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$.99 New Release Boxed Set! Coming in Hot: Rescue Me: A Paranormal & Contemporary Medical Romance Collection @ditterthegreat1


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Paranormal and Contemporary Romance – Boxed Set


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Release Date: 4/17/18

Featuring *brand new & exclusive* books from USA Today bestselling and award winning authors, we’re Coming In Hot, again!

More of the sizzling medical romance stories you love: doctors, nurses, firemen, shifters, werewolves, witches, and paramedics turn up the heat in this paranormal and contemporary medical romance collection.

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★✩★Authors Featured in this Collection★✩★

USA Today Bestselling and Award Winning Author Gina Kincade
International Bestselling and Award Winning Author Ditter Kellen
Bestselling Author Liz Crowe
International Bestselling Author Holly Cortelyou
USA Today Bestselling Author Amy Lee Burgess
USA Today Bestselling Author Elianne Adams
International Bestselling and Award Winning Author Linda O’Connor
International Bestselling Author Lashell Collins
International Bestselling Author Liz Gavin
Award Winning Author Lucy Felthouse
USA Today Bestselling and Award Winning Author Erzabet Bishop
International Bestselling Author Elvira Bathory
USA Today Bestselling and Award Winning Author Angelica Dawson
USA Today Bestselling and Award Winning Author Kathleen Grieve
International Bestselling and Award Winning Author Red L. Jameson
USA Today Bestselling and Award Winning Author Muffy Wilson

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$.99 New Release! Featured Rockstar Romance Boxset and Interview: Heavy Influence: The Complete Series by Ann Marie Frohoff @frohoffwrites


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Young Adult / New Adult


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Release Date: 3/27/18

The complete, highly-rated, six book Heavy Influence Series. Where love makes and breaks the music. Heavy Influence takes you on a heart thumping journey through the trials and tribulations of a rising rockstar who reaches unimaginable fame, yet the only thing his heart desires is having the love of his life by his side. From angsty teenagers and forbidden love to lusty twenty-somethings, Jake & Alyssa will endure more than love and loss. Their happily-ever-after will bring more than bargained for.

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Seeing her standing curbside at Heathrow was hard for me to believe. She was bundled up in a snug-fitting black wool coat. Her head was down, and she didn’t notice me pulling up. She looked different, taller and more beautiful than I’d imagined. She wasn’t the tear-streaked girl I left standing in the driveway. Her face had thinned out a bit and her hair was lighter and longer. She’d grown into herself, and the picture and video chatting images only told half the story. She was radiant. I sat there staring at her for several seconds. I had to admit I was nervous. This was her idea. I knew the inevitable was near, and it had me locked in. Knowing nothing could keep us apart had my mind spinning out of control with the possibilities of our future and the little box sitting in my nightstand drawer.

“Hey Alycat.” I got out of the car. She didn’t hear me at first. “Yo, Alycat!” I said louder.

“Oh my God, Jake,” she said, breathless. She beamed and my knees went weak. I was shaking from the excitement.

As if no time had passed, she threw herself onto me, hugging me tight. I took her face into my hands. The sound of her sigh made me want to take her right then and there. We stood, making out, until the airport cop pulled us from our love-drunk haze.

She’d never been to London, and she was wide-eyed with excitement as we made our way through the tight cobble-stoned streets of my temporary neighborhood. She marveled at how small the cars were. –

“They look like oversized roller-skates,” She mused. She would be with me for only a week, and rambled on about how she wanted to squeeze in every possible thing before she left.

I couldn’t take my eyes off of her.


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About the Author:

Ann Marie Frohoff

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Thanks for doing an interview! Could you tell our readers a little bit about your writing journey? As with many, it all started with a dream. I took my kid to a Jonas Brothers concert and it all exploded from there. I began touring with young bands and their families, to really get into the nitty-gritty life of going after “the dream.” One of the bands actually is making it big, Bad Suns. The frontman, Christo Bowman, has become like a son to me. I met him at 14 and now he’s 23. Strange thing is, as I was writing this series, some of the things I wrote about, happened. For instance I named the love interest Aly (short for Alyssa) and Christo ended up falling in love with a girl named Ally – weird. They are still together and making it. My extensive interviews and being a fly on the wall during travel and recording sessions really played into the backdrop of the story. I mean, when you think about the songs/music out there being produced – 90% of them are about love, tragic or finding your forever.

