Fighting For Control by Melynda Price

We are so excited to have Melynda Price back with us for the third book in her series.
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Melynda Price is a multi-published author of contemporary and paranormal
romance. What Price enjoys most about writing is the chance to make her
readers fall in love, over and over again. She cites the greatest
challenge of writing is making the unbelievable believable, while taking
her characters to the limit with stories full of passion and unique
twists and turns. Salting stories with undertones of history whenever
possible, Price adds immeasurable depth to amazingly well-crafted books.

She currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and two
children where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of
the fireplace with her Chihuahua and a hot cup of coffee to write.

“For Nikko
“The Bull” Del Toro, an ex-marine turned MMA fighter, only two things
quiet the demons raging inside him—facing an opponent in the cage…and
the memory of his hottest one-night stand. But when his PTSD resurfaces,
causing him to lose control at a CFA press party, it’s his career that
may be KO’d.

Dr. Violet Summers is stunned to discover her
newest patient is the man who rocked her world—and put her heart in a
clinch after her nasty divorce. She’s determined to delve deep into the
darkness that haunts him and to keep all further encounters strictly
professional.

Nikko doesn’t want a shrink. What he needs is
Violet. With the memory of their passion blazing between them, it’s only
a matter of time before they give in to desire. Can Violet help save
this surly fighter from his own personal nightmare? Or will he forfeit
his career and his last chance at love?

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Hearts in Florence by A.M. Willard

Hearts in Florence – New Release

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Raven Bloomberg finds herself stuck in Florence, Italy during a holiday weekend. One meant for lovers, not lonely art gallery assistants sharing the last hotel room with a dark and mysterious stranger.

She decides to loosen up and enjoy what the city has to offer. The only problem is; she may be enjoying herself a little too much.

Pierce Ashton’s eyes are set on Raven Bloomberg, the sexy yet reserved blonde that pushes him to limits he never expected.
Will their thirst be enough to continue the love affair once back in the states?

Will these two souls go back to living life as they did before, or embrace the passion ignited in the opulent streets of Florence.

Find out now in author A.M. Willard’s contemporary romance novella, Hearts in Florence, which is best enjoyed with an Italian Merlot.

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A.M. Willard is a true believer of soul mates, and happy ever afters. She enjoys reading, sailing, and of course writing contemporary romance with some saucy scenes. Releasing her first novella of the One Night Series on April 12, 2014 has sent her on a new journey in life.

A.M.’s passion for writing started at a young age, but with the love and support from her husband of eighteen years pushed her to follow her dreams. Once she hit that first publish button, she hasn’t looked back.

Publications available from A.M. Willard include the Chances Series, Love on the Screen, and everyone’s favorite, the One Night Series. She’s also had an article published in the Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine and was just accepted into the Romance Writers of America organization in May of 2015.

A.M. Willard was born and raised in the Panhandle of Florida, but resides in Savannah GA with her husband, son, two cats, one rotten dog, two goats and her six chickens. Yes, we said chickens…

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“Come, I want to show you my favorite section here,” he says while dragging me behind him. Now it’s as if he’s a kid in the candy store. Laughter escapes from me while I’m being pulled. I glimpse back and forth between everything as it’s covered in greenery and wonder what it would’ve been like back in the day. As we slow, I notice the Ragnaie up ahead, and I pray that he’s going to say this is his favorite spot. I really want to walk underneath it.

“You coming?” he asks, tilting his head in that direction. I offer the biggest goofy smile ever and follow along. I take in the green trees that cascade over the gravel path making a canopy above our heads. The sunlight peers through open sections of the trees above, creating a spotlight effect down toward the road as we walk along. Pierce takes my hand into his and squeezes it a little more than he has before. I close my eyes and glide through as I imagine being here with my fiancé or lover in the future. We could come here for him to kneel down and propose to me, or to celebrate our first year of being wed.

