Sunday, May 8, 2016

Blog Tour: The Goodbye Year by Kaira Rouda

Melanie, a perfectionist mom who views the approaching end of parenting as a type of death, can’t believe she has only one more year to live vicariously through her slacker senior son, Dane. Gorgeous mom Sarah has just begun to realize that her only daughter, Ashley, has been serving as a stand-in for her traveling husband, and the thought of her daughter leaving for college is cracking the carefully cultivated fa├žade of her life. Will and his wife are fine―as long as he follows the instructions on the family calendar and is sure to keep secret his whole other life with Lauren, the woman he turns to for fun (and who also happens to have a daughter in the senior class).

Told from the points of view of both the parents and the kids, The Goodbye Year explores high school peer pressure, what it’s like for young people to face the unknown of life after high school, and how a transition that should be the beginning of a couple’s second act together―empty nesting―might possibly be the end.


Hello Mrs. Bronson,a perky red head said waving from across the quad as she hurried over. Even in the descending fog, Melanie knew it was omnipresent Annie, ready to help at all events where adults in general and parents in particular could see her shine. Annie had been assigned to escort Dane around on his first day at school, arriving as they had in his ninth grade year. Things had gone downhill for him since then. But not for Annie, who was already admitted to the Ivy League school of her choice based on her volleyball and academic prowess even though it was only September. Melanie still didnt understand how that was possible, as she pinched her palm and reminded herself she had Seth. He was her overachiever. Her reason for school pride. She was batting fifty percent, even as Annies parents were three for three at the Ivys. Who does that, really? Freaks, Melanie thought as she painted on a smile.

Are you lost?Annie asked, big brown eyes blinking with genuine concern, or perhaps pity. Melanie deserved both she realized.

Oh, no, dear, just waiting for second period. Dane has a free first,Melanie said, a bit too brightly. If only the quad would stop swaying, she thought, wiping her forehead with the back of her hand.

Lucky. My mom wont let me have a free period, even,Annie said, not finishing the sentence.

Even though youre already admitted somewhere fabu- lous, arent you?Melanie asked, dreading the answer as it would force her own sons inferiority out into the open, like a boulder landing in the space between them.

Well, I still need to keep my grades up, but yes, I signed with Harvard,Annie said, shoving her hands in her jeans back pockets as Melanie felt the thud. I cant wait to start living my own life.

Melanie braced herself on the planter, both hands on the now dew-covered cold white plaster. Thats wonderful, dear. Your parents must be so proud.Blessedly, the bell rang, and classroom doors burst open as overachieving parents filled the quad, scampering to their next classroom and providing Melanie with the opportunity to escape. Ive got to go. See you later!

Pushing off the planter, Melanie headed down a ramp in the direction of the athletic field, smiling at the memory of Seths senior year. Hed been captain of the football team, on the homecoming court, ASB president, and a National Merit Scholar. Hed been everything you could be in high school, even though hed arrived here his junior year. He was continuing that success in college. Dane, her other son, tried hard to be the opposite, Melanie thought as she walked slowly into the silk-screening classroom.

Of course Danes first class of the day was one established to prepare him and others of his ilk for menial labor. Melanie squinted her eyes at the glare from the fluorescent lights, dropped her head and entered the room, hoping no one would recognize her from her past PTA involvement two years earlier when she had been able to shine in the reflected brilliance of Seths achievements.

Shed never been inside any of the work/studyclass- rooms, though shed been on committees that approved sup- plies for these types of kids. The fluorescent lights inside the large classroom seemed to flatten out all of the features of the parents as they each picked a stool and climbed aboard. The room smelled like overheated computers, a vaguely car-tire smell. The teacher, a man with a ponytail down his back of all things, smiled and nodded from his perch at the head of the long table. Melanie felt certain things could not get any worse until perfect Dr. Jud Nelson and his perfect wife, Sarah, strolled in, sucking up the attention in the room as if their entrance had been preceded by an announcer.

