Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Spotlight: Shield of the King by M.B. Mooney


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Book Title:  Shield of the King by M.B. Mooney
Category:  YA Fiction (Ages 13-17), 298 pages
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Publisher:  Yorkshire Publishing
Release date:   January 2024
Content Rating:  PG. YA Fantasy
Book Description:

She may not be the hero they want, but she is the one they need. Born in a kingdom where women are kept from power, Elowen has been trained as a warrior by her father, a former general. When her father is ordered out of retirement, she joins him on a journey to thwart a plot to assassinate the king. Tragedy strikes in defense of the royal family, and Elowen begins her own mission to expose the rebellion. She discovers secrets about her past that threaten to destroy her homeland and her own life, and she must find a way to fight for what is right in a corrupt kingdom. 
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MB Mooney has traveled the world, teaching in the Republic of Korea and visiting places like Fiji, China, and the Philippines. He loves to write books, stories, and songs. His books are fantasy/sci-fi related, and his first published novel is The Living Stone: The Eres Chronicles Book 1.

Mooney lives in Lawrenceville, GA with his amazing wife and three energetic kids.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Release Blitz: Guarding Bella by Kaylea Cross

GUARDING BELLA is part of the Crimson Point Security series by Kaylea Cross and it just went live!

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Her past should have stayed buried.
Bella thought she could escape her past. For a while, she did. She even found happiness and the chance for a future she never thought possible. Until one day when it was all taken away in an instant, forcing her to leave behind the man she loved just to survive. Now her nightmare is finally over and she needs to reclaim everything she lost. Except she doesn’t know whether he’ll take her back. And she’s about to discover that the past won’t let her go so easily.
Now it’s coming after them both.

Professional bodyguard Creed’s whole world caved in the day Bella left without explanation. Now, over a year later she’s back without warning, and what she tells him leaves him reeling. She’s been through a hell far worse than he’d ever imagined, but one thing is certain. He will love her until he draws his last breath—and won’t let anything or anyone take her away from him ever again. But when deadly forces from her past life come for her, they find themselves in a fight for survival unlike anything they’ve faced before. And the only way out is to make an impossible choice that could tear them apart forever.

About the author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.


Saturday, January 27, 2024

Spotlight: Excerpt from The Friendship Club by Robyn Carr


Author: Robyn Carr
ISBN: 9780778311881
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2024
Publisher: MIRA
28.99 US | 35.99 CAN

Four women who work on a popular cooking show band together when they discover the youngest member of their group has an abusive boyfriend. The Barefoot Contessa meets Big Little Lies in this drama-filled novel about the power of female friendships.

Marni McGuire is the host of a popular television cooking show and leads a very happy life. Twice married, she has been widowed and divorced and now, in her mid-fifties, she enjoys being a successful single woman. But Marni's daughter Bella, who is pregnant with her first child, is convinced that Marni is lonely and she is determined to find a new man for her mother. To humor her daughter, Marni goes on a series of terrible dates. Marni's best-friend and colleague from the cooking show, Ellen, is a widow who has no interest in meeting anyone new and the two women have discussed the challenges of marriage and the joys of being single. But, while Ellen is adamant she wants nothing to do with men, Marni has to admit to herself that she would like to be with someone but only if he is the right fit.
As Bella's pregnancy progresses she admits to her mother that she has some concerns about the state of her own marriage, and all three women are concerned that the young intern on the cooking show is caught in a toxic relationship.

Marni and Ellen are determined to guide the two younger women to have the strength, confidence and support to improve their situations and the women gather regularly to talk about the important issues in their lives.

When Marni and Ellen each unexpectedly find themselves falling for new men in their lives the younger women help them navigate the dating world.

Together these four women form a strong bond of family and friendship that will anchor all of them as they navigate the challenges and celebrate the joys of life.

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“And that’s a wrap,” the director said. “I think I have everything I need. I’ll do some editing and you can review it.”

