Wednesday, January 25, 2017

EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Midweek Spotlight w/Giveaway: When The Storm Ends by Jillian Anselmi

Welcome to EskieMama & Dragon Reads 
Midweek Spotlight!
Today we spotlighting Jillian Anselmi's 
When The Storm Ends!

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Jillian Anselmi's
When The Storm Ends!

When the storm ends, there’s a calm in the air that shows you everything is going to be all right.

But nothing may ever be right again.

Delani Delvecchio has weathered storm after storm throughout her life, but this one may have the potential to break her. After what is supposed to be an anniversary celebration with her friends and boyfriend, Delani gets pulled into her own personal hell.

Taken. Beaten. Tormented.

Delani fights and makes it out, only to realize she’s not safe at home—she’s no longer safe in New York at all. With an untraceable phone, clothes that aren’t her own, and enough money to get her by, she gets on a train and heads to the last place she felt she would be looked for.

What she didn’t expect to find when she got there was him.

Cocky. Charismatic. Safe.

Brody Russell, small town cop, quickly becomes the calm during Delani’s storm.

His presence makes her forget and his southern charm works its way into her heart.

Brody promises to protect her, to be right by her side when the storm ends.

But what if this storm is only the beginning?

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Q & A with Jillian Anselmi about When the Storm Ends!

Tell us about When the Storm Ends
One late night, i was inspired to write a book about a New York woman, and a rugged Texas cop. The story wrote itself, the characters screaming in my head. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s intense.

What initially inspired you to write this book/series?

My husband is an antique dealer, and years ago, we had an auction hall in Houston. It moved to a small town outside, and the people I met there inspired the location of the story.

Tell us little about the characters in this book.

Delani is a New York girl with money. She’s sassy and smart. Brody is a wise ass, but once you read why, he’ll melt your heart.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Getting certain scenes right. Again, I don’t want to say too much and give away spoilers.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Delani is telling Brody something horrific from her past, and Brody quotes his mother. It’s how I got the title for the book.

What are your future project(s)?

Even though this is a stand alone, i’ll be writing more of Delani and Brody. I’m also thinking of writing a series involving Brody and the DA, who you’ll meet in the second book.

Now an exciting excerpt from When The Storm Ends!

A knock at my door stirs me, but I don’t move. Nightmares continue to plague me, keeping me up throughout most of the night, and I’m exhausted. It isn’t until whoever it is bangs a little harder that I groan and throw back the comforter. Rolling out of bed, I pull my wife beater down and try to situate my sweats that seemed to wrap around me in my sleep. Peering through the peephole, I bang my head against the door and sigh before opening it.
“Mornin’, sunshine,” Brody says, handing me a coffee.
“What’s so good about it?” I mutter, bending to pick up the phone I tossed at the wall. Walking past me, he sits on the chair I evicted him from last night. “What time is it?” I ask, squinting.
Seven-thirty,” he answers with a grin.
“It’s so early,” I moan, sipping my coffee and instantly cringing. I swallow hard, resisting the urge to spit it across the room. “What the hell isthis?” I ask, my sour  expression still evident as I hold the beverage in question away from me.
This is not coffee. I don’t know what this is. It’s disgusting.” Placing it on the table, I rub my eyes, trying to wake up. “Where’s the closest Starbucks?” Brody bursts out laughing and I narrow my eyes. “What?”
“Starbucks? Darlin’, you’re a long way from New York City,” he says, still laughing. “Best you can do if you don’t like Dayton Donuts is get a coffee from McDonalds.”
“Wait. No Dunkin Donuts, no 7-Eleven?” He shakes his head, the motions exaggerated. “I’m going to die. A slow, painful death,” I mutter, throwing myself back down on the bed.
“Dramatic, aren’t we?” he asks, clicking his tongue.
“No, I can’t survive without coffee,” I say, exasperated.
“I guess you best invest in a coffee maker.”
“Why are you here? Where’s Travis?” I ask, rolling my eyes.
“Sorry, sugar.” He smiles, not sorry at all. Jerk. “You’re stuck with me today. C’mon. Get dressed, we have things to do before my tour.” Standing, he moves toward me.
“Tour? Are you going on a trip?”
“No,” he says, rolling his eyes. “A tour is what we call the hours a cop works.”
“Oh. So, what things do we need to do before your tour?” I ask, turning my head to bury my face in the pillow. I’m really not interested in going anywhere. The end of the bed dips where he sits.
“Get you a mattress. We need to go toward Houston, you can get a coffee then.”
“Coffee?” Visions of caramel macchiatos dancing in my head, I jump up and run to the bathroom to change. The only thing better than sleep is a good espresso.
Getting a feel for what the temperature is like here, I put on a short pair of denim shorts and a tight white tank top. I exit the bathroom to find Brody standing by the front door.
As I approach him, his demeanor changes. His impassive look turns amused. Leaning on the doorjamb, his eyes follow my every move. “So, where is this place you’re taking me for a mattress?” I ask. Brody remains quiet, his focus moving down my body. “Brody,” I ask again. Nothing. His eyes are fixated on my breasts and I’m growing impatient. “Hey,” I say, snapping my fingers inches from his face. “Eyes up here.” Slowly, he brings his gaze to mine. “This,” I say, motioning to my body, “is not for you. I’m high maintenance. You can’t afford me.”
His lips twist into a smile. “You keep tellin’ yourself that, darlin’.”

