Blog Tour

Hoje teve início uma Blog Tour da comunidade hispânica de fans de Sylvain Reynard.

Não sei se sabem, mas esta comunidade ainda não tem os livros todos traduzidos no seu idioma. Ainda não podem ler a série Florentina completa.

Nós, leitores portugueses somos uns sortudos.

Por isso gostava de partilhar convosco as intervenções dos bloggers e do próprio escritor durante esta semana.

Feliz semana para todos

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Cover Reveal: STAND by A.L. Jackson

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A Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel
Coming May 22nd

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Models: Tyler Halligan & Madelyn DeSantis

From NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson comes the next seductive, unforgettable Bleeding Stars Stand-Alone Novel…

Zachary Kennedy has never been known as a fighter, but he’ll never regret fighting for her…

I’m Zee Kennedy.
Quiet. Reserved. Predictable.
When my brother died, everyone thought I was just the good guy who stepped up to take his place in the band.

No one knew what I was hiding. The one thing I’ve been fighting for.

For six years, I’ve never lost focus.

Not until one chance encounter with Alexis Kensington.

Now she’s become my greatest temptation.
I knew better than to touch her, but now that I’ve had a taste, I can’t get enough.
Her kiss becomes my air. Her body my salvation.

She needed a savior and somehow she became mine.

Taking her was a betrayal. But keeping her means risking everything.
One look at Alexis Kensington, and I know she’s worth the fight.
Will my past continue to keep me down or will I finally find the strength to pull myself up and Stand…

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Cover Reveal of​ What the Heart Wants, An Opposites Attract Anthology

What the Heart Wants

An Opposites Attract Anthology

from the authors of Enchanted Publications
Genre: Contemporary Romance Anthology

Release Date: May 10, 2017

All proceeds go to benefit the Terry Foundation


She’s a rebel. He follows the rules.

He’s a romantic. She doesn’t have time for hearts and flowers.
Sometimes opposites attract.
Sometimes love doesn’t make sense.
But you know what they say:
The heart wants…
What the heart wants.
 
 

 

Ball Out by Jami Denise
Boone Walker spent most of his life on the back of a horse. As a retired rodeo star, he traded the circuit for a quiet life on his family’s ranch. He has no interest in love or the complications relationships bring with them.

Until he lays eyes on the quirky, beautiful woman at the local coffee shop.

Paisley Stone lives the life of a gypsy. When her van breaks down in the town of Red River, she feels trapped like a caged animal. But after a few months of small town life, it starts to feel like home.
 
Even more so when she serves coffee to the moody, ruggedly handsome Boone.

She can’t help but hope he’ll throw a lasso around her heart, and Boone knows that Paisley will be the hardest creature he’s ever had to wrangle.
 

 

Drive Me Crazy by T.M. Franklin
Ben’s a straight-laced college student who always does what’s expected. But when Lilli, a free-spirited musician, gets into his Uber one Friday night, nothing will be the same.
She’s bright and loud and challenges everything about him. Ben hates it. Except that, for some reason, he doesn’t.
And when Lilli keeps tumbling into his passenger seat after a string of increasingly horrible blind dates, he can’t help wondering if fate may be trying to tell him something.
They have nothing in common, but Ben’s done playing it safe. He thinks Lilli might be the one he’s been waiting for . . . if he can only convince her to try one last first date.
 

 

Gotcha by Lindsey Gray
The Romance Reassignment Bureau puts right what Fate has wronged. Ben Rigby and his team are the best agents in the business. They are forced to examine their true purpose in the matters of love and destiny, when they receive a double assignment for the same night.

After the wrong halves of each couple meet by accident, can Ben, his team, or even Fate stop these opposites from attracting?
 
 
Holiday by Jiffy Kate
Meg Williams decides going abroad alone is what she needs to get out of her current funk. But a bathroom door with no lock and a hankering for coffee when there’s only tea, just might make her solo trip turn into an adventure for two.
 
This is a holiday she’ll never forget.
 

 

Everleigh by Jennifer Locklear
A clinical and ambitious surgeon destined to become one of his generation’s best doctors.
 
