Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review ~ Therapy by Kathryn Perez ~ JMAC

I’m needy.

I’m broken.

Cutting breaks through my numbness, but only opens more wounds.

Depression, self-harm, bullying....that's my reality.

Sex and guys....that's my escape.

The space between the truth and lies is blurred leaving me torn, lost and confused. And while the monsters that live in my head try to beat me-- the two men that I love try to save me.

This is my story of friendship, heartache, and the grueling journey that is mental-illness.

Sometimes you have to get lost in order to be found…
Even after 8 days I still don’t know how to start this review.  I like to say that I can take a little bit of something from each book with me after reading it.  Some books I read that I really enjoy, but as far as connecting with the books, a lot of times I don’t connect on a personal level .  Not that that makes the book bad, just some books I read for enjoyment, rather than finding a connection.  There have only been very few books that I’ve read, and connected with on a personal level.  Whether it was that I’ve been through what the characters were going through, or the feelings just reminded me of personal feelings I’ve had, there have only been a few that made me feel that way.  Therapy did that to me.  Therapy made me open my eyes to issues I’ve been hiding in my own life.  While it made me see my issues, Therapy most importantly made me want to be better in all ways.  Made me muster up the courage to not only want to help myself, but actually go forward with getting help.
Therapy was just such a beautifully, tragic, heartbreaking story.  Everything about this book was just so real.  The bullying in this book was just painful.  The story itself broke my heart on so many different levels.  Kathryn has a way with her words.  Almost poetic, but just beautiful.  Therapy was a book that will hold you captive until the very last word.  It deals with a lot of tortuous issues.  Between bullying, self-destruction, depression, just so many issues that would drive any person crazy. 

All of the characters in this book had a very important role.  I just loved everything about this book.  I think that everyone should experience this book.  The whole bully epidemic in my opinion isn’t spoken about enough.  I know from experience that bullying could really effect someone.  There are people who would literally kill themselves rather than deal with bullies, or be themselves.  They become a shell of who they really are. Therapy brings you into what really happens to someone when they are severely bullied. 

This was my first Kathryn Perez book, but it definitely won’t be my last.  I know this review was a jumbled mess, and it really doesn't give this amazing book enough justice, it's probably because I still can’t find the right words to express how I am feeling.  I also don’t want to ruin anything about the book, so I didn’t go into full detail.  What I will say is Therapy will forever hold a special place in my heart, it’s one of those books that will just always be apart of me. 

I recommend this book to everyone.  It was just such an amazing book to read.

 <3 JMAC


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Review ~ Here's to Falling by Christine Zolendz ~ JMAC

Every girl has that one guy…that one guy who steals her heart and never gives it back.

We were all friends…until we weren’t.
We depended on each other…until we couldn’t.
We were in love…until we were ripped apart.
We moved on…even when we didn’t want to let go.

This is our love story.

**This standalone novel contains material that some may find disturbing. Intended for mature readers only.


3 Best friends. 

Based on true events.
What more could I ask for in a book?

Here’s to Falling made me feel so many different emotions.  Though I have never read any of Christine’s books before this one, I know she’s a very talented author.  Any author that can make my heart rate speed up, make tears fall from my eyes, and put a genuine smile on my face, is my definition of a talented author.  I felt so much reading Here’s to Falling. 

It doesn’t matter why someone does bad things.  It’s not going to stop them if you understand the reasons or not.”

Here’s to Falling is a story following 3 best friends; Charlie/Charlotte, Joey and Jase.  Charlie and Joey have been friends since they were 4 years old.  Jase moved in next to Charlie when they were in 4th grade.  They soon all became inseparable.  The friendship these 3 young kids had is something very few people are lucky to find.  Nothing could get in between Charlie, Joey, and Jase.  At least that was what they all thought. 

