My Chat with Susan Hayes!

Hello and welcome!

My today’s guest is an author I’ve been following for a few years now. Her books are out of this world awesome.

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Please welcome Susan Hayes!

Do you have a nickname?
My parents usually call me Snooper. A childhood nickname because I carried a Snoopy stuffy with me for years.

What makes you laugh out loud?
British comedies.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
The ocean. I’ve lived on an island for most of my life. Every time I leave the ocean, I miss the smell. To me, that’s the scent of home.

Favourite place to spend time in.
My home. I’m a homebody at heart.

Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
I don’t read anything to do with True Crime. I spent ten years reading and processing police files as a career. True Crime just doesn’t appeal to me because of that.

Writing! What started it?
I’ve always been a writer. Even as a kid, I loved writing my own stories. I didn’t find the courage to try and get published until much later in life. My little brother died suddenly, and I was realized that life is too short not to take chances.

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Audiobooks! What started them?
The day ACX ,Audible’s creation side, opened their doors to Canadian writers, I was in! I love audiobooks.

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
I write romances with strong heroines from diverse backgrounds because I believe every woman deserves her Happily Ever After.

Who is your intended audience, and why should they read your books?
My intended audience is anyone who loves Sci-Fi and Paranormal Romance with a hint of humour and a whole lot of sizzle.

What is next in your writing?
I am working on the next trilogy of stories for my Star-Crossed Alien Mail Order Bride series. They’ll be releasing this fall.

Thank you Susan for spending time with me. I am a big fan and looking forward to listen to more of your stories.

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Hope you enjoyed my chat with Ms. Hayes.

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Susan lives on Vancouver Island, off the Canadian west coast where the waters are patrolled by orcas, and the sighting of snowflakes leads to citywide panic. She’s jumped out of perfectly good airplanes on purpose and accidentally swum with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef.

If the world ends, she plans to survive as the spunky, comedic sidekick to the heroes of the new world, because she’s too short and out of shape to make it on her own for long.

As I mentioned, her books are out of this world, my love affair with them started a few years ago when I picked up the first audiobook in The Drift series, Double Down. The heroines are spunky and heroes dreamy alpha creatures.

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and I have almost worked my way thru Intergalactic Dating Agency series.

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Tieran Wilder is the voice giving them life and it is addictive. She has that warm voice that draws the listener in. I like that I can hear the emotions and moods behind the words and each character is distinctive.

I had the pleasure of meeting Susan a few times at RTC Ottawa, she is fun and a delight to be around.

You can check out her books on the website, so many to choose from: SCIENCE FICTION ROMANCE, PARANORMAL ROMANCE, CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE.

Follow on FB, Twitter and Instagram.

Also check out the 5-part posts on ACX’s blog sharing her journey into the audiobook world from a Canadian author’s perspective, informative and detailed.

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Until next time… read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

 

My Chat with Erika M. Szabo – 2019

Hello and welcome!

My guest is one of my fave authors, we chatted before and I also chatted with one of her heroine, Ilona from The Ancestors’ Secrets Trilogy. If you missed these chats, you can read them here and here. I invited her to give us an update on what is new.

Please welcome back, Erika M. Szabo!

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Thanks for inviting me back for another chat.

For those of you who don’t know my work, I write speculative alternate history fiction, romantic urban fantasy, historical suspense novels as well as fun, educational, and bilingual books for children ages 2-14 about acceptance, friendship, family, and moral values such as accepting people with disabilities, dealing with bullies, and not judging others before getting to know them. I also like to encourage children to use their imagination and daydream about fantasy worlds.

Why children’s books?
As a young child, I truly hated the “And they lived happily ever after” stories. The beautiful, dumb and helpless princess waited for the handsome, brave prince who rescued her, and they lived happily ever after. I asked my mom, “Why can’t the princess kick the dragon’s butt? Why is she laying there waiting for the prince? Isn’t she smart and strong enough to get away?

My mom shook her head and said, “This is the way it is. The prince rescues the princess, and that’s that.

Mom loved dressing me up in pretty dresses and kind of parade me in church. Gosh, I hated those bows she put in my hair and I could hardly wait to get home and get out of the itchy, uncomfortable dress and put my faded, ripped jeans on. My dad, maybe because he wanted a boy, encouraged me to get dirty while I helped him to fix the car, hammer nails when we fixed the fence, or dig a hole to plant trees. He also taught me how to defend myself against bullies and stand up for myself and express my opinion. “You’re a person,” he always said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a girl or a boy, you’re a person.

Later on when I was a teenager, most of the stories written for kids were about brave and smart boys who met and helped pretty girls and puppy love developed between them. I was so happy to find children’s books as an adult that were about smart girls who can stand up for themselves and don’t need a boy’s help when they’re in trouble. I also found some books that were about girls and boys as equally smart, inventive and brave. These stories told children that it’s okay for boys to cry and show compassion. It’s okay for girls to be themselves in ripped and dirty jeans playing soccer, and they don’t always have to look pretty in ruffled dresses and be quiet and submissive as society expects them to be.

Where do you get inspiration from?
From childhood memories such as when the old spinster in my neighborhood tried to drown kittens in the river and my friend and I rescued the kittens.

When a group of kids pointed and laughed at a little girl who was sitting in the wheelchair, struggling to turn onto the ramp at the museum entrance.

