Startoucher

Sci fi / Fantasy
Date Published: February 17, 2018
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Humanity is put on trial by the aliens who seeded life on Earth.
After 3.8 billion years, the alien creators of life on Earth return to evaluate the results of their experiment. One species is found to be an extreme danger to itself and others – Humanity. Evidence for the continuation of the species hangs by a thread.
Jake Connolly, talented up and coming LA lawyer, has a hidden psychic side long suppressed. When a series of intense visionary experiences threaten to derail his life, he is dragged unwillingly towards mysterious events deep in the Mojave Desert. What he discovers there changes him forever, and will affect the lives of everyone on the planet.
As the world watches its destiny unfold, humanity is forced to fight for its survival in a Galactic court and justify its existence to far superior beings.
An innovative, intelligent, and mystical novel that asks the biggest questions of all.
Where are we from…where are we going…how much have we truly evolved?…

Review

I like that this wasn’t just a Sci-Fi, it made you think about your place in the world. Are we alone?
CJ Odle really wove a tale that captivated his reader.
I enjoyed getting to explore the psychic world a bit in this novel as well.
Jake is a great lead character and I really felt invested in him.
 
About the Author

C.J. Odle is an author and ayahuascero (works with medicinal plants) living in a small conservation and healing center in the Peruvian amazon.
Born in 1961, from an early age he developed an interest in science fiction and fantasy. Around the age of 17 he began to study divination, which led to a career of over 35 years working as an astrologer and psychic. He has written four previous books, all non-fiction and mind body spirit titles.
In his early forties he experienced a psychic crisis, which led him to Peru to complete a 6 year apprenticeship in Amazonian shamanism. He still lives in the jungle in Peru with his wife. Startoucher is his first novel.
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The China Connection

 

A Lieutenant Morales Mystery, Book 3
Mystery / Thriller
Date Published: November 2017
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When Lieutenant Morales is implicated in a brutal attack on his wife, he goes to any length to prove his innocence and find the real attacker. His search takes him to Shanghai where he uncovers a vast conspiracy that involves a US senator with presidential ambitions. When he learns the truth about the attack, his own life is in danger.
 
Other Books in the Lieutenant Morales Mystery Series:
A Lieutenant Morales Mystery, Book One
Published: February 2015
How do you solve a murder when there is no body?  That is the problem faced by Lieutenant Morales when he investigates the disappearance of a new bride while on her honeymoon cruise. Sex, drugs, videotape and a corrupt Miami trial lawyer working for the Chinese provide the answers
It is a “must read” for anyone who has ever taken a cruise or who wants to.
A Lieutenant Morales Mystery, Book Two
Published: July 2016
Lieutenant Morales was looking forward to a relaxing vacation with the exotic Sun Li at the Bonita Inn on beautiful Palm Island. What is he to do when two bodies are found in Palm Island Sound and Sun Li disappears?  He joins forces with his old partner, the chief of police, in solving the murders and finding Sun Li. What he learns is to trust no one.
If you enjoy Harlan Coben’s novels, you’ll love this thriller, the second in the Lieutenant Morales mystery series. The first thriller in the Morales series,
About the Author

AJ Basinski is the author of two other mysteries in the Lieutenant Morales series, Dead in the Water and A Reservation for Murder.  He lives with his wife in Pennsylvania and Florida.
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Flick

 

Erotica, African American Erotica
Date Published:  May 15, 2018
Publisher: BookBaby
 
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A Create Your Own Erotic Adventure
A collection of short erotic stories where the reader selects how each kinky story ends.
This book is based on that split decision moment when you decide to refrain or give in to something definitively; whether it’s cheating, or revenge, or sexual experimentation. Each story builds up to a decision, then allows the reader to select the direction. It’s an opportunity to explore kinky realms without real consequences. The word “flick” by definition means a sudden movement or to propel as such. In this instance, the reader is propelled into fetish.
About the Author

Lola LePaon was born and raised in Bayonne, NJ, and considers the island of Oahu her second home. She’s a self-proclaimed pancake aficionado, Jay-Z’s biggest fan, and blend of fictional characters Carrie Bradshaw and Harleen Quinzel. As a gemini who relishes duality, she believes variety is not just the spice of her life, but the main ingredient. She hopes that her stories reflect her various interests and multifaceted nature. Her second published effort, FLICK, aspires to shine a light on underserved kinks and honor playful escapades.
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Divine Grace

 

Title: Divine Grace
Series: Divine #2

Author: Virginia Cantrell

Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Release Date: May 12, 2018

 

Blurb
Fallen angels
and reawakened desire, promises and grudges—a stunning novel in Virginia
Cantrell’s Divine series continues, featuring Inaya and Trevin as they race to
save the world of the Nephilim from a deadly enemy.
 
