The Charity of Strangers by Alison Burke / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @rararesources

 

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You can find almost anything in a charity shop, but can you find love?

            You can certainly find friendship and there is both laughter and tears ahead when 19yr old Zaffron, lonely, anxious and without direction, meets Blaire Daintry, good-looking, charming, and gay.

            Both volunteers in the charity shop, he has a hidden agenda, she has secrets,  but they are friends from the start, despite Blaire’s constant sparring with Ida, the stern, good-hearted older volunteer who Zaffron admires. And perhaps Ida has secrets too.

            Together with other victims of the city’s housing crisis, Blaire and Zaffron set up a safe and happy home.  Secure at last, she tells him of the dreadful incident in her childhood that has marred her life, but not even his total acceptance gives her the confidence to start a relationship with an attractive and decent young army sergeant who falls in love with her.

            Is it fear of the truth coming out that holds her back? Or is there some other reason, buried too deep in her heart for her to recognise?

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Thank you, Alison Burke and Rachel’s Random Resources.

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About the author 

I was born and grew up in Lancashire, gained several nursing qualifications and had the privilege of a long and varied nursing career, briefly in the Royal Army Nursing Service abroad, mainly in the NHS in UK. True love and a happy family came my way and now I have the time to  read, write and remember.

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Author Links 

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lilydaleco

 Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lily_dale_companies/

 Website https://www.alisonburkefictionwriter.com/

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Book Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charity-Strangers-friends-secrets-lies-ebook/dp/B08NXHTG2B/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Charity-Strangers-friends-secrets-lies-ebook/dp/B08NXHTG2B/

Backstories by Simon Van der Velde / #SpotlightPost #Competition @SimonVdVwriter

Dreamers, singers, heroes and killers, they can dazzle with their beauty or their talent or their unmitigated evil, yet inside themselves they are as frail and desperate as the rest of us. But can you see them? Can you unravel the truth? These are people you know, but not as you know them.Peel back the mask and see.

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This book is dedicated to the victims of violent crime, the struggle against discrimination in all its forms and making the world a better place for our children. That is why 30% of all profits will be shared between Stop Hate UK, The North East Autism Society and Friends of the Earth.

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TAKE THE BACKSTORIES CHALLENGE

Find the lost little boy in this story for your chance to win one of three signed, limited
edition review copies of the Amazon bestseller, Backstories.

The Guitar: No doubt about it, he was a bright kid, talented even. He was quick on his feet and with his mouth too, and he could smack a baseball out of the park. But he was a Jew, and he was short. I mean like really short. The kid was the size of your average third grader when he was twelve years old. When he was taking those first steps
towards manhood. When it mattered most.
And this was back in the fifties, with Sinatra top of the charts, John Wayne High and Mighty on the big screen and New York thrusting itself into the heavens, one skyscraper taller than the next. It was a one-size-fits-all sort of time, but it didn’t fit him.
If a girl laughed away down the street, he felt the heat in his cheeks. Even a simple smile was met with squinty-eyed suspicion.
He felt like the whole world was laughing at him, and there was truth enough in that.
The other kids couldn’t resist. Let loose from class they could forget about their failures and rejections, their overbearing fathers and screaming mothers, their secret fears and pigeon chests. For that hour at lunchtime they could be free of themselves, laughing fearlessly while they pushed the little guy around the yard and asked him what he
was doing out of kindergarten, or where he’d left Snow White. That was the best one. They banged away at it for months, with raucous renditions of ‘Hi-ho, hi-ho,’ booming across the yard, reprised with hums and whistles in the classroom.

 

HOW TO ENTER

Sign up here (https://www.simonvandervelde.com/stories/backstorieschallenge) to post your answer and get the full story for free.
The first three correct entrants out of the hat will receive a signed, original review copy of Backstories and a chocolate treat.
Entries Close 11:59pm Saturday 24th April, 2021.

