Wednesday, September 14, 2016

EskieMama Reads Midweek Spotlight w/Giveaway: Surface Below: Dark Secrets by Leeah Taylor



Welcome to EskieMama Reads Midweek Spotlight!
Today we are spotlighting Leeah Taylor's Debut Novel
Surface Below: Dark Secrets

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Leeah Taylor's Debut Novel & book 1 of the Surface Below series
Dark Secrets


When their paths cross, William Marks and Becca Lorde couldn't help but feel like they knew each other. Their meeting, however, would set into motion the unraveling of 20 year old secrets. Secrets to protect them and their siblings until the time was right. To awaken the rightful Heir and Heiress of the Bottom World. Secrets, lies and betrayals leave the family divided. Giving an unexpected enemy, with a thirst for power, the opportunity to end it all.


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Q & A with Leeah Taylor Surface Below: Dark Secrets!

Tell us about Surface Below: Dark Secrets?
Surface Below is about finding unconditional love. Finding someone that will love you for you. It’s also about the bond of family and proves that the bond is only as strong as the trust and honesty within that family.

What initially inspired you to write Surface Below: Dark Secrets?Several years ago I started a different story called Saved but Damned. It never really shaped up the way I had hoped. And after about five years of struggling to write it, I set it down and let it go. And then one day the story started to take new shape with new characters and a new story to tell. After that it almost (almost), told itself.

Tell us little about the characters in this book.
The characters in Surface are all over the map. You have Becca who is quite shy and introverted. And then William, who on the outside seems outgoing but really he’s just as shy as her. Markus is the down to earth and realistic brother to William. Where as Z, the other brother, is more shoot first and ask questions later. Finally you have Miranda. She is all about confidence. And Nikki, free spirited and encouraging.

The all seem to compliment each other in one way or the other. Writing about them was a roller coaster of craziness sometimes. Especially once they took on their own personalities. Then it was just madness all around.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Always second guessing the storyline. Whether it was strong, smooth and well told. Sometimes it felt like I would never finish it. And other times I couldn’t wait to be done with it. Ha ha. My little darlings were quite fickle at times.


What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
My favorite part of the book was when William and Becca meet for the first time. She’s so shy about going over to him. And he is obviously very smitten with her, almost immediately. As I was writing the scene I could almost feel the sparks coming to life between them. Another example of the story writing itself.

What are your future project(s)?
Currently I have two projects. The first is book two of the Surface Below Series titled, Surface Below: Rebirth. It’s in the beginning stages and I hope to have it out by next Spring. Assuming the characters cooperate.
My second project is a new series titled Night of Moons. The first book called The Hybrid. It is about a vampire, Damien, who is faced with the threat of war from the wolves because of bodies found in the city. Tangled in is the epic love story of Damien and his ex-girlfriend, Juliette. She just so happens to be a vampire hunter. This book I am also hoping to release sometime next Spring or early Summer.


Now an exciting excerpt from Surface Below: Dark Secrets!

