FAA 2018: Hear Me Road by Dee Garcia

Welcome to part two of Day 5 of Foster an Author 2018. Today let’s take a look at Hear Me Road, the second book in Dee Garcia‘s Bloodshed Duet series.

And don’t forget: you still have a chance to win an ebook copy of one of Dee Garcia‘s booksthe giveaway ends today, Friday 26 October! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. I’ll be picking a winner at 6PM EST today. Good luck and happy reading!

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Hear Me Roar: a Bloodshed novel

With strength comes dependence.
I thought I had it all.

The Title. The Pro status. The man.

I thought I’d finally left the past where it belonged, thought the future would be nothing but a bright ray of light with Knox by my side.

I was wrong.

In seeking answers, I opened the doorway to a terrifying, psychotic ride no one was prepared for. And through that very door, the past -both his and mine- somehow wove its way as one and slithered back into our lives, creating a fresh hell that stirred doubt and resentment within us.

Will our bond, our love, be strong enough to supersede the forces threatening to break us, or will we swiftly crumble to the ground, piece by piece?

Hear Me Roar is available exclusively on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback.

Pick up a copy today.

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Add Knox and Hazel to your Goodreads TBR here! 

Remember: the Dee Garcia giveaway ends today, Friday 26 October! Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. I’ll be picking a winner at 6PM EST today. 

FAA 2018: More to discover and a few answers from M.W. Brown

It’s Day 5 of Foster an Author 2018! Yesterday we delved into M.W. Brown‘s Portraits in Flesh with many deliciously creepy teasers. For our last day of Foster an Author 2018, I thought we could have a look at more of her work. 

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Did you know that M.W. Brown also writes flash fiction?

Head over to her website and check out her Bite-sized Reads. These 100-word stories will give you a taste of her writing  style if you still haven’t taken the plunge and purchased Portraits in Flesh. 🙂

Did you know she’s multi-genre?

Not only does she write horror/psychological thrillers, she’s also written science fiction and romance-crime fiction.

The Collapsar Directive: A Science Fiction Anthology

Published by Zombie Pirate Publishing Aug 2017

Genre: Science Fiction

Screenshot 2018-10-26 at 09.00.55Twenty short stories from authors around the galaxy. A brutal dictator takes control of a broken and dying Earth. The last humans alive flee their dying galaxy travelling faster than the speed of light; their journey will last a thousand years. Humanity’s newest super drug is being created in the most unscrupulous way imaginable. Rich neonobles take their hunting  game deep into the slums in search of a more interesting prey: the poor. These are just some of the amazing stories in THE COLLAPSAR DIRECTIVE a science fiction anthology including stories from Mel Newmin, Ryan Benson, M W Brown, Perry McDaid, Alan Seeger, Isabella Fox, Steph Minns, Karin Hartmann, and many more.. 

Includes Run by M W Brown

He opens his eyes to a dark, silent world. No memories, no clothes, just a large scar on his chest and the number 15 glowing ominously at the edge of his vision, darting about like an irritating eye floater. Trapped in a glass cylinder, he must find a way to escape, find some light, and then someone to ask what the hell is going on. His name would be a good place to start. Then the number changes to 14. What does it mean? Is it a countdown? If so, a countdown to what? 

Relationship Add Vice: A Thrilling Mashup of Romance and Crime

Published by Zombie Pirate Publishing Dec 2017

Genre: Romance/Thriller

Screenshot 2018-10-26 at 09.06.54Relationships are at the very core of who we are as human beings. They can pull us together, or tear us apart. Love lifts us up, and just as quickly drives us to madness, despair, and even into the murky depths of the criminal underworld. RELATIONSHIP ADD VICE is a thrilling blend of Crime and Romance, featuring more than twenty authors from around the world, twisted tales of life, lust, and lawlessness.

 Includes The Good Guys by M W Brown

Since they were children, Charlie has loved Lucy. She is quirky, smart and possesses an uncanny knack for finding things buried in the ground. It makes her one hell of an archaeologist.

