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Review: Just An Illusion EP by Dee Kelly

 

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Just An Illusion – EP (Illusion Series – Book 3)

 

Cover Design: Regina Wamba / Mae I Design and Photography

Release Date: June 21, 2017

synopsis

Lives are turned upside down …

Everything was perfect before life came to a screeching halt

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When devastating loss flips Amelia’s world on its axis, she loses

her spirit. Mel isn’t the only one hurting, though; the members of BAD are also struggling to find their way after that tragic night.

Life goes on …

Amelia’s friends move heaven and earth to help ease her sadn

ess. Knowing she’s on a dangerous precipice, they fight through their own pain to bring her safely to the other side of her grief.

Love can conquer …

Amelia knows bottling up her feelings isn’t helping an

ything. With love at her fingertips, all she has to do is reach for it. Mel’s loved ones desperately hope she can once again find her way to happiness.

Can Amelia overcome her fears to let love in

again, or will she let the weight of that night continue to drown her in sorrow?

Just an Illusion – EP is book three in The Illusion Series

review

 

She warned us. Literally:

Warning – Per the request of The B Side reader group. Please have wine, tissues, and chocolate in hand. I’m pretty sure if you’ve read The B Side this is a given, but I’m my due diligence by extending a warning.

And even after that warning, and having read The B Side and crying my eyes out at the end, she did it again. We let the woman do it to us AGAIN. I read the fist three chapters in sobs, but the tears were bitter sweet as we learned that Mel and the baby survived the bus crash, only to have her world ripped apart again.

Now set two years after the tour ending/bus crash Mel recounts her memories with the help of the band mates that witnessed everything. We are taken into such a deep grasp of emotions, you’ll find yourself not able to breath at times. I knew I could have finished this book in one night (as I have the others) but I had to put it down several times just to process not only what Mel was feeling, but what I was feeling as well. I can relate to one of the death’s of the book, a friend taken too soon, and all those emotions of from the moment I found out she was gone, to the nights crying myself to sleep all came rushing back.

I have to admit something I first considered a flaw (the length of Mel’s recovery) was actually something that readers need and authors need not fear to write. We are reminded of several life lessons, especially no one can tell you how to grieve or when it needs to end.

I normally post coffee cups as ratings but for this one folks you’re gonna need at least three boxes of tissue. #truth

bioDee Kelly was born and raised in Southern California. She is the author of The Acceptance Series and the upcoming Illusion Series. Dee has loved writing since she was a child and used to enjoy spinning stories to her childhood friends and seeing their reactions. Dee is a mom, a wife, a dog lover and a margarita enthusiast. She also loves chocolate, caramel, Starbucks, and sarcasm.

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Review: Just An Illusion Side B

Just An Illusion – The B Side (Illusion Series – Book 2)

Cover Design: Regina Wamba / Mae I Design and Photography

Release Date: March 30, 2017

synopsis

Three life-altering months …   That’s how long it’s been since Amelia Greyson joined the Just an Illusion Tour with Bastards and Dangerous. She’s made new friends, embraced her past, and even found love.   Back on the road …   Following a tragic situation, Amelia is determined to hit the road, put her life in order, and finish the book she was hired to write. Mel’s not the only one affected by what happened; the men of BAD are all trying to move forward, not wanting the past to ruin the remainder of their farewell tour.   Brother vs Brother …   Tensions are high on the Weston brothers’ bus. As each brother settles into their role in Amelia’s life, secrets threaten to rip their relationship to shreds. Can Noah and Sawyer find a way to save the brotherly bond they share? Or will the woman of their dreams end up tearing them apart for good?

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The woman did it again. She done left me in suspense AND crying my eyes out.

When we open the book, we find out that Mel has survived the attack on her and Noah and after holding my breath for a chapter, we find out that Noah survived as well. However, we are immediately stumped by who is giving Mel an ultimatum early in the story. We follow along with Bastards and Dangerous (BAD) as they restart their farewell tour through the memories of Mel as she is writing to finish her inside story on the band.

Mel is reluctant, to say the least, to write but her deadline is quickly approaching and despite what has happened and what it is she must make a decision about (and who will receive the answer) the clock is ticking.