When I saw a sister and brother bickering, calling each other names and ready to tear each other’s hair out at the beach. But, when the little girl fell and hit her knee on a rock, all the bickering was forgotten in an instant. The boy hugged his sister and carried her to the blanket where their mother was reading.

Here are a few of my published children’s books that are close to my heart.

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Illustrated storybook for children 4-12
When Bianca, Daniel, and Peanut, the St. Bernard, are confronted by Mark and his cronies, the children stand up to the brute bullies with the help of Peanut. Their adventure continues when they see a woman throwing four tiny, meowing kittens into the river. Can the children save the drowning kittens? Find out what happens to the momma cat and her kittens.

This book is precious to me not only because it’s a true story but because little Johnny never found out what happened to the kittens.

As a young nurse, I worked in the pediatric unit for a short while. Johnny was a nine-year-old cute as a button little boy who had leukemia and loved the childhood memory I told him about. I never had a chance to tell him the end of the story. There were only a few minutes left to tell him how Daniel and I dealt with the neighborhood bullies, but when I entered little Johnny’s room the next morning, his bed was empty.

Read the story of little Johnny HERE

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I wrote this Heroic fantasy for children 6-14 with my coauthor, Joe Bonadonna.

“Szabo and Bonadonna make a great pair. Their Creepy Hollow Adventures is a perfect starting point for young children making the leap from “kids’ books” to “novels.”
~ S E Lindberg

The ghosts of the Trinity of Wishmothers are trapped. The children offer their help, so the talking skeleton takes them on a journey to the realm of Creepy Hollow. Righteous motivations drive Jack and Nikki: to protect the weak, confront evil, conquer their fears, and gain courage. In the battle against Evila and her minions they grow into the warriors they were destined to become.

 

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I wrote this bilingual book because I know first hand the struggle of learning a new language and the frustration when people don’t know enough to express themselves.

In this bilingual story for ages 4-12, Pico, the parrot, is sad and frustrated. He screeches and squawks all day but because he speaks Spanish, nobody understands him. His story teaches children acceptance, compassion, and helping others.

Sarah, Emma’s mom, promised to bird-sit Pico for two weeks but soon regrets her decision because the noisy parrot keeps screeching and squawking all day, annoying her family and the neighbors. When Pico makes a mess of Emma’s room, Emma gets very angry, but her friends help her. Charlotte notices that Pico seems sad, and Pedro finds out why Pico is shrieking so loudly all the time. The parrot is frustrated because nobody pays attention to him, and nobody understands what he wants.

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Find more books on my website

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GOLDEN BOX Book Publishing

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In addition to writing books, Ms. Szabo does a whole range of author services, including book cover design, formatting of ebooks, editing, illustrations, book promotions and many more.

To contact Ms. Szabo, keep up with her books, or say hello, here are some links:

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To start you on your reading journey, Ms. Szabo is giving away ebook copies of  Rainbow and Clouds. 5 winners chosen by Sexy Mr. Random will be announced after 3pm EST, on Monday, January 14, 2019. GOOD LUCK!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My Chat with Lauren Blakely

Hello and welcome!

I am so excited to have this chat with one of my fave authors of contemporary romance whose books are like cookies, the more you have the more you want… wholesome, sweet with a bit of spice and melt in your mouth.

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Please welcome Lauren Blakely!

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs.

With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 90 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books.

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Do you have a nickname?
I don’t 🙂

What is one word best describes you?
Dog-obsessed

What makes you laugh out loud?
Cat videos

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Like Joy, I love honeysuckle. It reminds me of gorgeous summer days.

Favourite place to spend time in.
I love wine country in California, cobblestoned streets in Paris, and beaches in Hawaii.

Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
I don’t care for horror.

Writing! What started it?
I needed an outlet for all the voices in my head!

If you could choose another career what would it be?
If I could sing, dance and act, I’d want to be on Broadway.

Audiobooks! What started them?
I first listened to Curse Workers by Holly Black narrated by Jesse Eisenberg and that introduced me to the awesomeness of a well-narrated audiobook.

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
That’s a great question — I think each book is different, but ultimately they’re about the power of falling in love with a good person.

What is next in your writing?

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My next release is COME AS YOU ARE, coming April 16. In it you’ll find a masquerade ball, a smoldering secret rendezvous, and a sexy, billionaire hero who will sweep you off your feet in this opposite-sides-of-the-tracks romance.

Thank you so much for chatting with me, Lauren. I know you are quite busy. Looking forward to more stories and finding new book boyfriends and girlfriends in your stories.

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Thanks for joining us and I hope you enjoyed the chat.

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The latest book from Ms. Blakely I listened to is Wanderlust, narrated beautifully by Grace Grant and Richard Armitage, it is part of the Romance Package on Audible, but I bought my own copy, so I have it in my library and can listen to it anytime…. an aural masterpiece for sure, my fave so far, as are the many stories I listened to, they were all 5-star experiences. My review is here.

I urge you to give them a try, I know you will enjoy them. A few of the ebooks are free right now for a limited time ….

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…. and there are quite a few of the audiobooks in the Audible Romance Package, narrated by some of my fave voices: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt, Sebastian York, Erin Mallon, some new-to-me voices Josh Goodman, Todd Haberkorn, Emily Durante, Samara Naeymi.

