Cover Reveal: The Talisman Chronicles by T.M. Franklin

T.M. Franklin, author of the best-selling MORE Trilogy and How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You has an exciting new release coming on January 17th – and it doesn’t have only ONE cover – it has SIX!

The Talisman Chronicles is a six-part serial, which will be released every Tuesday from January 17th-February 14th. It builds off the Amazon best-selling short story WINDOW and tells the story of a group of teenagers who find some unusual items in an old chest . . . items that give them incredible powers.

But they receive those gifts for a reason. And one day soon, they’ll need to use them to fight for us all.


 

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About T.M. Franklin

T.M. Franklin writes stories of adventure, romance, & a little magic. A former TV news producer, she decided making stuff up was more fun than reporting the facts. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards. She’s since written three additional novels and several best-selling short stories…and there’s always more on the way.

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Review + Giveaway: Unforgettable by Cindy Skaggs

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by Cindy Skaggs
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Publication Date: December 12, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Ignite, Romantic Suspense

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Synopsis: Vicki Calvetti made it out of the mob—or so she hoped. But when the old family hitman, the FBI, the Justice Department, and a smoking hot man from her past crash land on her doorstep, she learns she’s not quite done.An undercover cop chasing revenge, Blake Reilly gets the shock of his life when Vicki walks back into his life and into his club full of more drug dealers than a pharmaceutical convention.

Catching up doesn’t take long, and their undeniable chemistry is full-speed-ahead until someone ends up dead, putting both their lives at risk unless Vicki can remember the secrets she paid to forget.

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MY REVIEW:

This is a real page-turner. There were so many surprises that I didn’t see coming, which is a treat for me because I normally predict how stories will go. This is the third installment in the Untouchables Series, and while I want to read the previous novel and novella I was quite comfortable reading Unforgettable first.

One of the things I like most about Cindy Skaggs’ stories is the male voice. The male characters sound convincingly male. Another is that the female characters kick butt. I just adored watching Vicki hold her own in a bar fight. I think I actually got in a couple of hits vicariously!

Manny, Eddie, Dez and Mike were a fantastic supporting cast.

There are some books that I believe my husband would enjoy reading as much as I did. This is one. I would recommend it to couples who enjoy reading a book together. This has romance, mystery, suspense and a lot of action. I truly hope there will be another novel to continue this story line–getting the mob boss his just desserts. Five stars.

 

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Sofia Capri survived life as a mob wife, but living with drop-dead gorgeous FBI agent Logan Stone has its own challenges. Step one? Host his family for Christmas dinner.

Rescuing Sofia from her former mob life and saving her kidnapped son was enough to earn Logan a place in her life, but a mysterious phone call before dinner threatens the security he’d give anything to provide.

When Sofia’s son and Logan’s nieces disappear from the festivities, the illusion of a normal Christmas shatters, hurling Sofia back into her nightmares.

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Synopsis: Untouchables, #1

Action. Romance. Hot heroes. Don’t miss Ignite’s newest romance…

She’ll do whatever it takes to find her son – Lie. Cheat. Steal. Seduce…

As the former wife of an infamous crime boss, Sofia Capri is untouchable. She exists outside of the law…and outside of the criminal world. When her son is kidnapped, Sofia’s desperate to find him. She’ll do anything. Lie. Cheat. Steal. Anything but trust. But it’s a strikingly handsome FBI agent who’s her only chance to get her baby back…

Something about Sofia’s fiery beauty must be hitting all of his weak spots, because suddenly Mr. Law And Order Logan Stone finds himself bending the rules. When they’re implicated in the kidnapping, Logan and Sofia discover a horrifying reality – they have less than 72 hours to find the boy and clear their names.

Now the heat is turning up…and time is running out…for everyone.

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ABOUT CINDY SKAGGS

Cindy grew up on stories of mob bosses, horse thieves, cold-blooded killers, and the last honest man. Most of those stories were even true. She has ten siblings, some of whom are older than her mother, has nieces and nephews older than her, and once went to a horse auction with John Wayne. Well, with him in the sense that he was there, and she was also… there. She was the munchkin in line for his autograph with tangled hair and bruised knees that liked to dance on her daddy’s dusty cowboy boots and listen to his tall tales.

With her love of storytelling and heroes, it’s no wonder she turned to books and stories after her father died. She skipped most of the eighth grade to bury herself in books while hidden in her closet, because she was still looking for the perfect story and the last honest man. Her search took her around the world with the Air Force as well as around the world with her education. She’s visited more countries than she can remember, nearly every state in the U.S., and has more degrees than the Tin Man.

