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Cover reveal for Crossing The Line by Sherri Hayes

Crossing The Line (Daniels Brothers #3)
Summary
Detective Paul Daniels has spent four and a half years mourning the loss of his wife. He’s been doing his best to raise their daughter, Chloe, with the help of his in-laws. When they inform him right before Thanksgiving that they’re going to be moving over two hours away, Paul finds himself without anyone to watch Chloe—especially when he’s called out to a crime scene in the middle of the night. Little does he know that meeting his baby brother’s girlfriend and her sister, Megan, will change everything.
Megan Carson has taken a few wrong turns in her life, but she’s doing her best to get back on track. When she meets Chloe, the little girl swiftly worms her way into Megan’s heart. The opportunity to help Paul out and watch his daughter appears to be a blessing in disguise. She quickly volunteers to be Chloe’s live-in nanny.
Everything is working well until the three of them head back to Ohio for Chris and Elizabeth’s wedding. Paul has a little too much to drink during the reception, and he and Megan end up sharing a heated kiss. When he wakes up the next day, he has a pounding headache but remembers nothing.
Megan, however, isn’t willing to forget. Over the past few months since she’s been playing nanny, her feelings for Paul have changed. He is everything she never knew she wanted, and now that she knows there might be something there, she’s going after what she wants—Paul.

Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn’t good at spelling, or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author.
At the age of thirty, all of that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show wastaking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more.
Seven years later, Sherri is the author of seven full-length novels, and one short story. Writing has become a creative outlet for Sherri that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. She is most well known for her Finding Anna Series about a young woman rescued from being a sex slave by a wealthy Dominant. Sherri’s eighth novel, Crossing The Line, is scheduled to release September 2014.

 

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Flash Giveaway Offer from NY Times Bestselling Author Dana Marton‏

Flash Giveaway with an e-book by Dana Marton as a prize.   Dana is happy to offer a Kindle or Nook copy of one of her Broslin Creek books (winner’s choice

Readers who enjoy spine-tingling suspense and toe-curling romance love Dana Marton’s bestselling Broslin Creek series.  And best of all, each book in the series can easily be read as a standalone novel! 

Just two steps for a chance to win…

First – head over to Dana’s FB page and give her a like – https://www.facebook.com/DanaMarton

Second – come back here and leave a comment.. I will announce a winner Tuesday morning..

As the only person who can identify the most notorious hit man in the country, Kat Bridges is running for her life. Murphy Dolan is in the Army Reserves, returning from his 2nd tour of duty, only to find a stranger hiding in his house. She's scared spitless. He's completely burned-out on violence. Neither of them has any trust left to give. If the best of the FBI couldn't protect her from the country’s most notorious assassin, does a burned-out small town cop have a prayer?

As the only person who can identify the most notorious hit man in the country, Kat Bridges is running for her life. Murphy Dolan is in the Army Reserves, returning from his 2nd tour of duty, only to find a stranger hiding in his house. She’s scared spitless. He’s completely burned-out on violence. Neither of them has any trust left to give. If the best of the FBI couldn’t protect her from the country’s most notorious assassin, does a burned-out small town cop have a prayer?

After a near-death experience, artist Ashley Price is compelled to paint visions of the dead, and fears she's gone crazy. Then she paints a man buried alive and, recognizing the surroundings, she rushes to save him.   Instead of being grateful to her for rescuing him, Detective Jack Sullivan accuses her of being in league with a serial killer. He swears he will put her behind bars. Except, the more time he spends with her, the more he falls under her spell. Can he trust her, or is he walking into another deadly trap?

After a near-death experience, artist Ashley Price is compelled to paint visions of the dead, and fears she’s gone crazy. Then she paints a man buried alive and, recognizing the surroundings, she rushes to save him.
Instead of being grateful to her for rescuing him, Detective Jack Sullivan accuses her of being in league with a serial killer. He swears he will put her behind bars. Except, the more time he spends with her, the more he falls under her spell. Can he trust her, or is he walking into another deadly trap?

