The Cove by D.T. Peterson *Interview and Excerpt*



The Cove
by D.T. Peterson

From Beau to Beau Publishing
Released April 9th 2014


Young and idealistic, Jon and Dave meet by chance, their friendship growing stronger and leading them to a place neither has been before. Though theirs is a love forbidden, which few understand, they journey across the country together and settle in San Francisco, where they are finally free to be together as they were meant to be. When life takes an unexpected turn, however, the two young lovers are torn apart by a secret which, if unveiled, threatens to bring great shame to the family of one determined to keep them on the straight and narrow.


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Author Interview

How did you come up with the idea for this story?

I started writing The Cove during the winter of 2013 merely as a collection of thoughts and memories of the past, the possibilities and the ‘what ifs’. Eventually It took on a life of its own and evolved into The Cove.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Primarily I find inspiration in the shared emotions of love. Being outdoors in majestic places soothes my soul and rejuvenates me.

Does music play any type of role in your writing?

I enjoy listening to songs that illicit emotion, which bring me back to a particular place or time.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I find writing intimate scenes challenging, having the tender raw emotions shine through.

What are your current projects?

I’m currently working on my second novel titled ‘Seduction In Red’. I have a few other ideas that I would like to develop, but for now they are just ideas.



“Do you ever think about doing it again?” he asked me tentatively.

“Kissing you?”


“All the time now,” I replied. I couldn’t lie to him, I did.


“Yea, what about you?” I asked.

“I do, I think about it all the time too.”

“So, why haven’t we, if we both want too?” He asked me

“I dunno, because we are afraid?”

“Yea, I know. But what are we afraid of?”

“I guess where it might end up.”

“Where it might end?”


“Dave,” he said, “Where are we going to end up? I need to know.”

“Fucked if I know.”

“We’ve been together all summer, and we’ve been through a lot.”

“It’s been perfect.”

“I’ve got to know,” he said, drawing closer to me.

“What?” I asked.

“Do you REALLY love me?”

I didn’t have to think about it.

“Jon, I love you more than anyone else. More than I ever thought that I could love someone.”

“And I love you too Dave. I can’t imagine ever being without you again.”

“I’d do anything for you.”

“I know, and I’d do anything with you.”

He laid there, next to me, staring into my eyes, as I fell hopelessly into his, both of us finally, realizing.

“Hey,” he said, as he ran his fingers through my hair, and he gently drew me closer, “I have to tell you something…”

“What?” I said, putting my arm around him, caressing him, and reassuring him.

“I’m not afraid anymore,” he whispered into my ear.

“You know,” I replied, softly, our lips barely separated, “neither am I. Not anymore.”

“So, it doesn’t matter?”

“No, it doesn’t matter.”

“Well, watcha waiting for?”

I wanted to kiss him again for a long time now. And finally I could, and the fear, and the worrying, were gone. I had too, I couldn’t not kiss him any longer.

We drew closer, slowly. It was awkward and we laughed a little. Finally, I pressed my lips against his; the spark was instantaneous. I could feel the pent up passion rising from deep within. It was unstoppable, and soon we were tight in each other’s arms, kissing passionately.

I looked deeply into his eyes, our lips barely separated, and I whispered to him gently, tenderly, “I love you”

Pulling me closer, and tighter, he caressed my face.

He replied, in between tender kisses, “I love you more.”

“Are you sure you want to do this?” I asked him.

“I can’t imagine not doing this,” he replied.

“Yea, I know exactly what you mean.”

Our lives, and everything that we had been through and done together, the thoughts that we shared and the emotions that we expressed, were a mere dress rehearsal, leading to this moment. The paths that we had chosen, and the decisions that we had made together, led us into each other’s arms and souls.

About the Author

Writing is a passion of mine, not a full time job. I live comfortably in Suburbia on the east coast. You can find out more at:



Rev (Bayonet Scars #3) by J.C. Emery *Review and Excerpt*


Rev (Bayonet Scars #3)
by J.C. Emery

Released on May 18th 2014



Everyone belongs somewhere. Even the misfits.

With the looming threat from the Mancuso Crime Family, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club is preparing for a war that could destroy them. Grady, the club’s Sergeant-at-Arms, knows that love makes you weak, and he has zero interest in adding to his liabilities– especially now. He’s already got his teenage daughter who keeps him on his toes and a beef within the club that could fracture his relationship with a fellow brother for good.

For Holly Mercer, her life is finally getting on track and the last thing she wants is trouble from her hometown’s resident outlaws. Keeping her nose clean is easier said than done, when suddenly she finds herself embroiled in club business. Holly might like the idea of being with a real-life bad boy, but even being in the same room with tough-as-nails Grady flusters her.

When Holly inadvertently finds herself on Mancuso’s radar, she has two choices: trust that Grady will protect her, or continue to refuse the club’s help. Both roads are dangerous, but only one has the chance to damage her beyond repair.

Love is never more dangerous than when it can destroy you.





4 stars

I have to say that this is my favorite Bayonet Scars book yet!

I loved Grady. He was such an a-hole, but so very loyal and protective that I had to love him. He loved his family and he loved his club so he never once thought he needed any more love in his life. It was a treat to see how he reacted when his feelings for Holly started taking roots. It made him act even more over the top than usual which made for an even more enjoyable read.

Holly was a great character too. I admired her determination to keep her distance from Grady, but it was so much fun to see them together. Grady brought out the worst in her with his prickly attitude, but she never backed down which made me like her even more. She stood her ground even when he melted her with a real smile. I loved it!

One thing I enjoyed the most was the way the author went about bringing these two together. Although their romance took a back seat to the other situations that were in effect, I liked that JC Emery still took the time to establish and develop their connection. Theirs was not an usual situation to deal with, but the way the author went about bringing it to the page made it easier for me to believe that it could happen.

