Valentine’s Day Special: Love in the City

With the lovers’ holiday just days away, I thought I’d share some Valentine’s Day specials from the couples of the Love in the City series! First, you’ll get a glimpse into Wanted By You (Love in the City, #1)‘s couple, Carter and Ellyson, and their past: their first Valentine’s Day together as friends in college (2005). Next is a teaser from Harper and Maverick’s Valentine’s Day from Fantasized By You (Love in the City, #2). And finally, what would a Valentine’s Day special be without some sexting! Enjoy some texts between my latest couple from Pleasured By You (Love in the City, #3), Bayler and Fletcher. Enjoy!

Valentine’s 2005

Carter

It was the Friday night before Valentine’s Day, and Elly and I were hanging out in my dorm working on our Psychology homework. On any other Friday, we’d probably be at a party somewhere, getting drunk and having a good time, but since most of the parties this weekend would be directed towards couples, Elly didn’t feel like going out. And if she wasn’t going out, I wasn’t going out.

That was the way it’d been since I saw her on our first day of college a few months ago. Sure, I noticed other girls around campus flirting for my attention, but the only woman who held mine was lying across my twin bed right now with her long, red hair cascading over her shoulders as she kicked her feet in the air and stared up at the television.

“Gross!” she exclaimed, wrinkling her nose.

“What?” I asked, intrigued by her outburst. Turning my head toward the television, I watched the Russell Stover’s commercial. Smiling, I looked over my shoulder. “You have a thing against chocolate?”

“Assorted chocolates, yes,” she said seriously.

“Everyone loves boxes of chocolate. Flowers and chocolates. Isn’t that what every girl wants on Valentine’s Day?”

Shaking her head, she muttered, “Not this girl.”

Laughing, I closed my Psych book, too distracted by the hot girl in the room to even care about depression. It was already depressing enough that it had been almost six months and I still hadn’t made a move on Ellyson Evans. “Okay then, what’s your ideal Valentine’s Day present?”

“I don’t know, but it’s definitely not a box full of chocolates with suspicious fillings inside of them.”

This is what I love about her. Any other single girl would be whining because she wouldn’t be receiving a box of chocolates this year, but Elly’s complaining about the actual chocolates themselves. “Isn’t that the fun of it though? You never know what you’re going to get.”

“How is that fun?!” she said, furrowing her brows. “I mean, Forrest Gump’s mom was right, life is full of surprises, but when it comes to chocolate, I want to know what I’m getting. I don’t want to bite into a peanut-butter-cup-look-a-like and find out it has coconut inside. That’s just disgusting.”

I laughed again. “Don’t they have them labeled underneath each piece of chocolate?”

“Yes, but who actually takes the time to read those things?” she deadpanned. “And even if they did read them, they still probably wouldn’t know what they were since some of them are called weird names. None of them say, ‘Looks like a Reese’s cup, but it’s not!’”

“Okay, so tell me what you’d prefer?”

Resting her chin on her hand, she sighed. “You know the Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème?”

“Yeah . . .”

“I’d like a box full of fun-sized Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème bars, but you can’t get them this time of year. They only come out with the fun-sized ones during Halloween because white chocolate is like the middle child in the chocolate family.”

I’m the middle child in my family. I couldn’t wait to see where she went with this.

“Compared to milk and dark, white chocolate is the most delicious. It’s not the attention whore like milk chocolate or a liar like dark chocolate.”

Amused, I said, “I get how milk chocolate is an attention whore, but how is dark a liar? Isn’t it supposed to be the healthier chocolate?”

“That’s just it though. It is healthier so people end up eating more of it because they think they’re doing something good for themselves, but then they lose all sense of portion control. That’s not healthy. Sure, dark chocolate might statistically be healthier for us, but it still has calories and fat just like all the other chocolates. If I’m going to eat chocolate, I’m going to eat the most delicious, who-cares-how-many-calories-it-has kind.”

Laughing again, I nodded. “Okay, okay, you have a point.”

“What about you?” she asked, smiling proudly. “What’s your ideal Valentine’s Day gift?”

Smiling mischievously, I allowed my eyes to roam over her tight, little body sprawled across my bed. With her shoulders slightly hunched and her elbows pressed into the mattress, her breasts swelled against her sweater. Her jeans hugged her ass just right, and from my seat at my desk, I imagined the perfect Valentine’s Day gift: Ellyson Evans lying on my bed in nothing but sexy, red lingerie to match that beautiful hair of hers. Sure, most guys would want their girl already naked, but as I imagined slowly unwrapping the lacy material from her body, taking my sweet, torturous time, touching her and kissing every inch of her until she was begging me to take her, I thought getting Elly naked myself would be the ultimate gift.

