[Waiting on Wednesday] #34: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title: Blood and Salt

Author: Kim Liggett

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: September 22nd 2015

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Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

I'm not usually into horror. Like. At all. I hate horror movies. I can watch the trailers, but I avoid watching them at all costs. Perhaps it had to do something about me being traumatized by watching some scary Stephen King movie about dreamcatchers when I was little. However, for some weird reason I don't really mind reading horror. It doesn't seem as real until the thinking about it constantly bit.

This book sounds so great! I love reading about really creepy stuff. The whole (probably pagan) ceremony thing and the girl plagued by memories of her ancestor thing sound so incredibly creepy and I'm so excited to read it!!!

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[Review] The Sin Eater's Daughter


Title: The Sin Eater's Daughter

Author: Melinda Salisbury

Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #1

Publisher: Scholastic

Release Date: March 1st 2015

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Source: bought

I am the perfect weapon.
I kill with a single touch.

Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince, and rule the kingdom. But the favour of the Gods has it's price. A deadly poison infuses her skin. Those who anger the queen must die under Twylla's fatal touch.

Only Lief, an outspoken new guard, can see past Twylla's chilling role to the girls she truly is.

Yet in a court as dangerous and the queen's, some truths should not be told...

[Trailer Reveal] Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt


Title: Hold Me Like a Breath

Author: Tiffany Schmidt

Series: Once Upon a Crime Family #1

Publisher: Bloomsbury Kids

Release Date: May 19th 2015

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Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.

Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.

And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.

All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.

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This spring, Bloomsbury's sending four amazing authors—Trish Doller, A.C. Gaughen, Emery Lord, and Tiffany Schmidt—to bookstores together for our Boldly Bookish tour. To celebrate it, they are giving away some goodies! All you have to do is buy one of the following books: The Devil You Know, Lion Heart, The Start of Me and You and/or Hold Me Like A Breath and email your receipt to teensusa@bloomsbury.com, in order to receive one of the following prizes:

  • Preorder 1 of the books pictured above, and get a Boldly Bookish logo sticker.
  • Preorder 2 of the books pictured above, and get a sticker + a Boldly Bookish bookmark!
  • Preorder 3 of the books pictured above, and get a sticker + bookmark + a Boldly Bookish button!
  • Preorder all 4 of the books pictured above, and get a sticker + bookmark + button + a Boldly Bookishmagnet!
  • And remember, the more books you preorder, the more Boldly Bookish swag you get!


Tiffany Schmidt lives in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles. She's not at all superstitious... at least that's what she tells herself every Friday the thirteenth.

SEND ME A SIGN is her first novel. BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE will follow in Winter, 2014. The ONCE UPON A CRIME FAMILY series begins with HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH in 2015. You can find out more about her and her books at: TiffanySchmidt.com, TiffanySchmidtWrites.Tumblr.com or by following her on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt.

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[Review] 99 Days by Katie Cotugno


Title: 99 Days

Author: Katie Cotugno

Publisher: Balzer + Bray 

Release Date: April 21st 2015 

Get it Here: Indigo Amazon BookDepository B&N 

Source: e-ARC via edelweiss

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

Nowhere but Here Trailer Reveal

Hellooooo, my lovelies! I'm so excited to show you guys the trailer for Katie McGarry's motorcycle club book, Nowhere but Here. I'm super excited to read this book!! But first, here is some info on the book!


Title: Nowhere But Here

Author: Katie McGarry

Series: A Thunder Road Novel

Publisher: HarlequinTeen

Release Date: May 26th 2015

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An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine's 2012 Reviewer's Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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An interview with Temple West!

Hellooooo my lovelies!

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Temple West, author of Velvet!  I read and reviewed Velvet, and you can read my review and see the Moodboard I made for it, here.

First, here's some info on Velvet!


Title: Velvet

Author: Temple West

Series: Velvet #1

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Release Date: May 12th 2015

Get it Here: Indigo Amazon B&N BookDepository

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First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?


Ri: Describe Velvet in one sentence! 

Temple West: The sassiest high school vampire romance novel you will ever read.

Ri: Congrats on your debut novel! How does it feel to add "author" to your list of accomplishments?

Temple West: Thank you! Not gonna lie, it feels pretty awesome. Although it still feels very, very weird when I meet new people and they ask me what I do and I kind of mumble, "Oh, I'm a novelist" really quietly so they can't hear and then I have to repeat it louder because I'm a mumbler and they almost inevitably reply, "Wait, you're a novelist? Like, you write books?" and then I blush and nod and wish desperately that I could escape back into my hermit writing cave because I feel like an imposter because my book hasn't actually hit shelves yet and basically I'm just really socially awkward.

