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BOOK PREVIEW: The Outskirts by T.M. Frazier

The Outskirts

by T.M. Frazier

The Outskirts

Fear and love are very much the same.

They both make your heart race and your body shake.

They make you tremble and anticipate.

They make you frantic with thoughts that consume.

Embracing fear is the same as embracing love.

It hurts.

It ends.

All is lost.

All can be found again

PROLOGUE

Finn

You can tell a lot about your life by the sounds around you. It’s damn frightening how quickly they can change without warning.

One day it’s the roaring and cheering of a crowd at the local game. The clinking of beer bottles. Flirty feminine laughter.

The next day it’s the sound of a radio being hastily shut off.

Gasps.

The dull thud you’ll never be able to rid from your nightmares.

The screams are followed by the worst of it all.

Silence.

If you listen very closely you’ll be able to hear something else. Something more. A sound so distinctive it can’t be mistaken for anything other than what it is.

The sound of your own heart breaking

CHAPTER 1

Sawyer

I didn’t cry.

Not one single tear.

What kind of person doesn’t cry at their own mother’s funeral?

I don’t know why I was asking myself the question when the answer was a relatively obvious one.

I was all out of tears.

Just like my mother had been.

What I did do was fixate on how much Mother would’ve hated the entire service. Men sat in front while the women stood in the back, as was our church’s custom.

All were dressed in black.

Mother detested black.

“Family is why God put us here on this earth. Family can build us up and family can tear us down. It’s a sad day when we lose a member of our own community, a mother. A wife. One of God’s devoted children,” Reverend Desmond proclaimed.

As many times as he’d met my mother over the years, he didn’t know a thing about her.  Which made sense because he’d never actually spoken to her. Father always did the speaking on behalf of our ‘family’, while Mother and I stood behind him obediently, with our heads bowed and our hands folded. Eyes to the ground.

Eyes always to the ground.

And it was because he didn’t know my Mother that the Reverend’s sermon was generic at best.

Cold.

No personal details of any sort.

What the Reverend did say was that my mother, Caroline Dixon, was where she was always destined to be. Happy and safe in the arms of our Lord and Savior.

A burst of uncontainable laughter flew out of my mouth and when heads turned in my direction I played it off as a sob of grief. Which, although better than laughter, was also unacceptable.

Without even looking up I could feel my father’s fury from the front row, but my outburst couldn’t have been helped. The hypocrisy was hilarious.

Safe in the arms of our Lord and Savior?

The Church of God’s Light believed that suicide buys you a one-way ticket to hell. Sure, they all played it off like it was an accident, but I knew the truth.

Mother wasn’t accidentally hit by that car.

She knowingly, and with purpose, walked in front of traffic that day.

My father either didn’t know, didn’t care, or just didn’t acknowledge the possibility that it wasn’t an accident. But I wasn’t surprised. He had a way of believing what he wanted and expecting others to believe the same. Even if it was all lies.

Even if those lies were about himself.

Like the one about him being an upstanding citizen.

A leader in the church.

A devoted and loving husband and father.

A man of God.

Father played the part well. He looked just like a widower in the throes of grief with his head bowed. When in reality, he was probably trying not to nod off after downing a large portion of a new bottle of whiskey that morning.

“She was an obedient woman,” the Reverend continued.

Obedient? That was the best he could come up with?

My head spun.

The whole truth was that my mother, Caroline Dixon, was someone who rarely smiled. She lived under a roof ruled by constant fear. She rarely left the house. She apologized a lot and often. If anyone was keeping a running tab, ‘I’m sorry’ was the sentence she spoke most often during her life, and even then it was only said in a barely audible whisper to the floor.

A realization hit me so hard I felt like I’d been kneed in the stomach. I doubled over and stumbled backward, muttering apologies to the women I’d knocked into.

Father glanced back and to anyone else, he appeared sympathetic when he flashed me a sad smile.

I knew better.

I could see the fury forming behind his cold eyes. There was no way my outbursts were going to go unpunished.

They never did.

