Under the Covers: Reveal for Blood Scion by @NazareaAndrews with exclusive #excerpt

 

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Today we are having a cover reveal for THE BLOOD SCION by Nazarea Andrews. This book will be released in November and it is the beginning of a brand new series from Nazarea, The Scion Legacy. As an added bonus, The Scionless House, a novella in the series, will be FREE when it releases on October 30th! Check out the exclusive excerpt below for a sneak peek at each title.

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THE BLOOD SCION Blurb:

I was just a reporter, trying to stay ahead of my student loans. I knew the rules, and I followed them.
I thought I knew how the world worked—humans lived their petty little lives in the safety of the sun. We loved and fought and—when the sun sank—we scurried behind our walls and lived in fear. That is when the monsters came out to play.
And even in the safety of the sun, we knew who ruled us.
The Houses. And their Scions.
Everyone knows the great Houses and their Scions—they are feared and loved and hated and envied. They are the gods who walk the shadows and rule all of our lives. They are salvation and death.
And somehow, I am one of them.

 

Exclusive Excerpt:

“Farley?”
I blink, and stare at my intern. She’s a tiny little thing, and it occurs to me—not for the first time—that I have no business putting her in an office like this. We aren’t doing the smart thing—we don’t toe the House line.
We’re too little for them to care, but I’m well aware that it’s not exactly safe.
“What is it?”
“You have a lunch appointment, ma’am.”
I frown. “Since when?”
“Hendin set it up.”
I breathe a curse. Kevin Hendin might be the best damn editor I’ve ever met, but he’s still a fucking pain in the ass. I swallow that thought down and save the draft I’m working on, rising and shrugging into my suit coat. “Where?”
“Silver and Ivy.”
I go still. Who the hell are we meeting that can afford S&I? It’s one of the finest restaurants in the city, completely human, and expensive as fuck.
Winston took me there when I graduated from NYU. Of course, it was for a tiny glass of wine and a shared dessert—neither of us could afford more than that—but it was a sweet gesture that meant a lot, especially coming from my ridiculously practical brother.
“Ma’am?”
I blink out of my thoughts to focus on my intern, and snatch up my laptop and phone. Shove both with my wallet into my messenger bag and snag my glasses and notebook before I dart out.
It’s ridiculous to use a notebook, these days. Everyone has gone digital—what was a gathering wave before Brakken—became a way of life in the aftermath. The Houses controlled everything after, and pushed tech hard. Some people believed it was out of kindness.
It wasn’t.
But I’ve never been blinded by the pretty veneer of the Houses or their Scions.

Silver and Ivy is one of the last places in New York that can still maintain their human only clientele. Because they cater to the wealthy, and even in the aftermath of the plague and all the change that the Houses inflicted on us, the wealthy maintains a level of untouchability. They are protected by that comfort of security that money can buy.
Even the wealthiest in our country could be bought by one of the Houses, but I think it amuses them to let the one percent cling to the illusion that they are still different from the rest of us.
I step into S&I and belatedly realize that I don’t know who I’m meeting. I mutter a soft curse and the eyebrow of the host twitches in response.
No, I suppose he isn’t used to young reporters with a gutter mouth spilling into his lunch hour. I grin, and run a hand through my hair. I’m about to screw up his whole day.
I amble up to where he wait and he gives me a frosty stare.
“I’m meeting someone,” I say.
His gaze sweeps over me and his lips curls just a little, all annoyed disdain that pisses me off.
“And you are?”
“Farley Hart.”
His eyes go wide and he pales, so much so I take a step back. Something is very wrong about all of this, and Winston always told me to listen to my gut. I take another step, and a hand clamps down on my arm, rooting me to the spot.
It’s icy and burning and so damn unmovable. I know, even before I let my gaze crawl up.
Shiny boots, a pristine black suit that cost more than my degree, a startlingly white shirt with a skinny black tie. Wide shoulders, thin waist, and a hand that’s fucking huge, latched onto me.
A ring glints on his finger and I focus on that, on the strange sigil worked into the metal.
It’s not gold, and it sure as hell isn’t silver. It’s almost dull. Iron?
“Oh shit,” I mutter.
A vampire is holding me, keeping me from bolting. And if that weren’t bad enough—it’s a damn Blood Prince.

