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28

Sunday Snippet: A Santini’s Heart by Melissa Schroeder

Sunday Snippet: A Santini’s Heart by Melissa Schroeder  About the Book A Santini’s Heart    Author:  Melissa Schroeder Publisher:   Harmless Publishing Released:  August 30, 2016 Series:   The Santinis #10 Genre:  Contemporary Romance Author contact links:   Blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Website Purchase links: Here Snippet “Santini?” “Out here,” he said, just loud enough for her to hear. She followed the sound of his voice to the back porch. When she caught sight of him, she stopped and stared. The heat of the day had apparently gotten to him also. He stood on the porch, holding a bucket of water, but that was not the part that had captured her attention. He had no shirt on. The man was trying to kill her. She had seen him without his shirt before, but this was different. Sweat glistened on his back as he lifted the bucket high above his head and tipped it over. Water sluiced over his sculpted muscles. Holy Magic Mike. He turned and shot a smile over his shoulder. Life was not fair. Or someone up in heaven had a sick sense of humor. “I can fill a bucket for you too.” There was no mistaking that flirtatious tone. Okay, that was taking it too far. The man knew what he did to women. Standing there wet, dripping with sensuality and almost nakedness, there was no way he didn’t know how sexy he was. She would not show it. She was good at hiding her feelings, and she could do it now. “I think I’ll pass.” “You know you want to. It was a bitch of a day.” “And a storm’s about to hit.” A clap of thunder sounded overhead, as if on cue. He laughed and stepped closer. She should have known what he intended to do, but her brain was still on the fritz from seeing him go all Channing Tatum on her. He grabbed her hand and yanked her out of the house and onto the porch just as the sky opened up. Rain poured down on them. “One of these days, I am going to kill you,” she shouted over the rain. “I’d like to see you try.” She snorted. It was insane. They were both standing there in the rain, as if nothing else was going on. “We need to get inside.” “Yeah, got any towels?” she asked. He pointed at the table. They were soaked from the downpour. “Brilliant, Santini.” “How was I supposed to know?” “The thunder, the clouds?” He shrugged...
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Aug
21

Sunday Snippet: All the Wounds in Shadow by Anise Eden

Sunday Snippet: All the Wounds in Shadow by Anise Eden  About the Book All the Wounds in Shadow    Author:  Anise Eden Publisher:  Diversion Books Released:  August 23, 2016 Series:   The Healing Edge #2 Genre:  Paranormal Romance Author contact links:   Website Purchase links:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Google, IndieBound, iTunes, Kobo Snippet His features grew soft with affection. “You never stop surprising me, Cate.” I felt my cheeks redden again. It was time to change the subject. “Let’s talk about something nonserious for a change. It sounds like it’s going to be all serious all the time once we get where we’re going.” “Good point. Let’s shorten the road. What would you like to talk about?” Suddenly, I couldn’t think of anything but the mission, which I knew we couldn’t discuss further until we arrived. I racked my brain. “Twenty Questions is kind of a road-trip game, isn’t it?” “Hmm.” For the first time that morning, he appeared upbeat. “I should warn you, I’m really good at that game.” At the prospect of playing a normal, lighthearted game with Ben, happiness flitted through me like a tiny fish. Still, I shook my head at his overconfidence. “Is there anything you aren’t good at?” “Plenty of things,” he said, “but absolutely no advantage will accrue to me if I tell you what they are.” A smile played across his lips. “Ladies first.” We played a few rounds. It was obvious that we were trying to make it easy for one another. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Ben took the same approach to games that I did—that their purpose was fun, not serious competition. Still, after I guessed his Jaguar in eight questions and he guessed Vani in six, it was starting to get a bit ridiculous. I glanced around for inspiration. It wasn’t hard to find. “Okay, I have something. Go ahead.” “Animal, vegetable, or mineral?” “Mineral.” “Is it your ring?” My mouth fell open. “You know, being telepathic is the kind of thing you’re supposed to disclose to the person you’re dating!” “Not telepathic, just observant.” He nodded at my hand. “You looked down at your ring right before you said you had something.” I gave him a lengthy glare. Then I put some real thought into my next answer. “Okay, ready.” “Animal, vegetable, or mineral?” “Animal.” “Is it bigger than a breadbox?” “Yes.” Ben glanced in the rear view mirror, presumably to make sure that Vani was asleep and Asa and Eve still had their headsets on. Then he asked,...
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Aug
14

