ICYMI Author Spotlight: Tammy Farrell!

Review: No Breaking My Heart by Kate Angell!

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*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
This was my first book by Kate Angell and I fell madly in love with her! I know, I know, this is the 5th book in this series and I admit, I was scared to read it at first. I HATE starting series in the middle (who doesn’t?) but I heard that it could be read as a standalone so I dived in without a second thought and I don’t regret it one bit!
This series follows different characters in each book but the place stays the same. In this one we follow Alyn, an antique lover who is experiencing the negative consequences of trusting people, and Halo Todd, a cocky and famous pro baseball player in the middle of getting his life together.
My respect for Alyn grew to immense proportions throughout the story. She wasn’t incoherent at the first sight of a pretty face (Halo) and she stood up for herself constantly. Her self-respect was off the charts and it made me proud of her. Which made being in her head an amazing experience.
Halo’s character was also interesting to follow. He was kind-hearted even when everything about him screamed the opposite. I would’ve loved to had witnessed his development a little earlier though. We come into his life in the middle of his development and it made it hard to compare his progress since there was nothing to compare it to. There was only talk of who he used to be but I prefer to witness it myself and I didn’t get to. Anyway, it didn’t make me love him any less so it didn’t ruin my reading experience whatsoever.
These two meet in the most unique way I’ve seen yet and their interactions had me laughing harder and harder the further I got into their story. I loved seeing them together and my heart ached at their adorableness. It was incredibly obvious that they belonged together from the very beginning but, fortunately, the pacing wasn’t rushed. I also loved that these characters did things together that I haven’t seen other characters do yet. It made their story unique and unforgettable.
There were so many unique characters other than these two, and a pet in a situation I haven’t seen another author tackle yet. I loved how that very situation helped the characters bond easier. He was his own character in his own right and I loved how his spotlight wasn’t dimmed just because he was an animal.
Besides Alyn and Halo, we not only get a view into their relationship but also into his best friend, Landon’s, love life. It helped me build more connections with characters and that’s never a bad thing.
This story had an insane and perfect amount of steaminess and cuteness. I can’t even begin to tell you how steamy… It was almost 35778 degrees in the city I live in and this book made the heat even worse. Not that I’m complaining, of course.
My cheeks hurt like nobody’s business since I was a smiling lunatic from cover to cover. I loved the family dynamic between our main characters plus the baseball players. It made me wish with all my being to be a part of the family. I felt a little left out… We got to see a soft side of most of the players (double meaning there) and I loved every second of it. It’s always a plus when we see more than meets the eye.
This book was incredibly hard to put down, so I didn’t even try. Every second I wasn’t reading, my mind was thinking about it. It goes without saying that I am now obsessed with this series. I NEED to read the rest of the books since I can hear them screaming my name. I not only fell in love with the characters but with the atmosphere as well and I can’t wait to experience more of it!

4/5 stars!

 

Review: The Unraveling of Us by M.L. Gardner

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
This was my first by M.L. Gardner and I really enjoyed it. We follow a married couple, Phillip and Stephanie, as they struggle with their relationship and their daughter’s life choices.
Phillip wants to work it out with Stephanie but she’s having second thoughts about everything. My heart went out to him over and over again. He didn’t deserve to be treated the way Stephanie was treating him. I understand he made some mistakes but nothing was worth making him into a target.
As you can probably tell, I wasn’t a fan of Stephanie. I felt like her mood swings were no different than a teenager’s and it wasn’t ideal to witness on a mother. My opinion of her didn’t really change until the last part of the book but it wasn’t a complete 180 either. I didn’t want to strangle her anymore so I took it as a plus.
This story deals with a handful of dark topics and it was rough witnessing everything play out. The situation was awful but I couldn’t form a connection to any of the characters so it made it less impacting.
The timeline and writing was a little rocky. I kept getting confused on what was the present and what was the past until some certain detail made it clear. I felt like the past events could’ve been spaced out throughout the story instead of giving it to us all at once. And for the writing, there were so many short sentences that I felt like I was reading a list most of the time. Anyway, that’s just my opinion.
The second half of the book was easier to get through and I liked that ending a lot.

3/5 stars.

Review and Q & A: The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel!

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

“It’s hard not to fall in love with the only blanket in winter.”

