Why Do Electric Service Providers Advertise?

I’m not financially savvy, and I don’t know a lot about marketing or advertising, but I’ve often wondered why electric service providers advertise.

In North Carolina, you don’t get to choose your electric service provider. If you are in Duke Power’s region, you use Duke Power. If you’re in Central Electric’s or Progress Energy’s territory, you have to use Central Electric or Progress Energy. Some electric service providers are membership co-ops. Others are not. Duke Power is not.

I have Duke Power.

In 1999 Texas deregulated the electric power industry. The law was passed to encourage free market competition and lower prices. Although some areas, such as municipalities and cooperatives, were not required to deregulate and don’t have electric choice, at least some people do.

In North Carolina, there is no choice and no free market competition.

In other words, the electric companies can charge what they want and there’s not much you can do about it unless you want to live off the grid.

So, here’s my question. If there is no free market enterprise and I’m stuck using Duke Power and have no choice, why does Duke Power have so many commercials? It’s not like they have competition and can lure customers away from Progress Energy.

Maybe they’re trying to lure in new customers in the area who don’t have electricity. Nope. That can’t be right either. If you don’t have electricity, you can’t see the commercials. So, I’m stuck with the same question. Why advertise?

Maybe if they didn’t waste all that money on commercials, they could lower their rates. Or provide free or reduced cost services to the poor and elderly.

What do you think?

Another Time: A Unique Time Travel Romance From Donna Steele


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I love time travels. Usually, either the hero or the heroine goes back in time or travels forward in time. But in Donna Steele’s Another Time, both the hero and heroine travel back in time. This allows for more interaction and less introspection so they come to the realization that time travel is real much sooner. Naturally, they have their moments of doubt, but rather than read what the character is thinking, Dee and Dusty discuss what’s happened to them and we get to see how they respond to the situation as well as how they respond to one another.

Another Time is a spicy romance with an eco message that doesn’t bash you on the head but instead, makes you reflect on how the world might have turned out differently.

What if the big oil companies had never gained footing in America? What if there’d been more exploration into solar, wind, and water power? What if we’d never invented one use products but instead, had invested time and energy into renewable resources?

Filled with humor and bits of interesting historic and scientific details, this is one of the most unique and fun time travel romances I’ve ever read. I’m looking forward to the next book in The Guardians of Now series.


When Dusty Williams walks into a strange bar to contemplate the ruination of his career, the last thing he expects to find is a compelling woman. He’s not even in the mood for a one-night stand. He just wants to escape from all humanity.

Dee Stevens can’t believe she’s in a bar at all. She’s just lost two patients due to drunk driving. Whatever could have drawn her into a strange bar tonight, of all times?

When the two meet, and they feel an odd vibration that seems to pull them together, they have no idea what’s ahead, or behind, them . . . and what it can mean for mankind.


Her eyebrow rose but she didn’t push away his hand as his finger traced the
stitching of her jeans along her outer thigh.
“Tell me about this trip.” She glanced over at him.
“I’d rather talk about when I get back.”
“We can do that too. Tell me what kind of meeting you’re attending.”
“We have a contract with a firm in Denver for a solar farm. It’s experimental and I’ve
incorporated some new designs. They can’t seem to follow my directions. My supervisor is going along to ensure I don’t call them morons to their faces and screw up the deal.”
“Would you do that?”
“Not on purpose, but my feelings might leak out the side.”
“You don’t accept mediocrity.”
He shrugged. “I never thought about it that way. I mean, the designs are written out.
If they follow the directions . . .”
“Is the information in words of one syllable? Maybe they don’t have anyone as good
as you at their end.”
The discomfort the topic had started vanished. “Thanks. Like I told you last night,
I’m not good with people. Leave me alone to work and I do great.”
“Last night with me was on the great side.”
“You’re the exception proving the rule. Besides, no one else gives me the buzz you
She laughed out loud. “What is that, anyway? You’re right. I’ve never felt anything
like it before.”
“No clue, but I’m damn grateful. I haven’t been this non-stressed since I can
“Don’t tell me you aren’t good with people. That didn’t even sound like a line.”
“Because it wasn’t. Intellectually I’m aware I don’t know you, yet . . .”
She nodded, her eyes on the road. “I agree.”
That’s when the world turned upside down.

