Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This Is Not A Book #3

My adventures in Keri Smith's This Is Not A Book continue...

This time, I was supposed to "create a map based on some aspect of your everyday life. Some examples might be your desk, your walk to school or work, your dinner table, your hand."

I chose to make a map of my brain, and included in it the things that go through my head on a daily basis:

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review - May We Be Forgiven by: A.M. Homes

Title: May We Be Forgiven
Author: A.M. Homes
Publisher: Granta
Pages: 480
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal purchase
Awards: 2013 Women's Prize For Fiction

Harry is a Richard Nixon scholar who leads a quiet, regular life; his brother George is a high-flying TV producer, with a murderous temper. They have been uneasy rivals since childhood. Then one day George's loses control so extravagantly that he precipitates Harry into an entirely new life. In May We Be Forgiven, Homes gives us a darkly comic look at 21st-century domestic life — at individual lives spiraling out of control, bound together by family and history. The cast of characters experience adultery, accidents, divorce, and death. But it is also a savage and dizzyingly inventive satire on contemporary America, whose dark heart Homes penetrates like no other writer — the strange jargons of its language, its passive aggressive institutions, its inhabitants' desperate craving for intimacy and their pushing it away with litigation, technology, paranoia. At the novel's heart are the spaces in between, where the modern family comes together to re-form itself. 

May We Be Forgiven explores contemporary orphans losing and finding themselves anew; and it speaks above all to the power of personal transformation — simultaneously terrifying and inspiring.

My thoughts:

I checked on GoodReads and realized that I read this book between March 30 and April 3. Normally, I try to write my reviews write away, or at least take notes on what I want to say, but when it comes to authors I’m in love with, I might be left speechless. Even though it’s been about 4 months since I’ve read this book, the events, feelings and the words I loved in it are still very much fresh in my mind. I’m still not sure what I will say, but let’s start…

First of all, I’ll admit that in the beginning the subject of the book felt like it was very foreign to me. Why? Because one of the main characters, Harry, is a Richard Nixon scholar; he teaches Nixon at a university. Of course, everyone outside  the US knows Nixon, especially due to the Watergate Scandal… But the details? Having never studied American history, details I do not have. Afterwards, this didn’t bother me as much because just like any other Homes novel, May We Be Forgiven also has human relations, family, love, worry, excitement and fear. Just like she does most of the time, in this book as well Homes has chosen to tell the story using a male voice, Harry’s.
Especially for those who like reading award-winning books, let me say this: this year A.M. Homes won the Women's Prize for Fiction with May We Be Forgiven. In the interview she gave to The Guardian, she's asked what awaits readers who've already read the rest of her books. Vintage Homes or a brand new Homes? She says in May We Be Forgiven, she goes back to her first novel, Jack, which is something I was thinking while reading, but couldn't be sure since I still have Homes books that I'm saving for a rainy day.

You can watch the interview here.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Review Last Chance Summer by: Hope Ramsay

Title: Last Chance Summer
Author: Hope Ramsay
Publisher: Forever Yours
Pages: 60
Series: Last Chance
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley


It wouldn't be summer without the Watermelon Festival, and single mom Amanda Wright is looking forward to a carefree day eating funnel cakes and sipping sweet tea. But with her inquisitive son and elderly grandmother in tow, she's not in the mood for carnival rides or the kissing booth, until she hears a charming, funny voice over the loudspeaker. 

Grant Trumbull is the new DJ at the local radio station, and his deep, booming cadence has all the ladies of the church auxillary atwitter. Even without seeing his face, Amanda can't help but wonder if he's the one for her. When she finally comes face to face with the man behind the mic, summer is about to get a whole lot hotter in little Last Chance, South Carolina. 

My Thoughts: 

This was a cute novella sent to me via NetGalley in it we meet Amanda Wright who's at the fair with her son and her grandmother, both of whom are looking for Amanda's Grandfather who has died a while ago.  Amanda seems afraid to make big changes in her life like getting a pet, moving on after her husband died, and letting her son ride the ferris wheel.  

