Dear Family,

I don’t know how to be a part of this family any more. We are a big family, too. We’re close and nosy and involved in each other’s lives. Christmas and Thanksgiving have always been a 150 plus person dinner. Hell, over 60 people showed for a last minute Father’s Day celebration. You used to dominate my friends list on Facebook, now only a handful of you remain. I’ve seen the things you’ve said about this election – the way you praise Trump, demonize Hillary, preach the gospel as it suits your narrow and often hypocritical beliefs, exclaim that you’re not racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobia, misogynist, etc. all while wearing your “Deplorable Lives Matter” shirts and rounding out your posts with #deplorablelivesmatter and #MAGA, all while sharing sensationalized posts about babies thanking Republicans for saving their lives, all while sharing memes about how real marriage is between a man and a woman.

You want America to be great again! I ask you, when did America lose its greatness? What time are you wanting to revert back to that was the pinnacle of great for this country? Was it when the country was founded to escape religious oppression and demanded freedom of speech? No, this is a Christian nation. Was it when white lives owned black lives? No, you’re not racist. Was it before women fought for and won the right to vote, especially now that you realize women have long since stepped out of the kitchen and can not only influence a country, but lead it? No, you’re not a misogynist. Was it before Roe v Wade and women were dying from pregnancy complications and botched abortions? No, you’re pro-life. Was it when marriage equality only applied to heterosexuals? No, love is love, right? Was it when we started sending our soldiers across the world to fight for oil, while ignoring global climate concerns and the advancements towards sustainable energy? No, we’re still doing that.

You roll your eyes and tell me it’s not like that. You either can’t answer me or you won’t. You tell me it’s not about all the hateful things that are being spread, you’re not like that. People are just ready for a change. A change? What type of change? Lower taxes, less regulations, more American jobs, that kind of change? I get it, I do. More money makes for an easier, happier life. But I wonder how well you sleep knowing you chose a shaky promise of more money over your neighbors’ – your own family’s – basic human rights and needs. And yes, I say basic needs because feeling safe and loved are basic needs and this election, especially the results, have cost many to lose one or both of those.

Did you forget about your lesbian periods? Did you forget we have a Haitian immigrant in-law? Did you forget that he’s a doctor and all those times you called on him for help? Did you forget the number of women and girls in our family that have been raped and sexually assaulted? Did you forget we have a biracial relative? Did you forget we have a number of people in this family with disabilities? Did you forget your Jewish grandparents fled to the US from Romania to escape Hitler? Did you forget the passion and anger you’ve always expressed over the mistreatment of Native Americans because somewhere down the line they are our ancestors? Did you forget who your family is?

I keep thinking that this will get easier. That I won’t want to scream at you when I see you. That when you hug me or tell me you love me that I won’t question it. That it won’t make me want to cry. I keep thinking I’m weak because I don’t think I can be around you right now. I don’t know how to be your daughter, your sister, your cousin, your niece. I owe it to everything this country was built on and progressed to, I owe it to our ancestors who fought to come to this country and built up our family to what it is today, I owe it to every American who feels like this country has betrayed them, and I owe it to myself as I feel like my family has betrayed me to sit across the table from you and engage you in conversation about the political and social happenings in our country, to explain to you the impact of your decisions, and to ask you to explain your reasoning in a way that I can understand. I need to understand how you explained to your biracial daughter that you were taking her white brother to a Trump rally. How you explained to her that he was dressing as Trump for Halloween and she would be ‘one of his ladies.’ I need to understand how you can say ‘If women want to be treated like ladies, they should act like ladies’ in defense to sexual assault and not feel ashamed, knowing the number of survivors we have in our family. I need to understand how you can justify rape with ‘it’s not like its murder.’ I need to understand how you can say that when your own daughter was raped at a young age. I need to understand how you can teach your 9 year old to chant Trump when his brother is a cancer survivor and will suffer disabilities the rest of his life. I need to sit at that table with you and I need you to make me understand. It is my responsibility to not stand idly by while you, willingly or not, spread hate and fear with no effort to correct it. But I feel caught. You’re not listening. You flat out refuse to hear anything that could potentially shake your stance. You don’t want to be informed, you want to feel justified. You don’t want to have a conversation, you want me to be quiet and ‘let it go.’