Purchase Another Time on Amazon!

About the Author:

Donna Steele writes science fiction, paranormal romance novels, and small
town romance novels, often with an eco-twist.  You can visit her on her blog.


A Hopeful Cancer Story


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As a writer, mammographer, and nine year breast cancer survivor, I support cancer research and celebrate survival stories.  Today, I’m celebrating Katherine Keys’ story. Katherine is a nine year Mesothelioma cancer survivor, and this is her story.
A Hopeful Cancer Story
Most stories about this aggressive type of cancer are anything but hopeful. But Katherine Key’s story is much different. When she was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer, she was given no more than two years to live. Today, nearly ten years later, she is thriving. It is hard to decide to fight against such terrible odds, but Katherine credits that fighting spirit, her hope, and of course the care from her medical team with saving her life.

X-ray of patient with right middle lobe pneumonia

A Cancer That Mimics Other Diseases

When Katherine first started to feel sick, she thought she had the flu or some other type of respiratory infection. She had a cough, trouble breathing, and chest pains. This is part of what makes mesothelioma so insidious. This is a cancer that attacks the lining of tissue around the lungs. It is most often caused by exposure to asbestos, but it does not develop into symptoms until decades after the exposure occurs.
In the meantime, people like Katherine have no idea that they are getting sick. When they do start to experience symptoms, they are often diagnosed as having an infection, pneumonia, or even lung cancer. Luckily for Katherine, although she was not diagnosed correctly right away, she still received her diagnosis when the cancer was in an early stage. Others are not so lucky and do not get an accurate diagnosis until much later.

Normal chest x-ray

X-ray of patient with mesothelioma

Fighting for Survival

Even though Katherine was diagnosed with stage I, or early stage, mesothelioma, her prognosis was still not good. Most people do not survive this cancer, even when treated in the early stages. Her doctors gave her an estimate of about two years if she was lucky. She was only 49 and not willing to accept those odds.
Katherine opted for the most aggressive and riskiest treatment option, but also the one most likely to cure her cancer. As optimistic as ever, Katherine underwent an extrapleural pneumonectomy. Her surgeon removed the tissue called the pleura, in which the cancer originated, her entire right lung, and part of her diaphragm. She followed up this major and risky surgery with months of radiation treatment to try to kill every last cancer cell.

X-ray of patient with surgically removed left lung

Hope and Recovery
After several months of treatment and recovery from treatment—and adjusting to life with just one lung—Katherine returned to her doctors for regular checkups. After a few months, then six months, and finally a year, Katherine still had no signs of cancer in her. She had achieved remission—an accomplishment that is so rare for anyone with mesothelioma.

Katherine didn’t fight this battle alone. She was helped greatly by the Patient Advocates at Mesothelioma Lawyer Center. They helped her obtain financial compensation through special trust funds the government has set aside for cancer victims like Katherine. This compensation helped with her treatments and quality of life.

Today Katherine is alive and well nearly ten years after her doctors gave her only two years to live. She credits her own relentlessly positive attitude and willingness to fight instead of backing down in the face of terrible odds with her survival and long years of remission. She enjoys life to the fullest now, knowing she beat such a difficult cancer. Katherine knows how lucky she is and, while she has some physical limitations because of the surgery, she loves life and most of all relishes the time she still has with her family.

Reviewing Andris Bear’s Angel Unclaimed

Please note this book picks up immediately after All Wicked’s Eve.*
Gifted with the curse of darkness, Nina Blackfox’s life has never been her own. She’s accepted it—Hell, embraced it. Until the destined path crumbles out from under her, leaving her on the precipice of destruction.

The battle she was meant to face has become a war, and she’s not sure which side she’s fighting for—Heaven or Hell.

