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When We Met Release Launch - A.L Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King and Christina Lee -- @aljacksonauthor @AuthorTiffany @MollySMcAdams @Christina_Lee04

Today’s premiere New Adult authors combine their talents to tell four original stories from inside one house.

When four girls decide to live off campus together as juniors at a college in Michigan, they expect it to be their best year yet. Little do they know, it’s a year that will change the rest of their lives.

BEHIND HER EYES by A.L. Jackson 
Unable to live down her ex-boyfriend’s deception, Misha is determined to avoid betrayal. When, the new guy next door, Darryn starts to get under her skin, her defenses start to crumble. But trusting Darryn seems impossible, especially if he’s not sure he can trust himself.

SAVING ME by Molly McAdams 
On the outside, Indy is always ready for a party—but inside she’s breaking. Kier makes a weekly routine of saving the girl next door from herself on Saturday nights… but when will she be ready to remember him on Sunday morning?

FOULING OUT by Tiffany King 
Working at a sports bar, Courtney has become a pro at sidestepping propositions from arrogant jocks—which makes her a more elusive catch for campus basketball star Dalton than he expected. But when he falls for the saucy waitress, Dalton will have to rethink his game plan to prove he’s not the jerk Courtney expects.

In order to ace her fashion internship, Chloe must team up with local college dropout and set builder, Blake—much to her chagrin. But after some "hands-on" experience, Chloe will have to ask herself if Blake factors into her carefully laid plans…

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Come to Me Quietly, Come to Me Softly, Pulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iPhone and iPad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.
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Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. When she's not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm ... or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren't really happening.

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Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. 

She's addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job. 

Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK and WHISPER TO ME available now, PROMISE ME THIS on October 7th, 2014. 

Also Adult contemporary romance TWO OF HEARTS coming from Peguin/NAL on May 5th 2015.

BLOG TOUR: To Murder Matt by Viveca Benoir @VivecaBenoir

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Book: To Murder Matt
Author: Viveca Benoir
Genre: Dark NA
Pages: 316 approx

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How can one man ruin every life he touches? 

When sexy former racing driver and now international playboy, Matt, ends up in hospital, four people sit outside his room and wait to hear whether he will live or die. 

Each one of them wants him dead. 

This book takes you on an exciting roller coaster through each of their lives. A breathtaking story of lives entwined in desire, passion, lies, deceit and epic betrayals. 

What makes one man so hated by everyone?

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Review by Emma Mistress of all dark & twisted

This is definitely not a book for the faint of heart. It covers topics such as rape, murder, incest and abuse in a serious, not sensationalist way. The author being an educator and sensitive also contains contact numbers within her book for anyone affected by such matters. 

This book starts at a hospital with Matt in critical condition and leads us from the past up to this current point via interweaving the lives of Ellen, Dean, Veronique and Nico via their pov, all who are connected via the charismatic Matt, ex racing driver and currently wealthy playboy. This cunning, handsome and successful man is the devil in disguise whom you learn more about throughout the book. The two women in this book showed such strength and fortitude I was in awe of them and thought their tragedies were handled well. 

This is a darkly disturbing read, but also shows what truly happens in reality when obsession overwhelms a person, their drive knows no limits or boundaries and that looks can truly be deceiving. The ending was fitting and left you with a little bit of uncertainty, thinking can all events ever be fully forgotten?

"I really liked it. The concept is AMAZING, four people sitting outside a hospital room, all wanting him dead…It's like if Alfred Hitchcock and Guy Ritchie had a baby … with a splash of Eli Roth, for good scary measure. Matt was the ultimate villain. He meets Ellen, and he's such a cool guy. He meets Dean, and he's such a cool guy. But then he becomes more and more twisted, and then BAM! Holy psycho-man! Very interesting to read. A word that came to mind a lot when I was thinking how I would describe this book, was "captivating". Very, very captivating." 5*****

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This book reminds me of the good days of writers like Harold Robbins and Jackie Collins. Plenty of things to enjoy, a good storyline, lots of glamour, great sex scenes (I held my breath for some). A true beach bonkbuster that will have you panting for more. A perfect and intelligent read! 5*****

Good job on your first book! I have beta read quite a few books in the last few months, and most of those authors had already self-published several books, and I gotta be honest, your book is far better than a lot of theirs – story content is surprisingly lost on a lot of people. 5*****

