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Fri
Jun 23 2017 2:00pm

“We would play video games together all the time”: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


TeddyP had a true friends to lovers story

TeddyP in Games: A Gateway to Romance

Before my girlfriend and I started dating, we would play video games together all the time. Our love for video gaming was part of the reason we became such close friends. Fast-forward 5 years, one things led to another and we ended up falling in love with each other (friends to lover trope).

The first night we first kissed we were in the middle of playing the game Bioshock... a game we have played together 2 other times. 3 years later, we are still playing video games together... and still kissing.

So, yeah, video games DO lead to romance... and it is frakin' sweet.

[+2 more comments of the week]

Wed
Jun 21 2017 11:01am

Jenna Bayley-Burke’s Just Married Book Club Discussion Thread

Just Married by Jenny Bayley-Burke

If you're a fan of friends-to-lovers, marriages of convenience, and surprise babies, or any combination of the three, then you're going to love this month's Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book Club selection, Jenna Bayley-Burke's Just Married.

Once you've finished swooning over Miranda and Callum's romance, come join us to talk about all the tropes. (If you're not ready just yet, read our Q&A with Jenna Bayley-Burke.)

Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s also a non-spoiler-y Q&A with Jenna Bayley-Burke, the author, if you're not yet ready to dive into talking about Just Married.)

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished Just MarriedThis is a post to discuss the entire book.***

Here's a quick synopsis of Just Married: 

Miranda and Callum have been friends-with-benefits ever since law school. It's worked for them since they live on separate coasts until an archaic clause in Cal's family trust forces him to get married and provide an heir. Who better to fill the shoes of wife than his best friend! However, after a smoking hot honeymoon, their marriage of convenience becomes incredibly inconvenient when Miranda finds herself pregnant with twins. The two must find their way towards not only making a happy family—but finding a happy ending for themselves. 

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Wed
Jun 21 2017 11:01am

Jenna Bayley-Burke on the Tropeyness of Just Married

Just Married by Jenna Bayley-Burke

We love our tropes on Heroes and Heartbreakers and this month's E-Book of the Month Club pick brings ALL of the tropes—friends to lovers, marriage of convenience, babies!—together with Jenna Bayley-Burke's Just Married. We were lucky enough to sit down with Jenna to discuss her More Than Friends series and all the delicious complications that come when friends with benefits suddenly find themselves in love!

Need more from Jenna? If you're ready to swoon over Mira and Callum, come join us to talk about tropes, tropes, and more tropes in our discussion thread of Just Married. (If you're not ready just yet, play our game by “planning” your wedding and we'll tell you which hero will be waiting at the altar for you)

If you're shouting “I do!” continue the fun by discussing other modern takes on marriages of convenience in romance. 

Miranda and Callum have already been friends with benefits for years when readers first meet them—what appealed to you about writing that dynamic?

Jenna Bayley-Burke: He married someone else. I’ve had a couple friends in a similar dynamic, though in those cases the guy was more invested. One ended abruptly when he met someone else who was more than just dating. Another I am convinced are married in their head, just live too far apart to make it work. So, I made it work.

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Wed
Jun 21 2017 11:01am

Download June’s E-Book of the Month Pick: Jenna Bayley-Burke’s Just Married!

Our book club gives “summer of love” a whole new meaning. Each month through August, Heroes and Heartbreakers will spotlight a new romance to read and then invite readers to gather together to discuss the book in various ways, including discussion threads, author interviews, fantasy casting, and more.

That's not all: Readers in the U.S. and Canada will also have a limited-time chance to download a copy of each month's e-book—for FREE!* 

Just Married by Jenna Bayley-BurkeOur Book Club selection for June is...Jenna Bayley-Burke's Just Married!

Marriage of convenience, friends with benefits, a surprise Vegas wedding, accidental pregnancy, hot sex... Just Married has it all! We can't wait to hear what you think of it.

High-powered attorneys who live on opposite coasts, Miranda and Callum have been friends with benefits since college. But when Cal learns he has to marry to secure his inheritance, he knows his bride can only be Mira. Too bad Miranda doesn't know that, and heads to Las Vegas determined to stop him from making a big mistake by marrying some random woman...

But that's only the very beginning of Miranda and Callum's romance, so download your copy of Just Married now and then come dish with us in the book club discussion thread!

P.S. If you're a sucker for friends-to-lovers stories, you'll also want to check out Bayley-Burke's More Than Friends novel Snowed In.

