Thursday, April 27, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Dropout by Jamie Schlosser

Series: The Good Guys #3

Over the past year, I’ve been called a lot of things. Slacker. Troublemaker. Party animal.
I thought I was on top of the world. Turns out, I was pretty close to rock bottom.
Now I have a new title: college dropout.
Talk about a reality check.
But I’ve got a chance to redeem myself. One summer to turn things around. Two months to prove I’m not a complete f*ck-up.
It’s time to change.
I want to get back to being one of the good guys.


I have everything I need to live out my dream of being a reclusive songwriter—my guitar, my notebook, and blissful silence.
At least, I did until Jimmy moved in next door.
With tattoos, piercings, and mischievous green eyes, he’s got bad news written all over him. And last time I got with a bad boy, it ended horribly.
Jimmy makes me feel things I shouldn’t feel. Want things I shouldn’t want. He’s a hazard to my carefully laid plans.
But he’s only here for two months.
I can resist him...right?

~Book Review~
4.75 Stars

James Peabody Johnson, 19, is fast on his way to becoming a college dropout. Partying, fighting, and bad grades have made his freshman year a bust. But he’s got the summer to redeem himself and Grandma Beverly to keep him on track.
“Let’s go easy on the full-name stuff, huh?”
Mackenna Connelly, 21, was dealt some rough teenage years, leaving her seeking solitude in the small Midwestern town of Tolston. She’s not looking for a relationship and Jimmy has sworn off women, but that doesn’t stop the sparks that fly when they a rather awkward but absolutely comical moment.  
“That’s some romantic shit, Grandma.”
This story has it all, most importantly substance and good character development. I was not expecting it to open the way it does, but it sure pulled me in and fleshed out the characters right off the bat. Mackenna was certainly a survivor and Jimmy, poor Jimmy, was such a screw up. But he knew it and owned up to it. Their introductions took me from the edge of my seat to laughing at Jimmy’s expense as the story captured mistakes teens make and tackled some heavier life issues without putting off antsy vibes.

While there’s a few near tear jerker moments, there are also so many funny scenes. That’s not an easy balance to pull off but the author handles this juxtaposition of emotions with ease and a finesse of storytelling. I thoroughly enjoyed the antics in this one, and I don’t want to spoil the fun but that bird and Grandma all but stole the show in wonderfully humorous ways.

None the less, it’s Jimmy and Mack who make the romance. I really adore when love is developed like a journey and the reader gets to see the main couple get to know each other and fall in love. This story stays focused on that, interweaving how they negotiate their limited time relationship alongside plenty of hot, well developed love scenes. And notice I said love scenes and not simply sex scenes because there’s so much more captured here while still being deliciously erotic.
“You’re bigger than her prize-winning mutant pickle.”
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I’ll admit, I wasn’t crazy about at least one of Mackenna’s way of handling things, but I understood she was a bit emotionally damaged from past experience. At the same time, Jimmy couldn’t have been more swoonworthy! He wowed me at every turn. I could definitely gush about what a fabulous new adult romantic hero he is because Jimmy rocks as a book boyfriend. There’s no denying he earns his place in the “Good Guys” series.
 “And when she fell asleep, her ear was right over my heart—the heart that was becoming a little less mine and a little more hers every day.”
*Squeee* I’m totally jonesing for Jimmy, which is so robbing the cradle so I’d better stop while I’m ahead.  Just know he’s an adorable hottie and an absolute delight. His story is one to move to the top of your TBR pile!

Dropout is the third book in The Good Guys series, told via Jimmy and Mackenna’s alternating first person POV. It can easily be read as a standalone.  Characters from the previous books have cameos. 

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~About the Author~
Jamie Schlosser grew up on a farm in Illinois surrounded by cornfields. Although she no longer lives in the country, her dream is to return to rural living someday. As a stay-at-home mom, she spends most of her days running back and forth between her two wonderful kids and her laptop. She loves her family, iced coffee, and happily-everafters. 

COVER REVEAL: Reginald by Niquel

Series: Spasm Rockers
Genre: Rocker Romance
Release Date: May 11, 2017

Screw love, get money.

