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The summer is here and it’s time to laze around in the sunshine reading a good book. For those of you who enjoy reading thrillers and mysteries we’ve created a fantastic bumper giveaway: 16 thrilling books on offer, and a $50 Amazon Gift Card.

Thank you to everyone who entered. The Giveaway is now closed and we have a winner.

 

Thrilling Summer Giveaway FB Post(1)What’s in the goodies bag?

I’m thrilled to be first on the list, because Saving Anna, Book 2 in my series Jake Talbot Investigates is due for release this autumn.

If you can’t wait to read Visiting Lilly you can download it for free with Amazon Prime.

Visiting Lilly by Toni Allen Visiting Lilly by Toni Allen

Jake Talbot Investigates (Book 1)

Why should a man at a Surrey police station go ballistic because someone tries to visit Lilly, his elderly grandmother? Jake Talbot investigates a romance that crosses the boundaries of time.

“This a fantastic, unusual story, brilliantly written and thoroughly enjoyable.” Stu – Amazon review

Shadow Dancer by Addison KlineShadow Dancer by Addison Kline

Some secrets should just stay buried. On the day Tristan Morrow is born her mother goes missing, prompting an investigation that produces no solid leads.

“Lots of twists and turns and suspense.” D.Y. Danis – Amazon review

 

Rachels Folly by Monica BrunoRachel’s Folly by Monica Bruno

Rachel’s best friend is about to be married, but her fiancé is a mysterious man with seemingly no friends or family. After a night of drinking goes awry, Rachel is forced to face a dark part of herself she didn’t know existed.

“This well written page turner shows how one person can mess up so many lives.” Sharon H – Amazon review

The Anonymous Source by A.C.FullerThe Anonymous Source by A.C. Fuller

One year after the 9/11 attacks, Alex Vane–a brilliant, carb-obsessed reporter for The New York Standard–wants nothing more than to break into the flashy world of TV news. But when he uncovers the scoop of a lifetime, his editor buries his story, a source turns up dead, and Alex finds himself at the center of a violent media conspiracy.

This Grisham style read kept me guessing.” Nisi4man – Amazon review

Sandcastles and Other Stories by Justin BogSandcastle and Other Stories by Justin Bog

The Complete Edition of Justin Bog’s First Collection of Dark Psychological Suspense Tales.

“This enchanting short story collection deftly examines the psychology of life.” Mrs J Lobb – Amazon review

 

What Echoes Render by Tamsen SchultzWhat Echoes Render by Tamsen Schultz

Betrayal was something Jesse Baker thought she already knew too much about. But when her dead husband’s past comes back to haunt her, both the life she’s built for herself and her sons, and the story she’s told herself to make it through, threaten to crumble into ashes.

“If you’re a romance suspense reader you will love this book.” L R Smith – Amazon review

Macyn's Letter by S.L. StackerMacyn’s Letter by S.L. Stacker

A near-death experience at the hands of her husband would cause any woman to cling to her crippling trust issues and dating phobia, and Macyn McIntyre is no exception.

“Pleasantly surprised for a great read from a new author!” Tonia Molino – Amazon review

 

Awake by Melanie SuraniAwake by Melanie Surani

Opera singer Joshua Gray wakes in an eerie art museum exhibit. He comes to believe he’s been kidnapped and abandoned. And he isn’t the only one…

“The ride didn’t end until the very last page – and what a ride!” funky_town – Amazon review

 

All the pretty bones by Camela ThompsonAll the Pretty Bones by Camela Thompson

After ten years of living in the shadow of her stalker, a diagnosis of terminal cancer pushes Olivia Kardos to take matters into her own hands.

“There are many interesting twists and turns throughout the book with moments of horror and others hopefulness.” Linda Ragland – Amazon review

Blood, Spirit and Bone by Camela ThompsonBlood, Spirit & Bone by Camela Thompson

Olivia lives, but Lucian’s part in saving her may cost him his life.

“I’m always surprised when an author can keep me guessing and keep my nose buried in a book.” Kristina M Covington – Amazo review

 

Veronica Layne gets the Scoop by Julia Park TraceyVeronika Layne Gets the Scoop by Julia Park Tracey

Veronika Layne. Sassy, tattooed, twenty-something newspaper reporter. Never saw herself working for the “man.” When her small weekly is swallowed up by Singh Media Group, that’s exactly where she ends up.

