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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Guest Post: HONOR KILLS by Nanci Rathbun



Hello, my fellow bookish peeps. I'm excited to reveal that we have another character stopping by as a guest (I know, twice in one week). Today's special guest is Detective Wukowski from the book Honor Kills by Nanci Rathbun, part of the Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series. The detective will be sharing with us how his relationship with private investigator Angelina Bonaparte began.



A Place of Final Justice

I met private investigator Angelina Bonaparte–and you better pronounce it like the Sicilians do, Boe-nah-par-tay, because she's pretty down on Napoleon's version–about nine months ago. Funny, it seems like we've always known each other. Back then, I was the lead homicide detective on the Elisa Morano case, and Angie worked for a Mafia lawyer who represented the accused, Tony Baloney. Okay, his real name is Anthony Belloni, but I'm not cutting the local crime boss slack.

Tony was cheating on his wife with Elisa. A wife pregnant with their fifth child. Scum. But as the five-three dynamo pointed out to me, "But the last I heard, running around on your wife isn't a crime. It's dishonest and lowdown and immoral, but if I had to report everyone I knew who cheated, the streets would be pretty empty." She had me there.

I'm a hard-nosed guy. Too many years in the force, seeing the pain one human being can inflict on another, thickened my hide, I guess. It made things a lot worse when my partner, Liz White, was tortured and killed by a drug ring. Hardest thing I ever did was to hold my salute at her funeral.

Somehow, Angie got past my tough hide. She's a darned attractive ball of determination, though, and we were on opposite sides. I admit to giving her a hard time about leaving the investigation to the police, but she forged ahead and discovered the perp. Got herself shot, too, which set off all my alarms. I had to man up and face the fear of losing another woman who meant something to me. Not just Liz. My younger sister was a teenage victim of gang fire. I decided that having Angie in my life was worth the risk of losing her, and we've been together since then.

She had another close call that fall, dealing with a guy who made it out of Bosnia with other people's money and artifacts. Damnedest escape I've ever seen, but you'll have to read the story, 'cause I don't want to spoil it for you.

Through the months we've been a couple, I've faced more than the usual teasing about dating a former Mafia boss's daughter. The Milwaukee Police Department keeps close track of those who associate with the mob. Internal Affairs put me through the wringer more than once, but there was never anything pinned on me, because I'm too good a cop to cross the line. But this last time … well, let's just say they gave me an ultimatum about being with Angie.

I'm not giving her up, though. How could I walk away from the toughest, smartest, sexiest woman I know? I'm not that big a dope.





Honor Kills (Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries)

by Nanci Rathbun

About the Book

Hard Boiled Mystery
3rd in Series
Dark Chocolate Press LLC (March 14, 2018)
Paperback: 284 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0998755748
Digital ASIN: B07BH61872

Did honor force him to abandon his wife and kids? Or is he just a weasel?
Six years ago, Marcy Wagner hired PI Angelina Bonaparte to find her missing husband Hank, who cleaned out their bank accounts and disappeared. Then Angie finds his obituary in an upstate newspaper. Marcy wants to know what why he abandoned her and the kids. Angie does, too!
She embarks on a mission that will blow the lid off Hank's hidden life and reveal the reasons he ran. Was he a lowdown skunk? Or did he do the honorable thing when he left? Angie follows a twisted path to the truth and discovers that it lies perilously close to her own family life.


About the Author




Nanci Rathbun is a lifelong reader of mysteries – historical, contemporary, futuristic, paranormal, hard-boiled, cozy … you can find them all on her bookshelves.  She brings logic and planning to her writing from a background as an IT project manager, and attention to characters and dialog from her second career as a Congregationalist minister.

Nanci grew up an Army brat, living in Germany, France, and Korea, as well as several states in the U.S. After her dad retired from the service, the family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, Nanci raised her daughter and son, while working at AT&T. She never expected to move, but when her second grandchild was on the way, she wanted to be closer. One of her greatest joys is hearing her three granddaughters shout ‘Nana’ when she comes in their front door in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Nanci’s Maltipoo, Teeny, and she now live in Wellington, Colorado. No matter where she makes her home, she will always be a Packers fan.

