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Book Tour Tuesday: Rough Edges by Elsa Jacobs

Every week we will introduce to you a new book from various book tour companies. This week’s selection comes from Xpresso Book Tours.

Xpresso Book Tours is run by Giselle of Xpresso Reads. She has been part of the blogging community since September 2011 and launched Xpresso Book Tours in October 2012. Currently, Xpresso Book Tours has successfully completed over 800 blog tours and 3,000 promotional events.

This way we get to find out about new books, discover hidden gems, and explore different genres. It’s an opportunity to broaden our literary horizons and dive into captivating narratives crafted by talented authors. Plus, the authors themselves benefit from reaching a wider audience, gaining recognition, and fostering a vibrant literary community. In essence, it’s a truly advantageous and mutually beneficial arrangement – a true win-win kind of situation. And let’s not forget the cherry on top of the bookish cake – the thrilling giveaway awaiting at the end. I mean, who doesn’t adore the chance to win a coveted book or literary treasure? It’s like receiving a little touch of magic, a gift that nourishes our love for literature and fuels our excitement to embark on new reading journeys. So, embrace the joy of discovering captivating books, connecting with talented authors, and indulging in the thrill of a wonderful giveaway experience!

<div style="text-align: center; margin: 0 auto 15px;"> <p> <a href="http://xpressobooktours.com/" target="_blank"> <img src="https://www.xpressobooktours.com/wp- content/uploads/sites/3/2024/05/RoughEdgesBlitzBanner.png" alt="" style="max-width: 100%; height: auto;"> </a> </p> </div> <img src="https://www.xpressobooktours.com/wp- content/uploads/sites/3/2024/05/RoughEdges.png" alt="" style="float: left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0; display: inline-block;"> <p><strong>Rough Edges</strong><br><strong>Elsa Jacobs</strong><br>Publication date: April 25th 2024<br>Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance</p><blockquote><p><strong>Two teenage boys’ shared love for basketball brings their single parents together.</strong></p> <p>Laura Fields, a spirited head nurse, juggles the demands of her work life and the tough work of single motherhood. Her history with relationships isn’t great. But maybe the secret crush she has on a colleague will be different…</p> <p>Bennett Keller, a ruggedly handsome supervisor at the local paper factory, sports inked skin that tells a tale of love, loss, and a vow to never love again.</p> <p>So when their boys become fast friends on the court and off, the parents find themselves seeing a lot of each other. As Laura and Bennett’s lives entwine, they navigate the delicate balance of new love while honoring the memories that shaped them. In Meadows Creek, with its tranquil charm and supportive community, two people find themselves with a second chance at love. But will they take the risk of getting hurt again?</p> <p>Get ready for a love story with a slam dunk!</p> </blockquote> <p style="font-size: 130%; font-weight: bold; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/209181253-rough-edges" target="_blank">Goodreads</a> / <a href="https://amzn.to/3WTgNZC" target="_blank">Amazon</a></p> <p style="text-align: center;">—</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>EXCERPT:</strong></p> <p><em>I wish I had a booty call on speed dial.    </em></p> <p>Amanda hummed, her bright pink lips shining in the low light, and her crystal blue eyes narrowed. “Want to go out and find a big dick to satisfy your craving?”</p> <p>Emily gasped and dramatically fluttered her thick black lashes, but I burst out laughing. My best friend knew me inside and out. It had been years since I had any satisfying manly action.     “I would even take a small, skillful one.” I giggled. “Or we could go shopping for something where I can choose the size.”</p> <p>Amanda snorted. “Last time we went shopping, you bought a toy that made your pussy itch for weeks.”</p> <p>“I’m cursed,” I breathed.</p> <p>“You’re not cursed. One-night stands don’t agree with you; you need more. Someone you’ll see often, who can learn every intricate instruction of your body,” Emily said with a finger raised.</p> <p>“Instruction of my body?” I gritted my teeth. “You make it sound like I’m a complicated spaceship that needs an engineer to operate.”</p> <p>“You are,” Amanda stated.</p> <p>“Fuck you, Mandy.”</p> <p>“I would if I wasn’t married.” She laughed.</p> <p>I snorted. Amanda and Nicole had had an on-and-off relationship since college. They had tied the knot after a decade of breaking up and reconciling. It was a joyous occasion to witness Amanda finally committing to Nicole after years of being scared to get married.</p> <p>“Do you think I’m that complicated?”</p> <p>The question slipped out of my mouth before I sealed my lips. Silence answered me, and damn it be, for shame rose in my gut. I missed having a man the most during those times, my horny times. Since my husband’s death, I hadn’t found a man who brought me to climax.</p> <p><em>    Not a single one.  </em></p> <p>Even though I was open and communicative in the bedroom, I seemed to lack something… or had too much of it? I didn’t see myself as hard to please, but maybe I was wrong.</p> <p>“Babe, it’s not like that,” Amanda responded, but I didn’t believe her.</p> <p>Shame poured over me like acid rain, and I choked back a sob.</p> <p>I was complicated.</p> <p>“Want to go out somewhere new and exciting?” Emily suggested, her radiant smile coating my discomfort with sweetness.</p> <p>“I heard about a place in Albany called The Sultry Lounge where one might stumble across a DTF gentleman,” Amanda added.</p> <p>I sighed and weaved my fingers through my hair, massaging my scalp.</p> <p>I’ll have to go to his place, though. “Okay. Let’s find me some spice for tonight!” I blurted.</p> <p>Looking at myself in the tiny mirror of my compact, I brushed my hair, put on some glossy lipstick, added a touch of mascara, and smiled. I might be as complicated as a spaceship, but I was a damn fine one. A flirty kiss to my reflection later, we were on our way to The Sultry Lounge.<br /> <br class="blank" /></p> <img src="https://www.xpressobooktours.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2024/05/Elsa.jpeg" alt="" style="float: left; margin: 0 15px 15px 0; display: inline-block;"> <blockquote style="margin-top: 15px; margin-bottom: 15px;"> <p>Author Bio:</p> <p>I’m Elsa Jacobs, an indie author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense/thriller. I write unique love stories with a substantial amount of twists, turns, and spices. </p> <p>Let me tell you how it all started. A few years back, I was battling brutal insomnia that just wouldn’t quit. Nights were a blur of characters and plots swirling around in my head, refusing to let me catch some shut-eye. It was maddening. Writing became my escape hatch—I had to get these stories out of my head.</p> <p>In less than a year, I wrote four drafts, all because I needed an outlet for the chaos that was keeping me up at night. Publishing wasn’t even on my radar; I just needed some peace of mind. But then, something unexpected happened. I sent a chapter to an editor, not really expecting much to come of it.</p> <p>But instead of a brush-off, I found myself teaming up with that editor to bring my first novel to life.</p> <p>It was a game-changer. That’s when I decided to take the plunge and share the rest of my drafts, bit by bit, with the world.</p> <p>My stories might have been born out of sleepless nights, but they’ve become my sanctuary, and I hope they become yours too.</p> <p>Cheers,</p> <p>Elsa. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="https://elsajacobsauthor.com/" target="_blank">Website</a> / <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/31418308.Elsa_Jacobs" target="_blank">Goodreads</a> / <a href="https://www.facebook.com/elsajacobs.writer" target="_blank">Facebook</a> / <a href="https://www.instagram.com/elsajacobs.author/" target="_blank">Instagram</a></p> </blockquote> <p><br class="blank" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>GIVEAWAY!</strong><br /> <a class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251235748/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="d04251235748" data-theme="classic" data- template="5655a8e7a10e8a6c420b26cc" id="rcwidget_4szpgr8z">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /> <script src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;">—<br /> <a href="https://xpressobooktours.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img style="max-width: 65%; height: auto; margin-bottom: 15px;" src="https://www.xpressobooktours.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2022/10/Xpresso.png" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;">

