Friday, July 31, 2015

Featured Author: Rachael Brownell

Welcome Today's Featured Author 
Rachael Brownell!!



Holding On
Book 1 in the Holding On series
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For five years Becca has been struggling to hide her feelings for her best friend, Brad. Now she finally has a chance to move on. She’s in a new city, she’s attending a new school, and she’s met the first guy besides Brad who’s held her attention. Not only is Ethan attractive, he’s an amazing tennis player, and he might just be Becca’s match on and off the courts.
Brad has loved Becca for as long as he can remember. Now that Becca’s family has moved two thousand miles away, Brad may finally be ready to lay his heart on the line and do whatever it takes to hold on to Becca.
Torn between her love for Brad and the promise of something new and exciting with Ethan, Becca has an almost impossible choice to make, the choice between letting go or holding on.

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Book 2 in the Holding On series
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Look in your heart Becca and tell me that you don’t love me and I will walk away but I need for you to say the words cuz I know that deep down you love me as much as I love you .“
Becca’s life has always been complicated when it’s come to choosing between the love of her life and her best friend. Her decision was simple in the end: she chose them both. That is, until Ethan is offered a job that will take them far away from Brad. Can Becca move on with Ethan or is she unable to give up Brad once and for all?
Once the decision is final, will Becca finally realize who was meant to be standing by her side or will she come completely Unglued?

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Weakness: Ethan’s Novella
Book 3 in the Holding On series
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I promise to love you until the day I die. I’ve loved you since the moment I laid eyes on you, and I’ve never stopped loving you. That’s what I can promise you, that’s all I can promise you.”
Ethan fell in love with Becca fast and he fell hard. When he walked away he was sure that he lost her. When Natalie died, he was given a second chance. When he found out Becca was pregnant, his life took on a whole new meaning. But life isn’t as perfect as it seems.
Even though Ethan has always been honest with Becca, there is one thing that he’s never told her. His secret comes to light as the final chapter of their story is told through Ethan’s eyes.

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Flawed Reality: Brad’s Novella
Book 4 in the Holding On series
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Flawed Reality: a situation that is imperfect, altering ones perception of what is actually happening 

My reality was flawed from the beginning. I saw things one way, the way I wanted to see them, but they were never as I envisioned. I was blinded by so much that fantasy and reality started to blur together.

Sometimes I feel like I've wasted an entire part of my life waiting on Becca. Other times I feel like it was all worth it. That, in the end, the way things worked out was the universe's way of allowing me to find the path which would lead me to where I would end up, to who I would end up with.

Who would have guessed my life would come full circle? I sure as hell wouldn't have. Even when I look back now, I still have no idea how I got so damn lucky. I was such as ass back in the day. I was selfish. I didn't care if I hurt other people as long as I got what I wanted. Then, when I didn't get what I wanted, I got angry. I suppressed my anger, got drunk and liked to fight.

Like I said, I was an ass. A Grade-A jerk. I deserved to be alone. I deserved to be miserable. I caused misery. Not because I wanted others to be miserable like I was but because it was all I knew. I was desperate for what I couldn't have, for who I couldn't be with.

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The Holding On Series Box Set
Includes the first three books in the Holding On series
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For five years Becca has been struggling to hide her feelings for her best friend, Brad. Now she finally has a chance to move on.  She’s in a new city, she’s attending a new school, and she’s met the first guy besides Brad who’s held her attention.  Not only is Ethan attractive, he’s an amazing tennis player, and he might just be Becca’s match on and off the courts.
Brad has loved Becca for as long as he can remember. Now that Becca’s family has moved two thousand miles away, Brad may finally be ready to lay his heart on the line and do whatever it takes to hold on to Becca.
Torn between her love for Brad and the promise of something new and exciting with Ethan, Becca has an almost impossible choice to make, the choice between letting go or holding on.
Follow Becca, Ethan and Brad as they struggle with friendship, love, loss and tragedy. Will they all find their happily ever after?
The box set includes books 1-3 of the Holding On series: Holding On, Unglued and Weakness: Ethan's Novella.

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This title will not be available on iBooks due to the 3D cover.

A Secret Life

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I think you and I were meant to meet. I think all of this was
supposed to happen. You are my destiny.”

