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Love And Tequila
Closed at 80 readers

Brittanee Nicole

Nate Pearson was my first everything.

 

My first friend, first love, and first heartbreak. Now he's just my ex-husband.

 

It’s been three years. It’s time to let go of the past. When a man covered in tattoos walks into the bar where I work, with a guitar case slung over his back and a determined swagger, I think I’m finally ready to move on…until I see his guitar. I’d recognize it anywhere. It was the last gift Nate ever received from his father.

 

The man holding the guitar is different than the one I left behind in Nashville, but one thing remains the same, Nate Pearson will always be the love of my life.

 

The reasons why I asked for a divorce haven't changed. Only problem is, Nate Pearson says he still loves me, and this time he's playing for keeps.

 

Authors Note: Love & Tequila Make Her Crazy is a small town, brother’s best friend, steamy, full-length, stand-alone, contemporary second-chance romance filled with emotion, that features both Nate and Amelia’s past and present.

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The Forgotten Witch
Closed at 90 readers

Jessica Dodge

Release Date- August 24, 2022

Helen Kent never dares to step outside her comfort zone. She lives a lonely mundane life in the city, grinding through her uninspiring marketing job. That is, until a spontaneous online purchase brings her to the little bay town of Oban, Scotland, where a 500-year-old cottage full of secrets and stories awaits her. After Helen unearths a local legend of a 16th century witch, she discovers a set of mysterious journals in the cottage’s library. Thrust into a world of magic she doesn’t understand, she soon realizes there are both light and dark forces at work beyond her control. When the past collides with the present, she must face her fears and fight for what she believes in, that is if she hopes to unravel the mystery of Fernbeg cottage before darkness descends, again

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The Devil You Know
Closed at 80 readers

Nicole Northwood 

Midnight Tide Publishing

Release Date- August 24, 2022

When the demon of Lust, Cam, decides he needs an overhaul in his ‘life after death’, he leaves the Second Circle of Hell to run an indulgent hotel and club in the heart of New York City. As his lover, Lucifer, bides his time to create a bargain to have Cam return, Cam is permitted to explore the human world, but not without being led into temptation. A group of demon hunters disguised as police set out to send Cam back into the fires of Hell by getting him lost in desire for one of their own, but things very quickly take an unexpected turn—Cam’s fallen in love with the Hedonism Hotel’s night manager, Giselle, and he won't leave Earth so easily.

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Secrets Of A Rose
Closed at 85 readers

Adina Chiles

Midnight Tide Publishing 

Release Date- June 8, 2022

A kingdom built with secrets is bound to unravel.

 

During the month of Amira, the silver moon emerges, and the kingdom of Zyra comes alive with anticipation for its annual ball. Mellana Goodwick, finally at the rightful age of sixteen, receives her first invitation, but when unexpected events take place, immediate regret sets in. Mellana finds herself caught in a strange storm—casting down green lightning and filling the sky with ear-splitting thunder. To make matters worse, the kingdom comes under attack by Prince Lorian, a man removed from the line of succession for murdering his sister, the future queen, and her newborn child.

 

After escaping the attack with her best friends, Mellana stumbles upon a box left by a woman named Rose. With the power to see glimpses of the future, Rose warns Mellana of hidden powers the kingdom has covered up and Lorian’s desire to unleash them all. Rose instructs Mellana to gather the sacred article from each of the seven kingdoms before Lorian and his deadly group can gain access to them. Together, the items unlock a barrier that is meant to stay shut.

 

In Secrets of a Rose, Mellana will discover remarkable abilities that stir around her and some that even rise within. In order to keep what she loves, she must embark on a race against the person who dares to threaten it all.

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Come True
Closed at 80 readers

Brindi Quinn

Midnight Tide Publishing 

★A jaded girl. A persistent genie. A contest of souls.★

 

Recent college graduate Dolly Jones has spent the last year stubbornly trying to atone for a mistake that cost her everything. She doesn’t go out, she doesn’t make new friends and she sure as hell doesn’t treat herself to things she hasn’t earned, but when her most recent thrift store purchase proves home to a hot, magical genie determined to draw out her darkest desires in exchange for a taste of her soul, Dolly’s restraint, and patience, will be put to the test.

 

Newbie genie Velis Reilhander will do anything to beat his older half-brothers in a soul-collecting contest that will determine the next heir to their family estate, even if it means coaxing desire out of the least palatable human he’s ever contracted. As a djinn from a ‘polluted’ bloodline, Velis knows what it’s like to work twice as hard as everyone else, and he won’t let anyone—not even Dolly f*cking Jones—stand in the way of his birthright. He just needs to figure out her heart’s greatest desire before his asshole brothers can get to her first.

 

COME TRUE: A BOMB-ASS GENIE ROMANCE is the romantic, fantastic second-coming-of-age story of two flawed twenty-somethings from different realms battling their inner demons, and each other, one wish at a time.

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Paint Me Perfect
Closed at 80 readers

Kay Cove

Release Date- June 16, 2022

Chase is ready to turn over a new leaf and leave his Hollywood playboy antics behind. He asked the universe for a chance at real love and is confident that Noa is his swift delivery. The only problem? It's near impossible to move forward when there is still a spotlight on the skeletons of his past.

 

Noa's focused on one thing and one thing only—and it does not involve a whirlwind summer romance with megastar actor Chase Ford. Armed with a paintbrush and a new blank canvas, she's determined to paint the perfect family picture for her and her four-year-old son.

 

It only takes one chance encounter. One tabloid picture. One publicity scheme to set the record straight.

 

Their ruse turns real.

 

Knowing he found the girl of his dreams, Chase is ready to fight for their chance at forever, but he's about to face the cruel reality Noa already knows too well—not all loves are created equal, and sometimes perfect isn't enough.

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River Of Ashes
Closed at 150 readers

Alexandrea Weis and Lucas Astor

Vesuvian Books

Release Date- August 2, 2022

Some truths are better kept secret. Some secrets are better off dead.

 

ALONG THE BANKS OF THE BOGUE FALAYA RIVER, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river. And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux. The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Star quarterback. Handsome. Charming. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch. He is also a psychopath.

 

A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the haunted abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize. As the victim toll mounts, it becomes clear that someone must stop Beau Devereaux. And that someone will pay with their life.

 

River of Ashes is the first book in a Southern Gothic Psychological Thriller series with elements of Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, You by Caroline Kepnes, and a dose of Pretty Little Liars. Inspired by true events, River of Ashes addresses social issues including sexual violence and bullying and has an important message for any age. Nerd Daily called it, “The type of cautionary tale that keeps you alive by reminding you that sometimes the biggest horrors aren’t the monsters hiding under the bed but the ones hiding in plain sight.

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The Fool And The Sparrow
Closed at 120 readers

Dana Fox

Release Date- June 15, 2022

As the top operative for a global shadow government known as the Order, Thea has served and protected the elite 1%. Her life changes suddenly when she escapes the Order with damning evidence of the group’s existence. Now she is on the run for her life, looking for a way to expose what she’s stolen. Fate intervenes when a fortuitous encounter with a tarot card reader leads her directly into the path of a divine being from another realm.

Kit the Fool leaves the Arcana realm for Earth, following visions sent to him from his sisters, Fiona the Moon and Kathryn the High Priestess. As he accompanies Thea on her quest to expose the Order, he is thrust into a cat-and-mouse adventure that captivates his curious and impulsive nature. As does the Sparrow at his side. The stakes are raised even higher when he uncovers a threatening connection to his own people.

