Not human enough for the census by Erik Fuhrer / #Extract @fly_press @ErikFuhrer

An ode to apocalypse as anthem for the environment, Not Human Enough for the Census sees nature as a protoganist fighting to change humanity by exposing its absurdity. This collection finds both beauty in decay and hope in our mistakes.

(Images by Kimberly Androlowicz)







the treebutchers made 20 hits a day

their hands calloused

like the bark they eat twigs

consuming their kills

cannibalism is a thin red line

especially when the treebutchers

began to sprout

leaves from their eyes

the treebutchers read

ionesco’s the rhinoceros

as they brush

the leaves

out of their line of vision

though it is hard to read when your entire eye is in the shade

christ is


to have told hypocrites

to cast out the beam

from their own eye

before casting the dust

out of their brother’s eye

so the treebutchers begin to blow in each other’s eyes

but the leaves continue to sprout

one of the treebutchers manages

to read Ionesco’s entire play

through the side of their eye

and turns into a squirrel

the treebutchers beg it

to clear the leaves

from their eyes with its teeth

but it climbs a tree instead

when they cut it down

the squirrel bites them

in the fingers instead

then runs away

(p77-78, ‘not human enough for the census’ by Erik Fuhrer, Vegetarian Alcoholic Press)

Thank you, Erik Fuhrer and Fly on the Wall Press


About the author

Erik Fuhrer is a poet, artist, collaborator, and educator. With his wife, the painter Kimberly Androlowicz, he is co-collaborator of not human enough for the census (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2019) and in which I take myself hostage (Spuyten Duyvil Press, forthcoming 2020).

Erik is the author of 3 additional poetry collections, all of which leverage poetic erasure: every time you die (Alien Buddha Press, 2019), which includes art by Marcel Herms,VOS (Yavanika Press, 2019), which includes redacted digital collages by the author, and At Root (Alien Buddha Press, 2020), which includes digital art by the author.

His work has been a finalist for Survision’s Inaugural James Tate Chapbook Prize, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best Microfictions, and Best of the Net.


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The Fallen Persimmon by Gigi Karagoz / #SpotlightPost #BlogBlitz @LoveBooksGroup @gigi_karagoz



Japan 1985 – a young English woman battles her conscience.

Money blows across a field, the notes slapping against the stubble of dry rice stalks. Mr Ito walks towards the irrigation ditch at the end of his field, his rubber boots kicking up dust.

Standing at the ditch, he remembers the rumour; the one about the missing English woman.

But this is Mari’s story. She knows it’s her fault that her sister died, and trying to move on, she takes a dream job teaching English in small-town Japan. It turns into a nightmare when Mari learns that she’s employed by the yakuza (Japanese mafia), and that the man she loves has his own dark secrets. When the yakuza play their final hand, Mari believes that once again, it’s all her fault.



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About the author 

Gigi has spent most of her life living and working in countries all over the world. Her big passion is travel, especially in Asia, and India is a favourite destination. Giving up a career in tourism, she qualified as a holistic therapist and worked in yoga retreats in the Mediterranean for twelve years. Currently, Gigi lives in Wiltshire with Isabella, the cat she rescued from the streets of Fethiye, in southern Turkey.



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Memories of Wild Rose Bay by Susanne O’Leary / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @susl



Sandy Cove Book 5

When Kate O’Rourke takes up a temporary position as a doctor in Sandy Cove, she hopes spending time in the place where her father was from will help her find herself again. Ever since his passing she has felt lost, but she imagines the calming sound of the sea on the Irish coast will allow her to heal.

Kate immediately feels at home in the old surgery, and as she takes walks beside the camellia bushes along Wild Rose Bay and meets every resident in the tiny village, she feels like this is where she’s meant to be. And when she’s told about local healer Cormac O’Shea, she’s excited to learn even more about the history of the area, and meet the man who every woman in town says is so charming.

