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Exclusive Interview with Author Niall Leonard

Oh how the F2F chicks love to bring our readers a terrific interview! We’re like Elizabeth Vargas and Barbara Walters when we get together and try to come up with hard-hitting questions fans want answers to as well as thoughtful questions that invoke heartwarming answers. So we were ecstatic when Nialls Nation approached us about the opportunity to interview author Niall Leonard in anticipation of the release of his upcoming novel Incinerator, the sequel to Crusher and the second book in the Crusher trilogy via The Random House Group.

EXCERPT & ORDERING INFO HERE

The day Finn Maguire discovers his dad bludgeoned to death in a pool of blood, his dreary life is turned upside down. Prime suspect in his father’s murder, Finn must race against time to clear his name and find out who hated his dad enough to kill him.

Scouring the sordid, brutal London underworld for answers, exposing dark family secrets, and facing danger at every turn, Finn is about to learn that it’s the people you trust who can hit you the hardest. . .

Crusher is this year’s most talked-about debut thriller.

Lisa’s Review of Crusher

Discovering Niall Leonard has been another welcome part of this journey Kitt and I have been on since finding each other in the Twilight fandom. That journey lead us to some incredible authors who are now going mainstream and the reason we first launched this blog, not the least of which is Niall’s wife Erika (aka E L James). We have enjoyed their Twitter banter for a few years now, as well as reading interviews he has done as a result of his wife’s growing fame. So when Niall got his first publishing deal, we had no doubt the intelligence and humor we had grown to love would also be evident in his writing. And it is.

It will come as no surprise to those who follow this blog that I bought the audiobook version of Crusher. It’s what I do. It’s what I live for. (Sorry. I still have Anna Kendrick’s The Little Mermaid skit on the brain. lol) Crusher is fast-paced and keeps you entertained from start to finish. There’s even a little bit of romance for our hero, and I can’t help but hope that Zoe has found her way into Incinerator too once I get to listening to the audiobook. Since Niall has helped raise two boys of his own, it’s obvious he knows his way around their head space. It’s also obvious he knows his way around a good story. We’re big on not giving away any spoilers in our posts, so you won’t find any here. What you will find is a recommendation to buy the book and fall in love with Finn too!

U.S. Release Date: April 8, 2014
EXCERPT & ORDERING INFO HERE

Incinerator is the pulse-pounding sequel to Crusher, Niall Leonard’s debut YA novel and an Edgar Award finalist for Best Young Adult Novel.

Following the bloody deaths of his mother and father, Finn Maguire is determined to make a fresh start, running a boxing gym in the bruised and bitter heart of the city. But when loan sharks target his business partner and his lawyer vanishes with all his money, Finn is dragged down into London’s underworld once more, with only his fists and his wits to keep him alive.

Q&A

F2F: It’s fantastic that Nialls Nation has been created to support your career, and we appreciate the admin including us in the opportunity to do this Q&A with you. Thank you for taking the time, Niall!

NL: You’re very welcome. I’m honoured to be asked and amazed at the efforts Nialls Nation makes to publicize the Crusher trilogy. Their work is beyond price.

F2F: Kitt always wants to know… How did you celebrate when you got the news Crusher had been picked up by Random House?

NL: I remember when I heard the news – I was vacuum-cleaning the floor in my father’s house in Ireland when my agent rang and told me that if I wasn’t sitting down, I should be. When she explained that Random House wanted to publish Crusher and its two sequels I was stunned – I understood then why she’d told me to take a seat. Of course, it was the same year Erika’s trilogy became a record-breaking publishing phenomenon, and extraordinary events just seemed to keep on coming, but I’ve never stopped being thrilled and flattered to be published, and I hope that thrill never fades.

F2F: Lisa always wants to know… Is there any significance to the name you chose for your main character(s)?

NL: Maguire was my mother’s maiden name and for me it always had a rogue-ish quality, maybe because my father used to grumble (in jest) that in centuries past the Leonards had been kings in their part of Ireland and the Maguires had moved in and taken over. I’ve used it quite often as the name of my hero in my work. ‘Finn’ is a bit of vanity because it means ‘fair-haired’ in Irish (though it should really be spelled Fionn). I’m fair-haired so it was a way of putting myself into the tale.

F2F: Did Finn start talking to you when you decided to participate in Nanowrimo, or had he been kicking around in your head for a while?

NL: He’d been kicking around for a year or two. I emphasise this to people who wonder how I wrote the first draft of Crusher in a month. Writing quickly has never been a problem for me, but the planning and working out of the structure can take a while. In fact it took longer than it should with Crusher; from the start I thought it ought to be a book, and even wrote an opening chapter, but since I hadn’t worked out beforehand where the story was going I lost momentum and put the project aside. As a TV writer I’ve always relied on knowing the structure of a piece to allow me to keep me moving; also as a TV writer I’ve had clients breathing down my neck and that kept me focused too! Since I was writing Crusher for myself it was too easy to let myself off the hook, pretending that the piece would be better if I let it ‘mature’ for a bit, which was classic procrastinating BS. Nanowrimo was the kick up the ass that I needed.

F2F: Is Finn’s dyslexia inspired by anyone in real life?

NL: One of my brothers a few years back was diagnosed as dyslexic, and realized that that had held him back academically. I thought of that when I needed a reason for Finn to have under-achieved at school, to be taken for stupid when in fact he’s smarter than most, and to be angry and have low self-esteem; dyslexia fitted the bill. Of course If I’d realised how difficult it would make my job when he’s trying to solve mysteries, I might have looked for a different flaw..!

F2F: Why mystery? Were you a fan of the Hardy Boys or Sherlock while growing up?

NL: I was never particularly into mysteries when I was growing up, or even now. I was into humour and comedy, and have always believed that being able to tell a joke is like being able to tell a story with a twist – the answer has to be hidden in the tale itself, in such a way that nobody sees it coming until the very end. I’ve written a lot of murder-mystery thrillers for TV, and learned the craft on the job, approaching the problem in a practical way; you start off with a secret that motivates the murder, and find other secrets that have a similar theme, and you wrap the real answer inside the fake ones. The audience follows the hero as he or she unravels the puzzle. When it works well, and you take the audience by surprise, it’s a real buzz. But writing Crusher I learned that it’s an even bigger buzz when as the writer you take yourself by surprise.