Together, Thea and Kit set off to expose the nefarious Order, but along the way, the two find themselves tumbling headfirst into an attraction that defies cosmic logic. How will these two souls from very different worlds defeat the odds stacked against them?

The Fool and the Sparrow is the first book in the Arcana of the Tarot series. It is a fantasy romance packed with political intrigue and high heat, featuring a mythical being let loose in the mortal world and a weary heroine on a life-or-death mission.

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More Than A Story
Closed at 57 Readers

Jenni Bara

Release Date- May 24, 2002

The last woman in the world he wants might be the only one he can’t let go. 

 

Growing up in Hollywood, most of Corey Matthews’s life played out in the headlines on the celebrity gossip channels. Now the heavily sought-after baseball star keeps his life private, avoiding reporters as much as possible. But one mistake leads to a green-eyed thorn in his side blackmailing him for a story.

 

After a personal tragedy, Taran Murphy’s career is all she has left. She needs her job, and her boss wants Corey’s story. So when she gets the chance, she goes after the sexy all-star pitcher. She didn’t expect that getting to know the man behind the larger-than-life athlete would change everything. 

Soon the best part of Corey’s life is the sassy gossip writer who drives him crazy. When he drops his guard and lets her in, Taran has to decide whether what she really needs is Corey or his story.

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Leaving Halberd Peak
Closed at 100 readers

Rowan Helaine

Release Date- August 22, 2022

Trapped in this tiny town from birth, Sam Soren is probably going to die here, crushed by a falling beer sign in the family billiards hall. In a permanently sullen mood, he’s made peace with his reputation as the bastard of the county. That is, until Gretchen Clarke stumbles into his bar with trouble written all over her. 

 

Armed with a superhuman ability to roll with the punches, Gretchen is going places, and would have gotten there faster if her car hadn't broken down. The residents of Halberd Peak open their hearts to her, and when tragedy strikes, she finds herself doing exactly what she swore she’d never do again: getting involved. 

 

Circumstances bind Sam and Gretchen together, but can their connection survive when plans change?

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You Again
Closed at 88 readers

Dianna Roman

Release Date- August 2, 2022

Johnny

 

I live by three simple truths. 

 

Number one - Panos Kiamos is the greatest pop singer to ever live. Number two - Alcohol allergies are actually a real thing, despite what your very Greek family believes. And number three – I refuse to be anyone’s experiment. Been there. Done that. No, thank you.

 

For some reason, these rules don’t seem to deter a certain hunky “swiper” from this god forsaken glitch that has possessed all the dating apps in the tri-state area. It’s swiping abuse, I tell you!

 

Sure. I have hang ups. Don’t we all? But that does not mean I, “Johnny” Giannis Georgios Andropolis, am suddenly compatible with a super smiley, red-white-and-blue blooded, handler of bricks, who knows all the words to “Hungry Eyes”, and looks at me like I’m a Greek god when I’m sans vital hair products. Aiden Brandt is a unicorn in disguise if I ever saw one. I may not know what I want, but I certainly know what’s not for me. It’s called being a realist, and that man’s peanut butter does not go with my jelly. 

 

* A grumpy/sunshine, forced proximity romance about accepting one’s cultural identity and body, and overcoming past hurts.

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Chaos Forged A Fable
Closed at 56 Readers

Kate Craft

 

Policewoman. Orphan. Single...again. This is all Maya knew. But everything is about to change. 

For the first time in five years, Maya Cross returns to her family home, only to learn that her past is completely fictional. Not only are her parents alive, they’re in another world. A parallel realm. A place called Avalon. 


With nothing but an odd stone and a promise, Maya crosses the barrier between worlds on a rescue mission that will change her life forever. 

Wild and ill-tempered territories, their eccentric rulers and strange new creatures both help and hinder as she gathers friends, foes, a few mischievous sprites and a soulmate to help her save those she loves and discover her true destiny.

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Celestial Persuasion
Closed at 34 readers

Mitra Ines Trupp

Abigail Isaacs fears ever again falling under the power of love and dedicates her life to studying the heavens. However, upon her father’s demise she finds herself in reduced circumstances and must write to her brother, who has long been away at sea. When instead Captain Wentworth of the HMS Laconia sends a tragic reply, Abigail is asked to set aside her own ambitions and fulfill her brother’s dreams in the Viceroyalty of Río de la Plata.

 

In his relentless pursuit for justice, Lieutenant Raphael Gabay lends his sword to the Spanish American cause. But as he prepares to set sail with the others, he is entrusted with the care of a young woman. She is quite unlike anyone he has ever known, and Raphael begins to wonder whether the brilliant astronomer will see beyond his frivolous façade and recognize his true nature.

 

Their destinies have been plotted beyond the celestial veil; their charts foretell of adventure. Can these two troubled souls be persuaded to heed the stars and find love—and their purpose—in this fledgling nation?

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Possession
Closed at 58 Readers

Andrea Hagan 

 

Yes, I led a séance I had no business leading in the first place. No, I’m not a channeler of spirit, but let me explain. I was only trying to help a mother find her missing daughter, and then a cocky half-incubus had the nerve to possess me! You’d think a clairvoyant kitchen witch would have seen this coming. No need to panic. I can figure out a way to exorcise Damion Blackmon, assuming I can withstand his seduction in the meantime. Oh, and he’s agreed to help me find out who killed my best friend. Deals with devils. I'm not sure if it's my soul or my heart that's at risk. But don’t worry, my grandma was a voyeur in a past life and she'll catch you up to speed. In extremely graphic detail. A word of warning—do not let my aunt talk you into a juice cleanse. Nothing magic about that, I promise. Welcome to the metaphysical shop Memphis Magic.

Author's Note: Possession is book 1 of the Memphis Magic series. If you like witches and demons; forced proximity with a twist; quirky characters; laugh out loud moments; mystery; smoking hot slow burn; steam; grumpy cat; and even grumpier police detective, then this series is for you. And you don't even have to sell your soul to read it.

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The Cosmic Principle 
Closed at 33 readers

Abby R. Laughlin

When corruption surrounds her, she can either give in… or fight.

 

One hundred years ago, a galactic cataclysm decimated the Centaurus galaxy, leaving only the planet Bersama unscathed—a world now divided into five struggling sectors.

 

Captain Caldera Keane, an explorer for the Vanguard, is growing tired of going on pointless missions ordered by the king of Tellis. The people are suffering, and she wants nothing more than to exact real change for Bersama. But when Caldera gets escorted to the palace after nearly botching her last mission, she is certain she’s in trouble. Instead, she receives shocking news: King Quill is dead, and she’s the sole heir to the unstable throne he left behind.

 

While balancing her new role as queen and contending with the corruption surrounding Bersama’s most powerful leaders, Caldera becomes entangled in a dangerous conspiracy related to the former ruler’s death. With no idea who she can trust, she must find a way to protect her friends, save her people, and uncover the truth before she suffers the same fate as the king.

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Whiskey Lies
Closed at 60 readers

Brittanee Nicole

Release Date- June 16, 2022

 

When corruption surrounds her, she can either give in… or fight.

