Saturday, September 19, 2015

A Different Side (University Park #4) by C.M. Doporto

A Different Side (University Park #4)
Release Date: 09/14/15
New Adult
(only $2.99)

Summary from Goodreads:

The highly anticipated story from the University Park Series.

Park Hill University’s star quarterback, Raven Davenport, has every woman dying to get caught in his trap, but he’s only interested in catching one girl – Lexi Thompson. But will he learn how to deal with his inner demons or will they continue to control him to the point of destroying what he loves most? Hear Raven and Lexy's story from a different side.

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About the Author

CM Doporto lives in the great state of Texas with her husband and son enjoying life with their extensive family along with their Chihuahua, Mexican Redhead Parrot, and several fish.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Arlington. She briefly worked in the area of Public Relations and Advertising and then pursued a career in the field of Human Resources. CM considers herself a life-long learner and returned to school and earned her Master of Art’s Degree in Organizational Development from Dallas Baptist University.

She writes Young Adult and New Adult Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy stories about ordinary women who do extraordinary things, become a heroine, and find love along the way.

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Cutlass by Ashley Nixon

Cutlass by Ashley Nixon  
(Cutlass Series #1)  
Publication date: April 23rd 2014 
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult 

Synopsis ~

Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge  against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancĂ©  seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it. 
Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancĂ© to a powerful man.  Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her  overboard. 

But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find  the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren  sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin  and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it  caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his  strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the  girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s  quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient. 

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Excerpt ~

Barren gazed at the crowd, sifting through the faces. While he wasn’t sure who he was looking for, he could only imagine what sort of wife William would need. A woman who was slight and meek, someone who didn’t like to stand out in the crowd, or speak up—obviously—or she would not have agreed to marry William. Then again, perhaps Barren was not giving this mystery woman enough credit. Perhaps she saw William as a way out of a situation. Either way, he felt sorry for her.
Barren heard Leaf chuckle and he looked at the Elf. “I think you have no idea who you are dealing with.”
Leaf pointed toward a circle of people. Barren’s eyes shifted there, and his breath caught. What he had expected was a fragile girl—someone slight, doll-like, and silent. This girl was not so. The first thing he took in was her strength. It radiated from her like warmth from a hearth. She stood straight with her shoulders back, an observing eye upon everyone. Then he drank in the features composing her beauty. Almond-shaped eyes gleamed with emerald irises that shone like sun on the green sea. Her smile, while charming and beautiful, had something mischievous about it. She had high cheekbones, blushed with pink and long, dark curls decorated with white flowers falling down her back and over her shoulders. Her dress, crimson in color, was unlike the others, hugging her hourglass figure like it was made on her. Barren could not have thought up a more beautiful girl, and no one around her compared.
A smug smirk crossed Leaf’s thin lips.
“What am I supposed to do with her ?” asked Barren. His thoughts were all muddled. He had forgotten why he was here, or how he had intended to attract this girl’s attention. Could he even do that?
Leaf laughed. “Oh, you silly boy, we won’t make it out of this one alive, will we?”
Barren glared at the Elf. “Don’t tell me you expected her! How could she ever agree to marry my brother?”
Leaf shrugged, still smirking. “Ask her.”

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 In the Series ~

Flintlock (Cutlass Series Book 2)

* Today Cutlass will be FREE and Flintlock (book 2) will be 0.99c 

Author Interview ~

Where did you get the idea of the Cutlass Trilogy?

This is a hard question, only because the Cutlass Trilogy has been with me
for so long. I began writing it as a Freshman in High School. I actually think
I thought it would be a cool play for my drama class, but I just kept writing.

As I changed, the story took on various forms until I settled on the one you
are reading now. I might be able to satisfy this question a little better by
also saying that I approached the rewrite with a focus on the characters. I
wanted to see how I could make readers empathize with Barren, and I
wanted to ensure that Larkin was a strong female character. I knew
approaching a pirate series, I couldn’t have a pirate who was really a
‘saint.’. To me, that wasn’t realistic. So Barren had to have baggage.

I suppose that’s where Larkin comes in—she was the saint, but even she
learns that not everything is as it seems. And not everything is black and
white. There are always two sides to every story, and people on both sides
that believe they are fighting for what’s most right.

What made you want to write about Barren and Larkin?

I love the dynamic of Barren and Larkin. They are both really strong
characters. Together they are passionate and proud. They have very strong
belief systems, they don’t like to be wrong, and they are very loyal. They also surprise me.

