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Preorder Blitz: Rexx by Tasha Black

Rexx by Tasha Black releases on June 17th!
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Their sights are trained on love. But will they survive a ride on the Iron Peregrine?

Abigail Shaw can’t believe her good luck. The Alien Adoption Agency has selected her to adopt adorable baby Rio. And baby Rio comes with Rexx, a handsome Invicta warrior guard, whose dark eyes seduce Abigail before he even opens his mouth. When he offers her his mate bond, she thinks things can’t get any better. She’s finally going to have a family of her own. And they’re getting a free ride on the famous Iron Peregrine express train to their new home.

Rexx is a proud dragon warrior of the Invicta, who has spent so many years laser focused on his military career that he’s forgotten how to live in the outside world. But when he meets kind-hearted Abigail, his dragon goes wild. It takes everything he has to restrain himself from claiming her instantly.

Together, they’re ready to take on the frontier moon of Lachesis. But there’s something happening on the cross-moon train they’re taking to get home. They’ve barely boarded the Iron Peregrine when they’re faced with a mysterious locked car, a criminally dangerous passenger, unexplained noises in the night, and a missing person. And then things get really bad…

Will Abigail and Rexx find a way to make it home safely with baby Rio? And if Rexx does what has to be done, will Abigail still want to be his mate? Or will that train have left the station?

If you like strong women, hunky aliens, wild adventures, steamy sensual scenes, and happily-ever-afters, then you’ll love the world of Stargazer!

About the Author:

Tasha Black is a USA Today bestselling author of Paranormal, SciFi & Fantasy romance. She lives in a big old Victorian in a tiny college town. She loves reading anything she can get her hands on, making up stories, and sipping pumpkin spice lattes.

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Release Blitz: Bram by Tia Didmon

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Fate brought them together. Now a serial killer could tear them apart.

Aspiring Detective, Zara Torres has landed the case of a lifetime with multiple bodies drained of blood. But hunting the killer exposes a dark secret from her past, and delivers her into the arms of an immortal dragon who claims she is his mate.

With the death toll rising, Zara’s latent magic rises to bond with the sexy dragon intent on protecting her. But can she embrace her supernatural powers before she falls prey to the creature determined to destroy her?  

Grab Legion, book one in the series for more sexy, standalone dragon shifter romance!
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About Tia

Tia Didmon is a bestselling and award-winning author of provocative paranormal romance, whose readers also tend to love Brittany White and Riley Storm, among others. When Tia isn’t busy writing about sexy shifters and dreamy demons, she spends her time binge watching The Order and reruns of The Vampire Diaries, cooking with her daughter, and serving her cat. Her love of writing stems from a self-diagnosed book addiction.

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Release Blitz: Leveling The Field by Elise Faber

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I’d fallen for him the first time he smiled at me.

My heart was his the moment he’d complimented me on my explosives skills.

As members of KTS, a secret military group who was tasked with saving the world from the biggest and baddest of the criminal underworld, we went to places other people couldn’t, put our lives on the line when others wouldn’t.

But being a KTS agent was hell on a woman’s love life, especially when they looked like me—not petite and slender or wonderfully curved. For women like me, broad-shouldered, normal-looking, love seemed to always pass us by.

Knowing that, I put my unrequited crush of Leo aside, switched teams, and got on with my life, content in my part in taking out the bad guys.

But then Leo came back.

Then he saw me.

And I wondered if perhaps love for a “woman like me” might not be a fantasy after all.

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Elise Faber, loves chocolate, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team—the Sharks!—are playing). She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice. Elise changes her hair color more often than some people change their socks, loves sparkly things, and is the mom to two exuberant boys.

She lives in Northern California. Connect with her in her Facebook group, the Fabinators or email her at elisefaberauthor@gmail.com.
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Preorder Blitz: Leveling The Field by Elise Faber

Leveling The Field by Elise Faber releases on June 14th!
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I’d fallen for him the first time he smiled at me.

My heart was his the moment he’d complimented me on my explosives skills.

As members of KTS, a secret military group who was tasked with saving the world from the biggest and baddest of the criminal underworld, we went to places other people couldn’t, put our lives on the line when others wouldn’t.

