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Title: Smother
By: Lindy Zart – www.facebook.com/lindyzart
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Expected release date: May 21, 2015
Genre: Dark NA, Romantic Suspense
Blurb:
You won’t like me.
I am not the nice girl.
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I don’t care about you, but most of all, I don’t care about me.
Go ahead, hate me.
We all have secrets.
I have them as well—dark, terrible secrets.
The only time I can breathe is when I forget.
I need to be numb. You don’t want to know how.
But as long as I can breathe, the past cannot smother me.
Excerpt:

Her head was throbbing and her mouth tasted like sandpaper. As she walked, she looked up and saw the one person she’d rather not. Even so, her steps lightened, like she was relieved to see him, like he could make it all okay. Save her, redeem her. Wash away the bad. Make her good. Remove the last few hours from her soul.

He was leaving the apartment building as she was stumbling toward it, his stride determined. Her shoes scraped against the pavement and his head shot up, his slate-colored eyes locking on her and taking the air from her lungs.

They both paused, lost in what they were looking at. She couldn’t breathe, struck by the sheer power of him, the way he held himself, the look on his face. He could be deadly if he wanted to be, she saw that. There was a dangerous element to him that could be ignored due to his quiet nature. It sent a thrill—part excitement, part fear—down her back.

Ryan honked the horn before peeling away. She flinched at the sound, looking away from Leo, but not before catching his unwavering stare on the sports car as it sped down the street. Her skin was crawling, her insides raped even though she’d never told them no. She wanted to cry, needed to hide.

She didn’t stay immobile long, swaying when a light, chilling breeze pushed at her. The bathing suit was dampening her shirt with cold wetness and she shivered. His eyes darkened as he looked her over, seeing all she’d rather he didn’t. Her crimes were not visible, but even so, he knew them. She wanted to hide from him at the same time she wanted his arms around her so that she could hide from herself, from those men, from every man but him. Nothing about her made sense.

His jaw went tight. “Who’s that?” he ground out.

“No one,” she answered, wanting it to be true. She never wanted Leo to know those men. She wanted to forget them as well.

His mouth pulled down as he studied her. She swore he could see each place they touched her—that he knew what they’d done to her even though she’d never tell a soul.

“Am I fired?” she asked slowly, wishing the drugs would clear completely from her brain, even if just for this conversation.

“Want to be?”

She swallowed, looking down without answering.

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Yes.

No.

“Hurting yourself.”

Heat flooded her skin and she snapped her head up to glare at him. “No. I’m not.” I do this to stop hurting.

He moved toward her and she straightened, keeping her gaze on his. His mouth pulled down. “Do things to fly, but you always fall.”

“Shut up,” she whispered, her eyes stinging.

“We all fall, eventually.”

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Beacon by Angela Brown

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  BLURB: Tsunamis reduced the USA into a shell of itself, called The Fold. Surviving humans and vampires joined forces to form The Colony, where registered citizens do as they’re told. They donate blood quarterly and dream of being chosen as Attendees for the Jubilee celebrations, that is, everyone except Macie Breen. With high school graduation near, she’s anxious to ditch the rules in hopes of starting a new life with Thane, an unregistered and also her best friend. Her hopes fizzle when Macie is selected as an Attendee, forever registered. Any future with Thane…impossible. Being chosen comes with another unexpected price. Truths about The Colony blaze into ashes and lies when she discovers the vampires haven’t kept their part of the bargain. Worst still, Macie’s life unravels as her stint in the city of Bliss forces her to face daunting truths about who, and what, she really is.

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An Interview with the Author:

1. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been debating the answer to this question, mainly with friends and family that have been with me through this journey. I could say I’ve been writing for over twelve years. But there was that long stint away from writing after the first manuscript I wrote – totally believing it was awesome – got ripped to teeny, tiny critique pieces in a contest. So I’ll scratch that time and go with, “I’ve been writing for about a decade.”

2. How long have you been a published author?
No debating here. I’ve been a published author since that slightly blind foray into self-publishing back in 2007, so about seven and a half years.

3. What titles do you have available?
I actually publish under two names. Under my Angela Brown name, I self-published Neverlove and They All Fall Down of the Shadow Jumpers series, and Frailties of the Bond and Atone of the NEO Chronicles. Evernight Teen published Beacon, which is my YA urban fantasy dystopian.
Under my Rayven Godchild name, I published Secret Lilies and the Confessions of a Sex Fiend series. My Rayven work is for mature audiences only 

4. What made you choose the subject of this book?
For Beacon, I wanted to do a dystopian but Suzanne Collins had done contemporary just fine with The Hunger Games. Plus I love paranormal and urban fantasy in my stories so it was perfect mashing the genres up and developing Macie’s – my main character’s – story with the dystopian foundation but an otherworldly direction.

5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?
No new titles yet. I have several works-in-progress brewing, including the follow up to Beacon, tentatively titled BEYOND.

6. What is your favourite genre and why?
Fantasy is wonderful. I’ve adored stories like C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe since I was in kindergarten. But give me a paranormal mystery like Gwen Gardner’s Indigo Eady mysteries, or a steampunk sci-fi like M Pax’s The Rifters or even a paranormal erotic romance like Kym Grosso’s Immortals of New Orleans. Mashed, smashed and crashed together, there’s just so much to enjoy.

7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?
The most exciting part for me is that shiny new idea. Sometimes it floats in like a feather, light, fluffy and cool. Other times you gasp in the shower because while you’re cleaning away the day’s dirt and grime, your brain blind-sides you with this awesome thing it had been too busy earlier in the day to show you.

