Release Day Launch: Refusing to Expire by Tricia Daniels

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Title: Refusing to Expire

Author: Tricia Daniels

Release Date: May 31, 2017

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Love sometimes comes to us when we’ve completely given up on it.
You just have to let go of the past and accept it.

Tori Campbell has neglected her needs as a woman, for far too long. Times are tough, money is tight, and raising three boys without a positive male role model in the house is challenging. After months of online dating, she realizes that there’s a whole lot of crazy out there. Discouraged, she struggles to accept that she may spend the rest of her life alone.

Roger Ford hasn’t been lucky in love, so far. He’s looking for someone to share his life. Someone to laugh and dance with. The moment they meet and he gazes into her enchanting, green eyes, he falls hard. Everything just seems to fit. Well, almost everything.

Roger may not be the perfect man, but he is no quitter, and he’s determined to prove it.

 

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Tricia Daniels lives in a small town in Southern Ontario, Canada, where she raised three kids as a single parent. Creativity and imagination is something there is never a short supply of in her home. Between her quick wit and wicked sense of humor she found that she has a passion for writing steamy romance novels. Her goal is simple, tell her story, warm a few hearts, shed a few tears, share a silent chuckle, and occasionally, make people blush.
That’s the official version. But the simple truth is… I’m just a normal woman, struggling to pay the bills and trying to raise my kids in a home where they feel empowered, supported and loved. I’d like to say that the story came to me with a gentle persuasion…but oh no! This story hit me like a full on tackle from behind and there were no foul flags thrown by the referee. Here’s a little something unusual about me, well at least I think so… I’m not an author. My friends laugh when I say that. I have never aspired to write the next great love story or take the literary world by storm. I’m just a girl, who woke up from a dream with characters, scenes and a story in my head that was tied to such powerful emotions I couldn’t settle until I wrote them down to get them out of my brain. This story would have never been shared with any of you if it wasn’t for very good friends, who continue to try and convince me that I have a gift. Who knew? Definitely not me.

 

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Release Blitz: A Long Forgotten Time by Jennae Vale

A Long Forgotten Time
(The Thistle & Hive Series, Bk #7)
by Jennae Vale

Brenna MacRae finds herself an unwelcome guest in her own home. Ever since her father married Greer Matheson, her new stepmother has been trying to get rid of her. She’s now intent on marrying Brenna off to a man old enough to be her father. Unwilling to marry anyone, Brenna takes matters into her own hands and runs away with the intent of finding refuge with her brother and his wife. She doesn’t make it very far before being forced back to Castle Treun and the possibility of a life with a very dangerous man.
Zeke Barrett didn’t plan on traveling back in time, especially if it meant possibly seeing the woman he once loved and lost, but he finds he has no choice if he wishes to ever see his sister, Sara again. He’s determined to bring her back home to San Francisco where she belongs. She’s the only family he has left and Zeke refuses to lose her to a time and place that has long been forgotten. He enlists the aid of the witch, Edna Campbell, who agrees to help him, but as usual, Edna has an ulterior motive. Instead of tracking down Sara, Zeke finds himself at Castle Treun where he becomes embroiled in the MacRae family drama and he gets more than he bargained for when he finds he can hardly stand by and watch as Brenna MacRae is used as a pawn in a game between her father and Nevil Munro, the man she is to marry.
Zeke must get Brenna safely into her brother’s care, but first he’ll have to deal with her family and the evil Laird Munro. Once he does, he’ll still have to confront his feelings about the woman who broke his heart and the woman, who despite all her protests, is the only one who can heal it.
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It took a moment or two for Zeke to realize he’d actually done it. He’d time traveled. His elation on knowing this was tempered by the fact that he had no idea where he was or what year it was. He hoped Edna was as good at this time travel stuff as he’d heard, but so far there was no way for him to know.