I stop and breathe in the air around us. I want to memorize this moment for as long as I can. I want to remember exactly what it smells like, the sounds of the birds chirping, and the slight creaking of the branches. I picture that it’s the sound of the branches intertwining more into each other, forming a tighter bond than before. The hopeless romantic in me wonders if that’s the sound that two lovers’ hearts make. When two people who love each other unconditionally grow old together, do their branches mend together to make a canopy of their souls?

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Saving Sarah May by S.J. Reisner

 

Losing everything doesn’t mean you can’t start over again. 


Adventurous Sarah May had everything, the perfect job, the perfect house, the perfect future. But when the love of her life is killed in Iraq, it plummets her entire world into darkness. Emily Frost never imagined an end to her abusive marriage. Now divorced, living with her mother, and raising her daughter, she vowed never again to give her heart to anyone. Food critic Kate Berkhill has jumped from bad relationship to bad relationship, and after her boyfriend dumps her for her sister, she’s decided to give up on men altogether. For three friends, a trip to Ireland seemed like the idyllic, carefree break from their troubled lives. Instead, the emerald isle forces each of them to face her demons head on, to discover herself, find healing, and possibly new love. 

 

S. J. Reisner began writing at the age of ten and never stopped. Because she loves to read everything, picking a genre didn’t come easy. This is why she has four different pen names and writes everything from non-fiction to horror to contemporary romance. Her non-fiction and erotic romances have been bestsellers on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.  Under S. J. Reisner she writes general fiction, contemporary romances, adventure fantasy, and YA paranormal stories. This is her first published contemporary romance novel.  When she’s not writing you can find her herding cats, wrangling vegetables in the garden, or engaging in one of her many hobbies. She lives along the front range of the Rocky Mountains with her husband and two rescue cats. To learn more visit www.sjreisner.com

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Fun Facts about Saving Sarah May

  1. The fictional town in Saving Sarah May was based on a real town that I stayed in when I was in Ireland.
  2. Figuring out what the characters ate sometimes took longer than writing the actual scene. I know, I know, you wouldn’t think scones require hours of research, printing recipes, baking, eating, but it just sounded so delicious!
  3. The idea for this story came to me in a dream while I was on vacation in New England.
  4. My editors loved the story so much they ganged up on me and told me I needed to write Emily and Kate’s stories, too.
  5. I often joke that this book is my homage to late Irish novelist, Maeve Binchy, whose work I love.
  6. This is the first contemporary romance novel I’ve written, even though I have ten other novels, numerous novellas and short stories published.
  7. My theme song for this book was a cover of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space done by the band I Prevail. (Hey, it’s only fair I share why I won’t share my playlist, that way you can all look it up for yourselves.)
  8. When I initially pitched this book to my editor, I didn’t have the plot worked out, so it came out something like, “So there are these three friends who have had really bad relationships and problems. One of them, her fiance died horribly. They go to Ireland and  find healing and love.” And that’s literally all I could tell her. I call it my worst. pitch. ever.
  9. I used to ride horses a lot, and my first trip to Ireland was a tour on horseback through Western Ireland. That’s where Sarah’s love of riding comes from.
  10. I had to give my family some props in the book. Enter castle O’Conghaile. My maiden name is Connolly and my Irish ancestors (who were actually quite British according to family DNA tests) are from Co. Galway.
  11. BONUS FACT – This is the third book I’ve written set in Ireland. My Castle Sedgebrook series (erotic Paranormal Romance) as Anne O’Connell is set in Ireland, too.

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Down To My Soul by Kennedy Ryan

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Today we have a sneak peek of Down to My Soul, Book 2 of Kennedy Ryan’s Soul Series! If you haven’t read Book 1, My Soul to Keep, make sure you catch up before the March 31 release! And don’t miss the giveaway accompanying the excerpt!

If you HAVE NOT read My Soul to Keep, find the Giveaway & read the first three chapters HERE.

