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Avoiding Mr. Right by, New York Times Bestselling Author, C.J. Ellisson

Avoiding Mr. Right by, New York Times Bestselling Author, C.J. Ellisson

By on Jun 11, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Avoiding Mr. Right by New York Times Bestselling Author, C.J. Ellisson Carla Johnson thinks issuing orders to a lover will keep her heart safe and leave her in charge of her own destiny. Afraid for Carla’s future, her best friend Heather implores her to change her self-centered ways, handing her a list of love life mistakes to steer clear of: Casual Sex Friends with Benefits Avoidance of Intimacy Carla ignores the list—unwilling to face she might have a commitment problem. Until she invites a co-worker to her place one night. She instantly regrets the hum-drum sexual encounter and discourages the accountant from pursuing her. Andy Shea refuses to become another lover the feisty blonde dumps. It’ll take a patient man with a strong hand to unlock Carla’s sexual awareness and win her heart. He’s up for the challenge to convince her he’s the one—and eager to prove this number cruncher won’t make a boring bedmate. Available on...

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Whatever Life Throws at You

Whatever Life Throws at You

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Whatever Life Throws at You Book Feature Book Description Publication Date: October 7, 2014 | Age Level: 12 and up | Grade Level: 9 – 12 Life loves a good curveball… Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas’s life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she’s living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own–most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals’ super-hot rookie pitcher. But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love. But baseball isn’t just a game. It’s life. And sometimes, it can break your heart… Editorial Reviews From School Library Journal Gr 10 Up—Bone cancer ended his professional baseball career during his rookie season, but when Jim Lucas is offered the opportunity to become a pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals, life changes overnight for his 17-year-old daughter, Annie Lucas. Annie quickly learns the other side of pro baseball–families that smile and appear wholesome before the camera, but hardly speak to one another off camera, with media constantly in tow looking to catch players’ kids doing something wrong. Annie finds true friendship in Lenny London, the daughter of a Royal, and Jason Brody, a 19-year-old rookie pitcher with a scandalous past. When Annie’s father discovers that she and Jason have been secretly dating for months, he orders Annie to end all communication with him. In the end, Brody proves himself to Annie’s father and their relationship earns his seal of approval. While characters are likable and the plot allows readers an all-access pass into the lives of professional athletes and their families, the numerous anf frank sex scenes...

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Introducing the author of The Yellow Hoods, Adam Dreece

Introducing the author of The Yellow Hoods, Adam Dreece

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Introducing the author of The Yellow Hoods, Adam Dreece For 25 years, Adam wrote short stories that he only shared with friends and family. Like many people, he put his career first, and writing second. In 2009 when his appendix nearly killed him, he found himself struck with horrific abdominal pain that seemed never ending. Fifteen months later, after a surgery to explore for, and remove, scar tissue reduced the pain to a manageable, chronic level, he started writing a memoir. Nearly six months later, once again back at work but this time with writing always having a place in his life, he found himself hit with sudden, severe asthma. It was as if a switch had been flipped, and Adam found himself once again trying to figure out which way was up. Two years later, with the memoir going through editing, Adam decided it needed to sit a while. The challenges he’d faced had made him more driven, more focused, more appreciative of the time that he had. With the support of his wife, on November 28th, 2013 he made a plan to be a full time author in five years. On January 4th, he started writing a story at the request of his daughter that became book 1 of The Yellow Hoods. Adam lives with his amazing wife and three awesome kids. He’s very active on Twitter, and loves engaging with fellow readers and writers. He regularly helps fellow writings. He lives in Calgary, Alberta. Where are you from, Adam? Calgary, but I only just realized that two and a half years ago when we moved here. Of all the places I’ve lived, I’ve never felt so much at home than in the heart of Western Canada. I grew up in Montreal from about 2 years old, having been born in the UK. Montreal never really felt like home, and so when it came time for university, I leapt at the opportunity to go to one of the top technical schools in the world, the University of Waterloo, 45 minutes outside of Toronto, and home to Blackberry. From there I went to Silicon Valley, then Toronto, then a short stint in the channel islands, before ending up...

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Introducing the author of Waking Up Dead, Margo Bond Collins!

Introducing the author of Waking Up Dead, Margo Bond Collins!

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Introducing the author of Waking Up Dead, Margo Bond Collins! Where are you from?  I grew up in a small college town in Texas—the home of the only place one could get a degree in rodeo! What inspired you to write your first book? I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. But about ten years ago, a friend suggested I join in National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org). Until then, I had always written short stories. That year, I finished the first draft of what would eventually become Legally Undead—it will be my second published novel, but it’s the first one I wrote. My first published novel, Waking Up Dead, was inspired by a single moment when I lived in Alabama for a few years. I remember driving to work one morning and seeing just a wisp of fog move across the statue in the middle of the town square. The statue was of some Civil War figure, and I remember thinking that it looked oddly ghostly. In between teaching classes that day (I’m a college professor in my other life), I started writing Callie’s story. Do you write full-time or part-time? How do you balance your writing life with your family/work life? I don’t so much balance as juggle. In my other life, I’m a college professor; I teach English courses online and write academic articles. Plus my husband and I have a three-year-old daughter. There’s never enough time in the day! How did you come up with the title? My grandmother used to say it: “Someday you’re going to wake up dead, and then you’ll be sorry.” It always made me laugh. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I didn’t realize until after I had finished writing Waking Up Dead that it was so very much about the continuing effects of racism in our world. The Deep South setting made that issue easy to address, but it’s certainly not an issue that is limited to the South. I don’t know if there’s a take-away “message,” precisely, but I do hope the book reminds readers that we’re all just people. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?...

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Introducing Bridgitte Lesley **Author Feature**

Introducing Bridgitte Lesley **Author Feature**

By on Jun 10, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Introducing a new character to a reader is a passion!  Literary fiction is exactly that!  Where a story is woven around a character, or even a few.  At the same time, romance is part of the deal.  I love a happy ever after.  But I do enjoy weaving the story of how characters get to meet.  In all my novels you will find that thread of romance.  From the beginning to the end. Happy moments and sad moments.  That is all a part of the deal.  You will find them in all my novels.  Pretty much the way real life happens.  I hope to draw you in and make you feel as if you are a part of the family. Blurb Business is business. Even if you have to take one ailing business and break it in to a few to make a profit then that is what must be done. That was exactly the way Roz thought. At times it was tough. But she was driven. She was a business woman through and through. She had no ties. And she could not sit still. She had a personal goal and she would push to achieve it. Francois was happy with his life. His two sons and himself were rather happy the way they were. Until that Saturday morning when they met Roz. She was a ball of fun. At times hilarious but other times very serious. Francois and his family would come to know Roz and each and every one of her habits. Roz let nothing and no one stand in her way. Francois soon realized that when he did try to stand in her way. But . . . business is business! Visit Bridgitte Lesley! Blog Smashwords Author Page Amazon Author Page Facebook Author Page Twitter Pinterest Buy Business is Business! Available on Amazon for 99...

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