Thank you, Simon Van der Velde 

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About the Author

Simon Van der Velde has worked variously as a barman, labourer, teacher, caterer and lawyer, as well as travelling throughout Europe and South America collecting characters and insights for his award-winning stories. Since completing a creative writing M.A. (with distinction) in 2010, Simon’s work has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards including; The Yeovil Literary Prize, (twice), The Wasafiri New Writing Prize, The Luke Bitmead Bursary, The Frome Shortstory Prize, The Harry Bowling Prize, The Henshaw Press Short Story Competition and The National Association of Writers’ Groups Open Competition – establishing him as one of the UK’s foremost short-story writers.
Simon now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, with his wife, Nicola, their labradoodle, Barney and two tyrannical children.

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Author Links

simonvandervelde.com

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

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http://bit.ly/Goodreads-Backstories

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www.simonvandervelde.com

 

Adult Supervision Required by Sarah Peis / #SpotlightPost #PreReleaseBlitz @pumpupyourbook

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“We don’t lick people.”

“Don’t we?”

Nora Lindberg doesn’t let life get her down. Disowned by her family and left by the man who was supposed to love her for the rest of their lives, she packs up her kids and goes in search of a second chance.

The small town she lands in was supposed to be her fresh start, her chance at a better life. But instead, she’s a broke single mom who spends her nights looking for the chocolate she hid from her kids.

When her ex lands on the local Motorcycle Club’s most wanted list and leads them straight to her door, her life is once again turned upside down.

But maybe a broody hot guy on a motorcycle is just the thing she never asked for but got anyway.

Now the only question is: Will he be her savior or her downfall?

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Thank you, Sarah Peis and Pump Up Your Book

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About the Author

Supporter of all things written, defender of the e-book revolution and master of the take out order – Sarah Peis is not afraid to admit she can’t cook, go a week without breaking something, read labels correctly or park cars in a straight line.

She loves the written word in all forms and shapes and if she’s not glued to a book, she’s attempting to write one. Sarah is a frequent blonde moment sufferer and still trying to figure out how to adult. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her two little humans, the holder of her heart and two furry demons. She loves to hear from readers so feel free to get in touch.

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Author Links

Website: http://www.sarahpeis.com

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

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Amazon: https://amzn.to/38AGMer

Aegean Sun; The Kafenion by Stephanie Wood / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @rararesources @stephaniewooduk

 

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The Kafenion has much more to offer than just coffee and cake!

The Kafenion is undergoing its regular seasonal change from traditional coffee shop and local hangout to summertime hotspot for the massive influx of tourists who visit the Greek island each year.

The furniture has been updated, the new signs for more specific coffee types have been installed, the basic cookies have been replaced with a tempting range of cakes and desserts and a fresh coat of paint has added an optimistic glow to the place, which always attracts the many visitors who are looking for a treat.

Jane has been working on the island for a few years and finds a job in the kafenion for her friend Helen, who is hoping for some fun and romance during the summer.

Xenon and Kyriakos both make regular deliveries of fresh produce to the kafenion and they find other reasons to want to visit when Jane and Helen are around, but are they both interested in the same girl?

Georgina discovers the kafenion while searching for information from her mother’s past, but does Pericles have all the answers or will he just cause more confusion?

Visit the kafenion during a Greek summer season to see how the staff and their regulars navigate their way through complex working and romantic relationships.
This is the eleventh book of standalone reads in the Aegean Sun series.
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About the author 

Stephanie Wood writes contemporary fiction in the form of novels, novellas and short stories and you can find the running order of her titles on the ‘look inside’ of any book.

She published the AEGEAN SUN series of books as a fly-on-the-wall vision of life in a Greek resort during the summer season, using her extensive experience as a holiday rep to bring some unusual incidents to life on the page. The series began as an exploration of the various ways in which tourists make the most of their holidays and how they interact with the locals while they are visiting. The later books in the series have taken a closer look at the locals themselves and show how their lives and relationships are sometimes changed by the regular influx of seasonal visitors.

The CHRISTMAS ON THE CLOSE series is set in a British suburban cul-de-sac over the festive period and visits each house individually to discover how the neighbours who live there celebrate the season in their own special way.

