Welcome Donya Lynne and Return of the Assassin Blog Tour



Malek and Gina are two vampires with big problems and pasts they can't let go of. Malek has never dealt with and accepted the death of his first mate, Carmen, and Gina has never been able to let go of the pain she suffered at the hands of her first mate, an abusive half-Dacian named Arman. But now that Malek and Gina have met, they had better start getting over their pasts, and fast, because Gina is Malek's new mate, and she's on the run from a pair of Dacian hunter-assassins out for blood vengeance.

Neither Gina nor Malek are eager to see her fill the role of mate, but biology and Mother Nature don't want to hear their excuses. The longer Malek and Gina fight the bond between them, the more they will suffer. Will they be able to get over their painful pasts and accept the healing they can give to each other before it's too late, or will they wait too long and lose each other forever?


I'm so happy to be back on Pimpin' Reads. Thank you for having me. Let's get right to it and start with an excerpt from Return of the Assassin, book five in my All the King's Men Series:

 Thank you Donya for sending us this Excerpt 

Malek choked back his emotion.
Somewhere between Micah's office and the thick concrete column he held Gina against, Malek's reserve had broken. Just that quickly, Gina had skinned him, cleaned him, and thrown him on the grill, making short work of all that remained of his denial that she was his mate.
In a blink, she had disarmed him. Only a mate held such power over a male.
Had it been Gina's ruthless verbal assault all the way down the stairs that had finally broken through his walls? Or the mention of her former mate and what he had done to her, which sparked Malek's need to protect her? Had it been her confession that she had heard his proclamation in her cell weeks ago? Or was it the simple truth that she was, in fact, his mate? And, as such, she had tremendous power over him?
How about all of the above?
What torment had she suffered at the hands of that half-Dacian bastard she had been mated to before? What had he done to her? And how had she survived? He pulled back, and his gaze ranged her face. Such beauty, such fire. She stole his breath, and he swayed from her heady scent. He would treat her like a queen. His queen. And he would revere and bow to her command every day, tend to her needs, care for her, and protect her with his life if he had to.
What was happening to him? He couldn’t move, couldn’t breathe. In her bewitching way, Gina drew him in. She was a blossom, and he was the honeybee eager for her nectar.
But what he had said that day in her cell was still true. He wasn't worthy of her. She deserved more than he could give. As much as he wanted to be her everything, he knew he couldn't.
His resolve waned. He could no longer deny how much he wanted Gina, but he still couldn't have her. It would be unfair to claim her as his when he still clung to a ghost. Carmen still held him in the past. Carmen still possessed half his heart, which meant he couldn't give all of himself to Gina. And she deserved all of him, not merely a part.
Sacrifice replaced anger. Compassion replaced aggression. Gina had already suffered enough pain at the hands of another, and all Malek could offer her was more of the same. With his heart in two places, he could never give her all of him and would always pull her to him then push her away, just as he had done from the moment he saw her in Micah's office. She would be a Ping-Pong ball. Back and forth, back and forth. He would constantly fight himself to reconcile the two halves of his heart into one, and that wasn't fair to her. To try and make a life with her under such circumstances—to cheat her out of a full life with someone else who could give her his whole heart and not just half—would be selfish. Not only that, it was degrading and disrespectful to her.
What was happening between them could never be. He simply couldn’t let her into his heart. Not because he no longer wanted to. Because, damn him, he did. But how do you let someone into your heart when half of it still lies with another?
In a blink, the reality slammed him with a pain more brutal than what he'd suffered so far, because this pain came with clarity of mind, body, and soul. He would always cause Gina pain. It was inevitable. Even if he claimed her as his mate, he would always hurt her. Why? Because a part of him—the part still attached to Carmen—would always drive Gina away.
Frowning, he looked down and stepped back. “I can’t do this. I’m sorry, but this can’t happen, Gina. No matter how much I don’t want to, I will always hurt you.” He turned, lowered his head, and walked away, a man defeated by himself.


In Return of the Assassin, I've written a story about two characters, Malek and Gina, who are carrying heavy emotional baggage that prevents them from opening up to the love between them. For them, the challenge is in letting go of the past so they can embrace the present and future, which is easier said than done, because they're also running out of time. Malek will eventually die if he doesn't accept Gina, and Gina has two vicious vampire hunters out for her blood. Add to that one spurned female, and we've got a fireworks show of dangerous possibilities. And if initial reader response is any indication, I predict readers will need a box of Kleenex to read this one. I have yet to talk to one reader who didn't cry while reading this story. But don't worry, everyone gets what they deserve. Return of the Assassin is a romance, after all.

