sabato 31 gennaio 2015

Book Blitz: Clarity [The Complete Series] by Loretta Lost + Giveaway!

Clarity #1


Fiercely independent Helen Winters was born completely blind, but she vowed never to let her disability keep her down. She did not expect a traumatic event to devastate her life and force her to drop out of college. Disillusioned by the cruelty of people, Helen retreated from society to live by herself as a reclusive writer in the woods—where no one could ever hurt her again.


When a brilliant young doctor shows up on her doorstep, promising her that his new research can give her the ability to see for the first time, Helen stubbornly refuses. She has learned not to trust anyone, and to rely only on herself. But Dr. Liam Larson will not take no for an answer. He makes it his personal mission to rescue Helen from her loneliness, and bring joy into her world once more—the joy she has denied herself for so long.

When Helen’s demons come racing back into her life, threatening to rip her apart and destroy the strength she has carefully rebuilt, Liam is the only one who might be able to save her.

Can he reach the broken girl in time, helping her to heal and see the world in a different light? Or will Helen’s grief send her spiraling out of control, lost to him forever?


Clarity #2

Helen Winters was living a lonely existence when the charming Dr. Liam Larson coaxed her out of solitude with the promise of healing her sightless eyes. She was hopeful at the prospect of gaining vision for the first time and being reunited with her family. She was also growing somewhat fond of the persuasive young doctor. For the first time in years, she was being magnetically drawn to a new friend...

Then everything came crashing down.

Plunged into a hellish nightmare, Helen is forced to face the same evils she ran away to escape so long ago. She is unprepared to have her hopes crushed and her peace destroyed. She finds herself living in constant terror and drowning in fear--and Liam's voice is the only thing that can keep her afloat. His comforting touch becomes the only light in her pitch-black darkness.

Helen has always been a tough girl who relied only on herself. But this time, she can't survive alone. Due to the horrors of her past, Helen has promised herself not to trust anyone. When her life becomes unbearable, how can she trust Liam enough to let him save her.


 Clarity #3

After many years of darkness, Winter never thought that she'd be happy or safe again. Her whole world changed when she met Liam Larson, a charming young doctor determined to be her knight in shining armor. When a brutal night unleashes vicious reminders of her past, Winter must struggle to hold on to the little bit of happiness she has found.

When everything begins to fall apart, Liam's strength and kindness might not be enough to save her. Battling with the betrayal of her family, terrifying nightmares, and frequent reminders of her enemy that make daily life difficult, Winter's first instinct is to run away. She is tired of being the victim and living in a cruel, crowded city where she doesn't feel like she belongs.

But Liam promises her that if she only trusts him, he can change everything. And that's exactly what he attempts to do, starting with an operation to heal her eyes, and then her heart...

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The Excerpt


“I know what I did to you was wrong,” he says, “but I just couldn’t help myself. That day, when you were sitting and crying on the stairs in the engineering department, it wasn’t the first time I had ever seen you.”


