Jul 22, 2014

Tiffany's Review of Rain by Christie Cote

Title: Rain (Rain #1)
Author: Christie Cote





Synopsis

Taylor Sullivan took her life for granted until she received news that would change her life forever. In a state of denial she met Kyle, who didn’t end up being what she expected. She wasn’t able to escape her new reality, but with his friendship, just maybe she could survive it.


My Review

"It's funny how one life-changing event could make you forget what happiness felt like."

What would you do if you received life-changing information? Would you accept it and move forward? Would you cry and shut the world out? For Taylor Sullivan, these questions were going through her mind the day she heard the word "leukemia". She was weeks away from turning 16. She had a full life ahead of her. She was happy. She had great parents, an awesome best friend and a decent boyfriend. How could this happen?

The day after she found out her diagnosis, she met the one person that would change her world forever. Who knew that just sitting on a curb in front of a stranger house would make your day a little brighter? Taylor didn't know Kyle, so it made it easy for her to open up and talk to him. She couldn't even tell her best friend or boyfriend about her news. He felt safe and he didn't treat her like she was fragile. He gave her a little ray of sunshine in her clouded world.

"There were kind, generous souls out there; it seemed rare to find-especially in guys my age."

After letting everyone close to her know, Taylor decides to jump right into treatment. The quicker they start, the quicker results will happen. 

"It was in my body, not a monster in the closet. No matter where I was or how long I kept my eyes shut, it would still be there, killing me until I got the treatment to kill it first."

With all the sick days, the medicine and the hair loss, there was one person that made each of  these days better...Kyle. He was there through it all with her. He became her saving grace. He was everything she never knew she needed.




Kyle, oh Kyle. I loved that boy! He's mysterious, but yet, you feel his love for Taylor. Who wouldn't love a guy that would stick by you through the worst possible moments of your life? Their relationship is just beautiful. For them being so young, they had to grow up so much in a matter of months. He needed her as much as she needed him. 

This book had funny moments, 'awww' moments and beautifully heartbreaking moments. I couldn't get enough of the pink highlights, iPod shuffles and lego houses. 



I recommend this book to everyone! Christie did a beautiful job with her first book! This is the first in a three part series, but it does not leave you with a cliffhanger. You are left feeling satisfied with the ending:). I see great things for this new author!! Remember the name Christie Cote! She's going places:)

"I can't stop from dying when that time comes, just like I can't stop the rain from falling, but I can live today with what makes me happy."



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About the Author


          I reside in Vermont with my Husband and our dog. When I’m not reading, writing, or dreaming up my next story, I can be found shooting targets with my bow, drawing or baking. 

Rain is my first book.

          I write Young Adult Realistic Fiction, Fiction, and New Adult novels.



                                        



                                                 






Release Day Blitz for Outside the Box by Rochelle Paige

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     Title: Outside the Box (Blythe College, #3)
     Author: Rochelle Paige
     Publication Date: July 22, 2014
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Synopsis
  Aubrey earned her love ‘em and leave ‘em reputation with her serial dating past. A pregnancy scare makes her see the light and change her ways. She gets serious about school and stops dating – until she meets Luka and falls head over heels for him.

Luka doesn’t trust easily after having his heart crushed by the girl next door. When he meets Aubrey, he doesn’t think she’s relationship material because of her past – even though he’s drawn to her.

What happens when the girl who always ran the moment a relationship got serious meets The One? Will Aubrey be able to get Luka to see herOutside the Box he’s put her in?  
Excerpt
“Oomph,” I grunted into a hard chest as warm hands grasped my arms to steady me. I took a deep breath and a woodsy scent that was somehow both spicy and a little bit sweet hit my nose. I didn’t think I’d ever met a guy who smelled this good before.
“You okay?” a deep voice murmured.
“Yes,” I whispered as I looked up into green eyes, my hands resting against his chest.
“Good. Wouldn’t want to start my night off by mowing down defenseless women, now would I?” he asked as I moved away.
I couldn’t help the laugh that bubbled up at that since I’m the one who ran into him. “No, we certainly wouldn’t,” I said as I stepped into the elevator.
I watched his ass, lovingly hugged by his jeans, as he walked away with a couple of guys I hadn’t even noticed. And just like that, my libido jumped back to life. Holy fucking shit.

