Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Dear Reader, Love J. Arlene Culiner

Dear Reader…

Today, I’m offering you Armchair Travel — and there’s nothing quite like it! No last-minute panic getting out to the airport; no check-in; no security check; no obnoxious seat partner on the plane; no screaming babies; no lost baggage; no lousy exchange rate; no pickpockets; no struggle, fuss or stress. But even without the hassle, the destination is exotic. Sound good?

This is no tourist destination with sandy beaches, secure hotels, and international food. We’ll be in a little-known area in eastern Turkey, an empty beige plain surrounded by dark mountains, where the summer heat is intense. This is also a difficult part of the world where the police are corrupt, rules are strict, and people watch your every move.

Important artifacts have been disappearing from the local archaeological site of Karakuyu, and the site director has mysteriously vanished. Under suspicion, is Anne Pierson, a former Washington journalist who, after a scandalous affair with the wrong man, lost her job, and her reputation. Desperate to escape her past, she avoids all personal relationships…and that only makes people even more suspicious.

Archaeologist Renaud Townsend has been sent to Karakuyu to discover who is responsible for the thefts. He’s passionate about his work, ancient history, and about discovery, but when he meets Anne Pierson, he knows his interest goes further than just solving mysteries.

Like Anne Pierson, I once worked in central Turkey as a translator and guide. Because of that, many of the incidents in The Turkish Affair, are true. I accompanied two archaeologists called in to verify whether smuggled coins were fakes or antiques. I really did meet Leyla, the brave and rebellious young woman who rescues Anne from a dangerous situation on a back road — and, yes, she did help me, too. I knew dangerous and corrupt policemen; I met smugglers and prisoners; I encountered opposition when I broke the rules.

And one day, while passing through an archaeological site in Turkey, I briefly caught sight of a lean and elegant man heading toward a jumble of smashed pillars. He was the inspiration for Renaud Townsend.

So come along with me on this journey, for the pleasure of a good tale, the chance to solve a mystery, and to visit a world you might never otherwise see.

All the best to you,

J. Arlene Culiner

About the Author

Writer, photographer, social critical artist, musician, and occasional actress, J. Arlene Culiner, was born in New York and raised in Toronto. She has crossed much of Europe on foot, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave-dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted house on the English moors. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest and, much to local dismay, protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. She particularly enjoys incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities, and her conversations with strange characters.


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Love and Danger at the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu

Priceless artifacts are disappearing from the ancient Hittite site of Karakuyu in Turkey, and the site
director has vanished. Called in to solve the mystery, archaeologist Renaud Townsend is hindered by both his inability to speak the language and the knowledge that the local police are corrupt. His attraction to translator Anne Pierson is immediate, although he is troubled by her refusal to talk about the past and her fear of public scandal. But when murder enters the picture, both Anne and Renaud realize that the risk of falling in love is not the only danger.
Author J. Arlene Culiner does not disappoint in this fast-paced novel, The Turkish Affair. Glittering descriptions, magical settings, and enviable characters bring the solemn grounds of Turkey to life as we are planted firmly in an archeological dig in Karakuyu, Turkey. Culiner’s mastery of the English language and sentence combinations form an enchanting read. The Turkish Affair is a must-read for all lovers of romance and adventure.
–Lisa McCombs for Readers’ Favorite


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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Dear Reader, Love Kiran Bhat

Dear Reader…

First of all, thank you for picking up my book. It is a confusing and curious thing; it is only about two hundred pages, and yet it has sixteen characters. Each of the sixteen characters has enough bravado to carry a novel of their own, and yet, they get only ten pages. It is also blurring back and forth, here and there. Sometimes, you are in the big city, sometimes you are in a village with only silt and creek. A lot is happening in each of these four places; and yet the world feels so small, and intimate. It might seem all so very confusing.

It also feels so different, and so inviting. To be lost in language, to surrender to the words. To know that this is an author who knows what he is doing. And, he loves his readers. He wants just what is simply the best for them.

