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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cover Reveal: Fighting for Someday (The Someday Series | Book One) by M. M. Koenig @M_M_Koenig

Title: Fighting for Someday
Series: The Someday Series | Book One
Author: M. M. Koenig
Genre: New Adult, Suspense Romance
Coming: October 31, 2018
Bri McAndrews is the envy of every girl at Chamberlain and the one every guy wants at their side. What most people don’t know is that there’s so much more to her than the picture-perfect life everyone sees on the surface. Being the daughter of a power-hungry senator has her under constant scrutiny. Even though she’s used to being in the spotlight, it’s becoming harder to meet her father’s expectations. When Trey Donovan stereotypes her as just another spoiled, rich kid, she’s more than determined to show him he’s wrong about her, and she doesn’t care about the consequences it will have for her at home.

After giving the most popular guy in school a beat down he’ll never forget, Trey Donovan becomes more than just the new, all-star quarterback at Chamberlain. He’s the bad boy from the south side every girl is dying to have on their arm. Unfazed by his new popularity, Trey isn’t about to let his guard down. But keeping everyone at a distance becomes a challenge, especially whenever Bri is nearby. She’s way out of his social stratosphere and the one girl he shouldn’t even consider pursuing.

As Bri and Trey grow closer, more than a few vengeful people have a problem with it. Can their budding new relationship survive when so many people are set on keeping them apart?

**This book is a prequel to the Secrets and Lies Series.**


Fighting for Someday Excerpt © M. M. Koenig 2018

My gaze drifted over to Bri, who dropped a couple of the shopping bags next to Mia, and strode over to Shane to hand a bag over to him. She gestured to go change and he disappeared into his room. On her way over to me, she clutched the remaining shopping bag and locked her free hand with mine.
After closing the bedroom door, I turned to face Bri. She dumped the items in the bag on the bed and I sauntered over to stand right behind her, taking in her sweet scent. It no longer felt like my insides were being ground up like hamburger. Wanton waves traveled in every direction that made me want to lock the door and spend the entire day appreciating every aspect of her. I brushed her hair to the side and placed a gentle kiss below her ear. Bri shivered as she picked up a jersey and hat. She put them in my hands, snatched the remaining clothes, and disappeared into the bathroom.
I quickly changed into the snug faded jeans and white Wood jersey she gave me, then played with the bill of the baseball cap to get it adjusted to my liking. As I put it on, Bri returned and I almost dropped to my knees. The light blue raglan T-shirt had a V-cut to it that made it difficult not to look at her amazing cleavage, but what got me was her shorts.
Her tanned legs were on glorious display and to say they were short was an understatement. The pockets came out of the bottom, so it wouldn’t be all that hard to slip a hand up them and reach her hot spot. My dick sprang to life just thinking about it. She tied her hair back into a ponytail and put on a Cubs hat that matched her shirt.
Bri cocked an eyebrow as she tossed her sundress on the bed. “Since you’re staring at me with no shame, I assume you like what I picked out for myself.”
I hauled her into me. “You always look beautiful, but seeing you in these clothes does things to me.”
A mischievous grin curled from her mouth. “Good things or bad things?”
I rocked my body roughly into hers. “Good things. Very good things. You look sexy as hell and I’m having a really hard time keeping my hands and mouth to myself.”
Her face flushed to a dark shade of red as she whispered, “So, don’t keep them to yourself.”
“Don’t tempt me. We have places to be and it’s still not the right time,” I growled.
She frowned. “My patience is growing thin with your insistence on the right time. If it doesn’t happen soon, I might just combust.”
Her tone was close to a whine and I couldn’t help but chuckle. Her eyebrows furrowed deeper, her frustration evident. I kissed her cheek and motioned for her to take the lead on our way out of the bedroom. She released a disgruntled sigh while opening the door. For how hard I already was, it would be a long afternoon trying to resist her sassy mouth and even hotter body, but I was determined to make it a few more hours before making her lips mine.
M. M. Koenig enjoys being active and has a variety of interests that coincide with her passion for life. Always one to try new things, she has acquired a variety of skills. Her sarcastic nature and multitude of experiences tend to find their way into her novels.

When she has free time and isn't writing, she spends as much time as she can with friends and family. To fuel her soul, she is constantly looking for new music, movies, and books to keep the writer's block at bay.
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Blog Tour: The Silken Daggers (Mavericks of the Heartland #2) by Jenny Bullington @JennyBullington

Title: The Silken Daggers
Series: Mavericks of the Heartland #2
Author: Jenny Bullington
Genre: Adult, Historical Mafia Romance
Published: September 6, 2018
Page Count: 181 Pages
Publisher: The Pathos Pen Publishing
Ruby Walsh and Edith Campbell are two women ahead of their time. One the wife of a soldier fighting on the front during World War II, the other in a relationship with a forbidden love. Together they form a secret society dubbed The Silken Daggers to investigate a missing woman with ties to mafia activity in their sleepy Northwest Iowa town. What they uncover is more than they bargained for, as they decide to take justice into their own hands. Can they keep their town safe while keeping themselves alive? Can they find the missing woman in time? Their passion for fighting crime matches their passion for their men, but will love prevail? THE SILKEN DAGGERS is Book Two in the Mavericks of the Heartland series.


