Promo Blitz | The Forest Bull by Terry Maggert (@TerryMaggert)

21 July 2014

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Forest Bull

Synopsis

Three lovers. Two immortals. One mystery.

When Ring Hardigan isn’t making sandwiches for, and with, his two partners, Waleska and Risa (they’re cool like that), he’s got a busy schedule doing the dirty work of sending immortals to the ever after. Wally and Risa provide linguistics, logistics, and finding the right place for him and his knife.

A reclusive Baron from the timelost forests of Europe asks for their help—find a stolen collection of jewelry, and find the thief—his daughter Elizabeth, an immortal of purest evil who wants nothing less than control of Hell itself. With the help of a 2400 year old succubus hooker named Delphine, they might just live long enough to what is evil, who is human, and exactly who wants to reign in hell.

Excerpt

Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked. - Saint Augustine

France

Elizabeth stood with her elegant silhouette backlit by the city at night. One hand absently held an empty champagne flute; the other toyed with the heavy curtains that framed a view of the heart of Paris. Her brown eyes lingered over the city as she stretched her sculptured body in a feline motion that sent black hair falling down her snowy back in a silken rush. Over her shoulder, on the edge of the tangled bed, the girl dressed, pulling boots on her long legs. She was tall, young, and radiant, possibly Czech, a honey blonde in her late teens. Her looks were natural and fresh, but unfinished, where Elizabeth was a classic dark beauty with a commanding presence that only breeding and maturity could grant. Money could buy the appearance of wealth but not the assurance to wear it like a second skin. The girl’s beauty would command the eyes of men wherever she went, but Elizabeth’s would bend their will even as she entered a room. Even a fool could see that the blood of kings flowed in her veins. Standing in heels, the girl met Elizabeth’s height, eye to eye. Around the women, furniture of rich wood gleamed with the luster of wealth. Upholstery, flawless from disuse, covered the beautifully framed items that were tastefully scattered across the rooms. Each room of the suite spoke of money and taste. Even the single lamp that threw muted light from the corner was a model of understated style. The immediate area was in the disarray of harried intimacy. An empty wine bottle, berries on a bone china tray, and the scent of perfume and damp linen testified to the activity of the previous night. At least some Europeans still respected a Do Not Disturb sign, regardless of noise. The sign had also allowed them to sleep the day away, a dreamless sleep of joyous exhaustion. She looked at the girl, who now had her luggage near the door.

“Before you go, are you ready? Do you need anything?”

In the girl’s purse rested a first class ticket to Miami and credit cards, all with no limit. Elizabeth’s tone was light but warm. The girl reddened slightly from the remembrance of the previous week and the life that she was about to begin. She was also flushed from her internal struggle as her body began to change.

“No, I have everything. Thank you. Thank you a thousand times. This is . . . ,” she trailed off as Elizabeth gave the smallest of frowns.

“Something is missing. Here. This.” She held the girl’s hand and slipped a delicate ring on her finger. The diamond was framed on either side by a strange stone deeper than oxblood. Light swirls of silky color danced in the gems. The antique platinum setting was graceful and worn, like an heirloom.

“I cannot -,” the girl started.

Elizabeth shook her head slowly. “It was my daughter’s. Wear it, and, when you have a daughter you love, give it to her.”

To a girl of such youth and beauty, children were far away where she was going.

“But what if I have no daughter?” she asked. Elizabeth looked briefly at the window.

“Petra, your life will be one of gifts, giving. And receiving. Men will want you. They will try to own you. All of them, drunk with lust, an endless line of their eyes shining with greed,” Elizabeth gave a wintry smile. “You will appeal to their vanity even as they feed you. Savor it. There is no other feeling like it.”

She kissed the girl on the cheek in dismissal and turned to the champagne bottle settling in the silver urn. “Whether you want to or not, you will be a mother of sorts. Many daughters, I think. And when you find one who meets your mettle, you will give her the ring as a gift. In the meantime, the gift you will give is yourself.”

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terry

Born in 1968, I discovered fishing shortly after walking, a boon, considering I lived in South Florida. After a brief move to Kentucky, my family trekked back to the Sunshine State. I had the good fortune to attend high school in idyllic upstate New York, where I learned about a mythical substance known as "snow". After two or three failed attempts at college, I bought a bar. That was fun because I love beer, but, then, I eventually met someone smarter than me (a common event), and, in this case, she married me and convinced me to go back to school--which I did, with enthusiasm. I earned a Master's Degree in History and rediscovered my love for writing.

