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New Release ~ Fresh Beginnings by Iris Blobel

~~ Fresh Beginnings ~~
(2nd Edition)
by Iris Blobel

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Jared Fraser, a landscape business owner in Hobart, Australia, sets out for a holiday to the USA to travel along the Route 66 in a motorhome. Looking forward to his first holiday overseas, he’s excited as he prepares himself for the journey. But little could’ve prepared him for crossing paths with a beautiful hitchhiker.

Will he be able to put his past aside and grab onto happiness?

Ivy Bennett thought leaving her boyfriend would be the hard part. It doesn’t take long to figure out how wrong she was. As she struggles with making a new start in her life, the last person she expects to lead her to happiness is a laid-back Australian on vacation.

But she will have to say goodbye again? And not only to Jared.

 

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Ivy enjoyed being with Jared. During their drive towards the Grand Canyon he told her of his home and described as much of Tasmania as possible.
“I always imagined Australia to be hot with white beaches and beautiful water.”
“That’s up in the north in Queensland,” he explained. “We have spectacular beaches as well. Tasmania is a small island in the very south. The last step before the Antarctica, so to speak.”
“That sounds cold!”
He laughed. “It clearly isn’t Queensland.” Settling his gaze on her, he continued, “But it has beautiful beaches as well. And a wonderful marine life. And the mountains. We have some stunning mountains in Tassie.”
“Tassie?”
“Tasmania.”
“It sounds beautiful.”
He agreed. “Yes, it is. One of the best places on earth.”
Once they arrived at the National Park, they found a parking spot and walked towards the edge of the Canyon. She touched his arm to get his attention. Not that she needed to. His attentive nature drew her to him, and she couldn’t get enough of listening to him.
“I feel bad that you pay for everything,” she said in a low voice.
Jared waved his hand. “Nah. It’s only money and luckily the Australian dollar is—”
“Whether you can or can’t afford it, it doesn’t matter. I don’t like it.”
He stopped and turned towards her, causing heat inside her body. Her breath caught but she kept walking, yet, it took him only a few steps to catch up with her and, by way of placing his hand on her shoulder, to stop her.
“Wanna tell me why?”
Avoiding his stare, she lifted her shoulder in a casual shrug.
“A shrug is not really an answer, ya know that, right?”
Yes, she knew that. How could she tell him that she’d left Dylan because he’d spent all the money she’d worked so hard for? She didn’t want to be in the same situation, as in spending someone else’s hard-earned money. But deep inside she didn’t want to hurt Jared, either. She was enjoying her time with him so much, she wasn’t ready for it to end because of some silly pride.
Out of the corner of her eye, she spotted a little squirrel in the bushes and despite some guilt inside, it was a perfect distraction.
“Look!” she said louder than she’d intended. “A squirrel.”
With great relief, she noticed how her devious plan had worked. Jared quickly grabbed his camera and kneeled down to get the best shot possible of this little creature.
Kneeling next to him, she asked, “Don’t you have squirrels?”
Still trying to get that perfect photo of the little creature, he whispered, “Nope.”

♥♦♥ MEET THE AUTHOR ♥♦♥
IRIS BLOBEL

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.
Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.

Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.

 

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New Release ~ Craving: Security

 New Release from Crave Publishing…

Craving Security
Trained To Defend & Built To Kill



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Protection duty like you’ve never experienced before…
Their instinct is to protect. It’s in their nature, their blood, the need to keep others safe. There’s no margin for error, or mistakes, and failure is not an option.
This is a collection of stories about men and women trained to defend, and built to kill.
Whether it’s the mysteriously tempting bodyguard fueled by his own deadly secrets, or the ex-special ops officer programmed to detect danger, they will keep you on the edge without ever letting you fall.
Are you constantly fearing the shadow lurking around the corner?
Are you…Craving Security?
Get ready for the ultimate protection detail.


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Authors:

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New Release ~ Forever With Me by Camille Taylor

 

Forever With Me is now available

 

About the book: 

At eighteen, Kendall Murphy snuck out of her brother’s house for a night of fun. Austin Warren was looking for the same before he shipped out to basic training. It will be a night they’ll never forget…

Ten years later, newly divorced Kendall reluctantly agrees to accompany her ex-husband to his family’s home in Heavenly for Christmas and act as his wife after she learns he never disclosed their separation to his mother.