“This book is a sexy adventure, a breezy story with mystery and romance that was a joy to read.”

Inhuman Interest by Eric TurowskiInhuman Interest by Eric Turowski

Thirteen words in a want-ad turn Tess Cooper’s world upside down after she signs on as a paranormal research assistant to the mysterious Davin Egypt.

“There is no sleep when reading this book! Seat gripping!” Peggy Salkill (UNDERCOVER BOOK REVIEWS) – Amazon review

 

Roses are Red Violet is Dead by Monica-Marie VincentRoses are Red Violet is Dead by Monica-Marie Vincent

Violet Sumner has a stalker. Between her largely dysfunctional family of two and the friends she doesn’t feel particularly close to, Violet thinks he’s the least of her problems.

“Novel is intense, and suspense filled with fully developed characters that feel like your own family members and close friends.” Nonie Peterson – Amazon review

OP DEC Operation Deceit K. WilliamsOP-DEC: Operation Deceit by K. Willaims

Claire’s father sends her mother away, declaring she is hysterical with fatigue. Displaced by this disastrous outcome, Claire is brought to New York by her spirited aunt, to be raised beyond the reach of the damaging turn of events.

“The story is intense! I often found myself on the edge of my seat.” Victor A. Rodriguez – Amazon review

Women in Red by Jordan Rosenfeld

Diamond Run by Michael Croucher http://www.michaelcroucherbooks.com/

 

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If you haven’t picked up your copy of Visiting Lilly yet, then now is the time to do it as I’m running a free download offer on Kindle until June 23rd.

US Visiting Lilly on Amazon US

UK Visiting Lilly on Amazon UK

Visiting Lilly free promoWhat reviewers have to say about Visiting Lilly:

“The story has a certain edge of the genres Hard-boiled and Noir Fiction”

“At last, a detective novel with a really unexpected twist!”

“Once I started to read this I just couldn’t put it down…A totally gripping and compelling read from start to finish.”

The second book in the Jake Talbot Investigates series, Saving Anna, will be available later this year, so don’t forget to follow me here or at https://www.facebook.com/ToniAllenAuthor to hear all of the latest news and updates.

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Visiting Lilly by Toni AllenThe other day I had lovely feedback from someone who’s just started reading Visiting Lilly. Part of his enthusiasm was that he lives locally to Farnham, and knows all of the locations, so instantly gained a sense of belonging to the story, and of it being about people he could relate to.

Now, I’m fully aware that not everyone lives near Farnham, Surrey, UK.

For those of you who don’t I shall build a sense of location, periodically adding new photos, so that you too can see the places that DI Jake Talbot and Frankie Hayward visit.

Farnham Police StationOur first stop on this virtual tour of Farnham and surrounding areas is Farnham Police Station, where Talbot works. Built in 1963, it’s now due for demolition. The irony is that I started writing Visiting Lilly way before the police began their scheme of selling off prime location buildings and streamlining police infrastructure. Of all things, ‘Retirement Living Apartments’ for the elderly are to be built where Farnham Police Station once stood. I think I’ll give them a call and see if they have space for Lilly, because they sound much more pleasant than Mellow Acres in Guildford, the dreadful care home she’s living in when Frankie first tries to visit her.

From Visiting Lilly

“On the side of Farnham Police Station are bas-reliefs of rural life, and this is the scene from Visiting Lilly when Talbot stop to look at them.

On his way to work, Talbot took a drive past Hayward’s to check that his window had been fixed and that Charteris had shifted his vehicle. The key he’d confiscated had been from a dark BMW. The only visible cars matching that description were tucked away on hard standings, bright rays of hopeful sunshine bouncing off their polished paint work. Hayward’s house looked secure, and Talbot wondered if his cat had come home—a good point of human compassion to open their next conversation.

Farnham police station looked grim as ever. Talbot speculated whether anyone had ever found the pigs allegedly hidden away in the rural bas-reliefs decorating the exterior. He’d often looked for them, wondering if the myth held any truth. People wanted to be part of the same tribe, see what others saw, point and say, ‘there are the pigs’.