 

One hundred years ago, a galactic cataclysm decimated the Centaurus galaxy, leaving only the planet Bersama unscathed—a world now divided into five struggling sectors.

 

Captain Caldera Keane, an explorer for the Vanguard, is growing tired of going on pointless missions ordered by the king of Tellis. The people are suffering, and she wants nothing more than to exact real change for Bersama. But when Caldera gets escorted to the palace after nearly botching her last mission, she is certain she’s in trouble. Instead, she receives shocking news: King Quill is dead, and she’s the sole heir to the unstable throne he left behind.

 

While balancing her new role as queen and contending with the corruption surrounding Bersama’s most powerful leaders, Caldera becomes entangled in a dangerous conspiracy related to the former ruler’s death. With no idea who she can trust, she must find a way to protect her friends, save her people, and uncover the truth before she suffers the same fate as the king.

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Invitation To Hell
Closed at 58 readers

Amber Bunch

Release Date- Sept 22, 2023

When corruption surrounds her, she can either give in… or fight.

 

One hundred years ago, a galactic cataclysm decimated the Centaurus galaxy, leaving only the planet Bersama unscathed—a world now divided into five struggling sectors.

 

Captain Caldera Keane, an explorer for the Vanguard, is growing tired of going on pointless missions ordered by the king of Tellis. The people are suffering, and she wants nothing more than to exact real change for Bersama. But when Caldera gets escorted to the palace after nearly botching her last mission, she is certain she’s in trouble. Instead, she receives shocking news: King Quill is dead, and she’s the sole heir to the unstable throne he left behind.

 

While balancing her new role as queen and contending with the corruption surrounding Bersama’s most powerful leaders, Caldera becomes entangled in a dangerous conspiracy related to the former ruler’s death. With no idea who she can trust, she must find a way to protect her friends, save her people, and uncover the truth before she suffers the same fate as the king.

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Dark Country 
Closed at 73 readers

Monique Snyman

Vesuvian Books

Release Date- August 30, 2022

 

Too often people mistake monsters for gods.

When a ravaged corpse is discovered in Pretoria, South Africa, Esmé Snyder—an occult-crime expert—is called in to investigate. But she doesn’t know the scope of what she’s up against. Esmé is the target of a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who uses the paranormal to do his bidding, with the intent of becoming a god on Earth.

 

With assistance from her team—a brusque detective, eccentric millionaire, stoic priest, hawkeyed secretary, and handsome British forensic criminologist—Esmé hopes to find the killer before he strikes again.

 

But the clock isn’t all that’s working against them. The media catches wind of the threat against the citizens of Pretoria, and their reported speculations promise a post-Apartheid Satanic Panic.

 

As the body count grows, Esmé must figure out who is behind the heinous crimes before she ends up the final sacrifice.

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Queentide 
Closed at 56 readers

Donna Fisher

Too often people mistake monsters for gods.

When a ravaged corpse is discovered in Pretoria, South Africa, Esmé Snyder—an occult-crime expert—is called in to investigate. But she doesn’t know the scope of what she’s up against. Esmé is the target of a cat-and-mouse game with a serial killer who uses the paranormal to do his bidding, with the intent of becoming a god on Earth.

 

With assistance from her team—a brusque detective, eccentric millionaire, stoic priest, hawkeyed secretary, and handsome British forensic criminologist—Esmé hopes to find the killer before he strikes again.

 

But the clock isn’t all that’s working against them. The media catches wind of the threat against the citizens of Pretoria, and their reported speculations promise a post-Apartheid Satanic Panic.

 

As the body count grows, Esmé must figure out who is behind the heinous crimes before she ends up the final sacrifice.

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Jagged Harts
Closed at 60 readers

Katelyn Taylor

I'm a survivor. A fighter down to my blood. I need the release that comes when I step in that octagon, I crave it. 

I spent too long being beat down and broken in every sense of the word, and I almost didn't make it. 

Fighting saved me though and then I saved myself. When I am offered a full ride scholarship to a college in the middle of nowhere Alabama over 2000 miles away, I grab the chance and run like hell. 

What I didn't expect to find when I got there was a local underground brawler that has more likeness to a local celebrity than a arrogant broody bastard who seems to be everywhere I turn.

Dax Hart. Every man wants to be him, and every woman wants under him. 

Except me. I have no intention getting caught up with the short tempered sexy as sin asshole. 

Even if his broken jagged pieces are a mirror image of mine. 

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Challenge Me: Breaking
Closed at 65 readers

Victoria Maurer

Challenges, I love them, heck I thrive on them, and Jason knows exactly how to challenge me in all the right ways. 

 

Lizzy: Despite his harsh and secretive exterior, each time I see him, I want more of him. He is infuriating, pushes all my buttons, and constantly challenges me...but God can he kiss. I know just how to give it back to him with my quick quips and my flirty antics.

 

Jason: She is so beautiful and she doesn't even know it. She always has some quick quip and smart remark for me, but the things that I want to do to that smart mouth in return are anything but smart for a man in my position. My temper and the secrets I have will probably be our undoing and ultimately be what breaks us. 

 

This steamy adult romance series is sure to please with its fun and flirty characters, swim team antics, second chances, and love triangles. But, will passion be enough to save Lizzy and Jason from heartbreak?

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Legends of Lightning
Closed at 62 readers

T.R. Slauf

“The next Realm Walker will bring with them a storm. Lightning must fight the Crimson Shadow, or the lands will be cast into eternal darkness.”

When she was a child, Esther was plagued with vivid nightmares. Now they have returned to haunt her. Bloodthirsty monsters chase her through a forest of dead trees while a mysterious hooded figure stalks her. After waking with fresh wounds from her dreams, Esther searches for the truth about who she is and the Hidden Realm she is destined to save.

Join Esther on her journey of self-discovery as she travels into a world long forgotten. Unsure if she can trust her hooded guide, she is hunted by unknown enemies and smothered by expectations of grandeur. Deciphering friend from foe she travels the lands, trying to unite kingdoms torn by pride.

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Play Or Die
Closed at 60 readers

Tiffany Hepworth

Rose Benningfield has moved to California for a fresh start after a terrible break up and years later, things still haven't improved for her. Things begin to look up when she befriends her new boss, Michael Lincroft and she starts to get her life back on track.

She soon learns not to trust so easily when her kind nature is taken advantage of in the most cruel way possible. She faces the

most difficult challenge of her life as she finds out if she has what it takes to survive.

As she faces gruesome challenges, she is forced to find her inner strength. Will she be able to find a way out of her nightmare or

will she meet her end in this years torture game, play or die?

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Pierce Her
Closed at 61 readers

Kelly Finley

"THE TRILOGY OF THE YEAR! THIS IS ROMANTIC SUSPENSE AT ITS BEST." — L Hines, Amazon review.

Protect the girl. Resist her sexy colleague. But how can she? Millions want him... and this hot celebrity only wants her.

Charlie Ravenel devotes her life to protecting women. A job that’s left its mark on her—body and soul. But when a young celebrity finds herself tormented by a dangerous stalker, Charlie vows to keep her safe.

 

One problem. She must avoid her client’s sexy co-star—the alluring one who wants to break down Charlie’s defenses…

 

No one know Daniel Pierce. 

 

They think they do. Millions want him. But no one knows his secret; what’s hiding beneath his tempting, heroic veneer. He won't let them. Until her.

