Friday, 28 February 2014

Giveaway: The Room Beyond by Stephanie Elmas

Today at Ex Libris we are very happy to welcome author Stephanie Elmas and get to know a bit more about her debut novel The Room Beyond, a fascinating story that combines equal parts of suspense and mystery with romance. And as always, don't forget to check at the end of the post for the giveaway details :)

The Room Beyond by Stephanie Elmas

When Serena begins a new life working for the Hartreve family at 36 Marguerite Avenue she falls in love, not just with its eccentric and alluring inhabitants and their world, but with the house itself. Number 36 is a beautiful Victorian London mansion that has remained in the family for generations. Serena feels that by being here she has escaped the ghosts of her own sad childhood and found a true home, but she soon discovers that behind its gleaming surfaces Marguerite Avenue is plagued by secrets and mystery. Why does such a beautiful tranquil street seem sometimes to shimmer with menace? Is everyone in the family quite who they appear to be? And just what is it that the family is trying to hide from her?

It is 1892. On a hot summer night scented with jasmine, Miranda Whitestone hosts a dinner party at 34 Marguerite Avenue. Watching helplessly as her husband is seduced by her glamorous neighbour Lucinda Eden, she can have no idea of the consequences the evening will have.

For the history of Marguerite Avenue is more chilling than Serena could have imagined, and the fates of two women - the beautiful renegade Lucinda and the 'good wife' Miranda - will reach out from the past to cast a shadow over Serena's own future.

The Room Beyond is a thriller that delves beneath the romance and grandeur of a London house and finds a family haunted by the legacy of past wrongdoings. As the suspense grows and the fog thickens, will Serena be able to give up all that she has come to love? Will she ever escape?

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Stephanie Elmas was born in Hong Kong to an English father and Czech mother but spent most of her childhood in Bristol, England UK. She studied English at university in London. She has worked as a head hunter, taught English in Japan and returned to university to complete a Masters in Victorian fiction. It was here that she developed her interest in the dark dangerous world of Victorian sensation writing. Stephanie now lives in a chaotic house in Surrey, England UK, with her husband and three highly energetic but wonderful children.

Visit Stephanie at: Website - Goodreads - Facebook - Twitter


Stephanie is generously offering 3 ebook copies of The Room Beyond to 3 lucky winners!

To be entered just leave us a comment telling us: Would you ever choose to live in a house that has a "strange" or chilling history?

Giveaway is open to everyone and ends on 15 March 2014!

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Interview with Jen Frederick + Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming to Ex Libris Jen Frederick, author of the popular and beloved NA Woodlands series. Jen is celebrating the release of Unraveled, book #3 in her series, and she was kind to tell us a bit more about how Unraveled came to be and what you can expect from its hero and heroine. So join us for a first glimpse and you could even win the series!

Stella: Hi Jen, welcome to Ex Libris and congrats on your new release! Could you tell us a bit about your Woodlands series? Why do you choose military heroes? What is their appeal for you? (besides the obvious: that they are responsible, hunky patriot heroes ;-p)

Jen: I get all my ideas from the news. I’m like the NA version of Law & Order. “Ripped from the headlines.” During the economic down turn, there was an article in the New York Times about how luxurious houses were being rented for pittances by college students. I thought it would be a great idea to set five guys in a house and watch them all fall in love.

As for why I wrote about Marines? Well, who doesn’t love a fit man in uniform whose desire is to protect the women that they love?

Stella: *sighs* Could you tell us about the inspiration for the latest story, Unraveled?

Jen: There was an article I read about the proliferation of young widows due to the number of young men we lost due to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It seemed natural to pair a former Army widow with another military man.

Stella: Weren't you afraid that it would be a bit too dark, intense for a NA story?

Jen: Not at all. Despite the topic of grief, the book is peppered with humor—particularly the banter between the roommates and former Marines Gray is visiting—and steamy moments that alleviate what could be too weighty.

Stella: Now could you introduce the hero and heroine of Unraveled to our readers?

Jen: Gray Phillips is a twenty-five year old Marine who recently received a promotion but he’s not sure if he wants to reenlist or separate and start a civilian life. He hasn’t had a real girlfriend since his first cheated on him and doesn’t believe that relationships can survive deployments and separations. And he has definite ideas about hookups:

"It's not that hook ups aren't good but it's like the difference between a nice song and an awesome concert. One is a three-minute interlude. The other is an event. The better you know your partner, the better the sex is.”

Sam Anderson is a twenty-two year old whose life up to this point was defined by the fact she was married and widowed before the age of twenty. Her Army husband died while deployed. She thinks the perfect guy would be one who would watch Downton Abbey and knit with her. Then she meets Gray, another military man, and she falls hard.

“Hey, are you okay? Do you need to take a break?" Gray stopped and turned to look at me.

Yes, I need to take a break and bash my head against the rocks until the image of the two of us naked is flushed from my mind. Out loud, I said, "Nope," and gave him the fakest smile in two counties.

He looked at me suspiciously but as he couldn't read my mind, thank God, he just turned around. Every time I started thinking of Gray in a sexual way, I stabbed myself with an imaginary knitting needle. Good thing it was imaginary because I would've bled out about a third of the way up.

Bestselling author Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at

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Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier. His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind. He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment. So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines.

Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regrets—that she didn’t move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn’t taken many chances in life. Now, she’s met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Scavenger Hunt with Diana Quincy + Giveaway

If you follow Ex Libris Diana Quincy's name is not unfamiliar to you. Ever since I read Seducing Charlotte by Diana Quincy, which was one of my top favourite read of 2013 (if you haven't read it yet take a look at my review and pick up your copy, I LOVED it!, I've been a big fan of her Accidental Peers series. Well I am happy to report that Book #3 Compromising Willa got released and Diana is celebrating it not just with any simple blog tour, but a scavenger hunt! :-D I'm Stop #5 in your quest, so just read the excerpt below and put the word in red into the Rafflecopter. Easy as that ;-) Oh and pick up a copy of Compromising Willa, I LOVED it!! :-)

Compromising Willa by Diana Quincy

Book #3 in the Accidental Peers series

England, 1805

Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she'll be ruined. Again.

No one is more shocked by Willa's lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.

Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?

Part 5

He frowned over the bridge of a nose so straight and symmetrical even Michelangelo would have marveled over it. “Come, Willa, ‘tis me, Augustus. What is with such coldness for an admirer who desires nothing more than the precious gift of a lady’s smile?”

A kernel of anger stirred inside her. She might appear to be the same naïve girl on the outside, but Willa viewed life through different eyes now, knowing it could change in an instant. She’d learned firsthand, after the disaster with Augustus and then her father’s death. The young girl who had challenged Augustus to race their horses through the countryside, her untamed hair flying—jesting with him on the rare occasion that she actually beat him—had vanished. Those summers, and the world of innocent possibility that came with them, seemed like a lifetime ago. “There was a time you asked for far more than a mere smile.”

“Let’s not dwell on the past,” he said. “Not when we have the brightest of futures to look forward to.”

“A future?”

“Of course, with the depth of feeling that you and I can only find in each other.”

Her throat constricted. “The time for any sort of romantic foolishness has passed.” She turned away and rested her gloved hands on the cold stone balustrade, the chill stealing up her arms and rippling through her insides. “Surely, you recognize the realities of the world. You certainly assured that I did.”

“Balderdash.” He moved beside her, close enough for his perfume to fill her nostrils with the smell of rosemary, almonds, and old memories that were best forgotten. “I have come to take you to wife. Nothing stands between us now.”

Her heart took a slight leap. Perhaps she’d been wrong about him. Maybe his regard for her would prove strong enough after all. “The earl has agreed to this?” she ventured, feeling the tiniest sprig of hope. “Or have you decided to proceed without your father’s consent?”

He laughed, but it was a mirthless sound. “It is what the Earl of Bellingham desires above all else.”

“I don’t understand.” The old earl had always been firmly opposed to any match between them. He’d been in search of a larger dowry, but Augustus had convinced her they could overcome his objections. Foolishly—disastrously—she’d believed him. “How could this be?”

“My father is dead. Not three days in the ground, and I have come for you because I couldn’t bear to wait one moment longer for us to be together.” He resumed his smiling demeanor, yet no warmth emanated from him. “Once an appropriate mourning period is past, we shall become betrothed, just as we should have in earnest four years ago.”

It took her a moment to comprehend his words. His father dead. After all these years, nothing stood between them. She paused, waiting for a warm surge of joy now that they could finally be together. But there was…nothing. The only warmth she felt came from the anger kindling in her chest.

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Diana Quincy is an award-winning former television journalist who decided she'd rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed. Growing up as a foreign service brat, Diana lived in many countries and is now settled in Virginia with her husband and two sons. When not bent over her laptop or trying to keep up with laundry, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and dreams of traveling much more than her current schedule (and budget) allows. Diana loves to hear from readers. You can connect with her at: 


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Monday, 24 February 2014

Brazen Blast + Giveaway

If you like your heroes hot, the sex hotter, and a swoon-worthy romance to swoop in and save your happily ever after, Brazen has the story for you. Sinfully sexy soldiers. Alpha cops who demand control. Sweet guys with a naughty side in the bedroom. At Brazen, they've got the hero destined to melt your... heart. Visit the Entangled website, the Brazen Blog, follow them on Twitter, Like their Facebook page, and follow them on Pinterest.

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His rival's in his bed and this rocker is ready to play.

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When one touch isn't enough, why resist?

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 Four lessons,
no strings...


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At his majesty's service...     

or so he thinks.     

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Letting go might be the key 

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Books Coming This Week

Happy Sunday everyone!!! How are you? Hope your week wasn't as exhausting as mine was and that you managed to read a couple of great stories :)
This week we have quite an impressive list of books to choose from. I warn you, get ready to empty your pockets because this week, you won't be able to buy just one book :P

A Real Disaster by Molly Ryan
Witch Interrupted by Jody Wallace
A Wicked Pursuit (Breconridge Brothers, #1) by Isabella Bradford
Angel Seduced (The Hidden, #3) by Jaime Rush
Baby, Be Mine (Thompson & Sons, #2) by Vivian Arend
Baby, It's Cold Outside (Men at Work, #1) by HelenKay Dimon
Burn Bright (Dark Star, #2) by Bethany Frenette
Close Pursuit by Cindy Dees
Evening Stars (Blackberry Island, #3) by Susan Mallery
Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1) by Victoria Scott

Four Weddings and a Fireman (The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel, #5) by Jennifer Bernard
Going for Four (Counting on Love, #4) by Erin Nicholas
Hard As You Can (Hard Ink, #2) by Laura Kaye
Hot Shots by Anne Marsh, Lynn LaFleur, Stacey Kennedy
Killer Frost (Mythos Academy, #6) by Jennifer Estep
Night Owls (Night Owls, #1) by Lauren M. Roy
Shame On You (Fool Me Once, #1) by Tara Sivec
Take a Chance (Chances, #1; Rosemary Beach, #6) by Abbi Glines
The Bride Says Maybe (The Brides of Wishmore, #2) by Cathy Maxwell
The Chance (Thunder Point, #4) by Robyn Carr

