Cover Reveal: The Pact by Natalie Wrye

The Pact

Chicago Nights Series
by Natalie Wrye
Publication Date: September 18, 2020
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Preorder: Amazon

SAWYER
I have a habit of sleeping with the wrong women.
Just never thought my best friend’s assistant would be one of them.
Giving shy, inexperienced Naomi Silva the best orgasm of her life hadn’t been on my agenda. But fixing my own screwed up love life is.
Unfortunately, my one night with Naomi has convinced her that I can be her bedroom guide—a dating guru to show her the ropes.
I decide I’m game…as long as we keep our little arrangement a secret.
But what happens when my teachings are a little too good? What happens when the only player on the field I want Naomi using her new tricks on…is me?

About Natalie Wrye

Natalie Wrye is a reader, writer and tequila lover best known for writing seductive big city romance and characters whose HEA’s you’ll love rooting for.
A notebook hoarder whose books have been featured on USA Today’s HEA and PopSugar, when she’s not watching Netflix re-runs or yelling at college basketball games on TV, she’s usually crafting sexy suspenseful stories about hard-bodied, take-charge heroes and the strong-willed women who crave them.
She loves it when people get weird with her on IG, NatalieWrye.com or NatalieWrites@NatalieWrye.com.

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Blog Tour: The Hunter And The Bringer Duology by Morgan Straughan Comnick

 


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The Hunter And The Bringer Duology 

Morgan Straughan Comnick


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Title: The Hunter And The Bringer 
Series: The Hunter And The Bringer Duology #1 
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal 



Can the Hunters and the Bringers ever get along? A hunter will protect the masses from a dark world of monsters, but who will be the bringer of light?

Monsters thrive in our world in the shadows of mortal eyes, living to feed. To keep them away from the knowledge of the world, two groups have been formed: The Hunters, who kill all monsters to save mankind, and The Bringers, who see monsters as living creatures and capture them for study. Val Hemmingway is the top-notch agent for The Hunters. Jeremy Darington is the cocky golden man of The Bringers. With two clashing personalities and differentiating views, the two always end up in an argument. But when a new monster threat appears that can lure humans away without being seen, they must put everything aside and work together. Along the way, the discover secrets and embark on a personal journey that can flip the worlds of their organizations.






Title: Monsters And Mortals 

Series: The Hunter And The Bringer Duology #2
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal 



“They protect mortals from monsters. But what now defines a monster has become unclear.”Top agent for The Hunters, Val Hemmingway, and the golden boy of The Bringers, Jeremey Darington, are forced to continue their mission together to locate and stop a homicidal threat from the monster realm and his human puppet. Things are rocky between them as usual as they track down this killing machine through Europe with weapon’s master Galen and timid analyst Kesler. Along this dangerous adventure, storms will brew, monsters will attack, minds will become chaotic, and hearts will shatter, the answers to this mystery changing their lives more than they ever expected or are ready for. Read the conclusion of “The Hunter and The Bringer” duology today.This series is New Adult, so it has content that is 17+.








What does fantasy mean to you? or how would you describe it?- Fantasy reminds me an incredible world, where reality takes a backseat and nothing is impossible.  I believe that you people can do anything.  That’s why we have creative drive and imaginations. 


Where do you get your ideas? I am gifted with an overactive imagination.  But like most authors, I am inspired by the world around me, people in my life, events in my life, and medias that are beloved to me, such as anime, manga, and fairy tales.


What is your writing process like? I work as an elementary teacher in addition to Sunday school, running the anime club at my district’s high school, and also summer school.  I write when three beautiful components come together: inspiration, motivation, and time.  Oh goodness, time managing!  I do outline the goals I want each chapter to achieve and key quotes I plan to use, but I also let the characters lead me in certain situations.  


What advice do you have for writers? First off, go for it! You are a shining star! Only you can write the story in your soul and the world wants to read it.  Don’t know what to write about?  I suggest to my students start with what you know and what you love.


