Monday, January 30, 2017

Tour for Bare Bones by Liah Penn

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and Suspense – Southern Style

When a skull is found buried in the
courtyard of the Art House during renovations, executive director Meredith
O’Neill is forced to halt the over-budget and oft-delayed project. Working with
architect Kieran Ford has been a nightmare, despite his icy good-looks and
brilliant design. Now that the Art House is declared a crime scene, the entire
project is threatened. Forced to work together in close proximity, Meredith and
Kieran soon find the tensions between them changing into something else
entirely. Still, she can’t help but wonder how long the heat between them will
last, especially when Kieran was once so cold.

Kieran is donating his time and talents
to the Art House renovation, but working with Meredith is driving him crazy,
and his pro bono project is quickly
going south. When the skull of a child is discovered, Kieran must confront his
own loss as well as keep the project, and Meredith, on task.  Keeping his emotions in check proves to be
impossible, and Kieran soon realizes that he is falling for Meredith. When he
is framed for a crime, Kieran must learn to trust again. He and Meredith form
an uneasy alliance as they seek answers to the mystery at the Art House. But
someone is intent on destroying the historic building . . . and won’t hesitate
to harm anyone who gets in the way.


The skull was small, that of a woman or child, the lower jaw
separated in the dirt, as if the mouth had been open during the internment
process. The foreman scraped away at the mud revealing a few bone fragments.
The clenched hand, turned upward, was disarticulated from the arm, as if the
skeleton had thrust its fist in anger at the gods. The man jerked back. It was
definitely a human skull. And this was no cemetery.

“Call the police,” he said to his worker. “And you better call the
architect, too.”

stood over the hole, her four-inch heels sinking into the red clay, her linen
dress sticking to her body, slick with perspiration. She could clearly see bits
of bone and the smooth curve of the skull. There were a few longer bones
scattered about and what appeared to be a hand, balled up and reaching to the
sky. The grave was shallow, only a few feet deep, and it was a wonder that the
bones hadn’t appeared sooner. Meredith placed her hands on her hips, resisting
the impulse to jump into the hole and free the remaining skeleton from the dirt
and cradle it in her arms.

“It’s got to be human.” The foreman wiped his brow with a dirty
towel. Red clay smeared his forehead like dried blood.

“It’s a child,” Meredith said. She crouched down, looking closer.
Yes, it had to be a child. She cleared the muck from the back of her throat.
Digging her fingers in the mounded dirt, she felt the soil clump together
before she released it. The resting place for this poor soul. “I called the
police. Did you call the architect?”

The foreman nodded. The courtyard was quiet, the digger now
stopped, the work crew standing idly by, their heads hung in deference to the

Meredith stood up and brushed the morsels of clay from her
fingers. “I suppose we’ll be delayed again.” She didn’t know what else to say.
Turning her back on the hole, she saw the crowd of workers part and the
architect trudged toward her, his sleeves rolled up in the heat, his expression
that of exasperation. “Hello, Kieran,” she said. She offered her hand to him
even as her back stiffened. Although he was the project manager on this job, he
was still the last person she wanted to see.

“I halted the work. I’m sorry. I know we’re behind schedule
already…” He flung a tube of blue prints to the ground. He had a sheen of
perspiration in his forehead, which he wiped away impatiently. Dressed in
khakis and a button-down shirt, he looked as wilted as Meredith felt.

“The police are on their way.” Meredith stepped back as Kieran
gave her a look and then made his way to the edge of the dig site and looked

“Shit.” He ran his fingers through his fair hair, the strands
sticking together and becoming disarrayed. “I’ve seen this before. In Mosul.
That’s definitely human.”


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Penn is an author and attorney who resides outside of New Orleans, Louisiana
with her husband and two sons.  A former
prosecutor, she has worked on an Indian reservation, on the Mexican border and
as a small town lawyer.

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NBTM: The Soul Seekers Series by Marilee Brothers

by Marilee Brothers





Twenty-two year old Honor Melanie (Mel) Sullivan has an affliction. Due to childhood trauma and inappropriate social behavior, she is diagnosed with Aspergers, a form of autism. But, Mel knows Aspergers is not her true affliction. She prefers not to gaze into a person’s eyes because she is a soul reader, and what she sees can be frightening. It can also get Mel into trouble.

After a brush with the law, Mel leaves her family home in Southern California and travels to Oregon where she meets Harley-Davidson riding William McCarty (Billy the Kid) and stumbles upon a human trafficking/baby-selling scheme involving a foreign girl from Kazakhstan, and others. Even though Mel's life is in danger, she won't stop until she finds the answers that will help those unable to help themselves.


