Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Date Published: Feb 27, 2018
Damien Morgan learned a long time ago that love was just a figment of someone’s warped imagination and good girls simply didn’t exist because women were master manipulators. Nonetheless, he’s happy to wish his brother well when he decides to take the plunge.
Serenity Hanscom is shocked that she’s been invited to the wedding a year after her sister played matchmaker for the groom and had an active role in a plot to murder his sister-in-law. Despite the rather unusual circumstances, Serenity accepts the invitation because it’s an opportunity to mingle with Miami’s elites. But the second she catches sight of Damien, she’s reminded of the horrible events that led to her father’s imprisonment, all because of him. Determined to ignore him, as the evening goes by, she finds herself drawn to him more and more.
Will their plan to stay clear of love backfire on them and instead become the first step to an unexpected happily-ever-after?
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Once everyone stood up and cheered for the bride and groom's kiss, Serenity sunk in her seat and tried to hide. Her glass was almost empty but it sounded like the ceremony was finished. She stood and joined the crowd of people clapping their hands. Soon, the yacht would return to shore and she'd run.
The bride and groom walked past her fast. The captain said, "Please wait in your seats for five minutes while we transition to the reception. Waiters will offer everyone a glass of champagne for this short intercession."
More champagne might help her survive this. She slumped into her seat and held her hand high to signal she wanted a glass. The waiter handed her glass to the man at the end of the row and her neighbors passed it. Once everyone in her row had a glass, the server moved forward and she nodded her head at the people next to her then took a sip. The champagne tasted sweeter without staring at people her sister almost killed or the man that set her father up. Her skin grew goose bumps and the air grew warmer. There was something tasty in the air itself. A second later, Damien turned around and as he stared at her, he winked, "This will be over soon, sweetheart."
"Don't be sexist." She swallowed her sip and took a deep breath. Damien had no right to say anything like that, to her. She turned her nose in the air. "I'll never be your sweetheart."
"Relax." He then motioned for the man next to him to change seats. Without another word to her, he came and sat beside her. "I'm here to make amends."
"How?" He clicked his glass with hers. She refused to drink and shook her head. "Damien Morgan, that's impossible. You and I can never be friends."
"Why?" He raised his eyebrow.
Tonight he insulted her. Years ago he ruined her life and he had no shame about any of it. She sipped her champagne as steel ran up her spine. "I know who you are and how you knew my father."
He sipped his own glass. "Neither of our father's were boy scouts, sweetheart."
"Perhaps I wasn't clear. Don't patronize me with the nickname 'sweetheart.' It's insulting." Her free hand formed a fist at her side. Damien Morgan was the last person on earth to insult her, again. She knew better than to get riled up. She forced her hand to uncurl itself and gulped another sip. In one minute, she could get up with the crowd and lose Damien.
"I'll happily be your sweetheart."
"Never going to happen." Sometimes she wished she was a guy who could tell another to back away and be respected. She folded her hand over her waist. "Forget this conversation."
"Wow." Her eyebrows both raised as she shook her head. "You do know my name?"
"I should not have insulted you earlier. I'm sorry."
"Don't." Sorry echoed in her ear. If it was anyone else, she'd close her eyes, say a prayer and then wish him well. However Damien wasn't anyone else, and he had no idea. She finished her drink and then waved for the waiter to get another. Once she had her drink, she squared her shoulders and stared hard toward the now empty altar. "You didn't know I would walk in on your conversation about me earlier. You didn't know I remembered you at my father's house. And for the record, you say what you want about me. I don't care."
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author, Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion.
During all this time, she always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people’s dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious. The middle school year book when someone wrote in it that one day she’d be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.
She’s always been determined. She is amazing, adventurous and assured on a regular basis. Her website is www.victoriapinder.com.
Tara Fox Hall
Series: Promise Me Series Book 18 (Origin Story)
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Suspense, Romance
Publisher: Melange Books
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Suspense, Romance
Publisher: Melange Books
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Through the love and loss of the ages, immortality brings only one certainty: vengeance.
Disinherited and poverty stricken, bastard Danial clutches at the slim chance to earn a living as a guard, until a night attack leaves both him and his half-brother Devlin vampires. After finding true love with the aristocrat Lacey, Danial comes to the attention of James, the devious Vampire Lord of France. Enslaved by James, his love murdered, Danial plots to escape, his complex plan of years finally succeeding only to result in all of Europe’s demonic forces on the hunt for him.
After a reunion and subsequent falling out with Devlin, Danial travels to the new world of America in pursuit of a new life. Settling in the west, Danial forms alliances with native vampire Valerian and the witch Cheyenne to survive a game of cat and mouse with Devlin and protect his new love Kathryn amid his rapidly changing world. Triumphant yet nursing a broken heart, an undeterred Danial protects his friends and thwarts his enemies, determined to find a life of peace…until unexpected news comes of James’s presence, the one man on whom Danial has waited centuries to get revenge.
