Aphrodite’s Tears by Hannah Fielding blogtour book review

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Aphrodite’s Tears written by Hannah Fielding, publisher London Wall Publishing, is available in ebook, paperback and hardcover format from the 25th January 2018.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://goo.gl/av1v8i

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In ancient Greece, one of the twelve labours of Heracles was to bring back a golden apple from the Garden of Hesperides. To archaeologist Oriel Anderson, joining a team of Greek divers on the island of Helios seems like the golden apple of her dreams. Yet the dream becomes a nightmare when she meets the devilish owner of the island, Damian Lekkas. In shocked recognition, she is flooded with the memory of a romantic night in a stranger’s arms, six summers ago. A very different man stands before her now, and Oriel senses that the sardonic Greek autocrat is hell-bent on playing a cat and mouse game with her. As they cross swords and passions mount, Oriel is aware that malevolent eyes watch her from the shadows. Dark rumours are whispered about the Lekkas family. What dangers lie in Helios, a bewitching land where ancient rituals are still enacted to appease the gods, young men risk their lives in the treacherous depths of the Ionian Sea, and the volatile earth can erupt at any moment? Will Oriel find the hidden treasures she seeks? Or will Damian’s tragic past catch up with them, threatening to engulf them both?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.  All opinions are my own and no content may be copied.  However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Hannah Fielding’s latest novel: Aphrodite’s Tears.  Aphrodite’s Tears is my first introduction to the works of Hannah Fielding and it had everything and more that I love in a story.

This was an epic novel filled with a tempestuous love; a love so strong and persistent that the Greek Gods had no power over.

Oriel a young talented, beautiful archaeologist couldn’t believe the luck of obtaining a position on the crew to search a sunken Roman ship off the coast of a small Greek Island.

The island of Helios is steeped with so much history and legend that as soon as Oriel steps foot on it’s soil she feels the excitement of what lies ahead.  Faced with rumours of her new boss she is filled with trepidation but when she meets Damian Lekkas her mind suddenly revisits a time 7 years ago when her heart had been broken but then she glimpses sight of this god-like creature emerging from the Aegean sea.  This Greek God is none other than her new boss Damian Lekkas.  Oriel wonders whether she can work with this man but the importance of what the archaeological team may discover gives her hope that Damian and herself can work together in a professional manner.

Damian Lekkas is a highly esteemed man that the islanders are truly thankful for all the work he has done providing homes, employment and updating valuable resources to make life for the islanders run more efficiently.  Damian is a very passionate person especially around his work and the love of the island.  When he meets up with Oriel again after 7 years his desire for her is like he’s never spent a minute apart from her.  Working together will definitely test his spirit.  Damian’s family through all it’s generations have been thwarted with tragedy after tragedy; it’s as if the Greek Gods from myths and legends have cursed the family.

This story is so entrancing and alluring.  You are treated to the appeal of the Greek Island and also to the sensual beauty of a love that hasn’t cooled.  The storyline was exciting, it was sensual, it was dramatic, it was full of family drama that felt like it had stepped out of any of the Greek myths and legends storybooks.  I was in awe of this stunning story.

To learn more about Hannah Fielding and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://hannahfielding.net/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/fieldinghannah

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AuthorHannahFielding/

 

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The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw book review

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The Things We Learn When We’re Dead written by Charlie Laidlaw, publisher Accent Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/8QbZT2

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On the way home from a dinner party she didn’t want to attend, Lorna Love steps into the path of an oncoming car. When she wakes up she is in what appears to be a hospital – but a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions. It soon transpires that she is in Heaven, or on HVN. Because HVN is a lost, dysfunctional spaceship, and God the aging hippy captain. She seems to be there by accident. Or does God have a higher purpose after all? At first Lorna can remember nothing. As her memories return – some good, some bad – she realises that she has decisions to make and that she needs to find a way home…

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.  All opinions are my own and no content may be copied.  However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

This is the story of Lorna Love who is about to embark on her career in law when her life is sadly cut short following an accident.  Lorna wakes up not in hospital but on a spaceship known as HVN and God has chosen her for a higher purpose but Lorna has to go through a process before God will reveal all that is meant for her.