It helped that their chemistry was off-the charts HOT! The sexual tension whenever Holly and Grady were together could cut glass, but I admit that it was those tender care-free moments they spent together the ones that truly convinced me they had something worth fighting for.

All in all, a sexy romance about to individuals who allowed themselves the chance to love each other even when the odds were against them.

*I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion.



“We need to have a talk,” he says in the quietest way possible. I try to nod, but his grip kind of immobilizes my head.

“Okay,” I whisper. He turns us just slightly and slowly walks me backward. It’s awkward, walking like this, with his feet practically stepping all over mine, and me being unable to see where I’m going, much less the path we’re taking. A shadow falls over as we enter the small nook around the corner from the hall that leads down to Mr. Beck’s office. I hit a hard surface that I recognize as the door to the janitor’s closet, and Grady stops, now absolutely flush against me. I breathe slightly easier knowing that Margot can’t see us from her desk, because whatever is happening here is plenty embarrassing without having to re-live it via the gossip chain He’s much larger in such close proximity, with his entire body resting against mine and his hand cradling my neck. Slowly, he tilts my neck so that I’m forced to face him.

“You threw twenty-five grand out of a moving vehicle,” he says.

“I’m crazy,” I say immediately. He smashes his lips together, which distracts me from the whole intense eyeball thing he’s got going on. His lips part and he pulls in a deep, shuttered breath. I try to form a coherent sentence, but it’s difficult. He’s kind of intoxicating in this small space. “You make me crazy.”

“Why don’t we just get this out of the way, huh?” he says quietly. “I want to taste your pussy.” My face heats at the thought of him putting his tongue to a good use for once. Pressure builds in my head, and it’s only then that I realize I’ve stopped breathing.

“You see that—that nervous excitement you’re feeling? I’m under your skin. You don’t have to like it, but I’m there,” he says so quietly it comes out as a whisper. He reaches out with his free hand and strokes my arm with a single finger. His touch is light, but it sends chills down my spine. “Something you should know about me, babe. I don’t go into shit blind. You think I don’t know you, but I do. I know every asshole who’s been inside of you, I know every place you’ve called home—even the places you don’t want me to know about. I know the way you like your coffee, and I know how you think. The shit I don’t know, you’ll tell me. Eventually, I’m going to know every dirty little part of you, and if you think I make you crazy now, just wait until I bury my dick inside you.”


Ride (Bayonet Scars #1)


Death comes in Armani. Salvation comes in leather.

Principessa to the Mancuso crime family, Alexandra knows a thing or two about living outside the bounds of the law. Suffocated by the future her father has laid out for her, she makes a choice she can’t take back, changing the entire trajectory of her life.

Thrust into the dark and dangerous world of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club for her own protection, Alex finds herself faced with the last thing she needs right now: the man of her dreams. He’s sex in leather, the devil incarnate, and one hell of a kisser. But he’s also off-limits. Ryan Stone can be her friend, but he’s forbidden to be her lover.

Third-generation Forsaken, Ryan knows nothing other than life on two wheels, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He enjoys the many privileges that come with the patch, and the only laws he recognizes are the ones set-forth by his club. That is, until who he wants more than anything isn’t allowed on the back of his bike—or in his bed. Balancing his desire for her body, and need to keep her safe, Ryan tries to keep Alex at a distance. Finally having made a choice for herself, she’s done hearing the word “no” and will push boundaries even Ryan himself doesn’t dare cross.

Love is never more tempting than when it’s forbidden.




Thrash (Bayonet Scars #2)


Loneliness suffocates the heart. Acceptance breaks down walls.

As a Lost Girl to the Forsaken Motorcycle Club, Nicole Whelan knows how to party. She’s not cut-out for relationships and her life is way too complicated for anything more than casual encounters. But one night when she falls into Duke’s bed at the clubhouse, he sees something in her that he can’t let go of—no matter how many times she tries to run.

Having been left to raise her teenage brother, Jeremy, she’s already got her hands full and isn’t looking for anymore complications. But Duke’s just watched his best friend fall for the only girl he couldn’t have, and then almost lose her so shortly after, shaking him to his core. Faced with his own loneliness, he’s more determined than ever to break down Nic’s walls and show her that he can be good for her; but he’s got a bad track record and she’s got a bad temper. Changing his ways isn’t easy when he’s not sure what he’s even changing for.

The violence and turmoil are at an all-time high, and Forsaken is in a vulnerable place when a twist of fate breathes new life into the club. It’s a much-needed beacon of hope for the embattled biker family, even if everyone’s not exactly on board. With Duke and Nic’s relationship already on shaky ground, and something even more important at stake, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club will fight like hell to keep their family together and whole.

Love is never more precious than when it’s new.





About the Author

As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can’t imagine a climate more beautiful. JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories– and everything has at least a splash of romance.

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This Time (Moments #3) by Marie Hall *Review*



This Time (Moments #3)
by Marie Hall

A New Adult Contemporary Romance
Released on May 11, 2014


A phone call that changed our lives…

I’ve lived my life in a daze, trying to save someone hell bent on destruction. But when my phone rings and I’m told that Angel, my on again off again boyfriend has OD’d for the second time in two years, I’m so numb. So tired. So when Tor Boler, the sexy Norwegian and drummer of Fok asks me to stay with him, I stay. We were friends and I needed to be held. To be loved. It was just supposed to be one night of reckless passion. One night where I could forget how screwed up my life had become.

…a night of passion with far reaching consequences

I’ve wanted Jamie Sullivan since the day she walked through my tattoo shop eight years ago. There’s a soulfulness to her blue eyes that reminds me of the arctic fjords of home. She calls to me. There’s only one problem standing in our way- Angel Romero. I want her, and she wants me too, she just doesn’t realize it yet.

This time… we’ll get it right.


