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#WOTR24#CharityAnthology #CoverReveal – Love on the River Anthology

🌷IMPORTANT ATTENDING AUTHORS ANNOUCEMENT 🌷
Love on the River: A Charity Anthology

Love on the River is available for pre-order now: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CPYWFTFL

Brought to you by 20(ish) of your 2024 attending authors, Love on the River is a MASSIVE book with one thing in mind…LOVE. And money for Thistle Farms, of course. 

Our author line up is subject to change, but currently includes stories from: A.D. Ellis, AJ Renee, Amanda Zook, Brandy Slaven, C.A. Harms, Danielle Keil, Darie McCoy, H.D’Agostino, J.M. Walker, Jade Waltz, Jamie K. Schmidt, Jen Talty, Joel Shoemaker, Kate Hawthorne, M.J. Haag, Mellanie Szereto, Miranda Lynn, Molly McLain, Nikki Landis, and Vinni George.

Love on the River will ONLY be available to purchase from April 1 – July 31, 2024 (ebook and paperback). Don’t miss out on this one of a kind collection of stories and be part of Writers on the River history!

Thank you to all of our contributing authors for their time and work, to Eric McKinney for donating a GORGEOUS photo for the cover. But most of all, thank YOU for reserving your copies and helping us raise money to donate to Thistle Farms in 2024.

🕯️Links and Dates:

E-BOOK PRE-ORDER –  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0CPYWFTFL

PAPERBACK ORDERS – https://forms.gle/oarzp1rzBKB1XjHJ7

RELEASE DATE  April 1, 2024

LAST DAY TO BUY  July 31, 2024

🕯️About the Anthology:

2024 is YEAR 9 for Writers on The River and that feels like a great time to break some donation records. Healing With Words is only $22,000 away from donating over $100,000 dollars to Thistle Farms and we’re hoping this anthology can help get them not just over the $100k hump, but also over HWW’s personal goal of a $25,000 donation. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this anthology will go to the charity. 

🕯️About Healing with Words:

Healing With Words is a 501(c)(3) not for profit established for healing survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution. We feel the best way to spread love is to share the love of reading. Through the written word, persons can find an escape and a form of entertainment. Our mission is to bring together readers, authors, and survivors in a positive manner that affects change and relief from negative influences.

🕯️About Thistle Farms:

Thistle Farms is a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. We do this by providing a safe place to live, a meaningful job, and a lifelong sisterhood of support.

#WOTR24 #Review – Baker Down: Magic and Mayhem Universe by A.J. Renee

Bougie Treats was my dream—and is Assjacket’s favorite spot for peanut butter and jelly donuts and chocolate croissants.

After an electrical storm damages my ovens, I’m left scrambling to keep the bakery running. I blame my reaction to the repair man on my earlier-than-normal mornings.

Keeping my growing attraction to the good-looking visitor in check should be easy… except at every turn, the simple repair is delayed by unknown forces.

How is a witch to protect her heart when fate keeps intervening?

Goodreads

Review by Twinsie Kelly

When the hottie that comes to fix your ovens, fries your girly circuits, you invite him to lunch! Cami is having a helluva week. Her ovens stopped working and she is running herself ragged trying to keep up with the bakery. D’Angelo has been called to fix her ovens. However, when one thing goes right, another goes wrong and D’Angelo has to postpone the repair. These two have an instant connection but both of them are trying to talk it down. He has to leave and she has to stay. This just won’t work! Fate, which most of the time has its own laughable agenda, pushes these two together. Oh, and we cannot forget about Ricky! He has to be one of my favorite familiars! Love him!

Baker Down is an adorably funny, super cute, and humorous story! If something can go wrong, it will go wrong, but for the absolute best! Just like with the other stories in this universe, you should expect quirky characters around every corner that will keep a smile on your face.

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AJ Renee is a military wife and mother of three. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

She loves to read and write steamy romance with a happily ever after. When not working, you can find her playing World of Warcraft, board games, or outdoors for a run or hike.

