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The Hunger Begins

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Hey everyone, I have a new book out today!

This is a precursor to my Jagged Scars series. Instead of twenty years later, this is how the world ends.

Meet Everly, high school band geek and sarcasm specialist, and her service cat, Echo.

They think the next week will be all about the school musical…they’re wrong.

Enjoy an excerpt!

Wyatt jerked me out of my musings. “Have you heard about that guy in New York that tried to eat a homeless dude?”

Who needed Google when you had Wyatt? He listened to podcasts while he worked out and always kept me informed of current events, questionable though they may be. “Nope.”

“He said he was so hungry he just started biting anything that looked edible.”

“Was he drunk or high or something?”

“They don’t think so.”

“That’s creepy,” I said.

“He said his stomach felt like it was digesting itself.”

I frowned. Jason had just said the same thing. Before I could digest that Whitney arrived, panting and out of breath. She threw the passenger door open and climbed in.

“About time,” Wyatt said. “I’m starving to death.”

Whitney wrinkled her nose. “It stinks in here.”

“It’s musk,” Wyatt said. “Halfway to perfume.”

“It’s gross.”

I agreed, but kept my mouth shut. It wasn’t worth it to get in the middle of one of their fights. Instead, I swiped my phone to life and looked up the crazy homeless guy in New York. That way I could help Wyatt freak our parents out at lunch. They loved it when we talked about disgusting stuff while we ate.


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He’s Just a Guy

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The third, and final, book of Karly Stratford’s Summer Romances is out!

This one takes place in Seattle. After researching all of the fun things to do in Seattle, I really want to go there! But only after things calm down. Am I right?

Allie just sent another roommate into wedded bliss, and her goal is to stay away from guys. She does not need a man to make her happy, thank you very much.

Max just broke up with the woman he thought he loved. He’s not in the market for a relationship.

Fate, however, has other plans for them both.

She doesn’t need a guy to save her

He doesn’t need a woman to be happy

Both are lying to themselves

Max:
He stopped breathing when she opened the door, and his brain refused to work.

Allie Dalton. His friend’s little sister, and the one girl he’d always wanted to go out with, but had never found the courage to ask.

She was staring at him. Was that surprise in her gaze, or irritation?

He should say something.

Allie:
With her sister in a cast from her toes to her hip, Allie doesn’t expect anything but movies and take-out for the week.

Then Max Ashly—her secret crush from high school—knocks on the door.

Allie just sent yet another roommate off into wedded bliss, and isn’t in the mood for some super-handsome, well-dressed guy to sweep her off her feet.

But this was Max, and she’d always wondered what it would be like to hold his hand…

Can Max and Allie get over their personal issues and seize the day, or will they allow themselves to drift apart once again?

Find out today!

Excerpt

Allie walked with him to the front door. “Thanks for coming over, it was good to see you.”

Max plucked up his courage. “Same. You know, if you want to go see something, I can totally take you.”

She ducked her head. “Thanks, but I think I’ll be here most of the time, looking after Becky. You know how she is, if you leave her alone too long, she’ll do something stupid like try to go down the school stairs on a sled.”

Max laughed. “She broke her collar bone that time, right?”

“Yup. Got her out of a bunch of school work, which wasn’t exactly fair.”

“I remember.” Max smiled. He’d forgotten how funny Allie was, and he wasn’t ready to walk away from her. Hadn’t Virginia just been telling him he needed to find a fun girl? “I’m serious about the offer to go see the sights or whatever.” He reached into his pocket and drew out one of his cards. “The bottom number is my cell. Can I have your number, since Becky might not be the most reliable at the moment?”

“Sure.” She rattled off her number, and he saved it in his phone.

Max stopped in the open door. “It was good to see you.” He willed her to take him up on his offer, but instead she smiled and waved.

“I’ll see you later.”

“So, you’re going to call me?”

“We’ll see.” She smiled as she shut the door.

Max wondered how long he had to wait before it was socially acceptable to call her.


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He’s Just a Friend

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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about my pen name, Karly Stratford. I have a new release from her!

This is my first curvy girl romance. Being a curvy girl myself, I can pretty much relate to everything that happens to Val.

This is a Hallmark style, sweet and clean romance. It’s adorable! If you’re a fan of Hallmark romances, hilarious characters, and witty dialogue, this book is for you!

They were best friends in high school.

Sort of.

Could they be something more now?

Nate:
The last place Nate had ever thought he’d hear Val’s voice again was at a gallery stroll in Boise, Idaho.

Yet here she was. Vibrant red hair, beautiful smiling face, and her lips stretched in a laugh.

He couldn’t look away—he’d always loved her laugh—and he moved toward her as if in a dream.

Val:
Val’s breath caught in her throat. She hadn’t seen Nate since they’d graduated. Since he’d taken someone else to prom.

That had been messy.

Why was he here? Had he come to see her, the art, or had Fate drawn them together again?

Only one way to find out.

Can Nate and Val overcome their blunders of the past and soar into their future, or will their old mistakes come back to haunt them and drive them apart?

Get your copy today!

Excerpt

The couple meets at a gallery stroll where Val is showing her illustrations

“You look great, Val.”

“Thanks.” She ducked her head, just like she always did when anyone gave her a compliment about her looks. “You too.”

For some reason he felt he had to clear the Sadie thing up. “Hey, I had no idea she was the president’s daughter. I met her like twenty minutes ago.” He pointed. “The shop guys invited me here tonight. Apparently, it’s an ambush.”

That got a laugh from Val. “You have to stay on your toes.”

He laughed. “Do you live nearby?”

“I’m just outside the city.” Val’s eyes drifted past him, and he realized that there were people behind him that wanted to talk to her.

“What’s your number?” Nathan retrieved his phone. “I’ll call you. We can at least do breakfast or something while I’m in town.”

“Lunch. You know I don’t do mornings.”

“Brunch?” He raised an eyebrow.

“Maybe.” She held out her hand and he gave her his phone. A few seconds later she handed it back. “There you go.”

He gave her one last smile and jerked his head over his shoulder. “And now, for your adoring fans.”

“Bring it on,” she said.

That smile. He’d forgotten how much he loved her smile. It put him at ease and made him want to dance or sing. Things he didn’t normally do.

Was he giving her a dopey grin? He wiped whatever it had been off his face and said, “I’ll call you.”


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Fairy Tales & First Dates

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It all started with an idea…

How awkward would the first date of fairy tale couples be?

Not the original couples, but in retellings?

My writing group, most of them lovers of fairy tales, snark and awkward moments, decided to explore the question, and this is our answer!

Behold

A collection of eight fairy tale first dates!

Read the description. You’re probably going to want a copy.

 

There’s no getting around it 

First dates are awkward  

Join Robin and Marian as Little John hijacks their night. Watch as a pixie is forced to spend the evening with an insufferable prince and the Muffin Man romances the Gingerbread Girl.
 
You won’t be able to look away when Ms. White faces off with an alarmingly charming vice principal, while Belle has to navigate the frightening world of online dating.
 
Then there’s the burly knight in shining armor who rescues the girl a little too well, a blind date that includes seven brothers with a twisted sense of humor and a satyr who’s trying to convince a sea witch that she’s not a monster.
 
Friday Night Writes brings together a collection of Fairy Tale First Dates like you’ve never imagined them before.

If you love fairy tale retellings, painfully awkward situations, humor, and a dash of magic, this collection is for you! Order your copy today.

 

If you’ve read my Academy books, then you’ll recognize S’ula and Bric on their first date! Yes, S’ula is cranky about it. Yes, Bric adores her anyway!


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