About the Author:

Jillian Anselmi resides on Long Island with her husband and teenage daughter. She studied pharmacy, but decided it wasn't the right fit for her and instead pursued a degree in chemistry. After receiving her master’s in education, she pursued a career in teaching, but there was always something missing.

As a young girl, she read an incredible amount of books, devouring over a hundred during the summer of her third grade year. After that, she would write poetry or dabble in short stories. Now, she writes romantic fiction, with some small amount of truth hiding behind her words. If you want to make her happy, surprise her with dark chocolate, a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato, or a good Sauvignon Blanc.

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Release Blitz: The Billionaire's Package by Kyle Autumn

Title: The Billionaire's Package (Thirsty Thursday Series #1)
Author: Kyle Autumn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2017
Shiree One day, I'm doing my job and minding my own business...
Okay. Maybe sitting behind the desk of the richest, most powerful man in our city isn't considered minding my own business. But I'm only here because I'm doing my job. That part is true. I'm a package handler at National Express, and today, I have a package for Mr. Charles Masters, billionaire and CEO of Launchpad Systems, biggest tech company in the nation. And, when I'm caught red-handed getting a little too comfortable behind his desk, he looks at me like he wants me to handle his package. It's too bad he turns out to be a pompous caveman. Except he's an incredibly hot pompous caveman. And I can't stop thinking about him. I can't wait to tell my girls about this at the next Thirsty Thursday... ------------------- Chaz The board of the company I built from the ground up doesn't approve of the way I'm living my life. In fact, they don't just disapprove—they want me to change. Their plan is to throw me a fake engagement party to show the world I'm a changed "family man" now. And my right-hand man sends that plan spiraling out of control when he sends the local package delivery woman into my office. It's too bad she turns out to be so sensitive and unresponsive to my charm. Except she's incredibly sexy when she's upset. And I have to make things right. Maybe the board was right about this "family man" stuff after all...
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I head down the hall, and that man was right. I can’t miss the office door with Charles Masters, CEO in bold, white letters. When I knock, no one answers, so I let myself in to do as the man told me to do—leave it on the desk. As I enter, I’m taken aback by the sheer modern, fancy vibe of the room. Everything’s sleek. Rounded corners. Black, white, and gray. Little splashes of red in the form of his mouse pad, a painting, and the marbles in a clear vase on his desk. The brown of the package barely fits in with the color scheme, but the delivered box seems at home on his desk. Now that I’ve done my job, I should leave and get on with my day. Yes. Yes, I should do that. But I don’t. Curiosity wins out, and I walk behind the desk and sit in his chair—which isn’t a wingback chair, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a one-of-a-kind. Maybe it’s my plain taste, but I’ve never seen anything like it. Probably because I’ve never been in a situation like this. Surrounded by wealth, success, money. And that’s fine. Not having those things hasn’t diminished my happiness. I’m doing all right without them. My job is steady, I have amazing friends, and my heart isn’t broken. That being said, I could be…happier. But whatever. Everything happens for a reason, and good things come to those who wait. So I’ll keep waiting while everything keeps happening for reasons. I lean back in Charles Masters’s chair. I don’t know what comes over me, but I put my feet up on the desk too, crossing my legs at my ankles. Then I clasp my hands in my lap and wonder if this is what it feels like to have the world at my fingertips. A smile crosses my lips as I can see how someone can get used to this. And then a throat clears, which snaps me out of my reverie right quick. I jump out of the chair. Mostly because I don’t want to lose my job if this incident gets back to my boss. Getting caught is one thing; getting fired is another. “Can I help you?” Charles Masters himself asks me from the doorway of his office. His suit is neat, pressed, and just as sleek as his office. Black pants, black jacket, white shirt, black tie. Crisp and clean. And it makes him way sexier than I thought it would when I saw pictures of him in the news.  
About The Author
Kyle Autumn is the author of sexy contemporary romances that will melt your heart and your panties. She also writes erotic short stories series that will likely melt your panties more than your heart. She loves chocolate and pajamas. Can't be bothered to brush her hair most days. Can always be bothered to write her pants—er, pajama bottoms—off.
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Blog Tour: Titan World featuring Deja Vu by Cristin Harber


