsure if we’d like it or even be able to work together, and now that we’ve got a short break to work on solo stuff, I miss the co-writing like crazy. We have so much fun writing together—even during the challenging parts—that it doesn’t feel like work to me.

Ellis: It’s a lot more fun, that’s for sure. It’s also harder at times. Brighton’s characters are solid in her head, as mine are in mine. Sometimes, that creates issues. “The heroine wouldn’t react well to that” or “He wouldn’t act that way” tend to be conversations we have a lot. We usually write the scenes with interaction together in Gdocs, but that also creates issues. Can you say sex scenes feel like sexting? Yeah. Loads of fun.

What’s your co-writing process like?

Brighton: Fun as hell. No? That answer won’t work?

Ellis: We spend a lot of time in Whatsapp. Like…A LOT. We go back and forth about ideas, themes, tropes, characters. We send pictures and snippets of dialogue or stories we saw online. Once we know what we want to write, we set everything up in our files and work out a loose plot for the book. We each write a character, and we go back and forth until the book is done. Then we go back over it about fifteen times.

How do you decide who’s going to be which character?

Brighton: So far it’s worked out that we’ve switched with every other character. But Ellis is really unique in that she has far-off side characters whispering in her head already. Characters don’t come to me like that, so I’m fine giving her the ones who speak louder to her.

Ellis: Sometimes one of us has a better feel for them, sometimes it’s their turn to write the hero instead of the heroine. Totally depends on the story we’re telling.

When you get an idea for a book, what comes first? Plot or characters?

Brighton: Characters. I tried it the other way around for two books, and I slogged through every word.

Ellis: Characters. I can’t figure out a plot until I know the person making the moves.

Do you have a writing spot that only you can work, like a writing cave? If so what does it look like?

Brighton: Nope. I can write anywhere as long as I have my laptop and ear buds.

Ellis: I moved from writing at my dining room table to a real desk this year. It’s in my living room with two huge bookcases on either side. I have a 27” iMac that dominates the space and a snowman coaster where I set my coffee. I don’t need much else.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Brighton: First, I sacrifice a virgin to the gods of sex scenes… Just kidding. I just sit down and write.

Ellis: Nope. Sit down, type words. I’m very much in the mindset of “writing is a job with goals and tasks.”

Do you have a writer’s playlist, or do you write in silence?

Brighton: The music I write to depends on what book I’m working on and/or what kind of scene. But I live on Pandora or Spotify.

Ellis: I can’t write with music or a lot of background noise. I use for focus music when the kids or husband are around and I need to concentrate. Otherwise, it’s pretty quiet when I write.

How do you come up with plot ideas?

Ellis: For London, we sort of start with a theme. What’s taboo about it? What line can we nudge a little? From there, we come up with characters, and then the plot starts to unfold. Our stories are completely character driven, though.

Brighton: A lot of times we’ll see an article or a meme or something and tuck it away in our idea folder.

How do select names for characters in your books?

Brighton: Very, very carefully.

Ellis: This one made me laugh because OMG the naming conversations! So, I have a huge family with a ridiculous number of cousins. We both veto family names or names that mean something to us in real life. We also adjust based on current events. We also have to veto when the name intersects with our individual projects. It’s a lot of back and forth like “Nope, I have a cousin with that name” or “Nope, that’s the name of my neighbor and it’d be weird to use it.” We keep a list of approved names and cross out fingers when it’s time to build a new set of characters.

How do you plot your books? Do your plots ever change as you write or does it go pretty much according to plan?

Brighton: We’ve got a pretty good system down as far as what happens where in the story, and after six books together, we know where we need more room to develop plot, etc. But even knowing that, sometimes what we planned doesn’t work, so we go off track. Then head to WhatsApp and brainstorm a different direction.

Ellis: We loosely plot—something like a paragraph per chapter. They change, though. Every story needs to unfold organically, and every character has their own timeline to grow into what we want them to be.