What I loved most about this book, besides the story itself, was the way Christine kept bringing you to their past.  I loved getting to see the 3 best-friends in their prime.  When they were innocent, before life got in the way.  The bond that Charlie, Jase, and James had made me jealous.  They were perfectly imperfect.  Charlie was the girl who was good, but wasn’t afraid to tell you off, even at a young age.  James was the boy who was always bullied.  But he had Jase and Charlie to protect him.  Jase, well Jase was your typical bad boy who had just been through the ringer.  His home life was nothing to brag about, then again neither was Charlie’s.  All of these friends had things that they went through that made their bond stronger.  If one was there, the other two were never far away.  They always had each others backs, until they couldn’t anymore.

Charlie.  If someone ever breaks your wings, you just got to find some other way to fly.  Show them what you’re worth, Charlie.  Nobody should set your value but you.

Like all kids, their life was innocent.  They were enjoying their time as kids.  Trying to stay out of trouble.  They didn’t know life would get hard for them.  They didn’t know life was going to tear them apart.  They didn’t know anything. 

Life knocks you down.  It’s going to, and you got to just turn around and get back up, hold on to me if you have to but always get back up, people will just walk all over you if you leave yourself beaten on the ground.”

There are things in Here’s to Falling that are hard to get through.  I felt such a bond with these 3 kids that I almost didn’t want to know what happened.  I didn’t want to know what the “boom” was in Charlie’s life.  I was scared to know what broke her.  When I did find out, it broke me as well.  This book is by no means a “dark” story.  It’s just a story that sucks you in, and makes you FEEL everything.  Your heart breaks for these 3 friends who became strangers.  Acts of violence could ruin anyone.  Some parts of this story were really hard to read.  They felt personal, which they were.  I didn’t feel like I was reading a story, I felt like I was living through the pain Charlie was portraying in her words.  Everything just felt very REAL. 

Everyone has a dark side.  Some are riddled with guilt about it and hide from it.  Me?  I needed to embrace mine, because I won’t let anything ever tear me down again.”
Christine, I applaud you.  You don’t find many authors who will write a story based on true events, and even if they do, many don’t share that fact with us readers.  I want to thank you for sharing this beautiful heartbreaking story.  Your words hit me to my core, and I will never forget this story.  

This story may be a trigger to some, but if you are trigger free please give this story a chance.  You will love it!



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Friday, April 17, 2015

Dual Review ~ Sweet Home & Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole ~ JMAC

At age twenty, Molly Shakespeare knows a lot.

She knows Descartes and Kant.

She knows academia and Oxford.

She knows that the people who love you leave you.

She knows how to be alone.

But when Molly leaves England's grey skies behind to start a new life at the University of Alabama, she finds that she has a lot to learn — she didn't know a summer could be so hot, she didn't know students could be so intimidating, and she certainly didn't know just how much the folks of Alabama love their football.

When a chance encounter with notorious star quarterback, Romeo Prince, leaves her unable to think of anything but his chocolate-brown eyes, dirty-blond hair and perfect physique, Molly soon realizes that her quiet, solitary life is about to dramatically change forever...

Mature New Adult novel — contains adult content, highly sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up*

You met Romeo Prince in the Amazon & USA Today bestselling novel, Sweet Home. Now hear the story from his lips: unbarred, uncensored, and raw to the bone.

It makes me laugh when I hear folks think Molly and I rushed into things too fast, spouting that we couldn't possibly have felt what we did for each other in such a short space of time. I say, how the hell would they know? We made it, didn't we? She became my whole life, didn't she? And as for my folks not being real, being true? Tell that to me aged ten, eleven, twelve—damn, all my bastard life—when I was never enough, when I was beaten until I bled for being too good at football and not being everything they'd dreamed: the perfectly dutiful son. Tell that to thousands of kids around the world getting wailed on by asshole parents for whatever stupid reason; tell them evil don't exist in their eyes.

Fuck Romeo and Juliet. This is the story of me and my girl, from my lips. No mushy sentiment, no cheese, just the plain, hard truth, and, because I'm feeling generous, I'm going to let you in on more of our story too.

Sweet Rome is a New Adult Companion Novel to Sweet Home—contains adult content, sexual situations, and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up.


