Thursday, 21 June 2018

Book Review (Amber Williams' Navy Seal's Match)

Author: Amber Williams
Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary Romance

My Review

Gavin is a former SEAL back in his hometown struggling with his demons, both from his time with the force and from his personal life.
Mavis has known Gavin for years (he is her brother's best friend) and she has made a place for herself in her hometown, 'different' though she is. With Gavin back, she chooses to stand by him through his struggle with PTSD and more.

Amber Leigh Williams' Navy SEAL's Match does everything that a good Harlequin Romance is supposed to - envelopes you with its romance and passion, has you connect and care for the characters, feel their pain, and smile at their idiosyncrasies.

Being a part of the series - Fairhope, Alabama series - this romance has other couples from the previous books, but they merge well into the narrative. That makes this a good standalone read, but if you have read the previous books in the series, you get sweet glimpses into the 'happily ever after' of the couple you know from before.

In this book, Amber Williams has brought together two strong individuals, with their own personal struggles. Add to that the disapproval, curiosity, and support of their families, and it is a story that touches many emotions.

Note to author: Hope to read Zelda's story soon.

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NAVY SEAL'S MATCH by Amber Leigh Williams, Contemporary Romance, 384 pp., $6.99 (paperback) $4.49 (kindle)

Former SEAL Gavin Savitt always knew who he was—until his last deployment ended tragically. Now he’s home, his mind hijacked by trauma and the shadow of his once-perfect sight. Yet in this new hazy, unclear world, one person stands out—Mavis Bracken.

There are a million reasons why Gavin shouldn’t be with Mavis, including that she’s his best friend’s little sister. Yet he longs for her touch, her freckles and her special way with wild, skittish beasts like him. He just needs the courage to take his life back. And Mavis won’t let him give up without a fight.
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“I know it’d be better for you if I left.”
“You let me be the judge of that,” she advised.
“The moment you’re burdened by me,” he said, slowly, “I’m out of here.”
She didn’t agree. No. Instead, she raised herself onto her toes.
Gavin’s eyes closed and his breath hitched as her kiss washed breathily over his lips and blew him away. Answers cropped up inside him, bright like candles. His hand moved to the back of her head, no more able to snuff them out than he was to convince her to walk away.

Amber Leigh Williams is a romance writer who lives on the US Gulf Coast. She lives for beach days, the smell of real books and spending time with her husband and their two young children. When she’s not keeping up with rambunctious little ones (and two large dogs), she can usually be found reading a good book or indulging her inner foodie. Amber is represented by the D4EO Literary Agency.

Amber’s latest book is the contemporary romance, Navy SEAL’S Match.



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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Old Customs Perfectly Explained (Book Review: The Bearded Prince by Rajesh Talwar)

Title: The Bearded Prince
Author: Rajesh Talwar

The Bearded Prince is the story of the beautiful and creative Princess Roopali and her swayamvara.
She is prejudiced against men with beards. 
The author has justified the prejudice, making it sound reasonable.
And then worked on breaking the prejudice with the story.

The Bearded Prince reminded me of the Vikram and Betal stories. There's the grandeur of royalty and emotions that are common to all, a dilemma and a suspense to the reason behind the reason.

Often when narrating a story to kids, one has to clarify certain instances so as to ensure that they don't get an impression of wrong-doing or prejudices from it.
The author, Rajesh Talwar does it for you and with a touch of humour too. 
"Quite often, people assume that princes and princessses are bound to be good looking people, but they are wrong in their assumption. Anyone closely connected with royalty knows that there are ugly princes, short princesses, princes who are scarred, and princesses who lisp. God and nature have not made any special provision for princes and princesses that might make them in any way more appealing or attractive as human beings than the rest of us."

'A Modern Tale Set in Ancient India' is how it is described and rightly so. It's a tale of olden times told in the language of today, explaining things in a way that the readers who don't know of the old stories would understand.
The author makes a point about equality, individuality and respect for ones' family. 

Princess Roopali is someone with whom the present day kids can relate too.
I do think that although grown-ups would enjoy this book, it the younger lot that The Bearded Prince can truly charm.

