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~ REVIEW: The Shortstop by A.M. Madden ~

indexSynopsis“Quint and Annie sitting in a tree…K.I.S.S.I.N.G.”

Quint Lawson and Annie Weber heard that childhood song over and over and it never bothered them. Even though Quint was only five, Annie wasn’t just his neighbor. She would become his best friend and the love of his life. Annie wasn’t interested in dolls, or girly things when growing up. A tomboy at heart, having a boy as a best friend suited her just fine. That same boy captured her heart.

Quint had two passions, his girl and baseball. From kindergarten to college, Quint tore up every baseball diamond he played on. His position was shortstop. His talent was undeniable. Professional ball was most definitely in his future, and he was ready for it. Annie would be right by his side.

When everything in life is perfect, it’s hard to imagine heartbreak in any form. Quint wasn’t immune to its power. This shortstop had no idea what any form of heartbreak could do to his perfect world. When it hit, there were many casualties left in its wake…the most important one was Annie.

Can a person be prepared for, understand, or even endure a misfortune if they’ve never experienced one before? In Quint Lawson’s case the answer is no.

The Shortstop is a contemporary romance stand alone novel meant for readers who are 18+ due to mature content.

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christie review 5 star aWhat a beautiful and heart-wrenching love story! It shows the best and brightest and the darkest and most painful part of being in love. A.M Madden does an excellent job of showing what real love is about, not just the fairytale we read about in books. Sometimes your HEA involves tears and pain but never giving up and loving someone despite their flaws and imperfections.

Quint and Annie have always been together. First, as childhood friends then as a couple. They seem to have it all, love and a great career for Quint. However, when life throws them a curveball (pardon the pun), their love will be tested like it never has before. Will they be able to hold onto the lifetime of love they have, or will they allow it to be blown apart? And, how do you live your life as an individual when you have always been “two halves of a whole?”

To say this book was emotional would be an understatement! I was angry, sad, and then happy again. The characters were incredibly realistic, and in all honesty, some of the most complex ones I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. It’s quite different than some of the other romances I have read lately. To begin with, Annie and Q have been a couple and seem to have their HEA. But as we all know, in real life, that isn’t the case usually. What happens when the person who has always brought you happiness now only brings heartache? How much are you supposed to take before there is nothing left of you? I’m not going into much detail on purpose because I don’t want to ruin one moment of this book for anyone who hasn’t read it yet. What I will say is A.M. Madden has given us a glimpse of the competitive world of competitive sports, and how sudden fame and fortune can cause people to lose their own identity in their dream. I loved Q and Annie even though Q tested my patience and loyalty as much as he did Annie’s. I did like the person he became at the end, and I loved that Annie was able to find her own identity again as well.

I hope my review adequately expresses how much I loved this book! My thoughts are still so jumbled, so I hope adequately express how much I loved this book. I will warn you once you get to know Annie and Q, you won’t be able to do anything else. You will fall in love with them, then angry, and you might even fall out of love with them and want to throw your Kindle down. But, I promise you, you will not regret it when you have finished. It is full of passion, love, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption. You will realize the prince isn’t perfect and neither is the princess. In order to get your fairytale, you have to work for it. But, oh, in the end, it’s worth every tear and heartbreak! AWESOME, AWESOME book!!!!


~ Wrath (Wrong #2) by LP Lovell & Stevie J Cole Release Blitz + Giveaway ~




Title: Wrath
Series: Wrong #2
Authors: LP Lovell & Stevie J. Cole
  Release Date: August 25, 2015

Jude Pearson could just as well kill me as kiss me most days. He was my captor, my living hell, and yet, he became my saviour, my heart. Stupid. He’s heartless, conditioned to feel nothing, and so I ran… straight into the clutches of his enemy. Joe Campbell wants Jude to suffer, and I just became a pawn in a very dangerous game.

Joe has broken me in every way, everything that I once was stripped away, and in it’s place is festering hatred and a rage so cold I feel nothing else. I have one purpose. Revenge.


