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Title: Rivers
Author: Jennifer Rae Gravely
Series: Orders of the Sky #2
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing

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I’ve always been fascinated by ghosts. They’re simply lost souls looking for the conclusion to their story. After years of chasing the phantom of Stone into the night, I’ve sought to live and love again in the new chapter of my life. I’m not the naïve girl I once was. I know what I want, what I need. But like the tortured spirits wandering the earth, can I find the happy ending I crave or will the apparitions of the past destroy any chance of everlasting bliss?

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Fairy dance

“You are delightful.” Jackson stared admiringly. I wore a magical dress as sheer as butterfly’s wings in the palest of blues. He held me in his arms. The lights in the gardens twinkled like lightning bugs. “This could have been the wedding of fairies. I’ve never seen such an affair. It must’ve been your idea.”

Mamma shimmered in the silver mist of the twilight as Parker whirled her around the dance floor in the rose garden.

“How did you know?” I giggled. “Too Shakespearean?”

“No,” he said, grinning. “Absolutely charming. Especially the rainbow.” He held me tighter and twirled me around.

“The rainbow was Sammy’s idea.” I glanced at my sister in her pale pink fairy gown dancing withTravis. I pushed away regret and clung to Jackson.

“Let’s walk down our path to the river,” Jackson said.

“I’d love to.” I put my arm in his. Summertime rose blooms covered the wrought iron arbor ahead. Passing under the archway, we left the gardens for the myriad of trails that led down to the river and marshlands.

The full moon lit our path toward the footbridge and we avoided the muddiest areas.

“Too bad we can’t dangle our feet.” I stepped out on the planks in three inch heels.

“Maybe tomorrow.” He stopped walking.

I took another step forward before twisting to him behind me. My heel jammed in the crevice of the wood. I leaned down to loosen the shoe.

“I’d like to see you the day after that too—”

I lost my balance. Air and then water twisted my body end over end over end. The current tugged and water began filling my lungs. Darkness drifted over me.

“It’s okay, Andie. It’ll be okay. Please come back to me.” He cradled me in his arms. His lips brushed my forehead.

“Stone, I want to come back.” Inky darkness swallowed me.
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Jennifer Rae Gravely

Sweet. Sassy. Southern.

Born in Ohio but raised in Pickens, SC, Jennifer Rae Gravely graduated from Converse College with a triple major in History, Politics, and English before earning a master’s degree in education. Returning to her high school alma mater to teach English and coach volleyball, Gravely’s teams won five state championships and seven upper state titles in eleven years. Moreover, the SCACA named her coach of the year for the 2013 season.

Jennifer writes about the fictional Southern town of Keowee. The Astraea Press novels, Knight of the Dead and Set to Love, in addition to the short story, “Love and Diamonds,” deal with present day Keowee and are contemporary romances. The edgier novels of the Orders of the Sky series Drown and Rivers, published by Blue Tulip Publishing, take place in the eighties and nineties and are best classified as new adult fiction.

She lives with her husband, daughter, seven beagles, and three cats.

Jennifer loves to talk beagles, balls, and books!

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Title: The Forsaken Love of a Lord
Author: Kristin Vayden
Genre: Regency
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
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Olivia has one goal upon returning to London: Find Lord Langley and seduce him.
It was no secret that her stepsister was a miserable excuse for a human being and the secrets shrouding her demise only added confirmation that even in death—she wasn’t worthy of the handsome Lord.
According to rumors, Lord Langley is after revenge, but she’s after something far more dangerous.
His heart.
One masquerade aligns their paths in ways neither of them could have imagined.
Will he succumb to the fair beauty? Or forever allow his heart to be entrenched by the beastly claws of her dead sister?

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Edward Ashley, the Viscount Langley swirled his brandy and stared into the glowing fire that was burning low in his darkened study. He knew this day would come, he felt it in his gut even as he had said the words four—though it felt more like forty—years earlier to his deceased wife’s father.

Stepfather actually, if one was being particular.

And Edward was one to be particular, which was why he still called himself ten kinds of fool for falling for such a treacherous woman. How had he deluded himself to thinking he loved Marybelle? That she loved him? Ha! That was truly the rub. Marybelle; love someone else other than herself? Impossible.

