Friday, December 23, 2016

Blog Tour: A Double Shot of Bourbon

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A Double Shot of Bourbon (Bourbon Series #2)

By: A.C. Land
Published: October 18, 2016
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Lonna Stuart is proud to be the most beautiful girl most people have ever seen. But on the inside she’s dying. Her mother’s grating comments and her boyfriend’s obsessive control are suffocating her.

There’s only one person who sees the real Lonna.

Son of the infamous Bourbon Butcher, Collin toes an invisible line of perfection; he’s a football prodigy; a hard working employee; and, what Lonna’s boyfriend considers, a retard. A slight stutter keeps Collin back from making too many friends, but he observes better than anyone, and he sees things most people miss. He sees the pain in Lonna’s eyes and the sadness in her frown. When she nearly drowns, Collin’s the only one willing to sacrifice himself to save her.

Inspired by Collin’s overwhelming kindness and drawn to the sheer greatness of him, Lonna begins to pull away from her asphyxiating life. But unbeknownst to both of them, Collin’s father, busy planning an epic escape from prison.

About the Author

Displaying AC_.jpgAuthor of the Bourbon series, A. C. Land has been a lover of stories since she first read about Peter Pan giving Wendy an acorn and teaching her to fly. She always dreamed of telling big stories about small towns.

Residing on a cattle farm in Missouri, A. C. loves playing with her rambunctious Jack Russell, Riley, making decorative cakes, taking pictures, drinking pumpkin spice coffee, and hanging out with her nephews.



My Thoughts

A Double Shot is the second book to A Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land, and I positively enjoyed reading it. The second book continues the story from Collin and Lonna's POV whereas the first book was from Luke and Charli's. I like the different perspectives the reader gets to experience. We get to see two people's POV in one book and the other is the other two characters POV. It provides alot more background info for each character and that was one of the things I liked about the books.

I loved seeing what kind of character Collin really was after reading about Luke and Charli, because Collin is this kind, really handsome looking good deed guy who has a slight stutter when he speaks. He is the opposite of Luke and it just was refreshing to read about a good guy who is not rich and took things for granted. Same goes for Lonna. She is Charli's bff and where Charli is a very cute and naive little one, Lonna is much more mature and thoughtful when it comes to thinking deeper. Both characters balance each other and the other characters out and I thought that was nicely done.

I give this book 3.5 stars and recommend it to anyone who loves a good contemporary YA romance.
  
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Blitz + Giveaway: Alterations


Alterations
by Stephanie Scott
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 6th 2016
Bloomsbury Spark

Summary from Goodreads:

If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they'd think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn't know that all the plans she's made for them are just dreams, and that she's the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.

When Amelia's abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can't imagine leaving Miami--and Ethan--for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan's awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.

As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The "new and improved" Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she'd have to make.

About the Author
Hello! I write Young Adult stories about teens who put their passions first. I'm an active member of Romance Writers of America and its online YA chapter YARWA, and I mentor writers in online pitch contests. I love dance fitness and cat memes, and Pinterest is driving me broke. I live outside of Chicago with my tech-of-all-trades husband. You can find me most often online on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA. My debut ALTERATIONS about a fashion-obsessed loner who reinvents herself releases 12/6/16 from Bloomsbury Spark, and I'm a contributor to the young adult short story anthology WELCOME HOME out in spring 2017.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Blitz + Giveaway: Shadow Fall