Love makes you weak, it makes you irrational. She was collateral, completely innocent when she was unwillingly dragged into my corrupt world. With the damage I’d already caused her, I couldn’t let her love me, so I let her go, and now…he has her.

No matter where she is, she will always be mine. This man has taken every-fucking-thing from me, and he has the last thing that matters to me. I will kill him. Slowly. Joe Campbell better run because the devil is fucking coming for him.

Sometimes two wrongs can make a right.




Our Wrath binds us, but it may also break us.

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LP Lovell
Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England. She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologise for afterwards.

She’s a self-confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy.
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Stevie J. Cole
Stevie J. Cole is a secret rock star. Sex, drugs and, oh wait, no, just sex. She’s a whore for a British accent and has an unhealthy obsession with Russell Brand. She and LP plan to elope in Vegas and breed the world’s most epic child.

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~ Blindsight by Adriane Leigh Cover Reveal ~


Title: Blindsight

Author: Adriane Leigh

Release Date: September 30, 2015

Genre: Erotic Romance – first in series


{blind•sight: the ability to see without knowing it}

Sometimes a single touch is all it takes to spark a wild fire.

Erin Warner learned that the day she bumped into the dashing, tattooed stranger on a busy Chicago street corner. She’s captivated from the moment his mystifying green eyes find hers, and it isn’t long before she finds herself flying to exotic locales to assist him, the award-winning erotic photographer Hunter Ellis, on location. What she didn’t bargain for was the way he makes her blood bubble and churn with lust and thinly veiled promises of unfathomable erotic pleasure.

But there is more to Hunter than meets the eye, including the intricately etched tattoos decorating his chest that disguise horrific scars from a past he refuses to revisit. As she peels away the layers of his story Erin realizes that what she thought was true, never really was at all, for both of them.

Now she can only hope that blind adoration for the dashing stranger didn’t sign her death warrant.

The first in a thrilling new erotic series intended for mature audiences.


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USA Today Bestselling Author Adriane Leigh was born and raised in a snow bank in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and now lives amongst the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore. She graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer.

Adriane is married to a tall, dark and handsome guy, plays mama to two sweet baby girls, and is a voracious reader and knitter.

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~ Fading Memories by A.M. Willard Pre Order Blitz ~

Fading Memories
by A.M. Willard
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Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Isabel Nichols’s life
changed in more ways than one through the years. As a young child, she
experienced a loss that devastated her. It wasn’t until she was an adult that
the universe around her shattered. In a twenty-four-hour time frame, she lost
what she’d thought was her world. What followed was a year of mourning, a year
of grieving, a year of darkness. Now, there’s one man who can show her the
Dakota Jackson left his
life behind on a whim, moving to a beach cottage away from the big city where he
grew up. He sees through Izzie’s clouds as he gets to know her, with the drive
to be everything that she’s ever needed. The only problem is, Dakota holds the
key to a secret that could ruin both of their hopes and dreams.
Passion isn’t always
enough to heal a broken heart; love isn’t always enough to guide you through
the darkness.
This is about two souls
that were meant to be together from the day they were born. Two people who have
to figure out a way to look past the memories. It’s the now; it’s living your
life as you’re meant to, loving the one your heart craves. It’s about letting
go of the grieving, learning to be who you are, and accepting life for what it
love cure all things despite its hardships?
Willard writes a sweet, yet gripping romance, full of angst, promise, and hope.
Fading Memories will restore your faith in love.” Author Silla Webb.
While trying to gather my senses,
one of the bags slides from my arms and crashes against the concrete, causing
both bottles of wine to shatter, and the dark liquid to spread into a puddle.
“Shit! Real smooth, Izzie.”
Bending down to collect the glass, my face flushes with embarrassment. The
stranger crouches next to me, his long legs folding in a way I wouldn’t have
thought possible for such a tall man. On our knees, gathering glass, we’re the
same height.
His voice is warm and thick, laced with a Northern accent. Somehow he makes the
simple word sound like music.


