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SALE: A Layer Hidden by Candace Robinson

Title: A Layer Hidden
Author: Candace Robinson
Length: 22 pages
Publication Date: January 24, 2020

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Summary:

Moving to another planet should be easy, right? For Bree, she believed this to be true. But when something sinister wakes aboard her spacecraft, Bree and her family discover that surviving passage through space will be anything but easy.

A Layer Hidden is a short story with a hint of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

 

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My Review
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This is a creepy, twilight zone-ish type of story. I loved it!! One minute your reading this sweet little SciFi-ish story and then, whoa, it gets creeeepy!!

Robinson did a great job on this. The way she fed this story out to us little by little, it is pure genius! Itโ€™s a lot of fun (in a creepy way) and really sticks with you. This is definitely one of those stories you will never forget!!

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Release Blitz: The Harder You Fall (Rixon Raiders Book 3) by L.A. Cotton

The Harder You Fall Release Day Blitz!ย 

 

๐—–๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€, ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฟ๐˜†, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—น๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†.๐—š๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜† … ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜†!!!!

 

The Harder You Fall by L A Cotton is LIVE!!!

 

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๐—”๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ:

 

๐— ๐˜†๐—ฎ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜‡ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€.

 

The kind that run deep and leave marks.
Rixon is only supposed to be a temporary place to hide, but it’s quickly becoming something more.ย 
She’s almost certain it has nothing to do with the blond-haired, blue-eyed football player who makes her laugh. Who makes her believe in fairy tales again.
Even if she knows her life is destined to be nothing more than a tragedy.

 

๐—”๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€.

 

Not the scandalous kind, but the ones that fester, slowly eating away at your soul.
On the face of it, he’s Mr Popular, always down for a party and causing a little mayhem.ย 
But on the inside, he just wants someone to see him. Really see him. Too bad the one girl who sees past his facade has already friend-zoned him.ย 
It’s probably for the best though.

 

She’s different.
A fighter.
She’s everything he wants but can never have.

 

Until Mya’s past and Asher’s present collide in ways neither of them saw coming.

 

I ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚โ€™๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ.

 

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ABOUT LA COTTON:

 

Angsty. Edgy. Addictive Romance

 

Author of mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.

 

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when sheโ€™s not camped out in front of the laptop) youโ€™ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

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L A loves connecting with readers. The best places to find her are:

 

 

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Review: The Harder You Fall (Rixon Raiders book 3) by L.A. Cotton

Title: The Harder You Fall (Rixon Raiders book 3)
Series: Rixon Raiders Trilogy
Author: L.A. Cotton
Publication Date: January 7, 2020

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Summary:

Cocky football players, school rivalry, and the girls who get in their way. Get ready โ€ฆ The Raiders are back for one final play!

Mya Hernandez has scars.

The kind that run deep and leave marks.
Rixon is only supposed to be a temporary place to hide, but it’s quickly becoming something more.
She’s almost certain it has nothing to do with the blond-haired, blue-eyed football player who makes her laugh. Who makes her believe in fairy tales again.
Even if she knows her life is destined to be nothing more than a tragedy.

Asher Bennet has secrets.

Not the scandalous kind, but the ones that fester, slowly eating away at your soul.
On the face of it, he’s Mr Popular, always down for a party and causing a little mayhem.
But on the inside, he just wants someone to see him. Really see him. Too bad the one girl who sees past his facade has already friend-zoned him.
It’s probably for the best though.

She’s different.
A fighter.
She’s everything he wants but can never have.

Until Mya’s past and Asher’s present collide in ways neither of them saw coming.

And suddenly the thing you need most is the very thing youโ€™re supposed to hate.

The Harder You Fall is the third book in The Rixon Raiders series. All books in this series can be read as standalones!

The Trouble With You
The Game You Play
The Harder You Fall

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Review:

ANGSTY, EDGY, GUT WRENCHING, and OHHH SOOOO ROMANTIC!!!!!

Itโ€™s so bittersweet, the ending of the Rixon Raiders series. Each book just made me love it more and more. The characters are written with such depth, I loved to love them and loved to hate them!!

The Harder You Fall is the perfect ending to a phenomenal series!!! OMG, this book!!! Asher and Mya are my favorite love story!! Itโ€™s so real, so raw and just sooo beautiful!! Two totally different kinds of people whose souls were exactly the same. Soulmates through and through!!!

