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The Wedding Vow Is an RT Book Reviews Top Pick!

My upcoming release, The Wedding Vow, was awarded 4 1/2 stars and designated a “Top Pick” in the latest issue of RT Book Reviews magazine! Here’s the review from the magazine’s October 2014 edition: Connelly’s second Save the Date novel is an emotionally complex, captivating and daring story that succeeds on every level. From a fairly straightforward premise, Connelly pens a heartfelt study of her characters and explores how the power of love can set them free, often in the most unexpected ways. The plot is not as direct as readers might anticipate, but allows them the chance to uncover all of the layers of this unforgettable couple.

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New Release: Reluctantly Royal by Nichole Chase + Giveaway!

Reluctantly Royal by Nichole Chase Series: Suddenly #3 Release Date: August 26th, 2014 Pages: 384 Goodreads: Add to your bookshelf Buy Now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Indiebound | Kobo Maxwell Jameson Trevor, prince of Lilaria, hates his royal role. Despising the limelight, he takes solace in his art studio and steers clear of any drama. But when one of the newly discovered royals passes away, Maxwell’s brother Alex asks him to break the news to the old man’s granddaughter. Though he hates to be the bearer of doom and gloom, he doesn’t want the poor girl to find out from the tabloids. For Maxwell knows all too well how devastating that could be. Coming from a broken home and modest background, newly ordained Lady Meredith Thysmer has seized her chance to make a better life for herself and her son. She’s not afraid to use her...

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Review of TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP (Deadly Games #4) by Lena Diaz

"My name is Devlin. But given our current ... predicament ... you can call me Devil." - Devlin Buchanan Take the Key and Lock Her Up A Deadly Games Thriller Author: Lena Diaz Publisher: Avon Impulse Release Date: August 5th, 2014 Source: publisher for review Purchase Links: Amazon - B&N - iTunes Add to Goodreads Lena Diaz returns with another sexy, thrilling Deadly Games novel and the darkest question of all: What do you do when your freedom could cost you your life? Detective Emily O'Malley just stumbled upon a killer's lair—and the remains of a woman he kept locked away for years. But this killer isn't done yet. More women are missing, and all clues point to Devlin Buchanan—the man who seems to know just a little too much. Emily's instincts are rarely wrong, and now they're telling her this sexy, mysterious man is hiding something big … As a...

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Review & Giveaway: Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Heroes Are My Weakness By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips Releasing August 26th, 2014 Avon Romance Blurb New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips is back with a delightful novel filled with her sassy wit and dazzling charm The dead of winter. An isolated island off the coast of Maine. A man. A woman. A sinister house looming over the sea ... He's a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs. But she's not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they're trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes. It's going to be...

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"Flashes of Me" By: Cynthia Sax Review

Flashes of Me By: Cynthia Sax Synopsis Henley, the head of cyber security at Blaine Technologies, is a man no one crosses. He watches employees constantly, using his network of cameras, and enforces his rules by any means possible. Rumors of his violent past, along with his scarred hands and huge size, have resulted in his being feared by everyone … almost everyone. Katalina, the new intern, worries about the revelation of her most painful secret much more than she fears her sexy boss's wrath. She sees the loneliness in his dark eyes, feels the gentleness in his marred fingers, tastes the need in his kisses … and she knows he watches her. His silly rules about not stripping for the cameras and no sex at the office are destined to be broken. Kat likes to be watched. Henley can't look away. Will this beauty be able to tame her...

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Excerpt & Giveaway: Nightingale by Cathy Maxwell

Nightingale By: Cathy Maxwell Releasing August 26th, 2014 Avon: Impulse Blurb Fate has brought them together -again. At one time, Jemma had meant the world to Dane Pendleton, but then she betrayed their young love by marrying another for his title and fortune. Now Time has turned the tables. Dane is wealthy, respected, knighted and the widowed Jemma has nothing but her pride. His honor for hers . . . Dane’s name is on the lips of every beauty in London. They whisper he learned “tricks” while he was in the Orient. But has he forgotten Jemma, now Lady Mosby, and what they had once meant to each other? And will he accept her devil’s bargain? In every woman’s life, there is that one love who slipped away. The man who makes her wonder “what if?” But is this a momentary madness or a chance to rekindle a love that...

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Feature and Giveaway: Hard To Hold On To by Laura Kaye

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. Purchase: | Amazon | Kindle | B&N | Check out the Hard Ink series:    The room was huge. All cement floors, brick walls, and exposed beams, and filled...

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Time For A Slow Burn

Sinful Rewards is a 12 novella serial, approximately 1,200 pages or three 400 page novels. When Avon Impulse approached me about this exciting novella per month idea, I was THRILLED. I could finally tell one of the huge stories I have rattling around my brain. Of course, I wanted to write a love triangle. Love triangles require quite a few pages. If the heroine changes her mind from one man to the other and perhaps back again too quickly, she appears flaky, unable to maintain a lasting relationship. But I also wanted to write the friendship to love emotional arc. Yes, Hawke falls in insta-lust, having the hots for Bee, our heroine, immediately. That’s exciting and sexy and happens quite often in both erotic romances and life. Nicolas, our mysterious billionaire, however, has a more cautious personality. He doesn’t trust easily and he doesn’t move quickly. He takes years, sometimes...

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An Interview & a Milkshake With Laura Kaye

by Laura Kaye Series: Published by Avon, Harper Collins Genres: contemporary, Military Heroes, New Adult, Romance, Steamy Source: Author   Putting it simply, Laura Kaye is one of my favorite authors.  Her writing is accessible ( meaning I can relate to her stories and characters) and she is just really nice. So, I had the opportunity to send her a few questions as part of her current cyber-tour for her new novella in the Hard Ink series HARD TO HOLD ON TO. I am sure you will be as impressed with Laura as I have been.         Hi Laura, Hello! And thanks for having me back to your awesome blog, Steph! Laura, thanks for stopping into my virtual library. I know you’re getting into fitness lately — can I whip up a smoothie for you? What’s your favorite? Or would you prefer something else – my blender...

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Book Review: YOU HAD ME AT HELLO by Mhairi McFarlane

Title: You Had Me At Hello Author: Mhairi McFarlane Publisher: HarperCollins Release Date: November 8, 2012 Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Rating: 5 out of 5 stars From the book: What happens when the one that got away comes back? Find out in this sparkling debut from Mhairi McFarlane: ‘Think of the great duos of history. We're just like them.’ ‘You mean like Kylie and Jason? Torvill and Dean? Sonny and Cher? ’ ‘I think you’ve missed the point, Rachel.’  Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away. They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And...

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