Book Review Francesca of Lost Nation

Francesca.Lost.Nation.Cover.FNLTitle: Francesca of Lost Nation

Author: Lucinda Sue Crosby

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Winner of Four Literary Prizes / Author selected as one of “50 Authors You Should be Reading” by The Authors Show online media outlet

This family saga is “funny at times and filled with little pearls of everyday wisdom, it is as much a romantic thriller as it is a perfect little capsule of a time gone by. It is a book about love of all kinds – between grandmother and child, between child and dog, between man and woman.”

If you like Old Fashioned Romance Reads similar to Norah Roberts or Kristin Hanna for kindle, you will want to add this one to your collection:

Here’s a little about the story:

When a mysterious man named Matthew appears in the small Iowa town of Lost Nation, his sudden arrival raises questions about his past. Quiet with an apparent taste for rum, Matthew makes it clear he doesn’t want to make friends. He isn’t too pleased to be dropped off at Home Farm where the independent and eccentric Francesca doesn’t accept bad manners or booze binges.

Matthew doesn’t want to form personal ties and intends to move on as soon as his damaged leg from a recent plane crash heals. But a series of events draw him into reluctant relationships: One with the feisty Francesca, the second with her 10-year-old granddaughter Sarah.

In spite of her own reservations, Francesca finds herself falling for this brooding pilot but his past looms between the pair and what neither knows is that Sarah, Francesca’s 10-year-old granddaughter, has encountered a stranger of her own … leading to a climatic confrontation that will put her and her grandmother’s life in danger.

Those that enjoy family sagas or family drama will also embrace this story

There are plenty of eccentric characters, including Francesca who is quirky and full of secrets – she keeps the town gossips busy. There are some dramatic family dynamics that cause tension and uneasiness at times. Because the story is told through the wide-eyed 10-year-old Sarah, this romance mystery is humorous at times.

Readers love this kindle romance fiction, because it has a touch of everything: friendship, humor, romance, adventure and mystery.

This book is set in the early 1940s in a small village in Iowa. Ten-year-old Sarah spends a summer with her grandmother, Francesca. They share a close relationship. Francesca has advanced ideas for the time era, and Sarah is an intelligent child. The summer is about to become one of the most memorable summers of their entire lives, as Sarah’s parents are out town, and the two of them have to spend time together.

This is a coming-of-age story, romance, adventure and mystery in one. Great writing, and an adorable set of main characters. Francesca was definitely my favorite – I’d love to have a grandmother like Francesca.

Release Day An American Girl in Italy

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We’re celebrating the release day today for “An American Girl in Italy”, a contemporary romance novel by author Aubrie Dionne.

To celebrate the release, the author is offering Italy booklets for giveaway. Scroll down to find out more!

About An American Girl in Italy

an American Girl in italy2An Italian paradise is the last thing she wants… but the one thing she needs!

 Surely any girl would kill for the chance to tour Italy’s most famous cities for the summer? To experience the warmth of the Tuscan sun, the culinary delights of the pizzerias and caffés and to stroll along the cobbled streets of the City of Love itself…

Any girl apart from ambitious oboist Carly Davis that is! For her, the Easthampton Civic Symphony’s latest European tour is one massive inconvenience. She can’t even put her smartphone down long enough to snap a picture of the Coliseum.

Only, there’s one Italian attraction that Carly hadn’t quite expected to be a part of the tourist route…

Tour guide Michelangelo is as dark and delicious as Carly’s morning espresso. And when she needs a few lessons in the language of love to land her an important gig, he’s a more than capable tutor.

But with her promising career back in Boston, can Carly really afford to lose her heart in Italy?

Author Bio

Aubrie DionneAubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine and BTS Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Harper Impulse, Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Inkspell Publishing, and Lyrical Press. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.

Links

Blog: http://authoraubrie.blogspot.com

Website: http://authoraubrie.net

Twitter: @authoraubrie

Giveaway

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Author Interview with Rachel L. Demeter

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I’m interviewing Rachel L. Demeter, author of historical romance “The Frost of Springtime”. My questions are bolded, the author’s responses are in regular font.

1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

I would say marketing and getting the word out. There’s a steep learning curve, and it takes a sufficient amount of time, resources, and patience—but once you receive feedback and are able to connect with your readers, it’s by far the most rewarding part! 🙂


2) Can you give us a short synopsis of The Frost of Springtime? 

