Friday, April 29, 2016

A Promise Kept by Anissa Garcia

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A PROMISE KEPT
By Anissa Garcia
Publishing: June 6, 2016

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Closing her heart a long time ago, Grace Clark made a promise she’s vowed to keep. Having Hollywood heartthrob Evan Matthews move in next door with his alluring good looks, charisma, wit, and sexy smile is a temptation that runs the risk of compromising the importance of that promise. 


Evan is drawn to his new neighbor. Grace is the exact opposite of the women he normally encounters. Enticing, down-to-earth, and confident, she captivates him. She has no problems facing off with Evan, and he soon realizes Grace is much more than just a challenge. He wants to prove himself to her. 

Grace can see the man beyond the actor, and with more than just her pride at stake, she needs to hold tight to her promise before Evan breaks through all her walls, exposing her heart.





    



Within the hour, Grace was working up a sweat as she huffed and puffed on the treadmill.  The gym was full of morning people who used all the elliptical machines, which was an unexpected and annoying revelation.  She grumbled to herself as she picked up speed and let Bruno Mars blast in her ears.  
She slowed after half an hour and grabbed her towel to wipe her forehead.  Her peripheral vision caught a man walking toward her and she did a double take.  Oh, Jesus, help me.  Grace tugged her earbuds off and slowed her pace as Evan approached the machine and rested his sweaty forearm against it.  
“Good morning, Gracie Lynn.”  He stood before her with his damp hair hanging over his forehead and his white shirt clinging onto his chest.  She could see every cord of his neck muscles as he steadied his breathing.  “You stalking me?”  
The length of his physique stood out—trim, well-defined, and unflawed.  He was so confident and masculine.  Even with sweat trickling down the side of his temples he looked absolutely delicious.  It just wasn’t fair.  
“You wish, Matthews.”  She tried to force her mouth to remain straight as she reached for her bottled water and took a sip.  “What are you doing at my gym?”
“Getting tortured for the sake of art.”  
Her laugh couldn’t be held back as she stopped the treadmill and jumped off.  She glanced over and saw Josh with a few other guys all pumping iron.  “Well, you play your role very well.”
“So you’re saying I got a rocking bod?”  His smile grew as he followed her.  “Wait til you see me without my clothes.”  
“God, that ego,” she teased.  Grace noted several women looking in their direction.  Some of them gaped, trying to get themselves under control.  Others tried to give Evan seductive looks in hopes he would return them.  He was hard to ignore.  She wondered if any of these women would be brave enough to approach him.  
He was probably used to being stared at and hit on all the time.  It seemed like second nature to him.  A pang of jealousy suddenly hit Grace and she tried to let the emotion pass as quickly as it had appeared.  These feelings were beginning to creep on her, more so when she was around him.  
“Don’t say you wouldn’t appreciate it,” Evan joked.
“Looks like blondie over there appreciates it.”  Grace smirked, pushing her chin toward big boobs on the elliptical.  The woman was basically eye-humping Evan the moment she had spotted him.
“You jealous, Gracie?  I only got eyes for you, doll.”
“Sure you do, Matthews,” she chuckled as she reminded herself to take it to the friend zone.  Stopping, she forced herself to look at Evan and caught him observing her carefully.  Her skin prickled and she suddenly felt vulnerable.  Heat surged between their bodies and she was aware of how close he was getting to her.  
He leaned in toward her, hovering, the largeness of his body towering over her small frame.  “I’m taking you to breakfast, Gracie.”  
His smooth demand caressed her ears making her forget that friend zone thing.  “O-okay,” she stammered, fighting for breath.  “I-I-need to just…”  She tried to move away from him as she pointed toward the ladies’ room.  “Um…I need to shower.”  
“Me too,” he chuckled.  “Look, I’ll meet you at your place in twenty minutes.”  
Grace nodded in compliance as she walked away completely at a loss of how she was going to stop herself from giving in to this gorgeous man.  


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Author Anissa Garcia

Anissa Garcia resides in Austin, Texas and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications and English. She held an array of jobs including Public Relations Manager for Barnes and Noble. Wanting a change of pace, she moved to Los Angeles where she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and trained full-time in theatre. After working in Hollywood, she returned to Texas where she has written articles for Cosmopolitan and Lady Couture. When not writing stories, watching movies, or drinking a latte, she loves to daydream about romantic fictional men.




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Welcome Home, Cowboy by Annie Rains



WELCOME HOME, COWBOY
A Hero's Welcome Book Two
Annie Rains
Releasing April 26th, 2016
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With its thriving military base, Seaside, North Carolina, is teeming with heroes of all stripes. But, as the Hero’s Welcome series from Annie Rains continues, it takes a cowboy to rescue the town’s newest resident from heartache.

