Mean Streak by Sandra Brown-Review, Interview and Giveaway

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown-Review, Interview and Giveaway

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Mean Streak
by Sandra Brown
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Genre: fiction, mystery, suspense

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Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her.

While police suspect Jeff of “instant divorce,” Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won’t even tell her his name. She’s determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive.

Unexpectedly, however, the two have a dangerous encounter with people who adhere to a code of justice all their own. At the center of the dispute is a desperate young woman whom Emory can’t turn her back on, even if it means breaking the law.

As her husband’s deception is revealed, and the FBI closes in on her captor, Emory begins to wonder if the man with no name is, in fact, her rescuer.

Review:
Mean Streak by Sandra Brown is another one of her wonderful romance thrillers. I have read a lot of Sandra Brown over the years, but it has been awhile. I am happy to say she still knows how to knock them out.  

Dr. Emory Charbonneau is our heroine, and I really liked her. She is a pediatrician, marathon runner, who is well liked and respected in her business. In preparation for a marathon, Emory goes to the North Carolina mountains in the cold winter, to take a difficult 20 mile hike.   While on the run, something happens and she blacks out. She awakes in a cabin, with a strange man treating her for a concussion. She doesn’t remember if she fell, but her head is bloody. The stranger does his best to take care of Emory, but he refuses to tell her his name, nor anything about him. He claims he has no phone, and the weather outside is treacherous, therefore she cannot leave in her condition. At first she is scared, wondering if he will hurt her, and does attempt to leave a few times. She is in no condition to move with her concussion.

The mystery man despite his unwillingness to reveal anything about himself, is very kind and gentle with her. It takes a little time for Emory to trust him, and she still worries that he is keeping her there against her wishes, using the guise of the snow and icy conditions. The question remains for us to wonder is he dangerous, with ulterior motives to keep her in the cabin or is he truly her rescuer?

Emory’s husband Jeff, goes to North Carolina to search for her, when she does not come home in a couple of days. The police become involved looking for the missing Emory. As the detectives search, they find themselves becoming suspicious of the husband, whom is having an affair with Emory’s best friend, and is also angry that his wife will not support a drug product he is pushing to help his career. The police also know that Emory inherited a lot of money from her deceased parents, and the husband becomes a major suspect.

What follows is a very exciting suspenseful adventure, with a few stories somewhat related going on at the same time. Emory & her mystery man; Jeff and his mistress; and the local police. There is also an FBI agent who is trying to find someone, from a case years before. All these pieces will eventually tie in, as the story has so many twists and turns from the start to the end. We know that Jeff did not kill Emory, as she is alive at the cabin. But was he responsible for attacking her on the mountains? Who is this mystery man, and why does he hide his identity?

Throughout her recovery, Emory finds herself slowly becoming attracted to this man she knows is kind and nurturing. The tension escalates when two wild crazy neighbors come to ask for help. When Emory finally is able to get to town, more complications arise, and she once again finds herself in danger. This is a very exciting adventure that you cannot put down, as you will miss something important. I did enjoy this budding romance between Emory and her mystery man, as she learns to trust her feelings about him. What is the true story behind him?

The ending was a wild climax filled with surprises. Sandra Brown once again gives us a wonderful romance thriller that I totally recommend that you read.

Reviewed by Barb

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Sandra BrownTRC: Hi Sandra and welcome to The Reading Café. Congratulations on the release of MEAN STREAK. We would like to start with some background information for anyone who does not know you. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

Sandra: I’ve written over seventy-five books. Sixty-four of them have become New York Times bestsellers. I’m a native Texan. I’ve been married a LONG time to Michael Brown, a video producer and co-host of the TV show Corvette Nation on the Velocity channel. We have a daughter, a son, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and four grandsons. I love my job!

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Sandra: As far back as I can remember my mother was either telling my sisters (four of them) and me stories, or she was reading aloud to us. I developed the habit of reading early in life. Books were my favorite toy. Daddy was an editorial writer for the newspaper, so I suppose I inherited a bit of talent for putting words together. That ability and Mother’s love of stories put me on the path to writing.

TRC: When not writing, what do you do to relax?

Sandra: I watch a lot of the dramatic series on TV. So many are so good! I love movies. I READ. Every day. For hours. I like to make flower arrangements. I’m also very social, and love to get together with friends and/or family. (But I’m not a cook.)

TRC: Is there any profession that you would have liked to enter but never had the opportunity?

Sandra: Growing up I wanted to be a professional dancer. My knees had a different plan! As mentioned above I love flower arranging. Probably if I wasn’t a writer, I’d be a designer of some kind. Interiors. Elaborate floral designs. Like that.

Mean StreakTRC: MEAN STREAK is your latest contemporary release. Would you please tell us something about the premise?

Sandra: On a remote mountain trail, a mishap befalls the heroine, Emory Charbonneau. Concussed and disoriented, she wakes up to find herself in a cabin, alone with a mysterious man. (Is there any other kind???) He’s secretive about everything including the nature of her mishap and how she came to be there with him. He refuses even to tell her his name. Meanwhile her husband reports her missing. Adventures and misadventures ensue, weather interferes with the search for her, and a dogged FBI agent closes in on Emory’s “captor,” who, it soon becomes apparent, might actually be her “rescuer.”

TRC: Are any of the characters or the premise based in reality or a combination of reality and fiction?

Sandra: LOL. Nothing nearly this exciting ever happens to me! And while I’m glad I’m not endangered as Emory is, I wouldn’t mind being stranded in the cabin – at least for a while – with the tall, dark and broody hero! I write strictly fiction. Everything that happens is purely make-believe.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics, background) did you encounter writing this particular series?

Sandra: MEAN STREAK is a stand alone novel, not one of a series. When writing it, I encountered the challenges I do when writing every book – which are the answers to the questions “What if?” and “What next?” Building in plot twists is always a challenge. Creating protagonists that the reader cares about, and antagonists that make the reader’s skin crawl, are recurring challenges. But those are the same factors that make writing fiction fun. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen!

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

Sandra: I plunge the characters into “terrible trouble.” I have a fair idea of what they’re doing to do to try to get out of it. I also know some of the obstacles they will encounter that make the terrible even worse. But sometimes both protagonists and antagonists are more resourceful than I am, and they actually give me ideas along the way. Some of my best plot twists I didn’t see coming. They knock me for a loop!

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writer’s fail in this endeavor?

Sandra: Common sense goes a long way with me, both in writing and in reading. While confronting extraordinary circumstances, a character needs to demonstrate extraordinary courage. They need to step out of his/her comfort zone. Otherwise, the reader will give up rooting for them. But I don’t like to doubt a character’s sanity or reason, unless that’s a factor of the plot. I try to make my characters’ actions risky and daring, but also credible. Of a character I either write or read, I don’t want to be thinking: “What a dimwit.”

TRC: Writer’s Block is a very real phenomenon. How do you handle the pressures and anxiety of writer’s block?

Sandra: I write. I don’t know any other cure for a block other than to defy it and keep writing?

TRC: Many authors bounce ideas and information with other authors or friends and family. With whom do you bounce ideas?

Sandra: Mary Lynn Baxter, to whom I sent my first manuscript – only at her request – to read. She owned a bookstore, and we met at a writers’ conference. She said, “When you’re ready, send me something. I’ll tell you whether or not it’s any good.” A few months later, I took her up on the offer. She liked my manuscript and encouraged an editor at Dell to buy it for the new Candlelight Ecstasy line. That was my first sale. Ms. Baxter is a writer, too. She and I still discuss plots. I also bounce ideas and plot lines off my son, Ryan Brown, who’s published two novels.

TRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next five years?

Sandra: Become a regular on one of the national morning shows, have a feature film made of one of my books, learn to like exercising.

TRC: What is something that few, if any people, know about you?

Sandra: That I’m very insecure.

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Sandra: Now that MEAN STREAK is finished, I’m plotting a new novel.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Sandra: Thanks! It’s been fun!

TRC: Thank you Sandra for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on all of your success and the release of MEAN STREAK.

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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including DEADLINE (2013), LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011), TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), and CHILL FACTOR, all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot.

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy novels, bringing the number of copies of her books in print worldwide to upwards of eighty million. Her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.

