A Fighter’s Heart is live!

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A Fighter’s Heart is now live on Amazon and if you have KU you can read free with your subscription!

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XBH99TD
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XBH99TD
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B06XBH99TD

Dominic “The Animal” Bennett
Dom is currently the MMA’s World Heavyweight Champion and is on top of the world. His world is rocked when an ex comes into the picture with a surprise that will change his life forever.
As Dom adjusts to being a fighter and father, he will learn what is important in his life when the chips start to stack against him.

Riley Hall
Riley loved his job at Manny Services until one of his best friends took a client from him behind his back. And to top everything off, his year-long boyfriend decided to call it quits.
Riley confused, and angry decided he will start new, and find his forever family. Riley hits the jackpot when he answers an ad as a live-in nanny for a new father.
Now all he needs to do is stop fantasizing about the father, and he could have his happily ever after.

“Dom, I brought the nanny applications for you to look over today.”
“How long has it been since you posted the ad?” Dom vaguely remembered Holly saying something about needing to find a nanny for Emilia but wasn’t sure exactly when she’d decided to move forward.
“I knew you weren’t paying attention! Figures,” she sighed, shaking her head. “You’re helpless without me.”
“Okay, okay.” He figured he needed to say something before she decided he wasn’t listening again.
“Because I’m awesome, I’ve narrowed it down to four people. They’re stopping by for interviews today. You’re welcome.”
“Wait… what? Interviews?” Dom looked up from cleaning Emilia’s face. “I don’t even know what kind of questions I’m supposed to ask. Can’t we do it tomorrow?”
“No. Because I know you’ll keep putting it off until it’s too late. Need I remind you that you’re scheduled to start training for your next fight in less than two weeks?”
Damn it, she was right. Dom’s training schedule was grueling the closer he got to each match. “Okay, okay, but do I have to do it? Can’t you talk to them for me?” he pleaded, trying to sound as pathetic as possible so Holly would take pity on him.
“No, I can’t do it for you. You need to decide who’ll be taking care of Emilia yourself, especially since they’ll be living with you.”
“What the hell do you mean, living with me?”
“Language, Dom,” Holly chastised. “We both know how crazy your schedule gets. You’ll need someone who’s available twenty-four seven.”
“Can’t we hire someone to be on call?” Dom didn’t feel comfortable having someone he didn’t know living in his home. His feelings contradicted leaving the same person to watch Emilia while he was gone, which caused him to cave with Holly’s suggestion of a live in nanny. “Alright, alright. How long do I have until the first person arrives and do you have their resumes or something, so I don’t look like a complete idiot when I answer the door?”
“The first appointment is in thirty minutes. I’ll keep an eye on Emelia while you look these over.”
Dom glared at Holly before taking the resumes and nondisclosure forms she handed him. He knew she left it to the last minute on purpose.
“Don’t look at me like that. Honestly, how you can be a MMA bad boy but are afraid to talk to people is beyond me.”

3 x 3 WiP and Tag, You’re It

I’ve made some new author friends, and Addison Albright, my new friend, has tagged me in the 3 x 3 WIP tag-around. I’ve been seeing a version floating around Facebook where just the first line of each of the first three chapters is shared, but this version calls for the first three lines of the first three chapters, so that’s what you’re getting.

So I don’t know how many authors friends I need to tag, but I will tag Carly Rose, Ashley John, and Dean Frech.

This is from my current wip, A Fighter’s Heart, who is with the lovely Carly, looking for a release really, really soon.

Chapter One:

Dominic “The Animal” Bennett stumbled back, shaking his head after taking an elbow to the face from his opponent. He needed to get his head in the game if he wanted to beat Jeffrey and still keep his MMA Heavyweight title. After they traded a few kicks, punches, and elbows, the bell finally rang ending the five minute second round.

Chapter Two:

Dom had forgotten that Summer had text him earlier letting him know that they needed to talk.

“Is this a bad time?” Summer asked adjusting the baby on her hip as she began to fuss.

“No, come in.” Dom moved out of the way and tried to process when Summer had, had a kid.

Chapter Three:

Riley Hall looked at his watch for the fifth time in the past twenty minutes. Gabriel, his boyfriend of one year, was late for their dinner date again. Riley tried to hold in his sigh as he realized only two minutes had passed.

“Sir, would you like some more wine?”

Flash Fiction Friday: May 27, 2016

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“Is it supposed to steam that way?” I ask, as I blow on the soup.

“Oh my God, just taste the soup.” My boyfriend tells me.

“Mmm… it can do with a little more salt, I say with a straight face.

“Seriously?” He asks as he reaches for the salt.

“No, love it tastes perfect.”

“I swear this will be the last time I cook for you. Next time we’re ordering in or you’re going to be the one doing the cooking. I swear everybody’s a critic.”

“Awe, I  love you too.” I chuckle as he storms out of the kitchen.