LA, as long as you keep writing these amazing stories, I will keep buying and reading them!!! Iโ€™m looking forward to more of Black Hearts Still Beat!!!

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Book Tour: Last To Love (Moonlight Rogues 4) by Alexa Whitewolf

Today we’re celebrating the upcoming release of Last to Love by Alexa Whitewolf! Read on for an exclusive sneak peek, and a chance to win a signed copy of the book!

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Last to Love (Moonlight Rogues #4)

Expected Publication Date: December 31st, 2019

Genre: Paranormal/ Shapeshifter Romance

Heโ€™s the last one standingโ€ฆ So they sent the best one to break him.

Lucasโ€‹

Love is for fools. I left all that wuss shit behind, and no fairy-like, smiling godmother will change my mind. Iโ€™ve got enough on my mind with a beta pushing my buttons and a town to keep safe. Never mind these urges inside me surfacing again, when I thought Iโ€™d buried them for good. โ€‹

My wolves are falling in amore like bowling pins, and no amount of reasoning will make them stop. Now the third oneโ€™s gone over the moon, and they all expect me to be the last to love.โ€‹

Only, theyโ€™ve got another thing coming. โ€˜Cause the only way Iโ€™m falling in love? Is over my dead body.โ€‹

Excerpt

Monica

I donโ€™t know why the end of that scene still bothers me hours later. What is it about Lucasโ€™ pack thatโ€™s already gotten under my skin? And how did Finn know about my lies?

My cell rings just as I finish bandaging my wounds. Ileana might have taken the herbs Iโ€™d brought for Lucas, but my medicinal ones were in another bag. And thankfully, too. With the infusion I prepared and the clean towel wrapped around it, Iโ€™ll be good. By the morning, itโ€™ll be more healed, and Iโ€™ll have full use of my leg by the dayโ€™s end tomorrow.

The ring of my phone grows more incessant. I heave a sigh, reach out for it โ€“ and then thereโ€™s a knock on my door.

Between that and the call, I choose the door. Iโ€™m wearing shorts with a heavy sweater over them, so hopefully whoever it is wonโ€™t mind my atrocious sense of fashion.

As it so happens, itโ€™s none other than Luciano there. Arm resting against the door frame, glaring at me darkly like Iโ€™m the cause of all his problems. โ€œWhy did you help out Finn?โ€

I roll my eyes and walk back in, leaving the door open. โ€œYou really need to work on communication with your wolves. I told Finn why โ€“ because I didnโ€™t realize Elle had magic. Iโ€ฆwanted to make sure she didnโ€™t get hurt.โ€

When he says nothing, I add, โ€œLuciano โ€“โ€

โ€œLucas.โ€

โ€œFine, Lucas. I know youโ€™re making me into being the bad guy here, but what harm will it do to see your father? Just once. Heโ€™s sick, he doesnโ€™t have long to liveโ€ฆโ€

He steps forward then, as if a decision has been made. โ€œNon ti credo. Your words are lies, thatโ€™s why he sent you. But thatโ€™s not what I came here for.โ€ Another step, and his gaze heats in warning. That crackling electricity is back between us โ€“ and heโ€™s dropping his mouth on mine.

Iโ€™ve been kissed before. Some, very skilled. But this isโ€ฆ possession. There is no other way to explain it. Lucas takes charge of my mouth and my body like he owns it, and in that moment, he does.

Will be available on Amazon December 31st!

The Moonlight Rogue Series

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About the Author

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Alexa Whitewolf is a fiction writer, newspaper columnist of daily issues and author of the critically acclaimed Moonlight Rogues shifter series.

Alexa has been a lifelong writer and first began creating other worlds and characters at the ripe age of 12. Growing up in the Transylvania region surrounded by epic mountains and a never ending stream of legends and stories was bound to create an overactive imagination. This shines through Ms. Whitewolf’s writing by creating worlds filled with unique folklore, life wisdom and plenty of furry creatures.

An avid traveler, Alexa writes under a penname and spends her days between an office job and writing, in Canada’s capital when she’s not flying somewhere with lush landscapes and plenty of hiking trails.

Her series focus on strong heroines, kind yet sexy men, fights of good and evil and the never-ending learning curve of humanity’s strong – and weak – points. Romanian folklore is intertwined with her writing, more notably in her shifter romance series, the Moonlight Rogues. Her other series draw on world mythology, such as the Avalon myth and Arthurian legend (the Avalon Chronicles) and Ancient Egypt (The Sage’s Legacy).

