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  Jun22

Reader Questions Answered & Other Fun Stuff!

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Happy summer, everyone! So, I found out yesterday that something was broken on my blog and no one was being notified when I put up a new blog post. OMG, you can only imagine all the swear words that were flying around this house. I might have flipped a few tables and lit things on fire.

Now that I’m calm, I hope everyone is having a great summer. My life right now is filled with being a baseball mom every day, in between trying to get my shit together and write while the kids are home. You’d think this would be pretty easy considering my kids are 10 and 13 and self-sufficient and independent for the most part, but you’d be wrong. If one more child in this house asks me to go somewhere, if someone can sleep over, tells me they’re bored, or just flat-out speaks to me in general when my face is buried in my laptop, I’m putting them both out to the curb with a For Sale sign on them.

You want to know what else my life is currently consumed with? Binge watching Grey’s Anatomy. I watched this show religiously when it was on TV, and I have no idea why I’m torturing myself by watching it all over again. I’m in the middle of trying to write a romantic comedy, and Grey’s Anatomy is not really the best television show to watch to put me in a funny mood.  Everyone dies. Literally. EVERYONE. DIES. Why?? WHYYYYYYY does everyone have to die? It’s a horrible, horrible TV show and yet it’s brilliant. And I can’t stop watching it. Here’s a funny story that happened last night. So, I’m curled up in bed watching Season 5, episode 13. In case you don’t have all episodes of Grey’s Anatomy memorized, this is the one where Lexi Grey breaks Mark Sloan’s penis when they’re having sex. And of course, that’s the exact time my son decides to come in my room and curl up in bed with me.

Spawn: “Did they just say penile fracture?
Me: “Um, yes. Yes they did.”
Spawn: “So, like, he broke his penis? OH MY GOD HE BROKE HIS PENIS!”
Me: “Yes. He broke his penis. Very sad. Poor man.”
Spawn: “OH MY GOD his poor penis. Man, that’s gotta hurt. How did he break it?”
Me: *blank stare
Spawn: “Did someone kick him in the balls and he got a penile fracture? I bet that’s what happened. Or he ran into a table or something. You gotta be careful with your penis.”
Me: *blank stare
Spawn: “Wait, why is he naked under that blanket? He ran his penis into a table while he was naked? Holy crap, that’s REALLY gotta hurt. What an idiot. Who gets a penile fracture by running into a table?”
Me: “You should go to bed now.”
Spawn: “It’s only 7 o’clock.”
Me: “GO TO BED RIGHT NOW AND NEVER SAY PENILE FRACTURE AGAIN!”
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In case you missed the news, and you might have since no one was receiving updates that I made a new blog post (insert all the swear words here), my newest book, The Story of Us, just released on June 11th! The Story of Us is an emotional, second-chance romance and it’s been getting some of the most amazing reviews I’ve ever seen.

You can grab your copy here:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jQvwC0
Nook: http://bit.ly/2ivBvss
iBooks: http://apple.co/2i5W9mO
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2iapmM7
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2mYdDzY
Paperback: http://amzn.to/2nZzwlH

Okay, now on to some fun stuff.  I’ve received a few reader questions recently, so I’m going to answer a few of them here. If you have any questions for me, make sure to leave a comment and I’ll answer some more next week!

What are your current WIPs?? I need more 📚!!! – Nichole M.
Right now, I’m working on something brand spanking new! It’s a 3-book romantic comedy series being published by St. Martin’s Press in 2018. It’s so much fun and I cannot wait to tell you more about it! But right now, I can’t say much other than it’s romantic comedy and you’re going to love it. I’m hoping I’ll be able to share more news on this very soon, so stay tuned!

Will you be writing more in the Holidays series? – Samantha R.
YES! There is a Halloween novella for the Holidays that will be included in a Halloween anthology book called Eye Candy, coming September 5, 2017 from St. Martin’s Press! It’s currently up for preorder everywhere, so make sure you check it out! Click here to see the cover and preorder:
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The Holidays series will also be coming in paperback in December in one big book bundle. I’ll have more information on that soon, but for now you can check it out here: The Holidays Bundle

When will we get the next installment in the Ignite trilogy? – Ginny R.
Sadly, life and other projects got in the way of writing the third book in this series. I’ve recently updated this series so it is now just called The Ignite Series, instead of The Ignite Trilogy. I feel awful that I couldn’t get Scorched finished, but I have to listen to my brain and the voices in there. I tried to force myself to write this book at the end of last year, and all I did was sit at my computer and cry. I wasn’t feeling it, and I can’t write something I’m not feeling or it will just be total crap. The good news is, both of the books in this series (Burned and Branded) can be read as standalones, there are no cliffhangers to leave you hanging and wanting to cut me, and each of those books are about a different couple who each get a happily ever after at the end of their book, so there’s that. I’m not saying I’ll never, ever write this book because it all just depends on what I’m feeling, but right now, it’s indefinitely on hold.