8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
I would have to choose between Holly Roberts – because she’s just so cool, Elana Johnson – because she seems to be open to trying new things and keeps an open mind, or Laini Taylor – she’d do lots to help me upping my story-in-verse game.

9. Where can readers find you on the web?
They can find me at Facebook, Twitter, my blog (In Pursuit of Publishness) or can check out my Amazon author page.

Excerpt:

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“We’re not kids anymore, Macie. You’ve learned what little The Colony had to say about the vampeer, wights and devil spawn. There’s something else they’ve hidden from you. From all registered citizens. I’ve wanted to tell you for a long time why we met. Just how special you really are. But you won’t want to be my friend anymore once you know the truth. Losing you would be…” Words trickled from my mouth unfiltered. “I, what do you mean I wouldn’t…” He turned to me, chewing his bottom lip. The last time he did that was the day I broke first blood. We were playing at knight warriors, a favorite of ours since we were kids. I thrust my wooden sword forward. It clattered to the ground as I doubled over from a sharp spasm in my stomach. I tried to shoo Thane away, deal with the pain on my own. But, noticing the grimace on my face – I really tried hard to be quiet, but I cried out anyway – he wouldn’t have it. When he glanced at my yellow cargo pants, he chewed his bottom lip, eyes wide. My gaze trailed down to the bloody mess I’d become. My face couldn’t have flashed hotter if I set it on fire. Now he was doing it again, chewing his bottom lip. What could he possibly have to say? He opened his mouth to speak when the tent flap ripped away. We jerked our heads around to face a tall being covered in shaggy, brown fur from scalp to hoof. A shadowy glow encircled it like a dirty aura. Two arms protruded from both sides. Jagged teeth crowded its mouth. Drool leaked down its chin. Reptilian eyes shone bright white with a red slit down the middle. One set of eyelids blinked side to side as the second set followed up and down. It snarled, spat and drooled some more. My bladder felt one moment away from losing it. “Frag me,” I whispered as my world collapsed into a nightmare.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links: AuthorPhoto_Beacon Born and raised in Little Rock, AR, Angela now calls Central Texas home. She’s a lover of Wild Cherry Pepsi and chocolate/chocolate covered delicious-ness. Steampunk, fantasy and paranormal to contemporary – mostly young adult – fill her growing library of books. Mother to a rambunctious darling girl aptly nicknamed Chipmunk, life stays busy. Her favorite quote keeps her moving: “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6476148.Angela_Brown Angela Brown in the Pursuit of Publishness blog: http://publishness.blogspot.com/ Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Angela-Brown/e/B009JJEX60 Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/AngelaLBrownWrites Twitter: https://twitter.com/ALBrownwrites Buy Links: Evernight: http://www.evernightteen.com/beacon-by-angela-brown/ Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Beacon-Ripped-Ties-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00PXHHUX0

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A Stolen Season by Tamara Gill

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A STOLEN SEASON
by Tamara Gill

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Time-traveling archaeologist Sarah Baxter just left a piece of 21st-century equipment in 19th century Regency England. Unfortunately, when she goes back to retrieve it, she makes an even bigger mess of things—resulting in the death of an English earl. Now his brother is not only out for revenge, but he also has Sarah’s device. Now Sarah must find a way to steal back her device, hide the truth about the earl’s brother and—most importantly—to not fall in love…

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Excerpt:

“You will have to sleep with him.” Richard threw his cheroot into the unlit hearth. “I thought you planned on doing that anyway. You like him, and he obviously likes you, so what’s the problem? It’s not like you’re a virgin.”

Sarah shushed him and sat down on the opposite chair. “That’s not the point. I can’t just jump his bones; women of this era don’t work that way. He has to court me, woo me.” She sighed at Richard’s disgusted expression. “I know it sounds lame, but it’s actually quite nice to have a gentleman sweep you off your feet.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another.

A mother of three, her two little gentleman’s in the making, a future Lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal.

Tamara loves hearing from readers and writers alike. You can contact her through her website, and sign up to follow her blog or newsletter.
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The Exiled Jeweler by Susie Warren

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Emilia Berceto’s beauty captures the attention of a well-known Italian billionaire, Alex Armanti, when she attends a gala at his mansion in Los Angeles. Images secretly captured of her partially nude are released to the tabloids and her overly protective family sends her far away.

Four years later, Emilia continues to live a secluded life designing custom jewelry for the wealthy. Her family needs her to return home to California when their jewelry empire is near bankruptcy. When she returns, she must face the man who caused her downfall and is threatening to reveal her secret if she is to save her family’s jewelry empire.

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Emilia Berceto knew her meticulously constructed world was about to fall apart. Receiving an early morning call that the Los Angeles Times released a story exaggerating the impending collapse of her family’s jewelry empire had her panicking. Her thoughts were going round and round, spinning out of control from the embarrassment of having the dire financial issues of her family’s business hitting every tabloid and industry newspaper this morning. How could her father and uncle let this happen? In a distracted daze, she walked to her shop in the old beach community of Treasure Island, near St. Petersburg, Florida. The early morning sun was rising, causing a slow heat to permeate every aspect of the tight-knit business area but she remained unaware of the beauty and warmth of the day.

Her dyed red hair was scraped back in a long ponytail and her face was free of any makeup. She didn’t make eye contact with anyone as she walked past other shops that were opening for the day. Those who owned businesses in the area knew she was a famous jewelry designer who sought a safe haven in their protected small town and they respected her privacy.

She knew the company had lost a significant amount of market share in recent months but she had been working long hours to compensate by winning high end commissions. In her short career, she had sold designs to royalty, celebrities, and the extremely wealthy. If she could have a few more months then she would be able to turn things around. But she knew the negative press coverage would cause her celebrated commissions to evaporate overnight. She needed the tradition and legacy of the Berceto name to convince buyers that she was reputable and trustworthy.

