Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Wow! 7 Books for Under a Buck!

Grab this amazing deal while you can. Breathtaking: Seven Bestselling Novels of Love and Suspense, which is exactly what it sounds like, is only 99¢ for a limited time. Where else can you get 7 books for so cheap?

I've read 2 of them: Unbelievable by Sherry Gammon and Blog This by Cami Checketts, but if those are representative of the quality of the rest of the books, then it's a very good thing. You can read my review of Unbelievable here. The set is worth purchasing if for nothing else than these 2 books.

Here are the deets, links, and a few excerpts as well.

Breathtaking: Seven Bestselling Novels of Love and Suspense
Boxed set is on sale for only $.99 
March 24th through March 29th 

Unbelievable by Sherry Gammon
Deliah Dreser's in town to take care of family business. They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but there's more to Lilah than meets the eye. Cole's in danger of losing his heart when this firestorm throws sparks his way. Is she simply playing him for the fool in order to exact revenge for her brother's murders?
Bestselling author Sherry Gammon's reviewers exclaim; "She has a gift for touching her readers with beautiful, gripping stories that you can’t put down."

Home Before Dark by Christy Barritt
Nothing good ever happens after dark. Those were the words country singer Daleigh McDermott’s father always repeated.
Now her father is dead, and Daleigh finds a hidden journal hinting that his death was no accident. Small town mechanic Ryan Shields is the only one who seems to believe Daleigh. As the two work to unravel the mystery, it becomes obvious that someone wants them dead. They must rely on each other—and on God—if they hope to make it home before the darkness swallows them whole.
Award-Winning Suspense Novelist and Bestselling Amazon Author, touted as "scary, funny, passionate, and quirky" by USA Today.

Baggage Claim by Amanda Tru
Rachel Saunders is looking forward to her all-expense paid weekend trip to New York. But, when her luggage is lost and she is accosted by an infuriating Homeland Security agent, events take a dangerous turn.
Amanda Tru, Bestselling Amazon Author of Romance and Suspense. Discover the author who, as an Amazon reviewer raves, “continues to impress me and dominate my time with a book I can’t put down even after it’s ended.”

Cassie's Cowboy Crave by Kimberly Krey
In a moment of weakness, Shane steals a kiss.
In return, Cassie steals his heart…
When Cassie is forced to join the witness protection program, she fears her life is over… but then she meets Shane Emerson — the hunky cowboy posing as her husband. Will this sham marriage turn into the real thing, or will a hidden danger put it all at risk?
Kimberly Krey writes romance that’s clean without losing the steam. What’s Beyond Forks calls this Best-selling Western Romance author “the master of romantic tension.”

A Perfect Fit by Heather Tullis
Cami DiCarlo is not happy when her father forces her into heading up guest services at his newest five-star hotel and unveils the existence of four half-sisters at the same time, insisting they live together while they launch the new resort.
When she meets Vince, the sweet, sexy landscaper her father would never have approved of, Cami can’t say no. If only she could be sure she is on the right track—and that they will be able to stop the person who is trying to destroy everything.

You Belong with Me by Shannon Guymon 
Layla Kendall is a burned out social worker one step away from a major depression. When she and her sisters inherit their grandmother's bakery, she doesn't know if she can trust her good fortune or not. But the chance to be with her sisters and get away from the heartache and pain she's faced day in and day out is a chance she's going to take. With Layla's new life, come new friendships, including Michael Bender, a single dad. She doesn't trust men but Michael's little girl grabs her by the heart and won't let go.
Shannon Guymon is an Amazon Bestselling Author of lighthearted and clean romance who according to her many fans, has the ability to paint pictures of her characters so real that readers would know them if they saw them walking down the street.

Blog This by Cami Checketts
Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot exposes the dangers of Matthew Chrysler's violent video games, bankrupting and humiliating him. Chrysler sends a hit man after her. In a race against time, can Natasha expose Chrysler before his assassin murders her family and shatters her world?
Bestselling author Cami Checketts has been touted as, "A genius! She writes about topics that aren't widely discussed, and she does such a brilliant job of crafting these things into wonderful stories that touch your heart and remain with you for days afterwards."

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Resisting Atlantis by Jamie Canosa

What if everything you think you know . . . is wrong?

Cora is your average college freshman. Battling the evils of boring classes and noisy dorms, her greatest concern is how to attract the attention of the drool-worthy, party-god next door.

That is, until Kaden comes barging into her life, insisting everything she knows is false. The family and friends she grew up with don’t exist. Her entire past a carefully-crafted fabrication, created to replace the truth.

