Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#SALE .99 DARE TO LOVE A SPY by Debra Elizabeth

Miss Hannah Richardson is enjoying a Season in London. She's not looking for a husband, at least not this Season. She wants to enjoy herself before settling down to married life. All that changes, however, when she sees the Duke of Wetherby. He's tall, dark and impossibly handsome and someone Hannah wants to get to know better.

Camden Darkin, the Duke of Wetherby, is not fond of attending soirees, dinners or balls, but his latest mission for the Crown demands he mingle with the ton. He has vowed not to marry because of his dangerous work and the constant bevy of beauties anxious mothers throw into his path is not tempting him in the least. That is, until he meets Hannah Richardson, a young woman unlike any other he's ever met. Can he learn to love or will his hardened heart rob him of the very thing he needs the most.

Reviewer’s comments:
"I loved the murder-mystery flair that seemed present and the deliciously tense undertone of the spy network. These points gave lots of flavor to the budding romance and caused lots of conflict well so we ended up with a really meaty story"

"A very well-written book, I highly recommend it for those who love a witty, fast-paced Regency romance."

Other books in the Age of Innocence series:

Eighteen-year-old Emily Stanton is excited to attend this season's society balls and begin her search for a husband. She is thrilled when the dashing and handsome Connor Preston begins to show her more attention. After each ball, Emily finds a love note in her drawstring reticule, and she expects a marriage proposal from Connor any day.

When her father objects and forces Emily to accept the proposal from Lady Tisbury's shy nephew, Ethan Richardson instead, her heart is broken. How can she love her new husband when her heart belongs to the man who wrote her such beautiful love letters?

"As a fan of the incredible Jane Austen ... this novella was a real treat for me to read. The author does a wonderful job with descriptions, such as when she describes Emily's first ball as a kaleidoscope of colors as the couples dance the night away."

"Love by Secrets is a sweet, bite-size love story. ... I really liked the time period the book was set in. It reminded me of Pride & Prejudice in that regard." 

 "The story was captivating, truly well-written.....Overall, Love by Secrets was an enjoyable, quick read. The author did a good job in conveying all the right elements of a sweet historical romance and I look forward to continuing the series, as well as read her other works. I recommend giving this one a try”.

Content with her life as a lady's maid, Isabel Knott learns the father she never knew has left her a fortune. The news comes with one restriction--she can never reveal his name. Isabel falls in love with Colby Tisbury, but with her nonexistent pedigree his father, Lord Tisbury, will never accept her as his daughter-in-law.

Colby Tisbury must marry, and soon. If he doesn't find a bride before the end of the Season, his father will supply one. Then Colby meets sassy Isabel Knott, and everything changes--but can he go against his father's wishes and marry a girl utterly lacking in family and connections? Isabel is forced to make an impossible choice - reveal her secret identity and bring shame to her true father or lose Colby forever.

Reviewers Comments:
"If you enjoy historical romance, or have ever dreamed of a Season in London, don't miss this lovely story."

"There is a shocker or two in store when it comes to Isabel. Twists in the story that I never saw coming. Another fun read and great follow-up to its predecessor"

Interview with Cathrina Constantine, INCENSE AND PEPPERMENT

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
My latest book, INCENSE AND PEPPERMINTS takes place in 1969. The Vietnam War is the backdrop for this poignant and vivid story. It’s a time of uncertainty for 18 y/o boys waiting to be drafted and feeling as if a guillotine is hanging over their heads. Peace demonstrations, hippies, booze, drugs, and rock n’roll with the love-fest in Woodstock and a music revolution that spurs a riotous generation of teenage

Do you have a favorite character?
My favorite character is Michael. He’s a gorgeous, flawed bad boy that’s totally misunderstood.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
Yes. I did have an agent for INCENSE AND PEPPERMINTS. After a year on submission without a sell, I did revise the novel. I’d been sitting on this novel for years due to personal reasons. I finally submitted it to my publisher at Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly and she loved it.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
INCENSE AND PEPPERMINTS IS MY 6TH novel. My first novel took me a ton of revisions and rewrites and roughly 2 years for it to get contracted.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I’m a total pantser all the way. The only book I had to have some sort of an outline was for the ending of my murder mystery, DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE. I rewrote that ending over three times. Even I didn’t know what character was going to be the ultimate killer.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Yes. I’d advise all writers to have their manuscripts professionally edited and/or proofread before querying. It’s vital to give a good impression. 