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You kept me interested right until the end. Great characters, a surprising plot, even better twists and the way the story weaves everywhere. It shocked me right out of my seat at times. I couldn't second guess you and some of the moments had me smiling, some squirming and some crying a quiet tear. Kudos. — 5*****

An intricate and interesting twisting Plot full of turns and surprises with rich characters that held me captive until I finished the book. The book takes you from the start right through to a climactic ending. Please tell me you will write a sequel! I want to keep reading about them. Breathtaking. 5*****

Bloody Brilliant 15 May 2014
By Victoria 5*****

I was recommended by a friend to pick up the book and I can assure anyone who is interested in buying the book it is *well* worth the buy. I was not disappointed. The book is exquisitely written and my reasoning is simple: It is bloody brilliant! ( excuse my French). I initially started the book thinking I'd read a couple of chapters and slowly work my way to the end but I ended up reading the entire thing in one go! (( Who needs sleep anyway?))**Overview of the Book
Viveca Benoir writes in the perspective of four protagonists, Ellen, Dean, Veronique and Nico that are all linked together by one person, Matt Mellor. Each have their own story to play and are affected by Matt’s twisted ways differently. By the end of the book, I guarantee that you’ll loathe Matt but I'm not going to explain why. I think it's more important that you find out why!The plot of the novel is intricate, where sensitive issues is handled with such delicacy. The story, itself, keeps you second guessing as to what is going to happen continually and then something unexpected happens! The novel starts off with Matt in hospital, hanging on by the brink of life where four people are secretly hoping he dies. The story then begins to explain how each person meets Matt and eventually (SEMI-SPOILER) entwined them together that their paths meet and leads the reader back to the current scene of sitting in a hospital room.The character development in the book progressively gets better as you individually start to understand their flaws and their personalities. I think consistency in the characters development is important. Now occasionally, I did feel some explanations of the characters decisions did not match up to what I'd expect them to do but I certainly didn't think any less of the book because of it. I got so involved with the characters decisions, I'd be face palming when they made a mistake and simultaneously cursing at their stupidity to the extent that I had a couple of odd glances. All I can say is my facial expressions must have been priceless! It really does absorb you in.The book is very graphic, and although excellently described, I would not recommend this for the faint hearted or those squeamish when reading erotic/sensitive topics. It gets very detailed at parts so just a heads up! After all, it themed erotica. However, this is not your average bonk book and I do believe the amount of time and quality has really paid off.I'd rate this book 9/10. Well done Viveca, I can’t wait to read the sequel!

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Holy Thrill Ride, Batman! 5*****
By Jennifer – Published on Amazon.com

I read this book over the course of about three days – but only because work got in the way. I don't think I've ever read a book quite like it.The book is four twisting plot lines coming together – Veronique, Ellen, Dean, and Nico. One loves the other, but the other loves someone else, and that someone else is struggling with someone else. Some of them have never met, some of them have known each other forever. All will be ripped apart. The tie that binds them in the end – Matt. An ultimate villain. At first, you want him, but by the end, you’re trying to think of ways to murder him, too.Definitely an intense read. The subject matter isn't for the faint of heart, but things like that need to be written because things like that happen in the real world.It would make for an interesting movie – I kept imagine Danny Elfman music as the soundtrack.It’s a fast paced book, so despite the intensity of it, it isn’t a difficult read.I will definitely be looking forward to reading Matt's book!

Wow, The tagline is totally accurate 15 May 2014 5*****

Reading this book make you hate the main character and empathize with the ones wishing dead. Great read. When you read this book be ready to go on a roller coaster of your emotions.

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Published on Barnes & Noble. 16th May 2014 5*****
WOW, WOW. I was made a hostage to this book. Wow.
WOW, WOW. I was made a hostage to this book.Wow, what a crazy ride that was. I laughed, I cried and I loved Matt, then I HATED him. HATED him. WHAT A PSYCHO!!
I have a (secret) crush on Nico, although I didn't like him at the beginning.
I wanted to slap Ellen for being so god damn stupid. Why can’t she see the obvious? Dean is sweet, sexy sweet. Veronique is the woman we all thought we would want to be, until you find out what she has been through. This is a book that makes you think as you go along, it draws you in. When you get past the first few chapters you get lost in there.
The world disappears and they become real. I thought I knew what would happen, but I never did. I was continually surprised. I normally take weeks to read a book, but I honestly couldn't put it down. It went so fast. I actually didn't want to finish the book.
When are the next books coming out?
The author page says there are more books coming, when? How long do we have to wait?? It’s a book that grabs you. I read the other reviewer here and I agree with them. What a great movie it would make. There is graphic sex, and boy, it grabs you by the throat and takes you right there. I had to read through, with my hands over my eyes, it was like watching a horror film. I didn't want to be there.
The writer and the characters don't let you go until you reach the end. Such a great story. THE BEST. What an end. WOW. WOW. WOW.

