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Friday, December 14, 2018

From Ash and Stone by Julie Daines

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From Ash and Stone by Julie Daines

Book Description:

Lady Margaret Grey of Hartfell wants for nothing. The daughter of a knight, she has a loving family, wealth, and even a secret romance with the blacksmith's son. But all that is torn from her one fateful night when her home is attacked and her family killed. She is left with nothing but bitterness, an unwavering mistrust of men, and a strange and mysterious curse that allows her to feel the thoughts of anyone who touches her.

Now, after six years away, Margaret is returning home for one reason: revenge. She hopes that by avenging her family's deaths, she will somehow be freed from her curse. But it won't be easy. The identities of the raiders are still unknown, she has little left to her name, and traveling alone in the Northumbrian hills during the border wars is dangerous. Matters are further complicated by handsome Angus Robson, a Scotsman whose charm threatens to distract her from her plans. But the raiders are closer than she knows, and Margaret soon realizes that what she believed to be a curse may be the key to finding those she seeks. One touch will reveal the truth.

Rorie's Review:

I have yet to read a book from Julie Daines that I haven't loved, and this book is no exception. She has a way of drawing the reader into the story right away and keeping your attention the whole time. 

Margaret was so much fun to get to know. Very head-strong - as she needed to be, based on her life over the past six years. She has one thing on her mind, and nothing else matters. Despite her repeated attempts to tell Angus to pound sand, he keeps coming back. I admire his persistence. :)

As in other books from this author, I felt so heartbroken for Margaret and her situation. Not only was she letting her hatred of the reivers poison her heart, but due to something completely beyond her control, she was unable to let herself get too close to anyone. 
 
I was both intrigued and disgusted at the description of the reiving, as well as the torture methods that they used for punishment back in those days. While I had never heard of reiving before, I have heard of the torture methods, but it's still hard to wrap my brain around the fact that people can be so awful to those around them. I also really need to look up what a kirtle is, because it's mentioned in several of Julie's books and I only think I might kind of know what it is.
 
I really enjoyed getting to know Osanna and Ellis as well. Their backstories were intriguing and helped enhance the main story. This book is definitely going on my keeper shelf.



Andrea's Review:

Julie Daines did a great job with her latest medieval novel, From Ash and Stone. My attention was caught right off and held throughout the story.


I really liked the characters. Margaret was not at all like the other ladies of her time. Everything she'd been through made her such a strong, independent woman. Although she was burdened with a desire for revenge, quite often we saw moments of her good heart. I loved her interactions with the other characters, especially Angus, and how she was able to grow. 


The author kept things quite interesting throughout the story. I appreciated the surprises introduced here and there.


This is a clean read. The story is set in a violent time, but it didn't feel overly graphic. I can see myself reading this one again.



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https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/719YLZ5Fm7L.jpgTitle: From Ash and Stone
Author: Julie Daines
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
Published: December 2018
ISBN: 1524407461
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
 
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12 Days of Clean Romance – Hayley Wescott


 
A Snow Globe Christmas by Hayley Wescott 

Kelsey Patrick is homesick for the snow and family Christmas tree from her childhood in Connecticut. The holidays are coming and South Florida weather is lovely, but it's not what she wants for Christmas. She's making the best of it, but she expects her Christmas to be un-snowy and lonely. When she receives a lovely and thoughtful last minute Secret Santa gift from Mrs. Claus, Kelsey's Christmas spirit is revived. 

When she tries to find the one who gave her the gift under the guise of Mrs. Claus, she makes an assumption that leads her down the wrong path. Brett Taylor is firmly seated in the friend zone and knows Kelsey is making a mistake, but he's in no position to try to change her mind. 

Just when both Brett and Kelsey are set to spend their holidays working and alone, a chain of events just might change all that. And maybe Mrs. Claus will see her sweet work behind the scenes bring two love birds together at last. 

   

“Oh, you are still going to be able to make it to my supper party after the gift giving, aren’t you?” Kelsey asked. “I mean, it’s nothing special, just a big tray of lasagna and some appetizers and dessert, of course. And being cramped into my tiny apartment will be an adventure. But, it’s Christmas, and you guys are my Florida family. We’re all working over the festive period, so we need to let our hair down a little, don’t you think?” 

“Hey, I’m coming back with you after the gifts to help you get ready. Wouldn’t miss the Patrick festive Christmas lasagna,” Annie said giggling. “Tell me what you need me to bring and I’ll get it while I’m out now. It was the best night of the year, last year.” 

