Guns by JA Juss | New Release & Author Interview

GUNS:The Spencer BOOK (Rook and Ronin Spinoff) By JA Huss
Published March 31, 2014
Contemporary Romance, New Adult-ish, Suspense
Spencer Shrike is a man with a plan. Get in. Get out. Move on. He loves Ron the Bomb, and her safety is the only thing on his mind these days. But life is a tricky bastard, and conning criminals for the better part of ten years brings its own set of problems. Sure, Rook lied her way out of a sticky situation, covering for crimes Ronin, Ford, and Spencer committed, and getting them all off scot-free in the process.

But not everyone is buying Rook’s story, and Spencer is desperate to figure out who’s in town setting them up for a fall.

Veronica the Bombshell Vaughn has put up with Spencer Shrike’s shit for years and where has it gotten her? A big fat nowhere. No ring, no house, no kids, and no promises. In fact, Spencer is worse than ever—completely distant and moody. She’s done sitting at home, pining over a man she can’t have.

But she’s not opposed to fighting for him.

Ron the Bomb fights hard and she fights dirty, so she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get Spencer’s attention.

But now there’s another man in town with his eye on her. He’s got secrets too, but unlike Spencer, Bobby Mansi is more than willing to let Veronica in on them.

The entire Rook and Ronin series comes full circle. Every con, every lie, and every skeleton in the closet is back for one final shot at vengeance and the only way to set it right…  is to get out the guns.


FORD NOVELLA: SLACK: A Day in the Life of Ford Aston
FORD NOVEL: TAUT: The Ford book

BOMB NOVELLA: A Day in the Life of Spencer Shrike

Author Interview:

Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? 
Definitely introvert.
Do you have a book boyfriend and if so, who is it? 
Well, the book boyfriends I tell everyone about are Andrew Parish from The Edge of Never, and Jesse Ward from the This Man series. I don’t know why – since a lot of people think JW is insufferable – but I think he’s cute with his “sense fucks” and countdowns. But my real book boyfriend a futuristic assassin name Takeshi Kovacs, the star of a very bloody, very violent, SF series that starts with Altered Carbon and ends with my favorite book of all time, Woken Furies. (Yes, of all time). Try as I might, I still love the hell out of that guy years later.
Favorite drink while working? 
Diet Pepsi. It’s pretty much all I drink.
Cliffhangers or no cliffhangers? (do you like to use them) 
Eh, if the story needs a cliffy, I put it in. If I can end it tied up in a bow, I will. Just to avoid pissing people off.  
Music/TV or Silence? What are you listening to while your write? 
Music. I am a 24/7 Spotify listener. I make a new playlist for every book. Spotify is so nice, they send me recommendations every time I add a song. So I’m always looking for new music or music I never heard when it was popular. Right now I’m listening to Konstantine by Something Corporate. Love that song. It migrates playlists with each book. The GUNS playlist is filled with Florence and the Machine and the Naked and the Famous. The next book is a novella called COME and that list has a lot of MS MR and Buckcherry.
What is your guiltiest pleasure? No judging here on Chapter Break. 
I don’t know. Probably Zappos shopping on payday. 🙂
What is the best advice you ever received? 
With great power, comes great responsibility. Spiderman’s Uncle Ben told me that once (via cartoon) and I think he’s on to something.
What is one thing you do better at than most? 
Fake my way through school. It was just too easy. I have a great memory so I’m a good test taker. I faked my way all the way into a PhD program. 🙂  Luckily I quit when I came to my senses and decided being a scientist was not for me. And then I decided to write books instead.
What is one thing that you do worse at than most? 
Give a shit. And keep track of important things, like money.
Last words or words of encouragement? Anything else we would love to know?
Words of encouragement: You know you hear people say you gotta want it so bad to be successful (talking about success in whatever field – mostly the arts like acting or painting or music.) This is so true. People who want to write bestsellers do whatever it takes to pen that book. People who want to be rock stars or famous painters, ditto. It’s a life. It’s not a hobby. So even though some people get lucky and some people find a way to cheat, chances are you (or me or whoever) won’t get lucky enough, and won’t be able to cheat well enough, to make it matter. So work your ass off, keep moving forward, and believe in yourself. It’s the only way to do it right.
Thanks a bunch for being on the GUNS tour and having me on the blog!


JA Huss is the author of the Amazon bestselling Rook and Ronin series, the epic science fiction I Am Just Junco series, and hundreds of kid-friendly science books in subjects such as biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, and forensics. She has an undergraduate degree in equine science and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology. She has never taken a creative writing class and she hopes she never will.

Man of My Dreams by Faith Andrews | Author Interview & Giveaway


Mia Murphy may be married to the man of her dreams. But the man in her dreams is the one that got away—her high school crush.

Mia’s stuck in a rut, just like every other stay-at-home mom, and the only thing saving her from her monotonous routine is her perfect husband, Declan. He’s gorgeous, he adores her, and the man stole her heart with his sexy singing voice. Mia feels like the luckiest girl in the world, until she discovers that Mr. Perfect is not Mr. Faithful. Mia is devastated. Everything she once believed about Declan and their marriage is now covered in a big cloud of doubt and regret. On impulse, she kicks the cheating bastard out, pushing them into a separation that could mean the end of the picture-perfect couple.

But when Mia receives an invitation to her high school reunion, she finds herself abandoning the present for the oh-so alluring pull of the past. Although her heart still belongs to her husband, inescapable thoughts of her crush, Noah, resurface. And ten years later, Noah isn’t afraid to make his move. When the build-up of fantasies and ‘what ifs’ comes to a head, sparks fly and it’s Mia’s turn to question if her marriage is everything she wants out of life. Searching for answers, Mia dives head first into dating Noah, falling further away from her husband and closer to her old flame.

But Declan’s not giving up so easily. Mia is his one and only and he’s not about to let another man win her heart.

KEEP ME Synopsis:

Sexy, tatted up, underwear model Marcus Grayson is every girl’s dream—or more likely worst nightmare. He’s a player, a self-proclaimed bachelor for life, and he’s got no problem living up to his man-whore status. But when his older sister’s friend comes back from the past, he may just have the chance to turn some of his adolescent fantasies into reality.

Tessa Bradley is a self-sufficient, take-no-bull, single mother—well, now she is. Finally rid of her abusive, alcoholic ex, she’s making a new life for herself and catching up with old friends; the ones she was forced to break ties with because of her controlling husband. When she runs into Marcus, her friend Riley’s once-adorable turned smoking-hot little brother, she has no idea how he’s about to rock her world.

Author Interview:

Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? 

Since I started writing, I’ve definitely become more of an introvert. Every free second alone feels like it could be spent writing something down, promoting a book, or reading a new best seller. But in life, I am definitely an extrovert. I love my friends and family and like to surround myself with them as much as I can. Sunday dinners, big birthday parties and holiday gatherings, couples night out with our huge group of friends, and playdates with all our kids all the time. Dave Matthews says it best, “Turns out not where, but who you’re with that really matters.”

