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Title: Empowerment: An Indie Love Anthology
Authors: Jade West ~ Anna Edwards ~ Lizzie James ~ SK Clarke ~ Laura Morgan ~ Alice La Roux and TA Andrews 
Genre: Multi-Genre (Contemporary/Dark/PNR)
Release Date: April 5, 2020

 

Empowerment /ɛmˈpaʊəm(ə)nt/
Noun
the process of becoming stronger
 
Join us in celebrating empowerment in its many forms with this collection of tales from Indie Love. There’s something for everyone, from dark and paranormal to contemporary romance.
 
This anthology explores what it means to overcome the feeling of powerlessness, to grow, to push personal boundaries and to fight back. If you want fierce women who refuse to be held down in the quest for mastery over their lives, then Empowerment has just what you need.
 

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LIZZIE JAMES

 

LAURA MORGAN

 

SK CLARKE

 

TA ANDREWS

 

JADE WEST

 

 

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Title: Curtain Call
Series: A Driven Dance Theater Series #1
Author: Brianna Stark
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Women’s Fiction
Release Date: March 15, 2020

I am just one more dancer on a mission in New York City, sleeping on a studio couch.

 

I’ve spent my last five dollars.
My bag is gone.
There’s no one left to call.
 
Until he gives me a break.
 
He’s the Kent Morgan.
Intimidating.
Famous.
Gorgeous.
 
I call him my director.
My dance partner calls him the God.
And like all gods, he’s terrifying, mysterious, and the greatest thing to ever happen to the art form.
 
I came back to this city to give the performance of my life—before it’s too late.
Kent Morgan is my best shot.
But the world is turning against us.
And when the God sets his sights on me, I don’t know how to resist.
 
Turns out the performance of my life might just happen behind the curtain.

I am not sure where to start because I would like to shake the words out of him and his whole mysterious persona. That or absorb him whole.
“So what did you want to talk about?” I ask, but all he does is look at me like he wants to avoid telling me what he wanted in the first place. Not that it matters anymore. He’s in my bedroom, and it seems we are both adjusting to that. After a moment, I become self-conscious about how I look, and I shift around trying to create that perfect pose. It’s an old habit—when I realize what I am doing, I place my hands in my lap and look down at my twiddling thumbs.
He lets out a breath and adjusts himself to face me. I have no idea what to say. I sense his hesitation as the tops of our heads sink closer together until they are almost touching. His cheek moves in next to my cheek. We pause, and I close my eyes. His breath is warm, while mine is tight, and we slowly exhale. We release a little more, and his rough jaw grazes mine, then his smooth nose and lashes. I imagine this is how blind people see each other. We get lost in the touching, maybe because we don’t have the words, as we respond to each other’s signals. Before I know it, we are lying on the bed. He looks unsure about this development, but it’s happening so naturally.
Then, finally, he brushes his lips against mine and we gradually open and join inside, and he is seeing me through his lips and touching every detail of my soul. I feel so utterly visible as his fingers trace the outside of my sweater. It doesn’t take much longer for the kiss to become heavy, desperate, as though we are trying to consume one another and can’t get enough. Ever.
Kent pulls back. He rubs his hands quickly over his face and looks at me. “Is this a good idea?” His gaze pleads with mine.
“What? Sleeping together?” I’m dozy. Weak.
The muscle in his jaw clenches.
He stands up from the end of my bed and starts pacing in my tiny room, his hand scrubbing that worn spot on his neck. “I don’t know what my problem is,” he smirks. “This isn’t something I do.”
I reach for him and rest my hands flat on his hard, warm chest. “It’s okay,” I whisper, and he looks at me in a way that is disapproving, or maybe questioning. “Maybe you put too much pressure on yourself. We are human.” I’m not sure if I know what I am talking about, but it seems like something he needs to hear.
But my fingers have a mind of their own as they travel the cool cotton draped over his shoulders and curl over the collar of his shirt. I study his sharp eyes where his focus slices into me.
He inhales through his nose, my fingers tremble as they pull him closer by the collar, and our noses brush as our eyelids graze together.
“If I sleep with you…” His voice is coarse breath.
If you sleep with me…

 

The rest is said in our eyes as our focus falls away and our heads drop. We both fall onto our backs with a heavy sigh. 