So, no, I won’t be coming home for Christmas. I need this time to regroup and collect myself. I need to find a new way to talk to you, a way you might actually hear because I won’t be silenced. This matters. It’s important enough to damage some relationships. It’s bigger than me and it’s bigger than you. I will come home soon. Hopefully it won’t take too long for home to feel like home again. For the lessons I learned from the people I love that made me who I am today to overpower the sense of loss and being lost that is currently consuming me. I’m not asking us to agree, I know we won’t always, but I need to understand how you expect me to be a part of this family when you refuse to understand the impact of your choice.

I love you still. Merry Christmas.

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Title: The Scars Keeper

Author: Scarlet Wolfe

Genre: YA Romance

Release Date: November 16

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Avery
My scars are mine alone. They’re the validation of my pain.
The anxiety, anger and sadness I bleed.
My dark secret. A grim, ugly truth.
Most of all, they’re the one thing in my life I control.
It’s inevitable that one day I’ll have to reveal them to someone. What I wasn’t expecting was to share them now with him … with Hayden.

Hayden
Girls like Avery are all the same. They’re spoiled, superficial blondes who don’t appreciate mommy and daddy’s wealth.
Plastic shells that are empty on the inside.
Or so I thought … but I was wrong.
Avery’s heart is an abyss of emotions. She feels like no one I’ve ever met, wallowing in her insecurities and anguish yet savoring every exciting moment within her reach. I was blindsided by the immense love she was willing to give once she trusted me, and I was left with no choice but to trust her, too, exposing my own pain and scars.
I hate myself for caving in … for loving her. How do you let go of the one person you let in? How do you say goodbye to the girl who trusted you with her body and soul?
I have to leave Avery, and where I’m going, I can’t take her with me. She’s going to believe I built her up only to tear her down, but what she doesn’t realize is unlike her, I can’t change my destiny. I was born into the Knights Union MC, and it’s where I’ll go to die.

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She instantly fell in love with bringing characters to life. Releasing contemporary romance throughout 2013, she branched out in 2014, adding erotica and teen. In 2015, her first romantic mystery/suspense, The Cassano Series, came to fruition.

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“I met her at an all-time low . . . the worst night of my life—a time I never wanted to remember.”

“It was a night I could never forget.”

“When it came to women, I swore I was done with wishful thinking. Ball and my coaching career were all that mattered.”

“I reminded him it wasn’t.”

“She was everything I was afraid of.”

“He was everything I’d ever wanted.”

“She was fire—an irresistible piece of southern heaven that I couldn’t stay away from.

“He was smoke that clouded me in every imaginable way.”

“And the sex . . .”

“Dear God, the sex . . .”

“I fell hard, and she gave me hell at every turn.”

“I made a promise I was hell bent on keeping.”

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Kate writes messy, sexy, angst filled romance books with ‘hard to get’ happy endings because it’s what she loves as a reader. She has a scary addiction to chocolate milk and a deep love for rap music specifically the genius known as Marshall Mathers.

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Avery
My scars are mine alone. They’re the validation of my pain.
The anxiety, anger and sadness I bleed.
My dark secret. A grim, ugly truth.
Most of all, they’re the one thing in my life I control.
It’s inevitable that one day I’ll have to reveal them to someone. What I wasn’t expecting was to share them now with him … with Hayden.

Hayden
Girls like Avery are all the same. They’re spoiled, superficial blondes who don’t appreciate mommy and daddy’s wealth.
Plastic shells that are empty on the inside.
Or so I thought … but I was wrong.
Avery’s heart is an abyss of emotions. She feels like no one I’ve ever met, wallowing in her insecurities and anguish yet savoring every exciting moment within her reach. I was blindsided by the immense love she was willing to give once she trusted me, and I was left with no choice but to trust her, too, exposing my own pain and scars.
I hate myself for caving in … for loving her. How do you let go of the one person you let in? How do you say goodbye to the girl who trusted you with her body and soul?
I have to leave Avery, and where I’m going, I can’t take her with me. She’s going to believe I built her up only to tear her down, but what she doesn’t realize is unlike her, I can’t change my destiny. I was born into the Knights Union MC, and it’s where I’ll go to die.

