Friday, October 18, 2019

Release Tour Review: The Second We Met (Fulton U #2) by Maya Hughes

Book info:
TitleThe Second We Met
Author:  Maya Hughes
SeriesFulton U #2
Genre: NA contemporary romance
Cover Design:  Najla Qamber Designs
Photo:  Wander Aguiar
Release Date:  October 17th, 2019

Source: E-galley from author which did not influence my opinion
My rating:  5 stars

Synopsis

Dear Jerk Across the Street, sorry for accidentally walking in on you and catching an eyeful of your—equipment. And hard pass on the open invitation to join you in the shower “anytime”, A-hole.



That’s the note I should’ve written. Instead I sent a pleasant and apologetic version.



Had I known Phoenix “Nix” Russo would’ve been the neighbor from hell, I’d have told him right where he could shove my words.



Nix is the big man on campus with everyone lined up at his games to make sure he knows it. Sure, he’s got piercing blue eyes, abs that don’t quit and a smile that could set fire to a set of panties from a hundred yards away, but he’s also the biggest pain in my ass.



Dear Pink-Haired Menace, learn how to take a joke and stop being such a kill-joy...



Elle Masterson called the cops on one of my parties—again. My sweet talking usually gets me out of trouble, but this time it got me into a nice pair of silver handcuffs. Now I’m on a reputation rehab tour with a stop at a spring break community service project.



Guess who’s my new boss?



Now we’re shoulder to shoulder, sweaty, tired and…she’s not anything like I expected. There might just be a heart under that hardass exterior. She’s invading my dreams and I can’t shake the feeling she’s the key to unlocking a piece of me that I’ve hidden away.



It’s only a matter of time until she finds out why I’m really here.


Maybe I can break through her walls and into her heart before that happens...one screw at a time.

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My Review:

I really, really, really loved the first book in this series, so I was very excited for this one.  And this was one I could barely put down.  But of course there were so many things going on when I got the chance to finally pick it up and read, that I had to.  What I loved though, was that it took no time to dive right back into the story when I was able to get back to it.  I enjoyed getting back to the characters I'd met and fell in love with in The Perfect First, and there were a few that I now am even more excited to hopefully see them get their own stories.  I felt that Elle did totally overreact in a lot of the situations that happened, but it was definitely easy to see with her background experiences with other guys why she did that.  But I like how Nix handled it.  Her drama didn't lead him to add more unnecessary drama, and to me, it was realistic how he handled each of her crazy times. His reactions to what normally would turn into the drama just for drama's sake in a story are what made my wavering between 4.5 and 5 stars keep it bumped up to a full 5 stars.  And I like that she would apologize when she realized she needed to.  I'm really becoming a huge fan of this author, and as I mentioned before, can't wait for more stories in this world.  I'm especially excited to see Jules and Berk's story in hopefully the next one!








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AUTHOR BIO


Maya Hughes can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! :-) I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.



I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe and traveling with my family.



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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Blog Tour Review with Excerpt: A Lie for a Lie (All In #1) by Helena Hunting

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A sexy, heartwarming read!” —Elle Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author

A Lie for a Lie, an all-new sexy second chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is available now! 

Book info:
TitleA Lie for Lie
Author:  Helena Hunting
SeriesAll In #1
Genre: Adult contemporary romance
Release Date:  October 15th, 2019

Publisher:  Montlake Romance
Source: E-galley from Pitch Lit/Social Butterfly PR which did not influence my opinion
My rating:  5 stars

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series comes a romantic comedy about instant attraction, second chances, and not-so-little white lies.

Sometimes I need an escape from the demands, the puck bunnies, and the notoriety that come with being an NHL team captain. I just want to be a normal guy for a few weeks. So when I leave Chicago for some peace and quiet, the last thing I expect is for a gorgeous woman to literally fall into my lap on a flight to Alaska. Even better, she has absolutely no idea who I am.

Lainey is the perfect escape from my life. My plan for seclusion becomes a monthlong sex fest punctuated with domestic bliss. But it ends just as abruptly as it began. When I’m called away on a family emergency, I realize too late that I have no way to contact Lainey.

A year later, a chance encounter throws Lainey and me together again. But I still have a lie hanging over my head, and Lainey’s keeping secrets of her own. With more than lust at stake, the truth may be our game changer.

