Sunday, 31 January 2016


Title: The Unmumsy Mums
Author: The Unmumsy Mum
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Genre: Humour, Anecdotes
Release Date: 14th January 2016

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Whenever the Unmumsy Mum shares a story about life with her two young boys, she is inundated with anecdotes from other mums who have had similar experiences. As she herself puts it: 'I have spent many an evening over the past year absolutely howling with laughter at all the comments and messages received via my blog and social media pages. The Facebook page, in particular, has become a place for mums and dads to share their hilarious stories about the reality of life with children. I was confident that there would be further undiscovered gems out there - hysterical things that children have said, embarrassing things that they have done - so I invited my followers to send their own tales to me. This is a collection of the best of those stories - enjoy!'

This short book was FREE at the time of this Review
This free ebook collection is released to celebrate publication 
of The Unmumsy Mum's book on 11th February 2016 and includes 
an exclusive preview of The Unmumsy Mum.

Title: The Unmumsy Mums
Author: The Unmumsy Mum
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Genre: Humour, Anecdotes
Release Date: 11th February 2016

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The Unmumsy Mum writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality, how there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing. The lessons she's learnt while grappling with two small boys – from birth to teething, 3am night feeds to toddler tantrums, soft play to toilet training – will have you roaring with laughter and taking great comfort in the fact that it's definitely not just you...

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Amazon US
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The Unmumsy Mum aka Sarah Turner lives in Devon with her husband and their two boys. She started writing as The Unmumsy Mum after become disillusioned with the other parenting literature she had read online. Everybody seemed to be coping so well. Where were the tales of mums tearing their hair out after yet another sleepless night and endless re-runs of Peppa Pig? She made a vow then and there to document the reality of parenting, and her blog page ( and subsequent Facebook page ( were born. You can follow Sarah's everyday parenting grumbles on Twitter @theunmumsymum.

Title: The Unmumsy Mums
Author: The Unmumsy Mum
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Genre: Humour, Anecdotes
Release Date: 14th January 2016

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Whenever the Unmumsy Mum shares a story about life with her two young boys, she is inundated with anecdotes from other mums who have had similar experiences. As she herself puts it: 'I have spent many an evening over the past year absolutely howling with laughter at all the comments and messages received via my blog and social media pages. The Facebook page, in particular, has become a place for mums and dads to share their hilarious stories about the reality of life with children. I was confident that there would be further undiscovered gems out there - hysterical things that children have said, embarrassing things that they have done - so I invited my followers to send their own tales to me. This is a collection of the best of those stories - enjoy!'

Goodreads Link

This short book was FREE at the time of this Review

I fancied a light fun read and this one looked like it would fit the bill nicely! Also it was FREE! yes FREE! (OMG I sound like Martin Lewis, Moneysaver Expert lol) to download.

I downloaded this one FREE from Amazon UK. As it says on the cover this is a collection of hysterical stories about parenting! The cover features a breakfast cereal splat on the cover along with a spoon and a fork that appear to have been launched after the cereal too! 
Would this book cover make me pick up this book from a bookstore shelf? Yes, its a quite amusing scene, and one a few parents will have been through at some point during their parenthood journey. The cover sets the amusing tone of the book.
The book begins with a letter from the Author saying she has spent many an evening on her blog, and other social media sites quite literally howling at some of the stories of cringeworthy, laugh out loud, incidents that she has been sent. Unmumsy Mum has included some of the stories she has been sent in her book that is due out in February and then because she had so many, she decided to collect a few of them and made this free novella length edition for us, the reader, to have a taster of the forthcoming book.
A lady called Lauren, sent her incident . . . .her daughter was enjoying "dress up" and "role play" time at school and was talking excitedly about it at home. When daddy thinking it was funny and being witty chipped in with a comment saying her mummy likes to do "role play and dress-up too". They then thought no more about it until later when the little girl promptly asked her young male teacher if mummy could come in and join in "role play" and then turned to her mummy and asked her which outfit she wanted to wear!! 
There are quite a few more where that one came from, in fact, they rang amusing, outrageous and some a little scandalous too!
So Did I enjoy this book? As a taster of a coming soon larger edition, this was a perfect lunchtime, or bus journey read. Just remember where you are when reading and prepare to get strange looks when you spontaneously burst out with a giggle, chuckle and roar of laughter too. Would I recommend this book? As it was a freebie I'd have to say it's an absolutely brilliant book! How much would I have been comfortable paying for it? About 99p or £1.50 as it is quite short, though packed with laughs! Ideal book to read for that half hour, when you've just put the little darlings to bed, or dropped them off at school on time! and you finally have time for a cuppa and a biscuit. Would I want to read more of this type of genre? I do enjoy real life anecdotes and funny story collections, from things like this to the professional "Confessions" books like Air Hostess, Teacher, Policeman, Firemen, Male Nurses, Nurses to Cashiers. I keep searching for a hairdressing one and another cashier/checkout one because I have had both careers! Would I want to read more from the Unmumsy Mum? Well, the book this collection is a taster of has gone straight onto my Want To Read Wishlist!

