How I Became a Teenage Survivalist has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards! Finalists will be chosen September 1st and the winners on October 1st. Congratulations to all the semi-finalists and good luck in the finals.
Raids splatter across the news--Arcaian soldiers are stealing magic left and right, using it against the people they steal it from.
When sixteen-year-old Ambry Csille's brother gets taken in one of these raids, her utter fear and panic should be enough to invoke tears in any normal world. But for Ambry, tears are a thing of the past.
Because of a spell, people can no longer feel emotion; not enough to cry, and definitely not enough to defend themselves against the tyrannical soldiers stealing her peopleâs magic. A rare vial of enchanted tears chooses Ambry to reverse the spell, and soon she finds herself the target not only of the Arcaians, but of battle-scarred Talon Haraway, who wants the tears for his own reasons.
All Ambry wants is to rescue her brother, but when her tears get stolen, Ambry determines to work with Talon to get them back. Any day the Arcaians could drink her tears. Any day theyâll succeed at draining her people's magic completely, and all hope will be goneânot only for her brother, but for her world.
Cortney is a book nerd who studied literature at BYU-Idaho, a music nerd who plays clarinet in her local community orchestra, and a writing nerd who creates stories for young adults. She lives with her husband and three sons in a small Idaho farm town.
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âWho are you, Talon?â I ask, trying our argument once more. âPlease, tell me.â
âYouâll know more about me when Iâm ready for you to,â he says softly in his peculiar accent and that velvet voice.
âAnd youâre not ready for me to know more.â
He stares at the flames and stokes the fire with a nearby stick. The silent answer is enough. For now.
Every inch of me senses his skin, his leg kneeling near mine. My heart frolics under my ribs. I donât get whatâs going on. Why heâs suddenly changed so muchâtoward me, anyway. Heâs not any different than he was before, but I like it. And that scares me.
He sinks back onto his foot and rests an arm on his knee. Muscles strain the lines of his brown shirt, roping down his arm.
Iâm growing more agitated with him the longer I sit here, and yet I just want to reach out and touch his skin. Nothingâs making sense. I donât get these rickety moods of his. One minute heâs angry, the next he makes a comment refuting every other remark.
âCan you at least tell me what our immediate plans are?â I ask. Weâve been heading toward the tears, but that canât be all there is to this whacked-out journey weâre on.
âThatâs in your hands, actually,â he says, sliding me a husky look.
The tears pang at my back, reminding me of their direction. Right. Iâm leading him to them.
Talon sighs and frowns into the heat of the fire. âThereâs also someone I need to find. I want to know who shed those tears, and I think he has a way of determining that.â
Now weâre getting somewhere. âAnd you think itâs important, to know whose they are?â
His fire-gleamed eyes hold me still. âVery.â
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Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and a cat named Mr. Darcy.
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Ellie’s Sweet 16 is a summer of firsts.
First serial-killing stalker…?
Hockey-obsessed tomboy Eleanor Westley has never been the object of a guy's affection before. So when the hottest boy she's ever seen moves in across the street and starts treating her like she's the center of his universe, naturally she's going to be a little skeptical. But everything starts to make sense when girls who look just like Ellie start dying all around the city. Obviously the new guy is the killer, and of course he only likes her because he wants to slice her into tiny pieces. Right?
The more Ellie gets to know Seth the more she's convinced he's a psychopathic killer. Problem is, he's the sweetest psychopathic killer she's ever met. Not to mention he's brutally hot. No matter how hard she tries, she can't help but fall for him.
From the best selling young adult author of The Avery Shaw Experiment and V is for Virgin, comes a lovable, quirky, and wildly funny coming of age contemporary romance about a girl, her strange but hot neighbor, and the crazy summer that changed both of their lives forever.
Will Ellie find true love?
Or will her summer of firsts turn out to be a summer of lasts?
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1. I went to college as a voice performance major
2. I once competed in the Miss Michigan Teen USA pageant. (I did not win LOL.)
3. I’m a baseball fanatic. (Go D-backs!)
4. I broke my head as a kid and had to wear a hockey helmet to school.
5. I own my own 10-sided dice for role-playing that no one but me is allowed to role.
6. I wrote my first novel when I was fifteen.
7. I’m a big fan-fiction geek.
8. The Backstreet Boys were my 1D, and I was a total fangirl.
9. I love Broadway musicals.
10. I love to play golf. (Though I totally suck at it.)
“Bruno, no! Stay! Bad dog!” I called when I realized he wasn’t going to stop. But it was too late. Bruno jumped up and knocked me right off my skates.