So who was pointing at astral travel and visiting people in the past? Who was believing in that?”

Not a Pig in sight!Farnham Police Station bas-relief3 Bas reliefs Farnham Police StationBas reliefs Farnham Police StationPolice Station bas reliefs, Lower Downing Street, Farnham.

Cast in concrete by Rachel Brown and Carol Hodgson, 1961. A series of panels illustrating Farnham’s agriculture and the Bishops of Winchester, Farnham Castle and Farnham Park.

Can you spot the pigs? Or don’t they exist?

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It’s my pleasure to introduce you to the author Y. Correa and her latest novel MarcoAntonio & Amaryllis.

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The year 1585. The Anglo-Spanish War. England’s greed for Spain’s crops, land, and supplies gives birth to the inertia of intolerance on both sides. Yet, even then, Love surges forth.
MarcoAntonio, a Spanish gentleman and knight, defied all boundaries of color and culture, when setting eyes on the English lady Amaryllis. Although to others, he may be a bit reserved, he dares to lower his defenses solely for her.
Amaryllis is an English lady. One with an open heart, gentle spirit, and shining eloquence. She knew that she should not desire MarcoAntonio. Still, a love feeling so right couldn’t be so horribly wrong!
Travel with MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis as they duel with internal and external forces threatening to tear their powerful love apart. In the midst of troubles the likes of which have no compare, MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis find themselves having to fight the most unexpected of adversaries, just for the right to love each other.
Discover why their LOVE is the result of ALL things conquered!

Here’s an excerpt from the novel.

Excerpt:

Her need for sleep was conquered by the potency of her thoughts, and the ceaseless fear that she always lugged around like a plague.
She heard some movement in the bushes. A stirring.
That was odd. What would be lingering about at this time of night? “Ah,” she thought aloud with a small curl of the lips. “Tis a hare or something of the sort. I’m sure.” She stepped out of her seat and walked over to the edge of the balcony to peer over expecting to see the lovely little animal that would most likely pop out from behind the bushes at any second.
She leaned on the ledge and placed her elbows over it, and then instinctively placed her chin upon her hands. She looked out at the greenery, which was lit only by the moonlight and stars, and watched with hopefulness. “Finally, something to take my mind off the troubles!” she thought with a wishful sigh.
She was startled by the sound of his voice. “I was unable to sleep well, Ma’ Lady.” Her breath ceased for the briefest of moments.
“MarcoAntonio! What are you doing here? If they catch you….” She couldn’t bear to finish her thought.
“Forgive me, Ma’ Lady,” he apologized quietly, and then quickly and humbly lowered his eye sight for a moment. “I had to see you again.” He raised his eyes to her once more. “Our time together earlier tonight was not enough to fulfill my need of seeing you. At second thought, no time available to man is enough to fulfill my need to see you.” He halfway smiled, gently.
“Please, my love. You have to go. I don’t know what I would do if they catch you here. Please? For me?” she pleaded.
“Ma’ Lady, I will leave. Very soon. I just had to see you once more, if only for a moment.” He turned his head behind him for a split second. “I’ve tied Altivo back there, so that they would not hear him. I’m being safe,” he promised. “Now I plead with you, just allow me a few more moments of your time before I leave.”
With worry obvious in her voice, yet the everlasting love that perforated her soul apparent as well, she responded, “Very well.”
For the first time ever, MarcoAntonio gathered the courage necessary and approached the building closer than he’d ever done before. “Ma’ Lady Amaryllis, you should know by now that your soul existence is what gives my own existence purpose. I love you more than words can express. You do know this, do you not?”
“Yes brave sir, I am well aware. Just as you should be aware that I feel the same way,” she said attempting to sound calm, yet her body language spoke volumes as to how fearful she was by the fact that he’d approached the building so closely.
“Then Ma’ Lady, I only ask one thing….” he said as he walked closer.
“Marco, please? Stay back!”
“Just one thing….” he repeated.
This time making her fear the most predominant emotion displayed, she blurted out, “Yes. Yes! Very well then. Ask!”