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THE SCIONLESS HOUSE Blurb:

Twelve Houses. Twelve vampire lines. We ruled from the shadows, and manipulated the world, and when humans came too close to destruction, we intervened.
Every House has a Scion. A fragile, easily broken human that stood shoulder to shoulder with the house Princes and Princesses.
Except for ours. The Ravens, House Cantelie.
We’ve been without a Scion for almost fifteen years.
But that will change…and her life will be mine to protect.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:NazareaAndrews

Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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Release Blitz for The Garden of Fate (The Eden Chronicles Finale) by @LLHunterBooks #review

Title: The Garden of Fate
Series: The Eden Chronicles book 3
Author: L.L. Hunter
Genre: YA paranormal fantasy
Release Date: 30th September 2015


Blurb
Jazmine had evaded capture for two thousand years, so she wasn’t about to let two teenagers ruin her plans.

With Jazmine on the run, Eden and Asher have a new threat to worry about; the fact that their relationship was doomed from the beginning.
Even with the law and all kinds of supernatural forces against them, will love conquer?

In the thrilling conclusion to The Eden Chronicles, from the author of the bestselling The Legend of the Archangel series,
Can Eden and Asher stop the Angel of Fate from changing their lives forever?

Mama’s Thoughts:

The Eden Chronicles have this special ability to make you forget that the Nephilim are myths and you can’t really live forever.  Hunter’s characters and story are so compelling you completely lose yourself within the pages, and The Garden of Fate is no exception.  You’ll be questioning whether fate is really in charge, or if in fact the future is what you make of it.  I found myself staying up entirely too late after to have my questions answered in this installment.  All the rough edges from the first book have been smoothed away and we’re left with a beautifully written fantasy to pass on through the ages.  4.5 stars

***Free advanced reader copy was provided in exchange for honest review.  I did not consider clerical errors but did review for content.  All opinions are my own and no compensation was provided.***
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L.L. Hunter is the author of over 20 published works, including The Legend of the Archangel Series and The Eden Chronicles. She has studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science, and dramatic arts, but has always known her true calling was to be an author. She has been writing since her teens – everything from fan fiction, to song lyrics, to plays and musicals. When not working on her next paranormal romance, she can be found at home in Australia, reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of her “fur babies.”
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Mama’s Special Guest: @PhillipWSimpson on The Origins of the Minotaur Myth #guestpost #giveaway @chapterxchapter @month9books

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Minotaur by Phillip W. Simpson

Publication Date:  September 29, 2015

Publisher:  Month9books

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“Where shall I start?” asked Minotaur.

Ovid made an expansive gesture with both hands. “Where else but the beginning of course.”

Minotaur nodded his huge head. “Yes,” he said. “Yes,” his eyes already glazing over with the weight of thousand year old memories. And then he began.

So begins the story of Asterion, later known as Minotaur, the supposed half bull creature of Greek legend. Recorded by the famous Roman poet, Ovid, Asterion tells of his boyhood in Crete under the cruel hand of his stepfather Minos, his adventures with his friend, Theseus, and his growing love for the beautiful Phaedra.And of course what really happened in the labyrinth.

This is the true story of the Minotaur.

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Guest Post with Author Phillip W. Simspon: Origins of the Minotaur Myth

Monsters have been around since the dawn of time, maybe in the very real sense but always haunting the darkest recesses of our overactive imaginations. The monsters were waiting for us as we swung down from the trees and started walking upright. They were there when we discovered fire and the use of tools and primitive weapons. Hey, they were probably the reason we discovered fire and invented weapons in the first place.

