Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors! This is both an easy and difficult topic to post about! Some of these authors have been with me for years and for many books, while others haven’t been so huge in my life but yet I still recognize that they are amazing regardless! Here they are in no particular order.

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1. Jennifer L. Armentrout: Of course! I have read an abundance of her books over the past 3-4 years and absolutely love her writing style!! Some day I shall get through all of her books! If you are a frequent visitor of my blog, then you know how often Armentrout shows up in my lists! Her writing is seriously unlike anything else!

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2. Gena Showalter: I haven’t read nearly as many books of hers as I would like/plan to, but what I have read is enough for her to make this list easily!

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3. J.K. Rowling: It would be blasphemous of me if I didn’t include Rowling in this list! Who could ever compare?!

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4. Amy A. Bartol: Love all her books and can’t wait to read more! Bartol knows how to write a romance!

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5. Stephenie Meyer: Yes it is difficult to add her to this list, but I can’t deny how Meyer has the ability to completely ensnare my mind into her stories.

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6. Roald Dahl: I loved so many of his books growing up I can’t help but still retain that love for his unique tales!

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7. Kresley Cole: I really need to read more of her books, but it only took one series to get me hooked!

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8. Marianne Curley: Not enough people know about The Named series and Curley’s other book: Old Magic! I love her books, the love for her books is shared between my mom, my sister and I (probably why I love them even more)! I definitely need to read her recent books!

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9. Michael Grant: Though I was not a fan of Eve & Adam, I loved The Gone series. Grant has such a talent of writing high suspense that will leave you reeling from start to finish!

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10. Nicholas Sparks: Even though I only really loved 2 of the books I read by him, I know when an author has a talent to leave me breathless by the content! There are definitely a lot more books by him that I need to read, but just haven’t had the chance to!

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway: Raising Cain (The Key Guardians #1) by Kelli Ireland

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Raising Cain Synopsis:

Hiding places are scarce when both Heaven and Hell intend to find you. 

Dani Fayel’s backbreaking job as a stable hand at The Freaks’ Fair isn’t glamorous, but for someone looking to keep to the shadows? It’s perfect. Neither paranormal freaks nor human norms ever notice her. But when Dani is forced to either let a child die in order to maintain her anonymity or choose to save him and risk being discovered, she finds herself unwillingly thrust into the spotlight. 

Cain, Hell’s premier assassin and a predatory incubus, is close to fulfilling his final contract and earning his freedom. Hired by the Archangel of Death to find his daughter, Cain follows her trail to the Fair. He works undercover, certain his mark is inside one of the portable canopies or traveling cages. Dead or alive, she equals his ticket to freedom.

When Cain’s objective is divulged, Dani realizes she can’t outrun her destiny. As the fabled Key—the one soul with absolute free will who is tied to the three realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell—only she is capable of opening the gates for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Whoever frees the Horsemen allegedly commands them. Now both Heaven and Hell are vying for her allegiance, and there are no limits as to how dirty they’ll fight to obtain it. With Hell raining indiscriminate chaos as Heaven maneuvers its players around her, Dani realizes her would-be assassin may be the only man capable of helping her survive.

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My Review

Raising Cain had me glued to the edge of my seat all the way through! So much happened in this book, it felt like I read the first and sequel in one! The beginning events were just that different from the ending! Dani has kept her identity a secret for most her life, and has lived comfortably doing so for the past six years at the Fair for supernatural creatures. However, when her boss starts asking about her past, she is forced into a sticky situation in order to protect herself. This throws her path in with the mysterious demon Cain who came to the Fair looking for The Key, but won’t give much more detail about himself. When her secret gets out, Dani finds herself on the run from forces of both Heaven and Hell with no one but Cain to help her, she must make a choice as to what she believes to be her true destiny or what could lead to her death.

Cain was a super tricky character to figure out! He was so ever-changing, it was sometimes hard to discern his true intentions with Dani. Although, I rooted for Dani and him to get together throughout!! Cain was definitely cocky and badass and scary all at the same time! Dani was headstrong and held her ground against any and all adversaries. These two characters paired with constant suspense made for great plot movement throughout! Not that they were the only characters, as the story came to its head, unlikely allies are thrown into the mix that I did not expect Dani to become so attached to right away. Don’t get me wrong, I liked these extra characters, their presence just seemed a little too thrown in last minute.