“There ye are, sir,” a man’s voice came from behind him. Zeke spun around to see an older gentleman standing next to a wagon. He was holding the reins to a magnificent black horse with a long flowing mane. “Me name’s Wallace. Edna sent me to make sure ye arrived safely. She asked that I provide ye with this horse. His name is Olwydd. ’Tis a Welsh name that means tracker.” He approached Zeke, holding the reins out for him to take.

“Thank you,” Zeke said. “I was wondering if I had arrived in the right place, but now that I’ve seen you, I guess I have.” He looked the horse over and thought the name appropriate considering that he was here to find his sister. “Do you know which way I should go?”

“Dinnae worry yerself with that. Olwydd kens the way. Edna has seen to it.” He bobbed his head and turned to head back to his wagon.

Zeke was definitely feeling out of his element. It was a mixture of excitement about this journey and anxiety for the unknown. “So, the horse is going to lead me to my sister,” he called to Wallace.

“I’ve no idea where yer headed, sir. I only do what Edna asks of me and she didnae grant me that information. She did, however, ask me to supply ye with some things ye may need. They are in the bags, there.” He pointed to two leather bags slung across the saddle. “Now, ’tis time for me to be on me way.”

“Thanks, Wallace. I appreciate the help.” He had one more question before he was on his own, “How will I get in touch with Edna?”

Wallace tipped his cap and climbed aboard his wagon, waving to Zeke as he disappeared over the bridge.

“Okay. I guess that was another question he didn’t have an answer for.” Zeke rubbed the tension from the back of his neck. He had very little to go on here and he had to trust that somehow he’d find a way to communicate with Edna. “Well, Olwydd, I sure hope you know where you’re going.”

The horse nickered and gazed at him with liquid brown eyes. Zeke glanced around and seeing no other option, mounted Olwydd and allowed him to lead the way.

 

About The Author
Jennae Vale is a best selling author of romance with a touch of magic.  As a history buff from an early age, Jennae often found herself day-dreaming in history class – wondering what it would be like to live in the places and time periods she was learning about.  Writing time travel romance has given her an opportunity to take those daydreams and turn them into stories to share with readers everywhere.
Originally from the Boston area, Jennae now lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where some of her characters also reside.  When Jennae isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and her pets, and daydreaming, of course.
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Release Day Launch: Gamble by Casey Clipper

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Title: Gamble

Series: The Men of Law

Author: Casey Clipper

Release Date: May 30, 2017

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Detective Nick Butler has no intention on ever getting involved in another relationship after his ex-wife took half of his fortune in a nasty divorce. He’s perfectly fine living alone and single, without having to worry about a girlfriend or wife to come home to. At least, that what he tells himself nightly. That is, until a case lands in his lap, forcing him to work closely with a woman who stirs something inside of him he thought he closed off years before.

Heather Hardewick is a woman in need of help. Someone is stalking her and they’ve made their intent on doing her harm loud and clear with a threatening message. She finally finds a detective who will listen to her pleas, but there’s only one problem. She finds herself attracted to him, throwing caution to the wind when it comes to her safety. But should she trust another man after she caught her ex in bed with another woman? Who’s to say the handsome detective won’t do the same?

Can Nick find the person who’s threatening to kill Heather before the man strikes? Can Nick protect himself from falling for her, opening himself up to get his heart destroyed in another relationship that could potentially end badly? What does Heather do when her overprotective brothers show up to force her back home for her own safety? How can she leave when she’s found a man she wants to open herself up to again? Who does she listen to, her sensible brothers or her heart? Should she even entertain the thoughts of another relationship when her ex cheated on her? What happens when Heather’s stalker is one step ahead of the detectives and Heather’s brothers? Everything goes to hell.

 

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Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Contemporary Romantic Suspense Author Casey Clipper is from Pittsburgh, PA. She’s a noted sports fanatic, chocolate addict, and has a slight obsession with penguins. She’s an avid romance reader and loves to lose herself in a good book, like we all do, right? Casey currently serves as president of the Contemporary Romance Writers of America. Casey is an active member of the Romance Writers of America, Three Rivers Romance Writers, Kiss of Death, North Eastern Ohio Romance Writers of America, and ASMSG. Casey is the recipient of the 2016 JABBIC HBARWA Short Contemporary Romance Readers’ Choice Award.

