Saturday, July 22, 2017

Humanity's Hope - Pembroke Sinclair

Author                       Pembroke Sinclair 
Publication Date     To be confirmed 
Genre                        Young Adult Fiction 

Caleb, a 17-year-old boy, survived the zombie uprising, but he didn’t come out of the ordeal unscathed. He’s been scarred—both mentally and physically. The rest of humanity is trying to rebuild, to make the world normal again. Caleb is trying to return to a normal life also, but after all he’s seen, after the loss of his family and friends, the transition is difficult. The darkness that led him down a path of self-doubt and self-harm keeps trying to creep back into his mind.

Things only become worse when he discovers he’s immune to whatever makes a zombie a zombie. Fighting zombies was predictable. He knew what to expect. Fighting humans is volatile. They are malicious and treacherous. They won’t stop to get what they want, and Caleb has to figure out exactly what that is.

*Trigger warning: attempted suicide*

The conspiracy theory behind this zombie story is very interesting. There are two different types of zombies. The BZs and the RBZs which makes for a good concept. 
Caleb is a seventeen year old orphan who is a computer whiz working for Zemtech, a research organisation. There has been a zombie uprising which has left him seriously traumatised. After everything that he has been through, he no longer allows anyone to get close to him. He is a loner! 

He is fairly settled in his routine until he receives an email which changes everything. Samuel, his work colleague tries to be supportive but Caleb would much rather deal with the situation by himself. He is constantly on the run. It's bad enough being chased by zombies and now he doesn't know who he can trust. He has something that others want and would stop at nothing to get it. He is baffled when he discovers why he is so much in demand and decides to unravel this mystery. This takes him on a long and dangerous road. 

His state of mind causes him to have some upsetting flashbacks. He is forever having internal battles within himself as a result of what has happened in the past. 

It's an interesting concept but there are some gaps in the story. For example, why doesn't he pay more interest to the flash drive that is handed to him by Matt? Granted, he has been through a lot but in my opinion this constant internal battle interferes with the flow of the story. The twist at the end is like a bomb has been dropped! Didn't see that one coming. It's beautifully done but ends rather abruptly. 

I received a complimentary eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

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When I first started writing, my goal was to be classified as a sci fi/fantasy writer.  But as I honed my skills and found my writing style, I found that I enjoyed writing in several different genres.  Now, I write an eclectic mix of fiction ranging from Westerns to horror to sci fi to fantasy.  

The first story I had published was based on one of my spouse's guiding adventures.  After that, things just fell into place.  I've had several short stories published in several different places, and I have two novels, with a third on they way, and I recently signed a contract for my fourth.  One of my short stories, Sohei, was even voted as a "Best of 2008" story by the Cynic Online

I also write nonfiction, which I publish under my real name.  My first dabbling in nonfiction was when I wrote my thesis for my Master's in English.  I never really got into it.  I tried to get a couple of articles published, but no one wanted to read about slasher films, so I put them away.  

My father-in-law hooked me up with a gig writing for an agricultural magazine, Western Farmer-Stockman.  I knew very little about agriculture (still don't, really), but with a little research, you can become an expert in anything!  I emailed the editor, and he took me on without looking at a resume or a writing sample.  It was flabbergasting.  Luckily for both of us, it worked out.  After 3 years, I stopped writing agricultural articles. They became incredibly time consuming and tedious. I wanted to spend that time working on fiction and not looking for another person to interview.  But the experience I gained was priceless.  I'm glad I had the opportunity to work for Western Farmer-Stockman.

I was also a staff writer for a magazine that focuses on serial killers.  I fell into that.  My goal was to send in one article and leave it at that, but the editor liked my writing style so much, he asked me to produce more articles.  I was also lucky enough to write the articles for the calendar they put out.  I had several other articles published by them, but, like the agricultural articles, they were time consuming and not what I wanted to focus on.  

My biggest nonfiction project to date is developing my thesis into a book.  That has been interesting.  That is still an ongoing saga... 

Eventually, I finished turning my thesis into a book and found a publishing company who was willing to print it, Scarecrow Press. It was released in June 2012.  For more information about my stories, please check out the "Short Stories" tab and the "Novels, Novellas, and Nonfiction" tab.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dream Me by Kathryn Berla - Blog Tour

Dream Me
Kathryn Berla
Published by: Amberjack Publishing
Publication date: July 11th 2017
Genres: Romance, Time-Travel, 
Young Adult

Zat is a dreamer from the distant future—a time when humans no longer dream and Earth is a desolate wasteland. He dreams of the beautiful Earth of the past, and a fiery-haired beauty named Babe. Against the wisdom of his peers, Zat decides to risk everything to travel back in time and live in Babe’s dreams…

Babe is the perpetual new girl in town. Her father’s job frequently moves the family around the country, and Babe just longs for a place to call home. As she settles into the sleepy town of Sugar Dunes, Florida, Babe begins to have strange dreams of a green-eyed boy named Zat. Night after night, Babe shows Zat her world. But the dreams come at the cost of nearly crippling migraines every morning. Babe’s life outside of her dreams pales in comparison to her growing love for Zat and their time spent together.