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4 stars

I first encountered Tor in the previous book, Right Now (Moments, #2) and of course I was curios about him.

A sexy quiet ‘Viking’, Tor is a friend of Zoe’s who is Jamie’s best friend. From the moment he laid eyes on her, Tor wanted Jamie but she was involved with Angel. However, he never lost faith that one day she would wake up and realize that she could do much better. Finally, his chance has come and he is not about to let it pass him by.

Jamie is tired. Although she has put some distance between her and Angel, she still feels like she has to try to make it work or at least be there whenever he needs her. This guilt is compounded when the one time she decides to let herself go, Angel ends up fighting for his life.

I’ll be completely honest with you and tell you that the beginning of this story was hard for me to get through because the pace dragged–a lot! I understood where Jamie was coming from but her constant back and forth didn’t help matters. Thankfully, Marie Hall came through by bringing Tor and Jamie together in an interesting and entertaining way.

With the use of some humor, honest dialogue and flirty banter Marie Hall firmly established Tor and Jamie’s connection. There was their chemistry which was very good but with the added development and growth of their connection, their story came about in a more believable and enjoyable way.

I especially enjoyed getting to know more about Tor and his past. His past shaped him into being the kind of man he was with Jamie. It was a treat to see him being compassionate towards Jamie while still maintaining his determination of not letting her go.

As a fan of the series, I have to say that this one was not as angst-ridden as the others but it did have a clever conflict that even I wasn’t expecting. After reading that scene I understood why the author insisted in including all those Angel-related details in there.

All in all, a great addition to the series with an intriguing story of letting go of the past and embracing the future ahead of you.

*I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

Moments series


A Moment (Moments, #1)



Right Now (Moments, #2)



About the Author

Marie Hall is a New York Times Bestselling author who has always held a dangerous fascination for creatures that go bump in the night. And mermaids. And of course fairies. Trolls. Unicorns. Shapeshifters. Vampires. Scottish brogues. Kilts. Beefy arms. Ummm… Bad boys! Especially the sexy ones.

Then the day came she realized apart from the sexy bad boy she married, there’d be no vampires/shapeshifters/mermaids/fairies/or even stinky trolls in her future unless she wrote about them. More often than not she can be found roaming the wild, lush tropical forest she calls her backyard (a.k.a. Hawaii) and day dreaming constantly about her latest project.

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Saugatuck Summer by Amelia C. Gormley *Review*




Saugatuck Summer
by Amelia C. Gormley

An MM Contemporary Romance
From Riptide Publishing
Released on May 19, 2014


One summer can change everything.

Hi, I’m Topher Carlisle: twenty-one, pretty, and fabulous. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. But let’s get real. Walking the fake-it-til-you-make-it road to independence and self-respect isn’t easy. Especially since my mom’s a deadbeat alcoholic, and most of my family expects me to turn out just as worthless. Oh, and I’m close to losing my college swimming scholarship, so let’s add “dropout” to the list.

My BFF has invited me to stay at her beach house on the shore of Lake Michigan. That’ll give me one summer to make money and figure out what I want to do with my life. So of course I decide to have an affair with my BFF’s married, closeted dad. Because that always works out.

Now I’m homeless, friendless, jobless. Worthless. Just like my family expects, right? Except there’s this great guy, Jace, who sees it differently. He’s got it all together in ways I can only dream of—he’s hot, creative, insightful, understanding. He seems to think I don’t give myself enough credit. And if I don’t watch out, I may start to believe him.



Hi, and welcome to the Saugatuck Summer blog tour! Thank you to LeAnn’s Book Reviews for hosting me today!

For those of you who have seen me talking about it on social media for the last nearly year and a half, you know that Saugatuck Summer was a labor of love far beyond what I would normally claim for one of my books. Of course I love them all, but Saugatuck Summer came from my very soul. Actually, I’m not certain it came from me at all.

Basically, here’s what happened: One day I was driving along, running errands, and Topher Carlisle whispered one line of dialogue in my ear. Just one. When I asked him what I was supposed to do with that, he promptly took over my brain for fifteen absolutely insane days and at the end I had the first draft of Saugatuck Summer.

Topher’s story of recovery, hope, making mistakes, and growing up just told itself, and the experience of being the conduit for that was at times grueling and heartbreaking, but also euphoric and wonderful. It was one of those experiences that, as a creator of some form of art, be it musical, visual, or literary, you have once or twice in a lifetime if you’re extraordinarily lucky, when you know you’re creating something magical. I’m not sure it will ever happen to me again, but I feel absolutely blessed that this book has come of it.

This week on the Saugatuck Summer blog tour, I’ll be sharing some bonus content from the book and a sneak peek at another upcoming book in the Saugatuck universe. I’ll also be having a heart-to-heart discussion with Marie Sexton about our experiences as adult children of alcoholics and how they translated into writing our ACOA characters from Saugatuck Summer and Family Man, giving you a peek at some of “Jace’s” art, and I’ll be sharing the official Saugatuck Summer soundtrack from a brilliant singer/songwriter of my personal acquaintance, Casey Stratton.

And finally, all week long I’ll be asking trivia questions from Saugatuck Summer and this week’s blog tour articles, and each correct answer emailed to me offers you a chance to win your choice of any of my backlist titles!

So put on your sunscreen and let’s go!



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4 stars

I love it when a character grows on you, especially when his voice insistently calls to pay attention and his story is as interesting, quirky and touching as his personality is.

One of the things I’ve found about Amelia’s writing is that her characters are not merely there for entertaining purposes. From other books I’ve read from her and in this story in particular I found that their characters’ story, thoughts and actions encourage the reader to thing outside the box–to analyze and ponder and go beyond what’s the norm.

Topher is a perfect example of that. I would not usually like his type of character. My first impression of him was that he was selfish, a bit reckless and a lot of immature. He had problems that stemmed from his past, he had problems as a result of his recent actions and his future was uncertain. Truly, I did not see much hope in him.