Do you have a book boyfriend and if so, who is it?
Geez, how do I choose one? And can he be one of my own characters? All kidding aside, I think my favorite book boyfriend would have to be either Will from Colleen Hoover’s Slammed series, or Travis Maddox from Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster. The two are polar opposites, so it’s clear to see my taste is all over the place (have I mentioned the big time love affair I want to have with Rax Rathbone from Kendall Grey’s Noctures?). While I love a bad boy alpha, I also love the sweet talking romantic who will put the girl he loves before anything and everything.

Favorite drink while working?
Coffee during the day and red wine at night.

Cliffhangers or no cliffhangers? (do you like to use them)
I hate cliffhangers even though some of the best books I’ve ever read contain them, but you’ll probably never get one from me. I’m a firm believer in happily ever afters.

Music/TV or Silence? What are you listening to while your write?
Music definitely inspires me and actually can help set the mood or tone for an entire scene, but I have to write in silence—well as much as I’m allowed to get. My kids are 8 and 4 so there is very rarely a quiet moment in this house. And when they’re in school, the dog is usually making a racket or scratching at my leg for something. So, while I’d love some peace and quiet, I could probably write with an entire marching band parading through my house.

What is your guiltiest pleasure? No judging here on Chapter Break.
Oh God, there are definitely a lot, but if I had to pick one it’s my smutty reads.

What is the best best advice you ever received?
You only live once. I’ve heard it from many people before, but it wasn’t until this year that I really started to believe it. I’ve checked a lot of things off my bucket list in the last few years and while I’m definitely not a carefree youngster anymore, age is what you make of it. I feel more alive in my thirties than I ever have before.

What is one thing you do better at than most?
Multitask! As a stay at home mom, wife, writer, dance mom, daughter, sister, friend . . . the list goes on and on. I find that I work best under pressure (even if I have mini, okay major, freak-outs when I’m stressed), but if there is anything I can do, it’s juggle multiple things at a time.

What is one thing that you do worse at than most?
Practice what I preach. I’m a great advice slinger, but I never seem to heed my own words of wisdom. I guess it’s easier when you’re on the outside of the situation to evaluate the pros and cons and rights and wrongs. But it’s always been hard for me to just let things roll off my back . . . but I’m working on it.

About Faith Andrews:

Faith Andrews lives in New York where she is happily married to her high school sweetheart. They have two beautiful daughters and a furry Yorkie son, Rocco. If she isn’t listening to Mumford & Sons or busy being a Dance Mom, her nose is in a book or the laptop. She’s a sucker for a happily ever after and believes her characters are out there living one somewhere.


Uncovering You by Scarlett Edwards | Author Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Book Blurb:
When I wake up in a dark, unfamiliar room, I have no idea what’s waiting for me in the shadows. My imagination conjures up demons of the worst kind.
Reality is much worse:
A collar with no leash. A prison with no walls. And a life stripped of meaning.
I am presented with a vile contract and asked to sign. It outlines the terms of my servitude. The only information I have about my captor are the two small letters inked at the bottom:
Armed with only my memories, I must do everything I can to avoid becoming ensnared in his twisted mind games. But in the end, it all comes down to one choice:
Resist and die.
Or submit, and sign my life away

A hand touches my elbow, surprising me. I start to turn, but the voice I hear stops me cold.
Oh God. It’s him. There’s no mistaking that rich, masculine treble.
What’s he doing down here?
“M-Mr. Stonehart,” I stutter, turning. I curse my inability to hide my surprise. He totally caught me off-guard. I have to look up to meet his eyes. Then up some more.
The face that I find is so striking it should belong to a Greek god.
He’s younger than I expected. Late thirties, maybe early forties.
That means he started his company when he was younger than me!
Dark scruff lines his angular cheeks. His jet-black hair is styled in long, natural waves. My fingers itch to run through it.
Totally inappropriate.
He has a prominent nose that might be too big on a less imposing man, but on him, it’s perfect.
In short, he’s a package of the purest masculinity I’ve ever seen.
And then there are his eyes. Oh my God. His eyes. They pierce into me like honing missiles. They are the deepest black I have ever seen. They would be frightening if they weren’t so beautiful. When the light reflects a certain way, you catch a glimpse of the purple underneath.
They are like midnight sapphires. His eyes reveal a cunning intellect. Those eyes do not miss a thing.
Add all that to his towering height, his wide shoulders, his confident-yet-at-ease posture… and Stonehart cuts an intimidating figure.
My gaze darts to his left hand before I can stop it. No ring. He’s unmarried.
He looks down at me, expectantly. His eyes narrow ever so slightly, and I feel like I’m being dissected, measured up, and tucked away in some small corner of his brain. I imagine this is what a gemstone feels like under the magnifying class of the most critical appraiser.
Stonehart clears his throat. I come to with a start, realizing I haven’t said anything in ages. I open my mouth, but the capacity for speech seems like a foreign concept to my brain. “I—”
Somebody bumps into me from behind. I stagger forward. I’m not used to these shoes, so my heel steps the wrong way. My ankle twists under me, and I start to fall.
I don’t fall far. The hand still on my elbow tightens, and Stonehart pulls me into him.
I plaster myself onto the solid steel wall the man has for a body. I catch a scent of his cologne. It’s a deep, musky smell with a hint of charred spruce that is all male. It scrambles my thoughts even more.
“Sorry!” a rushed voice calls out. From the corner of my eye, I see the postman giving a hurried, apologetic wave.
Although the sequence lasts less than a second, it feels like an eternity. Pressed up against him like that, I don’t want to move. I know that I couldn’t have made a worse first impression.

Author Interview:

Are you more of an introvert or extrovert?
Depends on my mood  If I get in a writing zone, I’m known to not leave the house for days at a time, but after I finish, I want nothing to do with being indoors and by myself.

Do you have a book boyfriend and if so, who is it?
Spencer Ashford.

Favorite drink while working?
Super-secret green tea smoothie.

Okay, okay, it’s not that secret:

2 teabags green tea (Costco brand)
Splash soy milk (tastes awesome with green tea)
5 packets Splenda.
Seep tea for 30 seconds, pour on ice, add soy milk and Splenda, drink.

Cliffhangers or no cliffhangers? (do you like to use them)
I don’t like using direct cliffhangers, where the story just stops in the middle of a scene or action sequence or something. I make sure all my books have a climax and then a conclusion… but I like leaving the door open for sequels. And Uncovering You is definitely going to have tons of sequels (each released 20 days after one another!)

Music/TV or Silence? What are you listening to while your write?Nothing, just some background noise like a fan or something to keep me focused lol.

What is your guiltiest pleasure? No judging here on Chapter Break.
Reading binges. Ie, 4-5 days straight where I lie in bed and read, read, read, neglecting all aspects of real life.

What is the best advice you ever received?
A university professor told me once that I could write really well. Before that point, I had no idea. That’s what prompted me to start telling stories.

