Book To Read If You Like Lauren Rowe

Book To Read If You Like Lauren Rowe

Laure Rowe is a USA Today Bestselling Author of romance novels. Some of her recent popular releases include The Reed Trilogy, The Josh & Kat Trilogy, and The Club Trilogy. If you’ve been looking for some sexy new romance novels, you’ll adore these new books to read if you like Lauren Rowe. Enjoy!


Sweet and Vicious

by Joanna Blake

Release Date: March 20, 2020

The first book in the Margarelli Brothers series by bestselling author Joanna Blake… My brother and I run the mob. I normally don’t mess with civilians but I couldn’t help myself when I saw a beautiful girl in trouble. I had to rescue her. She was out in the cold and at the mercy of guys with bad intentions. I take her home, tuck her in and get on with business. Easy, right? That was until she sees something she shouldn’t have. Something I should kill her for. But I can’t.

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Easy Reunion

by Tracey Jerald

Release Date: March 30, 2020

The new book in A Boudreaux Universe by bestselling author Tracey Jerald… Against her better judgment, Kelsey Kennedy decides to go to her high school reunion. To no surprise, her classmates are just as cruel to her as they were on graduation day. So, she bails and heads to the hotel bar. It’s there that she comes face-to-face with the most painful part of her past… And he doesn’t even recognize her.

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The Best Man

by Winter Renshaw

Release Date: March 23, 2020

I did not know her name, but I heard her laugh, tasted her lips, and felt her skin as I held her. She was my soulmate. Together we watched our children playing in the sand, the warm ocean lapping as the shore behind them. This was our beautiful forever… But then I woke up alone in a hospital room. There was no wife, no kids, and not a single soul waiting for me. That life never existed.

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The Decadent Gift

by Lauren Blakely

Release Date: March 25, 2020

The third book in The Gift Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely… The rules were pretty simple. It was just one weekend. We would play our roles and I would get the info I needed for a secret work project. Then everything would go back to normal. That is what I proposed to handsome, clever, commanding Jake. That is what he said yes to. But that’s not what happened.

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To The Rude Guy in Apartment Five

by J.S. Cooper

Release Date: March 30, 2020

The first book in The Inappropriate Bachelors series by New York Times Bestselling Author J.S. Cooper… To the Rude Guy in Apartment Five, I am glad you are happy with your new apartment but I do not want to have a beer with you. I do not want a naked sleepover. I do not want to make you breakfast. And no, I do not want to know how many accents you can growl during intimate moments.

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Liar, Liar, Hearts on Fire

by Pippa Grant

Release Date: March 24, 2020

The third book in the Bro Code series by USA Today Bestselling Author Pippa Grant… Never borrow pants from your brother, especially if he is a size smaller than you. If you do then all that pressure will short-circuit your brain and you will lie to a woman in a club about your real name. Then you will find out she’s the one thing standing in the way of your dreams.

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THE COLOUR OF MERMAIDS by CATHERINE CURZON & ELEANOR HARKSTEAD

‘He’d survived whatever horror it was that had taken him into the darkness, and she couldn’t stand by and watch it destroy him.’

We really enjoyed the thrilling dark and emotional story in The Colour of Mermaids which is set in Brighton, England. It started quite slow with a steady sensually charged drum of a passionate affair between the dark and mysterious world renowned artist, Daniel Scott and the pragmatic fellow artist and humanitarian, Eva Catesby. Written in third person, it did take us a little while to fully immerse ourselves and emotionally connect to this story. However, we’re so glad we kept going, as what seemed originally quite morose yet artistically sensual, became quite dark and somewhat sinister.

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Interview with Dwai Lahiri, Author of The Mahāsiddha Field

What can you tell us about your new release, The Mahāsiddha Field?

The Mahāsiddha Field is the fruit of 9 years of effort which saw a few starts and stops due to life’s demands. The book is a mashup of multiple genres that are very dear to me — Sci-fi, Fantasy, Indian Mythology, Wuxia (The Chinese Martial hero stories) and Eastern Metaphysics.

It encompasses what I could call my life lessons over the past twenty years, which I hope I have been able to share with the readers in an entertaining manner.

As a person of Indian origin, I grew up on a staple and rich cultural diet based on Indian mythology — the stories of the Gods (Devas), Demons (Asuras) and the tales of their exploits, and how they interacted with the ‘mere mortals’. A very powerful motif that stayed with me from those stories (called Purānas and Itihāsa in Sanskrit and other Indian languages) was the role that the sages (Rishis) played in not just being the guides and teachers of all parties involved (Gods, Demons and Humans), but also as preceptors of the spiritual and metaphysical wisdom of the Indian civilization.

However, over the past three decades, that entire genre of what I call the wisdom traditions seems to have fallen on the wayside — discarded for what people consider a more ‘modern’ worldview. So as part of this book series, I have tried (and intend to continue) to re-imagine the world where these Asuras can come back, and what would befall humanity should such an event occur?

I have also tried to explore the sometimes clichéd topics such as ‘Good vs Evil’ through an Eastern metaphysical lens — Is there such a thing as Absolute Good and Absolute Evil? Can a thing of power become a force for Good or a force of Evil depending on who wields it?

