Release Day! Maryann Jordan’s Picking Up The Pieces – Baytown Boys Book 5


Picking Up The Pieces
Baytown Boys Book 5
By
Maryann Jordan

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Military duty called them away to war zones, but after tours overseas, the group of friends found their way back home as men, seeking the peaceful little seaside town. Now, the band of brothers, together once more, work to provide a place for less fortunate veterans to call home.

Lance Greene. Former military. Current artist…and recluse. Moving to Baytown was a chance to get away and forget. Forget his family’s expectations, forget the friends he lost on his last mission, and try to forget the nightmares that follow him. Staying away from people worked, until he met her. She was bright, happy, and everything he did not want.

Jade Lyons. Elementary teacher. Sea glass collector. New to Baytown, she embraced all the small town had to offer, loving the little town, her friends, her students, and her new habit of early morning walks on the beach to find sea glass. Until she met him. He was overbearing, rude, and everything she wanted to avoid.

But sea glass works magic and when Jade discovers a body, Lance steps up, vowing to protect her.

Can picking up the pieces bring two souls together?

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**The language and sexual scenes in the book are similar to what you would see in an R rated movie, therefore the book is for 18+ readers.**

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Ah, once again I am starting a series at the end and not the beginning. From the opening pages I fell in love with this seaside town. Maryann’s descriptions put me on the beach, with the breeze filling my senses.

Lance as we first meet him is really a jerk. He wants his privacy but oversteps his bounds, in the process, embarrassing and scaring Jade away from the beach. The art he creates, although I can’t actually see it, I can picture in my mind. The pieces of sea glass suspended by intricate wires, moving in the air, sparking like a rainbow.

Jade in my opinion has the patience of a saint, and I loved her right away. Her strength and devotion to her teaching is inspiring. Her friends are loyal and supportive.

One of my favorite scenes is when Lance asks her why she gathers the sea glass.

Finally, gathering her wits, she rushed, “You can fuss and fume all you want, but the truth of the matter is, I like looking for sea glass, but other than giving some to my students for art projects I don’t need what I find.”

“Then why take it? What fascination could you possibly have with sea glass?” he bit back.

Her chest quivering, she stood her ground, staring at the infuriating— and furious— man. Dropping her eyes to the bag of colorful fragments, she wondered how to put into words what was in her heart without him trampling on her feelings. Slowly, she confessed, “Everyone looks at the ocean, but waves come and go. It’s as though nothing changes, if the only thing we do is just stare out at the water. But the beach does change… it’s full of what the ocean decides to leave for us to discover. Like little gifts. Sea glass is…” swallowing, she lifted her gaze back to him, “it’s proof that things can change… for the better. Life can break us into pieces, but we can change, become more beautiful than we were before.”

Lance sucked in a quick breath through his nose, her words striking a chord deep within. Letting his breath out slowly, he wondered how she managed to so eloquently state exactly what he had always thought… both about the waves and the sea glass.

Knowing her words sounded ridiculous, Jade shrugged, adding, “I know you make beautiful things with your glass. I’ve seen them at Jillian’s galleria. I’ve admired them for a while but never knew who made them.”

Feeling foolish in the face of her poetic words about the very thing he cared about, Lance just nodded. “Yeah… okay… thanks. But… uh… you don’t have to get any more sea glass for me. I’m good. I find what I need.”
Maryann Jordan. Picking Up the Pieces: Baytown Boys Series (Kindle Locations 630-644).

I truly loved the way this relationship develops, the slow chiseling Jade does to the walls around him.

But not all is so peaceful in this small seaside town, as murder and mayhem ensues.

Filled with suspense, love, and friends this is a book you won’t be able to put down.

I am going back to the beginning of this series to meet the others in this book in more detail.

5 Contented Purrs for Maryann!

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  Maryann Jordan

As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

I love to hear from readers, so please email me!

