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Thank you to everyone who entered The Boat House Giveaway!

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Grand Prize Winner: Holly L.

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Amazon Gift Card Giveaway & Review: The Boat House by Jana D. Barrett

Genevieve Vandermere-Anderson lives in an elite world carefully crafted by her stepfather.  While other girls her age revel in the freedom of their first summer break from college, Genevieve has no choice but to return to her childhood home in Hilton Head, South Carolina to play sidekick to her vindictive stepfather.  Forbidden from social media and isolated from her peers, she returns home disheartened and oppressed by the actions of her past, governed by secrets.

Though she is fearful of the repercussions, Genevieve decides it is time to start making her own choices.  She sneaks out of her fortified house to attend the annual beach bonfire.  There she meets a handsome stranger and follows him to an abandoned boathouse hidden in low country marshes.  Little does she know that this small act of rebellion will be the catalyst for unraveling the truth about her regretful past, and the layers of deception her stepfather has masterminded.

When she begins to investigate the boating accident that tragically killed her mother and two other people, she discovers that her stepfather’s suspicious behavior and control tactics are all part of a greater agenda.

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The Boat House is Jana D. Barrett’s first novel, and this talented author shines in her debut.

Despite her affluent lifestyle, Genevieve is far from a spoiled little rich girl.  She has a beautiful home, high end wardrobe, and has mastered mingling with the elite residents of Hilton Head, SC. Her Southern charm and manners are of great value to her step-father, and he uses her to fortify his influence in their social circles. He allows her to mingle with adults at parties, but bans her from interacting with others her own age – unless it suits his agenda.

While home from break, Genevieve sneaks out of her mansion and attends an local beach party. She thinks she’s acting out of character for just one night, but Genevieve soon discovers quite a lot about herself in the chain of events that follow. Red flags, gut feelings, and long buried memories help navigate her investigation of her step-father. The more she uncovers, the more she remembers about the accident that killed her mother and the more she has to fear from the man that raised her.

At the center of the action is a mysterious man, a kind couple, and a set of twins that evolve from Genevieve’s acquaintances to close friends. She may be isolated and lonely when the story starts, but searching for the truth opens doors for the companionship and support she’s desperately wanted.

The Boat House is a great story about unraveling a mystery and finding the courage to keep digging when the clues suggest a much bigger crime.

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Jana was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. An avid reader, she loves to travel, cook and try exotic foods. She is a self- proclaimed ‘city girl’ who fell for a country boy. Jana, her husband and their daughter live on a retired pasture, with a lovely farmland view.

She enjoys the alluring charm of the low country marshes which is the site of her first novel, The Boat House. Well versed in the decorum of the south, she enjoys shaping her characters befitting her experiences and observations, choosing not to shy away from the splendor, humor and somber elements of southern culture.

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Giveaway: Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen

Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls by [McMullen, Beth]A girl discovers her boarding school is actually an elite spy-training program, and she must learn the skills of the trade in order to find her mother in this action-packed middle grade debut.

After a botched escape plan from her boarding school, Abigail is stunned to discover the school is actually a cover for an elite spy ring called The Center, along with being training grounds for future spies. Even more shocking? Abigail’s mother is a top agent for The Center and she has gone MIA, with valuable information that many people would like to have—at any cost. Along with a former nemesis and charming boy from her grade, Abigail goes through a crash course in Spy Training 101, often with hilarious—and sometimes painful—results. But Abigail realizes she might be a better spy-in-training than she thought—and the answers to her mother’s whereabouts are a lot closer than she thinks…

 

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Guest Post by Julie Moffett & a WHITE KNIGHTS Giveaway!