For those who HAVE read My Soul to Keep and are waiting for Down to My Soul, find the Giveaway & Excerpt HERE!

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Nobody Knows by Rebecca Barber

Gillian Dempsey must find a reason to go on…
 
Easier said than done after a rare virus robs her of both parents. Left alone and confused, the mourning nineteen-year-old flees to her three best friends, who receive her with open arms.
 
Her parents give her more than an inheritance—they give her a second chance at life…
 
When Gillian is left with some properties in her parents’ will, she assigns them to a real estate agent to manage. Joel Matthews takes the job, but he quickly becomes more than a business associate. After a string of fortunate coincidences, Gillian and Joel spend a passionate night together—after which Joel all but vanishes from her life.
 
But they still have unfinished business, and Gillian won’t allow him to slip away—especially with her heart.
 
Life is a roller coaster of tragedy and joy…
 
Gillian reels him in, and soon the two are married. Gillian’s heart expands even more when they receive the news of their first pregnancy. But after the baby is born, things aren’t the same. Joel becomes distant…resentful. And then the abuse begins. Darkness consumes their marriage—only to get worse.
 
While Gillian tries to hold her family together, it seems Joel is doing everything to tear them apart. But just one slip of his temper makes all the difference, because this time, there’s no turning back.
 
Maybe being abused can be endured, as long as Nobody Knows…until someone ends up dead.
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Gillian
 
The scowl on his leathery face should have been enough warning to shut me up, but tonight I wasn’t in the mood to back down. I was ready for a fight. Whatever he dished out would come back at him twofold. He came through the door, ripping it almost off its hinges and letting it slam behind him. He took one look at me, sitting on the lounge quietly watching television and sipping my coffee, and rolled his eyes in disgust. I didn’t say a word. This was the game we played these days. After more than a decade of marriage, this is all we had left.
“What’s for dinner?” he snarled, his eyes filled with hatred and disgust. I just shrugged apathetically. What was I supposed to say? ‘Hi honey, how was your day? You look tired. Why don’t I just whip you up a nice, juicy T-bone steak and fresh steamed veggies?’ The truth was, I would probably be having home-brand crackers with what was left of the vegemite.
“Not sure. We don’t have much,” I admitted, instantly feeling ashamed.
I hated the fact that he could make me cower like that. Once upon a time, in another lifetime far away from this one, I felt different. I felt worthwhile and even happy. We were happy at one point, weren’t we? Somewhere along the line, I must have loved him. Otherwise I wouldn’t have married him. I can’t be that stupid, can I?
“For God’s sake, didn’t you even bother to do the shopping?” he snarled from the kitchen.
I heard him muttering to himself as he shuffled the near-empty boxes about in the pantry. Much as I hate to admit it, the profanity spraying from his lips was mighty impressive.
Stomping back into the lounge, he planted himself deliberately in front of the television, hands on his hips and a scowl on his face. Knowing what was coming, I was glad the kids were out with their godmother Heidi tonight. That was the only positive in this nightmare.
“For fuck’s sake, Gillian. I give you money. What the fucking hell do you spend it on?” he demanded, tiny bits of spittle flying from his mouth.
We had danced around this confrontation for weeks now. The tension was escalating, as was the hatred buried inside me. I don’t remember the last time that I had actually had a full night’s sleep. These days, I was too angry to sleep. As soon as my head hit the pillow, all I could do was imagine all the things that I wanted to do and say to him, but was too afraid to.
My life had somehow crumpled into a pathetic mess, and most of the time I hated myself for it. I was furious, and the more I saw of him, the more he continued to be the heartless barbaric bastard he had become, the worse things got, and the more I despised myself.
“Do you really want to know how fucking far your measly twenty bucks stretches these days?” I asked, keeping my face as blank as possible. He raised a quizzical eyebrow and folded his arms aggressively across his puffed out chest.
I took a deep breath, grabbed hold of the arms of my chair with both hands, and squeezed as hard as I could. When I looked down, my knuckles were white with the strain and I could hear myself grinding my teeth desperately, trying to control the rage inside me.
“Well?” he snapped, shifting his weight impatiently from one foot to another.
I exhaled heavily. “If you really want to know what happened to that twenty you gave me a week ago for food and to keep the house running, well, it bought a six-pack of home brand toilet paper, a loaf of bread, a carton of milk, vegemite, eggs, and a packet of tampons for your daughter!” I told him, ticking the items off my fingers as I announced them.
 