That had become my new motto. I promised myself I wouldn’t get too close to anyone again because it always blew up in my face.

Then I met her, the devil in a pair of six-inch heels. I tried to avoid her like the plague and treated her as if she were made of poison, but she wouldn’t back down.

One night I let my guard down.
One night changed everything.

My bandmates were counting on me. Fame was knocking at my door.

But temptation knocked a little harder and now I may be royally screwed—and not in a good way.

After the party, Mo came up to me and sat beside me on the bedroom floor. “Reg, are you happy here?”
“No, not really.”
“Me neither. He and Mom were arguing in the bathroom, and I heard him hurt her.”
“Yeah. I didn’t try to stop him this time, though. I can’t forget or forgive him for what he did to me last time I tried to stick up for her.” He lifted his Superman pajama shirt up and showed me the big black and blue bruise he had across his ribs.
“I hate that he did that to you. I wish Mom would just leave him alone. Things were better before he came here,” I said.
“It still hurts to take in a breath, but I don’t want to say anything and make it worse. I hate going to the hospital.”
“Mo, that’s not normal. Maybe you can ask Ms. Jenson to take you? Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad.”
“That sounds like a good idea, but I don’t know. Before you came here, a little kid named Aaron got hurt by one of Mom’s boyfriends, Rick. Ms. Jenson took him to the doctor, and I never saw him again, and Rick got taken out in handcuffs.”
“Wow, that’s crazy, but it got him out of this mad house.”
“I know, but I don’t know if he went to a better place or worse. That’s the scary part about it.”
“Well, if I’ve learned anything in the thirteen years I’ve been alive, it’s that tomorrow isn’t promised. You have to deal with the here and now.”
“Reg, I don’t want to be taken away from you. You’re the best brother I could have ever asked for, and I don’t want to lose that. Losing you is scarier than staying here and taking a few lickings.”
“I feel the same way.”


Niquel is a self diagnosed coffee addict, lover of rice and beans, and chocolate—preferably not all together. She’s the creator of multiple stories full of love, passion, and power. She may toss in a ghost story every once in a while.

When she’s not busy taking care of her two little girls, she's writing or creating graphics or you can find her binge watching TV with her significant other. 

Boston born and raised, she’s always been a creative soul: attending multiple colleges to develop her love of the visual arts.


Monday, April 24, 2017

RELEASE BLITZ: The Royal Mistake by Erin Hayes

Genre: Billionaire Romance


At twenty-five years old, Catherine's only commitment was to her job. 

Until she saw those two pink lines.

Catherine has buckled down to focus on what was really important in life. Like her career. So when her ex-boss Jessica Croft offers her a job she can't refuse, Catherine moves to Dubreva, where she's thrust back into race car driver and billionaire prince Henry's life.

And Henry won't let her forget what happened between them one hot night. Even though she's been trying to forget it.

But then she learns she's pregnant. With Henry's child.


Her back is to the road, so I only get a glimpse of her profile as we drive by. Her curly dark hair that I could run my hands through. Her petite frame that I remember wrapped around me. Her luscious lips that I still fantasize about kissing.
She’s back in Dubreva.
She’s here.
And it could be my last chance to redeem myself to her.
“Stop the car!” I tell the driver.
“What?” he asks, confused.
“NOW!” I demand, opening the door.
The driver is forced to pull over to a non-parking area, half-blocking one of the lanes of traffic. I hear the angry honks of the cars behind us, but I don’t care as I undo my seatbelt and slide out. I use my cane to cover the distance as fast as possible, barely noticing the pain in my leg.
She sees me too, as the angry horns have caused her to look in my direction. Her eyes fall on me, and I see them widen in…fear? No, it can’t be fear. If anything, it should be anger. After all, I was the one who had insulted her that night.
I didn’t know what it was like to be humble.
My heart thrums in my throat as I stop ten meters away, unable to take my eyes off her.
“Hi, Catherine.”

