Saturday, 6 February 2021

Review of Her Unbroken SEAL by Caitlin O'Leary

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SYNOPSIS

What happens when the man you love is now a stranger?

Lydia Hidalgo has been engaged to Clint Archer for five years. He’d been the love of her life since he’d carried her on his back out of the Mexican jungle. She knew the risk of loving a Navy SEAL, and she’d been happy to take it.

After a harrowing mission, Clint wakes up with no memory of what happened, and a brain that doesn’t feel like his own, he doesn’t know what to do, or who to turn to.

When one of his teammates needs his brand of help, he can’t turn him down, but he doesn’t know if he’s the same man he once was. With his mood swings, can he be trusted to do the job? And what about Lydia? What happens when the man she loved with all her heart, is not who he once was? Is there any way that they can find a way back to one another and finally create the future of their dreams?

This is a stand-alone, but having read book two Her Loyal SEAL, (Lydia and Clint’s first story) in the Midnight Delta series, will enhance your enjoyment. (That book is free on Kindle Unlimited.)

REVIEW

What would you do, when the man you love with all your heart, is not who he once was?

This is the second book to focus on Clint and Lydia, and is set 5 years after book 1 Her Loyal Seal (Book #2) which is one of my favorites and although you can read this as a standalone, I think you will get more from the story if you do.

This story focused on the effects of TBI traumatic brain injury.

After a mission that goes pear shaped, Clint wakes up with no memory of what happened, and a brain that doesn’t feel like his own, he doesn’t know what to do, or who to turn to. He's not the same calm and focused Clint Archer, he suffers from uncontrolled outbursts, mood swings and time lapses.
Ms O'Leary has done a lot of research and the story follows Clint's recovery, he being a SEAL of course trys to push it, and he has to come to terms with the fact he may not get to the fitness standard for a Combat ready SEAL.
Then he finds out that one of his teammates is in trouble, and he needs his help, of course he can’t turn him down, but he's still in the specialist rehabilitation center and with his brain still being swiss cheese, can he keep his head in the game?

The story also focused on how Lydia copes with Clint's injury, she's also got her own worries after realizing something from the incident when she first met Clint and it's stopping her from focusing on their future, but it's something she feels would shock Clint and effect their relationship.

What would you do, when the man you love with all your heart, is not who he once was?

This is what I found the most interesting part of this story, I loved how Ms. O'Leary kept it real, but was also glad that it all worked out in the end.



EXCERPT

He leaped over the ledge.

Whap. Whap. Whap.

Fuck!

More glass shattered. Clint was buffeted with concussions as parts of the building behind him exploded. For a split second, he felt his right foot hitting the other rooftop, while his left foot snagged the ledge.

His vision blurred. He thought he felt a hand gripping his arm.

Then his world went black.

***

“Clint!”

He was underwater.

“Talk to me.”

It was Drake. He sounded worried.

***

“He’s bleeding from his ears.”

Drake again.

“Come on, Clint, talk to me.” Was Drake pleading?

“Hand him to me.” That was Finn’s voice. “I’ve got you, Clint. Are you with me? Can you hear me?”

I’m fine.

Wait a minute. Why can’t I feel my body?

Why can’t I open my eyes?

“The terrorists are still focused on the apartment building. We’ve got to get to Mason at the rendezvous point.”

My plan worked!

“Not too fast, we can’t jostle him,” Drake said. He still sounded worried. That wasn’t right.

“Drake, we’ve got to get to safety. The sooner we can get him to a hospital, the better. We need to get over the border to Turkey.”

I’m fine. You can go fast.

“I said don’t jostle him. We’re going slow. I’m the second-in-command, you’re going to listen to me, you got it?”

Jesus, Drake, you need a chill pill. I’m fine.

But am I?

He couldn’t see. He couldn’t feel anything. Apparently, he could only talk in his head. What had happened?