She'd been "the sick girl" for most of her life. She refused to go straight to "the weird girl". Heart-transplant recipient Sophie Curtis has been in her own antiseptic bubble for so long, she just might not be able to venture out into the real world again. Her spooky body memories are scary enough, but then she finds herself in the cross hairs of a killer. "Love was blind, people said. But lust was blind, deaf and reckless." Ethan Bing hadn't been a great romantic before he became a cop. Whatever shred of optimism he had left after becoming Broslin Chief of Police had been seared out of him by the unsolved murder of his wife two years before. A new case brings the killer within reach just as Sophie pops into his life. She gets through his defenses like no other before, but soon it becomes clear that she's been selected as the killer's next victim.

She’d been “the sick girl” for most of her life. She refused to go straight to “the weird girl”. Heart-transplant recipient Sophie Curtis has been in her own antiseptic bubble for so long, she just might not be able to venture out into the real world again. Her spooky body memories are scary enough, but then she finds herself in the cross hairs of a killer.
“Love was blind, people said. But lust was blind, deaf and reckless.” Ethan Bing hadn’t been a great romantic before he became a cop. Whatever shred of optimism he had left after becoming Broslin Chief of Police had been seared out of him by the unsolved murder of his wife two years before. A new case brings the killer within reach just as Sophie pops into his life. She gets through his defenses like no other before, but soon it becomes clear that she’s been selected as the killer’s next victim.

ormer small-town football hero turned cop, Joe Kessler never met a linebacker, perp, or a woman he couldn't handle. Then a troubled single mom walks into his life, and the only place this hot jock will ever see 'easy' again is in the dictionary.   Hiding out in Broslin, PA was working pretty well for Wendy Belle until Cop Casanova took her under his protection. Now she’ll either lose her life to one man, or her heart to another.

ormer small-town football hero turned cop, Joe Kessler never met a linebacker, perp, or a woman he couldn’t handle. Then a troubled single mom walks into his life, and the only place this hot jock will ever see ‘easy’ again is in the dictionary. Hiding out in Broslin, PA was working pretty well for Wendy Belle until Cop Casanova took her under his protection. Now she’ll either lose her life to one man, or her heart to another.

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GIVEAWAY – Downey Greene Coffee Mug!!

In honor of our cover reveal we are giving away this Downey Greene coffee mug.. Just leave a comment for a chance to win.
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Synopsis

Gun, badge… and a swear jar?

Detective Faye Kane is a good cop. So when she smells a rat in her city she follows the facts no matter where they lead even if it’s right to Philadelphia’s own philanthropist and hopeful new mayor, Martino “Millie” Maliano. But after a rough day, sometimes even a cop needs to feel like a woman.

Enter Ian “Griff” McManus, rumored lead problem solver in Millie’s organization. After one hot night with a sexy stranger, he’s given a new target his boss needs quieted: Detective Faye Kane.

Dirty cops, loyalty, betrayal, even love. Detective Kane needs to sift through the ashes of her beloved city after it all comes down to find the one thing that matters, if she’s still standing.

“Debut authors Downey Greene deliver heart-stopping and edgy romantic suspense. Raw, gripping, and fiercely sexy, you won’t be able to put PARTNERS IN CRIME down.”~Laura Moore, author of Once Tempted.

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Excerpt

Staggering towards the back, she stumbled out the emergency exit in the rear. She banged out into the alley and laid her hands up against the brick wall, resting her head against it. The tequila coursing through her veins numbed her pain just a little, but not enough. She heard the door open again but didn’t bother looking; she didn’t fucking care who it was.

She began to curse, slamming her palms against the bricks. She couldn’t get drunk and she couldn’t be left alone. Might as well go home, she thought.

All of a sudden, Faye felt her blonde locks being tugged back a little, a soft growl in her ear. “Oh, Sugar, how bad do you want to forget?”

She groaned at his touch, arching her back. “Stop. Stop calling me Sugar. There’s nothing remotely sweet about me.”

He growled again, low in his throat and licked up the side of her neck. “You taste fucking sweeter than heaven.”

She shivered from his words as much as his touch. He spun her around and lifted both of her hands above her head, securing them in one of his. He nudged her legs apart with his knee. Swallowing hard, she looked up at him through her thick lashes, blue eyes bright with need. She needed to forget.