But Kate quickly realises that she and Cormac have different ideas about how their patients should be treated. Kate is efficient and well-organised, whilst Cormac is wild and spontaneous, passionate about his ancestors’ reliance on Irish healing. And their differences cause more sparks than Kate is prepared to admit.

Just as Kate and Cormac begin to understand one another, Kate’s old life threatens to call her away from Sandy Cove forever. And she is finally forced to decide what life she wants to lead, and what kind of person she wants to be…




We are back in Sandy Cove, Kerry. I was lucky enough to be a guest there 4 times before and it’s great to be welcomed back for the 5th time and hopefully many times more.

In this book the people we have got to know in the previous stories are not in the foreground but they have given up their spot to some new faces.

Can healers really heal with their potions and lotions or should we put our trust solely in the hands of ‘normal’ doctors? Can both see eye to eye and join forces or are they too stuck in their own points of view?

They say love can conquer all, but can it work for Kate and Cormac?

This is a great story about how your life can change direction and about being accepted in the heart of a small village.

Once again the author describes the beautiful views and I hope one day I will be able to see them with my own eyes. 5 stars.

Thank you, Susanne O’Leary and Bookouture


About the author

Susanne O’Leary is the bestselling author of more than twenty novels, mainly in the romantic fiction genre. She has also written three crime novels and two in the historical fiction genre. She has been the wife of a diplomat (still is), a fitness teacher and a translator. She now writes full-time from either of two locations, a ramshackle house in County Tipperary, Ireland or a little cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Dingle, County Kerry. When she is not scaling the mountains of said counties, or keeping fit in the local gym, she keeps writing, producing a book every six months.


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Bound to You by Alyson Caraway / #Extract #BlogTour @LoveBooksGroup @alycaraway @vulpine_press



She’s a power-hungry battle angel
Coriel is determined to rid the world of demons and prove she has what it takes to be archangel. But when a fierce battle ends in tragedy on her orders, she is banished from the Heavens—and finds herself at the mercy of Hell’s sexiest and most powerful demon knight.

He’s the demon knight who wants her
Rather than take his rightful place on Hell’s throne, Zagan prefers to spend his days in the human realm corrupting souls—and he’ll end the life of any angel who tries to stop him. But rather than slay the beautiful battle angel when he has the chance, he binds her to him with his life-saving kiss, forcing her to obey his every command.

The line is drawn
Coriel has no choice but to submit to her captor, though the curse of his kiss is not what lures her to him. While Zagan takes great pleasure in exerting his dominance over the Heavens’ fiercest warrior, he soon wants her to do more than just his bidding. As the war between angels and demons rages, he wants her by his side … to rule Hell as his queen.  




Coriel had a feeling she’d made the most number of kills that day. She would add this one to the count once her question was answered.

“Who is your leader?” she snarled into her hostage’s ear.

But instead of the feeble, quivering voice Coriel had expected, she heard a roar so loud it shook the ground and brought all on the battlefield to a halt. Every remaining fighter, angel and demon alike, turned north. The roar continued to echo in Coriel’s ears as a hulking demon with bat-like wings sailed into view over the trees.

The tingle in her chest felt different from the archangels’ usual signal, but the demon’s name formed in its vibrations and her heart lurched against her rib cage.

“Demon Knight Zagan,” she hissed.

She guessed her tone wouldn’t have been far from the slithering sneer her hostage would have used had she not just sliced its throat open and added its blood to the pool at her feet. She no longer had need for the creature’s answer; its leader had presented himself.

She’d been hoping for a challenge but had not expected an elusive demon knight to appear. They were the demon king’s protectors, and rarely appeared on Manusya, yet were skilled at covering their tracks when they did. Coriel had only ever fought a knight once before and, based on the wave of fear detonating among the rest of the frozen angels, guessed she was one of the few who had even seen one.

Of all the demon knights, Zagan’s power was the most notorious. His cruelty and ability to corrupt souls were legendary, but they had always been just that. Legends.