I sink my teeth into my bottom lip to try to keep from responding and betraying how upsetting this is.
“I’d been watching you for weeks,” Grayson admits softly. “I thought you were really cute, and I wanted to ask you out... but I didn’t know how to do that. I used to be really shy when it came to women. So, I followed you. I memorized your schedule, and I would watch you enter your classes, and wait until they were over, and watch you head back to your dorm.”
I was being stalked. The realization that I had no idea that this was happening hits me like a ton of bricks. All this time, I thought it was just a random attack. If I could see—if I had been able to see, I might have noticed that I was being followed. I press the palms of my hands into my eyes, hating my body for being so flawed. I inwardly curse my disability.
“There was just something special about you, Helen. There always was. I watched you moving through the crowds of people with this serene look on your face. You just seemed like someone holy to me. Someone greater than everyone else. I spent weeks following you, and studying you from afar, and trying to gather the courage to talk to you.”
I take a shuddering breath. Listening to this story is filling me with horror. I don’t want to hear his perspective. I don’t want to revisit this event. I just want it to be finished and over.
“Your hair was the color of mahogany, but when you stepped into the sunlight, it burst into flames like the strands were made of copper. I couldn’t stop staring at your tawny locks, and the way they curled around your perfect face. I was just so drawn to you, Helen. I’ve never felt that way about anyone. It was like you were calling out to me. Like touching you was part of my destiny.”
“Please stop,” I say in a hoarse voice. “Please stop talking about this. Please go away.”
“Then a day came when something changed. I could see the change in your face. Your eyes, they used to shine like burnished amber. But on this day, they were just dead. They were empty, like sand or rust. You didn’t go to class. You wandered aimlessly until you just collapsed and crumbled into tears. You were sad. I’ve never seen you so sad, Helen.”
I can’t listen to this. His retelling makes everything fresh. I can feel the way I felt that day, even before he made my day worse. I shake my head, unable to believe that this is happening to me.
“That was the first day I could find the courage to talk to you,” Grayson said. “I had to say something. I had to try to lift you up and be your hero.”
I swallow a bit of saliva that has been gathering in my throat. “When I first heard you speak,” I manage to croak out, “I thought you were nice. You could have asked me out. I would have probably agreed.”
“I wanted to,” he admits. “More than anything, I wanted to. I just... I don’t know what was wrong with me.”
This is so painful. He sounds like a wounded little boy. I don’t know how it’s possible, but I’m beginning to feel a pang of sympathy for him. His voice still sounds as kind as it did the first time I heard it—the first time it deceived me. I press my face into my hands, hating myself for pitying him.
Grayson sits silently outside my door for a few minutes before speaking again. “I couldn’t control myself,” Grayson says softly. “You were just so beautiful, sitting there on the stairs like a broken angel. I needed to touch you to see that you were real. And once I started touching you, I couldn’t seem to stop. I felt like you might disappear right before my eyes. I needed to have you, while you were still here on this earth, in human form. I couldn’t waste a second not being inside you. I needed to drown in your beauty; I needed to feel you around me. I needed to feel every inch of you, whether you would have me or not.” His voice has been growing quieter until it is a barely audible whisper. He pauses to take a deep, mournful breath.
“I felt like I could fuck you into being real. I felt like I could fuck you into being mine.”

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giovedì 29 gennaio 2015

Cover Reveal: Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry [Puzzle Pieces Cover Reveal]

Ever heard of a "Puzzle Pieces Cover Reveal"? I never had ! When I signed up to partecipate in the event I didn't know it would be organised this way, and I was so amazed when I found out how it worked. It is so much fun, isn't it? The aim of the event is to reveal the cover piece by piece, so that you may have a complete image of the cover just by hopping along the blog hosts. My section is number 7, I will be sharing with you some photos of the Behind-the-Scenes work and a puzzle piece of the cover. Besides, have you noticed the author's name? Is the amazing Katie McGarry we're talking about, author of Pushing The Limits, Breaking the Rules and Dare You to. So what are you waiting for? Preorder your copy of Nowhere But Here now!

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Nowhere But Here
Thunder Road #1
by Katie McGarry

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both. Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down. No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

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The Author


Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, Pushing The Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You, Take Me On, Breaking The Rules, and Nowhere But Here and the e-novellas, Crossing the Line and Red At Night. Her debut YA novel, Pushing the Limits, was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. Dare You To was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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mercoledì 28 gennaio 2015

Release Day Launch: When Fates Collide by Isabelle Richards + Giveaway!

When Fates Collide
Fates #1
by Isabelle Richards


Life can change in the blink of an eye. One moment, Lily Preston is trapped in a loveless marriage. In a split second she is free, but at what cost? Her mundane life is set into a free fall of tragedy and terror. Her husband maybe out of her life, but he left a storm of collateral damage behind and the burden is on Lily to sort it out. 


Fate connects Lily with Gavin Edwards, a charmingly handsome British gentleman that has been drawn into her tangled circumstance. Gavin is everything Lily’s husband wasn’t and gives her hope that love really does exist. Gavin wants nothing more than to sweep Lily up and carry her off into the sunset, far away from the devastation left behind by her husband. Gavin has been the first breath of fresh air in her life, but she isn’t looking to be saved. She needs to clean up her husband’s mess and find a way to save herself in the process. 
Does she throw caution to the wind and open her heart? Or listen to her head that tells her and go it alone until she’s found herself again?
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Short Excerpt

My house is a crime scene, I’m completely alone, and I can’t call a single friend. I’m so mad at Ashton I want to scream, but I’d have to yell pretty damn loud for him to hear me now. My head drops into my hands, and I rub my temples hoping to fight off my growing migraine. After a few minutes, I feel someone sit next to me. I fan my fingers and look up to see Gavin’s hypnotic eyes. I get lost in them for what feels like eternity.
Gavin takes my hands away from my face and gently wipes the tears away. Then he wraps his long, muscular arms around my shoulders, and I allow myself to lean into him. This man, whom I’ve known for about twelve hours, whose wife was killed by my husband, is the only person in the world I have left. 

