Red’s Author Chit Chat with Marsha Black

I love gaining new fans and being able to talk and interact with them.

Hi Marsha, Thank you for stopping in so we can get to know you better. You said your genre is more Young Adult but that your anthology stories might not be suitable for the average YA reader. Maybe for a more mature audience. That is great to know. Congratulations on your first book, The Triplet’s Curse – Hope’s Story: Book One. I can’t wait for you to tell us more about you and your books. 

1) Do you have a favorite character from The Triplet’s Curse?

Marsha: I really enjoy Hope. She reminds me of how I was when I was a teenager and I had so much fun writing her story.

Red: How interesting to get a peek into your teen years while reading this book. 

2) What is your favorite part of being a published author?

Marsha: I love gaining new fans and being able to talk and interact with them.

Red: Fangirling is a real thing. Trust me, just doing this interview with you I have to control myself. Authors are superstars in out world. 

3) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you?

Marsha: I had a series idea come to me on the way to the dentist, lol. I thought that was quite funny.

Red: I ask this question of each author and I have to say that this a first for the idea box. 

4) I am sure you don’t sit with a timer but if you had to guess how long does it take for you to write a book? 

Marsha: This completely varies, I work full-time, taking online college courses and have a toddler, so with the help of my boyfriend I get writing done, but it’s not every day and not always a lot at a time.

Red: Sounds like me when I am trying to clean house. Writing is much more fun than cleaning up after a toddler. 

5) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Marsha: I do read them. Thankfully I’ve only had good reviews, but I wouldn’t mind bad as long as there’s a reason why. I don’t see the point in giving a book one or two stars, but not explaining or contacting me about what you didn’t like about the book. I want to make my book an enjoyable read, and I can’t do that if I don’t know where mistakes are being made.

Red: Very well said. The star rating system is severely flawed in my opinion. Here at The Redhead’s Book Blog we don’t use stars. The written content in a review is what is important in determining the opinion of the reviewer. Ok, I am off my soapbox now. As you can see this is something I have put a lot of thought into. 

6) What do you do when you suffer from writer’s block?

Marsha: I have thankfully not had to suffer through writer’s block as of yet.

7) Which of your books do you wish more readers were aware of?

Marsha: I currently have The Triplet’s Curse – Hope’s Story released. A novella in Dark Waters: A Mermaid Anthology and The Triplet’s Curse – Destiny’s Story(Book Two) rereleased Aug 2018.

Red: You have been busy. 

8) Did you have a mentor when you started?

Marsha: I did not. I was a reader and participated in Facebook events before starting back writing.

9) What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Marsha: Go for it. It can be scary and nerve-wracking. You may worry about if anyone might like your story or not. The best thing I can say is…do it for you. There will be people who like it and people who don’t. If you enjoy writing the story and it’s something that you would read, then more power to you. Have faith in yourself. Even if you’re book isn’t well liked, you accomplished a goal in writing a book, and there are people out there who would be willing to help make it better by working with you on it. So never despair.

Red: That is awesome advice. I had some tell me to carry a notepad and if I felt like writing a few sentences to do it. It’s fun to go back a look at those little bits from months ago. 

10) What can we expect from you in the future?

42 & Beyond: A Space Opera Anthology is available for preorder and is releasing Oct 12, 2018. I’ll be working on the 3rd book of the trilogy. Fingers crossed I’ll get it released by the end of the year. I do have about 4 or 5 other anthologies I’ll be part of this year, all of varying genres and story lines. I have a YA Fantasy stand alone I will be working on as well as a series I’m hoping to start next year.

11) Anything Else

Follow me so you can keep track of future books of mine!

Amazon Author page https://amzn.to/2xzSUtH

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMarshaBlack

 

Thanks for spending the day with us today. I look forward to checking out all of your books. Please come back again soon.