Austin returns to his family after a decade of serving overseas and is surprised to find Kendall—a woman he thought of often and regretted walking away from—married and as attracted to her as he’d been years ago.

An unknown stalker who’s been on the fringe of Kendall’s life for years follows her…

Kendall must now deal with an overzealous admirer, her doting ex-husband, his wonderful, caring family and the man she’d never stopped loving and was now lying to.

When the stalker escalates, things get dangerous and Kendall’s life is threatened.

Austin struggles to keep his emotional distance, despite the festive activities keeping him and Kendall together. His attraction could destroy his family, not to mention rip his heart to shreds. Despite knowing this, he finds it difficult to walk away.

Will Austin be able to keep Kendall safe? And will he forgive her when her lies are exposed?

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Kendall Murphy pushed through the crowd of writhing bodies and headed towards the bar. She smoothed out her short, slinky, silver skirt and hiked up the strapless, black figure-hugging bodice, wondering if maybe she was making a big mistake.

No. She refused to give into her insecurities even though they were almost as deafening as the music that was pounding through the packed club.

Wherever she stepped, Kendall was bumped into, unknown hands touching her body as she forced her way through. Already the heat was unbearable and a drop of sweat rolled uncomfortably between her breasts. A haze of artificial smoke lingered on the floor, swirling around the clubbers’ knees as bright strobe lights shone against the back wall, the only light visible, changing every few seconds, casting the exposed brick in an array of rainbow colours. Though the room was lit enough to see without straining the eyes, dark shadows added a little mystery.

Digging into her purse, she pulled out a ten dollar note and waited to be served. A bartender came up to her, ignoring a couple of men who had been standing there when she’d arrived at the bar.

“What would you like?”

She straightened her shoulders and looked the bartender in the eye. She was no longer Matt Murphy’s little sister. She was a woman. A person in her own right.

She wasn’t doing anything wrong. She was legal. Barely. It was three minutes past midnight on her eighteenth birthday and Kendall breathed in the smell of freedom…and sweat.

A swarm of butterflies had erupted in her belly the moment she’d snuck out of her older brother’s house barely thirty minutes ago and had yet to dissipate. She knew she was disobeying Matt’s rules and yet was determined to spread her wings. It was crazy to feel so guilty since she was legally an adult but Kendall knew in Matt’s eyes she would always be his baby sister. Someone for the senior constable of the Harbour Bay Police force to protect. She loved Matt. He’d been her surrogate father since their father had died when he’d been eleven, and Kendall only a baby but he smothered her, she was unable to make her own mistakes and carve her own life, away from his eagle eye.

“Vodka and orange.”

She wasn’t much of an alcohol connoisseur but Kendall liked the taste when she took a sip of the drink and then sculled the remaining liquid. Feeling slightly uncomfortable in her surroundings, she needed the courage to loosen up, and ordered another two so she didn’t need to bother the bartender for a while.

Standing off to the side, she drank her second drink more slowly, starting to feel the buzz. She studied the people on the dance floor as they moved, feeling almost voyeuristic but curious at the way their bodies moved in sync with the music, and with one another. Velocity had the best DJ in town and the bass made the entire floor vibrate. The tension in her muscles eased as she reached the bottom of her second glass and made the move on the third. Kendall closed her eyes and listened to the music, her body gently swaying to the beat, her mouth curving into a smile. When she opened her eyes she took a deep breath and pushed through the outer wall of dancers until she found a small space where she could dance.

Her moves were stiff at first until she found her own rhythm and moved her hips in line with the beat. Kendall smiled, not feeling as awkward as she had assumed she would and soon her forehead was coated with a fine sheen of perspiration. Every so often a man would grab her hips and gyrate behind her or grab a hand and spin her about before bringing her flush hard up against him. The first time she had been touched she’d jumped before realising it was just harmless flirting. She’d even laughed when two women had dragged her into their dance circle and slid up and down her body in what she knew to the outside observer would be sexy and provocative moves.

Feeling powerful, her own confidence in her sexual prowess heightened as she copied some of the other female dancers’ moves. She wiggled her hips, rotated her shoulders and flipped her hair a couple of times. Slowly, Kendall raised her arms above her head, entwined her fingers together, and bowed her back.

Rough hands covered hers and she leaned back into the hard, warm chest behind her. The contact singed her and yet at the same time she pulsed with renewed life. Together their hands drifted down and his arms tightened around her until there wasn’t a breath of space between their bodies. Every inch of her touched him and his strength was firm against her softness.

