Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Cover Reveal Book Blast & #Giveaway for Murder at Morningside by Sandra Bretting

Welcome to my stop on the Cover Reveal Book Blast, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for Murder at Morningside by Sandra Betting.  Please leave a comment or question for Sandra to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway, Sandra will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to one (1) randomly chosen commenter, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You may follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above, the more stops you visit, the better your chances of winning. 

Murder at Morningside
By Sandra Bretting
A Missy Dubois Mystery, Book 1

Publisher:  Lyrical Underground
Release Date:  May 24, 2016
Genre:  Cozy/Mystery
Format:  eBook
Length: 320 Pages
ISBN: 9781601837134
ASIN: B014NWMHEW

Pre-Order Links:  Amazon | B&N | Kobo 



About the book:

Hat designer Missy DuBois opened her shop, Crowning Glory, along Louisiana's Great River Road to cater to the sophisticated Southern bride. But bless her heart, who knew creating stylish wedding veils would lead to murder?

EXCERPT


Before Beatrice could say more, the front door flew open and in stomped an elderly gentleman. He was on the verge of a good old-fashioned hissy fit.

“Y’all don’t deserve a say in this wedding!” he said to a young woman who’d slunk in behind him.

The girl looked to be the right age for his daughter. She wore flip-flops and a wrinkled peasant blouse, and she buried her head in her hands. Well, that lifted the blouse an inch or two and exposed her bare stomach.

Lorda mercy. It seemed the girl and her fiancĂ© must have eaten supper before they said grace, as we said here in the South, because an unmistakable bump appeared under her top. She looked to be about four months along, give or take a few weeks, and I could see why her daddy wasn’t too happy with her right about now.

After a piece, she lifted her chin and glared at him. “I hate you!” Her voice rippled as cold as the river water that ran nearby. “I wish you were dead.” She stalked away.

I fully expected the man to cringe, or at least follow her. Instead, he merely glanced our way and shrugged. After a minute, he pivoted on the spectacle he’d caused and casually strolled away, leaving a bit of frost in the air.

“Oh my. Why don’t we continue,” Beatrice said.

Poor Beatrice. She obviously wanted to divert our attention elsewhere. It couldn’t have been every day one of her hotel guests wished another guest was dead. She hustled us farther into the ballroom, as if nothing had happened, all the while explaining the history of Morningside Plantation.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Sandra Bretting works as a freelance feature writer under contract to the Houston Chronicle. She received a journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and wrote for other publications (including the Los Angeles Times and Orange Coast Magazine) before moving to Texas.

Her Missy DuBois Mysteries series debuts from Kensington/Lyrical Underground in May 2016. Bretting’s previous mysteries include Unholy Lies (2012) and Bless the Dying (2014). Readers can reach her online at www.sandrabretting.com and through Facebook at www.facebook.com/sandra.bretting



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Spotlight & #Giveaway for To Catch A Rake by Sally Orr

To Catch a Rake
by Sally Orr
The Rake’s Handbook, Book 3


Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release date: February 2, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eBook/Print
Length:  384 Pages
ISBN: 9781492630036
ASIN:  B0169AK4GY

Buy Links:  Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Apple | B-A-M | Indigo | Indie Bound

About the Book

No Good Rake Goes Unpunished

When George Drexel used his vast experience with women to write and publish The Rake’s Handbook: Including Field Guide, little did he realize the havoc it would cause. Now years later, the rumor of a second edition has London’s naughtiest widows pounding on his door, begging to be included. But George has given up his roguish ways and wants nothing more than to be left alone with his architectural pursuits…until beautiful Meta Russell tempts him from his work and leaves him contemplating an altogether different sort of plan.

The handbook may be years out of print, but it still has the power to ruin lives. Desperate to save her sister—whose inclusion has left her jilted—Meta tracks down the rake responsible, only to find a man who steals her breath and leaves her reeling.  Banding together to put things to rights, George and Meta find themselves drawn inexorably together…but can Meta truly trust her heart to a man who wrote the book on being a rake?




Exclusive Snippet from TO CATCH A RAKE

     She straightened. When a gentleman became particularly exasperating, her mother had advised her to stand tall, call them troublesome to their face, and wear a fetching bonnet. It was a truth universally acknowledged that no item of dress fortified a woman’s courage more than fetching millinery. Except hers hung in the vestibule at the moment, so she must summon her courage without it.

About the Author 



Sally Orr worked for 30 years in academic research, when one day a friend challenged her to write a novel. Since she is a hopeless Anglophile, her books are by default Regency romances. She lives with her husband surrounded by books, modernist mid-century dishes, and English cars in San Diego, California.

