Fridays featured Cover Art – Combat Barbie by Heather Long

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Blurb ~

The high school beauty queen…

The face of baby food, the darling of surfing commercials, and the exotic stunner who walked away with the Miss California title at eighteen, Mary Phillips has heard “you’re so beautiful” from childhood on. Tired of being her mother’s personal Barbie, she traded in her tiara and a lucrative modeling contract for combat boots and life as a Marine. She’s lost good friends and seen more walking wounded than she cares to admit, but this Marine wouldn’t trade her assignment for all the Manolo Blahniks in the world. What does it matter she has no one waiting at home?

The class nerd…

Kyle Stewart heard every variation as he went through school: nerd, geek, four-eyes, weirdo—and he rolled with it. He could count on one hand the number of girls who ever deigned to talk to him about something other than tutoring. But as the only self-made millionaire from his graduating class, he has the last laugh.

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Excerpt Monday – Scot Appeal by Melissa Blue

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Blurb ~

Marcus Baird has been called a lot of things: Scottish bastard, heartless, ruthless, but thanks to his new neighbor, he could add ginger buff guy. The ruthless part is true, at least. His current occupation as a handyman is a front to fuel a bidding war between his former employer and the next private equity firm in his sights—an undertaking that should have all his attention, but Ivy makes him an offer he cannot refuse.
When Ivy Stewart imagined losing her virginity, she was at least a decade younger, a yes away from marriage, and her perfect man would make sweet, slow love to her. Waiting for that dream to unfold has kept her watching life from the sidelines. She’s done biding her time. It’s foolhardy to choose Marcus. He’s a man with secrets and an ugly past, but he’s honest about what their relationship will be, charming and…he’s very good with his hands.
Since Marcus took Ivy into his bed, he’s lived a lie. He could be the man she needs. He isn’t a workaholic and he doesn’t really have a heart of stone. But it’s only a matter of time before Ivy finds out the truth, and once again he’s nothing but a Scottish bastard.

Excerpt ~

Surprised at the abrupt end to their conversation, he raised a brow. “I’m dismissed?”
She shifted, not looking at him. “What more is there?”
Touching her, kissing her, fucking her. “Lie or the truth?”
“Truth.” She didn’t even hesitate.
He cupped her cheek and then ran his thumb over her delicate chin. Her lids lowered. Aye. More of that. He wanted to jolt her, make her blush. It’s why he’d decided to flirt with her explicitly. Marcus wanted to see how she’d react and she hadn’t missed a step.
Fuck me.
“If you’d let me, I’d show you a world of pleasure. Teach you all the ways you like to be touched.”
The sound of her gasp tightened his insides. He dragged his thumb down, over the slender column of her neck, her collar bone and stopped at the rise of her breasts. She didn’t try to break the gentle contact.
“I wouldn’t just take your virginity. I’d do every filthy thing my imagination offered.” He drew a lazy sweeping circle over the swell of her breasts. “I’d make sure to ruin you for any other man. Makes me a dobber. I should feel bad about it.”
Her nipples pressed against her dress. He scraped his nails over one and watched her gaze darken. “So you’re right to be wary.”
“Marcus.” The condemnation got tangled up with her moan. She arched her back. Her body pleaded with him to do more. So much more.
He balled his hand to keep from sliding his fingers down her torso, and up her skirt to confirm just how wet his words had made her. “If left up to me, I won’t make the right or kind decision. You’ve waited this long. You should have someone who will make your first time matter. You’ll like everything I’d do to you, but there won’t be romance. The choice is yours, lass.”
Her breathing was unsteady. “I’m wondering if this is what the serpent said to Eve.”
“And you’ve already taken a bite of me.”

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Excerpt Monday ~ A heart Not Easily Broken by M.J. Kane

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Blurb ~

Ebony is a smart, sexy, career-oriented black woman who wants nothing more than a summer fling with a man who challenges her mind and body. What she doesn’t expect is a blond haired, blue-eyed bass player—who won’t take “no” for an answer—to accept the challenge.

When Ebony’s attempt at a brief fling turns into more, despite negative reactions from friends and family, she finds juggling love, family, and career are nothing compared to the ultimate betrayal she endures. Now her dreams spiral into lies and secrets that threaten her future and her best friend’s trust.

