The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2)| BLOG TOUR | ARC Review

 

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The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2)

Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 400

Publication: August 13th, 2019

Age Group: 13+

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A stunning conclusion to the sci-fi romance duology by writing duo Krista & Becca Ritchie, The Last Hope is filled with twists and turns you’ll never see coming.

Sacrifice all you have to survive. 

Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity. 

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins. 

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.

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I’d like to thank Wednesday Books/Macmillan for letting me be a part of the blog tour!

So, here we are nearly a year later since the first book! I didn’t even realize my review on The Raging Ones was a year ago until I looked back on my review. Kind of mind-blowing, actually. Here we are with the conclusion, unfortunately. 

We are together again with Franny, Court and Mykal. The Last Hope brings us to where we left off aboard the starship with the trio being accused of being Human rather than Saltarian. The empire of Saltare and Earth have been at war with each other for years and Earth is drastically losing. What sucks is Earth can’t really defeat Saltarians until their deathday.

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This time, we get a new character named Stork, who rescues our main characters. Stork has is own POV chapters, which is nice, but after this the plot kind of goes off. I’m not really sure how to describe it. It was interesting, but had moments where I had a giant question mark above my head, almost as if I was asking why this was happening. 

What makes this ending to a duology special are the characters. The reason readers fell for Court, Mykal and Franny are still there. Stork is just a cherry on top to complete the whole aspect that readers want. Bonus: Stork is drunk most of the time which makes it even better. Who doesn’t love a drunk, yet lovable character?

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I’m going to be honest without being too spoilery. I swooned a bit with some of the romance. That’s all I’ll say about that.

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Considering how the first book left me last year wanting more, I’m a bit emotional to see it end. Krista and Becca really know how to write their sci-fi and I hope they keep it up in the future. This genre really fits them and, if you are looking for that one sci-fi series to take you away and draw you into excitement, definitely pick this one up.

4 stars

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Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times Bestselling Authors and identical twins, one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek. With their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Graduates from the University of Georgia in Biology and English & Journalism, the twin writing duo now lives in Atlanta. The Raging Ones is their first young adult novel.

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A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) | Pre-order Promotion

Welcome back to the world of Emberfall!

Understandably, you’re probably eagerly awaiting for book two of the Cursebreakers series by Brigid Kemmerer. Sadly, January 2020 is still so far away. However, it’s never too late to pre-order! Today, with Bloomsbury Publishing and fellow Cursebreakers Street Team members, I’m bringing you an exclusive pre-order promotion!

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Cover Reveal | Crave by Tracy Wolff

Hello, fellow readers! Get excited for this one because Entangled Teen has a hot new release coming next year from author Tracy Wolff!

“Crave is a romantic and thrilling tale of forbidden love, about the undying battle between feeling nothing and feeling so much, it could destroy everyone you love.”

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Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.

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Bright Burning Stars| Blog Tour | ARC Review

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Author: A.K. Small

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Pages: 304

Publication: May 21st, 2019

Age Group: 14+ [due to heavy content]

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Best friends Marine Duval and Kate Sanders have trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School since childhood, where they’ve formed an inseparable bond forged by respective family tragedies and a fierce love for dance. When the body of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves what they would do to win the ultimate prize: to be the one girl selected to join the Opera’s prestigious corps de ballet. Would they die? Cheat? Seduce the most talented boy in the school, dubbed the Demigod, hoping his magic would make them shine, too? Neither girl is sure.

But then Kate gets closer to the Demigod, even as Marine has begun to capture his heart. And as selection day draws near, the competition—for the prize, for the Demigod—becomes fiercer, and Marine and Kate realize they have everything to lose, including each other.

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Thank you to Algonquin Books for sending me a finished copy and for allowing me to participate in the blog tour. My review is 100% honest.

TW: eating disorder, dysmorphia, abortion, mental illness, discussions of suicide, emotional abuse, toxic relationships/friendships

Judging from the cover alone, the book gave me some Black Swan vibes. If you’ve seen the movie, you know how dark that movie was, so I expected this book to be pretty dark. It definitely didn’t go below those expectations.