You can follow her blog at http://www.alexawhitewolf.com/blog or on social media. Her column in Observatorul also tackles various issues, including health, technology, and a writer’s life.

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Review: Last To Love (Moonlight Rogues 4) by Alexa Whitewolf

Title: Last To Love (Moonlight Rogues #4)
Author: Alexa Whitewolf
Series: Moonlight Rogues
Publication Date: December 31, 2019

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Summary:

Heโ€™s the last one standingโ€ฆ So they sent the best one to break him.

Lucasโ€‹

Love is for fools. I left all that wuss shit behind, and no fairy-like, smiling godmother will change my mind. Iโ€™ve got enough on my mind with a beta pushing my buttons and a town to keep safe. Never mind these urges inside me surfacing again, when I thought Iโ€™d buried them for good. โ€‹

My wolves are falling in amore like bowling pins, and no amount of reasoning will make them stop.

Now the third oneโ€™s gone over the moon, and they all expect me to be the last to love.โ€‹

Only, theyโ€™ve got another thing coming.

โ€˜Cause the only way Iโ€™m falling in love?

Is over my dead body.โ€‹

Monicaโ€‹

One more job, they said. One tiny thing I have to do, to bring the prodigal son back home in the warm arms of his beloved family. They said it would be easy. They gave me all the tools.

But the minute Iโ€™m facing Lucas, I know all those plans have just failed. Burned, thrown out the window, type of failed. Aโ€‹nd I fully expect heโ€™ll throw me out on my ass.

So why is it heโ€™s suddenly more interested in getting me in bed, rather than exiled? And what happens when I fall for it, but itโ€™s too late to stop the events Iโ€™ve set into motion? โ€‹

*Book IV in a paranormal shifter series filled with werewolves of all kinds, feisty females who stand up to them, and enough suspense to make it interesting. Can be read as a standalone for the romance, but for a better experience itโ€™s suggested you read the full series first.*

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Review:

Last To Love was SO MUCH MORE than I expected! When it ended I wanted to just sit and start the series all over again!!

This is one of those stories that you can’t get enough of. These characters are totally made for each other. Their story is one of those that absorbs you, has your heart tingling and you become obsessed with them. Actually itโ€™s the same for each book in this series.

Lucas, who is the main character in this book, has always been my favorite of the wolves. Although I do love them all! He is a STRONG Alpha, and comes from so much turmoil in his past that he has never come to terms with, and he has started losing control gradually through the series. Well in his story it is time for him to face the past. ALL THE FEELS FOR EVERYTHING HE GOES THROUGH!!!!!

Monica is from Lucasโ€™ fathers pack, although she wants out. She is a fiery woman and when she and Lucas come together, it is HOT!!! I came to really like Monica as her story is told. She is drawn to the pack, especially Lucas, and she wants the kind of pack relationship that they have. Lucasโ€™ father sent her there to bring Lucas home. But she doesnโ€™t realize his true intentions until itโ€™s too late.

This book wrapped up the series so perfectly. This is definitely a favorite series for me!! Itโ€™s a different kind of werewolf story, with more than just werewolves too! Read the series, especially if you enjoy a really good paranormal romance with lots of action and mythology. Be sure to start with Moonlight Rogues: Origins, it is a novella that introduces each wolf and where they come from, geographically and their tumultuous past.

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Double Cover Reveal: RISE & RULE by L.A. Cotton

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๐ŸŽธDOUBLE ๐—–๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—”๐—Ÿ๐ŸŽธ
We’re excited to bring you the cover reveal for Rise: The Interlude, and Rule: The Finale, the final two books in Eva and Rafeโ€™s story, from the Black Hearts Still Beat series by bestselling author L A Cotton
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โœ” Angsty
โœ” Rock star romance
๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ, ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜†๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ.
RISE: The Interlude (Black Hearts Still Beat #2)
๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ 18, ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ
RULE: The Finale (Black Hearts Still Beat #3)
๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ญ (๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜‰๐˜ˆ)
๐—”๐——๐—— ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—š๐—ข๐—ข๐——๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—”๐——๐—ฆ
๐ŸŽธ๐—š๐—œ๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—”๐—ช๐—”๐—ฌ๐ŸŽธ
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๐ŸŽธ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ง ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ฆ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ฆ
๐˜๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ข ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜™๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ: ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ (๐˜‰๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต #1)
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Evangeline Walker knows how quickly everything can change.
But nothing can prepare her for the moment she meets Rafe Hunter.
Intense gray eyes.
Wicked smile.
Tattoos inked on his skin just begging to be touched.ย 
Those arenโ€™t the reasons Eva should stay away from him though.
The fact heโ€™s the bassist for Americaโ€™s hottest rock band is the reason she should run and never look back.
Everyone knows the greatest love stories all start somewhere.
… this is their beginning.
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About LA Cotton
Author of mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.
Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when sheโ€™s not camped out in front of the laptop) youโ€™ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.
L A loves connecting with readers, and you can find her at:
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Release Boost: RUSH by L.A. Cotton