I had heard great things about this novel and was intrigued enough to want to read it.  The author Charlie Laidlaw has cleverly written a story with such a great imaginative concept around a young woman who has been struggling with what life has dealt her.  Lorna sadly at a young age has had to deal with grief, loss, family saga and with it the angst of teenage hormones and the trials of growing up.  The story is very compelling, you are drawn to Lorna’s character, she is a young woman with strong beliefs but is also shy in herself.  As Lorna starts remembering events and feelings from her past you learn to love her character even more.  With the introduction of God and his entourage is so clever of the author but it is also quite charming, I was enchanted and intrigued by HVN and Irene with her unorthodox ways.  Charlie Laidlaw has injected a little humour in this side of the storyline which was perfectly placed.  I did get a little confused with the spaceship terminology but that is just me however, I hasten to add it didn’t distract me from enjoying the novel.  The storyline as a whole kept me captivated and I wasn’t sure where the author was going to take the reader next.

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead is a very unique story; a story that deals with many emotions we face in life but it’s also quite a beautiful story; a story of love, loss and friendship.  At the end I felt quite uplifted and was so pleased to have the opportunity to read such an imaginative novel.

To learn more about Charlie Laidlaw and his work please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.charlielaidlawauthor.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/claidlawauthor

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/charlielaidlawauthor/

Winter at The Cosy Cottage Café by Rachel Griffiths book review

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Winter at The Cosy Cottage Café written and self-published by Rachel Griffiths is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2A4EHZ3

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Camilla Dix is fiercely independent. Growing up, she had to be strong for her mother and younger sister after her father left them for a new life in Benidorm. Camilla has kept her heart firmly closed to love, and never allows her relationships with men to develop into anything serious.

Tom Stone moved to Heatherlea for a fresh start. He’s been hurt in the past and has no intention of making himself vulnerable again. The only company he wants at night is that of his rescue British Bulldog Hairy Pawter.

However, when Camilla and Tom meet, they can’t deny their mutual attraction, and something deeper soon develops between them.

As snows falls over Heatherlea, mulled wine flows and festive carols fill the air, but can Camilla and Tom put their fears aside and trust each other enough to let love in?

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This was such a treat to return to one of my favourite cafes (shame it’s fictional)!  Rachel Griffiths has created an idyllic setting for her new book series and Winter at The Cosy Cottage Café is our third outing to the café.  Each book can be read as a standalone but to fully immerse yourself in this picturesque landscape and the characters that the author has created I would fully recommend reading all the books in the series in chronological order.  The books now available are:

  • Summer at The Cosy Cottage Cafe
  • Autumn at The Cosy Cottage Cafe
  • Winter at The Cosy Cottage Cafe

and coming soon …

  • Spring at The Cosy Cottage Café

I instantly felt like I was re-visiting my very own book family as Rachel Griffiths has created a lovely myriad of characters for this series.  Characters written with warmth and humour and all set around The Cosy Cottage Café in the fictional country village of Heatherlea.

This story focuses on Camilla, the older sister of Dawn and the glamorous career woman from the friendship group that live in the village and congregate at the café.  Due to heartbreak in the past Camilla is wary of committing to a relationship but when a new vet turns up in the village Camilla is instantly attracted but is confused with her growing feelings.

Vet Tom has recently moved to the village following his own heartbreak, with the unique help of his trusted dog HP he is trying to settle into a new community.

With the festive season in full flow the storyline weaves around Christmas markets with festive foodie treats and handmade toys.  Family and relationship unrest but with a close friendship circle any unsettling is minimised by the love of the community within.

This was such a fun, festive read and the author has given us so many comical moments in this story.  A story of letting go of the past and opening your heart to new beginnings.  Cosy, comforting, full of laughter and festive sparkle.

To learn more about Rachel Griffiths and her work please do visit the following pages:

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/authorRG

 

 

 

A Winter’s Tale by Carrie Elks book review

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A Winter’s Tale (The Shakespeare Sisters) written by Carrie Elks, publisher Piatkus, is available from 30th November 2017 in ebook and paperback format.

To pre-order/buy link:  http://amzn.to/2jqYmHB

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Struggling film student Kitty Shakespeare is as bad at interviews as she is talented at making films. She’s given herself until the end of the year to score an internship in LA, otherwise it’ll be back to London with her tail between her legs. Unfortunately the only job offer on the table is as nanny to major producer Everett Klein’s son, Jonas. It’s not exactly the career she’d hoped for, but if she can get this right, then surely he’ll take a moment to look at her work. However, what Kitty hasn’t allowed for is Everett’s sexy-as-hell brother, Adam – and love at first sight this is not.