Rebecca, one of four kids to her parents who are both primary school teachers, was born in Wollongong on the south coast of Australia before moving to the country with her family. After a few years of embracing all that country life had to offer, the family relocated to Port Macquarie with its white sand beaches. After a brief period enjoying the sun and the surf they finally settled in Canberra where Rebecca still lives today. But all through her childhood a notepad and a book where never far away. These days Rebecca is an avid reader, and when she isn’t buried in a book or cheering on her beloved football team she’s spending time with her husband Robert and their overly spoilt dog Levi.
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Out of the Mists of Darkness by Teya Peck

We are so excited to have Teya Peck back with us!!!!

Her most recent accomplishment started in the summer of 2015. Making her dad’s dream come true with publishing his works as well, as an emotional accomplishment. She is the 2016 local A.N.W.A. chapter (Snake River Writers) president, won NaNoWriMo and loves StoryMakers. Teya has been writing for as long as she can remember. At a young age she lived on a street she affectionately named Hill Street Blues, which helped her creative writing. Her Family moved to Menan where she continued her love of writing. Her father would always be and will continue to be her inspiration, even after his untimely death in 2006.

She loves sitting in her soft chair next to the fireplace and watching out a big living room window. It gives her plenty of creative juice for stories.

She met the love of her life in the loft of a barn. Yep, that set up some teasing from her father. They have been happily married since 2003. They have four children and all are loving and supportive of her writing.  Her oldest daughter is following in her footsteps as a writer adding her own illustrations. She refuses to comment on the trolls in the closets and under the beds. She is active in her church, has compassion for others, and a love for all life brings.  

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Let’s take a look at this wonderful Non-fiction, inspirational book.

This book is an inspirational piece of work. It includes real stories of people, who have personally overcome and
lived through abuse. It shares hope and a light for all in the darkness of this increasing devastation. There is a light and this book could be your grasp to the light.

 

 

Let’s take a look inside the book!
Lying in the darkness, tears streaming down my face, I clung desperately to the blanket pulled to my chin, my only protection in the world—or so I thought. Could I do this any longer?   Would there be no end to the darkness?   How could I get out?   The answer came readily—I couldn’t. I had to face this darkness, and I thought I had to face it alone. What I didn’t realize was that I wasn’t alone, nor would I ever be alone. I just had to find the light within the darkness of my life.    I had to fight. I had to protect myself, and I had to find any strength there was to find, but it would not be easy.  
This is the journey I took to find the light and the strength to go on. How long that would take and what I would have to go through before I found that light and strength, I did not know. 
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Love’s Riff by Jenny Siegel

 

Title:   Love’s Riff (Rebellious Youth Book #1)
 
Author:   Jenny Siegel
 
Genre:   Contemporary Romance
 
Release Date:   April 19, 2016




 

 

 
~ Synopsis ~
Most girls deal with a bad break-up with a pamper session and a shopping trip. Not nineteen-year old Taylor Devlin. With her confidence at an all time low, she immerses herself in music. It isn’t just something she’s good at, it’s in her blood. 


So when her best friend convinces her to audition for an up and coming band, Rebellious Youth, she figures she has nothing left to lose. Only she didn’t plan on catching the eye of sexy-as-sin lead guitarist Cal Jensen. Taylor knows all about bad boy rockers and has absolutely no intention of going there, again. Even if Cal Does make her feel alive, in the same way getting lost in a riff does. But it’s hard to move past her own insecurities, and Taylor isn’t sure if she’s ready to let Cal prove that not all rockers are heartbreakers. 