“Our fear of monsters in the night probably has its origins far back in the evolution of our primate ancestors, whose tribes were pruned by horrors whose shadows continue to elicit our monkey screams in dark theaters.” (Shepard, 1996, p. 29)

I’ve always been fascinated by monsters, an interest and love nurtured by countless books on myth and legend. Fueled by my passion, I completed an undergrad degree in ancient history and then a masters in archaeology. My focus was always ancient Greece and in particular, their monsters.

My latest YA historical novel, Minotaur, is a reimagining of the ancient myth. Did the Minotaur exist? If so, was he the monster that the myths insist he was? In ancient Crete, bulls were venerated, almost godly. They were revered and worshipped. But did helpless youths get thrown into a labyrinth to be eaten by a hybrid monster? Who knows.

In the ruins of Knossos (where the labyrinth is purported to be), there are mosaics and sculptures of bulls. Some human figures appear to have bull-like heads. But were they the Minotaur or simply a man wearing a mask? Left in the dark for long enough, anyone will go mad. Starve him and he will eat anything. Perhaps this is how the legend started. King Minos would’ve encouraged such rumors to scare his enemies.

It is all too possible that the Minotaur was nothing but a deformed human or a human wearing a bull’s mask. And that’s where I was going with the Minotaur myth – trying to humanise it. Monsters with these human criteria, traits etc. are much more interesting. The monsters of ancient Greece were just that – monsters –  existing solely for the hero/heroine to destroy. Who cared about their perspective, what they thought or felt? Ancient monsters were only slightly further up the food chain than the animals they mimicked, deserving of no more respect. I’ve taken the Minotaur of ancient Greece and given him a makeover based on my own modern perspective.

I hope he appreciates what I’ve done for him. Or maybe not. Perhaps he would rather be remembered as he was rather than what I want him to be. Who knows? Only time will tell. It’s only been a few thousand years.

I’m sure he can wait a few more.

 

Phillip W SimpsonABOUT PHILLIP W. SIMPSON: 

Phillip W. Simpson is the author of many novels, chapter books and other stories for children. His publishers include Macmillan, Penguin, Pearson, Cengage, Raintree and Oxford University Press.

He received both his undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and his Masters (Hons) degree in Archaeology from the University of Auckland.

Before embarking on his writing career, he joined the army as an officer cadet, owned a comic shop and worked in recruitment in both the UK and Australia.

His first young adult novel, Rapture (Rapture Trilogy #1), was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for best Youth novel in 2012.

He is represented by Vicki Marsdon at Wordlink literary agency.

When not writing, he works as a school teacher.

Phillip lives and writes in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife Rose, their son, Jack and their two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles. He loves fishing, reading, movies, football (soccer) and single malt Whiskeys.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Minotaur by Phillip W. Simpson (INT)    Enter to win the giveaway.

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Quickie promo for Write to Rescue Anthology @MelandLanaWrite

Write to Rescue Anthology
Published By- SideStreet Cookie Publishing
Publication Date- November 1st, 2014
 
Rescue animals need love too. That’s why these nine authors got together to write stories that will warm your heart and entertain. All proceeds will go to animal shelters to help take care of and save the lives of the animals that may become your next family member. There’s a little something for everyone.
 
The Authors-
Taisheena Rayne – Win, Place, or Show
Shauna Wilhelm – Fostering Hope
Allana Kephart and Melissa Simmons – The Disturbance
Karli Rush – Nine Lives
Carolyn Wolfe – Miracle Paws
Emily Walker – Cats
Miranda Stork and Trish Marie Dawson – A Tale of Two Kitties
Laura DeLuca – Nine Lives 
Michael Williams – The Pride
 
   
 

 

Under the Covers: Reveal for The Infected (PODs Book 2) by @michelle_kp

The Infected (PODs #2)
Release Date: October 12th 2015
Summary from Goodreads:
From the author of the award winning Unspeakable, and the best selling PODs, comes the highly anticipated sequel to PODs. A world where death stalks the unsuspecting, and this time even the PODs might not save them. 