An intuitive and compassionate practitioner determined to improve the lives of her patients.
 
He repairs broken bodies.  She heals broken souls.
 
Neurosurgery is his soul mate.  Can she be content with being his mistress?
 

 

Meet-Cute by Sydney Logan
Meet-Cute: When boy meets girl in a way that’s considered adorable, awkward, or amusing.
Screenwriter Britt Daniels is the queen of the meet-cute. From mixed-up cappuccinos at coffee shops to awkwardly intercepted text messages, Britt creates the perfect first meeting for rom-com movie characters.
Unfortunately for Britt, life doesn’t imitate art.
Or does it?
Hollywood heartthrob Luke Taylor is fed up with demanding divas and spoiled brats. He’s looking for someone simple. Someone sweet.
Someone like Britt Daniels.
When he learns that Britt has a strict no-dating policy when it comes to actors, Luke takes it as a personal challenge.
Unfortunately for him, Britt’s immune to his big blue eyes and trademark charm.
Luke realizes it’s going to take more than Hollywood glitz and glamour to win Britt’s heart. He needs to be sincere. He needs to get creative.
He needs the cutest meet-cute of all.
 
 
Love Wanted by Jeanne McDonald
WANTED:
An athletic, confident, visually stimulating man who will end up being yet another heartbreaking disappointment.

Xtine McCoy believes in true love. Soul mates. The one. However, the one never seems to be the guy she chooses. Tired of watching Xtine being kicked around by her romantic whims, her friends take matters into their own hands and force her to date outside her comfort zone.
 
On paper, Sherman Campbell appears to be everything she’s been looking for. He’s funny, kind, smart, and titillating. The perfect man. That is, until they meet. Caught up by her own preconceived notions of a romantic hero, Xtine struggles to see past the court jester for the knightly prince.

Can Sherman help Xtine find the true love she seeks or will he prove to her once and for all that all men, no matter the type, are the same?
 

 

Heart Strings by Melanie Moreland
A young executive. A street-wise musician.
Two worlds that never should intersect.
Until they do.
Charlotte Preston is tired of the world she inhabits. Her life consists of meetings, deadlines, and budgets. She is surrounded by chaos—stuck in a job she hates, and a life that is slowly killing her. The only thing that brings her happiness and peace is him.
Montgomery Logan is the voice that soothes her at the end of the day. He’s the stranger with the whiskey-colored eyes whose music is the balm to her weary soul.
They never speak. At least not with words.
Until one day things change.
Can their worlds combine? Can they see past their differences for the people they are within? Or will they forever be defined by outward appearance?
 
 
The Years Between Us by Ayden K. Morgen
All she wanted was for him to be her first kiss. Instead, he may just be her first heartbreak…
 
Logan Redfield is everything Hope Tollison is not: legal, gorgeous, and more than a little wild. Sixteen-year-old Hope wants him anyway. She has since the very first moment she tripped and fell into his arms. Unfortunately for her, Logan refuses to cross that line. Instead, he keeps them firmly entrenched in the friend zone.
 
Hope waits for him anyway, eager for the day she’s finally old enough to take that kiss.
 
What she doesn’t know might just destroy her though…
 
Falling for a teenager was never part of Logan’s plans. He’s too old and too messed up for a sweet girl like Hope. But when he finds himself falling for her anyway, he’s forced to do whatever it takes to ignore the way he feels for the one girl he shouldn’t want. Even if that means making her hate him for the rest of her life.
 
After all, letting her go is the only honorable thing to do.
 
At least that’s what Logan believes… right up until he loses the only future worth fighting for: one with Hope. Now he has to lay it all on the line and convince her to set aside the years between them and trust him with her heart one final time.

Can he do it, or has he broken her beyond repair?
 
A Still Life by Jo Richardson
Charlotte Sweets has it all. Parents that are still married, great SAT scores, friends, sports, and highly sought after A.P. grades.  
 
Heath Gooding is just a kid from the wrong side of the river, satisfied that he makes it through each day without getting killed. His goals include living until he’s twenty, and saving up enough money to get out of the Rapids alive.
 