A bit more about me: I am an Indian-American polyglot, digital nomad, and wanderer. I chose to spend the last nine years traveling the world. I have been to about 132 countries, lived in 18 places, and have learnt to pick up 12 languages. I am trying to live a life where I can truly be one with the world; with its rhythms, with its feelings, with its needs. I wanted to truly become a Global Citizen. And from that space, my mind changed. I learnt to think Globally, outside of the bounds of place, culture, and border.

I want to write books that can help transform my reader to become the same way. Not everyone can travel like me, not everyone can learn as much as me, but I believe that in my fiction, you can feel, at least for a few pages, what it means to be someone else, and then to be someone else again, to always be shifting location, moving place, and yet to feel a Oneness in the constant change.

The magic of literature is to transport the full sensibilities of a person and his way of thinking upon reading the writer’s work. I hope that after you read my book that you will be able to read what I have said here and truly feel it. My love to you, and warmest wishes,

Kiran Bhat

About the Author

Kiran Bhat was born in Jonesboro, Georgia to parents from villages in Dakshina Kannada, India. An avid world traveler, polyglot, and digital nomad, he has currently traveled to more than 130 countries, lived in 18 different places, and speaks 12 languages. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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The Internet has connected – and continues to connect – billions of people around the world, sometimes in surprising ways. In his sprawling new novel, we of the forsaken world, author Kiran Bhat has turned the fact of that once-unimaginable connectivity into a metaphor for life itself.

In, we of the forsaken world, Bhat follows the fortunes of 16 people who live in four distinct places on the planet. The gripping stories include those of a man’s journey to the birthplace of his mother, a tourist town destroyed by an industrial spill; a chief’s second son born in a nameless remote tribe, creating a scramble for succession as their jungles are destroyed by loggers; a homeless, one-armed woman living in a sprawling metropolis who sets out to take revenge on the men who trafficked her; and a milkmaid in a small village of shanty shacks connected only by a mud and concrete road who watches the girls she calls friends destroy her reputation.

Like modern communication networks, the stories in , we of the forsaken world connect along subtle lines, dispersing at the moments where another story is about to take place. Each story is a parable unto itself, but the tales also expand to engulf the lives of everyone who lives on planet Earth, at every second, everywhere.

As Bhat notes, his characters “largely live their own lives, deal with their own problems, and exist independently of the fact that they inhabit the same space. This becomes a parable of globalization, but in a literary text.”

Bhat continues:  “I wanted to imagine a globalism, but one that was bottom-to-top, and using globalism to imagine new terrains, for the sake of fiction, for the sake of humanity’s intellectual growth.”

“These are stories that could be directly ripped from our headlines. I think each of these stories is very much its own vignette, and each of these vignettes gives a lot of insight into human nature, as a whole.”

we of the forsaken world takes pride of place next to such notable literary works as David Mitchell’s CLOUD ATLAS, a finalist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for 2004, and Mohsin Hamid’s EXIT WEST, which was listed by the New York Times as one of its Best Books of 2017

Bhat’s epic also stands comfortably with the works of contemporary visionaries such as Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip K. Dick.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Dear Reader Love Dr. Richard

Dear Reader,

I had the opportunity to present my work as a PhD candidate to Richard Feynman and interact socially with Stephen Hawking. Both of these titans were my inspirational teachers and provided the motivation to write the novel. As such, I dedicated the work to them. They were and are my inspiration in the exploration of the natural world. I happened to meet the co-author socially at a party in Chatsworth, CA and we started a dialogue that lasted several years.  As part of the discussion, we decided to write Tetrastatum a different kind of Hard Science Fiction novel that would introduce my research on Psychothotonix and the Unified Equation of Reality while exploring the socio-economic, political issues of the day.  Marcus and I hit it off and we spent years discussing the material, planning and finally writing the book.  

