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#BlogTour The Dark Awakening by D.L. Blade #YAParanormal

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The Dark Awakening

The Chosen Coven

Book One

D.L. Blade



Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Fifth Element Publishing

Date of Publication: October 2nd, 2018
ISBN: 9780578416458
ASIN: B07G22WH8H
Number of pages: 252
Word Count: 69,000

Cover Artist: Redbird Designs

Tagline: Darkness is coming, and she’s their last hope

Book Description:

She's stalked, hunted, and a villainous vampire desires her blood.

Mercy’s life is anything but ordinary. A stalker lurks in the shadows, and a man rescues her from a life-threatening car accident, but vanishes right before her eyes.
But this man who she thought was a hallucination, tracks her down at a nearby cove, and claims they were once in love from another time. Another century.

Mercy has no memory of this world he shares, and instinctively doesn’t trust him.
He also reveals to her a life-changing secret—she’s a powerful witch, vampires are real, and she's destined to destroy them.

Mercy finds herself dragged into a centuries-old battle against the undead, and a sadistic vampire leader has set his sights on her. And he will stop at nothing until he claims Mercy as his own.

She and her coven won’t go down without a fight. She needs to discover the truth about her past, and the power she holds, before it’s too late.


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EXCERPT 3

When I turned around, he was nowhere to be seen. A heavy sigh escaped as I eyed Lily’s truck about a hundred feet ahead. I looked around one more time and then sprinted to the truck. Once inside, I locked it and pulled my phone out of my pocket. My phone had been turned o.
This is going to take too long.
He would reach me before my phone powered on. I powered it on anyway and put my hands back on the keys which were still in the ignition. I tried again. The car didn’t make a sound.
Please turn on, please turn on.
I gripped the keys so tightly that the house key was digging into my palm. “Turn on!” The feeling of electricity sparked in my hand, followed by a green light from my fingertips. I quickly removed my hand and the car started up.
What the hell?
The shock of what had just happened stunned me. I couldn’t move or think straight.
I sensed movement ahead coming out of the forest and I looked up. He was standing there. His sleeves were now pulled up to his elbows, revealing his muscular arms. My eyes narrowed down to his wrist, revealing a red flame tattoo that reached from his wrist to his elbow. My stomach churned and I felt like throwing up. It was him; it was the man who had pulled me from my car after the accident.

About the Author:


D.L. Blade grew up in southern California, but relocated to Colorado with her family in 2014.

She always loved writing, concentrating on poetry rather than prose when she was younger. That changed however, when she had a dream one night and decided to create a story about it.

In her spare time, D.L. enjoys a wide variety of hobbies, including reading, attending rock concerts and volunteering at local animal shelters where she can indulge in her passion for all forms of life.

In the future, D.L. hopes that she can continue to write exciting novels that will captivate her readers and bring them into the worlds that she creates using her imagination.















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#Excerpt - The Thief's Betrayal by Cassondra Benton

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Fantasy Fiction
Date Published: February 4th 2019
Publisher: Rebel Press

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Someone is murdering the citizens of Kira’s village, and her fellow thieves are being blamed. Desperate to clear their names and restore the reputation of the guild, Kira embarks on a dangerous mission to infiltrate the palace and enlist the help of the king and queen.
One man stands in her way, Chaol, the head guard, who threatens to steal the thief’s heart.
And he’s not the only one. Her childhood crush on Badrick might finally be developing into something more than friendship. But only if they can figure out who is threatening to kill them before it is too late.
Kira wants to trust Kingsman, the man who took her in and raised her as his own, but she is starting to wonder if he has been lying to her all along.
Can the three men closest to her keep Kira safe long enough for her to carry out her plan to save the village? Or will the secrets they have kept from her destroy her happiness—and her life—before she has a chance to clear her name and prove the innocence of those she cares about the most?


Excerpt:

Badrick gently raked his fingers through her hair, pushing her bangs out of her face. Suddenly she felt so small. His arms were big and held her close to him. The smell of the seaside radiated off of him. She remembered how he told her that he had lived on the coast when he was younger, often going fishing with his father until he ran off in search of a bigger adventure. Even to this day, the salt from the air, the scent of the water, still clung to him, a bittersweet smell she had come to love.
Despite being in his arms, Kira couldn’t find sleep. Russell’s horrified eyes haunted her. Nothing would ever wipe the memory from her mind. Whatever had come after him was something from the depths of hell, and somehow she knew that it was coming for her next.

