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Some things are meant to be; some aren’t.

I never thought this would be my life.

I never believed I could feel this way.


I don’t know where to go from here.

I never want to be anywhere else.


My whole world has changed.

She is my whole world.

I’m not sure how to be me again.

I’ve never felt more like myself.

I’ve never needed anyone, but I need him.

I love her. I’ll always love her.

But is our love enough? Can Levi and I really survive this?

Together, Ivy and I can survive anything.


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Disclaimer: Max Monroe’s editor recommends readers purchase tissues in bulk prior to reading the deeply emotional and epic finale of the STONE COLD FOX Trilogy. Early readers have complained of the following symptoms: sobbing, happy tears, overwhelming elation, book hangovers, and the urge to re-read the entire STONE COLD FOX Trilogy after finishing FOX.

My Review

After the ending of book two, I seriously had no idea what Max Monroe had in store for Levi and Ivy in the final book of the series. I was hesitant to begin because I already knew that Ivy’s world was going to be rocked just as painfully as Levi’s was all those years ago when he lost someone who meant everything to him, and I just didn’t see Ivy being able to come back from that kind of loss, especially given the reflection that stares back at her every time she looks in the mirror.

Max Monroe illustrates Ivy’s emotional instability in a way that resonates from the pages. Ivy lives and breathes grief and guilt on a daily basis, not knowing how to heal her wounds or how to stop the pain and heartbreak from eating her alive, and even though Levi is ‘well-versed’ in trauma and loss and stands by her side regardless of the hits he keeps taking, Ivy’s still not coping well, even if she has no choice but to survive.

I love how steadfast Levi is throughout FOX. In the first two books, he seemed to be more of a wildcard than Ivy, which makes sense given the nature of why Ivy came to Cold, Montana, in the first place, but in book three, Levi’s strength never waivers…his love for Ivy stands strong. He refuses to let Ivy push him away; in his mind, it’s him and her against everyone and everything else, and it’s his protective nature…his strong shoulders…his knowledge of what it takes to endure that helps Ivy to cope…to heal…to live.

Ivy and Fox have both been through more trauma than most, so the fact that Max Monroe doesn’t create even more devastating circumstances in book three allows the couple’s focus to turn more towards coping and living instead of simply existing, and as long as they keep fighting together, keep moving forward instead of backwards, keep standing as a united front and healing wounds with love and comfort, they’ll get through it all and be the person who holds the other one together regardless of what comes their way.

Max Monroe’s Stone Cold Fox Trilogy is different than what their readers are used to, but the fact that they created such a complex, intriguing, suspenseful, and dramatic series – one that captures readers’ attention and never lets go, speaks to the kind of diversified writer Max Monroe is and proves that their skills are not limited to only sexy and comedic storylines.

4.5 Poison Apples


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Happy Release Day to Calia Read and her new time travel/romance—THE SURVIVING TRACE!

This is one you don’t want to miss!!

Will is my fiancé. The shy man I met years ago in college. The person I’m supposed to spend the rest of my life with.

This is the life I’ve always wanted until finding a picture of four men changes everything…

Etienne says he’s my husband and the year is 1912. He can’t stand the sight of me, but I don’t know why.

Oh, and he’s one of the men from the picture.

I’ve done the impossible and have become trapped in time and I know Etienne is my key to going home.

The more time I spend with Etienne, the further I fall for him, until I’m questioning which time I belong in and if the life I left behind is the one I truly desire.

All I know for certain is I need to survive time.

I need to survive love.

And I need to make it out on the other side alive.



Right then, someone places a hand on my arm. I turn and see Nat. Her eyes are wide with panic. “Étienne is here.” I stare at her blankly, and she frowns. “Did you hear me? I said Étienne’s here. He’s livid.”

Judging by Nat’s frantic expression and tone of voice, I know this Étienne is someone important. But I don’t know who the hell he is or why I should be the slightest bit nervous.

