Books N Blogger Goodies

Hey guys! I’m alive, just barely. My new job has been taking a toll on me. I think I have finally got into a new schedule. Thanks for bearing with me! 
Today’s post is my Books N Blogger show off.  The wonderful ladies over at CG Swaps hosted their thrice-yearly book swap. 
I got partnered with Kristen over at Pretty Little Pages.  Kristen and I have started to become blogging besties. When I saw she was my partner, I was ecstatic. She is such a wonderful person! Go check out her page. Now let’s see what she got me!
Here is the package when it got to my door. I love the fact that she used some special tape. 

 

 

 

All my goodies, wrapped  up so pretty. 

  

All my news goodies. I have been reading Dead Until Dark like crazy. 

Thank you Kristen for my amazing package! 
Thank you Beth and Angie for another successful swap. 
– Jennifer

Running Interference Book Tour

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Book Information

Title: Running Interference

Author: Elley Arden

Genres: Contemporay, Romance

Date Published: Janurary 19th 2015


Synopsis:
As an offensive linewoman for the Cleveland Clash, Tanya Martin is tough inside and out. The 5’9″ beauty can take a hit and keep on going. But when the man she was best friends with – and secretly in love with – in high school comes home the same day she learns her father’s gym is in financial trouble, she’s unexpectedly blindsided.
 
Super Bowl MVP Cam Simmons is only back in town to convince his mom to move out of her failing neighborhood and live in luxury with him in Boston. But running into Tanya stirs up plenty of old feelings he never resolved. He was happy to leave his old life behind him when he hit the NFL, but walking away from their friendship was a mistake he wants to rectify.
 
As they work together to help save her dad’s gym, Cam and Tanya’s easy camaraderie and undeniable chemistry resurface. But can she open up enough to trust him with her heart a second time around?
 
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Excerpt
 

“I was thinking, what about a celebrity boxing match?” Tanya asked.

“Uh, no.” Hell, he couldn’t even keep up with her in the ring.

“Back her into the corner!” some guy yelled.

What? Cam took his eyes off her for only a split second.

She popped him again and smiled. “Yeah, that’s probably a terrible idea. I mean who wants to pay to see you get your ass kicked?”

She danced around him, eyes blazing. Focus, man.
He managed a jab to her gut before she moved away.

“Thatta way!” the guy cheered.

She approached again. Cam swung. At the last minute, she spun, and his fist hung in midair. More dancing. Little hops. And a rush of laughter. He loved when she had fun. There was nothing more beautiful in the whole world. She popped him again. Right in the flank.

The guy booed. Cam may have, too, because this didn’t seem fair. “You know, it’s okay to hit a girl in here,” she said. “I don’t want you getting hung up on political correctness and looking like a fool in front of your 
 ” she glanced at the guy who was watching them, “fan. Singular.”

Smart ass. He lunged, and she dodged.

“Come on,” she said. “Show me what you’ve got, superstar.”

Oh, he’d show her all right. Just not in here. Later, they were going to finish what they started. He would find someplace where they wouldn’t be interrupted by roommates or family members, someplace where they could 
She bounced to the left and clobbered him. His brain rattled. The guy gave a disgusted sound, and then walked away.

His one fan had bailed.

Time to stop the insanity. “Okay!” His louder than normal voice halted Tanya in her tracks, but a second later, she was bouncing again.

“What was that?” she asked.
“Just me announcing that the match can finally begin. I think you’re good and warmed up.” He grinned. “In fact,” he bobbed his brows, “you’re looking super-hot to me.”

Her feet slowed, and her eyes narrowed. “How ‘bout from now on you keep your thoughts to yourself? This is a boxing ring, not group therapy.”

Yep, he’d unnerved her, and he was just getting started.

“I’m being courteous,” he said, shuffling closer and lowering his voice. “I like to let my opponents get a feel for my size before we really get down and dirty.” He bit into his cheek to keep from laughing.

“You wish,” she said, but she was smiling too. He advanced. She backpedaled, and then she hit the rope.

“Trapped,” he mouthed.

“Never,” she whispered.


Author’s Bio

Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.

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Stupid Boy Tour

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 Book Information:

Title: Stupid Boy

Author: Cindy Miles

Published Date:  February 17th 2015

Genres: New Adult, Romance

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Synopsis

Brax Jenkins and Olivia Beaumont are the most envied couple at Winston University—but the so-called “virginity dare,” orchestrated by Brax’s old fraternity, almost tore them apart. Now, a new dare is taking shape, and it’s sure to set emotions ablaze–more than ever before.

