Thursday, January 18, 2018

Birdplane by Tonya Coffey

Birdplane
by Tonya Coffey

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: December 4, 2017
Publisher: Tonya Coffey
Genre: First Read | Family Read
Print Length: 26 pages
Available from: Amazon
Tiny Tom is a little ant with a big dream. He wants to fly above the treetops like the birds. Tiny Tom tries hard to make his dream come true but each time he falls to the ground. Instead of quitting, he never gives up and proves dreams do come true.

Birdplane by Tonya Coffey

BirdplaneWith the author's permission I shared this tale with one of my grandchildren, her initial response was, "Can I read it, again?" There you have it, Kid Approved! Kind of makes my review redundant...

Looking for a colorful book with a positive message for children? Wondering how to make a lifelong reader out of a small child? Tonya Coffey has created a wonderful tale of determination and imagination that is not only engaging for small children, but to the person reading to or along with them!

BIRDPLANE is the story of Tiny Tom, the little ant with a big dream. He wants to soar with the birds! It wasn’t easy for Tiny Tom to accomplish his goal but he never gave up!

Positively wonderful reading! Simple sentences, colorful illustrations and a very happy ending that can ignite a child’s imagination and make a great segue into family discussions and sharing!

I received a complimentary copy from Tonya Coffey! This is my honest review.



Recovered by Jay Crownover #Cover #Reveal

   

From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes RECOVERED, a standalone contemporary romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night! Check out the amazing cover below, and order your copy today!

   

Cover Design by Hang Le

About RECOVERED (Coming 3/27/18):

It was hate at first sight... Affton I hated Cable James McCaffrey. He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict. He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it. He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost. Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else. Cable I was obsessed with Affton Reed. She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me. She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire. I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist. In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it. The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.

     

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  About Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.          

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After the Storm by Katy Ames Release Day Blitz & #Giveaway

Today we have the release blitz for Katy Ames’ AFTER THE STORM! I am so excited to share this new romance with you—check out the release festivites and grab your copy today!

Title: After the Storm

Author: Katy Ames

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About After the Storm:

Tristan Hurst is tired of running. He’s spent every day since he was 16 trying to escape the consequences of one inexplicable, horrible night. So when his cousin buys a Caribbean resort and offers him a job away from the family firm, Tristan jumps at the chance to leave behind his intolerable father and the life he barely lives.   Tessa Armstrong has a plan and moving to a tropical island isn’t part of it. But when she lands the position of head pastry chef at a luxury hotel, she can’t pass it up. A new country, a new kitchen. And a fresh start far away from the secrets that are becoming harder to ignore.   On an island where neither expected to end up, Tessa and Tristan discover something they’ve always wanted: a safe haven. And when friendship becomes something more, they think they’ve landed in paradise.   But there’s a storm coming, and the secrets they’ve worked so hard to escape aren’t far behind. And with them, a truth that has the power to wash away a love they never dreamed to find.   A standalone contemporary romance from the author of After the Island and After the Fall.

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After the Storm

Catch up on the Series:

After the Island

After the Fall

Exclusive Excerpt:

“Don’t you laugh.” Her eyes narrowed to slits, her hands back on her hips. This woman, she was so angry at him. She was practically vibrating with it. And, God help him, Tristan wanted to laugh. She was fierce and so fucking adorable, glaring up at him like he didn’t have a foot and a half and at least one hundred pounds on her. “You’re an ass,” Tessa muttered, the sweet curve of her mouth distracting him. He didn’t anticipate her attack. Then it was too late. With his arm raised, Tristan’s side was exposed and the woman, God bless her, used it to her advantage. She tickled him. Fucking tickled him. Tristan swallowed a shout when her tiny fingers dug into his side, his brain torn between yanking away and preventing the slice of cake from falling on her gorgeous head. Though if the tingling in his dick was any indication, he was enjoying her surprise attack way more than he should. “Jesus,” he wheezed, trying to wiggle away without dropping the cake. “Stop. Stop!” She did the opposite. As Tristan moved, the infuriating creature found an unprotected stretch on his other side, both of her hands digging into him just above the waist. Tristan was writhing between her tenacious grip and didn’t know what to do first. He could throw the cake down and easily haul her away, her tenacity no match for his strength. He could threaten her. He could try to fire her, this scowling, astonishing woman who had no idea she was attacking her temporary boss. He could laugh. Which, if his body had any say in the matter, was what was about to happen. Which was insane. Because it never happened. It began as a rattle in the back of his throat, a rumble that felt unfamiliar but not unwelcome. Tristan’s head tilted back as he gave in to the sensation, his chest expanding, his lungs working overtime as a rusty chuckle broke free. It was rough, scratchy. Not a charming sound. But it didn’t stop. Tristan felt the foreign curve of a real smile on his lips, his mouth opening wider, a burst of laughter sneaking past. It was loud, unexpected, and startled Tessa enough that she stopped. Her fingers gripped the sides of his shirt, unmoving. She stared up at him in shock. “Oh my God.” She released him and stepped back, a hand flying up to cover her mouth. “I’m so sorry. Christ!” Her hand shifted to cover her eyes. “I am so, so sorry.” Tristan caught his breath and placed the abandoned cake on the counter before smoothing his shirt down. He took a small step forward and bent his knees so he was more level with her face. “I deserved it.” “No,” she mumbled, eyes still covered. “Yes. It was an interesting strategy, I’ll give you that. But a tactical success all the same.” Tessa relaxed her fingers just enough so she could peek through the gap. “Really?” “Really,” Tristan confirmed. “I’ll definitely think twice before stealing your food again.”

About the Author:

Katy Ames has spent most of her life on the East Coast and hopes to spend more of it in the UK. In part, so she can indulge in her serious plaid obsession. There isn’t a teenage drama on the CW or a period British TV show she hasn’t binge-watched at least twice. And she can be persuaded to do most things with the promise of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, or a nap, not necessarily in that order. Katy is mom to a small human who has an obscene amount of energy and a blissful ability to ignore swear words, and wife to a man whose reading habits are far too serious. Katy and her family reside in Washington, D.C., a city she where never planned to live and loves so much she’d be happy to talk about it for hours. Just ask.   Katy writes contemporary romances that feature heroes who are strong but not so silent, heroines who aren’t afraid to kick ass, and stories that get a little messy before they end happily ever after.

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The Shadow Weave by Annette Marie Blitz and #Giveaway


