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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Laura Kaye’s HARD TO HOLD ON TO! HARD TO HOLD ON TO is a Contemporary Romance filled with suspense and is a novella in the Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Impulse (an imprint of HarperCollins). And if this novella weren’t hot enough on its own, Laura is donating 100% of her proceeds from the first two weeks’ sales to a national non-profit organization that assists veterans transitioning back to civilian life!!

 

Hard To Hold On To

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EXCERPT:

Easy tugged down the covers and gestured for Jenna to get in. She chose the side that would allow her to lie on the uninjured side of her face.

“After what you’ve been through, I don’t want to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable,” Easy said.

Propping herself on an elbow, Jenna shook her head. “You won’t. You’re the—” She blanched as if she hadn’t meant to say whatever she’d nearly said.

Which made Easy need to know. He crawled on the bed as if lured by the words. “Finish. That. Sentence.”

She eased back onto the pillow, red hair sprawling around her shoulders like silk, and stared up at him. And it took everything Easy had not to settle himself on top of her and tease the words out with his hands and tongue.

“The only one who makes me feel safe,” she whispered.

Satisfaction humming through him, Easy turned and stretched out on his back. Because if he kept looking at her while she was looking at him like that, he might not be able to restrain himself from having what he wanted. A taste. A chance.

None of which she was in any shape for. And given the shitstorm in his head, probably neither was he.

“Good. That’s good,” he murmured, blowing out a long breath. Damn, he was tired. Not just because he hadn’t slept much the night before. But because of the size of the load he’d been shouldering for the past twelve-plus months. If he could only figure out how to put it down. He scrubbed his hands over his face, wishing he could shake himself out of this fucking slump.

If Rimes were here, he’d kick Easy’s ass for being such a morose motherfucker.

But he wasn’t here. Which was the damn problem in a nutshell.

He dropped his arms to the bed and peered over at Jenna.

She lay on her side facing him, hand tucked under her chin, not looking the least bit settled or relaxed.

“Whatchu need?”

“You.” She spoke the word without any hesitation, any doubt, any seeming self-consciousness.

“Have me, Jenna. Whatever you want,” he said, his cock stirring no matter how hard he reined himself in.

Holding his gaze, she moved closer until her head rested on his shoulder and her body trapped his arm between them. And, suddenly, she wasn’t fucking close enough.

“Here,” he whispered, lifting his arm and inviting her closer. And damn if his heart didn’t soar when she fitted herself the rest of the way against him, her face against his throat, her breasts against his ribs, her leg curling up onto his thigh.

He wasn’t sure whose sigh was louder. All Easy knew was that this was the first time in more than a year he didn’t feel alone. Wrapping his arm around her, he couldn’t resist squeezing her in just a little closer.

“Thank you,” she whispered, her breath ticklish against his neck.

He laced his fingers between hers where they rested on his chest. “I gotchu. You just close your eyes and know I’m here.”

 

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About Hard To Hold On To:

Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves—which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna’s the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can’t describe how he makes her feel–and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

 

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Other Books in the Hard Ink Series:

Hard As It Gets

Hard As You Can

Hard to Come By (11/25/14)

Hard to Be Good (3/10/15)

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Praise for the Hard Ink Series:

For Hard As You Can:

“TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!” ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine

“Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!” ~San Francisco Book Review

For Hard As It Gets:

“Edgy, sexy and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!” ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward

“Sizzling romance… The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna.” ~Publishers Weekly Review

“Kaye’s depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks’ KGI and Julia Ann Walker’s Black Knight’s series.” ~Booklist

 

Author PhotoAbout Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

 

 

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Boarded by Love by Toni Aleo

Coming September 8th, 2014!

Jude Sinclair here, hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies and lover of all ladies. Hockey’s in my blood, and not to sound full of myself, but I’m good at it…really good. The draft is within my reach—it’s mine to take—but that’s not the only reason people know my name. They know me because of my way with women. They know the score, and I aim to please. I just tend to stay away from repeat performances. In other words, I don’t do relationships beyond my family and friends. I’m happy with life. However, I should warn you that my story and how I see it playing out is about to change due to a certain redhead on campus.

