Triple Cover Reveals: THE OUR WORLDS SERIES,When Our Worlds Collide ~ When Our Worlds Fall Apart ~ When Our Worlds Stand Still By LINDSEY ILER @Lindseyiler

Series: Our Worlds Series

Titles: When Our Worlds Collide ~ When Our Worlds Fall Apart ~ When Our Worlds Stand Still

Author: Lindsey Iler

Genre: Mature YA/NA Romance

Cover Designer: Lindsey Iler

 

Kennedy Conrad is everything he needs.

Graham Black has two rules in life. Play baseball, so he can get the hell out of Tennessee, and leave your shirt on when you drop your panties.

 

 
He’s a typical all-American pitcher with the world at his fingertips. His devilish good looks and charm help him crawl into the beds and hearts of the girls at his high school. With secrets no one knows, he has every intention of running away from his hometown the minute he graduates. Nothing can get in his way. Until poor choices collide him into Kennedy Conrad.

 

Graham Black is everything she wants.

 

 

Kennedy Conrad has her own set of rules. Dance with your whole heart, and make it through each day without being noticed. 
 
She’s sweet and reserved, everything Graham’s not. After one fated night, she can’t stop him from noticing her anymore. She knows there’s a chance of heartache by letting him in. When the unthinkable happens to Kennedy, Graham realizes what he’s been fighting is what causes Kennedy to end up hurt. 
 

 

Can their love survive one more thing that is meant to pull them apart?

 

 
 

Love is complicated. Add in high school and it’s bound to get worse. 

Kennedy Conrad spent her summer hiding from the world, leaving her plenty of time to relive every moment spent with Graham Black. Now at the start of her senior year, she has one goal. Avoid the boy who broke her heart. He seems to be everywhere she turns.

 

 

Letting go isn’t always the easiest thing to do. 

 

 

Graham Black spent his summer parading around with nameless girls at endless parties. At the start of his senior year, he pretends to be okay with his choices and masks his pain, but Graham can’t escape the reminder of his own broken heart. Every time he turns around, she’s there.
 

 

Sometimes people come into your life for different reasons. 

 

 

Someone new reminds Kennedy what she deserves, leaving Graham two choices: be pushed back into the shadows or fight for the only girl who’s ever understood him.
 

 

Can they find their way back as their worlds fall apart?

 

 
 

Time is said to heal all wounds.

Kennedy Conrad embraces survival. Group therapy, friends, and dance are helping her find the person she was. Overcoming the darkest period of her past is getting easier every day. Still, the ache in her chest tells her something is missing. Him.

The more precious something is, the harder you fight for it. 

Graham Black embraces change. Baseball, mentoring, and school are helping him leave behind the person he once thought he was. Hiding in plain sight is what gets him through each day. Still, he questions the decisions he makes because of her.

Whoever said all good things must come to an end doesn’t know their story.


When everything in their lives seems to be settling down, Kennedy and Graham once again collide. Misconceptions are corrected. Secrets are revealed. Choices are forced. Broken pieces are scattered, and only these two have the power to put things back together. 
Faced with the decision of their lives, what will they do when their worlds stand still?

 

Excerpt From When Our Worlds Collide

 

I walk into her bedroom and close the door, but’s Kennedy’s not there. The messy bed reminds me of what happened earlier this morning.

 

 

 

 

 

“Whatcha thinking ‘bout, Black?” Kennedy sings as she hobbles into the room.

 

 

 

 

 

She walks across the room wearing nothing but a towel around her body. The small piece of purple fabric barely covers her, but I don’t mind. If she pulls it up any higher, her ass will be exposed, but if she pulls it down, her tits will pop out. Despite the crutches, she somehow manages to hold the fabric in place. I secretly pray for it to drop to the ground. Her smile tells me she knows exactly what she’s doing to me.

 

 

 

 

 

“Hasn’t anyone ever told you it’s not nice to tease others?”

 

 

Kennedy grabs shorts, a tank top, and a pair of black lacy underwear from her dresser drawers, and walks back into her bathroom. Perfectly in tune with every move she makes and everything her hands grace with her gentle touch, I follow in her wake.

 

 

 

 

 

“I don’t think anyone’s ever called me a tease, Mr. Black.” The towel drops to her feet. She bravely turns to face me. Her smile is innocent even though we both know she’s anything but. “Whoops!”

 

 

 

 

 

With a loud bang, the door slams in my face. I can feel myself begin to wind up. The only thing that can fulfill my appetite is on the other side of that damn door, covering her body with far too much clothing.

 

 

 

 

 

What happened to the naïve, shy Kennedy who shudders under my very touch? She’s been replaced with this strong, confident, flirtatious girl who openly teases me.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve created a monster.

 

 

 

 

 

With no complaints from me, I’ll go along with her game of cat and mouse. If she’s going to torture me all day, then I can play until she begs me to touch her.

 

 
 
Lindsey Iler is the author of the Our Worlds series. She’s had her feet planted in the state of Michigan since she was born and she still lives there with her husband and four kids.

When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with family and friends, listening to music, reading (obviously), and hopefully just enjoying every moment in life. She has a twisted sense of humor, tends to speak honestly, and her mind tends to feel most comfortable in the gutter.

Lindsey writes mature young adult/new adult contemporary romance. She falls in love with every character that pops into her head and is notorious for writing long chapters in her notes on her iPhone. It’s embarrassing how many started/unfinished projects are on that thing. She finds inspiration from music and the people around her.
 
 
 
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Audiobook Review Tour: TAKE A CHANCE SERIES,( Books 0.5 -1 ) By USA Today Bestselling Author NANCY WARREN, Narrated By Teri Schnaubelt

 

Author: Nancy Warren

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt

Length: 24 minutes

Publisher: Ambleside Publishing⎮2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Take A Chance, Book 0.5

Release date: June 18, 2015

Daphne and Jack meet on a Greyhound bus heading north from California. The year is 1976, and Daphne is a pregnant teenager. Jack is a guy in search of a future. For these two lost souls, this is a ride that will change their lives and begin a dynasty.

