The Billionaire’s Bet by Victoria Davies

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Release Date: 1/23/17

Synopsis:
Hailey Mitchel wants one thing. Her boss. The only problem is he’s never looked at her as more than a loyal employee. At least, not until his charming business rival, Caleb, drops into her life with an offer she can’t refuse. He’s willing to bet he can make her fall in love with him in a month, and if he’s wrong, he’ll help her find the keys to her boss’s heart.
Caleb Langston wants one thing. Revenge. Hailey is his ticket to finally evening the score with his old adversary. There’s just one problem. The more time he spends with her, the less he cares about his grand plans for payback. But love is always a gamble, and soon he’ll have to choose between his past and his future. And pray Hailey never discovers the secret he’s been hiding from her.
Excerpt:
“I’m attracted to men of substance. Guess that rules you out.”
“But not my rival. Alec is your paragon of honor, isn’t he?”
“He’s an excellent man,” she agreed.
“One you just wish would walk over to your desk and sweep you off your feet, carrying you out into the sunset.”
“I’d probably break his back, and we’d both end up on the floor.”
His gaze raked down her body. “I’d be willing to risk it.”
“Luckily, you’ll never have to.”
His eyes returned to hers. “Why not just tell him?” he asked. “Confess your undying devotion and see what he does?”
She knew what he’s do. He’d get flustered trying to figure out how to tell her he didn’t return her affections. She wasn’t petite or blond, two things all his previous paramours had in common.
She wasn’t pursuing a career in acting, and she didn’t have trouble calculating the percentage of a tip. Worse, she didn’t come from old money the way Caleb and Alec did. She hadn’t grown up in that privileged world, didn’t understand the deeply ingrained rules. Alec had said more than once that when he settled down, it’d be to make a good alliance for his family. Keep all that lovely money in the right bloodlines.
No, she was nothing like the woman he would eventually fall in love with.
Not that logic stopped her from wishing for the impossible every now and then.
“You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“All right.” Caleb straightened from the bar. “Why don’t I go ask him these questions and see what he thinks?”
Her fingers sank into his arm before he could move.
“Don’t.”
The movement had been a mistake. An admission. A certainty filled his expression that hadn’t been there a moment ago.
She shook her head, knowing she was steering toward a cliff. “What do you want?” What would buy his silence?
“I want many things,” he said, swirling the liquor in his glass. “Chief among them is you.”
“It’s just because you love the chase,” she said, rolling her eyes. “We’d never work.”
“Maybe,” he replied with a shrug. “But it’d be fun to try.”
“I’m not sleeping with you in order to keep your mouth shut.”
“I don’t remember asking you to.”
She resisted the urge to stamp her foot. “Then what are you asking?”
“I’m going to make you a bet,” he said, his eyes capturing hers. “Give me one month.”
“To do what?”
“Make you fall in love with me.”

Buy links:

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About the author:

Victoria Davies’s passion for writing started young. Luckily she had a family who encouraged believing in magic and embracing imagination. From stories quickly scribbled in diaries, her love of storytelling developed. Since then her characters may have evolved and her plots may have grown decidedly more steamy but she never lost her love of the written word. Writing is not only a way to silence the wonderful voices in her head, but it also allows her to share her passions with her readers.

Currently she writes from Toronto, Canada. While she has a healthy love for the unknown, this corner of the world will always be her home.

 

Connect:

Website: http://www.victoriadavies.ca

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VictoriaDaviesR

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaDaviesAuthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4026601.Victoria_Davies

 

 

 

 

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Release Day Blast:Worth The Wait by A.J. Pine

Release Date: 1/16/17

 

About Worth the Wait:

 I like to think of myself as a man of pleasure…

I enjoy a good pint of ale, being in the arms of a beautiful woman, and living by my own rules. The only thing I try to avoid? Commitment. And I’ve got a three-year success rate to prove it.

I wasn’t planning on Grace—the beautiful, funny, totally off-limits massage therapist who keeps popping up in my life. She’s on a six-month mission to rid her life of toxins. No alcohol. No red meat. And, yeah, no men. I’m talking full-on man cleanse.

I know I should walk away, but I can’t…and the only way to keep her in my life is to live by her rules. I’ll need to prove to a woman who’s lost all trust in men that I’m worthy of her love. And do it all without so much as a single kiss.

The only problem? If I win, I’ll lose the one thing I swore I’d never give up. My heart.

 

Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Goodreads

 

About A.J. Pine:

 

AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, the books she writes have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes). And a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires, superheroes, and a certain high-functioning sociopath detective. You’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago ‘burbs. AJ is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of Handspun Literary.

 

Connect with A.J.: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Newsletter

 

Blog Tour- Under The Hood by Sally Clemons

Hey Bookends,

I am really excited to tell you guys that I have an amazing opportunity to be apart of a blog tour and share a book with you guys today. I am going to give y’all a little excerpt for the book Under The Hood by Sally Clemons which is a  really cute contemporary.

