Vicky’s review of Every October by Aubree Lane

Every OctoberEvery October by Aubree Lane

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This shorter read was filled with life lessons and the struggle of leaving those we love behind… no matter where we are headed. Every October Zoey comes to see her daughter, and Amy can sense when her mom is near. But this year she can actually see her! It’s heartbreaking to see the love she has for her little girl. But it’s not all doom and gloom there is definitely some lighter moments and things Zoey will have to figure out before she can move on. Will she be stuck on this path forever? Or will she discover a way to move past everything and go where she belongs? Well I can’t tell you…. you will have to read for yourself 🙂

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*New Release & Giveaway!* The Other Side Of Someday by T.k. Leigh

 

 

Title: The Other Side Of Someday

Author: T.K. Leigh

Genre: Romantic Comedy / Chick Lit 

 Release Date: June 6, 2016

 

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You know how you always say someday I will?

Well, I’ve hit my someday.

Someday begins today.

Baylee Morgan is at a crossroads of her life. Leaving her marriage of ten years and the only life she’s ever known, she starts over in a penthouse ocean-front condo in Santa Monica, California. She soon finds herself immersed, albeit reluctantly, in the daunting and perilous world of dating as an almost thirty-something in Los Angeles, unsure of how to act, what to do, or whether that hot guy she meets in yoga class is straight.

Sebby Powers’ dream has always been to work in the film industry. At the age of thirty-five, he’s one of the youngest up-and-coming producers in Hollywood. His life is perfect. Perfect apartment. Perfect girlfriend. Perfect dog. Until a friendship with a beautiful woman with vibrant red hair and a similar taste in cheesy movies throws his perfect life into a tailspin. 

The Other Side Of Someday is a fun, sexy story of looking for Mr. Right in a world full of Mr. Wrongs, when Mr. Right could be just next door.

 

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“Sebby?” I called out, hesitantly walking through the entryway and into the open living space.

“Holy shit!” I exclaimed when my eyes settled on him standing in front of his refrigerator. But that wasn’t what caught me completely off-guard. It was the fact that he was standing there, holding a towel in his hand, exposing himself in all his glory. I quickly spun around, my entire face turning a shade of red that would put my hair color to shame.

“Fuck!” he shouted. “Do you take the world’s quickest shower or something?!”

“Balls,” I muttered, keeping my eyes glued to a large print of a vintage DC-10 that was hanging on the entryway wall.

“What?” he countered, his voice turning light and amused. I could almost picture that sexy and adorable smile drawn on those kissable lips of his.

“There were balls. And stuff.”

He laughed harder than I had heard him laugh in the few weeks I had known him, the rumble echoing in the open space.

“I’ll never be able to look at you again without seeing your balls, Sebby. Just thought you should know that.” I drew a long breath, trying to settle my nerves. Seeing his mouth-watering body completely bare didn’t help matters any. “Here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to go back to my apartment. I’m going to have a shot of whiskey. Or tequila. Or gin. Or whatever will make my blood pressure drop. And then I’m going to come back and we’ll try this again, okay?”

“I promise I’ll be dressed when you come back.”

“Why were you bare ass naked in your kitchen anyway? Did you want me to walk in on you like that? Trying to show off?”

“Do you think I have something to show off?”

“I… Well…” I shook it off. “I’m not answering that.”

“Okay then.”

“Okay.”

“Baylee…?”

“Yes?” I turned around as one often does when their name is called.

“Jesus!” His expression grew wide and he hastily attempted to hide himself.

“For fuck’s sake!” I spun back and faced the door once more. “Did you not think to cover yourself up after the first time I walked in and saw you naked? I’m still standing here. You know that bath towels serve some rather astonishing purposes these days, the most useful of which being something to wrap around your waist to keep your junk covered! I’m leaving and taking two shots of whiskey. Be back in five minutes.”

