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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cover Reveal: "Hard Wood" by Lauren Blakely

   

HARD WOOD is coming October 23, 2017! A standalone romance told from the male Point-of-View, HARD WOOD is the final hot and hilarious book in the Big Rock series. Pre-order your copy today! Kindle users—stay tuned for the preorder right before release! And don’t miss the hot, new cover below!

                              
Cover Design by Helen Williams with Photography by Wander Aguiar Photography
 

About HARD WOOD:

Women often say a good man is hard to find. And a hard man is even better.

That’s why I’m quite a catch— good, hard, loaded, and wait for it…I’m ready to settle down too. But the woman I want to pitch my tent with is precisely the one I need to stay far away from.

After that fantastic night with Mia Summers, I’m ready to give her many more. But there’s a hitch in my plans — she just hired my company. If there’s one thing I’m committed to, it’s running a squeaky clean adventure tour business. One of the iron-clad rules?

Don’t screw your customers.

I can follow my own guidelines. After all, it’s only a week-long trip with Mia and her employees over the trails and down the hills I guide them on. I can obey the rules—even if it’s hard in the woods.

I’m about to give myself a badge of honor when the storm of the century hits, sending everyone else running for cover, but us—my biggest temptation and me, alone for a long weekend. You don’t screw the client, especially when you’re already in love with her . . .

But what’s a guy to do when she’s so hard to resist?

          

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  About Lauren Blakely: A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In September, she'll release MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY, a standalone sports romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter


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Video Reveal: How the cover for "If There's no Tomorrow" by Jennifer Armentrout came to be!


I am quite excite to share with you today a beautiful video of how the cover for Jennifer Armentrout's new book, "If There's no Tomorrow", was created! The cover designer is Laci Ann.

Follow the post below to pre-order and also win pre-order goodies!









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                                                        Summary from GoodReads

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend, Sebastian, know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be one of opportunities and chances. 
Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. 
Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian could never forgive her for what happened. 
For what she let happen.  
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?

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About the author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International 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, 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. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award nominee.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Cover Reveal+Giveaway: "The Fangs of Freelance" (Fred, the Vampire Accountant #4) by Drew Hayes


Welcome to the cover reveal of the fourth installment of Fred's adventures! Not your typical vampire story Fred is a vampire accountant, who has various adventures in each book! And this new sequel is as promising as it sounds!






Here's the cover!





When Fred formed his own parahuman clan out of necessity, he understood that it was going to come with new responsibilities. Much as he hoped those tasks would center around extra paperwork and perhaps the occasional mandatory class, enough time around the supernatural has taught him to be ready for anything. Or so he thought.

As a freelance accountant for the Agency, Fred soon finds himself being tossed into new, unexpected, and perilous situations. From inventorying ghostly castles, to exploring unsettling amusement parks, to negotiating with dangerous mages, it seems there is no end to the uses for an accountant of Fred’s specialty. But dangerous as the new jobs are, the greatest threat may come from the past. An old enemy is making waves once more, an enemy who would go to great lengths to destroy Fred and everyone he loves. And this time, they've brought backup.

The fourth book in the hilarious series following Fred, the vampire accountant, and the misadventures he finds himself in.



Read the other books in this series:

#1: The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, The Vampire Accountant: http://www.reuts.com/product/the-utterly-uninteresting-unadventurous-tales-of-fred-the-vampire-accountant-drew-hayes/

#2: Undeath & Taxes: 
http://www.reuts.com/product/undeath-taxes-drew-hayes/

#3: Bloody Acquisitions: 
http://www.reuts.com/product/bloody-acquisitions-drew-hayes/



Giveaway

Enter to win a brand new Kindle fully-loaded with the entire REUTS collection (including The Fangs of Freelance!):




Monday, July 17, 2017

Blog Tour+ARC Review+Excerpt: "Trust" by Kylie Scott

 
 

                                      

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

 

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TRUST by Kylie Scott (Official Book Trailer) from FILM 14 on Vimeo.    




REVIEW

I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

I've been a fan of Kylie Scott's writing since the "Dive Bar" series, which is a NA. But seeing her writing a YA, I couldn't be more excited to get the chance and review the ARC of this book!

"Trust" is about two different people, from different sides of life who couldn't be more similar at heart. Edie is a unique mix of goodness and sass, who loves her body just as it is. She also gets bullied at school (something I deeply relate to), and after the events at the beginning of the book, she enrolls into a public high school.

John on the other hand, after all the rumors he has, tries to be a fine example of a student, get his head straight and tries not to get into trouble. As the two come closer together a bond fomrs.

