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From USA Today bestselling author Pamela Aares comes Love in the Vineyard, the seventh book in the Tavonesi family series featuring passion, mystery, and well-won love!

A one-night stand brought Natasha Raley the greatest gift of her life—her son. She wants to give him a better life than she had, but a gambling bet lands both of them in a homeless shelter. When the shelter director gives her a ticket to a masquerade ball, Natasha finds herself dancing with the most intriguing and mysterious man she’s ever met.

Adrian Tavonesi is creating a paradise on earth in Sonoma California, determined to be worthy of his vast fortune by making the world a better place. Convinced women only like him for his money and his status, he invents an anonymous relationship with the beautiful Natasha to create a dream world for both of them.

As passion flares into an all-consuming affair, the lies Adrian and Natasha have told each other threaten to ruin everything. Adrian is kind, generous, and sincere—Natasha knows he would be the ideal father for her son. But will her past and the devastating gamble she once made destroy her new world? Or will betting on the truth this time lead to the perfect, ever-lasting love?



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WHAT THE HELL HAD SHE BEEN THINKING? Natasha’s thoughts hammered hard the next morning as she walked the six blocks from Inspire to the Rock Wren Café. Petals from cherry blossoms, blown loose by a gentle breeze, swirled on the sidewalk and danced in the sunlight, but she barely registered the gorgeous April morning.

What had possessed her to say yes? To agree to meet Dumas—or whatever his name was—at a café? To go to a botanical garden God only knew where?

She ordered a black coffee and chose a seat outside in the dappled sunlight. The Rock Wren Café had darned fine coffee. A cup of coffee she could afford. Pastries, no. Not yet. But she’d eyed the croissants as she’d stood at the counter and wished for the day when her choices wouldn’t be so difficult.

She’d said no right off when he’d called. Very clearly. Told him she was busy for weeks.

He’d laughed and said that life required that we make space in our schedules for spring. Otherwise the powers that went to immense bother to conjure up such beauty would be vexed.

She’d had no answer to that.

And then he’d again asked her to go with him to the Asian Botanical Garden. A walk, he’d said. Just a walk.

And she heard herself say yes.

She sipped the coffee, and it burned a trail of heat down her throat. Each time a car pulled up in the parking spaces near the café, Natasha watched as doors opened and drivers stepped out.

What had he looked like? She hadn’t seen much of his face, but she’d recognize his eyes if he were close enough.

And she’d know his smile.

She’d seen his smile in her dreams. She hadn’t had the old dream last night—the dream where her mother insisted that number seventeen would lead to her destiny, the dream that lit a fuse of shame every time she awakened and remembered her foolish gamble. But the sensual, almost magical dream that had replaced it had shaken her to her core.

Her coffee cooled as she sat waiting. Twice she started to get up and leave. Both times she talked her fear down. What harm could there be in taking a walk in a public garden?

A silver sports car pulled up halfway down the block. The door opened. The driver stepped out and ran a hand through his hair.

Even though he wore mirrored sunglasses, she recognized his dark curly hair and broad shoulders. And his height. Not many men were six foot three or so. He ran his hand through his hair again. Maybe he was nervous too.

He looked down the street, saw her, then he smiled and raised a hand in a friendly salute.

Her hormones did a tap dance in her belly, tattooing their glee through her veins. She’d have to have a word with the rascals when she returned home.

He covered the distance between his car and the café in strong, confident strides. Maybe he wasn’t nervous after all. That thought made Natasha’s own nerves spike. No wonder teenagers melted down during their dating years; meeting up with another person was serious business. But this wasn’t a date. It was just a walk. In a botanical garden.


“Forgive me for being late. I was…” He appeared to be searching for a word. His Italian accent made him sound like someone out of a movie. She tipped her head to study him. So maybe she wasn’t the only one who sometimes couldn’t marshal words to her beck and call.

“I was detained,” he finally said and held out his hand. “Adrian.” He grinned. “The impostor musketeer formerly known as Dumas.”

A simple grin shouldn’t shoot heat straight to her belly, so of course it did. She was way out of practice in the realm that involved men. Heck, she’d never been in practice. She’d had relationships with exactly three guys. Well, Eddie didn’t count as a relationship, even though she’d had sex with him. Sex that she’d regretted five minutes after he’d slid off her with a menacing look in his eyes. Eddie had put her off men for years, planted fear when he’d planted his fists. And her two other failed experiences hadn’t done anything to heal those fears.

She battled back her maudlin memories and shook his hand.

He placed his other hand over hers. “Tasha.” His velvet-smooth voice could charm a cobra. “Is it Tasha?”

