Here on Friday Author of: LORD BACHELOR: TAMMY L. BAILEY see: EXCERPT FROM: IN MISTLETOE & TRAILER

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Tammy L. Bailey

Grace Evans is steadily picking up the pieces of everyone else’s life. So, when her younger sister decides to turn into a runaway bride just four weeks before the wedding, Grace, drops everything to chase after her and bring her back home. Only, when the trail leads to Mistletoe, Washington, she finds herself at the mercy of the town’s most handsome and emotionally unavailable bachelor.


Ex-Army officer, Ayden McCabe, has three creeds in life: never make the first move, never fall in love, and never take anyone to Mistletoe’s Christmas Dance. Wanting nothing more than to keep his matchmaking sister from meddling in his personal life, he agrees to help Grace if she agrees to play his girlfriend. Too brunette and meek for his taste, Ayden believes Grace can’t tempt him enough to break any of his creeds. He could not be more wrong.


Ayden downed the rest of his beer, unsure whether what he was about to do was a brilliant idea or one drastic and tragic mistake. He knew nothing about Grace Evans except that she was uncommonly pretty with perhaps more freckles on her small nose than most women he knew. She also appeared a bit unorganized and seemed to carry the weight of the world on her small shoulders. He had no doubt most of that world didn’t even belong to her.
However, she was nice and didn’t seem to want anything from him except a room. As he planned his next move, she exited the bathroom behind Rachel, her fine features perplexed and pinched into careful deliberation. At least she didn’t head straight for the exit; she ambled toward their booth.
When she sat down, she tucked a wisp of dark shoulder-length hair behind an ear, a nervous habit he found innocent and sensual at the same time. Not that he liked to memorize a woman’s attributes; he did find her deep hazel eyes intriguing, especially when she narrowed them in serious thought.
“I guess I was wrong about you. You are very popular around here,” she said, peeking up from her timidity.
He chuckled and sank against the cushioned seat, believing Grace Evans presented him with more problems than he was ready to handle. Yet, he knew she awarded him a solution to at least one of them. On a gamble, he shifted forward and drew out the flyer he’d ripped off the wooden post a few feet from them.
On the table before her, he flattened out the edge and tapped the center where his face lay wrinkled and distorted.
“Not that I agree one should try and find someone who has voluntarily disappeared, but I want to propose a scheme of sorts. I can help you find your sister, but I need something from you in exchange.”
She glanced up, her glittering eyes narrowing to distrusting slits in the muted lamp light. He thought about recanting his thoughts, convinced no one would ever believe she’d caught his attention, for he preferred them taller, a little vain, and more liberated.
This girl, on the other hand, barely cleared his chin, possessed not one conceited bone in her small body, and appeared, at present, as cautious and jittery as a baby rabbit ready to bolt. He waited for the displeasure of such a woman to sink into his gut, causing him to change his mind. When, after a few moments of glancing at her wondrous brown-hazel eyes, his body reacted more with temptation than reluctance.
“You need me, Grace. I can see it. I can feel it. And I can help you.”
IN MISTLETOE: Holiday Romance

I'm a LEO wife, mother, and third-generation veteran. 


I have been writing for thirteen years. My debut novel, LORD BACHELOR, earned second place in The Heart of Excellence, Reader’s Choice Award in 2016. This novel was also featured in InD'tale Magazine for receiving a Crowned Heart Review (4.5 stars). Although I enjoy the contemporary romance genre, my first love is historical romance. There's just something about a man in a pair of Hessian boots.

When I'm not writing, I'm spending time with my husband and two boys, ages 13 and 11. Without their sacrifice and understanding, I would have never been able to pursue my passion of writing or my accomplishment of becoming a published author. 

No matter what I write and read, there ALWAYS has to be a happy ending.

MY KIND OF YOU (Trillium Bay #1)

MY KIND OF YOU                                       TRACY BROGAN

Emily Callaghan never expected to spend another summer on Wenniway Island. Yet here she is, back in her quaint northern Michigan hometown of Trillium Bay, divorced, flat broke, and dragging along her precocious twelve-year-old. It’s a simple arrangement: Emily, a house flipper, will renovate one of her grandmother’s rental properties in exchange for a much-needed loan. Once a wild child, the reformed Emily also hopes to remodel her reputation and show her family she’s all grown up.

