Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis

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Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis
Genre: Upper YA Coming of Age Contemporary Romance with a touch of Paranormal Published on March 22nd, 2016
Published by BMJ Chanapi Press
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High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head. Lily Morgan can feel everyone’s emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai. Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily’s secret too big to accept, even for him?
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About the Author:
_JEF6320Martine Lewis is a forty something who was born and raised in the French speaking province of Quebec, Canada. She spent her childhood looking forward to her summer vacations at the farm, which were a nice escape from the suburbs where she lived. Her first written endeavor was a 200-page handwritten Duran Duran bandfiction which she wrote when she was eleven years old. Of all her written work, this is the only one she no longer has. All throughout high school, Martine wrote more bandfictions and some original work, then she went to write fanfictions in the Star Wars, Buffy and Harry Potter universes. Her fanficiton in the Potterverse are mostly centered on characters of her own creation and can be found on fanfiction.net. Following her viewing of Roswell on Netflix in 2012, Martine wrote book two and three of the Gray Eyes Series, then went on to create the Gray Eyes Series universe in which she has been playing ever since. She writes contemporary coming-of-age romance fiction (young adult/new adult) with a twist. Martine is an avid reader and rollerskater. She loves sushi, hot chocolate on a cold day, and the beach. But what she loves above all else is to curl on her chair with her computer and write more stories for her readers. Martine currently lives in Houston TX with her two cats. Website  Facebook Twitter  Instagram Goodreads www.Amazon Author Page Amazon

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The Descendant Prophecies by Mary Ting

Descendants

From Titans
From Titans (Book #4) by Mary Ting
Everyone is searching for Mason. Zeus sent Hermes, and the Oracles have used their magic, with no success. A sparkle of hope arises when Eris, the goddess of Chaos, sends an invitation to her wedding engagement party. She’s holding Mason hostage, and Skylar and her friends only need permission to enter Eris’s world to rescue him. At the party, Eris gives them one condition: In exchange for Mason, they must travel to the Land of Reverse and bring back the bottle of gold water King Midas used to wash himself free of his gift. Further chaos follows when Eris not only sets up a hunt in the Labyrinth of Crete, but makes a bargain with the Titans she rescued. The Titans possess power more than anyone anticipated, and Cronus is hungry for revenge after his own children locked him up in Tartarus. No one is safe. Not even the humans.

Summary for Book 1: Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? Don’t blame Mother Nature. Skylar Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers. Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil. She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her. Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?
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Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day? Don’t blame Mother Nature. Skylar Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers. Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil. She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her. Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?
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“Mason, MASON, MASON!” Skylar panicked.
“I know. Skylar, hold on tight. I’m going to brake.”
“But there are cars behind us.”
“We have no choice. Don’t worry. I got this.” Mason pushed down on the brake forcefully. The car hydroplaned to the right. “Hold on.”
Skylar gripped the first thing her hand found. The water from the road jetted up into the air like in a water show, but the car kept gliding sideways, until finally it spun in a full circle and stopped. With no time to waste, Mason turned it to the right and accelerated, hoping to dodge what was coming toward them.
Out of nowhere, a long piece of ice, taking the form of a spear, darted through the trucks’ tires and punctured some of them. More ice spears came soaring out of the rain, but this time ten or more sphere-like ice balls followed, denting the sides of the trucks. One went through a windshield. With flat tires, the trucks now glided as if skating on ice, maneuvering from side to side.
“Did you do that?” Skylar asked excitedly.
“No. Must be Poseidon’s kids. Where the hell are they?” Mason spread his right arm out in front of Skylar as if to protect her. “Bend down, Sky.”
One of the trucks hit another and veered off, hitting yet another one. The crash caused the trucks to flip and tumble, heading straight for Mason’s car. With a look of shock, Skylar held her breath. There was no time to move, think, or get out of the car, so she closed her eyes and prepared for the crash.
Seconds before impact, Mason’s car flew up into the air and over the trucks. Somehow, as if by magic, the water created a liquid bridge, guiding the car safely over, and then it thumped hard onto the ground on the other side. Without looking back, Mason sped away as the sound of screeching brakes and metal hitting metal blasted behind them.