When Charlotte’s school visits Heath’s side of town for a volunteer project, the two of them cross paths and find that maybe they aren’t as happy with the status quo as they once thought.
 
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Jodi Ellen Malpas

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‘A lingering idea that I just couldn’t ignore.’ – Jodi Ellen Malpas

Jodi Ellen Malpas wrote her debut series, The This Man Trilogy, in secret, worried about what people might think if they knew what her imagination was capable of. She was shocked herself. But she finally found the courage to unleash her creative streak and self-published THIS MAN – the first book of the This Man Trilogy – in October 2012.

She took a chance on a story with a hero who soon became one of modern day fictions most prolific alpha male characters.

Jesse Ward – also affectionately known as The Lord of The Manor, sparked incredible reactions from women across the globe and catapulted Jodi into the world of women’s fiction. With so much love and enthusiasm from her readers, and a thirst for more of her words, Jodi suddenly wasn’t afraid of her imagination anymore. She went on to write The One Night Trilogy with the delectable and mysterious Miller Hart, and stole the hearts of her readers once again. She’s now a proud #1 New York Times bestselling author – all six of her published novels having hit the New York Times best sellers list – as well as a Sunday Times bestseller and international best seller. Her work is published in over 20 languages across the world.

Jodi was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse & mojito addict, and has a terrible weak spot for Alpha Males.

Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers

My Reviews:

This Man (This Man, #1)This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well I have some questions to ask crazy Jesse if Ava doesn’t in the second book! Come on girl, talk!

I can’t believe some girl at twenty six or so would love a stalker, a control freak, a liar, an impossible man, just for his looks, ok sure he is a sex bomb!

God or not he would scared me, or made me laugh…seriously! I either had to laugh or smack him hard and run!

Where are the pills Ava, if I was 26 I’ll be pissed if I didn’t find them and use a condom instead, pregnancy alert your way full speed!

Ava’s work; to meet people or clients she has to do some work before, right? Know their history, but she doesn’t… Ava are you blind?

This girl has been manipulated, controlled, lied to repeatedly.
Ask him the things you want, he saw every corner of you used every bit and you still only ask his age?

I like Jesse’s story and I know he is fucked up, I know there’s much to learn about him,let’s hope she wants to know more too, but at this time Ava doesn’t have a clue of what to do, I’m hoping she grows in time, on the 2nd book!

Beneath This Man (This Man, #2)Beneath This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jesse is an impossible man! He is controlling, a stalker, so arrogant, unbelievable unreasonable, crazy … going insane.

Something drives him, to be like that…

Has an obsessive personality, not that it would be the only excuse for him, he seems broken. He believes Ava is the only one who can save him, but then he runs to Sarah?… Needs physical pain to wash away all the problems?

Still lying, not talking about it, doesn’t think she needs to know ? Doesn’t like Ava’s swearing? I think he does !

Cheating, deceiving… the pills again… the drinking issue… who turns to another woman in the time of need … but think Ava is the one?

And Ava please grow up… frustrating girl wanting to be a woman. I can’t seem to like her more in this book …I just wanted to strangle her… 🙂

Maybe she’s insane like Jesse and forgives him because she doesn’t know anything else… towards the end she tries to get straight in to his mind, playing the same game, made me like her a little more but still isn’t enough. Let’s see I’m curious for the 3rd book!

And the countdown! ****

I had a few good laughs of how this was so f… up!

Ohhh and the rowing machine! That, I liked! 🙂 Made me read that scene more than once!

Last , thinking of all the others characters, I really like John!
He is the only normal… “S’all good!”

This Man Confessed (This Man, #3)This Man Confessed by Jodi Ellen Malpas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll write something when I’m ready… Well I liked a lot!

October first 2016 , I think I’ll never be ready hahaha

Today:

It’s really hard to review without spoilers for this one!

All I can say is I liked it a lot!

Jesse is one of a kind!

You have to read it!

I recommend this series ❤


Promised (One Night, #1)

Promised by Jodi Ellen Malpas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Prologue was a little off and annoying, we are left second guessing for a while, what this was all about and it dragged for a bit, but we get there! We start to know Livy and her actions, understanding something about her, her mother’s past and Livy’s issues with men.