RUSH ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฆ๐—˜ ๐—•๐—ข๐—ข๐—ฆ๐—ง!
โ€œ๐™„ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™๐™ช๐™จ๐™, ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™‡๐˜ผ ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™Ÿ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™–๐™™๐™š ๐™ข๐™š ๐™›๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™– ๐™๐™ค๐™˜๐™ ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ง ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ก๐™š๐™›๐™ฉ ๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ง๐™š.โ€ ~ Queen of the Books 18
Rush (Black Hearts Still Beat: The Beginning) is live!!!
Don’t miss this angsty, emotional rock star romance from L A Cotton
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RUSH: The Beginning (Black Hearts Still Beat #1)
Audio: coming soon
๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—ข๐—ฅ๐——๐—˜๐—ฅย 
RISE: The Interlude (Black Hearts Still Beat #2)
๐—”๐—•๐—ข๐—จ๐—ง ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—•๐—ข๐—ข๐—žย 
๐™๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™–๐™™ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™๐™ค๐™˜๐™ , ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™จ ๐™– ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ก๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š.
Evangeline Walker knows how quickly everything can change.
But nothing can prepare her for the moment she meets Rafe Hunter.
Intense gray eyes.
Wicked smile.
Tattoos inked on his skin just begging to be touched.ย 
Those arenโ€™t the reasons Eva should stay away from him though.
The fact heโ€™s the bassist for Americaโ€™s hottest rock band is the reason she should run and never look back.
Everyone knows the greatest love stories all start somewhere.
… this is their beginning.

 

ABOUT LA COTTON:

 

Angsty. Edgy. Addictive Romance

 

Author of mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.

 

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when sheโ€™s not camped out in front of the laptop) youโ€™ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

 

L A loves connecting with readers. The best places to find her are

 

 


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Release Blitz: RUSH by L.A. Cotton

RUSH Release Day Blitz!
๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—–๐—ž ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—”๐—ฅ ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐— ๐—”๐—ก๐—–๐—˜ ๐—”๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—งย 
๐™๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™–๐™™ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™๐™ค๐™˜๐™ , ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™จ ๐™– ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ก๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š.
The first book in a brand new emotional and angsty new adult romance series from L A Cotton is live!!!
Head over to L A’s page to win a Black Hearts Book Box >>> http://bit.ly/rushgiveaway
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RUSH: The Beginning (Black Hearts Still Beat #1)
Audio: coming soon
๐—ฃ๐—ฅ๐—˜-๐—ข๐—ฅ๐——๐—˜๐—ฅย 
RISE: The Interlude (Black Hearts Still Beat #2)
Goodreads: bit.ly/BHSBRise
๐—”๐—•๐—ข๐—จ๐—ง ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—•๐—ข๐—ข๐—žย 
๐™๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ฎ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™—๐™–๐™™ ๐™—๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™๐™ค๐™˜๐™ , ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™จ ๐™– ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ก๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š.
Evangeline Walker knows how quickly everything can change.
But nothing can prepare her for the moment she meets Rafe Hunter.
Intense gray eyes.
Wicked smile.
Tattoos inked on his skin just begging to be touched.ย 
Those arenโ€™t the reasons Eva should stay away from him though.
The fact heโ€™s the bassist for Americaโ€™s hottest rock band is the reason she should run and never look back.
Everyone knows the greatest love stories all start somewhere.

… this is their beginning.