The beauty of this book was the fact that Edie and John started as friends. The romance does not overshadow the plot and you have genuine teenage angst, friendship and heart-ache. I would love to see Kylie Scott try herself more into the YA writing! ;)



EXCERPT
“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”
I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”
“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”
“Bastard.”
“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.
“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”
“Not funny.”
I shrugged.
“You barely know the guy.”
“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”
“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.
“No we are not.” And I retreated.
“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.
Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”
“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”
“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”
He said nothing.
Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”
He slowly shook his head.
“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”
“What? What the hell are you talking about?”
“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”
“This is crazy.”
“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”
He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”
“I’m just trying to be practical.”
“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”
“It does to me.”
Again, he said nothing.
In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.
“What?” I said, finally.
He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”
       






kyliescottimageKylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Cover Reveal: "Moonlight Sins" (de Vincent #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


I am so excited! The new cover for the upcoming NA book by Jennifer Armentrout is on! Just look at this pretty!






Coming 1/30/18

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Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou, working for the infamous de Vincent brothers, the massively wealthy brothers who are haunted by a dark reputation and whispers of misdeeds. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion and the ever-present temptation of the handsome Lucian de Vincent proves dangerously distracting.

Julia knows better than to get wrapped up in Lucian. He’s from a world she can’t relate to and he’s her employer, but his wicked touch and sensual promises are too much deny. What starts with a kiss ends with so much more.

Lucian is the youngest brother—the wildest, most unpredictable one. He’s an unrepentant bachelor of the family, known for his escapades in and out of bed, and he wants Julia. There’s something about her that makes Lucian want to lay himself bare, but some secrets are better left buried, right along with a past that could not only bring down a dynasty but destroy Julia in the process.


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About the author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International 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, 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. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award nominee.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.











Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Milky Way of Books Recommends: Books where the hero enters and/or jumps from a book!



Hello and welcome to the first post (officially) where I recommend titles! I decided to do something like this until I can finally snap out of my reviewing slump.

Which I think exists!

Anyway, this post is about books where the portagonist either enters a book, or a character from the book comes to life or jumps out of the book. I'll include titles I've already read and few I wish to read!





Between the Lines series by Jodi Picoult


Summary from GoodReads

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.

And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.

A romantic and charming story, this companion novel to Off the Page will make every reader believe in the fantastical power of fairy tales.






The book is one of the many which have been sitting on my TBR list. I'm looking still for a good paperback copy in Greece, before buying online. Alas, it's hard to find the English version and easy to find the translated in Greek expensive one.

I think this book is sweet and a 'classic' on this category. There is also the second book which has a beautiful cover!








The Librarian by Christi Sloat


Summary from GoodReads

He’s from 1892 England, she’s in a small library in 2017. And that's just the start of their troubles.

Emme never meant to stay in Maine. She'd come only to find a librarian for her Gram's library, a custodian for the collection of mysterious books she'd promised to protect. On a dark, wintery night, alone in the library, she takes her first glance into one of the antique novels and finds herself transported to 1892 England staring into the eyes of handsome and dashing hero Jack Ridgewell. As each chapter passes she learns you can truly fall in love with a character in a book, that book boyfriends are real and Emme must choose between the real world, and his.

When the last page is read he's gone and Emme feels the cold loneliness of lost love. Will she find Jack again, or will their love be forever lost? The answer lies within the pages…






This is what a book lover's love life looks like, if you could truly love a book character. I really want to read this book since it also carries a historical element and has a sweet cover!






The Book Jumper series by 


Summary from GoodReads

Amy Lennox doesn't know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother's childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever cost.







This little gem is quite similar to Inkheart, yet the scenery takes place into many different books! The hook line of this book was at the beginning where Sherlock Holmes suddenly disappears!







Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke


Summary from GoodReads

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can "read" fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. He can "read" characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie's mother disappeared into the story. This "story within a story" will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.







I admit it; I saw the movie first, THEN read the book. I still need to finish the series though as also find the books. BUT, I am very jealous of Mo's ability to 'read' characters into life! Imagine what would happen if we could bring some of our favorite characters into life!

Here're few fine examples:





                                                   


                                                     (Art belongs to the respected creators)





Off book by Jessica Dall



Summary from GoodReads

Twenty-year-old Eloise has learned all she can from the School, where characters live until joining their novels. No one knows genre and plot structure better than her, but despite her knowledge, she’s yet to be assigned to her own story. All her friends are off starting their lives with their authors—and if Eloise doesn’t get assigned soon, she’ll fade away, forgotten by all.

When she is offered a job at the Recording Office, instead, she takes the chance to write her own future. Suddenly living among the post-storied, Eloise meets Barnaby Fitzwilliam, a former romance novel hero who hasn’t lost any of his in-story charm. But just as their relationship begins to get serious, Eloise is sucked into a novel she was never meant to be part of, turning everything they thought they knew about their world upside down. 

Now, caught where the only rules are made by authors and truly anything is possible, Eloise must find her way back home—or her life might end before she ever gets the chance to live it.

Set in an intriguing, unique world, OFF BOOK explores the story beneath the stories we all know and love, taking readers and characters alike on an adventure just waiting to be written.



This underappreciated book follow the struggles of characters. Authors create in their minds the characters they want, but what happen when the story ends? Where do these characters go? And if an author 'kills' a character, does this character survive to retirement?

The book is smart and funny with doses of knowledge in tropes and genres too!