Vicky’s Review
Loved, loved, loved it! I know I probably say this about all of T.K.’s books but I think this was my favoritest one yet! The chemistry between Baylee and Sebby is instant from the moment they meet. I loved this lighter side of this read and my sides still hurt from all the laughing I did through-out. Baylee needing to move on after some drama in her life takes off on an adventure and it was interesting to see where her journey takes her. I loved getting to see bits and pieces of her mother through her journal, it gave the story an element that needed to be there. We meet some interesting characters, and some not so savory ones. There is lots of fun to be had while reading it and there were a few times it gave me goosebumps as I was reading. The anticipation I had in waiting for this one definitely payed off. I hope to see more of these types of stories from her. And oh the men she dreams up has me confused as to who I should love more. Did I say I loved it? Great read, well written and moved at a great pace. It was inspiring at times and others it will make you want to throw your kindle- so make sure you have a good protective case 😉 . I can’t say anything more with out spoiling it for you, so you will just have to read it to find out why I enjoyed it so much!

 

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T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is a USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series, in addition to several other works. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog, three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). In late 2015, she gave birth to her first (and only) baby. When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall) or keeping her daughter entertained.

T.K. Leigh is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. All publishing inquiries, including audio, foreign, and film rights, should be directed to her.

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He’s trying to protect his heart…
She’s a shell of the girl she once was…
Can he chase away the demons threatening to destroy her?

Mackenzie Delano craves control. After tragedy strikes during her freshman year of college, she compensates for the helplessness she felt by micro-managing every aspect of her life, from her business life to her social life…to her love life. But she wasn’t expecting to cross paths with a mysterious man who seems to invade her every thought.

Tyler Burnham has been living his life with one rule in mind…never fall in love. Focusing solely on his career, he is able to remain a detached observer of life… Until a case is dropped in his lap, forcing him to form an intimate relationship with a sharp-tongued woman in order to obtain the location of a man deemed an enemy of the State.

When Tyler finds himself falling for Mackenzie, will he be able push his feelings aside and recover the information he needs? Or will he put the mission and their lives at risk to follow his heart?

Chasing The Dragon is the first installment of a two part series of deception and betrayal where nothing is as it seems.

***Note – Chasing The Dragon is the first book in a two-book duet and is a spin-off of T.K. Leigh’s USA Today Best Selling Beautiful Mess series. It is not necessary to have read that series in order to read this duet, but it will contain a mild spoiler from the third book in the Beautiful Mess series, Gorgeous Chaos.***

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“Dance with me, Mackenzie,” he said, holding my hand in his, sensually placing the other just below my hip bone.
“What are you−”
“Shhh…,” he admonished, expertly leading me in our dance, the band playing Cole Porter’s Every Time We Say Goodbye. “Just enjoy it and don’t think.”
I simply nodded, turning my head to scan the restaurant.
“Mackenzie, eyes on me. I need to know you’re with me.”
I snapped my eyes back to his, my mouth slightly agape as my heart pounded in my chest. He was warm and spellbinding. The way he held me in his arms comforted me and made me feel as if they were made to hold me.
“Are you with me?” he asked, raising his eyebrows.
“Yes,” I said, my voice soft.
He leaned toward me and the bit of stubble on his chin brushed my skin. “Yes what?” he whispered.
“I’m with you.”
The corners of his lips turned up slightly and there was a spark about him that wasn’t present yesterday. “I like the sound of that, Miss Delano.”
He pulled me closer and I tilted my head to peer into his striking eyes, needing the connection I felt at that moment. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced, all because of a well-placed hand, a sinfully sexy voice, eyes that made me want to melt, and arms that felt like home.
“Who would have thought that the Mackenzie whose lips I couldn’t stop seeing in my dreams last night would turn out to be Mackenzie Delano, proprietor of South Padre’s hottest new spot?”
“How did−”
“Shhh,” he said once more. “You think too much. Just enjoy the moment because it’s over once the band plays the final note to this melody.”
I snapped my mouth shut, a strange awareness of loss washing over me at the prospect of this complete stranger walking away from me once the song came to an end, wondering if I would ever see him again.
“You’re a lovely dancer, Miss Delano,” he commented.
“Thank you,” I answered, unsure of whether to say anything further. He seemed to be in complete control of the dance, of his words…and of mine. And, for the first time, I was okay with someone else calling the shots.
“You have a dancer’s body. I’m confident you’ve bewitched quite a few men with the way you can seamlessly navigate the dance floor.” He leaned toward me and whispered, “I must confess… You’ve bewitched me.”
His voice was sweet as it crooned in my ear, and I was left a silent, blubbering mute, the sincerity in his declaration sparking a renewed sense of longing I had ignored for years. My breathing grew ragged, and I was unable to formulate any response. I simply lost myself in the moment of our dance, wanting his sensual words to ring in the recesses of my mind for all eternity. I wished I could have recorded his voice murmuring those endearing words to me so I could replay them over and over again when I needed to feel something I didn’t think I would ever feel again.
He molded my frame to his, our bodies swaying to the classic tune, and began to sing along with the band. I imagined he was singing to me, and me alone. His voice was deep and guttural, but sweet as he leaned toward my neck and crooned the last verse into my ear. I closed my eyes, losing myself in his warmth, his voice, his everything.
All too soon, the final note rang out, silence encompassing the room, but we continued to sway to the music in our heads, our rhythm perfectly in tune to each other. A loud drum kick echoed, startling me, and I opened my eyes, almost expecting it all to be a dream. But it wasn’t, and I was met with my mysterious stranger’s strong face. Time stood still as we simply stared at each other, neither one of us moving. I licked my dry lips, nerves causing my breathing to grow more intense and labored.
He grabbed my hand and brought it to his soft lips, placing a kiss on it. The contact caused a rush of adrenaline to run through me. Before I could ask his name, he was gone, leaving me stunned and alone once more.