This is a prequel to the Take a Chance series about the 11 kids Jack and Daphne will collect over the years and the paths each member of this very untraditional family will take as they in turn fall in love.

Author: Nancy Warren

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt

Length: 5 hours 8 minutes

Publisher: Ambleside Publishing⎮2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Take A Chance, Book 1

Release date: Feb. 25, 2015

In this sexy, humorous contemporary romance, a lost dog brings together a wealthy drifter and a small town doctor and changes all their lives forever.

Evan Chance is a man out to complete the bucket list he made as a kid, starting with ride a motorcycle across America. Caitlyn Sorenson is the sexy country doctor standing in his way. Or is she the dream he’s been searching for?

Evan’s Amazing Life List:

1. Ride a motorcycle across America

2. Kiss a girl in the rain

3. Swim in every ocean.

When Evan Chance gives up a successful corporate law career to tackle the bucket list he wrote when he was 12, he has no idea where the road will lead him.

Caitlyn Sorenson is a happily-settled small town doctor. When a sexy drifter rolls into town after a motorcycle accident leaves him stranded in Miller’s Pond for a few days, with the homeliest dog ever, she can smell trouble even as she’s drawn to a man who is only passing through town.

But some scorching hot nights and a blooming tenderness mean two people will have to face up to the challenges of love.

From USA Today best-selling Author Nancy Warren comes the first in an exciting new series of sexy, humorous romances about a family named Chance. New York Times best-selling author Lori Foster calls Nancy’s writing “sexy and wonderfully witty.”

 

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For the purpose of this review, I am reviewing both books together. Chance Encounter is a sweet novella set in 1976 on a greyhound bus. Daphne a young college student who is 5 months pregnant. In disgrace she is traveling to her great aunt. Jack feels sorry for Daphne who is crying in her sleep. Jack and Daphne click while telling each other their live stories
They can’t let each go, and they decide to travel to the same place together. This story is only 25 mins altogether. It was a definitely must for the series to meet the young Jack and Daphne.
The first book is Girl in the Rain where we meet Evan Chance, hot shot attorney, millionaire is coming up to his 35th birthday. When he receives a card from his Mum with a bucket list he made when he was 12 was enclosed. He realises he hasn’t completed half the things on the list. It’s only when his mentor dies, he vows to complete is list. So Evan leaves on his Motorbike to cross the country. We all know nothing goes to plan, and after a couple of days a dog runs in front of his bike. The bike is damage, but the dog is injured. While carry the dog he is directed to what he thinks is a vets. Lucky for him its actually a people doctor. Caitlyn Sorenson is the sexy country doctor who decides it’s safe to have a fling with the hot Evan Chance as he is leaving when his bike fixed. As we know nothing goes to plan. As Evan gets more involved in this small community and Caitlyn he realises sometimes everything you need is right in front of you. 

I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nancy Warren. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

 

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Teaser Time: BUILDING YOUR EMPOWERED STEPS By L.M. PRESTON @LM_Preston @RABTBookTours

 

Self Help / Non Fiction
Date Published: May 1st, 2018
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Building Your Empowered Steps is your guide and personal mentor in making your life into the experience you desire. A tool to use to redirect your way of thinking about your ability to change and your worth in reaching for it through active exercises and simple bites that when taken can guide you in building your dreams and aspirations, one step at a time.
 
 

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Empowered Steps is a quick, easy to read roadmap for making your wildest dreams become your reality. This book should work as an active reading guide that helps you realize and create the adventures that you want to shape your life experience.
About the Author
LM Preston is an author, an engineer, a professor, a mother and a wife. Her passion for writing and helping others to see their potential through her stories and encouragement has been her life’s greatest adventures.
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Royal Attraction
Tiffany Truitt
Published by: Entangled Embrace
Publication date: September 18th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Alexandra Ryans’s life has been anything but normal. Some might even call it a fairy tale. As the daughter of the former U.S. ambassador to England, she grew up within the palace walls, best friends with the three young princes. Adored by the press and the British people. What more could a girl want?

If only the press knew the real story behind her relationships with the Dudley boys. Then, they’d really sell some papers.

Oliver Dudley, youngest son and third in line for the throne, loves everything about his life. The fame. The parties. The women. The utter lack of expectations and responsibilities that come with being last in the line of succession. But while the world thinks he has everything he wants, there’s one thing he was never able to call his own—the beautiful and spunky American Aly Ryans. But how can he convince her when she hates everything about his life? And what is he willing to give up to get her?

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“I’ll only be here a little while longer, Ollie,” I manage in between breaths. “Then everything can go back to the way it was. Like I never returned.”

The lines in his forehead deepen. “You think that’s what I want? To go back? Tell me your life has been better since you left,” he challenges, raising an eyebrow.

I place my hand against his chest and attempt to push him out of my way, but he doesn’t budge. Not even an inch. Instead, he places a hand against my cheek. I inhale sharply, caught off guard by the sudden gentleness of the action. “You tell me right now that since leaving here your life has been better, that you’re happy, and I’ll walk out of this greenhouse. I’ll pretend that seeing you here doesn’t drive me wild. I’ll ignore all the things my body wants to do to yours. I’ll forget the fact that you leaving without a goodbye wrecked me.”

I open my mouth to argue, but he cuts me off. “You wrecked me, Ryans,” he reiterates, his voice desperate.

I prepare to tell him that I’m happier. That life has been easier without being caught between him and Aiden. That I enjoy not having to worry the press is lurking around every corner. That I prefer being a normal girl. That the day we shared together was just that—a day. It didn’t mean anything. It didn’t define me.

