Month: November 2014

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The Charlotte Chronicles

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4 Beautiful Stars

I have to admit, I’m blown away with how much I enjoyed The Charlotte Chronicles. I decided to just read a few chapters right before bed, and almost four hours later I still didn’t want to put up my kindle down. For me, this is by far Jen Frederick’s at her finest.

The Charlotte Chronicles is broken into two parts. The first half is when Charlotte and Nathan are teenagers and discover life, love and unfortunately heartbreak.

The story starts off with fifteen-year-old Charlotte in the hospital ready for surgery after discovering a brain tumor. Charlotte grew up with the Jackson boys, Nathan and Nick. Their parents are more than just friends and the two families feel like one.

Charlotte has always looked at Nick (who’s also fifteen) as her brother/best friend, but that’ not the case with Nathan who’s two years older. Charlotte’s feelings for Nick are brotherly but with Nathan she can’t say the same.

Growing up in a wealthy Chicago family, Nathan has had his fair share of girls but it’s not until just recently that he starts looking at Charlotte in a different way, and now that Charlotte is sick Nathan knows he has to admit his feelings.

“Charlotte was meant to be mine. I knew it when she was born. Nick is her brother, but I’m her protector.”

Nathan’s behavior in the very beginning was appalling. While Charlotte is in the hospital, he does something at the time I almost found unforgiveable, but then I learned that Charlotte and Nathan aren’t a couple and have yet to admit their feelings to each other so I could understand where Nathan was coming from…

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As Charlotte starts radiation and chemo treatments Nick and Nathan step up and try to protect Charlotte from the world. It appears that there is nothing these two won’t do for her, even if it’s not always what best for Charlotte’s health.

“These feelings came on so fast, and neither of us are prepared. I had some vague idea Charlotte and I would end up together, but that was in the future. Her being sick, nearly dying has changed things.”

Charlotte’s parents decide to take her overseas for a different type of treatment. Nathan and Charlotte have only been a couple for a short time, but they both know what they have will last and is worth fighting for.

Nathan made the decision to join the Navy Seals and purposely waits until Charlotte is gone before letting anyone know. He wants to make a name for himself and not depend on his family name and money.

One night, one party and everything changes for Nathan. He closes himself off from Charlotte and decides she’ll be better off without him, only he never tells her this. He stops fighting, stops communicating and leaves Charlotte by herself to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart.

“Intentions are meaningless. Acts matter.”

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In part two, which is years later their journey picks up again when Charlotte see Nathan in a chance meeting while traveling for work. Nathan has spent at lot of time growing up and Charlotte is still the only woman he’ll ever want. Nathan’s reason for staying away from Charlotte is my only reason for not giving this a full five stars. Maybe it’s because I‘m a female or Nathan was just that immature but I couldn’t relate to his logic.

I did however love that this novel covered their whole love story. I truly felt like I experienced this epic love story between Charlotte and Nathan. When they reunite, I wasn’t sold on what happened during their time apart, but I rolled with it.

I was truly swept away with this story. While I didn’t always agree with Nathan or Charlottes’ decisions I did feel their powerful connection. If Ms. Frederick writes a story about Nathan’s brother Nick, I will with out a doubt read his story.

*ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Winning Appeal

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4 Stars Winning Stars

With Winning Appeal, we finally get Mark’s story. Mark has been a fantastic secondary character in this series and the build up to his story almost drove me crazy. However, Mark lived up to all my expectations. My only complaint is that he didn’t get a full-length novel.

At twenty-eight, and after watching his two best friends find love with a great woman, Mark is starting to wonder how life would be for him past his random hook-ups he’s use to.

Beth has had a crush on Mark for quite awhile, and everyone seems to know this except Mark. But when Mark finally opens his eyes and sees what’s right in front of him, he’s surprised at how ready he is for a commitment.
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With Winning Appeal, there isn’t a lot of character build-up. I’m assuming that’s because we already know Mark and Beth from the previous books, so while Winning Appeal can be read as standalone I think to fully enjoy their story you should start at the beginning of the Lawyers in Love series.