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Twitter: @nancirathbun

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Friday, May 25, 2018

2018 Book 203: BECOMING THE TALBOT SISTERS by Rachel Linden

Becoming The Talbot Sisters by Rachel Linden
ISBN: 9780718095765 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780718095772 (ebook)
ISBN: 9780718095789 (Audiobook)
ASIN: B072TPB44G (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: May 1, 2018


Twin sisters Waverly and Charlie Talbot have drifted far apart as they pursue opposite dreams of stardom and service to the poor. On an astonishing journey across Central Europe, they must come together to face their fears, find their courage and fight for what they love.
Celebrity chef Waverly Ross has built a successful career with her home-entertaining show Simply Perfect. Yet she and her husband, Andrew, have never been able to realize the true desire of Waverly's heart: to become a mother. Meanwhile Waverly's twin sister, Charlie Talbot, buries her bitter disappointment and shattered idealism beneath a life spent serving others as an international aid worked in Budapest, Hungary.
When the beloved aunt who raised them passes away, Waverly and Charlie come together in their grief after living years on separate continents. Struck by a fierce desire to bridge the distance between them, Charlie offers Waverly and her husband the selfless gift of surrogacy.
But soon the sisters find they are each in danger of losing their jobs, seemingly putting their dreams on hold once again. When Waverly shows up unannounced in Budapest with a plan to rescue Simply Perfect, the sisters embark on an adventure across Central Europe that could save them both from occupational hazards. Though the twins haven't had to rely on each other since childhood, an unforeseen dangerous turn in their journey across Europe forces them to stand together to save their careers, the baby, and each other. 


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Waverly and Charlotte "Charlie" Talbot had their lives turned upside down just before their thirteenth birthdays when their parents died in a plane crash on their way to South Africa. These twin sisters went from living a life of affluence on the East coast to a modest life with an aunt in Ohio. Now their beloved aunt has died and it seems their lives are coming apart once again. The sisters have grown apart over the years and made lives for themselves on separate continents. Waverly seems to have it all, a popular cooking show on the Food Network, a loving husband, and a wonderful home. She's been likened to the next Martha Stewart. The only thing Waverly doesn't have is something she can never have, a child. Waverly has just had her sixth miscarriage and has been told she can't try to get pregnant again. Charlie travels to central Europe for an NGO teaching sex education. She had left the US with the thought of returning after only a few weeks but found her calling in South Africa. She was even determined to set up a clinic for women there only to have that dream stolen when all of her monies were embezzled by her business manager and then she was attacked and brutally raped. She's not sure what she wants from life, but she is sure that she can help her sister achieve her dream and offers to be a surrogate. Little do either Waverly or Charlie realize that this offer will send their lives spiraling down paths neither one saw coming. Will they be able to survive the future alone or finally come together as sisters once again?

I found Becoming the Talbot Sisters to be a fast-paced read and one that offered a little bit of everything, family drama, hints of romance, international intrigue, and more. Both Waverly and Charlie do a lot of soul searching and find out what they want from themselves and each other. It was interesting reading about them redeveloping their relationship as adults and revealing the secrets they had tried so hard to keep hidden for so many years. This became not just a story of sisterhood but about women empowering one another in so many ways (trust me, once you read the story you'll understand), as well as a story about hope, courage, love, and family. Throughout their journeys, Waverly and Charlie find that life is neither "simple" nor "perfect" but together it can be just right. For those of you that enjoy reading inspirational fiction then I heartily recommend you grab a copy of Becoming the Talbot Sisters to read. For those of you that aren't quite sure about inspirational fiction, then I say this book will surprise you and go ahead and grab a copy to read, you can thank me later. The only problem I had with this book is that it made me incredibly hungry to try out all of the foods being described and I wish there were a few recipes included to try out (and I don't even cook). I look forward to reading more from Ms. Linden in the future.