How many books do you currently have published? I’ve published 7, all belonging to my Heavy Influence series about an up and coming rockstar who falls for the girl next door. From teenage forbidden love to lusty twenty-somethings, their love story comes with more than bargained for.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? The entire Heavy Influence series was awesome to write, but if I had to pick one it would be Broken Notes. That book is when it all comes to a real head, the wheels totally fall off with the bandmates and love, and you wonder if any of what’s happening can be mended, healed or put back together. I’m happy to be moving on to other stories now though.

Are you currently working on a book? Will this be your next release? I just finished writing my first book that’s not about a rockstar. hahaha. It’s a YA tale, and a bit of a secret right now as it makes the rounds. I’m hoping to have news about it sooner than later. But a hint is: The one person you can’t stand, ends up being the one who stands by you. Think – Pride and Prejudice meets Confessions of a Shopaholic.

What do you enjoy most about writing? The dreaming – where anything is possible.

Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it? I actually don’t get writer’s block. It’s finding the time to write. I do like to take breaks and think about where the story is going, but I don’t consider it a block. I have so many stories that are half written, because I get so inspired by so much. I’m surprised I finish any one story at all. haha.

Have you ever had one of your characters to take a twist you weren’t expecting and surprise you? YES!!! Omg… totally. I love how my characters end up surprising you like real people.

Which of your characters is your personal favorite? Least favorite? Why? Hmm. Great question. It’s interesting because there is actually a little of me in all of my characters, and since I’m older and more of an extrovert, I’ve lived many lives and have been probably too cavalier in my life haha. I’d have to say my Heavy Influence character – Jake, my hunky rockstar. He’s so unbelievably flawed, but you root for him because he can’t get out of his own way. He’s like so many people I’ve met and love/loved in my life. I can’t say I have a “least favorite” – meaning I don’t like some of the things they’ve done, or do, but they all come around and become better people. However I am writing a thriller right now, and I hate the bad guy, and I can’t wait for my protagonist to torture him – I’m writing “my crazy” right now. hahahaha.

So far, what has been your favorite scene to write? My first stab at Urban Fantasy / Magical Realism that I’m also writing right now – the scenes taking place at Hearst Castle, in California – which is the backdrop of the story. I seriously can’t wait for this one to release someday.

What lessons have you learned since becoming a writer? Do you have any tips for new writers? Hire a great editor. Invest in one. Get recommendations. I had no idea what I was doing in the beginning. I’ll always say – INVEST in an editor. If you’re serious about your writing and want to get better.

If you were to recommend your books to a stranger, which book would you advise them to start with? Why? I’d have to say start with the very first book I published – Heavy Influence: Skid Out – it’s perma-free, so go grab it. There’s nothing like young love, or your first infatuation, or your parents telling you that you can’t have a boyfriend.

Now it’s time to get to know you! What are some of your favorite books to read? I love the Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin. Harry Potter is a huge. I’m actually reading the screenplay Fantastic Beasts right now (I went to school for screenwriting so…haha). Contemporary, I love anything by Katie McGarry, or Tammara Webber. I have to say my all time faves aren’t YA or NA. There is The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova and just recently, The Nightingale. I’m reading How To Stop Time by Matt Haig and I’m loving it.

What about television shows? Movies? Any 80’s flick – specially the teenage ones by John Hughes – The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles etc. I loved American Horror Story.

Is there a book that you have read that you feel has made a big impact on your life? Why? I would have to say most recently, The Nightingale – WWII France. The writing is beautiful and there is something about “based on true stories”. Also The Outsiders from my teen years. That story never gets old. I can still recite the poem at the end. “Stay gold, Ponyboy.”

