Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Unexpected Bride - Blurb

Laurent Fletcher has to admit his life would be a whole heap better if there was woman in it. His kids are running wild, and his dog is acting crazy; he’s been finding it tough to juggle everything since his wife died and run his successful custom-built furniture business.  But maybe there is a solution that won’t demand any emotional input from him: hire a female to whip his turbulent household back into shape.

Emma Peabody is a British nanny, looking for a new life.  When she arrives at Copper Creek and finds two small motherless children, a miserable pet and a man who’s placed his emotions in the deep-freeze, she realizes she’s joined a broken family and it will be down to her to put it back together again.

The kids and the dog are easy—all they need are routines and love.  Their father is something else.  Laurent isn’t about to drop his guard and let Emma work her magic—and it doesn’t help that she finds this dark, brooding man incredibly attractive…

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Joanne Walsh became hooked on romance when her grandma gave her a copy of Gone with the Wind for her birthday.  The teachers at her strict girls’ school didn’t approve of a ten-year-old reading such a ‘racy’ novel and confiscated it.  But Joanne still became a voracious romance reader and, later, an editor for one of the world’s leading women’s fiction publishers, where she could do two of her favorite things: work with her beloved alpha-male heroes and spend time in the USA.

These days, Joanne lives in the south of England and divides her time between freelance editing, writing and spending time with her very own real-life alpha…

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Kind of Mad Courage (Short Stories About Mothers,(S)mothers & Others) - Anthology

Nineteen authors from around the world were given six weeks or less to produce “a story involving a mother somehow.” The result is a gorgeously eclectic collection of tales that will make you laugh, cry, and truly appreciate the “mad courage” of motherhood.
Laura Chapman, Francine LaSala, Nikki Mahood, Heather McCoubrey, and Karen E. Martin each present unique takes on impending motherhood, while Sheryn MacMunn, kc wilder, and Julie Valerie portray the end of the journey. Samantha Stroh Bailey, Louise Wise, and Maria Schulz show the pride and peril of dealing with teenage daughters, while Elke Feuer, Diana Shafter Gliedman, and Donna Valenti demonstrate that a mother’s work is never done, even under the craziest of circumstances. Regina-Cash Clark, Wendy Janes, and Monique McDonell explore the impact on lives in which mothers go “missing,” while Carey Heywood and Jen Tucker warm your heart and tear it out, respectively.

Samantha Stroh Bailey - “Hide and Seek” * Regina Cash-Clark - “Autumn's Eyes” * Laura Chapman - “Oh Baby” * Elke Feuer - “The Sacrifice” * Diana Gliedman - “Love in the Time of Cannibals” * Carey Heywood - “A Poem for Mommy” * Wendy Janes - “Verity” * Francine LaSala - “Monkey Bread” * Sheryn MacMunn - “Last Words” * Nikki Mahood - “This Year's Love” * Karen E. Martin - “Two Thousand Steps” * Heather McCoubrey - “Emily's Promise” * Monique McDonell - “A Tale of Two Mothers” * Maria Schulz - “Like a Boomerang” * Jen Tucker - “Heartstrings” * Donna Valenti - “In the Nick of Time” * Julie Valerie - “LLL” * k.c. wilder - “Lady in Red” * Louise Wise - “Becky's Mum”

Francine LaSala and Samantha Stroh Bailey have more than 40 years of editorial experience between them. Francine is a novelist, ghostwriter, and book publishing veteran who's edited New York Times bestselling fiction and nonfiction. Samantha is a former grammar and writing instructor, including at the University of Toronto, and a prolific journalist. She has a Master of Education and has edited countless manuscripts for clients all over the world. They have also "team-edited" numerous works of fiction, each lending their singular editorial strengths to create perfect and polished prose for their clients. The author of Finding Lucas, Samantha ( is based in Toronto, while Francine (, author of Rita Hayworth's Shoes and The Girl, the Gold Tooth and Everything, is based in New York.


