Broken Arrow * Nicole French

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Broken Arrow, A Bad Idea Prequel by Nicole French

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Synopsis:
Two years I’ve been gone. Two years locked in a juvenile detention facility for a crime that took seconds to commit, losing my sense of self and direction. Two years since I’ve seen my family and friends, since I’ve seen New York City and all its chaos.
Two years have passed, but some things are still the same. There are still five of us crammed in a one-bedroom apartment in Hell’s Kitchen––six when my mother’s boyfriend decides that he and his fists should stay the night. There are still four kids here who never have enough to eat and wannabe thugs lurking the neighborhood, trying to pull me back to a life of trouble.
But now I’m a little older. A little wiser. A little bigger. A little stronger. And if I can focus on the future instead of the past, maybe I can make things a little better.
Two years I’ve been gone. But now I’m back. It’s time to check my bearings and find the right path.


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Bad Idea blurb:
From the second she saw him, Layla Barros knew Nico Soltero was all wrong. Wrong age. Wrong education. Wrong job. Wrong everything. She had a hard enough time convincing her parents that New York really is the right place for their nineteen-year-old daughter without telling them she’s got a thing for the FedEx guy at her new part-time job. Too bad the second she saw him, Layla Barros no longer cared about right and wrong.
Raised with three siblings in Hell’s Kitchen by a single-mom, half-Puerto Rican Nico Soltero is a quintessential New York mutt who’s always had to shoulder the burdens of his family. Burdens which have cost him almost all of his dreams, like going to college or becoming an FDNY firefighter. Now, at twenty-six, he’s finally getting the chance to leave the place that’s always felt more like a dead weight than the center of the universe. Too bad the city of his birth has one last hard knock to deal: the girl of his dreams, sitting right in the middle of his delivery route, three months before his plane is supposed to take off.

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Nicole French is a East Coast/West Coast hybrid creature, Springsteen fanatic, hopeless romantic, and total bookworm. When not writing fiction or teaching writing classes, she is hanging out with her family, playing soccer with the rest of the thirty-plus crowd in Seattle, or going on dates with her husband. In her spare time, she likes to go running with her dog, Greta, or practice the piano, but never seems to do either one of these things as much as she should.

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ASleep From Day * Margarita Montimore

 