But the more time Babe and Zat spend together in her dreams, the more Babe’s pain increases, and Zat begins to question the reality of his existence. How can he live a life with Babe, when all they have is her dreams?

Can a dream become a reality?
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Dream Me is a futuristic young adult novel set in Sugar Dunes. It's in dual POV and part of the story is relayed via a blog. The present and future earth run in parallel. It's an interesting theory. 

Babe currently lives in California and with her dad being a golf pro, she is used to moving around. His next job is in Sugar Dunes and this is their next destination. Her father runs the golf club, her mother works in the golf shop and she works in the tennis club, until school resumes. 

Zat is in the future, where earth is no longer what it used to be. The inhabitants have had to adapt to the environment in more ways than one. It's dry and desolate. The inhabitants and the culture are completely different! His family left to find a better place but, he stayed behind as he wants to time travel to experience life on earth, in its current state. Besides, he has one specific goal in mind. A beautiful redhead! They call him a dreamer, but he is hopeful, as a pioneer has already been through this experience. The problem is that nobody is certain for the lack of feedback. 

After moving to Sugar Dunes, Babe starts having vivid dreams which always result in headaches. In these dreams, she meets Zat in different places and there is a sense of familiarity between them. She realises that her feelings are different from those she has for Perry, her boyfriend who is still in California. She breaks up with him, hoping that they can be friends. 

When she tells Zat about her headaches, he decides to take a step back as he feels responsible. These are brought on through his invasions of her dreams. He can't stay away for long and she doesn't feel right when he is not in her dreams. She lives for those dreams!

As they become closer to each other, Zat feels that he owes her the truth. He shows her his true self. He is literally out of this world. He thinks that she will change her mind after the revelation but, once she gets over the initial shock, she wants to continue as they are. She talks about it in her blog and to Mai, her best friend. Anyone else might think that she needs help. 

Her life during the day is like any other girl her age. She likes tennis and the job suits her, even though she is faced with some unpleasant encounters. Besides Mai, she is befriended by LeGrand who has his own family problems. They become the three musketeers and spend most of their free time together. 

I like the dual aspect of the story. The swift transitions between the ordinary and the exordinary make it more acceptable. Sugar Dunes is so vividly portrayed that I can actually picture the different locations. I also like the multiracial aspect and the differences between the rich and the poor. I would have liked to have learnt a bit more about future earth and Zat. It ends with a beautiful twist. One that leaves it open to interpretations. 

Although, a little confusing to begin with, once everything starts to make sense, it falls into place and becomes a rather interesting and intriguing story. 

I was kindly issued with an eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.

Author Bio

Kathryn Berla graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as an English major. She has lived in many different countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A Leopard at the Door - Jennifer McVeigh

Author                        Jennifer McVeigh 
Publication Date      13 July 2017 
Genre                          Historical Fiction 

Stepping off the boat in Mombasa, eighteen-year-old Rachel Fullsmith stands on Kenyan soil for the first time in six years. She has come home.

But when Rachel reaches the family farm at the end of the dusty Rift Valley Road, she finds so much has changed. Her beloved father has moved his new partner and her son into the family home. She hears menacing rumours of Mau Mau violence, and witnesses cruel reprisals by British soldiers. Even Michael, the handsome Kikuyu boy from her childhood, has started to look at her differently.

Isolated and conflicted, Rachel fears for her future. But when home is no longer a place of safety and belonging, where do you go, and who do you turn to?

This story is set in Kenya in the 1950s when it was a British Colony. The uprising of the Mau Mau, rebelling against the imposed regime is the focus of this sad and cruel story. 

Rachel lost her mother when she was eleven years old. She was sent back to England to stay with her grandparents and her education when she was twelve. She missed her beloved Kenya but, her father didn't encourage her to return. 

Rachel is now eighteen and makes her way back to her father's farm, her birth place. Robert, her father hasn't kept her informed of the developments in his life and she is surprised to find that he is living with Sara. She has a son and is very much the mistress of the house. Unlike Rachel's mother, she is a bigot and treats the natives with contempt and cruelty. She doesn’t like Rachel and her father goes along with her whims. He is no longer, the father she grew up with. 

