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What to Read Wednesday with Samanthe Beck author of Compromising Her Position ~ Giveaway

I’m so glad it’s Wednesday because that means it’s time for What to Read Wednesday :) Please help me welcome the amazing Samanthe Beck to the blog. She talking about naming her characters–one of  my favorite subjects–and then sharing her release Compromising Her Position. I love, LOVE this cover and the blurb sounds amazing.

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Take it away Samanthe …


First off, a big THANK YOU to the lovely and talented Christine Warner for having me here to talk about my latest Brazen, Compromising Her Position. It’s a super-sexy story, (it’s a Brazen, after all!), involving hotel executive Rafe St. Sebastian, competitor Chelsea Wayne, a Santa suit, and an epic case of mistaken identity. Basically, Chelsea shoves the wrong Santa into a supply closet during the company Christmas party and wishes him a happy holiday that is definitely NSFW! Oops. Talk about a compromising position.


What inspired me to do such a naughty thing to my characters? Well, I’m not saying I sit around Googling “David Gandy naked” all day, but I did happen upon an image of the insanely photogenic Mr. Gandy in bed, naked, save for a Santa hat. My initial reaction, of course, was, “Holy crap! Imagine the line at the mall to sit on Santa’s lap if he were in the suit.” Then I thought about the iconic costume, and everything it entails, and wondered if we’d even know there was a hottie beneath.


Boom. Inspiration for all sorts of naughtiness. I had a perfect vision of my hero. Now all I had to do was name him. Names are important. A good one grabs a reader’s interest, while a bad one can pull her right out of a story. Admittedly, it’s highly subjective. Maybe I don’t like a certain name because it reminds me of the kid who used to freak me out with his rubber snake in first grade? I can’t know everyone’s name peeves, but I can know my characters. For Rafe I wanted something that sounded as worldly as the man himself. I also needed a name that would work as the masthead for a chain of luxury resorts. Sadly, David Gandy was already taken, but I thought Rafael St. Sebastian had a nice ring to it. Rafe is only one letter away from rake, and that worked for me. The St. Sebastian sounded like somewhere I’d have to cough up $500.00 a night to stay. Done.


Naming Chelsea took a little more work. She’s a good girl…a people-pleaser working in an industry where those tendencies take her far, but on a personal level, result in her being taken advantage of. She’s ready to get tough with herself, though, and stop making the same mistakes. I liked the combination of Chelsea, (which sounds soft and sweet to me), and Wayne, (which calls to mind big, bad, take-no-bullshit John Wayne). It struck the right balance, to me.


I’d love to know what you think!  Is there a name that ruins a book for you, no matter how awesome the story might be? (But wait, if it’s Rafe or Chelsea, don’t tell me)!


Do have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.






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a Compromise Me Novel
Samanthe Beck
Releasing November 16, 2015
Entangled Brazen
A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He’s not who she expected, but he’s exactly the man she needs…
When Chelsea Wayne drags Santa into a supply closet for a little office party nookie, she assumes the man in the suit is her on-again/off-again coworker boyfriend. Instead, it’s Rafe St. Sebastian, a man known for his hard-driving ways in business as well as the bedroom–and, kill her now, the brand spanking new owner of Las Ventanas–who grants her naughtiest Christmas wishes.
So much for her reputation, not to mention her career.
Rafe needs to close three acquisitions to prove to his father he’s ready to take the helm of St. Sebastian Enterprises. A hot interlude in a supply closet after deal number two seems like the perfect illicit Christmas bonus. Unfortunately, when that “bonus” becomes the key to the final deal, he finds himself back in bed–so to speak–with Chelsea, and after their steamy tryst, he’s not interested in keeping things professional…


“There is nothing personal between us.”

“I beg to differ. In fact, I’m fairly certain I know your deepest, darkest secret.”

“I sincerely doubt that.”

He brought his mouth to her ear. “You knew I wasn’t Paul.”

“No.” The denial, though immediate, sounded slightly breathless, slightly desperate.

She had to have at least suspected, at some point. He refused to believe otherwise. “Not at first. But when I had you clinging to the tables, trembling so hard you could barely stand? You knew.”

“You-you’re delusional. If I’d realized you weren’t Paul, don’t you think I would have stopped you?”

“No. By the time you realized, you didn’t care.” The crowd around them erupted into a countdown.

Ten… He cupped her jaw in one hand…
Nine… and slid the other down her back. Then lower. Eight… “You didn’t care about anything except my tongue tracing the path of your thong”—he let his fingers do the honor now—“all the way down until I could taste your sweet, throbbing little—”

“I thought you were Paul!” Her wide eyes darted to his, pupils huge.

Five… “Remember how you used your body to beg for more? There’s no f-ing way you’ve ever begged like that for Paul Barrington. No f-ing way. I could have you begging again.”

Her breathing came in quick, shallow pants. The hands she’d rested lightly on his shoulders tightened, bunching his jacket in a white-knuckled grip. She shook her head. “Not going to happen.”

Three… He was risking getting his face slapped in the middle of a dance floor on New Year’s Eve, but he didn’t care. For some inexcusable reason, he needed to know she wanted him, not Barrington.

Two… He spread his palm over the perfect curve of her ass and hauled her against him, so she’d feel just how well he remembered every damn detail of their last meeting.


“It’s not?” he challenged, and then crushed her lips under his.

Cheers of “Happy New Year” echoed around them over the strains of “Auld Lang Syne.” A flotilla of black and silver balloons sailed down from the ceiling. Guests laughed, and sang, and jostled them while he kissed her. Sparkly, star- shaped confetti rained over everyone and everything, and he kept right on kissing her. Her arms twined around his neck. Her lips parted. She flattened one hand against the back of his head and held on. When he bent her over his arm and swept his tongue into her soft, yielding mouth, she wrapped her leg around his hip. The heat of her body practically seared his thigh through his tuxedo pants.

