Book Review: A Favor for a Favor by Nat Chelloni

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Author: Nat Chelloni


Published: August 28th 2020


Source: received from the Author in exchange for an honest review


Type: e-copy




A time for love can’t be more deadly…


Julia Leonardi thought she put her past behind her. The widow of a mobster, all she wants is to steer clear of the criminal elements. Then she meets Domenico Bonacci…


Dom is handsome, charming, and intense. The world knows him as a prominent businessman, but Julia sees him as everything she fought to escape.


Once the scion of a powerful Mafia family Dom left the world of organized crime after his father’s death. And he swore he would never go back.


No matter how hard she tries, Julia can’t seem to ignore the powerful spark of attraction between them and her growing feelings for him. But when Dom’s shady past catches up with him, the two forbidden lovers find themselves trapped in a deadly game.


Will Dom renege on his vow and lose the woman he loves, or he will manage to break free of his past for once and for all? 



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My Review

I was mentioning in one of my previous reviews that I have not read as many mafia romances as I would have liked. Well, I was lucky enough to receive a copy of “A Favor for a Favor” from the author and what a great read it has been! I was captivated from the opening scene and I could not put it down. It was an addictive read.

The story is told on the third person, from our main characters’ perspective. This was refreshing and somewhat help me have the full picture. Julia has done her best to be as far away from the Mafia world as possible. After losing her husband in mysterious ways, she is now focused on making her business a success. However, a family incident brings her to Domenico Bonacci’s club. Their first encounter is fiery, to say the least, with both characters trying to act as bold as possible. True emotions will quickly come to light however.

I loved how Julia and Dom interacted, but especially how he was trying to mix his own affairs with convincing Julia of his feelings. I would divide the story in two parts. The first one is mixing romance, action and politics with Dom being on top of both. I see him as the center of the book, with Julia being more of a love interest. The second part is centered more on the political side. Both parts are entertaining and kept me on the edge.

As much as I loved the characters and the plot, I must mention that it was a bit difficult to keep track of all the families and connections. It would have been easier having like a genealogy tree with each member belonging to which family or fraction. At some point I was a little lost among all the political interests. Another thing that made me decrease my rating was the ending. For how well the biggest part of the plot was developed, I would have expected a more complex ending, with more action.

Overall, this was a great debut novel. Nat Chelloni is a fantastic writer and I cannot wait to read more from the series. I think I have an idea of who we will have next, but let’s see if I’m right 🙂 Keep your eyes out for this book, as well as the next ones, I’ll sure be doing that 🙂

Until next time, happy reading! 

Cover Review: Here is where I may have an issue. I am not very fond  of the cover. It does remind me of old mafia movies but it’s too much like those old ones. Dom is the center of the cover, Julia comes in a small corner – I would expect her to be at his side though. The colors are aligned and create a balanced image.

4 stars

About The Author


Nat Chelloni is a TV personality, a screenwriter, a film critic, an avid book reader across all genres, and now a published author of a debut novel A Favor For a Favor.

Book Review: Cowgirl Next Door by Lacy Williams

Title: Cowgirl Next Door (Sutter’s Hollow #3)53710575. sy475

Author: Lacy Williams

Published: August 4th 2020

Source: Received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Type: ARC, e-copy

Tags: #smalltown


She’s a reminder of everything he lost.

He can’t escape the darkness.

Unlocking the past can only end in heartbreak.

Cancer stole everything from Jilly. Now she’s taking her life back by force, choosing an unconventional path to motherhood, and gambling it all to purchase the farm she’s always dreamed of. Her reclusive neighbor might be a jerk, but that’s a minor problem. Until her foster kids turn it into a major problem…

Noah likes being alone. It’s safer that way. But his new neighbor—who happens to be his former rival—has no boundaries and it isn’t long before she starts stirring up his past—a past that’s better left forgotten.