Taking a deep breath, she turned her head slightly to look over her shoulder and found herself staring into the deepest of blue eyes she’d ever seen. The air surrounding her and her companion vibrated and arced with electricity. She startled slightly in shock, surprised by her reaction. Her lips were just millimetres from his. She couldn’t help her gaze from drifting down and her mind from wondering how those lips would taste. She licked her own as if tasting him there. When she realised what she was doing, she jerked her gaze back to his eyes. A shudder ran through her as and noticed they had darkened.

He chuckled and released one hand from around her middle to gently sweep away the hair from her neck. Leaning down, he kissed the bare skin, his lips lingering.

Kendall shivered. His eyes twinkled and with the hand still holding hers he spun her around to face him, giving them both the first good look at the other. He was tall but she already knew that, and he was built. His torso and arms were in a pale blue button-up shirt that strained against his chest when he moved, threatening to tear at the seams. A pair of navy dress pants moulded strong, hard thighs.

Her mouth dried. He looked like a model; his blond hair was messy and damp from sweat but didn’t drawn attention away from his sexiness. His face was flushed just as she imagined hers must be. She hoped her makeup had held. Oh, God. What if it hadn’t? Is that why he was staring at her? That would be just her luck. Kendall let out a deep breath and her bangs fluttered.

His gaze dropped to her breasts. Kendall wasn’t well endowed and her shirt wasn’t showing her cleavage to its advantage, but he seemed spellbound and her body tingles and her pulse raced.

A smile curved his lips and he drew his gaze from her breasts and looked her casually up and down. When he held her gaze, she found his eyes had changed again but were unreadable; her experience was limited. He reached out and tucked her hair behind her ear and over her shoulder before trailing his fingers down her arm to rest on her waist. Goose bumps raised on her skin despite the heat.

He pulled her closer to him until her breasts were flattened against his chest. Her heart beat in time with the fast tempo, and she looped her hands around his neck. They began moving in unison, his free hand moving to her back and slowly inching down to her bottom.

Little fireworks went off inside her as her body rubbed against his, his hand hot and almost burning on her arse. She closed her eyes. Kendall was sure she would burn in hell for allowing this man—this stranger—free reign of her body but at that moment she couldn’t have cared less. Breathless, her head spun in a delicious way. Her heart beat faster and her head spun.

A low growl reached her just seconds before warm lips touched hers. She should protest but couldn’t muster enough energy to. Her legs wobbled, her knees no more substantial than a wet noodle. She was sure he was the only reason she was still upright, her arms were locked around his neck, practically clinging to him. The kiss was sweet and gentle, soft and slow as if he had all night just to kiss her. She sighed against him, her mouth parting slightly and his tongue slipped inside to rub against her own. He tasted delicious, like liquid chocolate with a touch of mint. She kissed him back, unable to get enough, the kiss changing, the tempo rising, the pressure increasing until it consumed her. She moaned into his mouth not wanting him to stop and he seemed more than willing to oblige.

When air became an issue, she pulled back and stared at him. Every nerve ending sizzled. He breathed with difficultly, as though he too found it hard to pull enough oxygen into his lungs. His gaze wandered over her, his eyes wide as if surprised. Could what had just occurred be as much a shock to him as it was to her? She could still taste him on her lips and in her mouth as if he had branded her and frankly she liked it.

When he spoke, his voice came out as a husky timbre. “I’m Austin.”

Kendall smiled, feeling her cheeks burn. She wet her lips, suddenly nervous despite their slightly raunchy dance and hot kiss. “Kendall.”

Austin pressed a fingertip to one of the twin dimples that always appeared in her cheeks when she smiled.

“So, Kendall, what brings you out tonight?” Each word sounded like an effort, his gaze flicking to her lips every few seconds as if he wanted more despite him putting some distance between them. Not much, but more than there had been.

“Just cutting loose. Today’s my birthday and I wanted to celebrate.”

“All alone?” His blond eyebrows drew down into a vee.

She shrugged. “My older brother’s kind of a drag. He’s a cop and still sees me as a ten-year-old. I kinda snuck out tonight.”

He laughed. “You don’t seem the type.”

Her heart sank. What it that obvious? “I’m usually not.”

Austin ran his thumb over her cheek. “Well I’m glad you were tonight. Happy birthday, Kendall. I hope it’s a day you won’t easily forget.”

