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Ember by Rachel Van Dyken ~ Blog Tour, Interview with Chase and Mil & Giveaway

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RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 19

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I am a Killer. A Rapist. A Monster.

I know only pain and survival.

That is until the Cappo’s sister walked into my life.

And changed everything.

She’s a light who makes my darkness darker, her smile makes my heart turn to ice, and I can’t escape the fear her seductive looks instill–knowing it’s only a matter of time before I fail–again, and take her for myself.

This is the story of my redemption.

But it’s not pretty…I died, and now I’m alive, but not living, breathing but not surviving. I am Phoenix De Lange, son to a murdered mob boss, estranged brother, horrible friend, monster in the making, newest leader to one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra.

And I will have my vengeance.

Or die trying.

I am Phoenix De Lange.

Death is all I know.

Until she offers me a piece of life–I can’t resist taking.

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I wasn’t sure how to act. Wasn’t sure if I should apologize for attacking him or thank him for not laughing in my face. Embarrassed and irritated that he was most likely going to ignore whatever it was between us even if it killed him, I stared hard at the cement floor.

“How are you feeling, little girl?”

“I’m not little.”

“You want me to call you fat?”

“No.” I lifted my head. “Call me gorgeous like you did last night.”

“Well, shit.” Phoenix ran his hands over his face then grabbed my arm and dragged me down the hall into a darkened corner. “You remember?”

“You kissed me.”

“Prove it.”

“What’s wrong with you?” I pushed against his chest. “You like me! Admit it!”

Phoenix made a face. “You were drunk, launched yourself at me, and I caught you. Did we kiss?” His eyes went completely black. “Yeah, we did, but it meant nothing.”

“Really?”

“Really.” He hissed out a breath through his teeth.

“Prove it.”

“What?”

I pushed him against the wall. “Prove it meant nothing. Let me kiss you now, and if it meant nothing it will be like… what? Kissing your sister.”

“I’ve sworn off women.”

“So this should be an easy test then, right?”

“Bee…” Phoenix’s face was pained, as if I was holding a gun to his head rather than offering to kiss him. Was the idea so abhorrent? “Please…” His voice had a pleading tone I’d never heard before. “Don’t do this.”

“One. Little. Test.” I rose up on my tip toes and kissed him full on the mouth.

His lips refused to move against mine.

I wrapped my arms around his neck.

He stiffened even more.

Irritated, I bit his lower lip. He gasped, and I slid my tongue inside his mouth. He pushed me away with a curse then wiped his lips. “Done. Your little test is done. I didn’t respond. Happy now?”

His eyes were furious; the blue flashed like lightning against his skin. His fingertips shook as he made a fist.

“You like me.”

“Bee…” Phoenix pinched the bridge of his nose with his fingertips. “…find someone your own age, someone who’s interested in you in the way you deserve, alright?” His tone was gentle, and maybe that was what hurt the most.

It was like he was letting me down slowly, hoping I didn’t break.

But the joke was on him.

Because I was already broken.

I didn’t want boys my age — I wanted him.

“You’re a good liar.” My eyes narrowed. “And you’re lucky I’m patient.”

“Lucky?” He sputtered out a laugh. “That you like toying with me?”

“No, lucky that even though you constantly push me away…I keep coming back for more. But, Phoenix… everyone’s time eventually runs out.”

“Go to breakfast, Bee.”

“Go to hell, Phoenix.”

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We were lucky enough to have a chance to sit down with the very sexy Chase and the kick ass Mil….

How has married life been treating you guys?

Mil: Pretty good…as good as can be considering I married a killer..

Chase how hard is it having all of your best friends and your wife as heads of the Families?

Chase: It’s not too difficult, I mean I always knew this was in my future I just wouldn’t have guessed my wife would be a boss…

Mil, you took over at the helm of the DeLange Family, a Family that was ready to sell out the other five Families. How hard has it been to bring them back in line and build  trust  with YOU and the rest of the Families?

Mil: It hasn’t been easy..first off being a woman, the men tend to balk at my orders, then I pull out my gun and people get a lot more friendly. It was a lot of hard work in the beginning and it still is, all you can do is invest that time in your family and hope they see they can trust you.