Ri: Was there anything weird or interesting that you learned while researching for Velvet?

Temple West: Well, not so much about WHAT I learned, but my process for research is kind of weird. When I first wrote the book, I was 19, and I spent two days just researching the town of Stony Creek. Who founded the town, did they have a railroad (the opening of the book was originally Caitlin [and her name was Casey back then] coming into Stony Creek on a train), what the weather cycles were like, the elevation, the population, the education system, etc. And then when I sat down to actually write the book, I maybe used .2% of what I'd learned because I realized all I really needed was the vague location of the real town (there is a real Stony Creek, NY), and the name. The rest I wanted to tailor to the needs of my story and the world in which it was set. Initially, I'd actually wanted to fly out to New York and then drive two hours to Stony Creek to conduct more research, but as I mentioned, I was 19 and could barely afford Top Ramen, let alone a plane ticket. So yeah, research is a funny thing. I also got super invested with learning about the cardiovascular system when I was trying to formulate my own mythology for why vampires need blood. Basically when I research for a story, I shut the blinds, close the door, and go into hyper-focus mode, emerging several days later with a major vitamin-D deficiency.

Ri: If you were stranded on a desert island, what one book would you have with you?

Temple West: Could I bring an e-reader with a solar-powered battery and satellite wifi capabilities? Because then I could bring all of the books. (Ri says, "Smart!")

Ri: What are you currently reading?

Temple West: As boring as it sounds, I'm actually re-reading Story Structure Architect. It's one of my go-to books whenever I begin writing a new story, and helps me clarify the necessary plot points for the type of story I'm telling. It's a very practical, simple, easy-to-read sort of book, and I very much recommend it for other writers who may be struggling with not knowing what to write next. (Ri says, "This interview was done in January, so I'm quite sure that Temple is reading something else by now. :D" )

Ri: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Temple West: It seems like all I ever do when I'm not writing is sleep, drink coffee, or pursue other creative projects. Right now I'm about to start a new series of paintings, and I was just musing with my roommate about the possibility of building a practical loom (she's a fashion design student and wants to work with textiles). I also love writing songs, even though I am, at best, a mediocre singer, and can't play guitar or piano (Garageband FTW!). I also sew, knit, embroider, do book art (carving images or designs into books, or repurposing books into poetry or art), take random classes (hello, glass fusion), find beautiful antique things (steampunk for life), read good books, read bad books, watch TV and movies (which counts as research, because I'm also a screenwriter), record vlogs, eat bacon, and occasionally do laundry.

Ri: I know that you do DIY projects. Is there anything you're currently working on?

Temple West: Yes! So, back in high school I took every single art class my school offered, and then made up two or three independent studies so I could pursue projects that interested me but weren't necessarily covered in regular classes. But once I got to college, painting got put on the back burner. Now that all the edits for Velvet are done, I'm taking it up again, trying out new techniques, different surfaces (canvas, wood, metal), and basically having a blast. Writing and publishing Velvet was a dream come true and I'm so grateful and humbled by the experience, but it's also nice to work on something just for fun. Writing has been my bread-and-butter for several years now, and it's really great to have these other outlets to recharge my creative juices. Or, creative battery. Can you recharge juices? That's conjuring a really bizarre mental image. (Ri says, "Again, this interview was done in January so she might be doing something different. Temple is actually selling some of the paintings she made! Check out her instagram, @bytemplewest")

Ri: What's your favourite coffee drink?

Temple West: Ooh! Okay, for everyday, year-round coffee, I prefer a vanilla latte with whole milk (fat free tastes like dish water to me, blech), or a London Fog. If it's Christmas, though, I'm all for the pumpkin spice and creme brulee lattes at Starbucks.

Ri: Where would you like to travel, and why?

Temple West: Oh my gosh, how about everywhere? Iceland, for sure. I feel like every sci-fi and fantasy movie that's come out in the past ten years has shot in Iceland. It's vast and epic and unearthly, and I'd go there for world-building inspiration. Norway and Finland, for the same reason. Germany, for the Schloss Neuschwanstein castle. If I had the budget, I would get married in that castle, it's basically the castle from Beauty and the Beast, which is my favorite movie of all time. When I was in college, I had the opportunity to spend almost five months in England, but I didn't actually get to travel much, so I'd love to go back and actually see all the things I missed the first time. Same thing with Paris! Versailles is definitely on my list. Let's see, there's Barcelona, Milan, Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Tibet, definitely Machu Pichu, and it's been a dream of mine to take a week-long train ride through the Rockies in Canada. Closer to home I really want to visit New York, New Orleans, and Disney World. I've been to Disneyland, and it is legitimately one of my favorite places on this planet, but I've never been to Disney World.


