Saturday, January 21, 2017

Book Winners Announced!

The winner of IN BED WITH THE BILLIONAIRE is... DonnaS



The Kat Martin winner is....CherylC
I believe on this one you choose print or Kindle of one of Kat's books. Go to her website and pick the book and the format..


Winners... please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com to claim your prize.

More contests are coming!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Promo: SPACESHIP BROKEN, NEEDS REPAIRS by Russell Nohelty

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to Russell Nohelty who joins me today for a chat during his tour to promote his latest release, Spaceship Broken, Needs Repairs.

Tell us about your newest release.

 My newest book is called Spaceship Broken, Needs Repairs. It’s a sci-fi book about a boy who escapes his abusive father and helps a homeless alien rebuild her ship so she can get off the planet. After my last book, My Father Didn’t Kill Himself, I wanted to write something set in the same town of East Willow, with a similar tone, but a much different genre. So while this book is a sci-fi book, it’s also very much about broken families and coming to terms with your lot in life.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?

I don’t really understand a topic until I finish writing a book about it, and this book was no different. For this one, I wanted to tackle my complicated relationship with my grandfather. The main conflict in this story is that this boy named Sammy escapes his abusive father and moves in with a grandfather that used to psychologically torment his mother; however, he was always incredibly nice to Sammy. This is very similar to my mother’s relationship with my grandfather, and I was the one who say him as a great guy. I wanted to explore that weird relationship, and how I could see my grandfather so differently than anybody else. My grandfather died before this book was released, and I’m always happy that I was able to memorialize him forever. So what I learned from this book was what I thought of my grandfather. It allowed me to come to terms with all the feelings that have been bubbling inside me for years.

Do you have any interesting or quirks or rituals?

I wouldn’t say interesting, but my quirk is that I won’t get my butt out of my chair until I’ve written 1,000 words in a day. It’s a silly thing that I learned a while ago, but if I can’t leave until I write, the words come much sooner.

What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

The biggest singular influence to my writing was my old manager, Sammy Montana, who is a good friend of mine now. He kept pushing me to be better and be better. Specifically, he loved my book My Father Didn’t Kill Himself back when it was a screenplay, and convinced me to develop it further. That is probably the singular reason I started writing books. Now, I love writing book, but back then I was scared by the thought of writing so many words.

What does your family think about your career as a published author?

They are incredibly supportive. My family is the best. My mother has been telling me to be a writer since I was a child, so it’s very gratifying to her that I became one. My dad and step mother are also incredibly supportive as well. I only hope everybody has in their lives. My sister, cousins, and whole family are amazing. They don’t really understand what I do or why I do it, but they are supportive of it, which is all you can ask.

Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

Writing and reading are the two things I do all the time. I am also obsessed with podcasts and anything related to growing businesses. I have my own show, The Business of Art (www.thebusinessofart.us), which helps creatives build better businesses. I’m also a fan of animated shows. I could watch Stephen Universe all day.

Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?

I’m launching a new anthology on Kickstarter this Valentine’s Day called Monsters and Other Scary Shit. It’s my love letter to monsters, full of thirty stories from some of the best comic creators working today. You can get a 50+ page preview of it by clicking here. I am also proofing my first non-fiction book, Sell Your Soul: How to Build a Creative Career, which should be out in the summer. My next fiction book is also ready to go once I can slot it into my schedule. It’s called Worst Thing in the Universe and it’s a mix of Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett, all narrated by God.

