The Promise by Michelle Vernal blogtour book review

 

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The Promise written and self-published by Michelle Vernal is available NOW in ebook and paperback format. The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Two women from different generations brought together by another’s wrongdoing.

When British backpacker, Isabel Stark happens across a car accident on a lonely stretch of road in the South Island of New Zealand her life changes forever. The sole passenger, Ginny Havelock asks her to make a promise before she passes away—to find Constance and to say she’s sorry.
Isabel’s a lost soul who’s been drifting through life unsure of where she fits, and the promise she made in New Zealand haunts her upon her return to the United Kingdom. Her only clue as to finding Constance lies within a conversation held at Ginny’s funeral. It takes her to the Isle of Wight.
In the 1940’s sixteen-year-old Constance’s life on her island is sheltered until the death of her brother; Ted brings the reality of war crashing down around her. He leaves behind his pregnant young widow Ginny. When Constance meets a handsome Canadian Airforce man, she’s eager to escape her grief and be swept up by first love. It’s a love which has ramifications she could never envisage.
When Isabel and Constance’s paths finally cross will Ginny’s last words be enough for Constance to make peace with her past? And in fulfilling her promise will Isabel find a place she can call home?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Michelle Vernal’s latest novel: The Promise.

The Promise is the author’s sixth novel and is another of her time-slip historical romances.  Michelle Vernal writes in both the historical time-slip romance genre and also the romantic comedy genre and her writing smoothly moves from one genre to the other producing enjoyable, relatable reads.

A chance encounter witnessing the after effects of a crash on a country road in New Zealand starts a surprising adventure for British backpacker Isabel Stark.

Heartbroken Isabel decided to take a gap year to New Zealand and give her heart a chance to heal.  Towards the end of her year Isabel is the first bystander to a car accident and offers comfort to the old lady trapped in the car.  Sadly Isabel was to be the last person to see the old lady alive and these last few minutes of comfort that a stranger gave to dear old Ginny was enough for her to pass on a very heartfelt message.  A message that had been laying heavily on Ginny’s mind for seventy years.  Feeling shaken by the emotion of the sadness of Ginny’s death Isabel attended her funeral and was to learn that Ginny was born in the UK and lived on the Isle of Wight just a short ferry ride from her hometown.  Isabel felt like fate had played a hand at putting her in the right place for dear old Ginny.

With Isabel’s gap year coming to an end she returned home with Ginny’s last thoughts and wishes on her mind.  With only a few clues as to Ginny’s last known UK residence Isabel sets off on a journey of discovery.  This journey would take her on an emotive tale travelling back to WWII and to a love story that life so cruelly snatched away.  The journey would also be a time for self-discovery for Isabel herself for her own personal and professional enlightenment.

I was captivated by this time-slip historical romance from Michelle Vernal.  Reading about the tragic love story in WWII was so touching.  I also loved the journey of self-discovery for Isabel, she was learning so much about herself that she had either kept hidden or hadn’t realised her true potential.  A lovely story filled with emotion but interlaced lovingly with warmth and charm with a whole host of great sub-characters.  I didn’t want the story to end as I wanted to know how the characters were progressing with the next instalments in their lives.

A touching, heart warming historical time-slip romance.

About the Author

btyMichelle Vernal is a Harper Collins author who loves a happy ending. She lives with her husband, their two boys and a needy three-legged black cat in Christchurch, New Zealand. She’s partial to a glass of wine, loves a cheese scone and has recently taken up yoga—a sight to behold indeed. She is a freelance writer for a Canterbury lifestyle magazine who is currently working on her seventh novel. Michelle’s a firm believer in happy endings, and all of her stories are written with humour and warmth.

 

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The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 3 by Audrey Davis blogblitz Promo Post

 

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The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part Three written and self-published by Audrey Davis is available in ebook format from today, 30th July 2018.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Nothing lasts forever … Gary’s time on earth seems to be coming to an end. His visits are less frequent and his visibility is fading fast. But he still has a mission to accomplish, which involves Hattie and her ability to pass on a heart-rending message.

Best friend Cat’s ex-husband is determined to prove that he deserves another chance, but do leopards really change their spots?

