Monday, 21 November 2022


 Book Series Details:
Book Series Title:  PUPS & PURRS SERIES by Sunny Weber
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12)
Genre:  animals/pets
Publisher:  Pups & Purrs Press
Release date:  Oct 6, 2017, Aug 8, 2019, August 23, 2019, 
Content Rating: G
Book Series Description:

Mission: Humane education through storytelling.

Each book in the Pups & Purrs series features Classic Coming of Age stories with multi-layered themes and messages for a wide variety of readers.

Ages 7-10 will enjoy the surface of the stories; ages 10-13 will begin to see the messages; ages 13 and up will begin to identify with the deeper themes.

Each book reflects issues children experience and the animal characters give voice to emotions that children often cannot.
The main goals of the series are:
​To Help children
 who have difficulty verbalizing their life stresses but who can identify with animals. The animal characters experience the same issues: e.g.:  social isolation; personal identity conflicts; bullying; rejection; lack of power; decision-making; growing up challenges.
To Provide humane education for childrenteaching what animals need; to develop empathy; seeking to see the world through animal eyes; assisting in the early development of altruism.
A major goal is to turn potential animal abusers around--avoiding the inevitable escalation to violence against people. Children begin abusing animals when they are abused, or see abuse modeled in the adults around them. The P&P series seeks to give children more constructive options through humane awareness of animals as sentient beings.
To Teach through storytelling and entertainment: by encouraging reading by featuring colorful characters and engrossing stories.
To Develop early problem-solving abilities/analytical thinking:  the animal characters show how to set goals and develop step-by-step accomplishments to attain those goals. They face the consequences of their decisions and grow in personal responsibility.
To Promote the humane treatment of all creatures and the environment by furnishing tools for parents, teachers, counselors, and humane educators at home, school, in therapeutic settings, and at animal rescue environments.

GUEST POST by Sunny Weber, author of the Pups & Purrs Series
Who is your main audience for the Pups & Purrs Series and how have you addressed the audiences’ needs?
My target audiences are:
Middle-Grade readers (ages 8-14).
Readers who dislike/have difficulty with reading, by providing intriguing stories, in easy-to-read formats, with charming illustrations.
Parents who want to be able to share reading experiences with their children. All the stories realistically but sensitively face what children do as they grow up, but parents can be at ease knowing each book has a happy ending!
Teachers who seek user-friendly tools to encourage students to read. The transition from picture to chapter books can intimidate children, especially those with learning challenges, so the P&P books include illustrations, larger print, and few hyphenated words on the right sides of the pages.
Counselors who need animal character bridges to assist troubled children open up about their own life challenges—while identifying with the story characters.
Humane Educators who can share animal stories in shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries when children visit or volunteer.

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Saturday, 19 November 2022

In the Shadow of a Hoax by Maci Aurora + Excerpt

In the Shadow of a Hoax
Maci Aurora
(Fareview Fairytales, #2)
Publication date: January 24th 2023
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

In the Kingdom of Kaloma, a woman is forced to rely on a man to “keep her” and is forbidden from maintaining anything of her own. It’s the law.

In the remote village of Sevens, at the northernmost point of the kingdom, there lives a family with four daughters and a son, toiling day in and day out together, hopeful a treaty with the boarding kingdom of Jast might change things.

When one daughter—at risk of being imprisoned for fighting back—hides away in the Whitling Woods. She stumbles upon a dying man and despite the risk to herself, chooses to save him. Only who he is has the power to change everything…

Tarley Fareview, idealistic and stubborn, does what she can to support herself in spite of an unjust Kaloma law. When she fights back after being attacked, she flees into the woods disguised as a boy. While in hiding, she discovers a dying man and must decide if she risks her life to save him. Unable to walk away, Tarley chooses to intervene and works to save the stranger, only little does she know that by doing so she’ll also risk the heart she promised herself she’d never give to anyone.