She sounded desperate to hide but then she jumps straight on, with M a (mystery) man she just met, a little weird, don’t you think? She wants to feel alive, she needs to take that risk, when with him, exploring, but at the same time she runs away at the first obstacle she encounters… insecure and a little childish…keeps apologizing her life with the situation of taking care of her Nan and not becoming her mother…

Nan was a funny lady and her 80% gay friend too!

It starts as an arrangement, this can never end well, we are talking about feelings, not transactions, but this couple doesn’t know this simple fact yet and with a lot of sensual scenes, yes, chemistry between them? Didn’t felt that, I think it was forced, but they both needed a distraction and they were going to learn hard, either way.

Livy jumps into a new thing… M. M was a little hard to like. Controlling , compulsive, possessive, stalker in a creepy way, no emotion what so ever, he never smiled. He act like he owned her, that grab her neck almost hurting thing… stressful… his poker face… and the way he talked, he spoke like he was older and very repetitive, was annoying me! As you wish my a**!

“I’ll never hurt you, I will worship you for 24 hours…” A man all about manners, but only to himself… Didn’t like his personality, he was correcting everything about her like he was better… There are some alphas and there’s M… he did know how to pleasure slowly though, but that’s all, we kind of forget about that with his coldness.

We found out a lot more about M when the book it’s almost over, I saw that coming but never expect that aggressive end… and Jody please! You’ve done it! I want to know more and now I have to wait for the second book!

I’m not quite finish with you, Miller!
But I love Jesse Ward!

One Night: DeniedOne Night: Denied by Jodi Ellen Malpas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was wondering it was just me or this story was going pretty well for the half of the book and then I got stuck, bored…

Confused, a lot of repeat scenes, back and forth relationship… I was done already! I thought I had missed something, go back and re-read it, made less sense than earlier…

Miller is messed-up and an intense part-time gentlemen, we actually know a little more about him, but does that make me understand him?

I don’t know… I don’t like the way his problems, issues are breaking Livvy. Doesn’t he know that? What an absorbed messed up couple.

The questions in the book remain, annoying me, so many opportunities to make this story much more interesting.

They are running away, wait Livvy is leaving Nan?

I know many people loved this series so I’m not one of those “interferers” 🙂

One Night: Unveiled (One Night Trilogy, Book 3)One Night: Unveiled by Jodi Ellen Malpas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was eager to learn about every secret. I was disappointed. Half of this book was just sex and more sex, if you like it, it’s OK, but I was thinking if it goes on and on what it would be left?

I was worried the more I read… repetition after repetition… too much. They were running from the problems and the problems were getting bigger.

Then finally, thank you! Miller as to make a big hard decision, the only way to be free. But it’s Olivia who makes it happen. Sweet girl becomes a very strong lady.

One night it was, becomes a lifetime.

This book was OK, not fascinating and not enough to be worshiped.

But Miller will be remembered, the special one, part-time gentleman who ask only once and who demands his thing.

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The Protector

The Protector

People think they have Camille Logan nailed: daddy’s girl; beautiful, spoiled young woman with her father’s bank balance to fund her lifestyle. But Camille is determined to have a life free from his strings. Out on her own, she’s made mistakes, including one that found her clawing her way back after a stint in rehab and plenty of bad press. Now, after fighting so hard to be independent and happy, she finds her life threatened as a result of her father’s ruthless business dealings. Caught between resentment and fear, Camille prepares herself for the measures her father will take to protect her. But nothing could prepare her for the ex-SAS sniper who crashes into her life.

Jake Sharp resides in his own personal hell. He was distracted from duty once before, and the consequences were devastating–both personally and professionally. He vowed never to let that happen again. Accepting the job of bodyguard to Camille Logan isn’t the kind of distraction from his demons he should take. Women and Jake don’t mix well, yet protecting the heiress seems the lesser of two evils. But Jake soon discovers that she isn’t the woman she’s perceived to be. She’s warm, compassionate, her presence settling, and his duty to protect her soon goes deeper than a well-paid job, no matter how hard he fights it. He needs absolution. He comes to need Camille. But he knows he can’t have both.

