Read an #Excerpt from Battle Born for Youby Layla Lochran + #Giveaway

We’re excited to share with you the second book in Layla Lochran’s Tell All Secrets series, BATTLE BORN FOR YOU! This second chance romance and continuation of Alexander and Liliana’s story is available in eBook, Paperback, and Audiobook formats, grab your copy on Amazon today! 


Battle Born for You
by Layla Lochran
(Tell All Secrets #2)

October 24, 2022

Alexander: Stumbling upon the one person you’re missing in your life only to screw up and watch her walk away. It’s Soul crushing. Heartbreaking. What Lili doesn’t know is this Marine’s endurance is untamable. I’ve been beaten down, now it’s time to rise, or submit and lose it all. Do I succumb to the darkness and welcome the silence? My sunshine is shrouded in ominous blackness; the trust she placed on me now vanquished. She’s gone and I fear my demons will find their way out.
Knock, knock. Poetry is my expression, only now that life is grim. I’m no longer in control. I do not want to hurt those I love, but I cannot keep afloat. I’m drowning, calling for help; the gun is in my hand and I’m eager to pull the trigger.

Liliana: He betrayed my trust and now my skeletons are out of the closet for all to see. If any of my secrets fall in the wrong hands, chaos would follow. I knew I could never love, so why does this hurt so? The monster is at the forefront of my mind, enjoying the game. Time to play. Can I trust Zander and his mates with their vow of protection? If I have learned anything, you should never question a Marine’s promise. With music as my emotion, the songs playing behind the locked door tell me of a broken man’s world. Sometimes it’s the hero that needs saving, this be one of those times. Do not fret, Alexander, I’m going to save ye.

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Narrated by Joe Arden and Stella Hunter 


Chapter 8

Alexander is trying to make amends with Lili and has a plan, thanks to Tamara. They meet at Be Harbor park.
“How did ye know we be here?” Her Scottish lilt is stronger now, more like herself than I’ve ever heard her be. Her eyes narrow and a hand comes up, “wait, ye don’t have to answer that. Tamara is always twelve steps ahead of me.” She waves her hand in dismissal then sighs.
I cup her face with my hand and press my forehead to hers.
Whisper “God how I’ve missed you.”
She melts into my touch, closes her eyes, and whispers back.
“Me too.”
I kiss her then and it’s as if we are communicating the agony of these past few days. People pass by but it’s this woman in my arms who has my undivided attention.
Then I remember we have somewhere to be, and I reluctantly break our kiss.
“Are you ready to go?”
Her eyes dazedly open and she gives me a quizzical look, “where are ye taking me? I hope it involves food; I’m famished.” She giggles and that sound is pure heaven to my ears.
I bring our clasped hands to my lips and place a kiss to her knuckles.
“Well then, we best be on our way. Glimmer of hope How does Italian sound?” I send her a knowing glance.
Her eyes light with merriment and quite possibly a hint of another type of hunger, “only if there is tiramisu afterwards.”
She winks, and a low growl grows from within my chest, my body humming to life. I lean in close and whisper.
“So much tiramisu.”

Other Titles by Layla Lochran

Painting Her Fate – Book 1 
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Pre-order More for Me, Book #3 in the Tell All Secrets series – Coming 03/13/2023
Narrator announcement coming soon!


Layla Lochran is an international bestselling author best known for her Tell All Secrets suspenseful romance series and the Ambrota Defenders paranormal romance series.

Layla resides nestled in the woodlands of Western New York with her son and adopted pet, Kit Kat. School life is her passion, writing romance gives her satisfaction. She enjoys her family, musical instruments, festivals, and takes pride in being a volunteer LGBTQ+ youth counselor and advocator of Love is Love.  

Where you can find Layla Lochran…

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Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Battle Born For You, Layla is giving away a $20.00 Amazon Gift Card to one reader during this blog tour! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form found in this post. Follow along with the Blog Tour for more chances to win daily. Good luck!

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Sign Ups: Platinum by Sandra Bunino


An exciting new promotional opportunity for contemporary romance and romantic suspense fans!

Author’s Taproom is proud to present a Release Day Blitz for Sandra Bunino’s thrilling & sexy new contemporary romance, PLATINUM! Platinum is the first book in the Platinum series, and is a contemporary romance with suspenseful elements.

The blitz will take place on August 21st, 2018 and will consist of;
Book & Author Information, Teaser Images, Excerpt, and a Tour-Wide Giveaway. HTML will be provided..


To sign-up for the Release Day Blitz  ⇒ Click Here ⇐ or continue to the form below. 