Disclaimer: I received a free digital review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, as well as a free print review copy. I was not paid, required, or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."



Meet the author

Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures living and traveling in fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her stories. She holds an MA in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College, a BA in Literature from Huntington University, and studied creative writing at Oxford University. Rachel lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two children. She enjoys creating stories about hope and courage with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy. 

Connect with her via her website at RachelLinden.com and Facebook: AuthorRachelLinden 


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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Guest Post: BARNABAS TEW AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING SCARAB



Good day my fellow book lovers. I'm always excited when a guest agrees to stop by and share some bookish wisdom with us all. Normally these visitors are authors, but today's special guest is a character, the ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor, from the book Barnabas Tew and The Case of The Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan. So without further adieu, I give you Hathor!



Hello, everyone, I'm Hathor, and I played an important role in saving the world (again!) in Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab. Really, he couldn't have done it without me, although I'm sure he'll get all the glory. Isn't that just the way of things?

For those of you who don't know who I am, I'm one of the oldest goddesses around. I was mostly worshipped in Ancient Egypt but I really come from the land formerly known as Punt. Ra (perhaps you've heard of him?) is my son. And my father. And my husband. Wrap your head around that, and perhaps you'll see why I get so cranky from time to time.

For the most part, my goddess-ly duties consist of, well, pretty much everything. I'm the goddess of the Milky Way, meaning that I have control over the very heavens themselves. I know everyone's fate from the moment they're born until the moment they die, and then beyond! I help the dead on their final journey to the afterlife. I'm responsible for fertility and beauty and motherhood, and in my spare time, I'm the patron goddess of dancers and music. I have a hand in so many pies, as it were, that it can be a bit stressful at times, and I can feel a bit resentful when my efforts are unappreciated. 

So you can see why I was a bit put out when Mr. Tew showed up at my temple, asking for help. Our first meeting hadn't gone so very well; he's a terribly nervous little fellow, and a bit silly, if you ask me. Plus he seemed a bit afraid of me, which I always find a bit annoying. I mean, yes, I know I went a bit crazy that one time, rampaging around and killing people and drinking their blood, but does that mean that's ALL I'm to be remembered for? The people completely deserved it, besides.  

They insulted my son, er, husband, Ra, and they weren't venerating anyone properly, really. Do they not realize how much work it is to take care of the entire universe, and help everyone and everything be fertile, and help them get their dead selves to the afterlife? Is it too much to ask for a bit of gratitude? It doesn't take a lot of effort to drop a few fruits off at my temple, is all I'm saying. So yes, I suppose I may have overreacted a bit, but it was completely provoked. And it's pretty terrible that you can do all these things for people, and then you go on one silly rampage and that's all anyone can talk about. So unfair.

Anyway, I digress. We were talking about Barnabas Tew, and how I saved the world. Again. And all the credit goes to this funny little detective-man from Victorian England. Am I upset that he's got all the credit? Not really; I have more important things to do and, besides, it wasn't really his fault. It's Anubis who should have thanked me, since it was his hide I saved, really, if you think about it. Still, I don't think I'm angry enough to go on another rampage. I don't really have time, anyway. There's a dance recital that I've got to get to.

And I do suppose that Barnabas helped, just a little. But he really couldn't have done it without me. So if you wouldn't mind dropping off a nice apple or a few grapes next time you pass my temple, that would be great. A bit of gratitude goes a long way, you know?





Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Missing Scarab

by Columbkill Noonan

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Crooked Cat Books
Release Date - June 3, 2017
Paperback: 274 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1546786078
Digital ASIN: B072JMJV1F


Barnabas Tew is a private detective struggling to survive in his trade in Victorian London. Fearing that he is not as clever as he had hoped to be, he is plagued by a lack of confidence brought on in no small part by his failure to prevent the untimely deaths of several of his clients.

