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{Review} The Outcasts – The Blood Dagger: Vol 1 by Misty Hayes


37540129The Outcasts – The Blood Dagger: Vol 1 by Misty Hayes

Kindle Edition, 283 pages

Published December 15th 2017 (first published December 5th 2017)

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~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Mystical relics.
Powerful vampires.
Strange allies.

It’s hell being a teenager.

Larna Collins has never understood why her dad skipped out on her and her mother when she was twelve years old. Until then, he was a devoted and loving father.

But six years later, during a renovation of her childhood home, she unearths her father’s journal from under a dusty floorboard. According to his final entry before he left, he had recently visited a small parish in England.

The entries draw her to this seemingly quaint village, which Larna discovers isn’t as charming as its blood-craving inhabitants want her to believe, and she learns that she isn’t the only one trying to track her father down.

Could this explain her father’s disappearance? Or was placing her in the center of danger her dad’s master plan all along?

~Review~

*a copy was provided by the author*

Not what I expected! I’m actually really surprised with this one! This is the first Misty Hayes book that I have read.  I loved it. I am looking forward to the next book.

Larna Collins is on a search for her father, who went disappeared when she was just twelve years old.  Her search brings her to Bromham, London.  Larna quickly learns that there is more to her father’s disappearance than she thought.

The book is action packed to the brim leaving you on edge the whole time. It’s one of those books that you can never get bored of because there’s always something happening that’s relevant to the story, and with all the secrets you’ll find throughout the chapters it keeps you hooked until the very last one.

The Outcasts holds a huge twist that I don’t want to spoil, but it’s full of secrets, betrayal, action, and love. I really like Larna’s character and feel terrible for the bullying she’s suffered from. I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Misty HayesMisty Hayes has always had a thing for escaping headfirst into fantastical books. This is what led her to start writing her own adventures down. As someone who has spent a long career in law enforcement, Misty has a love for strong female protagonists. She also directs short films and claims to have been bitten by the traveling bug (not to be mistaken for a radioactive spider).

When Misty isn’t filming or roaming the planet, or diving into another novel, she’s spending time at home in Texas with her myriad of nieces and nephews in tow.

The Blood Dagger Series is a high-octane Young Adult Paranormal trilogy.

Follow Misty for more information on her series.

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Blog Tour ~ The Fireproof Girl by Loretta Lost: Review + Giveaway!


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The Fireproof Girl by Loretta Lost

(Sophie Shields, #1)

Publication date: September 29th 2016

Genres: Mystery, New Adult, Romance ~

~Rating: 4/5 Stars~

Abandoned at birth, Sophie Shields grew up in abusive foster homes, escaping into books and computers for solace. When the constant danger became too much to bear, she ran away, thinking she could survive on her hacking skills alone.

That was until she met Cole Hunter. He became the only person she could trust: her family, her friend, her partner-in-crime. Her everything. After struggling through college and starting their lives together, she believed that nothing could ever tear them apart.

Until it did.

And she’ll do everything in her power to fix what is broken. If it isn’t too late…

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When Cole was nine years old, he watched his whole family burn to death in a house fire. Fueled by years of obsession, he started one of the world’s leading architectural firms, with a mission to design homes resistant to fire, earthquakes, floods, and every threat known to man.

Sophie was his secret weapon. She was his purpose. Since they were teenagers, he was determined to build a better life for her, so she could finally be safe, and they could be together.

But disaster has always followed Cole around, ripping away everything he loves. This time, if he isn’t careful…

His enemies might just take him down.

