10-CODE by Freya Barker

Hello and welcome!

So happy to be part of the release day for 10-Code, book 4 in Rock Point Series by one of my fave authors.

Congrats Freya Barker!

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As a forty-one-year-old mother of three boys, working two jobs, Marya Berger doesn’t have the time or energy to consider a relationship. Especially after a lifetime of poor choices in the romance department. But when the disappearance of a young boy strikes a little too close to home, and a younger man she’s tried to ignore offers his help, she doesn’t stand in the way.

Single father, Dylan Barnes, the junior member of the La Plata County FBI team at thirty-three, has his focus firmly on his job and his son, Max. He’s certainly not looking to complicate his life, when he finds himself at his son’s soccer game, sitting beside the spirited brunette he can’t get out of his mind. Fate, however, appears to have different plans.

When an unspeakable crime draws the attention of the FBI, Dylan finds himself torn between his job and his instinctive need to protect Marya and her boys.

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Add it to your Goodreads TBR list

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Buy links: Amazon

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Check out the Rafflecopter Giveaway, open internationally and the prize is a signed copy of 10- Code. GOOD LUCK!

Release Blitz hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

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Freya Barker inspires with her stories about ‘real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy.

She is the author of the Cedar Tree and Portland, ME Series, the Northern Lights Collection and the Rock Point Series. She is also co-author of the SnapShot Series.

To see Freya’s complete backlist, and keep up to date, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

• website • newsletter • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • BookBub

• Amazon • B&N • iBooks • Kobo • Goodreads •

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Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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My Chat with Malachi

Hello and welcome!

Oh you will like my guest today. Met him a few months ago and he is my fave from the series. Read on and find out why 😉

Welcome! Welcome!

What is your full name?
Malachi Whitetail

Do you have a nickname?
People call me Mal, and probably plenty of other things, but those are best left unmentioned.

What is one word best describes you?
Only one? My wife would probably say broody, but I think laid-back would be more appropriate.

Describe what you are wearing now to our readers.
Seriously? I dunno—jeans, a black tee, some boots. Same thing every day.

Do you think the author portrayed you accurately?
hmmm Overall I guess so, although there were some scenes where she left me raw and bleeding. I don’t do emotion well and she had me inside out. That was tough, but since everything ended up the way it did, I can’t really complain. She did okay.

What makes you laugh out loud?
The shit my boy, Asher, gets into.

What is your favourite dessert?
My wife, Kim. If she’s not there, apple pie, but in a pinch I’ll take a beer.

What is your favourite drink?
Beer

What is your greatest fear?
Running out of beer

What is your favourite colour?
Black

What do you wear when you go to sleep?
Is that a trick question?
No, do you want me to guess? he smirks

What is the perfect romantic date?
A night at home with my wife, the kid and our Great Dane, Boo, stayin’ over at my brother’s.

How ticklish are you? Where are you ticklish?
You touch me and you stand to lose a limb. That’s how ticklish.

What’s your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Vanilla. It always reminds me of my wife. She has this shit she puts on her hair after she washes it, making it smell like fresh baked cookies.

When you look at a woman what catches your interest?
Used to be tall, thin, tits and blonde. That is until I met short, lush, tits and dark. I haven’t looked since then.

Do you have somebody in your life now?
Two somebodies actually: my wife Kimeo, and my boy Asher.

What is one word best describes her?
My wife? Impossible to describe all that she is in one word. In fact, I’m not sure there are enough words in existence to describe her. She’s my world.

Is your book part of a series? What does the future hold for the readers of the series?
Yes, the Cedar Tree series. They’re basically standalone books and everyone working for GFI got their story written. I had to wait six books for my turn, but I first appeared in the third one, Against Me. That was my brother Caleb’s story, and I wasn’t in a very good place in my life back then.

After me it’s the youngest member of the team, Neil’s turn. He may be young, but after learning about the things he endured overseas, it’s obvious why he’s mature well beyond his age. Stands to reason he’d be drawn to an older woman, and Kendra is just perfect for him.

I really enjoyed getting to know you and Kimeo. Thank you Mal for chatting with me.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed the chat.

As Malachi mentioned, he hails from “Like Arrows”, book 6 in the Cedar Tree Series by one of my fave authors, Freya Barker.

