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Brute By SC Daiko Blog Tour

 
Title: Brute
Author: SC Daiko 
Genre: Contemporary Romance /Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Cover Design: RBA Designs 
Photographer: Wander Aguilar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Daniel Collins… hunky single dad… and my neighbor.

Arrogant, bad-mannered, and reclusive.

They call him the Brute.



I should stay away from him…

except I can’t.



Not when he reveals his brokenness,

and I glimpse the pain in his eyes.

Not when his touch unravels me,

and the heat between us could set the oceans alight.

But play with fire, and you will get burned.

A fragile heart can easily be broken again.

**

A new standalone contemporary romance from award-winning international bestselling author SC Daiko… a beautiful love story with plenty of heat and angst.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

My cottage backs onto woodland, and there’s a path leading through it. Birdsong and the scent of blackberries fills the air. I let Toby off his leash and he immediately starts foraging for anything edible… wild fruit being his favourite snack.

I leave him to it and stride on ahead, knowing he’ll catch up in good time. Soon I come to a glade where the trees have been thinned out. Oh shit, standing in the middle of the clearing is Daniel. He’s bare-chested and dressed in running shorts, doing stretching exercises braced against a fallen tree trunk.

I slow my footsteps, treading quietly on mouldy old leaves, and rake my gaze over him. His thick almost-black hair is dripping sweat; it falls down his face and the back of his solid neck. His beard is unkept and wild-looking. But it’s his powerful body that mesmerises me and I study the tats on his muscular arms, tempted to get closer for a better look. God, he’s beautiful, I suddenly realise. Beautiful but freaking scary at the same time.

I release a slow breath. Stop it, Cat. You shouldn’t be looking at him that way. The man in front of you is a brute. You need to keep your distance from him.

Slowly, my heart pounding against my ribcage, I turn around and prepare to make my way back down the path. Except, Toby comes bounding up and starts to bark.

Dammit!

Daniel freezes on the spot. His eyes crash into mine, and if I was scared before now I’m practically peeing myself. He straightens himself to his full height, still glaring at me, not saying a word.

Toby keeps barking, but he’s also wagging his tail. I grab hold of his collar and fasten the lead. “Sorry to disturb you.” I bite at my lips. “We’ll get out of your way.”

He arches an eyebrow. “So, you weren’t following me?”

“Oh, God, no. We were just going for a walk.”

I’m still staring at his tats, trying to decipher the intricate patterns. He catches my gaze, and I feel my face burning up.

“Get on with your walk, then,” he says through gritted teeth. “Leave me alone.”

My fingernails dig into the palms of my hands. “No need to be bad-mannered.”

He crosses his arms in front of his broad chest and lets out an edgy laugh.

“You are a prick,” I spin around, “the rudest man I’ve ever met.”

He laughs again and keeps laughing mockingly as I stride off down the pathway, Toby at my heel



 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 



 
 

SC Daiko, aka Siobhan (pronounced Shivawn), is an award-winning, international bestselling contemporary romance author. Originally from the UK, she now lives in Italy with her husband and two cats.


 

 


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Barb Shuler’s Edge Of Danger Release Blitz

Title: Edge Of Danger 
Author: Barb Shuler 
Series: Shattered Lives Book 6 
Genre: Psychological Thriller/ Suspense
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Stalked. Hunted. Betrayed. The past never stays in the past.

For the last seven years, the small town of Burke, Texas has been fighting an unseen monster. In the wake of devastation, the monster was eliminated. Things were starting to get back to normal…

Evil has risen once again with vengeance in its blood. The shadows seek out retribution and no one will be safe until it’s wiped out, again.

***

The darkness surrounding three men on a journey to clear their heads and soak in the wilderness around them turns into a bloody game of cat and mouse. Threats would cow some, but not these men. You should always know your enemy. You should always know your surroundings. You should… run.

 
 
 
 
 

From Chapter One

 

Derek’s POV

I don’t think my feet actually touched the ground as I hurried up to the door, punched in the code, and made my way in .

