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What the Heart Desires (Soulmate Series, Book 4)
by Kelli McCracken

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Torn by desire, will loving her mean the death of him?

Dylan McBride’s Seeker abilities have always kept him a step ahead of his father. But one step isn’t enough when it comes to his wife and child. His confrontation with his father leaves him questioning everything he knows, from his life with Heaven, to his part in the Supreme Trinity.

Layne is growing stronger, as is his Seeker. The more time he and Heaven share, the more he’s able to control his Keeper abilities. But when new secrets emerge, he’s forced to face the truth, as well as the emotions he keeps buried.

Among the death threats, constant hiding, and birth of her child, Heaven struggles to keep the peace between her soulmate and Keeper. More lies are exposed, threatening to destroy all that she loves. Will she be able to deny the truth once it’s discovered, or will she give in to What the Heart Desires?


What the Heart Wants (Soulmate Series Book 1)
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What the Heart Needs (Soulmate Series Book 2)
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What the Heart Takes (Soulmate Series Book 3)
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╰☆╮WHO IS KELLI? ╰☆╮
Kelli McCracken’s love affair with books began long before she could read. She didn’t let anything stop her from creating stories, even as a child.
That same passion still exists within her today. She is an artist by nature, a curator of characters. Kelli McCracken does her best to give each story and character great depth.

“It seems like all I do is write…and listen to Layne. He’s constantly whispering something naughty in my ear, like being dipped in chocolate. Now I want a Kit-Kat. Welcome to my zany life, where ‪#‎SanityIsOptional‬, romance is required, and liquor is most definitely quicker. I love talking about my characters. Hope you like hearing about them.”

When she isn’t chasing kids, working on crafts, or sneaking off with a bottle of wine, Kelli spends her time writing. Of course, it can’t be all work and no play. Once procrastination strikes, you can usually find her hanging out on Facebook, Pinterest, or Spotify. Be sure to stop by and say hi. She loves chatting with readers.


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Carrie Ann Ryan Blog Tour For:


Delicate Ink

A Montgomery Ink Novel, Book 1


Release Date: October 14, 2014

Release Day Blitz: October 14th – Spotlights Only

Blog Tour: Select reserved dates

Tour-wide Giveway: Carrie Ann Ryan signed paperback and a $15 Amazon gift card

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On the wrong side of thirty, Austin Montgomery is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, his inked sleeves and scruffy beard isn’t the suave business appearance some women crave. Only finding a woman who can deal with his job, as a tattoo artist and owner of Montgomery Ink, his seven meddling siblings, and his own gruff attitude won’t be easy.


Finding a man is the last thing on Sierra Elder’s mind. A recent transplant to Denver, her focus is on opening her own boutique. Wanting to cover up scars that run deeper than her flesh, she finds in Austin a man that truly gets to her—in more ways than one.


Although wary, they embark on a slow, tempestuous burn of a relationship. When blasts from both their pasts intrude on their present, however, it will take more than a promise of what could be to keep them together.



Damn Austin Montgomery.

Austin frowned, moving toward her. She forced herself not to take a step back. She wouldn’t run. Not anymore. But she didn’t know if she could keep up the denial if he got any closer.

He ended up standing right in front of her, so close she could feel the heat of his body. The act reminded her of her dream of Jason, and she held back a shudder. It wouldn’t do her any good to compare the two men. Her past and her…whatever this would end up being.

His hand came up so he gripped her chin. He searched her face, and she just stared up at him, unsure of what to do or say next. He hadn’t spoken, and it threw her for a loop.

“Okay, Sierra,” he said finally, his voice low, deep. So deep it went straight to her core, and she had to keep from sighing. Again. “If you don’t feel like you’re ready to ride yet, then we won’t.”

She let out the breath she wasn’t aware she’d been holding. “Thanks, Austin. I’m sure we’ll see each other around then.” What was she doing? That hadn’t been the plan. Or had it? Honestly, she didn’t even know what her plan was anymore. She wanted him, she was clear on that much, but she wasn’t sure she could handle more. This wishy-washy thought process wasn’t doing her any favors. She needed to buck up and either give in fully or step back.

