22.3.19

Masquerade: Oddly Suited with Anstice Brown

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Today I'm taking part in the blog tour for Masquerade: Oddly Suited, a young-adult romance anthology from The Insecure Writer's Support Group which is coming out on 30th April 2019!

I've invited one of the authors, Anstice Brown to my blog to answer one simple question about her story (my favorite question, if you haven't noticed).

The question: If you had to chose one song that best captures the essence of your short story Sea of Sorrows, what song would you choose and why? 

The answer (by Anstice): The song that best captures the essence of Sea of Sorrows is"What I Did for Love" sung by the character Diana Morales in the musical A Chorus Line (music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban). Here is a beautiful version sung by Lea Michele from Glee:


The song was originally about how a dancer would feel after suffering a career-ending injury, but it can be applied to lots of different situations in which you know success, love or happiness are not permanent, but yours “to borrow”.

My main character, Mairg, is a shapeshifter who has never been seen in her true form by anyone but her sisters. She has come to accept that she will never have the chance to be truly known or understood. But one day she meets Erik, and he doesn’t see her as a monster. He gives her hope of another way of life in which she can help people rather than harming them.

At the end of the story, Mairg has an opportunity to seize true happiness, but it would come at great cost to someone else. She decides to “kiss today goodbye” and take control of her own destiny. I can’t reveal exactly what she does, but you can be sure that she does it “for love”.

‘What I Did for Love’ is a sad and poignant song but it’s also filled with the hope of moving on, free from regret. I hope I’ve captured the same bittersweet tone in Sea of Sorrows.   

About Sea of Sorrows

What could a shapeshifting siren know about love?

When ocean-dwelling shapeshifter Mairg is mistaken for Erik’s missing fiancée, she reluctantly agrees to help him find his love in order to protect her sisters. Erik gives her hope of a life free from killing, and she soon finds herself falling for him.

But her search for Aisla dredges up memories that Mairg’s guardian, the sea hag, would rather forget. Will Mairg fight against her own kin to save the girl Erik loves? Or will she embrace her monstrous nature and keep him for herself?

Author Bio


Anstice Brown has had her nose in a book and her head in the clouds for as long as she can remember. A geek/hippie hybrid with a love of all things retro, Anstice enjoys doodling, gaming and raving about books on her blog, Dusting the Soul. She adores speculative fiction and is currently working on a science fantasy novel.

Anstice has a BA in Literature and Philosophy and currently works as a school administrator. She lives on the East coast of England with her wonderful husband, daughter and their mischievous cat, Magical Mr. Mistoffelees.

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About the Anthology

Title: Masquerade: Oddly SuitedRelease date: April 30th, 2019
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
Genres: Young Adult Fiction: Romance – General / Paranormal / Contemporary
Print ISBN: 9781939844644
EBook ISBN: 9781939844651

Book cover for Masquerade: Oddly SuitedFind love at the ball...
Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?
Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…


Stories Featured

Oddly Suited, LG Keltner
The silliest situations may be oddly suited for romance.
Behind the Catcher’s Mask, Jennifer Lane
Who can help her through a meltdown on the pitcher’s mound?
The Dark Charade, CD Gallant-King
The new girl in town falls in love for a mysterious boy who is maybe, probably, most definitely, a vampire.
The Cog Prince, Elizabeth Mueller
Falling in love, saving the day, and a masque—oh my! Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince?
A Diver’s Ball, Angela Brown
You can be anything you want in the online world of Cumulus. A human. An elf. A powerful beast mutation from your wildest imagination. But can you be in love?
Flower of Ronda, Myles Christensen
What if life's price of servanthood could be changed?
Fearless Heart, Deborah Solice
Is he a figment of her imagination conjured to keep her sane, or is he something else…something more?
Charleston Masquerade, Carrie-Anne Brownian
Can two worlds come together and find love?
Sea of Sorrows, Anstice Brown
What could a shapeshifting siren know about love?
Remedy, Chelsea Marie Ballard
Everything is against Remy and Rudy, but on the night of the Masquerade Ball, they must choose: each other or their lives?
You can find out more about the authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited here.

Giveaway

The authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to one winner. To enter, please complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open internationally from 12:00 am GMT 17th March to 12:00am GMT 6th May.

Tour Schedule

Visit the other blog tour hosts below to find out more about the stories and authors featured in Masquerade: Oddly Suited.

6.3.19

I'm Baaaaack! IWSG: March 2019



Hi everyone! I've finally made it back to the Insecure Writer's Support Group - and I've finally finished the first chapter in the second part of my current WIP. *whew* Let's hope this is the beginning of a pattern.