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~Review~

The Fireproof Girl is the story of Sophie Shield and Cole Hunter. Sophie, is a CIA agent and an excellent code breaker, who lives in Washington DC with her boyfriend Zachary. One day she reads in the newspaper that, Cole, another homeless child, adopted by same foster parents as hers, who she has not met in years, is dead. She decides go back to California where, Cole lived to find out who his murderer is. Through Sophie’s perspective we get to see her on a journey of searching for clues surrounding Cole’s death and who shot him. I really liked the dual perspectives between Sophie and Cole. Sophie’s side of the story was told in present day (2016) while Cole’s side dealt with their past (2003) and how it’s has contributed to their present. Both were broken children who grew up to be broken adults. In the beginning you know that Sophie has a problem with commitment and you slowly find out why. I felt the author did a pretty good job of weaving the backstory for both Sophie/Scarlett and Cole. 

The story was compelling, interesting, disturbing, intense and I loved it. The plot was interesting it was full of twists. You don’t really know what is going on. The story will keep you guessing. It’s really fun to follow Sophie through the past and present with unexpected events unfolding.

If you like mystery, suspense and a bit of romance. This is the book for you. I don’t usually read mystery type books, but I’m can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.  I highly recommend it.

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~Author Bio~

USA Today bestselling author Loretta Lost writes to experience all the love and excitement that can often be lacking from real life. She finds it therapeutic to explore her issues through the eyes of a different person. She hopes to have a family someday, but until then her characters will do nicely.

Follow @loretta.lost on Instagram for cute photos of her cat reading books. He refuses to cooperate unless they are really good books.

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{Review} Artemis by Andy Weir


34928122Artemis by Andy Weir

Hardcover,  305 pages

Published November 14th 2017 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

~Review~

This is my first I’ve read by Andy Weir. Honestly, I didn’t think I would like it, but it surprised me. I just realized that he wrote The Martian, as well, I had no idea that it was a book! I loved the movie! 

Artemis is based on the moon, and instead of a story of survival, what we have here is more of a caper-style plot with a female protagonist, Jazz Bashara. Jazz Bashara is a smuggler of harmless contraband on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon that’s mostly populated by the super wealthy and tourists on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. After all, she’s got bills to pay and her job as a porter barely covers the rent. She changes her tune when she’s offered the opportunity to make a fortune by pulling off a seemingly perfect (and impossible) crime. Before Jazz knows it, she’s walked straight into a conspiracy for control of the city and that her only chance of living relies on a plan that’s even riskier than the first. The get-rich-quick-scheme involves the sabotage of company Sanchez Aluminium – who happen to play a part in supplying Artemis with oxygen.

What could possibly go wrong?

A lot.

Jazz isn’t the typical hero, she is, after all, trying to bankrupt a company for her personal gain and that of a wealthy friend of hers, yet she has loads of endearing qualities and is a likable and feisty character perfectly portrayed by narrator Rosario Dawson. Her character was so fun, and it was great to have a woman of colour as the main protagonist in a science fiction novel. Whilst she does not practice Islam, we see elements of the religion through her father. I loved that Jazz was just so confident in herself and didn’t worry about others judging her, and she was a great, witty narrator. Even though she was living in relative poverty, at least in comparison to many of the Moon’s citizens, it really felt like she was making the most of what she had, and was so determined to reach her goal.

Overall, Artemis by Andy Weir is  a quick and addicting read that you want to savor for as long as you can. I can’t wait to read more of his books! I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

ANDY WEIR built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, THE MARTIAN, allowed him to live out his dream of writing fulltime. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California. Andy’s next book, ARTEMIS, is available now

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{Review} Caraval by Stephanie Garber


27883214Caraval by Stephanie Garber 

Hardcover, 407 pages

Published January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~

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Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

~Review~

“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find yourself to magic in this world.”

I fell in love with this book from day one when I read the premise, and I definitely was not disappointed when actually reading the book. Talk about some amazing world-building! It was even more incredible than I could have ever hoped for it to be.

From the very first page up until the last, there was never a dull moment while reading Caraval. It was just an enigma wrapped in magic and deception. One minute you think you have the story and the characters all figured out, the next minute the storyline takes you on a completely different direction! There were just so many twists, turns, and puzzles that every page leaves you hanging at the edge of your seat.