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New From Heather Long! Chasing Katie – Brotherhood Protectors/Enigma Inc Crossover – Brotherhood Protection Kindle World


Chasing Katie
Brotherhood Protectors/Enigma Inc Crossover
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Heather Long

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This SEAL is on a mission…

Six weeks after burying his sister and accepting the career ending injury to his hearing, Liam “Angel” Knight begins the hunt for the a witness to the devastating event that shredded his life. His only clue? The purse he was found holding. But he isn’t the only one looking for her…

This woman needs to hide…

Determined to keep her head down, Katherine “Katie” Hennessy hides on her family ranch. When a man arrives, seemingly looking for work, Katie recognizes him as the person who saved her life on that dark, horrible day. Guilt and terror eat her up inside, but Liam’s presence is strangely comforting—he seems to know what she is hiding, and his strength buoys her. Then he tells her he needs her to come back to New York with him, to identify the bombers.   The truth could cost her everything.   Katie holds herself accountable, and the weight of the lie threatens to cripple her. If she tells the truth, it might set her free—and cost her Liam in the same breath. Then the attacks begin, and Liam refuses to leave her side. The man will risk everything for her—can she do any less?

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I love this Kindle World and I look forward to the Releases. Much to my delight Heather Long has contributed to this batch.

If you follow my blog you know how much I love Military and former Military Romances and Heather Long writes some of the best.

Now I warn you now, I started this book in tears. Domestic terrorism is something we all fear and this opens with it. Liam’s sister dies in the explosion, and it becomes a search for answers.

Katie witnessed the bombing and was attacked right after the explosion. She was fortunately rescued from her attacker, but knows a bit more about that day than she should. Terrified she runs and is hiding at her family’s ranch in Montana.

Liam ‘Angel’ Knight is the one who saves Katie from that attacker and he has a few reasons to find her. He was found holding Katie’s purse, his sister died in the bombing and the damage done by the explosion may very well end his military career.

The fun begins when Angel finds Katie this is a favorite scene.

“Who the hell are you?” The huskiness of her voice rolled over him, sexy as hell and reminding him of a classic jazz singer from a movie set in the 20s.

“Angel,” he answered automatically, then before he could add the rest of his name, she blinked as disbelief and horror collided in her expression.

“I’m dead?” Her gaze cut away from him, to stare around the room, before zooming back to him. “Angels aren’t sexy—well unless you’re playing the devil. But that’s not what you said—” She sat abruptly, and scrubbed a hand over her face then winced. “How did I die? The guy who showed up? Was he one of them?”

One of them? Did she mean one of the bombers? Someone else? And as tempting as it might be to play along to extract the information he needed, her stricken reaction demanded he fix it.

“My name,” he said slowly, keeping his grip on the mug and his position solid, “is Liam Knight, Angel is a nickname.”

A flush filled her pale cheeks with color before she covered her face with her hands. “Oh my god. Am I dead? I can’t believe I just asked you that…” And as abruptly as she’d covered her face, she jerked her head up to look at him. “What the hell are you doing in my house?”

The flash fire emotions, and shifting reactions fascinated him. Not that he had time for his fascination. He was here to take her back to New York or at least find out what she knew. “I broke the door in when I heard the shotgun go off.” Absolute truth.

Twisting, she looked toward the front door, then her head tilted and he assumed she could see the hole she’d made in her ceiling. Since no one else appeared in the time since he’d come through the door, he assumed they were alone. He’d much rather have cleared the house, but he’d been curiously reluctant to leave her.

“How the hell did I…”
Heather Long. Chasing-Katie (Kindle Locations 206-220). Kindle Edition.

That started me laughing and there are many more giggles in this book along with the serious issue of someone else being able to find her.

Fast paced with plenty of action and getting to know you as the story makes it’s way to a hell of a climax.

The Brotherhood Protection crew lends a hand as do Mickey and Arizona from Heather’s Securing Arizona (in Susan Stoker’s Special Forces: Operation Alpha, kindle world).

From heartbreaking tears, to laughter, action, suspense and tears of joy this is a don’t miss read.

5 Contented Purrs for Heather

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USA Today bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.

From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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Release Day! Trying the Knot – Honeywell Series Book 3 by JM Madden


Trying the Knot
Honeywell Series Book 3
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JM Madden

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This is the fourth book in the Honeywell series! Yes, this can be read as a standalone, but you’ll have a better read if you follow the series!

Emily Lowell is in a pickle. At her Brother Chad’s wedding shower, her former lover, Jackson, has just shown her exactly how combustible they still are together.

Yes, they made a pact to marry if she hadn’t found anyone else within ten years, but the pact is moot. She’s now engaged to be married to one of the hottest real estate brokers in Houston.