“Thank you, that means a lot, Kelsey said, touched at Annie’s compliment. “I think I’m good, though.” She paused. “No, hang on a minute. They didn’t have any heavy cream when I went to the store earlier. Could you see if Nielsen’s has any, if you’re going to be next door at Caspar’s.” 

“I can do that. Ooh, I do hope you’re gonna use that cream in your famous cherry trifle. I just love that stuff,” Annie said, not disguising the desire in her voice. Kelsey couldn’t help wondering if she was actually drooling. It made her smile to think her food was so appreciated. 

“I might, I might not. It’ll all depend on whether you get me the cream,” she teased. 

“Oh, I’ll get you that cream,” Annie vowed. The two women laughed and made their good byes, assuring each other that they’d meet up at work the next day. 

Hanging up, Kelsey wondered what it must be like, to be one of those people who left everything to the very last minute. To not have even thought about what you were going to buy someone, the night before that gift was to be given, that would never sit well with Kelsey. Normally her tree would have been up on the very first day of December, and her presents and cards wrapped and delivered across the country a week ago. She absolutely hated that her tree had only gone up today when it was just a week and a half from Christmas. But, because of all the shifts she’d taken at work she didn’t really have much of a choice if she wanted to sleep any. It was done now and her living room sparkled from all the fairy lights as they flashed their bright hues over the glittering tinsel and shiny metallic baubles. 

Feeling weary, Kelsey stretched and yawned loudly. Winston looked at her with wide eyes. 

“Bed time?” she asked him. He ran straight through to the bedroom and began to stake his claim at the end of the bed. He kneaded the mattress with his paws, then settled down, curling his body up into a tight ball, though he left his legs out in front of him, making him look a bit like a furry shrimp.

Kelsey slipped off her shorts and tee shirt and slipped on an old night shirt. It had a very faded Mickey Mouse on it and was so misshapen from all the years of washings that it was barely holding itself together. But it was comfortable on the warm nights here in Florida, and so Kelsey would never part with it. 

The sheets were cool as she slipped between them, and it wasn’t long before she had fallen fast asleep. She dreamed of snow falling all around her with fat, heavy flakes landing on her hair and her eyelashes. Wrapped up in a thick coat, with woolen mittens and a hand-knitted scarf and hat she was toasty warm. She twirled around and around, as though she were a ballerina in a music box, turning her face up to the sky and opening her mouth so the snow could land on her tongue, all icy and fresh. It was like Heaven on Earth, and when the alarm sounded Kelsey didn’t want to wake up and face the bright sunshine, or the palm trees, or the sea because there would be no snow again today in Florida. 

   

 


Wonderful story! The characters are engaging and I love the emphasis on family. 

Christmas away from home filled with memories takes the reader on a sweet Christmas adventure with friends and surprises to make for a nice evening read. 

The end is such a sweet surprise, I never saw it coming! Very good clean romance.     

 

 


 

Author Hayley Wescott: 

Hayley Wescott loves a sweet love story with the emphasis on the sweet. As a Christian author, she's happy and fulfilled to write stories about real life that don't include cringe-worthy moments or details a reader doesn't really want. 

Some of Hayley's stories are about real life. Contemporary stories about flawed people and people that have issues. But each of these stories is resolved in a positive way and the guy always gets the girl. 

As part of the Hero Hearts group, Hayley loves writing about heroes who will save the day in big ways and small ones. With Annie Boone, who writes historical romance, and Kate Cambridge who writes both historical and contemporary romance, these three will deliver sweet stories that will capture your heart. Handsome men with big hearts and big jobs and the women who end up falling for them.  




 


 

     

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Blog Tour: Once I Was a Beehive by Carol Lynch Williams

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Once I Was a Beehive by Carol Lynch Williams

Book description:

Charming, clever, and heart-warming. Carol Lynch Williams' novelization of the motion picture Once I Was a Beehive is sure to be a family favorite.

Sixteen-year-old Lane Speer spends her family vacations camping in the mountains, taking the memories for granted until she loses her father to an unexpected bout with cancer. One year later, as Lane is still reeling from her father's death, her mother remarries a guy who Lane hardly knows. To top it off, he's a Mormon. Worst of all, while her mom and new stepdad are on their honeymoon, they arrange to have her stay with her Mormon step-aunt who takes her to a bible-themed girls camp with a bunch of Mormon girls. Confronted with memories of camping with her family, Lane tries to find peace with her new surroundings as she deals with the death of her father.

Review:

It's not often that you hear about a book being made from a movie, but that is just what Carolyn Lynch Williams has done with her new novel, Once I Was a Beehive. The movie (with the same title) came out three years ago, and it's one that my kids and I enjoy. It is full of stereotypes that are quite exaggerated, but it also has touching moments that tug at your heartstrings. It's a clean, family friendly movie.