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WE…yes you read right. We are two separate individuals who met in a writing group on FB. In this group we dabbled in writing and hit it off, each liking the other’s strengths and complimenting the other’s weaknesses. When the opportunity presented to Downey to submit to a publisher she approached Greene to join her in the journey. Both with hectic lives they took turns writing, swapping ideas and chapters, thus creating their first book, Partners in Crime. Here is a little something about the Dynamic Duo. Downey: Otherwise known as Maureen lives in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. She is your typical suburban soccer mom; well ok there is nothing typical about her AND her kids play EVERYTHING but soccer. Downey as she is known in this duo has 5 kids ranging from 12 ½ to 19. And to answer the question swirling in your minds…YES, she is crazy. She has been married for over 21 years to her best friend and love of her life. She LOVES to read, her appetite is voracious for all things books. Her job at a local bookstore was by far one of the best experiences and fed her addiction to the written word. Going to book signings and having them at the store were her rock star moments; she is a total fan girl for authors. When that job disappeared she felt bereft, with much floundering she stumbled upon the underbelly of FB and fell in love with writing. Creating stories and weaving tall tales helped ease the indecision that plagued her. The feedback and support for her writing blew her away and prompted her to open Word and create. Loving how Greene weaved a story Downey decided they should become the Dynamic Duo. With the support of her family she has embarked on a totally unexpected new path. When she is not carting kids all over she is managing her kingdom…..in between all that she reads, blogs(BCWAB) and submerges herself in her make believe world and writes. Some days she feels invincible, other days…well they should hide. Never in a million years did she ever think THIS was a possibility, as they say when one door closes another opens. In her case, truer words were never spoken. Greene: Otherwise known as Alison to family and friends, Honey Bunny to her husband since the dawn of time – or so it seems, mom to her 2 children, and momma to her one and only grandson, lives in a small area of Western New York known primarily as the birthplace of Gabby Hayes. Alison has always loved reading and writing was always a hobby while she harbored a secret dream to one day be published. How to do that when she’s as twitchy as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs? Find herself a writing partner. Enter Maureen Downey.

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Cover Reveal – Fighting to Forget

Every fighter is drawn to the violence, the release that a perfect hit can bring.  But very few are drawn to the pain. Rex Carter lives behind a wall of indifference. The demons from his childhood act as an anesthetic, keeping him distant from emotional connections. Only the ache from a knock to the jaw, sting of a tattoo needle, or heat from a piercing, can jolt him back from the numbness. The fiery pain is all he can feel, and nothing compares to the burn.  Or so he thought.  Working in a Las Vegas bar isn’t Georgia Maxwell’s dream. But she hopes it’ll be an end to the nightmare.  Over a decade she’s watched him. Followed his career and kept tabs, all in preparation for this moment. To make amends, repair the wrong. But she didn’t count on the feelings that seeing him again would stir up. The vacant look in his stormy-blue eyes, his perfect body now mutilated by ink and metal.  And only she knows why. She’s lived his pain, every single day, since the day he left. Changed by time, Rex doesn’t remember the girl from his past. If only she could do the same.  Will she get the absolution she’s spent her life seeking? Or will he continue, Fighting to Forget?

Every fighter is drawn to the violence, the release that a perfect hit can bring.
But very few are drawn to the pain.
Rex Carter lives behind a wall of indifference. The demons from his childhood act as an anesthetic, keeping him distant from emotional connections. Only the ache from a knock to the jaw, sting of a tattoo needle, or heat from a piercing, can jolt him back from the numbness. The fiery pain is all he can feel, and nothing compares to the burn.
Or so he thought.
Working in a Las Vegas bar isn’t Georgia Maxwell’s dream. But she hopes it’ll be an end to the nightmare.
Over a decade she’s watched him. Followed his career and kept tabs, all in preparation for this moment. To make amends, repair the wrong. But she didn’t count on the feelings that seeing him again would stir up. The vacant look in his stormy-blue eyes, his perfect body now mutilated by ink and metal.
And only she knows why. She’s lived his pain, every single day, since the day he left.
Changed by time, Rex doesn’t remember the girl from his past. If only she could do the same.
Will she get the absolution she’s spent her life seeking?
Or will he continue, Fighting to Forget?

