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Title: Three Christmases
Authors: Kat Bastion & Stone Bastion
Release Day: November 17, 2014
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As the holiday season approaches in this fourth book in the No Weddings Series, Cade Michaelson strives to be better at balancing work and love, and Hannah Martin’s growing ability to trust is put to the test.
Lust and friendship brought us together, but with the increasing demands of my two businesses, Hannah’s thriving bakery, and our successful event-planning company, stability becomes my focus.
Then a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity takes me to the West Coast, and everything goes into a tailspin.
Laughter, love, and excitement fill our lives, but Cade refuses to settle into the wonderful bliss we’ve found—he wants spectacular fireworks and an unshakable foundation. Driven like no one I’ve ever met, Cade insists a dream job across the country will be better for our future together, but I worry about whether we can survive the present apart.
When intimate time diminishes…and lives get more hectic…
Will a little bit of faith be all that it takes? Or will the sacrifice to get there be too great?
I think I have my act together as a successful bar owner, my master’s degree within reach, and a list of no-strings-attached women warming my bed. Turns out, I don’t.
Hannah believes she has safeguarded her wounded heart by shunning men and focusing on her new baking business. The thing is, she hasn’t.
When my three sisters and I form an event-planning business with Hannah as our baker, I have no idea how my life is about to change. As Hannah and I work closely together, the attraction between us becomes irresistible. And complicated. I’ve promised my sisters I wouldn’t mix business with pleasure. But I’ve never been one to follow the rules.
The stakes climb higher in this second book in the No Weddings Series for Hannah Martin, a woman restrained by her past, and Cade Michaelson, the man who could help set her free.
I’m drawn to Cade as he charms his way into more of my life and offers me something I truly haven’t ever had: a friend. Yet his humor, patience, and drop-dead sexiness take my breath away, and I know my heart is at risk. I want to move forward but am terrified I can’t.
Cade seems to have it together from his own devastating heartache. His subtle actions, however, suggest a different story. And even though he says he wants more, I wonder if he’s able to trust in our developing relationship.
As we navigate through our tangled feelings, we vow to take it slow. Yet no matter how careful we try to be, things between us intensify—and there’s nothing we can do, or want to do, to stop it.
But the biggest question remains: Is chemistry enough to move beyond the past and toward a future together?
Two Bar Mitzvahs
Summer heats up in this third book in the No Weddings Series, where Cade Michaelson strives to balance his and Hannah Martin’s new relationship with the growing demands of his financial success.
Waiting for Hannah has been the best and worst kind of torture. Now I can claim her as mine. We believe we’re done with the past and can move forward together.
Hannah grows stronger than ever as she trusts in me—trusts in us. And when obstacles appear, she shows a surprising fierceness that rivals my own.
However, all is not perfect in paradise. Things get chaotic while I try to juggle multiple businesses, an ex from hell, and a girlfriend I’d do anything to keep. And in the middle of the whirlwind, I recklessly think I can handleeverything.
But when all the madness is over, will I have everything I want—will I still have Hannah?
Coming January 5th
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About this dynamic duo
Award-winning and bestselling romance author Kat Bastion has teamed up with her husband Stone Bastion to create the new contemporary romance series No Weddings.
A few factoids about the writing team…
Kat enjoys her chocolate rich and dark, her music edgy and soul-filling, and her vacations exotic with toes dug into the sand. And she’s wildly, madly, deeply in love with Stone.
Stone likes pounding the trails on a mountain bike, vibrating the sound system with rock music, and down time spent on a stand up paddleboard. And he loves Kat wildly, madly, deeply…and then some.
Together, they’re having a blast bringing fun-filled romantic stories to life and hope you’ll join them in the exciting adventure.
Kat’s first published work, Utterly Loved, was a twentieth anniversary gift of love poems to Stone that they decided to share with the world to benefit charity. Net proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of net proceeds from all their books, go toward charities involved in the fight against human trafficking.
Kat and Stone live amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
About Kat Bastion
I’m fortunate to have won several awards for my paranormal romance writing in the first novel of the Highland Legends Series. The first two books are now available on Amazon:
Forged in Dreams and Magick
Bound by Wish and Mistletoe (a novella)
Slated for release in Winter 2014/2015:
~ Born of Mist and Legend
~ Found in Flame and Moonlight
Please also visit the Charity Support and Awareness page on both my blog and website, outlining how a portion of the proceeds of all of my books will go to charities that fight against human trafficking.