Thankfully, Amelia made sure I had more than enough chances for me to change my mind. Although his thought process had me reeling at times, I could not get enough of him and his story. His decisions were hasty and urged me curse at him a time or two, but his heart was big, his intentions were (mostly) good and his strong will was admirable. While reading his story I put myself on his shoes more times than I could count, which led me to understand the why behind his actions.

By no means was this a light read, but it did have its light moments and its sensual moments too. I loved the mix of elements. The angst, the humor and the romance were well written and thankfully each and every character introduced added something to the story.

I especially liked Jace. Not only because he was Topher’s love interest but because he was interesting all around. He was caring and charming and oh so passionate! I got to like him even more each time I saw him accept one of Topher’s quirks. It was a treat to see Topher finally being accepted for everything that he was. Although their romance was slow to come, their connection was immediate and I was glad to see that it was developed properly as the story progressed. I do wish I have gotten more about his story, but I enjoyed his character regardless.

I did feel that the story dragged in places, but I guess that it goes with the territory that is Topher. His thoughts were scattered at times and it made for some difficult reading. However, as I got to know him and his story better I realized that it fit him perfectly and I came to overlook it easily. I just made it a point to pay more attention so as not to miss anything trivial.

All in all, not a summer light read but a heartwarming angsty one with a great cast of characters, a nice setting and bath house scene that is to die for!

*I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion.


Saugatuck series

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The Field of Someone Else’s Dreams (Saugatuck, #.5)

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About Amelia

Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her son is at school. When she’s not writing in her Pacific Northwest home, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into an everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else.

Her self-published novel-in-three-parts, Impulse (Inertia, Book One; Acceleration, Book Two; and Velocity, Book Three) can be found at most major online book retailers, and be sure to check Riptide for her latest releases, including her Highland historical, The Laird’s Forbidden Lover, the The Professor’s Rule series of erotic novelettes (co-written with Heidi Belleau), the post-apocalyptic romance, Strain, and her upcoming, New Adult contemporary, Saugatuck Summer, available now.

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New Release: On the Way Home by Skye Warren *Review*

On the Way Home

On the Way Home
by Skye Warren

A New Adult Contemporary Romance
Released May 20, 2014



For eight months I’ve been deep under cover as a special operator in the Army. On the plane ride home, all I want is a hot shower and a long sleep. But a Dear John text message leaves me stranded. I need a ride and a place to stay, and the pretty stewardess is more than willing.


It’s supposed to be a simple trade—the passenger in seat 34B for my sister. But the sexy soldier is more than I can handle in all the best ways. He trusts me, but I can’t save him. No one can. Sometimes trouble has a way of following you home.

On the Way Home is a dark new adult romance intended for readers over eighteen.


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4 stars
Having just returned from a mission, Clint is ready to move on with his life–especially now that he has been unceremoniously dumped. He is not looking to get in a relationship. Really, he doesn’t even have where to sleep for the night! However, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t notice the attractive stewardess on his flight back home. There’s just something about her that draws him in.

Della has only one task to complete. But how could she when she is confronted with her target and she can’t see past his good looks and his bigger heart? But she must do what she has to for her sister’s life hangs in the balance of her actions.

This story was so very juicy! From the romance to the suspense of not knowing how it all was going to be played out, Skye Warren didn’t hold back any punches when it came to tell Clint and Della’s story.

Whoop! Give it up for a woman who knows what she wants in the bedroom and is not afraid to go for it, even if her life is in shambles and she’s in danger–that’s tenacity right there, people!

Anyway, I loved Clint and Della together. I loved their interactions. Their exchanges ranged from the flirty and fun to the guarded and suspicious. There were many layers to both characters and although it took some time for them to get rid of them, the most important aspects of their personalities shined through. At least enough for me to want to see where they were headed and cheer them on.

Needless to say that Clint and Della’s chemistry was scotching HOT. I tell you, that first encounter alone put things in motion and set my expectations mighty high for the others that must be coming. And meet my expectations they all did! Goodness you could light a fire with the heat these two were bringing to the page. However, that wasn’t the only thing that were brought about. Nope. The author made sure to bring the character’s emotions every step of the way along with their doubts, fears and hesitations. I loved that they trusted each other up to a point, but that they still doubted the other’s true intentions.

As for the plot and conflict resolution, I think the author did a great job in bringing those to the page in a way that didn’t take away from the romance that was blooming between Clint and Della. There was a bit of mystery, a bit of action and lots of details in regards to what the situation truly was. Some things may have been a bit too over the top, but the overall story was enjoyable regardless.

All in all, an interesting concept which resulted in one very hot enjoyable read.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.


About the Author


Skye Warren writes unapologetic erotica, including power play or erotic pain and sometimes dubious consent. There’s struggle in the sex. There’s pain in the relationships. Her books are raw, sexual and perversely romantic.

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Recovery (Salvage Stories #2) by Con Riley *Reviews and Interview*

Recovery (Salvage Stories #2)
by Con Riley

An M/M Contemporary Romance
From Dreamspinner Press
Released on May 19th 2014
with a Cover designed by Aaron Anderson



San Diego is a city of second chances for Jamie Carlson. His new career as a photographer is taking off, and with the support of a loving surrogate family, he’s finally putting his party years behind him. The Bailey family helped him solve his drinking problem, but there’s no easy solution to staying sober now that Belle Bailey’s dying. Her last wish is a challenge Jamie can’t overcome without help.

Solving problems is Daniel Priest’s specialty. More than twenty years older than Jamie, he’s successful and experienced. He makes his living resolving corporate crises—but his personal life has been far from perfect. Now that his marriage is over, Daniel’s determined to make up for lost time. One night with Jamie isn’t nearly enough for him.

