#BookPromo – Maestro: A Love Story by Auden Dar

“An ode to NYC, to true love, and the music we make with our lives, Auden Dar’s Maestro is a lyrical tour de force whose melody will long linger in your soul.”—Mara White, USA Today bestselling author

For some, first love is a fleeting spark heralding the greater loves to come. For others, first love is the greatest love. The only love.

When a music audition at the world-renowned LaGuardia Arts high school brings together two thirteen-year-olds, unassuming Aurelia Ramirez Preston and confident Chadwick David, the serendipitous encounter becomes an unbreakable friendship.

A friendship develops into an unyielding love.
A love spanning decades and continents.

With New York City as their playground, best friends Chad and Aurelia navigate the turbulence of adolescence. They blossom, and so does their love. An awkward first date turns into a night of intoxicating kisses and together, they lose their innocence.

Years later, Chad is “Maestro,” the tattooed virtuoso, the James Dean of classical music.

And Aurelia is an accomplished cellist. His muse. The enduring love behind his greatness.

But when the maestro falters, even for a moment, the most beautiful symphony can spiral into unrelenting chaos. And the greatest of loves can become the most tragic heartbreak.

Maestro is a symphony of words, four movements filled with longing, secrets, betrayal, and the grace of forgiveness.

#WOTR23 #attendingauthor #Authorspotlight – Britni Hill

Britni Hill

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m Britni. I love horror movies. I drink way too much coffee. I have the best rescue pup ever. He’s 9 and spoiled rotten. I hate snow, and I love to binge cheesy teen dramas. If they’re paranormal it’s even better. My first book was released in 2012 and it was a dream come true. One I’m still lucky enough to be living.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

It depends. I call myself a moody writer. Some days I write and write and write. Others … not so much.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

Oh my. Yes! Jason Parker. Gah! He was horrible. And yes I know how that sounds. Everyone hated him. I hated him. But his arc is fabulous.

What is your definition of success?

Being happy. It took me a while to understand that, but if I’m happy and content then I’m where I’m meant to be. And that’s success!

What are your social links?

www.facebook.com/britnihillsbibliomaniacs (reader group)

What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Britni-Hill/e/B007V4C9EI
Apple books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/britni-hill/id885053971
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=britni+hill

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$45 VIP sell out quickly – 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included.

$25 Early Access – 12-1 VIP house, 1-4 General Admission time. You also get a filled VIP bag but NO admission to the after party.

$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.

$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.

#WOTR23 #paranormal #series #saga #witches #demons – Ryker, TheProtectors book #23 by Teresa Gabelman

Ryker (The Protectors Series #23)

Ryker did his job as a VC Warrior and did it well. His connection with Bonnie was the reason he ended up working under Sloan Murphy and he had no regrets. Being a Warlock with unique talents made him valuable wherever he went. It also meant that he moved around a lot going to where he was needed most. Because of this Ryker liked to keep to himself, that was until he met a spitfire blonde who talked to chickens.

Never had Ryker met anyone quite like Susan Dobbs. She didn’t use her looks to get what she wanted. Instead, she used her voice. Susan was smart, funny and Ryker enjoyed her company. His protective instincts kicked in almost instantly after meeting Susan but learning that she was alone in the world drew him to her in ways that surprised him.

It’s not until Susan’s life is put in danger does Ryker realize his true feelings for this woman. Knowing exactly what needs to be done, Ryker prepares for a battle he will not lose. Not even the deepest depths of hell will keep him from finding Susan.


Review by Twinsie Angie

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

I am so excited for where the series is headed after the way the last book ended. Teresa keeps the series fresh ad always evolving which keeps us readers invested in the characters.

Susan is a strong human female for sure. After Lana told us about her and their undercover days as police officers we know she can handle alot. Ryker is brooding, alpha who is new to the series but he sure has his eye on the feisty and sassy friend.

The books starts right off with Ryker entering the Demon Realm to save Susan. So much happens in this book between Susan and Ryker’s storyline, Adam and Angelina’s storyline, Daniels new storyline and the VC/Guardians storyline. This book is just massive in needing to pay attention.

Susan and Ryker are a great couple and seeing the fact everyone loves her helps her fit right in with the men and the mates. Adam and Angelina had my heart torn apart. These two are in love but they both need some growth to be able to be together. Daniel….wooof……I am curious about Sybil and his new “path”. I can only imagine what is coming for our family. The Guardians and VC are just a riot. Both feeling they are better then the other when we find out they need each other to deal with what is to come.

The book was one of my favorites with moving the overall story ARC along and getting us ready for what is coming.

