Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Sugar Coated Secrets by Tara Gallina

 

 

 

  




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๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ:

My life’s dream is simple. Get married, have babies, and have the same happily ever after as my best friend. So why did I dump my longtime boyfriend, soon-to-be fiancรฉ, and bring one of my worst fears—being alone—to life?

And why did I take that dark alley and allow myself to be attacked? As an ID channel enthusiast, I know the dangers lurking in the world. I warn my friends about it regularly. Now I have a stalker, which brings my other worst fear to life.

The person who comes to my rescue isn’t my ex or even my bestie. Easton—my gorgeous, flirty friend, and my bf’s brother-in-law—shows up to care for me. He’s the opposite of the preppy guys I date. He’s rugged, sexy, and doesn’t know the meaning of the word commitment. Other than helping me with my stalker, he can’t give me what I want. So why am I falling for him anyway?


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As the spare to the heir, I’m the carefree brother. The guy no one expects much from—not even my own family. But I’m here to prove them all wrong. I’m not the man I was a year ago. Sadie is proof of that.

I never would have let someone like her get close to me. Yet she found a way into my life without climbing into my bed. That never happens. She friend-zoned me long ago, and out of respect for my brother and sister-in-law, I’ve kept my hands to myself. Only now, she’s in my home, showing sides of herself I didn’t know existed. She’s more than I could have imagined, better.


I didn’t know protecting her would make me crave her so much. I can give her a safe place, a good time, pleasures she’s never known, but I can’t give her the dream she desires.




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Tara Gallina is the author of the The Forever Series vols 1-8 (steamy new adult and college romance), Pretty Georgia Peaches (small town steamy romances), and the fantasy romances Fated to Die and Enchanted Kisses. 


She believes in fairies, true love, and happily ever after. When she’s not writing, she loves to visit gardens, European castles, and Caribbean beaches. She’s passionate about interior design, obsessed with throw pillows, addicted to vinegar, favors the color pink, and only drinks wine that tastes like melted sugar.

 

Her writing journey began in the traditional world when she signed with a literary agent in 2015 for a young adult retelling. She's since added steamy romances to her publishing list and writes independently.
 

Daily needs: sunshine, laughter, coffee, family.
Daily wants: castle, English accent, princess hair, anti-age venom.

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Soft Lies & Hard Truths

 


California Heart Series, Book 3

 

Contemporary Romance

Date Published: 04-17-2024

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press


 

Heartbroken and mortified by mean-spirited taunts and social media pictures of her looking like a hot mess at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding, Leah James decides to accept her friend, Miguel Montoya’s, offer to take a road trip to their hometown of Santa Lorena.

Miguel, ex-Marine turned fitness trainer, is done pretending that he doesn’t have strong feelings for Leah. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he knew she was the one, and now this trip provides the perfect opportunity to take their relationship to the next level.

Will shocking lies, deceits, and half-truths dampen the fiery sparks of passion that ignite when Leah and Miguel are forced to share a cozy honeymoon cottage, or will they overcome their fears and build a brighter future based on honesty and love?


About the Author

Dalia Dupris has been a book lover as long as she can remember. Dalia’s BA in English Literature from UCLA and Master’s degree in Social Work, from the University of Southern California, in addition to years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist, contribute to her creation of relatable and complex characters.

In her spare time, she enjoys bike riding along the California coast with her husband, and hiking with her daughter. She loves hearing from her readers. Their words of encouragement inspire her to continue creating memorable characters, who will make you laugh and cry and keep rooting for them until the very last page. Subscribe to her website for a chance to learn more about Dalia and her books.

 

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Red Pines

 

 


 The South's wealthiest, most dysfunctional family is back, 

with old scores to settle and a surprising houseguest  


Red Pines

Trapnell Thriller Book 3

by Jill Hand

Genre: Thriller

In this hilarious third installment, Jill Hand gives us the weirdest, funniest family saga yet.”

Wayne Turmel, author of Johnny Lycan: The Werewolf PI series


The discovery of the bodies of two "honky-tonk hitmen" on land belonging to a former relative brings the Trapnell siblings, self-centered Aimee, indolent Trainor, and brilliant Marsh, back to White Oaks, their opulent ancestral home. FBI Special Agent Carson Burns is tasked with protecting them, something she finds increasingly difficult, as sinister events keep occurring which barely avoid being fatal.

Adding to the confusion is a deposed dictator who has eluded his Secret Service watchdogs and is pretending to be Marsh's valet.

It becomes clear that someone intends to murder the Trapnells, but who? And why? A rapper called Baby Patty Cake insists the Illuminati are to blame, but that can't be true, can it?