As I said before, Raising Cain felt like it consisted of two separate books because of how distinctly different the first half was from the last half. The beginning focused on The Freak’s Fair events and setting while the last half went crazy with Dani running from all kinds of tripped out supernatural monsters/beings. Either way, this book was intense and the worth the ride! It consisted of multiple elements I hadn’t seen before and left me wanting more! Unfortunately, I have no idea when the next book comes out, but you can be sure that I will be getting my hands on it!! If you are a lover of all things supernatural, then you most definitely should read this book!!

Kelli Ireland Bio:

Kelli Ireland spent a decade as a name on a door in corporate America. Unexpectedly liberated by Fate’s sense of humor, she chose to carpe the diem and pursue her passion for writing. A fan of happily-ever-afters, she found she loved being the Puppet Master for the most unlikely couples. Seeing them through the best and worst of each other while helping them survive the joys and disasters of falling in love? Best. Thing. Ever.

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Review: Sea of Stars (Kricket #2) by Amy A. Bartol

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Goodreads Summary:

Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity…and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home—in the arms of Trey, her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars.

My Review

I waited so long for this book to come out, and I was more than excited to finally get my hands on it!! Unfortunately, I did not realize how long it had been since I read the first book until I actually began to read the second and found myself not remembering quite a bit of the content! I can tell you right now, that I know I should have reread Under Different Stars (Kricket #1) before I picked up book two, so that’s just a warning to all y’all if it’s been a while since you’ve read book one and are wanting to read book two (it had been almost a year and half for me though). Nevertheless, I definitely enjoyed Sea of Stars! Amy Bartol has never steered me wrong!

Sea of Stars was filled with all the wonderful things I wanted it to be filled with! Especially when it came to the Trey-Kricket romance! There were so many fantastic moments between them in this book, it was everything I wanted their relationship to become in the first book now made real! Get ready for some swooning ladies! The action was most certainly nonstop, even though there really wasn’t a ton of movement toward the main plot overall. However, the action sequences and the back and forth between Kricket and Kyon and everyone else and their mother who was after her in this book were definitely enough to keep me entertained throughout.

New characters and secrets are revealed in Sea of Stars that will leave you questioning what you originally thought to be true in the first book, and that made the content all the more intriguing! By the time the ending rolled around, the intensity was abound and I was forced to come to the sad conclusion that there were not enough pages left to see the current conflict through to the finish! Therefore folks, I am in desperate need for book three!! Hate to break it to all you Kricket fans, but the third book titled Darken the Stars doesn’t come out until September 8th!! Le sigh!! So until then, brush up on the series, and definitely read book two!! If you are already a fan, trust me, you don’t want to miss this sequel!!

Buy Sea of Stars on Amazon here! And be sure to pre-order book three ( I did as soon as I finished it)!!

Review: Piercing the Darkness (Shadow Born 2.5) by Angela Dennis

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Goodreads Summary:

Love knows no bounds.

Cursed by the dark mage who killed her, Hilda Janssen has wandered the Earthly plane as a ghost for fifty years, finally finding her place as an IRT hunter, policing supernatural misfits trapped on Earth after a brutal war.

When a demon attacks, putting her team in mortal danger, Hilda sacrifices herself to save her friends. She’s already died once; what difference will doing it again make? But instead of meeting a final death, Hilda is cast into the Void, a magical prison from which there is no escape.

Her only hope is Cade Kerrigan, the lover she left behind after her first death. Their bond and his magic are the only things strong enough to pull her through the Veil. But Cade has no idea his soulmate came back as a ghost, and he isn’t too happy to have been left in the dark.

They must put aside the baggage of the past to save Hilda from a fate worse than death.

Warning: Contains star-crossed lovers destined for a second chance, a whirlwind of powerful magic, and a love so strong it defies even death.

**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

My Review

Unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of reading the first two books in the Shadow Born series, but I definitely want to after having read this novella! I had little problems understanding the story without knowing what happened in the beginning, which is really a testament to how well written the story was. Piercing the Darkness was nonstop movement as the long dead ghost witch Hilda is thrown back into the world of the living in order to defeat an evil demon. However, her new life is literally short lived when she is put into the Void left to be fed on the dark creatures who lurk within. When her immortal lover from her past Cade learns that she is alive again, he will do anything in his power to save her.