Teresa Gabelman is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ‘Protectors Series’. When not writing about sexy alpha vampires and the women who drive them crazy she can be found on a lake with a fishing pole/Kindle, at a MMA event or spending a fun evening with family.

Being a full-time writer has allowed Teresa to connect more with readers which is what she loves most about writing. If you find the time she would love to hear from you!

#WOTR23 #Authorspotlight #Attendingauthor #ARC GIVEAWAY – Albany Walker

Albany Walker

Be sure to comment FB post in the Writers on the River reader group for a chance to win an  ARC from Albany!!!

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Albany lives in Michigan where she’s happily married to her high school sweetheart. She spends most of her time juggling her four children’s extracurricular activities, with her nose stuck in a book. When not reading you can find her writing her very own book boyfriends. Albany’s passion is writing romance with real characters that are far from perfect, but always seem to find their own happily ever afters.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

The books after.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I feel like my characters do all the work for me. I love complex characters.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Write what you love. It makes a difference on all fronts.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

6 to 8 hours Monday through Friday.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

I love my FMC’s. I’m in love with Waylynn from my current series (that always happens to me) Her inner strength astounds me.

What is your definition of success?

There are so many levels, but when someone takes the time to email me, and tells me how my words helped them in some way it feels like a major accomplishment. 

 What are your social links?

Albany Walker Author Links

What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

Albany Walker Author Links

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$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.

$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.

Twinsie Tenise’s Top Reads of 2022

I read 33 books in 2022. While that is nowhere near as many books as I’ve read in past years, it was 3 more books than the goal I set of 30. Whoop!
In no particular order, I give you my top reads of 2022…

Liberate Us by: J.M. Walker

He was mean.
Sammy Butcher had an outer layer he showed to the world. But I got the side of him I had been craving since I first met him.
After the first man I had ever loved was taken from me, I didn’t know how to open up and trust again. But Sammy made it his mission to let me see him. The real him.
Kind and gentle, two things I never thought I would get from him. He also showed me that as long as it was with the right person, I could embrace my deepest and darkest fantasies.
I wanted to be his pet but more than that, I wanted to be his. In every sense of the word.
For good.

She was beautiful.
And a brat.
Amber Bishop could very well bring me to my knees just from saying my name alone. With her vibrant red hair and pale skin, I wanted to leave my touch on every inch of her.
She had a hard time trusting. Couldn’t say I blamed her. I wasn’t known to be a nice guy. I wasn’t the hero in a romance book. I said and did whatever I wanted, whatever the outcome.
But I wanted to be better.
For her.
For us.
No matter how long it took, I would show her she could trust me, and I would take care of her.
I would fight for her.
Even if it destroyed us.

Author Note:
I know a lot of readers don’t like knowing possible triggers ahead of time, but I know a lot of readers DO need to know in advance. And that is perfectly understandable! So I thought I’d do something a little differently this time for the warning in this book by giving YOU the choice to read the trigger warnings or not.
Please see the link below that will take you directly to my site and it will include a more detailed warning.
Please be advised that it WILL give some spoilers.
This is NOT a light and fluffy romance.
Final warning: This book deals with certain topics that may be triggering for some. Please read with caution.


Sammy Butcher is The Enforcer for Hells Harlem. He’s not a man of many words and he spends most of his days bitter and angry. Part of that could be due to the fact that a certain redhead has gotten under his skin and all he wants is her!

We all know from previous books that Sammy and his twin are both a bit kinky. In Liberate Us, we find out just what turns Sammy on. And some of the things he likes are rough, crass, and deliciously dominating. But we also see a side of Sammy we have never seen. The gentle, overprotective lover, who has wanted Amber since the moment he laid eyes on her. Theres something different about this woman and he is bound and determined to make her his. The good and the bad, the rough and the gentle are just some of the many things that makes Sammy Sammy and also my absolute favorite JM hero.

Amber does not easily trust anyone, especially men. She had a terrible past and a horrible first marriage. Those things left her trust of men very low. Sammy is different and Amber knows it but that still doesn’t help the doubt she feels creeping in.

He wants to be her Dom.
She wants to be his Pet.
But in order for that to happen, they first have to deal with the past and present colliding in a battle that could very well destroy them.

Liberate Us is my favorite in the series. Sammy and Amber were perfect for one another. She is the calm to his storm. He wants nothing more than for her to be happy. When they are together, something magical happens. Something neither one of them can ignore. I loved every single page of their story.