Williams did a great job of making this movie into a novel. While the book follows the movie quite well, it is totally from Lane's point of view and it makes for a more serious story. I really enjoyed being privy to her thoughts and feelings about everything from her father passing away, to her mother remarrying, to joining her new cousin's church group at a summer camp. There are definitely some additions that the movie didn't have, and they added a lot to learning more about Lane.

While I think this novel would appeal to those who liked the movie, I think it is written in such a way that it would appeal to a broader audience. The cheesiness that is quite common in the movie is much less in the novel. The focus is more on Lane and the experiences that help her find some peace after losing her father (and her mother in a way).

As far as content there is one swearword and an instance of teenage drinking.

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Carol Lynch Williams, who grew up in Florida and now lives in Utah, is an award-winning novelist with seven children of her own, including six daughters. She has an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College, and won the prestigious PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. The Chosen One was named one of the ALA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and Best Books for Young Adult Readers; it won the Whitney and the Association of Mormon Letters awards for the best young adult novel of the year; and was featured on numerous lists of recommended YA fiction. Carol’s other novels include Glimpse, Miles From Ordinary, The Haven, Waiting, Signed, Skye Harper, and the Just in Time series.


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Title: Once I Was a Beehive
Author: Carol Lynch Williams
Publisher: Mirror Press
Published: November 2018
ISBN: 1947152548
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12 Days of Clean Romance – Donna Hatch


 
Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch 

A stolen Christmas kiss leaves them bewildered and breathless. A charming rogue-turned-vicar, Will wants to prove that he left his rakish days behind him, but an accidental kiss changes all his plans. His secret could bring them together...or divide them forever. Holly has two Christmas wishes this year; finally earn her mother's approval by gaining the notice of a handsome earl, and learn the identity of the stranger who gave her a heart-shattering kiss...even if that stranger is the resident Christmas ghost.   

 

This scene takes place when everyone on Christmas Day takes a turn kissing their spouse or sweetheart underneath the mistletoe ball. Now the group turn to Will and Holly, who have only known each other a few days, and start goading them into sharing a mistletoe kiss...

“Come now, don’t be shy,” her sister called. “It’s tradition.”

The others called out encouragements.

Apology edged into Will’s uncertain expression. “Do you mind?”

Holly’s palms grew sweaty inside her gloves, and her smile probably came out wobbly. “Who are we to go against tradition?” Did she sound desperate in her desire to kiss him?

Will held out a hand. She placed hers in it and walked at his side to the kissing ball. They stood, hand in hand, facing each other. His neck cloth shifted as he swallowed. He leaned in. Her heart stumbled and her knees shook. She closed her eyes. Aching, she lifted her face. His cinnamon-spiced breath warmed her mouth.

He kissed her cheek.

Stunned, she opened her eyes. The watching guests groaned and some chuckled.

“No, no, that won’t do at all,” Joseph’s voice rang out. “Give her a proper kiss.”

Will froze. That intensity she occasionally saw in him returned. “Holly.” He swallowed again but instead of nervousness, a hunger that sent a flurry of shivers through her overtook his expression. “May I?”

She nodded. It didn’t matter if he saw how much she wanted this, wanted him. Let him know. Let the whole world know.

He touched her chin, lifted it, and leaned in. Again, she closed her eyes. This time his lips touched hers, pliant and unbelievably gentle. Heat exploded at the contact and shot through her all the way down to her tingling toes. Different from her mystery kiss, this one sang of affection and respect and a deep longing to be accepted. Sweeter, more chaste, more filled with caring, Will’s kiss brought her a level of joy she’d never known. All the world faded away leaving Will and the power of his affection, his touch, his kiss. Every moment of her life seemed to have been designed to bring her to this single, perfect moment of bliss and wholeness.

“Ahem.” Father cleared his throat conspicuously.

Will pulled away all too quickly. A tiny sound of distress caught in Holly’s throat. It was over too soon. But oh, what a glorious kiss!



 

"I can always count on Donna Hatch to weave a delightful tale with vivid characters and swoony kisses. Christmas Secrets does not disappoint." ~Reading is my Super Power

"Filled with delightful holiday traditions, growing attraction between Holly and one of the guests, a mother set on a desirable match for her daughter, and a few heart-melting kisses, this novella is the perfect book to cuddle up with this holiday season." ~Remembrancy Book Reviews

"It's been some time since an author made me believe their characters like this, but Donna Hatch writes it so beautifully I was quickly drawn into the idyllic past." Silver Wood Sketches Book Reviews

 


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Author Donna Hatch 

Donna Hatch is the award-winning author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series” and is published in sweet Regency romance and fantasy. Her professional memberships include Romance Writers of America (RWA)and American Night Writers Association (ANWA). A sought-after workshop presenter, she juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, not to mention her six children (seven, counting her husband), and still manages to make time to write. A native of Arizona who recently relocated to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.    