“MA!” I hollered before I caught myself. I winced when Mama Jay scowled at me. Doc and Dani Lynn came from the back office and I moved towards them. “We got a problem.”

“What? You better have a damn good reason for running in here like a crazy fool.”

“Doc, we got a call. Shelby needs you. She’s in active labor. I’ll come with you,” Mama Jay said. Dani Lynn smiled, but it faded when she saw that my face hadn’t changed.

“Dani Lynn, can you come to assist as well?” Doc asked her and she nodded.

“Ma, we need to talk, now,” I pleaded.

“Talk and walk, kid.” She grabbed her bag, keys and waved to the door. We all moved out towards her SUV and Doc’s truck.

“Derek, what’s going on? You look like you’ve seen a ghost,” Doc said. We stopped and I shook my head.

“Shit. I got a call from Gramps. The only thing he said was ‘Mayday’ and then I lost the transmission. His SAT phone is off the grid.” I saw the instant change in Dani Lynn. Her body stiffened, her face flushed and the hand that held her keys in balled into a fist so tight her knuckles turned white. I tried to pry them from her hand before she hurt herself.

“It could be anything,” Doc said, but I saw the look he gave Dani Lynn. He didn’t believe that for one second.

“Come on, I’ll take you to Charlie’s, then we’ll come back and try to get a line on them again.” We loaded up quickly, and Doc followed us in his truck, along with Mama Jay. Dani Lynn tried to ease her breathing.

“Was there anything else?” she asked me. She was fighting back emotions that I knew were trying to take over. I saw her body shaking. I reached over and took her hand.

“No, Mama, nothing else. He’s with Robert and Wayne. I can’t see anything being so bad-”

“He called you and said ‘Mayday’. He wouldn’t just do that. Something is wrong… Bad wrong. Fucking knob swallowers! I need Drew.. why did they have to fucking go to goddamn Dallas now? Some fishy shit is going on,” she cursed, her hand whacking against the dash. I knew this was serious. Things were bad.. But she had said knob swallowers, I didn’t just hear that, or make it up. I managed to stop in front of Charlie’s a few minutes later, and I was still laughing. She was scowling at me, but I was just gonna laugh it out.

I was told to stay out here, which was good because my cell rang a minute later. “Landry.”

“Hatcher, got your message. What the news?”

“Nothing new. His SAT phone is out. Nothing is showing on the map. Neither Robert nor Wayne have their phones on, and even if they did, there’s no signal up there. They don’t have the damn tracking apps on.”

“Shit. Alright, let me run a few things on this end. I called in a favor for you. Walker and his team will be there by zero one-thirty. They’ll meet you at the station at zero-eight hundred.”

“Roger that. I’ll let everyone know. We’re in the middle of having a baby. Dani Lynn is about to have a stroke, and both Drew and Jacks were pulled to that court thing in Dallas.”

The silence on the other end of the phone said something that words wouldn’t. I could hear him typing but he wasn’t saying anything.

“Hatch?”

“You’re not going to like this…”




 
 
Shattered Lives Series
My Own Nightmare / Somewhere I Belong / Shatter Me Whole /
Sparks Of Deception / Living In Your Hell
 
The Cowboy Way Series
Wrangled By Love
 
A Rescue Series Novella
A Marshal’s Courage
 
Standalones
Primal Darkness
Shifting Shadows
 
Anthologies
Dirty Fairy Tales Anthology – What Big Teeth
The Parlour Anthology – Ultimate Control
 
Coloring Books
Shaded With Love: A Coloring Book for a Cause Vol 5
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

I’m a Carolina Girl by right and a Texan by birth… so I have a Texas-sized temper. Living and working in both states I’ve learned a lot about hard work, adapting to your surroundings and making the best of the path that you have been led down. My grandma Dollie once told me I would know what I was meant to do when it happened. She was right, as always.

As with most book lovers, I am an avid reader. Reading has always been a hobby – a passion, really. Reading helps to expand the perimeters of one’s mind. That is what got me to start writing as a kid. If I had paper…or a wall… I was writing. Words are a part of us all. Why not use them, right?

