June KU Giveaway

June 3rd, 2018

Check out the June KU Giveaway! Our Romance Authors are sharing KU Books. Read for FREE! Even better, we’ve pooled our funds to offer an awesome giveaway! It’s just our way of thanking our loyal readers.

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Wednesday Whisper & New Release ~ Handling the Perks

July 17th, 2018

New release out today. Book 3 in the D.A.R.K., INC series.

Ever wonder how Rhodi and Karen got together? Here you go.

HANDLING THE PERKS

Contemporary

 

She came for a job and found her forever…

Karen Womber had made her way to Montana to start over. Landing a job with a protection agency, she falls for one of the bosses.

Rhodi Wilder can’t keep his mind, focus, or hands off the new woman they hired. He knows better but no matter how he tries, she is there derailing his good intentions.

Eventually their passion is to strong to ignore and they give in. will they have a chance at a future when the lies are exposed? Will she be willing to stick around and handle the perks?

Sunday Sentiment

July 15th, 2018

Life’s problems wouldn’t be called “hurdles” if there wasn’t a way to get over them. ~Author Unknown

Saturday Selection ~ The Baby Match

July 14th, 2018

A new to me author, looking forward to this one by Tasha Blue.

Love this cover!

Cottonwood Falls series is now in KU

July 11th, 2018

KINDLE UNLIMITED

Here is a list of the books by Aliyah Burke now available in Kindle Unlimited.

Are you part of Kindle Unlimited?

To date I have eight stories in Kindle Unlimited. All of these take place in and around my fictional town of Cottonwood Falls.

I know some of you may not be aware of what Kindle Unlimited is, so here’s a breakdown.

  • Kindle Unlimited (KU) is a subscription program through Amazon. With a monthly subscription you’re given unlimited access to books, audiobooks, and magazines.
  • The cost is $9.99/mo. Amazon does offer a Free 30-day trial to see if this is something you would like to continue taking part in.
  • If you’re interested in joining the program, click here.

 

In Cottonwood Falls you meet the residents, see into small town life, and more. Each is a stand alone and range in length. More will be coming to Cottonwood Falls as well to be available in KU.

 

Blurbs for stories in the Cottonwood Falls series

 

Relentless

Not everything new is best

Tobias Latner has come home to buy up property and build a new mall. With the misguided belief it will be best for the town, he’s shocked by the amount of resistance he receives. More than that, he’s shaken by the intense attraction he feels to one of the residents.
Dr. Melinda Glazer comes home when her father is diagnosed with cancer, to work the clinic so it doesn’t have to close. Her lust for Toby Latner is a distraction she feels she can move beyond if she gets it out of her blood. She doesn’t realize how wrong she is, nor how relentless the businessman can be when he sets his sights on something he wants.

 

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Fracture

Homecomings can be wonderful in breaking down old walls

Once the princess of Cottonwood Falls, Vicki Boshay had exchanged her crown and dresses for a badge and a gun as a deputy in her hometown. Disowned by her family for her decisions she has moved on and carries her head high. One foggy night she’s reunited with a man who lived on the wrong side of the tracks but had always interested her.
Chase Ellery is out of the Army and has come back home. He is shocked to see Vicki Boshay wearing a uniform when she gives him a ride into town. Some memories are harder than others to get rid of and despite the passion arching between them, their past is still there. Will they be able to move on or will it fracture the budding relationship?

 

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Ravish

There are times when you just need to return to your roots

On the heels of landing his largest part yet, Brody Paget, has returned from Hollywood to Cottonwood Falls, to share the news with a family he’s not seen in years. Still, sometimes it’s harder to let go of what you’ve run from than expected and he learns that when he is reunited with the one woman he’s ever loved. She just also happens to be the woman he left at the altar.

Hermione Windsor can’t believe it when he walks into the bank. Even ten years wasn’t long enough for her to move on. Now, he was back and wanted to rekindle what they had. She’s changed since he’d bolted and isn’t sure she has what it takes to be part of his fast life. Brody is determined to prove to her he’s still the only man for her.

 

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Spark

Sometimes that first touch is the only spark needed

Vance Hendrickson works hard at his garage, content with his life, right up until he gets a call that leads him into the life of one Kendria Bonher. She’s running from something and he wants to protect her with a ferocity that stuns him.