What three words would you use to describe your books?

Brighton: dirty, quick, fun

Ellis: fun, flirty, filthy

Favorite bookish moment:

Brighton: Being able to have intelligent conversations about books with my oldest son. Our tastes tend not to intersect all that often (he’s a fantasy/dystopian kid and I like to read about kissing), but when they do and we are both interested in the same book, we read and then have our own little mini book club to discuss.

Ellis: Reading and watching the Harry Potter books with my daughter. Those stories were so meaningful to me that sharing them with her feels like we’ve reached a certain level in our relationship. I love watching her get excited about the same characters and moments as I did.


Best moment as an author:

Brighton: This is really hard to pick because I’ve been blessed with a lot of super awesome moments as an author. But there was only once when I cried, and that was when my editor told me Target picked up my book.

Ellis: When authors I love and respect recommend my books to their readers. That’s the ultimate marketing tool, IMO, and it’s not something you can buy.

Best advice you’ve ever gotten as an author:

Brighton: Don’t listen to all the advice you’ll get as an author.

Ellis: Write the next book.

Favorite part of the book-writing process:

Brighton: Drafting, from beginning to end.

Ellis: Getting to that point where you know you have a good story and feeling that inertia to finish it.

Readerly things

Last book you read:

Brighton: A super advanced copy of Tessa Bailey’s TOO BEAUTIFUL TO BREAK

Ellis: I just reread SHELTERED by Charlotte Stein the other night. So hot.


Favorite genre or category outside of what you write:

Brighton: Paranormal romance

Ellis: Inspirational romance

Which author would you most fangirl over meeting?

Brighton: Jill Shalvis. And I’ve met her. Many times. Been introduced to her by my editor. Promptly ate my tongue.

Ellis: Kelley Armstrong for sure. Her Women of the Otherworld series brought me back to paranormal romance.

Are you a re-reader or are your books one and done?

Brighton: Most of the time, I’m one and done. I have a very small handful I’ve reread, but I seriously get anxious when I reread, thinking about all the books out there that I’ll never be able to get to, which only increases every time I reread a book instead of diving in my TBR pile.

Ellis: Totally a re-reader. Things stick with me, and I like to go back and visit favorite characters/scenes now and again.

Humanly things

Last thing that made you cry:

Brighton: A video on FB. Damn FB videos.

Ellis: Oh gosh, probably something I heard on the radio. I’m a total softy.


Last trip you took:

Brighton: Went to Orlando for Apollycon in March. I’ve never been to Orlando when it wasn’t balls-hot out, so this was a nice change of pace.

Ellis: I spent a week in California for work earlier this year. Got to go to Downtown Disney and Universal’s Harry Potter world. It was super fun.

Last thing that made you smile:

Brighton: A text from my husband.

Ellis: A text from one of my writing pals.


Favorite quote:

Brighton: She turned her can’ts into cans and her dreams into plans.

Ellis: She believed she could, so she did.


Last thing you treated yourself to:

Brighton: A year’s worth of manicures at my salon. I usually get one manicure a year, just before RWA, but I love how my nails look after I get them done. Buying six to use in a year was totally out of character, but I did it anyway. And I’ve managed to use it once. >.<

Ellis: A night on the couch watching bad reality TV. I work full time and write and have two kids. Time for myself is really a luxury, so I rarely watch anything that isn’t chosen by children. I love to just veg out and binge watch something brainless or educational.

Last person you hugged:

Brighton: My husband.

Ellis: My husband.


Favorite place in the world:

Brighton: I don’t know that I’ve found it yet.

Ellis: There’s a beach on an island in the Caribbean that is shaped in such a way that the waves make the sound of a kiss when they touch the sand. I want to be there.


Last emoticon you used:

Brighton: Laugh-crying smiley face

Ellis: The one where the little face is crying from laughter.


Last thing that made you laugh:

Brighton: Someone made a spit/swallow comment on a horrific stock photo I posted and I laughed really hard.