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~Also in the Series~
FUN FACT: All the Dubrevian princes are named after Disney princes!
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Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she's an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can email her and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Waiting to Fall by Alyson Reynolds

Series: Waiting Duet #2
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 16, 2017


Finn Crawford never thought his life would change with one stupid dare. Or that he would make the mistake of taking things too far with his twin sister’s best friend. Now he’s fighting off an attraction he didn’t expect.

Cora Donovan doesn’t want a relationship, especially one with the guy who’s always been there for her when she needed it most. Just being in the same room as him makes her body heat up in ways she never thought possible.

There’s only one other thing that might stand in their way of being together, if they can actually figure out how to make it work. Neither of them want to hurt Olivia, and if they broke up, that’s exactly what would happen. Sometimes it’s hard to determine if love is worth the risk.

Cover Design: Alyson Reynolds
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Romance writer. Wife. Mother of two. Avid reader. Queen of multitasking. Originally from the south, Alyson Reynolds likes to incorporate what she knows into her books. She's lived not only on the east coast, but the west coast and a few places in between. Alyson loves sharing stories about her crazy family to anyone who will listen. Her guilty pleasures consist of coffee, country music, brunch, breaking the rules, and pedicures. And she will always be a daddy's girl.

When Alyson isn't chasing around her two kiddos, she's normally writing. Or reading. Her Kindle library is out of control. Alyson writes mainly contemporary novels and novellas with a bit of new adult mixed in.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

BOOK BOYFRIEND FEATURE: The Good Guys series by Jamie Schlosser

Book Boyfriend Data Sheet #1

Name: Travis Hawkins 

Age: 21 

Birthday: 🎂 February 4th ♒

Birthplace: 🌎 Tolson, Illinois 

Measurements 📏
Height: 6’1” 
Weight: 180 
Length: 7 ¾ inches 
Girth: 5 ½ inches 

Turn-ons:👍 Honesty, blonde hair, blue eyes, and if your name is Angel. 

Turn-offs:👎 Girls who are shallow, mean-spirited, or conceited. Also, getting vomited on. 

Idea of a perfect date: 🏥Preferably an evening that doesn’t end with someone going to the hospital or me getting vomited on. Kidding, kidding (sort of). The place doesn’t matter. I just like to have a good time with my girl. 

People I admire:💗 My mom, Karen Hawkins. Hank (my boss, and my best friend’s dad) is up there on the list too. 

Favorite song to make love to:🎶 “Kiss me” by Ed Sheeran 

Favorite Books/ Movies / TV shows: Since I’m on the road a lot, I don’t have a ton of time to read or watch TV, but I love listening to music in the semi. 🚚

Trucker is ★★ F R E E ★ for a limited time! 💸
"Baby, I love it when you talk trucker to me."
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Book Boyfriend Data Sheet #2
Name: Colton Evans 

Age: 22 

Birthday: 🎂 December 28th ♑

Birthplace: 🌎 Hemswell, Illinois 

Measurements 📏
Height: 6’ 
Weight: 190 
Length: 6 ¾ inches 
Girth: 6 ½ inches 

Turn-ons:👍 Confidence. A good sense of humor. Also, handcuffs. 

Turn-offs:👎 I have a history of feeling anxious around girls, so it ruins the mood if someone is judgmental or makes me uncomfortable. I need to feel like I can be myself. 

Idea of a perfect date: 💃Going dancing. I might not be the best at it, but any excuse to feel up my date is a good one. 

People I admire:💗 My dad, Hank, and my best friend, Travis. 

Favorite song to make love to:🎶 “Pretty Tied Up” by Guns N’ Roses 

Favorite Books/ Movies / TV shows: America’s Funniest Home Videos. That shit never gets old. 📺

Dancer is on a ★ Rare Sale! ★★ (limited time) 💸

Erectile dysfunction isn't sexy... Or is it?

Book Boyfriend Data Sheet #3
Name: James Peabody Johnson (AKA Jimmy) 

Age: 19 

Birthday: 🎂 August 15th ♌

Birthplace: 🌎 Heyworth, Ohio 

Measurements 📏 
Height: 6’3” 
Weight: 195 
Length: 9 inches 
Girth: 6 inches 

Turn-ons:👍 A girl who doesn’t take my shit. Someone who makes me want to be a better version of myself. 