To keep in touch with Ms. Blakely and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀  Check out the videos posted on the FB author page! Some of them are quite funny… like “Show & Tell: How Big is Big” 😀

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Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My Chat with M. A. Abraham and her first audiobook release

Hello and welcome!

Do you remember at the beginning of the year I posted about First Contact, book 1 of the Tantalus series by M. A. Abraham being recorded? If not, you can check it out here.

Well… it is done and was released TODAY!!!

Help me congratulate Ms. Abraham and share her big news. Her very first audiobook release and I am soooo excited! I loved the story when I read it. Listening to Brian Callanan, the very talented narrator giving it life, makes it even more special.

Congrats to Mr. Callanan too, looking forward to listening to more. My ears really like his voices 😉

Check out the short audio clips on youtube…

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Twenty ships have left the gravitational field of the Earth with the intention of colonizing Mars. Each is independent of the other and set to become domed cities upon landing. The mission is simple: go forth to develop the new planet, make it an extension of our home. Well, it sounded simple.

No one expected life on Mars to be easy, they are pioneers and that is a type of life that comes with dangers. What they didn’t expect was for the settings of one of the ships to be off enough to miss their landing, to miss the very planet they were meant to settle.

Even more astounding was to find another planet within a three-week travel period that lies in the shadow of the red planet. It is where they will land, where their ship will unfold to become a domed city. Where life is dangerous in a hostile land and they find unexpected help. The indigenous winged people of the planet don’t live on the surface of the planet, they live in cities in the clouds, but they are willing to extend a welcoming hand to those who have come to their land, as well as teach them what they can to survive. Their relationship begins with three words.

“Welcome to Tantalus.”

Here is a clip of the story at the beginning of the book …

… and here is one at the end and one of my fave scene in the book, I got goosebumps reading it, but listening to Mr. Callanan telling it … he captured the characters and their temperaments very well and the voice he gave for my love, Kyllan, the Tribunal Elder is PERFECTION

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I got to chat with Ms. Abraham about her experience…

Tell us about Tantalus.
Tantalus is basically about a planet that is inhabited by people that have been seeded from other worlds.  There is more than 1 species on it, but the main one is the winged people who are dominant.  They are open to interaction with others, but are not deluded as to the problems that could cause, or the negative, as well as positive sides of the relationship this could cause.  They also realize that they are not perfect, for those that should have been watching over the direction the main population took during their rest period, neglected their duties and it had very adverse reactions from the order of things on the planet.  They are not only being approached by people from the Human race, as they wake up to what needs to be done to correct their error, but the restructuring of their social and governmental order within their own people.

First Choice… why the format of parallel stories?
You have to know where you are coming from, to have any idea where you are going.  The people from Earth have to make the trip to get to the planet.  We need to know what it took, and the problems they encountered on their journey.  Also, things are going to take a while to improve.

How did you come to decision to plunge into audiobook world?
Well, I had this little voice poking at my subconscious mind for a few years.  We all know who owns it.  I need not say more.
I am grinning big and fist pump yessssss

What is the process from deciding to go for it and releasing the audiobook? Was it easier or harder than you anticipated?
Deciding to go for it was making sure that the funds were in place before taking the initial step.  Once you get past the first hurdle, it doesn’t seem to be that difficult.  Getting the right narrator for the task is a huge plus.  It seems simple when you find the right person for the book, one who can connect with the feel for the people you are writing about.  I think in most cases it is like anything else, the wrong impression can destroy something that you believe is good, or it can make something mediocre sound like a song to be repeated many times over.

Personal feelings… are you excited, apprehensive?
Nervous as a cat trying to bury something on a marble floor before getting caught.  I am even having difficulty writing, and I need to get these books written, I am way behind.

What is the reaction of those close to you to this new adventure?
Some are pacing with me, others are not audiobook fans.  It is like picking a car, Ford, Chrysler, Mercedes, GM… one person’s poison is another’s candy.

Why should people pick up this book?
Because it may give you a different perspective from what is on the market today.  I do not tend to follow the beaten path when it comes to writing, which means you can expect something different.

How was working with Mr. Callanan… from author’s point of view?
Brian is very professional, if something is off, he catches it, even if it is something that shouldn’t be there.  He caught the nuances of the characters right off the top, and the few he didn’t, he rethought when it was pointed out.  Some narrators won’t listen to what you have to offer for advice.  Those I tended to reject straight off, the last thing a writer needs is more stress in their lives.

Are you glad you did this?
Well, we will find out.  I have done a lot of crazy things in my life and often the ones I thought were the nuttiest, were the best.

Why didn’t you do this sooner?
I looked into it, but unlike some, I don’t jump off a mountain unless I know there is a safety net beneath me.

Why Tantalus first and not the Elven Chronicles, which is the bigger selling series of the two?
The right narrator at the right moment.  Gabriel was up there, but 90% of the auditions were just wrong for that book.  The one I am looking at right now nailed all the names, and that is a feat in itself.

What is the strangest question you have had someone ask about the Tantalus Series?
Why I didn’t connect them to the Elves.  I could hear it now, Elves in space using light sabres.  That would have been so wrong.  Then again, who knows, the night is young.  😉

What is next?
Aura – and I have heard the audition that makes that book come alive already.  It will be done in February, and I am soooo looking forward to it.
Me too! It is my fave standalone book of yours! I can’t wait to hear Thorn sigh

Integration, book 2 in the Tantalus series, will be done in April and so you know the narrator on this book, to quote someone we all know,  “The scintillating voice of Brian Callanan will narrate this masterpiece”.
LOL I remember that

Thank you so much MA for chatting with me and I wish you much success with this new adventure. I am looking forward to more stories and my ears are ready for more audio time.