When the Crown Prince of Jast, Lachlan Nikolas—forced by the king to attend treaty negotiations with the kingdom of Kaloma in disguise—is attacked, his horse bolts, and they both careen over a cliff, falling to their deaths in a raging river below. Only, miracle of miracles, Lachlan doesn’t perish, and instead is given a second chance at life, but at a price. When he wakes, he’s not only been stripped of his clothes but also his identity. Saved by a strange woman—in a terrible disguise because she looks nothing like a boy—Lachlan must learn very quickly how to survive in a world where he isn’t a prince anymore and with zero skills other than his entitlement and his charm. Unsure who to trust, Lachlan must reinvent himself, learn how to survive, open his heart to discover the truth about worthiness, and discover what it means to sacrifice one’s self for true love.

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It was nearing sunrise on the fifth day. The twilight teasing the flap of the tent. The birds were only beginning to sing, and though the music of the birds waking and the river beyond were usually her salve to get her moving, her eyes were so heavy, and her body weighted with exhaustion. Her mind and senses lulled toward sleep by the sound of Ollie’s clear breathing and the song of the birds, so she shut her eyes.

Just for a moment, she told herself. Ollie’s safe. I’ll rest. Just for a moment, she thought and slipped into the rest of the darkness.


She stretched her body, uncurling it, and basking in the gloriousness of warmth and rest. Her hand dropped against something unforgiving, her head pressed against a wall. She moaned, disoriented, and grabbed hold of the mound under her quilt trying to figure out what had crawled into bed with her.

“I’ve always enjoyed a good fondling, but I prefer it being reciprocal.”

Tarley’s eyes snapped open at the foreign sound—a man’s voice with just the hint of an accent with which she wasn’t familiar. Skin. That’s what her eyes focused on. Lots of it. An arm. A shoulder. A scruffy jaw in need of a shave as she raised her gaze. Full lips arched with a smile, the bottom slightly fuller though the pronounced arches of the upper. He was grinning, and his eyes—a myriad of colors—were darkened with a ring of deep green at the edges.

Realizing she was flush against him, holding him, Tarley jerked back, scrambling to the opposite side of the ten, only there wasn’t enough room to maneuver. She regretted the quick movement, her body protesting with aches and pains of not enough sleep.

“Ollie. I–” She couldn’t meet his gaze.

“You were asleep.”

Her cheeks heated realizing she’d been holding him in her sleep. Holding onto him the night she’d been trying to save him flashed in her mind reminding her she’d held him before. To save him, she snapped at her inner self.

Her eyes danced across the quilt until she found the bravery to meet his gaze.

Author Bio:

Romance author.

Lover of stories.

Maci Aurora has been writing stories since she was a child. When she was eleven, she fell in love with reading Sunfire Historical Romances about girls who made a difference in their lives and still fell in love. In high school, a friend introduced her to Lavyrle Spencer and Judith McNaught, and from there, her writing journey was cemented in telling stories about love. Having already published many novels (all of which are threaded with romance as upper YA and New Adult titles) under the pen name, CL Walters, Maci Aurora wanted to write stories that offered the same attention to story and characters but with additional steam.

Maci writes in Hawaiʻi where she lives with her husband, their children, and their fur-babies.

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Friday, 18 November 2022

Holy Terror by John R. Dougherty + Guest Post


Book Details:

​Book Title:  Holy Terror by John R. Dougherty
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  275 pages
Genre: Supernatural Mystery
Publisher:  Self-Published
Release date:  September 2022
Content Rating:  PG-13 +M - There is very little mild bad language, but there is a lot of somewhat graphic violence depicted.
Book Description:

The Miami police force is utterly baffled by the horrific crime scenes they are finding. The victims are being executed in unimaginable ways, and unlike most crimes perpetrated against humanity, these victims do not fit the usual murder victim profile. These victims are themselves criminals. In fact, some are very well-known criminals. But this scenario is not unique to Miami. Locales worldwide are seeing the same kind of maniacal homicides.

Who is responsible for carrying out these crimes, and how can they be stopped?