Stephanie lives in Lancashire where, apart from reading and writing, she loves gardening and cycling and is a huge fan of the soaps Emmerdale and Neighbours. If you would like to sign up to her newsletter list (with around four messages per year) you can do so on the contact page of her website and, as a thank you, will receive the free short story THE ZIA SUNSET EXCURSION.

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Author Links 

Website: www.stephaniewood.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/stephaniewooduk

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8198175.Stephanie_Wood

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Book Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aegean-Sun-Kafenion-Stephanie-Wood-ebook/dp/B08W58RCCB

US – https://www.amazon.com/Aegean-Sun-Kafenion-Stephanie-Wood-ebook/dp/B08W58RCCB

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Lucky Cowboy by Heatherly Bell / #SpotlightPost #ReleaseBlitz @RABTBookTours @HeatherlyBelle @BookBuzznet

 

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Lincoln Carver is not worried about the lack of women in Stone Ridge, Texas. He’s content earning the occasional buckle as a rodeo champ and working his family’s cattle ranch. In fact, life was perfect until his matchmaking granny stuck her nose in his business. Now, he’s injured the new schoolteacher, and is spending more time with her than he’d like.

Sadie Stephens has loved Lincoln since she was a girl, but they were never more than friends. And a family feud involving a runaway bride closed any options for a romance with Lincoln for good. Lincoln’s only interest in her now is one of obligation and guilt. After all, he’s the one responsible for the lassoing “incident” at the school (don’t ask.) The single men of Stone Ridge are lining up to nurse the very eligible Sadie back to health, bringing her flowers, candy, and pies.

Lincoln brings her an ice pack…and gum.

No doubt about it, the hunky cowboy needs to learn the ABCs of courtship, but is Sadie the one to teach him?

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About the author

Heatherly was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama but lost her accent by the time she was two. Her grandmother, Mima, kept both the accent and spirit of the southern woman alive for decades. After leaving Alabama, Heatherly lived with her family in Puerto Rico and Maryland before being transplanted kicking and screaming to the California Bay Area. She now loves it here, she swears. Except the traffic.

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Author Links

Website: http://www.HeatherlyBell.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeatherlyBelle

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heatherly.bell

Promo Link: http://bookbuzz.net/blog/small-town-romance-lucky-cowboy-by-heatherly-bell/

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Book Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lucky-Cowboy-Friends-lovers-western-ebook/dp/B08L1HMYM4/

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-lucky-cowboy-heatherly-bell/1137957903?ean=2940164430351

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/lucky-cowboy-1

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/lucky-cowboy/id1536172476

Getting to Forever by Tara Eldana / #SpotlightPost #ReleaseBlitz @RABTBookTours @taraeldana @BookBuzznet

 

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KinkLink Series, Book Three

Amanda (Mandy) Gilchrist was just baffled by her colleague. One minute he was her rock and the next he couldn’t get away from her fast enough…only to land himself in jail. Her bosses now hate him and wouldn’t help him cross the street let alone post bail so it was up to her — except someone got to him first. What the heck was going on?

By now he must realize he needs her help… And it’s going to cost him because this time she’s not going to turn a blind eye. Mandy’s going to make sure David sees her skills as a PI and as a woman too — one he’s got ‘tied up inside and out’.

Because he may not know it yet but they’re both looking for exactly the same thing.

David aka Hack Varetti is in deep shit. A little finagling with the FBI and maybe he’ll get his life back on track but there’s no guarantees. Making the wrong associations only landed him in the clink, but now he’s got a second chance — to fix his life. And to take care of her.

Because Mandy doesn’t know it yet, but she needs something only he can give her, and he can’t wait to show her how a Dom brings his Sub to fulfillment because it’s something she’ll never forget.

Even though the last thing he wanted to do was involve her in his mess, afraid she’d get hurt. He knew, if he wanted her to trust him again, he was going to have to work for it.

