Sunday, June 17, 2018

Threat of Danger by Dana Marton (Spotlight, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) RBC





Threat of Danger  
Mission Recovery Series Book 2  

by Dana Marton



Blurb:  Falling in love can be a deadly proposition in this pulse-quickening Mission Recovery novel from the New York Times bestselling author.  

Jess Taylor and Derek Daley were in the throes of first love in a small Vermont town when they were kidnapped by a serial killer. They escaped his clutches—but not the trauma of the unsolved crime. With their lives changed forever and their romance cut short, they went their separate ways to exorcise their fears. Jess is living on the edge as Hollywood’s hottest stuntwoman. It’s no longer terror thrumming through her veins. It’s adrenaline. 

Derek is a former Navy SEAL spinning his ordeals into heart-pounding bestselling thrillers. But when Jess is called home on a family emergency, she must face the past—and face the man she left behind, who is just as haunted and, like her, still so much in love. Now, as an old flame reignites, Jess and Derek are taking advantage of second chances and putting their bad memories behind them. But here, in the quiet town of Taylorville, a killer is getting a second chance as well.  



Excerpt:  

Common sense said to walk away. She’d worked hard to make a life for herself in LA that worked for her.



Screw common sense. He stepped forward and reached around her, looped his fingers around her slim wrists, and tugged her hands from her pockets. Then he took those hands and drew her closer to him.



“Derek . . .”



“I wasn’t sure if you’d ever come back.”



“I’m only back temporarily.”



“Is that how you left things with Eliot?” That she’d be going after him soon? His mouth tightened at the thought.



“He had to go. He had meetings scheduled with directors. And new equipment coming in that he has to test and make decisions on before the next shoot.”



When she talked about Eliot, she talked about the business. That gave Derek hope. Sounded like they’d parted as friends and colleagues, not as lovers who couldn’t wait to reunite.



Two and a half weeks left, at the most. He knew her shooting schedule from talking with Zelda. About eighteen days more before Jess had to report to the set. So why in hell was he wasting time?



He dipped his head and brushed his lips over hers. He’d gotten lost once in the Iraqi desert for three days. He hadn’t been as thirsty for water back then as he was now for a taste of Jess.



When she didn’t protest, he pulled her fully into his arms and kissed her.



The point of no return. He needed to find out if things could still work between them. He wanted her, and he could no longer pretend that he didn’t.



Her body was firm, but her lips were soft and silky, as sweet as Zelda’s prizewinning angel food cake. As sweet as the old Jess. Except, this new Jess, she was a woman. She had the power to bring Derek to his knees.



He’d told her that he would give her whatever she needed from him. He hoped she’d figure out that he was what she needed. He was going to have to help her reach that conclusion.



He breathed her in. She smelled like redemption. Like maybe he could have a do-over and get it right this time.



She stood still in the circle of his arms. Undecided. Wary.



Better than a sharp knee in the balls, but Derek wanted more. He nibbled her lips and licked the seam, tasting her.



She tasted like a whole new world opening up. She tasted like the blank page of a book before he’d written the first word, the possibilities limitless.



Was the story of his life written on her heart? Was the story of her life written on his?



Too early to tell. But he wanted to find out. Letter by letter, word by word, sentence by sentence. If only she’d let him.



She did let him in, let him deepen the kiss. Progress, but this was just the opening of her lips, not the opening of her heart. Still, Derek wouldn’t have been a good SEAL if he didn’t grab every advantage, no matter how small. And, really, the kiss could not be called small by any measure.



As he swept into Jess’s mouth, he felt his boundaries expand. Need rushed in, and filled him like water flooding into a torpedoed submarine. He sank onto the seabed of things he always wanted but never believed he could have. Jess’s forgiveness . . . and more.



All these years, he’d thought her forgiveness was all he wanted.



He’d been stupid.