Writing and publishing Tetrastatum has definitely been a journey. After sending out numerous query letters and endless discussions with literary agents, wed decided to self-publish for the flexibility and freedom to shape the work as we originally intended as well as the economics vs traditional publishing. Publishing a book is definitely a labor of love.  We were lucky to surround ourselves with the right people (we needed a lot of them before it was over, illustrator, publicist, editor, social media guru, SEO specialist, web developer, video team, hybrid publisher). Our expectation was nothing more than the opportunity to present our ideas to those who may appreciate our work. It turned into a full time job that offered us no benefits and little to no reward other than seeing our vision materialize and knowing our ideas are out there for other readers to enjoy and ponder.

About the Author

Dr. Richard has been involved in the field of Photonics for over 30 years. He received his BA in physics (honors) from the University of California Fullerton. He was in a full scholarship PhD program in physics at the University of California Irvine and a PhD program in philosophy at Claremont Graduate School. Dr. Richard completed his two dissertations (involving human interpretations of laser and electro-optical images) while under top secret clearance. He also has an advanced placement teaching credential, an advanced certification (from the University of Wisconsin) in laser and optical design; and other advanced certifications in fiber optics, computer programming, technology business development, financial products, dance, anatomy and physiology.



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In their debut novel TETRASTATUM, authors Dr. Richard and Tim Smith combine heady concepts about the universe with a thrilling science fiction story about the search for a new kind of time travel.
The result is a stunning mixture of dense cosmology and old-fashioned storytelling that will appeal to a wide readership, from science professionals to lay fans of science fiction.
“Dr. Richard” and “Tim Smith” are the pseudonyms of Dr. Richard Connor and Marcus Rodriguez, respectively.

TETRASTATUM (‘the fourth state’) is the culmination of my 30 years working in the field of photonics,” Dr. Richard says. “I am an avid reader of sci-fi, and I wanted to create a new type of work that is both educational and entertaining in the genre. TETRASTATUM gives the reader a unique understanding of the existing laws of physics and extends them to provoke further thought from novice readers as well as advanced experts in the field.”

Kirkus Reviews notes that “authors Dr. Richard and Smith … tell their cerebral story with a heady mix of dense theory and absurdist humor.”

The Independent Review of Books declares:  “TETRASTATUM is like nothing you have ever read before. This is an impressive work of science fiction …”

The San Francisco Book Review adds that, “These recurring themes of characterization and distortion feed into the concern that is being voiced over the current state of our political climate...The layering of these themes is ultimately what gives TETRASTATUM a relevance that will keep readers turning pages and asking questions.”

“The book ultimately explains how human perceptions alter the future and puts forth a model based on quantum physics to explain ‘reality’,” Dr. Richard continues.  He calls science fiction “the perfect genre to explore socio-political ideas within the context of futuristic technologies and scientific theories.”
Dr. Richard and Smith are currently working with Norith Soth on adapting TETRASTATUM into a screenplay. Mr. Soth has penned work for Justin Lin (“Fast and Furious”), Stephen Chin (“War Dogs”), and Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”).


Monday, January 13, 2020

Dear Reader, Love Gordon J. Campbell

I'm not worth the crumbs from the tables of the likes of James Lee Burke, Lee Child, and Robert Crais, but these great thriller writers inspired me to set out on a course to produce a novel. I'd be genuinely gratified if any of my work resembled their style or exceptional ability to create a world of their own.
A few of my associates felt a book based on my business experiences would be a more natural path for a first foray into the writer's world. The result would have been a study on Japanese market entry solutions. This project might be realized in the future.
I agree that a thriller novel is considered a leap from my everyday experiences, but I argue that a fictional story is also a powerful vehicle to showcase real-life experiences. It is more fun to read about a businessman’s daily interactions, when they are enhanced by action and artistic embellishment.
Some of The Courier’s pages are influenced by people met, and times enjoyed or suffered through in Japan.
I have met a Yakuza with tattoos inked from ankle to neck who claimed to have sold futures on his skin.
My work selling medical products to US Government hospitals at military installations in Asia and Europe put me in contact with professional soldiers who generously shared stories worth emulating in thriller novels.
An evening stroll through any of Bangkok's red-light districts will allow enough research by observation to create an account worth sharing.
I asked myself what would happen if a salesman without military training entered into a dangerous situation unfamiliar to anything in his world. Could he stand up, perceiver, and protect his people?
How would he do under fire or when facing extreme challenges from evil and dangerous antagonists?
Would he man-up to survive and be capable of protecting his family?
Who would help him when everything was on the line, and what would it cost him when the smoke cleared? Would his life be unalterably changed?
I hope these questions are answered when you read The Courier. May you have as much fun reading the novel as I had in its creation and development.
About the Author
Gordon Campbell is a Winnipeg born Canadian who’s spent most of his life in Japan. He’s worked as an English teacher, a market entry consultant with a focus on the medical and sporting goods industries, and as a sales director for a corporation with multiple product lines.