She knows music can heal her heart, but what if only Cal can make her whole?

 

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Author Spotlight – Brandy Nacole

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Gemini Brandy Nacole is a writer of urban fantasy books. She is the author of the Shadow World series and the Spiritual Discord series published by Ponahakeola Press. A reader from a young age, Brandy has always loved folklore and stories of beings that go bump in the night. 
Brandy lives in Arkansas with her husband, three never stopping kids, two snooty cats, two very lazy bearded dragons, and one mellow turtle. She is a member of the Ozark Romance Authors in Springfield, Missouri. Whenever she’s not reading or writing, Brandy is spending her time outdoors wheeling, hiking, playing amateur photographer, and enjoying a good laugh.
 
~DEEP IN THE HOLLOW~
 

Let me share some wisdom with you. There is evil in this world we cannot see, not because it is hidden from us, but because our minds refuse to accept its existence. But once we are able to get past what everyone says should not be, it becomes our responsibility to stop the evil we now see.

This insight wasn’t given to me until a year after I lost the most important person in my life: Bryce Rowan. Now, after another death at the same spot where he died—the overlook, where the mysterious lights dance amongst the trees—I begin to wonder if they were accidents after all. 


Lucky for me, I’m not the only curious one in town. Cooper, a ghost hunter (aka chaser), and his sister Jada have moved to town and are starting to ask questions.

But the more we find out about this town and the people who live here, people who I have known my whole life, the more I begin to think there are those who would rather keep the evil secret, even if it means we will never be safe, and that more will die.

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“It was my first book by Brandy and boy did I enjoyed it! Just WOW! I loved this story! Fast paced, mysterious, with awesome guy and strong heroine” ~Ewelina

5 STARS
“This is an interesting, well written novel that I could not put down until I had finished!” ~Jennifer N.

5 STARS
“Wow!!! I really liked this book. Jo is a very strong girl who’s grieving in her own way.” ~Paula G.

5 STARS
“This book was nothing like I had thought it would be. It was better. You start out with Jo, knowing something happened to her, but not understanding or knowing what.” ~ Dana B.

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BROKEN FAITH Book #1


This was it. The moment Heaven and Hell would clash. But which unearthly being would win, the fallen angel or Hell’s hounds?

Overtaken by fear, I close my eyes.

Kayson is a Fallen Angel who has spent decades running from the Hell Hounds while searching for something that no one else believes can be so, not even God. Kayson is determined to find a Blood Child. But when a hound finds Kayson first, he is sure his end has come.

Falon, Alpha of the Hell Hounds, destroyer of the blood children, and devoted believer in his master’s plan, is bound and determined to drag Kayson back to Hell with him.

Sabrina is a Vampire, a half-breed created from one of Lucifer’s original blood children. After years of hiding, Sabrina’s fate changes when she finds Kayson barely alive. Against her instincts, Sabrina saves him. Now she and Kayson are both marked by the Hell Hounds.

Emma is an ordinary human, whose only problem is making ends meet, and getting over the hurt caused by her untrustworthy brother. Her everyday problems become supernatural ones when she finds Kayson and Sabrina hiding in her parent’s backyard shed.

Kayson, Sabrina and Emma are unlikely allies, thrown together by chance to fight against the most powerful creatures of the underworld in order to follow their world-changing quest. But will the broken faith of one break the faith of all?

