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Interview and Giveaway: The Breeding Stations Blog Tour with Chris T. Kat

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We’re so pleased to have author Chris T. Kat with us today on her Breeding Stations blog tour. Enjoy our short chat and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card.

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TNA: Hi, Chris, I’m glad to have you back for your Breeding Station blog tour.

CTK: Thank you, Lisa, I’m very glad to be back on The Novel Approach. :)

TNA: What are a few of your favorite things about writing Sci-Fi?

CTK: Breeding Stations is the first sci-fi book I’ve written. I wanted to try my hand at writing in this genre for a long time, but always balked. There’s so much to consider when writing sci-fi—the characters (humans, aliens), setting, plot, etc. I feared I’d tie myself into knots trying to create a world and plot that would come across as believable. In the end, I absolutely loved writing Breeding Stations and its sequel, Final Battle. It’s also the first time I wrote both books in a series one after another. It made everything much easier, and the books flowed. There were often times in which I could barely keep up with the story. Normally, I write about 1500 to 2000 words on a writing day. During the writing of Breeding Stations, I wrote 4000 to 6000 words in each session. Says something about my excitement, right?

But to get back to your question: my favorite thing about writing sci-fi is the creation of new worlds and a different take on society and social rules. I love to play with gender roles, and certain expectations, and did so freely in Breeding Stations.

TNA: Do you remember the book you read, or movie/TV show you saw, that first sparked your love of Science Fiction? What book/movie/show was it, and what are some of the things you loved about it?

CTK: My father and my grandmother were both big fans of science fiction and horror movies. I grew up watching Star Trek, the original series. I remember that I regularly visited my grandmother on Saturdays. Whenever a new episode of Star Trek came on, no one was allowed to speak a single word, and I got to sit on my grandmother’s lap. Unfortunately, my grandmother died at a young age.

My father kept my interest in all things sci-fi, though. We still watched Star Trek and later on Star Wars—much to the dislike of my mother, who doesn’t like sci-fi or paranormal. Later on, I discovered the paranormal genre in books and devoured whatever I could get my hands on.

What I loved about Star Trek? Hmm, the first thing I remember is Mr. Spock, the way he behaved and spoke. Second thing is his interaction with Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy. I absolutely loved their relationships. When it comes to Stark Trek: Next Generation, I adored Mr. Data and loved all the technology introduced throughout the series.

TNA: What are some of the futuristic inventions (i.e. teleportation, food replicators, etc.) that you wish were a reality you could see in your lifetime?

CTK: Teleportation is something I’d love to see in reality. It would allow me to see my best friend who lives in the USA (I live in Germany) more often. Having thousands of miles between you and your best friend really sucks…

I’d also love to see the changes in medicine and medical treatments in my lifetime. How much suffering could be stopped with new technologies and better understanding of the human body? That would be awesome, in my opinion.

TNA: If a habitable planet were discovered in a distant galaxy, and the United Nations decided to band together to attempt to populate it with volunteers from all corners of the world, would you consider being a pioneer in that movement? Why or why not?

CTK: That’s a difficult question. While I’d definitely be interested in being a pioneer, I probably wouldn’t do it in my current position. The kids are still young and I wouldn’t want to pull them out of their normal environment. A few years ago, we actually thought about relocating to the US, but didn’t go through with it because of our children. There’s a lot to think about before making a life-altering decision.

TNA: Finally, if you had to pick a favorite USS Enterprise captain, given the choices of Kirk or Picard, who do you think was the better captain and why?

