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Author Shares Worth the Wait by A. J. Pine


I like to think of myself as a man of pleasure…I enjoy a good pint of ale, being in the arms of a beautiful woman, and living by my own rules. The only thing I try to avoid? Commitment. And I’ve got a three-year success rate to prove it.

I wasn’t planning on Grace—the beautiful, funny, totally off-limits massage therapist who keeps popping up in my life. She’s on a six-month mission to rid her life of toxins. No alcohol. No red meat. And, yeah, no men. I’m talking full-on man cleanse.

I know I should walk away, but I can’t…and the only way to keep her in my life is to live by her rules. I’ll need to prove to a woman who’s lost all trust in men that I’m worthy of her love. And do it all without so much as a single kiss.

The only problem? If I win, I’ll lose the one thing I swore I’d never give up. My heart.

A&RBC’s review coming soon


AJ Pine writes stories to break readers’ hearts, but don’t worry—she’ll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality–romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she’s not writing, she’s of course reading. Then there’s online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and, of course, a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. And in the midst of all of this, you’ll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago burbs.

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Meet The Author

Interview with Patricia Saunders, Author of This Too Shall Pass


Chatting with us today is self-publushed Author, Patricia A. Saunders. Saunders was born and raised in Connecticut before relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area nearly 23 years ago. She received her Master’s in Management from the University of Phoenix in 2011. After the passing of her mother who had Alzheimer’s, Patricia decided that all the words that she kept to herself were to be released.

Her work has been featured on a Coast to Coast Book Tour at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Tucson Book Festival, Miami International Festival of Books and AARP Life@50+ Spring Convention. Also on In the Company of Poet, Women Owned Business Club Magazine, and Alysha Live! Radio Show and Coach Deb Bailey Secret of Success Talk Radio. She performs locally at spoken word events and Capital Jazz SuperCruise Open Mic with Grammy Award Winner Eric Roberson.

She is a monthly blogger of her own blog Blessed & Curvy who covers today’s hot topics.

She released her first self published book Through the Fire (March 2012) which covered situations, circumstances, and life lessons that have influenced her over her lifetime. On a mission to complete a book a year she released her second book Loving Me (2013) and third Let It Rain (2014) which is also self published and covers various topics from love, grief, self image, self esteem, bullying, and discovery of self love .Her fourth book (2016) This Too Shall Pass was released by AuthorHouse Publishing and readers have given it a five star rating.

She works as a supervisor for a corporate financial organization. In her spare time, Patricia enjoys writing poetry, traveling, spending time with family and wine tasting.


Let’s  get to know are few more facts about Patricia  Saunders 
A&RBC: Tell us a little about This Too Shall Pass?
PS: It was written with the inspiration from 3 women.  After the passing of my mother who had Alzheimer’s I wanted to give up on life. I felt that I lost everything that was important to me. I received three notes cards  all with the inscription of This Too Shall Pass. It’s been ten years and I realized that I came through it and there was so much that happened that I wanted to write about.
A&RBC: Why do you feel it was time to write this particular book?
PS: I feel this is one of my best books because so many can relate to loss of a love one, depression,  being in a relationship and starting over. It  doesn’t matter what age but the reader can relate to the experiences that I write about.
A&RBC: After seeing first hand how Alzheimer’s affects the mind, did this encourage your writing?
PS: From my first book Through the Fire I state that the reason that I let my words flow is for a couple of reasons 1. It’s my legacy in case I inherit the disease 2. I always wrote as a kid my deepest thoughts and if one day I can’t say them my family and friends know what impacted my spirit and can carry on. 3. My Mother was my hero! so I dedicated my writing a book annually until the pen stops.
A&RBC: What do you want readers to take from your books?
PS: I want a reader who picks up the book to want to turn each page, to cry, laugh and say she’s telling my story
A&RBC: Tell us a little about Blessed and Curvy
PS: I started a blog a few years ago called Blessed and Curvy it touches on everything from poetry, world news, and anything the heart desires.
A&RBC: Do you believe blogging is an important tool for authors?
PS: It is because it gives those out there a chance to build a relationship with you. They can comment on the piece and have dialog that they can not with the book
A&RBC: Do you host other authors/bloggers on Blessed and Curvy?
PS: I do have guest bloggers and showcase new authors
A&RBC: What are your writing goals for 2017?
PS: I just finished my first challenge with National Novel Writing Month where I wrote a novel in the month of November. My plan is release There is Sunshine After The Rain in the spring. This book is a combination of poetry and non fiction so that the reader can see what motivated myself to write the poetry with background between the pages.
A&RBC: Do you believe self-publishing was the better option for you?
PS: It is a better option for myself because it gives me the freedom to make choices and still control my vision.
A&RBC: At some point, do you want to pursue traditional publishing?
PS: I just did a Facebook Live where I talked about this . If opportunity came knocking and it was the right decision, the publishing house had my best interest , then I might consider going traditional. I don’t want to lose who I am in trying to go mainstream.
You can follow her on social media:
Facebook: @ blessedpoetpat
Twitter: @ blessedpoetpat
Pinerest: @blessedpoetpat
About the Book
This book of poetry spans the journey of life, death, grief, love, and weathering all storms. When life has thrown you curveballs and you think that it’s over, no one is there for you, or no one can love you, it is in those moments when you have to hang on. There is hope, there is love, and there is a second chance. You just have to believe that this too shall pass.
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Book Features, Giveaways

Sneak Peek of The Stubborn Billionaire by Lexxie Couper #giveaway

He had a plan for her. Her getting under his skin wasn’t it. I’ll stop at nothing to get what I want. It’s the Dyson way.