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An assignment has just turned interesting for GFI investigator Malachi Whitetail. When a shy, mousy woman walks into his local diner, it takes him a minute to recognize her as an employee of the real estate office he’s been monitoring. Not a believer in coincidence, Mal decides a closer look at the short brunette might be warranted. It will be the first, but certainly not the last time, he finds himself coming to her rescue.

Kimeo Lowe leads a pretty quiet existence, which is why, when she ends up a witness to a crime, her curiosity into her boss’s suspected shady dealings gets kicked into high gear. She may not be the most sociable of people, but she’s always been independent and industrious, so when an opportunity to dig a little deeper arises, she doesn’t think twice. It would seem that this time she’s bitten off a bit more than she can chew, and when a freakishly tall Native American Adonis intervenes not just once, she decides sleuthing may be best left to professionals. But it’s a bit too late.

Just when life has settled into a comfortable routine, Kim finds herself dealing with not just one, but two threats on her life. With every turn there are new challenges to face, and Mal is not about to let her face them alone. Not even when he turns out to be no match for her most dangerous enemy.

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I listened to the audiobook and what an amazing experience it was, enjoying Tanya Eby and Noel Harrison’s voices. It was a 5-star listen for me. The story is a mix of romance, suspense, mystery, a bit of drama, some hawt sexy scenes too and makes for an interesting 10 hours. I love how Ms. Barker characters are so relatable, with real issues and hangups…. yes Mal can be a jerk at times, but Kimeo puts in his place and we get to know the real him. They do get their HEA, but the road taking them there is quite trying.

Here is a audio clip for your enjoyment

You can also read an excerpt on Ms. Barker’s website.

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If you have not read / listened to the series, I urge you to give them a try, you will not be disappointed.

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Freya Barker inspires with her stories about ‘real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy.

She is the author of the Cedar Tree and Portland, ME Series, the Northern Lights Collection and the Rock Point Series. She is also co-author of the SnapShot Series.

To see Freya’s complete backlist, and keep up to date, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

• website • newsletter • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • BookBub
• Amazon • B&N • iBooks • Kobo • Audible • Goodreads •

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

WANTED: An Outlaw Anthology

Hello and welcome!

A great anthology released today and I am glad I could be part of the celebrations.

CONGRATS to all the authors, thank you for the amazing stories and doing it for a great cause too.

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Get ready to go for a thrill ride with 20 dangerous bad boys who live on the wrong side of the law!

In this anthology, you’ll get 20 never before released stories about bikers, gangsters, and vigilantes from 20 of your favorite New York Times and Amazon bestselling authors!

Being bad has never felt so good because 100% of the proceeds from this set will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This incredible deal is only available for a limited time, so grab your copy today!

Please note that these stories include strong sexual content and adult language that’s not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

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BUY LINKS

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Amazon CA •  
Amazon AU

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Check out this awesome trailer

Join the WANTED: AN OUTLAW ANTHOLOGY READERS’ GROUP on Facebook.

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Participating Authors and the book blurbs:

Lane Hart– Dalton – ATF Agent Bradley never suspected that the pretty, charismatic bastard was actually an unrepentant thief, born to be an outlaw.

Angela Snyder – Devious – When the moment comes to take my revenge on Victoria’s father, will I be able to pull the trigger if it means losing her forever?

Sybil Bartel – Hard Limit – I didn’t survive growing up in the nation’s most violent cult only to be taken out by an innocent blonde.

Rachel Lyn Adams – Mac – The moment she walked into the clubhouse I knew she was off-limits. That wasn’t going to stop me from making her mine.

Kim Bailey – Claiming Chaos – Kira was a voice in the dark and a threat to his control. A chaotic beauty who Bodhi must fight, kill for or claim as his own.

Laramie Briscoe – Creeker – As a Creeker, I live by two rules. Don’t f**k Banner Clark and don’t get caught doing illegal s**t, but then again I’ve never been a fan of rules.

Marissa Dobson – Road to Kaytlyn – It takes kidnapping to bring two separated lovers together, but can they survive the walk through Hell?

Geri Glenn – Hood Rat – Georgia knew the south side was going to be rough, but she never dreamed she’d come up against anyone quite like Tripp.

Amanda Heartley – Flynn – Violence has followed me all my life, and it got worse the day I joined the Bad Breed MC.

