Friday, April 28, 2017

Release Blitz... Jessie Lane's Big Bad Bite Returned

Title: Big Bad Bite Returned
Series: Big Bad Bite Series #2.5
Author: Jessie Lane
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2017

Jenna O’Conner and Adam McPhee are happily mated … Or are they?

While Jenna happily wears Adam’s mating mark, she has yet to give Adam one in return.

Adam doesn’t want to pressure his mate, but not receiving one is starting to wear on him.

After Jenna is attacked while on the job as a SWAT officer, they are forced to reevaluate their relationship.

The time has come. Jenna needs to decide if her mate is going to get the big bad bite.

*This is a 10,000 word short story that takes place after Big Bad Bite and Walk On The Striped Side!*

“Have you heard the news?”
Adam’s gaze was glued to Jenna’s moving lips, from where she had her chin perched on his chest. Warm amber eyes, lazy from their love making, watched her inquisitively, waiting for her to finish.

“Gage knocked his mate up.”
The left side of Adam’s lips kicked up in a grin, and he mumbled, “Poor guy.”
It was her turn to be amused. She was about to lay the other half of the story down and knew exactly how Adam would react.
“He did it on purpose, Adam.”
It didn’t take long for his eyes to bug out of his head, and those perfect lips that she loved so much dropped open in aghast. “Why in the hell would he do that?”
Jenna snorted in amusement at her mate’s look of horror. “Careful. If anyone in the pack hears you talking like that, they’re going to think you’re against having kids.”
Strong fingers stroked through her hair, and Jenna’s sense of contentedness magnified. She loved these moments when it was just her and her mate, shutting the world out.
“You and I both know that’s not the case. I love the idea of us having pups one day. Just not right now.”
In a move so lightning quick it had her head spinning, Adam flipped Jenna onto her back on the bed. Spreading her thighs wide, he snuggled their hips together so she could feel his rejuvenated hard length against her sex. She couldn’t stop the moan that escaped her as Adam rocked it up and down her clit, which was still sensitive from the earth-shattering sex they had just finished a few minutes ago.
“You’re trying to kill me,” Jenna moaned.
Adam leaned down and nipped her lip. “Never. Killing you would defeat my master plan of fucking you stupid every day.”
She couldn’t help laughing at his blunt words. It was so like her mate to think with his dick. She knew she owned all of him, including his heart. That didn’t mean she wasn’t going to tease him for being such a man.
“I see how it is. You only want me for my body.”
He ran his lips down her neck to the spot on her shoulder where he had given her his mate mark and kissed it. It was something Adam did all the time, as if he was paying homage to the spot on her body that made her his. “Wrong again, mate. I want to own all of you.”
“You do own all of me.” She then gasped as he slid inside her, filling her with his hard length.
“I know,” Adam whispered in her ear. She thought about smacking him on the ass for being cocky, but then he whispered in her ear, “Just as you own all of me.”
As her mate made love to her again, a little voice taunted her in the back of her head—her wolf. You don’t own all of him. You’ve yet to give him our mate mark.

Barb’s 5* Review

*review copy provided by author*

First off, I'm a huge fan of Jessie Lane's Big Bad Bite Series, and yes Jenna is my favorite! Well next to the Tigers but, I degrees. I love the interaction between her characters. There is a dynamic there that pulls everyone in close and you voluntarily hold one for the epic ride you're about to go on.

In this story we have Adam and Jenna, happily mated (or they're supposed to be) but one night while on an emergency call with her job as a SWAT officer. Jenna is shot. Her partner Kent breaks the news to Adam and of course it sends him into a tailspin. He has a total breakdown in his head because he doesn't wear his mates mark, as she had promised him.

The road to recovery for Jenna should have been easy, with her man taking care of her but that's not really the case. Adam takes care of her, but it's like a robot. She knows he's upset but he's left it up to her to figure out why.

Talk about a wtf moment. It took Jenna some serious time to figure it out. But once she did.... things go from quiet to oh, yeah baby, in no time.

Jessie Lane is a best-selling author of Paranormal and Contemporary Romance, as well as, Upper YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy.

She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in-the-making and her over protective alpha husband that she’s pretty sure is a latent grizzly bear shifter. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them.

She’s also a proud member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA).