The Shadow Weave
Annette Marie
(Spell Weaver #2)
Publication date: January 12th 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Clio might be a nymph living in exile among humans. And she might possess the rare ability to mimic any magic she sees. And she might have just seriously ticked off the most powerful family of spell weavers in the Underworld.
But she is not in love with an incubus.
Lyre is the rebellious black sheep of said weaver family, and he’s the only reason she survived her recent Underworld “vacation.” He’s also the sexiest thing she’s ever seen. Together, they have to track down a catastrophically dangerous magic—a magic he created, she sort of stole, and they both lost—before his family gets their hands on it. And that means fighting alongside him in a desperate attempt to avert complete disaster.
But she is definitely not in love with him. At least, she’s pretty sure she’s not.
Mostly sure. Maybe sure? …Crap.
EXCERPT:
As though summoned by her thoughts, the sex fiend himself breezed into the room. Hair damp and tousled, the kind of face that made women’s hearts skip, broad shoulders that tapered to a toned torso. His tattered clothes should have ruined the look, but they added an extra edge—dangerous and exotic.
The others in the kitchen noticed his arrival, but they dismissed him just as quickly. Unlike most daemons, incubi were easy to recognize even in glamour. No other caste possessed that stunning combination of golds—white-gold hair, warm golden skin, vibrant irises like a dark patina over rich yellow gold.
Yes, they recognized him as an incubus—and they didn’t bother to hide their curling lips and wrinkling noses. Lyre either didn’t notice or didn’t care as he swept over to her, his expression brightening for the first time in two days.
“Clio,” he purred, voice too low for even keen-eared strangers to hear, “your powers of seduction would put any succubus to shame.”
She blinked at him, the bowl of whisked eggs in her hands and a hot pan sizzling in front of her. His mood was so different from earlier that she couldn’t quite grasp it.
“Huh?” she managed. How articulate.
“This is entirely unfair. I have no power to resist such tactics.” He waited a beat. “Are you planning to do something with those eggs?”
She blinked again, trying to unscramble her brain. Scramble. Right, the eggs. She dumped the mixture into the hot pan. “What are you going on about, Lyre?”
“Bacon,” he sighed dreamily. “Pancakes. Scrambled eggs. You slay me, my love.”
On the words “my love,” her heart screeched to a stop so fast it might have left skid marks on her ribs. It kicked back into gear at three times its previous speed and she concentrated so hard on the spatula that she almost went cross-eyed. “You—you can’t be that excited about my cooking. You don’t even know if it’s any good.”
“I can tell already. It’ll be delicious.”
She shivered. The way he said that word should be illegal. As she hurriedly stirred the eggs with a spatula, he stood so close he was almost touching her, his body angled toward her as though she held his entire attention. But his gaze, sliding coolly from one watching daemon to another, was distinctly unfriendly.
She scraped the eggs off the pan, then rescued the bacon from the oven—triggering a stir among the waiting daemons. With her bottom lip caught between her teeth, she pulled a plate from the cupboard, loaded it with food, and held it out to Lyre. She’d cooked an elaborate late-night breakfast to cheer him up, but now second thoughts were crowding her brain. Too late to change her plan now.
His smile only fueled her blush as he fished a fork out of a nearby drawer, loaded it with eggs, and scooped them into his mouth. She held her breath. The entire room went silent.
His eyes rolled back in ecstasy. “So good,” he moaned.
Bang.
She jerked around. The female daemon had dropped her heavy book on the floor. As everyone looked over at her, pink tinged the woman’s cheeks. She snatched up her book and beat a hasty retreat out of the room.
Clio swallowed hard, envious of the woman’s ability to flee. Lyre’s moan had been so sensual it had been downright scandalous, and if Clio didn’t put space between them soon, she was going to start swooning like a complete fool.


Author Bio:
Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it's not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat— Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Feathered by Rachel Wollaston (Swan Maiden, #1)

Feathered
by Rachel Wollaston

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Swan Maiden - Book 1
Publication Date: December 30, 2017
Publisher: Rachel Wollaston
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 366 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Based on the classic story of Swan Lake. 

When her bargain with a malevolent wizard goes terribly wrong, Marion DuVal finds herself trapped between two forms: a beautiful but darker parallel of herself, and a swan. Somehow, she must adhere to the wizard’s wishes, but it’s hard to perform epic magic when your feet are flippers and your neck’s the length of a small fishing pole. Caught up in a lie of royal proportions, her task is to get close to the queen, and such a thing is difficult when a certain handsome prince keeps getting in the way. 

One girl; two identities. Marion must stop the darkness inside her before it’s too late. 

Fans of Red Queen and The Selection will love this brand new fantasy adventure. 

Feathered by Rachel Wollaston (Swan Maiden, #1)

Feathered (Swan Maiden Book 1)She was a simple girl, only practiced white magic, but a bargain made from her heart with a dark wizard will trap Marion in a world of deceit, splitting her between the form of a swan and a dark version of herself. With only a few minutes a day to be her true self, she must find a way to save those she cares for or lose everything including her soul to the horrors of dark magic. A kingdom could be destroyed by her lies, but to tell the truth will shatter her heart.

FEATHERED by Rachel Wollaston is a true gem! This re-telling of Swan Lake sparkles with intrigue, sweet romance, light-hearted humor and heart-breaking moments that transports readers into another time and place with ease!

