Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Featured Indie Book: Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood (Ann Charles)

Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood (Ann Charles)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Mystery / Paranormal Romance Novel Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood by Ann Charles.

Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood is the sixth book in the Deadwood Mystery Series. It delves into some of the mysteries that have been happening in the previous books and introduces some new mysteries. Humor and love is splashed throughout the book.

The Book has been self-published via Ann Charles and is available as eBook and Paperback - 423 pages - released in July 2015.

About the Book

Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood... the mystery and mayhem continue.

Between the butchered body parts, creepy killers, dogged detectives, ghoulish ghosts, and ever-present TV cameras, Violet Parker’s purple boots are itching to skedaddle.

But there is no escaping another murder investigation or her new deadly reputation.

Not even if both risk the lives of those she loves most.

Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood (Ann Charles)
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Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] Ann Charles has hit another home run with Meanwhile back in Deadwood and I think this is my favorite story so far but of course I say that after every book I read of this multi-talented author who can spin a yarn out of the top of her head! Thank you Ann for another exciting and fun story involving some of my favorite people! You ROCK!!!" - Denise Keefe

- "Ann Charles never disappoints. I have read all her books and each one is better than the last. The Deadwood series is a fun series, with mystery, suspense, and laughs. I challenge you to pick up this book and start reading and put it down. You will not be able to. Ann has the ability to draw you in and not let you go. [...]" - Rachael Danley

- "Omg, once again a book I couldn't put down!! Ann is amazing in her writing with keeping you enthralled and laughing [...]" - Rebecca R. (Amazon)

- "The characters are so interesting and the connections between them are very well developed. There is a dose of humor, romance, suspense, a little bit of terror that may leave you laughing and scratching your head at the same time! The characters seem so real, [...] Ann Charles is a wonderful story teller. In addition to the Deadwood series she has 2 other published series and more to come. I highly recommend them all." - Vicki444 (Amazon)

About the Author

Author Ann Charles
Author Ann Charles
Ann Charles is an award-winning author who writes mysteries that are splashed with humor, romance, and whatever else sounds fun.

Currently, she has several fiction books available: NEARLY DEPARTED IN DEADWOOD (multiple award-winning book for both mystery and romance/mystery), OPTICAL DELUSIONS IN DEADWOOD, DEAD CASE IN DEADWOOD (selected as one of Suspense Magazine's BEST OF 2012 books), BETTER OFF DEAD IN DEADWOOD, and AN EX TO GRIND IN DEADWOOD, which are all part of her ongoing Deadwood Mystery Series.

Also available from Ann are the first three books in her Jackrabbit Junction Mystery Series: DANCE OF THE WINNEBAGOS, JACKRABBIT JUNCTION JITTERS, and THE GREAT JACKALOPE STAMPEDE.

LOOK WHAT THE WIND BLEW IN, the first book in her new Dig Site Mystery series, is now listed on Amazon, too. This book stars Quint Parker, the brother of Violet Parker--the heroine in her Deadwood Mystery series. It's filled with mystery, humor, adventure, and a splash of romance.

A member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America for many moons, Ann has a B.A. in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington. She is currently toiling away on her next book, wishing she was on a Mexican beach with an ice-cold Corona in one hand and her Kindle in the other. When she is not dabbling in fiction, she is arm wrestling with her two kids, attempting to seduce her husband, and arguing with her sassy cat. Most nights, you can find her hanging out over at www.anncharles.com, on Facebook as Ann Charles, or as @AnnWCharles on Twitter--especially around midnight when her quirky fictional world comes to life.

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Link to the Paperback Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood on Amazon

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Monday, August 03, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Gwendolyn's Sword (E.A. Haltom)

New Indie Book Release:
Gwendolyn's Sword - E.A. Haltom
Historical Fiction / Fantasy (354 pages - May 2015)

Gwendolyn's Sword is a novel about a woman in the 12th century in England who discovers that she is the heir to King Arthur's legendary sword, Caliburn

"I just finished reading Gwendolyn's Sword, and it's a must read! I relish well woven historical fiction, and this does not disappoint. Engaging balance of action, storytelling, humor, and glimpses at real life long ago. Well done!" - Reader Review

About the Book

Gwendolyn's Sword (E.A. Haltom)
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Cornwall, England, 1193. Eleanor of Aquitaine, the indomitable dowager queen, has ordered all of England onto a war footing while her son King Richard languishes in a German dungeon.