“Beeeccccaaaa.”
Nikki came bouncing up to her and Becca tried hard, but she couldn’t help but smile at her friend’s silly girl act. Her best friend leaned against the bar and her hands tapped the old wood. A playful smile on her face. She smacked at her gum loudly.
“What?” Becca kept her face forward, biting her lower lip to keep from laughing. She could tell Nikki was up to something.
“Did you see the cutie in the back booth?”
She pointed behind her, just past the pool tables. Becca looked and her heart jumped at the sight of him. He was more than just a cutie, he was gorgeous. His shaved head, athletic build.
“He’s cute.” She looked away and absently bit at the inside of her lip. Nikki narrowed her eyes at her. She straightened now and pointed in the direction.
“Get your butt over there.”
Becca shook her head though, already feeling butterflies building in her tummy.
“Come on, Becca, go meet him. Go flirt.”
“Nikki….” Becca whined. She looked again and nibbled at her lip again. He was tucked away in the farther corner of the bar, his head buried in a book. She thought it odd, but the new face only piqued her curiosity. She gave Nikki another unsure look.
“Go,” Nikki ordered, pointing again.
“Stop, he’s going to see you.” Becca grabbed at her arm and pulled it away, already feeling her cheeks grow hot at the thought.
“Becca, come on.” Her best friend, her partner in crime. She groaned at her to go and spread her wings. Nikki just wanted to see Becca smile again. And she was sure this guy could do that.
“Becca Ann, listen to her. Go, have fun,” Linda encouraged her.
Linda was a longtime family friend and bartender. She set down a shot glass and filled it with some whiskey. She pushed it towards her. “Go on.”
Becca smiled and tipped the shot in her mouth. She grimaced and cringed as it burned down her throat.  
“Bleh, why did I do that?” She groaned, pushing away from the bar. “I hate both of you, just know that.” Becca narrowed her eyes at both of them, and shook her head.
Nikki squealed and jumped in place. “No, you love us!” she called after her.
Before she even got to the table, he looked up from the pages and it stopped her. His brilliant green eyes were dark and too inviting. Becca stood awestruck in front of him, biting at her lip. Her cheeks flushed and already she could feel the pulse in her ears. A shy awkward smile played at the corners of her lips.
“Miss?” he said quietly. William could hear her heart quicken. A smile touched his eyes as he watched the girl in front of him. This was why he loved humans so much. They were intriguing and beautiful. And this girl was no exception. “Miss?” he said it a little louder, breaking her trance.
Becca straightened and flattened out her apron around her waist, her fingers playing with the hem of it. “I…I’m sorry.” She fumbled for the words. It had been some time since a man had had that effect on her. “Um, can I get you something?”

Leeah Taylor is an american paranormal romance writer. She's been writing for nearly 18 years including short stories, poetry and full length novels. Her love for the paranormal led her to write and publish her first novel, Surface Below: Dark Secrets in July of 2016. Leeah is a stay at home mom of two beautiful children and wife of 14 years. When she's not writing, Leeah enjoys reading, crocheting and drawing.
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Excerpt Reveal: The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis

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From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a captivating story of love, second chances and new beginnings...

We are thrilled to bring you this excerpt from Jill Shalvis's upcoming release, THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE! This second standalone novel in The Heartbreaker Bay Series is releasing September 27th! Don't miss the excerpt below, and make sure to preorder your copy today!

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About THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE:

If she has her way…

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t even remember her…

…He’ll get nothing but coal in his stocking.

Saddled with his great-aunt’s Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else’s capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he’s sure he’s never seen the drop-dead gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him…

Unless he tempers “naughty” with a special kind of nice…

Willa can’t deny that Keane’s changed since high school: he’s less arrogant, for one thing—but he doesn’t even remember her. How can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish–and let the mistletoe do its work…

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  EXCERPT: She watched Keane take in the two newest Christmas trees, one in front of O’Riley’s Pub, the other in front of Reclaimed Woods, both decorated in simple red and gold balls. The only sound around them was the soft trickle of the water flowing from the fountain and some lovelorn crickets mourning the dawn’s lack of warmth. “Legend states that if you make a wish with a true heart, true love will find you,” she said. He met her gaze. “Legend also states that if you put your tooth under your pillow the Tooth Fairy will leave you cash.” She slowed, as always the fountain calling to her to make a wish. Keane slowed too, looking at her with a question. She searched her pockets for change, but could only come up with a dog treat. “Damn.” It was the swear jar’s fault, all her spare change always ended up in there. “What?” “I wanted to make a wish,” she said. A small smile crossed his face. “You want to make a wish? You’ve lived here for how long and you’ve never made one?” “Oh, I have.” She paused. “I like to.” This garnered her a raised brow. “How many times have you wished?” She bit her lower lip. “More than once?” Well, crap. How had they gotten on this subject? “Um…” “More than…five?” “Gee, would you look at the time?” she asked and tried to go but he caught her and brought her back around, his smile now a broad grin. “Fine,” she said. “If you must know, I toss a coin in every time I walk by.” He lost the battle with his laughter and she stared at him. Seriously, he had the best laugh. “It worked for Pru, I’ll have you know,” she told him. “She wished for true love to find Finn, and then he fell in love with her.” And Willa had been wishing ever since, even knowing how ridiculous and silly it was. “So…you’ve been wishing for true love for who exactly?” he asked. She stared at him in dismay. How had she not thought this through? “Me,” she admitted, slapping her pockets because surely she had even a penny. “But I intend to fix that right now. I’ll just wish for love for someone else.” “Who?” he asked warily. She narrowed her eyes at his fear. “You. Got any change?”     SWEET LITTLE LIES - cover

