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07 October, 2015

Release Day Blast: Whatever He Wants by Alexia Davis

Whatever He Wants
Contemporary Erotica
Published: 7 October 2015

Olivia isn't making it in Hollywood like she thought she would. She would go back home if she knew her father wouldn't say, "I told you so." Her two roommates are doing fine with their acting careers and they expect her to pay her share of the rents. So after she can't find a job she gets hired at a place that she would never admit to anyone.

Billionaire Tristan Davis just got a divorce so how does he deal with it? His favorite underground club where pleasures could be paid for. That's where he meets Olivia. She's gorgeous and he can control her however he likes. But when his secrets are revealed will she not want to be around him like everyone else in his life?

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06 October, 2015

Release Week Blast - Author Guest Post: Mimi Milan (A Rebel In Jericho, The Jericho Resistance #1) @thewritingmimi @Barclay_PR

About the Author:

Mimi Milan spent two decades scribbling away in notebooks before realizing that her life’s calling was to write. So she returned from Mexico and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Film. She currently resides in the suburbs of Charlotte, making time for God, family and imaginary friends.

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Writer with a Cause

Do you ever look around and think that a lot of senseless stuff goes on in the world? Let’s take for example, violence. Why does it have to exist? What? People can’t find better things to do with their time? How about poverty? Hunger? Why in the name of all that is holy is it too hot for me to stand outside for ten minutes on a Monday afternoon, then pouring buckets of rain on Tuesday?

It’s the tenth rainy day here in the Queen City (the kind of day that makes you think of Noah’s flood), and I’m trying to think of the best way to answer a question that has been posed to me… Where did the idea “Writer with a Cause” come from, and what does it mean to me?

The truth?

Maybe I did come up with the title, but I certainly didn’t invent the idea.

Long before I ever came to be, there existed a belief that certain injustices needed to be addressed; action required to abolish them. From sit-ins to marches, speeches and protests, voices have spoken against all forms of evil – slavery, child abuse, domestic violence and many more issues that have no place in a society as technologically advanced as ours.

That’s what I thought the day I decided to write A Rebel in Jericho.

I was living in Michoacán, Mexico at the time (fighting for a cause of my own) when I got quite ill with Typhus. I visited the local pharmacy which had a small doctor’s office in the back room. While waiting for my turn to be seen, I saw a newspaper on the table beside me. “Mujeres Sin Rostro” (Women Without Faces) was printed in big, bold letters across the front. I thought the article might have been about a new suspense movie coming out, or something else equally interesting. After all, I was a tourist blinded by all the beauty of a foreign country. So I flipped open the paper and started reading the most astounding stories about abducted women who had no control over their lives. Some forced into slavery, others choosing it after feeling they had no options, all the women were at the complete mercy of others.

I asked my husband about the article. Was it true? Could this kind of evil exist in such a beautiful place? Of course, my husband said, especially since you wouldn’t expect it.

As a former Guardian ad Litem and activist at heart, it made me angry to think that women (and even little girls) could be abused in such a way. That’s when I began doing research and came to learn that this wasn’t a Mexico problem. This was a world problem. In places big and small – even American cities you would least expect – there are rings of smugglers and pimps trafficking people every day for sex, drugs, sweat shops and even organs. I learned that even my hometown – a city praised for its medical, financial and technology contributions – was a hub for human trafficking.

I wanted to do something. I wanted to make a difference. However, the only thing I knew how to do was write stories.

That’s when Catalina came to life and I wrote the first book in the series, A Rebel in Jericho. I decided that I would pen books that could raise money for causes dear to me. Then I chose to write in the genre of inspirational romance because I believe that 1) people can do with a little hope that they don’t have to face their hardships alone, and 2) love really does conquer all – especially tragedies like modern day slavery.

Stamping out this kind of evil doesn’t occur overnight, though. I know it will take more than one book to raise awareness and really get people to care about this fight. So I created the series, The Jericho Resistance, because that’s what we need. Resistance. We need to resist the habit of looking the other way when injustice makes us uncomfortable. We need to resist the urge to quit the good fight when it seems like our army is too small. That’s what being a writer with a cause means to me… to join in the resistance.

