Release Day Blitz: “Discovered” (The Cover Series #1) by Kim Black – My Review, EXCLUSIVE Author Interview & Giveaway

Hello, my lovelies!

I am so excited to share my review of “Discovered” by Kim Black today! This is a very STEAMY book with a great storyline and I enjoyed it immensely.

Be sure to check out my exclusive interview with Kim – and do not forget to enter her giveaway: you can win a Kindle Fire HD! Whoop!

Enjoy!

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Blurb

Emily Roberts was done with men! She believed she was content with just focusing on her career. After Adam, her ex, cheated on her with not one but two of her co-workers, Emily fled from her former workplace, forgoing her internship and decided to start anew.

Though her decision to write off love had held up for over a year, her chastity belt would soon be put to the test when Julien Belmont, a French billionaire, takes an interest in her.

In one night, she questions everything she believes and though she is determined that he is no different from the rest, she finds herself in a world wind of affairs, lies and a tug of war between old and new men…

Can she learn to love again or will she flee from Julien, who she admits is the best lover she had ever had?

Julien Belmont is a gorgeous, commanding, passionate Frenchman who enjoys his freedom. His ever growing sexual hunger makes it so his appetite is never quite quenched. At last not until he meets Emily. One night with her changes everything he has ever believed in.

Will his past destroy his potential future with Emily? Or will the fire between them burn eternal!

Note: This book is the first part of a series and is designed to be read in order.

~~INTENDED FOR ADULTS 18 AND ABOVE~~

This book contains erotic content and is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.

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My Review

ARC received by the author in exchange for an honest review.

If you are looking for a quick, steamy read with a strong-willed heroine and a gorgeous sexy-as-sin hero, I definitely recommend that you read this book.

Meet Emily: she has been burnt by her past boyfriend, Adam, and even though it has been a year since she broke it off with him, she is still not ready or willing to jump into a new relationship. However, her strong feelings about this subject become muddled when she meets Julien Belmont when she is out clubbing with her friends one night.

“Foreign men and their accents. Why did we girls have to be such suckers for a beautiful man with an accent?!” (Emily)

Julien is, without a doubt, a man accustomed to getting his way and the minute he lays eyes on Emily, he wants her.

They share a night filled with VERY steamy sex (honestly, my ears got quite red while reading this scene) but when morning comes, Emily is still not sure if she wants to trust Julien with her heart. And then drama ensues: by accident, Emily finds out that Julien is, in fact, married! Yes, married! At this point in time, I was quite ready to throw my Kindle across the room because I did NOT see this coming, at all – but I did not do this, I persevered and read the entire story in one sitting. And I will not tell you more about the actual drama but suffice it to say that there is lots of it.

Emily is a great character: sassy, smart, and as I already mentioned above, she is a very strong woman. I like her “voice” very much, and I could completely relate to her when it came down to her very conflicting feelings towards Julien and her ex-boyfriend, Adam.

And Julien…? Well, he is very alpha in the bedroom, but quite confused about his feelings as well. He does not understand the pull he feels when he is near Emily, and he is quite determined to make her his.

“This woman…she had somehow gotten to me, weakened me and brought out a side of me that I didn’t know existed.” (Julien)

His marriage of convenience to Charlette, their reasons behind it, left me a bit…well, angry, actually. But I love it when books make me feel very strong emotions, whether they be negative or positive ones. So well done, Miss Black!

As this is a novella, this review is rather short – but I do not want to spoil it for you. The story is solid, the dual POVs make me a very happy bookaholic, and one of the major factors as to why I enjoyed the story so much is that I found myself feeling sympathy towards ALL the characters. Even Charlette and Adam have redeeming qualities, and I can honestly say that I have absolutely no idea about what will happen in the next two installments! I love that!

So, to sum up: this is, yes, a story about a sexy billionaire, which we have seen quite a lot of already, but it is so different at the same time; further, the feelings of both Emily and Julien are portrayed in a way that make you believe them; last, the supporting characters all play a very important part in the story as well, and they, too, come across as very believable characters. The author’s writing is very good, and it has a nice flow to it.