Hilda’s character was enjoyable in every way! She is snarky and headstrong and puts up a pretty good fight! Her relationship with Cade was most definitely rocky, but underneath it all was an intense love between the two of them that would not easily be destroyed by death! The supernatural elements of this book were different than what I’ve read before, and kept the content packed with action and suspense. I found myself wishing it was more than a novella so that the events could have been drawn on a little longer than they were. However, I was more than pleased that Dennis didn’t drag on the romantic conflict between Cade and Hilda! Seeing their relationship unfold was oh so satisfying!

The side characters were also more than intriguing, prompting me to want to read the rest of the books even more in order to read their POVs! Dennis has definitely created a new and unseen world in the Shadow Born series! If you are already a lover of this series, or are just starting off like I am, I would seriously recommend you read Piercing the Darkness!

Check out all the buy links and book information on my Release Day Blitz post here!

Cover Reveal: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3) by Jennifer Armentrout

I am so so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for EVERY LAST BREATH, the hotly anticipated conclusion to the Dark Elements trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout!! EVERY LAST BREATH is a Young Adult Paranormal being published by Harlequin Teen and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dark Elements Series. It is being released on July 28th, 2015. Pre-order EVERY LAST BREATH and don’t miss out on reading the first books in this amazing series before its release!

I cannot wait to see what is in store for Layla and more importantly Roth! Can you tell who I’m rooting for??

JUst look at all these new covers!!

 

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EVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis:

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!”

New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.”

–#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

 The first books in the series have been given a new look too!!

Don’t miss the previous titles in The Dark Elements Series-now with new covers! Readers interested in downloading the new cover jackets for their previously purchased Dark Elements Series titles, can download them HERE!

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For best results when downloading the new cover jackets:

  • Print on 8.5×14″ (Legal paper)
  • Use landscape or horizontal setting = 8.5″ tall x 14″ wide
  • Print at 100% scale or “actual size”
  • Print with the image centered on page
  • Fold and trim to fit

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WHITE HOT KISS synopsis:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis:

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

“Constantly entertaining…the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance.”

Kirkus Reviews on White Hot Kiss

And the Prequel Novella, BITTER SWEET LOVE…

 

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BITTER SWEET LOVE Synopsis:

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

“With her signature flare for combining humor, romance and action, Armentrout weaves a fast-paced read that will have readers’ hearts racing in more ways than one. Like Armentrout’s previous heroines, Jasmine is fun and full of attitude, while Dez is as snarky as he is sexy. This is a must read for new and old fans alike!” –RT Book Reviews

 

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Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Review: Taking on the Dead (Famished Trilogy #1) by Annie Walls

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Goodreads Summary:

Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.

She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It’s the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it’s not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever. 

Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles.

In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping.

*Not intended for a young audience. Mature content.*

My Review

It was so refreshing to discover yet another fantastic zombie apocalypse series!! I thoroughly enjoyed Taking on the Dead! Kansas was one badass heroin! After living on her own for four years and being completely self-sufficient, she is totally unprepared to get back into the new world’s version of “civilization” and soon discovers that the walking dead surrounding her are evolving into much more sinister creatures. Along the way into her new life, she makes just as many allies as she does enemies and finds herself falling for the equally badass Rudy!

Taking on the Dead was easily unlike the typical zombie book! Well first of all, they aren’t even called zombies, they are known as “famished” or in some cases “putrids.” I commend Walls for finding ways to put her own ingenuity into the story! The action and suspense was nonstop! This book is most definitely not for the faint of heart, it’s pretty dark at times, and its definitely got some graphic violence that any Walking Dead watcher would appreciate! I couldn’t put the book down for a moment without being sucked right back into the gore and plot movement!

Kansas was a beautifully developed character, she never backed down from a fight and took each day in stride. Though I wouldn’t say I agreed with her romantic choices, I understood why she had to do what she did! Speaking of the romance…ughh it was so frustrating throughout! Her and Rudy are clearly perfect for each other, yet things continue to get in the way of them having a deeper relationship! However, revelations at the end of the book lead me to have hopes for the future!

Taking on the Dead is a must read for any zombie lover/apocalyptic fan! There was never a dull moment, and I can’t wait to continue the story with the sequel: Controlling the Dead!

