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Waiting on Wednesday: Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

August 26th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My first for this week is Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini which releases on September 2, 2014.

Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

About the book: This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily’s other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can’t hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.

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Deal Alert: YA & Romance

August 26th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

YA

Mind Games by Kiersten White

On sale for $1.99!

Fia was born with flawless instincts. Her first impulse, her gut feeling, is always exactly right. Her sister, Annie, is blind to the world around her—except when her mind is gripped by strange visions of the future. 

Trapped in a school that uses girls with extraordinary powers as tools for corporate espionage, Annie and Fia are forced to choose over and over between using their abilities in twisted, unthinkable ways…or risking each other’s lives by refusing to obey.

In a stunning departure from her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy, Kiersten White delivers a slick, edgy, heartstoppingly intense psychological thriller about two sisters determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.

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Adult Romance

Summer in Napa by Marina Adair

I love, love, love Marina Adair!!

On sale for $1.99

When Alexis “Lexi” Moreau caught her husband, Jeff, sampling the sous-chef’s more intimate wares in their New York restaurant, she ran—all the way back to her hometown of St. Helena, California. Six months later, Lexi has no husband and no restaurant. But she does have a three-step plan: First, convert her grandmother’s bakery into her dream bistro. Second, ignore Grandma’s matchmaking attempts. And third, avoid Marco DeLuca, her ex’s commitment-phobic, distractingly sexy best friend.

In school Lexi was off-limits for Marco. After all, she was his buddy’s girl. But she’s still as smart and as gorgeous—and apparently as immune to his charms—as she used to be. Yet the simple fake romance they agree upon to dodge Lexi’s grandmother’s matchmaking plans soon turns deliciously complicated. And the sultry summer might bring together all the right ingredients for Marco to win the only woman he’s ever wanted.

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Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

On sale for $1.99!

The Grave Ends Here.

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones.  They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights.  Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.  And if they fail, their lives–and those of everyone they hold dear– will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

Final novel in the Night Huntress series.

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Review: No Limits by Lori Foster

August 25th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

No Limits by Lori Foster

Source: NetGalley

Publication date: August 26, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin

Series: Ultimate #1

Rating: ★★★½☆

About No Limits: A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he’s never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster…

Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He’s also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she’s older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon.

Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather’s legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette’s scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he’ll break all the rules to do it…

Surprisingly I would have to give this one 3.5 stars despite my eager anticipation for Cannon’s story. It started off a little slow and took me awhile to get into the rhythm of the story.

I loved Cannon and am so happy he got his own book. He was the epitome of a to die for hero. Not only is he uber-sexy but he also has that sort of personality that is chivalrous without being sexist, has this amazing friendship with both male and female friends and is so invested in the community’s well being.

The main reason I didn’t enjoy this one as much as past books despite being crazy in love with Cannon was Yvette. She is understandably scarred from her experiences in Dash of Peril but her quest to not have Cannon or anyone else view her as a victim grated on me. It’s one thing to assert a new found confidence, it’s a whole different ballpark to do stupid things just to try and prove a point. At that point she wasn’t proving anything except a lack of common sense. I found it grating throughout the story and wanted to shake some sense into Yvette.

I don’t want to end on a negative note so I will say Lori Foster sets up an amazing array of characters that I can’t wait to see in upcoming books. Cannon’s friends, especially Armie, were hilarious and so charismatic that I am itching to find out their stories.

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Review: Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones

August 24th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones

Source: Purchased myself

Publication date: June 11, 2013

Publisher: Gallery Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

Series: Inside Out #2

About the book: Fascinated by the dark fantasies in the journals she’s discovered, and the two men who have now found a place in her life, Sara McMillan finds herself torn between her new life and her past. Now, more than ever, Sara identifies with the lost journal writer, Rebecca, and is certain that something sinister has happened.

