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Thursday, April 17, 2014


It’s Release Day for THE FALLEN! At the request of a very awesome reader during the Bitten by Books party last December, Keri Lake decided that the story of Xander, the fallen angel introduced in Soul Resurrected, had to be told. This book is a prequel to Soul Avenged, a spinoff of the Sons of Wrath world, but NOT part of the overarching storyline that spans the series. To thank her readers for their continued interest in her books, Keri Lake is offering The Fallen as a FREE download! If you’re new to the Sons of Wrath, this is a great opportunity to acquaint yourself with the dark, dangerous fallen angels and demons that dominate the streets of Detroit.


GENRE: Dark, erotic paranormal romance
Warning: Not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence, sex and strong language.
To catch the Fallen, you have to become the very evil you were bred to slay.
Show loyalty. Be willing to go deep into the gritty underbelly of the world, where the vilest acts of human carnage thrive and seep into your mind like a black poison, consuming every part of you that was once good. Ignore your dark cravings and keep to the most important rule of all: never save the mortals.
This is the life of a Sentinel.
Some call us the toughest angels in the heavens. Unbreakable. But even the strong can break in the face of temptation.
Human females have always been the forbidden fruit for our kind—an enticement I’ve resisted for centuries, until she came along.
Karinna lusts for vengeance.
She wants inside the darkness, where the Fallen own the corrupted streets of Detroit—the perfect bait to take down the biggest crime ring the city has ever known.
I want her. To have her, though, I’ll have to break the rules.
For one taste of the forbidden, I’ll have to commit the most heinous sin of all …
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Karinna tugged at his grip, as Xander guided her up a winding staircase and came to a stop in front of a dark wooden door, with deep black grooves, that gave off an ominous warning of bad things on the other side. He pushed it open. Awe and horror battled inside her head as she looked around the room. Unlike the relatively normal décor on the first floor, it did look like something out of the serial killer’s edition of Better Homes & Gardens. Beautiful enough to have her admiring the color scheme. Terrifying enough to leave her contemplating the quickest exit. A large steel cross stood atop a thick brown rug, in the center of the room. Chains hung from the ceiling. Paddles and whips of varying size and shape dangled from the wall. A gun safe, in the same shades of beige and brown, stood off to the side, holding God knew what, considering the rest of the interior design. How very color coordinated. A dungeon that would bring the most sadistic Dom to his knees in tearful appreciation. Guiding her inside the room, Xander kept his eyes on her, as though assessing her reaction. After tossing Karinna onto the bed, he crossed the room to the ominous-looking safe and rifled through its contents. Bolt. Run. The door had been left open. A straight shot. He could be quick, but she’d always been a sprinter. Her tongue thickened, mouth drying as visuals of Texas Chainsaw Massacre passed through her mind. Jesus. What if she picked the wrong door? Would his leather-face doppelganger fly out, swinging? She had no intentions of finding out what lovely little devices he kept inside that safe, either. Before she could talk herself out of it, she jumped up and made a dead run for the door. Yeah, she wanted in. Wanted to find the sick sons of bitches who’d hurt her sister. Being tortured and raped had crossed her mind, though the reality of it smacking her in the face didn’t exactly lead her down the path to acceptance. Being alone with a psychopath out in the middle of nowhere never once played into the many ways she’d contemplated getting in the club, for sure. Shame on her for not having a game-plan for that shit, but c’est la vie, as the saying went, no sense beating herself up over it. Fuck this. The steady thud of his boots disappeared to frightening silence. She glanced over her shoulder, fear strangling her breaths at the long, dark and empty hallway. A wall of muscle smashed her cheek and knocked her back a step. Out of instinct, Karinna hammered his throat and punched his face, throwing his head to the side. He growled. Shit. Growled? Only beastly things growled. Arms gripped around her waist, and he hefted her over his shoulder, as he’d done back at the club. Karinna screamed. As long and as loud as she could, she screamed until the rasp stole her voice. Now she’d done it. Pissed him off.