What have you’ve learned during your self-publishing journey?
It takes time, sometimes years, and great perseverance and a thick suit of armor.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
Presently, my ebooks and prints are through Amazon. I believe you can order the print copy through Barnes and Noble.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
I dislike marketing. Nowadays, I feel as if I spend too much time marketing and not enough time writing.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
I would say to read, read, and read, and not only in the genre that you’re interested in writing. I believe a writer gains knowledge from all sources. Then I cannot express this enough, don’t give up and great perseverance!!!

What’s next for you?
Right now I’m dabbling with a prequel to my Wickedly Series. I’m going back to my angels, demons, and a Snarky Teen. And I’m having fun with this one.

Incense and Peppermints
Cathrina Constantine
Publication date: March 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult 

Peace demonstrations, sit-ins, and burning the U.S. flag following the escalation of the Vietnam War are leading to a catalyst known to the world as the Sixties, and a musical revolution, flower power, hippies, marijuana, and drugs are carrying the generations—young and old—into a new decade. All the while sixteen-year-old Mary Monroe is caught between being an innocent good girl and an autumn of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.

 When her brother offers a solution to her dilemma in the form of a little pill, Mary ignores the rumba in her brain and takes a walk on the wild side. Plunged into popularity and a life she’s only imagined, she meets Michael Covington, the hot newcomer, and she’s instantly drawn in by his less than flawless exterior and bad boy sex appeal. Caught up in the danger and excitement as they drift from party to party, into underground fight clubs, and through a series of drug and alcohol fueled adventures, Mary follows her new crush into a world where young girls are never truly safe from the predators lurking in the shadows and young men are hiding from the harsh reality of war.
Feeling buzzed and as if her life is spinning out of control, Mary is assaulted by an unknown man at a party, and she’s left questioning if the enigmatic Michael is truly her hero or if he is the face behind the terrible attack. With every piece of information Mary learns about Michael, her doubts grow deeper, but with every minute she spends in his presence, so does her love.

With the war and her fear threatening to separate Mary and Michael forever, only the death of a friend, a crushing confession, and her own sensibilities can carry her over the threshold between adolescence and adulthood.

 Author Bio:
Cathrina Constantine is the Best Selling author of Don’t Forget To Breathe. Her book won Readers’ Favorite International Book Award for 2015 and The Literary Classics Seal of Approval and Literary Classics Gold Award. Her Paranormal Fantasy, Wickedly They Come has been awarded the 5 Star Seal from Reader’s Favorite. Tallas from her dystopian series received Literary Classics Silver Award and Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Cathrina resides in Western New York with her husband, five children, two Labrador Retrievers and her cat, Bones. Author @chbbpublishing. Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. When not attached to her computer, she likes to take long walks in the woods with her dogs, drink way too much coffee, and is an avid movie watcher. She loves music and doesn’t need a dance floor to shake a leg.


Interview with Maya Tyler, VAMPIRE'S TALE

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
A Vampire’s Tale is a standalone, paranormal romance novel. My heroine, Marisa Clements, is a paranormal skeptic who writes vampire stories. She doesn’t believe in vampires… until she meets one. The vampire in question is my hero, Corgan Halton, whose supernatural talents range from clairvoyance to telekinesis. His ability to see the future, and Marisa’s role in it, lead him to seeking her out in order to accomplish his goal. He wants to tell his story and end his unnatural existence. Involving Marisa, though, puts her in a danger so grave that he alone cannot protect her. He enlists help from his maker and their wizard friends to keep Marisa safe.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
Yes, absolutely, I have published two books using traditional publishers. As a novice author, I never considered self-publishing. The support and guidance of a publishing house appealed to me.