Rome sweet Rome.  God everything about both of these books are just…. Honestly I’m just speechless.  Both Rome and Molly come from different ropes of life.  Molly, a sweet, brilliant girl from England who had everyone in her life taken from her.  Molly knows loss more than anyone, but she also knows what it’s like to be loved.  Even though molly didn’t have the riches, she had a father and grandmother who loved her unconditionally. 

As for Rome.  My sweet broken Rome.  I fell hard for this boy.  Rome is the QB of Alabama collage.  He is the most popular guy on campus.  A player is putting it lightly.  He takes control over everything.  On the field, with girls.  The only thing he doesn’t have control over is his life.  His parents have complete and utter control over him.  He feels there’s no hope for his future.  Rome will do what his parents want, and nothing short of that.  Until he meets someone that makes him want more for himself. 

Both Molly and Rome have been through things that no one should have to go through.  They both have their stories, their reasons why they are the way they are.  Everything is against Molly and Rome being together.  It’s almost as if things would be MUCH easier if they just left each other alone and went their separate ways.  All I have to say is this book, no, Molly and Rome’s journey is well worth it.  These books will give you the feels.  I cried, laughed, and was happy and sad. 

While I usually don’t read many series that have separate POV’s, Tillie Cole executed it perfectly.  Though Sweet Rome was based off of Sweet Home, it was its own story.  Rome touched base on how he and Molly met, and their relationship, but there was way more to this story.  Any questions that went unanswered in Sweet Home were definitely answered. 

Both Sweet Home and Sweet Rome were seriously amazing 5 star reads.  Everything about these two books was perfect.  Tillie, while these are my first books of yours that I’ve read, I know they won’t be my last. 

If you have not read this series, do yourself a favor and start with Sweet Home.  I promise you will love them!!
 <3 JMAC


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Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, Tillie Cole, is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother -- a farmer's daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
Being a scary blend of Scottish and English, Tillie embraces both cultures; her English heritage through her love of HP sauce and freshly made Yorkshire Puddings, and her Scottish which is mostly demonstrated by her frighteningly foul-mouthed episodes of pure rage and her much loved dirty jokes.

Having been born and raised as a Teesside Smoggie, Tillie, at age nineteen, moved forty miles north to the 'Toon', Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, where she attended Newcastle University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Religious Studies. She returned two years later to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching High School Social Studies. Tillie, regards Newcastle to be a home from home and enjoyed the Newcastle Geordie way of life for seven 'proper mint' and 'lush' years.

One summers day, after finishing reading her thousandth book on her much loved and treasured Kindle, Tillie turned to her husband and declared, "D'you know, I have a great idea for a story. I could write a book." Several months later, after repeating the same tired line at the close of another completed story, she was scolded by her husband to shut up talking about writing a novel and "just bloody do it!" For the first time in eleven years, Tillie actually took his advice (he is still trying to get over the shock) and immediately set off on a crazy journey, delving deep into her fertile imagination.

Tillie, ever since, has written from the heart. She combines her passion for anything camp and glittery with her love of humour and dark brooding men (most often muscled and tattooed – they’re her weakness!). She also has a serious side (believe it or not!) and loves to immerse herself in the complex study of World Religions, History and Cultural Studies and creates fantasy stories that enable her to thread serious issues and topics into her writing -- yep, there's more to this girl than profanity and sparkles!

After six years of teaching high school Social Studies and following her Professional Rugby Player husband around Europe, they have finally given up their nomadic way of life and settled in Calgary, Alberta where Tillie spends most of her days (and many a late night) lost in a writing euphoria or pursuing a dazzling career as a barrel-racing, tasselled-chap wearing, Stetson-sporting cowgirl... Ye-haw!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cover Reveal ~ Unspoken Temptation by Gabbie S. Duran ~ JMAC

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 11, 2015


She’s a temptation he can’t resist … 
Trey Johnson is far from ready to be tied down to a single girl. His carefree, no rules lifestyle is as perfect as it can be. That is, until he meets a girl who captivates his attention by resisting his playful charms. 

