SERIES SPOTLIGHT: Concealed In The Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith


Concealed In The Shadows by Gabrielle Arrowsmith
(YA Dystopian- Available Now)
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Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033—her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister, who is her only family and entire world. She hopes they will be lawfully reunited, but is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape the captivity of Miles County so that they can be together.
Escaping will be difficult and dangerous. Citizens are bound to their county by sophisticated chip implants that deliver shocks to those who dare to cross the electric barrier. Sydney is very clever, but her trickery is limited against the all-seeing eyes of technology. Even if they were to survive the escape, disappearing into the forgotten forests and towns of the past seems an impossible task.
What Sydney doesn’t know is that she is the particular interest of two opposing forces. With deceit, fear, and warfare surrounding her—can she trust the party that aims to help with her fight against the other? Can she open her heart to receive and return unexpected love? When her sister’s life becomes jeopardized, Sydney will have to weigh a new love against the only enduring love she has known. The cost could be deadly…
How will she choose?


by Gabrielle Arrowsmith


Two young seeksmen are dead, and Sydney blames herself. The only way to get her sister back from the county’s clutches, while also preventing more death, was to offer her own life in exchange for Evvie’s freedom.



She expected a dreadful end, but nothing like the prison in which she wakes. Agonizing county life is redefined in Neo-Necropolis, new city of the dead, which lies beneath the earth. Worse than being allegedly deceased, is the false identity Sydney is forced to assume where Evvie, Sheridan’s captain, and Crewe never existed. 


Sydney alone knows the magnitude of the county’s evildoings inside, outside, and now below. At only eighteen, the responsibility to defend freedom falls solely on her tried and tested shoulders—a burden that requires desperate action when a catastrophic revelation upends the world as she knew it. 


The people Sydney cares for are more vulnerable than ever. Though she’s buried underground and monitored by county agents, she must escape this new captivity. Maybe it’s time to fight fire with fire. Sydney has proven her courage in facing their weapons, but can she trigger her own?


Excerpt from Concealed in the Shadows:

Suddenly, the little girl isn’t so brave. Tears overtake her small face as she buries herself in her grandmother’s lap. “You’re not going to let them take you away, are you, Grandma? You can’t leave us!” The desperate pleas of the helpless child prove to be too much for her grandmother. The tears escape her too, but she fights to hold in the anger and the revulsion in order to be strong for the sake of the child.
“I wish I could stay forever, sweetheart. I wish I could see you and your sister grow into the strong, beautiful women that I know you will become. I wish I could see your mother get healthy again.” The tears try to choke off her words, but she forces them out. “But, you see, last night was my last Friday night sleepover with you and your sister, and sweetheart,” she places her hand on the shoulder of the little girl and smiles, “it was one of the best days of my life. I get to leave this world with warm memories of baking cookies and painting flowers with my two favorite people in the world.”
“I don’t want you to go!” the child protests as her heart boils and her face floods. She pulls her grandma’s arms around her and buries her head into her chest as she begs, “Just tell them you don’t feel sick. Tell them you want to stay a little longer.” She closes her eyes tightly and wishes that it were a nightmare. But already the little girl knows better than hoping for happiness in her life. She knows there are no exceptions to the unchallengeable laws.
“I know, sweetheart, I know.” The woman strokes and kisses the distraught and fragile girl’s hair as the child clings to her tightly. A few more tears slide from her weary eyes before she finds the strength to make a final request of her beloved grandchild.
“Sydney?” She looks down to where I’m still clinging to her, not ready to come away and meet the eyes I love so much as she tells me that this is the last time I will see her. “Sydney,” she tries again, this time gently pulling my chin from her chest. “I need you to do me one last favor, okay?” My grandma can see that I can’t handle this. How can she ask me, a mere child, to let go of the one I love most, the unyielding presence in my life? Her next words seem sharper than the rest in the memory, and I never let them go.
“Sydney Harter, I know it will be hard, but you have no choice other than to be the bravest girl there ever was. You have to be brave so that you and Evvie can grow up strong. Grandpa and I, your dad, and Grandma and Grandpa Harter, want to look down on you and smile because of how proud you’ve made us.” She waits. My wails have subsided to sobs, but the pain hasn’t lessened any. “You want to make all of us proud, right honey?”
“Yes,” I reply shakily. It took so much to utter that single word because with it came the acknowledgement that I had only begun learning hardship.
“Good, sweetheart. Good girl,” she soothes. “What I need you to do is try your very hardest to take care of your sister. Be good all the time and try to help your mom when she seems sick.” Grandma’s eyes enlarge and she squeezes my hand more tightly. “Never ever tell anyone about your mom’s sickness, even if it seems like they are trying to help. Can you be a big girl and do those things for me, sweetheart?” I nod that I can, although I don’t believe it, and empty my heart in her lap for the last time.
About Gabrielle Arrowsmith:
GABRIELLE ARROWSMITH enjoyed writing her debut novel, Concealed in the Shadows, during a lovely Minnesota summer that she had off from her primary profession, teaching. Acting, playing and coaching soccer, reading, playing piano, and spending time with family and friends are among her other interests.
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Book Spotlight: Double Star by Cindy Saunders