Can readers find you at any live events, such as book signings or conventions? I plan on doing a few in 2019. Right now I’m traveling a lot for a couple of book series research. So my money and time is going there. I really can’t write a story without seeing the land and places with my own eyes, and talking to the people. Also, my kid just started playing college sports, and I’m traveling to see her. So YES! 2019!

If you had to sum up your life as a writer in ten words, what would you say? Coffee. Yoga. Write. Wine. Repeat. I love writing stories about real people, real feelings; adventures, and spinning them into something fantastical too. lol. Sorry, that’s more than ten!

Do you have anything else you’d like to share with readers? Happy Reading! xoxo – oh and don’t forget to download my perma-free book: Heavy Influence: Skid Out (avail. on most online retailers) and if you join my Newsletter – I’ll mail you some free swag: http://crea.tf/amfrohoffnewsletter


M/M Gay Romance Spotlight: Guarding His Desires by Jaylen Florian @JaylenFlorian


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Gay Romance, LGBT, Gay Action/Adventure


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Passionate Security Book 2

Release Date: 3/8/18

A cleverly disguised stranger ambushes Zachary during a one-night stand.

To ever be safe again, Zachary must evade capture, discover who is hunting him, and determine who betrayed him.

Are his ruthless pursuers after revenge or ransom? Or are they seeking to destroy his soaring mixed martial arts fighting career?

Zachary is on the run with two thoughtful young men — Aleksey, his savvy bodyguard, and Gustavo, a reflective and talented artist with a collapsing career.

By inadvertently interrupting a clandestine criminal encounter, Gustavo appears to have acquired “the clairvoyant cobra” — the fabled and long lost bejeweled wand from Hollywood’s legendary Silent Era. Burdened with priceless treasure, Gustavo must decide where the riches belong and act before the jewels are re-captured by malevolent hands.

During their shocking missions each man grapples with life decisions about his career, home, and, most importantly, his personal fulfillment.

Zachary is adamant about forsaking romance until he concludes his sports career. He tries to resist the earnest charm of the young man falling in love with him.

“Guarding His Desires” contains passionate and romantic themes intended for mature audiences. It is a stand-alone novel featuring recurring characters in Jaylen Florian’s “Passionate Security Series.” (You can begin the series with this book. The books do not need to be read in a specific order.)

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Jaylen’s action & adventure, romance, and erotica books feature characters struggling for fulfillment. Some of the stories relate to sports — Jaylen is a former athlete — and contain humor and bawdy hijinks.

“Passionate Security” is the name of Jaylen’s new series. The first two novels are “Guarding His Jewels” and “Guarding His Desires.”

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M/M Romance Book Spotlight: Going Sasquatch by Jess Whitecroft @JessWhitecroft


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M/M Romance/Romantic Comedy


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Finnegan & Morrow Book 1

Lovestruck lapdogs, lazy Instagrammers and calcium deposits in the pool – Hollywood personal trainer Sean ‘Finn’ Finnegan is having one hell of a week, not helped when the much-feared agent Angie Lorde calls to demand if he knows why her hottest property – winsome superhero star Chase Morrow – has suddenly ‘gone sasquatch’ and apparently disappeared off the face of the earth.

Out of concern (and maybe a little unrequited love, let’s be honest) Finn goes searching for Chase, but this leads to a day so bad that when he does catch up with his crush, they both agree that the best solution to their very Hollywood problems would be to take off, head up into the Bigfoot country of Northern California and – like America’s favorite cryptid – pretend not to exist for a while.

When Finn and Chase discover that their long held attraction is entirely mutual, they also discover that going off the grid is not that easy in the 21st century. Especially if you’re an A-lister.