Her name isn’t Cora, it’s Cameron. And she isn’t from New York. She hails from Atlantis. Yeah, that Atlantis. Oh yeah, and she’s psychic. 

Crazy, right?

Except, tall, dark, and out-of-his-ever-loving-mind doesn’t come alone. Trouble follows, thrusting Cameron back into a world she can’t remember and a life she must reclaim if they’re going to make it out alive.

But there’s someone out there who doesn’t want her to remember.

My Thoughts

Resisting Atlantis is a fantastically fun ride, from the cool, snarky heroine (my favorite kind) to the drool-worthy hero. Jamie Canosa once again gives us unforgettable, amazing, courageous, fun, amusing, sexy characters and a story you'll be thinking about long past the last page, with a writing style that I adore.

Cora is just happily trucking through life as a college student who keeps to herself, and gets her homework done on time. One day, a stranger shows up in her room, telling her that not only is her name Cameron, but that her life is a lie. She’s really from Atlantis (yup, the one you’re thinking of) and while she might think he’s crazy, it isn’t long until she finds out she’s right. Now she’s thrust into the middle of a war she doesn’t remember, with people who are now strangers though they claim to know her, and into the role of a leader in spite of the fact that she can’t imagine it of herself. I love the uniqueness of this storyline. I mean, Atlantis! Cool idea.

I’m a huge fan of Jamie’s work, her Dissidence series being one of my all-time favorites. My favorite vampire story happens to not star a certain sparkly vampire, but is Our Own Worst Enemies, also by Jamie. So when you have an author who you love so much, it almost becomes worrisome that you might not love their further works as much. With Jamie, I has as of yet to not completely adore everything she’s written. I’ll be honest, Resisting Atlantis is neck-and-neck with Dissidence now for favorite heroine and hero.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well told story, no matter your age. I can't wait for the sequel! 

You can get your copy of Resisting Atlantis right now at Amazon

If you want to read the amazing Dissidence, you can also get that at Amazon.

You can also win a copy by entering on the Rafflecopter below.

About the Author:

Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA/NA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Upstate NY with her husband, and their three crazy kids . . . plus the cat, the bird, and the rabbit.

Find Jamie at her blog, on Facebook, and on Goodreads.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mental Health Giveaway

No, I'm not giving away mental health :o). I am part of the Mental Health Giveaway Blog Hop sponsored by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Reading in Twilight. It's a great hop, designed to help bring awareness to mental health issues, as well as give me a chance to give a prize to once again thank you, my lovely readers, for your time.

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I think anyone who hasn't suffered from some kind of mental illness, or who hasn't been close to someone who has, has a hard time understanding. They might think, "Just get over it already." That's a mistake that keeps people from getting the care they need.

Someone I love very much suffered from an eating disorder. I suppose she always will, really, even though she's currently healthy and her relationship with food has come to a nearly normal place. I couldn't understand it - she'd certainly never been overweight, and though there were stresses in her life, to me they didn't seem to be anything extreme. But that was my point of view, not hers. To her, the stresses were enough to need an outlet, and because her family was going through some major upheavals, she didn't feel there was anyone she could turn to. So something that had once been a sort of dare with her friends some time earlier became a reality. Days of not eating, gorging and then purging, or even just eating normally when others were present, then going into the bathroom and purging, dressing in layers and exercising relentlessly. 

All of this in secret. No one knew. She didn't ever get to that skeletal, dangerous point (thankfully!) before something happened that caused her to tell someone. I will forever be grateful that she did tell, and received the therapy and help needed to move past this horrible thing, but it doesn't take away the constant worry that she could relapse at any time. Her first year of college was scary because we've all heard of the "freshman 15" (the extra weight some freshman put on) and the fact that she had access to a gym anytime she wanted with no one to police her time spent there. She made it through that first big test.

At the time, I remember how much I yearned to help her, how much I would have given to have the power to take away her negative body image and replace it with the truth - that she was beautiful. I cried a lot for her, my heart broke every day when I thought of the pain she was suffering. I wanted to save her, and felt like an utter failure for not having the words that could do that. Unfortunately, all the love in the world couldn't fix her. She had to do that herself.

She's now a happy, healthy, well-adjusted young woman who will, nonetheless, have to deal with this for the rest of her life. She'll have to fight the urge, she'll have to deal with possible residual health issues that arise. And all any of us can do for her it to love her, support her, encourage her, and do an awful lot of praying for her.

