(Release Blitz) Endure by S.E. Hall #endure

Title: Endure
Author: S.E. Hall
Series: The Evolve Series
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: November 24

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Our vessel may have cracks and dings, tatters in its sail, and sometimes takes on water… but it still cuts through the waves with authority.

Because of its Crew – bonded for life.


Will this be our final voyage… or just the beginning of a new chapter in our lives.


Endure, the fourth book in the Amazon Best Selling Evolve Series by S.E. Hall, can be read following Emerge, Embrace, Entangled (novella) and Entice.

Strong sexual content – mature audiences recommended.


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“Jesus Christ, Sawyer! Why is your dick out?” I screech louder than I mean to, but not a complete overreaction, seeing as how Sawyer’s semi is out and looming over Bennett like a heat-seeking missile. You know, because we didn’t already have enough going on.

“What the fuck?” Dane too asks him, head turned away from Sawyer’s junk on display.

“Dude, you gotta pee on a jellyfish sting. Everybody just stand back, I got this. I piss excellence.” Sawyer takes his chub in one hand, widens his stance and is all but urinating on Bennett when Evan has the good sense to step in.

“I’m sure you do, but put your cock away, Dr. Dumbass. It’s not a jellyfish sting. See those little quills sticking out of her foot?” Evan points. “She stepped on a Sea Urchin. No amount of your excellent piss will help. But thanks for scaring off the crowd, gives us more room to work.”


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S.E. Hall

S.E. Hall, lover of all things anticipation and romance, is the author of The Evolve Series: Emerge, Embrace, Entangled, Entice, Baby Mama Drama and now, Endure! She’s also written the Finally Found novels Pretty Instinct and Pretty Remedy. Her co-written works include The Provocative Professions Collection: Stirred Up, Packaged and Handled, One Naughty Night and the standalone, full-length novel Matched with Angela Graham as well as Conspire, a romantic suspense with Erin Noelle.

S.E. resides in Arkansas with her husband of 19 years and 3 daughters of the home. When not writing or reading, she can be found “enthusiastically cheering” on one of her girls’ softball games.

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(Release Blitz) A Night like No Other by Kristen Vayden

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Title: A Night Like No Other: The True Love Story of Mary and Joseph
Author: Kristin Vayden
Genre: Christmas Romance Novella
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing

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What if…
The greatest love started with the greatest love story?
What if…
It was more than just a cold, arranged marriage?
What if…
Joseph had adored Mary all his life, but never thought himself worthy?
What if…
Mary thought that Joseph could never see her as more than Caleb’s little sister?
What if …
It was nothing like you thought you knew…

A child.
Not his.
Heart broken, rejection burning through him, eating him alive Joseph faces the only option available. Divorce. Though the thought alone is worse than death.

Alone, everyone convinced you’re a liar and carrying another man’s child.
Sent away, rejected by the only one you’ve ever loved.
Mary grasps onto the truth that no one else believes…

A love like no other.
But like all truly incredible things, it was fought for, bled for, a love desperate enough to sacrifice everything for the hope of something greater.
Someone Greater.
God kindled a romance that would be legendary…that would defy any obstacle in it’s path.
Leading to the birth of the Savior of the World, on A Night Like No Other…


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“Yeah, I guess I’ll…” She took a step back, a deep blush growing on her face.

Say something!

“I—” He cleared his throat. He was going to take a risk and pray it didn’t destroy their friendship. He couldn’t lose that, it was the only piece of her he could claim. But the chance at more than friendship? He’d risk it every time. “I’m glad you aren’t interested in Micah. He’s a great guy it’s just that he’s not…” He paused and rubbed the back of his neck.

“He’s not?” Mary paused and turned toward him, her eyes glowing with an emotion he didn’t dare evaluate.

“He’s not… me,” he finished, sealing his fate.

Mary’s eyes widened.

His heart stopped.

Then she smiled.

His heart made up for lost time and pounded forcefully, almost painfully.

Could it be?

Dare he imagine?

“You’re right,” Mary murmured, glancing down to her dress and smoothing it before meeting his gaze once more. “He’s not you.”

