28 June 2017

Book Blitz: The Right Fit by Daphne Dubois

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The Right Fit
Daphne Dubois

Published April 12th 2017

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She’s sworn off love, he’s sworn off sex, but together they’ll score the goal of a lifetime.

When Maxine Nicholls discovers her fiancé is cheating, she turns to fast food and nighttime soap operas, but her sister has a plan—unbridled rebound sex with a stranger.

As one of Toronto’s hottest players, Antony Laurent tallies scores on and off the ice, but when the chiseled defense man hits a slump, rumors of a trade to the minor league send him to ambush a managers meeting at a posh club.

That night a chance encounter ends up as an unforgettable evening of passion. But Maxine and Antony are about to discover a game of casual hook ups can lead to something neither one of them thought they deserved—the right fit.

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Daphne Dubois writes contemporary romance and believes the right book at the right time can make all the difference. When she's not putting her characters in compromising positions (ahem), she works as a registered nurse. A member of the Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia, she lives in Eastern Canada, the most romantic place in the world.

You can also find her writing for teens as B.R. Myers.


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27 June 2017

Book Blitz: Path of Thieves by Sunniva Dee

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Path of Thieves
Sunniva Dee

Published June 27th 2017

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Football hero by day and thief by night, Charles “Cugs” McConnely leads a double life in the small town of Newbark, Florida. At sundown, the seventeen-year-old turns burglar, forced into the business by the man who should be teaching him the difference between right and wrong: his father.

Cugs is a pro at both games, but only one can secure him a college scholarship. It should be an easy decision, a no-brainer—if Newbark hadn’t proffered the only life he knows.

After run-ins with Nadine Paganelli, his accidental victim and the sole person to have caught him in the act, Cugs starts to realize that hearts can be stolen too.

When his long-lost sister makes contact, lies are uncovered and truths revealed. Suddenly, Cugs finds himself questioning both plans and loyalties. Because sometimes the only way to move forward is by pulling the bottom out of the past.

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Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece--Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it's contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon's Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.


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26 June 2017

Blog Tour: The Lucky One by Sylvia Stewart

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The Lucky One
Sylvie Stewart

Carolina Connections #3

Published May 11th 2017

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When your luck runs out, do you run away—or do you stay and fight?

Let’s get one thing straight. I am not your typical girl. Sure I’ve got all the parts, but I’ve been a stubborn, irreverent tomboy since the womb, as my Irish father would proudly attest. Despite my Irish blood, I’ve had a bit of bad luck here and there—I recently trusted the wrong guy and got derailed in my professional pursuits. But I’ve bounced back. With my shields firmly in place, I thought nothing, or no one, could touch me again. Until he did. And he just might make this tomboy do the girliest thing in the world—fall head over heels in love. Of all the damn luck…

I’m a pretty lucky guy. I have a phenomenal family, a career I love, and I’m building a brand-new life back in my hometown. And, not to be a jerk about it, but I do more than all right with the ladies. Everything’s been going according to plan—like I said, I’m a lucky guy.

That was, until my luck ran out.

Until I met the girl I call “Irish.”

Irony can go kiss my a$$.

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Sylvie Stewart’s addiction to books has been a lifelong problem. It was the cause of many scoldings when her mother discovered Sylvie army-crawling to the bookshelf after lights out. And it is the reason her husband would have a fairly solid case if he claimed “alienation of affection” and pointed a finger at her e-reader (a.k.a “The Precious”). Never-the-less, books are in Sylvie’s heart to stay, and she has transformed her love of books into a career as an author.

A recent move to North Carolina inspired Sylvie’s debut Romantic Comedy series. Carolina Connections is a collection of standalone novels based in her new hometown, and it combines her love of romance, humor, and sexy times. There is also some wine drinking incorporated in there, as this is another of Sylvie’s passions. Perhaps a future story will also involve kayaking, a new interest in Sylvie’s life. Experience has taught her that you can’t kayak and drink wine simultaneously, though, so don’t try this at home!

The Fix, The Spark, and The Lucky One are now available. The fourth book in the Carolina Connections series will release in Fall 2017. That is, if Sylvie’s eight-year-old twins will stop trying to peek at her laptop while she’s writing. That might lead to some awkward parent-teacher conferences.

My Review

I dove into this book having not read the first two companion novels in the series. Because of this, it took me a chapter or two to get myself orientated, but by then, there was no turning back - Stewart had me firmly within her grasp, and I did not want her to let go.

I love, love, LOVED the variety of relationship dynamics - mainly Bailey's interactions with her friends. Her and Mark, her brother-from-another-mother and bestie since forever, are the greatest. I think my favourite scene with them is when he gets Bailey all riled up, and she starts crying. Of course, he does what any male does in the face of female tears - he gets all awkward trying to make the leaking stop, while also trying to hide his rising panic. *chuckles and rolls eyes* Males.

Jake was a bit of a bone-head, but I've decided to give him a pass for most of this behaviour, because, a) he can be so darn sweet and caring, and b) to quote Bailey, he is Mr. Tall, Dark, and Smart-ass. It was this bone-headedness that prevented me from being able to give this book 5-stars, but more often than not, Jake managed to get his shit together and pull his head out of his arse before he caused too much damage.

Bailey is a hoot and a half. Her and that damn lizard, Satan, I mean Pickles, was a pairing that I didn't think that I needed in my life, but I'm so glad that it found me. Inside of her head is one wacky place to be, and I don't think that I have laughed that hard at a novel in the longest of time. Stewart's witty writing style made it seriously hard to put this book down, even though there were a pile of time-sensitive things I really should've been doing.... worth it.

The Lucky One is a Rom-Com-esque novel that is difficult to put down. BRB I have to go read the other two in the series now...