How can readers connect with you online?

author-pic-russell-noheltyThe best way it to join my mailing list at www.wannabepress.com, where they will get a free comic for signing up.
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Russell Nohelty is a writer, publisher, and speaker. He runs Wannabe Press, which publishes weird books for weird people, and hosts The Business of Art podcast, which helps creatives build better businesses. Russell is the author of Gumshoes: The Case of Madison’s Father and My Father Didn’t Kill Himself, along with the creator of the Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter, Gherkin Boy, and Katrina Hates the Dead graphic novels. He makes books that are as entertaining and weird as they are thought provoking. Social Media Links: @russellnohelty on Twitter and Instagram. /russellnohelty on Facebook


SPACESHIP 6 X 9 FRONT
 
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Sammy's had a tough life. His father is abusive. His mother is an alcoholic. He developed pulmonary fibrosis from asbestos and needs an oxygen tank to breath. His family is poor and getting poorer. One day his mother's had enough and steals him away to a life on the run. She'd rather be a fugitive than subject Sammy to his father's rage. It doesn't take long for life on the run with a sick child to catch up to her. In order to keep Sammy alive she has no choice but to move in with her emotionally abusive grandfather. Sammy just wants a normal life. He just wants to get along, but when he meets a homeless alien that all changes. Now, he has to help her fix her ship and get off the planet.

This is a book about families, broken homes, and the power of friendship. Whether you enjoy whimsy, dark humor, or coming of age stories, there is something for you inside these pages. Sci-fi. It’s a YA book, but for very mature kids. Warning: There is some strong language and the book deals with abuse.

Buy your copy here http://www.spaceshipbrokenbook.com

ONE

It started with a bang and a whimper.

Well it wasn’t really a bang.

It was more like a slap. Well, exactly like a slap.

Actually, it wasn’t really a slap either. It was – what’s the sound a fist makes when it connects with a woman’s jaw? Like a woomp, or a thud, or a thwonk.

Well, that was the sound. The sound of my mother being punched across the jaw by my father; her hair, her body, suspended motionless for a second, then falling gracefully in slow motion, as I watched horrified and petrified, nestled in the corner behind her.

He’d aimed for me, but Mom jumped between us so that I wouldn’t face his assault. She always did that.

She told me that the initial blow was always the worst; that she became numb after the third or fourth hit.

At least that’s what she told me. I never believed her. I too often saw the pain on her face when he kicked her ribs for the eighth and ninth times. I watched helpless as the tears welled in her eyes.  It was hell.

Dad screamed the vilest things imaginable while he beat her. I blocked out the worst of it through years of wilful self-delusion. But a few burrowed deep into my memory. I used to wake at night, drenched in cold sweat. His screams jolted me out of my daydreams. They snapped me back to reality.

You vile, worthless WHORE!”


“Lying sack of shit!”

           “Dumb Bitch!”

Those were his favorites. She would cry and cry, for hours it seemed, until giant snot bubbles came out of her nose. He punched, kicked, screamed, and stomped my mother within inches of her life on more than a dozen occasions.

She spent weeks in the hospital, battling to breathe, hoping to die. Punctured lungs, broken noses, and cracked rib cages became the norm; Police reports and flimsy denials, standard operating procedure. He didn’t like lies, but truths only made him madder and the beatings more vicious. After a spell we kept our mouth shut and did our bid –hoping to one day get paroled.

*

Mom wouldn’t let him take out his anger on me. Not on her twelve-year old baby with an oxygen tank; not to the little kid whose simple existence was a miracle. Not to the kid that she made this way.

And I don’t mean in the way her egg and his sperm did the freaky-deeky so I could eventually be popped out nine months later.

Though of course that’s 100% accurate in the most literal sense; I mean you could interpret it that way for sure. But more so my condition was brought on by their negligence.

I have a condition called pulmonary fibrosis. There’s a couple of causes from genetics to environmental factors. It basically meant my lungs were all messed up, scarred over, and didn’t work right. If they worked worse, I’d be on a lung transplant list, but they work just well enough that I’ll just have shitty lung disease for the rest of my shortened life.

Now, one of the causes of pulmonary fibrosis could have been my mother smoking during pregnancy. As much as I’d love to blame her for that, she took impeccable care while I baked inside her. She didn’t smoke, took prenatal vitamins, listened to classical music, and stayed away from fish. She didn’t even drink. Not one drop. It wasn’t until after my diagnosis that the pills and booze took hold.