“Drake, Mason just said the helicopter is almost to the rendezvous point. We don’t have a choice, we’ve got to motor.”

“Listen to me, Archer. You don’t die on my watch, got it!”

Die?

Must be bad.

“Clint, think of Lydia. You gotta be strong,” Drake whispered.

Lydia.

Clint had trouble picturing her face. Then everything went dark again.

Thursday, 14 January 2021

the Hana Du Rose Mysteries by KT Bowes

Synopsis

Two strangers meet on a dirty London train. One won’t remember. The other will never forget.

Hana can’t imagine life beyond the train ride. Logan shouldn’t even be there. They are prisoners of circumstance. They are both afraid.

Years later in a small town in New Zealand, the strangers hold the key to each other’s future. Their second meeting will unleash a terrifying chain of events. Hana needs help but is Logan the one to give it?

What would you do if your life depended on an object you couldn’t find?
And would you trust a man you hardly knew when everyone around you warned against it?

Sometimes you just have to risk everything. Or lose it all anyway

Review
I had already read one of the Books in this box set, about Hana. But starting the series again from the timelines start meant I understood that book more.
Hana is a character which drove me nuts with her insecurities and doubts with Logan, but I understood where these insecurities were coming from as the books progressed.
Ms Bowes has crafted a second chance romance with a mystery that I thought resolved itself, but by the time I got to the end of the excerpt from the next book in the series, I am once again Wondering if there's more to unravel about what really happened to Hanas first husband.
I enjoyed the books setting, as I am familiar with both area's the book is based in.
Now onto Logan, he was a true alpha male and very interesting to read and learn what made him tick, but he also caused Hanas insecurities with his secrets and lack of communication with Hana.
This series really showed how not communicating with your partner can lead to miss understanding which I thought Ms Bowes wrote well.
I'm going to be buying the other book as soon as payday hits as I need to find out who's watching Hana! 

Buy link's

 https://ktbowes.com/books/hana-du-rose-mysteries-boxed-set/

Want to test the waters...
The download link to About Hana which is free is here https://ktbowes.com/books/about-hana/

Author info
“The imaginary friends of an author are her constant companions. Writing offers an excuse to chat to them legitimately.” K T Bowes
Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/NZauthorKTBowes
Website:
https://ktbowes.com 

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Riot Rules by Callie Hart Release Day Blitz

CARRIE

You think you know me, but you’re wrong.
 
You look at me and see Carrie, the girl with the wild hair and the wild clothes.
Reliable Carrie. Friendly. Quirky. Perhaps a little strange.
What do you really know about me, though?
The details of my past are up for debate.
I’ve been careful to hide my sins, and even more careful to follow the rules.
I do as I’m told. I keep to myself. I don’t mess around with boys, and I’m always ready to run.
At least that’s what I tell myself, anyway.
Since I met him, I’ve broken every single rule in the book.
He’s impossible. Arrogant. Terrifying.
If I’m not careful, Wolf Hall’s golden boy will do more than make me break the rules. He’ll wind up breaking me.
 
 
 
DASH
 
 
First, they hate me, then they hate themselves for wanting me. That’s how it always goes.
 
I’m the smart one. The charming one. The guy with the accent that makes girls go weak at the knees. As a resident of Riot House, I’m destined to rule Wolf Hall. Doesn’t matter where you come from. How much money you have. What your future holds. Cross the path of a Riot House Boy and you’re guaranteed to pay the price.
The girl isn’t special. She’s just another cog, turning in the wheel. So why, then, am I protecting her? And why am I keeping her a secret?
 
Call me a monster.
Call me a fiend.
Call me reprehensible.
 
Call me Lord Dashiell Lovett IV.
 
 
*Riot Rules is book two in the Crooked Sinners Series. It is a complete 145,000 word story that can be read as a standalone, or in conjunction with the other books in the series.
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Callie Hart is a USA Today bestselling author of dark romance novels. She is an obsessive romantic who loves throwing a dark twist into her stories. Her characters are imperfect, flawed individuals who dictate when she eats, sleeps and breathes. She loves to travel, and often pens her books when she's on the road, drawing inspiration from unique and wild surroundings.