“Mary,” Joseph whispered, speaking her name with the reverence she deserved. She smiled gently. Unable to resist the invitation her smile presented, he took a few steps toward her. Reaching out, he slowly grasped her hand, the sensation at once intensely powerful and utterly comforting. Slowly, he allowed himself the pleasure of tracing her fingers before lacing them through his. His heart beat wildly with the awareness that he was touching her, his sweet Mary.

Deeply, he gazed into her eyes, filling himself on the acceptance, on the hope in her expression. As she raised her dainty hand, he closed his eyes. When she placed it on the side of his face, her warmth seeped into his soul, breathing life into him.

Her loving fingers gently caressed his cheek, and he memorized the sensation, committing it to the forefront of his memory. Opening his eyes, he learned by heart the soft curve of her cheeks, the perfect bow of her lips, the dark lashes framing her expressive eyes. Swallowing, he leaned forward and rested his forehead against hers.

She sighed.

Then she began to giggle.

He leaned back, furrowing his brow. “What exactly do you think is funny about this? I’ll have you know I’ve lived in terror for the past three and a half years.” He reached out and tugged lightly on the dark strand of hair that had escaped her braid.

“You? You have lived in fear? What do you think I have endured? After all, you’re older. You could have married long ago!” She leaned back and shoved his arm in a teasing manner.


Heaven above, Mary was flirting with him.

He could die a happy man.

“I think…” He chuckled, reaching out and grasping her hand, tugging her in closer. “That it’s safe to say we’ve both been tortured enough.”

“Agreed. However…” She tilted her head slightly, a grin breaking through her expression. “What do you plan to do about it? Hmm?” She tapped his nose slightly.

More than anything, Joseph wanted to lean in and taste the sweetness of her lips, but he couldn’t.

He had one chance to have her; he’d not ruin it by moving too quick, by letting his desire overrule his honor.

Mary deserved more.

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(Cover Reveal) Close Love by Zoe Adams

Title: Close Love
Series: The Billionaires Club #2
Author: Zoe Adams
Genre: Adult Romance
Release Date: December 2015

Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Cover Designer: Robin of Wicked by Design

At nineteen, Lady Steele’s whole life is planned. The problem is—it’s not her plan…

Lady’s wealthy family is legendary in the fashion industry, but she wants to escape their control and succeed on her own—so she runs away. When she stops for gas in a small town, she suddenly realizes she can’t use her credit cards, leaving her with no idea what to do next.

Del Ericson doesn’t know what to make of the petite brunette in a sequined dress…

Del’s a farmer who loves the quiet life of his small town. When he runs into distraught Lady at the local gas station, he knows right away she doesn’t belong in the country. Lending a helping hand, he pays for her gas. But when he realizes she really has nowhere to go, he offers her a safe place to stay.

But her family isn’t going to let her go without a fight…

She never expected to fall for anyone, much less a farmer, but she’s never been happier. When her family insists that she return to her legacy and take over the family business, Lady puts her foot down and insists she can be successful right where she is.

However, when Lady realizes that the fashion world has it own corrupt set of rules that will force you to conform or force you out of the industry all together, she has a decision to make.

Royce Blackwater is a billionaire businessman who’s not afraid to break the rules…

He seeks Lady out and makes her an offer that comes at just the right time. Or does it. Royce never offers something for nothing, and this offer comes with strings attached. It requires trading one freedom for another.
Will Lady give up her new found happiness without a fight?

Or will Royce Blackwater take what he wants, regardless of the consequences…

“Lady, you’re right. There’s something to fear from everyone. Especially me. If you’re in danger then it’s because I’m going to spoil you. It’ll make the choice of staying together very easy. Every girl in this city will be jealous of you. And every man will wish they were me.”Lady looked at him in disbelief.Del continued his efforts to soothe her. “You knew there’d be some sort of problem with the money and your inheritance.”

Zoe Adams currently resides in Hawaii. She was born the fifth of eight children in the Midwest. A big family and a family store gave a lot of human interaction and work experience at a very young age.
Her mother gave a love for books, paper, pens, and any other creative mediums. Her father instilled work ethic for making, repairing, or polishing things until they shine. There was a lot of competition in the large family and she learned how to tell a good story with few words.Some days she can be found at the beach or kayaking with her husband and partner of twelve years. They have no children but are perfectly content to spoil a dog. On other days, Zoe writes in a fictional world where love rules and romance is mandatory.