Double Star by Cindy Saunders
(YA- Paranormal Fantasy- Available Now)
She fell into his world, unaware of the key she carried and the doors it opened; a world where darkness waited to be set free … The wait is over
 Do You Believe?
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When Cepheus, a dark god, forces seventeen-year-old Ally Ashworth off an isolated overlook, she has no idea she’s falling into his world, or that the necklace she’s wearing is actually a key – one with the power to ignite the next world war. But she’s carried beyond his reach and into the one place where he’s powerless … the forest of Gilgamesh.
Ally’s never been Miss Popularity, but her outsider status takes on new meaning when she’s rescued by Liam Cheveyo and his peculiar friends. After seeing them shape-shift into their freaky humanimal counterparts, Ally smacks hard into a few truths: magic really does exist and, although getting here took no effort, finding her way back might be impossible. Feelings between her and Liam begin to grow along with the realization that, in this world, she’s stronger, better … until she’s caught in a trap set by the creepy spider-boy Cepheus sends to retrieve her.  But Ally’s not going down without a fight, not after learning the horrible truth about the passageways.
The survival of both worlds depends on it.

Excerpt from Double Star:
“What I am going to tell you needs to stay here, for now. Once I explain, you will understand why. The world in which we live,” Thea said and looked at him and Meg, “is not the only one that exists. There is another, similar but not the same, that travels in parallel to our own. An unseen but strong force holds them together. Many centuries ago, our world was linked to the heavens but, over time, those passageways were sealed and others created in their place—doorways to another world through which travel is uncommon but not unheard of.”
She turned her eyes to Ally. “That world belongs to you.”
Ally stared, mouth agape, at Thea, and then dropped her head against the back of the couch. “A parallel dimension,” she said softly.
Thea nodded. “Those secret corridors allow the spirit gods to travel between the two worlds. But, an indiscretion has led to their use by other beings, causing the fabric that holds them together to become compromised. It has developed tears within the seams where the energy wavers. I do not understand why you made the journey, Ally, but it is not the first time a human has traveled between them.”
Thea gave an uncharacteristic sigh. “I am telling you this so you can understand what I am about to say. There are some who believe the ability to cross between our two worlds, despite the consequences, will give them great power. However, their greed will only serve to destroy us all.”
Liam got to his feet. “How long have you known, Thea?” He could understand the subject not coming up in day-to-day conversation, but why had he never heard so much as a rumor?
Thea shook her head. “Liam, are you so vain as to assume yours is the only world that breathes life?”
He began to pace. “I have never given it a thought—” His feet stopped. “If what you say is true, what makes you think Ally is from this other world?”
“I sensed it the moment I saw her. That was the reason for my trip to Podegar’s.” Thea pulled a washcloth from her apron pocket. “This is stained with the blood I wiped from Ally’s forehead.” She unfolded the rust-colored rag. In its center was an area where the blood was not visible. “Podegar poured tama juice on this. When the blood disappeared, it confirmed my suspicion. It is slightly different from our own.”
“That would explain it,” Ally said.
Liam looked at Ally. “How can you simply accept this?”
“You haven’t been listening,” she answered. “I told you I wasn’t from around here. You thought I was crazy. Trust me—I questioned my own sanity when I saw what happened today. People don’t change into animals where I’m from. Not literally anyway.”
“Ah, you know about the Shanyo.” Ally nodded at Thea’s statement.
“If what you say is true, Thea,” Liam said, “could the location where Corm and I found her be one of those passageways?”
Ally’s body tensed. “Yeah, why can’t I just go back the way I came?”
Thea’s expression washed over with sympathy. “The portals allow movement in a single direction. The one you traveled through leads into the forest, not out of it. In order to return home, you must find the correct one. It is true that certain spirits can travel at will between the worlds. The gods before us could do it quite easily. Yet, even then, the journey changed their powers, either diminishing them or making them more powerful. Certain objects are able to travel to and from as well. Some change. Some simply do not make it through at all.”
“So how do I find the right passageway home?” Ally asked.
Thea shook her head. “You traveled through unintentionally. Great care must be taken if you journey through again. I learned a great deal during my time away. The opening of certain doors can result in dire consequence. Almost seventy years ago, in your sense of time, a spirit traveled from this world and allowed Chaos to enter yours. It had also happened twenty-seven years before, with a similar result. Prior to your arrival, the last time someone from your world traveled here was three years ago.” Thea looked at him and Meg. “The time of the sickness that took your mother.”
Liam asked, incredulous, “Who would do such a thing?”
Thea looked at him but did not speak. Ally began to count on her fingers.
“What are you doing?” he asked her.
“The math. Seventy years ago was 1941. Twenty-seven years before that was 1914. Huh. I know those dates. We talked about them in Hist—” Her mouth dropped open. “Are you kidding me? World War I and World War II? Are you saying something from over here caused those wars?”
“I cannot say if the passageway was traveled before or after the trouble began. I do know that evil takes root when people have given up hope. I suspect the timing of such things is not chance but seen as an opportunity. I am sad to say, within the past year, the door into your world has opened again. Forces here tried to prevent that, to no avail. Tell me, is your world experiencing anything unusual… anything of consequence at the current time?”
Ally nodded. “Yeah. Wars and terrorism are spreading—there are tsunamis, earthquakes, and natural disasters. And oh, the world economy is about to collapse… to name a few ‘unusual’ things. Everything’s falling apart.”
“If your world falls, ours does as well,” Thea said.