He wanted this. Jess. And he knew in that moment that he was going to do whatever it took to get her and keep her. Eliot couldn’t have her, no matter how handsome he was, or how much they had in common, or how hot women thought it was that the guy was some grandmaster of stunts.



Derek wasn’t going to let Eliot have Jess. He didn’t care if the guy jumped out of a burning helicopter, tied hand and foot, with a ticking bomb in his backpack, and got an Oscar nomination in every single category for the performance.


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Silent Threat  
Mission Recovery Series Book 1
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  About the Author: 
Dana MartonIf you love heart-pounding romantic suspense, books you can sink your teeth into, you'll love New York Times bestselling author Dana Marton's stories. Kirkus Reviews calls her writing “compelling and honest.” RT Book Review Magazine says, “Marton knows what makes a hero…her characters are sure to become reader favorites.” Her writing has been acclaimed by critics, called, “gripping,” “intense and chilling,” “full of action,” “a thrilling adventure,” and wholeheartedly recommended to readers. Dana is the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Readers’ Choice Award, and the RITA Award, the highest industry award for romance.

Beyond being a bestselling author of romantic thrillers, Dana also writes a popular fantasy romance series: Hardstorm Saga. Book 1, RELUCTANT CONCUBINE, spent 6 weeks at #1 on Amazon's fantasy romance list.


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Saturday, June 16, 2018

True by Ann Everett (spotlight, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) RBC ADULT title



A Bluebird, Texas Romance

by Ann Everett



  About True: Sometimes it takes losing everything… True Shanahan must be the unluckiest woman in the world. Either that or she’s cursed. After another failed relationship, True leaves Dallas with a broken heart and new attitude. It’s time to walk on the wild side. But when she makes a wrong turn and ends up in Bluebird, Texas, the only man she wants is anything but reckless. …to find all you’ve ever wanted. Ritter Malone is the town’s favorite son and has the local hero awards to prove it. Seems he’s always in the right place at the right time. But when he crosses paths with True, his life takes a turn he never sees coming. Her songwriting skills may be questionable, but her ability to turn him inside out is indisputable. Welcome to Bluebird, Texas. Where a chance meeting gives two people a chance at love.  

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About the Author:
Award winning author, Ann Everett embraces her small town upbringing and thinks Texans are some of the funniest people on earth. When speaking to writing groups, businesses, book clubs, and non-profit organizations, she incorporates her special brand of wit, making her programs on marketing, self-publishing, and the benefits of laughter, informative and fun.








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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Getaway by Maureen Brady (Spotlight, excerpt, and review) PUYB










GETAWAY
by Maureen Brady


Publisher: Bacon Press Books
Pages: 230
Genre: Women’s Fiction
$14.99 (paperback) $8.99 (kindle)



 
After stabbing her abusive husband and leaving him dying on the kitchen floor, Cookie Wagner flees to remote Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. For a moment, she seems to have gotten away with murder. But, consigned to a secretive life with a new name and the need to be on constant alert, she faces all she has not gotten away with. She is helped by the recently widowed Mrs. Biddle, who offers her a place to stay, and the lobster fisherman Butch, who gives her a job and later falls in love with her. Walking the cliffs and beaches, taking in the scruffy windblown plants that survive the buffeting wind by growing at an angle, she begins to heal.

Yet, there is no leaving behind the notion that Warren is dead as the result of her action.
Or is he? And if not, will he one day come to find her?




Sexual harassment and abuse are all over the news these days, often involving celebrites and other well-known figures, but Cookie, the protagonist of Getaway, is no celebrity. She’s an ordinary woman married to a working class guy who drinks too much and resorts to violence. Their story reveals how endemic the phenomenon of abuse is, and the quandary Cookie lands in when she fights back.



Praise for Getaway

“Sensitive, sensual, and stirring. Getaway is a true page-turner, but one with heart and with context. I couldn’t put it down until I got to the end, not just to find out what happened, but also to discover who these intriguing and complex characters would develop into. An extremely satisfying read!”