This book was a massive blow to my existence. It sucked me dry from everything that was good in me and left me with all the bad. I had to take a weekend off reading to try and let my body heal from what this story did to me. I cried nonstop from the last half of the book throughout the entire weekend after it. I was on a mission to watch everything and anything funny but it didn’t work at all. This book sits heavy on my shoulders, and on my soul. What makes this even more unbelievable to process was that this is a debut novel. Tiffany’s writing, in my opinion, is too sophisticated to be considered one. The imagery she uses in this novel was outstanding. I felt like I was physically in the middle of the small town of Breathed, thanks to the wonderful talent of Tiffany’s. Every single word on the page had it’s own remarkable purpose and I saw so many double meanings, it was insane.
We follow our main character, Fielding, a 13-year-old boy as he reminisces about “The Summer that Melted Everything.” We follow him as he meets an African American boy his age, who claims to be the Devil, named Sal. We are left to witness everything that tore their innocence too early into their lives. The conversations they had, especially Sal, were so incredible and deep for boys. I can’t even begin to count the amount of quotes I highlighted while reading. I wrote down quite a few and that’s saying something since I only write one or two for reviews. The events that these beautiful boys had to go through were impossible to stomach. I wanted to look away so bad and let my mind go to a happy place, but unfortunately, this wasn’t a movie. We witness a small town that is completely changed… all because of the unexpected presence of a 13-year-old boy.

“Why, upon hearing the word devil, did I just imagine the monster?… A foolish mistake, it is, to expect the beast, because sometimes, sometimes, it is the flower’s turn to own the name.”

The premise to this novel is THE most unique thing I have ever read. I knew I was in for quite a story but I never knew just how morbid and comfortless the story line was. I have been bent and broken to an overwhelming capacity before but I usually find something in the story to smile about and be happy of a positive outcome. I bounce back. But this one… It made me give up a huge part of me. This book was so heavy, I was actually suffocating under it. Unlike the other stories, I have no reason to smile after this. This book makes you explore the darkest corners of your mind and I couldn’t get out of it no matter how hard I tried. I should’ve known since the story was ominous from the very beginning.
This story was brutal, blunt, gruesome, and delivered an array of incredibly powerful messages. The blows never stopped coming and we get to see just how far some people would go to outrun their darkness. The most terrifying thing about this story, and there are A LOT, is the fact that these things DO happen and have happened in real life. There’s no way to escape it unless the individuals actually try to, and in the end, we’re left witnessing the consequences when they choose not to. It makes you feel completely and utterly helpless.

“Yes. Breathed was the scar of paradise lost, and beneath the flour-and-butter drawl, there was the town’s own fort of sibilant hiss on the wind, which made you quiet and made you sense snakes.”

The only thing I have on the con category was that it was a little slow to get into. But my god, how I wish that would’ve been a problem throughout the entire story so I could’ve saved myself so much grief and heartache. But instead I had to go out and fall in love with the characters in need of falling in love with and detesting the characters that needed detesting. I had to go out and care infinitely about their success and failures only to be torn to shreds when it didn’t go my-their- way. Every single character was well thought out and felt as real as me. I grew to appreciate every single one of them, no matter how horrible I found them to be.
This is the first time where I’m having second thoughts about recommending a book like this. I want to recommend it until my last breath but then I would have to deal with the fact that I just told someone to experience the same thing that completely drained me for days after it. If you’re in a dark place in life, I suggest you put this on hold until you’re able to dive in without the worry of being destroyed beyond recognition. I am scared beyond belief of what else Tiffany has to offer but that won’t stop me from reading it all. I have been turned into a massive fan of Tiffany’s and I am forever grateful for been given the opportunity to be.

“I am not the ruler of hell. I am merely its first and most famous sufferer turned custodian with the key to the gate in my back pocket.”
If I really have to rate this… I give it 10/5 stars.


Q & A with the author

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1) What sparked the premise behind “The Summer that Melted Everything”?

It first started as a title.  It was one of those Ohio summers that was hot and heavy and I just felt like I was melting into a puddle of myself on the green summer grass.  So that’s how it all started.  I do always begin a new novel with two things.  The title and the first line.  These two things lead the entire rest of the story.  So while I never set out to write about the devil, the first line really determined that I would write about heaven and hell, horns and halos, and all the sparks in between.