F2F: Your wife, E L James, famously admits that your sons have not read her books, but have they read yours?

NL: They made a start, but if either of them ever got to the end, they haven’t told me, and I’ve stopped asking. It’s a painful irony for both Erika and me that our kids aren’t great readers – maybe that’s our own fault for giving them too many other things to do when they were young. Growing up I was quite often bored out of my skull and reading was the only escape. However, many of our sons’ friends have read Crusher and enjoyed it – including the lad whose dislike of fantasy and romance novels first inspired me to come up with a crime story featuring a teenage hero. That’s some consolation. (Many of those boys have read Fifty Shades too, from a rather different motive…)

F2F: We love the new cover for Crusher, as well as the covers for Incinerator and Shredder. The theme has a very appealing Saul Bass feel. How much creative input did you have in the design?

NL: The original Crusher cover featuring the lonely figure in the dark street was deliberately aimed at the adult thriller audience for which that sort of image is a staple – it was meant to convey that Crusher was not a typical young-adult book. However, for the paperback edition we decided to go for a radical revision and tie it up thematically with the covers of the next two novels.

F2F: The Fifty Shades trilogy blazed a trail with its simple monochrome covers, blowing away all the ancient clichés of romantic fiction imagery. I wanted my book like hers to have an iconic cover that could be recognized across a bookshop, or when shrunk to a thumbnail on screen. My other basic idea was that the text of each title should be ‘damaged’ in the way the title suggested, and the cover artists took that idea and ran with it, suggesting a simple three-colour theme and coming up with the modern-Saul-Bass look everyone loved.

F2F: Daniel Weyman did a great job narrating the audiobook version of Crusher. Will he be narrating Incinerator and Shredder too? Were you involved in the audiobook process at all?

NL: For the Crusher audiobook I was sent a shortlist of actors and I have to admit I rejected them all – they had boy’s voices and I wanted the more world-weary tones of a young man. I asked for a list of older actors and listened to about twenty: Daniel Weyman came top of the list – but that was the limit of my involvement, which surprised me. I never even got to meet him. I trained as a director and the idea that you send the actor cold into a studio to make his or her own way through the text, with no hints or suggestions as to how they should approach it, seemed like anathema – but in the world of books that’s how it’s always been done, apparently. And since it turned out so well, maybe a director would have just over-complicated the process!

F2F: As a television writer turned novelist, would you rather see your books adapted into movies or a television series?

NL: I would say movies, because the stories are essentially so short and self-contained. Everyone demands so much of a TV series these days – multi-layered and deeply complex, with storylines that run for season after season. If I were writing Finn as a TV detective for a serial I’d have to do it differently…

Actually, that’s a really interesting idea. (A/N: We’ll see our names in the credits, right?)

F2F: Speaking of television, are there any British and/or American television series where you find the writing (bloody) brilliant?

NL: The dialogue in Game of Thrones zings off the screen. It manages to be convey ‘medieval’ without become stilted and self-conscious, and it’s always witty with it. House of Cards I love, even if it suggests that every politician except Frank Underwood is fundamentally honest and devoid of guile, which stretches credibility just a little. I’ve recently discovered Arrested Development, which has the merciless wit of Modern Family but none of the saccharine – although the saccharine in MF is superbly judged.

F2F: What’s next for you? Any projects you can share with us (besides trying to housebreak Mini – lol)?

NL: I am torn between a period detective novel series based an actual historical character I came across a few years ago, and a one-off novel about dogwalkers in a London park and how their lives interweave. The first will take, and has taken, a great deal of research – the second I research every day. Mini, though adorable, is a real distraction – puppies are a lot easier to keep entertained in a house with young children.

Just for fun…

F2F: Maybe not everyone knows that you were your wife’s original editor for the Fifty Shades Trilogy when it was fanfiction. Was there ever laughing involved while you pored over what you read that you haven’t admitted to her? C’mon, you can tell us!

NL: Erika literally sat at my elbow as I proof-read each chapter, and she missed none of my reactions. I edited punctuation without referring to her, often swapping ellipses for dashes and vice versa, but if I wanted to change any of the words we hammered it out between us. It was hard work for both of us, but we did laugh, and when we did we laughed together. I still find it hard to believe we actually collaborated so closely for so long without ever trying to hit one another with blunt heavy objects.

F2F: Have you ever written fanfiction and, if so, for what fandom(s)?

NL: I was going to reply ‘no’ to this question, but then I realized that when I started to write almost everything I produced was fan fiction, in the sense that it echoed the work of authors I loved. I’ve written stuff inspired by JRR Tolkien, Frank O’Connor, Sven Hassel (don’t ask) and Spike Milligan, among others. But of course many professional writers start out by emulating their heroes, and keep writing until they find their own voice. Fan-fiction is another way of doing that, with the added thrill of sharing the fun with friends and fans.

F2F: How did you propose to your wife? With each of you having such a great sense of humor, we’re thinking it might be a fun(ny) story. Although, we’re also fans of hearts and flowers 😉

NL: This is a very sensitive subject, and whenever I have told the story I’ve tried to make it funny, but Erika has never found it hilarious….

…and despite intense efforts over centuries of marriage I have never been forgiven. It seems I will just have to keep on trying… (A/N: We thank you for sharing the story with us, Mr. Leonard, but due to the unromantic nature of it, and our allegiance to Erika, we have decided not to publish it.  We support your efforts to continue seeking forgiveness. LOL!)

F2F: Who has current bragging rights for trivia night at the pub? The guys or the girls?

NL: The girls have only come to the pub quiz a few times – and the last time they finished ahead of us by a point, which was suitably mortifying for the guys. However in the last year the boys’ team has won the jackpot twice, mostly on the strength of trivia, so we have nothing to be ashamed of. Sadly however the boys’ team seems to have gone their separate ways of late. Erika and I are planning to form a splinter group, just as soon as we can agree on a snappy name for the team…Don’t anybody hold their breath.