Clutching her coffee cup, she let herself in through the back door, careful to lock the steel door behind her. She opened her shop by appointment only. Limiting access to a few wealthy patrons allowed her to live in obscurity and focus on creating exceptional and finely crafted pieces.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Susie Warren writes contemporary romance. Besides being an avid reader, she spends much of her free time crafting intense and complex stories about falling in love. When she is not writing, Susie works as an administrator in a small, independent school while caring for three teenagers and keeping tabs on her inventor husband. With the launching of her first book, The Forgotten Heiress, she has slowly begun to navigate the social media realm.

Susie loves to hear from readers and responds to each email and Facebook post. Please reach out to her via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Susie-Warren/647556668647832 or Twitter @susiecwarren

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The Rosa Legacy Series

The first novel in The Rosa Legacy series, Ruthless Perfection, started with the idea of a traditional Italian mother who wanted her only daughter happily married. The mother, Carla Rosa Neri, along with her two sisters, Francesca and Marie, had emigrated from Italy as young girls and each went off to create a dynamic and successful family.

Each of the sisters had an only daughter and they made sure the girls spent time together. They attended the same boarding school in the northeast and visited each other’s homes in the summer.

Ruthless Perfection

Carla Rosa married into the Neri family with a long history in the Carrara marble industry. Her daughter, Isabel Neri, being a filmmaker and wanting to honor her grandfather’s legacy, approaches a reclusive billionaire, Marc Santoro, to ask permission to produce a documentary about the life of a quarry worker. Ruthless Perfection is the story of how they fall in love.

The Exiled Jeweler

Francesca Rosa married into the Berceto family with a long history in the jewelry making business. The Second novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Exiled Jeweler, is about her daughter, Emelia, who went into seclusion after a scandal tore the family apart. Emelia is a talented jewelry designer who lived a sheltered life and was drawn into a passionate encounter with her family’s rival, Alexander Armati at a gala. Outside in the garden, photographs were taken on them and sold to the tabloid press. Her family was shocked and embarrassed and sent Emelia off to Florida. Four years later, she returns when her grandfather has a heart attack and her parents are deciding to sell the family business.

The Convenient Wedding

Marie Rosa married into the prominent Montgomery family, with a successful background in politics. Her only daughter, Lucia, is fascinated by politics and becomes a campaign aide. The opportunity to work on a senate campaign in Connecticut draws her into the middle of a scandal. Anderson Adams is a dark horse in the senate race yet convinces Lucia to play along with a strategy to save his campaign. The third novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Convenient Wedding, is the story about how they reconcile their public image with their private life. The Convenient Wedding will be available in February 2015.

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The Lady of the Garter by Marisa Dillon

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When Henry VII takes the throne, not all are loyal to the new king. Garter knight, Sir James, is charged with bringing dissenters to justice. Determined to fulfill his vows, he’s unprepared for Lady Elena, a girl from his past he’s never forgotten.

Lady Elena defies her family and disguises herself as a squire to reunite with the man she’s always loved. She might be able to wield a sword, but she still possesses a woman’s heart.

Thrust into a world of danger and family rivalry, James and Elena face the ultimate test.

Can James avenge his father’s death and find passion, or will his Garter oaths hold him to a life of service without love?

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Excerpt

Servants began to bustle about the hall. Men offered pitchers of rose-scented water and towels. Overflowing baskets of fresh bread and pitchers of wine were placed on the tables. Elena was ready for some mead after all she’d been through. Once the king’s taster sampled the fair, he nodded to the queen. The feast had officially begun. Nudging her brother, Elena confessed, “I was ordered out of the tent.”

“What did you expect? What kind of man do you take James for?” He laughed, raising his goblet in honor of the king.

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“What did you find, Edward?”

“A foul-mouthed, dirty warrior,” she complained. “Not the sweet innocent lad I fell in love with.”

William’s eyes were filled with merriment. “Lads grow into men. Men become knights.” He studied her face. “And what of your other goal?”

“Whatever do you mean?”

“Becoming a knight,” he reminded her.

Elena gasped. The other squires stared as if they’d overheard her brother.

William chuckled, raising his cup again. “Long live the king.” The squires joined his salute.

Elena shot her brother a look of warning. How could he be so careless? Spirits. She rolled her eyes. “I admit it,” she said with defiance, keeping her voice low. “I want to become a knight. I’ve never kept that secret from you, but we both agreed I must serve as a squire first.”

Their conversation was interrupted by a woman who placed a trencher on the table in front of them.

“Peacock, venison, quail, and rabbit,” the wench announced, flashing a toothless grin.

William quickly helped himself to half the meat. Always selfish, he even chose the tenderest pieces of venison.

She glowered at him. “Will nothing change? I must accept the meager portions left after you claim the best?”

He licked his fingers, then leaned in so only she could hear his reply. “To these lads you’re just another squire. But I know what’s underneath those pants. So yes, you are still a female, and I get the best. Be satisfied there’s anything left for you to eat.”

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An Interview with the author:

Thank you for inviting me here today. I’m excited to talk about my debut novel, The Lady of the Garter, set in the late 1400s. The heroine, Lady Elena, is a strong, independent woman determined to achieve two goals: win the heart of Sir James, a knight in the Order of the Garter, and to attain knighthood herself. The story grows as Elena disguises herself as a boy, becomes James’ squire and follows him into battle. But Elena’s determination and strength are tested as she confronts obstacles put in place by her nemesis, the evil Sir Nicholas. The twists and turns lead the reader on a romantic, high-spirited adventure that follows one woman’s pursuit of honor and true love.