Adam Klein may be sexy, but he’s also gruff, rude and completely impossible. All he wants to do hole up in his cabin and hide from the brother who destroyed his life. If only he could find it easier to ignore the way Kitty makes his heart race . . .

As Christmas approaches, Kitty and Adam realise that although the course of true love never does run smooth, just maybe, it’s more interesting that way…

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.  All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I adored this tale of finding love at a time when you least expect it.  A Winter’s Tale is the second book in the Shakespeare Sisters Romance stories.  This is the story of Kitty Shakespeare, the youngest of four sisters.  Each story can be read as a standalone but you are truly missing out on a treat if you don’t catch up with each of the Shakespeare Sisters in their own unique story.

Carrie Elks is a relatively new author to me,  I was first introduced to her work back in August when I read Summer’s Lease.  You can find my review for Summer’s Lease here.  Carrie Elks writes contemporary women’s fiction, her stories sweep you away into the lives of the characters she has created with warmth and humour and you instantly fall in love with them.  There is a sexual chemistry that’s beautifully woven within the storyline that is quite addictive to read about.

Kitty’s story is gorgeous, charming, sexy and much, much more.  I really didn’t want this story to end.

Kitty is 24 and a mature Film Studies student at UCLA.  Kitty always dreamed of moving home from London to LA and wanted to work in the film industry as an Editor.  As part of her studies she needed to complete an internship but was struggling finding one and her lack of confidence during interviews wasn’t helping.  However, her resume which included work as a nanny, proved useful during one of her interviews when she was offered a temporary position of a nanny working over the festive period for a top producer.  This new assignment took her from the sunny coast of LA to the wintry climate of West Virginia to a grand house surrounded by snowy woodland.  Working for the top producer was to prove challenging in more ways than one.  The young boy Jonas was delightful and Kitty soon built up a good relationship with him.  However, Kitty didn’t have on the agenda getting in the middle of a sibling conflict.  This conflict between the two Klein brothers had been going on since the summer and has caused a big rift in the family.

Adam Klein, the younger of the brothers and acclaimed Documentarian is still reeling from this conflict, the emotions that his brother’s action brought out in him were still quite raw.  Since the summer Adam has been living the life of a recluse in the wooden cabin in the grounds of the family home.  He’d taken himself ‘off the grid’ and was seeking guidance for his anger and emotion issues.  Adam wasn’t looking forward to the big family Christmas and coming into contact with his brother again.  But a new visitor to the family property was causing him a new distraction and making him question his emotions.  An instant attraction was felt when he first met his nephew’s new nanny Kitty but his current mood didn’t always show his true feelings.

Two young people feeling lost and at odds with the world find a common ground in family values.  With growing sexual attraction can Kitty and Adam find a way of bringing their lost souls home?

Another screen-worthy performance from Carrie Elks.

To learn more about Carrie Elks and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  https://carrieelks.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/CarrieElks

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/CarrieElksAuthor/

 

The Man in the Needlecord Jacket by Linda MacDonald blogtour book review

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The Man in the Needlecord Jacket written by Linda MacDonald, publisher Matador, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2zDqdOH

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When Felicity meets Coll, a charismatic artist, she has high hopes of being distracted from her failed marriage. What she doesn’t know is that he has a partner, Sarah, with whom he has planned a future. Sarah is deeply in love with Coll, but his controlling behaviour and associations with other women have always made her life difficult. When he becomes obsessed with Felicity, Sarah’s world collapses and a series of events is set in motion that will challenge the integrity of all the characters involved.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating this wonderful book about love and life by Linda MacDonald.

The Man in the Needlecord Jacket is about one man, Coll, who has been in a long-term relationship with Sarah for a couple of years however, he isn’t fully committed to this partnership.

Coll is a manipulative man full of charm and persuasion but as quick as he pulls you in he keeps you dangling, as if on the end of a piece of string, near enough for him to pull when he wants attention but still far enough away to allow him his own space to pursue and pull another string.