But the words refuse to come out of my mouth. Instead, a small gasp breaks free, and I know that if I don’t bolt soon, my resolve will shatter. Ollie’s hand slowly trails down my cheek and across the length of my neck, stopping on the delicate skin above my collarbone. My breathing picks up.

Tell him to stop, Alexandra.

He tugs at the collar of my jersey, bringing my face dangerously close to his. I bite down hard on my bottom lip. Ollie’s eyes travel down to my lips. My body gravitates toward his till it’s nearly pressing against the length of him.

When did it become this? This need? Because need is coursing through me like wildfire.

“You said it, Ryans. You won,” he reminds me, his voice all throaty and hoarse and incredibly sexy. “You want me to spend the rest of your time here ignoring all that’s left unanswered between us? Say it. If you desire to go back to that emptiness, that life that you seem so anxious to return to, I won’t stop you. Just say it’s what you want. ’Cause I can’t stand the indecision anymore, the what-ifs. I’ve lived three years of that. Wondering what could have happened if things had been different. ”

 

Author Bio:

Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of one McDonalds and Banana Rats (don’t ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).

Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. The earliest books she remembers reading belong to The Little House on the Prairie Series. First book she read in one day? Little Woman (5th grade). First author she fell in love with? Jane Austen in middle school. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”

Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom.

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Romantic Suspense
Date Published: 14 March 2018
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My first and only boyfriend believed I was too gutless to leave. He was dead wrong. My name is Gillian. I graduated Harvard early and left his hot temper and everyone else behind for Dallas. Determined to make it on my own, I land a second job bartending at the neighborhood pub smack in drama central where most every jerk in the neighborhood hits on me—at a huge price.
 
A week into the job, the neighborhood’s very popular drug dealer falls to his death a few feet from the table I’m serving. The cops say suicide, but the hot guitar player in the house band and I suspect foul play, and I intend to prove it. We dig deeper, grow closer, and make a shocking discovery. We know the murderer.
 
 
 
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 Chapter One
 
I peek back at my butt in these loose-fitting jeans and all I see is sad. Remembering what my new boss said about better tips if I wear something a little sexy, I button a plaid shirt halfway up to show a little. I fasten one more and brush through my wavy auburn hair. Why did my apartment come with a full-length mirror in the bathroom? I’m nothing like my curvy new next door neighbor in that dress.
 
Even though I had to borrow a can opener from her to eat lunch today, I’m prepared with every bartender’s necessity. A good bar blade. I dig out the one I used to open bottles during my forty-two days of bartending at the place on Harvard Square back in Boston before Connor made me quit and stick it in my back pocket so I don’t look like a total rookie. It’s one of the few utensils in my kitchen drawer.
 
With the pink fuzzy scarf Lauren gave me for Christmas tucked inside my jacket, I message her before I talk myself out of going. “First night. Wish me luck!” I glance at the collage photo frame of our college memories she gave me before I packed up and left.
 
Mixers, whisky brands, and vodka flavors run through my head down the six flights of stairs and on the short walk to the first shift of my new night job. My jacket shields me from the cold as I step through the circles of light shining on the dark red brick sidewalk. A couple jogs by totally into one another, and three guys who were probably high school stars toss a football near the fountain, yelling back for not throwing right.
 
What am I doing? Am I invisible? Everyone’s with someone like I was. Taking the CPA job in Dallas seemed like such a great idea. It’s where no one knows me. Away from Connor. Before he had a chance to break me.
 
Rule one of my new life—forget about what already happened. Period.
 
Just as I turn the corner toward the tree-lined park, someone rams into me from behind. I gulp a breath as he twists me to the ground, dragging me along by the arm. The strap to my purse connects me to a guy who looks barely old enough to drive until he yanks it away. The purse holding the cash I have to live on until I get paid, my ID, one credit card, and proof I took an exam today.
 
The purse Mom gave me for my eleventh birthday.
 
“Stop!” I struggle to untwist my legs and sprint toward the strap dragging behind him. “No!” The distance between us widens.
 
At the edge of the park, a well-dressed man jumps out of a shiny SUV and shoves the guy into the shrubs. He leans over as they exchange words. Then the man extends a hand to help the purse thief out of the bushes.
 
I stop running to observe. The guy bolts without looking back and I still haven’t remembered to breathe.
 
Then the man, who’s at least my dad’s age, walks toward me. With my purse.
 
“Are you okay?” He hands it to me.
 
“Thank you so much.” I nod and glance at the leaves caught in it and back at the man, not quite believing any part of what just happened and fighting back the anger that it happened to me. “But what the . . .?”
 
“I understand. He has some problems. He won’t bother you again.” He bows his head like a nineteenth century prince and heads back to his truck.
 
I shake off the soreness in my arm. Who was that guy and why would he rescue a purse for some stranger?
 
The George & Dragon Public House sign creaks in the breeze. Smokers corralled on the patio by the black iron fence huddle around heaters, an occasional laugh rising above the steady hum of music and conversation. I walk through the door luckily ten minutes early. The smell of bleach mixed with mesquite from the fire lingers covering every secret that’s happened here. Clanking bottles drown out the low music.
 
Steve’s bald head pops up from behind the bar, his ginger beard even thicker and longer than I remember. “There she is. We took bets whether you’d chicken out.”
 
 
 

 

 
 
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Addison Brae lives in Dallas, Texas on the edge of downtown. As a child, she was constantly in trouble for hiding under the bed to read when she was supposed to be napping. She has been writing since childhood starting with diaries, letters and short stories. She continues today with articles, video scripts and other content as an independent marketing consultant. 
 
When she’s not writing, Addison spends her time traveling the world, collecting interesting cocktail recipes and hosting parties. She’s still addicted to reading and enjoys jogging in her neighborhood park, sipping red wine, binge-watching TV series, vintage clothing and hanging out with her artistic other half and their neurotic cat Lucy. 
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Parents to four wonderful children, Jerry and Stephanie Jaeger enjoy working together as J.S. Jaeger to write uplifting, entertaining stories. 