Barren is my troubled soul. I think it was hard to know he was so young and
that he had killed, but I also think that’s just the reality of the life he leads.
But Barren isn’t happy about it, and he’s not happy with himself. He
struggles with his decisions—they are irrational, though really, he does
seem to be motivated by goodness (goodness from his perspective). I think
he’s desperate to feel like he has an identity. While he wants to be like his
father, he’s also seeking that thing he’s going to be best at.

Larkin is like me—she is very truthful and open, and she hates this idea that
people would consider her an object. She wants to prove herself so badly,
and she has to learn how to do that, just as I have. I wanted her to be a
feminist, and someone you had to listen to because she doesn’t sit aside andlet you speak over her, or share your ideas without hearing hers. She makes
mistakes, but she’s learning and she is spectacular.

What is Cutlass about?

CUTLASS is about a pirate who wants revenge after his father is murdered
by his brother, but he gets pushed into searching the Orient for a thing
called the bloodstone and things just get crazy.

What is Flintlock about?

Flintlock is what I like to refer to as the past coming back to haunt
everyone. No one is untouched at the end of this novel. We get more
involved with everyone on a deeper and more emotional level.

How did you come up with character names?

My characters tell me their names. It can take a long time. Barren is the best
example. He was a lot of names before he agreed that Barren was his name.
I came by the name Barren from history class. I’d learned about the Red
Baron, a German fighter pilot in WWI. I liked the name, changed the
spelling, and there you have it. Reed was always going to be his last name.
Larkin’s name I happened upon while searching for possible names. I
wanted something that was pretty, but also strong. The website I found her
name on said it was masculine, but I couldn’t let it go, and neither could
she. Lee was always going to be her last name. Leaf got his name from Leif
Erikson, the Norse explorer who is considered to have come to America
before Christopher Columbus. His last name, Tinavin, was just words I
randomly strung together on a piece of paper.

Do you keep a notebook by you at all times just in case an idea comes to mind?

I have several journals I keep with me. I used to write stuff on loose pieces
of paper. This is a bad idea. Don’t do it.
What is your new series, Nacoma Knight, about?Nacoma
Knight is a series about souls. There are no angels or demons in
this book because there just aren’t. Basically, there’s the good guys
(Shadow Knights) and there’s the bad guys (Cercatore). The Shadow
Knights fight to protect humans from having their souls taken. A girl named
Anora Silby gets pulled into the middle after losing her mother. So, it’s a
story of grief and a story of empowerment.

How would you describe your writing style?

It is haphazard. It’s a combination of outlining and just writing random
dialogue. I feel I am best at dialogue, so once I have a set of words I want
someone to say, I add scenes to it. Sometimes, however, I know exactly how
I want a scene to go—I can see it like a movie in my head—and I write that.
There are several large scenes in Flintlock I knew had to be in the book that
I wrote months and month (some are years) ago.

What made you want to become a writer?

I think I’d always been inclined to write. When I was younger, I would pull
out sheets of paper and practice my handwriting. I did this because I knew I
wanted to write, but I just wasn’t sure where to start. After I read the Lord
of the Rings, I knew I wanted to write fantasy. I loved the idea of creating a
new world, and I loved that I had control over anything that happened there.
I know that reading and writing changed my life, and I know that I want to
change lives with my books.

Describe Barren in three words:

Loyal. Headstrong. Passionate.

Describe Larkin in three words:

Kickass. Headstrong. Brave.

Who are your favorite authors?

J.R.R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, and Jane Austen.

About the Author ~

Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren't used as much as she'd like. When she's not writing, she's hard at work on her Master's degree in Library Science and Information Technology, working out, or pretending she's Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she's loved everything Fantasy--resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the 'geek' tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go. 

