Saturday, June 27, 2020

Fallerman's Grove Omerta by Daniel Gibson

Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Page Publishing
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Fallerman’s Grove Road was the idyllic escape Lewis Fogarty
envisioned when he moved here with his wife, Donna. It was his opportunity
to leave behind a somewhat troubled past. Everything he wanted was here,
including a lot of privacy from distant yet friendly neighbors.
All was perfect until a cancer was brought into the peaceful community in
the form of Kara, Old Man Fallerman’s young bride. With her came
discord, distrust, and turmoil among the residents. She even drove a wedge
between Old Man Fallerman and his son, Ronnie.
Trouble, like a cancer, can only be allowed to get so far before it totally
destroys its host, but if removed in time, the host can be saved. Kara was
removed, but was Fallerman’s Grove Road saved?
#FallermansGroveOmerta   #suspense #mystery #bookbuzz

 About the Author

Daniel Gibson has written numerous short stories, but this is his initial
offering in novel form. He was born near Pittsburgh, PA, but is living in
rural upstate South Carolina with his wife Donna.

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Friday, June 26, 2020


 Join us for this tour from June 22 to July 10, 2020!

Series Details:

Book Title:  The Annie Oakley Mystery Series by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18+), 83 to 332 pages

Genre:  Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release dates:   Shoot Like a Girl (2019); Girl With a Gun (April, 2020); Peccadillo at the Palace (April 2020); Folly at the Fair (June, 2020)

Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020

Content Rating:  R for some swearing, violence, and mature themes.

Book Details:

Book Title: Shoot Like a Girl (A Pre-quel Novella to Girl With A Gun) by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 84 pages

Genre:  Historical Fiction

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   November 2019

Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020

Content Rating:  R for Mature themes and some violence. No bad language.

Book Description:

Shoot like a Girl
depicts the historically fictive tale of a young Annie Oakley's
struggles before she becomes the most famous sharpshooting woman of all
time. After the death of her father, Annie is sent to the Drake County
poorhouse where she learns to cook, sew, and keep house for other
families to help her mother make ends meet. Annie ends up at the
McCrimmons, a couple whom she comes to refer to as "the wolves." Cruel
and neglectful, the McCrimmons push Annie to the brink of despair. The
only bright spot in her dreary existence is Buck, a beautiful
buckskinned horse, and the two form a bond. Despite her resolve to help
her family, Annie loses hope of ever seeing them again, as life at the
McCrimmons' becomes more oppressive, and she is cut off from all outside
communication. Physically and emotionally weak from illness, hunger,
and abuse, Annie resigns herself to a life of servitude to the abusive
couple. But, when Mr. McCrimmon's continued cruelty to Buck finally
threatens the horse's life, Annie takes matters into her own hands and
formulates a plan for escape.

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Book Details:

Book Title: Girl with a Gun (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 316 pages

Genre:  Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   April 2020

Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020

Content Rating:  R for one explicit sex scene. There is some swearing, violence, mature themes.

Book Description:

In an exciting new
historical mystery series, award-winning author Kari Bovee brings the
beloved American icon, Annie Oakley, into the world of mystery and crime
as a plucky, amateur sleuth. Fifteen-year-old Annie Oakley is the sole
supporter of her widowed mother and two younger siblings. An expert
markswoman and independent spirit, she hunts game to sell to the local
mercantile to make ends meet instead of accepting a marriage proposal
that could solve all her problems, including the impending foreclosure
of her family's farm. After a stunning performance in a shooting contest
against famous sharpshooter Frank Butler, Annie is offered a position
in the renowned Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Finally, she has a chance
to save her family's farm--and make her dreams come true. But after her
catapult to fame, a series of crimes takes place in the Wild West Show,
including the death of Annie's Indian Assistant. The coroner claims the
death was due to natural causes, but Annie is unconvinced. Then her
prized horse, Buck--a major part of her act--is stolen, and she realizes
that someone is out to get her. With the help of a sassy, blue-blooded
reporter, Annie sets out to find her horse, solve the crimes, and clear
her good name--before everything she's worked for is destroyed.

