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Is Adrenaline a Drug?

#Junkie
Cambria Hebert
(GearShark, #1)
Publication date: January 20th 2016
Genres: LGBTQ+, Romance, Sports

 

 

 

 

 

Drew Forrester is a total adrenaline junkie.
His high of choice?

Cars.
The faster, the better.

He’s been making waves in Maryland’s underground racing circuit since he crossed the state line, and after speaking with him, we know he’s not hitting the brakes anytime soon.

So what exactly does it take to burn rubber and make a name for yourself in a world where the only rule is there are no rules?
You gotta be hungry…
You gotta have balls…
And you can never back down.

What’ve we learned here at GearShark?
Drew is all of the above.
We also know he’s got some secrets buried under his hood.
Secrets we think are loaded with octane and just might set the world of cars on fire.
Check out the full feature article inside…
*this is a spin-off of the Hashtag series but it can be read on its own.
 **This book contains an M/M romance relationship.
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Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.
Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).
Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.
Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

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Promise Nothing: Believe Everything

No Promises
N. Raines
Publication date: January 15th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

In high school, Sam Pennywell had a massive crush on Rick Russo. But he was her cousin’s boyfriend and strictly off-limits. Meeting Rick again years, later she can hardly recognize the man he’s become.
As a paramedic, Rick’s career is all about helping others. But in the line of duty, he’s become one of the injured. He’s caught in a dark place he can’t escape on his own. He can’t make Sam any promises of love. Promises are too easily broken.
Sam spends her life taking care of sick and homeless animals. She’s never met a stray she didn’t love, and Rick is the most important rescue she’ll ever make.
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When she got to the kitchen, Sam remembered she’d used the antiseptic cream last night when she cut her finger on a cat-food can. She’d forgotten to return the tube to the bathroom. There it lay, right on the kitchen counter where she’d left it.
Rick would need this. She picked up the ointment and carried it to the downstairs bathroom with Blackberry at her heels. She only intended to tap on the door and quickly hand him the medicine. But Rick hadn’t bothered to close the door. He’d taken off his shirt, and the sight of him without it stopped Sam in her tracks.
He didn’t notice her at first as he rubbed a soapy washcloth on his chest. And, God, what a chest. As impressive as it was clothed, naked it was…amazing. His shoulders were broad and sturdy. The smooth muscles of his chest, covered lightly with dark hair, tapered down to a tight belly. His skin was a light golden color. For a moment Sam forgot to breathe as she imagined how warm and supple it would feel to her touch.
Those thoughts fled when Rick lifted the washcloth to reveal the wicked red streaks left by Big Boy’s claws. Even through a hoodie and T-shirt, the cat had managed to gouge Rick’s left nipple.
She sucked in a startled breath. His gaze flew to her.
“It’s not that bad,” he assured her.
“It looks really painful.” She remembered the ointment in her hand and held it out to him. “I brought you this.”
“Thanks.” He fumbled for a moment with the washcloth, then laid it in the sink. He reached for the towel hanging on the rack.
She stopped him. “Let me get a clean one.”
She took a fresh towel from the linen cabinet and gently blotted his wound.
“I’ll get it bloody,” he murmured.
“Shush. Doesn’t matter.” Sam winced as she gently patted the towel against his flat, copper-colored nipple.
The cat, who’d been circling their feet, hopped to the closed toilet seat, and watched them with wide eyes.
Rick gave Blackberry a look. “‘S’up, you little snoop?”
Without thinking, Sam took the tube from his hand, squeezed a blob of ointment onto her finger, and dabbed it along the raw, red marks on his chest. Concentrating on her task, it wasn’t until she smoothed it on his nipple that she realized she was touching him. She hesitated as a wave of heat flashed through her and a film of perspiration popped out on her hairline. She felt him watching her but was afraid to meet his eyes. Her heart beat a tom-tom in her ears.
His skin felt so warm under her touch. Her fingers tingled. Suddenly she was aware of how close they were. She only needed a half step more to be in his arms…
She lifted her gaze and found herself staring into his deep brown eyes, unable to break the connection between them. He covered her hand, pressing it to his chest. To his heart.
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Author Bio:
N. Raines (who also writes as Nona Raines) is a former librarian who lives in upstate New York with her many pets. She’s currently working on her next novel between walking the dog and shooing the cats off the laptop. Her erotic romances are published with The Wild Rose Press and Loose Id. Her transgender romance His Kind of Woman was nominated for the 2014 DABWAHA sponsored by the Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books review blogs. Her most recent work is the romance novella Write to Me and the transgender romance Her Kind of Man.
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A Motorbike or a Girl?