This story by Linda MacDonald is told from three POV; the manipulator (Coll), the one left dangling on the end of the string (Sarah) and the newcomer that soon becomes embroiled (Felicity).  I did feel compassion for Sarah who was so in love with Coll and this intensity of love helped her overlook some of his more deviating ways but when Felicity came on the scene Coll’s persona changed completely crushing Sarah’s heart and soul.  Sarah has suffered with heartbreak in the past and finding Coll with his charm has been a tonic for Sarah when she needed it the most but can she now learn to live without Coll by her side?  I don’t believe Coll intended to be devious with his love, I believe his character traits found it difficult to keep his charm offensive in check and the attention he received from this was such a boost to his ego.  Felicity is struggling to come to terms with the break-up of her marriage and with the recent steps she has taken in her personal life she has many regrets.  Her family are what she holds dearest and now living apart from them she has time to take stock of her life.  Starting up her own restaurant with her youngest son has given her a new outlook on life and when this chance opportunity meeting Coll arises she is soon charmed by him.

Linda MacDonald has created a clever story about relationships and the complexity of personalities.  It is a story of lies and deceit, love and fantasy, letting go of the past and hope and strength to move on to a brighter future.  I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and as a reader it was interesting to learn about the three sides to this tangle of love that Coll had created around himself.


About the Author

Linda - Author PhotoLinda MacDonald is the author of four novels: Meeting Lydia and the stand-alone sequels, A Meeting of a Different Kind, The Alone Alternative and The Man in the Needlecord Jacket. All Linda’s books are contemporary adult fiction, multi-themed, but with a focus on relationship issues.

After studying psychology at Goldsmiths’, Linda trained as a secondary science and biology teacher. She taught these subjects for several years before moving to a sixth-form college to teach psychology. The first two novels took ten years in writing and publishing, using snatched moments in the evenings, weekends and holidays. In 2012, she gave up teaching to focus fully on writing.

Linda was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria and now lives in Beckenham in Kent.

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4870870.Linda_MacDonald

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/LindaMac1

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/LindaMacDonaldAuthor/

Englishwoman at Christmas by Jenny O’Brien book review

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Englishwoman at Christmas written and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is available NOW in paperback format and the ebook version will be available on 31st October 2017.

To buy link:  http://amzn.to/2yS6L0A

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Englishwoman at Christmas, a standalone romance and last in this current series.
Holly Branch has it all. She’s rich, famous and beautiful but, after a disastrous early marriage, she’s also deeply distrustful of men, all men…
Lord Oliver Ivy has it all. He’s rich, titled and handsome. He’s also a world renowned plastic surgeon, or he was… Now he’s an emotional wreck seeking solace in the bottom of a whiskey bottle.
When fate decides to play a trick on these two strangers, by dumping them in Cornwall in the middle of a snow-storm, fate gets a shock…

Note from author. When my twins asked to have a book dedicated to them, of course it was going to be jam-packed with twins…

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.  All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I’ve really enjoyed the Englishwoman in series by Jenny O’Brien and Englishwoman at Christmas is sadly the last in this series.  I’m hoping the author Jenny O’Brien may revisit this series later on as a romantic novel written around the lives and loves of modern day aristocracy has captured my imagination and I haven’t read many contemporary stories that have touched on this subject, I’ve certainly read plenty of historical romances but aristocratic life now is very different.  At the end of the day whatever background we are from we appreciate companionship and love.

The Englishwoman in series includes the following novels:

  • Englishwoman in Paris
  • Englishwoman in Manhattan
  • Englishwoman in Scotland
  • Englishwoman at Christmas

Each novel can be read as a standalone but you will find characters from previous novels from this series and from the Irish Romance series will crop up in other stories.  To fully appreciate the full enjoyment of this series I would recommend reading them all.

This story focuses on Holly Branch who has just been bequeathed a country cottage in Cornwall from her late mother’s inheritance.  Holly is a hard working interior designer in the city of London and is happy that her work is her main priority in life.  Her heart has been shattered in the past and she is still struggling with her self-esteem.  It’s Christmas Eve, she’s finished work for the holiday period and after being handed the keys for her inheritance she wants to do nothing more than escape to Cornwall.

Lord Oliver Ivy is a world renowned plastic surgeon, with such talented skills in the field he is sought to perform very risky procedures.  Oliver is currently off work with a stress-related illness.  He’s struggling to cope with his emotions due to an incident that has left him emotionally and physically scarred.  Oliver has just wished his driver a Happy Christmas and now he’s left to enjoy the holiday season on his own.  But when he by chance meets with Holly Branch who mistakes him for her taxi driver he decides as he has nothing better to do to play along with Holly and drive her to Cornwall.