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Book Details:

Book Title: Peccadillo at the Palace (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 332 pages

Genre:  Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   April 2020

Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020

Content Rating:  R for some swearing, violence, and mature themes.

Book Description:

In this second book in
the Annie Oakley historical mystery series, award-winning author Kari
Bovee brings back the lovable character, Annie Oakley, as an amateur
sleuth. It's 1887, and Annie and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show are
invited to Queen Victoria's Jubilee celebration in London, England. But
their long journey across the Atlantic takes a turn for the worst when
the queen's royal servant ends up dead and Annie's husband, Frank
Butler, falls suspiciously ill. Annie soon discovers that the two events
are connected--and may be precursors to an assassination attempt on the
queen. In London, it becomes clear that there is rampant unrest in the
queen's kingdom--the Irish Fenian Brotherhood, as well as embittered
English subjects, are teeming in the streets. But amid the chaos, even
while she prepares for the show, Annie is determined to find the truth.
With the help of a friend and reporter, Emma Wilson, the renowned poet
Oscar Wilde, and the famous socialite Lily Langtry, Annie sets out to
hunt down the queen's enemies--and find out why they want to kill
England's most beloved monarch.

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Book Details:

Book Title: Folly at the Fair (An Annie Oakley Mystery) by Kari Bovee

Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 322 pages

Genre:  Historical Mystery

Publisher:  Bosque Publishing

Release date:   June 2020

Tour dates: June 22 to July 10, 2020

Content Rating:  R for some swearing, violence, and mature themes.

Book Description:

never misses a target. But unless she can solve this murder, she’ll
become one… Chicago World’s Fair, 1893. “Little Sure Shot” Annie Oakley
is exhausted from her work with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. But when a
fellow performer scuffles with a man who threatens her harm, she has to
keep her eyes peeled. And when the heckler is found dead under the
Ferris Wheel, Annie won’t rest until she proves her defender is
innocent. Before she can rustle up any clues, an old friend asks Annie
to protect her young daughter. And as more bodies turn up around the
grounds, she’s going to need all her sharpshooting skills just to stay
alive. Can Annie live up to her reputation and put a bullseye on the
killer? Folly at the Fair is the third book in the Annie Oakley Mystery
historical fiction series. If you like strong heroines, Wild West
adventures, and suspenseful twists and turns, then you’ll love Kari
Bovee’s fast-paced whodunit.

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Meet the Author:

When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful
cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white
sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping
into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real
and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her
action-packed novels. Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional
characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari
Bovée’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. An
award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards
Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun.
The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the
Mystery/Crime category, and is a Finalist in the 2019 International
Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the International Chanticleer
Goethe Awards, as well as the Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel
Grace in the Wings is a Finalist for the 2019 International Chanticleer
Chatelaine Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards. Her
novel Peccadillo at the Palace is a Finalist in the 2019 International
Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the 2019 International Goethe
Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical
Fiction category. Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune
500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and
has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational
consultant. She and her husband, Kevin, spend their time between their
horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, and
their condo on the sunny shores of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Connect with the author:  Website ~ Goodreads ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Instagram

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Tour Schedule:

June 22 – Working Mommy Journal – series spotlight / giveaway

June 23 – History from a Woman’s Perspective – series spotlight / giveaway

June 23 - Two Gals and a Book – series spotlight / giveaway

June 24 – The Irresponsible Reader – series spotlight / giveaway

June 25 – Pen Possessed – series spotlight / giveaway

June 26 – T's Stuff – series spotlight / giveaway

June 29 – Celticlady's Reviews – series spotlight / giveaway

June 29 - A Mama's Corner of the World - series spotlight / giveaway

June 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – series spotlight / giveaway

July 1 – Pick a good book – series spotlight / giveaway

July 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – series spotlight / giveaway

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Blackheart: The Wild Ones (Jokers MC Book 1) by Jessie Cooke

Title: Blackheart: The Wild Ones
Series: Jokers MC #1
Author: Jessie Cooke
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: May 12, 2020

Evan “Blackheart” Babineaux is a hard-working, hard-partying, playboy who has spent most of his life as the President of the infamous Jokers, a 1% MC, set deep in the swamps of New Orleans. 

