Happy 1st Birthday to David Estes & The Moon Dwellers

Today, The Moon Dwellers by David Estes turns 1 year old! It was 1 year ago today (June 30th) that David Estes first published the first book in his first ever YA dystopian series, The Dwellers Saga, and changed his life forever. Since then, The Moon Dwellers has outsold and drawn more hype than any other of his 13 published books, and has risen to the top 10 of many YA dystopian lists on Listopia, finding a place amongst bestselling books such as The Hunger Games, Delirium and Divergent. The birth of The Moon Dwellers also changed David’s life forever. As he’s gone from struggling Indie author to fulltime writer, he’s watched in amazement as his Goodreads fan group has swelled from 300 members to over 1,300. Since writing The Moon Dwellers, David has gone on to write and publish two sequels, The Star Dwellers and The Sun Dwellers, as well as three books in a sister series, The Country Saga (Fire Country, Ice Country, and Water &  Storm Country). He plans to release the 7th and final book, The Earth Dwellers, in the combined series on September 5th later this year.

So what did David Estes want to do to celebrate The Moon Dwellers book birthday? His answer: “Give away as many free ebooks of The Moon Dwellers as possible!” So if you’re like so many others who are obsessed with YA dystopian novels like The Hunger Games, Delirium, and Divergent, and haven’t yet read the growing phenomenon that is The Moon Dwellers, now’s your chance to do so FOR FREE.

You can grab your free ebook of The Moon Dwellers from Smashwords.com using the coupon code below. And please feel free to share with your family and friends and pets, the more ebooks are given away the happier David will be. The only thing David asks for in return is that if you enjoy the read and continue on with the series, to please leave a positive review on Amazon.com for each of his books that you read.

Where you can find The Moon Dwellers:   SMASHWORDS

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And for those of you planning on reading The Dwellers and / or The Country Saga, here’s a special note from the author, David Estes:

The Earth Dwellers will cap off an eighteen month journey that has taken me from unknown Indie author to still-mostly-unknown fulltime Indie author. The change is a subtle one for most people, but for me it’s a dream come true. To the hundreds (and now maybe even thousands!) of readers who have come along for the ride with me, either by reading the Dwellers Saga, the Country Saga, or both, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Now down to business. There may be some of you who have only read the three books in the Country Saga or only the three books in the Dwellers Saga, and are now thinking you’ll read The Earth Dwellers, which is supposedly the 4th book in BOTH the Country Saga and the Dwellers Saga. Well, that’s awesome! However, I must highly recommend that before reading The Earth Dwellers that you read the three books in BOTH series. Trust me, doing so will greatly enhance your experience, as The Earth Dwellers will be taking significant characters from both series and crashing them together (yes, like a water country wave) into an action-packed tale of struggle and loss and hope and friendship… And maybe a little love, too.
Anyway, that’s my advice, it’s up to you what to do with it. In any case, thanks for being a part of my own adventure, I’m a better person for having written stories for you!

Recommended Reading prior to The Earth Dwellers

Other YA Books by David Estes!
The Evolution Trilogy:

Children’s Books by David Estes
The Nikki Powergloves Adventures:
Nikki Powergloves vs. the Power Outlaws (Coming soon!)
David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife and soul mate, Adele, who he’s now been happily married to for more than two years.

A reader all his life, David began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010, and has completed 13 novels, 11 of which have been published.  In June of 2012, David became a fulltime writer and is now travelling the world with his wife while he writes books, and she writes and takes photographs.

David gleans inspiration from all sorts of crazy places, like watching random people do entertaining things, dreams (which he jots copious notes about immediately after waking up), and even from thin air sometimes! Recently he’s been inspired by some of his favorite authors, like Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and Maggie Stiefvater.

David’s a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, an obsessive Goodreads group member, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.  He loves responding to e-mails, Facebook messages, Tweets, blog comments, and Goodreads comments from his readers, all of whom he considers to be his friends.

Where you can find David Estes hanging out: 
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Fast 5 Friday: Marc Johnson Giveaway

He's witty, sarcastic and a self confessed nerd. He hasn't won any awards, but he does have a deep knowledge of Transformers, Star Trek, and The Twilight Zone - his top three geeky loves. He writes because he loves stories and hopes to one day have written something successful as a movie, TV show, comic, book, magazine, and play.

Marc Johnson also loves to game, whether it be video, card, or board. He loves to test his mind in the challenges they bring... Until the zombie, alien, or robot apocalypse comes...