Jerry overcame bullying to earn his black belt in Kempo Karate. He served as a special agent for the FBI and currently works as a prosecutor. 


Stephanie ran her own accounting practice for several years before turning her focus to writing Scrolls of Zndaria with Jerry. 


Together, they are excited to bring readers of all ages into the magical world of Zndaria.

 

After tragedy strikes her kingdom, the king of Taycod welcomes Cenaya as one of his own. When she uncovers the secrets of her new family, her perceived perfect life begins to crumble. Now she must choose: ignore this new-found knowledge and continue living her spoiled existence or find the strength to become the leader her people need.
She must first decide who to trust. Can she rely on her mysterious father or the dazzling royal family? What of the alluring man who speaks of spreading peace across the land? And then there’s Nathanial McGray, a young man who appears out of nowhere. Her decision will determine freedom or bondage, for her and for the world of Zndaria.

 
 
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“[The Alamist] means the all knowing. Unlike smaller seer stones, nothing is hidden from its view. Even the most powerful magic cannot block it.” Her father stopped and gripped her shoulders. He stared deeply into her eyes. “The army that controls the Alamist will always have the advantage. It will know everything about its enemies, nothing hidden, no surprises.”



Cenaya swallowed hard, frightened by his sudden intensity. “Why … why are you telling me this?”



“Someday, you’ll become the Alamist Queen, the one ordained to wield the power of the Alamist.”


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Title: Beyond The Garden
Author: Ashley Farley
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: April 10, 2018
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From the bestselling author of the Sweeney Sisters Series comes the much-awaited sequel to Magnolia Nights, a novel of fate, discovery, and determination.

All is right in Ellie Pringle Hagood’s world. Recently married to the man of her dreams and in anticipation of the big family she’s always wanted, she focuses on restoring the large home she inherited from her grandmother on Charleston’s prestigious Battery. Abbott, the father she adores, lives just down the street from her. She treasures her beloved housekeeper, Maddie, who offers wise counsel and loving support, and is the closest thing to a mother she’s ever known. Two days a week, she volunteers for an art program she piloted at an elementary school. But then, in the midst of all her happiness, comes news that throws Ellie’s life into a tailspin. Her brother-in-law has been murdered in Key West, and her sister, Lia, is wanted for questioning in the investigation. No one in Ellie’s family has seen or heard from Lia in the seven months since she disappeared and left her twin three-year-old daughters in Ellie and Julian’s care. The newlyweds, with several questions nagging at them, fly off to Key West in search of the missing sister. Where is Lia? How is she connected to her husband’s murder? What will become of her twin daughters? The two are only at the beginning of their quest for answers and solutions, and the path they take turns out to be far more torturous and complicated than expected.

 

Ashley Farley is a writeaholic, exercise junkie, photography enthusiast. The author of the bestselling Sweeney Sisters Series, Ashley writes books about women for women. Her characters are mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives facing real-life issues. Her goal is to keep you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning. If her story stays with you long after you’ve read the last word, then she’s done her job.

After her brother died in 1999 of an accidental overdose, she turned to writing as a way of releasing her pent-up emotions. She wrote SAVING BEN in honor of Neal, the boy she worshipped, the man she could not save.

Ashley is a wife and mother of two young adult children. While she’s lived in Richmond, Virginia for the past 21 years, a piece of her heart remains in the salty marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry where she grew up. Through the eyes of her characters, she’s able to experience the moss-draped trees, delectable cuisine, and kind-hearted folks with lazy drawls that make the area so unique.

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Humor/Memoir
Date Published: March 16, 2018
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I was raised on Indian Land in southeastern Oregon, until age fifteen, when I went to Australia as an ‘experimental exchange student’, for a year.  When I returned, I attended college, and received my FCC license, followed by a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies & Journalism from CSU Sacramento and a Masters Degree in Rhetoric & Communication from UC Davis.
 
I have traveled extensively, worked in the music industry; radio, production, A&R, booking, concert production and glorified babysitter.  All of this, as a single mother.
I worked as a music journalist for musicians, a major independent record label and several online publications. My last book, The Noise Beneath the Apple®; A Celebration of Busking in New York City, won several awards. My current book, My Headdress Is On Fire…stories from a White girl growing up on & off Indian land, is a series of essays that has been described as ‘humor with heart’ and a ‘rock your mind, snapshot of life.’
 
I have been working with Starbucks Coffee Company opening stores, building teams and creating inspired moments, (on and off), for the past 20 years.
 
I was Sainted by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence as Saint Gregarious Dionysus, and continue to work and serve with this group of Drag Nuns or Sacred Clowns or whatever they are to you; but, they are fabulous.
 
An avid TV Junkie, Disco Loving Wine Ninja, die-hard SF Giants fiend and unapologetic Twitter practitioner, I currently hang my hat in San Francisco.
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Audiobook Blog Tour: A WITCHE’S CONCERN ( A Witch’s Path Book 3 ) By N.E. CONNEELY, Narrated By Jeff Hays and Laurel Catherine Winkel

Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrators: Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 4

Length: 7 hours 25 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

Michelle has been figuring out what her life is like now that the demon has been killed, and Sylvia and Varro are dead. Even the clans of witches trying to attract her to their way of life have backed off and given her a chance to grieve. Her relationship with Elron is stronger than ever, but there are things left unsaid.

On the way to her parents’ wedding, the delicate calm she’d been living in is broken. Witches are out for her blood, her family is caught in the crossfire, and friendships are threatened. Work doesn’t let up either, and she partners up with Elron to deal with magic gone wild. Michelle finds that her problems are larger than one clan of witches, and is forced to choose between the people she holds dear and the way of life she loves.

This is the fourth book in a series, following A Witch’s Trial. It is a standalone novel, however, your experience will be greatly enhanced if you’ve heard the previous books.