As a single mom, she’s still gambling, betting on herself for the first time in her life, turning her lifelong love of storytelling into the one thing she can’t live without: writing. She writes 10,000 words a week in cafes and coffee shops, and some of those 10,000 words are even worth reading. She has an MA in Creative Writing, is working towards her Master of Fine Arts, and has three jobs, two kids, a Pushcart Nomination, more pets than she can possibly handle, and more works in progress than the crew filling potholes after a long Colorado winter.

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Review + Giveaway: Christmas Novellas by Lindsey Gray

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The New York Novellas

by Lindsey Gray
Publication Date: December 1, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Holiday, Novella

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Synopsis: Two broken hearts embarked on a holiday season in a way they never had before. Divorced.Mitch had been badly burned by love, but was willing to take a chance . . . with the right woman.

Hannah had lived everyday with the grief love had brought her and followed her everywhere.

Can two hearts find love and heal each other during the most difficult season of the year?

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MY REVIEW:

These are very sweet characters and it was easy to get attached to them. I particularly liked two things: the way their talents seemed to come together to enhance their professional lives, and the way their goals meshed. The farm was extremely attractive to me and I’d like to see more of it. Four stars.

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Synopsis: Daniel Digby is cursed by his good looks. After years of sexual harassment, he’s convinced wearing a wedding ring is the answer to fending off unwanted attention.
CiCi Newport is cursed by her family’s money. When men look her way, all they see are dollar signs. After two years, her “no dating” rule is still in place.
After a chance meeting, they’re entwined for the holidays. What starts as attraction might just be the holiday cure they’re looking for.
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MY REVIEW:

I fell hard for these endearing characters. The way they come together is just kismet. I also liked CiCi’s strength, generosity, self-confidence and the fact that Daniel is okay with her independence and wealth. What I mean is, he’s neither money hungry nor freaked out by her bank account. This plot reverse (the billionaire being female) was refreshing. 4.5 stars

Is there anything better than New York during the holidays? Explore the city and the country in two holiday romance novellas from Lindsey Gray.

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Lindsey Gray typed her first complete novel at the age of twelve and dreamed of making her writing into a career. When her eighth grade class wrote a twenty year reunion story, casting her as a mystery novelist, she wasn’t sure she could make it a reality. After years of writing off and on, she decided to make a go of it. In December of 2010 she finally made her dream come true with her first published novel, Lies Inside. Five years and thousands of written words later, Lindsey is releasing her seventh published work, Nerdy Girl Nation.

When Lindsey takes a break from writing, she spends time with her husband of thirteen years and their two children, reading all kinds of romance novels, and hosting her own weekly radio show, Gray Matters, on TMV Cafe Internet Radio.

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Review: Downed by Jen Frederick

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Despite winning two national championships, JR “Ace” Anderson was sent packing from his old school after losing the trust of his coach. At Southern U, he has a second chance to prove that his college legacy isn’t endless debauchery and selfishness. But his reputation precedes him, and his teammates offer a chilly welcome in the locker room. The one person who is willing to accept him is the very woman he should stay away from—his new coach’s daughter.

She’s the girl everyone loves…

Bryant Johnson’s only goal in life is to make others happy, even at her own expense. One look at her father’s new star quarterback, and she knows that Ace is her next project. With a reputation for being a “jerk whisperer”, Bryant has spent her last three years at college reforming sorry behavior and turning bad boys into the best boyfriends ever. In Ace, though, she’s met with surly resistance and a sizzling attraction she doesn’t expect. Fixing this wounded warrior will be her biggest challenge yet. Not falling for him will be even harder.

Between her big heart and his damaged one, a battle is ensuing. In this game of love, every defense will crumble.

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MY REVIEW:

I truly love this book. There’s a surprise at the beginning that just made me cackle with glee. And I wasn’t expecting it because when we met Ace in the previous book, he was a dog. I mean, I heartily disliked the guy.

Bryant gives the impression of being thoroughly put together, but she’s hiding her insecurities behind a facade. And here, she basically tells Ace he’s hers, breaks all her own rules, and thinks she’s going crazy for being incapable of cutting him loose. It’s just so adorable. Meanwhile, the dog is on the leash and doesn’t appear to be sorry for it. He might as well have a ring through his nose for the tow rope. Does Bryant appreciate this? Not a whit.

