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New Release - Forceful Intimacy

 

Title: Forceful Intimacy

Series: The Intimacy Series (#3)

Author: Hanleigh Bradley

Release Date: 22nd December 2018

Price: $0.99 (pre-order & release date), $2.99 (normal)

Six months. That’s how long Tallulah Conway has been in my life. It’s not been easy. She’s fought against me every step of the way, she’s fought against loving me, letting me love her, fought against a relationship, fought against our future and then when she finally concedes, when she finally gives in and sees the future I see for us, this happens.
Six months… twenty-six weeks… one hundred and eighty-two days… four thousand three hundred and eighty minutes hours… six months is not enough. Nowhere fucking near.
But what if the future I’m clinging to doesn’t exist?

Hanleigh and several other authors are giving away a bundle of books to celebrate the release of Forceful Intimacy. There are plenty of ways to enter, including purchasing Forceful Intimacy and following Hanleigh on social media. ENTER GIVEAWAY

Hanleigh is a British author. She was born in Scotland but has lived near enough her whole life in the South of England, although she recently moved to the Midlands. Hanleigh loves reading books more than anything in the world; whether it’s reading them or writing them, Hanleigh just can’t get enough.

She relishes in the way authors can create whole worlds with the words they put in their books. She wishes that being an author really was magic, just like Once Upon A Time. Hanleigh absolutely adores Romantic fiction. She first fell in love with literature as a small child reading Dr Zeuss. She then fell in love with romance as a genre when she first read Pride In Prejudice by Jane Austen. She checks every five-pound note for Austen’s face but has yet to find her £50,000 five-pound note. Shame.

Hanleigh is about as English as it’s possible to be, which is highly ironic as she isn’t English at all. She sometimes wishes she could live inside the world that she can create inside her mind, but since that isn’t possible she puts pen to paper and shares that world with this world instead.

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A Bleak December

A Bleak December

by Hanleigh Bradley

 

Author: Hanleigh Bradley

Series: The Fate Series

Release Date: 1st May 2018

Price: 99c

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Inspirational,

Her Christmas list isn't long. It is the shortest it has ever been. She doesn't want a pretty new pair of shoes or a new dress to wear to her work's New Years Eve bash.

All Ella wants is a Christmas Miracle.

With a sick mum in hospital and a little brother at home, she struggles to maintain order in the chaos that is quickly engulfing her. If she doesn't get her miracle will her entire world fall apart? And if it does, who will help her put it back together again?

He’s my boss. That doesn’t stop me though. It doesn’t stop my mind from picturing him naked standing in my shower, water cascading down over his toned, muscular flesh. No. It doesn’t stop my inappropriate thoughts, and it definitely doesn’t stop me having them at the most inopportune of moments. It’s not like I just think about him when I’m lying in bed late at night. No, I fantasise about him during staff meetings, when he’s being a pain in the arse bossing us all around and when he’s reprimanding me yet again for being late.

Do you want to know the worst bit? It’s not the thoughts. I can deal with my dirty mind; it’s always been that way. Dirty thought after dirty thought, wrapped in a world of dirty thoughts. No. The thoughts are fine; it’s the things that come out of my mouth. The actual words that I apparently have an equal lack of control over. Like right now, the whole room has gone silent in shock because of my stupid, big mouth. As if I just said that. I can feel my cheeks redden with embarrassment and my best work friend is laughing under her breath beside me. The bitch.

Tristen had asked me why I was late. It was a reasonable enough question but why, oh, why couldn’t I give him an equally sensible response??? No. Instead, I only went and gave him the most ridiculous cock and bull story known to man.

“Why are you late?” Tristan Riggens, my boss had asked in that deep, authoritative, yet almost disrespectfully uninterested voice of his. It’s a voice that threatens to destroy you while drawing you in, keeping you walking some imaginary tightrope.

“My dog ate a condom.” Why that sentence made it passed whatever filter I have, I will never know. Sometimes my mouth does unexplainable things, embarrassingly unexplainable. It’s a problem I’ve had since childhood and it shows no sign of improving.

The room goes silent, but he doesn’t react at all. His face remains expressionless except I think I can see humour in his eyes, or at least I hope I do. He’s not exactly easy to read and right now I really have no idea what he thinks. “Well, I hope your dog is okay now.”

“He’s absolutely fine.” I’m probably the colour of the Christmas tree in the corner. I think I might throw up my breakfast from the sheer embarrassment that I now feel.

“Someone should call the RSPCA.” A voice says from somewhere behind me.

“You might want to reconsider where you stash your condoms.” Another of my colleagues laughs.

My best friend, the one who’s supposed to be on my side is in fits of hysteria. In fact, she’s laughing so hard she’s close to choking. I hope she chokes.

“Okay.” Tristen tries to divert their focus from me and my condom eating dog, back to the meeting. “New Year – we’ll be having an office party.”

If he thinks talk of a party might divert their attention from my poor imaginary dog, he is wrong and he clearly doesn’t know his team that well. “How on earth did your dog get a hold of a condom?”

“Did it still have the foil wrapper on?”

“Eww, it wasn’t used, was it?”

I’m shrinking into myself. Massively embarrassed. Eyes on the floor. Cheeks burning hot. Head pounding. Heart palpitating. How the hell will I get out of this one? I have an uncanny knack for getting myself into a bit of a pickle and absolutely no skill at getting myself back out again. “That’s enough – I’ve heard more than enough about condoms and dogs for one day. Back to work.” He’s shaking his head as he dismisses us all before leaving the open offices of our floor of the TRW Advertising building. Walking into his office, he closes the door behind himself. Lucky sod. At least he has a door he can hide behind.