Approximately 24 million Americans suffer with an eating disorder. It has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. It's scary how prevalent it is.

I read a book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by 

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spotlight on A Death in the Family by Marlene Bateman

Thanks to Marlene Bateman for stopping by today on her tour! Read about her book, including an excerpt, and an interview with her. Scroll to the bottom to enter to win your own copy of A Death in the Family.

        Meet Erica Coleman—a gifted and quirky private investigator with an OCD-like passion for neatness and symmetry, a penchant for cooking, (ten terrific recipes are included), and a weakness for chocolate.
        In A Death in the Family, the second in the Erica Coleman series, private eye Erica Coleman and her family happily anticipate Grandma Blanche’s eighty-first birthday celebration in the picturesque town of Florence, Oregon. But when the feisty matriarch, a savvy businesswoman, suspects wrongdoing and asks Erica to investigate her company, things get sticky.
Before the investigation can even begin, Blanche’s unexpected death leaves Erica with more questions than answers—and it is soon clear Grandma’s passing was anything but natural: she was murdered. When another relative becomes the next victim of someone with a taste for homicide, Erica uses her flair for cooking to butter up local law enforcement and gather clues.
Erica’s OCD either helps or hinders her—depending on who you talk to—but it’s those same obsessive and compulsive traits than enable Erica to see clues that others miss. When she narrowly escapes becoming the third victim, Erica is more determined than ever to solve the case.
Excerpt from A Death in the Family
            “It’s hard to believe she’s gone,” Kristen said dolefully. “When I moved here, I thought I’d have years with Grandma. She was always so active—I thought she’d keep going for years.”
“And all the time, her heart was getting weaker,” Trent said glumly.
Walter commented, “The last time I saw her, Blanche said the doctor told her she had the constitution of a mule.”
There were a few smiles at this, but Martha’s brow furrowed in confusion. “But Mom’s death didn’t have anything to do with how healthy she was.”
“What are you talking about?” Trent’s impatient voice billowed out and filled the small room.
Martha squirmed but fluttered on, “Well, after what Mom said when she came to visit me, you know—about how something wrong was going on in the company—I worried that something might happen.”
Her response reverberated around the room. Everyone went very still—as if they were holding their breath. 
Martha’s eyes went from one to another. “I didn’t mean—oh, I shouldn’t have said anything,” she stammered. Her voice was pure distress. “It’s just that . . . well, we’re all family here, so it’s okay, isn’t it? I mean, no one else knows.”
“No one else knows what?” Trent said brusquely.
Visibly flustered, Martha’s hands twisted in her lap. “And . . . and Mother was very old and—and the police haven’t even come, have they?”
Erica wondered what Martha could be getting at. Everyone darted quizzical looks at each other, trying to make sense out of Martha’s confused chirruping.
After meeting blank looks all around, Martha blurted, “I mean, that’s good . . . isn’t it? For the family?”
The room remained deadly silent as Martha’s cheeks flamed red.
There was a rumble as Walter cleared his throat. “Why would the police come?”
“Why, to arrest someone.” Martha sounded surprised—as if he had asked something that was completely and absolutely self-evident. She stared at Walter, as if he and he alone could straighten everything out. “Isn’t that why they’re doing an autopsy? I mean, don’t they always do an autopsy when someone has been murdered?”

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Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they are the parents of seven children. Her hobbies are gardening, camping, and reading. She has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and has written a number of non-fiction books, including:  Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s From Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, Brigham’s Boys, and Heroes of Faith.  Her latest book is Gaze Into Heaven; Near Death Experiences in Early Church History, a fascinating collection of over 50 documented near-death experiences from the lives of early latter-day Saints.
Marlene’s first novel was the best-selling Light on Fire Island. Her next novel was Motive for Murder, which is the first in a mystery series that features the quirky private eye with OCD, Erica Coleman. Find Marlene at http://www.marlenebateman.info/.

Interview with the Author:

You write both non-fiction and fiction. Which do you find more difficult—and why?
For me, writing non-fiction is easier than writing novels. Researching takes a lot of time, but then, I love that part. Since I’ve done a number of non-fiction books, I’ve settled into a comfortable routine. It’s harder to get into a routine with fiction. I’m always striving to come up with an interesting plot, figure out scenes and the characters, and all of that can be stressful. Fortunately, once I get to the revising process, writing becomes easier. I derive a great sense of satisfaction when all the editing and revising makes a polished, intriguing mystery.

Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1? 
Since I write mysteries, I have to know how the book is going to end before I can start the first chapter. I write a rough draft of the last chapter, then the first chapter, and go on from there. I have to plot very carefully to keep up the tension and so that all the clues are in place at the right time.  Plotting can be hard, but its very important and actually saves time in the end, since you don’t have to rewrite and add important information that should have been there in the first place. Once you get your storyline laid out, you have a structure to follow. A contractor would never begin building a house without plans, and to my way of thinking, a mystery writer would never write without having a basic plot down on paper.   

What else have you written?
My first non-fiction book was Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines,  which is a compilation of true stories about people in early Church history who risked their life in defense of the gospel.

My next three books are also compilations of true stories in early Church History, and are about angelic experiences.  The first book is, And There Were Angels Among Them. The second book is, Visits From Beyond the Veil, and the third is; By the Ministering of Angels.  Researching and writing these books made me realize how much Heavenly Father loves his children and that He is aware of us and our lives. 
I then wrote Brigham’s Boys, which tells the life stories of sixteen men who worked closely with Brigham Young as he brought the Saints across the plains and colonized the Great Basin area. 
I had two non-fiction books come out last year. Heroes of Faith is a collection of true stories about people who stood firm in the faith despite mobs, bullets and overwhelming trials.  Gaze into Heaven, Near Death Experiences in Early Church History, is a collection of true, carefully documented near death experience, which occurred to people in the early days of the church.
My first novel, Light on Fire Island, a romance/mystery came next. My second novel was Motive for Murder, which is the first in the Erica Coleman series.  

What makes your mysteries standout from the crowd? 
First, my books are ‘clean’ books, which means no swearing and no gratuitous sex or violence.  Second, I like to keep the reader guessing. My novels are ‘whodunit’ mysteries that keep readers trying to figure out who the killer is. Many current TV shows focus on high tech prowess to solve the crime. I focus more on the psychological aspects—why this person did that, why that person didn’t do this. I try to delve into the killer’s psyche and show the psychological aspects that drive their behavior. I like to have a lot of fun and interesting characters.  Third, I like to incorporate humor, because everyone likes to laugh now and then. Fourth, and last, I include plenty of intriguing plot twists and turns to keep readers turning the page. Each ending of every book has a surprising, final twist. 

How did you learn to write?
Learning how to write is an ongoing process.  I started in elementary school, did more writing in junior high, and so on. I’ve spent countless hours on manuscripts that were never published, but I don’t count that as a loss, since it helped me improve my writing.  I have a bookshelf full of books on writing and every weekday morning, I try to read 2-4 pages.  I underline important parts, then type them up, which hopefully, sets the ideas in my brain. When I’m done with the book, I print out up my notes and save them in a master binder so I can look them over now and then. 
Another thing that helps me is that I try to pay attention when I read. If I don’t like something, I try to figure out why and then not do that in my own writing! And when I read something I like, I try to think about why it worked so I can use that same technique in my own writing.  I also attend a yearly writer’s conference and the wonderful workshops help me learn more about the craft of writing.  Anyone can write—as long as they are willing to practice and study.

What is the funnest thing about being an author? The most frustrating thing?
The greatest thing is simply being able to sit down and take time to write.  When my children were small, I felt very guilty about taking time to write, as though it was some nefarious indulgence. Now that I’ve published nine books, I no longer feel guilty taking time to do what I enjoy. Sometimes writing is difficult, occasionally it’s a chore, but I love it. I’ve always felt driven to write. I have such a deep inner desire to put words down that I sometimes wonder if I’m an addict!  It gives me a great sense of accomplishment and pleasure to write, polish and revise and get the words just right.
The most frustrating thing for me is usually the first draft.  I’m not sure why, but it’s very difficult for me to get the rough draft down.  I enjoy coming up with an idea and plotting out the story line, but the first draft is torture.  It seems that whatever I write is garbage. I take heart only in knowing that you have to get something down before you can revise, and that revising is the essence of good writing. So, I grind my way through it, and then enjoy the revising process, going through the manuscript 6-10 times until I’m satisfied. I liken revising to taking a nondescript stone and polishing it until it sparkles. 

Also available at bookstores such as Deseret Book, Seagull Book, and Barnes and Noble. Check your local bookstore for availablity. 

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Free eBook of Jamie Canosa's Dissidence

Now available: Jamie Canosa's bestselling debut, Dissidence, on Amazon. Purchase the print copy, get the eBook free! Limited time, so get yours today!

