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#AudioReview – Enforce (Eagle Elite Series) by Rachel Van Dyken

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There’s two sides to every story…
And ours? Isn’t pretty…
Then again, what’s pretty about the mafia?
Trace Rooks, that’s what.
But she only wants one of us, and I’ll kill him before I let him have her.
The only problem?
We’re cousins.
And she may just be our long lost enemy.
Whoever said college was hard, clearly didn’t attend Eagle Elite University.
Welcome to hell also known as the Mafia where blood is thicker than life, and to keep yours? Well, keep your friends close, and your enemies?
Even closer..

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Ever heard there is two sides to every story? Well this is the other side of the story…. they guys side of the story. In book 1 it is Trace POV now is time for For the guys POV. I figured it would be Nixon made Chases POV but no,it was all the guys. I loved that we got a glimpse into all their heads.

I would get so pissed at the guys when they were nice one second and so cruel the next to Trace. This was a great addition that filled in the why the hell did they do that moments.

If I would have known what was going threw the guys head from the start I may not have been so aggravated at them. I am going to,end here because I don’t want to,give anything away. I will say brilliant move Rachel Van Dyken brilliant.

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

#Review – Enchant (Eagle Elite Series) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Stand Alone Prequel to the Eagle Elite Series

In the mafia…only the strong survive.
Joyce loves Luca.
Luca loves Joyce.
Frank loves his family and will do anything to protect it, even if it means taking away his brothers reason for existing.
Falling, only takes one step, one movement of the chess piece, and in Joyce’s fall she took more than just one heart with her. Go back to the beginning where the drama of the Elect all starts.
Go back to the first part of the story.
Where true love tried to conquer all.
Where true love…failed.

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What happens when two brothers fall in love with the same woman? A whole lot of drama begins for the two patriarchs of the family. One brother loves the girl and the girl loves him but to the other brother is willing to take the girl to make his brother into the man he needs to be for the family. Which brother will end up with the girl?

This was a Novella that packed a punch and left tears in my eyes. I enjoyed seeing what happened in the beginning and get more back ground on Luca, Frank and Joyce.

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

#AudioReview – Big Bang (Eagle Elite Series) by Rachel Van Dyken

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He was my best friend.
Until he became my enemy.
All within the span of one night.
Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang.
The rapid fire of gunshots became the soundtrack to my life.
This is the Mafia. Lines are blurred. Choices are never black and white. And the life you thought you knew is… one giant lie.
He was dead.
And I didn’t want his life to be in vain, so I tried to make something of myself. I tried and failed.
Now he’s back. Alive. And he wants something…
Me.
Nobody ever said the mafia played fair.
Welcome to The Family.

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This was narrated by Caitlin Davies and Rock Engle they did a great job. They kept my attention and drew me into the story and didn’t want to press pause.

This is Axton Abandonato and Amy De Lange story. Ax was Amy’s safe haven from her father when she was younger. Her world was turned up side down with a Bang Bang. Amy lost her best friend and safe haven forever. She was dumped into the foster care. She was trying to make ends meet complete college. When she came face to face with a ghost.

Ax has always loved Amy but was pulled away from her lies and deceit kept him from her. He was in hiding like his brother Sergio until his number came up with the bosses. Things were different within the families all being run by new bosses and running cohesively by all. Ax found himself on the way to get his Amy.

We get to see a little more of Nixon, Chase, Tex, Mo, Sergio, and Phoenix in this book. Oh what the bosses do for Amy at the wedding made me tear up. I enjoyed seeing them all again and learning more of Ax and Amy. The chemistry between Ax and Amy was great. There was enough sexual tension to heat up the room. This book is listed as a stand alone but it helps to know and understand who the bosses and Sergio are and why they are like they are. My suggestion is to read at least the first 4 books (Elite, Elect, Entice, ant Elicit) prior to this one.

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

#Review King’s Reign (Sydney Storm MC #6) by Nina Levine

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The epic conclusion to King’s story.

I was chasing pure darkness.
Succumbing to the needs I’d forced to the far edges of my soul.
Running like a madman towards evil.
Then I found her.
She breathed life into me when I hadn’t thought there was any life beyond what I knew.
She gave me hope after I’d forgotten what it was.
She helped quiet the demons raging deep inside me.
Now I will lay myself bare for her.
I will bleed for her.
I will love her madly, deeply, passionately, completely.

