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Monday, November 23, 2020

Our Friendship Matters by Kimberly B Jones

 

 



Title: Our Friendship Matters

Author: Kimberley B Jones

Series: Standalone Title

Genre:  YA Fiction 

Publisher: Rhetaskew Publishing

Release Date: Oct 5, 2020

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print 

Blurb/Synopsis:

Short Synopsis:

Leah and Sasha are 17-year-old friends who had been close to one another since elementary school, but as the summer approaches they find their friendship tested in ways they never anticipated.

Following graduation, Sasha's privileged life and perception of the world around her is suddenly altered when an old childhood friend persuades her to join in a campaign against an injustice after his best friend is killed by the police.

But joining the protest has unforeseen consequences for Sasha, distancing her from Leah, who becomes jealous of Sasha's new friends and finds herself on the opposing side, protesting alongside her group of new white friends.

As the tension mounts between the two bitterly opposed factions, a tragedy strikes and threatens to make Sasha and Leah enemies. Can they find a way to resolve their differences, putting them to the side and learn to accept each other's viewpoints? Or is their long friendship finished for good?


Long Excerpt:

17-year-old best friends Sasha, a black teenager and Leah, a white teen are two girls from affluent backgrounds and live comfortable lives, attending a well-established private Christian academy in St Louis. As they enter their final year, the main things occupying their minds are graduating and their senior prom.

But the lives of two popular girls are about to undergo a transition that neither of them wanted or expected when Mitchell, a young African-American boy from the city’s East View High School is shot and killed while walking home from a basketball game, by a police officer who had mistaken him for someone else.

Now tensions are rising among the community where he lived, and the citizens of St. Louis are angry. 

One night, while Sasha is out, she sees her old childhood friend, Ricardo, who is protesting the death of Mitchell. Curious about him and wondering if there is anything, she could do to become involved, Sasha talks to her friends about it.

They aren’t interested in getting involved however, and Sasha’s parents also forbid her from doing anything. As the closely held views she once had are quickly evaporating, Sasha makes a momentous decision and goes against all the advice she is given.

She decides to go against her parents and friends and protest downtown with Ricardo and his friends, Rashad and Victoria, who all attended East View High School. When Sasha feels like her friends have turned against her Ricardo and his friends are there for her. 

But her determination to fight for justice for Mitchell causes a rift in her relationships. An argument with Leah drives a wedge between them and leads Leah to take the opposite viewpoint, taking sides with those who are supporting different viewpoints, while Sasha’s boyfriend is jealous of the time she is spending with Ricardo and breaks off their relationship.

But there’s a bigger problem that neither girl knows about the groups they support. A war has been going on for several months between them and now Sasha and Leah have been sucked into it by their new friends. 

Realizing her error, Sasha tries to reach out to Leah, but her friend’s stubbornness prevents her from accepting the olive branch and Sasha has to accept that the friendship is at an end. 

Then, one night, a confrontation in a club leads to Rashad being severely beaten by Jacob and Joshua, two of Leah’s group.

Leah witnesses the assault and tries to intervene but is threatened by them and pushed to the ground. Now fearful of repercussions Leah turns to Sasha for help, knowing that her father is a lawyer.

She goes to the police station to tell the truth, which puts her and her family in danger from Jacob and Joshua, so her parents send her to their private lake house in the Ozarks, which nobody knows about. Her friends Leo, Sasha and Cameron accompany her for her safety and to talk over what happened during the summer. 

Leah and Sasha become friends again. Sasha has a big going away to college cookout, which she invites her friends she met this summer and her friends from her school. This is when they all say their farewells and discuss the views of protesting and get Sasha’s dad’s thoughts on the matter.



Kimberley B. Jones is a small country girl from St. George, SC. She followed her heart in college writing children books. Recently she decided to challenge herself and branch off to novels. She is your typical nomad who moves from place to place. Not by choice, but her husband serves in the military. She has a bachelors and masters in early childhood education. Kimberley is represented by Rhetaskew Publishing Company and is best known for her debut novel, Our Friendship Matters.

When she is not writing, she is either thinking of another topic or reading. She loves writing, it gives her a chance to escape into another human character and express herself, other than being your typical mother and wife. If you don't want to be on her bad side, then she needs her white chocolate mocha every morning. Some days Folgers breakfast blend coffee is okay.