“It looked like a storybook come to life. She peered down at bright pointy rooftops, moss-covered towers, gingerbread cottages, gleaming gold bridges, blue-brick streets, and bubbling fountains, all lit by candled lamps that hung everywhere, giving an appearance of time that was neither day nor night.”

Caraval is a magical game that is played once a year. Not everyone can go, but the lucky ones are sent tickets, and once they arrive they are able to choose if they’d like to watch the game or actually play the game. The story follows two sisters voyage to Isla de los Sueños, after being invited to attend this years Caraval. Here, a mystery must be solved, but as every participant has been told repeatedly- It´s only a game! 

Scarlett and Donatella had a beautiful sibling dynamic, the protectiveness they tend to develop when they are left to fend for themselves. Oh and who doesn’t absolutely love the added touch of an abusively powerful father and absent mother. While this book had all the elements to create the perfect heroine, this is where it came up short. Between perfectly placed opportunities, scarlet could have been the ideal character, abused but strong, loving yet un-trusting of the world, and ultimately surprising. But she just wasn’t. I mean yes I did like her, but I could have loved her you see. Between being indecisive and uncertain, she seemed to keep emphasizing a very false sense of caution. I mean if you were so worried about your sister getting lost in the caraval, why whisp away time playing into their hands. I mean yes, if a person is only mildly concerned, they will fret and then go on about whatever they were doing, but when you suspect her life may be in danger, wouldn’t you be tearing the world in two to find them?
I think mainly Scarlett’s bravery seemed slightly more exaggerated than the reality of her actions. She wasn’t the heroine I usually adore, but I did like her very much though.

“Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether. Elusive, difficult to hold onto. But not much is needed.”

Although Caraval didn’t really feel like it took place in a circus/carnival like I was hoping it would, the world building was still very mystical. Clues and objects are paid in your deepest secrets, greatest fear, or even days of your life. There are tunnels that drive you mad and make you question what is real and what is simply part of the game. Caraval was just full of so many surprises that’ll keep you turning the page. I had so many theories right from the very beginning that kept changing and evolving as the story progressed. I was so immersed in trying to crack the big mystery that was Caraval and Legend. Remember that it’s just a game. But is it really? 😉 This book will definitely leave you with more questions than answers in the end so prepare to be mind blown!

I definitely can’t wait for book two because something tells me that Stephanie has more tricks and magic up her sleeve for her readers! 🙂 I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Stephanie Garber

Stephanie Garber grew up in northern California, where she was oftem compared to Anne Shirley, Jo March and other fictional characters with wild imaginations and stubborn streaks. When she’s not writing, Stephanie teaches creative writing and dreams of her next adventure. Legend has yet to send her a ticket to Caraval.

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{Review} Deep by Kylie Scott


18461986Deep by Kylie Scott

Paperback, 270 pages

Published March 31st 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin (first published March 10th 2015)

 ~Rating: 5/5 stars~ 

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Don’t miss a beat with the fourth and final novel in the USA Today bestselling Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott.

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins’ ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben’s the only man she’s ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn’t looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She’s his best friend’s little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he’s not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he’s always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible… but will it lead to a connection of the heart?

~Review~

“My heart had made its decision and there was no going back. Still, it was hard not to be all bitter and betrayed over his announcement. I didn’t even have the luxury of being able to get blind rotten drunk. And believe me, dealing with all this sober sucked.” 

The Stage Dive series is unique, sexy and mind-blowing stories that will rock your bookish world and Deep is definitely going to make you scream for more.

Deep is the story of Ben Nicholson, the bass player for Stage Dive, and Lizzy Rollins, sister of Anne Rollins and sister-in-law of Mal. Their love story is a difficult one. There’s an eight year difference between Ben and Lizzy and Mal and Anne are making the impossible to make sure these two don’t get together. Basically, because they know Ben and his history with girls and his refusal to have a serious relationship.