Excerpt ~

The song ended, and I opened my eyes to cheer with the rest of the crowd. I was noticed all right. Various men in my immediate vicinity threw out catcalls and whistles, which were flattering, but the drummer paid me no attention. In fact, no one in the band seemed to notice me, except for one man.
One of the guitar players watched me intently. Astonished, I nearly stumbled in my heels. He was attractive but… he was white, not what I was aiming for. My lips tilted in a small smile before I moved out of his line of sight, placing myself in front of dancers who’d moved closer to the stage blocking my view of the drummer.
The next song played, and again, I tried to get lost in the music. My eyes closed, it was impossible to find my groove again without feeling stalked. The hair on the back of my neck stood up, drawing my attention down the length of the stage and to the guitar player, who once again, watched me with a predatory gleam in his eye. When the song ended, I worked my way back to the bar.
Neither Yasmine nor Kaitlyn were there. They must have gone to the bathroom.
“What can I get you, miss?” the bartender asked, interrupting my thoughts.
Music from the loud speakers blasted again, after the MC announced the band was taking a brief intermission.
“Margarita, extra shot of tequila, please.” The bartender nodded and went to fill my order.
“Did you get a load of the blond guitar player? He’s hot!”
My attention turned to a busty brunette who’d taken up temporary residence in the empty seat next to me. I recognized her as being one of the women who’d been dancing next to me. She adjusted her boobs, primping while talking to her friend.
“He doesn’t know it yet, but I’m going home with him tonight,” she continued. Her friend giggled.
Good luck. She had a better chance than I did of finding a man tonight.
“Here you go.” The bartender placed a napkin in front of me with my drink.
“I’ve got this,” a deep voice said close to my ear, making me jump. It was incredibly sexy despite the fact it scared me. It also sent a warm tingle down my spine. Intrigued, I turned and found myself face-to-face with the guitar player. The same one my barstool neighbor wanted to go home with.
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Fridays Featured Cover Art – Christmas Claiming by Shara Azod

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Blurb ~

Christmas Claiming by Shara Azod – Romance>Interracial

Ronin was a heterosexual wolf, but he was a modern one. He had no qualms about the way anyone else lived their lives. So when his pansexual second, Alphonse, bet him he couldn’t survive a night on the town, he took that bet. Nothing Alphonse threw at him could get him to run away with his tail between his legs. Especially not when losing the bet meant settling for mating with anyone other than his destined mate.

But he really was heterosexual.

And the drag queen on stage didn’t smell anything like a man.

And those curves could only belong to a woman…

Right?

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Except Monday – A Mom for Christmas by Marteeka Karland

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Blurb ~ Sebastian Taylor isn’t looking for a mother for his girls, but playing the role of both parents isn’t something he ever thought he’d have to do. Unfortunately, his wife left him no choice, disappearing before serving him with divorce papers last year on Christmas Day.

He’s known Sadira Duncan since she first started teaching at the school. Coaching the cheerleading squad and gymnastics team put her directly in the path of his girls, setting her up become the mother figure they’d lost even before Dedra Taylor had skipped town.

Now, Sebastian aches for the beautiful, dark-skinned woman he’s tried so hard not to notice. She’s everything he’s ever wanted in a wife, and his daughters love and respect her. Not only that, but she tempts him more than any woman ever has. But when his ex-wife returns, will his life come crashing down once again? Will his daughters have a second Christmas ruined? Or will they get A Mother for Christma.

Excerpt ~

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Fridays Featured Cover Art – Curvaceous by Marilyn Lee

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Blurb ~ 

After years of pretending friendship was all she wanted, Cherica gets a special Christmas present, a long night of ecstasy with Jayson Calihan. The magic of the previous night evaporates when Jayson informs her he wants still wants to be friends—this time with benefits. Cherica, who wants so much more, has to decide if she’ll ring in the New Year as Jayson’s woman or as his former friend.

Publisher’s note: Cherica and Jayson also appeared in Full Bodied Charmer.

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Excerpt -It’s Christmas, Cupid by Drea Riley

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Blurb,

It’s Christmas, Cupid! (The Naughty Klaus Collection) by Drea Riley – Romance>African-American

With Nick and Jessica cooling their heels in Key West, the Klaus children are tasked with running Christmas. Nothing but shenanigans could come from this arrangement. Or murder if Jaq has to spend winter babysitting the son of Cupid.

Amur knew Jaq would rather kill him than speak to him. And he’d stand still and let her do it, but he’d prefer it to be as the French say ,“la petite mort.”

He’d be willingly die a thousand times as long as it was between her thighs

Excerpt,

“You are so beautiful when you smile like that.”

His deep voice washed over her. She hadn’t seen him approach her car, let alone noticed that he’d opened the back door and was tossing his bag in.