The Problem with Promises (Mystwalker, #3) by Leigh Evans
The Raider (Highland Guard, #8) by Monica McCarty
The Scandalous Duke Takes a Bride (Dangerous Rogues, #3) by Tiffany Clare
The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters, #1) by Michelle Madow
The Thrill of Victory and Tomorrow's Promise by Sandra Brown
The Trouble With Honor (The Cabot Sisters, #1) by Julia London
The Undead Pool (The Hollows, #12) by Kim Harrison
The Warrior's Bride (Lairds of the Loch, #3) by Amanda Scott
The Well's End by Seth Fishman
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Unforgotten (Unremembered, #2) by Jessica Brody 
When the Duke Was Wicked (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, #1) by Lorraine Heath 
White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Rare and Precious Things (The Blackstone Affair, #4) by Raine Miller 
Exposure (Virals, #4) by Kathy Reichs 
Mafia Girl by Deborah Blumenthal 
The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

Like I said, the final week of February is full of titles I'm just not able to resist! I just can't choose one or two when this week releases not only Killer Frost the last book in my beloved Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep, but also White Hot Kiss, the first book in a brand new series by Jennifer Armentrout! And I just can't pass the opportunity of reading Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye, whose books I always enjoy or Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott, a story that sounds right up my alley! Oh well, I have a couple or more additions that I could make but I don't want to repeat the above list :P

What about you? Are you tempted from this week's releases like I am?

Just let me now in your comments :)

Friday, 21 February 2014

Q&A with Jill Shalvis about Once in a Lifetime + Giveaway

The latest instalment in one of my favourite small town romances just got released: Once in a Lifetime in Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor series! Wohoo! So join us as Jill tells us a bit more about the story and its characters and you could even win a copy of the book! Yay! :-)

Q: Ben’s a bit lost at the beginning of the book, unsure of what he wants to do with his life. Did you always have his story—and how it would end—in mind?

A: I did. Every once in awhile, I really enjoy torturing a hero to the end. :)

Q: Your main character Aubrey is remodeling her aunt’s bookstore so it can be a haven for other booklovers as it was for her when she was younger. Did you have a special place growing up (or do you have one now?) where you love to read?

A: I always had a soft spot for bookstores. And libraries. They were my special hideaway haven. I really went back and forth on using a bookstore in today’s day and age, but in the end, I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite places on earth. :)

Q: What scene did you have the most fun writing?

A: Oh I have quite a few from this book! When Aubrey throws her drink in Ben’s face, when she runs and hides out in an AA meeting and makes friends with the pastor, when Ben figures out she’s writing a list of people she’s wronged and he wonders that it’s not a lot longer than it is, when Aubrey gets a little tipsy and throws rocks at Ben’s window like a scene right out of the Say Anything movie…

Q:What’s the most interesting way you got around a plot problem?

A: I wrote myself into a corner in Once In A Lifetime, twice. I wrote XX happens here and it will be brilliant and funny. And then I accidentally left that in when I sent it to my editor. I’m sure she wasn’t as amused as I was.

Q: What can your fans look forward to next in the Lucky Harbor series?

A: Next up is a Lucky Harbor trilogy for this coming summer and fall, It’s In His Kiss, He’s So Fine, and Once In A Million, the stories of the three sexy hot guys who run Lucky Harbor Charters.

Once in a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis

Book #9 in the Lucky Harbor series


After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

Determined to right the wrongs of her past, Aubrey is working hard to make amends. But by far, the toughest challenge to her plan is sexy, brooding Ben - even though he has absolutely no idea what she's done . . .

Can this unlikely couple defy the odds and win over the little town of Lucky Harbor?

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It was dark outside when she got back to the Book & Bean, and she stopped short just outside the door. She’d locked up when she left and turned off the lights.

But the door was unlocked now, and the lights on. She went still, then pulled out her phone and dialed 9-1-1. She didn’t hit send but kept her thumb hovered over call. Taking a step inside, she paused. “Hello?”


The low, slightly rough voice wasn’t what had her heart pumping. That honor went to the fact that there was a man on a ladder in the back of her store.


He was in jeans with a tool belt slung low on his hips, his t-shirt clinging to him. He seemed a little irritated, a little sweaty, and just looking at him Aubrey got a whole lot hot and bothered in places that had no business being hot and bothered by this man at all. “What are you doing in here?” she asked.

“I work here.”

“What are you talking about? Get out.”

“Sorry, Sunshine.” He wasn’t even looking at her, but using some sort of long, claw-like tool to pull down a ceiling tile above the wall she’d been working on. And his tool worked way better than hers.

His movements were agile and surprisingly graceful for a guy his size. Not that he was bulky in any way. Nope, that tall, built body was all lean, tough muscle, and it screamed power. And with each subtle movement, his body made it clear that it knew exactly what to do with all that power. “The owner of this building hired me,” he said. “Said you were making a mess of things because your pride was bigger than your wallet.”

This caught her completely off guard, both the insult and the information. “My uncle owns this building,” she said.

He smiled thinly. “Yep. Happy Birthday.”

“It’s not my birthday.”

“Then happy you’ve-got-a-great-uncle day.”

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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Guest post by Jade Lee + Giveaway

Please give a warm welcome to Jade Lee, who is celebrating the release of the latest novel in her Bridal Favors series: What the Groom Wants! Jade stops by with an exclusive excerpt and a giveaway, so enjoy and tell us all about your (dream) prom dress! ;-)

The Bridal Favor series happened because...well, because of prom season. You know, going into a bridal salon and looking at all the pretty dresses? I have two daughters and when they hit high school, dress shopping became both fun and highly traumatic. Why traumatic? Have you seen the prices of those dresses? I thought about taking out a new mortgage on my house. Instead, I told my kids to get jobs (*grin*)

Anyway, the idea of following four women who ran a bridal salon just worked for me (and my editor). You can find the whole series order here. What the Groom Wants is Seamstress Wendy's book and my big rags to riches story.