“Thanks, Kevin,” Marni said. “My sister and my daughter are coming by for a glass of wine. Would you like to join us for a drink to celebrate finishing another season?”

“Thanks, no. I’m on the timer. New baby on the way,” he said.

“Of course! How’s Sonja feeling?”

“Huge,” he said with a laugh. “But the baby’s still cooking. The midwife says she has a few more weeks. Sonja cried for an hour after hearing that.”

“I remember that feeling,” Marni said. “Like it was yesterday. You better stay close to her. Thanks for everything this season. I think we got some good stuff.” Then Marni turned to her intern, Sophia Garner. “But you’ll stay, right?”

“I wouldn’t miss it,” she said. “It’s going to be an intervention, I think.”

“Oh, fabulous, I love those,” Marni said with a hint of panic. “If you and Ellen clean up, I’ll put out some hors d’oeuvres.”

Of course she was prepared; just a little fixing up and presentation required. Marni Jean McGuire worked every day and took very few breaks from cooking, writing, studying, traveling and experimenting with new recipes but they only filmed the segments of her show sixty days a year. But filming was intense. Twice a year they’d film for thirty days over six weeks—enough for two seasons. She hosted one of the most popular cooking shows on a cable network. Today marked the last day of filming and they always celebrated.

Marni’s kitchen was essentially a set; all their filming was done in her home as opposed to a studio. She smiled as she watched her producer, Ellen, who was busy cleaning up with Sophia. Ellen was a bona fide chef but she had no interest being in front of the camera. Sophia loved the camera and the camera loved her; after being caught on camera accidentally a few times, she had become beloved by the viewers for her quick wit and delicious accent.

Marni Cooks was very popular but hosting a TV show had never been her lifelong goal. Far from it. It fell into her lap like a glorious miracle. When she was a young widowed mother, she did whatever she could to make a dollar and raise her little Bella. She took a job handing out food samples for a chain of grocery stores. With her baby in a carrier on her back, she turned out to be a hit. She sold out her product day after day, probably because Bella was so funny and flirtatious and Marni, despite the fact that life hadn’t been easy, was personable and approachable. Almost immediately after she began, shoppers came looking for her, engaging her in conversation. They gave her good reviews and told store managers how much they liked her.

Once she filled in for a product demonstrator for the same grocery chain, showing interested patrons how to slice, dice, shred, spiral and chop vegetables. Again, Bella rode along; childcare was impossibly expensive. Her sense of humor and ease with being in front of a small audience charmed people—including the producer from a television station. Marni was hired to demonstrate a couple recipes every week on a local morning show. Along with that she did cooking demonstrations at fairs or exhibits, published a couple of small cookbooks, helped out at catering services, began writing a short cooking column for the newspaper and filled in when other chefs were unavailable as a guest on various cooking shows. Then she landed a full-time job as the on-air chef for a cable cooking show. She had been thirty-two. Her viewing audience grew quickly and soon after she hired Ellen, who was an expert in her own right. Marni was syndicated to a handful of affiliates and her popularity continued to grow. She knew she owed as much of her success to Ellen as to her own hard work. Ellen had a knack for delectable creation but she was such an introvert she would never agree to join Marni in front of the camera.

But in Ellen’s hands the food became a living, breathing wonder and she had become the associate producer over time, thanks to Marni. She knew what a gift she had in Ellen and took very good care of her. And Ellen knew what a great opportunity she had with Marni; no one else in the business would let her just cook without taking on any management responsibilities and yet pay her so well. But every time Marni’s fortunes improved, Ellen benefited as well.

A little over twenty years ago Marni had met Jeff, a news anchor for the local affiliate. Since she lost her young husband when Bella was only nine months old, she hadn’t been optimistic she’d ever find another forever man but fate shocked her by delivering up Jeff. It was a great love, filled with promise and passion. They were a team from the start, both of them being in TV and very visible in the community. They worked together, shoring each other up and urging each other on. Jeff was a fantastic stepfather for Bella and proudly walked her down the aisle six years ago.