He trapped her lower lip between his teeth and nibbled. There went his no biting promise, but her shuddery moan told him she didn’t mind.

The song ended. The house lights came up a few notches. He slowly drew her upright, and even more slowly relinquished her mouth. She stared up at him, dazed, her lips plumped from their kiss.

“You’re a terrible liar, Miss Wayne.”

Giving her a grin he hoped didn’t reveal how much the move cost him, he walked away.



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Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her long-suffering but extremely adorable husband and their turbo-son, Hud. Throw in a furry ninja named Kitty and Bebe the trash talking Chihuahua and you get the whole, chaotic picture.
When not clinging to sanity by her fingernails or dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy ways to get her characters to happily-ever-afters, she
searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.
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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday


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RELEASE BLAST ~ My Lady Gloriana by Sylvia Halliday ~ GIVEAWAY

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Releasing Nov 24th, 2015
In this twist on the Pygmalion story, a duke makes a wager that he can bed the uncouth Lady Gloriana. But the bet takes on a life of its own…
The year is 1725. Lady Gloriana Baniard is a beautiful fish out of water. Brought up on the mean streets of London, she is a brash, blunt, obscene force of nature. But thanks to a brief marriage to a disgraced aristocrat, she is forced to live with his noble family and endure the humiliating process of learning to be a lady. Rebelling, she runs away to Yorkshire, where she intends to be a blacksmith, a skill at which
she excels. She knows she’ll need a manservant to front for her. When John Thorne appears, she hires him, stirred as much by his irresistible attraction as by his strength.
John Haviland, Duke of Thorneleigh, is an arrogant, indolent gambler and womanizer. Having seen Gloriana just once, he yearns to make her his own. When he learns she has run away from her family, he makes a wild bet with his wastrel companions―he will find the lady and bed
her. Disguised as a humble servant, he becomes her assistant, learning the blacksmith trade. The clash of wills between these two proud people creates more sparks than a blacksmith’s anvil, as Gloriana learns to be a lady, Thorne learns humility―and desire deepens to love.


(John Haviland, duke of Thorneleigh, has gone for a midnight walk in the country.)


The night was more glorious than he would have imagined. The sweet scents of new grass and spring flowers filled the air with their delicate perfume, soothing his troubled soul. Impulsively, he rolled up his sleeves, then laughed and pulled off his shirt completely. He half-expected to hear the voice of his long-ago nursemaid, chiding him for common behavior that didn’t suit the heir to an ancient dukedom. Gentlemen didn’t go around half-clothed.


“Rest in peace, Nurse,” he murmured, recalling her with tenderness. He’d stripped naked many a time since those days—and for far less innocent reasons. It was a mild night. Maybe he’d further scandalize Nurse’s memory by going for a swim.


He felt young, adventurous, free—yet strangely sad and melancholy. What had happened to the carefree lad he once had been? What had turned him into this idle dissolute? Surely there was a moment he had missed—a turning point that might have taken him in a different, more satisfying direction.


No. Tonight, with the earth wrapped in silvery moonlight, was for magic. He felt as though something extraordinary was about to happen. Something that would change his life, lead him to a path more splendid and glittering than the moon-dappled one he now followed.


He pulled off his shoes and stockings and stripped off his breeches. The sensual night air caressed his nakedness like a harlot’s hand; he felt a quivering and stirring in his groin. He suddenly ached for a woman. But not a clumsy slattern, like the innkeeper’s wife. Nor even a perfumed beauty who strolled St. James’s Park by day and slept on satin sheets by night. He wanted a goddess, as magical and lovely as this moon-kissed midnight.


He heard the soft whinny of a horse, the gentle thud of hoofs upon packed earth. The sounds seemed to be coming from the far end of the clearing. He shrank back against the tree trunk, concealing his naked body, and waited. The woman galloped onto the sand, magnificent upon her horse—a vision of perfection that took his breath away.


His longed-for goddess.


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Award-winning author Sylvia Halliday’s first historical novel, written as Ena Halliday, was chosen by Pocket Books to launch their Tapestry
line. She subsequently wrote for Popular Library/Warner and Harlequin Historicals under the pen name of Louisa Rawlings, the name of her maternal great-grandmother. She has written for Kensington/Zebra under the pseudonym of Sylvia Halliday. She has published 14 historical romances. Her FOREVER WILD earned 5 stars from RT Book Reviews and Affaire de Coeur, and was a RITA finalist for the Romance Writers of America. Her latest offerings, published by Diversion Books, are MARIELLE (The French Maiden Series, #1), LYSETTE (The French Maiden Series, #2), DELPHINE (The French Maiden Series, #3), DREAMS SO FLEETING, GOLD AS THE MORNING SUN, THE RING, and SUMMER DARKNESS, WINTER LIGHT. FOREVER WILD, STOLEN SPRING, and PROMISE OF SUMMER, written by her as Louisa
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Posted by on November 24, 2015 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights


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INTERVIEW with Darcy Burke author of The Idea of You ~ Givaway

Please help me welcome Darcy Burke to the blog today :) Darcy has agreed to answer a few questions about herself and her latest release The Idea Of You. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know more about her and her book :)

Afterward, don’t forget to enter her giveaway!

Let’s get started…


Tell us about yourself in 100 words or less.

Being a mom is my favorite thing ever. I love cold, rainy days/nights inside with my family snuggling and playing games. I don’t hate doing dishes, and I kind of like doing laundry. But I loathe vacuuming. I would choose a vacation in Scotland in winter over Hawaii anytime. Things I wish I had more time for: gardening, cooking, and reading (who doesn’t want that?). I never thought I’d be a cat person, but I love my feline companions and may yet wind up a crazy cat lady.

Love your answer…and I love cold rainy days/nights, too. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

I wanted to write a romance novel in my teens, but I didn’t get around to trying until my twenties and didn’t finish one until my thirties.