Blackheart was raised in the swamps, as wild as the cattails that grow there and the alligators he'd learned to wrestle even before he was old enough to drive. 

The swamps were also where he first lay his light blue eyes on Sally, the love of his life...and a dead body that neither of them would ever be able to forget.

New Orleans is known across the nation as a melting pot of cultures, its rich Cajun culture, its music, and its non-stop party atmosphere. It's also known for its tales of voodoo, spirits, witches and vampires. 

Evan and Sally will learn at a tender age that monsters are more often human than not, and there would be two human monsters lurking in the shadows that would have a heavy hand in shaping both of their lives.

The first installment of The Jokers is the story of Evan and Sally. From two kids who knew they were soulmates, to two tangled paths that have finally come to an intersection in life. 

It's the story of two hearts that have beat as one for decades...and the one man who is hellbent on destroying it all.

Eleven-year-old Sally’s face was contorted with terror and her throat visibly vibrated with the scream she was holding back, as she reached out her hand. Twelve-year-old Evan, probably fighting harder than Sally was to control his emotions, took it. It was the first time Evan ever held hands with a girl that wasn’t his mother, or one of his sisters...but as much as he loved Sally, and he knew he was going to marry her someday...Evan also knew that this wasn’t going to be a moment either of them ever looked back on as “romantic.” What they were looking at on the ground was horrific, even for the kids who had been born and raised in the wilds of one of the least known about and most misunderstood places on earth.

Evan Babineaux and Sally Guidry were born and bred along the banks of the largest swamp in the world, the Atchafalaya. Stretching out over 1.4 million acres, and located deep in the heart of Louisiana, the Atchafalaya holds more mystery, and guards more secrets than the jungles of the Amazon. The Atchafalaya was not only home to the two children and their families, but it also housed over sixty-five species of reptiles and amphibians and over two hundred and fifty species of birds. It’s a place where panthers, black bear, bobcats, nutria, mink, fox, muskrat, beaver, otter and raccoon live in states of both harmony and war. It can be a spooky place even in the daylight when the cypress trees with knurled roots protrude just far enough above the water to throw off the sun and give the illusion of lurking predators. Or it can be mysterious at night when the symphony of sound coming off the water plays background for the feathery wisps of Spanish moss, dangling and fluttering against the black sky or under the light of a full moon, looking like a ghostly apparition, as it searches for a suitable cypress bough to call home.

Evan and Sally were children who didn’t startle easily. They knew which animals to avoid, what areas to stay out of, and even which plants they could pick to eat, and which ones might kill them if they were only to reach out and brush their fingers against the leaves. They’d been sent out at times with baskets to pick the medicinal plants that their mothers and grandmothers used to make medicine that kept them and their siblings alive, and they’d been sent out with shotguns to secure something for dinner on the eves when their daddies got too drunk after a day on the river and forgot to come home. They grew up as part of remnants of a civilization as yet untouched by the hands of the modern outside world, without things like electricity or telephones. They were the offspring of Acadians who had settled upon the rapidly sinking earth, eventually cohabitating and mating with the blacks and the whites like the French, who had come to the swamps for the same reasons the Acadians live, love, and create life in a place that even the hands of time seemed unable to touch. They created families, and their own language, and their own culture, twisting and binding what they’d each brought with them until they’d created their own vibrant and colorful culture unlike any other.