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About the Author
7328358 I absolutely adore reading - always have and always will. My friends growing up used to tease me when I would trail after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. If I have downtime, odds are you will find me reading or writing. I am the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired me to chase my dream of being an author. I want them to learn from me that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it. When I told my mom that my new year's resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told me "About time!"  
 
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Jul 21, 2014

Cover Reveal for Wild Temptation by Emma Hart

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Title: Wild Temptation (Wild, #1)
Release Date: August 18th, 2014
Author: Emma Hart
Book Description:
In this sexy new CALL series spin-off series by New York Times bestseller Emma Hart, enter the intense world of a no strings relationship and experience addiction like you never expected...
The moment I walked in to find Mr. Tall, Dark, Handsome, and Oh So British--my mind-blowing one night stand--as my photographer for the shoot that could change it all, I knew life was throwing me a curveball. The moment he, Tyler Stone, walked into my best friend’s apartment, I knew that curveball was heading straight for my gut. The hit comes in the form of a no-strings proposition… One that gives him utter control over my body. If I surrender, that curveball is steadily en-route for a collision course with my heart.
He’s a sex addict. I’m a love addict. This is temptation.
Excerpt:
(Unedited and subject to change or removal before publication.)
Tyler grabs my arm and tugs me into what looks like an office. He closes the door behind us and spins me into him. “You really are a feisty little thing, aren’t you?”
“Fuck you, asshole.” I glare up at him, shaking his hand from my arm and stepping back.
“Damn, Liv, why don’t you tell me how you really feel?” he says with a smirk.
“Why? So it can go right over your egotistically enlarged head?”
“I might consider it for a moment… Actually, on second thought, you’re right. I won’t pay any attention.”
“You are the most arrogant, self-entitled, patronizing bastard I’ve ever had the displeasure of meeting in my life,” I hiss anyway. “And before you mention the pleasure, because you inevitably will, you should know the displeasure far outweighs the measly amount of pleasure you’ve given me.”
Tyler’s eyes darken and he closes in on me, grabbing the back of my head and pulling me into him. His fingers thread through my hair and tug my head back so I’m looking at him, and, “Measly bit of pleasure? Didn't seem so small when you were screaming my name and begging for more.”
“Clearly you’ve never watched When Harry Met Sally. That movie taught a woman everything she needs to know about faking it.”
He presses his lips to mine in a crash of teeth and a tangle of tongue. He grips my hip and pulls me toward him forcefully, his grasp on my hair never easing as he sweeps his tongue through my mouth. The zinging tension of earlier is back, except this time it’s worse and it’s swirling around us and holding us together. Holding his mouth against mine, our bodies flush together.
My anger swiftly changes to desire at the feel of his teeth nibbling my bottom lip, and a whimper leaves me involuntarily when he pulls away.
“I don’t believe for a second you fake it, Liv.” He ghosts his nose along my jawline. “I can feel the realness of your reaction in your body. I saw it earlier—I felt it earlier. My fingers barely brushed your gorgeous arse and you moved away as if I’d run them along your pussy. Your body responds to me whether you want it to or not, and it does it so clearly. So obviously.”
“My body is a liar,” I breathe when he sucks on my earlobe lightly.
“Much like you.” His words are spoken again my skin with a gentle brush of his lips.
“My dislike of you is no lie, Tyler.”
“Well, your body didn’t get the memo, babe. Your body likes me. A fucking lot.”
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Jul 17, 2014

Blog Tour: Miranda Kenneally - Breathe, Annie, Breathe



Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
(Hundred Oaks #5)
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication date: July 15th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult


Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

“Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet.” — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You.



I read an early version of this book and absolutely adored it. There's so much emotion in the pages. Annie is a brave, determined girl, and she learns a lot about life and herself throughout the book. It's a lovely journey, and I hope you'll check it out. :)


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Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

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Jul 16, 2014

Blog Tour for Indigo Instinct by Jacinda Buchmann

Title: Indigo Instinct-The Indigo Trilogy: Book Two
Author: Jacinda Buchmann

Blurb:

They thought they were safe.

Identical twins, Tyler and Toby, escaped the clutches of a covert government agency determined to exploit their extrasensory powers. Before they regained their freedom, they acquired proof of the agency's existence, proof that was guaranteed to secure immunity not only for themselves but for their friends as well.

