Saturday, April 5, 2014

Double Release Day: The Doorman & City Solipism by Zack Love

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Alex seems to have it all: a great penthouse apartment, a lovely girlfriend, and a prestigious Wall Street job. But below the surface he is sure of nothing but his angst-ridden doubts. And when he realizes that his doorman may be God, or sent by God, he will question things like never before.
 
This novelette is a story of New York doormen, tormented love, empty office life, and the theological questions that arise in response to the horrors of evil.
 
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Have you ever been on a train, bus, metro/subway -- or any other shared space with strangers -- and started to wonder what that person right next to you is thinking? Did you ever start to think or hope that maybe your temporary neighbor was somehow sharing your thoughts and/or desires? Ever sensed some sort of romantic connection or sexual tension and wished you could get into the individual's head, to know for sure?
 
"City Solipsism" will take you on a journey into the mind of one commuter on a New York City subway car, riding next to and thinking about a person standing awkwardly close...The man and woman are total strangers but their proximity is almost intimate, as their hands share the same metal subway pole...
 
NOTE: Readers seeking the over-top-hilarity of "Sex in the Title" should know that "City Solipsism" is written in a very different style. Rather than a comedic series of misadventures in New York, this short story takes more of a philosophical and psychological walk through the mind of one New Yorker observing and speculating about another.
 
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Zack Love graduated from Harvard College, where he tried to create a bachelor’s degree in Women. With the bachelor portion of that degree in hand, he settled in New York City but – to afford renting his bed-sized studio – found himself flirting mostly with a computer screen and stacks of documents. Determined not to die a corporate drone, Zack decided to sacrifice sleep for screenwriting, an active social life, and Internet startups offering temporary billion-dollar fantasies.
 
To feed his steady diet of NYC nightlife, he regularly crashed VIP parties in the early 2000s and twice bumped into his burgeoning crush, a Hollywood starlet. But – much to Zack’s surprise – neither of those awkward conversations led to marriage with the A-list actress. Zack eventually consoled himself by imagining fiascoes far worse than those involving his celebrity crush. In the process, he dreamed up a motley gang of five men inspired by some of his college friends and quirky work colleagues.
 
And thus was born Sex in the Title. But the novel is not autobiographical: Zack never had his third leg attacked by any mammal (nor by any plant, for that matter). In fact, keeping his member safe has been one of Zack’s lifelong goals – and one of the few that he’s managed to accomplish.
 
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THE DOORMAN
During my first year at 777 Fifth Avenue, I came to realize that Lenny had never made a false prediction or failed to supply the correct answer to a question, no matter what the subject. He wasn't just a handyman who could fix a twitching toilet or stubborn sink; he could look at his watch while taking you down in the elevator and accurately estimate the number of minutes before a downpour would start or a cab would show up outside. He could tell you the corner where the scent of fresh lox and bagels mixed just right with the scent of the neighboring Laundromat; he knew the best place to buy your curtains or cut your hair or get your suits dry-cleaned; and he knew every phone number you needed, like the yellow pages on two short legs.
 
He was a pipe-smoking almanac, energetically rattling off any fact about the world. "Bhutan's current population? Let me see," he would say, looking up for a moment before launching into his usual light-speed speech, "2,047,453. But seven more were just born yesterday, so it's at 2,047,460 now." Of course, I couldn't verify such a preposterously precise claim, but he was always right about everything else, so I was inclined to believe him. He could tend to any wound or malady, as though he had perfectly mastered the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine, and his advice always seemed more effective than any doctor recommendation I obtained. And despite the swiftness of his incessant chatter, there wasn't a word he uttered without gentle passion and infectious enthusiasm.
 
And so he would engage you in some topic you never imagined could interest you for more than a polite minute - the history of vacuum cleaners, or the different flavors of ice cream in China, or the intricate ways of the delicate blue ball turning third in line from the sun. The elevator ride would be over but you'd still be listening until someone else called the elevator or Lenny jokingly reminded you that you had originally entered the elevator with a look of great purpose. Mercifully enough, Lenny always kept it brief in the mornings, knowing that I had to be at work by 8:30 a.m.
 
At one point, I began to think that I had a divine doorman. Lenny was the most unlikely incarnation of God I could imagine, and yet I kept drifting irresistibly towards this absurd conclusion. Despite my staunchly atheistic inclinations, I couldn't explain Lenny any other way. But eventually I came to my senses and realized that he was just one of those game show freaks with an encyclopedic memory. That didn't make him God, did it? Would God proclaim so regularly how much he likes Patsy's Pizza?
 