When writing how do you keep dedicated to one storyline? Do you outline when you start writing it or do you just let it come as it does? – Renee R.
I’m slightly insane, so that helps! When a story hits me, I get obsessed. I barely sleep, I forget to eat, and I don’t shower or move until the book is finished. Which is why I write books pretty fast. I wrote Fisher’s Light in 12 days. I wrote Burned in 10 days. And so on and so forth. When a story consumes me, I have to get it out of my head as quickly as possible because I get easily distracted. And I also don’t outline. I’m what they call a “pantser”. I write by the seat of my pants. I make general notes about characters, timeline, location, and jot down a few sentences about certain scenes that I might have dreamed about or can’t stop thinking about, but that’s pretty much it. And it’s physically impossible for me to write out of order. I envy authors who can do this, but I can’t. I have to write the book in order, exactly how a reader would experience it. For the most part, I know how the book will start and I know how it will end, but I have no clue what’s going to happen in between those parts until I sit down and start writing. I might not even know what will happen in chapter 13 until I finish chapter 12.


I’ve been slacking lately in the reading department. I usually read at least 3 books a week but I’ve had so much going on with my son’s baseball and trying not to slowly go insane (more than I already am) having the kids home for the summer while trying to work and my attention span for reading hasn’t been the greatest. Because of this, when I pick a book to read, it needs to be a good one. A grab-me-right-from-page-one book that I can’t read fast enough.

I just finished reading an ARC of Hard Love by Joanne Schwehm. Let’s just take a minute to look at this cover. LOOK AT IT! OMG it’s so pretty I want to pet it. This book comes out July 18th and you’re gonna want to put it on your TBR. It’s been a while since I read a book in one sitting, but once I started Hard Love, I couldn’t put it down. Margo and Noah’s story was sweet, hot, romantic, heart-breaking and absolute perfection. Add it to your TBR here: http://bit.ly/2svhMAx

 

Next up is Vanishing Act, by A.M. Madden. This is a new release that just came out June 20th and I immediately one-clicked it. A.M. Madden is an automatic one-click for me. I’m only a few chapters in so far, but of course I’m loving every word! Check it out and grab your copy:

➨Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2rHdeVb
➨Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2sdsmdM
➨Kobo:
http://bit.ly/2rjVRcN

➨iTunes: http://apple.co/2t55woD
➨Google Play: http://bit.ly/2srEyKd


*Don’t forget to submit your questions to me if you have any! I’ll be back next week to dazzle and amaze you. Or bore you to death, whatever.

xo

Tara

  Jun14

New Releases for the Week of June 14th!

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Look at all these pretties I’m sharing a release week with!  So many great books to one-click!

The Story of Us by ME is now live everywhere! You can grab your copy here:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jQvwC0
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2sao9aZ
Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2souIZn
Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2sAumj9
Nook: http://bit.ly/2ivBvss
iBooks: http://apple.co/2i5W9mO
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2iapmM7
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2mYdDzY
Paperback: http://amzn.to/2nZzwlH

*Too Close to Call by Tessa Bailey: http://amzn.to/2tm6n3N
*Dangerous Rush by S.C. Stephens: http://amzn.to/2szPqGw
*The Last Guy by Ilsa Madden-Mills & Tia Louise: http://amzn.to/2soddbO
*Sugar & Gold by Emma Scott: http://amzn.to/2sorzJo
*Soul Bound by Jas T. Ward: http://amzn.to/2rvx6JK
*Searching for Love by Christine Zolendz: http://amzn.to/2sAm36L
*Amnesia by Cambria Hebert: http://amzn.to/2sart5Z

Happy reading, everyone!

  Jun6

The Story of Us – Extended Preview!

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My new book, The Story of Us, is now LIVE from Forever Romance!

In case you missed the news, this is an emotional, second-chance love story, contemporary romance that I am ridiculously excited for everyone to read.

Forever Romance put together a special, extended preview and I’d love for you to check it out and tell me what you think!