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2) Are any of your characters based on a real person?

As I’m writing the characters and I get to that certain point in their development they become very real.  Their lives are concrete in ways that all our lives are.  They have their own hearts, minds, and spirits even.  They exist and in that they are truly their own people. 

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3) This was far from an easy story to read due to the impacting events, so I would only think that writing it wasn’t any easier. How difficult was it for you to immerse yourself to be in the right mindset for this story?

I’ve always said I’m drawn to the crash, not the landing.  I want to explore the wreckage, the broken fragments, the things that which were once whole and are now scattered upon the ground.  I never have that urge to stop or turn away because to me these moments that test us emotionally are moments we’re closest to the truth of our own infinite selves. 

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4) Will we see any of these characters in your future works?

That’s an interesting question because possibly.  Breathed, Ohio has been the town I’ve used in all my novels thus far (I have eight completed novels and am working on my ninth).  So the town is there and these people are there, so perhaps these characters will make an appearance, if only a brief nod to their own novel and story. 

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5) While writing, who did you grow most attached to, besides our main character?

Grand.  I really loved that guy.  Maybe because I’ve always wanted an older brother, but Grand is the older brother we all want.  That kind soul who is the hero in blue jeans.  The one come to answer your call to help.  But more than that, he so easily gives love.  That’s his promise he always keeps. 

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6) What can we expect from you in the future? Anything you’re able to disclose?

The novel I’m hoping to follow The Summer that Melted Everything up with is titled, When Lions Stood as Men.  It’s the story of a Jewish brother and sister who escape Nazi Germany, cross the Atlantic Ocean, and end up in my land of Ohio.  Struggling with the guilt of surviving the Holocaust, they create their own camp of judgment.  Being both the guards and the prisoners, they punish themselves not only for surviving, but for the sins they know they cannot help but commit.

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7) I believe I have received the message behind this story. But for those that aren’t so sure, is there something you would like for your readers to take away from it?

To preserve individual thought.  To not allow yourself to be swept up in that herd mentality.  More than that, we must remember to love each other.  That sounds like a cliché but as Autopsy says in the novel, the more holes we dig, the less solid ground any of us will have to stand on.

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8) What was the most challenging part of the story you had to write?

I didn’t find anything in this novel challenging, actually.  One of the things I had to pay attention to was describing the heat.  Heat is a character itself in the novel, so it was all about describing sweat in a way so it didn’t get repetitive.   The heat was a character that needed its own character development.  It needed to be subtle, but also needed to be something the reader recognized throughout the course of the story.   

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9) How long was the process from the spark of thought to publishing date?

I wrote The Summer that Melted Everything in a month.  So the writing isn’t the time-consuming part for me.  It’s the getting published.  I should say that while The Summer that Melted Everything is my debut and my first published novel, it’s actually the fifth or sixth novel I’ve written.  I wrote my first novel when I was eighteen and wouldn’t get a publishing contract until I was twenty-nine.  It’s the narrative a lot of authors have and that narrative is that it can take years to get a foot in the publishing door.  It took me eleven years.  What surprised me was that even with a deal from the publishing house, it takes on average two years to move a book through the house.  In our fast-paced world, publishing still moves at a snail’s pace unfortunately.  So with all the years added up I will have been waiting thirteen years to see a book on the shelf.  July 26th will be very special indeed. 

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10) Was there a lot of research that needed be done to tell this story?

I don’t usually do a lot of research.  I do enough to get a general understanding of the time, which in this case was the 1980’s.  I was born in 1985 so I don’t know how the decade really was.  I needed to do research about the major highlights of the decade.  What music was popular.  Which TV shows and films people were watching and what fashion was being worn.  I also had to research the AIDS epidemic and how that disease was casting its shadow on the decade.

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11) What was your favorite part of creating the story?

I loved it all.  I really did.  My time spent with this novel was just a really wonderful experience.  It was a great honor spending time with these characters.  Even when it was sad and tragic, there was nowhere else I wanted to be but right there in that summer with them, right there in all the things that were melting.  

ICYMI Bookstagram Interview with Taylor Knight! (@Taylorreads)

Name: Taylor Knight
Age: 20
Birthday: January 8th

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INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:

-Is there an idea that has been stuck in your head that you haven’t done yet?