After a bad breakup leaves Julie Chandler completely devastated, she comes to Seaside seeking a fresh start. A talented, compassionate yoga teacher, she has developed a program to help alleviate the effects of PTSD, but getting a bunch of bullheaded Marines into downward facing dog might be impossible. So Julie’s shocked when one of her first students dives in headfirst—and almost tempts her to take down her walls with his easy smile and electrifying touch.

Ever since Texas cowboy turned Marine pilot Lawson Phillips lost a crew member in a helicopter accident, he hasn’t been able to fly. When a psychologist orders him to attend, of all things, a yoga class, Lawson’s outraged—until he finds out Julie is the instructor. She’s beautiful, graceful, and completely guarded when it comes to his advances, but he’s determined to find out what makes her tick. Because underneath Julie’s hard shell is a woman Lawson knows he could fall for—and he’s not ready for the ride to end.





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“Come ride with me anytime,” he said, helping her dismount from the horse when they were back at the barn. He didn’t place his hands on her ass this time, which was both regrettable and a relief. Instead, he steadied her waist with his hands. She turned to face him after he helped her to the ground, and was surprised to find how close they were standing. Close enough that the brim of his hat on her head nearly touched his chin.


“This belongs to you.” She took off the hat and went up on her tiptoes to put it back where it belonged. Their eyes locked as the movement brought them even closer together. Her heart bucked again, like a wild horse ready to bolt.



Returning to flat feet, she started to step away. Needed to step away. Too bad Bon-Bon was still behind her, blocking her escape.



“Julie?” he said, making her feet pause and her heart stutter. She liked the sound of her name on his lips. Low, deep.

“Yes?” she asked breathlessly.



He reached out his hand to tame a strand of her hair brushing against her cheek. “You have what I call hat-hair.” He took his time smoothing the hair around her ear, awakening every nerve in her body. Then he slowly dipped, keeping his blue-as-the-ocean eyes on hers, and kissed her.



She melted into him instead of stepping away. The side of his cheek on hers was warm and inviting, intoxicating. His tongue tapped softly against hers, just once, as he swept his hand behind her neck, pulling her gently toward him.



A soft moan escaped her throat, betraying her. She parted her lips for him, inviting him in, begging him to stay, which he did for just a moment longer. Then he broke it off, keeping it sweet. The kiss had threatened to be more, though. It had threatened to take her inside that barn, lay her down on a blanket of hay, and be a whole hell of a lot more.



“See you later, Lawson,” she said, forcing herself to step away from him, away from the horse and the barn. She turned toward her car and didn’t look back. Otherwise, her hormones were going to win and drag this cowboy into the barn and slam the stall doors behind them.



“See you later, Julie,” he called after her.






Annie Rains is a contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America's largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn't writing, she's spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors. Represented by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency (NYLA).





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He's a mess...

Asher Knight has three constants in his life: music, beautiful women, and a bottle of Jack. He lives for the next gig, the next city, and dreams only of a life spent in front of an arena full of screaming fans. But Asher's nomad ways come to a sudden stop when he learns he's the father of a three-year-old from a past relationship and suddenly this rock star bad boy is forced to put down roots.


Only she can clean up


Gloria Shields is no one's fool. Sure, the sexual chemistry between her and Asher has always been intense, but she'd never risk giving her heart to a man who has a perfect record for breaking them. Except the man desperate to make things right with his newfound son is nothing like the rock god she's guarded her heart against for years. And it isn't long before she starts to wonder if life with this bad boy might be the best thing that's ever happened to her. 




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The door swung open and Asher stood on the other side of it, all tall, dark, and sexy wearing a dark gray tank. His tattoos were on display, his torn-at-the-knee jeans slung low and fitting in all the right places. As usual, his wrists were adorned with hemp and leather bracelets, but he only wore a few rings today. Both on his left hand—the hand holding the phone.

He tipped his head, motioning for her to come in, glancing away before she had time to really get pegged by those bourbon-colored eyes. Phew.
“Yeah. I can handle it,” he said into the phone. He strode away from her, barefoot, pant legs frayed, and Gloria’s heart clutched. She hated her heart sometimes. Sure, she appreciated the whole “stay beating so I can live” thing, but where Asher Knight was concerned, her heart veered from its routine and decided to take up tap dancing instead. It was his gelled, sort of shaggy hair and the lazy way his eyes never opened all the way. It was the cross inked on his left arm and his who-gives-a-fuck style.
It was him. All of him.
She’d just have to learn to deal with her hectic-patterned heart because she was here to drop off a check and that was it. There wasn’t any other reason for her to hang out in his house. Especially while he looked so—
He leaned on his kitchen island and she enjoyed the way his jeans showed off his ass. The way he crossed one bare foot over the other. The way he propped his chin on his palm and carried on his conversation…What had she been saying?
Oh, right. Yummy. She’d just have to learn to deal with him looking yummy. It was a fact of life. Like the weather. It was eighty-eight degrees and only nine a.m. and there wasn’t a thing she could do but endure it. She’d have to do the same with him.














A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.