 

Charlie, with her arousing smile and razor blade tongue, attracts him like no other. He’ll do anything to make her his. How can he lure her into giving him a chance?

 

If Charlie has any hope of overcoming the demons of her past in time to save the girl, she’ll have to trust her gut… and Daniel. But what if trust is a luxury she just can’t afford?

 

PIERCE HER, Book One in the COME FOR ME series, is a steamy—slow burn to explosive, incendiary—romantic suspense novel featuring a kickass heroine who just happens to fall for Hollywood’s sexiest man alive.

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Violent Shadows
Closed at 60 readers

Bianca K. Gray

Release Date- July 9, 2022

There once was a girl with fire in her heart.

Born from the mind of one who knew all.

Born from the hands that could create dreams.

She came upon a crossroads of shadows.

Beware the shadow maker.

Beware the silver-tongue.

But, above all else, trust no one.

 

Sixteen-year-old Zinnia Winterschild has known all her life that she would someday fail the

test that would allow her to become a citizen of the Nation. The one thing she didn't know was what would happen afterwards. The only other person that failed the Test from her community disappeared, and seemingly disappeared from the memories of everyone else as well.

 

She has always been told that this "great Nation" cultivates geniuses after humans destroyed the earth during World War IIl; that because she was stupid, she would never become a citizen of the Nation. However, when Zinnia inevitably fails and is thrown outside of the Wall with a group of kids from different communities who also don't pass, she realizes everything she has learned about the Nation was wrong.

 

The last message from her mother, the dreamer and the rebel, was to trust no one. When Zinnia finally comes upon the crossroad of shadows, will she have the strength to heed her mother's last warning.

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The Clients
Closed at 70 readers

Bonny Fawn

Release Date- August 12, 2022

THE CLIENTS

 

When your past catches up with you … run

 

Presumed dead after the Twin Towers attack in 2001, stockbroker/con artist Mel Green, in reality, escaped the disaster. She departed Manhattan with stolen millions from unsuspecting investors. Living incognito, Mel assumed a new identity as math teacher Mandy Gates in Hailey, Idaho.

 

Two decades later, at the edge of the northern Rockies, in a warm, and welcoming community, Mel regrets her secret past and has developed feelings for her new colleague, substitute teacher and part-time rancher, Riley Brown, who knows nothing of her real history. And she knows nothing of his.

 

Then her former husband/partner discovers her alive and shares bad news. Recent FBI investigations reveal they were conned. Their investors in 2001 were using them to launder money for terrorists. The file Mel fled with years ago holds the key to the clients’ guilt.  These “clients” now want that information buried—right along with Mel and her estranged husband.

 

Will Mel find the file she misplaced, come out from the shadows, and provide evidence to the Feds? Or will the clients find her first?

 

 

Triggers:

Violence including murder & explosion from terrorist attack

Fade to black love scene

Mild profanity

Movie rating would be PG-13

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Throw Me To The Wolves
Closed at 65 readers

Lindy Ryan and Christopher Brooks

Black Spot Books

An Imprint of Vesuvian Books

When a young woman cursed to be a werewolf returns home after the ritualistic murder of her family, she'll have to accept the monster she's become in order to uncover the truth about that fateful night, while partnering with a rookie cop who harbors a dark secret.


Some evil wants to live forever.

Ten years ago a witch sacrificed Britta Orchid’s family and turned her into a werewolf. Selena Stone’s spell failed, and she was never seen again. Until now.

Officer Aaron Labaye has discovered Selena’s remains in the house where Britta’s family died, and dragged Britta back to Louisiana to aid the investigation, hoping her past will break the case. Britta has a hard time resisting the handsome rookie, especially when he shows her a new drawing by her murdered little brother: Britta in her wolf-form.

As an unseen hand sets events in motion, Britta has to help Labaye dig into the murders old and new. The bloodthirsty ghost of her brother, a jealous member from her pack, and a former friend with a serious prejudice against wolves all stand to stop Britta as she fights to finally get the truth about that night ten years ago. But, as she looks harder than ever into her own dark past, Britta will confront more than just her own demons as she fights for peace for herself and for her family. She can’t hide anymore, but must find her place in a world she’s avoided—and discover what it truly means to be a wolf.

 

Content Warning: Death of a loved one, death of a child, sex, violence

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Windsong
Closed at 63 readers

Stephanie Donohue

Midnight Tide Publishing

Release Date- June 29, 2022

Life doesn’t wait for tears to finish.

 

Eighteen-year-old Roxana Welhaven has lived her life by this motto. When her mother is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Roxana swallows her tears and vows to do whatever is necessary to save her.

 

Even if it means making a deal with a talking polar bear.

 

The bear offers to cure her mother, but only if Roxana lives with him for one year. When she agrees, the bear whisks Roxana through a portal to another world and gives her lavish accommodations in an enchanted castle. Although she’s determined to serve her year and return home, the impatient and high-strung Roxana finds her heart drawn to the bear’s tranquil nature. He’s compassionate, clumsy and utterly adorable.

 

He's also a cursed man, trapped inside a bear’s body.

 

True love won’t be enough to break his enchantment. To save him, Roxana must embark on a treacherous quest to find his captor, a journey that will lead her east of the sun and west of the moon.

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What Lurks In The Shadows
Closed at 67 readers

S.C. Shannon

Release Date- Sept, 2022

The end was just the beginning...

Twenty year old Grace has a front row seat to the end of the world after mysterious blackouts and a shock of bombings disrupt cities across the nation. What was once the perfect suburban life has become a daily fight to survive. All that was, now gone forever. 

Determined, she prepares for what the future  brings, armed with sharp instincts, the desire to protect her loved ones, and her iron will to survive.

Just as Grace and her family begin to adjust to this new and uncertain environment, a terrifying threat emerges from the darkness- a threat more petrifying than the apocalypse itself...

Told from two points in time leading up to one epic showdown, this twisty, suspenseful, and chilling account of a modern post-apocalyptic tale is a ride readers will never forget.

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The Cerberus Affair 
Closed at 70 readers

Charlotte Valentine

A suspicious death.
Corporate corruption and conspiracy.
A ground-breaking genetics discovery under threat.
And a woman prepared to risk everything to protect it.
 

Catherine Preston, an ex-investigative journalist, vows to expose those responsible for the death of her friend, a UK junior health minister tipped for Cabinet promotion. His wife believes he was murdered, although officialdom insists he died of natural causes.

Catherine finds herself drawn into a sinister web of corporate corruption and murder, and into the controversial world of cutting-edge genetics research. With so much money at stake those involved in the conspiracy will silence anyone who crosses their path, including Catherine.

Can she discover who, or what, lies behind the mysterious Cerberus? And what will she risk to protect a game-changing scientific breakthrough and the life of the man she loves?

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Villainous
Closed at 65 readers

Lou Wilham

Midnight Tide Publishing

What makes someone a villain?

After the war, Mythikos was divided into three classes: Seelie, Unseelie, and human.

For Jericho, a werewolf a part of the Hero Alliance, the world has always been black and white. Heroes and villains. Seelie and Unseelie. Those who protect the humans and those who hurt them. Jericho has always known what side they’re on.

But when the villain they’ve been hunting for the last six months turns out to be their childhood friend, everything Jericho knew is turned upside down. Dusk storms into Jericho’s life to show them just how wrong their assumptions are, and that the world is made up of more than just good and evil.