Blog Tour... Lorelei Moone's Alpha Squad: Boot Camp

Alpha Squad: Boot Camp
by Lorelei Moone

Alpha Squad #1
Narrated by: Audrey Lusk
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Genres: Adult, Audio, Paranormal, Romance, Shifters

It has only been a few months since humanity has found out about the shifters that live in their midst. When the New Alliance leadership asks Eric King to join Alpha Squad, a joint taskforce supposed to promote cooperation between the shifters and human authorities, his loyalty to the cause doesn’t give him any choice but to agree. But is the squad actually supposed to be relevant, or is it just an eyewash, set up by the new Secretary for Shifter Affairs to make himself look good? And how is he going to concentrate on his training, when his inner bear is insisting that the squad leader is his true mate?

Major Janine Williams is not at all pleased when she is ordered to set up Alpha Squad. The initiative is just a gimmick, meant to pacify the shifter community, plus none of her male colleagues had wanted the job. But when she starts getting to know her team, especially tough East London bear shifter, Eric, she starts to wonder if perhaps it will be possible to make this task force a success, so long as everyone works together. And so long as she can manage to keep her relationship with Eric strictly professional.


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ebooks Amazon US : CA : UK


Eric took a deep breath and closed his eyes. He should have just stayed behind at that service station, perhaps tried to strike up more of a conversation with the mysterious woman who had caught his eye there. Or ideally, he should have risked Henry's disapproval and refused to join the task force. Anything was better than this.
Back to the mystery woman. And what a woman she was. A regal beauty, with a voice that had set his heart alight. His inner bear had tried its best to claw to the surface; he'd hardly been able to control the urge to shift right there in front of her.
How would she have reacted if she'd seen his true form? Things had changed since the New Alliance's little stunt, coming out to the entire world media, but they hadn't changed that much for everyone. Humans were still apprehensive, and why wouldn't they be? Most of their kind were pretty damn scary looking.
Would she have screamed and run away? Or would she have been intrigued?
He would never find out of course, because he'd let that opportunity pass him by when Adam had dragged him back to the restaurant for lunch.
Where was she now? And was she thinking about their little encounter as much as he was?
So many questions he'd never get the answer to…
Instead, he was stuck here in this decrepit old building with a bunch of people, none of whom seemed to want to be here. Except Blackwood the wolf, maybe. He had seemed like the most cheerful person hereafter Adam.
The sound of the door disturbed his gloomy thoughts, but he tried to ignore the intrusion.
"Attention!" Private Callahan's voice filled the dorm.
Eric opened his eyes and sat up straight on his bed. The top of his head almost touched the springs underneath Adam's mattress above.
The private stepped aside and another woman marched into the room.
Was he still daydreaming? He could not believe who had entered—the woman he'd just been fantasizing about.
"Major Williams would like to say a few words," Private Callahan said.
Major Williams. Eric was speechless. He had expected a grey-haired man, gruff like the SAS guy across the room, but perhaps more polished. Their commander was a woman. His woman.
Major Williams scanned the room, slowly, pausing on each of the other trainees for a moment, then moving on to the next. Until she spotted Eric. She looked away instantly. Of course, she'd recognized him as well, and she did not look pleased to find him here.
"I am Major Janine Williams, your team leader. Welcome and thank you for joining Alpha Squad. Starting tomorrow, I will conduct your training, evaluate you, and report on the progress of this task force with the relevant higher authorities. The first phase of training starts in the morning and will last two weeks, at the end of which you will all be graded on various aspects of your performance. Anyone who is deemed unfit to continue will be asked to leave at that point, before phase two begins. Any questions?"
Questions? Eric had so many of those. He did not speak, though.
"What do you mean, unfit? I was told I was being transferred here permanently," Ben, the younger of the two humans complained.
"You shall address me as Major Williams or Ma'am, first of all. Secondly, this task force is not a joke. Only those who are worthy will make the cut." The major glared at him from across the room. Eric couldn't help but be impressed by her show of authority.
Cooper folded his arms and pressed his lips together.
"Do you understand? What's your name?"
"Ben Cooper, Ma'am. Yes, I understand."
Eric had trouble suppressing a smile. She wasn't going to take any crap from anyone, that much was obvious. It would only be a matter of time before Adam and the major would clash similarly. Amusingly, he found himself rooting not for his brother, but for the woman. Training under her command could get interesting.
She glanced at him for a split second, during which he did his best to hide his reaction. He would play along, fall in line, and do his best to fit into the squad. He owed it to Henry, but that was not the only reason. Fate had handed him a second chance after he recklessly failed to get her details earlier today. No matter what, Eric was not going to waste the opportunity. He'd prove his worth to her one way or another before training was over.
"All right then, at ease, everyone," the major said, "You have a big day ahead of you and I suggest you take rest."
Eric nodded, mostly to himself, and lay back on his cot again. Perhaps this whole Alpha Squad nonsense had a couple of silver linings after all.