About Stone Bastion
I’m thrilled to be co-authoring with Kat Bastion, my wife, in a contemporary romance series…
No Weddings (Out Now)
One Funeral (Out Now)
Two Bar Mitzvahs (Out Now)
Three Christmases (11/10/14)
…plus a romantic nightcap novella
For Valentine’s (1/5/14)
Find me on Twitter at @StoneBastion
Visit our blog at http://talktotheshoe.com/
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The perfect balance between sweet, sexy and heart-rending. This beautiful story about love and acceptance, both of self and others is now tied as my favorite hockey romance. Catherine Gayle not only writes strong appealing heroes, she writes witty, smart and courageous heroines you can’t help but love while you enjoy reading.
When Keith and Brie first meet, it’s under false names and half-truths. It was supposed to be for one night, but it left a strong and lasting impression on both. When they inadvertently meet again, neither is willing to let go.
“I hadn’t been able to get her off my mind in the months since that night… I wanted to get to know her. I wanted to help her find her confidence again… I wanted to kiss her again. And more. I wanted a fucking hell of a lot more.”
But Brie can’t see she’s as beautiful on the outside as she is within and Keith won’t let anyone in because of his heartbreaking past. They both want more, but can they leave history where it belongs in order to have a future?
Catherine did a phenomenal job of portraying Keith. She captured his conflict between the guilt he felt from his youth that clearly still haunted him but also fueled his motivations in the present. He hides the damaged and broken parts of himself well, but when they surface I couldn’t help but suffer along with him. He’s my best kind of hero, tough and hard on the outside but a caring and kind soul on the inside.
“I wanted to know why he was so desperate to keep that part of himself private. I wanted to know what was so painful that it caused that pinched crease on his forehead. I might try to hide my body, but he was hiding so much more than that.”
Brie is so charming and easy to identify with. Catherine did equally wonderful work in depicting Brie who besides being sympathetic and gentle and despite her issues of self-worth was strong and determined to find herself. She felt incredibly real.
“Brie was a real, live, in-the-flesh woman who seemed to have completely lost herself. I wanted to help her find herself again. Maybe in the process, she could help me find myself. Or find the man I was trying to become, at least.”
These two burn up the pages with their scorching chemistry.
She took a deep breath and I watched her chest rise and fall with it. “Can I… Do you mind if I kiss you?”
“I’d mind if you didn’t.”
But besides the sexy heat and the sweet romance, I can always bank on the fact that Catherine includes the close knit family that conform the Portland Storm hockey team. Bringing back past characters and having them support each other while letting us enjoy keeping up with them.
And what’s better than hockey, romance and camaraderie? A story that also touches serious issues such as the effects of peer pressure and homophobia that made this book heartfelt and raw.
“I’d only caved in to peer pressure… I knew I was a worthless piece of shit, but that I was going to do everything possible to make a better man of myself.”
This story took me through a range of emotions. From painful heartache, teary eyed family reunions,
“you’re my fucking brother and I fucking miss you, you ass.”
happy friendship support, hope, love and lust. I wanted to pace myself reading and stretch-out the reading delight.
“You’ve already given me something.” Had I? I’d given her my heart, but I wasn’t sure she knew that yet.
I also loved that even with its depth there was no over the top drama, just mature grownups struggling but learning with each passing moment and interaction together with the people in their lives. The story made me care about all the characters involved and not just Keith and Brie.
If you like reading about sports, romance written with emotion that leaps off the page, Catherine Gayle’s Portland Storm series is perfect for you.
* Each book in the series can be read as a standalone but it’s best to read in order. HEA. Told from both point of view.
** ARC graciously provided by author. Excerpts are from that copy. **
I want it all. Whips and chains. Hearts and kisses.
Viola was the first woman I ever tied up. We had one of those brief but intense summer romances.
OK, so I screwed that up. But now, years later, I’ve got a second chance.
The thing is, she doesn’t trust me. I write novels about a brutal spymaster whose craving for blood and torture is insatiable. Hidden in my home is an authentic medieval dungeon. I’m a connoisseur of finely-wrought leather floggers, silken ropes, the restrictive corset, the binding cuff.
I don’t mean to frighten her. But hey, I want it all. Whips and chains. Hearts and kisses. Mastery and submission, pleasure and pain. I’m looking for that special partner–somebody to torment, somebody to love.
The door to my dungeon is open. It is up to her to walk in.
The Dangerous Hero is a contemporary romance novel by USA Today bestselling author and Rita Award Winner, Linda Barlow.
About Linda Barlow
Linda Barlow is the author of 23 novels in various genres, including family sagas, historical and contemporary romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, and general mainstream fiction.
Publishers have included Doubleday, Dell, Penguin, Warner Books, New American Library/Signet, Berkley/Putnam, Silhouette and Harlequin. Her books have been translated into approximately 20 foreign languages.