Should she be swayed by the wild heat that Jackson stokes in her, or should she follow the path she’s planned since college?

Jackson may not give her a choice…

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I am a sucker for a good love story and this series has them all over the place. The couples aren’t perfect but who is?

In this book we concentrate on Emily, she is the one Lowell that doesn’t have any interest in staying on the ranch. She has made herself successful in marketing and really loves the city life she’s found in Houston. Engaged to a successful Real Estate agent Neil, a man who still hasn’t come to any of her family events, Emily finds herself questioning that relationship.

Jackson is in my opinion every girl’s dream. He has loved Emily since they first got together eleven years ago. He gave her freedom to fly and now he wants her back, fiancé be damned.

This is a favorite scene, when Emily kicks Neil to the curb.

Emily looked down at herself. She was presentable enough, she supposed. She swung the door open. “Hello, Neil.”

Without even a word of greeting her fiancé stormed inside her apartment. “What the hell were you thinking, Emily? You probably just cost me one of the most lucrative commissions of my career.”

Emily laughed in spite of his anger, swinging the door shut behind him. “I doubt that.”

Neil spun on her, his blue eyes furious. “Why are you laughing?”

“Because Jackson is an old boyfriend of mine from Honeywell.”

His face screwed up into confusion. “Where the hell is Honeywell?”

And wasn’t that the rub. She’d been with Neil for months now and he didn’t even remember the name of her hometown. “It doesn’t matter, Neil. What matters is that I think Jackson was using you to get close to me.”

Neil planted his hands on his hips. “So why didn’t you say something at the restaurant? Why did you have to behave that way?”

Emily shook her head, turning to walk across to the window that looked out over the Houston skyline. “I’m not sure.”

A hard hand gripped her elbow and spun her around. Emily gasped at the unexpected movement. Her own anger began to build. “I can see you’re not going to behave rationally, Neil. Let’s meet up and talk about this after you’ve had a chance to cool off.”

“I’m not going to cool off for a while, Emily. I’ve wasted an entire week with this man, running his Indian ass all over Houston when he wasn’t even going to buy anything. I’ve passed on other potential customers because I was catering to him.”

Rather than let her go, Neil grabbed both of her arms and gave her a shake. “How long have you known that he was here? The entire week?”

Emily shook her head. “Tonight was the first time I’ve seen him in three weeks.”

Neil’s eyes narrowed on her. “In three weeks? Where is the last place you saw him?”

“At my father’s ranch for Chad and Lora’s wedding shower.”

Neil shoved her away, violently enough that Emily stumbled on the dragging length of her long sleep pants. Staggering, she recovered her balance, but her anger surged to an all-time high. “I don’t know why you think it’s okay to manhandle me the way you just did, Neil, but you need to get the hell out of my apartment. And you know what?” Emily scrambled at her hand, ripping at the diamond engagement ring there. She tossed it to him, enjoying watching him fumble to catch it. The chunky diamond fell to the floor and he had to scramble to find it. “What the hell are you doing, Emily? Is this really a big enough issue to cancel our engagement over? This is because I won’t settle on a date, right? We’ll settle on a date.”

Emily shook her head, heaving a sigh, crossing her arms beneath her breasts. “You just don’t understand, do you Neil? It’s not about the wedding date or Jackson or any of it. We’ve been together four months and you still don’t remember the name of my hometown, or the fact that I’m severely allergic to crab, or that I get nauseated in your car when you wear the cologne your ex gave you. It’s the fact that you don’t care enough to take the time to learn any of that. You’re too self-involved to even notice the little things that are important.”

He blinked and frowned, and for the first time her words had apparently sunk home.

“Oh. When you lay it out like that I can see why you would be aggravated.” They stared at each other for a long moment. He spun the ring on his forefinger a couple of times before clearing his throat and jolting into motion. He headed to the door of the apartment, but turned back at the last moment. “I’m sorry, Emily. You’re right in everything you said, and I apologize for that. Maybe we can, uh, grab a drink sometime or something.”

Then he disappeared out the door.
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Of course you know Neil isn’t going to stay away. However, Jackson has more than a few surprises for Emily as the Lowell family prepares for Chad and Lora’s wedding.

Laughter, love, snark, tears, and some very hot scenes kept me from putting this down once I started reading.

