New Adult Guest Review:The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

The Forgotten Ones (The Danaan Trilogy, #1)

Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity.

Title: The Forgotten Ones
Author: Laura Howard
Series: The Danaan Trilogy
Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services
Format: kindle
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Genre: New Adult
Release date: April 28th 2013
Number of pages: 197
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Review by Melissa

Never, never fall prey in the hands of a fairy. Yes, they can be beautiful and alluring, but nothing good can come out of a connection with them. They can be wicked as they are beautiful. To them, you are not a person, you are a plaything and they love to collect playthings, it’s in their nature.

This is the main theme of The Forgotten Ones. It’s a storyline that draws you in and doesn’t let go until you are done with the last page. It’s a story about Allison and her schizophrenic mother who lost her mind when the love of her life didn’t come back to her in Ireland. Then, out of the blue, strange things begin to happen. Crows constantly watch over her, she has bizarre dreams every night and weird people start to appear out of nowhere. The story is beckoning, there’s love and heartbreak, infatuation and obsession. Traveling towards the fairy realm couldn’t be more fun!

Put aside the many characters this story has (with hard to pronounce Irish names), I want to focus in how admirable Allison really is. She sacrifices her social and love life just to take care of her mother and she doesn’t second-think any of it. She does it because she wants to, because she loves her mother and grandparents and will do anything to help them out in dealing with her mother’s health. She is happy just the way she is, her idea of having fun is reading books and running like she was flying. Her only unwanted distraction? The cute boy named Ethan who she has feelings for, despite her denial. The thing is, he’s a player. He knows that with the sight of him, a whole bunch of butterflies explode inside your stomach like fireworks on the fourth of July. You want him in the picture at all times, and you want him to make a move. (But I still don’t like him to be a player, at all).

The Forgotten Ones is the first of a planned trilogy and I look forward to continue with Allison’s story once the second and third come out. The ending was a bit blunt in my opinion but that didn’t diminish my good thoughts about the book, I had a great time whilst reading it and if you like quick fairy reads, then this one might be for you.

 

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Series in Order

#1 – The Forgotten Ones
#2 – The Stone of Destiny (2013)
#3 – Untitled

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Romance Guest Review: Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin

Forever My Girl (Beaumont, #1)

I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.

I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.

And now I’m going back.

After ten years.

I hope I can explain that after all this time.

I still want her to be my forever girl.

Title: Forever My Girl
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Publisher:  Bandit Publishing Company
Format: ebook (Kindle Edition)
ISBN: 0988695103
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: December 26th 2012
Number of pages: 302
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Review by Melissa

First book in the Beaumont series, Forever my girl is a story about second chance love. It’s cute,  simple and a fast read. There’s not too much drama and I think it’s more realistic in some situations where you’d expect angst and jealousy to take over the emotions of the characters, making them act foolishly, instead of the mature grown-ups they’re supposed to be. I enjoyed the constant flashbacks of Josie’s and Liam’s high school years, how they fell in love and the activities they did together with their best friends. I found it to be beautiful and almost picture perfect.

But, there were some things I couldn’t slide down concerning the characters’ thoughts and actions. Liam left to pursue his dream, and I’m okay with that. The pressure and high expectations for him was too much when it isn’t something you really want. Yet, there could have been other ways to do it. Communication is of essence here and he clearly wasn’t very good at it (stage and songwriting is a completely different matter, he rocks). He seemed to be too possessive of Josie, always stating “my girl” “my girl” over and over again, when he had no right. And, what I thought to be too perfect was how easily he accepted he had a son with Josie, how he figured it out. He didn’t even doubt it for a second, and I know the kid looked exactly like him, but normal people always doubt this kind of things. Liam was trying TOO hard to have a connection with Josie, a reason to stay close to her and win her back.

On a side note, I heard Forever My Girl has been optioned to be a movie! Despite this book not being one of my all time favorites, I am looking forward to seeing it on the big screen.

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Series in Order

#1 – Forever My Girl
#1.5 – My Everything
#2 – My Unexpected Forever

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Guest Post with author Bailey J Thompson

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Today I have author Bailey J Thompson answering a few question and talking about the release of her first book.

Why Write About Teenage Pregnancy?