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Message from Sally Orr

Dear Readers,

I’m deeply grateful that you have stopped by today.

If you have never read my books before, you are probably wondering what type of stories I write. Basically, you’ll discover a light-hearted story about two people falling in love. Expect some wit, a good laugh, and a joy-filled journey on the path to romance. So if you are in the mood to escape to the past and read about two people overcoming obstacles to find true love, then you have the right book in your hand.

The heroine of TO CATCH A RAKE, Meta, is a young widow who is a caregiver for her family. From her elderly father who suffers from dementia, to a young boy in need of discipline, she sacrifices her own needs for those of her family. She believes that if she ever falls in love again, she could never abandon her family, even for the man of her dreams.

Now we come to the importance of the hero—the man who will always be my favorite character. What is more exciting than a strong, masculine hero recognizing, and ultimately giving in to his passion for the heroine? I expect most of us would love to be in the heroine’s pointy-toed shoes.

Also you may discover that some of my heroes have non-typical occupations other than aristocrat. Personally, I don’t prefer heroes that are gentlemen who inherited their titles. Historically, the first person to hold the title was a man of accomplishment—a man that served his monarch well and was aptly rewarded. For me, later holders of the title are not usually as heroic as the gentlemen who combined intelligence, drive, and creativity and achieved groundbreaking discoveries. For example, the men who invented the first electric motor, or a machine that turned water power into electricity, or built an iron bridge, ship, or building that still functions in our modern world.

The hero of TO CATCH A RAKE, George, is a gentleman who spent his youth in the reckless manner of a young man about town—gaming, wenching, and sports. He used his vast expertise with women to pen the Field Guide section of the Rake’s Handbook. Now in his thirties, he finds himself jaded and pained to discover that London considers him merely a rake who wrote a vulgar book. He yearns to escape this nonsense and find an occupation that will define his life—be a man everyone will speak of differently—a man of accomplishment. He becomes an engineer working on the most famous structure of the Regency-era—the Thames Tunnel. This tunnel was the first tunnel under a navigable river. When it opened, it was considered the eighth wonder of the world, so the hero’s story intertwines with one of the greatest achievements of the era.

So I hope you take a few hours, sit back, and enjoy a little bit of history mixed with a tender love story.

Thank you and happy reading!
Sally Orr


Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Tour, hosted by Sourcebooks Casablanca, for To Catch a Rake by Sally Orr.  Please leave a comment for Sally to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter the tour wide giveaway, sponsored by Sourcebooks, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  Good Luck!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Book Blast & #Giveaway for Good Morning Diego Garcia by Susan Joyce

Welcome to my stop on the Book Blast, presented by Goddess fish Promotions, for Good Morning Diego Garcia by Susan Joyce.  Please leave a comment or question for Susan to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway, where Susan will award a $20 Amazon GC to one (1) randomly chosen commenter, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  you may follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your chances of winning.

Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery
By Susan Joyce
Journeys, Book 2

Publisher:  Peel Productions, Inc.
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Genre: Travel Adventure/Memoir
Format: eBook/Print
Length:  264 Pages
ISBN:  978-1943158904
ASIN:  B017S0ZXP6

Buy Links:  Amazon   


About the book: 


When Susan and Charles receive a letter from Cyprus friends, now in Taiwan, they get a chance to help crew a sailboat from Sri Lanka across the Indian Ocean. They have no clue what to expect. Susan reminds Charles she isn't a good swimmer. He tells her a life jacket will do the trick, and convinces her it's the opportunity of a lifetime. A must-do travel adventure. They say goodbye to friends and family in sunny California, fly to New York and on to India, arriving the day the Indian government has issued a state of emergency. And then onto the boat, and into the ocean. In monsoon season. With no charts.

In this true-life travel adventure, Susan keeps a journal and record her bizarre thoughts and telling dreams. A real life thriller, Susan's monsoon-season journey is about discovery and spiritual realization—one dream at a time.

EXCERPT


Chapter 3

Disembarking passengers thinned out. All at once, the terminal seemed eerily empty.

Out of a side corridor, three young Indian men appeared, moving toward me.

I quickly straddled the suitcases and sat, legs dangling across them.

Approaching, they asked if I wanted help moving them.

“No, thank you!” I said, firmly. “I'm waiting on my husband.”

“We help you,” one young man said, reaching for a suitcase.

“No,” I shouted, looking around the terminal for help. I noticed a sea of orange robes heading my way. A group of young women chanting and dancing in brightly colored orange saris.

“Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama,” their chant grew louder and their dancing got wilder as they neared.

The three young men backed away and disappeared into a dark passage.

When the dancers reached me, they smiled.

One introduced herself as a devotee of Krishna, and offered to sell me a booklet to benefit the starving children of India. Others continued to chant and sway.

“Where are you from?” I asked.

“New York,” she said. “And you?”

“I'm from LA. Why are you in India?

“We're here to sell our books and spread the word about Krishna Consciousness, and build a temple to honor our Swami, Srila … ”

“There are thousands of starving children in New York,” I said.

“We worship the Hindu god Krishna as the one Supreme God,” another young woman chimed in, ignoring my comment.

“So you're missionaries?” I asked.

“We're evangelists. We believe in reincarnation ...” one follower wanted to explain their beliefs, but another interrupted, while others continued to chant.

“I believe in reincarnation,” I said. “But I don't think I need to sell it to others.”

They kept chanting and dancing around me.

“How many times do you have to chant this?” I asked.

“Sixteen,” a young woman answered.

I shook my head in disbelief. Where the hell is Charles?

AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

Born in Los Angeles California, Susan Joyce spent most of her childhood in Tucson, Arizona and returned to LA as a young working woman. Inspired as a child by postcards from her globe-trotting great aunt, Susan left the United States at age 20 to see the world.

She planned on being gone for a year, but ended up living her 20s and 30s in Europe and the Middle East. As a Jill of all trades, she worked as a secretary, freelance writer, taught computer classes, wrote songs, and became an accomplished artist while writing her first children's book, "Peel, the Extraordinary Elephant."

An award winning author and editor of children's books, Susan's first adult book in her memoir series, "The Lullaby Illusion--A Journey of Awakening" is a travelogue of the politics of Europe, the United States, and Israel during a twelve year 'roller-coaster' period of her life and an adventure of survival through friends and sheer determination.

The Lullaby Illusion was awarded
* Readers' Favorite 5-Stars and the 2014 GOLD Medal Winner, Non-Fiction--Travel in the 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards.
* Honorable Mention Prize Winner--2014 Stargazer Literary Prizes

Her second memoir, "Good Morning Diego Garcia" is about her adventure from India and across the Indian Ocean in monsoon season in 1975.  

Read more about Susan's life adventures at: http://susanjoycejourneys.com/
Stop in and say hello to Susan here: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSusanJoyce/?fref=ts


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Virtual Book Tour & #Giveaway for A Separate Heaven by Alex Disanti


Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book Tour, presented by Goddess fish Promotions, for A Separate Heaven by Alex Disanti.  Please leave a comment or question for Alex to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway, where Alex will award a $25 Amazon GC to one (1) randomly chosen commenter, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  you may follow all of the stops on the tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your chances of winning.

Interview with Alex Disanti


Me:  Do you write full time or do you have an "evil day job"?

Alex:  I now write full time (within the confines of “life” and all the interruptions it manages to provide).


Me:  "A Separate Heaven" is your first novel.  What has been the most difficult thing for you to deal with once you decided to become published?  What's the easiest?

Alex:  Marketing and all it encompasses has been the most difficult.  Easiest and most rewarding is hearing from fans of the series and discussing the story with members of book clubs.


Me;  You have a large group of "test" readers or beta readers - how do you manage the feedback from such a large group? Is there a large amount of feedback?

Alex:  In the beginning it was difficult because I was printing the manuscripts for what comprises the first three books. That was a lot of time, paper and ink. (I can tell you that not everyone wants to read books on a monitor!)  But I was so fortunate to have those test readers (beta readers) because I had such positive feedback from them and it energized me and confirmed my own beliefs about A Separate Heaven.


Me:  You live in the Texas Hill Country but your books take place in New York, do you ever plan to bring your characters to your home state?

Alex:  I like your question!  I have thought about it many times. If I do, it will be toward the end of the series but I will only do it if I can make it seem feasible.  We already feature the ranch in Montana and Dominic’s best friend, Garrett Grayson (an actor/producer) who owns an adjoining ranch, sooooo…but I haven’t ruled it out completely.


Me:  Do you have a "dream' cast in mind if your book is optioned for a TV series?

Alex:  Chris Noth as Dominic Gianelli.  For Paige Hamilton, Jessica Alba or someone similar in looks but about the same age or younger.  It is my understanding that ten years in either direction is doable for an actor.  i.e. a thirty year old could portray a twenty year old and up to forty years of age. The fact that Paige is so young is an important factor in the story.  Who would be my dream man to portray Dominic?  Sean Connery in his fifties!  Anne Bancroft would have made the perfect Aunt Sophia.


