ARC signups: GUN MOLL - #MafiaRomance
Hey, all.

I am sharing the ARC signup form for Gun Moll today!

The release for Gun Moll is May 23rd. ARCs will be sent out May 9th, after cover reveal. 

Find the easy-to-fill out form below.

Or the direct link can be found here


Chapter One Reveal: Gun Moll #MafiaRomance - @ErinTheAuthor
So, yesterday I shared some pretties from Gun Moll, and today, I am sharing Chapter One!

So yep, this is kind of like Gun Moll week over here, haha.

You can find Gun Moll on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29504632-gun-moll

BLURB:

James “Mac” Maccari’s career in the mafia is at a standstill. As the best solider in his Capo’s crew, all he wants is to be noticed enough to get Made in the Pivetti Crime Family. But instead, his Capo’s interests seem more focused on keeping his solider hidden from the boss, and every other Made man he can. Seemingly stuck right where he is with no chance of going up, Mac doesn’t know what will finally get him the attention he needs to earn his button.

Until she shows up and all eyes are on them …

Melina Morgan survives—that’s just what she does. She’s never been able to depend on anyone but herself to keep her safe and get things done. When a chance encounter puts her in a bad situation with the cops and the mafia, Melina has no choice but to put her faith in the hands of a man that not only infuriates her with his cocky arrogance, but catches her interest, too. Playing pretend in a fake relationship with Mac doesn’t seem all that terrible, until pretend turns real and bullets start to fly.

A man is nothing without his woman …

When the attention on Mac and Melina turns from bad to worse, and someone in the Pivetti Crime Family decides the couple needs to go, they know they’re fighting an uphill battle alone. But making it to the end alive means Mac could get what he’s always wanted, and Melina might find what she didn’t even know she needed.

Together, they’ll make waves the mafia has no choice but to notice …
 



And finally ... the chapter.

Enjoy!

-Kris

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CHAPTER ONE

Deep down into the depth of her core, Melina Morgan could feel a blaze burning hotter and hotter. Her soul was on fire. Soon, she knew it would consume her, but there was nothing she could do. Life had already decided her fate and fate was a real bitch.

A droplet of water splattered her face as she readjusted the black umbrella she was holding. The sky was open, pouring water down all around her, but it didn’t matter. Not much did anymore.

She watched with gritted teeth as the simple maple-oak-finished casket was lowered into the waiting plot in the ground. Melina stood alone as the first and only witness to the final resting place of a great man. A great man who’d been all but shunned and forgotten by everyone except her. Hot tears slipped down her cheeks, and as the thunder clapped overhead, she couldn’t hold them in any longer. The despair and anger she’d been holding inside burst from her lungs like a train running at full speed.

Bitterness filled her mouth as she sobbed. Her knuckles cracked as she clutched the umbrella as if it were the only lifeline to hold her up. It wasn’t fair. Those fucks had betrayed him, stripping him of everything he’d worked so hard for; everything he’d honored and held in high esteem, they’d taken it away. Melina shouldn’t have been the only person at this funeral. It should have been filled with friends and colleagues of Daniel Morgan Jr. There should have been a line of men saluting him and placing the symbol of everything Daniel had ever stood for in Melina’s hands.

But Melina held nothing except a worn, black umbrella that did little to keep the rain from chilling her bones. It was just too bad; the rain couldn’t cool the fire in her soul. As the casket came to its final resting place, the gravedigger started to throw the first shovel of dirt in.

“Wait.”

He threw dirt on the top of the casket.

“Damn it, I said wait!” Melina yelled at him.

“It’s raining cats and dogs out here. I’m soaked.”

“Well, so am I. Do you know who you’re burying? Do you know who it is that you’re giving less than a damn about?”

“Look, I’m just doing my job.”

“So did he, and he got no respect for it. No appreciation. But today, you’re going to give me a chance to show him the respect he didn’t get when he was alive. Got it?”

The man glared at her, his muddy brown eyes were hard, but Melina didn’t care. He was going to allow her this moment. Reaching inside her black trench coat, she withdrew a small souvenir. She’d had it since she was a small girl and now she was returning it to the one who’d given it to her. Staring at it with a measure of love and anger, Melina threw the small replica of the American flag down on top of the casket.

“You finished?” the insolent gravedigger asked.