For my first book, Dream Hunter, I researched which publishers were accepting unsolicited queries and their submission requirements. Then I sent query letters to the ones I deemed a good fit. My third query letter resulted in a contract offer.

For A Vampire’s Tale, my second book, I initially followed the same process of researching and sending query letters. Social media offered me alternative routes to gain access to publishers. I participated in pitch parties on Facebook and Twitter. A June 2016 #PitMad tweet caught the attention of Tirgearr Publishing. They “favorited” my tweet, meaning they were interested in my work.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
The book covers for both my books were created by publisher’s designers. I had significant input into both, though, by providing the designer with a comprehensive amount of details about the book and its characters. I also noted covers I liked, ideas I had, and specific things I didn’t want included. The designer took this information and created the cover art. Then the publisher provided draft book covers for my comment.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
In 2010, I “met” an online group of budding authors. The group’s name is UCW (Up and Coming Writers) and we connect via a private Facebook group and email. Many members live in the UK and they have real meet-ups as well. We are an eclectic bunch, writing in a number of genres, and many of us have published work. I think belonging to a writing group, UCW is more than a critique group, is great for support. We’ve all been there – rejection letters, horrible reviews, editing headaches – so whatever we need – encouragement for our life or our craft – a friend is just a post/email away. And we also critique/promote each other’s work. Their feedback is invaluable and has definitely helped improve my work.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I would be the first to confess I don’t write using an outline. Although, I do keep some semi-unorganized notes to keep me on track. Details like eye color and characteristics, and spelling and formatting choices need to be consistent throughout. I guess you could say I follow my muse, but leave bread crumbs along the way so I can make it home safely.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
I rely on my writing group and their eagle eyes to spot any glaring errors before I send out query requests. We use the track-changes function in Word to suggest changes and make comments. As avid readers and experienced authors, we have a unique perspective to share with each other.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
My first book Dream Hunter is also sold on Just Ink Press’ website and Barnes & Noble.

What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?
Finally, my business degree is coming in handy! <<laughs>> Marketing and promotion are two different, but related, processes. Marketing covers price, product, place, and promotion. Promotion, part of marketing, covers the modes of communication used to create awareness and provide information about the product.

My author website is my platform and includes information about me, my books, and current events.

I track my promotional activities, including review requests, social media interactions, and promotion requests, in a spreadsheet. As a new author, obtaining reviews is especially important. I have sent out nearly 300 review requests for A Vampire’s Tale, resulting in 3 completed reviews and over 30 pending reviews (as of mid-March). I target book reviewers and bloggers interested in paranormal romance and send personalized review requests. Blogging is a great way to promote new content, I also visit other blogs for book spotlights, author interviews and guest posts. An organized Facebook or Twitter party or a virtual book tour is an effective way to release a new title. I have a virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions running from March 22 to May 10 visiting several amazing blogs, including this one. Regular posts and interactions on social media, especially promoting other authors and new, relevant content, is another great tool. There are many companies which offer promotional services, but I research my options, for best value and potential results, before I make a purchase. Whatever your approach, be consistent and mindful.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
Reading… <<goofy grin>> With the advent of the ebook, I can bring, literally, hundreds of books with me at all times on my phone. I still read a print book, there’s nothing like the feel or smell of a book in your hands, but ebooks are so convenient… and light to travel with. I also enjoy music – going to rock concerts and musical theatre. I love to sing and I play the piano, although not often. Other passions include Disney, coffee, and eating but not cooking. My husband, the absolute love of my life, is the cook in our house and, thankfully, his meals are a crowd-pleaser for our particular children.

What’s next for you?
Dynamic dedication to completing my next novel… perhaps a sequel to A Vampire’s Tale… and living life to the fullest with my husband and two young sons!

Thanks so much for having me today!


The best laid plans…

Marisa Clements was never satisfied writing the ‘gossip column’ in the local paper so she quit her job to follow her dream of writing fiction. Floundering in an unforgiving industry, she wrote about vampires, a popular subject she considered fascinating but as real as unicorns, to pay the rent.

