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The Sydney Rye Kindle World

Five BestSelling Reads authors are releasing new books today in the brand-new Sydney Rye Kindle World, based on the series by another BSR member, Emily Kimelman. So for Teaser Thursday, we’ll tease you with just a snippet from each one.

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Sydney jumped off the branch, landing ten feet below beside Blue. “Hunt,” she said, pointing along the wall toward the front of the estate. Blue sprang ahead, disappearing into the darkness under the trees. Sydney ran as fast as she could behind him, but of course could not keep up with the big dog.

She rounded the corner of the wall, arriving in a small clearing surrounded by bushes, still invisible to anyone in the manor. She had expected to find Blue pinning the shadowy figure to the ground, standing on his chest and growling into his face.

Instead, the wan light that filtered through the leaves from the manor showed Blue in classic play posture: butt high in the air, tail wagging furiously, front paws and head low to the ground, head tilted slightly to one side. In front of him was a man in the same posture, or as close as a human being could get to doggie pose: on his hands and knees, butt high, head low.

Julie Gilbert: Fatal Interest

FatalInterestWOI cursed, or at least I tried to. I think it came out as fudge as my brain was still working off Nadia’s child-friendly list. Kicking the door so I wouldn’t break my hand, I shouted for Carly to open the door. Hearing the sound of disengaging locks, I stopped kicking the door and waited.

Carly opened the door and waved me in.

“She’s not here,” she said wearily. “I told her not go, but she doesn’t listen to me. I mean it’s like she’s not even the same person anymore. She’s so moody and withdrawn.”

“Where is she this time?” I demanded.

“She snuck off with David Richter,” said a voice from behind me.

DelSheree Gladden: The Catalyst

CatalystCoverPicking my phone back up, I brought up the latest news stories, found nothing overly interesting, then wondered about the girl Lauren had asked me to look out for. It took me a few seconds to remember the name.

Typing “Eliza Carlisle” into the news app, I hit the search button and sighed when the results loaded. “Local culinary student plays key part in solving 50-year-old murder.” That wouldn’t have sounded so ominous if not for the pictures and videos accompanying the headline. Anything involving SWAT couldn’t be good. My mind decided it had had enough and was ready to shut off. Ditching my phone, I crawled back under my blankets and closed my eyes. Lauren’s favor just got a whole lot more complicated.

Toby Neal: Rough Road

RoughRoadCoverShe reached the top and turned, slowing her steps. Her shoes sank in loose, deep sand as she paused, leaning over to rest her hands on her knees and look back.

The two men were already returning to the car. Fernando looked right at her as he opened the door of the truck. He reached in and pulled Amy up by her hair. Looking right at Lei, he flourished his huge Buck knife against her friend’s neck. Lei gasped, covering her mouth with her hands.

He was trying to make her return, by holding Amy hostage.

If Lei went back, he’d just have two girls to torture. If Lei found help, one of them at least might survive. But was she just justifying leaving Amy there to suffer? Lei’s mouth was chalky with the horror of her dilemma.

Renée Pawlish: Walk Softly, Danger

WalkSoftlyCoverThe woman on the corner took a few steps toward Gage, then stopped and sauntered back to the corner. I kept binoculars in the backseat, and I pulled them out and trained them on her. I guessed she was in her late twenties or early thirties, and she wore jeans and a gray jacket. But what struck me was her left eye. In the fading light it was difficult to tell, but it looked like there was some scarring around it, as if she’d been on the losing end of a vicious fight.

“My money is good,” Zubov interrupted me. “I want you to find out what happened to my daughter.”

This didn’t look promising. But Zubov seemed so sincere…and heartbroken. I got out of the 4-Runner. “Wait here.”

Get all the Sydney Rye Kindle World e-books from Amazon.

What is a Kindle World?

SRKWbadge3Kindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to publish stories set in another author’s fictional universe. The Sydney Rye Kindle World is based on the characters and situations created by bestselling author Emily Kimelman.

The Sydney Rye series of vigilante mysteries feature a strong female lead and her rescue dog, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, a dash of sex and don’t mind a little salty language. Not to mention an awesome, rollicking good mystery with tons of action that will keep you reading late into the night!

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Win-a-Book Wednesday: BONE HOOK

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By Toby Neal

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What’s your  favorite Hawaii food, drink or activity? Share it in the Comments below for a FREE copy of the 10th Lei Crime mystery, Bone Hook.

About Bone Hook

Maui’s ocean is beautiful, wild… and deadly.