Other Books in the Series
In the Promise Me series, Sarelle, a mortal woman, encounters a wounded (and sexy and handsome) vampire, Danial. Without knowing who he really is (a murderer for hire, for one), Sarelle begins a romantic relationship with him a little too fast. Interestingly, Sarelle also finds herself attracted to Danial's best friend, the werecougar, Theo. What will happen to Sarelle's relationship with Danial? Where does Theo fit in? Amidst new obstacles and relationship problems, Sarelle has to decide where her future lies.
About Tara Fox Hall
Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, erotica, horror, suspense, action-adventure, children’s stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series, the paranormal romantic suspense Unhallowed Love series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice. All of her published children’s stories to date are free reads on www.childrens-stories.net.
Tara Fox Hall's Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Official website: http://www.tarafoxhall.com
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Peyton Brooks' Mystery Novella Prequel
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Where were you born/grew up at?
I am a native born San Franciscan. I was born and raised along the coast just outside of San Francisco. San Francisco will always be home to me and I can’t cross the bridge without feeling this catch in my chest that tells me I’m home.
San Francisco is such a unique place to call home. The diversity found in a relatively small area is amazing, plus where else can you find fine cuisine, art, and music in one location? I grew up going to Days on the Green, seeing some of the hottest rock bands of the 80’s play up close and personal. Once I even got a contact high from Carlos Santana.
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
I survived the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake because of baseball. My future and now ex-husband, his sister, and I were crossing the Bay Bridge when the earthquake hit. We’d just gotten to the other side in record time. We were on our way to the Concord Pavilion to see Stevie Nicks perform. Because of the World Series, between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s, there was very little traffic on the bridge during commute hour. Everyone was either at the game or home watching it on television. I can’t even imagine how many people were saved because of that baseball game. Since the traffic was light, we made it across the bridge in record time, getting to the other side just as the earthquake struck.
I will never forget the moments after the earthquake. The radio went to dead air. Smoke rose off to our left, which I now know to have been the Cypress Structure collapse, and the freeway had broken away, forcing us to drive over the equivalent of a curb to keep going. Of course, our families thought we were dead, since they knew we had to be ON the bridge when it struck. Mind you, this was in the age before cell phones and all lines into the City were down.
Since they closed off the bridges, we had to drive all the way down to San Jose to work our way up the peninsula. Even now, when I hear dead air on the radio or I get stalled on the bridge, waiting to cross, I can feel a drop in the pit of my stomach and anxiety bleeds through me.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
I love dolphins. I love their playful nature, their intelligence and their almost human-like capacity to be imperfect. I’ve worked closely with dolphins in the past and I can say they are exceptionally profound creatures. I guess if I had to pick, a dolphin would be my spirit animal. Or a Golden Retriever. I have two and I will have more before I am done. My Goldens, Cricket and Comet, are the most loyal, gentle companions I could imagine having. While I don’t pretend to be as selfless as my two Goldens, I hope a few of their amazing qualities have rubbed off on me.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
The character of Marco D’Angelo in the book, Peyton’s partner, was supposed to die in Murder on Treasure Island. I had the scene all worked out for maximum gut-punching effect. Then people began falling in love with him and I realized that if I killed him off, I’d likely lose a lot of fans. Because of my readers, Marco D’Angelo’s life was saved.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
Dr. Abraham Jefferson, hands down. He would be a blast to hangout with. He’s outgoing, unafraid to be himself, and I know he’d make some insane drink for us to party with, before he talked me into trying some weird food dish. I think a day with Abe would be about perfect, riding around in his Mini, getting matching beads in our hair, or deciding what our latest style trend will be.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I guess I can see the the Peyton Brooks’ Mysteries being made into a movie. The characters are so rich and three-dimensional, the setting is iconic, and I think (being ever so biased) that the crimes will touch people’s hearts and minds. Besides, it would be awesome to see such a kick-ass character as Peyton come to life in a movie theatre.
I’ve toyed with the idea in my mind and even selected actors to play the various roles. I can even think of music I’d want in the soundtrack. Yep, a movie of the Peyton Brooks’ Mysteries would be a whole lot of fun to see made.
Hamilton has been teaching high school English and journalism in
Central California for the last 25 years. Teaching students to
appreciate literature has made her career rewarding; however, she
always dreamed of publishing her own novel.
dream came true. Her first novel, Emerald, was published by Wild Wolf
Publishing in 2010. In the summer of 2011, she published her first
contemporary fiction, Ravensong, and six months later, launched the
Peyton Brooks' series. The Avery Nolan Adventures and Peyton Brooks,
FBI launched in 2014. In 2016, she ventured into the cozy mystery
craze with her cozy mystery series, Zion Sawyer Cozy
teaching and writing, she spends her free time walking her two Golden
Retrievers and reading.
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