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Howell and Wolf—Cocky Together!

 

Decker Collins waits for no one and expects the world to kowtow to his wishes. He’s one smart successful attractive lawyer. However, when Tate Reynolds enters his path in the most unconventional way he finds himself a little less cocky and a lot more challenged. Reynolds makes no mistakes as she takes over his thoughts and soon his world beats to a new drum.

For a first co-authored work, Sloane Howell and Alex Wolf turn up the heat with Decker and Tate. The craft of each author is felt as they move through the cocky styles of both main characters and the strength they build not only on the professional level of the white-collar corporate dynamics but also with the power plays in the bedroom. A bright light in the author’s craft within the prose is the uncanny ability to detect the voice each author brings to the story. No doubt they will only get stronger the more they collaborate.

Blurb:

He’s a bastard in Burberry.

Decker Collins knows how to do one thing—win.

When his billion-dollar law practice moves to merge with a firm out of Dallas, she shows up to oversee the transition.

Tate Reynolds—the vixen in Versace.

She’s whip-smart, sassy, and gorgeous. Oh, and she doesn’t take any of Decker’s sh*t.

With the merger hanging in the balance, they go to war with each other.

There’s only one problem. This war isn’t just about business.

Because when they’re not butting heads…

They’re banging headboards.

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Caught in the Lies—Shea’s hot number

Jill Bennet and Cameron McClain light the sheets on fire when they meet, but they soon realize the pulse beating between them is stronger than either of them can resist. Unfortunately, with lies of omission, they catch up with them before truths can be revealed.  When faced with the realities of day to day life choices, they ignore the most basic of human needs—love.

Kacey Shea reaches deep into the heartstrings with Jill and Cam. She works through the nature of the love beyond the trope, with an artistry which colors each work she publishes. She reaches the depth of human compassion and realism true of her Caught works and takes it to another level of goodness. Jill and Cam try to hide beneath the lies of an initial one stand, but soon come to realize that not every one night stand is equal. Through masterful storytelling, Shea brings to life a passionate tale of nonchalance, uncovered in true chivalry and magic between two souls meant to be paired and sewn together with unconditional love. Once again, Shea brings the heat with a firefighter willing to burn up the pages of love and a happy ever after.

 

There is a prequel, well worth each flip fo the page available also!

🔥One Hot Night 🔥

Prequel Blurb:

“You’re trouble, you know that?”

Fire captain Cameron McClain thinks I’m the meddlesome one, but he’s the instigator. His rugged good looks and confident sense of humor should be illegal. Not to mention his dimples.

They’re partially to blame for why I leave this party and follow him back to his room. I knew we had chemistry, but from the second his lips meet mine, my body catches on fire. All it takes is one touch and the attraction between us combusts into an undeniable heat.

One hot night. That’s all we were meant to be. But now that I know how good we are together, how can I stay away?

ONE HOT NIGHT is a short and steamy prequel to CAUGHT IN THE LIES and available for FREE on all retailers.

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🔥 Caught in the Lies 🔥

Novel Blurb:

Fire captain Cameron McClain dropped into my life with as much subtlety as an unsolicited d*ck pic. I shouldn’t be attracted to him, but I am. He’s too old for me, too alpha for my tastes, and too bossy in the bedroom. Though, I have to admit he knows exactly how to use his . . . firehose.

I’m not interested in a forever kind of relationship, but he’s down for whatever I’m willing to give. Our arrangement is perfect. At least that’s how it begins. I never wanted the happily ever after, but he’s just so tempting.

The smart choice would be to end things before they combust, but for some reason I can’t push Cam away. The harder I try, the harder he—well, you get the picture.
I wish things were different. I want to be someone worthy of his devotion. But the secrets I hold close, they don’t just eat me up inside, they destroy anyone who gets too close.

So, I won’t fall in love. Simple, right?

Wrong. So freaking wrong. I don’t just fall. I crash and burn for this man. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Turns out I’m not the only one telling lies and keeping secrets, and his are enough to rip us apart forever.

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Kaylee Rose—For the Love of Us

People traditionally meet, fall in love, marry, live a little life as partners, have kids, raise kids, and then…the empty nest hits. Callie finds herself wondering if Brad still desires her now that the house is empty and the chaos is gone.