I’m getting ready to say that when she plants her hands on my shoulders. It’s impossible to tell if the gesture is more for her benefit or mine. “You’re in no shape to see him. I’ll distract him. That should afford you some time to hurry to your room.”

Before I can reply or ask who in the hell this Étienne is, the whispers start. Word spreads like wildfire until conversations practically cease.

“Go,” Nat pleads.

No sooner has the word escaped her mouth before the doors at the far end of the room slam open. People stop what they’re doing. Even the musicians appear unsure and stare at each other in confusion.

Nat and Livingston move in front of me like a pair of bodyguards. I stand on my tiptoes and try to peer between their shoulders, but all I can make out is a stark white shirt. I’m confident it’s the Étienne man Nat was talking about.

In the hushed silence, I can distinctly hear his powerful steps. People inch toward the walls or the double doors.

“What are you still doin’ here? Go!” Nat whispers to me.

Why would I go? It’s just getting interesting. A thrill courses down my spine and spreads throughout my body. Minutes ago, I wanted to leave, but the dramatic reaction elicited from everyone and the giant question mark stamped over this mysterious Étienne makes me stay put.

Plus, this is a dream. Right now, I’m merely a cat with nine lives. If danger comes my way, I’ll survive. By the ninth, I’ll wake up.

For now, I’m safe.

The closer he gets, the louder his footsteps become. My heart pounds in sync with his footsteps. When he stops walking, Nat and Livingston’s shoulders are practically fused together. All I can see is the man crossing his tan arms.

There’s a beat of silence before Nat speaks. “Étienne. This is a pleasant surprise. I didn’t know you’d be here.”

“I live here. This is my home.” His voice is laced with the same slow, Southern drawl as everyone else I’ve heard speak tonight. But I think it’s the deep timbre that makes my pulse jump. Yes, that has to be it. “Who’s behind you?”

“No one,” Livingston and Nat say in unison.

“Are you sure? Because I swear I see the top of Serene’s head behind your shoulder.”

He knows my name. How does he know my name? Once again, I remind myself that anything goes in dreams. But something about this isn’t sitting well in my gut.

Livingston and Nat turn at the same time. They wear expressions of pure shock, as if they had no idea I’d been standing behind them.

“Oh, it’s Serene.” Livingston shares a well-practiced look of confusion with Nathalie. “I didn’t know she was there. Did you, Nat?”

“I did not.”

Damn, these two are good. If this were real life, we’d be fast friends. From how they play off of each other’s body language and words, I know they’re siblings; my brothers and I covered for each other the same way.

I can’t see the man’s expression, but I’m willing to bet he’s not buying anything they’re saying.

“Step aside. I need to talk to her.”

No one makes a sound. My legs shake.

When Livingston and Nat don’t budge, he says, “Move. Now.”

Nat’s shoulders slightly sag in defeat. I’m half-tempted to tell her not to give in to his demands, but my tongue becomes three sizes too big for my mouth.

As she steps to the right, she gives me a quick once-over and whispers, “I tried to warn you.”

They move away, and it feels as if I’ve been thrown to the wolves. Now I’m facing the leader of the pack. The first thing that comes to my mind once I see him is, Shit. I should’ve listened to Nathalie.

Because this isn’t the good ol’ boy every mother wants their daughter to end up with. No. This is the man every mom has warned their daughters about. You run, not walk when you encounter someone like him.

I stand there as though I’m nailed to the floor and watch as the man gazes around the room. He sighs as if everyone is wasting his precious time.

Then he turns his eyes to me, and when he does, the realization hits me like a bolt of lightning.

It’s my mystery man.

The man from my dream.

The man from the picture.

Standing inches away from me.

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Release Date: May 21st

Genre: Contemporary Romance






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The night I met Greer Palmer was no coincidence.

The plan was perfect.

Everything was in place. All I had to do was get her attention and the rest would take its course.

What I didn’t plan was my reaction the first time she spoke.