This is the conclusion to King’s story. All the ugly and all the beautiful, by the end of this duet you will come to understand the man behind the club.

King’s story is told over two books – King’s Wrath & King’s Reign.

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

Omg Nina what have you done to me. I never thought I would love King as much as I do after this.

King is violent, ruthless and fierce when protecting his MC and ones he loves. Yes he has his alpha bad ass side but his overprotective loving side is amazing granted it doesn’t show often. King needs a strong woman who can hold her own and have his back when needed. Let me tell you King has met his match in this woman.  I fell in love with King and his woman. I did get frustrated with King and the whole she is mine, I gave her up she deserves better, and then nope she is mine.  I can understand her trying to keep him at arms lengths. These two had great chemistry when they did get together and to see King when the playful banter between these two came out was amazing.

I was thrilled to see King finally get his one and only. She is a spitfire that King needs but she balances him. Not only does she get him even all his crazy and she is cool with it. She truly gets him in every way and would not change him. I for one love her for that.

I love seeing the characters evolve in each book and fall in love with them a little more each time. I am excited to see what will come next from Nina.

Some of my favorites

“You can lie to me as much as you want, but the truth is plain to see in your eyes. I’m not going anywhere. You will be mine.” He then let me go, stepped away, and with one last look, he walked out of the kitchen and out of the house. He left me in a state of need like no other I’d ever been in. And I knew he would get what he wanted. Because if I stopped lying to myself for even a second, the truth was right there to see and feel. I wanted King just as much as he wanted me.

King didn’t say a lot and he certainly didn’t make apologies, but his actions meant more than words.

She placed her hand on my arm. “We might bitch and grumble at you, but deep down we don’t mean it. You have always been there for us, and the shit you’ve done to help won’t ever be forgotten. That’s family, right? We get each other through the crap, regardless of any bad decisions we might make along the way. God knows you’ve stood by me through all the bad choices I’ve ever made. I love you, big brother.”

My man wasn’t one for a lot of words, but the ones he did give were worth every breath he took to say them.

“My job is to take care of you, and I don’t give a flying fuck how long I’ve known you, you are mine now, and I will go to the fucking ends of the earth for you.”

“I will never be like other men. When I know what I want, I don’t fuck around. I make sure I get it. And while I may have fucked up with you once, that shit won’t happen again. You take whatever time you need to wrap your head around this relationship. I’m not going anywhere.”

She said she loved me more than she hated me, but I didn’t think she did. Love didn’t lead to actions like hers. It was a false love. It was the kind of love rooted in fear and doubt.

The emotions coursing through me were unlike any I had ever experienced. For the first time in my life, I had felt fear. It was a foreign feeling to me, and not one I ever fucking wanted to feel again.

USA Today Bestselling Author Nina Levine is an Aussie author who writes alphas with a side of dirty and sassy women who don’t hand their hearts over easily.

When she isn’t creating with words, she loves to create with paint and paper. Often though, she can be found curled up with a good book and some chocolate.

 

#Review – Enamor (Eagle Elite #4.5) by Rachel Van Dyken

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*This short novella IS included in the back of Elicit (book 4) but many people have been requesting it be set apart, if you own Elicit, you don’t need to purchase this novella*

Trace is about to ask her mob boss husband to do the unthinkable…allow his enemy Phoenix De Lange to train her in combat, the very same enemy who nearly killed her the year before.
But Phoenix isn’t the man he once was, and now he’s out to prove to everyone, himself included that he can be trusted.

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I’m gonna say it again I absolutely love Phoenix. This short novella is about Trace, Nixon and learning to forgive.

Nixon is all on board when Trace tells him she wants to learn self-defense but when he realizes she means hand to hand combat with Phoenix all bets are off in Nixon’s mind. Trace has a way with words and gets Nixon to agree. However there were a few spying eyes to make sure things didn’t go bad for Trace.

