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  1. Vitamins and Death

    October 19, 2014 by Suzi

    Titles and covers are so important, and today I get to share with you a book that did a good job at both. Medeia Sharif’s newest novel, Vitamins and Death.
     
    It certainly caught my attention. And she follows that up with an awesome cover and an intriguing story.


    VITAMINS AND DEATH by Medeia Sharif
    Release Date December 10, 2014
     
    Deidra Battle wants nothing more than to be invisible. After her mother, a public school teacher, engages in an embarrassing teacher-student affair at Lincoln High, they relocate to a different neighborhood and school. Being her mother’s briefcase, Deidra joins her mother at her new workplace, Hodge High.
     

    Since her mother has reverted to her maiden name and changed her appearance, Deidra thinks no one will figure out they’re the Battles from recent news and that they’re safe. Neither of them is. Hodge brings a fresh set of bullies who discover details about the scandal that changed her life.
     

    Feeling trapped at home with an emotionally abusive, pill-addicted mother and at school with hostile classmates who attempt to assault and blackmail her, Deidra yearns for freedom, even if she has to act out of character and hurt others in the process. Freedom comes at a price.
     

    And here’s all the places you can find Medeia


  2. School rivalries

    October 12, 2014 by Suzi

    This last week two of my friends released their first collaboration together. Cassie Mae and Jessica Salyer. Secret Catch is a fun ya contemporary about a school rivalry and a girl and boy caught in between it.
     
    The boy is a football player and the girl goes to his rival school, and has a cousin who is very hateful towards anybody from the boy’s school. You’ll love both Tyler and Sam. They have a terrific chemistry and I’m sure you’ll be rooting for them being together like I did.
     
    Their whole story got me thinking about school rivalry things. I grew up in a town with two high schools. I didn’t know hardly anyone from the other school, and I wasn’t an athlete. Whenever we played them in hockey, football or basketball, the games were always big, but the rivalry was more in fun.
     
    Whereas in Secret Catch, the rivalry is serious stuff.
     

    In our town, we had three junior high schools. Two of the junior highs were funneled straight to each of the high schools. But the third school got split. Half went to one high school and half went to the other. So maybe that made a difference too because some athletes played against kids who had once been their teammates a few years before.
     

    Since I wasn’t an athlete, I have a different perspective, but I’m curious for those who were athletes. Does it make those rivalries seem more intense when you have a personal stake in that game? You’re involved, whereas I was just a spectator.
     
    Or maybe school rivalries weren’t as important to me because I’m not a super competitive person. That’s entirely possible too.
     
    And maybe there were so kids who were super serious about the rivalry, and I just didn’t know it.

     
    So I’m curious how it was for you. Were you an athlete in high school? Did you have any intense high school rivalries? Have you read Secret Catch?
     

    If you haven’t, go here to find it on Amazon.
     

    Secret Catch by Jessica Salyer and Cassie Mae
     
    Tyler Koontz is Trojan gold all the way. There’s nowhere he loves to be more than on the football field.
     

    Sam Nolan is Skyhawk red born and raised. With her mom’s depression problem and her dad’s recent death, she lives for her little brother who is a big football fanatic.
     

    There’s one rule in this town…
     

    Trojans and Skyhawks don’t date. EVER.
     

    So when Tyler and Sam fall fast and hard for each other, what are they to do? Keep it a secret of course.
     

    The problem is in a town this small, secrets don’t stay secret for long.


  3. Nobody Knows

    October 7, 2014 by Suzi

    Kyra Lennon has a new book coming out and I’m excited to share it with you today.

    Nobody Knows (Razes Hell Book 1) by Kyra Lennon
    To be released November 3rd, 2014
    (Cover Design: Najila Qamber Designs and Photographer: Lindee Robinson Photography)

    It’s not easy being friends with rising rock stars – especially when you’re the glue that holds them together.

     
    Razes Hell has taken off in the charts, and Ellie can’t believe her childhood friends, Drew and Jason Brooks, are on TV and drawing crowds after years spent playing in dodgy bars. From obscurity to overnight success, Ellie soon realises life in the public eye isn’t all it’s cracked up to be as dark secrets become headline news and old conflicts are re-ignited. When a fake feud meant to boost the band’s popularity threatens to rip the boys apart for real, Ellie finds herself torn – a position which only gets more uncomfortable when her loyalty to Jason collides with her blossoming relationship with Drew.