Sounds very familiar :) I love choosing character names. Tell us how you came up with your character’s names in THE IDEA OF YOU.

I love choosing names too and have several naming books. The Ribbon Ridge series features sextuplets. I wanted them to have a naming convention that linked them together, but rhyming names (not my favorite anyway) or names that started with the same letter would be confusing. So each of the siblings has a four-letter name with two syllables: Liam, Alex, Kyle, Tori, Evan, and Sara. The non-sextuplet doesn’t have to follow that convention, so he’s Hayden, which is just a name I’ve liked since watching Coach years ago (Craig T. Nelson played a character named Hayden Fox). I changed the heroine’s name a few times. She’s a movie star so it had to sound good in many contexts. I ended up choosing Alaina, which is a nod to one of my favorite romances, ASHES IN THE WIND, by Kathleen Woodiwiss. The heroine’s name is Alaina MacGaren. When I name secondary characters, I’m always careful to pick something I can live with because you never know when that secondary character will become the star of their own book!

What makes your book stand out from others in the same genre?

Aside from being small town contemporary romance, this is truly a family saga that explores the unique construct of being multiples (sextuplets) when one of those siblings dies. The series is made up of stand-alone books, but there are overarching themes of coping with grief, healing, and finding your place within your family, which enriches the romance. In this book in particular, the hero has Asperger’s syndrome, which you don’t see too often in romances (though I do have a couple of favorites!). I really enjoyed exploring his perspective and sharing his world view. I hope readers feel the same.

Tell us something about yourself not many people know.

I love genealogy and recently learned more about my maternal grandmother’s line, the records to which we thought had been lost in a flood. I’d love to be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (because I’m a total history nut), but I haven’t yet dug up the necessary evidence. Some day!

I always thought checking out would be fun, but I think I’d end up spending way to much time digging around. What’s the one scene from THE IDEA OF YOU that stands out in your mind as being your favorite to write?

This is difficult because I don’t want to include spoilers! And because it’s really hard to choose! I’ll say the scene at The Arch and Vine with Evan, Alaina, Tori, and Sean and the one that follows. The one after (trying not to spoil!) took me a little bit by surprise, but then I think that sums up their relationship perfectly. They are just wholly and delightfully surprised by their connection.

Why should we read THE IDEA OF YOU?

You should read it because it’s funny and sexy and heartwarming. Evan is a different kind of hero than I’ve written before, and I think readers will really enjoy getting to know him.

Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now?

I’m finishing up the next book in the Ribbon Ridge series, featuring non-sextuplet, Hayden Archer and the woman who broke his heart five years ago, Bex Holmgren. It’s my first real reunion story and I’m excited to share it next spring!


Yesterday I wrote with my pal/plotting partner Elisabeth Naughton.

My best accomplishment of 2015 so far is getting my daughter into a high school program that is absolutely perfect for her!

The next book in my tbr pile is probably something by my pal/plotting partner Rachel Grant. I need to catch up on her latest and her next!

I’ve always wanted to have wavy or curly hair.

My kitchen smells like fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies right now.

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Ribbon Ridge #4
Darcy Burke
Releasing November 17th, 2015
Avon Books


Evan Archer has always preferred peace and solitude to the loud antics of his large, hard-to-navigate family. But when Archer Enterprises needs a new creative director, Evan jumps at the chance to claim the job he’s always wanted. Moving home is easier than he expected, but Evan isn’t prepared for the stunning A-list celebrity hiding out in his family’s garage apartment.

Following a major tabloid scandal, movie star Alaina Pierce escapes to Ribbon Ridge. She’s immediately drawn to the quiet, picturesque town and the incredibly sexy—if a little quirky—Evan. He may be built like a Greek god, but he’s honest and straightforward… so different from the Hollywood types she normally dates.
Their attraction is undeniable, but Alaina can’t elude the paparazzi forever, and Evan has no interest in being in the limelight. When the secret she’s been keeping is exposed, the idea of Evan—of real love and a family like the Archers—could vanish in an instant.


“How were you moderately famous? Wait, I remember. That reality show with the sextuplets.”

He flicked her a quick glance. “You watched it?” The show had ended almost fifteen years ago, but Evan remembered it the way one never forgot the most unpleasant moments of one’s life.

“No, sorry. Sean told me about it.”

Evan noted the cookie sheet on the stovetop. It bore slender blackened strips. “Is that bacon?”

She groaned. “Yes. I read somewhere that you could broil bacon in the oven, that it was less messy than cooking it in a pan on the stove.”

“But you burned it.” Hence the smoke. “Did you forget about it?”

“Yes, actually. My assistant called, and I went into the bedroom to talk to her. Next thing I knew, the alarm was going off and smoke was clogging the apartment. Please apologize to your mother for me. I’m surprised you’re the only one who came running.”

Evan didn’t know for sure, but he suspected his parents were out. They’d been going on a lot of date nights lately. It helped them keep their minds off the one-year anniversary of his brother Alex’s suicide a couple of weeks ago. “I was coming back from a walk.”

More or less. Actually, he was getting pretty good at the lying thing, now that he thought about it.

“In the dark?”

He heard the surprise in her question. That was one inflection he could usually discern. Plus, even he knew walking in the near-dark in February was perhaps . . . odd. He shrugged. “It’s not totally dark yet.”

“Oh, okay.” Was that sarcasm? He couldn’t be sure. He also couldn’t care less.

Intellectually, he registered that her being here was extraordinary—something he probably ought to have picked up on when he’d first come into the apartment. She was a world-famous actress, someone he’d seen in countless movies and whose talent he admired. “Why are you staying here?”

“I’m, uh, hiding out.”


“Just stupid famous-person stuff. The paparazzi were annoying me.”