Brilliant, amusing stories that will have you "bent over double in laughter" with tears streaming down your face! This great collection of hilarious stories/anecdotes from parents (not the spick and span ones with a house without a thing out of place, and the perfect angelic children) but those who are down to earth and "normal" like the rest of us! The ones that struggle to get the children to school on time whilst wearing the school uniform with matching socks and shoes and having had their hair brushed too lol! This book has you in tears with laughter and if this is only a small taster what will the book be like?!

So good only negative was I wanted more! . . . .much more! ....I did not want it to end!


Title: You Give Love a Bad Name  
Series: Mirabelle Harbor #3 
Author: Marilyn Brant
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 24th 2016

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“Nothing but love, 24/7” is the slogan of Mirabelle Harbor’s only radio station, 102.5 “LOVE” FM. On the verge of turning thirty-five, local DJ Blake Michaelsen is well-known for several reasons: his very sexy on-air voice, his omnipresent family, his eligible bachelor status, and his reputation as one of the most impulsive men in Chicago’s northern suburbs.
High-school French teacher and lifelong romantic Vicky Bernier is not at all wild about people who exhibit reckless conduct. (Blake.) Or men who have gigantic egos. (Blake.) Or grownups who still act like teenagers. (Blake, again.) She deals with enough adolescent behavior during the school day. Unfortunately, she’s the staff advisor to the Homecoming Committee, and they’ve chosen him as their DJ for the big fall dance.
What happens when a man whose job it is to play love songs for a living is forced to admit his deepest secret—that he doesn’t believe in true love—only to discover that the one woman who might capture his heart is the same woman who distrusts him the most?

No matter what you call it, with love there’s an exception to every rule. YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME, a Mirabelle Harbor story.

**Note: YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME is Book 3 in Marilyn Brant’s Mirabelle Harbor series, but this story and all of the contemporary romances in this series can be enjoyed as stand-alone novels.
Other Books in the Series:
STRANGER ON THE SHORE (Coming Spring 2016)
And more…


