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{Review} Kingdom of Thieves by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti


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Kingdom of Thieves
by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti

(Forbidden Fairytales #1)
Kindle, 396 pages
Published: May 31, 2019
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Goodreads

How to win a Princess:

1. Bring her father unspeakable amounts of wealth to enter a month-long competition.
2. Defeat all other suitors in hand-to-hand combat with your honor intact (and balls – heirs needed).
3. Be revered by every citizen in the kingdom for being a ‘hero’ amongst men. (Also known as a jackass).
4. Wear the pretty Princess on your arm while occupying her kingdom and claiming a right to the throne she isn’t allowed to sit on alone.

Aladdin doesn’t care about princesses, or much else for that matter.

The one thing he does care about? Gold.

And when he crosses paths with a traitor of the kingdom, he has a chance to get his hands on more than he ever could have dreamed of.

There’s only one rule: he can have everything in the hidden cave except a mysterious lamp.

But Aladdin doesn’t do rules. Just like he doesn’t do princesses. Although…he’s starting to change his mind on the latter.

For fans of Sarah J. Maas and Marissa Meyer, this is an Upper YA fairytale romance, an Aladdin and Rapunzel retelling with a dark twist on the original tales.


~Review~


*a copy was provided by the authors for review purposes*

So instead I swore with all my heart that I would serve him well. I would grant his wishes and fulfill his dreams and make sure that his life was filled with everything he could ever desire. He owned me, mind, body and soul. And I was his for as long as he wanted.

I love retellings, so I jumped at the chance to read this one! Kingdom of Thieves is an intriguing fairy tale mash-up impressed me in nearly every aspect. A mash-up of Aladdin and Rapunzel, something I never would have thought of but it worked perfectly and not quite how you might guess.

Keeping true to the original tale, we first meet Aladdin who is caught stealing from a noble family and while in prison he meets Cassian, a former Royal Guard, who was charged with the crime ‘gazing upon the Princess’s face.’ Lol Aladdin agrees to free Cassian with the stipulation that he leads him to a cave of great treasures. And in this this cave Aladdin finds the genie’s lamp. I bet you could guess what happens next… JK you won’t know because it’s different, a new fresh twist on Aladdin’s tale. It’s hard not to spoil it, but I wont! If you like retellings, Aladdin and Repunzel, then you’ll just have to read it!

My grip on her tightened as I ached to pull her closer. I wanted to feel her mouth on mine but her gaze flickered with fear and I stopped, a groan nearly escaping my lips as I denied my body the pleasure it craved from her.

All the characters work together, even though they each have their own agendas. Aladdin hopes to rise above his street rat status; he wants to infiltrate the the Kingdom by winning the hand of the Princess and becoming Emperor. Cassian wants to overthrow Gothel, Rapunzel’s evil stepmother because she’s poisoning the Kingdom with magic. And Rapunzel wants her the freedom she’s been longing for, she also wants to save her father from Gothel’s influence.

And then there’s Kyra, the genie, who I think is one of my favourites, she’s great, definitely a fresh take on the role of a genie! She struggles with everyday life after being trapped in the lamp for a very very long period of time. She just wants to grant the wishes of her Master Aladdin without succumbing to the insanity she feels nipping at her heels. Honestly, I can’t wait to see what the next installment has to offer, and to see more of Kyra!

”Because fear is the only thing that reminds us we’re still alive after all this time.”

I loved this twist on old classics and how original it was considering it is a retelling of two popular fairytales that otherwise aren’t related. The characters are complex and the storyline is great! I can’t wait for the next book. I highly recommend it!


~Author Bio~


Caroline PeckhamCaroline Peckham is the author of The Rise of Isaac Series and upcoming V Games Trilogy.

Caroline lives in the south-east of London with her best friend and a little rescue cat. When she’s not writing, she’s binging Netflix shows, going to the gym or at the pub pretending to be cool.

She adores her fans and loves to hear from them personally. She’d love for you to reach out to her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Twitter | Facebook | Website | Goodreads

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SUSANNE AUTHOR PHOTO2Susanne Valenti lives in Kent, England with her husband Richard and their daughter Riley and son Roman. She has two cats and has worked in animal rescue as well as the family business. She enjoys all things fictional and wants to create stories that give the reader a real sense of love, friendship and adventure with a good twist of the unknown thrown in.

Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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Happy Reading!