I love it when one of my favorite authors offers e-books for only 99 cents and I knew when I purchased this it was only a novella, but I love Ms. Silber’s books so much that I would have gladly paid more for a full lengh novel.

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TAG

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3.5 Stars

The choice is yours. Live or die.

Revenge. That’s Cali’s only reason for living. Her mother died from cancer, her father went into hiding from the CIA after a mission had him going rogue and she was forced to watch her sister murder due her father’s choices.

I’m going to make sure anyone and everyone who cased her pain will get back what they have given.

She hasn’t seen her father in years, but he’s still protecting her from a distance. Her latest protection comes in the form of the hottest bodyguard she’s ever met. But it’s will take more than good looks to ever fool Cali again because in order to survive, the first rule is “trust no one.”

I’m twenty-two and I don’t need a babysitter. He can call it whatever he wants, but that’s all this is-babysitting.

There’s a reason Tango accepted this job and it has nothing to do with Cali and everything to do with his own survival. Having dealt with his own share of family turmoil, this job, protecting Cali becomes his last chance to succeed.

Hate me, slap the shit out of me-I don’t care. But I am going to keep you safe. And it’s not because I work for your dad. It’s because I don’t want an innocent woman who’s already seen as much shit as you’ve had to, see any fucking more.

When the people after Cali’s father once again come after her, it sends them on the run, forcing Cali to do the one thing she promised to never do again, trust. Hoping that Tango was hired by her father to protect her and not by the men after him, they take off together.

Once they are on the run the sexual tension between Cali and Tango builds but Cali finds herself struggling…

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In a world where trust is an illusion and happy ever afters don’t exist, Cali and Tango start to wonder if they could be the exception to the rule.

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The two things I love when reading are alpha males and strong heroines. While Tango wasn’t an OTT alpha, he still was one, and Cali was such a strong heroine that she did seem almost OTT but never to the point that it bothered me.

When I first started reading TAG, I felt lost. I stopped and re-read a few pages to see if I missed something, because If I’m being completely honest, it felt like I had picked up a book and just started reading on a random page. Seeing as this was a gifted copy from the author I wanted to give the book a fair chance and I’m happy that I did. As the story continued and more details were given everything started to come together.

Personally I thought TAG was more of a suspenseful novel. Yes it has a romantic connection between the main two characters but that wasn’t the main plot. However, the story and plot works well and over all I enjoyed this one.

*A gifted copy was kindly provided by Shari J. Ryan in exchange for an honest review*

About the Author:

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Shari J. Ryan hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her hubby and two lively little boys. Writing has become Ryan’s great escape from the real world over the past few years. After a bout of postpartum depression with her first child, she was determined to occupy her brain enough to eliminate some of the blue moments in life. When Ryan found writing to help as a newfound therapy for postpartum depression, she started her first book. Ryan has published the 3-book Schasm Series for Romantic Suspense/Thriller fans. She helped put her great grandmother’s holocaust experience into the modern reader’s bookshelf with the publication of My Kaleidoscope. TAG is her first book written solely for the Romantic Suspense audience. She is hard at work on Red Nights, a standalone coming early 2015. To learn more, visit her at: http://www.sharijryan.com.

The Tango~Sexual Awakenings Vol 2

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4.5 Stars

The Tango picks up where The Waltz, volume one left off. Violet lied to Rhys and it appears he’s done with her. That is until weeks later she receives a text with a time, location and the word RED.

A second chance with Rhys is the only thing Violet has been thinking about and she’s willing to do anything to get back what they once shared.

But red takes on a new meaning and this person with her now it’s not the same Rhys she once knew and she’s not sure if she likes this new version of him.