Turn-offs:👎 Is it wrong that I don’t have many turn-offs? As long as it’s coming from the right girl, I’ll take anything she’s willing to throw my way. 

Idea of a perfect date: I can’t afford fancy dates, so sometimes I have to get creative. Pizza and a nice drive in the country can be awesome if you’re with the right person. 🍕 

People I admire:💗 My grandma, Beverly. Also, my younger brother, Ezra. 

Favorite song to make love to:🎶 No specific song, but maybe some old-school country. 

Favorite Books/ Movies / TV shows: I like watching comedies with my grandma. She has an unhealthy obsession with Vince Vaughn, so that’s kinda weird. It’s still fun, though. 📺

Dropout is available for ★PREORDER ★  💸

A big thanks to Jamie Schlosser for making the guys available! ~
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Never Be Tamed by Clare James

Falling for your sister's nemesis?

Only a low-life dog would do something like that, right? And that ain't me, not anymore. I mean here I am, trying to be a stand-up guy for once in my freaking life—I'm finally making smart decisions, helping my little sister, and getting my shit together.

For once, things are finally going my way…until Jenna shows up.

As soon as I meet her, I know she's the enemy. I've heard enough to understand that she's off limits. Banned. Forbidden. Not for me!

She's the bad girl I have to stay away from if I want to keep my family intact. So I try. Trust me, I REALLY try. But it's not as easy as you'd think, and surprisingly, I discover that she's not as bad as everyone says.

Of course, she's difficult, selfish, and a royal pain in the ass, but she's also gorgeous, smart, kind, and…well, let's just say I am that low-life dog. Traitor. Turncoat. And the world's shittiest brother.

Woof. Woof. 🐕

Never Be Tamed is a  full-length stand-alone that can be read on its own or as part of The Impossible Love Series.

4 Stars

Jenna Peterson used to be a “mean girl,” but now she keeps to herself and her dogs. Working at an animal shelter as she finishes her final year of college, Jenna enjoys the solitude. Michael Nelson has some regrets in life, especially when it comes to his sister; but he’s trying to work through his issues and a new apartment and internship with the police department is just what he’s looking for before he graduates college.

Jenna and Michael are no strangers. They’ve crossed paths before when Jenna brought out her claws with Michael’s sister over a guy. But despite the fact that they should be a no-go when it comes to each other, they both feel the attraction.

The premise of this story is what attracted it to me. I’ve read a lot of sibling’s best friend stories, but I’d never read a sibling’s enemy. So maybe I had high expectations because although I liked both Jenna and Michael, the story just felt a little dull or lacked a wow factor. Perhaps it was a few places that were more tell than show. Most definitely the abrupt ending was a letdown. While there is an epilogue to make up for that a little, I still felt like the premise never fully reached its potential.

I did enjoy the fact that’s there’s no OW drama, and that Jenna and Michael didn’t come across as clichéd stereotypes—they were pleasingly average twenty-somethings. While I haven’t read the previous books in the story, I didn’t have any problem following along. Told via their alternating first person POV, this is an easy read that flows at a steady pace and 
can be read as a standalone.


Clare James writes steamy contemporary romance and new adult stories, penning nearly a dozen novels. Her Entangled Brazen debut, CAUGHT, was a #1 Amazon Best-Selling Romance Series, and the touching family drama, Two-Hour Truce, also hit #1 as a category bestseller on Amazon.
Clare is fan of spunky women, gorgeous guys, and super-hot romance, and spends most of her time lost in books. When she's not reading, you can find her locked away writing. Clare is also a former dancer and still loves to get her groove on – mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men – her husband and young son – and is always on social media chatting with readers.

COVER REVEAL: Escape Clause by Mary Billiter

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 24, 2017


Sometimes to escape a bad situation, you have to grit your teeth and bare your clause.