My novels explore dark fantasy, immortality, and the nature of love as we know it.

I live near Nashville, Tennessee, with the aforementioned wife, son, and herd, and, when I'm not writing, I teach history, grow wildly enthusiastic tomato plants, and restore my 1967 Mustang.


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Fall From India Place by Samantha Young (@SYoungSFAuthor )

20 July 2014


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Publisher: Piatkus
Pages: 208
Summary:

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future…

When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.

Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…

But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again….


Oh my. Oh my. Oh my...

I LOVED this book! I could not put it down and started and finished it within two days. If you've read the other books in this series you will know Hannah as Ellie and Braden's little sister and remember Marco from conversation between Hannah and the other girls. And boy have they both grown up. When FFIP opens, we have jumped five years since the end of the last book in the series. Hannah is now in her early twenties and a trainee English teacher. Marco is a construction worker and hot as hell.

Not long after FFIP opens we realise that Marco left Hannah in the worst possible way he could. After building a friendship after Marco saved Hannah from some male bullies and becoming best friends they eventually sleep together with Marco taking Hannah's virginity and then disappearing into the wind without a trace. Hannah calls after him only to find he has left for America the night after they slept together. I wanted to kill Marco when I found that out. Hunt him down and kill him for hurting Hannah.

In a complete coincidence, Hannah bumps into Marco at a wedding and after five years of silence she is faced with him and the past comes rushing back leading to her confronting him but, as we know with these ODS boys, they aren't the kind to give up easily and Marco actively pursues Hannah until she gives in and realises she wants him.

Of course, it isn't plain sailing, both Marco and Hannah are keeping huge secrets from one another. Hannah involves them both and is her reasoning for constantly pushing Marco away and Marco's is equally as damaging considering Hannah's past experience. In the long run it all comes out and their secrets nearly destroy both of them and their chance of being together. I was so rooting for these two and wanted them to be with one another. Out of all the ODS couples, they are the two who really, really deserved to work and be together.

Eventually, everything comes out but in both circumstances not in the way either Marco or Hannah would want them too and then their relationship takes a horrible turn after Hannah breaks things off nad they bump into each other at a play centre. They go from being a loving, caring couple to be fuck buddies and it hated that so much. I wanted to lean in and bash their heads together because I really thought this would be it. They wouldn't be getting their happy ever after but of course, I was wrong. After a horrible event in Hannah's life that deeply affects her Marco is there for her and fundamentally she lets him be. Something he has always wanted.

All in all, this was a great book and addition to the ODS series. What I loved even more was we got to see snippets of all the other couples and their lives now, with kids and some more on the way. They are all so happy! Plus I loved how protective Cole, Adam, Nate and Braden were over Hannah. It was great to read.

Now to read the novella's I still haven't got around to reading and wait impatiently for Cole's story which is now coming in October instead of next year! YAY!

Book Blitz & Coach Tote Givaway | Hot Shot by Lynn Raye Harris (@LynnRayeHarris)

19 July 2014

Read on to find out all you need to know about Hot Shot by Lynn Raye Harris and how to win a Coach tote filled with signed copies of the Hot series! 


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Genre: 

Contemporary Romance

Summary:

Cool under pressure... Until now.

Hostile Operations Team sniper Jack "Hawk" Hunter is cool, methodical, and utterly lethal. Nothing rattles Jack's calm. But that was before he learned he fathered a child three years ago--a child who has just been kidnapped. 

Gina Domenico is a superstar, a pop sensation with a string of hit records. But deep inside, she's still the lonely girl she's always been. When Jack saved her from an arms dealer, they spent three unforgettable days together waiting for rescue--and Gina fell hard for the sexy soldier before he walked away forever. 

But now she needs his help and she'll do anything to get it. Though Jack can never forgive Gina for keeping his child from him, he'll do everything in his power--and HOT's--to bring their son home safely. 

Nothing is what it seems, however, and their fates hang in the balance as someone else pulls the strings...and brings them ever closer to an explosive confrontation that could either save their son--or cost them everything.

