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Release Blitz: Needing Moore series: Julie A. Richman


A brand-new version of The USA Today Bestselling 
Needing Moore Series by Julie A. Richman
containing never seen before NEW FEATURES is available NOW!!.

To celebrate the relaunch of this top-rated series, the all new boxed set is ON SALE for only 99¢ for a very LIMITED-TIME!

Sometimes the one you never got over is just a friend request away …

There were no cell phones or internet or google when she left me and I never knew why she walked away from our relationship.
I loved her, like head-over-heels crazy loved her.
And when she walked out on me at the end of our freshman year, without even a goodbye, she broke my heart.
So, I got a surprise gift the other night at my birthday party, an old college friend casually mentioned he saw her on Facebook.
Best present I’ve received in over twenty years.
Now, I’m finally going to get my answer.
She owes me an explanation at to why she left …
Damn, I loved her.

I was having such a crappy morning at work and then his email arrived.
It was a friend request and to say I was shocked would be an understatement.
A lifetime had passed since we’d last been in contact.
But just seeing his name on my computer screen,
made me react in a way I thought I was no longer capable of,
you see, I had never gotten over loving him,
even though he betrayed me.
And so begins the saga of Schooner Moore and Mia Silver, lovers separated after their first year of college and not reunited again for over twenty years. But two decades was not long enough for their flame to be extinguished and reuniting could cost them everything.

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Julie Richman
Julie A. Richman

USA Today Bestselling author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas. A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion. Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. She is an award winning nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust. Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau


Release Blitz and Reviews: REGRET: Christina Lee

Regret (Under My Skin #1)
Christina Lee
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When Brian “Brin” Schubert’s condo floods, he takes his co-worker up on the offer to stay on his crappy futon for a while. The last thing he expects is for his friend’s roommate to be the one guy he despises the most. The same guy who stomped on his heart senior year of high school. And by the looks of the girl on his arm, the same man who’s still deep inside the closet. 

Nicholas Dell never predicted that eleven years later, one of his greatest regrets would show up on his doorstep down on his luck. Nick has made some terrible mistakes—story of his life—and he’s been paying for them ever since. And if the guilt and shame aren’t enough, his first crush had to turn into one of the sexiest men he’s ever laid eyes on. 

Nick and Brin have weeks to steer clear of each other. Weeks to avoid strangling each other. But when stubbornness leads to skyrocketing sexual tension, hate-sex doesn’t seem like such an awful way to work through their frustration. Except hate is a powerful emotion, especially when it’s turned inward. And in Nick’s case he’s been drowning in a sea of self-loathing for so long, he can’t see his way out. 

As Brin reconnects with Nick, his perception of what really happened in their past begins to change. He’s finally ready to forgive him and take a second chance on the one guy who stirs him like no other. But Nick’s demons are complicated, heart-wrenching…demanding. So devastating, he might never allow himself true happiness—even with the one man who’s always owned his heart. 

When Brin Schubert needs a temporary place to stay, he never expected his friend's roommate to be someone he knows...Nick Dell...the boy in High School who humiliated and hurt him.

These two have a strong reaction to each other swirling with unresolved feelings of anger, pain, guilt, and regret. Brin wants to continue to hate Nick, but it gets harder the more time he is around him. Nick wants to apologize and make amends  for what he did to Brin. But Nick also has so many more demons causing him pain and guilt 

Brin is the sensitive, smart, caring man who just wants to be loved and have a real connection. Nick is the damaged and broken man who is punishing himself for past mistakes. He is troubled and tormented, but so vulnerable and in need of love, acceptance, and support. But he won't ask for it and does not think he is worthy of it.

The sexual tension, attraction, and want it still there. But Brin has had his share of emotionally unavailable guys, and Nick's self loathing makes him think he does not deserve happiness. He puts up walls and pushes people away. But when nightmares reappear and Brin can ease Nick's torment, their connection and needs grow. But so do their fears and worries. Brin is afraid of getting hurt and Nick is afraid of losing someone else he cares about and he truly believe he is unworthy of love.

They cycle through Hate--Lust--Love--
Emotional Truths. They react strongly and get under each other's skin like no other. Their chemistry is intense and hard to ignore. But there are secrets and issues in their way. Can they admit how they feel and break down their barriers? Will Brin be the person to stand by Nick when his secrets are revealed? And can Nick let his guard down and let love in?