MY REVIEW:
COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN!!! I canโ€™t get enough of Eva and Rafe. They are such in depth characters, this prequel barely scratched the surface. I canโ€™t wait for more. Not to mention the members of the band. They all have something dark theyโ€™ve been through, from what I can tell. Iโ€™m so happy that this is Black Hearts Still Beat: The beginning, because I NEED MORE!!
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EXCERPT:

โ€œI made you some hot chocolate.โ€ He offered me the mug and I took a sip, the smooth rich liquid warming my insides.
โ€œHow very rock star of you.โ€ย 
โ€œI try.โ€ His gray eyes twinkled with laughter. โ€œCome here.โ€ย 
I went to Rafe, and he eased the mug out of my hand, placing it on the ledge. His long fingers brushed my jaw, moving along my neck and into my hair as he tilted my face up to his. โ€œIโ€™ve wanted to do this again all night.โ€ย 
My hands wound around his neck as he kissed me, his lips brushing over mine with a heated desperation I felt right down to my toes. We stumbled back as Rafeโ€™s hand slipped to the small of my back pushing me closer as he pressed me against the wall.
โ€œRafeโ€ฆโ€ I panted and he broke the kiss.
โ€œYou want me to stop?โ€ His eyes searched mine, his pupils blown with lust.
โ€œN- no.โ€
โ€œThank fuck.โ€ He dived for me again, attacking my mouth with fervent need. One of his hands slid to my throat, stroking the skin there, his lips chasing his fingers. Sucking and biting, sending shocks of pleasure zinging through me.
โ€œWhere have you been all my life?โ€ Rafe whispered into my neck, his words so low I wasnโ€™t sure they were for me. But Iโ€™d heard them. Like a gunshot to the heart theyโ€™d impacted me.
It was crazy.
We didnโ€™t know each other. We didnโ€™t know any of the important stuff. But I was falling. Hurtling towards the ground hoping, praying, heโ€™d be there to catch me.
โ€œEva, tell me what you want?โ€ He lifted his face, eyes dark and stormy and so full of need. I swallowed hard.
โ€œThis.โ€ I pulled his face to mine, kissing him deeply, rubbing myself against him shamelessly. His mouth curved, and he pushed his head to mine, forcing me further against the wall. My hands pressed at my sides, steadying myself as he hooked one of his hands under my thigh, hitching my leg around his hip. I could feel him thick and hard beneath his jeans, but I wasnโ€™t ready for that.

 

ABOUT LA COTTON:
Angsty. Edgy. Addictive Romance
Author of mature young adult and new adult novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.
Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when sheโ€™s not camped out in front of the laptop) youโ€™ll most likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.
L A loves connecting with readers. The best places to find her are

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Release Blitz & My Review: Devilโ€™s Gate Trilogy Boxset by Grace White


Devilโ€™s Gate Trilogy Release Blitz!
The Devilโ€™s Gate trilogy, a ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜† ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ by Grace White, featuring a brooding vampire, an alpha wolf, and a cunningย  faerie you wonโ€™t have to choose between, is LIVE and only 99 pennies!!!! Available in both eBook and audio!

 

๐Ÿต๐Ÿต๐—ฐ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜†!
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Audio Links:
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MY REVIEW

I loved everything about this trilogy. The world, the characters, storyline, the heartbreak and the love. It had itโ€™s dark moments, with good reason, but it also had lighter moments full of love, friendship and laughter.

The RH part of it was so well done. I swooned so much. Itโ€™s hard to pick a favorite, but if I was forced I would pick Gage. But each guy was so wonderful in his so way and so good to Celeste.

As much as I hated the series the end, it had a satisfying and wonderful conclusion. If you love Paranormal RH and havenโ€™t checked this one out, I highly recommend you do! I hope to see more from Grace White.

 