The people who reared Sally and Evan, and those that came before them, weren’t rich in dollars and material things, but their souls were rich and their bodies hearty and it took a lot to rattle or even startle them...but nothing either child had seen or heard in their short time on earth had prepared them for what they’d stumbled upon that day. The silence between them was almost deafening before Sally finally said:

“Should I go get Paw Paw?”

“No.” Evan didn’t hesitate. Sally’s grandpa was the last person they needed there. Evan wouldn’t tell Sally, but like the rest of the community, he thought the old man wasn’t really right in the head. He would want to chant some black magic, voodoo bullshit that wouldn’t do any of them a lick of good. Evan knew what they needed at that moment was a grown-up with a cool head, and the only man the boy knew who fit that description to a perfect “T” was his own Paw, Jean Luc Babineaux.

“I’ll get my Paw,” he told her. Evan started to release Sally’s hand, but he felt her grip onto him tighter almost simultaneously. In a voice he usually reserved for one of his little sisters when they woke out of a nightmare he said, “It’s okay, Sal. I’m not gonna leave you. The mud’s deep here. though, so hang onto my belt loops—I’ll need my arms to get us out of here.” Evan had learned young that while walking in the bayou, upper body strength can be just as important as lower. He used his arms to reach out and grab onto the trunks or boughs of the trees that surrounded them, and use them as leverage to pull his feet out of the deep, sucking mud so he could move forward with another step. Sally clung onto him and although she was tiny, made his journey back out of the little cove they’d been exploring that much more difficult.

Evan was covered in sweat by the time they broke through the thick trees and long, tall lines of cattails, onto the dirt road that led to the river’s edge. Evan’s family home was there, situated among a dozen others. It was the place where he and all three of his sisters had been born, and his father before him, and his grandfather before that. It was small and cramped and occasionally his father had to use cement blocks to keep the front porch from dipping so far down on one side that it looked like a ramp. But it was home, and as soon as Evan saw it, some of the terror that had been digging its claws into the boy’s soul began to ebb slowly, like a tide as it left behind the soft, wet clumps of sand on the beach.

“Paw!” Evan yelled, taking Sally’s hand again and beginning to run toward the house. His father’s voice caused him to stop halfway and look toward the old boat docks.

“Evan! Come on and help me here, boy! Grab that duct tape over there.”

Evan would have told his Paw that his news was the type that couldn’t wait, if Jean Luc wasn’t at that very second straddling the broad back of what looked like a seven-foot alligator. Evan looked at Sally and mouthed, “Sorry,” before releasing her hand, grabbing the roll of silver tape off the porch railing, and running toward his dad and the ginormous reptile. Normally watching his Paw take down a gator fascinated Evan. He was in awe of the 6'6" three-hundred-pound man who could rock a baby to sleep at 2 a.m., pull in a two-hundred-pound cage of crawfish, and wrestle an alligator before the sun came up every morning. Most days Evan wanted to grow up to be just like him...Jean Luc Babineaux was King of the Bayou, and that notion made young Evan proud.

“Get ’em, boy! You gonna stand there and watch him eat me, or what?” his Paw snapped, and brought the boy out of his thoughts and back to the task at hand. Pulling about two feet of the silver tape loose from the roll, he crept closer and while his Paw continued to wrestle the behemoth, Evan wrapped the tape around its jaws, not stopping until he’d used half the roll.

“Good job!” Jean Luc said, hardly out of breath. He patted the still angry and twisting gator on its side and said, “I ought to just ride him into town now!” Evan was sure no one would be surprised if he did. His Paw had a reputation in town, so much so that the townsfolk were almost disappointed if Jean Luc walked in like a “normal” man and didn’t leave them something to talk about for days, weeks, months, or even years afterwards. Such a day was a rarity though, and even at forty years old, Jean Luc hadn’t run out of ways to shock them. “Help me get him into the cage now.” Jean Luc sometimes killed the gators he caught, and the meat was used to feed their family and many others. But other times, when he was able to get a hold of a specimen as big and pretty as the one he was riding, he took them to a “Gator Ranch,” a sanctuary that was a popular tourist destination. The gator would live out the rest of its life there on the ranch, amusing the visitors by simply lying lazily on the banks of the man-made ponds and waiting for its daily feeding. Evan felt sorrier for those than he did the ones they killed and ate. He had never been caged or fenced in, but just the thought of it made the boy feel like it was hard to breathe.