Join the H&H E-Book of the Month Club now! 

Here's the deal:

  • By signing up to get your free e-book, you will also receive the weekly Heroes and Heartbreakers newsletter and  an alert every month when a new e-book is available for download!
  • Book club members will need to confirm the details of their membership in order to get the next month’s free e-book.**
  • Each book will be offered for 14 days and you MUST download your copy before the offer ends.
  • This offer is only available in the U.S. and Canada due to complex international laws; we sincerely apologize for the geographic restriction.

So sign up for the H&H E-Book of the Month Club here and then be sure to join us in all our Just Married discussion thread, an in-depth Q&A with Jenna Bayley-Burke, and more! In fact, just go ahead and Bookmark the link to our Book Club collection to keep up with all of the fun we have planned...

Happy reading!

*Offer to download Jenna Bayley-Burke's Just Married ends July 5, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

**Book club program runs until September 4, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET. We reserve the right to end this promotion at any time.

Tue
Jun 20 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from E.J. Russell, Eli Lang, and Jackie Ashenden

Team H&H has covers for upcoming romances from authors E.J. Russell, Eli Lang, and Jackie Ashenden. Take a look at what's coming this fall and early next year! 

Bad Boy’s Bard by E.J. Russell

Bad Boy’s Bard by E.J. Russell

As far as rock star Gareth Kendrick, the last true bard in Faerie, is concerned, the only good Unseelie is . . . well . . . there’s no such thing. Two centuries ago, an Unseelie lord abducted Gareth’s human lover, Niall, and Gareth has neither forgotten nor forgiven.

Niall O’Tierney, half-human son of the Unseelie King, had never lost a wager until the day he swore to rid the Seelie court of its bard. That bet cost him everything: his freedom, his family—and his heart. When he’s suddenly face-to-face with Gareth at the ceremony to join the Seelie and Unseelie realms, Niall does the only thing inhumanly possible: he fakes amnesia. Not his finest hour, perhaps, but he never revealed his Unseelie heritage, and to tell the truth now would be to risk Gareth’s revulsion—far harder to bear than two hundred years of imprisonment.

Then a new threat to Gareth’s life arises, and he and Niall stage a mad escape into the Outer World, only to discover the fate of all fae resting on their shoulders. But before they can save the realm, they have to tackle something really tough: mending their own broken relationship.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Bad Boy’s Bard by E.J. Russell, available September 18, 2017 from Riptide Publishing.

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Mon
Jun 19 2017 3:30pm

Plan Your Dream Wedding, and We’ll Tell You Who Your Groom Will Be! (Game)

June is the start of wedding season, but planning a wedding can take all the fun out of it! Luckily, we have a stress-free way of having all the fun of planning and none of the hassel! Simply plan your dream wedding, and we'll tell you who you'll see at the end of the aisle. Share down in the comments who your groom is!

 

H&H Editor Picks:

Well, This Is Awkward: Unconventional First Meetings in Romance

4 Ways Weddings in Romance Can Go Wrong

Marriage of Conveniences in Contemporary Romance

 

 

 

 

 


Fri
Jun 16 2017 2:00pm

“Women should acknowledge every part of who they are”: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


earthdragonwing knows that women wear many hats

earthdragonwing in Wonder Woman and That Pesky Love Interest Storyline

I totally agree with you. Women should acknowledge every part of who you are. I am a mother, wife, electronic technician, christian. I've been a diplomat, hostess, a supervisor, a handyman, a sailor (USN), a suffragist, and many more roles that I've had to assume in my life. I've experienced every human emotion possible. So, Wonder Women is not demeaned in any way by finding love with a man like Steve Trevor in the midst of war. She will never shirk from her duties to the world and a man like Steve would never have let her. As other have said, she grew more as a woman by learning to love and learning who she is and wants to be. My life has been one about family. I have lived and grown to know what is important, what to fight for and not fight for, and not lose who I am. This is why I love this story, because Wonder Woman is plainly a woman inside and feels exactly as any woman does. She is smart because she does not deny that part of herself and neither should any woman.