There’s quite a few ideas that I’ve been bouncing around lately. I seen someone on Tumblr use a lake as a setting in a photo and I definitely would love to try that.

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-What part of the Instagram process comes easy to you? Which part is difficult?

I think the photography comes easiest to me. I’ve been taking photos for about 6 years so I know my camera and photography style really well.
And I think the most difficult part is consistently thinking of new content. I tend to find ideas that I really like and overuse those ideas.

-What is your least favorite part of running your account?

Sometimes it can feel like a job, especially if I’m out of photos to post and I have to force myself to take pictures. If I start to feel like that, I’ll usually skip posting for a day or two and it feels a lot more fun when I go back to posting.

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-How do you get over creativity block?

I’ll look at other accounts for inspiration and ideas. Or I’ll just take a few days to read  books that always inspire me to take pictures, like Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman or An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.


FUN FACTS:

-What is your favorite standalone?

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover. It’s the best book I’ve ever read in my life, besides Harry Potter.

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-What is your favorite food?

Pizza, nachos, and ice cream. Not exactly healthy but I could eat those every day.

-What music do you like to listen to?
Mostly country and classic rock. But I love music in general so I listen to a bit of everything.

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-What are some of your favorite shows?
Game of Thrones, Supernatural, Hannibal, and The Flash are definitely some of my favorites. Even though I’m behind on all of them. 


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COVER REVEAL: Caught in the Flames by Kacey Shea!

Caught in the Flames by Kacey Shea

Release Day: August 23

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Model: Shane Williams

Photographer: Eric Battershell

Designer: Perfect Pear Creative Covers

*Preorder price of $2.99 only available through release week!*


SYNOPSIS:

Callie Gordon is more than a little obsessed…

I love firemen.

Heroic. Selfless. Brave.

Not to mention the uniform with those damn sexy pants…I can’t get enough.

Imagine my surprise when local fire captain, Chase Matthews, wanders into my yard on moving day. I’ve hit real estate gold. Hot as sin with that all-knowing smirk creates an instant spark. Welcome to the neighborhood never looked so good.

But dating a firefighter isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Chase keeps me at distance even when I attempt to break down his walls. A friendship with the nosy eccentric woman down the street reveals there’s more to Chase than he’s willing to share. I’m playing with fire and bound to get burned.

Secrets unfold.

Truths are brought to light.

Can I handle the heat? Or will my love for this man prove that sometimes even good girls have to burn down the house?


EXCERPT:

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I hate coffee.

Okay, that’s a lie. I just hate the way it’s impossible to jog and drink coffee at the same time. After tossing and turning alone last night when I should have been tangled up with Chase, I woke early and decided if I’m not getting lucky I might as well get in better shape. Besides, what else do I have to do on a Sunday morning?

I lace up my sneakers and hit the pavement with purpose. But that energy fades with each advancing step. My abstinent morning exercise plan messes with my normally caffeine infused routine. So when I turn the corner about a half mile into my jog and Kiki flags me down with a cup of java in her hands, I have to stop.

The cool morning air hits the hot brew and causes a swirl of steam to rise over the mug. She observes my infatuation and invites me inside to join her in a cup. I can’t not say yes. Not saying yes to coffee is like refusing Jesus. Okay, bad example. Lots of people refuse Jesus. I can still be friends with those people. But people who refuse coffee? I don’t trust those fuckers.

So, instead of running to stay in shape for my hot ass fireman boyfriend, I’m having coffee with Kiki at her kitchen table. Enjoying every second. I inhale the roasted brew before cooling it with my exhale to take a long sip.

Kiki’s interior décor is a mix between eclectic grandma and boho chic. Really, I wouldn’t expect normal from Kiki, so it fits her perfectly.

“So, what is it you do for a job, Callie?”

“I’m a graphic designer.”

“Oh, that’s lovely, dear. Do you make T-shirts?” She furrows her brows and sips from her mug.

I grin in response. “I actually do design for a firm that specializes in website development and company re-branding. Sometimes I get to design logos that go on T-shirts.”

“A creative mind. I knew we were kindred spirits.” She pats my arm. “Plus, you’re a coffee addict like me.”

“How did you know?” I sigh as I take another sip. She laughs, a throaty chuckle with a knowing look on her wrinkled face.