Marie James – Desperate Beginnings – My dreams never contained hope. My nightmares always included brutality. For me, it was always a desperate beginning.

Keri Lake – Absolution – After one of his penitents confesses a brutal murder, Father Damon breaks canon law to mete out justice and ends up an unlikely pawn to the woman who witnesses his crime.

Daphne Loveling – Rebel Ink – Six is on the run, and she collides with Bullet. He protects what’s his, and she’s been his from the moment they met.

Liberty Parker – Walking the Crossroad – When Jasper and Knuckles started their MC, it was due to the Crossroads they found themselves crossing in life.

S.H. Richardson – Dread Masonry Ink – One hardened man looking for redemption. A broken girl looking for safety. An unlikely alliance forged in stone.

Roxy Sinclaire – SEALed to Protect – Could she believe that he was her protector? Or just her family’s traitor?

Winter Travers – Drop a Gear and Disappear – The only person I ever loved, taken by the men who wanted me dead. They may have her now, but vengeance will be mine.

Erin Trejo – Dark Savage – I’ve lowered myself to their standards to keep my club safe. One woman and more than one mistake bring my end closer.

J.M. Walker – Before Us – When she slipped out of my hotel room, I made it my mission to have her back in my bed. And when we finally crashed, I’d have to save her from the one person she trusted most…Me.

D.B. West – King’s Road – Hold on tight for a ride down memory lane in this Savage Kings MC prequel.

Trisha Wolfe – Cellar Door – After witnessing a murder, Makenna is abducted by a vigilante and taken to his underground lair where she unravels a secret that entangles both their lives.

GIVEAWAY – 4 winners will receive a $25 Amazon GC each

I bought my own copy and what I read so far is delicious and fun too. My review will be up soon, life gets in the way sometimes and cuts into my reading time.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

Burning for Autumn by Freya Barker

Hello and welcome!

So happy to be part of the release day for another great story by one of my fave authors.

Congrats Freya Barker!

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When Autumn McCoy accepted a temporary work contract in Durango, she thought it would be a safe way to add some spark to her existence. She may be getting more than she bargained for when she finds herself the target of impending danger.The outspoken forty-two-year-old isn’t prepared for that spark to ignite flames threatening to engulf every aspect of her life.

Buried under the weight of responsibilities, all interim Chief of Police, Keith Blackfoot, wants is to get back to good old-fashioned detecting. He gets his chance when an encounter with a feisty redhead seems to incite a wave of arson cases. Although a visit from friend and firefighter, Roman “Chief” Proudfit, provides some direction, he’s left to battle an invisible menace fueling fires that could leave his town—and his heart—in ashes.

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The first standalone in an exciting new series, On Call by Freya Barker is part of Susan Stoker’s Special Forces World!

BUY LINK – Amazon

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list

To celebrate, Ms. Barker is doing a Raflecopter giveaway, check it out!
Prize is $25 Amazon GC. GOOD LUCK!

Release Blitz organized by Buoni Amici Press.

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Freya Barker inspires with her stories about ‘real’ people, perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy.

She is the author of the Cedar Tree and Portland, ME Series, the Northern Lights Collection and the Rock Point Series. She is also co-author of the SnapShot Series.

To see Freya’s complete backlist, and keep up to date, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

• website • newsletter • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram • BookBub
• Amazon • B&N • iBooks • Kobo • Goodreads •

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

WANTED: An Outlaw Anthology – Cover Reveal –

Hello and welcome!

I am so happy to be part of the cover reveal for this awesome anthology.

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Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Marianne Nowicki
Photo: Reggie Deanching, RplusMphoto
Model: Matthew Hosea
Release Date: January 8, 2019

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Get ready to go for a thrill ride with 20 dangerous bad boys who live on the wrong side of the law!

In this anthology, you’ll get 20 never before released stories about bikers, gangsters, and vigilantes from 20 of your favorite New York Times and Amazon bestselling authors!

Being bad has never felt so good because 100% of the proceeds from this set will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This incredible deal is only available for a limited time, so grab your copy today!

Please note that these stories include strong sexual content and adult language that’s not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list.