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Release Day Launch w/Giveaway: Confessed by Nicola Rendell

It’s the release day of Confessed by Nicola Rendell! Check out this sexy new romance and all of Nicola’s release day celebrations, and grab your copy today! confessed-rdl-ban


About Confessed: A brand new dirty, sexy, funny standalone romance... Lucy Burchett is the heiress to a notoriously disastrous family, and she's left home for good. But when she runs a big, black pickup off the road, totaling it, she finds herself stuck in the middle of nowhere with the driver. He's got a body to die for and a hair-trigger temper. Vince Russo looks like a felon, but he's also pretty funny. He’s on the lam from the cops… and a psychopathic, Russian mob boss who wants to put his balls on a barbeque. Literally. After a night of ill-advised cocktails and bathroom-wrecking sex, Vince just can't get Lucy off his mind. But he's got plans to rob her. And Lucy’s life is about to get a little bit criminal too. But can a bad boy and a good girl really escape from their troubles together? Can they trust each other at all? In the steady march of disasters that follow them west, they fight and they laugh. They tease and they’re tender. They’re either oil and water, or chocolate and peanut butter.   Except, they can’t run from the real world forever. And there’s a hell of a surprise in store for both of them… peaches-sales Get your copy today! Amazon US: http://goo.gl/JnjEzH Amazon UK: http://goo.gl/6bV9PY Amazon CA: http://goo.gl/q5dFNX Amazon AU: http://goo.gl/nXgLVL iBooks: http://goo.gl/vJps8N Kobo: http://goo.gl/dS1SMN   

Exclusive Excerpt: The bar is called the Last Resort. It looks like a shack outside and smells like Pine Sol inside. It’s surprisingly crowded for a place in the middle of nowhere. I’m almost sure there’s a table of Hells Angels to my right as I walk in. Or ZZ Top impersonators with borderline personality disorders. One of them is carving a pentagram into the table with a knife while the rest of them sit watching and grooming their chest-length beards. I find myself gripping Vince’s hand, not out of fear but really just to say, Would you take a look at that! “’Murica,” he growls. “Fucking ’Murica.” “Home of the brave,” I whisper back. His palm is warm and solid against mine. It’s possible mine are slightly clammy. I feel like given the hotness factor, I’m doing pretty much awesome. The only open spots are two seats at the bar. He pulls my stool out for me, takes my purse, and hangs it on the hook under the bar as I sit down. The back of his hand brushes against my skin while he studies my face. He isn’t smiling, but his eyes are. Low and beasty, he says, “You’re running away. Admit it.” I tuck my hair behind my ear and raise my eyes to his. Sideburns just past his ears, and I find myself staring at the place where his stubble leads into his hair. “Maybe.” “We got that in common at least.” He spins a cardboard coaster and watches me. I feel heat come up into my cheeks, and his smile turns a little harder, a satisfied tightness. “Something tells me you’re not running away from your dysfunctional family,” I say. “Something tells you right.” “So what are you running from then?” I ask. His thigh presses against my knee. I let my fingers slide up the seam of his jeans. “Right now?” he says, running his hand up my neck. “Not a goddamned thing.” Oh God. photo-aug-09-1-17-52-pm


About Nicola Rendell: Nicola Rendell writes dirty, funny, erotic romance. She likes a stiff drink and a well-frosted cake. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. She realizes that her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady and she’s totally okay with that. She lives with her husband and her dogs. She is from Taos, New Mexico.   She is the author of Professed, a #1 Amazon bestseller in erotic humor and BDSM erotica. Connect with Nicola: www.nicolarendell.com www.facebook.com/AuthorNRendell Instagram: @cute_chameleon Twitter: @AuthorNRendell   Enter Nicola’s Giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveaway            
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Release Week Blitz w/Giveaway: Well Hung by Lauren Blakely

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✮✮✮WELL HUNG is now available! ✮✮✮

A hot and hilarious standalone romantic comedy, WELL HUNG is about an easy going, and well hung gentleman who’s been burned by love in the past but finds himself falling fast and hard for the one person he cannot have. It takes everything you love about a Lauren Blakely novel –witty dialogue, smoking hot sex scenes, and heartfelt moments –and puts them into one fantastic book! Told in the guy's POV, WELL HUNG is the sexy, irreverent tale of what happens when a carpenter who's good with all his tools accidentally marries his gorgeous and fiery assistant one night in Vegas. The trouble is...what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas in this twist on an office romance.