On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, saving her from a life of abuse and misery. But while Aleksender is drawn away by war, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—and upon his tormented return, she alone might bring an end to the winter in his heart.

In addition to the romance and sensuality, The Frost of Springtime offers a vivid perspective into the ravaged, war-torn streets of revolutionary Paris. My book is truly a historical romance; the 1871 Paris Commune plays a significant role in both the story and characterizations. Laced with Gothic undertones, conflicted characters, and forbidden love, it’s a journey of intense emotional stakes and plenty of twists and turns! 😉


3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?

The Frost of Springtime is a stand-alone. It was originally written as the first book in a series (which would have been entitled “The Frosted Seasons” and featured Christophe as the protagonist) —but I decided that the story was strongest as an isolated event. And don’t readers deserve each book to be its very best?


4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I track my progress by word count rather than hours. When I’m “in the zone,” I’ll easily knock out 3,000+ words per day. Other times, when I’m distracted or suffering from the dreaded writer’s block (cringe), I’ll manage about 500-1,000 words. So, it varies greatly—but I try to set a minimum word count each day. Alternatively, some days I’ll concentrate on research, plotting, developing the characters, or just brainstorming new scene concepts. I prefer a mixed bag!


5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?

Oh, it’s too hard for me to pick out a specific book … but here are some of my all-time favorite authors: Lisa Kleypas, Gaelen Foley, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood, Stephen King, and George R.R. Martin (I know, I know … the last two aren’t romance writers—the list just didn’t feel complete without them!)


6) What are you working on now?

I’m thrilled to say that I have several novels lined up, including Finding Gabriel, an edgy historical romance set during the Napoleonic Wars, a historical romance/horror hybrid set in an Victorian asylum (I’m super excited about this one), a medieval historical romance, a few contemporary romances (which would fall under the New Adult genre), and a horror. It’s an exciting time! 🙂

BOOK INFO


THE FROST OF SPRINGTIME - Cover ArtTITLE: The Frost of Springtime

AUTHOR: Rachel L. Demeter

GENRES: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction

PUBLISHER: Black Lyon Publishing, LLC

PUBLICATION DATE: February 14, 2014

BOOK BLURB:

To rescue her was to rescue his own soul. 

On a cold Parisian night, Vicomte Aleksender de Lefèvre forges an everlasting bond with a broken girl during her darkest hour, rescuing her from a life of abuse and misery. Tormented by his own demons, he finds his first bit of solace in sheltering little Sofia Rose.

But when Aleksender is drawn away by the Franco-Prussian war, the seasons pass. And in that long year, Sofia matures into a stunning young woman—a dancer with an understanding of devotion and redemption far surpassing her age.

Alongside his closest friend, Aleksender returns home to find that “home” is gone, replaced by revolution, bloodshed, betrayal—and a love always out of reach. Scarred inside and out, he’s thrust into a world of sensuality and violence—a world in which all his hours have now grown dark, and where only Sofia might bring an end to the winter in his heart.

Inspired by the 1871 Paris Commune, The Frost of Springtime is a poignant tale of revolution, redemption, and the healing power of love.

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AUTHOR BIO

RachelDemeter_portraitRachel L. Demeter lives in the beautiful hills of Anaheim, California with Teddy, her goofy lowland sheepdog, and high school sweetheart of ten years. She enjoys writing dark, edgy romances that challenge the reader’s emotions and examine the redeeming power of love.

Imagining stories and characters has been Rachel’s passion for longer than she can remember. Before learning how to read or write, she would dictate stories while her mom would jot them down for her. She has a special affinity for the tortured hero and unconventional romances. Whether sculpting the protagonist or antagonist, she always ensures that every character is given a soul.

Rachel strives to intricately blend elements of romance, suspense, and horror. Some common themes her stories never stray too far from: forbidden romance, soul mates, the power of love to redeem, mend all wounds, and triumph over darkness. Her dream is to move readers and leave an emotional impact through her words.

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BOOK LINKS

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Author Interview with Lisa Regan

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I’m hosting an interview today with Lisa Regan, author of “Hold Still”, a mystery / suspense novel. My questions are bolded, Lisa’s responses are in regular font.

1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

I really think the hardest part is finding a balance between writing and keeping up with marketing and promotion in the world of social media. Both are really time-consuming. You want to spend all your available time writing but you cannot afford to alienate the very people you’re writing for–so you want to make yourself available to readers when they reach out to you. It can also be quite tempting to spend a lot of time on Facebook, Twitter, etc. interacting with people (because let’s face it, it’s fun) but if you spend all your time there, you’ll never write anything. So yeah, it’s tough finding the right balance.