~~ Barb’s 3 ½* Review ~~

*audio review copy received from author*

This is my first book by Lorelei Moone, and as a shifter LOVER, I was all for this one as soon as I read the blurb. However, I have figured out quickly there is a difference in reading a book and listening to an audio book. The book itself, the story is good. A little fast in the way of the h/h going from hi to bed but that's okay. Shifters have no patience as it is. :)

But, the narrator of this audiobook is just not the right one. Her "voices" all sound the same, and it just wasn't hitting on anything. For me, she made it kind of suck. I had to stop listening a few times. It was a fight to suck it up and carry on.

Now, as for the actual story, I liked it. I am a huge bear shifter fan so, it's a win.

You have the shifters who have just come out of the closet, so to speak, teaming up to make an Alpha Team which consists of humans and shifters. They're trained by the Military. Their leader, Major Janine Williams and the personnel for the Alpha Squad are being trained at a secluded Infantry school in Wales. The UK setting was different and made it more intriguing. The humans and shifters are thrown into the barracks and training begins. Even with the difference in humans and shifters they become a proper task force.

That is not the only thing that happens... oh no, Eric King has his eyes on the Major for more than just a teacher. Fate has been pulling them into the tree lines and he is a man on a mission. He shall seek, he shall love. Janine and Eric are a mated pair, and once that bond starts to form, and grow, they know there's more to this than just training. It's a way to grab on and let the world spin as it’s supposed to.

Ready or not.... Alpha Squad has a mission and Eric is just the bear to help his human mate make sure everything falls into line as it’s supposed to be.

About the Author:

Lorelei Moone is an up-and-coming author of paranormal romance based in London. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she’s not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.


Blog Tour... Whitney Cannavina's Reclaim Me

Reclaim Me (Taken Series Book 3)
by Whitney Cannavina
Release Date: April 21st, 2017


Freedom hasn’t come easy for Sierra.
She may have finally escaped her captor but the demons of her past are hot on her heels. It’s just a matter of time before they capture her again.

Only this time, she’s no longer that innocent girl she once was.

There’s a monster that lurks beneath the surface and it’s itching for a fight.

Can Sierra fight her demons from her past and come out in the end intact or will she succumb to her darkest desires and become the one thing she tried to escape from?

Forrest finally has her but she’s no longer the same woman he fell in love with. With the threat still out there, Forrest needs to save Sierra in more ways than just her life.

*Reclaim Me is not a standalone. Please read Save Me and Break Me in the Taken Series.
*This series is a dark and gritty with the occasional sex scene and abuse so please take caution before reading.
*Due to language, sex, and scenes of abuse, this series is for readers 18+



The air is cool and crisp, puffy white clouds filling up the night sky, hiding the twinkling of the stars from everyone giving this night an ominous feeling. I can feel the cold seeping into my bones, giving my body a chill that’s bone deep even though I wear layers of thick, warm clothing.
As I stand on the balcony, staring off into the yard that is eerily quiet and void of any life, I wonder where the eyes are that I can feel caressing my skin with their heated stare. I can’t see him but I know he is there, lurking in the darkness behind the trees waiting for the perfect moment to attack.
He’s evil, I can feel it somehow and I am like a deer in the headlights. I can’t move. It’s as if he has paralyzed me. Then I see him. In the distance, his large form moves slowly at first, as if testing me. It’s like he is waiting for me to take off in the opposite direction but I cant. I am unable to move, stuck in a trance just waiting for the devil to strike and I crave it as much as I fear it.
It feels as if I have been standing here for ages, waiting for him to finally reach me. Once he is in front of me, with no space between us, the world fades away. We are no longer on the balcony but standing in front of my bed, in my childhood home. He is faceless, just a blur, but I know him. I’d know him anywhere.
When his hands slowly glide over my arms, I moan in appreciation loving the feel of his skin upon my own. I know it’s wrong. I should fear him, and in some ways I do, but for some reason when he is touching me, I crave his touch. A shiver races through me and soon, I am heating up to unbearable heights. I can feel the flames as they lick up my legs, soothing, before melting my flesh and making me sweat. What started as heated pleasure quickly turns torturous. I hold back the scream that is clawing its way up my throat, not wanting to show him an ounce of my pain. I look deeply into his blurred face silently asking him why?
“Because you have abandoned me. You were a very bad girl, and bad girls get punished.”
I shake my head furiously wishing I could speak, wanting to tell him that he was wrong. That he had abandoned me, but the pain is too much and I know that if I try, all that will come out would be an earsplitting scream and I refuse to give him the satisfaction of hearing my pain.
“Scream for me,” he whispers. “I said SCREAM!” he bellows.
Sweat breaks across my forehead and just before I break, his blurred face becomes clear and the fear I had been trying to hide, and the scream I have been holding back break free when Jeremy speaks again.
“That’s my girl.” The malicious smile turns his handsome face evil like the devil he is.