Cursed with the gift of Volition—the ability to press his Will on another—Archangel Benaiah avoids temptation at all costs. Which was a hell of a lot easier before a meddlesome Fate assigned him a woman who threatens to scorch his soul with one look from her cool, midnight eyes.

Heaven has fallen to the enemy, the world into darkness, and all Benaiah wants is to follow Nina into the shadows…

Andris Bear does it again with book 7 in the Deadly Sins series. So, let me preface this review by saying one thing. Read the rest of the series. This book pics up where All Wicked’s Eve left off. Ms. Bear is kind enough to warn the reader of this fact in her usual snarky and hilarious way. She’s also added a cast of characters to the back of the book as a reminder to those of us who’ve read them all and for those who are coming in at the middle of this unique and complex series.

I think a reader could probably just read the last 3 books and still know what’s going on, but why would he/she want to? This is an engaging series and I can’t wait for the next installment.

So, what’s Angel Unclaimed really about? Armageddon. It’s here. Extinction Level Event. End Times.

But if the apocalypse isn’t exciting enough, we have a cast of passionate characters willing to sacrifice all to save the world, and Nina and Beniah are no exception. They know what they must do to stop Satan, and they know saving humanity could mean the end for them and their love. But the scariest part is knowing the world isn’t supposed to end this way. Nothing is right. Fate and destiny no longer have meaning in this new world order.

So, how can they stop the apocalypse if the old rules no longer apply?

This is a fast paced romance with a lot of snark, a dash of comedy, and sexual tension that will leave you as breathless as the action.

About the Author:

Andris blames her mother for her fascination with books.  Growing up in northern Indiana, there wasn’t much to do and she’d often complained of boredom.  Her mother handed her a book and told her to shush.  She’s been obsessed ever since. 

Though  she spent most of her time in between the pages, fantasizing of other worlds,  she didn’t write her first book until she’d had three children—just in time to have not a moment to herself.  In an attempt to keep her sanity, she writes.  Her favorite stories contain strong heroes and heroines, fighting an attraction stronger than both of them.

She lives in eastern North Carolina with her hero and their three mini villains in chaotic bliss.

You can find Andris at https://andrisbear.com/my-writing/ and on Amazon.

Starting 2017 with a Book Review of Emma Kaye’s latest

Wow! Where did 2016 go? How did it get to be a new year already? And how have I fallen so far behind in my reading and writing? Must be that grandmother thing. I was lucky enough to see my daughter, granddaughter, and son (who live 12 hours away in Mississippi) in August, November, and December. That little granddaughter of mine is a hoot and totally distracting. But now it’s time to get back to work.

Last week, I started a new manuscript and read a pretty good time travel romance.

Emma Kaye writes for The Wild Rose Press, which happens to be my publisher as well, and I love time travel, so I decided to pick up her latest, Time for Love.

Time for Love is a Regency Era time travel romance, originally published by The Wild Rose Press and re-published by Amazon Encore.


Alexandra Turner will do anything to save her twin sister. Even when she’s transported back in time to Regency England. Rescuing her sister and finding her way back to her own time will take all her concentration. Falling in love is not an option. With the death of his brother, Nicholas Somerville became the ninth Marquess of Oakleigh and must return to England to take his place in society. Part of his responsibility will be to find a wife. It never occurs to him he might actually discover a woman he could love–until he meets Alex on his voyage home. Can Alex and Nicholas find a way to bridge the gap of time and circumstance? Can they overcome their fears to realize that true love transcends time? Or will a dark secret from Alex’s past rear up to separate them forever?


This book grabbed my attention from page one and kept me turning the pages until the end. I loved the beginning of this book and enjoyed it throughout, but the entire time I was reading it, I thought it must be a sequel. It’s not. Or at least, I don’t think it is. At any rate, I couldn’t find a previous book.

The reason I believed this book to be a sequel was because of Sawyer, the man who tricks Alex into going back through the portal to save her sister. He’s obviously part of some secret military operation because there are soldiers. But is it a legit operation? Black ops? In the book, he mentions observing the past and not changing it or saving anyone from the past who would have/should have died. But there is no explanation as to why he and his group have opened this portal. And then toward the end of the book when the author reveals a new twist to the plot, there is no real explanation as to how/why the events came about to begin with.

