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Her Only Salvation

by J.C. Valentine
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sweet / Clean Romance, Thriller

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Synopsis: Sometimes, relationships can be deadly.

Terri thought she was marrying a strong, loving man, only to find that beneath that handsome face lies something cold, brutal, and dangerous. After years of abuse, her husband takes things a little too far, and Terri finally summons the courage to take matters into her own hands and make her escape.

But freedom comes at a price.

Forging a new life, Terri moves to a new town and tries to forget her past, but she can’t help looking over her shoulder at every turn. When prison bars can no longer hold her husband, and her past comes knocking, Terri finds that the strength to trust again may be her only salvation. When her attractive new boss steps up to the plate and vows to protect her at all cost, she’s inclined to accept…but can she ever allow herself to trust her instincts again?

*Author Note* Her Only Salvation is a bold and enticing storyline with a hint of romance (sensual but not explicit). This book was originally released under J.C. Valentine’s given name and was entitled “Spring Cleaning.”

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EXCERPT

Luke stomped across the floor and poured himself a glass of water. Gulping it down, he placed the empty cup in the small sink basin and turned to survey the room.

Terri didn’t try to make small talk this time, not after what happened the last time. Instead, she cleaned around the human pillar parked in front of the taps. He would have to move sometime, but she wasn’t about to tell him that.

She could feel his eyes on her as she moved about the confined area.

“The police said it was a hit and run.” Luke’s voice was gruff, tortured.

Sensing his need to unburden himself, she put the glass she was cleaning down and met his eyes. “Yeah?”

“Yeah.” He broke eye contact, staring at the shelves of liquor above her head as if deep in thought. Eventually, his gaze shifted back to hers.

“They said since it was on my property, I might be facing a lawsuit.”

Terri rose up straight. “How is that possible? You weren’t the one that ran someone over.” Anger for Luke’s situation had her fisting her hands against her sides.

A shoulder lifted and fell. Luke sighed deeply, as if he were exhausted by the whole ordeal. “It all depends on whether the guy lives or not and how much he can tell the detective about what happened tonight.”

“What do you mean, if he lives? How serious was it?”

Luke smirked humorlessly. “Every hit and run is serious, Terri.”

She raised an eyebrow at that. “Duh. What I meant was…” She shook her head. “Yeah, I don’t know what I meant.” She huffed at her own stupid remark.

Retrieving his cup, Luke poured himself another glass of water. He sipped it slowly, thinking. “The guy was only twenty-one,” he stated, as if that should clarify everything. The look she gave him said it didn’t. “He left my club falling-down drunk, intending to drive home.”

Terri winced. The dram laws said that bartenders, and anyone else who served alcoholic drinks, were supposed to monitor how much was too much for any one customer. If they looked like they weren’t handling it so well, they weren’t allowed to leave unless it was by cab or some other designated driver. It was a good rule that kept a lot of heat off of the Sunset Black.

“Okay, but how can this be held over your head? He never drove away, and they can’t prove the guy who hit him was drunk,” she pointed out “Maybe not, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have some responsibility to make sure my customers make it home safely.” Pushing off the bar, Luke returned his glass to the sink without finishing it. “If he wakes up, he might decide I didn’t hold up my end. If I’m sued, I’ll probably lose this place in legal fees alone.”

“Well what about this driver? Didn’t anyone see who it was? What kind of car they were driving? Anything?” Terri felt desperate for answers. It wasn’t even her business to save, but she felt a kinship with Luke, and that made her concerned with what happened to him in his life.

He had offered her a job when no one else would. She was uneducated and hadn’t worked since the day she married. To top it off, he treated her kindly, something she hadn’t experienced in years, and he was her friend. Those she called a friend she stood behind fully. His fight was now her fight, as far as she was concerned, and anything she could do to keep him from losing his livelihood—his dream—she would do.

“One of the witnesses said they saw a late model blue pickup speeding away. They didn’t get the plates or see who was driving, though. So they probably won’t catch the guy, which leaves just me, unless that boy recovers and gives us something good to go on.” Reaching out, Luke placed a gentle hand against Terri’s cheek. “Hey, you’re all pale. What’s wrong?”

She didn’t know how she could’ve missed it, but her eyes were wide open now. The guy at the club earlier with the broken beer bottle and the driver of the truck in the parking lot responsible for running down one of their patrons…

Shaking now, Terri peered up at Luke hoping he wouldn’t confirm her worst fears. “Who was the victim? The guy they took to the hospital.”