CTK: I never thought I’d say this but—Picard. For a long time I didn’t want to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation, because I didn’t believe they could hold a candle to the original Star Trek team. However, I realized later on that I didn’t watch the show or the movies for Captain Kirk, rather Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy. Even when I was a kid, William Shatner’s acting skills never really convinced me. Captain Picard felt more layered to me. He was more serious, more in command, but he always took good care of his crew. Well, at least that’s how I feel about these two captains—other opinions will most likely differ. :)


Breeding StationsBlurb: Spunky commander Berit Turner is known for two things: his huge libido and his lack of a filter—he says what he thinks. Berit sets his mind on being part of the mission to Ligador, to make sure the planet is habitable for humans. He’s ecstatic when his team is assigned to the task force. A delegation of Nadisc, a humanoid alien race, accompanies them, and passion ignites between Berit and their commanding officer, Tom. But Berit is determined that Tom is just another notch on his bedpost, as he doesn’t do relationships.

The excursion to Ligador goes wrong from the beginning, when they discover Ligador has been established as a breeding station by their worst enemy: the Tash’Ba. Dinosaur-like creatures become the team’s worst nightmare, and staying alive is going to take everything they’ve got… and then some.

You can find Breeding Stations in Paperback and E-Book at Dreamspinner Press and Amazon, or in all E-formats at All Romance eBooks.


Chris T. KatAbout the Author: Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.

Where to find the author: Facebook | Twitter

Other: GoodReads | Blog | Amazon Author Page



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Guest Post and Excerpt: Despite the Odds by Chris T. Kat

Despite the Odds

What is cerebral palsy?

Hello, I’m Chris T. Kat, visiting The Novel Approach again. :) I’m here to talk about my new release, Despite the Odds (Odds Are: Book One). Despite the Odds is the first book in the Odds Are series, and was published by Dreamspinner Press on June 3rd.

One of the main characters in Despite the Odds, Joshua Stone, has cerebral palsy. It’s a disability that’s caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture. The problems occur mostly during pregnancy, but sometimes also during childbirth or shortly after. The cause for cerebral palsy is often unknown, and the effects it has on people vary greatly.

Symptoms can include poor coordination, stiff or weak muscles, and trouble speaking. Problems can also arise in the areas of sensation, vision, hearing, and learning. In about a third of people with cerebral palsy, seizures occur. In no way does it mean someone suffering from cerebral palsy can’t lead a joyful life with as much independence as possible.

For me, it was important that Joshua show some symptoms of cerebral palsy and how he deals with them. Since he has trouble with coordination, he uses a walker and a tricycle to get around. His self-esteem is affected by his disability, and he doesn’t see himself ever having a loving relationship. That is, until Michael Campbell breezes in his life.


DespitetheOddsFSBlurb: Never judge a book by its cover.

Michael Campbell can’t hold a job for more than a few days. He’s lucky his foreman is giving him another chance with the solar panel project at a primary school in Atlantic City. When he spies a man walking strangely in front of the school, Michael laughs, assuming he’s drunk or high. Little does he realize that Joshua Stone, a teaching assistant, has cerebral palsy, and he’s having a bad muscle control day. Taking a tumble right in front of the handsome construction worker is just his luck.

When Michael learns the truth, he feels badly for his cruel behavior. He offers to give Joshua—and his tricycle, the Racing Rhonda—a lift. Joshua accepts the help, and suddenly there’s a gorgeous man breezing into his life, turning his world upside down. But Michael has more issues than his inability to hold down a job, and neither man is sure if they’ll be able to overcome their fears in order to be together.

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Excerpt from Chapter Four: No, no, no. Why did this have to happen now? Joshua didn’t have a speech problem per se, just sometimes when he was stressed the words slurred together. From the uncomprehending look on Michael’s face, his slur was bad. After biting back another groan, Joshua drew in a deep breath and tried again.

Michael blinked at him. Wow, the guy had the most beautiful hazel eyes he’d ever seen. In combination with the thick blond hair and the tanned skin, he was a stunning sight. Like a surfer maybe.

Joshua gasped when Michael cut the engine. “I’m sorry,” he said, “but I couldn’t understand you.”

Joshua’s right hand contracted, and for a moment panic blinded him. He wouldn’t have a seizure now, he refused to have one. Not that his body seemed to be inclined to listen to him today, but he couldn’t have this happen. He’d be a crying mess if he seized in front of this handsome stranger.

