Book Releases || May 29, 2014

Today we bring you a literary treat from the horror genre with “The Art of Madame Whitsome” by Dale Hollin.

If you’re a romance fan, we’ve got a couple treats for you today. Tara Fox Hall continues her Promise Me series with “Dark Solace.” Meanwhile, Marilyn Gardiner has penned a quick summer read about a young woman in love with her first boyfriend in “Cicada Summer.”

If you like things a little spicier, check out Maria Cox’s “Wicked Lustful Tales: Complete Collection.”

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Dark Solace

Promise Me – Book 9

by Tara Fox Hall

With Theo facing deadly odds in a fight to the death, Sar makes a pact with Lash, agreeing to give Devlin another chance in return for Theo’s life. Reforging her relationship with her handsome vampiric lover mends old wounds, even as Theo moves to regain Sar just for himself. But Devlin’s old enemy Ulysses appears, taking Sar prisoner and burning Devlin badly in a surprise attack. Rescued at the eleventh hour by Lash, Sar nurses Dev back to health, Theo bristling at a distance. Yet Lash’s own day of reckoning is here as his long life ebbs to a finale, leaving Sar to face the decision of offering him salvation, knowing that the price is her own humanity.

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The Art of Madame Whitsome

by Dale Hollin

Sometimes the baton of a conductor holds the sharpened edge of a blade. The baton of The Madam is such that spills blood. When this conductor’s manservant abducts an angelic and gifted harpist named Celeste for his employer’s next amusement and artistic endeavor; the house and estate fill with not only beautiful music, but all the torment and flames of hell. A chilling tale of orchestrated pain and dark romance, woven into a literary melody of heated torture and sacrifice.

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Cicada Summer

by Marilyn Gardiner

Is it real love when you can’t eat, can’t sleep, can’t catch your breath while watching Will practice his high dive at the pool, and are suspicious of your own quirky grandmother’s advice?

The summer has been mystical. Will, one of the handsomest boys in town, has been dating Dani and she prays every night that he’ll ask her to go steady before he heads off to college. Her parents are skeptical because Will is older than Dani, but Grandma Livvy is full of advice.

“Boys like their kissing. If you want to hold him you got to give him plenty of….”

“Olivia!” Dad’s voice boomed through the night. “That’s enough!” Grandma Livvy whispered, “You listen to me. I know how to handle men.”

But Grandma had gone through four men and was on the lookout for the fifth. Dani didn’t want to go through boy after boy. She just wanted Will. He said he loved her, but did he really?

By the time Will left for college, Grandma Livvy had solved her problem. Dani goes to bed at night listening to the cicadas sing, remembering the happy summer and hoping Will’s love would stand the test of being apart. Surprisingly she solves her own dilemma in a way she’d never have thought possible.

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Wicked Lustful Tales

Complete Collection

by Maria Cox

Wicked Lustful Tales is a compilation of stories that blend, drama, friendship and most certainly steamy romance.

Stranded
During a group cycling vacation in the Caribbean Shana White learns that her boyfriend is moving to New York to further his career without her. With no intention of sulking Shana opts for a day excursion with former beau and fellow cyclist Nick Marino. After a biking accident leaves them stranded the rekindling of an old friendship and memories of their torrid past emerge leaving Shana to struggle with conflicting emotions. Now on the rebound can she afford to seek solace in Nick’s arms and risk heartache all over again?

The Charity Event
With a career in photography about to take off Adam Baxter is at the top of his game. Office buddy Jennifer Silva has been a supportive friend from the start and the two have an easygoing platonic relationship. But when Adam’s assistant Nellie singles out Adam’s jealous behavior he’s forced to analyze his true feelings for beautiful, caring Jennifer. Adam knows all too well that a romantic involvement can complicate matters. So, is Adam ready to put it all on the line and take their friendship to the next level?

Snowed In
When Nina Bates discloses her pregnancy she’s soon shunned by her boyfriend and her mother. Alone and confused Nina turns to her grandmother who suggests she leave her hometown of Seattle and move to Alaska. In Anchorage, divorcee Dexter McIver hires Nina as live-in nanny to his son. An emotional bond develops between them and after Nina delivers her baby the smoldering attraction that existed for months threatens to boil over. With so much at stake should Nina and Dexter go out on a limb for a brief liaison?

Phone Sex
Advertising executive Gina Blanchard has her hands full with not only a busy conference schedule, but a difficult employee too. Fatigued, she calls her boyfriend Dylan Jessup. He encourages Gina to unwind and experiment with a one of a kind sexual experience.

Summer Love
Bryn Banks, a city girl at heart, travels to North Dakota for a summer program in rural Coleharbor, North Dakota. There, she works with biologist Kyle Norman, a small town guy. As they work closely together, the relationship becomes intimate. When the summer draws to a close, Bryn urges Kyle to come with her, but he resists.

Married and in Lust
After three weeks on the road, professional hockey player Ethan Lewis returns home for Thanksgiving. When he sees another man approach his wife Whitney as she waits for him, jealousy and desire take over. Ethan conjures a wild intimate encounter but is he able to persuade a reluctant Whitney to take part?

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