Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Twists in Time

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Twists in Time is an anthology that is written by some of my favorite authors!
Each story is a snippet from their creative worlds and each one has an element that ties them together.
I highly suggest it!  I bought a copy for our 10 year old cousin and she loves it!
Read on to learn more.

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Title:  Twists in Time
Authors:  Various
Published:  June 16th, 2015  
Publisher:  Clean Teen & Crimson Tree Publishing
Genre:  Science Fiction, Time Travel
Content Warning:  Some stories may include mild violence and language.

Synopsis:  What would happen if time, the fragile thread that both leads and binds us, could be unwound as simply as untying a knot? Would we go back, charging through our own history, changing and tweaking, plucking at that fragile thread until time itself unraveled all around us? Would we create countless universes through which we could live our fantasies—or would we become our own nightmares? Would we blaze ahead, reckless and wild, into our own futures? Would we become our own heroes, or would we become villains?
Join us for a series of stories that explore time, through the eyes of those bold enough to conquer it, and foolish enough to try to control it. From the award-winning team of authors at Clean Teen Publishing, Twists in Time will both entertain and challenge the way you see the world around you. Because when one finds a way to break the barrier of time, endless worlds of possibilities emerge.
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Featured Authors and Stories:
“After Time” by Sandy Goldsworthy
“The Fall” by Holly Kelly
“The Kiss of Time” by Amanda Strong
“With a Grain of Sand” by Kathy-Lynn Cross
“The Before Sky” by Sherry D. Ficklin
“What You Wish For” by Kelly Risser
“Tides of Time” by Julie Wetzel
“It’s The Little Things” by Jon Messenger
“Romeo and Juliet Times Infinity” by Kasi Blake

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Clean Teen Publishing Links:
Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

A bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card.
Giveaway is International.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Red Nights by Shari J. Ryan ~Review and Giveaway






I’m Felicity Stone, a twenty-five-year-old with my whole life ahead of me. Well, until recently.

I didn’t do it. Why would they think I did? Why would I want my twin brother dead? Why is everyone looking at me like I’m a criminal?

Well, everyone except him… Hayes Peyton, the charmingly beautiful stranger I met in the park at midnight—a totally legitimate place to meet the man of my dreams. Plus, he knows I’m innocent.

Believing him is easy. So very easy. Maybe too easy?

But when you hear things like: ‘All good is laced with some bad, and everything you think is the truth—is nothing more than a blatant lie,’ it makes you question reality.

In Shari J. Ryan’s latest Romantic Suspense, Red Nights, you wonder how dark your world can get before all you see is red.




"Great night for a walk." I can hardly hear him over the rain, but his words don't quite matter. I've been waiting to kiss him since the moment I saw him sitting in a booth at the restaurant tonight. 
First kisses are always nerve-wracking and full of surprise, but second kisses are full of anticipation thanks to what I already know, what I've already had a taste of. "I really like you," he says, loud enough to drown out the heavy rainfall. 
I can't invite him in…is that why he's stalling? I point upstairs. "Aspen, my friend I'm crashing with, would ask you a million questions if you came up. I—"
"Oh, no. No. I wasn't waiting for an invitation. I have a ‘seven date’ rule anyway." I can see him fighting the urge to smile, but he’s losing that battle.
"’Seven date’ rule?" I laugh. 
"Yeah, it’s dumb.” He runs a palm down the side of his face. “Because I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to make it that long." He leans in, stealing a quick kiss. But I feel cheated. I want more. 
"How do you know we'll last seven dates?" I ask.
"Good point. I probably won't be able to put up with you for that long." I know he's teasing. But ugh. Damn him and that smile. 
I throw my arms around his neck and crash my lips into his. His body tightens, maybe from surprise, but it takes less than a second for him to relax. He strips me of my control, pushing me up against the brick wall, his body heavy against mine. Even with the rain sloshing between us, his hands find my cheeks. His tongue sweeps across my lips. 
I’ve changed my mind. 
I'll bring him upstairs. 
I don't give a shit what Aspen does. I want him. I need him to keep making me forget. 
"Come up," I say in almost nothing but a breathless whisper. 
He bites down on his bottom lip, appears to think about my offer, then shakes his head in this seductive slow motion, making this moment painfully enjoyable. "Not tonight," he says, placing a small kiss on the tip of my nose. His hand is clutched around my waist and everything within me hurts and aches for him. "Good-night, Blondie-locks." He turns and leaves in the rain, and I watch him go.
It has been a good night. A very good night, actually. 
And it all ends when I get upstairs…



Shari J. Ryan is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author, a Barnes & Noble Top 10 Bestselling author, and an iBookstore #1 Bestselling author. She hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates. When Shari isn’t writing, she can usually be found cleaning toys up off the floor.