They took more than they bargained for.

When the brothers learn that they have unfinished business with the agency, they find themselves reunited with Indigo Children, Liliana, Grace, Eddie, and Rebecka and once again on the run.

They must rely on their instincts.

While Grace and Eddie discover that love isn't always easy, Sarah's life is thrown into turmoil, and her guilty conscience leads to fear and distrust of her own heart.

Intuition doesn't lie.

There are new players in the game and it isn't easy to know who to trust.

Sometimes the right path isn't always the easiest.

Is there a way to give the agency what they want and still retain their freedom? Find out in Indigo Instinct, Book Two of The Indigo Trilogy.


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Excerpts

Excerpt 1:
“What the hell was that all about?” Eddie hissed from close behind.
With her back to him, Grace continued to fill a pitcher with water at the drink station. Then she turned to him with an innocent grin. “What was what all about?”
“Did that guy give you his phone number?”
“What difference does it make? You’re here with your girlfriend. It would seem to me that you should be paying more attention to her and less attention to who I talk to. It’s really none of your business.”
For a moment, she imagined tossing the ice water over his head but didn’t think that would go over well once word got back to Aunt Mae, as it surely would, so instead, she set the pitcher on a nearby table and took a step away to resist the temptation.
“It is my business. You were the one who just informed me yesterday that trackers are after us again. Do you really think it’s safe to be flirting with strangers?”
“You’re questioning my judgment? You brought your girlfriend along. What are you going to say when the bad guys show up at your motel door? Are you going to make time for introductions? ‘Hey, Jenna, let me introduce the IIA.’” She rolled her eyes and shook her head. “For a smart guy, you’re pretty dumb. I can’t believe you brought her.”
You told me to!”
“I was desperate to get you here. I didn’t think you’d actually bring her. You couldn’t have just sent her home?”
“Grace, I’m sorry. I should have told you about her earlier. I just… I didn’t know how.”
She shook her head again. “Whatever, Eddie. You made your choice. I need to get back to work. There’s a table waiting to order.”
She swiveled around to go, but he placed a hand on her arm to stop her. “Grace, wait.”
She focused to keep her face expressionless. She would cry later. Not now. “What?”
“Don’t trust that guy. Don’t trust anyone right now.”
“Oh don’t worry. I don’t. I don’t trust anyone.” She nodded her head toward Jenna. “Especially her.”
Excerpt 2:
“Mmm,” Tyler sighed a minute later. “We could just sit here for the next couple of hours, and you could keep showing me your appreciation.”
“We could,” Liliana agreed. “We would definitely be safer in the car instead of wandering around out there.”
“Then again, staying safe is never fun. We could meander inside to pass the time. Who knows the next time you’ll get to come to Vegas.”
“I thought you wanted to lay low until your brother shows up.”
“I’m sure we’ll be fine inside. We’ll just get lost in the crowds. You watch auras. I’ll listen to thoughts. We’ll stay aware of our surroundings and be fine.”
“That sounds like a bit of a gamble, don’t you think?”
Tyler laughed. “Was that meant to be a joke? Get it? Gamble. Vegas.”
“I’m glad one of us is amused by this whole situation.”
“Look. How about we roshambo it?”
“Huh? Ro Sham who it? Come again?”
“It’s another term for rock-paper-scissors. Best two out of three. You win—we sit nice and tight until Toby and Rebecka show up. I win—we meander inside and check out the action.”
“You’re serious?”
“Absolutely. After all, we are in Vegas. Remember? Are you up for a little gamble?”
She chewed on her lower lip and sighed. “Fine. Best two out of three?”
“Yep.”
“No cheating.”
“You can’t cheat at this game.”
“Sure you can.”
“Okay. Maybe. I won’t cheat…I promise.” He held a hand out to her, palm up. His other hand formed a fist and hovered over his open palm. “Ready?”
She sighed again and rolled her eyes. “Fine. Let’s go.” She mirrored his hand motions, and on the third fist pound onto her palm, she opened her fist flat to indicate paper.
Tyler grinned when his own hand opened in the paper hand symbol as well. “Again.”
“All right. Go.”
After the fourth attempt at the game, which resulted in a fourth tie, Liliana giggled. “You’re cheating.”
“Seriously? I could say the same about you. You’re reading my mind.”
She giggled again. “Maybe. But you’re reading mine, too.”
“So we’re never going to win this game. It’s like playing tic-tac-toe. We could go round and round all day. There’s no way to win.”
“Sure there is. We just both have to agree not to read each other’s mind.”
“Is that possible?”
Liliana attempted to look serious. “Sure. See, I’m blocking my thoughts from you now. Try to read my mind.”
Tyler was silent for a moment as he stared at her. “Oh, you’re good. You’re right. I can’t read your thoughts. Okay, one more time. One try. Whoever gets it is the winner.”
“Deal.”
They held their palms up once more, and on the third fist pound, Tyler held his fist in the rock symbol while Liliana held hers like scissors.
He pounded his rock on top of her scissors. “I win.”
“No! That’s not fair,” she whined. “I knew you were going to do rock, but I couldn’t think fast enough to think what beats rock.”
“Why, whatever do you mean, dear sweet Liliana? Do you mean you were trying to read my mind and…cheat?”
“You forgot to block your thoughts. It’s not my fault.”
“Well, my little cheating vixen. I win. You lose. Let’s go inside.”
“Do you want to rethink this?”
Tyler smirked and with a wink said, “Nope. We’ll leave our stuff in the car. Let’s go.”