Ellis: Probably Brighton and one of her TWSS jokes.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Brighton: Pizza

Ellis: Chicken and dumplings

What is something you never leave home without?

Brighton: My phone.

Ellis: My phone.

What is your favorite movie?

Brighton: SO MANY. The Bourne series, 13 Going on 30, Pretty Woman, The Matrix, I Love You, Man, Old School…the list is as vast as it is eclectic.

Ellis: Love Actually

Favorite Band?

Brighton: I don’t have a favorite band. I have a favorite singer. Does that count? Tori Amos.

Ellis: Does the cast of Hamilton count?

What are 3 words you’d use to describe each other?

Brighton: Ellis is generous, focused, and compassionate

Ellis: Brighton is: Kind, funny, and audacious

Do you have a favorite hobby/pastime?

Brighton: Reading and shopping

Ellis: Reading of course

This or That

Hotel or camping?

Brighton: Hotel. Allllll day, errday.

Ellis: I want to say camping, but the reality is hotel. In the woods. With a sauna.

Greedy or generous?

Brighton: I hope I’m generous.

Ellis: I strive to be generous.

Pessimist or optimist?

Brighton: Optimist

Ellis: optimist. Totally.

Casual or formal?

Brighton: Both. Casual in day-to-day, but I love getting dressed up.

Ellis: Casual AF

Beer or champagne?

Ellis: Can I sneak in a margarita instead?

Brighton: While I get Ellis a margarita, I’mma sneak myself some rum.

Deliberate or spontaneous?

Brighton: Deliberate

Ellis: I think deliberate, but I could be wrong.

Town or country?

Brighton: Both. I’d love a huge lot of land right in the middle of a city. Lol

Ellis: Country-ish.

Waffles or pancakes?

Brighton: French toast.

Ellis: Pancakes

Coke or pepsi?

Brighton: I don’t drink either anymore, but Coke will always win.

Ellis: Coke, diet please

Vanilla or chocolate?

Brighton: Chocolate

Ellis: Vanilla

Rock or pop?

Brighton: Can’t choose.

Ellis: Pop

Zombie horde or plague?

Brighton: Zombies

Ellis: Zombies. At least I can defend myself.

Beach or mountains?

Brighton: Beach

Ellis: Beach

Ocean or pool?

Brighton: Pool

Ellis: To sit by? Ocean. To swim in? Pool. I don’t do open water. There are things in there that will eat you.

Fireplace or bonfire?

Brighton: Bonfire

Ellis: Either

Bath or shower?

Brighton: Shower

Ellis: Shower. Totally.

Museum or theater?

Brighton: Theater

Ellis: Theater

Night owl or morning person?

Brighton: Night owl

Ellis: Morning person.

Sun or stars?

Brighton: Stars

Ellis: Sun

TV or movies?

Brighton: Movies

Ellis: TV

Salty or sweet?

Brighton: Sweet

Ellis: BOTH!

Karaoke or concert?

Brighton: Concert

Ellis: Karaoke

Neat freak or slob?

Brighton: Neat freak

Ellis: Slobbish tendencies for sure

Fancy restaurant or diner?

Brighton: Diner

Ellis: Diner

Tattoos or piercings?

Brighton: Yes

Ellis: Both

Farmer’s market or grocery store?

Brighton: Grocery store

Ellis: Farmer’s market

Cover Reveal and Giveaway!!

She’s temptation personifiedNathan had always been more than just my dad’s friend. I never thought he’d see me as an adult, especially not after avoiding me for so long. But one hug, one moment feeling every inch of him against me, shattered that illusion. Consequences no longer mattered—I was eighteen, and I was willing to risk everything for my shot with him.He’s not going to resist anymoreI never should’ve seen Eve as more than my best friend’s daughter. As a cop, I knew it was wrong. It was my job to protect her from guys like me. Chasing her could cost me my career—not to mention the only family I’d ever known—but I couldn’t hold back another second. One taste, and I wanted her. To hell with the fallout.