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Excerpt:

“Okay,” I said. “We need some rules.”
“Rules?”
“Yes, rules. If this is supposed to be a mental health trip–”
“–which it is. Totally.”
“Thank you. I’m glad you agree. We’re trying to get away from the things that make us insane, and that includes all things Hollywood, okay?”
Chase nodded. “Okay.”
“Good. So. No celebrities, no premieres, no gofers, no agents, no pluggers, no goodie bag swag, nobody trying to cram their tongue up your ass, no D-Listed, no E!, no junkets, no pimping and definitely, definitely no TMZ. Yeah?”
“Yeah.”
“Yeah?” He still looked worried. “Come on, Chase. Look convinced. Isn’t faking emotion sort of what you do for a living?”
He bared his perfect teeth in a rictus grin. “Okay,” he said. “It’s all good. I’m happy. This is my happy face. See?”
“That’s a lot of teeth.”
He broke into a more natural smile. “Thank you. I get them from my mother. She’s from Montana, you know.”
“I didn’t know Montana was famous for its teeth.”
“It is. You can hardly walk five feet without coming across a T-Rex tooth.”
I laughed, trying to follow his train of thought. “And your mother is part T-Rex or something? Is her vision based on movement?”
He shook his head. “Misdemeanors. If you’re doing something you shouldn’t be, you’d better believe she sees you.” He drew his elbows into his chest and mimed a T-Rex trying to play a piano. “Also she can’t play the piano for shit. Tiny arms. Great teeth, though. Never had a cavity in her life.”
God, he was cute. A small, sensible part of me wanted to turn the car around and tell him straight that we could never, ever be friends, because I would never be able to stop wanting him.
But it was a very small part, and like most voices of reason, it got drowned out.
“Next time we stop,” he said. “I want to pick up some peroxide or something.”
“We’re still on the hair thing, huh?”
“It’s no big. I’m just trying out a character is all.”
I caught his eyes in the mirror. “Really, Chase? Don’t go all method on me. We’re supposed to be going sasquatch, not Marlon Brando.”
He laughed. It crinkled his nose. “Going sasquatch?”
“Something Angie said to me. Said you’d gone to ground. Gone sasquatch. And that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re going up to Bigfoot country and pretending we don’t exist for a while.”
Chase appeared to consider this. “Wait,” he said. “So you think Bigfoot is pretending not to exist?” He raised an eyebrow. “Oh my God. So you think there is a sasquatch?”
“When did I say that? Or even imply it? Besides, you just claimed to be part dinosaur…”
“Dinosaurs existed,” he said. “I’m serious, Finn. Do you believe in Bigfoot?”
“No,” I said, laughing. “Of course not.”
Chase sat back, took a beat. “I do,” he said.
Actors. Absolutely nuts.


New Adult Romance Book Spotlight: Every Breath You Take by J.E. Parker @AuthorJEParker


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Romantic Suspense, New Adult Romance


Every Breath You Take Book

Redeeming Love Book 2

Release Date: 2/22/18

Two damaged souls. One last shot at salvation.

Shelby
I’m a single mom with a past as hideous as the scars marring my flesh.
I’ve endured a life of pain, escaped the clutches of a sadistic monster, and survived hell.
Because of my past, the walls surrounding my heart are strong.
Impenetrable.
Yet every time Anthony speaks my name, I feel them begin to crumble.
With just one look, he makes me want things I can’t have.
Things like a father for my son and a husband for myself.
With the monster from my past closing in, I try to push him away.
But my heart and soul cry for me to pull him closer.
Falling for him is probably a big mistake.
Still, I can’t help but think it may be the sweetest mistake I’ll ever make.

Anthony
One word to describe Shelby? Perfect.
As a homicide detective, I’m constantly surrounded by darkness.
But that all changed when her eyes met mine for the first time.
In less than a second, she became my light.
My hope.
My purpose.
And come hell or high water, I’m determined to keep her and her son close.
Terrified of a looming threat from her past, she tries her best to push me away.
But no matter how hard she pushes, I’m not going anywhere.
I don’t care what she’s running from, far as I’m concerned, her fate is sealed.
Both Shelby and her son are mine.

Every Breath You Take is a standalone, 123k word novel.
Warning: This book contains dark themes that may be disturbing for some readers.