“No, I’m not. You might want to get out of the way for what I’m about to do next.”

“Can you hurry the hell up?”

Melina’s russet brown eyes closed briefly before she opened them again. Reaching once more into her coat, she pulled out a black handgun with a worn grip and aimed it at the gravedigger.

“I suggest you shut the fuck up before you find yourself in a hole out here, too.”

The man raised his hands. “I don’t want any trouble. Please.”

“Then be quiet and let me do what I came here for. You are welcome to continue your miserable excuse for a job, after.”

“Yes, ma’am.”

Melina raised her Smith & Wesson 386 towards the sky and fired one round.

“Lance Corporal Daniel Morgan Jr., thank you for your service. Thank you for believing that no man deserves to be left behind. Thank you for taking a stand and sticking by it, no matter what it cost you in the end.”

Melina blasted another round off into the sky. The gravedigger jumped, but she ignored him. She wasn’t finished yet. Her voice wavered as she continued talking.

“When others would’ve simply turned a blind eye, you stuck to your values and you always did the right thing. When life fucked you any way but right, your spirit let you hold on and keep fighting. Few knew your pain, but I saw it, no matter how much you tried to hide it from me. Few will ever know the real cost you paid for serving your country as an honorable man, but I know and I remember.”
With tears streaming down her cheeks, Melina raised the gun and fired one last time.

“This isn’t goodbye. It’s just an ‘I’ll see you later’ and when we meet again, you’ll be the man you once were. The man who looked at life through shining eyes with the hope and belief that no matter what, doing the right thing would always save you in the end. Rest now and know that the pain of this life is over, and you’re in a far better place. See you later.”

As the rain slowed to a light downpour, Melina put her gun away and nodded towards the gravedigger. “He’s all yours now.”

She turned to walk away.

“Ma’am, I don’t mean to pry, but if he was a vet, why didn’t he have a military funeral?”

Wiping her eyes, Melina swallowed the lump in her throat and faced the gravedigger with the familiar coldness already settling in her heart.

“While in Afghanistan, a small group of men under him were trapped behind enemy lines and ordered to be left behind. He disobeyed orders and went back for them; two of those men died. My father lost his right forearm. Instead of giving him a medal for risking his life for his fellow man and for losing a limb, they discharged him dishonorably. He was an example for other men, and nothing more.”

“That was mighty shitty of them to do that.”

“Yes, it was.”

“What about the men he saved? Why aren’t they here?”

“I was unable to get the contact information for the ones who survived.”

Melina turned away and started to walk.

“He was your father, wasn’t he?” the gravedigger called from behind her.

“Yes, he was.”

Taking a deep, cleansing breath, she started to walk through the graveyard and to her car. It was over and she would never return here. Contrary to what many thought, there was no sentimental value to visiting a grave. The person you loved was gone. There was no lingering spirit, waiting around for you to come visit. Only a body remained. A body that had already begun to deteriorate and would soon return to the earth from which it came.

No, Melina was done here. There was no reason to visit a headstone, especially one that did not even begin to convey the true measure of the man buried beneath it.

The rain continued to slacken as Melina walked back to her vehicle. A loud beep made her stop. Opening her purse, she reached inside. Her fingers closed around a black beeper that was outdated and behind the times, but necessary, according to her boss. The number “711” flashed across it. Putting it back inside her purse, Melina kept walking. She’d just received another lesson from life: It doesn’t matter what the fuck is going on, the world keeps moving. Deal with it.

Sad, but true. Anyone else would have the time to grieve properly, to get affairs in order. Hell, just a little time to sift through their father’s belongings and reminisce. But not her.

It was time to dry her tears and close the vault to her heart permanently. She was in this world alone, and she had to make it the best she could. Even if she cringed every time the numbers 711 came across her beeper. Even if her stomach turned, imaging what kind of desperate fool she’d have to entertain tonight. It didn’t matter. She was an escort and tonight, she belonged to the highest bidder, whoever he might be.

Teaser: Gun Moll #MafiaRomance - @ErinTheAuthor

I'm sharing some pretties (read: teasers) from Gun Moll today! 

Erin and I are really excited to share Gun Moll. 

Cover Reveal is May 9th!
Release is May 23rd!