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Fri
Jun 16 2017 1:00pm

“Love, Magic, Reckoning”: A Beginner’s Guide to Madhuri Pavamani’s Keeper Series

The Keepers Series by Madhuri Pavamani

Everything you need to know to make The Keepers Series your next keeper

When you start a new series, quickly getting a feel for the setting is key, and that's never more important than when reading a paranormal. One of the most original romances we've read this year is Madhuri Pavamani's Keeper series, which introduces readers to the world of Poochas, Keepers, Deaders—and the hot romance between Dutch and Juma.

Want to know more? Of course you do! With help from author Madhuri Pavamani herself, allow us to present an introduction to Books 1 and 2 of the Keeper series, Dutch and Juma, as well as scoop on Book 3, Death.

First off, what are the important terms?

Poocha: Death’s reclaimers, those beings who help the dead cross back into life. Poochas have nine lives and are the archnemeses of Keepers. Death chooses who shall become a Poocha.

Deader: Nickname for the dead used by Death, her Poochas, and the Alighters.

Alighter: Alighters work with Poochas to assist in the reclamation of the dead. Fixers of memory and circumstance, they often work in teams around the globe to wipe memories and clear the way for a Deader to return to life.

Keeper: Deadly assassin of The Gate, trained to hunt and kill Poochas. Only Keepers may become Ren and lead The Gate.

Each of these roles is dependant on the existence of the others, Pavamani tells us, adding: “These three are intertwined by necessity more than desire—without deaders, there would be no need for poochas, and without poochas, there would be no need for keepers. Each is the reason for the other’s existence, a most twisted co-dependency based upon death, death, and more death.”

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Wed
Jun 14 2017 1:00pm

Ilsa Madden-Mills’ Desert Island Must-Haves: Author Spotlight

The Last Guy by Ilsa Madden Mills

Which three things would you take to a desert island?

First of all, I’d bring a super savvy MacGyver-type companion who could build me a fire out of a paper clip…and find the best mango and coconuts on the island.

Next, would be a comfy hammock with a sleep number mattress on it. Not sure if that’s a thing, but it should be.

Third, I’d bring a satellite phone so I could talk to my loved ones. Let’s also pretend this phone picks up HBO and Netflix so I don’t have to miss Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black. Boom.

I’m all set to go. Who’s in?


H&H Editor Picks:

6 Enemies-to-Lovers Stories for Every Mood

What’s the Line Between Forbidden and Too Forbidden?

June 2017 Romance New Releases

 

 

 

 

 


Learn more about or order a copy of The Last Guy by Ilsa Madden-Mills, available now:

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Tue
Jun 13 2017 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Audra North and Silvia Violet

Team H&H has a preview of upcoming titles from authors Audra North and Silvia Violet. Check out the fantastic covers and stories to come! 

Midlife Crisis by Audra North

Midlife Crisis by Audra North

Cam McGhee grew up like any other small-town Texas farm boy: he played football, went to church every Sunday, and married his high school sweetheart. But thirty-five years after he said “I do,” Cam finds himself nursing a beer in a gay bar, thinking about what might have been.

Dave Montoya is confident, self-assured, and cautiously single. But when he meets shy, uncertain, and clearly-still-not-out Cam in a coffee shop in Austin, his reservations about getting seriously involved again disappear. Cam is everything he’s looking for in a partner . . . almost, anyway.

No matter how much Dave wants him, and how good they are together, Cam can't bring himself to fully embrace the life he was meant to live. After all, when his secret finally gets out, he faces the very real possibility of losing everything that kept him going for the first fifty years of his life, just like he’s feared for so long. But with a little faith—and a lot of love—his dream of living fully, truly, as himself might finally be within reach.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Midlife Crisis by Audra North, available August 28, 2017, from Riptide Publishing.

[+Silvia Violet...]

Tue
Jun 13 2017 1:00pm

Sally Thorne and Christina Lauren on Hate-Love Goals and Fangirling Over Each Other’s Books

The line between love and hate can be very fine, especially when you add in the extra complications of office rivalries! Christina Lauren recently released their office romance Dating You / Hating You and we're head over heels for it—but did you know they're also friends of another office romance author we're crushing on? Sally Thorne's debut, The Hating Game, landed on many Best of the Year lists, and has left us panting for more. Today, these authors are here to dish on all bookish things, love-hate, and office shenanigans. 

Meet you at the water cooler!

Writing often starts as a hobby—Christina and Lauren, even though you’ve been in the business for a while now, we know you’ve been working on this book longer than most people would guess. Can all three of you you tell us about the origin story for Dating You / Hating You and The Hating Game?