My friends and I settled our bill and stepped outside of The Lounge just as a ruckus was getting started next door at Max’s Pub.
“You asshole!” this dopey, burly, drunk guy screamed, ineffectively swinging at another drunk guy.
“You witless dickhead!” slurred the second guy. But that didn’t mask his identity. As soon as he spoke, I knew who it was. Everyone did.
“Isn’t that Blake Michaelsen?” Janet whispered.
“Yep,” I whispered back. I’d only seen him in person once before—at a big event at the radio station this summer—and it was, literally, across a crowded room. But Blake’s voice on 102.5 LOVE FM was one of the sexiest I’d ever heard. I listened to him on the radio all the time. And he was my friend Sharlene’s older brother, so I knew a few additional facts about him than I might have otherwise.
Like that he was impulsive.
And loud.
And kind of a manwhore.
Then again, he had a rep in town, so most women knew these things, too. It was just that Shar had actually confirmed them for me.
Blake landed a decent punch and sent the other guy stumbling. But Dopey Dude got back up.
Oh, boy.
Shar was going to be so pissed when she heard about this. And she would. Probably within three minutes or less. Gossip traveled at the speed of sound in Mirabelle Harbor.
There was more yelling between the men, along with a bunch of shouts from the sports-bar crowd surrounding them. It reminded me of the stupid hall fights I’d had the misfortune to have to try to break up at the high school. Dumb boy behavior at its finest. Guys who fought each other because they couldn’t rationally reason their way through a discussion. So foolish and immature. And, worse, so painful to the people who actually cared about these cretins.
Dopey Dude landed a crushing blow to Blake’s abdomen. He doubled over and fell to the pavement. Then the other guy started to seriously pummel Blake while the crowd alternately jeered, taunted, and screamed their encouragement.
I winced. Blake’s dark hair was matted against his forehead with sweat and, also, with some fresh blood. He had a gash across his cheekbones, dirt on his face and neck, and more blood dripping from the corner of his mouth.
And he was devastatingly handsome, even then.
Although, with the angry eyes and the snarl on his lips, he looked like the poster child for one the French revolutionary insurgents in Les Misérables. If he decided to build a barricade, storm the Bastille, or lead the crowd in the first verse of “Do You Hear the People Sing?” I wouldn’t dare to stand in his way.
The fact that I couldn’t guess whether he’d be more like a hero or a terrorist in any uprising made me immediately uncomfortable, though. I hadn’t known he’d be like this. His sister could get a little fiery sometimes, but Shar had a marshmallow heart. Blake, by contrast, looked both self-destructive and vicious. Like he could quite effectively kill someone.
Finally, an officer came on the scene and broke up the fight. He ordered us all to leave, but I was rooted to the spot. I couldn’t take my eyes off Blake’s cut-up face. So many bruises, and he was even spitting blood.
Lisa nudged me. “Let’s go, Vicky.”
Before I could make my feet move, Blake looked up at me and our gazes collided. I kept imagining the shock Shar would feel if she saw her brother in this horribly battered, sweaty, and drunken state. She was very protective of her family. But nothing was going to protect Blake from the wrath of one massive hangover and the need for some serious first aid.
His eyes turned even darker and they narrowed dangerously as he continued to stare at me.
Christine tugged me away.
“They were like a couple of wasted jocks after a football game,” she observed on the drive home.
“I know. I was thinking the same thing. Like those boys that get into fights in the school cafeteria. With them, it’s all crazy levels of testosterone and impaired judgment, leading to damage of property and reckless endangerment of themselves and others. Imagine someone acting that way after being out of high school for fifteen years? It’s like they never got all the way through adolescence.”
Christine nodded. “Although I can’t say being a mature grownup all the time is a barrel of laughs.”
I smiled. “True. But anything is better than being forever seventeen.”
I remembered myself at seventeen and suppressed a shudder. That was one time of my life I’d never want to relive, and I had daily witness as to why in my classroom.
Though, if forced to be completely honest with myself, one of the main reasons I’d been drawn to teaching was to see if I could make high school a better experience for kids like me. For those quirky, quiet, culture-loving, rule-following bookworms who really wanted to learn. Not that I was so different now, really. It was just that, back then, I’d felt so alone. I hadn’t realized there might be others like me out there.
I said goodnight to Christine, went inside my apartment, and leaned against the door with a deep sigh. I should go to sleep, but I just couldn’t. All I’d be able to see behind my closed eyes would be Blake Michaelsen’s bloodied, infuriated face.

Marilyn Brant is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction, romantic comedy & mystery. She won RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart Award (2007) for her debut novel, According to Jane, and was named the Author of the Year (2013) by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. She loves all things Jane Austen, has a passion for Sherlock Holmes, is a travel addict and a music junkie, and lives on chocolate and gelato.  The Mirabelle Harbor series is her latest project. 

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Q & A with

Mirabelle Harbor is a fictional suburb of Chicago. Why did you choose a made up venue?
Because I love having complete control!! Seriously, it’s because I wanted to be able to create the layout of the town—with all of its shops, restaurants, and buildings—from the ground up. I had a few northern Chicago suburbs in mind when I came up with Mirabelle Harbor’s downtown, so there were real Illinois cities that influenced the design, but I also had very specific areas I wanted to block off for community events and particular characters’ apartments/houses. I wouldn’t have been able to plan things out quite so exactly or have certain establishments located within an easy walking distance from the lake if I didn’t do this myself. And, it turns out, I discovered I loved city planning, LOL. I drew out a full map on a huge sheet of paper, labeled all of the streets (even ones that haven’t yet been mentioned in the stories), came up with names for all sorts of stores and diners and parks. It was really a fun process.

All of your novels all have a playlist of sorts. Is music a big part of your life?
It is, yes. Music is my favorite of the creative arts. It always has been. And my books definitely have built-in playlists or “Soundtracks of the Story.” I think we all have certain senses that we rely upon more heavily than others and through which we filter our experiences. I’m both very visual and very auditory. The sound of something, the tone of someone’s voice...these are things I notice. And distinctive melodies, like Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” in The Road to You or Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Changes Everything” in A Summer in Europe, can become almost an anthem for a novel—one that underscores the story with subtext. So, the music I use in any one of my books always has an added meaning. Somebody could read the book and get the general message just from the song titles, but for readers who also know the lyrics, there’s an extra layer hidden there for them as well.