Shortly after that something changed. Marni was concerned that a woman Jeff worked with had ulterior motives. She’d been stalking him for years, texting him, asking his advice, professing to be his friend and protégé and constant supporter. Marni had warned Jeff many times that he needed to be careful not to encourage this woman and he always said he could handle things. But his behavior changed and Marni grew suspicious. She caught them making out in Jeff’s car in the parking lot of a local park that sat in the shadow of the beautiful Sierras.

When she realized what she was witnessing, she drove very slowly up close to Jeff’s car and laid on the horn. They jumped apart like two heart attacks. It was divine.

She knew in that moment that her marriage, which she had enjoyed a great deal, was over. Clearly Jeff had been lying and leading a double life for years. The pain of that was excruciating. She also instinctively knew that Jeff and the woman had both gotten what they deserved—each other. Neither was honest nor faithful. In an instant she knew, she would not go a second further with a man who could look her in the eye and deceive her. She told him to leave. He didn’t argue or try to save their marriage, but he did hire a good lawyer and fought for a healthy settlement. At that time they both had solid careers, but Marni was edging ahead. Jeff went after a big slice of that success; indeed, he took credit, as he’d given her so much wonderful advice. At least that was his perspective.

At Marni’s insistence, they settled and divorced quickly. Marni had asked herself if she should pause and think it over, maybe try marriage counseling, but a gut instinct said end it fast. When he asked for a percentage of her future earnings, she knew she’d been right. It had to be over as swiftly as possible. She gave him half, though he hadn’t earned half. Since there were no minor children or businesses involved, he couldn’t possibly do better. She cut him a big check, waved goodbye and ran for her life. She learned you can still sprint pretty well with a broken heart.

After a couple of years of hating him, things settled down. Marni had handed over more money than seemed fair to her, certainly more than Jeff deserved, and that angered her but the relationship was over in her heart. And Karma being a vicious soul, Jeff was demoted in his job while Marni’s popularity soared.

Jeff had used his settlement to open a restaurant, hoping to capitalize on Marni’s notoriety as a television chef. But Gretchen, the other woman, was his business partner and Marni refused to endorse the restaurant. While he was busy trying to cash in on her success, Marni just put her head down, worked hard and became even more popular.

Then there was a sea change. Jeff had not married Gretchen, but he had spent a lot of money on her, found her cheating, and she unceremoniously dumped him, leaving Jeff a broken, much poorer man…with a struggling restaurant. Of course he brought his tons of regret to Marni, begging her forgiveness. Telling her that letting her go was the biggest mistake of his life!

“No doubt about it,” Ellen had said.

“Too little, too late,” Bella said. Bella was, if possible, angrier than Marni about Jeff’s betrayal.

“Men are so stupid,” said Sophia when she heard the story.

Marni had long since stopped complaining to her friends. To Jeff she said, “You broke my heart and tore my family to pieces. Don’t expect any sympathy from me.”

“You don’t understand, Marni,” he said. “I think she used me and turned me against you, the only woman who truly loved me.”

“Oh, I believe I understand completely,” she had said. The story was as old as time. He’d succumbed to flattery and been thinking with his dick. No amount of his regret would change the fact that she’d be an idiot to ever trust him again. She was no idiot.

But she did soften her anger slightly and they were now cordial. Every now and then Jeff would call her or text her or stop by, though the locks on the house had long since been changed. Over the past couple of years he had suggested a few times that they go out for dinner and she always declined. He clumsily proposed she might cook something for him. “One of your favorite new recipes… I would love that.”

“Not in your wildest dreams,” she had replied.

Marni heard the dishwasher start and snapped out of her thoughts of the past. She pulled her pesto canapés from the oven, the artichoke dip from the refrigerator and heard Kevin depart.

