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EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads New Release Spotlight w/Giveaway: Beautiful Delusions by Ember-Raine Winters

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Today we are spotlighting Ember-Raine Winters
New Release 
Beautiful Delusions!

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Ember-Raine Winters New Release
Book One in the Pride & Honor series
Beautiful Delusions!


One night . . . 

One terrible accident . . . 

That was all it took to turn my entire life upside-down. My PTSD is worse than ever. The terror I thought I left in my past is back, and this time I might not survive the horrors he promises to bring. 

An old friend, Griffin, my best friend at one time bulldozes his way back into my life. He has the power to consume me. I want him... and that is terrifying. Can he actually protect me from the evil that wants to tear me apart? 


Fifteen years . . . 

That's how long I have let the guilt eat me alive for hurting her with my words the way I did. I never thought I would get the chance to atone for my sins. Now that I do, I will stop at nothing to help her, save her . . . keep her. 

The only thing I want, apart from Kaylee in my bed, is to protect her from the monster who wants to destroy her.

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Q & A with Ember-Raine Winter about 
Beautiful Delusions!

Tell us about Beautiful Delusions.

Beautiful Delusions is a story about a girl who has an extremely dark past. She lives everyday with Non-combat PTSD and looks for ways to overcome it. One night she sees her abuser while driving down the freeway and ends up in a horrible car accident. When she wakes up she finds out there has been a horrible misunderstanding and she is forced into therapy. Griffin a man who was a huge part of her childhood (He was also pretty mean to her when they were in high school) becomes her therapist and it doesn’t take long for the attraction between them to become apparent. Kaylee is being stalked by her abuser and Griffin will stop at nothing to keep her and her two kids safe.

What initially inspired you to write Beautiful Delusions?

I wrote Beautiful Delusions during a really dark time in my life. My own PTSD has gotten decidedly worse over the years and I thought about how it must be for other women who struggle with the same things that I do everyday. No matter how supportive my loved ones are, they just don’t understand the struggle. They don’t understand why something that happened so many years ago still affects me so deeply. There aren’t many books out there where the heroine suffers from PTSD. The common misconception is that it is an illness that is born from war. There aren’t heroines for the women who suffer from the different forms of PTSD. So, I decided to write Beautiful Delusions, not only as a therapeutic activity for myself and my own demons, but for all those women out there that don’t have a heroine who understands them and what they struggle with.

Tell us little about the characters Beautiful Delusions.

There is a big cast of characters in Beautiful Delusions. Four big burly alpha males that are all the best things about alpha males. Two brothers Griffin and Trey Griffin is a veteran from the U.S. Army and the owner of a large security company. Trey is his little brother and very much a computer nerd. He is an expert hacker and a pro at cyber security. Griffin’s two best friends, who happen to be cousins, Mac and Twitch. Those are nicknames of course. They got them in the military where they served with Griffin. Mac and Twitch’s parents were killed in a car accident when they were twelve. Mac’s aunt was able to take him in, but Twitch was put into the foster care system where he was mistreated and a constant runaway.
Kaylee has two children. Leanne is eleven and Lance is three. They are the sweetest kids. While Leanne has a bit of an attitude towards Griffin at the beginning, she quickly learns to love him and the rest of the guys. Kaylee’s sister in-law Tara is the only one who understands Kaylee. She went through her own abuse much like Kaylee did and when Tara married Kaylee’s brother Billy they bonded over mental illness and abusive ex-boyfriends.

What was the hardest part of writing this book? 

The hardest part to write was the flashbacks. Many of the things that happened to Kaylee in her past were based on things that had happened in my own past. Writing about the awful events of my past was supposed to be therapeutic, but it made it a lot more difficult to write and made the book take longer to write.

What are your future project(s)? 

Beautiful Sacrifice the second book in the Pride and Honor series is undergoing editing right now. It should be ready to release in the summer. The next book is Beautiful Deception and I haven’t started writing it yet. Every book follows another couple, and each book highlights a different form of PTSD. I am hoping to start writing the third book sometime in March.

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Beautiful Delusions!