2) Can you give us a short synopsis of Hold Still?

Three men are viciously assaulting Philadelphia’s prostitutes, and it’s up to veteran detective Jocelyn Rush to stop them.  She catches two, but they won’t betray their partner, the most dangerous of all, and the attacks continue, striking closer to home.  Jocelyn’s only real clue comes when a monster from her past resurfaces–now she must race to connect the demons of her past with the villain of her present–before the sadistic attacker sets his sights on her.

 

3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?

I am planning to develop this one into a series.


4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?

None. I usually don’t even get an hour per day to write. LOL.  I have no writing schedule. I have a full-time job and a family. I have to write whenever I can. I was finding it really challenging in the last two years to find any time so what I do when I really want to make headway with something is put myself on a 100 day challenge. For 100 days I commit to writing something every single day, even if it is only one word. I have a notebook that I carry with me all the time and whenever I have ten or more minutes, I’ll pull it out and write until something interrupts me. I find the best time to get work done is at night after my daughter has gone to sleep–but then I have to find a balance because that is the only time of day I get with my husband. The 100 day challenge helps. If I write for a half hour or an hour a night while I am on a challenge, I feel pretty good. Most of the time, however, everything I write ends up getting written while I’m in line at the post office or waiting in a doctor’s office or sitting in my car waiting for my husband to come out of the Home Depot. It gets harder when I actually need to be seated at my computer to work–and that’s when I’m revising. Nobody wants your attention until you’ve got the lap top out in front of you. LOL. The bottom line is that I squeeze in writing whenever I possibly can. Otherwise, nothing would ever get written.

5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?

That’s a tough one. Probably Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter.

6) What are you working on now?

I’ve already started the second Jocelyn Rush novel which centers around a cold case brought to her by a former Philadelphia Homicide Detective who only has a few months left to live. I’m also working on a sequel to Finding Claire Fletcher titled Over the Edge as well as a book called Harm which is about a teenage boy who stops a school shooting using only his mind and then goes on the run with his dad to avoid being captured by a bunch of shadow organizations that want to use his powers for dubious purposes.

 

Hold Still

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Author: Lisa Regan

Genre: Mystery / Suspense

After saving her three-year-old daughter from a car-jacking, off-duty police detective Jocelyn Rush ends up in the ER.  The last person she expects to run into is Anita Grant, former prostitute and an old acquaintance from Jocelyn’s days on patrol.  In spite of her obvious injuries—mutilated hands and feet—Anita refuses to talk about what happened. Reluctantly, Jocelyn backs off, and Anita’s case goes to Philadelphia’s Special Victims Unit.

Before long, Jocelyn is pulled into the SVU’s investigation.  Anita is finally ready to talk, but only to Jocelyn. Her story is harrowing, even to a seasoned veteran like Jocelyn. Working with SVU, Jocelyn’s investigation unearths a series of similar crimes going back four years.  Three men are preying on local prostitutes, viciously assaulting and mutilating them.

The police apprehend two of the suspects, but the third eludes capture. As the hunt for the most sadistic of the three intensifies, and his crimes escalate, Jocelyn and her colleagues have precious few leads.  Then a monster from Jocelyn’s past resurfaces.  She doesn’t want to be reminded of the terrible secret that destroyed her family nearly twenty years earlier, but the man offers her a lead that could crack Anita’s case.

To solve it, Jocelyn must connect her past with her present—before a sadistic attacker sets his sights on her.

Author Bio

Lisa Regan is a suspense novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She is a member of Sisters In Crime. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, Finding Claire Fletcher won Best Heroine and was runner up in Best Novel in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2013.

Links

Author Website: www.lisaregan.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Regan/e/B009YY091I/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Lisa-Regan/189735444395923

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lisalregan

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6443334.Lisa_Regan

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Author Interview and Giveaway Liminal Lights

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I’m hosting an interview with J.M. Bogart, author of YA fantasy “Liminal Lights”. My questions are bolded, the author’s responses are in regular font.

1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

Internet distractions! The minute I open my browser to research something for a book, my writer brain’s natural curiousity sends me on a crazy journey that usually results in reading articles that have nothing to do with my original internet search.

2) Can you give us a short synopsis of Liminal Lights?