***This book is not for everyone, so please make sure you read the trigger warnings.***






J.M. Walker, a Canadian author, is an Amazon bestseller who also hit USA Today with Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology. She loves all things books, pigs and lip gloss. She is happily married to the man who inspires all of her Heroes and continues to make her weak in the knees every single day.

“Above all, be the HEROINE of your own life…” ~ Nora Ephron

Find me: https://linktr.ee/authorjmwalker

Professional Inquiries:

I am represented by SBR Media. For inquiries regarding foreign rights, audio, and other media outlets, please contact Stephanie Phillips.



Upside Down by: N.R. Walker

Jordan O’Neill isn’t a fan of labels, considering he has a few. Gay, geek, librarian, socially awkward, a nervous rambler, an introvert, an outsider. The last thing he needs is one more. But when he realises adding the label asexual might explain a lot, it turns his world upside down.

Hennessy Lang moved to Surry Hills after splitting with his boyfriend. His being asexual had seen the end of a lot of his romances, but he’s determined to stay true to himself. Leaving his North Shore support group behind, he starts his own in Surry Hills, where he meets first-time-attendee Jordan.

A little bewildered and scared, but completely adorable, Hennessy is struck by this guy who’s trying to find where he belongs. Maybe Hennessy can convince Jordan that his world hasn’t been turned upside down at all, but maybe it’s now—for the first time in his life—the right way up.


Jordan is a librarian who loves to cuss, and he talks a whole bunch of nonsense when he’s nervous and I just love him.

Hennessey works in internet safety. He’s a bit more reserved than Jordan, I guess you could say- but that does not matter one single iota- the 2 of them are 2 halves of the same whole. Soul mates. They were absolutely made for one another.
Jordan is struggling with this because he has zero desire for sex and the feelings Hennessey is stirring in him have left him confused.

Hennessey is so loving and understanding. He is the perfect partner for Jordan.

This is my first read involving asexuals. I loved it. I feel like I learned a lot and have a better understanding of asexualism, and I would like to thank the author for that. I swooned, I cried, I laughed (a lot), I fell in love with these 2 men and their unyielding love for one another. And don’t even get me started on the supporting characters. They were all a fantastic group of friends. I hope I can move on from this book. I miss them already.





N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way. She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.

She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things… but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal. She’s been writing ever since.


N.R. Walker was voted 2019 Goodreads M/M Romance Members’ Choice Awards All-Time Favorite Author

and 2020 Goodreads M/M Romance Members’ Choice Awards Hall of Fame

Read more on nrwalker.net

Finley by: Ella Frank

***A spin-off from the Temptation Series***

It’s time to come home, Finn.
It’s been seven years since Daniel Finley left his hometown in Florida for the hustle and bustle of Chicago’s city life.
Since then, he’s worked hard for his position at the prestigious law firm Leighton & Associates, even when it’s caused distance and isolation from his family and friends. But that’s all about to change.
On his thirtieth birthday, he receives the one thing he never dared hope for. Something that was promised to him years earlier—a note. One simple sentence from the man he’s never been able to forget.
Six words will forever change the course of their lives.
Brantley Hayes has it all. Or so he thinks. When he first made the decision to take a job down in Florida, his family thought he was crazy. But, after years of living in the quiet beach town, he finally feels a sense of community. He’s surrounded himself with friends who are like family, has a job he loves, and owns a spectacular beachfront property that is his sanctuary.
Yet he still feels unfulfilled, as if a piece of the puzzle is missing, and he knows exactly which piece it is. On an impulse, he follows through with a promise he made years earlier. A promise to call home the one he sent away.
Nothing is as simple as it seems.
After years of separation, the former lovers are reunited, but Brantley wasn’t expecting to encounter the high walls now guarding Daniel’s heart.
Daniel may not be the same person he was when he left, but he knows that the first step to healing is the note in his hand.


I finished this book 3 or 4 days ago. I have struggled to come up with a review because it was just so cute and sweet and happy and sad and this book made me hella emotional, on many levels, and I just loved it so much. See, I’m a rambling mess.

I cannot stop thinking about Daniel and Brantley’s story. Every once in a while, a book comes along that checks all of the boxes and makes my reader heart sing with joy. Well it’s been a couple days, I’ve had time to collect my thoughts and here is what I have decided. Finley made my top reads of the year list for sure but it may have very well landed itself on my top 10 books of all time list.
If you love a good 2nd chance romance and are apparently late to the game like me, read this book! I love Ella Frank. I read my first book by her before this book was even released. I cannot believe I didn’t read this back then but maybe it was book fate. If there is such a thing. Lol I think I was meant to read it now instead of then in order to fully appreciate their story. But I digress…if you like MM romance with a forbidden-ish element, smoking hot sexy scenes as well as a shot at a second chance with the one that got away, READ THIS BOOK. That is all!





Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take,Trust, Tease, Tate, and True, and is the co-author of the fan-favorite PresLocke Series. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

Any Given Lifetime by: Leta Blake

He’ll love him in any lifetime.

Neil isn’t a ghost, but he feels like one. Reincarnated with all his memories from his prior life, he spent twenty years trapped in a child’s body, wanting nothing more than to grow up and reclaim the love of his life.

As an adult, Neil finds there’s more than lost time separating them. Joshua has built a beautiful life since Neil’s death, and how exactly is Neil supposed to introduce himself? As Joshua’s long-dead lover in a new body? Heartbroken and hopeless, Neil takes refuge in his work, developing microscopic robots called nanites that can produce medical miracles.

When Joshua meets a young scientist working on a medical project, his soul senses something his rational mind can’t believe. Has Neil truly come back to him after twenty years? And if the impossible is real, can they be together at long last?

Any Given Lifetime is a stand-alone, slow burn, second chance gay romance by Leta Blake featuring reincarnation and true love. This story includes some angst, some steam, an age gap, and, of course, a happy ending.


Any Given Lifetime had a very unique plot. I cannot say I’ve ever read anything quite like it. I realize this book is a work of fiction but it definitely left me thinking about the possibility of something like what happened to Neil, actually happening.

Neil and Joshua dated once upon a time but then there was a tragic accident and Neil did not survive.
Fast forward 20 years, Joshua is in his 40s now. He has loved and lost more than once. When a young scientist shows up in his life (one who shares an uncanny resemblance to his dead first love) Joshua thinks he might be losing his mind. I really can’t say I blamed him.

Any Given Lifetime is the first book I’ve read by Leta Blake. It is a story about love, loss, and then finding that love again in the next lifetime. Neil’s love for Joshua was unwavering. He dies, is born again, and remembers his love for Joshua from a past life. What then begins to unfold is one of the most epic love stories I have ever read. This was a beautiful, emotional, memorable read. I loved every single word. I will definitely be checking out her backlist!





Author of the bestselling book Smoky Mountain Dreams and fan favorites like Training Season, Will & Patrick Wake Up Married, and Slow Heat, Leta Blake has been captivating M/M Romance readers for nearly a decade. Whether writing contemporary romance or fantasy, she puts her psychology background to use creating complex characters and love stories that feel real. At home in the Southern U.S., Leta works hard at achieving balance between her writing and her family life.

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Bonus material for the Heat of Love series, Will & Patrick Wake Up Married series, Training Season series, Smoky Mountain Dreams, Mr. Frosty Pants, The River Leith, and more is available on Leta Blake’s Patreon account. Sign up here: https://www.patreon.com/letablake

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On the web: https://letablake.com


Fable of Happiness by Pepper Winters

It’s the start of something huge.

From New York Times Bestseller, Pepper Winters, comes a new Dark Romance full of decadent angst and monstrous heroes.


A house hidden in the middle of nowhere.

A man who’s lived alone for a decade.

A woman who trespasses on his solitude.

A love full of hate as well as hunger.


The thing about my life is…I was never in control of it.

I just thought I was.

I thought I had everything figured out—a good career, fun hobbies, a bright future, but everything changed when I found an ivy-cloaked house, tucked in a forgotten valley, hiding a man who corrupted my world forever.

I thought I was successful, until he showed me fortune and happiness could be snatched away in an instant.

I believed I was blessed, but really, I was cursed.

Cursed to become a plaything for a monster.

Cursed to become a prisoner just because I trespassed.

Now, I know nothing.

I am nothing.

I’m just his.


FULL LENGTH BOOK. Please note this is a dark romance and not suitable for people who have triggers. Content included can be hard to read and only recommended for people who like dark romance.

Rock climber and thrill seeking influencer Gemma comes across a blog post that grabs the attention of her adventurous heart and won’t let up until she sets out on her next big, nearly impossible rock climb. This particular adventure seemed doomed from the start. And no matter how well she planned, the ever so prepared Gemma could have never been prepared for the series of ill-fated events that land her smack dab in the middle of a very dangerous situation.

He lives alone in the middle of a forest. Somewhere you wouldn’t think you would find a house, let alone a mansion. When Gemma trespasses, he does the only thing he knows how to do– he reacts as if she is a threat and now hes trying to figure out what exactly to do about this problem she has created. He is quite the enigma. He has many layers and the author ever so cleverly starts to peel them back at just the perfect moments throughout the book.