What is one thing you do better at than most?
Writing. (No modesty there, huh? :D)

What is one thing that you do worse at than most?

Last words or words of encouragement? Anything else we would love to know?
Umm, so I just opened a PO Box, and if anybody wants to send me something (like a book to sign? A letter?) it’d be super sweet and really cool to one day open it and find something inside…

Scarlett Edwards
477 Peace Portal Drive
Suite 107-154
Blaine, WA 98230

Also! Some people think it’s cool when I tell them I make all of my book covers myself.

About the Author:
I live near beautiful Seattle, Washington. I grew up reading all types of fantasy books before discovering the wonderful world of romances in high school. Now, I spend most of my time writing about sexy men and the women who love them.

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Party Girl by Rachel Hollis | Author Interview + Review

Party Girl  Synopsis:
Landon Brinkley is making her dreams come true. After years of poring over glossy photos of celebrity parties in People and US Weekly, she’s landed her Holy Grail: an internship with the fabulous Selah Smith, event planner to the Hollywood elite. Moving from small town Texas to Los Angeles, Landon finds herself in a world in which spending a million dollars on an event – even for kids’ birthdays – is de rigueur. The thrill of working on A-list parties and celeb weddings is enough to get her through the 75-hour workweeks, the nightmare of a multi-day film festival, and abuse at the hands of a mercurial boss. But confronted with the seamy realities of the business, she is forced to make a choice: do whatever it takes to get ahead, or stay true to herself.  
A roman a clef in the vein of The Devil Wears Prada, PARTY GIRL draws on the author’s real life experience for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the celebrity-obsessed world of event planning. From the party habits of America’s favorite underage singer to the worst Bridezilla of all (the kind that graces the cover of your favorite magazine), PARTY GIRL reveals the ugly side of Hollywood’s prettiest parties.  

Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? An extrovert, most definitely!

Do you have a book boyfriend and if so, who is it? Hmmm… I know it’s cheesy to name my own character but Brody from Party Girl is based on my husband… So you know I love him! 😉

Favorite drink while working? Caffeine in any shape or form! Most likely to find me sucking down coffee like the antidote is inside.

Cliffhangers or no cliffhangers? (do you like to use them) LOVE a cliffhanger. In fact, my other book I’m writing is a series and the first book ends with a punch-you-in-the-face-cliffhanger… I apologize for it in advance.

Music/TV or Silence? What are you listening to while your write? Music on low. I typically listen to the type of music that fits the scene… So for Landon there was a lot of pop music going on.

What is your guiltiest pleasure? No judging here on Chapter Break. I guess it would be poorly written books. I read constantly (4-5 books a week) and I live for beautifully written prose. But honestly? If you’ve got a storyline involving an alpha male with a tortured back story who is reformed by the love of a good woman… I’m going to read that no matter how bad it is!

What is the best best advice you ever received? Be so good that they can’t ignore you.

What is one thing you do better at than most? Throw a fabulous party.

What is one thing that you do worse at than most? Spelling. Seriously, if it weren’t for spell check… I shutter just to think about it.

Last words or words of encouragement? Anything else we would love to know? I’m one of the biggest book nerds you’ll likely meet… I can say this with the full understanding that anyone reading this post is most likely one too. Being an obsessive reader and actually writing your own book that real people (besides just my mom) will read, is literally a dream come true. A few bloggers have sent me some of their favorite moments or lines from the book on social media and I’ve cried with joy. Every. Single. Time. It is such a big deal for me that people are responding well to the story. It’s my greatest dream realized. Thanks so much for considering Party Girl for your to-read pile… I know how coveted that space is. xo, Rachel
Rachel Hollis Bio:
Rachel Hollis is the founder of the popular lifestyle blog and Los Angeles-based event planning firm, Chic Events.  At 27, she was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the “Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30.”  She has designed and produced fabulous parties for many of Hollywood’s elite, including Bradley Cooper, Rashida Jones, Al Gore, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ivanka Trump, Jamie King, and Cuba Gooding Jr. (just to name a few).  Most recently, she planned the nuptials of actress Sara Rue’s wedding, which garnered national coverage in magazines such as People and US Weekly.
In 2010, Rachel appeared as the wedding planner on the WE Network show “Jilted?” This six-part relationship series followed potential brides as they gave their suitors ultimatums to see if they would get the wedding of their dreams or get “jilted.”
In addition, Rachel is a lifestyle expert for The Talk, EXTRA, The Nate Berkus Show, The Steve Harvey Show, KTLA Morning News, Fox 5, Better TV and a regular contributor on PopSugar TV and She has been featured in People, InStyle, OK! Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Better Homes and Garden, Traditional Home, Entrepreneur, Grace Ormand and the TV shows “Jilted” and “I Do Over” for the WE Network, “The Traveler’s Guide to Life” on the Travel Channel” and “Self Made.”
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Rain Trilogy by Karen-Anne Stewart | Author Interview

Rain Trilogy Karen-Anne Stewart 

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis book 1:

Raina has tried to forget her past, forget the pain, but when she finds herself staring straight into the fury blazing in her ex-boyfriend’s eyes, her dark past comes rushing back. Furious with herself for actually having chosen someone like her father, she uses that anger to her advantage and fights for her life…and for her future that she prays will involve the man she can’t seem to get out of her head. Kas is a natural leader, a fierce  fighter, the type of man you send in when you need to get the job done. He is a courageous hero who is used to risking his own life to save others, but can he save the one who has captured his heart from her horrific past and the men who are hell-bent on destroying her? As Kas and Raina try to navigate through the twists and turns of a deviously intelligent human trafficking group, they find solace in each other’s arms. Can they infiltrate the trafficker’s tight ring, saving the innocent lives from imminent danger before it’s too late?

Synopsis book 2:

Shattered when Raina runs after his marriage proposal, Kas is hell-bent to find her and bring her home, where she belongs. He will bend every law necessary to do so, willing to do anything to protect Raina from her demons and the men who haunt her, going as far as placing his career and life on the line to save hers. Raina will give up everything she has worked so hard to achieve, even flee the country to keep Kas from the wrath and powerful reach of her abusive father.
In the midst of the FBI team closing in on the Ghost, another ghost from Raina’s past taunts her, promising that she will be his. Meanwhile, a different trafficking ring is gaining strength in New Jersey. Michael solicits Raina’s help, needing her smooth, sultry voice to win the audition for the new singer in the ring leader’s swanky night club. Raina knows her life is in jeopardy with the dangers of being undercover, but she is blindsided when she discovers that it’s her heart that is threatened with a mortal blow. 

Raina tries to heal from the nightmares of her dark past as the grisly bodies of innocent victims surface when the team gets closer to discovering the identity of the man responsible for the infuriatingly clever and powerful slavery ring. When Raina finally comes face to face with the Ghost, he quickly engulfs her in a twisted game of cat and mouse, delivering a veiled threat as he slips through her fingers. As the ghosts of her past and present ensnare her in their deadly web, Raina realizes the danger has just begun.