She never thought her life would be this complicated. Or this dangerous. Running from her past, Kat and her mom end up in a small Colorado town when Kat run’s directly into her future. She changes everything about herself to try and blend into the background, to go unnoticed. She pushes everyone away and erects walls around herself and her heart. As hard as she tries, though, Kat can’t seem to escape the pull Cam has on her.

Cam has never been so intrigued by anyone. Not only is Kat the most gorgeous girl he’s ever seen but also the most mysterious. She’s hiding something and he’s hell-bent on finding out what it is. The only problem is she’s trying to shut him out which only furthers his determination to get close to her.

When Kat learns her past is catching up with her again she has to run, leaving Cam, and her broken heart, behind.

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Secrets & Lies
A companion novella to A Secret Life
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“He wants me. He wants all of me. What he doesn’t know is that 90% of what I tell him is the truth. The other 10% is all secrets and lies.”
MAGDELYN BECKER lost her entire family when she was seventeen. Ever since, she’s avoided relationships at all costs: personal, physical and emotional. She doesn’t trust anyone and won’t allow herself to get close enough to create a connection. It’s the way she is - take it or leave it. Her new job as an FBI agent has her letting her guard down, and letting the wrong person into her life, her mind and her heart.
TAYLOR DONOVAN is sexy, powerful and dangerous for Maggie’s heart. He doesn’t show emotion and can spot an agent a mile away. The thought of her being an FBI agent is the farthest thing from his mind when he lays eyes on Maggie Becker. She’s beautiful, sweet and brutally honest, and honesty is not something Taylor is used to in his business. It’s her beauty which blinds him though, and it might be what costs him everything, including his heart.
No one can be honest 100% of the time, not even Maggie. It’s her job to lie to Taylor. It’s her job to break him down and then bring him down. The only problem is she has to do it without Taylor realizing it’s happening. After all, Taylor Donovan is supposed to be dead. The FBI shouldn’t be looking for him.

(Secrets & Lies is a companion novella to A Secret Life. It is recommended to read A Secret Life first to fully understand Secrets & Lies.)

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Take A Gamble

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One summer. One chance meeting. One devastating phone call.
MacKenna Trist is not happy about spending a month with her family in Myrtle Beach. She would rather be at home, hanging out with her friends, before starting her senior year of high school. That is, until she meets the guy staying in the beach house next door.
Roe Gamble is speechless when he first lays eyes on Mac. Normally, pretty girls are his specialty but not this girl. From this girl, he wants more. More of everything. More than she can give him. Most importantly, more time to show her how he feels about her.
But time is working against them in more ways than one.
How much time do you really need to fall in love?
What would you gamble to hold onto it?

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Dark Bishop
A Serial Series by Rachael Brownell & Casey L Bond

Dark Bishop is a dark and twisted romance that is similar to a television mini-series. There will be five novellas that will complete the story of Jake and Sydney.

Releasing 4/29/2015
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Part 1: Pawn

A dangerous game has begun.
“Sydney, order up for table two!”
Who knew the road to Hollywood would be so glamorous. I’ve been working in this diner for months. My feet hurt. My arms ache. But slowly, I’m putting money away. I’ll get to California. I refuse to wind up like my mother.
Head down. Work hard. Save money. It’s all going according to plan, until Jake Bishop walks in to the diner…
In his game, everyone’s a pawn…
“Can I get you anything else, gentlemen?” she asked with a smile.
I had to touch her. I had to have her. Girls like Sydney are rare. And I will make her mine—whatever the cost. No one will get in my way.
and he’s never lost a game.

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Releasing 4/30/2015
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Part 2: Swindle

All pawns are in play.
My roommate is missing. No one knows what happened to her. I’m worried, but more than that, her parents just told me that I have to move out of the apartment we shared. I’m not on the lease, so I’m out of luck. Until Jake offers me a place of refuge.
He manipulates the board…
I have her right where I want her, beside me and beneath me.
and he’s never lost a game.

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Releasing 5/1/2015
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Part 3: Threat

Even the most skilled players can make a mistake.
Callie turned up somewhere in Florida. Jake took me there to look for her, but we never found her. At least she’s okay. Living with Jake is…tense. Sometimes it’s wonderful. But other times, it’s like he’s another person altogether.
He doesn’t make mistakes…
I don’t like threats. Max Deveraux has been sniffing around Sydney. It’s time to show him who controls the board.
and he’s never lost a game.