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CITY SOLIPSISM: A SHORT STORY
The pages of my calendar flip by faster each year as the bewildering march of time presses forward through alarm clock blues, dinners at the office, and "free time" planned away - in the same way - month after month. As I stand on the same subway platform, waiting for the same local train, I think to myself how youth is marked by a breathtaking novelty that diminishes with each year of age – until life becomes a delusive struggle to break routines, escape the ordinary, and rediscover the joy of discovery.
 
"What does it take now - as a 'grown-up'- to make a month memorable?" I wonder. "How do you make treading the treadmill feel like trailblazing a trail? What would make this morning any more remarkable than any other morning?"
 
And then I notice someone who doesn't look quite so beleaguered by it all. She's a woman in her early-twenties with features that hail from either Italy or Spain - I can't be sure because it's been about six years since I played my guitar for coins across Europe (and even then, I wasn't great at differentiating Italians from Spaniards).
Summer sticks to her skirt sumptuously, in the shiny gray fabric hanging loosely from her curves.
 
Her chestnut eyes, apparently hidden from strangers; her simple but graceful face, unpainted by Madison Avenue; and her straight black hair, parted down the middle without ego, all suggest a minimalist - almost pastoral - beauty that is oddly discordant with her fashionable attire, comfortable indifference to the crowds, and quasi-attentive perusal of the Time magazine unfolded over her hand.
 
I don't know her name and I'm sure that I've never seen her before, but there is something familiar about her. She seems to have this schizophrenically interested or curious look that reminds me of the female shoppers I once observed in a busy Florentine marketplace. The young Italian women in that spice-filled outdoor market, buying their extra virgin olive oil and red ripe tomatoes, seemed flirtatious in their enjoyment of the young men eyeing them, yet guardedly guilt-ridden about any deviations from a properly Catholic day of shopping.
 
And here in our subway car, the way in which this bucolic belle's eyes occasionally seem undecided between the text of her magazine and the people standing around her makes me wonder how those Florentine shoppers would look if their daily routine were transformed from an outdoor Tuscan shopping spree to an indoor New York subway ride. Would they all look at the magazines in their hands more or less than this woman two feet away from me does?
 
At the risk of fetishizing an unsuspecting subway rider, I'm going to call her "Florence." The name of that city evokes in me so many magical memories that I'll call her "Florence" even though the vestiges of my origin-detection skills insist that her roots might actually be Spanish. Calling her "Madrid" just wouldn't sound as good, and admitting my uncertainty by calling her "Southern Europe" would sound even worse. So she'll be Florence for now.
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Cover Reveal: One To Protect by Tia Louise




Title: One to Protect (One to Hold)
Author: Tia Louise
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 21, 2014
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 Synopsis
WARNING: Recommended for adult readers (18+) only. Mature themes, strong language, and sexual content.

One scar.
One betrayal.
No escape.

When Melissa's ex-husband Sloan beats criminal charges, she stops believing he will ever pay for what he did to her. Derek Alexander can’t accept that--a tiny silver scar won't let him forget, and he is determined to get the man who hurt his fiancee.

Then a face from the past turns up dead.

After exhausting all legal options, Derek is ready to do whatever it takes to protect his family... until his partner Patrick devises a trap that changes everything.

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Meet The Author

Tia Louise is a former journalist, world-traveler, and collector of beautiful men (who inspire all of her stories... *wink*)--turned wife, mommy, and novelist.
She lives in the center of the U.S.A. with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations...It's possible she has a slight truffle addiction.
Books by Tia Louise:
ONE TO HOLD (Derek & Melissa), 2013
ONE TO KEEP (Patrick & Elaine), 2014



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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Keeping Secrets by Kiru Taye



Keeping Secrets
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Series: The Essien Trilogy, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Multicultural
Length: Full length novel
Release date: May 12, 2014

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Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction under the African skies.

The Essiens are the kings of African finance. A close-knit family, their father is the patriarch of a finance dynasty that ranges from retail to investment banking spanning the African continent. Yet all is not as it seems as the three brothers—Felix, Mark and Tony—soon discover when their family is rocked by secrets and scandals. Blood ties or not, family is family.

If you like your book boyfriends to be tall, dark and handsome billionaires, then say hello to the Essien brothers.



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Have you ever loved someone and didn’t even know it?

That’s the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding. He who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet he feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully.

Ebony can’t believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed but is now the adoring husband she’s always dreamt of. She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them.

However would he still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and their marriage is not what he thinks it is.

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About the author
A lover of books, as a teenager Kiru Taye used to read novels under the blanket during lights-outs in boarding school. These days, with a young family to take care of, she's still sacrificing sleep for the pleasures of a good book.
During the day though, she transforms her wildly vivid imagination into sensual, atmospheric romance stories with passionate characters.
When she’s not writing or reading, she'd hanging out with family and friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, she currently lives in the UK with husband and children.
You reach her via her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest
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Giveaway & Promo: Love Shots by Sidonia Rose



 
 
Title: Love Shots
Author: Sidonia Rose
Genre: New Adult
Date: April 4, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.  