Matters only get worse when Anubis, the Egyptian God of the Dead, is referred to Barnabas by a former client (who perished in a terribly unfortunate incident which was almost certainly not Barnabas’ fault). Anubis sends for Barnabas (in a most uncivilized manner) and tells him that the scarab beetle in charge of rolling the sun across the sky every day has been kidnapped, and perhaps dismembered entirely.

The Land of the Dead is in chaos, which will soon spill over into the Land of the Living if Barnabas – together with his trusty assistant, Wilfred – cannot set matters to right. Pulled from his predictable (if unremarkable) life in Marylebone, Barnabas must match his wits against the capricious and dangerous Egyptian gods in order to unravel the mystery of the missing beetle and thereby save the world.



About the Author




Columbkill Noonan has an M.S. in Biology (she has, in turn, been a field biologist, an environmental compliance inspector, and a lecturer of Anatomy and Physiology).

When she's not teaching or writing, she can usually be found riding her rescue horse, Mittens, practicing yoga (on the ground, in an aerial silk, on a SUP board, and sometimes even on Mittens), or spending far too much time at the local organic, vegan market.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Book Spotlight: DEAD AS A DOORNAIL by Tonya Kappes

Dead As A Doornail (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)

by Tonya Kappes


About the Book

Dead As A Doornail (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Henery Press (May 15, 2018)
Paperback: 266 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635113341
Digital ASIN: B079V6DNFW

Beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone. And doesn't our Sheriff Kenni Lowry know that? Well, she knows a lot of things.
Lucy Lowell takes great pride in writing negative reviews in the local newspaper for anything that does not go her way. When Lucy is found dead, it appears to be from natural causes.
But Sheriff Kenni Lowry knows there is more to it because the ghost of her grandfather, the ex-sheriff, is standing over the body.
His presence can only mean one thing: Murder!
Since Kenni's relationship with Deputy Finn Vincent has heated up, Kenni is having trouble conducting the investigation without Finn questioning her every move.
Can Kenni unravel the mystery on her own or will she have to tell Finn the real reason she knows it was murder—the ghost of her poppa?
It's blowin' up a storm and only Kenni knows how it'll end.


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For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been publishing numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plot lines and quirky characters but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: I AM JUSTICE by Diana Munoz Stewart

I Am Justice (Band of Sisters, Book 1) by Diana Muñoz Stewart 
ISBN: 9781492662389 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781492662396 (ebook)
ASIN: B0785NC2GV (Kindle edition)
Publication Date: May 1, 2018 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca 


This bad-ass band of sisters plays for keeps.
She's ready to start a war
Justice Parish takes down bad guys. Rescued from the streets by the world-renowned Parish family, she joined their covert sisterhood of vigilante assassins. Her next target: a sex-trafficking ring in the war-torn Middle East. She just needs to get close enough to take them down...
He just wants peace
Sandesh Ross left Special Forces to found a humanitarian group to aid war-torn countries. But saving the world isn't cheap. Enter Parish Industries and limitless funding, with one catch— their hot, prickly PR specialist', Justice Parish. 
Their chemistry is instant and off-the-charts. But when Justice is injured and her cover blown, Sandesh has to figure out if he can reconcile their missions. With danger dogging their every move, their white-hot passion can change the world— if it doesn't destroy them first.   




Praise for the book

"Diana Muñoz Stewart explodes onto the scene with I Am Justice. It's witty, dangerous, fun, and smoking hot–the perfect can't-put-it-down read if you love badass women, honorable men, scary bad guys, non-stop action and steam heat."–CINDY DEES, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author


"Revenge is best served cold, but Justice serves it scorching hot. Spellbinding, sizzling. Takes your breath away. Unsurpassed romantic suspense."–PATRICIA GUSSIN, New York Times bestselling author of Come Home


"A tense, fiery writing style that drags you in and won't let go." –PAIGE TYLER, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the SWAT series



Meet the author



Diana Muñoz Stewart is the award-winning, romantic suspense author of the Band of Sisters series, which includes I Am Justice, I Am Grace, and I Am Honor. Visit her at dianamunozstewart.com.