“Earth to Carter,” Elly laughed, waving her hand in the air.

Shaking my head, my smile widened as I let the daydream of her disappear, knowing I wouldn’t tell her what I really wanted for Valentine’s Day. Over the months, we’d become really great friends, and as much as I wanted her, I couldn’t risk ruining our friendship right now. “I guess my ideal gift would be beer. For guys, alcohol is our chocolate.”

She laughed. “But it doesn’t taste nearly as good though.”

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One Day Later

After Ellyson left my room last night, I couldn’t sleep. Her scent lingered for a while, causing all of my thoughts to drift back to her. The way she smiled and laughed, the way her mind worked; she was so unlike any other girl I’d ever met. Like sheets straight from the dyer, she was warm and inviting and completely captivating, it wasn’t a surprise I stayed up all night thinking of a way to give her a Valentine’s Day gift without coming on to her. I wanted to eventually make a move, ask her out on a date, but I knew she wasn’t ready for it. She didn’t notice me the way I noticed her, or if she did, she was great at hiding it.

“What are you doing?” Cash asked, walking back into our room after saying good-bye to the girl he’d brought back last night.

Another reason I couldn’t sleep last night: my roommate hooked up with the loudest chick on the planet. I couldn’t have been happier to see her go.

“Just working on something,” I answered, gluing a piece of cardboard into the inside of an old shoebox. “Glad you finally got Miss Squeals to leave.”

“Man, she was loud, wasn’t she?” he laughed, rubbing the back of his neck.

“Loud is an understatement.”

“What’s with these?” he asked, grabbing the bag of chocolates from my desk.

“Nothing,” I said, snatching them out of his hand.

He laughed, and then walked back to his bed and flopped down on top of it. “Carter, please tell me this has nothing to do with Elly.”

“It has everything to do with her.”

“You are so pathetic. Just ask her out. You have her number. You know where she lives. You have a couple of classes together. Just fucking do it already!”

Looking over my shoulder, I glared at him. “Sorry, but I don’t just want to hookup with her.”

“I know, but−”

“It’s just some chocolate. It’s not a big deal, but if anyone’s to blame it’s you. If you hadn’t brought that chick back last night, I wouldn’t have had to leave to keep my hearing intact.”

“You’re right; I can get pussy without buying it chocolate.”

“That’s not what I meant,” I said, rolling my eyes. “Last night, I went to the store to kill time and I found the chocolate she likes.”

He groaned, covering his face with his hands. “Dude, it’s sad that you even know what kind of chocolate she likes.”

“No, it’s not,” I said, proudly admiring the shoebox full of tiny squares. “Women love men who pay attention.”

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Valentine’s Day

Throughout the day, I’d watched couple after couple exchange gifts and affections. Love songs played on the radio. Grand gestures went on here and there. A few guys even proposed. Women carried teddy bears and flowers and boxes of chocolates around campus like they were gold medals from their perfect boyfriends.

But as the day turned into night, I headed over to Elly’s, knowing Paige, Elly’s roommate, was at her Monday night class.

I knocked on the door, and Elly immediately answered.

“Hey,” she said, opening the door further. “What’s up?”

“Not much,” I said, walking into her room. She shut the door behind me, and I turned to face her. “Just thought I’d bring you this.”

I handed her the shoebox wrapped in shiny red paper, and she smiled and shook her head. “Carter, what is this?”

Taking a seat on the edge of her bed, I shrugged. “Open it.”

The smile on her face grew as she lifted the lid and found thirty small squares filled with fun-sized Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Crème candy bars.

Laughter fell from her lips as she sat next to me. “Where did you find these?”

“BJ’s in Brooklyn.”

“You went all the way to Brooklyn just to find the most delicious chocolate?” she asked in a sweet surprised voice.

“Cash brought a chick home with him the other night. I had a lot of time to kill.”

She took one of the bars out and immediately ripped it opened, and then tossed it in her mouth and moaned as she bit into the white chocolate bar filled with cookie chunks. “It’s like a tiny brick of heaven.”

I laughed and slid my arm around her shoulders. “Happy Valentine’s Day, Elly.”

“Thank you,” she said, batting those big brown eyes at me. “I really do love it. Best box of chocolates ever!” She moved the box of chocolates off her lap and walked into her closet. I heard her footsteps coming closer again and looked up to find her showing off a thirty-pack of Coors Light. “It’s a good thing one of my neighbors has a fake id.”

Standing, I walked over to her, wanting more than anything to take her face in my hands and kiss the ever-loving fuck out of those perfect pink lips, but instead, I just smiled down at her. “You got me beer?”