WHITE KNIGHTS by Julie Moffett

Genre: YA spy mystery

My name is Angel Sinclair. I’m the youngest senior at Excalibur Academy for the Technologically Gifted and Talented in Washington, DC. I was pushed ahead a year because of my high IQ and considerable prowess behind the keyboard, making me an outcast even among my own peers. I’ve been looking for my dad all my life. A brilliant mathematician and cryptographer, he disappeared under mysterious circumstances when I was 18 months old. Although my mom tells me I must put him in my past, it only makes me more determined to find out what happened to him. When weird accidents start happening at my school and the vice-principal is involved in a deadly accident, I don’t see it as a coincidence. After launching my own investigation, with the aid of an unexpected set of allies calling themselves the White Knights, I discover a threat far greater than I ever could have imagined. I could take my discoveries to the authorities, but my own investigative methods would be at risk. Can anyone say hacking? No, it’s up to me to set things right. My objectives are straightforward. Clear the name of the vice-principal, learn the truth about my father, and stay alive. In other words, save the day and try not to look too much like a dork while doing it.

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Briefly, what led up to this book?

The idea for the WHITE KNIGHTS series came when I was writing NO TEST FOR THE WICKED, (Book #5) in my Lexi Carmichael geeky mystery series. Lexi, who is 25, has to go back to high school undercover to find out which students are hacking into the school system, changing grades and causing all kinds of havoc. Lexi did NOT like high school the first time around, so going back to re-live her worst years was interesting to explore. While I was writing the novel, I thought how cool it would be to write a younger female character who was highly intelligent and into computers, a loner who was actually in high school. Of course, there had to be spies, international intrigue and hacking (well, because that’s my thing). When NO TEST FOR THE WICKED turned out to be well received, and several reviewers mentioned I had a voice well-suited to YA, I decided to put that idea to paper. And that’s how Angel and the WHITE KNIGHTS series was born!

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Julie Moffett is a bestselling author and writes in the genres of mystery, historical romance and paranormal romance. She has won numerous awards, including the 2014 Mystery & Mayhem Award for Best YA/New Adult Mystery, the prestigious 2014 HOLT Award for Best Novel with Romantic Elements, a HOLT Merit Award for Best Novel by a Virginia Author (twice!), the 2016 Award of Excellence, a PRISM Award for Best Romantic Time-Travel AND Best of the Best Paranormal Books of 2002, and the 2011 EPIC Award for Best Action/Adventure Novel. She has also garnered additional nominations for the Bookseller’s Best Award, Daphne du Maurier Award and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Julie is a military brat (Air Force) and has traveled extensively. Her more exciting exploits include attending high school in Okinawa, Japan; backpacking around Europe and Scandinavia for several months; a year-long college graduate study in Warsaw, Poland; and a wonderful trip to Scotland and Ireland where she fell in love with castles, kilts and brogues. Julie has a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Language from Colorado College, a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and an M.Ed from Liberty University. She has worked as a proposal writer, journalist, teacher, librarian and researcher. Julie speaks Russian and Polish and has two sons. She greatly enjoys interacting with readers at her website: www.juliemoffett.com. You can also follow her by clicking on the following social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Guest Post by author Henry Lien

Welcome to Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, where the blades are sharp and the competition is fierce.

Peasprout Chen dreams of becoming a legend of wu liu, the deadly and beautiful art of martial arts figure skating.

As the first students from the rural country of Shin to attend Pearl Famous Academy of Skate and Sword, Peasprout and her little brother Cricket have some pretty big skates to fill. They soon find themselves in a heated competition for top ranking.

Tensions rise when the dazzling pearl buildings of the Academy are vandalized and outsider Peasprout is blamed for the attacks by her rivals … and even some friends.

Now, she must uncover the true vandal to ensure peace between Shin and Pearl – all while becoming a champion.

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What Wu Liu Is

Wu liu is an art form/sport that I invented for the world featured in my first novel PEASPROUT CHEN, FUTURE LEGEND OF SKATE AND SWORD (Holt/Macmillan, April 2018). Originally developed for combat purposes, it combines figure skating with kung fu.

Wu liu arose in a fantastical city called Pearl that is made out of a substance that looks like semiprecious pearl but stays dry and smooth to the touch . Located on an island inspired by my homeland of Taiwan, the entire city is ornately carved and can be skated on, every rooftop, handrail, balustrade. Thus, there’s an element of parkour in there as well. Once a defensive art, wu liu is now used primarily in Pearlian opera, a dazzling spectacle that features displays of wu liu in place of singing.

 

Quidditch and Lightsabers

I wanted to come up with something as iconic and cool as quidditch and lightsabers. However, I believe in the maxim that you should write the story that only you could write.

