The Year We Hid Away (Review)

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The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2)

Sarina Bowen

Publication date: June 1st 2014

Genres: new adult, romance, college sport

She’s hiding something big. He’s hiding someone small.

Scarlet Crowley’s life was torn apart the day father was arrested for unspeakable crimes. Now the shock has worn off, but not the horror.

It’s a safe bet that Scarlet is the only first year at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. But college will be Scarlet’s fresh start. Clutching a shiny new student ID — with a newly minted name on it — she leaves it all behind. Even if it means lying to the boy she’s falling for.

Bridger McCaulley is a varsity hockey star known for being a player both on and off the ice. But a sobering family crisis takes that all away. Protecting his sister means a precarious living arrangement and constant deception. The only bright spot in his week is the few stolen hours he spends with Scarlet.

The two form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep.

Review:

3.5 🌟 🌟 🌟

First read of 2018, it fell into my hands January 1st. I knew this author from her books with Elle Kennedy (Him/Us, WAGs). The Year We Hid Away is the 2nd book in the series, even though I haven’t read the first one I didn’t miss anything. I’m going to divide my review in two:

Romance: both of them share a couple of classes and start going to the library. It’s a very ‘normal or common’ beginning for a relationship. The development it’s a bit fast but with their lives taking over it was to be expected. No big problems about love and relationships.

Drama: way too much. It was the reason I spent half a night reading. Each of them has really serious problems. The book deals with many big topics (Rape, foster care, drugs, death, etc. I don’t want to make spoilers) in just 272 pages.

The main characters are very similar: strong, selfless, don’t like asking for help, with their head over their shoulders.

To sum up, good story that gets lost behind all that drama. I recommend this author, even though this wasn’t one of my favorites Him/Us are such good books and the WAGs series too.

Read,

Bhaltair.

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About the Author

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

 

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

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

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

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Sonora and the Eye of the Titans

Sonora and the Eye of the Titans
T.S. Hall
Publication date: January 14th 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

The King is dead, and the capital city of Titanis has fallen. The world of Sonora is at war, and the only hope against the onslaught of the Titan army lies with the last royal descendant of Zeus, who is being covertly sheltered on Earth in the secluded mountain town of Sandy, Oregon.

Allora is a shy, intelligent sixteen-year-old, trying to get through the gauntlet of high school while coming to terms with her otherworldly origins. After getting into a fight at soccer tryouts, Allora’s emotions boil over, and her hands suddenly burst into flames. She has harnessed the power of hadrons at the highest level, but at extreme cost. The magical outburst projects an energy signature that is detected by a group of assassins tasked with killing Sonoran rebels.

To survive, Allora, Katie, Dax, and Tanner must find a powerful ancient artifact known as the Eye of the Titans. With the help of a guardian known as Sasquatch, they will have to fight off creatures, solve complex riddles, and navigate magical caverns, all while enduring advanced calculus, jealous girlfriends, and prom.

Review

3.5stars

3, 5 stars
Sonora and the Eye of the Titans is my comeback to Urban Fantasy, it’s been a while since I’ve read a book of this genre.
This book tells the story of 4 young adults and their adventures between two worlds. That’s one of the points I liked the most. It doesn’t tell the story from a totally different world, a different ambient. We see the characters grow as teens and also we see how they know and try to control their abilities.
Also, I’ve connected with Allora and her story how the story develops her character, her personality. How her past story has marked her too.
Besides, the story shows important principles that should be of high value and those are friendship, camaraderie, the importance of family and the fight for the right thing, not for what one wants. That’s a good points for this book.
Keeping on mind my likes in books, I couldn’t give it 4 or more stars because I found something missing or maybe it’s that I’m used to other happenings.
However, I recommend reading this book if you like this genre, but if you’re doubting then this should be a good start.
I found it easy-going and not-to-hard to read (English is not my maternal language), and a book for teens and young/new adults.
This is the first book, there are two more to come, Sonora #2 is coming this May so we don’t have to wait that much to know what happens next.
I’m really thankful for the opportunity to participate in this book tour.

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Author Bio:

I’m a writer, skier, and wanderer. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, but currently live in the beautiful mountain resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho. I love history, mythology, and the fantastical interpretations that have been incorporated in my debut young adult urban fantasy series called Sonora.