So, I don’t know if you all know – but we are kinda telling everyone about Phoenix’s story this week, we call it Ember, is there something about him that you can tell us that we may not know. Something he may not want us to know 😉

Chase: He’s petrified of Elephants. 

Mil (Slaps Chase’s arm)

Chase: (Shrugs) What? It’s true! Ask him what happened last time he watched Dumbo…just ask…. 

Mil, how did you feel when you found out your brother (Phoenix) was still alive?

Mil: Confused, excited, scared, so many emotions ran through me in that moment. I mean I thought I’d lost him and then to see him alive but not really….stable? That killed me. 

And Chase, you? I know you are still struggling with him being back around you guys – though you do still seem to come through for him when it really counts.

Chase: I have my moments. Like yesterday, he looked at me wrong and yeah I wanted to punch him in the face just because he was breathing the same air as everyone, then Mil, my lovely wife grabbed my arm, pulled me into the bathroom and—

Mil (puts her hand over Chase’s mouth): Story time’s over.  

Mil how hard is it juggling college and being the head of a Family?

Mil: Not hard at all. Chase does my  homework. haha, kidding, but he does help a lot. 

Have you bonded with the other wives (and Bee)? Especially now that you all go to school together too?

Mil: Yes, it’s been great to have girlfriends again and to be able to trust others….

Chase how are you and the guys doing? You all started as the best of friends but have had some rough patches along the way…

Chase: Ah, you want to know about my feelings don’t you? Well…me and the guys are doing as good as we can be doing based on the fact that we all run crime families and are trying not to lose our sanity….it’s hard when it feels like we keep getting attacked on all sides but hopefully things calm down a bit. 

So yo….what do we have in store for the two of you in the future?

Chase: Kids.

Mil: (rolls eyes) I married one. 

Chase: She jokes. 

Mil: (huffs) fine, yes we are planning on having kids, very soon…. 

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Rachel Van Dyken’s Eagle Elite series is one for the record books. After five full length novels, we get to learn so much more about Phoenix in the sixth book, Ember. His rise from the ashes, his rebirth, his hope and with any luck, his redemption. I won’t lie – I kind of cringed at the thought of Phoenix, someone who did unthinkable things being redeemed, forgiven. But you know what? That’s why I read. I WANT to love all the characters. I desperately need to look at the bad guy and see the good. I want everyone to have their HEA. That’s who I am and if that means that a man who was so destroyed by his own father that he did unthinkable things, a man who tirelessly fought the demons within, and a man who would give up nearly everything that could potentially bring him a second of happiness, an ounce of pleasure ends up winning my heart in the end because of his struggles – well that’s just a sign of a beautiful writer.

Rachel has this incredible talent. We know this – she wouldn’t have the incredible list of published greats under her name if she didn’t have talent. But it’s more than just talent. Her gift of creating these characters that make you feel so raw, so deep within, so much heart break that you openly weep reading their stories –well thank goodness that she chose to share such a talent with us.

Phoenix and Bee’s story in Ember has everything you’d expect out of the Eagle Elite series. Their love is more than just forbidden – it’s not even in the same zip code as forbidden! But yet Bee, in her adorable, stead fast, determined way won’t let Phoenix go so easily. She grabbed that apple from the tree, cut it up and handed a slice to Phoenix. Bee, of course being Tex Campisi’s sister – THE Cappo. As in – one big scary man. Cross him? Well – just don’t. So when Bee gets her sights set on Phoenix – her body guard as appointed by Tex – let’s just say that Phoenix needs to pull every ounce of willpower he has in him to fight the desires, the need, the want – and those demons within – to resist his greatest temptation yet.

Phoenix is such a broken man. He NEEDS someone to believe in him. Not in the “oh yeah, Phoenix could take care of him” kind of trust. In the “I trust this man with my life” kind of trust. His father broke him – oh everyone can say that he had a choice but did he? Really? I don’t think so.

Bee is this quiet, beautiful and broken girl – she’s never been told her worth, never been encouraged to be the amazing person who she is meant to be. So as much as we all want to hate Phoenix and also think that she saved him, in my opinion he saved her too. They’re two broken souls – needing the other’s friendship.

The question becomes, can Phoenix allow himself to be more than a friend and body guard to Bee? Can Bee really truly understand the depth of Phoenix’s hurt, struggles and pain – and forgive him of his past? Can anyone move past the dark side and love anyway?