Adopted into the royal family, Inaya has never felt like she belonged, but when
the kingdom is overthrown, the Nephilim look to her for guidance. In order to
save all she holds dear, she must join forces with the soldier who broke her
heart and destroyed her belief in love.
 
Driven by duty and haunted by the past, Trevin doesn’t make mistakes… until
Inaya. His misguided honor cost him the courageous, impulsive beauty he swore
to protect. With Inaya needing him now more than ever, he has the chance to
prove his worth. But it may be too late to earn back her trust.
 
An unearthly enemy, the fallen angel Lahash, has vowed to destroy the Nephilim
to right the sins of his past. With his plan set in motion and his fate tied to
Inaya’s, the world of the Nephilim will never be the same.

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Author Bio
Virginia’s greatest passion has always been fiction,
particularly romance.  The innocent in her loves the idea of a happily
ever after, but she has a massive soft spot for the bad boys.  If you ask
her, she’ll tell you she’s living her dream—getting paid to read and helping
indie authors to create beauty by working as an editor for Hot Tree Editing.
She’s inspired by the many amazing indie authors she has met and has (finally)
found the courage to follow her other dream by becoming a published author.
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Intimate Intuition

 

Title: Intimate Intuition
Series: Lotus House #6
Author: Audrey Carlan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 8, 2018
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Silas McKnight is the owner of multi-million-dollar musical
production company Knight & Day Productions. He’s rich, attractive, and
loyal to his core. He’s the man every woman wants but none can have. He’s
suffered immeasurable loss, and he doesn’t plan on ever going through that hell
again.
Dara Jackson, the quirky, stunning meditation teacher at Lotus House Yoga, is
also the owner of Sunflower Bakery. She’s always dreamed of being a baker—and a
mother. Having grown up an orphan, Dara knows what being alone and feeling
unwanted is like.

Silas and Dara meet one fated night and spend a single evening worshiping each
other’s bodies. All is beautiful until Dara discovers a secret and disappears
before the sheets are even cold. Except Dara and Silas can’t escape one
another. Destiny has spoken, and these two are about to become far more
intimate than they ever thought possible.

 

 

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Author Bio

 

Audrey
Carlan is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling
author. She writes wicked hot love stories that are designed to give the reader
a romantic experience that’s sexy, sweet, and so hot your e-reader might melt.
Some of her works include the wildly successful Calendar Girl Serial, the
Trinity Trilogy and the highly anticipated International Guy Serial.
She lives
in the California Valley where she enjoys her two children and the love of her
life. When she’s not writing, you can find her teaching yoga, sipping wine with
her “soul sisters” or with her nose stuck in a wicked hot romance
novel.
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Royal Brat

 

Title: Royal Brat
Series: Royally Screwed #2
Author: Madison Faye
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 7, 2018
Blurb
She’s looking for trouble. Well, here I am.
Royal brat, meet royal hand of discipline.
And I’m going to teach that royal heiny a
lesson she’ll never forget…
It takes a strong hand to be King. It takes discipline, and
control. I may be rough around the edges, but as King, my rules will be
followed, not challenged.
…That all goes to hell when she barges into
my world. Duchess Riley Noles – blonde, blue-eyed, and five-foot-four of pure
f*cking trouble.
She’s wild, out of control and all sorts of
challenging – a pretty little hurricane crashing right into me. And when I
catch her red-handed screwing with my car, oh, there’s going to be hell to
pay.
But then, this tempting little firecracker may have just
found exactly the trouble she’s been looking for. And when her
soft moans tease through my ears, and her sweet curves press against my hard
body, the last of my meticulous control might just be broken.
She’s all sass and vinegar, but as King, I always get
what I want. And with her, I’ll have it all – her body, her heart, and her
sweet submission, over my knee and saying “yes please”.
You know what they say about pretty little rich girls who
look for trouble: they always find it.
And Duchess Riley is about to find it with me.
…every inch of it.
Hear ye, hear ye! A Queen-sized helping of insta-love,
kindle-melting steam, and a filthy-talking alpha, all for you. Hang
on to your crown, and buckle up – this is going to get ridiculous real fast.
Ludicrously over the top, out of control, and pure dirty
royal fantasy. As with all my books, this one is safe, with no cheating, and a
HEA guaranteed.
 

 

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#1 bestselling contemporary romance author Madison Faye is
the dirty alter ego of the very wholesome, very normal suburban housewife
behind the stories. While she might be a wife, mom, and PTA organizer on the
outside, there’s nothing but hot, steamy, and raunchy fantasies brewing right
beneath the surface!