Everything happened so fast. I crashed back against my driveway hard, and for a second, things went totally black. When I came to my ears were ringing, my head was pounding, and I felt like I was going to vomit at any moment. Then, just as I’d suspected would happen, a giant tongue attacked my face.
Bruno only got the chance to give me one good lick before he yelped and fell limp beside me. That’s when I looked up to see the new guy staring down at me with the most intense eyes I’d ever seen. And, get this. He was holding a Taser. “Hi, Ellie,” he said in a strong, deep voice. “It’s nice to meet you.”
Well of course I screamed. The psycho just killed the Haskins’ dog. I screamed loud enough that the J’s probably heard me all the way at camp. Then I tried my best to push the new kid away from me, but he was too strong. I would have freaked out that such a hot boy was touching me, except I was too busy freaking out that such a hot boy was touching me! Pinning me to the ground, actually.
“Easy there, Ellie,” New Guy ordered me and then did the weirdest thing ever. He took off his shirt.
Not that I didn’t appreciate what was under his shirt, but I screamed again. Well what was I supposed to do? The guy comes out of nowhere, kills a dog, pins me to the ground, and takes his clothes off? Oh yeah, and he knows my name. How does he know my name?
It wasn’t until he wadded up his shirt and plastered it against the back of my head that I realized maybe he wasn’t attacking me. Once I understood this it finally dawned on me how much pain I was in.
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"When Oakley Nelson loses her brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend the summer in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure that a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try. In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. Once they’re settled, Mom hands her a notebook full of letters addressed to her—from Lucas. As Oakley reads one each day, she realizes how much he loved her, and each letter challenges her to be better and to continue to enjoy her life. He wants her to move on. If only it were that easy. But then a surfer named Carson comes into her life, and Oakley is blindsided. He makes her feel again. As she lets him in, she is surprised by how much she cares for him, and things get complicated. How can she fall in love and be happy when Lucas never got the chance to do those very same things? With her brother’s dying words as guidance, Oakley must learn to listen to and trust herself again. She soon realizes that second chances are ways to learn from the past, and you don’t always have to leave the past behind to find happiness in the future. "
Ten things about me.
1. I love spending time with my four kids and cute hubby.
2. I'm obsessed with hardcover books and am known to stare at my bookshelves a lot.
3. My two sisters are my best friends in the entire world.
4. The hubby and I are kind of obsessed with movies. Top few I love are: Lord of the RIngs, Jurassic Park, Avengers, etc.
5. I'm a HUGE fan of Foo Fighters, The Goo Goo Dolls, Coldplay and Imagine Dragons.
6. I'm also a Broadway musical fan. I even have season tickets to a theater near my home!
7. Kit Kats are the best candy bar ever.
8. I've played the harp for 23 years.
9. I have a notebook buying problem. Along with a book buying problem.
10. I hate the grass. Seriously. If my bare skin (including feet) touches it, I freak out. *shivers*
*The cold seeps through my wetsuit and caresses my skin. I shiver. The water's dark and murky and the waves look extra big. Dangerous. I'm doing something dangerous. Which makes me smile. I think of Lucas then, knowing exactly what he'd say if he were with me.
Don't be stupid, Oakley.
I'm not being stupid. I'm trying something new and taking risks.
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Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy's fiancé seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.
Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.
But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.
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Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren't used as much as she'd like. She has a Bachelor's in English Writing and a Master's in Library Science and Information Studies. When Ashley isn't writing, she's traveling, working out, or pretending she's Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she's loved everything Fantasy--resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the 'geek' tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.
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Larkin had a hard time trudging through the mushy path of water, rocks and mud wearing a ball gown. She tripped several times on the too long skirt, only to be caught up in the ever-present arms of her kidnapper. It was infuriating. She would prefer being covered in mud, rather than allowing Barren’s constant attempts to keep her on her feet.
She couldn’t really figure out how to feel—she was scared, yes, but also strangely intrigued. She knew why they’d taken her: as bait to lure William to sea. Her father had warned her that she might be targeted, and she felt stupid having been taken. Every time she looked at Barren, anger flared in her chest.