The Silken Daggers Excerpt © Jenny Bullington 2018

What I wouldn’t give for that man to be with me right now, Ruby found herself longing. Sighing, she was ready to load her gun, hearing the familiar clicking of the shells as they got into proper position in the chamber. She loved having shooting contests with Jack. She remembered how she would beat him, watching first laugh it off, but after several attempts, get so focused a vein would pop out in his neck. She’d laugh and laugh.
Ruby scooted her butt back so she wouldn’t fall as she braced herself, and took aim at the first tin can on the fence that separated the land around the old barn from the field beyond. If Ruby was one thing, she was a tomboy. She’d always had better aim than all five of her brothers combined, which had made them insanely jealous. She readied her trigger finger, careful not to place it on the trigger until she was ready, and closed her left eye as she aimed with her right, leaning over to look through the sight on the tip of the gun.
Ruby fired the gun, hearing the tin can plink as it fell behind the fence. She smiled to herself as the smell of gunpowder wafted over her: she still had it. She looked back over the countryside, remembering her happy childhood running around with her brothers, knowing all the secrets of the kids in town and where they hid their cigarettes and dirty magazines. She had to learn very quickly to stand on her own two feet when she found out in school that she wasn’t very much like the other girls.
Then she’d met Jack and things just clicked for the first time. She made sense when she was with all of him. She didn’t have to pretend to be a lady, and he wasn’t intimidated by being forced to keep up with her.
Ruby shot the third and fourth cans on the fence, still lost in the memories of how she got to where she was today. Am I too much of Jack and not enough of me? she wondered to herself. His absence had been horrid, and she felt so lost. Nights where the worst, when she was alone. Making meals for one was just as awful. It made her simply not want to eat.
Ruby had found the one her heart loved, and whether he was near or far, she only felt whole when he was in her heart. He made her a better version of herself, and in return, she gave him all of her, even the most hidden parts of her.
No, she was not too much Jack. She was perfectly in union with another human being, and that is the exact place she wanted to be. That was exactly what having a soulmate meant.
Ruby closed her eyes and felt the chill of the wind blow through the hay loft. Right now, in these quiet moments, all she had was the love in her heart and memories of Jack in her mind. How amazing their union would be when she could be with him in person again…
There were moments when she could become so lost in him, the cobalt eyes that made her forget any worries and woes from the day, such as the snide remarks from another woman who didn’t like her tenacity or were bored being stuck at home and having an absent husband. All she needed to do was hug Jack and everything else melted away. If that was being too much of him, then that’s all she wanted, because that was where peace was.
She laughed out loud, proud of herself. She had had a fun time by herself for the first time since Jack had left for war. The winter sun beamed down upon her, and she rested her head against the door. As she closed her eyes, she imagined the face of her beloved above her. A quiet and gentle voice seemed to be on the wind that blew through the hay loft. It sounded strangely like Jack’s… it sounded like he was saying I’m coming, Ruby. I’m coming home.
Jack and Ruby Walsh thought their sleepy town's Independence Day would be like all the others. That is, until an accidental explosion of fireworks destroys downtown Cherokee, Iowa. A witch-hunt ensues as WWII tensions rise, causing everyone to blame one immigrant German family for the fire. But was it really them? Only Jack and Ruby have the courage to fight for justice, even as they stand against the most corrupt in their community. Ignited by their white-hot passion for each other, the two stick together until they have Cherokee on its knees, rectifying its wrongs and uncovering a more sinister criminal network. RACE TO THE GALLOWS is a harrowing tale of love, loyalty, and courage. Based on true events in Northwest Iowa.
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Ever since she was a little girl on a farm in rural Iowa, Jenny Bullington's heart has been filled with wanderlust and adventure. She started writing at an early age, and has never stopped. After exploring Italy, Ethiopia, and South Korea, Bullington's desire to transport others to those places and to raise awareness of important humanitarian and social issues takes hold in her writings.