He’s presently working on the second novel of a series initiated with The Courier, and its protagonist, Gregg Westwood.

Gordon leans on his experiences built around decades working and traveling in Asia. He’s trained at several karate dojos, run full marathons, and skied black diamond hills in the Japanese Alps.

He played American football at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and started in the Canadian championship game known as the Vanier Cup. Gordon is a member of Psi Upsilon Fraternity, Sinim Masonic Lodge, and the Tokyo Valley of the AASR.

When he’s not writing, working, attending one of his daughter’s vocal concerts, pumping iron, or at a lodge meeting, you’ll find him dining with his wife Mako at their favorite local bistro.

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An expatriate businessman, Gregg Westwood, leaves the Officers’ Club at an American Air Base in Japan unaware about the impression he’s made on two intelligence agents. They sized him up as
someone with potential for strategic deployment, and more importantly, he’s under the radar.
Gregg’s exploits start with what he thinks is a one-off assignment as a courier, and the straightforward task spirals out of control. He’s forced to rise to the occasion and use every resource available to survive. Even his family is jeopardized which forces him to return to Japan to settle scores.

The Courier is one man’s struggle to fight for survival in a world that he’s not been trained for and where violence and retribution are the names of the game.

“The Bottom Line: One of the year’s best thrillers.”
“With such fine attention to detail in creating some amazing scenes, I give The Courier 4 out of 4 stars. Campbell creates an amazing and well-edited adventure that could even someday work on the big screen. Readers that enjoy action adventures or thrillers will likely enjoy this one as well.”
–Official review by Kendra M Parker,
“The Courier is an exciting ride from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down and wanted more when it finished.”
–Gyle Graham, entrepreneur and longtime Tokyo expatriate
“The Courier would transform well from a thriller novel to an action movie.”
–Michael Harrison, marketing expert and martial artist

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Dear Reader, Love Richard Robbins

Dear Reader…

Is it better to take the risk and pursue the glory of fame and fortune, or to live a simpler, more grounded life? That is the question posed in my new novel, Panicles. While the story does not answer that question – it is up to each of us to decide for ourselves – it does present very relatable circumstances in which characters must make that choice, as well the consequences of their choices.

Most of us have been in circumstances where we must choose whether or not to take those risks. To stand on top of the hills and expose ourselves to the consequences, or to stand aside and let another take the risk. To run for office, chair that committee, speak up at the meeting, or stand in front of that tank in Tiananmen Square. Have those times resulted in fame, fortune, and happiness, or pain and misery. Both, neither?

In Panicles, you will follow the fates of two families, one wealthy and powerful, the other blue collar, from a chance meeting at a Florida poolside, to the highest levels of politics and power. This saga of love, war, money, and power leaves each family weighing their duty to their family versus service to their country.
It all leads to a fateful choice--a sacrifice--which could change the course of history.
This book was written with love, and I hope you will receive it that way. If it gives you a few short moments of happiness and escape, and makes you think about the choices you have made or how to approach those coming your way, then I will have accomplished my goals. 
Thank you to all of you who have been so kind with your reviews and encouragement, and please give me any feedback at
With love and kindness,
Richard Robbins
About the Author

Richard’s first novel, the award winning Love, Loss, and Lagniappe was inspired by actual events in his life, and utilizes his Medical and Business School background to explore the journey of self-discovery after heartbreaking loss, while revealing the scientific basis for the meaning of life (You’ll have to read it to find out!)