Does a big ego help or hurt writers? In anything in life, if you do your best and have passion in your craft, you should be proud.  However, big egos turn me off when I encounter them in general.  Writers need their fans, people to give them a chance, no matter their experience or level of success.  We should love our work, but be humble and grateful to those who support us, always ready to improve and do our best.


What is your writing Kryptonite? Marketing.  I really should have gotten a business degree with my teaching one.  Actually composing a work?  Transitions can be tricky for me for some odd reason.


Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? I have a story and characters that are begging to come into the world, so I write what my soul has created.  I might take certain scenes into consideration for what readers want, but I allow whatever flows out of my being to show itself.


Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly? Absolutely! If you have something to share and an urge to write, by George, tally ho! 


Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? I have a writing style for sure with each of my series and works, but I also tweak them to have their own voices thanks to the characters and their target audiences.  I just want my audiences to find some happiness or a connection in any of my works. 🙂


If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? Go get a marketing degree! I am partly teasing.  I would tell my younger writer self to not be afraid to write anything you want because you have a rep of being a ‘goody-goody.’  


How did publishing your first book change your process of writing? I learned about the process of editing, truly editing and having to take criticisms for someone who wants your work to succeed, but a manuscript is an author’s baby and at first, you are protective of it.  Over time, I am more willing to listen, but also not afraid to defend something I am passionate about.  Like everything, communication is key to everything.  


What does literary success look like to you? When I have someone come to a convention to see me and beg for my next book or a selfie.  When I have someone draw fan art of my characters or want to marry Umbra or Jeremey or even be like Val or Stary, my heart is so full, my soul complete.  Seeing students I do book talks with come to me timidly to tell me they are starting a story and wanting to write, asking me for any advice or thanking me for not giving up on my dream, it makes me see that I do belong in this world.


Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice? For sure.  I have to get inside other characters’ heads, people I have created from nothing, beings that would not exist without me.  So, I have conversations with imaginary friends in my mind all the time.  And they boss me around and tell me what to do.  Then you have to research types of flamethrowers and how long an intestine would roll out if slashed open then run over by a car and you start to question your morals.  Balancing all this is such a delightful challenge.  How can it not be spiritual? 


What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex? I think fully getting into someone’s head is a challenge.  I am lucky that I have brothers and have always gotten along well with guys, gaining insight to how they would handle certain situations.  I think the hardest part of writing as a guy for me is their lingo sometimes, especially in emotional scenes because I know media puts a lot of pressure on men to be these romantic leads, an unrealistic sappy women (like myself) want!


How do you select the names of your characters? Names are critical to me.  I always am seeking names that are unique, but still fairly easy to pronounce.  And the meanings for the names have to reflect the character, usually their personality or a deeper destiny for them.


If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? I would still teacher, but I also have an interest in voice acting and charity work involving cosplay.  Or a tour guide for Graceland. Elvis is my king.


If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do? Take spelling and grammar a little more seriously earlier in life.  I waited until I was 15, when I decided to try to write a manuscript, that I needed to practice and care for it.


Do you believe in writer’s block? I have this often! It’s when my imaginary friends decide they don’t want to talk to me or proper wording fails me.  It is annoying.

Do you Google yourself? *Shyly raises hand* Guilty.  


What one thing would you give up to become a better writer? Stress! 


What is the most difficult part of your artistic process? We are our own worst critics.  Being proud of your work, the world only you can mold, but still wanting your reader to see all the love and work you put into it.  Knowing what you did was worthwhile.







Morgan was born and raised in the small, yet big enough town of Farmington, Missouri which has magic hidden within it along with bipolar weather. Before she found her path to teaching and the bridge that connects her to writing, she wanted to be a paleontologist, a teddy bear designer, an actor (which she still dreams about, but in anime voice acting form), and an American J-Pop idol. She had been writing since she was six, but never pondered it until her 6th-grade Communication Arts teacher gave her the title “The Queen of Details” and her 9th grade Communication Arts teacher informed her she would make a fantastic book character for HIS future book, where she laughed, but it triggered the question within her “Why can’t I write one?”