Faced with a world that seems increasingly more grey, Jericho must decide to return to their old life, or trust their friend turned villain.

A LGBTQ+ fantasy scifi novel for fans of J. Elle’s Wings of Ebony, Marissa Meyer’s Renegades, and April Daniels’ Dreadnought.

 

Genre: NA Scifi

Representation: Trans, genderfluid, poc

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Thicker Than Water
Closed at 42 readers

Laura Quinn

Release Date- May 27, 2022

Cape May, New Jersey, 1916: Siblings Danny and Shannon Culligan are trapped under the thumb of their alcoholic father. Danny's been in love with his childhood sweetheart, Jennie Martin- a wealthy cottager from Philadelphia- for as long as he can remember while her cousin, Hugh, is smitten with his sister.
As the foursome struggles to surmount the class differences between them, the nation is plunged into World War One, changing all of their lives forever. Danny is drafted into the Army and Hugh enlists in the Navy- defending the home front as a lieutenant at Cape May Section Base Number 9. While Jennie works tirelessly on the Liberty Loans campaign in Philadelphia, Shannon finds herself ensnared in a rum ring operation as the temperance movement ebbs closer to its goal of Prohibition.
A sweeping saga of betrayal, lies, and loss on all sides, Thicker Than Water, challenges readers in its exploration of the age-old question about where one's loyalties lie.

Just how far would you go to protect your family?

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Kingdom Of Flame And Fury
Closed at 72 readers

Whitney Dean

She thirsts for blood. He thirsts for her.

 

At ten years old, Raven was mysteriously willed to be the next ruler of Seolia, a kingdom nestled within the realm of The Four Kingdoms. Orphaned as a baby, she has spent fifteen years ruling over a kingdom she believes she did not earn all while hiding secrets: she possesses dark magic, and she thirsts for blood. Now twenty-four years old and with a sudden addiction to stealing life, Raven must fight through her new procured darkness to save her soul, but when a mysterious stranger arrives in her kingdom, she starts experiencing vivid dreams that detail who she truly is. As she slowly starts to unravel her story, what she uncovers at the end of the spool will change the course of her life and her kingdom forever.

 

A Kingdom of Flame and Fury is book one in a steamy and thrilling new fantasy series: The Four Kingdoms.

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Mother Of Pearl
Closed at 60 readers

Blanka H. Madow

Release Date- August 23, 2022

Lured to a mystical land, Valeri must learn to harness a power deep within her.

Orphaned at a young age, sisters Valeri and Amelia shouldered the household responsibilities in their small village of Noor. Valeri was the hunter; Amelia the gatherer. While fishing one day, Valeri follows her instinct into the depths of the ocean despite a raging storm. She discovers the Mother of Pearl shell - which unbeknownst to her, unlocks the secrets of her ancestral power.

 

Knocked unconscious by the storm and washed ashore in a foreign land, she soon realizes she is thousands of miles from her sister, and there are wicked plans afoot. As she struggles to find a way to return home to her sister, Valeri befriends Prince Rulin at the magical court. In each other, they find purpose. But she must harness the newfound power within her blood first.

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The Mastermind
Closed at 63 readers

Nadia Han

Release Date- June 9, 2022

It is a steamy romance!

 

He thrives in the dark until she sparks his flame, igniting his new purpose.

 

Magnetic, brilliant, and achingly stunning, Remington Starke is a dangerous man with a vision, a mission, and a threatening past that haunts him. That alone should keep him away from the only woman who has ever made him feel anything. 

 

Creative, cautious, and canny, Audri Wu is imprisoned by a guilt that torments her soul. Despite the darkness, she sees the rainbow in the rain and the spark that lies beyond the hardened façade of a man who has a reputation for shattering hearts.

 

Her boss.

Her protector.

Her brother’s best friend.

Water to her fire.

 

As their romance begins, that past catches fire and burns away the lies, revealing deadly secrets that could destroy them both.

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Hiding Forever
Closed at 73 readers

Tara Gallina

Release Date- June 30, 2022

Riley
My life changed for the worst when a tragic event landed me in witness protection. Ever since, I’ve been cyberstalking my past and the people I loved and lost, while trying to move on without provoking further danger, especially now that I’m a houseguest to an old family friend.

Nova is the last person I expect to join me in seclusion. The curvy beauty of mixed ethnicity causes a media frenzy wherever she goes. But the more time I spend with her, my concerns over my privacy morph into an attraction that will only cause problems for us both.

There isn't a world where a person in hiding can be with a person in the limelight.

Nova
After being publicly humiliated and dumped by my popstar ex, I fled for the shelter of my grandmother’s highly protected estate in an attempt to hide from the world until the media loses interest in me.

The loss of my father sent me into the arms of the famous musician, whose toxic behavior fueled my insecurities and created new ones. I need to heal and find direction. I don’t want to make friends with the sexy, secretive houseguest who seems to get me in a way no one ever has before. But the more I’m around him, the harder it is to resist the recluse who wants nothing to do with the outside world.

My isolation is temporary, but he's made it clear his is forever.

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Kiss Of Sight
Closed at 68 readers

Jane Apatova

Release Date- June 29, 2022

Trigger and content warnings: Fantasy/ Erotica filled with adventure, coming of age, and self-discovery.This story contains sensitive content, including swearing, graphic detailed sex scenes, dom/sub behavior, breath play, bondage, etc. Attempted sexual assault, mentions of sexual abuse, and other topics of similar content. If this type of content is not for you, I suggest you stop right now.

 

They say the future is not set in stone. But what if you had the ability to see small glimpses of yours. Would you follow the path laid out in front of you, or would you try to change things? And what of the path itself. Will it satisfy all of your desires to get to the end result?

 

Helena, a dragon princess of the Kingdom of Fernier, was born with a unique gift. An ability to see glimpses of one's future through a kiss. After bestowing this kiss on the High King of Drakon, she saw a glimpse of her future. It has been several years since she first saw the vision, and many more have graced her mind since then. She is certain it is time to follow her path but is she correct to do so, or will her vision merely lead her on a wild dragon chase. Will she find her satisfaction and be fulfilled on her road to self-discovery?

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The Arrangement
Closed at 70 readers

Amity Malcom

Release Date- August 2022

Mya Monroe and Lucas Gentry have crossed paths before, but only one of them remembers that first glance. 

 

Six days before she is supposed to say “I do,” Mya shows up at Lucas’s high-end New York City floral shop, rain-soaked and alone. 

 

With her wedding called off and Mya seeking the way back to her own happiness, she agrees to partner with the sexy business owner for one month in exchange for a full refund on her extravagant floral budget. 

 

Relinquishing control, mind and body, will push her to the edge as the two work together to pull off the most prestigious gala of the year. 

 

Could surrendering to Lucas be what brings her back from the brink?

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Obedience
Closed at 65 readers

Nichole Willden

Release Date- August 2022

A secret life. A forbidden relationship. What if the only way to belong is to betray someone you love?

 

Emma doesn’t know she’s in a cult but she knows she’s different. 

No one else refers to their family as The Guild. No one at her school is told that their mission is to blend in with others. And no one else has to answer to Leader for their failures.

 

Masquerading as Emma’s father, Leader expects immediate and complete compliance. He is the reason her house never feels like a home. He is the reason she can’t go to parties or join the basketball team. Leader is an endless world of “No”.