She’s the one girl he isn’t allowed to touch … 
Victoria Montgomery’s prim and proper upbringing was designed to prepare her for life as the perfect daughter to the future president.  When she meets the one guy her father has always warned her to stay away from, she can no longer live by their rules. 

Are they strong enough to resist their attraction, or will they surrender to their unspoken temptation?


Monday, April 13, 2015

Review ~ Vacant by Ker Dukey ~ JMAC


When two dark souls connect the draw is too dominant to ignore and the obsession of owning the only color to brighten my dark world too unrelenting to not obey. I left her alone so she could live a normal life but I was weak, how can she live a normal life after so much sinister chaos invaded her world, summoning her own darkness to the surface?
The depraved devil that is me now had an anchor, someone to venture into the black abyss with.
Normal wasn’t a path ever set for Cereus.
She was her Father’s daughter but my soul mate, even if I disputed ever owning one.
She was struggling without me in her life, the vacant ache inside her leaking out. I can’t not go to her, the need is too strong and like with all of my urges I embrace it.



As we should all know by now, Ker is one of my most favorite authors ever, like in the world.  Anyways, whenever I finish any of Ker’s books I always think to myself “there’s no way her mind can come up with something more f****d up than this” and I swear every time she publishes something knew I’m proved wrong.

Vacant was no different.  I was sooooo happy to finally read this book.  I was super intrigued to get into Cereus’ mind.  See what she was thinking about everything, and I was NOT disappointed.  I swear a really bad bad part of me wanted a hot sex scene with Ryan and Cereus.  Ryan is just a character I will always love.  Even though he’s probably the most disturbed character out there (I mean that in the best way ever), in Vacant you get to see a different side.  A more compassionate side.  Don’t get me wrong, he’s still cold blooded, but seeing him with Cereus, caring, loving; it’s nice to see.

It goes without saying that this was another fabulous book by the amazing Ker Dukey.  It left me wanting more, but I’ve come to realize all of Ker’s books do that to me.  When I’m done reading them I just want more.  I never want to part with any of her characters.  Vacant is a MUST read, but you have to read Empathy and Desolate first in order to really understand and appreciate Vacant. 

Ker I just want to hug you and give you a huge boob squeeze for writing these amazing books! YOU ARE AMAZING!!!



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My books all tend to be darker romance, edge of you seat, angst filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my titles...prepare for the unexpected.

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters growing up. We also used to put on performances by acting out stories. I wanted to become an actress from an early age so I could live out many roles but unfortunately I learned early on that my mind was too active...(I would end up wanting to change the script)
I would watch films or TV shows and think of ways they could have improved the story if they took another direction so I thought it best that I tell my own.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light; some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I'm not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I'm a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

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Terrie Arasin

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Against Me by Freya Barker **GUEST POST / GIVEAWAY**

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The Cedar Tree series was first conceived in 2012, when I visited a friend I had previously only talked to on Facebook and on the phone. We had been friends for quite a few years already and she lived, and still does, in the Four Corners area of gorgeous Colorado. 
In the summer weeks I spent with her and her family, I fell in love with Colorado - the beauty and history of the Four Corners in particular - and my imagination was stirred. 

The wish to read about more than only people in their twenties and the hope of finding some connection with characters who might have physical limitations, similar to mine, eventually had me put the proverbial pen to paper. 

SLIM TO NONE was no longer a concept but became real. However, less than a quarter into my writing, I realized that I had perhaps three or more stories percolating right on the tail of the one I was trying to put into words. And it became clear that I wouldn’t be able to get away with just Gus and Emma’s story. An entire community had become involved, or at least an entire group of friends who all seem to have their own stories that need to be told.

HUNDRED TO ONE was needed, book two, and Arlene and Seb's chance to tell their story. One that was already almost bursting at the seams in the first book. And with this book slowly more characters are coming out of the shadows demanding more attention. 