When she is not writing, daydreaming, snuggling with her hubby, or trying to educate and inspire young minds at her local school district, Morgan enjoys singing, acting, drawing, playing video games, organizing things, doing goofy voices, confusing people by making them smile with her cute, but unique fashion choices, engaging in social interaction with her friends, family, co-workers, love of her life, and church family, smiling and laughing to burn calories, having ‘me’ time by listening to music and walking, watching awesome TV shows and movies, and collecting adorable plushies, and geeky buttons and keychains along with buying way too many books, graphic tees, and dresses. She is in love with reading as well. Her guilty pleasure, however, is being a full otaku. Anime, manga, cosplay, Japanese culture, and more help identify and inspire her every day, giving her confidence and happiness.

Morgan’s first book, Spirit Vision, fuses Morgan’s love for her hometown and the people close in life, the world beyond life, finding the magic only you can have inside yourself, the power of love and friendship, and of writing in general. She hopes to make Spirit Vision a series and write many more books, sharing her always-on imagination with the world.

She also has deeply enjoyed writing poems and short stories for her two current collections (more to come in the future) and her new adult monster hunter series, The Hunter and The Bringer, being absorbed in the different type of writing style and colorful cast of characters.

Review: Spineless by Autumn Reed

Length: 326 pages

Published: July 9, 2020

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Synopsis

Eight years ago, I believed I’d finally found a place to call home. My mother’s marriage to Vincent Sharpe meant security and three stepbrothers who were already my best friends.

 

But Mom’s mysterious death one week before the wedding turned my world upside down. The day of her funeral, I was whisked away to live with my aunt in Kansas, and I never heard from the Sharpes again…

 

Until a devastating tornado leaves me destitute.

 

Now, Vincent is offering me the opportunity of a lifetime—he’ll pay for my tuition and expenses at an exclusive university. All I have to do is move back in with him and his sons.

 

Knowing this is my one chance to discover what really happened to my mother, I grudgingly accept. But if I thought living in the same house with a potential murderer was going to be my biggest obstacle, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

 

Leo, Hayle, and Tristin Sharpe are no longer the boys I remember. They’re all grown up, with the adult attitudes, tensions, and sex appeal to prove it. They aren’t my problem anymore. Yet, somehow, they keep drawing me into their web of drama.

 

I might be the only person who can fix what’s broken between them. But I don’t trust that they won’t shatter me in the process.

 

 

*The Lonely Souls trilogy is a contemporary reverse harem series inspired by the main characters in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz…except, this version of Dorothy and her friends is a little twisted.

My thoughts 💭

This was an okay read for me. Thea is supposed to be finding out why her mom was murdered by her soon to be husband but she’s not. Vincent was barely in the story but to be an ass but she still didn’t try to find any info or anything. She was more interested in trying to fix Leo, Tristian and Hayle relationship with each other or save Tristan from being set up. I’m not sure if I’ll read the next one.

Review: Somethin’ About That Boy by Lani Lynn Vale

Length:251 pages

Published: June 23, 2020

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: purchased

Synopsis

Banner Spurlock knew the moment that he walked into Kilgore High School and saw Perry Street that life was about to get interesting.

Forced to move due to a problem at home, a problem in the form of his ex-best friend hating him for something that Banner’s father did, Banner doesn’t think very much could improve in his life.

He left his status as king of Benton High School behind and moved to a new school where not only would he have to try out for a new football team and prove himself, but he’d also have to find a place for himself in the hierarchy.

Only, the moment that he arrives, he knows that finding a place for himself won’t be too hard. Especially when his reputation follows him all the way to Kilgore, Texas.

***

Perry Street hates school. She hates her peers—most of them anyway—and she hates her classes. All she wants to do is finish her senior year, graduate, and find a place that will give her a full scholarship so that she doesn’t have to be stuck here forever.

That’s her goal, anyway.

Then she walks into first period, on her first day of her senior year, and sits down. Seconds later, he walks in and changes every single plan she’s ever made.

It isn’t long before Perry starts to fall for the bad boy who doesn’t care who he does and doesn’t impress. The boy makes her heart flutter. The boy makes her want things that she’s never wanted before. Not ever.