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Blog Tour ~ Hunt of the Gods by Amy Braun: Review + Giveaway



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Hunt of the Gods
by Amy Braun

(Areios Brothers #2)
Publication date: June 4th 2019
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Two months have passed since Derek Areios—war-scion and heir of Ares—and the band of rogue scions he’s aligned with recovered both the Thunderbolt of Zeus and the Heart of the Devourer and returned them to the Gods. During the battle, Derek discovered he could control not only the element of fire, as all war-scions can, but also the dark element “aether,” making him the only scion alive to wield two types of elemental magic.

Commanded by Zeus to retrieve the Trinity Weapons and the Shards of Cronus, Derek and the rogue scions are thwarted in their goal by a gang of water-scions with a grudge against one of the rogues—Thea, heir of Poseidon. Both groups travel to an uninhabited island to recover one of the Shards––the Eye that belonged to Cronus, King of the Titans. But what they encounter will lead them down a path of brutal betrayals, hard truths, painful memories, and desperate actions.

With angry and impatient gods breathing down his neck, a curse that allows Ares to control him, a prophecy he’s desperate to avoid, a magic spear corrupting his thoughts, and two forms of elemental magic, Derek has a lot of baggage—and a lot of power. Will the price of using that power to satisfy the Gods be too much for him to pay?

Mythological monsters, explosive magic, and devastating truths take center stage in the second novel of the action-packed AREIOS BROTHERS series from Amy Braun.

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~Review~


Hunt of the Gods is the second book in this series, and wow I am loving this series so far! I definitely liked this one way better than the first. 

Hunt of the Gods takes place two months after book one. War-scion Derek Areios and the rogue scions continue their quest to find the Trinity Weapons and the Shards of Cronus.  A LOT happens in this one,  I don’t want to give any spoilers, but if you do pick up this series you won’t be disappointed.  It was fast paced, action packed, and had great character development. The plot is clever and I LOVE all the twists. I think my favourite part was the Union of the Seas Festival, it was so unique and creative. Also, the politics among the gods was very intriguing. 

Greek mythology has always been so interesting to me, all the stories I used to be told, and have read. I loved the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, so I was soo excited when I saw this series, since I haven’t read any mythology retellings since that series was released.

I’m looking froward to reading more in this series, because OMG THE CLIFFHANGER!!! I really can’t wait for the next book!😍

I highly recommend this to those who like action-filled urban fantasy and a twist on mythology!


~Author Bio~


Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action.

When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction, and diving headfirst into danger in Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.

Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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~Giveaway~

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)

A signed copy of Hunt of the Gods (INT winner will get $20 gift card for Book Depository)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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{Review} Storm of the Gods by Amy Braun


Storm of the Gods
by Amy Braun

(Areios Brothers #1)
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published September 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads

Thirty years ago, the gods of Greek legend returned to the world. Their return restored their powers, which had been spent in a cataclysmic battle with the Titans. With the ancient deities imprisoned in Tartarus, the Olympians now reside in Néo Vasíleio, formerly known as California.

Twenty-four-year-old Derek Aerios is a war scion, a descendent of Ares, the God of War. He and his brother, eighteen-year-old Liam, capture mythological creatures and rogue scions as part of Ares’s elite military force. As he struggles to cope with his violent powers and the scars of a traumatic childhood, Derek tries to keep the two vows he has made: protect his brother, and never kill a human again.

But when Ares forces him to hunt and kill four rogue scions under Athena’s control—by threatening Liam’s life—Derek chooses to go after the scions in order to save his brother and keep his promise to himself.

Yet the closer Derek gets to the scions, the more he realizes that his orders are part of a deeper conspiracy that put him at odds with his mission and his conscience. Athena may not be the enemy, a traitor could be in their midst, and the Titans could be closer to freedom than ever before.


~Review~


I love greek mythology, This was an interesting Urban Fantasy and I really freaking enjoyed it! The book was packed full of action.

Storm of the Gods is the first in a series featuring two brothers who happen to be descendants of Ares living in a re imagined California where the Greeks gods and goddesses now rule.

There was so much depth and intrigue with the characters that I had a hard time putting it down.  The plot is fast paced and flows smoothly from one thrilling event to the next with lots adrenaline pumping suspense that builds throughout the story. There is never a dull moment to be found as the story takes readers on a complicated adventure full of exciting battles, betrayals, emotional turmoil and an extreme sense of expectation as each of the twists and turns of the story depends on life altering decisions and the whims of the gods. I highly recommend it!


