Monday, March 19, 2018

Promo: LEVEL ME UP (Audiobook) by LAUREN HELMS

Audiobook Review Tour for LEVEL ME UP by Lauren Helms

I’m so excited for you to join us for the review tour for the audiobook of LEVEL ME UP by Lauren Helms. Follow along with the tour for reviews, plus enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card!
Can the gamer win the girl in LEVEL ME UP by Lauren Helms? Dex Roberts falls hard and fast for Morgan Lawson, but the last thing Morgan is looking for while attending Comic-Con, is love. Fans of R.S. Grey and Gaming the System series by Brenna Aubrey will love this nerdy and flirty story about what happens when a sweet and sexy pro gamer meets the girl-next-door.  Now available on audiobook!
Title: Level Me Up
Author: Lauren Helms
Release Date: February 2018
Narrator: Lacey Gilleran
Series: Gamer Boy #1
Genres: New Adult Romance
Length: 5 hours and 42 minutes
Format: Audiobook, paperback, eBook


The last thing Morgan Lawson is looking for when attending Comic-Con is love. But even prior to exchanging first words, Morgan is drawn to Dex, a drop-dead sexy gamer boy who lives and breathes video games. Before she realizes it, Morgan finds herself caught up in all things Dex.

Dex Roberts knows from the moment he first sees Morgan, he wants more. He falls hard and fast but isn’t surprised when his job as a professional video gamer takes a toll on their relationship.

Once Morgan decides what truly makes her happy, there’s no time to waste. But without warning, life threatens to destroy what both Morgan and Dex want most... each other.

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About Lacey Gilleran:

Lacey is a voice actor and audiobook narrator/producer from Connecticut. Her credits include audiobooks like Level Me Up, Up for Grabs, The After of Us, The Summer of Lost Wishes, and The Boy I Hate. She has over 12 years of experience in audio and video production, and holds a Masters degree in Digital Multimedia Production from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut. When Lacey isn't recording audiobooks, she's managing social media and marketing at LeftField Media for events like Awesome Con and Rose City Comic Con, or fangirling about Star Wars.

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About Lauren Helms:

Author Lauren Helms has been an avid reader from a young age. After starting a book review site, that launched her fully into the book world, she decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. Since she was working for a video game strategy guide publisher at the time, she decided to mix what she knew best, video games and romance. Jumping all in, she joined NaNoWrimo and a month later had a 50K word first draft. Lauren lives in Indianapolis, IN with her video game playing husband, two little girl book nerds, and a little boy who will hopefully be a gamer boy too some day!

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Sunday, March 18, 2018


Title: Finding Solace
Series: The Kings of Retribution MC
Author: Crystal Daniels and Sandy Alvarez
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: March 9, 2018

“Freaking Fantastic!” - S. Green
“So very swoon worthy!!!” - Heather Whitaker
“Entices the reader…” - Shortie424
“Found my new book boyfriend ❤” - Brianna Evans
A moment is all it takes to change your life forever.
Reid Carter—Road Captain for The Kings of Retribution MC.
He was born into the life.
A world where you live and play by your own rules.
Tragedy strikes, taking the life of his younger brother Noah leaving him to pick up the broken pieces.
Four years later he still wanders through his existence bitter and jaded by the hand he was dealt.
Until Mila and her daughter walk into his life making him feel whole again.
Single mother Mila Vaughn knows what it's like to struggle every day. 
When her skills place her into the arms of outlaw biker Reid Carter;
Sheltering her heart from him proves more complicated than Mila prepared herself for.
Chaos finds its way to their hometown;
Reid will stop at nothing to protect the woman he wants and his future.
We are sisters who both share a passion for books. Our obsession for bad boys, alpha males, angst, romance, hot, sexy, and happily ever after has lead us on a journey, a dream to not only read all the incredible stories we love so much, but to write one of our own. 
Both born in Illinois, then moved to Wyoming, were we spent part of our childhood before moving to Mississippi.
Crystal lives in Pearl Mississippi with her husband of twenty-one years, two sons and their two dogs.
Sandy lives in Brandon Mississippi with her husband of eleven years, and four kids.