 

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

A Heart Back Home by: Andrew Grey w/ Creative Post & Giveaway

 





Title: A Heart Back Home

Author: Andrew Grey

Series: Standalone

Genre: Gay Romance/LGTBQ/MM

Publisher: Self Published

Date: Oct 13 2020

Blurb/Synopsis:

Clay Kartwell loses his job and gets a call from his estranged father asking for his help back on the family farm, all on the same day. Clay knows he has to return home, even though it’s the last thing he wants to do. Some things back home are best left unremembered.

Dell Warrington was Clay’s unrequited high school crush and the man he least wants to see. He’s everything Clay remembered and more, including the father of four-year-old Archie. But Dell hasn’t had it easy either, and not everything is as it seems.

Clay sets out to save the farm and bring in the crops with Dell’s help. Old assumptions fall to the side as the two men reconnect, and the second chance that Clay never knew he wanted seems within his grasp. But Clay left the farm for a reason, and reconciliation with his stoic father won’t be easy. When his city life offers a new opportunity, he must decide whether to accept what he knows, or follow his heart.. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Heartless by: Jade West




Title: Heartless


Author: Jade West


Series: Starcrossed Lovers Trilogy Book 1


Genre: Contemporary Romance


Publisher: Self Published


Release Date: Sept 13 2020


Edition/Formats: 1st Edition ~ eBook & Print


Blurb/Synopsis:


In a single moment, she becomes my obsession…


Elaine Constantine will be mine.


And her destruction is only my beginning.


I’ve known all my life that the Constantines deserved to be Wiped from the face of the earth, only a smoking crater left where their Mansion once stood. That’s my plan until I see her, the woman in gold with the Sinful curves and the blonde curls. My will to dominate her runs as deep as the Hate I have for her last name.

 


No matter how beautifully she bends beneath my hands, I’ll Leave her shattered, a broken toy for her cruel family.

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Jade has increasingly little to say about herself as time goes on, Other than the fact she is an author, but she’s plenty happy with this. Living In imaginary realities and having a legitimate excuse for it is really all She’s ever wanted.


Jade is as dirty as you’d expect from her novels, and Talking smut makes her smile.


She lives in the Herefordshire countryside with a couple of Hounds and a guy who’s able to cope with her inherent weirdness.


She has a red living room, decorated with far more zebra Print than most people could bear, and fights a constant battle with her Addiction to Coca-Cola.


 




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Sunday, October 11, 2020

Gold Mine by Skye Warren Spotlight

 



Title: Gold Mine
Author: Skye Warren 
Series: The Diamond Trilogy Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published 
Release Date: Sept 15 2020
Edition/Formats: 1st Edition ~ eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis: 
I'm stepping off a nine hour flight when it happens. A white van. A dark hood. Every woman's worst nightmare. Now I'm trapped in an abandoned church. The man who took me says I won't be hurt. The man in the cell next to me says that's a lie. I'll fight with every ounce of strength, but there are secrets in these walls. I'll need every single one of them to survive.

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is a new dark romance from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren. Finding yourself has never been so dangerous....

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Gold Mine by Skye Warren Release Boost

 




Title: Gold Mine
Author: Skye Warren 
Series: The Diamond Trilogy Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self Published 
Release Date: Sept 15 2020
Edition/Formats: 1st Edition ~ eBook & Print
Blurb/Synopsis: 
I'm stepping off a nine hour flight when it happens. A white van. A dark hood. Every woman's worst nightmare. Now I'm trapped in an abandoned church. The man who took me says I won't be hurt. The man in the cell next to me says that's a lie. I'll fight with every ounce of strength, but there are secrets in these walls. I'll need every single one of them to survive.

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is a new dark romance from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren. Finding yourself has never been so dangerous....

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Paint by Number by Andrew Grey w/Creative Post & Giveaway



Title: Paint by Number: 
Author Andrew Grey
Series: Standalone 
Genre:M Contemporary Romance Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Release Date: Sept 8, 2020 Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print Blurb/Synopsis: Can the Northern Lights and a second-chance romance return inspiration to a struggling artist? When New York painter Devon Starr gives up his vices, his muses depart along with them. Devon needs a change, but when his father’s stroke brings him home to Alaska, the small town where he grew up isn’t what he remembers. Enrique Salazar remembers Devon well, and he makes it his personal mission to open Devon’s eyes to the rugged beauty and possibilities all around them. The two men grow closer, and just as Devon begins to see what’s always been there for him, they’re called to stand against a mining company that threatens the very pristine nature that’s helping them fall in love. The fight only strengthens their bond, but as the desire to pick up a paintbrush returns, Devon also feels the pull of the city. 