The Accidental Turn series by J.M. Frey



Summary from GoodReads

Forsyth Turn is not a hero. Lordling of Turn Hall and Lysse Chipping, yes. Spymaster for the king, certainly. But hero? That’s his older brother’s job, and Kintyre Turn is nothing if not legendary. However, when a raid on the kingdom’s worst criminal results in the rescue of a bafflingly blunt woman, oddly named and even more oddly mannered, Forsyth finds his quaint, sedentary life is turned on its head.

Dragged reluctantly into a quest he never expected, and fighting villains that even his brother has never managed to best, Forsyth is forced to confront his own self-shame and the demons that come with always being second-best. And, more than that, when he finally realizes where Lucy came from and why she’s here, he’ll be forced to question not only his place in the world, but the very meaning of his own existence.

Smartly crafted, The Untold Tale gives agency to the unlikeliest of heroes: the silenced, the marginalized, and the overlooked. It asks what it really means to be a fan when the worlds you love don't resemble the world you live in, celebrates the power of the written word, challenges tropes, and shows us what happens when someone stands up and refuses to remain a secondary character in their own life.
 


Now THIS is a book lover's dream come true, but with the bad things that can also happen to you! Forsyth is a book character and through his eyes we see how Lucy Pip tries to survive into his world. This book is categorized as meta-fiction fantasy where all the tropes we love and hate in the genre come together in a masterful battle tearing at each other!

I'd seriously love to have this book as audiobook too, or a graphic novel!

The second book of the series is also about books, but a sinister evil makes all the existing books in our world disappear!




There are also novellas set in this world, with a good dose of LGBT themes in it! You'll never get bored with these books! ;)





Side note: the villain in this series is horrible, like Amarantha/Erawan horrible!





What do you think? Do you have any books which are similar to the ones above? Any recs for me? I'd love to hear from you!






Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Peter Pan Reads: Double Review: "Lost Boy" by Christina Henry & "Peter Darling" by Austin Chant


I had the chance to read the past week two books about Peter Pan. One came after a GoodReads recommendation and since I am a sucker about anything concerning my childhood *cough* crush *cough*, I decided to showcase both reviews in one post!

But beware that these books despite being amazing have NOTHING to do with the way you perceive the classic tale.









Lost Boy by Christina Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads


There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. Once I loved a boy called Peter Pan. Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter's idea of fun is sharper than a pirate's sword. 

He wants always to be that shining sun that we all revolve around. He'll do anything to be that sun. Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter will say I'm a villain, that I wronged him, that I never was his friend. Peter Lies.







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REVIEW




In a dark atmosphere hidden behind the lovely scenery of Neverland, lies Peter and his Lost Boys. His best friend is Jamie and they like playing games and have fun. Even when the games turn bloody and the boys die.

In this retelling of Peter Pan, Jamie (you can guess who he will become) tells us the TRUE story behind his coming to Neverland, how at first he and Peter were unseperable and how later, after a turn of horrific events, he came to be the one and true Captain Hook.

His POV was not as childish as you expect it to be. I was very surprised of the way Christina Henry gave me the world-building of Neverland, which I know by heart already but at the same time added the dark twist that made this book too hard to put it down!

I've read many retellings about the story, but it is this book that comes closer to the issue behind Hook's constant anger and sorrow. Because Peter Pan is quite the villain in this book.

I good book if you want to turn into something darker . ;)




                                                        (yeah HE popped into my mind!)




About the author:


CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the CHRONICLES OF ALICE duology, ALICE and RED QUEEN, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and BLACK SPRING) featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle Beezle.

She enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

You can visit her on the web at www.christinahenry.netfacebook.com/authorChristinaHenrytwitter.com/C_Henry_Author and www.goodreads.com/CHenryAuthor










Peter Darling by Austin Chant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Ten years ago, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up, leaving behind his adolescent dreams of boyhood and resigning himself to life as Wendy Darling. Growing up, however, has only made him realize how inescapable his identity as a man is.

But when he returns to Neverland, everything has changed: the Lost Boys have become men, and the war games they once played are now real and deadly. Even more shocking is the attraction Peter never knew he could feel for his old rival, Captain Hook—and the realization that he no longer knows which of them is the real villain.






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REVIEW



In a different plot line and POV this book was a hidden gem and a surprise! I knew from the start that it would have a GLBT related theme, but the plot twist still took me by surprise! It's not as dark as the previous book I've read and it had a sweeter meaning than other Peter Pan related books.

I also liked Hook in this one. Despite being hateful towards Peter, had also too much pain inside him which led him to Neverland and the secrets that were hidden in it. The ending was simple, yet beautiful, full of hope and new dreams.








About the author:


Austin Chant is a bitter millennial, a decent chef, and a queer, trans writer of romance and speculative fiction. He co-hosts the Hopeless Romantic, a podcast dedicated to exploring LGBTQIA+ love stories and the art of writing romance. He currently lives in Seattle, in a household of wildly creative freelancers who all spend too much time playing video games.