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For Jenny O’Malley, the plan was supposed to be easy. Become the surrogate for her friends, Connor and Jeff, deliver their healthy baby, and earn some money towards her student loans. But as the saying goes, the best-laid plans often go awry. Especially when you’re looking at the prospect of not getting laid for a long, long time.

With T-Minus two weeks to insemination, Jenny decides to take her friend, Casey’s, suggestion to have one wild fling before she’s saddled with heartburn and stretchmarks. When a tall, dark and handsome man swaggers into the bar where she works in skin-tight jeans, cowboy boots, and a Stetson, Jenny knows he is the one. After a scorching night of banging boots until dawn, Jenny is a little sad to see her Cowboy in Shining Armor leave.

When he reenters her life a few weeks later, she never could have imagined a positive sign could be such a negative.





The Plan by Katie Ashley illustrates what happens when fate intervenes in someone’s life and alters her plans, complicating an already complex set of circumstances in the best and worst way.

Jenny O’Malley may be only in her early twenties but she’s driven to help her friends expand their family in the most selfless and amazing way and even though she meets someone who she instantly connects with, she understands that for the next year, her life is about more than just her wants and needs so she moves forward, holding onto her one night with a sinfully hot cowboy but looking ahead to the next nine months.

But the best laid plans don’t always go according to plan and when her one-night stand re-enters her life in a bizarre twist of fate, it’s up to both of them how they proceed, if they do, because there are obstacles that might not allow anything to develop between them.

Brett Evans is one delicious cowboy who definitely knows how to wear a pair of tight jeans! And, I can’t say that I blame him for reacting the way that he does when he realizes who Jenny is…but he more than makes up for it and once they figure things out, everything seems to fall into place and even though Jenny’s plan doesn’t quite go they way it was meant to…it doesn’t mean it didn’t go how it’s supposed to for everyone involved.

Jenny and Brett’s story is a sweet and steamy novella that explores the idea of family and how a plan can go a very different way when the right person enters someone life. I loved catching up with characters from Ashley’s Proposition series and how integral they are in redefining what family means and how love conquers all.

4 Poison Apples

Author Bio

Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author of both Indie and Traditionally published books. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her spoiled mutt, Duke. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Shakespeare, Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Scooby-Doo.

With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent eleven years teaching both middle and high school English, as well as a few adjunct college English classes. As of January 2013, she hung up her red pen and expo markers to become a full-time writer. Each and every day she counts her blessings to be able to do her dream job.

Although her roots are firmly planted in the red Georgia clay, she loves traveling the country and world to meet readers and hang out with fellow authors. When she’s not writing or chasing down her toddler, you might find her watching reruns of The Golden Girls, reading historical biographies, along with romance novels, or spending way too much time on Facebook.









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