Saturday, March 26, 2016

Review: Night Shift

Night Shift Night Shift by Bianca D'Arc
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This third book in the series starts out with us seeing Zak's new job duties as the Sheriff's Deputy. He is still on duty watching out for the Baker sisters after the reporter showed up in the last book. He has drawn the night shift duty watching over Tina. What happens when yet another stranger shows up in town? Who stumbles inside the bakery and what happens? Why does Zak tell Tina to get upstairs and stay there? After she leaves and help has been called for, what does Zak do that could be considered incredibly stupid? What happens when John and the Sheriff walk in while the incident is taking place? When Zak asks Tina out on an official date of a picnic, after the incident at the bakery, When Zak and Tina take a walk down by the water, what happens? Why does the calvary come charging in? What happens after the town meeting is called to discuss what happened with Tina and Zak at the cove? What 'delivery' is made at the bakery and who is it from? What comes in the mail for Tina? Who is it from? What does she do about it and what dream does she set in motion for someone? Read this book to find out. Another fun read!

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Review: Mating Dance

Mating Dance Mating Dance by Bianca D'Arc
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Once again, we find ourselves in Grizzly Cove. This time we're following the middle sister of the Baker sisters, Ashley. We also get to meet the town lawyer, Tom. Wow, what I found out about Ashley in this book just blew my mind way. A person in her first job with the ink still fresh on their university degree should never go through the hell she went through. What happens when Tom asks to speak with her youngest sister, Tina? What does Ashley think? Why? I love watching shifters find their mates in the books. it is always a fun moment to read about. When they realize that the person of the opposite sex, or even same sex is....THE ONE. Which one is it that Tom is attracted to? What happens when his bear sits up and pays attention to her? In the first book, we learned Ashley is the brains, Tina is the beauty and Nell was somewhere in the middle. I'd like to think more the brawn. Which of Ashley and Tina does Tom end up attracted to? We get to learn more about the town's residents as Tom talks to the person he has chosen, about their military service with John, the Alpha. When Ashley's past comes back to haunt her, what happens with the Clan? Who stands behind her? What happens to the reporter that has tracked Ashley down? This was another fun read in the series. I cannot wait to read Night Shift. I suspect it will be Tina's book, because she works the night shift at the bakery.

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Review: All About the Bear

All About the Bear All About the Bear by Bianca D'Arc
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in a series of books from Grizzly Cove in Washington state. A group of Alpha Bears have banded together to form a community. They were apparently military together. This is a group of men that he has been the leader for and the others respect him and his leadership skills. Will this idea of John's work? Will the men follow him? Can they bring in female bears that may be looking for mates and make this a community? What happens if a human wanders into their midst? What will they do then? What happens when Nell, Ashley and Tina Baker come to Grizzly Cove and want to open a bakery? Will they allow these human women into their midst? I could not stop laughing when a stranger walked into the bakery one day while the Sheriff was just getting ready to eat lunch. When the man spoke, the Sheriff took some exception to a few things. What happened was the funniest thing in the world. What happens after the stranger is taken to jail by John, the Alpha of the town, the Sheriff has to deal with Nell and what she has seen. Her reactions are priceless. Nell's unexpected lesson really opened up a whole new world for her. It was a blast to read this book!
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Release Day Blitz Devoted by Kira Johns

