Friday, 13 February 2015

The Fortuitous Pen by Cara Addison

The Fortuitous PenThe Fortuitous Pen by Cara Addison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolves around Austin and Brett, an interesting and alluring couple brought together by destiny in the first installment of this series. Having not read book one, I was initially apprehensive about how I would be able to follow this story. But the plot in this works itself out and this book can be read as a stand-alone. Austin moves cities and is a full-time writer, with a doting Brett emotionally supporting her all the way. They settle into life as a couple and discover the complexities that each other's life comes with. As Austin and Brett adjust to life as a couple, they realise that a relationship is a lot more than the initial irresistible attraction and sweet talk. Do they both manage to keep their romance and the flame in their lives alive, overcoming all logistical and societal challenges is what the book takes us through.

The pace of the book was engaging. The storyline was interesting too, although a tad predictable. I would have loved to read more on the idealogies of Austin and Brett, which would have helped the reader empathise with their actions and behaviours more. The narrative was well-handled. Overall, this was an enjoyable breezy romance read and I would definitely recommend this to lovers of romance and drama.

My rating: 3 stars

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Book Info

Titles: The Fortuitous Pen
Author: Cara Addison
Publication Dates: November 25, 2014 
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance


After making an immediate connection in ‘Going the Distance’, Austin Campbell and Brett Tanner continue their lives together as they adjust to life as a sexy New York couple. Having fallen madly in love with Brett, Austin balances her time between her writing, and the delicious romps with her fiercely loyal and equally adventurous lover.   Determined to focus on her writing, Austin experiences an accidental encounter that sets the two off on a journey of pain and healing.  Can their everyday life of sexy trysts and loving adventures be enough to overcome mistakes of the past?

Author Bio

I’m the accidental author.

In so many ways, becoming a published author happened by chance.

For years, I’ve worked in the corporate world. My degrees are in business. Essentially, I’m a problem solver for corporations and government. So, you can imagine how much of a shift it was for me to sit down and write fiction.

During the summer of 2013, I put pen to paper. I let my sexy imagination loose and before I knew it I’d filled a more than a few pages. The characters came to life and a story began to take shape.

And so began, the greatest chapter of my life.

Writing has been cathartic. Becoming published has been exhilarating.

This journey isn’t over. I continue to write, as time permits. Another manuscript is in the works.

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe

The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant (The V Trilogy, #2)The Wicked Awakening of Anne Merchant by Joanna Wiebe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story weaves itself around many intricate threads - there is Wormwood island, laden with all its perils and danger and needs to be saved, there is Anne, hopelessly mesmerised with Ben and will go to any lengths if it helps him, Ben's obsessive and almost manic ex Garnet; the institute's principal Dia, showering extra attention on Anne and her artistic pursuits. While Ben isn't interested in spending any time with Garnet, Anne is convinced that this is the only way for Ben to win the Valedictorian (what they call the Big V). To add to Anne's woes is the dark secrets about her soul and her past. How all these characters sort themselves out, and does Anne manage to save the island, and her love for Ben, is what the book takes us through.

The story had a staggering pace, which was probably accentuated by the fact that I hadn't read the first book in the trilogy. However, eventually the plot worked its way out and things got clearer. I loved Ben's characterisation, but however, Anne's characterisation came out as being riddled with contradictions.

Overall, this was an interesting read and I would recommend this to lovers of paranormal adventures and romances.

My rating: 3.5 stars

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Book Two in the V Trilogy

Young Adult Fiction
Date Published: January 20, 2015

   Life and death, light and dark, spirit and flesh-on Wormwood Island, the lines are always blurred. For Anne Merchant, who has been thrust back into this eerily secretive world, crossing the line seems inevitable, inescapable, destined.

Now, as Ben finds himself battling for the Big V and Teddy reveals the celestial plan in which Anne is entwined, Anne must choose: embrace her darkly powerful connection to a woman known as Lilith and, in doing so, save the boy she loves…or follow a safer path that is sure to lead to Ben’s destruction at the hands of dark leaders. Hoping the ends will justify the means, Anne starts down the slippery slope into the underworld, intent on exploring the dark to find the light. But as the lure of Lilith proves powerfully strong, will Anne save others-only to lose herself?