Danielle Ofri, author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear, Editor-in-Chief, Bellevue Literary Review.



Cookie dove between the tall grasses, jarred with adrenalin. In the gloom, she could barely make out the blue cottage on the other side of the lake, but her eyes clung to it desperately. It was up for sale and she thought, unoccupied. Maybe if she bushwhacked around the lake and found her way there without being seen, she’d be able to hide behind it.

The air sparkled. Everything around her seemed to vibrate with too much life. When a bullfrog glugged in the reeds, she jumped, stood still, then made herself get moving again. This was no time to try to understand what she had done.

She inched along the shoreline, her feet sinking into the mud.

Her foot slipped off a root and twisted painfully. Damn weak ankle, she muttered, working it before she pushed on.

A three-quarter moon came up to light the way a bit, but it was getting cold. She stopped to put on her windbreaker, the one thing she’d managed to grab from the hook by the door. A good thing she had, even though it was a bright aqua, too colorful for someone
who wanted not to be seen.

Squatting, she buried her face in her hands. Her stomach roiled and she thought she might throw up. My God, Warren, why did you have to come after me like that?

She was struck by the sound of twigs breaking underfoot. A bear or a coyote? Someone coming after her? That got her moving again, making low, humming noises to keep whatever it was at bay.

When she finally came out to the clearing, she scooted through tall tufts of grass in front of the blue cottage and crept around back.

The building blocked the moonlight as she huddled against the cinderblock cellar wall, her arms wrapped around her legs, her feet wet and freezing. She stared into the night as the fireflies spit tiny patches of light before flickering out.

As she adjusted to the dark, she noticed a hump a few feet away, a rounded Bilco cellar door. She stood and lifted the handle.

Detecting a little give, she lifted again, hard, and one side came up. Three steps down, there was a wooden door. It, too, had been left unlocked, so the knob turned and she was in.

She sunk to the cellar floor and wrapped her windbreaker around her wet pant legs but couldn’t stop her teeth from chattering. Trying to still her jaw only made her whole arm shake. She remembered once as a child when her teeth had rattled on this way. It had been fear, not cold that time her father had raised his large square hand but stopped just short of slapping her across the face.

When she finally found the remains of a matchbook in her pocket, the first match she struck crumbled. She stood up and struck another. The light flared up shockingly fast and extinguished itself before she’d seen a thing. She caught a glimpse of a stairway, which she shuffled toward, hands out ahead of her, searching for a light switch.

In the flare of the last match, she spotted a worktable under the stairs. Patting along its surface, she touched something soft and squishy, almost like human skin. She jumped back, horrified.

Gathering her courage, she reached out again but she must have turned when she jumped back because, where the squishy thing had been, there was nothing, not even the bench. She made a quarter turn and reached out again. Still nothing! At least it wasn’t the squishy thing, but where the hell was she and what was that anyway?








Though Maureen Brady wrote the humor column of her junior high school newspaper, she didn’t actually comprehend that she was a writer until after she had moved to New York City in her twenties, where she began taking writing workshops at The New School and then fell headlong into the consciousness raising groups of the early 1970’s.

She published her first novel, Give Me Your Good Ear, in 1979, and it was published by The Women’s Press in England in 1981. Her novel, Folly, was excerpted in Southern Exposure, received wide critical acclaim, was nominated by Adrienne Rich for an ALA Gay Book Award and was reprinted as a classic by The Feminist Press. She published a collection of short stories, The Question She Put to Herself, in 1987, then turned to writing nonfiction in the ’90’s, publishing Daybreak: Meditations for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Midlife: Meditations for Women. She returned to fiction with the novel, Ginger’s Fire, and her most recent novel, Getaway.