Tired of keeping them hidden inside or only having them come out in the
bedroom, they’re all here in the form of some wickedly hot stories.
Single-minded alpha hero, sinfully taboo relationships, and wildly over-the-top
scenarios. If you love it extra dirty, extra hot, and extra naughty, this is
the place for you! (Just don’t tell the other PTA members you saw her here…)



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Stolen Kiss

Psychological Romantic/Suspense
Date Published: December 2017
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A sociopath is on the hunt…
Bret Silva’s handsome face is plastered all over town on placards praising his success. But neither his eyes nor his friendly smile betray the dark beast that lurks within. A beast that requires sacrifices. But one mistake endangers Bret’s survival.
When the men from Savage Security discover a damning photo, they realize that someone has mastered the art of the perfect murder. As their hunt begins, Cole Savage must reconcile his desire for justice with the burning ache in his heart for Julia Romero. Enlisting her help as a realtor, they work together to find a new home for Savage Security while the hunt for the killer continues. As the men discover more victims, they piece together the clues and realize that one of their own may be in the sights of a ruthless killer.

Review

Karen Tjebben manages to create a dark and involved novel. Your headspace will definitely be affected in some way by this novel. Do you like to watch shows like Criminal Minds? If so, I think this will be right up your alley. I truly enjoyed getting into the mind of the killer and trying to put things together as well as look over my shoulder as if I was one of the characters.
About the Author
Karen Tjebben lives in central North Carolina with her wonderful husband, twin daughters, and two hamsters. When her girls left for kindergarten, Karen discovered that she needed to fill her days with something, and that was the beginning of her writing career. She loves to create worlds filled with unique characters that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and seeing the world through her daughters’ eyes.
 
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The Place Where We Belong

 

General Literary Fiction /Self-Help Fiction
Date Published: March, 2018
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Why is starting over so complicated? After an amicable divorce, Tamara is ready to move on. She has loving friends, a meaningful job and a comfortable life. And yet, while everything seems to be in its correct place, she has the distinct feeling that nothing is as it should be. Feeling like she is losing control, Tamara struggles to answer a really difficult question: what does she really want? The Place Where We Belong is a novel about self-acceptance, belonging, friendship and love.
Excerpt
I don’t care how old you are, where you are from, or what your profession is, I think humans have one thing in common: the need to belong. I am no different. It’s not so much a dependency; it’s more like an instinct. Despite human evolution over the past million years, we still remain pretty tribal. With me, the need to belong conflicts with the fact that – as my friends say – I am “all angles and edges.” I don’t fit in anywhere very easily. I don’t try to be this way; I just am. I think this was what David initially found so attractive. He was so trapped in making people like him, being acceptable and acquiescent, that for him, I was a breath of fresh air. I was someone who could tell the electrician not to bother to come inside since he was late, or someone who was not scared to tell his parents that no thank you very much, but we will not be coming to dinner. In many ways, I was able to say and do things that he couldn’t. He allowed me to become his mouthpiece, at first in situations of conflict and then in uncomfortable places, and then more or less all the time. Suddenly he realized that he had lost his voice all together. I guess that over time, my directness became less and less charming for him and more of a burden – a reminder that his own voice was sublimated. Until one day, it wasn’t anymore.
So at the age of twenty-eight, I found myself newly divorced and wondering what to do next. I don’t know if there is a code book for the newly divorced, but the gravitation to the tribe was stronger than anything that I can remember. To not be alone. To be out on the market. Single again is like having the scarlet letter “A” branded on your forehead: Alone, Anguished, Awkward . . . not belonging to the tribe, on the outskirts of civilization. So I grew out my pixie short hair, bought a few new pairs of jeans and tops to herald in a new era, and went to live in that infamous city of singles: Tel Aviv.
About the Author

R. K. Mayer was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She has been a teacher, a technical writer and a product manager. Her most short-lived job was in a clothes shop, where she lasted a grand total of two and a half hours. Her last “real job” was being a manager of some wonderful people across the globe, as well as being a lead and advocate for digital transformation in the software industry. Since leaving the corporate world, she is now a Change Management consultant, blogger, novelist and a serial volunteer in her community. In her novels, R. K. Mayer combines her understanding and perspective about how people are affected by change, and her love for storytelling.
R. K. Mayer lives in Israel with her husband and three children. Her latest novel is “The Place Where We Belong.” Her first published novel was: “The Perfection of the Glass Lemons.”
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When the Dark Wins

 

 