Times are tough for Hattie’s mother Rachel, but where there’s life, there’s hope …
Meanwhile, is there someone already in Hattie’s life who can help her move on when it’s finally time to say goodbye?

Get your tissues at the ready – both for laughter and tears – with the final instalment of a trilogy that has been hailed ‘brilliant’, ‘hilarious’, and ‘a great feel-good read’.

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I’m so pleased to be involved in the Publication Day blogblitz for Audrey Davis and her third instalment in The Haunting of Hattie Hastings series.  Happy Publication Day Audrey Davis.

About the Author – Audrey Davis

Audrey Davis survived secondary school on the West coast of Scotland. Rubbish at science but not too bad at English, she originally wanted to be an actress but was persuaded that journalism was a safer option. Probably wise. She studied at Napier College in Edinburgh, the only place in Scotland at that time to offer a journalism course.

Her first foray into the hard-nosed newspaper world was as a junior reporter in Dumfriesshire. Duties included interviewing farmers about the prize-winning heifers to reporting on family tragedies. She persuaded her editor to let her launch an entertainment column which meant meeting the odd celebrity – or just the downright odd. From there, she moved to the loftier rank of senior reporter back in her home patch. Slightly more money, fewer farm animals but a higher crime rate. As Taggart would say: ‘There’s been a murrrrder!’

After a stint in London on a video magazine – yes, she is that old – Audrey moved to Singapore with her fiancé. She tried valiantly to embrace the stinking heat, humidity and lack of jobs, although she did work briefly on a magazine which was banned by the government for ‘artistic’ use of naked men’s bottoms.

Next on her adventures was a land Down Under where her main focus was raising Cost Centre One (aka firstborn) and coming to terms with the imminent arrival of Number Two. Still, she loved the Aussie way of life – BBQs, beaches and bring your own booze to restaurants – so it came as a blow when OH announced a move back to the UK. Not a job between them, the climate a possible deal breaker and an Exorcist-style vomiting infant on the flight home didn’t bode well …

Always a survivor, Audrey sought out similar-minded friends (i.e. slightly bonkers), got the children into a good school and thought about taking up writing again. Sadly, thinking about it was as far as she got, unless you count shopping lists. Then, hubby drops another bombshell. Switzerland. As in – it’s packing time again. Off to the land of cheese, chocolate, scarily efficient trains and a couple of teeny, tiny issues. Like driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and speaking a foreign language (French). The former was conquered fairly quickly (we’ll skip over the wall demolition in week two), the latter remains an ongoing battle of the hopeful against the hopeless. At least she provides amusement for the local workforce.
It wasn’t until 2016 that Audrey rediscovered her writing mojo with an online Writing Fiction course. From there, her first novel – A Clean Sweep – was born, although it took a bit longer than nine months from conception. A short, darker prequel – A Clean Break – followed, and in November 2017 she published the first in a novella trilogy, The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One. Part Two is published on 21 March 2018, with the conclusion following in July. After which she might have a wee lie down …

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*Price Drop Promo* One Endless Summer by Laurie Ellingham

 

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One Endless Summer written by Laurie Ellingham, publisher HQ, is available in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

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How long can you keep a secret?
Three best friends are embarking on an all-expenses paid trip of their dreams. The only catch? Every moment will be documented on film.
Lizzie is finally ready to embrace adventure for the very first time. It’s their last three months together, but it is Lizzie’s time to finally start living!
Jaddi is known for her stunning looks, flirtatious attitude and many conquests. But Jaddi has a secret and on this last trip together she needs to decide whether her best friends will ever know the real her.
Samantha has always been the ‘grown up’ of the group, the one with a five year plan. What Lizzie and Jaddi don’t know is that Sam is trapped, and her perfect life isn’t quite what it seems…
As they trek across the globe Lizzie, Jaddi and Samantha must come to terms with loss, love and trusting one another. But will it all be too late…

‘Speechless at just how breathtaking this book really is.’ – Rachel Gilbey
’Mind-blowing, enchanting, heart-breaking, moving, spell-binding and emotional.’ – The Writing Garnet

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour highlighting the incredible PRICE DROP of this top-rated Contemporary Romance … the ebook is currently at the price of 99 pence until 31st August 2018.  Fill your kindle with a new summer read.