I don't have any good reason for having stepped away for so long, just got distracted by other shiny objects. I honestly got scared there for a bit that this writing thing was just a phase that had passed, but I've felt the pull back to it and am happy, happy.

Today, as I dip a toe back into feeling like a writer, I just want to remind everyone that no matter how stagnant you may feel in your writing, no matter how many steps you feel like you're taking backward, you're still way, way ahead of where you were when you started this writing journey.

EVIDENCE:
My cousin recently returned this correspondence to my mum. It was written many moons ago by 7-year-old me to my dear, sweet Aunt Leona, whom we lost last December.
(My real name is Bev. My penname is derived from my last name: Nickelson) 

I love her even more for having saved this. ❤️ 

Hmm, I guess that's another lesson we can learn here - even though our writing isn't perfect, it can still bring joy to someone. So, keep on writing and learning and growing! I look forward to catching up with you.

Insecure Writer's Support Group (IWSG) Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Join us.

16.12.18

Coyote Encounter

Yikes! I haven't posted since August. And now I'm only back for a brief flash because I have a story I want to tell. But I plan to rejoin IWSG in 2019. :)


Looks so innocent, right? And usually it is. But last weekend, I was walking these grassy trails as dusk approached. About 30 feet ahead, a coyote cut across the trail.

My first thought: "Cool. A coyote!"

My second thought: "Uh, I'm not sure how far off the trail she went. Maybe instead of continuing to walk this way, I should head in the opposite direction."

Remembering the black bear safety tips I'd learned before a trip to the Smoky Mountains, I continued facing the coyote's direction and took steps backward. The rule (which I later confirmed also applies to coyotes): Don't turn your back on the animal and DON'T run away. If you do, you could be perceived as prey.

As I slowly moved away, I spotted Madame Coyote standing not far off the trail, and I congratulated myself on taking the cautious route. Trouble is, walking backwards meant I couldn't see behind me. My leg crashed into a fallen stalk of dried weeds, making a loud, crunchy racket.

In a flash, Madame's wolfish gaze locked straight onto me. 

I'm fuzzy on exactly what happened during the next few moments. My brain cells registered very little as they shrieked in unison. "Oh sh...neikies!" She either continued to simply stare or took an actual step toward me. Whichever it was, my instinct was to enact Black Bear/Coyote Safety Rule #2: Get big.

With my arms arched out wide on either side of me, I lifted up onto my tiptoes and attempted to look threatening. Madame reacted immediately with a dramatic flinch. If she had, in fact, been moving toward me, she stopped.

It seemed Safety Rule #2 had worked, keeping Madame in her place. So I resumed my backward trek. The goal now became to get to the paved path that circles the natural areanear busy roads and usually populated with other walkers, joggers, and cyclists. 

I lost sight of Madame, but kept a wary eye on her grassy domain. Just when I felt I'd moved far enough away to turn around walk forward at a brisker pace, who to my wondering eyes should appearnow on the trail and walking boldly toward me.

I popped back into Big Threatening Position. Madame again flinched and stopped her forward movement. If you've never seen a coyote flinch before, it's actually quite adorable, even when you're scared.

I should mention that there's a part (b) to Safety Rule #2: Make noise. Clap your hands; stomp your feet; blow a whistle if you have one. If a coyote poses a real threat and you want it gone, you could further "haze" by throwing clumps of dirt or rocks toward but not directly at the animal. 

In my case, I suppose I could've removed the earbuds from my phone and blared the podcast I was listening to. The splendid Brice Izyah growling "Eeeeemily" or calling "Paaaaatty!" may have been enough to send Madame far from that prairieland for the rest of her days. But that wasn't my objective. She belonged there, and all I wanted to do was get myself the hell out.

So, I continued my backwards retreat along the curving pathway, again losing sight of Madame. I hoped she wasn't signalling any of her pals to meet me at the other end of the trail.

I began to wonder if maybe I'd been too quick to activate BTP. Maybe if I'd just kept moving away in a normal human size, she'd have lost interest. But dressed all in black from my knit cap to my awesome boots, doubling in size at will, I'd become some kind of monster to her. Some kind of sassy, fashionable monster. No self-respecting coyote could let me remain in her territory alive.

In case I haven't already made this abundantly clearI did NOT want to remain there. But she didn't know that, and it was too late to change strategy, so when she again appeared in the trail, still making her way toward me, it was up on the toes and out with the arms for me. 
    
She flinched again...for the last time.

But only because she moseyed back into the tall, dried grasses and allowed me to make my way to within dashing distance of the paved path. From my elevated position on an incline, I examined the trail I'd just navigated backwards. There was Madame, a comfortable distance away but brazenly trotting in the center of the cropped trail, still coming for me.