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A few minutes later Jack came into the bedroom. She thought she should tell him to knock first or something, but she didn’t have the energy. The barriers that would normally be there between her and a man just weren’t there with Jack.

“You didn’t eat enough on the plane. I ordered room service.”

“I’m not hungry.”

“Gina.” He walked into the room and stopped in front of her. His blue eyes roamed her face while her heart kicked up. When he met her eyes again, her breath hitched. “You have to rest and you have to eat. We don’t know what’s going to happen, and you need to be strong. That’s one of the rules on a mission. Take care of yourself or you’re no good to your team.”

“I’m not part of your team. I’m just me.”

“You aren’t alone on this. We’re here, and that makes you part of the team. I’m ordering you to eat, same as I’d order my spotter or anyone else under my authority, and then I’m ordering you to rest.”

“I’m not under your authority.” Maybe she should be angry at the way he was talking to her, but she was oddly touched. God, just blame it on stress and a situation outside her control. She needed to push this man away, but she couldn’t seem to do it.

“Think of this like the island. I’m the one with the experience. I know what I’m doing. I got you out of there, didn’t I?”

She nodded.

“Trust me to get you out of here too, okay?”

“All right.”

He lifted an eyebrow. “You gonna eat when the food gets here?”

“Depends on what you ordered. I hate squash, for instance.”

“Then I’ll call and cancel the squash sandwich.”

She couldn’t help but laugh even though it had an edge that could turn into panic at any moment. “You didn’t order anything of the sort.”

“No.” He backed away and reached for the door handle. “Put on your pajamas. Get comfortable.”

“I don’t wear pajamas. I don’t wear anything.”

He stopped in mid-swing and she wanted to laugh again. She did wear pajamas, but she’d wanted to rattle him. Just because.

“Well, honey, you can come out here in nothing if you want, but it’ll probably be embarrassing for you and the delivery person both. Still, you can tip him good and I’m sure it’ll be fine.”

He shot her a grin before shutting the door behind him. Gina stood there with her heart pounding and her pulse skipping and wondered just what it was about him that made her want to get beneath his skin.

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USA Today bestselling author Lynn Raye Harris burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former military husband and two crazy cats. Lynn writes about hot military heroes, sizzling international billionaires, and the women who dare to tame them. Her books have been called "exceptional and emotional," "intense," and "sizzling." To date, Lynn's books have sold over 2 million copies worldwide.


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Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire (@JamieMcGuire)

15 July 2014


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Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 337
Summary:


The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.


Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.



Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt. 



Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red. 



As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.



In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.


Beautiful Oblivion is the first book in the Maddox Brothers series by Jamie McGuire, a series that follows the story of Travis Maddox's brother finding the person they're meant to be with, in case you don't know (shame on you ;)). Travis Maddox is the male lead in Beautiful Disaster/Walking Disaster which tells the story of him and Abby Abernathy falling in love and fixing each other. Travis has numerous brothers who are getting their stories told one by one.

Beautiful Oblivion concentrates on Travis' younger brother, Trenton, a tattoo artist with a broken past and his relationship with Cami, a girl from a family of brothers who is always to blame in her father's eyes for all that goes wrong. 

Trenton and Cami meet when Cami is out one night with friends, they've always been around each other as they went to the same schools but as far as Cami is concerned Trenton has never looked twice at her. Oh how wrong she is. Trenton has been in love with her since he was a kid, always watching her from afar and we all know these Maddox boys fall in love hard and for life. 

Trent is all for pursuing Cami and having a relationship with her, but she has other ideas as she is in a relationship with TJ, her boyfriend who lives in California and she doesn't see all that often and works crazy hours.  Slowly Trenton manages to make Cami open up to him and they become friends which quickly develops into much more. Before it began to develop I could have killed these two, always dancing around each other when it was clear to everyone but them that they were supposed to be an item. I loved their scenes together when they were getting to know each other. They instantly got on and you could just see that they were made for each other. I loved seeing that and seeing them realise they were far more than friends. 

It isn't until Trent finally makes a move that things start to sort themselves in a weird kind of way. Shortly after the moment with Trent Cami decides to be honest and tell TJ that what happened and his response was to book her on a flight to Cali. Trent tries to stop her, but she leaves anyway which kind of annoyed me. She already knew that things weren't working and that Trent was there and willing to be with her and that moment she walked away? You could just imagine how much Trent's heart was breaking. 