(Blog Tour) Wild in Paradise by Leslie Pike

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Date: November 11, 2015


A movie set is a great place to test one’s endurance for temptations.  They’re all there for the taking. A person can get away with their indulgences. For Finn Kennedy, Father Paul Cruz and Esme Scott, things are about to get very tempting.

Finn Kennedy is flying high, after his hit comeback film. He’s slayed his personal dragons, and with his Irish good looks and penchant for play, he’s catnip to women. For Finn, there’s no reason to settle on one, when there are so many to be sampled.
Father Paul Cruz is burned out from his years as the Catholic chaplain at San Quentin. He’s been a priest for all of his adult life, and he’s questioning that choice. Father Paul has never enjoyed the less cerebral pleasures of life. A sabbatical is what he needs. When best friend Finn is cast in a film about a Jesuit priest, he gets Father Paul hired on as a consultant. His world is about to be rocked.

Esme Scott’s a young woman running from an abusive husband. She’s on her own for the first time, and trying to make her way. When she gets a job as the Wardrobe assistant on the film, she discovers just what she’s been missing, personally, professionally and sexually. And she finds out just how much it takes, to correct past mistakes.

Beautiful Park City, Utah is the setting for Wild In Paradise, the second book in the Paradise Series.


They say luck is a lady. I think they’re right. Women have given me second chances before, chances I didn’t deserve. Lady Luck was no different. She resurrected this Irish soul from the ashes of my bad de- cisions. This limousine that I’m comfortably cocooned in confirms it’s so.
A decade ago my pass at fame had slipped through my fingers. I had a minor role in one hit movie, which by some miracle became a cult classic. I had ten lines at most, but people connected with me. I was the fireman who rescued the ingénue. My one close-up and the line, “Give me your hand, darlin’ and I’ll take it from there,” was remembered. Then it all went bad.
I’d had a brief ride on the carousel and reached for the brass ring, only to feel the metal brush my fingertips as I moved by in a haze of tequila and cocaine. Noticed by few, then quickly forgotten, I had become a footnote in Hollywood’s history book and a fading image on a few reels of celluloid.
What a fool I’d been. I became a regular in the “Whatever Happened To?” articles, where they would compare my looks in before and after photos. The com- parison was not good. I not only lost my career and my dignity, but I lost my wife. Bliss finally got tired of liv- ing with a husband who was frequently too stoned or hammered to know whose bed he was in. Any attempt at trying to get me to stop drinking and using was met with contempt. I didn’t deserve Bliss. After a time, she came to agree with me completely.
The day she walked out I felt a pivot. The seat of my reason nudging at me, like a finger poking me in the chest. I kept using and drinking myself stupid for a few months, but it was never as satisfying. I kept chasing the high, but I couldn’t catch the same intoxication. I became aware of the lesser man I had become. Conscience is the most effective buzz kill.
Then I began tallying up the costs of my addictions. You can’t ignore your own thoughts. I couldn’t, anyway. My better self was disgusted and let me know on a regu- lar basis. Every day I’d wish that asshole would shut the fuck up. But he was unforgiving. And in the end, I saw the truth. As good as drunk is, it always ends in thirst.
Now, by life’s artfully twisted itinerary, Bliss and I find ourselves friends. She in love and engaged to Steven French, a man I’ve come to respect, and me six years so- ber and enjoying another go around on the carousel. And rightfully, satisfyingly single. Life can be such a grand unpredictable bitch. So tonight this limousine is more than a ride. It’s a magic carpet, carrying me back to a place I’ve missed, a place I belong. I got another chance. This time I’m not going to piss away the opportunity.
I pull out my cell to check my messages. Seventeen missed calls and six texts. Ironic, to think a few years back I’d go days without a call. The only name that con- sistently popped up was my coke dealer, Grandma, as listed on my phone. If someone had read my recent calls back then, they’d have thought I was the best bloody grandson in the world. I scan the list of names. Carl is the only one I’m looking for. I always return my dad’s calls, no matter the hour. He’s alone, but not interested in leaving his Bay Area home of forty years, to come live with me. Moving to Los Angeles is not an option as far as he’s concerned. We’ve had that conversation many times.


