Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Heartless Design (Secrets of the Zodiac #1) by Elizabeth Cole

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An enigmatic woman, a determined spy, and a love that could shake the foundations of Europe...

"Heartless" Cordelia Bering refuses every marriage offer she receives. Yet men still try to win her, drawn by her sharp wit and intoxicating green eyes. But Cordelia knows a marriage could reveal her deepest secret and truly endanger her life. Besides, she hasn't met a man worth considering, until...

Sebastien Thorne, a spy in the service of Crown. One of the elite agents in the group known as the Zodiac, he comes to London determined to solve a mystery with roots on the Continent. He won't let anything distract him. But is Cordelia a distraction, or the key to the mystery? As he learns more about the "heartless" woman, he becomes embroiled in secrets, plots, and a design that could change the future...and Cordelia is at the center of it all.


A Heartless Design was a fun read. I love old timey romances and this one was a great one. Cordelia and Sebastian were wonderful together. All the hijinks, all the danger and intrigue, everything was so much fun.

Cordelia is not the usual lady. She doesn't want to marry, she doesn't hire the usual help, she doesn't provide for herself in the usual ways. She always helped her father with his designs, but since his passing she has had to find ways to provide for them herself. She is quite good at what she does, even if she has to hide it from everyone. No one can know her secrets so she has never gotten close to anyone.

Sebastian is a spy on a mission. He has to find out who Cordelia is and if she has what he is looking for. When someone breaks into her place and steals part of her most valuable secrets, Sebastian is there trying to figure it all out. Is she in on selling these top secret designs to the enemy? Or is she innocent in all of this?

As for Cordelia she doesn't know whether she can trust Sebastian or not. I mean it is quite curious that he starts showing up just when her designs are stolen. Showing up and asking questions. These two were so much fun! I loved watching them try and figure everything out. Sebastian has his own secrets, namely that he is a spy, and he doesn't trust easily. These two and their secret rendezvous and running around trying to unravel this mystery of who took the plans and why was so much fun to read. I loved it. I loved these two and I loved watching them try and figure everything out. They were great. Definitely give this one a try.

Rating: ★★★★

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Release Day: Cheater (Curious Liaisons #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken is NOW LIVE! 

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Lucas Thorn wasn’t born a cheater. All it took was a single moment—say, a certain disastrous incident on the night before his wedding—and boom. Reputation destroyed forever and always. So now he owns it. He has a lady friend for every night of the week (except Sundays—God’s day and all), and his rules are simple: No commitments. No exceptions.

But a certain smart-mouthed, strawberry blonde vixen is about to blow that all to hell.

Avery Black has never forgiven Lucas for cheating on her sister. And suddenly being forced to work with him is pretty much a nightmare on steroids. Of course, it does afford her the opportunity to make his life as difficult as possible. But no good revenge scheme comes without payback. Because he didn’t become the Lucas Thorn without learning a few things about women.

Now Avery’s lust for vengeance has turned into, well, lust. And if Lucas stops cheating, it’s definitely not because he’s falling in love…


One night.

It was all I needed anyway, right? It’s not as if he was going to really commit to me, marry me, offer to impregnate me and father all our children.

“Are you sure about this, Avery?” He cupped my face with his rough hands. “You still have a choice. You can turn that cute ass around and march out that door—hell, you can even slam it on the way out. I’ll even let you keep the steak.”

“Are you offering me an out?”

He nodded.

“Do you offer that to every girl?”

Another nod.

“Do they ever take it?”


“What do you want me to do?”

He paused. “You know, nobody has ever asked me that before.”

Probably because nobody cared about what else he had to offer besides what was dangling between his legs.

“I’m asking. Right now.” I wrapped my arms around his neck. “What does Thorn want?”

“You didn’t full-name me.”

“It seems to make you even more arrogant, God forbid.”

His grin made me weak, so weak that I had to hold on to him for strength. Funny how things come full circle. How he’d always been my rock.