Taking half steps would only hurt her in the end. Didn’t she know that? Hadn’t she lived that?

“Oh really? I don’t think so. That’s not how this is going to play, Legs.”

“Excuse me?” The ice was back in her voice, but she didn’t know how to control it, not when he was so large and…Austin around her.



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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.


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Bullies, Stalkers, and Trolls! Oh my!

Be-Nice-or-Leave-PosterI feel as though this is the dawning of a new age, and it’s not the Age of Aquarius. It’s the Age of the Disintegration of Humanity. Rarely do I write social commentary. I’m more of a writer who tries to counsel through writing. On occasion, however, I must speak my mind about certain issues prevalent in our society. Mind you, it takes a bit for the commentary to percolate, and so, I am finally weighing in on a most disturbing trend in the writing community- nasty, unmannerly behavior among the ranks.

In all honesty, I live on the fringe of all the growing madness. Thank goodness, too! I hear, from a far distance, about  authors, reviewers, readers behaving badly towards each other. Trolls across Amazon destroy the reputations of books with one-star reviews, for which I have fallen victim. And the ultimate breach of etiquette and propriety- the stalking of a reviewer by an author.

The novel-writing industry has been overrun by those who do not respect the profession, and it’s time to bring it to an end. It’s time we demand professional norms be created and followed. If people can’t abide by them, then they’re out. Here’s my suggested list of norms:

If you plan to be an author, reviewer, blogger, and/or reader, you must adhere to the following:

1. Understand that behind every written word is a real person with a heart and a soul, who has put their best effort toward publishing their book.

2. Understand that behind every purchase is a real person anticipating a great read. Respect them enough to put out the
highest quality story that has been professionally edited, and one that has a professionally created book cover.

3. When offered an opportunity to review a book, actually do so. Don’t mistake this as a chance to get a free book
and never follow through, or pirate it. Authors are looking for  honest feedback on their work, and you promised.

4. When given a review from a reviewer, blogger, or reader, either ignore it or read it, but never respond to it in a negative way. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and so is how well the story reads in a reader’s head.

5. Understand that when a release date comes and goes without a release, it’s usually because life and the unexpected happens. Authors and publishers strive to meet deadlines and release dates, but it doesn’t always go as planned. Readers have the right to be disappointed, but the responsibility to acknowledge that authors and publishers are just as disappointed. No need for anger. It’s just a book, not a paycheck that has been delayed.

6. Readers are customers, not employers. 

6. Disagreements are NEVER aired on any social media outlet. Keep it to emails and instant messaging, and keep it professional. Don’t know how? Read 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey.

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Habit 5: Seek First to Understand


An oldie, but a GOODIE! Improve your communication skills and you’ll find a more peaceful workplace and home.

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“But you just don’t understand what I’m trying to say!”
“You’re not hearing me!” 
“You just don’t get it!”

How many times have you heard or said these statements of frustration? A lot, I’m sure, as have I. It’s hard work keeping a relationship of any kind on the right side of things. Most conflicts occur out of a lack of clear, effective communication. Today’s HABIT is all about seeking to UNDERSTAND the other person and then seeking to be understood.

This is much more than letting the other person speak first. In any discussion, let’s agree that there is always ample room to misunderstand. In fact, it’s like we’re hardwired TO MISunderstand and must work very hard to find our way back to understanding. With that said, there’s a way to skip the misunderstandings altogether. This phrasing usually works for me…

“So, please correct me if I’m wrong…

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I Love Writing, But I’d REALLY Love Beautiful Nails

20141020_172720I’m having a nail crisis! It actually started years ago, when I realized I couldn’t grow nails like the other women in my family or my girlfriends. I have baby nails. Really! They’re tiny. And my hands are small, too. So, I knew I would never be a concert pianist, but to realize I couldn’t grow nails that would look lovely with luscious pinks, corals, and all kinds of decorative paintings, has left me devastated. Don’t even get me started on all the Jamberry stickers I could be buying and wearing like nobody’s business!

