A #Bookhuggles Contest Author Spotlight with Gloria Craw
Nov30

A #Bookhuggles Contest Author Spotlight with Gloria Craw

Gloria Craw Instagram 🔹 Website 🔹Twitter 🔹 Facebook We’re holding an amazing contest over on Instagram on the hashtag #bookhuggles, where authors are posting pics of themselves with their books and readers are posting pics of their favorite books or current reads. There’s three gift boxes full of books and surprises for US addresses and a $50 Amazon gift card for international addresses up for grabs that will be rewarded to winners of the contest. See the ad below for all the details on how to enter and participate in this event. Today’s featured author is Gloria Craw and her novel, ATLANTIS RISING …   Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Kobo We’ve stayed hidden too long… I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid. Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do…       Instagram:...

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A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with Laura Creedle and Marty Mayberry!
Nov30

A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with Laura Creedle and Marty Mayberry!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate Laura Creedle and her Pitch Wars mentor, Marty Mayberry! Laura recently signed with Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her. So without further ado, please meet Laura and Marty as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. Laura, how did your Pitch Wars application end up with Marty? Did you send it to her or was it passed on to her by another mentor? What was your response when you found out Marty would mentor you? I didn’t send my manuscript to Marty. I still don’t know how it ended up in her hands but I’m glad it did. I wasn’t her official choice, but she decided to help me revise anyway. I was blown away by her generosity and her faith in my novel. I still am. Marty, what about Laura’s application made you choose her? Laura’s MS was passed to me by another mentor who felt I might be interested. The mentor was right, I loved Laura’s MS. Ultimately, I was torn between Laura’s MS and another. After the picks were announced, I approached Laura about working on her MS outside PitchWars. But then, Brenda offered me a Wild Card, which allowed me to bring my “unofficial alternate” into the PW agent round. Laura, tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Marty and I just clicked. Everything she suggested was simple, direct and brilliant. She honed in on the part I felt needed the most work, and left other stuff alone. A great mentor knows when to stop tinkering. Marty, tell us about your experience with mentoring Laura. Laura was so much fun to work with. She has an incredible sense of humor, and her voice is fantastic. We bounced ideas off each other. I believe we each brought out the best in the other, which was then reflected in Laura’s MS. Truly, it was a pleasure working with her. Laura, after Pitch Wars you signed with Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management, tell us about “The Call.” Can you tell us the details about the offer: How long were you on submission? What did you do to distract yourself? How did Jim contact you? How did you respond? How did you celebrate? Anything! We love knowing it all. Jim was the last agent I talked to. We’d played phone tag all day, and I almost didn’t pick up the phone when he called. But I did pick up and I was struck by...

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FLIRTING WITH FAME by Samantha Joyce … Cover Reveal and Giveaway!
Nov30

FLIRTING WITH FAME by Samantha Joyce … Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

FLIRTING WITH FAME releases on February 29, 2016 from Pocketstar/Simon & Schuster. Description (from Goodreads): Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling, cult hit Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in their own skin. After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physically scarred, nineteen-year-old Elise Jameson retreats into a world of vibrant characters she creates on her laptop. She is shocked when her coping mechanism turns into a career as a phenomenal bestselling novelist. Fans are obsessed with Elise’s Viking Moon series and its author—a striking girl with zero resemblance to Elise who appears on the back covers. Elise sent the randomly Googled photo to her editor following a minor panic attack. Now, horrified to learn she is expected on set of the television pilot based on her novels, Elise tracks down her anonymous stand-in. To Elise’s surprise, Veronica Wilde has been taking credit for Viking Moon for years. She eagerly agrees to keep up the charade if Elise will pose as her assistant. It’s hard for Elise to watch a stranger take credit for her work and get all the perks she desires, including admiration from the show’s heartthrob star. Edged onto the sidelines of her own life, Elise reconsiders her choice to stay anonymous. Is she ready to come to terms with her true identity—and with the long-buried secrets that could cost her her career, her fans, and the few precious friendships she’s made? Teaser: If the Queen of England booked a gig at Fernbrooke’s only theater to do a lyrical jazz routine with a unicorn, I might’ve had an easier time finding parking than I did that night. I dashed down Main Street, stumbling over my own feet as I texted Jin that I’d be there soon. Conveniently, I left out the part where I’d sat in the driveway for twenty minutes, covered in sweat, visualizing either a mob scene or an empty building. Neither possibility stopped the hum vibrating through my skin or made it easier to start the car. That took a few deep breaths, and the knowledge that if I backed out, Jin would show up and drag me there anyway. The screen lit up with Jin’s reply—mostly expletives in all caps—and I glanced at the time. Eleven fifty-five. Crap. I had five minutes. Picking up speed, I shoved my phone into my jeans. Perspiration beaded along my neck and snaked down my...

