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Avoidable Contact by Tammy Kaehler Review and Giveaway

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AVOIDABLE CONTACT
by Tammy Kaehler

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This fast paced page-turner will have you reading all night long.
~Shelley’s Book Case

had everything you could expect when you combine NASCAR racing and mysteries… this book was fabulous…
~Community Bookstop

The book is suspenseful and I had no clue who the bad guys were until the author’s reveal.
~Author Michele Lynn Seigfried

full of cars, characters, drama and action.
~readlot

Reading Avoidable Contact by Tammy Kaehler, allowed me to feel like a NASCAR driver, even if only for a short while.
~Mystery Playground

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Racecar driver Kate Reilly is suited up and ready for the start of the legendary 24 Hours of Daytona. But what’s ahead will test her will and nerve more than any other endurance race.

Even before the green flag waves over Daytona International Speedway, Kate receives word her boyfriend Stuart is fighting for his life after a hit-and-run earlier in the day. Still reeling from that news, Kate must absorb other shocks in the race’s opening hours, including an on-track accident with tragic consequences and an eyewitness who claims Stuart was run down deliberately by someone from the race paddock.

Alternating stints behind the wheel of her Corvette racecar with stretches of quizzing colleagues and searching for clues, Kate taps every possible source—friend, foe, and family—to find out who’s after Stuart and why. As the race clock counts down to zero hour, Kate must come to terms with her own fears about the past and decide who she’s willing to trust. Only then can she identify who’s willing to kill to keep a secret buried—and stop them before they lash out again.

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My Review:

Described as a fast-paced mystery, Avoidable Contact lived up to this description wonderfully! Author Tammy Kaehler gives the reader enough explanation of Nascar racing so that the plot is understandable, but not so much detail that one would feel as if they are reading an instruction manual. I thought I knew a bit about racing, but getting the behind-the-scenes scoop was enlightening and totally entertaining. The mystery of who tried to run down Kate’s boyfriend and Series Vice President of Operations, Stuart, is icing on the cake.

As fast as the racing is, the adventure is even faster. Kidnapping, an undercover agent, murder, knives, family betrayal, and intrigue. Kaehler brings it all to the racetrack with the finesse of a corvette taking the turns, tight and low. Protagonist Kate Reilly must deal with the stress of evil relatives, a misguided father, a boyfriend in a coma, the death of a teammate, and driving like a winner. She’s definitely the epitome of a strong female heroine and she’s likeable to boot. This is one series that I will be following, like an avid Nascar fan on Sundays:) Four Stars!

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Tammy Kaehler’s career in marketing and technical writing landed her in the world of automobile racing, which inspired her with its blend of drama, competition, and friendly people. Mystery fans and racing insiders alike praised the first two Kate Reilly Racing Mysteries, Dead Man’s Switchand Braking Points, and she takes readers back behind the wheel for the third time in Avoidable Contact. Tammy works as a technical writer in the Los Angeles area, where she lives with her husband and many cars. Find out more at www.tammykaehler.com.

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One lucky reader of my blog will win a Print copy of the first book in the Kate Reilly series, Dead Man’s Switch. Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win. Contest ends August 16. Good only in the US. No p.o. boxes allowed.

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Reign of Shadows by Melissa Wright Tour and GIVEAWAY

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Happy release day to

Reign of Shadows by Melissa Wright!



We hope you enjoyed getting to read the frist eight chapters of Reign of Shadows!! If you missed any of the excerpts, you can go back (click on each stop to read the full excerpt) and read them now or you can purchase a copy of the book for yourself!



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What do you hope readers will take with them when they read this last book in the series? 
To me, things really come full circle with the characters, their relationships, and the dilemma of facing their lot in life. I think they’ve learned a lot, they’ve definitely been through some trials, but it was nice to give them that sense of understanding and the chance to see how things truly are. They had to either accept it or fight to the end, but it was nice to give them the choice.


