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Friday, August 30, 2019

HEA PR & More Presents: Defiant by Bella J.; #BlogTour, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #TBR, #Live

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Infatuation is a dangerous thing.

It devours you. Manipulates you. Owns you.

You can try to ignore it, try to move past it. But it’s more powerful than you. It won’t let go.

The day I first saw him, infatuation dug its claws into my soul. I couldn’t stop it. Everything faded. Except him.

My infatuation blinded me. Made me see what it wanted me to see. Now I’m lost within the lie. Caged by the beast.

In the end, he will have me.

Until then…I fight.

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All the way from Cape Town, South Africa, Bella J lives for the days when she’s able to retreat to her writer’s cave where she can get lost in her little pretend world of romance, love, and insanely hot bad boys.

Bella J is a Hybrid Author with both Self-Published and Traditional Published work. Even though her novels range from drama, to comedy, to suspense, it's the dark, twisted side of romance she loves the most.


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Pump Up Your Book Presents: There's Something Your Son Needs To Tell You by Vernon Ennels JR; #BookTour, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #Review

Author: Vernon Ennels Jr.
Publisher: Xulon Press
Pages: 140
Genre: Memoir
Rating:  4 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:   I received this book for review from Pump Up Your Books and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

Page six of Vernon Ennels, Jr. book, THERE’S SOMETHING YOUR SON NEEDS TO TELL YOU, reads, “I still remember his face, his breath, and hear his voice demand me to  lie on my stomach. He would down my pants my mother so proudly dressed  me in. And then my Superman underwear…When he was done, he walked me to school and warned me, ‘If you tell anyone, I’ll kill your mother.’”

Author Vernon Ennels, Jr. lived with the horrible secret of being sexually abused and ashamed for some 40 years before he was able to recently summon the courage to tell his own family. “Studies show that one in six men have been sexually abused,” said Mr. Ennels. “Most are afraid to talk about it.”

This book reflects the experiences of males, specifically black males, but encourages both men and women and those from various racial backgrounds to recognize the signs of sexual and mental abuse and to combat the epidemic. “My book,” emphasized Mr. Ennels, “is a mirror of my abuse to shed light on an on-going issue to inspire others to take immediate action when they suspect child sexual abuse. #Saveoursons is my mission to help spread awareness and spark change to save current and future victims of sexual child abuse.”

Forty-something Vernon Ennels, Jr. says his new book THERE’S SOMETHING YOUR SON NEEDS TO TELL YOU  is an “open letter” that prompts other men to step forward and share their very own experiences of child sexual abuse in order to save other young boys from the hands of an abuser.

“My moniker ‘Save Our Sons’ encourages discourse and social activism to help boys and men who have been sexually abused,” said Mr. Ennels.  “Many, many people believed these victims were lying, making up a story for attention. Since I am a certified ‘non-celebrity’ I wrote my book for every child abuse victim out there who is terrified of stepping forward.”


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My Thoughts:

Please make sure that you read the Dedication from this author.  It may give you a sense that he’s talking directly to you and I found that to be true throughout the book.  He’s using this forum to let some readers know that he understands their thoughts, feelings, and what they are going through.

In his Introduction, you can see how much love he has for his son.  He also makes comparisons between himself and his child.  One thing that was sad is that for a time he didn’t seem to love himself.  It also seemed as if some of the adults in his circle let him down.  They either didn’t recognize or didn’t want to believe that there was something going on.

It’s nice to see that the author felt comfortable enough to put his feelings on paper.  Years before our author’s abuse, it was something that wasn’t talked about and if it was than it was the victim’s fault.  But there has been progress made – it may have been slow but since it’s still happening changes still need to be made.

He shows that your past doesn’t always stay there.  Certain things happen in life and can bring that pain from where you thought it had been buried into your present.  Besides affecting your life it can also affect those around you.  I think that even though his story is gender specific anyone who has been through what he had to endure may get something out of what is within these pages.  There are also letters from other victims included in the end – shows their bravery and will hopefully help you speak out if you have not done so yet.  You can survive and have a life and not just exist in life.