BLISS NOVAK has a great life. She’s happy,
beautiful and financially secure. What more could she want?

Fortune has smiled on STEVEN FRENCH too.
Handsome, talented and sexy, the stuntman has it all. At least that’s what he
believes until he meets Bliss.

When a movie production comes to Pacific Grove,
these two are drawn together in a passionate romance. Their love creates their
personal Garden of Eden.

But there’s only one thing wrong with the Garden
of Eden….there’s always a snake.


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“Baby, what’s that you’ve got there for me?” BB asks. Her expression shows surprise.
“A Jacobs Ladder. Ever seen one?” he asks.
“Let me show you.”
Finn takes his hands and slowly drops his pants to
reveal the first three rings piercing each side of his cock. BB takes her hand away to get a clear view.
“Damn, man. How am I going to keep playing cards, now that I know what’s waiting?” Her throaty laughter ups the heat that’s already sizzling.
“No more cards. I want to fuck you, and you’re not going to stop me,” says Finn. He looks down at his cock. “Here’s your full house.”
He keeps dropping his pants, an inch every five sec- onds or so. He’s teasing BB, building her arousal. I’ve got to admit it’s impressive. Thick and long. Just the fact he had the balls to pierce his dick says a lot. Now he’s com- pletely exposed.
“These are for your pleasure, darlin’. Each little ring rubbing against your lips, then inside your pussy. Give me your hand.”
He takes her hand and wraps it around his hard cock. I can see the desire on her face. Her mouth opens, just a bit. He starts pumping in her hand, as if she’s jacking him off.
“See how that feels on your hand? Now just imagine it inside you.”
As BB stays focused on Finn’s cock, I see him signal me to get up and join them. Oh boy. Here we go. Might as well, because my cock is waiting to be freed. I need a little liquid courage. I grab the tequila bottle, take a swig, and bring the bottle with me. I come up close behind BB, my cock pressed hard against her ass. I trickle the te- quila over her shoulders and down the front of her thin T-shirt. Finn catches some in his mouth as he licks her. As soon as the liquid and Finn’s tongue hits her nipples, they become erect. They stick out a good inch from her small breasts. She stops playing with Finn, for just a mo- ment, and looks over her shoulder to me. “Suck them,” she says barely above a whisper.
When Finn hears this, he quickly takes her hand from his cock, then turns her around so she’s facing me. His hands expertly move around her waist and down the front of her shorts. She jumps a bit.
“No panties? And smooth as a virgin. Aren’t youthe bad girl,” he says. It’s not a question, but a statement of fact.
He unbuttons and unzips her shorts. He kneels behind her and roughly pulls the shorts to the ground. I lift the shirt above her head, and now she stands naked before us. I’m not sure where to start, because I’m stunned by my new definition of beauty. Female. The word takes on a new meaning.
She puts a hand behind my head and brings her mouth to my ear. Her warm breath creates a chill down my spine, with a quick stop at my balls.
“I need to feel your tongue on my nipples. Please,” she says.
There’s no possible way my cock could be any harder. I bring my mouth to her breasts and suck on her tequi- la-splashed breasts. Her nipples are rock hard. My other hand goes between her legs. It’s an unbelievably natu- ral motion. No teacher needed. It’s innate. She’s smooth shaven and her pussy lips are incredibly soft. I use my finger to part her and lift my middle finger inside. It’s warm and moist, and I can feel her muscles squeeze my finger in response. Oh Jesus, I have no idea where Finn is or what he’s doing back there. I only know I’ve found my new favorite thing. And I haven’t even fucked her yet. BB’s moaning now, and that only makes me hotter.
“Let’s move to the floor,” Finn says.
We move to the green comforter. BB kneels down. “Come here, Finn. Let a girl taste what she has coming.”
He stands before her. She takes his pants down and off. And now his cock is close enough to her face to lick. There are six piercings on each side, on the underside from base to tip. She starts licking and sucking. Finn steadies himself with one hand on the fireplace mantel. Meanwhile, I realize I’m the only one still dressed. So I do what must be done. I take off my shirt and pants, and come up behind her. I straddle her kneeling legs. I want to surprise her. Standing, my cock reaches the top of the back of her head. I tap it against her. Surprise.
She slowly pulls her mouth from Finn’s dick. You know in a horror movie when the young girl senses the monster’s standing behind her? That’s what this mo- ment reminds me of. She freezes. She remains facing him though. She reaches over and behind her head, and with both hands finds my cock.
“Holy shit, Paul,” she says.
Finn’s getting close, I know, but he knows this is a big moment for me. So he pulls back and makes a sug- gestion to BB.
“Let me get you wet, darlin’. Then you can take on the “sledge hammer”.
BB isn’t protesting. She looks a little apprehensive, but at the same time excited. Finn proceeds to direct our little scene.
“Paul, get on your back. BB’s going to suck that thing. Don’t choke her.”
Leslie Pike lives in Laguna Niguel, California,
with her husband Don, and Pom-Poo Mr. Big. Before writing her novel, Leslie
worked as a screenwriter on episodic television. She has traveled the world
with her Stuntman/Stunt Coordinator/Director husband, on movie sets from Africa
to Israel, from New York to Los Angeles. Some of her favorite things include
calligraphy, long walks with her friends, and enjoying delicious food that
other people have cooked!
The Trouble With Eden is Leslie’s debut novel.