When competing hotel owners, the Carlyles, attempt a takeover of the former Brubaker hotel, now The Point Resort and also Kelsey Donigan’s second home, the front desk manager discovers long buried secrets between the two families. Better yet, she uncovers an escape clause that not only prevents a takeover, but may also overtake generations of animosity between the two families.

Kelsey finds an ally in the most unlikely of locals. Hotel heir Oliver Carlyle’s devotion and determination to honor his mother’s final wishes places him in direct opposition with his powerful family.

Can the star-crossed couple save the historic, beachfront hotel or will they lose each other in the process?
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

Mary Billiter is a weekly newspaper columnist and fiction author. She also has novels published under the pen name, “Pumpkin Spice.”

Mary resides in the Cowboy State with her unabashedly bald husband, her four amazing children, two fantastic step-kids, and their runaway dog. She does her best writing (in her head) on her daily runs in wild, romantic, beautiful Wyoming.

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Do Not Disturb
On sale for half price!

Publisher: Hot Tree Publisher

Friday, April 14, 2017

REVIEW/RELEASE BLITZ: The No Jock Rule by Ashley Erin

Series: Rule Series

Nella Anderson isn’t your typical college student. She has a secret, one she can never share.

With secrets come rules.
Rules set by others.
Rules set by herself.
Nella’s rule is simple. No jocks.
Carter Jacobs doesn’t make keeping her rule easy, but she’s determined not to break it.
Carter refuses to let women get the best of him. He’s seen the fallout and learned early on that you can’t fully trust anyone. Giving someone his entire heart is not an option. Nella has captured his interest, but he keeps himself at a distance.

An online friendship, identities unknown, has Nella and Carter unwittingly trusting each other.
Secrets are uncovered, identities revealed.

Rules are meant to be broken, can they handle the consequences?

~Book Review~
2.75 rounding up to 3 ‘It’s okay but the messages are troubling’ Stars

As the blurb says, Nella Anderson, 20, has a secret. Now let me stop and explain that I’m usually skeptical of books that utilize that word in the description because, to put it bluntly, the “secret” in a romance is often either predictable or lame or both. But I’ve read the previous books in this series so I decided to give this a chance and hope for the best.

The “secret” is revealed to the readers in the first chapter so it’s only a secret to the rest of the characters.  In that scenario, it’s not a spoiler so there’s really no point in concealing it in the blurb when one of the main purposes of a book description is to establish the premise of the book to attract the right readers to the story. Otherwise you have frustrated readers.

See Nella’s a college student like her friends who we’ve met in this series. And initially her situation is a bit déjà vu of Ava’s in the previous book.  So right off the bat, I was frustrated that this had elements of a repeat plot. Except I really liked Ava’s story and thought she made a great heroine. Nella, on the other hand, instantly rubbed me the wrong way. I don’t understand why you would hide having a child from your friends, especially knowing how supportive and inclusive they were of Ava’s son. While I did believe that Nella cared for her daughter, her actions made it seem like she was ashamed of her. And as a mom myself, that’s just not cool.

Add to that, Nella seemed naïve, and she constantly lamented her situation, which didn’t make her a sympatric character; it just made her pathetic.
 “I still love the same boy. He just doesn’t love me back, because if he did, all that surface stuff wouldn’t matter. Our souls would recognize each other.”
Then there’s Carter Jacobs, the hero and baby daddy who he doesn’t know it. Again this is the premise of the romantic angle. The real reveals or “mysteries” in this story are how they work this all out, and how the hell does Nella and Carter hang with the same circle of friends and Carter does not only not know that they have a kid together but also doesn’t recognize Nella? Well that’s where you have to swallow a big load of suspension of disbelief, prepare for some predictability, and resist rolling your eyes at a very contrived situation that only gets sillier and makes the main characters look denser the longer it plays out. 
“I feel like there is something obvious that I’m missing.”
No shit, Carter!

Thank god this boy isn’t a math major or he’d have flunked out by now. On top of that, he has a tendency, especially in the beginning, to sound like a whiney brat.
“People have all these expectations of me in real life. They expect me to act a certain way, focus on specific things. It’s exhausting.”
No dude, that is real life!