How long have you been a published author? Still wet behind the ears, about ten weeks.

How long have you been writing?
Although new to the publishing world, my passion for writing began when my first-grade teacher read my poem aloud and posted it on the classroom wall. I soon followed up by writing plays for my neighborhood friends and hosting the productions in my garage. After a earning a degree in journalism, I spent many years writing for the television industry, and in my spare time, I dabbled in creative writing. About three years ago, I took a few workshops on how to write a Romance novel. With some great mentors, and a little luck, I found my way to a contracted manuscript. The rest is history.

What made you choose the subject of this book?
The inspiration for the story came to me after a trip I took back in time one autumn afternoon. I live in Ohio, and we have one of the largest and most authentic Renaissance Festivals in the country. I even dressed the part and took a ride on a warhorse. I was inspired by what I saw. The jousting reenactments, danger, romance, chivalry, comedy, comradery. It was all there and I wanted to write a story about that world.

I also love the idea of chivalry and romance mingling together. In the late 15th century, the notion of the knight in shining armor was not a fantasy, but a reality. (If history doesn’t lie) And as a lover of history and romance, I couldn’t resist researching and then writing about a group of knights who have been revered and served the English monarchy for generations. The Most Noble Order of the Garter was founded in 1348, holds the highest order of chivalry and is the most prestigious group in service to England. Even Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is a Garter Knight today.

Will you write a sequel or expand this into a series? Book II in a series is well underway, but this one will have a Scottish bent. I’m also obsessed with Highlanders.

What is your favorite genre and why? I cut my teen wisdom teeth on historicals, and have always loved stepping back in time to read a story starring an alpha male and the promise of a happy ending. Dukes, Viking lords, kings, chivalrous knights, they are the archetypes that satiate my appetite and fulfill my ideal of the ultimate hero.

If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?
I would love to write a book with George R.R. Martin, the author of the Game of Thrones series. His stories are epic and filled with fantasy. I love his imagery-laced writing style and talent for building memorable characters. Adding a man’s perspective to my work, would help me develop my male character into larger than life hero. Also, I know his fans are disappointed he’s not publishing a new novel in 2015. If he’d commit to a project to come out late this year with me, I would promise to write more than half of the story. Geroge?

About the author:

Born in Norway, Marisa was raised in the states and became a U.S. Citizen when her Norwegian father became naturalized. Marisa’s maternal Italian grandfather immigrated to American and gave her the other half of her international roots.

Growing up, Marisa traveled to Europe many times, once even cross-Atlantic, and was fortunate enough to tour much of the continent, as well as Scandinavia, staying at length with family or in unconventional places like a nun’s convent.

Marisa has spent many years writing for the television industry. As an award-winning producer/director/marketer, she has worked on commercial production, show creation, product branding and social media.

With a degree in journalism, Marisa has spent many years writing for the television industry. As an award-winning producer/director/marketer, she has worked on commercial production, show creation, product branding and social media.

Marisa’s passion for writing began when her first-grade teacher read her poem aloud and posted it on the classroom wall. She soon followed up by writing plays for her neighborhood friends and hosting the productions in her garage.

Marisa has always enjoyed reading romance novels and now realizes a dream come true, writing romantic adventures. She lives in Kettering, Ohio, with her first love and knight in shining armor, James.

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The Lady of the Garter is available as an eBook on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Lady-Garter-Marisa-Dillon-ebook/dp/B00QP2Q2P4

Connect:
You can visit Marisa at: http://www.marisadillon.com. And you can connect with Marisa on Facebook.com/pages/Marisa-Dillon and Twitter.com/marisadillon.

Broken Dreams by Nancy Pennick

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BROKEN DREAMS
by Nancy Pennick

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Two friends…
Blood sisters till the end…
Until they’re not.

One cold night in a boarding school dorm, two fourteen-year-old girls make a blood sister pact. Friends forever. As young schoolgirls, they’re determined to find true love, learning the hits and misses along the way. As graduation nears, the girls have different outlooks for the future. Lucinda longs for adventure. Anna chooses city life and marriage. Finding their way back together, the girls head west for an experience of a lifetime until a handsome cowboy bursts into their lives, changing the course of their friendship forever.

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Excerpt

Anna shMediaKit_BookCover_BrokenDreamsook her head. “I’m glad it’s over.” She slowly closed her eyes and took the deepest breath possible. “But I’m proud of myself. I hate the sight of blood, but it was worth it.” She lifted her left hand to examine the cut. Blood trailed down her finger.

Lucinda also raised her left hand. Her middle finger dripped with blood. “Then let’s get started.” She lit a tall taper candle on the table. The flame flickered slightly giving the darkened room a mystical glow. “On this day of January the twenty-fourth …” She stretched out her arm toward Anna. “I, Lucinda Ann Walker, being of sound mind and body, make you my blood sister.”

Anna giggled. “You make it sound so formal.” She could tell Lucinda fought back a smile, but her face stayed solemn. “Alright, then.” Anna cleared her throat. “I, Anna Grace Douglass, also being of sound mind and body, make you my blood sister in the year of our Lord, 1923.”

They positioned their hands together, fingertip-to-fingertip, mixing the blood. Anna’s finger throbbed with pain, but she felt happy. She was thrilled she decided to come to this very exclusive private boarding school on scholarship. When she met her roommate she never dreamed they’d become best friends. Lucinda’s personality was bigger than life, quite the opposite of Anna. Now five months later, they were a sorority of two.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links

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Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Nancy currently resides in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and son, plus a delightfully entertaining lovebird. Her writing is influenced by all the years of working with young people as a teacher and raising her own son. When not writing, Nancy loves to travel with her husband and enjoys a good cup of tea. Broken Dreams is a stand alone companion piece to her young adult Waiting for Dusk series.