When her Grandmother goes missing Amanda is looking all over then her son goes missing and Amanda feels herself falling apart realizing she will have to send her grandmother to a home as she can no longer care for her and then her son missing just breaks her heart.

What she doesn't realize is that he is connecting with with a deejay at a radio booth at the fair.  Ethan Amanda's son is convinced that Grant Trumbull the deejay is Ethan's deceased father and tries to convince him of that.  

It was such a cute story reminding many women that when one dies life doesn't end with death but sometimes a new beginning can be right around the corner.  I really enjoyed this story I am definitely going to look for more Last Chance books.
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E-books vs. Physical Books

At the beginning of August, a Turkish newspaper translated BuzzFeed’s “10 Reasons Real Books AreBetter Than E-books” article to Turkish. I think this was in hopes of firing up debates among Turkish readers since e-books are getting more available here as well.

Having been skeptical of e-reading at first, I can say all my doubts went away when I got the chance to actually hold an e-reader and see what it was like to read on one. Ever since my family got me a Kindle on my birthday last January, I’ve been glued to it, and I’m not willing to let it go. Of course, this doesn’t mean I’m ditching my “real” books, as BuzzFeed puts it.

Aren’t e-books “real” books? To me, they’re as real as a book on paper because they have all the pages which you can just as easily read. So, shouldn’t we call the “real” books “printed books” or “books on paper” instead? Anyways; let’s move onto the 10 reasons why printed books are better than e-books and how I do not agree with all of them.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Infinity's Touch by: Katherine Petersdorf

Title: Infinity's Touch
Author: Katherine Petersdorf
Publisher: Featherless Production
Pages: 183
Series: Infinity's Touch #1
Format: Paperback
Source: Author Requested Review
Purchase: Barnes&Noble | Amazon


Grantland Gordon was a vampire who knew full well the extent of his presence, a presence that was predicated upon by the testosterone that was dripping off of him. All he wanted was to find the chosen one and take revenge the Supreme Being who had destroyed his life and stole his innocence with an immortal bite. After over a hundred years of searching, he had finally found her, the chosen one, Kelly Roberts. Only Grant had never thought that his lifeline would be a chipper, I.M. speaking college girl. Now, he would have to put up with her so that could extract the very revenge he seeks, as well as save the world. Only he never thought that he would fall in love with her. Touch, Embrace, Caress, and give in to Infinity….

My Thoughts: 

This book was sent to my by the author for a honest and fair review.  This book begins with a fight between Grantland and Troy.  Grant wants revenge on the man who turned him long ago.  Then it goes back to the present time where we meet Kelly Roberts who's life is mediocre at best.  After screwing up asking a boy she is crushing on to a dance she meets the mysterious Grantland who informs her of who she is and who he is.  Kelly gets spooked and runs for home where she is met with an even worse scenario.  Someone impersonating her father.  She finds herself stuck in her penthouse with an impostor and no way out.

This book was such a fun beginning to a great series I'm sure I can't wait to see what happens next!  I enjoyed the relationship between Grant and Kelly and can't wait to see how it will mold!  Definitely a great book for those who love vampires!

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Excerpt from Stained by Elizabeth Marx