The book is in two POVs: Kate and Marine, students enrolled in their final year at an elite ballet training school in Paris. They are in Division One, which is top notch. Only one boy and one girl can win. Obviously, there is unhealthy competition. Every man or woman for his or herself.

The friendship between Kate and Marine is immediate, but it wasn’t always “good”. There is a toxic environment surrounding them, but it’s really up to the reader to decipher that since Small doesn’t initially address it.

Let’s talk about Kate first. Her mother left her behind at a young age and this has led her to be insecure, jealous and incredibly sneaky and scheming. It’s borderline scary, but truthfully reminiscent of a mental illness. Like the toxic environment, the mental illness is never directly addressed. What’s worse is she uses her friendship with Marine to get what she wants and to make things go the way they should, in her mind. Regardless of being this way, she still seeks approval. She needs someone to tell her she is doing well or to just know that she is “accepted”, I suppose. Her entire character arc is flawed. I mean, it makes her character terribly interesting but some of things she goes through and does was a shocker. It was just like…what? Her ending was…odd. Without spoiling anything, it just didn’t seem real.

Marine is different. She used to have a fraternal twin, but he passed away. The twist is that her brother had the ballet dream, so she is completing it for him. This puts more pressure on her. Marine, while trying to accomplish all this, worries about her appearance and weight, even though she is described as “naturally thin”. I’m not sure what that means, though. Either way, an eating disorder is a cliche in the ballet world and Marine goes through this while she competes against others. Her disorder is never appropriately finished, in my view. She tries to solve it with romantic feelings and that is pretty uncomfortable. I’ve never dealt with an eating disorder myself, but using someone you have feelings for is not the way to go. Her ending was terribly disappointing, more so than Kate. I just wasn’t feeling it. 

I applaud Small for attacking such difficult topics, although the way they were handled and concluded was not healthy whatsoever. It painted a picture for readers that isn’t realistic or what should be taken away after reading this book. On a different note, this book was hard to put down. I don’t know if it was the dark tone that I fell for or just wanting to see how this plot progressed, but it was good regardless of the above. I think Small has something going here and she has plenty of potential in the literary world for young adults. It is possible, though, to incorporate real life (the correct way) with an interesting and dark plot. 

3.5 stars

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This Is Not a Love Scene | Blog Tour |ARC Review

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Author: S.C. Megale

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 320

Publication: May 7th, 2019

Age Group: 12+

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This Is Not A Love Scene rings brilliantly true from the first page to the last.” —David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Funny, emotional, and refreshingly honest, S.C. Megale’s This is Not a Love Scene is for anyone who can relate to feeling different while navigating the terrifying and thrilling waters of first love. 

Lights, camera—all Maeve needs is action. But at eighteen, a rare form of muscular dystrophy usually stands in the way of romance. She’s got her friends, her humor, and a passion for filmmaking to keep her focus off consistent rejection…and the hot older guy starring in her senior film project.

Tall, bearded, and always swaying, Cole Stone is everything Maeve can’t be. And she likes it. Between takes, their chemistry is shockingly electric. 

Suddenly, Maeve gets a taste of typical teenage dating life, but girls in wheelchairs don’t get the hot guy—right? Cole’s attention challenges everything she once believed about her self-image and hopes for love. But figuring this out, both emotionally and physically, won’t be easy for either of them. Maeve must choose between what she needs and what she wants, while Cole has a tendency to avoid decisions altogether. And the future might not wait for either.

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I’d like to thank Wednesday Books for letting me be a part of the blog tour for this book. My review is 100% honest. 

Maeve has a rare form of muscular dystrophy and she is eager to get into a relationship, since she has never been in one before. She wants the happy ending and when she meets Cole, it seems like she can have it. Regardless of their chemistry though, she finds out it’s not smooth sailing.