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#WOTR24 #attendingauthor #Authorspotlight #eventsponsor -AJ Renee

A.J. Renee

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hi, I’m AJ Renee. I’m a romance author, mom, and Air Force wife. We currently live in Virginia. I love relaxing with a good book, binging a show, or playing a video game.

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

The first and last books are the hardest. The first requires a lot of building but the last needs to make sure it feels fresh.

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

I try to use real life. Twist things up and spit them out all shiny and new.

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

Keep going, don’t stop, even if you only do it for yourself.

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

When I can focus, about three hours with about two to three breaks.

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

The first one, Sofia in Widower’s Aura. She will always have the favorite spot as she was created to offer a friend who’d passed her happily ever after.

What is your definition of success?

When I figure it out, I’ll let you know.

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.)

Want tickets to Writers on the River #2024?

They are available starting November 6th at Writersontheriver.com

$75 VIP Plus – 11-12 Lunch with the Authors , 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included. *Limited Quantity expected to sell out first day*

$50 VIP -12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included. *Expected to sell out first day*

$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. *Expected to sell out opening day*

$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 #attendingauthor – AJ Renee

A.J. Renee

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hi, I’m AJ Renee. I’m a mom, air force wife, WoW nerd, and a goofball in general.

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

The first book in the series is always the hardest. By the time you finish it you’ve fallen in love with the secondary characters and become eager to learn more about them.

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

In the case of my St. Fleur series I had to make sure each of their conflicts was unique to the characters. If it’s not I lose not only the readers interest by my own. No one wants to read a boring, repetitive book let alone write it.

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

Take your time. Sometimes walking away is the best thing you can do until the fog clears.

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

Three to four hours on a normal writing day, sometimes more.

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

Picking a favorite character is like picking a favorite child! All of my characters are special to me.

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?

Hmmm… I always have a hard time with this question. What about Not Playing fair and Henry Cavill and Jessica Mas.

What is your definition of success?

I’ll let you know when I finally define it for myself. Ha!

What are your social links?

Facebook: https://bit.ly/faceajr
Instagram: https://bit.ly/instaajr
Twitter: https://bit.ly/twajr
Newsletter: http://bit.ly/2bdqx9f
Bookbub: https://bit.ly/BBajr
Goodreads: https://bit.ly/GRajr
St. Fleur Belles Reader Group: http://bit.ly/2bmtFmI

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://bit.ly/ajrenee
Nook: https://bit.ly/nookajr
iBooks: https://bit.ly/ibooksajr
Kobo: https://bit.ly/koboajr

Want tickets to Writers on the River #2023?

They are available starting November 4th at Writersontheriver.com

$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 #TwinsieForTheDayJillian – Not Playing Fair by AJ Renee

Not Playing Fair

BEWARE: Cabin pressure may affect arousal.

Magdalena “Maggie” Perez Rivera

I don’t chase men… not even sexy papi chulos who pop into my life with their charming smiles. I should certainly avoid older ones who turn out to be my best friend’s beloved Uncle Connor. The last thing I need is another protective man in my life, even if I’m craving him.

Connor Hughes

My trip to Orlando is for an interview and to enjoy a short visit with my niece. That’s it. The tempting Latina is the furthest thing I need in my happily single life. To my surprise, the vixen slips under my skin and becomes a permanent fixture in my daily thoughts.

Deciding whether to test our undeniable chemistry may be the least of our worries, because life doesn’t always play a fair hand.

Goodreads

Review by Jillian

Genre: Contemporary/Romantic Comedy

Review: Love me some independent gals and a man who can cook, always a great combo for a great read. I will say, I was super hungry after reading because they were always eating something yummy. Steady romance, a little suspense, and a fun cast of characters. Connor and Maggie only need one more thing to make this romance complete… become members of the Mile High Club!!

AJ Renee

#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

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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

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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

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3. Fierce, Alumbra Pack Book 3

Fierce

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

#WOTR23 #review #shifters – Fierce, Alumbra Pack Book 3 by AJ Renee

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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?

Goodreads

Review by Twinsie Angie

I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

Adira and Luke are pure perfection.  I have been so excited to read the story of Peter’s Gamma finding a mate.  She is a tough as nails female who is very well respected by her pack.  But now her is fearing her fate because he isn’t part of her pack, and he might want a submissive mate.