She’d decided to leave the engagement party after spotting Barren. She’d gone through her options—returning home meant signaling a carriage and drawing attention, and while the castle might offer safety, it didn’t offer her peace. That’s why she’d chosen to head to shore—why would a pirate ever suspect she’d go there? She was a lady, after all. She’d thought she had been discreet on her way out, even escaping Barren Reed’s notice...but, instead, she’d drawn it.
She fell again and jerked away when she felt his hand on her arm.
“I am perfectly capable of standing on my own,” she spat.
Barren gave a short laugh. “Really? Because you’ve been stumbling all over since we left the ship.”
Larkin reached down and gathered her dress up as much as she could and continued forward. “If it is too bothersome for you, we can cut the skirt away.”
Larkin twisted, almost slipping as she did. Her eyes fell upon Barren, narrow and unkind.
“You will not touch me.”
Barren held up his hands. “I was just offering an option to ease your struggling.”
“I’m not struggling!”She turned around and to her great annoyance, fell again as the rocks and mud gave way beneath her feet. This time, Barren stood aside as she got to her feet again. She refused to look at him, her face burning with embarrassment.
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First and foremost I am a wife, mother and grandmother.
I am also a nurse and a new author.
I moved to sunny Florida in 2006 and never looked back. I love fresh squeezed lemonade, crushed ice, teacups, wineglasses, non-franchise restaurants, ice cream cones, boating, picnics, cookouts, throwing parties, lace, white wine, mojitos, strawberry margaritas, white linen tablecloths, fresh flowers and Pinterest. I also love to read and write and to spend time with my family. My books thus far, have been inspired by the things I love and the people who influence me, every single day to be a better person.
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Barbara Kloss studied biochemistry at California Polytechnic State University, and after she began working in a clinical lab, found herself daydreaming about far off lands and slightly deranged wizards. She, her husband, two boys, and Lhasa currently live in Arizona, where she escapes the heat by writing about lush vegetation and moderate to cold climates. And also by playing too many video games on her PS3. Author of Gaia's Secret, The Keeper's Flame, Breath of Dragons, and Heir of Pendel.
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A young girl travels to a new world in search of her missing father, only to find that she's being hunted by an evil sorcerer.
Daria Jones didn't expect she'd have to chase her missing father through a portal into another, magical world she never knew existed. In order to get to that world, she's forced to rely on Alexander Anderson, her childhood friend who she hasn't seen or heard from in three years. But the truth of who she really is could be the greatest enemy of all.
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1. Anything with The Hubs.
2. Kissing and holding my babies.
3. Spending time with family and close friends, lounging and chatting, and oftentimes accompanied by a glass of red wine.
4. Books, books, and more books! Oh, did I mention books?
5. Writing…most of the time. When the words don't flow, writing quickly becomes my LEAST favorite thing.
6. Listening to music and dreaming.
7. Going to the gym. Because that usually means I'm doing #6.
8. Hiking in the Sierra's. (But really, hiking anywhere with mountains and pines.)
9. Campfires and early morning coffee, preferably together.
10. Traveling to new places to experience new people and cultures and FOOD.
11. I know I'm only supposed to name ten, but Skyrim absolutely must be included in this list. So, there. :D
A transparent shape floated above the yard. It took me a second to realize that it was a reflection in the glass. There was something behind me. Someone. I turned my head toward its source and my breath caught in my chest. It was Alex.
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Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.
No one knows whatâs happening to her, and sheâd like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.
Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emmaâs rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can't have.
When Emmaâs brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changingâunable to breathe without yielding to the tideâand it's only a matter of time before she's forced to surrender forever.
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âItâs okay, Emma. Itâs just school.â
âYep. And Everest is just a mountain.â She glanced at her younger brother, Keith, wondering again if it was a mistake for her parents to enroll him in regular high school. The district classified him as âspecial needs,â and Emma agreed with that label. He was special, and for whatever reason, he thought he needed to attend school with her.
What if people were mean to him because he was different? What if bullies picked on him? What if he came away traumatized for life? Hoping he was still this excited about school at the end of the day, she nudged him with her bag. âLetâs go, you grown-up high schooler.â
Keithâs grin split his face, lighting his eyes with excitement and pressing a wrinkle into his prominent forehead. The look melted Emmaâs heart. If they were mean to him, sheâd destroy them. Destroy them completely.
âYouâll find me at lunch, right?â He started toward the building, twisting the bottom of his T-shirt into a ball. The first nervous gesture heâd shown since theyâd left the house.