4 out of 5

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12 June 2017

Book Blitz: Amnesia by Cambria Hebert

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Cambria Hebert

Published June 12th 2017

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I washed ashore in a little lake town.

A place where everyone knows everyone, yet…

No one knows me.

I don’t know me.

If a woman doesn’t know her own name, does she really exist?

I don’t know my natural hair color, my birthdate, or where I live.

I am invisible.

To everyone, to everything, even to myself.

Except to him.

I see the recognition deep in his stare, the way it lingers on my face as if I’m a puzzle he’s desperate to put together.

I just want answers, the truth… knowledge.

His lips are sealed. Still, his eyes beguile me.

I can’t trust anyone, not even myself. Someone wants me dead, the same someone who tried to bury me in a watery grave.

They’ll come for me again… I won’t know their face.

I don’t even know mine.

I am amnesia.

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Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.


Slivers of light pricked my eyelids, which up until this moment seemed far too heavy to lift. As I lay against something soft at my back, thought and awareness barely registered.

The gritty feeling as I struggled to raise my eyelids scraped and burned over my eyeballs as if warning me it wasn’t a good idea. Swallowing past the sandpaper in my throat, I stopped working and lay still. Cognizance slowly came forward in the form of something weighing me down and the echo of footsteps nearby.

Adrenaline jackknifed through me, and my body arched upward with the force of my gasp. The weight of whatever held me caused severe panic to fill me, and I began to fight against it.

“No!” I screamed, flailing about, trying to escape the binds. “Let me go!”

High-pitched beeping filled my ears, and the footsteps I’d heard grew more insistent and much closer.

He was coming!

“No!” I screamed.

Strong hands grabbed my arms and pinned me down. I tried to fight back, but they were much stronger than me. Kicking my legs, I tried to free them, but even more weight came down, holding them still until I was gasping for breath and ready to beg.

“Please!” I pleaded as wetness coated my cheeks. It made me realize the grittiness under my lids was rinsed away, and my eyes sprang open.
A man was leaning over me. He had graying hair and wore some kind of white shirt. The scream that ripped right out of me scared us both.

More hands and voices came out of nowhere, and I thrashed around again.

“Miss!” the man yelled. “Miss, calm down.”

“Get away from me!” I screamed again.

“Miss!” another voice yelled, a woman this time. Turning in her direction, I saw a pair of kind brown eyes staring at me. “We aren’t trying to hurt you.”

I calmed some, but the thundering of my heart made me feel as if I might spiral out of control. “You aren’t?”

“No.” The woman, who was also dressed in white, spoke. “You’re at a hospital. You were in an accident.”

“W-what?” I stammered, collapsing back against the bed, no longer straining against the binds.

“You’re at a hospital.”

“You’re trying to hold me down!” I accused.

“We don’t want you to hurt yourself.” the woman explained. The hands, even the man’s, remained.

“I don’t like it,” I admitted, recoiling.

The man straightened, stepping back. The nurse was slower to withdraw, but she did so after a few seconds.

“My legs,” I rasped. Suddenly, my throat hurt.

“It’s just the blankets.”

A quick glance down proved I was covered with blankets. Between suspicious glances at the people crowding my room (there were four), I gazed around, concluding I was in fact in a hospital.

“I don’t understand,” I admitted, all my weight pressing into the bed.

“It’s okay,” the man replied. He was a doctor, with a name badge and a stethoscope. “It’s completely normal and expected to be confused after the ordeal you’ve been through.”

“What ordeal?” I asked instantly, anxiety pressing in on my ribcage.

“We were hoping you could tell us,” the doctor said.

“What?” My brows furrowed.

The nurse leaned close, over the side of the bed. I noticed the railings were pulled up on each side. It made me feel as if I were in jail. Instantly, I hated it and began shoving at the bars, trying to push them down.

“Okay, hang on,” the nurse said and put the rails down. Once it was done, she pinned me with an insistent stare. “You have to stay still. You can’t thrash around. You’ll rip out your IV and reinjure yourself.”

“What happened to me?” I asked for what felt like the fifteenth time. I looked around at the four people in the room, hoping one of them would just spit it out.

The doctor motioned to two of the nurses and then quietly left the room.

I glanced back at the nurse. “Can you tell us your name?” she asked.

“My name?” I nodded once, then opened my mouth… only nothing came out.

Anxiety spiked in me again; I started to become agitated. “I… don’t know.”

“Calm down.” The nurse reminded me.

How dare she tell me to calm down? I couldn’t even remember my name.

Oh my God, I didn’t know my own name!

“I don’t remember!” I gasped, jerking up into a sitting position. “Why can’t I remember?”

Before I could fling the covers off and jump out of bed, the doctor was there, pinning me back down. “If you don’t calm down, we’ll have to sedate you. I don’t want to do that. You’ve been out long enough.”

I stilled. “How long?”

“A while.” The nurse hedged.

I ignored her. She was terrible with questions. “How long?” I demanded.

“A little over two months,” the doctor replied.

I gasped. “What’s my name?” I yelled.

I’d been here for two months and they were asking for my name? Shouldn’t they know it?

The doctor wasn’t looking at me; he was looking at the nurse, giving her a curt nod. She rushed out of the room.

“No!” I shouted. “No drugs! Please! Tell me my name. I just want to know my name.”

“You need to calm down. You’ve had a great deal of trauma, miss.”

I dropped back against the pillow, boneless. He called me miss. “You don’t know my name, do you?” I asked, meek.

Sensing all my energy was drained away, he moved back. A frown pulled at his lips. “You were brought in with no identification.” He began.

Fear unlike anything I’d ever felt wrapped around my heart and squeezed. I searched every corner of my mind for something. Anything.

There was nothing.

“I don’t remember…” I whispered.

The doctor seemed to soften. “I know this must be very scary, to wake up and be so disoriented.”

I laughed, but it wasn’t a humorous sound. I wished I were disoriented right then.