Liminals are faerie-like creatures who have no magic of their own. Instead, they harvest what they need from human teenagers who are unaware of this energy. Unlike others of their kind, Liminals only take what they need to survive. The rest they shape into usable talents and creativity that the teenagers can use. Unfortunately for them, the human race is evolving, forcing Bean, Pritt, and Tissa to find new ways of harvesting human magic to save their own kind. Nadia’s power, found in her talent as an artist, is the last hope for these Liminal beings who find themselves caught between light and shadow. Liminals aren’t the only ones after her magic, so are the creatures who lurk under the bed, hide in the darkness, and go bump in the night.

3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?

This is the first book of trilogy.

4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?

That’s actually a difficult question. Outside of writing fiction for both middle grade and adult readers, I spend a lot of time writing blogs, creating technical and creative documentation, and editing for others. My day is filled with writing related activities, but I can only dedicate about an hour day to my personal writing. When my own writing is going well, and the other commitments are under control, I’ll forego sleep to make extra time.

5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?

If I’m really honest, I’ll have to say that I don’t have a favourite – or, at the very least, I haven’t found it yet. I love middle grade classics: Alice in Wonderland, Tom Sawyer, Anne of Green Gables, Matilda, the Narnia series… there are too many to choose just one and none stand out as the one book I love more than others. Books are like my children – I love them all equally, but for very different reasons.

6) What are you working on now?

I am currently editing “Shadow Shifts” the second book in the Liminals series and drafting the ending of the third book of the trilogy. At the same time, I’m also working on completing a loose sequel to “Money, Masks & Madness”, which falls into the New Adult genre.

Title: Liminal Lights

Author: J.M. Bogart

Genre: MG/YA Fantasy

What if faerie magic is real?

Nadia discovers an ancient truth hidden by Liminals, coveted by Shadow Monsters, and protected by humans.

Somewhere, between faerie legends and story books, lies the truth to magic. It grows in children, matures, and is eventually captured by Liminal beings. These small, faerie-like creatures harvest and manipulate it, crafting it into the talents and skills inherent in humans. The rest, they keep for themselves in an effort to sustain their own life forces.

The human race is evolving, forcing Bean, Pritt, and Tissa to find new ways of harvesting human magic to save their own kind. Nadia’s power, found in her talent as an artist, is the last hope for these Liminal beings who find themselves caught between light and shadow. Liminals aren’t the only ones after her magic, so are the creatures who lurk under the bed, hide in the darkness, and go bump in the night.

This is the first book of a trilogy.

Author Bio

Photo_JMBogartJ.M. Bogart believes there’s a spark of magic in every person, regardless of age or background. Her upper Middle Grade novels are written with bright and imaginative youth in mind. She hopes to provide fun and appropriate content combined with challenging language and concepts for readers drifting in those precocious middle years.

Ms. Bogart spends her days writing, editing, and caring for her very busy family. She used to dream of the day when Mary Poppins would swoop in to help with the children, but now that they are older she wishes those chaotic days filled with giggles and sunshine hadn’t disappeared quite so fast. You can follow J.M. Bogart on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.

Other Books (Women’s Fiction):

Money, Masks & Madness (2013): http://www.amazon.com/Money-Masks-Madness-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B00CCH5IIS

Reflections (2012): http://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B009JUQ30S

Remember Newvember (2011): http://www.amazon.com/Remember-Newvember-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B0052UAG70

Links

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

Twitter: @JenniferBogart https://twitter.com/JenniferBogart

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JenniferBogart/posts

Blog: http://jenniferbogart-author.blogspot.ca/

Publisher Website (Morning Rain Publishing): http://morningrainpublishing.com/project/liminal-lights/

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Release Day Orange Blossom

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We’re happy to celebrate the release or new adult contemporary romance “Orange Blossom”. Come celebrate with us!

Orange Blossom (a Flowering novel) by Sarah Daltry

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About the Book

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Author: Sarah Daltry

Genre: NA contemporary romance

“I’ve never understood a year. A year was always a measurement of something bad for me. A year in my father’s prison sentence, a year since my mom’s death, a year left of school before I could get far, far away from here. Now, as I look down the end of my college career, with only a little more than a semester to go, a year seems like something magical. It has been a year since Lily chose me, since she sat with me on the old swing set and made a decision that I was worthy of her. And every minute of the entire year has been better than the last.”