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International Bestselling, Award-Winning, Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children's chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.  
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Chased by Piper Lawson


Chased
Piper Lawson
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Two college track stars. She wants her spot back. He’s looking for redemption. Throw them together and what do you get? Fights, sparks, and a whole lot of endurance jokes.
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Being a twenty-one-year-old screw-up has its perks: Sleepwalk through class. Drink all day. Nail anything that walks.
Easy f#*$ing peasy.
In another lifetime, I was the fastest guy at Fielding College. I broke more track records than anyone on the West Coast. But since my world fell apart last year, all I want is to be left the hell alone.
Ariel Hastings isn’t just a wrench in that plan—she’s a bomb. The quiet girl with secrets shows up out of nowhere and suddenly our fates are tied together. She wants to run with me, learn from me, even live with me.
Now we’re spending way too much time together and it’s threatening to bring back the old Chase Owens. I crave something she won’t give me and I sure as hell can’t ask for.
Because we’ve both got pasts that won’t let go. Even if I can survive hers, we can’t outrun mine.
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CHASED is a steamy, dramatic and sometimes over-the-top romance about college track stars. It includes 2 parts (approx 35k words each) with an HEA. If you read Part 1 you’ll want to pick up Part 2. It’s mostly male POV with f-bombs and steamy scenes. For 18+. If you love college romance, sassy dialogue, or long runs, get CHASED.
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“What’s this?” Chase asks when I hand him one of the coffee cups.
“Peace offering. Careful, it’s hot. I wasn’t sure what you wanted in it, so I left it…”
My voice trails off as he takes both cups and tips them over the sink. I snatch my cup back but it’s too late.
“There are three sips in here! Just because you don’t like coffee doesn’t mean you have to be a…a…total degenerate!”
“For the record, I like it as much as the next guy but too much tanks your performance.”
He grins like he’s enjoying this.
“Are you going to take three quarters of my donut too?” I pull it from the bag and wave it in front of him. I try to jerk it away when Chase grabs for it, but he’s faster.
“Nope.” He drops the pastry in the trash before I can blink.
My mouth falls open in disbelief. For a second I stand there, stunned by his audacity. “What is this, communist Russia?”
Chase hands me a banana from the counter.
“I’m Irish.”
I stand over the garbage. The donut is drenched in whatever green substance occupied the bag first, rendering my beloved breakfast unsalvageable.
“I thought you wanted this, Hastings.” His eyes gleam wickedly.
“Chase Owens,” I whisper, my voice nearly shaking, “you are the devil.”
“Fuck, I love it when you talk dirty. Now less lip, more running, princess.” He shoves me toward the door.
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My main household expenditures include books, coffee and chocolate, not necessarily in that order. Coffee = life (and I'll defend it accordingly). I have two business degrees, neither of which I've leveraged into a fashion label.
Home is Canada plus occasional sunny winter escapes. Come find me on the tennis court, at the beach, on the web at www.piperlawsonbooks.com or on twitter @piperjlawson

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Evergreen copse by Katie Nimmo

Genre: Mystery / Crime
Release Date: May 2015

A long kept state secret is at risk of being discovered. False identities reveal their true colours as the hunt turns to Evergreen Copse.
As the deaths increase it becomes clear that no one is safe. But from whom are they all running?
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Hi Katie! Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
Evergreen Copse is a murder mystery which includes clever tricks, hidden agendas and of course some deaths. The major twist in the story is that there are some characters who hide behind false identities. This complicates the plot, making it hard to guess who the reader is supposed to be hating.

What inspired you to write it?
I’ve always had an over imaginative imagination which has always given me random ideas, but they have never really tied together. Using a combination of dreams which I wrote down and some inspiration from various events in my life the plot of Evergreen Copse came to life.

How did you come up with the idea for the cover?
The cover basically encompasses the location of Evergreen Copse. I wanted the cover to give the impression of an isolated location in a dense copse. The road symbolizes the entrance to the copse but it doesn’t guarantee that the character will leave.

If it was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
I’ve never thought of Evergreen Copse as a movie but I had a vision of it being an ITV or BBC drama. There are many character slots to fill for the plot but I think Alex Walkinshaw ( Smithy from The Bill ) would fit the character of Ben and maybe Julian McKenna ( Miss Marple ) could play Mama. For other characters in the plot I imagine seeing familiar faces from Downton Abbey, Merlin or even Miss Marple in the line up.

Is it part of a series or is it a stand-alone novel?
As it stands Evergreen Copse was only written to be a stand alone plot. However, if the readers demand more there is a possibility that the attention could return to the village of Evergreen.