I went on living what probably appeared to be a typical childhood. I had friends, I played, and became a student known for his perfect attendance. Now, I know why. It was at school that I felt safe. If I was there, he could not hurt me.  
Although I found security at school, it was only five days a week for a couple of hours a day. The other times, my mind was tormented. I needed an additional safe-haven, and that’s when I found church. 
I was obsessed with being loved by my congregation and by age sixteen, I was ordained deacon.  But soon, I discovered a new form of abuse. I was taken advantage of and manipulated. And when I found the courage to share that I was sexually abused, I was told to “give it to God.” Sweeping it under the rug became my norm. I feared being labeled gay by my friends who grew up in a homophobic environment in the early 80s and grew resentful towards my father who abandoned me as a young child. 
I struggled with romantic relationships, calling off two engagements and filing for divorce. But it was when my son turned six, the same age that my childhood trauma began, that I knew it was time for me to release my pain. 
On my healing journey, I’ve developed an intimate relationship with God, sought out counseling, and found my voice. I am on a mission to expose sexual abuse, especially in the black male community where racism has led to toxic masculinity and silence around sexual abuse.  
This is my open letter and I want others to find their voices to heal too as we end this epidemic.


Vernon Ennels grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and now makes Arizona home for he and his family. After a long day at work in the business  world…he found that writing his book was most productive in the evening hours sitting by his swimming pool. Vernon holds a BS and an MBA in Business Management.  “I was inspired to write my book thinking of my own six-year-old son,” he asserted.


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Author's Pal Presents: Search & Destroy by Julie Rowe; #ReleaseBlitz, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #TBR, #Live, #Giveaway

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Full-time author, freelance writer and workshop facilitator, Julie Rowe’s debut novel, Icebound, was released by Carina Press on Nov 14, 2011. Ten novels and eight anthologies have followed. Her most recent titles are the MEN OF ACTION boxed set and VIRAL JUSTICE book #3 of the Biological Response Team series. Julie’s articles and short stories have appeared in numerous magazines, such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today's Parent magazine and Canadian Living. Julie facilitates business writing and communication workshops at Keyano College in her home city, and has presented writing workshops at conferences in the United States and Canada. She’s also a strong supporter of life long learning and moderates a free announcement loop for the promotion of online classes, workshops and webinars.


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Dr. Carmen Rodrigues, CDC’s Outbreak Task Force director, is on the hunt for a killer–– an airborne virus spreading from Florida across the States, gaining traction with each passing moment. Although she’ll never forget her one night with sexy bodyguard John Dozer in Afghanistan, his protective nature is one distraction she doesn’t need right now.

Ex-Army Intelligence officer John Dozer will put his life on the line for beautiful, independent Carmen. Every. Time. Even when she pushes him away. And now, with her struggling to contain an outbreak likely triggered by domestic bio-terrorists, maybe even insiders at the CDC, she needs him more than ever. He lost her once. He’ll never let that happen again.


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Rating:  5 Stars
Told in the first person.  Alternating persons.

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About Black Sheep:

From New York Times bestselling author Meghan March comes a story of untold truths and one man’s redemption in the Dirty Mafia Duet.

Every family has a black sheep.

In the infamous Casso crime family, that black sheep is me—Cannon Freeman.

Except I’m not a free man. I’ve never been free. Not since the day I was born.

I owe my loyalty to my father, Dominic Casso, even if he won’t publicly acknowledge me as his blood.

I’ve never had a reason to go against his wishes…until I met her.

Drew Carson turned my world upside down when she walked into my club looking for a job.

Now, my honor and my life are on the line.

Going against my father’s wishes might buy me a bullet straight from his gun, but black sheep or not, it’s time to make my stand.

She’s worth the fallout.

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My Thoughts:

Drew Carson is wondering what she’s gotten herself into.  She’s trying to find answers and will do what she has to in order to get her answers.  Cannon Freeman is a man who’s direct and to the point.  He has to fight for what he has and what he wants.

This may be a mafia romance but it’s more mafia by association.  Cannon is in the family by association.  Just having that association makes you part of the family whether you want to or not.  He makes the most of what he has and that includes a popular business.  Drew comes in hoping to solve a mystery but seems to get more than she bargained for.