This is an emotionally charged
 enemies-to-lovers and second chance love story about hope, fate, and forgiveness. This is not only about them revisiting their past and beginning a relationship, but also about Nick facing his past guilt and dealing with his self loathing. He never thought anyone could accept his ugly parts. But he was only really allowing himself to exist and not truly live. My heart broke for him because it was obvious he craved more and wanted to be happy, but truly did not feel like he deserved it. And Brin did not have all of the information to truly understand him, but wanted to soothe him and make him see what a great guy he was. And they both had some family dynamics situations going on that affected them. I liked Nick's roommate, Elijah and their widowed boss, Tristan. 

This book was engaging and flowed well in dual points of view. Nick's past issues were a mystery that were gradually revealed and we found out as Brin did. The characters were complex, and well developed. It was emotional and heartbreaking, but also funny, passionate, and swoony at times. I really liked both of them and could feel their vulnerability and intensity. Although will admit that Nick's negativity could get a bit
 overwhelming at times, and it was a long process towards acceptance and finding some hope to grasp onto.

I was surprised when it ended, but it did leave with an impact. I was expecting an epilogue and a bit more with them, but I am hoping we will see more of them in future books in this series. I would love to get a book about Tristan since here was a tease of a story that piqued my interest. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Tally pawed at the pillow for a few seconds before finally sinking down, apparently resigned to her position. I straightened to back out of the room, only then allowing my gaze to slide over Brin’s sleeping form. My pulse spiked when I noticed his eyes on me.
“Not sure Tally will want to sleep without you,” he rasped out. The words were like a thunderbolt to my chest. As if he was referring to more than the dog finding her way to my bed.
“Not sure I’ll want to sleep without her,” I replied in a hoarse voice, attempting to get my emotions under control.
Without you. Because you’ve taken up residence inside my heart once again. But maybe you’ve always been there, winding inside my rib cage, coiling around my lungs. Making it impossible to breathe, to think, to stop wanting.
As I turned to leave, his warm fingers curled around my wrist, searing into my skin. My breath caught in my throat. It was the first time he made the first move and my heart bloomed into an impossibly large bouquet of hope and aching desire inside my chest.
Our gazes snagged and held as his other hand slowly reached for the edge of the blanket and pulled it aside.

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Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip balm, coffee, and kissing. Because everything is better with kissing. 

She writes MM Contemporary as well as Adult and New Adult Romance. She believes in happily-ever-afters for all, so reading and writing romance for everybody under the rainbow helps quench her soul. 


Release Reviews: Coach's Challenge: Avon Gale

Coach's Challenge (Scoring Chances #5)
Avon Gale
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Released June 26, 2017
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It’s been decades since blackmail forced Troy Callahan to retire from playing professional hockey, and he’s built a successful career behind the bench. When he’s offered the opportunity to coach the Asheville Ravens—the most hated team in the ECHL—he’s convinced that his no-nonsense attitude is just what the team needs to put their focus back on hockey. But Troy is disheartened when he finds out the Ravens have signed Shane North, a player known for his aggression—especially when Shane’s rough good looks have Troy thinking inappropriate thoughts about a player, even if he’s set to retire at the end of the season.

Shane’s career in the majors never quite took off. Wanting to quit on his own terms, Shane agrees to a one-year contract with the Ravens and finds himself playing for a coach who thinks he’s an aging goon, and with a team that doesn’t trust him, Troy, or each other. Despite his determination not to get involved, Shane unwillingly becomes part of the team… and is just as unwillingly drawn to the gruff, out-and-proud coach. As the Ravens struggle to build a new identity, Shane and Troy succumb to the passion that might cost them everything. 

When it comes to fun and quick reads, right now my favorite series that’s still in progress is Avon Gale’s Scoring Chances. Coach’s Challenge is the fifth book in this double-minor-league hockey series, and it largely fits the same style and quality that fans of the series have come to expect. But even though I liked this one enough to rate it 4 stars, in comparison to the first four books in the series, this one left me wanting.