It’s been five years since the events of Rip Tides, and Sergeant Lei Texeira gets into hot water much deeper than she’s used to at a crime scene ninety feet down off of the tiny atoll of Molokini, where the death of beautiful marine biologist Danielle “Lani” Phillips is anything but an accident. More suspects than a school of sharks circle a case that takes Lei into territory that hits dangerously close to home, even as husband Michael Stevens heads into his own uncharted depths.

About the Author:

TobyNealToby Neal was raised on Kaua`i in Hawaii. She wrote and illustrated her first story at age five and credits her counseling background with adding depth to her characters–from the villains to Lei Texeira, the courageous multicultural heroine of the Lei Crime Series. “I’m endlessly fascinated with people’s stories.”

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Win-a-Book Wednesday: The Ghost Host

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By DelSheree Gladden

GhostHostCoverHave you ever had a supernatural or ghost experience? Share it in the Comments below, and you’ll get a FREE copy of DelSheree Gladden’s brand-new supernatural mystery The Ghost Host.

About The Ghost Host

Everyone thinks Echo Simmons is crazy, but being The Ghost Host isn’t just a YouTube hoax like people think. It’s the only way to control the ghosts haunting her…at least until the FBI shows up asking questions.

The first eighteen years of Echo Simmons’ life have been less than ideal. On more than one occasion her parents have considered committing her. They don’t believe she sees ghosts or that they harass her on a daily basis. So when a rogue ghost begins tormenting her, they’re the last people she’s going to tell. Her best friends Holden and Zara are doing their best to help, but ghost attacks are only the beginning of Echo’s problems.

Handling the ghosts by giving them a voice on YouTube through her webshow has been her saving grace—even if her parents think it’s all a hoax—but that gets a little complicated when the ghost of Madeline Crew reveals a little too much about her previous life and the FBI shows up at her door wanting to know how she gained access to long-buried government secrets.

It just keeps getting worse from there. Madeline’s message to her great grandson sparks a strange connection between Echo and Malachi, which leads to Georgia, secrets, mistakes, love, lies, and life changing revelations.

About the author

DelShereeGladden4DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn’t speak a single word for the first three months of preschool, but she had already taught herself to read. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting and perfecting it before having it published.Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her husband spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family again. Their two children love having their seventeen cousins close by. When not writing, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing and trying not to get bitten by small children in her work as a dental hygienist.
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Win-A-Book Wednesday: Deceive

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By Raine Thomas

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What type are you? This week’s book giveaway You can win a copy of the bestselling Raine Thomas’ newest book, the first in the Estilorean series while getting a free personality evaluation.

In the Comments section below, tell us your single-most prominent personality trait. Raine Thomas will let you know which Estilorian class you’d fit into. Then we’ll choose one entry to win a copy of Deceive.

About Deceive

When the elders imprisoned Metis, they took every precaution to protect the Estilorian plane against her evil.

It wasn’t enough.

Now she’s escaped, and no one is safe. Fueled by hatred, she wastes no time imposing vengeance on those who captured her. She knows the surest way to destroy their lives is by taking what they love most, and she begins with a child named Eden.

Years later, Eden remembers none of her former life. She serves her “Master,” unaware of the family still searching for her. But as her eighteenth birthday approaches, memories begin to surface, and she questions her circumstances for the first time.

Eden’s confusion mounts when she’s joined by Connor, a handsome Elphresti male who reveals things that shatter her reality. They’ll end up on the run, knowing they can trust only each other. After all, Metis will stop at nothing to get them back, and she thrives on her ability to deceive.

About the author

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Raine Thomas is the multiple award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine has signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She’s a proud indie author who is living the dream. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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Focus Friday: The Bucktail Cap in the Trunk

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Saturday morning Lucius was wheeling cases of beer into the Wilde Tavern when he noticed a familiar truck turn off the highway onto the road to Sugar Hill.

Hey, Boone.” He poked his head into the tavern where Boone was replacing empty liquor bottles. “I just saw Mulligan heading up Sugar Hill.”

Boone looked up. “Seriously?”

Yeah.” Lucius grinned. “Let’s go watch.”

By the time they got to the top of the hill, Dean was unloading his toboggan as Adam measured the distance along the icy run and placed a flag at the four hundred yard mark. Mulligan was halfway down the hill examining the swath of silvery ice.

Hey, you guys want to help?” Dean asked as he positioned the toboggan at the top of the run. “I brought a stopwatch, but we sure could use someone to walk down to the end and time us.”