On a dig in England, Lucy makes a startling discovery and the bad guys come calling. Now Charlie has to protect Lucy, escape the bad guys and survive the evil lurking beneath their feet.

PHUKET TATTOO: Crazy Tales of Far Away Places

Published by Zombie Pirate Publishing – Aug 2018

Genre: Multi Genre

Screenshot 2018-10-26 at 09.18.47Are you ready for a wild ride around the world without ever leaving your home? Here is your ticket to all the fun and adventure you can handle, and more besides. Exotic locations and thrilling action combine in PHUKET TATTOO: Crazy Tales of Far Away Places. People smugglers in Vietnam, sinister plastic surgery resorts, drinking in Serbia with Uncle Vlado, and many more stories of travel, mayhem, and broken bedframes. Features 20 stories from authors all around the world.

 Includes Everlasting Marks by M W Brown

Sometimes the stories told to tourists are more than just clever marketing. Sometimes a dark truth is woven into their enticing lies
Sometimes a few drops of blood and an old woman with a tattoo gun can change a life forever.

And now a few reader questions answered…

From Felicia Steele: What got you inspired to become a writer?

I used to enjoy writing stories at school but never even considered writing as a career. About five years ago, I had a ‘what if?’ moment after my daughter had been playing with our sat nav and thought it would make a great story. The idea wouldn’t leave me and continued to grow in my head.  Then, after I read one of Stephen King’s fantastic books and followed it with a book that was selling in the millions but I thought was written terribly, I decided to give it a go  myself.

From Zoe O’Farrell: What is your Kryptonite?

Screenshot 2018-10-26 at 08.52.58In terms of writing, researching on the internet is my Kryptonite. I can start off looking for jobs that kept men at home during the WW2 and find myself, two hours later, looking at videos of ghosts caught on camera or funny cats and I’ve not written a word!

From Terry: My question…would you like another cousin hehe

I don’t know if I could handle another cousin like her – she is wonderfully unique! But I’m always open to suggestions. 😉

I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know M.W. Brown as much as I have. Make sure you continue to follow her writing career.

Here’s where you’ll find her:

M.W. Brown on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B0793MW5K8

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MWBrownWriter/

Her website: www.mwbrown.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter: @AuthorMWBrown

Join her Facebook Group/Street Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/allthemadmen/

M.W. Brown onInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/author_mwbrown/

On BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/m-w-brown

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17714719.M_W_Brown

On MeWe – https://mewe.com/profile/5adf8ae3569fc0167c47aaba

…and on Book link: https://www.books2read.com/u/bOAJZN

 

And don’t forget to come back later today to find out who is the winner of the giveaway! There’s still a little time to enter — just post a comment to this post! A winner will be chosen today at 6PM EST. 

FAA 2018: Delve deeper into Portraits in Flesh by M.W. Brown

Happy Thursday, everyone, and welcome to Day 4 of Foster an Author 2018! Today I’m sharing with you some teasers from M.W. Brown‘s Portraits in Flesh. Don’t forget to leave a comment to be a part of the giveaway–hurry! Tomorrow’s the last day to enter! 🙂 

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Intrigued? Get your copy now

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FAA 2018: Portraits in Flesh and other horror fiction by M.W. Brown

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Welcome to Day 3 of Foster an Author 2018! It’s a chilly but sunny autumn day here in Stockholm, Sweden–perfect day for a walk and coffee somewhere. But first, let’s take a closer look at M.W. Brown‘s Portraits in Flesh. I don’t know about you, but I love a good ghost story or creepy tale that has me jumping at things that go bump in the night. I think Portraits in Flesh is going to be just the thing for a dose or two of spookiness–especially since Halloween is just around the corner.

Don’t forget about the giveaway: not only are we giving away an ebook copy of Portraits in Flesh, we’re also giving away a $20 Amazon gift card! So how do you enter today? Write a comment telling us your favourite kind of spooky story. We’ll pick a winner at random on Friday, 26 October

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Portraits in Flesh

Published by Crazy Ink

Genre: Psychological Thriller/Horror

 

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Annabelle has discovered she can instantly transport herself to the destination on her satnav. Although ghost like when she travels, her remarkable ability takes her from England to France, Croatia and beyond.