As has been the pattern so far in the series—two books in Jacksonville and two books in Spartanburg—the action switches to a new city, Asheville, North Carolina. Up to now, the Ravens have been the most hated team in the ECHL because their playing style goes beyond aggressive into the realm of bullying, injurious, and particularly homophobic. As an out-and-proud gay man and former NHL player whose career was ended by the same man he has now replaced, the new head coach, Troy Callahan, is hoping to change that. Shane North is another new addition to the team, one that Troy is not thrilled about because Shane’s reputation for aggression on the ice won’t make Troy’s job of changing the Ravens’ image any easier. Of course, his attraction to the man won’t either. For his entire career, Shane has been dogged for not living up to the potential everyone saw in him when he was signed for his rookie season. Now well into his thirties, Shane wants to end his career on his terms, but doing that while playing on a team that has had its sense of team beaten out of them as much as the Ravens’ has makes that impossible. Before long, he finds himself being involved with the team… and its head coach.

There is plenty to like about Coach’s Challenge for fans of the series. As with the previous titles in the series, the plot is uncomplicated and unencumbered by unnecessary drama, the characters are easy to like though not particularly deeply developed, and the writing befits the setting in that it’s simple and full of good banter and hockey talk. This last point, in particular, is one of my favorite parts of the series. There were plenty of times where I would find myself smiling and shaking my head while thinking that hockey players are SO weird, I love it! Put all of this together, and it’s a story that reads easily and quickly.

The relationship between Troy and Shane is also easy to like, mainly for fans of dirty-talking guys. The forbidden nature of their relationship adds to this as well. With Shane in his midthirties and Troy well into his forties, they’re both mature adults who understand that hooking up has to potential to create many problems for them, but they acknowledge it and do it anyway. It also means that the ultimate problem they have is fairly predictable because this is, after all, a forbidden romance. Like the other books in the series, though, this conflict’s resolution is satisfactory even if it is clearly on the easy side for the simple reason that the author’s universe is a bit ahead of our own in its accepting of homosexuality, particularly in professional sports. While this isn’t a problem for me as a reader, it’s worth noting because it does perhaps straddle the line of modern realism just a touch.

The only real issue I had with Coach’s Challenge is that the romantic development felt weaker than the other books in the series because the transition between Troy and Shane hooking up and their having feelings for one another felt less like a build than a mutual realization that what they were doing wasn’t just fucking anymore. While it doesn’t fit in with either of their personalities to express deep feelings to each other, it shouldn’t prevent the narrative from showing the reader that their feelings are growing all along the way. There is some of this after the book’s midpoint but not enough to get me over the hump of believing that their eventual love for one another came mostly from sexual compatibility rather than them developing the deep emotional connection on which love should be based. 

Don’t get me wrong, the sexy times in this story are some of the hottest I’ve read this year. I’m not kidding. Hot. As. Fuck. And I wouldn’t want the author to change them at all. But having the sex threaten to set your tablet aflame isn’t a valid excuse to skimp on developing the relationship arc so as to prevent me from having the idea that the number one reason a couple is perfect for each other is that they’re fucking hot together in bed. To me, that’s what erotica is for. This is romance. And unfortunately, I needed more romance here in order to get the great feels out of this story that I was missing. I got good feels from it, but can you blame me for wanting the great ones too?

With five books in the series completed, I’ve noticed a bit of a trend. I love the series and really like all the books in it, but I like the second book for each team better than the first. Coach’s Challenge might well fit that trend too because the author has set book six up to be the story of a character named Xavier, who has appeared in each of the last three books now, and the more I get to know him, the more I want his story. So bring it on, Avon Gale! I’m due (and ready) for a good wowing!

The author and/or publisher generously provided me a complimentary copy of Coach's Challenge in exchange for this fair and honest review.

This one takes Avon Gale's Scoring Chances series to the Asheville Ravens team. This is the team that everyone in the ECHL League loves to hate due to their bullying, intolerance, and dirty play. But the instigating Coach is out and now Coach Troy Callahan is in. In one sense it is a bit of redemption to take over the team of the man responsible for ending his own pro career. Troy is a no nonsense, fair, outspoken, and bossy man. He is gay, out, and is not going to tolerate any negative behavior. But taking on this battered down band of players and making them a respectable team will be a challenge. 

Speaking of challenges, one of the newer transfers comes with a bad reputation and never quite lived up to his full potential. Shane North is older and only plans on finishing out this one year and retiring. But ticking the coach off on the first day does not help. He feels like an outsider not only because he is in a new place and away from his support system, but also because he is a gay player who is not out. His career has had the highs of the NHL but he has been moved down several times. He is a wild card for this new team and none of them have reason to trust each other.