No, the cause of my condition comes from being poor; really, really poor; so poor that we couldn’t afford adequate housing. Poor enough to squat anyplace that accepted our meager cash, even if it meant buildings riddled with asbestos.

As a child I was susceptible to all sorts of things that my parents’ immune system could withstand.

I’m 18 now.

I was 12 during this story.

I was 8 when they diagnosed me.

That’s the worst part. My condition wasn’t some genetic defect. It wasn’t some moment-of-birth botch. It wasn’t something I’d lived with my entire life.

I remember being a normal kid; playing sports, running, jumping, living outside a protective cocoon. I remember biting into a fresh apple without tasting sand. I remember breathing without pins and needles stabbing my lungs. I remember a life where my parents didn’t blame themselves for my existence, where even for a moment we were blissfully happy.

I mean blissfully happy. Over the moon, laugh every night, Norman Rockwell, Kodak stock portrait happy. The kind of happy we would nauseatingly shake our heads at today. The kind of happy that breaks my heart to think about, because I can never have it again.

Seven though, that was a magical year. Dad came home every night to a warm cooked meal. He regaled Mom with stories of his day as she sat enthralled on the edge of her seat. We made pillow forts and watched old movies that went way over my head, all cuddled up around the shitty CRT Dad found at a yard sale. We were dirt poor. We didn’t care though. We didn’t need things to be happy. We just needed to be together.

It wasn’t meant to last though. I started getting winded at soccer practice, then I could barely make it home from school, my chest began to burn and ache throughout the day and into the night. Then, the wretched coughing started, followed by the blood.

We went to doctor after doctor after doctor and our meager finances ran dry, but Mom and Dad were vigilant. They endured any cost, no matter how high, to ensure that my health was sound.


Specialist after specialist shook their head and confirmed my parents’ worst fears. By my eighth birthday it was a foregone conclusion. They didn’t get me toys, or video games, or even books. They got me two shiny oxygen tanks. I still use them to this day. Happy Birthday to me, right?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Perfect 10:

GHOST MAKER – Robin D. Owens 
The Ghost Seer Novel , Book 5 of 5 
A Perfect 10 
InterMix EBook 
ISBN: 978-0-6984-1159-3 
October 2016 
Paranormal Romantic Suspense 

Colorado – Present Day 

Ghost seer Clare Cermak is continuing her new “profession” reluctantly, but is determined to do it well. She was never asked to be a ghost seer, she inherited it from her great aunt, and eventually these abilities will be passed on to Clare's niece. Clare helps people move on, and right now she must find help from an unknown ghost to heal the spectral wound she received from an evil being while on another mission. Her lover, Zach Slade, and her ghostly Labrador, Enzo, are by her side to assist in that endeavor. 

After a session with the Other, a being that speaks through Enzo, Zach learns that the only way to cure Clare's wound is to find a good ghost healer. When he and Clare are told by Zach's boss's wife about a feeling she has that a good ghost could be found in Manitou Springs, the two (with Enzo) head out of Denver to investigate. This also coincides with an assignment Zach has to find a teenager who has gone missing. The boy is the heir to an estate, and he ran away from his abusive, now deceased, father months ago. 

Manitou Springs is filled with ghosts from Clare's inclusive era (she can only see those in the late nineteenth century). It soon becomes apparent that Clare needs to find a ghost who was a nun, but when she finds her, the young girl is stressed about helping others and keeps disappearing. In order for Clare to get Sister Julianna Emmanuel to help her, she must help the nun by finding the person who is kidnapping and killing boys from around the area. The sister has been helping the tortured boys, and her anguish makes it difficult to get her to help with Clare's pain. 

GHOST MAKER is yet another excellent Ghost Seer novel. As Clare settles into her new life style, she also must work on her relationship with Zach. They are clearly in love, but both of them have independence issues that have to be settled. As a team, however, they are well suited as Zach has minor abilities to see or feel ghosts. As a former cop who was disabled on the job, he has contacts he can use, as well as training in protection. 

