Epic Love by Trudy Stiles. NOW LIVE! Krystle’s 5 Star Review

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Title: Epic Love
Series: Epic Fail #3
Author: Trudy Stiles
Release Date: Sept 19, 2016

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HEATH STRICKLAND, the son of a prominent district attorney, lived his life surrounded by violence and crime. He was an unwilling witness to the corrupt lives his father swore to prosecute and keep behind bars. His escape was his music, which eventually led him to replace the iconic singer of the world famous band, Epic Fail.

NOELLE DURAND lived in luxury, growing up on a sprawling estate, with everything she could ever want or need. Her life, to everyone else, seemed perfect. Perfect house. Perfect things. Perfect family. But nothing at all was perfect. She lived in hell. A hell that nobody on the outside could see.

As a neighbor and childhood friend, Heath would have done anything for Noelle. He would have given up the world to protect her and keep her safe. Their friendship grew into something that neither of them expected. But then she suddenly disappeared, vanishing from his life as if she never existed. He never stopped hoping that one day she would resurface, alive and well. But as time went by, and her family gave up hope, he surrendered his heart to his lost love.

Twelve years later, one phone call changes everything.

EPIC LOVE is the third book in the EPIC FAIL series and can be read as a STANDALONE novel.

This series is a spinoff from the FOREVER FAMILY series.

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★ KRYSTLE’S ★ 5 ★ STAR ★ REVIEW! ★

Epic Love is another unbelievably touching and beautiful story by Trudy Stiles. Much like all of her other books, this story brought me on an emotional journey that had me feeling all the feels from the very beginning, gave me goosebumps more than once and even had me holding my breath with anticipation a few different times.

It is no secret that I adore all of the band members of Epic Fail and Heath is certainly no exception to the rule. Although I really didn’t understand him or feel a strong connection to him in the past, Epic Love truly changed that and he just may now be my new favorite.

Like most of her stories, Trudy chose to alternate between past and present and different POVs. The chapters set in the past bring you back to Heath’s childhood and teenage years to show how an innocent childhood friendship can blossom into the most beautiful love story. The glimpses into the past truly enhance the ongoing present journey of Heath working to overcome the pain and guilt caused by a great loss that he just couldn’t shake and that seemed to always come back to haunt him.

Although this story definitely has lots of sad moments, it is also filled with just as many beautiful ones. Between two different back stories and lots of awesome secondary characters, this story has the perfect balance of pain and beauty that keeps you engaged from start to finish.

As I always seem to do with Trudy’s books, I highly recommend this one for anyone looking for a great book to make you feel! This book is part of the Epic Fail series, a spin off of Trudy’s Forever Family series. Although you definitely do not have to start from the beginning, if you have the time to devote to a few books I would highly recommend starting at Dear Emily and going right down the line. They are all amazing and unique stories and I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Each story also has subtle nods to characters from other books which enhance your reading experience but will in no way ruin a story for you if you choose to read out of order.

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“I’m sorry, Noelle. I’m really sorry.” I don’t know what I’m apologizing for. The fact that I don’t believe her weak lie or because I kissed her. No. I’m not sorry for either.
“It’s okay. Really. Thanks for caring. And thank you for my birthday gift.” She pauses and brushes her pinkie finger against mine. “You made my birthday really special, and I’ll never forget it.”
Without thinking, I loop my pinkie finger around hers, linking them together. Linking us together. We walk to her window like this and I break our connection reluctantly, bringing my hand up to her bruised cheek. “Please be careful,” I beg, and I’m not sure what I’m even begging her to be careful of. I’m just so worried about her.
“I will,” she whispers. “Catch a couple fireflies on the way home.”
“I’d catch a million for you.” Her eyes light up, a smile on her lips. I want to kiss her again. So bad. But all I do is stare into her eyes and back away. I push the window open as quietly as I can and slide out onto the grass.
“Happy Birthday, Noelle.”
She smiles as we both slide the window gently along the track, closing it.
She leaves her hand pressed against the window and I immediately do the same, covering hers, only the glass pane separating us.
Her smile is weak and full of pain.
A pain that I would take away from her in an instant if I could.
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Trudy Stiles is a New Adult Romance author, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She’s the author of the bestselling Forever Family series including “Dear Emily,” “Dear Tabitha,” and “Dear Juliet.” “Epic Sins” is the first book in the Epic Fail series and will continue with at least three more standalone novels. “Epic Lies” is scheduled to release in the Spring of 2016 with “Epic Love” and “Epic Holiday” to follow in the Fall and Winter of 2016. She plans to write many more stories about some of the characters you’ve already met, and maybe a few new ones.
Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.
When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.
She celebrates Wine Wednesday almost every day.
   