Savory Sunday: May 22, 2016

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Creamy Ham Fettuccine

1 package fettuccine (12oz)

3 Tbsp finely chopped onion

3 Tbsp butter

2 Tbsp + 1 tsp all-purpose flour

3 cups heavy whipping cream

2 cups fresh broccoli florets

2 cups cubed fully cooked ham

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

1/2 tsp garlic salt (or to tasting)

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 dried oregano

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Cook fettuccine according to package. While that’s cooking, in a large saucepan, sauté onions in butter until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in cream, bring all to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly.

Add broccoli, and reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered for 7-10 minutes or until broccoli is crisp and tender. Stir occasionally. Stir in ham, 1/2 cup of cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, and nutmeg.

Drain fettuccine; serve with sauce. Sprinkle remaining cheese.

Best with Italian Cheese Bread. Will be extremely hot, remember to blow. 😉

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Italian Cheese Bread

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 loaf French bread, halved length wise

1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend (4oz)

1 tsp dried oregano

1/4 – 1/2 garlic salt (to tasting)

Pre-heat oven 350 degrees

Spread butter over cut sides of bread. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. In bowl combine cheese, oregano, and garlic salt. Sprinkle over bread.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Slice and serve warm.

Simple Saturday: May 21, 2016

So I know I’m slacking a little, but it’s not as bad as before. I’m trying to keep up. I remember most days with out the alarm, then most days I ignore the alarm, but not on purpose.

So today, I will be posting the A Fighter’s Heart music list. I’m almost finished with AFH, I swear that finish line is there and I can taste it. But here are the tunes I mainly jam out to while writing A Fighter’s Heart. I listen to it on shuffle and repeat. It’s 3 hours and 14 minutes long, so it takes a while to start back to the beginning.

  1. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weekend
  2. Earned It – The Weeend
  3. Like I’m Gonna Lose You Ft. John Legend – Meghan Trainor
  4. Walkashame – Meghan Trainor
  5. Chains – Nick Jonas
  6. Revival – Selena Gomez
  7. Same Old Love – Selena Gomez
  8. Nobody – Selena Gomez
  9. Perfect – Selena Gomez
  10. Leave Your Lover – Sam Smith
  11. Lay Me Down – Sam Smith
  12. Like I Can – Sam Smith
  13. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  14. I Get Lonely – Janet Jackson
  15. The Heart Wants What The Heart Wants – Selena Gomez
  16. Unapologize – Carrie Underwood
  17. Addicted – Kelly Clarkson
  18. I Almost Do – Taylor Swift
  19. 22 – Taylor Swift
  20. Too Close – Alex Clare
  21. Wasted – Carrie Underwood
  22. Never Again – Kelly Clarkson
  23. Someday When I Stop Loving You – Carrie Underwood
  24. Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
  25. Breakaway – Kelly Clarkson
  26. Can I Have A Kiss – Kelly Clarkson
  27. When You Were Gone – Avril Lavigne
  28. Wish You Were Here – Avril Lavigne
  29. Goodbye – Avril Lavigne
  30. Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson
  31. Mr. Almost Ft. Shy Carter – Meghan Trainor
  32. Title – Meghan Trainor
  33. Bang Dem Sticks – Meghan Trainor
  34. Close Your Eyes – Meghan Trainor
  35. Stand By You – Rachel Platten
  36. Steal My Girl – One Direction
  37. Fight Song – Rachel Platten
  38. You Don’t Know My Heart – Rachel Platten
  39. So Emotional – Christina Aguilera
  40. Love For All Seasons – Christina Aguilera
  41. Somebody’s Somebody – Christina Aguilera
  42. Candyman- Christina Aguilera
  43. Hurt – Christina Aguilera
  44. Mercy On Me – Christina Aguilera
  45. Save Me From Myself – Christina Aguilera
  46. The Right Man – Christina Aguilera
  47. Close Ft. Tove Lo – Nick Jonas
  48. Just Give Me A Reason Ft. Nate Ruess – Pink
  49. Second Wind – Kelly Clarkson
  50. Bad Reputation – Kelly Clarkson
  51. Nostalgic – Kelly Clarkson

Sweet baby Jesus, that’s a lot. Until next time.

 

Wishlist Wednesday: May 18, 2016

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Enforced (Hard Hit #7)

Release Date: June 20, 2016

Synopsis:

They were supposed to be a one-night stand, and then a weekend fling… a just-for-this-season affair… soulmates.

When Chip met Jai during All-Stars weekend, their hookup should’ve ended there. At the time, it was no big deal. As the assistant coach for the Phoenix Ice Rays, Chip can’t be in a relationship with a player from his team. Lucky for him, Jai plays for the Red Zones. That is, until the Red Zones make a surprise trade.

Jai has the perfect relationship with Chip. He’s more than ready to keep their relationship a secret if it means holding on to this man he can’t resist. But when a dogged reporter takes some undeniably personal pictures of them, Jai has to choose between the man and the career of his dreams.

“He wrecked me. I caught feelings. Now, he says I was never a part of his plan. I’m no man’s mistake.”