About Cindy Saunders:

CINDY SAUNDERS was born in Lowell, MA. She moved to RI almost twenty-five years ago and now considers the Ocean State her home. She graduated from Bryant College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. When she’s not reading, writing, spending time with her two teenage children (how did that happen?) or working, Cindy tracks down one of her favorite local bands and enjoys a glass of wine. She completed her first novel, Double Star, a YA fantasy, in October 2012 and is currently working on the second book in the series.
Double Star is her first novel.



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Mouthy is the New Skinny Motto and Random Swag Pack Giveaway!

WE (Sherry and DJ) have been hard at work this summer.  In addition to attending ton of cons (mostly attended by Sherry), our new blog design, and other grand stuff, we have come up with a new motto and DJ has made us some motto-swag.  So, to celebrate the last of the Cons the CurvyWriter’s will be attending this summer (DJ just got back from the Tennessee Valley Author Event) and to celebrate our BRAND NEW MOTTO, we are giving away a swag pack of stuff from random authors we have picked up as well as a pendant with our new motto.  (KEEP SCROLLING TO ENTER TO WIN!)

So… Our new motto:

Mouthy is the New Skinny


Random swag pack contains:

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Audiobook Review: The Thief Prince

51dUwIbpVAL._SL300_I received an audio copy for HONEST review.


I really enjoyed the Thief Prince, It was a great YA adventure read, and I would have loved to give it 5 stars, but a couple of things bothered me.

It was a little too “sugar coated”. There were no “dark motives” anywhere. The “thief prince” just wanted to “help the others princes and princess learn to rule better”… I just didn’t buy it. He was way to pure of heart. No one is like that. It would have been better if he’d had an ulterior motive, even a little anger and hostility that was turned around. There was no real mystery either… just hostile man-beasts that attacked for no reason. Who were they? Why were they attacking?

The only “bad” people here were two of the kings that had been raiding the kingdom and refused to help later. Then SUDDENLY with no reason, no learning experience, no “AHA! MOMENT” they just changed their minds and started helping the Prince and his people.

I get that this is written for young adults/teens… but it was just too easily wrapped up and no one really got held accountable for their actions.

The performance was good. There were a few times when the narration felt a little stiff, but that often happens in fantasy novels when the language is very “proper”.

DJ’s Rating:

  • Overall: 3.5 Stars (4 on Audible, as I always round up)
  • Performance: 4 Stars
  • Story: 3 Stars

Book Info:

The Thief Prince

Written by: Cheree Alsop
Narrated by: Michele Carpenter
Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins 
Release Date:05-14-14 Publisher: Cheree Alsop
Program Type: Audiobook

When her brother’s sickness forces Kit to accept the title of heir to her kingdom’s crown, she is outcast by the others and treated as inferior; but when she is forced along with the other heirs on a dangerous journey, her differences turn into strengths that may save their lives. Kit is tested both mentally and physically as she faces odds both on the battlefield and within the royal social circles. She soon realizes that her greatest challenge may be to return home with her heart in one piece.

Thief Prince is a story of courage in the face of fear, and of love despite overwhelming odds. Whether you are looking for an adventure or the chance to see kingdoms beyond your world, Thief Prince is the story to sweep you away.

Cover Reveal: Just As You Are by June Stevens

JAYA_COVERREVEAL_MEDWe are excited to share the cover for June Stevens’ upcoming New Adult Novel, Just As You Are.  Just As You Are is the #3 book in the Oak Hollow series and the first in the new adult series Oak Hollow College.  The two series’ will overlap with common characters and settings, but the Oak Hollow College series will consist exclusively of New Adult novels.