Synopsis book 3:

Finally able to put her harrowing past to rest, Raina looks forward to her future with Kas, but the Ghost has other plans. As the FBI team gets closer to taking down the largest human trafficking ring in the modern world, the Ghost begins a wicked game, making Raina the pawn and the target. Never before encountering a worthy adversary, he’s fascinated by Raina and is enjoying the refreshing challenge of her intellect.
The danger ignites to a blazing new level, and Kas struggles between the need to finally exorcise the Ghost and his need to protect his wife. Tension mounts as an internal battle wages, tormenting Kas as he watches Raina put her all into taking down the man responsible for horrific sex slavery and gruesome deaths. When a new player takes control, Jefferson orders the end of the Ghost’s game with Raina, which results in one final, devastating act, leaving Kas desperate and willing to do whatever it takes to save her…by whatever means necessary.

***Disclaimer: Due to sensitive issues of abuse, human trafficking, and adult scenes, The Rain Trilogy is intended for readers 18+


Author Interview:

Are you more of an introvert or extrovert?
Thank you for having me today!  In real life, I’m a bit of an introvert, but when I write, I feel very liberated, so all the shyness just disappears!  My friends love to tease me just to watch my face flame; I light up like Christmas. 
Do you have a book boyfriend and if so, who is it?
This is such a hard question because I have so many of them!  I love the hero types who fall in love with strong female characters!  I just can’t get enough of those stories ;).
Favorite drink while working?  
Anything with caffeine! 
Cliffhangers or no cliffhangers? (do you like to use them)
I don’t mind cliffhangers if I can get my hand on the next book immediately.  Readers, you are forewarned; The Rain Trilogy has cliffhangers, but I promise I wrapped up the third novel nicely and they are all three available now, so you can stop cussing me after the second ending ;). 
Music/TV or Silence? What are you listening to while your write?
I listen to music all the time, especially when writing!  I have such a varied taste but my ‘go to’ groups while writing The Rain Trilogy were Imagine Dragons, Daughtry, Nickelback, and Matchbox Twenty.  Music is an amazing inspiration to me!
What is your guiltiest pleasure? No judging here on Chapter Break.
Honestly, it’s getting lost in a great book with a glass of sweet wine!  OHHH, and chocolate, lots of it.   
What is the best best advice you ever received?
Stay true to yourself.  It’s short and simple but so profound.  This advice has helped me throughout my entire life, especially with my latest novel, Ash to Steele.   
What is one thing you do better at than most?
I wouldn’t say that I do it better than most, but I can entertain myself very well; I’m so easily amused and appeased!  The simplest of things can keep me occupied anywhere. 
What is one thing that you do worse at than most?
I suck with directions; I mean really, really suck!  Oh, this should also be the answer for what I do better than most; I can get lost anywhere, even the town I grew up in.  I got lost twice within one week recently. 
Last words or words of encouragement? Anything else we would love to know?
Don’t give up on your dreams, no matter how old or young you are.  If you have always wanted to do something, go for it.  Throw your heart and soul into your dreams and never give up.  Thanks again for having me!  A huge thanks to the readers as well.  I hope you fall in love with Kas and Raina.  


Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards and is a nominee for the 2013 RONE Awards.

When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.

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Tainted by K.A. Robinson | New Release, Author Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway

Book description
Part One: Facing My Demons
Drake lost everything the day Chloe walked away from him. Feeling angry and hurt by her abandonment, he dives deeper into his cocaine use. Each day becomes a struggle for him. After his band is picked up by a recording studio in Los Angeles, things go from bad to worse. What happens to a man who has lost everything he ever truly cared about?
Part Two: Learning to Love Again
When Drake showed up on Chloe’s doorstep, begging for forgiveness, she couldn’t turn him away. To Chloe, loving Drake is like breathing and she couldn’t bring herself to let him go again.
But what happens next? Follow Chloe and Drake as they learn to forgive and heal together.
Will Drake’s fame get in the way of their happily ever after? Or is love enough to keep them together?
The epic conclusion to Drake and Chloe’s story.
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I looked up when a pretty blonde in a short red dress approached our table.

She gave me a coy smile as she leaned down. “I’m Carrie. Want to dance?” she whispered in my ear.

She had the same hair color and a name that started with a C. It was as close to Chloe as I was going to get tonight, so I nodded. I followed her to the dance floor and pulled her tight against me as she started to move to the music. My eyes closed as I felt her ass rubbing against my dick. It had been so long since I’d even thought about sex, and this girl was doing everything right.

I spun her around until she was facing me, and I pulled her tight against me. I let my hands roam until they were cupping her ass. Reaching between us, she grabbed my dick through my pants and moaned. Yeah, this girl knew exactly what she was doing. I was hard as a rock as she moved her hand up and down.

“Want to get out of here?” she asked.

“Fuck yeah.” I leaned down and kissed her.

She took my hand and led me through the crowd and out a back door. She obviously knew her way around this place. Instead of walking toward the street to hail a taxi, she led me farther down the dark alley. Warning bells might have gone off if everything wasn’t so fuzzy in my head. In the dim lighting, she looked just like Chloe. By the time she pushed me up against the wall, I was convinced that she was Chloe.

She unzipped my pants and pushed them down, before sticking her hand inside. When she started stroking me, I moaned.

“God, Chloe. That feels so good.”

“I’m not Chloe. I’m Carrie,” she said in an irritated voice.

“Mmhmm,” I said.

She went to unbutton my shirt. When I felt her tongue flick against one of my nipples, I nearly came in my pants. It had been so long since we’d been together.

“I love you, Chloe, so much.” 

Author Interview:

Are you more of an introvert or extrovert?

Introvert for sure! I’m so shy most of the time!

Do you have a book boyfriend and if so, who is it?

I have about a million at this point! 🙂

Favorite drink while working?

Coffee or Diet Pepsi

Cliffhangers or no cliffhangers? (do you like to use them)

I’ve used cliffhangers more than once, yes. 

Music/TV or Silence? What are you listening to while your write?

Music for sure. I’m listening to DieUponADay right now.

What is your guiltiest pleasure? No judging here on Chapter Break.

Coffee. No lie. 

What is the best advice you ever received?

To always rely on myself only. 

What is one thing you do better at than most?

Probably memorizing song lyrics. I’m so into music. lol

What is one thing that you do worse at than most?

Socializing. I’m HORRIBLE in crowds. I also feel so tongue tied!

Last words or words of encouragement? Anything else we would love to know?

Encouragement to new authors? Let’s see…. First of all, don’t give up! If writing is your passion, stick to it no matter what!