The boy brings trouble with him that nearly kills her.

My thoughts 💭

LLV books always makes me cry! I absolutely adored Perry and Banner’s story! They had amazing chemistry and were just perfect together. I definitely recommend reading this!

Review: The Dare by Elle Kennedy

Length: 354 pages

Published: June 16, 2020

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis

College was supposed to be my chance to get over my ugly-duckling complex and spread my wings. Instead, I wound up in a sorority full of mean girls. I already have a hard time fitting in, so when my Kappa Chi sisters issue the challenge, I can’t say no.

The dare: seduce the hottest new hockey player in the junior class.

Conor Edwards is a regular at Greek Row parties…and in Greek Row sorority beds. He’s the one you fall for before you learn that guys like him don’t give girls like me a second glance. Except Mr. Popular throws me for a loop—rather than laughing in my face, he does me a solid by letting me take him upstairs to pretend we’re getting busy.

Even crazier, now he wants to keep pretending. Turns out Conor loves games, and he thinks it’s fun to pull the wool over my frenemies’ eyes.

But resisting his easy charm and surfer-boy hotness is darn near impossible. Though I’m realizing there’s much more to Conor’s story than his fan club can see.

And the longer this silly ruse goes on, the greater the danger of it all blowing up in my face.

My thoughts 💭

The relationship starts off with a dare. Taylor is dared by her nemesis to hookup with a guy she chose. Conor is a well known ladies man but he’s grown tired of the same game and Taylor’s dare is just the game to get him out of his funk. They end up being really into each other and helps each other through their insecurities. I enjoyed their story with the weird starts, breakups, makeups and everything in between! I definitely recommend this!

Review: Wrong Prince by Lilian Monroe

Length: 264 pages

Published: April 28, 2020

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Synopsis

I’m leaving.
Or at least, I thought I was leaving…
…until the future King of Argyle got me pregnant.

It was supposed to be one little sailing trip with a childhood friend.

A final goodbye to the islands of my youth.

It’s never that simple, though, is it?

Because my childhood friend has turned into a full-grown, hot-blooded man, who happens to be the future King.

Prince Theo is tall. He’s commanding.

He’s everything that’s been missing from my life, and he’s not afraid to show me all the reasons I should stay.

…The main reason being him, and the way he makes my thighs clench. 

My cheeks burn. 

My heart thump.

Anytime we’re together, my body and mind are at war.

My body always wins.

Again, and again, and again.

We shouldn’t be together.

I shouldn’t be here at all.

And I definitely shouldn’t be pregnant.

Now, the question is—will Prince Theo still want me to stay when he knows I’m carrying his heir?

Wrong Prince is Book 6 of the Royally Unexpected series. The Little Mermaid gets retold with a dash of accidental pregnancy and a whole lot of heat. Read Books 4 and 5 for the complete story of all the Princes of Argyle!

Note: Previously titled Knocked Up by the Wrong Prince.

My thoughts 💭

This book was okay but it just wasn’t for me. Cara decides to finally do something for herself but a friend convinces her to enjoy one last trip before they go on about their lives. On the trip the discover that they have an intense connection but don’t act on it. Scheming family puts them in a bind and Cara agrees to go on a tour of the kingdom before Theo’s coronation. They finally act on their feelings but don’t tell each other that they want more.

Release Blitz: Friends With Benefits by Nicole Blanchard

Friends with Benefits

Friend Zone Series, #3by Nicole BlanchardPublication Date: June 25, 2020Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Read for FREE in KindleUnlimited: Amazon

Tripp Wilder is more than a friend…..but Ember Stevens is determined not to make him a boyfriend. After a bad breakup, she prefers the sex without the strings and who better to teach her about NSA relationships than her love ’em and leave ’em neighbor, Tripp?It’s the best of both worlds. She gets all the fun aspects of a relationship–the sex, the cuddling, the secrets in the dark–without all the obligations and resentment that go along with it.Ember Stevens is everything he wants……but can’t have. Tripp lost his chance at a relationship with Ember years ago and has settled for being her BFF ever since. Now that she’s on the market again, he refuses to let his second chance with her pass him by.Except she’s not interested in commitment.Stuck between a rock and a hard-on, Tripp agrees to show Ember how to navigate the world of casual sex, but he’s determined to convince her that nothing can go wrong when a friendship comes with a guaranteed happy ending.