“Are you okay?”

Three little words…

That’s all it took for her to steal my breath and shatter every thing I’d expected.

She was supposed to be a spoiled socialite, a pampered princess, an elite heiress— anything other than the striking beauty that blew my misconceptions to pieces.

One kiss and I became obsessed.

One night and I became addicted.

One month and she became my world.

Suddenly, my plan wasn’t so perfect.

To her, I am sunset kisses, whispers of seduction, and promises of forever.

It’s all a lie…

I’m Lawson Hall.

My name and reputation speaks for itself as one of the most successful architects in the industry. Conceited, arrogant, egotistical, ruthless— I’ve earned it all.

In reality, I’ve bided my time, done my job, and waited my turn.

Now is my chance.

Greer thinks we met by accident, but she’s wrong.

Once the lies are exposed, will the truth be enough?

My Review

When I first started reading Ahren Sanders’ Fat Cat Liar, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I had never heard of the ‘fat cat’ expression before, but once Sanders provided me with the term’s definition, it clearly depicted who her hero, Lawson Hall, was and based on his less than gentlemanly reasons for befriending Greer Palmer and his inability to fess up to the depth of his deceit, the last word in the title fell into place, projecting a less than stellar opinion of Lawson, which could definitely sway readers and characters alike to refuse to see past his betrayal despite the truth of his feelings for Greer.

Ahren Sanders made it perfectly clear, early on, that Lawson’s stereotypical view of Greer’s ‘spoiled princess’ lifestyle was completely inaccurate, and while it was those misconceptions that allowed him to use her as a means to an end when it came to a business deal, the fact that Lawson kept up the ruse as long as he did even while growing to care for Greer in genuine ways will definitely not sit well with those who love Greer, both her family and friends as well as readers who  immediately recognized the amazing and beautiful woman Greer is, inside and out.

Through much of the story, I questioned Lawson’s outward behavior versus his internal conflict. I needed to understand why he continued to, in a way, ‘play’ Greer even though Sanders illustrated how quickly his mind changes after his first few interactions with her. I definitely think this might be a point of contention for some readers when it comes to accepting Lawson as a book boyfriend, but I do feel that Sanders proves just how much Greer changes Lawson through his actions, which means that even if he keeps the truth hidden until it’s no longer an option, he does show how much Greer means to him despite their relationship being built on lies and deception, and if readers can reserve judgment until Lawson demonstrates his remorse, his heartache, and his transformation due to Greer’s influence then they’ll be able to believe that Greer becomes his ultimate end game despite its original intent.

The fact that Greer Palmer is an heiress to a billion dollar company is so far removed from who she truly is, so it makes sense that she keeps that information close to the vest and only has an inner circle of friends who know her full story. Greer is an amazing heroine – one who is her own person with her own goals despite the type of woman she could be due to her father’s success. Greer is the antithesis to every stereotypical attribute for a woman who comes from money, and while, at times, she appears to be too good to be true, Sanders develops her character in a way that leaves no argument about exactly who and what matters most to her, and when Lawson’s lies are revealed, she makes him work for EVERYTHING, which proves how strong of a woman Greer is because even when her heart is breaking, she endures…she fights for herself and doesn’t give in even when she wants to despite all of the pain that Lawson put her through because when it comes down to it, she sees how much he’s changed and realizes that the risk just might be worth it.

The Lawson Hall readers meet at the beginning of Ahren Sanders’ Fat Cat Liar is not the same man who ends up fighting for love instead of his job once his lies and end game are revealed. Now that’s not to say that he still doesn’t have some a-hole tendencies or a healthy confidence that makes him seem like quite the arrogant bastard. But it’s that growth…that transformation that allows me to see past his deception and recognize the man he became due to his  ulterior motives to get close to Greer for financial gain.