Excerpt 3:
“Mrs. Hughes, are you still there?”
“I’m here,” Sarah replied.
“Oh good. I thought I’d lost you for a second. As I was saying, we believe he’s still alive. They found the helicopter wreckage, but your husband was missing. It’s believed he’s been taken hostage.”
“Wait. What? He’s alive?”
“We don’t have confirmation, ma’am, but at the moment, that’s what we believe. Usually in circumstances like this, someone will come forward with claims to the hostages. As soon as we get additional information, we’ll contact you. In the meantime, can I get your current address so I can send someone out to you?”
“Um…my address?”
“Yes, ma’am. I can locate the closest military office to send someone out to visit with you. If you could just give me your address so I can add it to your records, I’ll see that you’re taken care of.”
“Taken care of?” Of course he referred to her mental well-being, but the first thought that crossed her mind was sending someone out to “take care of her.” She’d been in hiding for five months. She wasn’t about to give up her location now. “Um, no, I’m sorry. I’m actually traveling right now…on vacation. You’ll give me a call if you hear anything else?”
“Of course, ma’am. You’ll be the first to hear of any updates. But if I could just get your address—”
“I have to go. I’m sorry.”
She pushed “end” to discontinue the conversation and let the phone drop to the floor.
She hadn’t been aware of Ian’s presence, but sometime during the conversation, he had sat in the chair behind her. He placed both hands on her shoulders, and she leaned her back against his legs.
“Sarah, I’m sorry.”
He had known. That was why he had been on the phone all morning with Will.
She spun around with an accusing glare. “You knew, didn’t you? You knew and you didn’t tell me.”
“Sarah, I—”
“Don’t bother, Ian. There’s nothing you can say.”
She tossed her phone into her purse, pushed herself off the floor, and without another word, walked out the door.

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Jacinda Buchmann lives in Arizona with her husband and three children. She graduated from Carroll College, in Helena, Montana, with a B.A. in elementary education and later received a Master’s degree from Northern Arizona University, in school counseling. After spending several years as a teacher and later a school counselor, she now spends her time writing, any free chance she can get, that is, when she’s not spending time with her family or creating a new concoction in the kitchen.



Jul 15, 2014

Cover Reveal for Buried by Selena Laurence



Buried
Hiding from Love series
by Selena Laurence
Releases August 4, 2014
* Stand Alone Novel *


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Seven years ago, Juan Martinez lost everything—his only parent, his home, his life as he’d known it. Alone, lost, and desperate, he turned to the Reyes Hispanos—the RH—one of the most violent gangs in South Texas. But when you sell your soul to the devil, you pay a heavy price. Convicted of a drive-by shooting, Juan has served hard time. Finally out on parole, he wants to disappear—from the RH, from memories of all that he’s lost, and especially from the gorgeous woman who just showed up next door.

Beth Garcia grew up following after her older brother, David, and his best friend, Juan. She always dreamed of a day when she’d be old enough for Juan to look at her as someone other than David’s little sister. But he disappeared at seventeen, after his mother was deported, and Beth thought she’d lost him forever. When she finds him living at the halfway house next door, she knows he’s still the same guy inside. Determined to save him from himself and the RH, Beth sets out to prove that he didn’t commit the crime he was convicted of. But the path to absolution is dark, and even Beth may not be able to discover the real Juan.