Brown holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. She served as the president of the Mystery Writers of American in 2012 and was named ITW’s Thriller Master for 2008, the top award given by the International Thriller Writer’s Association. Other awards and commendations include the 2007 Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Site: http://sandrabrown.net/
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Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6218.Sandra_Brown

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Tempted By A Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates #3) by Felicity Heaton-Review, Interview and Giveaway

Tempted By A Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates #3) by Felicity Heaton-Review, Interview and Giveaway

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Tempted by a Rogue Prince
Eternal Mates #3
by Felicity Heaton
Genre: adult, paranormal, fantasy, romance
Release Date: August 9, 2014

Tempted by a Rogue Prince

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An elf prince on the verge of losing himself to the darkness, Vail is maddened by the forty-two centuries he was under the control of a witch and forced to war with his brother. Now, he roams Hell seeking an escape from his terrible past and the heads of all who bear magic. When demons of the Fifth Realm capture him, he sees a chance to end his existence, but when he wakes in a cell to a beautiful female, he finds not death but his only shot at salvation—his true fated mate.

Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken. When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.

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REVIEW: TEMPTED BY A ROGUE PRINCE is the third instalment in Felicity Heaton’s Eternal Mates paranormal romance series. This is demonic elf prince Vail and light witch Rosalind’s storyline.

Vail had been held captive and controlled by a dark witch for over four thousand years and the atrocities he has committed have left a black mark so dark upon his soul that he prayed for death. Imprisoned by the new king of the Fifth Realm, Vail fights against the torture and pain only to be healed by a woman he feels the need to both soothe and destroy. With each encounter Rosalind and Vail’s connection to one another grows stronger but it is Vail’s emotional turmoil about the past that both frightens and attracts Rosalind like a moth to a flame.

TEMPTED BY A ROGUE PRINCE follows the imprisonment, torture and eventual escape of three people whose lives have crossed paths once before. Rosalind is Vail’s fated mate but she is also a reminder of the woman who destroyed Vail’s humanity and his ability to distinguish between right and wrong. It is a story that is graphically violent and emotionally heartbreaking. Vail has been betrayed time and again, and the memories of the people whose lives he has destroyed will be carried with him for all times.

A good portion of the storyline is told through the internal dialogue of each of our leading characters. Vail is torn between wanting to kill Rosalind and protecting her from harm while Rosalind hopes to heal the mind of a man whose belief in himself has been damaged beyond repair. The nature of these thoughts was slightly repetitive reminding the reader about the hell that our characters had endured.

Felicity Heaton’s storylines are imaginative, passionate, heartbreaking and intense. TEMPTED BY A ROGUE PRINCE is a little darker with its graphic imagery of one man’s suffering and slide into hell. Vail and Rosalind’s escape will force them to depend on one another for survival but also force them to take a deeper look within their heart and soul.

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Reviewed by Sandy

Excerpt

Rosalind kept some distance between them as she rounded the slab, her gaze fixed on him the whole time, monitoring him for a sign he might attack her. He began writhing again, fitful jerking movements that rattled the chains that held him pinned to the slab with his arms above his head, stretched out like a piece of meat on a butcher’s block.

Bastard demons.

The male snarled low in his throat, as if he knew her thoughts and seconded them. He looked so savage coated in dried blood and dirt, and felt more dangerous than ever. She flicked a glance at the bent steel bar and the grooves in the solid stone. More dangerous than she had thought possible.

Rosalind kneeled beside him on the stone flags.

He snarled again, his eyes rolling back in his head as he sniffed, inhaling deeply. He rocked his hips and her cheeks heated. He was growing hard in his wrecked black trousers. She averted her eyes, pretending she hadn’t noticed, and diligently kept her eyes away from that area of his anatomy, not wanting to ponder why he had reacted in such a way to her scent.

She reached out to touch his bloodstained hands. He growled and grew more restless, twisting on the stone slab and pulling at his restraints.

“Shh,” she whispered, unsure whether he could hear her and whether speaking to him was wise when he was in this condition.

Would her presence and the sound of her voice make him better, or worse?

He hated witches. He had looked at her with murder in his eyes.

She couldn’t leave him though or let him continue to suffer, and it wasn’t because she was a captive in this cell with him or the orders the demon had given her. The sight of him suffering, lost in whatever strange place had hold of him, caused an ache in her chest that compelled her to help him.

“I won’t hurt you. I swear it.” She reached out to touch his hands and he hissed at her, flashing fangs. She barely dodged his attack, falling backwards as he launched his head forwards, his teeth clacking as they struck each other and not her flesh.

He grew wild, bucking off the slab and yanking on the manacles that bound his wrists. She wanted to reach for him but instinct held her back, warned her to let him wear himself out. He had tried to bite her. Mother earth. She covered her mouth with her hand and stared at him, her heart developing a new ache. What dark power gripped him that he would attack her when she was only trying to help him?

He began to settle again, his movements becoming less frantic, weaker as his strength faded.

“I will not hurt you. I know you can hear me. I am only going to heal you.” Rosalind moved back to her knees beside him and swallowed hard.

He slumped onto the bench, the tangled threads of his black hair sticking to the sweat on his brow.

He looked fragile, but she wasn’t going to let that deceive her. This man was deranged.

What sort of male could have not only moved with her healing spell ricocheting through his body and all the injuries that had remained, but managed to find the strength to bend thick steel bars and rake deep grooves into solid stone with only his nails?

Not a sane one.

Many of the dungeon’s residents had been here long enough to have gone mad and were normally noisy at night, but last night they had been silent while this man had raged.

They had feared he would escape. The guards had feared too, exchanging meaningful glances as they punished her.

She had feared too.

This male had come here insane.

What was he?

She had thought vampire before, but now she wasn’t so sure.

Rosalind reached slowly towards him. His lips were bloodstained too, a dark spot of it gathered by the corner of his hard mouth. Had he tried to bite the bars, or had the guards struck him to subdue him?

His eyes flicked open and locked on her.

She tensed, her heart pounding, fear pressing her to withdraw her hand before he attacked her. She kept it hovering in the air between them, refusing to let him bully her into shrinking away from him.

“Hello again,” she whispered, keeping still and giving him time to adjust to her presence. He continued to stare at her, deep into her eyes, his blue-grey ones flat and dull. Lifeless. “They brought me to heal you. It seems you, um, hurt yourself.”

He exhaled softly and blinked. A good sign? Mother earth, she hoped so.

She hadn’t expected him to remain calm on hearing her voice. She had expected another replay of him attempting to break free of his bonds, most likely so he could kill her.

“I need to touch you to heal you.”

No response.

During her time alone in her cell after her punishment, she had mulled over their entire first encounter, and had concluded that he hated anyone touching him. She had been entertaining theories about it all day. It wasn’t because she was a witch. He hadn’t known that at the time.

“Can I touch you?” She wasn’t willing to risk her limbs by attempting to do such a thing without his consent.

He clenched his fists and gave a curt nod.

Rosalind took it as a green light, noting that he had steeled himself, mentally preparing for her touch.

She shuffled closer, biting down on her tongue when her ribs protested and each mark on her back burned beneath her black dress.

“Harmed you?” he croaked, his voice gravelly and deep. His eyes searched hers. “Heard you… cry. You hurt?”

The stilted manner of his speech spoke to her of the incredible pain he endured, agony that she could see in his eyes, yet he was asking about her instead.

She swallowed the lump in her throat, stifling the memories of her punishment, and forced a shrug. “No worse than usual.”

“Usual?” Black eyebrows dipped low, narrowing eyes rapidly gaining a dark edge and obsidian blotches amidst the stormy blue-grey of his irises. What was he? “Beat… often?”

He grated the words out from between clenched teeth and she saw his fangs were down. Maybe he was a vampire, or another form of fae. There were many in the world and a lot of them could take on a human appearance.

“It no longer bothers me.” She plastered on a false smile, one she hoped would stop him from asking about it. “But… they do it often.”

He growled so low that she only felt it as a rumble through her chest and then strained against his manacles, becoming so agitated that she feared he would hurt himself again. His face screwed up, his enormous fangs on display, and he threw his head back and roared as he arched off the dark stone slab.

“You need to calm down.” Rosalind reached for him.

She froze when his eyes snapped open.

Purple.

Her breathing accelerated.

She shook her head.

He couldn’t be.

He stared at her, vivid purple eyes flashing wildly as his lips peeled away from his fangs again. Fangs. Purple. Mother earth, she was going to hyperventilate.