Luke is Mr. Logical.  He goes to get his sister to take her home from the horrors Peter’s pack saved her from.  When he seems his mate, he can’t leave without getting to know her.

Luke and Adira have a great chemistry.  He loves his strong FIERCE Wife for who she is. He can’t wait to claim her but is afraid she will not want to stay with his pack with his family.  He understands her devotion to her pack, but he wants her with him.

As Luke and Adira are starting to form their connection and strengthen their bond, someone is after her…but why???  The story of who and why made my heart sad.  The result of they who and why also made me feel for Adira and Luke.

I loved the story of the history of the 2 packs and what happens to Adira to help her and Luke stay mated and happy.  It was a great resolution for them.  I also loved the epilogue and how we see the story move forward.  I. AM. SO, EXCITED for the next story.  I sear Lance is going to have his hands full and his heart is going to have to be strong for that female he is mated too.

AJ Renee is a military wife and mother of three. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

She loves to read and write steamy romance with a happily ever after. When not working, you can find her playing World of Warcraft, board games, or outdoors for a run or hike.

#WOTR23 #NewRelease #Review – Fierce (Alumbra Pack Book 3) by: AJ Renee

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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?

Goodreads

Review by Twinsie Melinda

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

I loved reading the story of Adria and Luke. He is so level headed and understanding when it comes to Adria. His wolf not so much he is demanding and Luke has to hold him back in many instances. Adira is the Gamma in the Alumbra Pack and is treated as an equal with respect.

Adria and Luke lay eyes on one another when he is at the Alumbra pack to retrieve his sister and bring her home. The moment Adria sees Luke she knows he is her fated mate and runs. Luke is on a mission to woo her and let her know he is the best mate around. Adria decides to go with him to take his sister home to see his family.

Let’s just say not everyone in Luke’s pack is happy to see Adria. She is powerful and must threaten them because now she has someone after her. Luke is torn between staying with his pack and leaving to stay with Alumbra pack. Can Adria and Luke make things work with someone trying to take out Adria. Will Luke be able to choose between leaving his family behind to keep Adria safe or stay with his pack and keep her safe with someone after her.

I loved Luke he was so understanding when Adria said she wasn’t ready for him to mate her. He was able to stay in control and keep his wolf in check. My heart did hurt for Adria for a second the way Luke reacted when give news by his pack leader. I also loved seeing the bond Adria and Luke’s sister have. Even though, she is Luke’s big sister it is like she is Adria’s little sister. Adria is always protective of her and looking out for her best interest.

AJ Renee is a military wife and mother of three. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

She loves to read and write steamy romance with a happily ever after. When not working, you can find her playing World of Warcraft, board games, or outdoors for a run or hike.

#WOTR22 #Review – Not Playing Fair by A.J. Renee

Not Playing Fair

BEWARE: Cabin pressure may affect arousal.

Magdalena “Maggie” Perez Rivera

I don’t chase men… not even sexy papi chulos who pop into my life with their charming smiles. I should certainly avoid older ones who turn out to be my best friend’s beloved Uncle Connor. The last thing I need is another protective man in my life, even if I’m craving him.

Connor Hughes

My trip to Orlando is for an interview and to enjoy a short visit with my niece. That’s it. The tempting Latina is the furthest thing I need in my happily single life. To my surprise, the vixen slips under my skin and becomes a permanent fixture in my daily thoughts.

Deciding whether to test our undeniable chemistry may be the least of our worries, because life doesn’t always play a fair hand.

Goodreads

Review by Twinsie Kelly

When the chemistry is so intense between people, things are bound to explode! This is a funny story full of passion, love, and of course some conflict. When these two meet, neither are ready for what’s next. The banter between them is hilarious and they certainly didn’t expect to see each other again, let alone expected that Connor was Maggie’s best friend’s uncle. OOPS!!! It is hot and steamy at times but there is a lot of the bumbling around acting like idiots’ moments too. There were a lot of times that I laughed out loud because I could see myself and/or my fiancé being in the same situation but then you have a lot of the awwww moments that capture your heart. This is a fun, lighthearted read that will keep you completely engrossed from start to finish. When things feel too good to make an exit strategy, decisions have to be made to walk away or jump in with both feet. This is an absolute must read!