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Vicky’s Thoughts

What can I say… BUT OMG! The anticipation I had for this one definitely paid off! I have loved all of T.k. Leigh’s books so far, but I do believe this is her BEST one yet! Tyler Burnham.. We only got to see pieces of him in her Beautiful Mess series and this book gives you a deeper feel of the younger Burnham. While his older brother Alex had stolen a piece of my heart, Tyler dug his way in and ALMOST pushed Alex out.. Almost.. The fire that ignites between Mackenzie and Tyler is mesmerizing to say the least. I feel she is the Yin to his Yang and the relationship that unfolds between them will leave you breathless. Tyler is definitely BBF material, strong yet gentle, just remember I licked him first :D. The secondary characters bring some laughter and tears and help propel the story in different directions, and she will keep you guessing. Get ready for the emotions to roll off of you. There is a bit of a cliffie at the end, which being a two book duet I figured there would be. All that being said I could not put it down and cannot wait to see how the story plays out in the continuation Slaying the Dragon.

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T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.

When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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*Official BT, Review + Giveaway!!* Sweet Muse by Ava Cummings

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SWEET MUSE by Ava Cummings
Release Date: 1.22.15
Pages: 241
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Erotic Romance

Determined to overcome her difficult past, Anna Starr lands a coveted job at the nation’s biggest celebrity magazine in the center of the New York City power scene. She learns early on to make it on her own, and through sheer force of will she does. But frustration sets in when the dark side of tabloid journalism starts to poke through, and she gets duped while dating slicker-than-thou city boys.

 Amidst a sea of cocktail parties, Anna meets rising art star Damien Wolfe. Their connection is dangerous, intense, and passionate beyond her imagination. 

He sees her in a way that she has never seen herself, setting her on a journey toward self-discovery—
understanding what it means to be truly loved for the first time in her life. But she may lose it all when her blind ambition and his dark past lead to a crisis that changes everything.

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I really enjoyed this story. Ava did a great job creating characters that you could relate to. She takes us on a journey through out New York’s night life and what it could be like as a reporter to a celebrity magazine. Following her dream to be a big time reporter someday Anna Starr leaves her hippie type parents and country life – for the hustle and thrill of the big apple. Ok so it is not exactly what she had hoped for but she gets a spot at Celeb magazine. Finally getting out into the streets to do some stories she meets some interesting people, but there is one she cant stop thinking about, and their paths keep intertwining. But with them both having demons to face in the love department can they find each other? The story kept me interested and I might have stayed up late a few nights because I could not put it down. Overall I feel it is a story about chasing your dreams and following your heart and I am glad I had the chance to read it.
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Ava Cummings spent more than 10 years as an editor at some of the biggest and best-known magazines in the world. 

