Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars (Rock Canyon Romance #2) by Codi Gary - Release Day!

"Usually, when Cinderella ditches the prince, she leaves behind a shoe." - Travis Bowers

Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars
Rock Canyon Romance #2

Author: Codi Gary
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Published: April 22, 2014
Source: publisher for review (via Edelweiss)

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Gemma Carlson didn't plan on waking up married.

She also didn't count on running into her old flame—and her son's father-turned-country rock star—Travis Bowers, followed by a night of drunken dares. Apparently one of those involved a ring on her finger and a vow … neither of which she intends to keep. Now with a hangover from hell, this good-girl-gone-bad knows there's just one thing to do: run.

Travis has been all over the world, but Gemma has never been far from his thoughts. So when they had the chance to catch up over a few drinks, he didn't hesitate. Of course, he didn't expect it would lead to marriage, or a runaway bride! Travis finally has a second chance and doesn't plan on losing Gemma again—or the son he didn't know he had. He proposes, albeit belatedly, a date. Or rather, a few. If they can make this marriage work by starting over, he stays. If not …

Gemma's not interested; she's got a son to protect and a heart to heal. But having Travis around could make both a little easier. Still, good girls don't date rock stars . . . right?




Codi Gary embodies what I love most about romances. I love the small town romance. I love two strong characters that love each other above all else. I love background characters that we'll continue to see until they've pestered the author enough  for their own stories. Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars had all of this and then some. I adore Codi's works enough to devour them in one sitting. By the end of the book, I was enamored with it. 

Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars is the story of Travis, Gemma, and the fate that brought them back into each other's lives. I had a love/hate relationship with Gemma. I admired her as a strong woman. With the support of her friends and family, she's an amazing mom to Charlie and a successful business owner. However, she sparked a little bit of anger inside me when she revealed that she kept Charlie's birth from his father, Travis. I am usually okay with a secret baby if the heroine has a good reason or she had no luck contacting the father. At first, I was not happy that Gemma kept Charlie from Travis, but after thinking about it and putting myself in her shoes, I started to understand her decision. She was a naive 18 year old that is scared of her father and just saw her boyfriend in a compromising position with another woman. Not only that, she also has raging hormones in her that obviously clouded her judgement. Over time, the news of Travis and his love life had to have played a big role in her keeping the secret until her past forces her to come clean. After I finished the book, I was firmly pro-Gemma. On the other hand, Travis had me at hello. Holy Mother of Pearl, the guy is sin-on-a-stick. When he finds himself finally married to Gemma there is no way in hell he's going to let her get away again. He will chase her and pester her until she crumbles and falls for him just as hard as he has for her. And he freaking loves every single moment of his torture. I loved watching the different sides of Travis. The side that adores Gemma and wants to make her happy made me swoon. The side that is fierce and fights for what is his gave me goosebumps. The side that adores Charlie enough to buy him a puppy made me sigh. I loved him... 

What makes Codi Gary rock is her ability to make me fall in love with characters that we only see for a handful of chapters. Gracie and Eric... I'm looking at you! Oh, my gosh. Can I just say that I want a book for every single one of her background characters? Love them! I hope we can come back to visit Rock Canyon for many more books.

Who do you think Miss Know It All is? I've got my theories...

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Right Side of Mr. Wrong by Jane Linfoot - Book Tour!

"Stay still, shut up, and leave this to me." - Shea Summers

The Right Side of Mr. Wrong
Author: Jane Linfoot
Publisher: HarperImpulse (HarperCollins)
Published: March 6th 2014
Source: publisher for review

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When determined singleton Shea Summers is persuaded to become the “wife” of the Lord of Edgerton Manor, the last thing she wants to do is play house with a stranger.

Brooding playboy Brando Marshall, is far from happy when Shea turns up at his sprawling estate with production crew in tow. Surely she’s just another woman after his wallet? And if she’s looking for Mr Right, she’s definitely hitting on the wrong guy. Then again, after catching an unscheduled glimpse of her knickers, perhaps Brando needs to teach this “gold-digger” a lesson!

She’s seizing the moment, he’s breaking the rules, and when bad boys can be so much fun, who can resist getting on the right side of Mr. Wrong...