We are immediately caught up in the spell D. Kelly weaves as Mel, documenting the band as faces more deranged fans, personal demons, happiness beyond measure and a tragedy so out of the blue, I had to immediately email her and ask what the hell! Of course, she pled the fifth and said all will be answered in EP, the third and final book of the Just an Illusion trilogy.

If you haven’t read Just an Illusion Side A, get out there and do it now so you can pick up this book, a pack of tissue and tell your loved ones to leave alone until you’re done.

So as Belle would say, till next time Slammers and don’t forget live today as there is no tomorrow xoxo

Just an Illusion – EP is coming June 21, 2017

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bioDee Kelly was born and raised in Southern California. She is the author of The Acceptance Series and the upcoming Illusion Series. Dee has loved writing since she was a child and used to enjoy spinning stories to her childhood friends and seeing their reactions. Dee is a mom, a wife, a dog lover and a margarita enthusiast. She also loves chocolate, caramel, Starbucks, and sarcasm.

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Review: Concealing Fire by Siera London

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Dallas Fire & Rescue firefighter, Kendall Raine goes out of her way to avoid male attention. She’s focused on salvaging her career, and the temporary assignment to Key West’s Historic District Firehouse is just the opportunity she’s been waiting for. Unfortunately for Kendall, her hot as sin teammate threatens her focus and stokes an internal fire she thought long extinguished.

Firefighter and former Marine, Cutler Stevens sees beyond Kendall’s disguise the moment he lays eyes on her. As a former Marine, his fighting days are behind him, but gut instinct tells him this woman could use a champion on her side. Cutler likes his life easy and his women uncomplicated, but attraction and curiosity spark a deep desire to uncover what Kendall is desperately trying to hide.

After mother nature forces them together, they surrender to the burning passion between them. Cutler knows one night with Kendall in his arms will never be enough, even if she won’t admit it.

Just when Kendall accepts Cutler as a permanent part of her life, they are both tested when her past follows her to the southernmost point of the United States. How far will Cutler go when he discovers what Kendall is prepared to do to preserve her newfound freedom? Will their decisions protect their newfound love or unveil a secret that will consume them both?

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WARNING: This novel contains some domestic violence flashbacks, may not be suitable for all readers as my cause triggers. Recommend for ages 18+

I could not stop reading this book once I started it. Siera was able to pull me in from the first few paragraphs and had me wondering what in the world was I going to get into. Kendall shows upconcealing-fire2 for her new assignment in Key West, Florida on the worst possible day. Everyone has hunkered down for a huge storm and unless she wants to spend the next few days in the airport, she’s going to need some help.

Cutler is irritated as all get out that he has to go rescue the new guy, but when he finds out the new man on his crew is actually a woman, his attitude turns around instantly.

Kendall is affected by the instant chemistry as well but has instituted a ‘no men’ policy. She’s just gotten away from her abuse ex and she isn’t ready to lay her heart on the table again.

Siera takes a difficult subject and shows it’s gritty side without going too deeply into details, but giving the reader just to know the hell that Kendall has been knew and why Cutler is the breath of fresh ocean air that she needs (her grandma agrees)!

four-cup-review – read in one day, couldn’t put it down!
bio

Siera London, a former naval officer, is a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of contemporary romance
and romantic suspense. A native Floridian, her love of coastal towns and bustling cities shines through in her sassy and sexy storytelling. Currently, she resides in Southeast Florida with her husband and a color patch tabby named Frie.
She can be found online at http://www.sieralondon.com or on http://www.facebook.com/authorsieralondon.

 

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Transitions

I lost my job last week.

It’s been a rocky year. I wasn’t thrilled with the position change, but once it was done, I cried. I said I had no questions (true, my brain was blank), hung up the phone and cried. I stayed in bed for two days and went to a really dark place, but was able to pull myself out a bit at a time for my boys.

My plan for the moment is to try for disability again and cash out my retirement to buy up on rent and utilities as much as I can. And writing. Well, my plan was to write as much as possible but having been in a funk for the past week, we shall see how that goes.