“Joshua? Are you okay? Should I call a doctor? You’re slurring, and even though I’m not a doctor, I don’t think that’s a good sign.”

Joshua shook his head frantically. No doctor and no hospital! His right hand stopped spasming, and he pulled at his backpack. Thank God he’d chosen one with Velcro clasps. He opened the backpack to grab his phone. He held it up for Michael to see. It took him a while, but he croaked, “Address is in my phone.”

He wasn’t sure whether Michael understood his words or put the pieces together, but Joshua sighed in relief when Michael said, “Oh, the address is in your phone, right?”


Chris T. KatAbout the Author: Chris T. Kat lives in the middle of Europe, where she shares a house with her husband of many years and their two children. She stumbled upon the M/M genre by luck and was swiftly drawn into it. She divides her time between work, her family—which includes chasing after escaping horses and lugging around huge instruments such as a harp—and writing. She enjoys a variety of genres, such as mystery/suspense, paranormal, and romance. If there’s any spare time, she happily reads for hours, listens to audiobooks or does cross stitch.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and greetings from the Big Apple! Many thanks to you for dropping by to see what we have in store for you in the week ahead. It promises to be a busy week of guests, giveaways and reviews, so here’s what’s on tap.


Monday – Author Ashley John kicks our week off for us on the Sink or Swim blog tour

We’ll also have author J. James with us on the Denial, Deceit, Discovery tour

TuesdayKeira Andrews drops in today to chat about her newest novel Kick at the Darkness

Jordan Castillo Price also joins us today with an audiobook giveaway of Camp Hell, book five in the PsyCop series

Wednesday – We’ll welcome author Brynn Stein on the For Mac blog tour

Author Michael Kudo will also join us to chat about his new book Sequestered Hearts

ThursdayChris T. Kat will be stopping by today on her Despite the Odds blog tour

We’ll also have Author Maris Black here to discuss her new book Kage

FridayRhys Ford drops by today to spread a little Murder and Mayhem around

Sue Brown also joins us on the Hidden Wolf blog tour

Saturday – And to close out the week, we’ll welcome author James Comins on the Fool School blog tour

We’ll also be helping author Joe Cosentino celebrate the release of his latest novel Drama Queen


And that does it for the week ahead. Until next time, happy reading!


A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Sneak Peek BannerHappy Holidays to all of you, and many thanks for stopping by to see what we have coming up in the week ahead.

I got a fantastic response to my call for reviewers earlier this week, better than I could have ever imagined, so I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce the newest members of the TNA review team:
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Guest Post and Giveaway: Tidal Change by Chris T. Kat

Sex Underwater

5767496A big thank you to The Novel Approach for having me! I’m Chris T. Kat and Dreamspinner Press will publish my new release, Tidal Change, on September 17th. Tidal Change is a shape-shifter story but it also has fantasy/fairy tale elements because the main character, Marty, is a merman.

Given that Marty is a merman, but a shifter as well, he’s capable of having sex in his human form, even underwater. Of course, that’s not what you wanted to hear, right? ;-)

No worries, there is underwater sex, and it happens while the guys are in their shifted forms. Now, how does the sex work? For a while, I contemplated basing my mermen’s physiology on fish, but after some research decided against it. For the story to work, I needed my merfolk to be mammals. Since I’m a whale and dolphin lover for, hmm, shall we say forever, the logical conclusion was to have a look at how these animals have sex. Continue reading

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone , and welcome back. Thanks so much for stopping by to see what we have in store for the week ahead.

We have the pleasure of not only bringing you more reviews, but we’ve also got cover reveals, blog tours, interviews, and giveaways coming up just for you.

Here’s what’s coming up!

