CrossReads Book Spotlight: Tears of the Sea

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Tears of the Sea

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Tears of the Sea

by MaryLu Tyndall

Tears of the Sea

What do mermaids, curses, evil warlocks, kingdom rebellions, adventure, and romance have in common? They are all part of Tyndall’s new book! A branch into the fantasy world for this best-selling historical romance author!

Doomed by the evil warlock Forwin to wander the ancient seas as a mermaid for all eternity, Perdita longs for the release death would bring. Every ten years she has a chance to break the curse when she emerges from the sea fully human for one month. The catch? She must find a man willing to die for her. Yet, after three hundred years, her failures have left her heartbroken and alone.

Savion Ryne wants nothing to do with beautiful women. It was one such woman whose betrayal sent him far away to battle Natas’s rebellion. He longs to return to his father’s kingdom in Nevaeh, but he is destined for a mission, but where and to help whom? He doesn’t know. After Savion falls off his ship during a storm, he wakes on the shores of an island with visions of a dark-haired mermaid tending his wounds. Later, when a woman similar in appearance begs for his protection, he is suspicious.

Perdita has never met anyone as honorable as Savion. Even though he shuns her every advance, she falls for him. But as the end of her time on land approaches, she faces the hardest decision of all: save Savion and remain cursed for all eternity or break the curse and watch the man she loves die.

“It spoke to me … A tale of hope, sacrifice, and love …” Debbie Mitchell, book reviewer. 
Amazon categories:
>Historical Romance
>Pirate Romance
>Mermaid Romance
>Fantasy and Fairy Tales

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CrossReads Short Takes: A Long Way Home & Cast a Road Before Me

CrossReads Short Takes: A Long Way Home & Cast a Road Before Me

CrossReads Short Takes

A Long Way Home

by Becky Doughty

A Long Way Home

A Long Way Home can be read as part of The Fallout Series or as a stand-alone romance novel.

“This modern retelling of the prodigal story delves into heavier topics such as abuse and rape, but with such a careful touch, it never felt overwhelming. As usual, the writing was lyrical and very visual, like a movie playing in front of me.” ~ Heather Day Gilbert, USA Today Bestselling Author

“Dancing helped me forget…”

“Forget the pain of what I’d left behind. Forget the shame of what I’d done. Forget the fact that my future felt as untethered as the caravan in which I traveled.” ~Samantha Clark

On the run, Savannah Clark lives her life as a modern-day bohemian, hiding her identity behind her beaded scarves and swirling skirts. Marek and the Gypsies, a troupe of dancers and musicians, follow the Renaissance and Medieval Faire circuits, never staying in one place for very long. Her disguise, however, doesn’t fool those who know and love her best, nor does it completely hide the evidence of how difficult living in fear can be.

But an unexpected encounter with Jordan Ransome, her first love, tears open old wounds, and tragic news from home brings Savannah face to face with her worst fears. Will she run again, a victim of the lies she’s come to believe about herself and those she left behind, or can she trust her heart enough to embrace the girl she once was as the woman she has become?

NOTE: This book may contain triggers due to the topic of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

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Cast A Road Before Me

by Brandilyn Collins

Cast a Road Before Me

Bradleyville Series Book 1
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“A course-changing event in one’s life can happen in minutes. Or it can form slowly, a primitive webbing splaying into fingers of discontent, a minuscule trail hardening into the sinewed spine of resentment. So it was with the mill workers as the heat-soaked days of summer marched on…”
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City girl Jessie, orphaned at sixteen, struggles to adjust to life with her barely known aunt and uncle in the tiny town of Bradleyville, Kentucky. Eight years later (1968) she plans on leaving—to following in her revered mother’s footsteps of serving the homeless. But the peaceful town she’s come to love is about to be tragically shattered. Threats of a labor strike rumble through the streets, and Jessie’s new love and her uncle are swept into the maelstrom. Caught between the pacifist teachings of her mother and these two men, Jessie desperately tries to deny that Bradleyville is rolling toward violence and destruction.