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Releasing 5/2/2015
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Part 4: Trap

A trap has been set.
I’m training a new guy at work. He’s young and sweet…and a flirt. Jake wouldn’t like that, so I keep quiet. Lately, he’s been on edge. To tell the truth, he’s scaring me.
He’ll watch as the rat take the bait, as it crushes the life out of the vermin. He’s positioned his pieces…
No one touches what’s mine. No one double crosses me. If they do, they die.
and he’s never lost a game.

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Releasing 5/3/2015
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Part 5: End Game

I’m in trouble.
The Jake I first met is gone. He’s been replaced with a monster. One day he’s Jekyll. The next he’s Hyde and I think it’s time to move on. Before it’s too late. I’ve made my plans. Now, I just have to run.
No one betrays me and lives.
and he’s never lost a game. 


Author Rachael Brownell:

Rachael Brownell is the author of both YA and NA Romance. Her titles are available on all platforms. If you would like to know more about Rachael or her work, she is active on most social media sites or you can always drop her an email. She loves to hear from readers.

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Interview With Rachael Brownell:
  1. Can you tell us a little about your books?

Here’s the short and sweet for ya…
The Holding On series is currently 2 full length novels and one novella. There’s going to be another addition, a novella, coming this summer (hopefully). The books follow Becca, Ethan and Brad and they figure out their relationships with each other, starting in high school and moving through college and into the real world. The first book in the series, Holding On, is free on all platforms in ebook form. (YA Romance)

The Secrets Duet is a full length novel – A Secret Life – and a companion novella – Secrets & Lies. A Secret Life follows the story of Kat, a teenage girl whose life is turned upside down as she enters the Witness Protection Program. In Secrets & Lies you get to see the other side of the story. Maggie works for the FBI and you feel her struggle as she goes undercover to bring down one of the men who Kat was running from. (NA Romantic Suspense)

Take A Gamble is a beachy romantic read. It a story of young-love and the struggle we all felt at that age. MacKenna and Roe meet, there’s an instant attraction, and then they’re torn apart. He’s determined to find her and she’s hell-bent on believing that if they are meant to be together that they will find each other again someday. (NA Romance)

Dark Bishop is a serial series that I co-wrote with Author Casey Bond, my bestie. This was probably the most fun book I’ve ever written. It’s dark and twisted and comes with a content warning. Jake Bishop is a prominent lawyer in the state of Louisiana and Sydney Coder is a waitress at a diner. He has to have her and she falls for the tall, dark, handsome man with dreams that her life can be better. Jake isn’t what he pretends to be and by the time Sydney realizes, she’s in too deep. (NA Romantic Suspense, 18+)

Next (a Kiss Series novel) is coming September 1st. I’m really excited about this one. To sum it up, it’s about finding the one and not giving up on them no matter what obstacles are in your way, in this case distance and time. For Reagan, she knew Luke was the one from the very first kiss and no man will ever compare. (NA Romance)

  1. Where do you get your ideas from?
I would like to think all my ideas are inspired but that’s not really the case. Sometimes one line in a song will lead me to write a certain scene or an idea will spark from the way the song makes me feel. Most of the time though, they just pop into my head. It’s always at the most inopportune times, too. Either in the shower or while I’m driving. I guess that’s when I do my best plotting.

  1. When did you know you wanted to write a book?
I’ve always written my thoughts and feelings down. I started a book in high school but never finished it. I found it shortly after my son started Kindergarten and it was so awful I felt that I owed it to the characters to rewrite it. I guess you could say it was the “first draft” of Holding On. I loved it so much that I haven’t stopped writing since then. It’s been almost three years now.
  1. Do you prefer to write standalones or series?
I never really thought about that before. I guess I like writing series. I have a series of 4, a duet and a serial series that’s five books. Aside from that, I have one stand alone, I’m working on one stand alone and I just finished the first in a different series. So, yeah…
  1. Do you work with an outline or just write?
I’ve tried it both ways. I outlined my current WIP and it’s been a WIP since last July. All my other books have been written as the ideas come to me. I’m contemplating scrapping the outline because I have a feeling it’ll never get finished if I don’t.
  1. Do you have a favorite spot to write?
I’ve tried to write in a bunch of different places but not many work out. I have trouble concentrating if there are potential distractions. I stick with my office most of the time and I’ve arranged it where my back is to the door so movement doesn’t break my concentration. I also wear earbuds and listen to music while I write. It works out really well until someone taps me on the shoulder and scares the crap out of me.
  1. What do you do when you are not writing?
I’m learning how to golf. It’s a challenge but I enjoy it most of the time.
  1. What’s the coolest thing you have made with legos?
Well, that’s a tough one. My son is a lego fanatic so we’ve built some amazing things together. I think the coolest for me was a motorized train. It had to be over 1000 pieces for just the engine but it was really cool when we were all done.
  1. What writing projects are you currently working on?
I just wrapped up my next book called Next. Literally, finished my edits about an hour ago. Now I’m going to jump back to the book I’ve been working on for over a year called Saving Bliss. My MC, Bliss, is being a bit of a B right now. She has a mind of her own and doesn’t want to follow the script so I might have to scrap my outline and let her take the reins if I ever want to finish her story this century.