To celebrate the brand new release. Ms. Abraham is giving away a few audio copies of First Contact. Let me know in the comments if you would leave Earth for Tantalus if it was an option. I would be on the first ship! 😀
Sexy Mr. Random will pick winners on Sunday, January 28, 2017.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My Chat with Greg… and Natasza?

Hello and welcome!

I just had to bump today’s post for the hunk you are about to meet.

Please welcome Greg! …. and Natasza? What an awesome surprise!

Do you have a nickname?
Greg: My team name in the Canadian JTF2 is Bigfoot. JTF stands for Joint Task Force for those who don’t know. We’re smaller in numbers than the SEALs, but we operate the same way, land, sea and air.

What is one word best describes you?
Greg rubs the back of his neck and gives me a hungry look from below his bangs. Used to be manwhore. My team is a little on the hardass side. Now, I’d say loyal. Completely and utterly loyal to my wife, Mattie.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Greg: Until I met Mattie Bidault, not a helluva lot, but now I can’t help laughing when she gets pissed at me. She’s got the Irish temper and a tongue to match.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Greg: Wow, I’d have to say the ocean. I joined the Navy over twenty years ago. Never tired of it. It used to mean freedom to me. Now that Mattie and I live in San Diego, it means home.

Favourite place to spend time in.
Greg chuckles. You really want me to answer that? For a long time I probably would have said the Dark Angel. It’s a special club in Victoria, but now I’d say just hangin’ out with my girl. Doesn’t really matter where.

Writing! What started it?
Greg: Guess that questions for Nat.
Natasza: Because of a friend of a friend who visited me one summer afternoon. This gal had escaped a life of absolute nightmares. Sold by her parents into prostitution, she finally escaped with a young man and came to Canada. She ended up on my patio and we talked about the things we hadn’t accomplished in life. When I mentioned I used to write. She looked at me with those big blue haunted eyes and asked, ‘Why don’t you now?’ I didn’t have a good answer. That night, I sat down at my computer and started to write again. That was 2010, and I haven’t stopped since.
I am so glad you did!

If you could choose another career what would it be?
Greg: I’m doing it now. I used to be a Canadian Warfare Specialist. Anti-terrorism, diplomatic missions, that kind of thing. Now, I work at NAB Coronado as a specialist teaching SEALs.

Audiobooks! Any plans to have any of your books in audio format?
Natasza: I looked into it, and I’d love to give it a try. It’s on my to-do list when I retire.
I would love to listen to Thane’s voice … or Mace’s *sigh*

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
Natasza: Always. For A Warrior’s Challenge series, especially. Each book in the series addresses the life of a Special Operator, either a SEAL or in Greg’s case JTF2. When you protect Uncle Sam or Canada, there’s a price to pay. Each book delves into those hot topics, aside from the ones between the bed sheets.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
Greg: I’ll take this one.
Nat shrugs.
Go for it.
Greg: I think Nat’s audience is anyone who wants a little truth in their novels as well as high impact suspense or action. She’s not bad at writing contemporary stories, but the tales she writes with a military twist gives her more room to dig into the emotional side of the characters. If readers like a book with depth and intensity, those are the folks who’ll like Nat’s work.
Nat chuckles. Well said.
I agree!

What is next in your writing?
Natasza: The next book out the door will be the last for A Warrior’s Challenge series, called Code Name: War of Stones. It’s gonna rock the boat…big time. After that, I’ve got a new series starting this fall. The next series is about a team of retired SEALs and has a strong paranormal twist to it. Looking forward to that and retirement from the Coast Guard this fall when I can write full time.
I am so looking forward to more.

Thank you Greg for coming for a chat! And Natasza ! You always manage to surprise me LOL keeps me on my toes 😉 Congrats on your new release!!!

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Thanks for joining us and I hope you enjoyed the chat.

Greg hails from the just released “Code Name: Redemption”, book 6 in “A Warrior’s Challenge” Series by Natasza Waters. I met him before in the previous books, but I am glad he got his own story, I wondered what happened to him. I started it last night and it it so good.

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Rugged. Mysterious. Dangerous.

Lieutenant Commander Greg LaPierre, a Special Forces Operator, returns home after a seven-month deployment. He wants to shake combat from his back, but only days after his arrival the police accuse him of murder.

Someone is slaughtering women and leaving them at historic locations in the emerald city of Victoria. Whispers of Whitechapel drape the cobblestone streets with fear. Mattie Bidault, a local journalist, has been following the case from the beginning, and Greg is either innocent or she’s falling for the deadliest serial killer since Jack the Ripper.

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Check out the trailer…

Also if you missed my chat with Elijah back in May you can check it out here

To learn about all the books, and keep in touch with Ms. Waters check out the links below and if you chat with her, say hello from me.

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To celebrate the new release, one lucky reader will receive an ebook copy of Greg’s book, courtesy of Ms. Waters. Sexy Mr. Random will pick a winner from the comments after 3pm on Monday, August 14, 2017. GOOD LUCK!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My Chat with Kali Willows

Hello and welcome!