As Annabelle explores her potential it puts her life and the lives of those she loves in danger and leads her into the path of an enigmatic and intelligent serial killer.

What will he do if he discovers Annabelle’s ability?

Some places were never meant to be visited.

 

 

More horror from M. W. Brown

FULL METAL HORROR: A Monstrous Anthology 

Published by Zombie Pirate Publishing Apr 2018

Genre: Horror

Screenshot 2018-10-24 at 11.02.58There’s something right behind you… You can feel its rancid breath on your neck, smell the blood dripping from its wicked fangs, sense its anticipation as you walk further from the house, confidently telling yourself you have no reason to fear the dark, that there is nothing there. You fight the urge to turn, fight the impulse to run, fight to keep your pace steady, but you are losing the battle. The monster is right behind you, and nothing you do can save you now. This is FULL METAL HORROR: A Monstrous Anthology, thirty-five horrifying short stories from authors around the world, packed full of deadly monsters. Just remember, don’t turn around…

Includes Serious Moonlight by M W Brown

Margaret didn’t want to become a woman. At least as a child the lecherous Lord kept his distance. But innocent times never last.

As Margaret walked into the woods that day, she was unaware that her transition into womanhood would bring more than one unwanted visitor and it would spawn two very different tales that would be told for centuries to come.

Graveyard Girls

Published by Hellbound Books Jun 2018

Genre: Horror

Screenshot 2018-10-24 at 10.56.51 A delicious collection of horrific tales and darkest poetry from the cream of the crop, all lovingly compiled by the incomparable Gerri R Gray!

Nestling between the covers of this formidable tome are twenty-five of the very best lady authors writing on the horror scene today! These tales of terror are guaranteed to chill your very soul and awaken you in the dead of the night with fear-sweat clinging to your every pore and your heart pounding hard and heavy in your laboured breast…

Featuring stories from: Xtina Marie, MW Brown, Rebecca Kolodziej, Anya Lee, Barbara Jacobson, Gerri R Gray, Christina Bergling, Julia Benally, Olga Werby, Kelly Glover, Lee Franklin, Linda M. Crate, Vanessa Hawkins, P. Alanna Roethle, J. Snow, Evelyn Eve, Serena Daniels, S.E. Davis, Sam Hill, J.C. Raye, Donna J.W. Munro, R.J. Murray, C. Bailey-Bacchus, Varonica Chaney and Marian Finch.

Includes Dead Lines by M W Brown

 

An old woman and a nondescript man, both ruthless killers. Who will survive when there are deadlines to meet and contracts to keep? 

Coming soon from M.W. Brown

Bloody Bonkers: A Crazy Ink Anthology

Screenshot 2018-10-24 at 10.53.23It takes all kinds of crazy to keep the prisons filled up. The line between sanity and insanity can be threaded with the thinnest strings. Sometimes, walking that edge takes stepping into the madness…

Stories with varying degrees of criminal insanity and one common theme – exploring the crimes committed in the heat of passion.

How far would you go with love on the line? Who and what would you kill for? What’s the difference between temporary and forever insanity? How far would you be willing to travel into madness for justice?
With something for everyone, Bloody Bonkers will lock you into the delicious mayhem that causes the bloodiest of heated crimes

Includes Chalk by M W Brown 

A great teacher can set your world on fire…

Don’t forget to tell us about your favourite kind of spooky story for a chance to win an ebook copy of Portraits in Flesh and a $20 Amazon gift card!

Hurry — you only have until Friday to win! Happy Reading

Release Blitz: Snow Falling by Davidson King

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SNOW FALLING

DAVIDSON KING

M/M ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

RELEASE DATE: 11.28.17

 

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After running from a past destined to kill him, Snow has been hiding on the streets.

Tell nobody your name.

Tell nobody your secrets.

Trust nobody!

These are the rules of the streets.

His entire life changes when he saves an eight-year-old boy from a violent end.

Christopher Manos is one of the most powerful crime bosses in the country.

Don’t ask anyone to do something you aren’t willing to do yourself.