“It’s written all over your face. I’m what I like to call seasoned. I’ve been on this earth a while. I can tell these things.”

I bite my lip. She does seem to exceptionally intuitive. Maybe she can help me out. “What else can you tell about me?”

“You love yourself one of those fire boys,” she answers with a glint in her eyes.

“How do you know that?” I almost gasp. Maybe she’s psychic or a fortune teller. Oh, maybe she can read my aura.

“I just know.” She shrugs as Silas jumps onto the table. Kiki shoos him down and he complies with an irritated meow. “That, and the ladies at tai chi told me you’ve been dating the captain.” She smirks. When she raises her mug to salute mine I have to let loose a little laugh of my own. No special mind reading powers, just good old fashion neighborhood gossip at its finest.

“Yes, I’ve been dating Chase for a few weeks now.” Remembering the disappointment of yesterday and our missed date I have to resist the urge to pull out my phone to see if he’s called or texted. I’m sure he hasn’t. He won’t get off until nine and with this being his third shift in a row I don’t expect he’ll want to come over.

“Trouble in paradise already? That’s not good! You’re a beautiful woman. He’s hot as sin. What’s the problem?”

“No trouble. Really.” My lips pull into a frown as I remember the Evil Grocery woman. Maybe there’s more trouble than I’m aware of.

“I’m not convinced. Tell Kiki about it and I’m sure I can help. Besides, I know everything about everyone.”

I grin and consider her offer. I’m sure she does know everything. But I wonder how good she is with sharing secrets. I don’t have the time or energy to be involved in neighborhood politics. She scratches at her neck and it reveals a little of her weathered skin. I’m surprised at the colorful ink scrolled across her shoulder. This woman is full of surprises and there’s something in the way she smiles at me that makes me want to be her friend.

“Okay. I’ll tell you my problems on one condition.”

“Shoot.”

“You tell me the stories behind all your tattoos.” I smirk and she does that throaty chuckle again.

“You sure about that? That could take days. I have lots of ’em.”

“Stories or tattoos?”

“Both.”

“Yeah. I’m sure. What’s that one on your shoulder?”

“Oh, this ol’ thing? This is one of my favorites.” She pulls down the neck of her blouse and her bra strap so I can see better. It’s a bouquet of flowers. I recognize the violets, periwinkle, and lilies, but it’s the foreign words scrolling through the center in script lettering that captures my focus. It’s beautiful.

“What does it say?”

Il dolce far niente.” The words roll off her tongue in a soft caress.

“Is that Spanish?”

“Italian. It means, it is sweet doing nothing. This was my first tattoo. I got it the summer I turned eighteen. My friend and I took our life’s savings and flew to Europe.” She chuckles that rough laughter. “You can imagine our parents weren’t too thrilled. We had been raised to grow up and find a spouse. Maybe spend a few years in college first, but then find a mate. Instead, Bets and I took off for an adventure. My parents tried to keep me from going. Insisted I was doing nothing with my life.”

“So you got a tattoo about doing nothing?” I grin.

“Yes. Though it was far from the truth. I ended up doing my fair share of Italian men that summer.” She waggles her almost translucent brow and I lean forward over the table. This woman is fascinating. Her fingers stroke the rim of her mug, and light bounces off the diamond on her left ring finger.

“Did you marry one of those Italians?” Her eyes follow mine to her ring and she just grins.

        “My turn is up. Tell me about the captain.”

I can’t help the way my face pulls into a smile just thinking about Chase. I take a gulp of coffee and try to put my feelings for him into words. “He’s the most attractive man I’ve ever dated. And I’ve always been a bit infatuated with his profession. But I didn’t pursue him. He asked me out, and, well, it’s only been a few weeks but I’m a goner. He really is the most perfect man.” I know I’m gushing and sound more like an infatuated teen than a grown ass woman but I can’t seem to stop. Kiki smiles warmly and then pats my arm before standing to move to the counter. She brings back the coffee pot and motions to my cup. I nod with a grin.

“Beautiful men. They were always my downfall, too. And a man in uniform is difficult to resist. I’d warn you to be careful, but sounds as though you’ve already crashed and burned for this one.”

“Is there any reason I should be careful with Chase?” I ask because something tells me if there is, this woman would know.