When you’ve gone through your whole life being told you aren’t good enough, you learn to accept love with conditions…and never expect anything better…

The not-so-shy fat girl…

Layla Harper has no problem with who she is. She’ll never be a beauty queen, but she doesn’t care. She does have a problem with guys who think she is easy because she’s fat. And drop-your-panties-sexy Alden Cortland just became her #1 problem.

All Layla wants to do is keep her head down, get her computer science degree, and get as far away from Tennessee and her past as she can. She certainly has no intentions of getting mixed up with another smooth talking rich boy, no matter how much he tells her she is sexy.

The rich boy with a secret…

Alden is the disgrace of his family. Which is why he has been sent to a small college in the backwoods of Tennessee, out of the media spotlight, out of mind. He is completely focused on getting his degree and taking off to start his career on the other side of the camera. Until he lays eyes on Layla Harper.

She has no clue how beautiful she is, but he is determined to help her find out. Unfortunately she won’t give him the time of day. He wants to prove to her he isn’t the kind of guy she thinks he is…or does he? Getting close to Layla means letting her in on his darkest secret. And that would mean losing her.

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DJ Westerfield Writing As June Stevens

DJ Westerfield is a wife, step-mom, sister, auntie, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, friend, and Mommy to three adorable and mischievous four-legged babies.

She writes non-fiction, blogs, and co-hosts an internet radio show as DJ Westerfield and uses the pseudonym June Stevens to write fiction in a variety of genres including contemporary romance, romantic suspense, romantic fantasy, paranormal romance, urban fantasy.  You can find out more about her and WHY she uses both of her names on her website.









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COVER REVEAL: Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin


We are so pleased to finally share this gorgeous and much awaited cover for Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin.


Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire Book 1)


Release Day: October 7, 2014

Published by: Clean Teen Publishing

Genre- YA Historical Fiction


Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophia will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?

A seductive pose of a young bride fixing her dress

Sherry D. Ficklin

Sherry's-an-Author-030Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

She is the author of The Gods of Fate Trilogy now available from Dragonfly Publishing. Her previously self-published novel After Burn: Military Brats has been acquired by Harlequin and will be released in 2014 with a second book in that series to follow. Her YA steampunk novel, EXTRACTED: The Lost Imperials book 1, co-written with Tyler H. Jolley is now available everywhere books are sold and her newest YA novel, Losing Logan, is now available from Clean Teen Publishing.






A Note From The Author:

The true story of Catherine the Great is one fraught with betrayal, intrigue, and romance. While a good deal of my story is drawn from actual people and events, I have been very liberal in the rearrangement of dates, events, and places. Whenever possible I took my cues from her own words, intermixing my own thoughts and ideas. My thought upon the creation of the book was simple. I looked at the woman she was when she claimed the crown and then wondered, how did an innocent girl from Germany become such a force of nature? Most people aren’t born cold or ambitious, but have circumstances that forge them into those people. And that was the story I wanted to tell in this book. I wanted to see the events in her early life that would have changed her into the person she became, and not knowing the truth of that story, I simply made something up. That is what we, as writers, do best.

If you are curious about the real history behind Catherine, I suggest heading to your local library and doing a bit of research. This is not meant to be a historically accurate representation, but a flight of fancy, one that I hope you, dear reader, will enjoy as much as I have.



Audiobook Review: Silver Storm by Cynthia Wright

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Dashing and dangerous Andre Raveneau is the Revolutionary War’s most reckless privateer captain when Devon Lindsay stows away aboard his ship after her Connecticut town has been burned by the British. Raveneau sardonically agrees to deliver her to her childhood sweetheart in Virginia but doesn’t count on his own potent attraction to the enchanting, courageous Devon.

Through high adventure, swashbuckling sea battles, and the colorful history of America’s revolution, the couple battles the fiery passion that binds them together.

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My Review

I found Silver Storm to be a fun, engaging read. I really had a hard time turning it off to do essential things, like sleep. I’m not giving it 5 stars across the board because I did have just a couple of complaints.

It is a beautiful love story that spans the American Revolution, however the very beginning of the story was a little two slowly paced and some of the “notable figure” sightings felt a bit stilted and forced. As did some of the dialogue of the secondary characters. I also wasn’t a fan of the hopping character points of view.

The narration was very good, and I did enjoy it, but I felt there was something just a little “off” in the pacing. She read quite quickly and spiritedly and I felt like, while that was good in some areas, the tone of the book was a bit more sedate. I really feel like she overplayed Devon’s character a bit, making her a little too “high strung” sounding.