~Author Bio~


Amy is a Canadian urban fantasy and horror author. Her work revolves around monsters, magic, mythology, and mayhem. She started writing in her early teens, and never stopped. She loves building unique worlds filled with fun characters and intense action.

When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, gaming, struggling with chocoholism and ice cream addiction, and diving headfirst into danger in Dungeons & Dragons campaigns.

Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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{Review} Your Chorus by Katia Rose


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Your Chorus
by Katia Rose

(Sherbrooke Station #4)
ebook, 280 pages
Published: May 1st 2019
Rating: 4.5/5 stars 

Goodreads

Spending three weeks on a bus with your boyfriend, his rock band, and their entire tour crew: possibly a bad idea.

Spending three weeks on a bus with your ex-boyfriend, his rock band, and their entire tour crew: definitely a bad idea.

But with the contract signed and the gigs all booked, Roxanne Nadeau finds herself heading out on the road as the accompanying violinist for reigning rock gods Sherbrooke Station, despite being on less than cordial terms with their bassist.

Not that the situation comes as a surprise. Roxanne and Cole’s near-constant on/off status has become a longstanding joke among their friends, and while the seven years of history between the two might suggest that resistance is futile, Roxanne’s determined to make this breakup their last.

Cole’s equally convinced he can use the opportunity to win her back for good.

Some conniving band-mates, way too many long drives, and the insanity of tour life all turn the bus into a pressure cooker that would detonate even the most stable of relationships. The explosion is inevitable; it’s how much of themselves they can salvage from the rubble that Roxanne and Cole will need to figure out.

Your Sound is part of the Sherbrooke Station Quartet, a series of steamy rock star standalones from author Katia Rose.


~Review~


*a copy was provided by the author*

Oh my god! This was everything I could have hoped for, what an end to a great series.

Your Chorus, the final story in the Sherbrooke Station Series and it was amazing. I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series, and Your Chorus topped it off as one of the best rockstar series I’ve read. As we know from the other books Cole and Roxanne have a turbulent on again, off again relationship and always have. It explains the reason behind that, although the relationship itself in the present tense it actually rather streamlined.

Cole is an extremely complex man, and he has been the one that always intrigued me. Cole has always seemed so quiet, reserved almost stoic when we have seen him throughout the other books. A man of few words; but someone who isn’t afraid to speak their mind when necessary. What we see in your chorus is a semi broken man who has an innate fear within him and is trying everything to be someone different than his father. We learn that Cole has a huge heart with a gooey center made just for Roxanne. The only thing we really knew about him was his car crash of a relationship with Roxy, and I couldn’t wait to find out what kept these two coming back to each other.

Roxanne is a violinist, someone who finds her refuge in her music, an independent woman with a lonely and sorrowful past. She see’s herself as the cause for all the bad things that happen around her and feels undeserving of the happiness she seeks.

Their story was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Raw, real and heartbreaking. I had hope that they would find each other eventually, and well Katia didn’t disappoint.

It is a sad story. And I don’t think I could have anticipated a better end to a series. This band is just so special and their stories are magnificent.  I’m sad to see it go but so very excited to see what this author comes up with next! I highly recommend it.


Your Rhythm | Review

Your Echo | Review

Your Sound | Review

Your Chorus | Review


~Author Bio~


Katia Rose is not much of a Pina Colada person, but she does like getting caught in the rain. She prefers her romance served steamy with a side of smart, and is a sucker for quirky characters. A habit of jetting off to distant countries means she’s rarely in one place for very long, but she calls the frigid northland that is Canada home.

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{Review} Eternal Love by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti


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Eternal Love
by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti

(Age of Vampires, #7)
Kindle, 435 pages
Published May 13, 2019
Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads

The holy mountain awaits.

As Callie and Montana take their fated path toward finishing the curse, they must rely on the courage of their friends to help them reach it before their enemies catch up.

It’s time to pay the debt. But are they ready to face the price?


~Review~


*a copy was provided by the author*

“And I still love you with the fierceness of a thousand suns.”

What an epic finale. This final book was so memorable and gut-wrenching, and did not disappoint. I absolutely love the infusion of Viking lore and the way this series is wrapped up is perfect; it was everything I had hoped for and so much more.

Eternal Love is the seventh book in the Age of Vampires series and it was addicting, I read it in one sitting. So many ups and downs, I was gripped from start to finish and what a finish indeed! It was an action packed emotional roller coaster that I’m still trying to recover from! 

Callie and Montana take their fated path toward finishing the curse but they can’t do it alone. They must rely on the courage of their friends to help them reach it before their enemies catch up. It’s time to pay the debt.