I adored Maeve. She is such a wonderful person in this book and I was cheering for her, wanting her to get that happy ending that she totally deserves. I actually liked her better than Cole all together. She knows what she wants, even if it may be wrong sometimes (hint hint), but her heart is just there. It’s hard to ignore. She really is a beautiful character and I found the representation in this novel pretty spot on, in my opinion. Maeve, all together, just seemed real. I loved it.

Cole just seemed like, dare I say, a dick at times. I have no idea how to feel about him, honestly. Sure, he has moments that you’re like “Oh! He is a nice guy” but then you get let down because he is just a dick, plain and simple. What sucks is that Maeve does have another person that is interested in her wholeheartedly, but she is so stuck on Cole. It got annoying. 

The novel itself is missing a few things. There are plot holes here and there, but not too detrimental. There are some triggers present, such as suicide and child abuse. Some things were rushed, which I don’t understand why that seems to be a “natural” thing for contemporary romance. If authors are nervous about making contemporary romance as long as fantasy novels, I don’t see why. It would definitely fill in those holes. 

The book has potential and it was cute and I think the reason for the four stars is for Maeve herself because it’s not the easiest thing to create such a likable character, regardless of the flaws present. I do applaud Megale for that. I do hope Megale continues writing more books because I’m interested to see what else she has up her sleeve.

4 stars

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“Megale is a terrific new voice in the world of YA. This Is Not a Love Scene rings brilliantly true from the first page to the last. Megale’s prose is refreshingly original, her pacing already at a master level, and her storytelling abilities will pull hard on every emotion you have…Look out for this writer.” —David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A humorous, hearty novel about the realities (and fantasies) of being a teenager with a disability….Readers will want to zoom in on this [#ownvoices] story featuring a strong, sexually confident, disabled female character.” —Kirkus Reviews 

“Informative and inspiring. It makes for an altogether thought-provoking and empathetic reading experience.” —Booklist

This Is Not a Love Scene is so good. S.C. Megale is remarkable… This book is the result of her unswerving determination and undoubted talent.” —John Flanagan, New York Times bestselling author of the Ranger’s Apprentice series

“My ride-along with Maeve was a joy from first sentence to last. She’s authentic, unabashedly honest, fun to be with, and I still catch myself wondering what she’s been up to lately.” —Eric Lindstrom, author of Not If I See You First

“Megale’s pacing and style are absolutely wonderful. I feel deeply attached to her characters, and I can’t believe how perceptive many of her descriptions/observations are, especially disability related ones.”  —Shane Burcaw, author of Laughing at My Nightmare

About the Author:

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S. C. MEGALE is an author and filmmaker. She’s been profiled in USA Today, The Washington Post, and New York Newsday, and has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and the CBS Evening News for her philanthropic and literary work. As a humanitarian, she’s spoken on the USS Intrepid, at the NASDAQ opening bell, and to universities and doctors nationwide. She enjoys making connections all over the world. 

Megale was raised in the long grass of the Civil War, hunting for relics and catching fireflies along the banks of Bull Run. A shark tooth, flutes, and a flask are some of the items that hang from her wheelchair, and she had a fear of elevators until realizing this was extremely inconvenient. She lives with her family which includes her parents, sister and brother, service dog, and definitely-not-service dog. 

This is Not a Love Scene is her first published novel.

Wicked Saints (Something Dark & Holy Series, #1) | BLOG TOUR | ARC Review

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Wicked Saints (Something Dark & Holy Series, #1)

Author: Emily A. Duncan

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 400

Publication: April 2nd, 2019

Age Group: 14+

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“Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” – Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. 

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

“This book destroyed me and I adored it.”- Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

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I’d like to thank Wednesday Books for letting me be a part of the blog tour. My review is completely honest.

Let me tell you something before I dive into this review. I tried so hard, months before I got this blog tour opportunity, to get an early copy of this book. Since hearing about it last year and all the hype around it, I was all over reading this book early because I just couldn’t wait until its release date. When I heard there would be a drop at YALLFest, I was determined to get in that line and get it. Just my luck, the line was a mess and there were very limited copies and I ended up missing out on getting one. I tried to do some ARC trades and that failed. Then, I got the email from Wednesday Books about the blog tour and I jumped on it without any hesitation. The book gods must still love me.