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Kyle Pierce used to know what she wanted. At the top of her list was the perfect boyfriend. She found him in Lance Makin her senior year in high school. She was the head cheerleader and he was the new star quarterback. Even going to separate colleges was no problem for them. It was perfect until the weekend it all changed for Kyle.

She has new priorities that include her own education, making new friends and most importantly NO DATING! That is until Nicholas Richards moves into her world. He’s not taking no for an answer. He’s her friend and he wants her to date him. Kyle isn’t going to date Nick. She doesn’t mind hanging out or running errands. She tells him and everyone else they are friends.

Can they really be just friends?

Love Shots by Sidonia Rose

Library is the place that Kyle goes to as a sanctuary. She sometimes hides there when she wants
to avoid a situation she is unsure how to handle

Obscene entry is the best description of the first chapter.

Vigilant could describe Kyle’s brothers. Her brothers are over-protective of her and she doesn’t
know how to handle it. They have spent a lot of time watching over their little sister and don’t

Education is Kyle’s focus. She doesn’t focus on friends or dating. She focuses on school and

Shopping is what Kyle and Nick do through-out the book. Kyle does a lot of the shopping
for her housemates. She usually takes someone with her and it just so happens that Nick is

House is where Kyle and Nick live as housemates.

Obsession best describes Kyle’s choice of not dating. She made that choice and is sticking to

To-do list is what Kyle uses to keep herself organized. She makes a lot of lists.

Stubborn is good description for a lot of people including Kyle. She is stubborn and even
spends a lot of time getting in her own way. She also believes things should be a certain way
and fails to recognize changes. Nick has his own style of stubborn.


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Sidonia Rose lives in suburban Maryland with her family. Sidonia has a long love affair with books. She started early by memorizing her Dr. Seuss books read to her, so she could read them to her parents instead. She is often found with a book in her hands or a couple of books so she can lend to a friend. You can often spot her by her toe shoes. After a long career homeschooling she continued onward to pursue her love of books by writing her own books. Love Shots is her first novel released in 2014.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Promo: Rockalicious (Stud #1) by Alexandra V

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Title: Rockalicious (Stud #1)
Genre: Fiction/Adult/Erotica/Short stories
Release Date: 14/02/14
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Meet Jackson "Jax" Harding, lead singer of the rock band Dirty Louisiana. A wickedly good-looking playboy with a mischievous smile, a body that screams I’m-going-to-take-you-hard-against-the-closest-wall and stunning blue eyes that make you think that he can see right into your soul and impregnate it. He’s the kind of bad boy your mother has warned you about. Obviously, the type that you fall for anyway.
Women throw themselves at his feet and what kind of man would he be if he didn’t treat them to a good time or two? Relationships are perfectly okay as long as they are short-termed and there’s no label put on them. All he needs is someone to share his popcorn with, keep his feet warm at night and change body fluids with in every wicked way he can think of.

 Meet the first trio of the Rockstar Stud’s Harem: Amy, Hayley and Alex. What can you expect when Jax meets women who aren’t the easy groupie type but whose panties fall off all by themselves anyway by the sight of the sex-on-a-very-honorable-sized-stick rock god? A little bit of wit, kink and smartassery. A hell of a lot lust, desire and passion.
 
Welcome to the sinful world of Rock ’n’ Roll. Enjoy the ride, it’s going to be a bumpy one.
Please consider yourself warned. If you are looking for a perfect fairytale-ish love story with I dos, matching heart tattoos and innocent second-base action, this book is so not for you. This book is intended for mature audiences, contains hot, consensual sex between people in insatiable lust with each other. Panties are optional.
 
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Indie author. Lover of coffee, music and alpha males.
Known to be a rainbow-haired rebel with a weird and inappropriate sense of humour. People usually don't get me but at least I find myself hilarious. Though, if you ever tell me a blonde joke, I might punch you in the nuts/vajayjay.
 
My biggest inspiration once said: "Live your fucking dreams, no matter what". That's exactly what I'm trying to do here, making my dreams my reality.
 
What can you expect from my books? A lot of lust. Desire. Passion. A little bit of wit. Kink. Smartassery. Hopefully a hell of a lot entertainment for you.
 
