Book Review: Triplicity by J Mercer

I am delighted to have been given the chance to read and review “Triplicity” by J Mercer today courtesy of YA Bound Book Tours.

Triplicity
by J. Mercer
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: January 2019

About the Book:

One week on an Alaskan cruise, three teens, and an endless trail of lies.

Enter a series of thefts on board and they all fall under scrutiny. Though Navy acts a proper preacher’s daughter, she did end up with someone else’s purse in her hands, and Jesse knows way more than he should about what’s gone missing. Isaiah, however, is the one with motive—enough money and he could get back to his ranch. Each holds a piece of the truth, but exposing the thief could damn them all. They must navigate through the lies they’ve told, choose between standing together or saving themselves, and decide if innocence is worth facing their ugliest secrets. Add to Goodreads

About the Author:

J Mercer grew up in Wisconsin where she walked home from school with her head in a book, filled notebooks with stories in junior high, then went to UW Madison for accounting and psychology only to open a dog daycare. She wishes she were an expert linguist, is pretty much a professional with regards to competitive dance hair (bunhawk, anyone?), and enjoys exploring with her husband—though as much as she loves to travel, she’s also an accomplished hermit. Perfect days include cancelled plans, rain, and endless hours to do with what she pleases.

For updates and news, you can find her on Facebook, but she’s more often on Instagram, talking about what she’s reading and other bookish things. Go there for book recommendations, reading-inspired writing tips, or even to read along. If you prefer everything delivered directly to your inbox, click here to get on the email list.

My Review:

I want to start by mentioning the characters in this book – They are all so interesting to read about and I love that we get to see a little of their back story as well as see what is happening during the story. They are likeable rogues and all have their complexities.

The setting too is an interesting one – a cruise ship! The freedom combined with a limited boundary made the story an exciting one and I loved reading about the day-to-day stuff of a cruise as I have never been on one but would love to!

The only part I didn’t like so much was the romance, but that’s just personal preference and although not something I look for in a book, it didn’t distract me from loving the rest of it!

I would recommend this book to anyone that loves a ‘typical’ YA book with some mystery and adventure in it!

Cover Reveal: Policy of Truth by Scarlett Holloway

Former Female Motorcycle Club Leader Revs Up All Gears In Stunning New Release

“One of the first rules of Fight Club is that you don’t talk about Fight Club.” The same goes for most, if not all, motorcycle clubs.

Hattiesburg, MS:  With shows like Sons of Anarchy, MC (Motorcycle Club) Romance has been a hot commodity in the entertainment world due to popular TV shows, Local Mississippi author, Scarlett Holloway took notice. Spinning her own MC Romance, Policy of Truth which releases February 22, 2019, Scarlett has one big advantage over most undertaking the genre: she actually lived the MC Life.

The result of Holloway’s experiences, being introduced to the MC world by a close family member, and her eventual creation of her own an all-female WMC, is a riveting romantic thriller that delves deep into the club world. And, with this new series, realism is the key, but it’s also touched with romance and the intrigue of mystery. She also tackles subjects which many authors refuse to broach: domestic violence, drug abuse and even suicide. The kicker? Every character in the series is a member of her own street team or friends that have helped her in some way. Holloway does not hide the fact that she was once a victim of domestic violence and wants awareness to reach women out there, that there is help for them.

When asked what her experience in the MC world, Holloway says, “It was rewarding and punishing at the same time. Always on the road having things you had to do, away from your family, tired and sore. At the same time, you are with extended family, making new friends, helping with charities.”

Knowing the ins and outs of club bylaws, and life in general, she wanted to erase popular fiction about stereotypical bikers, and give readers something fresh, and new. In the media, motorcyclists are looked at to be abusive and sexist, and oftentimes, this is perceived to be “sexy.” The truth and attitude definitely show through in Holloway’s writing and every reader would be wise to reach out and get familiar with Holloway’s work.  So, grab your favourite blanket, a cup of coffee (or wine) and kick back with her first book in the series, Policy of Truth, and let yourself get lured into the thrill of an all-female MC and the men who desire them.