We're kicking off the blog tour for TITAN WORLD, featuring Cristin Harber and ten authors writing in Cristin Harber's Titan world. The first book being featured is DEJA VU by Cristin Harber! Check out an excerpt below.

Did you miss what Titan World is all about? Read the announcement here!



About DEJA VU by Cristin Harber

“Amnesia Allie” should’ve been one of Dr. James Tuska’s normal patients: another CIA asset who they wanted well-cared for and then sent on her merry way. Everyday work at his niche medical practice was never that interesting… until she claimed the impossible. “He’s my fiancĂ©.” James had never met Allie, yet he couldn’t say no even if he was part of the Agency cover up. Now the Agency wants her dead.
Between the lies and the hiding, the woman who turned the CIA upside down with three words brought him to his knees.
And then Allie disappeared… Nothing would ever be the same.
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“Come here.” He dropped his arm around her shoulders and ignored the blanket fortress she’d built. “Get out of your head.” “I’m not in my head.” But the protest was an obvious lie. “Allie.” His voice dropped low, and she let him tug her under his arm, snuggling her into place against his side. “If you’re not going to watch the movie, what is it that you want?” “I can’t tell you,” she whispered. A funny exchange happened in the movie, but this time, he didn’t laugh. His eyes were focused on her, and his arm around her shoulders made her heart slam against her ribcage. “You didn’t laugh this time,” she pointed out. “Wasn’t paying attention to the movie,” he said. Oh God. With her heartbeat on speed, now her lungs had declared war on breathing. “Maybe the movie was a bad idea.” He dropped his head close to hers. The warmth of his lips brushed against hers. Her mouth watered for his kiss, and her body liquefied. Begging would be poor form, but the anticipation might be her death. “Please” was about to form as a pout on her lips, when James let their distance evaporate. Ah, the fireworks. Her pliant lips molded to his as he slipped his tongue into her mouth, teasing a moan from the depths of her. Her lungs had kick-started back to work, but she couldn’t get enough oxygen to avoid the lightheadedness. Wet between her legs, nipples aching for his touch, Allie was drunk on him, and that was just a first kiss. Just the best kiss of her life. She didn’t care that she couldn’t remember another man. Some things, she just knew.  