In dystopian America, sixteen-year-old Kaleigh finds out quickly what having a big mouth and not enough brains to keep it shut can earn you. A one-way ticket to the work camps that no one even knows exists. 

Nuclear war has ravished the nation, and a century later, the survivors are living in an entirely new world. In a society where everything is decided for you, from where you work to who you marry, dissidence is not taken lightly. 

But, even inside the camps, Kaleigh’s fiery spirit refuses to be extinguished. In a single moment of defiance, she manages to spark a riot that ignites into a full-blown rebellion. 

With growing numbers counting on her, not just for their freedom, but for their very lives, two different boys vying for her heart, and trouble brewing from within the camp itself, can Kaleigh find a way to step up and become the leader everyone is counting on her to be, or will even the most carefully laid plans come crashing down around her?

You can read my original review of Dissidence here.

About the Author: Jamie is a full time author of YA literature, which she absolutely loves! When she's not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Upstate, NY, with her wonderful husband and three crazy kids . . . plus the dog, the bird and the rabbit. Dissidence is Jamie's first full length novel. 

Her first full length novel, Dissidence, (currently a best seller on Amazon!)  is a runaway hit! Visit Jamie at her blog and on Facebook.

Get your copy today at these online retailers:

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Soul's Kiss

It's here!

the newest novel from international author Debra Chapoton

When a tragic accident leaves Jessica comatose, her spirit  escapes her body. Navigating a supernatural realm is tough, but being half dead has its advantages.
Like getting into people’s thoughts.

Like taking over someone’s body.

Like experiencing romance on a whole new plane - literally.

Jessica learns an amazing truth as she struggles to return to her body before the doctors pull the plug, only she can’t do it alone. Now the only two people willing to help Jessica’s splintered soul are the two she’s hurt the most. They must find a way to guide her soul back to her body ... before it’s too late.

For a limited time: Purchase a paperback copy on Amazon and get the Kindle version FREE!

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Interested in reviewing the book? Email CPP at admin@creativeprosepublishing.com with a link to your blog or site to receive a PDF for review.

Debra Chapoton is an internationally published author who holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English. She resides at Big Pine Lodge with her husband, Paul, where she enjoys the company of friends and family. Find Debra at her blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

All the Finer Things by Stephanie Connelley Worlton

Married to one of the most lucrative and sought after plastic surgeons in SoCal, Megan Hamilton has it all. Her posh life, designer clothes, and stunning penthouse leave her wanting for nothing… or do they? Controlled by his obsessive pursuit of perfection, Doctor Matthew Hamilton will stop nothing short of breaking his young, spirited bride into a subservient trophy wife. But when parenthood enters their picture, the entire game changes. How far will Megan have to go to escape Matt's obsessive control and abuse? And how much will she have to lose before she gets there?
~Sometimes money costs too much ~
Stephanie Worlton is excited to announce the release of her newest novel All the Finer Things. As part of her book launch, she will be giving away one autographed print copy and one eBook copy of All the Finer Things.
To learn more about the book and TO ENTER TO WIN simply visit the author's Kreating Krazy blog.
  About the Author:  Stephanie Connelley Worlton lives in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains where she enjoys frequent opportunities to observe nature and feed her creative spirit. She has been blessed to be a stay at home mom to her four children, many of whom share her artistic tendencies. She spends her days designing, building, painting, drawing, landscaping, and snuggling with her dogs. She has her own collection of power tools, a plethora of camera equipment, and a passion for shoes. All the Finer Things is her third published work. To learn more about Stephanie and her other books, please visit her website

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Hungry Family

The Hungry Family: No, not mine, though I suppose they all have times of being hungry! Instead, I'm sharing with you Christina Dymock's newest book, The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook.

It's every busy mother's dream-come-true: dinner that makes itself! With the help of your trusty slow cooker and these healthy, easy recipes, like Peppery Cilantro Salmon, Sausage Stew, and Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes, you can put dinner on the table even on the craziest of days. Don't let the whirlwind of life stop you from feeding your family the food they deserve -- delicious, home-cooked meals straight from your slow cooker.

