Cover Reveal ~ Darkness Avenged by Alexandra Ivy

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DARKNESS AVENGED – Coming MAY 28TH

Blurb:
THE SEARCH FOR A TRAITOR

As the demon world celebrates the defeat of the Dark Lord, the vampire Santiago’s mood remains bleak. He still yearns for the sensual, raven-haired Nefri, who has inexplicably disappeared. But brooding for Nefri is a luxury that Santiago does not have. His traitorous sire, Gaius, is unleashing a violent scourge upon the mortal world, and Santiago must stop him before it’s too late…

LEADS TO A DANGEROUS SEDUCTION

To her dismay, the all-powerful Oracles have sent Nefri on her own mission to find Gaius, and failure is not an option. Nefri’s search leads her to the vampire’s abandoned lair—and straight into Santiago’s path. It’s clear Santiago intends to seduce her, but then an ancient, banished evil reappears, threatening to thrust the world into a madness it cannot survive…

Purchase Links:
Amazon Paperback
Amazon Kindle
B&N

About the Author:

(From Goodreads)
I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library. Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.

Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!

I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.

Happy Reading,

Alison

Book Trailer Reveal ~ Runes by Ednah Walters & Giveaway

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What reviewers are saying:

HOLY RUNES!I really enjoyed this story especially Torin *swoon*. Ednah did a wonderful job on Runes! It is a must read for fans of YA books!…Breanna- http://two-tall-tales.blogspot.com/

Wow! I*ve got to start by saying that it takes something original and excellent to surprise me, and this book did just that! I found myself about 75% of the way through the book with my mouth hanging open… Carrie Williams (Goodreads)

Oh HOLY COW! This book was a mind blowing surprise! I loved the way it turned out and I am literally going crazy over the ending. I was not expecting it to turn out the way it did….Maida…full review May 23- http://loveaffairwithabookreviews.blogspot.ca/

Book Trailer:

Links: where Runes will be avialable for a sale price of $0.99

Amazon Pre-order link for print: http://www.amazon.com/Runes-Ednah-Walters/dp/0983429766/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1367437599&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Runes+ednah+walters

Amazon links:

Kindle (US): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CP4YKTG

Kindle (UK): https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CP4YKTG

Kindle (CA): https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00CP4YKTG

Barnes&Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1046631647?ean=2940016613338

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=ednah+walters

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Runes Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father*s disappearance, her mother*s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James*a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin*s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can*t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she*s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about Torin. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only are she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

About Ednah Walters:

EDNAH WALTERS grew up reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys and dreaming of one day writing her own stories. She is a stay-at-home mother of five humans and two American short-hair cats (one of which has ADHD) and a husband. When she is not writing, she*s at the gym doing Zumba or doing things with her family, reading, traveling or online chatting with fans.

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released by Pill Hill Press in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She*s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN.

Ednah also writes New Adult paranormal romance. RUNES is the first book in her new series. She is presently working on book 2, IMMORTALS.

Under the pseudonym E. B. Walters, Ednah writes contemporary romance. SLOW BURN, the first contemporary romance with suspense, was released in April 2011. It is the first book in the Fitzgerald family series. Since then she has published four more books in this series. She’s presently working on book six. You can visit her online at http://www.ednahwalters.com or http://www.ebwalters.com.

Contact Ednah:

Website: http://www.ednahwalters.com/index.html

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4188120.Ednah_Walters

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EdnahWalters

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ednahwalters

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!

(Just click on the link to enter!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy Reading,
Alison

PROMO Blitz ~ Everville: The First Pillar by Roy Huff #FreeBook

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Right now, Roy is running a 5 day Kindle PROMO for Everville. You can get it free from May 12th through May 16th.

Blurb:

Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. He studies hard, plays hard, and is incredibly charming. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he was drawn into a different world, a world unbeknownst to him. He mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His tragic excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between.

With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between.

Purchase Links:

Update:(8/21/14) Roy recently republished all his books under 21st Century Lion Book through Amazon White glove program.