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DIVIDED by Pitch Wars mentor, Sharon M. Johnston … release day & giveaway!
Nov24

DIVIDED by Pitch Wars mentor, Sharon M. Johnston … release day & giveaway!

DIVIDED: AN OPEN HEART NOVEL Sharon M. Johnston Publication Date: November 24 2015 New Adult Science Fiction Romance. A new heart should mean new life, instead it’s a living nightmare. Mishca Richardson’s life is at an all-time high after her heart transplant. With new boyfriend, Ryder, she has the perfect summer romance. Even the nightmares plaguing her sleep since her operation can’t dull her new dream world. Yet, life starts to unravel when Mishca develops superhuman abilities. She does her best to hide them so as not to end up a science experiment in a lab, but she can’t ignore the strange instant attraction she experiences when she meets her university professor, Colin Reed. Torn between love and the obsession, Mishca must decide between the two men. But as the organization responsible for her weird powers moves in, she’ll have a lot more to worry about than romance. FIND DIVIDED ON GOODREADS BUY DIVIDED: AMAZON // BARNES & NOBLE // KOBO // iBOOKS // CITY OWL PRESS WEBSITE   EXCERPTS: SOMEONE MUST DIE so I can live. I’ve come to terms with that. Before it turned my stomach, thinking about my donor’s death, but now I’m used to it. Most likely, it’ll be a car accident or a drunken fall. It won’t come from illness or any other natural causes that corrupt human organs and make the deceased ineligible to be a donor. A violent, painful death will be my savior. It’s the only way I’ll ever get my new heart. I open my eyes and stare upward, hoping the white fluffy clouds splotched against the blue sky will distract me from my imaginings of people dying. I guess I’m not as used to the idea of getting someone else’s heart as I thought. The harsh Australian sun makes me squint. I swing my legs around and hoist myself upright on the stadium bleacher, looking over the sports field. Readjusting my tank top strap that had slipped off my shoulder, I try to conjure up happier thoughts. At least I won’t be responsible for the person who dies, even if I get a new heart out of the mess. Yeah, happier thoughts.     Giveaway I’ve got one BIG prize bundle as part of the celebrations! You could win: Heart Marcasite Earrings $10 Amazon Gift Voucher Owl Christmas Decorations Dinosaur Christmas Decorations Owl Pen Heart Pen a Rafflecopter giveaway About the author   Author Bio: SHARON JOHNSTON is a New Adult author from sunny Queensland, Australia. She specializes in intriguing stories and soulful contemporaries across category boundaries. Working as a PR specialist by day, in her spare time she...

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THE REBURIALISTS by J.C. Nelson … cover reveal & giveaway!
Nov24

THE REBURIALISTS by J.C. Nelson … cover reveal & giveaway!

Buy THE REBURIALISTS now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble   I’m so excited to share the cover for Pitch Wars mentor J.C. Nelson’s newest book, THE REBURIALISTS. The premise sounds so thrilling and exciting. Can’t wait until it releases on March 1, 2016. Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win an Amazon gift card. And here’s a little bit about the book … Blurb: Burying the dead is easy. Keeping them down is difficult. At the Bureau of Special Investigations, agents encounter all sorts of paranormal evils. So for Agent Brynner Carson, driving a stake through a rampaging three-week-old corpse is par for the course. Except this cadaver is different. It’s talking—and it has a message about his father, Heinrich. The reanimated stiff delivers an ultimatum written in bloody hieroglyphics, and BSI Senior Analyst Grace Roberts is called in to translate. It seems that Heinrich Carson stole the heart of Ra-Ame, the long-dead god of the Re-Animus. She wants it back. The only problem is Heinrich took the secret of its location to his grave. With the arrival of Ra-Ame looming and her undead army wreaking havoc, Brynner and Grace must race to find the key to stopping her. It’s a race they can’t afford to lose, but then again, it’s just another day on the job . . . Bio: A Texas transplant to the Pacific Northwest, JC Nelson lives with a family and a flock of chickens near rainy Seattle. Media Links for JC Nelson: Twitter: www.twitter.com/authorjcnelson Face book: www.facebook.com/authorjcnelson GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7798544.J_C_Nelson Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/authorjcnelson The Reburialists on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25716620-the-reburialists Rafflecopter giveaway: a Rafflecopter...

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A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with J.R. Yates and Kelly Siskind!
Nov23

A Pitch Wars 2015 Success Interview with J.R. Yates and Kelly Siskind!