Secrets can get you killed.

Trust nobody!

These are the rules he lives by.

When his eight-year-old nephew disappears, he never expects the boy’s savior to end up being his own.

A man with a dangerous past and a man with a dangerous future find love amidst murder and mayhem. But with Snow’s life being threatened at every turn, will Christopher’s best be enough to prevent Snow Falling?

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I should have known I wouldn’t get far. Frank grabbed my arm. “He’s not my kid. His pop will very much want to speak with you. Something tells me if you walk out that door, you’ll disappear, and I don’t have time to go lookin’ for you. So, I think you’ll come with us for now.” His firm tone made it clear it wasn’t a question.

When I looked around the police station, I was shocked that no cops were interfering in what was clearly a kidnapping. I shouldn’t have been too surprised. After all, in my book, police didn’t have a very good track record for doing what was right.

“Stranger danger!” I yelled, which just made Simon laugh.

“No, Snow, we aren’t strangers anymore. You come home and my pop will protect you. That’s what he does.”

Who the hell was his pop? Surviving was a lot about picking your battles. Looking around the precinct, it was obvious my choices weren’t going to win out. Frank and his goons weren’t going to let me pass. On the off chance I got away, then I’d have Roy and these guys chasing me.

“I don’t think I have a choice, do I?” Frank shook his head. “Okay then. Onward, my good man!”

If the limo wasn’t a huge giveaway that Simon’s pop was disgustingly rich, the enormous mansion with the iron gate was.  Two large Ms were worked into the iron. The house had a medieval look about it. A fountain of fear was on display in the middle of the circular driveway, some sort of gargoyles spitting water out of their mouths… or was it their eyes?  Gray stone, iron, and darkness made up this house. Whoever this guy was, he wasn’t just rich, he was powerful. Leaning over, I whispered in Simon’s ear, “Is your pop Tony Stark?”

Simon chuckled. “No silly, he’s Christopher Manos.”

Christopher Manos? Oh, son of a bitch. At least Iron Man was on the right side of justice.

“Come on, Snow, you can meet my pop!” Simon grabbed my hand and pulled me out of the limo with all his might. When we came to the stone steps and I looked up, I came face to face with not only the most dangerous man in this city, but the most gorgeous. He was broad, and I could see the muscles in his arms and legs even through his expensive suit. He had midnight black hair and obsidian eyes. There was no doubt he and Simon were related.

“Pop!” Simon ran into his arms. The man didn’t miss a beat. He scooped Simon up without ever taking his eyes off me. “That’s Snow. He saved me.”

“Mr. Manos, it’s a pleasure to meet you. I’ll have you know, I didn’t want to come here. I was forced. You have a beautiful home and a great kid and if you just let me go, I’ll happily walk home.”

He stared at me coldly. “You don’t know my home is beautiful, you haven’t seen it. Let’s rectify that. Come in.” He turned and walked inside. The nudge from Frank was likely the only encouragement I’d get.

I hope I don’t die.

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Davidson King, always had a hope that someday her daydreams would become real-life stories. As a child, you would often find her in her own world, thinking up the most insane situations. It may have taken her awhile, but she made her dream come true with her first published work, Snow Falling.

When she’s not writing you can find her blogging away on Diverse Reader, her review and promotional site. She managed to wrangle herself a husband who matched her crazy and they hatched three wonderful children.

If you were to ask her what gave her the courage to finally publish, she’d tell you it was her amazing family and friends. Support is vital in all things and when you’re afraid of your dreams, it will be your cheering section that will lift you up.

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FA3 – Day 5: K.A. Duggsy and Lexi C. Foss

Today is the final day of Foster an Author. I’ve had a great time hosting K.A. Duggsy and Lexi C. Foss and I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know them and their work! To cap off this week, I’m having a giveaway–one lucky winner will receive a $15 Amazon gift card + Kindle versions of Advance by K.A. Duggsy and Blood Laws by Lexi C. Foss. But hurry–the giveaway ends on Saturday night. I will announce + contact the winner on Sunday. Good luck!