His overlong black hair parted to reveal the pointed tips of his ears and she almost passed out.

Elf.

Rosalind shot backwards away from him. Pain erupted in her side, searing her ribs and stealing her breath together with him. Not a damn elf. He couldn’t be a bloody elf.

She shook her head and huddled into the corner, holding her knees and staring at him as he wrestled with his manacles.

Anything but an elf. Why couldn’t he be anything but an elf?

She went back seventy years, to a magical summer’s day when she had been having tea in the garden with her grandmother. It had all been so peaceful and perfect. Endless blue skies. Flowers in full bloom. Butterflies and bees going about their business. A perfect moment.

Until her grandmother had turned sombre, staring at her in silence and worrying her. Rosalind had asked her what was wrong and her grandmother had looked right into her eyes with ones that swirled like a silver storm and had spoken words that had changed her forever.

In Rosalind’s future would be an elven prince, and after meeting him, she would die.

 

Interview

Felicity HeatonTRC: Hi Felicity and welcome back to The Reading Café. Congratulations on a successful 2014. We have a few questions that will hopefully catch us up with what’s happening in your world of writing.

TRC: TEMPTED BY A ROGUE PRINCE is the latest and third release in your Eternal Mates paranormal romance series. Would you please tell us something about the premise?

Tempted by a Rogue PrinceFelicity: Tempted by a Rogue Prince is the third book in my Eternal Mates series and follows on from the second book in the series, Claimed by a Demon King. We are still in Hell, but this time we are following Vail, an elf prince who is wandering through the demon realms, maddened by the things that have happened to him and searching for an escape from it. Vail ends up captured by the warriors of the Fifth Realm, and dragged unconscious into the cells where he meets his destiny in the form of a beautiful female born of the same species as the woman who held him spellbound and tormented him for over four thousand years.

Rosalind took part in the war between the Third Realm and the Fifth Realm, fighting on the side of the third. During the war, she was captured by the Fifth Realm, and has been held in the cells of the castle ever since, forced to heal anyone that the demon king commands her to heal, including a handsome unconscious male in one of the cells. When Rosalind realises that he’s not only an elf but an elf prince, and that the prediction she was given by her grandmother might be about to come true, a prediction she’s tried to avoid triggering, she isn’t sure what to do but one thing is for certain—she needs his help to escape the demons.

TRC: How many books do you have planned for the series?

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Felicity: At the moment, I have plans to write another seven novels for the series and some novellas. The deeper I delve into this world, the more characters come to me with stories I really want to tell. I want to keep exploring this world non-stop, but unfortunately other series demand my attention and I have to keep stepping away from it to play in those worlds instead.

TRC: What or who was the inspiration behind the Eternal Mates series? Was there a moment that you knew you had an entire new series ready for pen and paper?

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Felicity: The inspiration behind the series was really my other series, Vampire Erotic Theatre, and not only my readers’ fantastic responses to that series but the world I was playing in there. It’s actually the same world as the Eternal Mates series. I had built up a place filled with vampires, werewolves, and other paranormal creatures I hadn’t played with before, like fae. The Vampire Erotic Theatre series was slated to end at book 6, once every hero at the theatre had had his story told, but I didn’t want to step away from that world. I wasn’t ready yet. I wanted to delve deeper into it and I also wanted to bring dark elves into the world of paranormal romance. There was a distinct absence of elves in the PNR world when I was working on the series and when I released the first book. Desire to continue exploring the Vampire Erotic Theatre world and to write elves as paranormal romance heroes… that’s how the Eternal Mates series was born.

TRC: When last we spoke (October 2013) you had just released HER WICKED ANGEL and had revealed that NEVAR’s storyline is next. Would you please tell us something about the premise of HER AVENGING ANGEL (Her Angel #7) set to release in October 2014?

Felicity: It’s really hard to actually say much about Her Avenging Angel without giving away events that happen in Her Wicked Angel. I hate spoilers, so I don’t want to ruin that book for any who haven’t read it. All I can really say is Nevar is still a very bad, very dark and somewhat broken angel, as we’ve seen him in the Interludes series of short flash fiction pieces I’ve been writing for him (they’re available on my website) charting his life between the end of Her Demonic Angel and the start of Her Wicked Angel in the Her Angel series. In Her Avenging Angel, he’s struggling to overcome that darkness and the evil within him, and on top of that he might just be the one angel who can save the world from destruction. Our fate rests in his hands, and needless to say a few of the characters in the series are a little worried about that!

In Her Avenging Angel, we’ll bring the whole gang back together, and meet some new angels who will be the focus of the next big story arc in the series, which will be the Angels of the Apocalypse series set in the Her Angel series world.

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Felicity: I’m editing Her Avenging Angel right now, and then I will be writing the first draft of Hunted by a Jaguar, which is the fourth book in the Eternal Mates series. One of the series bachelors, Kyter, is about to find himself in hot pursuit of his mate. Once I have the first draft of that book wrapped up, I’ll be working on the second draft of the first Guardians of Hades story, Ares, for release next year.

TRC: What’s in store for the remainder of 2014?

Felicity: At the moment, I have only one more planned release for 2014, which is Her Avenging Angel, but it might change. My schedule after October is pretty crazy, so I didn’t want to slate any releases for that period, and wanted to focus on getting Hunted by a Jaguar out in January.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Felicity: Thanks for reading this interview! If you’re a reader of mine, I hope you’ve been enjoying my books and playing in my worlds, and that you’ll continue to read the stories I write.

If you’re new to me, then be sure to pick up the first books in some of my series, which are free in ebook. You can find them by searching Felicity Heaton at your favourite online ebook retailer like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, Kobo or Google Play.

TRC: Thank you Felicity for taking the time to update your readers . We wish you all the best.

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Tempted by a Rogue Prince, the third book in New York Times best-seller Felicity Heaton’s hot new paranormal romance series, Eternal Mates, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website.

Find out how to enter the Tempted by a Rogue Prince international giveaway (ends August 24th) and be in with a shot of winning a $75, $50 or $25 gift certificate at her website, where you can also download a 6 chapter sample of the novel: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/tempted-by-a-rogue-prince-paranormal-romance-novel.php

Felicity is hosting a Facebook release party for Tempted by a Rogue Prince on August 17th, so join her then for amazing giveaways, Q&A, teasers and more. All the details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/532238736898993/

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Flirting With Fire by Kyra Jacobs – Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

Flirting With Fire by Kyra Jacobs – Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Flirting With Fire
Hometown Heroes #2
by Kyra Jacobs
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance

 

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Look, touch, but don’t fall in love.

Massage therapist Liz Williams lives by one rule: never date a client. A rule she’s never had trouble following until she lays hands on fireman playboy Torrunn MacKay. Trouble is, Liz’s sexy new client is dating her arch-rival at work…and has a strange habit of appearing just before the fire alarm sounds.

Firefighter Torrunn MacKay has got it made: killer job, downtown condo with a view, and hot blonde girlfriend with no more desire to tie the knot than he has. But the surprise attraction he feels toward his new masseuse is threatening to change all that. And what’s with the string of fires that seem to follow her everywhere?

Can Liz mind her table manners and keep Torrunn at arms’ length? Will Torrunn put his commitment fears aside to keep Liz safe? More than hearts will be in jeopardy when the two start Flirting with Fire.



Review:

Oh I liked that. Flirting with Fire by Kyra Jacobs was a great read.

This was the second book in her Hometown Heroes series. This book can be read as a stand alone.

I really enjoyed the book. Gotta love the imagery of massages to a hot, nearly-naked fireman :)

I liked Liz, and I enjoyed her friends from home, Mitch and Sarah.  I totally loved Torrunn and his buddies at the fire house. I also enjoyed her new friends Jessica and Tony, too.

The plot was great, keeping me on my toes, throughout the book.  All the characters were very 3D and attention to detail wasn’t scrimped. A small town girl moves to the big city, and everywhere she turns a hot fireman seems to be there. Is there more than it seems. Sparks are flying… literally!!! A firebug seems to be targeting her. With so many suspects, how do you know who to trust before it’s too late.

I can highly recommend Flirting with Fire, especially if you like a steamy who dunnit.

Reviewed by Julie B.

