In a Gilded Cage_Blog Tour – Guest Post

In a Gilded Cage
Mia Kerick
(Evernight Publishing)
Publication date: October 21st 2016
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance

Lucci Grimley is indeed alluring—crowned with a mane of long blond hair, and blessed with an enchanting musical talent that draws a brave rescuer to a high tower hidden in the forest.

However, this modern-day Rapunzel is a young man, sold as a child to the wealthy and childless Damien Gotham for the price of a fast car and a pile of cash. And Lucci’s heroic prince is William “Prin” Prinzing, a handsome college student and star soccer player, hired to care for the grounds of the lavish Tower Estate. Prin climbs an extension ladder rather than a long golden braid to gain access to Lucci’s second floor bedroom window, ultimately penetrating the secrecy surrounding the cloistered young man.

Friendship, and soon romance, blooms. The tower captive eagerly gives his loving innocence to his brave rescuer, which sends the strict and reclusive Gotham into a frenzy of jealous rage. With Prin, Lucci gets a taste of real life, and he wants more. Together, the young men must face Gotham’s ruthlessness and pay the price of liberating Lucci.

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My Secret Recipe

Hello, and thank you so much for welcoming me to your blog today to promote the release a New Adult LGBTQ fairy tale retelling called In A Gilded Cage. In A Gilded Cage is a dark and sexy M/M retelling of the story Rapunzel, as told by The Brothers Grimm. This is edgy NA contemporary fiction illustrating how one young man rescues another, and in many ways, is saved, himself.

Fitting in is very important to most young adults, and in In A Gilded Cage, Prin struggles to fit in with his crowd at the university he attends. Here is a light story from my life of how a girl who lived down the street from me used cookies to fit in.

This is the story of my secret recipe. Okay, I’m lying. This is the Brown Family’s secret recipe. And I stole it.

Ruth Brown moved into the house up the street in junior high. She was not a popular sort of girl, in that she was rather ordinary looking, not the typical popular-girl-beautiful, she was extremely outspoken, not the popular-girl-quiet- and-coy, and she just had a certain way about her that made people want to run away and bury their heads in the sand. But Cookie Brittle changed all of that for her.

Ruth often showed up at all sorts of important high school events—play practices, football games, colorguard practice, Homecoming Parade Float meetings—carrying one lunch size brown paper bag in each hand. The bags were full of something warm… and judging by the fresh-from-the-oven scent emanating from the bag and the emerging grease spots, something buttery and chocolaty. The bags were filled to the brim with fresh from the oven Cookie Brittle.

No matter where she went, teenagers flocked to Ruth Brown when she arrived, armed with these goodies. Hungry athletes, cheerleaders with chocolate cravings, the loud and obnoxious… the shy and detached… the studious… the total slackers—nobody could resist the smell. And then there was the taste.

THE TASTE WAS MAGICAL!!! It was the stuff of sweet dreams…
Ruth Brown became the most popular girl in the high school.

She guarded the secret Cookie Brittle recipe with her very life. But one day, her absentminded mother left the recipe, written in neat script on a well-worn notecard, unprotected from (my) prying eyes, face up on the countertop. I read the card, and like a secret recipe-swiping sleuth, committed it to memory. It remains firmly implanted in my memory bank today.

I kept this secret under my hat until after high school graduation. I started attracting people to me with this secret recipe in college. In addition, my children have attended many parties, athletic events, and meetings armed with the stuff.

We have no shortage of friends.

Cookie Brittle

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup softened butter
pinch salt
tiny bit of vanilla extract
1 bag or Nestlé’s Semi-sweet Chocolate chips

Mix together in a bowl. Should make a crumbly dough. Press onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until just a tiny bit brown on top. Cool on cookie sheet. Break into pieces like peanut brittle.

You will have to fights off the crowds. You have been warned.

I hope you check out In A Gilded Cage by Mia Kerick.


Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

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Den of Iniquity_Blog Tour-Guest Post

By Annabelle Bryan

HQ Digital (Formerly known as Carina UK)
Genre: Romance / Fiction / Historical Romance


Welcome to the most notorious address in London…

Beneath the airs and graces of the Ton lies The Underworld – London’s most scandalous gambling hall.