“Oh, honey, there’s always a reason to be careful in love. Doesn’t mean the heart listens.” She smiles and I return it. I should excuse myself to leave now. It’d be polite after taking up so much of her morning, but I don’t want to take off just yet. I want to know more about Kiki—her tattoos, her stories, her life.

“Will you tell me about another tattoo?”

“If you have the time, dear. I’m sure you have other places to be than spending your day with an old woman.”

“I have time.” At my answer her grin pulls into a smile that fills her entire face. Her eyes crinkle so much they almost close.

“Well, how about this rose here . . .”

I get so wrapped up in Kiki’s tales that it’s hours before I finally jog home. The afternoon sun beats down on my skin and the humid air makes it difficult to breathe, but there’s a lightless on my soul and even in my steps as I trot the familiar path home. I’m glad fate crossed my path with Kiki today. Rather than spending the entire day obsessing about Chase I gained a new friend, one whose wisdom and life adventures fascinate me beyond measure. I can tell she’s a little lonely, and who wouldn’t be, living in that house alone with no career and no family. But today I think I needed her company as much as she needed mine.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Kacey Shea is a mom of three, wife, and indie author who resides in sunny Arizona. She enjoys reading and writing romance novels as much as her son loves unicorns, which is a lot.

When she’s not writing you will find her playing taxi cab to her children while belting out her favorite tunes, meeting friends or family for food and to share some laughs, or sweating it out in the gym. Kacey finds that picking up heavy weights repeatedly is good for her mental health as much as it is for the physical.

She has an unhealthy obsession with firefighters. It could be the pants. It could be the fire. It’s just hot. On occasion she has been known to include them, without their knowledge, in her selfies outside the grocery store.

Kacey one day aspires to be a woman hand model in a sexy photo shoot. You know, the woman’s hand raking across the muscular back or six pack stomach of the male fitness model. Yep, that hand.

Until that day comes she will continue writing sexy, flirty romance novels in hopes to bring others joy!

Kacey enjoys interacting with her fans so please feel free to stalk her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.


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ICYMI Author Spotlight: Brenda Thornlow!

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Name: Brenda Thornlow 
Genre/s you write: Contemporary fiction and memoir
Birthday: Feb 12
Number of books out: 5

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
-What part of the writing process comes easy to you? Which part is difficult?
I enjoy writing dialogue. It might sound strange, but my least favorite part is describing surroundings and scenery. Even when I’m reading I become easily bored when an author starts describing scenery in detail (ie, what the sky looked like, where every piece of furniture is located in a room, etc.) I’m very much a person that wanted to get to the heart of a story and intricate details don’t hold my interest. 
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-What author/s do you feel would be a fan of your work?
I would love to believe that my favorite authors would appreciate my work: Paul Auster, Patricia Cornwell and Wally Lamb
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-If you could switch places with one of your characters, who would it be? Why?
Brianna from the My Life as I Knew It series. As scary and disorienting as it may be, I would love a chance to time travel. Not only to fix stupid decisions I’ve made but I think it would be amazing to experience different events throughout history. Especially the 1920’s and the 1960’s. 
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-What inspired your first novel?
Long story short: My husband and I suffer from infertility. A lot of times there is no rhyme or reason for infertility but one of questions that entered my mind was “did I wait too long to start trying to conceive?” Another question was whether or not I didn’t take care of myself when I was younger. These and other questions led to what I would do differently if I went back in time. This led to the time travel series. 

FUN FACTS:
-What is your favorite genre to read?
True crime.
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-What is your favorite book? Why?
The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster. It’s a very unique story with colorful characters. I’ve read it several times and never got sick of it.
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-What is your dream vacation?
So far Paris and Prague are my favorites. In the near future I would love to experience an African Safari. 
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-If you had a spirit animal, which would it be? Why?
Probably a bird or a butterfly since I’m constantly changing and discovering new things about myself.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:
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Here’s a description of my latest release; my memoir entitled My Short-Lived Life at Being Perfect:
“Brenda Thornlow shares her story of being raised a third-generation member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, forbidden from celebrating holidays, birthdays and associating with anyone outside of her faith. From a young age, she struggles to accept what her devout family believes, to no avail. Eventually marrying an abusive member with a position of authority in her church, Brenda struggles to extricate herself from this dominating religious group who attempt to manipulate her into staying married to her abuser.” 
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