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Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan. By day, she tries to make use of the degrees she’s earned in science. By night, she writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy and likes to craft the occasional tragic love story. Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction whenever distraction manages to suck her in to the Land of Shiny Things. When she isn’t toiling away on plots and protagonists, she enjoys reading, music and travel. If she could create mystical powers for herself, she’d have the ability to flash to anywhere in the world. And if she could flash to anywhere in the world at this very moment, she’d be staring at the ocean from her adirondack chair on the shores of North Carolina. She loves hearing from readers …



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***~MY REVIEW~***
"I will carve my fantasies into your flesh and rape all five of your senses, if you don't show me. Now."
The fuck Keri?! I was not prepared for The Fallen, even though Ms. Lake gave ample warning when we talked ARC. This level of mind fuckery, hasn't come around in quite awhile for me and trust me when I say, I welcomed it with open arms! I'm a big fan of this author, this series and then you go and toss in the word angel around, fallen no less, umm...yah, I'm there! I'll admit, it wasn't an insta-love kind of thing. I never once disliked the MCs but I didn't quite connect with them either. I was unsure of Karinna and at one point I feared Xander was destined to be just another alpha douche (hot, but a douche nonetheless). Even then, I pressed forward all due to the storytelling. I was curious, pulled into the world even before I was sold on the characters that played there.
Oh but when I fell, I fell HARD. I was indifferent towards Xander...blinked...then was ready to have his little cherubs! ;-) When I say he's the complete Many authors try their hand at kink and let's be honest, the levels of kink vary greatly so I won't even attempt to classify that particular aspect of the book. Unfortunately, a lot of dominant alpha type books fall short for me. I get the pull, I do, but unless there's a heart under all that bitch-ass-ness, I can't be bothered. As his layers were pealed back, one by one, he became the perfect male lead for me and I think he'll fit the bill for you too!
When it comes to urban fantasy/paranormal romance, there is nothing better than a just when you think you don't type of vibe. Ms. Lake took that idea to a whole 'nother level. Oh how I love those jaw dropping moments. This is a world of angels, fallen and otherwise, not to mention a seedy underground cesspool of human trafficking and then some.
Take heed to the warnings provided by the author. This is a dark urban fantasy/paranormal romance that contains scenes that may be outside of your comfort zone (rape, torture and various degrees of kink). ENJOY!!!

Monday, April 7, 2014






From the wrong side of the tracks...

Alyson Blake had learned early on that the only one she could depend on was herself. The only light in her life was a boy whom everyone agreed was destined for prison; but with his first kiss, he had set her soul on fire. Since the day the police dragged him away in handcuffs, she had managed to lead a quiet life, but when she attends an event fraught with mayhem, trouble resurfaces.

The one person she can’t forget...

Jamison Weston is the kind of guy dads load their shotguns for; endowed with a hot temper and a rap sheet as long as both tattooed arms. Known as “The Judge,” Jami’s hot temper, lethal fists, and cocky attitude have earned him respect and admiration both in and out of the ring. But just when he thinks he’s pummeled his past to death, Alyson Blake reenters his life.

Two paths collide…

After years of separation, Alyson is eager to reexplore the man who’s never left her thoughts, but for Jamison, she’s both the distraction he wants, but doesn’t need. As the two embark on a relationship that neither of them expected or bargained for, an outside threat closes in. When Alyson crosses the line of professionalism and takes her work home with her, her life is put in danger, leaving Jamison with no choice but to once again step in and become her protector.


J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.

Brandi Salazar lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream of becoming an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014


***5 OUT OF 5 STARS***

I was so excited when I was given the opportunity through PRUFreads to review for Margo again. I loved Waking Up Dead, I knew that I'd enjoy her newest book.