He’d hated the fame that had come along with their reality show. Everyone in Ribbon Ridge knew who they were, which he supposed was to be expected even without a show, given the size of the town. However, it was one thing to be acquainted with people and another for them to think they knew you on an intimate level, as if you were friends. He imagined it might be like that times a hundred for Alaina. “That has to be hard. Your life really isn’t your own. When we did the show, people were always talking to me like they knew me, like I was their buddy.”

She cocked her head to the side. “You totally get it. That’s . . . weird. I mean, cool, but weird. Most people don’t remotely understand.”

“But you signed up for that, right?” He hadn’t. His parents had agreed to put them all on the show when an old family friend had pitched the idea. After the third season, they’d pulled the plug because of Evan’s discomfort—something no one knew. Hmm, apparently he could keep secrets, too. Good to know.

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Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

Posted by on November 23, 2015 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights


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INTERVIEW with Tegan Wren author of INCONCEIVABLE! ~ giveaway

Thank you for joining me for another author interview. Please help me welcome Tegan Wren to the blog today :) She’s pulled up a comfy seat and has agreed to let me ask her a few questions about herself and her book. I think you’ll enjoy learning more about her and her book. And feel free to comment about her amazing cover. I just love it!!!

Afterward, don’t forget to click on the link to enter her giveaway :)

Let’s get started…


If you were appearing at an author event, how would the headline in the local newspaper read? 

Meet the Author of Novel about Infertility and Find out Why She’s Donating Half Her Royalties to Charity

What’s the best thing about your kitchen? 

It’s open to the living area so I can see my kids playing or watch a movie while I make dinner.

Love open spaces, too. Do you prefer creamy or crunchy peanut butter? 

Crunchy! Do they still make the non-crunchy kind?

lol…thank goodness  they do because I can’t eat crunchy. Tell us your favorite part of the writing process. 

There’s nothing like finishing the first draft. Even though I know it’s far from finished, there’s tremendous satisfaction in being finished with the very first version of the story.

I love choosing character names. Tell us how you came up with your character’s names in INCONCEIVABLE. 

I knew I wanted a cute non-modern name for my protagonist. I was experimenting with older names, and Hatty was the one that stuck. Because I think Hatty is a somewhat unusual name in modern times, I wanted the prince to have a very traditional, Anglo name. The primary setting of my book is the fictional European country of Toulene. Though it was founded by people from Britain, it is a true melting pot and it located on land currently occupied by Belgium and The Netherlands. The diversity of the people and culture is represented in some of the other names of the royal family: John’s brother has the French name, Henri. Their father is Leopold, a traditional royal name in Belgium. So, I did a lot of online searches for things like “Belgium royal family names.” That’s also how I came up with the royal family’s last name: Meinrad. It’s a royal surname from Belgium. I picked Tilda for the name of Hatty’s friends because her family came to Toulene from Kenya. In Tilda’s back story, her parents worked very hard to embrace Toulene; they came there from Kenya. Naming their daughter Tilda was part of their effort to do that. Finally, naming Hatty’s friend Plato was easy. It’s a character name I’ve had in my back pocket for years. I just think it’s a cool name for a hip guy.

Describe your book tweet style…that’s right, you have 140 characters!  

Infertility interrupts a royal couple’s happily ever after. But they find a happy ending far better than they ever imagined. #romance

Nicely done :) What’s something about yourself that not many people know?

I was a pageant contestant. I placed in the top ten of a state pageant that was a preliminary to Miss America. I sang and played the piano for my talent. It was really fun and not as crazy as people think it is. Most of the gals are very nice and down to earth. After I did well at the state pageant, I had a lot of people encouraging me to try to win a local pageant the following year so I could go to state again. But I decided to drop out of pageants and marry my long-time sweetheart. I made the right choice.

That’s an awesome accomplishment. Love it! What’s the one scene from INCONCEIVABLE that stands out in your mind as being your favorite to write? 

I really enjoyed writing the last scene. It was so much fun to create an ending that was the perfect one for my couple. I love everything about it. Hatty and John have come full circle, both of them having made significant sacrifices for each other. They’re in a new place about to embark on a new life together. They’ve achieved their happy ending, though it’s quite different than anything they’d ever imagined. Throughout the book, Hatty’s quite restless, but here we see her settling into a role and place where she’s perfectly at home. Even though Hatty struggles with her faith, as many people do when they experience infertility, she’s always had a sense that there was a path for her life and that things would work out, even if it wasn’t exactly in the way she thought they would. The final scene shows her doing more than accepting that; she’s embracing it.

Describe your writing space. 

Mostly, I sit on my bed and type on the laptop. I’m fortunate to have a spacious bedroom and bed. My two kitties are always in my lap or close by. There are windows where I can see trees, and there’s a ceiling fan that I like to run in the summer.

When did you know you wanted to be an author?

I began doing creative writing in elementary school. In middle school, I was one of a handful of students selected for a creative writing class. So, I suppose writing has always been a part of my life. But it wasn’t until three years ago when we moved and I had the chance to reimagine my career that I began writing fiction seriously. The change of scenery, the mountain air where we live, and the freedom of not having a day job (at the time) made it possible for me to begin writing my first manuscript.

Why should we read INCONCEIVABLE? 

I’ve had several readers comment on the fact that this is very different from most of the books they’ve read. The first part of the book follows the fairy tale romance of Hatty, an American college student, and Prince John, heir to the throne of a small European country. The second half of the book is about their struggle with infertility. I like to think of my novel as a mashup of romance, chick lit, and women’s fiction, so if any (or all) of those genres appeal to you, you’re likely to enjoy my book. There are plenty of lighthearted moments, and a few that I hope will make you laugh, but there are also some grittier, darker moments as Hatty and John confront the painful realities of infertility. This is a medical challenge that invades a couple’s most private moments. It also robs people of one of their most fundamental assumptions: that they will be able to conceive children. My book does have a happy ending for Hatty and John, though it may not be the one you expect. So, I hope you read my book to experience a wide range of emotions, to gain insights into a condition that’s rarely covered at this depth in fiction, and to read a book that’s quite different than most you’ve read before.