Daniel’s honest offer of help is more than Jamie expects from a one-time hookup. Even so, fulfilling Belle’s last wish is a tall order. Repairing her damaged family as she requests proves difficult when Jamie has to face his own past as well.

Jamie could risk his hard-won recovery by admitting why he hit rock bottom in the first place. If he wants a future with Daniel, he’ll have to address those reasons head-on.


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Where do you find your inspiration?

I’m a people-watcher, and I’m fascinated by relationship dynamics. Luckily I’ve had a wonderful yet challenging career working with families, so I have a lot of experiences to draw from beyond the purely personal. I’m interested in the human capacity to forgive that I’ve witnessed over and over, and what happens when individuals aren’t on the same emotional page. Timing, luck, and support can make the difference between heartbreak and reconciliation, and those are the moments I try my best to capture.

Tell us about your first book. What would readers find different about the first one and your most recent published work?

After Ben was my first published book and it followed Theo Anderson as he emerged from the cycle of grief after the loss of his long-term partner. Like my new book, Recovery, it was a story about sorrow. However, while After Ben saw Theo’s progress through the aftermath of loss, Recovery details Jamie Carlson’s reluctant approach toward it.

How did you come up with the idea for this story?

Recovery is a very personal story. Losing loved ones is a fact of life, and yet it’s a subject we don’t tend to talk about openly in case we tempt fate. The emotions that imminent loss provokes can be quite frankly frightening. Acknowledging that familiar fear, and what people will do to avoid facing it, is a huge part of Recovery.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There are many! I’m not going to spell them out because we all have unique perspectives. I will admit that I deal with some heavy subjects, but I hope that readers come away from all of my books feeling uplifted.

What are your current projects?

I write a book each summer break. I’m researching at the moment, and feeling excited about getting started again.




Where to start? This was such a heartbreaking and touching story that left me at times a wreck and others hopeful for Jamie to find his happiness.

After meeting Jamie on Salvage, I admit that I didn’t like him much. I could understand why he acted like he did, but my dislike for him was mainly for his behavior before he left for college and before the event that scarred him. Thankfully, Con Riley went out of her way to bring forth his complexity, his fears and desires in a way that helped endear him to me within a couple of pages into his story.

With a story brimming with real intense emotions and a cast of characters that called you to understand and hear their stories, Con Riley delivered-yet again–a powerful, heartwarming story of a man’s journey to happiness and acceptance.

I loved the interactions between Jamie and all the characters, especially Daniel. Each and every one of them helped to peel away another layer of Jamie, ultimately revealing a man that just wanted to belong and to love and be loved. That was the crux of the matter–this was Jamie journey. He needed to move on, not only from his past but through his current situation. Through love and loss he grew as an individual which only helped to bring him closer to starting a relationship with Daniel.

Daniel was awesome. He was caring, understanding and an all-around nice guy. Among the tragedy that the Bailey family and Jamie were confronted with, Daniel and Jamie’s romance managed to shine through. Though slow to come about, but never lacking in chemistry or a deep connection, Daniel and Jamie’s relationship developed realistically. I don’t think I would have accepted any other way–it just would not be viable.

All in all, an amazing read and one that convinced me to look for more books from this author.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

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4 stars

I enjoyed this story so very much!

This was the first book by Con Riley and it took me a while to understand how she went about telling the story. Once I figured that out and put my expectations aside, I was hooked!

I loved Gabe. He was such an amazing character to get to know. I enjoyed his thought process and his loyalty. That coupled with the revelation of his past and his friendship with Jamie served to endear him to me from the very beginning.

Then there was Scott. He was exactly what Gabe needed. I wish I could have experienced his side of the story. I think it would have made for an even more enjoyable read. But even without it, I could understand his struggles and conflicting emotions about his new responsibility and about his attraction to Gabe.

I enjoyed the cast of characters. I think every single one added to the story–be it by revealing another side of Gabe or just by helping to move the story along. Their interaction were at times both engaging and entertaining. Con Riley has the ability to bring about emotions and humor within the same scene and I loved that!

The romance took its time to develop, which at times I found frustrating but I appreciated the effort the author made to truly establish and deepen the connection Scott and Gabe shared. When it finally did come about, Scott and Gabe’s chemistry jumped off the page along with all their emotions. The frustration, the need and the hope of finally, finally giving in…it was beautiful.

All in all, a wonderful emotional and romantic read.


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Con Riley lives on the wild and rugged Devonshire coast, with her head in the clouds, and her feet in the Atlantic Ocean.

Injury curtailed her enjoyment of outdoor pursuits, so writing fiction now fills her free time instead. Love, loss, and redemption shape her romance stories, and her characters are flawed in ways that makes them live and breathe.

When not people watching, or wrangling her own boy band of teen sons, she spends time staring at the sea from her kitchen window. If you see her, don’t disturb her—she’s probably thinking up new plots.

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All Lined Up (Rusk University, #1) by Cora Carmack *Review*



All Lined Up (Rusk University, #1)
by Cora Carmack

A New Adult Contemporary Romance
from HarperCollins ~ William Morrow
Released on May 13th, 2014


In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them knows how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

“Laughter + heartache + hot sexual tension = the perfect Cora Carmack book.” —Monica Murphy


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4 stars


Dallas is a freshman at college. All her life she has been living behind her father’s shadow. She wants to be more than ‘the Coach’s daughter’ and it looks like that’s not happening now that her father signed up to coach the university’s football team. All she wants is to pursue her dream of dancing and live a life of her own.

Carson has finally gotten the opportunity to play college football after paying his dues at community college. His number one goal is to get noticed and win a football scholarship to cover his way through college.

Neither one of them is looking for love, but fate has other plans in store for them both.

I loved this story!