No. No. No. No. She was not feeling heat charge through her body just from the touch of his hands. She was not melting at a simple touch and the purr of a smooth voice.


Her pulse hammered. And her mouth went dry. He wasn’t Eddie, and she’d be okay. Her pulse hammered faster. Anxiety ripped through her. She wouldn’t be okay. Maybe she should run. She hadn’t counted on being afraid. Maybe she should tell him she’d changed her mind. Maybe—

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Pamela Aares is a USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance novels. Her contemporary series, The Tavonesi Series, explores the lives, loves, friendships and sizzling romances of the Tavonesi family.

Her popularity as a romance writer continues to grow with each new book release, so much so, that the Bay area author has drawn comparisons by reviewers to Nora Roberts.

Pamela Aares writes romance books that she loves reading, particularly those that entertain, transport and inspire dreams while captivating and tugging at the heart. She takes her readers on a journey with complex characters in both contemporary and historical settings who are thrown in situations that tempt love, adventure and self-discovery.

Before becoming a romance author, Aares wrote and produced award-winning films including Your Water, Your Life, featuring actress Susan Sarandon and NPR series New Voices, The Powers of the Universe and The Earth’s Imagination.

If not behind her computer, you can probably find her reading a romance novel, hiking the beach or savoring life with friends. You can visit Pamela on the web at



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Vampires walk among us. Appraising our houses, policing our neighborhoods, crossing our borders. We understand there will be biting and an occasional conversion. These are small sacrifices for the sexy thrill. We do worry about vampires popping up in positions of power. They are evolved, difficult to slay, not as sexy. A backlash grows; but are we far too late?


Victor Thetherson is nearly cured. The treatment buries the charisma and confidence that only vampirism seems able to resurrect, and snuffs his rekindled love affair with ex-wife Barbara. Victor can’t trust himself as a vampire and doesn’t want to live with himself otherwise.


Eugene Foreman dispenses wisdom on his Sage Slayer site, offs vamps when convenient, and romances Victor and Barbara’s daughter, Amberly. His sensei, the Civil War Soldier, begs Eugene to slay Victor before he realizes his deadly inheritance.


Victor versus Eugene, round two in an ancient war. With Morbius Reborn, our time at the top of the food chain is coming to an end.




What initially got you interested in writing?


Jason: I was initially interested in Allan. He was interested in writing. So that interested me.


Allan: Jason is such a storyteller. But yes I was interested, what can I tell you. I wrote in his coffeeshop and listened to him entertain customers with reckless tales from his youth, and from his adulthood. So one day I sez to him, “Hey coffee jockey, you should write down some of those stories. In case you…you know…”


Jason: “Move?” I said. But I knew what he meant. Allan was afraid I’d find some other writer to get with.


How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author?


Allan: The book clubs did it. First, making 12 copies of our book at Kinko’s got to be a drag.


Jason: On the bright side, it encouraged us to cut our word count. Printing War & Peace is expensive.


Allan: And then the feedback we were receiving told us we were on to something.


Jason: We have guest-hosted 10 different book clubs for our various novels. Initially, we were afraid we would only receive watered-down compliments. But it turns out book club women will tell you exactly what they think. To your face.


Allan: We were running 80:20 positive. We figured that’s about as good as it gets.


What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?


Jason: The same thing we take away from writing them. The thrill of a great story.


Allan: We’re immersed in the worlds we create. That’s one of the great things about writing together – always having someone eager to talk about the story lines and speculate which way things are going to go. Vampire Vic is our first trilogy or series and we have grooved on the opportunity to expand and explore this world.


What do you find most rewarding about writing?


Jason: Getting a ‘wow’ from Allan.


Allan: Wow, I didn’t know you felt that way.


Jason: Ah, that felt good.


Allan: Nice – are you reliving a moment?


Jason: No, you wow’d me just now.


Allan: I did? Wow. Was it something I wrote?


Jason: Nope. But you definitely make me say ‘wow’ with some of your scenes.


Allan: Well thank you. That is very rewarding.


What do you find most challenging about writing?


Jason: Time. A lot of people would love to write a novel. But making time is a killer. Allan helps me “make” time. Some role-modeling, a bit of public shame, and lots of nagging. “Alright, honey! You’ll have my chapter in the morning!”


Allan: For me? Not blowing up when Jason edits a scene I wrote. I have ’Nam-like flashbacks to English comp when I’d get my paper back with all those red marks.


Jason: Allan has led a very sheltered life. Sometimes his analogies are inappropriate, I apologize. There is nothing ’Nam-like about our writing process.