He’s currently running a new Rafflecopter program on his website www.owensage.com benefiting both EGPAF, Reading Rainbow, and public libraries world wide.

Everville: The First Pillar Book #1 Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MGUJDHI/ paperback http://www.amazon.com/dp/194195703X/

Everville: The City of Worms Book #2 Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MFTC6J2/ paperback http://www.amazon.com/dp/1941957056/

Everville: The Rise of Mallory Book #3 Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MFTC5NY paperback http://www.amazon.com/dp/1941957072/

About the Author ~ Roy Huff

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(Pic takes you to his goodreads page.)

Roy Huff is the author of Amazon Kindle’s bestselling #2 epic fantasy and #3 young adult teen fantasy novel, Everville: The First Pillar. He is a man of many interests including science, traveling, movies, the outdoors, and of course writing teen and young adult fantasy fiction. He holds five degrees in four separate disciplines including liberal arts, history, secondary science education, and geoscience. Roy Huff’s background includes work in art, history, education, business, real-estate, economics, geoscience, and satellite meteorology. He was born on the East Coast but has spent more than half his life in Hawaii, where he currently resides and writes his epic fantasy sagas.

Roy’s blog: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893006.Roy_Huff/blog

Update: You can find my review of Everville HERE.

Happy Reading,
Alison

Fabulous Freebies for Friday #3

Happy Friday!! Are you looking forward to the weekend? There’s a lot of excitement at my house right now. My oldest son has a birthday this weekend & my daughter’s going to be in a parade Saturday with her ball team. So, I’ll probably not get in as much reading as I’d like to, but my kids always come first. Here’s today’s top ten freebies on Amazon for those of you with plenty of reading time & looking for a new book.

10.
http://www.amazon.com/Me-Again-ebook/dp/B0095B6EJ6/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_10

9. (I see this is only free on Amazon Prime right now ~ always check prices before purchasing!!)
http://www.amazon.com/Frozen-Past-ebook/dp/B007HETCU6/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_9

8.
http://www.amazon.com/Ellys-Ghost-ebook/dp/B00AS4XL2M/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_8

7.
http://www.amazon.com/Love-Hurts-ebook/dp/B009MH65DI/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_7

6.
http://www.amazon.com/Righteous-Lies-Book-Dancing-ebook/dp/B006PJJ3NU/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_6

5.
http://www.amazon.com/Run-ebook/dp/B004PGNF0W/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_5

4.
http://www.amazon.com/God-Knows-Name-Forgotten-ebook/dp/B005S9KR1U/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_4

3.
http://www.amazon.com/Fools-Rush-Weddings-Bella-ebook/dp/B009LK37IC/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_3

2.
http://www.amazon.com/Fool-Me-Once-ebook/dp/B00563EYAS/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_2

1.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Good-Daughter-Security-ebook/dp/B006U1DTHO/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_1

So, will you be trying one of these, or do you have another book picked out already? I just finished Jessica Sorensen’s Ember, so you can expect a review on that soon. I’ll be reading a few chapters from several different books this weekend, when I can find the time to squeeze them in.

Happy Reading,
Alison

Fabulous Freebies for Friday

Happy Friday! Are you looking forward to the weekend? Do you already have your weekend read picked out? I have a whole list of books I’m reading right now. I read a chapter or two from each everyday. Of course, this fails when I get so into one that I HAVE to finish it. If you don’t already have your read for the weekend picked out & need something, here’s the top 10 ebook freebies on Amazon right now.

10.
http://www.amazon.com/Rebecca-ebook/dp/B00AYA192E/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_10

9.
http://www.amazon.com/Line-Itch-Rabbit-Hole-ebook/dp/B009NQO2TW/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_9

8.
http://www.amazon.com/Caroline-Beauvisage-Novels-Book-ebook/dp/B005DJ935G/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_8

7.
http://www.amazon.com/3500-Autistic-Ten-Year-Romance-ebook/dp/B00BFTDHV4/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_7

6.
http://www.amazon.com/Friends-Benefits-With-Series-ebook/dp/B006KH5OGW/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_6