The re-release of Riders of Sins Eternal has been wonderful and I have recieved great reviews for it. I also reached in the high 1600’s in African American romance, numbers I had never seen before.

My oldest is looking for his first job and I am so proud of him. I know he will do great for whatever he is chosen for.

And oh! Before I forget, I think I trended on Twitter! I have no idea how one ‘trends’ but I’m thinking if you’re name is mentioned more than 50 times in a couple of hours and it keeps going for two plus days, that’s trending right?

Lol, yeah I have a lot to learn!

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Getting Closer

 

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March 11th is just around the corner for me and I am getting SO nervous! This isn’t my first book but I will admit, this is the first one that I have pain staking gone through step by step with editing and proofreading and everything in between. Being an Indie is HARD. No one is going to just going to plop my book on a best sellers list or say ‘Here! Here is hundreds of thousands of dollars! Now you may quit and do this dream full time, plus hire an assistant, pay for advertising, and sit around for accolades and awards. Great job!’

And I guess since I retired the ‘original’ R.O.S.E short stories, I cannot set up a pre-order for the novel. Just another thing I am learning as I go. Therefore, if you are interested in being alerted of release day, please sign up for my newsletter! There may or may not be a little something something for my newsletter readers and I promise I do not spam.

 

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Release Day: Hearts and Daggers Anthology

 

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Authors:
Kimberly Blalock Cassia Brightmore
Skye Callahan heather Dahlgren
Ella emerson Danielle Jamie
Courtney shockey A.M. Willard
 
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Dark Romance
Model: Cassia Brightmore
Cover Design by Cover Me, Darling
Release Date: February 9, 2016
 A little sweet, a little dark just enough to ignite a spark. 
This Valentine’s Day, prepare to have your darkest desires and hottest fantasies realized in one explosive anthology as four dark romance and four contemporary romance authors join forces to bring you eight all new tantalizing tales.
From a deranged stalker to a sweet-talking matchmaker, immerse yourself in this pairing of scorching hot romance and depravity in an action-packed experience certain to satisfy all of your delicious and dark desires.

 

 

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DIRTY by Kimberly Blalock
My name is Oliva Basari. I escaped one hell only to be trapped into another. Darkness and fear seething through my thoughts. I fell in love, I fell in lust… Hell, I just fell. A new city, new job, new persona… In the darkness Tess became real… MY alter ego. The jab of someone or something else building in my gut until she’s all I wanted to become. Never fearing what could happen when remorse knocked on my door. Never fearing the lustful way I stalked them… The ones that couldn’t have me, that couldn’t taste me. Until I met one very, tall, dark, and forbiddingly handsome Mr. Black. He hated me, watched me with darkness in his tormented eyes. He scared me, intimidated me, left me questioning my own sanity. He was the one thing I wouldn’t let myself submit too. The way he touched me. Slid his knuckles across my flesh. But I wasn’t a single woman, I had someone that loved me for who I was or rather had feigned to be. 
In the end, we are all captured souls waiting for release or the claw scrapping escape of our own maniacal thoughts. In the end, we are all prisoners of the flesh.
 
Kblalockangel@gmail.com
 REPENTANCE by Cassia Brightmore
 

 

 Obsession is a passionate emotion. A dark blend of desire and longing; it distorts reality into twisted fantasies. How far would you go to ensure the object of your infatuation is forever in your possession? Former Deputy Sam Ridley is a man plagued by past sins. In his eyes, being sentenced to ten years in prison isn’t punishment enough for his crimes. An unwanted early parole forces him to re-join a society that looks down on him with scorn. Exiling himself to a new town is the only hope he has to escape the ghosts haunting him. Emma Danvers is a woman looking for change. Living a life of privilege has offered her opportunities without challenges. Breaking free of the constraints of family obligation, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Never did she expect to be catapulted into the arms of a man searching for his own new beginning. Two people thrown together in a twist of fate. One running from his past; the other chasing a brighter future. Can they be each other’s salvation? Or will any happiness they find be ripped to shreds by the deadly obsession of another? Redemption comes at a high-staked price no one is willing to pay as the Darkness Series returns for one last mind-blowing trip into the depths of despair. 
 