I can’t write my review for Fat Cat Liar without mentioning the supporting characters, especially the Nerd Herd. This group of five intelligent, close-knit friends share an amazing bond and they use their collective brain power to accomplish monumental projects. I absolutely adored their commitment to each other and the fact that they brought such diverse qualities to the group showcases who each one is separately and how much they can accomplish when those characteristics are brought together. Theirs is a fierce friendship and it’s one that they could surely not live without.

Ahren Sanders’ Fat Cat Liar illustrates just how life-altering true love can be and what people are willing to do, both in positive and negative ways, to hold onto the other half of their heart. Lawson and Greer’s story is told through both of their perspectives, which means that readers are thoughtfully immersed into a journey that is heartwarming, heartbreaking, and so emotionally rich that readers can’t help but fall in love with both of them, even if we may also want to knock some sense into a particular sexy, possessive liar!

4.5 Poison Apples


“Don’t.” I pull her closer, brushing my lips against hers. “You want to know something, ask.”

She nods and resumes scraping lightly on my cheeks.

“Here’s another tidbit of information. I’m in no rush to introduce you to my brother. He’s a lady’s man, and he’ll have no problem trying to snatch you from right under my nose. I’m not an idiot and know a good thing when I find it.”

She giggles, the sound breaking any tension from earlier.

“You’re ridiculous.”

“I’m smart.”

“If you had a rough day, we don’t have to go out.”

“I’m tempted to keep you here like this, especially looking like you do. But I thought you wanted to meet your friends for drinks.”

“What’s wrong with the way I look?”

I make a point to sweep my eyes slowly over her face, neck, shoulders, and chest, stopping when I hit her low-cut neckline. “Your tits are about to burst out of your top.”

“They are not!” She swats me playfully.

I cock an eyebrow at her. “Pretty sure every man that sees you tonight is going to think the same thing. Do me a favor and don’t make any sudden movements.”

“Now, you’re being silly. This top doesn’t show that much cleavage.”

To make a point, I lean in and skim my lips along the edge on the fabric, stopping at the lowest point and darting my tongue out to touch her skin. She inhales sharply.

“Now, do you see my point?”

Author Bio

Ahren spent her formative years living in an active volcano. There her family made collectible lava art. She studied rock collecting at the Sorbonne in France. There she met the love of her life-her pet pig Sybil. She returned to the states and started writing. She is happily married to a guy who used to live under a bridge and she met while pole-dancing.

Now, meet the real me. I grew up in the south and consider myself a true “Southerner”. Most of the special locations mentioned in my books are reflections of my favorite places. Living on the Florida coast, my family spends a lot time at the beach, which is where I usually can be found with a book in my hand.

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COVER REVEAL: Tied Down by Chelle Bliss and Eden Butler

Tied Down by Chelle Bliss & Eden Butler

Releases June 12th

Tied Down is the second full-length book in the Nailed Down series – and can be read as a standalone.

Genre: Romantic Suspense


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Cara Carelli is a silver-tongued mafia princess, master manipulator, and the only woman I’ve ever loved. But she’s also smokin’ hot and my ex-wife.When Cara led me straight into a trap and pleaded for my help, I couldn’t say no. She thought she had the upper hand, but this time, I was in control and planned to make her beg.They say all’s fair in love and war and turnabout’s fair play, but what starts out as a wickedly seductive ploy turns into a twisted game of the heart.Tied Down is the second full-length book in the Nailed Down series by USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss and Eden Butler.

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USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She’s written over ten books and has two series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.

Before becoming a writer, Chelle taught high school history for over ten years. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor’s in History. Although history is her first love, writing has become her dream job and she can’t imagine doing anything else.


Eden Butler is an editor and writer of Fantasy, Mystery and Contemporary Romance novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum.

When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.

She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana.    Please send help.


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COVER REVEAL: Cross by Adriana Locke

Title: Cross

Author:  Adriana Locke

Series: The Gibson Boys #2.5

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Release Date: Friday, May 25, 2018

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Cross Jacobs was a screw-up.