The door opened again. “Mama?” Bella called.

“Right in here,” Marni said. “How is the bump?” Bella was five months pregnant and cute as a button. It was a pregnancy hard won through wildly expensive in vitro fertilization.

“A little feisty,” she said with a very proud smile.

The door opened again and Marni’s sister, Nettie, came in from the garage.

Marni put down her hors d’oeuvres and transferred the centerpiece from the kitchen island to the long rectangular coffee table in the great room just as Ellen was bringing in a tray of wineglasses. Sophia followed with a large oval-shaped bucket filled with ice and two opened bottles of white wine. She went back for a chilled bottle of sparkling cider in an ice bucket on a tripod stand for Bella since she was off alcohol.

Marni loved watching them enter the room, her colleagues and loved ones. Ellen came into a room with shy demeanor, standing nearly six feet tall, lithe and graceful. She wore her her once blond and now white-gray hair in a simple pageboy. She always bent her head slightly and Marni wasn’t sure if her height made her uncomfortable or if it was her shy nature.

Nettie, ten years younger than Marni and the mother of two sons, was an English professor at the university in Reno.

Marni brought out a couple more plates of hors d’oeuvres, Sophia placed napkins all around, Ellen pushed over an ottoman for Bella to rest her feet upon, and they settled in. First was a toast. “A very good season, I think,” Marni said. “One of our best. I’m sleeping in tomorrow.”

Glasses were clinked in agreement, small plates were filled, napkins unfolded. And Marni looked around with a feeling of warm satisfaction. This was her happy place. This great room with her closest friends and family. And outside, through the patio doors, reflected in the backyard infinity pool was the sight of the Sierra Nevada mountains, still covered with snow, though it was May. They all lived in Breckenridge, Nevada, a picturesque little town nestled into the base of the mountain range just south of Reno and Lake Tahoe. There was a winding road, not exactly a secret but little known, that went switchback up over the mountains and then down into Lake Tahoe. People who grew up in Breckenridge knew it well.

This was an agricultural and ski town, with the mountains so close, and it was beautiful with its million-dollar views of nature at her best. To Marni, it looked similar to Austria.

Marni had overseen every aspect of the construction of this house, the kitchen being the focal point. She and Jeff were married at the time and while he helped by sharing advice and supervising construction, it was her house. She approved the plans and made it part of her business. And she loved it. Knowing it would be caught on camera, it was beautifully decorated in beiges, browns, pinks and mauves. It was redecorated almost annually for the same reason—updating for the viewers. But the most important thing to Marni was that the house felt like a hug to her, making her feel safe and protected.

When Jeff moved out, she filled the empty space he left in no time at all. Filling the empty space in her heart had taken longer. Even though she had stopped loving him and stopped hating him, there was still a hole there. A black cold hole. It frequently reminded her that she had no talent for love.

Excerpted from The Friendship Club by Robyn Carr. Copyright © 2024 by Robyn Carr. Published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A.

Author Bio: 

Robyn Carr is an award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty novels, including highly praised women's fiction such as Four Friends and The View From Alameda Island and the critically acclaimed Virgin River, Thunder Point and Sullivan's Crossing series. Virgin River is now a Netflix Original series. Robyn lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Visit her website at

Friday, January 26, 2024

Blog Tour: Guest Review & Excerpt of Never For Glory by Llyod Lofthouse

Never For Glory by Lloyd Lofthouse
Never for Glory: Josh Kavanagh Thriller, Book 2 by Lloyd Lofthouse Publisher: Three Clover Press (June 25, 2023) 
Category: Action, Suspense, Thriller, Love Story (but NOT a romance) 
our dates: January 11-February 22, 2024
ISBN: 979-8988505709 Available in Print and ebook, 293 pages Never for Glory