Here is a small synopsis:

When Alice Starr mistakenly believes attorney Mark Jameson needs her help, he discovers he
likes being rescued for a change. Smitten by her confidence, he hides his expertise so he has
an excuse to see her again. Alice doesn’t have time for a man. But with one kiss, she and Mark
have advanced into water so deep she’s in danger of drowning…
Purchase the book:
About the Author:
Sally Clements writes fun, sexy and real contemporary romance, partnering hot heroes with heroines who know what they want, and go for it! She is a full-time author, who lives in the Irish countryside, and when she isn’t writing can usually be found in traffic, driving ‘Mum’s taxi’. Always a voracious reader, she considers writing for a living the perfect job—the only downside is saying goodbye to her characters at book’s end!
Contact the author at:
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Here is the excerpt:

So this was his mysterious new neighbor.
3B had been empty for a while. When he’d made it back last night after a few
days away finalizing the pre-nup for a new client in New York, Mark had noticed the
light on from the street outside and the battered pickup next to his parking space.
He took advantage of the fact that she was busy searching her truck for jumper
cables to check her out without being noticed. Alice. The name suited her. Long,
platinum-blond hair pulled up in a ponytail looked natural—her skin was Nordic pale too,
and the eyes he’d caught a glimpse of were ice blue, like aquamarines. She barely came
up to his shoulder, and even the ugly overalls weren’t able to totally hide the hint of
curves he’d noticed when checking out the image of a woman holding the spanner on her
uniform.
Mark frowned. He really shouldn’t be noticing his new neighbor that way. If she
was a mechanic, she probably had men hitting on her all day. Besides, he wasn’t in the
market for a new relationship. Extricating people from ill-judged romantic follies all day
had taught him to be cautious where attraction was concerned.
He pushed back his shirtsleeve and looked at his watch. Luckily, he’d left himself
plenty of time to make the meeting at his client’s office, and if a dead battery was all that
was wrong with the MG, he’d be on his way quickly.
His gaze lingered on Alice for a long moment as she popped the hood and then
grabbed red and black leads, attached one set to her battery terminals, and handed the
others to him.
Her hand brushed his, and a jolt of electricity raced up his arm.
Mark stared. What on earth?
Alice looked pointedly at the engine as he stood still, fixed to the spot by the
unexpected reaction to her touch.
Then her eyes softened. A small, sympathetic smile tilted the corners of her lips
upward. She stepped close, and took the leads from his unresisting fingers. “This one
goes here,” she said, fastening the clip in place, “and this one goes here.”
Mark nodded, still stunned. She thought he was so clueless about engines he
didn’t even know how to attach jumper cables.
You can see other excerpts, reviews, and guest post at other tour stops:

9/5/16

Hike2Forty and beyond – excerpt spotlight

Lucia’s Book Reviews – review

The Starred Review – excerpt spotlight and review

Booksfordaysonend – excerpt spotlight

Jen’s Reading Obsession – excerpt spotlight

9/6/16

Nicole’s Book Musings – excerpt spotlight

What Is That Book About – excerpt spotlight

Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm – excerpt spotlight

9/7/16

Book briefs – review

Books Eater – review

Diana’s Book Reviews – review

9/8/16

Splashes Into Books – excerpt spotlight, review

Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – excerpt spotlight

Written Love Reviews – excerpt spotlight

9/9/16

Em & M Books – excerpt spotlight, review

The Young Girl Who Loved Books – excerpt spotlight

In Between The Pages – excerpt spotlight, review

The Lusty Literate – excerpt spotlight

Becky on Books – excerpt spotlight

OMGReads – excerpt spotlight, review

 

 

 

Blog Tour- Quantum by Jess Anastasi

Hey Bookends,

I am really excited to tell you guys that I have an amazing opportunity to be apart of a blog tour and share a book with you guys today. I am going to give y’all a little excerpt for the book Quantum by Jess Anastasi which is a futuristic, fantasy romance mixed with some science fiction and it’s the second book in the Atrophy series.

Here’s the synopsis:

Someone wants Captain Admiral Zander Graydon dead. Like yesterday. Zander’s convinced his attractive assistant knows more than she’s willing to say, and if he can stop running long enough, he’ll find out exactly what she’s hiding. Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros is determined to keep her CO safe. Before she tips her hand, however, Mae has to figure out if the alluring man she’s protecting is the real Captain Admiral Graydon. Or an alien shape-shifting imposter.

On the run and no one to trust…not even each other.

Captain Admiral Zander Graydon has seen a lot of action, but almost getting killed three times in one day is pushing it. Only the company of his new assistant, Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros, makes things a little easier to swallow. Except the delectable Lieutenant Marshal Petros is hiding a number of secrets, and her presence might have something to do with the continued attempts on his life.