F2F: Okay, we won’t! But chick Lisa is holding her breath in anticipation of the audiobook version of Incinerator!

Available June 2014!
EXCERPT & ORDERING INFO HERE

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Thank you so much to Niall Leonard for entertaining us with his enthusiastic and thoughtful answers! We wish him the best of luck with the release of Incinerator.

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For more Q&A, you can also listen to a wonderful interview with Mr. Leonard conducted by Lori Ness after the release of his first book, Crusher, on NorthwestPrime by clicking here!

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Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting: Review, Author Interview, and Audiobook Giveaway

In the world of Twilight fanfiction, there are stories that are known as “biggies.” Clipped Wings & Inked Armor is definitely one of them. So when it was announced that it was going to be published, Kitt and I were excited for the author and for the chance to watch her mainstream career take flight. (See what we did there?) Helena is also one of those authors who is very appreciative of her fans and approachable on Twitter. You’re going to love her and her words if you don’t already. Speaking of her words…

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

F2F: First of all, thank you for agreeing to this Q&A and for giving us the opportunity to do an audiobook giveaway of Clipped Wings. We’re thrilled to be a small part of this next step in your journey.

HH: It really is a pleasure! Thank you for inviting me to chat!

F2F: When you wrote the original Clipped Wings & Inked Armor as Twilight fanfiction, was it just something you did for fun or had you always wanted to be a writer?

HH: When I started Clipped Wings & Inked Armor back in 2009, I was taking a break from another piece I was writing. I inadvertently stumbled across fanfic (I’m not sure there’s any other way for that to happen). After reading several stories, I thought it would be interesting to write one of my own. I just wanted to see if I could write something people would want to read. I’ve always written, however, the vast majority of my stories are packed away in boxes in my basement. Until CW&IA, I’d kept my writing very private. That story changed things. (A/N: We’re so glad it did!)

F2F: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers hoping to get published?

HH: Edit. Edit. Edit. And outline. I had a very loose working outline for CW&IA when I started writing it way back when. I was about six chapters into the rewrite when my very patient, kind, reasonable friend Alex put the brakes on and encouraged me to flesh out an outline. It took about a month. I sucked at it. But eventually I got to the point where I had a very tight outline for both Clipped Wings and Inked Armor. After that, the writing process was much smoother.

I encourage writers to find crit partners and to set aside the fear of cutting scenes or chapters if they disrupt the flow of the story. In the case of CW&IA, I cut out about half the book. I was extraordinarily fortunate to have a group of women from The Writers’ Collective (here) work with me on three manuscripts. By the time we got to IA, we were all very comfortable with the process. A first draft is just that…a first draft. The hard work comes after.

F2F: Speaking of getting published, how did you celebrate once you got the acceptance news?

With tears of joy and some wine. My agent Brooks and I spent nearly a year on submission and in that time I’d rewritten the entire story. There were definitely some moments when I questioned whether it would ever happen. I took the story from 430k down to roughly 225k. It was challenging, but being able to hold the book in my hands makes it worth it.

F2F: Transitioning from fanfic gave you the freedom to pick new character names. Is there any significance in choosing Hayden and Tenley?

I picked the name Hayden Stryker long before I started the rewrite. It just fit his character. Stryker always makes me think of lightning, which is reflective of Hayden. He’s electric, severe, intense. I wanted his name to reveal that about him.

Tenley’s name is unusual, and so are her circumstances. Tenley is a unique individual – her trauma, her experiences, who she becomes during the story. I wanted her name to embody that about her. And I thought it was quirky and cool, so I ran with it.

F2F: Hayden and Tenley have deeply personal issues to overcome, issues that both help and get in the way of their growing relationship. You write their struggle so beautifully. How did their story come to you? Which character was in your head first?

HH: Their story developed as a result of events that occurred which stuck with me. A groom and groomsmen were in a limo on their way to the wedding. A tractor trailer jackknifed and everyone died, leaving a devastated bride at the altar. That kind of trauma would leave deep scars. It made me question how someone could move on from such deep emotional wounds.

I suppose that indirectly answers the next question. Tenley’s trauma was the inception, but Hayden was the one I developed first. With his own traumatic past and his poor coping skills, he was the one person who could understand and relate to Tenley in a way others might not. She was the catalyst for a change that had been coming long before her arrival in his life. The body modification acted as the vehicle for connection and healing, within and between them.

F2F: What made you decide to write the prequel novella Cupcakes and Ink as opposed to a sequel? Or can fans also look forward to a sequel novella? (hint, hint)

HH: Cupcakes and Ink was an opportunity to explore Tenley and Hayden’s frame of mind just prior to meeting. Tenley is running from a past she can’t escape and she’s in such a dark, lonely place. Hayden is on the cusp of change. Neither one of them knows what’s coming until it hits them.

If you’re referring to Cracks in the Armor, it’s about secondary characters in CW & IA 🙂 I don’t have a sequel planned for Hayden and Tenley after Inked Armor, but I’d love to write Chris and Sarah’s story.

F2F: We really love the unique covers. Did you have any input into designing them?

HH: I sure did! I had lots of ideas for the covers, and I passed them over to the art team at S&S. They did such a fabulous job turning those initial ideas into gorgeous artwork. I love the juxtaposition between the covers for Clipped Wings and Inked Armor. It’s such a reflection of the light and dark.

F2F: We’re thrilled that Clipped Wings is also available as an audiobook! How involved were you in the process?

HH: My involvement was limited, but I adore Jason Carpenter’s and Elizabeth Louise’s voices for Hayden and Tenley. Hayden’s voice is so deadpan, and it makes me smile every time I hear it. (A/N: I read the ARC, but as a self-professed audiobook addict, I will definitely be doing a “reread” by listening to the audiobook! -Lisa)

F2F: If your fics were to one day be turned into flicks, who do you envision in the lead roles?

HH: This is a question I’ve pondered at length. Midian from SMIBooks brought my attention to a tatted up model named Stephen James who is absolutely gorgeous. If he was an actor, I’d put him in the role in a heartbeat. As for Tenley, Imogen Poots is gorgeous and well suited for the role.