Letters from Annie (Douglass) Lima – Chapter One

Heat pulsed through the warehouse, liquid fire pushed by some unseen force. Metal screamed and block crumbled, tearing away every protection she had from the gale. But it was not the light of fire that accompanied the wind, not the brightness of a flame. It was dark beneath the haze of fog.
 
It was a shadow…


Kelly P’s Blog – Chapter One Cont’d

“No,” she whispered. “I’m sorry for what’s about to happen.” She tilted her head, drawing it from beneath his chin to look again at the amber of his eyes, the glow that was within them before suddenly stronger than she’d ever seen it. “I’m sorry for what I’ve set into motion…”

BookSkater – Chapter Two

“I’m ready,” the dark-haired man said, hands fisted at his sides. He was a complete contradiction to his audience, but he didn’t care. He wanted her. He would take her himself. “Let me at her before she has the chance to get any stronger…”


My Life, Loves and Passion – Chapter Three

Aern’s weight shifted, unconsciously moving toward her. He’d known the battle with Morgan was not the end. He’d seen it in Brianna’s eyes, felt it in her apology. They’d set some new chain of events into motion, brought some new fate down on them all…


Prism Book Tours – Chapter Three Cont’d

And here was the more Aern had thought he’d seen in Brianna’s expression. Because she’d known, once she’d found the connections to free herself and Emily, that they were not in place from centuries ago. Those binds, the ones that had kept their powers hidden, were put in place after they’d been born. And the only thing strong enough to do so would have been another shadow…

Book n Blog – Chapter Three Cont’d

“The thing is,” Brianna said, shifting just enough that her admission was directed to both of them, “the thing that doesn’t make sense is that she permitted us to be bound, chose this path for us, brought us to you.” She hesitated, eyes falling first to Aern and then lingering a heartbeat too long on Logan. “Because the shadows are the reason,” she wet her lips, “the ones who took the power from the Seven Lines to begin with.”


Mythical Books – Chapter Three Cont’d

Aern stared at her, everything that he’d learned in his youth rolling through his mind. The Seven Lines had once been powerful, able to do much more than simply use sway. Something had happened, something they’d called a thinning of the blood, that had slowly weakened their powers until no more than this remained. He wanted to not believe her. He wanted to keep thinking the stories they’d been told were true…




Christy’s Cozy Corners – Chapter Four

But that slim blonde was gone now, taken when these men had invaded Westlake and destroyed the right half of her body. All that was left of her was the warrior, the daughter of a council elder with the blood of Sky. She was strong. She’d downed seven of their men before they’d strapped her into a truck and drove away from the fire and destruction that was the Division headquarters…



Book-Marks the Spot - Chapter Four Cont’d

His head hung, but he looked at Ellin from beneath his brow, swollen and bruised, cut and bleeding. She could still see the unhealed scars from the day he’d released Morgan. The day he’d tried to save their prophet. He wouldn’t give her now, not any single bit of information that would help them. He would never turn on Brianna…



Simplistic Reviews - Chapter Four Cont’d

He crouched beside her, fingertips rolling over his thumbs, and cocked one brow. “You know the rules Miss Walker. If you want to stop me from hurting Mr. Samuels, you’ll need to give me an answer in return.”
 
She swallowed against the thickness in her throat, new blood working free of her wounds. Her chest ached, fear and panic and unadulterated adrenaline.
 
Still, she managed to say, “Please, call me Ellin.”
 
He laughed. A short, shallow huff of air that said she’d surprised him, but it couldn’t have been true humor…



Wishful Endings – Chapter 5

He sighed. “We can’t leave him to …” He broke off, frustrated at their lack of information, and said, “Whatever he’s doing, Brianna, it’s wrong. We have to find him. He held you captive. He was working with Morgan.” His list stopped as he realized they had the key…


Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Chapter 5 Cont’d

Brianna stood as well. “That’s not why you can’t go after him.” She’d been thinking about this for days, since before she’d known about Brendan. Since she’d realized what she and Emily were. She didn’t know if it was right, if it was the plan her mother had laid in place, but she wouldn’t be able to live with doing anything different. She had to protect them…