She pushed through the front door, the tail of her trench coat flapping out around her like a backwoods banshee. In my twenty-five years, I’d never seen heels that high, legs that long, or a strut that confident stroll across the tacky floor of Three Sips Distillery. I’d caught a glance of her earlier at the wake and this was the last place she belonged. The bar was formerly called Down and Out and I was doing everything within my power to diminish that image, but her presence mocked me. Crossroads was only one of three towns in the county that wasn’t dry, thus three sips. My gaze swept over the woman again. It would take more than three sips of good whiskey to take the edge off the scenarios burning through my imagination at the sight of her.   It was lust; unexplainable, mindboggling, burning hot lust for a perfect stranger. I’d swear the lights flickered the moment her fingertips left the panic bar, and the jukebox came to life on Aerosmith’s Janie’s Got a Gun as she stepped over the threshold.   Polly Anna looked up from washing miniature Mason jars, but didn’t speak a word as the young woman approached the bar. The peacock eased onto a swivel barstool, crossing her legs with the grace of a Southern debutante, while she tossed the large black pocketbook she was carrying on the sticky bar top carelessly. I wasn’t an expert in women’s accessories, but I knew her purse, which was sized like small luggage, reeked expensive. I’d shopped enough with my sister, Mandy, to know. That handbag was sized larger than most diaper bags for twins and the leather was probably as silky as a baby’s freshly powdered bottom.   Her face was angular with fine skin, and familiar to me, but the oversized sunglasses and ridiculous hat with netting was preventing me from figuring out exactly whom she looked like. She removed the hat and it looked like a black widow spider sitting on the bar. She started pulling pins from the back of her head, wincing as she did. Then she ran her fingers through her hair and scratched at her scalp until the entire dark mass framed her face.   “A double Spiced Boxed Whisky on the rocks,” she said politely as she started pulling her elbow-length leather gloves off by the fingertips.   I couldn’t help myself, I watched her, as transfixed as Polly Anna was. The young woman’s movements were so practiced and elegant, I couldn’t look away. She started at the index finger and loosened the glove at the tip of her finger before moving onto her middle finger, then her ring finger, then her pinky, and finally her thumb. Once she had the silk lining loosened, she gave a gentle tug on the tip of her middle finger and the glove gave way grudgingly, as if the leather was sore to lose the comfort of the captivating and perfectly manicured hand it was concealing.   She removed the second glove in exactly the same manner before she bothered looking back up at Polly Anna, who was standing as still as a wax figure in a museum. The woman pulled her dark, oversized sunglasses partway down her perfectly formed patrician nose and examined Polly Anna from her golden headed mop of hair all the way to the her oversized belt buckle, not missing a detail in between.   I thought Uh-oh, ’cause Polly Anna didn’t take crap off anyone, that’s why she was the only barmaid I’d ever hired. Three Sips Distillery might now host a beautiful southern interior—from the uneven floorboards I’d pulled from an old barn in Guntersville, to the new bar I’d hand stained and fitted with custom stained glass, to the twinkling Christmas lights that danced around the perimeter of the room—but the patrons were still a little rough around the edges. The sweet, but at times surly, barmaid who’d been tough enough to cut off every redneck in shit kickers with enough nerve to start slurring his words wasn’t going to take kindly to a prissy stranger.   The young woman smiled at Polly Anna appreciatively and said, “Sweetheart, it’s emptier than a hog pen on Easter Sunday in here, do you think you can pour me that drink?”   Polly Anna burst out giggling, which was unusual in a woman as pessimistic as our Polly Anna, and something I’d never thought to hear from her. Polly Anna’s reaction, combined with the woman’s nasally Yankee accent spewing the southern saying confidently, had me totally transfixed. That and the fact that I was dying for her to take off her coat so I could see if what it was keeping warm was as fine as what I’d seen so far.   I don’t know if it was what the young woman said or the fact that such a fancy lady said it, but Polly Anna couldn’t stop chuckling and snorting as she moved to the liquor well, filled a glass with ice, and poured the whiskey without necessity of a shot glass.   The young woman smiled from ear to ear as she pulled her sunglasses the rest of the way down her nose and placed one of the stems of the glasses between her perfectly formed teeth. She bit into them.   I swallowed. Hard.   

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  About the Author: 

Windy City writer, Elizabeth Marx, brings cosmopolitan life alive in her fiction—a blend of romance, fast-paced Chicago living, and a sprinkle of magical realism. Elizabeth resides with her husband, girls, and two cats who’ve spelled everyone into believing they’re really dogs. She grew up in the city, has traveled extensively, and still says there’s no town like Chi-Town.  