 

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Cover Reveal * Heat Wave by Karina Halle

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Karina Halle
November 3, 2016

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heat-wave-3d-bookThey say when life closes one door, another one opens.

This door happens to lead to paradise.

And a man I can never, ever have.

Still grieving the loss of her sister who died two years ago, the last thing Veronica “Ronnie” Locke needed was to lose her job at one of Chicago’s finest restaurants and have to move back in with her parents. So when a window of opportunity opens for her – running a kitchen at a small Hawaiian hotel – she’d be crazy not to take it.

The only problem is, the man running the hotel drives her crazy:

Logan Shephard.

It doesn’t matter that he’s got dark brown eyes, a tall, muscular build that’s sculpted from daily surfing sessions, and a deep Australian accent that makes your toes curl.

What does matter is that he’s a grump.

Kind of an asshole, too.

And gets under Ronnie’s skin like no one else.

But the more time Ronnie spends on the island of Kauai, falling in love with the lush land and its carefree lifestyle, the closer she gets to Logan. And the closer she gets to Logan, the more she realizes she may have pegged him all wrong. Maybe it’s the hot, steamy jungles or the invigorating ocean air, but soon their relationship becomes utterly intoxicating.

There’s just one major catch.

The two of them together would incite a scandal neither Ronnie, nor her family, would ever recover from.

Forbidden, Illicit, off-limits – sometimes the heat is worth surrendering to, even if you get burned.

 

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Halle HeadshotKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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New Release!! Furious Rush by S.C. Stephens

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FURIOUS RUSH
S.C. Stephens
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The first in an emotion-fueled, New Adult series from the
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Too fast, too furious—and way too hot to handle…

Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father’s talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team’s newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie’s skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she’s racing against Hayden.

As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense—and strictly forbidden—attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind…

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S. C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance. In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family. She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest.

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**Krystle’s 3 Star Review**

When I first saw that S.C. Stephens had a new book out I was SO excited. I signed up for an ARC immediately and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I didn’t read the synopsis for this one because I love to go in blind so right from the start this one gave me a few reasons to be shocked…

Right off the bat I realized this was a book about motorcycle racers. I love to read about something different than the usual and this is something I hadn’t read about before so I was very excited…I kept reading and found out that the main character is a female…heck.yes. A female motorcycle racer…bad ass, right?

Well, at least it had me hoping! Unfortunately, the main character pissed me off in more ways than one and although I was rooting for her time and time again, she made me want to pull my hair out!
Thankfully, the guy that was after her was intriguing, sexy and definitely one of the main reasons I enjoyed the book. Also, he made her tone her crazy down a bit and she was a little more bearable for me thanks to him. There were also some secondary characters that I also loved and others that drove me just as crazy. Although I can’t say that these character weren’t some of my all time favorites, I can say I enjoyed reading about them and they did get some emotions out of me.

I think that the title of this one gave so much hope that this would be a fast paced story that was exciting from start to finish but it did seem to drag on for me in the beginning. There were lots of tidbits that fed my desire for it to be what I had hoped it would be but it just seemed to take so long to get to any of the greatness. I can’t say that I didn’t enjoy it all because I did, I just wished there was a little more BAM like I’m used to from this author. Forbidden romance is another thing that I can’t help but love and though this book did have it, I was annoyed by the reasons that it was forbidden and kept hoping the main characters would just stand up for themselves.

