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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cover Reveal: Six By James Crow...


Title: Six 
Author: James Crow 
Genre: Erotica 






She was different; inexperienced yet eager, dirty yet cautious, hesitant yet willing. Six was a diamond among gems, a truth among lies. Six was just perfect . . . and I was going to give her the fuck of her life. The couch was soft. I lay back, illuminated from the lamp on the table by my side. I felt like a specimen under the spotlight, which to him I probably was. He picked up the notepad and pen and brought the small chair I’d been sitting on. He positioned it alongside, close, and sat with one leg crossed over the other, the notepad resting on his knee. ‘You will call me Sir from now on. His hand came down to rest on my knee and I flinched at his touch. A wave of tingles coursed from my pussy to my breasts as he shifted from his chair and sat on the edge of the couch. His hands were on my knees, parting them. There was a glint in his eye. ‘I’m going to make you come now, Emma Jane








James Crow dons a suit by day and a crop by night. When he’s not blending in to corporate suburbia, you’ll find him either penning dirty tales at his laptop, or pinking up some naughty girl’s buttocks. Six is James’ debut full-length novel.






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Best wishes,
~Jennifer Labelle~

Friday, November 20, 2015

An Interview, A Giveaway & A New Release With Mia Hoddell...


Title: Not Enough
Release date: November 16th 2015
Author: Mia Hoddell
Genre: Upper YA/NA Contemporary Romance

Blurb:
Neve Colvin isn’t good enough. As an introvert, her life is a never-ending list of labels and criticism. Pressures to change come from everyone—including the one person she thought would love her unconditionally … her mother. All Neve wants is acceptance, but surrounded by extroverts it’s a wish that’s nearly impossible to fulfil.
For Neve there’s only one solution: anyone disapproving must go. Even if it means only one person will remain.
That person is her lifelong friend Blake Reynolds. He’s seen the fights with her mum, the breakdowns caused by attacks on her personality, and the battles for acceptance. Each time she is left shattered and questioning who she is, he’s the one to collect the pieces of her broken heart. Shielding her from the cruelty is his only concern. But how can he protect her when Neve is concealing a secret so dark?
Blake thinks he knows everything about her, and with their relationship developing, he assumes Neve trusts him fully. However, there is one memory Neve is too ashamed of to share. Revealing it will test Blake’s loyalty beyond what she could ever ask, and Blake is the only friend she can’t afford to lose. He’s the one person capable of dragging her from the darkness plaguing her, but with pressures to conform increasing, even Blake may not be enough to pull her back this time.

Buy link: Amazon: www.amazon.com/Not-Enough-Mia-Hoddell-ebook/dp/B015VCSVJ8/ref  The book is only 0.99 for the release week.

Questions:
1.      How long have you been an author?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. However, I published my first novel back in 2012 so that’s when I consider myself officially an author.

2.      What is your favourite genre?
I love anything romantic. My favourite sub-genres change often, but right now I love contemporary NA or romantic suspense.

3.      If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?
It depends on what they’re looking for. If they want a short, sweet, feel-good read they should pick up one of my Seasons of Change novellas. However, if they’re looking for a full-length, more emotional read I’d recommend Not Enough. Out of all of the books I have released, Not Enough is my favourite so far.

4.      What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?
I’ve grown to like the editing process. I hated it in the beginning, but surprisingly I now enjoy it.

5.      Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
Recently, I signed my third contract with Limitless Publishing LLC for a new series titled Chequered Flag. The first book, Chameleon Soul, will be releasing on February 2nd 2016, and I’ve already completed book 2. All of the books will be interconnected standalones that follow a group of racing drivers as they fight for love.

6.      Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
I have never read Harry Potter. For some reason, that always seems to surprise people in the book world.

7.      Name your top three writing goals?
I’m not sure how to answer this. I’ve hit all of the goals I set myself this year so I’ll have to think up some more for 2016.