What’s also a turn-off about Carter is that he’s apparently been a one night stand kind of guy simply to piss off his father. *WHAT?* Yeah, I can’t even begin to articulate how immature and illogical it is to sleep around just to spite your jerk of a dad, especially since he was acting just like him.

And that gets to the second big issue with this story—it’s 2017 and this sexist double standard where the heroine is celibate after losing her virginity while the hero screws around is not only outdated but it’s NOT romantic. In fact, the romance is pretty light, the steam factor rather low (or late to the game), and the new adult coming of age vibe decidedly high. And yet safe sex is downplayed and condom usage not shown, brushed off with an offhand comment after having sex that “We took care of that awkward conversation about protection and previous partners—for him—out of the way earlier today.”  Yet, these are scenes that should be developed in a new adult book. Instead the route taken is one where Nella absolves him of any guilt for sleeping around while patting herself on the back for staying true to the one she loved.

On the plus side, there isn’t any OW or OM drama, and Carter does grow up and, by the end, I found him much more likable guy.  Nella, however, I never connected with. There were some intriguing angles to their situation that kept me reading, but the details and the execution was where it lost its appeal.

Told by Carter and Nella’s dual first person POV, this story is plotted for readers who enjoy secret baby plots with an extra convoluted angle of secret identities. There’s no point in disguising it because it’s the kind of plot that either appeals to you or it doesn’t.  I personally don’t feel that children should ever be “secrets that can never be shared” as the blurb refers. They are innocent human beings, not skeletons in your closet.  So if you really want an engaging story about a single young mom negotiating new love and past missteps, then I totally recommend The No Bad Boy Rule in this series. It exhibits much better life lessons and far more likable main characters.  

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~About the Series~
The No Asshole Rule
Andie has one rule she lives by, no assholes. She doesn’t befriend them and she certainly doesn’t date them. Upon transferring to Parkland University, she is irritated to discover her neighbor is not only an asshole, but an attractive one that her body and mind can’t seem to ignore. Can Andie let go of the one rule that safeguards her heart?
Lucas doesn’t date. Ever. At least not anymore but the sexy, distant woman across the hall intrigues him and the draw is more than he can resist. Will he like what he finds hidden deep inside her wounded soul?
They both fight to keep their rules, but the pull is irresistible. As Andie struggles with the demons from her past, old wounds open. Both Lucas and Andie will need to decide what is worth fighting for.
Some rules are meant to be broken. Are they up for the challenge?.

The No Bad Boy Rule
Six years ago, a positive pregnancy test destroyed Ava. Her goals, her relationship, the entire way she viewed her future.
From the rubble, a rule was created: No bad boys.
In their wake is chaos and destruction, something she could no longer risk.
Ava has been happy with this rule, until now.
The bad boy across the hall makes her want to abandon it. Those hazel eyes piercing her, as though they can read her mind. That gentle smile as he interacts with her son. Dax awakens something in her that she’s never felt before.
Will she regret opening her heart to another bad boy?
Dax is determined to earn back the respect he lost for himself years ago and create a future he can be proud of. He’s spent his life breaking rules and now he has a rigid set of rules to live by.
Ava is a distraction he doesn’t need.
Nothing like the women from his past, everything about her from her adorable son to the paint constantly covering her hands reminds him of why he needs to focus. He knows the look in her eyes, he fights the urge to give in to that look. He doesn’t deserve it, at least not yet.
Will Dax ever feel like he’s earned it, or will a call from his past cause him to push her away for good?

Rules are meant to be broken.
Ashley Erin lives in Alberta, Canada where winter and summer compete to take over. She wears flip flops as soon as it’s above freezing, because her hatred of socks outweighs her dislike of snow. Her boyfriend stays with her despite a penchant for adopting rescued cats and dogs without permission. Their two dogs and four cats are spoiled rotten. When Ashley isn’t writing, she is reading or working with horses.
Ashley is a self-published author of contemporary and new adult romance. Follow her on Facebook to keep up with her current and upcoming releases.
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