Although this story fell short in a few ways for me, I enjoyed some of it and it definitely left me wanting more. For those thinking that this is a stand alone I want to make it clear that you are definitely left with lots of questions and will want to move on to the next book.

Overall I give this one 3 Stars and I’m excited to see where the story goes!

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One by Jewel E. Ann * Krystle’s 4+Star Review


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Title: One
Author: Jewel E Ann
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 28th, 2016

 

Synopsis:

Lake Jones is a cover girl for cutting-edge prosthetic legs, a binge-watcher of Netflix, known to spy on her neighbor through her door’s peephole, and fond of laser games with her hairless cat. She’s also a bit sexually-frustrated.Until …God bestows a breath of mercy upon her in the form of Minnesota’s NFL starting quarterback. But this gift is no stranger. Lake met Cage Monaghan three years earlier.It was one day.One moment.One kiss that resurrected her dreams of finding love.His dimpled smile distracts from his imperfections, which include: a love for country music, fishing, and a feline-hating girlfriend.When life finally gives them their chance, it’s a humorous and heart-wrenching journey to find their place in the world.”We would be Cage and Lake. We would be unpredictable. We would be reckless. We would give normality the middle finger.”***This book is a standalone. However, it is HIGHLY recommended that any readers who have not, but may consider, reading the Jack & Jill Series, do so before reading this book. It contains spoilers to Jack & Jill.

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Krystle’s 4+ Star Review

One by Jewel E. Ann is a spin off of her Jack & Jill series. I had randomly picked up the series a couple months back after seeing her at a signing and really appreciating the way I saw her interact with her readers while I was waiting in another line. I devoured that series and honestly LOVE it! I have been trying to get everyone I know to read it.

Soooo side note…read the dang series!

Anyways…once I finished I “liked” Jewel on FB and immediately posted asking if there were any more plans for the characters of this series. Talk about just in the nick of time, I was given a link to sign up for the tour of One and received an ARC in a few days aaand the rest is history 🙂

As I’ve stated before this book can definitely be read as a stand alone but if you’re open and willing to read a series before it I would HIGHLY recommend reading the Jack & Jill series. It doesn’t give out many spoilers of the whole story line but just as with any spin off, when characters show up or don’t show up you obviously know the jist of what happens.

So now that I’ve gotten that all out of the way. One is a story about Cage Monahan and Lake Jones. These are some of the best characters I have read in a long time. I adored their story right from the start. They had an awesome relationship filled with fun, sexy banter that was just so much fun to read.

The other characters in the story are also just pure awesomeness. I have no doubt that if you pick up this book you’re going to absolutely love most, if not all, of them in one way or another.

I enjoyed so much of this story and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good, fun read. I will admit that there was a small part of the story at the end that was a little off for me but I know plenty of people will absolutely adore it and it didn’t ruin the story for me so much so that I regret reading it. I still love it and will recommend it time and time again.

I hope that you all will take a chance on Jewel E. Ann because she’s an awesome writer. I’ll try one last time to convince you to pick up the Jack & Jill series before this book because it is AMAZEBALLS and so unique and I SWEAR you won’t regret it! But if I can’t convince you to do that at least pick up One now!

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Jewel E. Ann

Adult Contemporary Romance Author

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Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet onetree a a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with herkids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course . . .heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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One by Jewel E. Ann * Cover Reveal & Excerpt

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Release Date: July 28, 2016
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Synopsis:

Lake Jones is a cover girl for cutting-edge prosthetic legs, a binge-watcher of Netflix, known to spy on her neighbor through her door’s peephole, and fond of laser games with her hairless cat. She’s also a bit sexually-frustrated.

Until …

God bestows a breath of mercy upon her in the form of Minnesota’s NFL starting quarterback. But this gift is no stranger. Lake met Cage Monaghan three years earlier.

It was one day.
One moment.
One kiss that resurrected her dreams of finding love.

His dimpled smile distracts from his imperfections, which include: a love for country music, fishing, and a feline-hating girlfriend.