And he's this week's Fast Five Friday. 

You can contact Marc via Goodreads  Marc's Website  Facebook  and  Twitter

Catalyst is available now via Amazon and Smashwords 

What inspired you to create a character like Hellsfire from your epic fantasy series, The Passage of Hellsfire?

I would say a lot of things inspired me. I first got the idea from a dream I had so that would be my biggest influence. But I think for a character like Hellsfire, it’d have to be 80s movies.

I grew up on 80s movies, and that was the best time for cinema. One of the main reasons I love those movies is that they have characters who don’t give up even though a lot of things get piled up on them. So I had to include that as the most important trait in Hellsfire. He doesn’t give up and will always try to do the right thing even though he fails or makes things worse.

What are three little known facts about yourself, that you'd be worried to tell your mother?

I’m not entirely sure what my mother would be worried about. She’s probably worried that at this rate, I’m never going to get married or have kids. That’s because as much as I try, all the good women are taken.

In any case, one little known fact about me is that I constantly look into an imaginative camera when I find things a little off and unbelievable that someone just said that, as in “a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich.” I do it way too much. I’m not Jim or Eddie Murphy and I’m pretty sure there are no cameras around, but it’s bloody fun.

You're a proud and self described geek, what three gadgets could you not live without?

My iPod because I love my music and podcasts and also play a ton of games on it. My Kindle because I love to read. Lastly, my computer because I have to have some kind of machine to write on, watch TV, and of course, look at porn.

At which point in your life do you remember thinking, I'm going to become a writer?

When I was a kid, aside from watching violently entertaining, humorous, yet thought provoking, 80s movies, I also read a lot. I read books from Roald Dahl, Brian Jacques’s Redwall series, Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories from Wayside School, and a whole mess of other great authors. My love for those stories eventually made me try a hand at my own story.

I remember writing one of my first stories and while it was a blatant The Adventures of Milo & Otis rip-off, I enjoyed the feeling it gave me afterwards. I always try to capture that feeling after creating a story from the recesses of my twisted and weird mind.

And the weekly question, I love to support independent and debut novelists, do you have any words of wisdom for potential authors wanting to make the leap into writing?

Start saving your money NOW! If you going the indie route, you’re going to need money for editors and graphic designers. If you go the traditional route, you’re going to need money for postage, envelopes, ink and paper. Either way, you’ll need cash and lots of it so it’s best to start saving now.

My Unexpected Forever by Heidi McLaughlin Cover Reveal

I expected a life of music.

I expected to raise my son.

It took one look to make everything change.


I never expected happiness.

I never expected to find her.

I never expected to feel desire.


I never expected I'd be a family man.

I never expected to be loved.

I never expected to fall in love.

They say you should expect the unexpected. I didn't realise my unexpected would be the forever kind.

You've read Josie and Liam's story, now get ready for Harrison and Katelyn's.

GoodreadsYou can preorder purchase My Unexpected Forever on Heidi's website Here

Heidi is the author of USA Today, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes and Noble Bestselling novel, Forever My Girl. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets. 

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.

You can contact Heidi via Her Website  Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  and  Goodreads

Partials by Dan Wells

Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with partials, engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the world’s population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island. The threat of the partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to the disease in over a decade. Humanity’s time is running out.

When sixteen-year-old Kira learns of her best friend’s pregnancy, she’s determined to find a solution. Then one rash decision forces Kira to flee her community with the unlikeliest of allies. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that the survival of both humans and partials rests in her attempts to answer questions of the war’s origin that she never knew to ask.

Combining the fast-paced action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Battlestar Galactica, Partials is a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question, one where our sense of humanity is both our greatest liability, and our only hope for survival

They estimate that the youngest person left on the planet is fourteen years old, with only forty thousand people left on earth. Eleven years ago, the race known as The Partials tried to destroy the population. Built by man to be faster, stronger, to fight for humankind in the Isolation war. When a blood born virus known simply as RM was released, the world crumbled, and The Partials turned on those who created them. 

Kira is a plague baby. She has just completed her medic training, and works within the confines of the island hospital. The post apocalyptic civilization had been driven to settle on Long Island, under the dictation of an authoritative government. The RM targets unborn children, ending their lives within days of being brought into the world. Kira sees the wailing mothers, yearning to hold their children, the monitoring, the testing, and still the children continue to die. 

