Second Chance Summer – Morgan Matson

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Synopsis

Sandwiched between two exceptional siblings, Taylor Edwards never felt like she stood out—except for her history of running away when things get too complicated. Then her dad receives unexpected, terrible news, and the family makes the last-minute decision to spend the summer together in the cramped quarters at their old lake house.

Taylor hasn’t been to the summer house since she was twelve, and she definitely never planned on going back. Up at the lake she is confronted with people she thought she left behind, like her former best friend, Lucy, and Henry Crosby, her first crush, who’s all grown up…and a lot cuter. Suddenly Taylor is surrounded by memories she’d rather leave in the past—but she can’t run away this time.

As the days lying on the beach pass into nights gazing at the stars, Taylor realizes she has a second chance—with friends, with family, maybe even with love. But she knows that once the summer ends, there is no way to recapture what she stands to lose. From Morgan Matson, the PW Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, this is a remarkable novel about hope in the face of heartbreaking grief.

Review

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This is Matson’s second book. I’ve read her other 3 she’s published is and this is my last one of hers I read before being caught up. For me this book falls into the ‘ugly cry’ category. I knew from the description it would probably be a sad one but I didn’t anticipate how much I would connect with the characters.

Taylor’s family decide to head up to their summer home for one last summer together in the Poconos. It’s been several years and apparently the last time Taylor was there she left everyone there in a way that didn’t leave them rejoicing her return.

“The thing is that people only get hurt—really hurt—when they’re trying to play it safe. That’s when people get injured, when they pull back at the last second because they’re scared. They hurt themselves and other people.”
Morgan Matson, Second Chance Summer

While learning about Taylor’s past, I personally didn’t find her to be the most likeable person. She was the kind of person who would rather run from something difficult than deal with it. When she runs into her first ex boyfriend at the bakery, she is in such a hurry to leave she says she wants oatmeal raisin cookies. He calls her out on not liking them but when she has an out to change her order she sticks with it anyway.

We watch this family go through the summer from Taylor’s eyes. It starts out pretty normal. She has to get a job and her sister takes tennis lessons. She’s not happy with the job she takes as it puts her working with her ex-best friend and things get pretty awkward. This job, though not right away, is a perfect way for her to develop herself and get out of her comfort zone.

Something else I noticed throughout the whole book is that Taylor is trying to find the right time to tell her father she loves him. No matter how many times it crosses her mind she just doesn’t… yet. I found this to hit home a lot in myself. I was close to my dad, but we were not the ‘I love you’ type. When I lost my dad in real life, I never got to say good bye or I love you. I kept rooting for Taylor to just tell him. Anytime is the right time!

As a reader you will have a blast with this book. It covers all aspects of love, friendship, family, fun time, sad times, awkward times, and second chances. It will make you long for a summer a lot like this and remind you to hold close the people you hold dear and to try and make amends with others.

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Author Bio

Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children’s department of Vroman’s Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan’s three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW “Flying Start” book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book Prize.

In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her second book, Second Chance Summer, was published in May 2012 and draws largely on her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

 

Matched by Ally Condie

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Synopsis

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Look for the sequel, CROSSED, and the epic series finale, REACHED!

Review

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I was in love with the selection series so this was another attempt to fill the void of that series being over. I was very impressed to find this story to be very different yet satisfying in the same way.

Cassia lives in a society that has tried to simplify things and have lived for almost a generation with the 100 best of everything. From movies, to poems, to songs, etc. Trees and plants are culled out if too messy. No personal possessions except maybe one or two passed down in a family. The elderly that remember the times before this are almost all dead. There is mandated euthanasia on your 80th birthday. The main premise focused on though is that at a certain age you can chose to be matched with life partner or choose to be a single. Cassia has chosen to be matched and on her birthday she is matched with her best friend Xander.

Then something odd happens. When she loads her chip about her match anothers name comes up. Ky. Another local boy, but he’s not allowed to be matched. He is an Abberition, or outcast from society. This isn’t quite as bad as being an anomaly, however he is doomed to a life of solitude due to nothing he did on his own, but due to his parents past.

This book is almost The Giver by Louis Lowry but with the added aspect of love. I truly loved the giver as a child but this book took it to a different step. That is the only reason I give it a 4 as the background did not quite feel like the authors own work but the world of The Giver with a different story going on at a different time.

I look forward to reading the next two books in the series. It does leave you with a cliff hanger at the end so I would not recommend you read this unless you intend to read the other books in the series.

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Author Bio

Ally Condie (www.allycondie.com) is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

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Synopsis

For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.

After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him.

Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else’s property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.

Review

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If you are a fan of the selection series and looking for something in the same genre, this is your book. It isn’t quite the same level of dystopian world as The Selection but it is still one. It feels much like you are taken back in time when people were settling across the ocean in the United States for the first time, except in this book they have created the Glittering Court to polish up girls to ship across the sea to essentially sell to the new nobility for wives.