Excerpt:
โ€œWe have to go back for Lucas. Take me back, now.โ€ I grabbed at Gageโ€™s sweater, tears streaming down my face.
โ€œBreathe, little witch.โ€ He pulled me into his chest. โ€œBreathe.โ€
โ€œBut heโ€ฆ the vampiresโ€ฆโ€
โ€œLucas will be fine.โ€ His hand cupped the back of my head.
โ€œHe will?โ€ I eased out of his grip, craning my neck to see his eyes. Needing to see honesty there.
โ€œI promise.โ€
โ€œWhat was that back there?โ€ It had been a blur, but Iโ€™d seen the burst of power. Felt it before Gage got us out of there.
โ€œThat was Fae magic. The Riverbank is protected by wards, protection spells. They keep unwanted visitors out.โ€
โ€œI didnโ€™t know.โ€ I was beginning to realize I didnโ€™t know a lot of things.
โ€œYou didnโ€™t exactly come with an instruction manual, Celeste. And we didnโ€™t want to overwhelm you. Telling you about the wards didnโ€™t seem important at the time.โ€
โ€œLucas will really be okay?โ€
Gage backed up, giving me space, and ran a hand down his face. โ€œHeโ€™ll be fine. If he needed help, he would have called for it. But there is none more powerful than Lucas.โ€
My shoulders sagged with relief.
โ€œYou really care about him, donโ€™t you?โ€ Gage asked tightly.
โ€œIโ€ฆ I canโ€™t explain it. Itโ€™s like you came along and all I saw was you. My heart became yours. But then spending time with Lucas, a small part became his too.โ€
He inhaled a ragged breath and looked to the sky. I went to him, hating the distance between us. Sliding my hands up his chest, I looped my arms around his neck and demanded his attention. โ€œIt doesnโ€™t change how I feel about you, Gage.โ€
โ€œSharing is not in my nature, little witch.โ€ He smoothed his thumb down my cheek and over my bottom lip. โ€œWhen I think of you with another, I want toโ€”โ€
โ€œSsh.โ€ I silenced him with a kiss. โ€œIโ€™m not asking you to share.โ€
At least, I didnโ€™t think I was.
Lucas and I were more friends. It wasnโ€™t explosive and passionate the way it was with me and Gage, but I had felt something with him earlier. Gage broke the kiss, staring down at me. Slowly his mask of composure slid back into place and I knew this conversation was over.
For now.
โ€œWe should get moving. Once youโ€™re settled with the wolves, Iโ€™ll make sure Lucas is okay and then pay Gerard another visit. Dahlia needs to be taken care of once and for all.โ€
โ€œYouโ€™re not leaving me here!โ€ I shrieked.
โ€œItโ€™s just until things with Dahlia calm down. She wonโ€™t stop, Celeste. Not until she has what she wants.โ€
โ€œAnd what does she want Gage? Meโ€ฆ or you?โ€
He blew out an exasperated breath, rubbing his temples. โ€œCome on. The sentries have picked up our scents.โ€ Gage set off toward the bayou. Last time weโ€™d been here, we came in through the main street, but this time we were already deep in wolf territory.
We hadnโ€™t gotten twenty feet when Jaxon Gallant burst out of the trees. โ€œBloodsucker, these visits are becoming a far too regular occurrence.โ€
โ€œIs Laken around?โ€
โ€œHeโ€™s out at his cabin. Whatโ€™s this all about?โ€ Jaxon moved into Gageโ€™s space and the air around us charged with tension.ย 
Fed up with being surrounded by men who insisted on treating me like nothing more than a damsel in distress, I stomped past them both and called, โ€œWhile the two of you figure out whose dick is bigger, Iโ€™m going to find Laken.โ€
Jaxon snickered while Gage rushed up beside me. โ€œWe were notโ€”โ€
โ€œSave it. Iโ€™m hungry, tired, and I donโ€™t have the energy to argue with you.โ€ย 
He stepped in front of me, cutting off my route. โ€œWhy didnโ€™t you say something?โ€
I met Gageโ€™s concerned gaze and grimaced. โ€œIโ€™m fine. Come on, letโ€™s get this over with.โ€
โ€œIt must be bad if youโ€™re running here.โ€ Jaxon fell into step on my other side.ย 
โ€œItโ€™sโ€”โ€
โ€œCeleste.โ€ Gageโ€™s voice was grave. โ€œWe should wait until we speak with Laken.โ€
โ€œMy brother doesnโ€™t keep things from me.โ€ The younger Gallant puffed out his chest.
Gage raised a brow at that. Thankfully, the dense trees began to clear, and I spotted Lakenโ€™s cabin in the distance. He was out front, shirtless, chopping wood. As we drew nearer, I could make out the ripple of his muscles as he swung the axe down, splitting the huge logs clean in half.
โ€œYouโ€™ve got a little drool,โ€ Jaxon mocked. โ€œRight there.โ€ He reached for me, but I batted his hand away, feeling my cheeks heat.
Gage growled beside me and when I slid my guilty eyes to his, I said, โ€œI canโ€™t help it. Heโ€™s right there and heโ€™s half-naked. Iโ€™d be crazy not to notice all that.โ€ I waved my hand in Lakenโ€™s direction.
I was playingโ€”for the most partโ€”but it didnโ€™t stop my jealous vampire from stalking off ahead of me.ย 
โ€œThink you pissed him off.โ€ Jaxon didnโ€™t bother trying to tamp down the amusement in his voice.
โ€œHeโ€™ll get over it,โ€ I said, feeling smug to have Gage at my mercy for once.
By the time we reached Gage and Laken, they hadnโ€™t killed each other. I took that as a positive sign.
โ€œLook what the wolf dragged in.โ€ Jaxon slung his arm around my neck. โ€œGet it? Wolf?โ€ He howled with laughter, but his brother and Gage looked anything but amused.
โ€œJaxon,โ€ Laken barked. โ€œPlease remove your arm from the Regentโ€™s neck.โ€
Not Celeste.
Not even girl.
Just the Regent.
I bristled.ย 