But coming home is never simple. Emily’s dad is more distant than ever. Her younger sister is dating a much older man, and Emily’s worried it’s a mistake. The cottage remodel grows increasingly daunting. And then there’s handsome out-of-towner Ryan Taggert…

Ryan has his own family drama. A smart, ambitious land developer, he’s come to Wenniway to rescue his father from the grips of a new girlfriend and protect their family business. But he’s quickly distracted by gorgeous, witty Emily Callaghan.

There’s no denying the attraction between Emily and Ryan. But will their conflicting interests destroy any chance at love? Or will Emily finally get the chance to rebuild her life—and repair her heart?

MY REVIEW:
     This was such a funny book.  As you know I love family sagas.  This one did not disappoint at all.  The standout character would have to be Chloe.  She was a hoot.
     This story was about Emily Callaghan and her daughter Chloe going home to a small island in Michigan for the summer.  Emily has been a single mother for the last 7 years officially but since day one unofficially.
     She has had basically no family support of her choosing because her father (Chief of Police) did not make it easy to reach out and ask for help.  All because being young and impulsive.  She ran off with a non-islander and got married.  At the time, she thought she was in love.  About the time, she realized she made a mistake it was about the time she was pregnant.  Not really ideal.
     She would never regret her marriage ever for just that reason.  When a risky business deal fails beyond bad she asks Gigi (her grandmother) to help her out (not a handout).  To pay her back she agrees that on top of paying her back when the house finally flips that she will remodel her rental cottage.
     On the last stop over they meet Ryan Taggert.  They can’t make the last thirty-minute flight due to engine trouble.  They share a taxi to the actual nearest town.  In route, they find out Ryan’s on his way to the island to save his father from marrying a money hungry bimbo.  Who was putting his claws into his millionaire father?
     Well, let me just say there is a lot more than her claws sinkin’ in, on and around his father that is for sure.  There is a lot of things going on in and on that small town too.  But the best part is Chloe is making new friends and is accepted for who she is and Emily has a work crew with personality and quirks but a lot of heart.  Most of all there’s laughter.  I give this: 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.

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JUST FRIENDS

JUST FRIENDS                                              STACY GOLD

Taya Monroe is trying to pick up the pieces of her failed writing career and broken life after walking out on her cheating fiancĂ©. The last thing she needs is a serious relationship. The last thing she wants is a fling. Then she runs into an old friend and ski partner—the one man she always wanted who never wanted her.

Ski Patroller Jordan Wiley is a single dad with zero time or energy for dating. When he reconnects with Taya, his attraction to her is even stronger than before she left him behind for a career in the city. But with a young son to think about, he’s determined to ignore his feelings. Again.

After a magical day on the slopes, a snow storm traps them in an avalanche of chemistry neither can deny. Will their friendship survive the weight of their passion or will they surface as more than friends?
MY REVIEW:
         This was quick in more ways than one.  Two friends who were back in the day were skiing buddies.  They happened to share.  A kiss during a time when Jordan Wiley had just broken up with his on again off again girlfriend.  He had had always been attracted to Taya Monroe yet, when the kiss happened he couldn’t lose and good thing like a best friend if he messed it up by having a romantic relationship. 
     So, he said it meant nothing to him and that he felt nothing other than friendship for her.  To throw her off.  He did alright.  After grad school, they went their separate ways.  Taya always a little embarrassed that she had kissed him and told him how she felt.  With him saying he was not into her the same way.  They were just friends.
     Let’s just say they lost contact.  Whether it be over this or life in general.  Then one day up on the mountain at a ski lodge parking lot she runs into him.  Actually, he notices and seeks her out.
     It turns out he is on the volunteer ski patrol and he is a firefighter full time.  She’s amazed to see him.  He hasn’t changed.  Although, she knew she had gained several pounds.  When he greets her it’s with a full body hug which does crazy things to her.  To say their chemistry was off the charts is an understatement.
     That is why I was so sad to see the author took this to a quick climax actually and literally.  As well as throwing all the character’s issues into this rosy package like no discussion needed.  The End!  I really liked Jordan but felt Taya was lacking.  I really feel it had something but then dropped the ball.
     I give this: 3 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com. 
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SHOUT OUT: AN AUTHOR’S PLACE: Presents: Parker S. Huntington: Author of: ASHER BLACK

SHOUT OUT:

AN AUTHOR’S PLACE




Author: Parker S. Huntington


He was supposed to kill me.
I had done the unthinkable. I called the cops on him, on his family, but he let me live. We became friends, and then... we fell in love.