If she's not writing, you'll undoubtedly find her with her nose buried deep in a book, hiking a mountain, or trying to perfect her downward-facing dog. 

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Saturday, 26 December 2020

RELEASE BLITZTitle: ConnectionA Temptation Series Standalone NovelAuthor: K.M. Golland

RELEASE BLITZ
Title: Connection
A Temptation Series Standalone Novel
Author: K.M. Golland
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 17, 2020
 
BLURB
 
A fun new novel featuring the characters from Temptation…
 
From two-time Romance Book of the Year Nominee and bestselling author K.M. Golland, comes a fun, opposites-attract romance with a How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days meets The Hating Game vibe.
 
Like every little girl, I dreamed of becoming a princess. I wanted the prince, the castle, the fairy-tale wedding, and maybe seven dwarfs to call my own. I went to school, studied hard, and graduated to become a teacher, all the while waiting patiently for my Prince Charming to come along and sweep me off my feet. 
But he never came; Will Butler did instead.
Live Trepidation drummer. Rude, crude, obnoxious plumber. Will certainly didn’t fit my perfect Prince Charming mould, but boy did he break it and charm his way into my heart.
I’m just not sure I can let him stay there. And will he even want to when he finds out what I’m hiding?
 
 
GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56135024-connection

 REVIEW
I really loved this standalone story set in the Temptation Series.
Will and Libby create an entertaining road to romance.
She's definitely not looking for his type, and Also feels that she's not happy ever after material.
But Will doesn't give up.
It was nice to catch up with the rest of the Temptation Crew, and the books set after the last.
This is a standalone story but I think it will make better reading if you've read the others...or after reading this you'll want to go read the rest and get the whole story.
KM Golland has an easy writing style, you slip into her world and get lost in the story.
My weekend disappeared while engrossed in this book.
One of my 2020 favorites.
 
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EXCERPT
 
His misty eyes hover over my chest, so I cross my arms, shielding his view. 
“What are you doing here?” I hiss.
“I’ve come to clean out your pipes.”
“What?”
“Apparently your pipes are blocked.”
I pinch my brow, a headache forming.
“You look confused, sweetheart.”
“I am.”
“Sorry, Will. I had to answer that call—” Carly steps out from behind him, a sneaky smile creeping across her face when her eyes meet mine. “Oh, good. You’re here, Lib. Can you show Will the tap that burst, please?”
“Why?” 
She looks at me like I’m an idiot. “Because he’s the plumber.”
“He’s the plumber?” I blink all the blinks.
Will jiggles a metal toolbox dangling from his hand, his smile full of white dazzling teeth, which look contradictory against his bushy beard.
“Of course you are.” I throw my hands in the air, turn on my heel, walk away, and bite out, “Follow me,” not waiting for him to do so.
“You look good wet,” he says, voice low but humorous as he falls into step beside me.
“Oh, shut up.”
He chuckles. “So tell me what happened.”
“I’m not entirely sure.” I huff. "One minute, I’m standing there, and the next, I’m soaking wet.”
I regret the words as soon as they leave my mouth.
He grins. “You wouldn’t be the first woman to say that to me.”
 
 
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All can be read as standalones
 
Attraction
 
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AUTHOR BIO
 
Born and raised in Melbourne, K.M. Golland is a best-selling author with HarperCollins, and a two-time Romance Book of the Year award nominee.
 
A lover of rabbits, doughnuts, bridges, and cars, she’s also quite happy to support a very healthy high heel obsession.
 
K.M. lives on a farm with her husband and two children, and traded her legal work for her love of writing.
 