Find Gun Moll on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29504632-gun-moll 

James “Mac” Maccari’s career in the mafia is at a standstill. As the best solider in his Capo’s crew, all he wants is to be noticed enough to get Made in the Pivetti Crime Family. But instead, his Capo’s interests seem more focused on keeping his solider hidden from the boss, and every other Made man he can. Seemingly stuck right where he is with no chance of going up, Mac doesn’t know what will finally get him the attention he needs to earn his button.

Until she shows up and all eyes are on them …

Melina Morgan survives—that’s just what she does. She’s never been able to depend on anyone but herself to keep her safe and get things done. When a chance encounter puts her in a bad situation with the cops and the mafia, Melina has no choice but to put her faith in the hands of a man that not only infuriates her with his cocky arrogance, but catches her interest, too. Playing pretend in a fake relationship with Mac doesn’t seem all that terrible, until pretend turns real and bullets start to fly.

A man is nothing without his woman …

When the attention on Mac and Melina turns from bad to worse, and someone in the Pivetti Crime Family decides the couple needs to go, they know they’re fighting an uphill battle alone. But making it to the end alive means Mac could get what he’s always wanted, and Melina might find what she didn’t even know she needed.

Together, they’ll make waves the mafia has no choice but to notice …


***

And finally, the pretties. 

Enjoy. 





Teaser: Thin Lies, Donati Bloodlines, Book One - #MafiaRomance #ComingSoon
A little teaser for you from Thin Lies today!

Coming May 2nd, 2016
ARC Signups can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ukDe6ASL7Pz4HFD6EZBvvx_knd5YIW8a6nfAWIKa0zE/viewform
Signups for the cover reveal and tour can be found here: http://indiesage.com/tour-thin-lies-bethany-kris/
Add to Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28868542-thin-lies

Pre-order from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Thin-Lies-Donati-Bloodlines-Book-ebook/dp/B01E04RY2S/

And as for the excerpt ... enjoy!

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Cops wouldn’t go this far, surely. A cop would have drunk at the club to fit in, he would have followed Mika’s man to sit down at another table, and he probably would not have gotten in Mika’s car.

Sure, it made Calisto uncomfortable. He wasn’t in his own territory. He still didn’t have time to doubt himself. This was far too important.

“Have you ever participated in an auction before?” Mika asked out of the blue.

Calisto shrugged, but answered honestly. “Yes.”

“When?”

When my uncle took an operation down because they wouldn’t pay him for being on his territory, Calisto thought.

“In my younger twenties. I didn’t get much out of it.”

Mika laughed. “I think you’ll have a better experience tonight.”

“I certainly hope so.”

More than Mika knew.

Mika lifted his phone and showed off a message that looked like a bunch of numbers and gibberish. “This is our invitation to the event. We show it at the door, and we’re permitted entrance. Nothing more.”

Good to know.

“So, I don’t really need you, huh?” Calisto asked. “Your driver must know where the place is.”

Mika’s head snapped up. “What did you just—”

Calisto pulled the gun from his back, the one he had taken from Poppy’s place. The weapon met Mika’s forehead with a crack as Calisto pulled the other gun he’d been hiding from the bag holding the money. He pointed the second gun at the driver.

“I don’t really need you,” Calisto repeated.

A little something on the Legacy series, and where I stand ...
Another reminder for this ... because I seem to be saying it a lot lately. Most who leave comments and ask about it are wonderful and nice, and then there are others who send me private messages or tweets with demands that are not as nice or wonderful. While I know how much everyone wants the Legacy series right this very minute, release has yet to change for it since I announced that I would be writing it.

The Legacy series (Filthy Marcello Next Gen) will NOT be published until early 2017. Again, from the start, I said this. I didn't hide that it would be a while.

The projects I actually have had planned to work on for the last year before Legacy even existed will be written before I begin the series.

I work really, really hard to maintain the release schedule I have, harder than anyone knows (other than maybe my hubby and my co-authors -- they know). I love (adore) all my readers.

But my schedule is mine. It is as much an artistic decision as it is a business choice.

And the schedule remains as I stated it was from the beginning. Donati Bloodlines, then Guzzi, and then Legacy. While I may have other releases in between these from my co-authors, my personal schedule not including them follows above. 