Corgan Halton was tired of human misconceptions about vampires. He planned on telling Marisa his story and end his existence. It was no coincidence Corgan selected Marisa to write his story. With the ability to see the future, he knew she would be a major part of it. He knew she would be the one to help him die, but in doing so, she’d be doomed to the same fate. Once they met, their futures would be irrevocably intertwined.

Corgan began caring for Marisa and finally revealed the truth to her. He admitted his quest to atone for his past sins had put her in grave danger from a nest of revenge-seeking vampires. Corgan must claim her for her own protection. But claiming her is not enough, he must ask for help from his wizard friends and his maker in order to destroy his enemy or Marisa will never be safe.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

#Excerpt: A MOTHER'S LOVE by Charlotte Hubbard

“How was your morning with Jerusalem and Vernon?” Rose asked as she managed a smile for the bishop’s wife. “I hope you were a gut little guest?”

“The best company we could’ve asked for,” Jerusalem replied. “We gathered the eggs, and Gracie counted the new chicks in the barn—”

“Thirty-eight!” Gracie exclaimed.

“—and then we made French toast—”

“And I ate two whole pieces!” Gracie crowed. “With maple surple and fried apples.”

Jerusalem stopped at the edge of the tilled garden spot, and when she held out her hand, Gracie raced over to grab it. “And we played hide-and-seek with Vernon, too, didn’t we, dear?”

“Jah, but I found him every time!” Gracie replied. “He thought I wouldn’t see him under that tarp, but his big butt was stickin’ out!”

“Gracie,” Rose chided. “This is our bishop you’re talking about. Be polite.”

Jerusalem chuckled. “She speaks the truth. Hiding isn’t Vernon’s best talent, I’m afraid. But he was a gut sport about it when Gracie found him right off.”

 “See, ‘Rusalem?” the little girl said, pointing to the mounded rows in the garden. “We put the lettuce on this end, and the peas down this way. Mamma said we could plant an extra long row of those, coz they’re my favorite.”


It’s been a year of tragic loss and difficult decisions for widow Rose Raber. She thought providing for her young daughter was the greatest challenge she faced. Until her dying mother revealed Rose was adopted—and her birth mother is someone with much to lose if the secret comes out. As Rose struggles to reconcile the truth with her faith—and her troubling curiosity—outgoing newcomer Matthias Wagler is another surprise she didn’t expect. His optimism and easy understanding inspire her. And his prospective partnership with wealthy deacon Saul Hartzler promises a possible new life for them—together. But with this second chance comes yet another revelation for all involved.

When Saul’s wife unexpectedly turns up at Rose’s new job, their bond as mother and daughter is instant and unmistakable. It isn’t long before an unforgiving Saul discovers the truth, threatening Matthias’s livelihood and Rose’s future. Now with more than just their happiness at stake, Rose and Matthias must find the strength and courage to stand strong—and trust God’s enduring miracles of motherhood, forgiveness, and love.

Kensington (March 28, 2017)
ISBN-13: 9781496708441 •• ISBN-10: 149670844X

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Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.

Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Interview with Vanessa M. Knight, THE MAKEUP TEST

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
My latest book is The Makeup Test. This is the sixth book in the Ritter’s University series. For those of you who have been following along, this is Parker’s book. For those who haven’t visited Ritter U yet, come on by it’s fun.

This book is about Parker, a college student that has started her own online business. She’s found some success, and is soaking up as much information as she can from school—well as long as it doesn’t include science. She hates science. She just needs to graduate and use that knowledge to support herself. Then she can finally be on her own, no rich parents and the ties that come from accepting anything from them.

Cade is also a student, but he’s working full-time as a cop with local law enforcement. He doesn’t have time for a relationship—especially one with a spoiled sorority woman. He has responsibilities. Not that Parker would understand… at least that’s what he thinks. Once he gets to know her, he finds she just might understand more than he thought.

Getting together is wrong—they’re from different worlds and those worlds don’t mesh. So when those worlds collide, nothing can keep them apart—well—maybe not nothing. They hadn’t counted on her father.

Do you have a favorite character?
This might seem a bit coincidental, but Parker is my favorite character. She always has been. Even when she was trying to steal someone’s boyfriend a few books back, I loved her. As she found an incriminating video of a classmate and showed it to the world—you got it—I loved her.

