Friday, December 28, 2018

"Shadow of a Man" by Denise Wheatley - Happy Release Day!

Good morning readers! Once again, I am tickled to be hosting my friend and fellow EXtasy Books author, Denise Wheatley!

Her novella, "Shadow of a Man" was released today, and it is another smoking hot read!

Congrats Denise! I wish you continued success!

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Shadow of a Man:



The pursuit of love can sometimes be a matter of life and death…

Veronica Level possesses the ability to read minds—but only during intense bouts of danger. It is within these perilous situations that she encounters Christopher Altman, a mysterious, centuries-old vigilante transformed into a dark, enigmatic shadow, who has always been there to protect her.

Despite the menacing circumstances surrounding their every encounter, neither Veronica nor Christopher can deny their desire for one another, especially after Veronica’s abilities show her the seductively handsome man hidden within the mystifying shadow. But just how far will they have to go in order to break the curse and be together without jeopardizing Veronica’s safety, or more importantly, her life?


Shadow of a Man is Available Now!


Excerpt:


Veronica rolled over onto her back and stared up at the ceiling. Cold tears fell from the corners of her eyes and slid down her temples, landing somewhere along her hairline. She was exhausted. This situation with the dark shadow had completely consumed her. As she struggled to release him from the evil curse, she’d fallen behind on her magazine deadlines, stopped taking proper care of herself, and had practically cut off all contact with her friends. Veronica knew that they were worried about her, but there was no way she could share her ordeal with them.

She closed her eyes and held her head in her hand despairingly, drifting off into a deep slumber. Every muscle in her body slowly began to relax. She was overcome with a sense of peace. Her mind entered a dreamlike state, and a tingling sensation swept over her toes and the tops of her feet. The feeling slowly made its way up Veronica’s calves, causing her to stir and moan softly. The touch of gentle fingertips caressed every inch of her. Veronica’s taut nipples vibrated while an intense desire ignited deep within her. She spread her legs, relishing what she knew was her shadow’s [BV1] [DW2] presence. And then, just when she felt an erect force press between her thighs, a loud thud awakened her.

Veronica sat straight up in bed, her breath short. She turned her ear toward the door. There was complete silence. She sat still for a few moments, waiting to see if there would be more noise. When there wasn’t, she assumed that her dog, Mona, had knocked something over. She lay back down and closed her eyes, hoping that her sweet dream would pick up right where it had left off.
But then Veronica heard the wooden floor in her living room let out a long, shrill creak. Mona’s tiny paws weren’t heavy enough to make that sort of sound. As her dog gave a loud bark, Veronica’s mind began to buzz with someone else’s devious thoughts...


‘Tis the season with Shadow of a Man, a steamy paranormal erotic romance, which is the first in its series. The second installment, Shadow of a Man: The Curse Runs Deep, coming soon!

My contemporary erotic romance, A Naughty Jolly Christmas, is out now! It’s the first novella in my series, The Holiday Chronicles, and the follow up, My Unconditional Valentine, will be released in February 2019! Here’s where you can find all of my novellas on eXtasy Books website:

*Link:




Hello everyone! My name is Denise, and I am a lover of romance, happy endings, and the art of storytelling. I used to cry as a three-year old child when my mother read to me because I so badly wanted to read the books myself! Once I learned, I constantly had my nose in a novel (especially the ones I’d sneak from my mom’s bookshelf). I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and draw inspiration from Chicago, the city where I was born and raised, as well as Los Angeles, which is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve published several books and short stories, and I’m an avid ghostwriter and editor. When I’m not sitting behind my computer, you can find me in a movie theater, on a tennis court, watching true crime television or chatting on social media.

Speaking of social media, I’d love to connect with you! Here’s where you can find me:

On Instagram:


On My Writer’s Blog:


On Twitter:


On Facebook:


 [BV1]Wait, she doesn’t have a name/identity yet, I thought
 [DW2]You’re right. I slipped up there.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

What Holiday Break?

Schools are done for the holidays in my district, but that doesn't mean all of us are on vacation.

For authors like myself, we never really take a "vacation". We're always promoting, networking, writing, editing, thinking about writing, or revising even when we're doing our regular every day routine - housework for example. I get a lot of ideas for scenes or stories while I'm scrubbing the toilet, doing the dishes, or even tossing a load of clothing into the washer.