During the day I work as a ‘desk jockey’ and help the residents of my county navigate themselves around our little, but not too little country town. By night I am either blogging, doing PA work for some of my favorite authors or I am fighting with the voices in my head. (They can be stubborn at times.) It’s a way to cope and make the troubles of the day disappear, if only for a few hours. It’s a blessing and I am cherishing every moment. For that which is my creation, may become someone else’s treasure.

Tomorrow is never guaranteed so I want to make sure I live the day as fully as possible

 

 
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Posted in Contemporary Romance, SUSPENSE

Brute By SC Daiko Release Blitz

 
 
Title: Brute
Author: SC Daiko 
Genre: Contemporary Romance /Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Cover design RBA Designs 
Photographer: Wander Aguilar
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

Daniel Collins… hunky single dad… and my neighbor.

Arrogant, bad-mannered, and reclusive.

They call him the Brute.

I should stay away from him…

except I can’t.

Not when he reveals his brokenness,

and I glimpse the pain in his eyes.

Not when his touch unravels me,

and the heat between us could set the oceans alight.

But play with fire, and you will get burned.

A fragile heart can easily be broken again.

**

A new standalone contemporary romance from award-winning international bestselling author SC Daiko… a beautiful love story with plenty of heat and angst.


 
 
 
 
 

My cottage backs onto woodland, and there’s a path leading through it. Birdsong and the scent of blackberries fills the air. I let Toby off his leash and he immediately starts foraging for anything edible… wild fruit being his favourite snack.

I leave him to it and stride on ahead, knowing he’ll catch up in good time. Soon I come to a glade where the trees have been thinned out. Oh shit, standing in the middle of the clearing is Daniel. He’s bare-chested and dressed in running shorts, doing stretching exercises braced against a fallen tree trunk.

I slow my footsteps, treading quietly on mouldy old leaves, and rake my gaze over him. His thick almost-black hair is dripping sweat; it falls down his face and the back of his solid neck. His beard is unkept and wild-looking. But it’s his powerful body that mesmerises me and I study the tats on his muscular arms, tempted to get closer for a better look. God, he’s beautiful, I suddenly realise. Beautiful but freaking scary at the same time.

I release a slow breath. Stop it, Cat. You shouldn’t be looking at him that way. The man in front of you is a brute. You need to keep your distance from him.

Slowly, my heart pounding against my ribcage, I turn around and prepare to make my way back down the path. Except, Toby comes bounding up and starts to bark.

Dammit!

Daniel freezes on the spot. His eyes crash into mine, and if I was scared before now I’m practically peeing myself. He straightens himself to his full height, still glaring at me, not saying a word.

Toby keeps barking, but he’s also wagging his tail. I grab hold of his collar and fasten the lead. “Sorry to disturb you.” I bite at my lips. “We’ll get out of your way.”

He arches an eyebrow. “So, you weren’t following me?”

“Oh, God, no. We were just going for a walk.”

I’m still staring at his tats, trying to decipher the intricate patterns. He catches my gaze, and I feel my face burning up.

“Get on with your walk, then,” he says through gritted teeth. “Leave me alone.”

My fingernails dig into the palms of my hands. “No need to be bad-mannered.”

He crosses his arms in front of his broad chest and lets out an edgy laugh.

“You are a prick,” I spin around, “the rudest man I’ve ever met.”

He laughs again and keeps laughing mockingly as I stride off down the pathway, Toby at my heel




 
 
 
 
 

 

 



 


SC Daiko, aka Siobhan (pronounced Shivawn), is an award-winning, international bestselling contemporary romance author. Originally from the UK, she now lives in Italy with her husband and two cats.


 
 

 

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Edge Of Danger ( Shattered Lives Series Book 6) By Barb Shuler Cover Reveal

 

Title: Edge Of Danger 
Author: Barb Shuler 
Series: Shattered Lives Book 6 
Genre: Psychological Thriller/ Suspense
Publish Date: May 29, 2018
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

Stalked. Hunted. Betrayed. The past never stays in the past.