Troy and Shane are two hotheads. They go from antagonistic to resistant to oozing sexual tension. Their banter runs from sarcastic, flirty, dirty, and aggressively sexy. 
There is some attempt to maintain a sense of professionalism, but it is a hard battle. They thrive on pushing each other's buttons and challenging each other. Their chemistry is hot, combustible, and is just not going to be denied. They are aggressive and dirty talking, and are anytime-anywhere kind of guys despite their need for discretion. It's a mistake they could not stop, but also one that they want to keep repeating. As coach and player they try to keep their secret, but it is hard with their intensity and growing need.

Both of the guys are so unfiltered, brash, stubborn, and broody, but they have good hearts under their gruff exteriors. I really liked that they were 
more mature at 35 and 45ish, and seeing them push each other. I enjoyed their power exchanges and how their bossy, dirty mouths spurred each other on. They managed to balance each other in unexpected ways. They were an intense, argumentative coupling, but they were fun, feisty, and interesting. They were not afraid to sacrifice for what they believed in.

This was not very angsty. The conflict that did occur was easy to anticipate, but I liked the overall story and the resolution.  It focused on not only their personal relationship, but also the rebuilding of a hockey team and forging trust off and on the ice. Shane was in the process of figuring out where his career would go in the future and this gave him more of an opportunity to mentor. 

This is an enemies-to-lovers and forbidden lust and love and story. It is humorous, feisty, hot, and roughly romantic under the layers or taunting and teasing. I might have liked a few more tender moments, but there were a few quieter ones and these guys were just really passionate and just strong personalities. It has good themes about believing in yourself, taking chances, fighting for what you want, and striving to live up to your full potential. It also illustrated how "coming out" should be a personal decision and how it can effect the individual differently.

This can be read as a stand alone as the author summarizes some past plot points, but I enjoyed more with Misha, Max, Isaac, Laurent, Hux, and Xavier from the last couple of books. I liked Shane's relationship with his best friend, Alani, and Troy's with their GM and his best friend, Gabe. There was also an addition of a cute, vibrant bartender, River.  I am hoping the next in the series will stay in Asheville and  the southern gentleman and Team Captain, Xavier Matthews will be the focus of the next book since he was featured in this one. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Breakaway (Scoring Chances #1)
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Drafted to play for the Jacksonville Sea Storm, an NHL affiliate, twenty-year-old Lane Courtnall’s future looks bright, apart from the awkwardness he feels as a gay man playing on a minor league hockey team. He's put his foot in his mouth a few times and alienated his teammates. Then, during a rivalry game, Lane throws off his gloves against Jared Shore, enforcer for the Savannah Renegades. It’s a strange way to begin a relationship.

Jared’s been playing minor league hockey for most of his career. He’s bisexual and doesn’t care if anyone knows. But he’s determined to avoid another love affair after the last one left him devastated. Out of nowhere a one-nighter with rookie Lane Courtnall gives him second thoughts. Lane reminds Jared why he loves the game and why love might be worth the risk. In turn, Jared hopes to show Lane how to be comfortable with himself on and off the ice. But they’re at different points in their careers, and both men will have to decide what they value most.

Save of the Game (Scoring Chances #2)
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After last season’s heartbreaking loss to his hockey team’s archrival, Jacksonville Sea Storm goalie Riley Hunter is ready to let go of the past and focus on a winning season. His new roommate, Ethan Kennedy, is a loud New Yorker with a passion for social justice that matches his role as the team’s enforcer. The quieter Riley is attracted to Ethan and has no idea what to do about it.

Ethan has no hesitations. As fearless as his position demands, he rushes into things without much thought for the consequences.Though they eventually warm to their passionate new bond, it doesn’t come without complications. While trying to financially help Ethan, Riley must hide his family’s wealth so as not to hurt Ethan’s immense pride. For their relationship to work, Ethan will need to learn when to keep the gloves on and let someone help him—and Riley will have to learn it’s okay to let someone past his defenses.

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A freak accident during the Stanley Cup Playoffs put an end to Max Ashford’s hockey career. Despite everything, Max gets back into the game he loves—only this time, behind the bench as an assistant coach of the Spartanburg Spitfires, the worst team in the entire league. But nothing prepares him for the shock when he learns the new head coach is Misha Samarin, the man who caused Max’s accident.

After spending years guilt ridden for his part in Max’s accident, Russian native Misha Samarin has no idea what to do when he’s confronted with Max’s presence. Max’s optimism plays havoc with Misha’s equilibrium—as does the fierce attraction that springs up between them.