Hide and Seek - Samantha Stroh Bailey
Claire's teenage daughter, Emily, goes missing on a birthday cruise, and Claire can only fear the worst from the lately rebellious teen...  

Autumn's Eyes - Regina Cash-Clark
June's abandonment of three of four of her children, told in alternating points of view between June, and her oldest daughter, Edwina.

Oh Baby - Laura Chapman
Rocker Tuck and new wife Autumn return from Chapman's "Ten Drummers Drumming" (Merry & Bright), now with a baby on the way.

The Sacrifice - Elke Feuer
Melissa learns there isn't anything she won't do to protect her children from the abuse and neglect of her alcoholic husband Roger...

Love in the Time of Cannibals - Diana Shafter Gliedman
Could a zombie apocalypse finally give rudderless Jessica the direction she needs--and the connection she craves? It will if her mother has anything to say about it.

A Poem for Mommy - Carey Heywood
In helping his young daughter craft a poem for Mother's Day, a father beautifully recounts the story of the romance with her mother that led to them becoming a family.

Verity - Wendy Janes
After an accident means she'll no longer be able to live on her own, septuagenarian Susan may need to divulge a secret she's been keeping from Verity all her life.

Monkey Bread - Francine LaSala
Amy and Deck (Rita Hayworth's Shoes) learn more about having babies than they ever wanted to know at a madcap family dinner celebrating President's Day.

Last Words - Sheryn MacMunn
The bond shared between Ruth (Finding Out) and her mother, Eliza, is revealed, from the time of Ruth's childhood before the War to the death of Eliza.

This Year's Love - Nikki Mahood
Fallon and Abner are married, mortgaged, and expecting a baby any minute in this fun, heartfelt mini-sequel to Fallen.

Two Thousand Steps - Karen E. Martin
With the unsolicited help of a fairy friend from their childhood, two grown sisters - one with kids, one without - each get to walk a mile in the other's shoes...

Emily's Promise - Heather McCoubrey
Even though pregnant Emily's life is shattered by Jason's infidelity the night before her wedding, she's determined to give her baby the best life possible.

A Tale of Two Mothers - Monique McDonell
How do you deal with the mother who abandoned you when she shows up out of the blue - and what does it mean for the woman who raised you? Chloe's about to find out. 

Like a Boomerang - Maria Schulz
Tess has been stressing out her mother, Charlotte, since the day she was born. But when disaster strikes during a campus Halloween party, it could prove the worst stress yet… 

Heartstrings - Jen Tucker
Young widow Vicki's no stranger to loss--and guilt, as another mother's loss helped her daughter live. Will meeting up help them the two mothers heal? Or make matters worse?     

In the Nick of Time - Donna Valenti
Iris may be dead but her insistence on looking after her children is far from buried. Will her husband Nick get it together? Or will Iris have to move Heaven and Earth to make him?

In this hilarious yet heartwarming story, words of wisdom from the game of Scrabble unite a daughter with her aging mother, a former Scrabble champion whose mental faculties are quickly fading.

Lady in Red - k.c. wilder
Her dying "Gran" is the only mother she's ever known. But only when Gran is gone does a woman discover the woman her grandmother really was, and the secrets she hid.

Becky's Mum - Louise Wise

Straight-A student Becky's being pulled off the straight-and-narrow by her derelict boyfriend Darren. Will her mother's wisdom sink in before it's too late?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Laugh Book Tour & Giveaway

The Burnside Series by Mary Ann Rivers
May 6th, 2014


Mary Ann Rivers continues her Burnside family series—perfect for readers of Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis, and Ruthie Knox—as two people try to share their hearts without losing their cool.

Dr. Sam Burnside is convinced that volunteering at an urban green-space farm in Lakefield, Ohio, is a waste of time—especially with his new health clinic about to open. He only goes to mollify his partner, suspecting she wants him to lighten up. Then Sam catches sight of Nina Paz, a woman who gives off more heat than a scorcher in July. Her easy smile and flirty, sizzling wit has him forgetting his infamous need for control.