Hayden (Stephen James) and TK

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Tenley (Imogen Poots)

F2F: Are you working on any other projects you can share with us? We know the Twilight fandom will want to know if The Misapprehension of Bella Swan will ever be published, for example.

HH: That is a project I’d love to work on! I’m hoping it’s one of the next I get to tackle. I already have names for those characters and they make me giggle. I have another completed manuscript ready to roll and I’m very much hoping I get to write Chris and Sarah’s story, because I love those characters. So yes, I have a few potential projects! (A/N: Very exciting news!)

F2F: Do you have any book signings/appearances coming up so fans can get out to meet you?

HH: I’ll be at RT in NOLA in May, LoveNVegas in October as well as the  DC Author Event in March 2015. I’ll be sure to post any signings and events on my website as they arise.

F2F: Congrats on the debut of Clipped Wings, and we wish you nothing but continued success as you find new readers!

HH: Thank you so much for making this a stop on the blog tour!

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SYNOPSIS

Their body art is hot. Their chemistry is even hotter.

From her dark hair sweeping below her waist to her soft, sexy curves, Tenley Page intrigues tattoo artist Hayden Stryker in a way no one else ever has…especially when she asks him to ink a gorgeous, intricate design on her back. Yet for all her beauty, there is something darkly tragic and damaged about Tenley that Hayden is everything.

Covered in ink and steel, Hayden is everything Tenley has never dared to want, awakening a desire to explore more than the art adorning his stunning body. Trapped by a past that leaves her screaming from nightmares, Tenley sees Hayden as the perfect escape. Although he has secrets too, if they both keep themselves guarded perhaps their intense physical connection will remain only that.

But nothing, not even passion, can keep them safe from their pasts…

SPOILER-FREE REVIEW

Thanks to Gallery Books, we were fortunate enough to get an ARC of Clipped Wings to read in exchange for an honest review. But honestly? We already knew we were going to love it 🙂

For those of you who love your book boyfriend to be a tatted up bad boy with a big heart, you’re going to freaking love Hayden. For those of you who don’t think you would love your book boyfriend to be a tatted up bad boy with a big heart, you’re going to freaking love Hayden. And you’re going to love the way he helps Tenley tear down the wall she built to protect her heart and, in so doing, tears down his own.

With alternating POVs, Helena Hunting takes you on an emotional journey with these characters, and you will never look at tattoos (or cupcakes!) the same way again. The way she understands how deeply personal the art of ink is, and how that understanding creates so much intimacy between Hayden and Tenley, will take your breath away. These two have a long way to go to reconcile their hearts with their minds, but their souls have already started to fill in the outline.

LINKS TO PURCHASE

Amazon Cupcakes & Ink
Amazon Clipped Wings
Amazon Inked Armor
Amazon Cracks in the Armor

BN Cupcakes & Ink
BN Clipped Wings
BN Inked Armor
BN Cracks in the Armor

Kobo Cupcakes & Ink
Kobo Clipped Wings
Kobo Inked Armor
Kobo Cracks in the Armor (not listed yet)

iBooks Cupcakes & Ink
iBooks Clipped Wings
iBooks Inked Armor
iBooks Cracks in the Armor

AUDIOBOOK GIVEAWAY

Thanks to the generosity of Helena Hunting, publicist extraordinaire Enn Bocci, and Simon & Schuster, we are giving away a Clipped Wings audiobook to one lucky winner!

Excerpt, Clip 1:

Excerpt, Clip 2 (racy): You might want to use headphones to listen to this sexy clip 🙂

 

Click here to enter —> a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway ends 3/14/14 at 12:00 am EST.
The winner will need to provide an email address for
instructions on how to access the free audiobook.
Good luck!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her degree in English Lit to good use by writing contemporary erotic romance.

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Happy TANGLED Paperback Release Day to Emma Chase!

Our guest reviewer Paige Turner previously reviewed TANGLED here, but we can’t help celebrating again now that it’s been released by Gallery Books, an imprint company of Simon & Schuster.

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And I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that the audiobook experience of TANGLED is one of the best I’ve had since falling down the audiobook rabbit hole. For those of you who know how obsessed I am with this format, you know this is saying a lot. I love Sebastian York as a narrator. Many of  you will recognize him from the audiobook versions of other great books (Beautiful Bastard series by Christina Lauren, REMY by Katy Evans, and Perfection series by Abbi Glines). Well, this is Sebastian York at his absolute best. Trust. His delivery/timing of Emma Chase’s wickedly funny words is SO good. You can listen to a sample on Audible here. If you’re new to Audible, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial and receive a credit to use toward an audiobook.

So go pick up a copy of TANGLED with it’s gorgeous new cover and then treat yourself to the audiobook! This is one book that truly lives up to the hype . . . and one book boyfriend that you can’t help but fall in love with. #TeamDrew

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Review of Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines

twisted-perfection-amazonNow available as an audiobook here!

Synopsis

“Life outside of her house was a new experience for Della Sloane. The dark secrets of her past weren’t something she ever intended to share with anyone. They would never understand. No one would ever get close enough to find out. There was always a chance she’d go crazy sooner than they expected…

Woods Kerrington had never been one to be attracted to fragile females. They seemed like too much work. He wasn’t in it for the work just the pleasure. A night full of naughty fun had been exactly what was on his mind when he’d laid eyes on the hot little number that didn’t know how to pump gas and needed some help.

What he didn’t know was that she was as fragile as they come. The carefree girl who spoke her mind and didn’t care what the world thought of her was more breakable than he could ever imagine…

Della Sloan is on the road to find herself and experience life. She has a dark past that she’s trying to escape, even if it’s only for a little while. Della believes she has no real future to look forward to, so she doesn’t think she deserves to build relationships…to have a real life with roots planted in one place and a family of her own. She knows her fate is one she cannot escape…a fate already handed down from grandmother to mother.  All she wants to do is get out and see the world, never stay in one place very long, and leave before she can get too involved with anyone.