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Fractured Suns by Theresa Kay

Fractured Suns by Theresa Kay  
(Broken Skies #2)  
Publication date: September 18th 2015  
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult 

Synopsis ~

We came in peace. Lie. 
We had no role in the Collapse. Lie. 
I have always been honest. Lie. 
I never lied to her. Truth. 
Reunited with her brother, and surrounded by Flint, Peter and her  new-found grandfather, Jax Mitchell has still never felt more alone. The  choice to follow Rym back to the city to find answers and see Lir is an  easy one, but their reunion is cut short and Jax is forced to leave Lir  behind. She finds herself traveling with some unexpected companions and  heading back toward a place she’d hoped to never see again. 
After being imprisoned—and tortured—on the orders of his uncle, Lir  hasn’t seen daylight or linked to anyone in weeks. After a lifetime of  connection, the pain and loneliness is almost too much to bear. Elated  that Jax actually came, Lir finds renewed hope and strength to continue  fighting his uncle’s influence over the E’rikon, even when things look  hopeless and Lir’s been branded a traitor by the very people he’s trying  to save. 
While Jax and Lir fight separate battles, their missions have more in  common than they realize. It’s a race against time to stop men driven  only by greed and power. But the people they trust the most might be the  very people working against them—and “family” doesn’t mean what it used  to. Will they recognize their friends from their enemies in time to  save the people they love or will they lose each other in the process?

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Excerpt ~

This again? “I don’t need his protection!” I yell.
Flint slams his fist on the table and stands up. “Dammit, Jax! Do you think I want to stay behind? You want to protect Jace and he wants to protect you.” He throws his arms up. “And I’m always the one caught in the middle. I’m sick of it!” He storms down the hallway and a door slams.
Jace closes his eyes and lets out a long breath before slowly rising and limping down the hall after Flint, the makeshift stabilizing boot on his lower leg thumping with each step. Thankfully, he inherited some of the E’rikon’s accelerated healing, otherwise he’d still be on crutches. The door opens and closes, more softly this time, and I can hear the quiet hum of their voices.
I hate fighting with my brother—Flint, too. But it seems like the three of us are constantly at each other’s throats. Flint’s right. We always put him in the middle and he doesn’t deserve that. But what am I supposed to do? I pinch the bridge of my nose between two fingers and collapse into the chair next to Peter.
“What do you think about all this?” I ask. The second the question leaves my mouth, I flinch. I should know better by now than to ask Peter such an open-ended question.
“This whole thing is beyond me,” Peter replies. “I know you had a bad experience with Lenny, and I don’t believe he’s a good guy, but I don’t know that he’s entirely bad. And Stu? He’s barely older than you. They’re all just trying to stay alive. That’s all everyone’s doing these days. But it’s not enough for one to simply survive. There needs to be hope… and love.” He shakes his head. “No one quite understands how very important love is nowadays. Love for both yourself and others. Without love… we’d all be savages. That goes for romantic love, too. Those boys, even with so much working against them, managed to find each other, and this whole survival business is tearing them both apart, but—”
“So you’re saying all their problems are my fault?”
“No, no, no, not at all, my dear. It’s just that everyone’s under so much stress and my cabin’s not that large. Though, back when I first built it, there was plenty of space for little old me. Did I ever tell you about how I built it?” He coughs. “But that’s not my point here. You and Jace arguing doesn’t help anything. And Flint, he’s like another brother to you, yes? Both of you—all three of you—are so wrapped up in protecting the others that not one of you has bothered to believe in each other, to trust in the love you have for each other. Isn’t that partly how this situation began? Jace trying to protect you, trying to do what he thought was best? That’s exactly what you’re trying to do for him now. Things are uncertain in this world—no one knows that better than you—but if you don’t have at least some faith, then you have nothing. So trust that Jace will protect himself and come back to you unharmed. You can’t possibly believe it’s his desire to die or be taken. And he should have a little faith in your ability to protect yourself and let that poor suffering boy go with us like he so obviously wants to. After all, you are capable of taking care of yourself, yes?”
I nod slowly.
“Then you should trust that Jace can do the same. I see no problem with the two young men and I going on a short trading trip, one that we will return from unharmed and with enough supplies to carry us through the winter.”