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Brianna Stark writes romance with an edge. She spends her summers with her BF in a log cabin in the Pacific Northwest, where she is happiest writing. In her spare time she practices yoga, craves coffee more than she would like, and goes for walks with her three-pound Pomchi, who stops to kiss everyone. She is the author of the Driven Dance Theater series.

 

 
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Title: Image Adjuster
Author: Lily Alexander 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 11, 2020

In Hollywood, image is everything.
 
Being part of a power couple can mean the difference between your star rising or being iced out of roles. No one ever said the relationship had to be real.
 
Stephanie, an actress and the daughter of Hollywood royalty has made a thriving business out of posing as a girlfriend to celebrities who need a bit of a PR boost. Everything is scripted and when the contract ends everyone goes their separate way.
 
No feelings, no risk, just acting.
 
Devon is just another client – no matter how handsome he might be, how compatible they seem. The arrangement works perfectly. It’s all business. Definitely just business.
 
Unless it’s not.


“How long are you here?” Stephanie asked, watching Devon watch their waitress. 
The fact that it mirrored their first fake date amused her. To be fair, both waitresses were very cute and both had great asses. 
She was woman enough to admit that – attractive is attractive no matter who you are.
“Just today.” His eyes were still on Shannon’s tiny but firm backside.
“That’s not a vacation, Devon. That’s a day off.”
He shrugged, that eternal playful grin on his lips as he finally brought his eyes to hers.
“I’m apparently no good at vacation, either.”
Shannon dropped off Stephanie’s regular order – a Blue Moon with a slice of orange on the rim of the glass. Devon’s Guinness looked positively black in contrast.
Devon’s tone went a bit serious. 
“So. Where have you been, Steph? I haven’t seen you around town.”
Stephanie debated how open she wanted to be.
“I haven’t been in the city much,” she replied, taking a deep drink of her beer, eyes watching people on the street for a moment before returning to Devon’s face, which was entirely too genuinely interested in what she was saying. “Lying low. Doing vacation properly.”
He laughed and nodded. “Fair enough.”
There was a companionable silence as they both did a little people watching.
“This is nice,” Devon said earnestly, relaxing into the patio chair. “No cameras, no pressure, no need to put on the game face. I see why you excel at doing vacation right.”
Stephanie nodded, toying with some condensation on her glass with a fingertip. She offhandedly noticed a smear of canary paint near her cuticle.
“Going back to the city seemed like a very wrong choice after doing this for a while.”
After finishing their first beers, they ordered dinner and had another round of drinks.
“I’m sorry.” Devon said, all of a sudden and with a very serious expression on his face.
“What for?” Stephanie asked, eyebrows drawn together in confusion.
“Not calling. Texting. Saying hello or really anything after that day.” He shook his head and pushed some shepherd’s pie around in the dish. “That wasn’t right. We were… friends. Or something like it.”
Stephanie smiled and nodded. “Yes, we were. I’m glad you felt like we were too. It’s okay. And really, you didn’t have a choice. If our phone records had been pulled, or if you had been spotted texting me, there would have been media speculation about why. I didn’t reach out either, for all the same reasons.” Stephanie’s brow creased. “You were paying me to act like I was your girlfriend. We completed the contract. I got paid, you moved on with your life. That’s how it’s supposed to go, honestly.”
They sat there for a moment, regarding one another. Stephanie felt as though his sharp blue stare was peering into her darkest thoughts.
Finally, he broke the stare and gave a short, unenthusiastic nod.
“I guess.” He pushed his plate aside and smiled. “Well, at least we got to have today, right?”

 

Stephanie agreed. “Absolutely.”
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Lily is a Colorado native enjoying the fantastic climate of Southern California with her family and cranky cat after surviving more than a decade in hot, humid places where hurricanes get their own season and Winter is a myth.
 
The written word is her favorite thing – reading or writing, she doesn’t discriminate. Left to her own devices she can read about a book a day; that HEA is a powerful drug! 
 
As an only child she grew up inventing elaborate stories for her dolls to act out. She started word processing on a computer around age 10 and never looked back. After suffering the heartbreak of catastrophic drive failure a regrettable number of times, she has finally learned to back things up appropriately and often.
 
Follow her antics on social media! (If she disappears for a bit around late August, don’t worry, that’s just her wanderlust kicking in. She’ll be back soon.)