Elizabeth, the nobility in her own country, is being forced into a marriage with her cousin and when her maid is courted by the Glittering Court, she offers to trade for her place. She said her maid, Adelaide off and assumes her name. You will laugh at how she goes through the school in trying to not be too good at anything, trying to place herself in the middle. She doesn’t want to stand out as her family is looking for her. For as long as this book is I do wish they would have spent more time in how the prepared the ladies for coming to the new country Adoria.

This book covers a lot of ground. It covers from the beginning to of the Glittering Court, sailing across the ocean to Adoria, meeting and courting men, and a conclusion. I was taken by surprise once in Adoria, I wasn’t quite sure how the courtships would go and at times I was rooting for different people to end up together and then not.

I ended up reading the audio version of the book. At first was was not a fan of the narrator as I did not feel her voice fit the main character. It sounded more mature than I’d think someone so young would have. On the plus side as I kept listening I grew to enjoy her more. She could do a great job of differentiating her voice to the other characters and made the read very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend the audio book on this one as I do think it adds an extra fun element to the read.

I’m excited to see what the next installment holds in this series. I feel this book alone could have been a stand alone so I’m not quite sure if the next book will be with a group of other girls entirely or if it will pick up with the characters in this book.

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Author Bio

Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of over twenty-five books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid and Dark Swan series take a witty but edgy look at the paranormal while her sci-fi Age of X series shows us a future with no religion. Over on the young adult side, Richelle has written the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans. Her latest project, The Glittering Court, takes place in a fantasy world inspired by colonial America, following the adventures of three impoverished girls trained up to be “ladies” who can make advantageous marriages in a dangerous new world across the sea.

Richelle’s books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as adapted into graphic novels. In 2014, Vampire Academy was made into a feature film. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV. More at: http://www.richellemead.com

 

The Siren by Kiera Cass

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Synopsis

From Kiera Cass, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Selection series, comes a captivating stand-alone fantasy romance.

Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human—a kind, handsome boy who’s everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger . . . but Kahlen can’t bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?

The Siren was previously self-published; this brand-new edition has been completely rewritten and redesigned

Review

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I picked up this book as I had read all the books in the Selection series and loved them and the author. This book is nothing at all like those other books and is a very different stand alone book. It’s well written and a unique story. This was originally a self published novel and this is an official redone release version.

Our existence is based on the ocean and feeding the ocean keeps us alive. Do boats sinking and taking lives sometimes not make sense? In this book we learn that the ocean must take the lives of some to save the lives of many. Through this the Sirens are born. Their voices are lovely but if you hear them you will go run to water and drown. Kahlen didn’t want to die, so the ocean saved her and has sentenced her to 80 years of being a Siren if she so chooses.

Fast forward to modern day and that is where the book really picks up. A group of girls, Sirens, are living in a world where they can’t speak a word to human ears without terrible consequences. They do their best to try to acclimate and pretending to be deaf or mute.

Life gets complicated when boys get involved. Kahlen vowed to never get involved on any level with a human but one boy works his way into her life and she does her best to keep her feelings for this boy a secret from the ocean. Nothing can ever be kept from the ocean forever though.

Your heartstrings will be pulled in all kinds of directions as you read this book. There is a mystery that arises that the Sirens work to resolve. At points I was almost brought to tears not knowing what would happen in the end. This is a must read if you like Kiera Cass, but just be mindful that this is not set in the same kind of world as the selection but a different world all it’s own.

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Author Bio

Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake. You can learn more about Kiera at kieracass.com, follow her on twitter via @kieracass, and see her silly videos at YouTube.com/user/kieracass

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We Own The Night by Ashley Poston

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Synopsis

“Welcome to midnight, my fellow Niteowls…?
No one would ever suspect that responsible, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North is the incognito radio deejay known only as Niteowl. Finally a high school grad, she can’t wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams. Thankfully, her three best friends-Billie, LD, and Micah (who she is definitely, absolutely, not in love with)-are more concerned with spending one last epic summer together than finding out where Ingrid slinks off to every weekend.
But for that one glorious hour every Saturday night, Iggy shucks her own skin to become Niteowl-a infamous and daring deejay with the answers to everyone’s love life but her own. There is one caller in particular-Dark and Brooding-whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off the fact that Micah is rapidly falling for a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare. But when Ingrid lands an interview in New York City for the internship of a lifetime, her secret life begins to unravel. It’s her chance to follow her heart, but she’ll have to leave everything behind-her ailing grandmother, her friends, her radio show…and a chance at her very own happy ending.
Torn between her dreams and her home, Iggy begins to realize that to get what she wants, she has to give up the things that mean the most to her. But letting go could lead to a summer of sunflowers, rockstars, and the show of a lifetime.