PRE-ORDER – 99c for a limited time

Amazon US • 
Amazon UK •  
Amazon CA •  
Amazon AU

•  
B&N • 
Kobo • iBooks

Join the WANTED: AN OUTLAW ANTHOLOGY READERS’ GROUP on Facebook

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Included in the anthology:

Lane Hart– Dalton – ATF Agent Bradley never suspected that the pretty, charismatic bastard was actually an unrepentant thief, born to be an outlaw.

Angela Snyder – Devious – When the moment comes to take my revenge on Victoria’s father, will I be able to pull the trigger if it means losing her forever?

Sybil Bartel – Hard Limit – I didn’t survive growing up in the nation’s most violent cult only to be taken out by an innocent blonde.

Rachel Lyn Adams – Mac – The moment she walked into the clubhouse I knew she was off-limits. That wasn’t going to stop me from making her mine.

Kim Bailey – Claiming Chaos – Kira was a voice in the dark and a threat to his control. A chaotic beauty who Bodhi must fight, kill for or claim as his own.

Laramie Briscoe – Creeker – As a Creeker, I live by two rules. Don’t f**k Banner Clark and don’t get caught doing illegal s**t, but then again I’ve never been a fan of rules.

Marissa Dobson – Road to Kaytlyn – It takes kidnapping to bring two separated lovers together, but can they survive the walk through Hell?

Geri Glenn – Hood Rat – Georgia knew the south side was going to be rough, but she never dreamed she’d come up against anyone quite like Tripp.

Amanda Heartley – Flynn – Violence has followed me all my life, and it got worse the day I joined the Bad Breed MC.

Marie James – Desperate Beginnings – My dreams never contained hope. My nightmares always included brutality. For me, it was always a desperate beginning.

Keri Lake – Absolution – After one of his penitents confesses a brutal murder, Father Damon breaks canon law to mete out justice and ends up an unlikely pawn to the woman who witnesses his crime.

Daphne Loveling – Rebel Ink – Six is on the run, and she collides with Bullet. He protects what’s his, and she’s been his from the moment they met.

Liberty Parker – Walking the Crossroad – When Jasper and Knuckles started their MC, it was due to the Crossroads they found themselves crossing in life.

S.H. Richardson – Dread Masonry Ink – One hardened man looking for redemption. A broken girl looking for safety. An unlikely alliance forged in stone.

Roxy Sinclaire – SEALed to Protect – Could she believe that he was her protector? Or just her family’s traitor?

Winter Travers – Drop a Gear and Disappear – The only person I ever loved, taken by the men who wanted me dead. They may have her now, but vengeance will be mine.

Erin Trejo – Dark Savage – I’ve lowered myself to their standards to keep my club safe. One woman and more than one mistake bring my end closer.

J.M. Walker – Before Us – When she slipped out of my hotel room, I made it my mission to have her back in my bed. And when we finally crashed, I’d have to save her from the one person she trusted most…Me.

D.B. West – King’s Road – Hold on tight for a ride down memory lane in this Savage Kings MC prequel.

Trisha Wolfe – Cellar Door – After witnessing a murder, Makenna is abducted by a vigilante and taken to his underground lair where she unravels a secret that entangles both their lives.

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I have read books from two authors in this fabulous line-up: Geri Glenn and J.M. Walker, looking forward to discover the other authors’ works.

Watch for my review post in January 😉

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

KEEPING 6 by Freya Barker

Hello and welcome!

If you remember I took part of the cover reveal back in April for an upcoming release from Freya Barker. It did release on May 2, 2018 and it starts a new romantic suspense series, the Rock Point series.

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Bookstore owner Kerry Emerson finally seems to be back in control of her life. Her failure of a marriage firmly in her rearview mirror and her recent business expansion a success, she is in charge of her own future. One that is looking better than ever. The sight of the tall man, with the familiar salt and pepper goatee pushing open the door of her store, sets her hair on end. He doesn’t exactly bring good memories.

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Damian Gomez, is just looking for a decent cup of coffee when he walks into the small store offering books and brew. The pretty, feisty woman behind the counter is an unexpected surprise. Not at all unpleasant, especially since her finger that used to hold a wedding ring is now bare. Her wild hair, boho style and silvery grey eyes suddenly hold a lot of promise. But when his office is pulled into an international investigation into the trafficking of rare books and manuscripts, the straight-laced SAC realizes he has to keep his distance from the woman who might well be involved.