She’s beautiful. Stunning. Breathtaking.

She’s my game changer.

He’s trouble from the moment I see him. I don’t know what I’m thinking, but from the moment I meet his gaze, I’m his. It’s a scary feeling.

I’ve never trusted anyone outside my aunt and uncle—and even that took months. I didn’t have it easy growing up. My mom was usually strung out, and she didn’t give me a second thought. Drugs and the men who paid her were more important to her. It was horrible, but I’m stronger today. Because of my past, security is what I need most. Money assures me that I can take care of myself today, tomorrow, and next month. I don’t want to ever be hungry or go without again, so I work hard for every penny.

Oh, by the way, I’m Claire Anderson. I’m a hard-studying sophomore at the University of Bellevue, dancer for the school dance team, and a burlesque dancer at a club, but that’s my secret.

You may think you know how our story ends, but you have no clue. It’s not easy falling in love… or living happily ever after. At first it may seem so, but when is anything worth having ever won without a fight?

Especially when you’re boarded by love.

 

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MUSIC MONDAY
Kate here. Toni broke the brownies and couldn’t think of a song. But for me this except screams I’m on fire by The Boss.

Trouble indeed, but it didn’t matter. He’s pushing and pulling me straight to him, and I am sure he isn’t going to let me go. Not that I want to. There is something about him that has me completely and utterly drawn to him, no pulling needed. While I want to sleep with him, I also want to know him. Really, I have no clue what I want. I just want Jude. All of him and I’m glad he turned down my offer to go to bed. While I want it, I don’t think I would have gone through it, but then with the way he’s looking at me, his hooded green eyes flaring with lust, I’m thinking that previous statement was a total lie. 


I damn well want him more than my next breath.

-Claire
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About the Author
 

Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.
When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.
She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

 

 

 

 

 


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Who would you become if you lost the only person who ever mattered?

For twenty-six year old Dylan Hopkins, the answer is easy. He’s become no one. Memories of the happier times are all he has left as he finds himself meandering numbly through his now dull life. Though he cares about his work and family dearly, he’s yet to let himself find love again. Afraid of letting go of what he once had, Dylan chooses to keep his heart buried, where it belongs, having died a long time ago.

Conner Michelson is about to change everything Dylan knows. He’s every bit the bad boy persona – tatted up, ex-MMA fighter, but after an injury leaves him unable to fight, he has to rethink his goals. Having just opened his own gym, Conner can cross his first major life accomplishment off his very short list. Next up: find a man he can settle down with and build a family. Seems simple enough – a dream most people have, but when he meets Dylan, his carefree, easy-going life is thrown into a tailspin.

Determined to keep Dylan in his life, Conner vows to resurrect Dylan’s long ago buried heart and let love live once more.

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Title: Nothing But Trouble
Series: Trouble #4
Author: Erin Kern
 Release Date: August 15, 2014

 

SYNOPSIS

Rebecca Underwood likes her life the way it is. Quiet. Plain. Predictable. For years she worked her tail off in medical school and finally achieved her ultimate goal of working in a private practice. She sees nothing but smooth sailing ahead of her. That is, until she finds herself having to deal with the one man who has the ability to send her quiet and plain world into a tail-spin.

Master mechanic R.J. Devlin specializes in restoring classic cars. He’s poured blood, sweat and tears into building his own auto shop from the ground up. For him, there’s nothing more satisfying than getting a healthy amount of grease under his nails…except a green-eyed red-head who could bring him to his knees faster than he can say Corvette. So when Rebecca Underwood brings her father’s classic car to him for restoration, he jumps at the opportunity—for more reasons than one. Rebecca has always loathed surrendering any kind of control, but she knows R.J. is the best at what he does.

But then everything she’s worked so hard for, her practice and her reputation as a pediatrician is shaken. And as her carefully controlled world spirals out of control, the threat of losing her medical license, and even her practice, pushes her to unfamiliar territory and a place where she has no control— the arms of R.J. Devlin.