But being a KTS agent was hell on a woman’s love life, especially when they looked like me—not petite and slender or wonderfully curved. For women like me, broad-shouldered, normal-looking, love seemed to always pass us by.

Knowing that, I put my unrequited crush of Leo aside, switched teams, and got on with my life, content in my part in taking out the bad guys.

But then Leo came back.

Then he saw me.

And I wondered if perhaps love for a “woman like me” might not be a fantasy after all.

About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author, Elise Faber, loves chocolate, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and hockey (the order depending on the day and how well her team—the Sharks!—are playing). She and her husband also play as much hockey as they can squeeze into their schedules, so much so that their typical date night is spent on the ice. Elise changes her hair color more often than some people change their socks, loves sparkly things, and is the mom to two exuberant boys.

She lives in Northern California. Connect with her in her Facebook group, the Fabinators or email her at elisefaberauthor@gmail.com.
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Cover Reveal: Out of Bounds by Claire Hastings

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Out of Bounds by Claire Hastings kicks off the new Atlanta Rising series on July 12.

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Welcome to the Atlanta Rising Football Club, where the temperature isn’t the only thing turning up the heat…

Felicity Sutherland knows what people think of her. She just doesn’t care. Her attitude is her armor, and it hasn’t failed her yet. Thick skin and working hard in the male-dominated sports industry placed her dream job within reach. And as she vies to become president of the Atlanta Rising Football Club, there isn’t a competitor, or a distractingly handsome co-worker, that can get in her way.

The only games Gunnar Gracin has time for are the ones he coaches on the pitch. But life just keeps bending the ball, especially where the women in his life are concerned. The death of his wife over a decade ago was a devastating loss. Discovering an adult daughter from an encounter he doesn’t remember changed all the rules. And working for the frosty, sharp-tongued Felicity is downright infuriating.

But as Gunnar and Felicity spend more time together, the tension between them sizzles like a hot summer night. And the moment Gunnar gets a taste of Felicity’s smart mouth, he decides to throw the playbook out the window. If no one knows what they’re up to, giving in to temptation doesn’t feel so out of bounds. That is, until life gets in the way and the whistle is blown. Will it be a red card for Gunnar and Felicity’s secret romance?

Out of Bounds is a standalone enemies-to-lovers, age gap contemporary romance. Enjoy it on its own, or as part of the series, with no cheating and a guaranteed HEA!

About Claire:

Claire Hastings is a walking, talking awkward moment. She loves Diet Coke, gummi bears, the beach, and books (obvs). When not reading she can usually be found hanging with friends at a soccer match or grabbing food (although she probably still has a book in her purse). She and her husband live in Atlanta with their fur-child Denali.

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Release Blitz: Love is Blind by Janine Infante Bosco

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The things I’ve lost could shatter any man.
Send him on a downward spiral.
I would’ve punched my own ticket if it weren’t for the Satan’s Knights.
Instead, I became the VP of the Knightdale Charter.
A man can’t drown in his misery when he’s got responsibilities.
So I look for things to dull the pain.
Sex. Drugs. Whatever.
When you’ve been to hell and back, the only time worth having is a good one.
My little Birdie knows this self-destructive path, too.
That’s why I can’t stay away from her.
The highs are higher when you don’t fly alone.
But I’m not the only ghost in her life, and her past isn’t letting her go.
I thought my club was the only thing left for me to love.
It turns out I was wrong. 

Haven’t met the Knightdale Charter yet?
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About Janine
Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love. She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself.

She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she’s made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.

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PREORDER BLITZ: A Wolf’s Obsession by Asa Maria Bradley

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He has good reasons to hate witches.

Wolf shifter bodyguard Bolt Varg wants nothing to do with magic, but loyalty to his alpha forces him to take on a new client who reeks of supernatural powers and hides too many secrets. Bolt is supposed to protect her, but his body wants to do much more than just shield the beautiful woman with which he’s now stuck. Is the attraction real, or is she using dark powers to enchant him?

But she’s got him under her spell.