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Title: Courageous Lovers
Series: Cidade Cinza Book One
Author: Elis Angelico
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 15, 2020

 
The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long…
 
In the years since her divorce, artist Lucilia Barboa is living as she wants…free. No husband, no kids, and no interest in having either. After completely losing her identity when she was married, Luci is too scared to try love again. Sex however…she has nothing against casual sex. Just not with her tall, gorgeous, tattooed neighbor. 
 
Rafa Costa has watched Luci avoid him for weeks. When he finally gets the chance to talk to her, he is blown away by the instant chemistry a single touch ignites. Even more so when she offers to spend time with him. Just sex though. On that, she won’t compromise. That should suit Rafa fine since he’s convinced true love is a once-in-a-lifetime chance, and he lost his years ago. But Luci quickly becomes as important as the air he breathes.
 
Embarking on an affair that burns fast and hot, Rafa and Luci race headlong into disaster. When fears and ghosts from their past collide with their present, they have to decide if they are strong enough to risk everything for love or if single is the ultimate happiness.

Luci nodded and exhaled. “I used to think marriage was the ultimate prize and that I’d won the lottery with mine. My ex was attractive, successful, and smart. My family loved him. And he chose me.”

She was facing towards me but not making eye contact. My heart thundered in my ears, my fists clenched. 

“For a while, that was enough, but I couldn’t escape that there wasn’t room to grow or change in our relationship. I did my best, but it got to the point that I couldn’t continue on the path he’d chosen for us, for me.”

She rose her eyes and they shone with the force of her memories. 

“You don’t want to go through that again,” I said. 

“Failure doesn’t scare me. I have no regrets about the marriage or the divorce. Relationships begin and end. It’s the cycle of life.” 

If anyone else had said it, I would’ve taken offense. The cycle of life wasn’t always so natural, but she was sincere, without being righteous. She had no idea how fantastic she was. 

“But loving someone means compromise. There’s no clear measure of how much is too much. That’s what terrifies me.”

I reached out and took her hand. She gave me a small smile. 

“It took something horrible for me to figure out the point at which I would lose the essence of who I was. If that hadn’t happened, I’d still be married to him, with a life of my making but not of my will,” she said. 

“You’re afraid of losing yourself?” I asked.

“Exactly.”

I didn’t know what to say. I’d never experienced her struggle. I wasn’t going to be able to convince Luci that her concern was unwarranted. It was. She’d lived it. 

I rubbed my hands over my running pants, smooth and worn bare in some places and stiff with paint in others.

“I get it,” I said.

Elis Angelico is a Brazilian American who writes shameless romances for women who love sex and believe in love.

 

She taught middle schoolers in Southern California, completed half a masters in library science in D.C., mentored teenagers in Boston, and managed a job training program for homeless adults in São Paulo before devoting herself full-time to orgasms.
 
Her books are emotionally complex and explore the many ways that love is essential to enduring trauma, injustice, and pain. Her OCD (the diagnosed kind, not the tongue and cheek “I’m so organized” variety), father’s death by suicide, bisexuality and divorce are but a few of the life experiences that inform her writing.
 
She lives in São Paulo with her daughter and her soul mate and knows her way around a spray can.
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Title: Absolving Blue ( On Call #4)
Author: Freya Barker
Genre: Contemporary
Romance
Release Date: March 10, 2020
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For long-time Durango Fire Department EMT, Ava ‘Blue’ Navarro, her teammates at Station 3 represent a family more loyal than her own.
However, when patients start dying on her watch, she draws the attention of local law enforcement. In particular the smooth-talking detective she’s successfully evaded for years, fearing he might stir up her quiet existence.
Detective Tony Ramirez considers himself a likable guy, which is why the perpetual cold shoulder from the athletic blonde first responder is confusing.
Now he finds himself in charge of a murder investigation that threatens to shake his world both personally and professionally. A situation that won’t earn him any brownie points.
When medical examiner, Calder Stonewall, is called in to assist, it only seems to throw more suspicion Blue’s way, and Tony has to pull out all the stops to prove her innocence while securing her heart.

