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Wed
Sep 20 2017 1:30pm

“Found Family” Can Be the Best Family

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4 Favorite Found Families

Family doesn't always have to be the people you're related to by blood. Many of us have found that the people we're closest too are the ones that we share no blood ties with at all. Today, authors Michele de Winton (Ride Me Right), Violetta Rand (One Taste of Angel), Michele Mannon (author of the Deadliest Lies series), and Katana Collins (author of the Harrison Street Crew series) are here to discuss some of their favorite found families in fiction. Thanks, ladies!

Note: These authors are part of a massive sale of books. Check out their titles on sale, and peruse all the books (over 100!!) that are on sale from now until September 25. 

FOUND FAMILY 
Definition: A group of unrelated persons who commit to one another as a family.

Oceans Eleven. Harry Potter. Friends. The Found Family is a favorite trope used within fictional storytelling. It’s often done with clear intention and can be very obvious, like in the movie, The Avengers. This story revolves around an unlikely band of misfit superheroes who’ve joined together to save the world. And if you think about it, this is usually the case with adventure stories where the plot lines revolve around newly established and often unexpected brotherhoods. Moviegoers appreciate the rich characterization that goes hand in hand with this type of storyline.

However, the Found Family trope can be showcased in a slightly more subtle way, as is the case in the movie, Steel Magnolias. In this movie, a deep, very realistic sisterhood develops between the characters. Yet it’s the undercurrent of what bonds them together—a strong case of southern moxie along with a dark, painful tragedy—that bears closer inspection. 

We asked four dark contemporary/suspense authors to share examples of their favorite brotherhoods and sisterhoods. And, as is the way with author-hoods writing within the same trope, we received four uniquely different responses.

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Fri
Nov 18 2016 1:00pm
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Michele Mannon Excerpt: Hit Man

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Hit Man by Michele Mannon

He always gets what he wants.

The seasoned seducer, who probably charms the panties off of every woman he meets. Diego is handsome. Arrogant. Dangerous. Far more dangerous than anyone I've ever met. And with one look from across a crowded room he has me; hook line and sinker, I'm his for the night.

Diego is not a man to mess with, I know that. I just can't seem to resist his kiss, his touch. But can I trust him with my heart, with my body?

I'm being hunted for something I may or may not have seen, and Diego is my only way out of a world of death and destruction. If only I can believe his dark promises.

Get a sneak peek at Michele Mannon's Hit Man (available December 6, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER ONE

Aubrey

There are to-die-for views and then there are views that can kill you. And right now, I’m standing at the precipice of both, feeling nervous and breathless and a bit overwhelmed.

“This has to be easily a hundred-foot drop,” Zoey murmurs, awestruck and as unnerved as I am by the beautiful, reckless architectural feature of the one-of-a-kind infinity room we’ve wandered into.

“In the States, this would be a lawsuit waiting to happen,” I reply.

“Yet whoo, what a view.”

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Mon
Sep 5 2016 12:00pm
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Mercenary: Exclusive Excerpt

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Mercenary by Michele Mannon

Sometimes in life, choices just aren't part of the plan. When fate interferes and bulldozes right over you.

That's how I felt the first time I saw him. Standing in my kitchen, soaking wet, hotter than a man has the right to be, and holding a knife.

Declan's cold, stone-cold. I can't help but want him. His presence stirs up some raw emotion within me. He seems so...alone. But is he here to kill me or save me?

He's the one man I should never want...and the one I can never forget.

Get a sneak peek at Lisa Michele Mannon's Mercenary (available September 6, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER ONE: MADELYN

He’s still there.

Hunkered down on the cinder block we use as a step. A tree branch, light tan in color and free of bark, set on his thigh. A few twirling inches of it stick out, visible to the curious eye as he rolls it back and forth, back and forth.

His blond head turns. Like he knows I’m on the other side of the door, returning to take another peek around the sheer French drapes I’ve hung in the small front-door window.

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Mon
Aug 1 2016 9:30am
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Rogue: Exclusive Excerpt

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Rogue by Michele Mannon

My lover is dead.

And they think I killed him.

I'm running rogue. Hell bent on both revenge and redemption. Whatever it takes, I'm going to finish a job that began nine months ago. An unauthorized assignment that turned horribly, devastatingly wrong. My miscalculation. My fault. My heart left shattered into incomplete pieces which will never wholly fit back together again.

But first I have to outsmart my former organization and the hired killer they've sent after me; a killer who knows my every move, who’s been inside my head, my heart, and my dreams.

I'm the traitor, Kylie. The rogue mercenary. Jaxson's newest assignment. And this is our love story.

Get a sneak peek at Michele Mannon's Rogue (available August 2, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Paris. The City of Love. And it’s everywhere. In the romantic arches and columned architecture, wide boulevards and cozy courtyards, in the way the midday light flirts across the cream-gray stoned structures of its boulangeries and fromageries, bistros and bars. It’s even in the pastries—of which I’ve indulged in a few. The last city on earth a woman with her own twisted version of a clipped wing and an irreparably shattered heart should be flying solo in.

My lover will never see Paris.

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