N.E. Conneely lives in northern Georgia with her dog and a mountain of books. They sweat through the summer and freeze through the winter, and life as they know it comes to an end when so much as a single snowflake falls out of the sky. For fun, N.E. plays with her dog, reads, knits, crochets, paints, and does tie-dyeing and origami. She makes a great pizza and is currently negotiating with her husband about raising sea monkeys and growing a vegetable garden.

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Jeff Hays has made a name for himself in the audio book world by creating immersive experiences out of his productions. His versatility and authenticity in voicing characters, expressive low-impact narration, and dedication to offering the highest quality audio possible has earned him a loyal following of listeners. Having been fascinated with sound since he can remember, Jeff takes his background of composing and producing music, and his continual consumption of the avalanche of fictional media we all experience in these modern times, and uses it to inform his style of story telling in the audiobook realm.

And now, having produced more than 80 audio books and perfecting his craft, using the namesake of his live streaming narration show, the Soundbooth Theater shingle has been hung. Soundbooth Theater is dedicated to applying Jeff’s production methods to new audio books with other budding narrator talent, and expanding his scope from audio books, to voicing and producing animation.

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Laurie got into voiceover by studying with the legendary dialect expert Paul Meier and hosting the teen program for a nonprofit for the blind, Kansas Audio Reader. She speaks French fluently and, before diving into audiobooks, lived and performed for some time in France. She’s racking up some bizarre credits, playing a range of characters onscreen from Disney princesses to horror scream queens, and proving her audio versatility by narrating everything from cowboy romances to action-packed GameLit fantasy trolls. You can also catch her in a few VR video games. Her favorite is playing confident, power-hungry, whip-smart anti-heroines.

Like Jeff Hays, she hails from the Kansas City area but currently lives in Atlanta.

 

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We start with Michelle on the way to her parents wedding when she gets a puncture, when a car stops Michelle realises this was trap, and was kidnapped by witches from her mother’s former coven.
Michelle has grown without a coven, and she wants stay Clan less. Elron and Michelle’s relationship grows slow and steady. This is about her parents and her grandmothers, and one of her grandmother Gretchen is determined to have Michelle in her Coven.
This is about family, and the lengths some go to get their own way. This is more about love from a family Michelle had never met on her father side.
This is an excellent story, and we understand more about how destiny catches up Michelle whether she likes or not.
Great narration Jeff’s male voices were very distinctive and I knew who was speaking every time. Laurel is Michelle and conjures her personality exactly. This is my fourth  audiobook in the series and everyone feels like old friends ( not the baddies )

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeff Hays. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Q&A with Laurie Catherine Winkel

  • How did you wind up narrating audiobooks? Was it always your goal or was it something you stumbled into by chance?
    • Well, I was encouraged to do so by my professor, Paul Meier, who I had no idea was a big name in the audiobook world for his dialect coaching and founding the IDEA archives. I kind of stumbled into it later when I was asked to audition for a program called Kansas Audio Reader in college, which was a specialized radio broadcast for the blind. For three years I ran a program reading YA books for blind teens. I had no idea it was going to be so relevant to my life.
  • Did you find it difficult to “break into” audiobook narration? What skill/tool helped you the most when getting started?
    • Because I had unknowingly gained all that experience in nonprofit, and training in my acting work, I found the performance pretty accessible. What was throw-your-headphones-at-the-wall infuriating was all the tech! I am not a tech-savvy person, and learning even the basic specs of audio recording was a huge struggle. When troubleshooting one of my first home-recorded books, I spent so much time on internet forums that my eyes dried out and I got a twitch. But there’s a lot of help available on the internet if you ask the right questions.
  • A lot of narrators seem to have a background in theatre. Is that something you think is essential to a successful narration career?
    • I think a theatre background is an excellent addition to any performance-based career. You simply won’t get the same depth from acting into a vacuum all the time. Speaking into a microphone feels like that to me — we are our own directors, coaches, and engineers.
  • What type of training have you undergone?
    • I studied with Paul Meier, one of the top dialect coaches in the world. I have a BA in theatre from the University of Kansas. And I’m always taking acting classes. Any serious actor should never stop learning and coaching.
  • How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for narrating?
    • Honestly, I get burned out vocally before mentally. I have to take breaks and rotate with other projects.
  • Are you an audiobook listener? What about the audiobook format appeals to you?
    • Absolutely. I have to drive a lot, so I cycle between about a dozen audiobooks and podcasts at any given time.

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Historical Time Travel Romance
Date Published: March 2018
 
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Marianne’s Memory is the third novel in Winona Kent’s accidental time travel / historical romance series, featuring Charlie Duran and her 19th century companion Shaun Deeley.
A Beatles badge from 1965 accidentally sends Charlie and Shaun back to London at the height of the Swinging Sixties, where they’re mistaken for KGB spies and subjected to a terrifying interrogation.
 
Rescued by top-ranking MI5 agent Tony Quinn, they soon uncover the details of a child born out of wedlock to Charlie’s mum and the uncomfortable truth about Charlie’s dad’s planned marriage to selfish socialite Arabella Jessop.
 
Further complicating their journey into the past is Magnus Swales, an 18th century highwayman turned time-travelling assassin, and the timely arrival of William Deeley, Shaun’s father, who’s been persuaded to leap forward from 1790 in order to save Tony from Swales’s deadly mission.
 
 

 

EXCERPT:

CHAPTER 22
Friday August 13, 1965
 
Stoneford
Charlie couldn’t find Mr. Deeley.
 
She’d gone back downstairs with Justin and had walked with
 
him to the drawing room, where the party was now in full-swing.
 
Arabella, in her blue silk pyjamas, flitted between little gatherings of
 
people, some standing, some having made themselves at home on
 
the antique sofa or on similarly-upholstered armchairs.
 
“Buffet in the dining room!” she announced. “Two chefs,
 
darlings! All the way from London! And we’ve got a lovely
 
marquee tent set up outside for dancing…Giles’s band’s come to
 
play for us!”
 