“Maybe I’d lost the chance of a relationship with Rhys, but I still had the chance to explore my dark side with him. The problem was, I wanted both.”

It appears to Violet that she’s nothing more than a sexual toy for Rhys to play with, when and where he sees fit, but her heart still wants more and excepting his distance starts to feel wrong.

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This is where the book takes a turn that I didn’t see coming. I will admit I was a little nervous up to this point because Violet was slowly becoming a doormat. Yes, Violet lied, yes Rhys has every right to be mad, but you can’t hold that against someone forever and that’s just what I thought was going to happen.

Something happens and it has Violet and Rhys connecting again, and this time it’s more than just sex. But the bond they now share is once again tested when it’s Rhys who’s keeping a secret. And now Violet wonders if she really knows the man she’s been falling for.

“I was so blinded with lust and my own agenda, I hadn’t realized he had his own.”

I can’t wait to read the next book and see where this story is going. The second half of this book surprised me and truly left me wanting more.

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The Tango is book two of the four part Sexual Awakenings series and is not a standalone.

*ARC kindly provided by Angelica Chase in exchange for an honest review*

Nights With Him

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A sensual, sexy, standalone romance novel in the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Seductive Nights Series by Lauren Blakely…

Jack Sullivan is a Sex Toy Mogul.

An extremely eligible bachelor in New York, he’s the full package,right down to his full package. Hell, this man could be the model forone of the toys his company, Joy Delivered, peddles. Instead, he’s thepowerful and successful CEO and he’s got commitment issues a mile-longafter the tragic way his relationship with his fiancée ended.

He’s looking for a way to erase the pain and that arrives in the form of Michelle Milo. From her pencil skirts to her high heels, she’s hisperfect fantasy, especially since she has no idea who he is the nightthey meet at a hotel bar. He doesn’t have a clue either that she’s thebrilliant psychologist his sister has arranged for him to see to helphim get over his past. She’s simply the stunning woman he takes to bedthat night and delivers many Os of joy too.

His touch helps her forget that other man.

When he shows up at her office door the next day, there’s no way inhell she’s going to treat him after they’ve slept together. Jack isn’twilling to let go of the first woman he’s felt anything for in yearsso he proposes a deal – share her nights with him for thirty days. Atthe end of one month of exquisite pleasure, they walk away, havinghelped each other move on from their haunted pasts.

But soon, all those nights threaten to turn into days as the linesbetween lust and matters of the heart start to blur. Can two people soterribly afraid of love truly fall head over heels?

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NIGHTS WITH HIM is a full-length, standalone erotic romance novel that follows the love affair of a new couple, Jack and Michelle, and does not have a cliffhanger.

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About the author:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in her novel, Far Too Tempting, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, Far Too Tempting, The Thrill of It, Every Second With You, Burn For Me, Melt for Him, Night After Night, After This Night and One More Night. She recently released Stars In Their Eyes, the first book in her new adult series Wrapped Up in Love, spun off from the bestselling Caught Up in Love series. In November she’ll release Nights With Him, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

New Releases

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The Redemption by S.L. Scott ~$2.99

Nocte by Courtney Cole ~$3.99 *This is book one of three*

Fighting the Fall by JB Salsbury~ $3.99

Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christa Lauren~$7.59

Home by JA Huss~$2.99

Second Chance Hoilday by Aurora Rose Reynolds~ .99 Cent (for a limited time)

**price quoted ebook verisons**

NOCTE

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5~Save Me, and I’ll Save You~Stars

First I just want to say, kudos to Courtney Cole for delivering a novel that kept me guessing until the very last page. My addiction in life is reading and when you read as many books as I usually do the shock factor keeps getting higher and higher.

With Nocte, my brain was working over time trying to figure out the clues and guess what was really going on, and nope…never happen.

Calla Price feels like half of a person because her twin brother Finn is her other half. They are connected in a way only twins are. Finn has dealt with an mental disorder his whole life, while Calla did not. This only causes her to become even more protective of Finn, and at times shutting the rest of the world out and leaving her very lonely.