MondayChris T. Kat kicks off the week on her Tidal Change Blog Tour and Backlist Title Giveaway

Lex Chase also drops by on the Americana Fairy Tale Release Day Blitz

Tuesday – Young adult author Lillian McKinnon will be by to do a cover reveal for her upcoming novel A Life In Frames

SJD Peterson brings the Splintered Blog Tour to The Novel Approach, with a Giveaway

Brita Addams also stops by with her monthly guest post today

Wednesday – Today we have the privilege of hosting an Exclusive Cover Reveal for Tere MichaelsWho Knows the Storm

Then Heidi Cullinan makes a stop at TNA on the Fever Pitch Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Finally, we have the honor of bringing you the Edmond Manning Butterfly King Blog Tour

ThursdayK.C. Burn is our guest today on the Countdown to Coastal Magic Blog Tour

FridayEthan Day drops back by today on the Countdown to GayRomLit Blog Tour

And EM Lynley also stops in today on the Spaghetti Western Blog Tour

SaturdayRachel Sparks is our guest today on the To Be Whole Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

Aleksandr Voinov is also with us today on the Counterpunch Blog Tour

Sunday – And closing out the week, we’ve got Margie Church with us on her The Camera Never Lies Blog Tour, with a Giveaway

And Dean Pace-Frech also stops in with a Guest Post and Giveaway

And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

4 Stars, Chris T. Kat, Dreamspinner Press, Reviewed by Jackie

Chris T. Kat’s “Sacrifices” Proves The Desperate Measures Aren’t Always The Smart Ones – Reviewed by Jackie

“Whenever a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.” ― Oscar Wilde

Title: Sacrifices (A Jeff Woods Mystery)

Author: Chris T. Kat

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 250 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: When he was outed on the local news, Jeff Woods gave up his dream job as a detective to become an on-air radio personality. The sacrifice was worth it to keep Alex and Sean in his life, but Alex lost his job, too. Jeff can tell Alex worries he’s pressuring Jeff too much, first with Sean and now the lack of money, but he has no idea what that will lead Alex to do. Desperate times bring out the stupidity in some people, and when Jeff discovers Alex is in over his head in a situation he can’t handle, he needs all his self-control to stay calm.
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A.J. Corza’s Got You Covered – This Week’s Topic – Different Types Of Art To Choose From

Book covers come in all shapes and sizes, all colors and textures. Book covers are a window into the author’s soul, a little glimpse of what is to come, and the artist who creates the cover is just the mouthpiece of the author.

Book covers can be paintings, drawings, photographs, collage, and most often these days, photo manipulated, or Photoshopped, for the laymen. It pretty much depends on what the author wants done, what their personal vision is. More often than not, the authors don’t tend to have a set vision for the cover because their mindset is more about the broad strokes of a full story. A cover artist certainly takes the entire story into consideration but tries to narrow that focus to one specific idea. Let me tell you, it’s really hard sometimes to do that. Trying to distill 300 plus pages of detail into one cover without overcrowding or muddying up the works takes talent and skill.

I feel for the authors out there, though. Thinking and eventually accomplishing your goal of writing a book, then actually moving on to publishing a book is a feat in itself, but then…gah, the cover? What sort of cover do you want? If you’re a lucky author going with a publishing company, generally you get assigned an artist. Tthey show you three or so mockups, you choose and bam, you can relax your brain. Freelance authors aren’t so lucky. Their choices are: ask a family member or friend (if they’re lucky enough), doing it themselves, or going out into the world and finding an artist.

If you choose to do the latter, that’s when the real fun begins. It’s a lot like finding a new dentist, painful in every way. First you go to Google, then you type in book cover artist, and then you get buried beneath the virtual onslaught of artists there are. As I said before all shapes and all sizes.