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DEVOTED
Satan’s Rebels MC Book 5
Kira Johns
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RELEASE DATE: 03.26.16
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“There are two types of pain in this world – the pain that hurts you and the pain that changes you.”
I chose to walk down a dark path in life believing I was the one in control. I was wrong. Overcoming my addiction was just the first step in my recovery. The club gave me a reason to continue the climb, but it was meeting Bella that gave me a purpose. I never meant to fall for Bella, but loving her was too easy. She completes me in a way I never thought possible.
“The dark is unending. There are always demons lurking in the shadows.”
Forgetting the past is never an option, especially when facing it terrifies you.  I thought I’d never be able to move on, until I met him. Blake Andrews didn’t just save me, he showed me what true love was all about.
“With pain comes strength. With strength comes peace.”
Fate brought Blake and Bella together, but it takes more than just love to forge a bond that will last a lifetime. It takes someone completely… DEVOTED.
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EXCERPT
“So what if I use every now and then?” I ask, not bothering to hide my frustration.  “So does Maze. You’re making a big deal out of nothing.” “Maze isn’t my son!” she snaps. “And there’s a big fuckin’ difference between a little weed and fuckin’ heroin! So yeah, this is a big damn deal, Blake!” “Look Mom, I’ve got this under control.” It’s a lie, plain and simple. She knows it and deep down so do I. “No, you don’t Blake,” she murmurs, her eyes filling with tears once again. “What do you fuckin’ want from me?!” I shout out in frustration. “I want you to get help! Let me help you, Blake,” she pleads. “I don’t need your help, you stupid fuckin’ bitch!” I roar, slamming my palm onto the dash, instantly regretting my outburst. She says nothing for several moments, but the look in her eyes speaks volumes. “Get out,” she whispers, her tone tortured. When I don’t budge, she lets out a rushed breath. “Get. Out.” Her voice is stern and unforgiving.  
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kira Johns was born and raised in the southeastern US, where she works during the day as a paralegal in the criminal defense field. When she's not working or writing, Kira spends her free with her husband, children and pets. She enjoys spending time outdoors, whether on a boat or on the back of a bike. Kira, her husband and children are all avid competition shooters. She is also a huge supporter of Feathered Friends Forever, the Nation's Largest Non-Profit Tropical Parrot Rescue and Sanctuary located in Harlem, GA. Not only does Kira donate a portion of all her sales to this worthy organization, she also dedicates her time to helping the many birds at the facility. The Satan's Rebels MC Series was the beginning of Kira's venture into writing. Destroyed, the first novella in the series, was released in August 2014. Destined, Book 2 in the series was released in September 2014, with Deserved, Book 3, having been released in October 2014. Damaged, Book 4 in the series, was released in February 2015, and was strictly written for the die hard fans of the Satan's Rebels Series that requested it. SOCIAL MEDIA Email: AuthorKiraJohns@gmail.com Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/SatansRebelsMC Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8431509.Kira_Johns Website: www.authorkirajohns.com

COVER REVEAL MEDIA KIT for BORN INTO DESTINY by Shelly Morgan

"Destiny isn't made, it's born."

BORN INTO DESTINY by Shelly Morgan
Forsaken Sinners MC Series, #2.5
Coming April 5th from Limitless Publishing!
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An uncertain future is all Dani DeChenne ever expected—and she was right. 

A woman usually has a sixth sense about being pregnant. But a tattoo artist who never intended on being a mother—not so much. Instead, she passes out at the gym, and her boyfriend, Zane Hendricks, is the first to find out while she is still unconscious. 

To say Zane is over the moon would be an understatement. But Dani’s lonely childhood with an absent mother makes her afraid of becoming a parent herself. What if she sucks at it and her child ends up hating her? 

With every fear, there’s hope for a brighter future. 

Once Dani gets over the shock, her heart is set on the family she and Zane will build together. But the bliss is short-lived as her pregnancy progresses and Zane’s duties keep him away. Depression sets in, and Dani feels more alone than ever. 

It isn’t until an old high school friend drifts into town that Dani has someone to talk to. Jax Reynolds is there on business, looking for a permanent job in security. When Zane catches wind of some guy hanging around his pregnant girlfriend, hospitality flies out the window. But by some miracle, the three become good friends, and Dani finally has the stability she always wanted. 

Or so she thought. 

When tragedy strikes, every second makes the difference between a bright future or a disastrous fate. And beyond the immediate danger threatening to ruin Dani and Zane’s lives, an even more treacherous secret might be the one thing that can destroy it all forever. 

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════ MEET AUTHOR SHELLY MORGAN ════ 
I grew up in a small town in Iowa. I have 2 older sisters and amazing parents. Growing up, I was always a daddy’s girl, hanging out with him in the garage, fishing, and building stuff. I loved to play softball and swimming, but reading, telling stories, and writing were my passion, even at a young age. I took a break from writing for a while, but you could always find me with a book in my hand.

