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Hollywood Name Game, Book 3

Contemporary Romance

Date Published: September 17, 2020

 

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She has zero friends . . . and is wary of men, living life as a
recluse.

His only friend is 90 and when she dies, he’s adrift.

Can a dyslexic actor and a shy loner find happiness together?

Famous from the time she was fourteen, London Russell lands the cover of
Sports Illustrated to cap off her modeling career. Leaving the fashion world
behind, she follows her dream of becoming a singer-songwriter. Thanks to an
ex-boyfriend’s vicious attack on her, London becomes a recluse who
turns out hits but never tours—and can’t trust a man. Her life
changes course when she encounters a Hollywood screenwriter and director and
agrees to write the theme song for their next movie.

Knox Monroe grew up as America’s darling, a child actor featured on
several popular television series. After his mother’s betrayal, Knox
drops out of sight, returning years later to make the successful transition
to adult roles. A known womanizer and loner, Knox meets London by chance.
Through her connections, he winds up with the lead role in a new
movie.

Will London be able to open her heart and move past Knox’s player
reputation? And will Knox knock down the emotional fortress that he’s
built around his heart?

In Hollywood, anything’s possible. . .

Hollywood Player is the third book in the Hollywood Name Game series. Each
book in the series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of
order.

 

 

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Hollywood Heartbreaker

Hollywood Name Game, Book 1

Release Date: August 6, 2020

 

From internationally bestselling romance author Alexa Aston comes a
stunning new Contemporary Romance series. Book One in the exciting Hollywood
Name Game series has arrived. Read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

 

Being late to an interview lands her the biggest job opportunity of her
life.

He may be rich and successful—but he’s just this side of
miserable.

Can a wannabe be The One for the biggest star in Hollywood?

Cassie Carroll came to Hollywood with big dreams that never materialized.
Acting isn’t even on the back burner anymore—it’s
completely off the stove. Working for a third-rate agent, Cassie hopes to
land a new job that will give her credibility, as well as help pay the rent.
Late to her interview, she swerves to avoid hitting a dog—and totals
the car of Hollywood’s leading action superstar. Surprisingly, she
walks away from their encounter with a job—as the sexiest man
alive’s personal assistant.

Rhett Corrigan is bored with the movies he makes and the drop-dead gorgeous
model he’s dating. He’s afraid that Hollywood has typecast
him—and that he’ll never be able to break out of his action mold
and try new acting challenges. When Cassie Carroll literally slams into his
life, she brings a breath of fresh air and common sense to his world. She
pushes him to be a better actor and a better man

Can these friends become lovers—and can their love survive—in a
tabloid-happy town that thrives on rumors and backstabbing?

 

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Hollywood Flirt

Hollywood Name Game, Book 2

Release Date: August 27, 2020

 

From internationally bestselling romance author Alexa Aston – Book
Two in the exciting Hollywood Name Game – a stunning new contemporary
romance series. Read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited!

 

She’s Hollywood royalty whose trail vanished a dozen years ago.

He doesn’t do relationships and thinks commitment is a four-letter
word.

They Google each other . . . and sparks fly . . .

Sydney Revere, the daughter of a famous movie couple, left Hollywood behind
over a decade ago. Christened The Wild Child by the media, she reinvents
herself as a serious student who becomes an attorney and marries a safe,
predictable man. When her husband cheats on her and the law loses its
glitter, Sydney returns to Hollywood. Her father hires her to storyboard his
upcoming movie, No Regrets—and then stuns Sydney when he offers her
the job as his assistant director.

Dash DeLauria is a rising actor who hasn’t trusted a woman since his
mother left. He’s now the guardian of his mentally-challenged brother.
Dash is looking to grow professionally and after he wins the lead in No
Regrets, he finds he’s lost his heart and soul to Sydney. With both
their careers on the upswing, life is sweet.

But Sydney’s ex-husband isn’t finished with her yet.
Discovering who she really is—and that she’s wealthy—he
tracks her to California, ready to start over with her again.

No matter what it takes . . .

Hollywood Flirt is the second book in the Hollywood Name Game series. Each
book in the series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of
order.

 

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Coming Soon:

Book 4 – Hollywood Double

Book 5 – Hollywood Enigma

 

 

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“Bunker!”

London looked up and saw a dog bounding her way. Before she could react,
the golden flash crashed into her table, spilling her glass of tea
everywhere. She opened her mouth to speak and the dog jammed his nose into
her crotch. Mortified, London tried to push it away.