He’d give his life for his country. But this time, it’s personal. Josh Kavanagh burns for vengeance. Parachuting with no backup into a lawless area of southern Venezuela, the Special Ops legend is intent on hunting down the rogue agent who put his wife in a coma. But as soon as he gets feet on the ground, the loyal protector discovers he’s dropped into a trap… and a sex trafficking operation run by the Russian mob. Fighting his way out and desperate to rescue the victims with minimal body count, Josh plans a daring raid on a remote ranch. But after learning the identity of the mastermind behind the hit on a former lover, the talented operative takes the law into his own hands on a hell-bent solo mission for revenge… Will Josh’s single-minded thirst for justice finish on the wrong side of a gun barrel? Never for Glory is the pulse-pounding second book in the Josh Kavanagh thriller series. If you like determined heroes, tough conflict ripped from the headlines, and page-turning action, then you’ll love Lloyd Lofthouse’s pursuit of payback.

Guest Review by Gud Reader

For an avid military fiction reader only, a few times do you get a read with a classic exploration of morality, love and vengeance similar to this exemplar piece put together by Lloyd Lofthouse.

'Never for Glory: A Josh Kavanagh Thriller' is a sequel to the 2021, 'The Patriot Oath: A Josh Kavanagh Thriller' however this time round it is more personal as our main character is intent on seeking revenge for his wife's coma and is hell-bent on getting the rogue agent responsible for this. 

His mission revolves around moving to the war-ravaged and lawless area of Southern Venezuela as a lone paratrooper. While at it he discovers he might have fallen into Damian Bran's trap who is a former CIA now working with the enemy and Josh's fiercest rival. He also finds out about a Russian mob boss, who rather than collect art, fast cars or even yachts his specialty revolves around collecting beautiful women as sex trophies and toys. Despite his desire for revenge and mission to save these victims will this quest be realized or will Josh be eliminated?

One thing I love about the book is how Lloyd's writing is enriched with fully developed characters maybe, thanks to his stint as a marine and also serving in the Vietnam war. This experience brings out an intricately layered epic read which is immensely gripping and full of twists and turns laced with some thrilling adventure. For any military fiction fan, this read will make you dance with delight!

Enjoy this excerpt:

Never For Glory

Chapter Ten


The air inside the barn was blistering and smelled of body waste and fear. From the beam where Josh squatted, he studied the spot to land when he jumped. His target was the top of a heavy duty, mesh pet crate holding one of the kidnaped teens. He estimated the distance to be fourteen feet from the beam to the cage.

He’d counted enough children in the barn for the C-130 transport to carry them out in one congested flight, without much room left over. Their only break had been the fact that Bran hadn’t rigged the beams, joists, and rafters under the barn’s roof with explosives.

After snipping two square holes through the tin roof to expose the interior of the barn, Shani had used the bomb-sniffing scanner to pinpoint the locations of all the explosives. Josh lay prone on the roof beside the hole with only his head hanging inside, watching her as she scampered back and forth on the rafters.

Every time she spotted a bomb location, Shani glanced his way and pointed. She’d wait for his nod indicating he’d seen it, too. It didn’t take long to discover that there was a predictable pattern, that a perfectionist had rigged the explosives. The biggest, about five pounds of C-4, was attached to the double barn doors. The way that cube of plastic was rigged, once the door moved an inch or two, the explosive would blow.

The walls were rigged with one every meter or so. Black coated electric wires ran through lag screw eyes screwed into wall studs. The wires were about two feet off the dirt floor attached to fuses stuck in what looked like one-pound blocks of plastic explosives.

The barn was fifty-two feet long and thirty-six wide. He estimated there were thirty-six blocks of C-4. Jesus, Bran, why the overkill? he thought. You are a demented anal maniac!

They hadn’t been equipped to discover the wires from the outside. If they had cut through a wall instead of the roof, that would’ve set all the bombs. If the explosion didn’t kill them, the spray of splinter shrapnel from the barn’s structure as it disintegrated and the roof collapsing would have shredded them. Every child would have been obliterated, too.

