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Release Blitz: Wonderland by Rachel Ember

Wonderland | Rachel Ember

In Vino Veritas #5

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Release Date: September 22nd, 2022

Cover Design: Christine Coffey

Universal Link: https://geni.us/Wonderland-amz

Audio: Coming soon

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Blurb

I left Vermont on the most painful day of my life and swore I’d never go back. Meadows Park–the shuttered amusement park that’s been in my family for generations–is the home of all my finest and worst memories. They all star Peter Landry–the best friend I ever had, and the only guy I’ve ever loved.

But then my eccentric grandfather buried two million dollars on the property and couldn’t remember where.

So I’m back, and asking Peter for help. He’s an Ivy League lawyer now. Still gorgeous, and able to gut me with a single smile. And I’m still a disappointment, living in the city and washing dishes to get by. As soon as we strike off down the first sunlit path, the Meadows Park magic begins to fill my heart with yearning, lust, and most dangerous of all—dreams.

I’m secretly relieved each time the day ends, leaving us empty-handed. I know it’s wrong—without that money, we could lose the park.

But if I find the treasure, I lose the guy.

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About The Author

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Rachel was born and raised in the midwest USA, and now lives there voluntarily, a life choice she only sometimes questions.

On the small farm her menagerie calls home, she happily juggles her voracious reading and writing habits with caring for her kids and pets.

Social Media

Website: http://www.rachelember.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachelemberauthor

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A magical journey of second chances and new hopes

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another gorgeous entry in the latest series of expanded World of True North books.

Here we get a second chance romance between two likable young men who had a falling out eight years earlier and who are brought back together under somewhat strained circumstances.

We’ve briefly met Peter in Aaron’s book, but we only got a glimpse of the man he was projecting – Harvard graduate lawyer, assured and direct.

But that’s not even remotely close to the truth and Rachel Ember slowly peels back the insecurities and fears that are shaping Peter’s edges as the book goes on.

Riley Meadows is a beautifully crafted character, he’s been running away from most things his whole life apart from the summers he spent with his grandfather and a younger Peter as they explored the magical ruins of the old amusement park which belongs to the Meadows family.

The setting is as much a part of this romance as the relationship between the two men as they carefully navigate their way through the challenges of Riley’s grandfather’s eccentric behaviour, fears about the future of the park, and the feelings that never went away.

I could picture the crumbling and faded grandeur of this once bustling amusement park so clearly, the giant tortoise Lemon was a wonderful addition to the story, his personality created in few words but incredibly vivid.

Gene, Riley’s grandfather, is a wonderful man, a bit prickly, a bit sad at the sad state of the park, a bit stubborn and very definitely eccentric, so much so that he’s buried his $2m lottery winnings somewhere in the grounds but can’t remember where!

As the narrative follows Riley and Peter’s search for the money, the reader also gets to follow them on a journey of reconnection, of hard truths, of love and, ultimately, of a new future together.

#ARC kindly received from the author via Sarina Bowen’s Heart Eyes Press in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Release Blitz: Underdog by L.A. Witt

Underdog | L.A. Witt

In Vino Veritas #5

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Release Date: September 13th, 2022

Cover Design: Christine Coffey

Universal Link: https://geni.us/Underdog-amz

Audio: Coming soon

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Blurb

Life in foster care wasn’t easy. Life after prison? Unforgiving. But I’m determined to stay out of trouble, and I’m gaining a foothold on the closest I’ve ever known to normal.

Then, thanks to a pair of escape artist dogs from the sanctuary where I’ve found work, I cross paths with my boss’s neighbor, Ty Adams. He’s a horse trainer, and winter is his quiet season. It’s also the season when he gets restless and lonely—two things I know all about. He’s not interested in love or romance. I’m just happy someone’s interested in me at all, even if emotions are strictly forbidden.

When we’re not together, I’m thinking about him. When we are together… Well, I’m definitely thinking about what he does to me and what I want to do with him.

As we keep each other warm through the Vermont winter, this feels a lot more than physical. Somehow he soothes my pain, and I wonder if I’m touching something deep inside him too. But Ty won’t let himself love anyone. I never had a chance. And now, with my past closing in, I could lose the one man I hoped I could count on. The one I thought might be different.

When his present and my history collide, is it too much to hope he’ll choose me?

CW: Sick horse and a minor accident involving a horse—no animal deaths or serious injuries/illnesses.

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About The Author

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Of course, it would seem a bit silly to have a single site for multiple authors who aren’t collaborating, but therein lies the rub: we’re all the same person.

Yes, yes, it’s true.

But why use multiple names?  Simple: Different names write in different genres.

L.A. Witt writes almost exclusively gay male romance (including everything from contemporary to science fiction), plus some trans*/genderqueerLauren Gallagher writes heterosexuallesbian, and bisexual romances.

Lori A. Witt sticks to sci fi/fantasy and mainstream suspense (both of which may contain some LGBT and/or romantic elements, but are predominantly SFF). Ann Gallagher writes sweet romances and young adult, including asexual romances.

And finally, Diana Fyre writes horror (coming soon). So the different names just help readers quickly find the stories that interest them without needing to search through genres that don’t.

This is the place for updates and info about me, myself, and I…or, more importantly, the books.

I always love hearing from readers, so feel free to e-mail me or follow me on Twitter.

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