The vigilante group known as The Voice, have infiltrated their community. The Voice plunder the earth, stealing, killing and taking the citizens of Long Island, so the council tells them. They stand against the control of the government and the Hope legislation, that all girls over legal age are required to perform their duty to the community, become pregnant, so they can break the cycle of the fated children. They are humanities last hope. 

Kira has a plan, to essentially snatch a Partial from the wilderness, to test their immunity that may be the key to a cure. In theory it should have been simple, one Partial soldier taken alive, until the salvage group find Samm. Lethal, this soldier won't go down without a fight. It isn't until he is taken back to the island for testing, that Kira sees that her community is built on lies, control and deception. Samm is nothing like she imagined, quiet with an intelligence and striking good looks. When Samm saves her life amidst the rioting and insurgence, Kira and the small group of self made visionaries and revolutionists flea into Samm's world.

Everything they know and have been taught about the Partials doesn't quite add up. Will Kira find the cure, or a lot more than she bargained for?

Partials wasn't at all what I expected and was surprisingly good, but not great. There is far too much to the storyline all at once, and I felt bombarded, it was just too busy.. It short, it's a post apocalyptic world, where super soldiers were created, essentially artificial humans. A deadly virus was released upon the world, and the only known settlements are the community on the island, and a rebel group called The Voice. Mix that in with a killer virus, forced pregnancies on eighteen year old girls, and lengthy speeches regarding genetics, scientific research, and the story ends up busier than an ice cream truck at a Weight Watchers meeting.

It's not all bad, it was actually more often entertaining and thrilling... In places. Since Partials took care of all the explanations, I'd be interested to read the next in the series, I have a suspicion I may in fact enjoy the next one far more.

(Partials: Book One)
Written By Dan Wells
Published 28 / 02 / 2012
438 Pages

The Elite by Kiera Cass

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over - and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

The selection is now down to six girls, with the competition to win prince Maxon's affections becoming more brutal. America initially entered for the monetary compensation for her struggling, middle to lower caste family and the decadent meals, but Maxon isn't at all how she imagined the prince would be.

Her decision made all the more difficult by Aspen. Forgiving his hasty decision isn't the only issue that weighs on America's mind, it's the cruel and vindictive behavior of some of the Selection, her feelings for Maxon, and discovering the truth on how the young country of illéa was founded. The rebel groups are attacking with greater resources, more often. But when America encounters one of the rebel groups, questions are raised as to what they are really fighting for. 

America is conflicted, with only a handful of girls left, she is struggling to find her role and whether or not she is cut out for life as a royal. Keeping Maxon at arms length seems to drive him into the arms of the other contestants. It pains America more than she is willing to admit.
When one girl is caught in a compromising position with a guard, it is only the beginning of a journey of disappointment for America. The fierce competition, her feelings torn between Maxon and Aspen, and the clear divides in society. But when America exposes the royal secrets, she knows that her time has come to leave. Is she ready or will Maxon let her go?

The Elite is the continuation of The Selection, with the storyline focusing on the competition between the girls and America's lingering decision on whether to commit to the potential life as a princess, or the wife of a guardsmen. America has lost her nerve and flitting between the two boys, she has lost her sense of identity. Where Maxon was the unlikely and surprising front runner in The Selection, neither Maxon or Aspen are worthy in The Elite, nor does America deserve either one. 

As far as the rebels are concerned, I was hoping that we would be introduced to their cause and how they are involved within the series... But nothing evolved beyond storming the castle. They seem as though they are merely scenery in a twisted love story of sorts. I still can't class the series as dystopian, rather not much more than romance. I'll be interested to read the synopsis for the third, and I believe final book in the series. I suspect it'll be little more than Maxon choosing a bride, and America stringing along both boys.

The Elite
(The Selection: Book Two)
Written By Kiera Cass
Published 04 / 2013
336 Pages

The Palms by S. Celi Release Day Blitz

GoodreadsThree days on Palm Beach will change everything. We all have one, the one who got away. For 31-year-old Trent Matthews, that woman is Lauren Crawford. For 28-year-old Lauren Crawford, that man is Trent Matthews.

Ten years after they last saw each other on Palm Beach, an unexpected night at The Breakers sends Lauren and Trent roaring back into each others lives. She's still sassy, sexy, and sophisticated. He's still rich, handsome, and an expert with women.

