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Guest Post and Excerpt Devil's Dilemma Chronicles Chosen by Author Sirena Robinson

GUEST POST: Author Sirena Robinson

Hey everyone! A huge thank you to Autumn for featuring me today. She’s invited me to do a guest post for you all and to post an excerpt from my new novel, Devil’s Dilemma. A few days ago, another blogger asked me some very good questions about why my characters are who they are and how I decided. It’s made me think a lot about that, and I thought I’d explore it a little more here.
For me, it’s not a conscious decision who my characters are. I tend to feel more comfortable with a female MC, but I almost always have a male MC as well. For example, in Devil’s Dilemma, Griffin and Braxton are equally important to the story and each are a main character. We have chapters where Griffin never appears, and chapters where Braxton never appears. They share MC status in my head. However, even though the story is different without Brax, it is still Griffin’s story.
When I sit down to write a new book, I often have an idea of what it should be. That might be so…

Guest Post and Excerpts by Author Margo Collions of Waking Up Dead

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Writing Ideas, Writing Rituals
by Margo Bond Collins

“Where do you get your ideas? What kind of writing rituals do you have?” These are two of the most common questions authors get—so much so that they’ve become clich├ęs, the kinds of questions that authors joke about answering. But we keep getting these questions because people are interested in the answers. I’m interested in hearing other authors’ answers; I love learning about the creative process as it is experienced by other authors! And because I teach writing, too (I’m a college professor in my other life), I’m always interested in finding out how it is that my favorite authors do what they do.

I have been writing all my life. The first story I remember actually writing down was basically fan-fiction of The Wizard of Oz. I wrote it in long-hand in a yellow legal pad. I’ve been writing ever since. But about ten years ago, a friend suggested I join in National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org). Until then, I had always written …

Review: Sunshine by Nikki Rae

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18 year old Sophie Jean is pretty good at acting normal. Sure, she's not exactly happy, but happiness is nothing compared to being like everyone else. She can pretend she's not allergic to the sun. She can hide what her ex-boyfriend did to her. She can cover up the scars she's made for herself. Ignore anything. Forget anything. Then Myles enters her life, and he has more than a few secrets of his own. When accident after accident keeps happening to Sophie, she can't help noticing that he's everywhere. That he knows too much. That she's remembering too much.
It's one thing covering up her own dark past, but does she really need to worry about people finding out just how much Myles likes her? Or that despite how much she doesn't want to repeat past mistakes, she kind of likes him back? Not to mention the fact that she now has to conceal that Myles drinks blood-that he says he's about four hundred years old.
She almost forgot about that part.
But Sophie …

Review: 150 plus Great Fundraising Ideas by Kelly Elkins

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A list of successful fundraising ideas for both small and large nonprofit organizations to use as a planning tool when developing their fundraising strategy. Designed to answer the often asked question “What can I do to raise money?” it contains a list of over 150 ideas that range from simple to product sales to large signature events and multi-year sports events that can attract thousands of participants. Many of the fundraising events presented include helpful tips to help you maximize potential income as well as useful information to assist in event planning.

Review: Buzz (Book 2 of The Game Trilogy) by Andres De La Motte

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In the second installment in a new crime trilogy, a young man is on the run to escape a “game” that blurs the lines between reality and fiction, from an award-winning Swedish author and former policeman.
It's been four months since he was dragged into the Alternative Reality Game that nearly cost him his life, and HP is still on the run. He has everything he ever wished for-freedom, money, and no responsibilities, but he still isn't happy. Plagued by insomnia and paranoia, HP misses the rush and attention of The Game. Sometimes he almost wishes the Game Master would find him.

In Dubai, HP meets Anna Argos, a sophisticated and beautiful Swedish IT millionaire. When she disappears, HP is questioned by the police. Fearing he has been found by The Game, HP returns to Sweden after being released from custody. Determined to uncover the truth about Anna's disappearance, HP uses a fake identity to apply for a job at ArgosEye, the company Anna worked for. In the business of online in…

Cover Reveal and GIVEAWAY: Forever Begins Prelude (Creatura 0.5) by Nely Cab

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Prelude Author: Nely Cab Release Date: 2/3/14

Synopsis: Prelude – Creatura 0.5 It’s not easy creating life, but that’s what Deus was meant to do. And as amazing as his new creations may be, Deus finds that there’s nothing wonderful about being the only person in existence. Using his power, he molds a companion to keep him company; only, something goes awry and Starr soon proves to be as wild as the animals he’s crafted.
What do you do when the only other person in the universe hates you? You fall in love, of course…because that’s how forever begins.