Easier said than done, since fate seems determined to throw them together.

BUY LINKS: Amazon US • Amazon CA • Amazon UK • Amazon AU

If you missed my post in April, click on this link to read the excerpt there.

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I had the opportunity to read an ARC and here are my thoughts on it.

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When I first saw the cover I was intrigued. The title had me thinking. After reading the book, I am impressed by the author’s ability of inviting me in this new world and making it so easy to stay for a while. The story is a balanced mix of suspense and romance, fast paced all the way thru. Damian’s family is hilarious, enjoyed seeing their close-knit relationship. Loved the fact that Kerry and Damian are mature characters that I can relate to, their relationship is fast developing but feels real. The other thing I liked is that I didn’t have a clue who the main bad guy was until almost the end, so had me turning the pages to find clues. It ends with a HFN which is satisfying. Looking forward to more in the future books in the series.

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Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and some hot, sizzling sex in their lives.

A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya has not slowed down.

She continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

To keep in touch with Ms. Barker and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

• website • newsletter • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram •
• Amazon • B&N • iBooks • Kobo • Goodreads •

Check out the awesome Rafflecopter giveaway which ends on Sunday.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

Cover Reveal – Keeping 6 by Freya Barker

Hello and welcome!

I am excited to be part of the cover reveal event for Freya Barker‘s upcoming book.

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Keeping 6, book 1 in the Rock Point series, a romantic suspense is releasing May 2, 2018. Add it to your TBR list on Goodreads!

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Cover Design: Rebel, Edit & Design

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Bookstore owner Kerry Emerson finally seems to be back in control of her life. Her failure of a marriage firmly in her rearview mirror and her recent business expansion a success, she is in charge of her own future. One that is looking better than ever. The sight of the tall man, with the familiar salt and pepper goatee pushing open the door of her store, sets her hair on end. He doesn’t exactly bring good memories.

FBI Special Agent in Charge, Damian Gomez, is just looking for a decent cup of coffee when he walks into the small store offering books and brew. The pretty, feisty woman behind the counter is an unexpected surprise. Not at all unpleasant, especially since her finger that used to hold a wedding ring is now bare. Her wild hair, boho style and silvery grey eyes suddenly hold a lot of promise. But when his office is pulled into an international investigation into the trafficking of rare books and manuscripts, the straight-laced SAC realizes he has to keep his distance from the woman who might well be involved.

Easier said than done, since fate seems determined to throw them together.

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Here is a small excerpt…

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“You?”

My head whips around at the sound of a woman’s voice.

It’s been a long-ass morning already with meetings I would’ve loved to have avoided. Since being put in charge of the Durango field office, it seems I spend more time in meetings than working in the field. I swear each week there are new task forces put together, and I can barely keep up. I stepped out of the office for a much-needed break to find that the coffee shop around the corner had a sign plastered on the door stating they were closed due to a family emergency. Desperate for my caffeine fix, I kept walking and bumped into Kerry’s Korner: Books & Brew. Something about the name is familiar. I push the door, which opens with the ring of a bell, when I hear her voice.

She’s pretty. The woman behind the counter looks like a seventies flower child, with wild, dirty blonde hair, some kind of flowy top leaving her collarbones and a goodly amount of cleavage exposed, and a pixie face. Something about her is familiar, and it appears she knows me, too. Fuck if I can’t place her.

“Got me at a disadvantage, sweets,” I tell her with a shrug.

“You’re FBI,” she says, propping her hands on her nicely rounded hips. “I remember you.”

I look at her a little closer. Not a hardship, there’s a lot to check out. Those pale gray eyes trigger a memory. “You’re Kimeo’s girl,” I say, remembering the case a few years ago when I first saw her for the briefest of moments. A case long since put to rest, but not before this woman was snatched and roughed up before we got to her. We’d been called in by Gus Flemming, a friend of mine who owns an investigation and security company in Cedar Tree. Kimeo, the wife of one of Gus’s guys, found herself in the middle of shady land deals and this woman, her best friend, had been kidnapped to ensure her silence. I may not have remembered her name until I saw her standing behind the counter of Kerry’s Korner, but I sure as hell remember her. I also remember the wedding ring on her finger, which is why I didn’t bother looking twice at the time.