About the Author – Laurie Ellingham

Laurie Small photoWhen I am not running around after my two children, my husband, our cockerpoo Rodney, or just plain running, I love nothing more than disappearing into the fictional world of my characters, preferably with a large coffee and a slab of chocolate cake to hand.

I have a degree in Psychology and a background in Public relations, both of which help me in everything I do.

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Twitter: @LaurieEllingham
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The Little Cornish Kitchen by Jane Linfoot blogtour book review

 

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The Little Cornish Kitchen written by Jane Linfoot, publisher HarperImpulse, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers and the ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, Google Play and Apple iBooks.

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It’s time to come home to Cornwall
With an exiting new life in Paris, Clemmie Hamilton isn’t looking forward to heading home to the picturesque but sleepy village of St Aidan, Cornwall. However, when she discovers that the cosy apartment by the sea, which her grandmother left to her, is under threat from neighbour and property developer, Charlie Hobson, Clemmie realises she can’t abandon her home in its time of need.
With her childhood friends encouraging her, Clemmie decides to turn the apartment into ‘The Little Cornish Kitchen’ – a boutique pop up pudding club raising money for the repairs to the building in an effort to stop Charlie once and for all. But when Charlie and his easy charm won’t seem to go away, everything soon becomes even messier than the state of Clemmie’s Cornish kitchen…

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting Jane Linfoot’s latest romcom; The Little Cornish Kitchen.

This was such a delicious read that I greedily devoured.  I’ve loved Jane Linfoot’s The Little Wedding Shop series and I didn’t think the author could top this series but I think this new nugget of loveliness may be the best part of any dessert stand 🙂

We are back in the idyllic Cornish coastal village of St Aidan’s and have four new friends to discover along with a whole host of sub-characters and especially a handsome, brooding man who comes with a loyal dog and a disloyal cat … and he can also bake!!!

When Clemmie Hamilton returns to her home town of St Aidan’s to visit her late grandmother’s apartment that has been left to her Clemmie is feeling a little apprehensive.  Clemmie’s current life is living and working in the city of Paris so St Aidan has a very different vibe to the very chic and bustling city.  One thing St Aidan’s has that Paris doesn’t is her lifelong friends Sophie, Nell and Plum.  The girls have been friends since childhood and have shared many highs and lows together.  Clemmie doesn’t think she could live full-time in St Aidan’s but when she opens the door to her late Gran’s apartment that has a stunning sea view location nostalgic feelings come flooding back and Clemmie is filled with warmth and joy.  Bit by bit each item of crockery and piece of furniture is giving Clemmie such wonderful memories that she is starting to feel a pull to the place.

When Clemmie literally bumps into her neighbour Charlie, Diesel his dog and Pancake the cat, that pull is becoming stronger as new feelings emerge.  As equally handsome that Charlie is he holds a grumpiness to his character and is quite aloof.  However, underneath it all there is a sadness within Charlie that St Aidan’s and his dog and the beautiful, tranquil settings of the apartments can only bring warmth back to his heart.  But meeting his new neighbour Clemmie has startled his heart and has kickstarted it beating again.

The Little Cornish Kitchen is a gorgeous feel-good summery read that will have you salivating over the delicious delights that Clemmie produces and you’ll be swooning over a love story were the pets have no worries or qualms about declaring their true feelings.

The author Jane Linfoot has put together a lovely giveaway.  Win a signed copy of The Little Cornish Kitchen, Mermaid Notebook and Sugar Unicorns (Open Internationally)

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Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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To learn more about the author Jane Linfoot please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.janelinfoot.co.uk/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JaneLinfoot

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/JaneLinfoot2

 

 

Forgive Me Not by Samantha Tonge Publication Day blogblitz book review

 

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Forgive Me Not written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

The ebook is available to download on amazon kindle, kobo, Google Play and Apple iBooks.

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How far would you go to make amends?
When Emma fled her home at Foxglove Farm, she’d let down and hurt those who cared for her most. But now, two years later, she’s ready to face up to her past; she’s ready to go back.
But Emma’s unannounced return causes more problems than she could have foreseen. The people she knew and loved aren’t ready to forget, let alone forgive. And the one person she wants to reconnect with the most, her mother, can’t remember who she is.
Just as Emma starts to rebuild trust, an uncovered family secret and a shocking past crime threaten her newly forged future…
Sometimes simply saying sorry isn’t enough.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. 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 able to share my review on the Publication Day blitz for Samantha Tonge’s latest novel:  Forgive Me Not.