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Perseverance

Perseverance

by Lisa M. Prysock

Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success is the definition of perseverance according to The Oxford Dictionary.  Merriam- Webster states “it is the one quality that allows a person to continue doing something even though it is difficult.”  Following Christ is not easy and I don’t mind being among the first who may admit that.  My life isn’t perfect just because I’m a Christian.  There have been challenges to overcome I never thought I would have to face.  Some roads were so difficult that I know the Lord surely must have carried me through them.  That is part of my testimony.  The Lord sustained me even during times of crisis in my life.  

Though He didn’t promise us a rose garden, He did promise to never leave us and that He would be with us through the trials.  Though salvation is free, there are often many costs and trials associated with being a Christian.  Perseverance is the key.  We must not be “fair weather friends” to God.  We’re in it for the long haul. 

One of my favorite verses about perseverance is the one my grandmother wrote in my first King James Bible, Proverbs 3:5,6 –:   5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.   

Sometimes we look at our circumstances and nothing makes sense.  We wonder why we should continue to follow God if it’s going to be so rough.  Remember Job?  He really had a whopper of a test!  All of his friends turned on Him when he lost everything, including his wealth, children, and health.  In the end, God restored double unto Job.  Why?  Because he persevered through every trial and never gave up His faith in God.  In the end he said, I know my Redeemer lives and at the last day, He shall stand upon the earth.  Job 19:25, paraphrased. 

The Bible promises great rewards for the man who perseveres: 

Matthew 24:13   But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 

Revelation 3:11   Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 

We may also look toward ensamples of the Bible and a number of great men of faith endured afflictions and trials of all kinds.  Obviously, Jesus Christ Himself is our greatest example of endurance.  The Word tells us He endured the cross, despising the shame, for the joy set before Him.  Joshua endured being sold into slavery by his brothers and later, God rewarded Him with a great purpose and a promotion.  King David endured years of being hunted down by King Saul and having to hide in the mountains and caves until the time he became King.  Moses gave up being the Prince of Egypt with every kind of pleasure available to him in order to follow God and suffer affliction with the people of God in the desert.  Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, bore all kinds of suffering and trials to help the early church and write most of the epistles of the gospel.  Most of the twelve disciples were crucified or killed in order to follow Christ.  Mary, the mother of Christ on earth suffered the loss of her Son and had to live with the memories of what they had done to Him.  Mary Magdalene suffered a shameful past and scorn as she carved out a new life in Christ.   

Galations 6:9 reminds us–:  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 

I Chronicles 16:11 gives us a way to persevere:  Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. 

II Timothy 2:12 gives us another promise to hold onto as we persevere:  If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him… 

We are also given Romans 5:3-5 3–: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 

Finally, we are given Joshua 1:9–:  Have not I commanded thee?  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. 

How can I do that, you may ask… only by the quickening and resurrection power of Jesus Christ made available to us by faith through grace, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.  My grandfather spoke these words which I will never forget–: “Do the best you can in the worst of places.”  Be blessed today as you and I link arms together, trust the Lord, and persevere.

Author Bio:

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years.  She homeschools the two youngest of their five children (three grown).  She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; two teenagers; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  In regards to that, she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”   

Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing.  Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley which contains a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene and sublime writing office/sewing room.  “It’s a great source of peace and inspiration for me… and pure joy not to be writing from the busy kitchen amidst the household chaos on a laptop.  Growing teenagers eating every five minutes makes for a constant stream of happenings!”   

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; a Victorian Christian Romance Series which includes Hannah’s Garden:  a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era).  She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior and recently released The Shoemakeran Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance.  Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature that shares her faith in Jesus Christ.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com 

Links: 

https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock 

https://twitter.com/LPrysock  

www.LisaPrysock.com    

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J6MBC64  

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lisa-m-prysock 

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Rescuing Finley

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Rescuing Finley

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Rescuing Finley

by Dan Walsh

Rescuing Finley

Amy Wallace has made plenty of mistakes in her young life, but she didn’t see this one coming. Chris Seger is a marine serving in Afghanistan. His life is forever altered by a single, fateful step. A mother of another Afghan war vet suffers a devastating loss, which changes the course of Finley’s life for good. Finley is a mostly golden retriever, who suddenly finds himself alone and confused in a dog shelter. Could this prison actually become the place where Finley finally finds freedom? Rescuing Finley tells the story of how one rescue dog powerfully impacts three tragic lives and puts all of them on a road toward redemption and healing.