Two of Miami PD’s finest, Detectives Ian Jelani and Lane Madigan, are on the prowl, trying to solve these mysterious crimes. But they are being drawn into something far beyond their imaginations, something more than they have ever bargained for. These men may think they have seen it all, but that is quite the understatement. They are on a collision course with the most terrifying vigilante they have ever encountered. When their families become embroiled, the gloves come off, no holds are barred, and the rage of the vigilante spills onto them as well.

The forces of good and evil have waged war since long before Creation. Angels of heaven, both good and evil, have struggled to expand the borders of their kingdoms, and humankind has long been caught in the middle of that raging turf war. Men and women have faced the choices of good and evil since the Garden of Eden, and everyone knows where that original choice landed the rest of us. But humans are not the only ones tempted by the wares of evil. Angels have stared those same choices in the face too. Some have fallen away from the Creator, while some have remained faithful to Him. What of an angel caught betwixt good and evil, an angel who thinks he is serving his Master, but he is actually teetering on the edge of his own fall? What if that angel was the greatest warrior angel of all time, and decided to take it upon himself to rid the Earth of evil people? What might happen to those evil people who are trying to exert their malevolent power and intentions upon their fellow humans if such an angel was to go after them?

In Holy Terror, Thumos, the greatest warrior of the Creator’s angelic army, the fiercest of all heavenly soldiers, has had enough of what he perceives to be a pattern of deference. He decides to take matters into his own hands. But the path he starts down is a path that other angels have traversed before. And many of them have ended up in the camp of the Evil One, the most destructive force the universe has ever known. Thumos comes face to face with Satan himself, and he have even more decisions to make.

My Dream Cast of Actors by John R Dougherty
I am a huge movie buff, and while watching so many choices at home is fantastic, I still enjoy seeing them on the big screen.  Under my “expert tutelage”, my children grew up knowing movie quotes from all sorts of movies, and we always had a lot of fun working movie quotes into life’s everyday situations.  I suppose a dream of many writers is to have their book adapted for the silver screen, and I am no exception to that dream.  In fact, in my head, I have already developed the cast of actors and actresses whom I think would be perfect for the unique characters found in my new book, Holy Terror.
Because of my love of movies though, I truly have always thought about my book cinematically.  When my awesome writing coach & editor, Melody Bussey, first began helping me with my writing, she encouraged to create character profiles, and go so far as to picture the faces of the different characters, so these are some of the actors and actresses that, in my imagination, helped breathe life into the characters on the page.  No doubt, these celebrities will all be chomping at the bit to see this come to fruition .
These are of course not all the characters in my book, but below are the majority of the bigger roles to be filled, should Holy Terror ever make it to the big screen…hey, it could happen!
Alan Ritchson as Thumos: From tough guy Jack Reacher to unstoppable angelic warrior!
Idris Elba as Detective Ian Jelani: Let him go with or without the British accent – either works!
Chris Pratt as Detective Lane Madigan: Fighting the Kree, Thanos, or dinosaurs is a cake walk compared to this!
Jamie Lee Curtis as Captain Julie Franklin: After surviving Michael Myers so often, what a tough cop she could play!
Halle Berry as Dr. Lauren Willis: She has no idea what kind of “storm” she’s getting into!
Brie Larson as Janie Madigan: Captain Marvel can’t get her out of this jam!
Denzel Washington as Yahweh: An outspoken Christian – if Morgan Freeman can play God, so can Denzel!
Henry Cavell as Satan: From Superman to Satan, what a change – but he’s been known to play a bad guy or two in his career!
Kevin Sorbo as Michael the Archangel: Kevin has starred in many Christian movies – can’t you see him as an archangel?
Hugh Jackman as Armada: After some singing and slashing, Hugh could add “angel” to his repertoire!
Michael B. Jordan as Kakos: From Rocky protégé and Black Panther usurper to a super bad angel!
Aaron Paul as Jimmy Whitaker: From cooking meth to cooking up some revenge!
Pedro Pascal as Roberto Valenzuela: There’s not enough Beskar Steel to protect him this time – this is the way!
David Oyelowo as Raphael the Archangel: An archangel with a British accent?  It’ll be awesome!
Mark Wahlberg as Gabriel the Archangel: From Catholic Priest to Archangel – that’s an easy leap for Mark!