I have three children – two boys and a girl. They are my whole world. Even when I’m having the worst day ever, they brighten up my day and make me smile.

A few years ago, there was this story that would always play out in my head and no matter how many times I went through it, from beginning to end, it would never fade. So I decided to put it on paper. I didn’t plan on publishing it, but when it was almost done, a friend asked to read it. She said it was a story that needed to be shared. And that’s what started my writing career.

I love all genres of books, and even though I started with writing MC Romance, I have a whole book of ideas, so you can expect more from me than just MC, though romance is in my blood.

Even though I currently work two jobs, my ultimate dream is to become a full time author. I want to be able to spend my days filling pages with stories. I want to be the reason people find a reason to smile or laugh from lines on a page. Reading a book allows me to live in someone else’s shoes, even if only for a few minutes. It’s a way to leave my life and troubles behind and I want to be help others do that as well.

Cast in Shadow Blog Tour

✯✯Cast in Shadow✯✯
-Revelations Series Book 3-
Releases March 22nd!

Blurb:
The final seals of the apocalypse are within the enemy’s grasp. Our trio—the demon, the shapeshifter, and the succubus—continue to battle the djinn hell-bent on world domination. With God and Lucifer missing, Heaven and Hell are more vulnerable than ever, while Earth has been reduced to a battleground of famine and despair. Will Lenny, Drew and Polly be able to unmask the Master and stop their evil plan? Or will the djinn succeed and our heroes find that their world has been forever Cast in Shadow?

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About the Authors

Lisa Lane has been writing dark speculative fiction for over twenty-five years. She has ten published novels and dozens of published short stories. She is married to editor and educator Thomas B. Lane Jr. and currently resides in the outskirts of Sin City.

Her published works include the traditional Gothic horror novel, Finding Poe; the World-Mart trilogy, a dystopian tribute to Orwell, Serling, and Vonnegut; the dark allegorical tale, Myths of Gods; Revelations, a collaborative urban fantasy trilogy; and the dramatic horror novella series, Jane the Hippie Vampire.


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Jaime Johnesee lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. She spent fourteen years as a zookeeper before shifting her focus to writing full time. Known for her bestselling horror comedy series, Bob the Zombie, she is also currently coauthoring the paranormal horror series, Revelations, for Devil Dog Press as well as her Samantha Reece series.

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Christine Sutton is the author of more than fifteen short stories, novellas and novels. While she tends to cross genres within horror, she is always passionate about scaring the hell out of you.

Her passion would have to be serial killer fiction, but she also loves ghosts, ghouls, demons and monsters of all types. Christine's work ranges from modern day fairy tales to demonic soul eaters to ghostly children that just want to play. Her writing has been called passionate, realistic, gritty, fun, enthralling and tons of other cool adjectives.

You, too can pick up some of Christine's work and come up with some cool adjectives of your own. It won't be hard. I promise.

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Friday, March 25, 2016

RELEASE BOOST & BLOG TOUR HEMINGWAY’S HOPE BY J.C. THOMPSON



RELEASE BOOST & BLOG TOUR
HEMINGWAY’S HOPE
BY J.C. THOMPSON
RELEASE DATE: 
March 7th, 2016




Hemingway has spent her life trying to earn love she was never going to get. Not capable of earning the love of her mom, she found what she thought was a lifelong love, until it wasn't. When she meets Max, the new drummer in her brothers' band, she just might find that love she has been searching her whole life for.

No stranger to pain and heartache. Max has learned from his past, that when you find someone worthy of your love, you give it all. Losing his mom at a young age showed him how fragile life is. He lives life with as few regrets as possible, and when he wants something he fights with all he has to get it.

Hemingway doesn't stand a chance against the force that is Max's love and devotion, not that she would want to.

Will Hemingway be able to move on from her past and open her heart up to love? Will Max be the one to show her the way? Or will they give up and move on when Hemingway is forced to confront her past head on?