To learn more, visit her at, www.sharijryan.com.


My Review
* I received a copy of this book in  exchange for an honest review.


Another great story from Shari J. Ryan.
I have read several of Ryan's books and Red Nights does not disappoint.  She has a way of writing characters that are perfectly flawed and and very real.  Her dialogue can move from punchy and humorous to warm and thoughtful in the blink of an eye.  I feel every awkward silence and laugh at every sassy comment.  The depth of Ryan's characters is always intriguing and engaging.

Felicity is a normal girl with quirks and flaws, but why won't anyone believe she didn't murder her twin brother?  Enter handsome stranger Hayes, who not only believes her but is determined to help prove her innocence.  From this point on life becomes a roller coaster complete with twists, turns and an unpredictable romance.  Buckle in and enjoy the ride. 
Happy Reading!
~Red

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Scar of the Downers by Scott Keen

 
Scar of the Downers by Scott Keen 
Publication date: February 27th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Branded on the slaves in the Northern Reaches beyond Ungstah, the scar marks each one as a Downer. It is who they are. There is no escaping this world. Still, strange things are stirring.
Two foreigners ride through the Northern Reaches on a secret mission. An unknown cloaked figure wanders the streets of the dark city of Ungstah. What they want no one can be sure, but it all centers around a Downer named Crik.
Crik, too scared to seek freedom, spends his days working in his master’s store, avoiding the spirit-eating Ash Kings, and scavenging food for himself and his best friend, Jak. Until he steals from the wrong person. When Jak is sold to satisfy the debt, Crik burns down his master’s house and is sentenced to death.
To survive, Crik and his friends must leave behind their life of slavery to do what no other Downer has ever done before – escape from the city of Ungstah.
*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Being born into slavery is something that I will never understand. The author has taken a lifestyle completely foreign to us and shows us the grit, the dirt and the pure emotion of living this way. 
As you read about Crik you see that he is just trying to survive and this costs him dearly. 
I can't imagine having to leave behind the terrors of the life you know, for the unknown terrors of life that wants to end you. 
When you read this book you will learn things about the characters that will endear them to your heart. Expertly dialoged and very charismatic in character. 
I loved it and so will you!
~Dowie

Scott grew up in Black River, NY, the youngest of three children. While in law school, he realized he didn’t want to be a lawyer. So he did the practical thing – he became a writer. Now, many years later with an MFA in script and screenwriting, he is married with four daughters, two of whom he homeschools.


From the Mountain by L.L. Crane ~Interview and Review


Title: From the Mountain
Author: L.L. Crane
Series: Mark of Powers (Book 1)
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 14 2015
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print


Blurb/Synopsis:
What would you do if you were one of the last of your kind on earth? Sixteen year old Teak’s Mark of Power has kept her alive, but will it last?  Although she is a trained killing machine, it isn’t by choice. Slated to be one of Siv Gareth's elite soldiers, her life seems to be on course, but she has a decision to make.  Does she follow her father’s wishes and become a soldier, or chase after her own dreams of training dragons?  Persecuted, shunned, and tortured because of her skin color, Teak is mad, and somebody is going to pay for it.  Siv Gareth’s race war has just begun, and now that the Purity Law has passed, the Destroyers are out in hordes to kill her and any others with light skin.  When she shoots an arrow at Siv Gareth, a chain of events unwinds that ultimately threatens her very existence.  Accustomed to going it alone, Teak finds herself on a long journey with a group of inept teens, and she must learn to depend on them…or die.  When two boys enter the scene, one irritating and the other mesmerizing, Teak wonders if she has a shot at a normal life. But will her lack of Power and skin color ruin it? This dystopian society novel, Book 1 in the Mark of Power Series, is riveting with suspense, action, betrayal, and the brimming hope of romance.

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Excerpt

The man-made mountain was situated next to the ocean, waves crashing violently against it as if they knew it didn’t belong there.  At the very top of the mountain perched a mansion, formed of smooth purple rock, so rare that it glistened against the occasional sunlight.  It was built like a castle, with turrets and windows, even a moat of salty brine water bleeding in from the ocean. 
A prison was nestled at the base of the mountain, sections of it actually winding into the packed earth of its lowest parts.  Soldiers, dressed in red uniforms stood at attention before its doors, long swords swinging from their belts.  Further out from the mountain, was an area they once called Presidio, housing the privileged…in mansions as glorious as the one on top of the mountain…made of stone or rock, precious metal, the highest quality of wood. The government officials lived there, although they were few now.  The healer.  The Elite Army.  Those with Power.  And of course, the Destroyers.