Dan Walsh is known for page-turning, character driven novels. Fans of Dan’s other novels, as well as dog-lovers everywhere will especially enjoy Rescuing Finley.

Coming in 2016: Book 2 – Saving Parker and Book 3 – Finding Riley

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CrossReads Short Takes: Catching Serenity & The Wiles of Watermelon

CrossReads Short Takes: Catching Serenity & The Wiles of Watermelon

CrossReads Short Takes

Catching Serenity

by JoAnn Durgin

Catching Serenity

A woman torn apart by secrets. A man held prisoner by the truth. Can the greatest love of all set them both free?

Serenity McClaren had it all before her life crumbled around her like the sand castles on her beloved beach, causing her to flee Croisette Shores and the only home she’d ever known. Nearly five years later and living in Atlanta, she receives a mysterious, unsigned note: “Come home, Serenity. Things aren’t as they seem. Time to find your answers.” Returning to South Carolina, she prepares to face her demons and the ailing father she left behind, hoping to make peace with both.

Child psychologist Jackson Ross is a man with a surprising past. He’s ready for the quiet life and eager to establish his practice in the quaint, coastal village. After he hires Serenity to decorate his new office, he’s drawn to the beautiful and enigmatic woman yet sees she’s haunted by a past she can’t escape. Wanting to help her, he begins to suspect one of his young patients may hold the key to unlocking Serenity’s secrets. Jackson follows his instincts and discovers the shocking truth, but how can he tell the woman he’s grown to love what he knows—and set her free—without compromising his professional ethics and losing her forever?

CATCHING SERENITY: A poignant story of faith, hope and love, and discovering the everyday miracles from an all-powerful God.

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The Wiles of Watermelon

by Lynette Sowell

The Wiles of Watermelon

Newlywed Andi Hartley is not at all sure she’s ready to look like an over-ripe melon. . .

In fact, she’s still getting used to being married. But her husband, Ben, wants to start a family right away. Gulp. Their family plans are put on hold, however, when Andi’s kitten runs from the house to their watermelon field and digs up a bone attached to the remains of a thirty-year-old skeleton. Buried secrets come to life. . .and then the colorful owner of Greenburg’s best eatery is murdered. As Andi unearths more and more of the suspicious history surrounding the skeleton, she realizes both deaths are related. Is she also about to unearth a murderer?

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It’s a done deal

It’s a done deal

by Suzanne D. Williams

For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (2Ti 1:12)

I had a BBQ sandwich for lunch – sliced ham slathered in sauce, French fries, green beans, and hush puppies with a bowl of homemade pickles. I sat at an over-varnished picnic table in a down-home local restaurant between “good ol’ boys” on their lunch break and enjoyed every bite.

No one anywhere can tell me I wasn’t there and didn’t eat it. For one thing, I have the receipt. For another, there are witnesses who’d remember seeing me at the table in the corner. My daughter, who sat across from me. The waitress who will recall taking my order. The girl at the register who’ll say I paid for the meal.

It’s equally ridiculous for anyone to say God doesn’t exist, and Jesus didn’t die on the cross. I’ve experienced both. God is real to me. Jesus lives in my heart. Those are absolutes.

You can’t tell me God doesn’t save anymore. He saved me.

You can’t tell me God doesn’t heal anymore. He healed me.

You can’t tell me God doesn’t rescue or deliver. He delivered me from paralyzing fear.

You can’t tell me God doesn’t prosper and provide for physical needs. He’s provided for mine many times.

You can’t convince me there’s any “good” to walking in the darkness when I’ve already experienced the light.

No man can undo how I’ve lived. I did get married in 1989. I did have a daughter in 1993. I buried one of my beloved grandmothers in 2008. I published my first book in 2011.

And yesterday, I had BBQ. It’s a fact. A done deal.