Widowed when her husband was killed in Afghanistan, Nina has learned that life exists to take chances. As the daughter of migrant workers turned organic farmers, she’s built an exciting and successful business by valuing new opportunities and working hard to take care of her own. But when Sam pushes for a relationship that goes beyond their hotter-than-fire escapades, Nina ignores her own hard-won wisdom. She isn’t ready for a man who needs saving—even if her heart compels her to take the greatest risk of all: love.

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The role of family relationships in romance (How the Burnside Family dynamic helps add to the depth of the characters and the romance)

For me, using a family as the emotional center of a romance developing in a romance novel is an obvious narrative choice. None of us fall in love in a vacuum -- our love affects change on everyone around us, most particularly our families (by birth and by choice). Love changes us, and those who will be most interested and most threatened by that change will be family members, and in a narrative, this creates dramatic tension and the opportunity to explore ideas.

It's simply not as interesting to stick to the hero and heroine on every page -- as we watch them fall in love, we want more context than their inner emotional lives. As readers, we will always have questions about how the protagonists got the way that they are, and for most of us, what shapes us is our families. What's more, family members and friends in a novel provide alternate perspectives on our protagonists and give the reader different reasons to support/doubt/empathize with the protagonists or the protagonist's goals.

It's nice to echo themes in secondary story lines, as well. It's satisfying as a reader to feel well taken care of by the author, and a richly imagined cast of characters, who reflect the arguments of the book, is one way to do that. 

Author Info
Mary Ann Rivers was an English and music major and went on to earn her MFA in creative writing, publishing poetry in journals and leading creative-writing workshops for at-risk youth. While training for her day job as a nurse practitioner, she rediscovered romance on the bedside tables of her favorite patients. Now she writes smart and emotional contemporary romance, imagining stories featuring the heroes and heroines just ahead of her in the coffee line. Mary Ann Rivers lives in the Midwest with her handsome professor husband and their imaginative school-aged son.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Crazy Little Thing - Review & Giveaway

Review by Marlene Engel

Freshly divorced from her cheating husband, Sadie decides that a much needed summer vacation may be just what the doctor ordered.  So when she takes her children and heads to her aunt’s lake house, her only real plans are to relax and keep away from men for the duration of her stay.  But, as we all know, even the best laid out plans don’t always turn out how we want them to.  Not only were her two male cousins staying there during that time, a very male (and sexy!) man living a few houses down has caught her eye.  However, she refuses to admit that she’s attracted to him … even to herself!  She tries to convince everybody that she’s not ready to date.  But as Des, the hot neighbor, and her paths keep crossing, it’s hard to deny the chemistry between the two.  Will Sadie be able to let down her guard and allow herself to be vulnerable around Des?  Or has her ex-husband’s adulterous ways soured her towards men and relationships for good?

I’ve read a lot of books!  But there’s nothing like finding a new author and just falling in love with her writing from the very first line.  That’s exactly what happened to me while reading Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan.  The very first line had me laughing out loud!  Right then and there I knew that this was going to be my type of book!  The humor was spot on, the story kept my attention from the first page to the last and the characters were all zany and fun!  It’s safe to say that Tracy Brogan has a fan in me!  I’m excited to say that her next book, The Best Medicine, which is a sequel to this book, is due out on May 13.  I will not only be posting my review for The Best Medicine on May 20th, I will also have another giveaway of a tote bag full of Tracy Brogan swag!  If you haven’t read Crazy Little Thing yet, you must get it!  I promise you that you will love it as much as I did!

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About the Author:
Past or present, Tracy Brogan loves romance. She read her first swashbuckling adventure at age sixteen and knew right then she was destined to become a novelist. She now writes fun and breezy contemporary stories about ordinary people finding extraordinary love, and lush historical romance full of political intrigue, damsels causing distress, and the occasional man in a kilt.