You already know their stories: Lily, the perfect princess, always living someone else’s life. And Jack, the broken boy, who had stopped believing in hope. Somehow, though, they found each other and what was one night blossomed into a love story

Now, a year later, Jack and Lily are dreaming of the future. Despite all of his promises to himself that he would never be indebted to anyone, Jack makes a new promise – this time to Lily – that he will be there for her forever. But when life unravels for them, he starts to pull away, and Lily worries he’s out of reach for good.

When Jack does the unthinkable, Lily is left destroyed. Is it possible to have a happily ever after? Does love ever really save anyone?

Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Orange-Blossom-Flowering-Sarah-Daltry-ebook/dp/B00JDYCMS2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-2&qid=1398542472

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/orange-blossom-flowering-novel/id842981858?mt=11

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/orange-blossom-sarah-daltry/1118953312?ean=9781497358379

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/orange-blossom-4

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-orangeblossomafloweringnovel-1452871-149.html

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/420172

Author Interview First Comes Love, Then Comes…

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Interview time today! I’m hosting T.C. Wheeler on my blog, author of “First Comes Love, Then Comes…”, a romance novel releasing today. Happy release day!

My questions are bolded, author’s responses are in regular font.

1) What’s the hardest part of being an author?

The hardest part of being an author is coming up with a story that you feel confident about to release to your audience. As an author, you can come up with millions of stories, conflicts, danger, and think that your audience will not be happy with it. Me personally, I went back and forth until I was confident that the public will love. I said to myself “If they like it great, if not, maybe they will enjoy the next one.”

2) Can you give us a short synopsis of First Comes Love, Then Comes…?

Can a young married couple beat the odds of this modern day society, lies, rumors, and each other? With this couple, they slowly find out that all the relationships that the television shows you is just that…for television. This story puts a real definition of what most married couples see after love in which the popular nursery rhyme doesn’t tell you.

3) Is this part of a series, or stand-alone?

                First Comes Love, Then Comes…was supposed to be a stand-alone book, but my readers want to know more about the adventure of my two main characters; Jacob and Rachel. Being that I am here to keep the audience intrigued, I have put my wondrous mind back to work to make a second installment.

4) How many hours per day do you spend writing?

Every day is different. One day I can put in 12 hours, another day I will only have 10 minutes of writing in me. I get burst of writing at a time. One time a burst lasted almost 24 hours. I never force myself to write. Writing is my passion so I will never grow tired of it. If I was to push myself to write, then I will be unsatisfied with what I have written. That’s one thing I always tell people. Never force it. It will flow out of you when you let it.


5) What is your favorite book in the same genre as yours?

I have many books that I can read over and over. I admire Emily Griffins Baby Proof but I love the genre that I have written my book in. I am a diverse reader but I always find myself back in this genre specifically.

Thank you for having me. It’s been a pleasure answering your questions.

Book Blurb

350dpiTCWheelerFRONT   Marriage is a hard road. It’s even harder when you’re young and have everything coming at you from left field. Rachel and Jacob takes you on a journey of what the nursery rhyme doesn’t fully express. Rachel, a gorgeous 20 year old woman along with her flawless husband Jacob gets through a long hard road of getting married, not receiving some of their family member’s blessings and not having agreements on whether the time is here to have a baby.

They overcame the hardship of finishing school, starting businesses, and depression over not conceiving the first time around. Now in the present days, everything seems to be going great-until Rachel overheard a conversation that Jacob was having over the phone. From women trying to kill her man, to mysterious phone calls, to a HUGE secret everyone knows about except Rachel-This couple has something new around every corner. A single day changed their lives forever, but the question is: did it change for better or worse?

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Author Bio

A vision and a past time that turned into a profession. At 25, TC Wheeler; hailing from Hollis Queens, New York, is making a name for herself. Instead of going the traditional route, and finding someone to publish and sell her book, she took matters into her own hands and birth TC Wheeler Publications. Through her love of books and writing, TC has made characters come alive, life lessons told, and added a little comedy to it all. Even though she has just recently popped up on the scene, this woman is no stranger to the limelight. As modest as she is, others has submitted her works into numerous contests and local papers, and hands down, she has stirred the pot and caught people’s attention. She has done speaking engagements around the east coast, motivated others to follow their dreams, and help people change their outlook on life; just by her words on paper. TC is a very powerful writer and a very remarkable woman. With her comedy and her real life point of views, she has fans all across the board. TC explains that her main goal with this publication is to give those who feel their voice isn’t loud enough a microphone; and that is what she plans to do.

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