The Author


Isabelle Richards spent years as a speech writer before tackling fiction. An avid reader of all genres, Isabelle is drawn to romance novels as they provide an escape from daily life. Through her complex cast of characters, Isabelle creates a sanctuary for readers to dive into for a break from reality. When she is not writing, Isabelle works as an advocate for persons with disabilities in Washington, DC. Her two yellow labs are her writing partners, although they frequently sleep on the job.

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The Giveaway!

How do you like the sound of this book? I saw it around a couple weeks ago in some bloggers promo post and I thought it sounded great! But the author, this time, is not really giving away copies of her book, no. She came out with such an original giveaway : TWO Oxford University Hoodies !! Yes, you heard me well ! I don't know about you, but I always wanted one! Here in Italy we crave them !

So here's your chance! Good luck (;




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martedì 27 gennaio 2015

Cover Reveal : Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast + Give@way!

Amber Smoke
by Kristin Cast

Publication date June 9th
Publisher Diversion Books

There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.

Someone has opened the cage.

The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back. He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone. 
Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets. First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life. Then, she will become the hunter.

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I love it ! Absolutely beautiful. And the summary sounds SO good, I'm gonna add this book straight to my to-read pile ! Have you ever read the House of Night series? I was a huge fan of Kristin and P.C Cast when I was younger, and I can't wait for this book to be released 

And now for some lucky US winner here is your chance to win an ARC of this amazing book. Hurry up!


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Book Blitz: Defenseless by Elisa Dane + Give@way!

Defenseless 
Diamond Girls #3
by Elisa Dane

Release date: January 17th 2015
Publisher: Swoon Romance
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High school senior, Claire Reilly’s world revolves around All-Star cheerleading. The Diamond Girls, are gearing up for a major competition, which, if they win will allow them to compete at Worlds for the first time. But the unimaginable happens, and both Claire and her team are rocked by a devastating loss. Determined to get to Worlds any way she can, Claire finds help from the last person she imagined would give it—up and coming UFC fighter and notorious bad boy, Ryker Vaughn.

Fouled out of the octagon by a dirty opponent and a vicious kick to the head, Ryker loses control when he learns he may never fight again. Angry over the loss of his mother, an unsupportive family, and the world in general, he gives up, gives in, and unleashes his rage—destroying part of his cousin’s cheer gym in the process. Things go from bad to worse when Ryker is given an ultimatum: help the Diamond Girls compete for a bid to Worlds, or go to jail.

Overwhelmed with anger, sadness, and grief, the unlikely pair learn that what you see is not always what you get, and that the most difficult losses sometimes open the door to a frightening, yet amazing new future.