A virus nearly wiped out humankind…

Months have passed since a human infection has been reported. Survivors of the deadly pandemic have finally started to build a life in a world left devastated by plague. 

 Ironically, for nineteen-year-old Eva, life made more sense when she battled the deadly Infected than it does in the serenity of her new home in Rosewood. Separated from fiancé and former POD-mate, David, after an impossible ultimatum, Eva finds her life a little lonely and a lot confusing. 

But as troubled as Eva’s life is, it’s about to take a turn for the worse as untold dangers watch and wait for the right moment to attack…

 The virus refuses to die quietly.

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About the Author

I can’t write without a hoodie. Yeah, I live it Texas. We all have our quirks.

I majored in accounting in college. I was required to declare a major, but I had no clue what I wanted to do, so I picked accounting because it was the first thing listed in the booklet the counselor gave me. Surprisingly, I graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Go figure.

Forget coffee. Hand over the Red Bull or Monster Khaos and no one gets hurt. Seriously, just set it down and step away. I will turn into a normal human after I guzzle my can of caffeine.

I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows on television.

I paint my nails weird colors just to see my husband roll his eyes and make my 9 year-old twin girls giggle. Oh, and mortify my 13 year-old son.

I’m a hopeful romantic and love swoon-worthy endings that keep the butterflies going for days, but I don’t believe a HEA always ends with the boy getting the girl. Sometimes a HEA is an ending we don’t see coming, but is still best for the characters.

I write across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups while eating way too many peanut butter M&Ms (but we’ll keep that second part just between us).

I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now live in a suburb of Houston, TX with my very supportive family, a 125lb rescue “puppy” and a 12lb attack cat, also a rescue animal.

And last, (but certainly not least), I love my family with everything in me. Everything I am, is theirs. There are no words in any language known to man to describe my love for them. They are my center.

I’d love to hear from you. So drop me an email! Let’s chat. You tell me what you like in books, what you’d like to see happen in the writing community, what type of books you like to see more of…less of—I want to hear it all! So tell me, please. Because the one thing I wish I could put on my list, but I still haven’t figured out how to do, is mind-reading. But don’t tell my kids. I still have them fooled. 🙂 

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Demons Cover Reveal Spectacular: More fun than you can shake a stick at! #giveaway #teaserama #poorEirik

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You guys I don’t know if you’re really ready for this….are you ready?  The day has finally come- Demons Cover is here!!!

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Talk about gorgeous! and now for the other surprise- the biggest event you’ve never been to- a Cover Reveal spectacular and $10 gift card giveaway!

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Ednah Walters has generously offered not one but two prizes- one of you will win a Runes ebook of your choice and another winner will win a $10 Amazon Giftcard! Super sweet! And to top it off- it’s easy as pie.  Comment with your Runie status- total newbie or certified stalker?  If you’d be so kind as to like her Facebook page and tell her “Mama and Hazel love you” we’d be most appreciative!! Let me know how to tell you if you’re a winner in the comment as well, then we’re all square!

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Mama Reads Sugar Scars by @TravisLNorwood #review #blogtour @ghbtours

Sugar Scars
By- Travis Norwood
Genre- Post Apocalyptic/Sci Fi
 
Living after the apocalypse really isn’t that hard for most of the survivors. The virus killed all but 1 in 10,000. The few remaining people are left in a world of virtually unlimited resources. Grocery stores overflowing with food and drink. Thousands of empty houses to pick from.
 
But one survivor, a nineteen-year-old girl, requires more than simple food, water and shelter. As a type 1 diabetic her body desperately needs insulin to stay alive. With civilization gone, no one manufactures it anymore. She hoards all the insulin she can find, but every day marches toward the end of her stash of vials. She has a choice. Accept her fate and death, or tackle the almost insurmountable task of extracting and refining the insulin herself.