Before I go, let's have a round of Get to Know All the King's Men, which I'm conducting on several stops along my tour, where I ask a randomly selected character from the series a question. Today I'm going to pick on Trace. Everybody loves Trace, and since his book comes next, let's see what he has to say, if anything.

Donya: "Trace, if you could travel back in time, which period of history would you choose and why?"

Trace switches the match stick between his lips to the other side of his mouth and shifts his pale green eyes uncomfortably. With his darker skin, bald head, and unusual eyes, Trace is really magnificent to look at. He uncrosses his sculpted arms and plucks the match stick from his mouth. "I'd go back to when my mother died and save her." He bites the end of the match stick again, closes his lips around it as if he's chewing, and then gets up and walks away. That's my Trace, a man of few words and always a mystery.

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Two Grand Prizes will be given away at the end of the tour, drawing to be held on Christmas Day (Merry Christmas!).
The first name drawn will have their choice of the following two prizes, and the second name drawn will receive the other. The two prizes are valued at $210 each and include:

Grand Prize #1: Coach bag and a $50 Amazon gift card *image of coach purse is as close to the giveaway as possible. Donya had it wrapped at the store. 











Grand Prize #2: The newest version of the Kindle Paper White, leather cover (winner's choice of color), and an AKM blanket



Darynda Jones Darklight Trilogy Blog Tour


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The fate of the world is not something a girl wants on her shoulders, and that is especially true for Lorelei McAlister.  Unfortunately for her, that is exactly where the world’s fate has decided to take up residence. Lorelei has seen firsthand the horrors that lie beneath our everyday world. And those horrors are getting her friends killed. Because of this, she agrees to leave the sanctity of her hometown and is sent to a different world entirely. A boarding school. But even here she is being watched. Someone knows what she is. What she carries inside her soul.  And on top of that she’s seeing visions.  This is nothing new for Lorelei.  But these visions are something more: death, destruction, and the end of the world.   Lorelei must face the fact that there are people who want her dead, and no matter where she goes, no matter how far she runs, the lives of her friends and family are in mortal peril.  Lucky for her, her friends and family include the handsome Angel of Death, a fiercely protective half-angel, and a ragtag group of loyal supporters who aren't afraid to get a little dirty in the name of fighting pure evil.

Excerpt:
     Unfortunately for me— and everyone around me— I have,
for lack of a better word, visions. Sometimes when I touch
people, I can see into their futures or their pasts. It’s heartwrenching
on several levels. I never see the time they were
laughing at a party or riding a roller coaster at the fair, screaming
with exhilaration. No, I see the bad parts of their lives.
I see the catastrophic. I see the pain and fear and anxiety.
And now, thanks to this nifty skill I’d inherited, I knew exactly
when, where, and how Kenya was going to die.
     Her death flashed before my eyes the moment we touched.
The visions were thoughtful that way. And now I had a decision
to make. I’d struggled with the question of divulgence
before. Many times. And this scenario was no exception. I
might be able to prevent her death if she’d listen to me, but
that took a lot of faith. And since she threatened me with a
switchblade every chance she got, I didn’t figure faith was
her strong suit. Especially faith in me. The new girl. The girl
she most liked to harass and promise a slow and painful death
to. I was pretty sure I’d developed a nervous twitch after meeting
her.
     But this was different. Maybe it was a timing thing. She
was going to die too soon. Too young. She literally had only
days to live. And the vision stole my breath with its vividness.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

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New Release A Million Dirty Secrets

For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes a wickedly erotic new novel of innocence, desire, and unbridled pleasure.
 
Delaine Talbot has a secret. When a matter of life and death threatens to tear apart her family, Delaine makes the ultimate sacrifice. She auctions herself off at Chicago’s most exclusive erotic club. Now she belongs to Noah Crawford, a wealthy mogul who introduces her to a seductive feast of the senses, awakening desires she only dreamed about.  
 
Noah doesn’t know why Delaine sold her body for a cool two mil. But it’s the perfect business arrangement. The inexperienced beauty will learn to satisfy his every sensual need, yet never touch his heart. Almost immediately their relationship generates heat—in more ways than one. When they fight, they take no prisoners. When they love, they show no mercy. When they’re together, they never want to leave each other’s arms. But soon, their intense, physical bond will take an unexpected turn—evolving into something neither has bargained for: the promise of a lasting love.