The years have passed, but old feelings haven't died. Not even close. Now, these two have a second chance at love. The problem is, Trent left Lauren without any explanation in 2002. She's still mad and confused. Back then, Trent had his reasons - about a dozen - for his abrupt exit from her life. But even a decade later, he doesn't want to admit all of them - or make them public. And that hesitation may cost him Lauren. Forever.
Will Trent admit the mistakes of his youth? Will Lauren grant Trent her forgiveness? Or will they lose love again underneath THE PALMS?


 The Palms is available now on Amazon

New Orleans born Sara Celi has lived all over the United States. She calls the Greater Cincinnati area and the Queen City home. She's currently a TV reporter and anchor in Oklahoma City, and has spent more than a decade working in journalism. She graduated cum laude from Western Kentucky University in 2004. Celi is also a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Positive.The Undesirable is her debut novel. In her spare time, she likes to read, shop, write, travel, run long distances, volunteer with the Junior League, and fundraise for Cooperative for Education, a non-profit providing educational opportunities for Guatemalan kids.

You can find Sara on  Goodreads  or  Twitter

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Thirty-five beautiful girls. Thirty-five beautiful rivals…

It’s the chance of a lifetime and 17-year-old America Singer should feel lucky. She has been chosen for The Selection, a reality TV lottery in which the special few compete for gorgeous Prince Maxon's love.

Swept up in a world of elaborate gowns, glittering jewels and decadent feasts, America is living a new and glamorous life. And the prince takes a special interest in her, much to the outrage of the others.

Rivalry within The Selection is fierce and not all of the girls are prepared to play by the rules. But what they don’t know is that America has a secret – one which could throw the whole competition… And change her life forever

America is a five, in a world where your status defines your life. In the new country of Illéa, citizens are born into their caste, from those classified as One, the elite, to the homeless struggling to survive, the Eights. You must marry within your caste, with only men being permitted to marry beneath them. Your status determines how citizens will earn their living. America is a performer, her family being patrons of the arts. They have enough to get by... Barely.

Aspen is a six, and is born into servitude. He is beneath America, making their romantic interludes both illegal and dangerous. When the invitation for the Selection is announced by the palace, Aspen doesn't want America to always wonder what could have been. Being one of the selected girls chosen to potentially become the wife of prince Maxon, the future princess of Illéa.

When America is chosen to move to the palace along with the other 35 selected girls, she leaves with a heavy and broken heart. If it weren't for the promised compensation for her family, she never would have agreed to enter. America is a down to earth, stubborn and of simple taste, vowing to be none other than her true self. She quickly cements herself as one of the favorites to become the princess of Illéa, with her honesty and humanity.

As Maxon and America strike up a warm and strangely comfortable friendship, the competition intensifies. Girls are being sent home, which pales I'm comparison when rebels are trying to storm the castle. The rebel fighters are sweeping the country, hiring towns and clearing crops, but why? As Maxon and America's friendship blooms into something more amidst the growing concern, a new soldier is recruited to the palace duties, and American wonders if her time as one of the selected has come to an end.

The Selection is an entertaining version of The Bachelor, with a little dystopian woven throughout. Illéa, formally The United States of America, was invaded after the forth world war, effectively becoming The United States of China, when America failed to repay it's national debt. Illéa was taken back by the citizens and a monarchy came to be. But this aspect of the storyline, takes a backseat to the Selection contest and love triangle.

I was waiting for 'The Rebels' to make a grand statement, but sadly it never came. It was entertaining, but really more of a teen romance than the post apocalyptic dystopian that it's shelved at on Goodreads.

The Selection
(The Selection: Book One)
Written By Kiera Cass
Published 07 / 06 / 2012
339 Pages

Shudder by Samantha Durante Review & Giveaway

It's only been three days, and already everything is different.

Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa's life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she'd counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she'd thought she'd tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she's discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.

And then there are the visions.

The memory-altering "stitch" unlocked something in Alessa's mind, and now she can't shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers - and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world's sorry history - will soon leave Alessa reeling...

The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante's shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.

Alyssa and Isaac have escaped the walls of Paragon, seeking safe passage to join the rebel cause and find a safe house for operations. Their lives played upon a manipulated reality, realised with the aide of producer. 

The general population of Paragon, the former government quarantine zone, fear The Virus, a lethal illness brought into the city from over the walled compound. The citizens of Paragon, known as the ruling class, are being drugged to be kept compliant, unaware that their daily lives are being manipulated, right down to the nightly drama, where the 'actors' believed the soap was reality, both Alyssa and Isaac included.