Author Interview ~

What 5 things should readers know about you?
1- I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was very young, but never had the nerve to actually try publishing anything until I got my first Kindle and started chatting with indie authors.
2- I’m much more comfortable talking about books than almost anything else, especially if the conversation is about books other than ones I wrote. I read almost every genre and I’m great at book recommendations.
3- I’m an introvert and pretty shy. Plus, I'm awful at making small talk with people I don't know, so if you ever meet me in person and I don’t say much, that’s why.
4- I’m a total geeky fangirl who uses words like “ship” and “OTP” in real life conversation. Once I’m introduced to a new fandom I binge watch/read everything I can get my hands on in that world.
5- I’m awful with visual creativity. I can’t draw or sculpt or even pick out paint colors for my house. Unless we’re talking stick figures, I can only make pretty pictures with words.
Earliest literary influence? 
I think the first author I read who I think has an influence on my work now is Stephen King. I started reading his books when I was eleven. It probably explains why most of my work has darker elements to it and why, and, in my writing group, I’m known as the one who is meanest to her characters.
When and why did you begin writing?
 It started out in second grade when we had to write a story. I ended up with a six-page story (wideruled notebook paper, front and back) and most of the others in my class had only a couple paragraphs.
How did you come up with the title for Fractured Suns ? 
I wanted the titles within the series to go together well, so all the titles in the Broken Skies series reflect the progression of Jax’s perception of herself: Broken, fractured, and then shattered.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
 The Broken Skies series has strong themes of redemption, forgiveness, and believing in yourself. I think it’s important for the readers to grasp that, although Jax thinks she’s broken and almost everyone tends to treat her that way, she’s actually one of the strongest characters in the series because of how she has gradually begun to overcome her past and move forward despite the many setbacks she faces.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in Fractured Suns ?
 There’s one thing I’d like to change about Fractured Suns (and that other people would LOVE for me to change), but it’s not something that I actually would change. That particular event is a key turning point for Jax and it absolutely had to happen. I know. It sucks. I really am sorry for that chapter. If you’d like to chat with some people who suffered those same feels, you can join the Facebook discussion group .
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
 For the Broken Skies series, the names are pretty important especially the E’rikon ones since their name have specific significance. The E’rikon are all named with the same prefix as their father and often go by nicknames that exclude that prefix (i.e. Stellan, Steliro “Lir”, and Stella). Rym’s full name is actually Virym since he is the son of Vitrad. This custom is one of the reasons Jastren is so insistent on calling Jax by her full name even though the prefix is from her mother. The prefixes are also important within the E’rikon hierarchy as the “higher ups” have personal guards who are designated as such by adding the prefix of the person they serve to the E’rikon word (loosely translated) for solider, askari . Members of Vitrad’s personal guard are called the Vi’askari.
 (This is totally random “behind the scenes” author stuff that has no relevance to the plot, but if you pay really close attention in Fractured Suns, you’ll pick up on an interesting relationship based on the connection between two names)
 That said, I used a random name generator to come up with Steliro. It wasn’t until Broken Skies was nearly complete that I came up with the E’rikon naming convention.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. 
This one’s a no brainer for me: The Rebel Writers . They’re not only my writing group, they’re some of my very best friends and I couldn’t have done any of this without them.
What does your writing process look like? 
I'm a pantster, so I don't outline. I typically start out with an idea for a character and form the story around them. Before I start writing, I have a general idea of where the story will end up and a few of the steps along the way and I just go from there. 

Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy? 
Dialogue. Half of the time I want to tell my characters to be quiet and just do something. When I was writing the last scene in Fractured Suns, I was messaging with my crit partner and I said something along the lines of : I just want them to shut up and get on the ship and 400 words later... THEY’RE STILL TALKING!
What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
 Marketing, no question about it. I’m an awful salesperson.
What advice can you give aspiring authors? 
The one thing that really helped motivate me and get me writing was giving myself permission to write garbage. Basically that means putting away my expectations, telling my inner editor to hush, and just writing-- even if it's no good at the time. I think one of the things most writers need to keep in mind is that you can't edit what isn't written. Tell the story first and then worry about going back and fixing the holes. You'll be surprised at the things that will flow onto the page when you stop expecting perfection and just let yourself write.
Do you have a favorite conference to attend? What is it? 
Utopia (formerly UtopYA). UtopYA 2014 was my very first writing conference and my first chance to meet some of the other Rebel Writers in person. In 2015, all the Rebels came along with some of our superfans and we’re really looking forward to attending next year as well.
Full-time writer or do you have a day job?
Day job. I’m a paralegal at a divorce firm. It can be quite interesting at times.
What’s your favorite dinosaur?
Velociraptor. Jurassic Park was one of my absolute favorite books as a kid. I probably read it at least twenty times.
If you could have any accent from anywhere in the world, which would you choose?
 British. I’m a bit of an anglophile thanks to BBC and Doctor Who . In fact, most of my works have some sort of Doctor Who easter egg.
Do you go out of your way to kill bugs? Are there any that make you screech and hide? 
As long as the bug isn’t on me, they don’t really bother me. Case in point: I took this pic of an awesome looking spider hanging out on my mailbox. I might not check the mail for a while, but I’m not going to go out of my way to get rid of him.
Do you have any tattoos? 
I have a blue butterfly on my shoulder that I got on my eighteenth birthday and a Broken Skies /book themed one on the back of my neck that I got this past summer (you can’t see it in the picture, but under the open book is the phrase “Not wind. Words” which is from a scene in Broken Skies ).
How can readers find you? 
They can contact me through my website, , and I can also be found in the wilds of the internet on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram.