AJ Renee

#RomanticComedy #ReverseHarem #Witches #Shifters #Paranormal #Dragons #FakeRelationship #dark #Wolves #MC #AgeGap #SiblingBestFriend -Twinsie Angie Top 5….errrr Top 6 from January 2022 to June 2022 – Accidental P*rnstar by Cindy Tanner, Til Death Do Us Part by Mary Martel, Rebel by AJ Renee, The Dragon’s Fake Fiancée by Sophie Stern, Outcast by RL Caulder, and Concede by SJ Chaynie

General Admission tickets are still available for Writers on the River at www.writersontheriver.com

Full list of attending authors can be found on the webpage as well.

Hope to see you there July 16th!!

Now enjoy my top picks from January to June!!  Lemme know if you grab any in the comments!

Angie

All of the authors on this list are attending authors except for SJ Chaynie…maybe some day 🙂

Accidental P*rnstar by [Cindy  Tanner]

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My college career was going great…

Until it wasn’t.

I lost my job, scholarship, and apartment in a trifecta of crap luck.

The last thing I want to do is run back home to my parents with my tail tucked. As luck would have it, my old roommate, Mason Davis, has a compelling—if slightly unorthodox solution—to my financial dilemma.

His suggestion?

A live stream feed of me enjoying a little steamy fun with HIM. The smoking hot guy I’ve fantasized about countless times before.

Surely, a tenacious bookworm like me can figure out how to let go of her inhibitions for one night.

After all, going viral is a good thing… right?

ANGIE Review

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

Lawd ya’ll when Cindy showed me the title for this book I was cracking up. I couldn’t wait to read it. When she asked if I wanted an ARC…legit I jumped. I am so glad I did. This book has so many amazing lines and scenes. I was giggling on my chair on the deck. I legit gave the “Why are you looking at me” stare to my husband when he was all “Lets do something.” UHM NO Jules and Mason are making a PORN! LOL
SO Jules and Mason lived together with a snot and Mason moved out long before Jules. She was all kinds of a mess because on top of losing her housing she needs a job. She is at the club whichis never does and is drinking. She makes a fool of herself a couple times and thankfully Noah is there for them. LOL Jules and Mason reconnect and he offers her a room in his condo. Ya know the one he has also ready paid for. Well the comedy of what happens just needs to be read but needless to say Jules is not about t move in when…again …she has zero place to go.
Jules moves in and then Mason tells her is secret…ya know he does ALLFANS>>>GASP!! I know right!! SO after a quick chat he says he would love to scene with her for a cool $5K. When a girl is down a girl needs to do some drastic measures.
SO Mason and Jules start to blur the line between roommates/dating couple/work mates. They have some misunderstanding, jealousy, miscommunication, and of course a dash of “You trying to steal my girl”!!
The story was perfect. It was a great read and for sure I want a book on Mel and Noah.

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Till Death Do Us Part (An Ariel Kimber Novel Book 7) by [Mary  Martel ]

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Ariel Kimber and her coven are under imminent threat from the Council. They are monsters, without fangs or horns, who hide behind their mantle of power, and they will do anything to get what they want.

The problem is, they want Ariel. They want her so badly that every other person around her is in danger just by being near her.

The Council forgot one very important fact though—Ariel Kimber is no victim. She’s a survivor, and the Council is stupid to think they can simply take her and destroy everything and everyone she loves.

She will do whatever it takes to keep her coven safe, even if she has to go through hell to do it. They are all more than willing to fight alongside her because she’s finally agreed to spend the rest of her life tied to them in every way possible.

They have a lot to fight for.

The goal is to make it to the other side without losing anyone along the way because they want their happily ever after.

And they want to be able to say till death do us part.

But life for Ariel Kimber is never that easy.

And it never will be.

ANGIE’s Review –

I received this book from the author for free for an honest review by that sexy bitch Mary Martel.