Fun Questions -
1.      If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Approach with caution and bring chocolate when hungry, tired, or near a deadline.

2.      If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do?
I’d like to meet Teo from my soon-to-be released novel Chameleon Soul. I’d make him take me to his Formula 1 races in all of the hot countries since I’d love to travel the world.

3.      What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?
Ha! No way am I sharing that. I may have included it in one of my Chequered Flag books though so you’ll have to read them to find out.

4.      Finally, can you give us your contact links?
You can follow me on: 
Blog | Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads  |  Google+  |  Amazon
Or sign up to my newsletter for the chance to receive ARCs, giveaways, and exclusive content first.

Giveaway

1 x $5 Amazon Gift Card

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 Excerpt

“You’re not broken, Neve.” I lower my head at his words, but his finger pulls my gaze back to his. “You’re not.”
“Whatever, try telling that to everyone else.”
“F*** their opinions, Neve. You’re. Not. Broken. You’re not deficient or not good enough. You’re stronger than you believe. So what if you’re quieter than the rest of the people you’ve mixed with. That doesn’t make you any less funny, quick witted, clever, beautiful, or a great friend to be around. You’ve been given a hard time, but you’re still here fighting, and I’ll always be there beside you.”
I tense at his words, at how far from the truth they are. “I haven’t always. There have been times where fighting was the furthest thing from my mind.” If only he knew how far I’d taken things, he wouldn’t be sitting here complimenting me.
“Don’t be daft, of course you are. You’re here, aren’t you? And you just pledged your undying love to me.”
“I did no—” I stop talking abruptly when I glance up and catch his teasing grin. “You’re annoying.”
“It got a smile out of you though.”
I bob my head gently in agreement, thankful that the change of subject stopped me revealing the one and only thing Blake doesn’t know.



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Best wishes,
~Jennifer Labelle~

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Haven's Flame by Marie Piper...


HAVEN'S FLAME, Fires of Cricket Bend Trilogy #1, by Marie Piper is LIVE! 



✣ SYNOPSIS ✣
High-button dresses aren’t made for hot Texas springs—or the burning desire Haven Anderson has for Deputy Matthew Frank…

After a lifetime of friendship, Matthew and Haven are finally engaged, but he doesn’t seem to share Haven’s emerging passion. Feeling rejected and uncertain about her future, Haven finds herself attracted to the handsome new saloon owner, Hank Porter. 

Matthew holds Haven at arm’s length, despite the love smoldering inside him…

Matthew’s father was run out of town years ago for nearly killing his mother, and Matthew fears the lack of control passion can cause. Having been taken in and raised by Haven’s family, he vows to always treat her with affection and respect.

The season brings cattle drives and rowdy cowboys—and Haven can’t stay away from the saloon…

As the doctor’s assistant, Haven tends Hank after a fight, and befriends a lively “upstairs girl,” Callie Lee, despite orders from the Cricket Bend Sheriff—her father—to have nothing to do with anyone at the saloon. 

Along with the cattle drive come the lawless McKenzie brothers, a rude bounty hunter, and rumors of a dangerous man, Walker, headed their way. Caught up in this whirlwind, Haven remains torn between her love for the romantically distant Matthew and the more earthy passion offered by Hank and his scandalous reputation. 

Should she follow her heart or the desire that puts everything she’s known at risk? Or even more importantly, will the people she loves still be standing in the aftermath of…
Haven’s Flame.


✣ MARIE PIPER 
Marie Piper earned her B.A. in English Literature from Michigan State University, and lives in Chicago. She loves travel, coffee, and surrounding herself with her book hoard. Marie has several short pieces of romantic/erotic fiction being published in anthologies over the next few months, but she is especially thrilled to be joining Team Limitless with her 3-book steamy Western series, FIRES OF CRICKET BEND.

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14190762.Marie_Piper


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Best wishes,
~Jennifer Labelle~

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Somewhere in Between By Samatha Harris...