 

   

 



     

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Blog Tour: My Brother's Bride by Rachael Anderson

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My Brother's Bride by Rachel Anderson
    
Book Description:


Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father’s business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby’s life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams.

But appearances aren’t always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments.

Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband’s brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.  



Andrea's Review:

I have just a handful of authors I can always trust to keep things clean while writing an excellent story. Rachael Anderson is one of those authors, so I jumped at the opportunity to read her latest novel, My Brother's Bride.

This novel contains some deeper issues than most of her books (which I don't want to share to spoil anything), but I really appreciated that Anderson wrote about these things in a such a way that they weren't graphic.

Throughout Abby's journey she finds herself among some wonderful, generous people. It was touching to see people help in a very difficult situation.

I enjoyed the interactions between the main characters, and can see myself reading this book again.

Rorie's Review:

So, I know I shouldn't be surprised at things I learn about Regency-era times, but sometimes I still am. Two things in particular shocked me in this book. One, that it was frowned upon for women to be present for the burial, and two, the whole Marriage Act. These shocked me enough that I had to look them up to find out more about them. And then I found out that women weren't given pain medication during birth because it was believed that labor pain was God's punishment for the sins of Eve! Have I ever mentioned how glad I am that I didn't live back then?
Anyway, I totally fell into a rabbit hole looking that stuff up. But hey, not only was this an entertaining book to read, but it caused me to actually learn something too!

So... back to the book. The story starts from Morgan's point of view, and we really don't get to know Abby very well until after her husband is killed. As a result, she comes across as rather shy, but it doesn't take too long to see what a spitfire she really is. 

It's amusing to read about the relationship between Morgan and Abby, although I do wish that there had been a bit more depth to it. The ending especially seemed a bit rushed to me and I wish more time had been spent on that part of the story.

Aside from that complaint though, I did enjoy this book. I didn't realize this was the second book in a series, so I'm looking forward to reading the first one.

Tarah's Review:


You really just can't go wrong with a Rachael Anderson novel. Not only does she keep them clean, but the romance is always sweet, the characters are real and entertaining, and the problem is always interesting. This one especially dealt with something that I thought was super weird and also didn't have any knowledge about. I won't say anything so I don't spoil the book, but it wasn't anything I had ever read before, and that was refreshing.

I love coming back to characters that I've read about before. They weren't as prevalent in this book, but that's okay since this book wasn't about them. I do enjoy the tie in though. But never fear if you haven't read her other books. This one can definitely stand alone. It wouldn't even spoil the other books if you chose to read those (which you should because they are great).

I will definitely be reading this again, and I will be recommending it to my book loving friends.

Excerpt:


When Brigston entered the kitchen, Abby’s back was partially to him, so she didn’t immediately see him. Her brow was furrowed in concentration as she whipped something in a bowl. She paused to lift the spoon, only to frown at the white liquid dripping from it.

“Are you certain this will thicken into a cream?” she asked.

A flash of irritation crossed Monsieur Roch's face until he spotted Morgan and seemed to think better of it. He managed a patient tone in his accented French. “It takes time, my lady.”

Morgan stifled a chuckle as Abby examined another spoonful of the liquid. “I’ve been whipping it for several minutes, but it doesn’t seem even a little thicker to me. Have I forgotten to add something?”

“No,” said the cook in clipped tones.

Morgan stepped forward and leaned in close. “If your arm is tired—”

Abby jumped, and what liquid remained on the spoon splattered across Morgan’s face. She spun around, her eyes growing wide with horror when she saw what she’d done.

He wiped a dab from his nose and tasted it. “A little more sugar, perhaps?”

“Brigston! I’m so dreadfully sorry.” She dropped the spoon into the bowl and grabbed a rag from a nearby wash basin, dabbing it across his face.

“Not that rag!” cried the cook. “It was only just used to mop the floors.”

Abby dropped it as though it had burned her, and Morgan tried not to cringe at the thought of filthy water coating his face.

Monsieur Roch retrieved a clean rag and held it out to him, appearing apologetic. He flicked another irritated glance at Abby before returning to his work.