Death is a very common occurrence in Calla’s life. Her family home is also the local mortuary. And it seems like the only thing in life you can count on is death.

Life has drastically changed for both Calla and Finn about the same time a strange new man arrives to town, one that Calla feels a strong connection with. I’m not giving away any more details and possible ruining anything for you…you’ll just have to read it and experience it for yourself, but remember…

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Nocte is a story centered around the mystery, the secrets and the unanswered questions, while the romance angle is more in the background. A love connection is definitely forming, but Nocte is a far cry from a hot smutty book. In my opinion Courtney Cole does a beautiful job branching out from her normal style because this is a book I won’t forget and I’ll be reading book two the second it comes out.

Fighting the Fall

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4 Knock Out Stars

At the age of 24, one hit to the mouth ended Cam’s fighting career and started a domino effect that even fourteen years later Cam and his family are paying for.

Fighting is my life. I can’t lose it. I will not lose everything over something I had zero control over.

Cam meets Eve (Raven’s best friend) and he feels a very demanding pull towards her.

Being used and toss away is just how life is for Eve. Men don’t stick around and this has her thinking her own self worth is determined by how those around her want or need her.

I always want more. That’s my problem. I want to be the girl that a man can’t live without.

Cam starts to let his guard down with Eve and thinks maybe they could have a causal relationship when he learns that Eve is only twenty-one, that makes her seventeen years younger than him.

Cam tries to stay away, but for the first time in his life he feels a real connection to a women. He doesn’t have time to invest in a relationship but walking away isn’t an option either.

Eve can agree to a causal relationship if it’s the only way to keep Cam, but she already falling and she can only hope that Cam doesn’t completely destroy her.

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I have to say, in the beginning I was a little worried about the age difference between Cam and Eve, but it didn’t end up bothering me at all.

Cam’s life for the last fourteen years has been anything but easy. He doesn’t always act the way I wanted him to and he makes a few crappy choices. But Cam ends up being the kind of alpha male that I love to read about!

Eve has some real self-esteem issues and doesn’t hold herself with any real value, but knowing her life story, I understood why she felt that way.

Once again, JB Salsbury delivers a knock out novel. If you’re a fan of this series than I highly recommend you reading Fighting The Fall.

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Amazon US ~ http://goo.gl/d8w88N

Amazon UK ~ http://goo.gl/pQCCTS

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The toughest fighters aren’t created in the octagon but are born of necessity. When life delivers blow after punishing blow, you fight back or get destroyed.

Eve Dawson has had her fill of bad luck. A string of unhealthy relationships has left her angry, bitter, and frustrated. She’s given up on being happy and settles for content. Swearing off men, she repels advances and makes herself a challenge to even the most persistent suitors. After all, how much can the fragile human heart take? But life isn’t finished with her, and when things can’t possibly get worse . . . they do.

Stay on your feet.

It’s Cameron Kyle’s motto, but with his fighting career ripped from his grasp, a child he wasn’t strong enough to save, and a marriage that even the brawn of a heavyweight couldn’t hold together, it’s getting harder and harder to stay upright. He takes on the position of CEO of the UFL, intent on hiding his biggest weakness in order to forge a path that leads him back into the octagon.

When an old rival mysteriously gets wind of Cameron’s plan to fight again, he comes out of retirement to settle old debts, but secrets, lies, and betrayal threaten to deliver the death-blow. The distraction of a sass-mouthed girl seventeen years his junior is the last thing he needs until a tragic accident shatters the firm foundation of his resolve and he realizes just how far he’s fallen.

Will they risk it all and fight to be together?

Or does defeat lie within the fall?

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Cameron:

 

Meeting with the whiners. Check. Weigh-ins. Check. I’m flipping through the pages and checking off things I’ve completed when I feel her eyes on me.