The last two months have been crazy for me, ever since Maggie [Blackbird] yanked me out of my shell and encouraged me to talk to more authors at eXtasy Books. It's been such a fun whirlwind of talking, networking, exchanging ideas, and promoting each other that I haven't had much time to think! 

I am adoring every single second of it, and I would not change a bit of it for all of the money in the world. I've met some amazing, talented people who have become dear friends in such a short time!

This entire year has been a roller coaster. I went from being extremely depressed and spaced out due to medications, to upbeat and alert. 

I am back to being MYSELF, and it feels great!

What's been going on in my writing world, other than having guests post on my blog?

I've been busy. I'm still writing the yet unnamed MSIP and the sports short story, as well as revising one I wrote a few years ago. (NO, not the ABOMINATION, that is so awful that it will NEVER see the light of day - it's so bad I don't even have it on my hard drive!) 

The big news is I sent a story to be critiqued for the first time since STRICKEN - over 2 years. "Something About Alexis" was read over, edited and revised (the stuff I could see), and it went to six special people yesterday afternoon for their enjoyment.  

Yes, I am nervous. Stricken has amazing reviews, but not all of my work was liked. The Abomination for example... It was touted as me "trying to write like someone else", and it didn't work - at all. 

This is why I insist on having someone else read my work, whether it's a voracious reader like myself, or another author who knows what to look for as well as industry standards. I tend to miss something or go on a zillion tangents if I am not kept in line. 

A huge thank you to my betas for "Something About Alexis" - Gordon, Amy, Erin, Erica, Heather, and Sara. It's really appreciated, I hope you like it!

I wish all of you a happy whatever your reason for the season, and may all of you have a lovely holiday season! 

I will be back at least one more time between now and 2019, I have another guest blogger appearing on FRIDAY December 28th! 

I leave all of you with something different. "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" heavy metal style, care of TWISTED SISTER.


Friday, December 21, 2018

"A Naughty Jolly Christmas" by Denise Wheatley

I'm so happy to be hosting fellow EXtasy Books Author Denise Wheatley today, who is also a good friend of mine, as well as a talented author.

Today, she talks about her book "A Naughty Jolly Christmas", which was released today on eXtasy Books' website. 

Thanks for being here Denise! It's a pleasure to have you. 

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A Naughty Jolly Christmas:


Someone is about to have the best holiday ever…

Sasha Williams is an African-American public relations powerhouse who’s come a long way from the tough streets of Chicago to glamorous Los Angeles. While she loves her LA life, she hasn’t forgotten her roots and always goes back home to celebrate Christmas with her tight-knit family. This year, however, Sasha’s holiday plans are nixed when she’s forced to accompany her sexy, notoriously naughty new client Drake Lancaster on the press tour for his upcoming Christmas movie.

Sasha’s furious, yet finds herself overcome with lust when Drake strolls into her office. She’s surprised considering she’s never dated a white man. Drake’s attraction toward her is just as intense, the pair partake in a hot, steamy sex session right there in her office!

Despite Sasha’s promise to keep things all business during the press tour, their sensual trysts heat up even further while out on the road. In the end, Sasha must decide whether their cultural differences, along with her secret painful past and Drake’s playboy reputation, are worth her risking her heart and career—especially without knowing whether this is the real thing or a racy fling.


A Naughty Jolly Christmas is Available Now!


Excerpt:

Drake appeared in Sasha’s office doorway, up close and personal, in all his sexy glory. He slowly eyed her from head to toe. Judging by the look of admiration in his penetrating gaze, he liked what he saw.

So,” Drake began, his titillating tone filled with flirtation, “you’re the notorious Sasha Williams who’s been hired to clean up my image and take me to the next level…”

Drake’s smooth, deep voice sent shivers through her eardrums straight down to her panties. And just like that, her self-control slipped away.

Sasha struggled to compose herself. She managed to force a smile and extend her trembling hand. “Hello, Drake. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”  

He gently took her hand in his and bowed slightly, kissing it softly. “The pleasure is all mine.”

Drake straightened up but didn’t let go of her hand. His firm grip and rugged skin sent delicate tremors straight up her arm. He slowly studied her face. Then he shamelessly became transfixed on her breasts, licking his lips hungrily.