PUBLISHED on GOODREADS on 17th May 2014 4****
I've given a lot of thought as to whether to review this book or not as there were a couple of scenes that troubled me in it, and one extremely heartbreaking scene. I've spoken to the author and decided I will review it.This book deals with abuse, both of a child and an adult. It contains graphic descriptions. The author hasn't written it to titillate, but to increase awareness that this does happen, and there's a really good section at the back of the book showing you where to get support if you're in one of these situations.I don't think this book needed a couple of the scenes, I didn't need that detail and without them I’d probably have given it five stars, but that’s a personal opinion. I fully understand the authors reason for including them and support her in that.Because it's graphic it meant at times it was hard to read, it's not an easy book, but it's worth pushing through the difficult areas because it's a bloody good story.
It starts in a hospital waiting room, Matt is in a serious condition and in the waiting room four people wait to see if he will live or die. Each of them has a damned good reason for wanting him dead. The idea behind it is brilliant, the synopsis captured me from the start as this was a book I wanted to read. Through the book we learn why they want him dead. I think it's safe to say this is the first bad guy in a book I wished dead too. Normally when I read dark books there's some spark there that just maybe the bad guy could be redeemed. There's absolutely no trace of this in Matt. He's vulgar, cruel, vicious and evil. And that’s probably being generous. Two of the characters suffer abuse at his hands, and it's hard to read, but they are strong, well written characters who have an inner strength that eventually wins out.
I pushed through the scenes that upset me, (you could always skip a few pages) because the story itself had me gripped. I needed to see this through. The last few chapters of the book were excellent, the pace of the book increasing the nearer you get to the incident that results in the hospital scene at the start. You could feel the tension building as you turned each page. Each person has a reason for wanting him dead, and in some ways it's almost farcical how Matt seems to evade it. It would make a brilliant movie in that respect.
The final few chapters were excellent, and I'll admit the ending caught me by surprise, I hadn't expected it to go quite so far, but what a delicious twist. It's not a cliffhanger, it's got a great ending, and if you can handle the detail it’s a really good read.
I'll be honest, a lot of readers will not like some of the scenes. Just remember that it's written to educate, not titillate. You can skim past those bits, and it's worth doing. It’s a story I've not read before, it's fresh and original and will leave you at the end with a feeling of 'wow, that was an experience'.

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Published on: http://isalovesbooks.blogspot.co.uk – Saturday, 24 May 2014
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was gifted this book by the author in exchange of an honest review.
Well, I firstly have to say, this is not my usual reading material, I didn't know what to expect at first, when I started the book there were so many interlacing characters it was a bit of information to take in at first, but slowly the story starts to flow nicely, there are several characters in this story and I have to applaud the writer for her smooth transitions and individuality of each personality, through the pages each and everyone started to take form and the plot went into a very engrossing mode, every time taking you through each of their lives, lives which are joined in passion, betrayal, deceit, desire and ultimately love, It had me on the edge of my seat!!
The book deals with many sensitive aspects of life, abuse, incest, rape etc, however all are necessary to make it into the book it is, its very well written and if this is Viveca's debut novel I think she will become one of my favourite writers and one to watch!
A gripping story, but one I totally recommend. 5stars.

Debbie's review 5stars
Jun 03, 14
Read in May, 2014
This book was very good, truthfully blew me away. I must admit there were a few scenes within the story that were a taboo as you say. That didn't put me off just made the story different to what I normally read. I was gripped from the beginning of this book found it very hard to put down at night, eyes were pried open when I was too tired just so I could read to the end of the chapter…
Defo recommend this, its flipping awesome, cant wait to read another one of your books Viveca x

Published on AMAZON 5*****
Gritty, memorable read. Fabulous!, 1 July 2014
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I read this book greedily from start to finish. Really good gritty read which I couldn't put down. Chapters presented following each character without me loosing interest in them when switching to another. When is the next one out please!?