The best part of the contests for us around here is when we hear about successes. Today we celebrate J.R. Yates and her Pitch Wars mentor Kelly Siskind! J.R. recently signed with Stacey Donaghy with Donaghy Literary Group, and we couldn’t be more thrilled for her. So without further ado, please meet J.R. and Kelly as they recap their epically awesome Pitch Wars success story. J.R., what made you decide to send a Pitch Wars application to Kelly? I had seen Kelly’s query critique post on Brenda’s blog and liked what she had to say. Initially, I couldn’t find her on the mentor list when it was released, but then I saw a Tweet from her and I immediately tweeted back asking where to find her profile. When I saw her mentor profile – that she was Canadian, and was looking for my genre – I was in. Plus, I loved her sense of humor. From the start she was one of my top choices. Kelly, what about J.R. ’s application made you choose her? First and foremost was her voice. Her first chapter had me sold. I loved that it was set in my home province of Ontario, but it was the way she brought the scenes and characters to life from page one. And God, her hero! I fell hard for him. He hit me right in the heart, this entire story sitting with me for days afterward. I knew I wanted to work with her, and I had a clear view of the structural and plot changes that would help the piece. J.R., tell us about the revision period for Pitch Wars? Kelly provided me with the edited manuscript immediately. They were in-depth, thorough and very specific. I was ecstatic with all the changes she suggested because everything she said made perfect sense to me. I was starving for the kind of feedback she had provided. I felt amazingly lucky to have found someone who completely got my story and had such great vision to help improve it. The revision period was very intense and a lot of work, but Kelly was there for me every step of the way. Her support was tremendous. Plus, she made it fun. We had a lot of laughs. Kelly, tell us about your experience with mentoring J.R. J.R. was a joy to mentor. She took every suggestion in stride. She worked her adorable little butt off cutting and adding scenes and chapters, and she even put up with the fact that I asked her to change her title. On a personal level, we just clicked. She not only put up...

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#Bookhuggles Contest Author Spotlight … D.R. Graham
Nov23

#Bookhuggles Contest Author Spotlight … D.R. Graham

D.R. Graham Instagram 🔹 Website 🔹Twitter 🔹 Facebook We’re holding an amazing contest over on Instagram on the hashtag #bookhuggles, where authors are posting pics of themselves with their books and readers are posting pics of their favorite books or current reads. There’s three gift boxes full of books and surprises for US addresses and a $50 Amazon gift card for international addresses up for grabs that will be rewarded to winners of the contest. See the ad below for all the details on how to enter and participate in this event. Today’s featured author is D.R. Graham and her novel, THE HANDLER … Apple iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo He promised he would never be an outlaw . . . While searching for the member of an outlaw motorcycle gang who murdered his dad, Cain Allen is offered a boatload of cash to “handle” the stunning teen popstar Lincoln Todd. Although he doesn’t need the headache of a high-maintenance celebrity, getting out of town will help him keep a low profile until he testifies against the other two killers. Touring Europe with Lincoln proves to be more complicated than Cain anticipated, and despite his efforts, the line between their personal and professional lives blurs. She’s sweet, smart, and totally unpredictable. And he loves it. But Lincoln’s association with Cain puts her in more danger than anyone could have imagined. When he joins forces with the Noir et Bleu Motorcycle Club to protect her, Cain discovers the lengths he’s willing to go, and the person he’s willing to become to protect the people he...

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Pre-Order THIEF OF LIES, receive free gifts, & enter to win the grand prize pack!
Nov20

Pre-Order THIEF OF LIES, receive free gifts, & enter to win the grand prize pack!