Everyone’s got to learn the ropes sometime…

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About the author

I am a very recently retired, multi-award-winning staff writer for a weekly community newspaper chain in metro Detroit. I became hooked on romance fiction when my 11th grade English teacher rejected the book report I wrote, saying the book was much too easy for me, and insisted I read and report on Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca.” I read Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind” that previous summer.

After some life-changing health issues, and covering over a dozen murder and criminal sexual conduct trials, I decided to write the kind of stories I like to read, stories with happy endings.

I love the romance genre and love letting my characters take control of their stories. I am a member of the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America. I write under the pen name of Tara Eldana

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Author Links

Website: https://taraeldana.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/taraeldana

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taraeldana

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14551486.Tara_Eldana

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/tara-eldana

Promo Link: http://bookbuzz.net/blog/steamy-romance-getting-to-forever-by-tara-eldana/

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Book Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Forever-Book-Three-KinkLink-ebook/dp/B08VF4LXJ9/

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/getting-to-forever-tara-eldana/1139025949?ean=2940164851767

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/getting-to-forever

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/getting-to-forever/id1559402736

White Knuckle Dance by Andrew Cockburn / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @LoveBooksGroup @skin17official

 

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She’s not what she appears to be.

He’s got secrets of his own.

But someone has to lead this dance.

There is a story behind every face you walk by on the street, or that you bump into in life. But what about your own story?

Dan never thought about himself as being different, and the world would agree with him. Just a regular nice guy who works in a regular nice job in London.

His nice and normal London life in the hectic world of sales turns upside down when he meets the captivating Mary at a work event. Deep down he knew there was more to life than what he was doing. He had an inkling that things with him could maybe be a little different. That a life of drudgery wasn’t what he’d signed up for.

But there seems to be a lot more to Mary than meets the eye. And with her guidance and through their relationship, he learns things he never even knew about himself.

But Mary is not the only one with a secret. As the dance speeds up, the games begin, and the

stakes are raised.

And so begins the white knuckle dance of discovery, risk, and power.

But can there really be a winner in that deadly dance of theirs?

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Thank you, Andrew Cockburn and Love Books Group

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About the Author 

Andrew is a Scottish writer who has lived in Asia for many years. As an anthropologist and sociologist by training Andrew has developed a keen interest in people, society and culture. Andrew’s debut novel, White Knuckle Dance, explores relationships and social norms though the lens of power and knowledge.

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Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ckc3mV

A Gentleman’s Promise by Penny Hampson / #SpotlightPost #BlogBlitz @rararesources @penny_hampson

 

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A docile wife is what he wants. A husband is the last thing she needs. Can a quest for a killer teach them that they are both wrong?

Emma Smythe and her brother arrive at Easterby Hall to discover that a handsome stranger has laid claim to their ancestral home and the family title. Have her relatives been murdered, and is her brother next? Determined to find the answers, she has no option but to trust the gentleman who insists that he will help. But danger appears in many guises, and for a woman intent on remaining single, her intriguing protector may prove the biggest threat of all.

The attempts on Richard Lacey’s life begin when he inherits a title and a rundown estate. A coincidence? He’s not so sure. Problems multiply with the unexpected arrival of Jamie and Emma Smythe. Long thought dead, they too are potential targets. Richard thinks he wants a docile, obedient wife, but will the task of keeping headstrong Emma safe from danger change his mind?

Embroiled in a sinister mystery, can Richard and Emma work together to catch a killer? And will this dangerous quest teach them that what they both wish to avoid is exactly what they need?

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About the author 

Penny Hampson writes mysteries, and because she has a passion for history, you’ll find her stories also reflect that. A Gentleman’s Promise, a traditional Regency romance, was Penny’s debut novel, which was shortly followed by more in the same genre. Penny also enjoys writing contemporary mysteries with a hint of the paranormal, because where do ghosts come from but the past?

Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).

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Author Links

https://pennyhampson.co.uk/blog/

Twitter: @penny_hampson

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pennyhampsonauthor

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mybook.to/Gentlemans-Promise

Skyseed by Bill McGuire / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @LoveBooksGroup @SkyseedWriter @ProfBillMcGuire

 

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Sometimes, when you’re in a hole, it’s best to stop digging. This applies as much to messing with the climate as anything else, except even more so.