5.
http://www.amazon.com/Every-Bush-Is-Burning-ebook/dp/B005STSP6O/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_5

4.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Persecution-Mildred-Dunlap-ebook/dp/B008K9DV4U/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_4

3.
http://www.amazon.com/Hangmans-Companion-Second-McGill-ebook/dp/B0042P5DFG/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_3

2.
http://www.amazon.com/You-Only-Die-Twice-ebook/dp/B00ASGXTCC/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_2

1.
http://www.amazon.com/Enemy-Blue-Marquez-Thrillers-ebook/dp/B00B4IHXZM/ref=zg_bs_154606011_f_1

Hope you find something here that piques your interest!!

Happy Reading,
Alison

Review ~ Connected by Kim Karr

http://www.amazon.com/Connected-Connections-1-ebook/dp/B00BYHQ3KY/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1367587141&sr=8-1&keywords=connected+kim+karr

Connected (Connections #1)Connected by Kim Karr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

AHHH!!! I seriously have to wait until October?!?! Kim Karr, you are killing me!!

Okay, so let me start over, now that my little temper tantrum is out of the way. This is one of those books that just grabs you from the start. There’s nothing awesome happening (KEEP READING!!!), but there’s plenty to keep you intrigued. The book was smoothly paced from beginning to end, and I never felt like it was dragging at any point. Now, I must add here that I would have given this book a 4 star rating through the first half. I loved the “connection” between the two main characters, but I was left wanting a little bit more from them. Their sex life was amazing, but I wanted to feel that connection a little bit more outside of the bedroom (again…KEEP READING!!).

So, meet Dahlia, the female protagonist of the story. She’s a good-hearted girl who’s been through a lot. We’re talking about the death of a fiance and life-long friend. She struggles a while, but eventually pushes through – just in time for River to make his appearance (2nd appearance). Dahlia is one of those rare female leads that didn’t have me questioning everything she said and did. I really appreciated that about her. There was only one night that she seemed to overreact, but she was drinking, and regretted it in the morning. She felt real.

Next, meet River. Totally sweet & sexy!! He’s the perfect combination, too. He’s a complete sweetheart in every way, but yet, oh so completely male at the same time. AND, he’s completely in head-over-heels love with Dahlia. So in love, that he totally had me tearing up about 3/4 of the way through the book over a song he wrote for her. I NEVER cry happy tears in a book – EVER!! This was the point where I felt the “connection” so deeply that I had to ratchet up my review to 5 stars!! And, the book just kept getting better from there!

Now, let me not forget good old Ben. He was Dahlia’s life-long boyfriend, and ultimately her fiance, who managed to get himself killed over a story he was going to have published. Dahlia’s learning to say good-bye, but it seems there are still some really bad people out there that are looking for something Ben left behind. This whole situation eventually leads to some twists that may leave your head spinning and have you screaming at the end when you’re left with a cliffhanger. Torn, the final book of this duet is now the book I find myself most eagerly anicipating!! It seems I’m going to have to wait until OCTOBER!!!

EXCELLENT job Kim Karr!!!

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Happy Reading,
Alison

Teaser Tuesday

Welcome to my first Teaser Tuesday!!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser today is from:
http://www.amazon.com/Connected-Connections-1-Kim-Karr/dp/1482787059/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367325061&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=Conncected+Kim+Karr

“All I know is, I was a young college girl who flirted with an insanely attractive guy at a bar and had to leave because she felt like the cosmic universe had crashed down on her. And she couldn’t accept that; she had a boyfriend.”

Yeah, so I”m loving this book! Expect a review soon!!

Do you have any teasers for me today?

Happy Reading,
Alison

Cover Reveal ~ Untouched by Melody Grace

Publication Date: May 14th

Blurb:
Emerson Ray is trouble. Juliet knows it the minute she lays eyes on Cedar Cove’s resident bad boy. Forced to spend her summer before college in the sleepy beach town, she never expected to crash into the most devastating guy she’s ever met—or for Emerson’s blue eyes to strip through her dark secrets, and make her feel a desire she’s never known. Their connection is undeniable, but Juliet is torn. She knows, once she gives him everything, there’ll be no turning back.