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Of Love and Vengeance by Louise Lyndon

Of Love and Vengeance

by Louise Lyndon

Of Love and VengeanceOf Love and Vengeance by Louise Lyndon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When her serene life is shattered by the invasion of her homeland by Norman warriors, Laila is at the wrong side of fate. To add to her woes, she and her sister Ead learn that their assets are entrusted with Lord Aymon, a Norman. The only solution that Laila is presented with, is to marry Lord Aymon. Laila grudgingly agrees, keenly on the lookout for a chance to do away with Lord Aymon when she can. She finds his treason unforgiveable. Lord Aymon is a man facing his own demons, having been through many hardships. His dream of settling down with some peace of mind and a wife who cares is ruined when he finds himself with the snarling Laila. Things take a turn when Laila learns of Lord Aymon's true reasons for his actions. Will they finally overcome their enmity and lead a happy life together, is what the book takes us through.

It's been a while since I've read a romance fiction book that blends historical narratives with emotional realism. I loved the characterisation, especially Laila's. The female protagonist, Laila, gives an earful to anyone who cares to listen and stops just short murdering anyone who gets on her nerves. She softens when she learns of Lord Aymon's demons. The pace of the book was good. The plot was engaging.

Overall, this was a good read and I definitely recommend this to lovers of romance.

My rating: 4.5 stars

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Forced to marry Lord Aymon to ensure her young nephews survival, English Lady Laila vows undying hatred for the Norman she holds responsible for the deaths of so many innocents. Discovering Aymon has committed an act of treason gives her the chance to seek vengeance he deserves.  But can Laila let Aymon die at the hands of the king once she learns the truth?

A hardened Norman warrior, Lord Aymon has lived through atrocities no man ever should. With the invasion of England over, all he wants is a quiet life and a wife who will give him heirs and obey his every command. Instead, he finds himself wed to feisty and outspoken Laila. But when she learns the truth of his treasonous act, can Aymon count on her to keep his secret?


Aymon caught a flicker of movement from a window on the second story. “I think we’re about to meet the welcome party.” An arrow zoomed toward him and landed on the pommel of his saddle. A half an inch closer and he would no longer be able to sire children. As if in demonstration of his ability with the bow and arrow, the shooter fired again. This time directed toward Hugh. The second arrow too came within a half an inch of his friend’s manhood.

“You missed!” Aymon called toward the shooter.  He questioned his stupidity for mocking someone with such a good aim.

“You want me to show you how good an aim I really am?” a woman’s voice echoed out across the yard.

“Bloody hell,” Hugh half cursed, half laughed. “Where does a woman learn to shoot like that?”

Aymon was shocked and admittedly a little impressed a woman had such remarkable shooting skills. He could use such a sharp shooter on his side in battle. After all, it was better to have someone so skilled firing for you than at you.

Aymon raised his black leather gloved hand in surrender. “No. I’m firmly attached to my balls, thank you very much.”

“Who are you?” the shooter demanded. “And what do you want? There is nothing of value here for you to steal. Be on your way, man, and leave me in peace.”

“Some would say a female is of value,” Aymon drawled sardonically.

A second arrow lodged firmly on the pommel between his legs.

“I do not give third chances. I’ll give you to the count of three to leave. Or else you will find an arrow straight through your heart.”

Aymon’s warhorse whinnied, and he fought to control the beast whose temperament was as black as his coat. “Put down your weapon!”


“We mean you no harm!”


“I am Lord Aymon, and this is Lord Hugh. I’ve come to claim what is rightfully mine.”


The two men looked at one another unsure what to do. “Should we storm the building and lay claim to what is yours?”

Aymon shook his head. He dismounted but never took his eyes from the door to the manor.

“She will soon make her appearance.”

Hugh, too, dismounted. “How can you be so sure?”

Aymon looked at his friend. “We do not have arrows through our hearts.”

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Louise grew up in country Victoria, Australia, before moving to England, where for sixteen years she soaked up the vibrancy of London and the medieval history of England. She has since returned to Australia and now lives in Melbourne.

She has been writing the moment she picked up a copy of Diana Gabaldon's first Outlander novel twenty something years ago. She thought to herself, 'this is what I want to do' - not travel back in time, but become a novelist! She has always had snippets of dialogue and scenes floating around in her head with characters screaming at her to bring them to life.

In 2013, Louise won first prize in the Crested Butte Sandy Writing contest – Historical category for her story, The Promise, which is now called, Of Love and Vengeance.

When not writing, she can be found covered in mud, crawling under barbed wire and hoisting herself over twelve foot walls - under the guise of competing in Spartan races all over Australia.