Sure,” Lucius said. “I’ll do it.”

Thanks.” Dean handed him the watch. “When Boone shoves us off you just press down the button and then when we get to the flag, press it again.”

Good enough.” Lucius took it and walked down to the flag.

That run’s as slick as snot,” Mulligan said. “We’re going to fly. Okay. Let’s get this done.”

Boone held the toboggan steady as Dean seated himself at the front, making a series of adjustments before he got into a comfortable position. Adam climbed on behind.

I’m afraid I’m not going to be able to hold this for very long once you get on board,” Boone said to Mulligan.

Don’t worry about it.” Mulligan straddled the toboggan. “Just get clear fast.”

Mulligan lowered himself behind Adam, grabbed his shoulders, and tucked his feet in place. With one kick of his heel and a shove from Boone the toboggan took off like a bullet. Chips of ice sprayed out on either side as the three man team hurtled down the hill and a shower of snow flew up coating Dean’s face, turning it into a white mask. Boone barely straightened up when he heard Lucius yell, “Wow!”

The toboggan and its passengers shot past him and flew across the field at the base of the hill, headed for the row of hemlocks that bordered Zweig’s Picnic Grove. It hit the hump of land where the trees grew, soared between two of them, and sailed over a ditch. Both Boone and Lucius started running. When the toboggan skidded across the road it seemed to slow down, then it tilted forward onto a steep embankment above the ice-covered pond.

Oh, shit!” Dean yelled as Boone and Lucius burst through the hemlocks, arms held in front of their faces to protect them from the sharp needles. Mulligan grabbed the back of Adam’s jacket and rolled off the sled yanking Adam with him. They landed sideways in the snow as Dean and his toboggan shot out onto the pond.

Mulligan and Adam got to their feet, as Boone and Lucius caught up with them.

Are you okay?” Boone asked but no sooner were the words were out of his mouth than they heard ominous crackling and squeaking.

That ice isn’t thick enough to hold him.” Lucius ran, slipping and sliding, to the edge of the pond followed by the others.

About the book

The Bucktail Cap in the Trunk: More Secrets of Marienstadt

Return to Marienstadt, the Pennsylvania Dutch town in the Allegheny Highlands, where stories new and old abound. Volume 1 of this series features four stories: 

I – Treeing: It’s Christmas and antique dealer Jim Loeffler has a mission—to find a Tom & Jerry set for Ruthie Weis’s treeing party but the search becomes more difficult than he thought until he meets a fellow antique dealer with a sparkle in her eyes. 
II – The Kissing Tree: Chief of Police Henry Werner is in love. The problem is, considering his romantically adventurous past, no one takes him seriously. 
III – The Memory Quilt of Lacey Mulhearn: A new business woman in Marienstadt brings Gretchen an antique quilt found in the attic of the house she is turning into a B&B. With the help of Miss Martha they uncover a story from the past when one of the town’s first Irish immigrants decided to take a wife. 
IV – Continental Divides: As woodsman Oliver Eberstark contemplates a big change in his life he takes a walk in Opelt’s Wood. Remembering lessons his grandfather taught him, a realization about his life surprises him. 

Available for Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Bucktail-Cap-Trunk-Secrets-Marienstadt-ebook/dp/B00XUX8614

BONUS OFFER: LEAVE A COMMENT TO ENTER TO WIN!

In July The Bucktail Cap in the Trunk will be published in paperback. All thirteen stories will be available in one volume. To enter to win a copy of the paperback before publication leave a comment telling what you think is going to happen next in this excerpt.

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KV-300pxKathleen Valentine is the award-winning author of four novels, many novellas & short stories, books of knitting patterns, & a cookbook/memoir about growing up Pennsylvania Dutch. She has been listed as an Amazon Top Selling Author in Horror and in Mystery/Suspense. As a writer her primary interest is delving into the psychology of her characters. Her stories are sometimes mysterious, sometimes funny, usually romantic, and frequently frightening. Her characters range from lost children and grumpy old folks, to mysterious men and women who are not to be trifled with. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest seaport.

Her blog at KathleenValentineBlog.com has been read by thousands of readers since its beginning in July 2005. She currently lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest seaport, and is writing every day.

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Focus Friday: Groovy Cool Writing Techniques

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New Release by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa
available March 1, 2015

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When you look at a blank page that insists on being blank, or after thousands of attempts to write the typical boy-meets-girl story in a more original way, I’m sure that you have also exclaimed, “I’m not creative!” And maybe you have wondered what the difference between a creative and a non-creative person is. Or maybe you want to know whether a person’s personality or profession play a role in that.