Between texting Mary to yell at her and texting her to sob to her…this book was everything fans of the series want to read. There is so much that happens in this book to move the story forward and answer questions but start so many new ones.
I am so afraid to spoiler this book that I am going to keep my review kinda vague in parts. I want you to be just as devasted and excited as I was. Lemme just say prepare for Chapters 14-17 because they are so heavy. My stomach was in KNOT…KNOTS…..tears….heartbreak….guys…so much happens in this part of the book.
Now don’t go thinking the rest of the book isn’t important because LAWD it is. There are so many parts of the book I need to discuss like Rain, Romero, and Isobel. I mean Jesus these 3. The crazy triangle!!!
Can I saw Q and Ariel arguing are pretty epic and as always hilarious for you the reader. Q is my favorite of the coven guys and of course he is an epic fuck up with his girl and understanding when she needs girly stuff. But I love Damien and Jules more this novel. Jules for standing up to Rain and Damien for understanding Ariel and her girl ways. Tyson is the best friend we need and love. Dash…sigh,,,he is just sensitive Dash. The twins made my heart so happy in this book. They open up and really show us how much they love being loved by Ariel. They understand her fears and do everything to let her know she is perfect for them.
The Council…guys…so much shit happens this book and shit will reverberate after shit that happens this book. I am so nervous and excited for what will happen after this book. GAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Vague reviews so as to not post spoilers!!!!!! Its so tough!!! But I need you to be just as devastated and broken as I was!
There was a new character introduced…..friends……your heart….it will be destroyed and yet it will make everything right with the coven. Does that make sense? It will trust me. I loved and hated this character. Loved them because of who they are but hated their back story. If they are involved in the Council it cant be a good one right????
As always I am a needy reader and want so much more. I can’t wait to see what happens next!!!

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Rebel (Alumbra Pack Book 1) by [AJ Renee, Angie Wade]

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He’d long given upon finding his mate, but when he does, is she too broken to trust their bond?
Meeting boys after curfew should have been innocent fun, but it turned Rosalia’s life upside down. Escaping the werewolf compound wasn’t an option, so she did her best to survive the twisted hell she’d been dragged to. Her dreams of having a real chance at life had been smothered by guilt and the realization she was too broken, even if she ever did see her loved ones again.
Peter had nearly given up on finding his true mate, but a mission to rescue a pack member’s sister leads him to Rosalia. If he’d known why she’d been impossible to locate, he would have left the pack in his beta’s care and moved mountains to save her sooner.
He must find the strength to rein in his wolf’s need to claim her and give her the necessary space to heal. Her body, heart, and wolf are at odds, with merely a thin string keeping her tattered spirit from coming apart. Can Rosalia learn to trust Peter, or are the jagged, invisible scars too deep?

Angie’s Review –

I purchased this book.
I LOVED PETER!! I mean I have loved him since meeting him in the Broderick series. You do not have to read the Broderick series to read this book OR the following books in the series BUT I highly suggest it so you understand the relationships.
Peter…he is the best alpha. He loves his pack and those he deems pack like the witches in the Broderick coven. He is fierce in protecting those he loves. He is happy with his life, but he yearns for his mate. He is happy for Brandy and her siblings but…yeah why can’t he find HERE!!! Our calm cool alpha is outta his mind lately and he is not sure WHY. He can’t focus and is just hot tempered which is not Peter. When the pack and the coven go to save some women, he is beyond mad to see his mate there…in the room of abused and battered women AND a sister to Claudia.
Rosalie is the brave one of the group. She has done lots of things that many would find disgusting to survive abuse and horrors. When she realizes they are being rescued and its by her sister, she is overjoyed and then…..she sees him. The large wolf is her mate. She is scared given she has seen how alpha tend to treat women.
Rosie and Peter have a lot to overcome but Peter becomes more the man we know and love. He is doing everything to make sure she knows she is safe and wanted no matter what she as been through. He is doing everything to put her at ease to him and his caring. The waters these two navigate was pretty wicked at times but Peter never faulters. GUYS I loved him even more!!! GAH!! PETER!!!
I am so excited for this series and absolutely love that the Brodericks are just as front and center in this series as Peter’s pack was in their story. But I really wanna know whats up with Xander but Lea and Joel!! EEEEP!!!!
I cannot wait!!