For the Love of Us is a debut release for author Kaylee Rose. Her ability to grab the audience through slapstick style humor between long-time friends keeps the laughing at a high and the reality of the empty nest on a fun roll. She tackles a huge issue which happens to many moms after the kids leave and the spouse continues on their career path, leaving many moms empty and lost. Rose builds this short novel with a ton of heart and infuses many relatable experiences. Her motif of the garlic bread, as part of a family tradition in an untraditional sense, ties this work together in the same sense that being sexy in an unsexy place in one’s life continues to hold the glue together and rebuilds a stagnant relationship. A strong debut, with room for Rose to grow and explore style and craft on many different fronts of the empty nest lifestyle.

‘𝑭𝑶𝑹 𝑻𝑯𝑬 𝑳𝑶𝑽𝑬 𝑶𝑭 𝑼𝑺: 𝑭𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒐 𝑲𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝑶𝒖𝒓 𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝑨𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆’ 
𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒆 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑲𝒂𝒚𝒍𝒆𝒆 𝑹𝒐𝒔𝒆
☞𝑨𝒎𝒂𝒛𝒐𝒏 𝑳𝒊𝒏𝒌 –mybook.to/KRose4thelove
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What happens when the kids leave for college and you remember you’re not just mom, but a woman too?
Simply going through the motions, on autopilot day after day, weighed heavily on me.

The one thing which bonded my husband and me, before the kids came along, was slowly cast aside as their needs grew more demanding.

Intimacy became an act; a performance, without the desire, passion, and lust we once shared.

My need to feel desired and wanted by my husband ate at me and I was determined to make him see the woman he married.
I wasn’t going to give up and hatched a plan, one which would hopefully forge a new beginning for us.

Fighting to keep our love alive was a risk, but, for us, I was prepared to do anything.

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Avaline Saddlebags: The Mystery Behind the Drag!

Murders are never an easy pill to swallow. When DI Dylan Monroe investigates the second death within the transgender community, he goes into overdrive with a clock ticking against him and his team to catch a serial murder out to destroy innocent targets. What Monroe soon uncovers opens him up before a world he understood, but now he becomes an active participant in order to bring peace back to the community.

Netta Newbound and Marcus Brown nail this mystery to the wall in their debut co-write. They infuse suspense, realism, humor, and a trail of red herrings along the path of uncovering the cold-hearted truth. The combined styles of Newbound and Brown complement one another with an infusion of wholesome and grit within the talented cast of characters they develop throughout the work. A fantastic mystery solved.

🧚‍♀️AVALINE SADDLEBAGS

DI DYLAN MONROE INVESTIGATES: ONE

by Netta Newbound & Marcus Brown

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Blurb:

Following the brutal murders of Jade Kelly and Gina Elliot, newly promoted DI Dylan Monroe is assigned to work the case, alongside DS Layla Monahan.

As the body count rapidly rises—each slaying more savage than the last—it soon becomes clear the butchered and mutilated victims have one thing in common—they are all male to female transsexuals.

With time against them, Dylan is forced to go undercover in the only place that provides a link to the victims—Dorothy’s, a well-known drag and cabaret bar in the heart of Liverpool.

Avaline Saddlebags is a gripping, often amusing, psychological thriller with an astonishing twist that will take your breath away… change can be DEADLY!

Connect with the authors:

Netta Newbound: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Marcus Brown: Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

 

In Too Deep—Tyson’s Soul Sells Out.

 

Zane Michaelson takes drug lords and sex trafficking to a new low. Tyson’s slow path through hell continues from Pimped Out to In too Deep. Michaelson spares no one from the blemishes the underworld ropes in and spits out. This tale is painted with the hard cold truths about a world most societies brush under the carpet. Michaelson uses his prose power to bring reality to the surface and acknowledge the ruthlessness of crime lords and their tangled webs across providences and country lines. The world Tyson stepped into is beyond his comprehension and as much he works to keep his lover, Kyle, safe and the DI Zara Mulaney undercover he loses more of himself in this tortured game Keiran taunts him with.