Publisher- Fire and Ice
http://www.fireandiceya.com/authors/nancypennick/brokendreams.html
Links to me
Twitter- https://twitter.com/npennick @npennick

Facebook Fan page – https://www.facebook.com/nancypennickauthor

WordPress blog- http://nancypennick.wordpress.com/

Amazon Author Page- http://www.amazon.com/Nancy-Pennick/e/B00AKX0MZ0/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6734986.Nancy_Pennick

Links to other books
Waiting for Dusk

Call of the Canyon

Stealing Time

FREE short story
Taking Chances: A Waiting for Dusk Story

Summer of Haight ’67 by Diane Sager

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Summer of Haight 67 by Diane Sager

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BLURB: KATHERINE RHODES has a tragic accident which sends her back in time. She wakes up as the 20 year old hippie she was back in 1967 in the Haight/Ashbury district of San Francisco. This was the period known globally as the “Summer of Love”. It’s all here, Hippies, Hells Angels, Black Panthers and the abhorrent war in Vietnam. “KATIE gets the chance to re-live this era with her friends FROG and MOONBEAM. This time she knows what to expect and tries to change things……….. Can she ?

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Excerpt : Katherine Rhodes drove through the mountain range too fast. The rain was brutal and made visibility nearly impossible. She knew she was endangering herself, especially in this weather, but she didn’t care. If she crashed, so be it. In her present life there wasn’t much to live for. She’d turned sixty-six years old last week and her life wasCover_SummerOfHaight67 a farce. She had two grown children, both too busy in their own lives to bother with her. Her husband Mark had cheated on her numerous times during their thirty-eight year marriage. She had gotten used to the infidelity, but recently he’d actually run off with one of his “flings”. Katherine thought the novelty would wear off and he’d be back. It wasn’t the first time Mark had taken off with one of his girlfriends, but he always came crawling back. It had taken her totally by surprise when she was served with divorce papers that morning. According to a mutual friend, Mark was starting a new family and “they”, meaning him and Tiffany, wanted to be married before she gave birth. A baby! The man was sixty-seven years old and the mother-to-be was twenty-six. She was younger than both of his adult children for God’s sake. When Katherine was presented with the divorce papers she was numbed. She had never really been happy with her marriage, of course, but she was secure. Mark had his life, his work clientele, his friends, his private vacations, and his work related trips to Mexico. She had her own friends, her hobbies, and an occasional trip to an exotic location. She knew that Mark had his girlfriends, but she had lived with his indiscretions. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine he would divorce her.

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An Interview With the Author:
1. How long have you been writing?

I have made up stories in my head ever since I was a small child and I wrote sporadically throughout high school and university, but my first big venture was a vampire novel that I wrote in 2000. It sat quietly in a box for many years! Vampires? Box?……. Yeah, I know !……

As a busy high school teacher it didn’t leave me much time to write but then I made the move to full time writing about 5 years ago.

2. How long have you been a published author?

Publishing is a wonderful industry and when I got serious about writing and wanting to entertain people with my work, I was lucky enough to find some awesome people. Firstly, a lady who is a very well respected editor graciously took me on. I networked within this tight group with proof readers, formatters, an awesome artist for my cover art, and all this led to my first book being published in December of 2013. It’s a trilogy entitled EVIL VEIN. I wrote these under my apocalyptic/Horror name of D.S. Sager

3. What titles do you have available?

EVIL VEIN – Dark Beginnings is my first published novel
EVIL VEIN – Divide & Multiply is coming out next month. I will start on volume three by spring.

SUMMER OF HAIGHT ’67 is my supernatural time-travel book back to the famous San Francisco Haight/Ashbury hippie era in 1967. It’s my story wrapped around real events that took place. This was published in December 2014 and under my full name of Diane Sager.

4. What made you choose the subject of this book?

I’ll admit to being born in the 60’s – OK, you got that out of me, reluctantly!
As a very small child I can remember my parents driving me through the Haight/Ashbury district of San Francisco whenever we had visitors to my home in the South Bay area. We would look at the “freaks” as my dear old Dad called them. They were the “drop-out” youth sub-culture that flocked there in 1967. I love the 60’s music, clothes, politics and much more. I LIVED 1967 through research and writing for the year or so it took me to write the book..
I “met” some great people – Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Micky Dolenz, even Charles Manson made an appearance! I mingled with the Hells Angels, the Black Panthers and the Diggers to name a few. This is a fictitious story based around real life events of sex, drugs and psychedelic music. My main character Katie has a horrific accident in 2014 and it hurls her back into her 20 year old hippie body – but with the memory of a 66 year old. It’s a trip, man!
There is the gruesome war in Vietnam and the political unrest and protesting that came with it. I learned a lot and my hope is that my readers will too.

5. Do you have any new titles coming soon?

As I mentioned earlier, volume 2 in my EVIL VEIN series is up next. It’s called Divide & Multiply and it carries on where volume one left off. A crazed scientist created a serum to try and cure his beloved, cancer stricken wife. It all went wrong and he unleashed his genetics altering drug on marine life. A mutated crab/scorpion , dubbed a “scrabion” can turn humans into zombies. It’s a struggle for survival by various eclectic characters. Some you will love and some…… not so.

Volume 3 will complete the EVIL VEIN series by fall of this year.

