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#NewCoverReveal: Heart Of Stone (The Stone Series, #1) by Dakota Willink

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Title: Heart of Stone

Series: The Stone Series

Author: Dakota Willink

Genre: Contemporary Romance

New Cover Reveal: January 16th

Hosted by: Chance Promotions


Synopsis


Krystina Cole was a girl on a mission. She had big dreams and aspirations,

none of which included a man by her side. She knew better than that – at

least until she met Alexander Stone, the New York billionaire real estate

tycoon. She saw the way that he looked at her, and the dark promises in his

eyes. She was curious about his world and all that it entailed. But the

shadows of her past haunted her, making her afraid to explore possibilities

that she could never before have imagined.

Alexander Stone was a man who knew how to get what he wanted. He understood

the value of finesse, and the importance of patience and diligence to

achieve the desired result. He was successful and wealthy, relying on his

naturally sharp instincts to guide him through life. But a chance run in

with Krystina Cole quickly turned his world upside down. Her quick wit and

firecracker attitude was the complete opposite of what he wanted in a

woman, and his instincts failed him at every turn.

However, both Krystina and Alexander are clinging to the secrets of their

past, and neither of them are willing to compromise. Krystina’s hardened

heart makes emotional surrender a hard limit. But for Alexander, revealing

his past could have devastating results.


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Excerpt


After unwrapping the cellophane from the platter, I moved over to the

minibar to choose a bottle of white from the wine cooler. I perused the

selections, trying to decide what would pair best with the cheeses.

Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay? Both will go nicely, but which would she

prefer?

I glanced over at Krystina, intending to ask her if she had a particular

wine preference. However, she had a look about her that made me pause, and

I didn’t want to interrupt the picture that she painted before me.

She was running one delicate hand over the wooden top of my dining room

table. She wore a soft smile on her lips, appreciating the craftsmanship of

the design. She looked beautiful sitting there, feet up on the chair,

seeming completely at ease. And in that moment, I realized that she had

never before looked quite like that in my presence. She had never appeared

so completely relaxed.

So unguarded.

I stood there studying every beautiful line of her captivating face. Seeing

her that way, it was almost hard to believe she was capable of so many

smart remarks and witty comebacks. Perhaps her sharp tongue and contentious

behavior was a defense mechanism, one that she relied on when she was

uncomfortable. If that were truly the case, then I would need to take

corrective actions to remedy that problem. I had to calm her, or else I’d

never get through the weeks ahead.

Weeks?

Since when do I think long term about these things?

The idea was novel for me and I was stunned to discover that I liked the

idea of her being here more regularly. In my space. With me. It was a

distressing sort of feeling.

This can all go to shit at a moments notice. Take it one step at a time.

A change of tactics was needed, for Krystina’s sake as well as my own. My

normal methods of operation would have to be thrown out the window.

Attempting to take control by laying down the law would only backfire, so I

began to construct a new plan – one that would make Krystina feel more at

ease. Once she was relaxed, I would begin to work on her trust by giving

her what she’s been asking for.

Full disclosure.

Krystina would have no doubts about what I wanted from her after tonight.

She would know exactly who and what I was. She would either run, or she

would stay. If she stayed, then that’s when the true test would come into

play – tonight I would discover if Krystina could put away that independent

mind of hers long enough to pass her first lesson in submission.

Finally feeling like I had somewhat of a solution to Krystina’s

argumentative nature, I turned my attention back to the wine selection.

Smiling to myself, I settled on a bottle of Joh. Jos. PrΓΌm Riesling.

Sweet. Like her.

I grabbed two crystal wine goblets and went back to the dining room,

focused on the mission ahead. I could only hope that Krystina would keep

herself open to what I had in mind.





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Author Bio



Dakota Willink is a contemporary romance writer and editor, and the author

of The Stone Series. She is an associate member of Romance Writers of

America and a Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards winner.

Dakota has always had a passion for reading and writing. From the time she

was an adolescent, she enjoyed curling up with a good paperback, reading

genres that ranged from thriller and fantasy, to mystery and romance. She

always dreamed of one day writing her own book, but had put her aspirations

on hold to focus on her family and a career that would pay the bills.

However, her heart continued to be with fictional characters – whether they

belonged to a favorite author or if they were just stories that she made up

in her own head.

In 2013, Dakota gathered enough courage to turn her dreams into a reality.

In between playing chauffeur to two very busy children and working her job

during the day, Dakota began to put words on paper. Eventually, she began

to describe her life as a book. Everything she saw or heard throughout the

day, intertwined with her imagination for the creation of future writings.

By 2014, with the support of her husband and two children, she gave up the

security of a steady paycheck and began working on her first novel full

time.

Her first novel, Heart of Stone, was published in December of 2015. Less

than a year after its release, the Readers’ Favorite International Book

Awards recognized Heart of Stone as the 2016 Bronze Medalist in the romance

category.

Dakota resides in the Western New York area, where she enjoys spending time

with family, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat.

During the summer months, she can often be found soaking up the sun on the

Great Lakes with her family.


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