As the CEO of a Fortune 500 Fitness Company, Regina Lansford can’t afford even a hint of scandal. Someone is trying to kill her, so she hires a private security firm instead of going to the police. But the broody sexy bodyguard who’s her new fake fiancé awakens more than her hormones. She’s kept her abilities suppressed for a lifetime. Why does this stranger make the dangerous powers impossible to control?

Trickery, seduction, dark magic. What could go wrong?

Caught in a high-stakes game where none of the opponents are what they seem, Bolt and Regina are running out of time. Will they learn to trust each other—and their sizzling attraction—before it is too late and a savage killer claims both their lives?

ABOUT ASA MARIA BRADLEY
Bestselling Author Asa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired her sexy Viking Warriors and Norse Billionaire Shifters paranormal romance series. She also writes urban fantasy about empowered heroines who kick ass while saving the world.

Booklist attributes her writing with “nonstop action, satisfying romantic encounters, and intriguing world building” and Entertainment Weekly says “when it comes to paranormal romance with explosive action scenes, Bradley has that nailed.” Her work has received the honors of a double nomination for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, a Reviewers’ Choice Award nomination, a Holt Medallion win, and a Booksellers’ Best Award win.

Asa came to the United States as a high school exchange student and quickly fell in love with ranch dressing and crime TV dramas of all flavors, two addictions she unfortunately still struggles with. She lives on a lake deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest with a British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed. Sadly, neither of them obeys any of her commands. To stay up to date on her release and get access to exclusive content and giveaways, join her VIP reader list: https://www.asamariabradley.com/newsletter/.

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Release Blitz: My Kind of Perfect by Tracy Brogan

My Kind of Perfect by Tracy Brogan is now live!
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From Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Brogan comes a sweet, funny Trillium Bay romance about moving on, creating your best self, and discovering the true meaning of love.

After her scandalous May-December romance comes to an end, baby of the family Lilly Callaghan returns home to Trillium Bay braced for the torrent of “I told you sos” from her sisters and the rest of the tiny island community. Floundering both personally and professionally, she’s at an emotional crossroads but determined to figure out her next best steps.

When a surprise job offer from her house-flipping sister reacquaints Lilly with handsome, free-spirited Wenniway Island transplant Matt Eastman, Lilly wonders if she’s ready for a new romance. Then she meets Hollywood heartthrob Jayden Pierce, who is filming a movie on the island, and she’s certain of it—but with whom? She’s caught the attention of both men, and both men have caught hers. So what’s a girl to do?

Earnest Matt shares her love of the close-knit island community, while surprisingly down-to-earth Jayden encourages her to live life outside her comfort zone. As the flirtatious triangle sets the town talking, Lilly must choose: Does she want to plant forever roots in Trillium Bay with Matt? Or follow a man who makes love stories for a living? Two very different men. Two very different futures. But deep down, Lilly knows that only one holds the promise of her kind of perfect.

About the Author:

Tracy Brogan, author of the bestselling Bell Harbor and Trillium Bay series, is a two-time recipient of the Amazon Publishing Diamond award for sales exceeding one million copies, a three-time finalist for the RWA RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction, and a three-time winner of the Booksellers Best award. Her books have earned spots on both the Amazon and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers list, as well as the Kindle Top 100. Translated into numerous languages, her books are international bestsellers.

Brogan lives in Michigan, and loves writing stories about fictional versions of all the places she loves to visit. She enjoys hearing from readers so please contact her at tracybrogan1225@mail.com, or visit her website at TracyBrogan.com. You can find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorTracyBrogan or twitter.com/tracybrogan

Release Blitz: My Magical Life to Live by Brenda Trim

It’s your life to live. Make it magical!
My Magical Life to Live by Brenda Trim is HERE!!!

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There’s no magic in any realm that can fix this mess. I’ve just got to dig in and get to work.

One day I’m fighting beside my best friends in the Fae realm, and the next I can’t light a candle without burning down my house.

I always thought witches weren’t supposed to have hot flashes unless we were cursed.

But then the day came when I discovered that I’m cursed.

How?
Well, the pandering ex and the nearly-empty nest would be bad enough on their own.
But did I mention the demonic assassin who’s set his sights on me too?
I told you, I’m cursed.