The Bearded Prince is a simple story. The simplicity itself and the little details, the thoughtful explanations are really good.

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The italicised text in quotation marks are quotes from the book.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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After much persuasion, Princess Roopali, ‘the beautiful one’, agrees to have a swayamvara. This is an ancient Indian ceremony in which an unmarried girl who has come of age chooses a husband from among several suitors. According to the tradition, at the end of the ceremony, the princess is required to place a marigold garland around the neck of the prince she has decided to marry. She is happy to meet with all the princes who will attend the ceremony, and are keen to be chosen by her. She explains to her parents, the king and queen that she does not, however, wish to meet anyone with a beard. Over the past few years there have been a string of armed robberies by a gang of tough-looking bearded thugs. The princess has come to dislike beards. Her father, the king, explains to her that it would be discourteous for them not to extend an invitation to any eligible prince, but he would be surprised if any of them still sported a beard. Will Princess Roopali find the prince of her dreams? A delightful tale set in Ancient India the story provides a window into an exotic culture and will appeal to children from all age groups – particularly those from the ages of five to one hundred.
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About the Author - Rajesh Talwar

Rajesh Talwar has more than a dozen books to his credit. His fiction includes plays, novels and stories for children. You can read more about him, and view his other books at and At present he lives and works in a tropical island not far from Australia, whose seashores are visited by dolphins, crocodiles as well as the occasional mermaid.

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Friday, 23 March 2018

Debra Schoenberger's Walk With Me (Book Review and Author Interview)

Title: Walk with Me
Author: Debra Schoenberger
Genre: Adult non-fiction / Photography

Pages: 104
Publisher: Blurb
Release date: December 26, 2017
Content rating: G

My Review of Walk With Me

Debra Schoenberger's Walk With Me is a collection of photographs that portray many facets of life.
Through the lens of her camera (whether phone or dslr), Debra shows the colour and variety that we live amongst day in and day out, and almost always take for granted.

One of the recurring tropes in Debra's pictures that fascinated me is people travelling - some exhausted, others excited.
Most photographs in this collection tell stories of everyday life, the struggle and the fun of it.

In the shoes that the photographer has captured, I imagined the persons wearing them. Shoes do tell a lot about the person, they say.

From the wares at the display of a shop and graffiti on walls to empty benches which seem to tell stories of their own to shots of nature, Debra's collection is a pleasure to delve into and imagine the tales hidden in them.

My Interview with Debra Schoenberger

Me: What are the locations of the photographs? You have mentioned that some are of your 'small island city of Victoria' and I could identify a few from Mumbai. Any other places in this collection?
Debra: They are Montreal, Florence, Venice, Rome, New York, Tibet, Beijing, Canada, New Jersey and New York, Mongolia, Delhi, Amsterdam, Paris, Iceland and others.

Me: Do you usually plan your shots, or are they 'go with the flow, capture the moments' kind?
Debra: They are mostly happy accidents. :D

Me: There are quite a few shoes pics in your collection. One can see a lot of the person(s) and their story in them. Any particular reason for the fascination?
Debra: I love shoes! A pair of shoes can tell you a lot about a person.

Me: There are a couple of black and white monochromes. Any particular reason for going retro with them?
Debra: I often see a scene in my mind and if it's in black and white I will take the picture in colour and then change it into black and white.

Me: Are any of them personal pics?
Debra: I'm not quite sure what you are asking - selfies? My selfies are pretty bad so I don't take that many.

Me: Any one favourite of the collection?
Debra: Not particularly, I love all my pictures, there is a memory behind every one of them. Sometimes I'll walk into a scene and say "oh wow" and hopefully nothing happens before I have a chance to take the picture. I don't catch all of these "wow" moments but they're still in my memory.

Me: You mentioned that you take a lot of uour photographs with your phone. But given a choice when you plan a 'photography walk', do you perefer to carry your camera?
Debra: Yes, of course. I prefer to carry one of my three cameras. They are all very heavy so I usually come home a bit tired and happy if I was able to take some great pictures.