CL PARKER Website 
C. L. Parker is a romance author who writes stories that sizzle. She's a small-town girl with big-city dreams and enough tenacity to see them come to fruition. Having been the outgoing sort for all her life--which translates to "she just wouldn't shut the hell up"--it's no wonder Parker eventually turned to writing as a way to let her voice, and those of the people living inside her head, be heard. She loves hard, laughs until it hurts, and lives like there's no tomorrow. In her world, everything truly does happen for a reason.
My Review 
Received ARC from author. 
I have to start out by saying I do not normally read erotica. I am stuck in the paranormal genre and love it dearly. 
That being said I did try to read the very popular 50 because I wanted to know what all the hype was about. How could that many people be wrong. Sadly, I only made it through 3 chapters, so I kinda hate that this book is being compared to it. I've never read Bared To You or any of those books. 
This book came to me as quite the surprise. I enjoyed the concept in the beginning. I won't rewrite the book blurb, but you get the idea. 
I am giving this book 5 stars based on the enjoyment level. CL Parker writes greats sex scenes and if that is what you like then this book is for you. It is jammed packed with hang your tongue out, panting, change your underwear SEX. 
Noah's character is easy to like and Delaine's inner monologue is extremely funny. 
If you like Erotica then you will LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Secretly, my inner paranormal really wanted them to turn into something. LOL

New Release: His Man Saturday

I am please to share with you His Man Friday and the new release His Man Saturday by Siobhan MacKenzie 
David Johnson gets the job of a lifetime when billionaire mogul J. R. Rickman ("Call me Rick") hires him on as his Personal Assistant. In all of the qualifications for the job, Rick prizes one above the rest -- that David be an adventurous man. Rick promises him amazing sites and new experiences. David finds out those adventures don't just come in the boardroom either. David decides that being His Man Friday is a pretty exciting job after all.








Dave Johnson is about to celebrate his third anniversary as J. R. Rickman's Personal Attache and sometime lover. The milestone brings complications, however. To celebrate, Rick names Dave President and CEO of a new holding, bring their relationship to a new level. But Elyssa decides she wants more from her relationship Dave, adding a little more complication to his life. She knows nothing about what really goes on  between the men. Dave is going to have to decide what he really wants from both Rick and Elyssa, and life as His Man Saturday.

EXCERPT:
“Papa, I have – oh, excuse me.”
The moment I turned my head to see who had joined us, I felt the breath leave my body in one great rush. I know I looked stupid as hell but the sight of the newcomer reduced me to a puddle in a moment. My mouth hung open; I couldn’t look away. 
A vision of Grecian beauty, he reminded me very much of Michelangelo’s David. If I had to guess at his age, I would have put him about around twenty-five or so. His black hair was curly, framing his head like a halo. His face was almost feminine in its beauty with eyes the color of warm chocolate, a strong aquiline nose, and lips that looked full and pouty. He had high cheekbones that added the air of strength to his face. When I allowed myself the ability to look lower, I saw that he was slim and well-toned. His shoulders weren’t huge but they were broad enough to make his waist look small. I wondered what his arse looked like, making a mental image of the perfectly rounded globes. When he turned to close the door, I saw that I was right. 
“My son, Niko -- Nikolos.”
The son took my hand, shaking it with much less vigor than his father had displayed, but Nikolos shook it with no less warmth.
“David…uh, Dave. Call me Dave.”
“I am pleased to meet you, Dave.” His voice was less accented than his father’s, his English flawless. He spoke the next words to Stavros, but his eyes never left mine. “Papa, the mill is fixed; you can lead the tour there tomorrow. It was just a branch got caught in the grinder.”
“Wonderful,” Stavros bellowed.
“Grinder?” I asked.
When Niko smiled, his face lit up with a glow. “Yes, the olives are ground so that we can extract the oil from them.” 
I smiled back. “I look forward to the tour then. I can’t wait to see how this is all done.”
Stavros clapped his hand on my back and laughed. “Good, good. We will take you on tour tomorrow.” With that, he grabbed my shoulders and pulled me into a bear hug that I thought would break my ribs. Then, he kissed both my cheeks and patted them with his huge hands. “Good, good. Come now, Niko, we must let them rest. He and beautiful woman will need rest before the feast.”
Niko glanced at me with one eyebrow raised. I wasn’t sure what message he was sending but I had a good feeling I knew. How could I send the message back to him that his invitation was welcome? I licked my lower lip, trying to think, but that seemed to be the right one. He nodded, still smiling. 
“Yes, Papa, we will go.” He turned and left the villa without another word.
“Rest well, Mr. Dave. I will send Niko to get you when it is time.