Sunday Snippet: Oria’s Gambit by Jeffe Kennedy

Sunday Snippet: Oria’s Gambit by Jeffe Kennedy  About the Book Oria’s Gambit    Author:  Jeffe Kennedy Publisher:   Self-published Released:  August 27, 2016 Series:   Sorcerous Moons #2 Genre:  Fantasy Author contact links:   Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seveen Blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. REVIEW TO COME Snippet “What do you know about hwil?” She sounded, and felt, stiff. “Juli told me some, last night when I brought you here.” “Juli shouldn’t have—” “Juli realizes that I’m going to need to know some of these things that you think to withhold from me. This is an important aspect of your life—and of any possibility that we’ll be able to touch each other—so I think it’s obviously valuable for me to be aware of its properties.” “Understanding hwil won’t change anything, Lonen.” She realized she’d clenched her hands into fists by the bite of her nails into her palms. “I can’t just learn to bear someone else’s touch.” “How do you know—have you ever tried?” “What I’ve tried is to explain that I haven’t had much opportunity to practice any of this!” “Don’t get all huffy with me.” He pushed a few pillows into a better position and leaned back against them, stretching lazily and then putting his hands behind his neck, displaying his furred chest to excellent effect. “Tell me what hwil feels like.” “How am I supposed to do that?” “First of all, relax. We’re just having a conversation.” “In bed.” Practically naked. His smile stretched across his face as lazily as the rest. “A good place for it. How about this—do you have a hair brush?” “Why?” “Your braids are all messed up and it looks uncomfortable. Maybe you’ll feel better if I take them down for you.” “You’re obsessed with my hair.” Though the snarled things were pulling uncomfortably. He shrugged a little, gray eyes dancing with that mischief that sparked in blue stars from him. “I can’t deny it. Get your hair brush, Oria.” She huffed out an impatient sigh, but got out of bed to retrieve the thing—though taking a moment to tie the neckline of her undergarment closed. The man was as relentless as Chuffta chewing a bone. “Hey!” “You know you are. Speaking of, have you hunted recently?” “Want some alone time with the new mate, huh? I can do that.” The derkesthai stretched his wings, yawned mightily, then took off out the open terrace...
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Aug
7

Sunday Snippet: Need You Now by Mika Jolie

Sunday Snippet: Need You Now by Mika Jolie  About the Book Need You Now Author:  Mika Jolie Released:  September 9, 2015 Series:   Martha’s Way #2 Genre:  Contemporary Romance Purchase links: Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | International Options | Goodreads Snippet Loneliness, fear, the fact that she was about to walk away from the man she loved, all plagued her mind. He reached and grasped her hand, automatically their fingers entwined. “You said things have changed.” His voice was low and raw. She nodded. A painful silence settled between them. “What do you want from me? From us?” She met his gaze briefly and then looked away. “You race cars.” The words were spoken so softly, so out of the blue. She turned her attention to Adam. He sat, watching her, waiting. “It scares me.” She gave him a small smile, as surprised by this revelation as his expression said he was. “It’s dangerous.” In the dimly lit room, she saw something flicker in his eyes. Annoyance. Anger. She wasn’t sure. “Life is dangerous,” he responded. “You either live it or let the unknown cripple you. I chose to live.” “But you could die. Look what happened to Sean Edwards, Allan Simonsen.” She named a few race car drivers who’d died recently. He leaned forward, his elbows on the table. “Everyone dies, Lily.” There was emptiness in his voice she’d never noticed before. As if he were numb. “I live for now.” She shook her head. “I need more, Adam. I need stability and tame.” He sat back. “Tame,” he repeated. “You’re not tame,” she said sadly. “You can never be tamed.” He brushed a hand over his jaw and let out a breath. “You want boring.” Silence. He pushed his chair back, came to his full height and extended his hand to her. Puzzled, she looked at him. “I’ll walk you out.” With a slight lip press, she absorbed the unexpected shock of disappointment and lowered her head to keep it from reflecting on her face. What did she expect? For him to fight for them, or even worse, try to convince her to stay. “I want you, Liliana,” Adam admitted, his voice very quiet. “When I touch you, I melt. When I think of you touching me, I lose myself.” Life needed to go easy on her. It just wasn’t right for him to tell her things like that. To utter words as if she were the love of his life while he was breaking...
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Jul
31