“You’ve been through a lot. Give it a few days. Now that you’re awake, your mind will catch up and you will remember.”

“I will?” I asked.

“There’s a good chance.”

Disappointment speared me. “If I don’t?”

“Let’s take it one day at a time.” He placated me.

“Easy for you to say. You know your name.”

A ghost of a smile appeared on his face. “Time.” He reminded me.

The nurse came through the door, holding a syringe, and I cringed away.

“I don’t think we’re going to need that,” the doctor told her.

I let out an audible sigh.

He glanced around again. “Now that you’re awake, I’ll get you down for testing.”

“What kind of testing?” I asked.

“Routine stuff for someone who’s been in a coma.”

Nothing about this was routine. I was in coma… for two months. And I didn’t even know my name.

When both the nurse and doctor were gone and I was alone, my eyes overflowed with tears and a formidable feeling of dread crowded inside me. The doctor said there was “a good chance” I would remember my name very soon.

The problem was it wasn’t just my name I needed to remember…

It was everything.

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11 June 2017

Book Blitz: Almost Jamie by Gina Robinson

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Almost Jamie
Gina Robinson

Published June 8th 2017

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A kilt meets dress modern love story.

If you like good guy geek heroes who look hot in kilts, strong, intelligent heroines, and poignant romance, then you’ll love Almost Jamie, the first book in Gina Robinson’s light, fun contemporary romance Jet City Kilt Series.

Half American, half English physician Blair Edwards has always wanted her Jamie, the Sinclair, the dashing Highland laird of the wildly popular TV series, Jamie. Unfortunately, it’s so hard to find a man like him in the modern world. When the stars of Jamie come to Seattle’s Jet City Comicon, Blair dresses up as Jamie’s Elinor in a vibrant red gown, hoping to get a seat in their popular presentation and a good view of the handsome, charming star of the show. She doesn’t expect to be called on to use her medical skills to treat an injured cosplayer who looks almost like…Jamie. And sets her wounded heart racing.

Cosplayer, geek, app designer, and cyber security expert Austin MacDougall has been styled by his matchmaker to look like the actor who plays Jamie. He’s been trying to win the prize for best amateur cosplayer for years. Against the advice of his friends, he goes to Jet City Comicon in a kilt as Jamie, the striking redheaded Highlander. When he’s injured during a mock battle with a vicious cosplaying orc, his friends get him help from a beautiful doctor in a stunning red dress.

Has Austin met his Elinor? The adventure is just beginning…

Find out why readers love Gina Robinson’s good guy heroes, the strong women they fall for, and their funny, witty, romantic stories.

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Gina Robinson is the bestselling and award-winning author of the popular Switched at Marriage, Billionaire Duke, and Billionaire Matchmaker romantic comedy series, featuring a billionaire in a surprising marriage of convenience, a billionaire who inherits a British dukedom, and a playboy billionaire in business with a Manhattan matchmaker, the Reckless and Rushed contemporary new adult romance series, and the Agent Ex series of humorous romantic suspense novels. Her books have delighted readers and received praise in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Romantic Times Book Reviews.

She writes romance and women's fiction across a wide variety of subgenres—new adult, contemporary, historical, romantic suspense and romantic comedy.

Her love stories are infused with a happy blend of romance, adventure, a bit of mystery, and humor. Readers are drawn to the light touch she gives even serious topics and the fast, fun, easy-to-read pace of her books. From college campus to Seattle to Las Vegas to England, her settings become almost characters of their own, driving the story.

She believes in the power of true love and passion, and that every great romance should have a happily-ever-after.

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9 June 2017

Blog Tour: One S’more Summer by Beth Merlin

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One S’more Summer
Beth Merlin

The Campfire Series #1

Published May 30th 2017

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If you love Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin, you’ll love this heartwarming debut from a fresh voice in contemporary chick-lit that offers a lighthearted and fun take on friendship, love, and how to recover from past mistakes.

For twenty long years, Gigi Goldstein has been pining away for her best friend’s guy. She knows it’s wrong and it has to stop, but she hasn’t been able to let go ever since they all met on the bus to summer camp back when they were 7 years old. The same week that her best friends finally announce their wedding date, Gigi loses her high-profile design job. With all of her dreams unravelling, she runs to the last place she remembers being happy.

Taking the Head Counselor position at Camp Chinooka, Gigi hopes to reclaim the joy she felt as a camper, but the job isn’t all campfire songs and toasting marshmallows. Gigi’s girls are determined to make her look bad in front of the boys’ Head Counselor—the sexy but infuriating Perry—and every scrap of the campground is laced with memories.

When Gigi finally realizes she can’t escape the present by returning to her past, she’s forced to reexamine her life and find the true meaning of love. But will she be able to mend fences and forgive herself before she loses her one real shot at happiness?

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Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.


“Gigi, how did this thing with him even start?” Jaime asked.

There were so many answers to his question. In some ways, it started when I was on the bus my first summer at Camp Chinooka. Never having been away from home before, I was terrified. Joshua sat down beside me and we talked the whole way to camp. I first fell in love with him that day.

Maybe things really began during our senior prom, when we were standing outside of the Sheinman's apartment building taking pictures. Joshua was Alicia's date, and I went with a friend. As we made our way toward the limo, Joshua turned to me and told me that he'd never seen me looking more beautiful. After that, my own date hardly existed to me.

Or three years later at a New Year's Eve party, when Joshua kissed me in a dark corner of the crowded dance floor while Alicia was getting a drink from the bar. It wasn't a full-on passionate kiss, more like a peck between drunk friends, but I knew I was in trouble when I realized how much it meant to me.

Then, when I moved in with Alicia, my feelings just seemed to intensify. On nights Joshua would be over waiting for Alicia to come home from work, we would talk for hours. I remember how I'd hold my breath every time I heard the elevator door open in the hallway, silently praying it wouldn't be her. Of course, she would eventually come home, and it would be as though those stolen moments never happened.