For the last seven years, the small town of Burke, Texas has been fighting an unseen monster. In the wake of devastation, the monster was eliminated. Things were starting to get back to normal…

Evil has risen once again with vengeance in its blood. The shadows seek out retribution and no one will be safe until it’s wiped out, again.

***

The darkness surrounding three men on a journey to clear their heads and soak in the wilderness around them turns into a bloody game of cat and mouse. Threats would cow some, but not these men. You should always know your enemy. You should always know your surroundings. You should… run.

 
 

From Chapter One

Derek’s POV

I don’t think my feet actually touched the ground as I hurried up to the door, punched in the code, and made my way in .

“MA!” I hollered before I caught myself. I winced when Mama Jay scowled at me. Doc and Dani Lynn came from the back office and I moved towards them. “We got a problem.”

“What? You better have a damn good reason for running in here like a crazy fool.”

“Doc, we got a call. Shelby needs you. She’s in active labor. I’ll come with you,” Mama Jay said. Dani Lynn smiled, but it faded when she saw that my face hadn’t changed.

“Dani Lynn, can you come to assist as well?” Doc asked her and she nodded.

“Ma, we need to talk, now,” I pleaded.

“Talk and walk, kid.” She grabbed her bag, keys and waved to the door. We all moved out towards her SUV and Doc’s truck.

“Derek, what’s going on? You look like you’ve seen a ghost,” Doc said. We stopped and I shook my head.

“Shit. I got a call from Gramps. The only thing he said was ‘Mayday’ and then I lost the transmission. His SAT phone is off the grid.” I saw the instant change in Dani Lynn. Her body stiffened, her face flushed and the hand that held her keys in balled into a fist so tight her knuckles turned white. I tried to pry them from her hand before she hurt herself.

“It could be anything,” Doc said, but I saw the look he gave Dani Lynn. He didn’t believe that for one second.

“Come on, I’ll take you to Charlie’s, then we’ll come back and try to get a line on them again.” We loaded up quickly, and Doc followed us in his truck, along with Mama Jay. Dani Lynn tried to ease her breathing.

“Was there anything else?” she asked me. She was fighting back emotions that I knew were trying to take over. I saw her body shaking. I reached over and took her hand.

“No, Mama, nothing else. He’s with Robert and Wayne. I can’t see anything being so bad-”

“He called you and said ‘Mayday’. He wouldn’t just do that. Something is wrong… Bad wrong. Fucking knob swallowers! I need Drew.. why did they have to fucking go to goddamn Dallas now? Some fishy shit is going on,” she cursed, her hand whacking against the dash. I knew this was serious. Things were bad.. But she had said knob swallowers, I didn’t just hear that, or make it up. I managed to stop in front of Charlie’s a few minutes later, and I was still laughing. She was scowling at me, but I was just gonna laugh it out.

I was told to stay out here, which was good because my cell rang a minute later. “Landry.”

“Hatcher, got your message. What the news?”

“Nothing new. His SAT phone is out. Nothing is showing on the map. Neither Robert nor Wayne have their phones on, and even if they did, there’s no signal up there. They don’t have the damn tracking apps on.”

“Shit. Alright, let me run a few things on this end. I called in a favor for you. Walker and his team will be there by zero one-thirty. They’ll meet you at the station at zero-eight hundred.”

“Roger that. I’ll let everyone know. We’re in the middle of having a baby. Dani Lynn is about to have a stroke, and both Drew and Jacks were pulled to that court thing in Dallas.”

The silence on the other end of the phone said something that words wouldn’t. I could hear him typing but he wasn’t saying anything.

“Hatch?”

“You’re not going to like this…”

 
 
Shattered Lives Series
My Own Nightmare / Somewhere I Belong / Shatter Me Whole /
Sparks Of Deception / Living In Your Hell
 
The Cowboy Way Series
Wrangled By Love
 
A Rescue Series Novella
A Marshal’s Courage
 
Standalones
Primal Darkness
Shifting Shadows
 
Anthologies
Dirty Fairy Tales Anthology – What Big Teeth
The Parlour Anthology – Ultimate Control
 
Coloring Books
Shaded With Love: A Coloring Book for a Cause Vol 5
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

I’m a Carolina Girl by right and a Texan by birth… so I have a Texas-sized temper. Living and working in both states I’ve learned a lot about hard work, adapting to your surroundings and making the best of the path that you have been led down. My grandma Dollie once told me I would know what I was meant to do when it happened. She was right, as always.