In my Audible list to listen next!
 Forgotten Desires

Forgotten Desires

A short story of 5K words released for The Eve Appeal. All profits on the sales of this book will be donated to the women’s cancer charity. Forgotten Desires is a small story with a big message to women everywhere.
Note to readers: This eBook features samples of chapters from Jodi’s published works, including the first chapter of THIS MAN – the 1st book of the This Man Trilogy, and the first chapter of ONE NIGHT: PROMISED – the 1st book of the One Night Trilogy.
About the short story…
Kelly has fallen into the humdrum of everyday life. Her fulfillment is found in the washing, the cleaning, the ironing and running herself into the ground with her job. She’s not sure when it happened, but the fun, spontaneity and excitement in her life was lost somewhere along the way.
So when she’s asked out on a date by a gorgeous man who demands her attention, Kelly’s not so sure she’s up for it. It’s been a while, to say the least. It would be easy to refuse, stay at home, finish that pile of ironing, and then answer some work emails. The thought of being so organised alone brings a smile to her face. But with the encouragement of her best friend, she bites the bullet and goes all out. Bye-bye ironing, hello gorgeous man. She doesn’t know where this Kelly has been, but she quite likes her, and she doesn’t plan on misplacing her again.

***A THIS MAN Novella coming in June***

It’s still a few months away until you get your hands on THE FORBIDDEN, so I have a little something to tide you over…

I’ve been revisiting a few old friends – the friends who started it all for me in this amazing world of writing. You remember Drew? The dark, mysterious pal of Jesse’s? The cool guy, who kept himself to himself? It’s time to share a bit more of Drew Davies in a new THIS MAN Novella. I can’t tell you how much fun I had going back to my roots, and I just know you’re gonna LOVE Mr Davies.

I hope a little something while you’re waiting for THE FORBIDDEN will put a smile on your face as wide as mine

JEM xxx #BackToTheSensualWorldOfThisMan

The title: ALL I AM – Drew’s Story. A THIS MAN Novella.

Release date: June 18th 2017

Publisher: Forever Romance & Orion Publishing Group

Format: For now, it’ll only be available in ebook

Pre-order links coming soon


And…

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Gripping. Angsty. Raw. Real.
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Sylvain Reynard’s New Cover Reveal 

The Man in the Black Suit by @sylvainreynard: Cover reveal and Q&A (exclusive)

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Acacia Santos excels at her job as concierge at the prestigious Hotel Victoire in Paris. When her superior, Marcel, is attacked in a supposed random mugging, she is tasked with serving one of the hotel’s most mysterious and attractive guests.
Nicholas Cassirer checks into the hotel under an assumed name every three months. Usually, he stays in the penthouse suite with a beautiful female companion but on this occasion, he arrives alone and is displeased in having to deal with someone new. A match of wits ensues as he tests Acacia’s expertise with a series of almost impossible demands. Her intelligence and creativity rise to the challenge, earning his respect.
They strike a tenuous accord until Acacia discovers a famous stolen painting in his suite, she contacts a former boyfriend who works for the elite BRB, a unit of French law enforcement that deals with art thefts.
Nicholas is questioned by police and released when it is revealed the painting is a reproduction. Irked with her behavior, Acacia’s supervisor demotes her threatening dismissal and the cancellation of her work permit.
But Acacia has already attracted Nicholas’s attention. Remorseful that she may lose her job on his account, he offers her a choice – she can wait until her supervisor dismisses her, or she can leave the city of lights behind and become his personal assistant.
Acacia initially refuses his offer, but Nicholas is persistent. He reveals himself as a man who quietly acquires stolen art in order to restore it to its rightful owners. Faced with mounting familial debts and the possibility of dismissal and deportation, she agrees to work for him.
Nicholas opens up a whole new world of beauty and intrigue to Acacia as they travel the globe. Soon the line between employer and assistant is blurred, and the two lonely people embark on a passionate relationship.

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Review: Losing Kyler

Losing Kyler
Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve been waiting to read this book on a better mood because I already know I have to prepare myself for the fall. The cliffhanger on book one shook things up and you can probably expect that isn’t the last of it.