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Kindle World Tour: Hell Yeah Presented by Sable Hunter


Hell Yeah! Kindle World

Presented by Sable Hunter

Connected by blood ties and bonds of friendship, the Hell Yeah! world chronicles the lives and loves of a family of Texas men and women, the McCoys, who live by the code of the cowboy. Adventure, unabashed sexual tension and tender intimacy plays out in a saga of stories that offer action and humor, all set in scenic locales from the Hill Country of Texas to the mysterious bayous of Louisiana. The plots of the tales are as varied as our own lives can be, but the world is one where right prevails, love conquers all, and holding out for a hero is not an impossible dream.

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Good Enough

She’s from the wrong side of the tracks. He has a past she might not understand.

By MADDIE JAMES

Mira Featherston knows her place in life and it’s not with Jake Remington. Rich guys play on the wrong side of the tracks but they don’t bring girls like her home to mama. Since Mira has no expectations beyond the moment, she doesn’t mind playing though. And she loves toying with the bad boy lawyer—until it gets her into trouble with her boss, Heath McCoy.

Jake Remington is a wealthy Texas cowboy whose family land borders the McCoy Highlands ranch, although he now practices law and lives in Kentucky. He’s back to settle a land dispute between his parents and neighboring ranchers, and the McCoys. He plans to take care of business and get the hell out of Dodge before he gets himself into trouble. Again.

Because trouble for Jake always comes in the form of a Texas beauty he can’t keep his hands off. The last temptation ended up with a lawsuit. But when he bumps into Mira coming out of his hotel room at Heath McCoy’s resort, keeping his hands off the hotel maid is impossible.

He’s fascinated by Mira. But with his past reputation, is he good enough for her?

Good Enough, Maddie James

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One Night Behind Bars

By MELISSA KEIR

 

Instead of marrying the man of her dreams, bride-to-be Jeannie Hall spends the night behind bars accused of domestic terrorism. Her groom loses no time marrying someone else. As if this isn’t enough, when she’s cleared of the charges and released, she becomes the target of a vengeful person, and the stakes keep getting higher.

Deputy Hank Walker knows the beautiful woman is innocent, but he was forced to do his duty. Determined to find out who set her up, he starts digging deeper and vows to protect the woman who had stolen his heart.

Master matchmaker Draikoh San arranges for Jeannie and Hank to have a night to remember, but when a killer comes after them, will the two lovebirds end up wearing body bags or wedding rings?

One Night Behind Bars by Melissa Keir

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Love Transcends

Can their love transcend the test of time?

by NICOLE KUHN


A song haunts Tim Perrot. Strumming it on the guitar, singing it in his head. Each time, it brings visions of a past life, lost love. Working hard, trying to build a better life than the trailer park he grew up in. But it’s hard to shake the looks of pity and disgust from the stuck up rich families he works for.

Juliette Charbeaux’s family used to rule New Orleans. Having some of the oldest blood lines in the town, and coming from real French Royalty, the Princess of New Orleans doesn’t know how she’ll survive the fall of their riches. Upon hearing the sad song from that trailer park boy working their lawn, she’s shook with visions of the past.

Can their love transcend the test of time and reunite these lost lovers?

Love Transcends by Nicole Kuhn

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His Cowboy Heart

A twist of Texas fate leads to the romance of a lifetime.

by Kandi Silvers

Single dad Riley Marx has his ranch, horses and family with no room in his life for a woman, until Miranda Combs becomes his son’s teacher. Sure, the lady is hotter than hell and everyone in town is taken with her, but Riley’s been down that road before and was left with nothing but heartache and broken dreams.

Miranda Combs loves her new job in Texas and adores her students, even if one of them is intent on setting her up with his dad. Too bad the cowboy’s gruff demeanor makes him difficult to get to know—outside the bedroom. She firmly believes she isn’t made for a relationship and it is best to focus on her career and the great sex.