Where is the novel set and why did you choose to set it there?
There are 2 fictional locations in Evergreen Copse which bring all the characters together. The first, as the title suggests is Evergreen, which is a small stereotypical English village with pretty cottages and a lot of secrets. The second is the town of Baxden, where the story begins. There wasn’t a particular reason for the use of these locations but I wanted to have 2 separate places in order to bring all the characters together during the plot.

What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much?
Throughout my young adult years I grew up watching Agatha Christie with my parents at home. Every Sunday we’d put on a Poirot or a Miss Marple whilst drinking countless cups of tea. There’s something intriguing and clever about murder mystery which I really wanted to try my hand at. Despite the fact I can’t stand blood it’s an odd genre choice for me to make.

What made you want to become an author?
It sounds cliched to say that I’ve always wanted to write but the truth is my writing path took many stops and starts. I had a poem published when I was 11 and decided then that I wanted to have a book all of my own. After that school got in the way and I didn’t start writing again until I was 25. My imagination and love of books has always brought me back to writing and I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do as a career.

How do you come up with character names?
Many of the characters are named after people I’ve met or are close relatives. An embarrassing admittance is that some of the characters and places are named after some of my childhood teddies. I still have them sitting in a corner of my office and it wasn’t the first time I’ve looked at them for inspiration. Muses can hit you in really odd places.

Do you struggle to come up with book titles? Do they come before, during or after you've written your book?
The title of this book came to me whilst I was writing the third chapter. Titles are not something I struggle with but I have been known to change the title half way through writing the plot in question. I like to try and think of a title which stands out and is not long winded.

Name one of your all-time favourite books?
My favourite book as a child was Cat Nap, a book basically telling the tale of a cat who couldn’t nap in all the rooms of the house because it was too noisy. My favourite book at the moment, which changes quite frequently, is The Song Collector by Natasha Solomons.

Who, or what, inspires you?
I get inspiration from everywhere. Every experience can bring ideas to the table which is why I always carry a pen and paper so I don’t forget key ideas. The inspiration for another book I’m writing came from a plant pot. Inspiration can hit from anywhere so I like to be open to new ideas all the time.

Where is your favourite place to write?
I like to write on my balcony. It’s always in the shade so it’s always cold but I can see the river Thames and there’s something so peaceful about the water which helps me to relax and let the words flow.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?
My favourite cinemised book wasn’t actually released in the cinema but was a drama on TV instead which was Goodnight Mister Tom. John Thaw was incredible playing Tom in the adaptation and it’s something I would share with anyone who wanted to watch a book on the screen.

Name two of your favourite authors.Agatha Christie immediately jumps to mind as my first favourite author and my second would be Carole Matthews.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

Between school and settling down in to real life with my husband I spent 4 years working for Pontins and Haven holiday camps as a holiday rep.

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
I’d like Sheridan Smith to be me as she’s such a good actress but based on looks a couple of odd ideas would be Kate Middleton or Kara Tointon.

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.
The most interesting thing about where I live is the fact I’m sandwiched between the river Thames and Bluewater shopping centre.

What are your (writing) plans for the future?
The only plans I have are to keep on writing more and more and start pumping out some more books. I want to work on lengthening my stories as I get to the point way to quickly. Apart from that I really want to hook up with a professional publisher to get my books out there.

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
I would love to do a cruise. My previous main attraction on my list was to stroke a dolphin, as I can’t swim. Which I have proudly done so next up I want to take a cruise round the med or the Bahamas.

Favourite myth / fairytale?
I love Cinderella and Greek Mythology as a whole. I’m not an expert on it but I find it fascinating.

Who/What did you want to be when you were a kid?
As a kid I wanted to be an air stewardess as I love learning languages, but the whole no confidence in water put a stop to that.