Today my guest is a sweet, sweet lady I met a few times now and it is always such a pleasure chatting with her. Her books are out of this world, pun intended 😉

I love this quote of hers!

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Please welcome Kali Willows!

If you remember I had a few of her hunks for a chat, there was Connor from Romancing the Author and then there was the trio from Claiming TrinityTrinity, Arawn and Kane. Click on the links if you missed them or they are worth a reread if you didn’t 😉

Born and raised in Toronto, Kali now resides in the exquisite eastern Ontario countryside where she enjoys the serenity of nature. When she isn’t busy being the married mother of two, certified trainer or counselor extraordinaire, she shadows worlds of paranormal passion & intrigue.

Kali strives to create emotional, compelling stories and characters you can’t help but love, hate and cheer for. Captivated by her love of dragons, gargoyles and everything paranormal, she pens these delightful creatures into epic tales of romance and adventure and often infuses her passions of martial arts, music and ironic twists even she didn’t foresee.

A good cup of tea with the crackling fire gets her creative juices flowing in the wee hours of the night, when the house is quiet and she can type away to her heart’s desire.

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Do you have a nickname?
Several! 😀   Mom, Babe, Baby, but mostly KareBear ❤

What is one word best describes you?
One word? Just one? Hmmm, taps chin in deliberation It would depend on what facet of life we’re talking about… Parenting: protective; career: determined; problem-solving: innovative. I supposed “complex” would suffice? 😀

What makes you laugh out loud?
Most of the time, my kids. Their sense of humour astounds me and they come up with some real doozies! I love laughter, it’s so good for the soul. But I’m partial to particular movies that give me a fantastic ab workout! Eddie Murphy’s Delirious gets me every time, romantic comedies with fantastic one-liners and standup comedy, as long as they are funny, I will admit, the last movie that had me in stitches was Ted 2. Gut-busting laughter! Mark Wahlberg is not hard to look at either, lol.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
True to my author persona, I find it difficult to narrow down to just one. When it comes to sexy seduction or general swooning, the scents of Armani or Stetson really get me evil grin As for home/comfort: anything sweet and earthy. I’m a sucker for vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon, and baked apple scents. I love floral, citrus… let’s say I can’t choose just one. Again, I’m complex.

Favourite place to spend time in.
My picturesque rural property is my place to be: swinging on my hand-made wooden swing under our massive maple tree, sipping tea and listening to the blissful sounds of nature all around, and my children’s laughter. On cold nights, I love sitting next to my wood-burning stove, sipping wine and listening to the crackle of the fire while I type away on my latest creation. Most of all, I love spending time in the arms of my beloved or curled up on the couch cuddling with my beautiful babies. That is the ultimate bliss ❤

Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
Although I’m drawn to some more than others, I don’t begrudge any genre of literature. My only limitations to reading, with the exception of time, are: it has to be well-written, thoughtful and engaging. If the writing can whisk me away to another world and draw me in as my own experience, I’m completely sold on the work!

Writing! What started it?
This is a thought-provoking question I have been asked before, and I wish I could offer a succinct response. The truth is, I’ve been writing and story-telling since I was a small child. It is my most coveted form of expression and the most effective way I work through things mentally. Let’s just say, during stressful periods of life, I tend to write a lot more destruction and retribution-themed stories, and I find it the most compelling, cathartic tool one could ask for. In my teens, we lived in a townhouse. In my bedroom, there was a tiny door in my wall that led to a crawl space above my garage. That became my portal to magical escape. I created my own private hideaway there. I wrote poems on the rafters, hung my favourite posters and kept trinkets of value in the farthest corners. That is where I found the beauty of self-expression through the written word.

If you could choose another career what would it be?
Ironically, I already have! After 25+ years of working frontline in the social services sector and realizing I had lost my drive for the work, I decided to go back to school to pursue a career I was more passionate about. I’m currently in the final semester for public relations, where I can use my love and experience of graphic design, communications and event planning! If there is one thing I love, it’s to plan epic events that leave people swooning and wanting more. Stay tuned for KaLiCon!
Looking forward to that!

Audiobooks! What started them?
I love the premise of audio books. A genius extension for the lovers of books that may not always have time and silence to sit and read. Having the right voices narrate literature springs characters and their adventures to life in the mind of a reader. If done well, it is one of my favourite reading experiences. So why do I try to have my titles put into audio? Because my personal brand is all about bringing books to life, and what better way than with audio and film? If I could, I would make movies too! 😀 My hope and goal is to have each of my books in every possible format so no readers miss out because of the type of format they use.

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
Each of the stories I write has distinct themes of urgent challenges, time-driven journeys, transformation, and healing. With every new tale I weave, I find myself digging deeper emotionally, and crafting more intense experiences with the goal of keeping the reader engaged and on the edge of their seats.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
My intended audience are lovers of books, fiction, and endless possibilities. When readers indulge in my stories, they are promised adventures filled with action, suspense, romance and epic tales of overcoming impossible obstacles while the heroes/heroines emerge better people for the experience.

What is next in your writing?
Oh my darling Eniko, I have two new releases coming out!

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I’m in the final stages of completing a riveting new dragon story that is part of the epic box set: Stoking the Flames, due to release March 28, 2017. 13 amazing authors have collaborated to bring 13 sizzling tales of dragon romance to make your toes curl. My contribution is called: Curse of the Dragon’s Eye. It’s a tale of Egyptian dragons, deceit, magic and mayhem!

