The Valesky Crime Family Book 2
by Tina Donahue
Genre: Dark Mafia Romance
The Valesky Crime Family Book 1
A Russian kingpin wants her dead… the only one who can stop it is the man sent to murder her.
Toni Flores loved her dream job working for a respected US senator until he raped her. She’s determined to bring him to justice, no matter the cost.
For years, Dimitri Valesky, head of a Russian crime family in America, has bought off those in government. Just like the senator responsible for Toni’s assault. When she won’t keep quiet about it and risks Dimitri’s business, he orders his stepson Michael to kill her.
Michael’s a lobbyist not a mafia enforcer. He refuses the insane demand, but Dimitri insists. The power he holds over Michael and his brothers is absolute… or so he believes.
Rather than murder Toni, Michael intends to romance her. Once he convinces her to keep quiet about the Senator, she won’t be a target any longer and Dimitri will back off on the hit. The plan falls apart and now they are dodging mafia enforcers, bullets, and Dimitri’s outrage.
Michael and Toni fight to stay alive and save those dearest to them as they also fall hopelessly in love.
This is book one in the Valesky Crime Family series and has an HEA.
Publisher’s Note: This contemporary dark mafia romance contains elements of mystery, suspense, action, adventure, adult themes, and possible triggers for some readers.
Tina’s an Amazon and international bestselling novelist who writes passionate romance for every taste – ‘heat with heart’ – for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. She’s won Readers’ Choice Awards, was named a finalist in the EPIC competition, received a Book of the Year award, The Golden Nib Award, awards of merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competitions, and second place in the NEC RWA contests. She’s featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, she worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.
On a less serious note: she’s an admitted and unrepentant chocoholic, brakes for Mexican restaurants, and has been known to moan like Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally while wolfing down tostadas. She’s flown a single-engine airplane (freaking scary), rewired an old house using an ‘electricity for dummies’ book, and is horribly shy despite the hot romances she writes.
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When I have to handle bad news, either I break down or I become super focused. Earlier this year we received some unsettling news, health-wise. I didn't break down at all. I was a rock. However, when I heard about the recent health battle by a good friend, I lost it, weeping like a child.
Some events trigger my anxiety in different ways. It doesn't mean that I'm not having issues if I'm super focused. The calm cool me is still dealing with the fear.
Author Grea Warner writes amazing stories. Emotionally gripping ones with relationships at the core. WHISKEY GIRL is her latest release. And like her other books, it deals with a strong woman who must face some tough decisions. I love how readers will find themselves in the characters of this book. Now available in Ebook and Paperback, be sure to pick up a copy for yourself or the special family member in your life.
I’ve been called many names—mid-kid, wild child, Ella Bella, preacher’s daughter, and probably a lot of others behind my back. Whiskey Girl, though, is top shelf. It’s not necessarily the most accurate. But it’s my favorite because of who crowned me with it.
Entering the bar, all I wanted was a temporary escape. I needed a moment of not comparing my life to my perfect sister’s. And that definitely meant a shot of something strong … something that would leave an impression. Little did I know, it wouldn’t be the alcohol but the stranger sitting beside me.
When fate traumatically threw us together a second time, the initial bond I had with that man strengthened. Maks understood sister issues. He understood being the undervalued family member. He understood loss. He understood me.
What Maks didn’t understand was my ability to protect myself from being hurt. I did it when playing sports, and I had learned to do the same with relationships. That’s why when it came to our goodbye, I needed to be the strongest proof and fly away.
But bottles break. Wings get clipped. And my directionless life suddenly seemed to have a plan of its own.
“I’m ready to sit,” I reiterated. “I need to—”
And then, Boom, I did. I dropped right to the wooden surface of the porch. Thankfully, it was with somewhat of control, and I landed squarely, but not too harshly, on my bottom.
I could hear but not necessarily focus on Maks. I knew he had lowered his body to sit beside me. Actually seeing him clearly, though, meant too much concentration.
“You’re going to hyperventilate. Calm. Calm down.” When he scooted his knees right up against mine, I managed to finally see his eyes. “Breathe.”
But that was the problem. I couldn’t seem to do that … at least not correctly. The considerate Californian took my hand in his and placed it on his T-shirt-covered chest. What color the garment was or if it had any other details, I did not know. I could feel the thin softness of it, though, and his firm body moving ever so slowly and steadily underneath it. Then his other hand rested on my upper chest, close to my heart. There was an obvious imbalance of our breathing patterns, and I understood it was mine that beat in an imperfect rhythm. I also knew at that moment what his purpose was. He wanted to regulate me … to have his hands do what his words could not—help me be calm and breathe.