Michaelson uses foreshadowing in the best of ways, as he continues this journey for Tyson Reece. He infuses a juxtaposition between the life Tyson envisions for himself through Kyle and the reality fo the life he feels he deserves in Kieran. It would not be in true Michealson form to be left waiting for just how cruel the world can be before justice is served or the bad guys win. In too Deep definitely leads the reader on a journey most refuse to recognize and leaves them waiting for Ashes to Ashes to figure out who’s burying who in this criminal world.

𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐲 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐥: 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐓𝐰𝐨
𝐁𝐲 𝐙𝐚𝐧𝐞 𝐌𝐢𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐞𝐥𝐬𝐨𝐧

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💔Blurb
Tyson Reece is locked inside a world of depravity. His life held tight at the mercy of his ex-boyfriend, Kieran Wayland.

DI Zara Mulaney continues to work tirelessly in the shadows, hoping to bring Wayland and his partner, her boss, Giovanni Mallea to justice.

Reece is caught in the cross-hairs between the undercover work of Mulaney and the evils of Wayland.

Wayland has spies everywhere and one of them is talking.

Has Reece’s deception been exposed?

The saga continues to play out with the clock ticking and the crime lords at large. What Reece doesn’t realize is his head is already on a platter in this game of deceit, filth, and lies.

With the candle burning quickly, will Reece and Mulaney get the proof they need before Wayland sets his repulsive plan into motion?

Broken Knight—Love isn’t simple!

 

Love—a simple four-letter word. But is it that simple? Love binds humanity together. Love builds connections between people. Love ties families together. Love is a term used to convey a deep appreciation for something. Love connects friends. Love has a flip side as well and it breaks and drives the human heart into the dark recesses of madness. Love infiltrates the line between rational and irrational behavior. Love compels people to be better and on the flip side, it drives them to know the worst of their own personalities. In the end, love is anything but simple.

LJ Shen tackles this complex relationship of love in her newest release, Broken Knight. Broken Knight touches every theme related to love: Love is fickle, Love is strength, love is family, love is friendship, love is nature, love is nurture, love is evil, love is broken, love is forever, and so much more. Knight Cole and Luna Rexroth are part of the many dualities Shen weaves into this prose of genius. Shen uses juxtaposition of motherhood in a motif which digs its way into the reader’s heart, and the recovery is one you won’t walk away from easily. She uses Knight and Luna as a beautifully constructed paradox of love and value of the fight that makes it worth the struggles. It’s a beautiful read with so much more beyond broken Knight, proving love isn’t simple; it’s worth every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears.

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Audio (narrated by Jacob Morgan and CJ Blooms) ➜

Not all love stories are written the same way. Ours had torn chapters, missing paragraphs, and a bittersweet ending.

Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.
Sweet.
Caring.
Charitable.
Quiet.
Fake.
Underneath the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves (yet pities) is a girl who knows exactly what, and who, she wants—namely, the boy from the treehouse who taught her how to curse in sign language.
Who taught her how to laugh.
To live.
To love.

Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.
Gorgeous.
Athletic.
Rugged.
Popular.
Liar.
This daredevil hell-raiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but he only has eyes for the girl across the street: Luna.
But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.
When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he’s forced to realize not all knights are heroes.
Sometimes, the greatest love stories flourish in tragedy.

Bang Bang—Another Hit for Belle Brooks

Rom-Com isn’t an easy sub-genre to write in romance. Leave it to Belle Brooks to wrap herself around the shtick and nail it with her new release Bang Bang. She takes the wrong place, wrong time trope and runs with it, as cake-loving Miranda pulls Joe Haggerty off the street for a bite of cake and soon discovers she’s bitten off more than she can chew with the random street hunk.

Brooks brilliantly constructs the who done it with fun unconventional antics. The banter between Miranda and Haggerty flows throughout the novel. In true Brooks form, there is suspense, a sense of realism, humor, and a budding love which makes it altogether a fun light read. End your summer with a Pow and pick up Bang Bang. You won’t regret it!

BANG BANG by Belle Brooks #oneclick

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Blurb:
Bang, bang!

They shot us down.

Bang, bang!

We ran through town.

Bang, bang!

Now here I am …

Bang, bang

… in an undercover police sting.