Published on Barnes & Noble 5*****
This review is from: To Murder Matt (Paperback)
OMG! OMG! WHAT A GREAT BOOK!!! I just finished it. I had to leave a review!!! GIVE ME MORE OF THIS AMAZING WRITER!!! Just the best book I have ever read. It’s gritty, real, DARK, very DARK. It's life. REAL life. Every page turns itself. I couldn't stop reading. My eyes burned into the pages and I put my whole life on hold, so I could finish it in one sitting. This is a unique book, I have never read anything like it. It’s AMAZING, full of twisting plots, great characters, and as long as you hang in there, everything is answered, all your questions. I couldn't believe the ending. I do want more books by this writer. And it would make an amazing movie. WOW. AM still blown away!!!! MORE OF THE SAME PLEASE.

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Born to British Army parents, Viveca grew up in Europe and speaks six European languages fluently, which basically means she can buy food wherever she goes. Married, with two biological children, plus four adopted children. Now, years later, the kids all grown up, she is an international best selling author, writing a variety of genres. Her hobbies, when not writing, include sailing, flying, ski-ing, fencing, dressage, and playing the cello

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RELEASE DAY LAUNCH: Night Fever Volume One by Jessica Hawkins @jess_hawk


Publication Date: November 4, 2014 

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Synopsis: Lola Winters’ heart already belongs to Johnny, but for him, she’d sell the devil her soul. Unfortunately, the devil wants something else. Beau Olivier is the kind of wealthy that buys anything—even people. When he makes Lola a proposition, she finds herself tempted into a seduction that will have her walking the line between comfort and humiliation, desire and resistance. He would own her—for one night. She would be his—for a price. It was wrong. It was scandalous. It was the opportunity of a lifetime. Sex, music, neon on the Sunset Strip—right in the middle of it all, he would have her. Come sunrise, he would let her go. At least, that was the plan.
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On the sixteenth floor of the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Beau and Lola exited a gold elevator. They’d been quiet since the car. At the end of a long hallway was a single black-lacquer door with a knob in the center. Her heart beat faster. It’d been nine years since she’d been with a man other than Johnny. And about that long since she’d wanted to.
When they reached the door, Beau pulled out his key and unlocked it with a click.
Lola’s stomach was beyond butterflies—she was sure an entire zoo had been released inside her. She stared at the doorway, which was a threshold, a point of no return, a choice plain and simple. Sweat beaded on her upper lip.
“It’s too late to turn back now,” Beau said.
She didn’t look away. “Not if I give back the money.”
Beau let the door close. “I know what you’re doing.” He walked to her, his steps deliberate. “If I force you into that room, then it isn’t your choice.”
“Nobody forced me here,” she said. “I made every decision. I had to. That doesn’t make my choices right.”
“Lola,” he said. “You don’t have to put on a show. Tonight is about you and me only. Take control of what you want.”
She glanced up at him. “You think you know what I want?”
He moved forward until the wall was at her back. He pushed a hand in the neckline of her dress. “You’re right,” he said. “I have no idea what you want. Since your nipple isn’t hard between my fingers. And you weren’t wet earlier as you sucked me off.”
“Just because you manipulate my body’s reaction,” her voice wavered, “doesn’t mean I want this. You can’t control my mind or my heart no matter what you say.”
His hand stilled. The muscles in his jaw flexed. “You’re so fucking concerned about your heart? Keep it. I’ll use your body. I won’t be gentle. And when I’m finished, you can have it back.”
He could take what he wanted. It wouldn’t mean anything to her. It shouldn’t. But his words were even more erotic than his touch. Her legs trembled from them, threatening to give out.
Lola tried to push him off, but he grabbed her wrist with his free hand and pinned it above her head. “This is what you want, isn’t it?” he asked. “For me to take your choice away? Then no one will have to know that you want this just as badly as I do. That you wanted it the night we met.”
She shook her head rapidly. His nearness smothered whatever sense she had left.
“Let me help you out,” he said when she didn’t speak. “You say, ‘Yes, Beau.’ Then I open the hotel room door. And every time I tell you what to do, you say…”
She fixated on his bowtie, breathing hard.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that. Can you speak up?” he asked.
She looked up at the sharpness of his tone. “Yes. Yes, Beau.”