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My Review:
I don't know how she does it, but I was sucked right into this book within the very first page.  Of course it probably helped having a few of my favorite characters from the Pucked series to ease me into these characters. But it wasn't just the familiar ones that made me love this story, it was that once again Hunting has created characters that you can't help but fall in love with.  I'm almost positive that Rook, or RJ, is going to be my new book boyfriend.  In Hunting's hockey world, he's pretty close to beating out Randy for me.  Of course it is obvious right away what RJ's lie is going to be, even from the synopsis above you know it will have something to do with who he is.  And in the story, we're pretty much figuring it out pretty quickly.  However, Lainey's lie isn't quite as straight forward, we go almost half way through the story before we find out. And honestly, her lie doesn't really count like his lie does, in my opinion.  I like the way Hunting handled this side of the story, and I want to say how much I adored certain things, but can't do it without giving away Lainey's lie.  We also get some new characters added, RJ's family for instance, and I see that his sister is going to be one of the main characters in the second book.  I have a guess at who her love interest will be, which of RJ's new teammates, and I think I'm really looking forward to book 2, so, is it 2020 yet?

Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention how much I love when Violet is around.  I adore her and her sense of humor.  So happy that the author includes her and that she'll be in the next book too! 

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Excerpt
I stuff my earbuds in and cue up a movie on my entertainment console. After the last flight, I deserve three hours of brain candy.  

Just as I settle on an action flick, a body lands in my lap. At first, I think I’m being accosted—yet again. It’s not unusual for women to literally throw themselves at me. Typically I’m not on a plane, though, but considering my last flight I shouldn’t be surprised by anything right now. “What the—”  

“I’m so sorry!” says the voice attached to the body in my lap. She scrambles to right herself but jerks back, gagging, her tidal wave of silky, dark hair slapping me in the face. It smells like mint and cucumber, which would be nice if it weren’t in my mouth.  

She grabs my shirt with one hand and catches my earbuds, yanking them free. The other hand curls under the fabric wrapped tightly around her throat. She’s sprawled across my lap, legs hanging over the armrest, face level with mine. She’s totally blocking the aisle, making it impossible for anyone to get by and creating quite the spectacle. “My scarf is caught,” she rasps. “Oh my God. I’m choking myself. I’m so sorry. This is so embarrassing.” The more she struggles, the more the scarf tightens, which in turn causes her to flail.  

I slide a supporting arm behind her. “Stay still for a sec.”  

She freezes, still gripping my shirt, eyes wide with panic. I turn my head to the side and lean forward. Her lips connect with my cheek.  

“Oh!” She tries to turn away, but she really is stuck, so her nose ends up in my ear and her lips are still pressed against my jaw.  

“Just give me a few more seconds, and you’ll be free.” She exhales heavily against my jaw, warm breath making my skin prickle. I lift her carry-on and use my foot to pull the scarf free from the wheel.  

She loosens the fabric around her throat, dragging in a long, deep breath. “Thank you. So much. Choking to death on an attractive man’s lap really isn’t the way I wanted to go.” She squeezes her eyes shut and pushes to a stand. “I’m so sorry.”  

She keeps her gaze averted as she gathers up the scarf that never seems to end. It gives me time to check her out. Well, shit. This woman is hot. Like Pour a gallon of gasoline on me and light me on fire hot. She has long dark hair, a shade of brown so deep it’s nearly black. Her eyes are the color of coffee or chocolate—something with caffeine in it. Something that would amp me up. And her face . . . daaaaamn. High cheekbones, full lips, a dainty nose, arched brows, thick lashes.

I take in the rest of the package, which gives me pause because her outfit is just . . . out there. She’s wearing a full-on parka, hiding her figure, but based on her legs I’m thinking she’s probably slender. That’s a guess, though, with all the layers she has going on. And that scarf has to be a mile long with how many times she winds it around her neck, hence the near strangulation.  

Her little wardrobe malfunction has resulted in a line of people waiting to board, so she rushes down the aisle, throwing another “So sorry” over her shoulder as she disappears into coach.  

I’m almost disappointed. Almost, but not quite. I plug my earbuds back in and veg out to movies for the next three hours.

 
About Helena Hunting
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She's writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy. 
 