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About Nicole Blanchard

Nicole Blanchard is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of gritty romantic suspense and heartwarming new adult romance. She and her family reside in the south along with their menagerie of animals.

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Review: Their Kingdom Come by Logan Fox

Length: 220 pages

Published: April 29, 2020

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Synopsis

We’re ready to die for the sins of our fathers, but is she?

Zac, Apollo, Cassius, Reuben

They told us we were the cure.

That we were special.

That we were pure.

It was all a lie.

We were just like all the others they defiled, abused, neglected.

We formed a brotherhood and vowed to have our revenge. Now no one stands in our way.

No one, except one girl.

Trinity Malone doesn’t know about our past.

She doesn’t have a say in our future.

At least, so we thought.

Until we realized Trinity’s exactly who we were looking for.

She’s our secret weapon.

Soon, she’ll be seeking revenge…

Just like us.

My thoughts 💭

I thought the storyline was interesting but not much happened. Trinity got picked on and the guys scared her…. it didn’t really pick up until you got towards the end. I’m unsure if I’ll read the next one.

Review: Riot House by Callie Hart

Length: 483 pages

Published: April 29, 2020

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Synopsis

They might be richer than gods, but they’re morally bankrupt.

As far as the boys who run America’s most exclusive international academy are concerned, I’m an unwelcome interloper, an inconvenience, and they’re determined to make my life a living hell.

When Wren Jacobi sets eyes on Wolf Hall Academy’s newest inductee, all he sees is an easy mark. A reserved little girl with a target painted on her back. He knows nothing of my troubled past, though. Nothing of my mother’s suspicious death, or the horrific treatment I’ve had to endure at the hands of my psychotic father.

And he has no idea of the lengths that I, unassuming little Elodie Stillwater, will go to in order to break the savage beast who dreams of breaking me first.

There’s a wolf stalking the forests that surround my new school.

Little does he know…

There are far scarier predators lurking out there in the dark.

My thoughts 💭

I enjoyed Wren and Elodie’s story! Wren has a plan in mind for the new girl but once he sees her in person everything changes. Instead of wanting to crush her, he wants to make her happy. He always gets what he wants he just has to make her admit she wants him too. I loved Elodie! She’s been through some stuff but finally has a bit of freedom and a crazy but hot guy interested in her. This book had me interested from beginning to end. I can’t wait to read the next book!

Review: When The Saint Falls by A.D. McCammon

Length: 298 pages

Published: January 16,2020

Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Source: Kindle Unlimited

Synopsis

Thatcher Michaelson is a bully.

Arrogant. Cruel. Ruthless.

And the most attractive guy I’ve ever laid eyes on.

He’s the rebel of Westbrook high, and I’m merely the annoying goody two-shoes he dubbed the saint.

There must be something wrong with me. After nearly two years of dirty looks and constant humiliation, I’m still crushing on the guy who hated me on sight.

Then he kissed me and instead of the ice-cold gaze I was accustomed to, I saw passion burning behind his dark molten eyes.

Violet St. James doesn’t belong in my world.

Good. Kind. Pure.

She’s everything I’m not.

She doesn’t just look like an angel, she is one. And I’ve fought every impulse to make her mine.

But all my efforts went up in flames the second I tasted her sweet lips. My inability to stay away has changed everything.

She’s determined to break down all my walls, but my little saint doesn’t understand the consequences of her actions.

She tells me she’s not afraid of the fall.

But she should be.

My thoughts 💭

This was a pretty good read. Thatcher is a bit of a jerk towards Violet but it’s not really a secret they want each other. Both characters kind of annoyed me at times with Violet being kind of whiny and Thatcher being hot and cold towards Violet. They are in high school so it made sense. I was glad when they finally got their issues sorted. They were good for each other. Overall it was an enjoyable read.