Woods Kerrington’s desire is to take his rightful place in his family’s business, but he has been backed into a corner of sorts. He can’t have what he wants unless he does it his father’s way. That means paying his dues by working his way up in the business and doing everything his father expects of him, including marrying the woman selected for him in order to merge two powerful and wealthy families. Woods has no problem following his father’s path, not until Della Sloan unsuspectingly blocks his way.

A chance meeting at a gas station between Woods and Della leads to one night spent together. They both know it’s for just one night, and they’re both OK with that — one night and then they’ll go their separate ways.

It was never in the plan that Della would end up back in Woods’ hometown, living in the condo of one of his friends and working at the very golf club that Woods manages. But four months later, through strange twists of fate, that is exactly what happens.

Suddenly, the path isn’t so clear, and Woods is forced to question everything he thought was truly important to him.

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We first met Woods Kerrington in the Too Far series and were introduced to Della Sloan in the last book of the same series, Forever Too Far.  Woods Kerrington is the quintessential  Southern Gentleman. I was hooked from the start. In the light of day, he is responsible, hardworking, respectful, loves his grandparents, drives a big black pick-up truck, and has  an accent to melt the panties off of any good (southern) girl. But get this boy behind closed doors, and watch out! “Never throw a Kerrington a challenge….”

Despite her dark past, Della has a sweet disposition. Her belief that she is destined to follow in her mother’s footsteps will not allow her to consider getting involved in a lasting relationship with anyone. Everything for her is temporary. It’s what’s best for everyone. No one should have to settle for her. She isn’t good enough.

When Woods finds himself wanting/needing to protect and take care of Della, it’s heartwarming. And even though it takes him some time, and one broken engagement, he realizes he must choose between living the life he was brought up to live or following his heart and choosing to a life of love.

Twisted Perfection will touch your heart and, if you’re like me, cause you to shed a few tears. I loved this book. It was a wonderful and quick read, full of sweet and sexy scenes. I can’t wait to see where Woods and Della’s story goes next in Simple Perfection.

17449417Available 9/13/13 (Pre-order here.)

The world Abbi Glines created with the Too Far series and continued in Twisted Perfection is one I would happily settle down in. Her characters are so believable. They feel like friends I would actually want to spend time with…friends you should get to know too!

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The Mistress is here AND she brought gifts!

Synopsis and ordering info here.

Today is the much-anticipated release day for The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz!!! This is the last installment to The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet.

  • The Siren
  • The Angel
  • The Prince
  • The Mistress

And when you’re done reading The Mistress, you can pre-order the first book in the upcoming prequel series The Original Sinners – The White Years Quartert . . . The Priest: A Romance . . . here!

To celebrate release day, we’re hosting two giveaways:

  • Autographed copy of a book of your choice from The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet donated by Tiffany
  • Audiobook of your choice from The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet donated by the Chicks

Here’s all you have to do to enter:

  1. Follow us on Twitter here.
  2. Follow Tiffany on Twitter here.
  3. Copy, paste, and tweet one or both of the following messages.
  • I’m following @fics2flicks & @tiffanyreisz for a chance to win an autographed #OriginalSinners book. #F2Fbook
  • I’m following @fics2flicks & @tiffanyreisz for a chance to win an #OriginalSinners audiobook. #F2Faudiobook

We’ll choose two winners via Random.org from qualified entries on Friday, August 1, 2013. Good luck!

If you missed our previous posts dedicated to the world of Tiffany Reisz, go here and here.

Now please excuse me while I go and listen to my audiobook of The Mistress from audible. *bounces*

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Creating a Scene at The 8th Circle

There are role players and then there are role players. The role players inspired by Tiffany Reisz’s epic The Original Sinners series raised the bar higher…and then sent glasses and bottles crashing to the floor when they swiped it clear to fuck on.

Yep.

Welcome to the deliciously naughty world of the Original Sinners RP Twitter account.

@The8thCircleRP

8th Circle

Q&A With Tiffany Reisz

F2F: How involved are you with approving the people who run the RP characters?

TR: A wonderful woman who will remain nameless runs the RP group. She’s the Admin and handles everything. I do nothing at all but play around with my Sinners. (A/N: Thank you Admin!)

F2F: Do you have any creative control over what they tweet?

TR: Not really. My RPers are obsessed with accuracy so they often email or DM me to discuss plotlines or character traits. Otherwise I tell them to follow their bliss since the RPing is not canon.

F2F: There is no RP account for Søren. Was that your decision? Sacred ground so to speak?

TR: That was my one rule—no RP account for Søren. Come on, can you really see Søren tweeting?

F2F: As you know, I fell hard for Griffin and Mick in The Angel. Having them in my/our Twitter timeline (yes, I follow them on multiple accounts–don’t judge) is like getting to read an outtake every day. Have any of the RP character “scenes” made it into one of your books? (A/N: May or may not be thinking about Griffin and Mick in a hammock while typing this question. *nods*)

TR: Cassie is not one of my book characters but she was created for the RP group. So she made it into one of The Mistress Files. You’ll just have to keep reading to see if any other stories do…

F2F: While you have the floor, is there anything you’d like to say to the Original Sinners RP team?

TR: Keep up the good work, Sinners!

If you haven’t read The Angel yet *gasp,* you may want to check your wings here…

***SPOILER ALERT***

We promised you in our previous post (here) that today’s post would feature two very special guests. If you haven’t guessed already, the guests are two boys who are very close to my heart. Don’t get me wrong! I love all of the characters in Tiffany’s books; but in all honesty, I started the series for the sole purpose of getting to The Angel. I’m sure Griffin can relate to that. *Fiske bump* (A/N: Totally need a t-shirt with that on it.)

Yep.

Welcome to the deliciously naughty world of m/m romance.

I’m sure I speak for most readers when I say that it’s difficult to say goodbye to characters you fall in love with on the page. You hope like hell the author will write a sequel and/or outtakes so that you can lose yourself in their world again. (A/N: Tiffany spoils us by offering free stories [here] and novellas/short stories [here].) That’s how it was for me with Griffin and Michael (Mick). Their story was everything I had hoped it would be and more, and I missed them the second I finished listening to The Angel. #audiobookaddict

I will never forget this defining moment…

Griffin and Mick

When I discovered Tiffany had approved a Twitter role-play account, I started checking out the tweets from Griffin and Mick. Remember when I said a reader hopes for an outtake?