Although I would have liked to get to know Emily and Julien better – because this IS the first book in the series – I am confident that I will get my wish granted in the next book, “Coverup”, and I cannot wait to read it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 Kim Black is a Romance Writer who enjoys the passions of love. There is no greater feeling then the initial jilt we get when we first meet that right person. She believes everyone should experience that feeling and if you haven’t yet experienced it, then maybe you can live through the her characters.
She has always enjoyed reading and writing stories that people can get lost in, providing a story that people can feel and relate to.
Her first debut novel is “DISCOVERED” which will be a part of “The Cover Series.”

SOCIAL LINKS

Twitter

Facebook

Release Party on Facebook

Blog

Author Profile on Goodreads

BUY LINKS

Amazon US (Kindle & Paperback)

Barnes & Noble (Nook)

Smashwords

Here is my interview with Kim, ladies.

Enjoy!

Thank you so much for letting me interview you, Kim!

1)    First of all: Who is Kim Black? I am just your average girl from New York who grew up loving to read books. When I was younger, I would read everything I could get my hands on. Actually my best friend and I would have competitions to see who could read more books. LOL As I got older, I started writing poetry and then little short stories here and there. It wasn’t until last year that I was introduced to the world of Erotic Romance Novels but once I started reading the genre, I got hooked.

2)    Where did the inspiration for Discovered'” come from? When did the idea of the story come to you? Initially I decided to write a suspense novel but once I began writing, I knew that it wasn’t the story I wanted to write. Somewhere along my new discovery of Erotic Romances last year, I fell in love with the genre. So, I scraped the suspense novel and started again… This time with Discovered, wanting to give the readers what I had been getting from the new list of authors who had made me fall in love with the genre; passion, lust, drama and story that they would get completely lost in.

3)    How long did it take you to write the book? I started writing Discovered in the beginning of September. I wasn’t finished completely, edits included until earlier this month.

4)    Are any of your characters based on people from real life? Or are they entirely fictional? It’s funny that you ask because I think each female character is a piece of my personality. Emily is the girl who doesn’t trust easy and runs away when things get too hard for her although she doesn’t believe she does that. Suzie is a no-nonsense; tell it like it is woman who lives her life by the day. Diana is the caring, shy, over-looked girl who is the nurturing motherly type. For the guys, they are pretty much made-up characters lol

5)    Who did you connect the most with, Emily or Julien? Emily of course lol I guess it’s easier to understand and connect with her more because I am a woman and I know what its like to get your heart broken by a man to the point where you feel like you can never trust another.

6)    Did you know how the story would end from the beginning? Or did the book almost take on a life of its own? Honestly I don’t know where the story will lead me until I start writing. I know that an author should sit down and write out the plot and the details but where is the fun in that? lol I like to sit in front of my computer and just let my fingers move. There are times I start typing and it’s amazing, and then there are times when I have to hit backspace but I like it that way. I just let the story come to me.

7)    Did certain scenes make you blush while writing them? 😉 Heck yeah! All the sex scenes lol It’s one thing to read those scenes and it’s a completely different thing to write them lol I kept wondering if people are going to think that I am drawing from my own sex life lol But nonetheless, I think I managed to make each scene better then the last.

8)    Do you have any specific rituals when you sit down to write? I mostly write when at night, when everyone else at home is asleep. Normally I was grab my blanket, head over to the living room and get nice and comfy on the couch with my laptop and write till the sun came up.

9)    Do you use music to get you in the right frame of mind while writing a certain scene? No not music but the tv is on lol I like the sound of my late night comedies in the background lol I know it’s weird lol

10)  What are the top 3 songs on your iPod right now? Marl Anthony – Vivir Mi Vida, Tamar Braxton – Love & War, and Adele – Someone Like You

11)  I am very much looking forward to reading the next installment in the Cover series – can you tell us a little bit about what’ll happen next? Without giving any spoilers, of course. The next book in the series is COVERUP and all I can say is expect more sexy scenes, more unexpected plots and if you have already picked your teams, (Team Adam, Team Julien, Team Emily and Team Charlette) you might switch up by the end of this book. The characters all step their game up in COVERUP!

12)  Name 3-5 Fun Facts about yourself!

Hmm let’s see…

1)    I try to read a book a day unless the book is really long and take me two days

2)    I have hundreds of books on my Kindle that are still on my to-be-read list but I still search for books to download every week lol making the list never ending lol

3)    Though the book has finally released, it still hasn’t fully hit me that now I am a published author.

Go to Kim’s page to enter the giveaway!

Here is the link: Kindle Fire HD Giveaway: http://tinyurl.com/o4ysg65

GOOD LUCK!