(Release Blitz) Hooked by Carrie Thomas

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Title: Hooked
Author: Carrie Thomas
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing



Millie Diamond is your typical high school senior. She has great parents, a younger brother, and two best friends who round out her better than average life. Her future is planned out, thanks to her police officer father, who strictly enforces the rules with a firm, but loving hand. Millie is a kind-hearted soul and proper daughter who respects her dad’s authority…until she meets a mysterious new student who stirs emotions in her she’s never felt before.

A drug deal gone bad in South Boston, leaves Cash Davis’ mother no choice but to move him to Tennessee. His life hasn’t been easy, but Cash is tough, and plans on making his future better than his past. Those plans include keeping his head down and finishing high school… but nothing ever comes easy for Cash. His connection with Millie surprises him, and as hard as he tries, he can’t stay away from her.

Millie’s dad arresting him before their first date is definitely not ideal for Cash, and it causes friction between Millie and her parents. Can Millie convince her parents that Cash is the guy for her? Will she still want to after secrets from his past are revealed?


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He knelt in front of me. While brushing my tears away with his thumb he said, “Baby, please don’t cry. This was another reason I didn’t want you involved because I don’t want you upset. Shh. Please, I don’t like seeing you like this.”

“I’m sorry, but I’m scared for you. Will you please talk to my dad?” He stared at me a good long minute with his hands still on either side of my face.

“Mil, I don’t want your dad involved either. He already doesn’t think I’m good enough for you. I think it’s just best if I handle this on my own.” I was seeing red at his words. We were perfect for each other. The only problem we ever had was him trying to handle things on his own and not letting me help.

“You know what? You’re selfish!” I was livid. “I love you, and I’m worried sick over this, and your answer is once again, to just let you handle this on your own?”

“I’ve told you about it, so I’m not keeping it from you. I’m asking you to trust me.”

“Don’t patronize me, Cash. I do trust you, I don’t trust them. I’m supposed to, what? Walk around and act like everything is okay, especially now that I know they know where you are.” I wiped my eyes with the back of my hand.

He hung his head. “All right, I can’t stand this anymore. I don’t want to hurt you, so let’s just get through homecoming, and I’ll talk to your dad, okay? I want to concentrate on you and me tonight. I have a surprise for you, and I don’t want to ruin it with all of this crap from my past.” I felt relieved by his words. At least he was listening to reason.

“Okay, I can deal with that.” He brought both of us to our feet and hugged me close.

“Millie, I love you more than anything in the world. I never want to see you as sad as I just did. I don’t want to hurt you.”

“I don’t want to hurt you, either.” I smiled up at him so he wouldn’t feel so bad. “Now go get in the shower and get dressed so we can go to the dance because I want my surprise. You know how impatient I am.” I smacked his bottom.

“That’s not a very nice thing to do to me as I’m heading for a shower. Now I’ll have to take a cold one.” He grinned, showing me his dimples. He knew his dirty thoughts would annoy me.

“Is that all you think about?” He raised one brow and started to reply, but I quickly covered his mouth with my hand. “Never mind. I already know the answer to that. Just go.”