The goal? To produce a peaceful, egalitarian society, the first the world has ever seen. To mend communities after the world went to war, the millions of lives lost after the the missiles rained and the virus killed the weak and wounded... So they say.

Their journey through harsh, unforgiving terrain is hungry work, with little rations now available. The two forge on with a quiet resolve, but something is terribly wrong. Something is hunting them, not quite human, but far more than a wild, feral animal. Whatever it is, is effecting Alyssa. She is having vivid nightmares and heightened emotional sensations. She is overpowered by grief, the loss of loved ones... And not just that of her own.

Janie, Lizzy and Joe are missing, Nikhil has been captured, but a fate far worse has been destined for one of them, trialled for her involvement, she will be made an example of. If only she could remember who she is. As Alyssa and Isaac make it back to Paragon, unscathed, plans are put in place to move the rebels and those seeking refuge, to the new safe house.

Not everything will go according to plan, they have a traitor in their ranks, animalistic hunters out for blood, and a revelation from the faceless men who control Paragon... Deemed worthy of a war that the rebels need to survive.

Shudder was awesome. Where the first book in the series Stitched, posed more questions than answers, Shudder answered them... In abundance.The Stitch trilogy isn't your average dystopian series, it's intelligent, unique and will keep readers on their toes. I'm giddy at the prospect of the final in the series, it'll be epic.

(Stitch Trilogy: Book Two)   Written By Samantha Durante
Published 15/ 06 / 2013
348 Pages

You can purchase Shudder HERE
Thank you to Samantha and CBL Book Tours

Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series.

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Fall From Love by Heather London Review & Giveaway

Struggling to put her life back together after a tragic mountaineering accident kills her college sweetheart, twenty-one-year-old Holly Treadwell is trying to set aside her grief, forge ahead in school, and find herself again.

When Carter Hansen, a guy who brings back horrible memories from the night of the accident, finds his way back into her life, Holly’s unsure if she should let him in. He terrifies her in more ways than one and invokes feelings in her that she thought were buried forever. Regardless of her fears, she knows she must face him in order for her heart to heal.

Everyone tells Carter that what happened on the mountain that night was just a terrible accident, but even then, he can’t help but carry around the guilt and is unable to forgive himself. He’s drawn to Holly and being near her helps ease his conscience and gives him the release he needs.

As Holly and Carter’s relationship grows, they begin to realize that the more time they spend with one another, the more their wounds begin to heal, her grief and his guilt. But when Holly learns the details about the night of the accident, what everyone has been keeping from her, it will rip open old wounds and tear apart what they’ve both worked so hard to overcome…

Holly is incomplete after having lost Adam. Since Adam's death, helping during a mountain rescue, Holly has ceased living, struggling through medial tasks of everyday life. How can you live, when it feels as though you've died? 

Carter was part of the rescue group on the mountain that night, when the weather turned and resulted in Adam's death. He hadn't met Holly before that night at the hospital, but after delivering the tragic news, he still remembers how she felt while he was holding her, while she fell apart.

Holly doesn't blame Carter, but the sight of him brings the painful memories of that night, flooding back. Through fate, Holly overcomes her fears and the two become friends. Carter brings brightness to her days, slowly lessening the pain with his smile. He never expected to fall for the devastated girl he held while she cried, the girl that has brought meaning into his life, and has helped him to live again.

As their friendship strays into something so much more, Carter has a confession to make, that he's tortured himself over, but will Holly blame him too? 

The heart wants, what the heart wants.

Simply lovely. Fall From Love was a breath of fresh air. Realistic characters, heartbreaking story lines that deliver the ultimate happy ending. The storyline was emotional and Holly's character in her grief, her thoughts and healing were realistic, raw and sadly beautiful. You'll form an instant connection with the heartbroken protagonist.

Beautifully written and adored it. It was simplistic, yet emotional. Its simply an emotional story of two collage students helping one another heal through friendship, and falling in love in the process.

Fall From Love
Written Heather London
Published 21 / 05 / 2013
330 Pages
Courtesy of  Xpresso Book Tours
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Heather London is a young adult and new adult author who loves to write stories full of romance, fantasy, and science fiction. She is a lover of only the finest of coffee and premium craft beer, but will settle for anything chocolate, regardless of its quality. Heather lives with her husband in Dallas, TX where she is currently working hard on her next project.

You can find Heather via her Website  Goodreads  Facebook  and  Twitter 
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