The only thing darker and more debauched that the hall itself? The proprietor, Max Sinclair. As mysterious as the corners of the city he stalks, Max has vowed to take revenge against the men who murdered his mother. And The Underworld attracts London’s darkest characters – the perfect partners in crime.

But when Lady Vivienne Beaumont enters The Underworld, Max’s life becomes more dangerous than he ever thought possible.

Enter a world of lust, lawlessness and obsession with The Den of Iniquity, the first in Anabelle Bryant’s Bastards of London series.

GUEST POST: In love with Happily Ever After

For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed stories that ended on a happy note. It didn’t matter which type of delivery: written word, movie, or television program, I only felt satisfied if the story ended with the idyllic solution; couples together, problem solved, a bright future promised.

As I grew up I realized life doesn’t work that way. A decision one thinks is beneficial can turn out to be disastrous. Health issues, money problems, the daily grind, all have a way of wearing the shine off the most optimistic person, no matter how strong a positive attitude.

Lucky for me, there will always be books. I read for escape. I read for pleasure. I read to remind myself that no matter what life offers, there is always a place I can go to feel comfortable again. A place to lose my worries, find satisfaction and restore hope. A place I choose to belong.

For years, romance novels have been burdened with a poor reputation. For numerous inane reasons, critics complain romance is not credible literature. But I read for escape. I’m in love with happy endings. In a world where terror threats and senseless crime fill the daily news, I yearn for the respite found in romance, whether I read or write it.

So next time you see me, don’t be surprised if I have my nose buried in Jane Austen or another timeless classic. Perhaps I’ve just begun the new Lisa Kleypas or Sherry Thomas book. I’ll never change and I don’t want to. It’s fun being in love with happily ever after.



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Anabelle Bryant is the bestselling author of seven historical romances. Her love of writing keeps her busy in front of her laptop when not in front of a classroom or traveling, her favorite preoccupation.
Thrilled to be writing for HarperCollins, Anabelle’s Regency Rogues trilogy and Regency Charms quartet are bestselling collections. Her historical romances are high concept, character driven stories which provide a heartfelt connection between hero, heroine, and the reader, believing the emotional journey on the path to true love is the most important bond.

The Den of Iniquity is book one in her newest series, Bastards of London, an edgier look at the Regency. Anabelle enjoys hears from readers and talking all things bookish. Visit and see what she’s up to on Facebook and Twitter.

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Playing Pretend_Blog Tour – Book Review

Playing Pretend
Juliana Haygert
Publication date: October 24th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

**New extended (13,000 more words) and re-edited version!**

As the Governor’s daughter, Charlotte McClain is an expert in playing pretend. High society, the men her mother shoves in her direction and a Pre-Law major are all a part of her perfect pretense. But when she pretends to be a nobody during Spring Break, she meets someone who rocks her world.

Mason Rowell knows heartbreak and Spring Break don’t mesh well, so he allows the mysterious Charlotte to seduce him. What should have been a fling, results in something deeper. After Spring Break has long since passed, he moves to Washington to pursue his graduate degree, but what he never expected to find living among the rich and pompous, was the girl who gave him the strength to change and the desire to start anew.

When the guy Charlotte can’t forget goes from a sensual memory to temptation in the flesh, her facade is put to the test. If she surrenders to his charms, she risks ruining her mother’s perfect career and master plan. Playing pretend is what Charlotte does best, but how long can she pretend she doesn’t love who man that made her proud of her true self?

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Charlotte, daughter of the Governor of Virginia went out with her friends to California for the spring break. There she met Mason, a part time bartender. Charlotte, who has always led a life her mother planned for her, her every movement monitored, going to California was a freedom, from her scheduled life. She let herself lose, and mingled with Mason, not letting him know anything about her. After the holiday she moved back to Richmond, to her mother’s house. But she couldn’t get over Mason or again blend in her old life. Then Mason shows up.