It’s no accident Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros finds herself in the firing line alongside the charming but very off-limits Captain Admiral Graydon. She’s taken the job as the admiral’s assistant to determine if a shape-shifting alien has killed the CO and assumed his form. Whether the admiral is human or not, Mae finds herself getting way too close to him as they run for their lives.

Military to the core, Mae and Zander will have to overcome their suspicions of each other to work together, when they realize the fate of the entire universe is at stake

Purchase the book:

Amazon / Barnes and Nobles / iTunes/ Kobo / Goodreads

About the author:

Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her very supportive husband, three daughters, two hyper-active border collie dogs, and one cat who thinks he’s one of the kids.

Contact the author at:

Author Website: www.jessanastasi.com

Author Blog: www.jessanastasi.blogspot.com

Author Twitter: @JessAnastasi

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jess-Anastasi-Author-Page-129441077081452/

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Here’s the excerpt:

“Take her back down.” Sweat crept along his hairline, and he took a second to wipe at the gathering drips.

“Navs aren’t responding.” Apart from her words coming fast, Petros’s tone sounded mostly calm. Good, because he needed her to keep her head if they were going to get off this shuttle alive. The whole vessel was shaking hard enough now that anything not bolted down skittered across the grate floor. The groan of stressed metal was audible under the shrill chime of the emergency sirens.

He abandoned the shielding as a lost cause. The only play they had left was to disconnect the autopilot, which was taking them higher into the ether. Another few moments before they left the stratosphere altogether. Without the shielding, the craft would burn and implode almost in the same instant.

His breath came too short, chest too tight as the same error message kept blinking at him, telling him autopilot could not be disengaged. Frecking christ, the higher they got, the harder it would be coming down. And he had no doubt they were going down. Whether or not they got destroyed in the planet’s atmosphere before they crashed was still up for contention.

Swiveling the chair away from the all-but-useless control panel, he ducked down and pulled a section off the bottom of the console.

“What are you doing?” Petros demanded as he wrenched out a whole bunch of wiring.

“Manually disengaging autopilot. Until that’s off-line, we’ve got no hope of doing anything.” He skipped through several wires until he found the one he needed and yanked it clean out of the micro-crystal panel.

A new warning siren joined the dozen others already wailing, and the ship dropped sharply to the right, on the verge of going into an uncontrolled spiral. Zander’s stomach flipped up into his chest, and he grabbed hold of the chair’s armrest.

Petros pulled the physical flight control from out of its recess and jerked them to the left to counteract the ship’s listing. The angle of their hard decent lessened, but they were still going down on a bad, barely-in-control trajectory. Her face twisted into a grimace as she fought for control of the vessel, yet the shuttle hardly responded. They were beyond hope. There was only one way this crisis was going to end.

He tightened his harness and glanced over his shoulder to where his three crew were holding onto their seats in much the same way he had been. “We’re going down and it’s not going to be a soft landing. Brace for impact.”

You can see other excerpts, reviews, and guest post at other tour stops:

Blog Tour Schedule:

August 16th

Misa Buckley                     Excerpt

blissfully bookerized                       Excerpt

Mes Livres          Review

Whiskey With My Book                 Excerpt

Deluged with Books Cafe              Excerpt

August 17th

Whiskey With My Book                 Excerpt

Maari Loves Her Indies                  Excerpt

Books n Wine                    Excerpt

What Is That Book About              Guest Post

August 18th

Hart’s Romance Pulse                    Guest Post

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog                Excerpt

Loves Great Reads Blog                 Excerpt

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents        Excerpt

August 19th

Evermore Books               Excerpt

The blonde book lover                  Review

August 20th

Maari Loves Her Indies   Excerpt

Booksfordaysonend        Excerpt

For The Love of Fictional Worlds                Review

August 21st

Nerdy Dirty & Flirty         Excerpt

Paranormal Book Boyfriends       Excerpt

Always Falling for Book Guys       Review

August 22nd

A Bookish Mess                Review

My Nook, Books & More               Excerpt

August 23rd

Socially Awkward Book Nerd       Playlist

RhiReading          Excerpt

Have Words Will Scribble             Review

August 24th

Southern Vixens Book Obsessions             Excerpt

Books, Blurbs, and Beyond           Guest Post

August 25th

Happy Tails and Tales Blog           Review

A Taste of Sin     Excerpt

August 26th

Reading Reality                Review

Evermore Books               Excerpt

August 27th

More Books Than Livros                Excerpt

2 girls who love books                   Excerpt

August 28th

Novel Addiction                Review

Penny for My Thoughts                 Review

August 29th

Alpha Book Club               Excerpt

My YA NA Book Obsession            Excerpt

August 30th

Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm        Review

G & T’s Indie Café            Excerpt