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Stand Up and Shout

Stand Up And Shout
Stick Shift Lips Romance by Maria Bernard

Claim your destiny, or crash and burn! 🎸

Jay Sharp would rock the mic with the best of them, if not for his crippling stage fright.

Alice Electra, a gifted guitarist, is living on the street, busking for money. A chance discovery leads her to Jay’s struggling band. Romance blooms between Jay and Alice, but not all the band members are impressed with the young runaway.

Now, Alice and Jay must face their greatest challenge: a massive Vegas festival. Will they turn their lives around, or will they crash and burn?

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*Stand Up and Shout was previously released as part of the Get Rocked In Vegas Boxed Set. This is the seventh book in the Stick Shift Lips rock star romance series. While it is recommended that you read the series in order, each book including this one, can be enjoyed as a stand alone reading experience. Better yet, buy the entire set of seven books and binge read!

What are you waiting for? Go on, grab the series and get hooked!

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New Release by Maria Bernard

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Hand In Glove by Maria Bernard
Stick Shift Lips Rockstar Romance, Book 1

New Adult Reads – 99cents!

Welcome to the New Adult Valentine’s Promo! This week you’ll find all these wonderful New Adult titles for 99 cents or less out on Amazon. Be sure to read up on each title and check them out. <3

Saying Goodbye, Part One (Passports and Promises Book 1) by [Drake, Abigail]Saying Goodbye, Part One

Author: Abigail Drake

Samantha Barnes always dreamed of seeing the world, and only has a few months left before she starts a semester abroad in Japan. Enough time to say goodbye to her friends, polish up her language skills, and maybe even squeeze in a quick fling with handsome fraternity boy Dylan Hunter.
All she wants from Dylan is something casual, and perhaps some mind-blowing sex, but things don’t work out as planned. Dylan wants a lot more from her than a hook-up. Before Sam realizes what’s happening, their relationship has become serious, something she never intended. And then she discovers Dylan is hiding a dark secret that makes breaking up with him nearly impossible.
Sam is running out of time. She has to leave soon. She has no choice. But leaving Dylan could mean more than just the end of their relationship. It could also mean destroying him completely.

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If We Had No Winter: A Slow Burn College Romance (Billie Dixon Book 1) by [Pitchford, D. L.]If We Had No Winter

Author: D.L. Pitchford

Dive into the first installment of this gritty slow burn college romance series about love, loss, and second chances.
Introverted Billie Dixon has life planned to a T, and Bradford College is her chance for comfortable solitude. Her best friend lives across the hall, her roommate ignores her, and to pay for textbooks, she puts her math skills to good use as a tutor.
But life rarely goes according to plan.
Her sister wonders why she never calls. Her best friend nags like a mother hen. Plus, sharing him with his playboy roommate, who uses every opportunity to infuriate her, wasn’t part of the deal.
And that tutoring gig? Her only pupil complicates their business arrangement when he develops a crush on her.
If she thought this couldn’t get worse…
Then, she runs into the Math Department Head. Her father–and the only reason she can afford Bradford. He wants to rekindle their relationship after years of radio silence, but Billie isn’t fully on board.

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Playing it Cool: A Portwood Brothers Novella (Portwood Brothers Series Book 1) by [Robertson, Emily]Playing it Cool

Author: Emily Robertson

Addison has had her future mapped out since she was a little girl – pre-law degree from the University of Nebraska, getting into a top notch law school, followed by a career as a no-nonsense lawyer. She knows that a husband will come at some point, but she hasn’t figured that part out yet. One thing is certain, it’s not Bryce Portwood, the annoying class clown in her English class.
Bryce has never taken anything too serious. Life’s too short to get all worked up and never have fun. The moment Addison Webster opened her mouth, he knew she needed to let her hair down, and he wanted to be the one to help her. Getting Addison to hang out was easy. Getting her to lighten up and trust him, not so much.
Bryce has a plan. If he can get her to let go and have fun, maybe she’ll see he’s not so bad. If Bryce can just play it cool, maybe he can prove to her that he can fit into those well-laid plans after all.