Gwendolyn de Cardinham, the defiant wife of an absent crusader, protects and defends her estate, Penhallam, with her sword and the garrison of men that she commands. While travelling to deliver a captured mercenary of would-be usurper Prince John to a nearby gaol, her constable takes her on a detour to the local prior, who gravely informs her that King Arthur's mythical sword, Caliburn, is destined to be hers. When Gwendolyn discovers that Prince John has been hunting for Caliburn, she realizes she is in a unique position to end the wayward prince's rebellion.

Determined to protect Penhallam and its tenants at any cost, Gwendolyn travels to London to present herself to the dowager queen, placing herself in the middle of the brothers' duel for the throne.

But Gwendolyn has kept a secret from even her constable that could put all of Penhallam-and herself-at risk if the queen discovers it.

About the Author

Author E.A. Haltom
Author E.A. Haltom
E.A. Haltom writes what she likes to read, and sometimes that requires a lot of research and a sword. Preferably a 12th century English broadsword.

Her debut novel, Gwendolyn's Sword, explores ancient ideas of heroism through the eyes of defiant underdogs and outcasts that turn the stereotypical "hero" on its head.

She lives with her husband and kids in Texas, where she writes and indulges in reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Doctor Who.

Connect with E.A. Haltom via the Author's Website
and on Twitter: @eahaltomauthor

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Just Released: TOP 50 Best Indie Books - Readers' Choice - August 2015

Indie Author News
Indie Author News' Readers have voted for their Favorite Indie Books August 2015. 

Check Out the TOP 50 Indie Books (Click Here!) August 2015 and vote now for the Best Indie Book!

There are many New Releases in the TOP 50 - Readers' Choice and the Books are from all kinds of fiction genres.

- Romance
- Adult Romance (18+)
- Coming-of-Age
- Science Fiction
- New Adult Romance
- Thriller
- Fantasy
- Young Adult
- Mystery
- Romantic Suspense
- Paranormal

You will find some of the finest Indie Books and you can read excerpts of all 50 Books.
Discover amazing Authors !

Click here to CHECK OUT the TOP 50 Indie Books - Readers' Choice

Thanks to all readers for the votes for your favorite Indie Book of the month of  August 2015. Please, vote now for the next month TOP Indie Books - Reader's Choice.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

SELF-EDITING? Do Not Try This at Home!

Author Tip
A successful writing career requires a skilled support system, beginning with a strong editor. Indie authors face high standards, because they must prove themselves twice: to readers and to the industry at large. Good form and polish go hand in hand with engaging and well-developed content. A book edited to perfection will not only reach a greater number of readers, but it will also have a better chance of being taken seriously by the literary world. More important, it adds validity and quality to the entire industry of self-publishing.

Your sister, best friend, and members of your writing group are not editors. Chances are that they don’t have an online subscription to The Chicago Manual of Style, and they haven’t heard of the OWL at Purdue or the AP Stylebook. And I’ll bet they’ve never had an anxiety attack over a comma. They love your work because it’s yours; they are happy to tell you what works in your book, but they don’t want to tell you what doesn’t.

Every writer needs an editor. 

Hire an editor. Every writer needs an editor. Writers are much too close to their work to be able to see where it might benefit from a bit of judicious pruning or tweaking or excision.

Why you need an editor? Your book deserves a fresh set of eyes, honesty, and helpful suggestions. No one likes to rewrite, but with the help of a good editor, it is not as onerous as it sounds.

Hiring an editor is the best investment you can make for your work and its success. Flattery is nice, but insight and attention to detail will boost your potential for sales and help build a burgeoning following.