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Book Blitz: Kingdom of Thorns and Dreams: A Limited Edition of Sleeping Beauty Retellings


Book info:
Title:   Kingdom of Thorns and Dreams: A Limited Edition of Sleeping Beauty Retellings
Publication date: October 15th 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, New Adult
Synopsis:
Sleeping Beauty, but not how you remember it…

One kiss.
That’s all. Just one kiss and the curse will be broken.
But is love’s true kiss a myth and will it be strong enough to break the curse that’s held her in its grasp for a century?
The compelling tale of a young princess fated to sleep forever and the prince destined to save her retold in this spellbinding collection by USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors.
One click now for your happily ever after.




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Release Blitz: Code of Conduct (Cipher Security #1) by April White

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Sharp writing, layered characters, and wonderful tension flow through this book, along with a super-swoon-worthy hero and a kick ass heroine I just love.” -- Elizabeth Hunter, USA Today bestselling author

Code of Conduct, the first in the romantic suspense Cipher Security series of standalones, from April White is available now!

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There are three things you need to know about Shane P.I.

1) P.I. is not her last name, it's her job title,
2) Her specialty is catching cheaters, and
3) She's a superhuman - kind of.

Gabriel is a security expert for Cipher Security, and a former UN Peacekeeper with a fierce protective streak that finds its focus on the beautiful P.I.

Their attraction is like an elephant in a room full of breakable things, and figuring out how to trust each other with their hearts, and maybe their lives, is the most fragile thing of all.

'Code of Conduct' is a full-length romantic suspense novel, can be read as a standalone, and is book#1 in the Cipher Security series, Knitting in the City World, Penny Reid Universe.

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About April White
April White has been a film producer, private investigator, bouncer, teacher and screenwriter. She has climbed in the Himalayas, survived a shipwreck, and lived on a gold mine in the Yukon. She and her husband share their home in Southern California with two extraordinary boys and a lifetime collection of books.

Her first novel, Marking Time is the 2016 winner of the Library Journal Indie E-Book Award for YA Literature, and all five books in the Immortal Descendants series are on the Amazon Top 100 lists in Time Travel Romance and Historical Fantasy.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Release Week Blitz with Giveaway: Beneath the Blood Moon by Melissa S. Vice



I am so excited that BENEATH THE BLOOD MOON by Melissa S. Vice is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Melissa S. Vice, be sure to check out all the details below.


This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International, courtesy of Melissa, Editingle Indie Book CafĂ©, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the book:


Title: BENEATH THE BLOOD MOON
Author: Melissa S. Vice
Pub. Date: October 15, 2019
Publisher: ditingle Indie Book Cafe
Formats: Paperback, eBook

There’s nothing worse than having to take a bathroom break when there’s none to be had. When Whitney Dugan is forced to play babysitter to a patient, her temporary position is turned into a permanent one. Soon, she’s pulled into a troubling situation she wants no part of, despite there being two dangerously, smoldering Alphas at her side.

The Viktor twins have the world at their feet. Demanding an empire of respect, fear and submission, human and lycan steer clear of the dynamic duo. But when a brutal attack lands one of them in the hospital, they realize everything is nothing without the presence of their female as they all too suddenly fall for their human mate.


Willing to do whatever it takes for revenge while keeping their female happily by their side, they must bare every dark secret they hide in hopes it will bring them together instead of driving them apart.

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Excerpt:


Watching him leave, she noted for the first time in a long while the hard beat of her heart. A real, sure beat that had her clutching at the chest and massaging it, trying to soothe the ache from spreading further.

What was this foreign feeling?

Carnation flowers. Red, pink, and white peaking from the gift shop window. For no reason, they became all the brighter as he walked by. Or maybe, it was him. He was the reason why they became all the richer, his presence lighting them aglow and feeding into their untapped essence of blossoming beauty. He turned to look at her before disappearing around the wall.


Was it her or did those eyes appear even brighter than the first time she’d seen them?

About Melissa:

An American Author of Erotica, Fantasy and Paranormal romance novels, Vice was born in Duluth, GA a proud Libra in the Fall of October. She is the author of Oblivion, the first novel to her Tales of Incipion series, and the highly anticipated werewolf novel, Beneath the Blood Moon. An avid reader, she was introduced to her first taste of whimsical love, Wishes by Jude Deveraux, and has expanded her shelves since those tender years of youth and blissful ignorance. Her enjoyment for video games and books inspire unlimited worlds of adventure and everlasting love to rival those that had come before.

Established in late 2018, Vice became Head Developmental Editor of Editingle Indie House, where she works alongside Author and Co-Founder Catherine Edward, and seasoned Editor and Co-Founder Rucha Kulkarni. With the help of many talented colleagues, she assists indie authors near and far to reach their potential in being able to weave an unforgettable story.