Pre-sale: April 1, 2014
Live: April 15, 2014

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Fighting for Flight (Fighting, #1)Fighting for Flight by J.B. Salsbury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gritty, emotional story of love conquering evil.

In this first book about Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters we met Jonah Slade who’s never had a serious relationship in his life. Its all about winning the fights and getting laid. That is until he meets the mechanic that has been recommended to restore one of his classic cars.

Raven Morretti was bred by her pimp father. Her mother who was one of his prostitutes never showed any love or emotion for Raven while she was growing up. Raven who’s never been into girly things took shop in high school and the teacher ended up taking her under his wing and now at 20 she works for him. Cars and Guy have been her family for years. Then she meets Jonah.

This was not a traditional love story. But it was a beautiful one none the less. Even with all the ugly and evil that bred Raven she was purity and Jonah changed his spots to be her knight.

Even with the dark theme that hung over for most of the book the secondary character of Blake, Jonas friend and fellow fighter, was pure comic relief and also a good man to have by your side during a fight. Looks like his story is next and he soo needs to eat some of his words 🙂

Fighting to Forgive (Fighting, #2)Fighting to Forgive by J.B. Salsbury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Magnifico!! I loved this book. Not only was there tons of angst, the author threw in shocking surprises and twists to the story.

Blake and Layla are carrying so much baggage from their past and they get a few more added to their shoulders before this book is done. When they meet Blake is still in his women are for sex only mindset, he only cares about one thing, his career as a fighter. When he comes across this mouse of a woman at the gym who was just hired as the assistant of the boss he doesn’t understand his fascination with her and fights it.

Layla and her daughter just moved to Las Vegas to get away from a bad situation. After years of abuse the last thing she is looking for is a man. But she to find herself attracted to this bad boy she knows is all wrong for her.

With all the twist and surprises through this story, I feel to give too much away would spoil it for the reader. But from the opening line to the last the author takes you on an emotional rollercoaster of heartbreak, betrayal and a beautiful love story of two people who no longer believe in happily ever after.

I loved Jonah and Raven’s book but this one hit much deeper with its subject matter that’s unfortunately all too real. Bravo to the author for a writing a great book..

Welcome and Giveaway of Best of 2013

WINNERS ANNOUNCED……

Avonna – Rachel Grant’s book

Mary Jane Robbins – Debra Webb book

Chris Alexander – Tangled

Mary Holden – Dead Sexy

Elizabeth – Wendy Roberts book

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HEY ALL…do you like our new home.  Cindy is a ROCK STAR!!! AND has more patience than you can ever imagine.  So after much shenanigans on my part I was able to get Cindy a screen shot of some of my FAVES at Goodreads that I read this year.  According to them I read 114 books.  As I looked through the list, I started to remember some awesome reads from last year.  I go through spurts…I pick a genre I am in the mood for and then devour many books then I shift.  Some of my favorite genres are sci fi/urban fantasy/pnr, contemporary romance, romantic suspense and darker murder and mayhem as well as cozy mysteries.  As I look at what I read, some of my favorite books this year were all over the genre map.  Virginia Kantra, Susan Donovan, Kristan Higgins, Lisa Kleypas, Mariah Stewart, Jill Shalvis, Robyn Carr, Emily March, Nora Roberts, Toni Blake, Barbara Freethy and Laura Moore were some of my ABSOLUTE FAVES in the Contemporary romance genre.  Debra Webb, Karen Rose, Lisa Gardner, Lena Diaz, Iris Johansen, Linda Castillo, Mary Burton, Cynthia Eden,  Allison Brennan, Laura Griffin and many more are some darker murder mayhem with romance threaded through that I love.  Christy Reece, Pamela Clare, Shannon McKenna and many more grabbed me in the romantic suspense genre and kept me on the edge of my seat.  Larissa Ione, Keri Arthur, Delilah Devlin, Patricia Briggs and so many more emerged me in paranormal greatness and took me to worlds that left me clamoring for more.  There were books off my beaten path like Kendall Grey who completely knocked my socks off with her humor, raunchy sex,  and absolutely awesome storytelling of a rock band.  I read a book published by  great friends  that I loved, Cora Cade and Terri Anne Browning.  I read a gut wrenching, twist your insides out that I loved by Leanne Davis.  I also read some cozy mysteries and I even was the name of a cop in one…thank you Wendy Roberts.  So as you can see I was busy and eclectic.   It is so important to me to spread the word.  This year Cindy has turned me on to so many new authors and genres I would not have found.