Ember isn’t just a story of a mafia war, of a forbidden love. It’s a story of forgiveness, of redemption, of finding someone – not only romantically – to love and be loved by who loves you DESPITE your past. Ember is a story of fighting your own past, conquering the ugly demons who live within and breaking those chains that bind your heart & mind.

Rachel has done it again, made me ache for more. I loved it… every. single. word. Congratulations on another amazing installment in the Eagle Elite series, Rachel! Elude can’t come fast enough. It just can’t.

Early copy was given for an honest review.

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.


She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at
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Ember by Rachel Van Dyken ~ Release Day Blitz & Giveaway

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I am a Killer. A Rapist. A Monster.
I know only pain and survival.
That is until the Cappo’s sister walked into my life.
And changed everything.
She’s a light who makes my darkness darker, her smile makes
my heart turn to ice, and I can’t escape the fear her seductive looks
instill–knowing it’s only a matter of time before I fail–again, and take her
for myself.
This is the story of my redemption.
But it’s not pretty…I died, and now I’m alive, but not
living, breathing but not surviving. I am Phoenix De Lange, son to a murdered
mob boss, estranged brother, horrible friend, monster in the making, newest
leader to one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra.
And I will have my vengeance.
Or die trying.
I am Phoenix De Lange.
Death is all I know.
Until she offers me a piece of life–I can’t resist taking.

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Once we were on the road, Phoenix chose the correct music for our drive. I say correct because, according to him, one didn’t start the day listening to hip-hop or anything remotely fun. No. Mr. Rogers had me listening to classical music.

Classical.

Mozart, to be exact.

Not that I wasn’t a fan of the arts, but really? It just seemed so against what you would expect from him. He was the bad boy personified; like, if you put his name in the dictionary, right next to it would be “And mothers warned their daughters to stay away, but the heart wants what the heart wants, and that heart wants that body… bad.”

He was all lean muscle and tight abs.

And I could have sworn he had a dimple, but I’d never actually seen it. Phoenix’s dimple was like Bigfoot; I’d seen glimpses in pictures and via rumors, but I had never actually seen it for myself.

One day.

One day I’d catch it and take a mental picture or five. Maybe ten. Needless to say, I knew that if I had one of his smiles, it would be a magical thing.

His hands gripped the steering wheel so hard I had a brief moment of panic thinking he was actually going to rip the thing from the dash and have a breakdown. Sad part? I half-expected it. He wasn’t acting normal… well, he was always moody, but this morning he seemed downright suicidal.

“So…” I tried to zone out the instruments assaulting my sanity. “You went to Eagle Elite, right?”

He was quiet for a minute then gave a swift nod.

“Wow, don’t talk so fast. I almost didn’t get all that.”

And crickets. Again.

I cleared my throat. “You graduate?”

“Sort of.”

“How do you sort of graduate?”

“Did you bring lunch money?” He asked in a tight voice.

I gaped. “Did you just ask me if I brought lunch money?”

He shrugged.

“You’re driving me to school, forcing Mozart on my poor sensitive morning ears, and just asked me if I had money for milk.”

“I’m concerned about you eating. Sue me.”

“Pretty sure the Nicolasi boss can afford to spare me a few dollars for a sandwich and a can of pop.”

“No pop.”

“Who died and made you my grandpa? Seriously. I want to know so I can steal your gun and point it at them.”

“Nobody touches my gun.”

“Which one?” I smirked, hoping he’d find the humor in my sexual innuendo, but who was I kidding? It was Phoenix. He simply grunted, rolled his eyes, and kept driving.

In a moment of pure rebellion, I undid the first two buttons of my white, collared shirt.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” he asked, his voice calm, his eyes still on the road.

“Wow, you really are like a parent. You can see me even when you aren’t looking.”

“Button that shit to your chin before I pull this car over.”

“Put on Jay-Z, and we’ll talk.”

More cursing.

I undid another button.

“Son of a bitch, you’re annoying.”

“Is this our first lovers’ spat?”

“Were there drugs in your toast?” He finally glanced at me, his blue eyes chilling me to the bone. “Be serious. I don’t want to get called into the dean’s office because you’re high.”