I was quiet the whole way home. Tara kept looking at me from the corner of her eye. I didn't want to let her in on my torment. I knew I would eventually tell her what was wrong, but it just felt like it was too soon. He came barreling back into my life out of nowhere and I got no choice in the matter. Yes, he apologized for what he did. I didn't get an explanation and then he wants to go on just like nothing ever happened? I couldn't believe the nerve he had.
Before I knew it we were pulling up outside my parents’ house. I sat there for a moment in stunned silence. I still had no idea what to make of the events of that day, but I was glad it was over. I looked over at Tara and she smiled at me tentatively.
“So, that was interesting,” she said carefully. “You gonna be alright?”
“Yeah, I'll be fine. Gym tomorrow?”
“Yup, I'll call you in the morning,” she replied as I unfolded myself from her truck.
“Later,” I replied and shut the door.
The house looked to be quiet from the outside. It was your average suburban home with a perfectly manicured lawn. My dad worked on tirelessly on the weekends when he wasn't working. It had a big picture window in the front and a cast iron bistro set on the front porch. I could see the light peeking through the blinds and knew someone was still awake inside. It was around nine, so I knew Lee-Lee and Lance were in bed.
Something on the front porch caught my eye and a sense of dread washed over me. I walked over as if something might jump out and bite me. I always had a bit of an overactive imagination, that's why I could never watch horror movies. I would have vivid nightmares for days, and see things jumping out of dark corners for the rest of the night.
Once I was diagnosed with PTSD it got decidedly worse. I tried to chalk this up to one of those times. The completely dead and brittle roses sitting on the table of the bistro set told me that I would be lying to myself.
The flowers were black and brittle as if they had been dried for that specific purpose. There was a card lying next to the now brown stems. I realized picking it up could possibly set me back years, but I was curious. I picked it up and unfolded it and when I read it I dropped it like it had burned the flesh off my fingertips and screamed.

Tyler left me on the floor holding my head and neck sobbing. He screamed at me and ran around the house like his ass was on fire.
I have to go Kay, I have to go hide in the woods just in case the cops come. I know your mom, she is gonna call the cops. If she didn't then I am sure one of the neighbors did after the screaming fit you just had,” he bellowed. “God, why do you have to be so stupid? You just got me sent to jail you dumb bitch!”
“No Tyler, if they come I will tell them it's fine that nothing's wrong. There are no marks on my face they will never know,” I lied.
He ran out the back door to go hide in the woods. It was a long time before the police knocked on it. By the time they got there he had already come back and he decided to hide under the bed. I was so scared to say the wrong thing where he could hear me that I told them he wasn’t there.
When they left he got out of his hiding place and went back out to the woods just in case they came back.
I was sobbing on the bed when I heard another knock on the door. I went to answer it and the same cop was there looking at me sympathetically.
“Ma’am, would you mind coming outside and talkin’ to me for a moment?” He asked kindly.
“Sure,” I replied quietly.
Once he got me away from the door I told him everything. He locked me in the front seat of his patrol car while he and the rest of the police officers searched the area for him. I was terrified that he would find me while the police were out looking and jumped at every shadow.
“Kaylee! Kaylee!” My mom screamed at the top of her lungs.
When I came out of it, I was on the ground rocking back and forth. My mom looked like she was gonna lose her mind. I looked up at her tear streaked face and attempted a reassuring smile. By the look on her face it was more like a grimace though.
“Are you ok?” She asked as she helped me up from the ground.
“No,” I replied shaking my head and handing her the card I had crumpled in my fist.
I knew what it said. I only had to read it once to have it memorized. And, that along with the dead roses was enough to send me into one of the most intense flash backs of my entire life. The color drained from my mom’s face. She looked from me to the card to the bouquet of dead roses still sitting untouched on the table.
“Where did this come from? I was out here less than an hour ago,” she panicked.
“I don't know mom, I got home and found them sitting right there on the table. I read the stupid card and I had an episode!” I screamed.
She looked shocked but I couldn't bring myself to care in that moment. All I could think about were the four words scribbled on the card in her hand. “Did you miss me?” I felt bile rise up my throat and had to turn quickly before I threw up all over my mom. I don't think she would appreciate that. I retched in the rose bush until I had nothing left then I retched some more. My mom stood there watching me with a sad look on her face.
“You really did see him that night, didn't you?” She asked quietly.
I glared at her because it was the only thing I could think to do. I knew she was going to beat herself up over the fact that she didn't believe me, but I didn't care. I walked in the house with her hot on my heals and made sure that both doors were locked.
We got the security screen door around the time he was supposed to be released from prison. I was thankful for it then, even though he had never tried to contact me since that night.