Me: What stories do the empty benches, and seats, and chairs tell you?
Debra: Lol, I didn't realize that I had so many! Hmmm, sometimes I like the composition of a scene or maybe it brings back a memory.

Me: Thanks a lot Debra for taking time to answer my questions.

Book Description:

Whenever I'm asked "which is the best camera?" I pretty much respond: "the one you have on you." In fact, most of the images in this book were taken with my cell phone simply because I always have it with me.

This is not only a book about street photography but a visual diary, or collection of quirky, unusual and sometimes just plain weird photos I've taken over the course of the last decade.

As a street photographer, I need to be an assiduous walker. My sneakers often take me to little known, hidden corners, seaweed strewn (and sometimes stinky) beaches and really cool back alleys of my rather small island city of Victoria, BC.

I've also included images of curiosities I've seen throughout my travels.

Everyone sees the world differently and this is my collection of the quirkiness that I call life.

To read reviews, please visit Debra Schoenberger's page on iRead Book Tours.

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About the Author / Photographer:

Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera

"My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.

I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor's favourites and are on display in the National Geographic museum in Washington, DC. I also have an off-kilter sense of humour so I'm always looking for the unusual.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Pinterest

Other photobooks you may want to add to your collection:

Montreal by Debra Schoenberger

To Be A Child by Debra Schoenberger

India by Debra Schoenberger

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

The lingering pain (Book Review: Vikram Kapur's The Assassinations - A Novel of 1984)

Title: The Assassinations - A Novel of 1984
Author: Vikram Kapur
Genre: Historical Fiction

As the author introduces us to the serene Delhi of 1984, there are many small details that, being a Delhiite, I can relate to. The Defence Colony bunglows, the hangouts at Chanakya Cinema and Nirula's (there were not very many places to go to back then), the University Special, and more.

Vikram Kapur's poignant novel begins in the year 1984 at a time before the four digits evoked painful memories and strong emotions.
And the biggest problem is a rather routine one - inter-religion love marriage.

Operation Bluestar changed things. 

The author comments "Most Hindus believed it was warranted; most Sikhs disagreed"... I realize that it holds as true today as it did in 1984.

And because the plot of the book has us getting the viewpoint of both a Sikh family and a Hindu family closely, the thoughts of both find a place in this book.

There is a parallel drawn between Partition, and the situation in Punjab in 1984 and what followed after that. 
Now that I think of it, I am surprised that I did not hear this comparison being made by any of my grandparents. All four of them had seen both Partition (they had moved from Pakistan in 1947) and '84 riots.
None of them are here now. So can't ask the question.

This books touched many chords with me. I am from Delhi. I am a Sikh. 

I was eager to read this book because of 1984. I was 7 years of age in 1984. I have vague memories of seeing burning buildings from the terrace of our house. I don't remember being worried. I can't even begin to imagine how terrified the grown-ups must have been.

For me personally, reading this book was a distressing experience. It took me a while to get my thoughts in order to write about it rationally.

As I was reading this novel, as the incidents of 31st October to 3rd November unfolded, I was restless for 4th November, because I knew the terror would end as 4th would dawn. 
What was it like without knowing this? What was it like to live through it? I have asked these questions a lot recently.

Not that the discussions about 1984 are too rare. They do crop up off and on. 
But after reading this book, the first question I asked family and friends, who were grown-ups back then, is a question I had never asked before. The one question that lingered in my mind after reading The Assassinations - A Novel of 1984 - "How do you stop being afraid?"
I felt restless and upset reading the '84 riots, even though I know things will return to 'normal'. 

"What made people agree to forget and go on as before? For no matter how hard you tried, you couldn't forget." 

A few Punjabi phrases used in the book don't find a translation anywhere in the book. Much as I loved them, I wonder how a non-Punjabi speaking reader would react to them. 
You won't miss the anything about the story even if you don't understand them. And the fact is that no translation can give you the impact that the slang does, I guess is a good reason for leaving them untranslated.