She fetched coffee, fell in love with fashion, and eventually became a full-fledged editor, covering Hollywood and bringing in stories about bold women that were making a difference in the world. 

She has spun together the sweep-you-off-your-feet happy endings of fairy tales, the unbelievable headlines she reads in the news, and the quirky personalities that she’s encountered in both the real world and on reality TV in her first novel, Sweet Muse

Ava lives in the leafy suburbs of Boston with her husband and two children.

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To Love Again (Learning to Live Again 2) by Dori Lavelle
Genre: Contemporary Romance Series
Published: Jan 21st 2015
 
Shaun Brannon is broken to the core. But even though Kelsey’s heart is cracking as she helps him carry the weight of his past, she can’t walk away from her promise to be there for him, and she can’t ignore her deepening feelings. So she tries to accept the little he’s offering, even though she wants it all. But after months of wrestling with her emotions, she decides she must risk losing him by asking for more than he’s prepared to give her.
Shaun won’t admit it, but he aches for more than Kelsey’s warm body in his bed. The problem is, something stands between them. The whole truth about what happened eight years ago. When Kelsey demands to have all of him or she’ll walk away, he knows the time has come to tell her the truth. But the fear of reliving the past is just as paralyzing as the thought of losing her.
** Due to sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. **
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To Breathe Again (Learning to live again 3) Coming Feb, 2015 (Available for Pre Order)
Vicky’s 5 ☆ Review
Oh man this one was a doozy of a roller coaster ride. There are different twists and turns and I could not put it down! In this one we get a glimpse of Shaun’s past with Carmen. There is such a love between them, you can see why he is tortured with the thought of loving again. Kelsey has some big changes happen for her, and when things go awry it seems all is lost. Will they be able to find what they are both looking for? Dori definitely has a way of drawing you in and only giving enough information as you need it to keep you guessing. I loved this installment and cannot wait to see what happens in the next book as Shaun returns to his hometown to face his demons. I wonder what that one had in store for us!!
 
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After losing the future that was promised to her, Kelsey O’Neil says goodbye to her old life and sets out on a journey to capture her own independence, find happiness, and maybe even true love.
A cozy cottage in a quaint Irish town seems the perfect place to start again. And Shaun Brannon, the sexy but mysterious author next door, could be her second chance at love. But Shaun is incapable of opening his heart to any woman. Can Kelsey find out why before she falls too hard?
Eight years ago, Shaun Brannon stopped believing in love, or marriage. His only belief now is in lust. The demons he wrestles with daily are too dark to let him get close to a woman without breaking her heart. Then along comes Kelsey, who makes him wonder how it might feel to give love another chance. Is he brave enough to show her his deepest scars?
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After years of running away from the past, Shaun Brannon returns to Serendipity, his home town. He’s finally ready to come face to face with the demons he’d left behind. With Kelsey O’Neil reminding him to breathe, the future no longer seems as scary.
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Cinnamon and Sunshine
Sage Springs Series, Book 3

By Hollie Westring

Release: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Lexi Alamont’s been looking for love for years. But living in the small town of Sage Springs, Mo., means the search has not been fruitful. Sure, there are ghosts galore in town, but the selection of living men isn’t anything to write home about. She’s happily watched her two best friends meet their matches, and she can’t help but think that maybe she’ll have her chance before long.

When Cruz Drakov comes back into town to do some work for his paranormal TV show, Lexi’s called in to sweeten up the crew with her baked goods. With her growing business being praised from the mouths of celebrities, Lexi’s happy to oblige. What she isn’t expecting is to gain the attention of the guy who’s everything she’s shied away from. Cruz is a self-assured witch, a realist, and not afraid to play the field with his charismatic demeanor. Lexi’s optimistic, sweet, and looking for the one who will make her heart whole.

Sometimes love is hiding in places you’d least expect. Just ask Lexi and Cruz.