Everything begins when Laney has to move to Fairy, Texas when her mother marries her old high school boyfriend. Laney thinks Fairy, Texas is a boring old small town with nothing better to do other than go to the local Sonic drive-in. Laney soon gets thrown into the middle of the small towns big secret after literally tripping over a dead boy in gym class and learns how Fairy, Texas got it's name. Between having to deal with a mean spirited step-sister, a school counselor that has a bad case of bad breath and is just a flat out creeper, and then suddenly being wanted by 2 guys but not knowing who really wants her and not just use her to their own benefit, one of them also being the step-sisters ex.

I'm normally not a big fan of YA, and stories based in high school. But Margo doesn't skip a beat and gets right into all the action. You're never truly sure who Laney can trust. I hope there's a 2nd to this book so we can find out more about what Laney is.


Saturday, March 15, 2014


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Blinded by Magic, A Witch Romance by Ava Catori: Raven's weakness is mortal men. She's fallen hard for Derek. There's just one problem, he doesn't know she's a witch. Can he accept her truth or will their relationship crumble?

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Breathless by Cerys du Lys: Sadie and Evan live in different worlds. Brought together by fate, and held there by hope, can they bridge the gap dividing humanity, or will long held fears and prejudice force them apart forever?

The Passion Cure by Deanna Roy: Jet is a Nix, an outcast enchantress with zero power. To conjure a love spell to save her family, she seduces a handsome enchanter who is willing to break the rules, and possibly, her heart.

Marked by Charisma M. Cole: Jade Murray is a witch that can communicate with the dead. After a summoning goes awry, two murders rock the human and supernatural world. One thing connects the gruesome acts: Jade.

The Warlord's Concubine by J.E. & M. Keep: As a servant to the princess for much of her life, Mirella sees the conquest of the land as an opportunity to elevate herself.

A Demon and His Witch by Eve Langlais: Remy's seen a lot during his tenure in Lucifer's guard, but nothing can prepare him for the witch with the acerbic tongue--and voluptuous figure. Can he convince her to love him and not kill him?

Psychic Appeal by Michelle McCleod: Psychic Sofia Parker has fallen in love, a problem because her new relationship drives the lovesick ghost of her ex-boyfriend to come back from the dead...anyway he can.

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Romancing the Wolf (BBW/Werewolf Romance) by Skye Eagleday: The romantic adventures of two curvy sisters and one hot pack: Can the werewolves survive Bree and her sassy sister?

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Witchy Wolf by Alexis Dare: A brutal attack alters Chloe’s life. As her world crumbles, biker Gabe steps in to pick up the pieces. Can he save her from the danger lurking in the shadows?

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Monday, March 10, 2014




Cherry Stem Book Blitz and Giveaway




Turned at the cusp of a promising career in the adult movie industry, Cherry Stem has to rely on her mesmerizing vampire gaze for her meals and money. With the rent deadline approaching, settling for pocket change isn’t an option, so she reluctantly decides to let tall, dark, and handsome Detective Alex Marsden take her home for the night and fulfill her needs.


Only she gets more than she bargained for.


When Cherry meets Alex, she expects him to be nothing more than another “girl meets boy, girl feeds from boy, girl erases boy’s memories” hook-up. Once missing young women, the vampire council, and her irresistible ex are thrown into the mix though, she realizes nothing is as simple or random as she thought it was.


And Alex is either the biggest gift or the biggest mistake of her un-life.





Hiding my body seemed silly after we’d already had sex, so I didn’t. Not that he looked. He just dropped a duffel bag by the sink.


“Thought you’d want clean clothes as soon as you were dry,” he said. “Got a couple tees and sweatpants from my place. They’ll be too big for you, but at least the pants have drawstrings. Should be good for the night.”


Then he pulled his shirt over his head.


If I were human, I’d have been drowned by the water filling my mouth and clogging my throat while I gaped at him. As it was, I was grateful I’d opened the shower stall door and could enjoy the view.


Most people look better when they’re dressed than when they’re out of their clothes. There are always flaws, something that needs covering up: a slightly jutting stomach, love handles, scars, pimples. Something.


To me Alex was perfect.