Excerpt
Robin and Co. Business Associates sat on the second out of four floors in a fire station turned office building in the town of Baxden. Consisting of just three rooms the 'Robin' floor was small, but adequate for its needs.
A moderate sized reception room welcomed all visitors with a pine desk sat facing the main door. Including a potted plant on the right hand side to lighten up the so called dreary environment. A coffee machine was also attached to the wall next to four rather tired looking chairs, a little like a doctor's waiting room.
At the rear of the reception two separate doors led off to two small offices, each identical in size right down to the radiator being in exactly the same place. Mr Harold Robin, chair of the company, inhabited the office on the left and his associate, Mr Percy Brumpton, the one on the right. A system devised purely out of the fact that Brumpton was Robin's right hand man, so naturally he had the office on Robin's right hand side.
To look outside the office windows didn't hold any amusement. Staring out at a brick arch which marked the entrance to the courtyard in front of the building, and nothing else. Appearance clearly not taken into consideration during its construction, the area within the arch was a very sordid place to come to.
Through that brick arch a tall, gangly looking man tiptoed through the courtyard blowing his nose into his handkerchief as he went. Bernard felt that the January weather had been very unkind to him so far that year. He couldn't cope with the cold and detested having a wet handkerchief in his pocket all day. Bernard's short brown hair did nothing to keep his head warm so his grey and blue bobble hat did that for him, though it really didn't match his shirt and tie.
Since climbing out of his old car he knew straight away he should have bought a new coat. Muttering to himself such things as the icy wind bit in to his thin and inadequate office clothing. Quickening his pigeon like pace he padded over to the office building, shivering as he went, thinking dreamily of the inviting coffee machine that was near his desk upstairs.
Removing his batch of keys from his pocket he fumbled for the correct one to open the outer door, his hands being numb making it difficult to get the key in the lock. A grunt of satisfaction announced the key was in the lock and the white plastic door was opened.
Springing through the door Bernard closed the door a little more forcefully than needed to make sure the cold stayed where it was. Outside. He could already imagine the smell of the hot coffee that awaited him upstairs. Crossing the lobby he untangled another key to open up the post box sat adjacent to the stairs.
"Bill, bill, bill and..." He paused as he ripped open the fourth envelope with his finger. "Junk mail." With a sigh he reclosed the post box and started up the four sets of stairs.
Reaching the Robin floor Bernard was slightly out of breath. Three years gone and he still wasn't used to all these stairs, he thought to himself. On arrival at the office door Bernard clumsily dropped his keys and his tie fell to the floor as he bent to pick them up. It wasn't the first time he had forgotten to do up his tie and it probably wasn't the last.
The door swung open with a nasty squeak and the smell of papers and coffee hit Bernard's nose. Smiling to himself he headed straight to the coffee machine and asked it to make him a white coffee. Dropping the boring post onto the desk Bernard started to reattach his tie around his neck.
"Good morning Bernard." A voice came with the familiar squeak of the front door. He knew that voice anywhere, at least he should after three years.
"Good morning to you Mr Robin." He replied with a little nod of his head, a half nod as his hands worked around his tie.
"I really think you should find somewhere else to hide that key." Mr Robin laughed, noting a small key on the reverse of Bernard's tie. Removing his coat Bernard promptly took it and hung it on the coat stand in the corner of the room.
"Safest place is where I hide it, sir. An intruder would have to strangle me with my own tie before I let them take it. Can I make you a coffee sir?" Picking up his own coffee he placed it on the reception desk out of sight from any would be visitors.
"Sounds like a very good idea to me, the usual please." Mr Robin departed into his office and dropped his newspaper in front of him. Feeling a chill he glanced over at his window, single glazing never kept the room very warm. He contemplated putting his coat back on.
"Your coffee, sir." Bernard entered with a cup that was steaming.
"Thank you Bernard, just what I need. That chill has really picked up this morning. Which reminds me, I didn't see your coat on the stand? Don't tell me you came in like that." Robin looked enquiringly at Bernard, already knowing the answer before he spoke.
"Yes, sir. You see, sir." Bernard stammered, trying to think of a reason instead of giving the real reason he didn't have his coat.
"She locked you out didn't she?" Robin asked with an arched eyebrow.
"Yes, sir." Bernard replied facing the floor. "Didn't pay my rent in time, sir. I didn't have the money for my rent so," he paused. "She took my coat, sir."
Robin erupted into laughter, the look on Bernard's face making him worse. "Oh Bernard, that's the best thing I've heard in quite a while. Your landlady is certainly a piece of work isn't she?" Chuckling to himself he reached into his top drawer. "Now, I look after you Bernard. Like you do for me, so I'll tell you what I'll do." He looked up at Bernard, he was wearing a very confused face.
"I want you to take this cheque and get yourself a new coat when you go to pay the bills this morning. Take some extra time, not too long mind, but get yourself a coat on me."
"Thank you, sir. That's very kind." Half smiling Bernard stamped his feet together with a full nod and left the room. Mr Robin smiled after Bernard as picked up his steaming coffee to warm up his hands. Taking a sip of his drink he heard voices out in the reception area, he gathered Percy had arrived.