This author knows her readers well.  She knows what we need in order to keeping turning that page.  She does a great job in creating an attraction that two people are trying to fight.  Ms. March creates books that are addicting and hard to put down.  If you put the book down then you almost have to pick it up again because you don’t want to waste a minute to find out what’s going to happen next.  The sad part is that she leaves you on the edge of your seat with an ending that doesn’t happen.  We’ll just have to wait to see how our couple’s story is going to continue in White Knight.

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Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero.

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Ardent Prose PR Presents: Priceless by Jane Henry; #ReleaseBlitz, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #Live

USA Today bestselling author Jane Henry delivers a high-stakes, gritty story of forbidden romance, devastation, and taboo love that knows no bounds.

She's barely legal.

Under my protection.

Fully off-limits.

But all mine.

Ruthless is a fully stand-alone spin-off from The Wicked Doms series.

Please note: this dark romance contains mild dubious consent, elements of violence, and kinky, sexual scenes. If such subject matters offend you, please do not read.

I feel like I’m walking in a dream or a nightmare or something. I’m not sure which it is, but there’s an element of the surreal about this I can’t shake. It terrifies me. The only comfort I’ve known in my captivity has been the anonymity of obedience. If I make a move out of place, I draw attention to myself, and I learned quickly that moving a toe out of line would bring about disastrous results.

I didn’t mean to defy my master. I meant to do exactly what he told me, but when he instructs me, halting sentience stops me. I’m trying to understand, but the harder I grasp the further awareness moves out of reach.

The others leave the room, and now we’re alone. I look to the floor, unable to look in my master’s eyes. He will punish me for not obeying.

And somehow, deep inside me, a very small part of me wants him to. Why do I want him to?

I shiver, confused by the fear and anticipation that wrack my body.

“Come here.” He sits on the edge of the bed and begins to loosen his tie. I walk toward him, eager to obey. To earn his praise. I want to tell him I’m sorry, but I can’t. I’m not allowed to speak unless he gives me leave.

When I reach him he points to the floor by his feet.


I drop to my knees, eager to please him.

“Yes, master,” I whisper. “I’m sorry, master.” It feels good and right on my knees before him, like I’m supposed to be here, to show my sincere repentance. But he’s angry, so angry. The heat vibrates from him in waves that make me cower.

I flinch when his hand comes under my jaw and draws my eyes to his.

“Look at me.”

Why does he keep making me look at him? They rarely demand eye contact , but this one is bent on keeping my eyes on his.

“Sir?” I whisper. And this time, kneeling before him, when I look in his eyes, something shifts in me, like sun breaking through clouds. For one brief moment of time, I see everything, my thoughts on the very edge of remembrance. But then the clouds shift, and darkness covers awareness against.

“When I give you an instruction, you will obey,” he says. His voice is calm, but stern, and my body begins to respond with instinctive arousal. I’m not sure why, but I can’t control it.

“Yes, sir.” Will he punish me?

I need him to punish me.

USA Today Bestselling author Jane has been writing since her early teens, dabbling in short stories and poetry. When she married and began having children, her pen was laid to rest for several years, until the National Novel Writing Challenge (NaNoWriMo) in 2010 awakened in her the desire to write again. That year, she wrote her first novel, and has been writing ever since. With a houseful of children, she finds time to write in the early hours of the morning, squirreled away with a laptop, blanket, and cup of hot coffee. Years ago, she heard the wise advice, “Write the book you want to read,” and has taken it to heart. She sincerely hopes you also enjoy the books she likes to read.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Love Affair With Fiction Presents: Unravel by Kathy Coopmans; #ComingSoon, #TBR, #Preorder

One taste, one touch, one kiss, and it wasn’t enough. 

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Unravel by  Coming September 10! 


I’m Logan Mitchell, and I hold many secrets in my greedy hands.
They bow at my feet. Do what I ask and come back for more.
But Ellie Wynn, I don’t want her bowing, I want her to kneel.
She thought our time together was one night, a twist of fate.
How wrong she was.
Ellie has been mine since the day I saw her.
Little does she know, it wasn’t that night. It was years ago.
Well before I even understood she was mine.
One taste, one touch, one kiss, and it wasn’t enough.
Not for me.
I’m prepared to fight dirty, and I plan to succeed.
Lies, deceit, and betrayal.
You should be.

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Book 1: Unravel
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Book 2: Undone
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