Connect with Diana
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Book Spotlight: SAVING EACH OTHER by Stacy Mitchell

Saving Each Other (Saving Series, Book 1) by Stacy Mitchell 
ISBN: 9781974591718 (paperback)
ASIN: B07CLDKKQG (Kindle edition)
Publication Date: May 15, 2018 (re-release date)


Two hearts, two souls. Devastated by loss, united through destiny. 

The rules: Communicate only through text messages and never reveal our real names or other personal details.

My name is Ean Montgomery. After the drunk-driving accident that killed my wife, son, and unborn daughter, I was forced to see a grief counselor. In an unconventional move, she gave me a private cell phone and the first initial of the name of a woman who had been widowed by the same accident. I had no intention of ever texting her but with all hope and the will to live gone, I found myself quickly slipping down the rabbit hole. Desperate, lonely, and unbelievably sad, I reached out to her and she became my everything.
Everything is excruciating! Everything is broken!
My name is Dani Adams. I was married to my college sweetheart, the love of my life. Together we were raising our four-year-old daughter and running a successful business. Then the accident happened and life as I knew it ended in the blink of an eye. I didn't want to answer his text but I was barely hanging on by a thread and he was in tremendous pain, so I replied. And once again, my world was forever changed.
I can't lose you, I won't survive…
Over the course of a year, through texting alone, we bond. Friendship blossoms into something deeper. We were never supposed to meet, but fate had other plans, and into this world of loss and despair, something amazing began to grow… But can the passion we've found sustain itself with the deep, soul-twisting pain that never seems to fade?   


AUTHOR FAQ

Where did you grow up/live now?  I was born and raised in Los Angeles,  moved to the South Bay when I met my husband, and then relocated to the  Conejo Valley when my oldest son, Jason, started middle school.  

Do you have kids and/or pets?  I have two sons. Jason graduated from Rutgers, and stayed there, while my youngest, Brian, is about to start design school. I've never owned a cat but may get one. I lost my Goldendoodle, Norman, last year, and my labradoodle, Maddie, is lonely. Look for my tribute to Norman in the back of my book.  

Who are some of your favorite authors?  My son Brian is gay and I wanted to be there for him, to guide him. So I turned to gay romance novels. I'm now completely addicted to them. People who live in the LGBTQ+ community have much higher hurdles they have to scale, so the love they share is much deeper than straight couples. Most of the time they're better than mainstream books. NR  Walker is my favorite M/M author. I also love Riley Hart, Lucy Lennox, Alexa Land, and Pandora Pine to name a few. When I read "straight" romance novels, I tend to lean toward Contemporary and romantic comedy. My favorite M/F author is Sandi Lynn. Other one-click authors are Adrianna Locke, Corinne Michaels, BN Toler, and Kristen Callahan.  

What do you like to do when you are not writing? When I'm not writing, I'm reading. I  could spend the day writing, and still, want to read. My goal with  Goodreads is 200 books. And, when I'm not reading, I can be found being creative in other ways. Brian designs fashion, and I love sewing with him. I also love designing jewelry, scrapbooking, and making gift baskets. Look for some of the fun giveaways, coming in the near future, many of them will be handmade.  

What are some things unique to your books?  Aside from adding details that make it seem like you're watching a movie, I love quotes, or as my husband calls them, Squotes. It's something you'll see throughout my book. You also don't find many books on the market where the main characters share chapters. Originally, I had five, but, over time, I narrowed it down to two. In the scene where Ean quotes Dani, mimicking her slurring her words, I actually slurred into my phone and let autocorrect do its thing. Also, in my second book, Josh talks with his mouth full. I shoved a bunch of crackers in my mouth and repeated his words. It was both messy, and effective.  

Where/When do you best like to write?  I have a small deck off my bedroom. I bought an oversized chair from Costco, and spend my days writing with my laptop on a polka dot, pillowed LapDesk. I'm a night-owl and find I write the best when the moon's miling in the night sky.