 
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Saturday, 21 November 2020

New Release - The Dark Prince of Albany By Rachel M Raithby

 

 

 

The Dark Prince of Albany  Book 3

Albany Nightingale Series


Blurb

Please note to best understand Grayson's story you need to read books 1 & 2 in the Albany Nightingale Series.

THE DARK PRINCE OF ALBANY ~ BOOK 3 IN THE ALBANY NIGHTINGALE SERIES

Rose and Ashston's story came to an end, but Grayson's has only just begun... 

Before Rose, I was the devil. After Rose, I was lost.

I was becoming the man I despised most. But change isn’t easy and the road to happiness isn’t always paved in a straight line.
When I set out to put my demons behind me, the last thing I expected was to find Sierra—a girl who’s as wild as she is broken.
For a while we heal each other, lost in the dream we’ve created. But love can’t fix everything, and wounds aren’t so easily closed.
We’re from two different worlds, and Sierra will never fit into mine.
I wanted redemption. I wanted my happily ever after.
But life has other plans.

Book Links




Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2IE4i08

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3f4k1Sm

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2UsYHfJ



Book 1 & 2 Links

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2UtVHQo

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3f0z678

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3nuBs15


Teasers





Extract 1

Grayson

I don’t register my surroundings or the students of Albany staring as they walk past. All I see is herher too-sad eyes, her fire dying a little more each second, and I’d needed to do something to fan the flames.

I’d kiss her for eternity if it were the only way to breathe life back into her soul.

Because her light can’t die. The world needs Sierra’s untamed spirit.

I need her untamed spirit.

She has wrapped her fire around my heart, thawed it from its frozen sleep and without it, I’ll be right back at the start.

A dark prince sitting on his lonely throne, never truly understanding what it means to live.

“You shouldn’t have done that,” Sierra whispers, her gaze flickering to those around us.

“Why not?” I’ve never said the words, but I know Sierra knows I feel them. I don’t care if the entire city knows she’s mine. In fact, I’d rather they know; it will save me having to dig up dirt on the hundreds of guys who will think they have a shot with her.

“Because everyone is staring,” she hisses below her breath. “And I was hoping to get through my time here under the radar.”

“Baby, you messed up that plan the second you rolled through those gates on a skateboard looking like every guy’s secret wet dream.”

She looks over my shoulder. “We should go. Ashton and Rose are waiting for us.”

Shifting my stance, I slide my hand into Sierra’s, pleased she doesn’t pull away, and greet my stepbrother’s cocky smile with one of my own. Rose’s expression is harder to read though. It’s not jealousy on her face… protectiveness maybe… concern.

What happened between us before she got together with my brother has been left permanently in the past. There are no more sexual ties between Rose and me, yet our time together bound us in a way not many would understand.

Rose was the first person I lowered my guard down with. I let her have a little of my heart. She’s my best friend, and I know if I ever need her, she’ll be there.

But I’m beginning to worry she doesn’t see my relationship with Sierra as a good thing. And while I trust Rose with many things, she also has a tendency to take matters into her own hands.

She is queen of this school, after all, and ruling those who’ve been brought up to see everyone else as beneath them isn’t a job for the weak.

I flash her a smirk, get an eye roll in return.

I’ll be keeping a close eye on you.

Sensing Sierra’s apprehension as we approach our table, I give her hand a gentle squeeze. Looking up, she meets my eyes, silently asking me not to let go, and as the others surround us, I lean forward, kiss her cheek before whispering my reply in her ear, “I’ve got you, baby, always.”

“So, Sierra, tell me, how did you manage to do what no other girl has achieved before?” Rose’s friend, Camilla asks, much to the delight of the other girls around her.

Narrowing my gaze at Camilla, a threat is about to slip from my lips when Rose steps inthe ever-dutiful queen keeping peace in her kingdom.

“Now, Now, Cam. Play nice. We all know I was the one who house-trained the dark prince. Sierra’s just reaping the benefits.”

“I’m not a freaking pet,” I grumble.

Sierra watches our exchange with quiet confusion.