Reasons to Hire a Great Editor

Why you need a Great Editor...
I cannot overstate the importance of hiring an experienced editor to polish your work before you submit it, whether to an agent, a client, or a publish-on-demand company. Editors are trained to be able to spot problems on every level: grammar, typos, word use, syntax, style, consistency.

A beautiful cover is essential—it’s the flirtation, the come-hither—but the beauty of what’s inside (as with people) is what makes readers fall in love.

Self-Editing—Ten Suggestions
  1. Read everything you can find about self-editing, but don’t believe everything you read!
  2. Go for it, but only to polish the manuscript before you pay a professional editor.
  3. Don’t trust spell check, auto grammar check, or the thesaurus.
  4. Know your characters inside out. Make them multifaceted, memorable, and believable.
  5. Don’t let adjectives and adverbs do the heavy lifting for weak nouns and verbs.
  6. Cut suddenly, very, thought to himself (who else would he be thinking to?), shrugged her shoulders (what else is shruggable?).
  7. Dialogue must be sharper, cleaner, and smarter than real-life speech. Delete um, well, you know—all those noisemakers we fill our conversations with.
  8. Go from A to D. Today’s readers are savvy enough to infer steps B and C. In other words, we know that to open a door, someone has to get up, walk across the room, go to the door, and turn the knob. Spare us.
  9. Show yourself that you have what it takes to be an author: keep your mind open to new ideas.
  10. Hire an editor.

One More Reason to Hire an Editor

I’m organized, at least in the digital realm (I wouldn’t let you see my desk, but my desktop is out of Architectural Digest). I will whip your manuscript into runway condition before I let you take a step down that red carpet toward publication. Looks do matter. Turns out, neatness counts.

About the Editor

Victoria Wright (Bookmark Services)
Editor Victoria Wright
At Bookmark Services, I provide a wide array of editing services to writers of every level of skill and experience, writing in virtually every area of focus: fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, business, and academic. My projects have included novels, memoirs, biographies, doctoral dissertations, textbooks, grant proposals, manuscript proposals, and marketing and promotional materials for entrepreneurs, artists, health-care professionals, et al.

I live with my son and too many cats in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, where I have been a full-time editor and occasional writer for over twenty years. My clients have been published in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Israel. Several of my short humorous essays were published in the Women’s Times, I had an essay included in Midlife Clarity: Epiphanies from Grown-Up Girls, from Beyond Words Publishing, and my award-winning flash fiction was featured on Women on Writing. For more information, find me on my website, Bookmark Services.

But Wait! There’s More

It is my mission to perform surgery—but with a scalpel, not a chainsaw. It is my mission to make your book ready for prime time by keeping the best and the beautiful and smoothing the rough spots. Above all, it is my mission to honor and keep your voice and your vision and allow them to shine.

Before you upload that book, take advantage of my offer for a FREE SAMPLE EDIT today. CLICK HERE. And now...

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Not to Mention a Nice Life (Sean Murphy)

New Indie Book Release:
Not to Mention a Nice Life - Sean Murphy
Literary Fiction / Satire (272 pages - June 2015)

Not to Mention a Nice Life examines corporate America during the not-so-quiet storm that preceded the historic economic meltdown of 2008. This book recounts the arena of big deals and small souls during the days before and after the bursting of the dot.com bubble.

"The world of work, life, and love changed seismically in the early 2000s. In Not to Mention a Nice Life, Murphy's masterful storytelling takes us on an honest, searing, sardonic ride through the decade that wasn't." - Jeremy Neuner (Co-author of The Rise of the Naked Economy)

About the Book

Not to Mention a Nice Life (Sean Murphy)
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Byron is a poet. And he knows it. The problem is, he's unable to make art out of the mess he has made of his life.

The more Byron drinks, the more money he makes. If he can keep up this pace, he might enable his embattled company to stay in the black. Maybe if he doubles down, all those stock options will split, reconcile and multiply. This is his story and he's stuck to it.