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Excerpt:

“From the moment I first saw you, I knew that you were meant to be mine. Call me crazy all you want, but when my eyes met yours for the first time it felt like my chest cracked right open. My heart—the one I thought died the day I buried my parents—suddenly began to beat again.” His lips moved closer to mine. “Something deep inside of me came to life that day, baby, and every moment since then has been the same.” He grabbed one of my hands and placed it over his heart. “My heart beats for you, sunshine.” 

“You’re crazy, Anthony” I whispered, not knowing what else to say.

He nodded. “You keep telling me that, but I’m telling you right now, I am not crazy. I am one hundred percent lucid.” He twirled a lock of my unruly hair around his finger. “And I don’t care how long it takes me to convince you how I feel, I’ll keep trying until the day I die”—his eyes bored into mine—” because you’re the other half to my soul, Shelby Mason.”


Contemporary Adult Romance Spotlight: In the Land of Milk and Honey by Nell E. S. Douglas @NellESDouglas


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Contemporary Adult Romance


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No one ever warns you how fine the line is between love and madness…

When Gabrielle “Bree” Valentine awoke in a hospital bed with a newborn baby, she centered herself and rebuilt. Bree didn’t think about her mental breakdown, lost memories, or the features of a stranger emerging daily in the face of the son she is raising alone. Five years later, on a weekend in the Hamptons, a chance encounter with a man unlike any other jars her—bone deep. Daniel Hawthorne Baird II, wealthy, dangerous, British aristocrat, gravitates to Bree like caviar on crostini. In his relentless obsession with Bree, their lives entwine despite Bree’s resistance. With the unconditional support of friends she calls ‘family’, Bree confronts the most difficult questions of her life. Unearthing the painful mysteries behind: who fathered her child, who the real Daniel Baird is, and the irrepressible desire driving her towards a man destined to be the end of them both.

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“Who was that?” I jumped out of my skin and bumped in to something solid right behind and then leapt away, the train of my gown swishing around me as I faced a very suspicious Daniel.

“Jesus Christ, how do you do that?” I gasped, clutching my chest.

“You didn’t answer my question,” he replied firmly, folding his arms.

“Are you stalking me?” I peered at him.

He peered back. “Was it another man?” He said it like, ‘you naughty girl’, and then there was that glimmer in his eye again.

“I’m feeling very stalked right now.” I shook my head and walked to pass him, but he blocked me.

“Excuse me,” I said indignantly.

“You’re not excused.”

“That’s not up to you,” I countered.

“Oh, I think it is,” he replied confidently and his lip twitched upward, but he resisted the smile.

“No. It isn’t, and I don’t like being deceived,” I challenged, lifting a brow. He unfolded his arms, letting them rest at his sides.

“I didn’t deceive you.” He arched one brow back. “You perceived.”

“And you did nothing to stop it. That is called deception.”

“Is it?” he replied, his eyes searching mine like he knew I thought differently.

“The distinction is obvious,” I retorted, eluding a judgement just shy of an edict. August and I were currently perpetrating a deception much bigger than his, but he couldn’t know that…

“I am not a man of many words,” Daniel replied laconically, in the tone of one who doesn’t explain himself to anyone, and didn’t intend to start tonight.

“More the “speak softly, and carry a big stick” type? The only reason you talked to me was to use me. You were just fishing for intel,” I accused, but gulped down hard admitting my words were etched into the club that he’d used to swat down Mr. Fitch.

It looked like his patience had snapped. I may have said too much, but the self-doubt he’d created in me triggered my defenses.

“That’s not why I talked to you,” he explained finally. I narrowed my eyes.

“Then why did you?”

He just stared at me for a while. I don’t know what was running through his mind—lots of things it seemed—but most of all it looked like he was deciding something. And after moments of consideration, I watched resolve form in his tightened jaw.

“We should be friends,” he said in decision, not offer—but that’s not what surprised me.