Once Shani finished the search, they made eye contact again. The only piece of the bushy camouflaged suit they did not have on was the face masks. Shani nodded giving him the okay, and Josh pushed off the beam and slid down the rope he’d rigged for the drop.

He was using a method known as an Australian Rappel where a six-foot section of rope had been wrapped twice around his waist, and the snap link was attached to the center of the small of his back. To stop, all he had to do was raise the hand holding the waist rope to his chest.

Halfway down, he stopped and hovered. With an Uzi in the other hand, he moved in a lazy circle searching for targets, someone waiting to ambush them. Finished, he made eye contact with Shani, again, and nodded the all clear. She nodded back.

Because of all the explosives, they hadn’t expected anyone to be inside to ambush them, but you never took anything for granted.

Shani was on another beam closer to the double barn doors. Before dropping, she put on her face mask. When she slipped off her beam, she didn’t stop as he had. She slid all the way to her target cage and braked just as she reached it so her feet barely made contact with the top of the sturdy wire mesh. Then she gently lowered herself until she was perched on the cage scanning the inside of the barn with her Uzi moving in tandem with her eyes.

The rule was to check twice just in case one of them missed something. When she finished her silent inspection, she nodded.

That was his signal to put on the face mask and drop the rest of the way. Moments later he squatted on top of a cage looking through the metal grid at the painfully bent back of a slender girl. She didn’t have enough room to turn her head to see what had landed on her cramped prison cell. He heard her whimper but some of the teens in their cages watched, their eyes glued on him and on Shani.

He saw Shani place an index finger in a stay quiet gesture where her lips were hidden inside the mask. She also held out her Uzi so the kids could see the weapon.

Josh did the same thing and made sure every eye watching him saw the gesture for silence and the weapon. Eyes that had been filled with misery and fear now reflected a spark of hope.

He scanned for surveillance cameras inside the barn and counted ten. He knew that Shani was doing the same. Every portion of the interior of the barn’s floor area was under observation. There were no blind spots. If the cameras were hardwired and linked to a remote location, the watcher might trigger the explosives and blow up the barn.


Never For Glory by Lloyd LofthouseAbout Lloyd Lofthouse

Multi award winning author, Lloyd Lofthouse is a former US Marine (1965—1968) and combat vet managing PTSD. After the Marines, he went to college and earned a BA in journalism and later an MFA. After working as a nightclub maître d, he taught English and journalism in a public high school. For his first published novel, My Splendid Concubine, Lloyd visited mainland China several times to learn more about that country’s people, culture, and history. He’s the author of the award-winning novels My Splendid Concubine, Running with the Enemy, The Redemption of Don Juan Casanova, and the memoir Crazy is Normal, a classroom exposé. His short story, A Night at the Well of Purity was named a finalist in the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards. Websites: & 

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Fire Chasers Collection Review: October by Emma Nichole & November by Michelle Fernandez


Title: Fire Chasers Collection Week #3
Authors: Rayne Elizabeth, Emma NIchole, & Michelle Fernandez
Release Dates:  January 18, 2024
Genre: Spicy Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Emma Nichole
Tags: #FireChaserCollection #FireChaser #Collection #FireChasersWeekThreeReleases
Releases for Week #3:
𝐒𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 by Rayne Elizabeth  (Boss's daughter)
𝐎𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐫 by Emma Nichole (Single dad/Nanny)
𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 by Michelle Fernandez  (Single mom/single dad)

My thoughts on October: 

October is the Single Dad/Nanny romance.  It's a short read, but it is packed with lots of heat.  Wren has been Casey's nanny for about 2 years.  Ash, Casey's dad, has always been attracted to her and vice versa, but they never gave into the attraction. That is until a forced proximity situation lowers their defenses.  This was really sweet and I loved them together.  The "apology" in the end was perfect.  I highly recommend.

