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New Year's Promise by Anna Clifton Review

New Year's Promise

by Anna Clifton


 B & N

They’ve been colleagues, allies and best friends forever, but he wants more — and he’s not above using the magic of the Christmas season to get it.

When Business Development Executive Ellie Halligan is offered the job of a lifetime in Paris, it seems her chance to live a fairytale adventure has finally arrived. Her only hurdle is convincing legal eagle Justin Murphy — her boss and friend since childhood — to wave his boss’s wand and waive her four-week resignation period so that she can start her adventure by Christmas.

But Justin proves to be a demanding fairy godmother. He’ll let her go early, but not unless she spends time with him over the festive season up until New Year.

Ellie doesn’t know what to do. Is Justin finally looking at her romantically after all these years, or are far more threatening dynamics at play? Justin has a secret, and he seems to want to pull her back into a past she’d rather forget. But delving into that old pain might be the only way to move forward — and for Justin to finally be free.

Will doing this for Justin become Ellie’s final gift of love as she loses him forever?

Justin and Ellie have known each other for over twenty years. Childhood friends, part of their own childhood gang with their brothers, all six of them were inseparable during their pre-puberty golden years. Ellie being the only girl in the group was treasured, made fun of, and bonded with. Her special friendship with Sam (Justin's brother) is the undercurrent of this story, as a distant heartbeat that foreshadows the unresolved mystery and pain they all share.

This is a complex story of friendships, loyalty, love, commitment, and uncontrollable forces that rule our lives. Once again Anna Clifton (author of Adam's Boys) has regaled us with a down to earth story, full of emotions. Her knowledge of the human condition makes her characters very real and endearing.

There are so many forces coming to bear on Ellie and Justin's blossoming love. Their strength of character is tested, as well as their willingness to go all in on their feelings.

Gripping and sincere, this story will tug your heart and make you think what you would do if faced with similar circumstances.

About this author

First of all, thanks for visiting!

If you’d like to get in touch please drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.

In order to write this bio I began to think back on how I came to be writing romance novels. I soon worked out that I've held down in excess of fifty jobs in my life so far. They've ranged from scooping ice-creams, to selling glow sticks, to stumbling around in a container ship on absurdly impractical 3-inch heels, trying to work out who's legally responsible for contaminating an entire cargo of Swiss chocolate. If nothing else, my ‘interesting’ working life and the wonderful characters I've met along the way have been great 'copy'; it was probably inevitable they'd demand creative exposure in some shape or form eventually. 

My fascination with the romance novel itself first unfolded when I was staying on a friend’s outback cattle station; I just happened to pick one up from her big sister's bookshelf. As a fourteen-year-old reader, I instantly fell in love with its passion, its just-for-the-hell-of-it fun and its unbridled HEA optimism. Many years later, as a writer, I would come to love the scope that the genre offers for exploring the endless mystery around why we feel, think and behave as we do – a special focus in my stories about love, friendship and family.

In addition to writing them, I also love reading and reviewing romance novels. But as I know the blood, sweat and tears that goes into creating any finished book I only ever review those novels that I feel are 'amazing' i.e. five stars.

I currently live in Sydney in an often too-small house with my husband and three children and our two spoilt-rotten cats. Our ‘adopted’ pets, a shamelessly randy alpha-male Brush Turkey and several roof-dancing possums, share our bush gully backdrop.

Blog Tour / In Your Eyes by Diana Nixon


My life has never been perfect. I lost, I lied, I cried. But there was one thing that I thought would stay with me forever — my love… 

Adrian was my everything. The day he died, I died with him. It was like being caught up in a nightmare, with no reason to keep breathing, with nothing to hold on to. 

But one day, everything changed. I didn’t know I was lost until the moment Nic found me. He made me laugh, he made me feel, he made me believe that I could love again. I thought I would never feel alive, but then I looked into his eyes and I was lost. Only this time, it was not a nightmare swallowing me, but a beautiful dream coming true.

Just when I thought there was no hope for tomorrow, my heart found a reason to beat faster… 

Excerpt (Nic’s POV)

“Hey, Nic, will you close the workshop?” Dan asked a few hours later, when he was about to leave, and I was the only person still working in the room.

“Sure, no problem.”

“If Emily comes to leave the bike, tell her to leave the keys in my office.”

So he wasn’t going to wait for her? If she were his girlfriend, he surely would wait for her, right? At least, I would.

“Okay,” I said, trying to sound and seem as indifferent as possible. I still didn’t know what kind of relationship Daniel and Emily had, so I should probably hold my horses. 