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Blog Tour: “Quintessentially Q” (Monsters In The Dark #2) by Pepper Winters – My Review, Book Trailers, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Hello, my lovelies!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! And to those of you who do not celebrate it: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! I hope that you will have a wonderful day with your loved ones.

It has now become my turn to participate in the “Quintessesentially Q” blog tour – in this post, you will find my review, book trailers of both “QQ” and “Tears Of Tess” + there is also a tour wide giveaway.

If you would like to follow the tour, here is the link to do so: http://bit.ly/1huXDNu

Enjoy!

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Title: Quintessentially Q

Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #2

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date:  December 15, 2013

Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn

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Blurb

“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… fucked up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs make a right.”

Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.

He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.

My Review

ARC received by the author in exchange for an honest review

I do believe that this is only the second time in my (albeit short) career as a book blogger that I have wished that I was able to give a book more than 5 stars. I honestly believe that Pepper Winters has outdone herself with this book.

This is a very difficult review for me to write. Please do not misunderstand me: I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! The difficulty lies in the fact that I hate the language barrier more than usual as I will never be able to do the book justice. But I will do my very best. Further, I will not give a synopsis of the story as such for two reasons:

1) the blurb says so much already, and 2) I fear that I will spoil it for you if I write too much. This also means that my review will be shorter than others I have written, and I hope that you will not be disappointed.

QQ begins just where “Tears Of Tess” left us. Tess has returned to Q of her own free will, but even though Q knows that she says that they belong together, he is still hesitant, constantly afraid of unleashing the sadist within for fear of Tess running away from him.

“You’re worth every fight. Every argument and bump in the road. I’ll fight because I’m falling for you, Q.” (Tess)

His relentless torment is heartbreaking to read and you really FEEL it when you read the chapters written from Q’s viewpoint.

“What monster wanted to capture the blood of the woman he’d given his life to?” (Q)

The couple is not allowed to be together for long, though: Tess is brutally taken from Q, kidnapped by the same barbaric men who stole her in Mexico and this time, they intend to break her completely.

As with the first book in the series, I have only admiration for Tess: she is so strong, willing to fight but so vulnerable at the same time. No human being should go through all the horrible things she is forced to endure and reading certain scenes made me want to throw up – yes, they are that vile, sick and cruel.

As for Quincy Mercer – Q…I hardly know where to begin! This truly is his story. He longs to unleash the beast within and he (literally) craves Tess’ blood – his need to possess her completely and utterly is described in such a way that you cannot help but feel compassion towards him. His search for Tess is relentless, and his guilt for not keeping her safe is palpable: his torment and anguish are heartbreaking. Getting inside this tormented hero’s head, learning his thoughts and fears, is written with such passion, and I now understand Q so much better than before.

The journey these two characters go through is filled with horror, but they do find their way back together. It does, however, take out so much strength of them both and I was biting my nails and almost pulling out my hair while reading all the hardships they both go through.

“You’re my obsession, I’m your possession – You own the deepest part of me – You crawled into the darkness, set my monster free – So scream, bleed, call out to me – But never say stop, never flee.” (Q)

Is this book dark? Yes. Disturbing? Absolutely. Delicious? Oh, there is no doubt about that! Honestly, although I have never read a dark romance as dark as this, it does not bother me one tiny bit. I believe I have previously described this author’s writing as “magical” and QQ truly is a wonderfully raw, painful, yet uplifting book. I am more than thrilled to learn that there will be one more book in the series as I am far from ready to say goodbye to Tess and Q yet. Miss Winters, you have once again written a masterpiece and I applaud you – AGAIN – for giving us such amazingly dark, yet beautiful, characters.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero the better and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby (who speaks French—hot!) who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She loves to hear from her readers so hit her up at pepperwinters@gmail.com

SOCIAL LINKS

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pepperwinters/boards/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pepper-Winters/539976006062848

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PepperWinters

Blog: http://pepperwinters.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7151973.Pepper_Winters

Here are the amazing book trailers, ladies.

Quintessentially Q – Fan Made Book Trailers

Trailer #1

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Tears of Tess – Book Trailer

Here is the excerpt, ladies.

Enjoy!

With nerves lodged in my throat, I pulled out ropes, cuffs, bondage of all types.

Tess watched remotely as I piled my arms full of things and headed back to the bed. Placing them on the towel at the foot of the four poster, I looked at Tess. “Tie me up.”