     
    Nobody knows how deep their issues run; nobody but Ellie. With friendship, a music career and a new love on the line, can Ellie keep their tangled pasts from ruining their futures?
     

    Find Here on Goodreads | Find Here on Amazon
     
    And here’s more about Kyra
     

    Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she’s not reading, you’ll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.
     
    Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels. Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go in November.
     
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    Tour hosted by: Concierge Literary Promotions


  4. Home is Where You Are

    September 30, 2014 by Suzi

    A few years ago, I participated in this blog hop hosted by Theresa Paolo. And she had all these amazing sounding books listed on her WIP page. The exact types I’d pick out of the library.

    And Home is Where You Are was one of them. So I was totally excited when I heard she’d decided to self-publish this one as Tessa Marie. And I was really happy that I got to read it before everybody else too. (The benefit of being somebody’s critique partner.:) )

    And now I get celebrate the release day with her. So scroll down to learn all about Home is Where You Are. AND… have a chance to win a gift card so you can buy this terrific book!
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    HOME IS WHERE YOU ARE BY TESSA MARIE

    RELEASES SEPTEMBER 30 2014

    FIND IT ON AMAZON: http://bit.ly/HomeAmazon

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    Anna’s life reads like a check list.

    Straight A’s (Check)

    Editor of the school paper (Check)

    Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)

    Ivy League (So close she can taste it)

    Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

    Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.

    Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.

    ADD IT TO YOUR GOODREADS: http://bit.ly/HomeIsGR

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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tessa

    Tessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Under her real name, Theresa Paolo, she released her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

     


  5. Tell me your secrets

    August 22, 2014 by Suzi

    I’m helping my friend, Chloe Banks, celebrate the release of her debut novel, The Art of Letting Go. And she is even giving away a signed copy. All you have to do is tell us one little secret. So keep reading to find out about her new novel and how you can win a copy.


    The Art of Letting Go tells the story of Rosemary, whose peaceful seclusion is disrupted by the man she was involved in a traumatic relationship with decades earlier; only this time he’s lying in a coma and Rosemary must decide whether to let him live, or let him go. In the midst of her secret dilemma  she meets an abstract artist who is used to manipulating shapes and colours to make people see things differently. But what else is he manipulating? And can he help Rosemary see her own situation in a different light?

    The Art of Letting Go is available as a paperback and an e-book here in the UK and here in the US
     

    Sssshhhh…

     

    Probably my favourite quotation in all of literature is from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett: “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” It’s such a beautiful sentiment from a wonderful children’s novel. I blame my love of walled gardens – of secret beauty in all its forms – on this book.

     

    Many novels revolve around secrets. Secrets and misunderstandings are the mainstays of creating tension in literature. Whether it’s a wonderful (if tragic) secret such as a walled garden, or something more sinister – a dark past, hidden addictions – the real mystery can sometimes be why somebody is keeping something a secret, rather than the secret itself. And it’s that sort of mystery that my novel, The Art of Letting Go, is built around. Rosemary’s secret doesn’t seem that sinister – a past relationship that didn’t work out – but why is she keeping it a secret at all? If you’re curious, I’ll let you find out for yourselves!

    As this is the last stop on my blog tour, I thought you might indulge me in some fun. Let’s share our secrets! Or at least, let’s share our embarrassing pasts or funny misunderstandings. Nothing heavy needed – in fact, it’d probably be simpler for Suzi if you didn’t confess to murder on her blog – tell me something fun or funny. At the end of the month I’ll pop the names of everybody who has left a comment on this post into a hat and draw one person out to receive a signed copy of my novel. If you really can’t think of a secret/misunderstanding to tell us about, and you’d still like a chance to win, how about telling us your favourite line from literature instead?