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A.M. Willard is a true believer of soul mates, and happy ever
afters. She enjoys reading, sailing, and of course writing contemporary romance
with some saucy scenes. Releasing her first novella of the One Night Series on
April 12, 2014 has sent her on a new journey in life. A.M.’s passion for
writing started at a young age, but with the love and support from her husband
of eighteen years pushed her to follow her dreams. Once she hit that first
publish button, she hasn’t looked back.
Publications available from A.M. Willard include the Chances
Series, Love on the Screen, and everyone’s favorite, the One Night Series.
She’s also had an article published in the Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine and
was just accepted into the Romance Writers of America organization in May of
A.M. Willard was born and raised in the Panhandle of Florida, but
resides in Savannah GA with her husband, son, two cats, one rotten dog, and her
six chickens. Yes, we said chickens…
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~ ENTICE (The Affair Series #1) by S. Layne Sale Blitz ~


Title: ENTICE, The Affair Series, #1

Author: Stacey Lynn writing as S. Layne

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: April 14, 2015



Now is the perfect time to sink into a good book. Entice, the first book in the erotic romance, The Affairs Series is currently FREE for a Limited Time Only!



When the most difficult decision of Laurie Baker’s life needed to be made, she took off for a weekend alone to weigh her pros and cons and consider all her options.

What she didn’t expect was to run face first into one more complication her life didn’t need.

Distracting, sexy, and British, Liam Parker offered Laurie exactly what she needed when she was desperate for attention.

One night of pleasure.

She wanted it.
She craved it.
She took it.

And when the sunlight dawned and the lusty haze of one night of passion disappeared and reality revealed itself…

Laurie returned home knowing that everything she had once believed, everything she had once loved and desired, was about to be tossed upside down and shaken in a way she could never imagine.


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Liam Parker crash landed into Laurie’s life when everything else was crumbling all around her. Her marriage and career were in pieces and her mind was left spinning.

But one touch from Liam, and Laurie could forget everything else around her.

She thought she had it all figured out.

As Laurie lost herself in Liam’s warm caresses and his commanding blue eyes, her husband refused to go quietly into the night. While Laurie fought to move on, it was James who was working his way back into her life, fighting for the marriage they had once held dear.

Forced to make choices she never imagined having to make, Laurie finally found herself on firm footing, knowing which way she was going to turn.

But then life threw her another curveball. And when she once again began picking up the pieces, learning how to survive and rebuild after everything exploded, there was only one man still there, one man who remained by her side, showing her that sometimes life isn’t about learning how to survive…

It’s about learning how to thrive.

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Talia Merchant dropped the idea of a forever kind of love after the first guy she loved stole not only her heart, but he also took her virginity….and then he took off.

Now, busy with caring for her father and trying to save her teen shelter, Talia doesn’t need the messy entanglements that come with real relationships she doesn’t have time for.

But after a mysterious benefactor saves her free clinic and reveals himself…everything changes.

Donovan Lore doesn’t just want in Talia’s bed, which is the only thing she offers —he wants inside her heart and he doesn’t care what type of fight Talia puts up. He’s determined to break through every one of her walls until she’s pliable and needy in his hands and writhing beneath him.

And Donovan always gets what he wants.


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S. Layne currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and four children. When she’s not conquering mountains of laundry and fighting a war against dust bunnies and cracker crumbs, you can find her playing with her children, curled up on the couch with a good book, or on the boat with her family enjoying Minnesota’s beautiful, yet too short, summer.

She lives off her daily pot of coffee, can only write with a bowlful of Skittles nearby, and has been in love with romance novels since before she could drive herself to the library.


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~ Broken Play (Birmingham Rebels #1) by Samantha Kane Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway ~

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Birmingham Rebels #1
Samantha Kane
Releasing Sept 1st, 2015
Perfect for fans of Shayla Black and Lexi Blake, the deeply sensual new Birmingham Rebels series introduces an unforgettable team of chiseled football gods—and the daring, provocative games they play behind closed doors.