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The Excerpt

I was exhausted by the time 7 p.m. rolled around, but it was a good tired. My muscles felt warm  and pliable, the tension that had bunched them into knots over the past few days easing up the more I moved around the gym. The ache in my middle refused to go away, reminding me I'd yet to eat anything of substance. The thought of food made me sick to my stomach. Coach Shea, who'd been visibly missing from Onyx's practice, strode into the room, followed by a slender blond woman I'd never seen before. I'd been with X-Factor since the gym opened and I knew Tayla was the first athlete our cheer home had ever lost. I'd never wish bad feelings on anyone, but I took comfort in the knowledge that Coach was as upset over Tayla as the rest of us. I fell in alongside Nev and the rest of the Diamond Girls as they gathered at the front of the mat. Coach Shea pulled up a nearby stool and slung one leg over it, half resting, half standing as she addressed the team. "I know how hard it must have been for you all to come to practice tonight." Her gaze fell on me for half a second, after which she focused on the team as a whole. 
"This is Ms. Emmaline Slater. She's a sport psychologist and a good friend of mine. I felt it was important to have someone here in the event any of you needed to talk. We lost a sister this past weekend. Tayla wasn't just part of our cheer family. She was family. Period. And the loss we're all feeling right now is tremendous." I felt callous, like a horrible person, but the moment my teammates began sniffling and crying, I shut down. Blocked out Coach's words and the familiar sounds of grief ringing out around me. The cliff I stood on was too steep. If I stepped forward, if I tumbled over the edge and allowed myself to give into the grief threatening to pull me under, I'd never stop falling. If my teammates wanted to talk to Ms. Slater, that was fine with me. I wanted nothing to do with her. Coach Shea gestured toward the tall blond. "Emmaline will be hanging out in the pro shop if any of you need help coping with what happened." The woman cast us all a warm smile, a few of the girls following after her as she left the room. I swallowed back the lump in my throat and steeled myself against the flood of emotions brewing deep inside. Breaking apart was not an option. Not with Cheer America coming up. Tayla's commitment to the team was fierce and she'd wanted us to win the bid to Worlds. She was my sister, my family. I would do all I could to ensure we fulfilled her wish. The Diamond Girls would earn the bid to Florida, and we'd do it in Tayla's name. 
"What?" The strain in Nev's voice yanked me out of my bubble. 
"No!" 
"There has to be something we can do." 
Several quiet gasps carried across the mat, the mood amongst the team having quickly changed from somber and sad to shocked and disappointed. Coach Shea held up her hands, at which point the talking ceased. She shook her head once, weariness tugging at her shoulders. "I know it's a tough pill to swallow, especially after losing Tayla, but at this point, I don't see a solution. There isn't anyone in the gym that is qualified to move up and fill Tayla's spot, and I don't know of anyone outside the gym who possesses the skills or desire to step in. I'm sorry, girls, but we won't be able to compete for the bid to Worlds. 
"We're out of the running this season." 
Something inside me snapped. No. No. No. "No!" My body revolted, my lungs burning for air, but refusing to take it in. Anger shattered the numbness I fought to shroud myself in, my hands balling into fists as I glared at Coach Shea. I jabbed my arm out, pointing toward the rest of the girls. "Tayla worked twice as hard as everyone else in this gym. She worked herself into the ground learning her skills. Bled for her spot on this team. Making it to Worlds was her dream. It has to happen. We have to compete for the bid. We have to win. For her." 
A myriad of voices drowned out the silence as the girls all shouted in agreement over one another, begging for Coach Shea to reconsider. 
"Girls." Coach Shea slid off the stool and held up her hands. "Girls!" Once everyone had settled down, she continued. "Trust me when I tell you, I want us to compete as badly as you do. I just don't see how it's possible. I've exhausted all my efforts looking for someone who can compete at your level." She sucked in a deep breath and sighed before shaking her head. "If you know of someone I may have overlooked, please … tell me." 

The Author



I'm a lover of books (YA & Adult romance), chocolate, reality television, and am a proud mother  to three All Star cheerleaders. Woot! 

I write Contemporary YA romance with cheerleaders. Yep. I write what I know, and it's my hope that my stories will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but that you'll find a new respect and interest in the sport of Cheerleading you may not have had before. 
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sabato 24 gennaio 2015

Stacking the Shelves #3

Hosted @ Tynga's reviews

Hey you all ! This week has been another full-of-study week and I can't wait for February 3rd to come to finish my exams and leave for Barcellona !! Like last week I kept buying books for my Kindle and I can't seem to stop ! Moreover I'm receiving many review requests and I am so happy about it ! 

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venerdì 23 gennaio 2015

Review: Witch Song (Witch Song #1) by Amber Argyle

Witch Song
Witch Song #1

Author: Amber Argyle
Published: September 1st 2011
Publisher: Starling Publishing
Format: eBook
Number of Pages: 305
Source: Bought
Purchase: Amazon, TBD

From Goodreads
Brusenna is the last. 

All the other witches have been captured, their songs stolen and twisted from harmony and growth into chaos and death. She alone must stand against an evil much older and darker than anything she could ever imagine—an evil every witch before her has failed to vanquish. 

Brusenna must be the first.




My Review

WOW! What a great discovery this book has been!

Let's start by saying that I have never read something about witches. I know, my bad, but I have never really been that much fascinated by these paranormal characters.

Witch Song was a complete surprise. I started this book and I immediately enjoyed the author's writing style: fluent, detailed, elaborate, the kind that I tend to notice, considering that this has been her debut novel. At first, though, I thought that Witch Song would not have been really a fast-pacing novel, but I found out that I was actually missing something. The whole book is packed with action, you will not be able to relax for an instant, because Brusenna's world constantly changes and upsets the reader. The world Brusenna lives in was amazingly described, not only physically, but also psychologically.  I loved how the author tried to be realistic even in a paranormal novel, how she focused on building perfectly the setting of the book and especially, the opinion of the crowd about witches. It felt real to read about people who feared them, frightened by what they couldn't  put their fingers on, and about people who knew that it was necessary to help them. I think that if witches were real, that's how people would truly react!