5 STARS
“One Of the Best Books So Far This Year!!! OMG! Brandy Nacole never seems to disappoint~! This was AMAZING!!! In this new Spiritual, Supernatural twist, has took me on a ride like NO other and BLOWN ME AWAY! Just like all the other books Brandy has written! This one Truly ROCKED!” ~Alicia

5 STARS
“Great read, did not want to put it down when I had to stop to serve customers” ~GRANOF15

5 STARS
“I couldn’t put this book done. Its the ultimate battle good vrs evil. I love the characters. Your heart goes out to what they battle with. Your one the edge of your seat wondering what’s going to happen next.”
 ~A Whole New World Through Books

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RAGING STORM Book #2


After Kayson fell from heaven, his
life got complicated. His greatest enemies, the hell hounds, thrived on Earth and hunted not only the fallen but the blood children created by their Master. After being chased and confronted by one of those very creatures, Kayson’s life becomes even more complicated. He never expected to be rescued by a vampire named Sabrina. He also never expected to become her protector after she falls prey to a hell hound’s deadly bite.

Falon, head of the hell hounds, has been desperately trying to hunt down Kayson and Sabrina but with the rain steadily falling—due to interference by the lower-realm Angels, also known as the assemblies—Falon grows irritated. His only option is to threaten those that may know where the fallen can be found.

With the threat of the hounds finding Kayson and the other fallen, Kayson is running out of time. Stille, once a respected Warrior in the assemblies, is pushing Kayson to leave an unconscious Sabrina behind. After all Sabrina has done for him, Kayson refuses to abandon her. But will his decision leave his friends vulnerable to attack?

Sabrina is conscious enough to sense the struggles that Kayson is facing. If he knew the torture she’s been going through, she knows he would suffer even more. Sabrina silently fights the darkness that is seeping into her dreams, while struggling to stay strong for Kayson. But when the pain becomes too much, Sabrina has to make a choice that may cost not only her life, but the lives of others as well.

5 STARS
“I couldn’t but it down. I love the characters in this book. You find yourself on edge, wondering what’s going to happen next. On to the next book” 
~A Whole New World Through Books

4 STARS
“So this was another really fabulous addition to the series. … A strength of the first book that continues into this book is that the characters are very well drawn. Each character has distinct and different personality traits, and they hold to those traits very consistently.” 
~ S.L. Sorensen

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DARKEST REACHES Book #3


Kayson and the other fallen angels have risked their lives to keep Sabrina safe as she recovered from a Hell hound’s bite. Just when she began to improve, Hell was unleashed as the hounds attacked, and kidnapped Sabrina. 

Now, only days after the fight between the fallen and the hounds, Kayson is determined to find Sabrina and bring her back from Hell. The only thing standing in his way is a dangerous fallen angel named Iraja. Iraja has the means to find Sabrina,

but he doesn’t do favors without a price. 

Sabrina is now facing the nightmare she’s been running from since being turned into a vampire a century ago: her eternal condemnation to Hell. Knowing her only chance of survival may rest by playing nice and turning Hell hound Falon against Lucifer, Sabrina gives into the bitter darkness and now has to fight to remember the good soul she truly is. But when she discovers the role her and the innocent human Emma are forced to play, will her fear get the better of her, and will she be lost forever?

In the third installment of the Spiritual Discord series, the will to survive is tested, worst fears become a reality, and for one, betrayal becomes the only option.

5 STARS

“I want more 🙂 I’m so hooked on this series. Just don’t know what’s going to happen next. Then I felt guilty because I started liking Fallon. You get to see more of his personality in this book. I can’t wait to see what happns next.”
 ~ A Whole New World Through Books

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March 11th – 13th
 
Only 99 cents
 
Sci-Fi/New Adult
 
Samantha Jacobey
 
 
Bailey Dewitt is
on a crash course with Armageddon. Orphaned, she and her young brothers find
themselves living with their renegade uncle. Part of a group of survivalists,
she is terrified to discover they are preparing for the end of the world! Could
they be right – is mankind headed for a global disaster of his own making?
While Bailey
struggles with that question and what she should do about it, Caleb, a man from
the group, becomes her dearest friend and the one person she can trust to love
and protect her. When things spiral out of control, will their bond be enough
to save the entire community, or will rival forces strip away all that they
have worked for at the time they need it most…
An End of the World adventure… 
 
 
 
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Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations any where at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night. 
I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well. 
I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Review: Twisted Mind by Mia Hoddell

51fdlyLrjQL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_ABOUT THE BOOK: She’s toxic. Everyone tells me to leave her—that she’s going to destroy me.
But things aren’t that simple.