Powerful as the angels were, and as well as they fought, none of them seemed interested in taking the horner on. The wave of fear among the Heavensly swarm gave way to an overwhelming desire to flee.

“Stay calm!” Coriel cried to the others, though she was anything but.

Fascinated, she watched the demon—with his large frame and deadly Hell-red eyes—as he swooped down and landed in the center of the field.

The rest of the angels were moving again, and the knight was coming right for her, yet all Coriel could do was stand there and stare. She gasped as he closed the distance between them.

By the gods! And I thought these other creatures were works of art.

He had two sets of horns, pointed ears, and a chiseled body clothed in nothing but black pants that hugged sinful hips. The thundering sound of her heartbeat drowned out another loud roar from the knight. The ground beneath her shook and angels all around her scattered, but Coriel remained paralyzed. Something inside her had shifted at the sight of this demon—she was captivated.

Thank you, Alyson Caraway and Love Books Group


About the author

Thanks for wanting to learn more about me! I’m Aly, and I’ve been writing since middle school. I’ve always been a fan of paranormal, fantasy, and supernatural fiction. I’ve consumed it in many forms, including from books, movies, video games and anime. I would walk home from school hoping a black cat with a crescent moon on its forehead would come to me and tell me I was a reincarnated superhero, just like in the anime Sailor Moon. When that didn’t happen, I wrote my own Sailor Moon fanfiction, then original stories, all with strong heroines with magical powers. I realized my own magical power was my love for storytelling and world building.

I’m in love with my characters finding a love worth dying for. I love putting them in impossible situations and seeing how they figure things out and persevere. I really hope that you enjoy their journeys, too!

When I’m not writing about lusty demons, angels, and other paranormal beings, I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter, and maltipoo. I’m an avid video gamer, student of Japanese, tea aficionado, crafter, reader, and all-around nerd. I strongly believe in the healing powers of retail therapy.


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The Long Shadow on the Stage by Nichole Heydenburg / #Interview #BlogTour @LoveBooksGroup @TheWriteWords16



Jackson Birkman has the perfect life: the lead role on the popular detective show “Dispatching David,” millions of adoring fans, celebrity status, and a beautiful girlfriend. After five seasons, “Dispatching David” has just been cancelled. With the final episode quickly approaching, Jackson is worried about more than just his future acting career. His once massive fortune is dwindling and his girlfriend Clara is pressuring him to propose. 

When Jackson unexpectedly dies on the set of the TV show during filming, everyone speculates whether it was suicide or murder. Why would Jackson commit suicide? If it was a setup, who would want Jackson to die? And most importantly, what was the motive of the murderer? As the investigation continues, Officer Wilson inches closer to the truth, uncovering Jackson’s secrets. She begins to think no one really knew Jackson at all, but is determined to solve the case, no matter the cost.




1. Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?

No, I used to when I was younger though. I bring a book with me when I’m travelling though if that counts!

2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

Probably “the bad one!”

3. Where can I find you when you are reading?

My favorite places to read are either on my couch curled up with a blanket or laying in my hammock outside.

4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

If I’m not writing or reading, then I’m either working or hanging out with my husband at a coffeeshop or brewery.

5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?

Only if my husband stops me from going inside!

6. What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud of finally completing my first novel because being an author has been my dream ever since I was 8.

7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

The first time I was able to hold my book in my hands, it was the best feeling. I felt a rush of emotions, reflecting on the entire writing, editing, and self-publishing process and everything I went through to reach this accomplishment.

8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

To all aspiring writers, don’t give up. If you are truly passionate about writing and have the dedication and drive needed to become an author, then you will make it happen.

9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?

If I could interview anyone, it would be JK Rowling. The Harry Potter series was the first series I ever read on my own and is what inspired me to become a writer.

10. When and where do you prefer to write?

I prefer to write in the morning while sitting on my couch.