But just to assuage potential readers’ fears about this book (and series) being too intensely cerebral, it really is about action and adventure, time travel, interdimensional portals and wuxia cultivation fantasy. It is about martial adventure, magic set in a dystopian futuristic world with technology gone awry in the wrong hands.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve been an avid reader since I can remember having learnt to read — I devoured multiple series by Enid Blyton when I was in the first and second grade, and progressed on to reading what Indian kids of my generation would read — Hardy Boys, The Three Investigators, various comic books and always the rich and exciting stories of Indian Mythology. My paternal grandfather was an author, actor, visual artist and poet and he encouraged and helped inculcate a love for literature in me. I would credit his influence as the primary one for my wanting to be an author.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

My top five list would be as follows (not in any particular order) —

The River God by Wilbur Smith
The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
Don Juan and the Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda
The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda
Tripura Rahasya (meaning — The Mystery of the Three Worlds, a classic Indian metaphysical novel/text (originally in Sanskrit) — the translated version which I love is by Swami Ramananda Saraswati)

Of course my top 5 keep changing and it is next to impossible to pin books down in any hierarchy — they are all wonderful. All I really care about in a book is whether it can fully transport me into a world created by the author.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

For a literary talk show, I’d love to have Neil Gaiman as my first guest. I am very curious about his interest in Norse Mythology and of course his book ‘The American Gods’. I would like to find out from him his process of research. How deep was his research into a book such as American Gods, and how much Artistic license did he take with the topics?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

For me, the fun starts when I enter the writing ‘zone’ — ideas flow freely, and it is almost as though the story writes itself. Worlds come alive in the words, and something greater than the sum total of my intellect, the time I’ve put in and the words committed to the manuscript is brought to life. I guess that is the same for the creative process across media (as a ‘self-professed’ competent amateur musician, I can relate to that in composition/improvisation aspects in that medium too).

What is a typical day like for you?

I have a full time job in a software company, so my week days are spent in pretty mind-intensive work. After executing my duties towards my family, my evenings and weekends are spent in pursuing my passion for writing (not everyday unfortunately) and also trying to learn the business side of being an Indie Author.

What scene in The Mahāsiddha Field was your favorite to write?

I’ll try to do that without revealing the plot. In the final part of the book, there is a final battle between the protagonists and those who threaten humanity from across dimensions. This was especially fun to write as it involves elements of extremely high level internal martial arts and spiritual mastery.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

The great Indian sage, Swami Vivekananda, who was instrumental in bringing Yoga and India’s perennial philosophy ‘Vedanta’ to the West, called us “children of immortal bliss”. If we understand the meaning of that compliment, we can live without fear of failure (or even success) and become the best version of ourselves. We as sentient beings, carry within us an indomitable and indestructible quality — our Consciousness, which when known in its true form, is the most powerful force in the universe. So in my life, I strive to forever remain a child of immortal bliss — and see the same blissful immortality of consciousness in all of existence.

Dwai Lahiri is the author of the new book The Mahāsiddha Field.

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Interview with John Reizer, Author of The Homecoming

What can you tell us about your new release, The Homecoming?

My latest novella, The Homecoming, is a science fiction story that begins in the year 2036. The Earth faces a natural disaster that alters modern society. The world is thrown into chaos and becomes devoid of the most advanced technology. The United States, China, Russia, and other superpowers are quickly reduced in strength and prominence.

The survivors are determined not to repeat the mistakes of their ancestors as they methodically rebuild society from the ground up. A New World Government is created and runs the planet; it has outlawed the existence of sovereign countries and all acts of war.

As the global community enjoys world peace for the first time in Earth’s history, humans are suddenly contacted by an extraterrestrial race of beings called the Tresantarians. The alien species is mysteriously connected to the people of Earth and immediately offers humanity a fantastic gift. But there’s a catch, and the people of Earth are about to uncover a mind-bending secret about the extraterrestrials that will forever change the way humans view life, the Tresantarians, and most importantly themselves.

I wrote the basic template for The Homecoming back in 2011 and published it as a novelette titled, Tresantaras. In 2020, I rewrote the manuscript and developed it into its current version.

I think the story is unique because of the many underlying societal issues it addresses. Hopefully, the work entertains readers and makes them think about certain things they might otherwise never contemplate.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2. 1984
3. Fahrenheit 451
4. The Giver
5. The Hunger Games

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Don’t be nervous about taking chances in life. I used to be very shy and introverted as a teenager, and if I had it to do over again, there would be certain things in my earlier years that I would approach differently. You learn these valuable lessons as you progress through the journey of life. I think this bit of information would be the best advice that I could give to my teenage self.

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

If I had an extra seven-hours each week, I’d probably spend it working on stories or writing articles for my blog. It never seems like there’s enough time in a day to get these projects done. The extra time would certainly come in handy.

What makes your world go around?

I am a chiropractor who works three days a week in my private practice. On the days I am not seeing patients, I am writing, walking, and spending time with my wife and daughter. These are the people and things that make my life complete.