So is the work of Christ in my heart. Oh, I mess up frequently. I’m short-tempered and impatient with others. I must repent daily and lean on God’s mercies. But there isn’t a doubt in my mind where I stand in Christ. (Php 3:9)

My mother used to tell me, whenever I’d come home from school complaining about something this friend or that friend said, she’d say, “But they’re wrong.” That has solved more things in my life over the years.

Because the fact is, if you try to tell me God’s a myth, you’re wrong. If you try to say He doesn’t love everyone, you’re wrong. If you try to say my prayers aren’t heard and I shouldn’t expect an answer, you’re wrong. These are things I’ve already proven.

No government, political party, misled celebrity, confused Christian, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature can separate me from the love of God, in Christ, my Savior. (Rm 8:38-39)

I’ve sat at the table. I’ve eaten the meal. I HAVE THE RECEIPT. Written in the blood of Christ, paid for when He hung on the cross, sealed when He rose from the dead. I have witnesses, a cloud of them in heavenly places.

And here’s the best part – if you can’t say that, God is standing here with an outstretched hand waiting to do the same for you! Anyone who comes to Him, He won’t cast out. (Jn 6:37) 

I’ll take it even further. You don’t think you need Him. You’ve lived your life minus God this far. Perhaps, you’re the person trying to convince me to give up, to turn loose, to let go, to realize how wrong I am. I’m wrong frequently and have to admit it. I’m a work in progress, learning every day to be a better person than I was the day before, but in this – in God’s salvation – I’m not wrong at all.

I’ve already been there, hand-in-hand with Christ when He raised me from the lowest place. It wasn’t a freak accident. He didn’t do it for me because in my delusion I needed something to worship. He did it because He’s alive. He did it because He’s willing and able. He’s infinite unfathomable love.

All God, all powerful, all day. You can count on it.

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 She Loves Me in the Fall

Fed up with her life, Lorelai McDowell went back to college. Though she’s older than other students, it’s never too late to start over. She only needs to apply herself, and with enough dedication, she’ll earn her business degree.

Jarek Barrow took the job filling in for the school’s current business professor, happy to expand his horizons. He loves his home state, but, in light of his brothers’ recent marriages, needs to strike out on his own. He’ll make new friends, see new places.

Yet, tossed together unexpectedly, time and time again, her desire for success and his search for a new beginning might create the best thing of all. A chance to fall in love.

About The Author:

Suzanne D. WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit http://www.feelgoodromance.com or link with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SDWAuthor.

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Liberating Inner Eve

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Liberating Inner Eve

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Liberating Inner Eve

by Bozena Zawisz

Liberating Inner Eve

I wrote “Liberating Inner Eve” as a result of my encounters with female clients from a Christian background who struggle to find a sense of personal strength, high self-worth, love, and acceptance.

“Liberating Inner Eve” offers psychological insight around the impact of commonly found interpretations of the teachings of the Old Testament (in particular the Genesis account of Adam and Eve) and New Testament (the lifetime of Jesus), on various themes relevant to women’s daily lives, such as how they experience their identity, self-acceptance, and self-worth.

Every Chapter of this book includes simple exercises, encouraging readers to take time to review their thoughts and feelings, relating to a particular topic.

Through “Liberating Inner Eve” I long to share with others how empowering the Bible can be in helping women find self-love, self-acceptance, and personal strength.

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CrossReads Short Takes: How Do You Get Published? & Discovering Your Miracle Self

CrossReads Short Takes: How Do You Get Published? & Discovering Your Miracle Self

CrossReads Short Takes

How Do You Get Published?

by Celine Healy

How Do You Get Published?

This is a reference and practical guide for fiction writers and authors who want to learn the best and easist way to become a published author. The crux of this book is for fiction writers to know all of the costs of production so that they have total control over their book publication.

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Discovering Your Miracle Self

by Terri Main

Discovering Your Miracle Self

Each of us are unique individuals with a unique potential. God desires for each of us to live out that potential. Too many of us are trying to be someone we think we should be or someone else wanted us to be without taking time to discover God’s plan for who we should become. This series helps you discover your own MIRACLE self.