Contemporary/General Fiction
Date Published: January 10th, 2018
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Astrid can’t remember the best day of her life: yesterday.
A traumatic car accident erases Astrid’s memories of September 9th, the day she spent with an oddly charming stranger named Theo. Ever since, she’s been haunted by surreal dreams and an urgent sense that she’s forgotten something important. One night, she gets a mysterious call from Oliver, who knows more about her than he should and claims he can help her remember. She accepts his help, even as she questions his motives and fights a strange attraction to him.
In order to find Theo and piece together that lost day in September, Astrid must navigate a maze of eccentric Boston nightlife, from the seedy corners of Chinatown to a drug-fueled Alice-in-Wonderland-themed party to a club where everyone dresses like the dead. In between headaches and nightmares, she struggles to differentiate between memory, fantasy, and reality, and starts to wonder if Theo really exists. Eventually, she’ll need to choose between continuing her search for him or following her growing feelings for Oliver. Astrid might go to extreme lengths to find what she’s lost . . . or might lose even more in her pursuit to remember (like her sanity).
 “A compelling and original take on the classic amnesia tale . . . The narrative bursts with detailed, vivid characters . . . The dialogue is expertly crafted.” – The BookLife Prize
“Simply riveting from start to finish… a captivating, literary piece that winds a path somewhere between mystery, romance, and psychological thriller.” – D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Excerpt
What’s the last thing you remember?
A rumble, a static rush, the world on a dimmer switch.
Outside, everything was gray.
But inside, a galaxy of color and light. Fireflies behind my eyes, neon in my bones. A nerve net of bioluminescence.
Radiant with hope. Glorious.
Do you know where you are?
In the heart of a storm. Give me lightning. Give me the flood. I’ve bled the sky of pigment, devoured its clouds. They remain like honey on my tongue, crystalized with promise. Nothing was ever sweeter.
What happened?
Something incredible.
Something terrible.
No more color. Fade to grey.
I’ve been robbed of this elation.
Stay with me.
I have the weirdest taste in my mouth. Metallic, like I’ve been sucking on pennies, and spicy—no, not spicy. Stinging. Blood. What the—? I move my tongue and feel tiny pebbles. They’re sharp, cutting my gums and the insides of my cheeks. Not pebbles. Teeth? No. Glass.
I turn to spit out pieces of broken glass, but there’s something around my neck and I can’t move it. Okay, don’t panic. I push the glass out of my mouth with the tip of my tongue and pieces roll down my chin on a trail of saliva and blood. Now let’s turn on a light in here.
I open my eyes. Huh.
What is this place? There are shelves of equipment, strange monitors, dials, wires. Some kind of . . . storage room? The image blurs and wobbles. If my head is a handheld camera, whoever’s operating it has a serious case of the shakes. I can’t get a steady picture and I have no idea what this place is.
Have I been kidnapped?
That thought should trigger some modicum of fear. But it’s like I’m trapped in a block of ice and fear is on the other side of it. I can barely muster any curiosity to figure out where I am. The rest of it—how I got here, if I’m safe, hurt, etc.—will have to wait.
So let’s see. The room is tiny, and moving, and noisy. There are beeps, the hiss and tinny chatter of a walkie-talkie, the looped bellow of a siren.
Seriously, where am I?
Nowhere good, a black whisper warns, and a fog in my mind parts, clearing a path for fear, the belated guest.
The image finally snaps into focus and it registers: an ambulance.
Why the fuck am I in an ambulance?
I sit up with a—nope, I can only lift my head maybe an inch.
Why aren’t you panicking more?
Because it’s getting foggy inside my head again and blurry outside of it. I could really use a nap. It’s so chilly in here. And bright. Might as well close my eyes and deal with this in the morning. Ah, the dark is much better.
Hang on. Let’s get some questions answered first, maybe make sure I’m not missing any limbs. I try to sit up again and a hand on my shoulder prevents me from rising any further. No, it’s not just the hand. I’m strapped in.
“Nice to see you coming around, but don’t try to sit up. My name is Leo and I’m a paramedic. Do you know today’s date?”
I squint but can’t make out the face above me.
“September ninth, 1999,” I mumble.
“It’s actually September tenth,” he corrects me. Close enough.
“What happened? Am I hurt?” Of course you’re hurt, genius. I doubt you’re tied to a gurney, with a mouthful of glass, just joyriding in an ambulance.
“It’s going to be okay, Astrid, we’re almost at the hospital.”
How does this guy know my name? Why am I going to the hospital? Because that’s usually the drop-off destination of ambulances. Try to keep up here. What happened to me?
My head is so damn heavy. Back down it goes, more blood, more spit trickling out of the corners of my mouth. I form words but can’t speak them. I manage a garbled whisper, but it’s drowned out by sirens, rattling noises, and the tapping of heavy rain on the ambulance roof.
I need to take stock. I’m mostly immobile, but am I paralyzed? I try to wiggle the toes. Okay, those work fine. Fingers? The ones on the left hand move then seize up in pain. Blinded? Obviously not, but my vision is still fuzzy at the edges. Obviously, I can’t move my head much, but I shouldn’t anyway, in case I have a concussion. Or worse. Go away, black whisper, I don’t need you scaring the shit out of me right now.
Back to my self-assessment. Do I feel pain anywhere else in my body? Now that I mention it, hell yes. Where? Everywhere, especially my left side.
Why can’t I remember how this happened? I keep asking the paramedic, but he won’t tell me. Why won’t he answer me?
Oh yeah, because he can’t actually hear me. Because my lips are barely moving and no sound is coming out.
It’s an effort to form any more words or keep my eyes open. Is there a cold, heavy blanket over me? Uh-oh, those blurry edges are going dark. It’s like someone pushed me into a deep well and I’m falling in slow motion.
“Try to stay awake, Astrid.”
Fingers snap in front of my face.
Cut it out, ambulance man. You’re messing up my nap. It’s so much nicer with my eyes closed. All you do is boss me around with “Don’t sit up” this and “Stay awake” that. The darkness is quiet and doesn’t make annoying demands.
“Astrid. Astrid!”
His voice is like a megaphone in my ear. Where is your mute button, ambulance man?
I think I found it. It’s here, further down in the dark.
I hear two voices, growing fainter as they speak.
“She’s out again, but vitals are stable.”
I’m not out, yet, ambulance man. Give a girl a break, would ya? It’s not my fault I have anvils on my eyelids. Besides, the light in here is too bright. And you are too loud. But I can still hear you fine . . . Mostly . . . Kind of . . .
“You’d think people would know not to drive like assholes in this kind of rain.”
“What is this, third one today?”
“Fourth. You hear about the wreck by the BQE? Five cars and a motorcycle. Two fatalities.”
“This one got lucky.”
“So to speak.”
“So to speak.”
“Want to get breakfast after this?”
“It’s lunchtime.”
“So? I want breakfast. Couldn’t you go for some French toast or pancakes?”
“Maybe eggs. Some strong coffee, bacon . . .”
“Extra bacon.”
How about taking my order, ambulance man? I’ll have—
Darkness.
About the Author