I am so looking forward to reading this anthology, as you know I looooove dragons 😀

Another release coming soon is my second addition to the Wiccan Haus series with Decadent Publishing. Mythic Iron is a tale of three dragons, motorcycles, mixed martial arts, deadly attacks, and healing. No cover to show yet.

Flames of Venom…
    When the president of Mythic Iron is brutally slain, the VP, and the Sergeant of Arms set out to protect the club’s legacy, and next target. Sai is a world-class MMA champion, and a half-breed dragon with a fiery temper. After the vicious murder of her mother, she fled the arms of her two mates and the MC, and made her way to the ring. A fighter with an edge, she doesn’t apologize, never holds back and doesn’t need saving. The unexpected arrival of her estranged mates coincides with the biggest fight she’s ever had; the one for her own life.

Dragons of iron…
    A leather-clad soldier of fortune with a patch, was all Levi could be anymore without her. His lost identity before the MC took an injured child in left a mystery for him, one no one can fill in the blanks for. Now, a purple dragon with a propensity for danger, he evolved into the ultimate weapon for their club. Can he ever reclaim their mate, or will she kill them first?

Drake was born into a legacy of crime. In the wake of their mate denying their bond, evolved a cold, merciless dragon that did whatever the MC required of him. In a desperate bid to safeguard her, their reunion is soon wrought with tragedy, leaving Sai critically injured. Devastated by his failure to protect her and the people she loved, he reaches out to an old comrade for help.

Welcome back to the Wiccan Haus. A place meant for healing, but with an ominous threat looming, will the arrival of the purple dragons mean the end of island peace?

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Here is a small unedited taste… you read it here first 😉

    “No…” She widened her eyes and shook her head. “I don’t want to hear it.” Her chin quivered and she backed away from them. “Babe, please, you have to listen—” Levi asserted.
    “I said NO!” she hissed.
    “Hortese, who’s scheduled for a bout tonight?” She spun around and jogged over to the banged up lockers past the boxing ring and grabbed a roll of tape. Levi moved to follow her and Drake gripped his shoulder. “Don’t.”
“There’s a few new people tonight. Didn’t recognize their names, but they haven’t arrived yet,” the manager replied.
“Yes we have,” a low voice boomed from the doorway. Drake twisted around to find six, gargantuan men in black pants and t-shirts saunter in. The epitome of bad news; all dressed in black with stone cold expressions, domineering stances and muscular physiques. Their very presence shot pangs of caution through his stomach.
“Brother,” he whispered as he studied each one from head to toe. His sergeant of arms mumbled back. “What do you want me to do, take em out?”
“Not yet, we don’t know why they’re here. See how she handles it. We’ve got her back if anything happens,” he ordered firmly. If only he believed his own words. The churning in his gut told him this was connected to the reason he came here. There was no way to know if these were the same guys that ram-sacked their clubhouse just last night, but he’d bet his patch they were.
“Who’s first?” She called out. That raspy, venomous tone was one he knew all too well. Drake glanced over to find her narrow her eyes and slowly slither the tip of her tongue across her upper lip, she was pissed, but now she was on guard too.
Sai pounded at the old CD player until the tune, Mortal Combat began. The volume blared throughout the gym, she turned back and glared at the six men. Her serpent sense of smell alone would have alerted her to something about the new arrivals he’d already suspected, the fact she cranked up her traditional kick-ass tune was the tell-all; shit was about to get real.

I already love Sai 😀 Looking forward to reading it, I know I enjoyed your first one sigh

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I also have an audio version of my Wiccan Haus story Claiming Trinity in production as we speak!

Oh that is so exciting, I loved reading their book and I am so looking forward to listening to them too.

Thank you so much for a chat, as always, it is a divine pleasure

Thank you Kali for accepting my invite, I know how busy you are. It is always a delight to chat with you.

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Thank you for joining us, I hope you enjoyed the chat and you will give Ms. Willows’ books a chance. You will not regret it, I promise.

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To keep in touch with Kali Willows and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

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Two lucky readers, chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments, will get an e-book from Ms. Willows backlist, winners’ choice. The contest is open until 3 pm EST, Monday, February 27, 2017. GOOD LUCK!!!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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My Chat with Reece Butler

Hello and welcome!

Today I have one of my fave authors I had the honor meeting in person last year at Romancing the Capital event in Ottawa. She is a riot 😀

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Please welcome Reece Butler!

Reece Butler writes character-rich ménage romance featuring hot Montana cowboys and 16th century Highland Scots.

A geeky bookworm who loved reading science fiction, she headed to university for a science degree. Discovering she disliked calculus and physics, she switched to arts. That allowed her to spend a semester in London, England (in Camden Town) before marriage and children, and a science editor day job, took over her life.

She never read a romance until she found the right antidepressant and discovered there could be a Happy Now, as well as a Happily Ever After. The first romance book she picked up, “Nobody’s Baby But Mine” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, changed her life. She invaded the local library and read romance voraciously for a year until challenged to write one herself.

When she attended her first Romance Writers of America (RWA) conference she discovered there were crazy people just like her, and she hasn’t looked back. She believes there’s no such thing as too many books, bookshelves make the perfect wallpaper, and dark chocolate is a food group.