~Red xoxo

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The Triplet’s Curse – Hope’s Story: Book One

Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2xG1J4z

When the moon is full High above the Earth
Three daughters shall be born
On their 16th birthday, their destiny will begin
One daughter, born with the knowledge of the future, yet blind of those closest to her

Hope, your normal teenage girl, other than being one out of a set of triplets’, dreams about the day she turns 16 and can get her license.

Unknowingly, as her 16th birthday draws closer, a curse that has been around for centuries will activate, causing her to have visions, giving her knowledge of the future. The things she sees, she hopes are just hallucinations.

New guy Bryce, comes to town, knowing of the curse. He’s part of a group that prepares their whole lives to train the triplet sisters, who are unlucky enough to have it befall them. Hoping, the town he moves to doesn’t have the sisters they are looking for, once his eyes rest upon Hope, he knows without a doubt that his life will be changed and with the spark at contact, he knows it will be changed forever.

With Bryce’s help, Hope must accept these changes and train, learning how to control her ability and preventing more visions from becoming a reality. As the fight hits closer to home, will Hope be prepared to defeat the evil, making the world safer, for just a little bit longer?

 

About Marsha Black

Mother of 2, avid reader, lover of anything and everything paranormal/supernatural. Enjoys reading, watching TV, and hanging out with her kids. Hopes that through her written books, readers can escape from reality, as many books did for her. Writes clean YA/NA, with some toe-dipping in other genres. Loves reading reviews and interacting with new readers/fans, so don’t be afraid to befriend and/or get in touch with her.

The anthologies I am part of, even my stories may not be acceptable for teens, so make sure to check the ratings of anthologies if looking to get them for teens.

Adults, I prefer writing clean YA/NA. I can write make-out scenes as far as anthologies or possible co-writings may go.

Please keep these in mind going forward, since I don’t want any of my fans blind-sided by a descriptive make-out session within a story or anthology the is not rated PG-13 or below.

 

 

Red TBR and PREORDERS

Yep. I blew my whole book budget today.

A list of Reds recommendations. Yep. I blew my whole book budget today. All of these are waiting for release day except for Pucked up Love. This one is live now and I had it on my TBR since release day. Finally 1clicked it and will start reading it this weekend.

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9/24 Letting Hope Enter -Multiple Authors Maggie Jane Schuler getbook.at/LHpE

 

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9/21 Menage a Moi by James Crow https://amzn.to/2pkl3jQ

 

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10/1 Angel of Mine Zane Michaelson   getbook.at/ZMAngl

 

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11/16 Zander Zane Michaelson  getbook.at/ZMZndr

 

 

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out now Pucked Up Love by Helena Hunting https://amzn.to/2MKx4Z9

 

 

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11/27 Love With Me by Kristen Proby    https://amzn.to/2NlHns2

 

 

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11/13 Pucked Love By Lili Valente   https://amzn.to/2MJ804Y

 

 

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9/24 Once Upon A Sure Thing by Lauren Blakely
ebook and audio cuz its Sebastian York, if you have never heard one of his book do it!!! https://amzn.to/2xuRPCA

 

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10/2 Indulge With Me by Kristen Proby  https://amzn.to/2DiOi0y

 

 

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10/23 Tempting Brooke: A Big Sky Novella by Kristen Proby https://amzn.to/2MKaGPM

Reds Reviews and Recommendations

A few recommendations from the books I’ve reviewed recently.

I have been a reading and reviewing queen lately. Even taking the time to go back and make sure I have reviewed on Amazon, Goodreads and Bookbub. I found a few I flat out forgot to review. Here are a few recommendations from the books I’ve reviewed recently.

Angel Of MineAngel Of Mine by Zane Michaelson

Pre-order Amazon Link getbook.at/ZMAngl

This story is a new writing path for Zane Michaelson. All of his previous series and now this standalone book, have something new and original for the reader. No set theme or mold to fit into, just the telling of a story that flows from his mind to paper.