“Bunker!” she heard a second time. Looking up, London saw Seth
Walker dashing toward her, a leash with a dangling collar in one hand. No,
not Seth Walker. The actor who played Seth Walker in her favorite movie
franchise.

The one whose name escaped her as he arrived at her table.

His cobalt blue eyes looked even bluer against his tanned face and
sun-kissed blond hair. If Adonis had come to life, he would be this
man.

“I’m going to kill you,” the actor growled, frowning at
the dog. “I mean it.”

The golden retriever buried his nose against her leg.

London burst out laughing.

“I apologize for my dog’s lack of manners.” He reach to
latch onto the dog but Bunker was having none of it. He wriggled even closer
to London, mashing her skirt against her. The man’s hands froze. She
knew he hesitated because it might be hard to get a decent grip on the dog
without invading London’s very personal space.

“I give up,” he said in frustration. “Do you think you
could help me out?”

“It’s my favorite thing in life to help a man in
need.”

Wait . . . was she flirting? She never flirted. Ever. Ever. Ever.

He smiled then, exposing even, white teeth against his tan. Amusement lit
his eyes.

“Hand it over.” She reached out and he surrendered the collar,
still attached to the leash.

She pried the dog’s nose away from her and looped an arm about him as
she slid the collar over his head and lowered it to where it sat loosely
around his neck.

Bunker’s owner knelt and tightened the collar. “I won’t
fall for that look again,” he told the dog.

“What look is that?” she asked.

He grinned. “The pathetic one that tells me his collar is too tight.
The one that got me to loosen it up, which was all the invitation he needed
to slip out of it and make his way lightning fast to the most beautiful girl
on the block.”

London sensed the blush creeping up her neck. To distract herself, she
reached out to pet the dog. Her fingers glided through his silky, golden
fur.

“Mind if I sit?” the handsome actor asked.

“Be my guest.”

He sank into the chair next to her and ran a hand through his thick hair.
London suddenly wanted to run her fingers through his hair and not
Bunker’s. She averted her eyes and focused on the dog again.

“I owe you a drink. At the least. For Bunker’s impertinence.
And for making this mess.” He glanced at his watch. “I guess
it’s too early for a glass of wine.”

She grinned. “It’s never too early for wine. I spent a lot of
years in Tuscany. I’m surprised my father didn’t give me wine in
a sippy cup for breakfast.”

He laughed and she liked how his eyes crinkled up when he did. How the
smile touched his mouth as much as his eyes. Seth Walker didn’t smile
much on screen but this actor did in real life. It made her pulse quicken.
Suddenly, she recalled his name. Knox. Knox Monroe.

“Then wine it is. Anything in particular strike your fancy in the
middle of the afternoon?”

“I love a good red. No matter what time it is.”

He gave her an appreciative nod. “A good red for a beautiful redhead.
I like it.”

 

About the Author

Award-winning and internationally bestselling author Alexa Aston lives with
her husband in a Dallas suburb, where she eats her fair share of dark
chocolate and plots out stories while she walks every morning. She’s a
binge fiend (The Crown and Ozark are favorites) who enjoys travel, sports,
and time with her family.

Her historical romances bring to life loveable rogues and dashing knights,
while her contemporary romances are light and flirty and sometimes contain a
bit of suspense.

 

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Against My Better Judgement Release Blitz

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Mauzzy and Me Mystery, Book 1

Mystery, New Adult, Young Adult

Date Published: September 16, 2020

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

 

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When freshman year at the University of Alabama draws to a close, Sara
Donovan finds herself grappling with the same old question—listen to
her head or follow her heart. What she ends up doing is purchasing an
Egyptian

souvenir funerary mask, and after a mysterious phone call, she’s certain a
ring of antiquities smugglers are operating in Tuscaloosa.

With finals never far from her mind and her return to ‘Bama hanging in the
balance, she should be studying. Instead she launches her own investigation
to prove her mask is indeed a stolen artifact, and not a cheap trinket. When
it comes time to snoop, Sara is more than ready, or at least she was until a
hot new teaching assistant moves in next door.

Suddenly she learns things are never as they seem. Ever.

About the Author

After a long career as a business executive, B.T. Polcari tried to retire.
Spoiler alert: he’s really bad at retirement. Bowling, tennis, and sailing
can only keep you busy for so long, so B.T. is now pursuing his childhood
dream of becoming a published author.