“Do you talk?” Porsha scoffs, her friendly smile doing nothing to mask her words.

I cast Rose a pleading look for help. Her mouth opens to answer when Sierra shocks us into silence.

“I was waiting for the conversation to become worth my attention. And for the record, Grayson isn’t house-trained. Let’s just say my tastes tend to veer on the side of bad not good.” Shifting toward me, she turns my face to meet hers. “Cafeteria this way?” she asks, pointing behind her.

I’m so shocked all I can do is nod stupidly.

She kisses me, rough and possessive. “Good, I’m starving.”

Watching as she saunters away, I swallow loudly, sure I’m hallucinating. It’s one thing knowing your girl is no pushover but seeing her in action is a whole different story.  It’s captivating and one hell of a turn on, but underneath that lives worry, because while Sierra put on a good show, I know beneath all that spunk she’s slowly crumbling. Desperately holding onto the fraying threads of her sanity.

 

Extract 2

Sierra

I’m not sure what it is about him that made me pause. The way he’s dressed makes him stick out like a sore thumb, but it wasn’t the expensive-looking suit or shiny shoes which drew me near. It was the way he seemed totally unaware of his surroundings, how he was 100 percent focused on the gate in front of him. The haunted shadows in his dark eyes were obvious as I’d skated out behind a car leaving the cemetery. He didn’t notice when I stopped or hopped off my board and stepped up onto the pavement. He was aware of only the gate and the secret demons he was battling.

I have enough problems of my own to contend with; I don’t need to take on a stranger’s troubles as well. Yet my mouth had opened as I’d paused, gaining his attention, and when he smiles, all cunning and mischief, I know in my gut the guy before me is bad to the bone. He’s the type to charm his way into my pants and leave me pleasured and drunk on lust.

The kind I like the most.

He wants only one thing, and it has nothing to do with my heart.

“Want to get lost, huh? I could maybe help with that.” I eye him from head to toe. From his dark, chocolate eyes, to his styled almost-black hair, he’s the devil pretending to be an angel.

He eyes me with wicked intent, and anticipation swirls through my blood as I envision the fun we are about to have. Grayson Bishop has no idea what he’s getting himself into. He’s in my playground now.

After all, I spend every minute of every day waiting for my next hit of adrenaline. Waiting for that moment when I’m airborne, a board beneath my feet, heart in my throat, or when the ocean is roaring in my ears and I’m riding a wave lost in a land of blue. From sunset to sundown I live for these moments, for when the realities of my crappy life seem nothing but a speck on the horizon.

“Really?” He eyes my mouth and wets his bottom lip. Heat pools in my stomach; I know exactly what he wants but first I’m going to make him work for it. There’s nothing I love more than shaking the foundations on which bad boys live.

Running a finger down his cheek, I ask softly, “Do you know how to skate, city boy?” Leaning back, he eyes me skeptically, before taking in the skateboard under my arm with a fearful gaze. Laughing, I take his hand and tug him forward down the street. “Grayson, baby, I’ve so much to show you. But first we need to get you out of that stuffy suit.”

About the Author

Rachel M. Raithby started her writing career in 2013 and hasn't looked back. She draws her inspiration from the many places she has lived and traveled, as well as from her love of the paranormal and thriller movies. She can often be found hiding out with a good book or writing more fast-paced and thrilling stories where love always conquers all. A Brit who left the UK in 2008, she resides in a quiet town in New Zealand, with her 4 children.


Connect with Rachel here: www.rachelmraithby.com


Her books include best-selling YA Fantasy New Dawn novels  & Adult Paranormal Romance  The Deadwood Hunter series.



Thursday, 19 November 2020

Cover Reveal - The Dark Prince of Albany (Albany Nightingale Duet Book 3) by Rachel M Raithby

 

Cover Love for Rachel M Raithby's 

The Dark Prince of Albany  - Release date November 22nd 2020

Blurb

Please note to best understand Grayson's story you need to read books 1 & 2 in the Albany Nightingale Series.