So I hope you take a moment to peruse and give us some feed back.  We will be doing a giveaway, four e-books will be gifted. Please look at both pictures below that have both mine and Cindy’s top 40 books of 2013.  YES…that 80 books to for you to pick from. We are both giving away two books from our list.  So let us take a look back to last year and kick off this year with some free books and fun.  Thanks for stopping by and come back soon. HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

~Maureen

Some of Cindy’s favorite books of 2013. (If you click on the picture it will enlarge it) If you’d like a chance to win one of these put your choice in the comments.

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Some of Maureen’s favorite books of 2013. (If you click on the picture it will enlarge it) If you’d like a chance to win one of these put your choice in the comments.

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Two Exciting New Releases from New York Times Bestselling Authors and a Kindle Raffle!‏

Romance readers are in for an early holiday treat with the release of SECRET IDENTITY by Jill Sanders and DEATHBLOW by Dana Marton, two New York Times Bestselling authors who know how to write sexy love stories! To celebrate the releases, Jill and Dana are raffling off amazing prize packages! One lucky winner will receive a Kindle Wi-Fi donated by Jill Sanders and others will win awesome romance book bundles.

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Releasing 12/15/2013

Eve is at the top of her game. She’s finally going to make partner at the ad agency run by two of her best friends. But when she takes a business trip to wine and dine a potential customer, her boss decides to tag along at the last minute. Now, everything she’s worked hard for might just disappear in a flash.

Carter has had a thing for his best friend Eve ever since he can remember. He hired her a few years ago to help boost his business and it has never run more smoothly. But when a once in a lifetime opportunity presents itself, he takes a chance at happiness that could end up destroying their friendship.

Releasing 12/16/2013
Former small-town football hero turned cop, Joe Kessler never met a linebacker, perp, or a woman he couldn’t handle. Then a troubled single mom walks into his life, and the only place this hot jock will ever see ‘easy’ again is in the dictionary. 

Hiding out in Broslin, PA was working pretty well for Wendy Belle until Cop Casanova took her under his protection. Now she’ll either lose her life to one man, or her heart to another. 

I had the honor of reading an advanced copy of Deathblow. 

Deathblow by Dana Marton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the splash of the opening scene you’re taken on a ride of multiple plots in this latest in the Broslin Creek series. I think the author must love the challenge of not just writing two suspenseful plots in one book but adds a third to keep you on your reading toes throughout the book. She does such a fabulous job of making these things all look like they have nothing in common and leaves you wondering where on earth she is going with things but never fear by the end she pulls all those plot points together.

Joe Kessler is a police officer with Broslin PD but lately has been doing undercover work in the next county trying to bring down rival gangs. When he’s nearly killed and injured he’s given some time off. But a couple of things interfere with that. One is an old friend is found murdered.

Wendy Belle is in an abusive relationship with the father of her young son. When her friend Sophie Curtis (from Deathrap) shows up right as things are escalating again she agrees to go with Sophie back to Broslin. Wendy and Joe had a one night stand three months ago and haven’t seen each other since so when Joe is assigned to watch her these two have a lot to work out all while trying to keep Wendy safe from her ex, figure out who murdered Joe’s friend and try and stop a gang war from happening.

I appreciated that the author chose to write Wendy in all the stages of an abused woman. First in denial but clearly having the classic self image issues and thinking she deserved or must have done something to provoke the abuse to realizing she needed to make big changes in her life and figure out who she was and what she wanted to be.

And join Dana for the DEATHBLOW Launch Party on December 16, 2013 from 8-9pm EST.  An hour of prizes, chat, and fun!  Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1439516209600536/