Well written, GHOST MAKER is a character-driven tale that is fast paced and exciting. The conclusion is surprising as well as thrilling, so be prepared! 

Jani Brooks

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Perfect 10:

BEAUTIFUL - Christina Lauren 
Beautiful Bastard Series , Book 5 
A Perfect 10 
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ISBN: 9781501127991 
October 2016 
Contemporary Romance 

New England - Present Day 

After having to pretend to sleep on his plane ride home due to a very drunk and chatty seatmate, all Jensen wants to do is relax at home, and maybe spend some time with his younger sister. While enjoying some down time at his sister's house with some old friends, Jensen is conned into joining them on their couples winery tour. But no worries, he won't be the only single person going along, a friend of a friend is going as well. And much to Jensen's surprise and horror, it's the woman who sat next to him on the plane. 

Pippa decided to take her friend up on the offer to join their winery excursion, especially since her boyfriend just cheated on her, and she desperately needed to escape from London for a while. A bit embarrassed to realize the good looking guy she spilled her guts to on the plane is also tagging along, Pippa decides to put her best foot forward and enjoy the trip no matter what. But as time goes on, Pippa and Jensen can't seem to keep away from one another. And when a little white lie snowballs into a big mess, they end up sharing a room, a bed, and a fantastic time. But when the winery tour ends, will their fling dry up as well? 

BEAUTIFUL marks the end of the much-loved Beautiful Bastard series. Author Christina Lauren's sense of humor shines throughout the story, and all of Pippa and Jensen's awkward interactions will leave the reader rolling with laughter. Once again, the author manages to balance the humor and the heart-wrenching moments to create a masterpiece, and a true one-sitting read. 

Long-time readers of the series will enjoy the group dynamic present in BEAUTIFUL, with past couples coming back to help Jensen and Pippa along, or at least tease them as they start to fall in love. But what might interest fans even more, BEAUTIFUL contains several epilogues, giving readers a final glimpse into the individual relationships of the beloved characters in the series. 

BEAUTIFUL earns its Perfect 10 rating by being a perfect ending to a fan favorite series. Readers can expect to get a little misty eyed as they say goodbye to characters they've grown to love over the past several years. And for anyone who isn't already familiar with the series, BEAUTIFUL can work as a stand-alone, though you miss some of the fun group dynamic. 

Amanda Toth

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Guest Blogger and Promo: The Perils and Joys of Research by Kat Martin.


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I got the idea for a trilogy set in Seattle as I worked on my Alaska Trilogy.  Nick Brodie needed a place to work and live, so I created Brodie Operations Security Services, BOSS Inc, the guys called it. 
In the office, I put two more Brodies, cousin Ethan and cousin Luke.  

INTO THE FIRESTORM is Luke Brodie’s story.  What made it fun and interesting was the twist it took during the research phase. 
Luke Brodie is a bounty hunter.  A fat $600,000 is the 20% bail enforcement fee he'll collect if he brings in international criminal, Rudy Vance. 
Emma Sullivan is also hunting Vance.  It's been almost a year since she arrived at her sister's home to find the housekeeper murdered and her young niece the victim of Vance's sick assault. 
Emma is determined to find Vance and make him pay.  And no one--not even the infamous Luke Brodie--is going to stop her.
There was plenty of story to work with, but as I was developing the plot, I stumbled across an interesting tidbit.  Turns out there is a group in Seattle called the Yakuza, an organization often referred to as the Japanese Mafia.
What caught my eye was that members of the group are completely tattooed--even their genitals!  I thought, wow, wouldn’t they make interesting bad guys?
So the thing about research is that it can twist your story in unexpected directions.  It’s difficult but the results can be astonishing. 

I hope you'll watch for Luke and Emma in INTO THE FIRESTORM, book #3 in the BOSS, Inc. Trilogy.  And if you haven’t read INTO THE FURY and INTO THE WHIRLWIND, I hope you’ll give them a try.  

