It's a new year, and time you knew...

that I hate what this blog has become.

When I began Inked in Chapters, years back, I envisioned something fun and different. What I ended up with was more of the same. Now, I'm no fool. The only one to blame resides behind this keyboard. I'm the one who shaped this thing into a book-shaped blob, resembling so many other sites.

I've never been good at fitting into a mold. I tried to stick myself into a box, and I hate boxes. It's one of the reasons I have "Free" tattooed on my wrist. The idea of being what someone else wants me to be is suffocating. If I won't subject myself that in real life, why should I do it here? That's just ludicrous, and it only took me around 3 years to realize... *insert eye roll*

The book community, at least this small portion of it, reminds me of high school. You have the cool kids, the followers, the outcasts... You get the idea. I don't think I've ever fit in, so I'd place myself squarely in the outcast column. While Sarah, my ever faithful until-I-fell-into-a-funk reviewer, is much more in the thick of things. She has a passion for this "world" that I just can't seem to muster up. (You can follow her on IG - @dragonflyreads)

That being said, neither is wrong, we're just different.

My general focus, at this time in my life, is on my family - my 3 beautiful, yet insane, children and their ever patient father. It's on how to make their lives better and more beautiful. While I still read, and enjoy my books - for the most part- I don't find posting measly reviews that few read, cover reveals, or release blitz postings fulfilling anymore.


So I've decided to do more.

In 2018:
I want to share with you.
I want to converse with you.
I want to make connections.
I want to leave a positive mark on the world.
I want... to be light in the darkness.

In order to do that, I have to be vulnerable. And while we're laying it all out on the line here, that scares the shit out of me. But I'm going to do it. Wanna know why? Because I'm worth it. And you're worth it. We're worth it. I want to give you the best part of me. All I ask in return is that you keep our area a place of love, light, and respect. That doesn't mean you have to agree with everything I do or say or post, far from it. It just means that if your opinions/thoughts differ from mine, you come to me with a sense of decency and respect.

In 2018, I'll begin to ink my own chapters, here, with you.
(and maybe throw a few reviews in for fun.)
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Sledgehammer by P. Dangelico is LIVE!


by P. Dangelico Publication Date: September 11, 2017 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Amber Jones is in a pickle. And when I say pickle, I mean deep do-do. She knew she shouldn’t have gone to her ex’s New Year’s Eve party. And she reeeaally didn’t mean to almost burn down his house. It was the chafing dish’s fault, dang it! Now she needs a good lawyer, stat. But where to find one?

All work and no play make Ethan Vaughn a very sad and lonely lawyer. Not to mention horny. He really shouldn’t have agreed to help his best friend’s wife’s bestie with her imbroglio. Now she’s remanded on bail––and living in his house. The woman is a walking, talking category five hurricane. And considering his track record with women, he needs to stay as far away from this one as possible. Problem is, he just can't seem to make himself.

Heads up folks, this little heroine has a propensity for prolific profanity. Our girl's got a potty mouth and strong opinions. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you. If you have delicate nerves, this book is not for you. If you are under 18, this book is definitely not for you. Consider yourself warned.

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Cam DeSantis’ life is a hot, steaming pile. How else would you describe losing your husband, your job, and your money all at once? Desperate times call for desperate measures, so when salvation comes in the form of one intolerable a-hole, who just happens to be the starting quarterback for the vaunted NY Titans, she has no choice but to accept his offer as a live-in nanny slash teacher for his eight year old nephew. Now all she has to do is find a safe place in her mind to hide whenever she feels the need to throat punch him into tomorrow…which is often.

Calvin Shaw has zero interest in women. Wait, wait––let me rephrase that. He loves women, he just doesn’t want anything to do with ‘um. Not since his wife, presently ex-wife, got knocked up by the guy she was cheating on him with. Problem is––there’s one living in his house. And he doesn’t know what’s worse, that he promised to be civil, or that he’s attracted to her.

About P. Dangelico

P. Dangelico loves romance in all forms, shapes, and sizes, cuddly creatures (four legged and two), really bloody sexy pulp, the NY Jets (although she’s reconsidering after this season), and to while away the day at the barn (apparently she does her best thinking shoveling horse crap). What she’s not enamored with is referring to herself in the third person and social media so don’t expect her to get on Twitter anytime soon. Oh, and although she was born in Italy, she’s been Jersey Strong since she turned six.

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Expose' Sugar by Mandi Beck Release Blitz

Title: Sugar
Author: Mandi Beck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 7, 2017


Country’s hottest bad boy.