Yet hadn’t he thought that love made the impossible, possible? Yes. He had. Back when he was young, naive and foolish.

But no more.

No, he had learned his lesson and paid for another person’s sins, over and over. Everything he had loved about Marybelle had been a lie—an elaborate game. One she had won till the night it had all come back to seek it’s bloody vengeance. That night more than one kind of poetic justice was served. It was too bad it was far to late to offer any redemption to his jaded heart.

Or perhaps it was a blessing.

If one cannot love, then one cannot hurt.

Rather they are the lifeless, breathing shell he knew he had become. But the pain was less, the self-loathing, diminished in the balm of time…but he’d never heal.

He didn’t want to.

Notwithstanding, the Pierce family was back in London, Marybelle’s young sister in tow. The once young girl was now twenty. Surely they were hoping to give her a season. He scoffed at the idea. Marriage mart, love; all words that held a bitter taste in his mouth; like over steeped tea that had grown cold. Miserable.

He detested cold tea, part of his particular nature.

Well, he’d keep his part of the bargain as well. He’d not say a word to the ton about the truth of that night he found Marybelle.

He’d not say what was lost.

He’d not whisper a word of what was found.

He’d turn and walk away the moment they walked into view, because everything they represented, he wanted to forget.

And that was the very thing he was unable to ever do.

“I take it you’ve heard the news, then?”

Edward startled slightly at the sound of his friend’s voice. With an irritated glare, he turned to watch as Curtis Sheppard entered the room.

“I take it you’ve forgotten how to knock again.” Edward shot back.

“My, my we’re surly tonight. I’ll take your glower as a yes to my question.” His friend strode in with easy steps, a devil-may-care-grin on his face.

Edward felt the uncharacteristic urge to beat it off of him.

“You know…with all the venom coming from your expression one might get the impression that they weren’t welcome.” Curtis replied offhandedly as he helped himself to a crystal glass of brandy and sauntered over to a chair.

“Then I’d have to change my original impression.” Edward replied, a slight grin bending his lips.

“Of?” Curtis asked as he set the crystal glass of brandy down softly.

“Your intelligence. I think you’re finally catching on.”

“You wound me, old man. I know for a fact that I’m about the only one that bothers to stop by and at least attempt to cheer you up. Lord knows you’ve scared everyone else away.”

“They were quicker to get the hint.”

“They were cowards.” Curtis shot back, his eyebrows raised, daring him to refute his claim.

Edward glanced down at the Abussion carpet, studying it but not seeing it. Damn the man, he had a point. But Curtis always did. He was one of the only friends that continued to endure Edward’s surly nature. Always cheerful, it was damn annoying as hell, but he broke up the monotony. He was one of the only people in the world who knew the truth, and Edward trusted him to keep it. That type of loyalty was rare as hen’s teeth. For that, Curtis had his loyalty as well, though he had, through the years, forgotten how to display any other emotion other than anger…or remorse.

Edward’s gaze lifted as he watched Curtis approach him. “Yes?”

Curtis’ eyes were narrowed slightly and he took a position just to the side of Edward and began to study the ground. “Just wondering what you found so damn interesting about the carpet that’s been in this study since you were in short pants.”

Edward shoved his friend good-naturedly, a grin breaking through.

“And here I had thought you’d lost the ability to smile. My hope in your black soul is restored.” Curtis shrugged and sipped his brandy.

“I’d not place so much faith in me.”

“I’ll be sure to under estimate.” Curtis shot back and returned to his chair. “So, back to my original reason for gracing you with my company—“

“I’d rather not talk about it.” Edward cut in, spearing his friend with a glare.

“I’m sure you’d rather rot. However, that doesn’t change the fact that you’ll be seeing them at some point or another. What is your plan? After all, you’re Edward Ashley, Viscount Langley.” He raised his eyebrows. “You plan your life down to what you’ll dream about.”

“Revenge.”

“Bloody business. Best served cold, eh? You’re above that. I’ll not let you delude yourself.”

“What—“

“I know enough. Leave it. It will only blacken your heart more, old friend. Besides, if you ruin the family, you’ll be going back on your word…which we both know will not happen. As much of a old stick you’ve become, you’re not dishonorable.”

“Blast you, Curtis.”

“Thank you, I’ll take that as a compliment simply assuring myself that you see my brilliant point.”