Title: Somewhere in Between
Release date: Nov. 10th
Author: Samatha Harris
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Blurb:
Alexandra McCabe​ is disconnected from the world, grieving the loss of her parents...

Content with studying and keeping to herself, Alex has no interest in the campus playboy, Drew Collins, trying to get close to her. But even dousing him with beer doesn't deter the easy-going charmer, and against her better judgment, the pair fall into a reluctant friendship.

Drew is bored with college life, and Alex's romantic rejection intrigues him...

Their friendship is good for both of them, but Drew is used to getting what he wants, and he's tired of shallow sorority girls. He's much more interested in the feisty redhead, but despite his growing feeling, Alex keeps him firmly in the friend zone.

Old heartaches and new tragedies deepen a complicated relationship...

Whatever life throws their way, Alex and Drew remain best friends with their own traditions. Drew is Alex's family, her rock, and Alex keeps Drew grounded, always challenging him to better himself.

When years of buried feelings rush to the surface, they threaten to change everything...

Drew promised his mother he'd tell Alex how he feels, when the time is right-but how will he know when that is? Alex is terrified to reveal those 'three little words' certain Drew doesn't feel the same, and she'll lose the only family she has.

Should Alex and Drew open their hearts, and risk being crushed? Should they be satisfied with a deep, lifelong friendship? Or does the only chance for happiness lie...
Somewhere In Between?




Questions:

1.      How long have you been an author?
I only started writing recently. I spent most of my life focusing on my art, painting and tattooing, but I always had stories in my head. It was only last fall that I decided to go for it and write a novel.

2.      What is your favourite genre?
I don’t know that I have a favorite I read a wide range of genres. Everything from Historical to urban fantasy. I love to write contemporary romance. I enjoy a little humor, a little drama, and a happy ending.

3.      If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?
Well I suggest start with Somewhere in Between because well it’s my debut and their only option at the moment, but even if it wasn’t my only novel that has been released I would still recommend starting there. Alex and Drew are two of my favorite people and I truly love their story.

4.      What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?
That I can actually do it. I wrestled with the idea of writing a novel for years, because I thought that it was a pipe dream. Something I would always think about but never actually do. Sometimes all it takes it the right story. For me Alex and Drew’s story demanded to be told, and that was all the motivation I needed.

5.      Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
I’m currently working on a few things. The first being book 2 in the Madison Square series. This story will focus on Sean meeting his match. I’m introducing some fun new characters and some old favorites will make an appearance as well. The second is a YA urban fantasy based on Celtic mythology. It is a project I’m really excited about and can’t wait to share. 
6.      Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.

I sing. I’m not ready to audition for the voice or anything but I can carry a tune. I was in show choir all four years in high school. I tear it up on karaoke nights and in the car as well. My daughter and I love to sing songs from Broadway musicals, mainly Shrek and Wicked, on road trips.

7.      Name your top three writing goals?
1.      Definitely, make the Bestseller lists. Doesn’t matter which one, I’m not picky, of course all of them would be great.
2.      Have my books printed in a foreign language.
3.      Write something that will have you laughing through your tears.

Fun Questions -

1.      If you had a warning label, what would it say?
Caution: Unattended items will be repurposed and covered in paint.

2.      If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do?
I would say I would want to meet Papa Jack and give him a Hug. He’s just so cuddly

3.      What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?
To be honest I’m kind of a goody two shoes, I always have been. I tend to let my characters do the naughty things for me.