This is a great short story about friends rebuilding trust. I loved seeing Trace and Phoenix at the end starting over. This was a light read no mafia hits, wars or killings….well maybe they wanted to kill Phoenix. LOL

A couple of my favorite quotes:

“Oh wow, bargaining with the boss…tell me how that goes.” I scolded.
“Oh wow bossing your wife around, let me know when you want to have sex again.”
“I’m listening.” I growled, irritated that she bested me, again.

“I’m just tired and I didn’t expect the fighting to be so…”
“Personal”. Phoenix nodded curtly. “It’s always personal, Trace. Just like killing, whenever your body is in contact with someone else’s whether it’s negative or positive, and exchange takes place, it either drains you or inspires you, the choice is always yours.”

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

#CoverReveal #PreOrder – It Seemed Like a Good Idea At The Time by Kylie Scott

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IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME will release on AUGUST 7th!

“Addictive like all Kylie Scott books, you’ll swoon, laugh, ache, put your life on hold, and compulsively read until the wee hours of the night—only to reread the whole thing the next morning. Perfection!” – Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author

Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.

Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete was left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.

Seven years later, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back those old feelings.

Sometimes first loves are the truest.

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kyliescottimageKylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/

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#Review – Elicit (Eagle Elite #4) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Cursed, numb, rejected, scorned, wicked, sinister, dark, twisted…my name is Tex Campisi and this is my legacy. I killed my father in cold blood and lost my soul right along with him.
I crave war more than peace, and I’m about to take my place in history as the youngest Capo dei Capi in the Cosa Nostra…that is until someone stops me, saves me from myself.

But the only person able to do that…is my best friends sister, Mo Abandonato, and she just ripped my heart out and asked me to hold it in my hands while she put bullets through it.

Im cursed so I did it.
I’m numb so I held it.
I’m wicked so I liked it.
I used the pain Mo caused as a catalyst to turn into my biggest nightmare–the five families greatest enemy. It’s my turn to take a stand, knowing full well I’m going to lose my mind to the madness that is the American Mafia. I’ve always been told Blood is thicker than life. I wish I would have listened. Because regardless of who you love? You will betray. You will kill.
Blood Always Wins.
The only way out is death…yours.

Welcome to the Dark Side of the Family.

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Happy dance it’s time for Tex and Mo’s book. Tex is the goof that gave us the comic relief that was needed. With this book we get to see a different side of Tex the mafia leader and a very intelligent one at that. I’m not sure who I like the dark alpha mafia Tex or the funny Tex. Maybe I like a little of both and that is why I think Tex and Mo make a great couple Mo helps balance him.
Like any of the Abandonato’s Mo is strong-willed and determined but with the plan Mo has hatched and has Tex help her could be detrimental to his health. When Nixon finds out the may have been some fists and bullets flying. What Tex was put through when agreeing to help Mo just showed the love he has for Mo and what all he would do for her.
Like the other books this one has its own set to twists and turns. I’m telling you Rachel knows how to keep you guessing and stunned when things start to unravel. I’m telling you the “plans”these guys come up with have you hanging on but when others hatch a side plan then the crazy really starts to happen and you wonder who will be standing in the end.

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

#Review – Entice (Eagle Elite #3) by Rachel Van Dyken

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From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken comes the third book in the bestselling Eagle Elite Series…

“As burns this saint, so burns my soul. I enter alive, and I will have to get out dead.”

Chase Winter let the love of his life slip through his fingers and into the hands of his best friend and mafia boss of the Abandanato family. Now that he’s been given a second chance to right a wrong–he refuses to let his own selfishness stand in the way. The only problem? He’s not fully in possession of his heart, so when Mil De Lange, the girl who’s innocence he stole, and heir to the worst of the worst mafia families in the US, asks him for a favor. He actually says yes, not realizing that that one yes has the power to destroy them all.

Mil’s been in love with Chase as long as she can remember, but as the years went by, the love turned to hate, and now that he’s agreed to help her, she’s wondering if she made a fatal error. Because Chase isn’t a teenager anymore. He’s a hot blooded male, bent on owning every part of her body and soul, and willing to kill anyone in his path who dares stand in the way.
It’s time for secrets to finally be revealed…but make no mistake, it’s going to take a lot of bloodshed for those truths to be discovered.

You’ve never read a New Adult Mafia story like this before…loyalties will be tested, lovers reunited, and friendships obliterated. Welcome to the Family. Blood in–No out.