Then, the completely unexpected happened. Alicia broke up with Joshua before her trip abroad. After dating him most of her life, she decided she needed a clean break and the opportunity to explore other relationships during her time away. Within a month, she was seeing someone new. By the two-month mark, she was calling to tell me she was considering moving to London permanently. I remember hanging up the phone, my heart pounding because it meant that for the first time since I’d known him, Joshua was free.

I turned to Jamie and gave him the simplest explanation I could. “It started last year, when Alicia was in London. When she got back, it ended.”

Jamie looked me squarely in the eye. “You should tell her.”

“Why hurt her? It's done now.”

“If you still have feelings for him, how can it be done?”

“They’ll get married like all of us always knew they would and I’ll take up the role of the single friend they invite over for holidays. It’s a foolproof plan.” I looked up at Jamie. “Do you think I'm a terrible person?”

He took a long sip of water. “We can't choose who we fall in love with.”

“I could have chosen not to act on it, though,” I said.

“I know it's hard because you still love him—and her, for that matter. But you didn't really do anything wrong here. They were broken up. Alicia ended it. He didn't leave her for you and you didn't cause their relationship to end. But once it was over, you took a chance on a love you've always harbored with a guy who's always been there. What's so wrong with that?”

Jaime took a breath and continued. “And you forget there were two of you. You should tell him how you feel, Gigi. Don’t let him dictate the ending to this story if you want a different one.” He grinned, leaning over to muss my hair. “You'll be okay, kiddo, I promise.”

I smoothed it back into place. “Kiddo? You're only a few years older than me.”

“But decades wiser,” he said, winking.

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Book Blitz: Hearing Voices by Axel Cruise

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Hearing Voices
Axel Cruise

An Isaac Blaze Thriller

Published April 2nd 2017

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“You’re a dead man,” he yelled.
“That’s great. Now answer the question.”
–Isaac Blaze

Isaac Blaze.

A quick wit, zero allegiances, and every major government agency after him. He’s also got two voices in his head. Neither of which is particularly helpful. Or care to be.

But at least he’s never been caught.

Hell, he’s barely even come close.

So when finally a SWAT team does actually manage to take him in – and with such ease at that – they probably should’ve been asking themselves: why?

Too bad they didn’t.

A lot of people got killed.

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Axel Cruise is the author of the highly acclaimed psychological thriller Hearing Voices—the first in the Isaac Blaze series.

Check out what Readers’ Favourite is saying here.

Axel is known for his ability to craft fast paced interweaving storylines, but primarily it’s his ‘cool’ and ’compelling characters’ and ‘dialogues that read so naturally’ that draws in audiences, with readers and reviewers likening Isaac Blaze to icons such as Deadpool and Jason Bourne.

British born, Axel grew up ‘pretty much in front of the TV’, and, in much the same way as Quentin Tarantino with films, Axel credits his incredible consumption of TV shows for his extensive knowledge of story craft. Some personal favourites include: Spiderman TAS (‘the best thing Marvel ever made’), Seinfeld (‘the best show ever made’), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Dragonball Z.

Of course, Axel is a voracious reader, too. His prefences for reading and writing are expressed well in a recent interview and the question of plot vs character:

"Look. Plot’s important, yeah. But really, I just want to see cool characters doing cool shit."

You can check out the full Author Interview with Axel, here.

An Interview with Axel Cruise

Pre-Interview "pep-talk":

RG: You do realize probably nobody's going to read this.

AC: I knew you were the right person for this.

RG: (Shrugs) Trailer looks good, though.

AC: Thanks.


RG: How did you get into writing? Is it that classic story of long-time reader who decides to pick up a pen?

AC: To be honest, I’m a TV man. Always have been. Right from when I was a kid. I’d come home from school and just sit and watch.

RG: Your parents must have loved that.

AC: Ha! Yeah, it wasn’t exactly a great hobby in their eyes—or my homework-hungry teachers for that matter. I frequently got the (wags finger) “Watching TV won’t get you anywhere” speech.

RG: I think we’ve all been on the receiving end of that one. So did you have to sneak in your TV time?

AC: Well, luckily I was a quick kid. So whenever I got the speech, I’d just calmly wait for the list of supporting reasons to come to an end—square eyes, kills brain cells, doctors and lawyers don’t watch TV—and then I’d say, “But what if I want to make TV shows?”

RG: Oooh, good answer. That must’ve driven them crazy!

AC: Yeah, you bet. But then again, I never got more than a derisory headshake. So I was pretty confident I was on to something.

RG: (Nodding whilst holding a copy of Hearing Voices) Seems you were.

AC: (Smirks) Well, all right, it was a little more than that. I mean, you have to understand, I wouldn’t just be sitting there. It wasn’t a passive activity for me. It was a whole experience. I’d really see myself in the show. As one of the characters.

RG: Any TV shows in particular?

AC: Not really. I watched pretty much everything. Anime, sit-coms, superheroes—I loved them all. Even stuff I was a little too young to understand. Like for example Seinfeld or Married with Children, when I was only five or six.

RG: OK, so it was through copious watching that you subconsciously picked up the fundamentals of story production?

AC: Yeah. Without knowing it, I was absorbing the dialogue, learning about story arcs, understanding how to pace your plot—all of it.

RG: I think Ben Stiller had a similar theory for himself. He wasn’t just watching TV, he was studying it. Were movies a big thing for you?

AC: Not really. But only because we (the family) never went.

RG: OK, let’s turn back to the written word. You’re an avid reader, so when did your love of books take flame?

AC: When I was about 16.

RG: 16? That's late.