I would start of by saying that the concept of the story was really nice. And I could well relate to Charlotte from the start of the novel. The pain of living a life she didn’t not want to, the agony of not being able to pursue the career of her choice, the anguish of always hiding herself even from her own mother, and lastly the torture of not being able to be with the person she loved, was beautifully described, and her emotions were well expressed. Mason was also a likable character. Through the way he could look right through the mask, Charlotte used to hide behind, the compromises he made, and loved Charlotte inspite of everything, Mason is definite to make a way to your heart.

I really liked the way this novel portrayed the parent-children relationship and also the aspect that there is nothing wrong in leaving your parent’s house, even if they are loving, to just make a life of your own. It doesn’t mean you are abandoning or disowning them. 

There were just a few things I didn’t like about this novel, like the fight between Charlotte and Mason, towards the end of the story. Maybe because I had seen or read about these kinds of fight before, so the course of the fight was almost predictable to me. And there were far too many coincidences at the start of the novel, but I actually forgot all about them by the time I reached the middle of the novel, because I was under the spell of the story. Finally, I would say that the character of David, Mason’s roommate, was a bit downplayed.

I started off 2017 with Playing Pretend and I would say this love story of Charlotte and Mason with a happy ending was a perfect New year’s gift. The novel made me feel good, happy and sated and its effect remained long after I had finished the book. I recommend this novel to all romance lovers



(4.5 stars)

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While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting–but equally gratifying–life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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Fighting for Phoebe-Book Review


Fighting for Phoebe
by Jennifer Ann

date: November 28th 2016

: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


Jace Daniels is undeniably sexy.

I mean who doesn’t like the muscular, tattooed type who’s all mysterious and brooding? But he’s on the run from something dangerous, and I have enough of my own problems.

My existence has revolved around deception for as long as I can remember. Sometimes lying is like a damn disease…one I’ve been exposed to since birth. And as many times as I’ve dreamed about running away, my mother’s grasp on me runs deep.

Phoebe Carson is hot as hell.

She’s not just gorgeous, but quirky and a lot of fun. Even though I can’t afford to get involved with anyone, I feel a need to protect her from her psychotic ex.

After a failed attempt to expose the truth about a fellow Marine’s disappearance, running was my only option. I don’t know how much time I have until they’ll arrest me, but I’m determined to make things right.

When their paths collide, the passion is so explosive that neither of them can walk away. But once the truth unravels, proving it’s more than fate that brought them together, will Jace still decide she’s worth fighting for?


Life has always been miserable for Phoebe. Her mother controlled her life and made her to do things that she didn’t want to do. Her brother, who gave her hopes of breaking free, left her too. Add on is her ex boyfriend who is another brute. Then one night at a bar she meets a stranger, Jace, who fought for her with her ex boyfriend to save her. He is on a mission in her town, he is on run and does not want to involve with anyone. But soon he falls for Phoebe, and she realises that Jace is the best thing that ever happened to her.

 Jace was like a ray of hope in this miserable life of hers. He loved her despite of her past and gave her courage to break out. He understood her even when she tried to push him away, he made her see that everyone is not same and he is not going to leave her whatever trouble might rise. 

Phoebe’s vulnerable yet strong character made a way to my heart. All the things Jace did for Phoebe, to help her, to protect her made him undeniably a quite charming character. I also liked Kory, Phoebe’s friend, who was always ready to help her.

Fighting for Phoebe is a beautiful love story with a bit of suspense here and there. The suspense was definitely a plus point and kept me on the edge of my seat. The story is quite unpredictable at parts and the twist, towards the end of the book was unquestionably the cherry on the top for this novel. Another plus point was those sex scenes which were sinfully sexy and well described, making this book a treat for erotic lovers. 

I don’t really have any complaints about this novel. But I would like to say that I didn’t like one of the fight sequences, because it kind of felt mechanical and hence lacked the needed thrill. Jace and Phoebe’s repeated efforts to keep each other out of their respective problems, to some extent, irritated me a bit. 