Book Tour Tuesday: My Enemy’s Boyfriend (The Seven, #2) by Linda Kage

Every week we will introduce to you a new book from various book tour companies. This week’s selection comes from Xpresso Book Tours.

Xpresso Book Tours is run by Giselle of Xpresso Reads. She has been part of the blogging community since September 2011 and launched Xpresso Book Tours in October 2012. Currently, Xpresso Book Tours has successfully completed over 800 blog tours and 3,000 promotional events.

This way we get to find out about new books, discover hidden gems, and explore different genres. It’s an opportunity to broaden our literary horizons and dive into captivating narratives crafted by talented authors. Plus, the authors themselves benefit from reaching a wider audience, gaining recognition, and fostering a vibrant literary community. In essence, it’s a truly advantageous and mutually beneficial arrangement – a true win-win kind of situation. And let’s not forget the cherry on top of the bookish cake – the thrilling giveaway awaiting at the end. I mean, who doesn’t adore the chance to win a coveted book or literary treasure? It’s like receiving a little touch of magic, a gift that nourishes our love for literature and fuels our excitement to embark on new reading journeys. So, embrace the joy of discovering captivating books, connecting with talented authors, and indulging in the thrill of a wonderful giveaway experience!

My Enemy’s Boyfriend
Linda Kage
(The Seven, #2)
Publication date: May 23rd 2024
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

CAN YOU TELL IF YOU’RE BEING POSSESSED BY A GHOST?

It was no mystery why I hated Genesis Gusano. She liked to take other people’s things. The bitch stole a pair of my cutest shoes along with my favorite necklace and a school paper I’d written, which had nearly gotten me expelled from Haverick University entirely. But the last straw came when she dared to take the one thing I’d been pining over for two years.

Him.

I had craved Hudson Ivey in a way I didn’t even know craving was possible, and that was before I’d learned his dang name.

He had no idea he’d become a possession that two enemies were warring over. All he wanted to do was graduate with his culinary arts degree and become the best chef possible.

But now he’s stuck in Genesis’s sick game until a ghost from his past changes all the rules, possessing him in a whole new, far more dangerous way.