 

"Well Hung should come with the label 'Satisfaction Guaranteed' because there isn't one single sentence I didn't absolutely love of this story! This book has laugh-out-loud humor as well as a romance that's both heartwarmingly sweet and deliciously dirty."

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"Deliciously naughty and side-splittingly hilarious!"

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ABOUT WELL HUNG:

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From the NYT Bestselling author of MISTER O, comes a hot and hilarious new standalone...

Here's what you need to know about me -- I'm well-off, well-hung and quick with a joke. Women like a guy who makes them laugh--and I don't mean at the size of his d*ck. No, they want their funny with a side of huge... not to mention loyal. I've got all that plus a big bank account, thanks to my booming construction business. Yup. I know how to use all my tools.

Enter Natalie. Hot, sexy, smart, and my new assistant. Which makes her totally off limits...

Hey, I'm a good guy. Really. I do my best to stay far away from the kind of temptation she brings to work. Until one night in Vegas...

Yeah, you've heard this one before. Bad news on the business front, drowning our sorrows in a few too many Harvey Wallbangers, and then I'm banging her. In my hotel room. In her hotel room. Behind the Titanic slot machine at the Flamingo (don't ask). And before I can make her say "Oh God right there YES!" one more time, we're both saying yes--the big yes--at a roadside chapel in front of a guy in press-on sideburns and a shiny gold leisure suit.

But it turns out what happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas. And now, my dick doesn't stay in my pants when she's around. I try to resist. Honest. But the more we try to keep our hands to ourselves, the more we end up naked again, and the more time I want to spend with her fully clothed, too. The question now is...do I take this woman to be my ex-wife?

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Let’s back up.
            How did we get from not kissing to kissing? What was that turning point? Did she lean into me? Did I move closer to her? Details matter. I’ll gladly share them.
            Start with six months of sexual tension. Add in two mojitos for her, two beers for me, and a couple vodka tonics. Stir that with some bad news on the business front, and top it with the cherry of Natalie’s hit-me-over-the-head-with-a-stick comment that left no question as to what she wanted…and here I am.
            We don’t lean into each other. There’s no inch-by-slow-sensual-inch pull. It’s not a slow burn.
            It’s a fiery crash. We’re two cars speeding on the highway of this night, and we slam into each other, crawl across the hoods, and kiss like crazy.
            Nothing is tentative about this. We go from not kissing to kissing in less than sixty nanoseconds. Yeah, I don’t really know what a nanosecond is, either. But it happens in no time.
            And now my hand is in her hair, yanking her close as we crush our lips together. We kiss hard and rough, fueled by pent-up desire and more than enough vodka and rum to make this inevitable.
            Her teeth scrape me, and I growl, loving her roughness. I suck hard on her bottom lip, and I’m rewarded by nearly the same sound from her. She’s like a tiger, and together we’re animals.
            I grip her head tighter, and her hands are all over me—in my hair, then down my chest, then along my arms. We kiss so deeply, it’s like we’re trying to climb each other.
            At some point, she breaks off, breathes out hard, then whispers in my ear, “I’ve wanted to do that for so long.”
            “Not as long as I have. Now get those lips back on mine,” I tell her, and she complies.
            My hands cup her cheeks, but I’m not gentle, and she doesn’t want me that way. She’s not a gentle girl. She’s badass and tough, and she wants what I want. I hold her face tightly in my hands, and she practically crawls into my lap in a rush to get closer, then closer still as she presses her tits against my chest.
            I’m seated on a stool at the bar, and we are putting on some kind of show. But I don’t care.
            My tongue searches and hunts, wanting to taste every corner of her mouth, savoring the vodka and the tonic and, most of all, the Natalie. She whimpers and moans, and I swallow every sexy sound she makes.
            This stool is ours. This bar is ours. The night belongs to this kiss, because it’s not a starter kiss. It contains all the clues necessary to assemble the puzzle of where this night will end.
            With unwavering certainty, I know what kind of kiss this is.
            As I explore her mouth, and she claims mine with equal urgency, I know that I will be fucking Natalie tonight. 