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Finally, can you give us your contact links?
            Website: www.samathaharrisbooks.com


EXCERPT:
“I never got the point of this movie,” I said, grabbing a handful of popcorn.
“What do you mean the point?” 
“I mean, this old chick trains this girl to fuck with the guy’s head and he just takes it? What a pussy!” Red just looked at me like I was crazy. “What?”
“It’s romantic!”
“This is not romantic.” I pointed at the screen. “This is stupid. The old hag tells him she will break his heart. She is engaged when he finds her again in New York, and he still practically begs at her feet. It’s pathetic.”
“He loves her so much that he spends his life doing everything he can to be worthy of her.”
“Why isn’t he worthy of her in the first place?” I pointed out. “He’s a nice guy.”
“It’s a gesture. He wants to prove his love. Like what your mom says.”
“That is nothing like what mom says. You fight to be the man the girl deserves after she loves you, not to make her love you. That guy is an idiot. He falls for the first girl to kiss him, and she does nothing but use him and fuck with his head.”
“Then why did you agree to watch it?” 
“Gwyneth Paltrow gets naked.” I shrugged.
“Nice.”
“So,” I tried to steer the conversation toward her date with Russell without sounding too interested, “you never told me how your date went.”
“Eh.” She shrugged.
“Eh? What does that mean?”
“It was okay, but there wasn’t really anything there. We have nothing in common.”
“Well, that’s too bad.” I tried and failed to hide my smile.
“I think it was mutual anyway. He hasn’t called me, so no big deal.”
I told that son of a bitch to stay away from her. Looks like he heard my warning loud and clear. “I’m sorry, Red.”
She looked at me with a smirk on her face. “You are not.” 
“I didn’t like the guy, sure, but I do want you to be happy.”
“Well then, I guess it worked out for everyone then, didn’t it?”
“Yeah, I guess so.” I chuckled.

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Best wishes,
~Jennifer Labelle~

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Blog Tour: The Queen by Suzanna Lynn...


Title: The Queen 
Author: Suzanna Lynn
Genre: Fantasy Romance







Tensions are high. While King Ashmur lies on his deathbed, the evil Lord Cadman coerces Mirstone into declaring war on Grasmere and they’re not alone in their malevolent intensions. An evil lurks in the land that threatens to destroy everything in its wake.

While Baylin readies the Kingdom, Luana discovers a secret about her past that makes her question everything she thought she knew about herself.

All Luana and Baylin wish for is to be safe and happy together. However, constant struggles make it seem as though contentment is impossible. Trials and tribulations strain the delicate core of their relationship.

Will war finally succeed in tearing the lovers apart? Will Luana and Baylin’s bond be able to
withstand the hidden secrets, betrayal and warfare?




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Author Suzanna Lynn is a full-time mom of three beautiful, energetic children and lives with her husband and children in a small town nestled in the deep rolling hills of Missouri. 



Growing up in the Ozarks, as a child Suzanna spent her days wandered the fields and woods surrounding her home. She would imagine them to be filled with fairies, dragons, and all number of creatures. 



Having not lost her childhood imagination, Suzanna has written numerous poems, songs and short stories that have won various awards. However, in 2014 she decided to stop wishing she could write a book, and made the dream a reality.


She is the author of 'The Bed Wife Chronicles' series. She also has three other books in the works.


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Best wishes,
~Jennifer Labelle~

Monday, November 2, 2015

An Interview with Bradon Nave...


Title: Keeping the Tarnished
Release date: November 3rd
Author: Bradon Nave
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Blurb:
Johnny Tregalis leaves home the minute he turns eighteen, but he’s the only one who knows why…

Arriving in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Johnny has nothing—not even a plan. Local veterinarian Jackson Everett notices the boy, who reminds him of his own teenage son, and offers him a bed for the night.

Meeting Jackson’s wife Graye, his son Jared, and four-year-old daughter Bryce, Johnny sees a family he could never imagine. He’d been raised by his abusive father after his mother disappeared with his younger brother, and he’s sure he’ll be packed off to a shelter in the morning. He can’t believe it when he’s invited to stay indefinitely.

Johnny refuses to discuss his traumatic past as he attempts to fit in…

The Everetts try to help the profoundly troubled teen, but he seems to be at the mercy of his own mind. He’s held captive by flashbacks, excruciating night terrors, and a mounting inability to distinguish delusion from reality. How can he possibly recover, go to school, have friends…have a life?