In the arms of the sexy, tormented artist Chris Merit, Sara seeks answers about Rebecca and ends up discovering things about herself she never knew existed. Chris forces Sara to reconsider who she is and what she truly wants from life, but not before his dark desires threaten to tear them apart. Her boss, Mark Compton, offers her the shelter to understand just what those needs mean to her, and what they might have meant to Rebecca, but can she trust him to lead her to a final conclusion to Rebecca’s story?

My Review

If you read my review of If I Were You then you know I loved that book so much that I immediately bought not only Being Me but also Revealing Us. For the most part Being Me certainly did not disappoint.

In If I Were You I was pretty sure Rebecca was dead but honestly couldn’t figure out who the culprit was. Normally these types of mysteries are pretty straight forward and I can guess about half way through the book. Here I wasn’t sure. Was it Chris? Was it Mark? Was it someone else? So I loved getting to know Chris and what dark secret he hid and I had to admit I fell for him. Yes, he has issues and yes he is controlling and yet he manages to come across as loving and trying to give Sarah her freedom and still sexily in control. Sarah also manages to still come across as a strong woman and not a doormat (though there were some times I questioned her common sense.). And most surprising to me was Mark. I couldn’t stand him in the first book because he just came off as a controlling ass but I admit by the end of this one I actually started to like him as well.

The story itself was as gripping as the first book and this one was a read in one sitting book as well. The only reason I dinged it one start instead of giving it 5 stars was I found the ending a little too out of the blue for my tastes. I don’t want to say more and ruin the story so I will leave it at that. It was awesome enough that if I didn’t have to get some work done and actually need sleep after staying up all night two days in a row to read the first two you could be sure I would be devouring Revealing Us.

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Deal Alert: Romance & YA Steals & Freebies

August 22nd, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Here are the latest deals I stumbled across.  Be sure to verify prices before purchasing.

Lisa Renee Jones’ Inside Out Series is on sale!

I just started this series and trust me you should pick them all up at these bargain prices.  I had to buy Being Me and Revealing Us immediately after finishing If I Were You because it was that good!

If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones Being Me by Lisa Renee Jones Revealing Us by Lisa Renee Jones
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Just $1.99!

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Just $2.98!

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Just $2.98

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

Absolutely free!

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

All the creatures of the night gather in “the Hollows” of Cincinnati, to hide, to prowl, to party … and to feed.

Vampires rule the darkness in a predator-eat-predator world rife with dangers beyond imagining — and it’s Rachel Morgan’s job to keep that world civilized.

A bounty hunter and witch with serious sex appeal and an attitude, she’ll bring ‘em back alive, dead … or undead.

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YA Deals

Crazy Hot by Melissa de la Cruz

On sale for $1.99!

 

Back in the Hamptons for a final summer, the sun is hot, but the drama’s hotter for Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui in the conclusion to the Beach Lane series.Mara, Eliza, and Jacqui thought they would be spending the summer apart, but when Eliza’s stepmom is in desperate need of a nanny, Eliza calls for reinforcements. And so back to the Hamptons it is…

Mara’s sworn off romance, and focusing instead on writing a book about being an au pair and an It Girl. But she keeps getting distracted by her ex, Ryan.

Eliza is quickly becoming a fashion star—but her relationship with Jeremy is also moving at breakneck speed. Are things moving too fast for her to handle?

And Jacqui is just trying to do her job so she can pay for NYU, though it’s hard when an Australian photographer is encouraging her to quit and become a model. Will she take a risk?

However these girls survive their craziest, hottest summer yet, one thing’s for sure: The Hamptons wouldn’t be the same without them.

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The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols

On sale for $1.99!

Brace yourself for the battle of the exes…

Hayden and Nick used to be a hot item, but their brief affair ended with a highly publicized breakup. Now the two are “just friends,” excluding the occasional flirtation.

When Hayden wins the girls’ division of a local snowboarding competition, Nick is unimpressed, claiming that Hayden wouldn’t have a chance against a guy. Hayden calls Nick’s bluff and challenges him to a head-to-head boarding contest. Their mutual friends quickly take sides, the girls on Hayden’s and the boys on Nick’s, making for an all-out battle of the sexes. This friendly competition is bound to get heated—and they might end up igniting some old flames.

