Monday, February 24, 2014

Mafia Secret Monday - Image 8

A typical law abiding citizen, Lessa sees the inside of a police interrogation room for the first time thanks to her new found family, the Tazios.

 Lessa Noelle grew up never knowing she was the illegitimate daughter of a mafia king pin. After his murder, she finds herself a surprise heiress immersed in the dangerous world of organized crime with only the guidance of Marco Santo her father’s second in command to help her.

Marco searches for her father’s killer and tries to keep the realities of his life from touching her. An uneasy attraction blossoms between the two. An already dangerous situation turns volatile when a killer turns his attention to Lessa.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

#Giveaway & Teaser - An Inner Fire by Jacki Delecki

An Inner Fire (Grayce Walters Series) by Jacki Delecki

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What was the spark or initial idea that started your book? 
I love animals and wanted to incorporate animals into a romance novel. 

What was your favorite part of writing this book? 
Writing Grayce's cross-dressing, best friend James. I had so much fun with his character based on compilation of my friends. 

What is your favorite line from your book? 
Wow, that is a hard one. So so many favorite lines. Funny, touching, dramatic? Let go for touching. Grayce mentor', Dr. Z's, comforting words to Grayce.  "You"ll not be like others who spend many lifetimes resisting the light." Page. 245.

What movie or television show would you say is most like your book in tone, topic, and/or characters? 
My book is such a hybrid. NCIS meets Bird Cage meets the Animal Whisperer.

If your book was made into a movie and you got to design the movie poster, what would the tagline say? 


Grayce Walters, animal acupuncturist, harbors a secret. She hides her intuitive gifts from the world until she becomes embroiled in arson on Seattle’s waterfront.

As a key crime witness, Grayce must convince the attractive, logical, by-the-numbers fire investigator, Ewan Davis, that the fire she witnessed is part of a larger criminal conspiracy. Grayce embarks upon a mission to gather proof of the dangerous threat. She enlists the help of her cross-dressing best friend, her street-wise assistant, and Davis’ poodle, to conduct her own investigation.

As her feelings for Davis shift between white hot passion and cold fear, Grayce must risk exposing her secrets to save Davis’ life. Davis must accept things, he can neither see, nor understand to solve the mystery and finally find the love he has stopped believing in.

With nudges from the protective poodle, Grayce and Davis confront shocking betrayal and international crime on the rain soaked streets of Seattle.

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Descended from a long line of storytellers, Jacki spins adventures filled with mystery, healing and romance.

Jacki’s love affair with the arts began at a young age and inspired her to train as a jazz singer and dancer. She has performed many acting roles with Seattle Opera Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Jacki has set An Inner Fire in Seattle, her long-time home. The city’s unique and colorful locations are a backdrop for her romantic mystery.

Although writing now fills much of her day, she continues to volunteer for Seattle’s Ballet and Opera Companies and leads children’s tours of Pike Street Market. Her volunteer work with Seattle’s homeless shelters influenced one of her main characters in An Inner Fire.

Jacki’s two Golden Labs, Gus and Talley, are her constant companions. Their years of devotion and intuition inspired her to write dogs as main characters alongside her strong heroines.

A geek at heart, Jacki loves superhero movies-- a hero’s battle against insurmountable odds. But her heroines don’t have to wear a unitard to fight injustice and battle for the underdog.

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Grayce sat upright, uncomfortable on the cold metal chair in the fire investigator’s waiting room. The chair creaked each time she shifted her weight.

Today was about facts and only facts.

Lieutenant Davis had been clear on the phone. “I’ll take your statement. Nothing to worry about. Just routine.”

Routine. There was nothing routine about last night’s explosion, and plenty for Grayce to worry about. She came to the lieutenant’s office because she didn’t want last night’s violence to disrupt her animal patients. She refused to allow that stress into her healing space.

“Ma’am? Lieutenant Davis will see you now, third door on the right.”

With the help of three inches from her Jimmy Choos, a birthday present from her best friend, Grayce pulled herself up to a full five feet three.

Why was she worried? She was doing a public service, acting as a witness who had seen a suspect on the wharf, just before the blaze. Her certainty that this man had assaulted Baxter and started the shed fire wouldn’t be mentioned.