“Of course, I did,” she smirked. “It’s your chocolate.”

Grabbing the case from her hands, I set it on the floor and then wrapped her up in a hug, hoping someday we’d share a Valentine’s Day together as a real couple instead of just friends.

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Pleasured By You will release March 20th, 2015! Be sure to add it your Goodreads and join the Facebook party!

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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Love in the City gang!

Xo,

Steph Nuss

 

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Seven 11 Blog Hop + Giveaways

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Who doesn’t love teasers and giveaways? I haven’t posted since 2014, and I’m so excited to kickoff the new year with a Seven 11 Blog Hop post! If you’re new to my blog, the Seven 11 Blog Hop is where a group of authors post seven lines from their current work-in-progress or previously published work. It’s a fun way to get a glimpse at new authors as well as a sneak peek from those authors you already enjoy! So, please check out my teaser from Pleasured By You (Love in the City, #3), add it to your Goodreads if you haven’t yet, and then check out the authors listed below for their teasers and giveaways! 

*The following teaser has not been edited and is subject to change* Enjoy!

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“So you have a toothbrush here now?” I asked curiously, in my least bitchiest tone. But that was my bathroom. How could I not notice his things starting to takeover? Okay, it was just a toothbrush but still. What’s next? His clothes needing a drawer? His guy things taking up half of my closet? No. Not happening.

“No,” he said, smiling back at me. “This is your toothbrush.”

“WHAT!” Jumping out of bed, I ran to the bathroom, pulled the brush out of his hands and noticed the pink and white handle, indicating it was in fact my toothbrush that he was using on his perfectly straight, pearly whites. “Why the hell are you using my toothbrush?! That is so gross!”

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For more exclusive teasers from Bayler and Fletcher and the Love in the City characters in Pleasured By You, please join my book group on Facebook, Nuss’ Navy, where we’re constantly anchoring our hearts to books!

The first two books in the Love in the City series, Wanted By You (Carter and Ellyson’s story) and Fantasized By You (Maverick and Harper’s story), are available now for $3.99 each! The books can be read as stand-alones, so you don’t have to worry about being left with cliffhangers! If you haven’t had a chance to read them yet, please do; I promise to make you feel like part of the gang! 😉 

Listed below are my fellow Seven 11 authors! Please take the time to check out their posts and enter their giveaways! You may find a new book and author you absolutely love!

YA and PNR author, Heather Hildenbrand (Sign up for her mailing list here and be entered to win a signed paperback!) 

YA author, Kayla Smith

Fantasy author, S. M. Boyce

Romance author, Alicia Sheehy

NA romance author, Bethany Lopez (Click here to enter her Goodreads giveaway)

NA paranormal author, Justine Winter

Contemporary romance author, SC Ellington

Women’s fiction author, Amanda Aksel

Thank you for checking out my post and happy blog hopping!

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Cover Reveal: Love in the City Series

Happy Holidays, everyone! 

I hope you all have a fun and safe holiday with your family and friends! I want to thank you for making 2014 a wonderful debut writing year for me! I cannot wait to share all my stories with you! Your support truly means the world to me!

A while back, I had the rest of the covers for the Love in the City series done by the brilliant Michelle at IndieBookCovers, and I can’t keep them a secret anymore; they’re too beautiful not to share!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Love in the City gang and myself! We’re looking forward to sharing more fun and love stories with you in 2015! Check out the rest of the covers and be sure to add the books to your Goodreads to-be-read lists! 

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One night of pleasure turns into a summer full of lust.

Fletcher Haney owns several businesses all over New York City, gaining him access to tons of beautiful women. He has no intentions of stopping his womanizing ways, until he sees her again.

She’s the ultimate heartbreaker he can’t forget.

Pastry chef bombshell, Bayler Jennings knows she can have any guy she wants, but when her only memorable one-night stand confronts her, she breaks all of her rules.

He’s the love ‘em and leave ‘em flavor she craves.

But as the seasons change, this two-of-a-kind pair fights falling in love in the city, and they’ll soon realize that with pleasure always comes pain.

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Book4-front-ebook-amazon“Move in with me,” he said. 

Being cherished is how Tessa Wilder always imagined falling in love. But for years, she’s always gone for the wrong guys. Now that she’s fallen for one of the good ones, she fears rejection.

“I can’t,” she replied.

Justin Jameson quit looking for a woman after being used so many times for his brains. A bit of an introvert and completely oblivious to women’s advances, he can’t even see that his friend cherishes everything about him.