About Jessica Hawkins

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. Some of her favorite things include traveling, her dog Kimo, Scrabble, driving aimlessly and creating Top Five lists. She is the helpless victim of an overactive imagination that finds inspiration in music and tranquility in writing. Currently she resides wherever her head lands, which lately is the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

BLOG TOUR Master Over You: A Dark Romance Novel by Cerys du Lys & Ethan Winters @cerysdulys @EthanWintersSir

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Master Over You: A Dark Romance Novel 
by Cerys du Lys, Ethan Winters 
Publication date: October 20th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

There’s a monster in every closet, and I’m in yours
My name is Noah. I’m not a nice person. This isn’t cupcakes and candyland, love.
I’ll take you, break you, and offer you to the highest bidder without a second thought. You’re mine now. It’s business, nothing personal.You wouldn’t understand, and I’m not going to explain it. Sorry, love, you don’t mean a thing to me.
Just know that there’s a monster in every closet, and I’m in yours.
Author Note – This dark romance novel contains themes that may be discomforting to some people. If you are sensitive to depictions of violence, then this book is not recommended for you.
(Ethan Winters official debut release co-authored with USA Today bestselling author Cerys du Lys)
Man’s POV = Ethan, Woman’s POV = Cerys
There is a light at the end of every dark tunnel, no matter how dim it may seem.


***Obsessed by Books arc copy given in exchange for an honest review***

"My name is Noah. I kidnap women. I hold them against their wills, I break them down, I hurt them mentally and physically."

Now before you think this is another one of those dark but hotly erotic reads and pass by this book thinking you've read this before...believe me you haven't. This is different. It is dark, it is filled with sex, violence and acts of torture but then there is more...it is a love story. A love so strong that it has survived the worst and driven them to be more.

We read as Noah plans and executes the perfect kidnap of Chastity White to order. As he starts to systematically break her down to rebuild her as a sex slave something then alters the course of this book that will blow your frickin mind!

The hunter becomes the hunted and Noah finds himself helpless and very much trapped. Angeline has a reputation in the hushed circles of the sex trade. No one plays with the Mistress and wins. Noah is a hardened Master and this is an intriguing tale as they engage in a battle of wills. Taking turns in pov from both Angeline and Noah with a little Chastity thrown in every now and again this is one mind f**k of a book that will leave you hiding behind your fingers, under the covers with your lights switched on.

I don't want to spoil the fun and reveal any of the plot so please please read this book. It will take you places you have never been before. It will challenge everything you think you know and leave you with a feeling of awwwwww.

"I fell in love with a monster and she ate my f**cking soul. I let her, though."

This is a cleverly written collaboration of two fantastic authors, that works amazingly well and I could not put it down. It is a breathtaking read. It is different, powerfully written and leaves you questioning human nature.


This book by Cerys Du Lys and Ethan Winter is definitely a dark and unconventional tale. If you do not like to read about physical pain and mental mind games move along. But if you have an open mind and are a little twisted this is the book for you. It grabs you from the beginning and does not let go until the very last page. With many shocks, revelations and twists along the way.

The subject matter is gripping and heartbreaking. The male and female writing duo is essentially what makes this story work. Each author is responsible for a pov and the male and female voice are very distinct. You can actually hear Noah and Angeline in your head, which can be disturbing at times, as once you start to agree with their views and reasoning are you as 'bad' as them?? They are two extremely traumatized, tortured souls who latch on to each other at a time when they are incredibly lost. It's a story of surviving any way you can, by any means necessary. Those measures are what make this book very controversial. The secondary characters add a very telling illustration of what torture, abuse and mind games can do to a person. The ripple out effect of actions and their consequences.

I can't reveal more without spoilers, but this truly is a book that has to be read!!

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Cerys is a USA Today Bestselling Author. She has charted on numerous best sellers and hot new release lists internationally and with multiple books.

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Ethan is a gentleman, an author, a lover, and occasionally a rake, a cad, and a dom, but only if you've been good (punishing good girls is more entertaining than punishing the naughty ones). He lives in the Greater Boston area in a small town in New Hampshire where he grew up.

He has a penchant for exploring and traveling, with a passion for the unique and interesting. His interests include reading, exercising, laying on the beach, spanking (good girls), romancing, smiling, going for walks that lead to nowhere, hiking, bondage, and one day he would love to travel to Alaska.

His writing delves into the human experience, with a preference towards a psychological thriller twist. He loves mystery, dark romance, and suspense. While some of his writing may be twisted, he believes in romantic true love, above all things. His books include raw, real emotions, good and bad. He believes there is a light at the end of every dark tunnel, and his writing hopes to encompass that.