Both Radley and Wendy are the equivalent of middle class but when he suddenly becomes a duke (because that always happened, right?) suddenly there was a whole lot of: I'm not supposed to do what? I can't do that why? You want what? Those were the really funny scenes, especially when I wrote Lady Eleanor, the woman everyone says he needs to marry. Everyone, that is, except Radley himself who has loved Wendy since they were kids.

Wendy, on the other hand, has survived all her life by juggling a thousand things at once (who hasn't done that?) and somehow coming ahead. Her core thought is about equitable bargains: you give me A, I'll give you B, and if you don't cheat me, we'll both come out ahead. Well, as much as she wants to love Radley, there is nothing equitable about a duke marrying a seamstress. So while he's struggling to adjust to his new title, she's desperately working to be worthy of him. It's all in her mind, of course, but what she does really floored everyone (including me, to tell you the truth). In the end, she becomes worthy of him in everyone's eyes, including her own.

I've got an excerpt up on my website. Here's the link. But while it sets up the adventure plot, it focuses on Wendy. So just for you, here's a funny excerpt that gives you an idea of Radley and his problems (By the way, his nickname for Wendy is “Wind”):

Radley woke with a deluge of water on his face. He choked then reared up while sputtering and coughing. That was a mistake. Rearing up, sputtering and coughing, all of it—a huge, huge mistake. His head pounded, and his stomach heaved. It was only by sheer willpower alone that he kept his stomach contents inside his miserable body.
Someone was speaking. Actually, more than one someone. Females. But the words would not steady in his head, and God knew, he had no desire to open his eyes. He held his head in his hands and prayed that the world would stop spinning.
In the end, a male voice cut through the female gibberish, silencing the women, and he was never more grateful than at that moment. A few seconds later, and the noises resolved into words.
“We’re going to be late! And he can’t go there looking like that!” Female. Shrill. Oh yes, Mum.
“Give the lad a moment. He’s used to mustering at the sound of a whistle. He can manage a shave and a clean shirt by two.” Male voice. Slight Scottish brogue. Who the hell was that?
“He needs more than a shave. He needs a bath and a delousing.” Female voice. Softer than the first. He smiled. His sister Caroline!
Then her words penetrated, and he squinted at his sister. “I do not have lice!”
In answer, his sister folded her arms and smiled. “He stirs! My goodness, Radley, you’re not dead after all.”
He bloody well wished he were with the way his head pounded. Then the man stepped forward. He was a handsome, rugged man with scars on his hands and a simple coat made of fine cloth. And he extended a flask.
“Here. This’ll help.” Rad took it greedily, unstoppering it, and tipping it to his mouth, while his mother sputtered her objection.
“He doesn’t need more drink! Good G—”
“It’s not what you think,” the man interrupted, but he needn’t have, as Radley nearly spewed the vile concoction. He would have thrown the flask across the room, but the bastard gripped his forearm in a wretchedly strong grip. “It’s horrible, I know, but it’ll help settle your stomach. You don’t think the Scots know about a morning head? Come on. Drink all of it, or I’ll leave you to the women.”
He cracked his eyes and glared at the man. But even though the big Scot took up most of his vision, he could still see the prim features of his mother and sister to either side. Choosing the lesser of evils, he reluctantly put the flask to his mouth and choked down the stuff.
Meanwhile, the man turned to smile at the women. “See. He’s waking now. Go on, ladies. I’ll see to him from here.”
His mother spun on her heel with a sniff and stomped—bloody hell, she must weigh a ton—out of the room. His sister sighed, shook her head, and left quietly. Thank God for that, but of course, one of her disappointed sighs cut deeper than any number of elephants clomping through the rooms.
He finished the last of the flask and handed it back to the man who dragged up a chair. And when the hell did he get a chair in his room? Had his mother been shopping again?
He sighed and let his head hang. It took a moment, but he finally was able to manage a hoarse whisper. “Who the hell are you?”
“Ah, right. I’m Gregory Murray, Earl of Hartfell, and the man deeply in love with your sister. I’d have my ring on her finger by now, but your relations had to get killed. She’s the sister of a duke now, and we’ve got to do things proper. Wedding’s planned for the end of the season. Is that acceptable?”
Radley forced his head up to inspect the man now seated before him. He looked decent enough. Wealthy too, and with a title. It was a great deal more than he’d ever hoped for his sister, but he didn’t say that. Instead, he managed an awkward shrug. “Don’t know you. Don’t know if my sister likes you.” Then his surly side couldn’t resist adding one last jibe. “Don’t bloody well know what you’re doing throwing a bucket of water on me while I’m sleeping.”
“Ah, well that was your mother. Claims she’s been trying to wake you for an hour or more. Finally, sent round a desperate note to your sis. Once I understood the nature of your illness, I had my valet make this brew.” He waved the flask. “Tastes like sewage, but I swear, it’ll make a man of you in about an hour.”
“I’m already a man,” he snapped. “Have been for years.”
“Pardon the correction, mate, but you’re a bloody drunk right now, with a sore head and an ill temper.” He tucked the flask away, then—damnation—pulled out another. At Radley’s groan, he laughed. “We’re going to get you shaved and bathed. Then you’ll finish this second flask before you put on those lovely togs your mother set for you.”
“Like hell I will.”
“You will because you’ll be crave it. Trust me, I know. And then, we’ll go to your new London home. Step lively, we haven’t a lot of time. The women will have the bath ready by now.”
Radley wanted to argue, but he knew better. He didn’t have to see a clock to know that it was already late in the morning, possibly afternoon. So with a grudging nod, he pushed unsteadily to his feet.
That’s when he saw it: the purse. Not his regular purse, but a fancy one that had been filled with coins. It was the purse that he’d tried to give Wendy, but she’d thrown at his face. He frowned, trying to remember the details of the evening. He remembered brandy. The best, damned brandy he’d ever had in his life. Then he remembered rushing to see Wendy, and…
He groaned. It all came back in a rush. He remembered accosting her in her workshop. He’d pulled out the purse, just like any Jack paying for a back alley tumble.
He didn’t really remember the words they’d exchanged, but he didn’t need to. He could well guess. And then, he’d taken his purse and his dignity—if a drunk could have any dignity—and walked straight to the nearest pub. All that coin that should have gone to her was spent on drink.
Had he really drank a hundred twenty-one quid last night? Apparently so, because the purse was empty, and his head pounded. He collapsed onto the bed with a groan.
“The bucket’s right there,” said the Scot. “Don’t be getting my togs dirty. Neither of us would hear the end of that.”
Radley shook his head. He wasn’t going to be sick, though he felt ill enough. “I’m a bloody idiot when I drink,” he said.
“Well, that sounds like a tale,” drawled the Scot. “But we haven’t the time. If we take much longer, the women will be back at you.”
He bit back a groan, knowing it was true. “Fine,” he ground out, as he forced himself onto unsteady legs. “Let’s get me ready to present to my massive staff. Though I don’t know why we bother. They’ve already seen me unshaven and in holey stockings.”