Then there is Alex’s sister and what seems like an entire story that has taken place earlier. I thought for sure there must have been a book about the sister before Alex’s story. Again, I don’t think there is. But maybe there is a sequel in the works, one that will tell Charlotte’s story and explain how a doctor, who is only twenty-five so maybe she is just a medical student or new graduate who hasn’t done her residency yet, managed to get forced back in time. A sequel could tie up loose ends and I would most definitely read it.

The story is fast paced and I loved the characters. There were just a few nagging unanswered questions that keep me from giving this book 5 stars. But since those questions didn’t stop me from reading the book or enjoying it immensely, I give it 4 stars.

About the Author:

Emma Kaye is married to her high school sweetheart and has two beautiful kids that she spends an insane amount of time driving around central New Jersey. Before ballet classes and tennis entered her life, she decided to try writing one of those romances she loved to read and discovered a new passion. She has been writing ever since. Add in a playful puppy and an extremely patient cat and she’s living her own happily ever after while making her characters work hard to reach theirs.

My Thoughts This Veterans’ Day


IMG_1168First and foremost, I want to thank all those who’ve served: past, present, and future.

Despite the idiocy of this past election, please know that your sacrifices were not in vain. Most Americas still believe in the constitution. They would never burn the flag you fought for while trying to pass it off as a protest. That’s just wrong. Period.

Does anyone remember when Dr. Martin Luther King burned flags, looted, and set shit on fire while fighting for civil rights? No? Me neither. He got his point across through peaceful protests. He spoke with
common sense and eloquence and sensible people listened, even if they didn’t agree with everything he said or believed. It is possible to do that, you, know.

Secondly, I’d just like to say that like many people, I was disappointed by the election. Not the election itself or even the outcome, but how people have behaved for the last eight or nine months. If folks exerted half as much energy and passion on social issues and righting the wrongs of the world as they have these two less than worthy candidates, then the world would be a better place.

And please don’t argue that such passion and energy was exerted because one or the other of these two candidates is the one who can make things right with the world. They can’t. Sorry. It takes more than one person to make any nation great. It takes a nation undivided to stand against evil. So can we please get on the same page now?

We don’t have to agree on everything, but can we at least learn how to debate without fighting and to disagree without being so damn disrespectful and mean?

There are going to be times in life when we reach a metap215395_117506204994730_4657355_nhorical chasm or impasse, and it will seem impossible to make it to the other side without help. Some people find it hard to ask for help. Others seem to think the government owes them assistance just for breathing.

When faced with such a daunting gulf, some people would rather blame others than accept any kind or responsibility, but placing blame isn’t going to get you across the gap.





So when you get to that great divide, don’t give up and don’t just stand there blaming others for your predicament. Turn back and try a different path. Ask for help and then do what you need to do to help yourself. Or take ownership of the problem and work your ass off until you persevere.

And for God’s sake, can people please stop blaming the government, the democrats, the republicans, the Christians, the atheist, the blacks, the whites, the Mexicans, the Muslims, and global warming for every little freaking thing that goes wrong in their own private universe.

At some point, folks are going to need to grow up and take personal responsibility for their own failures and shortcomings.






My Review of Andrea Downing’s Novella, Lawless


Lacey Everhart has carved out a tough existence in the wilds of 1880s Wyoming, working hard to build a secure life for herself and her younger brother, Luke. She will stop at nothing to protect what’s hers and keep them safe. Even if it means keeping a secret that could destroy their lives.

Marshal Dylan J. Kane is a man who considers everything as black and white, right or wrong. He’s never seen life any other way until he sets eyes on Lacey. Suddenly the straight and narrow that he’s followed has a few twists and turns. Loving Lacey offers the home life for which he hankers…but can he really love a woman who seems to be plain lawless?


My thoughts:

I bought this books when it first released in 2013, and I’m finally got around to reading it. So glad I did.