Allan: I feel like I just got my chapter back, thick with red marks. Like blood, Jason, this interview is covered in blood!


Jason: Okay I will use a blue pen from now on.


What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?


Jason: Get a writing partner. Honestly, it’s the only way to go.


Allan: Twice the creativity, double the output. Your own built-in focus group.


Jason: Actually you should come write with us. There is strength in numbers, my friends. The more writers we add, the less competition we face. We will become a writing monopoly, an author cartel!


Allan: Harris Gray & Co.


Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?


Allan: Jason owns Crowfoot Valley Coffee and the Crowbar here in Castle Rock, Colorado. The best espresso I’ve ever had, and 9 taps of delicious craft beer. It’s the ultimate home office.


Jason: Sometimes Allan treats it a little too much like home. I have to remind him not to call my baristas “sweetums” and ask for backrubs to “release the creative juices.” That’s something you should know about Allan. His wife is an absolute saint.


Allan: And Jason’s wife is the luckiest woman on the planet. He gives great backrubs.


What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?


Jason: Come visit our website,, follow us on Twitter, @HarrisandGray, be our FB friends HarrisGrayAuthor. Check out our stories on Amazon, Send us an email, we would love to hear from you,


Allan: Invite us to host your book club. We will do the absolute best we can to make it there. And you don’t even need to have a Kinko’s in your town.


Jason: Thank you for having us, Infinite House of Books. We are grateful for the opportunity to spend some time with your fans.



Harris Gray combines the writing talents of duo Allan Harris and Jason Gray. Together, they have written three novels, two screenplays, a Christmas play and a collection of stories from Jason’s younger days. An early version of their novel Java Man was a finalist in the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers contest.  Allan is a former guest columnist for The Denver Post and Jason owns Crowfoot Valley Coffee and Crowbar, land of rumor and embellishment.

Their collaboration began in Jason’s coffee shop. Allan wrote and eavesdropped as Jason entertained his customers. One day, Allan found a little yellow notepad waiting for him, crammed to the margins with Jason’s exploits. Allan typed them, touched them up, and called it good; but Jason had other ideas. As their tales converged and became inseparable, Harris Gray emerged. While the two couldn’t be more different in how they think and write, Harris says, “There is something wonderful and incredibly cohesive when we create a story together.” In Gray’s words, “We’re something less than Sybil and more than Siamese twins.
Vampire Vic, the first installment in the darkly funny and relatable trilogy, launched in March 2013. Readers can add the follow-up, Vampire Vic2: Morbius Reborn, to their bookshelves this fall. Harris Gray also released their standalone novel Java Man in November 2013.




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Can you live a life of LIES? That’s exactly what Geneva finds herself doing to protect everyone she loves. While Geneva and her friends embark on a dangerous mission to fulfill her destiny, the dark forces that seek her powers are closing in, putting everyone she cares about at risk. Geneva must lie about who she is, what she knows and her true feelings. Are all these lies worth it or will she go too far and lose everything she’s been fighting for?


For me, that’s probably why I became a writer in the first place. I absolutely love the power of words. They really are the truest form of magic. In what other profession can you invent anything you can dream up by typing a few tiny letters? Words can transport you, they can take you on a journey worlds away, teach you to learn new skills, connect you with new friends, create things that don’t exist yet. Words can be powerful and beautiful, building new worlds, or tearing down old walls. I simply love the limitless opportunities words offer.

I also love the escape and comfort they can bring. No matter what I’m dealing with, reading or writing, gives me solace. I started writing the first book in my YA series, The Geneva Project, on my lunch break because I was bored. I would normally read to break up the long work day, but I’d just finished some of my favorite series and wasn’t ready to dive into a new one yet, so I thought, “what the heck, why don’t I invent my own?”

I sat down and wrote “My name is Geneva Sommers.” Those five little words changed my life. Talk about the power of words! I slowly and secretly wrote Truth, the first book in my YA series and then timidly published it. Since then I’m quite my day job and followed my dreams to write full time. I’ve published three books in The Geneva Project series and have four other novels in the works. I travel to schools speaking to students about the importance of literacy in their lives. I even started a One-for-One organization to help bring books to programs in need.



Christina Benjamin is the Award-Winning Author of the Young Adult series The Geneva Project.

Her debut novel, Truth, has won multiple awards, including the 2014 FAPA Gold Medal for YA fiction.

Benjamin’s writing hooks fans of mega-hit YA fiction like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, and offers them a new series to obsess over. She paints a vivid world, where magic and imagination run wild in her epic tale of adventure, courage and friendship.