Radley peered at the man. “The old duke has—” He swallowed and straightened. “I have an excellent wine cellar.”
The Scot laughed. “You can tell me all about it after you shave.”
With a nod, Radley cleaned himself up. It was slow going at first, but he managed it. He also asked for the second flask because he did, indeed, crave it by the time he’d finished his bath. The Scot showed himself to be a decent fellow. He didn’t crow over the request, but handed it over with nary a word. He kept Radley’s mother and sister on the other side of the screen, since his bath was in the main room, and he even disposed of the dirty water without a word of complaint.
Such restraint wasn’t in Radley’s nature as he dressed. He looked about the rooms as he moved and saw over a dozen new purchases. So when he was fully clothed in new clothes, courtesy of his mother, he was able to confront her face to face.
“What are all these new things?” he demanded as he pointed to the new tea set, the shiny copper kettle, her new gown, and feathery hair pins.
His mum drew herself to her full stature, which was nearly as tall he was. “I’m the mother of a duke now. You can’t begrudge me a few new items.”
“But where are you getting the coin?”
“Coin? Heaven’s Radley, you’re a duke now. We can buy on credit.”
He gaped, already seeing where this was going. “How much,” he rasped. “How much did you buy on credit?”
She shrugged. “As if I know! Radley, we can finally have everything we’ve always wanted!”
Radley swallowed, his head pounding. Certainly, he was wealthy, but he knew his mother. If left to her own devices, she could beggar the crown. He had to find a way to moderate her spending now. So he straightened and spoke in a commanding tone.
“No, mum, we can’t. You can’t. There are expenses and an entire village starving for food. I’ve spent the money we have already. It’s gone up north to the people there. Plus there’s an army of servants at the house who need pay.” The bankers, in fact, had warned him repeatedly yesterday. Not just once when they joined the solicitors, but again that evening, when he demanded the coin for Wendy. There wasn’t ready blunt. Not for him or his mum. And there wouldn’t be a lot for months to come. He had “assets” they said, not “cash.”
“But that’s the beauty of credit,” his mother said. “You don’t have to have the coin now.
“But you have to pay eventually, mum.”
“And eventually, you’ll have the money.”
He shook his head. The woman wasn’t listening, and he didn’t know what to do about that. And worse, he didn’t have the heart to restrict her. When they were growing up, he’d seen her take the food off her own plate to give him. He’d watched her darn socks and cut up her own dresses to patch a hole in his pants. And now, finally, they had money for food and clothing. They had a house full of nice things in London and servants to meet their every need. How could he begrudge her these purchases?
“No more, mum. Not a single thing more.”
She flashed him a happy smile—one that had been so rare when he was a child—and then bustled them to the door. “Come along. The carriage is already here.”
He frowned. “Carriage? What carriage?”
His mother huffed. “Well, we can’t arrive at our new home on foot, now can we?”
Radley winced, knowing that yesterday he had indeed arrived there on foot. “But—”
“I sent a note telling them to send the carriage at one-thirty. It’s a quarter to two now, so I’m sure—”
“I’m sure the horses have been cooling their heels for fifteen minutes, while the entire neighborhood sits outside to watch.”
His mother didn’t answer, as she was busy adjusting her hat above the feathered hairpins. But he saw her smug smile and knew the truth. After years of derision at her superior airs, her mother had finally gotten her wish. She was the mother of a duke now, and this was her way of rubbing everyone’s nose in it.
“You’ve been lording it over the whole neighborhood for weeks now, haven’t you?”
“Come along, Radley, Caroline. It’s time to move to our new home.”
Radley grimaced but didn’t argue. His mother had earned the right to crow. So he bent to pick up a huge trunk, when his mother abruptly hissed.
“Put that down, Radley!”
He dropped it, startled.
“You’re a duke, for God’s sake. You don’t carry and haul trunks. You have footmen for that.”
He blinked. He’d been carrying and hauling for his mother ever since he could walk. But one glance at his sister’s slow nod had him rethinking. He was a duke, after all. Why not let a servant carry the thing? It was bloody heavy.
So he straightened and nodded. “Very well,” he said. “Let’s go.”
The women filed out, his mother leading the way. He didn’t have to see her face to know that she wore an air of superiority in her expression. Caroline went next, while the Scot hung back, waiting.
“You ready for this?” he asked.
Radley didn’t answer at first. Instead, he took a moment to look behind him. Not just at the rooms, but at his entire life up to this point. Was it all gone then? Would he never return to the life he’d known and loved? He knew the answer already, but it was hard to believe—harder still to want it.
“Can a man be ready for this?” he asked.
“Then I suppose it doesn’t matter.”
The Scot grimaced. “You’ll find your way. There are many who will help you.”
Radley nodded. Of course, there were. After all, there had been a whole pub’s worth of men willing to help him celebrate his new status. There were solicitors anxious to marry him to his cousin and bankers fired up about not spending his money. He had yet to travel to the ducal seat to meet the people getting the bulk of his cash in foodstuffs and medicines. And that didn’t mention the people of the ton who would likely trip over themselves to help him in other ways he couldn’t yet imagine. Marry their daughters, invest in their schemes, and give voice to their politics.
“I was going to be captain of my own ship.”
“And now, you’re a duke. Some would say you traded up.”
He sighed. “I’m not one of them.”
“No,” said the Scot with a strange expression. “No, you’re not. I quite like that about you.” Then he shrugged. “Well, come on. No use delaying the inevitable.”
“Right.” So he straightened his shoulders and headed out. Then the oddest thought hit him as he left the room. He needed a woman on his arm. And not just any woman, but Wendy, with her calm practicality and steady voice. He needed his Wind. Without her, he feared he would founder.
He touched the Scot’s arm. “How long do you think this will take?”
The man pursed his lips. “A couple of hours to view the whole house and meet the staff. Then there’s settling in. I’ve insisted your sister move in with you, you know. She needs to live the life as sister to a duke before she agrees to be with me.”
Radley blinked. “That’s right decent of you.”
The man didn’t respond beyond a tight shrug. “The staff will want to feed you. A meal fit for a king, most likely. Then, there are your requirements—selecting a valet while the ladies pick their maids. And—”
“When will I be able to leave, do you think?”
“You’re the master. You can leave when you like. But it wouldn’t be good form to depart at all. Not today. The staff would take it as an insult.”
He cursed under his breath. He couldn’t wait that long to talk to Wendy. He had to see her today. “How late, do you think? When can I escape?”
The man grinned. “It won’t be so bad—”
The smile faded. “After dinner. Eleven, probably.”
Too late. Much too late to see Wendy. She’d likely be asleep, and he couldn’t go banging on her door, demanding to see her. Not after the mess he’d made last night.
Damn it, he had to find a way to see her. Today. Then he had an idea.
“You said a dinner fit for a king?” Or perhaps, a queen. “Do you think I could invite someone to join us?”
“Just one? Certainly.”
Excellent. He was going to get his Wind back. And he was going to do it in style.
© Jade Lee, 2014