Can a man with a damaged soul and a beautiful heart let a woman with fierce loyalty and unwavering love risk it all to save him? Or will his past bury them both this time?



"You're killing me here, you know that, right?" I move a bit closer to her now, almost near enough to touch.

"Then stop fighting it," she whispers. 

I take the last step, leaving only an inch between us, head to toe. I can see the shine on her sweet cherry lips, and smell the cinnamon in her hair. "It'll never work. I'll never be free, and I won't bury you with me." 

She gazes up at me and there's so much trust in her eyes, so much faith and pure devotion, it literally steals my breath away. For a moment in time, everything stops. The birds in the trees, the cars rolling by on the street, the sun beating down on my skin. All of it just stops as if someone hit the pause button. I look into her eyes, and I can't fight it any more than I can fight the gravitational pull that keeps my feet on the ground. 

My head tilts incrementally to one side, and lowers, bit by excruciating bit until her breath feathers across my face and my lips meet hers. I press against their softness, hearing the tiny gasp that she makes. The lipgloss is slick, and I can't help but think of all the other places on both her body and mine that I'd like to make slick. I feel my breathing ratchet up a few dozen notches as my mind goes to static. I haven't kissed a woman since the night before I went behind bars, and my engine is revving at full-throttle. 

But Beth is special—beautiful and strong. If there is one thing I've learned working for the RH and living behind bars, it's how to control myself. When so much around you is out of control, you realize quickly that self-control is one of the best weapons you've got. As much as I want to press Beth up against the wall of the house right now and drive every part of me into every part of her, I don't. I stand stock still, hands fisted by my sides, and I gently, ever so softly, kiss her. 

It's electrifying. Like someone just took a defibrillator to my poor shriveled lump of a heart. It surges to life and screams for freedom—freedom from the past, freedom from the sins, freedom to love this woman. I start to pull away, knowing that touching her more will only make the inevitable loss that much harder, but her hands snake up around my neck and against my lips she murmurs, "No." 

"Beth," I gasp. "We can't." 

She opens her eyes, lips millimeters from mine. Her long dark lashes sweep up and then down once, as she says, "Yes. We can." 

Before I know what's happened we're together from knees to lips, her warm, giving curves molded against me in places that haven't felt this in so long they've forgotten just how amazing it can be. 

I put my hands on her waist, willing myself to keep them there. Her fingers play with the short hairs at the nape of my neck, and even as my dick swells and turns hard as a rock, some kind of tension releases from her mouth to me as I stroke along her perfect white teeth. She tastes like the cherry lip gloss and I know that cherry candy will now be my favorite flavor until the day I die. 

I can feel her nipples harden against my chest and I push my hard-on into her, desperate for relief. She groans and stands on her tiptoes, grinding her pelvis against me as she does. 

My hands move up her sides, my thumbs finding the underneath of her breasts. If there were a form that was considered geometrically perfect, the curve of that sweet spot where her breasts meet her chest would be it. That curve should represent the most complex mathematical equation there is, and God, how I'd love to be the one man to solve it.




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Selena Laurence is the Barnes and Noble Bestselling author of what she likes to call Edgy Contemporary Romance. Her books have been Amazon Top 10 bestsellers in multiple categories including Multicultural Romance, Hispanic Fiction, Urban Fiction, Military Romance, and Romantic Suspense. Her New Adult romance, Hidden, won the 2014 Reader's Crown Award for Contemporary Romance of the year.

Selena lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and spends a hell of a lot of time at soccer games, on her laptop, and reading. She requires a Mocha Latte every day to function, keeps a goldendoodle at her feet most of the time, and has more kids than she or Mr. Laurence know what to do with.

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Selena is also author of the Lush Series, a story of four high school friends who form the rock band Lush.  Take a ride with rock stars, men, brothers, and lovers, as Joss, Walsh, Mike, and Colin discover what it means to succeed, to fail, to hurt, and to love.