Download the first 6 chapters of The Story of Us here: Extended Preview

If you enjoyed the preview, don’t forget to grab your copy of the entire book!
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jQvwC0
Nook: http://bit.ly/2ivBvss
iBooks: http://apple.co/2i5W9mO
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2iapmM7
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2mYdDzY
Paperback: http://amzn.to/2nZzwlH

“The Story of Us is an emotionally gripping second chance story not only of love but of life. This book touched me in ways I cannot explain into words but if my emotions could somehow be transferred on to this review, it would say it all. I would recommend this book to just about everyone who believes in the promise and the power of love.” ~ We Like It Big Book Blog

“I couldn’t read Shelby & Eli’s story fast enough & know it will stay with me forever.” ~ Aleatha Romig, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author

“The best book I have read all year. Heartbreaking and hopeful.” ~ AL Jackson, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

This extremely well written, breathtakingly beautiful book is a must read and 100% one of the best books I have ever read!” ~ Literary Epic Book Blog

  Dec8

I have some Christmas presents for you!

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Happy Holidays, everyone!!!  It’s snowing here in my neck of the woods, which always makes me happy this time of year. Until I have to put on pants and go out in this crap. Which I need to do in about an hour to take my kids to the doctor since I’m pretty sure both of them have strep throat. Merry Christmas to me!

If anyone could use some laughter this holiday season, I have a present for you! The Stocking Was Hung (The Holidays #1) is currently on sale for $0.99 for a limited time. This book is crazy, funny, hot and insane, FYI.

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Grab it quick and tell your friends!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2h6Rwrw
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2h3HHrp
Amazon AU: http://amzn.to/2h3DpAb
iBooks: http://apple.co/2fcmRHV
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2gUYK1d
Nook: http://bit.ly/1MWd0in

Fun fact about this book. The main character’s name is Noel, but her family calls her Leon. This whole part of the story came about because every year on Christmas Eve, we have a party at our house with family. My brothers, who are in their 50’s, seem to think it’s hilarious to rearrange my stocking holders to spell Leon, and then proceed to call me Leon the rest of the night. Like, screaming it at the top of their lungs. “LEON! Bring me a beer!”, “LEON! Time to open presents!”
Every. Damn. Year. I had to get rid of the stocking holders that spelled out Santa, because they kept changing them to spell Satan. My brothers are assholes.

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In case you missed the news, I have a new book coming March 7th, called Below Deck!! It’s an angsty, sexy, standalone romance and I can’t wait for you guys to read it!  The cover reveal is coming soon, so make sure you’re following me on social media so you don’t miss it! (All my social media links are at the top of the page)

Add it to Goodreads and check out the blurb here: Below Deck
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I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!  Stay warm!
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  Nov1

Jed Had to Die is Here! Plus, FREE STUFF!

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My new Romantic Comedy/Mystery standalone, Jed Had to Die has officially been released out into the wild at all retailers! I’m ridiculously excited for you guys to read this book. It’s funny, it’s got sexy times with a nerd-turned-hot sheriff and it’s got a fabulous coffee shop named Liquid Crack! As you can probably tell from the title, I got the inspiration to write this book when I heard “Earl Had to Die” by the Dixie Chicks on the radio a few months ago. I apologize if you all have this song stuck in your head now FOREVER! #sorrynotsorry

Also, I’m sorry this newsletter is going to be a little wordy. I’ve got a lot to share with you, but I promise it will be worth it!

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Grab your copy today!

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Okay, who wants FREE stuff!!!  I have a lot of fun things planned for release day, including a bunch of awesome giveaways on my Facebook page. Make sure you check it out all day today (giveaways will remain open for a few days to give you time to enter): https://www.facebook.com/TaraSivec.authorpage/

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I’m also in a fun new Facebook group called Girls Gone Writing. I’m giving away stuff in there all day today as well!  Additionally, this group is run by some FABULOUS authors and we’ll be doing giveaways and other fun things every single day, forever and ever, so you don’t want to miss out. Come join the group here: Girls Gone Writing

Want MORE FREE STUFF?!!!  I’ve currently put my romantic suspense, Playing With Fire series on sale! Each of the 4 books (plus the 4-book bundle) have been marked waaaaaay down, and the first book – A Beautiful Lie – is currently FREEEEEEEEEE! Well, it’s free everywhere but Amazon. I’ve been struggling to get them to change the price for over a week now, so hopefully that will change soon. In the meantime though, you can get A Beautiful Lie (Playing With Fire 1) free on iBooks, Nook and Kobo. The sale prices for the rest of the books in the series are good to go at Amazon. Just go to the Playing With Fire series page here on my website (http://tarasivec.com/series/playing-with-fire/) click on the book you want, and you’ll see all of the purchase links there. If you’re not familiar with this series, each book can be read as a standalone, since each book is about a different couple.