Yep.

Welcome to the deliciously naughty world of Griffin Fiske and Michael (Mick) Dimir.

@Master_Griffin

Griffin

@Mick8thCir

Mick

Q&A WITH GRIFFIN AND MICK

F2F: Welcome, boys! Why don’t we start off with a visual for readers. What are each of you wearing? (A/N: If Griffin says a kilt, I’ll need a moment. js)

G: Right now? Mick. That’s about it. ::laughs:: What more would a man need?

M: *checks out how fuckhot G is and grins* Right now I’m wearing a pair of cargo shorts and a wife-beater/tank. Mom, Tiffany Reisz, calls it my artist outfit. It’s what I usually wear when we’re hanging out around the house. Unless we’re in the hammock I just recently had delivered to the house as a surprise… then, well, not much in the way of clothing is required for hanging out in the hammock. (A/N: So glad you put it to good use today btw.)

F2F: Griffin, when I first talked to you about doing a Q&A, your response was “Let me talk to Mick, and I’ll get back to you. We’re always up for promoting Tiffany’s work.” (A/N: Makes you melt even more that he checked with Mick first, right?) How long have you been promoting her via Twitter, and what made you want to do that in the first place?

G: ::laughs:: We’re a partnership. Always confer with your partner especially in a D/s relationship. Since what, October of last year? Something like that. Time flies when you’re feeling up your sub, what can I say? We’re both fans first and foremost, so getting the chance to play in Tiffany’s version of Wonderland is awesome.

M: *wraps my arms around G* I’m very fortunate to have a partner who makes sure I’m on board with everything we do. And ditto about being lucky to play in Tiffany’s OS World every day. She’s an incredible and benevolent creator. Aka: Mom. Kind of like Zeus when Athena popped out of his head. Tiffany squeezed all of us out of her head, so I tease her that we’re her honorary children. She’s just way more fuckhot than Zeus. Way more fuckhot.

F2F: How many hours on average would you say you spend on Twitter each day?

G: It really depends on RL schedules. Sometimes just a few minutes, sometimes hours depending on if we’re scening or watching the rest of the groups’ interactions and scenes. The Underground is full of some sexy funny people who it’s an honor to get to play with every day.

M: It also depends on whether technology is being a friend or foe that day (we all know that twitter and some of its apps aren’t the nicest to play with some days), whether we can both be on or just one of us can be on (studying really does eat up a lot of my time), or whether we just want to pop on and hangout to play music (I’m a sucker for playing twitter DJ) or check in with friends.

F2F: Do you try and plan your day out for followers or is it more spontaneous?

G: For us? It’s pretty spontaneous. For other players in the group you’d have to ask them.

M: Completely spontaneous. I don’t think we could do it any other way. It’s what works for us and what makes being with him, for me, new and fun and exciting every day we’re on the TL.

F2F: As I mentioned earlier, following your TL is like getting an outtake every day. It has definitely taken on a form of writing. Do you ever find yourself cock blocked…er…with writer’s block?

G: ::laughs:: Maybe time blocked is the word for it. Never cock blocked. ::leers at Mick:: Have you seen him? I mean, seriously. He’s beautiful. Coming up with ways to make him blush is my favorite past time.

M: *sighs & blushes deep red* Seriously, Sir? Do we have to go there every time? *shakes my head* Being with him is being granted perpetual inspiration. You mentioned the kilt above. You know what I’m talking about, right? So I don’t think I’ve ever experienced “writer’s block” with him. Now twitter, on the other hand, is an excellent cock blocker. But that’s a whole different topic….

F2F: You’re both very good at responding to followers’ tweets. Was being interactive with followers always a goal or something that evolved when you found yourself with your own fan base? *points at self*

G: For me it’s more of something that evolved. It’s fun to talk to followers on a daily basis and represent Tiffany’s characters.

M: *slides closer to G* For me? Definitely something that evolved and definitely something that is still evolving. I look at him sometimes and I’m in awe of how much of a natural he is with the followers and other RPers. Me? Not so much. I’m more introverted and tend to agonize over what to say. We have some followers who have been with us for a long time and those are the easiest for me to chat with. I’m still working on being as suave and sexy as my Master over here. (A/N: I, for one, love you just the way you are.)

F2F: Since you have the floor (and the hammock and the dungeon and the…I digress), is there anything you’d like to say to the little sinners that follow you? To your writer lady/mom?

G: Thank you to the little sinners who follow our group for supporting Tiffany and her creations. She writes beautifully sexy, hilariously, sometimes heartbreaking words that really everyone should read. At least once. Maybe twice after lunch. ::grins:: To our writer lady: A very simple thank you. It’s an honor to know you’re an awesome person, both the author self and personally.

M: To our followers? Just wow and thank you. We do what we do because we love Tiffany and her words. To follow us on the TL is a nod that we’re doing something right for her. To Tiffany? Thanks Mom for always being so authentic and supportive. I’m so fortunate that I get to share a tiny part in your beloved world and get to play in your OS playground every day.

F2F: Griffin, can you please cover Mick’s ears? *waits* Ok. Griff, is there anything you’d like to say to Mick about the time you spend together on Twitter?

G: ::laughs and covers Mick’s ears:: Sensory deprivation, huh? That’s some kinky shit. ::clears throat:: No, seriously. Getting the chance to spend time with Mick on Twitter is the best part of my day. Doing RP with someone is like having a relationship. You get to know all their idiosyncrasies and things that make them laugh and try to be the very best version of Tiffany’s characters.

F2F: You can uncover his ears, Griff. Thanks. Mick, can you please cover Griff’s ears now? (A/N: Getting Griffin and Mick to switch is an ongoing fantasy of mine. jsyk) Mick, is there anything you’d like to say to Griffin about the time you spend together on Twitter?