Sunday Snippet: Lonen’s War by Jeffe Kennedy

Sunday Snippet: Lonen’s War by Jeffe Kennedy  About the Book Lonen’s War    Author:  Jeffe Kennedy Publisher:   Self-published Released:  July 19, 2019 Series:   Sorcerous Moons #1 Genre:  Fantasy Romance Author contact links:  Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. REVIEW (Coming soon) Snippet Lonen had seen many strange things in the past weeks. Impossible magic and horrific deaths that would take him years to purge from his nightmares, if he ever could. If he lived that long. The sight of the woman in the window hit him with enough force to unbalance him. Through the blood-drenched night, he’d kept focus on one kill after the next and only on that, much the way he’d climbed the wall, except that he slit the throats of defenseless women, one after another, instead of reaching for holds. They died so easily, seeming oblivious to his approach, focusing their placid attention outward to the battle where the booming assault of the sorcerers diminished and ceased as their sisters succumbed to the blades of Lonen and his men. The fact that they didn’t fight back, that they remained so vulnerable, sickened him, each death layering on unclean guilt that he’d ignored until the vision of the woman in the window knifed into him like an unseen blade. Maybe it was because her fair coloring was so much like the first woman he’d killed. After that one, he hadn’t looked at their faces, taking the dispensation offered by their featureless masks. For whatever reason, the sight of her gripped him, standing in the open window, illuminated by candlelight in an otherwise dark tower that rose from a deep abyss. Her hair shone a copper color he’d never seen on a living being, like a hammered metal cloak that shifted with her startled movements. She put a hand to her throat, eyes dark in her fine-boned face. A creature from children’s tales perched beside her, staring at him intently. He would have thought it a statue carved from alabaster, but it swiveled its head on its neck to look at the woman, then back to him. Lonen had seen illustrations of dragons in his boyhood books, but they’d been huge and…fictional. This thing looked very like those, only smaller—maybe as long as his forearm, not counting the tail. All white, it shimmered in the bright torchlight from the walls much as the woman’s hair did. It sat on its haunches,...
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Jul
24

Sunday Snippet: Constant Craving by Melissa Schroeder

Sunday Snippet: Constant Craving by Melissa Schroeder  About the Book Constant Craving    Author:  Melissa Schroeder Publisher:   Harmless Publishing Released:  May 31, 2016 Series:   Task Force Hawaii #3 Genre:  Romantic Suspense Author contact links:   Facebook, Fan Group, Newsletter, Pinterest, Twitter Purchase: Here Snippet He stared at her a long second.  “As I pointed out, you asked me on a date first.” “That should have been a sign.” “A sign of what?” “That you couldn’t take the initiative.” Something flashed hot in his eyes. Those gray eyes were always cool, without any storms. But at the moment, he looked furious. His expression was calm, but his eyes… “Is that a fact?” he asked, his voice dipped an octave and turned just a little lethal. The sound of it skimmed over her nerves. As usual, she ignored his tone. When she was hurt, she could definitely wound back.  She nodded and leaned back in her chair. She tried her best to look relaxed. She would not let him know how upset she was. “You didn’t really go after me, because it was all about the job.” “That’s what you think?” She shrugged. “If it was about the job, I would have had you in bed easily.” Her stomach quivered at the way his voice had dipped deeper, adding an edge of danger to it. This was not the fun geek she had discussed the Marvel Universe with, and argued about the finer qualities of David Tennant. This was Agent Callahan. Cold. Calculating. Sexy. “I highly doubt that.” But even she heard the shaking in her voice. The smile curving his lips was not the flirty one she was used to. He looked as if he was the cat who ate the proverbial canary. He rose to his feet, all the while not breaking eye contact with her. “Come on, Charity. You know better than that. You and I both know that you wanted it as much as I did.” His voice had turned silky, seductive, but not anything she had heard before. This was a very dangerous man. She shook her head and fought the urge to back up around the desk. He came around to stand in front of her, each step taken with a kind of lethal grace that she would have attributed to a panther. A predator. He leaned down and placed his hands on the arms of her chair. “I might have come here to investigate, but at least I have been honest about my...
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Jul
17