Me:  Do you have other books "simmering" in your mind for when you finish the seven books in the "A Separate Heaven" world?

Alex:  I do. And one is actually set in Texas. Another is about a construction worker whose life takes a turn for the better after his wife leaves him.



Quick Get To Know You Questions:

Regular or Sweetened Ice Tea?  Sweet Tea!

Boots or sandals?  Flip flops for home and warm weather, but love my boots!

Name one "vacation" or "inspiration" place you want to visit in 2016:  The Amalfi Coast of Italy.

Favorite non-fiction writer?  Karen Blixen (Isak Dinsen)

Favorite childhood writer?  Bess Streeter Aldrich (A Lantern in her Hand) and Louisa May Alcott

Tex-Mex or Pasta?  TEX MEX J 

A Separate Heaven
By Alex Disanti
A Separate Heaven, Book 1

Publisher:  Still Waters Ltd.
Release Date: January 25, 2010
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Format: eBook/Print
Length:  294 Pages
ISBN:  978-0615273358
ASIN:  B0036RTYW4

Buy Links:  Amazon Book 1     Amazon Book 2    Amazon Book 3


About the book:

Step into a world of riveting drama.  Enter A Separate Heaven, a story comprised of power, wealth, and romance, multifaceted characters, and complex relationships.  A novel by Alex Disanti.  From Long Island to the shores of the Mediterranean, this exciting series spanning twenty five years in the lives of the Gianelli and Hamilton families will hold you spellbound.


Excerpt from A Separate Heaven, Book 1
© Alex Disanti


On October 2, 1980, Dominic Gianelli entered the offices of Carson, Wiehls and Fullerton. A client for only weeks now, his arrival caused a flurry of activity among the staff.  Even the most experienced members of the investment firm were on edge. Henry Carson, owner and senior partner, was nervous and unsettled, completely out of character for him, but this was no ordinary client.

Gianelli was an enigma, recognized internationally in the business world and his accumulated assets were reported to be prodigious. Little else was known about him, although his penchant for two things, accuracy and privacy, had been evinced at their first meeting.  He seemed to have come on the scene quickly, yet his profile revealed more than twenty years of steady, well-planned acquisitions and disposals.  With as many European contacts as domestic, he was well respected here in New York.  After all, one did not ignore this kind of wealth and, therefore, power.

He was a big man, six-feet, three inches in height, 270 pounds. Immaculately groomed, he had brown eyes and short, dark, slightly thinning hair combed back from his forehead.  He seemed, by nature, a rather quiet man with low tolerance for the frivolous or inept.  He had an air of confidence that was not lost on those who met him.  Gianelli was a man comfortable with himself. When he entered a room, he owned it, and he knew it.


Additional Books in A Separate Heaven Series

                                Book 2                                                           Book 3
       
           

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Alex Disanti lives in the Texas Hill Country.  While writing has been a lifelong love for her, A Separate Heaven is her first novel.  Early works were mainly poetry and short stories.  As A Separate Heaven progressed from thought to paper, friends and family began reading the manuscript.  Then, in an effort to test the marketability of the material, she enlisted the aid of what she calls her “test readers.”  These readers vary in age, occupation and background.  It simply grew from there.  Alex’s rich detail brought the characters to life, and the ensuing chapters could not come quickly enough for her readers.

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/AlexDisanti  
Website/Blog   http://alexdisanti.com


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Friday, February 5, 2016

Virtual Book Tour & #Giveaway for 2 Broads Abroad: Moms Fly the Coop by Deborah Serra and Nancy Serra Greene

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for 2 Broads Abroad: Moms Fly the Coop by Deborah Serra and Nancy Serra Greene.  Please leave a comment or question for Deborah or Nancy to let them know you stopped by.  You may enter their tour wide giveaway, where Deborah and Nancy will award a $50 Amazon/BN GC to one (1) randomly chosen commenter, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You may follow all of the stops on their tour by clicking on the banner above.  The more stops you visit, the better your chances of winning.  


2 Broads Abroad: Moms Fly the Coop
by Deborah Serra and Nancy Serra Greene

Release Date: November 6, 2016
Genre:  Travel Memoir/Motherhood
Format:  eBook/Print
Length:  199 Pages
ISBN:  978-0692509487
ASIN:  B016DVCWBY


Buy Link:  Amazon



About the book:


When sisters, Deborah & Nancy, discovered that motherhood was a temp job they decided to run away from home. After packing up that last kid for college, and facing the sad stillness of their suddenly quiet homes, they decided to leave the country. 2 BROADS ABROAD: MOMS FLY THE COOP is a funny, irreverent, occasionally poignant travel tale of their impulsive road trip around Ireland.