I never thought I’d ever say those words. But I needed her to bind me. I wouldn’t be able to go through with this if she didn’t. I’d run like a fucking coward, or lash out and hurt her.

She picked up the leather cuffs, the buckles clinking. “Where?”

Trying to curb the terror and anger and so many fucking things, I forced myself to sit on the mattress and lie down.

My heart was a fucking crazy thing going a billion miles an hour; I couldn’t look at Tess. I couldn’t look anywhere but at the large canopy above my head. The four posters were sturdy—half a fucking tree sturdy—once she bound me, I wouldn’t be able to get free.

My stomach rolled and I swore I would be sick. Shit. Oh, shit. What the fuck am I doing?

Tess glided closer to the bed, looking like a malnourished ghost. She eyed the cuff, then my limbs. My fists pressed against my thighs, every muscle locked tight.

I hadn’t undressed. The element of having jeans and a T-shirt on was my only armament; I wanted to keep it that way.

I gritted my teeth, spreading my legs for her.

She swallowed and obediently looped the soft leather around my ankle.

Black spots appeared in my vision as she tightened the buckle around the bedpost. She fastened it and I wriggled.

“You need to do it tighter. I can get free.” I hated every word. I wanted to chop out my tongue for being such a traitor, but I wasn’t doing this for me. I was doing this for Tess. To somehow break the barrier she’d fortified. If it took dynamite in the form of making me shatter, then so be it.

Tess nodded, tightening the buckle until it bit into my skin. Heat travelled up my leg, causing me to shiver with helplessness.

Torturing me with fluttering touches and slowness, Tess secured my other ankle before sighing heavily. She looked at me with a thousand wishes in her eyes and no hope. Moving toward the head of the bed, she chose a length of silk rope.

Our eyes never left each other as she bent and captured my hand with hers. The moment her delicate fingers touched my trembling skin, I bucked. My cock roared to life and all I wanted to do was kiss her, fuck her, never let her fucking go again.

She bit her lip, her eyes darkening just a little.

“Embrasse moi!” Kiss me, I demanded, capturing her hand with mine.

We stared so long, so hard, I wondered if I’d die waiting for her to obey. Finally, she bent in half, lowering herself toward me. My legs might be bound, but my arms and torso weren’t. The moment she was in grabbing distance, I wrapped my arms around her, dragging her hard against me.

BUY LINKS 

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00HBF3FPO

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00HBF3FPO

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/quintessentially-q-pepper-winters/1117678552

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/388134

Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/4422810

Do not forget that the first book in the Monsters In The Dark series, “Tears Of Tess”, is ON SALE on Amazon for a limited time!

 

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Title: Tears of Tess

Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #1

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 18, 2013

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Blurb

A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.

“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility. 

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

But lusty paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror. 

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.

Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?

BUY LINKS

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00EV9LSJI

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EV9LSJI

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tears-of-tess-pepper-winters/1116793584

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tears-of-tess/id695859976?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/352510

Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/4393891

 

 Do not forget that the conclusion to Tess and Q’s story will be released in 2014!

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Title: Twisted Together

Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #3

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date: Early 2014

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Blurb

“After battling through hell, I brought my esclave back from the brink of ruin. I sacrificed everything—my heart, my mind, my very desires to bring her back to life. And for a while, I thought it broke me, that I’d never be the same. But slowly the beast is growing bolder, and it’s finally time to show Tess how beautiful the dark can be.”

Q gave everything to bring Tess back. In return, he expects nothing less. Tess may have leashed and tamed him, but he’s still a monster inside. 

Before you go, be sure to enter the giveaway!

Pepper is offering up (5) eBook copies of Tears of Tess (INTL) and (2) swag packs (INTL) up for grabs.  Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM CST 12/30/2013.

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GOOD LUCK!