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Victim Of Love (Rock And Roll State Of Mind Book 1) by [Maurice, Christa]Victim Of Love

Author: Christa Maurice

What happens when wasting time becomes finding forever?
Tara Feingold just wanted to warm up on the Brazilian beach and when she meets Rick Lincoln, bassist for SendDown, things get very hot indeed. Especially when he starts getting serious and the other members of his band decide they need to scare her away with debauchery. When she returns to her normal life, will Rick still love her when he finds out she’s not the wild woman she was in Brazil?
VICTIM OF LOVE is the first book in the Rock And Roll State Of Mind series. If you enjoy wrenching conflict and characters who are struggling with change, then you’ll love this heart warming story.

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Death Island by [Ketch, Kelsey]Death Island

Author: Kelsey Ketch

Her family name tainted by her great-grandfather’s crimes of piracy, Meriden Cummings is far from the typical 18th century woman. A social outcast, she works in a carpentry shop in a small village, where the people barely tolerate unconventional behavior.
However, her life takes a turn after a gang of pirates attack her village and her blood reveals an ancient map adorned with Mayan glyphs leading to Death Island. An island legends say is ruled by the Mayan god of the underworld, Ah Puch. Her great-grandfather had sought after the island before he vanished without a trace. Now, Meriden is about to journey across the sea to understand her family history.
There are only a few problems: her growing feelings toward a mysterious stranger linked to her great-grandfather’s past; a greedy band of pirates after her great-grandfather’s legendary treasure; and a contract she has unwittingly signed in blood with Ah Puch himself.

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Aced (Blocked Book 2) by [Lane, Jennifer]Aced

Author: Jennifer Lane

Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez found her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in Jennifer Lane’s Blocked series, it could be her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love.
Medical student Alejandro’s hot Latin looks get him plenty of attention, but his deep faith and admiration for his father keep him on a righteous path, with no time for something as frivolous as love. He strives to do the right thing—study diligently, take care of his siblings, represent the family well—so why does he feel so unfulfilled?
Enter Lucia’s friend and teammate Maddie Brooks, who shines at blocking the ball and acing the serve. Too bad this graduating senior isn’t so confident about her life off the court. Her longtime boyfriend has just bailed on her, and med school applications loom large. Oh, and a nerve-wracking tryout for Team USA also approaches.
Maddie meets Alejandro when he visits Lucia at school, and she’s soon drawn to his sharp mind. Alejandro is similarly intrigued by Maddie’s talent and strength. But will personal biases and family politics smother the slow burn of their attraction? Unless Maddie can learn to believe in herself, and Alejandro can become his own man, their kindling romance hardly stands a chance.
Will either of them be bold enough to try something new? Find out in this emotion-rich story that refuses to shy away from life’s hardest questions. Because love is worth the risk.

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Stand Up And Shout (Stick Shift Lips Rockstar Romance Book 7) by [Bernard, Maria]Stand Up and Shout

Author: Maria Bernard

Claim your destiny, or crash and burn!
Jay Sharp is a gifted up-and-coming singer, destined for stardom. The problem is, crippling stage fright holds him back. Jay freezes every time he is in the spotlight.
Young runaway Alice Electra is living on the street. She is an amazing guitarist, busking for money. A chance discovery leads her to Jay’s struggling rock band. This is her moment to shine and turn her life around. Despite opposition from hostile, doubting band members, Alice must prove her prowess.
Romance blooms between Jay and Alice and they form an unshakable bond. Now, they face a challenge greater than ever. To stay together, they must fight their demons. They have to perform in front of a massive audience at a Las Vegas music festival. This is Jay’s last chance. Failure is no longer an option.
Will Jay save his band, keep Alice off the street, and conquer his fear of the stage, or will they crash and burn? Hop on the tour bus and find out!

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Until You Set Me Free: Book 1 in the Until You Series by [Davis, D.M.]Until You Set Me Free

Author: D.M. Davis

An emotionally charged romance, intertwined with tragedy, force the career-minded heir and his best friend’s irresistible sister to choose between their careers, their hearts, and the safety of the ones they love.
Sexy girl-next-door Samantha has no idea how attractive she is. She buries herself in her high school studies, focusing on graduating early from college and heading into a successful tech career. She’s beautiful, sassy, and confident in her abilities, except when it comes to attracting the man she’s afraid to want.
Tech guru Joseph’s future is already mapped: he’s expected to join the ranks of the family business, McIntyre Corporate Industries, to head up the technology wing and keep it on the cutting edge. Joseph needs to focus on his future career, his birthright, and not on romancing his roommate’s sister.
Will Joseph step up and be the man she needs?
Can Samantha trust she’s the woman he wants?