Don’t miss out on this great read! Buy it on Amazon here!

Release Day Blitz: Piercing the Darkness (Shadow Born #2.5) by Angela Dennis

 

Piercing the Darkness
by Angela Dennis
Series: Shadow Born, #2.5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: April 7, 2015

 

 

Love knows no bounds.

Cursed by the dark mage who killed her, Hilda Janssen has wandered the Earthly plane as a ghost for fifty years, finally finding her place as an IRT hunter, policing supernatural misfits trapped on Earth after a brutal war.

When a demon attacks, putting her team in mortal danger, Hilda sacrifices herself to save her friends. She’s already died once; what difference will doing it again make? But instead of meeting a final death, Hilda is cast into the Void, a magical prison from which there is no escape.

Her only hope is Cade Kerrigan, the lover she left behind after her first death. Their bond and his magic are the only things strong enough to pull her through the Veil. But Cade has no idea his soulmate came back as a ghost, and he isn’t too happy to have been left in the dark.

They must put aside the baggage of the past to save Hilda from a fate worse than death.

Warning: Contains star-crossed lovers destined for a second chance, a whirlwind of powerful magic, and a love so strong it defies even death.

 

 

Everything hurt, even her teeth. Hilda eased to her hands and knees, spitting dirt from her mouth. She had no idea how much time had passed, and she didn’t really care. All she wanted to know was where the hell she was.

She tried to stand, but pain brought her back to her knees on the damp ground. Rubbing at her burning eyes, she shook her head. Her vision was blurry at best, and all she could see for miles was dirt and darkness. The air was thick with humidity and stank of wood smoke, burning her lungs each time she inhaled.

Wait. She was breathing. Ghosts didn’t breathe. And they didn’t hurt.

Her legs gave out and she collapsed onto the ground. She ran her fingers through the soggy earth at her side, realizing she could feel it. Fighting back her growing alarm, she brushed her fingertips across her face. She could feel that too, and it felt solid. Holy shit, she still had a body. She had no idea how that was possible, but she was going with it. This time when she stood, she was prepared for the instant pain and weakness, so she managed to stay on her feet. She spun around, searching for something, anything, other

than the endless darkness.

She definitely was not still on the Earthly plane. This place felt different. The air was gritty, felt dirty against her skin. And something about it seemed…wrong.

As her eyes adjusted, she realized there were globe-like fixtures scattered beneath the ground. They shimmered with pale blue light that barely penetrated the dense atmosphere. But it was bright enough she could make out the outline of a hillside in the distance. Maybe if she climbed to the top she could get a better look around.

She wrapped her arms around her chest to try and get warm, realizing she was naked. How she had missed that was anyone’s guess, but it was irrelevant. It wasn’t as if she could pull a pair of pants and a sweater out of thin air. She’d figure it out later, once she got her bearings.

Bare feet dancing across the rough, pebbled landscape, she kept her eyes focused on the hill in front of her, confident her salvation lay on the other side. The farther she walked, the more confused she became. This plane didn’t fit the description of any plane she’d heard of, and the education Brenna had given her had been fairly extensive. There was a tingle of

doubt in the back of her mind, a part of her that was convinced she was finally completely dead and this was her afterlife. But she refused to believe that.

So she moved forward, step by painful step, against the wind’s resistance, through the thick layers of fog, until she was only a few yards from the hillside. Now that she was close, she realized the hill was made of a series of jagged stones, jutting out at various dangerous looking angles. It would take a miracle for her to reach the top, but she was known for

beating the odds. She’d never know if she didn’t try.

Her hand was clutching the first notch in the rock when she heard it. A mix between a growl and a hiss echoed through the night. It was so loud, she unconsciously released the rock, pressing both palms over her ears to block it out. The ground shook with the force of whatever was coming and the wind stopped abruptly as if it too was running away.

 

 

 

 

Book 1: Shadows of Fate

 

 

Book 2: Fading Light

 

 

Angela Dennis lives outside Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, son and a sheltie with a hero complex. When she is not at her computer crafting stories, she can be found feeding her coffee addiction, playing peek-a-boo, or teaching her son about the great adventures found only in books.

You can visit Angela at her blog www.angeladennisauthor.blogspot.com. She loves to hear from her readers, so don’t forget to find her on Twitter to chat.