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Advantage (Book 3 in the Advance Industries series) by K.A. Duggsy

Synopsis

We met by chance, by crazy circumstance.
Forced together by events out of our control
Neither of us were looking.
Neither of us were wanting what we found.
Both scarred. Both scared. Both hiding.
Only, one of us is undeserving.
One of us is lying, faking … taking advantage.
The face I present to the world is a farce and my act has been perfected, now it’s first class.
Taking a chance is a risk to us both
But it can’t be ignored, because not only is it her name, it’s what she gives me…
Hope.
Some sins can never be erased. If I get too close… if she finds out…
I’ll be replaced.

Please note this is not a stand alone. This is the third and final book in the Advance Industries series. Books 1 and 2 will need to be read first in order to make sense of the story.

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The Immortal Curse series by Lexi C. Foss

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What readers are saying about Lexi C. Foss’s Immortal Curse series

Blood Laws is my first book written by Lexi C Ross and I loved it! I could not put it down and could not wait to start reading the next book in the series. The concept is different to what I have read before and definitely captivated me and felt like I was walking through the story with the characters.

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Forbidden Bonds is an action packed, paranormal romance with a unique world and well developed characters. Lexi’s writing is engaging, the story is interesting, and I never wanted to put the book down. I had an awesome time diving back into this world, and I think you will, too. I bet you’ll enjoy your time there even more this time around!

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An online book fair and giveaway you don’t want to miss

Summer Lovin Giveaway

Summer Lovin’ Contemporary Romance
Book Fair and Giveaway
August 1-22

This grand prize has beach reads from every contemporary romance lover’s TBR list, all loaded onto a Kindle Fire HD 8. One lucky winner will claim 80 books in all!

Included in the grand prize are bestselling titles from Nora Roberts, Susan Mallery, Kerry Lonsdale, Catherine Bybee, Alice Ward, J.S. Scott, and Debbie Macomber, plus dozens more, not to mention 27 fantastic books donated by the authors sponsoring the giveaway. You could also win one of two runner-up $25 Amazon gift cards.

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Release Blitz: Malentendido (Misunderstood) by Mara White

Malentendido (Misunderstood)

by Mara White
Publication Date: July 22, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Taboo, Romance

Purchase: Amazon

Whatever force made Lucky, either God or the Universe, wrapped him so tightly around my heart that sometimes I’m suffocating.

Biologically, we are made of too many similar parts, yet our chemistry is like a meteor shower, raining bright sparks of light into the dark night.

But it’s not our biology or chemistry that worries me the most, it’s the physics of our love that goes against the cosmos.

Maldeamores (Lovesick)

by Mara White
Publication Date: June 22, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Taboo, Romance

Purchase: Amazon

Belén: I’ve loved Luciano ever since I can remember, desired him before I even knew what it meant. He’s always been the only man in my life—my constant protector, and his rejection only intensifies my need.

Luciano: I’ve never known a love more fierce than the one I feel for Belén. But I force myself to deny her no matter how much it hurts.

Our love is a sickness and both of us are infected.

Because there’s no cure for being from the same family.

About Mara White

Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.

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Release Blitz: Counting on You by J.C. Reed & Jackie Steele

NEW RELEASE ★★  Counting On You is  LIVE! ★★ 

 

From New York Times Bestselling Author, J.C. Reed, and Jackie Steele comes a new standalone novel.

I have everything I want.

Success. Wealth. Women…and make that plenty of those. As a filthy-rich CEO, I would say I’m pretty much close to perfection. Except for that one weakness: I’m cocky as hell, and an irresistible magnet for women.



So when one tiny mistake lands me in hot waters with the investors, I have one hell of a choice to make:

Restore my reputation…

Or risk losing my company.


I’m a man of my word and failure is not an option. Not now. Not ever. I fully intend to uphold my responsibilities.


Sharing an apartment should be easy, right? And it’s only for six weeks.

That’s what I thought before I found out that my new roommate is female.

And wow.

Vicky Sullivan is unlike any woman I’ve ever met.

She’s hot as sin, and crazy.

Definitely not my kind of crazy, but too hot to pass up.