*IMPORTANT*

The Prelude will not be available to buy until Feb. 3, 2014. You can click the links below to get the book when it becomes available. 
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5042085.Nely_Cab
http://www.amazon.com/Nely-Cab/e/B0056QMZKQ/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1390342525&sr=8-1
AUTHOR BIO Nely Cab was born on December 9, 1974, in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She has lived and resided in a small, quiet South Texas town most of her li…

Review: Game by Anders De La Motte

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Aimless young Henrik “HP” Petterson finds a cellphone on a Stockholm train that invites him to play a game: in no time, he's embarking on daring, high-stakes missions that turn his ordinary life extraordinary. HP loves the thrill, and the rewards, but is there a sinister side to the seemingly innocent contest?
Meanwhile, ambitious Detective Rebecca Normen is moving up the career ladder in the Swedish Secret Service but is troubled by the handwritten notes she keeps finding in her locker. Whoever writes them knows way too much about her past. HP's and Rebecca's worlds inevitably collide. But if reality is just a game, then what is real?

BTS Presents: Shielding HER HEART by Cheryl Yeko

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Title: Shielding Her Heart Author: Cheryl Yeko Series:  Milwaukee Series  (Last in a 3-book series: Protecting Rose/A Man to Trust/Shielding Her Heart) Genre: Romantic Suspense Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing Release Date: Jan 8 2014 Edition/Format Available In:  eBook Blurb/Synopsis: The woman Rick Smyth desires has shut him out of her life after being brutally beaten in her own home. But as a new threat arises, Sheila now turns to him for protection. This time, not only does he vow to keep her safe, but he’s determined to win her heart as well.

Rockin' the Heart Release Day Blast by Gracen Miller Excerpt and GIVEAWAY

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BLURB:

If music nourishes the soul…

Loved by millions, but shunned by blood, Heath “Fang” Fangor has led his band, Hot Wired, to the top while others have fallen by the wayside. He devoted his life to music, and from that devotion harvested a new family—his band mates and fans.


A man can desire nothing else…or can he?

Living in the shadow of her brother’s fame sucks! Sam Collins is desperate to have what she wants—a simple and uncomplicated life. She’s no stranger to scandals and how they work. Now that she’s inadvertently dragged Fang into the center of her latest gossip, could the scandal she created in her quest for freedom have gone too far?


Amid stardom the heart stages a new melody…

Fang has more fame and fortune than he will ever need, but none of that matters if he can’t have the woman of his dreams. Years have been wasted waiting for the right moment to approach the woman his heart desires above all others. There’s just one major problem...she’s his best friend’s sister. To have he…

Book Promo Love Me? The Trust Me? Trilogy by: K.E. Osborn

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Trust Me?
The Trust Me? Trilogy
Book 1
KE Osborn


Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance


ISBN: 9780992333805
ASIN: B00F0G6JRW


Number of pages: 283 pages
Word Count: approx 89,000


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Book Description:


This book is for mature audiences 18+ It contains explicit language and sexual content.


Jenifer Taylor is content with her life, dull and boring as it is. Being absent from the dating scene means she doesn’t have to deal with the major trust issues she has with men that stem from a controlling and aggressive ex-boyfriend and an absentee father. She’s happy being alone, sharing her life with her friends and family.


When Jeni starts a typical day in the big city of Mornington Vale, California, it turns from bad to worse when she’s involved in a chain collision on her way to work.
Her world changes forever that day because she meets Aiden O’Connell, the billionaire son of Alistair O’Connell, who owns Mornington Vale’s largest financial corporation. Aiden is an up-and-coming y…

Review: Eternal Darkness: Natalie Hancock

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Layla, a twenty-one-year-old half-breed known as a dhampir, is incredibly beautiful and deadly. She drinks vampire blood for power to stop the burning hunger.
The vampire academy is a hundred acres of land surrounded by high tech security to ensure that none enter or leave. She is the protection.
When she has a lesson with the vampires, she struggles with her hunger and has to learn to trust them-a big issue for Layla because of her past, something she can neither forget nor run from. The past that haunts her dreams reminds her that she cannot hide as she lives her life in the academy.