About Cristin Harber

Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

Guest Post: Marie Harte author of Contract Signed

Exclusive Excerpt from Marie Harte's
Contract Signed

“One thing I still don’t understand,” she said. “Deacon texted me to meet him.”
Noel shook his head. “It wasn’t Deacon. He’s spent the past few days on the island arguing with Solene about childcare, apparently. And he spent last night in Canada, sent on a wild goose chase while Hammer wrapped things up out East. Both of them should be back soon, though.”
“Addy, I’m sorry.”
“So you keep saying.” She’d gotten her courage back, and it felt good. Seeing a man get killed was nothing like the movies. The finality of that moment would be forever etched in her mind. But she could deal better, now.
“I never wanted that world to intrude on this one.” He clenched his hands around the steering wheel. “When I come back from a job, I meditate on the ferry ride. Do you ever do that?”
“I put all the ugliness that’s in the world behind me. I look forward to feeling fresh. I’m normal here. Just a guy settling into his house. Fixing the plumbing. Checking out my cute neighbor when she’s not looking.” He sent her a ghost of a smile that faded too soon. “Keeping to myself, because I know life in Bainbridge Island isn’t real. Not for me.”
For someone so young, he must have seen a lot of nasty things.
“I don’t want you to feel sorry for me, Addy. I live the life, and someday all that violence is going to find me. No matter how careful I’ve been, it’s followed me here. I’ve had my handler looking into it for me. And Deacon and Hammer too.
“The baby was a complete surprise. Look, I’m not a monk. But it takes a lot for me to let down my guard with a person.”
Yet he’d done it with her.
“Having sex is getting vulnerable. So I don’t do it a lot. And I’m always—usually—careful. The baby isn’t mine. I just know it. But if he were, I’d take care of him. I might be a killer, but I’m a protector at heart. No boy of mine would ever want for security.”
She believed him.
“Thing is, something went wrong after my last job. Not on the job exactly, but on my return home. I was nearly mugged in the city. Then I was almost run down on the street. Then this, today. None of it makes any sense. We’re a closely guarded secret, Addy. No one but my handler and his boss know my missions. I said I work for the government, but my Business contracts out the jobs. Seriously. I don’t exist. Noel Cavanaugh works for an investment firm. He’s good at what he does. But he’s not me.”
She thought about that. “Is Noel Cavanaugh even your real name?”

Contract Signed (Triggerman, Inc. Book 1)
January 17, 2017

Three assassins and a baby?
How many assassins does it take to change a diaper?
Three assassins have met their match and it wears diapers.
Triggerman, Inc., Book 1
Noel "Ice" Cavanaugh's method is foolproof. Get in, do the job, get out, melt away without a trace. Chill out until his next mark is assigned. Neat. Tidy. No mistakes.

This time, though, something isn't right. Two somethings. First a random attack that feels not-so-random. Then he discovers someone's left a baby on his doorstep with a note claiming it's his. And the sexy neighbor who found the boy first has too many questions in her eyes to ignore.

When her handsome, mysterious neighbor suddenly asks her out on a date, Adeline Rose has suspicions he's fishing for "help" with his bundle of joy? By date's end, she's convinced NOel's just as distant as he seems until a scorching goodnight kiss ends with sex against the nearest wall, the heat between them burning away all thoughts of careful.

Now Noel has more than one problem on his hands. Splitting baby duty between three badass assassins, figuring out how to fit more time with Addy into his no-room-for-error schedule and keeping both of them safe from the danger he's increasingly sure has followed him home.
Warning: Beware a killer with a heart of gold, a baby who needs constant changing, and unrequited love that's actually quite requited.

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About the Author
Award-winning author Marie Harte has been writing professionally since 2005. She���s both a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author and has written over 100 books and counting. Marie writes books with heat, humor, and character. She writes independently and for several publishers, to include Sourcebooks and Samhain. Though currently writing contemporary romance, she also writes paranormal and romantic suspense. Before turning to writing full-time, she earned a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and spent several years in the United States Marine Corps as a communications officer. Marie currently lives in Central Oregon with her family. There���s nothing she likes more than finding a good book to read and a great cup of coffee to drink.

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Promo Tour: A Wild Woman: Mail Order Bride of Slate Springs by Vanessa Vale

A Wild Woman: Mail Order Bride of Slate Springs by Vanessa Vale

Date of Publication: January 9, 2017


With five overbearing brothers, Piper Dare heads West in order to forge her own life. Her trip takes an unexpected turn when she fills in as a mail order bride for a woman she meets on the stage.
Lane Haskins and Spur Drews are stunned by their new bride. A gun toting, foul language spewing redhead is not what they expected. But they don't mind the little wildcat. In fact, they love her instantly.
But their match takes a decided turn and their love—and devotion—is put to a very powerful test.