I finally found the time to re-write my vampire novel from 2000. The title is not caste yet !
I’m now four short stories in to my horror anthology. I hope to wrap this up and get it to my readers by mid year.

6. What is your favourite genre and why?

I started with vampires and kept the macabre/horror genre going in my writing. I guess it’s what I know best. I studied weird things as girl growing up in California. I have more that the average bear’s knowledge of serial killers, witchcraft and the occult, world religions and the supernatural. Oh, and I read Tarot cards. I’m weird huh?

7. What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?

That feeling I get when the finished, printed and published book is finally in my hands is totally surreal. I LOVE this feeling and it makes all the long hours of hard work and stress worthwhile. I also learn so much when I do research. Knowledge is power !!……….SO, this is the high and then I worry and hope that my readers will like it.
8. If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?

This is a tough one, there were and are SO many brilliant authors but I have to go with Edgar Allan Poe. Obviously there’s no chance of that! He was a fascinating person and writer. Even his death 165 years ago is still shrouded in mystery. What an experience it would be to get inside his head and see how his mind works as we co-author a world class short story.

Perhaps I could write another time travel novel that takes ME back to the 1840’s and work with this master of macabre and mystery.
9. Where can readers find you on the web?

On Facebook: Author – Diane Sager

On Twitter: @celticdi

On Goodreads: Diane Sager or D.S.Sager

http://www.evilvein.com

Email: celticdi@gmail.com

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Author Diane Sager was raised and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her awesome husband Russ, three dogs, two cats and an African grey parrot named Storm. She holds a fascination for all things macabre and has developed a deep knowledge of serial killers, vampires, zombies, the Tarot, world religions, witchcraft, horror and the occult. However, her latest indie release, SUMMER OF HAIGHT ‘67 is none of the above albeit a little supernatural……..This story is
nestled between her zombie series “EVIL VEIN” published by Permuted Press and penned under her “apocalyptic” name of D.S.Sager A former high school teacher of emotionally disturbed and high-risk youth, Diane is now dedicated to full time writing.

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The Christmas Dragon/Strings by Ruthanne Reid

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BLURB:

*The Christmas Dragon*

All Katie Lin wants is to get away from her family: from the magic, from the mayhem, and from the never-ending war.

Unfortunately, someone has other ideas, and sends her a box. A box that jumps.

The tiny fire hazard inside may just force her back to Wales – and right into the path of a dragon war, the Crow King, and at least one reluctant elf prince. Sometimes, running away just doesn’t work as planned.

*Strings*

Need help? You probably shouldn’t ask Grey.

A runaway Unseelie prince, Grey feeds on love – a commodity he conjures via music and magic in late-night Manhattan. It’s a sweet gig, if lonely, and Grey is almost sure the dire warnings he was given about New York in December won’t come true.

Then a monster from his childhood attacks in the middle of the night, and everything changes.

He survived, but he’s marked, and more monsters are coming for him and everyone who survived. Grey has no plans to be a hero but fate doesn’t care what he wants. Sometimes, no matter what you do, you aren’t the one pulling the strings.

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Excerpt from The Christmas Dragon:

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Boxes are not supposed to jump. It’s a law somewhere, I think. Maybe Guyana. Apparently not in New Hampshire, because the box kept jumping.

I sat in my idling car, puffs of exhaust rising in my rear-view mirror, and stared at the uncoordinated box-dance. It was wrapped in the loveliest paper, too, which was a shame, because bouncing on my boot-scraper had roughened all the corners and torn one edge. The bow was big and purple and covered in small green somethings. I wasn’t close enough to make them out.

I didn’t want to be close enough to make them out.

If I didn’t do something soon, the neighbors would notice. The box probably hadn’t been jumping all morning, or there’d be a crowd. Or maybe it was already on YouTube. I didn’t know.

So much for a safe, boring life among the Ever-Dying. New Hampshire, you have failed me.

I turned off the car. Time to go see what invaded my (mostly) magic-free space.

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Interview:

1) I want to start off with the basics, (It’s a two part question), and so how long have you been writing? And second when did you realize this was what you wanted to do professionally?

I fail to break this mold: I’ve been writing all my life. However, I somehow failed to figure out that you could do this writing thing as a job, or I’d have gone for a degree in creative writing. I didn’t know, so I went for music instead.
I can’t say it was the biggest mistake of my life because music is how I met my husband. Even better, my husband is the one who encouraged me to finally write for real. Earning the wrong degree meant marrying the right man who helped me do this writing thing as a job. Tada!
2) I am sure that you have heard this question before; how do you come up with your ideas? And what is your writing schedule like?

Ideas are WEIRD. They just fall on my head, unbidden. Sometimes they come from songs, like one of my newest short stories. It sprang from Lead Me Home by Jamie Commons, played on loop, and is about a sentient Dream saying goodbye to his favorite dreamer.
As for what my writing schedule is… well, it’s not really on a schedule. Life is crazy; we tend to be spontaneous, so free hours are unpredictable. It’s not so bad, however. My brain works a little like flickering lightbulb, so unpredictable is effective. I sort of startle it into creating.Cover_ChristmasDragon

3) What are your current literary works? Any sneak peeks?

Aside from The Christmas Dragon and Strings, I currently have a dark science-fantasy out called The Sundered, which explores the questions of what makes a life valuable and just how much its sacrifice is worth. In the works is Notte, an epic science-fantasy covering 15,000 years and following a man made to be a monster – a man who instead becomes the father of an entire new species.

6) What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?

Notte, in fact. It’s enormous. It’s intimidating. It covers more generations and cultures than seems sane. I absolutely love it, and I think others will, too.