When he clears his throat my eyes shoot from his mouth to his eyes. There is a little mischievous glint in them, and I know I was caught watching his mouth for too long.
“Actually,” he starts as he slowly pushes the door wide enough that he can get inside. “I was coming to see you. You haven’t been around for a few days. I drove by your mom’s but your car was never there. So I talked to Becca and she told me you have been hiding here. So I have to ask again. Are you hiding from something?”
I pull the towel tighter around me, feeling more naked than before. When I look back up into his eyes, I notice that his gaze his shifted and he is watching my hands at the top of my towel.
“I already told you I’m not hiding.” I pull a little piece of my hair as I answer. If he notices the nervous habit, he doesn’t say anything.
“And I think you’re lying.” Stepping closer as he speaks in a low gravelly voice.
“I’m not lying. I’ve just been, um, busy.” Each step he takes forward I take one back, until there is nowhere left to step. I’m trapped against the wall. He is standing so close that I can breathe in his fresh scent. With the last step back, I hit the wall a little harder than I expected, I can feel my towel starting to slip.
“Why are you hiding?” he asks so slowly, like maybe if he slows down my stupid brain will understand that he already knows that truth. What am I supposed to say though? “I’m hiding because I had a dream about you, and now I can’t stop thinking about how badly I want you.” Or “I’m hiding because I’m a coward and can’t face the pull that I feel when I’m close to you.” Instead I go with the only thing I can think that might convince him to leave me alone.
“I’m not hiding so much as avoiding.” I say with a shrug, trying to keep my voice even.
Leaning in closer he puts a hand on each side of my head. I’m fighting the urge to lean into him.
“What are you avoiding Hem?”
“You.”
“Me?”
“Yes, that’s what I said isn’t it?”
“Why?”
“Because our little nothing of a kiss was a mistake. I didn’t want you to think it was anything more than a weakness I had on an emotional night.”
For the longest minute of my life he doesn’t say anything. I watch his eyes as they bounce back and forth between mine. Only once do I see them slip to my mouth.
“Huh,” there was that smirk again, God the things he could get me to agree to if only he knew the power behind that sexy smirk. Then again, maybe he did know. Maybe that’s why he uses it. “It was a little nothing kiss?”
“Uh huh”
“So if I kissed you now you wouldn’t enjoy it either?”
“Nope”
“Really? Is that why your eyes are darkening? Is that why your breathing has deepened? Is that why I can see your pulse thumping, right here?” he lightly taps the pulse point at the base of my throat. Am I that obvious? Can he tell by looking into my eyes how much I want him to do just that? How badly I want him to reach out and take what he wants from me?
Unable to speak, I just nod in response. I’m no longer sure if I am agreeing that I do want him to kiss me, or if I am confirming that it meant nothing. Which is total fucking lie.
Lifting my face with his fingers under my chin, he leans in to whisper. “You can lie to your friends. Hell you can lie to your brothers. Don’t ever fucking lie to me. Especially not about wanting me.”
I don’t get a chance to answer before his lips crush down onto mine. There is nothing slow and soft about this kiss. This is so different than what we shared just a few days before. Running his hand around to the back of my head, he lightly pulls my hair gaining better access to my mouth. As he deepens the kiss I bring my arms up wrapping them around his neck. His lips continue to move against mine, and I know he is waiting, trying to encourage me to open my mouth to him. When I feel his tongue move across the seam of my lips, I let out a small gasp, opening my mouth just enough to give him access. His tongue slowly dances across mine. When I feel him start to pull back, like he might break the connection, I gently bite down on his lower lip. Causing a low growl to come from deep in his chest, as his hips push forward into mine. Oh god, the feel of him warm and hard against my hot wet center. I couldn’t stop the moan that escaped even if I had wanted to, which I didn’t. Moving his mouth from mine and slowly trailing kisses down my neck and across my shoulder. I feel the hand that isn’t wrapped up in my hair, slowly slide down my side and across my hip so that he can find his way around to my ass. Gripping my butt he pulls me to him, to feel how hard he is against me. I can hear myself whimper as he bites down on my shoulder, just enough to sting, but not enough to hurt. Soothing the sting away with his tongue. He slides his other hand around to the other side of my butt and lifts me. Wrapping my legs around his waist.
“Where is your room Hem?”