Author Bio:
K.A. Robinson is the New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author of The Torn Series and Shattered Ties. She lives in West Virginia with her husband and toddler son. When she isn’t writing, she loves to read dystopian, zombie, and New Adult books. She has an addiction to Caribou and Starbucks coffee.
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Goodbye Caution by Jacquelyn Ayres | Tons of Interview questions, Spotify List & Giveaway

Goodbye Caution
by Jacquelyn Ayres
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Becca Campbell is a mother, friend, and widow to a war hero (may he rot in hell). She just wants to raise her daughter right and keep her bed-and-breakfast afloat in this economy. Her traumatic past leaves her with no desire for a relationship—until Grayson James walks through her door. He’s not the type of man you can easily say “no” to. Becca can’t quite understand the pull she feels toward him. But then his controlling nature starts to push her away—and into Ray McNeil’s comforting arms. Which is right where Ray has always wanted her. Who will Becca choose? Will she finally give in to her feelings for Ray, or continue the tumultuous relationship with Grayson? Only one thing is certain—either choice will mean saying goodbye to caution.  Warning: This book contains some disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language and violence. 10% of the proceeds from this book will be donated to to help abused women and children

I am a Domestic Engineer (born and raised in NJ) whose sole responsibility is to guide three young impressionable kids into becoming phenomenal adults. This challenging, yet rewarding work requires a lot of love (coffee), patience (wine) and determination (periodic exorcisms). I work all of this magic in the beautiful state of New Hampshire. Before becoming a Domestic Goddess (not really), I spent over a decade working in the medical field where I wore more hats than the Queen. I have had a love for the written word and the great escape it provides since I was a little girl. When I wasn’t reading about people and the places they lived, I was creating my own characters and adventures. Finally, I have been putting a pen to paper allowing my characters to come to life. When I don’t have a pen and paper in hand, you can often find me laughing at the conversations my characters are having in my head.
Becca, are you listening?” He waves his hand in front of my face.
“Yes, sorry. I was watching a very hypnotic, beautiful British man speak. He is a lovely man.” I lean forward on my arms and look up at him with a smile.
“Oh yeah? Do I detect a crush, Ms. Campbell?” He arches his brow.
“Crushes are for schoolgirls, Mr. James.” I sigh nonchalantly.
“Very well then,—what do you think it is?” He leans on his arms as well.
“I think he’s drugging me, truth be told,” I say, with a secretive edge to my voice.
“No! What gives you that idea?” He sounds shocked, matching my disposition.
“Well, every time he comes around me, I get completely intoxicated by his smell. I can’t think straight and I find myself following all of his commands. Once I’m away from him, my thoughts are clear again. What do you make of that?”
“Ms. Campbell, you’re on to something. He is definitely drugging you!” He taps his index finger on the table for emphasis.
“What do you think it is? What drug is it?” I sit up, alarmed.
“Love!” He points into the air matter-of-factly. “It’s crazy, maddening, intoxicating love! Yes, I’ve heard of this type of love before. Tell me, Ms. Campbell. Does your heart beat fast?”
“Do you feel what people call ‘butterflies in your stomach’?”
“Up to my throat in them.”
“Do your knees get weak?”
“I’ve passed out!”
“Is your breathing erratic?”
“Only around him.”
“Do you find yourself unable to stop your thoughts about him the moment you’re apart?”
“Yes! It’s quite annoying.”
“I’m afraid this is a very dangerous situation you’ve got yourself in. Believe me—I know!” He widens his eyes and taps the table again.
“Well, how do you know, Mr. James?” I reach for his arm.
“I suffer from the same ill fate.”
“No! Is she British as well?”
“Worse—she’s American! I’ve been behaving strangely ever since I met her.”
“No! Mr. James, what are we to do?” I look down and shake my head.

“I don’t know, Ms. Campbell.” He grabs my hands, caressing the backs of them with his thumbs. “We’ll just have to stick together. Help each other. Eventually a plan of action will present itself.” 

Meet Becca, Grayson, Ray & Hazel

1.  When you contrived with Ray to share Becca, did you not consider, knowing your nature, that it might be problem?
I don’t know what the bloody hell I was thinking besides the fact that I couldn’t lose her! I mean, I was completely snookered. Everything sounds brilliant when your rat arsed! I just . . .  I really screwed up and I knew I had to do something drastic to attempt to win her back. In all honesty, I didn’t completely factor in the consequences of sharing her with Ray because I didn’t think the arsehole really stood a chance!

2.  You seem to fall for Morgan almost as hard as you fall for Becca, is the ‘ready made family’ part of the attraction?
            I was looking for a nice, long overdue, visit with my aunt and a great weekend skiing with my mates. I was not looking to fall in love and I most certainly was not looking to become a father. I never even considered having children—ever. But, my God, you’ve all met Morgan—how could anyone not fall in love with that girl? She’s a clever, funny little thing and I absolutely adore her! So, no, a ‘ready-made family’ was not part of the attraction but the love I feel for them made me ready for a family!

1.  Obviously you had reservations about Gray and Ray’s plan to share your time, but all that aside, you had permission to enjoy two men! How much fun was that??
            Can they hear me?
            No. They are in the other room.
            Security hasn’t been in here?
            No. Why do you ask?
            Umm . . . you have met Grayson, right?
            Oh. Quite right. No. No one’s been in here but us.
            Ok. Let’s just say my Slip n’ Slide never saw a dry moment and thoroughly enjoyed the extensive playtime!

2.  How do you cope with the restrictions 24 hour protection must impose?
            Well, it definitely hasn’t been easy—that’s for sure! I’ve had to let go—a lot! I’m very impatient. When I need to do something, I need to do it now! Waiting for my detail sucks sometimes. I’m blessed to have Melissa though! She makes it a bit more normal for me. With the exception of the handful I’ve gotten close to, well, it’s just—awkward! I mean how would you feel if there were people outside of your bedroom door every minute—hearing everything? I couldn’t be quiet with Grayson if I tried! So I had to ‘let go’. Now I just think of it like this, ‘Well, at least I’m keeping them all closer to God!’

3.  Do you feel any guilt that you and Ray could have probably stayed friends if not for the arrangement?
            That’s the worst part of this. I was bound to lose one of them. Ray has been my best friend for about five years now. We’ve done everything together. I have to believe in my heart of hearts that eventually, things will mend between us. We love each other very much and on such a different level. I can’t see how anything can wipe that all away. But to answer your question—yes, the guilt is unbearable. I’ve handled this whole situation very poorly.

1.  Why did you wait until Becca was happy with another man before deciding to declare your feelings?
         Oh, let me guess who you got that information from! That prick is unbelievable!
Well, we’re only going by what we’ve been told in general. There’s not much evidence to tell us anything different.
There are two sides to every story.
Tell us yours then.
Why so secretive?
We’ve all got our secrets, lady.
(Ladies, I believe Ray just dished out one of his wink/air kiss combinations at me. I may need to change my knickers!)

To answer your question though, I didn’t wait for another man to show up. I’ve always told Becca how I feel . . . in my own way. I love Becca with all my heart but she is one oblivious woman!

2.  How do you manage the fact that you actually like Grayson, even though you hate him for having Becca?
            I did like him when I first met him. I tolerate him now—barely. I’ll tell you why I do tolerate him, though. That dude is a loose cannon! When Becca has finally had enough of his bullshit and realizes he’s not the man for her, I’ll be waiting—with open arms. Just you wait and see!