I have good news for you: we are all creative. You can be creative in the kitchen, creating delicious meals. You can be creative in the artistic field, drawing beautiful pictures. You can even be creative as a homemaker, creating a wonderful and cosy home for your family. It’s not all about writing.

Creativity is not a talent that only some chosen people possess and others can only envy. It’s an ability and, as such, you can learn it, develop it, and use it. Everybody can learn to be creative. Don’t roll your eyes, I am serious! You can do it with practice.

Every creative process has three phases: previous, conception, and subsequent. Creators usually consider the previous moment as the most important of the three. We “write” the most during the hours previous to actually putting words on paper or on screen. This is also when we can have negative thoughts about our writing (“I can’t do it”, “I’m not good enough”) or when we can choose to postpone everything. So it’s necessary for us to combine two attitudes:

Disposition. To create it is necessary to believe, to see ourselves as creative people. Only if we believe in ourselves we will be willing to create something new. When writers believe they have everything they need, the fear to fail disappears and they let themselves flow.

Avoid thoughts like “I haven’t lived enough experiences,” “I don’t have a great imagination,” “I can only speak of what I have lived,” “I won’t be able to catch the reader’s attention”… Run away from negative thoughts! You don’t need them!

We write with anxiety when we lack self-confidence: what if the challenge of the novel I have in my mind is beyond my talent? If you have those thoughts and feel stressed, please stop!

Take ten deep breaths: this will help you to relax and find the flow your brain needs to work better with less energy. Breathe. Breathe so deep that the air gets to your belly button, helping you to find balance. Slowly.

Next, admit that everything you are looking for is inside yourself. The creative person that you are is waiting somewhere. There is a diamond in the rough you must find — a diamond that exists for sure and is called creativity.

Breathe. Trusting the creative process, your creative self, will revive your flow.

Believe in yourself: the text is a reflection of the self. Dive into the blank page like in a refreshing swimming pool on a hot day. Look for the idea that is shining at the bottom of the pool. Visualise the diamond! Repeat: “I believe in myself, I believe in my creative self”. Make of that sentence your personal mantra. Breathe. Now you are in the best disposition for creating, for finding your diamond, polish it, and make it shine.

About the Book

Groovy Cool Writing Techniques is a collection of essays developing techniques for improving writing in a creative way. Every person is creative; they only need to light that spark inside, so the magic can begin. A picture, a walk in the streets, your own childhood memories… Everything can hold stories. You just need to find the way to tell those stories in a creative way. This book can help you.

Author photo via Rosa StormAbout the author

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa has loved the written word since she was five years old and reads at least one hundred books every year. She has a B.A. in English with minors in Literature, Art, and Creative Writing from Oxford. She is an award-winning author who spends her time in the United States and Spain with her amazing husband. Along with writing, her career encompasses beta-reading, editing, proofreading, and translating Spanish/English. Cinta has published children’s books and contemporary short stories under her real name, and she also publishes horror stories under the pen name Rosa Storm.

In 2014, the Funny Adventures of Little Nani was a gold medal winner in the Children’s category of the International Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

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Focus Friday: Inviting Fire

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By Emily Kimelman

This week’s Friday Focus in on one of BestSelling Reads’ newest members, Emily Kimelman, and her newest release, the sixth in the Sydney Rye series, Inviting Fire.

Inviting-Fire-digital-cover-260x400When the firing stopped my gun was in my hand. I couldn’t see what was happening so I inched higher, peering over the rock and between the grasses. The man with the big gun was staring out at the hillside, his eyes scanning. Looking for me, for Frederica. He wasn’t expecting Blue who came suddenly from the grasses to his left as the man looked right. Blue streaked across the space separating him from the gunman. Blue’s body was low, ears pinned to his head, legs moving so fast I could barely see them.
I waited, my heart in my throat seeing the man’s head turn as Blue closed the space. Ten feet away and the man saw him, his eyes widened. He tried to bring the gun around in time but Blue launched himself at the man. Hitting him on the side, his teeth sinking into the man’s neck as they fell to the ground. The gun went off. Gold casings fountained up into the air. The prisoners struggled to their feet and tried to run away, the cement pad exploded in chunks as bullets ripped into it. I ducked behind the rock, keeping my head low, eyes closed.