Physical scars only hint at deeper psychological devastation…

As the shocking truth comes to light, Johnny struggles to overcome years of abuse, poverty, and despicable horrors to become part of a real family, but is he strong enough to defeat his demons? The Everetts realize Johnny’s journey is now their own, but they face a daunting task.

How much sacrifice is too much when all you can hope for is keeping the tarnished?
Buy link: (only one link please)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017081L3Y?keywords=bradon%20nave&qid=1445646287&ref_=sr_1_4&sr=8-4

Questions:
1.      How long have you been an author?
I’ve always dabbled…I self-published in 2013, but I wasn’t signed to Limitless until 2015.
2.      What is your favourite genre?
This is a generic answer, but it changes. I love dark, gritty storylines—but after I was published I found myself reading outside my comfort zone in an effort to support my new friends. Turns out I’m a fan of a good, clean comedy—who knew? But…just keeping it real, when I’m in B&N or Hastings I’m in the Thriller Mystery and Suspense and sometimes Horror section.
3.      If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?
Please, start with Keeping the Tarnished. I like to think of this as my clean slate ;) I have two other books with a smaller publisher. I like the storylines of both books; however, it wasn’t until I started working with a reputable publisher that I realized what I was lacking.
4.      What is the biggest surprise you’ve discovered about the writing process?
 When I sat down to write my first book three years ago I was honestly under the impression that writing the book was the difficult piece. I was so wrong. I had no idea of how the market worked and how rapidly it was changing. It was a humbling process to say the least. The short answer—I was surprised by how difficult it was to catch the attention of an agent or publisher. 
5.      Can you tell us about one of your current works in progress?
I can. I recently submitted a manuscript, Copper Lilies, and was offered a contract for the project by my publisher.
The book is about 23 year old, Nora—a new nurse from southeast Oklahoma in 1986. She leaves her roots for San Francisco to offer assistance where she can during the height of the AIDS epidemic.
After securing employment as a bedside nurse, Nora begins volunteering at a buddy system—a group of tightknit friends that provide in-home assistance to people afflicted by the horrible illness.
As Nora’s psychology struggles to digest the turmoil she’s plunged herself into, she finds comfort in the support of her new friends.
Gradually, this “warzone” completely rearranges Nora’s way of thinking. She finds herself heartbroken time and time again. She’s one of a select few that are holding dying hands and drying tears…how can she possibly walk away?
She gives her all in an attempt to rebuild her emotional strength, but will she be able to regain clarity, secure normalcy and even find love in the midst of a situation much worse than anything she’d ever imagined? 
6.      Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
I graduated from a rural Oklahoma school with three people in my senior classJ
7.      Name your top three writing goals?

·         I want to reach the readers—I feel I owe that to my characters. If those efforts put me on a bestselling list someday, then that’s just icing on the cake.
·         Like all authors I know—I would like to eventually write for a living, but that doesn’t mean I have to be filthy rich…I just want to do what I love every single day.
·         More than anything I would love to be approached by a complete stranger and be referred to as “My favorite author.”

Fun Questions -
1.      If you had a warning label, what would it say?
I do actually. Everyone at work knows that speaking to me prior to nine in the morning may result in death.
2.      If you had the chance to meet one of your characters privately, who would it be and what would you do?
Johnny Tregalis—I would let him know that he’s got a bright future and life ahead of him. If he questioned that I would sit and write a sequel.
3.      What is the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done?
I went to literally the tiniest school on the planet…we had to be creative to stay entertained. I happen to be friends with the majority of my high school teachers and I love my former high school principal so I’m going to have to think past that—I don’t want to open old wounds ;)
While in college, I dressed like a homeless crackhead and went to Penn and Memorial in Oklahoma City at four in the afternoon and busted a move while my roommate recorded it. I had a wig, fake grease stains and I topped it off camo shorts and net pantyhose.
4.      Finally, can you give us your contact links?

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Best wishes,
~Jennifer Labelle~