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If you’re not a member of my private reading group, Tara’s Tramps, make sure you join! There are always giveaways, crazy things you can never unsee, access to what I’m working on, teasers, covers, etc. before the general public gets to see them and all sorts of things you might need eye-bleach to survive. But hey, it’s fun, so there’s that: Join Tara’s Tramps

Happy reading, everyone!!!

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  Aug3

Coming Soon!

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I’m so excited to share with you guys a new book I have coming out November 1st! I know, November is like 10 years away. Hopefully it will go by fast! But don’t worry, for the first time in like a year and a half, I have a pre-order!!  As some of you might know, I’m not really a fan of pre-orders. Mostly because I am never organized enough to have a book ready as early as I need to for pre-orders. No, this isn’t a sign of the apocalypse!  At least, I don’t think it is. You might want to get your shivs and crossbows ready just in case.  To celebrate me not procrastinating something, you get a special pre-order price of $2.99! So grab it before November 1st when the price will go up:

Jed Had to Die
Romantic Comedy/Standalone
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2auc4Tp
Paperback: http://amzn.to/29Ysab1
Nook: http://bit.ly/2aKaUr3
iBooks: http://apple.co/2atKmam
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2aCTefP

And yes, the title might sound a little familiar if you’re a fan of the Dixie Chicks. Last year when I was driving my kids to one of their 8,000 sporting events, Goodbye Earl came on the radio. I immediately pulled the car over and started taking notes for this book. So, if you want a glimpse into what this story is loosely based on and you’ve never heard that song, click on Goodbye Earl above and have a listen 🙂

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The happiest day of Payton Lambert’s life was the day she graduated high school and watched Bald Knob, Kentucky get smaller and smaller in her rearview mirror. She wanted more for her life than a tiny town where everyone knows your business and you can’t find a decent cup of coffee for at least forty miles. Twelve years later, an unexpected phone call in the middle of the night has her packing up her life in Chicago and racing back home to the one person she ever regretted leaving behind.

Wait, one person?? Make that two. When the hell did Leo Hudson become sheriff of Bald Knob and get so hot? The scrawny Future Farmer of America who followed Payton around like a puppy and could recite cow insemination facts in his sleep is long gone. Leo is still hot on her heels, but now he’s wearing a badge and dead set on solving a murder that may or may not involve Payton…along with half the town.

You steal a few wine coolers in high school and make one little comment about cutting off a man’s balls when you come home, and suddenly, you’re suspected of killing him.

In a town where the biggest crime happened the day Jethro Snell kicked a few of his cows (an honest mistake when you’ve had a few jars of homemade moonshine), people are pointing fingers, rumors are spreading like wildfire, and Payton swears she’s only making out with the sweet-talking, studly sheriff to distract him from the secrets she’s keeping.

When you’ve been tased, peed on by a yippy dog named Bo Jangles, and can’t stop picturing what Sheriff Hudson looks like naked, it will be a tough job making everyone agree that…Jed had to die.

  Jul1

New Release from Tara Sivec!

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Happy July, everyone!! It doesn’t feel like July here in Ohio. It’s overcast and crappy outside and WHERE THE HELL IS THE SUN?!  Is anyone doing anything fun over this long holiday weekend? We’ll be heading to a family party on Monday and then off to see some fireworks that night. My husband got a message this week from a friend we went to high school with. Her husband travels a lot for work and during his travels, he procured an entire truck full of illegal fireworks that she’s trying to get rid of. This is just what I need. My husband has been bouncing off the walls to go over there and grab stuff. I see an emergency room trip in our future or at the very least, searching for a new home when he inevitably burns ours to the ground. Pray for us. Actually, just pray for my husband’s appendages and that he doesn’t burn any off.

If you’re bored this weekend, or don’t feel like talking to anyone at the holiday celebrations you’ve been invited to, I give you permission to go sit in a corner and read my new book!

The Firework Exploded (The Holidays #3) is now LIVE everywhere! This is the third book in my new romantic comedy series, which is pretty hilarious if I do say so myself. If you haven’t read the first 2 books, you can check them out here: The Holidays Series

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Grab your copy today and while you’re at it, make sure you head over to my reader group. I’ll be having a release day party there all day today with lots of games, prizes and inappropriate behavior: Tara’s Reader Group

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Happy reading!!!