Legacy is the final series in the "Commission World" that revolves around New York, Chicago, and Vegas families we have met. Once Legacy is finished, this world will be closed out, and any new families I write about will exist in an entirely different world where there is no such thing as the Marcello, DeLuca, Trentini, Conti, Sorrento, Donati, Calabrese ... ect... families.

If you want information on when things will possibly be released, feel free to message me and ask, and maybe I can give you a time frame for the upcoming year.

Hugs, and thanks.

Kris <3
Cover Reveal: Thin Lies (Donati Bloodlines, 1) #ComingSoon #MafiaRomance

Hey, all! 

I'm so excited to be sharing the cover for Thin Lies today. And even better, I can't wait to share the novel. Hugs, and enjoy the pretty! 

Find Thin Lies on Goodreads
ARC Signups are Here
Pre-order on Amazon
Tour Signups with Indie Sage







BLURB: 


Calisto Donati

She was just a woman. That’s what Calisto wanted to tell himself; that’s what he wanted to believe. Emma was nothing more than a woman. There were other women for him to want. To obsess over.
It couldn’t be Emma Sorrento.
Not for Calisto.
She was taken.
She was claimed.
She was not his.
In a few days, Calisto would hand her off, and that would be that. He wondered why it wouldn’t be that easy to let her go. 
What good had saving her done?
He had simply taken her from one monster to give her to another.

Emma Sorrento

Emma slid on her mask. All someone would need to do was look close enough to see what was really beneath the sheer falseness of her smile.
At the other end of the table, Emma found her lies staring her right in the face.
He smirked.
And winked.
Calisto Donati was her worst mistake, her greatest shame, and the one thing she still wanted more than anything. Emma could still feel him all over her, long after his touch and kiss was gone. In thirty days, her entire world had changed—he had changed her.
Emma had a feeling that if she played another game with Calisto, she would surely lose.
She had already lost once.
Wasn’t it enough?

WARNING: The first two books in the Donati Bloodlines Trilogy end on a cliffhanger, and are not considered safe romance.
Chicago War Outtakes - #FreeReads - Tommas and Abriella
So today is the last day for Chicago War outtakes! 

And of course, it's for the final War couple, Tommas and Abriella. 

Do enjoy the reads. These are the final ones. All formats are avaliable. Please use a COMPUTER to download. 

Hugs, and love. 

--Kris 




LINES & GAMES

MOBI: http://tinyurl.com/LinesGamesMOBI 
EPUB: http://tinyurl.com/LINESGAMESEPUB 
PDF: http://tinyurl.com/LINESGAMESPDF 


BLOODY & BROKEN

MOBI: http://tinyurl.com/BLOODYBROKENMOBI
EPUB: http://tinyurl.com/BLOODYBROKENEPUB
PDF: http://tinyurl.com/BLOODYBROKENPDF
Musical Inspiration - #OneinFive
A little heavier this week. <3

#OneinFive


Thin Lies (Donati Bloodlines, 1) is on Pre-Order! #MafiaRomance
Thin Lies is finally on pre-order over at Amazon.

Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Thin-Lies-Donati-Bloodlines-Book-ebook/dp/B01E04RY2S/

I am so excited to share this novel with everyone--the start of this Trilogy. The first book is important as it kind of explains how they find themselves in the situation they're in. And I adore Calsito and Emma more than I can explain.

Release is May 2nd.

Find it on Goodreads.

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BLURB:

Calisto Donati 

She was just a woman. That’s what Calisto wanted to tell himself; that’s what he wanted to believe. Emma was nothing more than a woman. There were other women for him to want. To obsess over. 
It couldn’t be Emma Sorrento. 
Not for Calisto. 
She was taken. 
She was claimed. 
She was not his. 
In a few days, Calisto would hand her off, and that would be that. He wondered why it wouldn’t be that easy to let her go. 
What good had saving her done? 
He had simply taken her from one monster to give her to another. 


Emma Sorrento 

Emma slid on her mask. All someone would need to do was look close enough to see what was really beneath the sheer falseness of her smile. 
At the other end of the table, Emma found her lies staring her right in the face. 
He smirked. 
And winked. 
Calisto Donati was her worst mistake, her greatest shame, and the one thing she still wanted more than anything. Emma could still feel him all over her, long after his touch and kiss was gone. In thirty days, her entire world had changed—he had changed her. 
Emma had a feeling that if she played another game with Calisto, she would surely lose. 
She had already lost once. 
Wasn’t it enough? 