Do you choose the playlist for your novels or as you’re writing does the novel choose the music?
I think the novel chooses the music. Or, rather, the characters in the novel—as I come to know them and they develop real personalities in my mind—choose the songs that most resonate for them. In the Mirabelle Harbor series, every book title also references a specific song, which was intentional. This was particularly relevant for You Give Love a Bad Name because Blake is a radio DJ for a station named “LOVE FM,” and “The Eighties” as a decade is part of the theme for the big Homecoming dance in the story. There is a lot of music in this novel, and I even got to make up a recording artist and write part of a song for him! (Such fun!!) As for the earlier books in the series, when I was writing The One That I Want, I’d find myself thinking things like, “Which song would Julia really love? Which one would make her cry? Or laugh?” With the first book, Take a Chance on Me, there are musical references specific to Chance & Nia. Occasionally there would be a place in that story where I’d try to slip in an allusion to a particular song, but it just didn’t work for those main characters. I needed to find ones that really fit each of them. (On my website, I include referenced songs on the book pages for each individual novel. This is the page for You Give Love a Bad Name—just scroll to the bottom and you can see many of the songs that are included in the story:

Do you use your own experiences in your writing? 
Absolutely. There are a few of my real-life experiences peppered throughout all of my novels. However, I use far fewer of my own experiences than I do my own emotions. It’s not very important, in my opinion, that a writer live through any particular situation in order to write about it. She should be familiar with some of the corresponding feelings a person in that situation might have, though. For instance, I never went to our prom in high school. But I did go to other high-school dances, and I was asked to be the date of someone on the Homecoming Court when I was in college. What I really know about the prom experience is less about event-specific details (I can make those up!) than about the emotional state of a girl who might have felt disconnected and marginal at an event full of pomp and pretension. I think anyone who’s ever been in a room full of people and felt unbelievably alone, but still had to pretend to be having a great time, could channel those feelings and write a scene from that emotional place.

Did you pretty much have the stories in this series mapped out before you began writing them?
Oh, yes. This was my first time plotting out a major series, and if I wanted a shot at making sure the plotlines of the later books would come together and dovetail as seamlessly as possible with the first couple of stories, I need to map out not just one book in advance but ALL of them. So, the first three stories in the series (Take a Chance on Me, The One That I Want & You Give Love a Bad Name) are finished and now published, and I have the fourth novel (Stranger on the Shore) already plotted and half written. The fifth story (Going for It) is loosely plotted, too. It’s a crossover Mirabelle Harbor novella that takes place in my friend Erin Nicholas’s wonderful Sapphire Falls town—part of the Kindle World launch for her series. I’m really excited about being part of that! And there are at least two other novels that take place entirely in Mirabelle Harbor for which I have the basic structure/plot already worked out. Certain very specific plot details for those later books had to be embedded in the earlier ones, so I needed be a little more organized than usual, LOL. It’s been a fabulously exciting, long-range puzzle of characters and connections to come up with in advance but, for me, there are still plenty of surprises that I know will appear when I get down to the actual writing

Saturday, 30 January 2016


Fairy Tale Confessions is a collection of twisted, all-new short-stories, 
compiled by fourteen bestselling authors and will remain on sale through Valentine’s Day! This collection and its authors are being featured at the Twisted Fairy Tale Mixer at RT 2016 in Vegas, hosted by Sarah J. Pepper and Tish Thawer. Be sure to get your copy and stop by if you're attending the event!

Title: Fairy Tale Confessions
                    Elizabeth Montgomery  Shannon Morton Brynn Myers 
                    Wendy Owens  Cameo Renae  Kellie Sheridan Jessica Sorensen 
                     Kristen Strassel  K.R. Wilburn  M. Clarke 

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Fourteen bestselling authors twist up your favorite tales. Will your favorite have a happily-ever-after?

Get ready to meet some sexy, not-so-valiant princes, punk-rock princesses, villains turned heroes, and truly vile monsters wreaking havoc within our favorite tales.

Read about Dancing Princesses getting their groove on in a disco club, a seriously sexy Rumpelstiltskin, and one alluring Puss-in-Boots, plus many, many more captivating characters in these fourteen all new short-stories.