Margarita Montimore received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She worked for over a decade in publishing and social media before deciding to focus on the writing dream full-time. She has blogged for Marvel, Google, Quirk Books, and XOJane.com. When not writing, she freelances as a book coach and editor. She grew up in Brooklyn but currently lives in a different part of the Northeast with her husband and dog.
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Hot Seal Bride * Lynn Raye Harris

 

Title: HOT SEAL Bride
A Hostile Operations Team Series Standalone
Author: Lynn Raye Harris
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: January 16, 2018

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A new standalone romance from New York Times Bestselling
Author Lynn Raye Harris. Sexy, action-packed, and thrilling!
Sold to the highest bidder…
For the past fourteen years, Princess Antonella Rossi has
been a virtual prisoner. She has no friends, no fun, and she’s not allowed to
leave her aunt and uncle’s Virginia compound without an escort. 
But today is her wedding day. A rich sheikh has bought her
virginity, and with it her freedom. Any hope of independence Ella’s ever
cherished will disappear the instant she faces him across the altar. With time
running out and the wedding party gathering, Ella seizes the opportunity to run
as far and fast as she can.
Navy SEAL Cash “Money” McQuaid isn’t looking for trouble,
but trouble always seems to find him. This time trouble is five foot four and
wearing a wedding dress. Rescuing a runaway princess has consequences though,
and with his face plastered on the evening news and his career on the line, he
realizes there’s only one way out of this mess—he has to marry her!
It’s a marriage in name only, just until he can clear his
name and win Ella the freedom she seeks. But shacking up with a gorgeous virgin
isn’t as easy as it seems, especially when the sparks snapping between them are
hotter and more dangerous than anything Cash has ever experienced. By the time
he realizes it’s too late to resist his virgin bride, an unseen enemy is intent
on taking her away from him. 
Cash is gonna need all his skills—and his friends on the
Hostile Operations Team—in order to rescue his princess bride and give her the
happily-ever-after she deserves. 
The Hostile Operations Team is a covert military Black Ops
unit. Their motto is Where None Dare. H.O.T. operators come from all branches
of the military. The only criteria for membership: they must be the best of the
best!
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former military husband and two crazy cats. Lynn writes about hot military heroes, sizzling international billionaires, and the women who dare to tame them. Her books have been called “exceptional and emotional,” “intense,” and “sizzling.” To date, Lynn’s books have sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

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Want You More * Book Blitz

 

Title: Want You More

Series: Mile High Romance

Author: Nicole Helm
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 28, 2017
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There’s plenty of
gorgeous winding trails leading to Gracely, Colorado. And making your way
around this rugged Rocky Mountain town is how you start over, fix your
mistakes–and find the one person who’ll always have your back . . .
Will Evans works
hard, plays harder–but never gets in too deep. He’ll do anything to keep his
family’s Mile High Adventures business on track and help Gracely recover. One
too many betrayals taught this handsome guide to avoid commitment as expertly
as he negotiates difficult trails and treacherous rivers. But now it’s
impossible for him to play it cool with the one woman he lost–and never
forgot.
Nothing is going to
keep Tori Appleby from starting over right. After a career-ending personal and
professional mistake, she’s back to save the company she helped start. She
needs Gracely’s healing small-town charm–and the caring and help she’s only
found with the Evans family. But she doesn’t need Will trying for a second
chance. Or to risk her heart one more time.
Will won’t commit,
and Tori has a life to rebuild. But to move on, they’ll have to give in to the
irresistible heat between them . . .