Kendall suddenly felt shy. She wanted to drop her chin and hide but made herself stay still under his stare. “Thanks. What about you?”

He leaned in, the music becoming louder. “It’s my last night of freedom. I joined the army and head out tomorrow—today,” he corrected.

Kendall smiled again and leaned towards him, brushing her lips across his for a fleeting moment, feeling bold. “Something to think about,” she said shyly, not used to making the first move.

“It won’t be the only thing.” He pulled her back to him, his promise lingering. The air between them crackled. Kendall giggled, feeling free and utterly alive. Knowing the moment wouldn’t last, she decided to make the most of it while she could.

She was so focused on Austin that she thought it was her imagination that the music dimmed until she heard someone shout out: “Last call.”

Austin’s gaze scorched her soul. “One more for the road?”

“Sure.”

“Wait right here. I’ll be back.” He disappeared into the crowd towards the bar.

Kendall’s body hummed. She was sure she was smiling but she couldn’t seem to help herself. Not that she really wanted to. She knew what her brother would say about her behaviour, that she was being foolish. That she wasn’t being careful but she didn’t care. For once, careful, cosseted Kendall Murphy was having unsupervised fun.

Austin came back with two glasses, one she noted was vodka and orange and the other was a beer. He handed her the vodka and she briefly wondered how long he had been watching her before making his move. It should’ve made her nervous but only served to enhance her growing attraction.

She drank deeply and danced, enjoying it more now than she had earlier. She guessed Austin had something to do with that and the way he responded to her moves with his own. They moved so well together it was almost like it had been choreographed. Kendall’s heart pounded from the exertion of the dancing and perspiration coated her body. She was happy to see Austin looking as dishevelled as she must be.

The room went quiet. The sudden void almost deafening in its own. Everyone stopped dancing and started collecting their things, their voices strained from screaming at one another over the music as they chattered happily. Kendall checked her mobile phone and realised it was three am. It was the latest she had ever stayed out. She stood still as she caught her breath, watching the movement around her.

Austin touched her arm and she looked up at him. “Can I walk you out?”

She nodded. “Sure.”

The breeze was cool against her heated skin and Kendall took deep breaths, filling her lungs with fresh air, her ears ringing a little from the bass and decibel level. She couldn’t stand still, energised despite the hour and the dancing she had done. She glanced over at Austin and disappointment tugged at her. This was it. This was goodbye. Sadness enveloped her now their night had ended.

“Thank you for making tonight so wonderful, Austin. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun.”

“Me either.”

Kendall believed he meant it.

Silence fell and she shifted on her feet nervously. “I guess I better get going.” She leaned over to kiss him quickly. He had other plans. She went up in flames, feeling engulfed. Kendall clung to him as he ravished her mouth, one hand on her jaw, the other splayed against her back. She melted against him.

“Stay with me tonight, Kendall,” he murmured against her lips.

Kendall went still. She wasn’t stupid. She knew what he was asking and what she would be agreeing to by accepting the invitation but this was what she wanted—to break free of her invisible bonds. To truly live outside the protective bubble her brother had put her in. Sure, she knew that wasn’t a good enough reason to do something so reckless but for the first time in her life she felt alive. Feeling exhilarated, she didn’t want it to end.

This was the beginning of her life. It was her choice. And she wanted to live in the moment. “Okay,” she whispered.

Austin pulled away. “Are you sure?”

She nodded. “Yes.”

He took her hand. “I’m staying just around the corner.” He waited to see what she would do. Kendall took a step in the direction he indicated and he fell in with her, matching his strides with her much shorter ones.

Her heart pounded and she couldn’t catch her breath. Her body hummed with tension. Would she be able to get through this night? So far, she had pretty much fluked her way. The nervous butterflies were back, somersaulting in her stomach, the feeling only intensifying as Austin came to a stop outside a small motel.

He turned to face her and she smiled, hoping to hide her anxiety. She liked him—her heart whispering to her that maybe she was even falling for him and she wanted to seem sophisticated, and worldly, and not a scared teenager who’d never had a boyfriend in her life. Matt had been too good of a deterrent for the boys she knew. It was crazy. She was crazy. She hardly knew Austin but that didn’t seem to matter.

He tugged on her hand and they began climbing the outer staircase to the second level. Austin fished out his keys from his pocket and unlocked the door to the room which was situated on the end, only sharing one wall with the room next door.