Meet the Author:

John has spent his professional career working in information technology by day and dabbling in a variety of other diversions by nights and weekends, including a few decades of serving in lay ministry. While serving in this capacity he preached hundreds of sermons, taught countless Bible study classes, and wrote dozens of inspirational articles.

He enjoys golf, guitars, grandchildren, and all things Kansas City – the Chiefs, the Royals, Sporting KC, KC Symphony, and KC Broadway, to name a few. He thinks (if not for his long-lost metabolism of youth) he could eat the famous Kansas City barbecue every day…maybe not for breakfast, but lunch and dinner for sure!

Now he is enjoying bringing to life his angelic hero, Thumos, and a host of other characters that he hopes you will find both entertaining as well as either inspiring or repulsive (after all, there are both good guys and bad guys in this story). This is the first book of a series, featuring detectives Lane Madigan and Ian Jelani, whose experience with Thumos will yield life changing results. And if you happen to be interested in such things, happy Bible Easter Egg hunting while you read, since many are planted throughout the book.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022

Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate; Holidays, Special Occasions and Other Times Our Celebrations Get Out of Hand by Dorothy Rosby


Book Details:

Book Title:  ‘Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate; Holidays, Special Occasions and Other Times Our Celebrations Get Out of Hand  by Dorothy Rosby
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+) ,  258 pages
Genre: Humorous Essay
Publisher:  Unhinged Press
Release date:   November 2022
Content Rating:  G - appropriate for general audience as defined above
Book Description:

Christmas comes but once a year; chaos never ends! Happy Halloween, merry Christmas and joyful Lumpy Rug Day. We didn’t make that up. Lumpy Rug Day is celebrated every May 3, though “celebrated” might be too strong a word. It’s the American way to create a celebration for everything, then turn it into a chore or worse, a nightmare. ’Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate is a collection of humorous essays about holidays, special occasions and other times our celebrations make us feel not-so-celebratory. It’s understanding for those who think Christmas form letters can be honest—or they can be interesting. And it’s empathy for anyone who’s ever gotten poison ivy during Nude Recreation Week or eaten all their Halloween candy and had to hand out instant oatmeal packets to their trick-or-treaters. ​
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I loved this book so much! It had me giggling - sometimes embarrassingly loudly - throughout and goodness knows we could all do with a good laugh right now. Dorothy Rosby's self-depreciating sense of humour chimed brilliantly well with my own and I really appreciated her less-than-traditional take on the series of seasonal festivals that make up the year. Rosby says out loud what many of us think privately about how ridiculous many of these over-commercialised rituals have become and how exhausting it can be to keep up with expectations. I especially loved her glaringly honest round robin Christmas letter and I wish I had the nerve to actually use one or two of her Valentine's Day rhymes! 

I think Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate would be the perfect book to wrap up as a Secret Santa gift if you know its recipient is equally as underwhelmed by the idea of creating a 'perfect' Christmas / Thanksgiving / Hallowe'en / ... it really is an endless stream of merriment!

Meet the Author:

Dorothy Rosby is a syndicated humor columnist and the author of four books of humorous essays. She’s the 2022 global winner of the Erma Bombeck Writers Competition, sponsored in part by the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. She lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota, 20 miles from Mount Rushmore, something she’s very proud of though she’s not on it—yet.