 

When Emma meets a charming stranger, her eyes are opened to a world of “Yes!” She begins to question her life in The Guild and her strained loyalty to Leader. She begins to fight against Leader’s expectations, and the dangerous, secretive life he’s grooming her for.

 

When Emma must choose where to belong, will she accept excitement and uncertainty with her new friends, or Leader’s demands of obedience?

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Cupids Arrow: Book One
Closed at 65 readers

Sophia Alessandrini

Can the power of love save the world?

 

Ailie, a gutsy girl who possesses a sharp wit and a playful, irreverent voice that pairs well with that of her best friend's, a werewolf; embarks on a quest for revenge with the help of her psychotic, warmongering, and good-hearted legal guardian. She alone can open the gates of hell just like Pandora did when she opened the jar that contained all evils.

 

And evil wants those doors open.

Fallen Angels conspire to help her with Cupid’s Golden Arrow.

 

She finds herself in a whimsical world of myths, legends, glittering gowns, priceless jewels, life threatening enemies, and eccentric immortals that call themselves Strzyga.

 

However, there are side effects to the arrow. What’s not to like about a gorgeous, two-hundred-year old Strzyga prince who is totally and completely head over heels for her?

 

But things never go as planned, do they?

 

Will Ailie manage to save the world, or will she accidentally open the gates of hell?

 

Find out in the exciting pages of this whimsical, legend-filled fantasy romance.

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At Witt's End
Closed at 55 readers

J.V. Caggiano

At Witt's End takes the reader to the crumbling, old town of Victoria in Northern Washington where recent events uncover long-hidden secrets and lead to fresh murders. Once the home of wealthy 19th-century businessmen, modern-day Victoria has fallen on hard times. Passersby discover a skeleton in a renowned oak tree. Graffiti begins to appear on the walls, harkening back to the disappearance of a woman named Mary.

 

Follow along with mystery writer Cerridwen as she attempts to author her latest novel in her grandmother's inherited mansion while the mystery unfolds around her. Dark but humorous and full of smart-mouthed banter, At Witt's End is sure to entertain.

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The Art Of Always
Closed at 62 readers

Patricia Friedrich

Art history student Darcey Mendes needs a new topic for her thesis in order to graduate, but time is against her. Family debts are pressing. She fears she must give up all hopes of an academic career. Yet, without her degree, would she earn enough to provide for her secret daughter's future?Archie Northwood, rich and from a privileged family, suddenly reappears in her life to offer the chance that could save her—the story of his Brazilian great-grandmother. His ancestor was Modernist painter Ana Eça, who, on the verge of stardom in the 1920s, mysteriously vanished from public view forever.Choosing to unveil Ana's story is a complicated proposition for them both. How will they be able to work together to resolve the decades-old mystery when Darcey cannot allow Archie to guess her secret?

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A Life Unplanned
Closed at 65 readers

Caitrona Dexler

𝘈 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘜𝘯𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘥 is a steamy romance about two nerds who find each other on the show floor of New York Comic Con, cosplaying as Batman and Amy Pond. It's a story about how they navigate their lives together, find their passions, discover family secrets, struggle with grief, and accept the love and help they need to move on.

Sadie Jones had her whole life planned out after meeting Danny in high school. College, marriage, kids. She thought she would have it all with Danny. That is until Sadie discovered her suspicions about him turned out to be true. After years of loneliness in an unhappy relationship, Sadie finds herself walking an unknown path, but one she is certain will lead to that life she had always planned for herself.

During her annual trip to comic con she unexpectedly meets a guy on the show floor. Her instant connection with Theo only gets stronger as they spend the weekend geeking out together. But their potential future relationship is threatened after Sadie learns who Theo's father is. Determined not to let their baggage get in the way of what could be real love and true friendship, Sadie and Theo put their faith in each other.

 

Any triggers: explicit sex scenes, threat of rape, miscarriage

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Land Of Lyrics
Closed at 42 readers

Havana Wilder

--Escaping an arranged marriage to a prince of an evil Kingdom is all Lyric wants, but someone has other plans.---


~A Quest for freedom~ ~An Unexpected Suitor~ ~One Deadly Battle~
Lyric, a princess promised to a prince at a very young age, lives in a territory that takes care of their people. However, when the king of the other territory turns wicked, she is forced to learn how to fend off this horrid monarchy should he unexpectedly attack.


On a mission to liberation, her plan involves how to learn how to protect those who can’t protect themselves while figuring out how to end this prior arrangement.


Meanwhile, an unsuspecting heartthrob catches her attention. Dealing with her internal battles will she allows herself to open up to the possibility of love knowing that it’ll pose risks that’ll threaten the enchanted forest and multiple kingdoms?


In the midst of all the mayhem, does this relationship end before it can begin?

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Inbetween
Closed at 58 readers

Megan Huntley

Release Date- Sept. 2022

The beginning of an epic journey in a world where time does not exist.

 

Imagine opening your eyes while the building is falling apart around you. The room is familiar yet different, and nothing seems to make sense. You must run for your life, only to enter an unknown world. One without electricity or animals, and to top it all off, time does not seem to exist. 

 

This is where Finn, Emelie, Dax and Victoria find themselves after work late one night. 

Having fled the collapsing building, they must survive in this strange new world. First things first, they have to find food and shelter before they can even contemplate finding a way back home. When they meet a handsome stranger, their chances of survival improve, or do they? 

This world will test the bounds of their loyalty and friendship. Where dangers lurk around every corner. The ultimate question being: will they be able to make it back alive?

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Salted Caramel Bliss With A Wedding Kiss
Closed at 42 readers

Cherie Colyer

The Wild Rose Press

Release Date- August 24, 2022

Roman Briggs built a life for himself in Siren’s Cove. He restored the Sugar Cones Ice Cream Parlor and turned it into a popular stop along the boardwalk. He has everything he needs until a certain blue-eyed woman wanders back into his life.

 

Seer and witch Peyton Woods isn’t sure why her latest visions feature a man and boy she’s never met. Determined to find out, she casts a spell that leads her to a small beach town in Maine and, to her utter surprise, the man who broke her heart eight years earlier.

 

Peyton's left with one question. Why didn't her magic show her him?

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Frozen Hearts And Death Magic
Closed at 51 readers

Day Leitao

Romance, drama, and mystery abound in this telenovela-inspired upper-YA romantic fantasy for fans of multi-POV stories, forbidden love, enemies to lovers, family sagas, royal intrigue, and mysterious magic.

A forbidden fae kiss could be deadly.

Naia was raised in the shadow of her twin brother, the crown prince, who has iron magic much more powerful than hers. But Naia has wishes of her own. They awaken when she finds a white fae almost dying in the woods. She only heard of them in stories; the dreaded race that razed cities to the ground, killed her grandparents, almost rid Aluria of humans—until they disappeared. Now, almost twenty years later, are they back? Is there another war coming?

 

But the fae is evasive and secretive—and also alluring and fascinating, more beautiful than anyone she’s ever seen. And then it happens: Naia kisses him—and nothing will be the same again.

 

In another kingdom, Leah, a necromancer princess, has to find a husband in less than four days, during the gathering, when royals from all over Aluria meet. Her family makes it very clear that she can pick any prince she wants—except one: Naia’s brother. And it turns out that he’s the one; the one who makes her heart beat faster.