The current release; AGAINST ME, book three in the series, is the story of Caleb and Katie. Two people we have come to love as we have observed them from a distance since the very beginning. Theirs is a story that takes many detours and hits quite a few roadblocks before aligning; and it brings with it the introduction of some interesting new characters.

CLEAN LINES, is the next and fourth book scheduled. In fact, I’m up to my eyeballs into writing it already. CLEAN LINES will finally see some of the familiar Cedar Tree faces get the resolution they needed in their lives, but it won’t necessarily be the end for the series. Not in the near future anyway. There is more to come – more stories to be told. 

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other things playing around in my mind, which just won’t shut up now that it’s been given a voice. I am toying with the idea for a standalone for the second half of this year. One perhaps a shade darker than the books in this current series. A standalone I say, but knowing myself, it would likely produce interesting characters, who in turn will require their own books, hence creating a new series. Who knows? 

We’ll start with the standalone, the one with no title so far and no names to give you. But one thing I can guarantee; that the heroine will be less than perfect, that she will likely have seen more of life than most, and that she will struggle, battle and overcome. Oh… and she will most certainly have some uninvited help – from a deep-voiced, strong-willed and no-nonsense Alpha male.

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 The sound of voices gets louder as I make my way through the now dark guesthouse to the bedroom. Leaning against the doorway into the room, I can just catch the last few sentences exchanged between the women sitting on the big bed. It's obvious from the tearstained faces that some emotional stuff has gone down and I feel guilt eating at my insides. But then I hear Katie say that me walking out earlier meant I must have regretted what happened between us, I have to set her straight. She can't be further from the truth and it's time she knows it. The moment her head swings around and her eyes meet mine, everything else disappears. I barely notice Emma leaving. In a few steps I reach the bed, lean in and pick Katie up. "Whoa!" she calls out, scrambling to hold onto my neck. "Whatcha doing?" "You in my bed means I can't think, and I'm having a hard enough time thinking around you. We need to set some things straight." I tell her, trying not to get lost in the feel of her soft body against mine, her subtle scent teasing me and her restless fingers playing against the short bristles in my neck. My dick, however, is a goner, and there is no way to hide it when I sit down on the couch with Katie in my lap. "Stop squirming, you're making it worse," When she throws me an irritated look I'm glad to see the fire back in her eyes. There she is. "Okay, enough of the manhandling, Caleb," Katie bats at my hands as I shift her around so she faces me. The old tank top and shorts she wears as PJs aren't doing much to cover her and I can't help the tortured groan that slips from me. Fucking hell, this is gonna be torture, with her nipples poking through the threadbare material. Right in my face. "What the hell is this? I honestly don't know whether I'm coming or going with you." "Shhhhh, don't get upset," I try to settle her before the tears I hear wobbling in her voice start flowing. "I just needed a minute." Cupping her face between my hands, I tilt her head so I can look her in the eye. "This I have wanted and waited to do for so long, I need to make sure I don't miss a thing." Her eyes are big and a little uncertain and her lips are perfectly parted when I brush my nose along hers, breathing in the soft pants of her breath. A light brush of my mouth over hers, barely skimming, and then I taste the length of her full bottom lip with my tongue before sucking its plumpness in my mouth. Fucking heaven. Her taste is heaven and I need more. Katie's fingers rubbing against my scalp is all the encouragement I need and I finally let go of my hunger for her and take her mouth. Jesus. Delicious wet heat meets me when my tongue plunges between her lips. Someone groans... and in the now furious tangle of lips and tongues I can't tell anymore. I want inside her. In one twist and without my mouth ever leaving hers, I have her below me on the couch, and I'm grinding my painfully throbbing cock between her legs. It isn't until she wrenches her lips from mine and murmurs, "Caleb..." that I realize I am fucking humping her like some deranged rutting animal. I shoot back upright and move to sit on the coffee table, my head in my hands. "Fuck!" Why? Why does she make me lose all control when control has always come so easy? "Are you gonna walk out of here again?" The amused tone of Katie's voice tells me she may be a little more attuned to the struggle I'm waging than she was before. "Because, that would seriously mess with my self-esteem, you know; getting rejected based on my abilities for giving head and kissing?" I throw my head back and laugh. "Oh sweetheart, you couldn't be further from the truth if you tried."   