An Interview With the Author L. L. Crane

What does your writing process look like?  I wake up early and write in bed for several hours if I can.  Sometimes that pesky day job gets in my way!  After writing, I go to work, as I own my own business and have flexible hours.  When I am in the car, I am always thinking of a new plot, story line, or way to make a character more interesting and believable.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? I am boring about that!  No, I just lie in bed with the covers snuggled up around me and write while it is peaceful and quiet.  I do get irritated when the phone rings or if someone interrupts me when I’m in a writing zone.

Just as your books may inspire other authors, what authors have inspired you to write?  I think that Veronica Roth with the Divergent Trilogy inspired me the most.  I had been reading that genre for quite a while and when I read Divergent, I thought, wow, maybe I could do this.  So far, I am not anywhere near where she is or what she has done, but her books were so intense that I couldn’t put them down.  When Tris died, I was so forlorn that I almost wrote to her.  I was that much into the characters.  That is what I hope to obtain with my own writing.  Lauren Nicolle Taylor was a close second with the Woodlands Series.  And of course, Suzanne Collins with the Hunger Games was another author who truly inspired me. 

Imagine your characters are on survivor.  Who will they vote out of the book?  Siv Gareth, of course!  He is not only evil, but he is diabolical and a little crazy.  You can’t really understand why he is so terrible.  Reese would be a close second.  He’s just plain nasty!

What/Who is your favorite monster/villain?  I don’t have a real favorite villain.  However, Valentine in the Mortal Instruments Series is quite intriguing because he has moments where you understand where he is coming from.  He doesn’t seem to be all bad, even though he is dreadful and evil.  But what he does to Jace is unforgiveable! And, of course, Voldemort in the Harry Potter books is a villain that we all hate.  It is so easy to see him from Harry’s point of view!

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?  Yes, I read my reviews and respond to them.  I am fairly new at this publishing part, so I haven’t had any bad ones yet.  On the bad part, it is just like I would advise someone starting a business to do.  Just ignore it.  Not everybody likes the same thing.  There is plenty out there to read.  I also think if someone wrote you a bad review that it at least means that you moved that person in some way, and that’s not a bad thing if you are an author. 

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?  I haven’t yet found anything that is too taboo.  It depends on the audience.  For right now I have focused on Young Adult Fiction, so I want to be a little bit careful about things like sex and swearing, although my new release, Forbidden Rain, will have some swearing in it and one scene that is sexually suggestive.   I think the imagination is a wonderful thing, and that if the context is correct, anything can be written about.  The audience is key.

What is the weirdest thing that has ever been said or done to you by a fan?  (Internet stalkers count) To be honest, I haven’t had anything weird happen yet, although I am sure it will come!

What is the hardest scene you have ever written?  I think it would be when the Destroyers decapitated Soot in From the Mountain.  I had to imagine every detail of it, and I have never been one to watch horror films.  I had to do a lot of research what it would really be like to have your head chopped off and what it would be like to watch it.

What are you working on now?  I am just finishing Forbidden Rain, Book 1 in the Blue Spectrum Chronicles.  It is a dystopian novel as well and is set in the future also.  Rain is the main character, and although love is forbidden for teens, she manages to get herself in quite a pickle with a boy named Orion, who disappears from her life as quickly as he came.  I am also working on the third book in the Mark of Power Series, Into the Black Night.  I just launched the second book in the series, To the Moon.  I also have about three other books that I’ve started and am itching to get onto, one that isn’t a Young Adult Fiction novel, but rather, aimed at adults and themed around horses, one of my favorite animals.  It is a unique slant on them as well as a young girl who is raised alongside them.

Thank you for your time, any parting words?  Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me and let readers know about my books.  I actually started off in college with writing scholarships, and here I am in my fifties just starting to fulfill my dreams!  I am grateful for a time when you can be an Indie author and have the opportunity to reach readers with excellent work even if you don’t have a publisher.  I am also grateful to people who are willing to help new writers out and share information about them.   