Warning: This is a dark romance novel not suited for readers under the age of eighteen due to graphic violence and situations.
 
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Email: cassiabrightmore@gmail.com
Website: www.cassiabrightmoreauthor.com
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 INSURMOUNTABLE by Skye Callahan
 
When a slave with no future meets a man with no boundaries, will their heated encounter ignite their lonely hearts or send them down in flames?


They took my life and freedom at the age of sixteen.
my prison
I live in their walks by their rules with the false and deluded hope that one day things will be different. That one day I’ll no longer be merely an object of their perverse fantasies. But deep in my heart I know there is only one end to my nightmare–death.
Until him…
my Master

Some call my home paradise, others know it as hell but it’s the only life I’ve ever known.
My legacy
At the age of ten, I saw my mother’s dead body carried out if our room. The organization became my family, molding and shaking me in their image, but I never forgot the lesson my mother taught me. I only live by their rules to get what I want in return… Her.
My Little Dove

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THE MATCHMAKER by Heather Dahlgren
 
 
 Amanda Thompson is a matchmaker and a damn good one. She’s a huge success in what she does for other people. For her own love life, not so much.
 Davis Hart moves home to help his sister after her divorce. He isn’t looking for romance, but his sister believes differently.   Taking it upon herself to seek out a matchmaker to find it for him.
 Finding love is exactly what Amanda and Davis need without knowing it.  Who knew a date when either were looking for more, could lead to so much?  But what if it’s built on a tiny omission of fact?
Matches can be made, but can they survive the truth?
 
 HEARTS in L.A. by Ella Emerson
 
 
Valentina Sparks was only the biggest author at the Hearts In L.A. author convention, and Carter Jackson would do anything to meet her. As a cover model, he knew his career would be set if he could charm his way onto one of her bestselling books.
Jessica Oliver is excited to be attending the Romance Author Convention in Los Angeles. Things are going just as she planned in her life, and she has everything figured out.
But, one random meeting and Carter and Jessica find themselves exactly where neither of them thought they would be. Infatuated with each other.
With Carter’s obsession with Valentina, and Jessica trying to overcome a life she is terrified of living, will these two souls be able to connect over the Valentine’s weekend?
 
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SAVANNAH’s DESIRE by DANIELLE JAMIE
This Valentine’s Day, escape to the snowy mountains of Aspen, Colorado with your favorite book couple, KAYDEN KNOX and Savannah Livingston-KNOX. It’s been almost two years since they welcomed their twins, Brayden and Colton, into the world. Since that day Savannah and KAYDEN have yet to have a romantic getaway with just the two of them…until now!
Savannah’s birthday and Valentine’s Day will be one she’ll not soon forget. So grab your skis and fuzzy handcuffs because you’re about to board the BEAUMONT jet and set out on an erotic vacation you won’t soon forget.

 

Lost in Shadows by Courtney Shockey
 
 
Love for Jasmine Marlo can be described in one word; Malcolm. Her wonderful fiancé holds her heart in the palm of his hand and always has, but he’s overseas using his MD to help a place in distress. The months he’s away, she fears for his life. She dreams of the perfect Valentine’s Day with him and prays it’ll come true. This story is quite steamy throughout, but also tugs on your heart strings. “Sometimes the outside can be misleading.”
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Instagram @courtneytheauthor 
 
HEARTS IN FLORENCE by A.M. Willard
 
 
It’s not always black and white, nor is it about how much color your canvas has. It comes down to how you can connect with the ones near you, how they can cause your heart to beat faster.
Raven Bloomberg finds herself stuck in Florence, Italy over Valentine’s Day weekend. Not only has her business trip taken a turn, but she finds herself sharing a hotel room with the reason that’s caused her to be stranded. Pushed outside her comfort zone, she decides to let loose and enjoy her weekend. The only problem is; she might have enjoyed it a little too much.
Pierce Ashton has a secret that he’s not ready to share. His love for art and travel has him bouncing from country to country. But, a particular art gallery assistant has him wanting more.