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My Review

The third and final book in the Sutter’s Hollow series is the best, in my opinion! I read these books in the same month and now all the pieces fall together in a beautiful complete picture. Finally, we get Jilly and Noah’s story and I am so happy the author decided to bring them together.

Both have scars from their past but, while one is trying to move forward and create a future, the other is stuck in a place that can provide a limited comfort. It takes three misbehaving children to give a little push in the right direction.

The story is one full of emotion. Jilly has had to deal with cancer and, after surviving is battle, she now wants to continue her life and adopt the three little (not so) angles that are currently living with her. Noah, on the other hand, still deals with the consequences of an accident that happened years ago, the accident that took away his sight. He lives isolated from the world and refuses contact with almost everyone. Their connection is so beautiful and the way their relationship evolves feels so natural. I really really enjoyed this book!

The author addressed three important themes with this book: we have a cancer survivor that learned to cope with her illness. We have Noah’s sigh issues and we how he learned to adapt and live a life as close to normal as possible. Additionally, we have the adoption of the three kids and how they try to adapt to a new home, struggling to attach themselves or not to their new potential family. Throughout all these themes there is an optimistic tone in just the right amount.

I must mention the only thing that made me give 4 stars to this book. And it’s the same reason I decreased my rating in the previous ones also: I don’t think that Noah received the proper closure for the accident. I believe this conflict (it’s not a real conflict, more like a turning point in our main characters’ lives) was not resolved for cord, Callum or Noah.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed “The Cowgirl Next Door” the most from the series. It’s a book with a lot of emotional baggage, that deals with significant themes, but with a lovely love story. The entire Sutter’s Hollow series has beautiful stories and it’s a great series if you want to relax with three beautiful couples.

Cover Review: I like the cover. We see the consistency with the small-town background, even if I would have imagined Noah and Jilly a little different. But overall, I like it.

About The AuthorLacy Williams

Lacy Williams wishes her writing career was more like what you see on Hallmark movies: dreamy brainstorming from a French chateau or a few minutes at the computer in a million-dollar New York City penthouse. In reality, she’s up before the sun, putting words on the page before her kids wake up for the day. Those early-morning and late-night writing sessions add up, and Lacy has published fifty books in almost a decade, first with a big five publisher and then as an indie author. When she needs to refill the well, you can find Lacy birdwatching, gardening, biking with the kiddos, or walking the dog. Find tons of bonus scenes and reader extras by becoming a VIP reader at .


Twitter  lacy_williams

Genre  RomanceHistorical Fiction

Book Review: His Small-Town Girl by Lacy Williams

Title: His Small-Town Girl (Sutter’s Hollow #1)52647791. sy475

Author: Lacy Williams

Published: May 12th 2020

Source: Received from the author, in exchange for an honest review

Type: ARC, e-copy

Tags: #smalltown


She’s sweet and wholesome. And hiding something.

He’s back home, resurrecting old ghosts.

One of them is going to get hurt.

Molly arrives in Sutter’s Hollow out of gas and out of options. The rundown ranch seems like a perfect place to hide. Except the man who owns it seems just as dangerous as what’s chasing her.

Cord’s mantra growing up? Get out of Sutter’s Hollow. Now he’s back in town, but only long enough to get rid of his grandma’s ball and chain—the ranch. He doesn’t need a complication like Molly, who reminds him of an injured baby bird. He’s no protector. So why can’t he tell her to get lost?

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My Review

Finally I start a series at book 1 and finally I can tell you I did manage to complete all the three books in the same period! Lacy Williams is amazing at creating characters and developing back stories and my love for this series increased with each title.

Book one in the Sutter’s Hollow series focuses on Cord and Molly. He is back in town to sort out some family affairs – selling his grandmother’s ranch and she is running from her past. Well, actually Cord is trying to run from his past in a way. What he actually wants is to finish the renovations of the ranch, sell it and be done with it. He is not in town to make friends or to reconnect. Still, when he sees Molly, he immediately understands there is something wrong – sleeping in her old truck, scarred.

