ARC Review & Giveaway: Rise of the Sea Witch by Stacey Rourke


 
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Details of the sea witch’s banishment have been exaggerated. The body count that preempted it was not. Once an illustrious princess, her hands and tentacles were stained with the blood of thousands. No one could comprehend how the hooks of madness dragged her down from her life of privilege. 
 
Born Princess Vanessa of Atlantica, the ambitious young royal was one of two children born to the great King Poseidon. She and her brother, Triton, were groomed from birth to rule. Yet only one would ascend that coveted throne. While carefree Triton flits through his training with a cavalier demeanor and beguiling charm, Vanessa’s hunger for her father’s acceptance drives her to push herself to the limits of magic, and combat to become a leader worthy of her people. 
 
When war against the humans ravages their once regal kingdom, political sides are chosen. Factions from the seven seas challenge the existing leadership, pitting Vanessa against her brother in a vicious battle for the crown. Traitors are exposed, dark family secrets revealed, and a once strong sibling bond is strained to its breaking point.
 
Only when the ink black waters from the ultimate betrayal rescind, will the truth be known of how the villainous sea witch rose with one name on her vengeful lips–Triton.
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I’ve always been a fan of Stacey Rourke’s retellings. They’re usually far more dark and sinister, closer to Grimm than Disney and I adore that kind of twisted carnage. This is a YA retelling of how Ursula, like from The Little Mermaid, came into existence. It explores what it takes to make an innocent and caring person turn dark, how much betrayal and anguish a person (mermaid) can take before they crack, and whether love can truly heal all wounds.
Here’s what I loved: 
  • Princess Vanessa is a victim and it is so not her fault. All she has ever done is try to be a perfect daughter to the point of stifling who she is. She’s young, idealistic, and so hopeful. She has a pure and beautiful heart, she truly cares, she’s funny, her sarcasm is on point. She’s pretty awesome. And then she gets better. She is forced to make choices that transform her from the inside out. She must embrace her magic and she does not always make the best decisions, in fact, sometimes they’re downright cruel and propelled by anger. BUT that’s what makes her more real; she’s flawed and hurt and sometimes broken but never, ever defeated and there’s power in that.
  • The world building is amazing. Each ruler of the Seven Seas is unique and they all have tons of personality. There are whole cultures and ideals in tiny details that fit so well together. You can totally picture little under water countries. 
  • Vanessa’s relationship with Triton. She adores him. Even though he’s like a little free-spirited hippie who would rather frolic around than be responsible, how could you not love those golden curls? Their relationship is a complex one. But it’s adorable. And then crash and burn. You’ll think about how the children you met in the very beginning of the book transformed into these two strangers. It’s heartbreaking.
  • Plot twists. There are a ton and they’re truly shocking. You don’t expect them. But when they’re revealed you’ll definitely think, ahhhh, it all makes sense now. 
  • I love love love Vanessa and Alastor. Epitome of slow burn. The way he cares for her. It’s so sweet, omg. 
Here’s what I disliked: 
  • The structure. I don’t know if it’s because of my ARC or if this is in the finalized version, but the blending of past with present, the sort of omnipotent voice that runs through in Italics and then the time jumps. There are big gaps in time that range from 2 months to several years. Which is fine, but when coupled with the italics it’s a little confusing and took me time to readjust. Initially the whole prologue was iffy. You assume who it’s about and what’s going on from prior knowledge but it reads as a stream of consciousness merging of random thoughts that kind of feel out of place sometimes. The organization-style choice- wasn’t my favorite. 
  • Some plot points ended abruptly. There’s this whole build up on animosity between Vanessa and another character and then boom, over. I guess, I just wished there was more…hands on retribution. 
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RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She currently hard at work on the Unfortunate Soul Chronicles, and additional literary projects. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

 

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Release Blitz: The Official Gryphon Series Coloring Book by Stacey Rourke


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Illustrators: Crystal Ord and Robert Immings
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Journey into the fantastical world of The Gryphon Series, written by Stacey Rourke, with original artwork that brings to life pivotal moments from the beloved Young Adult series!
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RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel
Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012
Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 

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Author Spotlight & Giveaway: Stacey Rourke

Meet Stacey Rourke! She is an award winning, best-selling author, yet her quirky writing style and personality has her better known for her irrational fear of garden gnomes and her insistence that pretty shoes actually call out to her as she shops. That said, if you like books with a heap of action, a swirl of suspense, a dash of romance, and a slathering of snappy one-liners, Stacey’s books might be the right recipe for you! Without further ado, let’s explore the works of this twistedly, fun ginger!
 