Kendria is used to a different world than one gets in the small town of Cottonwood Falls, Georgia but finds herself falling not only for the town but the mechanic who makes her emotions race off the chart. Can his quiet confidence help her find the bit she needs to confront her past allowing her to have a future?

 

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Savor

When you slow it all down, you’re allowed to savor.

Piers Cuyper is a single father. His son, having withdrawn since his mother’s death, needs a teacher who will bring out the best in him. Piers found that teacher in London Rhymes. But that wasn’t all he found in her.

London Rhymes loved teaching the children of Cottonwood Falls. Her steadfast rule of not getting involved with one of her students parents went by the wayside when she met Piers. He could be everything she’d ever possibly want but will she allow herself the chance?

 

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Intensity

Two people whose intensity for one another may be their downfall…or heaven.

Grey Sorenson, Navy SEAL, has had a thing for Sarah for years. Problem is when they’re together the sparks they put off aren’t all good.

Sarah Mallery loves serving in the USMC. Her life would be perfect if not for the SEAL who makes her want to hit him one second and kiss him the next. A mission throws them together, will things get worked out after this or will more obstacles fall in their way of a happily ever after?

 

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Inferno

 

Even in the winter, things can get hot.

 

Jazz Delahoussaye has been volunteered by her cousin to find a man for a photo shoot. The only reason she’s doing it is because it’s for a charity cause. Buried in her work, she hasn’t the faintest idea of where to look or what to do. So, she finds herself looking for someone her friend said would help, and that sets her on course for Cottonwood Falls, Georgia.

 

Bastian Müller is shocked to see not only his grandfather back in town but also the woman he’d been promised to help. The ex-smokejumper turned regular firefighter is intrigued by the sassy yet extremely private woman. He agrees to help, if, she stays in town until the shoot is over. Once that happens, will he be able to keep her forever or will she vanish as quickly as she arrived, leaving him alone with only memories?

 

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Snake’s Salvation

 

Two people with painful pasts can create something spectacular with each other.

Jason “Snake” LaRue was a Navy SEAL. Now he’s not and he has trust issues and memories he can’t forget no matter how hard he tries. His one solace is a woman who works at the local diner who chases away the darkness in him. But would she ever consider a man with his past?

 

Loretta Swann has given up art and now works at an all-night diner. Running from her past, she up and goes when the mood strikes. Her one shining moment a day is when the ex-SEAL graces the establishment. An impulsive kiss makes her wonder about something more with him. But when she learns what he wants, will she run again, or stick around to be Snake’s Salvation?

 

 

Once that happens, will he be able to keep her forever or will she vanish as quickly as she arrived, leaving him alone with only memories?

 

 

Wednesday Whisper ~ Trust Me

July 11th, 2018

Book 2 in D.A.R.K., INC series

TRUST ME

Contemporary, suspense

$2.99

https://amzn.to/2JxHzlg

She must trust someone from her past in order to survive her present and experience a future…

Shelly Marie Dixon is a woman with a fearful past. Literally. She’s never able to settle in one place, all because of a man set on tormenting her. After five years of struggling to move on with her life, she goes back to another man. One she left years ago. One with the skills to help her. Hopefully, he won’t brush her aside.

Never in his wildest dreams did Adam Wilder, eldest brother and co-founder of D.A.R.K Cover, Inc, expect to find a lost love sitting in the lobby of his company. Much less, expect to find her terrified.

There’s no way he’s letting her face things alone. If it takes all of D.A.R.K’s resources, he’ll risk it. Whatever it takes to keep her safe. Problem is, will he be able to keep it professional—because one look at her and he wants to go back to how things were, way back when.

The only way that’s going to happen is if she’ll believe him when he says: Trust Me.

***Excerpt***

For the next two hours he took care of paperwork, lining up other jobs and making notes on completed ones. His phone buzzed and he hit the button with the pen. “Yes?”

“Could you come down here please?”

Adam didn’t hesitate, he wasn’t fond of the tremor in her voice. “On my way.” He grabbed his Glock, made sure the magazine was full, and shoved it in the back of his waistband as he hurried to the door. He took the stairs and pushed through the door to find his sister-in-law sitting at her desk, watching for him. Scanning the area, he didn’t see anyone and met her gaze once more.

