Monday, August 19, 2013

The Shadow of Mudflap

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 The Shadow of Mudflap (Foxtrot Team, #1)
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To us, first responders are heroes. But for them, risking their lives is a normal, everyday thing.

Born the baby of the family, Mudflap has always had something to prove to emerge out of the shadows of his older siblings. He spent eight years as a Special Ops elite sniper and is now a firefighter. But at his heart, he’s just a normal West Texas good old boy who loves his beer, women and football, until the Department of Defense calls him up to say they need his skills again.


Shanae is a first responder of a different sort. She’s a trauma nurse who works on a medical evacuation helicopter team. But while she lives a life full of adrenaline every day, it’s just a cover for her real life, where she hides in the shadows and is secret agent, Shadowfox for the Lubbock Foxtrot Team (LiFT). She’s living the kind of life that most people think exists only in movies and books.

Working for two different branches of the government, Mudflap and Shanae are in a race against time and the terrorists who threaten the very heart of West Texas life, football. They’re working toward the same goal, but find themselves in a confrontation against each other and the lies they’ve each had to hide behind. Can love win out in the end or will the cost be each other and their very lives?

First responders are heroes every day, but this story tells the tale of when they become even more and find love along the way. The key is for them to stay alive so that they can complete their mission and just maybe live happily ever after.

On an ordinary day, they save lives. On an extraordinary day, they save the country.


****This book was part of a blog tour I was given a copy for my honest review****
Mudflap Davidson wakes up thinking today is just like any day as a fire fighter. That is until he gets the call that lands his partner in ICU, meets the woman that can knock him on his ass, and finds out he just got involved in something that he never saw coming. Mudflap's about to get tossed into a world of secret forces with hidden agendas, government agencies that technically don't exist, and people all around him leading double lives.
The Shadow of Mudflap was a blast to read, very fast paced and detailed without bombarding you. Mudflap and Shanae were great characters, well developed, and very relatable. It was nice to read characters who were comfortable in who they are. While neither was perfect we didn't spend chapters reading about their issues and past transgressions, they showed their flaws and did the best with them. That's not to say we didn't get a history on both characters, it just wasn't embellished to the point of outrageousness.
The story was edgy and gave you a look into first responders that made you feel like you were really along for the ride. I never guessed the ending, which was a nice treat for an active reader. All in all a very promising start for this suspense series!

How Our Partnership Evolved by Christi Snow

I’ll admit. I NEVER thought I would ever be a person to write a book with someone else. Honestly, I just don’t play well with others. That is a huge part of the reason I’m a writer where the only thing I have to interact with all day is my computer. But that was before Mudflap, aka M.F. Smith, entered my world.
When this whole thing began, I didn’t even know Mudflap. In this modern world, he was one of my Facebook friends. The only thing I truly knew about him was that somehow he was family on my mom’s side because all our common friends were family (I’m obviously VERY discriminating about who I “friend” on FB…lol).
But one day, he sent me a message on Facebook because he knew I was a romance writer. Mudflap is a radio personality in Lubbock, TX. Every year, he creates a product through his radio show to sell for charity. With the surge of the romance novel with the popularity of Fifty Shades, he decided that he needed to write a romance novel this year, but had no idea where to even begin. His message to me was a call for help.
I had no idea what I was getting into when I answered it.
The project was an evolution during development. When we first began, I was simply going to guide M.F. as he wrote, but that quickly moved to me writing the story as a ghostwriter. Then eventually we became co-authors. Overall, I wrote the book, but M.F. was very involved from the very beginning. The core of the characters are from him. He sent me a list of twelve characters with their names, ages, and occupations. I built the story from there. And every day he would read the story and give me feedback as well as ideas about how to make it better. He has an incredible intuition about what works and truly made every day of the writing process fun. I never knew what he was going to come up with from one day to the next and over the course of the process have exchanged thousands of texts and emails.
We knew going into it that this book would be romantic suspense because that’s what I enjoy writing and I thought it would be fun to go completely over the top with super-spies/agents. When he sent me that original character list, Mudflap (the hero) was listed as a fireman and Shanae (the heroine) was a nurse and that developed our first-responders theme.
The premise of the story is that there is a covert part of the federal government, Lubbock Foxtrot Team (LiFT), who hide in plain sight under the cover of Lift EMS Contracting. They provide emergency medical services, both ambulance and air, to the Lubbock area. All the agents are highly-trained medical personnel. But they are also highly trained secret agents for the federal government fighting terrorism for the Department of Homeland Security in the Southwest. Their motto is: On an ordinary day, they save lives; On an extraordinary day, they save the country.
It’s been an incredible journey for both of us. We are both really excited about where the final book ended up and hope to write 2-3 more in the series over the next three years. We hope to make this an ongoing charity project for the Lubbock Red Cross. And the best news, I finally got to meet M.F. in person at the beginning of June. He’s even nicer in person.

As an avid reader her entire life, Christi Snow always dreamed of writing books that brought to others the kind of joy she felt when she read. But...she never did anything about it besides jot down a few ideas and sparse scenes. When she turned 41, she decided it was time to go after her dream and started writing. Within four months, she'd written over 150,000 words and hasn't stopped since. She's found her calling by writing about sexy, alpha heroes and smart, tough heroines falling in love and finding their passion. She's truly living the dream and loving every minute of it. Her tagline is... Passion and adventure on the road to Happily Ever After. She's loving this adventure!

