Author Bio:

Brooke Johnson:


Brooke Johnson lives in Louisiana with her five girls, wonderful boyfriend, and many pets. When she is not working on finishing her current degree, she can be found fishing, coloring, or blowing bubbles with her kids. Just over a year ago, Brooke decided she wasn’t going to back down from her dreams, and started writing full time. With the encouragement of her family she is proud to be publishing her books for the world to read.

Brooke started reading later in life. Unlike many authors who have always had a special love for reading, Brooke didn’t pick up a book until she was in her late teens. She remembers wanting to find something to do with her mom, who has always been her best friend. One day her mom was talking about a romance novel that she just read. Not being interested in it all, Brooke gave in and read the book. She’s been her mom’s reading partner ever since. They can now sit and talk, laugh and even cry about all the books they have read over the years.

So, with great pride and honor, Brooke is happy to thank her mother for encouraging her to not only read, but to follow her heart, and write her own books. What started as simple poetry on scrap paper, at the age of seven, is now a dream come true. Brooke started writing but felt something was missing. When she started writing with Natalya Parks, everything seemed to fall into place, and now here they are. Launching books, and writing more. This may be the first you see of them, but Brooke is determined that this won’t be last. Brooke is excited for you to meet their characters, and fall in love with the men that they have spent many hours with over the last year, just for you!!



Natalya Parks:


Natalya parks lives is Louisiana with her beloved dog, Napoleon. Natalya enjoys spending as much time as possible with her children and grandchildren.

Natalya has had an ongoing passionate love affair with books since she was four years old. While her friends were getting in trouble for not reading she was getting in trouble for reading. She was late for dinner, forgot to do her chores, stayed up past her bedtime, forgot about homework and was late for the school bus on many occasions; because she couldn’t put the book down. Her most embarrassing moment caused by reading a book occurred when she was in seventh grade. The school bus pulled up to her stop and of course she couldn’t possibly stop reading. The story was just too good. So with her nose still in her book she slowly made her way down the aisle of the bus. She as she got to the top of the stairs she tripped over an instrument case that was jutting out just a bit into the aisle. Where she promptly fell head first down the stairs landing in a heap in the dirt, her feet resting on the bottom step. Natalya was wearing a dress that day.

She has wanted to be a writer since she was a teenager but never thought she could write anything good enough for someone else to want to read. Her dear friend Brooke convinced her otherwise and literally dragged her into the world of writing. Something she will be forever grateful. Now, not only does she get to love and enjoy works by other authors but also those that she has contributed to as well. Her mind still goes tilt, tilt when she thinks about the fact that she is a published author. Dreams really can come true.


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Publisher: Cool Beans Publishing and Editing, LLC

Cover Artist: Aj Corza


You can only win someone’s heart once you’ve captured it.

Nineteen year old Ryder Harrison grew up near a small town in Montana, working on the family’s ranch and in love with his best friend, Landon Pennington. That was until his Grandfather decided he needed to go to college in California. Ryder promised his Mom before she died that he would finish his education. Staying true to his word, Ryder packs his clothes, and heads to California, confident that it would all be one big disaster. The only thing he hadn’t planned on was meeting Bentley Carter.

Twenty year old Bentley Carter has enough emotional issues to write his own ‘How to Cope’ manual. Surviving an abusive childhood, he made a personal promise to always stay true to himself, and never let emotions overrule his common sense. Content with his current life and friend with ‘benefits’, Ben is determined to not let his new roommate affect him.

Uncertain about their places in the world, and with each other, Ryder and Ben struggle to understand the person who is not what they thought they wanted, yet who they are unable to live without. Living in a sometimes cruel and unforgiving world they are determined to embrace the reality of falling in love and the challenges that follow.




“Welcome to paradise!!” Ethan yelled over the music.

All I could see was flesh, and hard bodies. Hard everything. Everywhere I looked, half naked guys were dancing and grinding together.

“Ry, honey, you okay?” Ben squeezed my hand, pulling me out of the fog of lust.

I hadn’t realized I wasn’t blinking, until my eyes started to water. Ben noticed my current state, smiled and pulled me onto the dance floor. He had me turned and pressed against him so fast I was dizzy. My hands trembled. He started grinding against me with his hands on my lower back. The press of bodies around us didn’t allow for additional space between us, and the music only encouraged our hips to gyrate.