What the Groom Wants by Jade Lee

An honest love...

Radley Lyncott has been in love with Wendy Drew as long as he can remember. When he went to sea, she was too young to court. Now that he’s returned to take up his Welsh title, he is appalled to find that debt has ruined the Drew family, and—even worse—Wendy is being courted by another man.

Or a dangerous attraction?

Family comes first for seamstress Wendy Drew, who is forced to settle her brother’s debt by working nights at a notorious gambling den. But her double-life hasn’t gone unnoticed—she has captivated none other than Demon Damon, a nefarious rake who understands Wendy’s darkest desires and is hell bent on luring her into his arms.

USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. An author of more than 30 romance novels and winner of dozens of industry awards, she finally gets to play in the best girl-heaven place of all: a Bridal Salon! In her new series, four women find love as they dress the most beautiful brides in England. Lee lives in Champaign, Illinois.

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Monday, 17 February 2014

Book Review: Unchained by J. Lynn

Title: Unchained
Author: J. Lynn
Series: Book 1# in the Nephilim Rising series
Release Date:September 17th 2013
Publisher:Entangled: Edge
Number of pages:400 pages
Source: ebook copy purchased by reviewer

Grade: 2.5 stars

Novellus malus!

Goodreads appetizer: Between the pissed off creatures that want demon-hunter Lily Marks dead and the fallen angel who just...wants her, Lily is about ready to trade in forever for a comfy job in a cubicle farm.

The fact that she and Julian are civil to one another is enough to have her thrown out of the Sanctuary, but she can't shake her not-so-angelic stalker or how he brings her dangerously close to ecstasy.

Her forbidden relationship with Julian provides the perfect fuel for suspicion when a traitor is discovered to be working within the Sanctuary. Lily quickly finds herself hunted by well, everyone.

Her only hope is to discover the real traitor before she loses everything--and she'll need Julian's help. That is, if Julian is really there to help her...and not destroy her.

Yeah, being a Nephilim isn't everything it's cracked up to be.

My Thoughts: Unchained was easily one of my most anticipated books for 2013! Since the moment I saw that Jennifer Armentrout was writing an adult story (didn't know then that her Gamble Brothers series would be available sooner than Unchained) I just couldn't wait to get it in my hands! But I'm afraid that Unchained didn't exactly meet my expectations. And it's the third book in a row that I read by this author that I'm not exactly thrilled about it. And we're talking about one of my favorite authors here, whose books I was pretty certain I could do nothing but love.