About the Author

When Cassondra was growing up, if she wasn't competing in sports, she was usually writing, reading, or drawing. It wasn’t long before she formed an addiction to the thrills of fantasy, which led her to write her debut novel, The Thief’s Betrayal. Cassondra is currently attending college. She was born and raised in Southern California where she lives in a home overflowing with books.


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#PreOrder #Blitz Vanilla with a Twist by Peggy Jaeger

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Vanilla with a Twist (One Scoop or Two)
Contemporary Romance, Sweet romance
Date Published: 5.20.2020
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

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Tandy Blakemore spends her days running her New England ice cream parlor, single-parenting her teenaged son, and trying to keep her head above financial water. No easy feat when the shop’s machinery is aging and her son is thinking about college. Tandy hasn’t had a day off in a decade and wonders if she’ll ever be able to live a worry-free life.
Engineer Deacon Withers is on an enforced vacation in the tiny seaside town of Beacher’s Cove. Overworked, stressed, and lonely, he walks into Tandy’s shop for a midday ice cream cone and gets embroiled in helping her fix a broken piece of equipment.
Can the budding friendship that follows help fix their broken spirits and lead to love?





About the Author

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, Peggy is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"


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#TourHosts Needed - #CozyMystery #HighlanderRomance & More

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Would you like to be on my tour host list? You can simply sign up for promo blasts or excerpts, or you can choose to review, have a guest post, an interview, or other fun spot of your choice. Most of my authors are very open about the content they are willing to provide.

We have a tour coming for a previously released Highlander Historical Time Travel Romance by Kahleena MacCarthy to set up the release of the next book in her series. We would love if "Zarik" could have a spot on your blog. Reviews and other posts are welcome.

Additionally, we have an intense and thrilling book by Abbye Kovacevic. She also is setting up to release the second book in her Secrets I Keep series and would love to give a last shout to book 1 (Pieces of You) to set up for Pieces of a Kill. This one does contain explicit violence and sex. Reveiws and any other types of posts are welcome.

Upcoming we have a July 1 release for The Beach Body - a cozy mystery by a first time author - Me. lol I'd be so grateful if some of you would help me spread the word.

EMAIL Majik.of.Mystee@gmail.com for more details and/or to get on our tour list



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#BookReview - Bound to be a Groom by Megan Mulry

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*BOOK & Details provided by Net Galley in exchange for honest review.*

Description


Sometimes our wildest dreams come true. 
In the tumultuous summer of 1808, Spain and England are close to war and four young lovers are close to ecstasy. 
To carve out an independent life with the woman she loves, ANNA knows she must leave her quiet Spanish convent to become a courtesan. To gain experience, she sets her sights on . . . 
SEBASTIAN, whose POWERFUL, aristocratic confidence suits Anna’s mercenary goals. But his arrogance masks a craving for submission that Anna instinctively satisfies. Sebastian soon begs for her hand in marriage, even if it means sharing her with . . . PIA, who trusts Anna completely—with her body and her future—until she learns of Anna’s hasty marriage. Pia questions their commitment to each other as they leave for London to meet . . . 
FARLEIGH, the seemingly feckless duke who thinks he’s over Sebastian, the potent Spanish soldier he bedded two years ago. 
What begins as a series of erotic escapades soon evolves into a deep, unbreakable bond. Two men and two women who yearn to explore are about to make their wildest dreams come true.
My Thoughts:

Well, this book was interesting. There's no real plot or any type of character development. You don't get to know the characters. What you do get to know is sex. And a lot of it. It seems everyone in this book is a sexual expert (perhaps there's a beginner class I wasn't aware of).

Want a story you can relate to? This is NOT the book for you. Want sex? This IS your book.


 My Rating: 2 of 5


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#BookReview - The Making of a Rogue by Shana Galen

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Book Description
After escaping France on a privateer's ship, Sebastian Harcourt becomes the notorious privateer Captain Cutlass and crosses swords with the beautiful daughter of a British admiral...

Product Details

Mass Market Paperback352 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published April 1st 2011)
original title
The Rogue PIRATE'S Bride
ISBN
1402238673 (ISBN13: 9781402238673)
edition language
English






Rating: 4 of 5

Review: This is book 3 in a series. However, it's a great stand alone book, as I have yet to read the first two. Although, they're definitely on my to get and read list.