I honestly do not know how to start this review, so I'm just going to jump right into it. I freaking LOVED this book! It is funny mixed with sassy mixed with sexy. For the most part of the book, Brando is an insufferable ass. And I absolutely loved him. He's sexy, brooding, and knows that he can have just about any woman. What he doesn't want is a wife, so when he reluctantly picks Shae, he decides to push every single one of her buttons. And he has a grand 'ol time ticking her off...until it backfires on him. Shea freaking rocked. When Brando goads her, she shoves him right back. She decides that she needs to get her past out of her system and basically uses Brando for his body. You. Go. Girl! I loved watching her take down Brando peg by peg. Never have I enjoyed watching a character crumble when it comes to falling in love. It was magnificent. I adored Brando and Shea, especially when they were pushing each other. The bantering between them fueling into desire... Holy moly! When Brando finally gets Shea where he wants her, I loved watching him try anything to get her back in bed. Talk about a man on a mission...

The Right Side of Wrong is a fantastically witty book. It is a quick and funny book that'll leave you laughing. I like to pick my favorite quote and use it to open my review posts. With this book, I could not pick just one quote. There were so many hilarious one-liners flying between Shea and Brando, especially when he's trying to make rhymes with her name. I loved Jane's first book, How to Win a Guy in 10 Dates, but I think this one is my favorite so far. I can't wait to see what Jane has in store for us next. 

I don't normally do this, but I have to share some of my favorite quotes...

"What's a stocking top between friends, after all?"

"Welcome back to the land of the living! Your mother must be a riveting conversationlist - remind me to say 'Hi' to her sometime when I've got a free day or two!"

"Brando! What the ... I said put me down, not eat my face!"

"Sorry Brando, but if you behave like a complete jerk, I will tell you."




I write fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines and a bit of an edge. Writing romance is cool, because I get to wear pretty shoes instead of gumboots, and you'll notice this weakness for shoes comes through in my book covers! I live in a mountain kingdom in Derbyshire, England, where my family and pets are kind enough to ignore the domestic chaos – happily, we’re in walking distance of a supermarket. I love hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, most things french. When I’m not on facebook, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, I’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when I want to be really scared, I ride a tandem.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Intoxicated by Monica Murphy - Cover Reveal!

We are so excited to share the cover for Monica Murphy's INTOXICATED with you all! INTOXICATED is a sexy Contemporary Romance novella in Monica’s The Billionaire Bachelors Club Series, published by Avon Impulse. It is available for pre-order. Links are below!!

ABOUT INTOXICATED:

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a wedding to remember. But this time, they’re not bachelors anymore, and the groom … is one of them.

It’s Gage and Marina’s wedding day, but wedded bliss seems a long way off: Ivy’s just gone into labor. Marina’s missing her matron of honor. And Bryn’s giving Matt the silent treatment.

It’s up to Archer, Gage, and Matt to make sure this day goes off without a hitch. But between brides and babies, there’s the not-so-little issue of the million-dollar bet to attend to. If only they can figure out who won … and who’s paying up. Is everyone a winner? Or will someone leave broke—and brokenhearted?


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EXCERPT:

I’m going to have a baby,” Ivy declares as she stops directly in front of me. Well, her belly stopped directly in front of me, the rest of her soon follows.

Yes, indeed, my wife is definitely going to have a baby. Soon.

I’m getting ready—staring at the mirror as I mess with my tie, making sure it’s perfect—when she approaches me. I shoot her a grin, feeling good, feeling on top of my game. Life couldn’t get any better, you know? We’re celebrating today and with good reason.

“I know, sexy mama.” I turn away from the mirror and wink at her. “Trust me, I haven’t forgotten that I’m the one who knocked you up.”

She stares at me, no reaction to my wink or my words. She usually slaps my ass and kisses me. Says something sarcastic at the very least. But I’m getting nothing. And it’s kind of disconcerting. “Archer. I’m dead serious. I’m going to have the baby.”

“I know, babe. And I can’t freaking wait.” I study her, noticing that she looks a little pale and her pupils are dilated. Hmm. “You feeling okay?”

Rolling her eyes, she rests her hand on top of her protruding stomach, rubbing it absently. Then not so absently. As in, she’s clutching her belly like she’s in pain. “I’m in—” She sucks in a harsh breath, holding it for a few seconds. “—labor, damn it.”


MONICA MURPHY:

MonicaMurphypic-250x373New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.        

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Breaking All the Rules by Cynthia Sax - Book Tour!