Somehow, she didn't seem menacing anymore. She had a jaunty bounce to her step, cocky in the accomplishment of her goalwhich was the same as mine: getting me the hell out of that prairie. I learned afterward that this kind of shadowing behavior by coyotes is called "escorting." She didn't intend to hurt me. She'd simply marked me as a threat and voted me off her island.

Touché, Madame. Touché.

I turned and took three quick leaps through the tall, crunchy grass to the busy suburban bike path. I never knew cracked asphalt could look so glorious. 

When I returned home, I regaled my family with the tale of the coyote who'd "stalked" me. I imagine when she met up with her band, she warned them of the scary, spontaneously inflating creature she'd sighted. Or more likely, she told them: "You would not believe the goober I escorted out today." 


Have you ever had a frightening encounter with wildlife? What did you do? 




1.8.18

Publication Pitfalls #IWSG - August 2018

Hi, gang! Thanks for all the visits last month. I had lots of fun during my first time as IWSG co-host. For any of you who've thought about volunteering to co-host but haven't done it yet, I highly recommend it. The time commitment's not bad and it's a perfect opportunity to reach further into blogland and meet more IWSGers while learning from their experiences.

The August optional question is:
What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

So many pitfalls...but I'll zero in on one bit of advice: don't obsess too much over one book. Whether you're seeking publication or the book is in the midst of the publication process or has just been released, don't let that one story consume your world - because that will drive you crazy and it's unproductive. 

While you're in the waiting stages - waiting to hear back from agents/publishers, waiting for notes from your editor, waiting for the next sales promotion to kick in - be working on the next project. For me, it's proven to be the best way to relax and remind myself that my entire life doesn't hinge on the fate of one book. 

I obsessed way too much over my first book. It's true authors have to put tons of time and energy into writing, marketing, etc., but I was like a squirrel chasing every possible avenue for book promotion, which left me with zero time or focus for writing my next book. The very best marketing you can do for existing books is to write the next book, and I wasn't doing that. 

If you feel like you're banging your head against a wall trying to get one project published, maybe take a break from the head banging and write something else. That something else might be the project that gets you where you want to go.   




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3.7.18

July #IWSG

Welcome to July, everybody! Sorry I missed last month. I was out in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with a bunch of my family. It was so much fun. This was the view from our cabin (that's Gatlinburg down below):


I'm making up for my absence last month by co-hosting the IWSG this month! Looking forward to visiting bunches of blogs over the next few days.

Get ready for #IWSGPit! On July 19, you'll have the opportunity to pitch your completed and polished manuscript on Twitter. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent, that means they've requested a query! See all the details and rules at the IWSG website.


Now, on to the IWSG Optional Question:
What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time?

Goals? What are goals? Just kidding! I've heard of them; I'm just not great about setting them. But I guess my goal when I first started writing was to have fun with it, and that hasn't changed. After putting out a 3-book series in less than 8 months (between June 2016 & January 2017), I kind of felt like I needed to reclaim the "fun" part. Publishing and marketing aren't my favorite, so now I'm back to playing with words for the fun of it and not thinking about the publishing part just yet.

But sometimes marketing is fun. Hop onto the Fourth of July Hop for a chance to win tons of prizes from a whole bunch of romance authors (including me).


Happy 242nd birthday, US of A!!!

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2.5.18

5 Truths for Newb Novelists #IWSG

Happy May IWSGers! Believe it or not, I actually started writing this post ahead of time - and then I forgot to schedule it, d'oh. Anywho, here I am now. Lately, I've been thinking about the reactions I didn't anticipate before my first novel was published back in 2010. For the benefit of any about-to-be-published-for-the-first-time authors out there, I'm sharing 5 things I didn't learn until after my first book came out.

For you experienced published authors, I'd love to know - do these "truths" hold for you, too?


1. No matter how many times you tell your friends and family that your main character isn't you, they won't believe you.

2. Once you've written and published one book, and no matter how many you publish after that, you will forever be asked, "When are you going to write a new book?"

3. You'll be amazed to learn how many people you know who've also thought about writing a book.

4. Friends who bought your book will suddenly stop making eye contact with you - because they've been busy and haven't read your book yet and probably the book isn't even their preferred genre, so you're totally cool with them not reading it, but they think you're lying, so they continue to act weird around you, enough so that when you publish your second book, you hope none of your friends buy it.

5. People in your daily life will treat you like some kind of hero or celebrity, even though all you did was indulge in your very favorite pastime ever (but let's keep that second part to ourselves so we can continue basking in the first part, eh?)