Cora Carmack drew me instantly into the story. I loved that I got to connect to the characters from the very beginning. Both Dallas and Carson felt real. They were funny and easy to relate to. They may have come from different backgrounds, but they shared a connection that ran deeper than the physical attraction that existed between them.

I enjoyed their interactions–they ranged from the most casual to the most touching. I also enjoyed their easy camaraderie. They flirted, they bantered and they took their time. I think that was my favorite aspect of their story. That although they were unequivocally attracted to each other, they tried their hardest to be friends.

Needless for me to say that they had chemistry. From the moment they met, their chemistry jumped off the page–I loved it! Every touch, every sigh, every whispered word only served to enhance their chemistry and strengthen their connection.

This is my first Cora Carmack book (I know!!) but it certainly won’t be last. I’m especially looking forward to All Broke Down, the next book in the series.

All in all, a great start to a series with amazing characters that engage in a fun, heart-warming (and sexy!) romance.

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About Cora Carmack


Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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Raoul’s Pride (The Panthera Agency #3) by Rae Brewer

Raoul’s Pride (The Panthera Agency #3)
by Rae Brewer

An M/M Paranormal Romance
from JK Publishing
Released April 29th 2014
Cover by Jess Buffett



Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences. Contains language and actions some may deem offensive. M/M

In book three of the Panthera Agency: After serving his country for the past decade, Raoul Vasquez comes home wondering if he’ll ever walk again. In the hospital, he not only fights to gain back his strength with the help of his family—he gains a surprise that will last him a lifetime.

Leo has his own needs for seeking help. His family has already suffered loss but without help, they could lose so much more. A trip to the hospital to gain an advantage against the forces that are knocking at his door brings him more than he could ever have hoped. With the support needed to confront the evil threatening an entire way of life, the pride learns that with the Panthera Agency on your side the odds of losing are near none.


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While they waited for the healer to come and give them a status update, Elena stayed by the bed. She ran her hands over her son’s form. She hadn’t seen his jaguar in many years. She noted that even in this form he had some scars. If a shifter was unable to see a healer and stayed in human form until a wound healed, he would scar. Elena was shocked at some of the scars on her son’s body and she could only see one side of him.

“Chuy, I do not think our son has been working on trucks during his time in the army,” she said in a quiet voice.

“You are right, he didn’t want to worry us. But I know my boys. And you know Raoul, he always wanted to be a soldier,” he said, there was pride and worry in his voice.

Before she had a chance to answer there was a knock on the door right before it opened.

“Hey, I don’t know if you know who I am…”

“Are you, Craig?” asked Oscar from where he stood near the door.

“Uh, yeah, but that’s not why I stopped by. Um, I’m not sure how to say this exactly but I have this guy here…um, well, the thing is he says that Raoul is his mate,” he finished with a red face. That announcement got everyone’s attention.

“Why is he so sure?” asked Marianna.

“Well, I had to help Raoul shift, so I had to touch him. Then this guy was the next person I helped and when he shifted, he said he could scent his mate on me.”

“And how does he know that you aren’t his mate?” Marianna asked the cute young man next.

“I’m straight! I mean, I don’t have a problem with gay people or anything but um…”

Before he could say anything else, his father, Thorston, appeared behind him and he pushed the door open the rest of the way and walked in.

“Is there a problem?” he asked as he shut the door behind him.

“Your son was just explaining that another patient here is claiming to be my son’s mate,” explained Chuy.

“I see,” he said before turning to his son, “Craig, do you know where this patient is?”

“Mom took him up front to see if the Vasquez family had arrived. He wanted to meet them and find out if he could see Raoul.”

Before anyone else could say anything there was another knock at the door and Ingrid stuck her head in. “Oh good, you’re all here. Come in Leo and I’ll introduce you,” she said, pulling the door open and walking through with Leo not far behind.

“It’s getting awfully crowded in here. Why don’t we leave Mama and Poppi to talk to him and we’ll go get everyone some breakfast. Raoul is sure to wake up hungry,” said Arturo. They were all curious about the new man. But they didn’t want to scare Raoul’s mate away by overwhelming him right away. He’d have plenty of time to meet all of the family.

They all agreed and started filing out of the room. “You just want to go off and canoodle with your mate,” Marianna said to Arturo as they walked down the hall.

“Technically, we’re still considered newlyweds so it’s acceptable behavior,” said Brody in response as he reached over to give his mate’s ass a squeeze.

As the door shut on their children Elena turned to the doctor. “Before we meet this young man, would you give us an update on Raoul’s condition? Why did he need help shifting,” she asked anxiously.

Leo also paid close attention to what the doctor had to say. He wanted to know what was wrong with his mate. Even in his human form he could already separate all of the scents in the room. His shifter senses were

already increasing. It was almost too much he would have to learn to deal with it. As the doctor spoke, he couldn’t stop himself from walking over to the bed. He stepped up to the opposite side from where his mate’s mother and father were standing.

“Your son’s injury was quite severe and almost beyond my capabilities to heal. It’s actually still healing. He has not yet regained the use of his legs and won’t until the swelling along his spine subsides. I do expect him to make a full recovery, but he will need a few more healing sessions. I told him to shift every three to four hours for the next day. Craig here will help him if he needs it. By the end of next week he’ll be recovered enough that I can release him.”


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Catch a Tiger by the Tail (The Panthera Agency #2)


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Author Bio: Hey everybody, not sure exactly what I should write here…hmmm when I’m not dreaming up hot romance stories, I go to school full time. I promised myself I’d finish my college degree and I figure that having a business degree will help me take care of the business of being an Author! Because writing stories is my true love! I was born on the East Coast but make California my home now. I have one child, a daughter who is the light of my life. You don’t need to hear any more…it’s boring!