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Callan (Review)

About the book:

Callan

by Sybil Bartel

(Uncompromising #5)

Publication date: March 20th 2018

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

Callan

I was trained to be a hunter. Growing up in the nation’s most infamous, violent cult—my job was simple. Track. Kill. Survive.

And that’s what I did… until our leader threatened to kill his own daughter.

Refusing to watch another senseless murder, I did what I was trained to do. I took his life, claimed his land, and set every member free, including her. I only had one goal left. Find the sister I was told was dead.

But being a hunter in the woods is a far cry from tracking a woman in Miami Beach.

I didn’t find my sister.

I found someone else.

CALLAN is the fifth standalone book in the exciting Uncompromising Series!

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Review:

3,5 🌟 🌟 🌟 💫

First book about someone’s life after getting out of a ‘cult’ I’ve read.

In general, I’ve liked it. The first 3 chapters I was lije ‘ok I don’t know what’s going on, what’s happening in’ but it was necessary too much action in just a few pages for the story.

Callan’s way to be is marked by his past on the compound and it’s shown perfectly. His sort of robotic way of talking, his behaviour, how he showed his emotions and his empathy. For me, they seemed cute and adorable at times, although in this current era there are things that a woman should not accept. He wasn’t disrespectful to women and when he was (sometimes he didn’t notice he was because he thought how he was acting or what he was saying was normal) he apologised.

Emily is the perfect prototype of what an independent woman is known to be: works and studies, doesn’t needs a man to be complete or to protect her, can speak for herself. Generally, her character was liked but when she doubted herself and the reassurance came from the male part was just a big contradiction. If she thinks she doesn’t need a man to protect her why is she only reassured by one. That is my main problem with her and the book. I believe in strong characters that fight for themselves, even if sometimes they need a push.

Their chemistry was really good and developed in a good way during the book.

Other characters, I liked most of them, but Phoebe (her sister) was a bit insufferable.

Overall, it’s a good book about a taboo topic, cult religions, so go check it out!!!

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Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

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Pride & Surrender Reveal

Pride & Surrender

by Jennifer Dawson

Publication date: April 24th 2018

Genres: Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:

I want no part of messy emotions, of lust and surrender. But none of that seems to matter to Christos Constantine. No matter how much I resist, no matter how much I fight, he keeps coming after me…and I am powerless.

My pride and strength of will have always kept me safe. The armor I’ve built around me is impenetrable and no one is allowed to see beneath. I’ve kept Christos and the attraction that simmers between us at bay for two long years, but he’s done taking no for an answer.

I don’t think I have the strength of will to resist, but I will not go down without a fight.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Jennifer Dawson is the author of the popular Something New series; spicy, small town romance released with Kensington, and pens the dark and edgy contemporary romance series Undone.

Jennifer grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day, she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they are married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog.

These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer, writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever-watchful eye on her ever-growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband.

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Avalanche (blitz book)

Title: Avalanche (BearPaw Resort #1)

Author: Cambria Hebert

Release Date: March 26, 2018

Genre: second chance/contemporary/suspense/sport

Cover Design: Marisa at Cover Me Darling, LLC

Format: paperback + ebook

Synopsis:

Don’t get caught in the surge.

Through a bullet hole in a wall, I watch a man bleed to death.

Those responsible think their crime died with the victim, until I identify them.

What’s a girl to do when she’s being hunted by murderers

witness protection can’t even stop?

Run.

My only refuge is a place I vowed to never go again.

When it’s do or die, an eight-year-old heartache suddenly seems trivial.

Besides, he won’t be there anyway.

But he is.

Turns out my old pain feels brand new the second his eyes meet mine.

I can’t leave. I can’t stay.

This snowy town that’s supposed to be my shelter

suddenly exposes me more than before.

With no one else to lean on, Liam becomes my lifeline.

Now we’re both running for our lives,

trying not to get swept away.

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

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

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

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

You can find out more about Cambria and her titles by visiting her website: http://www.cambriahebert.com.