Very best wishes, Kat    

About Kat Martin 


New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History.   She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.
Kat has written more than sixty-five novels.  Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.
Her last 12 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list.  INTO THE FURY and INTO THE WHIRLWIND her most recent releases, both took top ten spots. 

Visit Kat's website at www.katmartin.com
Or look for her on Facebook at Katmartin/author.


INTO THE FIRESTORM

BACK COVER COPY
At Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc., following your instincts is company policy . . .
 
M. Cassidy—Luke Brodie had heard the name before, some novice bounty hunter working Seattle, catching tricky skips with more success than a newcomer should expect. But the dark curls, sparkly top, and impressive cleavage were not what Brodie had pictured.
 
Emma Cassidy is tough and smart and sexy as hell. She’s also popping up a step ahead of him every time he’s close to the capture he wants most . . . and there’s no room for learning on the trail of this monster.
 
Emma has idolized Luke Brodie, the bounty hunter who can bring anyone in. The big man in the soft shoes, with a face like a fallen angel and a reputation for breaking hearts. Watching him in action is intoxicating. But her fight with Rudy Vance is fiercely personal. If he gets too close, Brodie will find out just how ferocious she can be . . .
ABOUT THE BOOK
Luke Brodie is a bounty hunter.  A fat $600,000 is the 20% bail enforcement fee he'll collect if he brings in international criminal, Rudy Vance.
Emma Sullivan is also hunting Vance.  It's been almost a year since she arrived at her sister's home to find the housekeeper murdered and her young niece the victim of Vance's sick assault. 
Emma is determined to find Vance and make him pay.  And no one--not even the infamous Luke Brodie--is going to stop her.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Promo: ALL SHE NEVER WANTED by Carolyn LaRoche


Tell us about your newest release.

  Thank you so much for inviting to me visit and share my new novel, All She Never Wanted with your readers. It's an emotional, second chance love story that is very close to my heart. Evie has everything she could every want, the perfect fairy tale, and then she loses it all in one swift moment that changes her entire life. Landon is the typical rich, party boy who has had everything in his life handed to him on a silver platter. Until one day that platter is gone and he is forced to work hard at something for the first time in his life. Evie's job is to nurse Landon back to health. Landon's job is to let her. They clash at every turn, yet somehow manage to heal each other along the way.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?

Being married to a police officer of almost two decades, I have had a lot of time over the years to consider all the what ifs that surround his chosen career. One day I decided to explore, via writing, the emotions I thought might accompany something tragic happening to him. I thought it might give me an opportunity to just get it all out and stop thinking about it. What ended up happening was the first chapter of All She Never Wanted. From there the rest of the story, Evie's second chance at happily ever after, followed. It was never intended to leave my computer and now it's a novel getting great reviews.

Do you have any interesting or quirks or rituals?

I love Sour Patch Kids, does that count? I can eat a whole bag while writing if I let myself. Skittles too. I have no idea why.

What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

  One of my all time favorite writers and friends, Allie Kincheloe has been instrumental in my writing career. We first met as editor and author at the first small press I was picked up by. Allie read my debut novel and took a chance, convincing the owner of the company I was worth it. When the company closed a couple of years ago, we stayed friends and she still does a fabulous job helping me with all those darned commas! By the way, she also designed the gorgeous cover of All She Never Wanted.

What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My husband and my boys are very supportive. They give me plenty of time to write and edit and my husband will tell anyone that listens about his wife's books.

Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

Thanks to my husband's influence, I've become a die hard The Walking Dead fan. I'm totally addicted to it. I also enjoy crocheting and I love watching my two boys play baseball.

Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?

I have a new series in the works… a set of romances set on the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod. There's a good mix of romance, comedy, sexy firemen, daring rescues and baseball—all my favorite things—in each of them. The first in the Cape Code Love Story series, Daisies in the Outfield, will be available on February 21st. Jamie and Mandy are pretty explosive. You'll laugh, maybe cry once or twice and I've been told it's tough to put down so, here's hoping!