Birmingham Rebels offensive linemen Beau Perez and Cass Zielinski are inseparable, on and off the field. Cass, the captain with the cowboy swagger, is a loose cannon. Beau, the veteran tight end, is cool under pressure. And ever since they were caught on tape in a steamy threesome, their exploits have fueled more than a few tabloid headlines—and naughty fantasies.

Marian Treadwell knows all about the video. And now that she’s the Rebels’ new assistant offensive coach, she can’t look at Beau and Cass without picturing their hard, naked bodies—with her pressed in between. Marian would like nothing more than to indulge those impulses, but she knows better than to get too close to her players, a bunch of adrenaline-fueled alpha males who don’t always follow the rules.

Just the thought of sharing the gorgeous yet guarded Marian drives Cass wild. At first, Beau isn’t sure she’s right for them . . . and lately, all he desires is a little alone time with Cass to explore their new intimacy. But it’s only a matter of time before Cass breaks through both of their defenses. Because when seduction is the game plan, he always plays to win.

Broken Play is intended for mature audiences.

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Marian’s brown eyes grew big and she stared at Cass as if she’d never heard a man apologize before. Next to her, Mike turned his body abruptly in his chair to face her and she jumped.

“Whoa,” Mike said, his hands up in surrender. “Sorry. Didn’t mean to startle you.”

She laughed that tight laugh again. “No, I’m sorry. I get lost in my head sometimes. Don’t bother about me.” She cleared her throat. “Don’t forget we also snagged Kitt Doyle. When he went free agent I thought he’d get more offers despite his age and injury record.”

She successfully changed the subject as Mike and Beau began to discuss how Doyle, a good veteran left tackle, would affect the offense. She glanced up and when she caught Cass’s gaze, she tensed. After a second or two, when her mouth grew tight and she looked like she might say something, he looked away. There was definitely more to Marian Treadwell than what met the eye.

He was wearing a cowboy hat and cowboy boots, for heaven’s sake, Marian thought as she looked away from Cass Zielinski’s penetrating stare. Did he think he was a Cowboy? Wrong team. The way the Rebels played last year, nearly the wrong league. She was exasperated, but it was with herself, not him. She was letting his sun-kissed good looks get to her. All six feet four inches and 280 pounds of him. That was a lot of good-looking. He had auburn hair and a beard to match, both bleached a little redder by the sun. And the cowboy thing? Yeah, a total button pusher. But she could resist it, because damn it, that wasn’t why she was here. She didn’t want to screw football players. She wanted to coach them. She had something to offer this team. The head office saw it and so did Mike. Clearly the players were going to be a harder sell. If she could get Cass Zielinski on her side, that would go a long way to getting the others to accept her. According to everything she’d read, and from what Mike had told her, the whole team idolized Zielinski. He’d been playing, and playing well, in the NFL for over ten years. Everyone knew he’d accepted the Rebels deal because they’d promised him front office when he retired, which wasn’t too far in the future. He was thirty-one, old for an offensive lineman. And of course, the deal had included Beau Perez.

She stole a glance at Perez. He was a scary-looking son of a bitch. Taller than the average player, he was more thug than Latin lover, brooding and intense. The tattoo on his neck didn’t help. She’d heard he was a real sweetheart in person, but she hadn’t seen it so far. He obviously had Zielinski wrapped around his massive pinky finger, the way he’d jumped to remove his hat when Perez frowned at him. Somehow he’d ridden Zielinski’s coattails back into the NFL after a suspension for drugs. His drug use and overdose were a red flag for any coach. He’d spent months in rehab, and Zielinski had been a constant visitor. That was the beginning of the rumors.

