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Friday, October 19, 2018

BUILDING FOREVER by Kelly Jensen Blog Tour



Building Forever is the first in a series of standalone novels focused on older characters who think love has passed them by. I loved writing these second chance romances, and I hope you enjoy reading about the books—especially this one because Charlie and Simon will forever be the characters who started me on this journey.

About Building Forever
A new town, a new neighbor, and a new chance to build a forever.
Charlie King is doing fine. Sure, he’s a widower raising a teenage daughter who just got her first boyfriend, his book series isn’t writing itself, and he has a crush on his new neighbor — the guy next door. But everything’s just fine.
Simon Lynley is doing better. He moved to Bethlehem to fall out of love and rebuild his career. An affair with his neighbor isn’t part of the plan, but the attraction between them is too hard to ignore.
But when Simon’s ex follows him to Pennsylvania seeking reconciliation, and Charlie’s life starts to feel like a video on repeat, everything comes apart. Charlie worries that he’s failing as a father, and Simon is a distraction he can’t afford. Meanwhile Simon doesn’t know if he could survive being left again, and he hasn’t come all this way to make the same mistakes. But despite their fears, it’s only together that they’ll find the strength to slay old foes and build the forever they’ve been waiting for.

Building Forever Playlist
One of the joys of putting together a playlist for a series featuring older characters was picking some of the music I grew up with. I don’t tend to stick to one era or style of music for my playlists, but usually, they’re more influenced by what I hear on the radio. For this one, I picked some contemporary awesomeness, and then took a trip down memory lane, where I rediscovered some old favorites.
“Wish I Knew You” by The Revivalists https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0Pt7M0weUI
The perfect song for a second chance romance between two people who meet later in life! While listening to this one, I like to imagine Simon gazing at Charlie and wondering about who Charlie was before they met. Simon doesn’t feel as though he’s missed out on much in life, but he hasn’t always lived loudly and fully, and it’s obvious that Charlie has. For Charlie’s part, I think he’d have enjoyed knowing a younger Simon, if only so he could cajole a smile out of someone who was probably way too serious for his age.
This song might seem more obviously for Simon. He’s lived a quiet, somewhat predictable life, and his greatest fear about entering a relationship with Charlie is that he might not be the one behind the wheel. A part of his journey in Building Forever is realizing that that’s not necessarily true.
The song also works for Charlie on a deeper level. He’s tired of being behind the wheel—but also afraid of being there—and he really needs to come to terms with the idea of letting someone else drive for a while.
“Blue Skies” by Willie Nelson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGZDwxnjG1g
Is this not the perfect love song? In the first scene of the book—the first page—Simon walks into Charlie’s life and Charlie has a moment. He’s standing there, cracker crumbs clinging to his lips, lost in the deep blue of Simon’s eyes. He’s seeing Willie Nelson’s blue skies and something inside him yearns to unfold beneath their brightness.
I also love this song for their romance because while it had a rocky start, I believe they’ll spend the rest of their lives deriving joy from the existence of each other, even when they’re not seeing eye to eye. In other words, for Simon and Charlie, it’s “nothin’ but blue skies from now on.”
“Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMmTkKz60W8
This song might seem more obviously for Charlie. He’s an only child, an only son, and he’s lived a life ruled by relatively simple choices. When he got his girlfriend pregnant, he decided he wanted to be a husband and father. When his wife died, he decided to do his best not to fail his daughter. To him, these were no brainers. The challenge in life, for Charlie, has been choosing something just for him. His writing has been that, in a way, but Simon is the choice that will change everything.
The song also fits Simon, though, in that the lyrics embody his philosophy when it comes to life. Simon is the epitome of a simple man. He’s a good friend, a caring lover, and one of the most forgiving men I’ve ever written. He’s decent and kind. And though he enjoys small luxuries, he lives a simple and honest life.
“Scar Tissue” by Red Hot Chili Peppers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzJj5-lubeM
The characters in this series are all older than I usually write, most of them being in their late forties, one already fifty. Life leads to scars and these characters have them, in varying shades and depths. Even Charlie, who is the youngest at thirty-six.
Charlie’s scars are obvious: with the death of his wife, he lost the love of his life. An accident might have precipitated their marriage, but he obviously never looked back. Simon’s scars are a little less visible. He left home before his family could reject him, found himself in college, and embarked on a career he chose. Then he let a man he loved break his heart slowly over more than a decade—all because he didn’t believe fully in himself.
The lyrics don’t quite fit as they are, but I like to imagine that Simon and Charlie are no longer lonely. Now they have someone other than the birds with whom they can share the view.
“Telegraph Road” by Dire Straits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8bWGGA-5HM
Here it is, my favorite Dire Straits song, from my favorite Dire Straits album—and, obviously, I’ve been waiting for the perfect book to use it with. This is Simon’s journey. He doesn’t realize it, but this is what Simon brings to Bethlehem with him. Yes, the community is already there and Charlie is a part of it. But before Simon arrives, Charlie is merely existing. Charlie is the land and Simon brings him to life. And as a result, Bethlehem comes to life for Simon in a way no town has before.
I know, I’m weird. Either way, enjoy the song! And if you pick up the book, enjoy reading one of the most profound love stories I’ve ever written.





About the This Time Forever Series
Small towns and second chances.
Simon, Frank, and Brian think love has passed them by. Each is facing down his fiftieth birthday—Simon in a few years, Frank next year, and Brian soon enough. Each has loved and lost. But for these men, everything old really is new again, and it’s only when they return to their roots that they’ll find their second chances and the happily ever after they’ve been waiting their whole lives for.
This time it’s forever.
This series includes:
  1. Building Forever — releasing October 15, available now!
  2. Renewing Forever — releasing November 12, available for preorder!
  3. Chasing Forever — releasing December 10, available soon!