âYep. And we can eat outside on the grass if you want.â
âOkay, âcause I know Iâm going to be hungry. Itâs my first day of high school, and Gran says teenage boys are always hungry.â
Smiling at his eagerness, Emma saw Keith to his first class, where a petite woman with dark, spiked hair introduced herself. âHello, Keith,â she said. âIâm Mrs. Long, the aide. Iâm here to help you learn everything you need to know about high school.â
âHi, Mrs. Long.â Obviously embarrassed, Keith pulled the collar of his shirt over his face, hiding his pink-tinted cheeks.
âIs this your sister?â Mrs. Long asked, trying to force him to engage. âAre you going to introduce us?â
Hesitant to leave until she was sure Keith would be okay, Emma said, âWhy donât you be a gentleman and introduce me to your teacher?â Nothing. She kept her voice light, despite the nerves buzzing along her skin. âKeith, Iâm going to be late to class. You donât want me to get in trouble, do you?â
âNo.â He shook his head, still hiding.
âRemember what we talked about?â she asked, tugging on the wrinkled bottom of his shirt and trying not to curse her parents. âHow itâs polite to look at people when you talk to them?â
âHow if youâre going to high school, you have to have manners and pay attention to what your teacher says?â
This time, he let the shirt down enough that his eyes peeked over the top. âYes.â
âAnd do you still want to go to high school, or have you changed your mind? Because if youâd rather go home, I can take you.â And she would, even if it meant missing her entire first-period class.
He let go of his shirt and smoothed it over his torso, biting his lip. âNo, Iâm big. I want to stay.â
Pride filled the empty spaces in her chest. Keith was so much stronger than she would ever be. âThen hurry and introduce me before Iâm late.â
Scuffing his shoe on the ground, he muttered, âThis is my sister, Emma.â
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Everyone need a little love and some furry friends in summer!
Vanessa wasn’t looking for love. She was looking for the perfect place to open her pet rescue center. However, when best friend Gabby suggests she make an appointment with the handsome realtor Jason, Vanessa soon finds herself intrigued by him. Filled with twists and turns, and likeable characters, The Pet Palace will have you turning pages to follow Vanessa as she realizes her dream. Set in beautiful wine country of northern California, The Pet Palace will captivate you from the first page as Vanessa fulfills her dreams of a lifetime.
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Debbie currently resides in beautiful Sonoma County, California, where the jagged Pacific coastline meets the rolling hills cascading with vineyards. She writes romance novellas that feature strong, independent women, who when faced with adversity, or tragedy, fine strength and overcome the perils that stand in their way. She’s an avid supporter of animal rescue, and happily donates a portion of sales from her books to rescue organizations. She has two adult children, and two granddaughters. In her spare time, she loves to garden, travel; enjoy family, and her beloved rescue dogs, Dash and Briar. Her real passion of course is writing, and she uses her 20+ years as a military wife as inspiration for her stories. The Salty Dog takes places in Bodega, a small fishing community she has the pleasure of visiting often. The project she is currently working on involves travel to exotic and foreign places, another area she has experience.a Rafflecopter giveaway
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1. Wine tasting with my honey
2. Vacations to Anywhere!
6. Long walks
7. Gorgeous views
10. Donating money to animal rescue organizations
As they descended the staircase, Vanessa eyed Jason with a different perspective. He truly was a handsome man. His body was lean and hard, and his muscles were evident through his shirt and jeans, giving her an idea of what his body looked like under his clothes. She shuddered and then sighed aloud.
“Is everything OK?” he asked, turning around. Slightly embarrassed that she’d been caught looking, she nodded her head everything was good. Even if she never found the perfect place for the center, she might have found the perfect man in her life. She was at least beginning to think that. Time would tell.
Jason and Vanessa left the industrial area for what would be their last stop. They chatted about the other two properties, and she listed the pros and cons off the top of her head.
“Next stop – the pony farm,” Jason announced.
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Janet Snow only agrees to go out with the man sheâd written off ten years ago because it was understood--no complications. But after a trip to the hot springs, a helicopter ride, and a proposal Janet has to make a choiceâ¦play it safe or trust that her first love could also be her last.
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Cameron Elliott has come to Snow Valley to coach Annalisa Drake in the Miss Snow Valley pageant, and prove to her demanding boss that she deserves a place at the prestigious Westbrooke Agency. But Annalisaâs handsome and protective big brother, Kyle, is determined to keep his sister from becoming a reluctant beauty queen. He insists some things are more valuable than a title and as crazy as it sounds, Cameron might just believe him.