It’s a fast read, basically, only 42 pages, but it somehow got dropped to the bottom of my TBR list. As with many novellas, the first kiss and/or episode of sexual tension, felt rushed, but the act wasn’t completed until later in the book, which was a huge saving grace.

Lacy is a strong woman trying to protect her brother from a devastating secret. Dylan is a Marshal who sees the world in black and white. But once these two meet, Lacy will have to learn to trust, and Dylan will be forced to admit that sometimes, the world presents itself in shades of gray.

The characters are as well developed as any can be in just 42 short pages, and while the language isn’t the prose of Kathleen Woodiwiss, it fits the times and education levels of the characters. It reads the way a western novel would if John Steinbeck collaborated with Linda Lael Miller and Louis L’amour. It also deals with subject matter I seldom seen in romance, especially a novella, and yet Ms. Downing handles it quite well.

If you’re looking for a western romance and don’t have a lot of time to read, then I highly recommend, Lawless.

About the Author:

Andrea Downing has spent most of her life in the UK where she developed a penchant for tea-drinking, a tolerance for rainy days, and a deep knowledge of the London Underground system. In 2008 she returned to live in the city of her birth, NYC, but frequently exchanges the canyons of city streets for the wide-open spaces of the West. Her love of horses, ranches, rodeo and just about anything else western is reflected in her writing. Loveland, a western historical romance from The Wild Rose Press, was her first book and a finalist for the RONE Award for Best American Historical in 2013. It has recently been re-released by Amazon Encore. Lawless Love, a short story, part of The Wild Rose Press ‘Lawmen and Outlaws’ series, was a finalist for Best Historical Novella at the RONE Awards and placed in the 2014 International Digital Awards Historical Short contest. Dearest Darling, a novella, is part of The Wild Rose Press Love Letters series, and came out Oct. 8th, 2014. It won the Golden Quill Award for Best Novella along with‘Favorite Hero’ and Honorable Mentions for Favorite Heroine, Short Story and Novel in the Maple Leaf Awards. It has also placed third in the International digital Awards for Historical Short. Dances of the Heart, her first contemporary novel, came out in February, 2015. The novella, Bad Boy, Big Heart, appears in the anthology Come Love a Cowboy and her old west ghost story, Long a Ghost, and Far Away comes out in another anthology, The Good, The Bad, and The Ghostly autumn 2016.
She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Women Writing the West. http://andreadowning.com



My Review of Donna Steele’s Contemporary Romance, Before You


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When Jocelyn decides to take a two-week vacation away from the chaos of the city and work, she expects to just relax and enjoy. Instead, after taking an impromptu exit off the highway the car quits and she’s stuck in some Podunk town in nowhere North Carolina. But the scenery is great – especially the guy who tows in her car.

Noah is helping his cousin out for the afternoon at the garage and is more than pleasantly surprised when the city girl shows up needing help.

Neither can foresee what drew her to that exit or what they will uncover trying to discover what has frightened her so. But they will do it, together.

“Mystery and romance collide in this fast-paced read filled with wonderful secondary characters and a touch of the paranormal. One of Steele’s best.”

I had the pleasure of reading a rough draft of this novel and fell in love with the characters and the story. The published version, which I purchased on Amazon, is even better. The characters are fully developed, and the secondary characters add depth without taking over. Although, I must confess, I’d love to see Moe get his own story.

As with any story, there is a backstory, and Steele flawlessly tells it without narration or dumping the info on the reader all at once. As the mystery unfolds, the reader learns the truth along with Noah and Jocelyn, and there’s just enough of the paranormal to cause goose bumps.

Before You is available through Amazon and most on-line retailers.

About the Author:


Donna Steele is an author of science fiction and paranormal romance novels and small town romance novels, often with an eco-twist.

You can get to know more about her and her wonderful stories by visiting her at Steele Stories.


Chrys Fey~My Review of her Latest Release, Seismic Crimes~and a Giveaway


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I had the pleasure of reading a rough draft of Seismic Crimes awhile back, so when the book released last month, I couldn’t wait to get my copy. And what a pleasure it was to find my quote inside Chrys’ book.