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Hunted by a Jaguar by Felicity Heaton

Hunted by a Jaguar (Eternal Mates #4)Hunted by a Jaguar by Felicity Heaton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolves around the Jaguar-descent Kyter, and his quest for avenging his mother's cruel death. He is in pursuit of his demonic father, whom he wants to pay back for his mother's battle and death. He needs to find an artifact to aid his cause. This brings him into the orbit of Iolanthe, an elf, who takes up assignments for finding artifacts from various dimensions. She is on a mission to find the same artifact that Kyter is after. Starting out from opposite sides, they each think they need to win this game, even if it means killing the other. But when Kyter realises that Iolanthe is his destined mate, his demeanour changes, much to Iolanthe's chagrin. Having been by herself for a thousand years, the last thing she wants is to be enslaved by a mate. Do the two admit to their feelings for each other and choose destiny's path, is what the book takes us through.

I was initially apprehensive about this book, as this was the first one that I was reading in the Eternal Mates series. But the author has carved this book out well that the reader can understand the premise and characters fully, without having read the previous ones. The characterisation of Iolanthe was done well and I found her to be an interesting female protagonist - spirited, cheerful, untameable and at the same time, with a lot of contradictions, making her very endearing. I would have loved for the pace of the book to be a tad more brisk.

Overall, this was a nice read and I would definitely recommend this to lovers of paranormal romance.

My rating: 4 stars

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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Deceived by LA. Starkey

Deceived (Soul Keeper, #1)Deceived by L.A. Starkey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It's extremely tricky to write a synopsis and summary for a pretty interesting book, without giving a lot of its suspense and details away. I am still going to try. :) The story is based on the premise of defying things which are predestined, having the "soul-mate" theme as its pivotal point. Relying heavily on Greek mythological influences, which are blended very effectively into a present-day romance tale, the story revolves around Sam, the fragile and alluring female protagonist of the book. There are two male protagonists, one of whom needs to be chosen by Sam as her soul-mate ("needs to be" is a misleading set of words here!). Does Sam manage to figure out whom she wants her soul to pair up with, or do the mythological evils take over, is what the book takes us through.

The book was mind-blowing. It takes a while for the reader to warm up to the actual plot and then it is thoroughly gripping. I loved the characterisation. Sam's is an absolutely remarkable character - one of the most intriguing and perplexing characters I've come across, in recent times. The narrative deserves special kudos. The seamless weaving of the mythological trails into the modern world was brilliant.

Overall, this was a great read and I highly recommend it!

My rating: 5 stars

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Deceived by L.A. Starkey
(Soul Keeper Series #1)
Publication date: August 28th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

They say a soul is the immaterial essence, the animating principle, the actuating cause of an individual life.

But what if you had to share yours with the one person you hated the most?

The soul mate principle states that for every one soul there is another that will recognize its match, hence creating the perfect union.

But what if you had two soul mates, which would you choose?

What if your choices had eternal ramification?

Deceived, the debut novel in the Soul Keeper Series, is a modern day love story about the implications of having more than one soul mate, and having to choose between the two of them. The decisions of the gods has left the next generation, their heirs, torn between fate and reality, and the balance of the future hangs in anticipation of what’s to come.



Laurie Starkey is the author of the upcoming Soul Keeper Series, a supernatural young adult series, and The Liarus Detective Series, a supernatural middle grade series. She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Jacob and three beautiful kiddos.

She is a CPA by trade, a church planter and entrepreneur at heart; however, writing and reading are passions she just can’t help but indulge in. With more ideas than one person should be allowed, she is blessed to have a muse that doesn’t seem to take a vacation and more energy that one might consider healthy.

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Monday, 2 February 2015

The Science of Attraction by Verity Jacobs

The Science of Attraction by Verity Jacobs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolves around Kate, an ambitious London-based scientist in Germany, running her own lab. Kate is someone who can't let get anything between her and her career goals - even her love-life. She has a secret affair with the director of her institute, and has morals lose enough that she didn't bat an eyelid in doing so. Her life is going according to her calculations. Except, she didn't count for a dashing young scientist to be assigned to work under her in her lab, who sweeps her off her feet and her senses. Irresistibly drawn to Tom, the new scientist, and unable to end her secret affair with the director, Kate is torn to shreds with the dilemma of choosing. Whom does Kate choose, and what price does she have to pay for her choice, is what the book takes us through.

The book is a breezy romance and the characters suit the theme of the book. The author has intended to create a world with characters who do not hesitate to step out of morals, and has managed to do that. The premise of the book calls for a light read. The narrative is engaging and the pace of the book flows just right. However, I would have loved to read more about the characterisation of Tom and Kate. Tom comes across as the persuasive young chap who would not take no for an answer, especially in matters of wooing. But what has made him the way he is? Does Kate resort to lose relationships out of fear for letting someone pierce her armour? These are questions I would have loved to read detailed answers to.