Shadow Fall
Audrey Grey
(Shadow Fall, #1)
Published by: Blaze Publishing
Publication date: November 22nd 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
The asteroid hurtling toward the earth will kill billions.
The Emperor and his Gold Court will be safe in their space station, watching from the stars. The Silvers will be protected underground. But the Bronzes must fight it out at the Shadow Trials for the few remaining spots left on the space station.
When an enigmatic benefactor hands Maia Graystone a spot in the Trials, she won’t just get a chance at salvation for her and her baby brother, Max: She gets to confront the mother who abandoned her in prison, the mad Emperor who murdered her father, and the Gold prince who once loved her. But it’s the dark bastard prince she’s partnered with that will make her question everything, including her own heart. With the asteroid racing closer every day, Maia must trust someone to survive.
The question is who?
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EXCERPT:
My legs wobble as I step into the now lukewarm water. I sink to the bottom. Tiny bubbles escape my nose as I watch all the ugly remnants from the last seven years leave my body.
Lungs burning, I rise and come face-to-face with Pit Boy.
I glare at him. “You really have to work on the knocking thing.”
Despite the fact that I’m indecent, his attention never falls from my face. I almost wish it would, just to give me a break from the intensity of his focus.
“I only get a few more hours to be the ‘one-eyed freak’ from the pit. Might as well take advantage.” He doesn’t dare crack a smile, so it’s hard to tell if he’s joking or serious.
“Don’t worry. In my heart, that’s exactly who you’ll always be.”
His words remind me that soon we’ll be reconstructed using forbidden nanotech. But it won’t just be our flesh they’ll reengineer. It will be our brains, too.
I don’t foresee my rewiring being too complicated, but Riser needs to upload almost twenty years of false memories. That will be tricky and time-consuming.
And time is the one thing we don’t have.
Riser flicks his gaze to the mirror. He lifts a hand, touches the patch of mottled flesh where his eye should be.
“How did it happen?” I ask.
“Careful, my lady.” His gaze settles on my face. “You’re beginning to sound like you care.”
I roll my eyes. “And I thought I was lacking in conversational skills.”
He focuses his attention on the graffiti sprayed across the mirror.
“It’s written language,” I blurt, even though all I want to do is end the conversation so Pit Boy can leave. His presence unnerves me more than the other Pit Leeches ever could. “It’s how we communicate.”
“I know what it is.” He examines his jagged thumbnail. “I just . . . can’t read it.”
“It’s just stuff about the Chosen. You know, insults.” The populace is finicky. As much as they love watching the Chosen with their petty intrigues and court life, they would be just as happy to see their heads on a pike.
“Chosen?”
Time to explain what you are, Everly, Nicolai’s voice grates inside my head. Riser’s eyes flutter just enough that I know he’s heard Nicolai’s voice too.
You do it, I think, watching Riser’s reaction. But his face remains emotionless; either he’s a good actor or only Nicolai can hear my response.
“The Royalist astronomers discovered the asteroid twenty-one years ago,” I begin. “It’s actually a slow moving planet called an earth-crosser, meaning its orbit and ours intersect every twenty-thousand years. Usually it’s too far away to affect us, but this time it will pass close enough to wreak havoc and make the earth uninhabitable for years.” I stir the water with my big toe. “Before I was born, the Emperor decided that creating a population of genetically superior humans would be a great idea, you know, just in case the Caskets don’t work or the asteroid does more damage than predicted.”
Riser’s hyper-focused gaze bores through me. “You’re one of them?”
“Yes.” I run my hand through the filthy water. “But my father’s a Bronze, so even though my mother comes from a Gold House, the Emperor only allowed them one Chosen instead of the customary twins. So it’s just me . . . not Max.”
“What makes being Chosen so special?”
“I don’t know . . .” I bite my lip, trying to remember everything my parents told me. “My genes are perfect, I guess.”
For some reason, talking about my body makes me remember that I am naked in a room with a boy. As if reading my mind, Riser slowly lets his gaze fall, his expression both curious and unapologetic as he takes me all in, his thoughts cryptic.
“What are you staring at?” I blurt, smashing my breasts beneath my hands. Not like there’s much there to cover. “Haven’t you seen a naked girl before?”
A smile twitches his lips. “Not one that’s genetically flawless.
“It doesn’t work that way! You can’t just look at us and tell. We look like everyone else—”
“No.” Riser shakes his head, a dark swath of hair covering his damaged eye. “You don’t. Whatever you are.”
“You must be happy . . . about our reconstruction, I mean,” I mumble, trying desperately to change the subject. “They’ll fix your eye . . . and . . . and all those horrible scars.”
I freeze as he slides off the counter, unable to look away as he hooks one finger beneath his shirt and lifts.
Scars ravage his anemic body in varying shades of red and silver and white. Some deep and pitted like the craters of a far-away planet, others smooth and neat. One particular nasty scar carves down his shoulder, tunneling across his chest and stomach. A fresh red wound nestles just below his throat.
He carefully touches the long ugly one. “I’m not ashamed for surviving.”