And now?

He held all the power. Lucas Thorn . . . could destroy me.

“Stay.” He brushed a soft kiss across my lower lip. “I want you to stay.”

About the Author:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Giving it to the Bad Boy (Tattooed and Pierced #1) by Jenika Snow

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It all started when Kiera gave the bad boy her virginity...

Kiera knew Reese Trenton wasn't for her, but she couldn't stay away. He was rough around the edges, tattooed and pierced, and fiercer than any guy she had ever met. He knew too much about sex, got drunk, and started far too many fights. He was a bad boy, but Kiera still wanted him in the worst kind of way.

Reese's life is lonely, despite always being surrounded by people. He's only wanted one thing, and that is Kiera Sheppard, the girl he has watched from afar for four years. As they grow closer, Reese wants to give her everything and show her he is worthy of her love. But his sordid past tears their bond and he doesn't know if he can redeem himself and show her she is the most important thing in his broken life.


I enjoyed Giving it to the Bad Boy more than I thought I would. The writing was definitely more tell than show, a bit odd to read, but I really liked it. Maybe I was just in the right mood or something, but I stayed up late finishing the story. 

This is the story of Kiera and Reese. They both have secretly liked the other and when something bad almost happens to Kiera, Reese is there to help her. Then they start talking and one thing leads to the other and yeah.

This story was an odd read for me as I shouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did. The story itself was a bit....light? Like not much happened, and it didn't always make sense why some of the characters said or did some things, but I liked it. I didn't mind that. I mean things move quickly, but it was alright. Oh, there was some stupid drama thrown in at one point that didn't make any sense, and yet I was okay with it. I don't really know what it was about the story that I liked so much. It wasn't like I really connected to the characters or the writing was so fabulous I couldn't hate it or something. I guess I was just in the right mood. Who knows. It was a quick, easy read.

Rating:  ★ ★1/2

Saturday, February 25, 2017

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf #1) by Molly Harper

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Northern Exposure

Even in Grundy, Alaska, it's unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo's ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.

For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it's love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he's worried that he might be the violent canine in question.

If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he's not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated. . . .


I really enjoyed How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. I was hesitant going in as I thought it would be cheesy and just not my thing, but I was so wrong. It was more serious than I expected. Yes, it was lighthearted at times and Mo could be really adorable in her ways, but it still felt more serious to me. I loved it. 

Mo needs to escape her parents. They are a bit overbearing and have never been the normal parent types. They didn't even want her to go to school as that would ruin her. They are hippie granola live on a commune save the planet kind of people. And that is not Mo. She doesn't want that from her life. For so long she has made decisions based on what she knew her parents wouldn't like and she needs to get away. She needs to clear her head and be alone for a while. So she moves up to a small town in Alaska. She is renting a cabin and quickly gets a job at the local bar cooking food and things seem to be going well. She is settling in and making friends and figuring things out. 

Since she is new in town she gets all the male attention at first, but most of it is just harmless flirting. The one guy does seem to really like her, but she is just not sure. He is nice and all, but is she looking for a guy right now? Then there is Cooper. Surly, grumbly Cooper who is always not so nice to her. Whenever he is around it is like he is in a bad mood and they cannot seem to get along. All they do is fight, so why is Mo so attracted to him? 

This was a slow simmering romance. Cooper and Mo both liked each other, but they kept clashing. Until they didn't. Until things changed and it was so much fun to watch. You know she kind of likes him, but she keeps trying to see if maybe it would work with someone else. I mean why should she sit around when Cooper is so surly all the time and see if he will come around? She's got things to do. If only she could stay out of trouble. Luckily she also has the protection of a big, bad wolf who will save her when she gets herself into all kinds of tricky situations. Mo really isn't one to listen. She does what she wants and doesn't mean to get into bad spots, she just has a knack for it. 