As with most book lovers, I am an avid reader. Reading has always been a hobby – a passion, really. Reading helps to expand the perimeters of one’s mind. That is what got me to start writing as a kid. If I had paper…or a wall… I was writing. Words are a part of us all. Why not use them, right?

During the day I work as a ‘desk jockey’ and help the residents of my county navigate themselves around our little, but not too little country town. By night I am either blogging, doing PA work for some of my favorite authors or I am fighting with the voices in my head. (They can be stubborn at times.) It’s a way to cope and make the troubles of the day disappear, if only for a few hours. It’s a blessing and I am cherishing every moment. For that which is my creation, may become someone else’s treasure.

Tomorrow is never guaranteed so I want to make sure I live the day as fully as possible

 

 
Website   
 

 

 
 

 

Posted in Contemporary Romance, SUSPENSE

Set The City On Fire By Sophia Peony Release Blitz

 

 Title: Set The City On Fire

Author: Sophia Peony 

Series: Made Men #1 
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
Please don’t die. Please don’t die. Please don’t die.
Leo heard the frantic whisper over and over in his head. She begged him to stay alive, and he couldn’t very well disappoint her by dying.
 
Leonardo Costa
Someone tried to kill Leo, heir to the Costa family. Call it luck, call it a miracle, or simply say it wasn’t his time, but Leo survived thanks to Freya. Those who tried to kill him were dealt with, swiftly and painfully, but there was someone else controlling the rats, someone close to the family.
Leo had an enemy to eliminate, but when fate throws Freya back in his path, he knew he wasn’t letting go. She saved his life, and it was his duty to protect her.
Freya Santos
Her only alibi was Leo. She couldn’t remember what happened, but she knew there was no way she would have anything to do with the missing man. Right?
She had no choice but to depend on Leo and play the role of a happy fiancé, even if it’s temporary-very temporary. But when bullets start flying, Freya knew there was more to Leo and his family than meets the eye. Would she survive their fake engagement?
Contains strong language, violence, and sexual content. Reader’s discretion is advised.
 

 

 
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In 6th grade I wanted to be a singer. In high school I wanted to be a lawyer, an astronaut and then a house wife when I thought I was going to marry my high school sweetheart. Then I wanted to be a pilot but found out I was too short to fly. So, I decided to become a photographer. When that didn’t work out, I decided to be a writer.
 

 

 
 

 

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Ana’s Redemption By Jessa Stephens Cover Reveal

 

Title: Ana’s Redemption 
Author: Jessa Stephens
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 27th 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
In the real world, pain can be inflicted on someone until they seek an escape.
For Ana, enough was enough. She left a house of abuse. Her hope was for a better future. She sought out a happy and peaceful life.
Just when her life begins, someone wants to take it away.
As Ana prepared to graduate from college, the memories of the past haunted her. She had built a wall around herself, it was a wall so massive she was sure not to ever be hurt again.
Zane and Ana went to college together. He was her best friend. When he graduated before her, it was then she became aware of the feelings that swelled inside her.
Zane craved more than friendship with Ana. He couldn’t allow her to be drug into a world of pain. His father was a scandalous man, he invariably launched abusive attacks against anyone who dared to challenge him.
Zane had to disassociate himself from his father to protect everyone’s very existence. This wasn’t an option, it was a necessity.
When they reunited, Ana’s emotions continued to bloom. Ana’s life was at jeopardy. Would she have the opportunity to tell him how she felt about him? Was Zane the reason they were after her? Did he have a dark soul despite his efforts not to be like his father?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Jessa Stephens was once a victim. Never again.
Not only is she a survivor, Jessa is a survivor on a mission.
Her mission is to work and support those who desire to help themselves.
“You can’t force someone who is not ready to receive help, get help. However, you can give them things to think about and speed up that process.” ~Jessa
Jessa Stephens is a speaker, life coach, and author.
There’s not a specific case she has met that has astounded her.
“We are all unique; the way we think and process those thoughts are unique.” ~Jessa
Jessa works side-by-side with you through the origin of the issue. Together, the barrier (the wall you’ve built around yourself) can be overthrown and crushed.
In her ten (10) plus years’ encounter, no situation has ever been the same as another person’s. 
Each case fuels her dedication, it drives her to assist more individuals travel from victim to survivor. 
Those taboo subjects—topics people prefer to sweep under a rug and pretend they never took place—drag them out. She will help them get addressed. 
“Until you deal with the core of the problem—nothing changes. Life is about choices; choices make a change.” ~Jessa
In her writing, Jessa empowers victims, releases them to be strong. They already have an abundance of strength, but they’re unable to see it. She hopes her writing gives the inner strength to help victims take that first step to becoming a survivor.
 