  Mudflap is a morning show personality for 96.3 KLLL in Lubbock, TX. He’s been on the morning show for seven years and in radio for over ten years. He’s entertained people all over the world, and has helped raise money for many non-profit agencies and charities. Mudflap loves to see people smile and believes everyone deserves a hug.

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Destructive Silence


If you never speak of the past, can it be erased?

Lacey Edwards has a past.

A past which changed her life forever.

A past she is desperate to forget.

Lacey is quiet and reserved compared to her best friend Becca Fox. They became instant friends when Lacey moved to Maryland nine years ago. Becca helped pull Lacey out of her internal shell to experience life. By high school, Lacey was active in the club scene and would occasionally have to drag Becca with her. One night, Lacey realized she might be able to run from her past with the help of Becca and one steamy Caine Rogers.

Lacey didn't know, until it was too late, how feelings, honesty, heartbreak and life altering events can change a person. Lacey has Becca’s support but will that be enough?

Will Lacey sacrifice her own happiness to do what is expected?


Appropriate for readers 18 & up only!

This novel contains explicit language, sexual situations and abuse that some might find offensive.

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Author L.U. Ann recently moved to Colorado from the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband and two children. Life in Colorado is so much different. In Maryland, you would find her in the garden tending to her vegetables and flowers, sea glass and shark tooth hunting once a week, and enjoying the kids swimming in the backyard. Her life took a drastic change when her family moved to their own “Little House on the Prairie" at an elevation of over 6,000 feet above sea level, and a semi-arid climate that makes it hard to grow anything. While barely anything can grow where she resides now, the wildlife makes up for it. Mountain Lions, and coyotes, and rattlesnakes, oh my!

She tries to spend a little time each day writing, but domestic chores around the house usually take precedence. She would much rather hide them from her husband. She tends to her loving four-legged children who at times become much too demanding when she locks herself in the office. This often results in MORE domestic work, and she finds herself cleaning up after their deviant behavior.

At night, you’ll find her begging the kids to go to bed so that she can catch up on the latest book before her sister can. Yes, she is an avid reader who escapes her chaotic but wonderful home to the feisty depths of romance land in search of her newest book boyfriend. Shh, don’t tell her husband!

She is an artist by the grace of God. She worked as a set designer for six years, helping establish a local children's theatre where she was the scenery artist, set, and prop designer. Before that, you would find her covered in paint, so engrossed in painting a mural that time didn't exist. Graphic design is her guilty pleasure.

Destructive Silence is her debut novel. It is one of three books in The Destructive Series. Each book will hit its reader with lots of angst hoping for a happily ever after.

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As a sex addict, Lily Calloway must do the impossible. Stay celibate for 90 days.

Cravings and fantasies become her new routine, but while Loren Hale recovers from his alcohol addiction, Lily wonders if he’ll realize what a monster she really is. After all, her sexual compulsions begin to rule her life the longer she stays faithful to him.

Progress. That’s what Lily’s striving for. But by trying to become closer to her family—people who aren’t aware of her addiction—she creates larger obstacles. When she spends time with her youngest sister, she learns more about her than she ever imagined and senses an unsettling connection between Daisy and Ryke Meadows.

With Lily and Lo’s dysfunctional relationship teetering and unbalanced, they will need to find a way to reconnect from miles apart. But the inability to “touch” proves to be one of the hardest tests on their road to recovery. Some love brushes the surface. Some love is deeper than skin.

Lily and Lo have three months to discover just how deep their love really goes.


Includes the first chapter to the sequel Addicted for Now.

Companion to the Sequel: A full-length New Adult Romance that continues where Addicted to You left off. As a companion novel, it bridges the gap between the first and second book. It is highly recommended to be read before Addicted for Now.

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“Shhh, and let me finish my diagnosis,” he says.

My cheeks grow hot.

“You’re flushed,” he nods and tries to suppress a growing smile. He puts his hands on my shoulders and leans my head back against the pillow, kneeling and towering over me. “I have to listen to your heart.”

“No,” I retort weakly, not in the mood to play with him. Not when it always has to end with me tense and aroused and needy. He loves to tease me, and I worry about the day where I won’t have the strength to say no.

He ignores me and places his ear to the bareness of my collarbone, the place peeking from my V-neck shirt. I inhale a sharp breath, his face too near. After a long moment, he rises a little and says, “I knew it.”

My eyes narrow. “Knew what?”

His hot gaze traces my lips, and then flits back up to my eyes. “You’re suffering from a clear case of...” His mouth brushes my ear. “…infatuation.”

Becca Ritchie is a carnivore of pop culture, television, film and of course YA and NA books. While in college, she worked at The CW television network and put her vampiric knowledge to good use, blogging about hit series and swooning over actors’ abs. When she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister for their New Adult novel ADDICTED TO YOU. Available July of 2013.

Krista Ritchie is the mind behind popular trading website YA Book Exchange and created Nawanda Files, a book blog that also features books into movies news. When not pouring over entertainment news and the newest releases, she spends her time working in the science field. She’s happy to join forces with her sister, harnessing their twin powers to produce the first in a New Adult series.

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