“Terri, I don’t see how—”

“Please,” she pleaded, “I have to know.”

“It was that guy who hassled you tonight. The college kid.”

Terri’s legs crumbled beneath her. Luke’s quick reflexes made sure she didn’t fall. Scooping her into his arms, Luke carried her quickly to his office before anyone noticed what had happened.

Luke place Terri on a very smart-looking sofa in his office. He left her long enough to close the door, then returned, pulling up his desk chair and sitting down to face her.

“Want to tell me what just happened out there?”

Terri shook her head. Words failed her. They were all locked up in her throat. Blood pounded through her veins, making her pulse thunder inside her ears.

Rubbing two fingers across his chin, Luke studied her. “Okay. Do you want to go home, Terri?”

She thought about it. The idea of going back behind that counter, walking around the dark club floors where someone could be watching her, and she’d never know it, terrified her.

“Yes” was all she could say.

“Okay then.” Luke stood and rounded the desk. He slid open a drawer and drew out a set of keys. “I’ll drive you home.”

Terri’s attention snapped back to him. “What about my car?”

Luke held up a hand. “Leave it. I’ll pick you up tomorrow afternoon on my way in. Your car will be fine until you get back.”

Terri didn’t argue. She stood up and let Luke lead her from the office, thoughts of Randy racing through her mind. Had he finally been released from jail? Was he free to come after her now? If he was, would he really do it after all this time? But she already knew the answer to that. Of course he would.

The question now was, would he be waiting for her, ready to run her down the moment she stepped across the protective barrier of the club provided her like he did to that boy?

She could only hope that having Luke by her side would be enough to keep her safe.

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ABOUT J.C. VALENTINE

JC Valentine

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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Dream Like Nothing’s Impossible by S.J. McCoy

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April brought her son Marcus to Summer Lake to escape their old life–to escape her ex husband, Guy. She’s spent the last couple of months building a new life. It might not seem like she has much. She has a job at the bakery, they live in a little rented house, but as far as April’s concerned she has everything she needs. She has Marcus and she has her freedom.

And she has a little crush, too, on Eddie, the drummer with the band at the resort. She knows it’s crazy, what would a guy like him see in a woman like her? When he asks if she’d like to spend some time with him, she knows it’s only because all their friends are coupled up. It’s not much fun being single at the lake, so if the two of them can help each other out, then why not?

Eddie’s tired of the life he’s been living. He’s done the partying and the groupies, and they were never really his thing anyway, they just went with the lifestyle. These days he’d rather hang out at his house on the water, he’d rather fish from the dock or just chill than party. He’d rather get to know April, but he knows a girl like her wouldn’t be interested in a guy like him. Still, Eddie made a promise to her son that he’d teach him to play guitar. The little dude seems to have lived through enough disappointment in his life already. Eddie doesn’t intend to let him down, and if that means he gets to hang out with April, too, then everybody wins, right?

These two are both ready to take their lives in a new direction, but before they can they’ll each have to break free of the past.

The Summer Lake series follows a group of friends from a small lakeside town in the California hills. They have kept in touch over the years and now, in their early thirties, their lives are drawing them back to Summer Lake and to each other.

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Each Summer Lake Romance can be read as a standalone book – no cliff hangers here! Each book contains one couple’s story. However, they are best read in order to get full enjoyment of the underlying story and friendships.

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Book 2: Work Like You Don’t Need the Money Pete and Holly
Book 3: Dance Like Nobody’s Watching Missy and Dan
Book 4: Fly Like You’ve Never Been Grounded Smoke and Laura
Book 5: Laugh Like You’ve Never Cried Michael and Megan
Book 6: Sing Like Nobody’s Listening Kenzie and Chase
Book 7: Smile Like You Mean It Gabe and Renée
Book 8: The Wedding Dance Missy and Dan’s Wedding
Book 9: Chasing Tomorrow Ben’s backstory with Charlotte
Book 10: Dream Like Nothing’s Impossible April and Eddie

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New Cover, Re-release & Giveaway: Trust by J.C. Valentine

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TRUST

by J.C. Valentine
Night Calls#3.5
Publication Date: February 12, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance

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Synopsis: A Night Calls NovellaFollowing his divorce, Felix Sinclair vowed to never commit to a woman again…until he washed up on Poppy Montgomery’s doorstep, proving that sometimes taking the road less traveled pays off.