Benjamin studied English at the University of Central Florida. She’s dedicated to giving back to the community and speaking at schools to inspire creativity in young writers.


The Geneva Project – Lies (vol.3) by Christina Benjamin

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Category: New Adult, Paranormal/Romance, Fantasy
Tour Date: August & September, 2015
ISBN: 978-1497319622
Available in: Print & ebook,  240 Pages

New Adult, Paranormal-Romance Companion novel for The Sonar Series (1.5)

True Love may cost a price, if the greater good preordains that you are the sacrifice.

There are always two sides to a story. Melanie Wilhelm’s begins after she moves from Australia and starts her senior year at Cashmere High. On her first day, she bumps into a mysterious guy, and they form an instant connection. They become friends and he shares his deepest secret with her. As they grow closer, their relationship amplifies and becomes binding. Strange things occur, but instead of worrying, Melanie’s feelings intensify.

The excitement of New Year’s Eve approaches, and so does Jason’s most devastating revelation of all. She learns his ultimate truth and is now spun into his chaotic web. The danger rises and hard choices must be made. By being with Jason, Melanie may have to sacrifice more than her heart. It may cost her life.

Melanie’s Evanescent Journey ties into books one and two of The Sonar Trilogy. From spiraling twists to devastating plots, her journey will make you question fate and true love.
Is fate something you can control? Some believe it’s in the hands of what you behold.

Interview With the Author:

What initially got you interested in writing? 


     I have always been interested in writing, since I was fifteen years old. It was my favorite subject in school.


How did you decide to make the move into becoming a published author?


     I heard about Amazon in January of 2013 through a friend. I never knew that you could be a published author without an agent. I researched it and was delighted to find out that you could. So, I moved forward with publishing my first book.


What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?


     I want to make my readers feel emotion while reading my works. I also hope they feel connected with the stories and want to continue to take the next journey with the characters.


What do you find most rewarding about writing?


I love creating stories, and new worlds. I love fantasy and everything about it. When I write, I somehow feel a part of something bigger.


What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?


Praise for Melanie’s Evanescent Journey by B Truly:

“This was an awesome story. I felt so bad for Mel when Bryan kept putting her off. She definitely had an eventful life. I’m so glad everything worked out in the end. She found the love of her life and got to live her life and accomplish her dreams. I recommend this book!”-Kathy, Goodreads Reviewer

“Melanie’s Evanescent Journey is a novella a part of The Sonar Trilogy. Each book is told from a different point of view and this book was of course told from Melanie’s. I have never read any book from this author and I was very pleased by her writing. She made me engrossed in this book and had my emotions running wild.  You know it’s a great read when your emotions are so invested that you can’t help but think about what you read for a few days after. I commend B. Truly for getting her readers so involved, and for that this book gets 5 fangs! I recommend this to the paranormal, romance, and adult genre readers who love plot twists and going on an emotional ride.”-Leslie Williams, Goodreads Reviewer

” There are quite a surprising number of twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting, each one adding to the suspense of the plot. There’s a whole lot of romance in this book, mixed in with some paranormal and science fiction. I excited to see where B Truly goes with Sonar The Cyclone.”-Carrie January, Amazon Reviewer

Praise for Sonar The Crashing by B Truly:

“Oh my gosh! This book is definitely a must read. I loved the whole story. The whole plot was completely interesting and kept me on the edge of my seat and biting my nails. The guys in this book were completely and utterly swoon worthy and the romance was satisfying!”- Robin Hartloff , Where Books Lead Us

“This was a wonderful book full of action and romance. I couldn’t seem to read it fast enough. This is one of those books that the rare moments you put it down, you are wondering what’s next. I am so excited for the second book. This being the authors debut novel was shocking. I am not only looking forward to the next book in this series, but the many other books this author should (and will) undoubtedly write.”-Melissa, Amazon Reviewer

“This is a great book! If you love Sci-fi and romance I highly recommend. It is an easy read once you get into the story I was done with the book in 3 sittings. At the end of the day it’s a great story and I cannot wait until the sequel to find out what happens. The author is a wonderful storyteller with a lot of potential and I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for her readers and fans.”- Deana Simpson, Goodreads Reviewer

B TrulyAbout B Truly:

B Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old and grateful to have accomplished this dream.  She has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She is addicted to romance and get a thrill out of action and suspense. She writes New Adult Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Paranormal-Romance.

In the Sonar series, B Truly said “it was fun to explore different elements of Sci-fi romance and create various realms of powers for my characters. I want to show my readers that Sci-fi can be fun, but also traumatic. I hope you guys enjoy the Sonar Series.”