4 Stars

I received a copy of the audiobook for HONEST review.

But all in all, I DEFINITELY recommend Silver Storm, and I WILL be reading more in the series!

Guest Post & Giveaway: Top Ten Movies to Stop Channel Surfing For by Debra Doxer

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We are excited to have Debra Doxer here today talking about her top 10 favorite movies.  Check below to find out about her new novel, To Have and To Harm.  Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom for her giveaway!

Top 10 movies I stop channel surfing for:

10) Psycho – Hitchcock is a genius, and also a jerk if the rumors were true, but that shower scene was an editing masterpiece. If you get the chance to see the Hitchcock film Rope, do it. That movie has virtually no edits, just some fades to change the film magazine and camera changes when the characters move between rooms. The entire movie was made using long takes that can go for up to ten minutes.
9) The Godfather – All of them. If there’s a marathon on, my plans for the day are toast.
8) The Matrix – It gave us the original slow-mo time-lapse “bullet-time” effect that every movie rips off now. Type “The Matrix” and “bullet time” into youtube to watch that scene. It’s so frigging cool.
7) Jaws – I can’t see that mechanical shark leaping out of the water with those terrifying razor-sharp teeth too many times. And for some reason, there are lots of opportunities to use the famous quote, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Apparently that line was an ad-lib by Roy Scheider.
6) The Departed – Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, and Jack Nicholson. Need I say more? Well, I will, because this is an incredible movie. Great story. Great acting. The only negative is that Martin Sheen’s and Leo DiCaprio’s Boston accents are wicked bad. I can say this because I’m a native Bostonian with a mother who sounds a lot like Mark Wahlberg, only with a higher voice and a lot fewer expletives. Well, maybe not that many fewer.
5) A Walk to Remember – This story contains everything I relish in a love story. She’s hard to get. He’s a bad boy with a heart of gold. When they finally get together, it’s amazingly romantic before it turns into a bittersweet tear-jerker. In the end, both characters change for the better as a result of their being together. Ahh, I just love this movie.
4) Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Stoner Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) ordering a pizza delivered to the classroom right in the middle of class – simply classic.
3) Reality Bites – This is a perfect snapshot of life right after college when you feel like you’re twisting in the wind. It’s full of attitude and one-liners. “He’s so cheesy, I can’t watch him without crackers.” Troy and Lelaina have some smart and snarky back and forth dialog. You love Troy and you hate him at the same time.
2) Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club (but really any John Hughes 80’s movie) – Both of these movies have classic final scenes. In Sixteen Candles, Sam is sitting on the table across from Jake, her birthday cake is between them as she tells him her wish already came true. Then they kiss. Swoon! The Breakfast Club, Bender raises his fist in triumph as he leaves the school and “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds is playing. Such great feel-good endings.
1) Clueless – This is one of my favorite movies. It’s another film directed by Amy Heckerling (Fast Times was too). I’m always quoting it at stop signs. “I totally paused.”

To Have and To Harm:

THaTH_Amazon_GR_SWShe kept everyone from harm, except herself…

Raielle’s life was shrouded in secrets. Her power was a secret and so was her past. When she came to Fort Upton, everything changed. She discovered her family, and she found the boy who would own her heart forever. But it couldn’t last. Knowing so little about her power nearly destroyed her. She had to leave and break both their hearts.

Now she’s back in California, and she doesn’t have to hide who she is anymore. But there is no relief in that because she’s drowning in regret. She knew it would take a miracle or a sin to save her, and there was no miracle. Her survival came at too high a price. She found her father, but she can’t go back to Lucas until she finds redemption.

She saved him. Then she left him…

She came out of nowhere and changed him forever, then she disappeared and left him reeling. Her whole life, she never had anyone who really loved her. Until him. Did she think he wouldn’t come for her? Did she believe she wasn’t worth it?

Lucas leaves everything behind to follow Raielle. When he finds her, she’s a pale shadow of the girl he remembers. Her power is betraying her and so are the people around her, but one thing hasn’t changed. She selflessly wants to save the world, and he just wants to save her.

With more secrets to uncover and dark truths to face, Raielle and Lucas must make sacrifices for each other. But in the end, will those sacrifices bring them closer together or tear them apart? When he’s forced to make the ultimate sacrifice, will she turn her back on everything she believes in to save him again?

~ This book is intended for mature readers due to sexual situations and strong language.~

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Debra DoxerDebra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”




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SERIES SPOTLIGHT: The Chosen Series by Alisa Mullen

We are excited to spotlight the Chosen Series by Alisa Mullen, today.

Unsettled (Chosen #1)

Unsettled_final_400Isn’t it enough to try to live for the moment? What if doing so will cost you everything?