About Inviting Fire

Recovering from a near fatal attack that has left her with residual trauma, including haunting dreams and flashbacks, Sydney Rye is regaining her strength at the jungle training camp of Joyful Justice, the vigilante network inspired by her now legendary acts of vengeance. However, when a routine reconnaissance mission goes horribly wrong Sydney Rye looses the trust of the leadership of Joyful Justice.

Her good friend and trainer, Merl, warns that if she wants to be in the action she’ll have to follow orders like everyone else. Never good with authority, Sydney struggles to suppress her independent streak for the greater good.When she runs up against an old adversary he blows apart everything she has gained. With her own and Blue’s lives at stake, as well as the future of Joyful Justice, Sydney must push aside her fears and take a leadership role before it’s to late.

Vigilante crime mystery with a dash of romance, early readers call INVITING FIRE “Excellent.”The Sydney Rye backlist is discounted for a limited time to celebrate the release of INVITING FIRE (Sydney Rye #6)Emily Kimelman’s best selling Sydney Rye series feature a strong female protagonist and her canine best friend, Blue. It is recommended for the 18+ who enjoy some violence, don’t mind dirty language, and are up for a dash of sex. Not to mention an awesome mystery with tons of action that will keep you reading late into the night!

New to Sydney Rye? The first book in the series, UNLEASHED, is FREE.The Sydney Rye Series

  • UNLEASHED (A Sydney Rye Novel, #1)
  • DEATH IN THE DARK (A Sydney Rye Novella, #2)
  • INSATIABLE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #3)
  • STRINGS OF GLASS (A Sydney Rye Novel, #4)
  • THE DEVIL’S BREATH (A Sydney Rye Novel, #5)
  • INVITING FIRE (A Sydney Rye Novel, #6)

About Emily Kimelman

Emily (author photo)Emily splits her time between the Hudson Valley and traveling the world with her husband and dog, Kinsey (named after Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone), researching exciting locations for the Sydney Rye Series. You can follow along on their adventures through Instagram,Facebook, and on Emily’s blog.

You can also visit Emily’s

And follow her on Twitter  @ejkimelman.

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Focus Friday: Monster, by Carmen Caine

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My birth was a bloody event. Vampires are made, not born … except in my case. I wasn’t supposed to live. When a pregnant woman is converted into one of the Chosen—as they call themselves—the fetus dies.

Becoming a Vampire isn’t pretty business. The human body remains empty for a few days when—if the conversion is successful—the new Vampire is born. It’s a painful and dangerous process. Most Vampires fail at the retaking of the body. Only a few succeed. But when they do, they become one of the Chosen. And for most, the enhanced abilities make it worth the risk.

My mother—Abbey as she was called in the human world—was already pregnant with me when she began a torrid affair with an Italian businessman by the name of Emilio. It turns out he wasn’t really a businessman, though his name really was Emilio. Emilio was a Chosen One—a Vampire—and an ancient and dark-minded one at that. When my mother attempted to end the fling, he became angry. He was a Marchesi, a founding member of one of the most powerful Vampire clans to roam the Earth—apparently, there were a handful of those, and as such, he wasn’t used to rejection.

Emilio wasn’t the kind to forget, lick his wounds, and move on. He had my mother converted, exactly how and by whom I’ve yet to discover—hence my thirst for revenge. Because not only did Emilio succeed in having my mother converted … I was converted as well.

My mother—now named Blair—almost didn’t make it. It took her four days to re-inhabit her human body, and when she did, I was miraculously born.

I became the first known Vampire infant … but with a twist.

About Monster

Revenge.

It’s all I’d lived for.

Revenge against those who’d turned my mother into a vampire, causing her to give birth to me—the first of my kind. All I wanted was justice. I wanted to change the rules. I wanted to change their destiny. I wanted to make them suffer the same pain, hunger, and isolation they had forced upon me.

I didn’t know, then, that I was the one who would change.

And certainly, no one knew the threat I would become.

Who Am I?

My name is Cassidy. Cassidy Edwards.

I’m angry, and I want revenge. It’s all I live for now.

The cards were stacked against me from the start, but I’m going to change the deck.

I’m going to get even.

Find it on Amazon—99 cents for a limited time!

About the author

Like many of us on this planet, Bestselling and Award-Winning author Carmen Caine is from another world. She spends every moment she can scribbling stories on sticky notes that her kids find posted all over the car, house, and barn.amazon

When she is not working as a software engineer, she is busy ferrying her kids to various appointments, writing lyrics for her husband’s songs, taking care of the dog Tigger and his heart condition, attempting to tame her three insane cats, scratching her three Nigerian Dwarf Goats behind the horns or coddling her flock of thirty bizarre chickens from around the world.