Sasha froze. She felt lost underneath the spell of his intoxicating stare and stimulating touch.



Drake sauntered over to the door and locked it.

Sasha swallowed hard. “Can I, uh, can I get you something to drink?”

“Nope. I’m good. I’ve got everything I need right in front of me.”

Sasha’s heart thumped erratically. She watched Drake head over to the other side of her office.

“Should we take a seat on the couch so you can tell me everything you’re going to do for me now that I’m officially your client?”

Drake didn’t wait for her to respond. He wrapped his arm around her waist and led her over to the couch. When she bent forward to sit down, his hand slid past her hip and cupped her ass.

Sasha gasped as Drake sat dangerously close to her. She moved over a few inches to put some space in between them, but he promptly moved in even closer.

“You’ve got such a beautiful complexion, Sasha. And I love your hair,” he murmured, lightly running his finger over her cheek.


She leaned back and eyed Drake suspiciously. “Do I really? Wait, let me guess what’s coming next. You’re going to tell me how exotic I look, then ask if you can touch my hair, right?”

“Actually no, I was—”

“Because, newsflash,” Sasha interrupted, now in full rant mode, “I’m just your typical, standard-looking African-American woman. My complexion, my hair…my entire look is the norm where I’m from.”

Sasha was so worked up she was beginning to perspire. She hadn’t meant to go off the deep end, but she was tired of that same old narrative of being viewed as some sort of foreign object—as if her form of beauty was somehow atypical. But Drake actually appeared somewhat amused.

“You made mention of where you’re from,” he said. “Where’s that?”

“Chicago. South side.”

“Ahh. Chi-town.”

“Please don’t call it that.” Sasha giggled. “It sounds so basic.”

“All right then, the Windy City. Great town. I shot a movie there last year. Fantastic food and even better people. Oh, and I hate to break this to you, Sasha Williams, but here’s my newsflash. There’s nothing typical about you, and you don’t resemble any other woman, period. You’re absolutely stunning.”

The compliment flipped Sasha’s feelings from offended to flattered within seconds. She looked into Drake’s eyes and saw nothing but sincerity, then felt herself falling under his spell once again. “Thank you,” she replied quietly.


“And no, I’m not going to ask to touch your beautiful hair, unless you want me to, of course. But your hair is not some sort of peculiar phenomenon to me. You’re not the first woman of color I’ve encountered. My guess is that you’ve never been with a white guy, though, have you?”

Sasha shifted in her seat. She wasn’t comfortable having such a personal, race-related conversation with this man she’d just met. “I’m sorry, Drake. But we’ve really gotten off track here. Why don’t we get back to business?”

“Sure. Whatever you want…”

Drake’s jeans rubbed against Sasha’s bare leg. He placed his arm behind her along the back of the couch, then let it slip forward over her shoulder, his fingertips practically brushing across her hardened nipples. If she moved an inch, her breast would fall right into his hand. Her entire body stiffened up.

“I’m sure you already heard about the altercation I had at the Hollywood Hills Resort last weekend. Do you think you could spin the story to somehow make me look like the victim? Because I’ve been slaughtered in the press, and when we go out on this press tour for Deck the Halls with Love, I need to have the fans’ sympathy and support.”

Sasha cleared her throat and allowed herself to slowly exhale, somehow managing to avoid having her hardened nipple graze Drake’s lingering fingertips.


“Well…” she began, struggling to steady her trembling voice. “The so-called fans who mobbed you at the resort were obviously trying to pick a fight. Their goal was to record the incident and upload it onto social media for likes and followers. I’ll counter the negative press by saying your actions were simply a matter of self-preservation. You were being attacked and had no security with you, so you had no choice but to protect yourself.”

Sasha was pleased with her impromptu response. And apparently Drake was, too, because she glanced down at his crotch and noticed he was fully erect.

“Wow, Ms. Williams. That was a very impressive answer.”

Sasha gazed into his eyes and saw a glimmer of insatiability. She became so memorized that when he slid his hand onto her thigh and gripped it firmly, she didn’t stop him. He boldly took her chin in his hand, pressed his soft, moist lips against hers, and slipped his tongue inside her mouth.