            People might say the same thing about you, Ray. Call you a loose cannon.
(Ray has just given me, what I believe Becca calls, his ‘sit n’ spin’ face and is now leaving. I have to admit—his arse does do wonders for those jeans. I may or may not have just fallen out of my chair from leaning to keep a good watch on that arse!)

1.  Did you have hopes from the beginning that Becca and Grayson would fall in love?
            Well, I had hopes that they would like each other and maybe want to date. But I was not expecting all of this. Honestly, I think it’s been all too much for Becca—given her history.

2.  When Becca and Grayson argued who did you deep down feel most protective of?
            Such a simple question, dear, and yet so complicated. You know I raised Gracie from the time he was fifteen so he’s like the son I never had. Becca, though I’ve only known her for the past several years, is like the daughter I never had. It really depended on the argument. Becca, though she is so strong, is still quite fragile from her past. You know, she didn’t walk away from George on her own accord—he was killed—well, so she thought. So I feel very protective of her when I see Grayson behave so aggressively. My Gracie has never acted that way before. I’ve also never seen him so torn up and broken down by a woman.  To see what she has done to him—my heart leans in his direction. Now that I’m with Charlie, I just try to spend as much time with him and let those two kids try to figure things out for themselves.

3.  Errrrrrr – speaking of Charlie, Hazel—have you found Jesus yet, and if so, how was it? 😉
            Oh, you are just as bad as Becca is, you naughty girl! Can’t you girls think about anything besides sex? (You should know that she is giggling and blushing at the moment)
            No. It’s no secret that women are worse than men! Come out with it then! Is Charlie taking you to church, Hazel?
            We may have said Hallelujah a few times. (giggling) Oh no! Don’t put that in there! Oh dear, that’s not going to be seen in a national newspaper, is it?
            No. No, of course not! (Internationally on the internet but we won’t tell her that!)
            Oh good! (sigh of relief) Well, it was so nice to talk to you, dear! Make sure to come and stay  with us at The Morgan Inn—we’d love to have you!
            Thank you, Hazel!

Fire Questions—One Worded Answers

1.  What is your favourite colour?
Becca: Red
Grayson: Blue
Ray: Green
Hazel: Pink
2.  Describe Becca.
Becca: Me! (I shoot her a look) oh…um. Shut-up! Who are you talking to? Cautionary Sybecca—her ticker board said DUMBASS. She’s such a bitch! We’ll just move on to the next . . .
Grayson: Awesome (chuckles)
Ray: Mine
Hazel: Tri-fecta
3. Ambition
Becca: Vineyard Really? Wine. Right.
Grayson: Protect
Ray: Reclaim
Hazel: Travel
4. Favourite TV show
Becca: Criminal Minds
Grayson: Elementary
Ray: ESPN Isn’t that a sports network? Yeah? Um . . . alright then.
Hazel: Weeds What? She’s clever—I admire her. She’s also sex crazed. Must be an epidemic with you young girls! (I’m stealing her!)
5. Describe Grayson
Becca: Everything. Can I just mention that, I’ll be your Everything by Tommy Page, is now playing. I don’t hear it. Good. That would be a little creepy if you were in my head!
Grayson: Mr. Right!
Ray: Asshole
Hazel: Brilliant
6. Favourite Sex Position
Becca: on top
Grayson: Any position I can pin her down good while I’m taking her. (Bloody hell, there goes another pair of knickers!)
Ray: Becca No. I said favourite position. If I’m inside of Becca, it’s my favorite. It doesn’t matter how I’m in there. (Feck it! I’m going to go commando and flood the fecking place out!)
Hazel: On a plate? WHAT? I like my snacks on a plate, dear. I said SEX! Christ, Wendy, I’m not deaf! Clearly. What is your favourite sex position? Behind closed doors, you nosy, naughty girl! (I may join Becca on the vineyard!)
7. What did you want to be when you grew up?
Becca: A Singer.
Grayson: Football player for Manchester United
Ray: Baseball player
Hazel: A Dancer
8. Describe Ray
Becca: All-American
Grayson: A thorn
Ray: Determined
Hazel: Handy
9. Who would you die for?
Becca: Morgan
Grayson: Becca and Morgan
Ray: Annie & Becca

Hazel: Charlie

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A Woman Gone Mad by Kimber Dawn | Author Interview

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Forget everything you know about fairytales. There comes a point in a woman’s life when she realizes not everyone gets a happy ending.

And no one knows this better than Lillian Shaw.

The safety of a small southern upbringing and a happy normal family couldn’t keep life from chipping away at her.

And nothing leaves its mark like the bite of a broken heart.

Blow after blow, Lillian tries to stay optimistic, but when faced with a choice that could destroy her future, she gives in to the temptation.

When your first true love comes crashing into your happily ever after, you’re supposed to walk away. Not fall back in love.

But saying no to Leo was something Lillian could never do…

Once lines are crossed is there any going back?

Or is the risk that Lillian Shaw takes going to leave her broken again…

And this time be enough to make her A Woman Gone Mad?

***Warning: This is not a shy and tender fairytale love story. It’s a raw, tragic, and gritty story inspired by true events. This book is not for the faint of heart, it contains graphic language, sex, violence, and drug use. MATURE Audiences Only. Not intended for young adult readers.***

Author Bio

What the hell is up y’all?! I’m Kimber, and I really freaking hope y’all enjoy AWGM! If you get a chance, throw me a review up on my FB page, or Goodreads if you loved it! I am a whore for reviews.
Ahh… let’s see, what can I tell you about my self… Well, first of all I’m a straight up whore for many, many things. I’m a wine whore, some would say I’m a functional alcoholic, and I’m totally cool with that title. Now the day my cheese completely falls off my cracker and I lose the functional in that title, well yeah never mind. Even then I’ll deny that shit. I’m a whore for Victoria’s Secret, no seriously, like my VS Angel’s Credit Card stays maxed out, hey, they got cool shit. I have a whole lot of hats, meaning I can be called a billion different things, daughter, wife, mother, labor unit nurse, I sell pussy on the side *coughs* that would be persian kittens, thank you you dirty minded scoundrel, I’m also compulsive blackjack addict, book blogger, book pimp, book whore, Jack Daniels is my favorite boyfriend and my biggest dream, the day I’ll acknowledge that I’ve succeeded in life and can a die a happy woman is the day I get to go two stark naked hour round sexual bouts with Jason Statham. *Sighs* I started writing poems and short stories very early in my life, you know for the Michael’s and Leo’s and Nick’s in my life. I’ve been a book hoarder since I was eleven years old, but then a couple years ago something wonderful happened! The 50 shades of Grey craze brought to life my inner smut whore where I commenced to read anything and everything smut affiliated. When reading wasn’t enough any anymore and I noticed that so many of the authors of my favorite books weren’t getting the exposure their work deserved I turned it into a mission, starting my own blog, buying their books and reading them one by one, I then wrote my reviews for my blog and didn’t hold back in writing them. I’ve never done a single thing in my life half way, I always go all in. After the success of my Blog, and the insistence of one of my bestest friends, my sister from another mister, Trina Taylor of Bad & DirtyBooks I was ready to finally take the plunge and write the story that’s been restlessly clawing to get out of my head and onto paper for a VERY long time. I’m a southern girl to my core, a self proclaimed smut whore, and I guess now we can add aspiring author to my hat collection as well.