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  Jun7

Tara Sivec is Lighting Some Fireworks!

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Guess what’s coming soon?!

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The Firework Exploded (The Holidays #3)!!!  Yep, you read that correctly. The third book in my romantic comedy series, The Holidays, will be exploding onto your reading devices July 1, 2016! As with every book in this series, The Firework Exploded is horrifying, disgusting and so inappropriate that I’m confident I’ve reached a new low with this one. I’m honestly not sure at this point if the chapter titles themselves, or what’s written in each chapter is more terrifying. It’s a toss-up. You’ve been warned.

Sam and Noel’s whirlwind Christmas romance shot through Valentine’s Day and is exploding on the Fourth of July!

“You should get married on the 4th,” they said. “It will be so romantic,” they said. Did you know that during a pyrotechnic display, a single firework travels 481 feet per second and can take out a small village? Did you know it can also singe the ball hair off of any man standing within a mile radius of said-pyrotechnic display, and singed ball hair smells a lot like a sh*t-filled baby diaper that’s been lit on fire, and it can make a vintage wedding dress go up in flames like a barn full of dry hay?Yeah, me either…

*Exclusive iBooks pre-order: http://apple.co/1TXifD0
(ALL OTHER RETAILERS WILL GO LIVE ON RELEASE DAY)

*Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1XOYAXh

*If you missed the first two books in The Holidays series,  you can check them out here: http://tarasivec.com/series/the-holidays/

*Check out the Pinterest board for The Holidays: https://www.pinterest.com/tarasivec/the-holidays-series/

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Also, in case you missed the news, the Chocoholics series is now available in one, special edition book bundle! In case you missed this series, it is a spin-off from the Chocolate Lovers books and should be read after those. You can check out the Chocoholics books here: http://tarasivec.com/series/chocoholics/

Amazon still has the Chocoholics Bundle Kindle book on sale for $3.99, but it will be going up to full price VERY soon so grab it quick!

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  Feb3

A Valentine Treat From Tara Sivec!

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The Stocking Was Hung is no longer a stand-alone!!  I’m a little amazed how much you guys loved the crazy Holiday family, but I’m ridiculously excited to give you the next installment of The Holidays series – Cupid Has a Heart-On!

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Sam, Noel, the insane Holiday family, a few new faces (and some old ones you might recognize) are back to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Cupid hits a few roadblocks on the way to Sam and Noel’s hearts after their whirlwind Christmas romance. Nipplegate 2016, a stray stripper and a regrettable mix-up with narcotics are just the tips of the arrow when it comes to shooting these two with happily ever after. Nothing seeing a grown man wearing an adult diaper and wings can’t fix…hopefully.

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I may or may not (I totally am) have a few more holiday-themed books planned for this series in the coming year, but I need your help! Drop me a comment and let me know which holiday YOU’D like to see featured in a book! Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving…or any others I missed! Happy reading!
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  Dec4

Get HUNG with Tara Sivec!

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It’s time to get HUNG!

The Stocking Was Hung  is now LIVE on all platforms!

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What happens when your life goes to crap the week of Christmas? You invite a hot Marine you met in an airport bar to come home with you for the holidays, to distract your crazy family from the truth.

With a handsy aunt, a meddling mother and a father concerned for the wellbeing of his daughter’s eggnog, there’s no chance Sam and Noel will have time to fall in love…or will they?

**The Stocking Was Hung is a full-length, standalone Christmas novel that will make you laugh, make you HOT and maybe even make you say, “Awwwww” a few times.


 

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“Sweet, cute and crazy. I expected nothing less from Tara Sivec…” –Amazon Reviewer

“My face hurts – I’ve been smiling and laughing through the entire book!” – Amazon Reviewer

“This book had everything that I needed for a fantastic fun read! I laughed so hard I cried. Tara Sivec is the queen of funny romance and this book has both. Sam and Noel are HOT! Their interaction is OFF the CHARTS and Noel’s family is the funniest set of side characters I’ve read in ages.” – Aleatha Romig, NYT Bestselling Author


Grab your copy TODAY before the price goes up!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1PpfKsd
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1PWTaXW
Amazon Australia: http://bit.ly/1Q9CNWC
Amazon Canada: http://amzn.to/1jvvbk7
Nook: http://bit.ly/1MWd0in
iBooks: http://bit.ly/1lW0M0e
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1N1qpDE