When life finally gives them their chance, it’s a humorous and heart-wrenching journey to find their place in the world.

“We would be Cage and Lake. We would be unpredictable. We would be reckless. We would give normality the middle finger.”

***This book is a standalone. However, it is HIGHLY recommended that any readers who have not, but may consider, reading the Jack & Jill Series, do so before reading this book. It contains spoilers to Jack & Jill.

**I am currently reading this one and I’m loving it!
This is a spinoff of Jewel’s Jack & Jill series. I recently read those and it is DEFINITELY a 5 STAR series for me! I highly recommend diving in ASAP**

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“Wow. Nice basement. Or shrine. It really is more of a shrine.”

Cage laughed, taking our luggage into the bedroom. My eyes remained glued to the wall.

“I’m glad you see the humor in it so I won’t feel so bad when I say, ‘Oh. My. God.’ I mean, common sense tells me there has to be a wall behind all these posters and photos, but without that common sense it really does look like the posters and photos are the wall.” I stepped closer, inspecting the non-existent spacing between the frames.

Cage in high school.
Cage in college.
Cage with Minnesota.
Cage receiving award after award.
Cage.
Cage.
Cage.

“My mom is my number one fan.”
“No shit. I’d considered taking on the role myself, but clearly I’m way out of my league.”
He swept my hair off to one side and kissed my neck, pressing his body to my back. “Have I told you today how beautiful you are?”
“No. N-not yet.” I closed my eyes as his hands slid under my shirt, finding their way to my breasts.
“You are. You’re so damn beautiful in every way.”
His touch made me crazy. The ending of my cycle made me horny. The combination of both made me not care where we were. I turned in his arms. My grin screamed come hither.
“Couch, Monaghan.”
He quirked a brow.
“Don’t make me say it again.”
He smirked, taking several steps back before flopping onto the enormous brown sectional. I grabbed one of his tennis shoes and pulled it off and then the other. His socks followed suit.
“Can you feel it, Monaghan? You’re getting ready to score again. What if your off-season record surpasses your regular-season record?” I “shrugged off my shirt.
His gaze dropped to my chest. “I love when you talk my language.”
I slipped off my shoe. Each item of clothing got tossed in a different direction for theatrics.
My favorite dimples came out, approving of my strip tease.
“Mind if I lose the leg?” I asked.
He shook his head. There really were no words to describe how his lack of any sort of reaction made me feel.
Not one flinch.
Not one nervous glance at my leg.
Not one second of hesitation.
It was as if I asked whether we could listen to music while having sex. Cage didn’t see my disability. He found every version of me sexy. I found my heart hurting from the fear that someday he would look at me and think “Holy, shit! You’re missing part of your leg.”
With equal flair, I tossed my leg over the back of the couch and straddled his waist in just my black bra and panties.
“I think we can be honest with each other, Monaghan, so I’m going to let you in on a little female secret.”
He tore his eyes from my breasts and met my gaze.
“By the end of a woman’s cycle or period as you don’t like to call it…” he rolled his eyes “…we are horny, as in, there is probably a twenty-four to forty-eight hour gap where you could fuck a woman senseless and she’d still beg for more.”
His Adam’s apple bobbed, swallowing that little nugget of information. “Shit! I brought you to my mom’s house during your fuck-me-senseless time.”
I shrugged, reaching behind me and unfastening my bra which got tossed over the couch as well. “Rookie mistake, Monaghan. Now … the real question is…” I wet my lips while unfastening his jeans “…what part of my body is going to give you your first orgasm tonight?” ”

“Jesus, Lake …” His breath caught just as I finished pulling down his zipper.

 

* Epic Lies by Trudy Stiles *

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Epic Lies
by Trudy Stiles

DAX ANDERSON has always been the one to keep it all together.

~ His family~
~ His friends~
~ His band~

His heart is huge, but guarded. He’s the best friend. The protector. The shoulder to cry on. But he’s never been able to protect his own heart or himself. Lies from his not-so-distant past have destroyed his outlook on love – until he meets her.