Miranda Sikes is a twenty-year-old university student who hates venturing into the city, but her grandmother’s watchband isn’t going to repair itself.

The watchband doesn’t get fixed.
She misses the bus home.
She’s stuck in the one place she loathes.
But there’s a silver lining: free wedding cake by Alessandro. It’s only the best cake in the world. Now all Miranda needs is a fiancé to dine with so she can meet the store’s terms.

Miranda’s next decision will change the course of her day, her year, and her life.

And it all happens when she grabs the arm of a man named Haggerty, finds herself shoeless while running down a busy street, and is forced to dive to the ground when she hears …

BANG! BANG!

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Savage Beast Hits the Mark!

There is something about Max Savage that draws the reader into his world from the first three sentences. He’s observant, reflective, and exudes a strength that forces your hand into falling into his web. Savage knows his way around the world and brings his specialty to Tulsa, Oklahoma. His charm finds himself in the middle of a puzzle with a hot, smart as a whip, witty female detective ready to make Tulsa open its doors to the big picture.

Sloane Howell unleashes a masterpiece of brilliance with Savage Beast. He paints the picture of Max Savage, Tulsa, and the underworld in a way only Howell knows how to do. Howell is spot on with the mystery and deceit and folds in a slight air of sexy mischief. He’s rich in exposition, but he’s not careless and frivolous with his intent. Howell builds up the rich good ‘ol boy’s network into an artful masterpiece which falls along the lines of Grisham, Brown, and Child’s works. What sets Howell apart from most authors is the ability to dive into new genres and take off running while nailing the themes and styles from the first word to the last word. A worthwhile read and I’m looking forward to more of Max Savage and Sloane Howell’s artistry!

Savage Beast (Max Savage #1) by Sloane Howell 

Blurb:

They killed his best friend. Now, someone must pay.

Former soldier Max Savage lives off the grid, leaving behind the society that scorned him. But when his best friend’s murder is ruled a suicide, Savage is hellbent on finding who’s responsible and why.Partnering with a headstrong detective looking to prove her worth, Savage pursues a set of cryptic clues that lead to shady backroom deals and the highest levels of corruption.

As the clock dwindles, devastating secrets are revealed. The pair must decide whether to risk their lives against overwhelming odds or watch the world they love crumble down around them.

If you love pulse-pounding thrillers loaded with suspense, action, and twists you don’t see coming, Max Savage is for you! Click buy now and start reading today!

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The End of A First Volume

 

The time for cheers, tears, and celebration arrived with mixed emotions. The last of our offspring closing the final chapter of her fifteen years in the education system. Two years of pre-school then thirteen from kindergarten to twelfth grade. As parents, we hovered when we needed and backed away when each of our children showed the signs they acquired the skillset for spreading their wings alone.

Mr. and I watched Eldest move through first, and we learned along with him with each step. He graduated with honors and laid down a foundation of excellence which his siblings watched and followed. Middle pulled the line next and provided us the affirmation our process and playbook rang true. Both boys went through high school with the typical schedule for type A kids: AP/IB rigorous courses, played a sport at the top of their game and both were team captains, participated and involved themselves in Model United Nations—not just as delegates but as part of the elected governing body—they earned accolades and respect from the teachers and administration which made Little a legacy in the eyes of the school.

She followed this legacy all through elementary and middle school. She internalized her emotions for a long time about the difficulties of following flawless brothers, in her eyes. By the end of eighth grade, she turned to wearing mostly black and didn’t smile as much as in previous times in her life. She turned salty and bitter with less and less communication passing between her and us. We watched her grades and kept our finger on her pulse as we encouraged her to try out for volleyball, a sport she loved and played despite her autoimmune issues which take a toll on her knee, and kept playing the same playbook we did with the boys.

She entered high school excited but scared. This legacy crushed her internally, but she kept steady and solid as she played volleyball and stuck her nose in the books. We watched her like a hawk and allowed her enough space to grow but not enough to fall by the wayside. There were arguments as the pressure inside her grew, yet she held it at bay not knowing how we would react if she unloaded these pressures on us. In her mind, she was following two successful acts, and she was the downfall.