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Meet the author Y Correa
Y Author ImageY. Correa is a proud Hispanic-American mother of four, daughter, teacher, mentor, author and advocate, among other things. Early on in life Y knew how to multitask and juggle a million and one things. To this day he still doesn’t know how she does it.
About 3 years ago, Y embarked on the adventure of her life: she opted to write a book. Though a late bloomer, the task came to her naturally, as if it were something that was hidden in her all of that time. Today, Y has published several short stories and a hand full of full length novels and still has many works in progress.
Apart from writing, Y realized that there was a need for a strong support group that would unite all authors, of all walks of life. Quickly she realized that life in this industry was difficult and that there was lots of segregation within the literary ranks.
Just as quickly she decided that she’d make it her mission to change that. Thus the Self-Published/Indie Authors Support Group was born. Through time Y realized that the fight she’d embarked on was rather one sided: traditionally published authors needed advocating and support too. With that, the All Authors Support Group was born. Like bees to honey, authors from all walks of life came.
From the All Authors Support Group, the All Authors Blog Blitz was born, and like an avalanche, in a series of unexpected events the All Authors Magazine was born.
Today however, Y would like to present to you the launch of her newest full length novel “MarcoAntonio and Amaryllis”

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Quill imageOut of the blue I’ve just heard from a new online publisher I pitched my novel Visiting Lilly to many months ago. They’ve requested the entire manuscript which will go before a review board, and hopefully on to full submission.

I’m absolutely chuffed.

Visiting Lilly crosses several genres and that has been one of the biggest issues in securing an agent or publisher. I believe it’s a romance, but it also has a police detective/mystery and elements of weird science. See my problem? It doesn’t fit into a nice neat category box.

Hence I’m thrilled that someone has invited me to send the entire manuscript and is willing to read it through.

I’m sure I won’t hear any news for a while, I know these things take time. So wish me luck! I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

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As part of the All Authors Blog Blitz I worked alongside the delightful Kevin Hardman who interviewed me on his blog. One of the genres that Kevin writes is “superhero” and this piqued my interest in his work because as a child I always had my nose stuck in comic books. My favourite superheroes were Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk and Batman. When reading Batman I was always so excited by the cool words like Kapow and Wham springing from fists in jagged outlines when our hero was having a fight.This, no doubt, helped expand my vocabulary!

With my love of Superheroes I invited Kevin Hardman for an interview to find out more about the man behind a new superhero.

Kevin Hardman book covers

Tell us a little about your background Kevin.

Well, on a personal level I come from a large family.  I’m one of seven kids, which was great because I enjoyed having a lot of brothers and sisters. It made growing up a lot of fun.

From a professional standpoint, I work in an office environment. I have several degrees, which once resulted in a friend jokingly commenting that I had more letters after my name than actually in it. At the moment I enjoy what I do, but I wouldn’t be adverse to writing full-time.

What led you to become an author?

Like a lot of authors, I get a great deal of enjoyment out of reading.  In fact, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t able to read.  Regardless, it was my love affair with books that eventually turned my thoughts to writing one of my own. In fact, I wrote my first story – a contemporary short – around the age of nine.

After that, I didn’t really do much writing again until college. I wrote a few short stories during that time, but didn’t seriously turn my hand to it until after I graduated.  At that juncture, I tried to get some of my work published but received the usual round of rejections that most authors are familiar with.

Some time around then, I began writing movie screenplays. I’ve always been a big fan of movies and – like most other moviegoers – I’d seen one-too-many terrible films that left me thinking, “I can do better than that!”  Eventually, I was able to get an agent, and some of my scripts supposedly found their way into the hands of some recognizable people.  Unfortunately, I never sold anything, and eventually my agent and I parted ways.

I really didn’t attempt to write anything for a long time after that (mostly because I went back to school for another degree and then started working), but eventually the urge became too strong to ignore so here we are.

What subjects do you write about?

Historically, my favorite genre has always been fantasy/sci-fi, but by today’s standards I would expand that to include related subjects like the paranormal and supernatural.  That said, I write about anything and everything.  Basically, nothing’s off the table; I write fantasies, romances, mysteries…any genre you name, I’ve probably got a story in mind that suits it.