That’s what they call me. My label ate it up until I became “too bad” for the good folks of country music. That’s when Hard Candy Records picked me up and took a chance on me. Probably not their smartest move, but I won’t tell them that. Especially when they’ve assigned me a babysitter to try and keep my ass out of trouble. One smart-mouthed, unimpressed, sexy as homegrown sin, Addy Mae Masterson.

She likes to pretend that she doesn’t like me and I like to let her.

I may have a past that haunts me and she may have a habit of getting attached, but damn if I don’t want to show her just how good this bad boy can be.

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Author Bio

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A wife, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband and boys in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met. 


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Still by Kennedy Ryan Cover Reveal

“I love [Grip] in a way I haven't loved a character in such a long time. He's just seriously everything I could want in a hero. EVERYTHING. And then more.”
--Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling Author
STILL, the all-new emotional and sexy addition to the GRIP series,
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Title: STILL
Author: Kennedy Ryan
Publication Date: September 25th, 2017
Cover Designer: Maripili Studio
I'll be there.
Through thick and thin.
Ride or die.
You can count on me.
The promises people make. The vows we take.
Assumptions of the heart.
Emotion tells us how we feel, but has a way of plunging us in boiling water, burning away our illusions, testing our faith, trying our convictions.
Love floating is a butterfly, but love tested is an anchor.
For Grip and Bristol,
Love started at the top of the world
On a Ferris wheel under the stars
But when that love is tested, will they fly or fall?
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Kennedy Ryan is a Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.
She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.
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Sarah's 2¢: We Own Tonight by Corinne Michaels

From New York Times Bestseller, Corinne Michaels, comes a sexy new STANDALONE romance novel.

I’m not a one-night stand kind of woman. I’m especially not the woman who has a few drinks at a concert and ends up in bed with my childhood celebrity crush, Eli Walsh.

However, that’s exactly where I find myself.

What’s a girl to do after a drunken mistake? Run. I grab my clothes and get away from the powerful, irresistible, and best-sex-of-my-life superstar as fast as I can. His gorgeous green eyes, rock-hard body, and cocky smile have no place in my world. My life is complicated enough.

Someone forgot to tell him that.

Eli is relentless. Pushing his way into my heart, wearing me down, proving he’s nothing like I assumed, and everything I need. But when my world shatters to pieces, he holds the broken bits together. Unwillingly, I fall desperately in love with him.

He made me think we’d have forever . . . I should’ve listened when he said we could only own tonight.

Where do I even begin? We Own Tonight is the book I didn't know I needed in my life. We've got Eli Walsh, musician and actor, who is instantly drawn to Heather when their eyes connect at his concert. We've all been there, swooning over our favorite boy band singer. It's awesome how Corinne spins it though, because our hero and heroine are older. They meet later in life, and their romance is one for the ages!
"I was on my way to see someone. But it turns out she came to me."

Heather is a Tampa police officer with too much on her plate. She cares for her terminal sister full-time as well as works a thankless job and has no time for romance. Much to her dismay, Eli will stop at nothing to get her back after their one night stand.

"Eli makes me forget just how broken I am."

Eli is a playboy, plain and simple. He doesn't take life too seriously after being burned one too many times, but when he and Heather get together, he can't get her out of his mind and heart. 

"Eli breathes life into a heart that was deflated. A heart that never thought it would beat again is once again thumping at a steady pace."

It's funny that Corinne initially said We Own Tonight is her "fluffy, romantic comedy." Believe me, it's got so many laughs and amazing banter, but there is so much heart thrown into this book, I didn't even expect it. With Heather dealing with her sisters illness, the pages take an emotional turn and you can't help but grieve for Heather. Without her parents to console her, she turns to her best friends (love a good girl squad) and eventually Eli to ease the pain.

"If today could last forever, I'd be happy."

Corinne takes us on a true emotional journey with We Own Tonight. I saw someone say that this book ends on a cliffhanger. That's definitely not the case. We get a beautiful HEA for Eli and Heather. This book is heartfelt and unputdownable.

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Trixsters Anonymous Release Day Blitz, Giveaway, + Sarah's 2¢!

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Trixsters Anonymous Ebook Sassy, dramatic, hot-headed are just some of the words used to describe me since the time I was born. A few little mishaps growing up and my mom has a running ‘Emerson Baker’ prayer circle, and I have the reputation of a spit-fire that won’t go away.
I prefer the terms loyal, passionate, fiery, and possibly a bit impulsive.
So when my best friend proposes the concept of starting our own business, I jump on the idea.
That should be our motto… because your secrets can’t stay hidden for long with Trixsters Anonymous on the case.
We are the moonlighting duo hell-bent on helping those who suspect their lovers are cheating. We’re professional, careful, and completely anonymous…What could possibly go wrong?
Walker Scott… that’s what goes wrong.
I never stood a chance against the gorgeous, hazel-eyed, fiercely determined man who storms into my life and completely blindsides me.
He’s the proof that opposites attract—and when they do, the chemistry is explosive.
Did I mention he’s also a detective? A very, very, talented detective?
Pretty soon being a Trixster is a lot more complicated.