Vikram Kapur's The Assassinations - A Novel of 1984 is a must-read, not just to know about 1984, not just to feel the emotions of living through the riots and the after-effects of it, but also because it is a story that could be true for any community, any place.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Romance in Small Towns - Harlequin (Book Reviews)

Title: Always the Hero
Author: Anna J. Stewart
Genre: Romance

Anna J. Stewart's Harlequin Romance Always the Hero is a pleasing story based in a small-town, Butterfly Harbor. 

Deputy Matt Knight hasn't been around for long and is struggling with lingering issues from his past, trying to make a fresh start. 
When the story starts, he has already made mistakes in his relationship with Lori Bradley. There is a charm in Matt's struggle to do the right thing, as his intentions are always good, but his actions have a tendency to lead to misunderstandings.
In the author's words, Matt is "Burly, a touch of Southern good old boy and a former soldier who has seen more than his share of tragedy. He's as honorable as they come, sometimes to a fault."

Lori's life is more or less an open book for the residents of Butterfly Harbor. Struggling with her body image issues, Lori is a warm person. The author has handled Lori's insecurities sensitively, getting the message across.
Lori is not your typical romance heroine. She is not picture perfect and is a bit of a pushover.

In the process of getting the town back on its feet, Anna J. Stewart weaves a story with Sherrif's department, a difficult mayor, an upcoming festival, and more. 
There are natives who have returned after years, others who are new to the community, and many who have been around all along.  

This was the first book in the series that I read. When one comes across happy couples in a series, it is assumed that they have had their story, and I am sure it would be fun to get glimpses of their happy lives if has read the book in which they were the central characters.
Some have had their stories, others you can look forward to.

Always the Hero is not just a romantic story. It is also about discovering oneself, about issues of body image, confidence, the struggle of war veterans, and most of all, the charm and community feeling of a small town.

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Title: Marrying the Wedding Crasher
Author: Melinda Curtis
Genre: Romance

In Melinda Curtis' Marrying the Wedding Crasher we are introduced to Harley O' Hannigan and Vince Messina away from the Harmony Valley, the small town that is the setting for this story and the series.

Harmony Valley was Vince Messina's home at one time, but he has not been back for long. He has secrets that he has kept from his family, there are lies he has told, but now he is expected to be back for his brother's wedding.

Harley O' Hannigan comes with her own baggage of secrets which have her struggling on professional and personal levels.

The fun starts when Harley agrees to attend Vince's brother's wedding as his plus-one.

Harmony Valley with it's nosy, warm and interesting residents, and with the many memories that it holds for Vince makes for a difficult place in which to pretend to be a couple.

The relationship between the two has the attraction that neither can handle which leads to tussles, and repartees, as an effort to mask the attraction.

Marrying the Wedding Crasher has you feeling the pain of a man who took up too much responsibility for his age as a kid, and continues to be crushed by it even as a grown up.
Far-fetched dreams find a parallel in the impossible architectural designs of Harley.

As Vince comes home both figuratively and literally, and as Harley finds the confidence to deal with her problems with Vince's help, Marrying the Wedding Crasher makes for an enjoyable read. 

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Both Always the Hero and Marrying the Wedding Crasher are small-town romances. There is both the coziness of old friends and the suffocation of everyone knowing everyone.
There is the warmth of good people and the jealousies of the mean ones.
And there is the fact that even if one lives so close and assumes that everything about everyone is known, there can be surprises.
All is not what it seems.

I read Harlequin romances after years. There is a charm to these romances. I have gone back to them often. It is like going back to the security of a story that you know won't surprise you too much. You know it will end well and there is a comfort in escaping into it.

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Emotions behind big money deals (8 hours: Upendra Namburi) (Book Review)

Title: 8 Hours
Author: Upendra Namburi
Genre: Fiction (Corporate Thriller)
Published by: Westland Ltd.
No. of Pages: 282
Cover Price: Rs. 350

1. I don't understand much about multi-million dollar deals. What little I do know is from movies and books... and news, especially when a bank I have an account in, is part of an 11,000 crore fraud.
2. The huge figures of hundreds of crores, and millions, and billions are just that to me... huge figures. I find it impossible to even imagine what it's like to deal with that kind of money.