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{This one is available at a bargain price until
Valentines Day!}


Tish Thawer
Award Winning Author, Tish Thawer, writes paranormal romances for all ages. Her magickal elements and detailed world-building are a welcome constant in every novel.

Before becoming a writer she worked as a computer consultant, a photographer and a graphic designer. She also operates a custom glass etching business, in addition to being a wife and the mother of three wonderful children.

She's been a fan of the paranormal for as long as she can remember. Anything to do with superpowers, myth and magic has always held a special place in her heart. From her first paranormal cartoon, Isis, to the phenomenon that is Twilight, this genre has always been a part of her life.
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Sarah J. Pepper
Sarah J. Pepper lives in South Dakota with her real-life prince charming. At a young age, she fell for paranormal books and now incorporates that genre with romance that thrives in the hearts of us all. When she’s not storytelling, she’s most likely biking, hoarding chocolate, or taking a bubble bath. 

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Amy Daws
Amy Daws lives in South Dakota with her husband, and miracle daughter, Lorelei. The long-awaited birth of Lorelei is what inspired Amy's first book, Chasing Hope, and her passion for writing. Amy is a lover of all things British and her award-nominated romantic comedy series, The London Lovers Series, is centered around Americans in London. It's emotional and self-deprecating with lots of humor sprinkled in. 
On most nights, you can find Amy and her family dancing to Strawberry Shortcake's theme song or stuffing themselves inside children's-sized playhouses because there is nothing they wouldn't do for their little miracle. 

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L.P. Dover
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries. 

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols. 

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written countless novels

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Elizabeth Montgomery
Elizabeth Montgomery was born in Williamsburg, Va and raised in Yorktown, Va. Growing up in and around the historic triangle spurred her love for the unusual and paranormal. She is a mom to four amazing kids, a wife to an extraordinary husband and a full-time pediatric nurse. When not writing, working or helping with homework you can find Elizabeth with her nose stuck in a book or hovering around her Keurig waiting for that next cup. She is the author of the best-selling Dyphillum Series, an Upper YA paranormal series, and her latest release Scarred that hit #1 Hot New Release on Amazon for her category. A portion of all proceeds for Scarred are donated to an anti-bullying foundation.

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Shannon Morton
I'm a reader of fantasy turned writer who enjoys great characters and fascinating plot twists. When I'm not writing, I can be found teaching Pilates, being mommy to two fabulous kiddos, or just generally being a crazy sarcastic insomniac mess!!

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Brynn Myers
Brynn Myers is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author. After considering writing a hobby for years, she finally turned her passion and talent into a career. She came into the paranormal genre later than most but has always loved fairy-tales and all things magical. Using that love, she creates charmed worlds by writing stories involving passionate, strong willed characters with something to discover. Brynn lives with her family in the Brevard County, Florida area. 

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Wendy Owens
Wendy Owens is a writer, born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. It’s become a passion ever since. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead.

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Cameo Renae
I was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with my husband and children to Alaska.
I'm a daydreamer, a caffeine and peppermint addict. I love to laugh, love to read, and love to escape reality. One of my greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance, and sharing it with others.
One day I hope to find my own magic wardrobe, and ride away on a magical unicorn. Until then...I'll keep writing!

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Kellie Sheridan
Kellie has been in love with stories in all of their forms for as long as she can remember. Admittedly, sometimes that means falling into places like Stars Hollow and Sunnydale, but books have always been her true love.

Kellie spent part of her twenties living in Galway, Ireland and swooning after various lilting accents but is now back home in Ontario, Canada. Her family includes two Glen of Imaal Terriers and an Australian Labradoodle.

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Jessica Sorensen
Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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Kristen Strassel
Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house. 

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K.R. Wilburn
KR Wilburn has traveled the world with her family but currently calls Graham Texas home. When she isn't writing about the creatures that intrigued her Irish ancestors, she is busy studying nutrition science and reading everything she can get her hands on. She's a fan of Supernatural and Gone with the Wind, Jennifer Armentrout, Amy A. Bartol and Tara Brown and makes a mean omelette. 

She is the mother of six crazy, creative and hilarious children and married to her childhood best friend and hero Ben. When she isn't busy with her dogs Trouble and Denali, you're likely to find her in a corner with her nose buried in the latest Deadpool and Red Sonja comic books and counting down the moments until she can find inspiration capturing the perfect Aurora through the lens of her camera.

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M. Clarke
M. Clarke aka Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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