Angel of Mine made my heart flutter with sadness and joy. A deep story of love and total commitment. It isn’t full of physical love the way some of this authors previous books have been but it is no less romantic. It is full of pure love. Zane Michaelson slowly discloses Gabriella and Angelo story and reached inside my heart. I found myself tearing up in one chapter only to be smiling with the next. I am looking forward to reading it again. I have a feeling the words will take on a different meaning after reading the ending.

Side Note:
The only similarity I have found in Zane Michaelson’s books are the little twists that take you away from the direction you think the book will go. He has a creativity with his stories that keeps you on your toes. I am looking forward to Zane Michaelson’s next book journey not know where it will take his readers.


Destination WeddingDestination Wedding by Lily Ryan

Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2pgHqXv

This short read is the perfect bedtime book. Lily Ryan did an amazing job drawing me into this story and throwing some super hot and sexy scenes to keep me squirming while turning the pages. I can’t wait to read more by this author.


51+XIDuBMqL._SY346_His Weekend Wife by Rhonda Lee Carver

Amazon Link mybook.to/KntBro2

I reread this story after seeing the new cover Rhonda Lee Carver introduced recently. I forgot how much I loved this story. It’s a second chance at love which isn’t uncommon but Rhonda’s details as to why and how  they are getting this second chance just flowed perfectly to make this an amazing read.
Ash is a simple girl who just wants to love the man. Not his money. Declan has the money and the means to care for Ash is a hush class expensive way but that just doesn’t fit her.
I love how Ash works hard for what she want. She is real. Someone I would be friends with.
No spoilers so I just have to say this is a must read.
I really hope Rhonda Lee Carver will write more about the Knight brothers. The series is captivating and leaves me craving lots more from this family of sexy men.


The Lying Game (The Game Duet, #1)The Lying Game by Mickey Miller
Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2xmRi6l

Each time I read a book by Mickey Miller I fall in love with his writing a little more. I said his last book was my favorite but that one has been dethroned by The Lying Game and Lacy and her arrogant basketball star Carter. The back story of these characters is perfect. I can see these two as friends through elementary school and then how they progressed to more in high school. I was rooting for them the whole time. Lacy’s dreams and Carters career seem to be on different paths but I desperately want them to meet somewhere in the middle.

The sexy was hot but the story was what I loved more than anything. Please hurry up and write book 2. I am not as patient as these characters have been their whole lives.

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The Last Check (Hell's Phoenix MC Series #2)The Last Check by Kristine Dugger

Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2D8rEHP

Kristine Dugger has written a story that goes beyond the MC romance. Don’t judge someone by how dresses, their appearance, or their first impression. Get to know the real person. You may find a friend or the love of your life.

Presley and Avery have strong armor surrounding their hearts. Its how they protect themselves. Presley and Avery are not what they project to the outside world. Like I said, looks and first impressions can be deceiving. Once they break the seal around their hearts you learn who they really are.

This story brought me to that ugly cry place which breaks your heart and heals it again with the love story between this unlikely couple.

Book 2 has left me anxious to learn more about the Hells Phoenix-Freedom Riders MC club. Red Recommended

Red’s Author Chit Chat with Dawn Doyle

I’m an Indie Romance Author, but I tend to write under many sub-genres such as Contemporary, Suspense, Paranormal, and even Fantasy.

Today’s interview is with an author that is totally new to me. When searching for authors to highlight Dawn Doyle answered up and agreed to talk with me. I met Dawn in The Redhead’s Reading lounge, one of my Facebook reader groups. We play, talk about the books and authors we love and have a giveaway here and there. I would love to see you there. Where as only 1 or 2 authors and books are shared in this blog each day, the Facebook groups allows for me to share 10 times as many books and authors with readers.

The Redhead’s Reading Lounge Facebook group link

Thank for joining me today Dawn. I see you listed romance as your genre and when stalking, I mean researching, for this interview I noticed you write multiple books within the romance book world. I also see you have a new release coming on 9/24, Blaine. That cover is HOT! The blurb and buy link are at the bottom of the interview. I am anxious to hear more about you and your books so let’s get started.