I didn’t have anything else to do, but I still hesitated leaving and going home. By the way, now the oldest bike ever belonged to me. It was Daniel’s gratitude for my help in saving him from the useless piece of metal that took up too much space. It looked different now. After I got my first paycheck, I bought a can of black paint and made it look like a brand new bike. I had another bike as well, a bright-red Ducati 1098. It was one of the things that I took with me when I left my parents’ house. I just couldn’t leave without it. It was my dream come true, and the only so-called date that I had never cheated on. I didn’t ride it much recently. First, because I had a lot of work to do and not as much time for riding, and second, because I didn’t want anyone to see that I had a bike that probably costed more than they would earn in a year. Only Daniel was allowed to ride different bikes every day. But he was the boss, and I was just a guy who needed a job. 

I looked at my watch and it showed half past ten at night. I was as tired as hell, so I thought that no matter how much I wanted to see Emily again, I need rest, sleep, and food more than that.

When I was about to lock the doors, I heard the sound of a bike roaring behind me. I turned around, and there she was, sitting on a yellow bike, contrasting with her black outfit. She took off the helmet, running one hand through her hair, and smiled at me.

“Sorry, I must have lost the track of time,” she said, coming over to me. “I guess Daniel is not here?”

“No, he’s not.” I kept staring at her, as if she were the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. Well, maybe she was… “But he said you can leave the keys in his office.”

“Oh, okay. I hope he didn’t make you stay here to wait for me, did he?”

“Actually, I wanted to wait for you.”

Her expression darkened. “What for?” She asked in a cold voice. 

“Just wanted to see you again,” I said the words before I could think twice about the huge mistake I might be making. After all, she could still be someone’s, maybe even Daniel’s girlfriend.

“Which means your mission is accomplished.” She grabbed the keys from my hands and said, “You can go home now, I will lock the doors.”

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to offend you or anything.”

“No offence taken. I just don’t like guys who think they can have any girl they want.”

“What makes you think that I’m one of them?”

She looked at me from head to toe, then crossed her arms and said, “Because you are sure that women should fall down to their feet and worship the ground to walk on. You are handsome, and I bet you know it, and use it quite often. But a nice face and good-looking ass don’t make you the almighty.”

I laughed. “Damn true, but I don’t belong to the kind of guys you’ve just described.” Or maybe I did, but she didn’t need to know that. 

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Diana Nixon is a bestselling author of Nevermore Press. She was born in Minsk, Belarus. She has a Master of Law Degree and speaks several foreign languages, including English, Spanish and Polish. Diana's writing career started with a fantasy novel, named Love Lines. For now, Diana has 11 published books, including one short story and a book of poems. 

Behind The Door (Part 1-4) By M. Clarke aka Mary Ting & Alexandrea Weis COVER REVEAL

Behind The Door (Part 1-4)

By M. Clarke aka Mary Ting 
& Alexandrea Weis


RELEASE DATE: January 28th 2015

After the love of her life walks out the door, Abby Simmons is depressed, run down, and overwhelmed. Working long days as an attorney in a busy firm is sucking the life out of her and Abby feels she is at the end of her rope. Then, a co-worker recommends a new type of spa called Paradise. He promises their therapies will shake off her lethargy and help her to regain her sparkle. Skeptical, but very curious, Abby decides to visit the establishment. At first, what she hears sounds too good to be true, but soon Abby uncovers a whole new world of pleasure that quickly becomes her undoing. 

Step behind the door to embark on a journey where surrendering to desire is only the beginning. Welcome to Paradise.

Before I could react, he had pried my legs apart and was working along my inner right thigh, moving slowly upward. By now, my reservations were gone and I surrendered to him. And when his fingers reached the junction between my legs, I gasped when his hands slipped under my butt and gripped my cheeks, squeezing them in his hands. He could see every intimate part of me, I was sure of it. Letting go of my butt, his hands came around to my folds. At that moment, when his finger slipped between my legs, I clapped my hand over my mouth, suppressing my scream.

His fingers moved along my folds, tracking my wetness up and down. I was so wet at this point that my insides heaved with desire as he stroked me. I wanted to cry out, ask him what he was doing, but I didn’t. I let him manipulate my folds, slowly, methodically bringing me to orgasm. My hips began rocking in time with his hands. God, those hands were making me feel things I never thought possible. I could feel my climax building, like a wave caught in the shallows it was gaining momentum, waiting to wash over me.

I was at his mercy now. I ached for release and was willing to do anything to achieve it. But when his finger inched back and forth over my vagina, teasing me with the promise of what was to come. I bit my lip, desperate for him to penetrate me. His fingers did not wait long to slip inside of me, and when I felt the pressure of him moving deeper, I arched my back and moaned. He was rubbing back and forth over that spot, the one so many men try to find but give up. Well, Mr. Hands knew exactly where my spot was, and as he slowly moved in and out of me, I knew I was going to come harder than I had ever come before. 

About the Authors 
Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

Alexandrea Weis

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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