WARNING: The first two books in the Donati Bloodlines Trilogy end on a cliffhanger, and are not considered safe romance.
Audio Book Release: The Cavanaugh House by Elizabeth Meyette @efmeyette

Romance Plus Mystery Equals a Good Listen


Thanks for inviting me to your gorgeous blog, Bethany-Kris. I’m excited to share the news about an entirely new venture for me – an audiobook version of The Cavanaugh House. I have been a book “listener” for years, so to actually hear my characters speaking was amazing! My narrator, Amy McFadden, captured the tone of the book and the attitude of my protagonist, Jesse Graham, perfectly. While The Cavanaugh House doesn’t follow the usual conventions of a romance novel because it is told entirely from Jesse’s point of view, the romance between her and the hero Joe Riley is a main plot strand in the mystery. Thanks for letting me share the news with your readers.

The Cavanaugh House excerpt:

This house held secrets.  Secrets that wafted through rotting window sashes on the winter wind.  Secrets that spiders wove into webs anchored between the ceiling and walls. Secrets that scuttled on the feet of cockroaches across stained kitchen linoleum and scurried into its cracks. Secrets that peered from holes in the baseboard from glinting mouse eyes. This house held the secrets close to its bosom where they had slept for decades. No one had disturbed these secrets in all the years the house sat decaying from neglect. There was no reason to, and there was no desire.


The Cavanaugh House blurb:

When Jesse Graham unlocks the door to the deserted house she inherited from her Aunt Helen, she doesn’t realize she’s unlocking secrets that had lain dormant for years. Reeling from a broken engagement to acclaimed musician Robert Cronmiller, Jesse wants to leave the city where her name is linked to his in all the society pages. Her best friend Maggie, aka Sister Angelina, convinces her to take a job at a private girls’ school in the pastoral Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Anticipating a quiet, revitalizing life in her aunt’s deserted house, Jesse is instead thrown into a maze of danger. Questions about her aunt’s death lead Jesse to investigate events surrounding it and the people involved, but she uncovers a web of deceit that reaches far beyond the occurrences of over two decades earlier. Still dejected from her broken engagement, Jesse finds it difficult to trust anyone, even her self-absorbed mother. Joe Riley is irresistible, but secrets obstruct involvement with him until Jesse can solve the secrets of the Cavanaugh House. Someone doesn’t want those secrets unearthed and will stop at nothing, even murder, to keep them hidden.


Now my audiobook is available and I am celebrating with a giveaway on my website. You can enter it below!

Elizabeth’s books are available on:





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ARC signups for Thin Lies (Donati Bloodlines, 1) - #MafiaRomance #ComingSoon
Find the easy-to-fill ARC form for Thin Lies (Donati Bloodlines, 1) down below.

Or you can find it here

Or if you prefer, direct link is here:
http://tinyurl.com/THINLIESARCs 

The ARCs will be send out on April 18th. 

Hugs and love. 

-Kris

Chicago War Outtakes - #FreeReads - Theo and Evelina
And this week is for Theo and Eve with the Chicago War Outtakes. 

I think it'll explain a lot that some people wondered, like their wedding in Forever & Eve, and their life as it continued on without them having children ... or did it?... in Lost & Found. 

All formats are available to download. Please download using a computer, not another device. 

And enjoy, of course. 




Forever & Eve

Mobi: http://tinyurl.com/ForeverEveMOBI 
Epub: http://tinyurl.com/ForeverEveEPUB 
PDF: http://tinyurl.com/ForeverEvePDF 

Lost & Found

Mobi: http://tinyurl.com/LostFoundMOBI 
Epub: http://tinyurl.com/LostFoundEPUB 
PDF: http://tinyurl.com/LostFoundPDF 





Cover Reveal and Tour Signups - Thin Lies (Donati Bloodlines, 1)
Hey, all!


We are just one month off from the release of Thin Lies, the first book in the Donati Bloodlines Trilogy. And so, other things are happening, too.


Indie Sage will once again be hosting the reveal for the Thin Lies cover, as well as the 2-week tour upon release. And so, for those bloggers that would like to sign up to be a part of the cover reveal, tour, or both, you can find that here.


Or the direct link is here: http://indiesage.com/tour-thin-lies-bethany-kris/

Hugs and love.

--Kris