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The Dragon's Fake Fiancée (Shifters of Rawr County Book 6) by [Sophie Stern]

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Cosmo has been living in Rawr County for the last 10 years because he hates himself and wants to be miserable. Dragon Isle was no good for him. Everyone there was too happy and joyful. A dragon like him deserves to be unhappy.

When his family tries to set him up with a childhood friend to date, he blurts out a lie: he’s engaged.

It’s not true.

But when they surprise him with an unexpected visit, he grabs his nearest employee, Athena, and introduces her as his fiancée.

What could possibly go wrong?

Angie’s Review –

I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

Ok here goes. So Sophie is about the most adorable person I have ever met. I have read several of her alter ego books but have been looking to sink my teeth into on of these books but life man…not enough time in the day, right? SO, she offered this ARC and I jumped. Its in a “series” but all the books can be read in any order. I didn’t have any issues reading the 3 or 4th book in the series. Every side character was briefly introduced and then off we went.
Cosmo and Athena…. holy hawt burn. Holy pants melting off…. holy office spankings. Oh yeah you read that right…. OFFICE. SPANKING!
Ok ok so the Office Spanking was to get you hooked now lets really get down to the story, shall we??
Cosmo is a grumpy…..errrr……brooding dragon. His friends are all mating up and he is in love with his secretary who is in love with Benjamin. UGH Gross Benny. Anyway, he looks forward to seeing her every single day. Since she is his paralegal, it does happen all the time.
Althena is head over heels in love with her boss. Ya know, the dragon. She does everything can can to be close to him like going back to school to be a paralegal. She is so afraid of looking like the pathetic girl she is, and maybe in hopes of making him jealous, she makes but a boyfriend.
One phone call and visit from Cosmo’s family changes EVERYTHING for them. Cosmos mom and dad want him to come home to meet another chick to possible settle him down on Dragon Isle to have some dragon babies. Cosmo is not down with this idea, so he throws Athena under the bus and she goes along with it.
I mean they live together for a week and pretend to be getting married. They know so much about the other how can it go wrong?? LAWD the feelings that come rolling off each of them not knowing how the other really feels. The chemistry was so thick but the slow burn…….I almost combusted!!!
This story was sooooo good. I sat and devoured it in a couple hours. Now I need to grab the other books in the series and I am so looking forward to Jennifer, The Red Panda’s book with Lewis!!!

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Outcast (The Pack Prophecy Book 1) by [R.L. Caulder]

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“The arrival of the Prophetess will bring both hope and destruction for the wolves of the world.

She alone will be able to save them–or damn them.”

The dark prophecy that has been passed down since the first pack of shifters is coming to fruition– and I am at the center of it.

An orphaned human taken in by a pack of wolves. The fate of their existence in my hands.

I’ve been treated as the dirt beneath the pack’s paws for years.

Will they be able to accept my new role when my powers surface? Will I be able to forgive them enough to help them?

The bright spot amongst all the turmoil…finding my three fated. Until one of them rejects our bond.

The one thing I know for sure…death is coming for us all, soon, and the person responsible for it? Their betrayal is going to alter the shifter world forever.

I’ll conquer my powers, protect the packs, and live happily ever after with my men, right?

Wrong.

No one is prepared for the vile truths of my visions to come to light.

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Author Note: This book has a 18+ warning and is intended for mature audiences. It is book one in The Pack Prophecy series which will end in a cliffhanger.

Angie’s Review –

I purchased this book and audio,

The narration of the story *Chef’s Kiss* was absolutely perfect. Heather and Jeffrey brought the characters to life 110%. I will be honest in that I LOVE Jeffrey’s audio and when I see his name, I am super excited.