Friday, August 14, 2020

Fire and Diamond by: Andrew Grey w/ Creative Post & Giveaway

 


Title: Fire and Diamond

Author: Andrew Grey

Series: Carlisle Deputies #6

Genre:  M/M Contemporary Romance/Law Enforcement

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: Aug 8, 2020

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print

Blurb/Synopsis:

A Carlisle Deputies Novel

When Deputy Nick Senaster chastises a bunch of college kids at a bar, he doesn’t think anything of it, even if their leader is gorgeous. The guy is too young and way too cocky, and soon Nick has an emergency foster placement to focus on. His first job is ensuring ten-year-old Ethan knows someone cares for him. But Nick doesn’t realize Ethan is a package deal.

When Alexander finds out his abusive stepfather, Dieter, has lost custody of his half brother, he’s torn between relief and dread. Alexander can’t get custody until he can provide a home for his tiny family. In the meantime, at least Ethan’s foster father will let Alexander visit.

So of course the man turns out to be the cute but dour cop who gave Alexander a hard time.

Soon Nick and Alexander discover they misjudged each other. Nick is more than an authoritarian automaton, and Alexander has a drive and a maturity that belie their first meeting. But between a campaign of intimidation from Dieter, their own insecurities, and the logistics of dating with Ethan’s fragile sense of stability hanging in the balance, they have their work cut out for them if they want to build a future.


“A tournament!” one of the guys shouted, and they all formed up to play.

Nick turned away, grabbed a menu, ordered a dozen wings from Jason, and returned to his beer. More laughter welled from around the pool table, and then a ball slammed against the bar near Nick’s leg. He jumped as one of the guys raced over to retrieve it.

“Sorry,” he said, meeting Nick’s eyes for a second with the deepest blue eyes he had ever seen. Suddenly Nick’s throat went dry, and he nearly tipped his beer reaching for the glass. Their eye lock lasted only a second, and then the guy hastily turned away and went back to his friends.

“Someone needs to teach them how to play,” Jason said, clearly a little amused.

“Or maybe sober them up. How long have they been here?” Nick turned back to the pool table.

“A few hours,” Jason reported.

Nick inhaled and cleared his throat, catching one kid’s eyes and motioning him over, and they responded as a group.

“How do all of you plan to get home?” he asked gruffly and reached into his pocket, showing them his badge.

“Dude…,” the kid groaned. “I got a van outside. We all came in that.” His clouded eyes meant he’d probably already had too much.

“Is there anyone who hasn’t been drinking?” Nick asked, and they all looked at each other like they had never thought of it.

“I’m the designated driver,” the cute guy who retrieved the pool ball answered. “I haven’t had anything to drink in well over an hour, and even then it was just one beer. Do you want to perform a sobriety test on me or something?” The kid stepped forward, and once again Nick was almost hit in the chest by the intensity in those eyes. His face had been sculpted by the gods, with high cheekbones, a perfect nose, and hair so red it almost glowed. God, he was gorgeous… until he opened his mouth. “You know, we’re just having a little fun, and we’re not hurting anyone.” He put his hands on his hips, and his eyes burned with righteous indignation almost as bright as his hair. “Wait… no, I do not give you permission for any sort of test, and don’t think I did earlier. Unless you have proof that I’ve broken the law….” He cocked his eyebrows, and it might have been funny if Nick wasn’t already tired and pissed.

“I wasn’t threatening anyone.” He slipped off the stool. “I was only warning all of you and making sure that someone responsible was making sure all your friends got home.” He met the kid’s gaze with a stony one of his own. “Drinking and driving is never a good idea, and…” He raised his gaze to where one of the guys was lying on the pool to table trying to make a shot. “It seems your friends have had more than their share.” He crossed his arms over his front, knowing it would push his chest out and make him seem bigger and intimidating. “Just be careful.” He turned back to the bar just as Jason set down his plate of wings.

Nick did his best to sit and eat, drinking the last of his beer and then switching to water. Jason kept his glass full, and Nick breathed deeply to try to unwind. Until another pool ball made an appearance, this time flying across the bar, knocking over glasses and making a mess.

“You better take that shit back or I’ll break your head.” Another ball followed, and Nick caught it before the flung ball could do any damage.

“That’s enough!” Nick snapped. “All of you against the wall, now!” He was done with this shit. “I mean it. You are out of control.” He pinned each of the guys with his gaze until the redhead stepped forward. “Don’t pull anything after that little display.”





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