Coincidence or not I’ve been struggling the last couple of months, well years … With some shocking news myself… I’ve recently got aware that all my intents since childhood of keeping my family together were destroyed by lies… so I think and ask myself why have I wasted my life trying?… It hurts… Enough of me.

Now, on to the book.

Faye hoped to get her life on track but her uncle reveals some shocking news that will have her question everything. The one person she wants, she needs, can’t be.
There’s so much standing in their path and I can imagine the hurt… Now it’s up to them to decide what to do with the truth, face it or…

While this is Faye and Kyler’s story, there is also a lot going on with other characters. Everyone is so messed up and also made their fair share of mistakes. They don’t make the smartest decisions and they do leave me curious about how things will play out and if things will ever get better. So I keep reading and it’s entertaining! Distracts me from my RL so I’m all in.

The Author doesn’t want spoilers and I’m not the one to give any because I would like you to read it too 🙂 Just one warning : The ending of this book is again a bit of a cliffhanger, but it just makes me more curious… so will make you.

I was fortunate to get an advance copy of Losing Kyler in exchange for my review and I am now waiting for the next book!

I recommend this book to everyone!

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Behind BRUISE

Bruise

Kennedy Ryan shares a special post on the inspiration behind “Bruise,” the original piece written for her latest release Grip.

(Scroll to the end for the full poem & a signed paperback giveaway.)

Am I all of your fears, wrapped in black skin?”

The cursor flashed a warning at the end of the line I’d just typed. Read on its own, the words seared the page, an incendiary challenge. A jagged line in the sand that could shove half my readers to one side, and half to the other. I needed to be careful. I wanted to be fearless. I had to be honest.

The hero of Grip, my latest release, Marlon James (Grip to his fans), is a rising hip-hop star, but he’s more than that. He’s a lyricist and a poet. He’s a black man, concerned about black men vulnerable to cops who should be protecting them. He admires officers who run toward danger when most of us run away.

He wonders what he can do to bridge the gap between the two.

I took several risks writing Grip, confronting, in the context of a love story,  prejudices that are often blatant, but sometimes remain hidden even from ourselves. No issue weighed heavier on my mind than that of black v. blue. In the story, Grip gets stopped DWB. Driving While Black, for those unfamiliar. Probably somewhere else in mainstream romance, readers have sat behind the wheel in a black hero’s perspective, glanced in the rearview mirror, seen those blue lights flashing, and wrestled with the fear, frustration and anger born from years of being stopped for no reason…but I haven’t read it. And as I wrote it, I remembered my own husband’s accounts of being stopped most of his life; of him and his friends lying on their stomachs on the ground while their cars were searched. I recalled the first-hand accounts I’d read of black and Hispanic men, even in the last few months in LA, Grip’s hometown, stopped and searched so much more than their counterparts. But I also thought of my friend’s husband, a good cop, a good man who faced down fear every day to protect people like me. Of her anxiety when tragedy strikes, when travesties happen. Incidents that I watch on television from the safety of my couch while her husband wades knee-deep into danger.

I wanted to tell both sides of this story. I didn’t want to debate or persuade. I wanted readers to listen; to hear the other perspective. To consider. To understand. To empathize. These are the building blocks of resolution. Our country is more divided than we’ve been in a long time, and many of those divisions still, sadly still, fall along the lines of race. I don’t know how we resolve anything in this current climate. I don’t think we do unless we exchange perspectives; manage to communicate with one another in lower decibels, in reasonable thoughts, in something besides shouty caps on Facebook and Twitter.

In Flow, the prequel to Grip, Bristol, the heroine says, “...before we say our words, they’re ammunition. After we’ve said them, they’re smoking bullets. There seems to be no middle ground and too little common ground for dialogue to be productive. We just tiptoe around things, afraid we’ll offend or look ignorant, be misunderstood. Honesty is a risk few are willing to take.”

And yet it  requires honesty, and giving each other grace to speak with candor and respect, even if sometimes ineloquently. It requires that we step into the other’s shoes. Usually, we are not all right or all wrong. We are more nuanced than that; the issues more complex than black and white.