Reece writes erotic menage stories featuring Montana cowboys and Highland Scots. She does lots of research, in person, on paper, and online. Three weeks driving 1,000 miles in Highland Scotland provided a rich background to craft her hot new historical series featuring the 16 men of Clan MacDougal. Two weeks visiting Montana ghost towns and a month working on Montana guest ranches did the same for her Bride Train and Climax, Montana cowboy series.

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Do you have a nickname?
No, the name Reece Butler is pretty short already. So am I, according to my six-foot-plus brothers and sons.

What one word best describes you?
I would like to say “joyful”, since I try to find joy in my life and to share it with others, in real life and in my books. The word that fits best is ‘bookaholic’ since I am not comfortable without a book nearby, or a paper and pen to work on one.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Intelligent wit. Also dancing wild and crazy with a tall cowboy, especially if it scandalizes those watching.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
The scent that flows from a warm ocean breeze. It reminds me of days boogie boarding with my young sons in Australia while camping there for months. A boogie board is a short surfboard you lie down on, so far easier than surfing.

Favourite place to spend time in.
All-time favourite is inside a wonderfully crafted book. If you’re talking physically, it would be a warm tropical beach, building sand castles and snorkeling. I really, really dislike being cold, which happens often as I have low blood pressure.

Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
Horror and ‘dark’ books. I am very sensitive, which is a good thing in an author as I can feel and so describe what my characters might in the. The downside is that I also sink into well-crafted books as it becomes real to me. I’ve never enjoyed being frightened, perhaps due to being worried for most of my life.

Writing! What started it?
I’ve been writing since I was six, though non-fiction, as in letters to my grandmother, essays, and work reports. I never even read a romance novel until I found the right anti-depressant. Seriously — if I couldn’t believe in being happy now, how could I believe in Happily Ever After? My life changed once my brain chemistry was balanced. I devoured romance paperbacks from the library, this was long before e-books and, after a year, was challenged to write one.

If you could choose another career what would it be?
Perpetual student. I’d love to spend my time researching whatever takes my fancy, delving into rabbit holes and skipping over what doesn’t interest me. There would be wonderful discussions with interesting people, in interesting places. Time to think, to ask questions, and to have them asked of me. This would, of course, require me to be independently wealthy.

Audiobooks! Any plans to have any of your books in audio format?
I would love it, and have approved the possibility, though the decisions are up to my publisher. I laugh here as I do not have an aural memory so would never listen to an audiobook. I’d forget what had been said two sentences later.
I love audiobooks!

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
I would like readers to think it is possible for them to find joy in their lives, no matter how difficult their past or present. It takes great courage to not only love and believe in yourself, but to realize others could love you as you really are. It’s especially difficult to love yourself if you were raised to believe you weren’t good enough, or weren’t worthy of being loved.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
My main audience is thinking women who enjoy falling in love with complex characters who, discovering they are truly loved, find the courage to face their demons.

Many of my heroes and heroines learned early that what they thought was love often brought pain, and so fear it. Yet that love was not true — it came with conditions that could not be met. Believing they are flawed, these heroes and heroines think they do not deserve to be cherished. By the end they have helped each other find the courage to accept and give unconditional love, and so discover a life of joy.

I hope readers may find a touch of that courage from reading my books, and so take steps to change their own lives. Unconditional love means being loved for yourself alone, not what you do or provide. You are loved just for being you.

What is next in your writing?
I am working toward finishing the 6th Climax, Montana (contemporary cowboy) novel, and many more in that series are planned.

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I also have three sets of 16th century MacDougal brothers to complete the Highland Ménage series. I’d love to take another trip to Scotland for further research…
Can I come too? 😀

Thank you Reece for taking time to chat with me. Looking forward to reading more of your yummy stories.

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Thank you for joining us and I hope you enjoyed the chat.

If you missed my chat with two of her hunks, Jet and Roger, check it out.

Check out the spotlight on Ms. Reece at one of my fave blogs, Mary’s Menages Reviews.

To keep in touch with Reece Butler and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😉

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To start you on the journey into her book world, one lucky reader, chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments, will get an e-book from the Climax, Montana series, winner’s choice, courtesy of Ms. Butler. The contest is open until 3 pm EST, Monday, October 17, 2016. GOOD LUCK!!!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My Chat with Marie Harte

Hello and welcome!

My guest today is another of my fave authors whose books I enjoy reading… a lot.

Please welcome Marie Harte!

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I’ve been writing as far back as I can remember. Interest in the written word, no doubt spawned by my English teacher father, continues to this day. I’m a voracious reader, gobbling everything from romance to horror to fantasy and more. I’m in love with the art of storytelling.

I majored in English from Penn State University, earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts, as well as a commission in the United States Marine Corps. Five years later, after serving as a communications officer, I left the service to focus more on family. After going through an assortment of jobs–the Marine Corps Reserve, IT representative, middle manager for a Fortune 500 transportation company–I stopped working to raise my children. During this period, I decided to stop dreaming and start seriously writing.

In December of 2004 my first story was published, and I haven’t looked back since. I currently have over a hundred titles with several publishers to include: Ellora’s Cave, Fated Desires, Loose Id, Samhain, Sourcebooks, and Totally Bound. I’ve hit both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists and am always on deadline.