The most logical answer for this question was that I was following my heart and doing what I needed to do, but I don’t think that’s the answer anybody is hoping for. Yellow Socks and Blood Spots was written because I felt there was a void that needed to be addressed. A simple Google search for teenage pregnancy reveals that the top results are for Teen Mom, 16 and Pregnant or the latest in statistics. Searching “abortion” brings you to a collage of pages directed toward pro-life or pro-choice.

The reality is that there are so many young women (and men) faced with this very touchy subject every single day. The problem is that the resources are limited, and the perspectives are varied.

This book isn’t about picking sides or telling anybody what is right… Yellow Socks and Blood Spots is about this beautiful and successful 17-year-old named Isabelle forced to make a life and death decision within a couple weeks of finding out about a beautiful disaster.

I really hope that this book will create perspective, and a reason for discussion. After all, wasn’t it Northrop Frye that said literature creates tolerance?

The Future?

Yellow Socks and Blood Spots came to a surprise to many as I am also a children’s picture book author and founder of Gerbil Meets Mouse Publishing. I currently have two kids picture books in production now.

As for other novels, I’ve actually spent the past four-five years working on another novel (writing Yellow Socks and Blood Spots was kind of a year break in between). I think that will be my next big (novel) project.

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Two lines means pregnant, and pregnant is the very last thing seventeen-year-old Isabelle wanted to be. She’s just beginning her senior year, she’s rekindling the respectable relationship she once had with her family and she has finally fallen in love.

Her boyfriend, Jason wants an abortion, while Isabelle wants to give her baby a chance at life, whether that means adoption or raising her baby herself. Her situation raises a question of values, beliefs, rights, societal expectations and personal opinions, and as Isabelle’s friends and family discover the news, they seem to think they know what’s best for her and her baby. Within two weeks of finding out about their beautiful disaster, Isabelle and Jason have to come to a mutual agreement and make a life and death decision.

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Author: Bailey J. Thompson

Publisher: Yellow Iris Press

Website: www.yellowsocksandbloodspots.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/YellowSocksAndBloodSpots

 

 

 


And there’s also a chance for a signed copy on the Facebook. you just need to click here and like.

Guest Post with Heather Long

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Today I have author Heather Long doing a special guest post during the book tour of her new release The Taming of the Thief.

Who Do You Trust?

Trust is an issue that’s very difficult to explain—particularly to another person. We all judge each other based on our experiences and expectations. Since we are all different people with different experiences, our baseline for trust varies. How you learn to trust a person or why you trust them will be different from how your friend does or I do—or the lady that lives down the street.

So how do you know you can trust someone? How can you explain trust—which is both a concept and an emotion?

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines trust as assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something. The keywords in this definition: "assured reliance" indicate that in order to have trust, you must have proof that you can trust. You cannot find something to be reliant or to have reliance on anything that hasn’t been proven. Assured promises that not only have you found reliance, but that reliance is an accurate definition of your trust.

Confused yet? I apologize.

Trust is an important issue to me. In part, because trust – like so many other things in our world – does not exist in a vacuum, yet to trust someone requires a leap of faith. You have to choose to trust someone and hope that they provide you with the assured reliance they were worthy of that trust. Now I’ve said that word a lot-but it’s a word that we use when we love another person, when we live with them, when we rely on them and when we need them to be there for us. We "trust," and most often we tell ourselves it’s because they have proven trustworthy.

But a person really can’t prove that until we trust them. They can’t be accountable or reliable for any of their character, dependability, strength or truth until we actually trust them.

A Leap of Faith

Faith is the act of believing in something in absence of hard facts. To trust someone requires that leap of faith that you will trust them and hope they prove to be trustworthy. But what makes us decide to take that leap of faith? In The Taming of the Thief, Sophie chooses to trust Pietr—even when she has doubts and questions. Why does she choose this?

At the time of their first encounter, Sophie just witnessed a murder and spent hours answering questions for the NYPD. They don’t believe her—not because she isn’t trustworthy but because they have no ‘evidence’ that her account is reliable. When she finds Pietr in her apartment, she doesn’t trust him—but he intrigues her and she follows her instincts. In the end, choosing to trust Pietr was the right choice and although she chose to trust him, she didn’t have to.

So why do you trust someone? What drives you to make that leap of faith?