This story delivers the unexpected. It’s not just zany, it’s thoughtful and sometimes poignant. This is Jen Frederick’s best yet. Five stars.

 

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Jen Frederick is the USA Today bestselling author of Unspoken, part of the Woodlands series, and Sacked, part of the Gridiron series. She is also the author of the Charlotte Chronicles and has had several books on the Kindle Top 100 list. She lives in the Midwest with a husband who keeps track of life’s details while she’s writing, a daughter who understands when Mom disappears into her office for hours at a time, and a rambunctious dog who does neither.

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Tour, Review + Giveaway: Hail Mary by Nicola Rendell

 

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Holy Hannah, did I love this book!

A couple of years ago, I discovered a liking for sports romances even though I’m not very sporty. And there are superb ones out there, but they tend to follow certain tropes. This story comes out of left field and provides something delightfully different.

(I know, baseball metaphor about a football story. Sue me.)

I’m not even going to fill you in because being surprised is such a treat. There’s basically nothing I want to tell you about it that isn’t in the summary. And the summary’s got enough to hook you already. The man is a fish out of water. He’s so cute. The girl’s complicated, but she holds all the cards. And the dog? I want a dog like this dog. I loved it all! Five stars.

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At a boxing gym in Chicago, Mary Monahan accidentally knocks out the most handsome man she’s ever met. After she wakes him up with a few slaps and some smelling salts, the very first thing he does is ask her out for ribs and beer. His name is Jimmy. He looks like a Gillette model. And he’s just too hunky to resist.

Jimmy “The Falcon” Falconi is mystified that Mary has absolutely no idea who he is. Mystified and refreshed. He is, after all, not your everyday NFL quarterback. He shops at Costco, has a soft spot for Pinterest, and is in the midst of an epic losing streak.

Jimmy falls for Mary fast and hard, the way he does everything—balls out and like it’s fourth and long. And he realizes he’s finally met his match. That stamina he’s so proud of? Doesn’t stand a chance against her Kegels.

But what they don’t know is she’s also his new physical therapist, recently hired by the Bears to work on his rotator cuff…and groin injury. If she can’t help him, he’ll be traded faster than they can say “offensive penetration.”

In spite of the thousands of internet memes featuring Jimmy’s face with captions like: “HEY GIRL, WANT TO TOUCH MY BALLS?” Mary finds herself falling for him and his unrelenting desire to make her his.

Until a toddler shows up at Jimmy’s door.

And throws their lives into total chaos.

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To the reader: Contents includes love, sweetness, naughtiness, honey, champagne, and an HEA. Safe.


 

With her hand in mine, I hail a cab on Fullerton. She isn’t saying much, and I like that. I like talking to her, getting dirty, watching her lose her words. Because I’ll tell you what, I’m planning on her losing a shitload more than that before I’m done with her. Losing everything to me. That’s the fucking plan.
The cabbie pulls off to the other side of the road a little way up from us and puts on his hazards to tell us he’s waiting. As we head for the crosswalk, I kick aside a drift from one of the plows, but it’s unsteady footing, icy and slick. As she begins to slip, her grip on my hand tightens.
“That’s enough of that,” I tell her, and scoop her up into my arms, newlywed-style.
She squeals and hangs on tight. She fits fucking perfectly in my arms, and I love the way she feels tight against me. Her fingers slip past my collar, and her fingernails dig gently into the back of my neck. “I can walk,” she says, mostly to my mouth. Then she raises her eyes. “It was just slippery.”
I don’t answer right away. I don’t want to come on too strong. I don’t want to scare her, but I don’t want there to be any fucking mistake at all about what I want or how I plan to get it. “I know you can. I’m sure you can do pretty much everything.”
Her eyes glisten, and I hoist her up a little higher in my arms. The walk signal starts flashing its hand as we get to the other curb. “I’m no shrinking violet.”
“Good. Because I’m going to need you to come strong for me tonight.”
Her body reacts before her face does, her back arching under my hand, that bend so delicate under my palm.
“Multiple times. Loudly.”
She presses her face to my chest and moans out what sounds like, “Who are you?”
“And you’re going to tell me what you like and how you like it. We’re not going to fuck around. Communication, pussycat. That’s the key.”
There go her words again. I’m getting to know that glaze in her eye, disoriented with desire. “And what about you?”
Now we’re even with the cab, but I’ve still got some things she needs to know. “I don’t come until you do. At least twice.”
She’s got no answer for that, so I bring her chin up toward me, stretching her pretty neck out with my thumb on her jaw. “You hear me?”
She nods. She breathes. She blinks.
“That’s how it’s going to go.”
“I think I can handle that.”
I laugh, sending a plume of steam out of my nose. This girl has no idea how badly I want her. How badly I need her. How fucking hard I am already to get inside her. “Yeah? You think so? You think you can handle me?”
Her eyes widen a little. “I think so,” she whispers.
Then I let her slip from my arms, such a fucking shame, but I’m not about to let her open her own door. As she gets into the cab—on the street side, the safe side—I say into her ear, “We’ll just see about that.”