Rachel no longer has a sense of belonging. The restrictions that Sara has imposed on the staff makes it even more difficult. She feels more at ease in Michael's company. He used to teach her when she was young and things were different as he was allowed to have an education. He now works as the mechanic and keeps his distance but, they gradually gain each other's trust. A forbidden relationship. Rachel starts having backflashes from her childhood and they will be the root of her downfall. 

The unrest has everyone on edge. The natives want to keep what is rightfully theirs, whilst the settlers want to keep what they have acquired. They live in comfort whilst the natives live in poverty and have to endure cruelty and humiliation. 

Most of the characters, including Michael have a dark side, although, his reasoning is more logical. Rachel is naive but, she is the most compassionate, just and strong character in the story. What happens to her towards the end is enough to bring tears to your eyes. 

The story is well researched and narrated. It reflects the atrocities from both sides of the conflict and the ones caught in the middle. The settlers' superior attitude and cruelty are horrific. The resulting massacres are barbaric. It's a distressing story which captures the colonisation of Kenya and the mass murders during that time. It's a part of history that is not widely broadcasted! 

I was kindly issued with an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion. 

Jennifer graduated from Oxford University in 2002 with a degree in English Literature. She went on to work in film, television, radio and publishing, before leaving her day job to do an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She graduated in 2011.

​She has travelled in wilderness areas of East Africa and Southern Africa, often in off-road vehicles, driving and camping along the way. The Fever Tree and Leopard at the Door were inspired by those experiences.

​In 2014 The Fever Tree won the Epic Novel Category at the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Being Indie (A No Holds Barred Self Publishing Guide For Fiction Authors) Eeva Lancaster

Author                           Eeva Lancaster 
Publication Date         12 May 2017 
Genre                            Self Published Author Guide 


Save Money. Save Time. Learn how to produce and publish a book that sells.

To be a published author is an achievement few can brag about. 

But not all Indies are created equal. This book will give you the edge you need. 

If you're ready, get a copy and let's begin.











This book is really targeted towards Indie authors. Why am I reading it? Curiosity and knowledge gain! Although, I can't see myself being a fiction author anytime soon, if ever, I found this book to be very informative. There is also the sense of relief and admiration, knowing that this author genuinely puts her heart in this book to encourage her fellow authors succeed. Success is no guarantee but, knowing that the right steps have been taken, the satisfaction of publishing a decent book is a reward in itself. 

This book walks the authors through the whole process. From the manuscript to publishing. The difference between beta readers and suitable editors are highlighted as are the proofreaders. The advice on choosing the right covers and cost effectiveness is very detailed. It raises the awareness of prospective problems when choosing vanity publishers, who operate differently to traditional publishers. 

As a reader, I can identify to many of the problems that are highlighted. As the author puts it, "finishing the manuscript is not the end." Whilst it's rewarding to know that the main goal has been achieved, the rest of the process is just as important and can bring greater rewards. I must admit that on a few occasions, I have been quite disheartened with some of the shortfalls in certain books. Some of the reviews indicate that there are other readers who feel the same. 

In the author's words "Writing is an art form, but self publishing is a business." 

Most successful businesses have effective quality control processes in place, and these could be just as beneficial to authors. 

I found this book to be very straightforward with a no nonsense approach. The mapping process is easy to follow. I have certainly gained some good insight into the many hurdles that the authors have to go through, before getting to the publishing stage. It's educational, rewarding and well worth reading.

I'm deeply involved in the Indie industry. Editing, Writing, Book and Cover Design, Marketing... I love helping authors publish high quality books. To be honest, I have no patience for those who don't even try.

See, I love to read. The first picture of me holding a book, I was in the crib! So, sloppy books offend me on a personal level. To me, it's no different than being served spoiled food in a restaurant. You go there with high expectations because of the hyped-up marketing, and then leave, disappointed, never to come back.

I offer so many services for self published authors that I've decided to call myself The Book Khaleesi. It's shorter... and I'm a Game of Thrones fan. The Mother of Books, The First of My Name... LOL. I think it's cool, don't you? Cocky, but cool. It fits.

I started out as a blogger and freelance writer. Used to be a suit before I left my day job to freelance full time... and now, I spend my time with authors and their books. If I'm lucky, I get enough time to write my own.

On Self-Publishing:

I own the The Book Khaleesi - where I offer professional and kick-ass services at affordable rates. All for the love of books. Being an avid reader, I get a buzz out of knowing that a book has been given all the pampering it needs before it's released. So, if you need some help with your book, just holler. You can inquire via email at

On Writing:

Writing, to me, is an opportunity to talk about the important things. I have a tendency to write about topics that people are uncomfortable discussing in public, ummm even in private. I like naming the elephant in the room. People may not like the truth, but that's just the way it is. It won't change unless you do something different, and not unless you look at it straight in the face and say, "Hey, I know you."