Excerpt from A Rebel In Jericho (The Jericho Resistance #1):

“A penny for your thoughts?” Catalina regretted asking almost as soon as the words were out. The less she knew about him, the better. Right?

Continuing to lean against the side, Matthew gave her a once-over.

He decided to have a little fun with her.

“Only a penny? Is that what people are charging nowadays? Not me. My thoughts are worth a whole nickel.” The laughter in his tone danced in his playful eyes, their brilliance shining like blue gems. A slow, infectious grin spread across Matthew’s face. He looked like a mischievous little boy who was trying to buy his way out of trouble after being caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

Catalina bit her lip in a desperate attempt to remain serious, but it was of little use.

Charmed by her softened features, Matthew took a slow step towards her. He raised a tentative hand and pushed back a curl that had worked its way loose.

Catalina’s breath stilled as the light touch of his fingers slowly trailed along her cheek. Her beautiful eyes and full mouth were almost irresistible, and he wondered if she tasted as sweet as she looked.

Unasked questions blazed from his eyes, making the cage that she was trying to construct around her heart unhinge. The sudden attraction hit her hard. She forced herself to look away and break the spell. Falling for her escort was not part of the plan.

“Look!” Catalina pointed towards the bank. “We’re just about there.”

“Then I guess we best get back to the car.” Disappointment laced his words. She didn’t have any romantic notions about him, so he best leave it at just friends.

No more goo-goo eyes.

“It shouldn’t take too long to get it started.” He picked up the conversation again as he paced back to the car with a determined step. “It’s warm out. So she doesn’t need to be cranked or anything.”

Catalina questioned his sudden change in mood. She was grateful at the flow of normal conversation between them. Still, it felt like something was suddenly missing. “Well, I suppose that’s a good thing.” She plodded along behind him, dissatisfied when they reached the Model T. He took her hand and helped her up and into the front seat. “Shouldn’t I ride in the—”

“You’ll get a better view of things while we’re driving from up here.” He cut her off, patting the hood of the car for emphasis – a friendly grin that promised an exciting ride. After all, it was a long trip to Nogales. “Besides, it’ll be more fun.”

More fun? Hmmm...more trouble maybe. Definitely more dangerous.

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A Rebel In Jericho (The Jericho Resistance #1)
Adult Historical Suspense
Published: 4 October 2015 by Eaton House

The first book in a new historical romance series, A REBEL IN JERICHO, is a suspenseful Wild West adventure with an abduction, border battles and Mexican saloons! Check out this novel from debut author Mimi Milan where two people learn that love, courage and faith are all they need to face the trials of the West.

After years of preparing for marriage, Catalina SantĂ© is interested in little more than making a good match. And why not? She’s young, beautiful, educated… everything a wealthy man should want. However, a tragic accident will leave her with less than a marriage proposal—she’s fighting for her very life!

Matthew Martin spends most of his time just trying to fit into American society. It’s one of the reasons he became a deputy. Willing to risk it all in order to protect Catalina, he can’t imagine what that entails… until she’s abducted and sold to a Mexican saloon, where a border battle rages between two towns.

Can love and faith survive in such a harsh place? Will Matthew even be able to save Catalina?

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“Romance, intrigue and danger! It’s an exciting adventure as the reader joins Catalina on her perilous journey through the underbelly of Mexico’s dark side.”
– Patricia Highton

“A delightful blend of drama, romance, and self-discovery.”
– Tiffany Matus

A Rebel In Jericho (The Jericho Resistance #1) Release Week Blast Arranged By Barclay Publicity.

Release Day Blast: Fated To Be Mine (Fated #2) by Jodie Larson

About the Author:

Jodie Larson is a wife and mother to four beautiful girls, making their home in northern Minnesota along the shore of Lake Superior. When she isn’t running around to various activities or working her regular job, you can find her sitting in her favorite spot reading her new favorite book or camped out somewhere quiet trying to write her next manuscript. She’s addicted to reading (just ask her kids or husband) and loves talking books even more with her friends. She’s also a lover of all things romance and happily ever afters, whether in movies or in books, as shown in her extensive collection of both.