It is important to mention these points beforehand because I realize that anyone who is knowledgeable about these things may find more to like (and, maybe, criticize) in this time-bound thriller of Upendra Namburi.

8 Hours is third in a series of Number novels by Upendra Namburi and the second that I have read.

Aratrika, the protagonist of 8 Hours is described as a 'Corporate Czarina' in the book. She is the Managing Director of ARYA, the company that is on the verge of possible collapse. Important decisions are to be taken in the 8 hours documented in the pages of this novel.
Aratrika has inherited the business from her father, Madhusudhan Reddy and worked hard on fitting into and expanding the male-dominated, unorganized business. 
She has an impress-hate relationship with her father. Much as she hates him for being the insensitive, abusive person that he is, she always has a need to impress him.
The Reddy family is a dysfunctional one, the craziness of which just keeps coming up with new surprises.

In the 8 hours of the night, the story moves back and forth from past to present, giving us glimpses into what has lead to the present.

8 Hours is packed with raw emotions. Too many of them, I felt at times.
The different characters of this book have distinct idiosyncrasies. The author has given an emotional touch to the practical business deal, because of which it is difficult to predict what path the deal and the lives of those involved will take.
As a character in the book says, "Life would have been much simpler if it had been just about the money". Had the decision been about only money, the choices in 8 Hours would certainly have been much simpler and much less interesting.

There is some violence in 8 Hours and it made me cringe. If it is supposed to convey the 'anything goes' attitude of the corporate world, the animal attraction, the conscience-less world, it certainly did manage to do so.

I do feel that Aratrika's character could have been portrayed better. You get introduced to many aspects of her life. Her past and present, her pain and her ruthlessness. But something was missing. I felt I still didn't understand her.

The fast-paced plot of 8 Hours is full of quick, short conversations, and abrupt phone disconnections. 
One of the problems that I faced was with the many conversations, where I lost track of who is saying what. The quick repartees had me going back to the beginning. If this person said this line, the other one the next one. And counting to the 7th or 8th one, finally figuring out who said what.

8 Hours reads like a Bollywood movie - a mixture of many paradoxes. 
Anything is possible.
8 hours of people changing sides, and quick conversations having huge impact, is rather mind-boggling. 
At times, it felt like things in 8 hours just happen, and because there is tons of money, unimaginable power, and craziness involved, it is justification enough.

I watched the movie Fargo recently. Towards the end, the police chief Marge Gunderson asks, "...for what? For a little bit of money. There's more to life than a little money, you know... I just don't understand it."
That is the thought process I can relate to. So 8 Hours for me is a peep into a world which I realize exists, but I cannot be too affected because I am asking 'why' half of the time. Why do it at all? But it is like quicksand, I realize. Shouldn't have taken the first step but you didn't know.

I understand emotions. Money, that too of the kind of amounts here are beyond my comprehension. It is the emotions that kept me hooked to the book. Emotions and the fact that 8 Hours is fast-paced, easy to read.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Always the Hero: Anna J. Stewart

Always the Hero by Anna J. Stewart

He never relied on anyone but himself...but he needs her now! Butterfly Harbor deputy Matt Knight wants two things: to date Lori Bradley and the chance to adopt Kyle, a troubled teen. Wounded in Afghanistan, Matt knows he can't move forward anchored to the past. But once he regains the guarded hotel manager's trust, will his need to protect those he loves cost him a future with this extraordinary woman?

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Praise for Anna J Stewart “The talented Anna J Stewart delivers every time.” ~NYTimes Bestselling Author Brenda Novak “Anna J. Stewart will tug at your heartstrings more than once while leaving you utterly besotted with her characters.” ~The Romance Reviews