B Truly has three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Sugarland, Texas.


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Room With Books Aug 25 Review & Excerpt

Rants N Scribbles Aug 26 Excerpt

The Autistic Gamer Aug 27 Review

Debby Amazon Reviewer Aug 28 Review

Infinite House of Books Sept 1 Interview

What U Talking Bout Willis? Sept 9 Excerpt

Two Kids & a Migraine Sept 11 Review

Alex Amazon Reviewer Sept 10 Review

Deal Sharing Aunt Sept 15 Interview

Loving-Books Sept 16 Review & Excerpt

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Tell us a little about yourself.


I was born and bred in Panama City, Florida, on the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the Florida Panhandle. My grandfather, Wyatt Oates Byrd, moved to Panama City in 1930 to open a Nehi Bottling Company. I graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, am a former elementary school teacher and was a stay-at-home mom for my children, Tommy Jr and Elizabeth. My husband, Tommy, and I still reside in Panama City.


What was your favorite part of the writing process?


Being raised by a Southern father and grandmother of uncommon wit, humor flowed as freely as water from a faucet in our household. When I finally put pen to paper, the stories poured forth as though an age-old tap had been discovered and turned on. I loved the gush of warm and euphoric remembrances and seeing these memories transposed into the written word.


What are you currently reading?


The End of Innocence by Allegra Jordan. It is a wonderful love story of two Harvard students who fall in love on the eve of World War I and face a world at war on opposing sides. At a recent trade show, I was on a war panel with Allegra. She is a delight and the book is brilliant. Now, why a Southern humorist and self-proclaimed Southern belle like myself was on a WAR panel is another story!


How many books do you normally read at a time?


I only read one book at a time from beginning to end and I read for details. I want it all! Once I start a good book, I am lost to the world. When my children were young, I did not dare start a book until they went to bed or they might end up playing in traffic!


Your new book, SAVE MY PLACE, is so very different from your first book, MISS HILDRETH WORE BROWN. How did this story begin to germinate?


My first book was what I like to call ‘real life’ fiction—things that really happened—but I embellished them with anecdotes.  With this first novel, Save My Place, I started with the main character, who actually began talking to me and telling me about her life.  Eventually, I had to get her story on paper, and that’s when I got up in the middle of the night and wrote about her first, with a lot of character development.


I don’t believe writers are ever sure as to how things actually come about in a story.  The college and teaching experiences contain some true stories, but with the introduction of Kincaid, it definitely becomes completely fiction.


In SAVE MY PLACE you wrote, very convincingly, about “Old Panama City Beach”, which is where you are from, and the Vietnam era.  Did you write from personal experience?


Panama City Beach is definitely part of my history.  We used to have house parties here, and my descriptions of the motels were spot on, because those experiences were really true.


Vietnam was very pivotal for me when I was in college.  The draft was unsettling for everyone, but men were able to get deferments in some cases.  Even though I lived through the war, I did a great deal of research, because the timeline was very important.  I researched battles and interviewed someone who served, twice, in Vietnam.  I also talked to a West Point graduate, because it’s the little details that made the story more true to life.


Along those same lines, in SAVE MY PLACE the experience of losing a child to leukemia was very sad, but eventually brought your characters to a deeper faith.  What was your motivation with this part of the story line?


A friend had a portrait of her daughter, who had died, and she talked so beautifully, and handled it with such grace, I never forget her, her story, and how she handled it.  Before I included this part in the book, I found my friend on the Internet; we renewed our friendship; and, she gave me permission to use her experience.  I also interviewed a physician from M.D. Anderson who was able to share the appropriate protocols, and walked me through what would have been done in the 70s. 


And, yes, the experience was what turned Kincaid to God.  I wanted to impart that it was a child who brought him to seek God and an understanding of faith.


There was also an extremely poignant chapter about a teacher.  Is that part of your history as well, or did you pick it out of the headlines?


Having the character shave her head was complete fiction.  However, I did teach school for seven years, and actually made the dress I mentioned and had the kids decorate it. We did make the newspaper!


Why the nom de plume?


I didn’t make it up, because it’s my actual maiden name, and was too good to waste! I really liked what Melinda Rainey Thompson, author of SWAG: SOUTHERN WOMEN AGING GRACEFULLY said about the name:  ‘The first thing I liked about SAVE MY PLACE was the author’s name:  Olivia deBelle Byrd.  If you can’t make it as a writer in the South with a name like that, well, you’re not really trying, are you?’



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