In the literary world, Stacey is probably best known for her Legends Saga. This suspenseful literary adventure dares to ask the question; what if the best fiction had dark roots of truth? It kicks off with Crane, a modern day spin on the Legends of Sleepy Hollow. Things delve into the macabre in Raven, book 2, where the works of Edgar Allen Poe are weaved together into an intricate tapestry. The third book, Steam, combines the writings of HG Wells and Nathaniel Hawthorne into a backstory filled with witchcraft and time travel.
Spiral into madness with this series today!
Crane: Amazon/Audio/B&N
Raven: Amazon/B&N
Steam: Amazon
 
In between writing the Legends Saga, Stacey admits to needing a “mental health” break from the dark and maniacal.  Her pallet cleanser came in the form of the light-hearted romantic comedy, Adapted for Film.
Set in Hollywood, we travel along with International Best-Selling Author, Aubrey Evans, as her blockbuster book is made into a major motion picture. But when she and the director begin butting heads over how to bring the book to life the studio takes drastic measures to save the flailing film. Will Aubrey find her happy ending in the City of Angels? Or will the credits roll on all she has worked for?
Stacey entered the literary world with this YA fantasy series filled with shapeshifters, dragons, pirates, demons, and the horrifying image of grandma in a leopard print bikini! Yikes. The lives of three siblings are turned upside down when they suddenly find themselves linked to the mystical creature known as the Gryphon; oldest brother, Gabe, takes the form of a lion, the youngest of the trio, Kendall, grows the wings of an eagle, and middle child, Celeste, becomes his Conduit—the Celtic warrior fated to save us all.
Together, they must battle the forces of darkness, all while getting on each other’s last nerve.
 
Conduit #FREE: Amazon/B&N
Embrace: Amazon
Sacrifice: Amazon
Ascension: Amazon
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Trailer Reveal: Descent-Stacey Rourke

 
Genre: YA Fantasy
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synIt’s been two years since the lion roared … the eagle flew … and the fated Celtic warrior embraced her destiny. Now, with an unknown darkness swirling and the body count rising, the world needs a hero more than ever. A new battle is brewing. Who will answer the call to war? The time has come. The stage is set. And the Garretts are back in a brand new novella. Descent; The Gryphon Series Resurrection, Coming in Spring 2016. It’s hard to keep a bad pirate down…  
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RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012 Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013 
 
Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Adapted for Film. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. 
Visit her at Website/Blog/Facebook or on Twitter or instagram at Rourkewrites.

Happy reading, 
Jordan



ARC Review: Raven-Stacey Rourke

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 Raven by Stacey Rourke

The Legends Saga #2

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An infamous love, destined nevermore,
For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore.

Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?

She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,
searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.

Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?

Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.

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“Gathering both her hands in his, he brushed his lips across the back of one then the other. ‘Before you came into my life I breathed on an atmosphere of sorrow. I stood, lost deep in darkness. Wondering. Fearing. Doubting, I would ever escape. Then, suddenly, a corner was turned and there you stood. A blaze of hopeful light before me. My love for you is more than love.'”

Stacey Rourke’s retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s works is nuanced and macabre. The intricate weaving between tales of darkness and madness spiral into a dreamy, sinister and poetic contemporary world. Rourke is spot on, capturing Poe’s Gothic, and twisted romanticism. 