About the Author:
Grea Warner wants you to cry. She wants your heart to break a little, too. Why? Because that means you feel her characters as if you were one of them. With a background in daytime dramas and a realistic approach to life, Grea writes novels that blur the line of Women’s Fiction and Romance. If you’re a fan of binge watching a TV series or have a passion for the arts like Grea, then you’ll love her fictional serials.
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As a parent, I know a lot about putting my needs last. I would often go without things for my children to have what they needed. I knew that in an emergency, I'd give my life gladly to protect them. But would I do the same for my parents? Husband? sister? How far does that protecting a loved one go?
VK Tritschler examines this concept in her sequel to Vital Impetus from the Magic & Mischief anthology. REVENGE SEEKER sees our heroine, Jess, dealing with the loss of her father while trying to keep her mom and sister safe. To add to the danger, another loved one has put the target on her back.
Now available for preorder- REVENGE SEEKER is an exciting romp through universes as Jess sets out to protect her loved ones and get REVENGE on the one who seeks her powers for himself.
Her Grandfather took her father’s life, and now Jess wants revenge.
Heir to a multi-verse kingdom Jess should be the most powerful woman in the world, able to keep her loved ones safe and bring peace to the realms. But with her newfound powers, came newfound dangers.
Jess is determined to protect the people she loves. To keep her sister, mother and boyfriend Peter safe, she sends them away, where her enemies can’t find them. When, Peter’s parents find out she’s the offspring of their mortal enemy, they are determined to keep them apart forever.
Going alone is perilous, and it’s hard to tell the difference between friend and foe. Determined to bring down her maniacal Grandfather, Jess is just beginning to realize the depth of her ties to those around her and the strength they bring to her.
Will she become the great protector or is she more like her Grandfather than she wants to admit?
About the Author:
VK Tritschler is the definition of very busy. Having both a fulltime job, a growing family and a career as an author she has a lot going on both around her and in her imagination. She lives on the amazing Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, having moved there from her hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. Her family consists of a very patient husband, two rampant boys, and too many pets to mention.
She has a wonderful set of amazing writers who support her in the form of Eyre Writers, and in return, she offers crowd control services for the Youth section who are the future best-selling Australian authors.
Her first book “The Secret Life of Sarah Meads” was released in 2018 and since then she has participated in the NYC Writing Challenge, the Clunes Booktown, and helped organize and run the Eyre Writers Festival. Ever available to her readership you can find her at:
We've all had disagreements, fights, arguments with loved ones. We fight with our siblings, our parents, our friends. But when we fight with a boyfriend or girlfriend, especially when we are still unsure about our relationship, it can seem so final. Will it be the final straw? Will we break up?
I remember how anxious I felt. The deep sense of loss. Lily faces that moment as well with Simon. She's broken, emotionally. THISTLES AND THORNS is a wonderful young adult paranormal romance. Lily sees ghosts as she struggles to move forward with her teenage years, including a romance with a bright young man in England.
If you have fans of Nancy Drew, or just love a great story with elements of mystery, THISTLES AND THORNS is a perfect book for you. Now available in Ebook and Print, grab a copy for yourself.
With one ghost on her mind, and another haunting it, Lily’s been ghosted...literally.
Hoping to rekindle her romance with Simon, Lily Deene travels to Anchoret House in the remote Scottish Highlands. Despite a warning to beware of spirits wandering the moors, Lily is drawn to investigate the mysterious death of a young bride, Mairi Morris. She soon realizes that death haunts Anchoret House, and that she too may be in danger.
Lily Deene barely escaped with her life during her last encounter with a ghost, now she's facing another dangerous spirit. If you love mysteries with a little piece of history, you'll love the Lily Deene Series.
Oh, yes!” I told him, my voice rising. “The great and allknowing Simon Fitzgibbon says something’s not right. So, it must be so! Let me rush inside, pack my things and leave, right now!”
“Lily, please listen …” he began.
“No! You listen! There is nothing wrong with me except for the fact that I was once stupid enough to think I loved you! Now, please leave me alone!” Much to my utter humiliation, my eyes filled with tears. Shaking with emotion, I tried to push my way past him, but he grabbed my arm.
We stood close together, too close. I knew I should have pushed him away, but I couldn’t make myself do it. I leaned into him and breathed in the musky citrus scent of his aftershave. God, how I’d missed him. At that moment, I would have given anything to have him wrap me in his arms, pull me close, and tell me that he still loved me.
“Lily,” he said, his voice hoarse.
I looked up at him, hope and love blazing in my eyes.
He gazed down at me, a pained expression on his face, then abruptly released me. He took a step back. “You should go back to Brynmoor,” he said gruffly.
The words were like a physical blow. I turned and fled, hot tears streaming down my cheeks.
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