 

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About Grace White:
Grace White is the paranormal pseudonym of romance writer, L A Cotton.
She resides in the UK with her family, and lives for binge watching series on her Firestick, losing herself in a good book, and reliving her younger days through trashy teenage movies … not necessarily in that order.
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Veiled By Desire by Candace Robinson – Interview & Excerpt

In Laith, when the moons are high, Tavarra is allowed to walk the land as a human for one day, losing her seahorse-like tail. But should she remain out of the water, a curse will overtake her, turning her into a beast with sharp fangs and long claws. A EA28E0E2-6B00-44B2-8600-C0EEFAA66A4Cbeast that, on some nights, takes the shape of a rampaging, uncontrollable monster.

Rhona, along with her village, are under a sinister leaderโ€™s control. Their leader has taken Rhona from the boy she loves, stripped away her abilities and, under the threat of killing everyone she loves, forces her on a dangerous task to retrieve a dark prism that will increase his already massive powers.

When Tavarra and Rhona cross paths, they discover they need each other. Rhona knows how to help the cursed sea creature, while Tavarra knows where to find the dark prism. They embark on a mission that could help them break Tavarraโ€™s spell and save Rhonaโ€™s family and village. But with an untamable beast inside Tavarra, nothing is certain…

BUY VEILED BY DESIRE ATย AMAZON

Candace Robinson

Candace spends her days consumed by words and hoping to one day find her own DeLorean time machine. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, watching classic movies, and living with her husband and daughter in Texasโ€”where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next! Now letโ€™s find out how this very versatile writer ticks:

Hi Candace,

BookDragonGirlDoes writing energize or exhaust you?

Candace Robinson – For me, first draft is the most exhausting because I just want to have something done so I can break apart and re-piece together! Like creating my own Frankensteinโ€™s Monster! Once the first draft is done, things get much easier!

BookDragonGirlโ€œItโ€™s alive!โ€ Love me some Frankensteinโ€™s monster references!
How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Candace RobinsonFirst draft is pretty fast. Normally under a month! But, sometimes my first drafts are also pretty short!

BookDragonGirlWell, Is there lots to do before you dive in and start writing the story?

Candace RobinsonI donโ€™t outline so not really. I basically know how many chapters are going to be in the story and basic scenes, but sometimes things take a turn in a totally different direction than I had originally planned.

BookDragonGirlDo you have beta readers, and do you listen to their feedback?

Candace RobinsonYes! I have some awesome beta readers. I do listen to their feedback, because the ones on my team have awesome ideas and understand my story and writing.

BookDragonGirlWhere do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Candace RobinsonSometimes Iโ€™m inspired by movies or music, then I try to weave in my own spin on things.

BookDragonGirlOoh…thatโ€™s interesting!! What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Candace RobinsonTo be patient. I canโ€™t build a whole story in one day!

BookDragonGirl – This is book two in the Laith world. What was the inspiration for this story? Also, are any of the characters from Clouded By Envy in this book?

Candace RobinsonFor Tavarraโ€™s character, It was loosely inspired by The Little Mermaid meets The Wolf Man. The only character from Clouded By Envy is the Stone of Desire. But! There is a distant relative down the line, Rhona, who is related from some of the characters from Clouded!

BookDragonGirlOh, this sounds extremely interesting! The Little Mermaid meets The Wolf Man! We are intrigued by that description! Now does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?