 

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Contemporary Romance

Date Published: September 9, 2020

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

 

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Rebecca Layton returns to her beachside hometown of Sunnyville, California,
determined to explore the possibility of rekindling her past relationship
with the love of her life, Raymond Colton. She’s devastated to discover that
he has moved on and is now engaged.

Raymond Colton harbors resentment towards Rebecca for abandoning him to
pursue her dreams of life in the big city. Now she’s back and more beautiful
than ever. But Raymond’s heart has been broken more than once and risking
more heartache with Rebecca isn’t a gamble he’s willing to take.

When Rebecca agrees to use her marketing expertise to help Raymond’s father
salvage his failing family business–Colton’s Ice Creamery–she and Raymond
are thrown together, and old flames are ignited. Can they heal the wounds
from their past and embrace the possibility of a brighter tomorrow?

 

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 About the Author

After years of not pursuing my writing dreams, I decided it was time to stop
sitting on the sidelines of my publishing aspirations. In 2019, I contracted
with The Wild Rose Press for a three book series, California Hearts. The
release date for my debut novel,
Orange Blossoms-Love Blooms, is October 19,
2020. My novella,
A Whirl With My Mocha Chocolate Swirl is part of The Wild
Rose Press’ s One Scoop or Two series and will be released in
September 9, 2020.

I write contemporary romance and women’s fiction with emotion-driven
characters and unexpected plot twists and turns. The character’s
journeys are layered with heart and soul and reflect the diversity of the
world around me. My stories center around love, familoes, friendships,
following your passion, second chances and overcoming obstacles.

 When I’m not busy plotting my next novel, you will find me bike riding
along one of Southern, California’s scenic beaches with my husband or
discussing love, life and the mysteries of the universe with my daughter.

 

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Humorous Fiction, Romantic Comedy 

Date Published: September 15, 2020

Publisher: Hurn Publications

 

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 Forty-eight-year-old Corbett Thomas, a one-hit wonder of the 90s, now
works as the lead sommelier at Napa Valley’s hippest restaurant. Set
to become one of the few Master Sommeliers in the world, Corbett
self-destructs during his final exam, ruining his last chance at capturing
the stardom and adoration he got a taste for in his youth.

When billionaire game designer, Brogan Prescott, asks Corbett to consult on
a major vineyard acquisition, Corbett sees it as a shot at redemption, until
he learns of Brogan’s ridiculous vision of a virtual-reality, Woke Ant
Colony Winery. Disgusted, Corbett decides to buy the vineyard himself and
preserve its magic and history. Cashless, clueless, and with his reputation
in tatters, Corbett enlists the help of his bass-player-turned-lawyer Seamus
O’Flaherty, who may have finally lost his stomach for Corbett’s
bad ideas; his uber-rational daughter Remy, who wants Corbett to uncork some
family secrets he’d rather leave in the cellar; and Sydney Cameron,
whose sudden appearance in Corbett’s life may repair his heart or
shatter it forever.

With their help-and sometimes despite it-Corbett discovers what Brogan has
known all along: a four-billion-dollar gold deposit lies beneath the
vineyard. If Brogan acquires the property, the ensuing gold rush will
destroy Napa Valley.

But if Corbett can get out of his own way long enough to purchase the
vineyard first, he’ll be faced with the hardest decision of his life:
take the fame and fortune he desperately craves, or save the soul of the
valley he loves so much.

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Let’s get one thing clear – I won that bet fair and square, even
though I cheated.

I blame the whole thing on Rick Dornin, who was being particularly douchey
that night. I used to be able to choose whichever party I wanted to serve
without question. That is, until Dornin arrived at Appellation with his
anal-retentive online calendar and industrial-grade Napoleon complex.

Yes, that Appellation. The most coveted dining experience in all of Napa
Valley, and one of only nine restaurants in America awarded three Michelin
stars. It took a DNA sample and a copy of your credit report to get a table,
and then you’d better be ready to cash in your 401(k) when the bill
came.

The evening started out normally enough. I arrived at the restaurant an
hour before my shift to check reservations, talk to Chef Dan about the
evening’s specials, and think of pairings for the prix fixe. Dornin
was in his office—a modified broom closet next to the staff bathroom
that looked like a hoarder’s den with one, tiny deer trail leading to
his desk. In fact, he was always in his office, even when service was
slammed, which drove me batshit crazy. I don’t care if you’re
General Manager or General Patton—when it’s time to schlep a
plate or buff a glass, you step up and do it.