Or in this case, black and blue.

This story models that, I hope. In my small corner of the world, with the only tools at my disposal, my pen and my voice, I hope I demonstrated that. I hope someone on one side of that jagged line in the sand understood the person across from them a little better after reading GRIP. This wasn’t about my personal outrage; my indignation as I watched black men gunned down this summer during traffic stops. It wasn’t about my horrified grief as I watched cops in Dallas ambushed, killed. It wasn’t just about either, and it was completely about both. One of my favorite communicators says sometimes we choose between making a point and making a difference. I really hope, in some small way, the words to “Bruise,” the original piece I co-wrote with a spoken word artist for this book, volley right past just making a point, and manage to make a small difference, even if the only difference is that one person chooses to listen and tries to understand. There are so many other things I could say; so many statistics I could cite to sway you to one side or the other. But instead, I’ll let “Bruise” speak for itself.

And for those on both sides of that jagged line in the sand.

For more on the role of race in Grip, check out Mara White’s piece in The Huffington Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58b96fd5e4b0fa65b844b200

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“BRUISE”

Copyright (c) Kennedy Ryan, 2017

Am I all of your fears, wrapped in black skin,

Driving something foreign, windows with black tint

Handcuffed on the side of the road, second home for black men

Like we don’t have a home that we trying to get back to when

PoPo pulls me over with no infractions,

Under the speed limit, seat belt even fastened,

Turned on Rosecrans when two cruisers collapsed in

Barking orders, yeah, this that Cali harassment

Guns drawn, neighbors looking from front lawns and windows

I know cops got it hard, don’t wanna make a wife a widow

But they act like I ain’t paying taxes, like your boy ain’t a citizen

They think I’m riding filthy, like I’m guilty pleading innocence.

They say it’s ‘Protect & Serve’, but check my word

Sunny skies, ghetto birds overhead stress your nerves,

They say if you ain’t doin’ wrong, you got nothin’ to fear,

But the people sayin’ that, they can’t be livin’ here . . .

We all BRUISE,

It’s that black and blue

A dream deferred,

Nightmare come true

In another man’s shoes,

Walk a mile or two

Might learn a couple things

I’m no different than you!

 

You call for the good guys when you meet the bad men,

I’m wearing a blue shield and I still feel the reactions

When I patrol the block, I can sense dissatisfaction

There’s distrust, resentment in every interaction,

Whether the beat cop, lieutenant, sergeant or the captain

We roll our sleeves up and we dig our hands in

I joined the force in order to make a difference,

Swore to uphold the law, protect men, women and children,

These life and death situations, we make split-second decisions

All for low pay, budget cutbacks and restrictions

We’re ambushed in Dallas, now where’s all the chatter

Gunned down in Baton Rouge, don’t blue lives need to matter?

Not just a job—it’s a calling, a vocation,

My wife’s up late pacin’, for my safety—she’s praying,

And yet you call me racist? You wanna trap me with your phone?

I’m just a man with a badge trying my best to make it home.

We all BRUISE,

It’s that black and blue

A dream deferred,

Nightmare come true

In another man’s shoes,

Walk a mile or two

Might learn a couple things

I’m no different than you!

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“The story reads like a movie . . powerful and intoxicating … and sinfully sexy. GRIP has everything—dynamic characters, soulful plot, and a lesson at the end that will change the way you look at life. One of my favorite reads this year. Maybe ever. 5 massive, gripping stars from me!”  Adriana Lock, USA Today Bestselling Author

 

About GRIP:

Resisting an irresistible force wears you down and turns you out.

I know.

I’ve been doing it for years.

I may not have a musical gift of my own, but I’ve got a nose for talent and an eye for the extraordinary.

And Marlon James – Grip to his fans – is nothing short of extraordinary.

Years ago, we strung together a few magical nights, but I keep those memories in a locked drawer and I’ve thrown away the key.

All that’s left is friendship and work.

He’s on the verge of unimaginable fame, all his dreams poised to come true.

I manage his career, but I can’t seem to manage my heart.

It’s wild, reckless, disobedient.

And it remembers all the things I want to forget.