Candace RobinsonFor Veiled, I would have to say Rhona and Quil. I just love their relationship when they are together so much.

BookDragonGirlWhat is the future for the characters? Will there be a sequel?

Candace RobinsonTwo of the characters from Veiled have POVs in the final book, Shadowed By Despair!

BookDragonGirlYay! Thatโ€™s exciting! Shadowed By Despair has itโ€™s cover reveal today too! Do you have any other new series planned?

Candace RobinsonI have a YA book titled, Lyrics & Curses, coming out next year! Itโ€™s a paranormal/fantasy romance set in 1985!

BookDragonGirlOoh…maybe you will get your DeLorean!! Okay, do you feel like itโ€™s most important to have A) Strong characters B) Mind-blowing Plot twists or C) Epic settings?

Candace RobinsonPretty much all my books are character driven so, for me, Iโ€™d say strong characters!

BookDragonGirlYes they are, and Iโ€™m a character driven reader! Whatโ€™s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Candace RobinsonI actually havenโ€™t had a problem writing from a male POV yet! I donโ€™t know why it comes naturally for me, but it just does. At least from my end! Readers may think differently lol!

BookDragonGirlWell I just think youโ€™re an awesome writer, and where characters are your strong point, then that may be why you have no problem.

Hereโ€™s where you can find Candace:

Website: https://authorcandacerobinson.wordpress.com/
Blog: https://literarydust.wordpress.com/
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16541001.Candace_Robinson

Thank you so much, Candace, for letting us into your writing world for a little while. Now how about an excerpt from Veiled by Desire?!

As Tavarra tried to leave the gravitational pull of the powerful ocean waves, each one crashed and pounded against her strong body. She swished through the murky sea, her tail flicking at the rough current as the liquid attempted to haul her back into its clutches.

Tonight was a chance for her to escape the haunting depths she so desperately dreamed of leaving behind. Tavarra pushed her head out of the seaโ€™s liquid claws, finally finding herself near the sandy shore. She took a deep breath through her mouth, no longer needing the gills etched on each side of her neck.

Holding steady, she stared through the last rays of the waning day, searching for him. But the young man wasnโ€™t anywhere in her line of sight yet. Keeping on top of the liquid swells, her gaze fixed on the caramel-colored sand. As her arms repeatedly cut through the vigorous surge, a hint of desperation filled herโ€”she couldnโ€™t get swallowed back up. At last, her body struck the grainy granules, swept in blackness.

She sighed in relief.

With no time to spare, Tavarra dragged her exhausted body by her forearms across the sand. Each tiny grain rubbed against the delicate skin between her fingers and nails. She came to a halt and rolled herself to a sitting position, letting the edge of a cool wave caress the end of her tangerine tail. Bony plates fused together with a fleshy covering lined the tailโ€™s body, and the tip came to a curled point.

A heavy breath forced its way out and tugged harshly at her lungs. โ€œGoodbye,โ€ she whispered, half to herself and half to the ocean cage that, for seventeen years, had never been a true home. โ€œPlease let this happen.โ€ Tavarraโ€™s heart pounded rapidly, and had it beaten any harder, her sternum would have cracked.

Bringing her sandy hands to her waist, she glided them down her moistened tawny skin until they met the vivid exoskeleton. The silver of the twin moons shone down in answer, as if telling her it would work. It must work.

Tavarra had recently heard a tale of when the twin moons would rise, there would be a way for her sea dweller kind to truly walk the land of Laith. She desired it with everything in her. If this worked, she would never return to the watery homeโ€”her underwater grave.

Slowly, she slid her thumb beneath the soft plates of her tail. To her surprise, the tail pushed away from her skin, as if it were never a part of her at all. She thought there would be pain, but there wasnโ€™t, only a filmy residue left behind.

Tavarraโ€™s lips pulled up on each side, and she let out a rumbling, giddy laugh to the moons, to the ocean, and to herself. Tugging the tail a little more, she shimmied out from the exoskeleton and found smooth bare legs underneathโ€”as she had hoped. The story had been right. If only she knew sooner that legs rested beneath the tailโ€”then she could have been doing this every time the moons were at their fullest. A continuation of delighted laughter echoed from her as it bounced off the waves and into the darkened forest.

She kicked these new-found creations, releasing the legs in their entirety from the confined appendage. To her it felt natural, more than surreal.