"Your sex life must have sucked big time." - Camille Trent

Breaking All the Rules
Author: Cynthia Sax
Publisher: Avon Red
Published: April 1, 2014
Source: publisher for review

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Nathan Lawford, Blaine Technologies' chief financial officer, is known as the Iceman. He conducts his personal and business affairs without emotion, never allowing himself to become involved with anyone. When Nate sees something or someone he wants, he negotiates, paying a simple, set monetary price.

Now he wants Camille, the company's green-haired intern.

Camille Joplin Trent never expected to be paid to pleasure the man of her dreams. She can't quite figure out why this is a bad thing. Nate is intelligent, handsome, sophisticated—everything she's ever wanted in a lover and never thought she could have. Their contract is for a month, thirty lust-filled days of making every sexual fantasy they've ever had come true. At the end of this month, the rules state that their relationship will end.

Of course, Camille has never been good at following rules.




Welcome back to Blaine Technologies! The motto here should be "If you haven't had sex in the elevator, what the hell are you waiting for?" If Blaine Technologies was a real company, I'd submit my application. I mean, hello... Have you looked at the covers of these books? Holy mama! Breaking All the Rules is the story of Nathan and Camille. Poor Nathan has been left with two harsh parents. One that'll only meet him for money and the other whose idea of parenting is opening their wallet. Its no wonder Nathan doesn't want a relationship. Instead, he'd rather keep his heart guarded and pay for sex. Camille, on the other hands, has had her eyes set on Nathan ever since she started interning at Blaine Technologies. She's watched both of her friends find love and want secretly wants what they have. Where Nathan is afraid of losing his heart to love, Camille is afraid that no one will love her because she's different. I have loved all of the characters that work at Blaine Technologies, but I think Nathan and Camille are my favorite. I loved that Camille was in charge of her own sexuality. She wanted Nathan and she was going to have him. Once she lures him in, Nathan immediately puts the control in their relationship into her hands. The scenes of them together are scorching hot and also really sweet, especially Nathan wanting to know her favorite music because that is what couples do. Love him!

I hope that this is not the end of our time at Blaine Technologies. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting and falling in love with all of the characters that work until Gabriel Blaine. *giggles* ....under Gabriel Blaine. Whoops, sorry about that. I loved these novellas and I know I'll continue to visit them time and time again. 

Before you go off to read this book, you must "Like" Cynthia on Facebook. The epic conversations she has with her husband are hilarious!



Cynthia Sax lives in a world filled with magic and romance. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you”, they will do anything for the women they adore. They live passionately. They play hard. They love the same women forever. 

Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.Please visit her on the web at www.CynthiaSax.com.


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Twitter: @CynthiaSax 





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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Stroke of Love (Remingtons #2) by Melissa Foster - Book Tour!

"This is the hardest thing I've ever done, Kate. I want to take you into your cabin and make love to you until you forget your name. Hell, until I forget my name, which if those kisses were any indication, wouldn't take very long at all, but I'm not willing to chance you thinking anything bad about me." - Sage Remington

Stroke of Love
The Remingtons #2

Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World Literary Press
Published: March 11, 2014
Source: author for review

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Kate Parello runs a volunteer program in Belize for Artists for International Aid, where she deals with self-centered artists who use the program as a means to repair their marred reputations. She loves the country, the people, and what AIA stands for, but too many diva volunteers have turned her off to press-seeking celebrities altogether and left her questioning the value of the volunteer program. When she meets incredibly handsome and charming Sage, he stirs emotions she hasn’t felt for ages, even though he represents the things she despises.

Laid-back artist Sage Remington escapes his wealthy lifestyle in the Big Apple for a two-week journey of self-discovery to figure out how a guy who has so much can feel so empty. When he meets ultra-organized Kate, who lives her life the way he's always dreamed of living his, the attraction is too hot to ignore, but Sage is there to figure out what’s missing in his life, not to find a woman.


Every look, and every late-night chat in the romantic jungle brings them closer together, but Sage can barely think past stripping away Kate’s misconceptions about him. Kate fights him every step of the way—even though she finds it hard to ignore the strikingly handsome, generous-to-a-fault artist who wants to do nothing more than right the wrongs of the world—and love her to the ends of the earth.




Melissa Foster, you did it again. I should have known better than to start this book at 11:00 pm. I start it and by midnight, I'm like "Sleep? What's that? I can't sleep until I hit 'The End'." Sure enough, I got zero sleep that night and I'm sure I looked lovely in my zombie state the following morning. Eh, who am I kidding? I probably scared a lot of little kids. Sleep is overrated when I have a Melissa Foster masterpiece on my Kindle. 