She loved volleyball, but the program did not fit her. Her volleyball coach was also the girls’ basketball coach and encouraged her to try out. She made the team not knowing a thing about basketball, but her coach believed in her, and it helped bring her back into the light. We watched her smile and grow as he continued pushing her limits and teaching her the game. We cannot thank him enough for finding the key which turned her self-esteem around. There are people who come into your life that make all the difference in the world. He rates at the top for our Little.

Freshman year she began Model United Nations. She loved it in middle school and wanted to continue on in high school. Another thing she was legacy in as her brothers also went through the program. Unfortunately, in her freshman year the teacher ended up on administrative leave and they found a  less than solid person to fill those shoes. It was a constant rotation of substitutes, and the inconsistency singed the program a bit.

Then the tragedy of all tragedies occurred. Winter break hit and we received a call that her best friend also sat in the darkness but didn’t find her way to the light. The small glimmers of light in Little’s world shattered with that phone call. She fell a few rungs and the next eighteen months loomed in the outside facade of high school happiness, but her inner self warred with the “why does this happen.” Again. Mr. and I did our best to keep within her inside the circle but allowed her to grieve and work through the catastrophic impact at her own rate.

Freshman year she met Tex in her English class after break. A new boy in town with a gloomy past. We told her no dating until she reached her junior year. She didn’t listen. Deep down, Little is a fixer. She only wants to bring happiness to others. She wanted to fix all those insecurities Tex held inside and make him shine. He wanted a girlfriend to hang on his arm and absorb all the wrongs in his life. It was a terrible combo, and Mr. and I knew it. Again, we watched and parented to the best of our ability. Not leaving to chance, if we closed the door with an absolute no to seeing Tex, that in typical teen style, it would resort to sneaking around behind our backs to see him. This road was tough, but fortunately, her coach, a few teachers she adored, and the few close girlfriends she had all helped her find her own road away from Tex, and it ended in junior year.

She thought junior year would be much the same as sophomore but with more academic rigor. She warred with staying with basketball and dropped drama, except for the Cappies review team she loved. The drama program played favorites, and she was not one of them. The decision to drop those courses was tough, but she found Spanish really suited her. Spanish four was something she looked forward too.

Unfortunately, basketball changed its face on her. Her beloved coach was hired somewhere else, and a new coach stepped in. She had stuck with the team despite unbearable pain in her knee because she respected her coach and his belief in her. She arrived for the first summer practice and came home to tell us she quit.  When we asked why she let us know he was a total creep and something about him was off. In our minds, she loved her first coach and thought this fell in line with other things she mourned like her friend, the end of playing volleyball, the freshman year MUN debacle, and other things she lamented over in the past. We were proven wrong when, by senior year spring, it came out he was asked to leave and arrested on a suspicion of inappropriate acts with minors. Little’s internal compass was spot on!

Spring of junior year Little hit her stride. The light flickered and began its slow rise to brightness. The IB (International Bachelorette) program requires a CAS project. She decided to write, direct, and produce her own play. Through the help of her middle school drama teacher, she wrote a play dealing with the strains social media adds to teenagers lives. She directed it toward middle school students as she believes social media, in part, was a catalyst to her friend’s suicide. She spent from April until August writing a play. The dialogue, stage directions, music, and stage sets all poured into a manuscript that she copyrighted. When school started, she worked with her middle school drama teacher and held auditions of his drama students, picked a cast, rehearsed with them and built the sets she researched and designed. It was an innovative set as she designed a six-foot mock cell phone with a backlit projector and mock social media and text exchange slides to occur during the interactions of her actors. The play was well received when show night hit in November. It was a tremendous undertaking and we believe it was the pinnacle moment when her self confidence unfolded its wings, and she began to live for herself again.

The next big boost was her participation as the elected Director General of OPI (Office of Public Information) in the MUN secretariat. Every year the program raises money for a non-profit organization that makes an impact on a world issue. She presented the idea of representing Live Literately   When the founder of Live Literately, author David Michael, asked what drove her to suggest Live Literately to the MUN board for approval. She told him, “I want to represent Live Literately as they not only want to address the issue of literacy, which is a world issue, they are accepting of LGBTQ+ issues. It’s time that MUN programs reach out and represent all issues across the globe.” The program accepted her proposal and raised $500 with the donations given by participating delegates of MUN programs.