As Morgan wiped the cream from his face, he wondered what Abby would do or say next. Offer another fumbled apology? Make her excuses and flee? Pretend the incident never happened and return to her labors? He never knew what to expect from her.

Her face scarlet, she cleared her throat and lifted her adorably determined chin. “You are most welcome, my lord.”

He raised a brow. “For what, my lady?”

“I have heard that cream does wonders for one’s complexion, and it seems the rumors are correct. 

Your skin appears much . . . creamier.”

   

Praise for My Brother's Bride:

I haven't read a book by Rachael Anderson that I didn't absolutely love and this awesome book didn't fail to meet that grade. ~Vicki

Enjoyed reading this book. The characters, dialogue, and plotline kept me entertained. Highly recommend this book to those who enjoy clean romances. ~Michele

This is the first full-length novel I've read by Rachael Anderson, but it definitely won't be the last. I really enjoyed the story--the writing was really good with no annoying parts or awkwardness, the plot was interesting, the characters were endearing (I loved the banter between Brigtson and Abby!), and this book was just really good. Highly enjoyable. Great choice for those who like clean, well-written Regency romances. ~AE2 

This forbidden Regency romance was excellent! Once I started, it was hard—almost impossible—to put down. The characters—Abigail and Brigston—were super well done. I became invested in their lives, their troubles, their hearts really fast, and the author did a superb job of not letting me go. The plot twist was unique. ~Charissa

A lovely, well-written story. Highly recommended. ~Linda

I always enjoy Ms. Anderson's books! This one is wonderful, filled with great story and characters. Beautiful story of love, family and forgiveness. ~Nichee

I can not praise this author's books enough. I have loved every single one. I love the characters! I love the development of the romance! I love the story line. I love the fun dialogue. I know when I start one of her books I will have a hard time putting it down until I am done and then I am sad the book is over. I love that each story is unique. ~Nari

 
Author Rachael Anderson 

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

     

   

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12 Days of Clean Romance – Rebecca Connolly


 
The Spinster and I by Rebecca Connolly 

Poor, unfortunate Spinster... 

Prudence Westfall, spinster, has unexpectedly had the greatest misfortune of all: she has inherited a fortune, and is now an heiress. But as a Spinster, and a stammering shy one, nothing could be worse than having a bevy of suitors pay her attention. Opportunity strikes at a house party when the most unlikely person offers the perfect solution. 

Camden Vale is no gentleman, and he’s not prone to saving anyone, but something about Prue changes all that. When his offer to befriend her extends beyond the house party, and his feelings extend beyond expectation, no one is more surprised than he. Except, perhaps, for the other Spinsters, and they have much to say on the subject.   

   

“Didn’t you hear how they flattered me? You said yourself, men lie through their teeth.” 

He hissed, and she looked over at him only to see him shaking his head. “Prue, I didn’t mean… Sometimes we are sincere. Sometimes we do mean everything we say. And you should like it and take it as a compliment.” 

Prue smiled a very tight, thin smile. “They never have before, so I have no taste for it.” She exhaled and looked back into the ballroom, clasping her hands before her. “I just wish to be left alone.” 

“Well,” he sighed, “then we have another problem.” 

 She looked up at him wryly. “And that is?” 

He shrugged, something new in his dark eyes. “I don’t think I can leave you alone.” He stared at her for a long moment, his hand stilled on her back, and added, “I know I can’t.” 

Her head tilted in a question. “Why not?” 

“Because I see you,” he admitted with a rawness she did not anticipate. “And I like what I see.” 

 

    

You know we say "a good clean book" to indicate, yes there is no sex, no obscenities and very little kissing but a good read nonetheless? There is no "nonetheless" here. It is a good book without qualification. Nothing was missing. Prue was a character who faced serious debilitating problems communicating with others and villainous family members and Cam, who fought his own demons, helped her as she helped him. Her blossoming was realistic and touching. The writing was good and the treatment of characters and flaws sensitive and well developed. A good read. 

Rebecca Connolly creates vivid characters who want to fight for, to laugh and cry with. Sweet and breathtakingly romantic. I read this book in kindle unlimited, but now I'm going back to purchase it. I really like Ms. Connolly's books! 

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Prue and Cam. They appear to be complete opposites but they truly are wonderful for each other. I especially love how they helped each other heal without even trying or realizing. And of course, I love both Prue and Cam's friends. So much loyalty. A wonderful clean read for a hopeless romantic like myself. The next book can't come soon enough! Thank you for another enjoyable read Rebecca Connolly, I needed this escape!  

     

 

Author Rebecca Connolly 

Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.    



 

 

 

   

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