Unbroken Heroe s, Book 5
St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN-13:  978-1-250-13272-7
February 2018
Romantic Suspense

California –Present Day

Jenna Henson made possibly the worst mistake of her life by agreeing to help her friend Sam cater a lunch as a favor.  As she's driving up to the fancy mansion in Malibu, she is abducted by a team in black ski masks.  She got captured in the middle of a Shadow Ops operation involving Kirkland Grog, a rock/hip hop star and human trafficker.  Dare Servant is in charge of capturing the man responsible for the deaths of several women and bringing them in  from out of the country for Kirkland's prostitution business.  Is it possible Jenna is involved?   Until he's sure, he has to keep her hidden away.  Jenna goes from safe house to safe house, until she is again captured by Kirkland's men and sees something she shouldn't, a dead woman in a shipping container, and hears Kirkland's voice.  Jenna is saved from drowning in the ocean, but now she has to lose her identity and be relocated.  Can even that save her from the tentacles of Kirkland?

Kirkland's father was called The Raven, and he left behind a criminal empire Kirkland is expanding on.  His music concerts barely pay for themselves; it is his prostitution business that keeps him in millions, plus his relationship with Carl Davis, a presidential candidate.  In just six months Carl plans to be President, and then he promises to keep Customs from checking the shipping containers of Kirkland's, and to finally sign the papers to disband the Shadow Ops group.

Dare Servant is in charge of taking down Kirkland, and through him Carl Davis.  As a child, Dare was hidden by his parents while his mother was killed in front of his father, and then his father was killed because of his law enforcement job.  Dare is determined to never be in love with anyone who could hurt him in that way.  Jenna starts out as just another case, even though she is extremely brave and doesn't take any guff from him. On Dare's team is Zane Bowan and a woman, Thais Sinclair, who frequently has to use her sex appeal as a weapon to take men down.  Dare's team sees him losing his focus on the job and becoming entangled with Jenna, and they keep trying to remind him to get the job done, while having his back at all times.

Carl Davis is on the edge of becoming President of the United States, and if becoming involved with Kirkland and his media company is what it takes, so be it.  Just recently his main security man was killed by the Shadow Ops group, and he can't wait to sign the Shadow Ops out of business as soon as he is elected

Dawn Ryder continues the story of the Shadow Ops group and the men determined to shut them down.  Dare is a hard-nosed operative, and usually his mind is always on his job, until Jenna.  Jenna knows she is about to lose her life and start a new one somewhere else, with no friends.  But Kagan, their section leader, decides to use her as bait in his plan to bring down Kirkland without telling the rest of the team, and soon Jenna is again captured and held as a traitor.  How many times can she handle Dare treating her as a spy? 

CLOSE TO THE EDGE is full of action and treason and human trafficking, and a criminal candidate for the Presidency.  Other books in the  Unbroken Series  are DANGEROUS TO KNOW, DARE YOU TO RUN, DEEP INTO TROUBLE and TAKE TO THE LIMIT.  Kirkland and Carl Davis are still trying to create trouble. See if Dare and his group can stop him, and if Jenna will be the one to break his shell.

Carolyn Crisher

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Friday, March 16, 2018


Q: Tell us about your new release.
A: FALLEN FIVE is the third book in my The Lightkeepers series, continuing the story of Detective Micki Dare and her partner Zach Harris, as they battle dark forces at work in New Orleans. In this outing, a bizarre suicide leads the pair on a harrowing game of cat and mouse, where nothing is as it seems, and they’re forced to question everything—including their loyalty to each other.

Q: Without giving away any spoilers, give us a hint about a favorite scene.
A: There are so many moments in this book that are favorites!  I think my most favorite scene is when Micki must confront her personal demons—which have come to call. For me it’s intriguing and creepy on several levels. We all have our personal demons, the ones that secretly torment us in the night; the scene poses a question to the reader—what would you do if your demons became a reality? Would they be able to destroy you?