Her recent work has appeared in Sinister Wisdom, Bellevue Literary Review; Just Like A Girl; Cabbage and Bones: Irish American Women’s Fiction, Mom, In the Family, and Intersections: An Anthology of Banff Writers. Brady’s essays and stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and were finalists for the Katherine Anne Porter Fiction Prize and the Nelsen Algren Short Story contest.

An Adjunct Assistant Professor, she teaches creative writing at New York University and New York Writers Workshop @ the Jewish Community Center, and works as a free-lance editor and tutor, helping writers across the spectrum take their writing to the next stage.

A co-founder of Spinsters Ink, Brady edited such books as The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde and The Woman Who Breathes Fire by Kitty Tsui. She also served as a panelist for The New York State Council on the Arts Literature Program and as a fiction judge for Oregon Literary Arts. She is a founding member of The New York Writers Workshop and has long served as Board President of Money for Women Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.

She has received grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts Writer-in-Residence; New York State Council on the Arts CAPS grant; Holding Our Own; Briarcombe Foundation; and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship to The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland. She was the winner of the Saints and Sinners short story contest for 2015 and is also a Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame winner.

She lives in New York City and Woodstock with her long term partner, Martha, and their joy dog, Bessie.

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My review:



4.5 stars

“Getaway” by Maureen Brady follows Cookie Wagner as she finally fights back against her abusive husband. Her flight takes her to Canada and a new way of life, but she fears her newfound freedom will be cut short at any time so she can’t plan for the future, just live one day at a time.

This contemporary women’s fiction story is both thought-provoking and entertaining. The author’s voice allows the reader to experience the shock and challenge of dealing with the pressure and repercussions of an abusive relationship. The frantic journey north and the struggle to blend into a tightly knit small community and learn a new way of life are vividly depicted. Those who are concerned with such should be aware that there are multiple points of view that come and go in places and a couple of dangling threads that didn’t get tied up completely, but the overall story is compelling and I love the message of acceptance that permeates the story. Serious life challenges are explored and tension is kept throughout the story even as a gentle romance develops. I was on tenterhooks until the end and invested in Cookie’s journey and enjoyed watching her relationships develop.


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Monday, June 11, 2018

To Catch A Thief by Nan Dixon (VNBtM, guest post, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY)



I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post by author Nan Dixon and I'm delighted to find out her answer to my question...
What do you do to mentor others?


ND: Thank you for having me on your blog!


I love this question! In all the companies and industries in my former careers, writing has been the one where the generosity of published authors has impressed me the most. Authors truly believe in paying it forward. As an unpublished writer, I was so lucky to have an experienced critique group helped me learn the craft of writing. And published authors in my RWA chapter gave generously of their time and offered to critique my work. And I can’t forget all the wonderful judges in RWA contests who took the time to review contest submissions and leave helpful feedback I feel honored to be able to pay it forward now, since so many people helped me become a published author.

The first way I gave back was starting to judge RWA contests. It takes a lot of time, but I have had some lovely notes thanking me for my comments. And I’ve met wonderful writers through my critiques.

I have also created a workshop to help people craft elevator pitches for conferences and have posted these on my RWA chapter website and for the Golden Network Chapter. I have an open offer to listen to any of my chapter mates pitches before they go to conferences and have helped craft successful pitches in my room and at the swimming pool. Plus I challenge my chapter mates to get more requests than the normal pitch sessions. I loved it when one of my chapter mates came up crowing that she’d pitched her book in the coffee line in San Diego!

I really believe in the value of the Golden Heart so last year I volunteered to review any Golden Heart submissions for my RWA chapter. Three chapter mates took me up on this offer. (I was in 4 different Golden Heart classes and they are my tribes!) After reviewing their submissions, I developed a Deep POV workshop for my chapter to help improve writing craft.
This year, I am mentoring one of the new Golden Heart finalist via a program that the Golden Network Chapter has set up. It is so exciting to be able to help her leverage her final and help her get her manuscript in front of agents and editors.

I truly believe that the better we make our industry the more books we all will sell!