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About Vanessa Vale

Who doesn't love the romance of the old West? USA Today Bestselling author Vanessa Vale takes the sensual appeal of rugged cowboys a step further with her bestselling books set in the Montana Territory. They are much more than just sexy historical westerns. They're deliciously naughty reads that sometimes push the boundaries of fantasy. It's pure escapism with quite a few very hot, very alpha cowboys.
When she's not writing, Vanessa savors the insanity of raising two boys, is figuring out how many meals she can make with a pressure cooker, and teaches a pretty mean karate class. She considers herself to be remarkably normal, exceedingly introverted and fairly vanilla, which does not explain her steamy stories and her fascination with cowboys, preferably more than one at a time.
She lives in the Wild Wild West where there's an endless source of 'research' material.

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EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Review: Deadly Obsession by J. Lea

Deadly Obsession
J. Lea


A woman with a bright future.
A man, infatuated by her beauty, determined to get her - at any cost.
And a detective, willing to risk his own life to save hers.

Sometimes, when you least expect it, fate makes an unexpected turn. But not for the better.
April Brookes finds herself in mortal danger, when a stalker enters her life. He watches her every step and makes her life a living hell.

Detective O`Rilley will do everything in his powers to find an obsessed stalker, whose sole purpose is to get April.
Will O`Rilley succeed, or will the stalker's obsession become deadly?

Maybe sometimes, everything simply isn`t enough...

Review:                                      4 stars

What a better day to spend reading a book full of suspense, as if politics were not suspenseful, well I still prefer the books. A Woman with a future ahead of her, a career she loves, but as always there is a snag. She has a stalker, someone who will not leave her alone, who wants her and is determined to have her.
A man, infatuated by her beauty, determined to get her - at any cost.
Enter a detective to the rescue, he is willing to risk his own life to save her. Will he save her, will Detective O`Rilley save her, will they get close, will April Brooks return his feelings, you will have to read it to find out. A good story and well written.

I received a free copy for my honest review!

Review by Jara  

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EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Review: A Swing and A Dare by Kasey Belle

A Swing And A Dare
Best Friends Series #1
Kasey Belle


Navy SEAL Jack Claiborne and Veterinarian Abby Sutter have been best friends since the day they met on a school playground at the age of seven. Both have been secretly in love with each other since the opposite sex magically no longer had cooties and too scared of losing the other and their lifelong friendship to admit it. 

When Abby is attacked, Jack is forced to face reality and admit, by allowing fear and what-if’s to influence his decisions, he’d failed them both. Jack realizes whether he made it “official” or not, losing Abby meant losing his heart. It meant a lifetime of never knowing the deep, unbending, and unconditional love reserved for soulmates and that was unacceptable.

With the help of his teammates, Jack launches the most important operation of his life. The objective: To acquire Abby and a happily ever after for both of them. Failure is not an option, neither is death.

NOTE: Due to strong language and graphic scenes of a sexual nature, this book is not recommended for readers under 18. If these things offend you, this book is not for you. However, if you like sweet, sexy, alpha heroes, sassy, strong heroines, and serious heat in your romance, then you came to the right book. All books in the Best Friends Series stand alone.

Review                                  4 1/2 Stars

A Swing and a Dare was a sweet romance, I totally enjoyed the book, it had laughs, suspense, one hot alpha navy SEAL, one sassy female & hot steamy sex. Jack and Abby became friends the day Jack came to Abby’s rescue after a bully pushed her off the swing at school age seven and gave him a black eye when he triple dog dared her to show him she could throw a punch. The both hid their true feelings for each other, they didn’t want to ruin their best friend status, until the day Jack came home from a mission to find out that Abby had been attacked, Operation Acquire Abby formed with him and his SEAL buddies.

I loved the interaction between Jack and Abby sometimes it was comical and the passion between the two was WOW. When Jack would go all alpha on Abby she knocked him down. If you are looking for a lazy afternoon read I recommend you grab a copy of A Swing and A Dare either the original (hot & spicy) or the sweet copy (tame down sex), you will fall in love with Jack and Abby.

I received a free copy from the author for my honest review.

Review by Mel

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