“You are vexing beyond words.” Edward muttered.

“I’ve been told I’m many things beyond words…however most of those comments from the lady population.” He grinned.

“Only you could find some way to make me actually want to discuss your sordid love life in efforts to escape the previous topic of conversation. How do you do it?” Edward asked in a wry tone.

“I’m far more brilliant than you give me credit for. It’s the looks. Most people take one look at me and think ‘ah! All beauty, no brains.’ For honestly, it isn’t fair that I have a lions share of both.” Curtis sighed as if pained by it.

“And humility, scads of that as well.” Edward shook his head.

“I’m quite proud of that particular virtue, yes.” Curtis laughed. “Now, I’m going to attend the Bridgeton route tomorrow. Alaine will be there…” He let the name linger.

Edward glanced heavenward, praying for deliverance to a God he wasn’t sure cared about him anymore.

At one time he had been so sure.

Now he was quite the opposite.

“Alaine?” Edward repeated.

“Yes, goddess of beauty herself.”

“And voice of a minion.”

“Do not say such things! Her voice is delightful…unique.” He added with a flourish of his hand.

“Annoying, not unique…annoying. I swear I would rather listen to the screeching of fighting tom cats rather than hear her speak in that high pitched, nasal tone.”

“You hide your true opinions so well.” Curtis replied dryly.

Edward scowled.

“At least I know I’ll have no competition from you, she’ll be mine for taking.” He rubbed his hands together.

“I’d not dare stand in the way of true love.” Edward mocked.

Curtis shook his head and chuckled. “ At least love for the moment.”

“One day, you’ll find some lady that will turn your head in such a way you’ll not even be enticed by another…and I predict that very lady will not give you the time of day. God’s way of punishing you for your many sins.” Edward spoke clearly as he strode to the wide chair behind his desk.

“Love advice? From you? My, it is a night of miracles.” Curtis replied with a mocking grin.

“Insolent—“

“Don’t be irritated at my keen observation and ability to articulate it so clearly. Now, back to the Bridgeton route. You’ll attend, of course.” Curtis brushed some lint from his fine coat.

“No.”

“Yes.”

“I’ll not repeat myself.”

“Yes, you’ll attend! You gave your word two weeks ago. I knew you’d try to back out of our agreement since the arrival of Pierce family, but I shall not let you. I’ve been working on sweet Alaina for some time now, this is my chance.” He smacked his knee and stood. “You know I need you to attend if I’m to be allowed entrance.”

“Bloody hell, why in the world do you wish to be part of the ton? Have you met any of them? Vipers, the lot of them.”

“I’ve met you…” Curtis shot back.

Edward rolled his eyes in exasperation.

“You attended the Blackwood party without me—“

“But that was far less exclusive than the Bridgton event. You know this.” Curtis all but whined.

Edward frowned.

He hated that his friend had a point. While Curtis was wealthier than Croesus, his money was made in trade.

Not inherited from an age-old title.

And his father, being the independent type, had refused to try and purchase a title on the sly, so their family was, while wealthy, still part of the blue-collar variety. And being part of that class eliminated them from receiving invitations from the exclusive parties of the ton.

Lucky blackguard.

So unless Edward brought him along, he’d not be able to attend. And as much as he wished it weren’t true, he hadsaid he’d attend.

“I loath you.” Edward ground out in defeat.

“Its perfectly alright. I adore you enough for the both of us.” Curtis fanned himself like a lady.

Edward snorted.

Curtis grinned. “The lengths you push me to in order to lift your spirits. I’d think you be wise to thank the Good Lord for such a friend as I.” Curtis nodded and stood, draining his brandy. He sighed in satisfaction. “I’ll see you on the morrow. And…do try to smile. We wouldn’t want to frighten anyone.” He replied with an easy smile and left.

Edward shook his head and stood to go and study the fire once more.

But even for the warm heat from the fire’s soft glow, his heart will chilled knowing that tomorrow, he’d have to face the very people he never want to see again.

Damn it all.

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Kristin Vayden

Kristin’s inspiration for the romance she writes comes from her tall, dark and handsome husband with killer blue eyes. With five children to chase, she is never at a loss for someone to kiss, something to cook or some mess to clean but she loves every moment of it! She loves to make soap, sauerkraut, sourdough bread and gluten free muffins. Life is full of blessings and she praises God for the blessed and abundant life He’s given her.