Please share the first sentence in your book. 

Suck it up, Hatty. (She’s talking to herself.)

What’s something about your heroine that you wish you had more of?

I wish I had a bit more moxie like Hatty. She’s a plain spoken gal from the Missouri Ozarks who tends to speak her mind, and doesn’t hold back, even when she’s around the royals. There’s something to admire about that.

Now your hero? 

John is a good balance to Hatty’s directness. When he’s dealing with people and problems, he tends to be very diplomatic. I really admire that about him. I suppose I fall somewhere in the middle. I’m not as direct as Hatty, but I’m not always as diplomatic as John.

Would you like to tell us what you’re working on now? 

My next romance will be a time travel story about an American woman who teaches French. While taking part in a reenactment at Versailles, she experiences a time slip and finds herself at the court of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette. She soon finds she isn’t the only one from present day who has unwittingly gone back in time. Luke, an American doctor, is also there. The pair fall in love, but they face a difficult decision: stay in the past together or risk being separated by trying to go back to present day. The working title of this book is CHANDELIERS. I’m basically writing a story I want to read.


Two things on my bucket list that I hope to cross off are visiting Italy and meeting Prince William and Duchess Kate.

My best accomplishment of 2015 is getting my book published!

The next book on my reading list is Drown by Esther Dalseno.

The last thing I cooked was this horrible ham and cheese roll. It got scorched, and even though it tasted fine (the non-burnt parts), it looked terribly unappetizing.

As a kid I always read. My sixth grade teacher noted in a comment to the entire class that I always had a book in my hand. I’m just nerdy enough that I took this as a tremendous compliment.

My favorite hot beverage is coffee. Must. Have. Coffee.

I loved chatting with you Tegan and hope to have you back on the blog again :) Congrats on your book!!!




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A popular, young royal couple can’t produce an heir? INCONCEIVABLE!
When Ozarks native Hatty goes “whole hog” during karaoke, she catches the eye of Prince John. He isn’t what she expects the heir to a small European nation to be: he’s affable, witty, and isn’t put off by her tell-it-like-it-is demeanor. Their flirtation should be short lived, but a force stronger than fate—Hatty’s newspaper editor—assigns her to cover the royals. After spending time together, she and John soon begin dating, and Hatty finds herself making headlines instead of writing them.
But challenges loom that are even more complicated than figuring out how to mesh Hatty’s journalism career with life at Belvoir Palace. Hatty and John soon find themselves embroiled in an unusual sex scandal: they can’t produce an heir. Tabloids dub Hatty a “Barren-ess,” and the royals become irate. Hatty politely tells them to shove it. But beneath her confident exterior, she struggles to cope with a heartbreak that invades her most intimate moments with John. Pressured to choose between invasive medical procedures and abandoning John’s
claim to the throne, the couple feels trapped until a trip to Ethiopia shows them happy endings sometimes arrive long after saying “I do.”


He leaned closer and sang softly. I recognized the opening lyrics to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” His singing voice was soulful and sexy, and something deep inside me responded, making my heart beat a little faster.

He stopped and looked me in the eyes. “That song’s about someone who’s alone. But that’s not you. You’re too lovely to be lonely.”

A nervous laugh escaped my lips. “Are you kidding? Aren’t we sitting in a sanctuary for the lonely?”

“I don’t feel lonely right now.”

“Me either.” I blew into my mug, then took a sip. “Have you had one of these?”

“I don’t think so. What is it?”

“It’s called a chocolate kiss. It’s peppermint schnapps and hot cocoa.”

He reached over and picked up the steaming mug. His movement conveyed authority while his neat fingernails screamed uppity. They looked better than mine, damn it. After taking a long pull from the cup, he handed it back. Our fingers brushed together, sending a flash of heat through my body.

“Thanks for sharing a kiss with me,” he said, reaching over and lifting my chin.

Our eyes met, and I couldn’t tear myself away from his gaze. Yowza. Was he going to kiss me? Did I want him to?

“You guys know each other?”

I flinched at Plato’s words―I hadn’t seen him coming toward us―and pulled back. I sloshed a healthy dollop of my drink onto Farmer Joe’s pants. We both reached for the stack of napkins, but I got there first.

“Sorry. Here, let me,” I sputtered, dabbing at the wet patch.

I blotted along his pants, and my hand moved a little too close to the inside of his leg. A burning sensation rose up behind my ears. “Umm. I’ll just let you do it.”

I dropped the wad of damp napkins onto his open palm. Glancing at his face, I saw a half smile. I closed my eyes and touched my forehead, gently rubbing the area above my eyebrows as I always did when embarrassment overwhelmed me.


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The best compliment Tegan Wren ever received came from her sixth grade teacher: “You always have a book in your
Guided by her love of the creative process, Tegan grew up acting in theatre productions and writing poetry, short stories, and plays. She turned her eye to writing about real life when she worked as a journalist, producing reports for various radio and television stations in medium and large markets in the Midwest and also filing some stories for a major national news network. Wren has both a Bachelor’s of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Communications. After completing her graduate degree, Tegan had the opportunity to teach journalism courses at a major state university. She absolutely loved training the next generation of journalists.

Tegan’s thankful that she’s had the opportunity to travel overseas, and uses those adventures to inform her writing. She also draws inspiration from her own struggles, joys, and other life experiences. Tegan and her husband, Patrick, experienced infertility for five years before becoming parents through adoption. Because she understands the financial stress of the infertility journey, Tegan is donating half the royalties from her book to Baby Quest Foundation. This charity awards grants to people all over the U.S. for fertility treatments. Tegan is thrilled to use her story to help other people find their happily ever after.


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INTERVIEW with Tiffany Clare author of Desire Me Always ~ Giveaway

I’m so glad you’re joining me on the blog today :) Please help me welcome Tiffany Clare, author of Desire Me Always. She’s pulled up a comfy seat and is answering a few questions about herself and her book. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know more about her.