Blog Tour for THE PLEDGE by Laura Ward & Christine Manzari

We're celebrating the release of THE PLEDGE 
by Laura Ward & Christine Manzari! 

Title: The Pledge
Author: Laura Ward & Christine Manzari
Age: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designed by: Okay Creations, Sarah Hansen
Release date: July 27, 2015

Taren needs a do-over. She’s decided the best way to put the high school bullies behind her is to pledge a Taylor-Swift-lip-syncing, beer-guzzling, sorority. Sisterhood helps Taren find the acceptance she’s always craved, but not the love she needs.

Alec wants freedom. To escape his father’s iron fist and unrealistic expectations, he pledges a campus acrobatics club where he finds that drugs and alcohol aren't the only ways to get high. His addiction to danger helps him gain his independence, but it comes at a heavy price.

When the two cross paths, Alec fears his undeniable attraction to the party girl just might threaten everything he's worked so hard to earn. Taren hasn’t forgotten that Alec humiliated her back in high school, but she also can't deny the chemistry they share.

Alec and Taren have nothing in common, but fate is bound and determined to bring them together. They know falling in love is a risk, and yet it’s too hard to ignore. When their worlds clash and they both end up suffering, will they fight to stay together? Or are some pledges too hard to keep?

Review by Gia:
I like The Pledge.  For me it was one of those books that I didn't really fully appreciate it until I finished reading it then I had this moment where I was like wow that was a good story.
I had a little trouble getting into this story at first.  When I first start reading a story I want to be immediately sucked into the characters and able to start guessing what's going to happen, that didn't happen for me with this one.   I didn't get hooked right away because I wasn't really sure where it was going.    It's told in the dual POV of Alec and Taren but in the beginning there paths don't cross right away so it left me a little confused.   Once we get to the part where they see each and we find out they have a pass, I was hooked.
Taren has started college completely different from the way she was in high school.   She joins a sorority and starts to spent time with a fraternity guy named  Doug.  I didn't like Doug from the beginning but in my head I made him a little worse than he was, don't get me wrong he wasn't nice to begin with.   
Taren is part of the Good Buddy program and her buddy is William.   Her and William have some pretty insightful conversation.   There is a twist on how William fits into the story, I was definitely surprised by it. 

A lot of things have changed for Alec since high school too.   Taren and Alec had some differences in high school but can they put them behind them n college.  Taren and Alec have a relationship that has a lot of ups and downs. 
The Pledge was a good read, you just have stick with it and all the pieces will come into place.  I can't wait to read the next book in the College Bound series.
4 Amazeballs Stars!!

About the Authors:

Laura Ward lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not changing diapers, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.
Contact Laura at:
Twitter — @laurarosnerward
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The first thing Christine does when she's getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She's addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.

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THE PLEDGE: 1 print 3 ebooks



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RELEASE: AUGUST 31st, 2015

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Dylan Turner wasn’t looking for love, all he needed was someone to warm his bed and be gone by morning. Baseball was what made his life worth living. The hunger to play, the need to live and breathe baseball—it was ingrained in his blood and veins, making his heart thump, beat for beat. It wasn’t until he met Paige that everything changed. She became part of the game, only it was a game he never wanted to end. Paige’s love for baseball was ingrained in her before she was even born. She never thought she would find love in the form of a baseball player though, but that all changes when she meets her new schools first baseman. Was Paige really ready for this roller coaster ride? When the count is full, will what they have survive?