Author JC Thompson was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Where she currently lives with her high school sweetheart, two little girls, and five furry kids (3 cats and 2 dogs). JC loves to read romance, the smuttier the better. She is a self-proclaimed book addict that likes to get lost in a false reality anytime possible.
Hemingway’s Hope is JC’s debut novel, and it won’t be the last.

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Cover Reveal for Born Into Destiny by Shelly Morgan

"Destiny isn't made, it's born."

BORN INTO DESTINY by Shelly Morgan
Forsaken Sinners MC Series, #2.5
Coming April 5th from Limitless Publishing!
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An uncertain future is all Dani DeChenne ever expected—and she was right. 

A woman usually has a sixth sense about being pregnant. But a tattoo artist who never intended on being a mother—not so much. Instead, she passes out at the gym, and her boyfriend, Zane Hendricks, is the first to find out while she is still unconscious. 

To say Zane is over the moon would be an understatement. But Dani’s lonely childhood with an absent mother makes her afraid of becoming a parent herself. What if she sucks at it and her child ends up hating her? 

With every fear, there’s hope for a brighter future. 

Once Dani gets over the shock, her heart is set on the family she and Zane will build together. But the bliss is short-lived as her pregnancy progresses and Zane’s duties keep him away. Depression sets in, and Dani feels more alone than ever. 

It isn’t until an old high school friend drifts into town that Dani has someone to talk to. Jax Reynolds is there on business, looking for a permanent job in security. When Zane catches wind of some guy hanging around his pregnant girlfriend, hospitality flies out the window. But by some miracle, the three become good friends, and Dani finally has the stability she always wanted. 

Or so she thought. 

When tragedy strikes, every second makes the difference between a bright future or a disastrous fate. And beyond the immediate danger threatening to ruin Dani and Zane’s lives, an even more treacherous secret might be the one thing that can destroy it all forever. 

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════ Forsaken Sinners MC Series ════
Book 1: Rewriting Destiny: http://amzn.to/1MAjRMg
Book 2: Fighting Destiny: http://amzn.to/1ReitV4

════ MEET AUTHOR SHELLY MORGAN ════ 
I grew up in a small town in Iowa. I have 2 older sisters and amazing parents. Growing up, I was always a daddy’s girl, hanging out with him in the garage, fishing, and building stuff. I loved to play softball and swimming, but reading, telling stories, and writing were my passion, even at a young age. I took a break from writing for a while, but you could always find me with a book in my hand.

I have three children – two boys and a girl. They are my whole world. Even when I’m having the worst day ever, they brighten up my day and make me smile.

A few years ago, there was this story that would always play out in my head and no matter how many times I went through it, from beginning to end, it would never fade. So I decided to put it on paper. I didn’t plan on publishing it, but when it was almost done, a friend asked to read it. She said it was a story that needed to be shared. And that’s what started my writing career.

I love all genres of books, and even though I started with writing MC Romance, I have a whole book of ideas, so you can expect more from me than just MC, though romance is in my blood.

Even though I currently work two jobs, my ultimate dream is to become a full time author. I want to be able to spend my days filling pages with stories. I want to be the reason people find a reason to smile or laugh from lines on a page. Reading a book allows me to live in someone else’s shoes, even if only for a few minutes. It’s a way to leave my life and troubles behind and I want to be help others do that as well.

cover today and the pre-order link Pink Shade of Words: A Fifty Shades of Pink Anthology

Pink Shade of Words: 
A Fifty Shades of Pink Anthology
by
Ruth Clampett
Cambria Hebert
K. A. Hunter
Jade C. Jamison
Liv Morris
Raine Miller
Emma Nichols
Melanie Shawn
Master Organizer: Glorya Hidalgo
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba
Formatter: Julie Prestsater

Thank You to Everyone who has donated their talents & time to this worthy cause!