Melanie knew why, of course. All the men wanted to be him, most all the women of her age in town had a crush on him. Dr. Nelson, the leading plastic surgeon in town, was gorgeous, with a strong cleft chin, perfect teeth and a broad, white- toothed smile and flowing dark hair. His twinkling blue eyes made the women in town swoon even while he was tucking and plumping their bodies. He also had invented some technology that was now used in surgeries internationally, a patent worth billions. Even so, he continued to work at his practice when he wasnt lecturing abroad.

Dr. Nelson had refreshedmore womens faces in Crystal Beach than anyone, including at least a dozen of Melanies friends. Shed considered going to see him herself, just for a consultation of course, but had always lost her nerve. Primarily, she realized, because she didnt want his wife to know, nor did she want her look. Shed never be able to go back home to Ohio if she looked anything like Sarah Nelson, a look perfected by Real Housewives on both coasts. There was a reason there wasnt a Real Housewives of Ohio or Ohio, Melanie knew.

But here, in Crystal Beach, Sarah Nelson was the queen bee. With her long, blonde hairrumored to be enhanced by extensions but no one dared askoverly plumped lips, sculpted body with round globe breasts and an expressionless face, frequent trips to LA for shoppingSarah was both untouchably perfect and somehow ethereal, revered by all the women in town. Melanie was completely intimidated by her and had been since shed arrived in town from Ohio, only to find herself living just down the street from the queen in Diamond Bay, their exclusive gated community.

To make matters worse, the Nelsons were the parents of a perfect daughter, Ashley, a senior like Dane, who no doubt had never set foot in shop class and probably already had signed with an Ivy League school. Melanie felt the trickle of sweat between her shoulder blades turning into a small river.

From the front of the classroom, Sarah shot Melanie a look that was her version of a smile, an open-mouthed sort of move- ment that she would need to employ to eat, if she did that. The sides of her mouth did tilt up a bit with the gesture and Melanie gave her a wave. The families were social friends, members of the same country club, neighbors and, for the past four years, thrown together during various kid-related events and PTA meetings. Whenever she was around Sarah, Melanie felt bland and doughy. Whenever she was around Sarah, she wanted to schedule an appointment with Sarahs husband.

But, now she was simply annoyed. How had the Nelsons discovered her here, in shop class? She didnt know why, but Jud and Sarah Nelsons very presence in this room was causing a piercing headache just above Melanies right eye. Her eyes rolled involuntarily as he pulled out a stool two down from hers and settled Sarah into it and then sat down next to her, giving her a peck on the cheek in the process.

Mel, you look lovely this evening,he said into her ear, while settling in and waving hi to all of his fans and minions gathered around the shop table. She knew she should feel honored by his seat selection, and his overt display of their personal closeness, but she wasnt. She couldnt put a finger on what it was about him, but something just didnt add up. Melanie was about to ask him if Ashley was in the classmaybe it was her secret love of silk screening?just to make small talk, when the hippie teacher cleared his throat. It didnt matter, she supposed, but a wave of relief washed over her that the Nelsonsperfect kid was in a screen-printing class with Dane. Maybe her son and Ashley sat next to each other, worked on projects together, she thought. Melanie sat up a little taller on her stool, and smoothed her black sheath dress. She closed her right eye and that eased the headache. At least shed stopped sweating for the moment.

Thank you all for coming tonight. Parent involvement is what makes Crystal Beach High School one of the best in the state of California, am I right?hippie teacher said by way of introduction. She wondered if he was high. He could be high. Maybe thats what Melanie needed to do, she thought. She needed to be stoned to make it through the night. Thanks to the big donation from Dr. Nelson, Mrs. Nelson, and the Nelson Medical Group our kids have a brand new screen-printing machine. Can I get a round of applause for Dr. Nelson here?

As Melanie joined in the clapping, her face began to turn red. Ashley Nelson wasnt in this class for dummies, she realized. The Nelsons were simply here to soak up kudos for helping the poor kids who would never amount to anything.

Kids like Dane, her tall, dark and handsome hipster son.



Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary women's fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart. Her women's fiction titles include HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR. Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER'S DAY. Kaira's work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader's Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines. 