I kept walking backward until I was clear of the tent and the crowd. I dropped to the ground and slid all the way down until my back was flat on the grass and the top of my head was pressed against a shiny granite gravestone.

The revelation I was having would turn out to be the thought that launched a thousand ships. That day my life was changed forever. I made a decision to start down a path there would be no coming back from.

Ever.

But if I kept on living the way I was. The same way Mother had lived. Subservient. Submissive. Abused. Battered. Then that sermon, those very same generic words and lies about a life Mother never lived, would be spoken at another funeral someday.

Mine.


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NOW LIVE: Royally Endowed by Emma Chase

by Emma Chase

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Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.

Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to call him hers.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.


It’s here!

Royally Endowed is the third book in the Royally series. Emma Chase brings us another swoon-worthy royal romance! I cannot wait to read Logan and Ellie’s story.

 

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BOOK TEASER: Exes with Benefits by Nicole Williams

Exes with Benefits

by Nicole Williams

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Who’s excited for Nicole William’s new standalone?

September 17 couldn’t come fast enough! Pre-order links below:

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BOOK TEASER: Wild Card by Karina Halle

Wild Card (North Ridge #1)

by Karina Halle

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I can’t wait to meet Shane and Rachel! These two would surely lit fire under the sheets…

Book synopsis and first teaser posted over here: BOOK TEASER: Wild Card by Karina Halle

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BOOK TEASER: Wild Card by Karina Halle

Wild Card (North Ridge #1)

by Karina Halle

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She swore she’d never go back home.

She swore she’d never see the man who broke her all those years ago.

But you don’t always get to choose your path.

And sometimes that path is as wild and rugged as the heart.

Rachel Waters thought she saw the last of the small mountain town of North Ridge, British Columbia, when she left six years ago. But while her advertising career blossomed beneath the skyscrapers of Toronto, her mother’s sudden illness has the 26-year old returning to North Ridge to care for her, putting her career on hold while dealing with family secrets, regrets and unresolved goodbyes.

Shane Nelson has always been a bit of a wild card. The youngest of three brothers, Shane’s spent most of his life being underestimated and misunderstood. With his quiet intensity, classic good looks and thoughtful demeanor, he’s an enigma on horseback, managing his father’s sprawling ranch on the slopes of North Ridge.

But while Shane remains the quintessential brooding cowboy, complete with an arsenal of inner demons, all of that changes when Rachel steps back into his life.

She was the girl he pushed away.

Now she’s the girl who wishes she could leave.

Despite the odds, Shane will do everything to convince Rachel he needs a second chance that he doesn’t deserve but when the two of them head off into the wilderness together in search of lost cattle, more than just their hearts are at stake.

Whether it’s love or lives on the line, one thing is for sure: always bet on the wild card.

July 27th teaser

Wild Card is the first standalone in an all new series North Ridge by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is coming August 15th. Rough and rugged Canadian mountain brothers? Sign me up!

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NOW LIVE: Tycoon by Katy Evans

Tycoon

by Katy Evans

Tycoon

He wasn’t always this rich. This hot. This difficult.

Aaric Christos was a guy who protected me. Wanted me. Maybe even loved me.

That man is gone.

In his place is the most powerful real estate tycoon in the city.

He’s a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman.

The only one who can save me and my startup from ruin.

It takes every ounce of courage to put my pride aside and ask for his help.

I didn’t expect him to offer it easily.

And he doesn’t.

Instead, he vets me harder than he’s vetted anyone.

Don’t invest in what you don’t know, he says.

He’s assessing every piece of me, to the point I’ve never felt so bare.

I yearn for the boy I once knew, whose touch once craved me.

Putting it all on the line will be worth it, I tell myself.

Until I realize—too late—that some risks are not worth taking.


Tycoon is Katy Evan’s latest office contemporary romance standalone. It is not your usual boss and employee relationship. Aside from a scalding-hot chemistry, Aaric and our mystery girl (I’m not sure if I’m allowed to share her name, sorry!) had a past that makes everything so intense. Welp, I won’t say anything more but read it, read it, read it!

**Five-star review will be up on Friday, June 23rd!

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It’s live, go and meet Aaric!

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