1) When did you start writing?

Dawn: Romance 2014, but I was dreaming up stories for myself for years.

2) Which one of your published books is your favorite? How about a favorite character from your books?

Dawn: I think Witch Hunter will always have a special place in my heart because I love anything magical. I think Lucian is my favourite right now.

Red: Just the name Lucian makes me shiver.

3) Do you have a specific way you choose the characters names?

Dawn: For the names, I just think of how the character looks and try to place a name to the face. If not, I search name sites for something that stands out to me.

Red: I can imagine the names are difficult until you describe them. 

4) What is your favorite part of being a published author?

Dawn: When a reader tells me they loved the story.

Red: <smiling>

5) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you?

Dawn: On the toilet.

Red: You are the second author to mention this. The room seems to bring on a creative, ummmm shall we say, flow. 

6) I am sure you don’t sit with a timer but if you had to guess how long does it take for you to write a book? 

Dawn: The quickest was five weeks, the longest was eight months. I try to write at least an hour a day, but life gets in the way most of the time.

Red: Time does fly and there never seems to be enough hours in the day. 

7) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Dawn: I do. With the bad ones, and I hope I’m not the only one who does this, I check to see if they like the same books as me by comparing our ratings. If I like a lot of the stuff they don’t, then it makes sense. If there’s a problem with my book, I want to know about it. But, I’ve come to realize that no matter what you do, or how good you are, there’s always somebody out there who’s going to hate your work no matter what.

Red: Personal commentary here. I believe that the star rating system is severely flawed. At The Redhead’s Book Blog we are working on a way to rate a book beyond the stars. Hey, that’s a great tagline for my new review team. You brought out my creative side. 

8) What do you do what you suffer from writer’s block?

Dawn:  Think of different scenario’s and see if they work any better. Sometimes, I leave my writing and read a few books, or I’ll work on another story.

9) Which of your books do you wish more readers were aware of?

Dawn: Soul Guardian and Witch Hunter. Paranormal and Fantasy are difficult to promote.

Red: Hopefully this interview will help with that. 

10) What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Dawn: Don’t give up. If you think your work is bad and nobody will like it, remember that we all do exactly the same thing. You won’t know until you try.

Red: Great advice!

11) What can we expect from you in the future?

  Dawn:  I’m writing the second book in the West Norton Boys .

13) Tell us something fun. Anything that can make us smile or giggle. Life is too short, lets spread some smiles around.

Dawn: I have a two-year-old English Bulldog named Jake. He farts…a lot.

Red: My dog is rude like that too or maybe its really one of the men in the house and they are just blaming the dog. 

Thanks for stopping by to chat with me today. It was great getting to know you better.

~Red xoxo

41KWu2kUfQLBlaine (West Norton Boys Series Book 2)

Amazon Global link :  getbook.at/DWNDbln

Blaine – COMING SEPTEMBER 24TH —–  PREORDER NOW 
It was supposed to be OVER, but I was still in DEEP.
Trying to dig my way out of the s**t I was in seemed IMPOSSIBLE.
Until I met HER.
Falling for Robyn made me want to CHANGE. But, to do that, I had to take a RISK that could get me killed.
I didn’t want to drag her into my WORLD, but I had to hold on to her with everything I had so I could be FREE.

Robyn 
I was still paying for my MISTAKE, my dreams lying shattered inside a file I told nobody about.
Then I met HIM, and my world turned UPSIDE down.
I was forced to EXPOSE my shameful past to Blaine, but it wasn’t long before I found out he held SECRETS of his own.
When circumstances threw me into the center of a new HELL, I had to do whatever I could to get us out.
Even if it meant risking my FREEDOM.