About Kelly Jensen
If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories about the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.
Kelly is the author of a number of novels, novellas, and short stories, including the Chaos Station series, cowritten with Jenn Burke. Some of what she writes is speculative in nature, but mostly it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner. Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.
Connect with Kelly:
      Website: kellyjensenwrites.com
      Facebook: www.facebook.com/kellyjensenwrites/
      Twitter: twitter.com/kmkjensen
      Tumblr: kmkjensen.tumblr.com/
      Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/kmkjensen/
      Instagram: www.instagram.com/kellyjensenwrites/




Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Building Forever one lucky person will win a $25 Riptide Publishing gift card and a swag pack of stickers, art cards, and bookmarks! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on October 20, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info






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Subzero by Cambria Hebert Blitz



Subzero
Cambria Hebert
(BearPaw Resort #4 )
Publication date: October 19th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
My best friend, Liam Mattison, was born with snow in his veins.
Me? Ice.
Maybe that’s why my eyes are this color. Maybe it’s because I was born in Caribou, where there’s more snow than sun.
I always knew I had a chill within me, but after my time with the army, that chill froze over. I saw and did things most people couldn’t fathom. I made contacts with people who were more beast than man.
I came home altered, and there was no going back.
Except I did. It had to be done, and I didn’t regret it.
But now I’m thrust back into a world where people had forgotten my name. Back into a past I walked away from.
Memories of all the things I’ve done, of the people I’ve left behind, are floating to the surface.
The late-night summons wasn’t really unexpected.
The request was.
Saying no is impossible when you’re the only man equipped for the job. Saying no is difficult when what you really want to say is yes.
So here I am, past and present colliding with a woman I intentionally left behind. A woman who needs me to keep her alive.
I made a promise, and I will keep it.
Even if I die doing it. Even if it means the ice inside me goes subzero.


EXCERPT:
The gun I held with both hands hit the dirt, and I hit my knees. “Kitten,” I rasped out, shoving Liam away and reaching for her. “Kitten, honey, where are you hit?”
I gripped her shoulders and pulled her into me, scanning her face, her neck, her shoulders, panicking, searching for a bullet wound, looking for blood.
Her eyes popped open. “Alex,” she whispered.
My stare sprang to hers. “Tell me, baby. Tell me where you’re hit.”
She sighed a little and snuggled close, then suddenly stiffened and wrenched away. I went to grab her back, still freaking the fuck out, but she yelled, “I’m not shot!”
I reached for her anyway. She grasped my hand and glared at me. “Alex! I’m not shot!”
I fell back onto my haunches, still gripping her hand so she had to move a little with me. “You aren’t?”
“No.” She held her arms out. “See?”
Anger filled my throat. “Then what the fuck were you groaning on the ground for?”
Good God! She took nearly twenty years off my life!
“Because this creep threw me on the ground and jumped on me!”
Daniel came out of nowhere, grabbing up Liam by the back of his neck and putting him a choke hold.
I lurched up and shook my head. “It’s Liam.”
Daniel dropped him immediately. “My bad.”
“You’re fucking lucky you didn’t put a bullet in him,” I swore.
“Sorry,” Daniel said, sheepish.
Liam straightened his shirt and glanced at me, lifting a brow. “Kitten? Honey? Baby?”
“Fuck you, Mattison.”
He turned to Sabrina. “You have a real name?”
She crossed her arms over her chest and sniffed. “You’re bigger on TV.”
Liam grinned. “Still took you to the ground.”
“You better watch yourself.” I warned him.
Liam took my threat mildly, squinting at me. “I take it you know this little criminal?”
Sabrina gasped.
I laughed.





Author Bio:
Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.
Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).
Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.
Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.



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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

LIES & PROMISES by Aleatha Romig Cover Reveal


          

 

The twisted and intriguing storytelling that you loved in Consequences and Infidelity continues with an all-new alpha anti-hero in the dark romance series Web of Sin, by New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig. What is real? What are lies? Have you been Aleatha’d?   Lies is book two of the Web of Sin trilogy 

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The twisted and intriguing storytelling that you loved in Consequences and Infidelity continues with the epic conclusion of the all-new alpha anti-hero in the dark romance series Web of Sin, by New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig. Have you been Aleatha’d? Learn the truth behind the secrets and lies. Surrounded by secrets and lies, can promises be believed? Promises is book three—Sterling and Araneae’s epic conclusion—of the acclaimed Web of Sin trilogy.     

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The twisted and intriguing storytelling that you loved in Consequences and Infidelity is coming back at you with an all-new alpha anti-hero in the dark romance series Web of Sin, by New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig. I’m Sterling Sparrow. You’ve no doubt heard my name or read it on the top of tall buildings. There’s more to my business—my realm—than what is seen above ground. Within the underbelly of one of America’s largest cities lives a world where a man’s word is either his most valuable tool or his most respected weapon. When my father ruled that world and that city, he promised me someone who would one day make my reign complete. Since that day, long ago, Araneae McCrie has been mine. She just didn’t know. My father is now gone. The city and the underbelly are now mine. The time has come for me to collect who was promised to me, to shred her life of secrets, and make her who she’s always been—mine. Have you been Aleatha’d? Secrets is book one of the Web of Sin trilogy For series information visit: https://www.aleatharomig.com/web-of-sin ADD TO GOODREADS  


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Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of over thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams and bring your imagination to life! Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat. In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016. In the spring of 2017, Aleatha released her first stand-alone, fun, and sexy romantic comedy with PLUS ONE, followed by the sweet stand-alone, ONE NIGHT. Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. 









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