One night of passion promised a lifetime of happiness, but when Felix begins to grow distant, disappearing for long periods of time without an explanation, Poppy begins to suspect that Felix may not be as committed to her as he claims.

They say the hardest part of love is trusting your heart to someone else, but Poppy is about to find out that sometimes the hardest part may be letting go.

Author’s Note: Please note that while TRUST can be read as a standalone, it is a continuation of Poppy and Felix’s story from STRANDED, book #1 in the Night Calls series.

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Synopsis: Burned, Felix Sinclair has all but vowed never to get seriously involved with another woman as long as he lives. After a long day’s work, Felix is looking forward to getting back to his luxury apartment in the city. When he detours onto a road less traveled in order to shave off some travel time, the last thing he expects is to wind up stranded in a roadside ditch in the middle of a downpour–or to fall into the arms of a beautiful woman.

Recently divorced, jobless, friendless and utterly alone, Poppy Montgomery is struggling to convince herself that single life is what she wants–needs. Then a handsome stranger staggers into her life and sparks fly. Riding out the storm together, their instant connection seems like the perfect opportunity to explore a night of passion, but will one night be enough to satisfy their craving for one another?

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Stranded is the first in an interconnected series of erotic romance. Each book can be read as a stand alone, but you will find that each new character has been previously introduced in some way. As an introduction to the series,Stranded is a novella, but rest assured each new addition will be a full length novel worth sinking your teeth into.

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Synopsis: Mercurial and charming, Tate Larson is a rising author and playboy who has a different woman on his arm every night of the week. Focused on his work, Tate has no plans to settle down any time soon. That is until he meets his pretty new assistant, Piper Donovan.

Desperate to escape the promise of backwater living, Piper ditched her Alabama hometown and never looked back. That was almost two years ago. Now that she is out of a job and her bank account is running on fumes, she’s desperate to find a job, fast. She finds the break she is searching for when she lands a position at Bookish Temptations. A little dancing and a lot of drinks with the girls seem the perfect way to celebrate. After a brief but explosive encounter with a man she was never supposed to see again turns out to be the same man she will be bending over backwards to please, her every instinct tells her to run. But when running means leaving the life she has struggled so hard to create, Piper decides her only option is to continue working for the devastatingly sexy Tate Larson…even if it kills her.

Unable to deny their growing attraction, they struggle to keep their distance in a relationship that requires anything but.

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SURRENDER TO LOVE (NIGHT CALLS, #3)

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Synopsis: After finding herself out of luck and out of love, Patricia Jacobs has written off the male species. No one but her father has ever given her the love and devotion she knows she deserves, and she’s sick and tired of it. Until she collides, literally, with a man whose devastating smile and seductive charm that should be considered illegal, destroys her plans. He’s everything she’s ever dreamed of in a man: handsome, intelligent, successful, they share a love of cars and best of all; he looks at her like she’s his light in the dark. What more could a girl ask for?

Jonathon Bradshaw, destroyed by a past that has haunted his every waking moment for the last five years, isn’t looking for a serious relationship, until he meets Patricia. Sweet, saucy and as hot as the summer is long, Jon can’t deny the draw he has toward her. For the first time, he has hope. Determined to shake the ghosts of his past, Jon focuses on forging a future with Patti, but he’s always been a master at standing in his own way.

When Jon’s past refuses to be forgotten, will Patti be able to live with the truth about the man who’s stolen her heart?

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J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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Hard by S.D. Hildreth

Please enjoy this review from my friend, Susan Sloan Elkins.

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Peyton Price – Given an assignment to write an article on an outlaw motorcycle club, what award-winning journalist would say no? Not me. I had a weakness for bad-boys, tattoos, and men on motorcycles. But Nick Navarro wasn’t a typical biker. He wasn’t even a typical outlaw. Nick Navarro – As president of the Filthy Fuckers MC, when I was offered an opportunity to be interviewed by a local journalist, I didn’t accept for the notoriety or the publicity. I agreed to do it so I could get a shot at the 27 year-old pussy between the journalist’s legs. She had plans to get in and get out, and do so quick. But once I lay claim to something, it’s mine. Until I decide otherwise

 

Hard (Filthy F*ckers MC, #1)

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Jul 09, 2016
it was amazing
Read from July 08 to 09, 2016


What can I say? This book was effin awesome!! I devoured it. Mr. Hildreth never disappoints and this time is no exception. Peyton is a cool chick, a very brave one too. Nick? Well I would want him to have my back anytime. Pee Bee? Hell again Hildreth writes these characters that I want to sit down and have a beer with. The ending?! Effin brilliant!!! I don’t know how you do it, but as long as you do I’ll continue to buy it, devour it and be awed. Thank you for bringing us another wonderful work of art.