My thoughts on November:

November  is a little tough to review because (spoiler) ends on a cliff hanger.  Normally, I'm not a fan of those, but the lead up to the cliffhanger in this story had me fully invested.  The author added a letter at the end explaining the reason for the cliff hanger.  The story will be continued in her new series coming out soon.  I can't wait.  It's a second chance for Brooke and Bishop.  I felt like I was just getting to know them when it ended.  So I look forward to their HEA!

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Collection Blurb:
12 Months. 12 Men. 12 Stories....make for one hot calendar for a good cause!
The firefighters who comprise the Hope Haven calendar are here to douse more than just flames.
Looking for a blind date? Maybe a single father falling for the nanny? Or even a steamy second chance?
Whether you're looking for a date for Valentine's Day, a new relationship in the Spring or a hot summer fling, there's something for everyone. Why choose?
The Fire Chaser collection is coming January 2024!
12 standalone stories from 12 different authors, all steamy… and all will be available in Kindle Unlimited!
Available Now in the collection:
𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 by Ariana Rose (Blind Date)
𝐀𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐥 by Ryleigh Sloan (Step Brother)
𝐌𝐚𝐲 by Samantha Harrison (Single mom)
𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 by Lane Martin (Secret relationship)
𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 by Tonya Clark  (Co-worker/insta-love)
𝐀𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐬𝐭 by Rubi Jade (Second chance)
Coming Soon in the collection:
𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 by Leah C. Halvorson (Divorcee/past love)
𝐉𝐚𝐧𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 by B.L. Olson (Best friend's father)
𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡  by Crystal Burnette (Second Chance)

Blog Tour: Excerpt from The Renegade Akseli Cyborg by Dianne Duvall

𝗗𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗻𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗶𝗻 𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙔𝙤𝙧𝙠 𝙏𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙨 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝗗𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗲 𝗗𝘂𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗹’𝘀 𝗳𝗮𝘀𝘁-𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲𝗱, 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲-𝗳𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗱 𝗔𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗯𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗔𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀!

The Renegade Akseli Cyborg 
Aldebarian Alliance #5 
by Dianne Duvall 

Release Date: January 23, 2024
Too many years of hunting psychotic vampires night after night have left Rachel with a desperate need for change. So when the opportunity to travel across the galaxy aboard a Lasaran warship to a utopian planet arises, the powerful Immortal Guardian jumps at the chance. Rachel eagerly looks forward to making a fresh start… until an enemy attacks and she ends up alone in an escape pod so far from alliance-occupied space that no one can hear her communications. No one except a renegade cyborg who shouldn’t exist.

After a grueling, hard-fought rebellion, Wonick and his cyborg brethren settled on a distant planet, where they’ve finally carved out a peaceful existence. The Aldebarian Alliance believes every Akseli cyborg died long ago. And battle-weary cyborg leader Wonick is determined to prevent anyone from discovering otherwise, knowing such would spark the fiercest manhunt in the galaxy. Yet when he hears Rachel’s communications, temptation drives him to speak to her, sparking friendship and a longing for a very different future.

Rachel finds Wonick even more appealing when she meets him in person, and the friendship they’ve formed soon deepens into love as the cyborgs—no more immune to her fun-loving, laughter-inducing nature than Wonick—cautiously welcome her into the fold. But the warriors’ unbridled ability to collect intel uncovers a secret the enemy has guarded for decades, one that compels them to embark upon a mission fraught with danger.

If they succeed, they may end the enemy’s attempts to conquer the galaxy once and for all.
If they fail, it could cost Wonick and Rachel everything.

𝘙𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 26, 2024 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘰𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 (𝘯𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘒𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘗𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳)

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Rachel stifled another yawn. “Thank you.” More of her weight settled against his side as a comfortable silence blanketed them. Soon slumber claimed her.