PROS:

  • Edgar and Lenore’s love is passionate and tragic. It’s beautiful to read the way Edgar worships her. The sheer poetry that flows from his lines is enough to make any girl with an ounce of romantic yearning swoon. Their love is truly one that transcends time and space and shakes the world’s foundation. The lightness he finds in her eyes is beyond her mortal beauty and is a tell-tale sign of soul mates. The carriage scene broke my heart. The incredible loss, will make you ache and fully grasp Edgar’s torment. The emotional turmoil is palpable. Brace yourself from serious emotional carnage and a not so pretty ugly cry. Though the plot alternated between a few different perspectives, the build up of their relationship was natural and so solid, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect couple. 
  • The story itself, the combination of Sleepy Hollow with Poe was a match made in heaven. The way Stacey fused the two together was seamless and they definitely played off of each other, enhancing each subplot. Just when you think you have it all figured out, a surprise connection you never saw coming will throw you for a loop. 
  • Ridley is hilarious. From his blatantly sexual and flirty remarks, to his playful commentary designed to irk Noah and Ireland, he’s both debonair and magnetic. Ridley is full of vivacious energy and life. Ridley is a complicated man, when he comes into his curse, you see a side of him that is not quite so lackadaisical. Ridley has the weight of Poe’s drama on his shoulders and it is not an easy burden to bear. At times, he spins out of control into the realm of insanity and blood lust. His visions rival even those of Ireland under the Horseman’s spell.
  • The opening scene ranks as one of my all time favorite introductions to a story. It’s magical, sick, and oh so dark. I loved it. The witch is one creepy, vile, and ruthless woman. 
  • Rourke has a talent for graphic descriptions of violence, battles, and gore. The bloodshed was vibrant and so detailed it might be a little much for the faint of heart but was appropriate for the realm of Edgar Allen Poe.
  • Lenore. What a travesty. This love story is a fierce competitor for Romeo and Juliet’s reign. Lenore’s rise and fall is heartbreaking and bitter. The sacrifices Poe makes and the choices he lives through are the kind that you can never forget. The Lenore of the contemporary times is a ravishing yet decrepit bloodthirsty monster. The way she plows through humans is angry and needlessly painful. But the Lenore of old, Poe’s Lenore is still there buried and at the forefront of the reader’s mind, begging to be set free.
  • Ireland’s struggle against the Horseman is more powerful than ever. He thirsts for heads to roll and bodies to massacre. Ireland is still full of guilt and doesn’t know how to cope with the Horseman’s growing control. The internal battle is one of taunts and threats but Ireland’s spirit will not give up and her resilience is really admirable in the face of everything that the curse entails. 
  • The endings to these books are always awesome and leave you wringing your hands, itching for the next book. I can’t WAIT for the next one. He’s one of my favs.

CONS:

  • There were a handful of minor typos.
  • Towards the end, some of the plot felt convoluted and did not come off as clear as it could have. While the scene itself was inherently chaotic, the explanation lacked cohesion.

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Crane

The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.

Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.

What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?

Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?

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Stacey

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There is nothing worse than being put on the spot and asked to talk about yourself. For me it brings back that inevitable moment in a new school when the teacher would ask me to stand up, introduce myself and tell the class something about myself. I was always worried I would blurt out something stupid that I would get teased for. Something like, “My name’s Stacey and I like pickles!” Then for the rest of the school year I’d be known as the Pickle Girl and let’s be honest, no one wants that. So to avoid such a faux pas I will simply say that I love to write. It allows me to get my crazy out just enough that I can function as a normal member of society.

Happy reading, 

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Cover Reveal: Raven-Stacey Rourke

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covergifTitle: Raven
Series: Legends Saga # 2
Author: Stacey Rourke
Audience: NA Paranormal
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Formats: E-book and Paperback  
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Cover by: Najla Qamber Designs
Editor: Melissa Ringsted
Expected Date of Publishing: Sept 22, 2014
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An infamous love, destined nevermore,
For death could not claim, the enchanting Lenore.
Cursed by the malevolent spirit of the Headless Horseman, Ireland Crane ventures to Manhattan in search of a way to break her soul crushing bond. Instead, she discovers the lines between fact and fiction are blurring once more. Croaking ravens. Telltale hearts. Could the works of Poe be coming to pass with handsome Wall Street Midas Ridley Peolte as their unwilling target?
She walks the Earth, a plague on mankind,
searching for he, her rotted heart doth pine.
Together, the two unknowingly release a dark force death itself could not tame. Surrounded by the unrelenting violence and mayhem they’ve unleashed, Ireland feels her control over the Horseman slipping. Before the beast within consumes her, she and her crew must follow the clues of the dead to right a centuries’ old wrong. Will it be enough to sate the Horseman’s appetite?
Hell hath no fury like a ghoul scorned.
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authorgifThe Gryphon Series is written by Stacey Rourke. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this series as well as other literary projects. The Gryphon Series is available wherever fine books are sold.
Contact Info: Visit the author at www.staceyrourke.com
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Review, Teaser & Excerpt: Crane-Stacey Rourke