7) What is the story behind this great series?

It actually goes back to something I did as a child. I called it “mix-up stories,” and it was my response to the attempt by those around me to insist we play in one universe. Why couldn’t I combine Transformers and GI Joe and JEM and The Jungle Book? I wanted to, so I did.
Among the Mythos is essentially that, only all grown up. I love magic; I love science. I love history and archeology and space travel, so I put it all in there. Elves? Definitely. Aliens? Why not? It’s tons of fun, and I couldn’t be happier with the way it’s turning out.

8) Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published?

Fanart! Somehow, my little stories have inspired people to do fanart, and that is the greatest compliment to me. My favorite stories all inspired me to write fan-works; that something I created can do that for others is a treat beyond compare.

9) What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?

Don’t give up. I like to quote Ira Glass on this (the video is here, if you haven’t seen it yet: http://youtu.be/PbC4gqZGPSY ). We get into creative work because we have good taste, but for the first few years, what we create just isn’t that good. THAT’S OKAY. It’s normal. The way to get past it is to keep creating, keep writing, and eventually, what you produce will line up with your taste.

10) If you could jump into a book, and live in that world, which would it be?

That’s a hard question. Would I have to be little old me in whatever world that was, or could I be a special character? Could I have powers? Would I be squished as the supervillain flew by?
I suppose right at this second, the one book I’d aim for is one of the Narnia ones, specifically to meet Aslan. Bizarre, I know, but see, it wouldn’t matter to Aslan if I were “special” or not. That’s a beautiful thing.

11) If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?

Stubborn As Hell and Too Shy to Talk About It.

12) What is your favorite scene in the book and why do you love it?

In The Christmas Dragon, the scene in the Crow King’s castle with the exploding birds. I just really feel Katie in that moment; everything is so over-the-top ridiculous that she’s about ready to start hitting things with a hammer, and I can’t help but find it funny.
In Strings, it’s the end, where Grey has to stand up to what he thought was his friend and save everybody, and it costs him. Grey is just not hero material; that he managed to be one in that moment is deeply significant.

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13) What are your views regarding Indie vs. Traditional publishing; and do you have any predictions regarding the continuance of the E-Pub boom?

I think there’s room for both, depending on what’s being written. Traditional publishing is going to need to change, and soon, but there are young agents and editors slowly working toward those needed changes. Indie publishing – which I do – is incredibly rewarding, but limited without the backing of a company.
There are pros and cons in either camp, but I think the important thing to remember is people still read. They’ll get their stories however they have to. In fact, it’s a funny question to ask because I don’t think readers even think about this. They care about the book they get – the quality, whether it’s a good story, whether the characters tug their heart strings. They couldn’t care less who produced it, and I think once big publishers figure that out, they’ll be willing to make more (needed) compromises.

14) Future projects?

Notte, which is an absolutely huge project. Here’s the quick info: “Cursed to become a weapon to destroy mankind, Notte has a long path ahead of him. He was designed to be infectious, and designed to be violent, but his creators forgot one thing: they forgot to remove his soul.”

15) Any collaboration? If so, who?

Not yet, though I’d love to do it.

16) How do you juggle your many responsibilities?

By dropping things every once in a while! I’m still learning how to say “no.”

17) What do you do when you want to relax, let hair down?

I read. Yeah, I know, more words? Really? Yep. Reading is just about my favorite thing to do.

18) What’s next?

Marketing: This blog tour, naturally. My biggest goal is to finish Notte, and then explore my options. Publishing changes so quickly these days that it feels foolish to make a concrete plan for this when I don’t know what will be available in a few months.

Strategies: Being myself. The best sales I’ve made have not been when I was trying to promote, but just jabbering away on Twitter, or helping other writers out.

Techniques: I’m not even sure what this refers to.  I write with Scrivener and Word, if that helps.

Platforms (What works best for you?): Twitter and Amazon are my two best selling-tools so far.

Advice: Don’t quit, like I said. Make your writing as good as it can be, and then move on to the next project. Don’t get stuck!

Fun Stuff: Did I mention I love popcorn? That popcorn is my favorite food? That I would eat it every day if I dared? Also (and unrelated), I have cats, which I also love, but are not for eating.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? This isn’t that unusual, but I write best with music. I suppose it comes from growing up on movies, but appropriate music can move a scene along like nobody’s business.

Hobbies: Photography! I love to take pictures.

Strangest location to write: Oh, I have a good one. In our recent move, the movers somehow broke all our furniture. End result: mattress on the floor in the living room, which thereby became bed, table, sofa, everything. That’s where I wrote for nearly a month.

Research (How/where/ and how much): Tons. It’s part of wanting my fantasy-world to have an authentic feel. There needs to be JUST enough truth in it for it to fly.

Craziest research trip: When I was in college, my choir went to the UK. Scotland is a place I’d always wanted to see, and visiting in in person just cemented that love.

Playlist: I have a lot of them. They’re scattered all over (8tracks, Grooveshark, and more), but my current favorites can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2BlPvO67GbySjeYXKmElKg/playlists

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Indie author Ruthanne Reid writes about elves, aliens, vampires, and space-travel with equal abandon. She is the author of the series Among the Mythos, and believes good stories should be shared. Subscribe to her free email newsletter for free books and more at http://amongthemythos.com.

You can connect with her on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ruthannereid), Facebook (http://facebook.com/mythos), or Tumblr (http://ruthannereid.tumblr.com), where she looks at too many kittens and Avengers blogs.