Tattooed across my ribs are the words I have always lived by ‘Aut viam inveniam aut faciam tibi’ Latin for: If I can not find a way, I will make my own.

Author Interview

Are you more of an introvert or extrovert?
~It depends, if I’m put in an unfamilar environment, I immediately clam up and have been told I seem like a bitch. After I get a feel for the atmosphere I adjust to it, if that makes any damn sense, lol.  

Do you have a book boyfriend and if so, who is it?
~Oh good Lord, I have so many book boyfriends if they weren’t fictional they’d call me a floozie, lol. I guess if I had to name one… It be Jerrico Barrons from KMM Fever Series. 

Favorite drink while working?

~Diet coke

Cliffhangers or no cliffhangers? (do you like to use them)
~I think my friends would slaughter me if I ever wrote a cliffhanger, lol. 

Music/TV or Silence? What are you listening to while your write?
Mostly silence. If I get stuck I’ll crank up some music to adapt my mood and get the creative juice flowing but other than that I like it quiet. 

What is your guiltiest pleasure? No judging here on Chapter Break.
~Las Vegas! Double Jack and diet coke, propped up at a blackjack table 😉  

What is the best best advice you ever received?
~Just write, the only thing that is keeping your story from being told is you. 

What is one thing you do better at than most?
~ Ahh… deliver babies, lol. It pays the bills when I’m not writing. 

What is one thing that you do worse at than most?
~ Keeping my mouth shut. If I think it I say it, and that doesn’t work for a lot of people who don’t like what I think I’ve found out, lol. Especially the bitches and haters 😉

Last words or words of encouragement? Anything else we would love to know?
~ Oh my… You only live once, so ride that bitch until the wheels fall off.
Also, I hope everyone is ready for Leo’s Story, Holding Her in Madness should be published in a couple of months.

Cyrus, Men of Steel by MJ Fields | Author Interview & Giveaway

Title: Cyrus (Men of Steel #2)
Author: MJ Fields
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I know who I am. I’m Cyrus Steel, son, brother, uncle, friend to people I choose to bring into my life. 
I could fuck up anyone I want. 
I know the devastation I can and have caused. 
I can’t change the past, but I have chosen how to live now. 
I like to fuck, and I will do a chick better than she’s ever been done. Hard and wild. No more than three hook ups. No expectations, no one gets hurt. As long as she agrees …it’s on. 
One of my favorite tattoo’s bridges the V, and it says Truth. 
A constant reminder of who I was and who I am now. 

I wasn’t sure I knew how or even if I should tell him there was no one who loved me. Tony was the last person to say those words to me and he hadn’t meant it. He just wanted to use me. 
That’s what this beautiful man underneath me, showed me today. He hadn’t used me, he didn’t even know me. But he thought I was beautiful, and he was nice to me. Tony was wrong about him, and even though I never want to see him again, I wish I could tell him just how wrong he was.

Can truth be altered? Can truth be seen when walls are built for protection, for self preservation? Will self doubt and years of pain cloud two hearts from finding their truth?


Author Interview:

First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a mother to the coolest ten year old in the whole world. She loves to read and be read too. I’ve been married for sixteen years to my first love. I have four siblings and honestly we all look alike and have a crazy close relationship. I talk to my parents all the time. I have no living grandparents but still everyday wish I could ask for their advice, listen to their stories, and hug them.
I love animals, even though at times they drive me nuts.
Can you tell us something that not a lot of people know about you?

My pen name is similar to my given name. I was raised Baptist and taught Sunday school. I have a deep relationship with God and blind faith. I can’t fall asleep until I’ve said my childhood prayer.
I’m an optimist who trusts a hundred percent (which I’ve been told is foolish). I don’t judge anyone, even when they’ve hurt me. However I have a temper, foot stomping cursing, all that stuff. Of course at first I throw a little, “I wanna kick a butt,” fit when I’m angry, but then I breathe. We all have to live with our own choices. It took me a very long time to get to the place I am. I’m so glad I’m here and I won’t go back.
Where did the idea for Men of Steel come from?

The song Why Cant I ? by Liz Phair started the idea. The spring weather and the need for a break from my other three series that have truly turned into one…Love, Wrapped, and Burning Souls characters cross over from the first through the tenth book. They’re very heavy and highly emotional. I needed fun and hot, so I just started writing about Jase.
How is Cyrus similar and/or different compared to other heroes in romance books?

Cyrus is truly like no other that I’ve read (Which isn’t a lot lately, lol.) His view on sex is no more than three hook ups, so that no hearts get broken, (including his, he just needs to figure it out). He doesn’t care about money.
Tell us a little about your writing process. Any pre-writing rituals or routines?

I write the R parts of my books during the day and the X starting after bedtime.
So I guess reading to my daughter or talking about the girl drama at school is my pre-writing ritual.
I don’t where sock when I write at night
There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not writing.
When you create your characters do you ever put bits of either your personality or bits of personalities from people close to you?

  Ha! Yeah, I do. Lots of my personality goes into my characters. My sense of humor is sort of twisted. My frustrations come out on paper.

What are some good books you’ve read lately?
 It would be easier to give you my TBR list, which is a mile long. I’ve written fourteen books in seventeen months so there isn’t a lot of time to read. I did read Katy Evan Real, Mine, and Remy. I now get what all the hype behind the book. I want a Remy.

If you could collaborate with another author in writing a book, who would it be?

Tough question. I’m not sure how to answer that because I honestly write all the time. I can’t wait until I get all the characters out of my head and onto paper so that I can dive into my TBR and find the answer to that honestly. I do have a couple people I am considering working with but they’re not published or writer per say.

MJ Fields:

I am a very new self published writer. I will tell you I have always had a very vivid imagination. Starting at age 3 (as it states in my Baby Book).

Sigma was my very first love (imaginary boyfriend). He lived about fifteen miles from my childhood home, (a farm). I took him chicken noodle soup every night on one of our families snowmobiles, (Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring). Apparently he was very ill and “Thank God” I was able to take care of him.

Next was my very first self publishing gig. At eight my cousins and I (and yes I was the president) wrote a newsletter and sold it to our family members.

Years later I decided to put it back into print to entertain my cousin as she was on an aircraft carrier on 9/11 (Kick ass cousin BTW) and very far away from home during a very scary time for our country, (protecting our butts).

Fast forward to 2012. I read 50 shades and thought, I can do that, (meaning writing). I have two complete series The Love Series, and Wrapped. I have two new series Burning Souls and Men of Steel. Ten books in 13 months. CrAzY and wonderful.