Thank you, Nichole Heydenburg and Love Books Group


About the author

Nichole Heydenburg earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English with an emphasis in writing and a minor in theatre from Adrian College in 2014. Her one act play “The Hidden Story” won a playwriting contest and was performed at her alma mater in 2015. She also had several poems published in “The Oxcart” literary magazine. Nichole has been working full-time as the Content Manager for a start-up company for 3 years. When she isn’t writing, Nichole enjoys going on adventures with her husband, reading, playing board games, and the occasional mimosa. “The Long Shadow on the Stage” is her first novel. She currently resides near Asheville, NC with her husband, Zed.


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Beyond the Moon by Velda Brotherton / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours @veldabrotherton



Katie agrees to teach art techniques at the vet’s hospital to deal with the painful loss of her husband. She discovers her own buried strengths when Glen’s lost soul reaches out to her and they become close friends. Dealing with a damaged warrior is more difficult than she thought. But love makes no room for defeat, and their battles though hard won promise a life together if only they can persevere



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About the author

Velda Brotherton has written for 35 years and turned out that many novels plus 15 published short stories and six nonfiction books.

She lives in the Arkansas Ozarks where she continues to write every day while enjoying wildlife and the surrounding mountains.

She has three children, three grandchildren, and two great grandsons.

At 84 she has no plans to retire and is currently working on several books. When I quit,” she says, “it will be with my still fingers resting on the keyboard.”


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Life Lessons by JE Rowney / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @Jerowneywriter



Lessons of a Student Midwife book 1

Life Lessons is a new adult chick-lit medical drama, with splashes of clean romance.
Expect an unputdownable emotional page-turner that will take you deep into the life lessons of a student midwife.

Violet wants to be a midwife, but she has struggled with anxiety throughout her teenage years.

With her best friend Zoe at her side, she gets a place at University and starts training for her dream job.

Can she overcome her fears and find the self-confidence to make it through her first year?

Will Zoe’s romance with their housemate spell dating disaster?

This book is a prequel to Ghosted, the bestselling novel.




– When and where do you prefer to write?

I tend to be more of a night owl and write my best after midnight. It is probably my past history of being a midwife (like Violet in the novel!) that initially offset my body clock, as I have worked many night shifts in my time! I sit at my desk when the house is quiet, and that’s when the words flow.

– Do you have a certain ritual?

I don’t have a particular writing ritual as such. What I do, however, is make sure I am at my desk every day. I write something, no matter how little, each day now. It look me seven years between writing my first book and my second, and that is way too long if I want to complete all of the stories that I want to write! I am more disciplined and focused as a writer now.

– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

I don’t tend to snack a lot, but I do usually make a hot drink and a cold drink to have on my desk at the start of my session. I am obsessed with Beanies coffee at the moment. I never used to drink instant, but they make little jars in amazing flavours that always feel like such a treat. (I’m not sponsored to say that!)

– What is your favourite book?

My favourite book for many years has been “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt. I have read and reread it many times. I love the characters and the plot. It’s so well written. For me, the sign of a good book is that it leaves me thinking “I wish I had written that”.

Earlier this year I read “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara, and it is now my joint favourite. I am not sure that I will reread this book in quite the same way, as it is very bleak and emotionally difficult to read at times. I can’t remember ever having been moved by a book in the same way though, and I absolutely loved it.

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

I have actually started to write some psychological thrillers. My previous novels have all been chick lit/ women’s fiction, but I read a lot of psychological thriller novels, and I enjoy them very much, so I am writing in that genre too now. I have a psychological thriller novel called “I Can’t Sleep” available for pre-order.

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

It would be unfair to put someone I know into my novels. I sometimes take elements of people’s characters or snippets of situations that I have encountered into my books, but I have never straight up based a character on someone that I know.