I wanted to make it very personal to me, something that had Asian roots. Ang Lee’s film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon rawked my world so hard that I’ve never gotten over it. I also wanted to invent a sport that had a gay soul, something that was campy but ferocious and deadly stylish.

I also wanted to focus on an activity that conveyed pure joy. There’s not enough joy in children’s lit or the world in general. I specifically was shooting for a Miyazaki flavor of joy.  The delirious pandemonium of Spirited Away and the exuberant scenes of flight in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, and so many of Miyazaki’s films were particular inspirations.

I modeled Peasprout on myself, which was confronting and humbling. Peasprout is brave, wildly talented, huge-hearted, a true original, and pretty hard to forget. She is also self-aggrandizing, deluded, extreme, a bit of a weirdo, and rather lonely. Like I am. It was like drawing a portrait of your own face but refraining from tweaking your least favorite features. Writing such a deeply flawed character with honesty while keeping her relatable and lovable was an act of learning to accept myself while recognizing that I’m a work in progress.

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As research for wu liu, I took figure skating and kung fu lessons. I figured that as a fit and pretty strong guy, I would be tolerable at them.

I was comically appalling at both. I wish there were video of it, especially of the 19-year old woman gracefully kicking my butt in kung fu class.  What I learned was that these are two sports that often reward balance and flexibility more than brute strength. As a combination of both sports,  wu liu is an art form that very much promotes girl power and traits that aren’t always valorized.  This informed my creation of wu liu and Peasprout. With this book, I wanted to show that heroes truly come in all shapes and sizes.

I intended PEASPROUT CHEN as a gift to say thank you to all the women who have nurtured and inspired me, family, friends, teachers, authors, editors, my agent, and so many others. This book was my way to say,   “Thank you, I see you, I love you, you’re my heroes.”

 

Cover Reveal: Look the Park by Jewel E. Ann

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Look the Part, an all-new romantic standalone from

Jewel E. Ann is coming January 29th!

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Look the Part by Jewel E. Ann

Publication Date: January 29th, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations

Photographer: Regina Wamba

Flint Hopkins finds the perfect tenant to rent the space above his Minneapolis-based law office.

All the T’s are crossed and I’s dotted on Ellen’s application. Her references are good. And she’s easy on the eyes.

Until …

Flint discovers Ellen Rodgers, Board-Certified Music Therapist, plays music. Bongos, guitars, singing—not Beethoven administered through noise-cancelling headphones.

The cut-throat attorney serves up an eviction notice to the bubbly, constantly-humming redhead who’s too sexy for her own good. But luck is on Ellen’s side when Flint’s autistic son, Harrison, takes an instant liking to her. A single dad can’t compete with guitars—and rats. Yes, she has pet rats.

This woman …

She’s annoyingly happy with a constant need to touch him—adjust his tie, button his shirt, invade his space, and mess with his mind.

Still …

She must go.

Their lust-hate relationship escalates into something beautiful and tragic. This sexy, romantic-comedy explores the things we want, the things we need, and the impossible decisions parents and children make to survive.

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About Jewel:

Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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Interview with Debut Author JJ Strong

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“A gripping, tragic debut novel that will fascinate and trouble sophisticated teen readers.” —Kirkus Reviews

We all knew about Cullen Hickson.

Siblings Bri and Ray O’Dell are lost. Anxious. Restless. Ray—bullied at his Catholic school for being small and timid—wants to be someone people respect or, even better, someone people fear. Meanwhile, Bri knows that something is off about her friendship with the shiny, happy, sophisticated blond girls on her field hockey team. They don’t really understand Bri, and if Bri is being totally honest, she doesn’t really understand them either.

When storied delinquent Cullen Hickson enters the orbit of the O’Dell siblings, though, everything changes. Bri and Ray find an alluring, addictive outlet in Cullen, who opens their eyes to a world they didn’t know existed. For Ray, that means experiencing the singular thrill of crime—from breaking and entering to grand theft auto—while Bri quickly dives into an all-consuming romance with the enigmatic upperclassman.