I don’t look up from my lists, but hear her feet on the carpet and finally the sound of creaking wood as she takes a seat across from me. “You got something to say?”

“Can I ask you something?”

“As long as you make it fast.” Her silence brings my eyes to her contemplative expression.

“I noticed you’re not married.” She tilts her head to my left hand that is very much without a wedding ring.

Not anymore. “And?”

“Nothing really. Just surprised.”

I lean back in my chair as irritation pinches my brows. “Surprised.”

She shrugs. “Yeah, I mean you seem like a decent guy.”

Im not. “You seem like a decent woman and you aren’t married.” I nod to her empty left ring finger.

She grins. “That’s because I just got divorced. Marriage jumping isn’t my thing.”

This feels like one of those you-share-I-share conversations that I do not participate in. I find if I can bite back my impulsive outbursts and stay zipped people eventually give up.

She twirls a strand of her long blond hair. “Ever been married?”

I lock my jaw and wait, but she doesn’t fucking budge and stares with expectant eyes. Something tells me we’ll be here all day if I don’t give her something. I’d lie, tell her I’ve never been married, but if I plan on digging in here for the long haul, I’m going to have to give her enough to keep her satisfied.

“Once.”

Her eyes light up as if she just realized we belong to the same super-secret club. “Really.”

What is it about sharing that creates this weird expectation from people? As if simply telling another person about your past allows them some special access into friendship. I don’t do friendship.

I flip through my notebook and hope like hell this conversation is headed toward The End.

“Any kids?”

My hand freezes mid page-turn, and a whisper of pain echoes through my gut that would usually be followed by a cringe, but not anymore. I clear my throat and refocus on my notebook. “I have a son.”

“Oh, that’s cool.” She’s silent for a few beats that are probably uncomfortable for her but don’t bother me at all. “I have a daughter.”

The rumble of an old hurt reverberates against my shield. Ten years ago those words would’ve bled me alive, but not anymore. “Mm.”

“How old—”

“Look, I really have a lot to do.” I’m still studying the pages of my notebook like a complete asshole, but honest to God it’s as if we’re about to bust out some knitting needles and tiny sandwiches.

“Sure thing.” She hops up and moves toward the door when she turns suddenly. “Oh, I forgot. We’re having a party after the fight tonight. The Blackout. You should come.”

“Thanks, but”—I flip a page and another—“I think I’ll go home after the fight. Long day.”

“Suit yourself. If you change your mind, we’ll be there.” She’s gone with the soft click of my office door.

After party. Haven’t been to one of those in a while, at least not many I remember. The little flashes I’ve managed to retain carry good feelings of camaraderie with the team. I groan and lean back in my desk chair. My goal is to get back into the octagon, but until then I need to run this organization and put it back on its feet. The fighters got screwed by Gibbs and are having trust issues. I get that. Maybe showing up at this party is a smart move after all. Just for one drink. Should be painless enough.

Eve:

 With my head down, I make way to my car when I notice a familiar car parked next to mine. I look up and my steps freeze just feet away. Leaning against my car, arms crossed at his chest, long powerful legs crossed at his ankles, is Cameron.

My hand clutches my purse to my side. “Hey, what are you doing here?” I internally scold myself for sounding more defensive than happy to see him. He can’t possibly know what’s in my purse.

It’s been days since I’ve seen him, and our quick telephone conversations do little to slake my desire to see him in the flesh.

He shrugs. “Passing by, saw the place was closed for the night. Thought I’d hang out and see if I could speak to the manager.”

My stomach jumps and goes warm. He came all the way here just to see me?

“Did you have a bad experience? Like to make a formal complaint?”

He pushes off my car and takes two steps toward me. Close, but not close enough. His eyes set in their usual glare, he shoves his hands into the pockets of his dark washed jeans. “Mmm . . .” He rubs his fingers across his lower lip, as he did the night in front of Mason. His eyes burn through me. “I have no complaints about my . . . experience.”