Holy mama, I freaking loved this book. Sage is officially my favorite Foster hero. He's hot, sensitive, and can make you swoon with just one look. And...he's an artist. Hello! The scene where he's drawing on Kate's stomach has to be the most intimate scene between 2 characters. I wanted to push Kate aside and jump Sage. Just sayin'. Kate, on the other hand, was a bit much for me. She is a conundrum. On one hand, she's incredibly caring and strong when fighting for other people. She refuses to take no for an answer when it comes to anything that'll help the small village she's come to love. I loved that part of her personality. On the other hand, she's also very insecure when it came to Sage. She felt the growing attraction between her and Sage, but she wouldn't make the move. It takes a very sweet moment between the two where Sage simply takes her in his arms for her to let down her walls. I totally understood why she kept second guessing herself, but I thought it was a little too much. In my eyes, she wasn't as assertive as previous Foster heroines have been. I seriously want a best friend like Luce. She's sassy and says whatever comes to her mind. I would love to see her again in a future book. Every romance book lovin' character needs her own love. *grin*

Another incredible Melissa Foster book. The romance is always sweet and sexy. The heroes are always guys you want to fall in love with. The heroines are rocking awesome, even Kate was awesome when she was fighting for the villagers. The attraction between Sage and Kate was adorable. I loved watching them slowly fall in love. I loved everything about this book. Definitely swoon-worthy.




"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"-- Bestselling Author Jennie Shortridge


"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This  is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked."  International bestseller, M.J. Rose

Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Twitter: @Melissa_Foster 
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

His Final Bounty (Bounty for Hire #4) by AJ Williams - Book Tour!

"Did you just growl at me?" - Jefferson Anders

His Final Bounty
Bounty for Hire #4

Author: AJ Williams
Publisher: self-published
Published: March 24, 2014
Source: author for review

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Eva Rosenberg hacks a secret file of Jefferson's and discovers the man who shattered her heart and her world has one giant secret.

Jefferson Anders’ current bounty hunting status has allowed him to hide in the shadows, never forcing him to face the secrets of his past. Having spent five years hiding the truth, he never dreamed the secrets of his past would catch up to him. Secrets which cost him both the love of his life and connection to his family. Now, he must face the mistakes of his past.

With a confrontation looming with Eva and a possible death threat, they must work as a team to find forgiveness and defeat the enemy that waits in the shadows.




I'm going to have a difficult time reviewing His Final Bounty, not because I didn't like the book, but because I really want to talk about the entire series. I'm going to save a series review for later, so this will be a review for the fourth book in the Bounty for Hire series. 

AJ Williams has done it again. She has the knack of combining a sizzling romance with fantastic suspense to create a jaw dropping story. I loved His Final Bounty! First of all, we finally get to know the mystery that is Jefferson Anders. We've known all a long that something was going on with him and now we know what that something - or someone - was. Jefferson is alpha male to the max. When his past comes to harm his family, rather than putting them in danger, Jefferson decides it is best to stay away. As you might have guessed, that doesn't sit well with his family or with Eva. Holy cow, Eva is one kick-ass character. She can totally take as much as she can give. I loved watching her pester Jefferson. She still loves him, but there was no way in hell  she would let him get off easy. She pushes and pushes until he opens the old wounds and confides in her. The chemistry between Jefferson and Eva is off the charts. One spark and they'll ignite. I loved these two together just as much as I loved them as individuals.

His Final Bounty is short, but it packs quite a punch. The book is equal parts sizzling hot mixed with a gritty suspense that'll keep you on your toes. And most importantly, it answers all the questions I had about the first 3 books. I have come to love this series and I'm sad to see it end. 




Eva wasn’t sure when it happened, but her body called to her in a way that she hadn’t felt in years. After all this time, he still wore Ralph Lauren Polo Black. She loved that smell. Her reaction to him spurred her body closer to his, lightly brushing her nipples against his side. Every sensation from Jefferson rubbing her back, to her tracing circles on his chest increased her breathing. Her nipples tightened and the dampness increased between her legs. 

“Jefferson.” Her voice was soft as she moved her finger to his nipple in a sensual circle. 

“Eva,” his growl pressed her to continue. There was something about the way he growled her name that caused her to stop circling and started to use her fingers to rub his nipple with her thumb and finger. 

“You have to stop.” 

Lifting her head up from his chest, she kept rubbing his nipple as she looked into his eyes. 