“Evan...” Sally still looked shaken, maybe even more so after watching Evan and his dad subdue the gator.

“Give me one more minute,” Evan told her. He did what Jean Luc asked, and helped him push the angry, uncooperative reptile into the large cage that Jean Luc would then load onto his boat. When that was done and the cage door locked up tightly Evan finally said, “Paw, me and Sally saw something out in the cove...”

Jean Luc looked like he was waiting for the boy to go on, and when he didn’t, Jean Luc said, “Well, I gotta get that gator delivered before dark, son, so as long as it ain’t nothing that’s gonna eat us in our sleep, I best get to it.” Evan was shaking all over, and he knew he had to tell his father...but the words were sticking in his throat and Jean Luc was already sliding the cage onto the boat when Sally finally said:

“Mr. Babineaux! There’s a lady in the cove...a dead lady, without a head.”

That froze the old man in his tracks. At last he straightened up and looked from his son to Sally and back again, taking in their faces and obviously unsure if this was a silly, albeit sick, little pre-adolescent game, or if they were in fact telling the truth. When his dark blue eyes landed on his son’s face for a second time, Evan nodded. “It’s true,’s a naked lady, and she’s dead.”

Jean Luc frowned. “You said her head was gone?” The children nodded and still looking thoughtful he said, “Look like animals did it?”

“No, Paw, it looks like it was sliced off, and she ain’t been there too long because the animals ain’t really got to her yet.”

“Fuck me,” Jean Luc said, his expression remaining neutral. “I reckon I should go out and have a look. Can you kids show me exactly where you found her?” The children nodded, and with the gigantic alligator in tow in his cage, Jean Luc took them out toward the cove in the boat, stopping and tying it along the muddy banks when the kids told him to. The three of them climbed out and while Evan quickly led his Paw toward the spot, Sally held back, looking unwilling to see it again. Evan didn’t blame her. His rush was more about passing the responsibility of the horrible discovery onto his father and taking it off his skinny young shoulders. When they reached the spot where the part of a lady still lay, half submerged in the mud and muck, Jean Luc and Evan stood side by side, staring down at her. Seconds passed, or maybe even minutes, before once again Jean Luc said, “Fuck me. I reckon we’ll have the government up our butts now for a while.”

The government wasn’t something the Cajun people who lived in the Atchafalaya Swamp welcomed, especially into their homes. But insofar as Jean Luc and his family strove to live off the grid, the man had a strong sense of right and wrong, and Evan had known before they even made it out there that Jean Luc would know what the right thing was to do. Evan watched his old man’s face as he stared down at the woman. Anyone else looking at him would see nothing...a blank canvas that could be interpreted in any number of ways. Jean Luc’s expression was the same whether he was singing a French lullaby to one of his babies, or skinning a gator, or shooting a wild hog. Evan always wondered if emotions were afraid to cross the path of the big man’s face, but what he’d learned in the years as he grew from a babe in his father’s giant arms to his sometimes-reluctant sidekick was that the answer to everything was in Jean Luc’s blue eyes. Every emotion the man felt was there, and now as Evan stared up at his Paw, he saw the horror there, the compassion, and the worry. Evan knew the worry would be for his own wife and daughters, and the wives and daughters of his neighbors. Evan’s Paw taught him an infinite number of things. He’d grow up learning how to work hard. He’d know how to fish, hunt, fight, love, provide for and protect his family. But the ability to do any of that without letting the rest of the world know what you were thinking as you did it, that was the one thing Jean Luc taught his son that Evan used most to shape his future.