There’s something about her that makes me rage with want.

I don’t like her, but obviously my dick does. And what he wants, he gets.



Six weeks…

Living together shouldn’t be too hard…

Until my best friend challenges me to a bet…

I make it my mission to make her mine.


There’s only one problem.

I have to break…Every. Single. Rule.

And did I mention she’s completely off-limits?


It’s too late to say no.

Author’s note – Counting On You is a full-length, standalone novel with no cliffhanger.
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Meet J.C. Reed
J.C. Reed is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She writes steamy contemporary romance with a touch of mystery and suspense. When she’s not typing away on her keyboard, forgetting the world around her, you can find her chatting with her readers on Facebook.
 

    Meet Jackie Steele

Jackie Steele is a USA Today Bestselling author and a true romantic at heart. Whether reading or writing, Jackie loves dark, emotional stories that twist with your head and take you on a journey. As an ever romantic, she believes in happy endings and true love in all forms, which is reflected in all of her books.
 

New Release: Positively Pippa by Sarah Hegger

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Positively Pippa_compFrom author Sarah Hegger comes an exciting new series set in small-town Utah, where secrets don’t keep for long—and love turns up in the most unexpected places.

For Pippa Turner there’s only one place to go when her life self-destructs on national TV—home to Ghost Falls, and her heavily perfumed, overly dramatic, but supremely loving grandmother, Philomene. If anyone will understand how Pippa’s hit makeover show was sabotaged by her vengeful ex, it’s Phi. But she’s not the only one who’s happy to see her—and Pippa can’t help but wonder if Matt Evans, her gorgeous high-school crush turned Phi’s contractor, is game for a steamy close-up…

Matt owes his whole career to Phi and her constant demands to embellish the gothically ridiculous house he built for her. Getting to see red-headed, red-hot Pippa is a bonus, especially now that she’s no longer the troublesome teenager he remembers. He’s willing to stay behind the scenes while she gives her own life a much-needed makeover, but not forever. As far as he’s concerned, their connection is too electric to ignore. And the chance to build something lasting between them—before she can high-tail it back to Hollywood—is going to the top of his to-do list.

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Chapter 1

 

“Aren’t you—?”

“No.” Not anymore she wasn’t. Pippa snatched her boarding pass from the check-in attendant and tugged her baseball cap lower over her eyes. Couldn’t Kim Kardashian help a girl out and release another sex tape or something? Anything to get Pippa away from the social media lynch mob. She kept her head down until she found her gate, and chose the seat farthest away from the other passengers waiting to board the flight to Salt Lake City. Latest copy of Vogue blocking her face, she flipped through the glossy pages.

Peeping over the top of her magazine she slammed straight into the narrowed gaze of a woman three rows over. Shit! Pippa dropped the woman’s gaze and went back to Vivienne Westwood bucking the trend.

Across the airport lounge the woman’s glare beamed into the top of her head like those laser tracking things you saw in spy movies. Pippa buckled under the burn and slouched lower into her seat.

Look at that, Fendi was doing fabulous separates this season. And really, Ralph Lauren, that’s your idea of a plus-size model? Stuff like this made her job so much harder.

Her former job.

Losing her show still clawed at her. Losing? Like she’d left the damn thing at Starbucks as she picked up her morning latte. More like her jackass ex with zero conscience had knocked it out of her hand. Framed, stitched up, wrongfully accused—judged, found guilty, and sentenced to a plethora of public loathing wiping out all the years spent building her career. Burning sense of injustice aside, she was stuck in this thing until it went away.

Angry Woman lurked in her peripheral vision. As sweat slid down her sides, Pippa tucked her elbows in tight and risked another glance.

Under an iron-gray row of rigidly permed bangs, the woman’s mouth puckered up.

Back to Vogue. The knot in her stomach twisted tighter, and she checked her cap. What the hell? A baseball cap and shades always worked for other celebrities. Why not her?

Angry Woman squared her shoulders and huffed.