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OMGosh! Best Book EVER! Like seriously it is sooooo good. Romantic and funny and emotional, it has everything even a little mystery.
I loved the first 2 books in the series and I was thinking that #2 was my favorite so far but I totally changed my mind with this one, Lexy and Cruz are the best couple ever! They both were great characters, just perfect in every way and I already loved them before but on their story I fell in love with both of them even harder. The story is perfect, not a single boring moment. So many funny moments, I was LOL so hard last night. There is this part where Cruz asks Lexy if she was checking his @ss and it is so funny I am laughing again just thinking about it.
We see a different side to Cruz that I totally loved, he is so different than what we thought of him from book #2 and although I loved him on that book I loved him even more after I got to know this side of him.
I loved that all 3 girls were very much on Lexy’s story and that their friendship was as strong as before if not more.
I absolutely loved how the author ended the story and I was very much satisfied and happy. I was very emotional because it was very beautiful too, you might cry if you are as invested in the series as I was.
Perfect conclusion to the series and I really wish there could be more, I am really not ready to say goodbye to Sage Springs, it is a great series!!!
I have to say this series it’s my #1 this year.
If you like witches and towns full of friendly ghosts, a story full of love and friendships and even a little mystery then this is the series for you!.

Vicky’s Review

Loved this book in the series!! I am sad to finish though as I have come to love Sage Springs and its inhabitants. Lexi seems to be looking for love in all the WRONG places. After a string of bad dates, Cruz shows back up in town to shoot his paranormal celebrity ghost show. The kiss they had last summer has stuck with them both. Has what Lexi has been looking for been this close and in front of her this whole time? Knowing Cruz is only going to be there for a few short weeks Lexi decides to make the best of it and try not to let her heart get lost and broken in the process. There are a few twists and turns and, I had a hard time putting it down as I could not wait to see how the story unfolded. Excellent read, great series, awesome characters. I am hoping that maybe there will be an off-shoot to the series. I would like to know more about Bianca, as I think she just wears a tough exterior and really does have a heart inside. Overall I really liked how each book in the series centered around a specific character but that they were all included in the stories.

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Hollie Westring is from Kansas City, Mo. She has a wild imagination, which helps her come up with ideas for stories, and then she often adds a little paranormal twist. She can’t help it. She’s also an editor, so she spends a lot of time caught up in fictional worlds.

When not writing, editing, or reading, Hollie can be found baking cookies or exploring historical locations and buildings around Kansas City. She enjoys supernatural tales more than the average person.

BT*, Review & Giveaway!!! Heart of Marley by T.K. Leigh

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Title: Heart of Marley

Author: T.K. Leigh

Release Date: November 3, 2014

Genre: New Adult/Romantic Suspense

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To the moon and back…

From the stars to the ocean…

That was Marley and Cameron Bowen’s secret code.

Twins born just five minutes apart, they have the perfect life… Until tragedy strikes just weeks after their eighth birthday and their father is killed by a drunk driver. Having trouble coping with the loss of her soul mate, their mother tries to find comfort in drugs and alcohol… And an abusive man with a penchant for underage girls.

No longer able to stand listening to his sister’s screams and cries every night for nearly three years, Cam takes matters into his own hands and they’re finally able to escape the nightmare.

They’re finally able to start over…

But the nightmare still haunts Marley. The years go on and she is forced to put on a smile, making everyone think that she is the perfect, well-adjusted teenager that she is supposed to be… Until she is faced with a painful reminder of her past during her senior year of high school and she’s no longer able to keep on the mask that she has been compelled to wear.

Recommended for ages eighteen and over due to strong language, sexual situations, and graphic violence.

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Vicky’s 5*  Review

This story was gut wrenchingly amazing. There was plenty of ups and downs, mystery and suspense to keep me intrigued through out. I must advise stocking up on tissues for this one though as it had me going on a roller coaster of emotions.. #Happiness #Sadness #Hatred and #Love this is just some of the emotions you go through with Marley and Her twin Brother Cam who if you got to read The Beautiful Mess Series or Heart of Light you had already gotten to meet. I love the fact that we get to know Cam in his younger years and get to learn more about his sister Marley. I liked the fact that some of the story is told in the form of Marley’s journal. It gives us a deeper feel of what she is going through. This story deals with some hard but true life issues that are sometimes just brushed under the rug. We get a peek into what one faces after trauma, and the aftermath of Mental Illness that can come along with it. Can Marley escape the darkness that is shrouding her life and find the light? Or will she be consumed by it and let it take over? You will have to read to find out.This was very well written and I cant wait to learn more about some of the other characters in the book, and see what paths they take on their journey’s…