Her romances have won numerous industry awards, including the Rita from Romance Writers of America (1989), Best New Historical Romance Author from Romantic Times (1986) and a Lifetime Achievement award from Romantic Times. She also contributed two essays to Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women, a collection of scholarly essays on the enduring appeal of the romance. This book won the Susan Koppelman Award for Excellence in Feminist Studies of Popular Culture and American Culture in 1993.
Linda is now indie publishing and loving it! She is updating her backlist and writing new novels, too. The first book to be rewritten and indie-published is the new edition of her classic historical romance, Fires of Destiny, which was a finalist for the Rita Award in 1987 (available now!).
Linda served as President of Novelists, Inc. in 1992 and did two three-year terms on the Executive Council of the Authors Guild in the 1990s. She was Romance Writers of America’s keynote speaker at the annual conference in 1989.
When she is not at her computer writing, she is likely to be reading. She can’t imagine what her life would be like without books!
Finding Southern Comfort
by Barbara Lohr
Windy City Romance #0.5
Publication Date: November 17, 2014
Also in this series: Her Favorite Mistake, Her Favorite Honeymoon, Her Favorite Hot Doc
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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She’s not what he wanted…
but she is what he needs.
Harper Kirkpatrick is not what Cameron Bennett expects for the bachelor party in his Savannah mansion. She’s desperate when he sends her home. Jobs are scarce and eviction looms. Former boyfriend Billy took off for California and she’s too proud to head home to Chicago.
Although Cameron may not go for her cheerleader kicks, he does admire Harper’s spunk. When she answers his ad for a nanny, she’s horrified to find herself back at his mansion. But she can’t turn down the generous salary or Bella, the toddler with troubled eyes. Youngest in the Kirkpatrick clan, Harper’s not an expert on kids. Neither is the young widower.
Her head-strong personality soon puts her at odds with Cameron and his TV personality girlfriend, Kimmy Carrington. When she stands in for Kimmy at a Savannah gala, Harper and Cameron spark a fire that nearly burns down the dance floor. Never has the wrong man felt so right. Never has a boy from the south worked so hard to rev up the charm. Will the Windy City girl be able to put the heart back in his home? Can he convince her that his southern comfort has staying power?
About Barbara Lohr
Barbara Lohr writes contemporary romance, adult as well as New Adult, often with a humorous twist. Her early career included teaching writing and lit, while writing theater and book reviews for the local newspaper. When her career broadened to advertising and marketing, her love of literature and writing remained. Eventually, national magazines published more than two hundred of her short stories. Today she concentrates on novels and novellas with feisty women who take on hunky heroes and life’s issues. Barbara lives in the Midwest with her husband and their cat, who insists he was Heathcliff in another life. In addition to travel, her interests include outwitting the deer that insist on sharing her beloved garden. Her Windy City Romances series present Vanessa, Amy and McKenna and the men who are a match for these three high school friends.
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Justin Haas and Alyse Mosell have been best friends since they were ten years old, and more than a decade later not much has changed. After a bitter break up with her fiancé, Alyse moves in with Justin to mend her life and her broken heart. But, one night of drinking and harmless flirting soon morphs into a passion that’s been simmering under the surface for years. One of them is willing to take a chance on romance; the other is trying to take their heart and run. And it will take nothing short of a Christmas miracle to keep their friendship – and what could be love – from falling apart around them.
They were close and Justin had never crossed that line of friendship with her. But, that didn’t mean she didn’t see the way he looked at her. Curiosity was just under the surface of his eyes when they glanced over her body every so often. The moments when he looked at her like that were emblazoned in her memory, just like that first kiss.
His eyes on her body when he came to pick her up for a night out; his hands on her thigh when he leaned over to get something in the backseat of his car, his fingers grazing her skin for longer than necessary. The times when they were leaning over the railing of the pier and she felt him leaning in closer to her, or the way he couldn’t close his mouth when he saw her in her prom dress. And then there was the way he’d given the subtle, dirty eyeball to any guy she dated, the same look he’d given Chris the first time he met him. She wasn’t blind. She’d just chosen not to see.
About the Author
Kaia Bennett is a native of New Jersey, a college graduate and U.S. Army veteran who loves music, movies, astrology, tattoos, martial arts, animals and, of course, the written word. She heard the siren call of the writer as a teenage girl, but took her sweet time answering it until she had lived and loved enough to share her work with the masses.She is an erotic author who loves to write stories with diversity, depth, realism and viscerally hot encounters that flirt shamelessly with the taboo. A lover of all genres and a voracious reader, she aims to write stories that are transformative for her characters and readers alike.