Brilliant scientists struggled to make the first insulin. What hope does a high school dropout have?
  
Mama’s Thoughts:
Well this was a bit of something different.  And most welcome.  In the world of post-apocalyptic fiction too often the characters struggle with exactly the same thing- basic survival and staying in shape enough to run (or fight) when necessary.  What Sugar Scars sheds some light on is just how much harder all of this is when you have to deal with a chronic disease, especially one as debilitating as diabetes.  It’s very easy to take for granted our modern conveniences, and I found the contest between man and nature very gripping in this particular story.  Fast paced with a literal countdown to demise, this book will have you skipping on your last bit of sleep or that extra re-run of The Walking Dead.  4 stars!
About the Author-
Travis Norwood lives in Montgomery, Alabama with his wife and five children. Like Sugar, he would be perfectly happy living in a world emptied of almost all people. But not you, of course. He sincerely hopes you survive the apocalypse.
 
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Skinshifter Tour for Alycia Christine with Special #GuestPost @AlyciaCZS

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About the Book:

Skinshifters are a curse. The Asheken deadwalkers proved that fact when they used skinshifters to spy against the Sylvan races during the Second War of Ages. Now, after three centuries of peace, the deadwalkers have found a secret way back onto the Sylvan Continent and this time they seek not just to conquer their enemies, but to enslave them body and soul.

When the Feliconas Clan suffers the deadwalkers’ first raid, one werecat—a skinshifter who has concealed her abilities—survives the massacre. Even as Katja struggles with her grief and guilt over her murdered kin, she must unite with other Sylvan refugees to defeat the deadwalkers before they can butcher and defile the other races. But can this skinshifter trust her newfound allies or will their secrets prove even more treacherous than her own?

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We are thrilled to host Alycia Christine on the blog today, read all about how she tackles the empty page below!

Guest Post – Influences and Inspirations

I stare at the blank document page on my computer screen. It’s just sitting there taunting me like the bullies whose smirks I knew all too well in school and whose taunts I still remember after all these years.

“You stupid girl, you can’t even read! How can you hope to write?”

I’ve defeated this white demon—this empty page—thousands of times before, but each new encounter always feels just as daunting as it did the last time we met. In the back of my brain, I hear the whispers of “What if?” begin to yammer. What if my writing turns out horrible? What if others hate it? What if I fail?

The question of “What if?” is one of my greatest writing inspirations, but it is also one of my worst adversaries. And, right now, it has hold of me by the throat.

I grit my teeth in a snarl of defiance and start typing—using my words to obliterate the emptiness and the doubt that always comes with it. I can write. I will write. And fear of failure will not stop me.

Writing has been difficult for me for as long as I can remember. That is a fact that never changes—no matter how many times I pick up a pen or type on a keyboard. In some ways, my struggle has become easier. Through persistent training, I’ve learned the correct way to spell most words. I’ve even learned how to use proper grammar and punctuation. Most of the time. Yet these milestones bear with them a great weight: knowledge. Now that I understand how to write, I need to use what I know to enthrall and inspire others besides myself. That is a huge challenge.

Another “What if?” pops into my head. What if I’m not up to that challenge?

I stand up from my desk and walk over to the shelf where some of my favorite fiction books are kept. I pick up a copy of Gordon R. Dickson’s The Dragon and the George and hold it in my hands a moment. Smiling, I remember Dad reading it to me for the first time as a child. The Dragon and the George was that priceless first book that opened my mind to the joys of reading.

I pick up the hardback that sits on the shelf next to The Dragon and the George. It’s a copy of Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey. It isn’t the original book I owned as a teenager because that one was lost in a fire. Instead this is a replacement copy given to me by a friend, which makes it even more special. I turn to the bookmark forever holding my place on page 56 and read the scene that first inspired me to actually write fiction.

With reverence, I set the books on the desk beside me and turn back to my keyboard. I have a good five pages to write today and I’ll need the encouragement embodied in this pair of books now sitting beside me to help get me through my work.