Giles himself was lounging in a deep armchair beside the
 
fireplace, wearing a black velvet suit, with a navy blue shirt and a
 
purple brocade tie, surrounded by admirers: three impossibly-thin
 
girls with lavish makeup and long, straight hair who might have
 
been models; a bearded gentleman in a pink fur coat who was
 
describing his latest project—an art installation involving a square
 
block of concrete on top of which he’d placed a bent fork; and a
 
young man with a pudding-bowl mop of hair who looked
 
uncannily like Brian Jones from the Rolling Stones.
 
The air in the drawing room was filled with the smell and haze
 
of marijuana and hash. In another corner sat a large woman in a
 
flowing kaftan and sandals, strumming an autoharp which she held
 
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to her shoulder like a child needing to be freed of wind. She
 
seemed to be entertaining no one in particular, and yet an audience
was beginning to gather in front of her as they were introduced to
 
one another.
 
Arabella was in full hostess mode, dragging Justin into their
 
midst.
 
“Darling,” she said, to a distinguished-looking gentleman who
 
appeared to be someone who did something important at the BBC,
 
“do meet my lovely Justin…and of course Portia—Lord Wintle’s
 
daughter—”
 
Lord Wintle, Charlie recalled, was a British ambassador who
 
was posted somewhere that was in the thick of a coup. His
 
daughter had a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other and
 
was wearing knee boots and a see-through knitted dress that clung
 
to her lithe body like plastic wrap.
 
“Charmed,” said Portia, introducing, in turn, her friends Binky
 
and Pierre—Binky being the daughter of an existential poet serving
 
a sentence in prison for setting fires, and Pierre the son of an
 
American actor who’d been blacklisted for being a Communist and
 
had fled to England, where he’d found work as a talking milk bottle
 
on a children’s radio program.
 
And still, no sign of Mr. Deeley. Or Charlie’s mum. Or Tony
 
and William and Astrid.
 
Charlie turned away in frustration and negotiated her way
 
through the pop stars and the adult children from titled families
 
who were chummy with the Boswell-Thorpes, the glammy
 
socialites dripping in diamonds, the boutique owners and the
 
clothing designers and the actors and actresses and a fellow dressed
 
all in black who was taking candid photographs of everyone
 
without their permission because they all secretly longed to be
 
featured in one of his fabulous avant-garde exhibitions.
 
She found the servants’ stairs behind the breakfast room and
went down into the cellar, thinking she might find them there. But
 
the cellar seemed to be mostly abandoned, with all of its doors
 
locked. Even the big 19th century kitchen, which in 1825 had been
 
bustling with a cook and her assistant and assorted serving staff,
 
was inaccessible and dark, the Boswell-Thorpes having installed a
 
much more convenient—and functional—kitchen upstairs, beside
 
the breakfast room.
 
Annoyed, and still frustrated, Charlie made her way back to the
 
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main floor and outside, to see if Mr. Deeley was in the big marquee
 
tent that had been erected next to the manor’s west wing.
 
* * *
 
Shaun had, in fact, located both his father and Tony Quinn. His
 
father had been lingering in a hallway in the west wing of the
 
manor, between the dining room with the sitting room. It was not
 
so much a connecting passage as a room of its own, with a lavish
 
oriental Axminster carpet of blue, red and gold, and ceiling-to-floor
 
leaded windows embedded with patterns of stained glass and,
 
occupying pride of place, several full sets of armour, assembled and
 
erected as if ready to do battle.
 
“But this is marvellous,” William said, spying Shaun as he
 
entered from the dining room. “This is beyond anything I have
 
ever beheld…if only Lord and Lady Ellington could be here to
 
share my wonder.”
I suspect,” Shaun observed, “that if Lord and Lady Ellington
 
were here, they might be confounded by your mingling with the
 
master and mistress and their numerous guests.”
 
“As am I,” William confessed. “I find I am awkward in their
 
presence. I would feel far more at home below stairs with the
 
servants.”
 
“However, there are no servants,” Shaun provided, “other than
 
Mr. Brindlesworth, the butler, who is on loan from the Boswell-
 
Thorpes’s house in London.”
 
“This is by far the most discomforting of my experiences,” said
 
William, shaking his head. “No staff and no household routine. No
 
servants to look after the daily needs of the family. A complete
 
absence of structure. I have met people tonight who, in my time,
 
would be considered beneath contempt. And yet they are treated
 
with reverence by ladies and gentlemen of good breeding, with
 
titles, education and property.”
 
“These are all things which I have, myself, also observed,”
 
Shaun replied. “And my reactions, at first, were very much the
 
same as yours. But I have grown accustomed to the discrepancies.
 
It is refreshing once again to be reminded of the time I originally
 
came from—and for this, I owe you many thanks.”
 
“You are most welcome,” William said, surprised.
 
“Do you know where Mr. Quinn is?”
 
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“I do, in fact. Would you like me to take you to him?”
 
* * *
 
Tony Quinn was outside.
 
William led Shaun up the grand staircase to the manor’s second
 
floor, and then back into the building’s west wing. Here, there was
 
a narrow hallway which Shaun vaguely recalled, led to several of
 
the manor’s grand bedrooms. He could see one of these through
 
its open door, its walls and ceiling painted white, its fireplace
 
surrounded by exquisite white stone.
 
Halfway along the narrow hallway was another door, which,
 
upon investigation, opened onto a little set of stone steps leading
 
up to the roof.
 
Tony was sitting near its furthest edge, well concealed, with a
 
view overlooking the top of the marquee tent and the roofless,
 
brick-walled enclosure Shaun recognized as the kitchen garden,
 
where Monsieur Duran the Lesser had often taken great delight in
 
shooting at hedgehogs.
 
Tony put his finger to his lips as William and Shaun
 
approached, cautioning them into silence and, furthermore, into
 
lowered visibility.
 