Elora’s pregnant with my child and I endure her twisted games of manipulation and violence to protect my unborn baby. I never predicted she would do the unthinkable or that she was cruel enough to kill.

Yet she did, and now everything’s spiralling out of control.

The light-hearted jokester on the race track isn’t a part I can play anymore. The Dustin Coates everyone loved is no longer me. I’m merely a grief-stricken man who’s barely able to function.

At least until Tazia Nixon moves in next door.

She soothes my aching heart and helps me forget. With every second I’m around her, I can feel myself being revived.

However, beneath her eternal optimism is a distressing past, and the lies are starting to unravel around me. I should have protected my fragile heart from her when I had the chance because now it’s too late. Someone out there wants to destroy me, and the odds are stacking up against us. They know Tazia can break me beyond repair, and they aren’t afraid to use her.

Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content. Each book in the Chequered Flag series can be read as a standalone and is complete with a HEA. Chequered Flag books are sport romances with elements of suspense, and are written with British spelling and grammar.

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REVIEW: Abuse is never an easy concept to read about, much less write about. What makes someone feel the desire to mentally and/or physically torment another individual? Some of the answers can be found in this novel. Hoddell captivates her readers with a traumatic connection that is shared between two young adults—striving to find their own way in life. This story is insightful, compassionate and emotionally heart-wrenching. By reading the words that Hoddell writes in this second installment of the Chequered Flag Series, readers are able to experience the hardships as well as the freedom that is perceived by both remembering and letting go of painful experiences.

Dustin and Elora’s relationship is a sham, always has been and always will be. What does he get out of pouring his heart out to her? Black and blue ribs, scratches down his face and one very major and life-altering confession that spins his world off of its axis. His life has reached rock bottom and everyone around him becomes a fading memory as he drinks the pain away. All, except a new neighbor by the name of Tazia Nixon. Taz has those eyes like his, the ones that can see deeper than appearance alone. She understands his pain and she definitely has some secrets and hardships that she keeps filed away deep inside as well. Will both Dustin and Tazia learn how to trust each other with their secrets to find peace and recovery or will the twisted minds of those in their life, come back to wreck it once more?

Again, Hoddell seems to fluently understand the psychological aspect of her characters in this second installment. It is apparent that a great deal of research has been completed in order to make these characters credible or plausible in a balanced fashion. Both types of abuse are prevalent in this novel, but what is even more eye-opening, is that the male character is suffering from the hand of a female character. During the first installment, the plot revolved around Raine and Teo with only minor glimpses into the life of Dustin. The way that his character was portrayed allowed the reader to think that the abuse may have only been emotional. In this second installment, Hoddell also delves into the life of Tazia and what her secrets and struggles are. When both characters are side by side, their lives up until this point and the torment that they faced are equally heart-wrenching and painful to read about. The author is very descriptive in her wording, allowing her characters to become extremely convincing. It would not be difficult to find sympathy for several of these characters along the way.

Not only does the author succeed in character development and originality, she has created an understanding for her readers of what an emotional breakdown and reconstruction consists of. It’s not easy! A loss so tragic is what binds both individuals together, but strength can prevail if you are willing. Due to the psychological insights and intensity of the story—Hoddell has a mesmorizing novel that will shed some light on what it takes to fight the fear and pain caused by others. If you are a reader of new adult and college as well as psychological fiction, this may interest you.

A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.

MIA HODDELL AUTHOR PICABOUT THE AUTHOR: #1 Amazon bestselling author, Mia Hoddell, lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.

Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder and Not Enough.

Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs.

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