Then there is Shade-an impossibly handsome vampire and Layla's one-on-one instructor. Desires she never knew rise whenever he looks at her. She cannot stop how her body reacts to his touch or how much she wants his body and his blood.
It is a forbidden lust that they share, one they must keep a secret from those around them or Layla risks everyone finding out who she really is.
Someone wants her dead. L…

Review: Mile Marker by Terrill L. Davis

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A Texas serial killer has a ritual of burying his victims in the woods near the highway mile markers. On his next night out to bury his prize, he didn't account for a state trooper to be on his trail. On his next night out, he has a bad night.

Tik Tok Press Presents: The P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy by D.T. Dyllin

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Got Dragon? Get the entire P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy in a boxed set on sale from Jan. 22 through Jan. 29th You may just find you like to get burned.


The P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy (#1-3)
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Tik Tok Press
Cover Artist: Lindsay Tiry
Interior Book Design: The Eyes For Editing
Trilogy Logo Designer: Eye Of The River Media Design
Buy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1fda5Eb

The P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy anthology contains the following books:

~Hidden Gates (Book 1)~

For P.J. Stone, being a “Seer” who has never seen anything is less than fun. And P.J. isn’t known for her patience.

To make matters worse, she must choose a suitable mate to continue the Seer bloodline. Duty always comes before her heart…at least that’s what her parents taught her. When she finds herself wanting someone who is considered off-limits, P.J. is forced to question everything she believes.

As if navigating her love life isn’t complicated enough, P.J. finally receives a vision—of …

Book Blitz Guest Post and Giveaway: Moonbow by Shelia Hollinghead

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Title: Moonbow
Author: Sheila Hollinghead
Published: December 17th, 2013
Publisher: AltWit Press
Word Count: 65,000
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Synopsis:
A widow, a doctor, an unborn child. Three lives are at risk in this high stakes suspense. Die Auserwahlten, the Chosen Ones, have impregnated Gisa with an embryonic clone. Is it evil or just a child? It's up to Dr. Rayden Brooks to untangle the web that keeps them captive and save their lives. But will Gisa trust him?


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Cover Reveal: Dragonflies by Samantha Fontien

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Review: Bloodline of the Black Dragon by Lachelle Redd

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A queen terrified for the future of her kingdom and her young, handsome son, Prince Caleb, seeks the advice of an ancient being in order to sway fate. Her son must journey far from home and from what he knows to a land of poverty, lust and a curse. The curse of the dragon where once a prominent kingdom lay, now lay in dark days and wicked nights.

Blog tour: The Billionaire Banker by Georgia Le Carre

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About the Book:
Title: The Billionaire BankerGenre: Romance/EroticaAuthor: Georgia Le CarrePublisher: Georgia Le CarreFormat: eBook

Time is running out for Lana Bloom. She needs money desperately and fast. And all she has left to sell is her beautiful body. When she walks into that exclusive restaurant she does not know that the highest bidder will not be the rich man she has accompanied into the restaurant.
Utterly confident and breathtakingly handsome, Blake Law Barrington is the fourth generation of an illustrious banking family. He has everything he desires, and everything under control. As is the custom in the great, old houses, marriage is a time of consolidation and expansion. He is due to marry Victoria Montgomery, daughter of the Fourth Earl of Hardwicke.
If he had left that restaurant five minutes earlier he would not have seen the girl in the cheap orange dress and the six-inch high plastic platforms walk in.
And his carefully constructed universe would still be intact…


P…

Review: Chasing Sam Vegas Mates Book 1 by: Krystal Shannan

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Samantha Demakis doesn't want a mate right now. She wants to finish her degree and work as a doctor in third world countries. Her birth-rite and family obligations to her status as the first daughter of a noble family beg to differ. In fact, even her wolf seems to be against her. When a chance encounter reveals the man who might just be a perfect fit, will she run? Or will she fight?
Chase Michaels has been alone for seventy-five years. He's fought in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan in the US Army. Somewhat resigned to never finding his true mate, he is shocked when his wolf reacts so strongly to a woman he runs into in the airport. Unprepared for the politics and snobbery of the noble families, Chase finds himself fighting in a different type of war- a war for the heart of a woman he knows should be his.
A lot of things are chasing Sam, but who or what will catch her in the end?