Tracy is a Romance Writer of America® RITA Finalist for Best First Book, and a two-time Golden Heart Finalist. She's the best-selling author of Crazy Little Thing and Highland Surrender. She resides in Michigan with her husband, their children, and their overly indulged dogs.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Slope of Love - Giveaway! Win a limited edition Braden T-shirt!

2 Winners will each win one of these 'limited edition' Braden T!
(Sizes available Medium, Large, X-Large)
Open internationally! 
Ending on Sunday 4th May at 11.59pm EST

Book #4 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #13

Olympic gold medalist skiers Jayla Stone and Rush Remington have been best friends for years. They’ve seen each other at their best and worst and have kept each other’s secrets without fail. Only there’s one secret Rush has kept close to his chest. After months of introspection, Rush realizes he’s been filling his bed but not tending to his heart. He’s changed his womanizing ways, and the only woman who can fill his heart has been right by his side all this time.

Years of intimate conversations and the sharing of hopes and dreams collide when Rush reveals his secret, and one toe-curling kiss changes everything between Rush and Jayla. They’re no match for the passion that kiss ignites, or the pull of true love. But being Rush’s best friend means knowing all about his revolving bedroom door—and Jayla has a secret of her own that could jeopardize her career and her relationship with Rush. Even their love may not be enough to overcome Rush’s past or secure Jayla’s future.

THE REMINGTONS is part of the Love in Bloom series.
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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More hot and steamy reads
Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9

Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Sassy Belles - Review

Blake O’Hare Heart is an attorney and narrator of the story. Her best friend, Vivi Ann McFadden, thinks her main squeeze and Blake’s brother in law, Lewis is dead. Blake contacts her husband Harry and they all go to claim the body from a local hotel. One problem, the body is gone, but the sex toys are recovered. Where is Lewis Heart? Sonny Bartholomew is Blake’s high school flame, the town sheriff, and newly divorced. He still loves Blake and senses she feels the same. Blake planned to ask Harry for a trial separation before Lewis disappeared. Harry’s more focused on the possibility of a scandal because he plans to run for the Senate. Blake’s grandmother and mother are the grand dames of the town. All go to them for advice and comfort. Maybe even the missing Lewis. Blake tries to focus on something else and returns to her pet project, saving a local landmark. Her opponents give Blake a lesson in how politics works. Harry’s part in the deal and a dalliance with a local reporter sever his marriage ties. Blake is free to pursue Sonny and doesn’t waste time. The ending brings surprises and revelations of the past.

Sonny and Blake make a true couple. So much love and emotion left to simmer over the years brings them together. Lewis and Vivi start as a joke, but the bond is true.

I love the fact the women use their full names, especially maiden names. It brings me back to my youth where strong women presided over their families and the town. Sought for their wisdom and love, they opened the door to all who knocked. 

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About the Author:
After knowing Beth Albright for just a few short seconds you are sure to learn she is from Alabama. No, it’s not the lilt of magnolia you can still catch in her voice, or even the way she lovingly describes her undying love for her famous alma mater's football champions. She will tell you she loves Tuscaloosa, even after living quite literally all over the country. Though Beth has had a remarkable career, from New York City to Hollywood, and all points in between, she has never forgotten where she came from...and what she loves. That's why when it came time to write, Beth had no choice but to write about Tuscaloosa and The University of Alabama, and all the quirky people she still calls family, though some do not actually share her bloodline!