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“I really hate this,” she says when I lift my head.
“I must be losing my touch, then,” I joke, and she slaps my chest.
“Not that, you idiot. I hate being weak.”
“Now who’s being an idiot?” I lightly shake her. “If you sprained your ankle, would you think it weak to see a doctor? Do you think the people you tend to on a daily basis are weak?” When she reluctantly shakes her head, I push my point home. “So how’s this any different? We’re just talking about another part of you that needs some healing. Shit, if you think that makes you weak, you’re calling every cop in Durango a pussy. Wait ‘til I tell the guys.”
“You wouldn’t,” she snaps, her eyes spitting fire.
“If you keep spouting that nonsense, I might.”

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The On Call series has become a favorite of mine, and with each new installment thus far, I fall further in love with Freya’s whole cast of characters—humans and animals!

Needless to say, I’m so happy that Tony Ramirez gets his happily ever after—apparently, no one is immune to where Cupid aims his arrow—not even a smoking hot, swoon-worthy, sexy-as-sin Latino detective! Yes, ladies, the Durango police department’s player extraordinaire is off the market, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Ava “Blue” Navarro is an EMT for Durango’s fire department and does just fine working and dealing with the guys in the firehouse on a daily basis. She may be pretty and tiny, but she certainly has the respect of her co-workers. Ava is also the focus of Tony’s attention.

There’s a reason Ava’s nickname is Blue, and it has nothing to do with the color of her eyes or her hair, which is blonde anyway. Just like so many of Freya’s characters, Ava has one helluva past, one that refuses to stay just where she left it.

This is where the suspense starts, the alpha heroes spin out of the telephone booths, chicken taco lessons are taught, and every bit of goodness, tenacity, strength, and loyalty explodes from the pages when someone in Durango is threatened or in harm’s way or needs some saving in more ways than one.

Tony and Ava are fantastic together. Their chemistry and understanding of each other’s job really goes a long way in making their relationship work. And let’s face it, Tony is just plain HOT!🌶🌶🌶‼️

Freya Barker conjures up some of the most genuine and likeable characters I’ve ever read, whether they’re the MCs or part of her brilliant supporting cast. She brings out their strengths, their weaknesses, and sometimes puts them through the wringer, but the best part is that in some capacity or another, they all find their way into every storyline. This is what world building is all about.

When I open up any one of Freya’s books, it feels like I’ve come home to visit my old friends, and then get to meet a new one—every single time, and Absolving Blue is no exception. Tony and Ava’s story is a perfect edition to this incredible series, and I can’t recommend it enough. Five stars for another spectacular read from the fabulous Freya Barker.
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Driven to make her books about ‘real’ people; she creates characters who are perhaps less than perfect, each struggling to find their own slice of happy, but just as deserving of romance, thrills and chills in their lives.
Recipient of the ReadFREE.ly 2019 Best Book We’ve Read All Year Award for “Covering Ollie, the 2015 RomCon “Reader’s Choice” Award for Best First Book, “Slim To None”, and Finalist for the 2017 Kindle Book Award with “From Dust”, Freya continues to add to her rapidly growing collection of published novels as she spins story after story with an endless supply of bruised and dented characters, vying for attention!

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Title: One Chance
Series: The One Series
Author: Victoria J. Best
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 7, 2020
Nicolette Fowler led a charmed life on the outside, but no one quite knew the demons left behind after her mother’s death by suicide. When she met Henry, an alcoholic playboy, Nicolette thought he would be the last person to break down her defenses. Would Nicolette and Henry heal each other or would they miss their one chance at love?
Victoria J. Best writes contemporary romance with a sexy twist. She lives on the east coast with her husband, two kids, and a very pampered Yorkie. 
 
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, baking or crafting—probably in that order.

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Connor Sutton never had a problem attracting women. Tall, blond, easy-going . . . all he had to do to get them into his bed was to stop saying no. He never wanted to be rich or famous, but when his sister married a billionaire, he became both. To fit into the Barrington clan, he had to make a lot of changes and although being rich is nice. . . all it takes to make him happy is a loaded pizza and a cold beer.

 

Until he meets Angelina Kroll and discovers what it’s like to want someone he can’t have. Then she’s all he can think about.

 

As a hardworking, single mother, the last thing Angelina is looking for is a fling with a movie star, especially gorgeous, broody Connor Sutton. She gave up believing in happily ever after a long time ago. When she’s unexpectedly fired, Connor offers her a job that’s impossible to refuse.

 

He’s not the man she thinks he is.

 

She’s not the woman she’d hoped to be.

 

 

They’ve both left behind more than they wanted to.

 

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She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she’s not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm or connecting with her readers online.
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