Author Information

L.L. Crane lives in a remote area of Northern California with her two horses, six goats, three dogs and two cats.  When she was a child, L.L. Crane dreamed of being a writer. She used the name, “Katie Bush” 
as a pen name for the famous writer she hoped to become, cranking out book after book on her mom’s old blue typewriter.
 As life often has twists and turns, L.L. Crane found herself becoming anything but a writer.  She graduated with a B.A. in Education, even though she was honored to begin her college career with the aid of writing scholarships.
After becoming a teacher, raising three children primarily on her own, as well as owning and operating a business, L.L. Crane finally pursued her dreams and began writing novels.  She brings her own experiences from teaching and her love of animals to her stories.
L.L. Crane is an avid reader and writer and loves children, animals, reading, riding horses, and gnomes.
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My Review
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Dragons...need I say more?
When all that keeps you alive is a mark of power, you learn to find a way to not only survive, but thrive.  Despite what Teak has been trained to do she faces a choice that could lead her in a completely different direction.  With her world becoming smaller and more volatile Teak must choose the path that might keep her alive.  When a new law is passed she and her new companions find out exactly how cruel the world can be.
I love a good dystopian story, but one with dragons is even better.  I love the characters, particularly Teak who is as much sixteen year old girl as she is trained killer.  Author L. L. Crane paints a picture of a future society that is very backwards in many ways.  Lives are at stake and Teak will have to call on her new acquaintances as well as every ounce of training and knowledge she has to even have a small chance at seeing another birthday.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver


Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper Book 1)
AUTHOR: Ruth Silver
GENRE: Young Adult, Paranormal
ORIGINAL PUBLICATION DATE: November 25, 2014

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Forget everything you know about grim reapers.

Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.
Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.
Includes the prequel Ashes to Ashes as a bonus story.
*I was provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Ophelia is the type of character that will keep you turning the pages of a story.  As I read this book, I really felt emotions not with her, but for her!  Being cast as the world's creepiest "villain" makes it interesting to see how she maneuvers through the afterlife. 
Ophelia makes several choices that will cause you to seriously think,  what would I do if put in this situation? 
There are so many amazing characters that we get to meet, and each one brings something special to the story and into Ophelia's afterlife. 
I highly suggest you read this book!  
~Dowie

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“Listen, kid, I don’t care what you believe in. It’s not for me to say what’s true and untrue, real or unreal. My assignment was you. You get to be one of us, if you want it. Otherwise, you move on, life is over, kaput.”

Ophelia backed away from the stranger. For the first time, she realized she didn’t feel cold and wasn’t shivering. Is this what being dead was like? “One of you?”

“A grim reaper.” He held out his hand to properly introduce himself. “Edon Montgomery, head reaper and old soul.”

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Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of the Aberrant trilogy. With a passion for writing and a love of story-telling, Ruth is actively writing two series: Royal Reaper and Orenda. She also writes The Federal Agent Chronicles, an adult romance series under the name Ravyn Rayne for Blushing Books. Her interests include traveling, reading, and photography. Her favorite vacation destination is Australia. Ruth currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. 

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Plot 109, Acacia by Alex Briscoe

Loss is sometimes an unavoidable truth on the road to starting over.

Title: Plot 109, Acacia
Author: Alex Briscoe
Genre: Family Saga/Romance/Drama
Release Date: 1 June, 2015
Series: Book 1 of 2

The year is 1989, and until recently Emma Grey and her husband, Richard, have lived what she thought was a fulfilling life. When Richard makes a surprise announcement, Emma’s life is turned upside down as she struggles to come to terms with unexpected responsibilities, acceptance and self-doubt. 

With the help of an unconventional support system consisting of her single best friend, her domestic helper, a very tolerant garden boy, and two 3 year olds, Emma embarks on a journey of reinvention and tries to rebuild her life from the ground up. What she wasn’t counting on was meeting Trey - an alluring musician who makes her come alive in a way that both terrifies, and excites her all at once. 

But not everything is as it seems, and Trey’s real identity threatens to once again shake the very foundation on which Emma’s new life is built. In a country rife with political struggles, Emma fights to hang on to the ones she holds dear, and will come to find that loss is sometimes an unavoidable truth on the road to starting over. 

Plot 109, Acacia, is a touching, and emotionally riveting story set on a rural plot outside Johannesburg in volatile South Africa.

EXCERPT

The enormous black woman bent to pick something up, and it took Emma a moment to grasp that she was collecting the goggas (slang for insects) to cook. She grimaced slightly, finding the idea of eating flying ants repulsive, and her thoughts turned to what to make for dinner for Richard.

A short while later, the front door opened and closed behind her and she heard her husband’s familiar step. He wandered through to his family sitting outside, tugging his tie off as he reached them. Emma smiled up at him as he stood watching the spectacle in front of him for a few seconds, before he said abruptly, “Hi, Em, I’ve got something to tell you.”

Author Bio 

Born and raised in Africa, I have employed people in successful businesses since the age of 21. Now, with the kids having flown the coop, I have turned my dream into reality and published my first novel, a family drama with a touch of romance, set in ever turbulent South Africa.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Red Nights *NEW RELEASE* by Shari J. Ryan




I’m Felicity Stone, a twenty-five-year-old with my whole life ahead of me. Well, until recently.