This book was kind of equal parts light fun and darker, more serious stuff. I enjoyed getting to know Cooper and his family, though can I just say his sister is the worst! I hated her so much. I really liked Mo, especially how much she would stand up for Cooper even if he didn't need it. Mo was great and handled everything incredibly well. This was a fun read. Much better than I expected. I don't usually like paranormal romance, but I am glad I gave this one a try. 

Rating:  ★ ★ ★

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Somewhere to Begin (Poison & Wine #1) by Mika Jolie

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There are wounds that never show on the body.

For twenty-nine years, Colbie Bennington does as expected with an eternal smile stained on her lips. The biggest chances she’s ever taken can be counted on one hand, three fingers to be exact—her battered red chucks, painting her toenails a vibrant blue, and her wedding dress. Always the dutiful daughter and a Stepford fiancĂ©e, she has never acted on impulse, never been in love.

She’s never lived.

On her wedding day, Colbie ends a toxic relationship, drops the fake smile, and says, “I can’t do this anymore.”

Navy SEAL Zander Serrano returns home broken and burdened with a volcano of remorse. Too trapped in a mental war to be at peace and too damaged to be at war, he shuts the world out. The last thing he expects is to feel, especially for a runaway bride with her own baggage.

Two empty hearts marred in different spots find themselves drawn to one another. Each with their own scars. Some, the world can see. Others, unseen to the naked eye.

They say two broken people should not be together. But for Colbie and Zander, their attraction is undeniable, unexpected.

Can two souls with fractured parts be the best cure for each other’s wounds?

Starting over is never easy, but sometimes in life, everyone needs somewhere to begin.


Somewhere to Begin was not my favorite read. The writing was a bit odd at times, there were times when it was a bit confusing as to where people were or what they were doing, and I never understood Colbie and didn't like her. It was not a very good read for me.

Colbie has always done what her parents wanted. They thought she should marry this guy, and even though he was physically abusive she was still going along with it. Because of her parents. Who didn't know about the abuse. Why? Why didn't she say something before now? Was she so beaten down and cut off from other people by her fiancé? Did she not feel like she had any options? Was she wanting to leave, but unable to due to the abuse and such? No. I really have no idea why she stayed. She was not like a battered woman. She was just a stupid woman who is staying with an abuser, going to marry him, because she doesn't want her parents to think poorly of her. Or something. It made no sense to me. I love reading books where people overcome things, where ladies get out of abusive situations and make more of their lives, but not like this. Not where it seems like she is choosing to be in the relationship even though she could easily leave. People in these situations often times don't have the choice, they can't get out of it, and yet Colbie chose to stay for some reason. At least she wakes up for a minute and walks out of her wedding to start her life over somewhere else.

Now she walks out and then never thinks of her ex again really. She doesn't even go that far or try to hide where she is. So she is not worried about him coming after her? So if that is the case then again why didn't she leave sooner? I didn't understand. So now she is in a new town with a new hot neighbor and trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. It was just eh. She was really judgmental of everyone, at one point someone gave her a card for Zander's older brother so he could do some work for her and she instantly was all how does this married lady know Zander's brother?!? No one cared about marriage vows in her old world, maybe this lady was having an affair with Zander's brother!! It was just like wait what? Why would you assume that a married lady who knows a contractor is having an affair with said contractor? Why would that be your first thought? Yes, I know you said marriage didn't mean anything in your old world, but really? Really. So every married person who knows anyone of the opposite sex who is not their partner you are going to wonder if they are cheating on their partner with said person? Really? It made no sense! Colbie was ridiculous. That and she was super jealous of everyone. There was one girl who everyone kept telling Colbie was like a sister to Zander, he said it, she sees it with your own two eyes, the girls says it, and yet you still keep getting jealous of her and wonder if there is something going on between them. Really? It was just too much. It was like all of the times when people would tell her nothing is happening were forgotten two seconds later. Every time it was like it was new informations, but I kept thinking know this already so why are you so relieved to know nothing is going on?? I didn't understand her at all. I didn't care for Colbie made the book not so good to read.