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Reason and Romance
Release Date: 12/09/14
Book Summary:
Being stuck in the godforsaken
desert is Adrian Blake’s worst nightmare come true. Senior year is all about
making fun memories. It’s not about starting over at a new school and
navigating a new Brady Bunch family. It’s really not about living with a sexy,
arrogant would-be stepbrother who knows how to push her buttons.
Alex Montgomery is the very
definition of a player. The only thing he commits to is a one night stand. He’s
exactly the kind of guy she hates­. When she sleeps with him, it’s the biggest
mistake of her life. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Not at school. Not
at home.
 
Sometimes the best mistakes are
the ones that you make over and over again…

 

About the Author
Jenn Young writes primarily Young Adult and New
Adult. She used to write contemporary teen drama and romance under the pen name
Myrika at Fictionpress. She also used to write under the pen name Moreta. Jenn
is an unabashed lover of romance, soap operas, and paranormal/supernatural
stories.When Jenn’s not working at her day job, she drinks
too much coffee and buys too many books. She loves to hear from readers.
Contact her via her website, jennyoung.com, or follow her on Twitter at myrikami. She
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Title: Ties that Bind Author: Neeny Boucher Series: Complicated Love (Book #2)

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  *Recommended for audiences over the age of 18* Forced to return to her hated hometown to work, Christina Martin, lawyer and ex resident bad girl, finds herself questioning her life choices. Reunited with her former husband, Nicholas Riley, their tenuous and complicated relationship is tested when secrets from the past and present are revealed. Riley, a man with explosive secrets and penchant for psychological games, faces the dilemma of keeping the woman he loves through lies by omission or potentially losing her with the truth. This isn’t just their second chance for happiness, it’s their last chance and there may be some things that love can’t conquer at all. Equal parts helped and hindered by a colorful cast of supporting characters, ‘Ties that Bind’, Book Two in the Complicated Love Series, continues the dysfunctional relationship of Riley and Dina introduced in ‘Lost in Flight’. Warning: This book is not about bondage. I have nothing against books about bondage. Heck, I’ve been known to read a few works myself, but it’s just this book isn’t one of them. Unless, of course, you’re referring to the tangible and intangible bonds of human relationships, ties that bind and ties that can be broken. Then, this book is definitely about that. ‘Ties that Bind’ is not a standalone and forms part of a series. It is highly recommended that you read Book One, ‘Lost in Flight’ before this one. Also, this series is full of quirky, socially awkward, and badly behaved characters, underpinned with dark humor. It is not a traditional romance and there is no guarantee of happy ever afters. 51289-add-to-goodreads-button

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Black_scroll_with_transparent_background 3 Black_scroll_with_transparent_background 3 Excerpt “How much do you love me, Christina? Really? You think you know me, but you don’t. My monsters are loose and I don’t think I can get them back under control. I’m not sure if I want to. If I were you, I’d run.” Black_scroll_with_transparent_background 3 Black_scroll_with_transparent_background 3   Author Bio   Neeny Boucher   Neeny Boucher is a nom de plume because my real name sounds like a 19th Century suffragette. Originally, I’m from New Zealand and am a long-time supporter of the All Blacks. Currently, I am living in Europe and a trailing spouse, following my husband all over the world for his work. This not only gives me the opportunity to write, but also, experience the world and indulge in one of my favourite past-times: people watching. My own employment history is varied and ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. All of those experiences and encounters, however, have allowed me to collect amazing stories, which now form the basis of my writings. I have always loved the weird, the outcast and those on the margins of society because they see the world in a different way. These are the people my characters are based around. I have a BA Hons (English and Pacific Studies) and a PhD in Sociology/Indigenous Studies. Presently, I am working on the Complicated Love Series. Book One, Lost in Flight, was released in 2013. Book Two, Ties that Bind, is scheduled for release in 2014.

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Layovers- What fun!

Welcome to the second part of my ten part travel series. Check out Part I.

Today we are going to be talking about layovers and how “fun” they are depending on how long they are and where you are.