“You were everything I ever wanted.”
“And you were too good for me. Too good for this to be your end.”

So many things have happened since the first novel, and these characters have grown so much and the character development in Eternal Love had such a huge impact on the story. Some people changed and some people finally accepted their true feelings. I loved reading about them and I loved the ending that they got.  This whole story-line is so unique, and the creativity behind the characters and the plot is just great! I’m going to miss these characters SOOO MUCH!

These books have definitely become one of my favorites of the year! So gut-wrenching, beautiful, action-filled, suspenseful and epic! I highly recommend I this series. You WILL be hooked from book one, and it WILL be a sad ending, because these characters are truly amazing. Such a bittersweet ending.

IM SOOOO SAD THIS IS THE END. BUT I’m looking forward to Caroline and Susanne’s next series… which they’ve just announced on their FB. ALSO, I just want to say how amazing these authors are… I mean 7 books in just 3 months is pretty frickin amazing! They sure know how to write a story and especially know how to keep people hanging in suspense for the next book!


Eternal Reign | Review | Goodreads

Eternal Shade | Review | Goodreads

Eternal Curse | Review | Goodreads

Eternal Vow | Review | Goodreads

Eternal Night | Review| Goodreads

Eternal Storm | Review |Goodreads

Eternal Love | Review| Goodreads


~Author Bio~


Caroline PeckhamCaroline Peckham is the author of The Rise of Isaac Series and upcoming V Games Trilogy.

Caroline lives in the south-east of London with her best friend and a little rescue cat. When she’s not writing, she’s binging Netflix shows, going to the gym or at the pub pretending to be cool.

She adores her fans and loves to hear from them personally. She’d love for you to reach out to her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Twitter | Facebook | Website | Goodreads

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SUSANNE AUTHOR PHOTO2Susanne Valenti lives in Kent, England with her husband Richard and their daughter Riley and son Roman. She has two cats and has worked in animal rescue as well as the family business. She enjoys all things fictional and wants to create stories that give the reader a real sense of love, friendship and adventure with a good twist of the unknown thrown in.

Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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{Review} Eternal Storm by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti


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Eternal Storm
by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti

(Age of Vampires, #6)
Kindle, 514 pages
Published April 25, 2019
Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads

A dark storm draws closer as Erik and Magnar are lost to the hands of the new queen.

Callie and Montana race south in a desperate bid to reach the holy mountain to break the curse, but with Valentina hot on their heels, it’s only a matter of time before she catches up.

Can the twins find a way to overcome the trials that are thrown their way? Or will the gods prevail once and for all…

The series will conclude in Book 7, Eternal Love.

WARNING: this is upper YA with sex scenes, battles and mild peril.


~Review~


*a copy was provided by the author*

“We’ve done too many wrongs against each other. We’re enemies. And that’s always the way it’s going to be.”

Just when you think nothing else terrible can happen it does! The characters continue to surprise me and the way they have grouped together prove a formidable force. I love these characters, the trials and struggles. I don’t want to stay too much…but these ladies really know how to leave the reader hanging with endings that you would never ever see coming.

Eternal Storm is the sixth book in the Age of Vampires series and it was addicting, I read it in one sitting. The twists and turns that Caroline and Suanne create are so mind blowing. 

“I was his.”
“He was mine.”
“And the idea of losing him made e feel as weak as if a thousand suns were beating down on my back.”

Erik and Magnar are trapped within the hands of the new queen, Valentina, while their loved ones will stop to no end to get revenge. While Callie and Montanna desperately race south to reach the holy mountain to break the curse but Valentina is hot on their heels. The sisters must overcome the trails that are thrown in their way and save the men they love before it’s too late.

This book was a bit less action filled and slower compared to the other books. I enjoyed how the characters were able to have fun and time to themselves even for one night before being thrown back into their never-ending chaos!

“Angelica,” Valentina addressed her, smoothing down the creases in her jumpsuit. “Any more word from the base?”
“No,” Angelica answered. “I tried calling but there was no answer.”

This whole story-line is so unique, and the creativity behind the characters and the plot is just great! So much has happened since the first novel, and these characters have grown so much. That’s why I’ve really been loving Caroline’s books, they’re so different and unique, she is definitely an author to look out for! I’ve never read anything from Susanne, other than this series so far, but I’m looking forward to more from her. 