He opened the door and she froze for a moment. Should she back out? No, she didn’t want that. She wanted to experience everything life had to offer. After all that had been the goal of the evening. Kendall blew out her cheeks then took a step into the room.

Tonight was going to be the beginning of the rest of her life.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Camille Taylor is an Australian sexy romantic suspense author who lives in the Nation’s Capital with her fluffy sidekick. She spends her time reading, writing, blogging and procrastinating on Pinterest looking at nail art, books, home improvement tips and cake decorating. A bookworm, she enjoys most genres, particularly romance and mysteries and is HEA chaser so you’ll always find one in her books. She started writing at sixteen and is currently working on her Harbour Bay and Heavenly Series, both set in Australia. Camille is also an incurable genealogist and has traced her heritage to England, Scotland, Ireland and Russia. She loves scrapbooking, hockey, tae kwon do and travelling.

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New Release ~ Dead End Road by Lori Whitwam

 Check out fellow Limitless Publishing author, Lori Whitwam’s new release. If the cover doesn’t make you want to buy it, the synopsis sure will!
Title: Dead End Road
Series: Vengeful Things #1
Author: Lori Whitwam
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release: July 4, 2017
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Kindle Unlimited
A writer, a musician, an unexpected love…and a killer who wants to destroy it all. 
Reclusive author Abby Delaney never dreamed she’d meet her rock-n-roll fantasy Seth Caldwell in her quaint, lakeside town…or that his love might be deadly.
Seth is weary of road trips, endless parties, and dead-end relationships, but what choice does he have? Songwriting and performing are all he knows. Then he meets Abby and finally finds a heart he can’t stand to break. 
But forget small-town tranquility. An attempt is made on Seth’s life, and another mysterious death hits eerily close to home. Everyone’s a suspect, he’s taunted with ominous messages, and it’s only a matter of time until the killer finds his mark. 
What if the only way to keep Abby safe is to do the one thing she can never forgive—walk away? 
As the noose tightens, one thing becomes clear…
If the killer isn’t found soon, Seth and Abby will take their love to the grave.
Lori spent her early years reading books in a tree in northern West Virginia. The 1980s and 90s found her and her husband moving around the Midwest, mainly because it was easier to move than clean the apartment. After seventeen frigid years in Minnesota, she fled to coastal North Carolina in 2013. She will never leave, and if you try to make her, she will hurt you.


She has worked in public libraries, written advertising copy for wastewater treatment equipment, and managed a holistic veterinary clinic. Her current day job, conducted from her World Headquarters and Petting Zoo (her couch) is as a full-time editor for indie authors and small publishing houses.

Her dogs are a big part of her life, and she has served or held offices in Golden Retriever and Great Pyrenees rescues, a humane society, a county kennel club, and her own chapter of Therapy Dogs International.

She has been a columnist and feature writer for auto racing and pet publications, and won the Dog Writers Association of America’s Maxwell Award for a series of humor essays.

Parents of a grown son, Lori and her husband were high school sweethearts, and he manages to love her in spite of herself. Some of his duties include making sure she always has fresh coffee and safe tires, trying to teach her to use coupons, and convincing the state police to spring her from house arrest in her hotel room in time for a very important concert. That last one only happened once—so far—but she still really, really appreciates it.


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New Release ~ More Beginnings by Iris Blobel


~~ More Beginnings ~~
by Iris Blobel

 

 
 
♥♦♥ BLURB ♥♦♥
 
 

Zach Taylor, an escort in Sydney, living in Hobart, enlists the help of Natasha Peterson when his teenage friend, Mia, runs away. He soon finds out that the ‘dragon’ is really more of a kitten. And although Natasha, Mia’s teacher, is attracted to him as well, she has her own problems to deal with, not to mention her initial reaction to Zach’s occupation.

Will Zach’s job keep him from a chance to be with Natasha?

Life is good for teenager Mia Levesque. But when Darren Schuster shows up in Hobart, she knows something is up once Sophie and Mark cut their weekend away short and rush home in the middle of the night. When Sophie won’t answer Mia’s questions, emotions run high, and Zach confirms Darren’s identity to Mia. Disappointed, angry, and feeling alone, Mia runs away.

Will life settle back into a routine for Mia once she finds out about the stranger in her life?

New Beginnings have given the Levesque girls a new start in life, will More Beginnings be another chance for them?