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GENRE: Contemporary



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BLURB:



What would you do for your family?



When Carolina Castillo’s once vivacious mother becomes ill, she gives up her singing dreams and comes home to Savannah. She’d do anything for her Mamá, even work at Fitzgerald House for the family she should have been part of. She’d even steal.



Carolina’s decisions make perfect sense until she comes up against the immovable rock that is gorgeous FBI agent Sage Cornell. The honorable cop sees the world in black-and-white. He would never understand the difficult choices she’s had to make, the secrets she’s been forced to keep close. And he could never love a woman like her. Or could he?

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EXCERPT





A woman with gorgeous black hair had her head down on her arms. Beyond her was a small bench. Sage passed behind her, not wanting to disturb her nap.



Shoving her chair back, she slammed it into him. He went down like a roped calf.



“Oh, my God!” the woman cried.



His head rang. Pain stabbed behind his eyes.



“Are you okay?” She snatched his hand, trying to pull him to his feet.



“Wait.” He would fall over or faint if he moved too soon. “Wait.”



She crouched next to him. “I didn’t mean to knock you down.”



“S’okay.” He took deep breaths. “I just need…”



“What? How can I help?”



He tried to get his feet under him but stumbled.



“Let me.” She supported his elbow.



He clawed his way to his feet and finally looked at the woman who’d knocked him down like he was a bowling pin.



She was beautiful. Her dark blue eyes looked almost black and her skin was a luscious golden-olive color. And her hair? Black, curly and long enough to play peekaboo with her breasts. He swiped at his chin to make sure he wasn’t drooling.



“I’m so sorry.” She led him to the chair she’d abandoned. “I wasn’t paying any attention.”



“I thought you were sleeping.” A shard of pain slammed into him. He grasped his head and couldn’t contain the groan.



“You hurt your head.” Her fingers explored his skull.



The bump she was going to find was old, but her touch was cool and soothing.



“Is this the spot?” she asked.



“Yeah, but you didn’t cause it.” He swallowed back the nausea that always accompanied his headaches. “I was hurt a—” he couldn’t remember how long ago he’d been hurt “—while ago. I get headaches.”



“So does my mother.” She kneaded his shoulders, working her fingers up the tendons of his neck. “Does this help?”



“Yes.” He groaned. “That’s…good.”

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Award winning author Nan Dixon spent her formative years as an actress, singer, dancer and competitive golfer. But the need to eat had her studying accounting in college. Unfortunately, being a successful financial executive didn’t feed her passion to perform. When the pharmaceutical company she worked for was purchased, Nan got the chance of a lifetime—the opportunity to pursue a writing career.  She’s a five-time Golden Heart® finalist, lives in the Midwest and is active in her local RWA chapter and on the board of a dance company. She has five children, three sons-in-law, two granddaughters, one grandson and one neurotic cat. 











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Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Billionaire's Club (A limited edition collection of Billionaire Romances) RBC ADULT titles





The Billionaire’s Club
A Limited-Edition Collection of Billionaire Romances
Including Stories from Nicole Morgan, Krista Ames, Jan Springer, Robin Michaela, Madison Michael, Lita Lawson, Nikky Kaye, Diana Bocco, Kris Jayne




About The Billionaire's Club: High stakes, risk takers, and power-wielding billionaires. This set will take you on a ride of romance, seduction, and games of wealth and fortune. Find out what happens when these powerful men meet their match.