 

Meanwhile, war looms over the land. One of the kingdoms is amassing immense power. The White Fae might be returning. Amidst it all, Naia and her brother struggle with newfound magical powers, family secrets, and most of all, their own treacherous hearts.

 

Frozen Hearts and Death Magic is book 1 of the Duology Of Fire and Fae, recommended for readers 16 and up.

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Wrapped Around My Heart
Closed at 38 readers

Heather Alexander

Release Date- August 29, 2022

Savvy New York designer, Emma Cole, inexplicably falls through time and into the arms of the most intriguing man she’s ever met—Wyatt Kincaid, a hunky cowboy living in 19th century Montana. Their attraction is instantaneous, but the secrets they each carry may keep the two apart.

When a mysterious string of fires set off a chain of events, the couple must come together to uncover the perpetrator.

Fate brought them together through time, but will their love be strong enough to keep them united through the centuries?

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Into The Groove
Closed at 45 readers

Lawrence Kelter

Authors note (in regard to triggers) the story takes place in NYC in the 1980s--a mean and corrupt era in NYC history. It's about a black thug who was falsely accused of the murder of 10 women and kids. The victim is black and so is the protagonist, Steady Groove. The story takes place in a ghetto. The area is economically depressed and populated to a large extent by black people, some of which are thugs and addicts. I tried to be as racially sensitive as possible, but as the story is based on fact, I had to remain true to the actual setting and its inhabitants.

 

When hood rat D. Wayne Tyrone is charged with the mass murder of eleven women and kids, rookie Parole Officer Stedman Groove must march to hell and back to prove his friend’s innocence.

Into the Groove is a work of fiction, but the Palm Sunday Massacre was very real. The senseless murder of eleven women and children in 1984 will live on as one of the ugliest moments in New York City history and possibly one of the Big Apple’s most appalling miscarriages of justice. A jury of twelve sent an innocent man to prison for thirty-four years. Slide Into The Groove with Steady as he uncovers the startling truth.

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Our Next Chapter
Closed at 41 readers

Hannah Morgan

Our future rarely turns out as planned—friends Elliott, Mel, and Luke certainly found that to be true. Now in their early twenties, they’re forced to submit to reality.
Elliott is a blind author floundering as he takes his first steps of independence. Luke, his roommate and best friend, works as a proofreader of a local newspaper—a far cry from his dream of being an editor for an influential publishing firm. Held back by grief and guilt from past decisions, he has to learn to knock down the walls he’s built around him. His younger sister, Mel, struggles to carry the weight of living out the dreams she and her deceased best friend had whipped up years prior, while grappling with the affects a difficult childhood left on her.


As the three of them navigate new experiences, relationships, and careers, they learn how to turn the page while not forgetting their past chapters.

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Destiny
Closed at 49 readers

Katie Richard

What if your Destiny made you sacrifice your humanity and pledge yourself to creatures you thought only existed in fairytales?

A young adult fantasy romance novel, the first in the series, Destiny Of Graystone, is set in a secretive world that protects humans from the dark ones. Sierra’s true identity has been hidden from her by her parents for her whole life. Her parents are taken hostage by the evil immortal Excalibur, throwing Sierra’s life as she knows it out the window. The only way to save her family is to make the transition into an immortal herself, saying goodbye forever to the girl she was before. The immortal world she joins has plenty of secrets of its own that the authorities would like to keep buried.

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Bluebonnet Days
Closed at 50 readers

Ali Marie

In the midst of chaos and loss, will love always find a way?

 

In a small town in the outskirts of Texas, life used to be simple for Weston and Sam growing up. Though it seemed growing up and being faced with certain challenges and choices does not always allow love to prevail.

 

When Weston shattered Sams heart, all she can think about is getting away. To do something that will give her joy, as she pushes to forget the love and man she once knew. After years away, she is summoned home to help with the family ranch. Sam knows it would be impossible to avoid Weston, but she hoped to have time to settle back home, before dealing with him.

 

Weston never forgave himself for breaking Sams heart as he never stopped loving her. He is bound and determined to make sure she remembers who they are together and to win her back. The only problem or several is, obstacles seem to keep getting in his way and a past that might not have changed him for the better.

 

"She's here. After all of these years away, my Sam is finally back home" - Weston

 

"He completely owns me. My mind, body, heart and soul. How do I walk away from him? Bigger question, can I walk away from him?"  - Sam

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Of Flesh And Steel
Closed at 60 readers

Alyssa Green

Sergeant Blaise Carrington has been a sentinel on the Teaos wall for most of her adult life. A comfortable position even though she’s afraid of heights. When Captain Kaiden Atherton recruits her for King Vaughn’s task force, Blaise will be forced to face the truth which could shake her world into chaos. 

 

The mission: Defeat the tyrant Queen of Balam, and prevent the release of her undead armies. 

 

Newly appointed Captain Kaiden Atherton has trained his entire life for the mission, but when he meets the mysterious Sergeant Blaise, and senses her potential, he can’t help but get close to her. With the destruction of Crenitha and her three kingdoms, Kaiden is put to the ultimate test, and has to choose between loyalty to his king, and loyalty to her. 

How will he choose?

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Droplets Of Magic
Closed at 65 readers

Emily Bybee

Kira’s spells always end the same—rain and violent storms. She’s what’s called a Defect, and that means one of two things in the witch world—losing your magic or death. After faking her demise, Kira is in hiding. She risks exposure and travels the world, making the Defective magic that would get her killed into a gift by bringing rains to places that most need water.

 

The witch world has changed in the ten years Kira’s been gone. Kira doesn’t know that she has a much bigger part to play against an ancient danger that threatens the entire world. But the witches want her for their own greedy plans. Her only chance to escape the witch council is to hide in areas where her storms go unnoticed. After one last stop in Africa, she plans to disappear again.

 

But Kira’s past catches up with her and a decade old blood debt comes due. As if being prey to the witch world isn’t enough, her family’s history with the Russian Mafia causes an enemy who was once her childhood friend to hunt her down. She and her only ally Alex—a naïve American—team up to escape the underworld warlord. As Kira’s feelings for Alex grow, she fears he will be caught in the crossfire. To settle this debt, someone will have to die.

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The Gods Must Clearly Smile
Closed at 45 readers

Aaron Christopher Drown

From the distant future, and the forgotten past...

 

From the far reaches of space, and the house next door...

 

From award-winning writer Aaron Christopher Drown, a gathering of fourteen curious tales that wend and weave across worlds familiar and unthinkable.

 

A captivating journey through wishes and nightmares,love and murder, war and magic...

 

And the occasional dalliance with destiny.

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Strange Gods
Closed at 65 readers

Alison Kimble

Immortal Works Publishing

Spooky arrives at a wilderness boot camp for troubled teens with two suitcases and an ultimatum: either she keeps her head down over the summer or she won’t be allowed home at the end of it. All she wants to do is survive the pyros, bullies, and power-tripping counselors, get through senior year, and start her life somewhere new. She’ll do just about anything to protect that future.

 

But when an encounter with another camper goes awry and ends with Spooky hiding in the woods, something else finds her. Something ancient and powerful has sent out feelers, hoping to catch a human alone. For its purposes, one human is as good as any other. Even a delinquent teen will do.

 

If Spooky wants to survive to see any kind of future, she will have to figure out how to gain leverage over a god. And as if the one wasn’t bad enough, a pantheon of dark entities are lining up between her and the life she’s always wanted...