She’s done some bad stuff, but she’s apologized and tried to make things right. She’s grown and learned and changed over the life of these books. She hasn’t stayed stagnant. And for that, I’ve stuck by her and accepted her despite her mistakes.

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
I’m doing both. I have the Ritter University Series that I self-pub and my Chicago’s Finest series which is pubbed through a small publisher. I like both for different reasons. I love having all the control. Muah-hah-hah. {finger-taps} My self-pub series allows me to experiment. I can change pricing, covers or blurbs. I can post the book wherever and however I choose. I can put it on sale and market the heck out of it.

With the publisher, I don’t have that control. They control if it goes on sale. They have to make the changes to the sites, so I have to monitor any promotion That includes a price reduction. I can’t just change the cover as a test or adjust pricing. Everything is done by the publisher, so I have no autonomy. But it’s not all bad.

With the publisher-pubbed books, I get contacted by editors and cover artists. I offer input and then once all the changes are done, they compile the epub and mobi files. They upload to the websites. The publisher takes care of that background work, so I don’t have to. Sometimes, that is nice.

Until I want to put the book up for sale and have to get a date that works for the publisher and the advertisement site. Then I cringe.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
I absolutely love my critique group. They help me in so many ways. We determine a date to meet, usually once a month. A week before our meeting, we send about 10 to 15 pages we’d like reviewed. The review is great. We get a marked up copy of the sample to take home and pore over.

But that’s not the best part. The best part is finding the holes in the story and talking them out. Many of my books have been completely revamped based on a discussion with my critique group. Storylines grow stronger. Motivations become clearer. Having someone on the outside of the story helps in so many ways and not just with fixing issues. My critique group has been known to help brainstorm me right out of writer’s block. They keep me motivated and on track.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I am a HUGE outliner. My Ritter University Series takes place on a fictitious college campus. To keep everything straight I have a folder in One Note with everything from a map of the town to the printout of the houses I think they live in. I have character sheets and general college information.

On top of that I have a plotlines page, that lists the Chapter, point of view character, and a very high level listing of what happens in the scene. An example is below.

Example from my last book Sophomore Slump:
Chapter 1 - Sav - Summer at church at home - sent to basement to get wine, she freaks, hates it down there, it's where bad thing happened, tries to run out but runs into Leland, calls  Joe, he calms her down.

Chapter 2 – Joe…

As you can see it’s not very specific. In the finished scene I have her describe the basement and she runs into Leland downstairs—which totally freaks her out. There is a balancing act as she gives him the bottles of church wine and they head up the stairs to the glorious light of stained glass. She slips out into the dew covered grass and calls Joe in Poland to help calm her nerves.

Those three lines give me everything I need to know to begin building the scene and the story. Every chapter is listed in this document except for the last couple of scenes. I always wait on those. I don’t know why. I know how the story will end. I know the dark moment, but I rarely know how they’ll overcome that dark moment.

Maybe it’s my way of surprising myself when I get to that part. My way of keeping a bit of excitement going as I’m writing the story.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
Absolutely. I have editors for all the work I do.  Any book I’ve pubbed has gone through critique partners, developmental edits and line edits. I don’t write clean enough to be able to skip this part. I’m not sure anyone does. We all need a little reality check now and then. Whether it’s grammar help or a plotline problem, having another set of eyes is always a good thing.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Time. I wish I had more of it. I work full-time, as well as write. On top of that I have a family I like to see every once in a while. It can lead to long days and long nights. Keeping up with the current book and all the marketing, as well as trying to write something new, can be rough. In fact, I find I’m more productive when I’m not on the marketing-machine. However, it’s all part of the job.

I think it’s important to fit the marketing piece in with the writing. Keep the time it takes to market in mind when planning your timelines. Fit in editing to your schedule, as well. And the most important piece is to fit in “you” time. Julia Cameron calls it refilling the well. Try to give yourself time to be creative again, instead of jumping from project to project.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
For those thinking about self-publishing, I would say a few things. First, why do you wish to self-publish? Someone once told me they were self-pubbing because they were sick of the rejection from agents and editors. If that is your reason, please be careful.