GISELLE ANDREWS is confident and happy, but cautious. She’s learned to overcome many obstacles despite her past. She’s fiercely loyal and loves beyond measure. When she’s reminded of her past and the pain that she lived through, will her perfect world begin to crumble?

What connects Dax and Giselle?
And will EPIC LIES destroy their future?

EPIC LIES is the second book in the EPIC FAIL series and can be read as a standalone novel.

This series is a spinoff of the FOREVER FAMILY series.

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Krystle’s 4.5 Star Review!

Epic Lies is the second book in Trudy Stiles’ Epic Fail Series. I fell absolutely in love with the characters of this series in the first book and could NOT wait to get my hands on this one! After about 6 months I finally got to read it and this book was everything I hoped it would be.

Just like her other books, this book started with a BANG. It takes quite a bit to make me cry when reading a book but all of her books get me teary eyed in the first few pages. I mean what the heck?! Who does that?! LOL. JK…Kinda…In all seriousness though the way that Trudy’s words dig their way beneath your surface and rip out all the feels so quickly makes it impossible not to be invested in her works and I always build a strong connection to her characters very quickly.

In true Trudy fashion this book also touches some seriously hard to read/think/talk/and most likely write about topics. She always seems to go big or go home and she does it with such grace. There are some books that touch all these topics and you know it’s just for the shock factor but I truly believe that Trudy does it because they are topics that are close to her heart that she needs to write about and uses her words to provide hope and even support to her readers. I truly admire her bravery and I am so thankful to know about an author that can touch these tough topics in a way that keeps me coming back for more.

Another part I must touch quickly on in this book is that it alternates POVs and between past and present. I have read books by other authors in which the combination of these two just doesn’t work well for my tastes but I must say that I truly think Trudy does this with perfection in her works. I NEVER feel like I’m being thrown around and wondering what just happened or whose POV I’m reading, she always seems to switch at just the right time.

Although this book could be read as a stand alone I would definitely recommend picking up the first book, Epic Sins, before diving in so that you don’t miss out on the awesomeness of that book. If you have even more free reading time before that I’d actually recommend starting at her Forever Family series which BLEW.ME.AWAY. I promise you that you won’t be disappointed in any of her books and she ALWAYS has these ways of tying her stories and/or characters together that leave me in awe and usually cover my body in goosebumps.

Whatever you do, wherever you want to start, if you haven’t read Trudy Stiles yet you must get on that now! For those of you that are already fans and have been waiting for this book, enjoy! It is wonderful!

4.5 for this book!
Trudy Stiles, never stop writing! k? Thanks! xo

Forever Family Series
Dear Emily (Forever Family, #1)
Dear Tabitha (Forever Family, #2)
Dear Juliet (Forever Family, #3)

Epic Fail
Epic Sins (Epic Fail, #1)

The Debt by Karina Halle * Cover Reveal

 

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By Karina Halle
Publisher: Metal Blonde Books
Publication Date: AUGUST 29, 2016

Her life changed in an instant.

And he’s the only one who could have prevented it.

Jessica Charles shouldn’t have even been in London when the unthinkable happened.

She should have been back at home in Edinburgh, perhaps hanging with her boyfriend, preparing the baby shower for her sister, or teaching her yoga classes. She should have been going on in her normal, dependable life as always.

But on that fateful day in August, when a mentally-ill ex-soldier opened fire in public, Jessica’s world changed forever.

Now single and crippled from the gunshot wounds, Jessica finds herself scared and alone, losing faith in herself and humanity with each agonizing moment that passes.

That is until a stranger enters her life. A stranger who makes her live again.

Keir McGregor has always been the strong, silent type. Throw in tall, dark, and handsome and you’ve got pretty much the perfect Scotsman.

Except Keir is anything but perfect. He’s got a past he’s running away from and a guilty conscience he can’t seem to shed. But the more time he spends with Jessica, the more he falls in love with her.

And the more his secret threatens to tear them apart.

He may have been a stranger to her.

But she’s never been a stranger to him.

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Halle HeadshotKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit http://www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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