This is book 1 of 3 and they must be read in order as each book picks up where the last left off. I’m so happy to be able to dive right into the next one because this ending was all sorts of craziness and I need answers like yesterday!





Pepper currently has thirty-one books released in nine languages. She’s hit best-seller lists (USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal) thirty-six times. She dabbles in multiple genres, ranging from Dark Romance to Coming of Age.

After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s an #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller. She’s also honoured to wear the IndieReader Badge for being a Top 10 Indie Bestseller.

After releasing two books with Grand Central, Hachette (Ruin & Rule and Sin & Suffer) Pepper is a Hybrid Author of both Traditional and Self-published work.

For all film and foreign rights please contact Erica Silverman at Trident Media.

Jett & Leighton (On Cravenwood Block #1) by A.D. Ellis

Jett is accustomed to people thinking he’s an intimidating, aloof loner. He doesn’t really mind, even though finding a special connection to someone would be nice. Opening his own tattoo shop on Cravenwood Block is a dream come true, but he isn’t prepared for the determined little ray of sunshine who walks through his door and turns his entire world upside down.

Leighton knows better than to let himself get involved with a straight guy again—been there, done that, got the t-shirt and some stylish baggage he’s been lugging around ever since. However, the moment he lays eyes on the new tattoo artist on the block, he can’t help the instant pull toward the man.

Meeting Leighton throws Jett for a curve. He’s forced to recognize he’s got a lot to learn about himself, and he quickly realizes he actually likes the man he’s uncovering. Leighton knows it’s dangerous to let his heart hold onto hope, but he can’t shake the feeling something good is just around the corner.

Jett & Leighton: On Cravenwood Block is a steamy, opposites-attract, bisexual-awakening, roommates-to-lovers M/M romance featuring a sexy-as-sin tattoo artist and a fresh, flashy barista with a smile that lights up the room.


Jett has just opened the tattoo shop on Cravenwood Block. Leighton has kind of just inserted himself if Jett’s life and if we’re being honest, Jett is starting to look forward to his morning visits from the flirty pretty boy, who smells of dark roast and cinnamon sunshine.

Leighton has lived and worked on Cravenwood Block for a couple of years now. He’s met the new owner of the tattoo shop, a dark haired, dark eyed, inked up beauty, named Jett. He really wants to get to know him. He also really wants him for his roommate. And it’s no secret he wants him in his bed.

Jett proclaims he’s straight and Leighton has been down a similar path before. However, I’m not sure either of them were prepared for what would happen when Jett moved in on Cravenwood Block.

This book had me obsessed from page one! J&L we’re made for one another. While the the path they took to figure that out had me beyond stressed, it was worth it in the end. I cannot wait to meet the next couple on the block!






Escape into addictive, sexy, emotional romance.

A.D. Ellis is an Indiana girl, born and raised. She spends much of her time in central Indiana as an instructional coach/teacher in the inner city of Indianapolis, being a mom to two amazing teens, and wondering how she and her husband of over two decades haven’t driven each other insane yet. A lot of her time is also devoted to phone call avoidance and her hatred of cooking.

She loves chocolate, hot tea, sweet wine with friends, pizza, and naps along with reading and writing romance. These loves don’t leave much time for housework, much to the chagrin of her husband. Who would pick cleaning the house over a nap or a good book? She uses any extra time to increase her fluency in sarcasm.

A.D. uses she/they pronouns.

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Reminders of Him by: Colleen Hoover

A troubled young mother yearns for a shot at redemption in this heartbreaking yet hopeful story from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover. After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself. The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them. The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing.


I finished this book the other day and it keeps replaying in my head. From the first chapter I had a feeling this story would be special and was it ever! I shall do my best to express just how special it was.

Kenna has just been released from prison after serving 5 years for a very tragic mistake. The one thing that has kept her going in prison. Hope. Hope that when she is released from prison she can return to the place where everything went wrong and hopefully meet her daughter.

Her first day in town she stops by a business that was once a bookstore. It is now a bar. Ledger Ward is the owner of this establishment. He’s drawn to Kenna from the moment he lays eyes on her, he has never had this strong of a reaction to anyone. The problem is, Kenna is forbidden fruit that Ledger needs to avoid tasting because if anyone were to find out the 2 of them are growing closer, the consequences could ruin everything.

This story was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. I felt for Kenna. I really hoped for her to find happiness. She definitely deserved that much. Except for a few short months with Him 5 years ago, she has basically been alone her entire life. And it’s been a lonely existence. All she has ever wanted is love and acceptance, but will she ever find it?