CoverImage_PlatinumTitle: Platinum

Author: Sandra Bunino

Format: ebook

Expected publication: August 21st 2018 by Evernight Publishing



When reporter Stacia Howell follows a hot tip to Vegas, she doesn’t expect to end up running for her life—or to be scooped out of harm’s way by a towering mass of muscle with an icy attitude and a penetrating gaze.

Walker runs on two speeds: Intense and Highly Intense. His plane is emblazoned with the name of the mysterious organization she’s been investigating—Platinum. And a single touch makes her body buzz with the raw desire to lay herself bare before him.

Walker knows Stacia’s game. Hell, he invented the game. She’s oblivious to the danger she’s in. Yet she makes him want to leave his imprint on her skin, and wring sounds of passion from her lips. One night of warm leather and straining chains, and he realizes she is his and his alone. But when he’s backed to the edge of a cliff, the only way to keep her safe could be to let her go. Forever.

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Sandra is an author of romance who stays up too late dreaming up sexy heroes. When she’s not writing, shoe shopping, or saving wayward turtles, Sandra can be found with a cup of coffee browsing the shelves of an indie bookstore. As a social media junkie, Sandra loves to chat with readers and formed the Bookalicious Babes Facebook group where members share their love of books. Sandra also writes as Sandra Renee Appet.

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Now Booking: Rip Current by Jill Sanders – Book Blast


Author’s Taproom is now booking spots for a week-long Book Blast for Bestselling Author Jill Sanders release of Rip Current. Rip Current is a contemporary romance and the third book in the Grayton Series. The blast will run from July 13th – July 17th, 2015 and will consist of a spotlight and individual blog giveaways. To take part in this tour please fill out the form linked here:


PDF copies of Rip Current will be available for review

Giveaway Details:

Each participating blog can offer one eCopy of Rip Current to giveaway. Feel free to set up your giveaway however you prefer, we just ask that you please include the author’s social media links if using rafflecopter. Email by July 26th with your winner’s name and email address.



Rip Current

(Grayton Series #3)

by Jill Sanders

Kindle Edition, 300 pages

Expected publication: July 14th 2015 by Grayton Press


Cole is used to fame and has had his fill of women who fall at his feet, but the one woman he desires the most shows nothing but disdain for him and his reckless ways.

Wendy can’t stand Cole, at least in her head. Her body and heart, on the other hand, desire him beyond anything else.


Pre-Order Links:



Previous Books in the Series:

Last Resort (Grayton Series, #1)

Someday Beach (Grayton Series, #2)



Jill Sanders is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Pride Series, Secret Series, West Series, Grayton Series romance novels. She continues to lure new readers with her sweet and sexy stories. Her books are available in every English speaking country, audiobook, and are now being translated to 6 different languages.

Born as an identical twin into a large family, she was raised in the Pacific Northwest, later relocating to Colorado for college and a successful IT career before discovering her talent as a writer. She now makes her home on the beautiful emerald coast in Florida where she enjoys the beach, hiking, swimming, wine-tasting, and of course writing.

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Now Booking: Fat Girl by Leigh Carron – Book Blast

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We are now booking a Book Blast for FAT GIRL by Leigh Carron. This blast will be held on August 4th – 8th, 2014 and will consist of information on the book, a tour-wide giveaway, and optional review.  (HTML post provided.) More information on the book can be found below. The sign-up link is located at the bottom of this post.




Series: Perfectly Imperfect

Author: Leigh Carron

Genre: Steamy, Contemporary Romance

Published: June 24th 2014





Years after fleeing small-town Springvale, Illinois, Deanna Chase has picked up the pieces of her shattered heart and built a new life for herself as a child advocacy lawyer. Her food addiction is quasi under control, her secrets are buried, and she has even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body. Until…


Micah Peters—the very sexy and now famous man she fled— walks through her office door and sends Dee reeling. His demand that she help a young boy caught in a custody battle will reunite her with the past she left behind.


Torn between duty and self-preservation, Dee isn’t easy to convince. But when obligation wins, the former lovers get more than they bargained for—a searing passion that burns hotter than ever and startling revelations about what really happened the fateful night she left.


Will the truth set Dee free to love again? Or will past hurts and lingering insecurities destine her to walk away from her heart again, this time for good?


FAT GIRL is the first book in this provocative two-part series about love and self-acceptance.




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What people are saying about FAT GIRL:

5 stars – A brilliant romance novel with a difference by By Olivia P:

Carron portrays Dee’s insecurities absolutely faultlessly, from the little tugs she habitually gives to her clothing when nervous, to the full-fledged horrified panic at the thought of being seen naked in the daylight. When it comes to romance novels, we’re so used to the women being picture perfect, and any perceived imperfections being so minor as to be of little note, but here we have a real ‘everywoman’ figure. And it’s about damn time!