Title: When the Dark Wins
Authors: Jennifer Bene, Addison Cain,

Cari Silverwood, Zoe Blake, Yolanda Olson,

Dani René, Eris Edderly, Michelle Brown

Genre: Horror (no HEA) Anthology
Release Date: May 8, 2018
Blurb
Inside these pages
lurks the stuff of nightmares, the inky blackness of our world captured by the
top authors of dark romance. Except in these stories there is no romance. No
heroes. No happy endings.
This is a book that
has been crafted, twisted, and deformed to shred you, scare you, and possibly
traumatize your mere mortal mind. Here is your last warning… no one is coming
to save you if you choose to dive into the depravity.
In these stories,
the dark wins.
Every. Single.
Time.
Eight corrupting
tales designed to blacken your heart:
Breaking Beth by
Jennifer Bene

Catacombs by Addison Cain

Used by Cari Silverwood

What Lies Beneath by Yolanda Olson

My Name is Jane by Zoe Blake

Severed by Dani René

A Sinner in Virtue by Eris Adderly

The Hunted by Michelle Brown  

 

 

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The Flames of Florence

 

Historical Thriller
Date Published: May 8, 2018
Publisher: Diversion Books
 
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“A glittering Renaissance gem of a novel. Donna Russo Morin, a master of her craft, has penned an intricate story full of lush historical detail with a plot that will leave you breathless.” —Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of Death in St. Petersburg
In her final standalone novel featuring Da Vinci’s Disciples, Donna Russo Morin delivers a thrilling story of the secret female artists of Florence, under the tutelage of Leonardo Da Vinci, and their heroic, potentially deadly efforts to save great works of art from the infamous Bonfire of the Vanities.
“Illicit plots, mysterious paintings, and Leonardo da Vinci all have their part to play in this delicious, heart-pounding work.” —Kate Quinn, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Alice Network
Lorenzo de Medici is dead, and his son Piero has brought war and famine upon the city of Florence. Yet, the glory that is Renaissance artistry grows more magnificent, as does the work of the women known as Da Vinci’s Disciples. Now they face their most dangerous challenge, one shrouded in the cloak of a monk.
From the ashes of war, Friar Girolamo Savonarola rises. Some call him a savior and a prophet, a man willing to overthrow tyrannical rulers and corrupt clergy, the Borgia Pope among them. Fra Girolamo is determined to remold Florence from an avaricious, secular culture to a paragon of Christian virtues.
Many call Savonarola a delusional heretic, incapable of anything but self-serving fanaticism. When he sets out to destroy all secular art forms, Da Vinci’s Disciples call him an enemy … but not all of them.
“Like a glorious Italian fresco-richly textured and vividly portrayed … Highly recommended for lovers of history, art, and courageous women.” —Anna Lee Huber, bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mysteries
 
“Donna Russo Morin renders one of the most tumultuous periods in Florence’s history in bright colors and with vivid descriptions. This tale of a group of determined women standing up for what they believe in … will absolutely resonate with modern readers.” —Alyssa Palombo, author of The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence
About the Author

Donna Russo Morin’s passion for the written word began when she was a child, took on a feminist edge as she grew through the sixties, and blossomed into a distinctive style of action-filled historical fiction at a defining moment in her life. As a second-generation American of full Italian descent, Donna combined her historical research with her genealogical studies, finding that her birth name (Russo) and her family roots are traceable to ninth century Florence…the very city in which the Da Vinci’s Disciples trilogy is set.
Donna Russo (Morin) is the internationally published author of six multi-award-winning historical novels including PORTRAIT OF A CONSPIRACY: Da Vinci’s Disciples Book One (a finalist in Foreword Reviews BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR), and THE COMPETITION: Da Vinci’s Disciples Book Two (EDITOR’S CHOICE, Historical Novel Society Review). The final book in her Da Vinci’s Disciples trilogy, THE FLAMES OF FLORENCE, releases May 8, 2018. Also this summer, my novel, inspired by our own home state, GILDED SUMMERS: A Novel of Newport’s Gilded Age will also release this summer. Her other titles include The King’s Agent, recipient of a starred review in Publishers Weekly, The Courtier’s Secret, The Secret of the Glass, and To Serve a King.
A 25-year professional editor/story consultant, her work spans more than 40 manuscripts.  She holds a BA in Communications and an A.A. in English Literature.  Donna teaches writing courses at her state’s most prestigious adult learning center, online for Writer’s Digest University, and has presented at national and academic conferences for over ten years.  In addition to her writing, Donna has worked as a model and an actor with appearances in Showtime’s Brotherhood and Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. Currently under contract to a consortium of international producers, Donna has added screenwriting to her professional acumen.
Her sons—Devon, an opera singer; and Dylan, a chef—are still, and always will be, her greatest works.
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