Neither Miranda nor Riley has had luck with love. Sometimes though, fate puts two people right where they need to be when the time is perfect for another chance at love and the life they could only dream of having.

His Cowboy Heart by Kandi Silvers

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Cowboy Born, Cowboy Bred

Freedom or family? Only love can make the choice.
by D’Ann Lindon

Photographer Alannah Murphy refuses to be tied down. She watched her parents struggle to hold onto their dairy farm until it killed them. The mere thought of the same fate makes her shudder. When she meets rancher Sterling Gentry she has to face her fears, or lose him.

Sterling Gentry longs for someone to hand down his ranch to. Like his father before him, he has sacrificed everything to hold onto the land his ancestors settled. But finding Ms. Right proves harder than he imagined. Then he meets Alannah Murphy with her big city ways. How he can ever take a chance with a woman exactly like his mother who abandoned him when he was a child?

Despite their determination to stay the course they’ve each chosen, attraction pulls them together as steadily as a nail to a magnet. Can these two find a way to mesh Alannah’s need for freedom and Gentry’s desire to hold onto his land?

Cowboy Born, Cowboy Bred by D’Ann Lindon

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Dust on the Bottle

Freedom or family? Only love can make the choice.

by Lori King

Freelance Photographer Monica McCray has one goal, never pass up an adventure. Coming to Crawley Creek Ranch, she finds one.

Kyler DeWitt’s inner demons are close to killing him. Booze and self-pity leave him a ticking time-bomb.

When these two forces collide, a passion like no other ignites. Now Monica realizes the adventure she wants includes North Dakota roots, but will she be enough to keep Kyler grounded or will she be just like the dust on one of his bottles?

 

 

Dust on the Bottle by Lori King

 

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From the Shadows

He would protect her at any cost.
by DAWN MONTGOMERY

The equalizers are on the move, and the stakes have never been higher.
Women are disappearing from Galveston Island’s port, and Gordon McKay faces his first mission as an equalizer: bring down the human trafficking operation and the organization responsible. He expected to find trouble. He just didn’t expect it to be in the form of a take-no-prisoners firebrand like Destiny Miller.

Destiny lost her brother to war two years ago, and now a stranger claiming to be his friend comes waltzing up the steps of her bed and breakfast. He has more secrets than truths, but the eyes never lie. She’s caught in a whirlwind of trouble and somehow Gordon McKay is right at the heart of it.

One kiss was enough to ignite the flames. Another could burn away everything. Should she trust the man or the memory of the brother she thought she knew?

From the Shadows by Dawn Montgomery

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Legacy

One heart…two loves. Who will she choose?
by RHONDA LEE CARVER

What does a person do when they fall in love? They make a move, unless they’re eight. Loving Nann Fraley has been the story of Mac Sullivan’s life. Best friend and confidant, he’s been her shoulder, her rock, but no time has seemed like the right time to tell her his feelings. He can barely understand them himself.
Until he loses her to his brother.

Nann can’t think of a place she loves more than Sully Ranch. The horses have taken up residence inside her heart…along with Mac, but he’s too busy hobnobbing with the female flavor of the month falling at his dusty boots to notice Nann is all grown up. Moving on seems like the best thing to do, but tumbling into the arms of another Sullivan wasn’t part of the ‘moving on’ plan. It just happened, and she didn’t mean to start a Sullivan war

Tragedy strikes and she loses both men.

After dedicating himself to a uniform, Mac is back in Kerrville, Texas and ready to take the helm at Sully…and ready to forget the one woman he can’t have. His plans are derailed when he learns Nann has kept a secret…one with the Sullivan ice-blue eyes and coal-black hair. Had he really believed he could sweep the night he’d spent with Nann six years ago under the rug? He has no clue how to be a daddy, but he swears he won’t lose everything he loves a second time around, that is if an outside source seeking revenge doesn’t foil his intentions.