Nocturnal Predators Reviews – Chapter 5 Cont’d

Her eyes were closed, but she could feel him watching her as his hands stilled. A thumb rolled slowly up the side of her neck and she breathed deep, relaxing into the feel of his fingers as they came higher to trail feather-light over her cheek, her temple, barely brushing her eyelid. Logan’s breath came out in what might have been a whisper, and then she felt him move, lips touching hers so gently that she couldn’t resist reaching for him, to pull him closer where he leaned over her…


Mary Terrani.com – Chapter 6

Aern stood in front of Brianna, hands clasped with hers as she searched his connections. He could feel Emily behind him from her spot on the edge of the sofa. He didn’t need to look to imagine her, hands twisted as she watched her sister work to restore some long-gone power within him. The bond was changing, becoming stronger—more real every moment—and it was as if he could sense her distress. This wasn’t some experiment to work toward a vague prophecy. This was Brianna’s last-chance gamble to try and save them from a vision she knew was true, a fight that was coming to them. A war they couldn’t escape…

My Devotional Thoughts – Chapter 6 Cont’d

“We think she’s trying to tell us about Brendan,” Eric said from behind them, his voice quiet. 
 
Aern watched as Ellin’s eye closed tighter. “No,” he said. “Brianna. She’s trying to warn us about Brianna.” A grateful breath escaped her and she opened her eye to close it again, in a long blink. A yes…
 
His thumb slid over her cheek. “Don’t worry, Ellin. We have her. She’s safe.” Her gaze moved to his, another warning, and he answered, “We know they’re coming for her, but she’s safe…”



The Written Adventure – Chapter 6 Cont’d

“And if they find us?” Eric said.
 
Aern glanced at the door that Ellin’s cart had disappeared behind, remembering her broken body. As if they had played with her, taken their time. Brianna’s face when she’d described Brendan, when she’d said the others were coming.
 
His gaze met Eric’s, tone even. “Pray…”



The Wonderings of One Person – Chapter 7

It was time. She was getting stronger, finding her own answers, and it was going to be too late. He couldn’t go to her, the shadows had warned him against that, but there would be no call for issue if Brianna found him. If she initiated the contact. Come to me, Brianna, he thought. Come to me and I will show you why your kind is hiding…


Dalene’s Book Reviews – Chapter 8

Logan’s lips pursed. “Hot dogs are over rated.”
 
She shook her head, shifting so that her denim-covered leg touched his. “You’re cooking them wrong.”
 
He laughed, turning to see her. “How’s that?”
“You have to smother them in chili and that radioactive-yellow cheese sauce, and then you cover the whole thing with a bag of corn chips…”
 
Deal Sharing Aunt – Chapter 8 Cont’d
She smirked. “They’re going to be a bit like Morgan, I’m afraid. They’re very proud of their power.” Her eyes went unfocused as she studied the visions, a set of futures where the lesser shadows sought her out. She couldn’t see them, exactly, but she could glimpse the events, knew the way things would unfold. She was hunting in the darkness, searching for bits of light in fog. These shadows weren’t as quick and ruthless, not like the others, but she knew that was coming, too. “Not all of them,” she said. “The men behind this, they aren’t in it for the glory.” She shivered, finding the last of the visions, the scenes too hard to relive. “They only want the outcome…”
Reign of Shadows
(Descendants #3)
By Melissa Wright

YA/NA Urban Fantasy

Brianna can see her future, but it’s the past that haunts her. Plans laid in place centuries ago are threatening not only her and her sister, but all of the Seven Lines. As the shadows plot their way to old rule, the visions shift again. Her power has led to some hard choices—and the occasional stab wound—but this set of futures holds nothing but darkness.

Unable to bear the idea of losing the footing they’ve so recently gained, she turns the soldiers of the Seven. But with shadows hidden among the ranks, can she overcome the path they’ve set in place, or is she blindly following their lead?