The Horseman is unending,
his presence shan’t lessen.
If you break the curse,
you become the legend.

Washington Irving and Rip Van Winkle had no choice but to cover up the deadly truth behind Ichabod Crane’s disappearance. Centuries later, a Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow awakening macabre secrets once believed to be buried deep.

What if the monster that spawned the legend lived within you?

Now, Ireland Crane, reeling from a break-up and seeking a fresh start, must rely on the newly awakened Rip Van Winkle to discover the key to channeling the darkness swirling within her. Bodies are piling high and Ireland is the only one that can save Sleepy Hollow by embracing her own damning curse.

But is anyone truly safe when the Horseman rides?
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4/5 Stars
Crane is a dark and sinister read on par with the classic. The story is fused with wicked curses, haunting love, and an evil that exists outside of time. Crane is a fast-paced thrill ride, full of mystery and suspicion that will leave you on the edge of your seat unsure of Ireland’s fate and even more uncertain of whether or not anyone can be trusted. Fans of both the original Sleepy Hollow legend and the Sleepy Hollow tv series will thoroughly enjoy this 🙂
PROS:
  • Crane is a unique and unexpected play on the classic, one that you do not see coming. The back story is so surprising that it changes your whole perspective of the Sleepy Hollow legend.
  • Ireland is in need of a fresh start, she aims to become a powerful, confident, and content young woman without the crutch of a man and who can move on from her ex. Ireland is honest, she’s completely straightforward and tells it like it is. Her lines are colorful, full of popping sarcastic energy and life. She’s unafraid to speak her mind in the most blunt and shocking terms, it’s hilarious. Her playful personality seems at odds with her fate and it’s through these trials that she’s able to fully come to terms with the fact that she’s a fierce and compelling woman with the skills to do some serious damage.
  • Sleepy Hollow as a place full of a twisted past and lines of descendents that go back to the Irving story makes the whole town feel destined for tragedy and slaughter. The sudden arrival of a Crane doesn’t bode well and the founders know it. The curse, though like an urban legend or campfire story is still on the people’s minds. Those blood pumpkins are HORRIFYING and creative, putting dashes on witchcraft and magic throughout and in a subtle way.
  • Noah is a flirty, charming, sexy piece of man candy. He’s built on coy lines and sarcasm. The man is a catch. He’s constantly there with his muscles and a smile, chatting up Ireland and coaxing her into fun situations. Noah is persistent, he goes after Ireland and he won’t let up, oozing sex appeal and naughty thoughts that Ireland can’t keep fighting.
  • The undesired effect of the sugarskull will make me rethink future tattoos, lest there by some freaky centuries old curse on my head.
  • Gore, blood, and all the murder details were graphic and wonderfully written. The action scenes had a majestic, witchy quality that spoke of possession and the battle for control.
  • The tension throughout the story, wondering who the horseman is and what the end game will turn out to be adds a layer of heavy paranoia and sense of being watched.
  • The interactions with the horseman, the way he whispers and persuades in the mind is all sorts of terrifying and skeevy. The sheer rage and hostility in every urge is beyond frightening and yet, made light of near the end with the music suggestions. Way to tame the beast, turn up the crappy music.
  • Rip might be my favorite narcoleptic. The man is seedy, quirky, and full of these little quips. Rip brings a unique spin to the plot as Ireland’s keeper and advisor but his inability to handle stress is really laughable, especially because it debilitates him. The trivial pursuit scene was a weird mix of creepy perv and whacked out grandpa. You don’t know what to make of Rip, despite his sneaky, stalker-like tendencies and past depravity his by far one of the most interesting characters.
CONS:
  • Some of the flashbacks to the past were a little confusing. The way Irving, Crane, and co. interchanged names to avoid seedy reputations made it so you kind of had to double-check who it was really referring to.
  • The cops and principal were nowhere near hard enough or suspicious of Ireland. The fact that they’re questioning her one day for murder and then let her be grief counselor to kids after she was arrested at the school the day before feels unrealistic and stretching.
  • Noah is way too forgiving. Yeah, they suffered through some supernatural trauma together but he barely knows Ireland and that he’s able to forgive and forget so quickly is one of those, scratch your head and stare at the page for a few moments in shock scenes.
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“Tonight was meant to be the Harvest Ball,” Katrina said as she slid between the folds of her crimson and taupe gown. “Now the town is meeting, trying to concoct a plan to stop a being that death itself couldn’t tame.”