The optional question this month is about finding inspiration in spring. I really don't feel inspired by particular seasons. Places are what seem to inspire me most. Last week, I felt all kinds of creative vibes flowing amid the architecture, history, character, and beauty of New Orleans. The absinthe helped, too. ;)




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4.4.18

Showers & Flowers #IWSG

Hi, gang! Here we are in April, can you believe it? I know you're all busy, busy, so I'll get right to the optional IWSG Day question: When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

Two things. One is---write. Even when I know what I'm spewing is garbage, I remind myself I can always go back and rewrite later. Eventually, I warm up and the words start flowing better. 

Secondly---this one tends to happen more by necessity rather than design---I step away from writing. For example, I host the big family Easter brunch, and as I've mentioned in a previous post, housekeeping is not my jam. So getting my abode in shape for entertaining left me with zero time for writing last weekend. But you know what? While I cleaned and cooked, I daydreamed about my story and worked out how to resolve some of the issues that've bugged me. Now I'm totally excited to get back to it. :)

I guess what I'm sayin' is---take time to smell the April flowers and soon you'll be raining words.






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7.3.18

Feeling Blue-ish #IWSG

Happy March, everyone. Hope your month is off to a good start. I'm happy to report that my plan to write a new chapter every weekend is going great. My current WIP is at 40K words. :) No telling how many of those words will be ripped apart and Frankensteined back together during rounds 2 and 3, but that's a concern for another day.

With an end goal seeming possible, I enjoyed thinking about this month's Optional IWSG Day Question: How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/finish a story?

I hadn't thought of it as an official thing I do to celebrate - it's just what's ended up happening in the past - but now I'm making it official. When I finish a story, I celebrate by tackling a home project. Make that a fun home project.

When I finally finish with my current writing project, the master bathroom is on the agenda. While taking a writing break last weekend, I even picked out the color. What do you think of it?



Weird that I picked it out just after describing the sky as "steely blue" in the chapter I was writing, huh? Looking forward to learning how all of you celebrate!


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28.2.18

NEW Release Review: Twin Sacrifice by @JenLaneBooks


Today's the big day - the release of Twin Sacrifice by Jennifer Lane! As you'll see in my review below, I found this to be an excellent read - Jennifer Lane at her very best.

Twin Sacrifice
by Jennifer Lane
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: February 28, 2018



My twin brother is determined to kill himself, but I won’t let him. 

I just discovered the sacrifice he made for me when we were young.

Now it’s time I return the favor. This time I’ll be the one with the secret.

Psychologist Matthew Durante’s twin brother, Justin, has struggled with mental illness since their parents died in a house fire. After Justin is accused of setting off a bomb that killed an innocent woman, he lands in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital.

In the face of Justin’s unrelenting suicide attempts, Matthew grows frantic to keep him alive. And as the pieces of their past fall into place, Matthew decides bold action is his only choice, no matter the cost.

Set against the backdrop of weapons manufacturing, terrorism, and a dark family secret, Matthew and Justin fight for survival, redemption, and most of all, for each other.






Twin Sacrifice

by Jennifer Lane

Review by Nicki Elson

This is Jennifer Lane at her best. Twin Sacrifice gripped me from the first chapter and kept me riveted to the page the entire way through, wondering how in the world the Durante brothers would get themselves out of this one. The suspense in Twin Sacrifice is non-stop and addicting. I eagerly anticipated each chapter to see what ingenious new plot twist was tap.

One thing you can count on in Jennifer Lane books is dynamic characters. In Twin Sacrifice, they've all got so many intense levels and yet she makes them relatable and likable. The bonds between the brothers is beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking.

Something that sets Twin Sacrifice apart from standard suspense is the realistic use of therapy sessions to dig deeper into the characters and move their stories forward. It's obvious the author has a wealth of practical experience in this area. She also has a knack for sharing her knowledge in an accessible way to readers so that the concepts are easy to understand and interesting for non-experts like me.

I highly recommend this story for readers of suspense and anyone who enjoys a riveting tale with engaging characters.




Psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane invites you to her world of romance, sports, and suspense! By day she’s a therapist, and by night she’s a writer. She can’t decide which is more fun.

Jen’s first psychological thriller launches in 2018: Twin Sacrifice. Psychologist Matthew Durante risks his own life to save his twin brother’s as their foster father tries to take them down.

Jen loves to create sporty heroines and hot heroes in her college sport romances. Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez finds her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in the Blocked series, it’s her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love. Spiked (Blocked #3) completes the series and features Lucia’s younger brother Mateo.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen writes swimming-based romances as well: Streamline, a military mystery, and the free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic-suspense trilogy that includes With Good BehaviorBad Behavior, and On Best Behavior.

Whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and visiting her sisters in Chicago and Hilton Head.



And all that suspense comes with plentiful dashes of humor:



Two Great Giveaways - be sure to enter them both!

to win a Paperback copy of Twin Sacrifice

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!




14.2.18

Pre-Order Blitz! Twin Sacrifice by @JenLaneBooks #amreading

That's right - you can now pre-order this wonderful psychological thriller by Jennifer Lane. I was a lucky pre-reader of this book and I'm SO excited for you all to get a chance to read it very, very soooon.


Twin Sacrifice
by Jennifer Lane
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: February 28, 2018



My twin brother is determined to kill himself, but I won’t let him. 

I just discovered the sacrifice he made for me when we were young.

Now it’s time I return the favor. This time I’ll be the one with the secret.

Psychologist Matthew Durante’s twin brother, Justin, has struggled with mental illness since their parents died in a house fire. After Justin is accused of setting off a bomb that killed an innocent woman, he lands in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital.

In the face of Justin’s unrelenting suicide attempts, Matthew grows frantic to keep him alive. And as the pieces of their past fall into place, Matthew decides bold action is his only choice, no matter the cost.

Set against the backdrop of weapons manufacturing, terrorism, and a dark family secret, Matthew and Justin fight for survival, redemption, and most of all, for each other.






Psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane invites you to her world of romance, sports, and suspense! By day she’s a therapist, and by night she’s a writer. She can’t decide which is more fun.

Jen’s first psychological thriller launches in 2018: Twin Sacrifice. Psychologist Matthew Durante risks his own life to save his twin brother’s as their foster father tries to take them down.

Jen loves to create sporty heroines and hot heroes in her college sport romances. Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez finds her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in the Blocked series, it’s her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love. Spiked (Blocked #3) completes the series and features Lucia’s younger brother Mateo.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen writes swimming-based romances as well: Streamline, a military mystery, and the free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic-suspense trilogy that includes With Good BehaviorBad Behavior, and On Best Behavior.

Whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and visiting her sisters in Chicago and Hilton Head.





Two Great Giveaways - be sure to enter them both!

to win a Paperback copy of Twin Sacfricie

Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway below for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!



7.2.18

Love Genres #IWSG

Welcome to another chapter in "Holy s@*& I almost forgot IWSG day." Thank you again, Jennifer Lane for the very much needed personal reminder.

So, straight to the optional question of the month:
What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

I most often write chick-litty romance. There are two things I love most about the genre: 1) The excitement of realizing you love someone and that they love you back. 2) Lightheartedness. This life is filled with so much conflict and garbage that it's easy to become trapped in darkness. I choose to remain most often in light and fluffiness.

I look forward to hearing what draws you all to your genres and will be back later today to visit. Right now, I'm knee deep in a work project and about ankle deep in new snow I've got to get off my driveway (luckily, it looks to be light & fluffy. ;)).   

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17.1.18

It's COVER REVEAL Time! TWIN SACRIFICE by JENNIFER LANE #amreading


I'm super excited for today's cover reveal because being the lucky ducky that I am, Jennifer Lane is my crit partner, so I've gotten a preview on this story. And folks - it's a GREAT one. My full review will be coming, but for now, here's a sneak peek:


Twin Sacrifice
by Jennifer Lane
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Release Date: February 28, 2018



My twin brother is determined to kill himself, but I won’t let him. 

I just discovered the sacrifice he made for me when we were young.

Now it’s time I return the favor. This time I’ll be the one with the secret.

Psychologist Matthew Durante’s twin brother, Justin, has struggled with mental illness since their parents died in a house fire. After Justin is accused of setting off a bomb that killed an innocent woman, he lands in a maximum-security psychiatric hospital.

In the face of Justin’s unrelenting suicide attempts, Matthew grows frantic to keep him alive. And as the pieces of their past fall into place, Matthew decides bold action is his only choice, no matter the cost.

Set against the backdrop of weapons manufacturing, terrorism, and a dark family secret, Matthew and Justin fight for survival, redemption, and most of all, for each other.




Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she’s a therapist, and by night she’s a writer. She can’t decide which is more fun.

Jen loves to create sporty heroines and hot heroes in her college sport romances. Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez finds her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in the Blocked series, it’s her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love. Spiked (Blocked #3) features Lucia’s younger brother, Mateo, and completes the series.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen writes swimming-based romances as well: Streamline, a military mystery, and the New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic-suspense trilogy that includes With Good BehaviorBad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Her current project is a psychological thriller, Twin Sacrifice.

Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, and visiting her sisters in Chicago and Hilton Head.