AC: Like I said, I'm a TV man. But then I really got into reading. Biographies and how-to books, mostly. My mum was always into bios and she encouraged me to read all the time. Eventually I gave it a try, and—surprise, surprise—I found I quite liked it.

RG: Which biographies?

AC: I read a lot of entrepreneurs—Alan Sugar, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs. I remember reading Arnold Schwarzenegger’s in university. That was a definitely a game changer for me. If you need a kick up the ass to get going, read that. It's called Total Recall.

RG: What about fiction? When did that start?

AC: When I picked up my first Lee Child.

RG: Which one?

AC: Number one. Killing floor. I was in a bookstore, leafing through the selection, and I found this orange book (the UK version) and I read, I was arrested in Eno’s diner. At twelve o’clock. I was eating eggs and drinking coffee. A late breakfast, not lunch… I didn’t put the book down. (Note: Axel can quote the first chapter by heart. He’s read it that many times.)

RG: Who are your favorite authors?

AC: (Blows air out of cheeks) Where to start? I mean, obviously, you’ve got the big guns: Child, Chandler, King, Cole...(coughs) Cruise...Elmore Leonard, Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Karin Slaughter; and then you’ve got the lesser known, but equally incredible: Alan Glynn, Chuck Palahniuk, and whoever wrote that creepypasta about the Russian sleep experiment—damn thing gave me nightmares for weeks!

RG: Are there any self-published authors you particularly look up to?

AC: All of them. Seriously. Because we’re all cut from the same cloth. We’ve been rejected, beat down, told "no". Doors slammed shut, dreams taken away. But. We didn’t stay down. We got up. Grabbed on to what we want and we’re not going to let go. I’m extremely proud to be part of the self-published community.

RG: What do you look for in a book, and how do you try to create it in your own? Is a good plot as critical as most writers suggest?

AC: (Shakes head) Look. Plot’s important, yeah. But really, I just want to see cool characters doing cool shit.

RG: How long did it take you to write Hearing Voices?

AC: About three years—(Buries head in hands) A rejection-filled three years.

RG: It was that bad?

AC: In a word: Yeah.

RG: What makes Hearing Voices different?

AC: Isaac Blaze.

RG: The main character.

AC: (Nods) Yeah, see, it’s not so much Hearing Voices, i.e. the book itself, as it is the protagonist, Isaac Blaze. He's the difference. I mean, sure, I’ve got my own unique writing style, but that’s really just an extension of the character. It’s the concept that’s the real differentiator. And the concept is a quick-witted assassin with two voices in his head.

RG: Yeah those voices are something else. I love them. Unhelpful, helpful, annoying, hilarious. How did you come up with that?

AC: Well, initially, when I started writing Hearing Voices, I had no idea of the plot or the character. And naturally I fell into the trap of making Isaac everything—super strong, super smart, super everything. He had synesthesia, a perfect memory, an incredible physique, voices in his head, even unique physiology. And you know what? It was total crap. I was right to be rejected. Who want to read about a guy who can do everything, solve any puzzle in less than a minute, and probably never be hurt by anything. I mean, where’s the suspense going to be? So yeah, Isaac’s first incarnation was total crap. But then I started chipping away at the excess. Get rid of that “power”, don’t need this “ability”. Ultimately, I knew I wanted a antihero with a quick mouth. And I could have left it at that. But I wanted a niche too. Something special. And since a quick mouth would necessitate a lot of dialogue—and I like dialogue—I came up with the idea of a character who had these two voices in his head. Each of which are separate entities and full characters in their own right. That way, no matter what was going on, there would always be an opportunity for dialogue. I mean, if you think about it, I could write a story with no characters in it except for Isaac, and still have dialogue throughout. So the voices became the something special, and my niche..

RG: Which would help with character identification. Both in the reader’s mind, and in the marketplace.

AC: Exactly. Now if someone says, ‘Hey, you read that new Isaac Blaze book?’, the response can be, ‘Hmmm. That’s the guy who hears voices, right?’

RG: Ah, so that was actually some serious long range thinking, then?

AC: Sure. And it has to be for all authors. As much as we’re trying to create great characters, we’ve also got to make them commercial successes.

RG: No money, no next book.

AC: (Sighs, but with a slight smile) No money, no food.

RG: And just for your more intrusive reader's, you don't hear voices, do you?

AC: Oh, so now there are people reading this?

RG: Touché.

AC: No. I don't hear voices. But I was surprised to find out it was a real condition. It's called Voice Hearing. Naturally I slightly embellished the condition for Isaac's sake, but there are in fact people out there who hear voices more or less like he does.

RG: Who would Isaac Blaze appeal to most?

AC: The feedback I get most often, is that Isaac is ‘kind of like a realistic version of Deadpool’. I think that’s a pretty good comparison—and one I’m honestly flattered by, seeing as Deadpool is probably my favorite superhero. You’ve got the action, the thrills, and then the comic overtones—the fast comebacks, the one-liners. So if you’re into that particular cocktail of madness, you’ll probably like how I serve it too.

RG: Do you have a writing schedule? What does a typical writing day look like?

AC: Day! I wish! I'm up at six and back at seven-thirty. So my writing "day" is the hour I try and squeeze in once I'm back from work. As for the specifics, I don't really have any. Just sit down and write. Do that more days than you don’t. A minimum 500 words per session.

RG: 500? That's quite low by the usual advice, no?

AC: Yeah, most authors recommend at least a thousand. And I think Stephen King has it at two (thousand). I can do that on the weekend when I can write for longer, but since I always start a writing session by re-reading and editing what I wrote the day before, the one hour sessions in the week are a little short for a thousand-word minimum.

RG: Thoughts on writer’s block?

AC: Myth. First sentence can be tricky, but it’s really downhill after that.

RG: Any books you’re reading right now?

AC: Black Box Thinking, The Checklist Manifesto, Night School.