Meet The Author ~

The only person she knows who had a subscription to Writer's Digest at eleven and was always excited to write research papers, Theresa has been putting words to paper since a young age. Living in the mountains of central Virginia with her husband and two kids, she works as a paralegal by day, binges on Netflix at night and finds bits of time in between reading almost everything she can get her hands on and laundry to craft stories that tend to feature broken characters in sci-fi or paranormal worlds, with a touch of romance thrown in for good measure. 

She's constantly lost in one fictional universe or another and is a self-proclaimed "fangirl" who loves being sucked in to new books or TV shows. Theresa originally wanted to write horror novels as an ode to her childhood passion for Stephen King novels, but between her internal Muse's ramblings and the constant praise for her sci-fi pieces from her writer's group - The Rebel Writers - she knew she should stick with what was working. 

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The Lost by Cole McCade

The Lost by Cole McCade

Date of Publication: August 25, 2015


She's known it her whole life. She knows it every time she spreads her legs. Every time she begs for the pain, the pleasure, the heat of a hard man driving deep inside. She's a slave to her own twisted lusts--and it's eating her alive. She loves it. She craves it. Sex is her drug, and she's always chasing her next fix. But nothing can satisfy heraddiction, not even the nameless men she uses and tosses aside. No one's ever given her what she trulyneeds.
Until Gabriel Hart.
Cold. Controlled. Impenetrable. Ex-Marine Gabriel Hart isn't the kind of man to come running when Leigh crooks her pretty little finger. She loathes him. She hungers for him. He's the only one who understands how broken she is, and just what it takes to satisfy the emptiness inside. But Gabriel won't settle for just one night. He wants to claim her, keep her, make her forever his. Together they are the lost, the ruined, the darkness at the heart of Crow City.
But Leigh has a darkness of her own. A predator stalking through her past--one she'll do anything to escape.
Even if it means running from the one man who could love her...and leaving behind something more precious to her than life itself.

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About Cole McCade

Corporate consultant by day, contemporary romance author by night.
Mid-thirties. Coffee addict. Cat lover. Bibliophile. Technophile. Definite sapiophile. Native Southerner. Runner. Country boy turned city suit. Shameless collector of guitar picks, vinyl records, and incense holders. Aficionado of late-night conversations over live music in seedy bars. Browncoat with a secret crush on Kaylee Frye.
Fascinated by human sociology, and particularly by the psychology of sex and gender – and theireffect on relationship expectations, the culture of dating, and what it means to fall in love.
Non-smoker. The picture's just a stock photo. A rather broody, dark one for someone who isn't all that broody or dark, but sometimes forgets to smile even when he means to.

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Flirting with Sin by Naima Simone

Flirting with Sin
by Naima Simone
Series: Noble Pass Affaire
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Misty Dietz Book Covers
Release Date: September 15, 2015

Ari Sincero is running away.

Running from the grueling touring schedule, the recording label's demands for more music, the constant pressure of being the lead singer of one of the world’s most famous rock band. Hell, he needs a vacation. Maybe then he can breathe, possibly write his first song in three years, and oh yes, drink himself into an oblivion so he can forget the guilt relentlessly dogging him.

The best laid plans…

Blackmailed by her evil twin into a vacation she doesn’t want, loan officer Neveah Morgan arrives at the hotel in Noble Pass, Colorado, questioning her career and horrible choices in men—and ends up playing roomie with a rock star. With his sexy tattoos, body that won’t quit and eyes full of secrets and pain, Ari practically flashes Caution: Danger Ahead. Falling into the bed of a rock star is crazy. Falling for him is even crazier. Especially when he’s in love with a ghost and intends to return to his world of rock 'n roll and meaningless sex—a world she doesn’t fit in.