Lucian (West Norton Boys Series Book 1)

BUY IT NOW —   Amazon global link —  getbook.at/DWNDlcn

Where to find  Dawn Doyle – Romance Author

Amazon Author Page https://amzn.to/2CCTdsF

Facebook author page  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDawnDoyle/

 

 

Reds Review of JD Hawkins Temptation

TemptationTemptation by J.D. Hawkins
US Buy Link https://amzn.to/2PnbVWz

UK Buy Link https://amzn.to/2wt8czJ
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OK I will start with, Wyatt has taken over top spot of book boyfriends. He’s sentimental and kind. My kinda of guy. This story has the ooey gooey romance I love and the sexy and hot scenes I crave. When I read I want the fantasy. The ideal romantic man. Wyatt filled that requirement quickly. Then we have shy Melina who stole my heart.
Childhood Friends to Lovers at its best! My heart is overflowing.

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What happens when the boy you’ve wanted your whole life finally wants you back?

I’m used to taking what I want, being the best at what I do. During the day, I make big bucks as New York’s premiere consultant. At night, I can get any girl I lay my eyes on. I thought this life was what I wanted: working hard and playing harder–with penthouse apartments, luxury cars and bottle service every weekend. After six years in the city, I know I’ve been living like a monster for too long. I need to get my act together. I need to find something real. I need to come home.

LA means family and a fresh start. My parents and my friends who are close enough to be siblings.

And Melina.

Melina is nerdy smart, with a challenging sense of humor and legs for miles. It’s so hard to describe her…enigmatically beautiful. I’m sure there’s a word for it in French. But I know there’s a naughty girl hiding behind that shy smile that I’m dying to drag out.

There was always something between us. I never forgot her laugh, never could get her off my mind. Nobody ever seemed to notice how my body would react when I was near Melina, how much more focused I became—maybe not even Melina herself. But this time it’s different.

The more time we spend together, the more I wonder if there was something there all along. After so long in the fast lane, I don’t know if I can handle settling down. But seeing Melina’s passion, I’m tempted beyond belief.

I have to admit it: temptation is hard to resist.

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RHAPSODY: BITTERSWEET HARMONY

Zach lived what people thought was a charmed life, born into money, talented and looks to die for.

RHAPSODY:
BITTERSWEET HARMONY
By Destiny Marx

.•°🎼AMAZON US: https://amzn.to/2z0xGbL

NOOK :
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.•°🎼Blurb
Zach lived what people thought was a charmed life, born into money, talented and looks to die for. Underneath the façade lives a man tortured with secrets he’s spent his whole life hiding and an addiction to alcohol that’s killing him slowly, but old Felix, his manager isn’t going to watch the prodigy kill himself. No, he’s got a plan and it involves his son Jackson. Zach has to learn to live again and with a little meddling from a sentimental old man it might just happen.

.•°🎼 So are you stalking me?
I give the greatest surprises!

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Red’s Author Chit Chat with Kimberley O’Malley

Thanks Ms. Kimberley O’Malley for being a good sport and letting me test out my interviewing skills on you. Like I said the Redhead does things her way. I hope you and everyone reading learned a little bit about you and smiled a lot.

Hi Kim. I feel like we are old friends so I hope its ok to call you Kim. Thank you for agreeing to chat with me today. You are my first author interview so please be patient. Most of my members know that I am the crazy redhead with nothing but the best of intentions. With that said I have no idea what I am doing. I am just making it up as I go along.

Let’s get started. I see that you currently write contemporary but may branch out to other genres. That sounds like a lot of fun to stretch your creative mind.

So I am going through the interview form I asked you to fill out and I am blown away. When did you figure out time travel? I see you started writing in 2092. Is this a secret or can you share your travel plans with us? I would love to be able to see what the future holds, like get the lotto numbers and…..

Oh, that was a typo. I feel so silly. OK, So you started writing in 2002. Although that’s not quiet as exciting as the time travel spin it is still very interesting.

1) Do you have a favorite book that you have written?

Kim: Coming Home is my first and favorite because I wrote in 2002 while waiting to adopt our daughter from Russia. It saved my sanity.
2) How about a favorite character from your books?