Juliet McKenzie is dangerous. Emerson can tell from the way she blows through all his defences, laying bare the demons he’s carried alone all his life. He’s left a trail of broken hearts and empty beds in his wake, but Juliet is different. Her innocence is intoxicating—and the passion she keeps hidden, just below the surface. He wants to be the only one to set it free, but with every kiss, he’s closer to losing control and doing the one thing he swore he never would: fall in love.

One summer. Two damaged hearts. Their story is only just beginning…

UNTOUCHED is a prequel novella to the USA Today Bestselling UNBROKEN. It also can be read as a stand-alone story.

Happy Reading,
Alison

Review ~ Moonstone by Marilee Brothers

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Blurb:
MOONSTONE A Fictionwise Fantasy bestseller Young Adult A sickly mom. A tiny house trailer. High school bullies and snarky drama queens. Bad-guy dudes with charming smiles. Allie has problems. And then there’s that whole thing about fulfilling a magical prophecy and saving the world from evil. Geez. Welcome to the sad, funny, sometimes-scary world of fifteen-year-old Allie Emerson, who’s struggling to keep her and her mom’s act together in the small-town world of Peacock Flats, Washington. An electrical zap from a TV antenna sets off Allie’s weird psychic powers. The next thing she knows she’s being visited by a hippy-dippy guardian angel, and then her mysterious neighbor, the town “witch,” gives her an incredible moonstone pendant that has powers only a good-hearted “Star Seeker” is meant to command. “Who, me?” is Allie’s first reaction. But as sinister events begin to unfold, Allie realizes she’s got a destiny to live up to. If she can just survive everyday life, in the meantime.

Moonstone (Unbidden Magic, #1)Moonstone by Marilee Brothers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won a signed copy of this book, but I was in no way compensated for this review.

Moonstone is the first book in the Unbidden Magic Series. After reading it, I’d say it’s mostly appropriate for young teens. However, I immensely enjoyed it myself & I plan to read the series to my kids after I aquire the rest of the books – as long as they are as clean as the first. I know at least that my kids would love this first book.

The book starts out with young teenaged Alfreida Carlotta Emerson “Allie” trying to fix a TV antenna. She gets zapped in the process. It doesn’t take long for Allie to discover that something has changed about her. She has super powers that just weren’t there before.

Allie finds herself struggling with these newfound abilities, and turns to her quirky neighbor for help. Well, let’s face it here. This neighbor is more than just a neighbor. She plays a significant role in Allie’s life, since Allie’s father took off before she was even born, and Allie’s mother, well, let’s say Allie’s the adult in that relationship. Back to the neighbor, she is completely understanding of what Allie has been going through and tells Allie that it’s time for her to have something – a moonstone pendant. Allie is to keep it with her at all times, and it’s absolutely imperative that no one else gets their hands on it.

Of course, this whole deal just leaves Allie reeling. She really wants nothing to do with it. She wants her boring, dull life back, which is saying a lot. Allie lives in a travel trailer with her mom on her aunt and uncle’s property. Her aunt is disgusted that her husband is allowing them to mooch off of them. She goes so far as to turn to the CPS for help in getting rid of them. That would probably make sense, too, except at this point, Allie seems perfectly capable of taking care of herself for the most part. Allie’s great at taking care of her sorry excuse for a mom, too. That’s the kind of person Allie is, though. She even takes care of the local kids that are bullied at her school. She doesn’t back down from anyone.

It doesn’t take long for Allie to learn that people are willing to kill for this moonstone. Allie finds unexpected help in a boy, that becomes more than just a friend to her. Let me say here, that this boy is the very last boy you’d ever expect it to be. Allie finds that in order to save herself, and probably the world, that she’s going to have to embrace her own powers…

I thought the story flowed well from beginning to end. I was most intrigued with the character descriptions. Some of the characters had me laughing out loud. I can imagine my kids finding Blaster the Bull quite amusing! The relationships between the characters didn’t play out at all like I thought they would, and the story kept me on my toes.
I can’t wait to read the rest of this fun series!