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Another Auld Lang Syne (Holiday Love Book 2) by [Savage, Marie]Another Auld Lang Syne

Author: Marie Savage

Should old acquaintances be forgot and never brought to mind?
Ben and Julie are happy to have found each other and their love grows stronger each day. When their friends, Holly and Mike, announce they are getting married, many questions open up for the new couple. Are either of them ready to take that next step?
On a visit to Ben’s hometown to ring in the new year, secrets are revealed that threaten Ben and Julie’s happiness. Is the bond they share strong enough to handle the challenges each of them face?

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Sweethearts And Jazz (A 1940's Romance Book 2) by [Andrews, Rose]Sweethearts and Jazz

Author: Rose Andrews

Portland, Oregon
November 1946
Lila Stevenson, former Broadway singer and actress, has devised a plan to make her ex-boyfriend jealous. A fake relationship arrangement with her coworker starts out as the perfect opportunity for revenge. But his chiseled good-looks are hard to resist and every pretend date stirs her heart with an undeniable warmth. What is a girl to do when real love is the last thing she expected to get out of a silly plan? Cut out the act and figure out if she wants to play for keeps.
Kent O’Connor, handyman and stagehand, has agreed to help his crush get back at her ex in order to be close to her. But the leading lady’s sultry appeal and vivacious mannerisms put him in a spin. Realizing faking it won’t cut it, he tries getting her to see it’s him she wants. Determined to win her heart, his tender patience begins to unravel her from the past standing in the way of their future. Now, if only she wouldn’t keep stalling. Convincing her what they share is genuine might just be the hardest task he’s ever faced.
Brought together by a friendly arrangement, this pair will discover a love more real than any they could ever fake.

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Love at First Sit by [Arcangel, Ysa]Love at First Sit

Author: Ysa Arcangel

Roxanne Mabini, a twenty-five-year-old single mother of twins, joined a speed-dating event just for fun and to get “speed-dating” checked off her bucket list. She wasn’t looking for anything.
…Until the devastatingly handsome bartender, Aloysius “Wish” Gregorio, stepped up to fill in for the lack of male participants, mesmerizing Roxanne. Literally, he was every girl’s wish.
Finally, she’s met a man who shares her interests. But will a girl whose heart has been shred to pieces learn to trust and love again?
When Roxanne’s first love and the father of her children, Chris, drops back into her life, old flames reignite. Chris has been waiting for the right time ever since he was forced to leave her, and now he aims to win her back.
Will the chemistry and powerful connection between Roxanne and Wish be strong enough to fight the old flame that is once again burning bright?
Roxanne must make a big decision: provide a complete family to her children, or share her life with her heart’s desire. Will she find love, lose it, or know when to walk away?

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Under Winter Lights: Part One by [Lewandowski, Bree M.]Under Winter Lights: Part One

Author: Bree M. Lewandowski

Ballet is Martina’s world. Always has been. But underneath the stage lights, behind the curtain and choreography is loneliness.
On late nights, after rehearsals, in her small apartment, Martina wishes hers wasn’t the only shadow on the wall.
But Chicago winter winds are swirling and Martina’s music box world is tipped upside down when she is cast as the lead in the company’s next production. And if that isn’t enough…
He’s the “wolf of the Mariinsky Ballet.” A rebel with gray eyes. Maraav Levondovska is a brilliant dancer and Martina can barely admit to herself how watching him take the stage sets her imagination spinning.
But company director Alan Jung, the man crippled by the art he loved, seems to find new life in his star ballerina…
Three hearts in a dance made for two. A world made of music and motion. Come step Under Winter Lights: Part One!