Hearts in Florence is about opening your eyes to see the colors of the world, you never know what else might open up on a weekend of firsts.

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Release Day: SMOTHER by Lindy Zart

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Author: Lindy Zart
Title: Smother
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Blurb:

You won’t like me.
I am not the nice girl.
I am not your friend.
I don’t care about you, but most of all, I don’t care about me.
Go ahead, hate me.
We all have secrets.
I have them as well—dark, terrible secrets.
The only time I can breathe is when I forget.
I need to be numb. You don’t want to know how.
But as long as I can breathe, the past cannot smother me.

Book trailer link:

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Excerpt:

When she reached the door at the back of the shop, Reese tried the doorknob, not really sure if she would find it locked or unlocked because she’d never tried it before. It wasn’t locked. She blinked, surprised that her confrontation wouldn’t be delayed. Then she pounded up the steep carpet of stairs and stared at the white door at the top of them.

Out of breath and heart pounding so hard she felt it through her chest, she raised a fist to the door and went to town, banging all of her frustration into the woodwork. It flew open and the air was knocked from her lungs for another reason entirely. Her mouth went dry and she swayed backward, Leo’s quick grab saving her from a fall down the stairs.

He yanked her into the apartment by the front of her shirt and kicked the door shut behind her. Then he crossed his arms and stared. She was staring as well. Reese had never seen him without his shirt on. She couldn’t pretend it wasn’t a notable sight, or that her body didn’t respond to it. His shoulder muscles alone were impressive, but then there were the cuts to his biceps, the chiseled pecs and abs, all covered in black ink.

Reese tried to swallow and couldn’t. She stared intently at the artwork, wanting to decipher it. She decided she’d need her brain functioning better than it presently was to attempt such a thing. Big muscles were not her thing—she was prone to go for lanky, lean frames. That tidbit was forgotten as her eyes went up and down the tattooed body before her. It was impossible not to appreciate the beauty of it.

Leo was the equivalent of a dark warrior on an unending, unknown quest, regardless that other than the ink that stained his upper body, there was nothing dark about his looks. From his light brown hair to his gray eyes to his pale skin, he should be forgettable, but there was more to him, something that made him stand out. It was an inconsistency, like all of him, and all of her. And the two of them.

“Better be good,” he growled. “Not even eight in the morning.”

“Funny, I pictured you as a person who got up at the first sign of dawn to not be wasteful of any second of daylight.”

“Thought wrong.”

She forced her eyes from his body and up to his light gray eyes instead—the eyes that judged her from the recesses of her mind when she least wanted. She went on the defensive as she remembered why she was here. “I don’t appreciate you having people check up on me. It’s none of your business what I do or don’t do.”

One pale brown eyebrow lifted. “No smoking in the building.”

She sputtered for a bit before she could get words out. “I wasn’t smoking in the stupid building! And if that isn’t the most lame ass answer I’ve ever heard of for trying to justify having me hauled from a party! I was drinking. I’m twenty-four. I can drink. Unless there’s a rule against that too?”

Reese poked a finger against his hard chest and tried not to get distracted by the smoothness of it. “You may own the apartment building I live in, but you don’t own me. Don’t do that again.”

She spun away from him and reached for the doorknob when he said quietly, “If you can’t be responsible for yourself, then you have no right to be upset when others are.”

Stiffening, Reese digested the fact that he’d spoken a full sentence to her for maybe the first time, and then she mulled his words over. It was on the tip of her tongue to tell him he could shove his apartment and this job right up his ass, but then what? Then she would be jobless and homeless once more. Whether she liked it or not, he did have power over her.

Reese’s lips were trembling, but she somehow managed to keep her voice steady as she said, “I’m not your responsibility.”

“Sure about that? Seems like you are.”

In this moment, Reese hated Leo Chavez.

Goodreads TBR Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23657398-smother

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About the author:

Lindy Zart is the USA Today bestselling author of Roomies. She has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two sons, and one cat. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely healthy obsession with the following: coffee, wine, Bloody Marys, and pizza.

You can connect with Lindy at:

Lindyzart@gmail.com

Twitter.com/lindyzart

Facebook.com/lindyzart

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