Ichabod sat on the edge of the bed with his back, respectfully, to Katrina while she changed. His loaded musket lay across his lap. In the reflection of the window in front of him he could see the soft curve of her hips as they tapered into her narrow waist. He cleared his throat and shifted his gaze to the floor. His chin tipped to the side, ever so slightly, to ask, “Are you secure in our plan?”

“I am to attend the summit on the arm of Brom Van Brunt,” she reaffirmed as she pulled her long, blonde locks out from the back of her gown and began tightening the laces of her bodice. “Then speak with as many people as I can, searching for anyone that may have motives leading to the Horseman.”

Ichabod nodded. Mostly to himself, he muttered the remaining details they were depending upon, “Rip will be inside as well. That man can finesse a crowd with a skill that truly baffles. If there are secrets to be found, he will uncover them. Irv will be outside with me, primarily because the Horseman isn’t the only one in this town that would like to see his head on a spike. We will be on horseback, patrolling the grounds with a few other men that have volunteered. You will have nothing to fear.”

Her elegant gown in place, Katrina turned to Ichabod wearing an expression equal parts timidity and fear. “What of Brom?”

The bed squeaked as Ichabod shifted his weight to face her. “Boorish as his ways may be, he cares for you. If you adopt the guise that you have interest in him, he will do all he can to protect you inside the gathering, while I provide you the same service outside.”

“And,” her long lashes brushed the tops of her cheeks as she cast her gaze to the floor, “you aren’t bothered by me being on his arm?”

In the midst of the plotting and planning, Ichabod had slipped into the role he knew well of military strategist. He had detached himself from the emotional aspects—until that very moment. The reality of his request sank in like a heavy stone. He had asked her to take another man’s arm, asserting her place beside him. The implications of that dug into his gut like a dull blade, churning and twisting deep.

“The mere idea of that makes me ache,” he stated, forcing the words through his suddenly parched throat. “Yet I would endure this hardship, and countless others, to keep you safe.”

She moistened her lips with a flick of her tongue, seemingly wrestling with words that gave her pause. “Ichabod, when this is over … w-would you call yourself mine?”

Ichabod closed his eyes. The euphoria of that question washed over him, cleansing him of all his sins with the promise of tomorrow. Rising to his feet, he took her velvet soft hand in his. A love he hadn’t known possible illuminated her striking face. “From the moment I saw you, my heart belonged to you alone. If by some miracle you were to give me your love in return, I would need nothing else to sustain me the rest of my days.”

Katrina’s palm tenderly brushed his cheek. “You have already claimed that.”

Allowing no further hesitation, Ichabod gathered her in his arms. Katrina tipped her head back, the soft curves of her body molding to his. Full lips parted in an alluring invitation it would take a stronger man than him to resist.  

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There is nothing worse than being put on the spot and asked to talk about yourself. For me it brings back that inevitable moment in a new school when the teacher would ask me to stand up, introduce myself and tell the class something about myself. I was always worried I would blurt out something stupid that I would get teased for. Something like, “My name’s Stacey and I like pickles!” Then for the rest of the school year I’d be known as the Pickle Girl and let’s be honest, no one wants that. So to avoid such a faux pas I will simply say that I love to write. It allows me to get my crazy out just enough that I can function as a normal member of society. 
Happy reading, 
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