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Heart to Follow: (A Tryst of Fate Series - Novella 2) by [Liane, Kara]Heart of Follow

Author: Kara Liane

Sometimes you have to follow your heart, but it can be hard to follow.
This contemporary steamy romance is a standalone story in this series that will whet your appetite and tease you enough to give you love, drama, comedy, and spice.
Thirty-three-year-old Gil Morris works in finance on Wall Street. He finds himself lonely and examining his routine life. He wishes he could shake things up a bit.
Twenty-three-year-old student Addison Nichols works in a popular coffee shop near the financial district. She’s been fantasizing recently about a businessman who frequents the store, but he has yet to notice her. She loves to admire him from afar; however, she isn’t quite ready to make her presence known.
She’s about to crack, though, and do something out of character to finally approach him. She thinks if she pretends to be someone else she can play a role, and do anything and be anything. Just maybe she can be someone else for one night—to have a taste of what it’s like to be with a man like that. Like Cinderella going to the ball, but in this scenario, it’s not a ballroom—it’s a bedroom.
What started out as an innocent fantasy quickly turns into something more because he isn’t interested in bedding her for only one night. Can Addison handle Gil, or does he prove to be “heart” to follow?

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Stand Up and Shout

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Stand Up And Shout Cover by Maria Bernard

Stand Up And Shout
Stick Shift Lips Romance by Maria Bernard
Release Date: Feb. 14, 2018

Claim your destiny, or crash and burn! 🎸

Jay Sharp would rock the mic with the best of them, if not for his crippling stage fright.

Alice Electra, a gifted guitarist, is living on the street, busking for money. A chance discovery leads her to Jay’s struggling band. Romance blooms between Jay and Alice, but not all the band members are impressed with the young runaway.

Now, Alice and Jay must face their greatest challenge: a massive Vegas festival. Will they turn their lives around, or will they crash and burn?

***

*Stand Up and Shout was previously released as part of the Get Rocked In Vegas Boxed Set. This is the seventh book in the Stick Shift Lips rock star romance series. While it is recommended that you read the series in order, each book including this one, can be enjoyed as a stand alone reading experience. Better yet, buy the entire set of seven books and binge read!

What are you waiting for? Go on, grab the series and get hooked!

***

★ ☆ ★ Pre-Order Now ★ ☆★

Amazon:
US   CA   UK   AU

iBooks:
US   CA   UK   AU

Kobo:  US   CA

Smashwords 

Nook

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More about the series, click here.

Want to read the series? Start here:
Hand In Glove by Maria Bernard
Stick Shift Lips Rockstar Romance, Book 1

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Whispers From The Heart

Whispers From the Heart by Maria Bernard

Chapter One

If you had told me last Christmas, I’d be a young widower the same time next year, I wouldn’t have believed it. Yet here I am in December, gazing helplessly at the grocery store shelf, my motherless babe in my arms.

“Bear with me, sweetie. I’m afraid your dear old dad’s at loss for all this.”

Tucking Hope’s head onto my shoulder, I continue to stare at the shelves holding things I know nothing about. But I’m determined to make this happen. All I want is to give my infant daughter a proper Christmas. For not only is this our first Christmas on our own, it is also my baby girl’s first birthday.

My poor little girl, my sweet Hope. I’ve let her down in so many ways. For too long I’ve lived in the shadow of my grief. I’ve neglected her, I have, and I won’t deny it. I can tell by the way she clings to me. She is just getting used to me again. In the beginning, I was afraid of her a little, I must admit. As excited as I was to be a father, I hadn’t expected to be a single parent to a newborn baby girl. But then again, I’m sure Hope hadn’t expected to be left motherless before she took her first breath. We had been handed a raw deal, the two of us, no doubt about that.

It’s hard to believe the one year anniversary of her mother’s death is only a month away. I lost the love of my life on Christmas Eve as she gave birth to my daughter and the memory of it still tears me apart if I dwell on it too long. Yet never have I blamed Hope, for that would be unforgivable of me. Even in the darkest depths of grief, I knew this to be true. But that doesn’t stop others from doubting the depths of my love for this gift I hold in my arms.

I ignore the incessant buzzing of my phone in my coat pocket. I don’t even have to check to know who it is. My dearly departed wife’s mother is determined to take Hope away from me for the Christmas holidays and I am just as determined not to let that happen. I will not give her that satisfaction no matter how daunting the idea of doing this on my own is. As great is my grief, my stubborn nature will not allow me to give up. I will not give up my daughter. She is all I have left of her mother.