The story is based on actual events.

Lizzie O’Malley, a 23-year-old free spirit, is on a mission to find her purpose in life. In the summer of 2000, she returns home to Boston to begin a life that she can be proud of. On her first night out on the town, tragedy strikes and she finds herself the cause of the emotional wreckage. Instead of dealing with the consequences, she loses herself in a man she met that night.

Teagan Gallagher, a 22-year-old college student from Ireland, spends that same summer in Boston, working towards his degree and partying his way through the city. One night, he finds a beautiful American girl that he is desperate to spend the summer with.

Together, Teagan and Lizzie learn the ins and outs of an unconventional relationship. It isn’t until their relationship is in too deep that it becomes impossible for either to run away.


Unchosen (Chosen #2)

Unchosen_400Burned once, shame on you, burned twice…? Will there be twice?

Lizzie O’Malley is back, in this second installment in The Chosen Series, with a purpose in life. Still flighty and unpredictable, she knows that loving and losing Teagan Gallagher has changed her life forever. As she navigates her new life in Boston as a full time working mother, she promises herself she will never fall in love again.

But can she keep that promise after meeting Nick Sawyer, the gorgeous Texan who has fallen for her?

Follow Lizzie to Ireland where she struggles with tragedy and rediscovers herself all over again.


Unrequited (Chosen #3)

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00070]What if someone was out to sabotage your happiness?

Nick Sawyer, a successful business man, has everything he has ever wanted. Grateful for the new additions to his life, he realizes he has the kind of love that he never knew existed. If it wasn’t for Lizzie O’Malley, Nick would still be sucked up in his day job and the nightlife. Lizzie altered his plans just by stepping into his life.

Samantha Hughes, a childhood friend of Nick’s, is back in Boston. Following her father’s wishes, it is her intention to catch Nick’s eye before he commits himself to Lizzie. Their plan rapidly becomes reality. It just isn’t the reality Sam thought she wanted.

Unrequited is a twisted love triangle story that goes awry. Who will be the one that loses it all?


About The Author

Profile PIC2Mullen grew up in Maine and has lived in many cities across the US. She likes to travel but craves to travel to places in her mind. She combines life experience and imagination on paper. She has been a writer since she was eight years old when her mother told her she couldn’t believe she wrote so genuinely. Throughout schooling, she wrote poems and stories. 
Writing took a back seat when she fell into the business world rat race and tried out several occupations. Nothing ever felt more satisfying than writing. She published her first book “Unsettled” in February. “Unchosen” and “Unrequited” completing the Chosen Series…for now. She released a suspense novella, “One Missing Link” in May and her WIP is The Good Bye Trilogy, “Plastic Confidence” Book One, is due out in Fall 2014. 

In her rare off time, she enjoys baseball with her family. Her husband and their two children are major Rangers and Red Sox fans. They live between San Antonio and Austin, Texas and like it there. It’s very quiet, a great place to write. Mullen also own her own macramé necklace business, Devika Knots, which she started it with her daughter five years ago and it has become a great business. Art is her life.

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Reviews of The Chosen Series:

 “What an amazing series, the story took me on a real journey of discoverers. I loved each and every book, I felt the love, friendships, pain, tears and laughter.

This is the first time I have read books by Alisa Mullen and I will be reading each and every book from the author from now on, a real talent that draws you in. BRILLIANT ~ A MUST READ”
Michelle via Goodreads – A review of The Chosen Series

“Unsettled (first in the Chosen series) by Alisa Mullen is a heartbreaking, absorbing, and inspiring story of a young woman embarking on a new phase of her life. Readers can tell from the first page that author Alisa Mullen has compassion for her main character, Lizzie, who is struggling with her place in the world. This was one of those can’t put it down books.” - Nina Ceves: Author

COVER REVEAL: A Beautiful Though by Alicia Rae

I am so excited by this cover reveal! Alicia Rae’s new cover is absolutely gorgeous, AND she’s sharing an excerpt with us—make sure to read to the bottom to enter the giveaway! So without further ado.

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Author: Alicia Rae

Release Date: July 14th

Genre: New Adult Romance


About A Beautiful Thought:

As a physical sports therapist, Gail Bennett is accustomed to working with gorgeous athletes every day, but after falling for a few of these attractive men, she has been left heartbroken one too many times. When Gail’s hours at work are unexpectedly cut, she must find a way to continue helping her parents pay for her sister’s education. Reluctantly following her best friend’s advice, Gail takes on a roommate—with the one man she has been avoiding since the first time she laid eyes on him.

Damon Johnson loves a challenge, and he is not the type of man to back down when he wants something. From the first moment he meets Gail for dinner, he feels an inexplicable pull between the two of them. In his determination to have her, he finds himself helping her in any way he can.