THIEF OF LIES, book one in the Library Jumpers series, release date of January 5, 2016 is fast approaching. That’s like 45 days away. Gulp! I’ve been watching that little count down graphic on my sidebar tick down, and I can’t believe it’s so near now. For those who follow my blog and know me well, you all know it’s been a tough journey full of amazing moments, heartaches, and missteps. I wrote this book in 2009 and it’s the book of my heart. The one. Not to say that TOUCHING FATE isn’t the one. Just that I wrote THIEF OF LIES before it and it was my first love. You never forget your first love, the one you grew with, sweated and cried over. People have been asking how they can best help me. One of the best things you can do to support an author is to pre-order his or her book. Pre-orders let booksellers know that you’re excited about THIEF OF LIES. This excitement could translate into larger bookstore orders. If the number of pre-orders is large enough, a bookstore may even order additional copies before the publication date. The more copies a bookstore orders, the better shelf space the book will have — and in turn, the more likely it will be discovered by a reader. Moreover, pre-orders help ensure that more bookstores will order the book. All bookstores have to pick and choose what they will stock, but small indie stores and chains have to be really selective due to smaller budgets and floor spaces. Pre-orders help them make these decisions. Again, it is about discoverability. The more shelves THIEF OF LIES is on, the more likely a reader will be able to pick it up. These are all things that could make a real difference in an author’s career. As a “thank-you” for your support, I’m holding a pre-order campaign through January 5, 2016. If you pre-order THIEF OF LIES, you’ll receive a limited edition charm bookmark, an autographed bookplate, and a book cover magnet. The swag pack is for US & Canada addresses only. If your address is in the US, you’ll receive an entry into the THIEF OF LIES Pre-order Prize Pack. If your address is international, you’ll be entered to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a copy (eBook, paperback, or hard cover) of one of Entangled Teen’s newest releases (your choice). In addition, you will be entered to win a grand prize pack, which will include a (Kindle) Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB, a hard cover copy of the coffee table book that inspired the Library Jumpers...

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CHASING CRAZY by Kelly Siskind … cover reveal & giveaway!
Nov20

CHASING CRAZY by Kelly Siskind … cover reveal & giveaway!

We’re so thrilled to reveal the cover of debut author and Pitch Wars mentor/alumni Kelly Siskind’s CHASING CRAZY, which releases January 12th from Forever Yours! We absolutely can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on this new adult contemporary romance. Check out the beautiful cover below, read a sneak peek, and enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card! About CHASING CRAZY “With an endearingly awkward female protagonist, a swoon-worthy male love interest, and Siskind’s superb storytelling, this is one of the best New Adult contemporary romances I’ve read to date.” — USA Today bestselling author K.A. Tucker Dear Mom & Dad, I dropped out of school. I’m going backpacking. Sorry. Love you both. At nineteen, Nina has endured two lifetime’s worth of humiliation. Tired of waiting for it to get better, she decides to get going-across the globe to New Zealand. There she soon faces what she most fears: a super sexy guy ready to be Nina’s next mistake. Once Sam’s life was all about having fun. That was before the accident. Now his friends have bailed and his world is broken. But when a gorgeous girl on his flight looks at him with passion instead of pity, Sam feels his old self coming back to life. Now traveling together, Nina and Sam know this isn’t just a fling. They’re falling fast, hard, and deep. More than anything, Sam wants Nina to forget her fears. But to help her do that he must reveal his own painful secret-and risk Nina never seeing him the same way again. CHASING CRAZY releases January 12, 2016 – add it to your Goodreads list here! Preorder CHASING CRAZY now: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo Excerpt Frickin’ Hot Guy and his stupid hike. He thought his limp would slow us down, but I’m the one huffing and puffing, trying to figure out how I ended up on Mount Everest while in New Zealand. I chance a glance up, using the moment to inhale a mouthful of air. Sam leans over the edge, hands on his knees, grinning down at me. If there was ever a reason to summit a mountain, that face is it. Sam, who I’m falling for. Sam, with that jaw. Sam, who I’ll be sleeping with. In a tent. Alone. Another five agonizing steps later, he’s got me by the shoulders, helping me up. In the blink of an eye, he has my straps undone and is easing the bazillion-pound weight from my back. The air still feels sharp in my lungs, like it could slice through me. “Keep moving around,” he says. “Come on,...

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#Bookhuggles Contest Author Spotlight … K.T. Hanna
Nov18

#Bookhuggles Contest Author Spotlight … K.T. Hanna

K.T. Hanna Website | Twitter | Instagram We’re holding an amazing contest over on Instagram on the hashtag #bookhuggles, where authors are posting pics of themselves with their books and readers are posting pics of their favorite books or current reads. There’s three gift boxes full of books and surprises for US addresses and a $50 Amazon gift card for international addresses up for grabs that will be rewarded to winners of the contest. See the ad below for all the details on how to enter and participate in this event. Today’s featured author is K.T. Hanna and her novels CHAMELEON and HYBRID.   HYBRID Book 2 in The Domino Project available now! Amazon As Sai recovers from her life-threatening injuries, she struggles to piece together her damaged relationship with Dom. He fights the parasite within, suddenly freed from the interference of the other Dominos in his head. Inside Central, Bastian’s Shine dosing has become a dangerous dance. Enhanced security protocols and endless meetings have him on a tightrope, with little room to move without revealing himself. When the GNW release the Damascus to begin their systemic hunt of the Exiled, the noose closes around the rebels and their allies. If they can’t disable the threat, the Exiled won’t be the Damascus’ only agenda.   Chameleon  (The Domino Project #1) – Available now Parasite (The Domino Project #3) – Available February 2016       Instagram:...