Katie A Nimmo was born in England, September 1986. Born and bred in the Surrey countryside Katie had a quiet upbringing around the virtues of family and working hard to make dreams become reality. These ethics have led to many of her aspirations coming true. Previous to her writing career Katie performed on the stage for several years contrary to the popular belief of her shyness among those in her school hood years. Katie's newfound confidence to defeat the odds led her to pursue her dream of writing which has led to many adventures both on and off the page.
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Eternal Heat by J.L. White


Eternal Heat
J.L. White
(Firework Girls, #3)
Publication date: May 16th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Play with me.
They call us the Firework Girls.
I’m Ashley. My music is like a lover, surrounding me. Filling me. Transporting me with its power.
Much like he did … before he broke my heart.
Now he’s back, wanting another duet. Can I play the same old song? Do I even want to?
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It’s a little like being in the Twilight Zone. Erik doesn’t belong here at Hartman, with my friend saying his name like it’s the most normal thing in the world. Erik belongs in a grand house by the river in a whole different world.
But there he is, climbing the steps to the stage. Just like that.
My skin crawls and my heart pounds in this sickening way. I sink lower in my chair, but my eyes follow his every move. He looks the same, but different. He’s just as handsome as ever, maybe even more so if that’s possible, but he’s broader in the chest and his hair is a bit longer and he’s sporting a five o’clock shadow. He’s wearing black jeans and a casual button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up past his elbows.
I know those forearms and those hands. I know those long fingers. Down to the last detail, I remember it all.
As he settles himself on the bench and lays out his sheet music, I’m struck by his impossible good looks. Men this handsome aren’t exactly what you’d consider typical fare anywhere, but definitely not among the world of classical pianists. He looks more like a rock star.
Maybe that’s why, in the midst of the shock and pain and (yes) anger at seeing him again, my heart is still fluttering in that maddening way. Still. After all this time. After everything.
Then he begins to play.
Like the rest of him, his music is deeply familiar to me, but it too has changed. It’s more mature. More controlled. In fact, it’s absolutely heartbreaking. That deep, haunting quality to his music is still there, and its ability to render me helpless hasn’t lessened at all.
Oh, how I remember this.
What happened all those years ago has never truly left me, but seeing him and listening to him brings it all back with such freshness, I don’t know whether to cry or laugh or rage. I’m flooded with so many memories, all wrapped up in the sweet torture of his music. I’m too stunned to do more than stare. I can barely breathe.


J.L. White writes steamy romances featuring smart, sexy women and the swoon-worthy men who adore them. Her sexy love stories are full of passion but don't skimp on the tenderness.
She's addicted to trendy coffee houses, poolside lounging, and HEAs. When not tapping blissfully away on her laptop, she takes time to enjoy life with her husband and their children.
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Review: Screaming Divas by Suzanne Kamata

Hardcover, 205 pages
Published May 18th 2014 by Merit Press (first published December 19th 2011)


At sixteen, Trudy Baxter is tired of her debutante mom, her deadbeat dad, and her standing reservation at the juvenile detention center. Changing her name to Trudy Sin, she cranks up her major chops as a singer and starts a band, gathering around other girls ill at ease in their own lives. Cassie Haywood, would-have-been beauty queen, was scarred in an accident in which her alcoholic mom was killed. But she can still sing and play her guitar, even though she seeks way too much relief from the pain in her body and her heart through drugs, and way too much relief from loneliness through casual sex. Still, it's Cassie who hears former child prodigy Harumi Yokoyama playing in a punk band at a party, and enlists her, outraging Harumi's overbearing first-generation Japanese parents. The fourth member is Esther Shealy, who joins as a drummer in order to be close to Cassie--the long-time object of her unrequited love--and Harumi, her estranged childhood friend. Together, they are Screaming Divas, and they're quickly swept up as a local sensation. Then, just as they are about to achieve their rock-girl dreams, a tragedy strikes.
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I really liked the cool book cover and reading the blurb, I was immediately attracted to the story. I love music so found the idea of girls creating a band very interesting. The story is about four unusual 16-year-old girls starting a band together. Trudy, Cassie, Harumi and Esther call themselves the ‘Screaming Divas’. What brings them together is a passion for music. They also share the fact that they have difficult and tragic backgrounds. The main themes, apart from music of course, are drug addiction and teenage issues, such as relationship problems, struggles at school and self-confidence. It is a well-written book but I thought it was a bit slow at times. The story was also quite sad because something bad happens to one of the girls.Overall I found it a good and enjoyable read.
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Review by mother and daughter duo, Helene & Shona Tiernan.
Both are avid readers of fiction, enjoying a wide range of topics. Helene is a former journalist, a trained yoga teacher and also enjoys putting pen to paper herself. Her daughter Shona is a 13-year-old teenager who sings, plays the violin, drums and is passionate about tap dancing and her little brother. Both love diving into different worlds through the eyes of an author. Originally from Belgium, they currently live in Portugal with their family.