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 Blending Fiction with Non

Like most fiction writers, my imagination tends to run a bit wild. Imaginary heroes and heroines, friends and lovers, villains and, well, more villains. I love to explore, to create, to inspire. But just because I can dream up imaginary worlds doesn’t necessarily mean for each novel I write that I have to.

The primary setting for my current Hometown Heroes collection is Fort Wayne, Indiana. If you’ve been to Indiana you know that, like most areas of the Midwest, it’s a pretty conservative place. We’re swimming in a sea of corn and soybean fields, have a multitude of dairy and beef farms that keep the grocery stores stocked, and are home to a plethora of small towns scattered along interstate and rural highways zigzagging their way through our state. We have Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, and a handful of other wonderful mid-sized cities, but nothing as big as Chicago or Detroit. And for most residents of Indiana, that’s just fine with them—they like things the way they are.

 

100_0013(1)When I was a kid, I always envisioned growing up and moving away. Indiana was just kind of…boring. We didn’t have rocket launches or Hard Rock Cafés. No Disney theme parks, no oceans, no mountain ranges. All we had was the Indy 500 and the Indianapolis Colts…and for a kid in northeast Indiana, those were both still a few hours away and weren’t exactly going on year-round.But then something unexpected happened: I grew up. Oh wait, I guess the growing up part wasn’t unexpected. But what came with the growing up surprised me—the realization that where we lived wasn’t so bad after all. The cost of living in Indiana compared to other states is reasonable, our city streets are safer than most, and our community is ranked one of the best places in the country for raising kids. So my dreams of growing up and moving away gradually evolved into ones of staying put, and making the most of living in our wonderful city.

It only made sense to base my first two novels, ARMED WITH STEELE and FLIRTING WITH FIRE, right here in my hometown. Sure, I could have dreamt up some imaginary city or town, and spent a bunch of time world-building. But then I thought, wouldn’t it be even more fun to bring the stories in my head to life right here, where I could pass by the characters’ homes, their places of business, their crime scenes, where they shared their first kisses, every day?

Who needs Hollywood when I can drive by the locations of my Happily Ever Afters any time I want?

There are some imaginary places built in to the stories, I won’t deny that. But for the most part, what you see in the Hometown Heroes collection is what you get…and as a writer, I enjoyed letting the pride of my hometown shine through the words on each and every page. I can only hope you enjoy the stories—whether you’ve ever set foot in Indiana or not—as much as I do.

Happy reading, everyone!

 

about the author

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Kyra Jacobs is an extroverted introvert who writes of love and mystery in the Midwest. When this Hoosier native is not pounding out scenes for her next book, she’s likely outside, elbow-deep in snapdragons or spending quality time with her sports-loving family. Kyra also loves golf, Guitar Hero, and thinking through plot twists while out on a good run. Be sure to stop by her website www.KyraJacobs.wordpress.com for links to connect with her on social media. Kyra lives in northern Indiana with her husband and two children.

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Duet by Gay Walley and Kurt Haber-Review, Interview and Giveaway

Duet by Gay Walley and Kurt Haber-Review, Interview and Giveaway

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Duet
by Gay Walley and Kurt Haber
Release Date: July 15, 2014

Duet

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 15, 2014

Duet is a wildly comic story of a beautiful and talented young woman in her 20’s living in New York City and her misadventures as she navigates men’s desires and fears. When most women look into a mirror, they see flaws in their body. Some of those “flaws” can end up being the very essence of what some see as a woman’s true beauty. Duet, a talented, sensitive, gorgeous young woman, has an unusual anatomy…one that might overexcite one man, but terrify another. She has to live with this sexual uniqueness and not see herself as a freak. As her father tells her, “They just found a goat with a unicorn horn and he has nothing to be ashamed about.”

Men are drawn to Duet. Her friend, Paula, fixes her up. Most of the men she meets she sees as fools, but one night Duet meets a handsome young man, Oskar, who is successful, sexy, intelligent, witty and seems able to handle her “design.” They fall in love, even though he has an aloofness about him that seems a bit odd. It turns out he has secrets of his own. Paula too falls in love and finds herself involved with the larcenous CEO of a videogame company where he has cooked the books and put subliminal messages into the video games. Oskar is also a wild card and turns out to be connected to Duet in more ways than one.

Duet is a romp full of vibrant, unexpected characters doing unexpected things, as they love, move toward and away from each other. It’s also a metaphor for how we must also risk love, no matter what bodies were given us, and no matter what unusual choices of the heart we make.

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REVIEW: DUET is the latest contemporary, adult storyline from Gay Walley and co-authored by Kurt Haber. The focus of the story is Duet-a woman with an anatomical anomaly that tends to stop men before they get started. This is her story about how she came to live in a world of seemingly normal people but the definition of normal is all a matter of perception.

The storyline follows Duet’s struggle as a beautiful, single woman in the world of dating and sex. Duet’s surprising anatomical differences bring about strange bedfellows with each and every encounter. At times, Duet remains chaste and without a sexual partner fearing it is easier to live with herself than have to explain the tragedy that has become her sexual life.

The reader is pulled into a storyline where secrets from the past now affect the current generation; and where love isn’t always blind when it comes to matters of the heart or body.

Gay Walley has written a thought provoking storyline about the what ifs and maybe’s of a time not so long ago. As Duet hunts down the truth about her ‘complication’, there will be a number of men who want more from Duet than friendship and a glass of wine. Duet is never without the attention of the opposite sex but sometimes the attention is not what it is she is looking for.

DUET is a different kind of love story with a happy for now ‘kind of’ ending. As the people in Duet’s life come and go, so too, does the need for love and understanding from her family and the men in her life. There are awkward moments of misunderstanding in a storyline about a controversial subject that has been hidden for a very long time. Gay Walley does a fascinating job of presenting a probability from a time when the world lost a little of itself.

This is not a story for everyone-there are no romantic overtures; no graphic sex or sexual situations. It is a story about a woman looking for love but in doing so, finds out more about herself than she could have ever imagined. Some readers may take issue with the premise.

My only concern is that the storyline has been promoted as a wildly comic look at a 20 something woman with a sexual uniqueness but to me, there was very little to laugh about. Duet is a woman lost in a world where one is judged by their normalcy and not their ‘uniqueness’. She struggles with heartbreak, depression, rejection and her duplicitous ‘oneness’ realizing that what she is isn’t exactly normal.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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TRC: Hi Gay and welcome to The Reading Café.

We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

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Gay WalleyGay: I live in New York – make an insecure living teaching writing – write books but lately have ventured a bit into plays and film. Fate drew me into that but I have enjoyed it. DUET is my 4th novel out. A film is being made of one of my other novels, THE EROTIC FIRE OF THE UNATTAINABLE.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Gay: I always knew I was a writer. When I was a young girl, one afternoon I was hurt by my mother and what did I do? Go into the basement and write a short story about her. From then on, it seemed there was never a pen (or laptop) out of my hand.

TRC: Would you please tell us something about the premise of your latest release -DUET?

Gay: Duet is about a young woman who has a particular body configuration that no one else has. It could excite men or it could frighten them. Her life is about how she deals with being “different.” She has many adventures, and learns she has to accept herself and be with a man who does the same.

DuetTRC: Which genre do you believe best fits the premise of DUET?

Gay: Literary comedy.

TRC: What made you choose this particular topic for the premise? Do you think some people will find the topic controversial?

Gay: My co-author, Kurt Haber, chose the topic. He found it controversial and exciting. I found making the story work exciting! Yes I think men will find it provocative as a story – what would they do if they met Duet? And women will identify with having to come to terms with one’s body. The good and the bad.

TRC: What should be the role of sex or sexuality in society?

Gay: Sex is intimate and something that is to each of our own taste. It’s a connection and that is very important. It’s not about society, it’s about the person. I believe society has no say in it,and sex is how each of us expresses our imagination, drive and desire.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics, background) did you encounter writing this particular book?

Gay: Well, I had to make it believable (Duet’s body) and her response to it believable. It’s a novel so I did not feel it necessary to “research” but, more, I enjoyed the process of imagining. She has her feelings…and her experiences are those, like most of us. Wanting love, finding love, losing love, finding it where she doesn’t expect it. Getting her work out.

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

Gay: Great question. I would say the characters direct the writing. They have their own lives and their desires and strengths and weaknesses drive the story.

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you
believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writer’s fail in this endeavor?