Her rigid body slowly relaxed. She couldn’t believe this was happening and was even more shocked by the fact that she was actually kissing Drake back.

When his hand glided up her leg, underneath her dress, and he slid her panties to the side, Sasha’s first instinct was to close her legs and deny him. But desire overtook her, and she instead opened her legs wider to give him easier access…

A Naughty Jolly Christmas is the first novella of my series, The Holiday Chronicles. Tis the season with this steamy novella, and be on the lookout for the follow-up, My Unconditional Valentine, coming February 2019!



Hello everyone! My name is Denise, and I am a lover of romance, happy endings, and the art of storytelling. I used to cry as a three-year old child when my mother read to me because I so badly wanted to read the books myself! Once I learned, I constantly had my nose in a novel (especially the ones I’d sneak from my mom’s bookshelf). I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and draw inspiration from Chicago, the city where I was born and raised, as well as Los Angeles, which is one of my favorite places in the world. I’ve published several books and short stories, and I’m an avid ghostwriter and editor. When I’m not sitting behind my computer, you can find me in a movie theater, on a tennis court, watching true crime television or chatting on social media.

Speaking of social media, I’d love to connect with you! Here’s where you can find me:

On Instagram:


On My Writer’s Blog:


On Twitter:


On Facebook:


More of my novellas, including the paranormal erotic romance Shadow of a Man, can be found at eXtasy Books:






Monday, December 3, 2018

Meet the Author - ROUND TWO!

CONGRATS to SE White, who won a copy of STRICKEN in a random drawing today!

Today was my second MEET THE AUTHOR in Book Carousel, and although it started slow, it picked up and was going full tilt by the time my hour was up.  We had a few "Name Generators" and a Four Word Story rolling, and I shared photos of my mom and mother in law, each holding their paperback copies of Stricken.

THANK YOU AGAIN to eXtasy Books and Devine Destinies for having me! It was fun!

I'm unsure when my next round will be, but it will be sometime in the new year. I have to get on the ball more with actual writing and the dreaded EDITS and REVISIONS (GAG!) before I do any more public appearances. I think people are getting sick of seeing me give away copies of that book, it's time for new things to show up...

I'm finally going to answer a question I've been asked a lot lately:

What are you working on now?

I have FOUR projects currently on the go, in various stages of writing and editing.

Two are currently being drafted - a short story, and one that I hope will be novel length. I'm bouncing back and forth between them. The subject is ROMANCE... Duh! However, only my betas, a few trusted friends, and a few of my fellow authors and editors at eXtasy Books/Devine Destinies know the nitty gritty of my work, and it will stay that way until we deem it's okay to start sharing a bit more. I need titles for both, so I'll definitely be brainstorming with the gang.

I also have two finished drafts that are currently being overhauled. They had been written before I got on with eXtasy Books, so they need to be formatted to the way they want the pages, and other items that's required of a book published by them and Devine Destinies. It's a lot of work, I made a lot of mistakes in both, and they are full of JUNK. So far, the one lost over 20 K, it was all passive scenes and nonsense. Let's keep it simple! *wink!*

On that note, I should shut up and get back to work.... These stories do not sell themselves, you have to network, talk to other authors, give away free copies now and then, and promote, promote, PROMOTE yourself until you turn blue... And promote yourself some more!!!

Have a great week everyone! Don't forget that eXtasy Books has their STOCKING STUFFERS available starting DECEMBER 8th! My friend LYNN MICHAELS has her story "A Frostbite Christmas" coming out on Sunday, December 9th - GET IT! I dare you!!!

I leave you with my favorite song by GODSMACK, "Voodoo".


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Writer's Tag: Look I'm Legit with Tags and Everything Now!

The Writer's Tag was created by Lorraine Ambers and Ari Meghlen as a fun way to connect with other writers, and help us get to know each other better.

I have been tagged by my friend and fellow eXtasy Books author Lynn Michaels. Check out her blog and website at RUBICON WRITING.



Name one novel that inspired you to write.

Ooh, good question. I've been writing on and off since my grade four teacher, Mrs. Hache, gave me high marks and a lot of praise for my raw skills as a nine-year-old, so it's really hard to pinpoint one book.