I write about stuff like that. Not to whine and gripe or lecture, but to drop crumbs on the trail. If it helps someone find their way, if it makes a difference to just one life, it'll all be worth it.

I love the written word. They're like pearls of wisdom, passed on from person to person. Secrets  and stories handed down so the stories live on, rebelling against the indifference of time. Imprints of people and lives immortalized forever.


I'm happily married to my dream man. Love him to death. I have a dog named Kali who keeps me company while I work, and 3 Red Eared Sliders, Mona, Rafa, and Donna.

Love the ocean, snorkeling, reading, TV series marathons, movies and traveling. Although I'd be perfectly happy just staying at home and reading a book. Oh, and I've acquired a new hobby... gardening. Those who know me would find that hard to believe.

I hate crappy books and hypocrites. And know-it-alls who don't really know anything. I stay away from whiners and negative people.

I'm a doer and a problem solver. My life is one big To-Do list. I'm good with processes and I love to share what I know, to those who are interested. I'm not a problem dweller, I'm a seeker of solutions. For so many years, I've assisted company presidents and CEOs who expected results, not whining. You can blame them for my lack of.... I don't know what to call it.

To me, we're alive for only 2 reasons. To Love and to Learn. Everything we do should align to those two purposes. If they don't, that's ok, we're allowed to be silly sometimes. But our focus should be those two.

I'm a work in progress. I don't know everything, and maybe I will never unlock all the secrets of life. But you can bet I'll look into everything, and share with you what I learn.

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You Only Live Once by Lakesha Poole - Cover Reveal

You Only Live Once
Lakeshia Poole
Publication date: August 22nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Transferring to Aurbor Grove University was a big mistake. Karma Juarez knows this for sure. Unbeknownst to her sister, their ‘girls night out’ to the grand opening of a new lounge is her personal farewell to the college. She can’t wait to get away, but a walk down the wrong alley at the wrong time draws her into the middle of a dangerous street feud that almost costs her life. Now, she can’t shake the traumatic night — or the man who saved her — from her mind and heart.

Ezekiel “Zeke” Oliver abandoned his religious upbringing for riches years ago. Then, a close encounter with death leaves him wondering: is redemption still possible? After a chance cell phone recording catapults him into a viral video sensation, Zeke attracts good and bad attention. While he’s set to capitalize on the moment and start a new chapter, enemies from his past plot to destroy everything he loves – his family, his woman…his life.

You Only Live Once is the third book in The Village Series.

Author Bio

I'm a storyteller and am very passionate about sharing my writing and journey with others. Born and raised in Georgia, I am a proud alumna of The University of Georgia. I graduated with degrees in Public Relations and Sociology and had my share of fun times and hard lessons learned. The life-changing experiences inspired me to write The Village Series (Don't Let Me Fall and Exes and Os). I believe in keeping life POSITIVE and PURPOSE-DRIVEN-that's why I smile so much :). Between my super old-school Mama, quirky Maltese-mutt JoJo Dancer and smart-mouth nephew "Peanut," life is always an inspiration for my next story.

Get a behind-the-scenes peek at The Village Series and read my blog about faith, fiction, family and fab finds: Follow me on Twitter @JustLakeshia and


Withhold (#9 Mosaic Chronicles) Andrea Pearson - Book Blitz

Andrea Pearson
(Mosaic Chronicles, #9)
Publication date: July 18th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult

With the lives of everyone she holds dear at stake, will Nicole be able to do what it takes to stop the evil surrounding her?

In the ultimate battle between good and evil, Nicole is in a race to stop Keitus before he achieves his plans. If he succeeds, he will crush everyone who has opposed him and enslave Earth and countless other planets. Unfortunately, he is only minutes away from his goal.

With so much at stake, Nicole and her friends must approach Helen, a volatile and dangerous spirit who will probably destroy them regardless of whether she gives them what they want. And the chances of her helping them are slim.
Fast-paced and epic magical fights, exciting plot twists, and non-stop action and adventure await. So sit down, buckle up, and hold on for the explosive, much-anticipated conclusion to the award-winning and bestselling Mosaic Chronicles.



Nicole put her stuff down, not wanting anything to be in her hands when she picked up the disgusting book. She reached for it, but hesitated. Already, she could sense warmth coming from the leather cover, and she wasn’t even touching it. Its magical pulses were different from the other items—they seemed to drip off the book like sweat.