Beth Albright has always been a storyteller. After spending nearly 15 years in talk radio, as a talk show host, playing the part of a principal character on the soap opera, DAYS OF OUR LIVES, owning her own acting school and children's theater, and raising a son who is a nationally ranked figure skater, Beth has decided to return to her roots; storytelling. When she was in the sixth grade, her teacher gave her the floor every Friday to tell her stories. See, Beth was a talker, a future talk show host in the making, and she was telling stories so much that her teacher couldn't teach. Well, this brilliant teacher told 12 year old Beth if she would begin writing her stories down, she would be allowed time to share those stories with the class. And she's been writing, AND talking ever since. Beth has interviewed Bob Hope, Oprah Winfrey, Betty White, Wolfgang Puck and George Burns live from the Chinese Theatre, as well as numerous other celebrities, and authors. Then Beth became a principal character on Days of Our Lives. But through all of the excitement of talk shows and soap operas, Beth loved telling stories to her audience the most. With a degree in Journalism from her beloved University of Alabama, She remains true to her roots and has never forgotten where she comes from. Born and raised in Tuscaloosa, "My grandfather was the play by play announcer for the Crimson Tide in the 50s!" Beth will proudly tell you, she is a down homespun girl, although she currently lives in San Francisco with her TV producer husband and her brilliant son. She has just completed her first trilogy, The Sassy Belles, and her first screen play, Kiss Me Goodnight.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Questionable Friendship - Blurb, Q&A and Giveaway

Brynne Ropert and Portland Dolish have been best friends since being paired as roommates in college. Seven years later they are now twenty-five, married, and living in Maine–– but the two women couldn’t be more different. Brynne finds fulfillment in her life as a wife, mother and owner of a small café and bookshop, but is struggling to expand her family. Portland is still coping with her mother’s death during her childhood, and her marriage is unraveling before her eyes. Portland envies her friend’s seemingly stable and easy life while Brynne doesn’t understand the growing distance between them and cannot begin to guess what secret Portland is hiding about her husband and crumbling marriage. While one woman feels shut out, the other enters into a web of lies to protect herself.

A Questionable Friendship explores what really makes someone a true friend, a support system, a sister. How much trust goes into a friendship and when is being a friend not enough? Brynne and Portland’s story will attempt to answer those questions, and show that happily ever after isn’t in the cards for everyone.


Q&A With Samantha March
How do you juggle being an author, having your own book blog and being the owner of Marching Ink publishing company?
Organization. Passion. Little sleep. In addition to those I also work for BookTrope Publishing as a book manager, a full time job at a hospital, and am a wife and a new puppy owner. My day is filled starting from early morning to late at night (and sometimes early morning) but working with books is my passion, and I don’t feel like I’m working – most of the time. But everyone needs a break sometimes!

When did you know you wanted to become an author?
When I was about nine years old. I have been obsessed with books and characters since around that time, and I really wanted to create my own worlds with all these voices I hear in my head!

What is your favorite genre to read?
I love chick lit and run the site Chick Lit Plus, and also enjoy romantic comedies, women’s fiction, new adult and mysteries.

Where did you come up with the premise for your new book?
I got into a little tiff with a friend once and my mind just went into overdrive and built from there. I honestly can’t remember what our argument (which lasted for about a night) was about, but my writer mind can take overhearing a stranger having an argument on the phone and create a plot.

Describe your book in three words.
Engaging. Realistic. Honest.

What’s your go to snack when you’re writing?
Ice cream is my go-to snack for everything.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Hmmm, maybe that I’m a rap superstar. Seriously.

What can your readers expect next from you?
I’m currently in the early stages of writing book number 4. Hopefully that will release in early 2015!

I want to thank Samantha for taking the time out of her busy schedule to chat with me.  Maybe next time I can see if she will rap for us!

About the Author:
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has three published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket and A Questionable Friendship. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Return to Newport - Cover Reveal

Eve is ready for a clean slate. She nearly lost the love of her life in The Return. Now Eve must confront the people refusing to let her go quietly into her happily ever after with Jake. Returning to Newport to tie up loose ends may be the biggest mistake of her life.

Jake wants one thing – and one thing only – Eve. He is ready to build a life with her, and spend the rest of his days loving only her. But his surprise visit to Newport makes him question everything he thought he knew about her, including her love.