 
♥♦♥ EXCERPT ♥♦♥
Zach Taylor’s young neighbour, Mia, let out a long sigh as she joined him on his front porch and sat next to him on the swing. Enjoying a cool lemonade, he invited her to grab a soft drink from the fridge as well. It was a warm summer day, and the air showed no sign of cooling down. A lot of people in Hobart were weary of the unusual hot spell for
the very southern Australian city.
With another hefty sigh, Mia raked through her long, blond hair and stared into the distance. “Honestly, Zach, she’s a dragon. I’m sure she does it on purpose. She doesn’t like me. She thinks I’m spoilt.”
The dragon in question was Miss Peterson, Mia’s high school English teacher. There was no doubt that Mia liked school, and she enjoyed her classes. And even though English wasn’t her worst subject, it certainly was the toughest one, with Miss Peterson piling on
homework one after the other.
Zach took a sip of his drink before he replied, “Hey, pumpkin, settle down. What’s that supposed to mean you’re ‘spoilt’?”
She lifted her shoulder in a slight shrug. “You know!”
Raising his brows, he replied, “Actually I don’t know! Isn’t she Sophie’s good friend?”
Another shrug. “Kind of, I suppose. They used to do the boxing stuff together, and since Soph’s carrying a baby, they go and enjoy coffee and cake instead every once in a while.”
Ignoring his chuckle, she went inside and helped herself to cold lemonade. She opened the can with a simple click as she returned outside and took a long sip.
 
 
♥♦♥ MEET THE AUTHOR ♥♦♥
IRIS BLOBEL

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.

Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.

Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.


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Teaser Tuesday ~ Bella Italia by Camille Taylor

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Hello and welcome to Teaser Tuesday where every week I’ll be posting a teaser from a range of books and genres. This post is all about fun, so sit back with a coffee and enjoy a short tease from talented authors.

This week we have Bella Italia by Camille Taylor

“Her trip of a lifetime turns into a nightmare, but may also hold the key to her future.”

SYNOPSIS

Small-town wallflower, Adelaide Montgomery has lived an uneventful life—until she witnesses the murder of her best friend…

Adelaide clings to the simple security of a home and a wish for family—desires that sent her former fiancé into another woman’s arms.

Happy to remain in Heavenly, Australia for the rest of her life, she reluctantly gives in to her best friend, Rachel’s pleading to join her on a trip to Italy. A decision which will alter her life forever.

Gorgeous men can be deadly killers in disguise…

When her best friend returns to their hotel suite with two male companions the night doesn’t go as planned and Rachel is murdered in cold blood.

Able to identify the killer, Adelaide finds herself a target, barely escaping with her life.

In order to protect his witness, Rome Inspector Antonio Cardellini hides Adelaide at his family’s winery. Though Antonio is a professional and Adelaide is under his charge, his feelings quickly surpass the limits of his job. Knowing one day she will return home, he struggles to distance himself, but the trial and his family continue to throw him and Adelaide back together.

Will Antonio put his badge above his heart? Or will he risk it all—his career, Adelaide’s life, and the possibility of a future together—all for a chance at love?

TEASER

“I need to talk to you.” He took her arm and pulled her gently alongside of him until they were around the corner of the house and hidden from view. It wasn’t necessary to speak in private but he wanted this time with her. Just the two of them where he could indulge his fantasies.

The scent of lavender was strongest here, the tall stalks only a few feet away. A buzz grew louder as a swarm of bees pollinated the plants nearby. He focused on the woman before him that had begun to mean more to him than anyone in the past. It was more than just physical attraction, although he admitted that was a big part of it but it was also the woman beneath the surface. She constantly surprised him.

Letting out a deep breath, she leaned against the house and she looked up at him. “Let me guess, the trial?”

He nodded. Now that he knew what the cost was to her to wait, it annoyed him that the lawyers continued to push back the date. She’d given up so much in her pursuit of justice—more than anyone should have to. She would be going home to nothing. He had no idea what that was like—to start over. He’d always had his family to fall back on but Adelaide had no one. Was she scared? Terrified of the uncertainty? If so she hid it well. He couldn’t imagine what her life had been like bouncing around so many different homes but never belonging to one. Having no one to hold you in the dead of night and say that everything will be all right even if it wasn’t. It made him realise he took his family for granted and admire the woman before him even more.