When the rules are enforced, Chip gives up everything for Jai, even the man himself. What Chip doesn’t anticipate is how far Jai will go to win him back. When this unstoppable force of nature meets an unmovable man, they’ll both go up in flames.

Buy Link:
Amazon

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Defend (Hard Hit #8)

Release Date: August 15, 2016

Synopsis:

Loyalty demands he stay away. Lust challenges Nathan’s integrity. Love demolishes all boundaries.

Nathan can’t recall the precise moment he fell for Derringer, but he knows exactly why he has to stay away. Derringer is dating Nathan’s brother. When Derringer is dumped in the worst of ways, Nathan comes to the rescue. His motives are pure. His intentions above par. Then he kisses Derringer, and nothing is black or white any longer.

Derringer has spent the past two years getting cheated on and manipulated by Nathan’s younger brother, Andrew. He’s done being weak. The moment Nathan’s lips touch his, Derringer feels more powerful than ever before. Nathan has been a thousand things for Derringer—his savior, listening ear, rock, and friend. Now, Derringer is determined to make Nathan one more thing—his.

But Andrew isn’t finished with Derringer, and he won’t stop until he wins Derringer back or destroys him. Nathan has to make a choice—the younger brother he’s always supported or the man he can’t live without.

Buy Link:
Amazon

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Home

Release Date: June 1, 2016

Synopsis:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve only had one goal: survival. It’s what I know. There is no future beyond making it through another night and getting my hands on as much money as possible, by any means necessary. Pride and dignity are things I can’t afford.

It’s been the worst year yet—and not because I live on the streets. That’s nothing compared to being separated from my little girl. But I do what I can, and I send any money I make for her care. I can only hope she remembers me. I’m past desperate, needing her to know how much I love her and that I’ve done everything in my power to make it back to her.

The day I stepped off the bus in Seattle, I saw him. Adrian appeared at a time I most needed a helping hand, and his habit of rescuing strays became my salvation. He gave me hope. He taught me to dream about something I’d never dared to wish for.

A home.

(All novels taking place in Camassia Cove are standalone.)

Buy Link:
Amazon

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Teaser Tuesday: Loving His Mercenary Unedited

Elliot Phillips groaned while squeezing his eyes shut tighter before opening them. He looked up at the dingy ceiling from his spot on the floor. It felt like there was a marching band in his head as his brain pulsed. Elliot blinked a few times trying to figure out why he was laying on the floor with a pressure on his chest that felt like someone was laying on him.

Closing his eyes again, Elliot thought back to the last thing he remembered. He and Laci were at the park for her sixth birthday party and he was on the phone with Christian wondering where he and Rick were. Laci had kept asking him if they could cut the cake. Elliot then remembered hearing Laci scream when he looked at her, Hector had been holding a gun to her head. He also remembered trying to stall until Christian and Rick made it to them. When he saw Kilian step out of the car, he heard police sirens, before Killian apologized, then there had been a blinding pain before everything went black.

Elliot’s eyes snapped open again, Laci.

“Daddy are you awake? I’m scared.”

Elliot breathed a sigh of relief when he realized it was Laci’s head laying on his chest.

“Yes, pumpkin I’m awake.”

Elliot groaned when he sat up after Laci lifted her head. He slowly turned his head checking their surroundings. They seemed to be in a basement, all the walls were made of concrete bricks. A stairwell was directly in front of them. Besides the two of them, there was nothing else in down there.

“Has anybody been down here since we got here?” Elliot asked turning to look back at Laci.

“Only two people. The bad guy who held the gun at my head and the man who got out of the car.” Laci answered. Daddy will Christian and Rick be coming to get us soon?”

“I don’t know sweetie.” Elliot answered, he believed they would be coming to get them, but if Killian hadn’t gone to the dark side, Elliot could get his help.

“Sweetie, I want you to over to the corner and close your eyes,” Elliot insisted when he heard footsteps above them.

“But…”

“No buts Laci, I need you to keep being strong for daddy. Go into the corner and don’t open your eyes until you feel it’s safe,” Elliot urged her.

He let out a sigh of relief when she stood and started to move.

“But how will I know?”

Elliot heard the fear in her voice, but he was helpless to do anything about it. “You’ll know baby.”

Copyright © Vanessa Sims, 2016

 

 

Savory Sunday: May 15, 2016

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1 medium onion, chopped

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 package potato gnocchi (1lb)

1 package baby spinach (6oz)

1 can white kidney, rinsed and drained (15oz)

1 can Italian diced tomatoes, undrained (14 1/2oz)

1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

3 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese

In large skillet pour olive, sauté onions until tender. Add garlic, cooking for another minute. Add gnocchi, cooking until golden brown. (5-6 mins) Stir in spinach, cooking until spinach is wilted.

Add the beans, tomatoes, and pepper, heat through. Sprinkle with cheeses, cover and remove from heat. Let stand until cheese is melted. (3-4 mins)

Will be extremely hot, remember to blow. 😉

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