Now, I know how it is. I could very easily put fake nails on and call it a day. But, that costs money, bi-weekly, to maintain. It’s money I don’t have to spend on such luxuries. Plus, there is one confounding factor to all of this. Let’s say I had the money to go fake and awesome. How the heck would I write? 

I’ve been sprinting lately, which really ups my word count, thankfully. If I had claws, I’d be sprinting and writing gibberish and probably half the amount of words. So, it would seem it’s either my stories or my nails. I can’t have both. I choose my stories. They don’t fade, they don’t break, they don’t cost me money beyond the start-up. jamberry-nails-4

So, my dear friends with GORGEOUS nails, don’t mind the drool as I fawn all over yours. One day, when I have the money and the time to learn how to type with nails, I’ll get my own set. Until then, paint well, my friends! 


Drawing a Blank on facebook

fbMy friends are pretty damn witty. They post the most hilarious one-liners, cartoons, quips, quotes on facebook. I spend the first few moments upon waking each morning reading and laughing along. Then it’s my turn, and I click my cursor on my status update and… nothing. I got NOTHING. How can this be? I’m a writer. It’s what I do. I have a clever wit, too, like my friends. Each morning, though, I’m faced with updating the world as to how it’s going in my life, or saying something that will elicit  friendly interaction, and I go blank.

So, I find others’ postings that I like and share on my wall. Quotes, cartoons, videos. But I’d really like to share the oddball, crazy, funny things that happen to me over the course of the day. Thing is, those types of things have to actually happen. My life is not filled with hilarity on a daily basis, although it is a happy life I live. I’d love to share the hilarious conversations I have on occasion with my daughters, but they never happen as neat and tidy as other people who post the funny things their children say. Dare I actually edit the conversation for the purposes of facebook to make it sound better, more fluid? I usually opt for saying no. I‘ve chosen not to post pictures of my kids to protect their anonymity, so there goes a bunch of opportunities to post something interesting, that is, unless I take to photographing the backs of their heads all the time. If I share my opinion on a hot topic, I could get roasted at the stake. I’m not a fan of making enemies. I’m a peacemaker by nature. 

There’s a reason I’m a fiction writer. I wake up, go to work, come home. We don’t have extra money floating around to go and experience the world around us like we’d like, so it limits my worldly exploits to share and remark upon. So, how do my friends do this day after day, multiple times a day? How do they come up with facebook status updates that grab my attention and make me interact? 

I’m not asking to become one of  “those” people, who post when they’ve taken a shower, or clipped their toenails. I don’t think people want to know when I’m going food shopping and what I bought, or that I sneezed five times in a row. I want to find that sweet spot of facebook posts that comes from my own brain and brings people together to talk and laugh. If anyone finds that sweet spot for me, would you kindly post it on my facebook wall?


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The Angel Has Risen!


It’s finally happened! ANGEL RISING is complete! From the moment this story was a simple seed of an idea, I knew that it would be epic and need to be broken into two books. ANGEL RISING BOOK ONE, released September 8th, and today, the duet is complete with the release of ANGEL RISING BOOK TWO.

 This latest Brethren story actually began years ago with the release of TRINITY. Hannah Livingston was just a little girl at that time, but had a huge fate awaiting her. ANGEL RISING brings us to the present, with her about to turn 36 years old and…immortal, with very special gifts. Of course, what would her life be without the most infamous evil that ever existed stalking her? That’s right. Satan’s back and wants her powers, the world, everything. Enter Gabriel Seeker, Brethren Protector. An angel destined to be her sole protector and soul protector, but with major issues of his own. A tragic past has held him captive to recurring episodes of horrifying memories.

Now, for the first time, you can read TRINITY and ANGEL RISING together, without the wait! Or, you could always read the series in order:

ELIXXIR (if desired, read Nathanael’s Hunt first)


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