Be prepared to read this book in one sitting. I could NOT put it down. It was a unique, original story that made me feel all the feels. Not sure how I will be able to move on from it, but I shall try.





Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of multiple novels and novellas. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.


For more information and for a schedule of events, please visit colleenhoover.com.

To contact Colleen and her team (Her team’s name is Stephanie), please email hooverink@outlook.com

#WOTR23 #attendingauthor #Authorspotlight – A.L. Kessler

A.L. Kessler

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m A.L. Kessler (Amy) I’m a mom of two and we have too many animals. I love coffee and reading especially in the fall when I can curl up under a blanket. I’ve always told stories, but I started pursuing it seriously in high school, back before indie-publishing was a thing. I don’t have a traditional job, my job is being an author and freelancing, and I love it.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

The first and the last book in the series are the hardest! The first book sets up the expectations and the last book better live up to the expectations that you’ve set.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Throw in a dead body? Or two? Honestly, I just throw in crazy ideas and then work them out. I’m a ‘pantser’ so I don’t typically write by outline, so if I have an idea I think will work, I’ll run with it.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t compare your path to others. Everyone’s author journey is different, and if you continuously compare yourself, it’ll bring you down and you’ll get discouraged. Take breaks, drink your water, and remember to stretch.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

I spend about two hours a day on actual writing, then I spend an hour or so on admin work, editing, and other work related things.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

Abigail Collins is one of my favorites (from Here Witchy Witchy) because she gets to say all the things most of us want to say, but shouldn’t.

If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

I’m horrible at picking out celebrities, but for what book, either No More Black Magic or my Children of the Apocalypse Trilogy.

What is your definition of success?

This varies from author to author, but for me success is where I’m at. I’m doing what I love, I’m out of the traditional work force, and this allows me to be there for my kids and all their fun stuff. 

What are your social links?


What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

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#WOTR23 #ARC #NewRelease #ReleaseDay – January is for Jackson by Dylann Crush and Eve London

January is for Jackson

Her mountain man hero must make an impossible choice.


I’ve always been spontaneous, but this time I might have gone too far. Showing up at my brother’s remote cabin to surprise him for his birthday seemed like a good idea. But he’s nowhere to be found, the cabin’s locked up tight, and a snowstorm’s on the way. When his closest neighbor stops by, the gorgeous grumpy mountain man insists on taking me home with him until the storm passes. He’s burly and bossy, but I can tell there’s a kind heart buried under the layers of flannel.


The last thing I need is to be snowed in with my best friend’s little sister. If anything happens between me and the beautiful curvy blonde, he won’t just end our friendship, he might even end me. It doesn’t matter that she’s impossible to resist. The sooner I get her out of my cabin, the better off we’ll both be. But how can I let her go when I know deep down she’s meant to be mine?



Review by Twinsie Angie

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

This is a sweet instalove story that hits all the right spots.

Jackson and the other bachelors in town are being harassed by Ruby. She is going to get those boys married so they can grow the town. She is a sweet lady who everyone knows.  Jackson is grumbling about her idea she concocted without their approval when he sees a curvy woman scared of a wolf.  The scared woman just happens to be Emma, his best friend’s sister AND the woman of his dreams.  Emma is here to see her brother among other reasons when Jackson saves her.

Jackson and Emma get to “keeping each other warm” during the snowstorm but dread how her brother/his bestie will feel after they tell if they tell the secret.

Decisions are made and hearts are broken until someone realizes they need the other to complete their happiness.

Again this is a sweet inst-love story with all the things we romance readers love….I am looking forward to Ford is for February.  I love a friends to lovers story!!

Dylann Crush writes contemporary romance with sizzle and sass. A romantic at heart, she loves her heroines spunky and her heroes super sexy. When she’s not dreaming up steamy storylines, she can be found sipping a margarita and searching for the best Tex-Mex food in Minnesota.

Although she grew up in Texas, she currently lives in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul with her unflappable husband, three energetic kids, a clumsy Great Dane, a rescue mutt and a very chill cat. She loves to connect with readers, other authors and fans of tequila. You can find her at www.dylanncrush.com.


When Eve London was a girl she wanted to be a trapeze artist. Instead, she grew up to be like most women–a juggler–trying to keep bunches of balls in the air. Now she spends her days writing about the kind of men she likes – sexy, shameless, and just a little bit sarcastic.