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I used to always carry a notebook with me. Now I have my phone with me at all times, so a notebook is not so necessary all of the time. I use the notes app to jot down things that I hear or see, or ideas that I have. They don’t always make sense in isolation when I look at them later, so I try to write Future Me a little explanation.

Sometimes my notes are only a couple of words. Examples from the past month: “someone known”, “can we still be friends”,  “imaginary boyfriend”. Behind each of these is an idea for a story. Maybe I will write one of these next!

– Which genre do you not like at all?

I read from most genres, and I try to make sure I get a lot of balance into the books that I read. If a book is well written, the genre doesn’t really matter to me. I recently read a bully romance novel for a review group though, and I didn’t like it at all. I don’t know if it was the individual book or whether all books from that genre would be as bad. I have enough books on my TBR pile to last me; I don’t need to read those that I don’t enjoy.

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I don’t think I would make a good co-author.  I like to plan in my own way, and collaborating, for me, would end up being a stressful pursuit.

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

I would love to take a road trip across America. I have spent some time out in the States before, and looking at the country through a writer’s lens would be incredibly interesting. I think I would come up with a lot of great ideas, and have an amazing holiday!

Thank you, J.E.Rowney and Rachel’s Random Resources


About the author 

J.E.Rowney spent several years in the cold Yorkshire hills, which brings the flavour of the moorland countryside into her work. She now lives in Dorset, and the sun and sea are slowly creeping in as influences.

“Charcoal”, her first novel, was published in 2012 to wide critical acclaim, and was a bestselling novel across the whole of Amazon within days of release.

Ms Rowney has recently been awarded the Dinesh Allirajah Writing Prize 2020.

Her third novel, “Ghosted”, was released in January 2020 and quickly also became a bestseller.

She spends lots of time writing in coffee shops, so if you see her, say hello.

Ms. Rowney says: “I always dreamed of being a writer, until I realised that I was. Then I started to write.”


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A Novel Approach by Jennifer C. Wilson / #SpotlightPost #SocialMediaBlitz #PublicationDay @rararesources @inkjunkie1984

A guide to help channel your creativity

Is there a novel in you? Let me help you find out…

Based on my series of workshops held throughout 2019 and into 2020, this book is designed to help writers work through each of the key stages of their story, including:
– Idea generation;
– Creating characters;
– Describing your settings;
– Showing vs telling; and
– Keeping the words flowing when you find yourself stuck.

As well as the above, I have also added sections on hooking your readers in, leaving them wanting more, and useful resources as a writer, including how to dip a successful toe into the world of social media.

The workshops were fun, helping writers of short stories and novels alike, and I hope these exercises can help you too!



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About the author

Jennifer has been stalking dead monarchs since she was a child. It started with Mary, Queen of Scots, then moved onto Richard III. At least now it results in a story!

She won North Tyneside Libraries’ Story Tyne short story competition in 2014 (no dead monarchs, but still not a cheerful read), and has been filling notebooks and hard-drives ever since. Her Kindred Spirits series, following the ‘lives’ of some very interesting ghostly communities, is published by Darkstroke, and her historical romances by Ocelot Press.

Jennifer is currently exploring the Kindred Spirits world again, and enjoying meeting both old and new ghosts on the page…


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The Borrowed Boy by Deborah Klee / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @deborahKlee



A borrowed boy, a borrowed name and living on borrowed time.

What do you put on a bucket list when you haven’t done anything with your life? No interesting job, no lovers, no family, no friends. Believing she has only weeks left to live, Angie Winkle vows to make the most of every minute.

Going back to Jaywick Sands, is top of her bucket list. Experiencing life as a grandmother is not, but the universe has other plans and when four-year-old Danny is separated from his mum on the tube, Angie goes to his rescue. She tries to return him to his mum but things do not go exactly as planned and the two of them embark on a life-changing journey.

Set in Jaywick Sands, once an idyllic Essex holiday village in the 70s, but now a shantytown of displaced Londoners, this is a story about hidden communities and our need to belong.