I really can’t wait for then next book in the series.

5 Contented Purrs for JM!

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J.M. Madden writes compelling romances between ‘combat modified’ military men and the women who love them. J.M. Madden loves any and all good love stories, most particularly her own. She has two beautiful children and a husband who always keeps her on her toes.

J.M. was a Deputy Sheriff in Ohio for nine years, until hubby moved the clan to Kentucky. When not chasing the family around, she’s at the computer, reading and writing, perfecting her craft. She occasionally takes breaks to feed her animal horde and is trying to control her office-supply addiction, but both tasks are uphill battles. Happily, she is writing full-time and always has several projects in the works.

She also dearly loves to hear from readers! So, drop her a line. She’ll respond.

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My Review of Primani – Primani Series Book 1 by Laurie Olerich


Primani
Primani Series Book 1
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Mica Thomas is an ordinary woman with an extraordinary destiny. As unseen forces shape her future, her only anchor is Sean-the Primani assigned to keep her alive. If he crosses the line, there will be hell to pay.

Sometimes destiny is wrong…

After surviving a year of heartbreaking tragedy, college student Mica Thomas is finally ready to have some fun. Determined to live life on her terms, she sets her sights on the gorgeous mystery man who keeps showing up when she’s in trouble. Intense, cranky, and oh, so sexy, he’s the exact kind of challenge she loves. Romance, adventure, and good friends–She’s living the dream, but this dream is shattered when fate intervenes. When her life is threatened again, this budding psychic is suddenly swept under the protection of an immortal special ops team with a mission too fantastic to believe.

Powerful and ruthless, Sean O’Cahan is a legendary Primani. His job is to disrupt demon activity and protect special humans. When his special ops team is assigned to Mica Thomas, he knows he’s there to guard more than her body. There are plans for her. Plans that’ll change everything she believes if she survives long enough to learn the truth. For the Primani, this is a routine protection detail, but nothing about this woman is routine. Fiercely independent, brave, and sexy as hell, she’s making him crazy. He’s supposed to watch from the shadows, but the more he watches, the more he wants her in ways that break all of the rules.

As their attraction grows, sparks fly and emotions run hot. Sean’s not allowed to mess with destiny, but one moment of weakness awakens a power in Mica that sends her careening down a path towards immortality that no one saw coming.

Accompanied by her demon-hunting Dalmatian, Mica’s pulled into the Primani world of angels and demons until there’s no way out, and she doesn’t want to leave.

Urban Fantasy Romance filled with humor, sexual situations, and intense action sequences.

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I really wasn’t sure about this book when I bought it. Angels and Demons really weren’t my thing, but the premise intrigued me.

Mica seems to get herself into many life-threatening positions, keeping Sean the Primani assigned to her busy. Not only is Mica young, she is also a dare-devil and she has set her eyes on this Primani for more than just protection.

This is a favorite scene when Sean finally gives up the battle of staying away from Mica.

My thoughts exploded like fireworks. Every memory, every thought I’d had about him raced through my head until I made a startling discovery—somewhere along the way, I’d fallen in love with him.

He stroked my lower lip with the pad of his thumb, those beautiful lips of his curling into the barest hint of a smile. Leaning close, he dragged his mouth over the shape of my face once, twice, and again, before whispering against my lips, “If I look into your heart, Mica, what will I find?”

Mesmerized, lost, I whispered, “You. Only you.”
Olerich, Laurie. Primani (pp. 68-69). Kindle Edition.

A rollercoaster of emotions, with danger at every turn as Mica challenges Sean every chance she gets.

Laughter, tears and extreme heat in more ways than one, make this a must read.

5 Contented Purrs for Laurie!

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Laurie Olerich is the author of the Primani and Demons After Dark series. Part romance, part paranormal, part adventure…Three things she can’t live without!

Laurie spent most of her life in the Northeastern United States and in Western Europe. She now lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her son and Dalmatian muse Rambo. In an attempt to re-live her wild and crazy younger years, she lives vicariously through her characters by setting their adventures in her favorite city, New York, and the mountain forests of New England as often as possible.

Before diving into a writing career, Laurie dedicated 20 years to her country by serving in the United States Air Force. Much of her time was spent around men with guns and cool toys…this explains her obsession with both.

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