Just before he walked into the bathroom, he called my name. “I don’t think I got to tell you how incredible you look tonight. I was speechless when I first saw you.”

I blushed. Standing in his small hallway, I’d never felt more special. “Thank you. Now hurry up. Wait… will you at least give me a hint about my surprise?”

“Come here.”

Just as I made it over to him, he wrapped his arms around me and picked me up. I was eye-level with him now that my feet were off the ground. I fondled his hair just above his collar as he nibbled on my ear. He soon kissed down my neck only stopping just above my collarbone.

“Well?” I asked curiously, “Are you going to give me a hint or not?”

“No. I just wanted to make out with you for a minute because I knew you wouldn’t let me do it at the dance.”

I narrowed my eyes at him. “You little sneak. Maybe since you got your chance here, I’ll just have to hold out on our make out sessions for a while.”

“You couldn’t do it, sweetheart. I can’t blame you, though, it’d be tough.”

“Do I feel a wager coming on here?” I asked, knowing I would win.

“It ain’t that serious,” he said, nonchalantly.

“Oh, I think it is. I need an ego boost, and I think winning a bet would do wonders, don’t you?” I was still stranded mid-air, chest to chest with him.

He kissed my lips softly. “I don’t think so, and you’re right. I wouldn’t last a day.”

“I guess as long as we both know who would win, I can live with it.” I squeezed him tight and patted his back. “All right, chop, chop! I’m ready for my surprise.”

He chuckled, setting me back on the ground. “Maybe I’ll have to start having more surprises for you. I like watching you squirm.”

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Praise For Hooked

Author Carrie Thomas is to our teenage daughters as what Judy Blume was to me…to us really. Judy Blume in some aspects was that mother, that sister and THAT friend that I could turn to when life just seemed too complicated. If you have a teenage daughter or a sister who is in high school (junior high even), this is the book that she needs to read.

As a parent, I wish that this book was out when my girls were teenagers. I not only would have bought them a copy but I would have bought all their friends a copy…..but honestly, it’s not just for teenage girls. It’s for you as well.

~ Valley Girl Gone Country Blog

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About The Author

Carrie Thomas

Carrie Thomas is the author of young adult and new adult romances. When she’s not writing or reading, you can find her traveling the U.S. or stalking her favorite bands. She lives in the South with her husband and two sons. Aside from traveling, any time spent with her family she considers a good day. She’s a firm believer that book lovers should stick together.

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(Release Blitz) Unloved by K.D. Wood

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Title: Unloved
Author: K.D. Wood
Genre: Paranormal, New Adult
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing

Red sky over a rocky seashore. Sunset landscape.


The kid wasn’t supposed to be real.
Back home, after her ordeal in New Zealand with Andrew, Neely McIntire has convinced herself the awful memories she cannot seem to shake are nothing more than bad dreams. But, when the picture of a child that could be her clone lands in her mailbox, everything she has fought to regain starts to crumble.

Even with the extra support from Hayden’s brother, Nathan, Neely is ready to break under the pressure that seems to be coming from all sides. Hayden wants to move their relationship to the next level. The Tribal Guard is stalking her. Worst of all, Andrew’s mother, Margarette, has given Neely an ultimatum: deliver her monster as promised or put everyone Neely loves at risk…starting with Hayden.

Drowning in secrets, Neely must convince Andrew to help her save the people she loves. But when Andrew introduces her to the child, Neely’s resolve wavers. Will she be able to sacrifice a child wearing her face? Or will she make the choice to save someone she never expected to love?

**This is the second of 3 books, it’s recommended that they be read in order to fully enjoy the experience of the story**


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July, one year later

ANDREW HAD PURPOSELY CHOSEN THE HEAVYWEIGHT, padded envelope for this letter. A familiar ominous sensation squeezed his ribs tighter as he glanced in the rearview mirror at the child asleep in the car seat. This time, the band of tension around his ribs tightened with something new. Panic.

“I’m doing this for him. Lucas needs her,” he whispered to the face in the mirror, but that guy didn’t seem to believe the words. “Okay, so I need her too,” he admitted.

The phone screen went dark and hid the email from Masa. His warning that The Guard would be coming for them turned Andrew’s stomach sour.