Author Bio: 

Ember-Raine Winters is a lover of Reading, Writing and learning in general. She lives in Sunny Central California with her two small children. Writing Beautiful Delusions was a labor of love for her. She took some of her own experiences and changed them to suit her fictional world. She believes wholeheartedly that this story is important. She feels that if she can help one person who suffers from PTSD realize they aren’t alone then she has done her job. If she can bring a little awareness to this horrible disease that is very often overlooked she will be happy.

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Book Blast w/Giveaway: The Soldier's Woman by Kelly Lyonns

The Soldier’s Woman
by Kelly Lyonns
GENRE: Historical Romance - Regency


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It is 1810 somewhere in the chaos of war-ravaged Napoleonic Portugal. Miss Charlotte Everslea, dedicated member of an ancient secretive Guild and skilled paranormal artefacts hunter, has found herself trapped behind enemy lines. Colonel Maximillian Bladewood is used to giving orders and having them obeyed, both on and off the battlefield. But the petite golden-haired hoyden, to whose accidental intervention he owes his life, challenges both his authority and his sanity. Their cross-purposed journey will reach a crossroad where one or both of them will need to compromise.


Trapped together, hiding from the enemy
From beside her came the sounds of a large body settling in the rustling straw, followed by a faint sigh. Her rambling thoughts focussed back onto the present and the man at her side. He had given no indication that any of his wounds were serious, but he must surely be as bone tired as she felt. She tried to lie back in the dark and relax as she listened to his body shifting on the dry straw.

Perhaps his arm was paining him. The thought troubled her, but there was nothing to be done about it here and now. He sighed and stirred again. She winced, it would be an unpleasant job unsticking the dried blood and removing his coat. Imagining the Colonel removing his coat sent immediate heat to her cheeks. Perhaps she just imagined it, but she could feel the warmth of his body down her entire side, breaching the inch or two of air between them.

Thank heavens it was dark! What indiscriminate thoughts!

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After earning a living as a freelance environmental scientist, writer and editor, Kelly Lyonns has evolved into a creative writer. She cohabitates with three cats, two children and a husband in a house so packed with character even the termites live next door. Burning questions about ecological sustainability and how to tie a Regency bodice, keep her on the internet deep into the night.

She enjoys tea, meditating, Jane Austen, solar punk, science fiction, sculpting and science. She frequently succumbs to the need to write. She rarely succumbs to the need to vacuum.

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Avery Ross is living a dream. After struggling all of her life to make ends meet, a chance meeting with a powerful, darkly handsome man has catapulted her into a dazzling new world of penthouse luxury, elegant parties, and a wild, consuming passion with her billionaire lover, Dominic Baine. Nothing is out of his reach in business or in pleasure, yet the only woman he wants is her. Nick sweeps her to sensual heights she has never dared explore, commanding her body the same way he commands her heart. Yet Avery knows the fantasy she’s living cannot last.   With dark secrets and a dangerous enemy haunting her past, Avery must find a way to trust Nick with the truth before it destroys everything they share. But Nick is harboring secrets of his own as well. And when they come to light, Avery will be forced to decide if the love she feels for Nick is strong enough to endure a betrayal she may never be able to forgive.   Don't miss the bestselling first book in the series, FOR 100 DAYS - available now!

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lara-selfie-11-2015 LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times and #1 internationally best-selling author, with nearly 4 million books in print worldwide and translations licensed to more than 20 countries. Her books regularly appear in the top spots of all the major bestseller lists including the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Indiebound,, Barnes & Noble, etc. Reviewers have called Lara’s books “addictively readable” (Chicago Tribune), “extraordinary” (Fresh Fiction), and “one of the best on the market” (Romantic Times).   Writing as TINA ST. JOHN, her historical romances have won numerous awards including the National Readers Choice; Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice; Booksellers Best; and many others. She was twice named a Finalist in Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards, for Best Historical Romance (White Lion’s Lady) and Best Paranormal Romance (Heart of the Hunter). More recently, the German translation of Heart of the Hunter debuted on Der Spiegel bestseller list.   With an ancestry stretching back to the Mayflower and the court of King Henry VIII, the author lives with her husband in New England.   Visit the author’s website and sign up for new release announcements at