Dee’s uniqueness within the genre aside, the plot in Fat Girl is multi-layered and compelling, and driven forward with a skilled hand. In some respects it stands alone; Carron thankfully avoids the current tendency towards an infuriating, cliffhanger ending, although as it’s book one of two there’s plenty left to still be revealed, and I’m really looking forward to the next one.

A brilliantly written, steamy, sexy, thought-provokingly wonderful novel.

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Goodreads Reader – 5 stars –Pamela:

Wonderful! I absolutely loved this novel. Loved all of the characters. Loved the back and forth between the present and the past and the 1st person point of view that knocked back and forth between the main male and female characters. Yes, there is suppose to be another book after this one as a continuation of the story line, but the ending is not a panic inducing cliff hanger. That’s all I will say about that.



Please click here for Excerpt  and Pre-release Tickler 


Review Information:

Author will provide the respective book blogger with a Smashwords coupon code to receive a complimentary copy of Fat Girl. Author kindly ask that reviews be posted on and Goodreads.




An American living in Canada. Chocolate snob. Recovering yo-yo dieter. Devoted mother and wife, blessed with a wacky family. Most nights, you will find me either curled up with a great book or, more often, sitting at my computer, tapping out the countless visions in my head. To me, there’s nothing better in a narrative than perfectly flawed but strong characters and intense romance that is sexy, deep, and sensual. Mm…I liken such stories to a box of Godiva. Decadent and delicious! You can’t stop at just one. In fact, I’m now hard at work on my next novel—A Naked Beauty, the conclusion to Fat Girl.

Website | Facebook | Twitter: @LeighCarron




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Book Blast: Curveball by V. K. Sykes

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We are now scheduling a one day book blitz for CURVEBALL by V.K. Sykes

This book blitz will be held on July8th, 2013. This blitz will consist of a Book Spotlight with or without excerpts, Reviews and Individual Blog Giveaways. We are looking for approximately ten participating bloggers and this does not need to be ‘top post’ due to the late date.

To sign up for this tour, please complete the tour sign up form HERE 

Title: Curveball
Author:   V.K. Sykes
Series: Philadelphia Patriots #4
Format: eBook
Expected Publication: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Taylor Page never wanted anything but a career in major league baseball.  Through talent and guts, she’s finally landed a position as Assistant General Manager of the Philadelphia Patriots.  The only problem is that most men in baseball still don’t take a woman exec seriously, especially a thirty-year old blonde with no on-field experience.  She needs to do something big to convince her bosses she has what it takes to run a team.

Veteran Pittsburgh outfielder Ryan Locke’s career is in jeopardy when a suddenly unreliable throwing arm comes on top of rehab from a major injury.  A single parent with a troubled daughter and an alcoholic mother to provide for, retirement is out of the question. Ryan’s best hope is for a trade to an American League team as a designated hitter, allowing him several more years of play.

When Taylor needs a replacement for an injured first baseman, she comes up with an innovative but risky idea:  convince her boss to make a trade for Ryan Locke, and then convince the still talented slugger to play first base for the Patriots.  With Ryan dead-set against that plan and both their careers on the line, neither Taylor nor Ryan can afford the explosive physical attraction between them.  But despite Taylor’s best efforts to resist Ryan’s campaign of seduction, she’s not sure she’s got the willpower to keep from playing along. 


Buy Links

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About the Author

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V.K. Sykes is really two people – Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance. Randy excels at plot and characterization, but tends to fall down on the job when it comes to that pesky old thing called emotion. That’s where Vanessa steps in. She usually writes the sex scenes too, since Randy is a bit uncomfortable when it comes to that sort of stuff. Vanessa also writes award-winning Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. You can find V.K. on the web at and Vanessa at

Vanessa is also a member of Rock*It Reads, a group of traditionally published authors who are committed to bringing high standards and professional quality to their independently published works. Members include New York Times bestselling and award winning authors like Pamela Clare, Monica Burns, Elisabeth Naughton and Kris Kennedy. You can find Rock*It Reads on the web at

Author Links

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Book Blast: Riverbend by Tess Thompson

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This is a month long Book Blast for Riverbend by Tess Thompson.

This blast will consist of book spotlights, excerpts, reviews and giveaways. It will be held on July 1st – 31st, 2013. Sign-ups for this tour are now closed.