Legacy by Rhonda Lee Carver

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A Photograph of Love

 An angry rancher. A burned-out nurse. Can they find love?
by TINA SUSEDIK

Cowboys, cattle, & cameras
Ranchers, rustlers, & romance

Trudy Selucas has watched too many people die. Burned out as a home hospice nurse, she realizes she needs a change. When she accepts an invitation to visit a friend in Texas, she uses her love of photography and roams the Texas countryside taking pictures to soothe her aching soul.

After his parents die, Lincoln Phister must leave college behind and his dreams of becoming a photojournalist. He spends the next ten years raising his three younger siblings and working the family ranch. Now he is frustrated with his job, cattle rustlers, and lack of a love life.

A chance encounter with a rattlesnake brings the two together. Lincoln’s anger nearly drives them apart. Can Trudy convince him to follow his dream while finding their own photograph of love?

A Photograph of Love by Tina Susedik

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Make Me Crave

She’s run from a dangerous man into the welcoming arms of two strong Texans. Justice will be served. Lives will change. Passion won’t be denied.
by TINA DONAHUE

Having fled New York and an abusive relationship, Mia’s hiding out at Intimate Cravings, her private BDSM resort. The action’s scorching, her security guys beyond hot. Ex-military, Chance and Riley are everything she’s craved but figures she can’t have. When it comes to ménages, she’s a virgin, and they might not be interested.

Think again.

One problem solved. However, she suspects her ex is stalking her.

Riley and Chance aren’t about to let anyone harm Mia, a smart and determined woman they intend to pleasure and protect. Her ex might be bold on Wall Street. In Texas, he won’t last a minute against them.

Bound by love, the threesome sets a trap that will bring Mia peace and lead them to sultry days and impassioned nights.

 Make Me Crave by Tina Donahue

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Out For Blood

After the Jaguar destroyed his world, former CIA operative Mercer Broderick targets the faceless cartel boss using the Equalizers as pawns in a deadly game to avenge the murder of his beloved wife and child.
by JORDAN DANE

Mercer Broderick is haunted by the death of his wife and son. While on a covert mission as a CIA operative four years earlier, he’d been on foreign soil instead of protecting Keara and Braeden in America. His family’s killers were never found. With his entire world destroyed, he quit the CIA and struggled for a reason to live, wallowing in grief and an all-consuming guilt.

Mercer emerged from the fog of devastation, obsessed with swift justice and driven to honor the memory of his beloved wife and child. He forged a network of wealthy benefactors across the world—the Alliance—influential, high powered people who secretly yearn for a new world order of vigilante justice. With the support of a mysterious Danish woman, Eva Henriksen, Mercer built Zion in the mountains of Wyoming, a fortified sanctuary for his handpicked team.

After Mercer gets a lead on who ordered the hit on his family, he’s drawn to El Paso to take on the Galvez cartel and the faceless man known only as the Jaguar. Accompanied by his exotic bodyguard specialist, Keiko Kayakova—a blue-eyed Japanese beauty trained by her lethal Russian father—Mercer calls upon the Equalizers to join his Alliance team—Detective Santiago Gonzales, computer genius Saxon Abbott, Micah Wolfe and Jet Ivan Foster. With the clock ticking, Mercer must take down the Jaguar before he closes up shop and disappears forever, taking his fortune and leaving a bloody carnage of dead witnesses.

But when his plan derails, Mercer is forced to risk his life to stop a mad man from getting away with murder.

Out For Blood by Jordan Dane

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Blog Tour: The Demon Who Loved Me by Jessi Lane

Title: The Demon Who Loved Me
Series: Big Bad Bite Series #4
Author: Jessie Lane
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release: May 28, 2017


He’s a gambling man…

One brunette bombshell with a devious mind and a potty mouth has thrust Kent smack dab in the middle of where he never wanted to be—his family. He’s spent most of his life avoiding his familial responsibilities, especially the one that required him to join the Ninth Circle Council—the demon society’s equivalent of judge, jury, and executioner. Then one lost bet with a little Amazon flips his entire life upside down. With worries about retaliation from the remnants of a rogue pack of wolves in Germany, he doesn’t have time to deal with his family, or his obsession with Chloe Demos.