Friday, August 16, 2013

Review The Beast by: Faye Kellerman & Giveaway

Title: The Beast
Author: Faye Kellerman
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 384
Series: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #21
Source: Partners In Crime Book Tour


The professional and the personal intersect in treacherous ways in this compelling and eerie installment in Faye Kellerman's thrilling New York Times bestselling Decker/Lazarus series

Throughout his years with the LAPD, Peter Decker has handled a number of tough cases and strange killers. But few of his previous assignments compare to his latest case--the most bizarre of his storied career.

When Hobart Penny is found dead in his apartment, the cops think that his pet cat--an adult female tiger--attacked the reclusive elderly billionaire. But it soon becomes clear that the beast that killed the eccentric inventor is all too human. Digging into the victim's life, Decker and his colleagues, Detectives Marge Dunn and Scott Oliver, discover that Penny was an exceptionally peculiar man with exotic tastes, including kinky sex with call girls.

Following a trail of clues that leads from a wildlife sanctuary in the San Bernardino Mountains to the wild nightlife of Las Vegas, the LAPD detectives are left juggling too many suspects and too few answers. To break open a case involving the two most primal instincts--sex and murder--Decker wrestles with a difficult choice. Should he turn to a man with expert knowledge of both, Chris Donatti, the dangerous man who also happens to be the father of Decker's foster son, Gabriel Whitman, a boy not without his own problems?

As their work and intimate worlds collide, Decker and his wife, Rina, find themselves facing tough questions. It just might be that family crises and work-related responsibilities prove too much for Decker's career. A confluence of ordeals can stress even the most intact of families. And when all these shocking truths comes out, exactly how well will Decker and Rina cope, and survive?

My Thoughts: 

Holy moly this book had so much going on Gabe is visiting with his foster parents after testifying at a trial from a previous case.  In the course of this Gabe and his girlfriend have had to hide their relationship.  Which blows up in everyone's faces.

Meanwhile Peter Decker has his work cut out for him when Hobart Penny an elderly hermit of a billionaire, who has been doing some very weird crap.  Keeping bizarre animals having unusual relationships and getting himself killed as well.

Decker and his team find themselves up to their eyes with exotic animals deadly to say the least a sick old man into kinky sex to the extreme and secrets that are all falling out.

This was such a journey reading this book had me guessing who the 'bad guy' was, at first I thought it was the call girls, then I thought the manager of the apartment complex then the sanctuary woman I was literally running in circles and was so surprised by the end.  What a great story Mrs. Kellerman wove I also liked how Dr. Delaware from her husband's series was included in this book as well.


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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Review Acadian Waltz by: Alexandrea Weis

Title: Acadian Waltz
Author: Alexandreae Weis
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Pages: 268
Format: Paperback
Source: Author Requested Review
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | Amazon


At thirty, Nora Kehoe is feeling pressured to settle down. On a blind date, Nora unexpectedly ends up in the emergency room where she meets Dr. John Blessing. She hopes the pragmatic Dr. Blessing can make her life complete. Then, a passionate encounter with a childhood friend changes everything.

The charismatic Jean Marc Gaspard manages the family business, Gaspard Fisheries. But rumors abound that Jean Marc is running more than seafood through the waters around Manchac Louisiana. When a family crisis sends Nora to Manchac, she is thrown headlong into the dangerous world of smugglers and swindlers. And as Jean Marc tries to protect Nora from his past, he realizes he may lose her because of it.

The dark bayou waters run deep with secrets in Louisiana, and every Cajun knows how to dance the fine line between the right and wrong side of the law. But for strangers, learning the steps to staying alive in the swamps can be tricky. Life, and love, will be dependent on how well one can master the … Acadian Waltz.