Lucy Ives is a foster kid, running from her turbulent past. On her first night in New York City, she accidentally calls the cops on the mafia. But when their fixer comes to kill her, he ends up sparing her life in exchange for a favor—be his fake fiancĂ© or die.




For two years, I was gone. And now, here I am, in danger again and wearing the shirt Steve got me.
The irony isn’t lost on me.
Asher laughs again. It’s a lifeless sound. “You’re a damn ghost, but I don’t think you’re connected to the mafia. I wasn’t sure before, but after meeting you again, I don’t think so.” His eyes peruse my body, causing me to shiver. His full lips curl up in disgust. “I mean look at you. You’re shaking, for fuck’s sake. It’s pathetic.” Those chilling blue eyes narrow on me, and he takes a menacing step closer. “Why’d you call the cops?”
I take a step back and occupy myself by eyeing the floor.
It’s a really interesting floor.
Looks like a floor.
Feels like a floor.
Floor.
Floor.
Floor.
Floor.
Floo—
Asher interrupts my beautiful ode to the floor. “You’re going to have to answer me eventually.”
I keep my eyes trained on my dirty friend, the floor. “I-I… I thought that b-big guy was h-hurting that girl.”
“He was.”
I look up at him, surprised that he would admit it.
He continues, “But that was the point. She knew it. I knew it. He knew it. Everyone that passed them knew it. Everyone but you.”
He takes a step closer, and I try to take one back, but I’m already pressed against the wall. He’s so close now, I can feel his breath on my forehead. I can even smell the mint in it, as cold as the indifference in his eyes.
The look of indifference is replaced by mirth. “Lucy, did you call the cops because you were mad I didn’t finish you off?” His hands trail down my body, resting below my hips. “We can fix that easily.”
When his fingers brush against my jean-clad ass, I shout, “No!” I’m not sure if it’s a reply to his question or a response to his touch.
I can’t believe I ever had the courage to touch this man, though that was before I learned that he’s in the mob. It’s as if the second I found out, my fear extinguished my bravado in its entirety, ensconcing it like a solar eclipse. I can only hope the world will continue to rotate, and one day, the sun will reveal itself—along with my nerve.
The amusement in his face is gone, and he leans down and whispers in my ear, “So, what are we going to do with you?”
Is this where I’m supposed to beg for my life?
I’ll do it if it means I’ll live. I’m building a future for myself at Wilton, and that’s worth begging for. I don’t care if that makes me pathetic or weak. I know my strengths and weaknesses enough to know that I will never get away from this man unless he lets me.
“Don’t kill me.” I look up at him.
Gosh, he’s so close right now.
“Please, don’t kill me,” I beg again, the pleading in my voice so unfamiliar to my own ears.
His smile is patronizing. “I won’t kill you. You’re an innocent. You stepped wrong, but you’re still an innocent.”
“What are you going to do to me?” I wince.
That sounded more suggestive than it was supposed to.
The smirk on his face tells me he heard it, too. He leans even closer, dipping his head so we’re almost eye level with one another. He lifts his finger under my chin and tilts my face up. I let out a shaky breath, and he breathes it in. It’s the most intimate thing I have ever experienced, and I’m not a virgin.
When he speaks, his lips brush lightly against mine. “You’ll owe me a favor.”
My eyes drop to his lips. “A favor?”
Each time we speak, we’re practically kissing, stealing the air from one another but not quite giving it back. I don’t fight it. Frozen in fear and lust and stupidity, I can’t, and that’s frustrating.
What am I doing?
This is a man who has killed before. Hell, a couple hours ago, he was about to kill me. Yet, here I am, brushing my lips against his, stealing his breaths like they’re mine to take. But other than going along with this, I can’t see any other options that don’t end with my body floating in the Hudson River.
A part of me sees this for what it is. A fear tactic. A power play. He’s letting me know that he controls me, reminding me how afraid I am of him. And he’s right. I’m too scared to put up a fight, but I value my education at Wilton too much to run.
He backs away. “A favor. I take it you have a new phone?”
When I nod, still dazed, he holds out his hand. I point to my backpack. He grabs my phone from the front pocket and enters something in. A few seconds later, I hear his phone ringing. He returns my phone to my backpack.
“You have my number. I have yours.”
And then he’s gone without a goodbye. Though he left the door to the stairwell propped open for me, I stand there for an hour, pressed against the wall. Shocked.
I owe a favor to a mobster.
How the Hell did that happen?