“Tonight, please just give me this one night. After that, we will go our separate ways. I just need to feel you.” 

“There will never be ‘just one night’ with us, Eva. If we do this, it’s for keeps. Do you understand? I could never let you walk away, nor would I allow myself to walk away from you again.” 

His word slammed over her. His eyes danced in the light. She could see that he too needed tonight. As much as she wanted more nights, she didn’t think she could ever give him more. Then again, maybe she could, but it all depended on him. She had the truth, but it didn’t really ease the hurt she still felt in her heart. 

She didn’t respond at first, as her thoughts rolled through her mind. 

“Tonight please, Jefferson. Just tonight.” 

“I’ll give you tonight, but we will talk,” he declared. 

She didn’t want to talk. She wanted all or nothing and tonight it was all. If she couldn’t have tonight, then she could go back to having nothing in her life. She’d had five years of practice. What was another fifty? She nodded edging closer to his body. 

“I mean it, Eva.” 

She didn’t trust herself to say anything, afraid she might say no talking, just fucking, because that’s all she wanted. She nodded again, placing a light kiss on his chest. 

Lifting her head up she gazed into his dark eyes, waiting to see if he understood or at least accepted her response. He moved over, roaming her face and then his eyes narrow for just a second. 

Please, she begged silently for him to just give her now. 

She touched her lips to his. It was ecstasy. His full lips upon hers. At first, he didn’t move, so she gave his nipple a pinch, causing him to open his mouth. 




AJ grew up in a small southern town in Missouri. It was there that she discovered her love of writing. Having the ability to create a story from nothing into something held her spellbound. She holds a bachelors degree, and will on occasion find it useful. Currently, AJ lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, their two small children and two dogs. 

AJ loves learning about new things, playing games with her family, and listening to music. She loves romantic movies as well as science fiction. If truth be told, she loves fantasy and science fiction movies just a little bit more. 

At given time she can be found letting her kids believe she has super powers.  

Website:  www.ajwiliams.com 




Friday, April 4, 2014

Cover Reveal - One Lucky Night by Aria Kane, Grace Teague, Ana Blaze, Constance Phillips, and Melinda Dozier

I'm so happy today to share the cover and official blurb of One Lucky Night with you!


One night can change everything…

The crew at Boston’s Brazen Head Pub hasn’t been very lucky in love. Can a mysterious visitor inspire them to look past old hurts and misconceptions and give romance a chance? One Lucky Night is a collection of five sexy interwoven novelettes by Aria Kane, Grace Teague, Ana Blaze, Constance Phillips, and Melinda Dozier.

Lucky Break by Aria Kane
Four years ago, chef Derek Chase walked out of Andrea Rivera’s life after a tragedy neither of them were prepared to deal with. When she’s called to the Brazen Head to repair a dishwasher, old sparks ignite buried feelings.

Lucky Star by Grace Teague
When her life is threatened by a mugger, Charlotte Price realizes she's in love with her best friend, Tommy Leung. The Brazen Head seems like the perfect neutral place to confess her feelings, but nothing goes according to plan.

A New Tune by Ana Blaze
When it comes to dating, Holly Hall has one unbreakable rule: no musicians. Not even gorgeous ones. Especially not gorgeous ones. Dating them only leads to heartbreak. So why did she let singer-songwriter Cian O’Neill kiss her? And why is she thinking about doing it again?

Lexi’s Chance by Constance Phillips
As a bartender, Sean Whalen meets all kinds of women every night, but none turn his head the way that Lexi has. She’s been playing cat and mouse with him for weeks. Tonight, Sean’s determined to get Lexi to quit teasing and take a real chance on him.

Drink or Dare by Melinda Dozier
A bachelorette party Drink or Dare game pairs paramedic students, Rachel Robertson and Killian Whelan, in a flirting match. Soon, the dares threaten to turn their academic rivalry into something much more.


One Lucky Night will be available in print and at all major ebook retailers on May 7th. For now, you can add it to Goodreads!


About the Authors

Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. As a military brat, she grew up all over the country, but now lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he's a chihuahua.

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Grace Teague lives in Pittsburgh with her spouse, children and a cat named Mr. Sushi.

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Ana Blaze lives near Washington DC with her charming husband and three cats who firmly believe they are royalty. Ana is a member of Romance Writers of America.

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Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff.

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Melinda Dozier teaches English to middle schoolers by day and writes at night. She lives in Guatemala, Central America with her college sweetheart and three sons.

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