When Tessa needs a place to stay, Justin’s the first to offer her a room. Hearts are opened; feelings are ventured. They’ll finally know what it’s like to be cherished in the city until one moment threatens the relationship they’ve built.

“I can’t lose you.”

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Book5-front-ebook-amazonPaige Abram never faces a problem she can’t solve until her high school sweetheart comes back into her life, and she’s bombarded with memories of their relationship. His presence is almost suffocating, but he’s still just as beautiful as she remembers.

His heart beat differently after its first love.

The moment Drake Wilkins sees her again, the numbness he’s felt since he walked away disappears. But she’s not the same girl he fell in love with back then. She’s colder, not as easy going; she’s a complete stranger now.

Her heart nearly quit after its first loss.

When a funeral has them returning to their hometown, a secret she’s kept from him all these years is revealed. She expects him to push her away but he doesn’t; he tests her just like when they were kids.

Their hearts resuscitate, but in the city, their love will face its biggest challenge of all: survival.

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Book6-front-ebook-amazonFame made him selfish.

Hollywood heartthrob, Maxton Waters, has just been named the World’s Sexiest Man Alive. Women fantasize about him. Men want to be him. The paparazzi continuously follow him. His ego is definitely larger than his heart.

Poverty made her grateful.

Whitley Gonzalez has made a life for herself after growing up in and out of homeless shelters. Now a hardworking nurse, she spends her spare time raising her son alone and giving back to the community that helped raise her.

But when Max is sentenced to hours of community services and placed under the single mom’s thumb, working together proves harder than they ever expected, inspiring an unlikely love in the city.

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Book7-front-ebook-amazonHe’s the bachelor who swore he’d never fall in love.

Cash Donovan interviews musicians on a weekly basis. He’s used to sharing the studio with fame and entertaining his fans. So, when he lands an interview with Grammy Award-winner, Lennox, he doesn’t think anything of it.

She’s the rocker who’s satisfied with being single.

Lennox has made a name for herself, and now she’s traveling the United States to meet her fans. When her manager books her first radio interview, she couldn’t be more excited to meet the notorious radio host, Cash Donovan.

But during their interview, the conversation turns flirtatious, and he’s is urged by fans to ask her out on a date. He obliges and she agrees with one condition: don’t fall for her.

In this heartfelt, hilarious conclusion to the Love in the City series, New York’s favorite, smooth-talking radio host has a change of heart thanks to America’s rock chick, but will he be able to persuade her into forever with him? Tune in to 101.7 WLVE to find out.

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Which is your favorite?! Whose book are you most excited for!? Sound off in the comments below! 

I can’t wait to see them all on a shelf together someday next to these two:

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Xo,

Steph Nuss

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P.S.S. – I’ve seen so many people doing their favorite reads of 2014 (books I read in 2014, not necessary published in 2014), so I’ve decided to share mine! Here are my top 14 reads of 2014 in no particular order: 

1. Beyond the Orange Moon by Adrienne Frances

2. Room for You by Beth Ehemann

3. Indestructible by Angela Graham

4. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

5. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

6. Searching for Perfect by Jennifer Probst

7. Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

8. Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren

9. The Man Test by Amanda Aksel

10. Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton

11. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

12. On the Rocks by Sawyer Bennett

13. Divergent by Veronica Roth

14. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

If you haven’t read the books listed above, I highly recommend them! What were some of your favorite reads of 2014?! Comment below with your favorites! 

Blurb Reveal: Pleasured By You (Love in the City, #3)

It’s happened: I’ve finally written the blurb for the third book in my Love in the City series, Pleasured By You! Check it out and then add it to your Goodreads lists by clicking here:

One night of pleasure turns into a summer full of lust.

Fletcher Haney owns several businesses all over New York City, gaining him access to tons of beautiful women. He has no intentions of stopping his womanizing ways, until he sees her again.

She’s the ultimate heartbreaker he can’t forget.

Pastry chef bombshell, Bayler Jennings knows she can have any guy she wants, but when her only memorable one-night stand confronts her, she breaks all of her rules.

He’s the love ‘em and leave ‘em flavor she craves.

But as the seasons change, this two-of-a-kind pair fights falling in love in the city, and they’ll soon realize that with pleasure always comes pain.

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Coming 2015!

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Love in the City Series Tour

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Today kicks off my Love in the City Series Tour! First, I’d like to thank Melanie at Book Empire Promotions for hosting and organizing the event! Secondly, I want to thank all the book bloggers participating in the tour. Book bloggers help get the word out about authors like myself and our books. So, I’m very grateful to all of you who are taking the time to post about my Love in the City series and/or review the books. It truly means the world to me!