I grabbed this book because R. L. Caulder will be attending a book signing I am going too. She has so many books to pick BUT this one had audio. It was the winner. I gotta admit chance is why I grabbed the book, but I am so addicted to Kira and her men.
I loved the fact this book was kinda a shifter’s version of Cinderella…I mean she is a gross human the Alpha and his wife, Maya, took in. But once the Alpha’s mate was killed by daimoma, he blames her and is keeping her in misery to punish her.
Kira had only known happiness the few years she was with Jameson and his mother, Maya. Once Maya was killed she was only bullied and teases horrible by all the wolves in the pack Jameson and Sophia were the worst ones to her. There was only one bright spot in her day. Milo always would protect her. He has made it clear he has feelings for her, but she knows once the full moon hits when he turns 21 just like the rest of the pack, he will find his mate and forget her. She guards her heart and hopes one day she can find happiness too.
The closer the pack comes to the next full moon, Kira notices Seth, Jameson’s bestie, looking at her like a pork chop. She is angry that NOW he admits he has feelings. Sorry Seth not happening. Kira does as she is always expected to do when the full moon hits and everyone changes….even KIRA!!!??? Milo, Seth, AND Jameson all run to her because they feel the pull to their “Fated Mate”. The wolves all see who for her she is but the men have issue except Milo. Seth soon realizes he needs to listen to his wolf but Jameson…well he is a dick. Mega dick who is so blinded with hatred for Kira.
Kira soon learns she is has the powers to save the shifters but a cliffy happens when she soon discovers what is happening and who is leading the daimoma.
I can’t wait to see what happens next!!!

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Concede: Knights of Paradise MC by [S.J.  Chaynie ]

This book releases TOMORROW July 1st!!

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I’ve spent the last four years in a Catholic boarding school. A very different world from the one I have found myself being forced into. There is a dangerous game being played, and I haven no choice but to be under his protection. He’s the king, and expects me to bow just like all the others. The more he demands, the more I resist. He’s not just too old for me, or just the president of a motorcycle club. He’s my brother’s best friend, and if he wants me as his queen, he better prove he’s worthy enough for me to put on the crown.

This is an adult novel intended for mature readers.
Book 1 of the Knights of Paradise MC Series. Does end on a cliffhanger, part of a continuing series.

Angie’s Review –

I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

First up, I saw a booktok trailer and was like “HEEEEY GIRL” to the authors.  I essentially asked nicely…cough cough begged…..for an ARC of this book.  MC is my JAM and it sounded like something I would love.  It hits all my favs…Best friend’s sibling/age gap/MC.  I was super thrilled when she said YES.  I got the book and downloaded thinking I would get a chapter or two in before I put it down to do housework.  PFT Housework be damned.  Maverick and Tanner had my FULL attention, but I was side eyeing Dom and Dani.  Don’t worry I got questions you two!!

Now I know people are haters for cliffhangers, but I love them.  I really do.  So, I will warn you this is a cliffy but it’s a good one.  Does that make sense?  Prolly not for you cliffy haters.  But for real, I loved it and where it dropped at is a good ending/beginning for the next story.

Ok so Maverick/Zeke and Tanner/Vix.  This book runs you through the gamete.  Tanner starts to story as a wide-eyed boarding school virgin with no idea who her brother is and especially what a MC Club is.  When the story cliffies, we see a strong woman who know what she wants and who she wants.  My favorite scene of the book is when she has had it with Maverick’s shit.  For Real!!  Our girl is over it and she tells him what is up.  It is up to him to make the changes because she is DONZO.  But my next favorite scene is when they are bed shopping for his room…Maverick is a dirty dirty boy!!!  He plays soooo dirty to get what he wants, and that is Tanner!

Maverick is the MC president, and he loves the lifestyle.  He doesn’t think he should settle down and honestly doesn’t really have any intensions.  However, Tanner makes him want more and importantly makes him FEEL more.  The feelings she causes in him are powerful and super confusing to the manwhore.

Now Dom is Tanners brother who is all “Hand off” buuuuut dude uhm you don’t seem to be keeping your hands off Mavericks little sister, Dani.  Pot Meet Kettle!!  I can’t wait to see what happens in book 2.  I think Mr. Dom is getting the much-needed eye opener he needs to claim what his heart desires most!