“Amur, you startled me!”

Jaq twisted around and meet his blue gaze. She was all prepared to blast him with chilly indifference, but once her eyes locked on to his, she was lost. His broad shoulders filled the back of her SUV, making it feel more like a compact economy car than a large off-road capable truck.

“Breathe,” he whispered.

Jaq blinked several times before taking a breath. Until he spoke, she hadn’t realized she wasn’t breathing. She felt her face flush, and immediately spun away from his eyes. What the hell was that
about?

“Hurry up and get in,” she groused, barely waiting until he folded his large frame into the front seat before pulling away from the curb.

***

Amur bit the inside of his cheek as he hurriedly closed the door to the SUV before it could become a casualty of its owner’s ire. He cast a sidelong glance at Jaq and had to bite down harder to keep from laughing outright.

She was trying so hard to steel her features and pretend he wasn’t in the car as she navigated through the airport traffic while fiddling with the radio—turning the volume up way past a tolerable listening level.

He wondered how many ways she’d curse him if he suggested they stop and get something to eat.

Leaning his head back against the seat, he settled in for the long drive. He knew if he spoke to her now, he’d just irritate her more, and that wasn’t going to be conducive to his plans.

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Fridays Featured Cover Art – Is This Love by Bridget Midway

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Blurb ~

Rocco Silva has zero interest in getting in front of the camera again. After being eliminated, not once, but twice when he competed on “Slave to Love,” a reality TV show where a submissive looks for a Dominant, he’s become the laughing stock in his BDSM and professional communities. He pours his full concentration on his work as the owner of a garbage company until a sexy woman walks into his life.

Gia Curtiss is tired of her work as a staff photographer in a discount store. After earning her filmmaking degree, she wants to put her education to use by doing a documentary. After a friend tells her of an opportunity to work as a production assistant for Ananda Morton, the producer of “Slave to Love,” Gia decides to see the woman about a different proposition. She pitches the idea of doing a documentary on the twice-rejected contestant from her show. Ananda doesn’t think the man will do it and challenges Gia to get him to agree. If he does, Ananda will hire her as a director.

Gia thinks she has it made until she runs into opposition with Rocco. He has no interest in making a fool of himself again unless Gia agrees to go on camera with him, allowing him to play with her.

When Gia gets caught up with playing with Rocco, it’s hard for her to discern what’s real and what’s just for show. Can she figure out her feelings before filming ends? Will he allow himself to be vulnerable for this special woman?

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Fridays Featured Cover Art – Because You Are Mine by Lena Hart

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Original publication May 2013. Re-released under different publisher with new cover and new epilogue.

Blurb ~

Broken bonds…
Growing up, Cara Sinclair and Drake Ross shared an undeniable bond… until they found themselves in a fight for their lives. Drake soon learns that betrayal cuts deep, and the connection he and Cara once shared is irrevocably shattered.

Betrayal…
Twelve years later, fate conspires to bring them back together. Drake has been hired as the new Finance Director for a prominent consulting firm–and as Cara’s new boss. Yet while they struggle with their reawakened desires and unforgotten passions, Drake is left more uncertain of the past that tore them apart.

An impenetrable love…
But the love that binds them proves impenetrable. And when light is finally shed on the secrets that haunt them, Cara and Drake soon discover that danger still lurks… and betrayal cuts deeper than they could have ever imagined.

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Fridays Featured Cover Art – Hold On Pain Ends by Shyla Colt

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Blurb ~
When Hospice Nurse, Birdie Larkin loses two of her favorite patients back to back, she decides to take a leave of absence and spend summer with her sister in New Mexico. The only thing on her mind is relaxation, reconnection with her family, and healing. Fate has other plans. From the minute, she meets Clue, a connection forms. Undeniable, all consuming and complicated, their bond lands her neck deep in his struggle to deal with his mother’s failing health. To have the future she once dreamed of, she must face the ghosts of her past and have the courage to move toward the future.
“Clue “Nigel Gibson is drowning. Caring for his cancer-stricken mother, dealing with grief, and handling Dueling Devil’s MC business has stretched him to the breaking point. When his mother opts to end her Chemo treatment, he’s thrust into a world of darkness, anger, and confusion. Then Birdie appears bringing hope, clarity, and a chance at love. The innocent girl sparks emotions inside him, he’s never experienced. Determined to claim her, he sets out to show her how a real man treats his woman.
If they can both hold on through the tough times, they’ll find that pain does end.

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