Parker S. Huntington is from Orange County, California. She graduated pre-med with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside. As of April 2017, the 21-years-old novelist is still pursuing a Master’s of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Literature and Creative Writing from Harvard University. Go Crimson! 
She has 2 puppies—a German Shepherd mix named Bauer and a husky and lab mix named Chloe—both termed after characters from Fox’s 24. She also lives with her boyfriend of four years—a real life alpha male, book boyfriend worthy hunk of a man. She is currently working on Book 2 of  The Five Syndicates Series, which she hopes to have published by the end of Spring 2017.
Instagram: @parkershuntington
Twitter: @authorPSH

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Let’s Welcome The Author Of: BLOCKED: Elise Faber


Let’s Welcome
Elise Faber
The Author Of:


Rad-Reader:  What was your inspiration behind Brit?

Elise:  I've been playing coed hockey for years now and being the only female in the locker room for many years has brought a lot of both awkward and funny stories. I thought it would be fun to share a few in a fictional world where I could play around with the silliness (and drama) that sometimes happens on a team.

Rad-Reader:  Did you have to do a lot of research on goalies in the NHL to make her character feel so real?
Elise:  I'm glad she felt so real! Playing hockey is the basis of my research. I know several people who have played at high levels as a goalie and it was great to be able to pick their brains for the bits that I didn't know since I've never played that position.

Rad-Reader:  Stefan was an interesting character how did you come up with his back story?

Elise:  I wanted a male lead who was alpha and yet not the traditional He-man, brooding character. I liked the idea that he'd had to be the man of his house from the time he was little. And from personal experience, I know all about dad drama, it was nice to be able to write cathartically and put some of that to rest.

Rad-Reader:  The character Mike Stewart did you base him on one person or a few people?

Elise:  Definitely a few of the people (who shall remain nameless :) ) that I've played with over the years.

Rad-Reader:  I liked Frankie the Coach.  What was your inspiration behind him?

Elise:  I thought Brit needed someone on her side and I wanted him to be a contrast to Bernard. He's based loosely on a soccer coach I had and a SJ Sharks goalie coach from the 2000's, Warren Strelow. I saw a piece on Strelow during that time as he was coaching the players. Though this is definitely shaded through younger eyes and I didn't know him personally, his on-camera interaction was how I pictured a goalie coach should be.

Rad-Reader:  Was this a story you had been wanting to write for a while?

Elise:  Yes! I was dying to find the time to write hockey. I play, my husband plays (which was how we met), my kids play. I also coach women and girls, as well as my boys alongside my Hubs. Our family lives and breathes hockey and it was a blast to create my own mental team.

Rad-Reader:  Did you add the father to Stefan while you were writing the story or did you always plan on him showing up?

Elise:  I'd always planned on him showing up. I wanted a twist and it's on my docket to write a novella featuring Stefan's parents.

Rad-Reader:  What was or was anyone, in particular, the inspiration behind Stefan’s mother’s character?

Elise:  One of my friend's mothers was fighting cancer at the time. It's such a horrible disease that has impacted so many people. I wanted to write about something we've all dealt with.

Rad-Reader:  Your book is one of the few books about hockey romance that also had scenes taking place while the team was practicing.  Was that something you decided on at the onset of the story or did it just happen?  I must say I enjoyed those added scenes.