Giveaway Details:


1 winner will win a $10 Amazon GC, International.

Lisa's Looking Forward To #35 - October 22nd, 2019

Back to joining up with the Waiting on Wednesday Posts, and the Can't Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  Another smaller list this week.  And, next week is my birthday!  So it's like some of these are birthday presents for me. 

From my ARC list for October 22nd, 2019:


Definitely a fun sounding re-imagining of the whole Greek gods and other stories. 

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Ariadne’s whole life is curated and shared with the world. Her royal family’s entertainment empire is beloved by the tabloids, all over social media, and the hottest thing on television. The biggest moneymaker? The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster. To win means endless glory; to lose means death. In ten seasons, no one has ever won.

When the gorgeous, mysterious Theseus arrives at the competition and asks Ariadne to help him to victory, she doesn’t expect to fall for him. He might be acting interested in her just to boost ratings. Their chemistry is undeniable, though, and she can help him survive. If he wins, the contest would end for good. But if she helps him, she doesn’t just endanger her family’s empire―the monster would have to die. And for Ariadne, his life might be the only one worth saving.

Ariadne’s every move is watched by the public and predestined by the gods, so how can she find a way to forge her own destiny and save the people she loves?


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This one sounds like it could be a really intense one.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Teenage burn survivor, Wilder Tate, begins high school ashamed of his disfigurement. He finds an outlet tapping into his one-dimensional basketball talent as a shutdown defender and courts his cheerleader dreamgirl, only to endure heartbreak and setbacks that drive him to have a tissue expander operation to rid himself of his scar tissue for good, but at what price? The operation costs him his basketball career and puts a wedge between him and his best friend, his mother, and his classmates. The only girl who understands him is Lane Makansi, an ostracized and bullied cutter who sees the truth of Wilder's self-loathing. Their unlikely friendship begins to salve their deep internal wounds when tragedy strikes--and Lane is the culprit. In the aftermath, Wilder discovers a capacity to forgive and empathize that he has never once applied to himself, leading to a dramatic decision that will change his life, and Lane's life, forever.

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Of course I love this author, and I've loved this series so far.  How fitting that the final one comes out on my birthday!  I will be reading this one and reviewing for a tour.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

WANTED: ROOMMATE. Must be tidy, polite, and absolutely not my brother's hot as sin best friend.

I have no idea why I said yes.
Maybe I'd had one too many wines. Maybe I'd done it accidentally. Maybe I'd been sleep-texting.

One thing I know for sure is this: I absolutely do not want Ethan Hawkins in my apartment, up in my business, taking over my space.
Yet he's here. Moving his stuff into my spare bedroom. Sending a wave of panty-melting, musky man-scent my way every time he walks past me.

Here's the thing.
We don't get along--at all. We never have, and I don't think we're going to start now that we're under one roof.

There's also that little issue where I'm kinda, sorta, totally in love with him...

Uh-oh.


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Final Thoughts:
I will be reading and reviewing the last one next week, so stay tuned for that.  Have you read any of these yet?  Are they on your TBR?  And hey, while you're here, you should go try to win some of my ARCs from Cleaning Up My TBR Post HERE.  The US only giveaway is open till Friday at midnight, there are even some 2019 ARCs that can be one of your two choices. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Release Blitz: A Lie for a Lie by Helena Hunting

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A sexy, heartwarming read!” —Elle Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author

A Lie for a Lie, an all-new sexy second chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is available now!

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series comes a romantic comedy about instant attraction, second chances, and not-so-little white lies.

Sometimes I need an escape from the demands, the puck bunnies, and the notoriety that come with being an NHL team captain. I just want to be a normal guy for a few weeks. So when I leave Chicago for some peace and quiet, the last thing I expect is for a gorgeous woman to literally fall into my lap on a flight to Alaska. Even better, she has absolutely no idea who I am.

Lainey is the perfect escape from my life. My plan for seclusion becomes a monthlong sex fest punctuated with domestic bliss. But it ends just as abruptly as it began. When I’m called away on a family emergency, I realize too late that I have no way to contact Lainey.

A year later, a chance encounter throws Lainey and me together again. But I still have a lie hanging over my head, and Lainey’s keeping secrets of her own. With more than lust at stake, the truth may be our game changer.