Byron is a real piece of work in progress: old enough to own his own condo and pay all his bills most of the time; young enough to be unmarried but understand he is not getting any younger. Byron would love to mix things up and instigate some excitement into his own humble narrative. Unfortunately, a fight scene is not feasible, a car chase is getting too carried away, and a love interest appears to be out of the question. Also, he has to be awake and ready to work in the morning, just like everyone else.

A recovering bartender, Byron struggled to escape the self-destructive restaurant business, but finds that the drinking and drugging of the corporate world are more pervasive--and encouraged--than he could ever have imagined. He finds himself unprepared for life after thirty, and ambivalent about the semi-fortune his stock options might eventually yield. Then, when a rumor circulates that a devastating round of layoffs is scheduled to occur just before Christmas, Byron begins to envision where he'll be when something approximating reality comes crashing down.

Not to Mention a Nice Life examines corporate America during the not-so-quiet storm that preceded the historic economic meltdown of 2008. A literary expansion on "Office Space," this novel provides an answer to a question not enough people have asked: What happened to Holden Caulfield when he grew up? He got a job.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Targeted - Brides of the Kindred (Evangeline Anderson)

New Indie Book Release:
Targeted - Brides of the Kindred - Evangeline Anderson
Paranormal / Sci-Fi Adult Romance (450 pages - July 2015)

Targeted is the 15th book in the best selling Brides of the Kindred series. It tells the story of an assassin who falls in love with the girl he has been contracted to assassinate.

"Another outstanding story from the Kindred series. This story is well written and the characters are very well developed. The addition of passion, hot sex, and loving romance just adds to the story. It's amazing to me how EA can come up with these wonderful storylines. Can't wait for the next book." - Reader Review

About the Book

Targeted - Brides of the Kindred (Evangeline Anderson)
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A Kindred warrior turned assassin, sworn to kill his prey or die trying.

A girl who lives a boring life on the outside yet hides a remarkable secret within.

When Tragar recognizes Emily for what she is, he must make a choice.

Will he fulfill his mission and terminate her life? Or will he give his own to save her?

Emily Brooks has no idea she has been...Targeted

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Featured Indie Book: Rhiannon’s Tale (Barbara Elder)

Rhiannon’s Tale (Barbara Elder)

Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Paranormal Fantasy Novel Rhiannon’s Tale by Barbara Elder.

Rhiannon’s Tale is a fantasy/paranormal novel, a fairy tale for grownups that touches on history, romance, mystery, action, and suspense.

The Book has been published via Musefish Press & Smashwords and is available as eBook and Paperback - 420 pages - released in May 2015.

About the Book

Rhiannon is hunted by an immortal killer with a dark aura.

She learns she is aeternan - a race of evolved humans who remember past lives, developing psychic gifts with each death and rebirth.

During her odyssey, Rhiannon finds a lost family, and a man who waited for her over 1,500 years.

Using her formidable power, she must fight her inner demons, and finally faces the darkness which stalks her.

Rhiannon’s Tale (Barbara Elder)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] The main character has a very personable feel, likable from the very start. As I read, she became more and more familiar until, at last, I felt like I had made a friend. Being able to relate to the characters, particularly Rhiannon, made Rhiannon's Tale an excellent read and hard to put down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is up for an exhilarating yet thought provoking book." - WorkingCat88 (Amazon)

- "[...] It's got it all, and it makes you think. I like to think of it as a cross between the best, most erotic Ann Rice book and a great Harry Potter story. I highly recommend this book for mature readers." - Vicky (Amazon)

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Slate (Kelly Gendron)

New Indie Book Release:
Slate (Breaking the Declan Brothers) - Kelly Gendron
Contemporary Romance (July 2015)

- "[...] Slate is a fast read and while it won't make your heart hurt all the time, it will definitely cause some breakage. It's a HOT, heart aching, beautiful romance full of second chances not only in love, but in finding yourself again. I don't think you will be disappointed with this one [...] Slate is a standalone." - Reader Review

About the Book

Slate (Kelly Gendron)
Click to Read an Excerpt
"Some boys will keep it, some will break it, and some boys, they just won't want it. You gotta be careful who you give your heart to..." - Slate Declan

First loves, we all got them. Mine is Slate Declan. He was kind, gentle, and caring. Still, he managed to break my heart. So I put miles between us, and eventually, my heart healed.