About the Book:


Title: Riverbend
Author: Tess Thompson
Series: The River Valley Collection
Format: PDF, epub, mobi, paperback
Publication Date: May 19th 2013
Publisher: Booktrope
ISBN 1620151421
Gnere: Adult Contemporary Romance w/Suspense


“Tag. I found you.”
Just as Annie Bell’s reputation as one of the best chefs in the Pacific Northwest grows to new heights, she receives a
threatening phone call from her abusive ex-boyfriend. Marco is out on parole and hungry for revenge, blaming her for his ten-year imprisonment. Fearing for her life and that of her young son, Annie reluctantly accepts help from Drake Webber, a cold and wealthy recluse hiding a dark history of his own. Supported by the gang of misfits from their restaurant Riversong, Annie forges ahead despite her growing terror that Marco will appear at any moment and make good on his threats.
Author Tess Thompson (formerly known as Tess Hardwick) reunites the colorful cast of endearing small-town characters from her bestselling novel Riversong and takes you on a journey that will renew your faith in love, friendship and the power of community – even in the face of seemingly insurmountable grief and fear. You’ll find yourself once again cheering for the residents of River Valley, especially the big-hearted and compassionate Annie Bell.
Escape with a blend of love, laughter, friendship, suspense and gourmet food while remembering it’s never too late for second chances.


Buy links: 
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About the Author:

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Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright with a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2011, she released her first novel, Riversong, which subsequently became a bestseller. Like the characters in Riverbend, Tess is from a small town in Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, Emerson and Ella. She is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.
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Giveaway Information:

The publisher is offering One eBook Per Blog of Caramel and Magnolias by Tess Thompson, along with an exclusive pre-release eARC of her upcoming release Riverstar (note: this might not be available to send out until early August).

Winners from each blog must be submitted to us via our Riverbend Giveaway Winner form, found HERE.

Schedule of Participating Blogs:

July 6 – Toot’s Book Reviews
July 7 – We Love Kink
July 8 – Cocktails and Books
July 18 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy,Too!
July 19 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews
July 26 – Reading Between the Wines
July 29 – Deal Sharing Aunt

Book Blast: Conceal by Juliana Stone

We are now scheduling a one day book blitz for CONCEAL by Juliana Stone.

This book blitz will be held on June 17th, 2013. This blitz will consist of a Book Spotlight with or without excerpts, Reviews and Individual Blog Giveaways. We are looking for approximately ten participating bloggers and this does not need to be ‘top post’ due to the late date.

To sign up for this tour, please complete the tour sign up form HERE. (Sign-ups are now closed.)


About the Book:


Title: Conceal
Author: Juliana Stone
Series: The Barker Triplets #3
Format: eBook
Expected Publication: June 15th 2013
Publisher: Self Published

Genre: Contemporary Romance
No one said going home would be easy…

Black sheep and all around trouble maker, Betty Jo Barker is back home and hoping for a do-over. Things are finally looking up until Beau Simon comes to town. The man pushes every button she owns, and though she resists, he manages to awaken long dead emotions she’d rather leave buried. Desire. Pain. Need. What’s the point? Beneath the surface she knows she’s a wreck–her scars run deep. But still, she can’t help but wonder…Will Beau Simon be the one to fix her?
Beau Simon, the brightest star in Hollywood has come to New Waterford for one reason only. He’s determined to have Betty Jo Barker star in his next film. He knows she’s perfect for the part, but a past encounter might prove more than a little difficult to overcome. As Beau turns on the charm, hoping to win over this complicated woman, he realizes it won’t be easy.
As the hot, Michigan summer marches on, only time will tell if what lies beneath, can ever be overcome. And if love can heal all…

Buy links will be available on June 15th, 2013

About the Author:


A Bit About Me

Juliana Stone’s love of the written word and 80s rock, have inspired her in more ways than one. She writes dark paranormal romance as well as Contemporary Romance and spends her days navigating a busy life that includes, a husband, kids, a dog and a cat.

Juliana is represented by Sara Megibow of The Nelson Literary Agency.

Hobbies & Interests

Music and words have always been my passions. I sing in a band in which my husband plays guitar and my son comes along for the ride as well. We’re total ’80s geeks, but sadly, the big hair, big shoulder pads, and neon colors are a thing of the past!

Writing Tips

I think that it’s important to take some time for yourself when you’re on deadline. If you spend all your time in the chair writing, it’s so easy to burn out. Because writing is such a lonely job, with so many hours spent by yourself, it’s important (for me) to get some social time in. So as a reward, I allow myself time to surf the Net, read blogs, Twitter, and Facebook to connect with all the writer friends that I have.

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