The other books in the Descendants Series


Shifting Fate (Descendants Series, #2)Shifting Fate
(Descendants #2)
by Melissa Wright

YA/NA Urban Fantasy

 
According to prophecy, Brianna Drake was born to save the world. The trouble is, she doesn’t have the slightest idea how. Her visions should have given her the answer, but they’re beginning to shift, making the danger too unpredictable, even for a prophet.



If she can just help her sister restore their hidden powers, she might be able to stop what’s coming. But an old enemy returns, and he’s got plans for Brianna and her visions.



What neither of them knows is that fate has given a stranger one chance to find her. He was trained to protect the chosen—but if he fails, the future will crumble.

 

Shifting Fate is the second book in the Descendants Series (following Bound by Prophecy) and focuses on Brianna and Logan.



There is a teaser posted here and the first chapter posted here, but beware, it’s full of spoilers from the first book.



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Bound by Prophecy

(Descendants #1)
by Melissa Wright

YA/NA Urban Fantasy

 
Twenty-two-year-old Aern is done watching his brother destroy the only thing that matters. He never wanted to take Morgan’s place among council, never wanted to rule their hidden world. But when the key to the prophecy is found, a young girl named Brianna whom Morgan will destroy, Aern knows he has to take action.


What he really wants, is for things to go back to normal. But now he’s kidnapped a girl, and his brother’s men are after him. His only hope is to join with the Division, but they have plans of their own, and it’s the last thing Aern is willing to do.



Emily just wants her sister back. She doesn’t care about the prophecy, or realize what’s at stake. But when she goes after Aern, the truth of the matter uncoils, and Brianna isn’t the only one who’s in danger.



Suddenly, they’re at the center of a secret war, and unless they can work together, they’ll both have a sacrifice too big to make.



You can read an excerpt of Bound by Prophecy here.



Get the ebook for FREE on Nook and Kindle. Can also purchase from the Book Depository, and in audio at iTunes and Audible.

About the Author

 

Melissa Wright is the author of the Frey Saga and the new Descendants series. Melissa spends her time working on novels, but when not writing she can be found on Goodreads and Pinterest.

 
Website – Blog - Goodreads – Twitter – Pinterest – Google+

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Love Edy by Shewanda Pugh Review Tour

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Love Edy

by Shewanda Pugh

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When Edy Phelps falls hard for her best friend, she knows nothing can come from it. Forget actual chemistry, or the fact that she cherishes his mother more than her own; centuries of tradition say that Hassan will grow up, marry the girl his parents pick, and forget his best friend: the dancer with the bursting smile. Except he can’t. In a world erupting with possibilities for the boy with a body of steel and dreams of the NFL, everything seems promised while nothing at all is; when he’s denied the girl he wants most.
Two hearts. Two families devoted through generations of friendship. Could Edy and Hassan really risk all that? 
And yet … how could they not?

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My Review:

I haven’t enjoyed a young adult book as much as I did Love Edy in a very long time. As a matter of fact, this will be the first book to receive a five stars plus on this blog. The reason for this high rating is that author Shewanda Pugh has written a series that is edgy, dangerous, unapologetic, intelligent, hip, and incredibly addictive. The emotions that Pugh wrings from the reader are many and varied as she touches on every possible issue, taboo and otherwise, to explore the forbidden love of Edy and Hassan. Despite the abundance of topics—bi-racial love, being gay, being overly wealthy and privileged, having absentee parents, teen rape, hip hop versus ballet dancing, underage drinking, high school football—Pugh has written a seamless love story (saga) that is as beautiful as it is tragic. I’m beside myself with excitement, although not surprised at all, that there will be more to this story. Pugh is the writer to keep an eye on.