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    South Beach sizzles as two determined and courageous sisters explore their attraction to two very handsome and successful men.  Join Connie and Carmen on their sexy, emotional, and humorous journey to find love and reach for their dreams.

    NOW AND ALWAYS

    Romantic Times: 4 Stars - Pineiro "ignites her own brand of Miami heat in this sexy and humorous romance."

    Connie Gonzalez is a driven, ambitious woman who is one of the FBI’s best agents and determined to prove herself in a man’s world. Assigned to the Miami Bureau, Connie soon finds herself going undercover in Miami's glamorous South Beach area. An injury throws her together with the very rich and tempting Dr. Victor Cienfuegos. Victor is everything Connie should avoid, but despite the risks of her work and allowing any distractions, Connie cannot deny the attraction between herself and the sexy physician. Will danger keep them apart or is their love strong enough to survive for now and always?

     
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    Paul Stone accepts Connie Gonzalez’s invitation to join her for a traditional and fun-filled Christmas Eve dinner. Paul is instantly captivated by her intriguing kid sister. Carmen Gonzalez is leery of the self-assured FBI agent whose upscale upbringing provided him with all he ever needed. . .except love. After a fast-paced courtship, Paul and Carmen are ready to walk down the aisle, blissfully unaware that fate – and their own secret fears – will test their fragile commitment long before they make it to the altar . . . .




    Darynda Jones Interview


    Well I was lucky enough to be able to ask Mrs. Darynda Jones some questions.  Tomorrow Fifth Grave Past the Light releases. I was also privileged enough to get an Advanced Readers Copy. I will tell you this much.  SPOILER!  This is the BEST one yet!  Fell in love with REYES all over again. Check out my review at the bottom of the interview. ENJOY! 
    What would you do if you found ….oh let’s say …. A young dead girl under your bed….scratching?
    Bwahahaha!!! I’d run. No questions asked. It wouldn’t matter if I had been sleeping naked, either. I’d be out the door and down the street before I realized I’d forgotten something.
     Did you ever think there would be 5 or more books?
    That was my dream the moment I came up with the character of Charley Davidson. But did I know that it would come to fruition? No way. I am thrilled beyond measure and hope there will be many, many more to come.
    Was this always the path for Charley and Reyes? Or has it evolved?
    Yes, though it has evolved faster than I’d originally envisioned. I actually feared putting them together-together, if you know what I mean. Like in a committed relationship. Then I looked around at some of the most talented, best selling authors out there. Suddenly, all the cool kids were doing it and I couldn't wait to join in. Also I got death threats.
    That being said, their relationship has taken a slight turn since my original vision, but that won’t happen until book six.
    If Charley can do what Reyes can do, then can Reyes do what Charley can do?
    Nope. :)
    Can people pass through Reyes?
    Not intentionally, but he is a portal to hell, so one would think they could. Sadly, no one wants to go to hell, so that theory has never been tested.
    We found out in book 4 that Charley is part of a bigger picture. When will we learn more about these light beings?
    She is definitely part of a bigger picture, but not because of her heritage or the race of beings she comes from. However, I do plan on bringing them into the picture at some point. Can you imagine her meeting her celestial parents? They are royalty, you know.
    If Reyes was created by Satan then who is his mother?
    He was exactly that: Created. Much like the stars in the heavens, he was made from the melding of molecules and the eternal fires of sin, where atoms bonded and formed the perfect being that we know as Reyes Alexander Farrow. He is the son of what we think of as evil, but he was made from light, much like our own sun. He is an immaculate balance of this light and the darkness from which he was formed and, unfortunately for his father, he can choose which path to take.  
    Was Garrett sent to hell or did he do something in his past to already take him there.
    He was most definitely sent, and sent for a reason. He was not slated for a trip to the basement, but as fate would have it, his temporarily state of death-ness let someone (ahem) take advantage of the situation. Needless to say, Garrett is a bit miffed.
    Did you have a hard time turning Charley into a killer? Does that affect her path to light?
    I knew she would kill eventually and that it would bother her, but it does not affect her path to light. She has the power and the authority to take lives, especially those who do not deserve the one they’ve been given. It is not what she was made to do, but she can if she deems the act necessary.
    You dealt with PTSD in book 4. Charley copes with buying frivolous items from the home shopping channel. What is the nuttiest thing you’ve ever bought from TV?