The weather is playing havoc with their journey as the country is blanketed in snow and when they eventually arrive at the cottage Oliver realises he cannot make the return journey home straight away.  Fate has brought these two workaholic people together.  Within the confines of the cottage Holly and Oliver have no alternative but to learn to live alongside each other.  A mutual attraction is felt between them but with Holly’s previous heartache and Oliver’s current emotional state tension and confusion is muddled along with a growing chemistry.

This was such another lovely romance from Jenny O’Brien.  I love how Jenny O’Brien incorporates sensitive issues amongst her storyline and scenes take us to medical procedures giving us drama and a myriad of emotions.  A lovely festive romance to enjoy as the season brings in the colder weather.

To learn more about Jenny O’Brien and her novels please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/ScribblerJB

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/JennyOBrienWriter/

 

No Way Back by Kelly Florentia blogtour book review

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No Way Back written by Kelly Florentia, publisher Urbane Publications, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link: http://amzn.to/2xvnR2q

Product Details (as per amazon page)

When two eligible and attractive men are vying for your heart, it should be the perfect dilemma…

Audrey Fox has been dumped by her unreliable fiancé Nick Byrne just days before the wedding. Heartbroken and confused, the last thing she expects when she jumps on a plane to convalesce in Cyprus is romance. But a chance meeting with handsome entrepreneur and father-of-one Daniel Taylor weaves her into a dating game she’s not sure she’s ready for. Audrey’s life is thrown into further turmoil when she discovers on her return to London that Nick has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident that’s left him in intensive care. Distraught yet determined to look to the future, Audrey must make a decision – follow her heart or listen to well-meaning advice from family and friends? Because sometimes, no matter what, it’s the people that we love who can hurt us the most…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Kelly Florentia’s latest novel, No Way Back.

I really enjoyed this novel by Kelly Florentia.  No Way Back is her second full length novel.  It follows the life of Audrey Fox who is heartbroken following the break-up of her relationship mere days before their wedding.  Audrey and Nick have been together for eight years and Audrey was so excited and ready for her forthcoming nuptials.  However, Nick has had a fairly unreliable past and calling off the wedding just proves to Audrey how unreliable he is.  Audrey flees the country and stays in Cyprus with her parents to recuperate and reflect on her future.

Audrey’s heart and mind is very unsettled and Cyprus is not proving much of a distraction especially when she literally falls in the lap of wealthy and handsome businessman Daniel Taylor.  Daniel turns out to be Audrey’s very own Prince Charming but is she ready to be swooned so soon?

Back home in London reality hits her hard after learning that her ex Nick is seriously ill in hospital following a motorcycle accident.  Audrey is faced with a dilemma on whether to visit Nick in hospital.  Her friends are set against her visiting Nick and unbeknown to Audrey they have their reasons for this and when this reason reveals a whole lot more anguish for Audrey she is confused and heartbroken even more.

The handsome businessman Daniel is also back in London and has set his sights on winning Audrey’s heart?

Daniel Taylor is a very complicated character and Audrey’s first impressions are way off the mark.  But the more Audrey lets Daniel into her life the more tangled her new relationship becomes as Daniel has many secrets and until he reveals all to Audrey she cannot clear her mind of her feelings for him.

Audrey has a lovely support group of friends and family which hold many keys to this story .  The sub-characters themselves experience many trials and tribulations in their own lives.  Some of these moments in her friends lives were quite emotive, dealing with serious issues and the author dealt with these concerns in a sensitive manner.

For the weeks and months following the cancellation of her wedding Audrey has experienced extreme highs and lows and her heart was in turmoil.  Should she go back to her ex Nick or have the charming Daniel capture her heart?

There were many twists in this tale I didn’t see coming, one minute I was hopeful and thought ‘yes, Audrey should choose him’ and then the author throws us in a completely different direction and you are left with a right quandary.

I was pleased to learn after reading this novel that Kelly Florentia will write a sequel to No Way Back.  There is so much potential for a sequel and I’m excited to see which way the author will take all the main and sub-characters.   No Way Back has many tears of despair, drama, intrigue, fun, frolics and warm tender moments.  Great story that has left me wanting more.

To learn more about Kelly Florentia and her books please visit the following links:

Website:  https://kellyflorentia.com/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/kellyflorentia

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/KellyFlorentiaAuthor