* * *

It was over thirty years since that day in the swamps when Evan looked down into the eyes of the man responsible for leaving that poor woman to rot in the mud or be eaten by predators. But as he looked down into the man’s terrified brown eyes, not a soul in the room could have even guessed what he was thinking.

“Bonjou, Christoff.”

The man on the floor may not have known what the big, dark-haired, blue-eyed, heavily-tattooed man looking down at him was thinking either...but he obviously knew enough about the man to be very afraid. In an almost inaudible, shaky voice the brown-eyed man managed to squeak out, “Bonjou, Blackheart.”

My review:

Jessie Cooke is one on favorite writers of MC Romance book. I can't even count how many of her books I have read. I love how even though her books are about the "Bad Boys" she always gives them a huge heart. They are rough and tough but would do anything for their friends and family and whatever it takes for their Ladies. This book is filled with action, coarse language and hot sex scenes and I loved every page.

Born and raised in the Swamps of Louisiana Evan "Blackheart" Babineaux and Sally Guidry have pretty much always been together. As kids playing in the swamps they were innocent but left to run wild. As adults Evan is the President of The Jokers MC and Sally is a Nurse. Even after almost 50 years they are still together but not really together. Sally has finally fully given up on her happily ever after with Evan and decides its time to move in. In walks Lucien. He's hot and everything he does or says makes him seem more perfect to Sally. Evan jealousy over the relationship spurs him on to find something not right about Lucien. But what he uncovers is even more dangerous then even he can imagine. Lucien doesn't just want Sally's body he want's both of their souls and will do anything to get them. 

Jessie Cooke writes hot romance novels about tough guys, bad boys, bikers, fighters and lovers and the women of strong character who tame them.


Blurb Blitz Dwarf Story by Professor W. W. Marplot

Dwarf Story
by Professor W. W. Marplot


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GENRE:   Middle Grade Fantasy

For Arty to miss a day of school, either he is very, very sick or a fairytale-character turf-war has begun in his backyard — such as what begins this particular Wednesday. First, he finds an ax-swinging, bearded, sweaty warrior Dwarf scaring his dogs. Soon enough, Emma, Cry and other middle-school friends also find fairy creatures — Elves, Spriggans, Pixies, and a hoped-for Dragon — crashing into their normal homework-doing, backpack-carrying, phone-charging schooldays.

Why are these magical beings here? What should be done? Is that axe sharp? Can Pixies be given aspirin?

Arty with his friends — and spying jerks, and questionable strangers with long names — follow the clues and try to find out, even as things turn dark and dangerous.

The mythical beings are taking sides. The Gwyllion, that legendary Old Woman of the Mountains, has a sinister plan, turning the neighborhood into a fantasy battleground. One that awaits young heroes.

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I can’t be sure about everything Arty just told you. I wasn’t there. Our stories will join soon, and it’ll be fun to see Professor Arty try to use black-and-white, Courier-font science facts to make sense of a fantasy realm character landscaping his backyard. He’ll have to admit that he’s just a kid and was awfully afraid during that whole Dwarf-in-the-woods episode, even though fear is not part of the “scientific method” that he brags about all the time. I’m much more normal than he is and much more unique at the same time. And more popular. So, my version will be different, more colorful, more alive, and more imaginative—which is the way fantastic things deserve to be treated. They need to be drawn, believed, written about in long poems.

Especially with what happened next...

About the Author: Professor Welkin Westicotter Marplot, of Coillemuir, Scotland, is a collector of esoteric tales of global wisdom and curator of ancient manuscripts. He is a recluse and, as he claims, has been collecting and collating adventure and fantasy stories for over a century.