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Download your copy today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2MTMWOC
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2MJpbIG

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About Helena Hunting
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She's writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy. 
 
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Cover Reveal with Giveaway: Reforming the CEO by Marisa Cleveland



Today New York Times Bestselling author, Marisa Cleveland, Entangled Publishing, LLC (Indulgence), and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for her Contemporary Romance REFORMING THE CEO, which releases on November 11, 2019! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!

On to the reveal!



Title: REFORMING THE CEO
Author: Marisa Cleveland
Pub. Date: November 11, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Indulgence)
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 200

What happens when your next door neighbor is the hottest, most notorious playboy in all of South Beach?

Reece Rowe is on hiatus from respectability. Before she returns to her stable, boring existence of charity events and dating predictable, stuffy suitors who are only interested in getting closer to the wealthy family who adopted her, she’s going to get a taste of what she’s been missing. She screws up her courage and heads to Vincent Ferguson’s office to find out what all the women in South Beach already seem to know about him.

Once CEO Vin Ferguson’s tech company goes public, he’ll have proved he’s no longer the poor, gritty kid from the wrong side of the tracks. But, citing his bad boy reputation, some financial backers waver, and his friends suggest dating a more respectable woman to improve his image. Ridiculous. Because delectable but snooty socialites, like his next door neighbor, are way out of his league.

And then, Reese walks through his office door and makes him an offer. To say his jaw hits the floor is an understatement.

And he can’t believe what she just proposed...

Excerpt:

What are you wearing?

Her skin heated at the innuendo, and she felt her face flush, despite being alone. Feeling naughty, she shed her tank top and jeans and hopped in the shower. She didn’t have to answer him right away.

Twenty minutes later, with the water still dripping from her hair, she texted back,

Just got out of the shower.

His reply was immediate.

A picture’s worth a 1,000 words.

After applying her favorite lotion and sliding into her bra and underwear set, she scrolled through her phone until she found the silver shower head streaming water and sent that emoji.

A peach and clapping hands appeared, and it took her a moment to figure out the meaning. When she did, her nipples tightened.

She sent him back a French flag and lips. Shouldn’t they start slow?

His reply—the French flag, lips, and a honey pot— sent heat straight between her legs. No question, sex was happening. Tonight. And now, her underwear was as wet as her hair.

She took her time with the blow dryer and changed into a different underwear set. She hadn’t responded to his last text, but a new one came through. 

Meeting almost over. See you in the garden.

The man had been sexting from his boardroom? She sent him the snowflake.

He sent back the fire emoji.


About Marisa:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marisa Cleveland understands the power of words, education, and the ability to communicate. With more than two decades in the education and publishing industry, Marisa is adamant about supporting efforts toward the betterment of the human condition. Toward that goal, she is a doctoral student documenting her discoveries at AlwaysAngling.org.

Marisa has led writing programs, chaired events and fundraisers, and mentored emerging bestselling authors through the literary agency where she works as the Strategic Communications Executive Director. Previous to entering the publishing industry, she gained experience in higher education administration, in secondary education, and in writing, including technical, grant, research, and dissertation analysis. She has been featured at various book festivals and participated on panels and in workshops focusing on diversity, civil discourse, communications, and the state of the publishing industry. She has five peer-reviewed academic publications, over twenty published book remarks in a regional newspaper, and eight published novels.

Gulfshore Business and D’Latinos magazines honored Marisa with the Arts and Culture 2015 FACE Award, celebrating diversity in Southwest Florida, and in 2014, Gulfshore Business selected her as a “Forty Under Forty” honoree.


Marisa is ridiculously adamant about supporting the cultural and performing arts. For over two decades, she coached athletes in gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, and diving. She is a member of the National Communication Association, an associate member of PRSA and the National Capital Chapter, a former board member for the Naples Press Club, a former board member for Southwest Florida Romance Writers, a Friend of CAPA, and a member of Romance Writers of America.

In college, she received the President’s Merit Award for her active participation in the Society for Advancement of Management, where she had the opportunity to develop her own philosophy of what makes innovative, professional leaders, and she was later inducted into Kappa Delta Pi‘s Nu Alpha chapter.

Currently completing her doctorate in organizational leadership studies from Northeastern University, Marisa has a master’s in educational administration, a bachelor’s in speech communications, and is a 2015 Leadership Marco Graduate.

She loves to connect with writers and readers through social media.



Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a $15 Amazon GC, International.