She hated to admit she’d read every tabloid rumor about them. Most of her information came from the Enquirer and People magazine. They’d been caught on tape having sex with the same woman. At the same time. The sex tape had gone viral. You couldn’t Google them without it turning up, despite all their efforts to get it taken down. There was no sound, and there were some malfunctions with the recorder, but you didn’t need to hear it to know they were giving her a hard, rough fuck. Jesus, Marian had watched that video about a hundred times and fantasized about them both. She wished she’d known at the time that she’d be working with them. She would have passed it by. She could hardly look at them without picturing them naked and straining, as they slammed into the willing woman in perfect synch. They had clearly done it many times before in order to have that sort of synchronization. With Perez’s dark hair and exotic looks, and Zielinski’s reddish hair and paler skin, they had complemented one another perfectly. She began to sweat and squirm in her seat as she tried to force her attention back to what Mike was saying.

Before long her gaze slid over to Perez again. He was a loose cannon, in her opinion. For the last two years he’d walked the straight and narrow, it was true. He played hard, stayed out of the limelight, and he was clean. Regular drug tests made sure of it. But his hold on Zielinski worried her. Cass clearly led the team, but Beau just as clearly led Cass. They needed the center to make this team work. He was the center in more ways than the position he played. The team revolved around him. He made it work, made this group of losers and misfits rise above their pasts and their reputations and play some pretty decent ball. Could they be better? Yeah, they could. And Marian was going to help make that happen. She’d hitched her wagon to the Rebels’ star, and she wasn’t going down without a fight.

She had something to prove. To herself and to her father. No one here but Mike and head coach Shannon Ludwig knew her dad was Rufus Sedgeway, one of the most successful coaches in Division I college-football history. And that was how Marian wanted it. She didn’t want to talk about her father to anyone; she didn’t even want to remember he existed on most days. He’d silenced her. He’d chosen some sleazy football players and his precious winning record over her. She’d had to go crawling back to him to ask him to help her get this job, but that was it. She knew he’d gotten her a job with the Rebels because he wanted her to fail again. He wanted to control her again. But she’d show him and everyone else. They hadn’t broken her, not by a long shot.

christie review3 stars
Broken Play was an okay read for me. It wasn’t horrible in any way. There were things I liked about it, and things that I didn’t care for. A little background without spoiling anything…Marian is the new female offensive coach for the Birmingham Rebels football team. She wants to work hard to make the team a success. However, she has two distractions, the sexy Beau Perez and Cass Zielinski. She’s supposed to be professional, but all she can think about is the infamous sex tape the two made with a girl. It awakens a desire she has held deeply inside of her. It both excites and frightens her. Beau and Cass also fantasize about sharing Marian, but they know that isn’t professional. And, they have questions about their own hidden desires for one another?

First, the aspects of the story I liked. I loved that Marian held a powerful position in a field dominated by men. And yes, I loved Beau and Cass…who wouldn’t, they’re sexy football players. Secondly, I liked the way Kane handled the serious issue that Marian was dealing with. There was sensitivity and a toughness in regards to her past. I liked Cass and Beau even more as they helped her accept herself and heal from her past.

Now, the one aspect I didn’t much care for. I thought the sex and eroticism overpowered the underlying romance between Marian, Beau, and Cass, especially the scene near the end of the book. And, don’t get me wrong…I love eroticism and sex in a story, but not when it takes away from the heart of the story which was healing, acceptance, and finding your happily ever after.

Overall, the book was well-written, and it was very fast paced. Please, don’t let my opinion sway you from reading this book. As I said, it wasn’t horrible; it just wasn’t necessarily completely enjoyable for me, and I am just one reviewer. We all like different things; that’s what makes the world a great place. In fact, that’s what the heart of this story is…there isn’t one way to fall in love. If you are open to that, then give this book a try. You never know if you will like something if you don’t give it a try!