“Friends?” I repeated back dumbly. Then I thought of his cohort with the ring on his finger handing out his number to help “shave her legs”, and the unsurprised look on Daniel’s face, the compliment about my appearance, the slow kiss to my hand. I realized this banter he’d suddenly decided to engage me in could be interpreted as a caveman form of flirtation. Men like this always had women on the side… I was appalled.

“I don’t believe I’m the type of ‘friend’ you’re looking for,” I replied tartly, trying to pass him again, but he captured my wrist.

“Just friends.” He bit out each word, as if he disliked the taste of them, and slowly raised his eyes to mine. He wore the same look as Ian, that first day at lunch when he asked me not to leave. I still wasn’t convinced, but pragmatism tipped the scales. I needed to play along, for August’s sake.

I exhaled.

“Just friends,” I repeated firmly, drilling it into his eyes.

“Excellent,” Daniel said satisfactorily, releasing me. I clasped my hand around the wrist he’d released, not because it hurt, because it had stirred something. My face flushed.

“And next time you want my attention, call me by name,” I instructed.

He wasn’t insulted. “Accept my apology. It’s not my habit to touch a lady who doesn’t want to be touched.”

Needing to get away, I nodded. I began walking off and he took one stride and caught my ear.

“But I wouldn’t waste one morsel, either,” he whispered to me. I watched him stride forward, disappearing through the doors, and my heart pounding in my chest.


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About the Author:

Nell E. S. Douglas has possessed a deep, abiding love for written words since childhood. The transition from reader, to writer, was a natural one. Her first stories, penned on the lined pages of class notebooks, were inspired by her mother’s poetry and epic tales of travel, and a professorial inquisitiveness inherited from her father. Following college in Florida, Nell exited the world of pure imagination, and entered the one of business, successfully establishing a career in sales, and developing a cup-a-day habit (of coffee) that has served her well in the road she didn’t know lie ahead. Today, Nell writes during the spaces in-between domestic goddessing, and contributing as a managing partner to a thriving small business. Nell resides in Florida, with her husband and their children, passing on the traditions of her mother, and sinking her feet in the sand whenever possible.

Her favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Her favorite movies are Gladiator, The Outsiders, Pride and Prejudice, and Bridesmaids.

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Author Interview:

What is In the Land of Milk and Honey about?
It’s a love story, at its heart. But there are mysteries to be solved, first. It takes off from there—that question—who fathered Bree’s son? True to life, answers aren’t always answers.

What is your writing background?
For all relevant intents and purposes, this book. I’ve done minor copy work, previously. And before that, loads of poetry and short stories in my youth.

Why would someone want to read In the Land of Milk and Honey?
The characters. The ‘family’ surrounding Bree, as she struggles to solve her life’s riddle. August, Jill, and Violet. Who wouldn’t want friends like that? The mysteries (more than one). And then there is Daniel Baird, of course. Just typing his name give me chills! Not all bad ones. Daniel’s character emerges in a visceral way. The son of a British Lord has that effect.

Who will like your book?
I think non-readers will enjoy it. I think readers of romance, adult and new, will enjoy it, and people who enjoy mystery, intrigue. It’s an escape. If you’ve read both Gillian Flynn and E. L. James, I hope I’m not being too fearless when I say: swipe right—it’s a match.

Where can In the Land of Milk and Honey be purchased?
It will be released exclusively on Amazon (EBook) this January 31st. You can follow on Instagram (@nellesdouglas), or Twitter (@nellesdouglas), for forthcoming updates on print, Barnes and Noble, Google, and iBooks.

What was your experience like writing In the Land of Milk and Honey?
Haha. Well. Like… purging myself of Bree’s life story, as though she were a real person whom I had all this empathy for. Crazy. I’ll add this quote:
No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing.
– E. B. White
I am extremely confident of the people who read in our genre—the women who read stories about love. Easy love, hard love, sexy love, complex love—and in Bree’s case, a mother’s love. I’m one of these readers. At no turn do I underestimate them. Reversing E. B.’s statement, I hope the conclusion is that I have written it decently, for them.