One such type is Collage:

It’s the same exact setup as your everyday craft store collage. Find pics that fit and slap them together. Well, you’d think that, wouldn’t you? But any person that does collage knows that you can’t do that at all. You have to have an eye for color, for shape, and mainly for form, otherwise you just get a huge ol’ mess that turns people off rather than encouraging them to buy. Both of these covers for Paul Alan Fahey were done by J.M.Snyder and are great examples of the collage feel. Both covers are clean, concise, and a unique melding of pictures. Especially Bomber’s Moon, which definitely has more of a cut out quality to it but manages to be interesting without looking like a 7th grader cut out a photo that they liked and stuck it on a cover. Even the lighting that hits each picture in a different way still manages to look cool and to convey a really different, distinctive feel. It somehow, to me anyways, makes it almost feel three dimensional, especially with the black sky.

3D Modeling is another route an author can go, and this cover done by Zathyn Priest is a perfect example of 3-dimensional artwork. Lots of color and motion fill the entire cover. You can practically feel the warmth that must be coming off the dragon’s skin. Did I mention I’m a huge fan of the dragon? 3D really gives the impression that both the man and beast are going to wander off the cover and nip you right in the tender regions, doesn’t it? I’m pretty much digging it myself. Especially since I can’t even begin to tell you how much time goes into creating 3D art. I took a class in it when I was getting my A.A., and it was not what I would call even in the realm of easy. Hell, I had a bitch of a time getting a ball to look right, let alone a dragon and a man. I honestly can’t recall if I’ve seen any other artists out there doing 3D work on book covers, but if this is the sort of art that gets you excited, we know of at least one artist now, don’t we?

Then of course there is photography. The saying that a picture can speak a thousand words is too true, even if it’s only the opening gambit on a 1000 page treatise about the mating cycle of a cricket. You can learn so much from one photograph if you just take the time to look. Especially if they are used such as they have been on this cover. Look at the subject closely: doesn’t his face speak to you of a life fully lived? He wears his time on this earth in the creases on his cheeks and the pinched line of his mouth. Don’t his eyes convey a certain curiosity mixed with inherent knowledge that brings about a clarity of view from living that life? (And yep I just used up all my 20 dollar words for the day) Doesn’t that make you curious also?

Painting is another way to go. Whether it’s a full line sketch, airbrushed into full blooming beauty such as The Wolf and His Diva written by Chris T. Kat artwork by Paul Richmond, or a combination of photography plus airbrushing, such as the cover done by Ravven for Born in Flames by Candace Knoebel. Painted covers can be stunning and beautiful and can make you just want to jump into that cover and travel to that world. They can make you yearn to meet the man looking so sweetly at the squirrel, or the fiery redhead half covered in dragon scales. The beauty of an artist that can paint/sketch/or combine either element with photography? They can pretty much make anything your little heart could desire.

The question is, though, as an author, how do you choose? And there’s no easy answer for that. You have to go with what your gut tells you, but always, always remember that what you love may not be what the masses will respond to. Your covers are the first introduction to your buying public, and it is absolutely imperative that you take them into consideration. If you have a cover that no one cares for, who’s going to buy the book? So be wary, gentle authors, and don’t skimp on quality. The only one that you will hurt in the end is yourself.

Have a great day and may the good books be with you!

All thoughts and comments are the reviewers only and not the viewpoints of others. If I’ve made you angry, stepped on any toes, or otherwise ruffled any feathers, I do apologize. This is just for fun, and written in the hopes that it will help fledgling book authors and artists to grow and learn.

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On The Hunt For Bears? Give “Hunter’s Hunt” A Try

“To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.” – Sir Isaac Newton (Third Law of Motion)

Blurb: Wanted: one bear. Must be burly and hairy, and strong enough to paddle. Hunter Bell is on the prowl, and he knows just where to find his prey: at the Bear Trap, a gay leather bar he’s more than a little familiar with. So many men, so little time. He’s just about to pounce on his choice of the evening when a newcomer enters the bar, turning everyone’s head. Adrian Michaels is everything Hunter despises in a man. He’s lean and boyish looking, and he has the deepest dimples Hunter’s ever seen.