Elise:  When I first wrote it, I didn't have as many of those scenes, but I ended up adding them in the revising process. Especially with both of the main characters being on the team, practice and games were a large part of their lives. It made sense for them to be in there. Plus, I know from personal experience that a lot of bonding, drama, and hilarity ensues during these. :)

Rad-Reader:  Do you sit down and just start writing or do you come up with an outline and stick to it?

Elise:  I usually have a bare bone outline and an ending. The rest comes along the way.

Rad-Reader:  Did you do anything special either for yourself or your family after you got your first book published?

Elise:  No! The funny thing is that we were supposed to go to a fancy dinner, but as typically happens, life got in the way. 2014 my first book came out and it's 2017 so I'm not thinking that dinner is going to happen! :) But my husband has always been incredibly supportive of my books. I think the reality for most authors is by the time your book comes out, you're working on one-two novels past that and so sometimes it's hard to pause and enjoy the moment.

Rad-Reader:  You had multiple conflicts in Blocked.  How did you decide when to add each one to the story?

Elise:  I think each one was important to the progression of the plot. Brit had to learn to fit in with the team and they had to learn to accept her. Then, of course, there was the chemistry between her and Stefan and their fighting of it—which I think is a logical reaction for two professionals working together. And of course, the media needed to play a part because she and Stefan are scandalous and also that Brit is new and interesting. Plus, conflict is interesting and also a fact of life. I tried to keep it real :)

Rad-Reader:  An out of the way question I was wondering if you follow the women’s National team or men’s or both?

Elise:  I like watching hockey at all levels. I end up not getting to follow all of my teams as closely as I'd like because life gets in the way, but it's a lot of fun to watch both men's and women's hockey (including the fairly new NWHL!)

Rad-Reader:  If your book was made into a movie who would you have play…

Brit:  Gabrielle Reece

Stefan:  Joe Manganiello

Elise:  Oh, I like yours! Here's who I imagine :)

Brit:  Margot Robbie (And fun fact: recently I found out she used to play on a hockey team!)

Rad-Reader:  What song out now best tells the story of your couple or the book overall?
“Seek & Destroy” - Metallica

Elise:  This is my playlist (https://open.spotify.com/user/12150839362/playlist/2GZfi4AjzDQMaanXKlmHvJ) but I end up listening to Ship to Wreck by Florence + the Machine and Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton a lot when I write Gold books.

"Ship" - Wreck by Florence

"Tennessee Whiskey" - Chris Stapleton

Rad-Reader:  What is your next project and when is it coming out?

Elise: I just had two releases in March and April, Block & Tackle (a Gold novella) and Backhand (Gold #2). My next release is May and is a standalone contemporary romcom called Train Wreck.

Rad-Reader:  When did you know you know you wanted to be a writer?

Elise:  Always! I've always had stories, I'm just lucky now I get to share them with the world.

Rad-Reader:  Who was your biggest cheerleader?

Elise:  My husband. Hands down.

Rad-Reader:  What was your deciding straw, as in camel’s back, that made you say, “I’m going to do this for real.”

Elise:  I went to a convention as a reader and an author asked if I wrote. When I said, I hoped to someday, they told me that day would never come unless I sat down and actually wrote. I wrote my first book that year and was published the following.

Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers find your books?

Elise:  My amazon page has all my links (www.amazon.com/author/elisefaber) as well as my website (www.elisefaber.com). I'm also available iBooks, B&N, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers find you on the Web?