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Against Me Synopsis: Patience has always been Caleb Whitetail's strength. Quiet and unassuming is what you see with the GFI investigator, but the blood boils hot right under the surface. He kept his distance for years only to see the woman who has held his attention almost lose her life not just once, but twice. He is done standing in the shadows. Katie Acker, once a tough and athletic security specialist now struggles daily to walk. The closest to family she has are her colleagues at GFI. Especially the man who saved her life and always has her back. So when she unwittingly becomes the focus of a Mexican cartel, it’s no big surprise she finds him right by her side. With the combustive change in their deepening bond, Katie and Caleb do not see the oncoming danger - until it surrounds them. 

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10608474_1504011113182260_5720486854123747231_o  Freya Barker Bio: Freya Barker has always loved being creative. From an early age on she danced and sang, doodled, created, cooked, baked, quilted and crafted. Her latest creative outlets were influenced by an ever-present love for reading. First through blogging, then cover art and design, and finally writing. Born and raised in the Netherlands, she packed her two toddlers, and eight suitcases filled with toys to move to Canada. No stranger to new beginnings, she thrives on them. With the kids grown and out in the world, Freya is at the ‘prime’ of her life. The body might be a bit ramshackle, but the spirit is high and as adventurous as ever. Something you may see reflected here and there in some of her heroines.... none of who will likely be wilting flowers. Freya craved reading about 'real' people, those who are perhaps less than perfect, but just as deserving of romance, hot monkey sex and some thrills and chills in their lives – So she decided to write about them.   

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Monday, April 6, 2015

RDB ~ Luca by Gina Whitney ~ JMAC



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“Anger is like a thorn in the heart...the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.” ~Luca Pyromania is an impulse control disorder [1] in which individuals repeatedly fail to resist impulses to deliberately start fires, [1] in order to relieve tension or for instant gratification. Damon Luca, or Luca as they called him. I thought of him more as Damien, the fucking devil within these walls that now is my life. Dark, broody, and deadly to any woman. Mind-blowing, soul-shaking, raw sex appeal. He was a tall statured boy with broad shoulders and a pair of green eyes that set my soul on fire. His inky black hair framed his hard, chiseled features. He had the type of body that had no business being on a seventeen-year-old. I knew that once he fully developed, he'd be nothing short of drop-dead gorgeous. As I said...deadly on the eyes...and dangerous for your heart. My name is Allison. I met Luca through an unfortunate event when we were younger. I’m now twenty-four, and this is my story. My fucked up life. It's not a pretty one. Then again, the most interesting ones aren't...are they? This isn't your usual love story. Anything but. There are no blue skies, rainbows, or unicorns. Only own personal arsonist. He had the ability to set my panties on fire, leave my body smoldering, and turn my heart into burning embers. He scared the hell out of me, made me feel. He opened my eyes to the world of twisted love. But love no less. This scary, beautiful man stole my heart from a young, tender age and refused to give it back. Here’s our story… This story is deep, dark, and deals with real scars and growth because of them.

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Gina grew up reading Judy Blume, and Nancy Drew books. She was raised in the town of North Valley Stream, New York(Long Island), and attended community college for fashion design. At 19 years old, she opened a boutique. She's published four novels so far. Blood Ties(PNR), Beautiful Lies, Saving Abel, Forgiving Gia and soon Luca. When she's not writing, you can find her with friends and family. She resides in Massapequa, NY with her two beautiful boys. Reading has always been a passion and obsession of hers. You can usually find her typing furiously while shouting obscenities over her latest WIP. Her guilty pleasures are: a good laugh, being snarky, espresso, Pistachio ice-cream, alternative music, sunflower seeds, I.P.A's, twizzlers, and above all steamy swooning angst filled novels. She's pathologically obsessed with anything to do with royals, Games of Thrones, White Queen, Vampire Diaries, Resurrection, SOA, The Vikings and The Originals. If you'd like to chat, hit her up on Facebook or Twitter.