     

    Here are a few quotations about secrets to get you in the mood:

    “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.” George Orwell, 1984

    “Secrets have a way of making themselves felt, even before you know there’s a secret.” Jean Ferris, Once Upon a Marigold

    And one from The Art of Letting Go for you, “He wasn’t flesh and blood, only colour and shape – a painting that had come to life.  I knew I could tell him everything that had ever happened to me – everything I’d forgotten – and it would be like whispering to the wind. Secrets would never escape him because he wasn’t real; he was an imitation of reality, a child’s sketch of a man.”

    So, come on, spill the beans! I’ll start if you like…

    When I was a child I spent every day out in our garden in my own little world. Not only that, but I couldn’t go in for the night until I had been all round our (large) garden and said the same words to the same landmarks – the apple tree, the place where I’d buried a dead pigeon, the bush where the robin would sing – every single night. I had to say goodnight to certain bits of the garden or I was worried they’d feel lonely. I had plenty of school friends but my best friend, to whom I told all my secrets, was our old apple tree. And I’ve never told anybody that before! (I also had a similar ritual with parts of my bedroom before I could sleep at night, but I think that’s enough confessions for one day.)

    Over to you.

    Thanks, Chloe. Congratulations again on your release. Now let’s see if anyone has anything interesting to share!


    And here is a little more about Chloe.

    Chloe Banks lives in a peaceful corner of the UK with her husband, son and a sense of childish wonder. She started writing for a dare and forgot to stop until it was too late. She is a prize-winning short story writer and a first-time novelist, represented by The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency.
     
     
     


  6. The Real Thing

    August 19, 2014 by Suzi

    My friend Cassie Mae has just released another one of her fantastic books. So make sure you check it out. And here’s Cassie Mae to tell us more about The Real Thing and the special swag she’s giving away.

     
     

    Time to party!
    The Real Thing releases today (whoop whoop!) and I’m giving away a swag pack full of goodies.

    The Real Thing postcards

    A froggy loofah

    Oh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

    The Real Thing Samsung Galaxy S3 Phone Case

    A Cassie Mae pen

    A collection of select Cassie Mae/Becca Ann signed books

    Rafflecopter right below the excerpt and book details :)

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    “All right, all right,” he says, smiling and holding his palm up to stop me. Tomato juice is dripping from the top of his head down his cheeks, getting caught in the smile lines by his mouth. I can feel it running down my face, too, and I should be gagging, but I’m not.

    I open my mouth to tell him how cute he looks even with juice all over him, but a light ploof! hits the center of the tub between our bodies, and I stare down at my froggy loofah, now covered in red.

    “Oh no!” I frown, plucking the sponge up by the froggy’s arm, then looking up to the shower caddy over Eric’s head. Our splash war must’ve knocked my poor froggy right off his little perch. “My loofah.”

    “That’s what it’s called!” Eric slaps the top of his knee, getting more juice on both of us. “I’ve been staring at that thing since you moved in, trying to remember what the hell people call it.”

    A small bubble of laughter escapes through my slight frown. “Why?”

    “That thing is creepy.”

    I gasp. “It is not. It’s cute.” My lip pokes out as I look at the juice soaking into the blue frog’s face. “And now it’s ruined.”

    He takes the loofah from my fingers, an adorable pinched look on his face.

    “I don’t know how you can wash yourself with this,” he says, pulling at the leg poking from the big green sponge part.

    “It’s soft on my sensitive lady parts.” I laugh as his face goes red again. I expect him to drop the loofah back in my hand—or throw it at me—but he doesn’t. He keeps pulling at it as if it’s the weirdest, yet most fascinating thing in the world.

    “Is it really ruined?” he asks, tone suddenly nowhere near his usual playfulness. He actually looks worried about my sponge.

    “It’s like a buck, Eric.” I adjust in the tub again as the juice creeps into nooks and crannies of my body I had no idea existed till now. “I can get another one tomorrow. Maybe an even creepier one just for you.”

    I try to wink, but I’ve never been good at that. He sort of laughs, but his eyes go back to the froggy. He runs his thumb over the eyeballs, wiping the juice from it. I thought I knew Eric pretty well. But as I watch him stare at my loofah, head slightly cocked to the side, I realize I have no clue what he’s thinking. And that’s totally okay. The anticipation of finding out is better.

    “Only a dollar?” His eyes lift to mine.

    “Or two. Depending on where you go.”