Shaun crouched down—as did William—and, after ensuring
 
that he was nowhere near any point that might precipitate his
 
falling, peered carefully over the edge.
 
“Surveillance,” Tony provided, in a whisper. “I’m pleased
 
you’ve arrived safely. Now do me a favour and go away.”
 
* * *
 
Shaun had done as he was told.
 
He had gone back downstairs—in the company of William—
 
with the thought that he might try to locate Jackie Lewis and
 
perhaps prevent her from making the gravest mistake of her life.
 
She was not, however, anywhere to be found.
 
With William, he wandered again into the drawing room, whose
 
population had been diminished somewhat by an announcement
 
that the concert promised by Arabella’s brother was about to begin
 
in the tent outside. Indeed, Shaun could hear noises which
 
indicated that the band was preparing to play—portions of tunes, a
 
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crashing of drums and cymbals, a testing of microphones and the
 
boxes which amplified the sounds made by the guitars.
 
Those few left behind in the drawing room seemed to be
 
imbued with a sort of lethargy—perhaps caused by an
 
overindulgence in the special tobacco Mrs. Collins had described
 
earlier. The music on the record player had ceased.
 
“Not interested in the goings on outside?” a woman inquired,
 
causing Shaun to turn around in order to attach a face to the voice.
 
It was not an English voice. In fact, it sounded quite American.
 
The American voice belonged to a woman with an abundance
 
of flax-coloured hair which seemed to have been artificially built up
over the crown of her head. She was wearing a bright red silk cape,
 
beneath which was a black satin floor-length gown.
 
“Layla,” she said. “Layla Hancock.”
 
“I am…John Drake. And this is my colleague…”
 
“Phinneas Phelps,” William provided. “We are honoured to
 
make your acquaintance.”
 
“Mr. Drake and Mr. Phelps. So pleased to meet you as well. I’ve
 
been hired by Miss Jessop to provide…amusements…to the more
 
discerning of her gentlemen guests. Might my services be of
 
interest to either of you…?”
 
Shaun looked at his father.
 
“I think not,” he decided, “but we are very grateful for your
 
kind attention nonetheless.”
 
Miss Hancock seemed disappointed.
 
But then she brightened.
 
“Perhaps then you’d like a little nibble of my confectionary?”
 
She produced a square of cake, dark brown in colour, and
 
finished with a layer of what appeared to be chocolate icing.
 
“Many thanks,” William said, “but, alas, cake tends to be a
 
disagreeable companion to the fluctuating state of my digestion.”
 
“It’s not cake,” Miss Hancock whispered, conspiratorially. “It’s
 
called a brownie. Nobody’s heard of it over here but it’s one of my
 
specialties. And it’s a very special brownie.” She lifted the square to
Shaun’s lips. “Go on. Give it a try.”
 
Shaun did. And found it altogether delightful, although it left a
 
slightly peculiar aftertaste which reminded him, unaccountably, of
 
freshly mown hay.
 
“Good, isn’t it?”
 
“Very good,” he agreed. “Unusual.”
 
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“Have the rest of it. I’ve got lots more.”
 
Shaun accepted the offer and sat down on the sofa so as to
 
avoid dropping crumbs on the expensive carpet.
 
Somewhere in the distance, he could hear the beginnings of
 
Giles Jessop’s pop band’s concert. He listened, finding the tune
 
pleasing to his ears.
 
“I shall return to the armoury,” his father decided, “if you have
 
no objections.”
 
“None whatsoever,” Shaun replied, amused, applying himself
 
again to the baked chocolate square.
 
William’s place on the sofa was taken by Miss Hancock, who
 
seemed also to be very taken by the music of Brighton Peer.
 
There passed a period of time, perhaps thirty minutes, during
 
which Shaun engaged Miss Hancock in polite and trivial
 
conversation, although none of it was particularly enlightening or,
 
in truth, of much interest to him.
 
And then, Shaun saw Jackie. She was wearing a plain black dress
 
with a white collar and long sleeves with white cuffs. Her legs were
 
encased in black stockings and in her hair she wore black ribbons.
 
She walked into the drawing room and lingered for a moment,
 
observing who was there. And then, obviously seeing no one she
 
recognized, she turned, and left.
 
Shaun got to his feet.
 
“Hey lover, where you going?” Miss Hancock reached out to
 
take his hand.
 
“I must excuse myself. Please forgive me.”
 
He tried to pull free, but Miss Hancock would not let go.
 
“Stay awhile, lover. I’m all on my own here.”
 
Shaun managed to release himself and made for the door. But
 
he was too late. Jackie had disappeared. He looked to the right and
 
to the left. She was gone.
 
And something else was happening. He felt most peculiar.
 
Things were slowing down, as if he was mired in jelly. It seemed as
 
if his mind was occupying one particular place, while his body—his
 
hands and feet, his legs, his arms—were most definitely elsewhere,
 
and not connected in any logical way whatsoever.
“How are you feeling, lover?”
 
It was Miss Hancock again, her voice dancing around his head.
 
It took Shaun a few moments to process what she had said.
 
“I am…content,” he said.
 
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That’s the secret of my special brownies. They make you very
 
very very content. And I do like to make my gentleman
 
acquaintances happy. Why don’t you come with me?”
 
Shaun wanted to object. He knew he ought to. He was acutely
 
aware that Miss Hancock’s suggestion would not be condoned by
 
Mrs. Collins, and that he needed to be here and alert and most of
 
all, locating Jackie Lewis…and not being led by the hand to the
 
servants’ staircase, and most certainly not allowing himself to be
 
taken down into the cellar.
 
Where Miss Hancock was leading him was familiar. She
 
produced a key and unlocked the door. It was the door to his old
 
bedroom, the one where he had slept every night while in the
 
employ of Monsieur Duran as his head groom.
 
“Have you never tried hash before, Mr. Drake?” she inquired.
 