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The Taming of the Thief

Heather Long

One Treasure…

Some would kill to know what Sophie Kingston knows. Rich and powerful people will do anything to possess the secret, but not even Sophie realizes how much danger she is in—or how far they will go to hunt her down and take it from her.  But when she sees a murder no one can prove, the threats to her life keep coming.

One Hunt…

Pietr Sauvage is neck deep in the hunt for The Fortunate Buddha when a lead draws him to New York and thrusts him into the life of art history specialist Sophie.  What began as a favor turns into a desperate need to protect the sexy curator from the dark web of deception threatening to pull her under.

Too Many Thieves…

Lost in the shadow of intrigue and danger, Sophie must learn to trust Pietr, a man with an agenda, a man she can’t help but desire, before the ruthless thieves steal their only chance.

Raising the stakes heightens the attraction…

Author Info

imageHeather Long lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.

Guest Post with author Emily Davis

Today I have author Emily Davis for a special guest post while she is touring her new book Paint for Blood. I already read it and you can find my review underneath the post.

GUEST POST

What Do You Remember About a Place?

As a writer who prefers to live out of her closet instead of a suitcase, I don’t do much traveling but I try to hold onto memories of the places I do visit. When I was nineteen I took a Greyhound bus from West Virginia to Georgia. It was a long ride. A really, really long ride, riddled with stops along the way, mostly in tiny towns without actual bus stations–and at the end of the ride, Atlanta.

Great concrete overpasses welcomed me (and a slow-moving sea of commuter traffic) into the city just after sunrise – so early in the morning, the driver of a vehicle beside the bus was steering with one hand and operating an electric shaver with his other hand.

“Peach”-themed streets, restaurants, billboards and marquis’ told me all about the local agriculture.

The Underground intrigued me, but at the time I was warned not to venture into the Underground due to crime.

Little Five Points completely captivated me, and I ignored the warnings not to venture there.

My summer in Atlanta came during the height of the goth subculture of the ‘90s, when Manic Panic hair was fashionable and hardcore clubbers paid for vampire teeth implants. Ankhs and scarab beetles were the jewelry adornments of choice, crushed velvet and lace and choker collars were in demand even in the middle of a hot, muggy Southern summer, and Little Five Points with its alternative boutiques and vivid murals was the place to be.

I suppose it’s no surprise that fourteen years later, I revisited that nocturnal atmosphere in a gothic novel.

Memories of Little Five Points are what lured me back to Atlanta as the setting for my Chalice Blood series, which follows a young woman who’s seen too much, made decisions she felt like she had to make (some of them unwise, many not admirable at all) into a world she’d rather not even acknowledge, let alone live in. Vampires, blood, sex, scary monsters, tough decisions – Dessa Collier faces them all in PAINT FOR BLOOD, and I’m still not sure whether she comes out the end better or worse for the experience.

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There’s only one substance on earth that can create a new vampire–the blood of a Chalice, a rare individual with magic in her veins. Atlanta’s human-vampire Civility Laws demand that if a Chalice is found, she must be destroyed. Vampire Teijon Reyes allowed the mortal girl Dessa Collier to live despite the threat she posed to society. If he ever finds her again, he will kill her, personal desires be damned.

Heiress to a family tradition of ward-working, house painter Dessa Collier has spent the past twelve years pretending vampires don’t exist. When a friend-enemy walks back into Dessa’s life after a decade-long absence, everything Dessa has been hiding from comes crashing down on top of her.

Thrown together on a mission to protect a city under seige, Dessa and Teijon can no longer hide from the powerful attraction that binds them…or the monsters out to destroy them.

BUY LINKS

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Gothic-fantasy-paranormal-romance-ebook/dp/B008J7MR4I/

BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paint-for-blood-emily-ryan-davis/1112100208?ean=2940014621397

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/204481

All Romance Ebooks: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-paintforblood-874390-139.html

AUTHOR BIO

Emily Ryan-Davis is a lifelong East Coaster whose passion for the written word saw her through jobs writing obituaries, press releases and grants before she decided “I’m going to do this” and sat down to write a book. She made that decision in 2005 and has since published several short stories and novellas with digital publishers including Ellora’s Cave. On May 24, 2012, Emily left supervisors and payrolls behind in order to focus her efforts on writing and raising her son.