Harley
 Michelle Jo Quinn
 Published by: Limitless Publishing
 Publication date: January 19th 2016
 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
All of her life, Cadence “Cade” Williams has been lied to…
With her ailing father on his deathbed, a whispered secret sends Cadence’s life into a tailspin. Determined to either confirm or debunk her father’s claim, she sets out on a mission to grow close to the only man with evidence to set things straight. To do that, Cadence earns a position in an elite security firm owned by her father’s old army buddy, Noah “Mac” Mackinley.
Mac is the only man who could hold the evidence to support her father’s claims…
But first, she must prove herself worthy of Mac’s trust and get close enough to find the truth. Her first mission is to watch over an eight-year old girl, Harley Clark.
Harley is not an ordinary girl. She’s the daughter of a rock star…
Despite her fragile appearance, Harley has tenacity and brilliance like nothing Cade has ever seen. To everyone’s surprise—including her own—Cade forms an unlikely friendship with the beautiful wallflower.
Her first assignment just became more interesting… 
When Harley’s rock star father, Jax Clark, enters the scene, Cade can’t deny the instant attraction for the self-proclaimed bad boy. Tattoos, piercing eyes, and a raspy voice that sends thousands of fans into a screaming frenzy, he’s more than just a heartthrob. Worse, Jax starts to pay her more attention than she expects.
She’s faced with a choice—get lured in by the celebrity world and lose any chance of finding out the truth, or stick to the plan and avoid Jax at all costs to earn Mac’s trust.
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Michelle ‘s love for writing blossomed when her father gave her a diary. However, instead of recounting her daily life, she wrote stories of fictional people. Like most of her characters, she believes in Happily Ever After. Naturally, she finds harmony in writing romance.
An unabashed, self-proclaimed foodie, Michelle loves to try new food whenever she travels. She once had triple crème Brie and duck rillette for lunch on top of Grouse Mountain. She enjoys watching foreign films and reading a good book by the fireside.
Michelle is an active member of RWA and several of its chapters. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids.
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Readers of the Broken Wheel recommend: Essential Books and Giveaway

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These are THE books you should read  –  at some point in your life
One reason I really liked this book is because it was written around a book shop and I love these types of stories. It was a lovely quiet and well-written story that reflects a certain character of person who was traditionally considered the type to run a library. Failing that a bookshop. And all bookshops should have comfy corners with armchairs and coffee of course! Not to forget the cat of course...
Also it was concerned with serious literature and I got a long list of American authors and books including some Swedish ones, that are considered classic or seminal, that I will now need to read. I have researched titles where only authors have been mentioned and of course some authors have written many, so you just get to choose any one. In this case, I have just suggested a couple or two that to me seemed important or got the best reviews. This seems a particularly relevant time of year to create such a list as it is the beginning of the year and maybe we all also need a nudge now and then to read outside our comfort zone!
So I am listing these here for you all, as I am sure that you have not read them all of them yourselves...

Note: If there are just authors and no books mentioned then I have taken the most read book from Amazon as a suggestion.