In this witty warm-hearted adventure, they experienced some of Ireland’s quirkier history while sharing universally relatable stories of maniacal school coaches, neurotic neighbors, and tiger moms. Having kicked that empty nest into their rearview mirror, the sisters took off careening down the wrong side of the road, making questionable choices, getting trapped in a medieval tower, sneaking Chinese take-out into a famous cooking school, drinking way too much, and gaining a changed perspective on their lives ahead.

Excerpt

When we thought about the phases of our lives at each juncture of change: our own departure from home, our first real job, our marriages, the birth of our children, all of the big phases of change held out something new for us.  This change was shaping up very differently.  This change was loss – complete dissolution of the fundamental family structure forever and that was all.  We had to plan.  We needed to be proactive.  The alternative was to be left standing frozen in time, in a life that had moved on without us, and to become observers and visitors in our kids' lives. Not acceptable. So, we set our imaginations loose.

We considered our location. Now that we knew we were leaving – where could we go? 

“Angkor Wat,”  I said.

“Wat what?” Nancy asked.

“It’s the largest temple in the world, built in 1125.”

“Where is it?”

 “Cambodia.”

“Uh, huh. Deborah, I was thinking more along the lines of a bucolic vineyard in Tuscany.  You know, stroll along the hills, sample the fruit of the vine, nectar of the gods?”

“Oh.  Okay, how would you feel about a camel trek in Morocco?”

“Probably sore, smelly, and hot.  And I understand camels are mean and they spit.  They spit, Deborah. What about a civilized boat ride down the Rhine River in Germany?  They have castles and I know how you like castles.”

“I do like castles, but don’t you think we should go more exotic?”

“This is our first trip together.  I’d like to steer clear of nations at war, places we’d need to wear a burka, or can’t speak the language, or ride on an angry animal.  Surely we can agree on somewhere.”

“I’ve always wanted to see where grandma’s family came from.”

“Me, too!”

“With a little research and a rental car we can see the entire island in a couple of weeks.”

“Perfect. Ireland it is!”

 AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Deborah Serra has been a sought-after screenwriter for twenty-five years having written for NBC, CBS, Sony, Lifetime, Fox, and others. She was a recipient of the 2012 Hawthornden Literary Fellowship. Her first novel was a semi-finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Award given by the Faulkner Society in New Orleans, LA.

Nancy is a graduate of San Diego State University. She worked in medical sales before stepping away to raise her two children, at which point she became: Team Mom, Snack Mom, PTA member, Assistance League Volunteer, and the list is never-ending. Nancy was the editor and publisher of the Buffalo Hills Echo newsletter with a circulation of 1400. She also designed and managed her community website.







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Cover Reveal & #Giveaway by @Collette_West

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Welcome to my stop on the Cover Reveal Tour, presented by IndieSage Promotions, for Single by Collette West.  Please leave a comment or question for Collette to let her know you stopped by.  You may enter her tour wide giveaway by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  Good Luck!

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Single 
by Collette West 
Stockton Beavers #1 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports
Publisher:  Collette West
Release Date: April 22, 2016
Genre: Sports Romance
Length:  255 Pages 

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Underdog Luke “Single” Singleton is yearning to make a comeback. After getting hit in the neck with a pitch—an injury that nearly cost him his life—he has one last chance to play for his hometown team, the Stockton Beavers. But his mom has Alzheimer’s, and he’s all she has to depend on. How can he pursue his career, much less someone special?

Personal care aide Roberta Bennett is done dating baseball players. Having had her share of heartbreak, she heads to Stockton hoping for a fresh start. But after she finds Luke’s mom outside, lost, and alone, she can’t refuse when he hires her on the spot.


Unbeknownst to Luke, Roberta is all too familiar with the violent tendencies of the pitcher who hit him. Now that they’re living under the same roof, the last thing either of them is looking for is a relationship. But it’s not long before they find themselves drawn to each other. And right when Luke is thinking about finally making a change to his single status, a secret from Roberta’s past emerges with the power to tear them apart.

About the Author



Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball’s biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette‘s impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she’s not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right.

But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com. She is the author of the New York Kings series which includes: NIGHT GAMES, GAME CHANGER, GAME ON, PERFECTGAME, INSIDE GAME and GAME WINNER.


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