Emily has been a member of the Writer’s Digest-recognized writing community Romance Divas, where she volunteers as a moderator and organizes the annual "Not Going to Conference" Virtual Conference, since 2006.

CONTACT LINKS

Web Site: http://www.emilyryandavis.com

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/author.emilyryandavis

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/emilyryandavis

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Guest Post with Lacey Wolfe

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Today I’m part of a book tour from CBLS Promotions and welcome author Lacey Wolfe for a guest post.

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Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! I’m very excited to be here.

Not only am I a writer, but I am also a major bookworm. When I sit down to read a book, I like to get lost in it, as most reader’s do. I like a hint of reality along with one of those plots that we all wish would happen. You know, the fantasy of the cabana boy cleaning the pool and uh…lots of other stuff. *wink wink*

When I first came up with the idea to Tempting The Manny, I thought it was going to purely be fantasy. A man who comes in and helps a woman with her kids and then heats up her nights. That wasn’t all that happened. Olivia had a story to tell. In fact, as I wrote this story, I was amazed that Olivia turned into the character that she did.

In Tempting The Manny, you will of course find hot sex but you will also meet a woman who has a lot of growth. Olivia leaves a bad relationship to start a journey of growing stronger and learning who she is. And by the end of the novella, she has done just that. I think this novella is packed with chemistry, sex, and emotion.

It was a surprise for me when the story became more than just pure lust and fantasy. Then again, as a writer, one thing I have learned in characters don’t always make things easy for us.

So now I’d love to hear from you. When you sit down with the perfect book, is it for fantasy, reality, or a mix of both.

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Title: Tempting the Manny

Author: Lacey Wolfe

Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing

Length: 20,000 words

Genre(s): Romance

Sub-Genre(s) Contemporary

Sub-Categories: Erotic

Heat Level: Sizzling (Highly explicit sex scenes/language)

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Amazon / Nook / AllRomance / Secret Cravings / Bookstrand

Olivia’s world is torn to pieces when her boyfriend leaves her for a younger woman. But she has no time to dwell on it, she must pick-up the pieces for her children. And the first thing on her list is hiring a sitter. In return though, she gets a very unexpected surprise.
Jamie loves children. He comes from a big family and can’t wait to start his own one day. From the moment he meets Olivia and her children, he feels like this is where he’s suppose to be. But he mustn’t act on how he feels and does his best to stay professional, even with Olivia making it very difficult for him.
As Olivia and Jamie try their best to fight the way they’re feeling and figure out of it can work, her ex-boyfriend shows back up to complicate things. After a string of her own lies, can Olivia figure out what it is she really wants?

EXCERPT:

Jamie’s gaze followed Olivia’s ass as she walked toward the fridge. She bent slightly over reaching for the ketchup, and he was worried his erection was going to burst out of his pants. The way she looked at him as she headed back to her plate of food, he wasn’t sure if she was hungry for those fries or him. He had never met a woman with so much sexual desire, it was almost pouring from her veins. He wasn’t sure about the story with the ex, but that man had to be crazy for leaving.

Ketchup was on the corner of her mouth. Instinctively, he grabbed the towel, leaned forward, and wiped her mouth. Her eyes locked on his and, before he could even think twice, his hand wrapped around the back of her neck and pulled her to him. Her mouth met his just as fiercely and opened, letting his tongue slide in. The taste of ketchup met his taste buds and the need to taste more of her sprung through his body.

Olivia gripped his shoulders and pulled him closer. His free hand took hold of her waist. His erection shoved into her stomach. The kiss was like fire and even though he knew he should be resisting, he had to keep playing. Turning his head to the side, he deepened the kiss. She tasted so good and felt even better in his arms.

Pushing her back slightly against the counter, he nudged her legs apart with his knee, pressing his thigh tightly between. His dick was so hard now, it hurt.

Her mouth left his and for a moment he almost had time to stop and think about how wrong this was, but then her tongue swirled around his ear lobe and he was gone again.

His aching hands found her breasts, full and large. He cupped them, but imagined his face pressed between them instead. Licking his lips, he couldn’t wait to taste them.

“Mr. Jamie.” A little girl’s voice called from the living room.

Frozen, he took a step back from Olivia.

“Just a minute,” he called back.

Olivia’s eyes were full of passion. She bit her lip and he could tell she was nervous, but not for a second did she regret what happened. He knew this had been very wrong and he hated what he had to say. “I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have kissed you.”