And she’s the biggest risk he’ll ever take…

After her mother’s death, Chloe’s world crashes down around her. A secret Amazonian heritage. Aunts and a long lost brother she never knew about. Supernatural beings. With all of the sudden changes, she’s decided it’s time to step out from behind her façade of an air-headed, materialistic bimbo and show her sisters she truly does love them—she only hates their wardrobes. What better way to show she cares about her family than to help prove someone close to one of them is innocent of the bogus murder charges from some ridiculous council? Chloe has no scruples about calling in the marker the demon Kent owes her in order to do just that. It’s only too bad she’s underestimated Kent’s intelligence, and his playboy charm.

Jessie Lane is a best-selling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance, as well as, Upper YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy.


She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in-the-making and her over protective alpha husband that she’s pretty sure is a latent grizzly bear shifter. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them.

She’s also a proud member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA).


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Blog Tour: True Hero by Susan Owensby

True Hero
Susan Owensby
Publication date: May 23rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Ally

On the run, with no one to turn to,

I’m doing all I can to stay alive, protect myself, and my little boy.

I left everything behind, determined to start over and give my child a normal life.

I have rules. Rules I have to follow. Rules that keep me alive.

1. Keep my head down.

2. Keep life simple.

3. Trust no one.

That definitely includes retired Navy Seal Jonah Bradford. He’s completely off limits.

It doesn’t matter if he wakes up the woman inside of me.

I can’t be that woman anymore. No matter how much he makes me wish I could.

Jonah

Giving up my career to run the family business wasn’t an easy decision. Once a SEAL, always a SEAL.

Yet, I’ve adjusted. I like my life, but something is missing.

One look at the freckle-faced beauty working at the local diner and I know exactly what it is.

But, I’m alive today by following my instincts and everything about Ally is setting off alarm bells that scream she’s trouble.

I don’t care. I want her.

The problem is she won’t give me the time of day.

That’s okay. I like a challenge.

I just have to uncover all of her secrets and end the fear that keeps shining in her eyes.

Operation Ally is underway.

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Susan Owensby, a mother of six, lives in the Midwest along with her husband, a retired Army Veteran. An avid romance reader for years, Susan is happy to share stories that have been floating in her head for years with her readers. In her spare time when she is not writing or doing graphic design, she loves reading, of course, listening to her favorite music, and spending time with her family. Be sure to follow Susan so you don’t miss out on her latest news

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Release Day Launch: Infinite Us by Eden Butler

Infinite Us

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 23, 2017

Synopsis:

Love is timeless….

Nash Nation loves zeroes and ones, over-sized monitors and late office hours. He’s too busy taking over the world to make time for relationships—that is, until his new neighbor Willow O’Bryant barges into his life, and now Nash can’t shake the feeling that this isn’t the first time she’s interrupted his world.

Then, the dreams start. And in the dreams—memories.

Memories of a girl named Sookie who couldn’t count on love or friendship, never mind forever. Memories of a library and a boy called Isaac and secrets made in private that destroyed his world.

The memories seem real, but who do they belong to?

When Nash and Willow discover the truth, life as they know it unravels.

The bridge between this life and the next is shored up by blood and bone and memory. Sometimes, that bridge leads to the place we’ve always wanted to be.

 

My brain went into autopilot as I left Manhattan, grabbing the A train to get me to downtown Brooklyn. And the whole way home, with the rocking of the train, the funky smell of the city getting fainter with every stop, and the even worse body odor of all the compressed bodies, the ache in my head—threatening to turn into a migraine for real—grew the closer we came to my stop, that weird memory nagging at me.

That shit wouldn’t let me be.

Over and over in my head, as I huddled tight behind my jacket in the unseasonably chilly weather, the memory came clear as a raindrop.

Me and her. Me and the woman I didn’t know. Me as a man I’d never been.

The smell of roses. The hint of dust and coffee.