*smiles and kisses G under the jaw* Actually, I’d rather keep his ears uncovered and let him hear my answer. I kept some things from him a few months ago and that was a big issue between us. I promised not to do it again and I try really hard to keep my promises to him. I tell him this all the time but I’m not sure he believes me. When he found me all those many, many months ago, he saved me. Literally. Each and every second we spend on (and off) the TL is a gift – whether it’s just to pop on and say hi, or to hang out for the day and scene. He keeps me sane and laughing, and my life is infinitely better because he’s in it.

F2F: Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today and for investing in the time it takes to keep this love story alive online. I’m happy we have a forum to let you know that your familiar banter provides a brief escape from the daily grind. Speaking of the daily grind… Now that the Q&A is over, what do you two have planned for the rest of the day? (A/N: Yep. Welcome to the deliciously naughty world of shameless requests. #boyskissingftw)

G: ::laughs and points to our bed:: You’re looking at it. Bed. Preferably on, in, around or behind Mick. My favorite place to be.

M: *points to the hammock and grins wickedly* I’m pretty sure I’ll beg for us to crawl back into the hammock after we attempt to break the bed. And btw? #boykissing is one of our favorite ways to spend the day. jsyk

F2F: Mick, I’m going to let you sign us off in your signature way…

M: Thanks for having us today. And to all the Sinners out there – Keep reading Tiffany Reisz’s awesome words and spread the love by telling your friends and their friends…. Have a great week, stay safe and be good to each other. *crawls into G’s lap and reaches over to slam the Fics2Flicks door shut so I can go back to ravaging my Dom*

Remember when I said every day with them on Twitter is like an outtake? Looks like Mick got his wish. Excerpt from today’s TL…

@Master_Griffin *grins against your lips* Maybe I can compel you to do other things today Sir?

@mick8thCir ::snickers and nips your lip:: Like what? Enlighten me, sub.

@Master_Griffin *wraps my arms around you* Well, since we’re back from Fiji, I thought we could relive our vacation by hanging out in (c)

Mick Dimir ‏@mick8thCir4h

@Master_Griffin (c) the hammock, Sir. JS.

@mick8thCir ::kisses your neck:: If the hammock is a rockin’….

@Master_Griffin *moans and grabs your hand to drag you off to the hammock* … don’t come a knockin’…

@mick8thCir ::grins as you pull me along, admiring your ass:: I do love my eager sub.

@Master_Griffin *laughs when I look back and catch you ogling my ass* I do love my ever indulging Dom.

@mick8thCir ::smacks your ass, making you jump:: I’m a very greedy Dom when it comes to you, sub.

@Master_Griffin *rubs my ass with my free hand and tugs you faster to the hammock* Can I just say that I love it when you’re greedy Sir?

@mick8thCir ::grins and nips your shoulder as we move through the house:: For you? Always.

@Master_Griffin *guides you the back patio and slips into the hammock, pulling you on top of me* Much, much better, Sir.

@mick8thCir ::grins playfull and kisses you:: You say that any time I’m on top of you, inside you, under you, behind you….

@Master_Griffin *traces your lips with my tongue as I run my hands up and down your back* All of my favorite places for you to be Sir.

@Master_Griffin *traces your lips with my tongue as I run my hands up and down your back* All of my favorite places for you to be Sir.

@mick8thCir places to be, Mick.

@Master_Griffin *grasps onto the bar and arches my hips under you, moaning softly when you bite and suck across my neck and collarbone*

@mick8thCir ::moans against your neck when you arch underneath me:: Fuck I love our hammock.

@Master_Griffin *spreads my legs to cradle you between them, hissing in a breath when you bite down and mark me above my collar* Best (c)

@Master_Griffin (c) Purchase Ever, Sir.

The fourth, and final, installment to The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet debuts tomorrow.

AVAILABLE JULY 30TH!

Synopsis and pre-ordering info here.

To celebrate the release of The Mistress, we’ll be hosting TWO GIVEAWAYS.

  • Autographed copy of a book of your choice from The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet donated by Tiffany
  • Audiobook of your choice from The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet donated by the Chicks

So be sure and follow us on Twitter (here) and watch for details on how you can win!

Social Media Links for Tiffany Reisz

Website Twitter Facebook Goodreads Harlequin MIRA

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The Siren Herself… Tiffany Reisz

si·ren /sīrən/ a seductively beautiful and charming woman, esp. one who beguiles men

Pretty sure Zach would approve of this edit…

si·ren /sīrən/ a seductively beautiful and charming woman, esp. one who beguiles men and women

Tiffany Reisz is, by definition, a siren. She’s a seductively beautiful and charming woman beguiling women like me with her brilliantly written series The Original Sinners.

Original Sinners

The Siren (The Original Sinners #1)

Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day. Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal. Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him…or returning to his bed? Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.

I want to keep this post as spoiler free as possible, so I won’t be going into a detailed review of each book. What I can tell you is that Tiffany Reisz has created a world that isn’t just erotic, it’s intense, thought-provoking, and wickedly playful. She doesn’t shy away from topics that may be considered taboo, but the characters wouldn’t be so “real” without the brutal/beautiful honesty. I can’t say enough about Tiffany’s words…words that breathe life into her deliciously complicated characters.

If you don’t already know, Tiffany is very open and inviting to her fans. She’s active on Twitter, makes appearances at conventions and book signings, and has even participated in Google hangouts (Last Call Brittany here and here)—discussing anything and everything, clearly comfortable in her own skin. She’s just so damn…well…cool. So while we weren’t surprised that she accepted our invitation to do a Q&A, we were honored.

Q&A WITH TIFFANY REISZ

F2F: What was the original plot bunny that started you on Nora’s journey? Or maybe it was Søren’s?

TR: The plot bunny was Zach actually. I was/am obsessed with English actor Jason Isaacs. He said in an interview that although he played villains all the time, he wanted to play a part more like he was in real life—neurotic, British, Jewish, etc. I created Zach Easton as a super sexy neurotic Jewish guy with a broken heart. Such a stuffy Brit needed a good foil, and Nora was born to drive him up the wall and into her bed.

F2F: Were you always planning on a series, or did it evolve into one after you were picked up by a publisher?