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In celebration of their upcoming release, London is doing a giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card! Go HERE to enter.  

Left Hanging by Cindy Dorminy

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My writerly friend Cindy Dorminy has a book release this week. Check out Left Hanging!


As a nurse and single mom, Darla Battle hides her loneliness behind a smile. But when she discovers that the new cute doctor everyone is talking about is her daughter’s father, she knows she needs to keep her distance from the man who abandoned her and their child, Stella.

When Theo Edwards returns to Nashville to finish his medical training, he never expects to run into Darla, a girl he spent one night with seven years ago. For reasons he can’t fathom, her attitude toward him is frosty, but he still hopes to ignite the spark they once felt.

Once Darla realizes Theo doesn’t know he’s Stella’s father, she has no idea how to tell him the truth. And the longer she waits, the more difficult it becomes. When the situation spins out of control, can the two come together for the sake of their daughter? Or is forgiveness out of reach?

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After several decades of writing medical research documents, Cindy decided to switch gears and write stories where the chances of happy endings are 100% and the side effects include satisfied sighs, permanent smiles, and a chuckle or two.  She writes romance novels with a slice of humor that range from historical romance to southern fried romantic comedies. Her young adult debut novel, Tuned Into You (BookFish Books) was released in June 2016.

Cindy was born in Texas and raised in Georgia.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University and her Master’s Degree from The University of Georgia.  Cindy enjoys gardening, reading, bodybuilding and a whole bunch of movies.  She can be overheard quoting lines from her favorite movies… a lot.  But her favorite pastime is spending time with Mark, her bass playing husband, Maddie Rose, the coolest girl on the planet, and fur child Daisy Mae.  She currently resides in Nashville, TN where live music can be heard everywhere, even at the grocery store.

America’s Next Reality Star is HERE!!!

anrs_badgeIn AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR, Jen is cast on a reality show after she loses her job, her boyfriend, and her home. She hopes to win the cash prize but finds she also wants to win the heart of fellow contestant Justin. Fans of Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic won’t want to miss this charming, witty read published by Kensington’s Lyrical Shine.

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Title: America’s Next Reality Star
Author: Laura Heffernan
Publisher: Lyrical Shine – Kensington
Series: Reality Star #1
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
ISBN: 9781516101542


Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV.

Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras; and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer . . .

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He touched my chin with two fingers, bringing my gaze up to meet his. Damn those green eyes. I searched them for answers, wishing I knew whether he was putting on an act for the audience. Even with the lights off, the cameras stationed in the yard would capture us. The producers filmed everything, day and night. Everyone in America would know if we kissed. For a moment, I struggled to remember why that was bad.
“I guess it’s not your fault, since I got the question right,” I said begrudgingly, shifting slightly backward.
“If that is the best I can get, I’ll take it. But I’m going to work on complete forgiveness. I’ll pay you double interest on our bet—six cents.”
“Well, then,” I laughed. “Maybe I’ll have to reconsider once I get my money. I’d hate to have to send Birdie to break your kneecaps.”
The image of five-foot-tall Birdie coming after Justin with a baseball bat cracked him up. I laughed, too, crossing my legs and settling more comfortably in the lounger. My knee practically touched Justin’s leg. He didn’t move.
We sat quietly for a few minutes. I wondered if he heard my heart pounding. Even not wanting to get caught kissing on national television with a near-stranger, I found something about Justin irresistible. Possibly his smile. Or his dimples. His brains. The ease of talking to him. His personality. The fact that he was practically perfect for me in every way.
That line of thinking wasn’t helping. I needed to change the subject before I started calling him Mary Poppins.
“It’s a beautiful night.” I gestured at the sky.
“Yes, it is,” Justin said, his eyes never leaving my face. Did he lean forward slightly? Only inches separated our lips.
The warmth definitely wasn’t the beer. I licked my lips nervously and leaned in, closing the gap. If he moved the tiniest bit…
Copyright © 2017 by Laura Heffernan

About Laura Heffernan:

Laura Heffernan is living proof that watching too much TV can pay off. When not watching total strangers participate in arranged marriages, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys travel, baking, board games, helping with writing contests, and seeking new experiences. She lives in the Northeast with her amazing husband and two furry little beasts.