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Excerpt from Fated To Be Mine (Fated #2):

Andrew dips his head, drawing my gaze back up to his. “Tell me what you’re thinking? I know you get locked in your head, creating stories and scenes which aren’t real. I know you feel insecure about us, but I can’t begin fixing this until you talk to me. I need to know what you’re thinking and feeling.”

I sigh and play with his fingers again. “I’m playing the ‘what if’ game in my head. What if I wasn’t that stupid insecure girl? What would have happened to Sarah if I would have just trusted you to think of me as more than just a fling?”

Andrew’s hand squeezes tighter around my fingers. “You were never a fling. Why didn’t you believe me when I told you this before?” His voice gets quiet, apparently displeased I still thought that way after he had reassured me over and over that we weren’t.

“My insecurities tend to get in the way more often than not, creating roadblocks which aren’t there and making things into more than what they seem. And I’m trying not to be that way with you, but it was so fast, so sudden, so…”

“Perfect,” he says, completing my sentence for me.

“Yeah, perfect. There just had to be something wrong with us. Nothing in my life has ever been easy or…perfect. So I got scared and went into flight mode. I couldn’t fight because I knew who I would be picking the war against…me.”

With a gentle sweep, Andrew’s knuckles graze my cheek, brushing away a tear that somehow had leaked from my eye. His features soften as he continues stroking his hand up and down my face. I feel guilty for my behavior from before, letting my pride and fears rule my heart, knowing deep down there was never any hope of leaving this man. If all of this is true, why didn’t he say something when I blurted out those stupid words?

“Andrew?” I ask with a trembling voice.

“You’re thinking again, I can see it in your eyes. Talk to me, Tessa. Ask me anything you want and I will answer it. You must know by now there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you.”

Maybe he didn’t hear me that night. And if so, would it be worth bringing up now? How can I ask him if he heard my words and not be hurt if he didn’t return the sentiment? And deep down do I honestly believe that he doesn’t? Andrew flew across an ocean for me, a week before he knew he was going to see me. What does that say about him? Is that the action of a man who just likes a girl?

“It’s just…I don’t know how to…”

“Do you still love me?” Andrew blurts out.

I freeze, unsure of what to do. Oh God, he did hear me. My head pulls back, allowing his hand to drop from my cheek. A hurt look crosses his face at my reaction, making my own flinch from causing him more unnecessary pain.

“Andrew, I…”

“Please tell me you haven’t stopped. Tell me I’m not too late, that you haven’t already moved on with another man.”

A million things swirl in my brain, all jumbling together, creating a vortex of emotions and scenarios, none of which can be easily picked out. “Andrew, it’s more complicated than a simple yes or no answer. That night…I didn’t mean to…there were so many emotions in me…I just…” I’m stammering like an idiot, unable to form a coherent sentence if my life depended on it. And right now it almost seems like it does.

“Tell me you love me. Tell me there’s still a chance of that love between us. We can find our way back to each other and heal the pain we’ve both caused by our lack of communication and misunderstandings. That night, that glorious, magical night, was the best night of my life. I couldn’t forget it if I tried and won’t forget it for as long as I live. I want to create many more nights exactly like it. I want your mornings, your afternoons, and your nights. I want them all. So I need to know that the woman who is the center of my whole world and is sitting right here beside me after I never thought she would, still loves me.”

Fated To Be Mine (Fated #2)
Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: 6 October 2015

I've made a mistake. Can we find our way back?

They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder, or that time heals all wounds. What they don't tell you is that it doesn't lessen the pain. I don't think those people have experienced a loss like this.

I left my heart in London, and I'm not sure I'll ever get it back.

But fate has a plan of her own. She keeps me guessing and hoping that not everything is as it seems.

Hearts can be shattered but can also be put back together. Especially when love doesn't give up on you, even if you think it has.

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Fated To Be Mine (Fated #2) Release Day Blast Arranged By Southern Belle Promotions.

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