Zander is okay. He has scars from his time in a war zone, scars on the inside and out. He was really prickly when the book opens, still not ready to deal with his new reality, and very sensitive about some things. All understandable. He likes Colbie from the start, but doesn't want to start anything with her. She can do better.

Now the real issue was the writing. I kept coming across passages that read as odd to me. The way someone thought or said something was strange and kept pulling me out of the story. Nothing super bad, just somehow off. Like "It didn't take much to imagine her as a sexual creature" when Zander is talking about Colbie. How he is attracted to her. It was just...odd in the context especially. There were also large chunks of text devoted to explaining what something was. Like now we are going to take a break from our story to explain to readers what things are. About the Gulf War and what it was. Stuff like that that really didn't fit. Maybe they could have been footnotes for readers who don't know these things, but they weren't told in the context of the story. They were just placed into the story so the reader would know the information. It was odd.

There were also times when the timeline was a bit mixed up. For example early on Coblie freaked out at a coffeeshop, then she apologized for freaking out at the pier, only she was never at the pier. That came later and then I thought oh! Okay. That first comment was just out of place. All of this together worked to make this story not that good for me.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Going Down (Elevator #1) by Katherine Stevens

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The plan for Cici Carrington was to steadily climb UP the corporate ladder, and hopefully do so without her skirt tucked into the back of her underpants. Unfortunately, there was no contingency plan for the aftermath of spending a night trapped in an elevator with a suit-wearing Elevator Sex God named Cole Danvers. A one…or two-time dalliance wouldn’t normally throw off the course of someone’s life…unless you find out you have to work together the next day.

To further complicate matters, Cici’s best friend is also her Human Resources Director. She has to hide her secret from every person she knows. Her only confidant is her one-eyed cat, and his loyalty is tenuous at best. Toss in an accidental mugging, a bungled disguise, secret meetings, and unintentional arson, and Cici’s beautiful, careful plan has fallen by the wayside.

Perhaps there aren’t any hard and fast rules in life. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too. Sometimes following the rules doesn’t get you ahead.

And perhaps sometimes you can get off between floors…


Going Down is the second book I have read in as many days that surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. I don't read a lot of comedies as I usually find they are not my sense of humor, so I didn't think I would really enjoy this one. Only I did. It was fun and silly and wonderful to read. 

Cici and Cole first meet when they get stuck in an elevator overnight. Cici is fun. A bit clumsy and always having crazy things happen to her, or caused by her accidentally or whatever. She just blurts things out sometimes, not always appropriate things, and she was really cute. She also calls things different names, namely body parts, and normally that would so turn me off to a book, but with her I didn't mind. It was fun. Normally in the middle of sexy time I don't want fun names for body parts, but I liked this one. Cici was kind of a mess but in the best way. 

Cole has just started working as Cici's assistant, only she didn't know it until after that fateful night in the elevator. Now what is she to do? They can't seem to keep their hands off each other, but they can't stay together and not lose their jobs. She can't even talk to her crazy bff about it as said friend is the HR Director where she works! So she tries to sneak around with Cole and oh these two. I mean yeah, there is really just a lot of fun sexy times, but I liked it. It was cute. Cici comes up with so many crazy, hair-brained plans and I loved it. 

So yeah. Cici and Cole were fun to read. This story had a lot of things that would normally be off-putting, like the fun names for body parts, but with this author it worked. I loved how crazy Cici was and how her mind worked. I can't wait to read more from this author. Hopefully in the next book bff Maggie will find her silly sidekick. 

Rating:  ★ ★ ★

Monday, February 20, 2017

Release Day: #1 Crush (#1 Series #1) by T. Gephart

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Tia Monroe was smart, sassy and successful. Sure, she could get a little crazy at times—life around Tia was never boring—but that was part of her appeal. And while she didn’t see herself as ‘classically beautiful’, she had no shortage of options in the boyfriend department. She just hadn’t found one who held her interest.