She walked down a long white corridor. There was nothing creative about this workplace, although located above an eminent art gallery in Pioneer Square. The energy in the building was contained and functional, just like the lieutenant. From his efficient manner on the phone, she suspected that Lieutenant Davis would have no tolerance for her intuition. Though, who was she kidding, few people would. Her ability to read and heal energy states was hard to explain.

The historic building smelled of years of rain and mold. With each step on the uneven floor, her pantyhose began to slip and sag. She resisted the urge to pull on the damn things—they’d likely be puddled at her knees and feet by the time she got to the lieutenant’s office. She hadn’t worn tights since last year. She hated dressing up. She felt constricted, contained, and crabby.

A mass of black fur, nails clicking, bounded toward her. Shocked to see a dog running free in the fire station, she didn’t notice a gap in the floorboards. Her heel wedged into a crack. The black lab tried to stop, but unable to get traction on the wood floor, slid straight into Grayce’s legs. Grayce teetered then tumbled backward. She looked up into a pair of warm dark eyes. Doggie breath wafted across her face.

“Henny!” A loud voice reverberated in the narrow hallway.

“Oh, you’re in trouble now.” Grayce rubbed the dog’s head, smiling into the soft eyes; then she tried to stand.

The dog placed one of her enormous paws on Grayce’s shoulder and began to lick her face.

“My God, get off,” a man shouted as he strode toward them. From her position on the floor, he looked to be at least seven feet tall. His white shirt pulled tautly across his broad chest and muscular arms, he was a man capable of carrying victims out of a burning building.

Grayce locked stares with the man who towered over her. His face was all angles and planes, like a model out of one of those edgy photo shoots in Nordstrom’s catalogue. An electrifying shiver coursed through her. This man exuded the same controlled power as Samba, the Bengal tiger she had treated at the zoo.


Both Henny and Grayce stiffened.

He pulled the dog by her collar. “I’m sorry. She never disobeys.”

“I seem to have that effect on dogs.” Grayce smiled and straightened her skirt that had hiked up to mid-thigh. She couldn’t help noticing how his eyes trailed over her legs.

“I apologize, ma’am. I’m Lieutenant Ewan Davis, the Fire Investigator you spoke with on the phone. And now you’ve met Henny, usually a well-behaved part of our crew and our accelerant dog.”

He grasped Grayce’s hand to help her up. His giant hand enveloped hers, sending an elemental surge through to her toes. His heat radiated in her palm while she brushed off her skirt.

“It wasn’t Henny. She’s great. It was my darn heels.”

Lieutenant Davis’s gaze dropped to her shoes, then moved back up her legs.

Grayce felt fully exposed as if he saw her as a woman, not a witness. It wasn’t just her Jimmy Choos knocking her off balance.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Teaser and #Giveaway: Cat Got Your Tongue? by Rae Rivers

Cat Got Your Tongue? by Rae Rivers


A billionaire’s life and art collection are at risk. Who better to help than the daughter of a cat burglar?

When art collector Cole Anderson is targeted for his priceless Renoir, he reluctantly employs a bodyguard to upgrade his personal security. Imagine his surprise when she arrives—professional, capable, and sporting a ponytail and a gorgeous smile. Alex Foxley is all woman—sexy, feisty, and intimately familiar with the shady workings of the art underworld thanks to her mother’s connections.

While battling an explosive attraction for each other and thwarting thieves determined to have Cole’s Renoir at any cost, Cole and Alex must work together to protect his life and property—and uncover a secret neither of them knows exists. Will they discover who is behind the deadly conspiracy before it’s too late? Or will passion and lust blind them to what’s right under their noses?

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I’m an avid reader and writer with a passion for writing romance novels. I live in Cape Town, South Africa, with my gorgeous husband, two beautiful children and a zoo of house pets. Besides writing, I love family time, the outdoors, travelling, watching TV series, reading and chocolate.

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“Perhaps we should up your bodyguards to two agents when you attend a more public event?”

Cole’s eyes flickered with amusement. “You think you can’t handle it on your own?”

Mm, she should have expected that from him. “I can handle it, Anderson. Just thinking ahead and trying to be prepared, that’s all.”