Love has existed since the beginning of time. For Ashlin Thomas, love was an illusion that she desperately wanted to make a reality.
Returning home to Savannah, after her aunt’s death, Ashlin must deal with the harsh realities life has dealt her. 
As Ashlin begins sorting through her aunt’s personal effects, she stumbles upon a journal. Not just any journal, but the words of her great great great grandmother, Sophia. 
Two love stories intertwine with each other as Ashlin reads the beautiful words, written over a hundred years ago. 
The intense connection Ashlin feels with Sophia begins to allow her to find herself. Never thinking love was possible for her, Ashlin now sees it is within her grasp. 
But, life is never perfect. Life is never fair. 
When faced with the decision that could change Ashlin’s future … will she sacrifice one love for another, or will her predestined heart lead her home?




Gazing around the room, I searched for Daniel. My father and mother were busy talking to Mr. and Mrs. Stowe along with two other couples, whom I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing. A young gentleman had been talking my ear off and I was in desperate need of fresh air.
Turning to him, I asked, “Will you please excuse me? I am in need of some fresh air.”
“Shall I join you?” he asked.
I quickly shook my head. “No. No, that will not be necessary. I have a slight headache and need some time alone.”
Nodding his head, he smiled and took a step back, giving me a quick bow. Returning the polite gesture, I began toward the kitchen. One look over my shoulder showed my mother watching me intently. I’m sure she was distressed at the idea of me wandering off and being late to sit down for dinner.
Somehow managing to find my way to the back gardens, I smiled and inhaled a deep breath. All I smelled were azaleas. I walked along the cobblestone pathway that intertwined among Magnolia trees and some of the most amazing flowers I’d ever seen. My mother would be green with envy were she to lay her eyes upon this colorful garden.
“It goes on forever,” I whispered.
“One can easily get lost back here.”
I stopped the moment I heard his voice. Closing my eyes, I placed my gloved hands on my stomach to calm the butterflies. Inhaling a deep breath through my nose, I slowly blew it out as I turned to face him.
Daniel. His eyes widened and he licked his lips. I raised the corner of my mouth and bowed slightly. Daniel walked up to me and smiled, causing my knees to shake. For a moment, it felt as if the earth was moving and I fought to stand upright.
He took a step closer to me as his eyes moved about my face. When they landed on my lips, I instinctively licked them. His eyes were ablaze with fire. I took a step back as he took another step forward. My breathing increased as I felt something I’d never felt before.

ABOUT Kelly Elliott:
Kelly Elliott is married to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a knack for making her laugh almost daily and supports her crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason...he claims it's because he loves her!
She’s also a mom to an amazing daughter who is constantly asking for something to eat while her fingers move like mad on her cell phone sending out what is sure to be another very important text message.
In her spare time she loves to sit in her small corner overlooking the Texas hill country and write. 
One of her favorite things to do is go for hikes around her property with Gus....her chocolate lab and the other man in her life, and Rose, her golden retriever. When Kelly is not outside helping the hubby haul brush, move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for her that day, you’ll find her inside reading, writing or watching HGTV.

Twitter: @author_kelly

ABOUT Kristin Mayer:
Kristin Mayer is a wife, a proud mother, and a full-time Analyst and Import Manager. Since an early age, she has always enjoyed reading and writing. While visiting her father one weekend, he suggested that she should take up writing again. With family and a career, she didn’t give it a lot of thought, until a story entered her mind and wouldn’t leave. It just kept forming and developing over a couple of months. 
At the beginning of 2013, she decided to sit down and write it all down, but she kept it to herself. One sentence developed into two, and before she knew it, she had the makings of a novel.
Kristin tries to live life to the fullest during every moment. She loves to travel and meet new people. She holds a degree in International Business and uses it daily in her job. Kristin now adds “author” on her list of jobs, and feels very blessed and thankful.

Stay connected with Kristin Mayer:
Twitter: @author_kristin