Not only must they navigate Misha’s remorse and a past he’s spent a lifetime trying to forget, but also a sleazy GM who is determined to use their history as a marketing hook. But when an unwelcome visitor targets a player, Misha revisits his darkest days, and that might cost him and Max the beginning they’ve worked so hard to build.

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Released July 26, 2016

This short story (approximately 4000 words) takes place after the events of Power Play and before Empty Net. It features Spartanburg Spitfires' goalie Isaac Drake -- as well as a few other familiar faces -- and is available as a bonus for Avon's newsletter subscribers. 

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Spartanburg Spitfires’ goalie and captain Isaac Drake ended last season with an unexpected trip to the playoffs. He’s found a home and family with his coach and mentor, Misha Samarin, and he’s looking forward to making a serious run for the Kelly Cup. But things take an interesting turn when Isaac’s archnemesis, Laurent St. Savoy, is traded to the Spitfires. After Laurent’s despicable behavior in the playoffs last year, Isaac wants nothing to do with him – no matter how gorgeous he is. But that changes when Isaac discovers the reason for Laurent’s attitude.

Laurent St. Savoy grew up the only son of a legendary NHL goalie in a household rife with abuse, constantly treated like a disappointment on and off the ice. When a desperate attempt to escape his father’s tyranny sends him to the Spitfires, the last thing Laurent wants is to make friends. But there’s something about Isaac Drake that he can’t resist, and Laurent has an opportunity to explore his sexuality for the first time, but he’s cracking under end-of-the season pressures. When facing the playoffs and a rivalry turned personal vendetta, Isaac’s not sure he’s enough to hold Laurent—or their relationship—together.

Please be advised: This book does contain some non-graphic references to past childhood physical/emotional abuse as well as issues relating to ED (bulimia and restricted eating, disordered thoughts about eating).
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Avon Gale wrote her first story at the age of seven, about a "Space Hat" hanging on a rack and waiting for that special person to come along and purchase it—even if it was a bit weirder than the other hats. Like all of Avon's characters, the space hat did get its happily ever after—though she's pretty sure it was with a unicorn. She likes to think her vocabulary has improved since then, but the theme of quirky people waiting for their perfect match is still one of her favorites.

Avon grew up in the southern United States and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal Midwestern college town. By day, Avon is a hair stylist who loves her job, her clients, and the opportunity to spend her time being creative and making people feel happy and look fabulous.

When she's not writing, she's either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music, or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert, and will never say no to candy.

At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.


Cover Reveal: Big Shot: Kim Karr

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 Big Shot 

Author: Kim Karr

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 27, 2017 

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To believe one person can change your destiny sounds absurd. But it happened to me… twice.  

Ten years ago I had no idea what I wanted out of life, until I met Hannah Michaels. She was a computer-engineering student ready to conquer the social media world, and I was smitten. Even though I knew she was taken, I had to have her.  

Being the big shot that I was, I didn’t let her status stand in my way. It wasn’t long before my hands were on her thighs and my name a whisper on her lips. This smart, sexy girl inspired me to greatness, helped me grow into the kind of man I never knew I wanted to be. The man I am today. 

 Too bad I hadn’t grown fast enough to keep her.  

Moving on wasn’t easy, but I knew I had to let her go. Eventually, I found someone to share my days and nights with, and together we had a daughter. My life was nearly perfect until my world turned upside down.  

A single father has challenges, and one of those is learning how to calmly deal with your child coming home in tears. I had no idea the day I pounded on my daughter’s classmate’s door, Hannah would be the one standing on the other side.  

The wild, burning desire that rushed through my veins was unwanted, and yet impossible to ignore. Letting her in meant so much more this time around. Guilt hit me like a hammer. I hated myself. I hated her. The problem was I really didn’t hate her—I wanted her more than ever.  

But this time around, I can’t have her. 

 This time it’s my status that stands in our way—and going up against myself just might be the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
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Kim Karr is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.
She grew up in Rochester, NY and now lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She's always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and recently decided to embrace one of her biggest passions--writing.

Kim wears a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of her family. However, she always finds time to read. One of her favorite family outings was taking her kids when they were little to the bookstore or the library. Today, Kim's oldest child is seventeen and no longer goes with her on these, now rare and infrequent, outings. She finds that she doesn't need to go on them anymore because she has the greatest device ever invented--a Kindle.

Kim likes to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.

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