Ruthless? Maybe. But it’s what’s put me on top. And it’s what’s going to help me get revenge on the woman who put my family through hell.I’m going to ruin Sienna Roberts.My plan has been in play for months. She has no idea I’m the mysterious benefactor commissioning her artwork, or that the downfall in store for her will be the end of her career.

But there’s something I didn’t plan for—the way her smile and touch starts to make me forget all I blame her for…

Check out a Sneak Peek of The Stubborn Billionaire


He stared into Sienna’s jade-green eyes, a distant part of him unable to deny the hypnotizing intensity of their depths despite who she was. Regardless of how she’d fooled his brother, Clinton had been right about her eyes. They were the eyes of a temptress. If he wasn’t careful, his well-laid plans could unravel.

He drew in a deep breath, filling his lungs with her delicate but somehow heady scent.

When he first met her, her scent had filled his head with wild thoughts and even wilder desires, desires he’d been more than eager to act upon as they stood almost touching in front of one of his brother’s more ridiculous paintings.

Right now, in this very moment, it sank straight to his groin, raw and carnal and animalistic.

Lust was not unfamiliar to him, but he had to remember who she was. He had to remember why he was here. He had to forget the playful heat of their flirting a lifetime ago. He had to forget everything he’d discovered about her since.

He had to remember what she’d done to Clinton. What she’d caused his only brother to do.

“When do we begin?” he asked, still staring into her eyes.

“Never.” Her response was exactly what he’d anticipated. Short. Final. Angry.

“And disappoint Xavier?” He raised an eyebrow. “I don’t think so.” He took another step forward, his thighs brushing hers. “It’s just a painting.” He paused, letting a lazy grin pull at his lips. “That is, unless you’re afraid of what will happen if we’re alone together?”

She glared at him. “You flatter yourself.”

“Maybe, but I don’t think so. I remember the way we flirted at Clint’s exhibition. The way you looked at me. And I certainly remember the way you melted in my arms just now.”

“And you’ve forgotten the way I stamped on your foot? The way I slapped your face? Or do you call that foreplay?”

Her words were sharp, like barbed wire, and he could almost believe she wanted nothing to do with him. But she hadn’t taken a step back when he’d closed the distance between them. In fact, she remained so close to him her thighs still brushed his, the barest contact sending hot charges through his body.

Yet at the same time, her eyes were wide and nervous, and the pulse point at her neck fluttered like a trapped butterfly. He frowned, puzzled. This was not how he expected the calculating vixen Clinton had so thoroughly described to behave. As much as she wanted him to think otherwise, she appeared confused, almost innocent. And vulnerable.

The dull ache in his foot made him rethink that last one. Perhaps vulnerable wasn’t the right word.

Slight movement drew his eyes, instant sexual hunger roaring through him as she quickly wet her bottom lip with her tongue.

He pulled in his own long breath. Christ, did she know how hot that simple act looked?

About the Author


Lexxie Couper started writing when she was six and hasn’t stopped since. She’s not a deviant, but she does have a deviant’s imagination and a desire to entertain readers with her words. Add the two together and you get erotic romances that can make you laugh, cry, shake with fear or tremble with desire. Sometimes all at once.

When she’s not submerged in the worlds she creates, Lexxie’s life revolves around her family, a husband who thinks she’s insane, a indoor cat who likes to stalk shadows, and her daughters, who both utterly captured her heart and changed her life forever.

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Book Features, Book Reviews

Spotlight and Review of The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood


Ten Steps to Surviving a New Job:

1. Don’t sleep with the client. It’ll get you fired. (Sounds easy enough.)

2. Don’t blink when new client turns out to be former one-night stand.

3. Don’t call same client a jerk for never texting you back.

4. Don’t believe client when he says he really, really wanted to call.

5. Remember, the client is always right—so you can’t junk punch him when he demands new design after new design.

6. Ignore accelerated heartbeat every time sexy client walks into room.

7. Definitely ignore client’s large hands. They just mean he wears big gloves.

8. Don’t let client’s charm wear you down. Be strong.

9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the client. You’ll lose more than your job—maybe even your heart.

10. If all else fails, see rule number one again.

A&RBC’s Review & Rating:

4 Stars=Great Page Turner

It is wonderful to know your talent awards you with repeat business. It isn’t wonderful to find out that repeat business is with the brother of the person you slept who walked away. Talk about conflict of interest. Zoey can explain it better since this happened to her in The Rule Maker by Jennifer Blackwood. Zoey is a designer working for a top firm and takes pride in everything she does except when it comes to Ryder Covington. The sexy man that she just want to take a bite out of but knows it won’t end well.

When Ryder’s brother Jason hires Zoey to help renovate a resort putting Ryder in charge to work with Zoey, she can feel trouble is just around the corner. Yes, she puts up her defense mechanisms hoping to keep her attraction for Ryder at bay, but the more they work together her resistance is sure to fail. Ryder is all for working on the resort project with Zoey because it gives him the chance to be near her. He can’t stop thinking about all the things he would like to do to her but tries to play it cool.

The Rule Maker is an entertaining read with well-developed characters that complement the storyline. The back and forth between Zoey and Ryder drove me crazy and at the same time had me cracking up. From their first interaction, I couldn’t help root for them to be together. The author does a wonderful job with descriptions through this book, which helped me visualize the resort and the atmosphere surrounding why Jason had to buy it. I really enjoyed Blackwood’s writing style and will read more of her work, especially the rest of the books in this series. I recommend The Rule Maker to readers of contemporary romance or chick lit.

This book was provided by the publicist for review purposes only.

Reviewed by Teresa Beasley



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Jennifer Blackwood is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and poorly behaved black lab puppy. When not chasing after her toddler, you can find her binging on episodes of Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, and locking herself in her office to write.

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