Little continued writing drama reviews for Cappies and served as a co-lead critic for the program. Her love of theatre is strong, and I don’t see her giving it up completely when she arrives at college.

By graduation day she filled her requirements and earned membership into the National Honors Society, California Scholarship Federation, MUN four year member, International World Languages Medallion, IB diploma, and graduated with honors, in the top 7% of her class of 557.

 

We left her last night for graduation night. They were going to an undisclosed location, and we were to pick her up at six am the next morning. By ten-thirty we had a text from her that the private bus company never showed. Grad night was canceled at eleven-thirty, and we picked her up from school with a frown and not the smile we left her with as she left the graduation ceremony. In the end, this actually was the perfect culmination of her high school experience. Each step of the way she learned something new, despite it coming on the heels of an unfortunate experience.

Little is a beautiful soul with so much to give the world. I know deep in my heart that she will spread her wings in the fall at college and look back on the past four years with a bit of salt but in the end it will taste way sweeter when she realizes she wouldn’t be the young woman she is today without each of those experiences in her tool kit. This new road shimmers with excitement, and her self-esteem is intact and solid which warms my heart as we prepare for her to fly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AM Johnson Colors the World Anew

Indie O’Connell embraces her genetic blemishes and turns them into flawless works of art. She’s loved and admired in her family. A place colored with freedom and safety. Indie’s twin, Royal, stands by her side as a best friend, protector, and her light in the dark times. When Royal finds his happiness in Camden, a fellow college student, Indie gains a new confident but loses a bit of Royal.

Kai, Camden’s roommate, fights his own demons. He shields himself from his own pain through swimming, majoring in something he believes will make others proud, and finding friendship in the least likely of places; his teammate, Royal. The complication comes when he makes a move to make himself happy, and he finds himself seeking shelter in Royal’s sister. A girl who asks him for nothing but makes him want to be a better man. A man she can trust and rely on as his own world falls apart.

I knew diving into Johnson’s work the themes and topics would follow the tropes of difficult choices, situations, and taboos most authors shy away from penning. Johnson once said, “This work might upset her following as it contains the least amount of sex of any of her works.”

I disagree. Indie and Kai develop as two lost souls and search to find the key to those flaws they see within themselves. They each desire love, commitment, and trust. Deep down within each of them is an innocence they work hard to cover up to the outside world; An innocence which needs fostering and molding by the best artists. Artists who know it takes time developing perfection and dance with purpose through the process.

I made the mistake of finishing reading Seven Shades of You while in my classroom. Johnson’s words moved me in ways only her works are capable. She showed me the layers of violets, reds, blacks, browns, blues, yellows, and more which breathed life and passion into every word of this prose. She touches on mental illness, deadly diseases, suicide, and self loathing while building the backbone of the series which relies on truth, trust, and an open heart for viewing others and oneself in a light of joy and depth which destroys the naysayers and builds only the bridges of love, light, rainbows, and happiness. In the end, Johnson checks off one more incredible work which opens the doors for taboo subjects and healthy discussions and solutions for all walks of life to enjoy.

Seven Shades of You 
(A Twin Heart Series Standalone Novel)

❤︎ Release Date: June 13th
❤︎ Buy link: https://geni.us/pj0V

♥︎ BLURB ♥︎

Her world was color. Canvas and paint.
Indie O’Connell lived inside her head.
Her voices the muse.
And as a freshman at St. Peter’s College, all she wanted, was to create a name for herself with the brush in her hand.
His world was over.
Despite his humble upbringing, Kai Carter seemed to have it all.
Captain of the swim team and a full scholarship. His golden boy status a mask he had to wear to keep his dream and his family afloat.
All the pieces of his life dangled precariously from his fingertips.
Forced to fight a battle he’d never signed up for, Kai’s loyalty turned out to be his undoing, and like a good captain, no matter what the cost, he’d gone down with the ship.
They never planned for their worlds to collide.
He was her brother’s best friend.
She was supposed to be invisible.
Off limits.
Being together, regardless of how much they wanted it, was a line they’d never cross.
But when lives get messy, lines get blurred, and in love, nothing is ever black and white.