When Cami returns after going to see TJ with things over between them there's a huge gap between her and Trent and I was praying that they could fix it. I wanted them to get everything figured and sorted and be together. 

There is a HUGE twist at the end. The whole way through the book Cami is saying that she has a secret that would destroy her and Trent's relationship and I was just screaming all the time: WHAT IS IT! I made a few guesses, but none were right. And then we find out and boy is it a good one! My jaw dropped when I found out and couldn't believe what I was reading and I really hadn't seen it coming. 

I also loved seeing certain scenes that were in Beautiful Disaster/Beautiful Oblivion from a new pair of eyes and getting the blanks filled in. Occasionally we come across the supporting characters in the two original books and that was great too.

One thing I will say about this book is that I didn't find Trent/Cami's story as intense or gripping as Travis/Abby's. The raw and primal need wasn't there for me in this one and it took me a lot longer to get into than it did with Beautiful Disaster/Walking Disaster. 

All in all, this is a great book to add to your to read list but if you haven't read Beautiful Disaster/Walking Disaster yet I'd recommend reading that first before moving onto this series. 

Blog Tour & Giveaway | The Hot Corner by Amy Noelle (@AmyNoelleWriter)

01 July 2014

I was kindly gifted an ARC of The Hot Corner by Amy Noelle by The Writer's Coffee Shop. Read on to find out my thoughts on The Hot Corner, all you need to know about the book, its author and a giveaway.


Release Date:  
26th June 2014

Genre:  
Romance/Contemporary

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Summary:

Professionally, Danielle Pierce is making a name for herself writing biographies of famous athletes. Her personal life isn't going as swimmingly, and she's back on the market after calling off a recent engagement. 

Her agent throws her a curveball she never saw coming when she's assigned to cover the hottest baseball player - on and off the field - Bradley Reynolds. The Dodgers' third baseman spends as much time on the covers of tabloids as on the sports pages, dating a string of famous models and actresses.

Dani never thought she’d have to see Brad in person again after he broke her heart in college. Seven years later he selects her to write the story of his life, and she’s stuck. If she refuses, she looks like a coward. If she gives in, he wins. She doesn’t know what his game is, but she hopes she’s strong enough this time to play without getting burned.


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This isn't the first book of Amy's read and I can tell you it won't be the last. I love her writing and her characters. The first of her books I read was Code Red and I loved it. I love The Hot Corner more. When I started reading the book I was wondering how the hell this was going to work out and I couldn't stop reading until I knew.

Dani and Bradley have a history, they dated while at college and Dani, believing that Brad was cheating ended their relationship. Seven years later Dani is a successful biography author and Brad requests that she writes his biography. She wants to refuse because she doesn't want to go back to the past but in the end she goes hoping to prove that she is over Brad and has moved on. 

I loved reading Dani and Brad's interactions together. Every conversation they had was just full of entertaining and comedy. If you want to read a rom com read this. It is so awesome! There was a point I really didn't see how these two working it out and getting back together, it seemed like they wouldn't land up where they belonged. With each other. 

Dani was so great, her resolve at the start is solid and you literally see it slip the further we go into the story and I loved that. You can see how much she wants him and how much she's fighting it but in the end, its useless. These two are meant to be together.

And then there's Bradley Reynolds...

I think I'm in love with him.

He is so swoony when he wants to be and there are moments I wanted to lean into the book, push Dani out the way and claim him for myself. The guy is so amazing despite what you perceive him to be like from all the celeb stories running around about him. And the thing with the baseballs and the messages to Dani? So, so swoon. Brad may come across to those who don't know him as an arse, but he isn't. When the door is shut and it's just the two of them he is just lovely.

At the end, once Dani had shared her secret with Brad, my heart was in my throat as I waited to see what happens. I just needed to know if these two would land up in each other's arms or not. The letter that Dani writes to Brad is just beautiful and really makes up for everything.

I enjoyed the whole of this book and it really did make me smile. If you love romances and second chances you will love The Hot Corner.


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Amy Noelle is a thirty-something single woman with three cats. Though she contends that she is not a crazy cat lady, she freely admits to being a crazy football fan. You can find her glued to the couch every fall weekend, cheering on her Seminoles and Buccaneers.