Cover Reveal: “Ending A Torn Past” (The Journey Series #2) by Melissa L. Delgado – Synopsis

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Hello, my lovelies!
I have a very special cover reveal for you today.
My very first blog post was a review of Melissa’s first novel, “Ending A Broken Journey”, and I am simply dying to get to learn
Jax’ story.
Believe me, I will be one of the first people to buy the book when it releases in 2014.
Enjoy!
Release Date: TBD
 
Blurb:
A present life worth moving on for. A past best
left to memories tucked away.
Jaxon Dean has reached a point in his life
where everything is as it should be. He has the personality, the looks, and the
charm, to basically get whoever he desires—except Cassandra Tyce. She’s immune
to his playboy ways, quick wit, and over indulgence of himself. There is only
one time he can recall having to work as hard to snag the one he had his sights
set on…
At a much simpler time in life, all he had to
worry about was passing classes, hitching a ride to places, and collecting
phone numbers. Although on his first day of high school, Jaxon found not every
girl was susceptible to his charms. Could one person truly change his
overzealous ways? 
An unexpected turn of events can leave even the
toughest ones lost without hope… Hope of ever recovering, of ever wanting to
see tomorrow, of ever feeling true happiness again.
 
With the help of Cassandra Tyce, Jaxon will
learn that sometimes, lying to oneself can be the sole reason a person stays
torn.
 
 
Cover Model: Dan Tillery
 
Photographer: Lindee Robinson

If you are interested in reading my review of “Ending A Broken Journey”, click HERE.

Author Bio:
I love anything and everything pertaining to
make up or beauty. I love to write and shop. I love going to the movies and
spending time with my friends and family.I love to dance. I love to laugh and
to make others laugh. I’m inspired by dance, music, poetry, and photography. I
feel there is beauty in everything. I believe to get respect you have to give
respect and to treat others how you want to be treated. I love everything and
anything vintage. I love Jesus and believe in having faith in the unseen and
unheard. I love to have fun and make new memories. But mostly, I love life.
Enjoying the road I’m on and making the most of it.
 
 
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Book Blitz: “Monsters In The Dark Series” by Pepper Winters

Hello, my lovelies!

You know how much I love Pepper Winters and her writing, and I am so happy to be a part of this cover reveal for the last book in the Monsters In The Dark series, “Twisted Together”! It is, quite simply, absolutely stunning.

I am a part of the tour for #QQ and my review will be up on 24th December.

Be sure to check out the book trailer of #QQ as well.

Enjoy!

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We are thrilled to present to you International Best Selling Author Pepper Winters and the Monsters in the Dark series.

Hosted by Love Between the Sheets Promotions

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Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)

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DARK AND HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL….IT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS!!!! ~Lorie, Goodreads

Words CAN.NOT describe what a beautiful, emotional, gut-wrenching, soul-searching kind of read Tears of Tess was for me. ~ Jacqueline’s Reads

Synopsis

“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.

For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.

But lusty paradise is shattered.

Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.

Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?

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If you want to read My Review of “Tears Of Tess”, just click HERE!

Book trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI1azW2ydUo#t=0

On Sale Now for 99¢

Amazon Worldwide

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Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)

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Wrenching,emotional,terrifying and triumphanta dark and suspenseful page turner! ~Jona, Goodreads

I have simply fallen in love with these characters, and their beautifully tragic story. ~Lauren, Goodreads

Synopsis

“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… fucked up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs make a right.”

Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.

He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster

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Fan made book trailers –

Now Available!

Amazon Worldwide | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

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Coming Soon in early 2014 – The conclusion to Quincy and Tess’ Story

Twisted Together (Monsters in the Dark #3)

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Synopsis

“After battling through hell, I brought my esclave back from the brink of ruin. I sacrificed everything—my heart, my mind, my very desires to bring her back to life. And for a while, I thought it broke me, that I’d never be the same. But slowly the beast is growing bolder, and it’s finally time to show Tess how beautiful the dark can be.”

Q gave everything to bring Tess back. In return, he expects nothing less. Tess may have leashed and tamed him, but he’s still a monster inside.

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About the Author

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Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.
Her debut book Tears of Tess is followed by Quintessentially Q and Twisted Together. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon.

Connect with Pepper

Blog | Twitter: @pepperwinters | Facebook | Email: pepperwinters@gmail.com | Goodreads

Cover Reveal: “A Tragic Wreck” (The Beautiful Mess Series #2) by T. K. Leigh – Synopsis, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Book Title: A Tragic Wreck
Author: T.K. Leigh
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 4, 2013
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Blurb

How can you continue living when you’re living a lie? How can you convince your body to stop feeling, your soul to stop caring, and your heart to stop beating?

Haunted by her past, Olivia Adler flees Boston for a beach in Florida, leaving everyone behind, trying to shut the world out. Remaining a relative recluse in her self-imposed prison, she tries to turn everything off, wanting to feel nothing. But a new acquaintance won’t let that happen. After being away from Alexander for a month, his voice constantly ringing in her head, reminding her that her inability to confront her demons will not only destroy her, but also him, can she really be expected to want to feel again when it brings nothing but pain?