“What’s going on?”

“There’s someone here to see you.”

Another look around their waiting room. No one was there. “Who are you talking about, Karen?”

The door to the bathroom opened and a small figure stepped out, ball cap pulled low over the face, so he couldn’t tell who it was.

“Her.”

He ran another perusal of her. Her fear was obvious and her suspicion. He glanced back to Karen, who shook her head to his unasked question of why she called him. Derek had a way of making women feel safe, he was the lighthearted one. Not Adam.

“She asked for you by name,” Karen whispered, answering the question as to why it was him.

Raking a hand through his hair, he stepped forward. “You asked to see me?” he queried, willing her to lift her gaze.

She raised a hand and removed her hat, simultaneously tilting her chin. Dark red curls tumbled free as he was speared by a pair of emerald green eyes he never thought he’d see again in his lifetime. His lungs were empty and it took a moment for him to comprehend, his brain reminding him to breathe.

“Shelly Marie?” Surely it had to be a mistake he was seeing her before him.

“I know I’m the last person you want to see, Adam, but I need your help.” That pink tongue of hers darted out to dampen her lips. “Please.”

Adam blinked a few times. The apparition before him didn’t move anywhere. He took another visual perusal of her. This time picking up on every nuance. Physically this woman may be the one he knew like the back of his hand, but that’s where it ended. It wasn’t his woman on the inside. Dark circles under her eyes were hidden by makeup, while the corners of her mouth were tight with strain. And there was the way her fingers barely peeked out from the oversized long sleeve tee and worked the hat brim with an abundance of nervous energy.

She reminded him of a deer, frightened and ready to bolt at the slightest bit of provocation. Not at all the level headed, calm, woman he’d fallen in love with all those years ago. Karen’s overly inquisitive gaze flicked between the two of them.

 

Teaser Tuesday ~ All the Wright Moves

July 10th, 2018

An attraction that was right from their first meeting.

Savvy software designer Warwick Taylor’s multi-billion dollar corporation develops cutting edge computer technology. He had made lots of sacrifices—personal and professional—to get where he is. The loss of his wife many years ago has taught him many tough lessons about life and love. Time was precious and you must take every moment as it comes. During the installation of the computer donation he made to a local community centre, Warwick is swept away by the dedication of the centre’s owner. Deciding to take a chance, Warwick opens himself to the possibilities…

After years of hard work, Katiya Wright finally has her community centre, The Oasis, running smoothly. The large donation of computers for her new computer program is a godsend. The man who comes to set them up makes her break her no dating rule. When she finds out who he really is she knows that he is way above what she is used to. Warwick however has other ideas and refuses to be pushed aside. He challenges Katiya to step out of her preconceived notions and give them a chance.

Will they have enough to sustain this unexpected meeting? Can she get past their differences and see him as the man he is… the man that may be the Wright move to make.

******

Katiya Wright stopped only after a step into the open doorway. The sight before her made her breath catch and she leaned against the doorframe for support and to view the tight jeans hugging a firm ass. The man bent, stretching the already fitted jeans taut. She bit her bottom lip to stifle a whimper. Her gaze travelled from the ass to muscular legs that bulged enticingly as he stood. She retraced her path back up to a bottom that should be declared illegal to a tapered waist, and a back that rippled with muscles visible through his shirt across his broad shoulders. The man shifted to the side as he lifted the computer monitor onto the desk. Katiya snapped out of her daze, glancing away from his luscious body.

The large room, which had been empty a few days earlier, was now filled with over fifty individual oak desks, office chairs and a file cabinet with a printer on it. It was as she’d envisioned, each work area set up like an office. She walked over to the desk closest to her and touched the last item that she knew had arrived today. A complete computer system with all the bells and whistles sat on top of the desk. A look at the screen showed it was installing some sort of software. With another glance around the room she noted that the systems were almost all set up. She returned her attention to the lone man still installing the computers and wondered where the rest of the work crew was.

A flare of interest filled her as she watched him work. With efficient moves he hooked up all the cables. Moments later he flipped on the system, punched a few keys, and the Windows logo came up. The man moved onto another desk and bent to pick up another computer out of a new box. She tried to figure out why she seemed to be attracted to him. It had been years since she’d had even a minuscule amount of interest in anyone. She hadn’t even seen his face nor had any interaction with him. Katiya continued to study him. She should probably let him know she was there, but she didn’t want to break the moment and continued to watch as he set up another system and moved onto another.