 
  Carolyn LaRoche grew up in snow country but fled the cold and ice several years ago. She now lives near the beach with her husband, their two boys and one sweet kitty. When she is not at the baseball field cheering on big hits and home runs, she is busy teaching science to unwilling teenagers. Connect with her online... she'd love to hear from you!

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cover-all-she-never-wanted-by-c-laroche  One moment changed everything… Evie Ward had everything she’d ever dreamed of. An action-packed job where no two shifts were ever the same, the best friend a girl could ever want, and a fairy tale wedding just days away. Her life was absolutely perfect. Until one bullet—one horrible choice—left her with a broken heart and shattered dreams. Fleeing the city she loved and a lifetime of memories, Evie took a job in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the hopes that the ocean air and fresh beaches could somehow restore her soul. Falling in love again wasn’t part of the plan. Landon Reed was on top of the world. The money, the women, the status—he had it all until one bad decision nearly cost him his life. His father gave him three months to get his act together or be cut off from the family fortune and business. No house, no job and no money. His will and his patience are tested further when his father hires a nurse to whip him into shape. She may be little but she's mean and it looks like Landon has finally met his match. With her shattered heart and his broken spirit, the road to recovery will be long. Can they help each other heal or will their fractured pasts be too much to overcome?

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Excerpt:
“Good morning, Landon!” Amelia hummed a little tune quietly as she set up the bedside table. “It’s a beautiful day, today. Perhaps you’d like to go down to the beach after your physical therapy appointment?”

I pulled the covers over my head. “I changed my mind. I’m not going to any appointment.”

“Come on, Landon. You can’t spend the rest of your life sitting here in this room.”

“Yes, I can.”

“You are going to physical therapy.” The covers disappeared from my face as I looked up into the smiling grey eyes of Amelia. “Rise and shine!”

“I’m not getting up.” I buried my head under my pillow.

Amelia walked toward the door. “Maybe you’ll have better luck with him.”

“Good morning, Mr. Reed. Do you plan to stay in bed all day?” A different voice, one thick with the distinctive accent of New York City replaced Amelia’s soft southern sound.

“What’s it to you?”

“Well, it’s all the same to me if you want to rot away in that bed. I get paid either way.” I heard soft footsteps cross the room toward the little sitting area.

Rolling over on my side, I shifted the pillow enough to peek out. From my vantage point, all I could see was a pair of canvas shoes. The television turned on. I heard her flip through channels, finally settling on that home improvement show with the twin brothers. Every woman I knew loved them.

“Nobody watches those stupid shows anymore.”

Either she didn’t hear me or she was ignoring me.

“Those shows are ridiculous.” I made sure to project my voice from under the pillow.

“No more ridiculous than a grown man hiding under a pillow and acting like a two-year-old.”

I threw the covers off and shot up to a sitting position, ignoring the burning pain in my leg. “What the fuck is your prob…” Holy shit. The woman sitting on the couch looking at the television and completely ignoring me wasn’t hideous or horrible. In fact, she was fucking hot. “Who the hell are you?”  I knew exactly who she was.

She looked over at me, boredom in her expression, before returning her attention to the television. “The nurse your father hired. Who do you think I am?”

“I don’t need a nurse.”

“I agree.” She flipped the channel to a news program and grimaced. “The way you’re acting, you need a nanny.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?” I turned so I could swing my legs over the side of the bed, my knee making my movements jerky not angry and pronounced like I’d intended.

“It means, you can’t even dress yourself so how can anyone expect you to do anything?”

I followed her glance down to my lap. “See something you like?

“Nope. I’m a nurse. I’ve seen worse. Of course, I’ve seen better too. Much better.” She clicked to another station. I could have sworn I saw her lip twitch as I growled over her insult.

“Just get out. I don’t need you. Tell my father to go to hell.”

She tossed the remote control on the coffee table and checked her watch. “You have ten minutes to get ready for physical therapy or I’m taking you the way you are.”