I haven’t seen Slate in years, but a couple friends and I are going back to the Bayou for the summer. While I’m visiting my hometown, I’m going to look up Slate Declan. And I plan to break his heart, just as he did mine. I'll remind him of what he has lost, and then I'll prove to him that I’ve moved on.

It should be real easy, right?

Well, let me tell you, Slate Declan is not the same guy that I left behind. And there’s another problem.

How do you break someone’s heart when they no longer have one?

Friday, July 24, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood (Ann Charles)

New Indie Book Release:
Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood - Ann Charles
Mystery / combined with romance and paranormal (423 pages - July 2015)

Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood is the sixth book in the Deadwood Mystery Series. It delves into some of the mysteries that have been happening in the previous books and introduces some new mysteries. Humor and love is splashed throughout the book.

About the Book

Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood (Ann Charles)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Meanwhile, Back in Deadwood... the mystery and mayhem continue.

Between the butchered body parts, creepy killers, dogged detectives, ghoulish ghosts, and ever-present TV cameras, Violet Parker’s purple boots are itching to skedaddle.

But there is no escaping another murder investigation or her new deadly reputation.

Not even if both risk the lives of those she loves most.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Indie Author Interview: J.D. Cunegan

Indie Author Interview with J.D. Cunegan - Author of the Mystery/Science-Fiction Novel Bounty.

J.D. Cunegan introduces his debut novel, BOUNTY, a mixture of murder mystery and superhero epic that introduces the reader to his comic book-inspired storytelling and fast-paced prose.

Interview with J.D. Cunegan

Author J.D. Cunegan
Author J.D. Cunegan
Alan Kealey (Indie Author News): What is your (writing) background?
J.D. Cunegan: When I was 11 years old, I read my first comic book – an issue of Jim Lee and Chris Claremont’s X-Men – and at that point, I decided that I wanted to create my own characters and worlds and stories. Once I got to high school, I started creating my own characters, including the main character of my first novel, Jill Andersen.
Back then, I had designs of being a comic book creator, but once I got to college and fell out of love with art (the problem sometimes of turning a passion into a course of academic study), my writing far out-classed my art. I finished college studying journalism and for several years, I was a sports writer more than anything. Over the years, though, I kept tinkering with and rebooting my characters, until I finally got to a point where I felt comfortable enough turning my comic book stories into prose compositions.
Now here I am, 22 years after that initial spark, having published my first novel.

Who are your favorite writers, your favorite books, and who or what are your writing influences?
Stan Lee is an obvious one, given my lifelong love for comics, but I would be remiss if I didn’t give the late Michael Turner his share of credit, too. Turner was a comic book artist and co-creator of the long-running comic book Witchblade – a book that was extremely important in terms of inspiring me to write my own stories.
Joss Whedon’s a big part of that as well, because I hit a creative funk when I was in college, and I didn’t get out of that funk until I discovered Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Those two shows reignited my desire to write and create.
These days, when I’m not reading comics, I like to read a lot of different books. I don’t really have a favorite writer, per se, though Dan Brown’s earlier works are favorites and I’ve lately enjoyed Andrew Mayne’s Angel Killer. As it turns out, Richard Castle novels are pretty good, too (you wouldn’t think so, but they are).

When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?
Since that day when I was 11. I knew from that point on that I wanted to write. And I’m fortunate that I’ve always been able to write, in one form or another, over the years. Whether it was comic book scripts or newspaper articles or press releases or novels or whatever, I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I’ve had a lot of interests over the course of my life, but writing is one of my few passions.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was in middle school, I wrote a lot of X-Men stories. Really simple stuff – and really not very good – but I look at it, in hindsight, as practice. By the time I created my first original characters in high school, the stories started getting a little more involved – but it wasn’t until I grew into adulthood that I really matured as a storyteller.