Her sexy contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND includes: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; HER FORBIDDEN LOVE, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE'S BID, Book 4. Each of these novellas can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a series. Her new series is set in LAGUNA BEACH and includes: LAGUNA NIGHTS, Book 1; LAGUNA HEIGHTS, Book 2; and LAGUNA LIGHTS, Book 3 coming winter 2015. She also helped launch Melissa Foster's The Remington's Kindle World with her bestselling novella, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE, and is part of Carly Phillips Dare to Love Kindle World with THE CELEBRITY DARE.

Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8 Essentials for Women Writers (available for free download on her website) continue to inspire.  

She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books and on her website,


Book Blitz: Jailed Little Jade & Delia's Debt by Allison West

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Jailed Little Jade & Delia's Debt by the fabulous Allison West


Jailed Little Jade by Allison West
Released: March 8, 2016 by Blushing Books
Genre: Sci-Fi, Age Play, Romantic Erotica
With a crappy ex-husband and a new lease on life, Jade Brooks moves to Spring Mills for a fresh start. What she gets is far more than she bargained for when Holden Foster shows up at her door.
He’s hot, dominating, and harbors a secret of intergalactic proportion.
When Jade is invited over to share a meal with Holden, she’s grateful for the company and a new friendship. Her curiosity gets the better of her when she finds a package on his counter and he tells her genuinely to open it up and see what was delivered.
The cylinder, a device that travels through time and space, opens a portal and leads Jade and her new sexy friend to a prison colony on his home planet of Adair, where spankings are a regular occurrence and age regression is a requirement for jailed women to rehabilitate within the system.
Given no choice but to become a little one, Jade must face a nanny with a firm hand, Holden as her poppa, and a blossoming relationship that is against the rules.

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“Now that I’ve done what you asked, I’d like to see Jade.” He’d had enough with the games and stalling. He wanted to see her for himself and know that she was still being well cared for and tended to. 
“Jade is preoccupied at the moment. Nanny Marie assures me she’s in good hands, resting for the time being. Is it not exhausting from transport?” Damien smiled, his eyes shining with mirth.
“You know Jade isn’t from Adair.” 
“Do I?” Damien asked. He stepped closer to Holden. “Tell me, friend, where is she from?” 
Holden wouldn’t do it. Admitting to where he’d been and bringing a girl back from Earth, it would be grounds for the most extreme form of punishment. Adairans were fond of hanging, drawing, and quartering. It was a fate of death he didn’t wish to ever experience. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” Holden stepped away from the table and towered over Damien. “Show me to the prisoner.” He tried to pretend that she didn’t mean that much to him, though he knew that Damien could see through the charade. 
Otherwise he wouldn’t have signed his life away, lied on the forms, and given up his title and wealth. As a poppa for the prison system, he would be rewarded with room and board in exchange for properly rehabilitating a little one assigned to him. Jade had thankfully been assigned to him. As a man who had ran from the system and his world, everything he had was locked away his funds and home were out of his reach. Signing the papers was risky but Damien was right, it was less concerning than brushing his finger over the book that would seal his death.


“Come.” Nanny Marie wasted no time, finding the hair brush she’d used earlier on Jade’s bottom. 
With wide fear-filled eyes, Jade tore from Nanny Marie’s grasp and rushed toward the bed. There was no way out of the room. Only a mattress she could climb atop to get out of reach. Jade did just that, climbing and standing on the bed, arms crossed, defiant.
“Get down this instant!” Nanny Marie’s voice hitched and her cheeks burned. 
Jade shook her head. “I don’t want another spanking.” 
Her nanny snorted under her breath. “You should have thought about that before acting out. I was only going to brush the knots from your tangled hair. When I get ahold of you, Jade, you’ll get more than a spanking for your disobedience!”