Q:  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A: I wish I could say I always knew I wanted to write.  But I can’t. I didn’t catch the writing bug until after I’d finished both a BFA and MFA in the visual arts.  I’d secured my dream job—a university art instructor—when I came down with a really nasty summer cold. The drugstore cashier dropped a free Nora Roberts romance into my shopping bag. I’d never read romance, but I was hooked! I went into a romance reading frenzy, and during that frenzy, I decided I had to try to write one.  The minute I put pen to paper, I knew I had found my true calling. I’ve never looked back!

Q: What is a typical writing day like?
A: For me, there’s no such thing as a “typical” writing day. Two days a week, I do a writing “boot camp” with friend and romantic comedy writer Haley North. My house one of the days, her’s the other. Sometimes I work at my favorite coffeeshop, and others times in my home office or on the porch. I even do a writing retreat a couple times a year—just me, my computer and Roxie, my wonder retriever.

Q: What has been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned as a published author?

A: Just how fun the writing process still is after all these years. Truthfully, the creative process still feels like magic sometimes. Conversely, I’m equally surprised by how difficult the process of birthing a book still is. You’d think after thirty-six books, I’d be able to pop stories out, no sweat. I suspect I can’t have one without the other, so I just try to be thankful with whatever the writing day brings.

Q: What writers or friends influenced you in helping you become an author?

A: Besides Nora’s brilliance, early on, writers Emilie Richards and Karen Young took me under their wings and taught me so much. Their friendship and belief in my writing meant everything to me.

Q: What does your family think of your career as an author?

A: They think it’s pretty cool. In fact, I have two sons and they’ve occasionally used my being a writer to help them get girls.

Q: Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

A: Art, movies, pilates, and of course, wine, chocolate and coffee.

Q: Can you tell us what’s next for you, writing wise?

A: Thanks for asking! I’m currently working on my next stand alone romantic thriller, tentatively titled DEAD INSTEAD.  After that, book four of The Lightkeepers series, FOURTH HORSEMAN. 

Q: How can readers connect with you online?

A: I love to connect with my readers!  I’m very active on Facebook at Erica Spindler, Author; I’m also on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. And please sign up for my newsletter at You get all the info on what’s coming and where I’m going to be as well as cool, subscriber only contests. Thank you!


Descended from an ancient race, Earth’s few remaining Lightkeepers battle the forces of darkness that threaten humanity Detectives Micki Dare and Zach Harris are called in to investigate when a millionaire developer leaps from atop his luxury hotel on the night of its grand opening. After Micki receives a mysterious package from her long-dead mentor, and Zach suspects something supernatural is working against them, they realize this is no ordinary case. A dark force is once again threatening the Big Easy. Aspects of this case prove eerily similar to an unsolved murder from years before, making the stakes dangerously personal for Micki. This time it’s her life on the line. It will take the ingenuity and special skills of their misfit band of light beings and humans to bring this perpetrator down . . . but can they do it before they lose one of their own?

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Erica Spindler is the New York Times and International Chart bestselling author of thirty-three novels and three eNovellas. Published around the globe, she has been called the “The Master of Addictive Suspense” and “Queen of the Romantic Thriller.” The Lightkeepers is Erica’s first series, something she’s wanted to do for years. All she was waiting for was the right characters. She found them in Micki Dare, reformed southern belle turned kick-ass cop, and Zach “Hollywood” Harris, a charming bad boy with some very cool, save-the-world skills. Erica splits her writing time between her New Orleans area home, her favorite coffeeshop, and a lakeside writing retreat. She’s married to her college sweetheart, has two sons and the constant companionship of Roxie, the wonder retriever. Erica is currently at home in New Orleans, writing Micki and Zach’s next adventure. Learn more about Erica online at or join the conversation on Facebook at Erica Spindler, Author.


Feeling THIRSTY? Visit the Eastside Brewery…

A gangster hiding from his past. A single mom fighting for her future. Can she show this bad boy the man’s he’s meant to be? Mia Hopkins is back with the first in an all-new contemporary series, THIRSTY (Eastside Brewery #1)!