If you can find out why the book is being rejected, do. If there are inherent flaws in the story, fix them. Self-pubbing is putting that manuscript out there for the world to see. If you think agents and editors are rough, try reading a review by some nameless, faceless reader. They can be brutal.

But don’t let the fear stop you. If you’ve received mostly positive feedback from agents and editors (so why, oh why couldn’t they connect with it), you’ve fixed the issues they’ve identified and you’ve taken the initiative to have the book professionally edited you might be ready to put the book out there. If you’re happy with the book and feel it’s the best it can be, go ahead and expend time and money to release it.

Second thing I would say is that self-pubbing is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s a lot of work and time and money. With self-publishing you not only write the book, but you must find editors, find cover artists, format the book, upload the books to vendors, market the book… and manage the traditional “business” pieces of your business (taxes, expenses, sales). You can outsource one or all of these tasks, but that leads to less money in your bottom line.

Overall, I would tell anyone interested in self-pubbing— go for it. If you’re ready to put that book out there—do it.  Make sure you’re putting the best product you can out there and remember it is a business. It takes hard work and a passion for what you’re doing. But if you have that passion, it is fun. I love every piece of the process. I love watching a book develop as I write it. I love getting back edits and finding I wasn’t too far off the mark with my storytelling. I love seeing the cover for the first time. And I love uploading everything to the book vendors—seeing the final product available for sale is so rewarding.

Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?
I have both dogs and cats so I can’t choose a favorite. Although, I like that cats don’t need to go outside. Winter in Chicago can be terrible.

I’m going chocolate over vanilla (except ice cream. I’m a vanilla girl all the way).

I don’t like coffee or tea—so I’m going soda or water

I prefer texting when just getting the facts, like where do you want to go for dinner… or how long till you get home. But when I’m in the mood to brainstorm or there are too many words to type quickly, I want to talk. And I can talk for hours.

And the last one. Night. I tend to be fuzzy first thing in the morning. And after that I’m just slowly building my coherency. But by the time night rolls around, I’m raring to go—sometimes to the detriment of sleep.

What’s next for you?
I have a book in my Chicago’s Finest series coming out at the end of 2017. I’m really excited about that. My characters are all in Vegas. So that was super fun—creating a Costa Rican based hotel on the Vegas strip with a gorgeous head of security. And he is gorgeous. I might have fallen in love just a little (don’t tell my husband—oh wait, he based on my husband—so go ahead.)

From there, I’m planning on continuing with the Ritter U series. The next book is about Gabi, the gorgeous Latina that makes Parker’s head ache. Gabi’s life is falling apart and she doesn’t have the energy to deal with guys—not even her best friend’s gorgeous older brother, Mike. Too bad he has other plans.

The Makeup Test
Vanessa M. Knight
Publication date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Parker Breckinridge is a sophomore in college and already running her own internet cosmetics business. She doesn’t apologize for her successes—or anything else. She’s worked hard to get what where she is. She’s had to. It’s not like there was anything else in her life, despite her rich family.
Cade Adler doesn’t do relationships—especially relationships with uptight princesses. Been there. Done that. Destroyed the T-shirt. Besides, what with working full-time as a police officer and going to school, who has time for women? Not him.
With his tattoos and overall attitude, Cade is exactly what Parker doesn’t need. And between her father’s money and her piss-poor attitude, Parker is exactly what Cade doesn’t need.
So why is it they can’t stay apart?

Author Bio:
Vanessa M. Knight has always enjoyed writing and once she found romance, she was addicted. She props her laptop in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son and menagerie of 4-pawed, claw-babies (AKA cats and dogs.) That laptop has partnered-in-crime to write contemporary romances with a dash of humor and splash of snark.
 When she has a few moments to spare, you can find her singing off key (but she assures us it’s still considered singing), reading, kickboxing or killing a few brain cells as she stares at the many sitcoms and dramas available through the Internet and TV.
For more information on Vanessa, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at

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