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Wednesday 27 November 2019

☀☄ Audition: True North [1] - Skye Warren

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Audition, a Contemporary Romance by (, Skye Warren, 203 pages).

This is the first book in the True North series, the enthralling spin off from the bestselling North Security series, though it can be read separately.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and the Kindle Cloud Reader Preview below, as well as full details of the series.

Author Skye Warren will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀).

|| Synopsis || Teaser: Excerpt || The Series || About the Author || Giveaway & Tour Stops ||


Blood and sweat. Bethany Lewis danced her way out of poverty. She's a world class athlete... with a debt to pay.

Joshua North always gets what he wants. And the mercenary wants Bethany in his bed. He wants her beautiful little body bent to his will.

She doesn't surrender to his kiss.
He doesn't back down from a challenge.
It's going to be a sensual fight... to the death.

Teaser: Excerpt

Blinding lights. Aching lungs. Thunderous applause. The final show concludes the same way we rehearsed for months, the same way we performed for weeks. My muscles know the movements better than they understand rest. The prospect of after, of what comes next, makes my breath catch. Even as the primas take their bows, relief echoes around the stage. Vacations are planned. Relief for strained muscles. Everyone needs a break, even professional athletes. I’m the only one onstage dreading it.
     We bow and curtesy with practiced grace. The curtain descends to the floor. Almost to the second we break formation—a flock of crows startled from the woods. The more exuberant among us, the young ones, the new ones, the ones using steroids, prance and jete toward the dressing rooms. Most of us limp our way out. One hundred percent of NFL players are injured every season. Professional dancing is the same. We hurl our bodies through the air, forcing massive impact through tired joints night after night. I catch my friend Marlena in my arms. Her face is white with pain.
     “Ice,” she says. “Or better yet—tequila.”
     I push my shoulder under hers as we exit the stage. “Don’t sell yourself short. You can have both.”
     A delicate snort. “Not likely. We have to smile and flirt with the old men with big, fat wallets. And for what? I won’t be here next season. You won’t be, either.”
     The reminder clangs inside me like a copper bell. I won’t be coming to the New York City Ballet after the break. We fall into our creaky chairs in the dressing room. “Are you going to miss it?”
     “Miss it? Of course I’ll miss it.” Marlena turned twenty-eight last month. It’s comfortably retirement age for a dancer. “When the little children do their terrible pirouettes, when they sneeze and throw up and cry all over my leotard, I’ll think fondly of the beautiful art I left behind. Then I’ll be able to walk home. That won’t happen if I try to dance another season.”
     “You’ll make a wonderful teacher. You know you were mine.” She didn’t teach me to dance. It was my first love, before I learned to flip and contort myself. Before I ever leapt from a trapeze bar.
     Marlena taught me the ropes of the ballet company when I joined two years ago. Most of them thought I wouldn’t last a week. Some of them didn’t want me to. It’s a rigid world, the hierarchy stacked with graduates of Juilliard or the John Cranko school.
     I don’t have a pedigree.
     All I have is a body that does what it must, no matter how much it hurts.
     Which means changing out of my sweaty leotard into a fresh one. We’re contractually obligated to attend the ball. Like Marlena said, we should smile and flirt with the high society people who attend. Both the male and female dancers have to do it. It’s what convinces the sponsors to write checks that will fund the next season. By the time they’re rehearsing The Nutcracker I’ll be in New Orleans, the place I swore I’d never return

her debt, his forgiveness

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The Series: North Security

The bestselling series of three brothers and their fight for love…

The series should be read in order.

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Click on the book cover to Look Inside the book on Amazon and read an excerpt.

Overture [1]

The world knows Samantha Brooks as the violin prodigy. She guards her secret truth—the desire she harbors for her guardian.

Liam North got custody of her six years ago. She’s all grown up now, but he still treats her like a child. No matter how much he wants her.

No matter how bad he aches for one taste.

Her sweet overtures break down the ex-soldier’s defenses, but there’s more at stake than her body. Every touch, every kiss, every night. The closer she gets, the more exposed his darkest secret.

She’s one step away from finding out what happened the night she lost her family. One step away from leaving him forever.

[Published 24 January 2019, 304 pages]

Concerto [2]

The spotlight lands on Samantha Brooks. Years of practice build to the opening night of a global tour. She plays her heart out, but there are darker forces underneath the stage.

There are eyes watching from the wings.

Liam North fights to keep her safe with every weapon he owns. She’s his greatest pride—and his greatest weakness. The danger comes from somewhere no one expected. Betrayal threatens to destroy everything he’s built. His business. His family. His life.

When the curtain falls, only one of them will be left standing.

[Published 9 May 2019, 294 pages]

Sonata [3]

Who is Samantha Brooks without her violin? Fear lives in the silent spaces. Love does, too. There's a battle being waged in her heart, and Liam North is determined to win. He'll use every weapon in his arsenal. His body. His heart. Except the spotlight puts her in the crosshairs of dangerous men.

Samantha fights to compose her own ending, even as the final notes rise to a heartbreaking crescendo.

[Published 6 August 2019, 266 pages]

About the Author

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine.

She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat.

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Giveaway and Tour Stops

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Monday, November 25:
1: Christine Young
2: Wake Up Your Wild Side
3: Long and Short Reviews
4: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
5: Joanne Guidoccio
6: Sapphyria's Books
7: Dawn's Reading Nook
8: Coffee+Books=Happiness
9: The Hidden Bookshelf Club
10: T's Stuff
11:Casey's Corner

Tuesday, November 26:
1: Nana Prah's Blog
2: Ilovebooksandstuffblog
3: Our Town Book Reviews
4: underneath the covers
5: Romance Novel Giveaways
6: Straight From the Library
7: Independent Authors
8: Jazzy Book Reviews
9: Erotica For All
10: In a Dream Beyond
11: Ryshia Kennie ...a world you never imagined!
12: Dena Garson-Real... Hot... Romance
13: Lost in a book After a Day of Social Work

Wednesday, November 27
1: Fabulous and Brunette
2: Welcome to My World of Dreams
3: Wendi zwaduk - romance to make your heart race
4: Readeropolis
5: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
6: Tina Donahue Books - Heat with Heart
7: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
8: It's Raining Books
9: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
10: BooksChatter
11: Books to Light Your Fire
12: Iron Canuck Reviews & More

Friday, November 29:
1: Nickie's Views and Interviews
2: Viviana MacKade
3: Beyond Romance
4: Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters
5: The Avid Reader
6: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin'
7: Travel the Ages
8: Literary Gold
9: Full Moon Dreaming
10: Enchanting Reviews
11: Reading in Pyjamas

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