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Nicola Rendell writes dirty, funny, erotic romance. She likes a stiff drink and a well-frosted cake. She is at an unnamed Ivy and prefers to remain mostly anonymous for professional reasons. She has a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from schools that shall not be named here. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. She realizes that her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady and she’s totally okay with that. She lives with her husband and her dogs. She is from Taos, New Mexico.

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Coloring Book for a Cause

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We are so excited to show you the cover of Shaded With Love: A Coloring Book for a Cause!

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This coloring book, featuring 75 designs inspired by your favorite authors & bloggers, will release on DECEMBER 14th, just in time for the holidays and all proceeds will benefit FREE2LUV, an anti-bullying non-profit. So get your one-click finger ready!

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Interview with Lissa Bryan: Dominion

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Release Date: December 3rd 2016

Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop

Genre: Fiction, Dystopian

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A generation has passed since the pandemic known only as the Infection ended the world as we know it. In a little town in the Appalachian Mountains, Taylor has known only a harsh and brutal struggle for survival in a land littered with the rusted-out remnants of a lost world. By day, she labors in a coal mine. In the evenings, she tends a secret collection of beehives, and uses the honey to pay for lessons in survival skills, such as hunting, fishing and collecting herbs. Her home is a single room in a crumbling old motel, and her only companion is a pet box tortoise named Go she’s had since she was a child.

When her town is destroyed by a vicious gang of raiders known as the Nine, Taylor escapes with Dylan, the son of the mayor. Their only plan is to head south and escape the Nine’s vast territory, avoiding areas contaminated by meltdowns and industrial pollution where mysterious illnesses plague the residents.

Dylan has never known hunger or hardship and struggles to learn survival skills. He’s never known a woman like Taylor either. He tries to pay her back by teaching her to read and telling her the stories passed down from the world of Before.

They certainly didn’t plan on falling in love. Taylor fights it every step of the way, because in her world, any emotional attachment is dangerous. She’s been taught since childhood that love slows you down, makes you weak. But the feelings growing between them cannot be denied.

Taylor finds herself slowly breaking every one of her hard-learned rules of survival. She discovers that perhaps some of those things she’s always fought to avoid are the very things that make life worth living.

. . . And death shall have no dominion . . .”

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Hey, Sis. It’s been one busy year. I can hardly believe Dominion is coming out.

Me, either. It’s been a tumultuous year, but it’s finally here.

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I love the cover. Tell us about the art and artist.

I can take no credit for this cover. It was all the creation of the amazing T.M. Franklin.

Covers are always one of the most difficult parts of the process for me, because I’m not really a visual kind of girl, and finding appropriate images to use as a basis is… well, it’s a struggle.

I finally found some things I thought might work, and T.M. valiantly tried to make the ideas work, but they just never panned out. Neither of us were really satisfied with them. Then, one day, T.M. said, “How about we try something like this,” and presented her vision of the cover to me. I was just totally blown away. Not only was it terrific art, but it captured the mood perfectly.

 

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It’s great that the model representing Taylor on the cover isn’t wearing ridiculous clothing. Did you have to commission the cover in order not to have the heroine wearing barely-there disco bondage gear and stilettos?

Oh, lord… If you look through the available “post-apocalyptic” images out there, you’d get the impression that girls are going to be running around after the end of the world dressed like they’re headed to the club. T.M. had to do a bit of “paint work” on the model she used for this image because she was originally wearing a tank top. We also had to crop her hair. A woman wouldn’t have much time to tend long, flowing tresses in the Wasteland.

A bit of advice for anyone who’s survived the end of the world – wear sturdy pants and a sensible shirt. Scratches get infected, after all, and how do you expect to outrun the roving hordes of bandits in heels?