Author Bio:
Audrey Grey lives in the charming state of Oklahoma, with her husband, two little people, and four mischievous dogs. You can usually find her hiding out in her office from said little people and dogs, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for her characters to live in.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

By: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 5, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

My Thoughts

When I first heard of ACOTAR, I was pretty excited about it myself even when I've never read any of Sarah's books before. The summary sounded very interesting and the whole fairy tale inspired theme was grabbing my attention.

After months of waiting for the hype to go down, even after a year, it still wasn't long enough to not have my tumblr feed show up with all these old and new posts of ACOTAR and ACOMAF. I saw so many fanarts of some scenes from ACOMAF, and some of them were so beautifully drawn I couldn't handle waiting any longer. I went to my nearest library and picked up a copy to finally read this dang book.
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ACOTAR started off great, with great detail and atmosphere. I really felt like I was the main character and was immediately absorbed into the story. If I had to divide the book up into thirds, the first third of the book was, like I said, great. Two thirds into the book, the story was starting to get--uneventful. Nothing exciting was happening, and it felt like Feyre was slipping from the character that she once was in the beginning of the novel into the damsel in distress sort. That is until I got to the last third of the book, and all that reading paid off.

Katy Perry GIF Party reactions excited omg katy perryThose last few chapters were so intense and graphic, and just aksjdfhkasdflldj! Amarantha's wrathful scenes were pretty gruesome, and some crazy stuff went on under the mountain. It was just so well done without it being like "trying too hard to make it into this kind of scene."

avatar let shipping beginI'm gonna be honest and say that I was rooting for Feyre and Tamlin--in this book. For those of you who have read the second book, you know what I mean ;) I started ACOMAF and I'm bound to see loads more ships popping up.

I have to say, the writing is impeccable. No one was kidding when they said Sarah's book are worth five stars and made them feel all kinds of feels. I was one of them.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, is about sharing the books you got from a store, online, library, or friend. From anywhere and in any format--just share what books you've got:)

I got the second book in the Tiger's Curse series to re-read cuz I just love the first two books, and want to start over again before I continue on to the next books to finish the series.



Tiger's Quest 

(The Tiger Saga #2)

Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. Kelsey Hayes's eighteenth summer was crazy. The kind of crazy nobody would ever believe.

Aside From battling immortal sea monkeys and trekking the jungles of India, she fell in love with Ren, a 300-year-old prince.

When danger suddenly forces Kelsey on another Indian quest, with Ren's bad-boy brother, Kishan,the unlikely duo begins to question their true destiny. Ren's life hangs in the balance--so does the truth within Kelsey's heart.

I got After on a whim just because I've heard from so many people how good/bad it is, and at first I decided not to read it if it was that bad, but now I want to read it to see how it goes from my perspective.

After

(After #1)

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn't the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?

And then I got Insight from BookBub letting me know about the daily ebook deals. They had this ebook for free on Barnes & Noble and the cover + summary caught my interest.

Insight

(Web of Hearts and Souls #1)

Before that fateful summer night, Willow had balanced the insight of emotion, and the vivid images. That night, the figure in her nightmare marked her wrist with a star, giving her father no choice but to tell Willow a family secret that would abruptly change life, as she knew it, forever. Before Willow had time to absorb the shock of her father's secret, her soul mate that had shared every stunning dream with her, found her, and darkness captured her closest friends. In order to save them, she must weave through broken myths and the undeniable power of the Zodiac. In the end, Willow discovers that at the moment of our birth we are all given a divine gift.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review: The Dreamcatcher by E.J. Mellow

The Dreamcatcher (Dreamland #1.5)

By: E.J. Mellow
Published: February 26, 2016 by Four Eyed Owl
Goodreads | Amazon

He captured hearts and now he’s captured the spotlight.