#TriggerWarnings #DARK #Stalker #NonDub #Trafficking #Duet #Paranormal #Shifters #Series #Veterans #2ndChance #PTSD #Stalker #MC #Siblings #Aliens #arrangedmarriages – Twinsie Angie Top reads from July 2022-December 2022 – Authors are AJ Renee, Tarina Deaton, Sophie Stern, Anne Malcom, H.D. Carlton, SJ Chaynie

My top reads can be found from January 2022-June 2022 HERE

Tarina Deaton, AJ Renee,  Sophie Stern, and Anne Malcom are the attending authors


These are my top reads in no particular order

  1. Cat and Mouse Duet, Haunting Adeline and Hunting Adeling by H.D. Carlton

**Please read the trigger warning before reading!!**  This book is NOT for anyone underage 18.  This is full of mature themes.

Trigger Warning: Book 1 ends on a cliffhanger. This duet is a dark romance that contains graphic violence, dub/non con, and deals with subject matters such as child trafficking and human sacrifice. If you have ANY triggers at all, this may not be the story for you. 

Haunting Adeline Hunting Adeline

Book 1  – Haunting Adeline

The Manipulator
I can manipulate the emotions of anyone who lets me.
I will make you hurt, make you cry, make you laugh and sigh.
But my words don’t affect him. Especially not when I plead for him to leave.
He’s always there, watching and waiting.
And I can never look away.
Not when I want him to come closer.

The Shadow
I didn’t mean to fall in love.
But now that I have, I can’t stay away.
I’m mesmerized by her smile, by her eyes, and the way she moves.
The way she undresses…
I’ll keep watching and waiting. Until I can make her mine.
And once she is, I’ll never let her go.
Not even when she begs me to.

While not required, it is highly suggested to read the novella, Satan’s Affair, first.
Author’s Note: This book ends on a cliffhanger. For CWs, please check the author’s website.

Book 2  – Hunting Adeline 

The final installment to the Cat and Mouse Duet…

The Diamond
Death walks alongside me,
But the reaper is no match for me.
I’m trapped in a world full of monsters dressed as men, and those who aren’t as they seem.
They won’t keep me forever.
I no longer recognize the person I’ve become,
And I’m fighting to find my way back to the beast who hunts me in the night.
They call me a diamond,
But they’ve only created an angel of death.

The Hunter
I was born a predator,
With ruthlessness ingrained in my bones.
When what’s mine is stolen from me in the night,
Like a diamond hidden within a fortress,
I find that I can no longer contain the beast.
Blood will paint the ground as I tear apart this world to find her.
And bring her back to where she belongs.
No one will escape my wrath,
Especially not those who have betrayed me.

Warning: This is the second and final installment to the Duet. You must read Haunting Adeline first.

Book 1 Review HERE

Book 2 Review HERE


2. Stitched up Heart , Combat Hearts Book 1 by Tarina Deaton

Stitched Up Heart (The whole series is AMAZING actually!!!)

As an Air Force medic, Bree Marks saw the worst the War on Terror had to dish out. Now a physical therapist, she uses her experience to help other veterans heal from their physical wounds; while she battles her own emotional damage.

Blaming himself for his best friend’s suicide, former Army Ranger Jase Larken, retreated from life. To honor his best friend’s memory and assuage his guilt, he started an outdoor adventure company to help veterans with PTSD.

Bree had better things to do than catch her cheating fiance in bed with another woman. Jase is something better – for a night at least. For the first time in years, Jase wanted more. When he finds her again, he doesn’t give her another chance to run.

Jase’s protectiveness grates on Bree’s independent nature. She’s dealt with her fair share of alpha-male, door kickers and doesn’t need one telling her what to do now. But as a new danger emerges, Bree and Jase must face their pasts, before someone’s obsession with Bree destroys any chance they have of a future.

Can be read as a stand alone. No cliffhangers within the story.

My review HERE


3. Fierce, Alumbra Pack Book 3


An independent gamma, a logical werewolf, and someone who threatens to tear them apart.

After a few failed attempts to connect romantically with humans, Adira accepts her single life and continues to thrive as the Alumbra Pack’s gamma. When her wolf claims the man across the room as theirs, however, she panics and runs.

While retrieving his sister from the pack who’d saved her, the last thing Luke expected was setting his eyes on his true mate. Unable to return to his pack without Adira, he sets out to woo the fascinating and formidable woman.

Choosing which pack to settle down with should be the biggest trial ahead of them. But when someone sets out to tear them a part, the ever logical and calm Luke learns there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for the woman he loves.

Can he ask her to stay with a target on her back, or will he choose to leave his now-whole family behind?

My Review HERE


4. Sanction : Knights of Paradise MC, book 2 by SJ Chaynie

You have to read book 1 as this is how book 1 ends.