Love in Light and Shadow:
Mercedes O'Shay has sworn off gorgeous men because they have a tendency to break her heart. When she meets her new neighbor, Chet Bauer, she immediately puts him in the Do Not Date category based on his well-defined muscles and stunning blue eyes. But the more Mercedes learns about the cowboy who reads classics and forges iron, the more she realizes the heart doesn't see in black and white; it sees light and shadows.
Rebecca Dash would rather write about Jane Austen-type characters than hang out with her nerdy Chemical Engineering male lab partnersâuntil a team of fire-fighters sets up camp on the lawns of the Starry Skies Bed & Breakfast and the devastatingly handsome, Captain Wade, catches her eye. Becca soon learns that thereâs more to a happily-ever-after than flirty firemen with muscles the size of the Montana hills.
To escape being trapped in an unwanted marriage, Caytie Holbrook hides out at her uncleâs ranch in Snow Valley, Montana. She intends to stay long enough to inherit a trust fund her grandmother left and then move to Italyâ¦that is until she meets Jace McAllister, an incredibly sexyâalthough somewhat grumpyâcowboy who threatens to disrupt her plans
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Annie Stirland has endured a lifetime of teasing, embarrassment, and isolation due to her speech impediment. When irresistible cowboy, Luke Wilson, seems to be falling for her, sheâs certain heâs too good to be true. His ex-girlfriend reappears and confirms her fears, but Luke isn't ready to give Annie up.
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Jeanette Lewis is a pen name used by author, Janet K. Halling. Dreaming up stories has always been one of Janet's favorite things. Other favorites include her family, good friends, crisp autumn days, decadent desserts, and having adventures. Visit elidryn.com for more info on Janetâs latest projects or check out her author page at https://www.facebook.com/JanetKHalling.
Taylor Hart has always been drawn to a good love triangle, hot chocolate and long conversations with new friends. Writing has always been a passion that has consumed her dreams and forced her to sit in a trance for long hours, completely obsessed with people that donât really exist. Taylor would have been a country star if she could have carried a tuneâmaybe in the next life. Find Taylor at:
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Lucy McConnell has always been a reader and a writer. Once caught up in a story, she disappears into a cave until the first draft is done. She writes fantasy, clean romance, Christian romance, historical fiction, and cookbooks (under the name Christina Dymock.) Her Christmas romance,Blue Christmas,was a top seller in seven Amazon categories on its own and in thirteen as part of theChristmas in Snow Valley Anthology.
When sheâs not writing, you can find her volunteering at the elementary school or church; shuttling kids to baseball, soccer, basketball, or football, depending on the time of year; skiing with her family; wakeboarding; cycling; baking; cooking; or curled up with a good book.
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Award-winning author, Kimberley Montpetit AKA Kimberley Griffiths Little once spent all her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops when she was in Parisâon the arm of her adorable husband. The author grew up in San Francisco, but currently lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her big, messy family.
Kimberley reads a book a day and loves to travel. Sheâs stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland, sailed the Seine in Paris, swam in the ocean at Cannes, ridden a camel among the glorious cliffs of Petra, shopped the maze of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria. Find her at www.KimberleyMontpetit.com or her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/KimberleyMontpetit. Kimberley Montpetit Author Page on Amazon
Cindy Roland Anderson is the bestselling author of clean, contemporary romance filled with humor, romantic tension and some pretty great kissing scenes. Cindy has a degree in nursing, and worked in the NICU until she recently retired to write full time. She loves to bake, not cook (there is a difference!) and enjoys spending time with her family.
Cindy is lucky to be married to her best friend John. They live in Northern Utah and are parents to five incredible children. Over the past few years their family has expanded by adding a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and four adorable grandchildren. Cindy loves to read, almost as much as she loves writing. And she loves chocolateâprobably a little too much.
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Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and driving boys to lacrosse practice, she gets the chance to write fiction. Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn't snowing, she enjoys swimming, hiking, biking, running, and water-skiing. Website: http://www.camichecketts.com/
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Kyle maneuvered around the mud and she prepared for him to stop and set her down, but he didnât. He kept going, walking easily down the trail with her on his back.
âUh â¦ you can put me down now,â she finally said.
âYeah, I could,â he agreed â¦ and kept walking.
âWeâre over the mud, thank you very much,â she didnât really want him to put her down, but it seemed polite to suggest it.