Overall Fighting for Phoebe is a nice love story, at times cute and heart warming and other times sad and heartbreaking.  I would absolutely recommend it to all romance lovers.



(4.5 stars)

*I got this book from Xpresso Book Tours through the review opportunity*

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Someday she would

Someday she would find,

A way in and a way out,

The way into the world of her dreams,

And a way out of toxic sites.

Someday she would deal,

With all the problems,

That encircles her,

And not show her back.

Someday she would embrace,

Her journey,

And understand what life is about,

Hate and love both.

Someday she would smile,

Glowing bright,

Inspite of the vile.


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Blue Tide
Jenna-Lynne Duncan
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: January 9th 2017
Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, Young Adult

An award-winning YA adventure-packed romance steeped in Middle Eastern culture and set in the Asian Pacific amongst dangerous oceans and tropical islands.

Seventeen-year-old refugee Lux plots her escape from the island where her family is stranded, denying that her home was lost in the Floods. Lux is determined to get her old life back by any means possible. But before her feet even leave the sand, she’s taken hostage by a vengeance-driven pirate nearly as young as she is.

Her capture is the key to his freedom…

Captain Draven’s scarf veils more than his face. Underneath, he struggles between morality and survival. When Lux sees deeper into his motivations, she’s torn. She can commit mutiny to escape to a home that may no longer exist, or she can try to help Draven escape the clutches of the person responsible for the deaths of half the world. Staying would mean entrusting her life to a pirate. Helping Draven would mean losing her heart to one.

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“You will help him, if it’s the last thing you do.”

He had to be bluffing. Lifting my chin, I met his icy gaze straight on. “You can threaten my life, but there is nothing more you can take from me that you haven’t already.”

“Oh, really?”

He stepped forward, towering over me. Wow, he was tall. I resisted every instinct to cower or curl into a small ball. His hand shot out so quickly, I hardly felt the pull around my neck. My hands flew to my chest. My necklace!

The captain held up the chain, his eyes wide with victory. It was clear he was waiting for a reaction, but, except for that first jolt of surprise, I was paralyzed.

Everything fell silent except the slap of waves against the hull and the drum of his boots as he walked to the railing. I clutched my arms to my chest. My heart sped up so fast I couldn’t tell if it was still beating. He held his hand over the side of the ship. The back of my throat ached with a pain so great I thought it would tear out.

“Stop!” One hand still clutched my chest, the other reached out toward the necklace.

“Still think I have nothing I can take from you? There is always something, Princess.”

Desperation replaced all courage. “Please stop. I can help him.”

He shrugged.


He opened his palm, one finger at a time. The gold chain slid down, dipping closer to the waters below.

“Please, I’ll do anything!” I pressed my fists to the sides of my head.

He drew his fingers in, closing them around the chain. The necklace dangled safely.

I dropped my arms in relief. “Thank—”

With one slow, deliberate move, he opened his palm.

The chain slipped through his fingers.

“No,” I cried, running to the railing. My necklace had disappeared into the roaring waters below. Lost forever.

I choked on the air I strove to inhale. “That was… that was the only thing…” The sound of my heartbeat thrashed in my ears before every emotion was washed away. Every muscle in my body tightened and my eyes twitched as they narrowed. I turned mechanically to face the heartless brute. My face expressionless, my feelings numbed. He would pay for what he’d done.

“You are in no position to negotiate. Make no more requests or the next thing I drop in the water will be prisoners. One. By. One.” He dictated to me without one ounce of regret for what he’d just done. Turning just as easily, he shouted orders behind him. “Ahmed, bring her.”

Author Bio:

Jenna-Lynne Duncan likes to write heart-stopping, page-turning, haunting romance in all YA genres. Her current Young Adult releases are titled Hurricane, Tempest, and Aftermath (Divertir Publishing) and the forthcoming BLUE TIDE (Winter, 2017). Jenna graduated with degrees in Middle Eastern Studies, Political Science, and International Studies. BLUE TIDE was the recent winner of RWA’s Romancing the Lake contest. Besides writing, she loves traveling and children. Preferably together. She welcomes readers to contact her on social media or at

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