This could go one of two ways. Either Angry Woman would come over and give her a piece of her mind on behalf of women everywhere, or she’d confine her anger to vicious staring and muttering. Maybe some head shaking. Please don’t let her be a crusader for women. Please, please, please. After two weeks of glares, stares and condemnation, Pippa had gotten the message:

Pippa St. Amor, the woman America loves to hate.

Right now, all she wanted was to sneak home and stay there until someone else topped her scandal. God, didn’t Vogue have anything fresh? She’d make a list. Lists were good. Soothing. Item one, run away from Angry Woman and hide in the bathroom. Item two, get your career back. She moved item two up to first place, where it had been since she left home at eighteen, and gauged the distance between her and the bathroom door. She’d never make it.

Angry Woman lifted her phone and snapped a shot of Pippa.

Damn, she’d forgotten that option; this one by far the worst. God, she hated Twitter. And Facebook. And Instagram, and Snapchat, and whatever-the-hell new social torment site some asshat was thinking up right this minute. The ongoing public derision chipped off bits of her until she felt like an open nerve ending.

A friend huddled next to Angry Woman, long hair that was totally the wrong shade of brown and aged her by ten years at least. If Pippa had her on the show, Long Hair would be wearing a cute, hip cut, a fresh new makeup look, and mile-wide smile with her new sense of self.

The reveals never got old. There was something about a woman finally seeing her own beauty that made all the other crap that went with a television career worth it. Ray had ripped that away from her too.

Pippa was getting it with double barrels now. Lips tight, matching twin spots of outraged color staining their cheeks as they whispered over Angry Woman’s phone. They both wore mom jeans. Up until two weeks ago it had been her mission to deliver moms everywhere from jeans like that. Along with those nasty, out of shape T-shirts they sold in three-packs of meh colors that had no business existing on the color spectrum. Angry and Long Hair were so her demographic. They’d probably seen the original episode live and watched it over and over again on demand or something. Maybe even watching it right this minute on YouTube.

YouTube! She hated YouTube, too.

Why didn’t they call her flight already and get her the hell out of here?

You didn’t sleep with the boss, and especially not in television. For four years. Ray had always been a bit sneaky, but to annihilate her career to boost his own? She hadn’t seen it coming. But you couldn’t rely on a man. How did she not get this by now?

Three minutes until boarding.

“Excuse me?”

Ah, shit, shit, shit, double damned shit in a bucket. So close, two minutes and fifty-five seconds. Smile and look friendly. “Yes.”

Try not to look like you.

“You’re that woman, aren’t you?” Angry Woman narrowed her eyes, and Pippa leaned back in her chair, out of striking range.

“Hmm?”

“It is you.” Long Hair planted her legs akimbo like a prizefighter. “I watched every single one of your shows. I can’t believe you said those things, and I—”

Two minutes, thirty seconds.

“—should be ashamed of yourself. What you said is a crime against women everywhere. You made that poor woman cry.”

Of course they cried. They were supposed to cry. The shows were edited to make them cry even more, but not the time to point it out.

“Shocking. And cruel. You’re just a . . . a nasty bitch.” Angry Woman got the last word in. She’d been called worse. Recently, too, and it still stung.

A man in the row opposite turned to watch the action. The three teens beside him openly stared and giggled.

I didn’t say it, people. Okay, she’d said it, but not like that. Editing, people. Creative editing—the scourge and savior of television celebrities worldwide. She could shout it across LAX and it still wouldn’t do any good. Until the next scandal broke and hers was forgotten.

“This is a boarding call . . .”

Thank you, Jesus!

“I’m sorry, that’s my flight.” Pippa creaked a smile and gathered her things. Handbag, phone, iPad, and coat. Her hands shook under the combined weight of several sets of eyes and she nearly dropped her phone.

No cabin baggage, not on this flight. Nope, this flight she’d packed just about everything she owned into the two heaviest suitcases on the planet. Paid extra weight without an argument. Anything to get the hell out of LA and home to Philomene.

Phi would know what to do.

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 Author Bio

Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.

Mimicking her globe trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother.

She currently lives in Colorado with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.

Sarah is the recipient of the 2015 EPIC Award for Historical Romance.

She is represented my Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Associates.

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