The hands resting on her hips no longer sport that wedding ring, just a large knuckle ring on the middle finger of her left hand as a sort of fuck you to the world. I bet she flips that bird easily, judging by the attitude she throws off. I like it.

“Kerry,” she says, almost as a challenge.

“Right. You look better now,” I tell her, making her snort loudly.

“No shit. I’d just been used as a punching bag when you found me and shoved me into the back of a van without a word.” Yup, most definitely a challenge. She doesn’t like me much, I deduct from the slightly distasteful look on her face.

“Was a little preoccupied with my investigation. Sorry if I didn’t take the time to make nice.” Fuck me, I sound like a dick. Something about her attitude grates on me, especially when she rolls her eyes dramatically before placing her hands on the counter in front of her and leaning over.

“Damian. Right?” She doesn’t wait for my confirmation before she continues, “Well, Damian , what brings you to my bookstore?”

“Coffee. Straight up,” I tell her without blinking. She turns her back without a word and starts fiddling with the expensive-looking machine on the sideboard, and I take the opportunity to check out her backside. “Double shot?” she asks over her shoulder, catching me ogling.

“Good guess.” I smile at her, which only earns me another eye roll. Attitude in spades, this one. As much as it irritates me, it somehow turns me on, too.

She’s late thirties, maybe forty, if I had to venture a guess from the lines around her eyes. She obviously laughs a lot—something I wouldn’t mind hearing. I have a feeling with that slightly raspy voice of hers, her laugh will sound even sexier. She’s not wearing a stitch of makeup from what I can tell and seems totally at ease in her skin. Not usually the kind of woman I find myself drawn to, but this one has an appeal all her own. Most women I end up with are well put together: stacked, sweet, and sultry. Just the way I like them. This one, though? This one is like the fucking girl next door. Fresh-faced, with a hippy vibe, barely enough tit to fill my hands, but an ass that should be framed, it’s that lush. Always considered myself a boob man, until I just got an eyeful of her backside.

While she doctors the elaborate coffee machine, I take the time to check out her shop. An older building, it has an old-fashioned facade with shallow bay windows, displaying an assortment of books, framing the door. Old wood floors that have been left bare to the wear and tear of foot traffic, resulting in a well-worn look more suited to an old saloon. Rows of rugged bookcases, jutting out from the back wall, with chalkboard display signs indicating the different genres. The counter is on one side in front of the window and on the opposite side, in front of the second bay window, is a small seating arrangement with an old, brown leather couch and two club chairs around a small, round coffee table. On the counter is a large, round, glass cake stand with pastries.

“Here you go. Anything else with that? A pastry to sweeten you up a bit or perhaps a book on appropriate social behavior? I have both.” I can’t stop the smirk tugging at my mouth. This one’s a handful, for sure. Too much of one. I pull out my wallet and slap a couple of dollar bills on the counter.

“Nah,” I drawl. “Not the kind of sweet I’m looking for, and as for the book, I’ll just wait until you get done with it. You’re probably due for a reread.” I snag my coffee off the counter, and with a wink, I saunter out the door, leaving her standing with her mouth hanging open and fire shooting from those pretty gray eyes.

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Freya Barker loves writing about ordinary people with extraordinary stories. Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; with characters who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills, and some hot, sizzling sex in their lives.

A recipient of the RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for best first book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya has not slowed down.

She continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

To keep in touch with Ms. Barker and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

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Mach One, book 3 of ICE : International Clandestine Enterprise series

Hello and welcome!

If you remember I had a chat a month ago with Mike, the hero from Body Shot, book 2 in the ICE : International Clandestine Enterprise series by one of my fave authors, Amy Jarecki.

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The latest in the series, Mach One was released on January 2, 2017.

Just looking at the mysterious and stunning woman brings trouble.

But former Australian Airforce pilot Luke Fox isn’t the type to shirk away from a challenge. When ICE sends him in undercover to take down the most notorious drug cartel in Mexico, he’s not planning to encounter tempting and complex Mia. Further, Luke believes the woman to be part of the drug lord’s gang…until he uncovers the truth.

Intrigued by the cartel’s new pilot, she takes reckless risks.

Kidnapped when she was a child, Mia has lived her life in fear under the roof of a cold and heartless tyrant. Though she knows the punishment for her curiosity, she cannot help but seek to learn more about the new man who is so different from the others—and he’s the only one who’s not afraid to talk to her.