Afterward, check out her giveaway. The link is toward the end of the post.

Let’s get started…


I love choosing character names. Tell us how you came up with your character’s names in the Desire Me series?

Given names are important to me even before I start writing my characters. I do have a tendency to go back to the same first letters; I have a lot of A’s, E’s, G’s & J’s and I’m very careful about the meanings of the names so it’s not in conflict with my characters personality. I don’t like them to sound hard, but more lyrical when reading them, especially for my heroines, hence all those A’s and E’s! As for Nick, I wanted something that could be used nobly and commonly since he’s a mister and not a titled aristocrat. It felt like a grand name, a name you could trust.

Is there something that makes the series stand out from others in the romance/erotica genre?

While there is a ton of great erotic romance out there, there aren’t a lot of historical erotic romance series that stand out in my mind. I wrote what I wanted to read, and the majority of my reading leans on the dirtier the better side!

What’s the one scene from Desire Me Always that stands out in your mind as being your favorite to write?

That’s a difficult question without giving away spoilers so I’ll be as vague as possible. There is always one moment of perfect clarity for the protagonists when it no longer matters what their differences are especially when something significant enough happens that all of it can be taken away: their love, joy and happiness can all just go poof. It’s about not taking what we do love for granted, and learning to compromise in a relationship if we want to grow. Kind of like, you don’t know what you had until you lost it. There is a scene in this book where Amelia’s forced to face her worst nightmare. But she didn’t realize it would be her worst nightmare until she is thrown into the situation if that makes sense. It gives her that moment of clarity to look at what she does have with Nick as something very precious, no matter what their differences are. And that’s all I will say!

When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

Grade seven, my teachers were very supportive and I remember when I left their class they gave me a book called Walking on Alligators that had author quotes on the writing process. I’m sure I have that book stuck on a shelf somewhere in the house still. My younger self read that book a billion times. I got off track with the writing for a while but found my way back to it eventually.

Describe your writing space.

I sort of write wherever I’m able. I get up pretty early in the morning when the house is still quiet and write with my laptop in my lap while on the couch with two dogs flanking either side of me (on the couch); they are like built in heater boxes that are much appreciated in the winter, not so much in the summer!

Please share the first sentence in your book.

This wedding was happening today.

What’s something about Amelia you admire?

Amelia does what needs to be done to make things work.  She was down on her luck in Desire Me Now and in a moment of pure luck (and bad luck) landed exactly where she needed to be. Right time, right moment and with the right person to help her. I think there’s a point in all our lives where we don’t know what we are doing or even where we are going; Amelia runs with it and lands on her feet, something I believe everyone wants eventually in their own lives.

Same question in regards to Nicholas?

Nick. I love Nick. He’s has the whole tall, darkly mysterious and handsome as sin down pat. He’s quiet, gentle, caring, and loyal to those he cares about. If you need help, he wants to be the person to help you. He loves wholly and fiercely. He knows exactly what he wants in life and how to achieve it despite his crappy past that haunts him no matter how much he tries to ignore it. Seriously, what is their not to love about this man?

How does it feel to be publishing the conclusion to the series?

Bittersweet. I really loved writing Amelia and Nick’s story; loved it even more to be able to do it over three books (I’m a long writer, and sometimes 90 thousand words isn’t enough space for me to give the characters’ stories justice). So I’m sad to move on, but excited to start new stories.

What five words describe you best?

Determined, Independent, Strong, Creative, Steadfast.



Peanut butter should never go with Jam.

The book I’m reading now is a collection of Keats letters.

If I could go anywhere in the world I’d go to Paris.

The last sweet treat I had was Little Nicki’s donuts beside my work (they make them while you wait and dust them with sugar and cinnamon).



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Her secret lover…is her new husband…

Amelia Grant never expected to become Mrs. Nicholas Riley—despite their torrid affair. But now the wife of London’s most infamous businessman, she knows her life will never be the same. Nick has shown her the ways of sinful pleasure and the depths of his desire—but
the truth within his heart is another story…
Amelia knows his past is a dark secret, but will their new marriage bring them closer than ever? Or will the pain of the past keep them from finding their happily ever after?


“You are the most beautiful bride I’ve ever laid eyes upon,” Nick said, and it melted her heart to hear those words.

Nick’s hand slid away from her face to grasp her hand. He led her out of the church. His focus was solely on her, as though she were the only person to look at—as though it was only the two of them here witnessing this great event.

A carriage waited just outside, ready to take them back to the inn. As they made their way to the open barouche, guests threw seeds and nuts over their heads that rained upon them in a rite of fertility. It shouldn’t surprise her that everything down to the finest detail had been planned for them while she hid in her room, ashamed that she had once again been the victim of another’s hatred.

This one moment of normalcy brought more tears to her eyes.

Her wedding day proved to be the most perfect day in her life.

Before she knew it, Nick was handing her up into the carriage, pulled by two white geldings, champing at their bits to be given free rein.

“How ever did you procure them?” She leaned forward, wishing for a better look at the beautiful animals, wishing she could touch them in all their majesty.

Nick hauled her down next to him on the soft velvet seat and pressed his fingers to her veil-covered lips. “We didn’t have time to plan a wedding more deserving—”

“Nick . . .”

“It’s a gift. One of many I intend to shower you with.”

Amelia lowered her gaze, but she couldn’t hide from Nick for long; his fingers were beneath her chin, lifting her face, forcing her to look at him and see the truth in his eyes.

“Don’t shy away from me, Amelia.”

“Today has been everything I ever wished for—and everything I never imagined possible. I’m overwhelmed by the emotions flooding me. By the love I feel for you . . . by everything. Oh, Nick, today has been so perfect I can’t find the right words of gratitude.”

“Words aren’t needed.”