As Bri and Ray become more and more entwined with Cullen’s antics, and their once-thrilling experiences grow increasingly dangerous, a series of life-changing events threatens to lead the teens down a dark path—one that could forever alter the course of their lives.

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Briefly, what led up to this book?

Initially, it started with little more than a feeling. I wanted to write about the sensation of being a teenager and being angry for reasons that are almost too complex and deeply-buried to understand, and then, as a result of this anger—and despite being an otherwise totally rational, smart, seemingly “normal” kid—doing some really, really, really, really stupid stuff.

What were your 1-2 biggest learning experience(s) or surprise(s) throughout the publishing process?

I learned, thanks to my astoundingly astute proofreaders, that I have a very limited grasp on what words and phrases should and should not be hyphenated.

As for surprises… My whole life all I’ve wanted was to be a novelist, but I never anticipated that the actual moment of publication would be so nerve racking (nerve-racking? You see the problem). The days leading up to publication were some of the most anxiety-ridden days I can remember. It felt almost like the entire world had snuck into my bedroom overnight and stolen my diary.

What would you do differently if you had to do it again?

I didn’t spend a lot of time outlining this book and at times wished I had. I mostly forged ahead blindly through the text, which was, on the one hand, useful in terms of allowing my characters to come to life in new and surprising ways, but it also resulted in a LOT of revision and rewriting. At one point I more or less deleted the entire second half of the novel and rewrote it, which took a full year of work. I wouldn’t choose to do that again. But then, there’s no guarantee that outlining would have changed any of that. More often than not, these things are outside of our control.

What piece(s) of advice would you give authors seeking publication?

When I was 24, I was convinced—CONVINCED!—that my first novel, which was my thesis in grad school, would immediately be published to great acclaim and that the world would fall at my feet to worship my unparalleled, uncontested genius. It was a fun fantasy, but it was also a young person’s fantasy, and it would be another twelve years until my second book was completed and sold. It took me a long time to learn how to write a good sentence. And it took me an even longer time to learn how to tell a good story. And it took me an even LONGER time to learn that there are so many more important things in the world (like love and family and friendship and kindness and all that crap that seems so cliché when you talk or write about it but is really, in the end, all that matters) than publishing a book, and that it is possible to be attuned to those things even if publishing a book remains your singular, lifelong dream.

So… all of this to say: Be patient. And be humble. And don’t wait until your so-called “Big Break” to find happiness and fulfillment, and resist at all costs the temptation to root your self-worth in your success as a writer. And while you’re doing all this:  just keep writing.

What’s next for you?

I’m working on another YA novel about a girl who gets knocked unconscious during an earthquake and wakes up in an alternate reality where she’s wanted for the murder of her swim team coach.

 

New Release: Thresholds by Kate Canterbary

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Snowy days, steamy nights.
The Walshes are home for the holidays.

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Title: Thresholds
Series: The Walsh Series #8

Author: Kate Canterbary
Release Date: December 14, 2017

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‘Twas the weekend before Christmas, when all through the North End
Not a Walsh had his life together, not even his friends;

The parties were planned by the foodies with care,
In hopes that Wes and Erin would soon find their way there;

The men were stressing over last minute shopping lists and plans,
While the ladies were busy with work and nesting and finding the right paella pans;

When out in the dining room there arose such a clatter,
The Halsted dogs sprang from their beds to see what was the matter;

They whistled and shouted and called each other names,
While the secrets and announcements and surprises quickly came;

So onto another adventure they flew
With the sleigh full of Walshes, and the Commodore too—

As they continued arguing and clamoring around,
Down the road an unexpected visitor came with a bound;

But it wasn’t long until couples were all nestled snug in their beds,
With new memories of steamy holiday nights dancing in their heads.

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Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since.

Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.

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Top 10 #MustReadBooks by Jus Accardo, Author of Infinity & Omega (The Infinity Division Series)

Infinity (The Infinity Division, #1) by Jus Accardo

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Published on November 1st, 2016

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Jump dimensions. Find the bad guy. Don’t fall in love.

Nobody said being the daughter of an army general was easy. But when her dad sends a teenage subordinate to babysit her while he’s away? That’s taking it a step too far.