And yet there is an immediate attraction, one that neither man can deny. They’re both too astonished to do anything about this apparent interest in one another, and they waste their opportunity. Now it’s up to Hunter to forget about his stereotypical preference and go for the guy that’s just entered his dreams. If only he can admit to himself that Adrian’s what he really wants…

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Sometimes, No Matter How Much We Fight It, Strings Attach

We don’t get to pick who we fall in love with, and it doesn’t happen like it should. – “No Strings Attached”

I have to say when I first met Detective Jeff Woods and Detective Parker Trenkens I wasn’t very fond of either one of them. They were both fairly jaded and had some unpleasant opinions. We meet the two men at a crime scene of a physically disabled man. It seems neither one of the men have a very high opinion of anyone that has physical disabilities. Even while Woods tries to keep Trenkens under control verbally, he is having his own inner dialogues that are pretty harsh.

Needing to blow off some steam, Woods heads to the local meat market for a night out. Once in the bar he has found a few good candidates for his tension release, but instead he ends up getting picked up by someone that is the total opposite of his “type”. Alex is very direct, pushy even. Wood calls him “an arrogant prick,” but he seems to like him. They end up at a pay-by-the-hour motel and when they are spent, lying on the bed Woods finds himself doing something he normally doesn’t do….cuddling! How does that happen? Woods is the king of “no strings attached”, he had made that clear to Alex. Feeling angry and confused, he hugs Alex tightly and kisses him hard, right before walking away.

Two weeks later, the two detectives are assigned a case by request of the mayor to investigate threats made against his granddaughter, who happens to be physically disabled. They find out that it is not only the mayor’s granddaughter, but more than a few children at her school have also been threatened and had some scary accidents. The thought of someone taking out kids because of their disabilities seems to affect Woods. He has been in a surly mood since his night with Alex, ofcourse that has nothing to do with it. Woods does end up seeing Alex again but once he overhears a conversation with someone named Sean, that ends with an I love you and a see you in 20 minutes, Woods is gone without letting Alex explain.

Throwing themselves into the investigation, Woods and Trenkens start interviewing staff, teachers and parents of children from the school. This throws them into the path of Alex. It turns out that Sean is Alex’s younger brother and Alex is his legal guardian. Woods and Alex end up in a contentious relationship that runs hot and cold while Woods is protecting Sean from threats made against him. Maybe by the same person threatening the mayor’s granddaughter. Alex is hesitant to listen to Woods’ orders and while Woods and Trenkens are out investigating more leads Alex decides to take Sean to the pier even though they are being threatened.

An awful accident lands Sean, Alex, and Woods in the hospital, and during the rescue Woods manages to out himself to the entire city due to a news helicopter. While visiting Alex and Sean, they are confronted by the murderer in a hair raising scene where all is almost lost. Alex and Woods decide to give it a go, to see if they can make things work between the two of them with Sean in the mix.

The book has a pretty abrupt ending, but I asked the author and it turns out this will be a series, most likely 3 books. Personally I can’t wait for the next one. The two Mc’s Woods and Trenkens are very flawed individuals. There are times where you won’t like either of them. Then, there are times you can’t help but be smitten with them, because they shock you with the sweetness. This is a great story. I didn’t figure it out til the very end, when the bad guy reveals himself, and I love that in a mystery.

The connection between Alex and Woods starts to bind them as soon as they meet, but they do have to work out a lot of misunderstandings. The one thing they don’t have to work out is the sex. These two men are H.O.T. Chris T Kat wrote some amazing sex scenes in this book; not only were they well, sexy, but they were sweet. It was amusing to see Woods fight himself the whole way on having any sort of relationship with Alex. Trenkens has his own relationship start in this novel, but we only get a glimpse into that. I hope we will see more and more of them in the following books.

I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who doesn’t need roses in their romance. There aren’t many tender moments in this book, but there are a few. I will definitely be reading any other books in the series and truthfully I am ready for them now!!!

Reviewed by: Jackie

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