 

As a fan of Dylan Thomas, I’m intrigued by your title. How did you choose it?

 

Dylan is named after Dylan Thomas, and his sister, Emily is named for Emily Dickinson. Dylan recites Death Shall Have No Dominion to Taylor, and if you look closely through the book, you’ll see allusions to some of the lines stirred in here and there.

The book is about Taylor deciding her fears will have no dominion over her, just as much as she won’t let the Nine have dominion.

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How did you end up writing a post-apocalyptic series?

I’ve always loved post-apocalyptic stories because they get down to the essence of what humanity is about. Stripped of our luxuries, our daily worries, and even the laws of our society, what kind of people will we be?  Is it really like Yeats said, that the center does not hold? What about the people who refuse to give up on that “center?”

 

 

You’ve said before that you see the world in your story before your characters show up. How did this post-apocalyptic world generate?

Justin and Carly had been clamoring in my mind for a long time. I think I mentioned to you in our first conversation that I was thinking about writing a post-apocalyptic fic. That was this story. But Carly and Justin weren’t people I could change into fic characters comfortably. Justin, in particular, had a very strong voice in my head, and Carly —well, you know how stubborn she can be.

Taylor’s story developed out of this, as I thought about what Justin said in the first End of All Things book about feudalism becoming the order of the day. I thought about how society would struggle to rebuild itself without a centralized government. Towns would be their own city-states. Criminals would start banding together, too. Justin and Carly encountered one of these kinds of groups in the second book, but the Nine is the evolution of that. What happens when the criminals start truly organizing their own society? What would be their guiding principle? Strength, of course – but how would they keep any kind of order? Even bandits have to have a system of order for their group to function.

I was also thinking of the panem et circenses philosophy of Juvenal. The lower ranks have to have entertainment, and more importantly, hope that they can climb the ladder themselves. Hence, the Gatherings where there’s gladiatorial-style battles for membership and rank. Taylor and Dylan see one of these from a distance.

The people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions, and all else, now concerns itself no more, and longs eagerly for just two things – bread and circuses!

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But like Rome, the Nine have a critical weakness when they get spread out too much…

 

Who’s your favorite well-known dystopian fiction writer? Mine is Ursula K. LeGuin, although Margaret Atwood runs a close second.

There are so many, it’s hard to make a choice. I’ve read three copies of The Stand to tatters, and will soon have to replace the copy I have. The pages are literally falling out. (I need to start buying library editions of my favorites for durability.) Oryx and Crake, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Orwell’s 1984, A Canticle for Lebowitz, Octavia Butler’s Parable series, Brave New World by Huxley, Dies the Fire, I Am Legend, On the Beach… Oh! A new favorite – World War Z. There are just so many!

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Tell us an insider secret about the story.

Go the tortoise is really an Animagus. Okay, just kidding. But wouldn’t that be cool? To give them their own shape-shifting wizard who could conjure up food and repair shoes with a wave of his wand?

Okay, maybe some people figured this one out—Taylor is named after Taylor Swift.  I gave her an ability I’ve always wanted to have – to be able to sing.

 

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You’re an eclectic writer. Is there a new story percolating in that busy brain of yours, and if so, what’s the genre?

Right now, the one I’m writing in my head is about a woman with supernatural healing powers. She works as a midwife, and is famous because none of her laboring women have ever died. Queen Mary calls for her during her first “pregnancy.”

 

Ooh, another Historical-Paranormal! Always love chatting with you. Is it time for us to take over the world yet, Brain?

I think now would be a good time, honestly. I solemnly swear, I will be a benevolent Ruler of the Entire World. Well, maybe. I’m still considering tarring and feathering for those who dog-ear books.

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~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~

lissa-alternate-picLissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete’s foot . . . though only in her head. Real life isn’t so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

She is the author of five other novels, Ghostwriter, The End of All Things, its sequels, The Land of the Shadows and Shadows Have Gone, and Under These Restless Skies.

~~CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR~~

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Praise for The End of All Things Series

Hope, love, and the strength of the human spirit are the backbone of this surprisingly uplifting offering from Lissa Bryan. ~ CBL Book Reviews

The End of All Things is more about hope and second chances, and I very much enjoyed the tale …. highly recommended for all fans of apocalyptic fiction. It’s a well-written book with excellent pace, plot, and best, it has real soul. ~ Jade Kerrion, Goodreads

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