Nick’s hands gathered up the lace of her veil. Amelia grasped his wrist before he could reveal her face. The carriage hadn’t yet moved, and she wasn’t ready to share her wounds with the world, even though it was only a matter of time before she would have to face all the kind people who had attended their wedding.

“I will kiss my bride and claim you in front of our friends and guests.”

Amelia gave a sidelong glance toward their audience, waving good-bye and cheering for them. What did she have to lose in ceding to Nick’s one wish?

“Trust me,” he said.

Nick’s hands engulfed hers, and he lowered them to her lap, quashing her efforts to try to pull the veil back in place. He used his free hand to gather up the delicate gauze. As the last bit of Chantilly lace cleared her mouth, Nick laid his lips upon hers.

There was latent promise in the fold of his mouth over hers. It was like he was daring her, pushing her boundaries to see just how far she’d go. Would she deny herself something she wanted as much as he did? If she were a braver person, she would have lifted her veil in front of the guests, but she still wasn’t ready to take that step. Instead, she pulled away, thankful the veil hid her furious blush from everyone who cheered them on.

“Wave good-bye to our guests, Amelia. I’m about to steal you away for what remains of the week.”

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Deciding that life had far more to offer than a nine to five job, bickering children and housework of any kind (unless she’s on a deadline when everything is magically spotless), TIFFANY CLARE opened up her laptop to write stories she could get lost in. Tiffany writes sexy historical romances set in the Victorian era. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two kids and two dogs and you can find out
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What To Read Wednesday with Anna Banks author of How To Lose A Bachelor ~ GIVEAWAY

Welcome back for What to Read Wednesday! I’m excited to have author Anna Banks visiting today. She’s sharing 5 fun facts about herself that I think you’ll get a kick out of learning. She’s also giving us a sneak peek at her latest release How To Lose A Bachelor.

Don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway by clicking the link below.

Take it away Anna…

Five Fun Things About Me


  • I’m trying to become a Diamond level cruise VIP with Carnival Cruises. They get the hookup, but I’m like 100 points away from getting Diamond status and each day you cruise is 1 point. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.
  • My neighbors let their dog poop in my yard, and I regularly return it to them on their doorstep in a festive gift bag.
  • I can always figure out when I’m dreaming, and then I can control what happens in the dreams. Might explain why I nap so often. #HenryCavill
  • I once broke my ankle by falling off a toilet. That is all.
  • I met my husband when I was seventeen at a restaurant where we both worked. We hated each other. I broke a dish over his head.


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Entangled: Bliss
When Rochelle Ransom auditioned for the dating show Luring Love, she had big plans for winning the prize money to help her favorite charity–and if she won the hot bachelor’s heart, even better. But at the last minute she finds out the hot bachelor is her ex-boyfriend, Grant Drake. Desperate to keep her distance from him, she’ll do anything–and everything–to get voted off.
Years ago, Rochelle broke Grant’s heart, and he’s out for revenge. There’s no way he’ll vote her off.  After all, vengeance
is a dish best served red-hot…and on live television.
When her hilarious antics to get kicked off the show escalate, Grant’s reminded why he fell in love with her the first time. Now he isn’t sure which might be more fun… Seeing how far Rochelle is willing to go to get away or how far he will to keep her forever.


“Aaaand rolling!” Chris said, retaking the director’s seat a few feet away.

Grant could practically feel the cameras focusing back on him. “I’ve decided to be America’s reporter for the day,” he said, having already memorized his lines. “So I have a few questions to ask that I think everyone will want to know—including me.” Their eyes locked. So did Rochelle’s jaw. Grant paused for effect. Then, “Why on earth would you choose to audition for a sleezy show like Luring Love?”

“CUT!” yelled Chris.

“I mean, have you really drained the dating pool already?” Grant continued, getting angrier with each word out of his mouth. These were, after all, valid questions. Never in a million years would Rochelle have chased after a man—so why the hell was she here? “What would your mother say? Coming on a show like this to paw at a man who’s already got nine other women doing the same thing?”

“I said cut!” Chris growled.

“Oh, are we going to talk about mothers, then?” Rochelle flung back her hair. “Instead of dating pools, let’s talk about gene pools—and the fact that you and your four siblings originated from separate ones!”

“Cut, cut, cut!” Chris had his hand on Grant’s shoulder, but Grant wouldn’t turn his eyes away from Rochelle. Her expression read Challenge Accepted.

Did she really just insult his mother’s…need for variety in life? He couldn’t let that low blow go unpunished. “Let’s do talk about gene pools and how we both know that cleavage of that particular magnitude doesn’t run in your family.”

Taken aback, Rochelle clutched at her shirt. Grant felt a win on the horizon, if hurling mother insults could, in fact, be considered winning at anything. “It’s a halter top, moron. It’s designed for cleavage. Besides, you didn’t seem to be complaining when I walked in!” she added.

His mouth fell slightly ajar. She noticed me noticing. Did the crew? Will America? “It doesn’t suit you,” he blurted.  A complete lie. It enhanced an already irresistible figure—so much so that he just might have been willing to change his general opinion on how much cleavage a woman should expose in public.  In fact, he suspected he’d change his view on world peace if Rochelle sat on his lap and asked him to.

“Really? Everything underneath suited the hell out of you before!”

“For God’s sake,” Chris said, standing in front of Grant to block his view of Rochelle. “Are we speaking the same language?”

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rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency. I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can’t walk in high heels, but I’m very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.
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INTERVIEW with S.L. Jennings author of TRYST ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome author S.L. Jennings to the blog :) She’s agreed to let me interview her and I think you’ll enjoy getting to know more about her and her book TRYST!

Afterward, please click on the link to enter her giveaway :)

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Tell us five fun facts about yourself.

-I’m a military brat, and have lived overseas in Germany for half my life.

-I used to sing professionally when I was a teenager.

-I’m the queen of odd jobs! I’ve had everything from a jewelry making business to a job selling newspaper subscriptions at grocery stores.