About the Book

Five years ago, Tamra “Durty” Simon’s life was falling apart, and she had a one-way ticket to six-feet under. And if it hadn’t been for the Death’s Angels Motorcycle Club swooping in, dusting her off, and transforming her into the badass biker she is today, she’d be taking a dirt nap. Now, she has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought.

Brett “Sting” Jackson is on a mission, and nothing is going to stop him—not even the sexy, enticing female biker who makes him hard with a single look. Too bad he’s lying and keeping secrets from her. But the alternative could get her killed, and that’s not a risk he’s willing to take.

It took Sting crashing into her life to make Durty realize there’s something else in this world she wants to ride as hard as her bike—too bad fate has other plans for them. When a rival club makes a move against the Angels, all hell breaks loose. Lives will be lost, secrets will be revealed, and lies will be exposed. Because in the motorcycle world, lies may get you hurt, but the truth can get you killed.

| Official Cover reveal on January 8 | Book Pre-sale available on January 22 | Official Release Date is February 22 |

Policy of Truth by Scarlett Holloway

About the Author

Growing up on the Central Coast, Scarlett Holloway always dreamed of seeing her name on the cover of a book and on the New York Times Best Seller List. What better way than to bring part of her past onto the pages of a novel, as well as writing about issues that women face on a daily basis? When she is not in her bunny hole writing, she is a massage therapist, trying to help people through therapeutic healing. Scarlett is hopelessly devoted to her husband, who she lovingly calls her plot bunny, and is active in her teenage son’s life. | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads |

Blitz: Shrill Dusk by Helen Harper


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Urban Fantasy
City of Magic, Book 1
Release Date: January 4, 2018

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Charley is a cleaner by day and a professional gambler by night. She might be haunted by her tragic past but she’s never thought of herself as anything or anyone special. Until, that is, things start to go terribly wrong all across the city of Manchester. Between plagues of rats, firestorms and the gleaming blue eyes of a sexy Scottish werewolf, she might just have landed herself in the middle of a magical apocalypse. She might also be the only person who has the ability to bring order to an utterly chaotic new world.

This is the first book in The City Of Magic series.


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About the Author

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After teaching English literature in the UK, Japan, and Malaysia, Helen Harper left behind the world of education following the worldwide success of her Blood Destiny series of books. She is a professional member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and writes full time, thanking her lucky stars every day that’s she lucky enough to do so!

Helen has always been a book lover, devouring science fiction and fantasy tales when she was a child growing up in Scotland.

She currently lives in Devon in the UK with far too many cats – not to mention the dragons, fairies, demons, wizards, and vampires that seem to keep appearing from nowhere.

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Book Reviews: The Mortician’s Daughter Series by C.C. Hunter

The Mortician’s Daughter:
One Foot in the Grave
by C.C. Hunter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
The first exciting novel in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author C. C. Hunter!
Her dad’s job is with the dead . . .
and he’s bringing his work home with him.
Once again, seventeen-year-old Riley Smith is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of her own.
But nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go?
For thrills, chills, romance and laughter, buy The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave today.
Praise for C. C. Hunter’s Shadow Falls series:
C. C. Hunter has an amazing talent to make you laugh, cry, and laugh again all in the same chapter!” —Crossroad Review
Jam-packed with action and romance . . . Hunter’s lifelike characters and paranormal creatures populate a plot that will keep you guessing till the very end. A perfect mesh of mystery, thriller, and romance.” —Romantic Times on Taken at Dusk
The Mortician’s Daughter:
Two Feet Under
Riley has accepted that her special gift is to help dead people with their unfinished business. But she never thought she’d be tasked with helping the spirit of a convicted criminal who died in prison. He may lead her on the scariest mission yet, but helping him could mean saving the life of a child. The convict’s daughter needs a liver transplant and the one person who could still be a match is his brother…who also happens to be a gang leader.
Hayden’s not happy that Riley’s discovered who he is and is seeing him sick and unconscious in his hospital bed. This feels like as good a time as ever to cross over and put all of them out of their misery….but Riley is in danger. She’s visiting some of the most dangerous spots and confronting some of the creepiest low-lifes in town. For her, he’ll need to regain his strength and fight to keep her safe.
But dealing with other people’s problems still can’t keep Riley from her own. Her dad’s drinking has gotten worse. And she’ll soon learn it’s because he’s been keeping a huge, horrible secret that will change everything she believes about her family and her mother’s death.
C.C. Hunter is the New York Times bestselling author of over thirty-five books,
including her wildly popular Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark series. In addition to winning numerous awards and rave reviews for her novels, C.C. is also a photojournalist, motivational speaker, and writing coach. In February 2018, Wednesday Books will publish her contemporary young adult and hardcover debut, This Heart of Mine. And the first book of her new paranormal young adult series, The Mortician’s Daughter: One Foot in the Grave will release on October 31st 2017. C. C. currently resides in Texas with her husband, junkyard dog, Lady, and whatever wild creatures that meander out from woods surrounding home.
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BOOK ONE:

So I may be nearly 40 (waaaaa!) but C.C’s writing transported me back to being 17 almost immediately due to its clarity and realism. I immediately felt bonded with Riley – her struggles of being the new kid and branded a freak are something that I have, unfortunately, experienced in life so I was rooting for her right from the start. I loved her personality too – she was so down to earth!

The storyline is one that, although a little predictable in places, keeps you reading and wanting more; there are plenty of the ‘usual’ high school dramas but equally, enough new things that keep you intrigued – falling in love with a ghost for one – who me? Uuuhh .. no, not at all … ;-).

The book does end on an epic cliff hanger .. but I was lucky enough to have been asked to read and review the second book so just went straight on to ..

BOOK TWO: ** SPOILER ALERT**

Riley now knows who Hayden is and is visiting him a lot in the hospital, which he isn’t too chuffed about – he doesn’t want her seeing him sick but he doesn’t want Riley dealing with her new project alone. The guy sh’s helping now is a criminal and it means that she’s spending a lot of time in the wrong areas of town with the wrong kinds of people. But Hayden is there to support her.

there are of course all sorts of other trials and tribulations going on at the same time – drugs, best friends feeling left out and in the dark, her fathers drinking, which is getting worse and worse and the never ending quest that is to find out more information about her mother.

The ending is a complete BOMB .. cliff hanger doesn’t do it justice really ..! 😉

Book 3 is going to be called “Three Heart Beats Away” but there is no news from C.C Hunter about when it may be released; As book two was only published in December 2018 I’m guessing we have a wait on our hands .. but it’s on my wish list ready for that day!

Trailer: Policy of Truth by Scarlett Holloway

Delighted to be bringing you the trailer for Policy of Truth by Scarlett Holloway today.

Watch the Trailer HERE!

About the Book:

Five years ago, Tamra “Durty” Simon’s life was falling apart, and she had a one-way ticket to six-feet under. And if it hadn’t been for the Death’s Angels Motorcycle Club swooping in, dusting her off, and transforming her into the badass biker she is today, she’d be taking a dirt nap. Now, she has everything she ever wanted—or so she thought.

Brett “Sting” Jackson is on a mission, and nothing is going to stop him—not even the sexy, enticing female biker who makes him hard with a single look. Too bad he’s lying and keeping secrets from her. But the alternative could get her killed, and that’s not a risk he’s willing to take.

It took Sting crashing into her life to make Durty realize there’s something else in this world she wants to ride as hard as her bike—too bad fate has other plans for them. When a rival club makes a move against the Angels, all hell breaks loose. Lives will be lost, secrets will be revealed, and lies will be exposed. Because in the motorcycle world, lies may get you hurt, but the truth can get you killed.

Key Dates:

Official Cover reveal on January 8

Book Pre-sale available on January 22

Official Release Date is February 22

About the Author:

Growing up on the Central Coast, Scarlett Holloway always dreamed of seeing her name on the cover of a book and on the New York Times Best Seller List. What better way than to bring part of her past onto the pages of a novel, as well as writing about issues that women face on a daily basis? When she is not in her bunny hole writing, she is a massage therapist, trying to help people through therapeutic healing. Scarlett is hopelessly devoted to her husband, who she lovingly calls her plot bunny, and is active in her teenage son’s life.