They have a connection which Cord is not willing to admit for most of the book. Molly may seem a bit nosy, as she constantly tries to fix something, weather this something is a truck, a tractor, his life or lifestyle. There is also a bit of an age gap and I like that it is also visible in how the characters act. Molly feels a bit like a teenager sometimes and this gives Cord the breath of fresh air he needs.

Both characters have an intense and interesting past, but Cord’s story is the one that is continues throughout the series, as it affects not only him, but also the other characters that we will read about in books 2 and 3. When he speaks about that difficult night and when he finally has the courage to let it all out, it’s like a weight has been lifted. The atmosphere in the book changes, if you can understand what I mean.

I loved “His Small Town Girl”. It’s an easy and sweet romance, noting on the tense side of the Romance genre. Yes, I think the romance happened a bit too fast and yes, maybe there was not a big enough conflict here, but it is a great book to pass some time, it’s a great town and it speaks about new beginnings. Give it a chance 😉 4 out of 5

Cover Review: It pains me to say I do not like it that much. I like the small town image in the background, I like the colors and the font – it’s all optimistic. But the lady on the cover seems not to belong there somehow. The idea of the book is not necessarily a small town girl. It’s more than that. He is also a small town guy so… ? Title and cover vs content – may be not that great.

Favorite Quote: “It’s okay for you to not be okay”

About The AuthorLacy Williams

Lacy Williams wishes her writing career was more like what you see on Hallmark movies: dreamy brainstorming from a French chateau or a few minutes at the computer in a million-dollar New York City penthouse. In reality, she’s up before the sun, putting words on the page before her kids wake up for the day. Those early-morning and late-night writing sessions add up, and Lacy has published fifty books in almost a decade, first with a big five publisher and then as an indie author. When she needs to refill the well, you can find Lacy birdwatching, gardening, biking with the kiddos, or walking the dog. Find tons of bonus scenes and reader extras by becoming a VIP reader at .


Twitter  lacy_williams

Genre  RomanceHistorical Fiction

Weekly Quote #16

Hey there my lovely readers and booklovers! 

A lot has bren going on in the last month or so since I have not posted. Suffice to say that work kept me away from the things I really enjoy doing and it threw me off balance for a big while. I’ve been doing my best to combine my three main activities (work, book blogging and sewing) and it takes a lot of effort. Still I am not willing to give up, so here I am, with new reviews and new articles.  

Even if my reviews and my articles have not neen posted, I can tell you that I did read A LOT. It keeps my thoughts away from work issues and since those thoughs seem to be more frequent, I also need my “medicine” more often.  

For this week the quote that I am proposing is from “Shook” by Sonya Jesus. This is book 1 from the Internet Famous Collection and it is an interesting retelling of Cinderellla.  

“Mom always says life isn’t meant to be counted by the tears we cry, just the smiles.” 

The reason why I have sellected this particular line is because regardless of how hard sometimes life may get, we should always keep our eyes focused on our target. Happiness is in each small thing around us, we just have to look closer to see it. Stay positive, keep a smile on your face and make time for the people and things you love.  


Until next time, Happy Reading! 

Book Review: Brutal Price by Sophie Lark

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Author: Sophie Lark

Published: July 15th 2020

Source: Received from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review

Type: ARC, e-copy

Tags: #mafiaromance


He’s No Prince Charming…Callum Griffin is the heir to the Irish Mafia. He’s ruthless, arrogant, and he wants to kill me. We got off on the wrong foot when I set a (very small) fire in his house. Our families believe a marriage pact is the only thing that will prevent all-out warfare. I think I might need to murder him while he sleeps.

This would all be a lot easier if Callum wasn’t so damned good-looking. But I’ve got a lockbox around my heart. Because even if I’m forced to marry him…

I could never love a brutal prince.

“Brutal Prince” is the explosive first act in the epic “Brutal Birthright” series. It’s a stand-alone Dark Mafia Romance, complete with HEA and no cliffhangers. It contains blazing hot bedroom scenes for mature readers only!!!