RG: Any tips or books you’d recommend to aspiring self-publishers?

AC: For the business side: Total Recall, anything by Tim Ferriss, and a firm understanding that you've got to become an expert marketer. In fact, I think you've got to be a better marketer than writer. Just take a look at the top self-pub guys. They all seem to read more non-fiction than fiction. Without question, they are all incredible writers, but they are also some of the keenest marketing minds out there.

For the writing side: Anything and everything in your genre. It really is that simple. You've just got to read everything. And then, of course, you've got to write. Not every day, but more days than you don't.

RG: When’s the second book out?

AC: Isaac and the voices will be back at the end of the year.

RG: This has been GREAT! Thanks, Axel!

AC: Thank you.

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1 June 2017

Book Blitz: The Royal Treatment by M.J. Summers

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The Royal Treatment
M.J. Summers

Crown Jewels Romance #1

Published May 23rd 2017

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Enough laughs to satisfy fans of Bridget Jones. Enough sparkly shoes and breathtaking ball gowns for fans of Cinderella…

Twenty-eight-year-old Tessa Sharpe, a.k.a. The Royal Watchdog, hates everything about Prince Arthur. As far as she’s concerned, he’s an arrogant, lazy leech on the kingdom of Avonia. When he shocks the nation by giving her the keys to the castle in an attempt to boost his family’s dismal public approval ratings, Tessa has no choice but to accept and move in for two months. It’s lust at first sight, but there’s no way she can give in to her feelings—not if she wants to have a career or a shred of pride left when her time at the palace ends.

Ultra-private, ultra-hot Crown Prince Arthur has always gotten by on his charm. But that won’t be enough now that the Royal Family is about to be ousted from power once and for all. When Prince Arthur has to rely on the one woman in the kingdom who hates him most, he must learn that earning the love of a nation means first risking his heart…

Can two natural enemies find their forever in each other’s arms, or will they ruin each other to save themselves?

PLEASE NOTE: The Crown Jewels Series is not a typical MJ Summers book. It’s a light romantic comedy, very heavy on the laughs with a low steam level (but lots of delicious sexual tension and some swearing).

About the Author

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MJ Summers made a name for herself with her debut novel, Break in Two, a contemporary romance that cracked the Top 10 Paid on Amazon in the UK, as well as Canada (and the top 50 Paid in the USA). Her highly acclaimed Full Hearts Series was picked up by both Piatkus Entice (a division of Hachette UK) and HarperCollins Canada. Her first two books have been translated into Czech and Slovak by EuroMedia, with more translations underway.

MJ Summers currently resides in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband, three young children, and their goofy dog. When she's not writing romance novels, she loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. MJ also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken ‘from above’. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something. More like just staying until they turn the lights off...

MJ is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as the International Women's Writing Guild.


Text conversation between Prince Arthur and Tessa:

Arthur: Any chance you want a plus one for this mysterious family obligation?

Tessa: You would hate it. It’s a horridly loud birthday party for my very wild but adorable twin nephews, who are turning six.

Arthur: Will there be strippers?

Tessa: Not if you don’t count their three-year-old brother who hates to wear clothes.

Arthur: He definitely does not count.

Tessa: All I can promise is that there will be cheap store-bought cake with sickeningly sweet icing and beer.

Arthur: You had me at sickeningly sweet icing.

Tessa: Meet me at the front doors in fifteen?

Arthur: I’ll be there in ten.

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Cover Reveal: TS901 by Stacey Rourke & Tish Thawer

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Stacey Rourke & Tish Thawer

Coming August 1st 2017

Tainted water for the good of the people.

Fluoride and vitamins to sustain the health of the human race. Added ingredients to extend and elevate the quality of life. All good things, right?


Thia Kelly has been changed by the TS901 chemical in the world’s water supply. Now, forced into hiding with the other inflicted outcasts, she struggles to survive as her powers emerge.

Evan Daniels hunted for others like himself, and finding Thia suddenly brought meaning back into his life. Love blossomed between the strange couple while they searched for a way to reverse the effects. Unfortunately, the Government had something else in mind.

Super-soldier creation on a mass scale was their end goal, and thanks to an unfortunate family tie, Evan became Patient #1.

Good-guy? Bad-guy? The world isn’t sure, but Thia is left with only one choice––save the ass of the world’s first Anomaly who just happens to be her boyfriend.

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2017 – #1 Bestseller in Historical Fiction (Witches of BlackBrook)
2015 – Best Cover – Penned Con (The Witches of BlackBrook)
2015 – Readers Choice Award – Blogger Choice Awards (The Witches of BlackBrook)

Bestselling and Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the Twilight phenomenon, myth, magic, and superpowers have always held a special place in her heart.

Tish is known for her detailed world-building and magic-laced stories. Her work has been compared to Nora Roberts, Sam Cheever, and Charlaine Harris. She has received a RONE Award nomination (Reward of Novel Excellence), as well as nominations for Best Cover, Reader’s Choice, and Author of the Year (Fantasy, Dystopian, Mystery).

Tish has worked as a computer consultant, photographer, and graphic designer, and is a columnist for Gliterary Girl media and has bylines in RT Magazine and Literary Lunes Magazine. She resides in Colorado with her husband and three wonderful children and is represented by Gandolfo, Helin, and Fountain Literary Management.


RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013
Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.
31 May 2017

Review: Stage Kissed by Cassie Mae & Kelley Lynn

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Stage Kissed
Cassie Mae & Kelley Lynn

Published May 30th 2017

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Sixteen-year-old Kate knows how to juggle. From basketball practices to her shifts at Jamba Juice, Kate flies through her days wondering if she got a decent meal. When she lands a role in the school play, adding yet another task to her already full schedule, Kate starts fumbling through her routine, resorting to desperate measures to get the grades expected of her.