As I type, a final “What if?” surfaces in my mind. What if I can inspire someone else just as these two authors continue to inspire me?

It’s only when I return to such thoughts of hope that I notice the white demon’s steady retreat from my marching fingertips. Perhaps I can write after all.

 

About the Author:

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Alycia Christine grew up near the dusty cotton fields of Lubbock, Texas. She fell in love with fantasy and science fiction stories when her father first read Gordon R. Dickson’s THE DRAGON AND THE GEORGE and Robert A. Heinlein’s HAVE SPACESUIT—WILL TRAVEL to her at age ten. Her love-affair with fiction deepened when Alycia took a creative writing course while attending Texas A&M University. After that class, she was hooked as a writer for life. Her subsequent B.S. degree in agricultural journalism not only helped to hone Alycia’s skills with a pen, but also with a camera. Today she uses her skills as a photographer to capture the beauty of the world around her and add additional perspective to her fiction and nonfiction writing. Find her at http://www.alyciachristine.com.

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Curse of the Sphinx Blitz for @RayeWagner #excerpt

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CotS-coverCurse of the Sphinx by Raye Wagner
(Sphinx #2)
Publication date: August 9th 2015
Genres: Mythology, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

How long can a monster stay hidden in plain sight?

Seventeen year-old Hope Nicholas has spent her entire life on the run. But no one is chasing her. In fact, no one even knows she exists. With her mom, she’s traveled from town to town and school to school, barely staying long enough to meet anyone, let alone make friends. And she’ll have to keep it that way. It’s safer.

When her mother is brutally ripped away from her, Hope’s life shatters. Is this the fulfillment of Apollo’s curse, murder from the shadow monsters of the Underworld, or have the demigods finally found her? Orphaned and alone, Hope flees again, but this time there’s no one to teach her who to trust—or how to love.

Set in a universe where mythology is alive and well in the modern world, Curse of the Sphinx irresistibly blends action, suspense and romance.

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“How was your weekend?” Athan asked.

He stood at her locker staring at her. It was the oddest sensation. A mixture of pride and anxiety coursed through her, and she wanted to giggle and run away. “Fine. I hung out with—”

“Hey Hope.” Haley bounced up. “How are you?” She smiled at Athan as if just noticing him. As if. She turned back to Hope. “Oh, I was going to ask you, have you had any more phone calls?”

And so much for secrets.

“Phone calls?” Athan frowned.

Hope rolled her eyes. “No.” She turned to Athan. “It was nothing. Just a wrong number, but they kept calling back. Kinda freaked me out.” She snapped her locker shut.

“You two hung out?” Athan asked, looking back and forth between the two of them.

“Well, yeah,” Haley said. “That’s what friends do, you know.”

“Yes, so I’ve heard.” He gave Hope a hard look.

“What?” She asked him. “We hung out on Friday.” Why was he acting all weird?

“I bet she didn’t have to coerce you to hang out,” he grumbled.

The three of them walked down the hall drawing several stares.

“Of course not,” Haley responded. “My motives aren’t questionable.”

Hope laughed and walked into mythology, but she still heard him . . .

“There is nothing questionable about my motives, either.”

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RayeAUTHOR BIO:
Raye Wagner grew up in the suburbs of Seattle, the second of eight children, and learned to escape chaos through the pages of fiction. As a youth, she read the likes of David Eddings, Leon Uris, and Jane Austen. Inspired by a fictional character, Raye pursued a career in nursing, and thought to help the world one patient at a time.
One summer afternoon, a plot dropped into her head, and she started writing.
Raye enjoys baking, Tae Kwon Do, puzzles, and the sound of waves lapping at the sand. She lives with her husband and three children in Middle Tennessee.

Origin of the Sphinx is her first publication, and the beginning of the Sphinx series.

You can connect with Raye Wagner via her website: www.rayewagner.com , or on Facebook.

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