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My Review

After a long, long time of reading mostly Romance, it’s strange to admit I have not read as many mafia romances as I would have expected. That’s too bad because a mafia romance, if properly written, can be wonderful! Such was the case for “Brutal Prince”!

Let me start my review by saying I want more from this series and from this author! This book is addictive, regardless of its few flaws. Aida and Callum come from the same mafia scene, but their sides have different tactics. Forced to marry after Aida accidently started a war between their families, the two need to work together, or at least learn to tolerate each other. However, neither is willing to give up.

Aida comes from a family that represents the Italian Mafia. She enjoys the comfort of her world, her home and her brothers. Being forced to live now with Callum and his family takes her out of her safe zone. So she attacks. She pushes his limits and comes back with an even stronger replica. I loved their banter and I loved seeing Aida step up and impress the living soul out of everybody.

Callum, on the other hand, is surrounded by people he does not particularly like, but needs.  He is not at all interested in small talk but understands the importance of connections. He believes having money and a position of influence in society are the most powerful weapons. Still, his rigid attitude and his inability to connect beyond politics are his weakest points. Aida complements him and that is something painful to admit.

 Their attraction was well described in the book, but at some point sex became like a drug they both needed and I am not sure I liked how it was all illustrated. One of the scenes I really really felt uncomfortable reading was after a house incident involving guns – I completely felt a bit grossed. Also the admission of love came too sudden. I wanted to see Callum as a true mafia prince and based on the tile, I thought he would be more dangerous, but most of the other characters contributed to his success more than he did. He felt more like the front guy of an operation, not its leader.

To summarize, I really loved the book (despite my previous negative comments). It kept my interest from chapter to chapter  and it was hard to put down. I am anxious to read the other books in the series as well as any other book by Sophie Lark, If you are a mafia fan, this book may seem mild and too focused on politics, but it’s a great read nonetheless. 4 out of 5 stars.

4 stars

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Cover Review: I love the cover and I love this guy’s look. Also, the fonts combination in the title is suggesting the opposites. Yup, I like it! But by comparing the cover to the content, I still believe the cover gives up too dangerous vibes.

Favorite Quote: “Trust is rarer than love. It’s putting your fate, your happiness, your life in someone’s hands. Hoping they keep it safe.”

About The AuthorSophie Lark

Sophie Lark is an Amazon Bestselling author who writes intense, intelligent romance, with heroines who are strong and capable, and men who will do anything to capture their hearts. She lives with her husband, two boys, and baby girl in the Rocky Mountain West.

She has a slight obsession with hiking, bodybuilding, and live comedy shows. Her perfect day would be taking the kids to Harry Potter World, going dancing with Mr. Lark, then relaxing with a good book and a monster bag of salt and vinegar chips.




Book Review: Distant Thunder by Lilli Carlisle

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Gods and Thunder

Book One

Lilli Carlisle

Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group

Date of Publication: July 6, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-951055-86-8


Word Count: 41030

Tagline: The gods who protect the world know evil is coming, and it can’t wait to show itself – vainglorious in its efforts, it will make itself known soon

Book Description:


Punished and shamed, the divine mother of nature, the goddess Net, was stripped of her powers and made mortal. Were it not for the shifter god, Fenrir, she wouldn’t have a home or protection, and with evil rising in all the realms, she is more than vulnerable, she’s a target.

For Fenrir, protecting Net is more than a favor, it’s a way to ensure she will not lose her life on his watch. As threats become a real and present danger, he is forced to admit his long-hidden feelings and intends to make Net his forever, if she will have him.

The Gods and Thunder series is a spin-off of the Black Ridge Wolf Pack Series

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My Review

This was a story I enjoyed quite a lot, even if my rating is below my initial expectations. Lilli Carlisle delivers a love story in the realm of gods, with hatred, devised loyalties and politics. Not only the romance, but as well the plot provide entertainment and keeps you on the edge.