Review

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***An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.***

First off… This cover! I am so in love with the cover art for this book. It is beautiful and amazing and before I even read the synopsis, I had to read this book. I love how the skyline is fused into theme of the radio dj aspect.

From the first page of this book I fell in love with this story. Ingrid is such a relate-able main character and she seemed like a very real person. Unlike some books, there was a lot of grey area between her and the friends around her. It wasn’t so black and white and things developed and changed between them as the story goes along.

Ingrid hosts a late night radio show one night a week under the alias of Niteowl.  She has regular callers who also have alias’ and she helps theme through life’s troubles and relationships. She lives in Nebraska, and being a mid-western girl myself, I could very much visualize the places in the book. I think the author did a great job with helping the reader visualize the the places in the book.

Ingrid has fallen in love with the boy next door, also her best friend. She gives advice all the time but in her own life she doesn’t know what to do. She has also developed a sort of crush on one of her callers. Though the caller is quite familiar, you’re on your toes the whole book to find out who he is. As a reader it was not predicable in parts and I kept guessing and changing my mind all the time who it might be.

This is a great book to take you into summer. It touches on the end of high school and the choices and situations you face before you leave for college. Whether you’re in the situation yourself or have gone through it, it will strike a chord with you.

Dirty Doms


Title: Dirty Doms Box Set
Author: Various
Genre: Erotic Romance/BDSM
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Blurb
Explore your kinkiest BDSM fantasies with Dirty Doms

Dirty Doms Box Set

Ten of your favorite NY Times, USA Today, and Amazon best-selling authors have delved into the world of BDSM Kink. Explore your darkest desires, and deepest secrets under the expert care of a sexy Alpha Dom. 

(Capture) Fantasy Surrender by Lori King
(Corporal Punishment) The Beauty and the Badass by Lucy Felthouse
(Orgasm Control) Secrets & Lies by Serena Akeroyd
(Impact Play) Sizzle by McKinlay Thomson
(Pet Play) Club Menage: Fifi by Tara Crescent
(Bondage) Binding Her To Him by TL Reeve
(Fire Play) Kaise by Jade Belfry
(Daddy Dom) Professor Knows Best by Juliet Braddock
(Sensory Deprivation) Deprived by Jordan Ashley
(Medical Play) Electric by C.P. Mandara

Spice up your night and indulge your kinks…

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Fantasy Surrender by Lori King

Rachel Morgan lives every woman’s fantasy with her four cowboy husbands. Each man exemplifies something she’s always wanted in a man, and they treat her like a queen. As they approach their five year wedding anniversary, the guys have asked her what she’d like to do to celebrate, but she’s nervous about telling them the truth. It’s insane to want to be chased again, right?
This is a capture fantasy and explores a man hunting down his woman and ravishing her.

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The Beauty and the Badass by Lucy Felthouse

From the moment Alexei Miles sets eyes on the kickboxing instructor at his new gym, he’s enthralled. She’s strong and sexy, and he senses something in her that speaks to his deepest desires. Bored of meaningless one-night stands, Alexei vows to find out more about the beautiful badass. He hopes his senses are correct—that her desires will match his own, and that his period of unsatisfying sexual encounters is over.
Zoe Harrison notices the new guy as soon as he walks into the gym—difficult not to, really, given he’s a six-feet-plus gorgeous Viking. As well as being attractive, he awakens something deep inside that she’d almost forgotten about. Men that can handle Zoe’s busy lifestyle are few and far between. Add to that her very specific sexual appetites and it’s little wonder she’s been single for so long. Is the Viking about to change all that?

This story explores corporal punishment in a BDSM setting.

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Secrets & Lies by Serena Akeroyd

Meg’s love life was missing a spark until she discovered her need to be dominated. When her fiancé shared the same kink, she thought all her birthdays had come at once, and then she came to learn their relationship was one big fat lie.
Gabe has loved Meg for years, watching her from afar, and always wishing he’d been the one to date her first and not his brother. When he has the chance to have Meg in his bed—even better, tied to it—it’s an opportunity he can’t refuse.
With disastrous consequences.
Can Gabe make Meg realize she’s the one woman he’s always wanted? But once secrets and lies have wormed their way into a relationship, is it impossible to establish the firm base of trust needed between lovers, and more importantly, between sub and Sir…?

This story features orgasm control in a BDSM setting.

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Sizzle by McKinlay Thomson

Elisa is a shy, quiet, bookish woman with one huge problem. She has a crush on the hot Dom living next door and he doesn’t even know she exists.
Alex knows his curvy little neighbor watches him over the fence. He would like nothing more than to bang on her door, drag her back to his place, and show her he has just the right toys to keep them both satisfied well into the night.
When Alex and Elisa finally come together could a threat from his past derail their budding romance or will their desire continue to sizzle.