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Spotlight: ‘Beautiful Masterpiece’ by Gen Ryan

“Ryan managed to meld together a sweet love story and a deeply disturbing psychotic thriller. Great
read.” ~ 5 Stars Amazon Review #kindleunlimited

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Madison Harper is no stranger to monsters.
After surviving an unimaginable childhood, she fights her past every day and dreams of working for the
FBI to protect the innocent from monsters like her own father. Her plans are clear: finish her PhD, then
join the next class of trainees.

Her father’s escape fast forwards her plans.
The two agents assigned to protect and instruct Madison offer her so much more than she ever
expected. They teach her about love and pain, trust and loss. But not everyone can or should be saved.
Will Madison avoid being her father’s last Beautiful Masterpiece?

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Book Review: The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for “The Chestnut Man” by Siren Sveistrup, writer of the TV Show, “The Killing”.

The Chestnut Man Blog Tour

THE DEBUT THRILLER FROM THE WRITER OF THE KILLING

THE CHESTNUT MAN
SØREN SVEISTRUP
10th January 2019 / Hardback / Michael Joseph / £12.99

Introducing the nail-biting debut thriller from the BAFTA and Emmy winning creator of global TV sensation The Killing. Publishing in 25 territories around the world, The Chestnut Man captures all the unrelenting tension, style and atmosphere that made The Killing unmissable viewing and amass legions of fans worldwide.

The Blurb:

One Tuesday in October, Rosa Hartung is returning to her job as minister for social affairs following a year’s leave of absence – granted after the dramatic disappearance of her twelve-year-old daughter. Linus Bekker, a mentally ill young man, confessed to her killing, but is unable to remember where he buried the various parts of her dismembered corpse.

On the same day Rosa returns to Parliament, a young single mother is found brutally murdered at her home in the suburbs of Copenhagen-she’s been tortured, and one hand has been cut off. Thulin and Hess, the detectives sent to investigate the crime, arrive at the address to find a figure made of chestnuts hanging from a playhouse nearby.

When yet another woman is murdered-this time with both hands missing-and another chestnut figure is found, Thulin and Hess begin to suspect a connection with the Hartung case. But what is it?

Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because its clear that the murderer is on a mission that is far from over…

The Author:

Søren Sveistrup is an internationally acclaimed scriptwriter of the Danish television phenomenon ‘The Killing’ which won various international awards and sold in more than a hundred countries.

Søren Sveistrup (born 1968) holds a master of Literature and History from the University of Copenhagen and has graduated as script writer
from the Danish Film School.

My Review:

Firstly, I am hugely grateful to Jenny Platt at Penguin Random House and f course to the author Søren Sveistrup for giving me the opportunity of reading and reviewing this wonderful book!

Firstly I want to give you a warning – there is some ‘hard to read’ parts of this book but I also want to add that they are never gruesome for the sae of it and I believe are written wonderfully.  I don’t shy away from gruesome and graphic and actually quite like it when an author portrays things honestly and Søren Sveistrup doesn’t disappoint!

This is another book that is hard to tell you too much abut for fear of ruining the experience for you but needless to say that I HIGHLY recommend it – although it’s quite a hefty book I finished it in just 3 sittings and found myself putting off things that really needed to be done as I just couldn’t put it down!

If you are a fan of ‘The Killing’ TV show, love a good Scandi-noir story and can deal with some dark situations, then pick this up in January when it’s published – you won’t regret it and will have another author to add to your ‘Must buy every book they release’ list – just like me!

4.75 Stars!

Book Review: The Failsafe Query by Michael Jenkins

I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Michael Jenkins’ book “The Failsafe Query” being run by Rachel’s Random Resources.

About the Book:

The Failsafe Query is a gripping thriller set in the contemporary world of modern British espionage.

Sean Richardson, a disgraced former intelligence agent, is tasked to lead a team to search for Alfie Chapman, an Intelligence officer on the cusp of exposing thousands of secrets to the media. This includes a long lost list of Russian moles embedded since the Cold War, one of whom remains a public favourite in the British parliamentary system.