This series is something to look out for… SERIOUSLY. You will be hooked from book one, and its hold on you until the very end. That cliff-hangar, got me so shook. These books truly have the most intense cliffhangers! This book was so heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time!! I highly recommend it!  

And I’m sooo happy that I just (May 9) started reading the 7th book, Eternal Love, review soon!! 


Eternal Reign | Review | Goodreads

Eternal Shade | Review | Goodreads

Eternal Curse | Review | Goodreads

Eternal Vow | Review | Goodreads

Eternal Night | Review| Goodreads

Eternal Storm | Review |Goodreads

Eternal Love | Review| Goodreads


~Author Bio~


Caroline PeckhamCaroline Peckham is the author of The Rise of Isaac Series and upcoming V Games Trilogy.

Caroline lives in the south-east of London with her best friend and a little rescue cat. When she’s not writing, she’s binging Netflix shows, going to the gym or at the pub pretending to be cool.

She adores her fans and loves to hear from them personally. She’d love for you to reach out to her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Twitter | Facebook | Website | Goodreads

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SUSANNE AUTHOR PHOTO2Susanne Valenti lives in Kent, England with her husband Richard and their daughter Riley and son Roman. She has two cats and has worked in animal rescue as well as the family business. She enjoys all things fictional and wants to create stories that give the reader a real sense of love, friendship and adventure with a good twist of the unknown thrown in.

Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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{Review} Eternal Night by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti


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Eternal Night
by Caroline Peckham & Susanne Valenti

(Age of Vampires, #5)
Kindle, 405 pages
Published April 19, 2019
Rating: 4/5 stars

Goodreads

When Montana wakes to an impossible reality she isn’t remotely prepared for, Erik seeks to make the transition as easy as possible for her.

Callie struggles with the terrifying decision she made for her sister and fears what will happen as she and the slayers make their way onto Erik’s estate to meet with her.

But while the fragile alliance between the slayers and the vampire royals is barely holding together, they are forced to unite against a common enemy. Valentina is taking to the streets, causing havoc in the city. And it seems the gods are helping her to do the unthinkable and rise to power over the New Empire…


~Review~


*a copy was provided by the author*

Just when you think nothing else terrible can happen it does! The characters continue to surprise me and the way they have grouped together prove a formidable force. We continue to get more information fed to us from the past which helps puts everything together with the present situation.

Eternal Night is the fifth book in the Age of Vampires series and it is seriously just getting more action packed, more intense. The twists and turns that Caroline and Suanne create are so mind blowing.  This novel was addicting, I read it in one sitting.

The first half of the book saw the Belvederes and Slayers united in their hatred of the gods. With over a thousand years of resentment simmering beneath the surface however, it’s easier said than done to put their animosity aside. As a result there were some genuine laugh out loud moments which I thought were a stroke of genius on the writers part.

This novel contained some of the most epic battle scenes.  This whole story-line is so unique, and the creativity behind the characters and the plot is just great! So much has happened since the first novel, and these characters have grown so much. That’s why I’ve really been loving Caroline’s books, they’re so different and unique, she is definitely an author to look out for! I’ve never read anything from Susanne, other than this series so far, but I’m looking forward to more from her. 

This series is something to look out for… SERIOUSLY. You will be hooked from book one, and its hold on you until the very end. That cliff-hangar, got me so shook. I’m sooo looking forward to book 6, Eternal Storrn. I WANT MORE!!! haha There are six books planned but with a recent message from the authors they’re planning a 7th book! (List of books in the series below) I highly recommend it!  


Eternal Reign | Review | Goodreads

Eternal Shade | Review | Goodreads

Eternal Curse | Review | Goodreads

Eternal Vow | Review | Goodreads

Eternal Night | Review| Goodreads

Eternal Storm | Review|Goodreads

Eternal Love | Review| Goodreads


~Author Bio~


Caroline PeckhamCaroline Peckham is the author of The Rise of Isaac Series and upcoming V Games Trilogy.

Caroline lives in the south-east of London with her best friend and a little rescue cat. When she’s not writing, she’s binging Netflix shows, going to the gym or at the pub pretending to be cool.

She adores her fans and loves to hear from them personally. She’d love for you to reach out to her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Twitter | Facebook | Website | Goodreads

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SUSANNE AUTHOR PHOTO2Susanne Valenti lives in Kent, England with her husband Richard and their daughter Riley and son Roman. She has two cats and has worked in animal rescue as well as the family business. She enjoys all things fictional and wants to create stories that give the reader a real sense of love, friendship and adventure with a good twist of the unknown thrown in.

Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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