As he opened the door the night air, heavy with brine, swirled into the car. He’d waited until midnight so no one would see. Now the building wasn’t just deserted, but full of a darkness that held secrets and fear. For his son, he’d walk through hell before giving up any chance to keep him safe. The car door clicked softly closed, and the lights flashed when he pressed the LOCK button on the key fob. Thankfully, Lucas didn’t stir.

The paper and Windex smell of the post office curdled his dinner. His stomach rolled with nausea, which caused sweat to bead on his forehead. His shoes squeaked louder with each step across the lobby’s slick tiles. As he opened the mail slot, it produced a startling squeal sounding enough like a scream that his heart thumped harder against his ribs. Half the envelope hung in the dark void but he couldn’t let go. Releasing the letter held wonderful and horrible possibilities. He swiped at the fresh goosebumps that crawled up the back of his neck, now slick with cold sweat.

Will this hurt her more?

He’d already taken so much from Neely, all while professing love. Will this be one more on my very long list of sins?

The clouds covering the moon’s face swirled into wisps of mist, and moonlight brightened the room. He glanced over his shoulder as light splashed onto the car’s black paint and reflected silver. Beams spilled through the back glass and leached the brilliant red and gold away to transform the child’s hair into a white cloud of curls. Lucas slept on soundly, safe, close, perfectly adorable, and so much like her.

“My son needs his mother,” Andrew whispered, as the envelope hit with a thud against the bottom of the chute. “And I need Neely’s help.”

The shore road’s lights became a blurred stream of neon pinks and yellows on the drive home. Carrying Lucas into the house and tucking him into bed left Andrew with too much time to think about what he’d done.

He walked out onto the deck, closed his eyes, and inhaled. The salty air instantly energized his muscles and caressed that other side of his nature.

“I hope this is the right decision,” he whispered to the stars. The creation story his grandmother had told him came flooding back and his heart grew heavier with the memory of her warm smile.

“Somewhere in all that dark sky and water The Mother and The Father are parted,” Gran had whispered to him in the dark. “They are destined to forever mourn the loss of each other, giving the world light now at the cost of their separation.”

“Sacrifice,” he said softly as the echo of waves slapping the sand bounced off the house.

Will that be my fate?

He missed Gran terribly on nights like this. She’d been the only person in the world with the power to talk sense into his mother during his childhood. Gran had rescued him so many times from Margarette’s wild schemes.

How different would my life be now if she’d lived? But my Gran is dead, and now it’s my responsibility to keep Lucas safe from the real monster, his grandmother, Margarette.

A cold shiver ran down his spine at the thought of Margarette getting her hands on his son. He glanced toward the play of lights reflected by the nightlight onto the bedroom window and smiled. His phone buzzed against his thigh with another email. The bubble of peace he’d worked so hard to create for Lucas cracked a little more. His smile turned into a hard pinch of muscles in his face. There’s absolutely nothing I won’t do for Lucas.

He’d never anticipated what his desires might cost him when it had only been Neely’s love he wanted. Now the price he might have to pay for having fallen in love with her suddenly seemed very high. Especially every time Masa sent a new warning. His emails always came as kind of a shock. He’d known Masa his whole life as a family friend and never guessed he’d been so much more to Margarette. And now to him. Masa had shown more unconditional love as his biological father over the last year than Margarette ever had as his mother.

Andrew shoved his hands into his pockets and stepped off the deck onto the cooling sand. He stripped down to skin and sighed as the water covered his ankles. The moon hung heavy and full over the water. A trail of silver light glittered on the surface and called to that hidden part of his every cell. Energy from the crashing waves thrummed under his skin the deeper he walked into the water. Refueling, renewing, and soothing his soul with each lap against his body. Blessed Mother knows I need all the help I can get now. He thanked The Earth Mother and Tangaroa with a silent prayer for the sea’s gift as his head disappeared under the waves and he hoped that somewhere in all those stars and midnight, Gran might be proud of the man he’d been trying so hard to become.

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K.D. Wood lives in north Mississippi with her family and a very spoiled White Waug. She creates love stories and smokin’ southern erotica, but not your mama’s happy ever after. She’s a consumer of chocolate but not spiders and is completely composed of liquid awesome. When not in her office pounding the keys she can be found under a snuggly blanket, cup of Donut Shop close by, with her nose in a book.

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