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BOOK DETAILS:

Title: Avalanche (BearPaw Resort #1)

Author: Cambria Hebert

Release Date: March 26, 2018

Genre: second chance/contemporary/suspense/sport

Cover Design: Marisa at Cover Me Darling, LLC

Format: paperback + ebook

Synopsis:

Don’t get caught in the surge.

Through a bullet hole in a wall, I watch a man bleed to death.

Those responsible think their crime died with the victim, until I identify them.

What’s a girl to do when she’s being hunted by murderers

witness protection can’t even stop?

Run.

My only refuge is a place I vowed to never go again.

When it’s do or die, an eight-year-old heartache suddenly seems trivial.

Besides, he won’t be there anyway.

But he is.

Turns out my old pain feels brand new the second his eyes meet mine.

I can’t leave. I can’t stay.

This snowy town that’s supposed to be my shelter

suddenly exposes me more than before.

With no one else to lean on, Liam becomes my lifeline.

Now we’re both running for our lives,

trying not to get swept away.

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AUTHOR BIO:

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

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

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

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

You can find out more about Cambria and her titles by visiting her website: http://www.cambriahebert.com.

Email: cambriahebert@rocketmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cambriahebertbooks/

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Two Wedding Crashers (cover reveal)

Book 2 in the series by numbers by Meghan Quinn

I don’t know what love is anymore.

Well, that’s not entirely true, but I’m going to tell you a little secret: I’ve lost the spark.

You know the kind of spark I’m talking about?

Where butterflies take flight in your stomach from two hands innocently colliding. Or catching your breath when you first meet someone attractive. Yeah, that spark.

Except I haven’t felt that feeling in forever; there is nothing left inside of me.

Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem–but I’m a writer on a serious deadline, and my editor is breathing down my neck for a romantic, Nicholas Sparks type love story. No pressure, right?

That’s how I find myself flying across the country to crash a wedding in the name of research, dress and heels stuffed into my small suitcase.

It should be the easiest book research ever. Drinking some free champagne, basking in the love of two strangers, and tapping into my romantic side. That will be a breeze. I’m a pro. I can handle this.

Until I mistakenly end up in the wrong hotel room, naked as the day I was born, with the sexiest human I have ever met staring me down, wondering what I’m doing taking a shower in his bathroom. I don’t think calling it research will get me out of this pickle.

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Memphis (Review)

Ginger Scott released a new book this past 23rd Memphis.

Blurb:

My mom always said it was just something about the way he moved.

The same swagger Archie Valentine wore in the ring when he took his opponents

down followed him like a halo everywhere he went. But make no mistake about it—

he was no angel. He was like a drug. My mother was his addict.

I never understood it…how love could make you blind and convince you to drink the

poison. Not until I met Memphis Delaney.

At first, it was the familiar form. He’s a fighter, built like a god from the past, the kind

of man the universe doesn’t make anymore. His eyes hide a story, and every time I’m

in his presence I want to keep reading him until I get to the end. And then…there’s

the way he moves. His boxing is violent but beautiful, and his body is a seductive

weapon. When he’s in the ring, he wears the stare of a man committed to the battle

until his very last breath.

He could end me; turn me into her. Too much of him will leave me as a shadow, and

I’ve lost so much of myself already.

But I have discipline. It came the hard way. Lessons learned, scars left behind, and

trust stripped away from life.

I will breathe his air, but I won’t fall for a man like him. The only boxer who’s ever

going to break my heart is the one who gave me my name.

Review :

4 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Memphis is the story of Liv and Memphis. Two people with family issues that find a home in the other one.

If you’ve read any other Ginger Scott book you know she writes powerful characters with personal issues and complicated lives.

Memphis is pure heart, this boy is just looking to belong.

Liv just wants to survive enough to run away and be someplace else.

Together they find what they were looking for and more, but life always gets in the way.

The chemistry between them is so godo and they compliment each other really well since the first time they met.

Overall, I liked this book and its main characters. A story about surviving, living and becoming someone, but above it all is about finding your HOME.

It’s not The Hard Count (one of my favorite books of all times) but it’s pretty good, like most of the books written by this author.

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated

author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines,

Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and

Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your

Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, A Boy Like You and A Girl Like Me.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends

the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher,

point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers,

magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians,

politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and

her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball

diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on

her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is

married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Memphis by Ginger Scott

Ginger Scott is back with

Memphis by Ginger Scott
A Contemporary New Adult Romance

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Blurb:

My mom always said it was just something about the way he moved.