For instance, I currently have two books out:  Sensation: A Superhero Novel (which I suppose you could describe as fantasy/sci-fi) and Warden (Book 1: Wendigo Fever), a paranormal/horror story.  I had planned to follow these up with a romance I’ve had in mind for a few years and then a mystery.  However, I decided to go ahead and do sequels to the existing books before moving on to other genres. Sensation seemed to be resonating with readers, and It didn’t seem fair to keep any fans waiting an excessively long time. (As I write this, Sensation is actually ranked #1 in three categories on Amazon.)

What were your greatest influences? 

That’s tough.  I’d say that my parents buying me lots and lots of books as a kid probably influenced me to a large extent.  If you read enough books you’ll often get the itch to write one yourself.

In terms of writers, I would say that Jack Vance was a strong influence on me.  I simply love his prose, as well as his ability to create fantastical worlds and singularly unique societies.  In addition, he wrote in multiple genres. Not only did he win every major award in fantasy and science fiction (Hugo, Nebula, etc.), but he also won an Edgar Award for mystery.  Finally, he was simply a prolific writer, as his huge body of work will attest to.  (Vance was admittedly into writing solely for the money, which might explain why he cranked out so much.) I was deeply saddened by his recent passing, as there just aren’t many people I’d place in the same class with him.

What can you tell us about your latest book?

As I mentioned, I actually have two out at the moment that were published around the same time. Rather than talk about them, it’s probably easier if I simply share the descriptions, starting with my superhero novel Sensation:

Sensation Tiny ebook Cover Like millions of other kids, Jim grew up wanting to be a superhero. Unlike most of his contemporaries, however, Jim actually had the goods: a plethora of super powers that would have been the envy of any meta on the planet. But when his tryout with the Alpha League – the world’s premiere group of supers – goes disastrously wrong, Jim basically becomes an outcast. 

Two years later, Jim is still bitter about what happened to him. However, he soon finds himself the centerpiece in an odd turn of events that gives him a second chance at his dream. But nothing is as easy as it sounds, as Jim soon discovers. Among other things, he’s made an enemy of a prospective super teammate, he’s being stalked by an unknown pursuer, and a shadowy cabal bent on world domination has identified him as the only obstacle to their plans.

It’s a lot for one super to handle, even with a smorgasbord of abilities. But if saving the world were easy, everyone would do it…

 And here is the description for Warden:

Warden_Tiny_Cover_for_KindlePart lawman, part tracker and part magician, the Wardens are monster-hunters – tasked with protecting the people from the various, nightmarish creatures that have invaded the world of men. However, despite being descended from a long line of Wardens, 16-year-old Errol Magnus believes it to be the absolute worst job on the planet: How could a single occupation simultaneously be the most boring, abominably stupid and extraordinarily dangerous profession imaginable? 

But when his older brother Tom – the current Warden for their region – goes missing, Errol has no choice but to enter the Badlands, where monsters abide in mind-boggling numbers, to find him. During his search, Errol crosses paths with – and finds himself stalked by – the legendary Wendigo, a monster with preternatural strength and speed, as well as enhanced senses of sight, smell and hearing…and an insatiable hunger for human flesh.

 Now Errol must do the impossible and not only escape from the monster (something no one has ever done before), but also avoid the unearthly legacy it leaves on all its victims – a terrifying curse known as Wendigo Fever.

I think that both books can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, although they will probably have greatest appeal for the teen/young adult demographic.

Would you mind sharing an excerpt with us?

Sure, here’s the excerpt from the inside cover of Sensation:

I shot an angry look at Paramount as I braced myself and started to rise from the floor. He put a hand up to his mouth, as if to hide his snickering after having knocked me down. I can’t explain what happened next, but fury such as I had never felt – all-encompassing and all-controlling – exploded inside me.

I switched into super speed, moving so fast that later, even on film slowed down as much as possible, my movements were a blur. I grabbed the chair I had been sitting in, and in one smooth motion folded it up, spun around and hit Paramount with it squarely on the chin in uppercut fashion.

I mentioned before that I don’t actually have super strength, but when moving at top speed I can mimic it pretty well. Paramount’s head snapped back and he went sailing bodily up into the air. He hit the back wall with an audible smack that shattered plaster, then slid down to the floor.