Delia's Debt by Allison West
Publisher: Blushing Books
Genre: Victorian (Historical), Romantic Erotica
Britain - 1851
At twenty-five, Delia has avoided marrying her betrothed. Her excuse: helping her father run his shop at the market. The few pence they have has run out and with no dowry, Delia doesn’t have many prospects, except for the one man she’s promised to, Fred Hill. She’d rather set herself on fire than marry him.
In secret, she’s been reading the newspaper and communicating with a gentleman across town that is in dire need of a governess. How bad could schooling a young girl be?
With a knack for thievery, Delia convinces her father’s coachman to take her to the train station, set out for an adventure far from home. Meeting the elusive and handsome Charles Hayward proves troubling as she learns that she’d stolen from him and will be expected to pay him back her debt. Charles runs a strict household and expects constant obedience. Discovering true submission and his desire to discipline, Delia finds her bottom bared far more than she’d like.
Not for the faint of heart, Delia’s Debt contains elements of age play, anal play, scenes of spanking, and graphic sex.

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Allison West is a #1 International Best-Selling Author in Erotica, BDSM, Sci-Fi, Romantic Erotica, Victorian, and Historical Erotica. She also writes young adult novels under the name Ruth Silver.
Allison West has been inventing worlds and writing stories for years. Her favorite novels are those that leave a lasting impression, long after the final page is read. You can find more about Allison on Facebook and Twitter.
Visit her website here: Don’t miss these exciting titles by Allison West and Blushing Books! Little Secrets Jailed Little Jade Enrolling Little Etta The Nanny Fire Licked The Murderess Betrayed by Blood

Release Blitz: Match This! by MJ Fields

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Title: Match This! (The UnSocial Dater)
Author: M.J. Fields
Release Date: May 8, 2016
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Kat's a take no sh*t kind of girl, but when her mother forces her to start online dating with her, she's taken off guard. The tables turn and now Kat has the opportunity to dish out unsolicited advice of her own. The ever-unsociable Kat, puts herself out there knowing no man in their right mind will ask her out. Little does she know the world has changed. The constant connection has caused a disconnect, and while hiding behind a screen most men hold nothing back. Will Kat be able to get her mother to stop being a behind the scenes text whore, or will she get dragged into the craze that is sweeping the nation?  
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MJ Fields is the USA Today bestselling author of the Love series, the Wrapped series, the Burning Souls series, the Men of Steel series, the Norfolk series and The Rockers of Steel series. A former small-business owner who recently became a full-time writer, Fields lives in central New York, surrounded by family and friends. Her house is full of pets, friends, and noise ninety percent of the time, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.   between-the-sheets-promotions

EskieMama Reads Review: Jackson's Trust by Violet Duke

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New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke kicks off her fun and sexy new Fourth Down series with a heartwarming friends-to-lovers romance between a no-strings-attached sports analyst and the hottest damn tomboy he’s ever met.

It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now.

Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as-sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self-control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own.

Review:                        4 Stars

First off let me start off by saying I am sorry this was my first read by Violet Duke, don’t ask me why, cause I can’t believe I haven’t read any of her books, but dang what a book for a first time reader, she had me hooked. I just couldn’t put the book down cause I had to find out why Jackson’s life was so complicated & all he could never give a woman more than sex & wow when it came out I was stunned, sorry keeping my lips shut on why. And Leila wasn’t going to stop at just sex she wanted everything him she was going to prove to him he could have it all until tradegy strikes. This reader can not wait for Bennett’s story to see if Jackson gets his revenge on him, loved the relationship between Jackson & his friends Donovan & Bennett they almost had me rolling on the floor laughing. Violet Duke has earned a new fan. 

I received a free copy for my honest review!

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EskieMama Reads Review: Reunited with the Rebel Billionaire by Catherine Mann

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Is it a real reunion, or one for the cameras? It's a second-chance romance from USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Mann! 

Football star Henri Reynaud won't let his career go down without a fight. If the only way to win is to reconcile with his estranged wife, he'll do what it takes. But spending time with Fiona Harper-Reynaud isn't just some ruse. The sultry beauty belongs in his bed. 