Kim: I really like all my characters. They’re like my children in a way. I love Katie from Taking Chances. You would too. She’s a feisty red head!

A feisty red head? You are a genius.

3) Do you have a specific way you choose the characters names?

Kim: I use names that I like. Ones I hear and think I’ll use that…

Ever consider using Red??? Just asking for a friend. 

4) What is your favorite part of being a published author?

Kim: When a stranger tells me they’ve read my book. I write because I have stories to tell. The fact that someone not related to me chooses to read them? That blows my mind.

5) Where is the strangest place you had a book or character idea come to you?

Kim: Not so much a strange place as time. I’m wrapping up my first series this year and starting the next one in 2019. Then a friend mentioned wanting to write a cozy mystery…and I’m off!

6) I am sure you dont sit with a timer but if you had to guess how long does it take for you to write a book? 

Kim: Not really sure.. 15 years for the first one. I’m getting better! I’ve released 4 in 13 months!

You are on a roll! Go Kim! Go Kim!

7) Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Kim: I read everything, even though they say not to. They are what they are. I try to learn from bad ones. I treasure the good ones!!

8) What do you do what you suffer from writer’s block?

Kim: Hasn’t happened thankfully. My issue is more about never having enough time.

Crap, I hope I didn’t jinx you. No writers block, no writers block. There that should work. 

9) Which of your books do you wish more readers were aware of?

Kim: All. Of. Them! 

GREAT ANSWER. I WILL GET TO ALL OF YOUR BUY LINKS SOON!

10) Did you have a mentor when you started?

Kim: Yes’m the lovely Jeni Burns, who is now my editor.

Shout out to Jeni Burns!!!

11) What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Kim: Write the book! Don’t give into self-doubt. Just write it. Then spend the money wisely. Use an editor. Have a cover designed.

12) What can we expect from you in the future?

Kim: Book 5 in my series will be released this fall

The Crowd goes wild!!!!

13) Tell us something fun. Anything that can make us smile or giggle. Life is too short, lets spread some smiles around.

Kim: I’m obsessed with Candy Crush!

Ok, just a thought, if you are looking for some more time to write delete Candy Crush from your phone. I am just looking out for your fans that don’t want to wait for your new books. xoxo

Anything else you would like to share?

Kim: Thank you for this fabulous opportunity!!!

 

Thanks Ms. Kimberley O’Malley for being a good sport and letting me test out my interviewing skills on you. Like I said the Redhead does things her way. I hope you and everyone reading learned a little bit about you and smiled a lot.

~Red xoxo

Oh and heres some more good stuff. Kim’s first book and a little bit about her.

Coming Home (Windsor Falls Book 1) by [O'Malley, Kimberley]Coming Home (Windsor Falls Book 1) Amazon Link https://amzn.to/2PCrZVx

Dr. Elizabeth Abbott Fitzgerald has spent the last ten years of her life running; from tragedy, from family, from love. But now her mother’s failing health calls her home to Windsor Falls, North Carolina; to the place where her past awaits. Sam Bishop can’t believe his eyes when the love of his life returns after ten long years. All he wants is to clear his conscience and get back the family he lost when Connor, his best friend and Elizabeth’s husband died tragically. Could it really be true that time heals all wounds?

 

About the Author

Kimberley O’Malley is a transplant to Charlotte, North Carolina from the frozen North. She is learning to say y’all but draws the line at sweet tea. Sarcasm is an art form in her world. When not writing, she is a full-time nurse and part-time soccer Mom, but not necessarily in that order. She shares her life with an amazing husband of more than twenty years, two teenagers, and one very sweet Shetland Sheepdog, Molly.
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KOMalley67/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimberleyomalley67/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/K_OMalley67
Website: www.kimberleyomalley.com
Amazon Author Bio: www.amazon.com/author/kimberleyomalley
Good Reads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16545063.Kimberley_O_Malley
Book Bub profile: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kimberley-o-malley