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Guilty Pleasures by Manuela Cardiga


Guilty Pleasures: The Food and Fornication Fables

by Manuela Cardiga

An Erotic Romance

From The Writer’s Coffee Shop

Published on December 5th 2013



Gorgeous, narcissistic Lance Packhard—a sex therapist specializing in helping anorgasmic women—is writing a revolutionary book entitled Sexual Secrets of a Sexual Surrogate. When a ruthless mother offers him an enormous sum to impregnate her daughter, Millicent Deafly, a debt-ridden Lance hesitantly agrees.

Millicent, however, isn’t into sex. She’s carefree, joyfully voluptuous, and dedicated to her palate. Lance will only get her attention if he dabs soy sauce on his pulse points.

To get close to her, a determined Lance takes a job at Millicent’s dinner club, Guilty Pleasures, as an assistant to her irascible and eccentric chef, Serge Moreno.

But for Lance, nothing goes according to plan. He’s not only failing to seduce Millie, he’s falling madly in love with her.

Lance’s life becomes next to impossible when his best friend, George, gets married and wants to hold the reception at Guilty Pleasures. Will the truth be uncovered?


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Excerpt from Guilty Pleasures

“Can you believe this, Will? Here we place fake dew on berries, for people who sell fake dreams and pay real money so they can eat real food without anyone knowing. Amazing. They go out and eat macro/micro/molecular or whatever is in fashion for the week, when their bodies crave something fat and rich . . . we are like a dirty secret. They come and eat with their han…ds and they lick their fingers. Here is the world.”

Lance laughed and shook his head.

Serge waved the spray mister about. “People are ashamed to eat good food in decent portions in public, but you get a two-bit whore teaching bored housewives how to give great head on morning TV.” He sighed and shook his head. “And let me tell you, she didn’t know what she was talking about. Best practitioner of fellatio in the world was the Empress of China.”

Lance’s jaw dropped. “Empress of . . . are you serious?”

“What an artist . . . the man could make a stone come. He was a eunuch, a real pure from birth, reared in the Forbidden City. He trained us—the new arrivals—decided on our speciality, and our look. He was an old, old man when I knew him, but he still had all his own teeth, and was limber and graceful as a gazelle. A very wise man. He told me I had to decide, as a freak, if I’d rather be a clown or a demon. He said we oddities—and he spoke from experience—attracted the cowardly and the cruel. Easy targets for the unimaginative, you see.”

Lance nodded soberly. “A wise man, your friend.”

Serge smiled grimly. “Yes, he was. So I was the demon, and Yusuf was the angel. What a spectacle we were, Will. Food for the gods’ lust, or the devils’. Yusuf was a hermaphrodite, see. Beautiful, Will. Never have I seen a more beautiful face. He had breasts and a body to make Aphrodite weep with envy, and a man’s prick he had, but the Empress always presented him fully clothed in a long white virginal shift, his hair loose like an angel’s, and then he’d wet the shift down. It would cling, see, the breasts of Venus, the prick of Mars. Some bastards would pay to see us freaks together.”

“My God, Serge, how did you stay sane?”

“Willie, things are simple. You do what you do to survive. We all pander to the powerful’s desires, don’t we? Only today, it’s even worse. Since survival is practically guaranteed, these people obsess over the basic things that signify survival—food and fucking. My father said that when the few value our art the most, is when the many are the most hungry. He was right.”

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About the Author: Manuela Cardiga was born in Mozambique and raised in South Africa where she studied fashion design. She moved to Europe where she worked as a fashion designer, then moved to the crazy world of advertising as a graphic designer and copywriter. Manuela is a designer by profession, a cook by vocation, and a writer by compulsion. She currently resides in Lisbon, Portugal where she writes contemporary and historical fiction, designs book covers, illustrates children’s books, and mothers a gorgeous daughter while juggling a day job. She also dabbles enthusiastically in exotic, experimental cuisine, much to the discomfort of family and friends.

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Praise for Guilty Pleasures

“At last, we have that absolute rarity: a titillating novel which is multi-layered, intelligently written and very, very funny… All the characters are strongly drawn. There is Millicent Deafly, a single woman of quiet strength, who has channeled her creativity and skills into producing feasts of almost carnal delight. There is Serge Moreno, a physically stunted man who has survived every misfortune (sexual and social) that can be imagined and by embracing these has turned them into empathy and wisdom. There is Millicent’s unappreciative mother, narrow- minded and set in her ways, and many grateful clients who are defined by their guilty pleasures…Guilty Pleasures is a novel that works on all levels and is hugely entertaining – a breath of fresh air in a field where novelty is becoming increasingly rare” ~ J. McKenzie

“Debut author, Manuela Cardiga, arouses all senses in her stunning novel of epicurean and sexual pleasures…Guilty Pleasures is hilarious, entertaining and erotic. Cardiga has an uncanny understanding of our deep rooted emotions and relationship with all thing pleasureful, but guilt inducing. Her main protagonists are wonderfully flawed, yet at heart, both as courageous and romantic as long forgotten princesses and knights in shining armour. Beautifully written, in at times Victorian-like prose, Guilty Pleasures is a must read and will surely satisfy most readers’ hedonistic side”. ~ Elana Sabharwal ~ Author of “Delhi Deception”

“I defy anyone to read this book and not wish it was scratch and sniff! The food in it is to die for, and the relationship between Lance/Will and Millie is equally fantastic, full of lust and UST. Guilty Pleasures has a great deal of humour alongside the romance and food porn. Some of the chapter openers – snippets from Lance’s book (which I REALLY want Manuela to write next!) – had me laughing out loud for days. And can we pause a minute to appreciate the cover… *sigh* I highly recommend this wonderful debut novel.” ~ Andrea (Goodreads)





Where There’s Smoke by Elizabeth Lee *Review*

Where There’s Smoke
by Elizabeth Lee

A New Adult Contemporary Romance
Released on May 20th


There is something to be said for letting go. Ryland Roberts knows that better than anyone. He’d let go of his ambitions, of his family and—most of all—of her. He’d perfected the art of putting his past behind him and accepted the fact that the town he wanted to leave in his rearview was the place where he was going to live out his days. But sometimes the past doesn’t just go away. Sometimes it comes back to haunt you.