Can Damon break through all the barriers Gail has so carefully placed around her heart and prove that he’s different? Or will Gail’s reservations keep her from falling in love?

One thought could change everything.

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Exclusive Excerpt:


I startled myself awake and checked the clock. “Shit, shit, shit,” I muttered. I had overslept by nearly thirty-five minutes.

I flew out of bed and darted for the bathroom to take a shower, realizing I must not have heard Damon getting out of bed this morning. He usually woke up nearly an hour before me, and I always heard him clunking around, so I’d stopped setting my alarm.

Bad idea.

I had stayed up late last night, reading a steamy romance novel, while waiting for him to come home. I must have slept like a rock.

I slid to a stop in the bathroom and locked the door. I was used to locking it now, thanks to having a roommate. With quick succession, I stripped off my clothes and showered in lightning speed. Then, I dried off and noticed I’d forgotten to grab my scrubs for work. After I securely wrapped my towel around me, tucking it under my armpits, I cracked the door open to take a quick peek just in case.

The coast was clear, so I ran for it, mindful that my feet were still damp in my hastiness.

Three feet from my bedroom door, Damon rounded the corner, rubbing his head sleepily with his hand.

His eyes bulged when he looked up. “What the—”

I loudly gasped as I crashed into him, expecting to tumble to the floor in a heap of tangled limbs. Damon’s broad arms caught me, wrapping around my waist, while my hands clung to his biceps for balance. Once I got my footing, I peeked up at him.

“Hi,” I whispered breathily.

His eyes were smoldering hot, darker than I’d ever seen them before, and his jaw was set. At first, I thought he was pissed, but the increasing firmness against my abdomen told me otherwise. Heat flared inside me at our contact, and desire burned within me once again.

“Hi,” he murmured back in a rough tone.

A second passed, or maybe several, and neither of us moved.

Damon kept one hand firmly on my waist while lifting the other to cup my cheek. He caressed it back and forth with a gentleness that sent shivers racing down my back. I melted into his touch. His eyes raked over my body as he ran his thumb over my lips, tracing them, while he murmured my name. I leaned into him and brushed his lips with mine, causing him to gently glide his fingertips down to the base of my throat. Ignoring all the reasons why this was a really bad idea, I gave myself over to what my body so desperately wanted.

A groan left his throat as his palm came to my neck, pulling my lips closer. He took my mouth and kissed me deeply. His kiss rocked me back on my heels, and I grasped him like a lifeline, matching his passion as I kissed him back with equal fervor. Sparks ignited within every part of me.

By the time we parted, we were both gasping for air.

After the most perfect moment of my life, doubts came barreling into me and knocked the wind right out of me.

“Oh my God…I’m so sorry. I don’t know what came over me.” I shook my head in dismay and embarrassment at succumbing to my crush on him. This was all my fault. “I have to go.”

I went to disengage myself from him, but he held me in place.

“Wait,” he demanded.

I could see the confusion mixed with hurt in his expression. The look had me feeling even worse.

“We need to talk about this.”

“No, we don’t.” I felt at a total loss and out of my league. “I kissed you, and I’m sorry. It won’t happen again.”

We kissed each other,” he countered. “And what if I want to do it again?”

“We can’t,” I retorted and looked up at him. “It will ruin everything.”

“Ruin what?” he asked quietly.

If Damon dumped me like the last guy and the guy before that, it would destroy me, and I could not let that happen. I was a stronger woman now. Plus, I was riding a very thin line with my finances, and if Damon and I crossed this boundary between us, there would be no going back. Things were perfect the way they were now. I did not want to mess it up.

Plus, Caroline’s education was partially riding on my shoulders, which in turn was riding on having a roommate help pay my rent. It was an awful double standard, yes, but there was no other way. It was too risky.

I would have to just live with my attraction to him.

When I did not answer him, he added, “Gail, no matter what happens between us, I would never just walk out on you.” It was as though he had guessed what my apprehensions were.

His last words hit me deep and gave me the strength to say my peace. I would not jeopardize my sister’s future over dating a man I barely knew. Especially given my history with men who only wanted one thing.

My past gave me the courage to say my peace.

I stood up tall, tightened my towel, and looked him straight in the eyes. “That’s what every guy says, and you’ll be no different.”

Damon dropped his hands, letting me go, as if I’d slapped him. His eyes turned unreadable.

My heart constricted painfully in my chest, churning and twisting relentlessly. I was so ashamed of myself for being so callous to a man who had done nothing but lend a helping hand to me in my time of need.

“I’m so sorry, Damon,” I murmured, lowering my head in shame. Tears filled my eyes. “I have to go to work.”