Sunday Snippet: Romanced by a SEAL by Cat Johnson

Sunday Snippet: Romanced by a SEAL by Cat Johnson  About the Book Romanced by a SEAL    Author:  Cat Johnson Publisher:   Cat Johnson Released:  July 12, 2016 Series:   Hot SEALs #9 Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense Author contact links:   Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, Newsletter, Twitter, Website Purchase links:  Amazon, ARe, Barnes N Noble, Google, iBooks, Kobo, Website REVIEW Snippet Too angry to eat the dinner she’d spent hours shopping for and preparing, Ali yanked hard on the kitchen drawer. Just like everything else in Jon’s life, even the drawers in his condo were neatly organized. Rolls of plastic wrap lined up in precision formation amid aluminum foil and boxes of plastic bags in every size. The sight only ramped up her anger. Everything in Jon’s existence was in perfect order except for his relationship with her. She was the messy junk drawer of his life. That realization had her pausing, hand on the plastic wrap. No wonder he avoided spending time at home with her. Running out at every opportunity. Each excuse plausible but seeming more flimsy than the last. It had been a mistake moving in together. Just because something made financial sense didn’t mean it was right. Things between them had started to go downhill shortly after she’d moved in so it was pretty obvious to her that this decision, though practical, had been very, very wrong. Hot angry tears pricked behind her eyes as she grabbed the wrap and yanked to tear off a piece. The clingy plastic got tangled on the sharp serrated edge. She pawed at it but only ended up cutting her finger instead of the clear wrap. “Shit.” Tossing the whole mess onto the counter, she shoved the stinging finger in her mouth and sucked at the thin stripe of red that appeared. One handed as she nursed her wound, she grabbed her food-laden plate from the counter, intent on shoving it onto the fridge shelf uncovered. Unwrapped food in the refrigerator—that would drive Jon crazy. Perfect. It would teach him for walking out— again—this time after she’d gone to so much trouble to make a nice meal for him. The spiteful thought had her feeling quite satisfied as she spun toward the fridge . . . and jumped as a scream tore from her throat. That was followed directly by a huff of frustration. “Dammit, Jon. Will you please make some noise when you come in? You scared the hell out of me.” “Sorry.” He tracked her with his eyes from where...
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Jul
10

Sunday Snippet: It Happened One Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton

Sunday Snippet: It Happened One Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton  About the Book It Happened One Doomsday     Author:  Laurence MacNaughton Publisher:   Pyr Released:  July 12, 2016 Genre:  Urban Fantasy Author contact links:   Website Purchase links:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Goodreads, Indiebound, iTunes REVIEW Snippet Strong arms wrapped around Dru and pulled her from the wreckage of the car. The dying desert sunlight bathed her as Greyson gently lowered her to the rocky ground. He stripped off his motorcycle jacket and folded it, leather creaking, into a pillow for her head. He leaned over her, his glowing red eyes filled with worry. “Dru! Can you hear me?” A trickle of blood ran down the side of his face, from a gash just beneath one of his stubby horns. “Are you okay?” She nodded. “How many fingers am I holding up?” He frowned. “None.” “Oh, wait.” She held up three fingers. “How about now?” The corners of his eyes crinkled. He helped Dru to her feet, then handed her glasses to her. She wiped off the desert dust. They had crashed at the bottom of a dry washed-out ravine, surrounded on all sides by uneven ground littered with ruddy boulders and parched scrub brush. Oily curls of smoke drifted around them, from something ruptured in the crashed car. When Dru breathed in, a sickly sweet chemical smell coated the back of her throat and scoured it raw. Above, the relentless desert sun dipped toward sunset, burning a gold glow into the edge of the crystalline blue sky. There was no sign of their attackers, but the echoes of throaty engines thudded all around them. It was impossible to tell where the noise was coming from. The sounds grew louder, and then faded, as if the cars were circling around the ravine like vultures. “They’re all up there,” Rane spat, hauling herself out through the car’s shattered window, her body still transformed into living rock. She crawled through a halo of broken glass that shone like diamonds in the sun. “I want to take those things apart with my bare hands. Pretty sure I can.” “We have to keep moving,” Dru said. “If the other demons – the other horsemen – leave their cars behind and find a way down here on foot, we’re in real trouble. I don’t know what happens when all four horsemen get together, but I’m thinking it’s not poker night.” Greyson let out a pained grunt, then pressed his fists against his temples. Still on...
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Jul
3