 

For fantasy fans, comes one girl’s journey through dark worlds of magic, gods, and monsters.

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Always Yours
Closed at 42 readers

AJ Ranney

Release Date- August 30, 2022

Content Warning: This story discusses topics that could trigger certain audiences.

Topics including but not limited to:

    •    Domestic abuse

    •    Attempted rape

    •    Death of a parent

    •    Emergency situation with a child

    •    Substance abuse/heavy drinking (and driving) by minor character

 

She’s the one that got away. But I’m the guy who let her go.

 

I’ll admit it, I’m an idiot.

 

I walked away from the only girl I’ve ever loved.

 

I messed up. I know I don’t deserve a second chance, but I would give anything to make it right.

 

It’s too late. Bella’s made it abundantly clear those feelings died a long time ago. Why does she get so angry when all I’m trying to do is move on? It’s as if she’s suddenly interested in us again. Even if she is, I’m torn. The last time we tried, it almost destroyed us both.

 

She’s leaving soon, and my small town life is crumbling around me. I have to try. I have to see if there is still an us. I can’t let her get away again.

 

Given the option, she will forever be my always.

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Dior Or Die
Closed at 44 readers

Laura Akers

She’s survived dangerous missions for the government, but can she survive life among the rich?


Davia Glenn is the first woman on a covert paramilitary team until a mission goes deadly wrong. She inherits a fortune, moves to a wealthy community, and soon discovers the crazy under all that money. On a terrorist’s hit list, Davia must navigate her new life while dodging assassins.

Torn between two men and two worlds, Davia must decide her future— but this time, she wears haute couture instead of camouflage and combat boots.

If you love the grit of Jack Reacher and the fun of Stephanie Plum, Dior or Die is an addicting, action & adventure read.

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Speak No Evil
Closed at 60 readers

Liana Gardner

Vesuvain Books

Content warning: social, issues, sexual abuse, bullying, abuse in foster care, loss of parents

 

The daughter of Appalachian snake handlers becomes a ward of the state after her eerie “gift’ causes a tragedy that leaves her orphaned.

What if every time you told the truth, evil followed?

My name is Melody Fisher. My daddy was a snake handler in Appalachia until Mama died. Though years have passed, I can still hear the rattle before the strike that took her from me.

And it’s all my fault.

Since then, I’ve been passed around from foster home to foster home. I didn’t think anything could be as bad as losing Mama.

I was wrong.

But I will not speak of things people have done to me. Every time I do, worse evil follows. Now, the only thing I trust is what saved me years ago.

Back when I would sing the snakes calm …

 

Bram Stoker Awards Nominee for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel, Speak No Evil was named #14 in Ginger Nuts of Horror's Top 100 YA Horror Novels of the Decade

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Lies In Bone
Closed at 50 readers

Natalie Symons

Trigger Warnings:

Alcoholism, heavy cigarette use, child molestation mentioned and briefly described, self harm, mental health issues, and murder

 

Told by a tart-tongued young woman with a love of Bruce Springsteen, Lies in Bone is at once a mystery and coming-of-age tale fueled by dark secrets involving love, murder, and the truths worth lying for.


On Halloween 1963, eleven-year-old Chuck Coolidge and his brother Danny are lost in a toxic smog covering the steel town of Slippery Elm, Pennsylvania. When the smog lifts, half the town is sick and twenty people are dead. And Danny is missing.


Now, over twenty years later, Chuck's teenage daughter Frank plots escape from this "busted and disgusted" town. When a murdered child is found in the river, investigators link the crime to the disappearance of Danny in '63, and Frank's life is turned upside down. In the face of her worst fears, she must uncover her family's dark past if she wants to keep her sister Boots from the hands of The State. Led to discover the unimaginable truth about Danny's disappearance, Lies in Bone culminates in a shocking eleventh-hour reveal and an emotionally charged finale.

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Bound By Words
Closed at 66 readers

E.L. Koslo

Release Date- Sept 2022

Triggers: BDSM including restraints, possibly degrading language, impact play, role play including mentions of fantasy rape, pegging, etc. It also has mentions of pregnancy, miscarriage, infertility, sexual harassment, assault, stalking, mental illness including depression and anxiety, death of a parent. Contains explicit sexual content.

 

 Kelly Stineman has always been the life of the party; a sarcastic popular girl who everyone loved to hate. When a co-worker torpedoes her life with allegations of misconduct, she does the only thing she can think of... she runs.

 

While hiding out at her brother's secluded property in Connecticut, she's confronted by a face from the past who gave her one night she'd never forget.

 

Nathan's double life catches up with him and he jumps on the opportunity to get out of Boston. Fleeing the uncomfortable situation an ex-flame has put him in, he takes a job building his friends' guest house in the remote Connecticut countryside.

 

When Nathan and Kelly are thrown together months after their steamy night at her brother's wedding, things change for both of them in ways they never expected.

 

Will they return to their normal lives alone once things settle down or will they try to make things work despite the distance?

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Darkrunner Rising
Closed at 36 readers

AJ Larke

Reylyn Hummel is the only half-elf in the village, and it doesn't make her popular. Her only friends are the Infernal Hellzebub and his feathered minions. When the villagers go too far, Hellzebub helps her escape in exchange for helping him get his throne in the Lower Planes back from his sister, the overly-ambitious Celestial, Tiaphima. This lands Reylyn in Timbercrest, where all the rules about elves, humans, and orcs, about good and evil, are different. Where even she can have friends and family. Where having friends and family will be more dangerous and more difficult than being the villain of her village.

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Heart Of The Valley
Closed at 49 readers

Shermon Kodi

The Valley must feed, and Serena is next. 

 

Raised to hold a lone vigil over a realm of spirits, Serena is the only one who can stop the Ghostorms and maintain the barrier that keeps the demons at bay. Though she knows it’s her duty, she’s terrified to leave the safety of her temple and the priests who trained her.

 

When her only friend is cut with a cursed blade, Serena has no choice but to face her fears.

 

She must journey through the Valley, through darkness and death, to save her companion before it’s too late. If she fails, the agents of evil will finally be freed from their prison, unleashing a new age of darkness upon the world.

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The Syrens Mutiny 
Closed at 69 readers

Alyssa Green

Trigger Warnings: Possible trigger warnings include: violence, drowning, death, dismemberment, torture, brief/non-explicit references to child kidnapping and deaths, mentions of past domestic violence, mild sexual content, and mentions of arranged marriages.

 

“It’s frightful bad luck to have a woman aboard.”

 

Brigid knew the superstition, but when her father tried to marry her off, she had no choice but to stowaway on a ship bound for Bhodheas. When she’s discovered and discarded, her fate seems sealed…until she’s saved by the ocean and its queen.

Transformed into a syren and given new life, Brigid now has the power to seek revenge on those who wronged her.

 

Caelum has spent his entire life trying to help those who couldn’t help themselves. After years suffering the cruelty of his pirate father, saving others from a similar fate was ingrained in him. But when he’s unable to save a young girl from being thrown overboard for hiding away, he’s devastated.

Until one day, when he’s thrown into the water by unforeseen forces, he comes face to face with the past, and maybe, with his future.

 

But there’s a darkness lurking on the seas they both call home. And Caelum and Brigid have no idea just how intertwined their stories really are.

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