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Every few breaths bring with them the sweet aroma of honeysuckle. The plants’ balls of tangled vines huddle on the outskirts of our hideaway, soaked from the brief rain shower that fell moments ago.
As we sit on the tattered bench, our bare toes slide along the aged soil beneath our feet.
Shoulders brushing …
Pinkies touching …
Our crush for one another is unveiling itself beneath the afternoon sun.
Allowing my head to fall against his toned bicep, I savor from his t-shirt the lingering scent of rain. The fabric peppered with droplets of water grazes my cheek, and I breathe in the smell of pine needles that have fallen into his wavy hair from the trees above.
A twig in his hand is drawing a line on the thigh of his blue jeans, the back and forth motion hypnotizing, words needless and serenity endless. Hayden is my link to nature. He is my earth, and I long to be rooted in him.

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Scarlet Wolfe began writing in January of 2013 as a way to distract and heal from some of the grief she was dealing with after the death of her teenage son.

She instantly fell in love with bringing characters to life. Releasing contemporary romance throughout 2013, she branched out in 2014, adding erotica and teen. In 2015, her first romantic mystery/suspense, The Cassano Series, came to fruition.

When not writing, Scarlet enjoys her time with family and friends and has an addiction to Pinterest. She loves bacon, coffee, stories about possessive, hot alpha males, and other flavors of ice cream besides vanilla. 😉

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Author: Elizabeth Burgess

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: November 15

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mis•direction

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1. a wrong or incorrect direction, guidance, or instruction.
2. the act or instance of misdirecting or diverting

Ambitious Dr. Andrew Douglas is always seeking more. More power. More money. More women. But when a shrewd businessman, Bob O’Malley, propositions him to bring River City Medical Center in New Orleans into a black market organ trade, he’s hesitant. How would they get away with it? What if they get caught? Would it be safe to say no?

Arianne Douglas seems to have it all. She’s conservative and proper with a happy family and a fulfilling career where she gives back to others. But when her husband’s ex-wife, brazen Dr. Millicent Douglas, discovers her deepest secret—the truth could send Arianne’s entire life crashing down around her. Millie has been on a twenty-seven-year mission to destroy her, and she’s not above using Arianne’s son, Nash, to do it.

Stoic and solemn Dr. Gregory Adams is an honorable man. Proud of the legacy passed down through his family, he takes his job as Chief Medical Officer seriously. But after discovering his best friend, Andrew, is doing something legally and ethically wrong, Gregory doesn’t know what to do. Further complicating his decision are his long-standing feelings for Andrew’s wife—his one true love.

As even more players are pulled into the tangled web of deceit and intrigue, no alliances are safe. The stakes have never been higher, and no one involved will ever be the same again.

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For Elizabeth Burgess, writing is not only what she loves to do, it is freedom, salvation, and escape. It is life. Introduced to the art of words at a young age by her junior high school English teacher, she poured herself into a self-study of all things poetry and prose throughout high school and college—hoping one day to become a lyricist in Nashville. As the years passed, her dreams changed and morphed, but her love for words did not.

A nurse by trade, Elizabeth loves incorporating some medical knowledge in each book she writes. Her favorite characters are always flawed, and if you see her wearing any color other than black, you know she’s sick. Thanks to her maternal grandparents, she believes she can do anything if she sets her mind to it, and will always offer guests a glass of sweet tea.

When she’s not working on her next novel, she enjoys Saturday nights in Death Valley, listening to Fleetwood Mac on rainy days, and taking pictures of her beloved Louisiana. Elizabeth is the author of Counterplay and the Hopewell Coven series books. She lives in Northeast Louisiana’s farming country with her partner, Terri, two Catahoula Curs, Bowie and Pike, and host of spoiled cats.

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Release Date: November 15th

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“I met her at an all-time low . . . the worst night of my life—a time I never wanted to remember.”

“It was a night I could never forget.”

“When it came to women, I swore I was done with wishful thinking. Ball and my coaching career were all that mattered.”

“I reminded him it wasn’t.”

“She was everything I was afraid of.”

“He was everything I’d ever wanted.”

“She was fire—an irresistible piece of southern heaven that I couldn’t stay away from.

“He was smoke that clouded me in every imaginable way.”

“And the sex . . .”

“Dear God, the sex . . .”