Everyone knew it, especially him, and the point was hammered home when Kallie Welch drove herself right out of his life.

But, she’s back.

Seeing Cross wasn’t on Kallie’s to-do list. She didn’t think she could avoid him forever but trying never hurt anyone. One minute she’s standing by herself and the next she’s accosted by a rich, velvety scent that could only belong to one man: Cross.

At face value, he’s divine. All rugged and confident with a smile that melts her right where she’s standing. It doesn’t take long to find him to be charming, witty, and the owner of a few legitimate businesses. Not at all like the mischievous boy she left.

He laughs and her heart flutters. With a touch of his hand, she’s dizzy. She’s fairly certain she’s going to die when he pulls her into an embrace and touches his lips to her forehead.

It feels right. It feels so right.

But is it?

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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Filthy Gods (American Gods 0.5), an all-new Sexy Romance by R. Scarlett is AVAILABLE NOW!!

Prelude in the American Gods series.

Young. Wealthy. Elite. Attractive. The gentlemen’s secret society at Yale was filled with them.

And Nathaniel Radcliffe, the bane of my existence, was one of them.

As the right hand of the American Gods, he was conceited and arrogant. A dangerously handsome man in a tailored custom suit and shiny black oxford loafers.

The classroom was our battlefield. We made a sport out of arguing and debating, ready to do anything in order to win over the other.

Deadly opponents, deadlier minds.

I’d sworn I’d never give him the upper hand, until…

The secret I’ve been hiding for the last three years?

He just discovered it…and now he has all the power.

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The relationship between gods and mortals is a tenuous one at best; it would be inadvisable for a mortal to fall in love with a god quite simply because the power that gods wield can all but destroy even the strongest of mortals. Mortals would do well to remember that gods rule over every aspect of life, proving themselves to be both bastards and saviors depending on the situation.

But the gods in R. Scarlett’s new series American Gods are not the kind with supernatural abilities. Her gods hold dominion over those around them due to their blue blooded upbringing, their family name, their swoon worthy good looks, and their never-ending bank accounts.

These gods are just as untouchable and larger-than-life as those found throughout mythology, thriving on mortals bowing down to their greatness and dirtying up beautiful women as often and as many as they so desire. And, just like the three brothers of Zeus, Poseidon and Hades rules the world, James, Gabe, and Arsen hold dominion over the world in which they live, and while Nathaniel Radcliffe may not be one of the big three, he’s still a powerful and charismatic man whose status makes him highly sought after by women and men alike.

Juliette Monroe is not a goddess; she doesn’t have the pedigree nor the funds to be a part of the exclusive world of the American Gods, but what she does have is a drive, confidence, and intelligence to succeed and to create a life for herself that up until this point she’s only dreamed of. For the past three years, she has gone head-to-head with Nathaniel Radcliffe as the number one student at Yale, challenging one another and cementing a rivalry that will only get worse the closer they get to graduation. For all intents and purposes, Juliette and Nathaniel are sworn enemies; their lives are vastly different and they definitely do not run in the same circles, but that doesn’t stop them from craving one another…from Nathaniel wanting to conquer Juliette’s body and mind…from Juliette risking it all to have her own piece of this American god, so while Juliette doesn’t have much of a choice when it comes to giving herself to this filthy god, what she realizes about him and about herself in the time they spend together is just how easily this mortal could lose herself in this god and be destroyed in the process.

I am completely enamored with the world and characters R. Scarlett has created in her American Gods series. She has constructed the ultimate blue blood setting and crafted a group of deliciously devilish and decadent gods who rule over their domain effortlessly.

Juliette and Nathaniel’s story may only be a novella, but Scarlett provides readers with a well-paced and complex plot line while also demonstrating exactly who her hero and heroine are beneath their godly and mortal statuses. Their initial interactions, Nathaniel’s proposal, and what they become to one another was expertly laid out, exploring all of the reasons that these two characters belong together despite just how opposite their lifestyles and their families seem to be.