I’d already run my fingers down his chest and abs, but seeing the smooth, flawless skin stretch over rippling muscle made me itch to caress it. His shoulders were wide; I knew that already, but the way they rounded, leading to his flexing biceps, was a sight to behold. And that’s what I did. I beheld, wishing he was closer, that I could press my breasts against his chest and see goose bumps rise.


I would probably have kept staring at his six-pack for much longer if his fingers hadn’t gotten in the way. Splayed across his abdomen, they touched what I longed for, ghosting their way down to the front of his pants. I wanted to lick my way along the trail of fine hair beneath his navel that disappeared inside his waistband. I sucked in a breath when he undid the button and another when the zipper lowered, allowing his slacks to fall to the teal, tiled floor.


My gaze followed them, until he stepped out of the pooled fabric and toward the shower stall.


Toward me.



Book Title: Cherry Stem (Book I of the Cherry Series)

Author: Sotia Lazu

Genre: Erotic Urban Fantasy

Length: 74K

Release Date: 3.15.2014

ISBN: 9781310502491

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Sotia cries at sappy movies and wishes she could take in all the stray dogs in the world. She lives in Athens, Greece, with her husband—whom she met through writing—their son, and their two rescue dogs, one of which might be part-pony.


Her genres of choice are romances with a twist and urban fantasy novels, always with vivid erotic elements. Her characters aren't exactly hero-material at first glance; she likes making them fight for their happiness. Still, the romantic in her can’t resist happy endings.




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Saturday, March 8, 2014


My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

"I'll keep you safe. I'll keep you warm. I'll chase the monsters from your dreams."



Catching Red by Tara Quan puts clever twist on an old classic. I liked Scarlet almost immediately. I found the first chapter to be a bit overwhelming. I realize that authors need to set up the world in which they've created but it was a bit of an information overload for me.

Once I settled into the story, I really enjoyed it. Scarlet is a strong, fierce and feisty heroine but maintained her femininity. Her interaction with Marcus was steamy, romantic and engaging. I loved how she wouldn't back down from him regardless of the fact that he dwarfed her in size.

The world around these two characters is a divided one. This post apocalyptic tale is right up my alley and I'm curious about the other members of the elite team Marcus works with.

Why just 3 stars? While 3 isn't bad, by any means, I feel this story had the potential for more. I loved how Grandma dearest is bat shit crazy. There's a virus, cults and kidnapping...OH MY! What pulled the rating down for me was the sex scenes. Marcus is just...delish. The first couple of encounters were spot on, I LOVED it! Obviously, regardless of experience, one gets more comfortable with a partner as they get closer and they begin to be a bit more open. I get that, I do. Unfortunately, for me at least, it felt like I blinked and she went from virginal wallflower to kinky sex kitten with some out of place spanking to boot. I do, however, look forward to more from this author.


Reya Sinclair is a Redeemer of Souls. Her mission is to give Earth’s most depraved sinners a shot at redemption just before they are slated to die. Her own redemption is on the line as she fulfills her duties, leaving a trail of dead bodies in her wake. It’s all going perfectly well until one detective takes notice, possibly bringing her salvation to a halt.

Thane Driscoll is a good cop who’s seen too many bad guys get away, including the man who murdered his father. He exacts his own style of justice, even if it costs him his humanity. A string of mysterious deaths leads him to a woman who’s not quite human and might hold the key to finding his father’s killer.

When death and shadows descend, New York City becomes a battleground for the forces of light and dark. As the body count rises and sparks fly between them, Reya and Thane race to uncover a terrible truth. Can one man hell-bent on revenge and one woman determined to save her eternal soul be enough to keep the planet from spiraling into darkness?

* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of Forever (Grand Central Publishing), via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review *

4 stars

What if you had one last chance to make things right? To change your ultimate fate? Reya Sinclair is a Redeemer. It's her job to offer that opportunity to lost souls right before they die. Their decision doesn't change their death but it does change their destination after.