    Ha! Let’s just say I have my fair share of items that begin with Ronco.  

    Charley Davidson may not look like your everyday, run-of-the-mill grim reaper, but she has vowed to reap grimness wherever she goes despite this unfortunate fact. Sadly, she gets sidetracked when the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, moves in next door. As he is the main suspect in her arson case, she is determined to stay away from him until she can find out the truth. According to her therapist, however, she lacks conviction. 

    When dead women start appearing in her apartment - lost, confused and terrified beyond reason - Charley has no choice but to ask for Reyes's help, especially when it becomes apparent that her own sister Gemma is the serial killer's next target. With his ability to observe incorporeally, surely he can find out who's responsible. And even if he can't, he is the one man alive who could protect Gemma no matter who or what came at her. But he wants something in return: Charley. All of her - body and soul. And to keep her sister safe, it is a price she is willing to pay
    MY REVIEW
    Honestly, my mind is a puddle of mud right now. This is the best book yet, and I don't say that lightly. I'll not go over and try to rewrite the blurb and try to fancy it up with my own words. I will say it is pact full of more suspense and definitely MORE dead people with mysteries to be solved. I love Reyes even more now than I had in the past (if that was even possible) OMG, this man/being is sexier then the hell he was forged from. The writing is superbly Darynda. Wit, sas, sex;it's all back and in large doses. I love you Darynda. You write one of the best stories out there. I can't wait for 6th. Oh, and thanks for making me leave a light ON! 


    Links To Author:
    ·         Darynda Jones Website  
    ·         Facebook
    ·         Darynda’s World
    ·         Twitter
    Links To Purchase Books:
    ·         Amazon
    ·         Barnes & Nobles
    ·          Audible

    NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com

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    One Tiny Secret


    **Mature Content Warning** Recommended for 17+ due to language, violence, and sexual content.

    Just one tiny secret has the potential to ruin everything.

    Being the daughter of the sheriff in a small town like Holden Ridge means that eighteen-year-old Danielle “Dani” Marks’ life is under constant surveillance. She’s made a habit of staying under the radar by being a floater among social circles at school, which has kept her out of trouble—until now.

    After a missing persons case stirs up the entire town, Dani finds herself caught right in the middle of the scandal. When she’s labeled a possible suspect, things quickly go from bad to worse. The sudden return of her old flame, Parker Reed, manages to make her whole situation even more complicated.

    When an elusive unknown person begins to blackmail Dani by threatening to reveal her deepest secrets, Dani refuses to play along. That is, until the person’s actions take a violent turn. Holden Ridge loses its sense of quaint town security, and Dani is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse.

    Who can she trust when anyone around her could be a suspect?

    One thing’s for certain though: Never underestimate the power of one tiny secret.

    Adam Kunz is the A part of the mother and son author duo C.A. Kunz. Growing up, he always had a fondness for R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series. So, it was a no brainer when he decided to write his own novel that it’d be a thrilling mystery with a dash of horror. When he’s not busy writing, Adam enjoys his job at a theme park in Orlando, Florida as a décor consultant. This job brings him face to face with all sorts of nightmarish creatures, especially when he decorates the haunted houses for the park's annual Halloween event. It’s been said by many that his addiction to Starbucks coffee will most likely be his downfall later in life. If you would like to find out more about this author, C.A. Kunz, or  One Tiny Secret,  please visit the links below:

    MY REVIEW:
    I received an ARC of this book. 
    This book was absolutely amazing. I just finished and I'm having a hard time coming up with something to say other than....captivating, suspenseful and brilliant. 
    Kuntz has the voice of a teenage girl down pat. Totally in AWE. 
    The story was set on the edge of your seat suspenseful. Every noise in my house made me jump. And lets not even mentioned when my phone rang and I jumped out of my skin. Oh, and the love story left me with quite the tingle. Whew! *wipes brow
    The ending made my mouth hit the floor. Great job! 
    Wonderfully written.
    5 stars and 2 thumbs up. A must read.