The Love in the City series is about a group of friends looking for love in New York City. Each book is about a different couple and their story is told from both the female and male POVs. The books can be read as standalones, but you’ll find out that each book picks up where the previous one left off. I decided to do it that way so that my readers didn’t miss anything in the lives of the Love in the City gang (meet the gang by clicking here). I know as a reader myself, I always wonder, why didn’t the author give us an epilogue? What about this or that? So, that’s why there are no epilogues in my series, because I promise you, what you want in an epilogue will eventually happen in the series. Each book ends in a happily ever after though, so no worries, they are no cliffhangers! I’ve also done something special with the series: all of the book covers are a different color that represents an awareness that’s featured in each book. I think it’s important as a writer to not only tell a great story, but also have an important message behind it. So, I hope that you fall in love with the story and its characters and take away the message behind it all, too.

Wanted By You (Love in the City, #1)

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Carter was captivated by Ellyson Evans the moment he laid eyes on her, but she was the one girl who didn’t beg for his attention.

He wanted her.

Ellyson vowed to never fall in love, because love can destroy you, but then she met Carter Jennings.

She wanted him.

Unwilling to risk their comfortable friendship, neither confessed their desires.

Losing touch after college, a chance meeting reconnects them.

They want each other.

But love in the city is never quite that easy.

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Fantasized By You (Love in the City, #2)

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Celebrity fashion designer, Harper Jennings is only months away from turning thirty, and her dream of living a happily ever after has yet to come true.

She’s given up on her fantasy.

Personal trainer and gym owner, Maverick Jones isn’t thrilled about having a designer mentoring in his new clinic, but after meeting the brunette beauty face-to-face, he dreams of having his way with her.

He’s ready to turn his fantasy into reality.

But when their fantasies collide, love in the city becomes more complicated than they ever imagined.

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If you haven’t checked out the series yet, now is the perfect time as Wanted By You (Love in the City, #1) is FREE for a limited time on Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo! October is breast cancer awareness month, and the pink cover of Wanted By You represents all of those women who have battled, who are currently battling, and who will battle breast cancer and other women’s cancers. If you’re already a fan of the series, please let your fellow book lovers and friends know about it! Word of mouth is one of the greatest ways to help out your favorite books and authors. 

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Pleasured By You (Love in the City, #3)

I’m currently in the middle of writing the third book in the Love in the City series, Pleasured By You, but it is now up for pre-order on iBooks! Here’s an unedited and subject-to-change teaser from Pleasured By You told from Fletcher’s point of view:

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You can find more exclusives for the series and lots of book talk in my Nuss’ Navy group on Facebook!

Thank you again to all the book bloggers taking the time to promote my Love in the City series! I really appreciate it! I’ll be sharing their posts on my Facebook and Twitter pages, and I hope you stop at all their blogs/pages to read their reviews and check out their promotional posts! They work so hard to keep their awesome blogs up and running, to share their love of reading with everyone, so please be sure to pay them all a visit and show your appreciate for all their book recommendations!    

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Pleasured By You Teaser + Seven 11 Blog Hop

Seven 11 blog hop

Hey everyone,

It’s that time again! Today marks our third Seven 11 Blog Hop, and I hope you’re all enjoying our posts! I decided to pick seven lines from my WIP (work-in-progress) for this month’s blog hop. Unlike the previous hops, these seven lines have not been edited, so they are more than likely going to change. But here’s your first glimpse into the mind of Bayler Jennings! She’s a lot different than Elly and Harper, and I’ve been having a blast writing her and Fletcher’s story! Pleasured By You (Love in the City, #3) …

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Please add Pleasured By You (Love in the City, #3) to your Goodreads to-be-read list if you haven’t already! I don’t have a release date yet, and it will be awhile before I do, but once I have one, you’ll be the first to know!

In other new, Novel Grounds’ Semi Annual Literary Awards are opened for voting from now until Sunday night Hawaii Standard Time! Wanted By You (Love in the City, #1) has been nominated in four categories: Best Supporting Character, Most Laughs, Best Plot Twist, and Best Breakout Novel! Click the icon below to head to the site to cast your votes, and be sure to share with your fellow book lovers! Thank you to everyone who nominated my book; it’s such an honor to be nominated with authors I love and respect! And a special thanks to Novel Grounds for hosting the awards!

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I hope you all have a great Thursday, and check out the rest of the authors involved with the blog hop by clicking their links listed below!

Amanda Aksel 

Heather Hildenbrand 

Alicia Sheehy

Kayla Smith

SM Boyce – Enter to win one of two tickets to next year’s UtopYACon

Kasi Blake

Justine Winter – Enter for a chance to beta read book three in her Nature’s Destiny series

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