Gay: I think new writers are often afraid to take chances, to delve in and reveal themselves through the characters. I think you have to FEEL the character yourself, admit to those feelings inside YOURSELF, and then write from that place. You have to make sure the dialogue and every detail you give really shows the emotion of the story. That way the reader will FEEL the story.

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Gay: I have been working on a film script about a jazz pianist who is sort of frozen sexually… (from being too long with a cold boyfriend) and how she unlocks. Don’t know if it works…may end up throwing it out but right now playing with it!

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite TV Show: FAWLTY TOWERS

Last Movie You Saw: BEGIN AGAIN

Favorite Musical Group: Vienna Philharmonic!

Dark or Milk Chocolate: Dark

Secret Celebrity Crush: John Cleese

Last Vacation Destination: Gloucester, Massachusetts

Do you have any pets? No

Pet Peeve: Sitting next to women who scream in a bar or a restaurant

TRC: Thank you Gay for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on the release of DUET.

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Love and Let Spy by Shana Galen-Review, Interview and Giveaway

Love and Let Spy by Shana Galen-Review, Interview and Giveaway

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Love and Let Spy
Lord and Lady Spy #3
by Shana Galen
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Genre: adult, historical, romance, mystery

Love and Let Spy

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 5, 2014

Her name is Bonde, Jane Bonde . . .

A beautiful and eligible member of the ton, Jane has more than a few secrets: she’s one of the Crown’s most elite agents. She may be deadly, but she doesn’t know a thing about fashion, flirtation, or love . . . until Dominic Griffyn shakes up her carefully stirred world and asks her to be his bride. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s not looking for. And he’s dangerous, because falling into his arms is so much more satisfying than saving England from her enemies.

He’s an improper gentleman who needs a wife. . .

Tall, dark, and tortured, Dominic Griffyn is haunted by demons from his past. When his stepfather insists that he marry, Dominic allows himself to hope that the beautiful but mysterious Miss Bonde might help him forget his troubles. As they grow closer, it’s clear that there’s more to Jane than danger. She might be just what his neglected heart needs.

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5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

BONDE … Jane Bonde .. shaken not stirred!

Man this was one FANTASTIC book. The third book in Shana Galen’s Lord and Lady Spy series, Love and Let Spy was by far my fave (and I adored the previous books too). If you are a James Bond fan you will appreciate the parallels you will find in this book and likely chuckle at the backassward ways Shana portrays them. I am a huge Bond fan and was already a fan of this series, so this was a super fun book, full of action, loving/hot moments and a mystery left to be solved.

Jane Bonde is spy lady extraordinaire. Beyond dedicated to her job, she is completely shocked when her aunt and uncle (also the head of this spy organization) tell her she MUST marry. Frustrated already after an elusive enemy once again escapes her clutches, she is ready to refuse her uncle’s decision and dig her heels in … then she meets her betrothed.

Dominic Griffyn is one hot mess. As the step-son to a Marquess (his mother was an actress who married well when he was younger) he has been told that he must marry or be disowned. Seeing as he loves being the family horse breeder he is resentful when he is ordered to change his lifestyle. Dominic comes with a horrific past that haunts him and refuses to allow him to have a proper “society” marriage, so the prospect of marriage is a NO GO … until he meets his betrothed.

These two are so much similar in ways they can never know. Dominic knows there is something different about Jane (I mean how many ladies scale walls, sneak out at night and wear a daggers in their corsets) and decides to assist her ventures. Jane is quite peeved that this man seems to feel the need to protect her. HER .. an ELITE SPY! That and the stolen kisses, chemistry filled attraction .. really she has more important things to do … like save England!

We are brought on quite the adventure in this story. These two characters were incredible together and bit by bit the layers are peeled back. Jane shows Dominic just how different she truely is when he finally reveals his past, and she never treats him with a pitied word or too kind of hand. Many secrets are revealed, truths surface and dangers occur, but this all just adds to the anticipation and thrill I felt reading this story!

Looking for a great regency spy book with a touch of yummy! Check out the series by Shana Galen for sure!

HAPPY READING! :)

Reading Order
1. Lord and Lady Spy
1.5 The Spy Wore Blue
2 True Spies
3 Love and Let Spy

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Reviewed by Rachel T

 

Interview

TRC: Hi Shana and welcome to The Reading Café. Congratulations on the release of LOVE AND LET SPY.

Shana GalenShana: Thanks so much for having me.

TRC: We would like to start with some background information. Please tell us something about yourself?

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Shana: I’m a wife, a mom, and a former English teacher. I’ve been writing fulltime for the last 5 years, and I’ve published almost twenty books.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Shana: I’d have to say my grandmother was a big influence. She was always writing poetry and she self-published a devotional book back in the days when no one was self-publishing yet. She died in May of this year at age 95, and just a week or so before she passed away, she wrote a new poem. The love of words and writing is in my blood.

TRC: What was the factor on your decision to write historical romance?

Shana: I’ve also written two contemporaries, but I tend to gravitate toward historical romances because I’ve been told over and over that’s where my voice fits best. I also enjoy escaping this world into the world of the past. I do enjoy reading contemporary romances, but I don’t know that I’d like to live in one for 4 months while I wrote it. It might seem too much like my real life.

TRC: Which time period would you describe as the most ‘romantic’ as it pertains to historical romance?

Shana: This might seem strange considering I write Regency-set books, but I think the medieval period is the most romantic. I love the knights and the castles and the simplicity of that period. I mean, I know romance novels romanticize every period, and there wasn’t anything romantic about the plague, but in some ways the past seems simpler to me—no cell phones, racing to soccer practice, or trying to decide which of ten choices of apple to buy in the store.

Love and Let SpyTRC: When not writing, what do you do to relax?

Shana: I love to read. I wish I had more time to read. My daughter is getting a little older now, and I can actually read chapter books to her. When I get desperate, I pull out Pinkey Pie and the Ponypalooza Party, and at least I’m reading something.

TRC: LOVE AND LET SPY is the third instalment and August 2014 release in your Lord and Lady Spy series. Would you please tell us something about the premise?

Shana: It’s basically James Bond, except James is Jane. She’s the best spy the Crown has to offer, and she’s single-minded when it comes to completing missions. But she doesn’t count on meeting Dominic Griffyn. He’s not the typical Bond love interest. He’s dark and complex, and I think he’s as interesting a character as Jane.

TRC: How many books do you have planned for the series?

Shana: This is the last. I won’t say I’ll never do another, but I don’t have any more planned at this moment.

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TRC: Do you believe an author should stay true to the time period when writing historical fiction?

Shana: It depends how you define “true to the time period.” If you mean that the characters should dress as the people then dressed and use the same conveyances, etc., yes. If you mean that women can’t play the part of a pirate or a spy in historical fiction, then no. It’s fiction, and while I do try to be as accurate as possible, I want to make my books accessible to the modern reader.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (historical research, logistics, background) did you encounter writing this particular story and series?

Shana: I’d say the hero was the toughest to get right. He has a dark background, and without giving any spoilers, I wanted to treat that in a dignified way but still be true to the time period. He also has an affinity for horses, and I found myself researching a lot about horses and colic.

TRC: What is next for your JEWELS OF THE TON series?

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Shana: I don’t have any further plans for that series either. This has been quite a year of endings for me. I wrapped up Jewels of the Ton, Lord and Lady Spy, and my Misadventures in Matrimony series.

TRC: What are your thoughts on writing a series and ending an instalment with a major cliff hanger?

Shana: I’m okay with it. I don’t do it because I always like for a new reader to pick up any of my books and be able to jump in without having read any other books in the series. But I do read books with cliffhangers, and I enjoy them. They sure make me buy the next in the series!

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

Shana: At the beginning, I tend to direct the characters, and then at some point, they usually take over and direct me. Often I look back at the beginning of the book and see that my characters are not very much like I’d envisioned them on those early pages. I have to do a lot of revision. I have written books where the characters didn’t “come to life” for me until very late in the book. Those books are always tough to write and often frustrating because by the time I finally “get” the character, the book is almost done. Then I have to go back and fix it.

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writer’s fail in this endeavor?

Shana: If an author wants a reader to experience the same emotions as the character, the reader must identify with that character. She has to see something of herself in the hero or heroine. That’s why it’s so important for authors who write strong characters to make them vulnerable too. Writers fail to touch readers when the characters aren’t either sympathetic or relatable.