Co-worker and classmate Seth isn’t much of a juggler. Crowds and attention? Not his thing. So witnessing Kate’s ability to handle it all leaves Seth in awe. He could never do it. But then one of the leading actors in the play gets tonsillitis days before opening night, and Kate volunteers Seth to replace him. With his eidetic memory and killer dance moves, Seth’s the obvious choice—if it weren’t for his social anxiety.

With Seth’s growing—and unwanted—popularity and Kate spreading herself too thin, they start to wonder if their friendship will even last through the performances. But putting these two into a romance on stage has an effect neither of them could predict.

My Review

When a copy of Stage Kissed landed in my inbox, I was like, 'Hmmmm.... what is this?' Honestly, I'm not sure if I signed up to review it or if I was sent a copy because I have reviewed for Cassie Mae before in the past. No matter the how's and why's this gem ended up in my lap, I am just so incredibly glad that it did!

Kate and Seth's story is so incredibly cute! Loved every single second of it! I started reading this while I was waiting for a computer simulation to run, and I completely got lost in the novel and forgot to keep an eye on it - I was down the rabbit hole for so long, the university computer logged me off and I lost all my data! *shakes fist at computer* So, yeah. If you decide to start reading this baby (which, I HIGHLY recommend), make sure you are settled in and buckled-up for a beautiful journey of friendship - and maybe a little somethin'-somthin' more.

Kate and Seth, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!

*Cracks knuckles* Alrighty, lets start in the best place possible: with Seth. He has got to be one of the most adorable characters that I have read in a long, long time! I spent the whole book with a dopey grin on my face thanks to him, and now all the people on the bus and at uni think I'm nutter... worth it. He is a layered individual, with his social anxiety, eidetic memory, what must be a crazy high IQ, and, according to Kate (and I find it hard to disagree with her), good at everything. And what is Mr. Good-at-Everything good at, you ask? Well, there's math; dance, rhythm, musical instruments, robots, measurements, cash flow. Yep, Seth is exceptional at good ol' mathematics. To all those people who whine, 'why do we have to learn this when we'll never use it after high school.' Mathematics is the building blocks of life - trust me, I'm an engineer ;). I mean, sure, his eidetic memory and natural talent help - but math.

A couple of things that bothered me about Seth and all his godly math-ness: how-in-the bloody-hell does he have abs if he doesn't work out - like A LOT?! Do you know how much upkeep that shiz is?! I once achieved the unattainable heights of having abs - for like 2 weeks, then, I swear I'm not exaggerating, I ate a cookie and then, POOF! they were gone. So, yeah. I call BS on that one. Also, what happened to Dylan? He was there in the beginning, then he pulled a disappearing act (much like my abs)... not cool Seth. What happened to bros before hoes dicks before chicks first in first served (? ... it's harder than I thought to come up with something that isn't offensive).

Any-who, Kate. Man, I wish I was on top of shiz the way she is when I was in high school - hell, even now. I think it's inspiring how she has the motivation to do so many things every day of the week. She is definitely living her life to the fullest. She is a such an amazing person - there is no way of denying that. I mean, she makes a questionable choice or two, but then I remember that she's only 16(ish?). She treats everyone with such kindness no matter where they sit in the social hierarchy of high school - the way it should be. Sure, she needs to learn to say no sometimes, but she's always there for people when they need her.

...Annnnd I'm still going. *big breath in*

While there is so, so much to love about Stage Kissed, I think what I loved the most are the amazing underlying themes of the novel. It's okay to say 'no' - don't be a doormat and let people walk all over you. Sadly, this is a thing that Kate needed to learn the hard way - be she gets there, and that's what is important. And an all-time favourite of mine, if you truly care about someone, you make time for them. Always. It doesn't matter what kind of relationship it is; friend, significant other, family member, if they're important to you, you make them a priority.

I laughed. I cried. I went on a beautiful journey. If Stage Kissed isn't on your TBR pile, then it's your - major - loss. This collaboration between Cassie Mae and Kelley Lynn has got to be my favourite thing to happen to me in 2017.

5 out of 5
30 May 2017

Cover Reveal: Junk by Komal Kant

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Komal Kant

Coming June 27th 2017

At twenty-five, I met both my mortal enemy and my one true love.

The problem? They ended up being the same person.

My first encounter with Wade Welsecky and his swoon-inducing, chiseled torso was a disaster of epic proportions. After giving him an accidental strip show in a coffee shop and him stealing my Gucci blouse, I became determined to run that cocky jerk over.

That was the thing about Wade—even though he pushed all my buttons, I so badly wanted him to undo them too.

Our second encounter was even worse. This time, I really did try to run him over…

…but ended up running right into a tree.

Now I’m stuck in Middle-of-Nowhere, Wisconsin with only one person in town who can help with my car troubles. That’s right. My mortal enemy, Wade Welsecky.

But with Wade as swelteringly hot as the Midwest summer, getting tangled in his sheets is quickly becoming a temptation too hard to resist. And I have a feeling I’m about to uncover a side of him that is so much more than just the sexy junk yard owner—a side the rest of the world seemingly already knows.

If I don’t run him over first…

About the Author

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Komal Kant is the international bestselling author of BENEATH HIM. She writes books about falling in love, books that make you laugh in awkward locales, and that one book where you bawled so hard that you loved and hated her equally.

Her days are filled with imaginary characters who speak to her in hushed tones before stealing her lunch money, a husband who accepts all her weird writer quirks, and a criminal mastermind Shih Tzu and lapdog American Bully—he’s the muscle.

Find her latest release THE JERK NEXT DOOR on Amazon. It’s a book about an irritating, Aussie neighbor, and features a cast of characters that are cracked.
29 May 2017

Book Blitz: Dear Banjo by Sasha Wasley

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Dear Banjo
Sasha Wasley

Published May 29th 2017

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They were best friends who were never meant to fall in love – but for one of them, it was already way too late.