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Stealing the Billionaire’s Heart   

by Robin Michaela  

Blurb: A jilted bride’s best revenge is finding a better man. Lyra Bretton is stunned when she’s abandoned at the altar. Figuring the best way to get over one man is to get under another one, she combs the luxurious Las Vegas resort where she was to be married, intent on spending her almost-wedding night with the sexiest man she can find. Billionaire womanizer, Nicolas Sebastian, is tempted by the beautiful bride’s shocking proposal. The workaholic COO of the family hotel chain can’t deny his attraction to the woman who should be weeping in her room instead of shredding her wedding gown in his lounge. Their chemistry is explosive, but Nicolas has been burned before. He’ll never commit his heart because he learned years ago that women are only interested in his wallet.  Their Vegas fling soon turns into something neither of them can control. But, when they travel to his lavish property in Italy, money goes missing and expensive jewelry turns up in Lyra’s possession, putting their fragile future in jeopardy. Unless they can find a way to trust again, they risk losing each other forever.  

Excerpt:  

Lyra drew his attention by uncrossing her legs and sliding off the barstool. She wobbled slightly before slipping one arm around his shoulders for balance, then self-consciously used her other hand to pull what was left of her gown down to cover her thighs. 

He automatically reached out, settling his arm around her waist to steady her.  

“Do you want me, Nick?” she asked. Her eyes grew round as she cupped his cheek.

 “Without a doubt.”  

“Show me how much.” 

He rose from the stool to tower above her. 

Lyra’s hand slid from his shoulders, trailing down his chest and across his abs, which clenched in reflex. She leaned into him and he bent his head, touching his mouth to hers in a feather-light kiss.  

When his lips met hers, though, his brain shut down and his body took over. She tasted like whiskey, of course, but there was another, subtle flavor underlying it that his foggy mind could only describe as woman. The potent combination of her taste and the tempting curves of her body against his made him want to drag her off to his penthouse. Lyra yielded to the pressure of his mouth, opening for him with a low moan that made him feel like he was going to self-combust. 

Heat surged through his body as he settled his hands on her hips and shifted to bring her more fully against his body. His erection hardened painfully when she made a small noise in the back of her throat and ground her belly against his groin. He was dimly aware of someone clearing their throat behind him. He ignored it in favor of dipping his tongue between her sweet lips.  

The sound came again, this time more insistently. “Sir. Excuse me, sir….” 

Nicolas broke the kiss. He raised his head and traced her lips with his thumb while staring into Lyra’s eyes, pleased that their sapphire color had darkened to cobalt. Her skin was flushed and dewy as she looked at him from beneath lowered eyelashes. She looked so tempting he could have ravished her right there on the bar without thinking twice about it. Damn it, he was going to have kill the person who’d interrupted them. 


Author Bio: Robin Michaela has been reading romances since her teen years, when she first snuck her aunt’s copy of The Flame and the Flower, by Kathleen Woodiwiss. She’s married to her own Handsome Prince (a military airman) and has lived everywhere from the sunny shores of Florida to the wild crags of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. She currently resides in the Deep South. By day, she’s a dental hygienist and by night, Robin can be found eating chocolate, training for her next half marathon, and crafting her next novel (although not necessarily in that order). Robin’s stories have been called “a simply delicious escape”. Sparks fly and desire sizzles when her irresistible heroines challenge the men of their dreams.  

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Dex: The Spencer Family Saga 1 

by Nicole Morgan  

When you’re a Spencer, sometimes the price can be higher than you’re willing to pay. 
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Playing with His Heart 
by Krista Ames

Will playing with his heart break hers?  

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The Billionaire Boyfriend 
by Jan Springer  

Lily finds pleasure in the arms of two sexy billionaires.

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Desire & Dessert: A B&B Billionaire Romance 


by Madison Michael  

Can they forge a business merger and a personal one too?  

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Ice 
by Lita Lawson 

Diamonds. Billionaires. Who knew working undercover would be so sexy.  

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The Billion Heir 
by Nikky Kaye  

Welcome to the first meeting of the Billionaire Book Club—because even the wealthy need help to read between the lines.  

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LUKE: a Forbidden Lust novella 
by Diana Bocco  

Losing it all might just be worth it.  

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Snowbound Siren 
by Kris Jayne  

A seduction. A secret. A steamy, snowbound adventure.  

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