Billionaire Cowboys trilogy by Kristina Knight

What the Heiress Wants
Billionaire Cowboys, Book 1
Author: Kristina Knight


Miranda Clayton wants respect. Lying to get that respect wasn't her first choice, but now she's hip-deep in lies to her boss, her family, and her friends. Connor Reeves knows all about Miranda's lies, but there is something about her that makes him think there may be more to Miranda than anyone else knows. The question is whether that something more is worth the risk to his business, his family...and his heart.
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Hi Kristina! Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
What the Heiress Wants is the second in my Billionaire Cowboys trilogy...it has some corporate spying, a little lying, but no crying!

What inspired you to write it?
The characters came first for this one, absolutely! I've been wanting to write a falling-for-your-boss story, but I didn't want it to be the typical secretary/boss book, so when Miranda starting talking to me, I knew she was the one!

How did you come up with the idea for the cover? 
The fab designers at Crimson Romance came up with it - I'd found a couple of Vegas-y type images that I thought fit the vibe of the book and they took it from there.

If it was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters?
I'd pray Ryan Gosling was available to play Connor and that Emma Stone could be Miranda, because I love their on-screen chemistry!

Is it part of a series or is it a stand-alone novel?
What the Heiress Wants is the second book in the trilogy.

Where is the novel set and why did you choose to set it there? 
I set the series in Las Vegas because I absolutely adore that area! The glitz and glam of the casinos are definitely part of it, but the desert is an even bigger part. It's just gorgeous!

What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much? 
Contemporary romance, as a while, has a great breadth and variety to it. I like being able to play with different themes and character types, and still be able to work in my complete addition to pop culture!

What made you want to become an author? 
I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember. I would rewrite the endings of stories that I thought ended badly, and characters would come to me out of nowhere. I love being an author ~ what other job allows you to make stuff up for a living?

How do you come up with character names? 
Sometimes the characters name themselves, but I've been known to crack of the Book O' Baby Names a few times, too.

Do you struggle to come up with book titles? Do they come before, during or after you've written your book? 
Titles and short blurbs are so hard for me, and thankfully I've had editors who are brilliant at both!

Name one of your all-time favourite books?
There are so many! I'm going to go with Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume.

Who, or what, inspires you? 
Anything and everything - a song lyric, an overheard conversation, a brilliant, sunshiney day after horrendous rain...it's all inspiring.

Where is your favourite place to write? 
Depends on my mood. Lately I've been a sofa writing girl, but we're heading into the summer months, and I can't wait to try out our new swing. I envision lots and lots of writing happening there this summer.

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book? 
The Princess Bride!

Name two of your favourite authors. 
Nora Roberts and Joanne Fluke.

Tell us a random fact about yourself
I've been biting my nails since about birth and no matter what I've tried to stop, I just can't.

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
 
Ooh, good question! I'm going to say....Drew Barrymore because she's not toooo girly, and she seems to be to be very down-to-earth.

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live. 
The oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes (Marblehead) is right down the road from us!

What are your (writing) plans for the future? 
I'm just finishing up the first book in a brand new series - the books will be out with Harlequin Superromance starting later this year...and they're all set in a small lake town in Missouri. And I'm also finishing up the third Billionaire Cowboys book, What the Gambler Risks, which will be out in September.

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list. 
Skydiving

Favourite myth / fairytale? 
Beauty and the Beast

Who/What did you want to be when you were a kid? 
It kind of depended on the day - but one of my longest-running dream jobs was to be an announcer for the Kansas City Royals!

What the Bachelor Wants by Kristina Knight (book one in the series)
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All Gage Reeves wants is to make a success of his new luxury shopping development on the Vegas Strip. Callie Holliday dreams of having the hottest day spa in Vegas. For these childhood friends, business is becoming decidedly personal...and it's risky business gambling on love.
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Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after. 
Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!
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