 Wonick activated the implant that enabled him to interface remotely with all electronics in their settlement and lowered the lighting in the room until it matched that of a night illuminated only by a pale sliver of a moon. Speakers ushered in nocturnal sounds from the forests outside. Cyborgs had spent so many years in infirmaries, recovering from excruciatingly painful surgeries and injuries, that all loathed the places now. When Taavion had refused to treat them in their homes, they had made this compromise to make any time spent here more bearable. The regular recovery rooms and treatment rooms went even further with at least one wall displaying the forest outside.

 Now insects chirped. Amphibians croaked and twanged. Nocturnal birds sang.

 The pleasure Wonick took in it paled in comparison to that he found in Rachel’s presence. Her form was warm against his, the pressure soothing.

 Memories of his boyhood surfaced. He could recall his parents sitting like this after a long day spent working the family farm while he and his brothers wrestled and played on the floor in front of them. Hands linked, they would speak in low tones and share weary but loving smiles the boys paid little attention to.

 Wonick glanced down.

 One of Rachel’s hands rested on the mattress beside her. The other hand lay in her lap, palm up, fingers curled as though waiting to hold something.

 In painstakingly slow increments, Wonick reached over and gently clasped that hand.

 His eyes shot to her face.

 Still sleeping.

 Splaying her hand on his, he studied it. Soft, pale skin covered faint blue veins. Her slender fingers ended in short, rounded nails. In comparison, his hand was tanned from years spent working in the sun with the reddish hue characteristic of Akselis and a network of fine scars. It was also so much larger than hers that, when he lined up the base of their hands, her fingertips barely extended beyond his palm.

 Wonick traced her fingers, one by one. They seemed alarmingly fragile, easily broken compared to his, which were thicker and reinforced with alavinin. Yet when she had poked him in the chest during their initial confrontation, it had felt as though she were stabbing him with a dull blade and had nearly made him stumble back a step.

 Finished with his curious examination, he twined his long fingers through hers and settled their hands on his thigh, mimicking the pose of his father and mother.

 Wondrous peace suffused him as he rested his head against the wall behind them and imagined ending every evening in such a way.

 Was this what Janwar had found with Simone? This tantalizing contentment that seemed to fill all the hollow spaces spawned by years of isolation?

 If so, Wonick couldn’t blame his friend for succumbing to the allure.

 A sigh replete with pleasure escaped him as he closed his eyes. Then he, too, let sleep claim him.


Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series, the Aldebarian Alliance sci‐fi romance series, and The Gifted Ones medieval and time‐travel romance series.  The Lasaran, the first book in the Aldebarian Alliance Series, was a #1 Audible Mover & Shaker. The Segonian, the second book in the Aldebarian Alliance Series, was a Barnes&Noble Top Indie Favorite. Audible chose Awaken the Darkness as one of the Top 5 Best Paranormal Romance Audiobooks of 2018. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), “extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and "wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Dianne's books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. And her audiobooks have been awarded the AudioFile Earphones Award for Excellence. 

Dianne's books have all appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, and/or Kobo Bestseller lists.  The first book in Dianne's The Gifted Ones series, A Sorceress of His Own, is a prequel of sorts to Darkness Dawns. A USA Today bestseller, A Sorceress of His Own is a medieval romance with paranormal elements that was awarded the AudioFile Earphones Award for Excellence and was an Audie Finalist. The second book in the series, Rendezvous With Yesterday, is a time travel romance that won the GraveTells Readers' Choice Award for Best Historical Romance. 

In addition to writing romance, Dianne has completed a one-act play (comedy) and teamed up with an award-winning screenwriter to write a spec script for a new situation comedy. Several of her poems have also been published in anthologies. 

When she isn't writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the psychotic vampires she creates in her books.

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To celebrate the release of The Renegade Akseli Cyborg, Dianne Duvall will be giving away a Aldebarian Alliance Swag Pack* to (2) two separate readers (US only please) AND a $25 Amazon Gift Card to (2) two separate readers! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form found in this post. Follow along with the Tour at for more chances to win daily. Good luck!
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