Jane Haliwell put her head in her hands. To tell the truth, she was still in shock. All the samples she had taken from inside and around the lab contained the enigmatic spheres in huge numbers. She had only had a brief time to think about the implications, but she was pretty sure already what was going on.

For the first time in the history of the world, it was literally raining carbon. Long before it stopped, the guilty would pay, but so would the innocent…

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Thank you, Bill McGuire and Love Books Group

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About the Author 

I am an academic, broadcaster, activist and Amazon UK Top 100 popular science and speculative fiction writer. I am currently Professor Emeritus of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at University College London, a co-director of the New Weather Institute, a patron of Scientists for Global Responsibility, a member of the scientific advisory board of Scientists Warning and special scientific advisor to WordForest.org.

My books include: A Guide to the End of the World: Everything you Never Wanted to Know; Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet; and Seven Years to Save the Planet.

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Author Link

Website: www.billmcguire.co.uk

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Book Link

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2OJkSid

The Exit Strategy by Lainey Cameron / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours @lainey_cameron

 

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Tech executive Carly can’t wait to marry the man of her dreams. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers her fiancé is already wed to Ryn — her company’s top investor! Can the two women overcome heartbreak together?

Silicon Valley investor Ryn Brennan is on the verge of achieving everything she dreamed. She’s succeeded in the sexist venture capital world, has a supportive husband, and is about to close the deal of her career. Everything is going exactly as planned, until she meets her husband’s mistress, across the negotiating table.

Carly clawed her way back from being a teenage runaway to become an accomplished scientist, caring single mom, and co-founder of her startup. Once she marries her loving fiancé, she’ll secure the complete family she craves. But she’s blindsided to discover her not so perfect fiancé is already married.

In an industry full of not-so-subtle sexism, can the two women rise above, and work together to overcome heartbreak, and ensure their success?

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About the author

Lainey Cameron is an author of women’s fiction and a recovering tech industry executive. Her award-winning novel, The Exit Strategy, a #1 Amazon Best Seller, was inspired by a decade of being the only woman in the corporate boardroom. It’s been called a “rallying call for women to believe in themselves and join together”.

A digital nomad–meaning she picks locations around the world to live (and write) for months at a time–Lainey is an avid instagrammer, and loves to share her insights. She loves to connect with readers and audio listeners at http://www.laineycameron.com

She’s a proud member and volunteer with Women’s Fiction Writers Association, hosts an Instagram TV show called The Best of Women’s Fiction, and believes community makes the author’s life worthwhile. Originally from Scotland, Lainey has a soft spot for kilts, good malt whisky, and anything equine.

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Author Links

Website: https://www.laineycameron.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lainey_cameron

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lainey_cameron/

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-exit-strategy-by-lainey-cameron

Promo Link: http://bookbuzz.net/blog/womens-fiction-the-exit-strategy-by-lainey-cameron/

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Book Links

Audiobook:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/The-Exit-Strategy/dp/B08XC46KSG

Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Exit-Strategy-Audiobook/B08XBYD9SL

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/audiobook/the-exit-strategy/id1550926008?itsct=books_toolbox&itscg=30200&ct=audio-books_the_exit_strategy&ls=1

Libro: https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781662268816-the-exit-strategy

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/mx/en/audiobook/exit-strategy-the

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details/Lainey_Cameron_The_Exit_Strategy?id=AQAAAEBcnVPdHM&hl

Chirp Books: https://www.chirpbooks.com/audiobooks/the-exit-strategy-by-lainey-cameron

 

eBook:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088FBKC65

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-exit-strategy-lainey-cameron/1137041718?ean=2940162951650

Overdrive: https://www.overdrive.com/media/5591323/the-exit-strategy

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-exit-strategy/id1514681434

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-exit-strategy

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Lainey_Cameron_The_Exit_Strategy?id=3FbuDwAAQBAJ