Back in Boston, everywhere he turns, Alexander Burnham is reminded of Olivia… His Olivia… He tries to dull the ache left in his heart the only way he knows how… in the bed of a beautiful woman. But Alexander isn’t about to lose his Olivia. After a clue comes to light regarding Olivia’s whereabouts, can he convince her to return to Boston with him? When a force that has laid dormant for months resurfaces, can Alexander still protect her from the unknown danger? And when Alexander comes face to face with a shadow of both his and Olivia’s past, will he be able to tell her the secret that is threatening to tear them apart?

A Tragic Wreck is the continuation of T.K. Leigh’s heart-breaking Beautiful Mess series.

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“Well, then, what do you want from me, Olivia?” he asked loudly, watching her walk away.

She spun around abruptly and searched his eyes. “I don’t want you to always feel like you have to come and help me, Alex,” she whimpered, her throat beginning to close up again, thinking about the man who was no longer hers. “I just want you to stand by my side while I try to help myself.” Her eyes narrowed, staring at him as he remained silent on the busy Boston street. “Do you think you can do that?” She looked at him as snow continued to blanket the sidewalk, desperately wanting him to say that yes, he could do that. That he would stand by her side. That he would forget all about her running out on him. And that he would do anything he could to make sure she never did the same thing again.

But instead, Alexander just stood there and stared, not saying anything.

Several moments passed, the silence deafening. “That’s what I thought.” Her eyes fell as she turned and continued to walk, shivering from the snow and the last shattered pieces of her heart being stomped on.

Alexander tried to open his mouth to say something. Anything. Tell her to wait. Stop. He made a mistake. But nothing came out. He knew he had just let the only woman he would ever truly love walk out of his life. And he did nothing. He watched his entire world fall apart and he didn’t do anything to stop it. All of a sudden, he felt more lonely than he had ever felt in all his thirty years.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

T. K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is a producer / attorney by trade. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.

When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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Blog Tour: “Dear Emily” (Forever Family #1) by Trudy Stiles – My Review, Book Trailer & Giveaway

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This really is a wonderful debut novel and I am so happy that it has now become my turn on the blog tour. Besides my review, you will find the book trailer and a giveaway.

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Blurb

Two women.  Carly and Tabitha.  They each have suffered life-altering events that have left them both traumatically damaged.

Carly Sloan’s life was perfect until her security and innocence was torn from her.  The vast repercussions from horrific events threaten to destroy her stability and her chances for a happily ever after. Kyle Finnegan comes into Carly’s life at the height of her turmoil. Can he help her find what she desires most?

Tabitha Fletcher has constantly suffered from a very young age.  She has been hiding from her past, which was full of sadness, loss and abuse.  She has been so brutally damaged that she has very little hope for redemption.  The revolving door of men only leads her deeper into misery.

What circumstance brings these two women together and can they help each other heal?  And will they each find what they need? 

Redemption.
Love.
Family.

“Dear Emily” is the first book in the “Forever Family” series.

This book is not suitable for young readers.  It is intended for mature adults only (18+).  It contains strong language, adult/sexual situations, non-consensual sex and some violence.

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My Review

ARC received by the author in exchange for an honest review

When I read the synopsis of this book, I was not entirely sure if it would be to my liking, but I am happy to say that I was completely invested in the book after having read the first few chapters. It is a beautifully written story about surviving horrific pasts, about hope, loss, and, ultimately, love.

The story centres around two women, Carly and Tabitha, who, although coming from entirely different upbringings, both have suffered in the past and who become connected through an unborn child, Emily. We are told their different stories through both past and present and through alternate POVs, and I for one was never confused when the timelines and POVs changed from one character to the other.

The prologue of the book is very difficult to read as it describes how Carly is raped one night – her virginity is stolen from her in the most brutal and horrific way – and as is the case with many rape victims, she chooses to try to forget about the entire experience. She is not being left alone to do that, though: her friends – Becca, Callie and Manny – corner her a few weeks later over wine (later known as Wine Wednesday) and she tells them about the rape. Naturally, she is comforted by them all, and they convince her to go to the clinic on campus to get a physical exam done.