Willow ‘Banjo’ Paterson and Tom Forrest were raised on neighbouring cattle stations in the heart of the Kimberley. As young adults, sharing the same life dreams, something came between them that Willow cannot forget. Now ten years have passed since she’s even spoken to Tom.

When her father falls ill, Willow is called home to take over the running of the family property, Paterson Downs. Her vision for a sustainable, organic cattle station is proving hard to achieve. She needs Tom’s help, but is it too late, and all too complicated, to make amends?

Tom’s heartfelt, decade-old letters remain unopened and unmentioned between them, and Willow must find the courage to finally read them. Their tattered pages reveal a love story like no other – and one you’ll never forget.

Dear Banjo is a wildly romantic and utterly captivating story about first love and second chances from an exciting new Australian author.

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Sasha Wasley was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia.

She has completed a PhD in cultural theory and loves nature, Jane Austen and puns.

Sasha is a farming wannabe, with a passion for animals and the land. Although she’s in her forties now, she still wants a pony.

Her debut novel, a young adult paranormal, was published in 2014. Today, she lives and writes in the Swan Valley wine region with her partner and two daughters, surrounded by dogs, cats and chickens.

Sasha writes mystery, paranormal and young adult novels as S.D. Wasley.


Somehow she managed to pack up the entire apartment overnight. On the way to the airport the next morning, Willow got the taxi driver to drop in at Tanya’s place. Her friend was still in her pyjamas when Willow gave her the keys to her apartment and a couple of hundred dollars. Tanya tried to refuse the money but Willow pushed it into her hand.

‘No, Tan, I’ve booked professional cleaners and I need you to pay them for me. Keep whatever’s left over as a thanks. And could you possibly go in and get rid of the boxes I’ve left behind? You can have anything from them or just donate it all to charity. And then if you could just drop the keys off to the real estate agent, I’ll be grateful forever.’

Tanya nodded and her eyes went a little glassy. ‘You’re really going, aren’t you? For good, I mean.’

‘Yeah. Going home at last. I can’t believe I stayed in the city this long.’

Tears spilled down Tanya’s cheeks. ‘I’m going to miss you.’

‘Oh, Tan. You should come visit.’ Willow hugged her. ‘I’ll stay in touch.’

‘It’s not the same,’ Tanya sobbed.

‘I’ll call you in a couple of days, okay?’

Tanya nodded and gave her another tearful hug before letting Willow leave.

Jeez, Willow thought as she ran back to the taxi. Shows of emotion had never been her thing. Okay, she was moving a couple of thousand kilometres away, and she’d miss seeing Tanya at work, but surely it wasn’t worth crying over.

A memory of her sessions with a psychologist surfaced. Willow, you tend to hold people at arm’s length. Why don’t you try letting people in a little more? Willow snapped her attention back to the present, logging into the power company’s website on her phone to cancel her account.

She checked in for her flight and paid an exorbitant amount for her excess baggage before watching it glide away on the conveyer belt – the sum total of her adult life in two large suitcases. No, she remembered. 3700 square kilometres, 6500 head of cattle, a groundbreaking, humane, organic beef operation. That would be the sum total of her adult life.

She settled into her seat and thanked the heavens she’d been placed next to a young fly-in-fly-out type, probably contracted to the Herne River catchment project. He was already plugged into his tablet and watching a show involving zombies, so she wouldn’t have to talk to anyone during the flight. She wanted to write a to-do list. As soon as they were in the air she reached into her bag for a notepad and her hand met something unfamiliar. Not her notepad.

Tom’s letters.

Willow considered them, her heart rate bumping up all over again. Wouldn’t it almost be an invasion of Tom’s privacy to read them now, so long after he’d intended her to? Maybe those sleeping dogs should just be left to lie?

Yes, she would bin them all – drop them into the roving rubbish bag the next time the steward came around.

But she would be living next door to the Forrests again once she got home. By now, Tom would soon be taking over Quintilla, just as she was about to do with Paterson Downs. Their families were as close as ever. She’d need to resume some kind of relationship with Tom Forrest, no matter how difficult the initial patching up phase would be.

Maybe she could use this three-hour flight from Perth to Mount Clair to read all of Tom’s letters at last. She hadn’t even given the poor guy a chance after looking at the first couple. She’d been so absorbed in her own pain; grappling with the panic she felt every time she thought about what he’d done. Perhaps there had been an apology in one of those letters – an apology she should have acknowledged by now. A retraction of that awful moment when he’d said those words . . .

Tom’s handwriting was scrawled across the front of the topmost envelope – always familiar, no matter how long it had been. Willow took a shaky breath. Seven-thirty in the morning was a little early for a stiff drink, so she requested a coffee and pulled out the first two letters; the ones she’d opened and read ten years earlier.

Dear Banjo,

Happy New Year. I guess you’re settled in at the student hall by now. You sure went early. The other kids who got in aren’t leaving until February. I don’t know where you’re staying so I asked Beth to send this on to you. You might have heard I’m probably not going to take up my offer of a place at uni. I’m thinking I’ll defer my course – for now, anyway. Dad’s not fazed. He won’t have to hire extra help this way, not to mention the savings on the tuition fees. Mum’s not overly happy but I keep telling her it’s only for the year. She asks a lot of questions. Not really sure what else to say to you, Banjo. It’s weird without you. Whenever I’m on the quad I turn towards Patersons before I remember you’re not there any more. I keep thinking I’ll see you at the eastern gate, sitting on Rusty, ready for a fenceline race. You knew I’d always beat you but you’d have a go anyway. So, yep. Really weird. You’ve always just been there. I guess it doesn’t quite compute yet. Take care of yourself in the big city, okay?


P.S. We should probably try to sort this mess out.

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