-I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We’ve been together since we were 16 and 17.

-I like to think of myself as a human canvas. I have 14 tattoos and currently have multi-colored peacock hair. I want to live in color.


Love it! You’re leading an interesting life :) What’s your favorite part of the writing process?

-Writing with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. If I can believe it, I hope readers will too.

Great answer :) I love choosing character names. Tell us how you came up with your character’s names in Tryst.

-I choose my characters names based on how they would sound if they were being announced on a loud speaker. They should intrigue the reader to want to learn more. Ransom Reed is a rockstar. Now imagine his name being announced just before he takes the stage, or presented by a VJ before a music video premier.

What makes your book stand out from others in the same genre?

-It’s totally based on one woman’s salacious fantasy, yet there is a lot of truth within those pages. It’s something that every married couple can relate to, and definitely something they can read and explore together.

What’s the one scene from Tryst that stands out in your mind as being your favorite to write?

-I really loved the interaction between Heidi and Justice Drake, who is from Taint, book one of the Sexual Education novels. I loved their banter, and it was great to show Justice’s growth since Taint. It also gave us a glimpse of Heidi’s softer side. As a top publicist, she tends to take herself much too seriously, and doesn’t allow herself to be vulnerable. She and Justice are cut from the same cloth, and there’s something about him that brings out her humanity. He’s the only one that can call her on her BS.

Why should we read Tryst?

I think it is a sexy, scorching hot read, yet it shows another side of a lot of marriages… stuff we’re not supposed to talk about. Stuff we may think about but aren’t brave enough to act on. Tryst is a glimpse into what happens when fantasy becomes reality. Many husbands and wives merely joke about their Hall Pass list. What would happen if they acted on it?

 Care to share what you’re working on now?

I’m currently working on a funny, fresh story about a man who writes smutty romance under a female penname titled Ink and Lies. Problem is, he is the least romantic person on earth, and thinks relationships and monogamy are a sham. At least, that’s what he keeps trying to make himself believe to avoid falling in love with his best friend.




The first thing you’ll see when you walk in my front door is _dozens of stinky sneakers belonging to my stinky boys__.

My best accomplishment of 2015 is __completing and releasing Tryst with Avon Books__.

The last book I read was _The Paper Swan by Leylah Attar_____.

When it comes to peanut butter I prefer _that it’s encapsulated in a milk chocolate cup__.

I’m really not that interested in _growing up______.

My toothbrush is _____getting a good workout since I raided my kids’ Halloween candy stashes.




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From New York Times bestselling author S.L. Jennings comes another scandalously sexy, incredibly hot story about a woman who knows what she wants…and the two men who are dying to give her what she needs. 

Heidi DuCane is a tough-as-nails publicist with a passion for success and her husband Tucker. While they’re polar opposites, what they do have in common is a fierce love and commitment to each other. But their relationship-in and out of the bedroom-will be put to the ultimate test. 

Rock superstar Ransom Reed is every woman’s fantasy, including Heidi’s. When she meets Ransom, she shares a wild night with him where Heidi gets to play-and Tucker watches, and enjoys, the pleasure Ransom gives Heidi. Though Tucker was a willing participant, Heidi still can’t help reeling with guilt. There’s no doubt that she loves her husband. While Tucker is the perfect lover-generous, attentive and gentle-she needs much more. She needs the mind-blowing ecstasy Ransom offers.Tucker isn’t blind to the fact that Heidi has unconventional needs which he can’t satisfy. He loves his wife and will do anything to please her The night he watched her and Ransom was so scorching hot amnd Tucker can’t stop thinking about it. He decides he wants to join Ransom in pleasing Heidi. But as Tucker and Heidi soon realize, it’s not just the sex that is enticing. Heidi felt something within her awaken, and she felt so deliciously sated and loved by both men. Tucker felt it too, and he finds it impossible not to want that feeling again.

Ransom and Tucker satisfy a need within Heidi. And now that she’s had them, she can never go back to the way things were before.


“I dare you…to let me touch your wife.”

An audible gasp escapes my kiss-swollen lips and turn to Tucker, awaiting his wrath. He returns Ransom’s intent stare, his expression unreadable. Yet, the younger man doesn’t back down, cocking a challenging brow at Tuck’s silence. He remains unmovable, a master at the art of restraint from his years as a shrink. No doubt he’s had to answer some odd questions, but never any involving his wife.

“I don’t let Heidi do anything. She has her own mind…her own body.”

“So maybe I should be asking her.” A sinister smile on his lips, Ransom angles his focus on me. “Heidi, would you let me touch you?”

My first reaction is to say no—hell no. But Tucker quickly grasps my knee, capturing my attention.

“This is what you want,” he whispers. “He…is what you want. And I can accept that. This is your fantasy, baby. Let me help you make it come true.”

I search his face, waiting for him to break into laughter, but he’s completely serious. My husband is telling me to let another man put his hands on me—his wife. This isn’t right. This isn’t what married people are supposed to do. But even as that rational part of my brain lists all the reasons why I shouldn’t allow this to go any further, my body is already tingling with anticipation. My face and chest are flush. My nipples harden in exhilaration. And my mouth waters with the prospect of tasting Ransom’s skin.

Oh, God. I do want this. And now the decision is mine and mine alone.

“So?” Ransom asks, awaiting our fate.

Say no.

Say no.

Grab Tucker’s hand and get the fuck out of here. Go home and make love to him. Let that kind, good, gentle man be enough.

Once again, Ransom Reed steals the truth from my lips, forcing me to abandon all decency and sanity. Making me take the sanctity of my marriage and soil it with my own slick arousal.

In one single breath, I shatter ten years of devotion, trust and love. And although I know what I’m destroying by lighting this fire, I can’t do much more than stand back and watch it all go up in flames.



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S.L. Jennings is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance, reality TV junkie, obsessive coffee drinker and collector of crazy.


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