My piercing scream causes me to jolt out of bed, feeling panicked and scared. I’m drenched in sweat from head to toe and my heart is pounding so loud I’m afraid it will wake the neighbors. Forrest wraps his arms around me in his comforting embrace but it does nothing for me. My shaking body, heavy breathing, and heated skin causes him to worry unnecessarily about me. He can’t save me from my nightmares no matter how he tries to help. I can’t escape them and they seem to be coming more frequently as of late.
I sigh, feeling horrible for putting Forrest through this nearly every night. “Maybe…maybe you should sleep in your room again. My waking up like this nearly every night has to be exhausting for you. I don’t want you to lose sleep because of me.”
I can’t stand to look into his face as I say these words, knowing I am probably hurting him. I can’t help it, though. Lately, it hasn’t been just the dreams that are bothering me. It’s the looks everyone gives me. I feel as if they are all waiting for me to break. Like I am going to fall apart and become a shell of my former self.  Or when someone touches me. I flinch every single time and I don’t even mean to. It’s so confusing because they are not injuring me in any way. My skin isn’t sensitive to the touch. I don’t fear them, but every time it’s as if they scorched me with their touch. I can’t stand it. I can see the tortured looks on their faces and it pains knowing I put it there unintentionally and that there is nothing I can do to fix it.
Intimacy is about the only thing I can handle. And by intimacy I don’t mean cuddling, kissing, and holding hands. Sex has been the only time I can truly let go and clear my mind enough to be touched, caressed, and kissed. I lose myself in the pleasure and it’s exhilarating… until it’s over. Then things go right back to the way they were before.
Forrest always wants to hold me afterwards as he caresses my skin with his lips and fingers but it feels like tiny little ants are crawling all over my skin biting me, and it’s almost painful. I always make excuses to him that I have to go run an errand or that I need to clean something in order to leave the room so I can slow down my erratic heart and avoid pushing him away, but I think he is on to me. Forrest always knew me better than I knew myself and I have no doubt he knows something is wrong. I’m sure it pains him that I am feeling like this but it hurts me just as much knowing I am putting this confused and hurt look on his face.
“Baby, girl. I don’t plan on going anywhere. I am staying right here with you and we will get through this. I don’t care that you wake me up because of your nightmares. I want to be here for you and help you overcome them.” He tries to pull me to his chest but I just can’t stand the idea of anyone touching me right now, so instead I quickly hop out of bed and pace the room as I try to figure out what to say.
“Sierra, tell me what’s going on in that pretty head of yours?” I know he means well.
“I can’t do this Forrest.” I continue pacing. It helps me from completely falling apart. As it is, I can already feel the tears threatening to fall. They burn the back of my eyelids but I breathe deeply several times, hoping to keep them at bay.
“Can’t do what, baby? You’re worrying me right now. Maybe if you just take a seat and talk it out with me…”
“No. I… I just need some space. I need time to absorb everything. I can’t think with you around. You consume everything around me that I can’t focus. And you treat me as if I am about to break.”
“I’m just worried about you. I don’t want anything happening to you again. I failed you before and I won’t fail you again. “
“You didn’t fail me Forrest. There were things that were out of your control.” I stop in front of him and give him my full attention so he knows that I am serious. “I need a break from you and from my family. I know you are all waiting for me to have a meltdown but it’s not going to happen. I’m already broken. You can’t fix me like you did when we were kids and someone hurt my feelings by calling me names, or when I fell and scraped my knees when I feel off the skateboard. My soul is shattered to pieces. The girl I used to be is gone now. I’m no longer that na├»ve princess you all treated me as. I have darkness in me that I’ll never be able to erase.”
“Baby girl…” Forrest chokes out my nickname and my heart bleeds a little knowing that after this night, I will no longer be his baby girl. I will just be Sierra, the girl who was kidnapped. The girl who is trying to find herself.
“Forrest… I’m sorry but I can’t do this… Us.” I gesture between us to emphasize my point. “I’ve seen some gruesome things when Jeremy had me. I watched him and his men rape and beat children, each taking their turn before repeating their fun on me. I stood on the sidelines as one child or woman after another was auctioned off like cattle to the highest bidder. I watched them cry and beg to be taken home to their families and I stood there and said nothing. I did nothing to help them. I could have done something… anything to stop the bidding. Instead, I just stood there like a robot watching it all happen.” The tears I had been trying to hold back come flooding down my cheeks but I pay little attention to them as I try to get through this last piece of my speech.
“That wasn’t your fault, Sierra. There was nothing you could have done to help them. They would have killed you and them if you had tried to intervene.”
“I lost two babies, Forrest.” I whisper. “Two babies that I wanted. That I loved and I never even met them.”
“Those were the offspring of a monster. You can’t seriously want that monster’s children?” I understand Forrest’s anger but he doesn’t understand what it’s like and it hurts and angers me that he could say this.
“I wanted them, Forrest. Even if they were his, they were still a part of me. They carried my blood in them. I would have loved them no matter who their father was.”
“If you wanted a baby so badly, we could have one. I could give you as many as you want. But I want you to be healthy physically and emotionally and right now you’re talking nonsense.”
“I’m not talking nonsense. These are my feelings. I’ve changed Forrest. And maybe, what we had started is no longer right for us. Maybe I’ve changed too much and now our chance is gone.”
“Don’t say that, baby girl. You can’t mean that. You know we have always belonged together even if we didn’t always acknowledge it. I’m yours in every way just as you are mine.”
“No Forrest, I am not yours anymore. I’m his until I can break his spell over me. I’m broken, Forrest. And maybe I will never be fixed. But I can’t fix myself with you constantly treating me like I’m fragile. I’m not fragile. I’m stronger than you give me credit for and in order to become even a shadow of my former self, I need to do it my own way. Without your help and without you hovering.”
Forrest stares at me with a blank face, giving nothing away as to how he is feeling but I know. I know him as well as I knew my soul before all of this shit happened. He’s dying inside. He wants to rebel against me and force me to listen to him and not let him go. But I also know that he won’t argue any more about this. Not because he doesn’t want to, or that he doesn’t care. He’s out of his element when it comes to fighting with a woman to stay with him.
“Do what you want, Sierra.” Forrest climbs out of my bed and walks to my door grabbing the knob without turning it. “I love you, baby girl, but I am out. See you around.”
I plop on my bed feeling numb. It’s the only feeling I need right now because if I let myself feel anything else, I would never be able to recover from his devastating blow. I expected him to agree to give me space. But to give up on me is something new and I don’t know how to feel about it so I choose numb. It’s easier and it will help me get through what I am about to do next.