Until she laid eyes on Eric Larsson, and then it was lust at first sight.

He packed the perfect mix of smoldering sexy and unapologetic cool into his blond-haired, blue-eyed, ridiculously hot six-foot- four frame. One smile from him was enough to twist her insides, making her girlie bits tingle in the most delicious way. But it wasn’t just his looks, he was smart and funny—charming in the most a-dork- able way.

The only problem was . . . Tia had never actually met him.

Eric Larsson was one of Hollywood’s hottest movie stars, rising to the top of his game and leaving a trail of disintegrated panties in his wake. Tia’s were no exception—but she wasn’t delusional. Love, marriage and happily-ever- after were not part of her fantasy; she just wanted to meet him. Just one time. One time. Confident that just seeing him in the flesh would get him out of her system.

So, with her resolve steeled, Tia set off on a quest to make it happen while avoiding her mug shot being splayed across the five o’clock news.

The journey no doubt will make for one hell of a stor


I really enjoyed #1 Crush. Tia was a loon in the best of ways. I loved her. Yes, occasionally she got on my nerves, but overall it was a fun read. 

Tia has a huge crush on Eric Larsson. Movie star Eric Larsson. The guy who is one of the hottest guys in Hollywood. I think it is safe to say she cyber stalks him. She knows almost everything about him. If there is a photo of him somewhere she has seen if. If she needs to know a personal detail about him she can find it. She is kind of crazy, but in a fun way. She decides that she needs to meet him to try and move on. See she figures no one is that gorgeous and nice and kind and everything he seems to be. No one. So if she meets him she will find out he is actually a jerk and then she is free to crush on someone else. Maybe someone more attainable than Eric Larsson. 

So Tia comes up with this crazy plan to meet him and it doesn't go exactly as she planned. It was fun. I loved it! She was a loon. Now here is where she annoyed me at times. She lied about her profession when she first met him, but for some reason she can't tell him that. She figured they would never see each other again so why not? It is not like she is hiding some huge secret that he would hate her if he knew. No, she just doesn't want to say hey I made up this small thing when we first met cause. I didn't quite get it so she kept continuing the lie and at times that got to me. She could be a bit whiney about it, when it was an easy fix. However the results of said lie were pretty hilarious and for the most part the story was just fun. 

Eric was super sweet. I don't normally like rich or famous people in my stories, but I loved him. He was just a normal guy who was a movie star as well. He was wonderful with Tia. And I loved how everything played out. He has a great sense of humor and it was so much fun watching the two of them together. Tia could get up to some shenanigans alright!

Overall this was a fun read. Tia and Eric were perfect together and I loved how crazy Tia was. Oh and I just realized this was book one in the series and we get Ryan and Lila's story next! I am really excited for that one!!

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2


“Oh my God.” The words wheezed out of me as all the oxygen escaped from my lungs. My chest tightened like I’d been kicked right in between my ribs. 

There he was a few feet behind me slowly making his way toward me. 

“Eric, look here.” 

“Eric, this way.” 

Both sides of the line screamed at him as he patiently walked from side to side, signing autographs and taking selfies. Each step he took inching him closer to where I had frozen, my eyes bulging out of my head like a complete lunatic. 

There he was. 

Eric Larsson, right in front of me. 

And not even internet stalking could have prepared me for what he looked like in real life. 


So handsome he almost didn’t seem real, and as much as I tried I couldn’t stop staring. 

Say something my mouth begged as my brain continued on its mental vacation. My eyes scanned every inch of his body like it was planning to build a 3-D replica. 

Holy hell he was wearing the absolute fuck out of that suit. Every inch of the fabric curling around his delicious body like its life depended on it. And believe me, even though he was covered from head to toe in tailored Tom Ford perfection—I’d seen photos of him in this particular suit before—it did nothing to hide how obscenely hot he was. 

My heart thumped loudly as he took another step closer, his eyes remaining on the crowd. 