My Thoughts:

This book follows the story of Nora Kehoe who is being pressured by her mother to settle down which happens with Dr. Blessing, atleast Nora thinks it will but Dr. Blessing is an odd man.  He has ways he wants to do things no spontaneity and no spark.  As things progress with the engagement Nora finds herself in a corner with no one listening to her and those that care about her positive that she is making a mistake.  With no spark there can be no Acadian Waltz.

When Nora out with her friend and co-worker Steven finds Henri Gaspard convulsing and rushes him to the hospital where Nora decides to go the Gaspard homestead to help Henri recover.  During this the connection between Nora and Jean Marc gets stronger to the point where Nora knows she is with the wrong man.

I really enjoyed this book with it's deep routes of the south, bayous and swamps.  There were times I wanted to scream at Nora's mother and boyfriend for being so self centered about the whole affair.  I was glad when Nora finally took her stand!  What a great book and I loved the theme with a childhood love that resurfaced years later!  What a great book from an author I look forward to checking out for many years to come!

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Be Careful What You Wish For Book Blast

About the Author:

As a recent graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, R. K. Avery has written numerous, unpublished, children’s picture books, but her true passion is writing adult fiction.

“Having the ability to make people laugh or cry, just by using the written language, is a gift so powerful and I hope, one day, my name will be among those who possess it” ~ R.K. Avery

Be Careful What You Wish For is a psychological thriller.  She calls it “works of fiction with truth sprinkled throughout” and is available for sale in both e-Book and paperback or wherever fine books are sold.  Having been kidnapped from a beach as a small child, she has pondered time and time again what her life may have been like if her story didn’t have a happy ending.  Now she wrote her own ending.

R. K. Avery lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, two kids, and four dogs.  She often jokes instead of a sign that says, "Don't let the dogs out,” she has a sign that says, "Don't let any more dogs in."

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About the Book:

Bunting Valley, North Dakota—a scenic and picturesque town where nothing dreadful ever happens—is a place where people feel safe leaving their front doors unlocked and their cars running in the driveways. So when beautiful, blue-eyed, three-year-old Maggie Taylor mysteriously vanishes, the Bunting Valley Police Department begins a kidnapping investigation that uncovers unthinkable crimes spanning many years—not only in Bunting Valley, but also in surrounding states and jurisdictions.

 Bea Miller is a penniless widow, living a meager existence among the town’s residents with her four young, rambunctious boys. Her entire life she wished and dreamed of having a little girl of her own. When everything she did to have one of her own failed, Bea takes matters into her own hands and lives by the chilling words of her estranged father, “If you want something, take it.” 
She and the boys visit a local beach and find the little girl of her dreams. She snatches the girl and they disappear in seconds, only to leave the parents bewildered and devastated.

 Through the handwritten journals of Bea Miller, she takes you on a journey into the deranged mind of an individual who believes you can make your own wishes come true—at any expense; and sadly, also at the expense of others.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Series, Sagas and Trilogy's Oh My!

There are unlimited (atleast it seems that way to me) of book series.  Many of them are YA genre but adult books are getting to be the same way.  It seems when you start one book next thing you know it's turned into a trilogy or saga or series.  The first book I recall seeing this will was when I was a kid and it was the babysitter's club which went on forever then as an adult I remember Harry Potter being a series.  

From there it went to Twilight, Hush Hush, Fallen Series and many more.  Now the basis of this post isn't to bash all series books, it's more of a I can't seem to keep up with all these series.  Just recently I completed two series and was uber excited to finally be done with them.

But now looking at it's crazy cause I have one book left in the fallen series to read, 2 in the Hush Hush series.  About oh all the books in The Vampire Academy series, 1 in Alyson Noel's Immortal Series.  It's like never ending.  The list seems to go on and on.  Just when you think you are caught up there are more to read.  Which always makes me wonder if others go through this or if I am a solo act.  Mind you not like I'm slacking I'm also doing book tours, indie books, netgalley, edelweiss, etc.