Forgive Me Not is Samantha Tonge’s first departure away from her well loved romcoms.  This story sees the author tackling serious subjects and also issues that some areas of society still struggle to talk about.

We all at times draw a conclusion to someone on their first appearances but when you actually sit down and talk openly to that person and understand the reasoning behind their current situation you start to open your eyes and mind and appreciate that their character is far more in depth than their current situation.

Young Emma’s life had been slowly spiralling out of control; disobeying her mum and her sister’s wishes she was constantly out partying, had turned to stealing to fuel her lust for her addiction and believed her wild ways made great insta-feed.  However, one Christmas Eve her foolish ways became too much and Emma was forced to move out of the family home.  Emma thought she’d hit rock bottom then but worse was to come.  Now homeless, shunned from her family Emma sought solace in the streets of the city.  A total contrast to her home on the farm.  She soon adjusted and became accustomed to days rolling into nights and back again looking for her next addictive fix.  Her rock bottom came a little later, when not only her life was at risk but the life of another.  Eventually Emma had no choice but to ask for help.

Nearly a year and a half had lapsed since Emma’s rock bottom and she felt ready to return home.  We follow Emma on her journey back home to seek forgiveness from so many, we also travel back to her dark days when times were tough.  Would Emma’s family, friends and neighbours welcome her back with open arms or would old wounds of the hurt and damage she had caused still be too deep a wound to have healed over?

I was totally absorbed in this story that opened my eyes to situations that people sometimes find themselves, through no fault of their own, in.  It was quite thought provoking at times but the author has woven some lovely inspirational, endearing moments into the story.  However, there a few twists in the tale that shake your emotions in to a tailspin  The story also makes you take a look at yourself in a different light and learning to accept yourself is the first step to any chance of acceptance.

Totally absorbing, thought provoking but filled with a sense of hopefulness.

To learn more about the author Samantha Tonge please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter

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

 

Summer at the Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green blogtour book review

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Summer at the Little Duck Pond Café written and self-published by Rosie Green is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Jaz Winters stuck a pin in a map and fled to the village of Sunnybrook, looking for a brand new life – and after a rocky start, it’s beginning to look as if she made the right decision. Her blossoming friendship with Ellie and Fen has seen her through some dark times, and she’s managed to land two jobs – waitressing at The Little Duck Pond Café and working as a weekend tour guide at Brambleberry Manor, the country house that’s been in Fen’s family for generations.

Sure, life isn’t totally perfect. There’s the irritating know-it-all guy who keeps popping up on her manor tours, for a start. He seems determined to get under Jaz’s skin whether she likes it or not. But she supposes he’s a small price to pay for the relative peace she’s found, living in Sunnybrook.

But just as Jaz is beginning to think rosier times are on the horizon, a shock encounter looks set to shatter her fragile happiness.

Will she be forced to flee from Sunnybrook and everyone she’s grown so fond of? Or will she find the strength to stand her ground and finally face up to the nightmares of the past?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the next instalment in the new mini series by Rosie Green.  This novella is part of a trilogy, the books in the series are:

  • Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café (you can find my review here
  • Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café
  • Winter at The Little Duck Pond Café

I felt truly welcomed back to the village of Sunnybrook and especially to The Little Duck Pond Café.  It was lovely to rekindle our reading relationships with the friends we made back in Book One: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.  We catch up with their comings and goings in the village that sounds so pretty and idyllic.  Book Two is Jaz Winter’s story.  Each book is novella in size and I would thoroughly recommend reading each story in the series in order to experience the full enjoyment from the trilogy.

After her relationship with Grant dramatically falls apart Jaz has to find a new home and she randomly decides on the village of Sunnybrook.  Keeping her past a secret isn’t easy but she feels it’s the only way to protect something she holds dear to her.  Her new life in the village is going well with new friends and work at the café and with the possibility of a change in career direction on the horizon Jaz is feeling a little more settled.

However, her past cannot be kept hidden forever and when Jaz fears for the wellbeing of someone in her past she has no option to step back into her old life.  With the help of her new friends Jaz tries to keep control of her old life.