 What I enjoyed most, also, where the fact that the witches' power was in their songs and in their voices because it contributed at creating  a pretty image of them, and not the frightening kind I had on my mind. I loved the bond they had with nature, how plants reacted to their words and how witches had the responsibility for the world's balance. I left myself dreaming, imagining how leaves and flowers moved along with the witches' songs and it was a wonderful sensation! I think that was probably one of the author's greatest skill, to touch your imagination so very deeply!

The characters also were well built, Brusenna was a lovely protagonist, strong but not eccentric, sweet, loyal and tender-hearted. I struggled a little at the beginning, to find a connection with her, because I couldn't stand how sometimes she became kind of "whining"; I hated the all "everybody-leaves-me" concept and the "I'm-all-on-my-own", but I guess there must have been something like that, considering that she was the last witch left. In short, a small problem you can easily get over . 

I loved her relationship with Joshen, I feared at the very beginning that it may turn out into some banal love story, but I am happy that the author didn't really gave us much about them in this book because it let's me hope that there will be more in the sequels. I adored Joshen's character because he perfectly knew how to take care of a girl without being troublesome; I thought he grew up so much during the book and it was amazing to see how this adventure changed him and turned him into a wonderful man. I just want to read more about him, NOW.

Well, what do I have to add? I loved travelling along with Brusenna and Joshen, by land and by sea, and I bet most of you will love it too! 

Looking forward to Witch Born!

Rated 4.5



martedì 20 gennaio 2015

Book Highlight: Final Life by Rose Garcia + Give@way!

Final Life
The Transhuman Chronicles #1
by Rose Garcia

Nothing sucks more than being forced to move cross country during senior year. And Dominique Wells doesn't think things can get any worse until she's invited to a quirky neighbor's party. When pressured into playing a magical card game, Dominique's world goes from sucky to terrifying. She begins having visions of a red desert and an evil presence--a presence who hints at past lives and promises to kill her.


Plagued by fear and suspicion, and unaware of a family secret kept hidden from her, Dominique is determined to live. Together with a mysterious and gorgeous guy who's moved in while his parents are away, and a hot, popular guy from school, Dominique must seek clues to her past if she's to survive. That, and keep her emotions in check for the two guys she suddenly can't stop thinking about because if she doesn't, she'll be dead. For real



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The image of blue sky, white sand, and calm waters popped into my mind, edging out the fear and panic that had taken over me.
            My body slipped to the ground. My knees sank into the cool, pebbly sand. A soft breeze flowed through my hair. Farrell stood beside me at the water’s edge, staring out at the still water. He extended his arm and helped me to my feet. I brushed myself off, recalling the terror and pain I had just left behind in the red desert. I patted my chest.
            “Am I really here?”
            “No,” Farrell said sadly. “Only your mind is here.”
            “Farrell, am I—?” I paused, not wanting to say the words, as if keeping them to myself would change my fate. “Am I dying?”
            “Yes.” He took my hand. “There’s nothing I can do.” His calmness filtered into me. And for a minute there, death didn’t seem so bad.
            My attention turned to a bird in the distance that soared through the cloudless sky. For eight lifetimes now I had died, and this was my last time. The world would never be the same, and it was my fault.
            Farrell squeezed my hand. “Remember what I said? The last time we were here?”
            Of course I remembered. “You told me the end is not yet written, and to trust myself.”
            The bird, a white Egret, flew closer and glided right over us, wings outstretched. A lone, feather escaped its plumage. The delicate quill drifted back and forth in the sky. Just like the feather from my dreams and the feather Ms. Ryken had given me that I had later seen at Jan’s. And then it dawned on me that it was the same color as Farrell’s aura. I extended my hand, reaching out for it. When it touched my palm, it disappeared.
            Like flipping a switch, I was back in the desert. Heat exploded inside me. The air in my lungs had almost emptied. Warm, thick blood dripped from my fingers. Farrell and Trent were on the other side of Tavion’s dark energy force, and I was still inside, barely alive. Tavion continued to lift me at my throat, squeezing the life out of me.
            “Dominique! Fight!” Trent yelled.


The Author

Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who's always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she's been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Fueled by her imagination, she created The Transhuman Chronicles--a series of books about people who have overcome human limitations.

Rose lives in Houston with her husband and two kids. You can visit Rose at her website.


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Rose Garcia has kindly offered free copies of her book to
some lucky winners! Copies will be ebook if the winner is INTL
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