After attending Florida State University for two years, she transferred to Northern Illinois University and graduated in 1997 with degrees in Journalism and Political Science.

She was born in the Azores Islands, Portugal, and lived as a military brat from the west coast to the east coast of the United States, though she's found her permanent home in Tampa, Florida, for the last decade.
Besides football and writing, her other loves are television, movies, the beach, thunderstorms, and her family and friends.
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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway | Desire by Missy Johnson (@missycjohnson)

27 June 2014

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Desire
Publication Date: June 27, 2014


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Synopsis

I’m a sex worker.

A prostitute. A whore.

Whatever you want to call me, the result is still the same. I sleep with men and I get paid for it. I don’t make excuses for what I do.

Then I learn how fragile life can be; how in an instant, everything can change. My mother disappears and I'm left to care for my two estranged siblings. I can barely manage to look after myself.
How am I supposed to look after a hormonal fifteen year old and a five year old who has no idea who I am?

I just want my old, uncomplicated life back.

Especially when He shows up.

He’s investigating my mothers disappearance, but I can see that it’s more than that for him.He thinks he can help me. He thinks he can fix me.

Only how can he fix something so broken?

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Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture).

When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.


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Blog Tour | Solider On by Sydney Logan (@SydneyALogan)

22 June 2014

I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC of Solider On by Sydney Logan and I waited until the blog tour to share my thoughts. Read on to find out what I thought and everything you need to know about the book. 

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As soon as I picked up Solider On I was intrigued. Stephanie is kissed in a library at a New Year's Eve party by a mystery man in army fatigues. She thinks it's his costume for the party. It's not. He's a solider, due to join the army after graduation and his leave for four years. Steph doesn't know this and it's bond to cause issues because she hates the military. Her father died before she got to know him fighting in a war and since then she has had a hatred toward the military. 

Eventually Brandon and Steph's paths cross and their story begins from there. It is all going well and they just seem to work but Brandon, knowing Steph's hatred for the military, keeps his future from her. Stupid, stupid man! I wanted to throw something at him when he did that. I thought he would have known what would happen when she found out and inevitably she does. 

Although, Steph doesn't get off lightly either, yes, I can understand on some level where she's coming from but I really think if she hadn't listened to Brandon she would have missed out on something amazing if she just lead her head lead her and take her away from Brandon. 

After the point at which she finds out and they finally start to try and make what they have work I think they help one another. Brandon helps Steph to see that she needs to take life in her hands and live it without thinking of the consequences something she never did until she met Brandon and Steph helps Brandon come to terms with the condition his father is living with and his obligations. They really do make each other whole and it was lovely to read. 

Brandon is such a gentleman and if I could have pulled him out of that book I would've! Yes, he made some silly mistakes but he redeems himself. Completely. He has so many cute moments and I loved reading him interact with Steph and her friends. Oh and his nieces?! Cuteness. Characters. Ever.

All in all, Solider On is a great read and I enjoyed every second of it and I especially loved the epilogue. It made me smile a lot.



 
 Release Date: June 20
Genres: Romance/Military/New Adult



  
Will his call of duty break both their hearts?

Losing her father in Desert Storm has left Stephanie James with a bitter soul when it comes to the military. As a college senior juggling a full course load, Steph's only goal is to graduate with honors at the end of the semester. She’s focused, determined, and a firm believer in all work and no play. Then she meets Brandon Walker at a New Year’s Eve costume party. Despite his disguise, Steph finds herself attracted to the camouflaged soldier who curls her toes with a scorching midnight kiss.

Brandon is an engineering major and ROTC student from the hills of Kentucky. Growing up as the son of a major general has given Brandon firsthand knowledge of the struggles military families sometimes face. Now that his father’s memory is fading, Brandon is even more determined to make his dad proud and graduate as an officer in the United States Army. Then he meets Stephanie, and suddenly, his focus is less on his military service and more on the pretty brunette who has stolen his heart. When he becomes aware of Steph’s resentment toward the military, he worries their relationship is doomed. 



When faced with the realization that she's fallen in love with a soldier, can Steph’s wounds from the past be healed with love in her present . . . and in her future?
 
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Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her debut novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Her second novel, Mountain Charm, was released in 2013. She is also the author of four short stories – Mistletoe Magic, The Little Drummer Boy, Force of Nature, and Stupid Cupid. A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.