“I fell hard, and she gave me hell at every turn.”

“I made a promise I was hell bent on keeping.”

“And you kept it.”

“Hell yes I did.”

“Fuckin’ A.”

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A native of Dallas, Kate Stewart now resides in beautiful Charleston, S.C. She lives with her husband of 10 years, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie.
Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring the city her creative muse. Since the move in 2010, Kate has written and published several novels including Room 212, Never Me, Loving the White Liar, The Reluctant Romantics Series (The Fall, The Heart, The Mind) and The Balls in Play series (Anything but Minor and Major Love.)

Kate writes messy, sexy, angst filled romance books with ‘hard to get’ happy endings because it’s what she loves as a reader. She has a scary addiction to chocolate milk and a deep love for rap music specifically the genius known as Marshall Mathers.

In addition to her addiction to romance, Kate also lets her alter ego take over on occasion and writes erotic suspense under the pen Angelica Chase.

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 7

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Book 1: Wished For You
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Blog Post: 1/17/15
My name is Kayla and I’m a blogger who believes in fairy tales. Through the anonymity of my blog, along with my reviews of the steamy novels I like to read, I tell the stories of my own search for love. No matter how disastrous they turn out—and believe me, you will ask yourself ‘Did that really happen?’—I never gave up, knowing my soul mate was out there somewhere.
When my big brother invited me to move to Houston for a semester of college, I jumped at the opportunity to leave my small hometown to see what it was like to live in a big city. Having no friends and not knowing where to go, I met a guy online and met up with him that night. Because…YOLO, right?
Turns out, he was an okay guy. Not ‘The One’, but still, a good enough guy to spend time with. But then, he introduced me to his best friend Jason, and my world tilted on its axis. The dark, tough, tatted-up guy, who was too broody for his own good, captivated me.
But he made it perfectly clear, I wasn’t his type.IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
The Blogger Diaries Trilogy is the true story of how I met, fell for, lost, and got a
second chance at love with my soul mate. The names of everyone EXCEPT me, Jason, my family, and my best friend have been changed to protect their identities. Full of youthful stupidity, leading to bad decisions and lots of angst, it is a real life story, where inevitably things are messy.
No one can look back at their late teens and early twenties and not think of moments that make them ask, What the hell was I thinking? Every second of this trilogy is true, exactly as it happened.
The first book, ‘Wished For You’, is a tale of finding ‘the one’ too early, and then having to let them go.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a true trilogy, meaning the first two books END ON CLIFFHANGERS. But if you take the journey with me, in the end, I promise you a happily ever after you will never forget.
I know I won’t.

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Blog PostHeartbroken and devastated, I moved back home to North Carolina after the man I loved more than anything told me he didn’t want me anymore.
After my disastrous dating history, I had finally found the one, my soul mate, and then he just threw me away like I meant nothing to him. So, what was I supposed to do now?
I did what any woman who had her heart ripped to shreds would do. I rebounded. And I rebounded hard.
My life spun and progressed at whirlwind speed as I tried desperately to fill the hole Jason had left inside me.
I had myself fooled for a while there, until the newness of everything wore off, until the whirlwind slowed to a grinding halt and I was forced to stop and realize exactly what I’d done. I suppose I could’ve trained myself to be content with Aiden, but all I did was…
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April 17, 2016They say when you quit trying so hard, things will finally fall into place. So, I let go of my failed marriage to Aiden, focused all my attention on my daughter and finishing school while working a full-time job, and suddenly…
Barely breathing turned into surviving.
Surviving turned into being content.
Contentment turned into happiness.
All just my girl and me.
But there was still something missing, something I truly never thought I’d have.
My happily ever after.

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KD Robichaux wanted to be a romance author since the first time she picked up her mom’s Sandra Brown books at the ripe old age of twelve. She went to college to become a writer, but then married and had babies. Putting her dream job on hold to raise her family as a stay at home mom, who read entirely too much, she created a blog where she could keep her family and friends up-to-date on all the hottest reads. From there, by word of mouth, her blog took off and she began using her hard-earned degree as a Senior Editor for Hot Tree Editing. When her kids started school, and with the encouragement from her many author friends, she finally sat down and started working on her first series, The Blogger Diaries, her very own real life romance.

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