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Monday, 14 November 2022

Maral & Lupita: A Celebration of Friendship by Judith Verduzco & Maral Pushian Sultanian


Book Details:

​Book Title:  Maral & Lupita: A Celebration of Friendship by Judith Verduzco & Maral Pushian Sultanian
Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  96 pages
Genre: Children's Book, Chapter Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:  Nov 1, 2022
Content Rating:  G
Book Description:

It's the first day of fourth grade! Lupita and her family have just emigrated from Mexico and settled into their new home in the United States of America. Maral, a bit of a know-it-all, looks across the playground and notices the new girl in town. What follows is the birth of a friendship, the merging of cultures, and all that comes with these sorts of things! Throughout the pages of Maral & Lupita: A Celebration of Friendship, readers will find how friendships are born, nurtured, challenged, and celebrated.
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Meet the Authors:

Dr. Maral Pushian Sultanian has spent the majority of her professional career in service to youth and their families, entering the field of mental health in the community-based sector and finding herself now engrossed with the privilege of serving foster youth in Ventura County, California. She draws creative inspiration from her two children, Leo and William.

Judith A. Verduzco, LCSW, MPA, finds inspiration to collaborate and develop stories such as Maral & Lupita: A Celebration of Friendship from the myriad relationships that bring light and love to each of her creative endeavors. She is an ideas person who nurtures their fruition, bringing them to life. She has spent the majority of her professional career in public administration and in service to children, youth, and their families in and through community-based mental health. 

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Saturday, 12 November 2022

Never Gonna Happen by Linda Kage + Excerpt

Never Gonna Happen
Linda Kage
Publication date: November 8th 2022
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Peyton’s mom and my mom were best friends.

You’d think that should cover the gist of it. But, no… Oh, no.

Not even close.

You see, Mom and Aunt Donna (as I’d always called Peyton’s mother) were not simply just best friends; I’m saying they were the-same-person-inhabiting-two-different-bodies kind of best friends.

And thus, Peyton Royce had been forced on me since the moment she was born.

We were treated like twins, yet always expected to fall in love one day and get married. The only problem with that was I didn’t love Peyton. And I’m fairly certain she didn’t even like me in return.

Don’t get me wrong. I adored our moms—swear to God—but they had to let this stupid notion go, because one thing had become abundantly clear to me over the years. I would never marry Peyton Royce. I think it was my one goal in life, actually.

So… Sorry, Mom and Aunt Donna, but you two just weren’t going to get your way on this.

Peyton and I? It was never gonna happen.

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Aria took her turn next. When she immediately turned toward me and Peyton, my stomach dipped with dread.

“York,” she smirked snidely. “Truth or dare?”

“Uh…” Damn. I shrugged, not sure what would be worse from her. I ended up going with, “Truth,” only to hold my breath and hope she didn’t ask about why I’d really broken up with her. I didn’t want to hurt her feelings and admit that I just didn’t feel any sparks.

But she glanced calculatingly between me and Peyton instead, then asked, “You two have known each other your whole lives, right?”

I frowned in confusion. “Uh, yeah. That’s your question?”

“No. My question is if you two have ever kissed before.”

“What? No!” I frowned at her for wasting her truth question on that and then glanced toward Peyton, shaking my head to let her know my group of friends was clearly insane.

She merely blushed and shrugged back.

And Wes took his turn next in the game.

“York!” he cheered. “Truth or dare?”

“Seriously?” I threw up my hands. “Why is everyone picking on me all of the sudden?”

“Truth or dare?” Wes repeated, lifting a challenging eyebrow.

I didn’t like where Aria had been heading with her question about Peyton, so this time I said, “Dare.”

Wes looked at me with victory, letting me know I’d chosen wrong, right before he said, “I dare you to kiss Peyton.”

Author Bio:

Linda writes romance fiction from YA to adult, contemporary to fantasy. Most Kage stories lean more toward the lighter, sillier side with a couple meaningful moments thrown in. Focuses more on entertainment value and emotional impact.
Published since 2010. Went through a 2-year writing correspondence class in children's literature from The Institute of Children's Literature. Then graduated with a Bachelors in Arts, English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University.

Now she lives with hubby, two daughters, cat Holly, and nine cuckoo clocks in southeast Kansas, USA. Farm girl. Parents were dairy farmers. Was youngest of eight. Big family. Day job as a cataloging library assistant.