"[...] most of my debut novel Bounty was written in airports and on airplanes."

Tell us about your writing process. Do you have a writing routine?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

New Indie Book Release: Follow Me (L.L. Ford)

New Indie Book Release:
Follow Me - L.L. Ford
Adult Paranormal / Fantasy Romance (287 pages - June 2015)

Follow Me: Kay is not your typical Heroine. She’s difficult to get along with. She’s fiercely independent and resistant to all things emotional. Yet, she has a strong sense of empathy, being able to read other people exceptionally well. For readers who love strong, independent, kick-ass heroines, Kay is your girl!

About the Book

Follow Me (L.L. Ford)
Click to Read an Excerpt
It’s the moments in life that you least expect that end up having the biggest impact.

Kayden (Kay) Kampfield is about to have a hell of a new reality unleashed on her. Being an assassin for hire helps, but in no way prepares her for the trials ahead. In her race to uncover the mysteries unraveling before her, she’s forced to face the fact that the few people she’s ever opened up to have been lying to her all her life… about her life. A life she discovers is surrounded by a supernatural world she’d never even considered believing in.


I’ve never been accused of being a nice person. In truth I have an uncanny ability to inspire record breaking levels of loathing. Lucky for me, it never bothered me being universally hated by the same sheep who wanted to follow me.

My life was pretty much exactly the way I wanted it; one in a long line of doting boyfriends, a killer job that I love, a beautiful and legendary bike that I love more… even Cady – the insistent friend – who just wouldn’t take no for an answer and wound up growing on me, like a fungus. Of course, I should have known that it couldn’t last. In one day the boyfriend-of-the-month bolted, Cady got snatched, the devastatingly gorgeous and thoroughly irritating EX – Donovan – got dumped back into my life; not to mention my parents… basically everything came crashing down around me. The process of picking up the pieces turns out to be much more complicated than I could ever imagine.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Featured Indie Book: Crossing the Line (Lisa B. Kamps)

Crossing the Line (Lisa B. Kamps)
Featured Indie Book on Indie Author News: Contemporary Romance Novel Crossing the Line (The Baltimore Banners) by Lisa B. Kamps.

Crossing the Line: "Lisa B. Kamps debuts with Crossing the Line, the first in her professional hockey team -- The Baltimore Banners -- series. When there is nothing to lose and everything to win, the romantic game gets hot and heavy.[...]" - USA Today Review

The Book has been self-published via BimHaven Press and is available as eBook and Paperback - 187 pages - released in June 2015.

About the Book

Amber "AJ" Johnson is a freelance writer who has her heart set on becoming a full-time sports reporter at her paper. She has one chance to prove herself: capture an interview with the very private goalie of Baltimore's hockey team, Alec Kolchak. But he's the one man who tries her patience, even as he brings to life a quiet passion she doesn't want to admit exists.

Alec has no desire to be interviewed--he never has, never will. But he finds himself a reluctant admirer of AJ's determination to get what she wants...and he certainly never counted on his attraction to her. In a fit of frustration, he accepts AJ's bet: if she can score just one goal on him in a practice shoot-out, he would not only agree to the interview, he would let her have full access to him for a month, 24/7.

It was a bet neither one of them wanted to lose...and a bet neither one could afford to win. But when it came time to take the shot, could either one of them cross the line?

Crossing the Line (Lisa B. Kamps)
Click to Read an Excerpt

Reviews (Excerpts)

- "[...] The heroine is no slouch either, as she finds her confidence to push for what she wants. That desire brings quite a few conflicts to the surface and a lot of sexual tension to the mix. With a little give and take, the internal and external battles solidify the story points. Good job all around and looking forward to the next in the series. " - USA TODAY HEA Blog

- "Loved the story and the characters in in this book! I can not wait to read the next in this series!" - Jill Snead