I’m also done with letting life just happen to me. Nothing has been the same in Cottlehill Wilds since my best friend Fiona showed up. Me included.
Fate better stand up and take notice. This witch is just getting better with age.

At forty-four, I know who I am. I have what it takes to fix my wild magic, deal with this killer demon, and save the supernaturals who call my small English town home.

And I can do it all despite the wild magical flares, the stray chin hair, and my new wrinkle.

About Brenda:
Brenda loves everything paranormal. She has co-authored over twenty-five books in the best-selling Dark Warrior Alliance series, as well as the Hollow Rock Shifters series. She also has best-selling solo titles readers are raving about.

Brenda created worlds that feature dangerously handsome heroes and feisty heroines. With the help of popcorn and candy, she takes dragons, fairies, witches, vampires, and so much more and brings them to life. She lives in Texas with her husband and three kids who fuel not only her heart but her life.

If she’s not writing, she’s reading, traveling, or knee-deep in projects with her husband and five sisters. She encourages readers to Dream Big. If your dreams don’t terrify and electrify you then they aren’t big enough!  

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Excerpt Reveal: Love is Blind by Janine Infante Bosco

Keep reading for a sneak peek of Love is Blind by Janine Infante Bosco, releasing June 11th!

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BLURB:
The things I’ve lost could shatter any man.
Send him on a downward spiral.
I would’ve punched my own ticket if it weren’t for the Satan’s Knights.
Instead, I became the VP of the Knightdale Charter.
A man can’t drown in his misery when he’s got responsibilities.
So I look for things to dull the pain.
Sex. Drugs. Whatever.
When you’ve been to hell and back, the only time worth having is a good one.
My little Birdie knows this self-destructive path, too.
That’s why I can’t stay away from her.
The highs are higher when you don’t fly alone.
But I’m not the only ghost in her life, and her past isn’t letting her go.
I thought my club was the only thing left for me to love.
It turns out I was wrong. 

Ghost
“I want an open bar and a DJ at my funeral. Oh, and those mini hotdogs are a must.”

I turn my head at the sound of the female voice and stare blankly at the girl sitting two stools down from me. Her long blonde hair cascades in waves around her face shielding most of her profile from my view.

There is no one on either side of her and the bartender is clear across the other side of the room, leaving me to believe she’s either talking to herself or to me, and if it’s the latter—well, she’s got the wrong guy. 

I’m not much for people and I don’t do small talk.

Maybe if I was in the market for a quick fuck, I’d reconsider. I’d move to the stool between us, buy her a drink or two—however many it takes. Then, I’d take her into the bathroom or maybe Sally’s office—cash in on the perks of being a silent partner in this fucking place—and fuck her until we both can’t see straight. 

But I’ve got enough gash hanging off my dick that I don’t need to go through the pains of listening to this bitch go on about her funeral. 

I shake my head and bring my attention back to my drink. 

Hard pass, Goldilocks.

Hard fucking pass.

When you’ve watched a tiny white box the length of your forearm be lowered into the dirt, you hope to never attend another fucking funeral or wake as long as you live. And you sure as fuck don’t make conversation about it either.

I knock back the shot, welcoming the burn as the whiskey slides down my throat. I didn’t venture out here to get my dick wet. I came here for one purpose and that’s to get inebriated. I needed a reprieve from the clubhouse, a place to drown my sorrows without any of my brothers standing over my shoulder wondering if tonight is the night, I’ll wrap my bike around a pole.

The night is young and I’m just getting started.

I turn my head hoping to find my favorite bartender, Emmy, making her way back to the bar but she’s still busy serving the rowdy douchebags sitting at one of the high-top tables across the room. Muttering a curse, I start to turn back to my empty glass, but my eyes seem to have a mind of their own and take a detour, landing on the blonde once again. 

She tucks some of those golden locks behind her ear and I watch her cheeks hollow as she awkwardly purses her full lips around the straw and sucks back some of her drink. I should look away—pay her no mind—but instead my gaze narrows and trails over her pretty features. 