As Bastian takes a FEMALE to his ship to assist him in matter after she tried to kill him in a sword fight, one twist leads to another. He eventually finds her to be an admiral's daughter. Then realizes the attraction may be more than that. How willing is he to change and what will he risk to have her?

There were SLOW spots for me in this book, but I still really enjoyed reading it. A great addition for romance readers.



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#BookReview - It Happened One Bite by Lydia Dare (#SPOILER in this #BOOKReview )

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Book Description
He's lost, trapped, doomed for all eternity... 
Rich, titled, and undead, gentleman vampyre James Maitland, Lord Kettering, fears himself doomed to a cold and LONELY existence-trapped for decades in an abandoned castle. Then, beautiful Scottish witch Blaire Lindsay arrives, and things begin to heat up considerably...
Unless he can persuade her to set him free...
Feisty Blaire Lindsay laughs off the local gossip surrounding her mother's ancestral home-stories of haunting cannot scare off this battle-born witch. But when she discovers the handsome prisoner in the bowels of the castle, Blaire has no idea that she has unleashed anything more than a man who sets her heart on fire...

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402245076
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402245077


Rating: 3 of 5

Review: James and Blaire meet under interesting circumstances {and, in the end, the whole things seems like it should have been a silly mistake based on reasoning}. This book held my interested and I couldn't wait to turn the page and see what would come next. There was the perfect amount of "problems" with a few perfect back stories coming to light. Well writeen and I found myself falling in love with the characters. It was something I wasn’t sure I would do when I picked up the book, but I had decided to give it a try anyway.

 I was so into this book until.....

**SPOILER ALERT**

....I'm sorry, I don't like when the Vampyre becomes human again. James was a vampyre for 245 years or so and suddenly has a heartbeat and can get a black  eye.

I was really disappointed as everything else in this book was great.

I'd still advice to pick it up--it's great for those who love the perfect ending (well if your idea of perfect is the way this one ends) and also a great Vampyre read until almost the end.

That leaves me with the issue of how to rate a book I loved until the last chapters. It was a 4 or 5 until the end.

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#BookReview - Sentimental Me: Travel #Mystery #Suspense by Charles L. Fields

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Book Description

A RIDE TO HELL AND BACK 

Don't let the nostalgic title Sentimental Me fool you. This fast paced travel mystery is a true gem. It takes BOSTON LAWYER, Charles Stone to Aqua Prieta, Mexico to see why a slain U.S. Border Agent made a woman, with known Drug Cartel connections, the beneficiary of his $500,000 LIFE INSURANCE POLICY. Stone was often called in by the Franklin Life INSURANCE Company to investigate what they referred to as "exotic cases". He had recently returned from an assignment in Ireland involving the Real IRA and a notorious international arms dealer. Exposing fraudulent activity almost cost him his life. Needing a little R&R, he accepted the retainer and hoped the trip to Arizona and the Mexican border city would not be as dangerous, but nothing Franklin Life ASSIGNED him had ever been a "piece of cake". This investigative journey, rich in descriptive side events, introduces the reader to murder, drugs, arms smuggling and the powerful people who make it all happen.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (September 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432763474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432763473

Rating: 3 of 5

Review:  Violence, drugs, fraud and so much more are the tune of this book. This book has leaps and turns and twists that keep you turning the page. For me, however, I wished it would have stayed focused on the mystery and adventure. When two women wanting Stone gets thrown into the mix, as much as I like a good romantic aspect in my books, I thought it messed up the story. I wasn't reading this one for romance or crushes.

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#BookReview - A Walk for Sunshine by Jeff Alt

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Book Description Jeff Alt takes you along every step of his 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail adventure filled with humorous, frightening and inspirational stories including, bears, bugs, blisters, skunk bed mates and hilarious food cravings.
As Alt walked through freezing temperatures, driving rain and sunny skies, he was constantly buoyed by the knowledge that his walk was dedicated to his brother who has cerebral palsy.
Alt's adventure inspired an annual fundraiser which has raised over $200,000 for the Sunshine Home where his brother lives. As you walk along with Alt, you experience the success of turning dreams into goals and achieving them.
Alt shares his life lessons from the trail with a focus on family, stewardship of the earth and good health.
New chapters to this edition include: "The Sunshine Home" and the annual Walk-With-Sunshine he inspired; "What is Cerebral Palsy?" and Jeff's hiking gear list, including gear and tips to take the whole family hiking.
A Walk for Sunshine has been featured in media nationwide including ESPN and Hallmark Channel.
Previous Editions: 978-0967948225 & 978-0967948201



Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dreams Shared Publications; 3 edition (September 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967948231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967948232


Rating: 5 of 5

Review: This book will touch any heart. I walked away from this book wishing I had done something like this for charity. Yes, I've ran marathons for charity, I've donated, I've volunteered time --but this is something that goes beyond anything most of us have ever done. This was all done for Sunshine Home, where Jeff Alt's brother is. It's a home for the developmentally disabled.

Will, commitment, determination and honesty line the pages of this book. The Appalachian Trail is no easy walk and never does the author represent himself as some force that does it without effort. There is beauty and challenge in his descriptions of his walk.
I love to hike myself and would one day love to take a try at this one. Hopefully, when I do, I'll take memories of this book with me and try to do something positive with the hike as Jeff Alt has done.
On this book, no matter your genre of preference, you need it on your shelf.


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Open #PitchSubmission All Genres #WritingCommunity - Follow Denise on Twitter

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Just a bit of a share from me - Book Binge Publishing, though new, is accepting a wide range of submissions and has a wish list as well. They also have a couple anthology calls. In addition, I am understanding that they also have a few internship positions available. I know not getting paid to work stinks, but it gets your foot in the door with a publisher and they claim that if you are a fit, they do hire from their intern pool.

Follow their Acquisitions Manager HERE and HERE to stay up to date. She also gives submission tips, pitch tips and more


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#Blitz All I Wanna Do Is You by Dylann Crush

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All I Wanna Do Is You
Dylann Crush
Publication date: May 14th 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
Can he keep his hands off her cupcakes?