His presence combined with his insinuation become too much and I drop my gaze. A tickle of caution pricks at my subconscious, reminding me that I’m not the kind of girl who shies away from flirtation. I’m not timid, demure, or easily swayed by just any man. But there are a few who have brought me to my emotional knees, and both of them I dislike. Immensely.

His feet move into my line of site, and I pull my gaze up to settle on his face. How is he even more beautiful than I remember with all that thick dark hair, his fierce jaw, and full lips that I know are as powerful as they are soft?

“What’re your plans tonight?” He reaches out and brushes my bangs off my forehead.

Such a tiny gesture, but the sweetness of it makes my eyes flutter. “I was going to grab a bite to eat.”

His eyebrows pinch together. “You hungry? I’ll take you to dinner.”

I look around at the empty parking lot then move my eyes back to his. “Now?”

“You hungry now?”

“Very.”

“Then yeah. Now.”

“But it’s the middle of the night.”

The corner of his mouth lifts so slightly it’s barely noticeable. “It’s Vegas, babe.”

“But I’m in the mood for a bacon cheeseburger.” I lick my lips. I can almost taste the greasy goodness. “With green chilis.” My stomach grumbles in agreement. “And onion rings. Not the battered ones, but those breadcrumb ones.” I hum low in my throat. “Oh, and a chocolate milkshake or an ice cold beer will also do.” I tap my lips, thinking. “Hm. Maybe both.”

So lost in my food-fantasy I don’t notice the way he’s staring at me until I focus on him. His glare isn’t as tight as it usually is, and his mouth isn’t the straight—but full and kissable—line it usually is. It’s as if someone pulled the starch from his expression, not completely relaxed, but tender.

Silence builds between us and I shift on my feet. “Or not, ya know . . . I mean whatever you want is fine too.”

He tilts his head, still not speaking.

“There’s an IHOP down off of—”

“Shut up, Yvette.”

God, I hate that name, but hearing it growled from Cameron’s lips makes it more than tolerable.

“I’m sorry, it’s just . . . Did I say something wrong?”

His lips tilt, tilt, and holy shit, tilt some more, lighting his entire face, the entire city of Vegas, probably the whole damn atmosphere with the most brilliant smile.

“Far from wrong, babe.” He grabs my hand and tugs me to his chest. “I dig a woman who knows what she likes and asks for it.”

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 About the author:

 JB Salsbury

JB Salsbury, New York Times Best Selling author of the Fighting series, lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.

Fighting for Flight, Fighting to Forgive, and Fighting to Forget are the first three novels in the MMA romance series. Fighting the Fall is due to be released in November 2014.

For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB on her website, Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads page.

I was lucky enough to get to ask JB Salsbury two interview questions, and here they are:

Does Fighting the Fall complete this series, and if not how many more books should readers expect?

No. I have a few more books planned (in my head) and who knows what will spin off from there. It seems like every story births a new character that I want to give a book to. In Flight, I had no idea Killian was going to wedge his way into my subconscious like he did. Forgive, Braeden tore through those pages all but demanding a book. We also got Wade “The Fade” who ended up being a pretty decent guy, and Mason who’s story will be next in the series. In Forget we met Cameron and I knew right away he’d be Eve’s man. I’d also like to give a female MMA fighter a book at some point.

In general, what should readers expect to see from you in 2015?

Lots more books! I plan on putting out two to three books in 2015. Let’s hope I can make that happen. *fingers crossed* We’ll get Mason, hoping for Braeden, and I’d like to try my hand at a novella. I love writing Blake and Layla so maybe a novella for them that will resolve Blake’s daddy issues.

Author Links:

Website ~ http://www.jbsalsbury.com/

Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/JBSalsburybooks

Goodreads ~ http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6888697.Jamie_Salsbury

Twitter ~ https://twitter.com/JBSalsbury