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Focus Friday: Arcadia’s Gift

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By Jesi Lea Ryan

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“I better go—”

“Are we ever going to talk about it?”

We spoke at the same time, our eyes finally meeting, the pale green of his irises locked on mine like a trap. I couldn’t turn away. My breath caught in my throat. His hand moved to fall heavy on the shoulder of my down coat.

“I can’t talk about it, Cane. I-I don’t want to. It was wrong.”

A fire lit in his expression as he ran his fingers down my arm and clutched my hand. His fingers were as cold as mine, but joined together they created kindled warmth. That warmth nudged on the mental barrier between us, trying to worm its way into my head. I was sure I would pay for it with a headache later.

His eyes shone with damp heat. “Cady, I can’t stop thinking about that night. About our kiss.”

“Not our kiss,” I said, yanking my hand out of his and struggling to stand up on stiff legs. “You kissed me. Big difference”

While that was true, we both knew I had kissed him back with a ferocity that stunned both of us, and the memory of which stung me with guilt whenever Bryan—my sweet, kind Bryan—brushed my lips with his.

“You don’t have to go,” Cane called, walking after me. “I’ll leave. I didn’t mean to ruin your birthday or your time with Lony.”

I stopped and turned to him. A shadow of shame and guilt clouded his face. It was the face of an angel, perfectly handsome and symmetrical. He was almost too beautiful to look at directly for fear of never getting his image off your burnt retinas. That shadow over his features looked grotesque and unnatural and immediately made me want to wipe it away.

“Cane,” I said, my voice breathy and low. “We can’t do this. I know how you feel about me. I don’t get why, but I know your feelings are real.”

“Even if I could hide how I feel from you, I wouldn’t want to.”

“It doesn’t matter, Cane. I’m with Bryan.”

“Do you love him?”

Arcadia’s Gift by Jesi Lea Ryan is one of the nine urban fantasy novels included in the NINE BY NIGHT box set.

Nine books, nine authors—99 cents!

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About the author

Jesi Lea Ryan grew up in the Mississippi River town of Dubuque, IA. She holds bachelor degrees in creative writing and literature and a masters degree in business. She considers herself a well-rounded nerd who can spend hours on the internet researching things like British history, anthropology of ancient people, geography of random parts of the world, bad tattoos and the paranormal. She currently lives in Madison, WI with her husband and two exceptionally naughty kitties.

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Win-A-Book Wednesday: Blood Orchids by Toby Neal

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Win-A-Book Wednesday has never been easier: you can get bestseller Toby Neal’s first Lei Crime novel, Blood Orchids, free until June 14.

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Just visit Toby’s Amazon Author page and follow the links, or go directly to the book’s US Amazon page.

 

 

 

 

About the book

Fast-paced crime mystery with a touch of romance, readers call Blood Orchids “un-putdownable”!

“Sometimes in crime fiction you stumble across a character who lives on beyond the book’s end by virtue of their psychological complexity, and the richness with which the author has drawn them. Will Graham, Jack Reacher, Alex Cross, and now they have a worthy female counterpart in Lei Teixera. Blood Orchids is that rarity among debut novels, in that it satisfies on every level. A powerful new talent is on the scene, whole-heartedly recommended.”—Drew Cross, former police officer and author of BiteMarks

Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water—but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there’s a dark side to paradise.

Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo. On a routine patrol she finds two murdered teenagers—one of whom she’d recently busted. With its echoes of her own past, the murdered girl’s harsh life and tragic death affect Lei deeply. She becomes obsessed—even as the killer is drawn to Lei’s intensity, feeding off her vulnerabilities and toying with her sanity.

Despite her obsession with the case and fear that she’s being stalked, Lei finds herself falling in love for the first time. Steaming volcanoes, black sand beaches and shrouded fern forests are the backdrop to Lei’s quest for answers—and the stalker is closer than she can imagine, as threads of the past tangle in her future. Lei is determined to find the killer—but he knows where to find her first.

About the author

Toby Neal was raised on Kauai in Hawaii and makes the Islands home after living elsewhere for “stretches of exile” to pursue education. Toby enjoys outdoor activities including bodyboarding, scuba diving, photography and hiking as well as writing. A mental health therapist, Toby credits that career with adding depth to the characters in the LeiCrime Series.

 

 

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