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I had gotten used to things over the years. Marley’s emotions always took you on a wild roller coaster ride, the ebb and flow often unexpected and sometimes tumultuous. But during those moments that things flattened out, and the ups and downs of her life were on an even keel, even if for just an instant, those were the times that I treasured. I wouldn’t trade those rare memories for anything in the world. Those were the times that I saw the real Marley…the girl that forced me to play Barbie’s with her, the girl that convinced me the mud pie she made for me was really chocolate. The way her eyes brimmed with enthusiasm and mischief at the same time, you couldn’t help but believe her, knowing that she would squeal with excitement and delight when you pretended to take a bite of her ‘chocolate’ pie.

“Remember the tree house?” she asked, bringing me back from my own memories. I could hear the lump in her throat.

“How could I forget? You hounded Dad for months to build you one.”

“Remember going out there after he died, but before Mama lost the house?”

I nodded, finding Marley’s hand and grabbing it. “Yeah, I do.”

I felt her body tremble beside me as big, fat rain drops began to fall. “I think it would have been the best tree house on the block.”

“The way Dad doted on you, it would have been a tree mansion by the time he was done with it.”

Losing my father was hard enough when I was just eight, but having to be faced with the constant reminders of his life made it even more difficult. The worst was looking out our back window at a tree that he had begun to build a house in for Marley and me. The night that Mama had explained to us that Dad had gone to heaven and wouldn’t be coming back, I remember glancing out there and seeing Marley sitting on the lone wood plank that he had set up as the foundation of the tree house. Nearly every night that we lived in that house, we would go out there and simply lay down and look at the stars.

“This reminds me of that,” I said softly. “Of those nights in the tree house.”

The sound of thunder boomed around us and we remained on that roof, not caring that we were both drenched from the late summer downpour cloaking the town.

“Me, too,” Marley said. “I think that’s why I like coming out here so much. It reminds me of ‘before’. It makes me feel closer to Dad. I always swore I could hear him talking to me in that tree house and, some nights when I’m out here, I can still hear him.”

“What does he say?”

She turned to face me and almost broke into tears. “That he’s proud of you. That he can’t believe how much of him he sees in you. That he’s happy you don’t let anyone or anything influence your decisions. That he’s thankful you’ve never abandoned me.

About the Author

T.K. Leigh

T.K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is the USA Today Best Selling author of the Beautiful Mess series. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre. When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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Twenty Fun Facts

 1. I wear a shirt when I write that has Shakespeare’s face on it and says “This shit writes itself.”

 2. I am a middle child. I have a sister that is two years older and a sister that is two years younger.

 3. My favorite movie of all time is Casablanca.

 4. When I was 21, I did an internship working at Walt Disney World. Best seven months EVER!

 5. I met my husband in the parking lot of a Jimmy Buffett concert. He was working. I was drinking.

 6. My favorite beer is Blue Moon.

 7. I love the Red Sox.

 8. Every time I publish a new book, I drink champagne and watch Anchorman and Talladega Nights. It’s a tradition now.

 9. When I was moving out to California from Connecticut after graduating law school, the hubs and I drove route 66 all the way from Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier. It was such an amazing experience, and I think there may be a book in it.

 10. My pen name is a play on my real name. My full name is Tracy Leigh Kellam. I don’t think I need to spell out where T.K. Leigh came from. 😉

 11. I have a yellow jeep wrangler that I love. Her name is Savvy J.

 12. In my opinion, there is no such thing as too much coffee. Or peanut butter.

 13. I am a sushi addict.

 14. I am deathly afraid of snakes. I can’t even watch a movie with them in it or I’ll flip out.

 15. My favorite New Kid on the Block was Donnie. I’m glad I picked one that aged well.

 16. I am a huge proponent of “Adopt, don’t shop.” We have a dog and 3 kittens, all of whom we have found on the streets and saved.

 17. One of my favorite TV shows is Arrested Development.

 18. My favorite book of all time is The Great Gatsby. What can I say. I’m a sucker for a story with no HEA.

 19. I currently have 8 works in progress.

 20. You will all be seeing Cam and Jolene again. 😉

 

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