Reagan Campbell’s flight just got grounded. She’s planned her brother’s perfect wedding weekend down to the minute, but her checklist didn’t include running into the one guy she’s never been able to get over. Only two things stand between her and the Florida Keys: fifteen-hundred miles and the man who broke her heart.
Zach Anderson has a score to settle with Senator Campbell. And running into his daughter, Reagan, gives him just the opportunity he needs. But it’ll take more than planes, trains, and automobiles to get her all the way to Florida in one piece. He might not be able to keep his hands off her cupcakes, but will he be able to keep his heart out of the way long enough to exact his revenge?
EXCERPT:
Reagan Campbell smoothed a non-existent wrinkle from the lapel of her three-quarter sleeve, out-of-season black blazer. Trying to figure out what to wear as she made the transition from the raging March blizzard in Chicago to the white sandy beaches of the Florida Keys had almost made her late for her afternoon flight at O’Hare.
The sooner she got on the plane, the better she’d feel. She leaned against a pillar and glanced at her watch. Any minute they should be making the boarding announcement.
On cue, the gate agent picked up the microphone and a crackle sounded through the gate-area speakers. “May I have your attention, please? For passengers traveling on flight 542 to Miami, we’ve received word from the ground crew that they’ve shut down one runway due to snow accumulation. We’ll be delayed for at least an hour while they work through the backlog of departures.”
A collective groan rose from the disgruntled passengers, like someone stood in front of them with a conductor’s baton and told them to let their disappointment out in unison on the count of three. An hour or two? Reagan’s hand shook as she slipped a stray strand of hair behind her ear. Teddy would kill her for not taking the flight with the rest of their family earlier this morning.
The gate agent continued, “Things might change if they can get another de-icing machine up and running. So please stay close to the gate area.”
Reagan glanced out the wall of windows at the blustery, late winter snowstorm. A mid-March blizzard wasn’t outside the realm of possibility in Chicago. But how dare the weather try to interfere with her plans? She’d orchestrated her brother’s wedding down to the tiniest detail. And now Mother Nature wanted to mess with her?
The rest of her family made it out of Chicago before the storm rolled in, on a chartered, early morning flight her dad’s Chief of Staff had arranged. As Senate Majority Leader, Ross Campbell had connections and wasn’t shy about using them. Especially if it meant keeping his family out of the limelight and avoiding any unpleasant run-ins with the press.
Reagan’s anxiety had kicked into high gear at the thought of flying halfway across the country in a tiny tin can with wings. So she’d used a mandatory meeting at the office as an excuse to take a later commercial flight. If she was going to be gone for a long weekend, she justified to herself, she’d better tie up loose ends or she’d never be able to enjoy herself. It had taken her years to secure a promotion to executive management for a nationwide luxury resort chain that was headed her way. She wasn’t about to risk it.
At least on a big plane she felt a little safer. If she’d finally had the courage to conquer her fear of flying, she’d be sliding her freshly-pedicured toes into strappy sandals and sitting at the beachside bar, sipping a mojito by now.
The strappy sandals were nestled inside a felt shoe pouch in her checked roller bag. But she could do something about that drink. Her gaze swept over the tacky, thatched hut of the busy airport bar, no doubt an attempt to bring some south of the border sizzle to the dull terminal. She gathered her purse and the bakery box full of cupcakes she’d picked up for her brother, and made her way to a vacant high-top.
Just as she reached for a stool, a trio of flight attendants laid claim to the table. Reagan stepped to the side to glance around the packed bar. With so many passengers delayed, it would probably be a while before another table cleared. A cup of hot tea from the coffee shop across the way would have to keep her pre-flight jitters at bay.
“You can sit with me.”
The voice came from behind her. She hadn’t heard that mixture of grit and deep, rich timbre since the ill-fated night of her high school graduation party. But that was impossible, it couldn’t be him.
She took in a deep breath and steeled herself for disappointment. He’d moved to California. Hadn’t heard anything about him in over eight years. Well, except for a late-night, wine-induced Googling session where she’d discovered he’d become a professional photographer after all and had some prints for sale through a gallery in Santa Cruz.
Seeing his two-by-two-inch bio picture had sent a zing right to her hoohah and left her tingling with a mixture of regret and what-might-have-been remorse. Slowly turning, she braced herself for the letdown of some middle-aged businessman on the hunt for a quickie.
“Reagan Campbell. Long time no see, huh?”
Four square inches of a pixelated PNG image on his web site had done nothing to prepare her for the sight of the broad-chested, confident man before her. Her knees turned to spaghetti noodles, and her vision went fuzzy at the edges, like she was looking through a dark tunnel and Zach Anderson stood at the other end, illuminated in a beam of dazzling sunlight.
She grabbed the back of a stool to steady herself.
“Zach?” His name floated from her lips on a breathy exhale. For over eight years his memory made her emotions bounce back and forth between extremes. Joy at the way he used to make her feel. Anger at the chicken shit way he’d ended things. Shame at the way she’d thrown herself at him the last night they’d been together.
The anger and sadness had eventually faded. She even let herself think about Zach from time to time. Even pictured running into each other. But meeting at a cheesy airport bar wasn’t how it was supposed to go.
He stood and wrapped her in a strong, comfortable hug.
The scent of sunshine and leather drifted off his skin. Her brain registered the scruff of his whiskers against her cheek and the feel of his pecs crushed against her chest. Her heart glowed at the warmth and security of being snug in his arms. Her girly parts screamed for more.
All too soon, the hug ended. He gestured to an empty stool and signaled the harried waitress to return to the table.
“Pull up a chair. You on that flight to Miami?”
Stunned by her reaction to the embrace, Reagan nodded and waited a beat, sure the hunky hallucination would fade away as quickly as he had appeared. When Zach’s image didn’t dissolve, she gripped the edges of the small table in both hands.
He smiled, actually gave her the grin with the dimples, like the last time she’d seen him he hadn’t had his hands all over her naked chest. A wave of heat rolled up her neck.
“You all right, Reagan? You look a little warm. Have some water.”


Author Bio:
USA Today bestselling author Dylann Crush writes contemporary romance with sizzle, sass, heart and humor. A true romantic, she loves her heroines spunky and her heroes super sexy. When she's not dreaming up steamy storylines, she can be found sipping a margarita and searching for the best Tex-Mex food in the Upper Midwest.
Dylann co-hosts Romance Happy Hour (https://www.romancehappyhour.com/) with live episodes every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month and is a founding member of the Romance Chicks group where authors and romance readers can connect.
Although she grew up in Texas, she currently lives in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul with her unflappable husband, three energetic kids, a clumsy Great Dane, a lovable rescue mutt, and a very chill cat. She loves to connect with readers, other authors and fans of tequila. You can find her at www.dylanncrush.com.

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