In alphabetical order of authors (as this is my academic training kicking in – and ensures that I only get each author only once…) these are:

 

 

Author

Title
Alcott , Louisa May An Old-Fashioned Girl

Little Women

Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice

Persuasion

Mansfield Park

Sanditon

Auster, Paul The Brooklyn Follies

New York Trilogy

Berneiere, Louis de Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre

Villette

Brown, Dan The Da Vinci code
Bulgakov, Mikhail & Glenny, Michael The Master and Margarita
Child, Lee Killing Floor
Christie, Agatha And Then There Were None
Connelly, Michael The Crossing
Cooper, Jilly Rivals and Riders
Coupland, Douglas All Families are Psychotic
De Mille, Nelson Spencerville
DeMille, Nelson The General’s Daughter

Word of Honour

Dickens, Charles David Copperfield
Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment
Dylan, Thomas Collected Poems
Fielding, Helen Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination
Fielding, Helen Bridget Jones

Bridget Jones: Beyond the Edge of Reason

Cause Celeb

Fitzgerald, F. Scott Tender is the Night

Great Gatsby

Flagg, Fannie Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

A Redbird for Christmas

Forsyth Richard, & Rada, Roy Machine Learning
Francis, Dick Front Runner
Goethe The Sorrow’s of Young Werther
Grisham, John A Time to Kill

The Rainmaker

Guareschi, Giovannino The Little World of Don Camillo
Hanff, Helen 84, Charing Cross Road

The Duchess of Bloomsbury Square

Hemingway, Ernest A Moveable Feast
Heyer, Georgette Regency Buck
Joyce, James Ulysses
Keyes, Marian The Woman Who Stole My Life
Kinsella, Sophie Shopaholic Ties the Knot
Krantz, Judith Scruples
Läckberg, Camilla & Murray, Steven T The Ice Princess
Lapidus, Jens Never Screw Up
Larsson, Stieg The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl who Played with Fire

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird
Lindquist, Ulla-Carin Rowing without Oars
Martinson, Moa Women and Appletrees
Maurois, André Fattypuffs and Thinipuffs
Mitchell, Margaret Gone with the Wind
Montgomery, Lucy Maud Anne of Green Gables
Morgan, Jude The Taste of Sorrow
Morrisons, Toni Beloved
Murdoch, Iris The Sea, The Sea
Myron, Vicki Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
Oates, Joyce Carol The Sacrifice
Oliver, Lauren Before I Fall
Paolini, Christopher Eragon

Eldest

Brisinger

Picoult, Jodi My Sister’s Keeper
Pratchett, Terry Discworld series – any and all
Proulx, Annie The Shipping News
Proust In Search of Lost time
Remarque, Erich Maria Quiet on the Western Front
Ross, Marilyn & Collier, Sue The Complete Guide to Self Publishing
Roth, Phillip American Pastoral
Rowling, JK Harry Potter – any
Scott, Susan Fierce Conversations
Shaffer, Mary Ann & Barrows, Annie The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet

Hamlet

Collected Sonnets

Steele, Danielle Precious Gifts
Stein, Gertrude Geography and Plays
Steinbeck Grapes of Wrath

Mice and Men

Stockett, Kathryn The Help
Stowe, Harriet Beecher Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Thoreau Walden
Twain, Mark Huckleberry Finn
Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Grey
Young, Elizabeth Wedding Date

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READERS, RECOMMEND YOUR BOOKSTORE!

Sourcebooks Launches Reader Voting Campaign to Grant Money to Community Bookstores

NAPERVILLE IL (January 5, 2016) — Independent publisher Sourcebooks announces the “Readers, Recommend Your Bookstore” campaign, which will give grant money to three nominated bookstores. The “Readers, Recommend Your Bookstore Campaign” is inspired by the phenomenal support booksellers have given The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald, which was selected as the #1 Indie Next Great Read for January 2016
Katarina Bivald’s international bestselling debut novel, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, is a charming, big-hearted story about the joy of books and the transformative power of community bookstores.
“Bookstores are the heart and soul of their community and have enormous impact on readers’ lives,” said Dominique Raccah, founder and CEO of Sourcebooks. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend inspired us to create a campaign that will not only give back to a few deserving bookstores, but hopefully highlight all the many wonderful bookstores that service communities across the country.”
Anyone can nominate their favorite bookstore at http://books.sourcebooks.com/readers-recommend-your-bookstore-sweepstakes/. Sourcebooks will award the winning bookstore with a $3,000 prize; two additional bookstores will each receive a $637 prize (the population of Bivald’s fictional Broken Wheel, Iowa). In addition to bookstores receiving prizes, weekly giveaways for those who nominate will be held throughout the campaign. Voting began January 4, and runs until February 19, when the winning bookstores will be announced.