 

 

 
 
 

 

Posted in SUSPENSE, Thriller

Living In your Hell By Barb Shuler Release Boost

 
 
Title: Living In Your Hell (Shattered Lives #5)
Author: Barb Shuler 
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
 
Design by: MadHat Books
Models: Garrett Pentecost & Daria Rottenburke
 
 
 
 


 


 
 

I’ll give my last breath to keep her safe.


Shelby

Having faith in human beings isn’t something I grant easily.

My childhood was filled with yelling, anger, and beatings so bad I feared I would die. My Papa was my savior. He saved me from the beatings and hate, filling my life with love and happiness. He made sure I got the best education possible, and I was able to follow in his footsteps.

Now, being back home – with a past like mine – my nightmares are coming back. The flesh and blood kind.

Charlie

As a Sheriff’s deputy, I’ve seen many things. I’ve had to handle some stuff that would make a saint roll over in his grave. Yet, I never give up. I wear my badge as a statement. I fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. When the woman I love is put in danger, and my world starts falling into disarray, there is only one thing to do. Take a stand and fight for her – with her even.

No one from her past is going to take her from me. She’s my forever and I plan to do everything I can to keep her that way.



 

 
 
 
 





 
 

 



I can’t help but grin while walking up the stairs to the back of Doc’s house . I took a deep breath, moved my hand behind me and rang the doorbell. The moment the door came open I felt my heart start to race. Standing before me was an angel, right down to her white strappy sandals. I leaned in and kissed her blushing cheeks and pulled the flowers from behind my back and presented them to her with a small bow.
“My lady,” I said with a wink before straightening back up. The giggle that escaped her made me grin so big. Was I cheesy? As a fucking heart attack, but only for my girl. I’d do anything to make her smile like she is now.
“Good Sir,” she said, her eyes sparkling as she gave a little bow.
“Shall we depart, my fair maiden?” I asked as I held my arm out for her. I heard chuckling from inside and Shelby cut her eyes at Doc when he came up and took the flowers from her.
“I’ll put these in water for you. Now, go on and have fun with your beau.” Her grin grew as she hugged his neck.
“Night, Papa,” she said, wrapping her arm around mine.
“Night, Doc.”
“Goodnight, sweet pea. Night, Charles,” he said, giving me that look. I chuckled a little nervously as we walked down the stairs. I leaned in and kissed her cheek, inhaling the sweet scent that was Shelby Grant.
“Ready for our night out?” I asked, my brow raised as we made it to my car. Her eyes lit up when she saw my 1965 Pontiac GTO. I was a bike man, nothing beat my Harley, but my car, this was my baby. Dad and I had rebuilt her from frame on up. Piece by piece. Our blood, sweat and even some tears went into this beauty. She was painted black, black leather inside and a lot of attitude came from her powerful engine. She was almost as sassy as Shelby.
“Hmm… I love this car,” she nodded and turned to give me a sultry look.
I moved closer to her and pressed her back against the door. “I know you do, baby,” I said before leaning down to capture her mouth with mine.
My kiss was demanding and I only pulled back when she moaned. If she kept that up I wasn’t going to be responsible for what happened. Her hands moved to my chest and I couldn’t hold back my grin as she shifted on her feet.
“We should go…” she whispered.
“Back to my place or to dinner?” I asked, smirking.
“Why, Mr. McKenna, are you trying to get into my unmentionables?” Her lips curved at the corners and I leaned in, my lips brushing hers slightly. My body pushed against hers and I know she felt my answer before I could speak it.
“Always,” I said before I once again captured her mouth in a searing kiss. I pulled back when we needed air and kissed her nose. “But, I’d like to wine you and dine you before I feast on you.”
“Damn, I love when you say things like that,” she said, a grin playing at her lips. “Let’s go have dinner then.” She stepped into me and I opened her door.
Once she was settled I got in myself and we headed up the road. I had everything planned out for us tonight. A picnic dinner was waiting for us down at the park. I’d had help with the prep work, and by now the boys and Lana should be cleaning up and leaving the food in the heated bags for us.
When we pulled in I caught sight of Derek’s Jeep leaving out the other entrance. I parked under the trees and walked around to help Shelby out. The water trickled from the fountain and the nightlife was making itself known. I took her hand and led her over to the beautiful quilt on the soft grass.
“My lady, please kick off your sandals and join me,” I said as I kicked my shoes off. Her grin was so big. I knew she would love a picnic, even at night.
I sat down facing her after she picked a spot. I gave her a wink before I opened the bag closest to us. I pulled out the small tray of cheese and crackers, and then the tray with the fruit. I grabbed the other bag and smirked as I pulled the still warm tray of mini smokies and meatballs. They each had toothpicks in them to make eating easy.
“Your feast awaits, my lady,” I said with the slightest of bows. She giggled and I looked up as she shifted. Her lips met mine and then she was popping a meatball into her mouth. A minute later she sighed.
“You, kind sir, are truly too sweet,” she said with a flourish of her southern accent. I groaned internally as she bat her lashes, her hand going to her chest.
“I do aim to please,” I said.