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RECKLESS HEARTS Release and Giveaway!!

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Reckless Hearts by Heather Van Fleet, my amazing agency sister. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 7 till 13 February. You can see the blitz schedule here.

Reckless HeartsReckless Hearts (Reckless Hearts #1)

By Heather Van Fleet

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: Adult

Release Date: February 7, 2017


Between boot camp and two TOD’s in Iraq, my buddies Max, Gavin and me have been through some serious hell. So the last thing I ever expected was to find the biggest challenge of my life back home.

My girlfriend died. I couldn’t even attend her funeral, let alone tell her goodbye or that I’m sorry I wasn’t there like I should’ve been.

But she left me a gift. The best and scariest one I could’ve ever asked for. One I didn’t think I could handle…until the day I saw her tiny blues looking up at me in that airport. Chloe.

Now here I am, raising my baby girl—with the help of my two best friends. Things couldn’t be better. Until she walked into my life.

All I wanted was a nanny. Someone to take care of my girl when I couldn’t. What I didn’t count on was Addison, the brown-eyed temptress with a body of sin, and everything I didn’t need, but suddenly wanted.

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Heather Van Fleet is stay-at-home-mom turned book boyfriend connoisseur. She’s a wife to her high school sweetheart, a mom to three little girls, and in her spare time you can find her with her head buried in her Kindle, guzzling down copious amounts of coffee.

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Between boot camp and two TOD’s in Iraq, my buddies Max, Gavin and me have been through some serious hell. So the last thing I ever expected was to find the biggest challenge of my life back home.

My girlfriend died. I couldn’t even attend her funeral, let alone tell her goodbye or that I’m sorry I wasn’t there like I should’ve been.

But she left me a gift. The best and scariest one I could’ve ever asked for. One I didn’t think I could handle…until the day I saw her tiny blues looking up at me in that airport. Chloe.

Now here I am, raising my baby girl—with the help of my two best friends. Things couldn’t be better. Until she walked into my life.

All I wanted was a nanny. Someone to take care of my girl when I couldn’t. What I didn’t count on was Addison, the brown-eyed temptress with a body of sin, and everything I didn’t need, but suddenly wanted.

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He answered on the third ring. “Hey, Gav. You busy?”

“Not Gav.”

My face warmed at the sound of Collin’s voice.

“You there?”

“Um, yes. But I need to speak with Gavin, please.” Keep breathing, keep calm. You’ve got this.

“But I need to talk to you first.”

I clenched my teeth. “May I talk to him, please?”


I threw my head back against the couch and groaned. “Why not?” If he was going to be short with his answers, I would be short with my questions.

“Need to talk to you about something first. Told you that.”

Could’ve sworn I heard the words Needs to eat your pussy is more like it in the background, but my mind was scrambling like the eggs I’d cooked for breakfast.

“Shut up, asshole,” Collin barked.

I spun a loose string around my finger. “What did you just say to me?”

Total déjà vu.

The wind slapped against his speaker. “Are you driving?” I unraveled the string from my finger and bounced my knee. “Because in the State of Illinois, it’s illegal to drive and talk on a cell phone unless it’s hands free.”

“Damn it, no. She’s putting that shit in her mouth.” He grumbled something else, and the sound of baby giggles tugged on my already floppy heartstrings.

I couldn’t help but smile as I thought about Chloe. I’d only been around her twice, but I kind of missed the little thing.

“Not driving. Just playin’ at the park.”