“From the remnants of a Florida hurricane to a San Francisco earthquake Fey puts you in the middle of the action as Donovan and Beth forge the bonds of a new love while tracking a killer across the country in this nail-biting suspense.”~ Lilly Gayle

And that is what I thought of the rough draft. The finished product is so much better! Beth is more likeable than I remembered from the first draft, and Donovan is sexier than ever. Donovan is a tall, sexy monster truck driver with a sense of humor that would make any woman swoon. But Beth is no push-over. She’s a self-defense instructor who is forced to put her talents to use when she and Donovan get separated after the earthquake.

Seismic Crimes is different from most romance novels, as the hero and heroine have already confessed their love to one another…but did they confess too soon?

Will their romance be reminiscent of Annie and Jack’s from the 1994 movie, Speed?

Jack- “I have to warn you. I’ve heard relationships based on intense experiences never work.”
“Okay. We’ll have to base it on sex, then.”
“Whatever you say, ma’am.”

We all know how that romance turned out–or at least, those of us who watched the less worthy sequel, Speed 2, Cruise Control. Keanu Reeves, aka Jack, wasn’t in the sequel. In the second movie, Annie, Sandra Bullock, is with Alex, Jason Patrick.

So, how do Donovan and Beth fare in this sequel? Does their relationship from book one that was based on an intense experience help them in book two? Or does their new love fizzle and die?

Although this is the second book in a series, (and I haven’t yet read the first book) Fey quickly catches the reader up with our hero and heroine as they enter the police station after the hurricane featured in the first book, Hurricane Crimes, and Donovan is cleared of his brother’s murder. Yet there seems to be nothing he can do to help the police find the corrupt officer responsible for his brother’s death.

After riding out the end of the storm at the police station, Beth moves in with Donovan, as her house was destroyed in the first book. As the two begin to draw closer, Donovan becomes more obsessed with finding his brother’s killer, which puts a strain on their new and budding relationship and eventually, leads the couple to San Francisco. And that’s where the action begins as the two arrive shortly before a massive earthquake.

Fey does a good job of building suspense and putting the reader in the middle of the action, while continuing to build on the relationship between Donovan and Beth.

For those who love action, adventure, romance, and suspense, this book will be right up your alley.

I bought my copy on Amazon, but it’s also available from other online bookstores.

Digital Links:

Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B01CRJSPIU

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01CRJSPIU

Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01CRJSPIU

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seismic-crimes-chrys-fey/1123508790?ean=2940158028380

KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/seismic-crimes

Print Links:

Amazon US: http://amzn.com/1509207252

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1509207252

Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1509207252

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=191&products_id=6793


An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.

Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.

When a tip reveals the killer’s location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?

crysAuthor Bio:

Chrys Fey is the author of Hurricane Crimes, Book One in the Disaster Crimes series, as well as these releases from The Wild Rose Press: 30 Seconds, Ghost of Death, and Witch of Death. She is an administrator for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and has participated in the Blogging from April A to Z Challenge.

When Fey was six years old, she realized she wanted to be a writer by watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started writing her first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen.

Fey lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes. She has four adopted cats who keep her entertained with their antics, and three nephews who keep her entertained with their antics. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and through her blog, Write with Fey. She loves to get to know her readers!


Website www.ChrysFey.com

Blog www.writewithfey.blogspot.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/chrysfey

Twitter https://twitter.com/ChrysFey

My Review of Louise Lyndon’s Of Love and Betrayal

Of Love and BetrayalOf Love and Betrayal by Louise Lyndon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A wonderful medieval tale of betrayal and forgiveness. I loved Aveline and Troy. Both have tortured pasts, especially Aveline, but it doesn’t stop them from confronting their demons and finding love.

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I love a good medieval romance, and Louise Lyndon doesn’t disappoint. Great visuals, great chemistry, and strong characterizations. If you haven’t read it, now’s a good time. The Kindle version is on sale now for only 99 cents.

Buy it on Amazon.