At the center of the turmoil is Eve’s ex-husband. Intrigued by the changes he sees in her, Brad is determined to sabotage Jake and Eve’s relationship – and take Eve back.

Jake and Eve must face their demons, and battle the outside forces that seek to destroy their future. Can their love survive the Return to Newport?

Jake. It nagged at her that she had still not had a word from him. She walked into the kitchen to find some crackers to calm her now upset stomach. What the hell was going on? She heard the kitchen door open, but had already pressed the button for Jake’s phone, and she didn’t turn around. Clarissa’s voice filled the air around her.

“Hey, Mom, I have a surprise for you,” her voice sang.

“Hold on Clarissa, I’m on the phone. I haven’t heard from Jake all day,” she muttered more to herself than for Clarissa’s benefit. Jake’s voicemail picked up, and Eve shifted her weight as she heard the beep. “Jake, where the hell are you?”

“I’m right here, beautiful,” came the deep voice behind her.

Eve turned around, and her eyes met the most beautiful blue eyes that she had ever seen - the ones that held the deepest love - all for her.

“Jake,” she exhaled, and came towards him. Her arms went around his neck, and she launched herself at him. He wrapped his arms around her waist, holding her tightly against his body. She pressed her lips against his, tilting her head to the side, and slipping her tongue into his mouth. She was desperate for him, needed to feel him, make sure he was truly there.

“Geez, you two, get a room,” Clarissa’s voice giggled behind them. Eve placed her forehead against Jake’s, eyes closed, and breathed him in. All the worry, the fears - the demons - all of them melted away with the stroke of his hands across her back.

He exhaled, and pulled Eve tighter against his body, whispering in her ear, “Now everything feels right again.”

About the Author:
Born and raised in the Rocky Mountains, A.L. Parks has spent the last 25 years moving all over the United States. Married to the Navy - well a man in the Navy - Parks has lived in various places throughout the United States. Now she resides in the Washington D.C area, and loves every minute. She has four children, and one spoiled German Shepard. 

2013 marked her debut in publishing. Her first novel, Strangers, released on her 45th birthday. She was amazed at how many people fell in love with a story about two people dealing with grief, and finding love again. Abby and Bryce were the perfect couple to introduce Parks as an up-and-coming author.

Her second novel, The Return, released in December 2013. A wonderful Christmas romance, it is the first book in the Return To Me series. Book two, Return To Newport, is set to release on April 29, 2014.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Kissing The Maid of Honor - Book Blast

Kissing the Maid of Honor
A Secret Wishes Novel
By: Robin Bielman
Sale Price of $.99 for a Limited Time

Sela Sullivan is resolved to be the best maid of honor ever, even if it means tolerating the best man. Insufferable, too-handsome Luke Watters is not only the guy who humiliated her at a kissing booth in high school, but he also happens to be her best friend’s older brother. Positive he’s the same arrogant jock, Sela vows to focus on her duties and steer clear of the frustrating—and frustratingly tempting—Luke.
As a world-renowned extreme-sports photographer, Luke is used to undertaking life-risking adventures. But risking his heart for the beautiful Sela Sullivan, who clearly still hates him for his rejection all those years ago? He didn’t see that coming. Sela inspires a passion he’s never known, and the more time they spend together, the more he craves her. But can he prove to the maid of honor he’s become a man of honor?

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About the Author:
Robin Bielman lives in Southern California with her high school sweetheart husband, two sons, and crazy-cute mini Labradoodle, Harry (named after Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books). When not attached to her laptop, she can almost always be found with her nose in a book. She also likes to run, hike, and dip her toes in the ocean. Filled with wanderlust, she longs to visit many different places and fulfill her curiosity. She wouldn’t mind indulging her sweet tooth in every location either. She’s a lover of sticky notes, cable television shows and café mochas. Writing is a dream come true, and she still pinches herself to be sure it’s real.

She writes contemporary and paranormal romance and loves to connect with readers. 

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