I really don’t know how to properly execute this review in the way I normally write my reviews because this book was just –

It exceeded my expectations.

Fair warning. This book does involve self-harm and abuse, but Emily has been pretty open about that so there is nothing to be concerned about, but read the book with caution if that triggers you.

In this book, there is something called Blood Magic, but the entire magic system is connected with the Gods. I definitely see this as something very important to pay attention to when reading this book. Nadya, our main character, is a cleric. She can communicate with the gods, which hasn’t really been possible in like 30 years. It doesn’t take long for the action to start. I mean, the first chapter ends with blood. Take it how you will.

Every. Single. Chapter has something. It’s dark, it’s intense, it’s demented. It’s f***ing amazing. The POVs are easy to navigate and there is an extra POV at the end of this book. I like a good book that keeps me guessing and turning my head to the point of whiplash and Emily’s debut did not disappoint. I just-

Emily, I need more.

Seriously, I’m still sitting here just contemplating what life is and what it was without this book. I can see it now. This book is going to be on the bestseller list. If you are hesitant about the hype of this book, do not hesitate. Please. It’s everything you could ever want in a dark and twisted fantasy novel. It’ll fit perfectly on your shelf.

Actually, you may want to shelve it in some sort of shrine because it deserves that recognition.

Emily Duncan, you have officially become one of my favorite fantasy authors.

5 stars

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“Prepare for a snow frosted, blood drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare. Utterly absorbing.” – Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

“Full of blood and monsters and magic—this book destroyed me and I adored it. Emily is a wicked storyteller, she’s not afraid to hurt her characters or her readers. If you’ve ever fallen in love with a villain you will fall hard for this book.” – Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

“This is the novel of dark theology and eldritch blood-magic that I’ve been waiting for all my life. It’s got a world at once brutal and beautiful, filled with characters who are wounded, lovable, and ferocious enough to break your heart. A shattering, utterly satisfying read.” – Rosamund Hodge, author of Cruel Beauty and Bright Smoke, Cold Fire 

Wicked Saints is a lush, brutal, compelling fantasy that is dark, deep, and bloody—absolutely riveting! With a boy who is both man and monster, mysterious saints with uncertain motives, and a girl filled with holy magic who is just beginning to understand the full reaches of her power, this gothic jewel of a story will sink its visceral iron claws into you, never letting go until you’ve turned the last page. And truthfully, not even then -the explosive ending will haunt you for days! ” – Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of the His Fair Assassin trilogy 

“Dark, bloody, and monstrously romantic. This is the villain love interest that we’ve all been waiting for.” – Margaret Rogerson, New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens 

“Seductively dark and enchanting, Wicked Saints is a trance you won’t want to wake from. Duncan has skillfully erected a world like no other, complete with provocative magic, sinister creatures, and a plot that keeps you guessing. This spellbinding YA fantasy will bewitch readers to the very last page.” – Adrienne Young, New York Times bestselling author of Sky in the Deep 

About the Author:

Emily A. Duncan

EMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.

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In Another Life | BLOG TOUR | ARC Review

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In Another Life

Author: C.C. Hunter

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 352

Publication: March 26th, 2019

Age Group: 13+

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What would you do if your whole life was a lie and learning the truth could cost you your life? 

From New York Times bestselling author of the Shadow Falls series comes C. C. Hunter’s new YA thriller about a girl who learns that she may have been kidnapped as a child, and must race to uncover the truth about her past before she winds up a victim.

Chloe was three years old when she became Chloe Holden, but her adoption didn’t scar her, and she’s had a great life. Now, fourteen years later, her loving parents’ marriage has fallen apart and her mom has moved them to Joyful, Texas. Starting twelfth grade as the new kid at school, everything Chloe loved about her life is gone. And feelings of déjà vu from her early childhood start haunting her. 