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Summer Shorts


Sizzling Summer Set of Sixteen Short Stories from the New York
and USA Today award-winning authors of The
Authors’ Billboard:
Barbour, Melinda De Ross, J.L. Saint, Cynthia Cooke, Angela Stevens,
Susanne Matthews, Josie Riviera, Katy Walters, Nancy Radke, Susan
Jean Ricci, Dani Haviland, Rebecca York, Rachelle Ayala, Aileen Fish,
Stacy Eaton, Taylor Lee

sweet to spicy, and contemporary to suspenseful, these sixteen Summer
Short Stories will be sure to heat up your heart and help you escape
reality in a blaze of fun, drama, and romance.

Sixteen NY
Times & USA Today
popular authors have put together these
delightful novellas to give you that spurt of entertainment you can
often finish in one sitting. These Summertime stories will delight
the romance lover until the sun sets in a blaze of glory.

Mimi Barbour – Her Hero –
Her puppy will drown if the
stranger can’t save her! USA Today and NY Times Best Selling

NEW! Melinda De Ross – Summer Neighbors–
A summer vacation, an inherited house, a sexy neighbor. Should be the
formula for the perfect summer…Right? USA Today Bestselling

Jennifer St. Giles writing as J. L. Saint –
What Didn’t Happen in Vegas –
What didn’t happen in Vegas
could cost Eric and Holly everything. USA Today Bestselling

NEW! Cynthia Cooke – All I Want Is You – He
will not lose – the deal or his heart.

NEW! Angela
Stevens – Catching Robert –
When the adorable Maggie orders a
chocolate sundae from Robert Chase, the ice cream is not the only
thing to melt. Amazon International Bestselling Author.

Susanne Matthews – Tequila Sunrise –
The peppers in Mexico
aren’t the only things too hot to handle. Award winning

NEW! Josie Riviera – A Chocolate-Box Summer
Breeze –
Will Emily and Joe be able to find their
happily-ever-after in a forgotten summer breeze? USA Today
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NEW! Katy Walters – The
Billionaire and the Librarian –
Would this unreasonable match
be spectacular or a dud? USA Today Bestselling Author

Radke – The Stubbornest Girl in the Valley –
Stubborn ladies
hang onto the men they love. USA Today Bestselling Author

Susan Jean Ricci – Row with Me –
Learning a new sport isn’t
easy when the couple involved have questionable skills in kayaking
and relationships. USA Today Bestselling Author

Dani Haviland – Kidnapped!
He’d get her back…at any cost.
USA Today Bestselling Author

Rebecca York – Hot
and Dangerous –
Summer Idyll turns to terror. USA Today
Bestselling Author

NEW! Rachelle Ayala – Bad Boys for
Hire: Roni –
Roni ordered hits for the cartel, but can she kill
the disabled firefighter whose ex hires her? USA Today Bestselling

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The Devious King by BL Mute

Title: The Devious King
Series: The Hale Mafia Book One
Author: BL Mute
Genre: Dark Suspenseful Romance
Release Date: June 26, 2020

"My kingdom isn't one you find in fairy tales. Instead, it's built on corruption, lies, and murder."

Raised by the chief of police, I knew tangling with the mafia leader of Northridge Heights was a bad idea. Yet as I gazed into his dark eyes, I couldn't resist Teddy's offer. We made a deal. He helps me find my fathers murderer, and I'll stand by his side as paid protection. But nothing could protect my heart—from him. I saw a side of him few ever do, and it left me aching for him. Now, there's a new deal. Stand by his side and reign as his queen. Am I ready to join the seedy underbelly of mafia life, knowing one among them murdered my father? 

When I made the chief of police a deal, I never knew he had a daughter. After his death, I felt compelled to watch over her and keep her safe. Somewhere along the way, I fell in love. But helping her fit into my world wouldn't be easy. She had to be trained. Groomed. Educated. To my great relief, my beautiful Charlie exceeded my wildest expectations. Still, I live in fear that if the secrets I've kept come to light, my queen will become my enemy.