- Other Books by Whitney-

Romance Series
Starting Over-   
Looking For Love-  
Romance Series Bundle-    

Taken Series
Save Me -   
Break Me -   

Picking Daisies- Releases 2017

- 5 Paperback Giveaway -
Prizes: Signed copy of Break Me, and 1-4 of Meredith Wilds Hacker series

- About Whitney -
I am an author, blogger, and mom to the best kid ever. On the days that are not hectic (which is hardly ever) I spend my time writing what I can. I write mostly contemporary adult romance but I think I will venture out just a little and write a few for teens to broaden my reader spectrum. I have always been imaginative making up stories and friends when I was younger, and once I had a teacher tell me how horrible a story I wrote was, that I didn't write until just a few years ago. I realized I don't care what her or anyone else thinks, as long as I love what I write then I am happy. That doesn't mean I don't want readers to love my books, I am just understanding that not everyone will love what they read and I am ok with that.

I also run a blog with two other awesome ladies called The Club and I hope that you would take a look and see what we have going on. I was just kind of thrust into it but I love exploring new genres, finding new authors, and reading a range of books I might not have heard of before then. It also helps I love to tell other readers about some great authors.

I grew up in Southern California, and on top of being and author, blogger and mom, I also love to watch movies, read excessively, go to hockey and baseball games, and relax with just my friends and family.

I hope you take the chance to check out my books and hopefully enjoy them.

- Author Links -
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