I didn’t do it. Why would they think I did? Why would I want my twin brother dead? Why is everyone looking at me like I’m a criminal?

Well, everyone except him… Hayes Peyton, the charmingly beautiful stranger I met in the park at midnight—a totally legitimate place to meet the man of my dreams. Plus, he knows I’m innocent.

Believing him is easy. So very easy. Maybe too easy?

But when you hear things like: ‘All good is laced with some bad, and everything you think is the truth—is nothing more than a blatant lie,’ it makes you question reality.

In Shari J. Ryan’s latest Romantic Suspense, Red Nights, you wonder how dark your world can get before all you see is red.





"Great night for a walk." I can hardly hear him over the rain, but his words don't quite matter. I've been waiting to kiss him since the moment I saw him sitting in a booth at the restaurant tonight. 
First kisses are always nerve-wracking and full of surprise, but second kisses are full of anticipation thanks to what I already know, what I've already had a taste of. "I really like you," he says, loud enough to drown out the heavy rainfall. 
I can't invite him in…is that why he's stalling? I point upstairs. "Aspen, my friend I'm crashing with, would ask you a million questions if you came up. I—"
"Oh, no. No. I wasn't waiting for an invitation. I have a ‘seven date’ rule anyway." I can see him fighting the urge to smile, but he’s losing that battle.
"’Seven date’ rule?" I laugh. 
"Yeah, it’s dumb.” He runs a palm down the side of his face. “Because I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to make it that long." He leans in, stealing a quick kiss. But I feel cheated. I want more. 
"How do you know we'll last seven dates?" I ask.
"Good point. I probably won't be able to put up with you for that long." I know he's teasing. But ugh. Damn him and that smile. 
I throw my arms around his neck and crash my lips into his. His body tightens, maybe from surprise, but it takes less than a second for him to relax. He strips me of my control, pushing me up against the brick wall, his body heavy against mine. Even with the rain sloshing between us, his hands find my cheeks. His tongue sweeps across my lips. 
I’ve changed my mind. 
I'll bring him upstairs. 
I don't give a shit what Aspen does. I want him. I need him to keep making me forget. 
"Come up," I say in almost nothing but a breathless whisper. 
He bites down on his bottom lip, appears to think about my offer, then shakes his head in this seductive slow motion, making this moment painfully enjoyable. "Not tonight," he says, placing a small kiss on the tip of my nose. His hand is clutched around my waist and everything within me hurts and aches for him. "Good-night, Blondie-locks." He turns and leaves in the rain, and I watch him go.
It has been a good night. A very good night, actually. 
And it all ends when I get upstairs…



Shari J. Ryan is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author, a Barnes & Noble Top 10 Bestselling author, and an iBookstore #1 Bestselling author. She hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates. When Shari isn’t writing, she can usually be found cleaning toys up off the floor.

To learn more, visit her at, www.sharijryan.com.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Twists in Time

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Title:  Twists in Time
Authors:  Various
Published:  June 16th, 2015  
Publisher:  Clean Teen & Crimson Tree Publishing
Genre:  Science Fiction, Time Travel
Content Warning:  Some stories may include mild violence and language.
Synopsis:  What would happen if time, the fragile thread that both leads and binds us, could be unwound as simply as untying a knot? Would we go back, charging through our own history, changing and tweaking, plucking at that fragile thread until time itself unraveled all around us? Would we create countless universes through which we could live our fantasies—or would we become our own nightmares? Would we blaze ahead, reckless and wild, into our own futures? Would we become our own heroes, or would we become villains?
Join us for a series of stories that explore time, through the eyes of those bold enough to conquer it, and foolish enough to try to control it. From the award-winning team of authors at Clean Teen Publishing, Twists in Time will both entertain and challenge the way you see the world around you. Because when one finds a way to break the barrier of time, endless worlds of possibilities emerge.
Featured Authors and Stories:
“After Time” by Sandy Goldsworthy
“The Fall” by Holly Kelly
“The Kiss of Time” by Amanda Strong
“With a Grain of Sand” by Kathy-Lynn Cross
“The Before Sky” by Sherry D. Ficklin
“What You Wish For” by Kelly Risser
“Tides of Time” by Julie Wetzel
“It’s The Little Things” by Jon Messenger
“Romeo and Juliet Times Infinity” by Kasi Blake
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Clean Teen Publishing Links:
Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • A bookmark swag pack and winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook.
Giveaway is International.
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