One book that is a huge influence on me is "The Handmaid's Tale" by fellow Canadian Margaret Atwood. It's one of my favorites to this day. Another one is "Carrie" by Stephen King. 

What's your favorite genre to write and read?

I love writing romance stories. There's just something about that happily ever after that makes my heart sing for joy. I've been reading romance since I was eleven years old, and it's my favorite genre to read too. Although I won't turn down a great psychological thriller! 

Do you prefer to write standalone or series?

At the moment, I prefer writing standalone stories because I think I need to practice and hone my writing skills a lot more before I attempt a series. I do have one in the ideas file, so I'm not saying I'll never write one... It's just not feasible for me at the moment.

Use three words to describe yourself.

Goofy, positive, and fun.

Reveal your WIP aesthetics or an image that represents your MC or setting.

This is a tough one. Normally I'm pretty closed mouthed about my current MSIPs, or even the finished first drafts, so this is a first for me. 

July 2017, Lunenburg, NS.

That's all I'm saying. 

How long did your first MS take to draft?

The first one I sent out - titled "No Regrets" at the time - took about 2 years from initial idea to actually typing "THE END" in the file, due to real life happening. I only work part time (2 days a week, tops) due to having a special needs son, a husband that works odd hours, and its length - over 207 K. 

However, it was rewritten from scratch in 2015, in less than three months. It was published by eXtasy Books on March 17, 2017, with a last minute name change to "STRICKEN"... So in reality, it was close to 7 years between the first words written and actual publication. 

I wrote another story with the working title "Away to Me" in about 14 weeks from initial idea to typing "THE END" in Draft One, writing one or two days a week. It tipped the scales at less than 90 K, and yes, it got rejections. It's currently in the "maybe publish in the future" folder.

Who is your author idol?

That's a tough one. There are so many amazing authors out there, it's hard to choose! I love so many. I'll have to go with K.L. Slater on this one. She's so bloody brilliant with her out-of-left-field turn on a dime in her psychological thrillers. I love her writing, it's so delightfully twisted!

Share a writing memory that made you determined to carry on.

It was the last rejection for "No Regrets" before it was given its complete overhaul. A kind editor sat down and took the time to tell me what I was doing wrong, and ways to improve my raw skills as an author. By then I had plenty of rejections for it, but could not understand why, until her rejection note. I was going to give up until I saw the line about "unfortunately" being unable to offer a contract at that time - that came with an invitation to submit another, better written and edited story in the future. 

I owe my writing career to that amazing editor (who was one of the best in the business at the time). If she hadn't given me a few tips, I would have probably self published it, and my career would have been over before it started. I thank that woman every time I see someone mentioning my book, or even my pen name. She is one amazing lady who knows her stuff!

Tell us something surprising or unique about yourself. 

I'm a huge fan of the Canadian drama "North of 60" (aired between 1992 and 1998 with 5 made for TV movies).

Share the hardest part of being a writer and how you overcame it.

I have a hard time putting myself out there. I hate being in the spotlight even for a few minutes, because I'm so shy in real life. When you're an author, you have to be in the public arena, no matter how much you hate it. You have to promote yourself. I have a background of promotion thanks to one of my former employers, but I prefer promoting other people's work, not my own. I was taught that promoting yourself is "bragging", and it's tough to get past that part of myself. Thanks to help from a few friends, and everyone at eXtasy Books and Devine Destinies, I'm starting to come out of the shell more, and put myself out there. I had a run of "Meet the Author" last week, and instead of falling flat on my face (as I had predicted), it was a lot of fun, and a hit! It's little things like that which keep me going.

What's your favorite social media, and why? Share your link.

As an author, it's BOOK CAROUSEL, the Facebook group for eXtasy Books and Devine Destinies authors to have fun with and interact with their readers. There are a lot of great people in there, and a lot of silly things happen. I love it in there!

For personal fun, it's mostly cat pages, like Cole & Marmalade, and big cat rescues like Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota. I adore the residents of the Tuxedo Party of Canada Cat Welfare Society - Earl Grey should be Prime Minister of Canada!



Share some uplifting wisdom in six words or less.

(For aspiring authors...)

Never stop writing. Never give up.

I hereby nominate:


Ellen Boyd

(Have a great week everyone!)