THE DARK PRINCE OF ALBANY ~ BOOK 3 IN THE ALBANY NIGHTINGALE SERIES

You first met him in The Destruction of Rose, and now Albany Nightingale’s sexiest bad boy gets his own say. Events from the first two books changed Grayson, but the road to redemption isn’t always easy and as Grayson is about to find out—Neither is the road to love.

Book Links


The Dark Prince Preorder graphic

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2IE4i08

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3f4k1Sm

Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2UsYHfJ


Albany Nightingale Series Graphic

Book 1 & 2 Links

Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2UtVHQo
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/3f0z678
Goodreads: https://bit.ly/3nuBs15

Teasers





Extract 1

Grayson

I don’t register my surroundings or the students of Albany staring as they walk past. All I see is herher too-sad eyes, her fire dying a little more each second, and I’d needed to do something to fan the flames.

I’d kiss her for eternity if it were the only way to breathe life back into her soul.

Because her light can’t die. The world needs Sierra’s untamed spirit.

I need her untamed spirit.

She has wrapped her fire around my heart, thawed it from its frozen sleep and without it, I’ll be right back at the start.

A dark prince sitting on his lonely throne, never truly understanding what it means to live.

“You shouldn’t have done that,” Sierra whispers, her gaze flickering to those around us.

“Why not?” I’ve never said the words, but I know Sierra knows I feel them. I don’t care if the entire city knows she’s mine. In fact, I’d rather they know; it will save me having to dig up dirt on the hundreds of guys who will think they have a shot with her.

“Because everyone is staring,” she hisses below her breath. “And I was hoping to get through my time here under the radar.”

“Baby, you messed up that plan the second you rolled through those gates on a skateboard looking like every guy’s secret wet dream.”

She looks over my shoulder. “We should go. Ashton and Rose are waiting for us.”

Shifting my stance, I slide my hand into Sierra’s, pleased she doesn’t pull away, and greet my stepbrother’s cocky smile with one of my own. Rose’s expression is harder to read though. It’s not jealousy on her face… protectiveness maybe… concern.

What happened between us before she got together with my brother has been left permanently in the past. There are no more sexual ties between Rose and me, yet our time together bound us in a way not many would understand.

Rose was the first person I lowered my guard down with. I let her have a little of my heart. She’s my best friend, and I know if I ever need her, she’ll be there.

But I’m beginning to worry she doesn’t see my relationship with Sierra as a good thing. And while I trust Rose with many things, she also has a tendency to take matters into her own hands.

She is queen of this school, after all, and ruling those who’ve been brought up to see everyone else as beneath them isn’t a job for the weak.

I flash her a smirk, get an eye roll in return.

I’ll be keeping a close eye on you.

Sensing Sierra’s apprehension as we approach our table, I give her hand a gentle squeeze. Looking up, she meets my eyes, silently asking me not to let go, and as the others surround us, I lean forward, kiss her cheek before whispering my reply in her ear, “I’ve got you, baby, always.”

“So, Sierra, tell me, how did you manage to do what no other girl has achieved before?” Rose’s friend, Camilla asks, much to the delight of the other girls around her.

Narrowing my gaze at Camilla, a threat is about to slip from my lips when Rose steps inthe ever-dutiful queen keeping peace in her kingdom.

“Now, Now, Cam. Play nice. We all know I was the one who house-trained the dark prince. Sierra’s just reaping the benefits.”

“I’m not a freaking pet,” I grumble.

Sierra watches our exchange with quiet confusion.

“Do you talk?” Porsha scoffs, her friendly smile doing nothing to mask her words.

I cast Rose a pleading look for help. Her mouth opens to answer when Sierra shocks us into silence.

“I was waiting for the conversation to become worth my attention. And for the record, Grayson isn’t house-trained. Let’s just say my tastes tend to veer on the side of bad not good.” Shifting toward me, she turns my face to meet hers. “Cafeteria this way?” she asks, pointing behind her.