Nevertheless, the book was an enjoyable read and I recommend it to lovers of romance.

My rating: 3 stars

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Kate Ramsey is at the top of her game.

She’s the hot new recruit at the most prestigious research institute in Germany, and she’s determined to live up to the hype — even if it means working day and night. Stress relief comes in the form of a no-nonsense affair with her neighbor, who also happens to be the director of the institute. Who says sex should be anything more than a contract between two people who have other things on their mind?

So when Tom Baker saunters into her life, Kate is understandably upset to see this well-oiled machine splutter and seize. Tom is young and smart, and far too pretty for his own good. Kate can’t help but be drawn to him, even if giving in to the attraction would mean risking everything she’s worked for. 

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Verity Jacobs is a reformed scientist, who left the lab when she fell in love with writing about love. She lives with her husband and baby girl in London, where she dreams by day and writes all night long. She is addicted to the heart flutters and stomach flips of the fictional romance world.


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Dark Siren by Eden Ashley

Dark Siren (Dark Siren, #1)Dark Siren by Eden Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolves around the vulnerable Kali, who has a way of falling in trouble and getting out of it with some difficulty. A typical teenager, one could presume. Except that Kali has some terrifying and mysterious powers. Kali is oblivious to all of this, until the enigmatic Rhane enters her life. Rhane is a mystifying protector for Kali, coming to her rescue whenever she is in deep trouble. The quest for finding the truth leads Kali and Rhane through dangerous and dark channels, where survival itself is a challenge, leave alone the battle for truth. To add to her perplexity, Cal is a formidable presence in Kali's life. Does Kali figure out the roles of Cal and Rhane in her life, and also manage to keep her life and sanity intact, is what the book takes us through.

I found the plot and storyline of the book very engaging. Ashley has a very captivating narrative style. The characterisation leaves quite a bit to the reader's imagination and presumption. I would have loved to read more about Rhane's mindset and idealogies, instead of merely reading about how he is the rescuing hero in Kali's life. Cal's character as well, could have done with a bit of depth. The pace of the book was good, neither too brisk nor too dragging.

Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read and I would recommend this to lovers of paranormal genres.

My rating: 3.5 stars

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Dark Siren
Eden Ashley
(Dark Siren #1)
Publication date: July 4th 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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To survive, their bond must be unbreakable.
When the mysterious and passionate Rhane rescues Kali from an attacker in the theater parking lot, they form an immediate, smoldering connection. But Kali doesn’t remember Rhane or anything from their past. As far as Kali knows, she’s just a seventeen-year-old kid coping with an insatiable hunger for the “spark” or energy of others, feeding on classmates to survive.
A unique artifact—one that may hold the key to returning Kali’s memories—is uncovered by the archaeology firm where she works part-time, sending Kali and Rhane on a dangerous journey that leads them to the Forbidden City, into the unforgiving Gobi, and into the ruins of Rhane’s ancient homeland. As they fight for survival, Kali begins to discover who she really is and the true power she possesses.
But Rhane still harbors a secret that could destroy Kali…unless old enemies kill her first.

About the Author

I’m Eden Ashley and I was born and raised in a small, sunny town in South Carolina. However, it’s the thunderstorms that inspire my best ideas. There are few things I love more than curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee on a rainy day, (except maybe chocolate cake. I love cake.) often reading into the wee hours of morning when something really grabs me. I pretty much love anything with supernatural elements, so writing paranormal romance and fantasy romance seems to be a natural fit.
My first novel, Dark Siren, is best described as paranormal romance artfully wrapped within a plot chock-full of action, adventure, and edge-of-your-seat suspense, while the series has evolved to become a journey of redemption and second chances as two characters understand that sometimes committing evil is necessary to protect what is loved most. I took the siren from Greek mythology (and borrowed a little from mermaid lore), creating an entirely different creature, with its own mythology, and one that Publisher’s Weekly praised for its passion and complexity. This is not just another werewolf/shapeshifter romance or vampire romance. I think this is a story that both adults and teens can enjoy, full of characters to fall in love with!

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Broken Dolls by B.R. Kingsolver

Broken DollsBroken Dolls by B.R. Kingsolver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story revolves around private detective Kendrick. In a world where she faces many challenges, she capitalises on her telepathic skills and has managed to carve out a name for herself. Usually assigned with emotional tasks such as finding out evidence and proof for filing divorce on cheating spouses, or finding missing victims, she suddenly finds herself in the middle of a boiling turmoil when she is assigned to find Myrna, a missing telepath. Kendrick presumes Myrna to be a hapless and fragile victim, but when she finds out Myrna's actual nature, Kendrick is taken aback. To add to the confusion, there is Lorenzo, whom Kendrick initially trusts and then finds out how repulsive he is. Finding Myrna leads Kendrick down a maze of human trafficking business and she realises that telepathic women and girls are in huge danger. Does Kendrick manage to save other women with telepathic powers and break this net, is what the book takes us through.