Copyright © 2017 Maria Bernard, All rights reserved.

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Hearts will break, tears will fall, but where there is hope, love conquers all.

Recently widowed composer, Lyndon Grace, has only one thing on his mind. Christmas is fast approaching, and he needs to make it as special as possible for his motherless infant daughter. Trouble is, he hasn’t a clue how to go about it. Worse yet, he fears losing his baby girl in an impending battle for custody with his estranged in-laws.

Twenty-year-old Evelyn Dawson is at the end of her rope. Taking care of her little brother is not what she expected to do at her age. Homeless, jobless, and desperate, she needs to find a solution, quick.

Brought together by fate, and a sprinkling of benign intervention, these two souls from very different worlds attempt to make the most of an unlikely yet mutually advantageous arrangement.

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Boxed set news

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Rumour has it, this awesome boxed set will disappear forever come November. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, now’s the time!

Grab it before it’s too late!

Available in KU, and also in paperback.
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Get Rocked! In Vegas : Rockstar Romance Limited Edition Collection – by Jenna Galicki, Jade C. Jamison, Theresa Hissong, Lisa Gillis, Lashell Collins, Jennifer L. Allen, Bella Jeanisse, Maria Bernard, Sadie Grubor, Kacey Hamford, Toni Kenyon, Lindy S Hudis, Gina Kincade.

GET ROCKED! In Vegas showcases USA Today, Amazon Bestselling, and Award Winning Rockstar Romance Authors as they take you on a sexy musical journey through Sin City with a group of ***ALL NEW*** stories, many featuring some of your favourite fictional rock bands!

Let these scorching bad boys rock your world and melt your hearts as they burn up the stage at a Fictional Rock Festival in one of the world’s sexiest playgrounds!

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Whispers… from the Heart

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Whispers by Maria Bernard

Join me on this latest writing experience! Feedback and comments welcome as always.

Title: Whispers From The Heart by Maria Bernard © 2017

Genre: Christmas Romance

Read it first on Wattpad!

Hearts will break, tears will fall, but where there is hope, love conquers all.

Recently widowed composer, Lyndon Grace, has only one thing on his mind. Christmas is fast approaching, and he needs to make it as special as possible for his motherless infant daughter. Trouble is, he hasn’t a clue how to go about it. Worse yet, he fears losing his baby girl in an impending battle for custody with his estranged in-laws.

Twenty-year-old Evelyn Dawson is at the end of her rope. Taking care of her little brother is not what she expected to do at her age. Homeless, jobless, and desperate, she needs to find a solution, quick.

Brought together by fate, and a sprinkling of benign intervention, these two souls from very different worlds attempt to make the most of an unlikely yet mutually advantageous arrangement.

© 2017 Whispers from the Heart by Maria Bernard

Summer Blues

Maria Bernard Writer

So, hey… I’ve been working a new book for a while. Actually, I started it in January but it got put on the back-burner due to other projects. Then, of course, summer hit and with it, a heaping load of apathy and self-doubt.

It’s nothing to worry about. It’s a pattern I’ve come to recognize with myself in regards to the book publishing aspect of writing. You see, as I write, I am inspired and excited to present my story to the world. But the actual reality of publishing can be quite soul-destroying. The moment a book is uploaded, a feeling of helplessness comes into play.

Why? Because, I suppose, it comes down to lack of validation from readers. It’s sad, true. It’s weak, yes. But it’s the truth. I write for the joy of it, but I publish for the readers. When I hear nothing from readers, the process seems pointless.

See, I can write stories for the joy of it, stories that I would want to read, create characters that I love, and simply keep them all to myself and be quite content. It’s what I did before I decided to take the plunge into self-publishing. I can easily go back to doing that. It’s what might just happen.

What can I tell you? I’m a victim of vanity just like everyone else. But is it vanity or wanting validation? If wanting validation for your work is wrong, then I apologize and ignore me.

But… if you’ve read my books and have taken that extra step to reach out to me, I thank you, and hold your kind words close to my heart. If you’ve taken the time to write a review, then bless you, you are my beloved few.

If you’ve read, enjoyed, yet never said a word, I forgive you. My readers are generally shy and introverted. It’s what I believe to be true, because to those are who my words speak the loudest.

~Maria Bernard~