Snap out of it. No dating, she reminded herself. Clearing her throat, she walked over to the man. He stiffened and straightened from the box he was unpacking.

“Everything is looking great.” She glanced around again, pleased that her vision was finally taking shape.

Katiya turned to look at him again then stopped. Damn, he’s even more captivating up close. His dark, brooding eyes studied her silently. Black shaggy shoulder length hair framed a tanned, craggy face. He wasn’t what she’d call typically handsome, but something about him made her want to look at him more than once. With large blunt fingers, he pushed back his hair from his face. He dwarfed her five feet nine inches-he had to be at least over six feet tall.

“There are just a few more systems left to set up in here.”

His deep, bassy baritone set off a clenching sensation in the base of her stomach.

Control yourself. Katiya took a calming breath. “Yes, I see that. I’m surprised that there aren’t more techs helping to get it done.”

“There were, but they are setting up the other systems for the centre offices,” he replied.

Katiya frowned. “What? The donation was only for these systems.” She motioned to the computers around the room.

“Miss?”

“Katiya. Katiya Wright. No need for the Miss.” She paused. “I don’t understand. Why are computers being installed in the centre offices?”

“Katiya Wright. You’re the owner of The Oasis, I’m pleased to meet you.” He reached out and shook her hand. “You’re doing some great things with the community centre. As for the reason why the centre’s offices are being set up too. Do you realise how outdated your systems are?” The man cocked his head to the side, studying her.

She ignored the flash of pleasure that filled her at his touch and statement about her work at the centre.

“I know they are but this”-she gestured to the systems again-“was more important to get than computers for our offices. What does-?”

“Why didn’t you just ask for a donation that included the centre offices?”

Katiya narrowed her eyes. She didn’t appreciate his almost chastising tone, but instead of replying in anger, she put on her ‘diplomatic mask’.

Sunday Sentiment

July 8th, 2018

Dare to be honest and fear no labor. ~Robert Burns

Saturday Selection ~ As Dead As A Vampire

July 7th, 2018

Starting off July with a paranormal cozy. Looking forward to this one by April Fernsby

Wednesday Whisper ~ Breaking All the Rules

July 4th, 2018

This is Book 1 of my D.A.R.K., INC series.

BREAKING ALL THE RULES

Contemporary, interracial

$2.99

One night of passion can lead to anything. For a woman and her boss, can it—will it—lead to happily ever after?

A member of D.A.R.K. Cover, Inc., Kristopher “Wild” Wilder is taking a few days of R&R in Belize after his last mission. There he meets a woman who sets his blood on fire and the night they share is explosive to say the least. Little does he know, she’s the woman his brothers hired to be their company’s newest pilot. After the passion in Belize, he looks forward to continuing the connection. Problem: she isn’t on board with that idea.

Alyse Lamar is a damn good pilot. She’s taken this new job for a few reasons but when she realizes she’s slept with one of her new bosses, she isn’t sure it’s the best place for her to remain. She can’t seem to keep her hands off him, nor him her. Her strict rule about never mixing business with pleasure is taking one heck of a beating.

Wild is many things, a quitter isn’t one of them. He wants this feisty woman and knows she wants him just as much. He vows to find a way past her walls and make her understand that what began as one night in Belize is worth breaking all the rules and can lead to forever.

***Excerpt***

She didn’t comment, just walked out and headed to the stairs. She jogged down them instead of taking the elevator. Pausing in the lobby, she waved to Karen and reached for her gloves when the front door opened. Then her heart stopped.

It can’t be. But it was. The man striding through that door was none other than the man she’d spent that amazing night with in Belize. Wild.

He spied her a moment later and froze. She took in his dark blond hair, the broad shoulders covered by a black leather jacket and jeans that highlighted powerful legs. He had black boots on his feet.

“Hi, Wild!” Karen called out.

“Karen,” he responded without taking his gaze off Alyse.

He advanced toward her, each step predatory. Alyse knew she was in trouble when her legs grew weak and all she wanted to do was jump him and allow him to do whatever he wanted to her.