Ruthanne’s love of magic, urban environments, and deep space birthed a strange world with undercurrents of faith, magic, villainy, and heroism (along with swords and lasers, on occasion). Among the Mythos showcases aliens with all-too-human feelings, entire societies on the decline due to greed and fear, protagonists who might actually be the bad guys (or vice-versa), and endings every bit as messy as the world that creates them.

Ruthanne knows from experience that endings are messy. No matter how exotic the setting, how many limbs the characters have or what (if any) genders, the problems and questions addressed by a good story are very real, and that’s why they have power. If she has a theme, it is this: keep fighting, and keep pushing toward hope, because the struggle is worth the finish-line.

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Ultimate Prey by Kristine Mason

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Ultimate Prey ((Book 3 Ultimate CORE)
by Kristine Mason


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When the hunter becomes the hunted…who will become the ultimate prey?

CORE agent Lola Tam has two things on her mind, quitting her job as a criminal investigator and baking a frozen pie for Thanksgiving dinner without burning it. But a midnight call forces a change of plans. Her boss and future stepfather, Ian Scott, has been kidnapped from his Florida vacation rental—along with her mother. The kidnapper’s plan? Drop Ian and her mom in the Everglades and hunt them like animals. Terrified for her mom, Lola takes the bait and travels to Everglade City, Florida where she’s determined to end the hunt before it begins.

Ryan Monahan, former Navy SEAL turned airboat captain is used to taking tourists through the Everglades, not guiding a sexy agent on a rescue mission. After spending years dealing with a past filled with guilt and regret, he needs a little action and adventure in his life—he needs to prove he could still be a hero. What he doesn’t need? Falling for a woman he has no business wanting, especially when the hunt takes a deadly turn…

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Excerpt:

From the bad guy’s point of view, just before the hunt:

His prey stirred against the bald cypress. Not much, considering the way he’d tied the cords around their necks and torsos. He turned on the flashlight, then pointed it in their direction. Cami shifted her bottom, causing the bed of tropical ferns she sat on to shiver and whisper. Ian, on the other hand, rubbed his feet together as if trying to scratch an itch. Which wouldn’t surprise him. Although the locals had told him that they were at the tail end of the wet season, the mosquitoes were still bad. They’d been buzzing by him for the past two hours. Between the ski mask and insect repellent he’d sprayed on himself, so far none of the little bastards had taken a bite. He’d guarantee they were feasting on his prey, though.

He set the flashlight on the ground next to his pack, angling it toward the prey, then quickly stood. With his knife in one hand, and his Browning in the other, he approached the cypress, cut the cord, then took a step back. “Don’t move. I’m going to remove your bindings, and then you’re going to run west,” he said, pointing in the direction he wanted them to go. “The first leg of the hunt will be mostly wooded and dry. In about four miles, that’s going to change.”

After he removed the handcuffs, he shoved Cami to her side, then cut the duct tape surrounding her wrists. Her hands free, she ripped the tape covering her mouth. “Bastard,” she said, her voice hoarse, likely from lack of water, along with all her damned screaming.

“I’ve been called worse,” he responded, knocking Ian to the ground. After he sliced through Ian’s bindings, he aimed the gun at his head. “Don’t take the tape from your mouth. Anything you have to say will only piss me off and make me trigger-happy.” He waved the gun at Cami. “Get up, Screamer. You too, Prick.”

Ian glared at him as he used his palms to rise from the ground. He then offered his hand to Cami and helped her to her feet. Once she was standing, she rubbed the front of her neck. The glow from the flashlight didn’t expose much, but he wouldn’t be surprised if the cord had chafed her throat. She’d better hope that she hadn’t rubbed the skin raw. The bugs would have a grand ol’ time feasting on an open wound.

“Why are you doing this?” Cami asked, reaching for Ian’s arm. “You don’t have to do this. We haven’t seen your face, we don’t know who you—”

“Ian knows. Don’t you?”

The little prick shook his head and grunted.

“By the time I put a bullet in your head you will. Speaking of which, it looks like we’re still on schedule. Dawn will be breaking in less than an hour.” He quickly glanced at his watch. “Actually at six-ten, forty-eight minutes from now—if we want to be exact. And that’s when I’m coming for you.” He motioned them toward the trail that would send them into the heart of the Everglades. “So, I suggest you run.”

Ian stepped in front of Cami. His chest rose and fell quickly, and the way he breathed hard through his nostrils had him sounding more like a snorting bull preparing to attack, than a multi-million dollar businessman on the verge of being hunted. The little prick’s narrowed eyes told him he wanted to say something. Although curious as to what bullshit argument or excuse Ian might make to talk his way out of being hunted, he had no intention of letting the man speak. Ian was, and always would be, a lying, manipulative son of a bitch.

Thanks to the prick, his life had reached an all-time low. But he’d reached an epiphany. Death had a funny way of making him realize that life sucked. That sometimes there wasn’t a better tomorrow. That when you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, you could do anything you want.

Like hunting a man.

Like hunting a man who’d taken everything from him.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Kristine Mason is the bestselling author of the popular romantic suspense trilogies C.O.R.E. Shadow and Ultimate C.O.R.E. She is currently working on her next trilogy, C.O.R.E Above the Law, along with a series of Psychic C.O.R.E. novellas—all to be released in 2015.

Although Kristine has published a few contemporary romance novels, she focuses most of her energy on her romantic suspense stories, which she loves for their blend of dark mystery/suspense and sexy romance. She is fascinated with what makes people afraid, and is famous for her depraved villains whose crimes present massive obstacles for her heroes and heroines to overcome.

Kristine has a degree in journalism from Ohio State University and lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, four kids, and two dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s chauffeuring kids, gardening, or collecting gnomes. Oh, and she makes a mean chocolate chip cookie!

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