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What a honeymoon!

Burning Nights
Julie Wetzel
(Kindling Flames #6)
Published by: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication date: January 18th 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal

 

 

 

 

 

After a wedding filled with werewolves, fay, and vampires, Vicky is looking forwards to a nice, quiet honeymoon away from the chaos of Darien’s daily life. But nothing is ever simple with an Ancient Vampire around.
When the Vampire Council of Hawaii finds out Darien and his new bride are coming, they are determined to see that Darien is honored properly. But vampire etiquette isn’t for the faint of heart.
The nights could burn when lines are drawn… and Darien finds himself in a turf war he never intended to start.
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After a few moments, Darien shifted in his seat to face Elliot again. “Look. If you ever have a problem, I want you to bring it to me.” Elliot opened his mouth to protest, but Darien cut him off. “I know you’re a master unto yourself, but you’re also my friend, and I hate to see you suffering. Even if you don’t think I can do anything, just talk to me. Sometimes that’s all it takes.”
Elliot stared at him for a moment before nodding his head. “All right, but you have to promise me the same.”
Darien chuckled as he faced forwards and started the car. “Deal. Now let’s get going before Patrick sends someone out to find us.”
Elliot laughed as they pulled out into the night. Nothing had really changed, but his heart felt lighter than it had in weeks.
Notes from the Author:
Kindling Flames Burning Nights has been a much anticipated instalment in the Ancient Fire series, and while the concept of the novel wasn’t hard to come up with, it execution had me stumped.
After the end if Stolen Fire, the next most logical step for the series was Darien and Vicky’s wedding. Most of our favorite characters had some part to play in getting of main couple hitched and writing that part was a breeze, but I ran into issues when Darien and Vicky left for their honemoon in Hawaii.
If think the biggest problem was my unfamiliarity with the setting. The rest of the novels were set in Brenton, a town I was familiar with. Even the short excision to New Orleans didn’t throw me because I had been there. The locations were comfortable to me. Going to the islands was another world to me and I froze up in trying to get into the feel of the novel.
No matter how many travel shows I watched, I just couldn’t wrap my head around the place I was trying to write about, so I put the novel down for a while.
It was actually several months later before I picked the book up again and tried to get into the story. I’d decided to change the main bad guy from Pele to something I was a little more familiar with. This alleviated some of the block that was keeping me from the story, but I was still not comfortable in my story, so I set it down again and moved on to the next of the dragon novels.
Finally, after a few more months of letting the story stew, I decided to have another go at it. I’d received more than a few requests for the continuation of the series and it was getting hard to justify putting it off anymore. So, after binge watching everything I could find on YouTube about Hawaii, I had the ladies at CTP set a release date and I dove in.
Writing the final half of the novel only took about six weeks, but I was wreaked when it was done. My beta readers had assured me that it was sound and good, but I wasn’t feeling confident in the final draft. Unfortunately, I was up against my deadline at that point and didn’t have time to scrap the manuscript and try again.
I’m still not sure how I feel about the final novel, but my confidence in the story jumped as I started to get responses back from the ARC readers. They loved it.
Now, as we release Kindling Flames Burning Nights into the world, my mind turns to the next novel in the series, Flaming Moon. This one will follow Elliot as he takes care of Brenton and the growing troubles with the werewolves while Darien is away. It’s also been planned for quite some time, so I hope to have it out very soon. Until then, I hope you enjoy Kindling Flames Burning Nights.

 

 

 

 

 

Author Bio:

Originally from Ohio, Julie always dreamed of a job in science. Either shooting for the stars or delving into the mysteries of volcanoes. But, life never leads where you expect. In 2007, she moved to Mississippi to be with her significant other.
Now a mother of a hyperactive red headed boy, what time she's not chasing down dirty socks and unsticking toys from the ceiling is spent crafting worlds readers can get lost it. Julie is a self-proclaimed bibliophile and lover of big words. She likes hiking, frogs, interesting earrings, and a plethora of other fun things.
And with the Kindling Flames series, she is now an Internationally Best-Selling Author.
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