Unchained follows the exact same and pretty successful pattern most of JLA books do. It features a kick ass heroine, a pretty hot and smart mouthed hero, a forbidden romance and lots of action. So, maybe, just maybe, I'm tired of that same pattern and I kind of needed something new in Unchained to blow my mind, but I hardly think that is the case. Because that pattern didn't stop me from loving the author's previous series. Quite the opposite. What stopped me from loving Unchained was that everything that made JLA's books so great before, now kind of seemed forced. The author tried really hard to portray Lily as a kick ass heroine throughout the whole novel. The result was a 20 something heroine who didn't know what she wanted from life, who acted like a teenager for the better part of the story but for an unknown reason everyone seemed to respect and think really high of her. The reader can't really see Lily for the strong female character she is, all we get is the fact that the rest of the Nephilim think of her as strong and the best warrior they have. I personally, couldn't witness her strength anywhere in the story. So no, the fact that others think of her as strong isn't enough to make me believe it.

Julian on the other hand, the hero and love interest couldn't be a more flat character for me. He was just there because the plot needed a hot male partner for the story to be complete. But I couldn't really feel his awesomeness. I didn't secretly wish that he was a real character. In fact, I couldn't care less for him I'm afraid. I don't know if his stalkerish ways are to blame for that. Though probably that was a major put off for me. He kept stalking Lily every moment of her life and she was just ok with it. In fact, she was flattered. Me on the other hand, not so mad about it. But that's not just it. Julian, was supposed to be the hot fallen angel but many great sex scenes isn't what makes a hot male character. He needs to act like one and for me, Julian just didn't act his part, much like Lily didn't. And their romantic relationship, oh well that was the biggest failure I'm afraid. Their relationship doesn't have enough depth, just insta-lust which turns into insta-love. I mean Lily is taught all of her life how evil Fallen Angles are, she hunts them every day, but despite all that she is really quick to forget everything she believes in and fall in Julian's arms just because he's hot and she makes her womb clench.
The sex scenes may be well written, but like I said in previous reviews of mine, hot sex, doesn't equal good sex scenes for me. The easy way their relationship progressed made it difficult for me to connect with the characters and emotionally invest in their romance.

The plot on the other hand wasn't anything special either. It was predictable and with not many surprises. I had guessed who the traitor was pretty soon. It wasn't that hard or much of a surprise really. And the reason behind the betrayal.
The most interesting part of the book was Michael. I really liked his POV and I found him a much more interesting character than the main ones and his narration was what balanced the whole story. But the spin concerning him near the end was also rushed and felt unreal. Still, I really liked him.

Verdict: Unchained was a bit of a disappointment for me. Not because it was that bad of a book but let's face it, Jennifer Armentrout is one of the best authors out there, at least for me. So yeah, my expectations of her work are always high. And Unchained, simply can't be compared with the authors previous work. She is able to write so much better stories.

Plot: 5/10
Characters: 4/10
Writing: 6/10
Ending: 4/10
Cover: 5/10 (Better than the first cover but still the way the model stands doesn't really remind me of a kick ass heroine or a fighter)

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Books Coming This Week

Hello book addicts everywhere in the world! Welcome to yet another Book Releases post here at Ex Libris!
This week is again, not exactly slow, but it certainly has a lot less titles scheduled for release, especially if you think what publishers have planned for us during the last week of February! But again, there are quite a few interesting titles that make it a bit hard to stay on budget :P

A Matchless Romance (Aisle Bound, #4) by Christi Barth
Demon by My Side by Victoria Davies
Before You Break (Between Breaths, #2) by Christina Lee
Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt
Dungeon Royale (Masters and Mercenaries, #6) by Lexi Blake
His Obsession Next Door by Cathryn Fox
Insanity by Susan Vaught
Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
Once in a Lifetime (Lucky Harbor #9) by Jill Shalvis
Resists Me (Every Part of You, #2) by Megan Hart

School of Charm by Lisa Ann Scott
The Course of True Love [and First Dates] (The Bane Chronicles, #10) by Cassandra Clare
The Darkest Joy (The Darkest Joy, #1) by Marata Eros
True to the Highlander (Loch Moigh, #1) by Barbara Longley
Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau, #20) by Lynsay Sands
Influx by Daniel Suarez
Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard
The Temptation of Laura by Rachel Brimble
It seems that this week is dedicated to contemporary romance and YA titles right? Among them, His Obsession Next Door by Cathryn Fox sounds right up my alley, while Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor is maybe the YA title I search to make me fall in love again with the genre :)

What about you? Are you ineterested in any of the titles releasing this week?

Just let me know in your comments :)

Friday, 14 February 2014

Guest Post by Jen McLaughlin + Giveaway

Today we are very excited to welcome to Ex Libris author Jen McLaughlin in celebration of her newest release writing as Diane Alberts! Temporarily Yours is the first book in the Shillings Agency series published with Entangled's Brazen imprint and you all know what that means, right? That Temporarily Yours is bound to be a super sexy and hot story no one wants to miss :)

Playlist for Temporarily Yours
by Jen McLaughlin

I thought it would be fun to mention some songs that remind me of Cooper and Kayla in Temporarily Yours! Here’s what I think of!

1. Just Give Me a Reason—Pink and Nate Ruess. Pretty much from the black moment ON.
2. Let Her Go—The Passenger. I think you can figure this one out. ;)
3. Tripping on Sunshine—I saw this on Grey’s Anatomy. But this song fits the beginning of the book PERFECTLY.
4. Save Tonight—Eagle Eye Cherry. The first night they’re together is perfect for this song.

What songs do you think of?

Temporarily Yours by Jen McLaughlin

This marine's the perfect hoax…if she doesn’t fall for him first.