She received her Bachelor's Degree from Iowa State University and her Master's Degree from Pacific Oaks College. In her spare time, Bullington enjoys teaching as an adjunct college professor, writes parenting and child development columns for a taekwondo kids program, advocates against domestic violence and human trafficking, and is passionate about social justice. She's recently been featured as a storyteller at Ode, an Iowa organization that promotes positive impact through empathy. Her adventures never stop as she raises her five small children with her beloved husband, Branden, in the Midwest.
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Release Day: The Silken Daggers (Mavericks of the Heartland #2) by Jenny Bullington @JennyBullington

Title: The Silken Daggers
Series: Mavericks of the Heartland #2
Author: Jenny Bullington
Genre: Adult, Historical Mafia Romance
Published: September 6, 2018
Page Count: 181 Pages
Publisher: The Pathos Pen Publishing
Ruby Walsh and Edith Campbell are two women ahead of their time. One the wife of a soldier fighting on the front during World War II, the other in a relationship with a forbidden love. Together they form a secret society dubbed The Silken Daggers to investigate a missing woman with ties to mafia activity in their sleepy Northwest Iowa town. What they uncover is more than they bargained for, as they decide to take justice into their own hands. Can they keep their town safe while keeping themselves alive? Can they find the missing woman in time? Their passion for fighting crime matches their passion for their men, but will love prevail? THE SILKEN DAGGERS is Book Two in the Mavericks of the Heartland series.
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The Silken Daggers Excerpt © Jenny Bullington 2018

"We should have a name for our meetings," Edith started, her legs relaxed and straight out in front of her. She watched as she moved her toes one at a time.
“Like a secret society?” Bea questioned. She sat up and reached into the end table between her and Edith’s chairs, pulling open the top drawer. She withdrew a slim, silver case.
Popping it open, Ruby saw the cigars and reached out her hand for one. She withdrew her own lighter from her clutch, the one that was actually Jack’s. A pain enveloped her heart, reminding her of her husband’s absence. Ruby squeezed her eyes closed for the briefest of moments, and sighed deeply.
The other women started mentioning names, their eyes bright and cheeks reddened with excitement, but it all faded into the background. Ruby traced her fingers over the JKW initials engraved on Jack’s lighter. The pain of a spouse being gone to war was like her chest was being stabbed and yet no one saw the blood. The dagger-like pain was hidden and insidious, like silk over a coffin.
“The Silken Daggers,” Ruby blurted out.
Edith raised her glass, her eyes gleaming triumphantly. Bea and June followed suit. “To the Silken Daggers!”
Ruby repeated it, feeling the words roll around in her mouth. “The Silken Daggers,” she said quietly. Raising her glass, she added, “We have now officially formed and are holding our first meeting.”
The ladies touched glasses and threw back the remainder of the brandy. Ruby lifted the cigar to her lips, and turning the lighter around so she couldn’t see Jack’s initials, she lit it and inhaled deeply, smelling and feeling the tobacco go into her chest.
“What shall we do?” Bea asked as she sat back and closed her eyes, her head resting against the back of her chair.
“Solve crime. Who better to solve crimes than the women? We’re the least suspicious people. The men are at war, and someone needs to run this community,” Ruby stated.
“Well all right then.” Edith sat back, smiling…
“Don’t tell Paulie. He might let something slip to Jack in their written correspondence,” Ruby immediately blurted out. Paulie was one of Jack’s closest friends whom he frequently wrote. “Jack…” she said his name, feeling the ache return in her chest, “he has too much to worry about as it is. He has to focus on staying alive, for me and for our son.”
Edith looked at Ruby, her eyes full of bright affection for her friend. “Now, why would I tell the men? We’re the Silken Daggers.” A coy smile spread across Edith’s face.
Ruby was satisfied. “That’s my girl.” She felt better knowing Jack wouldn’t know quite yet about another dangerous adventure she had decided to go on, not while he had to focus on staying alive.
Jack and Ruby Walsh thought their sleepy town's Independence Day would be like all the others. That is, until an accidental explosion of fireworks destroys downtown Cherokee, Iowa. A witch-hunt ensues as WWII tensions rise, causing everyone to blame one immigrant German family for the fire. But was it really them? Only Jack and Ruby have the courage to fight for justice, even as they stand against the most corrupt in their community. Ignited by their white-hot passion for each other, the two stick together until they have Cherokee on its knees, rectifying its wrongs and uncovering a more sinister criminal network. RACE TO THE GALLOWS is a harrowing tale of love, loyalty, and courage. Based on true events in Northwest Iowa.
Only .99 ¢

Ever since she was a little girl on a farm in rural Iowa, Jenny Bullington's heart has been filled with wanderlust and adventure. She started writing at an early age, and has never stopped. After exploring Italy, Ethiopia, and South Korea, Bullington's desire to transport others to those places and to raise awareness of important humanitarian and social issues takes hold in her writings.

She received her Bachelor's Degree from Iowa State University and her Master's Degree from Pacific Oaks College. In her spare time, Bullington enjoys teaching as an adjunct college professor, writes parenting and child development columns for a taekwondo kids program, advocates against domestic violence and human trafficking, and is passionate about social justice. She's recently been featured as a storyteller at Ode, an Iowa organization that promotes positive impact through empathy. Her adventures never stop as she raises her five small children with her beloved husband, Branden, in the Midwest.
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