Playing at the park. Why did the image make me grin? Collin pushing Chloe in her swing, her little baby legs bouncing up and down as he did.

“Why are you calling Gavin anyway?”

“None of your business.” My smile fell. “Can you just put him on?”

“I told you I needed to talk first.”

I rolled my eyes. “Fine. Then talk.”

“Gonna take you out tonight.”

Shock pulled me into an upright position, and I stood so fast that a pile of clean towels fell to the floor. “Um, take me out?” I scrambled to pick them up.

“Gonna apologize. Again. Buy you food, return your sweater too. If you have plans, then cancel them.”

“Uh, no. Don’t think so.” At the simple thought of seeing him again, my stomach clenched in both excitement and unease. “You’re not going to pull that in-charge bullshit on me. And besides, what makes you think I want to see you anyway?”

“You don’t wanna see me, sweetheart?”

I slapped my hand over my eyes. Sweetheart? Seriously? “No. I don’t want to see you, pumpkin. Not when you got me fired from my job the other night with your ultimate-fight-club thing.” I blew out a quick breath. “Besides, I just…can’t.”

“I need a better reason.”

“Are you serious right now?” What was with this guy and his incessant need to be an asshole?

“Dead serious.” He laughed. “I’ll be by your apartment at six to pick you up. Dress casual. Gonna take you to dinner, and then we’re gonna talk. You’re going to get a free meal and an apology. Can’t get much better than that, am I right?”

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Heather Van Fleet is stay-at-home-mom turned book boyfriend connoisseur. She’s a wife to her high school sweetheart, a mom to three little girls, and in her spare time you can find her with her head buried in her Kindle, guzzling down copious amounts of coffee.

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SOME KIND OF MAGIC Release and Giveaway!

Some Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe I’m thrilled to be taking part in Mary Ann Marlowe’s Release Blitz for her debut, SOME KIND OF MAGIC! Check out the teaser excerpt, and be sure to enter the giveaway below.

SOME KIND OF MAGICSome Kind of Magic by Mary Ann Marlowe | by Mary Ann Marlowe Publisher: Kensington Publication Date: January 31, 2017

“An amazing first novel.” —Sydney Landon, New York Times bestselling author In this sparkling debut novel, Mary Ann Marlowe introduces a hapless scientist who’s swept off her feet by a rock star—but is it love or just a chemical reaction?… Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grungy-looking guy she meets at a gig that evening is Adam Copeland. As in the Adam Copelandinternational rock god and object of lust for a million women. Make that a million and one. By the time she learns the truth, she s already spent the (amazing, incredible) night in his bed. Suddenly Eden, who’s more accustomed to being set up on disastrous dates by her mom, is going out with a gorgeous celebrity who loves how down-to-earth and honest she is. But for once, Eden isn’t being honest. She can’t bear to reveal that this overpowering attraction could be nothing more than seduction by science. And theonly way to know how Adam truly feels is to ditch the perfume—and risk being ditched in turn. Smart, witty, and sexy, Some Kind of Magic is an irresistibly engaging look at modern relationships why we fall, how we connect, and the courage it takes to trust in something as mysterious and unpredictable as love.