He loves happy endings, kissing, and a focus on the ordinary turned extraordinary.

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Release Day: Margaret Bingley - Betrayal

Title: Betrayal

Author: Margaret Bingley

Date of Publication: November 4th 2014

Set in the second half of the twentieth century, Lisa Green comes from a world of privilege, but only in the way of wealth, not in love. When a turn of events leaves her single, with an Autistic child to raise, without the means to support herself, Lisa gets stuck in an abusive new relationship that she is desperate to get out of. BETRAYAL catalogs one woman’s search for love without conditions, sexual or otherwise, in a world that seems bent against her.

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He couldn't pinpoint the exact moment when it began to go wrong, but the increasing number of times that Bishop rang him with night work was an irritant, while the work itself preyed on his mind, eating away at his nerves. Even then it only showed in small, petulant out-breaks of temper that never seemed to ruffle Lisa.

No, if there was one moment when he knew it couldn't last it was on the Friday night at the end of May when he arrived back at the maisonette, worn out by countless retakes and sudden script changes, longing for a quick shower and bed and instead found Lisa dressed up in a black backless dress, the table set for an intimate dinner for two.

'What the hell's up?' he snapped. 'It isn't my birthday, is it?'

Realising that he was in a mood, Lisa didn't laugh. She'd already learnt that he didn't like being laughed at. 'Of course not. It's just that I've got something to tell you and I thought it would make a nice change if I cooked you a decent meal for once.'

'I fancy fish and chips,' he said churlishly, and slammed off to the bathroom.
When he emerged wearing his oldest pair of denims and a short-sleeved shirt with a hole in the back she realised that he wasn't going to go along with her plan. Sighing inwardly, she placed a stuffed pepper in front of him.

'What's this?'

'An hors d'oeuvre.'

'Why not just call it a starter, you stuck-up bitch?' he complained, reaching for the wine bottle lying in its wicker basket. 'I'll have a drink instead. How about you?'

'You know I don't drink red wine.'

'Bloody affectation. You can drink some tonight, can't you?'

Despite knowing that she'd end up with a migraine she decided she'd better placate him and held out her glass. 'Only a little, thanks.'

Filling it to the top, he smiled unpleasantly. 'Drink it all up!'

She wasn't quite sure how to handle his mood and felt uneasy. 'I will, later on,' she promised.


'Toby, I don't want it. I… '

Picking up the plate with the stuffed pepper still on it, he flung it across the room. 'Then I don't want your bloody pepper filled with dog meat!'

'Toby, please…'

'Toby, please!' he mimicked.

She went over to the stove and produced the Chinese-style steaks she'd prepared. He looked suspiciously at his. 'What the hell's all that stuff round the meat?'

'What on earth's the matter with you?' she snapped, losing her patience. 'I'm tired,' he said sullenly. 'I wanted a bit of peace and quiet, not all this fuss.'

'I'm very sorry but unfortunately I'm not psychic, and it so happens that I wanted to tell you something important tonight.'

'You're moving out? Hurrah!' 'I'm pregnant.'

'Oh, well, that's… You're what?'

'Pregnant. Toby, I know it isn't what we intended but… ' 'Who's the father?' he asked softly

About Margaret Bingley

Margaret Bingley was born in Sutton, Surrey and educated at Sutton High School for Girls GPDST, where she won the school English prize, and then at Rickard’s Lodge Secretarial College in Wimbledon. After that she went to work at the BBC in London, and later moved to work for The Heinemann Group of Publishers at Lower Kingswood in Surrey, where she met her future husband, Alan.

In 1974, Margaret and Alan moved to Grantham in Lincolnshire and In 1976 their son, Alex, was born. One day, after reading a particularly boring book, she decided to try and write one herself and eventually, after many trials and tribulations, her first book THE DEVIL’S CHILD was published. Much of the book was based on those early, halcyon days of motherhood.

She continued writing steadily from 1983 onwards, and in February 2000 she also started writing a weekly column of 400 words for the local paper, The Grantham Journal, entitled ‘The Way I See It’.

Apart from her work, Margaret enjoys reading, opera, dry white wine, Foyle’s War (or anything else with Michael Kitchen in it!) and gardening.

She does not like reality TV shows, ‘alternative’ comedians or Political Correctness.