Ms. Wollaston has created a memorable read filled with heart and the determination of one young woman who will do anything she can to atone for her mistakes! Marion is a strong heroine who thinks well on her feet, whether they are webbed or not and she is supported by a fabulous cast that makes this world actually breathe! Picture and enjoy each scene as they come to life, trust me, it’s easy to do, thanks to this author’s brilliant imagination! Tensions will rise and fall, unlikely friendships will be formed and love will gently bloom, only evil will shadow any chance for a happily ever after, hence, book two…(and I can’t wait to read it!)

Oh, the webs we weave…the feathers we ruffle…magical reading for all ages!

I received a complimentary copy from Rachel Wollaston as part of an upcoming blog tour.


Hunted: A Reverse Harem Fairy Tale Retelling (Haven Realm Book 1) by Mila Young

Hunted
A Reverse Harem Fairy Tale Retelling
by Mila Young

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Haven Realm - Book 1
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
Publisher: Mila Young
Genre: Erotic Fairy Tale
Print Length: 242 pages
Available from: Amazon
Little Red Riding Hood. Three Big Bad Wolves. A Poisonous Scheme.

Scarlet, a healer, lives nestled in the forest surrounded by humans on one side and wolves on the other. But when a rogue wolf attacks her, she's rescued by another pack and taken deep into their den to perform her healing magic on an injured Alpha.

The wolves in the forest are under threat from a mysterious affliction, and Scarlet is the only hope they have left. Faced with a mixed pack of threatened shifters, Scarlet must use her wits and magic to survive and unravel the strange affliction now affecting the wolves... All while trying to navigate an overpowering attraction to not just one, but three of the Alphas.

Witches, wolves, magic and love intertwine in an exciting mystery that finds its own, unique, 'Happily Ever After.'

Note: Each book in the Haven Realm series is a standalone book.

Hunted by Mila Young
 A Reverse Harem Fairy Tale Retelling (Haven Realm Book 1)

Hunted: A Reverse Harem Fairy Tale Retelling (Haven Realm Book 1)My, what big wolves you have, my dear. I never could have imagined that the “red” in Little Red Riding Hood could stand for Hot! Hot! Hot! That is exactly what happened in Mila Young’s HUNTED!

Scarlett is a healer. When evil is threatening the wolf shifter packs of the forest, she becomes the last hope to heal a dying alpha, one of three who all have an intense attraction to Scarlett. It will take all of her healing talents and her magic to save the shifters, but it will take only her heart to tell her she has found her perfect mates. Mates? Is it possible she has fallen for the sensual and sexual magnetism of three men?

How can a human female find love and lust among shifters? How can Scarlett be so sexually charged when the very existence of the shifters is in danger? Mila Young knows and she has shared this fresh and fabulously delicious tale in a grown up version of Little Red Riding Hood. Sexy, sassy and even humorous at times, this tale will warm up any cold, winter night!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Mila Young! This is my honest review.



#Cover Reveal - Unbound by Kimberly Derting, designed by Bilan Inc.


Unbound
Kimberly Derting
(The Men of West Beach, #2)
Publication date: February 11th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Emerson Monroe McLean is a true Texan through and through. But she’s never wanted to be like the other girls she grew up with, the ones who view debutante balls and sororities as stepping-stones to landing the perfect husband.
Yet everyone underestimates Em. When they look at the leggy blonde, all they see is a serial-dater who leaves a string of broken hearts in her wake. What people don’t realize is that keeping guys at arms length is more than just about having a good time; it’s a deep-rooted defense mechanism.
Lucas Harper is California born and bred. The product of his wealthy upbringing and an overbearing mother, Lucas has always been told where to be and when to be there. But after his older brother’s death, Lucas is tired of being a puppet.
Taking a break to figure out what he wants out of life, he moves to West Beach to spend the summer surfing. It’s there that he meets Emerson McLean, the free-spirited beauty who lures him into her bed. Refusing to be tied down, she’s unlike any girl he’s every known.
Their chemistry is undeniable. There’s only one hitch: Lucas already has a fiancĂ©e. And when she lands on his doorstep, Emerson realizes that for the first time in her life, she has genuine feelings for a guy.
With her heart on the line, Emerson discovers that, win or lose, she isn’t the kind of girl to play by the rules.
Book 1 in the series:


Author Bio:
Kimberly has been in love with LOVE since the first grade, when she would make “boyfriends” hold her hand during recess . . . whether they wanted to or not. In high school, she discovered romance novels and she’s been hooked ever since!
She is the author of the award-winning THE BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, THE TAKING trilogy, and UNDRESSED (her first book in The Men Of West Beach series). She's also co-written the soon-to-be-released picture books about a girl who loves science! Her books have been translated into 15 languages, and both THE BODY FINDER and THE PLEDGE were YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections.
These days, she spends entirely too much time ordering stuff off the Internet, binge-watching Netflix, and holding hands with a guy who doesn’t have to be forced (her husband).

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#Cover Reveal - Covet by Micalea Smeltzer


Covet
Micalea Smeltzer
(Enchanted #2)
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
On the run from the Iniquitous, Mara feels lost and helpless. Without Theo by her side she’s left bare and vulnerable, but she’s a fighter and, with blood boiling in her veins, she vows to avenge him.
The Iniquitous have already taken so much from her, and she refuses to sit back and let them take anything else. She trains harder, preparing herself physically and mentally to take them on. As her magic grows stronger, so does the voice speaking to her from beyond the grave.
She wants to believe it’s real, to give in to what feels right, but if she does, her mind might be lost forever.
Sequel to:


Author Bio:
Hi. I’m Micalea. Ma-call-e-uh. Weird name, I know. My mom must’ve known I was going to be odd even in the womb. I’ve written a lot of books. Like a lot. Don’t ask me how many, I don’t remember at this point. I have an unhealthy addiction to Diet Coke but I can’t seem to break the habit. I listen to way too much music and hedgehogs have taken over my life. Crazy is the word that best sums up my life, but it’s the good kind of crazy and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

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Dead Normal by D.M. Singh

Dead Normal
by D M Singh

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Follow This Publishing; 2 edition (October 28, 2016)
Publication Date: October 28, 2016
Genre: Paranormal Comedic Romance
Print Length: 265 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
"My name is Amanda and at the ripe age of 23 I'm dead. I got the biggest shock of my after-life, when I discovered that what I thought was a near-death experience was just...death. What could be weirder than that you say? I just met death and his name is Derek."
Amanda discovers that in order to move on, she must experience the things she never did while alive, Accompanied by her very own Grim Reaper

Dead Normal by D.M. Singh

Dead NormalNever, never, never could I have thought that Death could have a humorous side for the recently departed, but clearly, it can! D.M. Singh’s DEAD NORMAL is a light-hearted tale of one young woman’s afterlife as she discovers that, yes, she was taken too soon, before she had experienced all she was meant to, but she is given a second chance to get the good stuff right.

Amanda is dead, but now what? Why is she feeling like she is alive and why is that hot guy telling her he is Death and his name is Derek? Seems Derek is to be her “reluctant cruise director” until she complete three tasks she missed out on in life.

Follow Amanda’s incredible and incredibly funny journey, rejoining the living in a new body, with a new identity and an entire new group of friends from beyond!

Face it, our own death is not a laughing matter, too many unknowns, too many things still to do, right? I think I just changed my mind and am clearly hoping/expecting at least as much craziness as Amanda! Clearly this is one of those Hidden Gems that goes to the top of my reading pile! Live, laugh, love and when you die, looks like you may be able to finish the important stuff on your eternal bucket list! A fun read, honest!

D.M. Singh, you nailed a fabulous read!

Fireball by Nazarea Andrews #Cover Reveal

 

Today we are celebrating the cover reveal for FIREBALL by Nazarea Andrews. Fireball is an adult contemporary romance, standalone novel, and it kicks off the brand new River Street Bar series. It will be released on March 8!