 

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Nicole Helm grew
up with her nose in a book and a dream of becoming a writer. Luckily, after a
few failed career choices, a husband, and two kids, she got to pursue that
dream. Nicole writes down-to-earth contemporary romance. From farmers to
cowboys, Midwest to the West, she writes stories about people finding
themselves and finding love in the process. When she’s not writing, she spends
her time dreaming about someday owning a barn. She lives with her husband and
two young sons in Missouri. She is slightly (okay, totally) addicted to Twitter
(@nicolethelm) and the St. Louis Cardinals. Her website is www.nicolehelm.com.

 

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Scoundrels & Scotch

 

Title: Scoundrels & Scotch

Series: Top Shelf #3

Author: Alta Hensley
Genre: Dark Romance Standalone
Release Date: January 16, 2018

 

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I’ll stop at
nothing to own her. 
I’m a collector of dolls.

All kinds of dolls.

So beautiful and sexy, they become my art.

So perfect and flawless, my art galleries are flooded by the wealthy to gaze
upon my possessions with envy.

So fragile and delicate, I keep them tucked away for safety.

The dark and torrid tales of Drayton’s Dolls run rampant through the rich and
famous, and all but a few are true.

Normally I share my dolls for others to play with or watch on display.

But not my special doll.

No, not her.

Ivy is the most precious doll of all.

She’s mine. All mine.

*Scoundrels & Scotch is a dark billionaire romance. If you don’t like a
splash of shock, a dash of taboo, and a heavy dose of sex, then don’t take a
sip of this TOP SHELF cocktail.

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Alta Hensley is a USA TODAY bestselling author of hot, dark
and dirty romance. She is also an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author. Being a
multi-published author in the romance genre, Alta is known for her dark, gritty
alpha heroes, sometimes sweet love stories, hot eroticism, and engaging tales
of the constant struggle between dominance and submission.
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Trashy Foreplay * Gemma James

 

Title: Trashy Foreplay
Series: Trashy Affair #1
Author: Gemma James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 3, 2017

 

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He’s flying home to confront his cheating wife. She’s
running from her life in shame. Neither expected to fall in love 35,000 feet in
the air.
With my heart and reputation in ruins, I can’t afford to
make another mistake. Boarding a flight to Seattle is supposed to give me a
clean slate, but from the moment Cash Montgomery slides into the seat next to
mine, I’m captivated by his steel eyes that see too much. I ache for this
stranger in a way I’ve never ached for anyone.
But I didn’t know he was married, and I sure as hell didn’t
see the curveball fate had in store. My clean slate in Seattle isn’t so clean
after all because my new boss is the man forbidden to me.
And the only man I want.
The only man I’ll do anything for, even if it means breaking
the promise I made to myself when I fled my old life in shame.
I wasn’t supposed to fall for a married man, but I did.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: Trashy Foreplay is a steamy romance
suitable for mature audiences only. Though the subject matter deals with
adultery, there are no innocent parties here. Book 1 in the Trashy Affair
series.

 

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Gemma James is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author of
a blend of genres, from new adult suspense to dark erotic romance. She loves to
explore the darker side of human nature in her fiction, and she’s morbidly
curious about anything dark and edgy, from deviant sex to serial killers.
Readers have described her stories as being “not for the faint of heart.”
She warns you to heed their words! Her playground isn’t full of rainbows and
kittens, though she likes both. She lives in Oregon with her husband and their
four children–three rambunctious UFC/wrestling-loving boys and one girl who
steals everyone’s attention.

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Exception * Release Boost

 

Title: Exception
Author: Mariah Dietz
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 9, 2018
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He’s arrogant.
Loud.
Rude.
And to make matters worse, he looks good doing it—too good.
               
Joey DeLuca should have been nothing but a maddening memory, a blip on
my radar during my three month sabbatical in my small hometown while I get back
on my feet.
My time back home was supposed to be simple. Easy. Fast.
But he’s everywhere I go, invading my thoughts, and stealing my
attention.
Is it possible to hate the same person I can’t get enough of?
Is there really an exception to every rule?

 

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Mariah Dietz lives
with her husband and two sons, who are the axis of her crazy and wonderful
world in North Carolina.

 

Mariah grew up in a tiny town outside of Portland, Oregon, where she spent most
of her time immersed in the pages of books that she both read and created.

 

She has a love for all things that include her family, good coffee, books,
traveling, and dark chocolate. She’s also obsessed with Christmas ornaments and
all things Disney.

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