What scene in The Homecoming was your favorite to write?

The scenes I enjoyed writing the most in The Homecoming take place at the beginning of the book, the first three chapters. I believe they’re an integral part of the story, laying down the crucial background information that is quite essential to appreciate the more character-driven portions of the novella.

I have always enjoyed works of fiction crafted with the right balance of telling and showing. The appreciation I have for this writing style has undoubtedly influenced my writing and the way I design stories.

John Reizer is the author of the new book The Homecoming.

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Interview with Joanna Blake, author of Sweet and Vicious

What can you tell us about your new release, Sweet and Vicious?

Sweet and Vicious is a book I have been itching to write since Luck of the Devil, where the characters were first introduced. Antonio and his brother Vincent only played a minor part in that book, but they got stuck in my brain, demanding my attention. I’ve actually had the covers finished for both brothers for over a year! It is a sweet and dark romance, if that makes sense, thus the title!

What books are currently on your nightstand?

I tend not to read in the genre I am working on so right now it’s To Best The Boys by Mary Weber and The Night Country, the sequel to the delicious Hazelwood by Melissa Albert. I recently finished the Cruel Prince series by Holly Black. I love girl power paranormal fantasy books!

What advice would you give your teenage self?

When I was a teenager I wrote my first romance novel. I did not finish it, however. I would tell her not to wait ten years to try again!

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

An hour? Probably doing all the admin stuff that slips when my creative juices are flowing, which is most of the time!

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

It is going to sound cheesy, but other than my loved ones, it really is my readers. Even after almost six years, I am still thrilled that people want to read my books!

What scene in Sweet and Vicious was your favorite to write?

This book was different for me because the wedding scene came in the middle, not the end. That was because they had no choice but to wed! I love writing wedding scenes and this one was no exception!

Joanna Blake is the author of the new book Sweet and Vicious.

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The Story Behind Easy Reunion By Tracey Jerald

By Tracey Jerald

Behind a podium, I had just finished delivering the words to an emotional speech at a retreat. There was a pregnant pause before the room of people gave me thunderous applause.
My speech was about how I endured bullying for the better part of high school and college, how I came out the other side the person I am, the woman I am, and the love I found through it all.
Above all, I tried to impart upon my audience how I managed to keep the core of my heart whole enough to move on from the daily brutality of bullying to find who I was as an individual. And later, to find love.
That was fourteen years ago this May.
Despite the words I used to encourage others to find bravery within themselves, I have to admit it was an emotional challenge to accept returning to my hometown for my ten-year high school reunion years before. The very last thing I would call it was easy.
Flashforward to last fall. I was approached by Kristen Proby to write in the Boudreaux Universe for Lady Boss Press. My mind immediately played off the word “Easy.” What were some of the things I knew in my heart – aside from love – which weren’t “easy” in my life?
And clear as day, my mind brought me back to the moment when I crossed over the threshold of my high school reunion in a little black dress and heels. My heart began to tremble when I remembered making that first nervous circle around the room.
And that’s how Kelsey Kennedy was born. If you took her at her at face value, you’d imagine she’s a woman who has it all – looks, success, and inner fortitude. What you might not see are the scars she lives with, that she battles every time she looks in a mirror, or worse yet, every time she closes her eyes.
Rierson “Ry” Perrault is someone Kelsey began to trust; he captured her teenage heart when she started tutoring him in creative writing. And in the end, he humiliated her publicly. It’s haunted him, despite the time and distance since the last time he laid eyes on her.
When you first meet Kelsey and Ry, they’ve both arrived at their fifteen-year high school reunion. Each of them is bracing to see the other yet neither of them is ready.
Kelsey is shocked when Ry doesn’t recognize her. But when he doesn’t, she realizes that may be in her favor. She decides to fulfill her girlish fantasies by giving herself one night with the boy she never really got out of her mind before walking away.
The emotional connection between Kelsey and Ry follows them both back to New Orleans, Louisiana which is where they each happen to live. They run into each other a short time later, and with the masks off, a whole new relationship begins.
In a city filled with pure temptation, where all emotions are amplified, the barriers between Kelsey and Ry seem to disappear.
And as their relationship progresses, the lines that separate sinners from saints blur as the truth of what really happened in high school between Kelsey and Ry emerges. It changes the perspective of both of their pasts and directly impacts their present.
When I was done talking fourteen-years ago, I never expected to turn that speech into a book. I never expected my life to take the twists and turns it did. Not all of it has been easy, but every moment of loving has been worth it.
Love is never supposed to be easy. But every moment since that first high school reunion I went to has been worth it.

Tracey Jerald is the author of the new book Easy Reunion.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | March 31

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Willow Rose, Dean Koontz, Amy Engel, Linda Howard, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Romance Books to Read | March 31

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Lauren Blakely, Joanna Blake, Tracey Jerald, Winter Renshaw, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | March 30

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Fern Michaels, Ariel Lawhon, Alexandra Lapierre, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | March 30

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors John Reizer, Dwai Lahiri, Jason Anspach, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Martha Carr, S. Usher Evans, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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