    His lips purse and he nods, then plunges the sponge into the juice. Before I can smack him for that, he pulls it from the bath and wrings it out over my head. My jaw drops to my knees.

    “Oh, you are so dead.”

    *********************************************************************************
    Buy Me!

    In this electrifying novel from Cassie Mae, two close friends surprise themselves by shifting from platonic love to sexual attraction.

    Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.

    When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.

    Advance praise for The Real Thing

    “Cassie Mae is awesome! The perfect balance between laugh-out-loud funny and achingly poignant, The Real Thing is the ultimate escapist read. I didn’t want it to end!”—Lauren Layne, author of Isn’t She Lovely

    “Watching two best friends figure out how to fall in love makes The Real Thing a summer read of swoon-worthy perfection.”—Jolene Perry, author of The Summer I Found You

    “Cassie Mae’s The Real Thing made me want to close out every social media app and electronic device I have, but I couldn’t manage to stop reading!”—Rebecca Yarros, author of Full Measures

    About the Author

    Cassie Mae (who dawns the name Becca Ann on occasion) is the author of a few hundred… okay, maybe not that many… books. Some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun.

    Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she has published and sold books to Random House, Swoon Romance, and Spencer Hill Press. She has a favorite of all her book babies, but no, she won’t tell you what it is. (Mainly because it changes depending on the day.)

    Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge watch Teen Wolf and The Big Bang Theory. She can quote Harry Potter lines quick as a whip. And she likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree.

    You can stalk, talk, or send pictures of Dylan O’Brien to her on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassiemaeauthor

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  7. Flesh Eating Zombies

    August 15, 2014 by Suzi

    I’ve always like horror movies and books and one day I hope to write some of my own. I just haven’t developed any of my ideas yet. Too many other things to do.


    Today, I’ve got my friend’s, Rachel Schieffelbein, cover reveal for her upcoming zombie book. Not only does it have a creeptastic cover and an awesome title, but it has a totally unexpected ending. I loved it. So make sure you check it out.


    So make sure you check it out. Now… from Rachel.

    It’s cover reveal day for FLESH EATING ZOMBIES AND EVIL EX-GIRLFRIENDS!
    I’m so excited to share it with all of you! It’s creepy and dark and just right for the book.
    So without further ado, here it is!

    Erwin is in hell— Locked in his high school with his ex-girlfriend, her new pain-in-the-ass boyfriend, and a handful of others while zombies claw at the doors trying to fight their way in.

    The bright light in the dark is Sylvia, whose strength helps hold Erwin together when everything is falling apart.

    When they realize the school is no longer safe, Erwin is determined to keep the group together and get them all to safety.
    But he can’t save everyone.


    Release day is September 17th. Don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads list!

     


  8. Sidelined

    July 13, 2014 by Suzi

    I’ve got Kyra Lennon here today to talk about series writing. She is releasing the third book in her Game On Series and you must check them out.
     
    Welcome, Kyra and congratulations on your newest release. So I was wondering. Did you start writing the first, Game On, knowing it’d be a series?

     
    Nope, it was supposed to be one book, one story, but it got a little out of hand! One of my CPs suggested making it into a series shortly after the book was released, and early reviews told me that people were interested in the secondary characters as well as the main characters so I went with it – and here we are at Book 3!
     
    Are there any more planned?
     
    It will be a five book series. After that, no more lol!
     
    You have your novella, but have you written any other stand alone stories/novels?
     
    I have one standalone written, about a rock band, although there is potential for a companion novel. I also have two standalones half written, but I’m not really sure how they’re going to work out just yet. I will definitely be easing off on writing anymore book series for a while once Game On is finished!
     
    How did you pick which characters to do the stories about?
     
    Originally, the plan was for a four book series, focusing on Leah Walker (the MC from Game On) and her two best friends, Bree and Freya, with the final book going back to Leah. But Jesse Shaw was such a popular character in Game On, I decided it was worth giving him his own book. I have also had some suggestions that there should be a book dedicated to the Westberg Warriors beefcake, Bryce Warren, but I think adding any more books to the mix at this point would be a mistake.
     
    Bryce gets a lot of page time in the last two books, so I think people will be satisfied.