The action moves with absorbing pace and intrigue across Central Asia and Europe as the puzzle begins to unfold through a deeply hidden legacy.

Tense, fast-paced, and insightful, The Failsafe Query twists and turns to a satisfyingly dramatic finale.

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About the Author:

Michael Jenkins served for twenty-eight years in the British Army, rising through the ranks to complete his service as a major. He served across the globe on numerous military operations as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.

His experiences within the services involved extensive travel and adventure whilst on operations, and also on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that he led or was involved in. He was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity.

He was awarded the MBE on leaving the armed forces in 2007 for his services to counterterrorism.

The Failsafe Query is Michael’s first novel. He has started work on his second spy thriller, The Kompromat Kill, and hopes to publish in the spring of 2019.

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My Review:

You all will know that I love a conspiracy, political, thriller type book and this does NOT disappoint!

I should also say that I am a proud Army brat (via my father) and love that I can support an ex-Army Officer in his post-Army career!

I found the story easy to understand and follow and was brilliantly paced too – sometimes speedy and sometimes slow allowing you time to recover! It is totally clear to anyone that reads this book that the author has first-hand knowledge of the subject rather than it being based purely on research.

I found the characters utterly impelling, especially Sean. I was totally on his side form the start and found him more likeable than other spy-type protagonists.

I have seen reviews that liken Jenkins to Le Carre and I would totally agree with that – I think that he has a great future in writing ahead of him and I am really excited to read more from him – definitely being added to my ‘Authors to watch out for’ list!

Giveaway:

Win 5 x PB copies of The Failsafe Query & a spy linkage map (unframed) (Open Internationally)

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Book Excerpt: Love for Two Lifetimes by Martina Boone

I am delighted to be taking part in the Blog Tour for “Love for Two Lifetimes” by Martina Boone today and will be including an excerpt below as well!

About the Book:

Title: Love for Two Lifetimes
Author: Martina Boone
Genre: Coming of Age / Young Adult

Two generations, two great loves, one devastating lie . . .

When Izzy unexpectedly loses her mother in a car accident, her world shatters. Their relationship has always been so close that Izzy can’t imagine life without her. Nor can she begin to understand when she finds a secret box of love letters that her mother wrote but never sent. The idea of her mother hiding such intense feelings for more than twenty years without so much as a hint makes Izzy question everything she thought she knew–including the identity of her father.

Following a trail of clues overseas, Izzy steps into a world of glamour and English royalty, one which years ago forced her mother to choose between her obligation to her musical gift and her lover’s obligations to his family, title, and estate. It’s a world of secrets and masquerades, of heartache and betrayal. And in the midst of this world, Izzy finds a young man who feels as broken as she does herself. The two are drawn to each other–only to find that their parents’ lies may present an insurmountable obstacle between them.

Thrown together on a coming of age journey of discovery that spans two lifetimes and takes them from a grand estate in the Cotswolds to a hospital bedside in India and ultimately to the Taj Mahal, Izzy and Malcolm try desperately not to fall in love. But some things are impossible…

And some loves are worth any sacrifice…

Uplifting, funny, tragic, and unforgettably, luminously romantic, Love for Two Lifetimes is a tale of two generations of love, a lifetime of friendship, a history of sacrifice, and one last, heartbreaking and hopeful choice revealed in prose, texts, and love letters. Written for young adults and grown-up romantics, if you love the romance of the royal weddings or any story by Nicholas Sparks, Love for Two Lifetimes will have you turning pages late into the night.

“Heartwarming, lyrical, soulful, and with just the right amount of humor: this book sparkles with authentic, layered characters and beautiful, thoughtful prose.” — Jodi Meadows, NYT bestselling co-author of My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane

About the Author:

Martina Boone is the award-winning author of Love for Two Lifetimes and the romantic Southern Gothic Heirs of Watson Island series, including Compulsion, Persuasion, and Illusion for young adults from Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse as well as romantic fiction for adult readers in the Celtic Legends Collection starting with Lake of Destiny.

She’s also the founder of AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a three-time Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers Site. She’s dedicated to encouraging literacy and reader engagement through a celebration of literature, and she’s on the Board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia and runs the CompulsionForReading.com program to distribute books to underfunded schools and libraries.