Elise:  I have a fan group on Facebook (facebook.com/groups/fabinators) and a Facebook page (facebook.com/elisefaberauthor). I'm also on Instagram @elisefaber  

We would like to thank Elise for being with us.  My hubby was so jazzed meeting her at last years InD'Scribe's Conference.  Because she does a hockey series just like a friend of her's that didn't make it to the weekend so it was fun for them to talk.  Then he was able to hear about her book and walla we score an interview. So, thanks to her she and Marina Adair got my hubby talk that weekend to all the authors it was unreal.  Thanks for that too. :) We hope our schedule works out and we make the conference this year and we hope to see you there again.  Thanks for taking the time to answer hubby's questions.  Now you are a 1 Rad-Reader Misfit too. 
Char

THE COMEBACK (Montgomery University Book 4)

THE COMEBACK #4                                             KATHRYN RENARD

Maddy Cassidy has hit her stride at Montgomery University. She has great friends, stellar grades, and sees no bumps on the road to a drama-free junior year. Classes haven't even started when sparks fly between her and Elijah Hart, a moody Navy SEAL who's landed in academia after a devastating battlefield experience. He's not planning on falling for anyone until Maddy's looks and brains start to get under his skin. Will someone as beautiful as she is be able to look past his life-changing injury? And will Elijah's passion for Maddy be able to protect her from an unexpected danger? 
**Contains plot-driven descriptive consensual sex**

MY REVIEW:
     Absolutely loved this book.  It was the first out of the series that I have read.  Not realizing I have two others and that I have read it out of order.  This is number four.  I hope the other two measure up.
     This book is centered around Maddy Cassidy.  She is a Navy brat who has been all over the world.  She is the only in a family with two older brothers and one younger.  To say she was a tomboy would be an understatement.  She loved dressing up and she was boy crazy.  She was always model beautiful yet never felt it, a swimmer good enough that she earned herself a scholarship to her college, and she was beyond smart.  Being a Physics major did not win her a lot of dates.  But her mother always told her there would be the right man out there that would love her for both her mind and her body so never compromise.
     Now, however, it was her junior year and she was feeling more reassured about who she is as a person.  She was doing well in school. Had great friends.  Most of all no drama in her life.  But also, no boyfriend either which was leaving her lonely while all her other friends had their boyfriend to cozy up to.  She was back five days early to campus and at the pool when she meets a tall, sexy, strong swimmer like herself.  Turns out he is a Navy SEAL and a professor at the college new to the school.  When he joins her and some acquaintances at the jacuzzi he is on crutches and it turns out he is an amputee. 
     Explaining why his almost perfect form in the pool was off just slightly.  She couldn’t figure it out but she hadn’t been looking not that it makes a difference to her.  Everyone else gets out and it’s just the two of them.  They start talking all is good until he starts snipping at her and becoming rude.  So, she fires back and tells him off.  At which point she gets out of the pool.
     She was just glad that her dad had made all of his children tough because she was not going to let any man think he could be rude and disrespectful to her and get away with it.  Not happening on her watch.  As she walked away Elijah Hart couldn’t help admiring and wanting that sexy little vixen even more then when she walked into the center to swim.  Most of all he liked that she did not treat him with kid gloves and just like any other man.  Not an amputee as everyone else sees him now or at least most people see him now. 
     Days went by each avoiding the time slot to swim there for fear of running into each other.  She was a physics major and he was a professor on the other side of the campus so they would never meet that way.  Until one day there is a knock at her door while she is talking to her roommate.  She opens it and it’s him.  They are both shocked.
     Each wondering what the other is doing there when she figures it out first when her BFF behind her gasps.  You see her BFF had kept saying her year ago Hawaii fling was on campus and she was afraid he would just show up.  Making her boyfriend upset.  So, much for now for her future day and night for that matter, fantasies about this guy she thought.  She already knew what he was like in bed she had gotten a blow by blow from her friend.  Whatever.  Right?  Wring!
     He’s only there as a friend he is there for them to be friends.  Oh yeah, to be rude to her too.  For some reason, he can’t seem he can’t seem to not like to piss her off.  He can’t help himself when he’s around her.  It’s like foreplay.  She jumps on it too.  With Josie seeing the sparks she formulates her own plan…

     This was a fun, action-packed, twist and turn of a story.  The characters were exotic and exciting.  I loved how Maddy was a strong and vocal young woman yet she had a soft sensual side too.  I give this: 5++++ stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.

Here on Friday Author of: LORD BACHELOR: TAMMY L. BAILEY see: EXCERPT FROM: IN MISTLETOE & TRAILER

Here on Friday Author of: Tammy L. Bailey Grace Evans is steadily picking up the pieces of everyone else’s life. So, wh...