A smile crossed her face when he had expected something different.

“I don’t think you are.”

Her hand reached down, touching his erection. He sucked in, now biting his lip to try a push away the urge to grind into it.

Letting her hand drop, she strutted past him to go to her daughter. His gaze once again followed her round little ass in her pencil skirt. She was right. If Morgan hadn’t interrupted them, he would have been finding out what it was like under that skirt.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Lacey Wolfe has always had a passion for words, whether it’s getting lost in a book or writing her own. From the time she was a child she would slip away to write short stories about people she knew and fantasies she wished would happen. It has always been her dream to be a published author and with her two children now of school age, she finally has the time to work on making her dream come true.

Lacey lives in Georgia with her husband, son and daughter, their six cats and one black lab who rules the house.

You can find Lacey at the following places:

Website | Facebook | Facebook Page | Twitter

Guest Post with Kym Grosso

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Today I have author Kym Grosso for a Guest Post. She’s currently on book tour for Kade’s dark Embrace, first book of the series Immortals of New Orleans.

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Hi Everyone! I would like to thank Book Travels for hosting me today on my virtual book tour for Kade’s Dark Embrace. I really appreciate the opportunity to stop by and share a guest post with readers. This post is about is about locations for novels. What locations do you prefer to read about in books? Snow covered mountains? Beaches? Urban settings? Exotic, faraway countries? Familiar locals? Whatever your preference, I do hope you enjoy my take on locations in books.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain

Location, Location, Location

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Reading a book can take us away to a faraway country or to Mom & Pop’s hometown diner. One minute we can be reading about a bustling urban street and then in the next chapter, we are reading about horses in the fields of Kentucky. Some locations we may know like the back of our hand. But other locations, we visualize the setting through the author’s eyes. As a reader, one of my favorite things about reading is being able to learn about a new place; one filled with its own distinct characteristics. And interestingly enough, that is also what I love about traveling.

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As a traveler, my favorite thing to do when I go on vacation is to learn about the local culture, arts and cuisine. From a visiting a haunted plantation and eating jerk chicken in Jamaica to touring a Voodoo museum and eating beignets in New Orleans, our senses are teased and tickled along our journey. As an author, I try my very best to describe those extraordinary smells, tastes, sounds and sights for the reader. From the urban streets of Philadelphia to New Orleans, each city celebrates its own uniqueness.
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While writing can certainly conjure up imaginative descriptions, researching locations can help to bring a hint of reality to fictional novels. Weaving historical facts and pictures into our stories brings readers a step closer to experiencing a place they may have never traveled. Likewise, they can bring a different perspective to a location that we may not have considered.

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Kade's Dark Embrace

Kade’s Dark Embrace
Immortals of New Orleans #1
Kym Grosso
Published March 5th 2012

After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective. As he attempts to protect her from a very real murderer, Kade grows concerned that the beautiful, but very human detective, could easily end up dead should she tangle with supernatural forces that are beyond her control.

The investigation leads them into a dark and dangerous world, deep in the heart of New Orleans, where together, they search for the perpetrators of the Voodoo killings. Sydney soon becomes the target of the killer and ends up fighting for her life and love in the Big Easy. Will she eventually give into the intoxicating desire she feels for Kade if she makes it out alive?

 

About the Author

Kade’s Dark Embrace is my debut paranormal romance novel. I have also written and published several articles about autism. I developed a late interest in writing after my son was diagnosed with autism and started advocating on his behalf. Three years ago, I started my own website, www.AutismInRealLife.com and now blog and write articles for PsychologyToday.com.
I live in Pennsylvania with my husband, two children and our dog, Ace. My hobbies include autism advocacy, reading, tennis, zumba and traveling. New Orleans is one of our favorite places to visit with its rich culture and unique cuisine. But we also love traveling just about anywhere that has a beach or snow covered mountains.
I love reading mysteries, romances and about all things vampires, werewolves and other supernaturals. I hope readers enjoy Kade’s Dark Embrace. I have already started writing the next book in the series, about Luca, due out Fall 2012.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KymGrossoBooks

Twitter: @KymGrosso
Website: www.AutismInRealLife.com
Psychology Today Blog: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/autism-in-real-life