 
 
Shattered Lives Series
Genre: Dark Suspense/Thriller ~ Romantic Suspense
 
 
~ My Own Nightmare ~
Amazon
 
 
~ Somewhere I Belong ~
Amazon
 
~ Shatter Me Whole ~
Amazon
 
~ Sparks of Deception ~
Amazon
 
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The Cowboy Way Series
Genre: Cowboy Contemporary Romance
~ Wrangled By Love ~
Amazon
 
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~ A Rescue Series Novella ~
Genre: Romantic Suspense
 
 
~ A Marshall’s Courage ~
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~ Primal Darkness ~
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romantic Thriller
 
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**Each book in these series’s can be read as a stand alone
**All of the above books are available in KU
 
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~ Dirty Fairy Tales Anthology ~
Genre: Erotic – PNR – Fantasy
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*All ebook sales go to help the Autism Society of SW Florida.
 
 
 
~Meet Barb Shuler~
 
I’m a Carolina Girl by right and a Texan by birth. Best of both worlds. I have the brass sass to keep up with my Texas sized temper. Living and working in both states i’ve learned a lot about hard work, adapting to your surroundings and making the best of the path that you have been led down. My grandma Dollie once told me I would know what I was meant to do when it happened. She was right, as always.
As with most book lovers, I am an avid reader. Reading has always been a hobby – a passion, really and a way to get lost in other people’s lives, their drama and other worlds. It’s a private movie in your imagination that you get to cast and navigate through, at your own pace. Reading helps to expand the perimeters of one’s mind. That is what got me into writing. Writing has been something that I have done since I was a kid. If I had paper, I was writing. Nine out of ten times it made no sense but what are words if they are not to be used to your advantage? Words are a part of us all. Why not use them, right?
During the day I work as a ‘desk jockey’ and help the residents of my county navigate themselves around our little, but not too little country town. By night I am either blogging with my best friends, doing PA work for some of my favorite authors or fighting with the voices in my head. They can be stubborn at times. It’s a blessing and I am cherishing every moment. Tomorrow is never guaranteed so I want to make sure I live the day as fully as possible. For what is my creation, can become someone else’s treasure.