Sanction : Knights of Paradise MC by [S.J. CHAYNIE]

There is nothing I won’t do for my family. The family that took me in, gave me a home, a job, and a brotherhood that I didn’t know I needed. But something was taken from me. Something I have spent years telling myself I didn’t deserve. I’ve spent years breaking her heart, one piece at a time. My loyalty has been to her brother, and her father’s memory. Two men who I could never betray. But things change. She’s in trouble, and even though no one has ever known, she’s always been mine. And now, I’m coming for her.

This is an adult novel intended for mature readers.
Book 2 of the Knights of Paradise MC Series. Does end on a cliffhanger, part of a continuing series.

My Review HERE


5. Grimalkin Needs Brides Series by Sophie Stern

Ekpen: Grimalkin Needs Brid... Torao: Grimalkin Needs Brid... Leo: Grimalkin Needs Brides #3 Ekpen, Torao, and Leo

Epken – 

A planet with more cats than people…
Grimalkin needs brides.

Earth is a dystopian nightmare that’s going to be destroyed very, very soon. Nobody knows exactly when or how, but the threat of destruction looms in the background of everyone’s mind.

Holly is ready to escape from her planet, but there’s a problem: only rich people actually get to leave Earth, and she’s barely got five bucks to her name.

Enter the Grimalkin Bridal Exchange.

The deal is simple: she goes to an alien planet, marries some random dude, and gets to live out her days in luxury and happiness.

Only, the guy she’s paired up with doesn’t want to get married.

And he doesn’t want to get married to her.

In fact, he actually kind of…hates her.

Torao – 

Three months ago, Amena spent one wild night with a man from Grimalkin. He was everything she’d ever wanted or hoped for, but she knows that she’ll never see him again.

She can’t.

When Amena signs up for the Grimalkin Bridal Exchange at the Intergalactic Dating Agency, she expects to be taken to a planet with more cats than people, but she doesn’t expect to see him. It’s Torao. It’s the man she slept with in a field of wildflowers.

But how can this be?

Torao isn’t ready to get married, but he doesn’t have a choice.

Short. Curvy. Soft.

The woman from Earth who practically runs into his arms is everything he never knew he wanted.

But she shouldn’t be here on his planet. She definitely shouldn’t be in his bed keeping him warm. This human has a secret, and he plans to find out what it is.

Leo – 

Leo has been dreaming of getting married his entire life and having someone he can love in spite of everything that’s gone wrong. He was never supposed to be a doctor.His plan had been to become a warrior or a fighter, but when he lost his tail in a freak accident, he knew he needed to choose a career path where he could hide. Being a doctor means he gets to focus on everyone else – no one looks twice at him.

Tamara has been worried about her friends ever since they left Earth. Holly and Amena were both supposed to contact her, but they didn’t. Now it’s up to Tamara to make her way to Grimalkin and find out what’s happened to her best friends. She lost her leg years ago, so she knows she’s not going to be eligible for the bridal exchange, but there are other ways of getting to Grimalkin.

When Tamara is caught stowing away on a bridal transport to Grimalkin, she’s given an impossible choice.

Then she sees Leo, and she realizes that all bets are off.

She wants him.

Like, really wants him.

But is Leo ready to love a human like Tamara?

And is she willing to open her heart to the one person who could crush it?

Ekpen Review HERE

Torao Review HERE

Leo Review HERE


6. Making the Cut, Sons of Templar book 1 by Anne Malcom

Making the Cut (Sons of Templar MC #1)

Gwen Alexandra does not need a man in her life. Especially not a man who looks like Chris Hemsworth and Joe Manganiello’s love child. One wearing leather, riding a Harley, and covered in tattoos.

Gwen can bet every pair of her Manolos that Cade Fletcher is trouble. From the moment she meets him, the attraction sizzles between them. Gwen has a problem when it comes to attractive men in motorcycle clubs. The last one she got involved with almost killed her.

After healing physically, Gwen decides to get a new start in a small town, half a country away from the man who nearly cost her her life. She isn’t in town five minutes when she runs into Cade, a man that is too sexy and dangerous for his own good.

She tries to keep away from him, to ignore the attraction between them. But the biker has other ideas, soon she is in way over her head. Her heart, and her life are in danger once again.

My Review HERE


Want tickets to Writers on the River #2023?

They are available starting November 4th at Writersontheriver.com

$45 VIP SOLD OUT – 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included.

$25 Early Access SOLD OUT – 12-1 VIP house, 1-4 General Admission time. You also get a filled VIP bag but NO admission to the after party.

$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.

$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.