I’m so shocked all I can do is nod stupidly.

She kisses me, rough and possessive. “Good, I’m starving.”

Watching as she saunters away, I swallow loudly, sure I’m hallucinating. It’s one thing knowing your girl is no pushover but seeing her in action is a whole different story.  It’s captivating and one hell of a turn on, but underneath that lives worry, because while Sierra put on a good show, I know beneath all that spunk she’s slowly crumbling. Desperately holding onto the fraying threads of her sanity.

 

Extract 2

Sierra

I’m not sure what it is about him that made me pause. The way he’s dressed makes him stick out like a sore thumb, but it wasn’t the expensive-looking suit or shiny shoes which drew me near. It was the way he seemed totally unaware of his surroundings, how he was 100 percent focused on the gate in front of him. The haunted shadows in his dark eyes were obvious as I’d skated out behind a car leaving the cemetery. He didn’t notice when I stopped or hopped off my board and stepped up onto the pavement. He was aware of only the gate and the secret demons he was battling.

I have enough problems of my own to contend with; I don’t need to take on a stranger’s troubles as well. Yet my mouth had opened as I’d paused, gaining his attention, and when he smiles, all cunning and mischief, I know in my gut the guy before me is bad to the bone. He’s the type to charm his way into my pants and leave me pleasured and drunk on lust.

The kind I like the most.

He wants only one thing, and it has nothing to do with my heart.

“Want to get lost, huh? I could maybe help with that.” I eye him from head to toe. From his dark, chocolate eyes, to his styled almost-black hair, he’s the devil pretending to be an angel.

He eyes me with wicked intent, and anticipation swirls through my blood as I envision the fun we are about to have. Grayson Bishop has no idea what he’s getting himself into. He’s in my playground now.

After all, I spend every minute of every day waiting for my next hit of adrenaline. Waiting for that moment when I’m airborne, a board beneath my feet, heart in my throat, or when the ocean is roaring in my ears and I’m riding a wave lost in a land of blue. From sunset to sundown I live for these moments, for when the realities of my crappy life seem nothing but a speck on the horizon.

“Really?” He eyes my mouth and wets his bottom lip. Heat pools in my stomach; I know exactly what he wants but first I’m going to make him work for it. There’s nothing I love more than shaking the foundations on which bad boys live.

Running a finger down his cheek, I ask softly, “Do you know how to skate, city boy?” Leaning back, he eyes me skeptically, before taking in the skateboard under my arm with a fearful gaze. Laughing, I take his hand and tug him forward down the street. “Grayson, baby, I’ve so much to show you. But first we need to get you out of that stuffy suit.”

About the Author

Rachel M. Raithby started her writing career in 2013 and hasn't looked back. She draws her inspiration from the many places she has lived and traveled, as well as from her love of the paranormal and thriller movies. She can often be found hiding out with a good book or writing more fast-paced and thrilling stories where love always conquers all. A Brit who left the UK in 2008, she resides in a quiet town in New Zealand, with her 4 children.

Connect with Rachel here: www.rachelmraithby.com

Her books include best-selling YA Fantasy New Dawn novels  & Adult Paranormal Romance  The Deadwood Hunter series.





Thursday, 3 September 2020

Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. Authors, readers, and bloggers are uniting again his year to fight stigma, spread mental health awareness, and support the prevention of suicide. To encourage participation, we're giving away a $50 Amazon gift card and a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day t-shirt to one lucky winner.

Two kinds of stigma continue to persist: public stigma and self-stigma. Public stigma occurs when other people view a person with a mental illness in a negative way. Public stigma feeds into self-stigma when people with mental illness internalize the negative talk they hear from others.

Well-meaning people say things like, "Suck it up," "Choose to be happy," "Turn that frown upside down," or "Focus on your blessings," as if mental illness were a mood, a frame of mind, or an attitude that can simply be overcome at will.