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In 8 years, Marlon James will be one of the brightest rising stars in the music industry.

Bristol Gray will be his tough, no-nonsense manager.

But when they first meet, she’s a college student finding her way in the world,

and he’s an artist determined to make his way in it.

From completely different worlds,

all the things that should separate them only draw them closer.

It’s a beautiful beginning, but where will the story end?

 

FLOW is the prequel chronicling the week of magical days and nights that will haunt Grip & Bristol for years to come.

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About the Author:

Kennedy loves to write about herself in third person. She loves Diet Coke…though she’s always trying to quit. She adores her husband…who she’ll never quit. She loves her son, who is the most special boy on the planet. And she’s devoted to supporting and serving families living with Autism.

And she writes love stories!

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THE DOLLAR SERIES by Pepper Winters

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“I’m not the hero in this story, girl. You’d do best to remember that.” 

Once upon a time, I was an eighteen year old psychology student.

Now, I’m a man’s property.

Stolen and sold, I’ve been decorated in bruises since the day my world changed two years ago.

I suffer in silence, I crave freedom, but I never break.

I can’t.

Until he arrives.

Elder Prest, the only man to look at me and see me. The only man more ruthless than my owner.

He wants me for reasons I don’t understand.

He claims me for one night then leaves and never looks back.

Until he returns.

And life becomes much more complicated.

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“I should never have asked for a night with you. This would never have happened if I’d had more willpower.”

Once upon a time, I was a mute captive who wished for death.

Now, I’m stowed away on a yacht.

Saved and taken, the thief who stole me demands my voice, my past, my everything.

I won’t give in.

But Elder refuses to take no for an answer.

He pushes and cajoles, slowly discovering who I am. Until I find out he plays the cello to escape his demons, all while his music conjures mine.

He’s rich, I’m bankrupt.

I’m mute by choice, he’s curious by nature.

So many reasons why we can never work.

But that doesn’t stop our connection, our passion.

Until one night, he ruins everything.

And our relationship becomes twisted and full of sin.

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“Pim is the most dangerous woman I’ve met. Not because she can ruin me but because she has the power to steal my heart.”

Once upon a time, I wished to go home and forget.

Now, I’m strong and ready to fight.

Seduced and claimed, Elder no longer just demands my voice, he commands me to be a thief like him.

I refuse.

But he offers me things I shouldn’t want, favours I should run from.

In return for his protection, I’m ordered to steal enough pennies and dollars to buy back my freedom.

Only, we both aren’t prepared for how he changes me, evolves me.

It’s my turn to learn about him.

It’s his wish to teach me how to be normal.

Until something goes wrong.

And our life together comes to an end.

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About the Author:

Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. With 19 books currently published, she has hit the bestseller charts twenty-six times in three years.

Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work. Her Pure Corruption Series was released by Grand Central, Hachette.

Her books have garnered foreign interest and are currently being translated into numerous languages, including already released titles in Italian and Turkish. Audio Books for her entire back-list will be available in 2017.

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Perdição em Roma de Sylvain Reynard

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Último livro da série Noites de Florença de Sylvain Reynard

Sinopse:
Uma história arrebatadora e bela de um confronto milenar que poderá condenar dois amantes para a eternidade.
Raven e a sua irmã, Cara, estão à mercê de inimigos que se movem no submundo de Florença e que as mantém como reféns e oferenda de paz à temida Cúria de Roma.
Sem certezas de que William sobreviveu ao golpe que destruiu o seu domínio, Raven está determinada a proteger a sua irmã a todo o custo, mesmo que isso implique desafiar Borek, o líder dos inimigos de William.
Num esforço para manter Raven longe dos seus rivais, William decide entregar-se ao Romano, o misterioso e perigoso rei do submundo italiano. Mas o Romano revela-se como alguém totalmente inesperado…
Alianças e rivalidades irão ser feitas e quebrar-se enquanto William luta para salvar a mulher que ama e o seu reino, sem iniciar uma guerra civil. Conseguirão os amantes permanecer juntos, contra todas as expectativas?
Chancela: Chá das Cinco
Data 1ª Edição: 17/03/2017