Pink Shades of Words is a collaboration of 8 never before seen short stories from 8 New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors. These authors come together to bring you a collection of romance that is a must read for book lovers including New Adult, Contemporary, Erotica, and Dark Romance.
Titles Are:
Let's Pretend by Ruth Clampett
Mr. X by Cambria Hebert
Indemnity by K.A. Hunter
Escaping the Cocoon by Jade C. Jamison
Hard Luck by Liv Morris
Filthy Rich (Blackstone DYNASTY 1) by Raine Miller
The Decoy by Emma Nichols
Book Boyfriend by Melanie Shawn

Pink Shades of Words will only be available for purchase from April 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016! So, purchase your copy now!
All proceeds will benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer through the Fifty Shades of Pink team.
All proceeds go to Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Last year, $3,500 was raised - 
Let's top that this year!

SWEETEST VENOM by Mia Asher



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Blaire’s epic love story concludes in Sweetest Venom
by Mia Asher!

Add to your TBR at:http://bit.ly/1PmvdmR

Cover Designer:  Mae I Design
RELEASE DATE:  April 3rd, 2016



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Blurb
Ronan
I fell in love with a lie …
She was beauty and destruction.
Kissing her was a tender song.
Fucking her, a wild poem.
Loving her, my downfall.
But she was mine.
Or so I thought.

Lawrence
I told her I wanted her body
and not her love.
I lied.

Blaire
One man offered me his love.
The other, the world.
I'm falling, falling, falling …
And there's no end in sight.


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Haven’t met Blaire yet? Now is your chance, Easy Virtue is NOW ON SALE!
Grab your $0.99 copy at the following retailers:
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About the Author:
Mia Asher
My name is Mia Asher.
I'm a writer, a hopeless romantic, a wanderer, a dreamer, a cynic, and a believer. And, oh yes…I might be a bit crazy - but who isn't?




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Release Day Blitz - Buy Me Bundle by Alexa Riley




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 The Mistresses have been bundled together and now include the novella His First and Only, which was in the For the First Time bundle.
This book includes the entire BUY ME series, featuring a menage, a light BDSM story, a virgin hero and heroine, and a winter/summer romance.
There’s a taste for everyone in here, so go on and take a bite.

Warning: BUY ME is full of alpha heroes, sassy heroines, and lots of gooey steam. It’s sweet enough, dirty enough, and gosh darn it, people love it.