The goddess Net, stripped of her powers, is placed under the protection of a shifter god – Fenrir. They form a friendship based on trust, even if he does not show her his human form. Time spent together, as well as enemies bring them together and make them reveal their true feelings.

I liked the story, I liked their search for the judge and I liked seeing the division of the gods. What was not so close to my heart was the instalove we have between our main characters. It does not take too much for them to say they love each other and I would have liked to see them spend more time together. Some of the relationships between the main characters and the secondary characters did not seem very convincing.

All in all, I am curious to see how the series will evolve and understand some of the other characters’ stories. I hope you’ll give this book a try and let me know your thoughts 🙂

Until next time, Happy Reading!


About the Authoraut

Lilli Carlisle lives in the country near Toronto, Canada. She is the mother of two wonderful girls, wife to an amazing man, and servant to the pets in her life, and she’s a member of Toronto Romance Writers. Lilli writes paranormal/fantasy romance, and believes love should be celebrated and shared. After all, everybody needs a little romance, excitement, intrigue, and passion in their lives

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Weekly Quote #15

Hey Guys,

A new week with new challenges is ahead and I wish you all only accomplishments! My priority is to plan my time as much as possible, oh and take a small holiday. I’ll take 3 days to go to the sea and spend some time listening to the waves, hopefully under an umbrella. Looks like I am not allowed to sunbathe too much. But all is well!

Sadly, for the past week I’ve read 4 books, but none with quotes worth mentioning. But I do have some stacked up just in case 🙂 This time I have Kandi Steiner and her book “The Wrong Game”, for which I have posted the review yesterday.

That’s how love works. You learn more about each other, you trust, you give and you take in equal measure and yes, you take a fucking risk.

What I love about this quite is how determined Zach is when he is saying it. Because yes, trusting your heart and your future into someone else is a big step. Life is all about risks – big or small, noticeable or unnoticeable. Love and the trust that comes with it are the biggest, but can bring the biggest joys.

Take some risks 😉 who knows? Maybe is for the best 🙂

Happy reading and happy week!

Book Review: The Wrong Game by Kandi Steiner

Title: The Wrong Game

Author: Kandi Steiner

Published: October 16th 2018

Source: owned

Format: e-copy


Two season tickets.

One genius idea.

Zero interest in a relationship.

The plan is simple: a brand new, hot, preferably funny, definitely single male will fill one of those seats for every Bears game at Soldier Field. And I’ll fill the other.

I can’t think of a better way to use the season passes I’d bought for my ex-husband. I am a woman of plans, and this one’s foolproof.

Until Zach Bowen offers to be my practice round.

He’s infuriating. Presumptuous and overbearing. And absolutely, undeniably gorgeous. Any woman with a heartbeat would be attracted to him, and mine picks up speed every time he speaks.

But as I said, I’m a woman of plans — and I’m not backing down on this one.

One night. One game. And then, his time’s up.

He can try to change the rules, but here’s the truth: he can’t win if he’s playing the wrong game.

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My Review

Can you imagine this is my first Kandi Steiner book? With my blog thanking a more romance focused turn, one would think I am no stranger to her books, but unfortunately this was not the case. Thanks to one of my favorite booktubers Jess from Peace Love Books (go ahead and check out her channel, she is fantastic! ) I fell in love with Kandi Steiner and her characters.

The beginning was heartbreaking! What happened there was a total surprise and it made me love Gemma from the start. This event is what determines her next steps and it makes the reader more understanding towards her decision not for start another relationship. Even from their first encounter Zach is amazing. He gives her space (until he is no longer able to), he fight for her attention and he is not willing to give her up.

What starts as an innocent “tryout” be ones a competition, a friendship and later much more. I love how the author created all these stages in the relationship and how our main characters’ actions and reactions feel real and relatable. Family also plays an important role and being able to count on family members to always be there and offer support is amazing. Best friends meddling add a bit of fun to the story also.