Detective Thane Driscoll is lost. Bordering on the ledge between good and evil he has become someone he doesn't recognize. He spends his free time searching for ways to deliver his own brand of justice and seemingly try to make up for the past.

When cases come across his desk that all involve a mystery woman, he's sure she's the lead he needs to solve them. She doesn't actually kill them but why is she always there? What are her motives? As he digs deeper he discovers things are about to become more personal. His soul may be the next in danger.

A fast paced world full of hidden agendas, kick ass characters, and secrets beyond your imagination is what CJ Barry brings to the table in Redemption. The story reminds me of why Urban Fantasy was the first genre I truly fell in love with.

Reya Sinclair is beautiful, yes, but she's not some flighty weak woman. She's strong, brave and knows how to handle herself. She had a rough past that she fights to overcome as well as the darker side of herself.

Thane Driscoll is dark and brooding and delicious. He's the ultimate flawed "hero". With hidden talents undiscovered until he meets Reya, we see him change as the story progresses.

The writing was smooth and the pages flew by. The first half was a little slower due to the obvious world building and fact finding and after that it just took off. This series promises to be one of the top!

Friday, March 7, 2014


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From a pool of nearly 500 candidates, I’ve narrowed down TWO finalists possessing the best attributes for Gavin–the smooth & deadly leading male in the next installment of my Sons of Wrath series.  These guys not only have a smokin’ hot bod, they’ve got the gorgeous face to go along with it.


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Saturday, March 1, 2014


The writing of The Fawn has been a bittersweet journey. This is a story very close to my heart and a story suffered by many women around the world. It's not a new story. It is one that has been told time and time again by many different people in many different ways and with many different experiences, but with the same old problem. Hopefully through my love of my characters and emotions I've made it an interesting one. I wrote the first twenty pages of this story back in 2008 shortly after finishing the first draft of Whisper Cape. Although the story of The Fawn is completely fiction, it does represent a time in my life when I was insecure and my self-esteem was at an all time low, sometime back in my late thirties early forties. Things changed, circumstances changed, and I was able to find my own self worth. One thing similar to The Fawn is that I didn't do it alone.  The people in my life had a huge influence on me, friends mostly. And my knight who helped me realize my own self-worth time and time again. Just as Jackson is there for Lena, my knight was there for me. That is where the similarities end. But the emotion is strong in this story and I hope I've been able to portray it well enough to be appreciated. Lena's journey is very different from my own, yet, holds so much weight in my heart.    
Released Date: March 1, 2014
The Fawn
A New Adult Novel 

Sexual content and mature subject matter, including domestic violence and abuse.

After a not-so-wonderful young adulthood—shuffled from one foster home to another—Lena Benton had hoped marriage would be her ticket to happiness. Wedded a year after high school graduation, Lena was certain she’d found her knight. But when Troy Harington’s true colors surface shortly after their glorious day of elopement, things aren’t quite as rosy as Lena had envisioned. When an unforeseen event turns ugly, all she can do is ... run!

But does she run far enough?

Jackson Beaumont prides himself on being a nature-loving, guitar-strumming carefree sort of guy, known for his eagerness to help injured animals find their way back into the wild. When Lena Benton walks into his bar, he’s once again swept off his feet with concern and desire to help the wounded. Will he risk having his heart torn apart again when the memory of the fawn he rescued as a child resurfaces?