"Deliciously naughty and side-splittingly hilarious!"
- Kelly at Beneath the Covers
 
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"Romantic, hilarious, & ridiculously HOT!”

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"You heard it first from us: Lauren Blakely wrote the HOTTEST rollercoaster scene ever!"

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And don’t miss Lauren Blakely’s other standalone Romantic Comedies!

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    author-pic-lauren-blakelyAbout Lauren Blakely: Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that's full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With ten New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than fifty times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK and MISTER O, which were both instant New York Times Bestsellers. In the fall she'll release WELL HUNG, another romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter, laurenblakely.com/newsletter!  

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Book Blast w/Giveaway: Emma G. Loves Boyz by Taro Meyer


Emma G. Loves Boyz: A True Love Journal

by Taro Meyer
GENRE: YA/Middle Grade


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Taro will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please visit GoddessFish.com to follow the tour, remember the more you comment better your chances on winning.

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Emma G. is CRAZY about Aaron, lead singer of Boyz3000. Of course, she doesn’t actually know him, but so what? Feelings are feelings. That is until Josh appears… and he’s soooooo CUTE. Navigating her two crushes and her middle school life, especially with eighth-grade hater Renee around, is a challenge. And oh yeah, she’s got to earn money for an AWESOME trip to the Bahamas to see the band of her dreams. Hello???? How much can one thirteen-year-old take???

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OMG!!! My heart was racing like it was going crazy. Lights began flashing from everyone’s phones and people were Instagramming pictures of the band to their friends and posting them. I tried to take pictures but my hands were shaking so much from excitement that the pictures were blurry. Jenny wasn’t taking any either because she was shaking too. Everyone was screaming and yelling and crying. Two girls fainted and were carried out to get some water.

I was screaming too. I took a selfie of me screaming and then one of Jenny screaming. Her mouth was open so wide I think I was taking a picture of her tonsils!!!

I could see all the Boyz3000 faces very clearly because we were so close up, but especially Aaron’s. I was watching him and trying to take his picture while I was screaming, but my hands were still shaking too much to get good shots, so I stopped trying and just watched him. His expressions were sooo sincere as he sang. His cute hair was falling over his eyes and those eyes were sooo adorable. And his collar was open on his shirt, and I could even see the sweat on his neck.

The drummer, Pete, was setting a great rhythm, and Cory, the bass player that Jenny loves, was twirling and leaping, and then he was leaning back, playing his bass like he was the greatest rock star in the universe. And then Jenny started screaming even louder than before, and she was jumping up and down and her arms were waving at the bass player!

And then…

Boyz3000 started to come down onto the runway that we were right next to.

Everyone was trying to reach out to them and I was right on the aisle and reaching out too.

And then it happened…

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Taro Meyer is a Grammy, Parents’ Choice, and Audie Award winning Audio Producer who has been producing and directing YA audiobooks for over 20 years, including The Princess Diaries Series starring Anne Hathaway, the All American Girl Series starring Ari Meyers, The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisngr) and Judy Blume’s The Pain and the Great OneHere’s to You Rachel Robinson and Tiger Eyes among others.  

She co-produced two touring companies of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's smash rock show Christmas Eve and Other Stories and their TV special The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, receiving Gold and Platinum Albums for her work with the team. She was associate producer of the award winning anti-bullying movie, “The Contest,” and co-produced the premier showcase of off-Broadway’s Little Willie. 
As an actress and singer, she starred on Broadway in the musical Zorba, in numerous regional and off-Broadway shows, and on TV’s All My Children, Another World (for which she also composed music) and the mini-series Memories of Midnight, amongst others. 

Meyer wrote and produced the upcoming children’s album: Mighty Musical Fairy Tales, starring international artist Patti Austin; an updated, joyous musical version of Classic Fairy tales, accompanied by an illustrated book, The Ugly Duckling.

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