After having had many tests done, Carly finds out that she has been infected with chlamydia, and this will prove to have an important impact on her life later on.

When reading Carly’s story, we are also introduced to Kyle who is so warm, caring and, quite literally, Carly’s hero later in the book. Obviously, I do not want to give too much away, but let me just tell you this: Kyle shows Carly what it means to be loved unconditionally, he gives her strength and he helps her overcoming the rape and gives her hope for a wonderful future.

“I love this man with all that I am and I love the father he is going to be.” (Carly)

Now, Tabitha is an entirely different character from Carly: having been abandoned by her biological mother just hours after she was born, she grew up in different foster homes. Her first foster mother was tragically killed when Tabitha was only 7 years old, and she was never given the same kind of love afterwards.

“I have no one. I’m alone. Alone in the present and alone with my past. Alone with my demons.” (Tabitha)

Tabitha is so lost and lonely, and your heart will ache while reading her story. She is pregnant for the second time in her young life (she is only 21 years old) and as with her previous child, she has decided to give up this one – Emily – for adoption. This is how Carly and Tabitha’s lives become entwined, and as I stated above, these two women are so different from each other. But one thing that binds them is their love for baby Emily.

Even though Tabitha has made some bad choices in the past, I do not blame her at all. She is yearning to have what Carly has – a loving, doting husband – but she does not really know how to get what she wants. She is, after all, very young and she needs to heal and find her place in the world before she is able to move on in life.

Reading about these women made me feel so many different emotions: sadness, for one, but also happiness and hope. I was torn between wanting Tabitha to keep Emily and knowing that, given her situation, it just was not possible, and then hoping, until the very end, that Carly and Kyle would get their “Forever Family” like they had always wanted.

Learning all about Carly’s feelings towards her unborn child, reading her journal entries, made me cry many times. And you should know by now that evoking tears is the greatest gift an author can give me because it makes me FEEL, it makes me truly believe in the characters, and – what is just as important – it means that the story is REAL to me. Miss Stiles truly made me believe in her story – the pace is never rushed, and the secondary characters all compliment the main characters. I honestly believe that this author is very talented as her writing sucked me right in from the beginning.

Now, the epilogue…well, again, I do not want to say too much, BUT I have to warn you by telling you this: Tabitha’s story does not end in this book. I find myself happy with this fact, actually, because I really long for her to find her happy-ever-after. This is one cliffhanger I do not mind one bit!

All in all, I loved this story. It is written with passion, and the only thing I miss is that I would have liked to get more scenes with Carly and Kyle in the past – while they were still in college – but that is just personal preference as I am a real romance junkie (*wink*). I really cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Trudy Stiles is a New Adult author, avid reader, mom to two beautiful children and married to the love of her life. She just wrote her debut novel, “Dear Emily, and cannot wait to share it with everyone.You’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds and she always has a playlist ready for her writing sprints.When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.She’s always been an avid reader and frequently escapes into the fictional worlds of the many characters that she has come to love. Well now there are some fictional characters in her head dying to get out! This first story is called “Dear Emily” and will begin the “Forever Family” series.

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Release Day Blitz: “Quintessentially Q” (Monsters In The Dark #2) by Pepper Winters – Synopsis, Teaser & Giveaway

Hello, my lovelies!

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. And what better way to spend it than with an AMAZING book? You all know that I love Pepper Winters and the prequel to #QQ, “Tears Of Tess”, and now you get more! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

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“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… fucked up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs make a right.”
 
Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.
 
He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.
 
Series: Monsters in the Dark, #2
Genre: Erotic/Dark Romance
Release Date: December 15, 2013
 
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“You need me like I need you. I get it,” she murmured.

I ducked and nuzzled her throat, teeth aching to break her skin and lick. “And why is that?” My hand reached to cup her neck, not

squeezing—just a gentle coax, reminding her she was in my power.

Her mouth opened and her body melted against mine. “Because…”

My body burned for her; my ears strained for her answer. “Because…” I licked her lips, begging her to finish her sentence. I had to hear why she cared. It meant the world to me.

I would never have cared about another person loving me before. Now, I needed it more than anything.

Tess kissed me back, whispering into my mouth. “Because you’re my monster in the dark, and I’m yours.”

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*About Pepper*
 
Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero the better and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex. 
 
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby (who speaks French—hot!) who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She loves to hear from her readers so hit her up at pepperwinters@gmail.com
 
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