TRC: Writer’s Block is a very real phenomenon. How do you handle the pressures and anxiety of writer’s block?

Shana: I don’t have writer’s block so much as a lack of time to write. Lately I’ve been overwhelmed with the sheer amount of work on my plate, and I’ve actually just avoided it. This isn’t like me at all. Normally, I make a list and just go down it, methodically checking things off. But I think it’s a mark of how overwhelmed I’ve been that I just kind of gave up for a few days. Now I’m back to my trusty to-do list.

TRC: Many authors bounce ideas and information with other authors or friends and family. With whom do you bounce ideas?

Shana: I like to brainstorm with other authors. I have a brainstorming group with Robyn DeHart, Margo Maguire, Anne Mallory, and Emily McKay. I also brainstorm with my friends Sophie Jordan and Tera Lynn Childs.

TRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next five years?

Shana: I’d love to make the USA Today or NYT list. I’ve been published almost a decade, and that’s always been a goal of mine. I’d also like to go to Hawaii. I’ve never been. Finally, I’d love to spend about a month in the UK with my husband and daughter in about 10 years, so I want to start saving for that so it can become a reality.

TRC: What is something that few, if any people, know about you?

Shana: I’ve been a vegetarian for 28 years.

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Shana: I’m working on a new series, The Covent Garden Cubs. It’s about a gang of thieves and how their lives intersect with a noble family, the Derrings. The first book is Earls Just Want to Have Fun, and it’s about the Earl of Dane and a female thief, Marlowe, who disrupts his life and all his preconceived notions.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Shana: I’m also working on an anthology that will be out in October with Miranda Neville, Carolyn Jewel, and Grace Burrowes. It’s titled Christmas in The Duke’s Arms and my novella features characters from Love and Let Spy.

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite Food chocolate chip cookies

Favorite Dessert milkduds

Favorite TV Show Downton Abbey

Last Movie You Saw thinking…Rio 2 maybe?

Favorite Musical Group the Newsboys

Dark or Milk Chocolate milk

Secret Celebrity Crush Flynn Ryder

Last Vacation Destination Disneyworld

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TRC: Thank you Shana for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on all of your success.

Shana: Thanks again for hosting me!

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Echo Lake by Letitia Trent-Review and Interview with the Author

Echo Lake by Letitia Trent-Review and Interview with the Author

Echo Lake

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date July 15, 2014

Thirty-something Emily Collins inherits her recently murdered aunt’s house, deciding to move to Heartshorne, Oklahoma, to claim it and confront her family’s dark past after her dead mother begins speaking to her in dreams, propelling this gothic, neo-noir thriller toward terrifying revelations of murderous small-town justice when a horrible community secret is revealed through the supernatural pull of Echo Lake.

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REVIEW:  Echo Lake is an interesting look at the evil people do in their lives and where it lives. The evil is present in the lake and sporadically effects the behavior of those who frequent it. It’s a man-made lake with a small village and cemetery at the bottom.
Emily is a lonely and misused thirty year old woman who has inherited a house and property on the lake from her Aunt Fran. At a place in her life where this gives her a change of scenery and a new start, she packs up, quits her job and moves to Heartshorne (the town near Echo Lake). Her mother was born and raised in Heartshorne until she was a teenager, and then the whole family (except Fran) left the area and never returned. Emily grew up with stories of how much her mother (Connie) hated this place and would never return, but also never really explained why.

Several murders and kidnappings are happening at the same time. Emily also finds out that her Aunt was murdered in the house, probably in her sleep. It appears to the police to have been a random act of violence.

She has visions of her mother helping her at times, telling her what she needs to do to fix this. Then Emily also meets an interesting and good-looking man (Jonathan) who owns a shop outside the near town of Keno, who reads Tarot cards. He does a reading for her which is interesting and also gives her his card and tells her he’d like to show her around the area. He’s kind and very interesting and a relationship begins to build, as he helps her to see the area and much more.

She also gets a visit on her first day moving in from Levi Richardson, pastor of the Free Will Baptist Church and he invited her to a town meeting about the violence happening in their town. He and others begin to shed light on her family for her (a family she has never known since her mother grew up).

Ok, that’s pretty much the scary set up; the details of the story should be left for reading.

I found the writing actually good, the storyline interesting. Here are a couple of issues I had:

This copy was provided, but was not denoted as an ARC, or unedited version. There were no quotation marks in the story, making conversations difficult to keep track of; I found several words and spelling issues; toward the end of the story left a few things hanging. The storytelling was very good, but the characters lacked life, a few good feelings would have broken up some of the intense sorrow. All in all, it was a good story as a first novel.

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Reviewed by Georgianna

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TRC: Hi Letitia and welcome to The Reading CafÈ. Congratulations on the release of ECHO LAKE. We would like to start with some background information.

Would you please tell us something about yourself?

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Letitia TrentLetitia: Sure! I’m currently living in Colorado, where I’m pursuing a graduate degree in counseling psychology. I received my MFA in poetry from Ohio State University. I live with my husband, my two-month old son, and three cats. I spent my early years in Vermont and Oklahoma, where I traveled around with my parents to flea markets.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Letitia: I think the support that I got both in undergrad and in graduate school from teachers and fellow writers has been the most influential. Early on, just reading, reading, reading was my biggest influence. I read books that made me feel less alone in the world or that excited me and I wanted to create that feeling for other people, too.

TRC: Would you please tell us something about the premise your latest release-ECHO LAKE?

Echo LakeLetitia: Echo Lake is about a woman whose life is going nowhere: she realizes she is living in a city she doesn’t love with a person she doesn’t love. Fortunately, she gets word of an inheritance from her last living family member and gets an opportunity to start again in the town where her mother grew up. This town, though, refuses to deal with the crimes of its past. The story is her journey to understand her mother’s history and how she fits into this place that should feel like home.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics, background) did you encounter writing this particular storyline?

Letitia: I didn’t do much research for this book, so there were few challenges in that regard. I think the biggest challenge was figuring out how the whole thing came to a head: I’ve never been interested in stories in which “evil” is defeated by “good”. That narrative simply doesn’t interest me. I wanted an ending in which ambiguity is embraced and the characters integrate what they’ve learned about the darker or “shadow” parts of themselves. It took me a while to figure out how to dramtize that process in a way that made sense for the characters.

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

Letitia: The characters definitely direct the storyline. I think that story comes from choices characters make in reaction to their environment, so it’s important to know a character well enough to know what they would realistically do or say in a situation. Once it feels like I’m speaking and moving the story forward from the character’s perspective, then I know the story is really moving.

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writers fail in this endeavor?

Letitia: I think it’s essential that the characters are interesting, that the language is precise, and that the reader is in a place that they can really feel and experience viscerally. Ultimately, I think there are many, many ways to engage a reader, and some things that engage some readers don’t engage others, so it’s all about finding your personal style and figuring out what you really care about as a writer. You can’t please all readers, but you can stay true to your own personal vision, so that’s what I aim for.

TRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next five years?

Letitia: I’ve liked to write another book, complete another poetry collection, and perhaps finish a nonfiction collection. I also have a true crime novel I’d like to write, though that will probably take several years of research.

TRC: What is something that few, if any people, know about you?

Letitia: My first crushes were Dudley Moore and Lance Henriksen.

TRC: On what are you currently working?

Letitia: Not much right now, since I have a newborn, but when I have the time, I hope to complete a novel about yet another mysterious town, this one far more overtly supernatural than Heartshorne. I also hope to complete another poetry collection.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

Letitia: Thank you for the opportunity to discuss the book!

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favorite TV Show: Twin Peaks

Last Movie You Saw: Maleficent

Favorite Musical Group: The Smiths

Dark or Milk Chocolate: Milk

Secret Celebrity Crush: Gabriel Byrne

Last Vacation Destination: Oklahoma

Do you have any pets?: Three cats: Doombot, Cheeto, and Nina Simone

Pet Peeve: People who say something unkind and then say “just kidding” immediately afterward

TRC: Thank you Letitia for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on the birth of your baby. We wish you much success and happiness.

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One Night: Promised (One Night Trilogy #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas-Review and Interview with the Author

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One Night: Promised (One Night Trilogy #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas-Review and Interview with the Author

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Livy notices him the moment he walks into the coffee shop. He’s heart-stoppingly stunning, with a blue-eyed gaze so piercing she’s almost too distracted to take his order. When he walks out the door, she thinks she’ll never see him again. Then she finds the note he left on his napkin . . . signed M.