My Thoughts: I received a copy of this book for review, and I was happy about that because anything to make dinnertime easier is something I'm glad to learn. I'm not exactly domestic, and cooking is about as fun to me as cleaning - which is to say, not at all. The thing I love about this book is that the recipes are easy to put together without a bunch of strange, hard-to-pronounce ingredients. And they're family friendly, meaning food that your family will actually eat and enjoy. A few of my favorites are: 

*Steak and Potato Dinner (who knew you could cook steak in a slow cooker?)
*Creamy Balsamic Roast (I love almost anything balsamic)
*Roasted Chicken (tastes like the ones you buy at the store that are from the rotisserie)
*Corn on the Cob (I would never have thought to cook that in a slow cooker!)
*Chocolate Cobbler (okay, I'll be honest, this one is my favorite)
*Pudding Cake (yes, it's chocolate as well)

FYI, if you're a fan of chili, there's a whole section of chili recipes. Great book, and I have to say it's beautifully laid out. Gorgeous and delicious book to add to your cookbook collection. It will be officially released March 11th, but you can pre-order on Amazon now. Once released it will also be available at Costco, Sam's Club, Deseret Book, Seagull Book, Barnes and Noble, and other bookstores.

If you live in Utah, Christina would like to invite you to her launch party. Details are below.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry

Thanks to my friend Jolene Perry for stopping by today to show us her new release, The Summer I Found You. I haven't gotten a chance to read this yet, but it's high on my TBR list. Diabetic teen girls happen to be near and dear to my heart since I'm the mom of one! Plus, it just sounds awesome, and Jolene's books are the best.

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All they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction.

Kate had the perfect boyfriend - until he dumped her. It couldn't have come at a worse time; ever since she found out she has diabetes, she's been trying to cope. She just wants to feel normal again.

Aidan planned on being a lifer in the Army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's the guy with one arm and nothing is the same as it was before. He wishes he could forget.

When Kate and Aidan meet, things couldn't be more awkward. Neither wants to get too attached, and they both could use some fun. But what if they need each other more than they realize?

Guest post and snippet from Jolene Perry:


Writing a girl with Type 1 Diabetes was not easy. I did LOADS of research and sent the MS to two good friends who both have Type 1 Diabetes. I learned more than ever made it into the book, but it did make for some fun scenes... 

Kate doesn't handle her new diagnosis well..

This is Kate (my MC) with her EX-boyfriend at school when she has an issue w/ her health...

   Shelton’s familiar arm is around me, and I lean into him. Not as much because I like him, but because my world’s swimming right now, and I need to remember what I ate, and know what my blood sugar is so I know how much insulin to take.
   Why didn’t I do this right at lunch when I’m supposed to? It would have been so much easier. Now there’s another thing Shelton can add to the list he probably keeps of why Kate is crazy.
   “You should have done this during lunch hour, Kate.”
   I really hate it when people point out the obvious—especially when I’ve already figured it out.
   “Okay, almost there. You’re quiet, which kind of scares me.” His voice is the same warm, soft voice that used to tell me he loved me. Talked to me until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Read my homework to me while I spent a few days in the hospital getting adjusted to my new life.
   “I’m okay. Sorry, and thank you.” Because at least I’m smart enough to know that being as petty as I’d like to be right now, won’t earn me anything.
   He keeps his arm firmly on my side and pulls open the nurse’s door, leading me to one of the horrible vinyl beds.
   “So you mind?” He goes to the high cupboard that’s supposed to be locked, but never is. My stuff ’s in there.      Shelton knows this. He knows so much. Did we turn into friends?
   Guess it doesn’t matter because we’re not together, and he did not handle our breakup well. Okay, so neither did I. But still. Neither did he.
   Shelton pulls a hard, plastic chair up to the bed. I sit back and lean against the cool wall. He hands me my small tester. I stick my finger in and wait for the prick. 
   “Kate!” Shelley rushes to my side. And yes, I’m on a first name basis with the school nurse. Just another perk. 
   “She’ll be okay.” Shelton chuckles. “I’ve seen her a lot worse. She’s only a little high.” He checks my reader. “Or way high. You’re above three hundred, Kate.”
   I cringe. Mom’s going to be pissed. My lows come on a lot faster and feel a lot worse, but I guess it’s the highs that do real damage. I don’t like to think about that much, so I don’t.
   Shelley clutches her hands together, and looks at me with her teeny little frowny face.
   “Want me to do your shot?” Shelton asks.
   I’m an idiot. I nod. I hate doing it, and Shelton was always the best. Better than Mom. Better than Dad. It’s like he could take me out of the equation.
   “Thank you.” I lie down. My ex-boyfriend is about to pull a pinch of fat from my stomach to give me my shot. This is just... well there aren’t words.
   “Let’s find the fattiest part of Kate,” he teases...

And to read about Kate's NEW guy - a nineteen year old war veteran, you'll have to pick up the book ;-)


~ Jolene