I’m so excited to read the other ‘gods’ stories; the mortals Scarlett chooses for James, Gabe, and Arsen will have to be unlike any they have encountered before, and I anxiously anticipate exactly what that will mean for these three gods among men.

This was my first read my R. Scarlett, but it most definitely will not be my last because her words and her characters are exactly what draws me into stories and makes me want to consume as much of the author’s works as I can.

5 Poison Apples

About R. Scarlett

R. Scarlett lives in a small quaint town in Southern Ontario, Canada and has an unhealthy obsession with mythology and romance.

From studying English literature and minoring in History, she loves losing herself in a good book and snuggling up to her Brittany Spaniel.

When she’s not writing or plotting a delicious novel, she can be found hanging out with friends and family, going on long car rides, exploring small towns, or watching reruns of Sex and the City.

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BLOG TOUR REVIEW: Guilty Sin (Alfa 4) by Chelle Bliss

Guilty Sin  (Alfa Investigations Series #4) by Chelle Bliss

Releases 15th May


When a mission puts a woman under Ret’s protection, he and his longtime girlfriend Alese welcome her into their home.

What starts out as a friendship rooted in trust ignites into a romance far bigger than any of them expect.

Love isn’t always neat, and sometimes it can’t be confined to an even number.

Get ready for the hottest book of the series yet. Ret is prepared to make you beg.

ALFA Investigations Series:
Book 1: Sinful Intent
Book 2: Unlawful Desire
Book 3: Wicked Impulse
Book 4: Guilty Sin

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The men at ALFA Investigations are tough as nails, all about the chase, and love playing dirty.

From ruthless criminals to wild women, they’ll stop at nothing to fight the bad guys and win the girl.

My Review

Guilty Sin is Ret’s story, Bear’s son, and while it stays true to what readers have come to expect from Chelle Bliss’ ALFA Investigations series, the suspense, mystery, and drama, the main focus of the storyline seems to be the interesting dynamic that Bliss brings into Ret’s Dom/sub relationship with Alese – one that, in my opinion, readers will either accept or find a bit disconcerting.

There was never a doubt that Chelle Bliss would bring the heat and with an extra person in the mix, Bliss definitely wrote some sinfully decadent scenes – ones that showcase this new arrangement and how the threesome learns to connect both physically and emotionally.

I’ll admit that through a lot of the story, I really didn’t know how to feel about Nyla’s role in Ret and Alese’s relationship. It’s not that Chelle Bliss doesn’t offer a series of explanations and several insights into how the sexual attraction amongst the threesome developed into so much more than just a physical connection. It might be because I haven’t read many romances with this kind of menage, but I think what it comes down to is the fact that Ret and Alese’s commitment was already established, so adding someone else into the mix with the ease in which it seemed to occur took me some time to understand and accept.

I’ve been a reader of Chelle Bliss since her first book released, and throughout this time, I’ve witnessed her growth as a writer and the way she crafts each story with its own unique grit, wit, and steam. Izzy Gallo is by far one of my absolute favorite heroines. Some parts of Guilty Sin’s storyline reminded me of what went down with Izzy, which isn’t necessarily an issue but Izzy in a class all on her own, so I didn’t want another one of Bliss’ characters to take on that role.

Overall, I enjoyed Guilty Sin. I found it interesting to read Bliss’ remarks about how the direction of the story drastically changed due to one of her Beta readers. Through the author’s honesty, I understood why she crafted the plot line the way she did, but I do have to say that I would have liked to have read the path the story didn’t take…I feel like it would have added even more of an emotional aspect to the plot and it quite possibly would have allowed the ending to not seem so rushed. 

3.5 Poison Apples

About the Author 

USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She’s written over ten books and has two series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.

Before becoming a writer, Chelle taught high school history for over ten years. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor’s in History. Although history is her first love, writing has become her dream job and she can’t imagine doing anything else.


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