Entice (Eagle Elite Book 3) May 13, 2014….Are you in?

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It’s Chase’s turn after all he has been through believing he could have a chance to win trace only to have her choose Nixon. When Mil DeLange finds herself the head of the DeLange family she enlists the help of Chase in an effort to protect herself. Chase agrees to help Mil in the process realizes what he wants. Now he just need to break down Mil’s walls and make her see he is the right one.

I love that this is told in Chase, Mil and Nixon’s POV. We get to see how much Nixon has grown into his roll. We may not love what he does but know there is a reason which is usually to protect the family and those he loves. I have to say I like Chase but Mil is one bad ass chick and I love her for it but really if you’re the head of the family…a family that wants you out you have to be a bad ass.

This has so much packed into it has romance, suspense and a dab of humor but the curve balls Rachel Van Dyken toss in here is just crazy. As for Tex I want to know his story he is kind of the outsider but always in the thick of things we finally get a few answers as to why. I cannot wait to start Tex’s book I know it will not be disappointing. I’m so ready for more of Rachel Van Dyken’s suspense and plot twists .

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

#AudioReview – Elect (Eagle Elite #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

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Would you die for the one you love?

Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family’s enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him.

Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family’s sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend… But Trace isn’t ready to give up on a future with Nix–and if he won’t fight for them, she will.

In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner

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I purchased this audio book.

Elect is a continuation of Elite and the story of Nixon, Trace and Chase. There is betrayal, secrets and is full of action and suspense. We learn so much more about the Elite. This love triangle had my emotions all over the place. I felt like Nixon and Trice were the one for each other but when Nixon pushed her into Chase’s arms I wasn’t sure he deserved her. My feelings shifted thinking maybe Trace and Chase belonged together.  Chase was always the one there to pick up the pieces of Trace. The suspense of what was going to happen in this triangle had me a ball of nerves.

Even though Nixon fell hard for Trace he was willing to give her up and let Chase’s plan go forward to protect Trace. Chase is Nixon’s cousin and Chase is the closest thing Nixon has to a brother. Chase would never let his feelings for Trace go too far and betray his cousin but the longer they are together the more Chase thinks maybe there is more there and it is a possibility Trace could be his.

I liked that we got both Chase and Nixon POV in this one. I have to say I am intrigued about Phoenix I still don’t like him but it will be interesting to see why he is the way he is and does the things he does. I absolutely fell more in love with Nixon seeing his strength and selflessness to protect those he loves shows he is an amazing person in power. The twists Rachel Van Dyken puts in here was just incredible. The narrator did a good job with these POV of all the guys. I was drawn in and could not find it in myself to press the pause button. I need to get the next one to jump into to find out what will happen next.

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

#AudioReview – Elite (Eagle Elite #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

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For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother’s death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn’t expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she’s ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There’s Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn’t long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn’t realize she was the enemy — until it was too late.

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I purchased this audio book.

As far as narration goes it was OK I like to hear a male reading a male roll and female reading a female role. The narrator did a good job but there is just something about a female tying to sound masculine especially when there are so many different males.

Tracey is a farm girl who was raised by her grandparents after her parents died. She won a scholarship to Eagle Elite Collage. Tracey wants to make her grandparents proud. However, she learns very quickly things at Eagle Elite are not all fun and games. Well unless you call mind games a game. She literally runs into the Elect. You see they run the school you do as they say; you do not touch, look or speak to them EVER!!! Well Tracey broke all those rules on her first day. Her saving grace is her roommate Mo who happens to be the sister of the Elect’s leader.

Nixon is the controller of all that Eagle Elite. I honestly did not like him or the others for that matter. My heart ached for Tracey the way The Elect flipped that on and off switch so easily. Talk about a seesaw ride catching highs and drop to the lows. I have to say when secrets stated to be revealed I was like holy crap its hitting the fan now.

This was something new for me. I have not read many mafia books but this one stood out. The plot was great I felt as lost as Tracey did. I loved being in the dark like Trace was I was trying to figure out why is this happening to her why are they nice, then mean then nice again. I’m saying the roller coaster was insane. This one had me pulled in now I need more. OK going to down load Elect.

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!
Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866!

You can connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.