The feel of worn book bindings and the scrap of metal chairs on wood floors.

The taste of honey on my tongue.

The woman wrapped around me, holding tight, like I was her lifeline. Her red hair between my fingers, her nails pulling at my collar. Feeling needed. Feeling free.

A gust of wind blew off my hood, had my eyes watering as I jogged the rest of the way toward my building, barely acknowledging the people grouped around the front entrance. But then the sound of kids screeching cut into my brain, and I finally noticed that Old Man Walker was handing out Jolly Ranchers from the top step; for his grandkids and the others bouncing around, he couldn’t get the wrapped candy out of his pockets fast enough.

In that small chaos, compounded by an arguing couple from 3C coming out of the elevator, brushing past the cluster of kids in their red and green puffy coats and their sniffling noses, heels clicking on the tile floor and crackling over the candy wrappers littering the hall, I forgot about the dream. If only for a second.

Until I saw Willow at the mailboxes.

Until I realized I couldn’t walk away from her.

She didn’t look much like the woman in my dream. Her hair was not red, but light brown. The redhead’s had been thick and bone straight. Willow’s was wild, all over the place, as though she could never get it under control.

The woman in my dream had been thin with barely a hint of curve to her shape. Elegant, graceful like a ballerina. Willow was all dips and bends, luscious, her legs strong with well-defined muscle, and a wide, wondrous ass.

Suddenly the rest of the world receded and there was nothing but the movement of Willow’s hair as she dug the mail from her box, the rhythm of her limbs as she swatted at that thick mass of hair, the swoop of her jacket hem against all those round, perfect curves as she turned, her attention on the envelopes in her hand.

The smell of her skin, the jasmine in her hair, seemed to billow around me as I stood motionless in the lobby. She was everywhere, familiar and yet unknown. A stranger/not stranger I had held at arm’s length, but still far more real than my dream, than the memory it was trying to evoke.

Willow stopped short as she noticed me, pausing with the mail held against her chest, a frown appearing on her face. I knew that expression from the last time I saw her, when I lied and told her I didn’t want her, when I had spoken promises that even then I knew I’d never keep.

“Nash.” There was a bite in her voice, the clip of my name, as if she was trying to sound disdainful, yet her voice still held an undertone of something that, if it had a flavor, would have tasted like honey. 

And then the dream, that sweet, stinging memory crashed over me. It wasn’t the first. It wasn’t the last. There was no girl called Sookie, no boy named Dempsey who loved her. This time, I’d watched, not knowing who I was; a voyeur in someone else’s life, but someone who felt so real to me. Someone I knew better than myself.

Déjà vu and fantasy and nonsense I did not understand hit me like a fever, and I was lost. The redhead kissed my neck. The hint of her soft, liquid tongue against my skin, tugging on my ear, wanting me with a fierceness no one ever had before, overwhelmed me, and I had to close my eyes to keep from being dragged under.

“What’s wrong with you?” Willow’s voice reeled me back in, and I opened my eyes to see her sweet, concerned expression and the curve of her mouth, the fullness of her bottom lip.

Then Willow… she took the back of her hair in one hand, twisting it into a braid—the smallest gesture that I’d seen her do a dozen times—and suddenly I realized: the woman in my dream had done the same thing. The same motion, the same movement. Just like Willow.

A sharp intake of breath—that was me. Willow had backed up a half step, her face confused, conflicted, and despite what I’d said before, I reached out and slid my fingers tentatively to touch her face, guiding her chin up so I could look into her eyes.

“What are…”

She made the smallest noise, something that sounded like a moan and a laugh at the same time. It transformed, deepened to a growl when I kissed her. Yet even as my mouth found hers, as my tongue slid along her lip, begging an invitation, one thought consumed me, something I didn’t believe was left over from my dream. One thought that made me brave, made me hungry: this woman belongs to me.

Eden Butler is an editor and writer of Mystery, Suspense and Contemporary Romance novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum. 

When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football. 

She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana. 

Please send help.

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