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Author Bio:shewanda

Shewanda Pugh is a tomboy who credits Stephen King with being the reason she writes romance. In 2012 she debuted with the first novel in a three part contemporary adult romance series, Crimson Footprints. Since then, she’s been shortlisted for the AAMBC Reader’s Choice Award, the National Black Book Festival’s Best New Author Award, and the Rone Award for Contemporary Fiction in 2012 and 2013. She has an MA in Writing from Nova Southeastern University and a BA in Political Science from Alabama A&M University. Though a native of Boston, MA, she now lives in Miami, FL, where she can soak up sun rays without fear of shivering. Her first young adult romance, Love Edy, is scheduled for release on June 24th, 2014.

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Second On The Right By Elizabeth Los Grand Finale and GIVEAWAY

Second on the Right by Elizabeth Los
Grand Finale for….
Second on the Right

 

by Elizabeth Los

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Did you miss visiting Captain Hook’s storybook world? There’s still time to go check it out!
 
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What do you hope readers will take with them when they read your book? 
I hope readers will be able to sit back and enjoy the ride. I love books that take me on a journey full of twists and turns. If a reader gleans a message from the story, great! But otherwise, I just want it to be fun. I hope they find themselves liking Hook as I always have.

 
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Meandering Monday

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I have now taken on proofreading manuscripts as another job. If you know of anyone who is looking to hire an EXCELLENT proofreader (and editor), I’m available! Currently, I am working on a 90K word manuscript and just finished another 90K + word manuscript but I will have openings within the next two weeks. So please let me know if you have need of someone with impeccable skills;) I am also open to proofreading or editing any other items that need some work, i.e. excerpts, summaries, blurbs. And I can write blurbs as well. My email is cc_clubbs@yahoo.com. Drop me a line if interested.

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As I was working on the manuscript this weekend, I played, over and over and over, two albums by my new favorite obsession, I mean musical artist, Birdy. This young woman is sensational. I’ve been going through a phase where I want to hear softer music. Lana Del Ray, Birdy, Gabrielle Aplin, Lindsey Sirling. Birdy has contributed songs to The Fault In Our Stars, Hunger Games, Vampire Diaries, Being Human, and Brave. Lana Del Rey has songs on Maleficient and The Great Gatsby. Lindsey Stirling is the gamer’s dream girl. She has performed for many video games, however, I can’t seem to find a comprehensive list. Skyrim and Assassin’s Creed II are two names that pop up. Gabrielle Aplin has songs featured on Teen Wolf, Made in Chelsea, and Prisoner’s Wives. All wonderful performers that I would suggest you give a listen to.

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Last but not least, come back tomorrow for the grand finale to Second On The Right by Elizabeth Los, the fantastical modern re-telling of Peter Pan, complete with pirates, demons, and a cruise captained by the Mistral Thief. There is so much packed into this post that I can’t tell you everything. However, there are excerpts and links to reviews, interviews, the history of geocaching, character descriptions, information on Captain Hook and historic pirates and ships, and TWO GIVEAWAYS!!! So stop back by tomorrow or better yet, sign up to receive emails for Mommasez…

 

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Buried Appearances by D.E. Haggerty GIVEAWAY

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Buried Appearances

by D.E. Haggerty

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Skylar Dewitt has been ostracised her entire life due to her grandfather’s well-known sympathies with the Nazis. But now her grandfather’s body has been recovered in the Netherlands in an area famous for being a Nazi killing ground. Why would her grandfather be buried in a place legendary for assassinations of resistance members? Skylar jets off to Holland in search of answers about her grandfather’s demise. Along the way she finds long-lost family and old friends but will she solve the mystery of what happened to her grandfather? And maybe she discovers something more valuable than resolving any mystery could be: herself.

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Dreams of Perfection by Rebecca Heflin Review and Giveaway

 

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Dreams of Perfection

by Rebecca Heflin

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What if perfection isn’t truly perfect?

Best-selling romance writer, Darcy Butler, is holding out for perfection in the form of her own carefully-crafted heroes. Once blissfully engaged to be married, Darcy’s post-traumatic commitment phobia is depriving her of the very thing she wants most: her very own happily-ever-after. Now, here she is just six months shy of her thirtieth birthday, and not a Prince Charming in sight.