She might’ve thought herself boring, predictable and weak but it took a certain type of person to continue on and push past the barriers that life threw at you. She’d not only adapted, she had embraced the change. Adelaide Montgomery was stronger than he’d originally thought.

She rested her hands over her stomach. “How much longer now?”

“They’re still deliberating. Lawyers you know fighting over what admissible and all that shit.”

“Well that’s good news then.” Her upbeat tone surprised him especially after everything he’d just learned.

He stepped forward. “It is?”

“Yes. I still have several portraits in my calendar to honour plus your father hasn’t decided on the final few pictures for the website.”

Antonio smiled and before he knew it his forehead was resting against hers. “You’re a special kind of girl, you know that.”

Her breath hitched and her gaze dropped to his lips and as if realising what she was doing jerked back up. She blushed. What was going through her mind? Could she see he was attracted to her? Was she just as attracted? A man could go out of his mind without answers. It didn’t matter. He couldn’t act on his desire no matter how much he wanted her. Or she him. She was his witness—a woman he’d promised he’d keep safe. Which included from himself. Not that he’d hurt her—at least not intentionally.

Nothing good could come of succumbing. They lived in different countries—on different continents. Hell, even different hemispheres.

“It’s nice to know.” Her voice wasn’t quite right. Was it his imagination or was it slightly husky?

Her pulse raced, visible to the eye. She wet her lips. His fingers tightened, the supple feel of her hips beneath his palms a surprise.

When did they get there? He had no memory of moving them. Adelaide’s eyes changed in reply, darkening. She trembled and sucked in a breath. His temperature spiked as once again her gaze flicked to his lips. Heat rose. Desire washed over him in waves, clouding his mind—his better judgement. He slid a hand over her rounded cheek, the denim a tease, hiding her from his touch. Adelaide’s lips parted. He tugged her against him, ready to devour her and she came willingly, or rather eagerly. He lowered his head, anticipation licking at his skin as he imagined her taste, of taking possession of those delectable lips and transporting them to another place.

A flirty giggle followed by heavy footsteps approaching broke the spell he’d been caught under. Antonio swallowed back a curse. He stepped back, his hands dropping to his hang by his side. His heart thumped in his chest as he realised what he’d been about to do and took another step away from her.

He tried to ignore Adelaide, so close, so—he didn’t know. She just seemed to be always on his mind. He had to focus. Had to regain his equilibrium because when she was around, he felt so protective of her.

Keep telling yourself that. You weren’t feeling so protective of her a moment ago. In fact, you were pretty much the predator in the situation. Antonio rubbed a hand over his face and turned towards the blessed distraction.

 

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Camille Taylor is an Australian sexy romantic suspense author who lives in the Nation’s Capital with her fluffy sidekick. She spends her time reading, writing, blogging and procrastinating on Pinterest looking at nail art, books, home improvement tips and cake decorating. A bookworm, she enjoys most genres, particularly romance and mysteries and is HEA chaser so you’ll always find one in her books. She started writing at sixteen and is currently working on her Harbour Bay and Heavenly Series, both set in Australia. Camille is also an incurable genealogist and has traced her heritage to England, Scotland, Ireland and Russia. She loves scrapbooking, hockey, tae kwon do and travelling.

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Bella Italia is available for preorder

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Releasing May, 30 Bella Italia is the first book in the Heavenly Series.

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 Small-town wallflower, Adelaide Montgomery has lived an uneventful life—until she witnesses the murder of her best friend…

Adelaide clings to the simple security of a home and a wish for family—desires that sent her former fiancé into another woman’s arms.

Happy to remain in Heavenly, Australia for the rest of her life, she reluctantly gives in to her best friend, Rachel’s pleading to join her on a trip to Italy. A decision which will alter her life forever.

Gorgeous men can be deadly killers in disguise…

When her best friend returns to their hotel suite with two male companions the night doesn’t go as planned and Rachel is murdered in cold blood.

Able to identify the killer, Adelaide finds herself a target, barely escaping with her life.

In order to protect his witness, Rome Inspector Antonio Cardellini hides Adelaide at his family’s winery. Though Antonio is a professional and Adelaide is under his charge, his feelings quickly surpass the limits of his job. Knowing one day she will return home, he struggles to distance himself, but the trial and his family continue to throw him and Adelaide back together.

Will Antonio put his badge above his heart? Or will he risk it all—his career, Adelaide’s life, and the possibility of a future together—all for a chance at love?

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