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Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Tarah Scott
Genre: Historical Romance, Time Travel
Series: Edge Series, Book 1
Publisher: Broken Arm Publishing
Publication Date: December 27, 2016
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Two of Scottish romance’s most loved authors have joined pens to write a thrilling new time travel series filled with passion, danger, and intrigue. These never-before-published novels will sweep you to Scotland’s Highland Heatheredge, where magic is real, time is relevant, and there is no escape from desire…
Men are disappearing in the Highland crofting village of Heatheredge. The authorities suspect foul play, but without signs of violence—or bodies—they can’t prove a thing.
World champion swordsman Cailean Ross is living the fantasy of a lifetime as the victor of Heatheredge’s medieval reenactment Gathering. But when the fantasy turns into reality, swordplay becomes a fight to the death and he finds himself among the ‘missing’ statistics.
Julianna Mackay flees a man she fears is an evil wizard and literally runs into handsome Cailean Ross. Cailean defends Lady Julianna from her attackers. Together, they set out in search of the key to a six-hundred-year-old curse that can only be broken in medieval Scotland.
When the veil of time is lifted, Cailean and Julianna find that love may not be enough to save them or those they hold dear.

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Blog Tour w/Giveaway: Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

BREATHLESS by Beverly Jenkins
On sale: 1/31/2017 | ISBN: 9780062389022

As manager of one of the finest hotels in Arizona Territory, Portia Carmichael has respect and stability-qualities sorely missing from her harsh childhood. She refuses to jeopardize that by hitching herself to the wrong man. Suitors are plentiful, but none of them has ever looked quite as tempting as the family friend who just rode into town…and none have looked at her with such intensity and heat.

Duchess. That’s the nickname Kent Randolph gave Portia when she was a young girl. Now she’s a stunning, intelligent woman-and Kent has learned his share of hard lessons. After drifting through the West, he’s learned the value of a place to settle down, and in Portia’s arms he’s found that and more. But convincing her to trust him with her heart, not just her passion, will be the greatest challenge he’s known-and one he intends to win…

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Dear Readers,

This is the second book in the Rhine Trilogy and I do hope you enjoy it. With all the issues and heartache Portia carried inside, I knew it would be difficult for her to give her heart to someone, but Kent Randolph proved to be the man for the job, even if I didn’t know he would be her hero when the story began. Hope you’ll enjoy seeing Rhine and Eddy from Forbidden and, yes, they are still very much in love.

The Fontaine Hotel is loosely based on the Mountain View Hotel founded in Oracle, Arizona, in 1895 by Annie Box Neal and her husband William “Curly” Neal, who were both of African- American and Native-American descent. The Mountain View was a combination hotel and spa and catered not only to European royalty but to wealthy visitors from places like Russia, Australia, and China, too. Look them up.

The great Apache chief Geronimo surrendered on September 4, 1886, and was promptly declared a prisoner of war. He and his people eventually wound up in Florida along with the Apache scouts the army employed to hunt him down. He died at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1909. The Apache warrior Lozen, also captured in 1886, was sent to the barracks at Mount Vernon, Alabama, where she died of tuberculosis in 1887. Although her name has faded from America’s memory, her bravery and fearlessness remains legendary with her people.

I only touched briefly on African-American women and the fight for suffrage but hope to get back to it in depth sometime in the future. Until then, if you’d like to do some research on your own, here are two excellent sources:

African American Women and the Vote: 1837–1965 by Cynthia Neverdon-Morton, et al.
African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote: 1850–1920 by Rosalyn Terborg-Penn

Having the opportunity to create characters and stories that reflect my heritage as a woman of color is priceless. Representation matters. Thanks again for the support and love. Thanks also for spreading the word about my books to everyone you know. It’s much appreciated.

Until next time, happy reading.

BEVERLY JENKINS has received numerous awards, including five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards, two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine, and a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer’s Guild. Ms Jenkins was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th Century by AABLC, the nation’s largest on-line African-American book club. She was recently nominated for the NAACP Image Award in Literature. To read more about Beverly, please visit her website at

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