Christina Lauren: Dating You / Hating You was initially going to be a ‘standalone spinoff’ from the Beautiful Series, where two young professionals meet and hit it off the weekend before a job interview. They find themselves at the same office on Monday morning, and both meet Will Sumner from Beautiful Player, only to be told that he needs them both temporarily, and the permanent position will be opening at the end of the summer. Cue the competition.

But this outline didn’t last very long, and we adjusted it before we even began drafting in mid-2015.  We wanted the boss to be a bit of a villain, and that would never have worked with our beloved Will.

Incidentally, we’ve been friends with Sally for a number of years, and after she finished a draft called Hating Joshua Templeman she sent it to us to read. Only a few pages in we knew we wouldn’t be able to read it until we’d finished drafting because of the similar concept, but we hooked her up with Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary anyway, and the rest is history.

Sally Thorne: The Hating Game was a present for a friend’s birthday. I said I’d write her a short story and needed a prompt word to inspire me. The prompt word she gave me was ‘nemesis’ and it was a real lightning strike. I could see a man and a woman in a silent office, opposite each other, staring, a sense of tension and animosity between them. I started writing in every spare moment I could grab and couldn’t stop until The End, around six weeks later. It was my first manuscript that I got all the way to The End- everything else I ever started just fizzled out and are in the elephant graveyard in my computer marked ‘archive’ This story really wanted me to tell it- I just never imagined I’d ever publish it. I’m still in a state of shock.

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Mon
Jun 12 2017 3:00pm

Who Will Be Garrett’s Hero in Lisa Kleypas’ Hello, Stranger?

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas left us completely floored with her latest Ravenels book, Devil in Spring, which—you guessed it—gave us the story of Devil in Winter's Sebastian and Evie's son, Gabriel. Now we're waiting with bated breath for the next book in the series, Hello Stranger. 

Last December, Kleypas let it slip during a Facebook Live broadcast that Dr. Garrett Gibson's story would be next, but it's only now that we officially know who her hero will be:

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of an unconventional beauty who finds passion with the spy who can’t resist her

A woman who defies her time

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.

A man who breaks every rule 

As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett’s skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he’s ever known.

In April, Kleypas teased us more in an interview with Cosmopolitan where she divulged that Garrett and Ethan's meet-cute... isn't so cute. Garrett has shown that she can take care of herself, but it's always good to have a bit of extra muscle for backup—and that's exactly what Ethan Ransom provides. We're sensing that this pair is about to be our new power couple! 

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Fri
Jun 9 2017 3:00pm

Come Get Cozy: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


EC Spurlock’s comfort read rankings

EC Spurlock in A Definitive Ranking of Every One of Julia Quinn’s Bridgertons Books

The Bridgertons are my comfort read; I can't tell you how many crises they've gotten me through! I agree with most of your rankings except I'd personally reverse your #1 and #2; When He Was Wicked is my favorite just because the relationship and tension between Michael and Francesca is so electric, and it's so wonderful to see Francesca slowly breaking out of her propriety and becoming a little wicked herself.

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Fri
Jun 9 2017 2:00pm

Cover Friday: Exclusive Reveals from Kerrelyn Sparks, Suzanne Enoch, Scarlett Cole, Dawn Ryder, Soraya Lane, and Sarah Castille

Team H&H has got a look into your reading future with upcoming titles from authors Kerrelyn Sparks, Suzanne EnochScarlett ColeDawn Ryder, Soraya Lane, and Sarah Castille. A dragon, Highlander, SEAL, special agent, cowboy, and mafia hit man are all waiting for you to take a peek at romances awaiting you in early 2018...

Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks

Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks

From the brilliant imagination of Kerrelyn Sparks comes a bold new fantasy romance series in which passion and magic collide. Behold the Embraced…

Gwennore has a talent. An Elf able to track down the cause of an illness and heal it, she’s a valuable asset to her people. But when the kidnapping of a young girl thrusts Gwennore into the very heart of the realm of the dragons, she discovers not only a place of power and magic, but also a haunted land, plagued by an ancient curse that all but ensures extinction to the royal family. But when she meets the smoldering General Silas Dravenko, they strike a bargain—save the country from its cursed illness, and he will return the kidnapped girl. She’s been raised never to trust a dragon, but never did making a deal with the devil feel so good…

Silas has no way of curing the family he’s loyally served for years. But when a beautiful elf, long considered the enemy of the dragons, comes bursting into his world, Silas is awakened to passion and desire in a way he’s never felt before. But can he trust a sworn enemy to save the very existence he holds dear? And can their love survive those that threaten to tear them apart?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon by Kerrelyn Sparks, available March 27, 2018:

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Thu
Jun 8 2017 3:30pm

Travel the World with J.P. Monninger’s The Map That Leads to You Interactive Audiobook!