She lives in Virginia with her husband, children, Shetland Sheepdog, and a lopsided cat, and she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she loves to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate-flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.

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Excerpt:

“Do you want to read the letters for yourself?” I blurt out, and his face goes all hard and distant.

“No, really. I think they—this whole thing—it’s like those roses Joran Masterson held up in the workshop. You can’t know what you aren’t seeing until you see it, if that makes any sense. I don’t know if it would change how you feel, but I think you should read the letters.”

“I don’t bloody want to read them.” Malcolm rubs a hand across the back of his neck.

“What about your father?”

“I don’t know.” Malcolm snaps off the ignition and shifts around in his seat to face me. “Part of me thinks that after all the pain he inflicted on my mum, he deserves any amount of pain the letters would cause him. But he hasn’t been the same since he read that your mother died. He still goes to the surgery every day, sees patients, runs the estate, but he’s only going through the motions, as if nothing really matters. At night he shuts himself in the reading room and doesn’t come back out. Then he rang out of the blue and asked me to come home this weekend because he needed to go to London. He refused to say how long for, and no one here knows anything except that he’s arranged a locum doctor to stand in for him at the practice for as long as needed.”

“And that isn’t normal?”

“Far from it.”

Malcolm’s trying so hard to sound like he doesn’t care that it makes my chest hurt to hear him. I hate that I came here and added to his worries. And I don’t know how to get myself out of this.

“Well, I hope he—” What? What am I supposed to say? “Grief is hard,” I manage, which is entirely feeble and obvious and lame. “Look, thanks for driving me back. And sorry I bothered you with all this. It was nice to meet you. So um. Yeah. Bye. Thanks again.” I smile too brightly. I’m babbling, so I just have to stop. I need to go.

Snatching up my purse, I jump out of the car without looking at Malcolm, and I rush up the path. The entrance is set beyond a low wall bordered by the kind of perfect English perennial garden that looks as if it happened by accident but that—like everything else around here—probably took a hundred careful years of weeding and breeding to grow just right.

Malcolm jumps out of the car and comes after me. His legs are longer than mine, so he catches me in just a couple strides. “Don’t do that. Don’t get cold and polite on me. Don’t leave.”

He catches my hand and tugs me to a stop, and I feel every ounce of my body heat pooling in my fingers. I want to die of mortification so I don’t turn around.

“All right, yes,” he says. “Yes, I want to read the letters. Which is to say, I know I’ll regret it if I don’t read them. Also, I meant what I said earlier about you coming to stay at the Hall. Dad would have my head on a platter if he found out I’d left you here on your own.”

I turn then, needing to see if he’s serious. He gives me another one of those smiles, and it’s the rose phenomenon all over again. Having seen the way his face can light up, I know this smile isn’t completely real. I flail for a word to explain the absence of something special, but there isn’t one. How can there not be one?

Well, heck, if Horace Walpole can invent “serendipity,” I can come up with something.

A·splen·dor·i·a (Noun): Perfectly executed but devoid of brilliance or genius. “The film’s asplendoria made it enjoyable but unremarkable.”

Malcolm’s smile, this smile, is asplendorious compared to his usual one.

And I did that to him.

Cover Reveal: A Flashy & Frosty Christmas Charity Anthology

A FLASHY & FROSTY CHRISTMAS
CHARITY ANTHOLOGY
BENEFITING CANCER RESEARCH INSTITUTE
RELEASE DATE: 16th November 2018
GENRE: MULTI-GENRE
COVER DESIGNER: NEMO DESIGNS
Fifteen multi-genre authors came together to celebrate the season and to give to charity. Twenty-three flash fiction stories inspired by Christmas songs we all know and love. Join them as they spin their heartwarming tales.
Tricia Anderson
Nina Valdez
Linda Greene
Sophie Wootten
Carol Gyzander
Cindy Webb
Shellie Brown
Teel James Glenn
Mai Jagyar
Maria Vickers
Ellie Mack
Timothy Lee
Miranda Lynn
Misty Harvey
Tracy Broemmer
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