Temple West, debut author of the YA paranormal romance Velvet, is as nerdy in real life as she is on the Twitter. Armed with a very shiny English degree, she spent four months in Oxford holed up at the Radcliffe Camera amongst the hush of ancient books and the rich musk of academia. Returning to Los Angeles, she acquired a concurrent degree in film, mostly as an excuse to write essays about The Princess Bride and Hook. She can sew (poorly), drive stick (please fasten your seatbelt), and mostly lift her feet off the ground while stuttering into first gear on a very small motorcycle. She currently lives in Seattle and is the proud mother to a one-year-old laptop and a vintage Remington typewriter.

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[Review] One Thing Stolen by Beth Kephart


Title: One Thing Stolen

Author: Beth Kephart

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Release Date: April 14th 2015

Get it Here: Indigo Amazon B&N BookDepository

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Source: e-ARC via Edelweiss


Set in Florence, Italy, One Thing Stolen follows Nadia Cara as she mysteriously begins to change. She's become a thief, she has secrets she can't tell, and when she tries to speak, the words seem far away.

[Cover Reveal] Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout!


I'm so excited to show you guys the cover of the last book in the Dark elements series, Every Last Breath!!!

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Some loves will last 'til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

Release Date: July 28th 2015 


“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!” --New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.” --#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

There's a surprise too! The covers of the first books have also been given a new look! 

Don't miss the previous titles in The Dark Elements Series-now with new covers! Readers interested in downloading the new cover jackets for their previously purchased Dark Elements Series titles, can download them HERE!

For best results when downloading the new cover jackets:

  • Print on 8.5x14" (Legal paper)
  • Use landscape or horizontal setting = 8.5" tall x 14" wide
  • Print at 100% scale or "actual size"
  • Print with the image centered on page
  • Fold and trim to fit

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…


# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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[Release Day Book Blitz] The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguire

I'm so excited to bring you guys this blitz and info on The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre!


Title: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things

Author: Ann Aguirre

Publisher: Macmillan

Release Date: April 7th 2015 (Today!!) 

Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn't expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn't mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

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        When I walk past the music room, I hear something that stills me in my tracks. People push past; I've become a rock in the middle of a rushing stream, but I can't move. Then someone shoves me from behind, not on purpose, but the result is the same. I slam into the lockers past the classroom and bounce. The underclassmen who were wrestling don't even notice that my brain has stopped firing.

        Shane Cavendish plays like it's his reason for living.

        I don't write that on the Post-it, of course. That would just get him beaten up even harder. Instead I scrawl, You’re awesome on the guitar, because the jocks might think that’s cool and leave him the hell alone. It's a long shot, as I don't have any particular cred with their crew, but being a musician is pretty spectacular. I can't breathe for how good—how remarkably talented—he is. And I suspect that if he found out anyone was paying attention, he'd stop playing.

        Backtracking to his locker will make me late for class, but it's worth it. I stick the note just below the vents, as I always do, but this time it feels weightier, more somehow, like this is a turning point. Shaking off the odd sensation, I dodge into Econ with a mumbled excuse. Sadly, it holds no weight with Mrs. Palmer. Unlike the male teachers, she isn't impressed with talk of 'female problems', so I get my first detention of the year, only the second I've ever had.

        Since tomorrow is Friday and I have standing plans with Ryan, I ask, “Can I just get it over with tonight?”

        I calculate; school lets out at 2:45. An hour of sitting in silence, and I’m supposed to be at work at four. If I hurry, I can still make my shift at the Curly Q. Which sounds like a diner, but it's actually a hair salon. I'm not qualified to do anything but wash hair, sweep up, and answer the phone, but it's better than fast food. I work two afternoons a week from four to eight, which earns me spending money for the week. Since I'm under eighteen, I get paid fifty cents an hour less than an adult; that makes me a bargain. After detention ends, I’ll just need to ride hard to keep Mildred from yelling at me.

        Mrs. Palmer glances up from scribbling down my doom. “Can you get a ride home?”


        I’ve always got my bike out front, and the town is small enough that I can ride anywhere I need to go from school. This is the one positive aspect of living in a tiny berg like this, especially given my opinion of privately-owned fossil fuel burning vehicles, which covers nicely for my lingering fear.


Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.


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