Fiona doesn't know where her sexy husband's public act ends and his real feelings begin. Can she afford to fall a second time for the man every female wants? One thing is undeniable—their attraction has never flared hotter

Review:                        5 Stars

  I am truly falling in love with the Bayou Billionaire series by Cathering Mann & Joanne Rock. Reunited with the Rebel Billionaire is the the 3rd book in the series & Catherine Mann rocked it. In the first two books in the series we see that Henri the 3rd oldest brother of the Reynaud clan & his wife Fiona are having martial problems but in this book we find out what. This was such a heartwarming, sweet romance, beware you will have a few tears coming from your eyes. I just fell in love with Henri, so far my favorite brother, you can just feel how much he loves his wife with everything. They have been through so much but he has stuck right by her side, took his marriage vows series ’til death do us part! Who doesn’t want a sexy husband like that. But I can also feel for Fiona being married to one of the sexiest athletes alive she feels insecure with everything she has been through & just doesn’t want her husband to end up like her father. Enough said on that don’t want to give anything away! If you want to find out about what I am talking about pick a copy up today, you will not disappointed.

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EskieMama Reads Review: Beauty and the Bull Rider by Victoria Vane

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When Beauty Wants A Baby

Championship bull breeder and former Texas beauty queen Delaney McCall was having a heck of a time finding a daddy for the baby she craved. A failed marriage left her with no desire for another husband, but finding the right stud to satisfy her needs presents a bigger problem that she could have imagined. 

And The Bullrider Wants Beauty

After hanging up his spurs, bull rider Zac McDaniel wants nothing more than to fulfill Delaney’s dream of having a family. After all, his best friend’s ex has been his fantasy for years. Zac, however, has no desire to be seen as just a means to an end. When Zac insists on doing things the “old fashioned” way, their passion explodes like a bull out of the chute.

Some Bucking Is Bound To Happen 

While insisting it’s all just a passing fancy, the more Delaney sees the softer side of the rough and tumble cowboy, the harder it is to keep her emotions corraled. Zac, meanwhile, is more determined than ever to prove he’s what she really needs, and will do whatever it takes to tear down the mile high fence around her heart…

Review:                         4 Stars

The Beauty & The Bullrider was a laughable short read I had it done within hours, very enjoyable hours. Zac thought he lost his chance with the beauty Delaney when his best friend Ty married her, then divorced her & blamed Zac. But when Ty drops & opportunity in his lap he runs with it. I just loved the banter between Zac & Delaney it so humorous at times I was laughing through most of the book. Zac was just such a sweet, stubborn cowboy, he wasn’t gone to stop at anything to get Delaney to trust him & maybe fall in love with him. If you have a few hours to spare I truly recommend this book, Victoria Vane has earned a new fan. 

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EskieMama Reads Review: Kiss Me in Christmas by Debbie Mason

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It's always been you...

Actress Chloe O'Connor has become America's sweetheart, but back in little Christmas, Colorado, she's still remembered as a shy, awkward schoolgirl. And there's no one she dreads (and secretly wants) to see more than her high school crush, Easton McBride. Just one look from the former star quarterback and it's like she's instantly transformed from daytime drama queen to tongue-tied teenager. She's kissed Hollywood actors and famous cover models, so she can certainly play it cool while turning up the heat, right?

After an injury ended his military career, Easton McBride built a good life in the rugged countryside of his hometown. And the last thing he needs is his quiet solitude shattered by a high-maintenance temptress who isn't anything like the sweet Chloe he misses. While he enjoys the flirtation with this new bold and beautiful woman, he can't help but wonder whether a kiss could have the power to bring back the small-town girl he's grown to love.

Review:                                5 Stars

 This was delightful, enjoyable, funny read. I fell in love with with Chloe she had me laughing & saying “Oh no” at some of her an antics. But I also felt her pain on how some people of the town treated her, made me want go through the book and give Chloe one of my big mommy hugs. I really enjoyed watching Chloe & Easton’s relationship blossom from frenemies to a couple.

I am sorry to say this was my first book by Debbie Mason but hopefully not my last. After reading Kiss Me in Christmas I want to go back & read the other couples stories in Christmas, Colorado. If you are looking for a book to take you away from your life for a little while this is it. Ms Mason you have won another fan.

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