When I was in Europe I had the pleasure or not, of having two long layovers in the same city. One was going to London and one was going home to Toronto, and both of these were in Brussels, Belgium.  It’s funny because when I saw on my ticket that I was going to have a 7hr and a 10 hr layover, my thoughts immediately went to Anthony Bourdain and his show The Layover. His tend to be a bit longer but because I am a fan of the show I sort of knew what to expect and doing a bit of research ahead of time actually saved me some sanity. Haha. (If you have never heard of him, I highly recommend that you go and watch a few episodes).

My first layover was seven hours. I arrived early in the morning and luckily my flight was in the afternoon. I basically had a good five hours that I could go downtown and explore the beauty that is Brussels, Belgium. The weather wasn’t that great when I first arrived (cloudy with a bit of drizzle), but it improved as the day went by. Through my advanced research, I was able to check out a bunch of the sites and enjoy some delicious Belgium chocolate. Despite having a long layover, it didn’t feel long at all because I was exploring the majority of the time. I was able to store my luggage in a locker at the airport and enjoy the city.

The second layover was not as fun as the first one. I had my boyfriend with me for this layover and we arrived in the middle of the night. I was doing some research and thought that some of the places would be opened for a while but all were closed except one bar. We ended up hanging out there for a bit and then it was time to watch the clock creep past 4am, then 5am, etc until it was time for our 10am flight. Let’s just say that it was a rough night to say the least.

Recommendations for people travelling that will have a layover:

  • Try to have a short layover if possible. If not, try to have it in the day time so that you can kill some time by seeing a few of the cities sights. Time tends to drag when it is in the middle of the night.
  • Make sure that you check with the airport to see if you can explore by leaving the airport or if you need to have a visa to get into the city.
  • Check to see if you can stow away your luggage in a locker. No point in going somewhere if you have to lug your luggage everywhere with you.
  • Have some of the local currency so that you don’t get ripped off on the commission made by the exchange booths at the airport and train depots.

Have you been on a layover? How did you make time go by faster?

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Title: Ties that Bind
Author: Neeny Boucher
Series: Complicated Love (Book #2)

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*Recommended for audiences over the age of 18*

Forced to return to her hated hometown to work, Christina Martin, lawyer and ex resident bad girl, finds herself questioning her life choices. Reunited with her former husband, Nicholas Riley, their tenuous and complicated relationship is tested when secrets from the past and present are revealed.

Riley, a man with explosive secrets and penchant for psychological games, faces the dilemma of keeping the woman he loves through lies by omission or potentially losing her with the truth. This isn’t just their second chance for happiness, it’s their last chance and there may be some things that love can’t conquer at all.

Equal parts helped and hindered by a colorful cast of supporting characters, ‘Ties that Bind’, Book Two in the Complicated Love Series, continues the dysfunctional relationship of Riley and Dina introduced in ‘Lost in Flight’.
Warning: This book is not about bondage. I have nothing against books about bondage. Heck, I’ve been known to read a few works myself, but it’s just this book isn’t one of them. Unless, of course, you’re referring to the tangible and intangible bonds of human relationships, ties that bind and ties that can be broken. Then, this book is definitely about that.

‘Ties that Bind’ is not a standalone and forms part of a series. It is highly recommended that you read Book One, ‘Lost in Flight’ before this one. Also, this series is full of quirky, socially awkward, and badly behaved characters, underpinned with dark humor. It is not a traditional romance and there is no guarantee of happy ever afters.

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Neeny Boucher

 

Neeny Boucher is a nom de plume because my real name sounds like a 19th Century suffragette. Originally, I’m from New Zealand and am a long-time supporter of the All Blacks. Currently, I am living in Europe and a trailing spouse, following my husband all over the world for his work. This not only gives me the opportunity to write, but also, experience the world and indulge in one of my favourite past-times: people watching.

My own employment history is varied and ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. All of those experiences and encounters, however, have allowed me to collect amazing stories, which now form the basis of my writings.

I have always loved the weird, the outcast and those on the margins of society because they see the world in a different way. These are the people my characters are based around.

I have a BA Hons (English and Pacific Studies) and a PhD in Sociology/Indigenous Studies.

Presently, I am working on the Complicated Love Series. Book One, Lost in Flight, was released in 2013. Book Two, Ties that Bind, is scheduled for release in 2014.

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