Transplanted California girl, Melanie Sullivan, vows to stay in Oregon until she nails the killer of her best friend, Dani. Mel’s ability to search a soul for innocence or guilt is a big plus. Her love for Billy the Kid, former Marine and now a detective with the 3 Peaks police department is also a factor in her decision. She’s not quite sure what’s going on with Billy. Has the PTSD from his Middle East deployments returned?

When a hate crime is committed in 3 Peaks, Mel is recruited by sexy Homeland Security agent, Mick, who requires her soul-reading ability. Mick doesn’t hide his feelings. He’s more than eager to step in if Billy steps out, a complication Mel doesn’t need or want. As she goes undercover, Mel embarks on a dangerous journey, aided by her Uncle Paco and devoted friends. Along the way, she learns a valuable lesson about the power of forgiveness.


Excerpt One:

I lean down to drop a chaste farewell kiss on his forehead. A split second later, I’m flat on my back, pinned to the bed and Billy the Kid grins down at me like a naughty little boy. He rips out his ear buds and pulls the cord free until the music washes over us. It’s a rock and roll tune, a blast from the past.

“Hey, baby,” he says. “Wanna dance?”

Before I can form an answer, I’m swept off the bed and twirled around until I’m dizzy and laughing uncontrollably.

He sets me on the floor and pulls me tight against his body. “You sneaking out on me, Minnie Mouse?

I manage a weak, breathless protest. “I’m supposed to meet Steve at 9:30 a.m. I need to get going.”

He cups my face between his palms and brushes his lips across mine. “You sure about that?”

“Well, um...”My body says bring it on. My brain chimes in, promptness is overrated.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Marilee Brothers is a former teacher, coach, counselor and the author of ten books. Marilee and her husband are the parents of three grown sons and live in central Washington State. After writing six young adult books, Marilee is once again writing romantic suspense for the adult market. She loves hearing from people who have read her books.

Feel free to contact her at and sign up for her newsletter The Obsessive Page Turner. Her author page on Facebook is: and she occasionally tweets @MarileeB.

Check out Marilee’s Amazon page here:

Marilee’s blog is Book Blather, where she features aspiring and published authors as well as some tidbits of her own.

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Interview with Marilee Brothers

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

That’s a complex question! Inspiration is like dipping water from many wells. First and foremost, it comes from my personal history. When I wrote Moonstone, which morphed into a five book series titled Unbidden Magic, my main character was a fifteen-year-old girl. I had no problem tapping into my fifteen-year-old self, even though quite a few years have passed. Now, I’m once again writing for adults and, even though I have fantasy in my books, I like to keep them relevant by including current issues. For example, Affliction deals with a human trafficking/baby-selling scheme while one of the plotlines in Allegiance involves a hate crime. The fantasy aspect springs from my extremely overactive imagination.

How did you do research for your book?

When I first started writing, the Internet did not exist. I spent a lot of time at the library. Now, I can do research while at home in my jammies – so much easier. I have a digital notebook where I keep relevant pieces of information as well as pictures of what I imagine my main characters look like. I also clip articles from newspapers and magazines. For example, the book I’m currently writing features a paramilitary type encampment in the mountains where the residents are heavily armed. I found an extensive article about such a group in our local paper and, of course, saved it. This led me to do more research on guns on the Internet. As previously stated, the fantasy part, such as Mel’s ability to read souls, comes squarely from my mind.

Do you have another profession besides writing?

I spent many years as a teacher and school counselor. My romantic suspense, The Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam, draws from my experiences working with behavior disordered kids (in a humorous way.)

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

As long as I could come back to the present time, I would love to go back to the 12th century England during the reign of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. The first book I wrote was a medieval romance titled The Curse of the Rose and took place in 1172. I have a notebook filled with medieval trivia. The reason I want to come back is because life expectancy was short and many women died in childbirth.  

What is your next project?

I’m currently working on Book Three, the last book in the Soul Seeker series. The title is Hope and Honor and it features a pair of five-year-old twins who capture Mel’s heart. As mentioned before, Mel gets involved with a paramilitary group and, much against her natural inclinations, takes shooting lessons. In addition, she chooses the man she intends to spend the rest of her life with. I promise a happy ending for the series.


The author will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to one randomly drawn winner and print copies of AFFLICTION and ALLEGIANCE to another randomly drawn winner (US only) via rafflecopter during the tour

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Release Blast for CARNAL OBSESSION by Reily Garrett

A romantic
suspense with a twist.

Carnal Series
Reily Garrett
Releasing Jan 30, 2017

Life on the street molds emotional athletes.