My name is Salvador Rosas. Back in the barrio, my past is written on the walls: ESHB. Short for East Side Hollenbeck, my father’s gang—my gang. Hell, it’s a family tradition, one that sent both my brothers away. They used to call me “Ghost” because I haunted people’s dreams. Now I’ve got nothing going for me except a hipster gringo mentoring me in a new career. An ex-con making craft beer? No mames.

Still, people in this neighborhood look out for one another. That’s how I became Vanessa Velasco’s unwelcome tenant. Chiquita pero picosa. She’s little, but with curves so sweet they’re dangerous. I remember Vanessa from the old days, the straight-A student with big plans. Plans that were derailed by another kid stupid enough to think he was bulletproof. Now Vanessa knows better than to believe in empty promises. There’s fire in her . . . and if I touch her, I might get burned.

I’m trying everything I can to go straight. But when East Side Hollenbeck comes calling, I might have to risk it all to find out if there’s a future for Vanessa and me. Because she’s the only one who can quench my thirst for something real.

On Sale in Digital: March 13, 2018

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The ride starts with a burst of music like a jack-in-the-box. We glide backward and over a couple of times. The Ferris wheel stops to let other passengers on. At the very top, our carriage swings back and forth before it goes still.
Now I can see my neighborhood from a different viewpoint, high above. The lights of the carnival are bright and beautiful. The smells of tacos, hot dogs, and popcorn fill my nose. People pack the church parking lot. Cars line the street, and in the surrounding houses, lights in the windows show where families are talking or watching TV or having dinner.
“How are you doing?” I ask.
“I’m all right.”
She’s looking at the same things I am. I wonder if she is seeing the same details. I stroke her hair and take another risk. “So what do you think?”
“About what?”
“Starting something with me?”
She takes a deep breath but doesn’t say anything.
“What are your doubts?” I say.
“Are you kidding?” She snorts. “You’re seriously asking me that?”
I laugh a little. “Okay, well. Besides the obvious.”
“You have your own life. I have mine. You’re trying to rebuild from the ground up. I’m trying to secure my daughter’s future. We’re heading in different directions.”
She isn’t wrong. Life has disappointed her in such deep and cruel ways, I don’t blame her for protecting herself. But even as she tells me this—the truth about how we’re not right for each other—I feel how right it is to talk to her, to hold her hand, to show her who I am. “I have an idea,” I say. “Probation.”
“I’m only around for two months, right?”
“Spend those two months with me.” I look into her eyes. “I want to be with you, Vanessa.”
“I’ll be gone before I have a chance to disappoint you.” When the words leave my mouth, I try to ignore how pathetic they sound. “We’re adults, not dumb kids. We won’t lose our heads.” I run my fingers through her silky hair. “I swear to God, every time I look at you, I feel . . .” I reach for the most honest word I can find. “Thirsty.”

Praise for titles by Mia Hopkins:
"Mia Hopkins knows how to put characters on a page."  - HEROES AND HEARTBREAKERS

"Mia Hopkins is an imaginative author who doesn’t take the easy road to a formulaic book."

"Sweet and filthy at the same time, just the way I like it. This book made me so happy."

"The writing is excellent, the emotions leap off the page, and the sex is downright earthy."

"Beautifully, sexy and full of yearning!"  - DELILAH DEVLIN, AUTHOR 

“Off the charts hot.”  - THE ROMANCE STUDIO

 “A tantalizing slow seduction of the senses.” - STRANGE CANDY REVIEWS

"Hopkins packs a lot of heat and romance on the pages...Caution: hot, sexy times ahead!"

“Filled with sizzling chemistry, hot sex, and just enough sweetness to leave me wanting more…And those sex scenes…Holy hotness!”  - CRYSTAL BLOGS BOOK

 Author Bio:
Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She’s a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends. She lives in Los Angeles with her roguish husband and waggish dog.

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