Panicles, explores the price of fame and fortune through the eyes of two families, one wealthy and powerful, the other blue collar, from a chance meeting at a Florida poolside, to the highest levels of politics and power. This sweeping saga of love, war, money, and power leaves each family weighing their duty to their family versus service to their country.It all leads to a fateful choice—a sacrifice—which could change the course of history. 

Richard lives in New York City and New Orleans with his love and inspiration, Lisa, my wife of thirty years (and counting), near their beloved grown children.


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Is it better to take the risk and pursue the glory of fame and fortune, or to live a simpler, more grounded life?

“Richard Robbins has presented a cast of interesting characters, and each one is fully explored. The plot engages the reader from the first page to the last. The writing style is fast-paced and flows smoothly. Author Richard Robbins has penned a captivating novel in Panicles. A fascinating read!” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Deborah Lloyd (5 STARS)
Follow the fates of two families, one wealthy and powerful, the other blue collar, from a chance meeting at a Florida poolside, to the highest levels of politics and power. This sweeping saga of love, war, money, and power leaves each family weighing their duty to their family versus service to their country.
It all leads to a fateful choice—a sacrifice—which could change the course of history.
EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a contemporary literary exploration of two very different families, with their ties to politics, power and influence, and to each other. [DRM-Free]
Panicles will make you think, make you cry, make you laugh and smile and keep you reading until the very end.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Trudi LoPreto (5 STARS)
Panicles is a novel that invites reflection with its subtle and significant meaning... Connections, effects, and a great storyline make Panicles a remarkable novel from many points of view.” ~ Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews, Astrid Iustulin (5 STARS)

Books by Richard Robbins:

  • Love, Loss, and Lagniappe
  • Panicles
  • The Tormenting Beauty of Empathy (Coming 2020)


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Friday, November 29, 2019

Dear Reader, Love Deborah Serani

Dear Reader…

It’s so great you’re here at Dear Reader, Love Author, to learn more about my debut psychological suspense thriller, THE NINTH SESSION by TouchPoint Press. It’s a crime story that will take you on a journey into the inner workings of psychotherapy – or should I say, more specifically, psychoanalysis. Reading THE NINTH SESSION will offer you a textured experience of what it’s like to be both the patient and the therapist in psychotherapy.

 Furthermore, you’ll also experience the world of Deaf Culture and CODA, Child of Deaf Adult, as well as American Sign Language, giving the novel a diverse and visually cinematic feel. 

Perhaps more intriguing, is how you’ll learn along with Dr. Alicia Reese, how her new patient, Lucas Ferro, struggles with anxiety – but has a secret that will change not only his life, but also Reese’s. THE NINTH SESSION will pitch you, dear reader, along with its heroine, Dr. Reese, into the depths of evil and sorrow – leaving you to discover just how far one would go to do the right thing.

I’m a psychologist and trained psychoanalyst, and always wanted to bring this story to life as a writer. I’ve always been moved by how trauma sets into motion a variety of human responses. The truth is that people respond differently to painful moments and life changing events. Sometimes, these traumas can influence others to become the best they can be, responding with kindness and humanity. Or freeze them in time, forever binding them to numbness or avoidance. Or perhaps even sway them to the other extreme, reacting with rage, fury and unyielding evil. THE NINTH SESSION will thrill you and chill you, but will ultimately ask you, dear reader, just what you would do in the face of an unwinnable moment. 

One last thing before I go, dear reader. I want you to know THE NINTH SESSION is currently in option review at Creative Arts Agency in Los Angeles, California. I wrote it with Sandra Bullock in mind. And once you finish reading, I know you’ll agree she’d be awesome as Dr. Alicia Reese.