Matt Knight was all about doing right by people. Especially those he cared about. But there wasn’t any moving forward, not with his life, not with Lori, as long as he was still anchored to the past. The phone rang. Before Matt could reach for the receiver, Jasper answered. “It’s for you, Matt. A Chris Walters?” “That’s Kyle’s caseworker,” Matt said as he picked up his extension. “Chris? Kyle okay?” “Doing well, actually.” The social worker’s encouraging words belied the tension in his voice. “We’re still on track for an early release. For now at least.” “What’s that mean?” Matt squeezed the receiver so hard his fingers tingled. “What’s going on?” “The judge in charge of Kyle’s case is retiring. His replacement is reviewing all the cases ahead of time and, well, since we’re jumping beyond fosterage to adoption, she has some concerns about your living situation.” “What’s wrong with my living situation?” Matt asked. “I’ve got a room ready for him, he’ll have a part-time job with the sheriff’s department, and most importantly he’ll have more stability than he’s known in years.” “I’m on your side, remember? You don’t have to convince me. She’s not denying your petition, Matt, but she has suggested a female influence in the house wouldn’t be a bad thing for Kyle. And given your marital status...” “That’s about to be resolved.” Matt looked down at the papers on his desk. “I filed the divorce papers and am getting ready to sign them as we speak.” “Okay. We’ll have to see how that plays with the judge.” “Given Kyle’s last female influence was too hopped-up on prescription meds to give him a second thought, I wouldn’t think this would be any judge’s first concern.” Matt hated to speak ill of Kyle’s mother, but the truth was the truth. “It’s a concern, Matt. And the judge only suggested it would be in your and Kyle’s best interest if there was someone in your life to help bring a bit of balance. Even if it’s just a girlfriend, which brings me to what we talked about before. She’s going to want to call Lori as a character witness.” “Lori? How does she know about Lori?” The last time his heart had pounded this hard he’d been dodging bullets. “Because I listed her in my report. You said you were dating her, that you thought it was getting serious. Are you telling me something’s changed?” Changed? Other than Matt all but ignoring her the last few weeks while he got his head on straight and cleared the emotional deck? “No, nothing’s changed,” Matt blurted before his brain could catch up with the panic seizing his chest. He’d made a promise to Kyle, and Matt Knight never made a promise he couldn’t keep. “We’ve been seeing each other for a while, off and on.” Most recently off. All the more reason to remedy that. “She’s completely on board with me taking Kyle in.” “So you’re okay with her listed as a character witness? She’ll back up your statement should the judge want to call her in during Kyle’s hearing?” “Yeah, of course.” Matt swallowed the lie. Well, it wasn’t a lie exactly. Lori did know about Kyle but Matt’s current relationship with her might be a bit, well, up in the air. “Have they set a date yet for the hearing?” “Um, yeah. Hang on, I’ve got that right...” The sound of shuffling papers scraped against Matt’s ear. “Three weeks from Monday. Looks like the judge has us penciled in for two in the afternoon.” Matt scribbled the date on his calendar, noting that was the same day as the big welcome dinner that opened the Butterfly Festival. That would take some juggling given it was all hands on deck in town for the department. “I’ll be there.” Somehow. “I thought I’d come up and see him in a couple of weeks. Need to figure out my days off.” “You’re on the visitor’s list for anytime,” Chris said. “I’m glad you told me about Lori. This will go a long way with this judge in approving Kyle’s placement.” “I hope so.” With Kyle’s troubled past, the only other placement option for him would be a group foster home or to extend his stint in the detention center he currently resided in. “Let me know if there are any more changes.” “You got it.” Matt hung up. Why was it, even when he had the best of intentions, he ended up messing things up? At least now he had even more of a reason to apologize to Lori. As much as he wanted her back in his life, he needed her. Kyle needed her. Unease settled in his gut like a stone. He hated lying. To anyone. But especially to Lori Bradley. “Everything okay?” Jasper asked. “Is Kyle still getting out?” “He sure is.” Matt picked up his pen, clicked it open and scratched his name on the divorce degree. A few seconds later, he set the sealed envelope on the counter, where it would go out in the afternoon mail.


Author Anna J. Stewart

USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J. Stewart writes sweet to sexy romance for Harlequin's Heartwarming and Romantic Suspense lines. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek, and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family-centric romances with happily ever afters for her independent heroines. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it's Snickers who tolerates her). When she's not writing books or her monthly blog for USA Today’s Happy Ever After, you can find her at fan conventions or at her local movie theater, or building her client list for her content editing services.