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GRUDGING by Michelle Hauck … release day!
Nov17

GRUDGING by Michelle Hauck … release day!

Title: GRUDGING Author: Michelle Hauck Pub. Date: November 17, 2015 Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse Format: eBook Find it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Goodreads A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything. The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood. On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps. The Women of the Song. But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power. And time is running out. A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy. Excerpt: Shortly after the combat, Ramiro made his excuses to the men at the wall and left, returning to the citadel and taking the stairs to the roof. Some alcalde’s wife from the past had turned this spot into an outdoor garden and dining room, making it a favorite retreat for many. A peaceful place when he felt anything but. Other people’s blood spotted his white shirt. Had things gone differently, it could easily have been his own. He needed a bath and a rest, but his mind hummed from the conflict, leaving him unable to stop pacing. Cold chills claimed his limbs. His stomach was sourer than when alcohol had filled it. With no clear single-combat victory, he hadn’t earned his beard. The night reeked of disappointment. How long? How long could they keep the Northerners out? Stars spotted the night sky here, where the citadel met the top of the world. Or so it had always seemed to him as a child. Life was no longer so certain now that he was older. He drew in the cool scent of creeping jasmine, carefully tended and watered by hand in pots across the rooftop. Colina Hermosa spread before him, a humbling sight. The city stretched away from the citadel on all sides, a jewel shining with lights. It spread down the hill, becoming wider and grander as it sprawled, with imposing avenues and white-clad stucco buildings whose thick walls and small windows kept out the noonday heat. There was squalor and dirt as well, fits of temper, rudeness, and often impatience. But the darkness hid all that, washing the city of its faults and giving it a fresh life until it tumbled like the sea...

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WOODLAND CREEK SERIES … 30 Authors, 30 Shifter Stories … new releases & giveaway!
Nov17

WOODLAND CREEK SERIES … 30 Authors, 30 Shifter Stories … new releases & giveaway!

  Happy Book Birthday to the Woodland Creek Series!   Woodland Creek Series. 30 Authors. 30 Shifter Stories. One Epic Release Day. http://woodlandcreekseries.com   The Woodland Creek Series is an innovative and collaborative collection of Shifter stories set in one town, each with a guaranteed Happily Ever After. Sibilance by Aria Kane — This sexy trickster won’t let Sophia Samson slither out of his life so easily. Amazon | Goodreads Crow’s Caw at Nightmoon Creek by Calinda B — All she can think about is his naked body in the woods last night…and how he murdered her best friend. Amazon | Goodreads Running Free by K Webster — Can Frankie prove her innocence with a sexy detective hot on her trail? Amazon | Goodreads Broken Wings by Mindy Larson – Love, secrets and lies make for a thrilling ride in Broken Wings. Amazon | Goodreads Mina’s Revenge by J.M. Witt — Her powers are changing and they’re more than the bloodline inheritance from her mother. Amazon Gargoyle by Scarlett Dawn — Being stone-hard has never been this sexy and wicked before. Amazon | Goodreads Zenko by J. Rose Alexander — Blaze Riordan must find Melody Hastings before Halloween–and only a little red fox can help him do it. Amazon The Scarlett Legacy by K.N. Lee — All Evie wanted was to escape her family’s secret…and then Avalon walked into town. Amazon The Beast Within by Rachel M. Raithby — Passion ignites, and pasts collide, when the Beast comes out to play. Amazon | Goodreads Sinful Instincts by J.D. Hollyfield — She was his temptation, and he was her ultimate Sin. Amazon Moonlit Feathers by Sarah Makela — After faced with crippling loss, a heartbroken raven must find her wings again…. Amazon | Goodreads Hounded by Tasha Black — This dog is about to have his day… Amazon Dearborn by Jenni Moen — I craved normalcy, to fall in love with someone untouched by the magic of Woodland Creek, but not as much as I craved him. Amazon | Goodreads The Good Girl’s Guide to Being a Demon by April Aasheim — What’s a good girl to do when she starts developing horns, and a hunger? Amazon Blind Trust by Raci Ames — When Pia goes blind she must learn to trust what her heart can see, even if it means falling in love with two different shifters. Amazon | Goodreads Dragon’s Web by Lia Davis — One sexy dragon, two strong-willed females, a family scandal, murder, and a love that requires plenty of ice. Amazon | Goodreads Wicked Jackal by Cherie Marks — The freedom to choose her fate...

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