While I’m working on my first adult contemporary novel, which will be something different, I'm going to release a series of short erotic stories! If you haven't met Jax Harding, you don't know what the sex is, baby!
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Giveaway & Blog Tour: Destry by Lola Stark



Title: Destry (Rough & Hard #1)
Author: Lola Stark
Released: March 24, 2014

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Synopsis

After getting involved with Dylan, the bad boy of the Dixon High Swim team, Charley decides to stay close to home for college. It's just safer that way. Later, she realizes it's a mistake, just like dating Dylan. She decides to put the past behind her and leave the small hick town of Grassy Pond. There is only one problem; she makes this decision three weeks before the fall semester begins.
Charley packs up her Honda and heads to Southern College. On the morning she's about to leave, Cash walks back into her life. He has been her best friend since they were four and is the only one who knows the REAL Charley. She leaves her farm in Grassy Pond with all kinds of "what if" questions.
 


Charley decides to live her college career to the fullest. She finds a great group of friends, joins the swim team, and meets a guy named Joe. He's got eyes that make ya wanna melt! At college, she encounters a new problem. Charley has been away from home for only forty-eight hours before she breaks the two promises she made to herself. Will she be able to overcome her past? Find new love? What will happen with Cash now that he is back in her life? Will she find what she is wanting in Jackalope Joe? How will her first semester of college end? Joe, Cash, or alone?


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One bottle of Jack and the words “I’m sorry” are all it takes for Charley’s world to turn upside down… again. Charley has a decision to make. Does she sink or swim?
After Dylan reminds Charley that he always has the upper hand, she decides it’s time break free. But how? She uses her past, present, and what she hopes to be her future to find her freedom.
With the help of Cash Money and the Kluft Girls, she devises a plan to take down Dylan. Will she succeed, or will she find that she will never escape his hold? Once this plan is put in place, who will be by her side when it comes to an end? And will this plan include Jackalope Joe?

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Loving Charley (Full Circle #3) will release on 5/18/14. Add it to your TBR on Goodreads!

~Not a Kindle reader? No problem! #NTB will be live on all platforms on 4/6/14 & #FC will be on 5/8/14!~

About the Author

be9dd-caseyauthorpicCasey Peeler grew up and still lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, she found her way to relax was in a good book.

After reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston her senior year of high school and multiple Nicholas Sparks’ novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading. Casey is an avid reader, blogger (Hardcover Therapy,) and now author.

No Turning Back (Full Circle #1) is her debut novel released September 30th.Her goal is to one day be an author who is recognized nationwide like Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, Tiffany King, and Amanda Bennett. When Casey isn’t reading, you can find her listening to country music, spending the day at the lake, being a wife and dance mom, and spending time with friends and family. Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great book!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cover Reveal: The Cowboy in Me by Lorraine Britt

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Mary Elizabeth Matthews is a reclusive novelist with a great appreciation for actor Cody McAllister, so much so that he inspires a character in her newest novel. Unbeknownst to her, Cody’s friend and co-star Jennifer Johnstone is a huge fan of her books and gives the newest one to Cody. She insists he find a way to make it into a movie, saying he’d be perfect for the lead. Cody is instantly lost in the world of this novel , absorbing it in one sitting. He makes it his mission to find the mysterious author and convince her to let him produce a film version, having no idea that the character he is so determined to play was written only for him…or how his mission would change his life…forever.
Adult, Romance, 18+ Includes some non-graphic sexual situations.
 
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I knew Mary Beth was older than me. I had known that all along, from my dreams, from the picture, from what little I had learned from Julie and from what I had learned about Mary Beth since arriving in Texas. I had been foolish to think she was the one with the experience, wondering what in the world she would ever see in someone as young as me. Now I knew while she had life experiences that no one should ever have to live through, I was the experienced one as far as relationships were concerned. I was going to have to be the one in the driver’s seat where that was concerned, that was evident.
 
I don’t know what I expected Mary Beth to tell me today. Even though I feared the worst, what I feared was something that was going to end in her telling me she wasn’t interested and that she was sending me away. I would have taken that ten times over and would have lost her forever if it meant she never would have had to go through what she did. I had never felt such rage and anger and sickness over the vile things Mike had done to her. I wanted to kill him. I wanted in that moment to use every ounce of strength in the body I’d worked so hard to build, find Mike, and rip him to pieces. It hurt me in places I didn’t know existed to know that my Mary Beth had been hurt in such ways.
 
 
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Lorraine Britt is a fourth generation Native Texan who is also immensely proud of her Louisiana heritage and solid Southern roots. As an enthusiastic lover of the written word, inspiration struck Lorraine and she began to bubble over with her own ideas. Grasping hold of her lifelong dreams, it wasn’t long before she was putting pen to paper and letting her fingers fly over a keyboard to bring her own characters to life.
 
 When she isn’t busy scribbling notes for her next idea you might find her whipping up delicious creations in the kitchen or putting miles on her car on road trip adventures. Lorraine is equally passionate about music, movies and sports.
 
You’ll no doubt find these familiar themes woven throughout her books. Lorraine and her family currently make their home in northeast Texas.
 
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