About the Author:

Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing in my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…

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Audiobook Review: What’s in a Name? by Terry Odell

51bC40RLKRL._SL300_I’ve followed Terry Odell on Twitter for some years now, but this was the first time I’ve read (listened to) one of her books.  WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG?


It was a great mystery. I suspected, but wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out. Beautifully written, though it was a little slow in some spots. I loved that the characters were quirky and not predictable. All in all a wonderful story and I will read more by Terry Odell.

The performance was excellent. The production quality was good, though there was a noticeable change in audio right around the 15 minute mark. It wasn’t really a change in quality, it still had good production quality throughout, just a noticeable change in the way the narrator and overall audio sounded. I will definitely listen to more by this narrator.


What’s in a Name? by Terry Odell

Written by: Terry Odell
Narrated by: Pamela Almand, The Captain’s Voice
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins 

Running for the wrong reason can still get you killed.

Kelli Carpenter has changed her name, her appearance – her life – to avoid being connected to a crime she committed in self defense years ago. But just when she thinks she has nothing to fear, handsome stranger Blake Windsor shows up.

He claims to be the handyman her boss sent to help complete the project she’s working on – Camp Getaway – a place where inner city kids will get respite from concrete and drive-bys. Being a loner has kept her alive, and Kelli’s instincts tell her to leave. But without Blake’s help, the refuge for inner city children won’t be completed on time. Against her instincts, she accepts his help.

Blake Windsor is a corporate executive accepted his boss’s request to find out if Kelli Carpenter is really a woman his boss thinks he knew years before. He begrudgingly returns to the blue-collar construction lifestyle he vowed to leave behind, hoping doing this favor will advance his career.

The woman he meets bears little resemblance to the woman he’s supposed to find, but something about her mystifies him, and he decides to continue with his deception to learn more about her.

When someone makes an attempt on Kelli’s life, she runs – but she takes Blake with her. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer is her philosophy. And Kelli is convinced Blake knows something that will link her to her former lover’s death, ending her life as she knows it.

What’s in a Name? is full of twists and turns as Blake and Kelli try to keep one step ahead of whoever is following them while they try to figure out why.


New on Audiobook: A Reason to Stay by June Stevens

AReason_AUDIOBOOK_COVER2IT’S OFFICIAL! A Reason to Stay by June Stevens is an AUDIOBOOK! It officially went up for sale on Audible and Amazon today.

A special thanks goes out to the ultra talented Meghan Kelly for the exquisite production quality and spot on performance!


You can get it for FREE on Audible with their 30day trial offer! Or, if you are an Audible member, purchase it with this month’s credit! Or get it on Amazon! If you prefer Itunes, just keep checking. It should be available SOON!




Book Spotlight: Accidental Leigh by Melanie James

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Title: Accidental

Series: Literal Leigh Romance

Author: Melanie

Release Date: June 13th, 2014

Genre: Paranormal/Romantic


About the book 
Coming in June 13th of 2014 – Accidental Leigh – Book 1 of the
Literal Leigh Romance Diaries!
How does a girl become a witch? By accident, of


Leigh Epstein is a grief stricken and lonely elementary school
teacher that is devastated by the brutal and unexpected death of her true love at the hands of
a careless writer. She overcomes her grief by taking matters in her own hands and takes up a
little romance writing to resurrect her vampire-werewolf book-boyfriend. Leigh gets more than
she bargained for when she discovers that every steamy erotic scene she creates is magically
reenacted by her family, friends and coworkers. 
In her hilarious first diary, Leigh unwittingly sets her parents up
for a weekend dinner party that they will never forget. She has two weeks to find out what her
new found magic is capable of. Can she prevent a wild erotic encounter that could devastate
her sweet parent’s marriage? What and who else will get caught up in her magic
Read a story so witchingly fun, that you won’t be able to put it
down and you will be eagerly awaiting the rest of the Literal Leigh Romance




About the Author


Melanie James is a Western
Pennsylvania native who spent several years in the Chicago area before being dragged to the
frozen land of Northeast Wisconsin she has called home for the last 9 years.  Not that
she minded, Chicago is nice to visit but she didn’t care for living there.  She prefers
living in the country or small towns than in or around a big city.

 Melanie  is married to the most wonderful
husband a woman could ask for.  She has two fabulous kids that keep her on her toes
and she wouldn’t trade them for the world or even consider selling them on e-bay.  Most

She has two dogs and one sassy cat (see the pet page for their
personal bios).  There may be a guinea pig in the house somewhere too!
When she’s not writing, she works part time in the IT world (shhh don’t
tell anyone, she really is a tech geek).  She is also working on her graduate degree at
the University of Wisconsin Stout.
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