Cade, as beautiful as he is deadly, watches Kori with more than just interest. He looks at her like he knows her very soul. And when he saves her from a seemingly random attack, well, that’s when things get weird.

Turns out, Kori’s dad isn’t just an army general—he’s the head of a secret government project that has invented a way to travel between parallel dimensions. Dimensions where there are infinite Koris, infinite Cades…and apparently, on every other Earth, they’re madly in love.

Falling for a soldier is the last thing on Kori’s mind. Especially when she finds herself in a deadly crossfire, and someone from another Earth is hell-bent on revenge…

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Omega (The Infinity Division, #2) by Jus Accardo
Published by Entangled Teen
Released on August 1st, 2017

One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.

Only Noah isn’t really gone. Thanks to his parents’ company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he’s determined to resist the magnetic pull he’s felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission—and their lives—in danger.

But there’s more going on in Ash’s alternate universe than either of them knows: a mysterious project called Omega. A conspiracy spanning multiple Earths and revolving around none other than Ash. Its creators would do anything to keep Omega secret…

Anything.

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As a writer, I think it goes without saying that I LOVE books. I’m not tied down to a specific genre. My love spans most of them. But, I do have my favorites. Here’s my list of top ten MUST READS (in no particular order).

  1. Watership Down by Richard Adams – This one is a classic and I think everyone should read it (at least once, but probably multiple times).
  2. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien – Same goes for this one.
  3. The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West by Mary Stanton – If you love fantasy and horses with action and a bit of romance sprinkled in, then this is for you.
  4. Nightlife by Rob Thurman – Cal Leandros is such an amazingly complicated character. This is one I can read a million times and never tire of.
  5. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong – Another one I can read a million times. Clayton Danvers and Elena Michaels are my TOP fave fictional couple of all time.
  6. The Stand by Stephen King – My husband makes fun of me for this one. Sure, it does run a little long and tends to be a bit wordy in places, but I love it all the same.
  7. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott – There’s really nothing else to say about this one except YOU MUST READ IT. All the feels, guys…
  8. The Vampire Diaries series by L.J. Smith (the original 4) – L.J. Smith was a huge factor in shaping my love of books. The first four books in the series (you know, the ones SHE WROTE) are fantastic.
  9. ANY BOOK by S.E. Hinton – Another top notch lady who was a big part of shaping my literary world. I’ve read all her books dozens of time and can’t imagine ever getting bored with them, no matter my age.
  10. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – This one is probably on a lot of people’s list. Rowling captured me with that first book, the beautiful imagery and sheer imagination, and never let go. Here’s hoping we get more from the Wizarding world in the future!

 

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

“Maybe you used to be better at it?” I prodded. “I mean, you probably don’t get a lot of time to date while skipping all over creation, right? Maybe you’re just out of practice?”

“I’m not out of practice.” He seethed.

“It’s okay! It’s nothing to be ashamed of—”

For the second time since we’d met, he assaulted me. One second I was having the time of my life pushing his buttons—ridiculously easy to do—the next I was against the wall, Noah’s body covering mine. His lips moved furiously, scorchingly hot and with a level of passion I’d never felt before. His tongue slipped between my lips and despite having told other guys that I hated that, I melted, reveling in the millions of electrical tingles the action sent shooting through my body.

His hands gripped my head on either side. No roaming, no exploration. Somehow it made the whole thing hotter. Like he couldn’t bear to release me in fear that I’d move. That I’d get away and he’d have to stop.

And stop? No. That was a dirty word. A softly whispered sin in the darkest corners of the earth. Stopping this would be a crime of the highest caliber.

Except he did. Stop, that was.

He pulled away just far enough to look me in the eye, not yet letting go of my head. With an extremely satisfied tilt of his lip, he said, “Decent my ass.”