Winston’s “It Girl” Harper Belle isn’t just president of the Deltas–she’s also a master at keeping her ugly past a secret. So, when the Kappas’ dare hits closer to home for her more than anyone realizes, she devises a competition of her own as payback. Three sorority sisters will seek out a notorious womanizer on campus and–unbeknownst their “mark”–secretly train him to be the perfect boyfriend. Always up for a challenge, Harper targets the biggest player she can find: Brax’s wickedly handsome foster brother Kane McCarthy.

But, Harper discovers there’s much more to Kane than girls, games, and partying. His easy smile belies the quiet, old soul reflected in his deep brown eyes. All it takes is one night, one secret laid bare, and one kiss from Kane to shift Harper’s world on its axis. Suddenly, the girl who’s always walked a straight and narrow path can’t think of anything else except losing control.

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My Thoughts

– I’m beginning to make it a habit of reading the second book in the series first. But hey, that’s okay. This book was phenomenal. It makes me want to go back and read the first book. This book is a part of a series but can be read as a standalone. 

–  Even though hiding behind a mask story lines are starting to become a little popular, there was something about this book that didn’t turn me off.  Like most  I thought both Harper and Kane were well written characters.  Miles did a good job of making them relatable characters.

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Author’s Bio

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National bestselling author Cindy Miles writes edgy romance, ranging from contemporary love stories to sexy paranormal. A native of southern coastal Georgia, she loves reading (naturally), baking swoon-worthy desserts, traveling abroad, yoga, and classic rock. The cover for her debut New Adult romance, STUPID GIRL, was featured on USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog. In the novel, a volatile mix of bad boys, sassy smart girls, dark secrets, and red-hot romance add up to one wild ride through college. The second book in her Stupid in Love series, STUPID BOY, features a wickedly handsome law-breaker who falls for a beautiful, straight-A college student with an ugly past of her own.

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Borrowing the Doctor Tour


 

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Book Information:

Title: Borrowing The Doctor

Author: Victoria Pinder

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Light Suspense)

Date Published: January 14, 2015


Synopsis:
Party girl. Art thief. All around bad girl. It’s what all the newspapers call socialite and heiress Kate Sparrow. It’s all untrue. Kate’s been set up and she’s following the orders of the FBI to get the real criminal, her father. She’ll have to put up with her sister, the wedding fiasco, and her own fears that someone is after her, trying to stop her to get what she needs to prove her innocence. 
Doctor Daniel Collins joins his brothers on a cruise to the wedding of his young cousin. His cousin begs him to keep a close watch on the bride’s sister, Kate. He’s to keep her from ruining the wedding. 
Kate doesn’t trust Daniel’s help in her life, but the man’s interference is blocking a few problems. She lets him. After all, he spent a few years in the military and having a friend like Daniel is nice. But when her fears become true, someone is after her, pretending to be in a relationship with the sexy doctor has its benefits. What she hadn’t planned was opening her heart to trusting him. But if she doesn’t open up, she’s going to lose out on far more than her life, she’d lose out on love. 
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Author’s Bio
Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston then moved to Miami. Eventually, found that writing is her passion. She always wrote stories to entertain herself. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, but when she sat down to see what she enjoyed doing, writing became obvious.The Zoastra Affair, Chaperoning Paris, Borrowing the Doctor, and Electing Love, Mything the Throne and Favorite Coffee, Favorite Crush will be published in 2014.Now she is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency.Also she’s the Vice President for the Florida Romance Writers.

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My thoughts:

 

– The two things that sparked my interest from the very beginning was the cover and the synopsis. From just the outside of the book, I was instantly hooked. 
–  I loved the flow and unpredictability of this book. AS soon as you figured something out, BAM she would hit you with a twist or turn.  
– I went through every emotion throughout this book. And that is not a bad thing.
– I can’t read the first book in this series!
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Book Tour || Moses: Son Of Maimon

Moses Son of Maimon: The Life of Maimonides 1135 to 1204 A.D.

Born into a distinguished family in medieval Cordoba, Spain, the young Moses Maimonides was quickly recognized by his teachers for his outstanding intellectual abilities and extraordinary versatility. At the age of twelve, when his peaceful world was shattered by war and persecution and his family was forced into exile, his religious and secular studies continued. Despite the years of wandering and the harsh conditions, he also developed into a writer and wrote extensively until the end of his life.