Maybe what happens in the mountains should stay in the mountains. Unless it means losing the love of a lifetime…

     “Here we go.” The concierge swung the door to the hotel suite open and Neveah rolled her eyes. Jesus Christ, he was so damn happy he practically chirped.
     She followed him in and halted just inside the luxuriously appointed suite. Shock and pleasure rooted her feet to the floor, the same as it had outside the resort and in the lobby. Was there anything about this place not screaming history, wealth and beauty? In the common area of the room, two large, high-back arm chairs and a wide, long sofa gathered around a huge fireplace and mounted flat-screen television big enough to satisfy the manliest of man caves. An oak dining room table flanked by matching chairs decorated the other side of the open floor plan, while a surprisingly roomy kitchen occupied the farthest end of the room. A quartet of floor-to-ceiling windows granted a breath-stealing view of Lake Noble, mountains and the small village of Noble Pass in the distance. Gorgeous, she breathed. Just gorgeous.
     “Here’s your living and dining room combination. Of course, you have full access to the main dining room with all of your meals covered by the hotel. But, just in case you decide to eat in, you have a fully appointed kitchen. You have a tower suite, so there are two balconies. That door there,” he pointed to a door she’d mistaken for a window, “leads to one, and there’s another in the second bedroom.” He waved a hand toward the closed door on the left side of the suite.
     The closed door slowly creaked open, revealing the man she would be roomies with for the next seven days.
     The rest of the concierge’s spiel fell on deaf ears. She couldn’t catch anything beyond the dull roar reverberating in her head like noise in an empty, vast cave.
     Lots of them.
     They swirled in vivid tones of red, blue, purple and black from his wrists, up muscular arms to disappear under a dark, vintage AC/DC T-shirt. More stark lines crept from under his collar and up the strong column of his neck. Most people would’ve probably called his skin “olive,” but that would’ve been a misnomer. It was golden. As if God Himself had trapped liquid sunshine in His hand and created this man out of it.
     Tearing her gaze from the strange allure of his throat, she dragged her study down his wide shoulders to his narrow hips and long legs encased in loose denim. He was tall, lean but with a whipcord power not unlike a very large predator.
     Sleek, beautiful, controlled…dangerous.
     She retraced her visual journey, eager to glimpse the face accompanying this body and rivaling the view outside the bank of windows. Jesus, he managed to pilfer her breath just standing there fully clothed. Naked, he would send a woman into a lust-induced cardiac arrest.
     Now there was one for the medical journals…
     Oh. Shit.
     A sinful, carnal mouth was emphasized by a dusting of dark-brown facial hair above his top lip and along his chin and jaw…and the small, black hoop piercing one corner of his slightly plumper bottom lip.
     A black baseball cap shielded his eyes, but she didn’t need to see them to know they would be a startling shade of gold and green, exotic, unique. No, she didn’t need to see them because the mouth was enough.
     She could never mistake it. Hell, she’d stared at and fantasized about those sensual curves since she was eighteen.
     “Hello, Mr. Riley.” The hotel employee beamed, wielding his perpetual cheeriness on the tatted, pierced, brooding newcomer like a sledge hammer. “You’re suite mate has arrived. I’d like you to meet Neveah Morgan.”
     Mr. Riley?
     Suite mate.
     Her heart pummeled her chest wall and the thunder in her ears grew louder, but for a different reason. Not nerves. But a very feminine fear and excitement.
     And confusion.
     Either the staff here was incredibly discreet or they didn’t get out much. Or watch television. Or listened to the radio.
     Because the last name of the man standing several feet away from her, shoulders squared, arms crossed and feet spread in a don’t-fuck-with-me stance wasn’t Riley. It was Sincero.
     She closed her eyes, ordered herself to breathe and not run screaming out the door and hotel and down the mountain like a lunatic. Hysterics wouldn’t serve to accomplish anything but a severe case of hypothermia. And with her return ticket home scheduled for next Monday—a week from now—and predicted snow possibly shutting down the mountain road, she was good and stuck.
     Thanks to her sister, it looked like she would be spending her vacation with a rock star.

The Noble Pass Affaire series includes five stand-alone books that can be read in any order. Each author picked a different month for their couple to stir up mayhem, fun and romance at a gorgeous mountain resort. So, pick a month, y'all, and get ready to FLIRT! - The Chick Swagger Chicks

by Misty Dietz (October)

by Josie Matthews (September)

by Jerrie Alexander (December)

by Kym Roberts (January)

Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey and Linda Howard many years ago. Though her first attempt at writing a romance novel at age 11 never saw the light of day, her love of romance and writing has endured. Now, she spends her time creating stories of unique men and women who experience the dizzying heights of passion and the tender heat of love.

She is wife to Superman—or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent—and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

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