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Cori Williams is a contemporary romance writer who resides in Michigan with her husband and three young children. Her love of reading from a very young age transferred over to a love of writing and now the stories are never ending. Her love of writing and romance combined make the perfect equivalent for creating the happily ever afters for her characters with sometimes bumpy journeys along the way. “Forever isn’t always easy.”

TWITTER: @CAWilliams00

COVER REVEAL for Onslow Boys Boxed Set by C.J. Duggan

Title: Onslow Boys Boxed Set
Series: Summer #1.5, 2.5, 3.5
Author: C.J. Duggan
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Cover Design: Keary Taylor at Indie Designs
 Release Date: September 1, 2015


For the first time in one collection


This SUMMER fall in love with an ONSLOW BOY



Stan Remington is the go-to man; what he doesn’t know about Onslow means one of two things: it doesn’t exist or it hasn’t happened yet.

The wild and annoying doctor’s daughter spends her summer family holidays at Remington’s Caravan Park, and normally she’s not Stan’s problem. But then she sabotages his planned weekend escape. Now Stan finds himself not only caretaking the caravan park on his own, but also responsible for Bel.

Just the two of them. Under the one roof. For one long, long weekend.

Melanie Sheehan didn’t set out to be a liar, but her last lie landed her in big trouble. Now Mel must suffer a harsh consequence – she’s not allowed out of her father’s sight.

Max, the new head barman at the Onslow Hotel, is the one boy Mel has been crushing on since forever. At a time when Mel plans to go on the straight and narrow, she is about to tell the biggest lie of all. Will Max be able to handle the fiery farm girl or should he be considered the last boy in Onslow to trust?

Ringo ‘Ringer’ James has a no-strings-attached policy.

Love them, leave them, and remain the eternal bachelor.

After a summer in which every one of his mates has succumbed to settling down, or so it seemed, Ringer is on the lookout for a quick exit. Having had enough of the stomach-turning love fest witnessed over the past three months, Ringer jumps at the opportunity to help out his mate, Max, by heading to Max’s dad’s property for a working holiday.

It’s just what he’s looking for. A remote, dusty homestead in Ballan, with only hard work, a cold beer and a comfy bed to worry about – no women.

Until Miranda Henry.

The privately educated daughter of his boss has returned home from overseas and things are about to get very complicated, very fast.

Warning: sexual references, and occasional coarse language.

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Author Bio

C.J Duggan is a number one internationally bestselling Australian author of seven independent titles of her popular New Adult Summer series. In addition to her chart-topping indie novels, C.J is set to publish two titles with Hachette, Australia with her brand-new Paradise Series in 2015 (Paradise City and Paradise Road).

C.J lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.

The 'Summer Series'
The Boys of Summer (December 2012)
Stan (October 2014)
An Endless Summer (July 2013)
Max (February 2015)
That One Summer (December 2013)
Ringer (March 2014)
Forever Summer (December 2015)

The 'Paradise Series'
Paradise City (April 28th, 2015)
Paradise Road (August 28th, 2015)

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RELEASE BLITZ for Cowboy Redemption by Kasey Millstead

Title: Cowboy Redemption
Series: Down Under Cowboy #6
Author: Kasey Millstead
 Release Date: July 31, 2015


'Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.' - Bruce Lee


If you learn from your mistakes, you’ll be a better person.

Life is all about making mistakes. I’ve made a lot of them in life, and learned from none of them. Until now. My biggest mistake of all, was letting him go.


I had it all. Money. Fame. Success.
Then I lost it.
I thought I finally had my life back on track when I found her.
But one slip up and I lost everything. Again.

Kennedy Crawley spends her days helping others conquer their demons at Hope and Chance Retreat, in Australia’s Northern Territory. After spending her life being someone even she didn’t like, she finally sought the courage to overhaul her life, dreams and aspirations. Now, she’s determined to stay on track and be a better person.

Kye Austin was living his dream life as a professional football player. Until the day his sins caught up with him. He was sent to Hope and Chance Retreat to get his life back on track. After winning his battle, he decides to stay in the area and try to win the affections of Kennedy. There’s just one problem: she’s not interested.

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Author Bio

Kasey Millstead lives a quiet life in country New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and their four young children. She enjoys baking, singing (ridiculously out of tune) & spending time with friends and family. Kasey has always harboured a deep love for reading and writing, and she is now lucky enough to be living her dream of being an Author.

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