After years of wandering and relatively short stays in Morocco and Israel, Maimonides and his family settled in Egypt. The Jewish community quickly recognized his genius, and after completing his important book, the Mishneh Torah, he was recognized internationally as the chief religious and legal authority of the entire Jewish world. He produced many books on diverse subjects such as philosophy, law, religion, and medicine that are considered extremely important to this day by Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike. Despite experiencing loss and controversies, Maimonides rose to eminence as both the official head of the Jewish community in Cairo and the private physician to the sultan and his court.

His world was full of contradictions. A man who abhorred excess of any kind, Maimonides nevertheless lived as a member of a glittering society. Cairo of that time was full of art, music, literature, elegant fashions, priceless jewelry, and sophisticated food. He moved among the sultan’s wealthy advisors and the elegant ladies of the royal harem during the day, and among the Jewish scholars in the evening. He was accused of supporting corporal punishment for wives, and at the same time, people gasped at his revolutionary defense of women’s rights.

His fame brought controversy that is still raging—eight hundred years after his death. At certain times his books were banned and even burned at the stake. But no one could ever deny that his work was that of a brilliant innovator and scholar who could reconcile religious traditions with science and philosophy like no one else.

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My thoughts:

– Normally, I tend not to read historical type of books but there was something about Moses that grabbed my attention. He is know for his intelligence and thoughts that are etched in history. 

– Considering that my husband is Jewish, I really connected with this book. There were many times that I would catch myself reading passages to my husband. I got a better understanding about Judaism and he was able to connect with his religion. 

– I highly recommend this book for anyone that loves historical reads. I will definitely adventure into this genre more often now. 

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Author Bio:

Ilil Arbel is the author of a number of fiction and non-fiction books, including biographies,

memoirs, novels, and mythology/folklore. She has also written articles, short stories, and

Judaic myths. 

Arbel has a Ph.D. in the field of mythology and folklore but has also devoted much study

to her special interest in Jewish history, biography, legends, and myths. She is

currently engaged in writing the biography of Hillel the Elder, the first century B.C. leader

and religious scholar. 

Dr. Arbel was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has lived and studied in Tel Aviv, Paris, and New

York and currently resides in Manhattan.

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Book Information:

Title: Moses: Son of Maimon

Author: Ilil Arbel

Book Genre: Historical Biography

Publisher: 21st Publishing

Release Date: Feb 12, 2015

Tour hosted by: Virtual Book Tour


 

 

Book Tour & Interview || Remember Della

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Book Information

Title: Remember Della

Author : Cynthia Mock Burroughs

Release date: January 21st 2015


Synopsis (according to Goodreads)

Before the dreams, sixteen-year-old Katherine would have said the biggest problems in her life were too much homework; Gordy, her pesky eight-year-old brother; and a mom and stepdad who fought like cats and dogs.

As far back as Katherine can remember, she’s had what some might call “portentous” dreams, but they never left her questioning her soundness of mind. So why is her sleep being disrupted, night after night, by increasingly disturbing dreams of a yellow scarf, and why are dreams of a girl named Della invading her slumber, as well?

How far will sleep-starved Katherine go to salvage her sanity and make the dreams go away? Nothing seems to be out of the question once she discovers who Della is and that no one, including the girl’s mother and step-father, recognizes—or will admit—Della has simply vanished (gone “splitsville”!). Katherine decides if she has to lie, steal, break into someone’s home, or include her blackmailing little brother in her search for answers, then so be it.

What Katherine finds will intertwine her life so indelibly with Della’s, she will carry the emotional scars for years to come.

In her desperate quest for the truth, Katherine is joined by an extremely colorful cast of characters, including long-time friend and recent love interest, Em; Mrs. Harper, her octogenarian neighbor; a chain-smoking waitress named Clovis; and her precocious brother, Gordy.

Remember Della, similar in style to The Secret Life of Bees and To Kill a Mockingbird, is a mystery with a paranormal twist. The story, which takes place in the South during the mid-fifties, is chock-full of facts, trivia and slang from that era. While an entertaining read, this book addresses bullying and abuse—both physical and emotional—in a fresh and unique way during a time before such issues were “labeled” unacceptable and problematic.

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Interview with author

* How do you name your characters? As you are writing or after it’s finished?

I give my characters names either before or as I am writing. 

Even though Remember Della is my first published novel, I am working on four other manuscripts which are in varying degrees of completion. So I have actually dealt with the pleasurable task of giving my characters names, more than once.