This series is good for both individual and group study. Assume a group lesson will take about an hour.

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Do You Love Tea Parties?

Do You Love Tea Parties?

by Rebekah Beene

I love tea parties. I always have. I even have a photo my mother took of me at about age 4. You guessed it. I was having a tea party in my room! Tea parties are such a lovely things and they never cause trouble or point to anything but happiness. All my favorite things.

But this morning I’m thinking about Martha Washington and all the other women of historical action figures like her husband. And I’ll tell you something. They were mighty women! They were strong and their prayers routed demons. How do I know this? Because the men they loved went to war. And the women who prayed didn’t just hold tea parties while they were gone. Martha’s man was in the frigid waters of the Delaware River and his troops were in very bad straits. He planned three crossings but they only made one. Who was with Him? The Lord. Who was praying? The wife.

Oh beloved, I understand your plight. You know what kind of mess your loved one is in. You know it’s impossible. You are afraid. You want to just hold tea parties and have fun with the girls but it’s war. The fear you are experiencing isn’t your outcome. We have all been there. I am there now. We have a wonderful outcome but we haven’t crossed the Delaware yet.

But God says to me and to you: “I understand you’re afraid. Start praying anyway. This is your walk out of fear and into faith.” Pray? I’ve been praying. You and I have loved ones who are in battles we can only see with our eyes, but they are experiencing the battle in their souls. Whether it’s your spouse or your adult child or your friend, this war is not over till God posts the victory flag. But that’s his intention. Victory is always your outcome. Don’t let fear choose the reality – fear is a henchman of satan and satan is always lying and he has taught his troops to lie. We are going to choose the Word of the Lord and we will pray it and pray faith and stay on the front lines of our own battlefield of prayer. We aren’t relenting. We aren’t wasting time wringing our hands or asking to be relieved of our duties. Don’t worry if in the midst of the battle your prayers change. For beloved, every battle is a season of change for every soldier of the Cross. We are all soldiers whether we like it or not. And we are all overcomers whether we believe it or not.

God loves you and He’s for you. You are the most instrumental warrior in your battleground. Don’t stop praying, don’t let fear win and rejoice that you’ve been called, chosen and enlisted. Thank the Lord for His answers ahead of time and keep pushing into the enemy’s camp. And shout out with a voice of triumph as you walk in the Light of God’s overwhelming victory for you.

Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

I Thessalonians 5:17-18 be unceasing and persistent in prayer; in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

I John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
Book Spotlight: A Light in the Dark

Book Spotlight: A Light in the Dark

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A Light in the Dark

by Becky Doughty

A Light in the Dark

I hated Sebastian almost the first moment I saw him. But then I started to love him while I still hated him, which made things a little complicated.

Him and that guitar.

On stage, Tish Ransome sings about heartache and passion, betrayal, and about love gone wrong… but she knows very little about any of it in real life. The rock star princess who swears like a pirate – literally – is loved and adored by family, friends, and fans alike, and her world is filled with good things, her future bright.

Behind the scenes, however, trouble is brewing. When Tom, her best friend and co-founder of the Marauders, tells her he’s leaving the band after graduation, Tish must find a new wingman to step into Tom’s hard-to-fill shoes. The moment she hears Sebastian Jeffries play, she knows he’s the one. Yet with Sebastian comes a taste of the things Tish only writes about, and she can’t resist the lure of the tortured artist. Sebastian, likewise, is drawn to Tish’s brilliance, but like a moth that hovers too close to the flames, is he killing himself just to be near her? Can Tish save Sebastian before it’s too late, or will he pull her down into the darkness with him?

NOTE: This book may contain triggers, due to the topic of domestic violence.

For fans of Rock ‘n’ Roll Romance, Wholesome Contemporary Romance, and Sweet College Romance.

Themes/Topics
*Clean romance
*Rock-star romance
*Contemporary romance
*College romance
*Domestic violence
*Homelessness
*Coming of age
*Romantic suspense
*Rock and roll, family life, orphan, murder, abuse, broken heart, street violence, hidden identity, and more.

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