What readers are saying:

Author Jill Hand has crafted a thriller that offers the ideal balance of humor and suspense to create a delightfully entertaining experience filled with quirky characters and unexpected twists. The dysfunctional dynamics of the Trapnell family are an absolute joy and a great foil to play off during the biggest surprises of the plot, while the witty dialogue and eccentric scenarios provide plenty of laughs along the way. The clues unfold at a great pace to allow us to figure things out alongside Agent Burns, yet the reader is kept in a fair amount of suspense about the true motives behind the attempts on the Trapnells' lives, leading to a satisfying and surprising conclusion. Overall, Red Pines is a captivating read that offers equal parts humor and suspense, making it a must-read for fans of comedic thrillers everywhere.


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Black Willows

Trapnell Thriller Book 2

A mysterious cowboy is stalking the eccentric Trapnell siblings. Is he a supernatural entity or a hired killer? To complicate things, the will making them heirs to their billionaire father’s estate is missing and a relative has returned from a watery grave.

Last time, the Trapnells saved the world from destruction. This time they may not be able to save themselves. Black Willows is a darkly funny Southern-fried adventure, complete with Voodoo, arson, and alligators.


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White Oaks

Trapnell Thriller Book 1


An ingeniously dark comic thriller about greed, gluttony and murder that is destined for the big screen.” –Best Thrillers

Aimee Trapnell reluctantly leaves her apartment on Manhattan’s Central Park West to return to her childhood home in Georgia for her father’s ninetieth birthday. Also on hand are her two brothers, wily Marsh and ne’er-do-well Trainor. With a forty-billion-dollar inheritance at stake, they’re willing to do whatever it takes to make the old man happy.

To their shock they learn that what their father wants for his birthday is to kill someone. He doesn’t care who it is. He just wants to know what it’s like to commit murder.

Betrayal, double-dealing, and fast-paced action set the Trapnells on a collision course with an unexpected villain. Their journey takes them from the swamps of Georgia, to Italy’s glittering Amalfi coast, to rugged Yellowstone National Park.


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Jill Hand is a member of International Thriller Writers. Her Southern Gothic novels, White Oaks, and Black Willows, are available on Amazon and from the publisher, Black Rose Writing.

Advance readers called White Oaks a fast-paced, hilarious account of three siblings who are competing for their father's forty-billion-dollar fortune while trying to prevent the destruction of Planet Earth.

Diane Donovan, senior reviewer from Midwest Book Review praised White Oaks, calling it, "an unusually multifaceted tale that holds the ability to prompt laughter from thriller-style tension."

A sequel to White Oaks, Black Willows, follows the adventures of the squabbling, dysfunctional Trapnell family. Red Pines, third in the series of Trapnell family thrillers, was just released in April 2024.


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The Summer I Went Crazy

 

The summer I went crazy happened forty years ago when I was just seventeen, but I've never forgotten.

It started with rape and ended with a promise. In between I fell in love, broke the law, and made an irrevocable decision.

The Summer I Went Crazy

by Laura Koerber

Genre: Coming of Age, YA Literary Fiction

The rule for guys like me was that we'd grow up to be like our parents. Our parents put a lot of work and money into making sure we did. I got it all: the expensive private school education, the summers in Europe, the family connections to a congressman and other influential people, an admission to Yale. I was fast tracked for success.

Instead, I became the witness to a rape.

And I fell in love, broke a bunch of laws, made an irrevocable decision, and made a lifetime promise.

And now, forty years later, I am making a phone call.

The Year I Went Crazy is a rewrite of an earlier novel, Coyote Summer. The plot is much the same, but Coyote Summer is a magical realism novel with a fantasy element, while The Summer I Went Crazy is straight realistic literary fiction about coming of age.

**TRIGGER WARNING – While not containing the direct decription of rape, it does describe dealing with the aftermath of rape and includes drug and alcohol abuse.

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Laura is an artist who lives on an island with her husband and her two dogs. She has always entertained herself by telling herself stories. As a child, she used to like going to bed because she could lie awake under the covers and run movies in her head. Later, as an adult, she enjoyed long distance driving for the opportunity to spend hours writing novels in her imagination.

Now Laura divides her retirement time between dog rescue, care for disabled people, political activism, and yes, she still tells herself stories while she is driving. Her first book, The Dog Thief and Other Stories, written under the pen name of Jill Kearney, was listed by Kirkus Review as one of the One Hundred Best Indy Books of 2015. She's also the author of I Once Was Lost, But Now I'm Found, Limbo, The Eclipse Dancer, and Wild Hare. She has a story contribution in the book Rescue Smiles, too.

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Sugar Coated Secrets by Tara Gallina

          ♦ ♦ ♦   ๐™‰๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™œ๐™ช๐™ฎ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ค ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฉ. ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ: My life’s dream is simple. Get...