Experience The Dreamcatcher, a novella comprised of scenes from The Dreamer told from Dev’s point of view, as well as seven extra scenes that did not appear in book one!

*This is a companion piece to The Dreamland Series and is to be read after The Dreamer for story consistency and spoilers.*



My Thoughts

The Dreamcatcher is told from Dev's POV from the first novel The Dreamer. If you haven't read The Dreamer yet, or even heard about it, definitely put it on your TBR list if you're into fantasy/romance and the concept of dreams being real, because it is such a well written story^^
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There were some scenes in this novel that weren't in the first book, which I thought was a nice addition instead of it being just like The Dreamer told from his side. 

It was a quick and short read, but equally as witty and charming as the first novel. I loved how we got to see what Dev was feeling and thinking, because from Molly's POV we see that he is a very likeable character with his sweet smile, magnetic blue eyes, and a funny yet very caring and kind personality. Reading about him and getting to know more about Dev made the story feel more complete and made me love him even more<3  

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, is about sharing the books you got from a store, online, library, or friend. From anywhere and in any format--just share what books you've got:)

So I got two books recently, and one of them is Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon. I got a copy of it from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I love it when BookLook has a new YA book out for reviews. I love the selections they have and can't wait for future books from them^_^

Gilt Hollow


Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.

The other book I got is Heng Mountain by Mike Robinson. I got this one from netgalley :D The cover caught my attention (nuff said).

Heng Mountain


In the seventeenth century guardians protected China’s most precious secrets – teachings that could change the course of its history. When the Manchu tribe invade and march to the Great Wall of China, the legends of these secrets send Jun, a young man from the southern Hunan province, to find and protect them.
From the first day his mother had held Jun, she wanted to share all that she knew of their province with him, but she died when he was a young boy. His father whispered her words of wisdom to him every night, but hid his family’s knowledge of the ancient teachings, until the Manchu soldiers advanced upon their village.
With hope lost, and freedom being surrendered to the murdering Manchu leader, Jun fights with destiny to win back his province, but without an army of men, or weapons, he needs more than just his mother’s wisdom to defeat the enemy. Jun must find the inner strength of a great mountain…

Friday, October 21, 2016

Blitz + Giveaway: The Sophisticates


The Sophisticates Trilogy
by Christine Manzari
Genre: YA Dystopian
Release Date: October 17th 2016

Summary:

After a terrorist attack that caused more than 29 million deaths in the US, the government created the Sophisticates—genetically modified children designed to become the perfect soldiers. The Sophisticates were given abilities that made them faster, smarter, and stronger. The only thing they weren’t given was freedom.

But is anything ever truly perfect?

Seventeen-year-old Cleo has been a Sophisticate her entire life. When she begins to exhibit the ability to cause things to explode with merely a thought, she’s sent to the Academy to develop her deviation. She soon learns that there are other Sophisticates like her, Deviants with lethal skills.

Immersed in a deadly game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the golden boy of the Sophisticates program, insists that Cleo should abandon training her deviation. His fierce interest in Cleo only makes her more determined to avoid him.

As Cleo is pulled deeper into her role as a human weapon, all she truly wants is to be free, but there's more danger than she ever realized. There are some things that even the government doesn’t know and when the mistakes of the past are revealed and the Deviants start fighting back, no one is safe.

Fans of X-men and The Darkest Minds will enjoy this dystopian trilogy.



On sale at Amazon for only $0.99 until the end of October!


Individual Books in the Series (click on images for Goodreads links):
  

Excerpt

1. SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION

Access Denied.

What did I do wrong? This worked earlier. I was in earlier.

I tried again, starting over and going through the same process, wishing I had
downloaded the files when I first found them.

Why didn’t I do that?

My fingers angrily attacked the keyboard, searching for a way back to those secure files.

Sitting cross-legged on my bed with the laptop nestled on the pillow, I could feel the
panic rising in my chest. All the work I’d done the last few weeks. All the time spent hunched
over these keys. All the meals missed. All the lies told. I finally found a way in and now I was
locked out again. Why?