Three years ago, her brother’s death marked the beginning of Kendra’s new life, an existence with no home, no family, and no friends. Time in the underground byways toughened her emotional shell with the loose association of like-minded street rats where survival meant compromise and constant vigilance.

Before he died, Billy had sent her a package in care of his teammate, Conner. For Kendra, re-entrance into polite society comes with a deadly price, as betrayal comes from both sides of the grave.

Conner Crofton owns the BDSM club Ambrosia. After failing to protect his teammate on their last covert mission, penance takes form as a promise to safeguard Billy’s little sister, a girl he’d unknowingly remanded to a world of darkness and uncertainty, deception and psychopathic stalkers.

The past will always haunt us. Each must earn forgiveness and trust as passion, guilt, deception, and betrayal, interweave a destiny formed long ago. A romantic suspense with a twist.

a West Coast girl transplanted to the East Coast. Past employments as an ICU
nurse, private investigator, and military police officer has given her a host
of different environments to add a real world feel to her writing.

her kids are her life, writing is her life after. The one enjoyed…after the
kids are in bed or after they’re in school and the house is quiet. This is the
time she kicks back with laptop, surrounded by her shepherds, to give her
imagination free rein.

life, hobbies can come and go according to our physical abilities, but you can
always enjoy a good book. Life isn’t perfect, but your imagination can be.
Relax, whether it’s in front of a fire or in your own personal dungeon. Take
pleasure in a mental pause as you root for your favorite hero/heroine and bask
in their accomplishments, then share your opinions over a coffee with your best
friend (even if he’s four legged). Life is short. Cherish your time.



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Excerpt Tour: Call to Honor by Tawny Weber

Call to Honor: A SEAL Brotherhood Novel, #1
by Tawny Weber


GENRE:  Contemporary Romance



“No man left behind” is inscribed in the DNA of every SEAL and Lieutenant Diego Torres is no exception. But with a team member killed—and the body missing— Diego’s honor is sorely tested. Now his career and reputation are on the line, and a traitor is hiding among them. Diego wants answers...and only one woman has them.

Single mom Harper Maclean has two priorities—raising her son Nathan and starting a new life. Her mysterious new neighbor may be impossibly charming, but Diego asks too many questions about her past—and about the father of her child. Questions she fears will reveal her burning attraction for Diego, and ultimately put them all in danger’s path.


EXCERPTS (Exclusive Excerpt):

“You’ll miss Nathan while he’s away at camp,” Diego said, pinpointing the emotions he saw in her eyes.

“I will, but I have a plan to keep it from overwhelming me,” she admitted, wetting her lips and looking at him like he was a big bar of creamy chocolate.

“Do you, now?” There he was, feeling nervous again.

“I do, indeed.” She leaned closer, so that her breast brushed against his shoulder. “It involves a great deal of wine, a lot of body contact and perhaps a few less pieces of clothing.”

“Is that a fact?”

“Indeed.” To prove her point, Harper trailed her fingers down the delicate mother-of-pearl buttons of her sweater, flipping them open as she went. Each one revealed a little more of the silken skin and satin fabric beneath.

“You’re good at this.” Too good, he realized when he shifted, trying to find a comfortable position to sit while not giving away just how well her flirting was working.

Of course, another couple inches of interest and hiding would be pointless.

“You really think so?” Her expression was so delighted, he had to smile back. “I wasn’t sure if I would be. I wonder what else I’ll be good at.”

Oh, baby. Images flashed through his mind of flesh, bare and slick with sweat, sliding together. Tongues, teeth and hands teasing, taking. Moans of pleasure, groans of satisfaction. Intense passion, hard need.

All it’d take was a single touch, one more hint that she was willing, and he’d sit up and beg.

God. The woman was killing him.

His orders were to use any means available were the terms of this operation.

So there was nothing to stop him from having sex with Harper. The question was whether it’d help or hurt the mission. Beyond distraction, the cost could be high. He tried to calculate it.

What did self-respect go for those days?

“Why weren’t you sure?” he asked, playing for time.

“Long story,” she said. She tiptoed her fingers along his thigh, each tap moving higher, getting closer to the rock-hard length pressing against his zipper.

Diego wrapped his fingers around hers, then, using their joined hands, gestured toward the wine.

“Pour a drink. Tell me all about it. I like a good story.”

It was a risk, he knew. Rejecting a horny woman could bring on hell’s fury with a vengeance. But Harper didn’t seem to have her ego tucked in her bra, so he figured it was worth the risk.

Still she hesitated. So he pushed.

“Let’s call it a bedtime story,” he suggested, coating his words with enough heat to stir them both a little closer to that sharp edge of no return. He figured it was worth the risk. If he got the intel, he was closer to getting the job done.