“Fuck.” I say under my breath.

“Only you Ella.” Sadie laughs beside me. “I don’t know how you do it.”

“I just open my mouth…” I sigh.

“You don’t even have a dog!”

“I know.” I’m groaning in mortification. “We should get back to work before Tristen gets all shitty.”

“Or worse,” Sadie whispers, “Delos might come out of her office and have at us.”

“As if – Clara’s too nice for that.”

“To you. She hates me.”

“That’s not true.” I laugh gently. The door to Tristen’s office opens once more, and he pops his head out. “Winthrope. Reed. Do I need to find you something to do?”

“No sir.” Sadie nods her head before turning back towards her cubicle.

I move to follow her, but Tristen is still talking. “Winthrope, in here please.”

“Shit.” I grumble before following him into his office. This is the moment when he finally tells me that enough is enough and I need to start being on time, or worse look for a new job. The new job scenario is probably more likely. My tardiness is my biggest failing. I’m lucky I haven’t already lost this job.

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Hanleigh loves books more than nearly anything in the world; whether its reading them or writing them, Hanleigh just can't get enough. She relishes in the way authors can create worlds with the words they put in their books. She loves the way your imagination introduces you to a new world when you read a book. It may well be a world completely foreign to the one you live in. That world is brought to life; inspires you to dream, captivates your imagination, entices your senses.


Hanleigh first took to reading as a small child reading Dr Zeus. She then fell in love with romance literature when she first read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; when she first swooned over Mr Darcy. She's read more books than she can count and owns more books than some libraries.


Although born in Scotland, she sometimes wishes she could live inside the world that she can create inside her mind, but since that isn't possible she puts pen to paper and shares that world with this world instead. There is something addictive about being able to mould your words into something that causes the reader to fall into your mind. When you put pen to paper and create a world, it's exhilarating. Every word has meaning. You know every character intimately. You know every secret, every whisper, every smell, every look; as the author you know the world you created and more so than even the most avid of readers you can get lost in your own creation.

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An Interview With Kim Deister

  1. Where are you from?

Potsdam, NY, but I live on O’ahu in Hawai’i now.

 

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I ‘ve either in or married to the Army since I was 17. I was a linguist in military intelligence for most of my career, trained in Polish and Vietnamese. I’ve also been a tech writer, a web designer, a translator, and a bunch of other stuff, too. I’m also an Army wife married to the love my life (who will be appearing in uniform on the cover of a future novel) and a mom to four boys.

 

  1. Tell us your latest news.

I just released my first novel, Kissing Frogs. I’m in the process of finishing up its prequel.

 

  1. When and why did you begin to write?

I’ve been writing most of my life. It’s always been a bit of an escape for me. I love to read and writing seemed like a natural step!

 

  1. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

About 5 weeks ago when I released my first novel!

 

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

It came from a college assignment, a rom-com short story. My prof loved it and encouraged me to take it all the way.

 

  1. How did you come up with the title?

There’s a line in the book parodying Katy Perry’s song I Kissed a Girl. My MC also has been through her share of frogs on the way to true love!!

 

  1. Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I don’t think that I do. I love all kinds of genres and tend to write the stories I need to tell, rather than be genre-specific.

 

  1. How much of the book is real life experiences based on someone you know, or events from your own life?

A lot of it, actually, except for all the magic stuff. But the family dynamics, the bad dates… that’s all me!

  1. Who designs your covers?

Kennedy Kelly is doing the covers for this series.

 

  1. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Just that love comes at the most unexpected times.

 

  1. Are there any new authors that have taken your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really draws you in?

This is a tough question. I love so many books and authors, so many great stories!

 

  1. Outside of family members, name one person that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Author Jessi Gibson.  She’s been fantastic!

 

  1. Do you see writing as a career?

I definitely do!

 

  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, I wouldn’t. The story is what it is and changing it would change its meaning.

 

  1. Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Quite a bit. How to be more efficient in the writing process, better ways to promote myself.

 

  1. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Oh, wow!  For my leading lady, Emma Stone. My leading man, Colin O’Donoghue.

 

  1. Any advice for other writers?

Listen and learn from those who have the experience.

 

  1. Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you for taking a chance on me.

 

  1. What book are you reading now?

How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland.

 

  1. Do you remember the first book you read?

Little House on the Prairie

 

  1. What makes you laugh/ cry?

Laugh… pretty much anything.  Good comedy, a good pun.  Cry… pain, injustice, others’ sadness.

 

  1. Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Katherine Hepburn. She was such a pioneer for women!

 

  1. Do you have any hobbies?

Learning languages (I’m a nerd!), crocheting, art journaling.

  1. What TV shows/ films do you enjoy watching?

I’m addicted to crime shows and action movies!

 

  1. Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Go back to being a linguist because I loved it.

 

  1. What do you want written on your head stone?

Here lies Kim Deister. She lived life without regret…

 

  1. Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates?

http://kimdeister.com

 

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Kissing Frogs by Kim Deister

*´¨✫) Kissing Frogs by Kim Deister

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Author: Kim Deister

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Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs...

To say that Cassidy's love life has been a hot mess would be an understatement. Bad boys have been just that... bad. Love and fairy tale romance? She's over it. But her family won't give it up, so Operation Marry Cassidy is born, throwing one guy after another at her. So Cassidy has kissed a lot of frogs and not one of them turned into a prince.

But when Cassidy agrees to take care of her niece's beloved pet frog, little does she know just how much her life is about to change...

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