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I scanned the rest of the room. I wasnǯt surprised to see he had a turntable. Micah had been buying vinyl for years. An entertainment unit held a wide-screen TV and a stack of DVDs. I walked over to check out his movie collection. ANetflix envelope sat on top, and I read the address. The name rang a bell. DzAdam Copeland?dzThen I remembered. Stacy and Kelly had crushed on a rock singer with the same name for a few weeks last summer, another impossibly hot guy with red hair. No, wait, that was a different band. I could never keep their celebrity crushes straight. My eyes went wide. What if this was that same guy? They would die. He was a musician, after all. A wave of nausea crested as I took in my surroundings. The guy certainly had money. Adam glanced up from a stack of records and caught me staring at him. DzWhat?dzDzYour name is Adam Copeland?dz My mind raced. The apartment was his parentsǯ, so the money was probably his parentsǯ, too. If he was a rock star, wouldnǯt he have some lavish penthouse overlooking Central Park? He went back to flipping through albums, nonplussed. DzOh, yeah.dzI narrowed my eyes. If I asked him straight up, heǯd think I was crazy, so I casually sauntered over to the side of his bed and leaned back, facing him. I picked at the hem of my shirt, and then, as though I was teasing, I tested the waters. DzSo, does everyone ask you if youǯre any relation to that guy from that band?dzDzHuh?dz He pulled out a Van Morrison album and then dropped it back down, still on the search for whatever he was looking for. Then it hit me. DzOh, God. Iǯm sorry. It must be an incredibly common name.dzHe froze in place like a deer caught in the headlights, like he had no idea what I was talking about. This was embarrassing. Awkwardly, I fumbled for an explanation, rambling. DzYou know that band? They have a song that gets played about a million times an hour.dzOn the spot, I couldnǯt even remember the bandǯs name. I scraped my brain, tapping my fingers on the bed post. It came to me out of nowhere. DzWalking Disaster!dz
Adam rolled his eyes. He settled on an album and slid the vinyl record from the sleeve. I hoped I hadnǯt offended him somehow. Maybe it was an irritating comparison. If someone famous had my name, Iǯd find it annoying. What was I thinking? As if some famous musician would just hang out at a club and buy me beers. And flirt. Heǯd definitely been flirting with me. Guys within my limited reach rarely bought me beers and flirted. How much chance would I have with a freaking rock star? I laughed at myself for losing my head temporarily. Unfazed, Adam dropped an album onto the turntable. I smiled as a dead sexy Arctic Monkeys song started. DzI love this song!dzHe sidled up next to me and bumped me with his shoulder. DzSo you like that band, Walking Disaster?dzWas this a litmus-test question? Like asking someone if they like Nickelback? What if he had a checklist, too? What if he only liked girls who listened to the Dzrightdz music and immediately disdained girls who listened to whatever he found uncool? And why did I suddenly care what kind of girls he might like? I shrugged, reaching for a safe nonchalant answer. DzI donǯt normally listen to them unless they come on the radio. I donǯt intentionally listen to much current rock music, except for Micahǯs. But my coworkers gush about that band. They tried to drag me out to see them just recently.dzDzBut you didnǯt want to go?dzDzNo, I wouldǯve gone. But it was at the Meadowlands, and it was a weeknight. I had to get up early the next day.dzDzTo make perfume, right?dz He leaned closer and breathed in. DzWhatǯs the name of this one?dzDzOh, I donǯt know.dzDzMmm. You should call it ǮIrresistible.ǯ It smells He lifted my hand and laid a kiss against my wrist. My brain told me I should leave. I barely knew him. But I didnǯt want to leave. Adamǯs lips felt so good against my skin. His dark eyes sought mine, looking for permission, maybe. The naked desire etched on his face sent a tingle through me. I wanted to feel his lips on mine, but he held back, so I bent toward him. He kissed me soft, and I tasted the hint of Jamaican spiced rum.
He broke away and drew back, so close but too far away. His eyes pierced mine, and his breathing hitched, but he hesitated. I felt tethered there, unable to move back, wanting to move forward. I reached up to touch the stubble on his cheek, then that cord on his neck Iǯd wanted to touch earlier. Without another thought, I twisted my fingers in his hair and pulled him back to me.

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Some Kind of Magic is Mary Ann Marloweǯs first novel. When not writing, she works by day as a computer programmer/DBA. She spent ten years as a university-level French professor, and her resume includes stints as an au pair in Calais, a hotel intern in Paris, a German tutor, a college radio disc jockey, and a webmaster for several online musician fandoms, plus she has a second-degree black belt. She has lived in twelve states and three countries and loves to travel. She now lives in central Virginia where she is hard at work on her second novel. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at, Facebook, and Twitter.


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