“Ben, I don’t want to take your freedom. I just want a place in your world. An important one.”
He craned his neck, tipping my chin up to make me look at him at the same time. “Sweetheart, you’ve been important since day one.”

Deep starts different from the other three books and it was a pleasant surprise. It starts in the present, having dinner with all the Stage Dive members and their wives and girlfriends, and with Lizzie getting some news she was not prepared to receive and that will connect her with Ben even more than she realized. But when all is discovered and things seem to start going down, we get a rewind and see how it all started from the beginning. This will give as the chance to see Mal and Anne’s moments from Play through Lizzy’s eyes at the same time we get to read about how her relationship with the Stage Dive bassist started. It’s like having two stories in one, guys! And it’s simply amazing to know what it’s going to happen at least with one of those stories.

“You can have my time, and you can have my attention,” he said, words slow and deliberate. “Sweetheart, you can have whatever the fuck you want, I promise. Whatever you need. No more holding back, no more fear. And if you still feel you have to get on that plane tonight, then we’re doing it together.” 

So when Mal and Anne head to Vegas – one night turns into a life time for Lizzy and Ben when a few months later two little lines pop up on the pregnancy test. But just how did these two end up between the sheets? Was this a one-night stand? A drunken mistake – or something much larger than either of them were willing to admit?

“Why are you here?” I reached back behind my head and grabbed his wrists, stilling him. “Ben?”
“Because apparently I’m shit at staying away from you.”
“Then I guess we have a problem.” Our fingers meshed, holding on tight.
“That’s putting it fucking mildly.” 

We find out just what happens over a flashback to where it all started. The moment when Lizzy realizes her crush on Ben and Ben is given strict orders by Mal, Hands-Off! But a little flirting and a friendship all leads them to the one night that is going to change everything for them both. But with Stage Dive ready to tour and Ben unable to see his life outside of his band and his own freedom, Lizzy is going to have a long road ahead of herself if she wants to get the HEA she wants so badly.

I loved this. I thought it was a perfect end to the series. I highly recommend this book and this series!

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~Author Bio~

Kylie ScottKylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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{Review} Lead by Kylie Scott


19286623Lead by Kylie Scott

Paperback, 305 pages

Published November 25th 2014 by St. Martin’s Griffin (first published July 29th 2014)

 ~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~

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Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it’s booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.

Lena’s not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.

~Review~

OhmyGawwwd! Lead is the book three in Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series. I can’t even express how much I love the series! All the characters are amazing and each story is unique with their own way! In the beginning my favorite character was David, then Mal and now OMG this guy, *sigh* He won me over!

This book is about David’s brother Jimmy Ferris.The lead singer for Stage Dive.I knew from the beginning that this book will be different. I mean Jimmy isn’t like the other boys. He’s a difficult man to understand. He comes full of baggage. Spoiled, vain, and sensitive, the way he manages his issues changed when Lena Morrissey came into his life as his personal live-in assistant. Lena is a different girl. She doesn’t put up with Jimmy’s crap, thus they were like a cat and a dog who are always at clash with each other. But because they seriously have this strange connection between them and a chemistry that is so apparent, Lena slowly became infatuated with him. However, relationship is not in Jimmy’s vocabulary so she has to hide her feelings.

“Whatever he might be, Jimmy Ferris was special and complicated, beautiful and beastly, all rolled into one.”

This book was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. I absolutely loved the fact that Jimmy and Lena did not necessarily get along at first. I loved how their relationship had no insta-love. The build-up was done so well and it was packed with sexual tension and frustration. I especially loved their banters and those parts where Jimmy tried so hard to control his jealousy each time Lena is with another guy. You can expect to find a push and pull kind of romance here which I found really entertaining. It was hilarious. Here you have this egotistical rock star who is used to getting whatever he wants. You throw in an assistant who not only does not put up with his crap but she throws some right back at him and you have a wonderful recipe for hilarity and crazy antics. Admittedly this book was a lot more toned down that Mal’s book (Play); however, the band’s drummer wins the demented and unbalanced award hands down every time so a tamer book was to be expected. But that does not negate the fact that Lena and Jimmy had their own brand of funny.