What do you think makes a good story?  I'm a very visual person, I was an interior decorator in my last life, so I love books with a ton of imagery. I also love books with real places in them. It's so much fun to stumble across one when I'm reading, and I always Google and bookmark them. It's also why I only include real places in my books.  

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Or what first inspired you to write?  Let's start with the first question. Until three years ago,  I  never read a book that I wasn't required to read. Eleven years ago, my son Brian went away to summer camp. My husband and I decided to take advantage of our time off, hopped in my car and took a road trip up the West coast, from California to Washington. We were in Oregon, nine hours away, when the call came in that  Brian had had a seizure. It was the hardest drive of my life. Thankfully, we got in touch with my mother, so I knew he wasn't alone. When I got there, I was a  basket-case, and that's where the double-edged sword of having my mother there came into play. She handed me a little blue pill, to calm me. She then gave me a  few more. She also gave me the name of a "dirty" doctor and told me what to say.  The little blue pill was Xanax. By the time I ended my addiction, which was eight years later, I was, not only taking twelve to fourteen milligrams a day, I was also hooked on over a dozen prescription drugs. In 2014, I traveled to Ireland and ran out of most of them. The withdrawal was so bad, I spent the entire time there in the hotel room. When I got home, I was in the doctor's office bright and early the very next day. Six months later, I was back in the same boat. The only difference was, this time I was still in California. That was when I said, "Enough is enough," and flushed every other pill I had. In hindsight, it was completely the wrong way to quit. Three years later, I still feel the effects, especially when I'm stressed. So this brings me to the second question. Dani and Ean inspired me to write. Six months after I stopped the pills, I was in bed in that space between consciousness and subconsciousness when Dani and Ean came to me. The best way I can describe it is...like watching a movie. I felt their pain with such intensity it took my breath away. I got up, opened notes on my iPhone, since I didn't own a laptop, and my thumbs got to work.  

What are some of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?  Keep your ears open and your mouth closed. Ideas can come from anywhere. And it really does take a village. I originally published my book August of last year. When the reviews came in, I not only read them, I got in touch with the people who wrote them. Best. Move. Ever! I got great advice and made a ton of new friends. It's because of them that I re-opened Saving Each Other and spent the last four months revising it. Look for their names on the acknowledgment page. And, don't even get me started on the amazing women who helped me make my book what it is today, Stacey Blake, Judy Zweifel, Francine LaSala, and Sara Kocek.  

When you are struggling to write/have writer's block, what are some ways that help you find your creative muse again?  Writer's block isn't an issue for me. Saving Each Other is the first in a series of five books. I wrote my second book, Saving Them, a month after my first, and I also wrote it in a month. The last three in the series, Saving Ourselves, Saving Christmas, and Saving  Maybe, are partially written and completely mapped out. Going back to "ideas can come from anywhere," I was in San Francisco last year and met an amazing man,  who sadly was homeless. While talking to him, a sequel series, The Finding Series, played out in my mind. It's all their kids. Even though I haven't experienced "Writer's Block," I have times when I'm uninspired. My words come from my characters, their voices roll through me. So, for the times I can't hear them, I found that stepping back usually does the trick. By the time I start writing again, the words are much easier to find. Brian helps too. He's my official "name" man. Other than the main characters, he named everyone. Talking it out helps too. I bounce ideas off my best friend, Leslie, and after a half an hour, I'm good to go.  

What was your greatest challenge in writing this book?  You won't see it,  because I'm surrounded by such amazing women, but I suck at grammar! Like legitimately suck!    

What is the one book no writer should be without?  One word...Thesaurus!



Meet the author



Stacy Mitchell was born and raised in Los Angeles and lived in the South Bay for 20 years before moving to the Conejo Valley. She lives with her husband of 29 years and is the mom of two grown sons. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading, hiking in the Santa Monica mountains or enjoying a glass of cabernet.




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