Another lovely instalment in this heart warming mini series by Rosie Green.  A story filled with endearing comical moments, blossoming friendships and romance.

To learn more about the author Rosie Green please visit the following pages:

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

One Week to Wed by Laurie Benson blogblitz Q n A

 

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One Week to Wed (The Sommersby Brides Book 1) written by Laurie Benson, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers and the ebook is available to download via kindle, kobo and iBooks.

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One stolen night…
…leads to unexpected wedding vows!
Part of The Sommersby Brides: widowed Lady Charlotte Gregory believes she’ll never marry again after losing her husband—until meeting dashing Lord Andrew Pearce brings her respectable lonely world back to vibrant life! Left alone one night, they give in to their desires—only to find their secret passion leads to shock, scandal…and a sudden marriage of convenience!

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogblitz on the publication day for Laurie Benson’s latest Historical Romance series The Sommersby Brides, with One Week to Wed as Book 1.  I’m sad that I haven’t had the time to read this novel yet as I adore a Regency romance but it will definitely be going on my TBR.  So, instead of a review I have a treat; a Q and A with the lovely author Laurie Benson.

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Hi Laurie welcome to my blog.  I love reading Regency romance as courtships and relationships were very different and almost orchestrated.

Hi, thanks so much for having me on your Kraftireader blog.   I love your blog header! It sums me up perfectly. I love to snuggle up with a cup of tea and read.

Many thanks Laurie, tea and books are a perfect coupling 🙂

Q: Why did you choose the Regency era as your focus on writing?
There are so many things about that era that I love. The early nineteenth century is such a culturally rich time in history. I adore Georgian architecture, art, and the clothes that were worn were so romantic. I really do have a thing for a man in breeches and boots! And, as a writer, I love being able to craft romances that can play with the restricted manners of the day. Just the simple brush of one hand against another could have been high erotic. It’s fun to find ways for your hero and heroine to have clandestine encounters.

Q: The book covers of historical romances are so beautiful.  Just for fun if you could choose any celeb to be on your book cover (be it a couple or a hero or heroine) who would it be?
I agree, I think historical romance covers are beautiful. When I send my cover ideas to my publisher, I always include photos of who I think the hero and heroine look like, so this is easy to answer. I would have Chris Hemsworth play my hero, Lord Andrew Pearce. Lord Andrew is an agent of the crown and is this tall, muscular guy with a killer smile. My heroine is Lady Charlotte Gregory, who is an independent widow. I envisioned Meghan Fox when I was writing her.

Q: Just for fun who would you secretly love as your biggest fan?
This is a tough one to answer. There isn’t anyone that I can think of.  I’m just happy when readers find my books and let me know that they’ve enjoyed them.

Q: Book 1 in your new trilogy is out today. How do you decide if your WIP is going to be serialised?
All of the Regency romances that I’ve written so far are part of a series and take place in the same world. It’s how I envision my Regency era England, I suppose. I enjoy reading series romances, so it was probably natural that I would write them. I like writing stories about a group of friends or siblings and have characters appeared in other stories. There are a few characters from my first series, The Secret Lives of the Ton, that appear in The Sommersby Brides series.

Q: Please tell me a little about the trilogy and what we have to look forward to in the trilogy?
The Sommersby Brides series is comprised of three stand-alone stories about the three Sommersby sisters, who find themselves in three scandalous situations that lead to three very different proposals. The first book is ONE WEEK TO WED which, as you said, is out today. It’s the story of an independent widow and a dangerous Lord who share one unexpected night of passion that results in an unknowing betrayal and a marriage of convenience. The second story is actually a Christmas novella entitled ONE NIGHT UNDER THE MISTLETOE. It will be released in November. I had some fun with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet when I was writing that story and wondered what would have happened if Romeo or Juliet had decided they weren’t ready to run away together and then they met up years later. And the final book is HIS THREE-DAY DUCHESS, which is a road trip, enemies-to-lovers romance which will be out in February.

Thanks again for having me on Kraftireader.  It’s been fun.

Thank you so much to Laurie Benson joining me today.  To learn more about Laurie Benson please visit the following sites:

Website:  http://lauriebenson.net/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/@lauriebwrites/

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