I stood frozen, still gripping the chair. I seriously doubted that I had hurt him; at only 16, Paramount was already practically invulnerable, like his father. The lick I’d just laid on him was probably akin to an adult getting poked in the eye by a baby. It catches you a little off-guard, but it’s more irritating than painful, with no lasting effect.

Sadly, I was right.  Paramount started to get up…

What inspired you to write a superhero novel?

I’ve always been a fan of comics and superheroes.  It probably stems from the fact that one of my older brothers read a lot of comics and loaned me quite a number of his when we were growing up. 

As to what made me write a superhero novel first – out of all the stories I wanted to tell – all I can say is that it was the story making the most noise in my head and clamoring the most to get out.  Oddly enough, though, the story that ended up being published is nothing like the one I had planned to write.  Basically, as so often happens, the story tells itself, and in this case I ended up with something far different that what I initially intended. 

What’s the most difficult thing you’ve encountered in your journey as an author?

That’s hard to say, because at various junctures different things would arise as the most difficult barrier to overcome.  For instance, when I started writing right after college, the major roadblock was simply getting published.  After the advent of self-publishing, one of the biggest challenges for me was simply trying to be a one-man band and do everything myself: the writing, editing, marketing, etc.

These days, I share the load by having a cover artist and an editor.  The major obstacle I currently encounter is walking that tightrope between maintaining my day job, finding time to write, and taking care of marketing/promotion (which I still do myself).  It’s quite a balancing act, and you often feel like you’re robbing Peter to pay Paul when you have to push something to the side for a little while you sort some other issues out.

What words of encouragement would you give to any potential authors out there?

First of all, if you’re serious about it, you have to treat writing like a job.  That means writing every day, no matter what. Beyond that, simply have faith in yourself.  For most of us success is not going to happen overnight – whether in writing or any other aspect of life.  You wouldn’t expect to be made CEO after two weeks on the job (and you wouldn’t quit after two weeks because they didn’t make you Chief Executive). Likewise, don’t quit writing just because you don’t hit a home run your first time at bat.  Just keep honing your craft, getting better, and eventually the world will find you.

And on a side note, don’t discount the power of prayer.  I pray about my books on a daily basis and am blessed in that they have been performing well.

Where can readers find your books?

Sensation is available on Amazon US and Amazon UK.  Likewise, Warden is also available on Amazon US and Amazon UK. Interested readers can also find out more at my blog The Hardman Writing Stylus

Whatever else you do today don’t forget to look up Kevin on Amazon or his blog and find out more about the man behind the new superhero.Toni Allen Logo

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As part of the All Authors Blog Blitz taking place today, I am proud to introduce Jane Li the author of Barakel and Nissa

Barakel and Nissa [web use]

Maybe you believe in soul mates, maybe you don’t.  Maybe you believe in reincarnation, maybe you don’t.  Doesn’t matter.  When it comes to attracting the love you want, it appears that all you need to do is follow a formula.  Well-known author Arielle Ford followed a formula, and she got the love of her life.  Is the husband a soul mate from past lives?  Apparently, only our souls know for sure.  We living as humans are said to live in spiritual amnesia about such things as soul mates, although some people just “know.”  Sure, you can do a past life regression or a between-lives regression to find out, and you can believe what you want. 
Barakel and Nissa are two soul mates from way back who knows when (I don’t, I’m just the narrator here).  Through whatever soul reason (you can figure that out if you wish), they come together in the time of biblical Genesis, in the third colony of mythical Lemuria, in the time of Tudor England (no darlings, it’s not about Henry or any of his six wives [HBO already did that]; this time the little ones get to star), and in present day America.  A good thing about writing fiction is that even though you put your main characters through hell and high water (really, there is literally high water in the story), and add extra irritation with a pesky and arrogant god, you can still give them a ridiculously happy ending in the end.  That’s fiction…
…or is it? J

Jane Li is the author of Barakel and Nissa.  When she’s not working on her next book, Jane likes to give librarians a good workout with her numerous book requests, try on interesting hats and dresses, and laugh at her own Corgis (never the Queen’s).  You’re welcome to visit her blog at http://barakelandnissa.wordpress.com/

Jane Li’s novel is already 5 star rated on Amazon with excellent reviews, so if you fancy a good romantic read for the weekend pick up a copy of Barakel and Nissa

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