Harry Potter House Gryffindor, Patronus White Stallion, character match Hagrid. Supernatural Team Dean. Game of Thrones Team Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister. The Walking Dead Team Daryl. Outlander Team Jamie Fraser. Teen Wolf Team Stiles. Avenger Team Thor...or Hulk (can't decide). Justice League Team Flash. Arrow Team Stephen Amell. Stranger Things obsessed. Heard Laurel, not Yanny.

Started out reading with the Baby-Sitters Club. Then moved to Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, and LaVyrle Spencer in high school. Now all over the place with her romance reading tastes.

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Thursday, 10 November 2022

A Spying Eye: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel by Michelle Cox

Book Details:

Book Title A Spying Eye: A Henrietta and Inspector Howard Novel by Michelle Cox
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+), 256 pages
Genre Historical Mystery
Publisher She Writes Press
Release dates:   Oct 25, 2022
Content Rating: R:
 There are some swear words peppered throughout (not many) and 2 explicit sex scenes (tasteful, but more than a PG-13 scene)

Book Description:

In A Spying Eye, Clive and Henrietta return to Europe in an attempt to resurrect their failed honeymoon. While in London, they are approached by their old friend, Inspector John Hartle, who convinces them to search for the missing panel of the Ghent Altarpiece, a famous Renaissance painting, of which Hitler’s top men are also in pursuit.

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, Oldrich Exley threatens to cut off financial support for the entire Von Harmon brood if Elsie continues with her plan to marry Gunther―a situation made worse by the sudden appearance of one Heinrich Meyer, who claims to be little Anna’s father and threatens to take her away. Desperate, Elsie seeks the help of Clive’s sister, Julia, who is herself the victim of domestic abuse and who has fallen under the spell of a handsome Texas millionaire bent on acquiring a rare painting from the Howard collection.

​Clive and Henrietta’s search takes them to Chateau du Freudeneck in Strasbourg, France―the ancient seat of the Von Harmons and home to three eccentric distant relatives. What begins as a wild goose chase turns decidedly more deadly when several Nazi officers also arrive at the chateau in search of a “valuable item.” When Henrietta and Clive attempt to flee after Henrietta uncovers a shocking truth, they are forced to trust themselves to a suspicious French servant who seems all-too willing to help . . .

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The sixth novel in Michelle Cox's historical detective fiction 'Henrietta and Inspector Howard' series, A Spying Eye, is set in the mid-1930s, on the eve of the Second World War. While the art theft mystery itself is a completely self-contained story, other narrative threads concerning Henrietta and Clive's extended families are obviously continuations of events in the previous novels so I felt this is probably a series best read in order. I did manage to quickly catch up and make sense of everything that was going on, but, understandably, did feel somewhat on the back foot through the earlier chapters.

I enjoyed Henrietta's and Clive's European travels, especially their sojourn in Alsace which is a part of France that I am less familiar with. I appreciated Cox keeping much of the non-English dialogue in its original French and German, translating for English-speaking readers in a natural way as the story progressed, rather than having the Howards only ever meet characters who speak fluent English! This gave the European scenes an authentic flavour and depth. Henrietta herself did come across as a bit too naïve and trusting to me so I struggled to believe in her as a detective, though she plays the society lady role well and Clive's more rigid outlook makes theirs a good partnership.

Once the mystery geared up a pace and swung into an adventure tale, I stayed happily along for the ride. It might be showing my age to admit that I was prompted to think of the Indiana Jones film a few times once bullets started flying. There's a number of tense standoffs and a thrilling car chase, although Elsie and Gunther's storyline, taking place on the other side of the Atlantic, kept me equally as gripped. A Spying Eye is an interesting mix of genre styles with a convincing 1930s setting.

Meet the Author:

Michelle Cox is the author of the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents. Her books have won over 50 international awards and have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Foreword, Elle, Redbook, Brit&Co., POPSUGAR, Buzzfeed, and many others.

Unbeknownst to most, Michelle hoards board games she doesn’t have time to play and is, not surprisingly, addicted to period dramas and big band music. Also marmalade. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three children, and one naughty Goldendoodle and is hard at work on her latest novel. 

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