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Giveaway & Excerpt: Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh

Sixteen-year-old Holly Burton’s unremarkable life is shaken to the core when a vision of the mother she never knew has her questioning everything she believes.
Eager for answers, Holly enrolls at a boarding school for highly gifted students in Wolfebane, New Hampshire. When she accidentally transports to a parallel existence and discovers she has a whole other life waiting for her, confronting a dark and ancient evil seems the least of her problems.
With the help of Joss, a sexy alpha warrior sworn to protect her, and her new BFF, the equally swoon-worthy Quinn, Holly faces her fears and an unlikely adversary in a showdown that is worse than anything she could’ve possibly imagined…

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USA TODAY bestselling & multi-award winning author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and spooky, supernatural fiction for young adults.
She has published 64 books with Harlequin, Amazon and indie, and sold over 7 million copies worldwide. She currently writes women’s fiction for Amazon’s Lake Union Publishing. SAVING SARA released August 1st 2016 and became a #1 romance bestseller in the UK & Australia! RESCUING ROSE, the sequel, released October 4th, 2016. She also writes steamy romance for the upcoming Harlequin Dare series, with SWEET THING releasing March 1st, 2018.
Her first mainstream contemporary romance, BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD released to rave reviews, including a nomination for RWA’s RBY, Romantic Book of the Year 2012. Her first indie-pubbed contemporary romance CRAZY LOVE released September 2012, a Barnes & Noble bestseller, and was nominated for a 2012 ARRA award.
Her young adult fantasy SCION OF THE SUN won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Best YA novel in the USA.
She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, is a multiple finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.
A physiotherapist for 13 years, she now adores writing full time, raising her two young heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, barracking loudly for her beloved North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team, and her favourite, curling up with a good book!

 

I always thought cults were for crazies.

Until I joined one.

Let me clear up any misconceptions. I’m not crazy. A freak, but not crazy. Which is why I’m here. Freaks R Us. A boarding school for the intellectually gifted tucked away in the back streets of Wolfebane, New Hampshire.

Intellectually gifted? Yeah, right.

We have a pristine lake surrounded by majestic mountains. We have lush green fields that turn into fabulous groomed ski trails in the winter. We have upscale restaurants and thriving businesses and fancy homes—city pizzazz with small town coziness. We even have our very own homegrown C.U.L.T.

The Clique of Unique Luminary Telepathies.

When the average person searches this place on the Internet, the home page reads Co-Ed for Unified Learning and Teaching, a New Age school for the hippest of the hip. It appears to be a rambling English manor, sandstone and massive latticed windows and French doors, surrounded by a cottage garden gone wild.

All very civilized for a place of learning, but what I’d learn would scare the crap out of me.

“Going in sometime this century?”

I glared at Colt, sitting smug in his beat-up Chevy, eager to get rid of me. I’d been thrust on his family, Nan’s only neighbors, when she got carted off to the hospital. I hated staying with his uptight family as much as they hated having me.

“Nah, think I’ll hang with you a bit longer. It’s so much fun.”

He pointed at the door. “Get out.”

I didn’t budge. Colt didn’t scare me. C.U.L.T. did.

“I had no choice staying with your folks. What’s your excuse?”

His expression turned stubborn.

“How old are you anyway? Nineteen? Twenty, tops?”

“Twenty-one,” he gritted out. “Too old to be babysitting dorks like you.”

“Dork? That’s mature for a guy tied so tight to mommy’s apron strings he’s still living at home.”

His hands clenched on the steering wheel and I jiggled the door handle. The door opened on the third try.

“If you were this smart-assed with your Nan I’m not surprised she had a stroke.”

Low blow. That’s what it felt like, like he’d kicked me in the guts. His words inspired the same nauseating feeling I’d had when I’d told her what I’d seen. When she’d uttered five mysterious words—she took the wrong one—and keeled over.

“And she’s in a long-term coma?” He drove the boot in harder. “She’d probably do anything to stay away from you.”

I grabbed my backpack, slung my messenger bag over my shoulder, and slammed the door. I couldn’t get away from him fast enough. It wasn’t what he’d said as much as the possible truth behind it.

He leaned across the bench seat and leered out the window. “Enjoy the lock-up. It’s a perfect place for psychos. You’ll fit right in.”

“Screw you.”

Colt gave me the finger, gunned the engine, and squealed away from the curb, leaving me standing in front of my prison.

Wolfebane High had sucked, but boarding school? Fine for my favorite fictional characters who thrived on girl power. Me? I wasn’t the kickass heroine so much.

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