“You’re my arm candy with a kick, remember? You can handle me.”

“I can handle the press,” she said softly. “As for you, I’m not so sure.” She’d meant to tease him but to her surprise, she found her words had a ring of truth to them. She wasn’t sure if she could handle him – or the chemistry that sparked between them.

“If you can handle a bullet and a cat burglar, I should be a walk in the park.”

“Bullets and cat burglars are familiar to me. You are an entirely new game.”

“I like games.”

“Why am I not surprised?”

Dark eyes zeroed in on her and he gave her a slow, predatory smile. “Scared?”

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mafia Secret Monday - Image 7

Lessa's new sister, Clarissa, reveals more than she should when she's had a little too much to drink.

 Lessa Noelle grew up never knowing she was the illegitimate daughter of a mafia king pin. After his murder, she finds herself a surprise heiress immersed in the dangerous world of organized crime with only the guidance of Marco Santo her father’s second in command to help her.

Marco searches for her father’s killer and tries to keep the realities of his life from touching her. An uneasy attraction blossoms between the two. An already dangerous situation turns volatile when a killer turns his attention to Lessa.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

#Giveaway & Cover Reveal: Masterpiece of Our Love by Nikki Lynn Barrett

A Masterpiece of Our Love
The Masterpiece Trilogy Book One
By: Nikki Lynn Barrett

Two Lives Torn by tragedy

Eight year old Becca and twelve year old Hunter cling to each other and life after surviving a plane crash which stole their families.

Two Souls Seeking Love

Each year from the time she was old enough to travel on her own, Becca met up with Hunter on the island that altered their lives forever.

Until he stopped showing.

Her constant. Her link to the past. Gone in the blink of an eye.

Two Lives Bound by Secret

Suffering more heartbreak, Hunter returns to the one place he’s always sought comfort.
The island where he and Becca met. The place that stole from him, and in the same instance gave to him. He hasn't been back or spoken to Becca in four years.

Though he’s sure she must hate him for disappearing, Hunter discovers the girl gone, now a woman in her place. Hunter is determined to prove to Becca he isn’t the same twelve year old boy of yesteryear.

But someone isn't happy about their reunion...

Strange things begin happening, letters showing up in their hotel rooms and at home with cryptic messages.

Two Broken Hearts Heal as One.

With the mystery unsolved, Hunter convinces Becca to spend the remainder of the summer back home with him. For safety and to give them a chance to rediscover the adults they’ve now become.

Will love get a chance to blossom or will the past come back and tear the masterpiece of their love apart, once and for all?


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Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She's an avid reader, a
dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade. The Secret Santa Wishing Well is her debut book. You can visit Nikki's site at: for more information. She is working on her next book. Nikki would love to hear from readers. Email her at

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A Masterpiece of Our Love TEASER
Hunter followed Becca inside, taking in the sights of her living space. The walls were a plain dull white, but Becca filled them up with painting after painting. Many of which he'd never seen before.  Right by the patio door set a large easel. A beige sectional took up a good amount of space in the living room.  “It's so homey. Very you.” he continued to look around. Why had he never come to see her and the place before?  “All these know I'm going to have to ask again, why you're not selling these in a gallery somewhere.”
Becca's cheeks reddened again. She faced him, taking his hands in hers. “You really think I should, don't you?”

“Well of course.” He pulled her closer, sliding his arms around her waist. “You just wait. You'll meet people that are going to bow down to your talent. Don't be surprised if you have a few offers.  Then when you're world famous, I can say with pride that I knew you when. That I love the most amazing, talented artist on this planet.” 

Her eyelashes fluttered and she looked down for a second, then flashed her gaze back to him. “Say that again.” She whispered.

“What? That I knew you when?” His lips curved up in a grin. He knew exactly what she meant, but had to mess with her anyway.

She moved from his hold and put a hand on her hip. “Not what I meant.” A smile played at her lips.

“Hmm. You'll have to remind me.” He teased.

“Oooh! You're incorrigible!” When she stomped her foot, he burst into laughter.

Hunter enjoyed the way she acted frustrated when he knew she loved it. “I love you.” He finally whispered, drawing her near to him again. “I love you so much.”