Secrets of Hallstead House by Amy M.Reade

Secrets of Hallstead House
By: Amy M. Reade
Releasing July 17th, 2014



Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead. But her first sight of Summerplace is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls and shadowy rooms filled with secrets and suspicions.
Alex seems happy to have Macy’s help, but others on the island, including Alex’s sinister servants and hostile relatives, are far less welcoming. Watching eyes, veiled threats…slowly, surely, the menacing spirit of Hallstead Island closes in around Macy. And she can only wonder if her story will become just one of the many secrets of Hallstead House…

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Amy M. Reade is a debut author of romantic suspense.  A native of upstate New York, she grew up in the Thousand Islands region and was inspired by the natural beauty of that area to write her first novel, Secrets of Hallstead House.  She now lives in New Jersey with her husband, three children, a Bouvier des Flandres named Orly, and two rescued cats who refuse to answer to their names of Porthos and Athos.
Upon graduation from Cornell University and Indiana University School of Law, Amy practiced law in New York City, but soon discovered that her dream job was writing.  In addition to volunteering with school, church, and community groups, Amy is currently working on her second novel, set in the area around Charleston, South Carolina.
Though Amy lives within sight of the Atlantic Ocean, she is partial to the blue waters of the Pacific and spends as much time as possible on the Big Island of Hawaii, which is the setting of her as-yet-unwritten third novel.

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Kensington Publishers is giving away TWO Ebook Copies of SECRETS OF HALLSTEAD HOUSE at EACH stop on the tour.  Please feel free to set the giveaway up however you choose for your site.  Will need the winners by Aug 4th, 2014.


unsolicited PSA


Do yourself a favor and don’t take any D/s advice from the 50 shades movie. Just go do your own research and ask questions and for the love of god remember that red flags in “vanilla” relationships are still red flags in the BDSM lifestyle.

AKA controlling, manipulative, sneaky behavior and not…


unsolicited PSA

So are you insinuating that bdsm is abuse?


If you have ever interacted in a BDSM style relationship or community, you would know that this is not how the consent or respect system works. That this man is manipulative and pushes too far. That it is all done under the guise of consent. But in the community we are allowed to say no and revoke consent, and he does not allow this. It is encouraging people to jump into dangerous situations without further research. On one side it makes The BDSM community look more abusive than it is, and on the other side it has a lot of people who are more involved in the community worrying and caring for those who came in because of these books and very quickly got hurt or overwhelmed.

Exactly! I’m tired of it being touted as BDSM….sorry, it’s STALKING

Christian does not over ride ana wanting to negotiate the contrate. They definitely work things out to their liking. And on top of that, there was 100% concent in everything they did. She read the contract and agreed to the spanking gags and ropes.


Oh, you wanna play this game? Let’s play!

  1. He sends her an email saying that her negative reaction to being spanked is “very Tess Durbeyfield” of her, saying “you agreed to the debasement, if I remember correctly.” May I just say that if I had a scene that ended in my sub or bottom feeling upset, assaulted, and confused about whether or not they enjoyed the scene, I would think that was me fucking up, not the sub’s fault for not feeling things the way I want them to feel.
  2. Ana gets the contract and what does she think? “This is no way to have a relationship.” She doesn’t like it. She’s not excited about it, she’s not falling over herself because this is the relationship she’s always wanted but never had a name for, she’s afraid.
  3. When she brings up points of contention in her email to him, he sends back the dictionary definition of “submissive” and tells her that’s how she’s supposed to act when they negotiate. For those following along at home, that’s not how you discuss a relationship equitably. It’s called “acting like you’re in a dynamic that you haven’t mutually agreed to,” and it’s a classic move of scumbags.
  4. When she tries to discuss their relationship (in the dinner scene), he treats it like a contract negotiation, which of course is helped by the fact that he just gave her an actual physical contract. Here’s the thing: in a contract negotiation, it’s an adversarial relationship. If I want to pay $2000 for this car and you want me to pay $5000, anything that ends in my favor is a loss for you and anything that gets you what you want is a loss for me. Kink is about finding things you both enjoy, and then perhaps expanding on that foundation together as you both get more comfortable, not haggling like a used car dealer over how many hours of sleep you get a night.
  5. Sure, she might be up for spanking, gags, and ropes. Except that time when he drags her to his family’s boathouse to spank her for the dire offense of not letting him finger her in front of his parents, while she’s protesting and begging him not to hit her, then gives her the option of either having sex with him or getting spanked, then moves the goalposts so it’s now “don’t come or you’ll get spanked.” That doesn’t scream “oh yes give me more spanking now” to me.


LOVE This so many times!