Sunday Snippet: Waking Eden by Rhenna Morgan

Sunday Snippet: Waking Eden by Rhenna Morgan  About the Book Waking Eden    Author:  Rhenna Morgan Publisher:   Self-published Released:  July 26, 2016 Series:   Eden #3 Genre:  Contemporary Fantasy Romance Author contact links:   Amazon, Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, Website Purchase links:  Amazon, ARe, iBooks, International Options, Kobo Snippet In this scene, Trinity’s allowed Ramsay to finagle an invite to her home on the pretense of helping her settle in from her recent move. Who knew setting up wi-fi could be so intense?   Trinity trailed behind him. His loose, long hair was the sexiest snub to conformity she’d ever seen, and his overall size was, well, big. Especially compared to her. Tight, defined muscles, wide shoulders, narrow waist, and a backside that made his easy swagger downright lethal. He turned. His white T-shirt was tucked neatly into his low-slung jeans. Yep. The total hot guy package. Hard not to imagine the impressive parcel underneath. “Trinity?” She blinked and tried to force her mind back online. Oh, God. Totally busted staring at his crotch. He grinned. Not just any grin, but a genuine shit-eating, caught-you-with-your-hand-in-the-cookie-jar grin. “Your router and cables?” She staggered to the opened packing box on her desk and rummaged inside. At least she could hide her embarrassment behind the box flap at this angle. “I’m pretty sure they’re in here, but can you check the one by the bookcase?” Deep breaths. She couldn’t be the first woman to ogle the guy. Not that his ego needed any extra boosts. “Got ’em.” She peeked over the flap and found him untangling two gray cords. “I’ll put the router on top of the bookshelf so you don’t clutter up your desk. That work for you?” Every move was smooth and efficient. Confident, like he did this every day. She nodded and situated her computer, snapping to hand him whatever he asked for and otherwise aiming to stay out of the way. He glanced up from behind her computer and lifted his chin toward the picture frame on her desk. “Those your parents?” A pang knifed her heart. “Yeah. That was taken about a year before David died.” Carol looked so much different then. Happy and hopeful, even if she was still a little high-strung. Trinity had come along and ruined life for both of them. The clunk and rattle of hardware and cables stilled. Ramsay rested one arm on the top of her monitor. “If it makes you sad, why put it there?” “They don’t make...
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Jun
26

Sunday Snippet: Royal Enchantment by Lia Davis

Sunday Snippet: Royal Enchantment by Lia Davis  About the Book Royal Enchantment    Author:  Lia Davis Publisher:   After Glows Released:  June 15, 2016 Series:   Skeleton Key Book series Genre:  Fantasy Romance Author contact links:   Amazon Author Page, Authorgraph, Facebook, Goodreads, Newsletter, Pinterest, Twitter, Website Purchase links:  Amazon, ARe, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo Snippet When she reached the stairs, she spotted something on the floor, a reflection of light like a prism. She bent down to take a closer look and discovered a glass skeleton key sticking out from behind the railing post. It was about four inches long and made of thick glass with a skull on the top. The bottom key portion looked like…well, human teeth. She picked it up and tested the weight. A couple of ounces, she guessed. Studying it for several moments, she wondered where it had come from. Her thoughts turned to the locked door. No. That would be too easy. However, it was a skeleton key. Literally in this case. What did she have to lose? Pivoting on her heels, she walked to the door, glad no one was around to witness her state of crazy. She took a deep breath and stuck the key into the lock. Turned. A click sounded a moment before the door swung open. A smile lifted her lips, but it was short-lived as she stared out into a forest. What-the-ever-loving-freaking-hell? Instantly, she closed the door. Surely she was seeing things and needed to call a shrink. Hell, maybe just go to the nearest liquor store. Okay, Ava. You’re not crazy. You may be a little weird at times, but you are not crazy. She opened the door again and let it swing wide. Holy crap. There really was a forest in one of her upstairs rooms. Well, she had asked for the earth to swallow her. She laughed at her attempt at a joke and stepped through the door. Once she crossed the threshold, the door vanished behind her. Whirling around, she scanned her surroundings. Nothing but trees, bushes, and a whole lot of nature. The house was gone. Everything was so green and full of life, almost magickal. I’m definitely not in Georgia...
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