When Chloe meets Cash Colton she feels drawn to him, as though they’re kindred spirits. Until Cash tells her the real reason he sought her out: Chloe looks exactly like the daughter his foster parents lost years ago, and he’s determined to figure out the truth. 

As Chloe and Cash delve deeper into her adoption, the more things don’t add up, and the more strange things start happening. Why is Chloe’s adoption a secret that people would kill for?

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I’d like to thank Wednesday Books for letting me be a part of the blog tour. My review is completely honest.

You guys know I’m a sucker for the cheesy romance with tension – both sexual and angst, some kissing, typical good looks, etc. The summary drew me in because of the concept between these two characters. I’ll say that it didn’t disappoint, but it did in some parts. 

This book is about a girl named Chloe who moves to Joyful, Texas. I wonder if this place really exists, though. Anyway, she lives with her mom who is a cancer survivor and is extremely bitter over her illness and the fact that her husband (Chloe’s dad) cheated with a much younger woman. When Chloe attends her first day at a new school, she starts to interact with Cash, who believes she is a con woman trying to get money from his foster parents, who have had their child missing for fifteen years. But, here is the twist while these two team up to solve this mystery: is Chloe the missing child?

Let’s start off with the characters. I think they fit the typical gushy teen romance main characters. The girl has boobs, which is unfortunately mentioned quite a lot for some reason. She is pretty, there is a hard life going on, she is new. The guy, Cash, is a hard ass. He throws punches when he is pushed far enough, he is handsome and he has issues, too. These kind of characters, though, don’t turn me off. I love it because it’s always a different story as to how they get together and I eat up that tension. It just makes me swoon and root for the couple. 

So, their relationship. I’ll admit that this is a total insta-love thing. Well,  maybe more of an insta-attraction, if that exists. Chloe and Cash have a spark and some readers might think it’s only because Cash believes Chloe is the missing child and that is all they have in common. No, they learn a lot more about each other along the way. They have little arguments, they push each other mentally and logically, but the connection is just there. It’s angsty, romantic, sexy and I loved it. The insta-whatever wasn’t the best because I can’t really agree with that. Maybe that’s a personal thing, I don’t know. 

Let’s get down to the stuff that turned me off and disappointed me. The storyline is great. I had my world tipped while reading certain parts. I read one scene in class and my mouth dropped open in shock. Thankfully, nobody saw me. But, I applaud C.C. Hunter for letting that happen. You gotta have some shock factor with these romances. What really disappointed me was the detailing and the flow of certain chapters. The detailing was off. Once a paragraph started or a scene started or even dialogue started, it would be cut abruptly and go to something else. It caused the flow to give me whiplash. Sometimes, it was too fast. I might be a hypocrite in saying this, considering my history with writing, but sometimes, it read like Fanfiction. Like, if you are still kind of new with Fanfiction but you are getting some of the skills together to not make it all happen in one chapter. Does that make sense? I mean, when I started Fanfiction years ago, my writing was crap. I grew and I look back at those stories and cringe, but I’m proud of how I have grown. But, this isn’t about me.

I loved the story all together, but sometimes, it just went too fast and too jumpy. The ending was really abrupt, too. If you were to see it on screen, it might last all of five minutes, give or take a few. This is why I gave it 3.5 stars, but this doesn’t mean I did not love the story. The story, I suppose, is more important. If you still feel some sort of connection or feeling with the story, I think you’ve accomplished plenty as an author and you’ve made a reader happy. I know I was with the outcome either way.

3.5 stars

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“Hunter deftly delivers a complicated back-and-forth point of view between Chloe and Cash, building suspense along with a steamy sense of attraction between the two teens.” – Kirkus

About the Author:

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C.C. HUNTER is a pseudonym for award-winning romance author Christie Craig. She is lives in Tomball, Texas, where she’s at work on her next novel.

Christie’s books include The Mortician’s Daughter series, Shadow Fall Novels and This Heart of Mine.

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