So the big question of the day is: How many series are you caught up on??  And does it feel like never ending with series books?

Oh what I wouldn't give for some good stand alone fiction!  Oh well off to hopefully get these books underway!  Feel free to share your comments below.

Book Tour Review The Enchanted by: Elaine Cantrell & Giveaway

Title: The Enchanted
Author: Elaine Cantrell
Paperback: 218 pp.
Electronic: 484 KB
Publisher: Astraea Press
Language: English


Forced by his father into a marriage he didn’t want, Prince Alan soon finds that his bride isn’t the sweet, submissive creature he expected.  Morgane has the heart of a dragon and beauty beyond compare, but she isn’t thrilled about the marriage either.  When black treachery threatens the kingdom, Morgane and Alan embark on a perilous journey that has an excellent chance of ending in failure and death for them and all of their people.

My Thoughts:

This book follows Prince Alan who has been informed by his father The King that he will marry and after refusing he is sent to prison for a year and comes home finding out he's married to Princess Morgane.  

Princess Morgane wants nothing to do with Prince Alan having tried to runaway and getting severely punished for it.

Neither one wanted this marriage but during the course of this book come to accept what is happening. They are slowly falling in love with each other.  Add to the mix a crazy enchantress who is out to over throw The King and it's up to Prince Alan and Princess Morgane to take back their castle.

This book was full of adventure and bad beings out to control everything I read this in one day and loved it.

 About the Author:

 Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators, Romance Writers of America, and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments. 

 Her latest book is the fantasy romance, The Enchanted.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Songbird and the Soldier by: Wendy Lou Jones

Title: The Songbird and The Soldier
Author: Wendy Lou Jones
Publisher: HarperImpulse
Format: ebook
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Barnes and Noble | Amazon


Sometimes it's when you least expect it, that something wonderful happens, but for Andy Garrington the timing couldn't have been worse. Being sent half way round the world to Afghanistan, Andy is prepared for a fight, but what he doesn't expect is the most important battle of his life to carry on at home. For Samantha Litton, running into her childhood crush at the pub one evening seems like good fortune. But when he is called away to war and she is left behind, things don't seem quite so clear and Sam has to determine who is telling her the truth and who is playing her for a fool, when all seems fair in love and war.

My Thoughts: 

I really enjoyed reading about Andy, Sam, Kate, Dean and all the other characters in this book.  When Andy, Dean and some other army men go out for a last hurrah before being sent to Afghanistan they go to a club where Kate and Sam and some other friends of theirs are, Andy becomes smitten by Sam as he listens to her sing but misses the opportunity to get her eye as Dean the ladies man is first to get Sam's attention.  

Little does Sam know Dean has no interest in Sam he's using her like all women another notch on the belt.  When Andy figures this out he writes to Sam and explain that Dean is going to be in an area where he can't write but Andy would like to converse with Sam.

As the book proceeds you seem the mistakes Sam, Dean and Andy make and the road to happiness isn't always a smooth ride.  Andy and Sam make their mistakes but when it comes down too it they have what it takes to get through anything together.

I really enjoyed the story and can't wait to see what Ms. Jones comes up with next!
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Torch Cover Reveal

 ***This is a new adult contemporary novel and contains sexual content and graphic language. It is not intended for young adult readers.***

If you can’t take the heat… stay away from the flame.

Katie Parks has been on her own since the age of fifteen. All she’s ever wanted is a place to call her own—a life that is wholly hers that no one can take away. She thought she finally had it, but with the strike of a single match, everything she worked so hard for is reduced to a pile of smoking ash. And she almost is too.

Now she’s being stalked by someone who’s decided it’s her time to die. The only thing standing in the path of her blazing death is sexy firefighter Holt Arkain.

Katie’s body might be safe with Holt… but her heart is another story.

As the danger heats up, sparks fly and the only thing Katie knows for sure is that her whole life is about to go up in flames.


Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). 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. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting 

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