Piper Jameson convinced herself that she left for all the right reasons. She’d saved people by leaving—made sure that they weren’t tainted by her rebellious ways. When her little sister asks her to come home and say goodbye to their ailing mother, she’s forced to see that things aren’t always as they seem. The people who she’d left behind might not have been saved at all.

In the amount of time it takes a bullet to travel from point A to point B, Piper and Ryland will have to put their feelings for each other aside and make a choice. Forced on the run with Piper’s sister, they begin to understand that the future they thought was gone was never really lost.


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4 stars

3.75 stars

I liked the concept behind this book. It seemed different that your typical New Adult novel so I was looking forward to starting it.

I loved Ryland! I think he paid the price for his devotion to Piper and I didn’t mind that he had a bone to pick with her. Although he struggled with some of his old feelings, I admired him for refusing to give into her that easily. Piper, I have to say, took some time to warm up to. I understood her situation when she left her hometown, but how could she forget her love for Ryland or his loyalty by simply assuming he was alright. With all the resources available in this day and age, she couldn’t look him up to see how he fared? Pfffft! Ridiculous!

Don’t get me wrong, I still liked the story. Thankfully Elizabeth Lee made sure that my interest didn’t falter as the story progressed after Piper came into the picture. Mainly by having Ryland describe what he went through and how he had taken it upon himself to look out for Piper’s sister Hadley. I think Hadley’s presence made a huge difference in my enjoyment of this story. Through her I came to understand why Piper did what she did years before, which helped me cheer her on along the way.

As for the writing, I think every element in the story flowed even if at times I found it dragged in places. This was mainly because Piper tried to constantly justify why she went away and why she stayed away and never checked on Hadley and/or Ryland until Hadley tracked her down. It got tiring after a while and I just could not deal with it.

In spite of the pace, I found that the rekindling romance was approached well, with enough conflicting emotions and hesitations to appear real and a reunion viable. It helped that Ryland and Piper had a previous connection and that their chemistry wasn’t lacking. Their attraction and emotional struggle was ever-present which made them getting together that much more worthwhile.

All in all, an interesting story about second chances and moving on.

*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.



I stretched my arm out and placed a hand on the cool concrete, the grit and dirt sticking to my palm. Such a contrast to the warmth I felt with Ryland firmly pressed up against me. The curves of my backside fit perfectly against his long, lean frame, our skin heating up the chill around us.

The fall weather had descended upon our small Midwestern town almost overnight. It seemed like only a week or two ago we had been wearing shorts and flip-flops. Now it was jeans and jackets. Well, actually, now it was nothing.

I felt my cheeks heat as I thought about what we had just done. I wasn’t embarrassed. Far from it. In fact, I’d never felt more sure about anything in my entire life as I was about what had just happened with Ry.

“That was incredible,” he whispered against my neck as he traced lazy circles on my shoulder with his fingertips.

“Yeah,” I breathed, rolling onto my back to look up at him. The soft glow of an outdoor utility light crept through the open side of the airplane hangar, barely lighting up the space. “Never imagined our first time being on a blanket spread out on a cold, hard floor, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

“Me too. Let’s get on that then,” he said with a wicked grin before he pressed his lips to mine. Propping himself on one arm—his hand resting against the side of his head—he snaked his free hand under one of the flannel blankets he’d commandeered from an airplane parked beside us.

I liked this side of him. The side that wasn’t perfect and calculated. The side that just did, said, and felt what he wanted. He was literally feeling his way up my body—his hands smooth and rough all at the same time—sending all of my teenage hormones spiraling out of control. We were living in the moment, which was exactly where I preferred to be.

“You know how much I love you, right?” His face became very serious, almost concerned.

“I wanted tonight to be special. I thought we’d go back to my house after we looked at the planes. My parents are gone and…” He was back in his head, thinking about his meticulously thought-out evening. Doubting his ability to be perfect. He did this sometimes—overanalyzed things. “It didn’t go exactly as I planned, but—”

“It was perfect,” I assured him. “Plans, schmans.” I pulled his face to mine, giggling, my lips barely grazing his. “And I love you, too.”

That was the thing about Ryland—I saw a side of him that no one else saw. I could probably say the same for him about me. Until him, I’d never felt like I was going to amount to much, but he believed in me, even when I didn’t—which was most of the time. When I was with him, I didn’t feel like I needed to do everything in my power to piss people off. He made me want to stay in this Godforsaken town with a family that ignored my existence. They ignored it until I did something wrong—which was about ninety percent of the time. Then my stepfather made sure to let me just how worthless I was.

“So do you feel like a rebel?” I asked. “This being your first breaking and entering and all.”

It had been his idea to sneak on to the airfield—something that was much more in my wheelhouse than his. I was the one who usually threw caution to the wind. He was the good boy. The straight-A student. The doting son.

“Oh yeah.” He laughed. “I’m a regular badass. Nothing like walking through an open gate to an abandoned shed.” He cast his arm out sarcastically in the vacant space above our heads. Nothing but sheet metal and wooden beams. A handful of airplanes were parked around us with a smattering of fuel cans, tools, and parachutes hanging from the walls. “I’m not sure we actually broke into anything. More like casually strolled in.”

We lived in a town where people left their front doors unlocked. The kind of town where everyone knew everyone and all of their business. Truitville. It was a place with a minimal crime rate. I think that night, that’s what we’d both thought: What’s the worst that could happen?

“So what’s next then, Clyde? Wanna rob a bank?”


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When I’m not writing or playing the part of wife and mother, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand. Here’s the thing about being born and raised in a small town—you have a very vivid imagination! Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!

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