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No more tears, I ordered myself. It’s over. Was he dead? I hoped he was dead. I had to have killed him. My emotions—convoluted with anger and fear—dominated my judgment, giving me courage to go on. I’d never considered myself weak, to allow a man to have such complete and utter control over me—to beat me whenever he had the whim. How the hell had that happened?
Well, that person was gone and I didn’t want to be weak anymore. I lifted my glasses, studied my eye again, and thought of my mother—she’d been weak, I remembered. The vision of my stepfather beating my mother to death invaded my mind. I was nine at the time, and sat cowering in the corner, praying he wouldn’t come at me when he’d finished with her. I’d watched him slap my mom around before, and she’d always been able to recover. But that last time, he’d gone too far. I watched as my mother fell to her knees, clutching her stomach as his foot came off the ground and struck her in the face. She’d fallen backwards and her head hit the edge of the red, brick hearth of the fireplace. I covered my eyes and screamed as blood spewed out all over the bricks and the worn out, dingy cream carpet. A neighbor heard the screaming and called the police. They’d gotten there in time for me, but too late for my mother. 
I’d been on my own since I was eighteen after enduring one foster home after another, never really fitting in. But at the tender age of fourteen I’d found my niche. An old discarded second-hand guitar I’d discovered in someone’s trash became my savior. As long as I had a guitar in my hands nothing else mattered. After a few months of living with some friends and several temporary gigs here and there, I’d been lucky enough to find a spot with a smalltime band singing and playing lead-guitar. They called themselves The Magic Crew. They were good too, on their way to stardom, and I was right there with them until Troy Harington showed up and swept me off my feet. 
It seemed as if it had all been a dream as I thought about how he’d manipulated me into believing he loved me. Handsome? Oh yeah, he was handsome.

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Monday, February 24, 2014


Welcome to my stop on the Shadow Town (Maggie Lane Chronicles #1) by Robyn Jones Tour

Published: January 29, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Goodreads Summary

By day, nineteen-year-old Maggie Lane is property manager of Pearl Estates, a posh housing community owned by her father and occupied by Shadows. By night, she's a waitress at a local dive. When a girl at her night job disappears, she dives into Scooby mode. She might be able to handle a missing waitress on her own, but when a new Shadow moves in next door and turns her into a blushing, flirting, love-crazed girl, her need for answers unearths nightmares from her past and monsters of the here and now. It's possible her bad attitude might not be enough to carry her through.

New Adult paranormal romance Shadow Town is the first novel in the Maggie Lane Chronicles.

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“Are you kidding me? Branden, the Haas' are late on their electric bill.” I was over there yesterday with checkbook in hand! I asked them if they were behind.

There's no doubt in my mind what that Minerva Power truck is doing in their driveway. It's the same routine. My evil father accepts a rental application from some wonderfully kind family who can't afford our neighborhood. As soon as they miss a payment, he ousts them for a Shadow. I've been able to see the darkness my whole life, a useless gift that gave me a comfy seat on too many shrink couches as a kid. It’s not like I have special powers. I see an inky sort of cloud that hovers around them. Them being the majority of the tenants in my father's strange town within a town. 

Frank Beeker is too rich for his own good, if he had any good in him to begin with. Sometime back, my father got it into his head to build a village, not with huts and archaic stones to keep the tide from washing away homes. No, Frank came up with a mini-town that's a cross between crazy recluse commune and Beverly Hills gated community. 

Twenty-three houses, one small cafe, one kitschy store, a medical clinic, and an indoor Olympic-sized pool, make up the place I call home. The pool house is the big draw for me, besides the awesomely huge pool, plus there's a hot tub. To top it off, I have my own hours in the morning that exclude the rest of the neighborhood. 

Of the twenty-three houses, only five (not including mine that I share with my best friend, Branden Mills) have normal families living in them. The rest are Shadows. Every eviction brings one more to the town, to my dad's Pearl Estates. The name is cheesy, I know. I didn't have a say in what to call this bizarre Shadow home, just as much as I didn't have a say in my birth name, Marguerite Lane Beeker. It's Maggie Lane now.

About Robyn Jones:

I'm the mom of two hardcore boys. My oldest trained me to be matter-of-fact, no frills. My youngest wants the whole singsongy sweet package. Thank goodness for reading and writing because they are my sanity makers. I know life is all about the journey, that's why I like my fiction to be all about the destination. I want to be taken somewhere not here when I read, same goes with the stories I create. Thrills, chills, tears, and laughter, but there has to be something to hold on to at the end.

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