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I started writing back in 2004 and six years later self-published the third book I wrote. Two years after that I landed a contract with Grand Central Publishing.

Now I’m just chugging along, spitting out books faster than my kids can turn my living room into a disaster zone…

Actually, that’s not entirely true. I only wish it were true.

But in all seriousness, I write sassy and sexy contemporary romances for Forever Romance. My Trouble series is available online and wherever paperbacks are sold.

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    Jerrie Alexander Hi Jerrie – Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for the blog.  I picked up copies of the Lost and Found, Inc series at RomCon and they are slowly making their way up my TBR pile.

Tell us a NoChanceInHell-200x300 (1)little about yourself and your books? Shh, don’t tell, but I’m a pretty boring person! Married since the age of ten (joking) to one of the last John Wayne types of men left, we dote on our granddaughter and rescue dog. Both bring lots of laughter and joy to us. :) As far as my books? I love to write. I work hard to layer in excitement, danger, passion, mystery…oh, did I mention passion?

Tell us about the Lost and Found, Inc. series? The series is b ased around four friends from college. Men who played football together and became close buddies. After graduation, they went their separate ways, joining different branches of the military. Ten years later, three of them come together to help one of the men’s old flame. She works in Child Protective Services, has uncovered a human trafficking ring, and finds her life in jeopardy. A new private detective agency comes from this reunion. Each book has been written to stand alone, but all the characters wander in and out of each book, so I think reading them in order gives the reader more of an insight. What happened to the fourth friend? I can’t tell you. :) He hasn’t shared his story with me, yet.

The covers are fabulous.  Congratulations on winning best cover at RomCon.  What provides the inspiration for them?  Do you think they reflect the stories well? Thank you!! Meredith Blair gets the credit for my covers. I tell her my vision, and she brings the main character to life. We work hard and long to find the right male and background. No Chance in Hell (the book that won at RomCon) has an important scene set on a lake. Meredith found the perfect picture of a lake not twenty minutes from my home. We even changed the flora used for the background in Cold Day in Hell to reflect the jungle. I try to make my covers give the reader a hint of what’s to come.

How do you decide on the settings? To me, the setting is one of characters, so I spend a lot of time thinking how to make the most of the setting. Does my story idea fit better set in the country or city? Do my characters live in houses or apartments? All of that is decided before I start the book. Then I start my research. There’s a trip to the morgue in The Last Execution, so I researched the Atlanta morgue, studying pictures and reading about the building. Realism, right down to the location, helps the story be believable.

What made you decide to start writing romantic suspense? I love to read, and romantic suspense is my favorite. I love the drama of putting my characters in dire straits. It gives me the opportunity to allow each one to grow, overcome their fears and guilt. I enjoy the fast pace of the romantic suspense.

What’s next on tap for you? I’m finishing the first draft of a new series, Killer Affections. Tentative title is Till Death or Till Death Do Us Part…what do you like best? And then I’ll start the final book of the Lost and Found, Inc series. Buddy helping me write

Dogs or cats? I love all pets. But have to lean to the dog side. Three years ago, we found a 9 pound mixed breed almost dead in our pasture. He’d been bitten on both sides by a bigger dog and had just laid down and quit. We scooped him up and took him to the vet. She patched him up, and we brought him home. He’s a beautiful dog that makes us laugh every day.

Wine or beer? Wine and very little of that. :) I have world class, I think I’m going to die, hangovers. So I limit my intake.

Beach or mountain? Beach! White sand and warm water.

One thing you’d like everyone to know about you? When I get an email or message from a reader who enjoyed my writing, I am over the moon thrilled. It motivates me to try even harder. Or if you want something really personal, I watch every Gerard Butler movie made…doesn’t have to be a good movie as long as he’s in it. :)

Thanks again for taking time to visit with us! It was my pleasure. You were a delight to meet, and I hope we see each other again. Folks can find me at any of these places. Stop by and say hello. http://www.jerriealexander.com – website http://www.twitter.com/jerriealexander https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jerrie-Alexander /121521571355959?ref=hl http://www.goodreads.com/jerriealexander http://pinterest.com/jerriealexander/

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