     
    Since your series has different main characters, how to do you keep track of all their personality traits and such. Are you organized with it all in a notebook(s)? Or on the computer?

     
    Haha, I am not organised at all! I think I do have anotebook around somewhere that has very, very basic notes in, but for the most part, the information lives inside my head, and just stays there until I’m ready to let it out!

     
    Thanks so much for interviewing me, Suzi! This was fun!

     
    Thanks for sharing with us, Kyra.
     

    At the age of twenty-one, Bree Collinson has more than she ever dreamed of. A handsome husband, a fancy house, and more shoes than Carrie Bradshaw and Imelda Marcos combined. But having everything handed to her isn’t the way Bree wants to live the rest of her life.

    When an idea to better herself pops into her head, she doesn’t expect her husband to question her, and keep her tied by her apron strings to the kitchen.

    Isolated and unsure who to turn to, Bree finds herself falling back into a dangerous friendship, and developing feelings for the only person who really listens to her. Torn between her loyalty to her husband and her attraction to a man who has the perfect family she always wanted, she has some tough choices to make.

    While Bree tries to figure out what she wants, a tragedy rocks the Westberg Warriors, triggering some dark memories, and pushing her to take a look at what’s really important.

    About the Author:

    Kyra is a self-confessed book-a-holic, and has been since she first learned to read. When she’s not reading, you’ll usually find her hanging out in coffee shops with her trusty laptop and/or her friends, or girling it up at the nearest shopping mall.

    Kyra grew up on the South Coast of England and refuses to move away from the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her novels.
    Her debut novel, Game On (New Adult Contemporary Romance), was released in July 2012, and she scored her first Amazon Top 20 listing with her New Adult novella, If I Let You Go.

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  • Sisters (and brothers)

    March 23, 2014 by Suzi

    My friends, Kelley Lynn and Jenny Morris, just released their book, Road to Somewhere. It’s about two sisters, a roadtrip, and apparently cowboys. :) I haven’t had a chance to read it since I just purchased it last night, but I really like the storyline being about two sisters.

    I haven’t seen a lot of that in YA. More often when books involve siblings, it’s a brother/sister combination. Or, you typically have a ‘good’ sibling and a ‘bad’ sibling, but this doesn’t seem to be that way either.
     
    So I’m looking forward to reading this story about Charlie and Lucy. And I’m also curious about those cowboys. :)
     
    Let me know what other books you’re read about sisters OR brothers. Or if you’ve read Road to Somewhere.


    Road to Somewhere at Amazon or Goodreads

     
    For Charlie, a post-high school road trip isn’t just a vacation, it’s life changing. While her parents think she’s helping a friend move, a chance at fame is the real reason to grab her best friends and drive to L.A. But when her super annoying, uber-responsible, younger sister, Lucy, has to tag along, it isn’t quite the summer of fun she imagined.

    Add in a detour to her grandparents’ ranch in Texas, and between mucking the stalls, down-home cookin’, and drool worthy ranch hands, this could just turn into the best, and most complicated, summer of their lives.

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  • The Real Thing

    March 21, 2014 by Suzi

    Today I’ve got the cover reveal for Cassie Mae’s latest novel, The Real Thing.
    Since she’s way more funny than I am, I’m gonna let her introduce it.

    Take it away Cassie Mae…

     

    So, this book… it’s about this girl.
    And she loves her online time.
    Her phone is her buddy.
    And her favorite app is her Kindle, because she also LOVES to read.
    Read a lot.
    Then there’s this boy.
    He’s best friends with this bookworm girl.
    He sort of has a thing for her.
    But, he’s also got major anxiety.
    And isn’t sure how to make a move.
    So when they end up rooming together for the summer, this guy tries to get this girl to put the screen away long enough for him to win her over.
    But of course, it’s not easy to unplug. Especially for an internet junkie.
    Hmm… that girl sounds pretty familiar ;)
    And here’s the hawt cover for it! 

    And here’s the actual blurb, and not my picture version :)

    Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.
    When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.

    About Cassie Mae :)
    Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestsellers REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND and HOW TO DATE A NERD, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and SWITCHED. She spends time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

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