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Possession by Elana Johnson

On sale for $1.99!

Vi knows the Rule: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even thinkabout kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them…starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous–everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.

This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

August 19th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My first for this week is Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh due out September 9, 2014.

I love her Psy-Changeling series and while this is contemporary I just love her writing!

Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

About the book: A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction. 

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

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Deal Alert: YA and Contemporary Romance

August 18th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Here are some new deals I stumbled upon that look interesting.

YA

Crash by Lisa McMann

 

I love her Wake series so can’t wait to dive into this one.

Digital versions of Crash by Lisa McMann on sale for $1.99

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode…and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.

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Adult Romance

The Billionaire Wins the Game by Melody Anne

Available for free!

Joseph Anderson has decided it’s time for his three successful sons to find brides. Joseph wants grandchildren to fill his mansion, and he wants them immediately. His eldest son, Lucas, is successful in all areas of his life, except love, and Joseph begins matchmaking. He finds Amy Harper and deems her the perfect daughter-in-law. He just needs to get her and Lucas to both realize they’re made for each other.

Lucas Anderson is wealthy, sexy, and stubborn. He has no desire to have any woman enter his life, causing chaos, or using his family’s name. Many women have tried, and he’s been successful in finding out who they are beneath their false smiles.

Amy Harper was raised in tragic circumstances and doesn’t like pampered, rich men who have been handed everything with a silver spoon. She spent years finishing her education and then received a job with the Anderson Corporation. She instantly doesn’t like her incredibly sexy boss, who is arrogant and thinks every woman should fall at his feet.

When Amy becomes pregnant after one reckless night of passion, she’s scared he’ll take the baby and run. Lucas is demanding, and used to getting his way, but Amy has just the right amount of spark to ignite his fuse, and challenges him each step of the way.

Lucas’s father, Joseph, and his brothers Alex and Mark, offer laughter, love, and support. With the love of Lucas’s family, who aren’t only rich and successful, but also kind and giving, Amy starts to realize that being wealthy doesn’t make or break a man, and starts to picture the happily ever after she never believed in for herself.

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Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman

On sale for $.99!

A temporary agreement neither could keep…
Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she’s up close and personal with the world’s sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?
Zane Hollander’s playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She’s genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he’ll just break her heart. Because nothing’s more important to Zane than following the tide.

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The Trouble with Honor by Julia London

On sale for $.99!

Desperate times call for daring measures as Honor Cabot, the eldest stepdaughter of the wealthy Earl of Beckington, awaits her family’s ruin. Upon the earl’s death she and her sisters stand to lose the luxury of their grand home – and their place on the pedestal of society – to their stepbrother and his social-climbing fiancée. Forced to act quickly, Honor makes a devil’s bargain with the only rogue in London who can seduce her stepbrother’s fiancée out of the Cabots’ lives for good.

An illegitimate son of a duke, George Easton was born of scandal and grows his fortune through dangerous risks. But now he and Honor are dabbling in a perilous dance of seduction that puts her reputation and his jaded heart on the line. And as unexpected desire threatens to change the rules of their secret game, the stakes may become too high even for a notorious gambler and a determined, free-spirited debutante to handle.

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Crossing the Ice by Jennifer Comeaux

On sale for $.99!

Falling hard never felt so good. 

Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team. 

The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though… 

The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?

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Review: If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

August 18th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

If I Were You by Lisa Renee Jones

Source: Received from Netgalley

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication date: September 13, 2012

Rating: ★★★★★

About the book: From New York Times Best Selling author Lisa Renee Jones, a story with the heat of 50 Shades and the mystery of Pretty Little Liars. Now in development for cable TV with acclaimed producer Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland w/Johnny Depp)

How It All Started…
One day I was a high school teacher on summer break, leading a relatively uneventful but happy life. Or so I told myself. Later, I’d question that, as I would question pretty much everything I knew about me, my relationships, and my desires. It all began when my neighbor thrust a key to a storage unit at me. She’d bought it to make extra money after watching some storage auction show. Now she was on her way to the airport to elope with a man she barely knew, and she needed me to clear out the unit before the lease expired.