âOkay,â he said â¦ and kept walking.
âNow youâre just showing off,â she muttered good-naturedly and he threw her a grin over his shoulder.
She tightened her arms slightly and her heart leapt when she felt him squeeze her knees in return.
Oh yes, taking the day off had definitely been a good idea.
Excerpt from First Love
âDo you remember the first time we sat on this rock?â
His heart picked up speed. âI remember. It was the first time we kissed.â
Her cheeks reddened, and she laughed. âI thought it was so gentlemanly that you asked me first.â
He knew his own cheeks were red. âHey, I knew better than to assume anything from you.â
She laughed, too. âI guess last night you thought you could assume.â
The tension grew palpable. He scooted closer, their legs touching. He couldnât stop looking at her lips. âI guess last nightâs episode told me that I still got it.â
After a second, she laughed. âOh, yeah?â
Warmth filled him. He leaned forward, taking one side of her hair and pushing it back behind her ear. âYeah.â He stared in her eyes. âBut Iâll ask anyway. Can I kiss you?â
Love in Light and Shadow Excerpt
âAnd grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.â
She lifted her hand. âThat one would be worth testing.â
âI had to clean the microwave.â
Laughing, Mercedes asked, âWhere were you when I had to go to all those stuffy dinner parties with my parents?â
Chet motioned for her to sit and scooted another chair closer.
Mercedes found herself relaxing a smidge because of Chetâs easy way. He moved with the grace of a man who used his body, knew what it was capable of, and was comfortable in his skin. She also liked that he wasnât ashamed to be seen in work clothes. Most of the guys sheâd dated would have run into the house and not come out until they were all decked out. She could handle talking to him.
They were going to be neighbors, after all.
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Shea cupped her hands and stared through the window. Men wearing big heavy yellow coats and boots were unloading from the trucks. Taking off their very distinctive hats. Firemen hats. Faces blackened by soot.
Before Becca could protest, her aunt yanked open the door and marched out into the chilly night in her slippers and billowing purple robe.
âOh, drats!â Becca exclaimed. She should have pulled on some jeans. Combed her hair. There were menâyoung menâswarming all over their yard.
Tall men. Chiseled men. Despite the dirt and soot on their faces, their awkward fire-fighting uniforms, they were all rugged and handsome and too cute for words.
Becca pulled her robe tighter just as Aunt Rayna waggled her eyebrows. âAunt Rayna! No shameless flirting in the middle of the night!â
âRebecca Dash, just go with it. Have some fun.â
âMy flirting skills are lacking even when Iâm well rested and well fed.â
Catching Caytie Excerpt:
She sized him up, not sure if she liked him better in a cowboy hat or a baseball hat. âRemember, donât shoot the messenger.â
âGeez, am I gonna be as ticked as Kellen?â He took off his ball cap and ran a hand through his hair.
Probably. âThat all depends on how you feel about auctions.â
His chocolate colored eyes looked confused. âAs long as no one is trying to sell my favorite horse, I like them fine.â
âGreat,â she said, passing by him on her way toward the kitchen. âYour horse isnât going to be auctioned off. You are.â
A Touch of Love Excerpt:
âDo you ever write down what youâre thinking?â
Annie's eyebrows rose. Luke loved the way she did that.
âWould you write for me? What youâre thinking?â
She shrugged her shapely shoulders and studied him for a few seconds before pulling out a notepad. She wrote for a few seconds then handed it to him.
Iâm thinking that this cowboy is a nice guy whoâs uncomfortable with my silence.
âI guess you got me there. I donât really talk too much, usually just swear at the cattle. So Iâm not a nice guy at all.â
She took the pad back, wrote, and handed it to him again.
Youâre definitely a nice guy. I knew that when you bought the thoughtful gift for your sister. Why do you want to take me to dinner? Feeling bad for the new girl in town?
He grinned. âNope. Feeling intrigued by the new girl in town and wanting to get to know her better.â He handed the pad back to her.
You donât have the time to get to know me better, it would take hours for me to get anything out with my stutter.
He laughed. âSweetheart, Iâve got the time and the desire to get to know you better. I really do love the sound of your voice, but if youâre more comfortable we could communicate like this.â
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Julie L. Casey lives in a rural area near St. Joseph, Missouri, with her husband, Jonn Casey, a science teacher, and their three youngest sons. She enjoys historical reenacting, wildlife rehabilitation, teaching her children, and writing books that capture the imaginations of young people.