The same swagger Archie Valentine wore in the ring when he took his opponents
down followed him like a halo everywhere he went. But make no mistake about it—
he was no angel. He was like a drug. My mother was his addict.

I never understood it…how love could make you blind and convince you to drink the
poison. Not until I met Memphis Delaney.

At first, it was the familiar form. He’s a fighter, built like a god from the past, the kind
of man the universe doesn’t make anymore. His eyes hide a story, and every time I’m
in his presence I want to keep reading him until I get to the end. And then…there’s
the way he moves. His boxing is violent but beautiful, and his body is a seductive
weapon. When he’s in the ring, he wears the stare of a man committed to the battle
until his very last breath.

He could end me; turn me into her. Too much of him will leave me as a shadow, and
I’ve lost so much of myself already.

But I have discipline. It came the hard way. Lessons learned, scars left behind, and
trust stripped away from life.

I will breathe his air, but I won’t fall for a man like him. The only boxer who’s ever
going to break my heart is the one who gave me my name.

EXCERPT:

I turn so our feet are squared and glance at his home that I think he probably knows
I went through while he was gone. Somehow the money he paid for it seems not
enough and too much all at once. My gaze shifts back to his, and he steps forward
until the toe of his left shoe rests against the right side of mine.

“That’s a nice story, Memphis. I’m glad you found the bike, but I’m not sure what
that has to do with me,” I say, my breath catching as his fingertips trace along my
jaw, his touch so faint I find myself leaning my head to encourage his palm to rest
along my cheek more boldly.

He brings his other hand up with more confidence, and I’m caught. The other option
I had, to walk away, is gone. I never really wanted it, though.

Memphis dips his chin, hunching slightly to bring his eyes in line with mine. We’re
so close that I can feel the tickle of his breath against my lips, and they tingle at the
familiar. Each experience with him weaves itself into my heart in this way that
terrifies me. This is how people lose themselves.

But I let it in—each breath, each sound, the smells and words. His story. I am
surviving on the very being of him, and I think I have been for a while now. “I was eighteen when I tracked down that bike. I knew it was mine…”

“I don’t belong to you, Memphis,” I cut in, my heart pounding.

His mouth forms a crooked smile. He holds my eyes hostage in silence for few long
seconds. “Maybe it works the other way,” he says, his eyes moving over my face with
a softness that feels intimate and vulnerable. His forehead falls forward until it rests
gently on my own, and I let go of the grip I have on myself, exchanging it for fistfuls
of his T-shirt. My knuckles run along his chest as I gather the material and close my
eyes, his muscles hard from discipline.

“I can’t watch you get hurt. I can’t…”

His hand moves to my chin, and he lifts it until our eyes meet. Suddenly, breathing
just got a lot harder to do.

“I won’t lose, Liv. I work too hard, and I study too much, and I will never be in a ring
I’m not supposed to be in,” he says, and I breathe out what sounds like a laugh but
feels like hurt.

“My fifty-year-old uncle kicked your ass in some display of alpha-male, teacher￾student bullshit. I couldn’t watch that…how am I supposed to watch you step in with
some guy who really wants to kill you? How am I supposed to kiss you knowing that
your lips might never be the same after a fight. How…”

Memphis’s mouth takes mine before I can protest anymore, nothing like our stolen
moment from earlier. His hands cup my face and his mouth moves possessively over
my bottom lip, sucking it in and letting it slide loose through a graze of his teeth. He
turns my head with a gentle nudge and kisses me deeper, and his hands fall from my
face in long, possessive drags down my shoulders to my waist, stopping with his
thumbs just above my hips and his fingers splayed out around my sides.

My hands roam up his chest and neck until my thumbs run along the roughness of
his chin, and my touch seems to somehow make him hungrier.

“My god.” He breathes the words against my lips, restraint giving way…

About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated

author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines,
Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and
Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your
Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, A Boy Like You and A Girl Like Me.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends
the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher,
point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers,
magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians,
politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and
her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball
diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on
her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is
married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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