I could feel his nipple rings through our thin shirts. Our thighs rubbed together every time Ben wiggled his ass and pressed his hips to mine. I growled in the back of my throat, holding him a little tighter.

We’ve been in the damn club all of five minutes, and I was about cum in my pants.

“Ben, I need a drink.” I leaned in to speak directly into his ear.

He must not have heard me because he pulled me closer, moving us to the rhythm of the music. Ben’s hard-on was pressed my thigh. I made a mistake looking into his eyes. Their intensity was magnified by the eye liner. I’d never seen anything so beautiful in my life. Ben leaned into me, and I tightened my arms around his waist, wanting what he offered.

Starting at the sensitive skin behind my ear, he licked his way down to my collar before lightly biting me.




Two days since meeting Ryder and I was considering changing majors.

It’s been thirty minutes since this lecture began, and I couldn’t remember one word the professor said. The cause of my distraction was chewing on his pen, two rows down from me. I groaned, and then tried to cover it with a cough. My face felt hot as the girl next to me glared in my direction. Why did he have to do that with his pen? It wasn’t until everyone closed their books that I realized I had stared ay Ryder through the entire lecture.

I continually found reasons to spend time with him. So I shoved my stuff in my bag and rushed out of the classroom. I was eager to run into him in the hallway, maybe then I’d get him to talk to me.

I rushed past a bundle of people gathered in the hallway. It wasn’t as though he was hard to find. Ryder was tall and solid muscle; I bet he looked even better naked. Ryder smiled as I fell into step next to him.

“So, what did you think?” I asked as we took the stairs to our dorm room.

“It was okay. I could swear someone was watching me the whole time.” Ryder said.



Cool Beans Publishing & Editing and The Need To Touch.
Hello everyone, this is Jamie and Adriana from CBP&E. We are very excited to be here with you today. We were asked to tell you a little bit about our journey with Brooke Johnson and Natalya Parks and the publishing of The Need To Touch. 
We first met Brooke and Natalya in mid-March, shortly after Cool Beans Editing started. They were new authors who had been struggling with their book and needed editors. As with any author and editing it can be very difficult and the girls were very good about putting up with the suggestions we made. They may have complained heavily and called their editor a few choice names, one of the most amusing was ‘Smurf Killer’, but in the end it all worked out.  The reason for the ‘Smurf Killer’ was that corrections showed up as blue on the manuscript and they told us it looked like we killed a Smurf. 
They quickly got as sick of seeing phrases such as; active voice, show this happening, and expand, as we did writing the phrases. But second round edits showed a huge difference in the story, and the editor was slightly forgiven for traumatizing them. Some of the harsher names for their editors even faded, mostly. 
After edits were done, we kept in touch with them as friends. A month or two later they along with other authors began asking us questions about publishing, royalties, promotion, covers, formatters, and many other aspects of publishing. These questions as the friendships we had with marketers, and former publishers, prompted us to take the step to becoming a publishing house earlier than anticipated. 
Again, the girls have been amazing to work with. They are great about doing book tours, personal media pages, and everything else we have asked of them. Not only were they the first authors to sign contracts with us for publishing, but their book and friendship with us made us want to have their book be the first we published. 
Now they are busy teasing (tormenting) us with hints at other books in the works. Not to worry, we are just as eager to find out what happens with Ben and Ryder as the rest of you are. They won’t tell us anything until we get the manuscript, so yes, even their publisher feels the pain of waiting. 
Brooke and Natalya have been amazing authors to work with and we are truly blessed and fortunate to have them with us. We are confident that you all will come to love them, and their books as much as we do. Please help us in congratulating them on their amazing achievement, and feel free to help prod them along in their writing. 

Adriana D’Apolito

Cool Beans P&E 




Tour Dates/Stops:

8/25: MM Good Book Reviews

8/26: Andrew Q. Gordon

8/27: Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings

8/28: Jade Crystal

8/29: Amanda C. Stone, EE Montgomery

9/1: Parker Williams

9/2: LeAnn’s Book Reviews, Iyana Jenna

9/3: The Hat Party

9/4: Love Bytes

9/5: Kimi-Chan

9/8: Cate Ashwood

9/9: Prism Book Alliance

9/10: Hearts on Fire

9/11: Fallen Angel Reviews

9/12: Foxylutely Book Reviews

9/15: Love of Bookends

9/16: Wake Up Your Wild Side

9/17: Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

9/18: Hearts on Fire

9/19: My Fiction Nook


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