When writing, I don’t outline my story as some authors do, but mentally I have a very strong concept of the story and how it will end. My main protagonists and antagonists – along with their personalities – are already developed in my mind and I try to give them a name that I feel suits those personalities. Though I’m not of the mindset that those names are set in stone, I have yet to rename any of my characters in the process.

* What advice would you give to someone who is starting to write a book?

Get the story down. Don’t bog yourself down with either research or editing on your first draft. There will be plenty of time to concern yourself with those things later.

* Where is your favorite place to write?

In our guest bedroom, of all places! I don’t know what it is about that room, but I am drawn to it – particularly when working on a first draft. Whether it’s the energy of the room or the quietude, I feel especially creative in that space. So even though it looks a little out of place, I put a desk and comfortable chair in that room for just that purpose.

I might add that my husband is building me a tree house (complete with electricity), and I have a feeling it will become my new favorite place to write.

* What is your writing environment like? IE: Quiet, Loud

I must have quiet when writing. I do occasionally like a little low background music, something New Agey and meditational. No words! I also have a lava lamp that I like to focus on while thinking.

* Best piece of advice you have ever received?

I first published Remember Della in 2011 as an eBook. In my naivetĂ©, I thought all I had to do – as in Kevin Costner’s movie, “Field of Dreams” – was write it and they, “my public”, would come (in droves).

Well, I did absolutely nothing to promote my book – and they absolutely did not come. Then a wise soul pointed out to me, not long ago, that my book was my child. She said that just as I was my children’s advocate when they were young, I must become my book’s advocate. Then she proceeded to educate me as to value of social media and book bloggers. Her advice really stuck! So I pulled Remember Della off the shelf, revised it, gave it a new cover – and here I am now.


Author’s Information

I was born and raised in the South and to this day reside in South Carolina with my dashing husband, crotchety cat and nimble Jack Russell. My first novel, Remember Della, definitely reflects that Southern upbringing; and like Katherine, my main protagonist, I am also a child of the fifties.

I have enjoyed reading my entire life and relish childhood memories of long, languid summers spent in lawn chairs beneath shady old trees—my best friend and I devouring one library book after another. I hope to be proof of the old adage that everyone has at least one good book in them—but suppose that remains to be seen. You, the reader, will be the judge of that.

Drawing and painting have always been passions of mine, but I had never tried my hand at writing until my mother passed away several years ago. During my grieving process I found that painting was not keeping my mind as busy as I would have liked. Painting allowed me too much time to think. So in an attempt to ease my sadness, I decided to try a new creative outlet. The result was a 24,000 word children’s chapter book (as yet unpublished) and a newfound love—writing! In fact, I am in love with the entire writing process, especially the part where I get to tell really tall tales—and get away with it . . .


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Book Tour || Consenusal

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Book Information

Consensual by Livia Jamerlan (Consensual #1)

Publication date: August 18th 2014

Genres: Erotica, Romance


Synopsis:

Braelynn Wolf is focused on two things: work and law school.

That is how she survives.
That is how she’ll make a difference.

Until she meets HIM.

Peyton Haas is sexy, dangerous, and forbidden. The defense attorney on Braelynn’s first legal case is the only man who can cloud her judgment. Unable to stay away, she finds herself lying to everyone around her so she can spend time with the man who makes her feel things she never felt before—things she never dreamed possible.

With the legal case hanging on a thread, can Braelynn ignore the relationship she has built with Peyton?

Or will she succumb to the man who has the power to throw away her future?

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My Thoughts

 – I wanted to read this book purely based on the title. I am the worst about judging a book by it’s cover & title. This book didn’t disappoint.

– It was erotica at it’s best. So sexy and steamy.

–  From page 1 I was hooked. Especially since it was told in dual points of view. You know how much I love books that show different sides of the same story.

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 AUTHOR BIO

Livia Jamerlan is the author of Divided. She is also a hopeless romantic who is always looking for her next love story to pop in her head. Though Livia kept a journal throughout her early life, she never thought about pursuing a career in writing. She always used it as form of therapy, pouring her heart out into words. It wasn’t until a story developed in her head that she decided maybe she could write a book. At first it was just an escape from reality, but now she uses it as a power to put all her feelings, hopes, and fears on paper. Deciding it was time to tell her story, she began to write. With each passing day the story grew, characters were formed, and what seemed like a hobby at first has now become a passion for Livia.