“So, Lena, darling, tell me, for curiosity’s sake. When do you put out?”

I stepped closer, going toe to toe with him. He got worried then, the dimples disappearing and his forehead creasing. So he fucking should.

“Jimmy, my love,” I said, my voice soft and sweet. “I don’t fuck a guy until he has the balls to actually man up and talk to me about his feelings.”

This series just keeps getting better and better. The only thing that would’ve made this book better is if there were a couple of chapters told in Jimmy’s POV. But otherwise, it was PERFECT. I highly recommend this book and this series!

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~Author Bio~

Kylie ScottKylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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{Review} Something of Substance by Tia Souders


38397420Something of Substance by Tia Souders

Paperback, 301 pages
Expected publication: March 28th 2018

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~Rating: 3/5 stars~

Seventeen-year-old Grace Michaels is determined to be thin, even if she dies trying.

Part of the in-crowd at Providence High, she is steps away from being asked out by the most desired guy at school, winning a prom queen nomination, and her parents’ approval. If she can just get skinny enough, be pretty enough, and popular enough.

But Grace is thin on the outside and fat on the inside. No amount of weight-loss ever seems enough. Convinced the melting pounds will solve her problems, every pound lost brings her closer to her goals. But flesh and bone can only hide the weight of her secret for so long.

Fans of the emotional and thought-provoking contemporary YA fiction, such as Before I Fall, Tell Me Three Things, and All The Bright Places will fall in love with Souder’s heart-wrenching novel, SOMETHING OF SUBSTANCE.

~Review~

Hmmm.. I don’t know what to say…. First off, I didn’t really finish this book, I took me about a month to read 15% of it… and I struggled to read 80% of it…. The first couple of chapters I had to push myself to continue. So much was focused on the food and calorie count, almost a droning on of her inner dialogue…..sooo on that note.

Something of Substance by Tia Souders is a novel that tells the story of a young girl who suffers from anorexia nervosa. Therefore, let me start off by saying that some people who read this book might be triggered to take up the habits and goals that the main character shares in order to lose weight. If this pertains to you, I would not recommend reading this novel and I would also recommend talking to someone you trust about getting help. However, let me also preface this review by saying that the consequences of Grace’s eating disorder are also very clearly spelled out in this book. She faces life-threatening consequences of anorexia which provide a real look at what happens to your body when you’re suffering from this disease.

Anywasy, like I said, this book follows the story of Grace, a seventeen-year-old high schooler that was heavier last year, but after a summer ‘fat’-camp is now finally at her goal weight, and part of the in-crowd at school. She is convinced that she needs to up her game to be more popular, catch the eye of the hot guy in school, and finally get the attention she so craves from her parents, she decides losing more weight is the way to go. The more she loses, the more in control she feels. Sadly, she loses sight of how out of control everything around her is falling.

I struggled reading Grace’s story, even shedding a tear somewhere in there, but I felt compelled to power on and see where this book would take me.

On the romance side of this book, very early on in I figured out who the real hero and love interest would be. And he is AMAZING! It just comes to show how important it is to love someone that is your closest friend. Jake is so admirable and he has all the traits a girl could possibly want in a guy. After all those years of her rejecting him, he STILL was loyal to Grace. Or should I say “Gracie?”…

Anyways….

I’ll be sure to look out for more by Miss Souders.

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~Author Bio~

Tia SoudersTia Souders is the author of bestselling women’s fiction novel, Waiting On Hope and the upcoming award-winning young adult novel Better Than This (formerly titled Freedom Road). When she isn’t writing, she’s likely renovating their century home. She’s a wine-loving, coffeeholic, with a sweet tooth and resides on a farm in rural Ohio with her husband and children.

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