Tap. Tap. Tap. My fingers briefly hovered over the keys, then I clicked enter and held my
breath.

Access Denied.

The letters were small and innocent as they spanned across the screen, but I felt the
accusation in their simplicity and I felt warm. Too warm.

I punched the bed on either side of my legs with my fists, fighting the urge to scream in
frustration. The laptop slid off the back of the pillow, falling on the mattress with the keyboard
straight up in the air. It looked like a beetle trapped on its back. If I weren’t so angry, I would’ve
laughed. Instead, I glared at the offending words on the screen as if they were to blame.

Access Denied.

Two little words with so much power. I would just have to try again. There was a way in.
There was always a way in. I slid my hands through my hair, and then rubbed my palms along
the side of my face as I stared at the bed. Thinking. There was a way. There had to be a way.

The unmistakable “ping” of the computer let me know that a new email had arrived.

“What is it this time?” I mumbled, pulling the laptop back up to its pillow perch. More
limits to solve? Professor Garner was notorious for sending extra homework right before Lights
Out and I’d noticed earlier that the workload was lighter than usual. I seriously hoped it wasn’t
an email from Garner; I was in no mood for Calculus.

When my eyes found the new email sitting in the email box, I could feel my confusion
crease into a tight “V” in the skin between my eyes. It wasn’t from Garner, it was from a
Program Security Advisor. I’d never gotten anything like that before, but given the fact that I’d
been trying to hack into password protected Program files only moments before, I knew it wasn’t
good.

An unruly chunk of hair dangled in front of my eyes and I tucked it behind my ear,
wishing I could ignore the email. Sweat trickled down my temple and slid down the side of my
face to my neck.

I was so unbelievably hot right now.

I licked my lips, knowing I couldn’t put it off any longer. I clicked the link, cringing,
expecting the worst.

————————————————
Subject: Genetic Donors
Date: Sun, 17 Sept 10:29
From: J.M., Program Security Advisor
To: Dracone, Clementine

Dear Ms. Dracone,

It has come to our attention that you have been accessing Program files that you are not
authorized to view. We have since fixed this issue and you will no longer be able to gain
access to top secret information. Your genetic donors are not your concern and it is
imperative that you cease and desist all efforts to discover their identities. It is not in your
best interest, or theirs, to be privy to this information. You are property of the Program
and need to accept the fact that your future is that of a Sophisticate.

As punishment for your indiscretions, your Internet privileges have been revoked until
further notice. Internet access will only be given under the supervision of a Professor
until we determine that you can be trusted.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,
Program Security Advisor, J.M.
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Property? Property?

My hands were shaking. My blood was on fire and my skin was crawling as if my insides
were actually boiling. Air. I needed air. I tried to crawl off the bed and get to the window, but the
words from the email were blazing through me—a bellowing inferno of indignation.

Donors.

Cease and Desist.

Property.

Punishment.

Indiscretions.

Revoked.

Trusted.

My hands covered my ears as the words screamed through my head. Or was I screaming?

Pressure was building inside me and I just wanted to let it go, to feel relief. It was too
much. I was too hot.

Exhale.

The computer exploded, throwing flaming plastic and metal across the bed. The
television answered with its own death, spewing its fiery innards onto the desk and floor, igniting
the carpet instantly. The rage in my chest echoed like a heartbeat and with each pulse, something
in the room burst into flames. In less than a minute, I was surrounded by broken and burning bits
of my room, all of them melting or on fire. A small untouched circle of floor under my feet was
my haven, my island in the disaster. Flames raced up the drapes, licking at the ceiling as shards
of glass from the window fell inward with an eerie tinkling.

I stared in disbelief, unable to move, as the room burned around me and smoke curled to
the ceiling like agitated ghosts. The goldfish flopped helplessly among the wet rubble of his
shattered home. Pictures hanging on the wall curled up in the heat, catching flame and falling to
the floor in large, ashy flakes.

What had I done?

About the Author
The first thing Christine does when she's getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She's addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeinated, bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books. 

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