Successful lawyer, Josh Ryan, is the boy-next-door with a soft spot for the less fortunate, and Darcy’s best friend without benefits. Darcy often comes to him lamenting her love-life, or the lack thereof, whereupon Josh patiently doles out his sage advice. Problem is Josh is in love with Darcy.

But when Darcy finds herself looking into the handsome face of the man who graces the cover of her soon-to-be-released novel, she’s convinced her dreams of perfection have come true. Or have they?

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Buried Appearances by D.E. Haggerty Excerpt and GIVEAWAY

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Buried Appearances

by D.E. Haggerty

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Skylar Dewitt has been ostracised her entire life due to her grandfather’s well-known sympathies with the Nazis. But now her grandfather’s body has been recovered in the Netherlands in an area famous for being a Nazi killing ground. Why would her grandfather be buried in a place legendary for assassinations of resistance members? Skylar jets off to Holland in search of answers about her grandfather’s demise. Along the way she finds long-lost family and old friends but will she solve the mystery of what happened to her grandfather? And maybe she discovers something more valuable than resolving any mystery could be: herself.

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Endangered Hearts by Amanda Lance Review

 

Endangered Hearts

by Amanda Lance

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Emilia Ward is being watched.

And it isn’t just by her mother’s creep of a boyfriend or one of her many employers. Instead, she is certain it something else—someone else. However, in a life with college classes and alcoholic mother to look after, Emilia doesn’t have time to explore her suspicions. She would much rather think about her new job at Iram Manor, and more importantly—its mysterious and alluring owner.

After a lifetime of isolation and trapped in a disfigured body Kasper Zafar thought he knew pain. Confining himself to his work as an architect and the love of his music, he never expects the beautiful Emilia Ward to enter his life. Young and naive, his new housekeeper does not flinch at the sight of him, and is even so bold as to call him her friend.

Determined to teach her in all worldly things, the opposites grow closer and the role of student and teacher interchange. Yet Emilia’s life outside the manor is not a happy one, and when Kasper’s attempt to watch over her fails, both will discover than love may be the most painful thing of all.

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My Review:

Fantastic story that is a four star read! I enjoyed it from the first page because I’m a romantic at heart and was raised on fairytales. And author Amanda Lance starts the intrigue and romance from page one. Endangered Hearts is the modern take on Beauty and The Beast with a bit of Phantom of The Opera thrown in. Sweet and sad, both Emilia and Kasper are victims of society–Emilia is poor white trash and Kasper is hideously deformed. Despite their insecurities, an attraction forms between them. I had to see how this improbable love match would turn out so I read it in one day and it went quickly:) Gold stars for an awesome plot, great characters, and a story that will make the coldest heart melt!

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I’m a twenty-four year old writer and reader of all things interesting. I was a creative writing major at Warren County Community College. I then went on to Thomas Edison State College where I completed my BA in English and my master’s in liberal arts, respectively. Now, I live in Easton, PA with my other half and our spoiled dog, Chance (also known as “go away” and “what did you do?”)

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Bloodpledge by Tima Maria Lacoba Excerpt and Giveaway

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Bloodpledge

by Tima Maria Lacoba

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Bloodpledge continues Alec and Laura’s story from Bloodgifted. Having undergone the Ritual and induction into the vampire community, Laura— the prophesised Child of Light and Darkness and last of the Ingenii—takes her place as Alec’s consort and First Lady of the Brethren. But resentment and anger grow at Alec’s privileged position as daywalker.

Among a powerful few, alliances are made and conspiracies formed, threatening a war that could destroy them all and endanger every human on Earth—creatures who would do anything to prevent the curse from ending. Now Alec and Laura must invoke the Pledge, an ancient ceremony that enforces Brethren loyalty to the Principate.
When Laura’s ex-boyfriend, Detective Inspector Matt Sommers, turns up with a threat that could expose Alec, the battle for their world and their lives begins.
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