Deborah Serani

Deborah Serani is an award-winning author and psychologist who has been in practice for thirty years. She is also a professor at Adelphi University and is a go-to media expert for psychological issues. Her interviews can be found in Newsday, Psychology Today, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Associated Press, and affiliate radio programs at CBS and NPR, among others. Dr. Serani has also been a technical advisor for the NBC television show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The recurring character, Judge D. Serani, was named after her.


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Dr. Alicia Reese, a recent widow and a CODA – a child of Deaf Adults, takes on a new patient.
Lucas Ferro reveals the reason for his consultation is that he wasn't really open with his previous therapist. After gaining Reese’s trust, he shares aspects of his life that are clearly disturbing – experiences that create anxiety and panic, but also reveal horrifying psychopathology. Instead of referring Ferro elsewhere, Reese chooses to continue working with him, feeling reinvigorated by the challenge of his case.    
As sessions progress, and Ferro’s disclosures become more menacing, Reese finds herself wedged between the cold hard frame of professional ethics and the integrity of personal truth – and learns just how far she’s willing to go, willing to risk and willing to lose to do the right thing.


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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Dear Reader, Love Brit Lunden

Dear Reader…

It seems strange that we’ll never really meet. After all, reading together is such an intimate experience. Here you are, tramping around in my thoughts and here I am, leaving a message or igniting a long-lost feeling in yours. The irony always leaves me scratching my head that sometimes the simplest thing as a book can affect a reader in the most profound way.

Did you know that I think about you with every word that I write? I love the realization that somehow through this unique time and space continuum, we are connecting on the highest level possible.

Some may think that I base my stories on my imagination. I have to tell you they appear to come from some other place. An image solidifies in my mind, characters move out of the shadows forming into personalities and real people. I see them, feel them, and hear them. They have stories they want to share. Stories they must share.

I never know these characters before I begin a book. I have no idea of their intention or where their journey will go. I begin each novel the same way you do, eager to see where a plot line will take me and will admit that very often the results are as startling as they are surprising. Then, when it’s finally done, polished by a cohesive team of editors, formatters, and cover artists, I release it to you. I must add, we don’t take publishing lightly. I have learned in the nine years I am doing this that you won’t tolerate a hack job, sloppy writing, or cheap tricks. You deserve the best and push me to explore the farthest extent of my capabilities.

Then it’s your turn. Opening a review is the same as getting a present.  I’m always so excited to hear from you and the results satisfy the anticipation. Other times, I think that maybe somebody didn’t understand me, but I appreciate the input even if it stings a bit. You see, you, dear reader, you help me to become better at this craft. It’s important to hear what you think about what I write. It helps me direct my stories to the people who are reading them and hopefully it helps me hone my craft.

I came into this new profession late in life. It has grown to be one of the best activates and accomplishments I have ever done.  I love reading and books have shaped my entire life. They’ve influenced my thought process, brought me comfort, told me I am not alone. The greatest compliments I have ever received, dear reader, is when you called me an author. Your expectations have created the writer I am today. I have learned that we are an amazing team.
I am forever indebted for your commitment to help me live my dream and I hope in the process somehow I’ve created some dreams for you, too.

With much love,
Brit Lunden

About the Author

Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology.  Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.


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Author: Brit Lunden
Publisher: Chelshire, Inc.
Pages: 128
Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Reporter Dayna Dalton's reputation has been ruined since birth. The daughter of wild child, Becky Dalton, is expected to follow her mother's footsteps; never given a chance to prove she's different. Dana's been in love with Clay Finnes since she was a teenager. Her unrequited love for Sheriff Finnes leaves her empty. He's happily married and unavailable. Instead, Dayna finds herself stuck in the revolving door of bad relationships. But this is Bulwark, Georgia, a town where strange things are always happening. Dayna is doomed to this loveless life until she can find someone who will appreciate the depth of her character. Can she overcome her fears and look beyond her own perceptions to accept a greater love?


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