“Do I look like I’m on drugs?”

“Is this a trick question?”

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.


She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at
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Ember by Rachel Van Dyken ~ Prologue Reveal

RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 19

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I am a Killer. A Rapist. A Monster.

I know only pain and survival.

That is until the Cappo’s sister walked into my life.

And changed everything.

She’s a light who makes my darkness darker, her smile makes my heart turn to ice, and I can’t escape the fear her seductive looks instill–knowing it’s only a matter of time before I fail–again, and take her for myself.

This is the story of my redemption.

But it’s not pretty…I died, and now I’m alive, but not living, breathing but not surviving. I am Phoenix De Lange, son to a murdered mob boss, estranged brother, horrible friend, monster in the making, newest leader to one of the most powerful families in the Cosa Nostra.

And I will have my vengeance.

Or die trying.

I am Phoenix De Lange.

Death is all I know.

Until she offers me a piece of life–I can’t resist taking.

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Ember
Eagle Elite Book 5
Copyright © 2015 RACHEL VAN DYKEN
Prologue

Ember: A small piece of burning coal.

Origin: Old English, Germanic.
Example: All it takes is a one tiny piece of ember to start a flame, one small
flame to burst forth into a fire. One spark, and a man’s world may implode from
the inside out.
PROLOGUE

Phoenix

“Do it,” my father spat. “Or I will.”

I looked at the girl at my feet and back at my father. “No.”

He lifted his hand above my head; I knew what was coming, knew it would hurt like hell but had no way to fight back — he’d already starved me of my food for the past three days for arguing, for trying to save the girl and her cousin.

His fist hit my temple so hard that I fell to the ground with a cry. The click of his boots against the cement gave me the only warning I’d have as he reared back and kicked me in the ribs; over and over again he kicked. The girl screamed, but I stayed silent. Screaming didn’t help; nothing did.

I waited until he was done — I prayed that he would kill me this time. I prayed so hard that I was convinced God was finally going to hear me and take me away from my hell. Anything was better than living. Anything.

“You worthless—” Another kick to the head. “—piece of shit!” A kick to my gut. “You will never be boss, not if you cry every time you must do the hard thing!” Finally, blessed darkness enveloped my line of vision.

I woke up from the nightmare screaming, not even realizing that I was safe, in my own bed. With a curse I checked the clock.

Three a.m.

Well, at least I’d only had one nightmare — that I’d remembered. I’d been living with Sergio for the past week; his house was so big that I’d basically taken the east wing, and he’d taken the West, said he’d hated living alone anyway. I wasn’t stupid; I knew the guy wasn’t exactly a big fan, but it worked. I needed to stay in the States while I figured shit out.

And I wasn’t ready to leave. Not when I needed to learn all I could from Nixon. Not when I had responsibility.

And not when I had those black folders freaking burning a hole in my mind.

Luca hadn’t just left me an empire; he’d left me secrets. I wasn’t sure what was worse, knowing everything there was to know about those I was supposed to be protecting or knowing that at any minute one of them could turn on us.

“Hey!” Bee barged into my room.

“Damn it!” I pulled the blankets over my naked body, my heart picking up speed at her tousled hair and bedroom eyes. Tex’s sister, Tex’s sister. My body wasn’t accepting that — physically it wasn’t accepting any information other than she was beautiful.

And it was dark.

I looked away, scowling.

“I heard screaming.” Bee took a step forward, her perfume floating off her body like an aphrodisiac or drug, making me calm, making me want something I had no business wanting.

“Yeah, well…” I gave her a cold glance. “…clearly I’m fine, so you should go. Actually, why are you here? You know you live with Tex, right?”

She shrugged and sat on my bed. I clenched my fists around the blankets to keep from reaching out to her. It was getting harder and harder to ignore her warmth — when I lived in a constant state of near-death cold.

“He’s with Mo, and they need privacy. I’m not stupid. So I asked Sergio if I could move in for a while.”

“You did what?” I asked in a deadly tone, one I was sure would probably give her nightmares later.

She grinned. “I’m your new roomie!” Bee bounced on the bed and sent me a shy look from beneath her dark lashes. “Admit it, you miss our slumber parties.”

Forget the nightmare — I was looking at it.

 

 

 

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.


She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com

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