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Trixters Anonymous is the latest standalone by Ahren Sanders. It doesn't connect with any of her previous books and I loved every second of this story! 

Emerson Baker is the local hothead/spitfire/best friend I always wanted. She's perpetually single and doesn't quite mind it. During a run-in at the local police station she meets Walker Scott and her life changes as she knows it. 

Walker Scott is ex-Army and newly appointed detective of the local police department. Not looking for a relationship and comfortable in his current bachelor status, he takes one look at Emi and knows he'll never find another girl like her. 

I. Loved. This. Book. Loved it! There's something really special about Ahren Sanders writing and it needs to be read by the masses! She's got such a great way of writing her characters that you can't help but relate to them and fall in love throughout the chapters. 

Trixters is SO funny and heartwarming. I couldn't help but laugh and just keep turning the page. Trixters is angst-free and super fun without any real fallout between between our main characters. Emi and her best friend Maren start a fantastic business while she's learning the ropes of being in a relationship with super hot alpha Walker and I repeat, I loved every word!

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Ahren spent her formative years living in an active volcano. There her family made collectible lava art. She studied rock collecting at the Sorbonne in France. There she met the love of her life-her pet pig Sybil. She returned to the states and started writing. She is happily married to a guy who used to live under a bridge and she met while pole-dancing. Now, meet the real me. I grew up in the south and consider myself a true “Southerner”. Most of the special locations mentioned in my books are reflections of my favorite places. Living on the Florida coast, my family spends a lot time at the beach, which is where I usually can be found with a book in my hand.
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Monster Among the Roses by Linda Kage Release Day Blitz, Giveaway, + Sarah's 2¢!

Will you dare to gaze upon the monster among the roses?

Fairy Tale Quartet #1
Linda Kage
Releasing July 24, 2017

“Do you know how to get to the rose garden?”
“No, you can’t go there. A monster lives there.”

Shaw Hollander is desperate.

Broke, unemployed, and determined to help his ailing mother, he falls on the good graces of a wealthy benefactor who is willing to give Shaw a job at his mansion in order to pay off his mother’s debts. Suddenly finding himself surrounded by lavish riches, he has no idea what his duties truly entail until he’s sent to the rose garden and meets the tragically mutilated Isobel.

This Beauty and the Beast story holds true to the core of the fable while shaking off the element of fantasy and dragging it into present day reality. Shaw and Isobel are ready to let you climb into their four-wheel-drive pickup and take a ride with them into their version of happily ever after, but only if you first dare to gaze upon the monster among the roses.

Monster Among the Roses is Linda Kage's latest standalone in her Fairy Tale Quartet.  I see this being a series of complete standalones with a common theme among them.

Ok.  So.  Monster Among the Roses is loosely based on Beauty and the Beast.  I love this concept!  Modern day fairy tales give me the warm fuzzies.  I thought this story was really sweet and very well written.  Linda Kage has a way of getting you immersed into her characters lives and she does it in a special way.  

I absolutely loved Shaw Hollander.  He's basically giving up his entire life to make sure his mother is secure in her own and he doesn't care the cost.  He's contracted to work with the local big wig of his town to take all of his mothers debt away.  

Isobel Nash isn't mentioned in the book until we meet her.  She's mean to basically everyone and I feel her pain.  After much coaxing, she opens up to Shaw and they have a beautiful love story.  

The one thing that I didn't love about this book was the characters ages.  It's written as more young adult (aside from love scenes) instead of contemporary or new adult.  For Shaw being age 28 and Isobel 25, if felt the maturity of their characters could have been older.  Or they should have been younger.  It just didn't match their ages and I had a hard time coming to terms with that.  

Aside from the age thing, I really did enjoy this read.  It's emotional, heartwarming and has a really sweet HEA.

I grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now I live in Kansas with my husband, two daughters, nine cuckoo clocks, and a cat named Holly. My life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part my world, and I'm so happy to finally share some of my stories with other romance lovers.

I'm a member of Romance Writers of America, and I've been through a writing correspondence class in children's literature from The Institute of Children's Literarture, and then I continued my writing lessons by majoring in English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University. 

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