Stats whiz Kayla Moriarity knows her way around numbers and algorithms. Men, on the other hand, are unsolvable equations. Now Kayla’s en route to her sister’s wedding—alone and without the fictional boyfriend she invented for her family. Fortunately, her plane comes complete with complimentary cocktails and a ridiculously hot ex-marine in the seat beside her. And that’s all it takes for Kayla’s inhibitions to go sailing out the airlock...

Cooper Shillings has soft spot for people in trouble, but he certainly wasn’t expecting to land in it himself—and definitely not while getting naughty mid-air with a sexy southern belle. When he hears Kayla’s predicament, however, he offers his services as a stand-in boyfriend. After all, he’s heading overseas soon...and how could he refuse a little no-strings wickedness?

It’s the perfect plan. And all Kayla has to do is ensure her family falls for the ultimate bluff, without falling for it—and Cooper—in the process...

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Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times and USA Today bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. ON ONE CONDITION hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list, and TRY ME hit #76 on Amazon. CAPTIVATED BY YOU hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Guest post by Seleste DeLaney + Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming to Ex Libris Selese deLaney, who is celebrating the release of Conning for Keeps, the second novel in her Agents of TRAIT series! I LOVE stories and movies featuring con artist heroes/heroines, so I was excited to learn more about the research Seleste did for the character development of her heroine. So please join us and meet Marissa and learn how she came to be the heroine she is today! :-) 

Building a Grifter
by Seleste DeLaney

Marissa is one of my favorite characters that I’ve ever written. When she was first introduced in Gaming for Keeps, she didn’t really fit with the “look” of TRAIT. We had boss-man Marron, Cal the sexy nerd, and Trevor the brooding linebacker, but I knew she was a necessary component to the team. (And yes, my editor at the time questioned her presence.)

So, even though I knew she was different when I wrote the first book, I wasn’t at the time, quite sure how. It was only when I started thinking about how a spy organization could really use a beautiful woman that I started thinking about the show Leverage (which I loved) and the (much older show) Pretender. I immediately knew Marissa was a con artist—a grifter. A person who lures in others by pretending to be someone else. But that wasn’t enough of a “trait” for TRAIT, and the abilities on Pretender seemed too far-fetched, even for my stuff.

Then I was talking to a friend who does hypnosis and was asking a bunch of questions just because I was curious. And the idea of her being able to be programmed started forming. I asked him if it was possible. The look he gave me was kind of priceless. The short version of the answer was that it’s possible for short term, but the long-term missions I was thinking of probably wouldn’t work. At which point, I repeated, “Yeah, but theoretically…” So, it’s not quite learning Kung Fu in The Matrix or mental programming like in Dollhouse, but it’s as close as I could get and still be touching the realm of reality.

The Leverage crew
I am almost ashamed to admit this, but most of my con artist research came from fiction. I am borderline obsessed with con artist characters. The Leverage crew, White Collar (thought calling Neil a con artist isn’t entirely accurate), Sawyer from Lost, the list could go on and on. So I fell back on a lot of that and then did some online research as well. (Sadly finding a list of lesser-known confidence games by name was not happening online. Apparently con artists don’t share that stuff with the Internet. So rude.)

As for Marissa herself, I knew the moment I created the character, who she looked like. It’s an odd thing to write the way I do because everything plays out in my head like a movie before/while I’m writing. And the instant I visualized Marissa (though this wasn’t a scene in either book), I saw her coming into a room in a catsuit, and whipping off a short black wig. Basically, I saw Olivia Wilde in her Tron: Legacy outfit coming off the job for the day. There are only a couple actresses I know who have that chameleon-like ability to wear any hair color/style and look good doing it. She’s one; Jennifer Garner is the other. That was something I knew I needed for this character, and once I saw her, I could never unsee it.

The hardest part of Marissa’s character was figuring out her past. Why was she trained like this? How did she get caught? How did she feel about it? And what was haunting her about her past? Once all those pieces came together, her half of Conning for Keeps practically wrote itself. Of all the characters I’ve written, she’s one of the most alive in my mind. (Though I will admit, I had to tone down some of her eccentricities in order to get the book to earn a pass from my editor LOL)

Conning for Keeps by Seles te deLaney

Book #2 in the Agents of TRAIT series

Lovers undercover…

Secret Agent Marissa Jones has a gift. A con artist to the core, after deep hypnosis she can turn into someone else entirely. Marisa’s gift has gotten her into hot water over the years, but now more so than ever. With her smoking hot partner by her side, she needs to convince him that not only is she her true self, but also that she can be trusted—even in spite of her past.

…or traitors to the cause?

Trevor Harris has his own issues with the mission, he’s got revenge to seek, a cursed painting to secure, and Marissa’s sugary-sweet alter-ego to ignore. But when he releases Marisa from her mental cage and things get a little too hot, he ends up finding out what falling for a con artist really means—bigger trouble than ever before.

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Seleste started on her career path as a young child. Stories of talking animals soon gave way to a love of superheroes and science fiction. Her first foray into the world of romance came at age twelve when she envisioned a sweeping epic love story of two people thrust together and torn apart again and again by fate. As she recalls, the plan was for them to admit their love on his deathbed. But, as is often the case with pre-teen girls, a story of that depth gave way to other pursuits, and sadly it is completely lost other than vague memories.

After that, she occupied herself with short stories for a while, and then poetry until after she had earned a degree in chemistry, spent time as a high school teacher, and became a mother of two. Then she delved into writing fiction once more.

She never lost her love of the fantastic, and her stories now always reach into other realms. The worlds and people she creates occupy as much of her time as the real world, and she is most fortunate to have a family that understands her idiosyncrasies and loves her anyway.
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