When and where do you prefer to write?

In the morning, and in my little office, upstairs in the eaves of the house. It is a small, cosy room – womb-like. I can write anywhere and have, but this is the perfect place for me.

Do you have a certain ritual?

I don’t settle to write until I have had some exercise and eaten breakfast. When I sit at my computer, I meditate for ten minutes before I write as it helps to get me in the zone, and then I’m off – with coffee to fuel me of course.

Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?

I stick to one coffee a day, but not any old instant, it has to be a proper coffee. Other than that, decaffeinated earl grey tea and water. When I’m writing something particularly challenging, a mini bag of Maltesers hits the spot.

What is your favourite book?

That is a hard one, as I love discovering new authors and read ferociously. I love Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto. This year I fell in love with Stephanie Scott’s debut, What’s Left of Me is Yours. But the book that I read, again and again, is, Daphne Du Maurier’s The House on the Strand.

Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

I would love to have a go at historical fiction and have some ideas, so maybe one day.

Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

No, they are entirely fictional. However, inspiration will be drawn from people I have met over the years and some will reflect aspects of myself, but each character is a mishmash of influences.

Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I carry a tiny notebook in my handbag and never travel anywhere overnight without a full-size notebook. The trouble is I have notes everywhere and never know where I jotted something down when I want it.

Which genre do you not like at all?

I am not attracted to fantasy stories, although there are always exceptions. I loved The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings when I was a teenager. Maybe I should try reading a book in this genre again.

If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I am fortunate to be part of a novel writers’ group with talented authors. We have become close and understand one another’s writing style.  I would choose one of these fellow writers – Lesley Kara, Ellie Holmes, or Anita Belli.

If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

I have an idea for a story set in and around Madagascar. It will be my fourth novel, as I have two others to edit and publish following The Borrowed Boy – Just Bea, and Misdirection. So, there is still plenty of time to do my research and hopefully fit in a visit.

Thank you, Deborah Klee and Rachel’s Random Resources


About the author 

Deborah has worked as an occupational therapist, a health service manager, a freelance journalist, and management consultant in health and social care.

Her protagonists are often people who exist on the edges of society. Despite the very real, but dark, subject matter her stories are uplifting, combining pathos with humour. They are about self-discovery and the power of friendships and community.

The Borrowed Boy, her debut, was shortlisted for the Deviant Minds Award 2019. Just Bea, her second novel will be published in 2021.

Deborah lives on the Essex coast. When she is not writing she combines her love of baking with trying to burn off the extra calories.


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Lucky by V. R. Street / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours



Kat Davidson bought the ticket on a whim…she never expected to win.

Will $200 million dollars ruin her life?

At 34, what Kat really wants is to start a family. Her husband, Michael, only wants to be a famous actor. After winning the lottery, life seems perfect – until they get the reality TV show offer.

Maria Gonzales, the ambitious TV producer of Lucky, knows the show will be her ticket to ratings gold – as long as she can amp up the drama between Kat and Michael.

Drama is the last thing Kat wants.

It’s not easy, becoming famous. People stop them on the street. Women throw themselves at Michael. It’s not the life Kat pictured when she fantasized about being rich.

Winning the lottery flings Kat into a life of luxurious Manhattan mansions, exotic beaches, extravagant sports cars and fabulous clothes.

But will she find the strength she needs to win the life she really wants?



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V.R. Street lives in a New York City suburb with her husband, daughter, son and a cheeky cat named Bob.

Lucky is her first novel, although she has published three nonfiction titles under a different name. The idea for Lucky came from fantasizing about winning the lottery and wondering what it would be like if a reality TV series was shot about lottery winners. Since writing this book, HGTV has come out with a show called My Lottery Dream Home. Sometimes life imitates fiction!

When not writing, V. R. works for a sports broadcasting company. In 2017, she was the winner of an Emmy for her work on the 2016 Summer Olympics.


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