Kendrick proves to be a formidable protagonist. I was completely captivated with her characterisation and it felt lovely to see an unabashed depiction of such a powerful soul. Be it telepathic powers, survival, fights and stunts, commmunication, Kendrick is straight out of utopia. Having chosen a paranormal premise, the author has managed to not make this character too unbelievable. I loved it! I would have found the book even more engaging had the pace been a tad more brisk. The waiting times between one incident and another were really difficult.

I found this to be an enjoyable read and would definitely recommend this to lovers of paranormal genres.

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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Broken City by DD Chant

Broken City
Broken City #1
Genre/Age Group- 16+
By- D.D. Chant

A girl with no future
A man with no past
A little lost boy
And those who seek to find him....

....Welcome to Deeta's world.

Deeta Richards has never seen the outside world. Before she was born a banking crisis brought civilization to an end and now no one leaves the safety of the compounds unless they need to, but Deeta still dreams of seeing more than the building she was born in.

Tom is in the guard, this group are the only people that the tribal elders allow to leave the compound and Tom knows only too well that Deeta could never survive the harshness that exists outside. Then tragedy strikes and Deeta and her Sister Jan find themselves captured by a hostile tribe. Why does Tom know so much about these people? And why do they know so much about him? As this mystery draws to a climax, they discover that their friend Tom is not quite what he seems...

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Friday, 30 January 2015

The Escape by Allana Kephart and Melissa Simmons

The Escape (Gumshoes & Grifters, #0.5)The Escape by Allana Kephart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The story revolves around a young and bewildered Claire McBride, who is on the run fearing her life. Having witnessed a brutal murder by someone who was the last person on earth she would have suspected to be murderous, Claire is confused, frightened, vulnerable, and above all, in danger. While she disappears and is at her wits' end to keep her sanity and life in check, Carter, Claire's best friend, philosopher and guide, has no intentions of letting her go. He is initially baffled at her disappearance but has a steely determination to bring her back at any cost. He seeks help from Adam, his older brother. Facing an array of hap-hazard and mysterious clues, Carter and Adam enter a world where ruthlessness rules all the time and the killers would not give a second thought before slitting their throats. Do they manage to keep themselves safe and also protect Claire, is what the book takes us through.

This power-packed thriller and adventure story was unputdownable and I finished it in one go. I loved the narrative - from two different perspectives, Claire's and Carter's. The plot and storyline were engaging and the pace was brisk and nail-biting. I loved the characters, especially those of the devoted Carter and the solemn and dependable Adam. I loved this book all the way through and highly recommend it to lovers of thrillers and adventures.

My rating: 5 stars

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Book Info-
Title- The Escape
Series- Gumshoes & Grifters #0.5
By- Allana Kephart & Melissa Simmons
Genre- Mature YA/ Contemporary/Suspense / Thriller
Expected Publication Date- February 1st, 2015

Run for your life…

Sixteen-year-old Claire McBride just witnessed a brutal murder at the hands of someone she knew, someone she thought she could trust. Now she’s alone, afraid and desperate to put as many miles as possible between herself and the killer. Seeing no other options, she flees her home town of Galena, leaving behind everything and everyone she’s ever held dear.

Run for your life…

Carter Emerson's whole world has come crashing down around him. He woke to the news his best friend, Claire has gone missing without a trace, and there’s nothing he can do about it. Finding out her car was abandoned in the busy city of Chicago, he and his brother can't help but fear the worst… With no solid suspects or leads, it looks like Carter’s worst nightmare could come true, and Claire’s disappearance may turn into a cold case.

Run for your life…

With the killer at her heels, Claire has no choice but to leave Carter in the dark. She can’t risk his safety just because she misses the sound of his voice… But will the run of Claire’s life be worth it in the end? Or will her past catch up with her no matter how hard she tries to escape it?

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Allana Kephart has been making things up and bending people to her will from a very young age.  She loves animals and reading and spends a large amount of time thinking up ways to torment her characters. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Melissa Simmons.
Melissa Simmons is an avid reader who married her soul mate and is the proud mother of a spoiled cat.  She spends her days helping promote independent authors and doing what the voices in her head tell her to. She shares a brain, a love of coffee and the color purple with her alter ego/best friend/co-author, Allana Kephart. 

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