 

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FIREBALL by Nazarea Andrews

A Standalone Contemporary Romance

(River Street Bar series, #1)

Coming March 8

Blurb:

He’s infuriating…
Dempsey Jones has been a nuisance my entire life, the straight-laced Boy Scout grown up to be a firefighter, of all things. He was the one helping kittens out of trees and old ladies cross the road while I was lighting cherry bombs with my best friend in abandoned buildings, and now that we’re all grown up—even if my Dad doesn’t agree—he’s still just as annoying.
She’s impossible…
Taite Ridley has been a constant my whole life, the curly haired mischievous daughter of the police chief, charming and devious and alluring. She was wild in ways I never dared to be and too big for our little town. But she’s here, a small town cop, and I can’t avoid her, even if I wanted to.
And I don’t want to.
It’s like mixing fire and gasoline and when these two collide, someone is gonna get burned…
 

Excerpt:

I grew up in River City.
It’s a good place for a kid to grow up—small town enough that I could wander without causing much worry, as long as no one counted my father.
He counted himself, but I stopped a while ago.
But it’s small enough that there’s not enough crime that I couldn’t wander, and big enough that it didn’t bore even me to tears. It was this intoxicatingly perfect mix of small town and big city, where everyone knew everyone and we didn’t have to drive an hour to go to a mall or museum.
And I never wanted to leave it. River City was home. I wandered away for college, and promptly came back, and I loved it—it’s where every good memory I had was, a place I cared about with a ferocity that only a native could. It knew my secrets and my history and it kept both safe.
But right this second, as I stood on Mrs. Rudolph’s front yard in the sideways rain—she was perched on her covered porch with a cup of coffee clasped in her wrinkled hands—I was questioning literally every decision I’d ever made in my life.
“Ma’am, we checked your crawlspace last week.”
“That Harper checked it,” Mrs Rudolph says, dismissive as fuck and I hear a muffled snort behind me. My smile feels brittle as she smiles brightly at me. “But I know you’ll do a good job. You don’t mind, do you, Taite?”
And that’s why.
I love River City with all my heart, but I swear to god, becoming a cop in a city that watched me grow up was probably the worst idea I’d ever had.
And I’d had a long and illustrious career of bad ideas, as Daddy was very helpful to point out.
A choked noise came from behind me and I fixed my plastic smile a little bit wider before saying, “Gimme just one second, Mrs Rudolph, Officer Delgado and I need to talk.”
She nods agreeably and takes a sip of her damnable coffee and I turn to pin my partner with a glare.
Miguel doesn’t even have the good grace to try to hide his smile.
“Don’t look at me like that,” he says, smile wide and cheerful.
“It’s your turn to go crawling under houses.”
“How do you figure that?” he asks, attempting to school his expression.
“I went up the tree for the Foster girls’ kitten last week!”
“Didn’t Dempsey—”
I snarl and he very wisely shuts his mouth. His eyes are still a little too bright, though, and I kinda want to punch him. I do not stomp my foot. “You promised not to bring him up,” I snap.
“I know,” he gives me apologetic eyes. “I slipped, sorry.”
I glance back at the house, at Mrs Rudolph waiting anxiously.
“I have to go, don’t I?” I say, resigned.
Miguel nudges me with one shoulder. “If you don’t, we’ll be here next week. She’s not gonna believe any of us until you tell her there’s nothing down there.”
“But—”
This. This is the problem. I grew up here, the only daughter of the police chief, a fucking widower and somehow became the town mascot. Even when I want to be taken serious, it’s like all anyone sees is the knobby kneed, ratty haired fourteen year old running the streets with Miguel and getting into trouble.
I huff a curse and shrug out of my waterproofed jacket. The rain immediately starts biting into my uniform and I resign myself to spending the rest of my shift wet and muddy.
Maybe Miguel would let us swing by my apartment to change before we headed back to the station.
“I hate this,” I mutter and he nods.
But he doesn’t quite hide his grin as I drop to my knees and crawl under Mrs Rudolph’s damn house.
“I went to school for this. The fucking Academy. So I could crawl around in the mud looking for—fuck. Miguel, what the fuck am I even looking for?” I shout, my voice muffled.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binge watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. N is a self-professed geek and enjoys spending her spare time lost in her favorite fandoms and can often be found babbling about them on social media. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.  
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