I promised myself I was done with the paranormal life. I was determined to be a normal, everyday, average girl. But I can’t just stand aside and watch him be destroyed. So I guess it’s time for a little Faith to step in and save the day.

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EXCERPT:

“What the hell are you wearing?”

“Huh?” He glanced down at himself, then added, “Oh. Yeah. I had my six-month evaluation at work this evening. Didn’t get a chance to change out of the monkey suit before I had to leave home again.”

I wanted to ask him why he’d had to leave home so unexpectedly in the first place, but…

He was wearing a suit.

Unable to get past that, I backed myself into the nearest wall and stared, basically forced to gawk unashamedly.

“Suit,” I whimpered, no longer operating with brain cells but supercharged by hormones alone.

He sent me an amused squint as he slipped his hand down his tie and stepped close. “Yes, I’m in a suit,” he answered before he grinned suddenly and winked at me. “And I look good in it, too, don’t I? But, uh…” He motioned his finger around me. “Why are you hovering against the wall like that?”

I shuddered, and all my self-discipline crumbled. “To keep myself from doing…this.”

Reaching out, I grabbed his tie and yanked him forward with it, intent to crush his mouth against mine.

But the man had super reflexes. “Whoa. Hey!” he cautioned, slamming his palm against the wall near my face to brace himself from getting tugged all the way in.

Our noses were about five inches apart as he grinned and shook his head. “Down, girl. I thought you were an all-looky, no-touchy kind of stalker.”

“What in God’s name made you think that?” I demanded, scowling slightly as I tugged experimentally on his tie, only to find his resistance firm and unwavering. “I never agreed to that.”

“It’s part of this unspoken thing between us,” he argued, looking amused as his attention strayed down to my mouth.

I scowled. “There’s no unspoken thing between us.”

His gaze shot back up to mine, and when his eyebrows crinkled in a really? kind of way, I started to melt.

“Sure there is,” he murmured in a silken, hot voice that made my freaking ovaries start to sizzle.

And those eyebrows…

Oh God, he was using them on me, and it was the most amazing thing in the world.

I begged him with my stare, pleaded with him to change his mind and just kiss me already.

In return, his features softened. His head swayed toward me, loosening to the pull between us. He was giving in to the idea, I could see it on his face.

So I whispered…

Author Bio:

Linda writes romance fiction from YA to adult, contemporary to fantasy. Most Kage stories lean more toward the lighter, sillier side with a couple meaningful moments thrown in. Focuses more on entertainment value and emotional impact.
Published since 2010. Went through a 2-year writing correspondence class in children’s literature from The Institute of Children’s Literature. Then graduated with a Bachelors in Arts, English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University.

Now she lives with hubby, two daughters, cat Holly, and nine cuckoo clocks in southeast Kansas, USA. Farm girl. Parents were dairy farmers. Was youngest of eight. Big family. Day job as a cataloging library assistant.

Harry Potter House Gryffindor, Patronus White Stallion, character match Hagrid. Supernatural Team Dean. Game of Thrones Team Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister. The Walking Dead Team Daryl. Outlander Team Jamie Fraser. Teen Wolf Team Stiles. Avenger Team Thor…or Hulk (can’t decide). Justice League Team Flash. Arrow Team Stephen Amell. Stranger Things obsessed. Heard Laurel, not Yanny.

Started out reading with the Baby-Sitters Club. Then moved to Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, and LaVyrle Spencer in high school. Now all over the place with her romance reading tastes.

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June 2024 Monthly Book Selection: All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby

7 days of nominations! 7 days of voting!

And now we have a winner for our June Monthly Book Selection.

The Mocha Girl Read June 2024 Monthly Book Selection is All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby.  Take a minute to see what this book is all about All the Sinners Bleed by S.A. Cosby.

Titus Crown is the first Black sheriff in the history of Charon County, Virginia. In recent decades, quiet Charon has had only two murders. But after years of working as an FBI agent, Titus knows better than anyone that while his hometown might seem like a land of moonshine, cornbread, and honeysuckle, secrets always fester under the surface.

Then a year to the day after Titus’s election, a school teacher is killed by a former student and the student is fatally shot by Titus’s deputies. As Titus investigates the shootings, he unearths terrible crimes and a serial killer who has been hiding in plain sight, haunting the dirt lanes and woodland clearings of Charon.

With the killer’s possible connections to a local church and the town’s harrowing history weighing on him, Titus projects confidence about closing the case while concealing a painful secret from his own past. At the same time, he also has to contend with a far-right group that wants to hold a parade in celebration of the town’s Confederate history.

Charon is Titus’s home and his heart. But where faith and violence meet, there will be a reckoning.

MEET THE AUTHOR

S. A. Cosby is an Anthony Award-winning writer from Southeastern Virginia. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Razorblade Tears and Blacktop Wasteland, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was a New York Times Notable Book, and was named a best book of the year by NPR, The Guardian, and Library Journal, among others. When not writing, he is an avid hiker and chess player.

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