Soon, I was standing inside a small room that held the intimate details of another woman’s life, feeling uncomfortable, as if I was invading her privacy. Why had she let these items so neatly packed, possessions that she clearly cared about deeply, be lost at an auction? Driven to find out by some unnamed force, I began to dig, to discover this woman’s life, and yes, read her journals–dark, erotic journals that I had no business reading. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. I read on obsessively, living out fantasies through her words that I’d never dare experience on my own, compelled by the three men in her life, none of whom had names. I read onward until the last terrifying dark entry left me certain that something had happened to this woman. I had to find her and be sure she was okay.

Before long, I was taking her job for the summer at the art gallery, living her life, and she was nowhere to be found. I was becoming someone I didn’t know. I was becoming her.

The dark, passion it becomes…

Now, I am working at a prestigious gallery, where I have always dreamed of being, and I’ve been delivered to the doorstep of several men, all of which I envision as one I’ve read about in the journal. But there is one man that will call to me, that will awaken me in ways I never believed possible. That man is the ruggedly sexy artist, Chris Merit, who wants to paint me. He is rich and famous, and dark in ways I shouldn’t find intriguing, but I do. I so do. I don’t understand why his
dark side appeals to me, but the attraction between us is rich with velvety promises of satisfaction. Chris is dark, and so are his desires, but I cannot turn away. He is damaged beneath his confident good looks and need for control, and in some way, I feel he needs me. I need him.

All I know for certain is that he knows me like I don’t even know me, and he says I know him. Still, I keep asking myself — do I know him? Did he know her, the journal writer, and where is she? And why doesn’t it seem to matter anymore? There is just him and me, and the burn for more.

My Review

A fabulous story line, characters that will grab your heart and mind and a writing style that immediately sucks you in.

I’ve read two of Lisa Renee Jones’ Zodius books and loved them so when I saw this book pop up on Netgalley I had to request it. I started it thinking I would just do a little bit of reading before going to bed and next thing you know hours later I had finished it and needed more. It’s not often that I impulse buy but I immediately had to go look for the next book and bought it. While I was at it I also picked up book 3. That’s how addicted I was to this series after finishing up If I Were You.

I didn’t know what to expect going in since it sounded so different from her Zodius series so I didn’t know what to expect. I worried that this wasn’t going to be much more than an erotic read with a shoe string plot holding the sex scenes together. But I was pleasantly surprised that not only did it have a great story, it held a mystery that kept me guessing the entire time. I couldn’t wait to see who Sarah would end up with and what secrets are both Chris and Mark hiding. The characters were fascinating and it was like peeling an onion with each layer revealing something new about them.

I will warn you it ends on a cliffhanger that will make you scream and I assure you, you won’t be able to resist picking up the next book ASAP too.

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Giveaway: Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman

August 18th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Keeping Mr. Right Now Giveaway

Purchase Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman from August 18th – September 7th and you’ll receive the full Red-Hot “Morning After” scene from her hero’s point of view! This content isn’t in the book and is Robin’s way of saying thanks to all you awesome readers for your support. This bonus scene takes place in the bedroom and is steamy, so be ready to get a peek inside Zane’s R-rated thoughts. All you have to do to have this special scene delivered to your inbox on September 8th is send an email to [email protected] with proof of your purchase. Easy peasy!

About Keeping Mr. Right Now:

A temporary agreement neither could keep…

 

Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she’s up close and personal with the world’s sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?

 

Zane Hollander’s playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She’s genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he’ll just break her heart. Because nothing’s more important to Zane than following the tide.

Get your copy today:

 

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Deal Alert: YA Steals & Deals

August 14th, 2014 by Debbie's World of Books

Here are some more YA steals!

Always be sure to confirm pricing before purchasing. 

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

Defiance by C.J. Redwine

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Luxe by Anna Godbersen

Luxe by Anna Godbersen

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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

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Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

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Hemlock by Kathleen PeacockHemlock by Kathleen Peacock Amazon

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