If she got him into bed, well…

There were worse ways to spend an evening.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of more than forty books, Tawny Weber loves writing about sexy heroes, most notably her popular Navy SEALs series.  Her sassy, emotional romances are filled with men dedicated to being the best—and women determined to have the best.  Tawny credits her ex-military alpha husband for inspiration in her writing, and in her life.   The recipient of numerous writing accolades, including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice and in addition to the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists, Tawny has also hit the number one spot on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  

A homeschooling mom, Tawny enjoys scrapbooking, gardening and spending time with her family and dogs in her Northern California home.

You can find Tawny on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.   

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Tawny will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Nbmt for Dangerous in a Kilt by Anna Durand

Dangerous in a Kilt
by Anna Durand


GENRE:  erotic romance



Good-girl Erica Teague is out on bail, charged with a crime her ex-lover committed. Her desperate bid to experience one wild night of sizzling sex, before her trial and certain conviction, lands her in the arms of Lachlan MacTaggart, a hot Scot with a secret past. She can't resist his offer to enjoy one month of sex and companionship with no strings. But when their hot fling gets personal, can their passion free their imprisoned hearts?


Excerpt Three:

Cliff smiled. "Morning, neighbor."

Stonewashed blue jeans hugged his hips and another tight T-shirt, this time jade green, stretched over his chiseled chest. The leash fell from my hand.

Casey flung his front paws onto Cliff's thighs. The man I'd kissed last night scratched my dog behind the ears. Casey, ebullient at the attention, licked Cliff's arm.

My fantasy Highlander's smile faltered. "Aren't you happy to see me?"

Happy? Seriously? I snagged Casey's collar and dragged him away from Cliff. "Are you stalking me?"

"Stalking?" He scratched his cheek. "I thought to follow you last night to make sure you were all right, but you took off so bloody fast. Might not believe it, but I am an honorable man."

A panicked laugh hiccupped out of me. "Honorable? Stalking is a crime, buddy."

My terrifying guard dog hopped up and down on his front feet, his tongue lolling.

"Erica." Cliff raised his hands, palms out. "I'm trying to be friendly."

"Go creep out some other random girl you hunted down online." I pushed Casey out of the doorway with my foot and pulled the door halfway closed. "Leave me alone, Cliff."

I slammed the door. Casey whined.

"Forget it." I wagged a finger at him. "Stalkers bad. Dog bite stalkers. Got it? No licking."

My Highlander's voice resounded through the door. "Who the bloody hell is Cliff?"


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Anna Durand is an award-winning romance writer specializing in steamy romances populated with spunky heroines and hunky heroes, in settings as diverse as modern Chicago and the fairy realm. Her romances have to date won eight awards and her novel Intuition was a 2016 RONE Award nominee, while her short story Tempted by a Kiss was a finalist in The Romance Reviews 2016 Readers' Choice Awards. Anna also maintains a blog, Spunk & Hunks, where she writes her own articles and reviews romance books, as well as hosting wonderful guest authors.
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The e-book has a special pre-order price of $0.99 and regular price will be $4.99. The special will extend through part of the tour, as the release date is 12/16.

Interview with Anna Durand
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Everywhere! Seriously, I never know where an idea will spring from or when it might happen. Sometimes I resolve to come up with a specific type of story idea, but usually they arise on their own. Anything might trigger a story seed -- watching the world around me, reading a book, watching a movie, listening to a song. In fact, the basic premise for Dangerous in a Kilt emerged out of one of my favorite songs, "Mr. Mysterious" by Vanessa Amorosi.

How did you do research for your book?
This might sound strange, but a lot of my inspiration for the book came from watching the UK television series Hamish MacBeth, about a quirky Scottish village in the Highlands. I also rely heavily on the Internet, though I always make sure I'm getting information from reliable sources (I am a librarian, after all). Online I found tons of cool places in and around Chicago to incorporate into the book, to make it more grounded in the real world.

Do you have another profession besides writing?
I run a cataloging services business, where I create cataloging-in-publication data for other people's books. You'll see CIP data on the copyright page of many books.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Oooh, hard one! It would be a tie between medieval Scotland and ancient Egypt. I've been rather obsessed with Egypt for most of my life and it would amazing to see the pyramids when they were brand new. I also have a long-time fascination with Scotland, and I love medieval times.

What is your next project?

As usual for me, I have several projects in various stages of completion. I've begun writing Wicked in a Kilt, the second book in the Hot Scots series. I'm finishing up the final edits on The Mortal Falls, my award-wining paranormal romance, and also putting the final polish on Fired Up, my next erotic romance and also an award winner. Fired Up is based on my short story Tempted by a Kiss.



Anna Durand will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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