TR: I kept creating these minor characters in The Siren that I fell in love with—Kingsley, Michael, Griffin. I had to write more books just for them. (A/N: *dances* Let’s hear it for the boys!)

F2F: Speaking of getting published, how did you celebrate once you got the acceptance news?

TR: I danced on my desk at work in front of a large crowd of people. Fact.

F2F: Do you have your own “Zach” at the publishing company?

TR: I have a wonderful editor who is classy and beautiful. I have no idea why she puts up with me. But she doesn’t tear my books apart like Zach does to Nora.

F2F: Who chooses the book/series titles, and at what point in the writing process is that done?

TR: I choose the book titles and the series titles. I have a title before I write. Sometimes it changes but it’s always me who picks the titles.

F2F: Who designed the original covers, and are you involved in the creative process at all?

TR: I give ideas to my publisher for book covers. The Angel was my idea. Everything else they do. I love my covers. (A/N: They’re perfect.)

F2F: Is there any significance to the character names you chose?

TR: The names are incredibly significant. (A/N: So glad we asked this question. Fascinating stuff.)

  • The main characters of The Siren are all named after the four cardinal directions to indicate the different directions Nora is being pulled. Nora Sutherlin—North/South; Wesley—West; Zachary Easton—East; Søren—South
  • Also the two main “offices” of Jesus Christ are The Priest and The King. So I have a priest and a Kingsley.
  • Nora’s real last name is Schreiber which is a German verb meaning “to write.”

F2F: What are the challenges (research, literary, psychological, logistical) of bringing The Original Sinners to life?

TR: My only challenge is making myself sit down and write. I’m kinky so I know how to write that part. Otherwise the only struggle is coming up with good fun mindgames and plot twists.

F2F: I have listened to The Siren, The Angel, The Prince, and Submit to Desire via audible.com. I’m so happy The Mistress will be available as an audiobook. Any news on The Mistress Files or other novellas being added?

TR: No news yet!

F2F: Are you involved in the audiobook process at all, such as choosing narrators?

TR: None whatsoever.

F2F: It was a big day for fans when you announced you would be writing The Original Sinners – The White Years Quartet, which will be prequels. When do you hope to have the first book available for readers? Any message from Father Søren you’d like to share with readers?

TR: I’m not sure when my publisher plans to release The Priest: A Romance. It’s up to them. I’m guessing February/March/April of 2014. No message from Søren. He’s too busy trying to keep Eleanor under control.

F2F: Is it easier writing forward for The Red Years or backwards for The White Years?

TF: The White Years prequels are an interesting challenge as I have to make sure I don’t mess up the continuity. Nora has lots of flashbacks in The Red Years books so I don’t want to write a scene that takes place when she’s 16 that I said happens when she’s 17. Otherwise the prequels are wonderfully fun to write.

F2F: Have you received any interest in your books being optioned for film or TV? *fingers crossed*

TR: Not that I know of. (A/N: Kingsley [Gaspard Ulliel] and Søren [Nikolaj Coster-Waldau] are not optional, so hold out for casting control if you get the call! lol)

Kingsley and Soren

F2F: Will there be more free reads/novellas to go along with The Red Years? (A/N: Free stories here. Novellas and short stories here.)

TR: Whenever I get a chance to write them, I will.

F2F: Thank you so much for taking the time to do a Q&A with us!

TR: Always!

Social Media Links for Tiffany Reisz

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Harlequin MIRA

The advantage to coming in late to a series is that you can lose yourself in one book right after another and not have to wait to spend more time in a world you never want to leave. When I first started the series, I didn’t know there was going to be a fourth book. A huge cliffie at the end of The Prince left me waiting anxiously for The Mistress, the last installment of The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet. Well, the wait is almost over…

AVAILABLE JULY 30TH!

Synopsis and pre-ordering info here.

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT ***SPOILER ALERT***

The Mistress (The Original Sinners #4)

Kingsley started toward the door to his office, but it opened before he got to it. A beautiful redheaded woman, her pale skin painted with freckles, swept into the office ahead of Griffin.

“Ma’am, you can’t barge in-” Griffin said and Kingsley raised his hand.

“Hello,” the woman said facing Kingsley.

“May I help you?”

“Yes, you can tell me what the Hell is going on. Where’s Nora?”

“I would tell you if I knew, Madame. Perhaps you could tell me who you are?”

“My name is Grace Easton, and I know that means nothing to you, but I’m friends with Nora. I tried to call her and got Wesley. He told me someone had taken her and…”

She continued speaking in her light and musical accent. While she spoke Kingsley walked over to one of his filing cabinets, opened it, and thumbed through his files. He pulled one out, walked back over to her, and let her finish her speech.

“…and I’m not leaving until someone tells me what’s going on. Or at least let me speak to Wesley. I know I seem like a madwoman showing up out of nowhere, and you have no idea who I am but I promise-”

“Grace Easton, neé Rowan, age thirty,” Kingsley said opening the file. “Irish mother. Welsh father. Fluent in Welsh, I see. I think that’s the one language le prêtre doesn’t speak. You’re much more beautiful now than you were back in school, and you were trés jolie back in your school days. No wonder Professor Easton deflowered you on his desk. Although had it been me, it would have been the desk, the floor, the wall, back on the desk but from behind…”

He pulled a photograph of a twenty-two year-old Grace Easton on her graduation day standing with her husband, Zachary Easton, and held it up to her.

She stared at it with wide turquoise eyes. “My God…Nora wasn’t exaggerating.”

Kingsley put the photograph back into the file. “Welcome to Hell, Mrs. Easton. Now if you wouldn’t mind, get out.”

MEET US AT THE 8TH CIRCLE

On Monday, July 29th, we’ll be posting our discussion with Tiffany about her author-approved role players on Twitter (@The8thCircleRP). We’ll also have a Q&A with two very special guests from The Angel!

UPCOMING GIVEAWAYS

We’ll be hosting two giveaways to celebrate the release of The Mistress.

  • Autographed copy of a book of your choice from The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet donated by Tiffany
  • Audiobook of your choice from The Original Sinners – The Red Years Quartet donated by the Chicks

So be sure and follow us on Twitter (here) and watch for details on how you can win!

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