I love love! ( I would love to reference Pinks new song here, however I am not sure if that would cause copyright issues.)I also tend to enjoy watching people grow and change with self realization and moments of clarity that just sneak up behind you and smack you in the head. I love people and have always been able to see both sides of a story. Each person that comes into our life leaves us with something it is what we choose to do with it that helps us grow.

I live in central New York in the middle of nowhere and am surrounded by family and friend most the time. I run a small business out of my home and spend time reading and doing the typical Mommy things. Our house is full of pets and friends and noise ninety percent of the time, and I would have it no other way.
I love people,music, laughter, hugs, and books.

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Return to Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia | Review, Author Interview & Giveaway

Beckett Taylor is a murderer. His calling, his craft are destruction and intimidation—whether he wants it that way now or not. He left Poughkeepsie to keep his brothers safe, to keep Eve safe. Set up with happy lives to live, they’re better off without him, right?

But all his willpower crumbles when he hears his brother Blake’s frantic voice on the phone. An unknown enemy has moved in on his old territory, and Livia’s been taken. In an instant, Beckett knows it will take an attack only he and Eve can execute to bring her back. All his self-imposed embargoes are torn to shreds, perhaps along with the new man he’s struggled to become.

“Brother, call Eve. I’ll be there soon.”

In this emotional and action-packed sequel to Poughkeepsie, Debra Anastasia conjures a tale of love at its most raw and ragged. With Beckett and Eve, how could we expect anything less? But even when it’s messy, not magical, true love perseveres. Real love finds a way—for better or for worse until death does part.

I have to say that I liked Return to Poughkeepsie better than the original. Gasp….did I just say that?
Okay, since I haven’t reviewed the first book on here, I’ll give the jest of my feelings on the first book, then move on to the second.
Poughkeepsie is one of those books that everyone raves about. Every review that I personally read loved this book. Even the ratings on Amazon and Goodreads showed that lots of people really like this book, so, all those people can’t be wrong.
I really went into this book having no idea where it was going or what it was about. Sometimes I look at the summary, and sometimes I don’t. 
The story is about 3 “brothers” (brothers from another mother) who will die for each other, literally. They all have their own demons and Poughkeepsie is the story of them fighting them in adulthood and moving past them.
Each brother has a story. The book started out slow for me, mostly speaking about Blake’s and Livia’s story and how it unfolds. I feel like Debra didn’t go into as much detail about either one of the boys stories as much as she did Blake and Livia’s, but that could be because she was introducing all the other characters at the same time. -remember, I didn’t know anything about the story.
I don’t want to say too much because really, anything more at this point would give away plot points, and I just can’t do that.
I will say that I found myself less interested in Livia and Blake’s story and Cole and his woman’s story once Beckett was introduced. All I wanted to do was read about him. So I skimmed. Yep. I said it. I skimmed.
So, moving on to Return to Poughkeepsie. I felt like Blake & Cole’s story were wrapped up nicely in Poughkeepsie, but I just couldn’t get enough of Beckett and Eve. Man, I’m fucked up in the head. I need counseling to cheer for such a man that can do so much evil, but show heart. I feel like an abused women giving excuses about why I love her man. Well, maybe that isn’t an exact analogy, because Beckett doesn’t hurt those he cares about, but will kill others without a second thought.
Return to Poughkeepsie had lots of action and lots of moments that had me turning the pages, but it was only when I was reading about Beckett or Eve. I found myself skimming again when I was reading about Blake or Cole. I know, I suck, but I felt like their lives were good already. I needed closure with Beckett. 
So, do we get closure with Beckett? Yeah, kind of. If you read until the end of the book, there is closure, but if you read the sneak peak of book 3, no, no closure. You are pissed at Debra. Why…..why did you do that to me…..
So, if you want a HEA, don’t read the sneak peak. My advice to you.
Overall rating of Return to Poughkeepsie, 3.5. 
5 stars to Beckett’s story, but 2-3 for Blake and Cole’s. That is just me. If you loved their story and want to see how they continue, you will love this book, but if you found yourself skimming their story in the first book, you will probably do that in parts of this book too. Beckett’s story is too good to not read though!

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Debra Anastasia is busy, just like every other mom. There’s dinner, the dogs, the two kids, the two kids, and her ongoing battle with…ahem… digestive issues, which combined with her adolescent boy sense of humor makes for colorful and sometimes cringe-worthy social media updates. Her first love and crowning achievement is her thriving career as the weirdest mom on the block.
Her writing started a decent handful of years ago when–along with the animals and humans in her house–the voices of characters started whispering stories in Debra’s ear. Insomnia was the gateway to plots that wouldn’t give up, wouldn’t let go. Now they stalk her everywhere. Halfway through making lunches, a twist takes hold and–fingers full of peanut butter–she finds somewhere, anywhere to write it down.
She’s eternally grateful to Omnific Publishing, which has now published four of her books: two in the Seraphim Series and two in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, as well as her novella, Late Night with Andres. That one is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!) She also very much appreciates her open-minded readers, who embrace everything she has to offer, with a focus on anti-heroes and bathroom humor.
Debra lives in Maryland with her family. You can find her at and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared.


Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? I’m an extrovert god help us all. I’m not like a dancing on the table swinging my boobs like helicopter blades outgoing, but I have no trouble talking the people I don’t know?

Do you have a book boyfriend and if so, who is it? Right this very second my book boyfriend is Beckett as I write the third book in the Poughkeepsie series. He needs some extra love! 

Favorite drink while working? Arizona Iced Tea. The one with the checkerboard on the front. Everyone must love that too because it is always out at my local stores. I buy three gallons at a time it is so rare to see it.
Cliffhangers or no cliffhangers? (do you like to use them)  I like a cliff dangler, but I need to give the reader some closure too. I’m not a huge fan of reading them unless the next book is coining out  fairly soon.
Music/TV or Silence? What are you listening to while your write? I have to have music. All the time, but especially when I write. In my upcoming Enhanced Poughkeepsie Collector’s Edition App, the music plays while you read! Ron Pope is featured because he was always on whenever I write about the Poughkeepsie characters. 

What is your guiltiest pleasure? No judging here on Chapter Break. I think it would be easier to tell you what I do that doesn’t make me feel guilty!i think I feel the worst about eating chocolate cookie dough when I’m supposed to make cookies out of them.
What is the best best advice you ever received? “If you’re not having a good time it’s your own god damn fault.” That’s from my amazing grandfather who wore all white suits and was the life of every party. I miss him!

What is one thing you do better at than most? I like to be loyal to friends. Not sure I do that better than most, but I’m proud of how deeply I love people.

What is one thing that you do worse at than most? I suck at writing down things while people tell me how to spell them. And I can’t tell my right from my left without my wedding band. And I can’t stop laughing when I fart. I have a lot of problems.
Last words or words of encouragement? Anything else we would love to know? My words of encouragement are always that tomorrow is a hope, not a promise, enjoy the day you’re in. I think people need to know that whenever they fart, somewhere I’m cherring them on!

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