**ARC was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Abou the author
Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children, two boys and one girl. With a master’s degree in American history, she spent seven years as a high school history teacher before becoming a full-time writer and mom.
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~ Bobby’s Old Man (The Sunset Club #2) by AC Katt Release Blitz ~



Keith Anderson is in love with Bobby Michaels. Unfortunately, Keith with
their fifteen year age difference, thinks he’s too old for Bobby. The two start
as “friends with benefits” but Keith dumps Bobby when it turns serious leaving
Bobby broken hearted.


When tragedy strikes and Bobby needs Keith, he steps up to support his
lover. But Bobby lacks trust in Keith and everything around him. Can Keith
convince Bobby that this time is for real, or will the two lovers never


also have an extensive library on my Kindle HD of science fiction, fantasy,”
Keith blushed, “and gay romances that you can read.”


do I feel like I’m dealing with a used car salesman showing me the features?


many titles do you own?” Bobby asked wondering how much Keith read.


thousand, at least, I read fast. I have two Kindle Paperwhites and the Kindle
HD plus an iPad and an Android tablet. I also own a PC and a Mac. I use the PC
for the businesses and the Mac for home. There are two offices in the house. I
put them in long ago, hoping that someday I’d find someone. I hope I haven’t
screwed things up permanently with us.” Keith looked frightened.


is very disturbed. His hand is shaking. It could be the booze. I hope it’s not
the alcohol.


still love you. I just don’t trust you right now, and I have to trust the man I
marry.” Bobby had a sad look on his face. “I could marry you now because I’m
scared and alone, but that wouldn’t be fair to either of us.” Brave words
you little shit, if your trust in him was such a scarce commodity, why are you
staying here and tormenting both of you. Am I punishing him or myself?


put his head on Bobby’s lap and mumbled, “I understand.” Bobby felt Keith’s
tears on his knee. I caused this. I caused Keith to cry. I wonder if he’s
feeling half of what I felt when I left this house that night.
He lifted Keith’s
head. I can’t forgive him yet, but I need to be with him and no one else.
I’m such a whiny coward when it comes to Keith.


also have an extensive library on my Kindle HD of science fiction, fantasy,”
Keith blushed, “and gay romances that you can read.”


do I feel like I’m dealing with a used car salesman showing me the features?


many titles do you own?” Bobby asked wondering how much Keith read.


thousand, at least, I read fast. I have two Kindle Paperwhites and the Kindle
HD plus an iPad and an Android tablet. I also own a PC and a Mac. I use the PC
for the businesses and the Mac for home. There are two offices in the house. I
put them in long ago, hoping that someday I’d find someone. I hope I haven’t
screwed things up permanently with us.” Keith looked frightened.


is very disturbed. His hand is shaking. It could be the booze. I hope it’s not
the alcohol.


still love you. I just don’t trust you right now, and I have to trust the man I
marry.” Bobby had a sad look on his face. “I could marry you now because I’m
scared and alone, but that wouldn’t be fair to either of us.” Brave words
you little shit, if your trust in him was such a scarce commodity, why are you
staying here and tormenting both of you. Am I punishing him or myself?


put his head on Bobby’s lap and mumbled, “I understand.” Bobby felt Keith’s
tears on his knee. I caused this. I caused Keith to cry. I wonder if he’s
feeling half of what I felt when I left this house that night.
He lifted
Keith’s head. I can’t forgive him yet, but I need to be with him and no one
else. I’m such a whiny coward when it comes to Keith.



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Katt was born in New York City’s Greenwich Village. €She remembers sitting at
the fountain in Washington Square Park listening to folk music while they
passed the hat. At nine, her parents dragged her to New Jersey where she grew
up, married and raised four children and became a voracious reader of romantic
fiction. €At one time she owned over two thousand novels, until she and her
husband took themselves and the cat to New Mexico for their health and its
great beauty.

Now, most of AC’s books are electronic (although she still keeps six bookcases
of hardcovers), so she never has to give away another book.

She hangs out at; or This is a very opinionated
kitty and at where you may find snippets of her current releases, as
well as some from works in progress. She also puts out a Newsletter once a
month. You can sign up at

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