From this angle I can’t make out the color of her eyes, but she’s got long lashes and high cheekbones that appear naturally flushed and stand out against her smooth pale skin. A pert little nose, a delicately carved jaw and a plush mouth.

Dainty.

Feminine.

Sexy as fuck in a subtle kind of way.

A real fucking looker.

“And while I’m at it, I don’t want people to wear black either,” the chatty blonde adds. I wait for her to give me her eyes, but she doesn’t. Lowering her glass, she murmurs, “Life is meant to be lived in color.” 

I consider that last sentence.

People only say that when life hasn’t kicked them in the ass. But life is pretty black and white. We start dying the day we’re born, and in that short life we shoulder more grief than joy. If I was a religious man, I’d tell you the color comes at the end. When our weary bodies are laid to rest and we’re reunited with the ones we’ve loved and lost. 

But I ain’t that guy either. 

Cutting my gaze back to my empty glass, I swirl the ice around.

“You’ll be dead, color won’t matter.” 

“Maybe that’s what some people believe but when you’ve lived nearly your whole life in pitch black darkness, you want the celebration of that life to be vibrant as fuck.”

I hate that fucking term. 

A priest said those same exact words at my daughter’s funeral and as soon as he did, I wanted to bury him alive. 

It isn’t a celebration when a child dies, it’s a goddamn tragedy.

I don’t share that with Goldilocks, though, and a moment later her hand slides from the bar, dropping into the pocket of her oversized denim jacket. She pulls out a hand bell and I curiously raise an eyebrow. 

Pretty, morbid, and peculiar.

She lifts the bell over her head, shaking it wildly. The ringing goes right through me like nails on a chalkboard and I cringe. 

“What the hell are you doing?” I grind out.

Ignoring me, she continues to shake the bell, shouting over her shoulder for Emmy to refill her glass. Before I can slide off my chair and grab the offensive bell from her fucking hand, Emmy appears and quickly reaches over the distressed bar, snatching the godforsaken thing from her.

Thank fuck.

“Jesus, Birdie. You promised me you wouldn’t cause a scene,” Emmy hisses.

My gaze cuts back to the blonde.

Birdie.

Somehow the name suits her.

“Yes, and you promised you’d get me drunk, seems to me as though we’re both no good at keeping our word.” 

She pushes her glass forward and that blank stare fills her face yet again. 

“I’m waiting,” she presses.

Releasing an exasperated sigh, Emmy turns to me and mouths a silent apology. I want to ask her how she knows Birdie, if she’s a regular or just a fucking pain in the ass passing through, but she turns and grabs Birdie’s glass. She fills it with something from the tap and tops it with a one of those tacky paper umbrellas, then slides it back to Birdie, lifting her hand and wrapping it around the glass. 

“There you go,” Emmy says. 

That’s when it clicks for me. 

The blank stare.

The comment about living life in the darkness. 

The fucking bell.

I stare at her, more intently this time, working her from head to toe, searching for a clue that might confirm my suspicion, but people don’t walk around with a fucking stamp on their forehead revealing they’re blind, do they?

“I’m sorry Ghost my cousin seems to have lost her manners—”

Birdie cuts her off.

“Can’t lose something you never had, Em,” she says pointedly, tracing the rim of the glass and plucks the little umbrella from it. She flashes a smile and turns her head slightly, giving me a full view of her perfect face and the palest pair of blue eyes, I’ve ever seen.

A man can forget his pain staring into those eyes.

Believe he’s more than the demons that haunt him.

Fuck him harder than he’s ever been fucked before.

Lucky for me, the trance is broken when Birdie flicks the paper umbrella at me. I slowly divert my gaze, following the trail of the umbrella as it bounces off my denim clad thigh and falls to the floor. Lifting my chin, I stare at her wordlessly.

The girl is quite the character.

“Disability pays shit therefore I can’t afford a vacation so I’m going to sit here with my new friend, plan my funeral, and drink until I forget where I am. You game?” 

I think she’s talking to me.

“Birdie,” Emmy hisses.

Ignoring her, she lifts the glass.

“Bottoms up, buddy,” she croons before pursing her lips around the straw. She takes a long pull, but the alcohol doesn’t quite make it down her throat because she spits it directly in my face.