A Lush Betrayal
(Joss & Melanie)
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For the Love of a Lush
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Low Down and Lush
(Mike & Jenny)
Coming Fall 2014


Blog Tour--The Reality of You by Jean Haus

Title: The Reality of You
Author: Jean Haus
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publication: June 26th, 2014

Naomi Porter was once witty, fun, and outgoing, but she has scratched outgoing off the list, along with men. She has a mediocre tech job in fabulous New York, a large smut book collection, and awesome friends, both tangible and in an online gaming community. She just doesn’t date. A future filled with cats and housedresses beats having her heart broken again.

But Naomi still likes men, even kind of stalks—mostly fantasizes about—a gorgeous one at work during lunch.

Her best friend, Kara, is determined that Naomi will be outgoing again. When Kara finds out who, as in a notorious playboy, Naomi is stalking at lunch, she plans to break Naomi of her lunchtime habit and bring her back into the real world. It’s just going to take a bit of deception.

Between all the deceiving, fangirling, and bumbling, Naomi might not be able to resist the temptation of turning her seven-month fantasy into reality. And really, so what if he’s a playboy or a demanding jerk? Her fantasies don’t include love or even like, just a bed or a couch or the back seat of a limo…

Reality might be just what she needs.

*A sexy romantic comedy intended for audiences 18+





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About Jean


When Jean Haus isn’t writing, she’s usually reading. Anything from young adult to historical fiction as long as there’s at least a bit of romance, she’ll load it on her kindle. She also loves to cook. And someday she will create the world’s best potsticker.


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    1.  Tell us a bit about yourself.

I love to read. I used to read romances behind a propped up text book in high school. Now days, I’m rarely without my Kindle. I golf at least once a week with my husband and son. I used to golf more but now I write a lot. My score is never pretty, but it’s fun.  I come from a big family, and my sisters and their families come over at least once a week for a big dinner. Luckily, I like to cook. My Asian noodle bowl is everyone’s favorite lately, with my cannelloni coming in a close second.
   
   2.  What was the Hardest Part of Your Writing Process?

Each book is different. Sometimes the first draft is difficult. Sometimes pulling it all together in the editing process—as far as story editing—is tough. The first draft of The Reality of You went slow until I figured out Reese, but the story editing went quite fast. Usually it’s the other way around.

    3.  Do you outline when writing your books?

I do. The outlines are by chapter, and are usually a line or two describing the conflict or tension of the scene. However, I’ve never stuck with an outline in its entirety. Some of my best ideas come along the way, but I usually do stick the original planned end.


    4.  What do you think makes a great story?

It depends on the story. Great, well-rounded characters can make a story for me. An okay plot with great characters can make a four star book a five star for me. I’m also a fan of out of the box creativity. Stories like The Night Circus or The Thief of Always may not have the most in depth characters, but their creativity makes them great stories. And sometimes the writing can make the story great. FGFDSGDFS is one of the recent stories I’ve read where the writing sucked me in.

    5.  Tell us about your latest book.

The Reality of You is a light, fun romance. Naomi, the lead, has some deeper issues so it’s not all fun and games. There is a saying, something like throw rocks at your characters, and I didn’t shy from putting Naomi in some funny, difficult situations which was a lot of fun. But the romance and the building connection between Naomi and Reese is the main focus of the story.

Fun Questions

    6.  If you could choose to live in a different time period, past or future, what      would it be and why?

Well, after the Hunger Games and other scary dystopian books, screw the future. So I’m going with the past. Maybe Roman times? I might skip the entertainment—fights to death and animals mauling slaves—at the Colosseum, but running water, and public bathrooms are very necessary. I’ve camped rustic, once, and learned my lesson. The Romans also had steam baths, books, newspapers, paved roads, sausage, and socks, which all come in a close second to the bathrooms. Plus the soldier’s outfits left a lot of skin showing…

    7.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Hawaii. Sun, sand, tropical breezes, and roasted pork. What more could a girl want?

    8.  What is your favorite animal?

Dog. Love dogs. Mine is woman’s best friend. My husband is jealous about how the dog has attached herself to me. But although he had to have the dog, guess who is with it all the time?

This or That:

    9.  Coke or Pepsi?  Coke
  10.  Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate, dark, light, and white! Um, does anyone say vanilla?
  11.  Day or Night? Night. Definite night owl.
  12.  Winter or summer? Summer!
  13.  Beach or Pool? Huh, this one is hard. I’ll go with a pool with a beach view.