The reason I am not going with a full 5 star rating is because between the games u found myself skipping rows here and there, mainly because if was not much to keep me entertained. Some of the scenes help built Zach’s personality and others underline even more Gemma’s need for closure. I wish she would have made peace somehow with her past and for me it feels like a loose end.

But all in all, I loved this book very much and I cannot wait to read more of Kandi’s books.

Until next time, happy reading!

Cover review:: I like how the word “Wrong” stands out in the title and the color combination is relaxing somehow to the eyes. The couple looks too in love for the amount of tension that we have between Zach and Gemma. But overall, I like it.

Favorite quote: Failed love built wall, but it was our choice whether we decided to hide behind them, or sit on top of them, waiting for someone to come along who could knock them down

About the Author

Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

Beta Reading – On Going

Hey guys,

How is your week so far? How is your reading going?  I am into a lot of books at the moment and sometimes it’s difficult to select which one to read in the evening. But what I wanted to share with you is a little about the beta projects I am working on for this week.  

I have 2 amazing books and one very short read (11 pages) that I am going through, and I am so excited to share my comments with the authors. As a beta reader, the responsibility is very high, so I am proud to be able to support the next best sellers.

I cannot tell you much about the books, but obviously all Romance, and all have great heroines 😊 I am enjoying them quite a lot! As a disclosure, I am not charging for this service for now, as I am working on improving my own process. If you have a story written and you want someone to have a look, let me know 😊

Beta Reading Spots Available for Second Half of August

Well, I hope you all have a great weekend and come by for some more reviews in the coming days 🙂

Book Review: Withstanding the Enemy by T.L. Mahrt

Withstanding the Enemy
T.L. Mahrt
Publication date: January 31st 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Emma Andrews was orphaned at a young age with no family to turn to. Tired of the broken foster-care system, and believing it was her only option, she runs to a multi-millionaire with a reputation of hiring young women. It is only then that she learns what real monsters look like…

Emma uses her overactive imagination to help her get through the toughest of days. By daydreaming a life full of love and freewill, she manages her colorless prison, but even in her wildest dreams, she would have never imagined it could become a reality. That is, until she meets Chance, a man willing to lay his life down to save hers.

But what Emma doesn’t expect is to fight her own personal demons—her heart.

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My Review

Ok, I want book 2 and all the next books by T. L. Mahrt. Just to get this out of the way, this book was great! It kept me awake two nights, during working week, but I just could not put it down. The plot captivated me, I fell in love with the characters and out of love with sleep! I am addicted to the series after book 1 and I am looking forward for the next installment.

Emma is a victim, a victim of others but also a victim of her own innocence. She managed to run from her last foster home and ended up with a man more dangerous than any other. To Rick she is nothing but a possession. He is obsessed by her and he is not willing to share. Emma has no way of escaping. This until Chance finally takes a step forward.

Both characters have their own demons and some of these demons will be revealed in the next book. Both characters need to become more mature and much stronger together, but also individually. They need to save each other from their past and construct a safe future. There is danger lurking, there are supportive characters that I loved just as much and there is such an intense action!

To conclude, I think this was an exceptional book and as I was mentioning in the beginning, I cannot wait to read book 2! Be aware going into the story that there are some violent scenes that may be uncomfortable, but other than this, I think you will be as captivated as I was by the first installment in Emma and Chance’s story!

Until next time, Happy Reading!

5 stars

Author Bio:

T. L. Mahrt is a former business owner, where she utilized her education in cosmetology, barbering and massage therapy for several years. She was raised on and is currently living on a farm in Nebraska, where you can find her running barefoot in the country side with her loving husband and inspiring children and massive dogs.

After having her son, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, she made the life altering decision to stay home to care for her two children and pursue her love for writing. She has a love for romance and poetry where, her overactive imagination, along with her adventures and up beat lifestyle drives her inspiration for her writing.

T. L. Mahrt has a thirst for knowledge, and is currently working on her Bachelor of Applied Science in Communication Studies degree.

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