Anyway, I poked my head through the doorway and said, “Hey,
Rick,” trying to keep things light and cheery. “What do you know
about this Harrison party at eight?”

“Whales,” he replied, not bothering to look up from his
purchase orders. “Big whales, like Moby Dick whales.”

“Sweet!” Visions of stockbrokers trying to one-up each other
with bottles of Screaming Eagle at five thousand bucks a pop danced in my
head. Tips so big they come in a brown paper bag.

“Yes.” Dornin finally looked up at me and grinned like he
learned how to do it from an infomercial. “They’ll be in the
Veraison Room. With Andrew.”

“What?” I lunged into the tiny office, nearly tripping over a
carton of water glasses. “You can’t give it to
Andrew!”

“I can give it to whoever I want.” He went back to his purchase
orders, feigning a nonchalance that made me want to smack him. “If I
want to move Felipe off of bussing and let him pop some corks, I could do
that, too.”

Time for a different tack—one that wouldn’t involve me going
full-on Hannibal Lecter. “I’m just saying that a party like that
comes to a restaurant like this to experience the highest level of service
in the world. I’m the guy they’re coming for, not Andrew. I sit
for my Master Somm next week, and—”

 “You know what you are, Corbett? You’re an overpaid
bartender.” Dornin had thin lips and an Adam’s apple the size of
Detroit, and it bugged me. “You trained for twenty years to learn how
to pull a cork from a bottle and tell people that red wine goes with steak.
Whoop-tee-freaking-do. You’ll work the floor tonight, and you can have
the Jansen party on the terrace at seven-thirty.”

My left eyebrow started twitching, which happens when I get stressed out.
Apparently, no one can see it, but to me, it feels like a two-year-old is
digging tiny fingers into my face and stretching it like saltwater taffy. I
considered trying the No One Has Experience At Up-Selling Like I Do
approach, but this was the third time in as many weeks I’d had such a
run-in with Dornin.

I was done.

It was time to talk to Chef Dan.

Most people remember Chef Daniel Foyer from his five seasons on Elite Chef,
The Food Channel’s number one show from 1998 to 2002. With a chin so
chiseled it could slice a burnt chuck steak and blue eyes that screamed,
“Come taste this gazpacho in my bedroom,” he was the prototype
celebrity chef. But Father Time had been most inhospitable to Chef Dan, and
for the past couple of years the poor soul tried to counteract a rapid aging
process by dunking his scalp and Sam Elliott-sized mustache in a
fifty-gallon drum of jet-black hair dye. The net effect was so incongruous
with the rest of his wrinkled face that I could barely look at him without
drowning in the shore break of cognitive dissonance.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the guy. He was a loyal and trusted
friend, and straight-up the most amazing culinary artist of my generation.
But if I’d had any money, I would have bought stock in Just For Men
and eventually retire on my Chef Dan profits alone.

About the Author

John Taylor has been writing about wine since 2012, but his meanderings on
life began way before that. Born and raised in San Diego, California, John
moved to Los Angeles in 1982 to pursue dreams of screenwriting and
filmmaking. He attended the University of Southern California, where he
majored in Shattered Dreams and False Hopes, with a minor in Getting Gut
Punched By Reality. After being handed a degree in Journalism in 1987 as a
consolation prize, John dove into a career in music. Because getting
gut-punched just isn’t painful enough.

By 1996, John and his band, The Uninvited, had produced four independent
albums and became one of the most popular acts in the western United States.
This lead to a deal on Atlantic Records, which released the band’s
self-titled debut album in 1997. The band had two Top 100 hits, and toured
nationally with Dave Matthews, Blues Traveller, Third Eye Blind and many
other acts. Their music appeared in the TV shows Beverly Hills 90210 and
Party of Five, and in the motion pictures The Commandments and North Beach.
The band can also be heard in several HBO Documentaries, video games and on
that annoying “One Hit Wonders of The 90’s” station your
co-worker always plays on Spotify.

In 2001, John’s vast experience in shattered dreams was once again
called into play as the band hung up their touring shoes for good. After a
brief but horrifying career in real estate, John got wise and made a career
out of his favorite hobby – wine – and has held various sales
& marketing positions in Napa Valley since 2011. John’s writing
career started in earnest at this point, with blogs, essays and short
stories appearing in various publications. John is the author of three
novels, including the aptly-titled Pairs With: Life, which will be released
by Hurn Publications in September 2020.