“I have not,” said Shaun. His voice was somewhere else as well,
 
and most definitely had not come from anywhere within his body.
 
“Mmmm,” said Miss Hancock. “A virgin. My favourite.
 
Welcome to my dungeon, Mr. Virgin.”
 
The room was unmistakably his, but unrecognizable. Gone
 
were his upright wooden wardrobe, his books and his framed
 
paintings of horses and the brass harness decorations he had used
 
as paperweights. There was a bed. It was not his simple bed, but an
 
elaborately large one, with four brass posts, laid with a black satin
 
sheet and a similarly encased pillow. And it appeared to be the only
 
article of furniture there aside from a small round table and a
 
candelabrum, its five branches fitted with white wax candles.
 
Miss Hancock switched off the electric light—an embellishment
 
that had been added in his absence—and lit the candelabrum, then
 
closed and secured the door. And then she kissed him, quite
 
forwardly, and loosened the tie that Mrs. Collins had expertly
 
knotted for him earlier in the evening, and slid it over his head.
 
“Would you like to be flogged, my lovely virgin?” she
whispered, into his ear.
 
“No, I would not,” Shaun replied.
 
Miss Hancock removed her red satin cape and stepped out of
 
her gown and revealed what she was wearing underneath—a black
 
corset and stockings and suspenders, very similar to the stockings
 
and suspenders and corset Mrs. Collins had donned in Mr.
 
Tavistock’s gentlemen’s club, which were now causing some
 
familiar stirrings within him. “Are you absolutely sure about
 
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that…?”
 
“I have been flogged in the past and I am not overly anxious to
 
suffer the punishment again,” he objected, finding it increasingly
 
more difficult to put into words what was drifting through his
 
mind. “Especially as I have done nothing to deserve it.”
 
Miss Hancock bestowed another kiss upon him and undid the
 
buttons of his shirt.
 
“But you and I both know you’ve been a very, very naughty
 
boy,” she whispered, slipping his shirt down and removing it,
 
expertly. “And you know what happens to naughty boys.”
 
She turned him around.
 
“Oh!” she said, surprised. “You really have been flogged!
 
You’ve got scars.”
 
“I would not tell you an untruth.”
 
“How many lashes?” She began to count them, touching each
 
faint mark with a curious finger.
 
“A dozen,” Shaun supplied, “and one for good measure.
 
However, the instrument of punishment was a cat, so you may
 
multiply that figure by nine.”
 
“You have no idea how much this turns me on,” Miss Hancock
 
whispered, kissing each mark on his back. “I’m going to strip you
 
naked and tie you to that bed and have my wicked wicked way with
 
you.”
 
She turned him around again and pushed him onto the bed,
 
face up, and had fastened his wrists to each of the brass posts
 
before he could object. Now she was undoing his trousers…they
 
were off…and what he was wearing beneath…and his boots and
 
his socks…and his ankles were tied to the posts at the foot of the
 
bed…and it had all happened in an instant, a completely irrationally
 
slow instant.
 
“And now,” said Miss Hancock, reaching for the candelabrum,
 
“I’m going to visit every inch of your exquisite body, top to
 
bottom, and…perhaps…drop a tiny splash of candle wax along the
 
way…to heighten your senses…to explore the pain…”
 
As she tipped the candles, there was a knock upon the door, an
 
urgent-sounding rat-a-tat.
 
“What?” Miss Hancock shouted in an annoyed voice, replacing
 
the candelabrum upon the little table.
 
Shaun recognized the gentleman’s voice instantly. “Might I
 
inquire as to whether you are entertaining Mr. Drake within?”
 
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“We’re busy!”
 
But William would not be dissuaded.
 
“I must insist. Mr. Drake’s presence is urgently required
 
upstairs.”
 
“By who?”
 
“By his good wife, Mrs. Drake, who is the mother of his four
 
children, the youngest of which suffers from an ailment which has
 
worsened this past hour. She has come from the village. He must
 
hasten to his home immediately.”
 
Miss Hancock clambered off the bed and opened the door.
 
“For real?” she said.
 
William shielded his eyes, both from the sight of Miss Hancock
 
in her revealing costume, and the sight of Shaun, completely
 
unclothed and bound to the bed.
 
“The child is feverish and the physician has been summoned.
 
Mrs. Drake has collapsed from the strain but has been brought
 
back to consciousness with a judicious dose of sal volatile.”
 
“OK,” said Miss Hancock. “You win. This is too weird.”
 
She shut the door and quickly unfastened Shaun’s wrists and
 
ankles.
 
“Just my luck,” she said, handing him his clothes. “Maybe next
 
time, hey?”
 
* * *
 
William was waiting for Shaun beside the servants’ staircase.
 
“I apologise for the interruption however I observed your
 
departure with Miss Hancock and thought it wise to intervene.”
 
“I am indebted to you,” Shaun replied, heavily. “Have you seen
 
Mrs. Collins…?”
 
“I have not. But I promise I shall safeguard your secret, Mr.
 
Patrick. Shall we rejoin the party?”
 


About the Author
 

Winona Kent was born in London, England. She immigrated to Canada with her parents at age 3, and grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, where she received her BA in English from the University of Regina. After settling in Vancouver, she graduated from UBC with an MFA in Creative Writing. More recently, she received her diploma in Writing for Screen and TV from Vancouver Film School.
 
Winona has been a temporary secretary, a travel agent and the Managing Editor of a literary magazine. Her writing breakthrough came many years ago when she won First Prize in the Flare Magazine Fiction Contest with her short story about an all-night radio newsman, Tower of Power. More short stories followed, and then novels: Skywatcher, The Cilla Rose Affair, Cold Play, Persistence of Memory and In Loving Memory. Marianne’s Memory is Winona’s sixth novel.
 
Winona currently lives in Vancouver and works as a Graduate Programs Assistant at the University of British Columbia.
 
 
 
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