The Map that Leads to You by J.P. Monninger

June is Audiobook Month and if you #loveaudiobooks, we've got a special interactive audibook treat for you from author J.P. Monninger's The Map That Leads to You.

Through the power of interactive listening, you'll get to take the journey along with the characters—through love and loss and what happens to best-laid plans. 

Don't forget to check out the full desktop version of the map as well!

Learn more about The Map That Leads to You

Heather Mulgrew’s world is already mapped out: she is going to travel abroad with her friends after college, come back to a great career in September, and head into a life where not much is left to chance. But that was before an encounter on an overnight train introduces her to Jack, a passionate adventurer who changes the course of her journey and her life.

Throwing Heather's careful itinerary to the wind, they follow Jack's grandfather's journal through post-World War II era Europe: Vienna, Budapest, Turkey—exotic places that serve only to heighten their feelings. As September looms, Jack urges Heather to stay with him, to keep traveling, to give in to the romance of their experience; Heather convinces him to return to the United States.

Jack has a secret that could change everything. And Heather’s world is about to be shaken to the core.

[On to the map!]

Thu
Jun 8 2017 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, Bella Jewel, and Tara Sivec, Jane Godman, Paige Cuccaro, and Ann Marie Walker

Team H&H has 5 great cover for you today including an Halloween anthology from authors Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, Bella Jewel, and Tara Sivec as well as covers from authors Jane Godman, Paige Cuccaro, and Ann Marie Walker. Get a load of this eye candy!

Eye Candy by Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, Bella Jewel, and Tara Sivec

Eye Candy by Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, Bella Jewel, and Tara Sivec

A frightfully good time! Dive into these Halloween novellas from bestselling authors Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, Bella Jewel and Tara Sivec. Featuring stories set in the worlds of their popular series.

Tijan’s Fallen Crest crew are back for a weekend of mischief that takes a sinister turn; all four couples from J. Daniels’ Alabama Summer series gear up for Halloween in their own sexy ways, with a special surprise at the end; Helena Hunting’s characters from Shacking Up plan a Halloween gala that features a few ghouls and witches; Bella Jewel brings the chills and thrills in her suspenseful take on Halloween night; and Tara Sivec gathers the Holiday family together one last time as they try to make this ghostly holiday one to remember—or one they’d rather forget…

Cozy up with a mug of hot cider on a dark night and fall under the spell of this Halloween anthology!

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Eye Candy by Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, Bella Jewel, and Tara Sivec, available September 5, 2017:

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Wed
Jun 7 2017 1:00pm

Exclusive: Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson Series Will End with Book 13!

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones

All good things must come to an end, or so they tell us (grumble grumble), and so it is with mixed feelings that we report this afternoon that Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson will end with lucky Book 13. Yes, you read that right: Thirteenth Grave (official title still to come) will be Charley's last adventure (for now?). Whoa!

On the one hand, we're REALLY sad. but on the other? Well, we can't deny that we're INCREDIBLY PSYCHED to see what epic finale is in store for our favorite Grim Reaper, her sinfully sexy son-of-the-devil husband, and the whole gang! You just know it's going to be one wild ride...

Plus, on the bright side, we still have TWO books ahead, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave on October 31 (perfect release date or perfect release date?!) and Book 13, so we still have a LOT to look forward to! Our anticipation for the next installment is only growing stronger...

Bursting with questions for Darynda after this news? We thought that might be the case, so we're happy to tell you that she's here to answer a few of her most frequently asked reader questions as we head into the final stretch of the series!

How did you come up with Charley?

Darynda Jones: So, I’m lying in bed one morning, waiting for my turn in the shower, when Charley popped into my head in all her glory. I loved her from the get-go.

I will add that I was looking for her. I had just typed The End on my second complete manuscript, a YA titled Death and the Girl Next Door which later sold to my amazing editor along with the Charley books. So, I was craving another project. I knew I wanted it to be adult and paranormal. That was all I had.

And then Charley walked in.

[What awaits Charley & Co??]