All he wants is one night to worship her. No feelings, no commitment, nothing but pleasure. Every defense mechanism Livy has adopted during her solitary life is at risk of being obliterated by this confounding man. He’s obnoxious but well-mannered. He’s a gentleman but aloof. He’s passionate but emotionless. Yet the fascination is so powerful, Livy can’t deny him… or herself.

M awakens something in Livy, something deep and addictive that she never knew existed — and that she fears only he can satisfy. But she senses that behind the fast cars, fancy suits, and posh apartment, he’s aching inside. To have him, body and soul, she’ll have to brave his dark secrets. Delving into his world and breaking down his defenses become her obsession – an obsession that could shatter her heart beyond repair..

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REVIEW: ONE NIGHT: PROMISED is the first instalment in in Jodi Ellen Malpas adult, contemporary One Night Trilogy erotic romance series focusing on Livy and M-a couple of broken birds whose past and present haunts their daily lives. This is a story where M wants twenty four hours with Livy-no strings, no commitments, no promises for the future. What ensues is a tumble down the rabbit hole for two people whose lives are more similar than not.

The focus of the storyline is the building relationship between Livy and the man she knows only as M-one based on a mutual need and desire but one that also has an expiry date of twenty four hours. M is a man whose obsession with Livy hides a dark secret-one that he isn’t willing to reveal. His personal and private life shall never meet and in this Livy is lost and confused when M wants to know everything about her life but refuses to reveal anything about his own.

The relationship is one of mutual attraction, sensuality and need. M is a man who knows what he wants and he wants Livy for his very own. M is a man with many secrets and issues-issues that become all too clear to Livy with each and every encounter.

Livy is a twenty four year old woman with a past mired in betrayal, regret and abandonment. Seven years earlier Livy’s life took an unexpected turn when she went on the hunt for information about her past. Today, Livy’s past is about to collide with her present and there isn’t anything she can to stop the collision. She is a woman who is quick to run when she perceives betrayal and pain, but in this she is also one to confront some of the issues head on when M keeps Livy in the dark about what has been happening in his world. When Livy goes looking for answers, what she finds will not only shatter her faith in M but shatter her heart as well.

ONE NIGHT: PROMISED is a sensual, seductive and intense storyline about two people who are perfect for one another. They balance one another’s needs and wants but what one wants isn’t necessarily what one needs. Jodi Ellen Malpas pulls the reader into a startling storyline where once secrets are revealed the drama that unfolds will leave you breathless and crying for more.

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Reviewed by Sandy

Interview

 

TRC: Hi Jodi and welcome to The Reading Café. Congratulations on the release of ONE NIGHT: PROMISED and the new ONE NIGHT series.

Jodi Ellen MalpasJODI: Thank you!

TRC: We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

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JODI: In a nutshell, I’m 34, a mother of two boys and I love losing myself in fiction, mainly my own.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

JODI: Honestly? Me. I wanted to write a story that pleased me 100%. It wasn’t that the story was perfect, it was that I could take things in whatever direction I wanted and pump in every emotion to the point I lived it in my head. The fact that it pleased God knows how many other women was a huge bonus, obviously!

TRC: Would you please tell us something about the premise of your contemporary, adult ONE NIGHT: PROMISED trilogy?

One Night PromisedJODI: One Night follows the love story of Olivia and M. Unlike This Man, both of the main characters have a tainted history. It’s also a little darker than this man, and far more action-packed. After writing about my beloved lord, I wanted to capture my readers imagination with an entirely different set of characters. The idea of One Night and the characters of Livy and M snowballed for me. The tagline of PROMISED kind of says it all… One Night Will Never Be Enough.

TRC: Who or what was the inspiration behind the new series?

JODI: My inspiration is always fierce love – the kind that sends you dizzy and makes you lose all reason. I’m also a sucker when it comes to alpha men. Go figure! Now I also have an army of ladies who love my stories as much as me, so I have to add that their enthusiasm now inspires me too.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties (research, logistics, background) did you encounter writing this particular series?

JODI: My biggest challenge was getting over my worry to please my readers. I know how much Jesse is loved and I know people will compare him and M. They are so different, and I meant them to be. I’d be silly to try and recreate The Lord. There’s only one Jesse and it should stay that way. M, on the other hand, brings a new dimension to the term “alpha male”.

One Night DeniedTRC: ONE NIGHT: DENIED is the second instalment set for release in November 2014. Would you please tell us something about the premise?

JODI: PROMISED is focused mainly on Olivia and her history. When we move into DENIED, we know a lot about Livy, and not so much about M – except one very important thing. DENIED is mainly centred around M and his story, plus their growing but turbulent relationship.

TRC: Do you think the revelation of M’s business profession will come as a shock to most readers?

JODI: I think the signs are there and I intended them to be. Some have been utterly shocked, others have said they suspected early in the book. That particular revelation wasn’t meant to be a huge bombshell, though I’m glad some have been truly stunned by it. The way the exposure is approached by both Livy and M is more of a shock.

TRC: If you could virtually cast the characters of Livy and M which actors or models would best represent your ideal image?

JODI: HA! As with This Man, I’ll never disclose my muses. I think it’s important for my readers to build up their own perfect fit. I don’t want to spoil their imagination with my ideal image, just in case it isn’t theirs.

TRC: The final instalment in your popular THIS MAN trilogy was released in July 2013. Have you considered releasing a novella or short story to catch the readers up to date on Ava and Jesse’s life?

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JODI: No, I haven’t. I don’t think I could write a short story!

TRC: When writing a storyline, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

JODI: A bit of both. For the most part, I direct the characters and storyline, but when you’ve developed characters and fleshed them out, as silly as it sounds, they have personalities. There are often times when I sit and wonder how a character would react to the situation I’ve put them in, in which case, they direct me.

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writer’s fail in this endeavor?

JODI: Your first sentence: I’ve always said this! This is why I don’t think I can write a short story. I need room to develop the characters, let my readers get to know them. That’s when I believe you get that connection between you readers and your characters, and a true investment from your readers in the fictional world you’ve created. I’m in no position to give my take on why some writers fail to do this. Every writer captures someone’s imagination – just some more than others.

TRC: Writer’s Block is a very real phenomenon. How do you handle the pressures and anxiety of writer’s block?

JODI: I walk away from the laptop, usually after blankly staring at it for a while. It could drive you insane if you let it. I return the next day and generally find I can roll again.

TRC: Many authors bounce ideas and information with other authors or friends and family. With whom do you bounce ideas?

JODI: No one. I don’t think I’d have any friends if I blasted them with the stuff that flies around in my head! I always finish a book before I let anyone take a peek – usually my friend Kate. Then, of course, my agent.

TRC: What three things would you like to accomplish in the next five years?

JODI: I feel like I’ve achieved so much already in my short career. As long as I continue to consume my readers, I’ll be happy ☺

TRC: What is something that few, if any people, know about you?

JODI: If they don’t know, there’s a reason ;-)

TRC: On what are you currently working?

JODI: I’m taking a short break after what’s been a really intense writing and editing schedule. I’m not sure how long I’ll force myself to stay away from the laptop. Probably not long at all! I have a few ideas racing around and I’m itching to dive in.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

JODI: Only how grateful I am to all of my ladies for their continued love and support. #mushy!

LIGHTNING ROUND

Favourite TV Show – Sons of Anarchy

Last Movie You Saw – Dallas Buyers Club

Favourite Musical Group – Too many!

Dark or Milk Chocolate – Dark! And it has to be Green and Blacks ;-)

Secret Celebrity Crush - Which one?!

Last Vacation Destination – Like a proper vacation? Madeira, and that was too long ago!

Do you have any pets? A Beagle. Prince Loui – or Lucifer when he’s being a nuisance

Pet Peeve – Bad Manners

TRC: Thank you Jodi for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations on the new release and the new series.

JODI: Thank you, Sandy ☺

About The author

In October 2012, Jodi Ellen Malpas burst onto the e-publishing scene with her first novel, This Man. The erotic story of Ava O’Shea, a young interior designer, and Jesse Ward, the handsome playboy who knows no boundaries was a hit with readers and industry tastemakers alike. It quickly began its climb up the bestseller lists as fans urged their friends to read it. Malpas continued Ava and Jesse’s bestselling story with Beneath This Man and signed on with Forever/Grand Central Publishing to publish the third installment, This Man Confessed. In July 2013, This Man Confessed debuted solidly in the #1 spot on The New York Times E-Book Bestsellers List.