I currently live in Central Oregon with my family, writing like a woman possessed and loving every second of it.

Do you have a nickname?
Slacker? Ha. Not really.

What is one word best describes you?
Driven.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Seinfeld. Every time.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
I love the smell of eucalyptus. It reminds me of Seattle, oddly enough. When living in Georgia, I’d go to visit my mother in Seattle, and I loved it there. She had this eucalyptus scent in her house, and I loved it.

Favourite place to spend time in.
A coffee shop with a book in hand.

Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
I’m not a fan of inspirational romance. I tried once, and it just did nothing for me.

Writing! What started it?
I’ve always liked entertaining myself, so as a child I’ll tell myself stories so I would never be bored.

If you could choose another career what would it be?
I’d be a doctor. I’m fascinated with what the human body is capable of and how to fix it.

Audiobooks! Any plans to have any of your books in audio format?
Yes, I do have plans. But it’s slow going. I’d like to eventually have all my titles in print, ebook, and audio.

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
That it’s okay to have fun and enjoy life and love, and that everyone deserved a second chance at happiness.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
I write for myself first of all. But any woman or man over the age of 18+ who wants to read about snarky characters ending in a happily ever after? That’s who I’m targeting.

What is next in your writing?
I’m currently gearing up to write Lou’s story. He’s the fourth Body Shop Bad boy and the last in that series. Then I’ll turn to Hope’s story. She’s a Donnigan sibling. And her hero is a character I’ve been dying to write about forever. J.T.—Del’s brother (from What to Do with a Bad Boy).

Thank you so much for taking the time from your busy schedule to chat with me.

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Thank you for joining us and hope you enjoyed the chat. You should read the facts Marie Harte shares about herself on her website… a grenade launcher? 😀

I read quite a few of her books, loved them all. First were the Storm Lords series…

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then

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also

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and

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also

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next a really good series… remember I had Anson from Served Sweet for a chat last year?

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started on this series… oh my… hawt!!!

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There are many already published in many genres and I am working my way thru them.

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Looking forward to the Body Shop Bad Boys series.

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To keep in touch with Ms. Harte and check out all her yummy books (YOU HAVE  TO CHECK THEM OUT!!!!), follow the links below.

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To start you on the journey into her book world, Ms. Harte is offering an ebook of winner’s choice from her backlist and a $5 Amazon GC.

The lucky reader will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments after 3pm EST, Monday, September 26, 2016. GOOD LUCK!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

My Chat with Mary Morgan

Hello and welcome!

Today I have a wonderful, sweet lady I met recently. How did we meet you ask?

Well… You know the new feature I started not long ago where I invite my friends for a chat with their book boyfriends, right? My friend Liz invited Alastair Colum MacKay. You can read the chat here. He intrigued me, so I read the series thinking I will pick my own book boyfriend. Let me tell you, I couldn’t pick. Soooo…. I invited the author 😀

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Please welcome Mary Morgan!

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Scottish paranormal romance author, Mary Morgan resides in Northern California, with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return.
Mary’s passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. She spent far too much time daydreaming and was told quite often to remove her head from the clouds. It wasn’t until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling–writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.

Do you have a nickname?
Yes. It’s Lori. My full name is Mary Lorine, so the nickname is a portion of my middle name.

What is one word best describes you?
Optimistic!

What makes you laugh out loud?
Hearing my grandchildren play. Their playfulness and laughter is so infectious.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Roses. It invokes warm, spring days filled with love.
I love the pics you posted the other day, beautiful roses.

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Favourite place to spend time in.
Near the woods by the ocean in Monterey.

Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
Crime thrillers. I have a difficult time reading them.

Writing! What started it?
I’ve started writing at a young age—from poems to plays. I constantly daydreamed, creating these imaginary worlds within my mind.

If you could choose another career what would it be?
History professor or archaeology.

Audiobooks! What started them?
So many readers had asked me. In addition, I love listening to stories on audio. If you have a good narrator, he/she can transport you within the pages of the book.

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
Most definitely! I believe anyone can seek redemption, if they truly want to be redeemed. I also believe in the healing power of true love.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
For anyone who wants to escape into another world—filled with history, mythology, and true love. Stories that will sweep you across time to the Highlands of Scotland and the shores of Ireland. Where warriors will fight for redemption and the women they love.

What is next in your writing?
I’ve just finished writing the fifth and final Dragon Knight’s story, so I’m keeping fingers crossed it will be out late summer. Currently, I’m working on a Christmas short story with one of the characters from the Dragon Knights series. I’ll share more in the next few months. Afterwards, a brand new series with the Fenian Warriors.

OOOOH! Fenian Warriors you say? I like the sound of that.
Thank you Mary for coming for a chat and putting up with my indecision in choosing my book boyfriend. You make it really hard, you know. I love them all. I am looking forward to reading more.

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Thank you all for joining us today and hope you enjoyed the chat.

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To keep in touch with Ms. Mary Morgan and check out her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

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You should really try the books, but I am warning you now, once you start…. you will not surface until finished. The magical words will grab you and hold you hostage.

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GIVEAWAY! One lucky reader will win a mouse pad with the cover of ‘Dragon Knight’s Shield’, Scottish pen, and swag, courtesy of Ms. Morgan.

Comments will stay open until 3pm EST, Monday, April 11, 2016. GOOD LUCK! The giveaway is open internationally.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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