“Alyse,” he said on a soft rumble.

She couldn’t stop staring at him. The stubble on his face made her mind relive every second his head was buried between her legs or rubbing along her breasts. Her belly clenched and her breasts grew heavy with want.

“Wild.”

He stopped right before her. Close enough to touch, close enough to smell his masculine scent which had combined perfectly with the crisp air from outdoors.

She put her hands in her pockets to keep from reaching for him. “So, Kristopher Wilder?”

“Everyone calls me Wild,” he said by way of explanation. His blue eyes singed her. “Well, there are some people who have been known to scream my name, we both know you fall into that category.”

 

Teaser Tuesday ~ Talios by Taige Crenshaw & Aliyah Burke

July 3rd, 2018

Book 1 in the Kemet Uncovered series.

I am of war and have no home that I call my own. Destruction was my closest bedfellow until I was given to a goddess to pay my penance. Now set free I am adrift with my nomadic ways. Home for me is just a place to rest until I move on to another. I know I do not deserve a place or anyone to call mine. Yet I cannot resist her.

Candace Jermaine is everything I long for but cannot dare to expect for my own. She is a woman whose heart is so big that it shines from her with a sultry innocence that I find intoxicating. A scientist who is so dedicated to her work that she shuts all else out. Including me. I question if this is but another test.

Another form of penance for all the destructiveness I wrought… but I have found I do not care. She is in my blood. Candace is the other half of my soul. Something I never expected to find. Yet I wonder can I, a god who is newly free of the bonds of my past, find a future with a woman who shakes me to my very core. I need Candace more than I ever expected that I would. My need for her goes outside the bounds of her humanity. I want her to join me in forever and beyond.

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Candace Jermaine sat up with a sigh. She took off her glasses and rubbed the bridge of her nose before taking the time to actually set the offending things down on the pearl-grey Formica countertop.

Her glasses lay in the newly clean spot. When she’d sat down earlier, there had been a huge stack of papers sitting there that she had needed to review and double-check. Rolling her head on her neck, she groaned when she saw the time.

“I’ve been sitting here for five hours?”

Candace used her foot to push her chair across the cool floor to where her drink was, picked it up and took a healthy swallow. Lukewarm, but still refreshing. She shifted in her chair and closed her eyes against the brilliance of the fluorescent bulbs that filled the otherwise silent room with their incessant buzzing.

Candace knew she didn’t have to do all the work in the lab on her own, but she was overly picky.

“But damn if it isn’t hard and time-consuming to double-check the spelling on each taxonomic classification.”

Candace Jermaine worked at New Mexico’s Palaeontology Centre in Taos. She loved her job, regardless of how tedious logging data on extinct animals could be, making sure they were all spelt correctly and updating new information that came in.

She was good at her job and found extinct animals fascinating. When they had lived. Where they had lived. How and when they had died out. Looking at samples under a high- powered microscope to see the curve of the hair, the exact shape of the tooth—any number of things.

“Okay. I’m done. I need food and air.” Opening her eyes, she heaved a sigh as she climbed out of her comfortable chair. “Ohh.” She moaned as her lower body tingled and she felt blood flow freely as the circulation returned to her veins. “Well, that hurt.” Candace shook her head at her actions. Like she could spring up after sitting near-motionless for five hours.

It didn’t take long before everything was stored in the proper place and the lab was spotless. Candace picked up her car keys and grabbed her purse, then hit the switch that stopped the hum of the lights. She walked out of the door, pulling it shut behind her.

The dry desert air that greeted her was stagnant. Still, the view before her eyes was amazing. There was nothing like looking out at the mountains—they were so beautiful. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains could engage all of her time if she let them.

She felt the cry more than she heard it. If not for the feelings it evoked within her, she would have claimed it was nothing but her overactive imagination and hunger feeding a delusion. No air moved, but she could see the flocks of birds taking to the sky like the hounds of hell were after them.

Within her own body she could still feel the powerful rumble that seemed more like a roar than a cry. It moved through her system, touching all her synapses like she was standing out on the tarmac while an MD-11 airliner landed next to her.

No matter how astounding the effect was, it lasted maybe a millisecond. But it was long enough to awaken something deep within her. Something that, until that moment, Candace had never known she possessed.