Now, with ONE NIGHT: PROMISED (Forever; August 5, 2014; $7.99/$15) Malpas is set to launch her second erotic romance trilogy—available in both e-book and trade paperback formats—that is sure to leave readers breathless for book two.

ONE NIGHT: PROMISED centers on Livy, a waitress who lives a rather quiet and solitary life. But all that is about to change. Livy notices him the moment he walks into the coffee shop where she works. He’s heart-stoppingly stunning, with a blue-eyed gaze so piercing she’s almost too distracted to take his order. When he leaves, she thinks she’ll never see him again. Then she finds the note he left on his napkin . . . signed M. All he wants is one night to worship her. No commitment, no strings, nothing but pleasure. Every defense mechanism Livy has adopted during her solitary life is at risk of being obliterated. The fascination is so powerful; Livy can’t deny him . . . or herself. Delving into his world becomes her obsession—one that could shatter her heart beyond repair.

Set in London, ONE NIGHT: PROMISED has all the elements that Malpas’s fans love about her novels: a relatable heroine, a mysterious and complicated hero, and of course steamy passion. Readers won’t have long to wait for the rest of Livy and M’s store either. The second book, One Night: Denied is scheduled for November 2014 and the final installment will out in early 2015.

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How To Handle a Heartbreaker by Marie Harte-Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

How To Handle A Heartbreaker by Marie Harte-Review, Guest Post and Giveaway

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How To Handle A Heartbreaker
The McCauley Brothers #2
by Marie Harte
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance, erotic
Release Date: August 5, 2014

How to Handle A Heartbreaker

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HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER (McCauley Brothers #2) by Marie Harte

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date August 5, 2014

It’s lust-at-first-sight when Brody Singer first sees Abby Dunn. Abby looks a lot like a woman he once knew, one who died years ago. But Abby’s definitely different—shyer but sexier.

Abby’s still trying to put her last disastrous relationship behind her and overcome the flaws her ex wouldn’t let her forget. But somehow Brody isn’t getting the hint. It doesn’t help that when writing her steamy novels, she keeps casting Brody as the hero.

Only Abby can write her own ending—will she choose her own happily-ever-after, or stay safe in her shell?

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REVIEW: HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER is the second instalment in Marie Harte’s contemporary, adult, erotic McCauley Brothers romance series. This is Brody Singer and Abby Dunn’s storyline. Brody has been and always will be part of the McCauley family and this story will show how that it isn’t the blood that runs in your veins that makes you a family but the love of the people who accept who you are. Although this is the second storyline in the series it can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty-any previous storyline information is revealed where necessary.

The premise follows the building relationship between Brody and Abby. Brody co-owns a plumbing business with his ‘brother’ Flynn McCauley, and web designer Abby Dunn is the woman who has caught his attention. Never one to stick in a relationship for very long, Brody’s attraction to Abby is immediate and unwanted. Brody’s early years have left a mark on his heart and his soul, and he believes that he will never be worthy of anyone’s love and affection. He has a reputation with the women but he has always been a one-woman man.

Abby has a secret –she writes erotic romance novels- and only a few close friends know the truth. When Brody discovers Abby’s secrets she makes him an offer he cannot refuse. Abby’s ex has done a number with her heart and her self esteem, and she is hoping that Brody won’t run away when the truth about what she desires is revealed.

The relationship between Brody and Abby is a friends to lovers storyline although their friendship had always been one of subtle innuendo and teasing. Having met Abby only two years before, all of the McCauley’s see that Brody and Abby have an attraction for one another but in truth Brody is frightened by his feelings and his past. Growing up as part of the tight knit McCauley family has made him feel wanted and loved, but in the end he is still not a part of the family by blood. Brody and Abby’s love scenes are intimate, sexy, arousing and hot. Brody is a plumber who likes to talk dirty in bed.

The secondary characters include the entire McCauley clan-they are colorful, funny, supportive, revealing and complement Abby and Brody. Then there are those characters who will destroy our hero with one look or one word, and if you have a heart, you can’t help but feel for a man whose former life had brought him to hell and back.

Marie Harte has written an emotional and sometimes heartbreaking storyline. There are moments of family love and friendship; humor and brotherly teasing; ugly tears and painful shame. We watch as one man must overcome the shame of his past, the memories of his childhood, and the pain and anguish of the family that destroyed his life.

HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER is a story where two people will discover that life is about the here and now; that our past does not define who we are but will only make us stronger in the end.

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Reviewed by Sandy

Click HERE for our review of book 1-The Troublemaker Next Door

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Developing the leading characters in How to Handle a Heartbreaker

People always ask me how I write. Do I plot it out beforehand or let the characters lead the story? Pantser or plotter?

I’m a little bit of both. For my McCauley Brothers series, I had to send in short synopses of stories two through four. Book one had been accepted, but not the others. So when I started writing How to Handle a Heartbreaker, I had a rough outline of how the characters got from A to Z. That changed a bit when I was writing, but what never changed were the characters and how they reacted to obstacles throughout the book.

I think that even if you’re a pantser, you need to have solid characters. Before I write a story, I know my protagonists inside and out. If I don’t, I find out while writing the story and get stuck in spots. And let me tell you, getting stuck is no fun.

When I wrote How to Handle a Heartbreaker, I’d already introduced Abby and Brody, the main characters, in the previous book, The Troublemaker Next Door. From the start, Abby and Brody had to be more than two-dimensional. Abby is at heart shy and vulnerable, suffering from a bad breakup that made her question her merit as both a woman and a lover. Brody, the hero, is the unofficially adopted McCauley. He’s always felt like less than his brothers because of the abuse he suffered as a child from his biological family. As much as he wants to be loved and acts like he’s Prince Charming, he’s actually hiding insecurity and the feeling that he’s not worthy.

From these vulnerabilities, the characters grow and react throughout all four books. How to Handle a Heartbreaker shows how Abby deals with her attraction to Brody, a man she considers far outside her league. And in Brody’s actions, we see that he’s much more than a blond Adonis with sex appeal, but still that little boy who never thought he’d be good enough.

What makes the characters shine, in my opinion, is how they not only deal with adversity, but how they deal with each other. Family is the key element in this series, and watching the other brothers handle Brody was both funny and heartbreaking. (I admit I cried writing a few scenes, and I never cry.) I had worried about writing a character who’s a writer, since I’m a writer and that can come off as cliché. But Abby is much different than me. (Lucky girl gets Brody!) I could understand her motivations and loved putting her in awkward positions to deal with her reality—not how she perceives things, but as they really are.

I hope you enjoy Abby and Brody. They were a thrill to write about and made my heart happy giving them an ending that fits. Surprisingly, the most difficult part of this book to write was giving Mutt his name. I had no idea what it would be until I came to that point, which struck me as odd considering he was one of my favorite characters in this story. When I learned his name, it all made sense. *grin*

I love How to Handle a Heartbreaker, and I hope you will too.

Thanks for having me, The Reading Café!

~~Marie~~

HE CAN’T GET HER OUT OF HIS HEAD

It’s lust at first sight when Brody Singer first lays eyes on Abby Dunn. The dark-haired beauty looks a lot like a woman he once knew, who died years ago. At first, Brody fears his attraction is a holdover from that secret crush, but Abby’s definitely different. She’s a lot shyer, a lot sexier, and despite her attempts to dissuade his interest, absolutely mesmerizing.

SHE CAN’T GET HIM OUT OF HER BOOKS

Abby isn’t having it. She’s still trying to put her last disastrous relationship behind her and overcome the flaws her ex wouldn’t let her forget. But somehow Brody isn’t getting the hint. It doesn’t help that when writing her steamy novels, she keeps casting Brody as the hero.
Brody is more than happy to serve as her muse and eager to help make sure her “research” is authentic. But when their research turns into something real…will she choose her own happily ever after?

 

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Marie HarteCaffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit http://marieharte.com and fall in love.

 

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Marie and her publisher are offering a paper copy of HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER to ONE (1) lucky commenter at The Reading Cafe.

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