Review: Stalk Kill Travel Stalk Kill by: T.P Keating

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Stalk Kill Travel Stalk Kill is the fast-paced, action-packed tale of a female vampire, told with an eclectic mix of humor, excitement and scares. It's aimed at reader from 13-313. An early draft appeared on America's ground-breaking Textnovel.com, a social network for authors and readers of Japanese-style cellphone fiction.

Review: Secrets and Lies book 2 by: Christine Amsden

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Cassie Scot, still stinging from her parents' betrayal wants out of the magical world. But it isn't letting her go. Her family is falling apart and despite everything, it looks like she may be the one who can save them.
To complicate matters, Cassie owes Evan her life, making it difficult for her to deny him anything he really wants. And he wants her. Sparks fly when they team up to find two girls missing from summer camp, but long-buried secrets may ruin their hopes for happiness.
Book 2 in the Cassie Scot Mystery series.
“Christine Amsden unleashes her brilliant storytelling magic as the adventures of Cassie Scot escalate to the extreme. Rife with betrayal and a debt too deep for money to clear, Secrets and Lies plunges the reader into an utterly believable world where villains and heroes spring lifelike from the pages. Brace for a whirlwind ride of sorcery, romance and knife-edge peril. A truly original urban fantasy. Not to be missed!”-Kim Falconer, bestselling author of …

Book Blitz: Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie's Story Blog Tour

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Title: Then Like the Blind Man: Orbie’s Story
Author: Freddie Owens
Publisher: Blind Sight Publications
Pages: 332
Language: English
Genre: Historical Fiction/Coming of Age
Format: Paperback & eBook
Purchase at AMAZON









A storm is brewing in the all-but-forgotten backcountry of Kentucky. And, for young Orbie Ray, the swirling heavens may just have the power to tear open his family’s darkest secrets. Then Like The Blind Man: Orbie’s Story is the enthralling debut novel by Freddie Owens, which tells the story of a spirited wunderkind in the segregated South of the 1950s and the forces he must overcome to restore order in his world. Rich in authentic vernacular and evocative of a time and place long past, this absorbing work of magical realism offered up with a Southern twist will engage readers who relish the Southern literary canon, or any tale well told.

Nine-year-old Orbie already has his cross to bear. After the sudden death of his father, his mother Ruby has off and married his father’s c…

A Dauntless Authors Giveaway!!!!!!

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Join The Dauntless Authors for a giveaway for 2 $25 Amazon Giftcards during the week of January 13. Throughout the week they'll also be giving away TONS of ebooks at their Facebook Party!



Team Dauntless:

Kate Avery Ellison 
Nancy S Thompson Wendy Knight Amber Argyle
RaShelle Workman Elle Strauss Megg Jensen Angela Corbett Cindy Hogan Christy Dorrity Rachel Morgan Shantal Hiatt

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Review: Original Sin by Megan J. Parker and Nathan Squiers

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"Our sin would change everything."
There was something different about Joseph Stryker.
I knew I shouldn't have gotten involved, but the way he looked at me called to me. It was unnatural, inhuman, and more importantly...
unforgettable.
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The origin story of Xander Stryker's (Crimson Shadow series) parents and the backstory of how their sin would change everything. A look into Joseph Stryker's life and the movement they started with falling in love.

Book Blitz First Chapter and Book Trailer: My Death A personal Guidebook by Jeremy Kagan

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Title: My Death: A Personal Guidebook
Genre: Spiritual/Self-Help
Author: Jeremy Kagan
Publisher: Balboa Press
Pages: 124
Language: English
Format: eBook
Purchase at AMAZON

This is a powerful memoir of a near-death experience. After a Native American sweat lodge, the author loses control of his body and then his life. He begins a passage that leads to a personal hell. He discovers a way to escape and emerges into an amazing exploration of the soul’s journey. In this intense adventure, there are insights into stages of consciousness and encounters of blissful perfection. This spiritual, inspirational book is meant to be an aid to removing the universal fear of the final journey we are all taking.


Buy the Book at Amazon Discuss this book in our PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads by clicking HERE.

Review: Always Smiling Through The Tears by: Kenny

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In October, 2010, Kenny put 2 nooses round his neck in the garden shed. Twice. This is his story, a story of a broken home, mixed race children, racism, adversity and heartbreak. Suicide is all too common in our broken society, and here you see it revealed from the inside, to find what actually drives somebody to the point where the pain of death is seen as preferable to the pain in life.
Told in his own words, his own language, the raw emotion comes through so you feel his pain beneath the facade of smiling happiness, Kenny would like this to be a manual for people in pain, giving them help and resources to conquer their problems and live a full and happy life.