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Author Spotlight: Lynn Michaels

Good morning everyone! Today, we're focusing our spotlight on author LYNN MICHAELS, who has a Stocking Stuffer (short story) coming out with eXtasy Books on December 9th, titled, "A Frostbite Christmas". Thank you for being here, Lynn! It's an honor to have you do a guest spot. ♥

Please give her a warm welcome, and don't forget to check out her amazing stories! 



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Author BIO:

Lynn Michaels lives and writes in Tampa, Florida where the sun is hot and the Sangria is cold. When she’s not writing she’s kayaking, hanging with her husband, or reading by the pool. Lynn writes Male/Male romance because she believes everyone deserves a happy ending and the dynamics of male characters can be intriguing, vulnerable, and exciting. She has both contemporary and paranormal titles and has been writing since 2014. Her stories don’t follow any set guidelines or ideas, but come from her heart and contain love in many forms.

Her newest release is A Frostbite Christmas, part of the eXtasybooks.com Stocking Sutffers series and is due out December 9th. #ComingSoon



A Frostbite Christmas is about an established couple who are challenged by supernatural elements. In that vein, yes, it's a paranormal story. However, it's also quite symbolic of how any couple may be challenged from time to time by outside forces. What will they hold on to in the end?

The inspiration for this story was very much how can I twist the character of Jack Frost up a bit. He's not a nice guy in this story, but underneath all the frozen layers, he's not really that much different than anyone else. He wants love and warmth...but can he have it?

The couple's narrative is limited to Teddy's point of view. He's a creative and slightly flighty guy, married to a solid, responsible man. They have a quiet, happy life, but perhaps it's Teddy's ambitions for more that take them down the wrong path. 

Overall, it's a short and fun holiday story, but it leaves the reader with much to think about beyond the entertaining aspects. I hope it's enjoyed by many! 

Merry Christmas!
~Lynn Michaels

BLURB:
Guard your heart, or Jack Frost will freeze it.
Jack Frost is all about the freezing cold, and he not only wants to freeze the earth, but he also wants to freeze people's hearts. When he sees two lovers kissing under the mistletoe, he vows to split them up. Teddy and his husband, Kirk, are still in love. Will they let a little frost come between them?
Excerpt:
Kirk wrapped his arm around Teddy’s side and pulled him closer. “You smell good.”
“The whole house smells good.” Peppermint and holly permeated the living room from the candles he’d lit earlier.
“I smell that, but it’s you I want to eat up.” He licked under Teddy’s earlobe, making him squirm.
“Stop.” He swatted playfully at Kirk’s arm. They could play the scene over a million times, and it would never get old.
“Mm…I’ll stop.”
“No. Don’t stop.”
Kirk chuckled. “Make up your mind, Pupo.”
Teddy loved it when Kirk called him that. It was Italian for baby, but it meant more than any generic baby ever could as far as pet names went. Teddy practically purred as he wiggled his backside against Kirk.
For a few minutes, they settled in, Teddy loving the warmth of Kirk’s body behind him and the tree lights blinking in front of them. The holiday scent surrounded them in warmth like an invisible blanket. Teddy couldn’t be happier.
“Hey, can I ask you something?” Kirk interrupted his lovely peace.
“Sure, hun.”
“So…” He ran his fingers through Teddy’s hair. “Who was that guy?”
“What guy?” Teddy closed his eyes, enjoying Kirk’s ministrations.
“That Jack guy.”
“Oh. One of your employees, maybe? He said he knew you.”
“Yeah? I don’t know. As an instructor, I have a lot more people in front of me, but the class only has me. They all remember me a lot easier than I can remember all of them, but…”
“But what?”
“I think I’d remember Jack. He was, uh, distinctive.”
Teddy suspected Kirk was a bit jealous. “Mmm.”
“What he’d want? I mean—”
“He was being sociable, then asked me about helping him with a party. That’s all.”
Kirk grunted.
“What’s that mean?”
“Nothing.”
Teddy waited.
“He was flirting with you. I didn’t like him.”


Be sure to follow on social media to find A Frostbite Christmas, updates, and more:

 Lynn’s Loonie Bin - Facebook Readers Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1988082144545498/



BookBub:  Lynn Michaels








Regards,

Lynn Michaels
MM Romance Author