As forbidden romance blossoms, they face the most dangerous challenge of their lives.

Luke must complete his mission, but the stakes have just quadrupled. Shocked by the brutal truth, he refuses to end it without taking Mia with him. As the enemy closes in, all seems lost. Who saves whom in his fast-paced, heart-stopping struggle of good against evil?

Here is my review

5 stars – I listened to the previous 2 books in the ICE series in audio and they were both 5 stars across the board. This 3rd instalment is no different.
I was looking forward to read Luke’s story and he got his hands full with Mia. Joining their journey to freedom and finally to HEA is intense. His mission in Mexico is intense and it has a few nail-biting moments. Learning about Mia’s abduction and subsequent sale into slavery and what she has to do to survive is heart wrenching. She is smart and knowledgeable in many things but immature in others.
Loved seeing the other characters from the previous books making their appearance in this one too. Well done Ms. Jarecki.
I hope there will be more stories in the ICE series, I am looking forward to more adventures.

I really hope there will be more in the series. Ms. Jarecki? Pleeeeeze!

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I hope you will give the series a chance, here are the buy links.

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Julie’s Chat with Christian

Hello and welcome!

This is the first of many to come where I invited my friends to chat with their book boyfriends.

Today my awesome friend Julie brought her book boyfriend. Read on and see who he is 😉

Thank you Julie for coming today and bringing your… OMG Julie! YUM

ahem… Now where were we? Ah yes!

Take it from here, Julie! I’ll stop talking now 😉 I’ll just ogle a bit

Julie: Thanks for agreeing to answer some questions today, Cristian!
Cristian’s ice blue eyes look wary I suppose.

Julie:  Great.  Chocolate or vanilla?
Cristian: Vanilla.

Julie: Boxers or briefs?
Cristian: The readers really want to know that?
Julie: Oh, yes.
Cristian scowls Neither.

Julie: They definitely want to know that.
I nod in agreement, we definitely want to know THAT 😉

Julie: What’s your favorite color?
Cristian quirks a dark brow Red.

Julie smiles The color of Alana’s hair.
a smile ghosts past Christian’s sculpted lips, but he remains silent

Julie: Since you brought up your lovely wife, where did you meet her?
Cristian: On a private island off the coast of Nicaragua.  I was there on a job.  Alana was living there with a tribe of Indians.  She saved my life.

Julie: What was your first thought when you saw her?
Cristian: That she had been sent to kill me.

Julie: Well, I’m going to let the readers stew over that one.  Curiosity peaked ladies? You will have to read the book to find out the rest of the story.  One more question.  Fast or slow?
Cristian rises from his chair and leans over to speak softly in Julie’s ear Both.

This book is definitely going into my TBR list.

Thank you Julie! Thank you Christian!

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Thanks for dropping by today and I hope you enjoyed the chat, I most surely did. I would like to thank Julie for sharing Christian with us and Ms. Lowery for dreaming him up for us to enjoy. I am looking forward to reading his story.

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Christian Slate hails from “Hard Core”, book 1 in the Romantic Suspense series Onyx Group by Jennifer Lowery.

He takes lives. She saves them.

A supposedly hassle-free job for mercenary Cristian Slade becomes a mission of mercy when he saves a life instead of taking one. Slade’s new mission might be his most dangerous yet, because the danger is to his heart.

Tragedy has sent esteemed surgeon Alana O’Grady to a remote a remote Nicaraguan island where she immerses herself in the lives of a native tribe, using her talents for goodwill instead of wealth and prestige. But life turns upside down when her work requires she protect a rugged mercenary who commands her attention when she’s awake and dominates her dreams while she sleeps.

Doctoring Cristian puts her entire tribe in danger from the man who’s hunting him. Is it her professional oath or her unprofessional attraction to him keeping her from sending him away to heal on his own? Alana’s fire warms Cristian’s heart, but he’s a hardened assassin and has no business falling for someone like her. Can they fight hard enough to keep what they might have together?

Content Warning: Sexual content.

Excerpt
Copyright © 2014, Jennifer Lowery

Prepared to start an IV, she picked up a needle. She had it in position when his other arm shot out and he clamped her wrist in a bone-crushing grip. Startled, she met his panicked gaze.

“I said no needles.”