RBTL Presents Excerpt and Giveaway: Severed Ties by Angie Skelhorn Excerpt

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Title: Severed Ties
Author: Angie Skelhorn
Genre: Paranormal/YA
Publisher: Damnation Books
Release Date: Dec 1 2012
Edition/Formats Available In: E~Book & Print
Synopsis:
By the use of divination and magic, some ties can never be severed.
In the beginning, by the light of the Full Moon, Frankie connects with Candice's energy through dream time and witnesses her involvement in a terrifying act of violence. After receiving information from Sandra that their childhood friend is missing, they pack their bags and head to the inner city to find her.
Frankie, afraid for her own safety, has a chance encounter with a local named Calvin who is plugged into what's happening. Using his workable ideas—as well as Frankie and Sandra consulting tarot, ordinary playing cards, astrology, and spell-casting—they set forth to free Candice from the dangerous situation she is in.


Purchase Links

Amazon
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Damnation Books
Goodreads


Author Information

My name is Angie Skelhorn an…

YA Bound Book Tours Presents: Promo Post and GIVEAWAY of Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

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Branded (Sinners #1)
by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
Release Date: 06/28/13
252 pages

Summary from Goodreads: Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

YA Bounch Book Tours Presents: Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

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Branded (Sinners #1)
by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
Release Date: 06/28/13
252 pages

Summary from Goodreads: 
Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home.

Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.

Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.

The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17402117-branded?ac=1
Buy Links: http://www.amazon.com/Branded-A-Sinners-Series-ebook/dp/B00DOPHK56/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1382510526&sr=1-1&keywords=branded+abi+ketner
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Review: The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy #1) by: Christoph Fischer

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In the sleepy town of Bratislava in 1933 a romantic girl falls for a bookseller from Berlin. Greta Weissensteiner, daughter of a Jewish weaver, slowly settles in with the Winkelmeier clan just as the developments in Germany start to make waves in Europe. The political climate in the multifaceted cultural jigsaw puzzle of disintegrating Czechoslovakia becomes more complex and affects relations between the couple and the families.The story follows their lot through the war with its predictable and also its unexpected turns and events and the equally hard times after.

From the moment that Greta Weissensteiner enters the bookstore where Wilhelm Winkelmeier works, and entrances him with her good looks and serious ways, I was hooked. But this is no ordinary romance; in tact it is not a romance at all, but a powerful, often sad, Holocaust story. What makes The Luck of the Weissensteiners so extraordinary is the chance Christoph Fischer gives his readers to consider the many different people w…

Review: Finding Happy For The Love Of Chihuahua by Bev E Taylor

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Finding Happy is the first of 3 books in the trilogy For The Love Of Chihuahua inspired by my love of my pet dog Chihuahua called Star. For those that love a feel good read romance book, then you'll love Finding Happy. Most people love romance books but I wanted to do something different and have my books based around a pet dog that unites love and brings love together as we all love our pets and they too are one of the big loves of our lives. Finding Happy will bring you a great love and romance story of how the character of a little dog can bring so much power to ones lives!Prologue: Joshua is a graphic designer who is stuck in an unhealthy relationship with a manipulative vamp called Elena. Starlyna is a young woman whose dreams have been crushed and is struggling with depression. However, one puppy, named Happy, unites their fates together. In Finding Happy, Starlyna and Joshua will face the ups and downs of life but, will find themselves united with each other. Will Joshua be…

Book Blitz and Giveaway Let Love Shine by Melissa Collins

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What comes after “they lived happily ever after? Maddy and Reid have seen their fair share of trials and tribulations, of love and loss. Facing down the biggest challenges of their young lives, they managed to survive and endure. With the future stretching out before them, they must learn to navigate new and unfamiliar paths. Being new parents, starting new jobs, and continuing college is enough to overwhelm any couple. New challenges come up daily, as do small victories. Watch Maddy and Reid grow stronger together in this “one year later” tale of the everyday stuff that happens in real life. With a solid foundation of love under their inexperienced feet – and with the help of their family and friends – Maddy and Reid learn how to let love shine, lighting the way for a beautiful future to come.