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“If you don’t stop, I’m going to take you back to the room and give you what you’ve been begging for. Or is that what you’re after?”
Mandy giggles and leans into Charles, and I watch from behind them, trying my best not to eavesdrop. It’s not hard to overhear from just a few paces away, and I’m also trying my best not to look envious of the couple, but I can’t help that either.
I clear my throat to remind the casino owner that I’m still here, and they turn to look as if surprised to see me. Mandy blushes and looks away while Charles just smiles his devilish grin. Mr. and Mrs. Townsend have built the Snake Eyes casino into something wonderful, and I’m here today to talk about some opportunities for our casinos to work together.
I’ve owned the Blue Diamond casino for a few years now, taking it from a downtrodden, shabby dive to a shining jewel. I’ve been looking to expand some of our entertainment venues, and Charles is looking for the same. If we are able to work together, we both look to double our revenue, and it’s hard to turn down something like that. It’s unusual for casinos to promote one another, but Charles and I are birds of a feather. We both have a head for business and a strong work ethic. Although since Charles has gotten married, I can see he’s slowed down just a bit.
I would have slowed down with Tiffany. The thought enters my mind before I can stop it, and it hits me in the gut. I’m usually in better control of myself than that, but being close to a couple who are obviously so in love is eating away at me. My jealousy is palpable, and I have the urge to go throw up.
For years I searched for her. Do you know how many Tiffany Smiths are in the world? Fifty-two thousand, seven hundred and fifty-nine. And that’s assuming she didn’t change her name. I’ve gone through countless private detectives and more money than a normal man could make in a lifetime trying to find her. False hope and women pretending to be her have broken me over the years. I’ve built my empire in the hopes that one day she might find me. Hell, I even named my casino after her. I’ll never forget her bright blue eyes. I see them every time I close my own. Somewhere in my heart, I always thought we would find one another, but maybe she’s with someone else, moved on. The thought makes me clench my fists and grit my teeth. I only have myself to blame. I should have found her by now.
“You doing okay, Ethan?” Charles’s words snap me out of my angry guessing game, and I just nod, following him through the casino lobby.
“Have you seen Foxy’s new show?” Mandy asks, obviously trying to bring us back to business.
“No, I’m afraid I haven’t had the time. But I’ve heard great things.” We pass one of her posters for the old show, and I get a funny feeling in my stomach. It happens every time I see something that reminds me of my Tiffany. The poster is of a woman, turned away from the camera with only her head and shoulders visible. Her hair is white blonde with a pink bow pinned in it. The words Foxy Bow are emblazoned across the bottom in glitter. The picture doesn’t show her face, but the blonde hair makes me think of my girl. This is Vegas, though, and a bottle of bleach is on every street corner.
“Oh, we need to have these changed out. They are the old promotional banners. Come around the front and see the new one. I think they installed it just this morning.”
“Sure, sounds great.” I don’t know why I’m melancholy all of a sudden, but I think it’s because Tiffany is on my mind so much lately.
As we walk through the casino, I try to pay attention to the conversation. Charles and Mandy are discussing plans for the casinos and what they want as far as the future of our partnership is concerned. I spend most of my life working to get noticed by someone I haven’t seen in ten years. Someone who may or may not want to see me. Someone who may or may not even be alive.
I stop that train of thought as soon as it enters my mind. I would know if my soul was gone. I would feel it in my bones if she wasn’t still breathing. I’d know it.
The day I was pulled apart from her was the worst day of my life. When I was put in the back of that cop car by DCP, I begged them to take me back. I knew that if I was separated from her, something bad would happen. If I didn’t have my eyes on her at all times, he would get to her. I just knew her father was waiting for his chance.
When we got down to the police station, it turned out that they had found a relative of mine. I’d gone into foster care after my mother died. I was placed with the Mark family, who just happened to live next to my Tiffany. When I was at the darkest point in my life, it was like God sent her to me. To shine light on my dark world.
They found my grandfather, but he had recently passed, leaving everything he had to me. A pile of money and a casino that wasn’t turning a profit. As soon as the cops let me go, I raced back to Tiffany, only to find her gone. I beat the shit out of her father but later realized he didn't know where she went either. So I started looking for her and building a life for us. Taking what my grandfather left me and increasing it tenfold. For her. For us.
“There she is. Our star.” Mandy waves her hand up, and I follow her line of sight.
I look up, seeing a huge banner stretched across the front entrance of the hotel, and as her ice blue eyes stare back at me, my knees go weak. It’s her. It’s my Tiffany. Clutching my chest, I nearly collapse to the floor, and Charles and Mandy rush to help me.
“Where?” I manage to choke out, but they don’t respond. They look at one another as if they’re confused. Like my whole world isn’t about to explode.
Where is Tiffany?!” I bellow, and it echoes off the black marble walls.
“She’s about to go on stage. What the fuck is wrong, Ethan?” Charles is still holding my arm to steady me, but I break free and run as fast as I can to the other side of the casino. My legs burn and my chest aches. It can’t be possible. It can’t be true. Please God, let it be true.
I don’t know what happens, or who I knock over to get there, but when I get to the entrance, security is there to try to stop me. I feel a sudden rage come over me and I turn, punching someone who puts a hand on me.
I see Charles out of the corner of my eye. He’s holding up his hands and telling people to let me pass. He must see that I’m in a fury that won’t be stopped.
When I get past the entrance, I walk into a dark room, seeing the stage at the end, and I watch the curtains part. A bright light centers on the woman, and all the air leaves my lungs.
Standing there, glowing with perfection, is my girl.


  






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Alexa Riley is two sassy friends who got together and wrote some dirty books. They are both married moms of two who love football, donuts, and obsessed book heroes.
They specialize in insta-love, over-the-top, sweet, and cheesy love stories that don’t take all year to read. If you want something SAFE, short, and always with a happily ever after, then Alexa Riley is for you!
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