This story includes impact play in a BDSM setting.

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Club Ménage: Fifi by Tara Crescent

Something’s wrong at Club Ménage…
After escaping an abusive relationship with her dominant, Fiona Clarke swore off submission for life. But when the private investigator is hired to solve a case of blackmail at the secretive Club Ménage, she finds that she hasn’t managed to leave her past behind.
Adrian Lockart and Brody Payne protected Fiona from her dominant, until the day they disappeared from her life without a trace. When they reunite at Club Ménage, can they convince Fiona to trust them again, and can they protect her from the danger that surrounds them on all sides?
This story explores pet play in a BDSM setting. No actual animals are involved.

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Binding Her To Him by TL Reeve

Kennedy Le Roche, is on a mission.
A new drug has hit the streets of Reserve, Louisiana, and it is claiming victims at an alarming pace. The only clue she has is a BDSM Club on the outskirts of town. As a submissive, she’ll go undercover to ferret out who’s distributing the drug. But, there’s a catch.
Phoenix Dupree, is a police consultant by day and a Dominant by night.
When the police chief shares a case of utmost importance with him, he takes it. What he isn’t expecting is the identity of his submissive for the night, Kennedy Le Roche.
Feelings long since dormant resurface. Can Kennedy and Phoenix work together or will old wound prove to be too deep?

This is a bondage/restraint story and of lost love.

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Kaise: A White Card Story by Jade Belfry

Will this cold attorney allow the flames of passion to melt her heart of stone? Kaise didn’t want love and certainly didn’t have time for sex. That is, until she loses a major case and her trusted assistant all on the same day. Feeling sorry for herself and fortified by drink, she dials a secret number given to her by a friend. Things heat up when the call connects and she reaches an ultra-exclusive team of sexual trainers that are about to show her everything she never knew that she’s been missing. Including perhaps the old flame she’s never forgotten.

This story features temperature play in a BDSM setting.

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Professor Knows Best by Juliet Braddock

Professor Justin Langford is on a mission to teach his star student Sloane Bradford a few lessons in her deepest, dirtiest fantasies. However, the last thing he needs is another college girl.
After a miscommunication separates them, fate reunites the reluctant lovers.
From swing sets to sex shops, Justin challenges Sloane to embrace a life filled with sippy-cups and spankings. Sloane has much to learn if she’s still intent on being his prized pupil.
Will Justin manage to control her rising brat enough to transform Sloane into Daddy’s Little Girl?
This story contains elements of age play and Daddy-Daughter roleplay.
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Deprived by Jordan Ashley

Heather Ross vowed after a decade of being controlled by her husband that she would never trust her heart with someone again. That is until her best friend moves in to help her through being a single mom. His gentle, playful nature made her remember what she always wanted in a man, waking desires she thought long buried deep in her soul.
Jack Stevens never imagined that moving in with Heather every fantasy and dream he’d concocted to get him through lonely nights would come true. The day Heather confessed her desire for him Jack swore he would use every tool in his arsenal learned as a Dom to help her trust him completely even with his own lingering skeletons.
Can Heather learn to trust Jack when she has been deprived of her true desires for too long?

Grab your tissues and learn to trust again with passionate sensory play.

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Electric by C.P. Mandara

“I am going to break you. That’s the whole purpose of this exercise. From the moment the door inside that room closes, I am not going to be Mr. Nice Guy. I am going to do everything in my power to hear you scream, and I won’t stop until I hear you beg for mercy. Do you wish to proceed on that basis?”
Today my name is Lois Reeves. I have an appointment with dominant “James Leverett” this morning, because my next assignment requires that I be a “submissive” and I have no idea what that entails. I’m about to find out… by jumping in at the deep end.

This story features medical edge play and electricity play.

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Young Love

Title: Young Love
Series: Bloomfield #4 
Author: Janelle Stalder
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance 
 Release Date: June 28, 2016

Blurb

Honor Jacobs has a dream, and she won’t stop until she achieves it.

Dancing is her life, which means she has no time for men. Especially not tattoo artists with hard eyes, and a mouth that has her thinking things she shouldn’t be. Staying as far away from Grey Anderson as possible is the solution to all her problems. Except that’s easier said than done. And no matter how much space she puts between them, it’s never enough. He might think she’s too young, and she might think he’s not the one for her, but their hearts think differently. It’ll all come down to will and determination…she just needs to decide which path she’s destined to take.

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Author Bio

Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. Since then she has released an Adult Dystopian Romance series, the New World Series, hitting the best sellers list on Amazon. She has also released a Mature YA/NA novel, Brush Strokes, that stayed on the best sellers list for contemporary romance for sixteen straight weeks. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she’s not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, three children, Aiden, Elora and Violet, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in a small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.

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