I pulled the sheet onto my lap and crossed my arms over my bare chest. “I already told Amelia, I’m not going.”

“You are going to get dressed.” She stood and looked me in the eye. “You’re down to nine minutes.”

“And just how do you expect me to get down all of those stairs?”

“The same way you got up them. Walter showed me the elevator.”

Damn it. I was hoping she hadn’t found that yet. “Are you planning to watch?”

“Watch what? There’s nothing to see.” She dropped her gaze to my lap and gave me a little smile that was way more taunting than friendly.

“Fine. Suit yourself.” I whipped the sheet back and reached for my wheelchair. Instead of turning away, she stayed right where she was with that little smile dancing around on her lips. With about as much grace as a bull in a china shop, I managed to get from the bed to the chair while she just stood there and watched.

“I thought you were supposed to be here to help me.”

“You didn’t say you needed my assistance.”

“Really? I had to ask? Isn’t that what you are here for?”

“Let’s get something straight, Mr. Reed.” She put her hands on her hips and glared at me. “I’m a trauma trained RN. I am not your maid or your gopher or any other thing. It is my job to get you back on your feet both literally and figuratively. I’ll handle your medical care and your personal care as needed but I am not at your beck and call.”

“Just get out of my way so I can get dressed.” I pushed past her to the large walk-in closet and started grabbing clothes. Dragging a pair of sweats, some boxer briefs and a t-shirt into the bathroom, I struggled my way into them. The doctors had promised me that things would get easier once the pain wasn’t so excruciating but my knee just refused to bend like it used to.

When I was done, I ran a comb through my wild hair, mostly so I won’t have to see the look on Amelia’s face when we leave the house.

“Come on, we’re going to be late!” The nurse called.

“I’m coming already!” I whipped open the bathroom door and scowled at her. “You never told me your name.”

She shrugged. “You never asked.”

She was fucking infuriating—despite the way her long brown hair tumbled in sexy waves over her shoulder from the pony tail it was secured in.

“Fine. What is your name?”

“Evie.”

“What’s your real name?”

“That is my real name.” She stepped behind me and turned the wheel chair toward the door. She stopped and grabbed a pair of tennis shoes from the floor, placing them in my lap.

“I meant, is Evie short for something?”

“Yes.” She pushed the chair down the hall toward the door at the end and pressed the button for the small service elevator—the number one reason I had chosen the beach house as my home base after the accident.

“Are you going to tell me what it is?” The elevator opened and Evie pushed me inside.

“Nope.”

“Why not?”

“It’s none of your business. You can call me Evie or nurse. That’s all you need to know about me.”

“Anyone ever tell you that you can be a real bitch?”

“Honey, I grew up in New York. They teach a class on that in high school.”

The door opened at the ground level. Evie pushed me out of the elevator and down the ramp Walter had constructed to get me in and out of the house.

“I’m going out on a limb here but I bet you aced that class.”


“You’re smarter than you look, Mr. Reed.”

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Book Giveaway: IN BED WITH THE BILLIONAIRE by Jackie Ashenden

In Bed with the Billionaire
Known to the underworld only as Jericho, billionaire Theo Fitzgerald is one of the most powerful men in the world. But his plan is to tear down the criminal empire his father created from the inside out―unless someone else does it for him.
He suspects a bold, seductive woman named Temple Cross might be trying to take him out with it―but for the chance to burn in the heat she gives off, he’s not sure if he minds…
A hired hit woman, Temple has been waiting to get close to Jericho her whole life. The man who destroyed her family is worth looking in the eye before she kills him―but when she’s finally alone with Jericho, he’s nothing like the ruthless barbarian she imagined. Her reaction to his touch is explosively sexual―and their emotional connection is too powerful for her to ignore.
Is she his shot at redemption? Or will he have to risk losing her love to save her life?
Revenge and redemption, pain and passion collide in this stunningly emotional, edgy, sexy romance from Jackie Ashenden.


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