 

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Notorious Minds Crime Mystery Thriller Boxset

Mystery/Thriller

Date Published: October 13, 2020

Publisher: Fire Quill Publishers

 

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Frankie Shep is still mourning the deaths of her husband and young son when
she finds a bone in the far corner of her Wyoming cattle ranch.

Excited to think she may have discovered an ancient Native American
village, she takes the bone to a lifelong friend who is now a forensic
anthropologist on contract with her county.

After a cursory inspection, he turns a blood-chilling stare at Frankie. The
bone isn’t ancient. Worse, the victim could be the remains of
Frankie’s mother. She disappeared from her own bed more than a decade
ago.

And now her retired father is missing.

As Frankie digs deeper, she discovers the terrifying truth that a serial
killer is using her land to bury his victims, all members of her family and
inner circle.

And now he’s watching her.

Mystery Bones Murders is a story of love, heart-wrenching deception, and
finding redemption.

 

Available exclusively in the Notorious Minds box set!

 

 

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What does it take to commit the perfect crime?

Delve into these dark and twisted tales by twenty USA Today and
International Bestselling Authors.

No matter what kind of crime story typically catches your imagination,
there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Conspiracies, political plots, and yes, even murder, are just a few of the
crimes waiting inside this box set.

Discover a narcissistic grandmother running an underground syndicate, or a
support group bent on murder…and even a serial killer who turns his
victims into fairytale creatures.

Uncover the passion, jealousy, and fear lingering in every tale.

 

This box set is packed with thousands of pages that will hold you on the
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Frankie set the rifle next to her knee and avoided thorns as she reached in to untangle Diesel. The calf was too panicked. He struggled against her, causing a bruise and a muscle cramp in her forearm. As she pulled back, barbs tore the skin on her wrist. She sucked on the deepest wound while returning to Concho to retrieve a rope and a utility knife from the saddlebag. 

Back at Diesel, she wrestled with the calf to loop the rope around his neck. She cut the branches that pinned him to the bush and pulled on the rope. Diesel kicked and fell, then bawled and tried to run. When he realized he was freed from the bush, he stood still, panting and shivering.

Frankie wiped water from her eyes while inspecting a cut in the calf’s left hind leg. It wasn’t so serious to keep him from walking home before she doctored it. With a grunt, she pulled on the rope and led Diesel toward Concho. 

As they approached, the horse pranced and snorted like crazy. Frankie caught Concho’s reins and rubbed his nose. “What’s wrong with you?” He stood still long enough for her to secure Diesel’s rope to the saddle horn, then returned to his dance.

His hoof clicked against the thing she had seen sticking up from the ground earlier.

“What did you find?” She knelt and dug dirt and mud away from a bone. 

“Concho, did we find an ancient guy’s campsite? Is that what has you so spooked?” 

As kids, Frankie and her friends had often daydreamed about finding a nomadic Native American tribe’s village on the ranch. But where they sledded every winter? 

“Cool.” She moved more dirt until she could pull the bone from the ground and examine it.

The bone seemed small for a man. Her former friend, Harbin Williams, now a professor in the anthropology department at the University of Wyoming, could confirm her exciting suspicions. But…

She couldn’t force herself to attend his son’s funeral five years ago. Their kids died together in the accident her husband caused. She had isolated herself in her struggle to heal her grief, and she couldn’t face helping her best friends with their recovery.

A growl jolted her attention from the bone to the bared teeth of a gray wolf—ten feet from her. 

The rifle lay six feet away, behind the fallen log. 

She hopped over the log and took a fighting stance between her animals and the wolf, and then rushed to pull the repellent from under her rain poncho.

The predator stepped closer. Saliva dripped from its huge teeth.

 

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 Karen Randau authors fast-paced stories with intricate plots and lots of
actione. Her debut novel, Deadly Deceit, was the first in her four-book Rim
Country Mysteries and has twice reached the #1 slot in Amazon’s amateur
sleuth category. The fourth book in the series, Deadly Payload, was a
finalist in the 2019 Book Excellence Awards and the 2018 Beverly Hills Book
Awards®. She was one of seven authors in the Tawnee Mountain Mystery
Series with Deadly Reception and now is joining 19 other others in the
Notorious Minds Crime Mystery/Thriller boxset.

A native of the southwestern U.S., Karen has traveled internationally and
witnessed famines, violence, and hopeful people working to overcome abject
poverty. She draws on both her creativity and personal experience to weave
together an interesting cast of characters with rollercoaster-like twists
and turns.
 

 

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