Often, people who suffer from mental illness blame themselves instead of seeking help. Just as a diabetic needs insulin, a person with mental illness may need treatment.

People who contemplate suicide don't want to die; they just can't fathom how to live because they are so miserable. They can't see past their pain and misery, and they see no point in going on.

According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, "Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds."

IASP explains that "[e]very life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague. For each suicide approximately 135 people suffer intense grief or are otherwise affected. This amounts to 108 million people per year who are profoundly impacted by suicidal behaviour. Suicidal behaviour includes suicide, and also encompases suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. For every suicide, 25 people make a suicide attempt and many more have serious thoughts of suicide."

If you're contemplating suicide, please don't do it! Instead, seek help. You might be suffering now, but you never know what tomorrow brings. Reach out to a friend or family member. See a doctor. If that doctor doesn't help, try another. Please don't give up.

If you're in crisis, please reach out to the toll-free hotline in your region. You can find your hotline here: https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/.

If you are grieving the death of a victim of suicide and need help, here are resources that can help: https://www.iasp.info/resources/Postvention/National_Suicide_Survivor_Organizations/.

If you suspect that someone you know may be contemplating suicide, please reach out. We often hesitate because we're afraid we might make things worse by saying the wrong thing. According to IASP, "Evidence suggests that this is not the case. The offer of support and a listening ear are more likely to reduce distress, as opposed to exacerbating it."

Warning signs to look for include severe anxiety, agitation, hopelessness, rage, feelings of being trapped, a strong urge for vengeance, engaging in risky activities, excessive alcohol and/or drug use, withdrawing from people, trouble sleeping, and dramatic mood changes.

 

Click to Tweet: Mental illness isn't a personality flaw; it's an illness that comes on through no fault of the individual who suffers with it. Mental illness is treatable and suicide is preventable. #WSPD


THE TOUR

Book lovers from all over the world have joined together to share their stories and spread mental health awareness. Please follow this tour guide to find our posts and to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card and a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 t-shirt:

 

P.D. Workman, Author

Triple A Book Blog

Jessica Burkhart, Author

Here Is What I Read Blog

Crossroad Reviews

Jazzy Book Reviews

Book Corner News and Reviews

I Love Books and Stuff Blog

Luv Saving Money

Debbie Manber Kupfer, Author

Ash Ineski, Author

Allie Burton, Author

Book Butterfly in Dreamland

Sara Crawford, Author

Tawdra Kandle, Author

Quinn Loftis, Author

Kat's Indie Book Blog

Day Leitao, Author

Steph Weston, Author

Lanie Bynum, Author

L.B. Carter, Author

Holly and Mistletoe

Eva Pohler, Author

 

THE GIVEAWAY

From September 1-10, enter for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card and a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day t-shirt. There are lots of ways to enter below--choose one or all. You can also tweet daily for extra entries. We'll email the winner by September 11th.

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OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

1. On September 10th at 8 p.m. your time, light a candle to remember all those we have lost to suicide and to represent the hope of preventing suicide. People all over the world will be participating. You can send an ecard in 63 different languages to invite others to participate. Find the ecards here.

2. Purchase a Book Lovers Unite for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020 for $20. For every shirt sold, five dollars is donated to the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Order yours here.

3. Spread the word about this giveaway, to encourage more people to read our posts and tweet about overcoming stigma. Use the share buttons at the bottom of this post, and

Click to tweet: #EntertoWin a $50 #giftcard and #Tshirt while fighting #stigma and spreading #mentalhealthawareness for #suicideprevention #WSPD.

OTHER RESOURCES

Here are videos on suicide and mental helath that I have found to be helpful:

The Bridge Between Suicide and Life

You're Still Here: Living After Suicide

This Is for All of You in a Dark Place

Suicide Is Preventable

Rachel M Raithby

Rachel M Raithby
Author of the Deadwood Hunter Series

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