Her heart banged against her ribcage as she let the needle slip out of her hand. It hit the floor with a small ting. Alana opened her hands in surrender, her patient’s fingers digging into her flesh. For a man half-dead, he had amazing strength.

“Okay,” she said to placate him. “Relax, I don’t have it anymore. It’s your choice, but I recommend you let me start an IV for meds.”

“No. Just fix me.”

Alana pinned him with a no nonsense stare. “I’m not impressed with Superman heroics.”

Face pale and drawn, he said gruffly, “I’m not Superman. Learned not to trust people with needles.”

Her fingers were going numb. “If I remove the bullet without pain medication or anesthetic, you’re going to be sorry.”

He studied her. “You’re really a doctor?”

Alana bristled. “Technically, yes.”

“Technically?”

She didn’t have time to explain herself with the amount of blood seeping from his gunshot wound. “I went to med school. You can let go of my arm now. I won’t use any needles.”

He looked down and immediately released his grip. She rubbed her wrist to soothe away the ache. “Can I get to work now, or do you want to question me more about my credentials while you bleed to death? I don’t have a blood bank, so you’re screwed if you lose too much.”

Her blunt statement received a curt nod. She normally didn’t talk to her patients like that. Her patients didn’t normally countermand her either.

“Do it,” he said.

“Without anesthetics?”

“I don’t need them. Just get it over with.”

Stubborn, stupid, or both? Insane, yes, but there wasn’t time to argue with him.

“Okay. The offer stands if you change your mind.”

“I won’t.”

She doubted that, but didn’t comment. Instead, wiped her forehead with her forearm, and picked up gauze pads to clean the wound.

“Here goes,” she warned and dabbed his skin.

Her patient didn’t move or even wince as she cleaned the angry wound. Either he had a will of steel or he’d passed out again. Hopefully, the latter. Sweat rolled down her back as she finished cleansing the area around the bullet entry. Red flesh puckered with the first signs of infection. In this environment infection was guaranteed.

With a steady hand that would have made her father proud, she picked up her instruments and took a deep breath.

“You still with me?”

He murmured a response, turning his head slightly so he could see her. The stark beauty of his profile, despite the bruises, struck her again. The lines of his face were chiseled, unforgiving. The kind of man she’d glance at twice if she passed him on the street.

A man associated with a criminal.

“Still here, Doc. What are you waiting for?” Husky with pain, his deep voice brought her out of her thoughts.

She gave herself a mental shake. “Want something to bite down on?”

A small, wry smile touched his lips and his lids closed. “You won’t hear a peep out of me. Just fix me, Doc.”

“I can hit you so you’ll sleep through it,” she muttered.

That drew a low chuckle from him. She didn’t expect him to have a sense of humor. He seemed too…hard. His chuckle turned into a grunt of pain. “You probably hit like a girl.”

Alana grinned. “Yes, I do. Rest assured it won’t feel like it.”

“Appreciate the offer, but, no.” His words slurred together, his muscles tense as he fought his body’s demands.

“You got a name, Superman?”

His head rolled to the side, his chest rose and fell slowly. She thought he was out but he murmured, “Cristian.”

“Nice to meet you, Cristian.”

Then she dug into the wound for the bullet.

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You can read Julie’s 5-star review here.

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Author Bio: 

NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer.  Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side.

Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier to share her passion with her readers.  She loves everything there is about romance.  Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines.  She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within themselves to discover love.

Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband and two children.  When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Note from Jennifer Lowery:

Hi all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! I’m very excited to introduce you all to Cristian Slade, the hero from my debut novel, “Hard Core”. I hope you enjoy meeting him as much as I did writing him.

In honor of my release I am giving away an e-book copy of any one of my books, go to my WEBSITE to choose, to one lucky commenter.

***BONUS***

For everyone who signs up for my NEWSLETTER you will receive an e-book copy of my short story, Taking Chances ($.99 value) for FREE!

Thank you for having me today, Eniko! Thank you Julie for loving Cristian! I just want to send out a big THANK YOU to all my readers out there! Without you I wouldn’t be here. My wish is to one day meet each and every one of you so I can personally thank you for your generosity and support! 
All my best, 
Jennifer

The lucky reader will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments after 3pm EST Monday, September 7, 2015. GOOD LUCK!

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