It rang out clear despite the noise around us. It took me a minute to realize that while my brain had stalled, my mouth hadn’t suffered the same fate. My lips still open as his name left them. 

Who the hell yells out his last name? I panicked, unable to tear my eyes from him as his head lifted and his eyes settled on me. 

Dear. Lord. In. Heaven. And. All. The. Saints. 

Eric Larsson was looking at me. 

At me. 

At ME! 

His brow lifted in acknowledgement as his lips curled, momentarily blinding me as he flashed his trademark smile. 

Well, if that wasn’t an invitation, I didn’t know what was. 

So, even though I was struggling to breathe—my ability to remain upright also not guaranteed—my feet moved me closer toward him. My internal pep talk worked overtime as I reminded myself we were on a mission. Two minutes of eye contact, conversation . . . and something about me finding out what an asshole he was. 

“Hi.” The best I could do given the circumstances. 

Intellectually I knew the man was tall. I mean, in my head I figured I knew what six-foot- four looked like. But as I lifted my eyes, it didn’t come close to where I should be looking, my gaze hitting his chin before I tilted my head even higher. 

“Hi,” he responded, the single word sent a shiver down my spine as he unleashed another blinding smile. 

Those eyes were something else. The clearest blue I had ever seen, and though I knew it wasn’t possible it seemed like they illuminated from the inside out. Like magical orbs, the weight of their stare hypnotized me, pulling me in closer like a force field. I couldn’t have looked away if I’d tried. Not that I tried, and not that I wanted to. 

And oh Lord have mercy, did he smell good. Mouthwatering. Ridiculous that it would even get a mention given I already had those eyes, his face and his delectable couture-wrapped body to contend with. Yet there was his scent wafting up my nose uninvited. A sadistic mix of sexy, clean and masculine—probably Calvin Klein—overwhelmed me as I fought the urge to bury my head in his neck and inhale him like a line of cocaine. 

Say something you dumbass. My mouth begged as my hand, completely of its own accord, reached out and rested on his arm. 

Holy. Freaking. Shit. I. Was. Touching. Him. 

Do not moan, I reminded myself. 

“Congratulations on the movie.” Words poured out of my mouth, thankfully in a sequence that made sense, as my fingers struggled not to caress the fabric of his suit. My fingers didn’t listen, slowly stroking in small—slightly inappropriate and rather suggestive—circles. 

Wow, this is a really, really nice suit.

Do not lick it.

About the Author:

T Gephart is an indie author from Melbourne, Australia.

T's approach to life has been somewhat unconventional. Rather than going to University, she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles, USA in search of adventure. While this first trip left her somewhat underwhelmed and largely depleted of funds it fueled her appetite for travel and life experience.

With a rather eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history, T struggled to find her niche in the world.

While on a subsequent trip the United States in 1999, T met and married her husband. Their whirlwind courtship and interesting impromptu convenience store wedding set the tone for their life together, which is anything but ordinary. They have lived in Louisiana, Guam and Australia and have traveled extensively throughout the US. T has two beautiful young children and one four legged child, Woodley, the wonder dog.

An avid reader, T became increasingly frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in the books she was reading. She wanted to read about a woman she could identify with, someone strong, independent and confident and who didn't lack femininity. Out of this need, she decided to pen her first book, A Twist of Fate. T set herself the challenge to write something that was interesting, compelling and yet easy enough to read that was still enjoyable. Pulling from her own past "colorful" experiences and the amazing personalities she has surrounded herself with, she had no shortage of inspiration. With a strong slant on erotic fiction, her core characters are empowered women who don't have to sacrifice their femininity. She enjoyed the process so much that when it was over she couldn't let it go.

T loves to travel, laugh and surround herself with colorful characters. This inevitably spills into her writing and makes for an interesting journey - she is well and truly enjoying the ride!

Based on her life experiences, T has plenty of material for her books and has a wealth of ideas to keep you all enthralled.