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Notorious by K.A. Ware

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I’ve only ever loved one man in my life. I gave him my heart when we were just sixteen, and I never got it back. We were so in love, but it wasn’t enough.
Duty to his family drove a wedge between us. We tried to hold on—secret meetings, hooded glances, and stolen kisses. Proclamations of love whispered into the night. We tried to let our love get us through, but as much as we longed for a life away from everything that stood in our way, we knew it was hopeless.
He was the heir to the DeLuca family throne, and I was just the housekeeper’s daughter. Our lives were never meant to intertwine in a tangle of love, passion, and promise. It was his duty to bring the two most powerful families in Sicily together. A deal struck by two fathers with no regard for the wishes of their children.
It was a different time, a different place, one where compliance was the only option—anything else was a death sentence. I fell in love with the boy, vowed my heart and soul to the man, and was forced to watch as he became a monster. 

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2 Times the Bliss

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Title: 2 Times the Bliss
Series: Dirty Down South #2
Author: Sapphire Knight
Genre: New Adult/College/Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: CT Cover Creations
Photography: Eric Battershell Photography
Model: Kenton Kramer
 Release Date: Coming Soon 2016

Blurb
Nate

Seeing Sunshine Simmons for the first time was shattering to my ego.

It was like popping open an icy cold Coke on a hot summer’s day, my body chilled at the same time it ignited.

But she didn’t even notice me…

Sunshine

The moment he takes his clothes off on stage, it hits me.

Washboard abs, toned pecs, and that fucking V…

All of it- belongs to Nathanial Owens, my ex best friend.
 
Too bad he doesn’t seem to remember me, because I could never forget him.

Excerpt
Copyright Sapphire Knight 2016
There’s no way that’s who I think it is.

“Dude, is that?” Dallas leans in.

“Shhh.” My hand slaps his chest.

Watching the woman cross the street, her curvy hips swing left to right, gaining every male’s attention within eye sight.

“I remember that walk.” My cousin mutters, making me want to really hit him.

“It’s her?”

“Sunshine!” He yells suddenly, causing me to drop to the ground and pretend to tie my shoe.

Fuck. I’m wearing my work boots. No laces.

She glances around quickly, never breaking her stride into the hardware store. It’s enough for me to get a glimpse of her face though. There’s no doubt in my mind anymore; that’s Sunshine Simmons.

My ex everything…
Author Bio
Sapphire Knight is the author of Secrets, Exposed, Relinquish, Corrupted, Forsaken Control and Unwanted Sacrifices. Her books all reflect on what she loves to read herself.

She is a Texas girl who is crazy about football. Sapphire has always had a knack for writing, whether it is poems or stories.

She originally studied psychology and that has only added to her passion for writing. Sapphire has two boys and has been married for ten years.

When she’s not busy in her writing cave, she’s busy playing with her three Doberman Pinschers.

She loves to donate to help animals and watching a good action movie.
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Highland Tides by Chance

I’m honored to have had a part in this book. A wonderful read from start to finish!

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Anna’s best friend was her sister Elle. When the unexpected happens, Anna decides to go through with the trip as planned.

Nothing very exciting ever happened to Anna until she woke up wet, covered in sand, and with a man standing above her.

He is tall. He is strong. He is very handsome.
He makes her mouth water and her body quiver.
Everything has changed,
for better or worse.

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This is the second book in the Highland Chance series. Highlander Hamish finds modern girl Anna washed up on the shore after she falls overboard from a cruise ship. He is intrigued by Anna’s confident manner but someone else also saw Anna on the beach and will stop at nothing until he claims for himself. Will Hamish rescue Anna from the clutches of the evil villain and if he does, is willing to leave her old life behind and take a second chance at life? You’ll have to read the book for yourself to find out.

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I like how this story went thru time and back again. Very suspenseful in places. I just wanted to keep reading. My only issue is with the ending. It leaves you hanging. I have come to several conclusions in my mind. Guess I will have to wait for the next book

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