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About the Author:

(from the book cover)
Marilee Brothers is a former high school teacher turned full-time author. She married her college crush, and they have three sons. Marilee lives in Washington State, where she’s hard at work on more books…

website: http://www.marileebrothers.com

I read a bunch of reviews about this book before writing my own. I like to see what others are saying about it, so that I can write up my own opinions on those topics. One thing I noticed about the reviews for this book was that even the people with negative reviews still thought others should at least give it a try. I thought that said a lot about this book!

Happy Reading,
Alison

Stacking the Shelves

Welcome to my very first Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I’m not going to include pics or links, because there are just so many that I’ve aquired this week. Hi, my name is Alison and I have a book addiction!! Yes, I admit it. I’m sure there are a lot that I even forgot to write down as I was aquiring them.

Bought on Amazon:
Walking Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire
Conncected by Kim Karr [This is just $0.99 for the weekend!! It’s been on my TBR list & I had to go ahead and grab it at this price!]

Ebooks I Won:
Agony (Debt Collector 2) by Susan Kaye Quinn

Free from All Romance Books:
Text Me (Come Together Series, Book 1) by KJ Reed

Free from Amazon:
Safe Aylum (A Deadgrounds Novels) by Tashina Tradell
The Hostage (Sarah Roberts Series Book Four) by Jonas Saul
The Cure by Athol Dickson
The Devil Has Dimples by Pepper Phillips
I Bring the Fire Part I: Wolves (A Loki Story) by C. Gokel
Love’s Second Chance (Second Chances Series) by L.P. Dover
Unbound (The Forbidden Bond Series) by Lori Ryan
VRIN: ten mortal gods (A Supernatural Near Death Mystery) by J. Michael Hileman
Undenied (The Amoveo Legend) by Sara Humphreys
Book of Wrath by Robin Coe
Seven Days From Sunday (An MP-5 CIA Thriller, Book 1) by M. H. Sargent
What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor
17 Cents & a Dream: My Incredible Journey from the USSR to Living the American Dream by Daniel Milstein
Shattered Grace (Fallen from Grace) by K. Anne Raines
Secrets of the Red Box by Vickie Hall
Too Jewish by Patty Friedmann
The Last American Martyr by Tom Winton
Snowed by Pamela Burford
A Deadly Distance (Jack Noble #2) by L. T. Ryan
This Shattered Land (Surviving the Dead) by James Cook
Be Hopeful (I Peter): How to Make the Best of Times Out of Your Worst of Times (The BE Series Commentary) by Warren W. Wiersbe
Chemistry by Jodi Lamm
The Accidental Groupie (New Adult, Rock Star Sex, Erotic Romance) by Simone Holloway
The Distant Shore (Stone Trilogy) by Mariam Kobras
Kiss Me, Chloe by Linda George
Bad Karma: The Edge of Texas – Bk 2 (Romatic Thriller) by JD Faver
Love Letters by Jane Larry
Deadly Memories by S. D. O’Donnell
The Love Handles Club (Love in the City Short) by Liv Morris
The Unexpected List (The List Trilogy) by Chrissy Anderson

Free from Smashwords:
The Strongest Ring (A YA Short Story) by Laura Bradley Rede

Received for Review:
Deep Connections by Rebecca Graf
Taking on the Dead by Annie Walls
Legend of the Raven Book 2 by Shawn Reilly

Of all these purchased this week, I’ve only read Walking Disaster so far. I posted a review on it already. If you don’t see the link in the sidebar, just type the title in the search box at the top right. I’m going to start Deep Connections today. If you haven’t already checked out my Call of the Raven Blog Tour post, please do. Click on the “a rafflecopter giveaway” link at the bottom of that post to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of Shawn Reilly’s Call of the Raven, which is awesome. As you’ve seen above, Shawn sent me an ARC of book 2 in the series. I can’t wait to get started on that!

Have any of you read any of these other books? Did you like them? What are you reading now, or what did you just finish?

Happy Reading,
Alison