She may be blind, but the girl clearly has zero fucks and one hell of an aim.

That’s gotta be some sort of talent.

“Birdie!” Emmy chastises, quickly reaching for a rag. “I’m so sorry Ghost.” 

I don’t have time to reply because Goldilocks goes on a tangent.

“Don’t Birdie me,” she hollers. “What the fuck is that a Shirley Temple?”

Licking my lips, I take the rag from Em but keep my eyes pinned to Birdie. 

“Tastes like fruit punch to me,” I deadpan, swiping the rag over my beard. 

I’m way too fucking straight for all of this.

“Fucking fruit punch, Em. Really?”

“It wouldn’t hurt to sober you up,” Emmy argues. “Give your liver a rest.”

“My liver didn’t ask for a rest, it asked for your best vodka,” she spats.

For the first time in a damn long time, I feel the urge to laugh because fuck—she’s funny. But I don’t give in to it and Emmy rolls her eyes, plucking my empty glass from the bar. My features harden and comb my fingers roughly through my hair as she fills the glass to the rim and pushes it toward me. A frown ticks the corners of her mouth as her eyes lock with mine.

“I’m sorry, Ghost. I should’ve put her at the other end of the bar,” Emmy murmurs.

Emmy’s a good girl from what I know. She shows up for work, never gives Sally any problems and turns her cheek when my brothers roll in, ready to turn shit up. But referring to her cousin as a mundane object while she’s sitting right in front of her—well, that ain’t cool.

I steal another glance at Birdie.

“I’m blind, Emmy, not deaf. You don’t have to apologize for me, and you certainly don’t have to put me anywhere.” She turns and stares in my direction, not quite meeting my gaze. “What kind of name is Ghost anyway? Your mother didn’t like you very much, did she?”

She didn’t but that bitch ain’t responsible for my name. That honor goes to the Satan’s Knights. 

You see, a ghost can be a lot of things. 

Unseen. Uncaught. Untraceable.

A phantom criminal. 

Everything I am and all I ever will be.

But a ghost can be a memory too.

It can be a secret. 

Or in my case a menace of a man with a broken past, haunted by the grief of losing his infant daughter. I used to close my eyes and see the faces of all my victims, the enemies I eliminated for the sake of my patch. Most of them were vile pieces of shit that got what they deserved; some were just in my way. But now when I close my eyes, I see my baby Abigail floating face down in the bathtub, her lips blue and her skin cold and gray. That sweet scent of a baby after she’s been bathed and swaddled was gone leaving the stale stench of death in its wake.

Like I said, a ghost can be a lot of things.

I shake the image of Abigail from my head and turn my attention back to Emmy. The girl has been working here long before my club bought a piece of Sally’s and she’s been keeping my glass full since Abigail died. She never asks questions, never gets on my case, but I see the way she looks at me. I recognize the pity every time it surges in her eyes. 

Taking the glass, I swirl the whiskey around.

“Why don’t you just save us both the headache and pour the girl a drink and while you’re at it, leave the bottle of Jack with me.”

Emmy’s wary gaze travels from me to Birdie and back to me as I down the whiskey.

Yeah, I wouldn’t trust me either.

“You heard the man,” Birdie chirps. 

Lowering my empty glass back on top of the bar, my gaze slides to Birdie. She shucks the oversized jacket from her shoulders, revealing a pair of pink polka dot pajamas and…for fucks sake…are those ducks? Yeah, they sure as fuck are. The girl is wearing a pair of rubber rainboots with ducks printed all over them. She rolls up her sleeves and slaps both hands against the edge of the bar.

“Shots! Shots! Shots!”

I swipe a hand over my beard and drag my eyes back to Emmy who stares at me like I’ve lost my goddamn mind.

I shrug. Maybe I have.

The words that come out of my mouth next would surely confirm the notion.

“Life is meant to be lived in color,” I say.

Then I look back at Birdie.

The girl has one hell of a smile.

Bright and vibrant as fuck.

2021 © Copyright “Love is Blind” By Janine Infante Bosco

About Janine
Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love. She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself.

She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she’s made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.

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