She is a New Jersey Native who loves spending time with her husband and two dogs Buddy and Daisy. When she is not writing or hiding behind her Kindle, you can find her with outside, gardening, at a local shopping center enjoying some retail therapy, or enjoy a pepperoni pizza.

Links

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Giveaway

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One signed Consensual paperback

10 Consensual ebooks 

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Life Update

 

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Hey guys and dolls!

Today’s post is going to be somewhat short.

As of yesterday, my unemployment ended! I started a new job! 

With a new job comes a new routine. Please bare with me as I learn out this new rountine including my commute! 

Hope you have a great day! 

Jennifer

Book Tour || Smashcut

Smash Cut
About Smash Cut

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Harper (April 14, 2015)

Brad Gooch, the author of the acclaimed City Poet, returns with a searing memoir of life in 1980s New York City.

Brad Gooch arrived in New York in the 1970s, eager for artistic and personal freedom. Smash Cut is his bold and intimate memoir of this exhilarating time and place, complete with its cast of wild bohemians, celebrities, and budding artists, such as Robert Mapplethorpe, William Burroughs, and Madonna. At its center is his love affair with film director Howard Brookner, recreated from fragments of memory and a crosshatch of conflicting emotions, from innocent romance to bleak despair.

Gooch and Brookner’s intense relationship is challenged by sex and drugs, and by a culture of extreme experimentation. As both men try to reconcile love and fidelity with the irresistible desire to sample the legendary abandon of the era, they live together and apart. Gooch works briefly as a model in Milan, then returns to the city and discovers his vocation as a writer.

Brookner falls ill with a mysterious virus that soon has a terrifying name: AIDS. And the story, and life in the city, is suddenly overshadowed by this new plague that will ravage a generation and transform the creative world. Gooch charts the progress of Brookner through his illness, and writes unforgettably about endings: of a great talent, a passionate love affair, and an incandescent era.

Beautifully written, full of rich detail and poignant reflection, recalling a city and particular period and group of friends with affection and clarity, Smash Cut is an extraordinary memoir and an exquisite unflinching account of an epoch.

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My thoughts:

– It was a great book. 

– I really like biographies and memoirs. They give such an in depth look into someone’s life. 

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Brad Gooch
About Brad Gooch

Brad Gooch is the author of the acclaimed biographies City Poet and Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor, as well as other nonfiction and three novels. The recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships, he earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and is professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey. He lives in New York City.

Find out more about Brad at his website.

Push Book Tour

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Book Information

Push by Claire Wallis
(Push #1)
Published by: Harlequin MIRA
Publication date: May 1st 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance


Synopsis:
 

I feel like I am wrapped in a cyclone. Everything is whirling around me, drawing the air out of my lungs and filling me with the best kind of turmoil. Every time his tongue slides against mine, a prickle in my gut tells me how right we are together. How much I need David. How much I need us.

I hope the cyclone never stops.

Emma Searfoss has spent a lifetime trying to escape her abusive stepfather. It’s why she moved far away from home. It’s why she’s kept no ties with her remaining family. And it’s why she’s got a major rage problem. When her neighbor shows up to fix the kitchen in her new apartment, his enigmatic charm calms the fire in her. David is cool and collected, and he makes Emma feel safe for the first time ever. But David has his own chilling past—his six previous girlfriends have all disappeared without a trace. Emma’s walking a dangerous line, but David’s pull is intoxicating. And impossible to resist


This is a new adult romance with mature content for readers 17 and up.


My review:
 
– Push is full of some many twists and turns. It will send your emotions on such a roller coaster.
 
– I can’t wait for the second book in this series.

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Author’s Bio
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Claire Wallis has penned hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles over the last ten years, with science playing the lead role in almost all of them. Though non-fiction writing will forever be her first love, fiction has unexpectedly swooped in, hooked her by the soul, and become her true love. As a result of this coup d’état, Claire’s writing career has made a complete U-turn, and instead of rocks, plants, insects, and microbes, she is now putting human characters in the lead.

Claire’s previous jobs include working at a limestone quarry, hawking vegetables at a farmer’s market, clerking at the dollar store, and convincing new mothers that they need to renew their subscription to that parenting magazine in order for their child to survive. She lives in Pennsylvania with her amazingly awesome husband and son.

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$25 Amazon Gift Card
One digital copy of PUSH via Amazon
One audiobook of PUSH via Audible Studios