Nicole hesitated, but wasn’t sure why. It wasn’t as if something bad would happen, right? She took a deep breath and placed her hands on the book. It shivered under her touch and she cringed, pulling back. The sensation of warm leather made her flesh crawl, and she rubbed her hands and arms on her jeans, trying to get the feeling to go away.

Come on, Nicole. Don’t wimp out.

Without letting herself think about it, she picked up the book and lifted the cover.
A wind rushed over her, blowing her hair back, roaring in her ears. She caught a brief whiff of tobacco smoke before the surge of air reversed and sucked the breath out of her lungs, making her gasp.

The floor under her quaked. The book vibrated. The leather on the cover moved, muscles beneath it flexing. Nicole tried to drop the book, but couldn’t. She was unable to control her hands or fingers. They clenched so tightly, they ached. A shadow covered the pages of the book, preventing her from reading.

What was going on? She gasped again, trying to breathe against the strong wind. She felt someone touch her shoulder, but she couldn’t move. Her fingers still clung to the book. The shadow on the pages shifted, roiled, and turned toward her, the brief outline of a face visible. It watched her for several moments.

Nicole . . .

The voice was soft, deep. A strange yearning inside her made her want to read the book, to understand. To join the owner of the voice, though she didn’t know where or what he was.

The wind slowed to a gentle and familiar caress across her cheek. Familiar?

Then suddenly, it all stopped. The book fell from her hands and slammed itself shut. She backed away, her arms, legs—everything—shaking.

“What happened?” Professor Coolidge asked next to her, making her jump.

“I—I don’t know.” Nicole tried to smooth her hair, but her hands shook too much. She tucked them under her arms. “It said my name . . . and there was a shadow. In-inside it.”

Coolidge lifted the leather book. His mouth popped open in surprise. “You’ve activated a force within it—something alive.” He looked at her, fear and worry on his face. 

“How did you do that?”

Nicole shook her head. “I don’t know,” she repeated.

Professor Coolidge put the book back on the table. “I’m not sure what to say, other than the book is much more powerful than it used to be.” He peered at her, scrutinizing her. “And I’d love to know why it called to you, why you woke it up, when so many others have not.”

Author Bio

Andrea Pearson is an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast who plays several instruments, not including the banjo, and loves putting together musical arrangements. Her favorite sports are basketball and football, though several knee surgeries and incurably awful coordination prevent her from playing them.

Andrea graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders. She is the author of many full-length novels (the Kilenya Series and Mosaic Chronicles) and several novellas. Writing is the chocolate of her life - it is, in fact, the only thing she ever craves. Being with her family and close friends is where she's happiest, and she loves thunderstorms, the ocean, hiking, public speaking, painting, and traveling.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Perfectly Imperfect Match(#3 Suttonville Sentinels) Kendra C Highley - Blog Tour

The Perfectly Imperfect Match (Suttonville Sentinels #3)
by Kendra C. Highley
Publication Date:  July 10, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen Crush


Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he’s twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict “no girls” policy, so be it.

Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp…at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she’s a hot mess. Too bad he’s cute, because he’s so not her type.

Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan’s future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken…

Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.

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This story is about the time in life when adolescents try to map out the future. Some can be fixated on the one goal and, not easily dissuaded. After all, they know best! What do the parents know? Have they ever had to make these decisions? 

Dylan is the pitcher of the Suttonville Sentinels baseball team, trying to work his way up the ladder. He is focused on this sole mission. No girls. No distractions. Keep fit. Eat healthy and practice. College is the last thing on his agenda. It doesn't matter if he makes it to the top. 

Lucy has a passion for needlepoint. Something, she learnt from a very young age and she intends to make a successful business out of it. She has already started her own venture, advertising her unique pieces, on line. In between her mother's needlework shop, her studies and her own needlework projects, she helps her best friend with her chickens. With her father being away, she has taken on the role of looking after her younger brother, Otis. She is spontaneous in her actions, some of which are a little unusual! 

When Lucy takes her brother to the baseball camp, he blames her for his tardiness. With good reasons! Dylan, being his coach isn't impressed and thinks that she is a little scatty, but cute. She thinks that he is cute too but, she doesn't like A type athletes! Best to be avoided. Then, they meet again when on separate outings and, in this instance cannot ignore each other. They rub each other the wrong way and then end up in an unexpected hot kiss. Right! It's time to run. 

Lucy is faced with a family crisis and Dylan finds himself volunteering to look after Otis. This leads to yet another encounter and there is definitely a pull there. Dylan is stubborn and is adamant about his future plans but, Lucy wants to explore what this thing between them might be. It starts off swimmingly, then something goes drastically wrong when Dylan's plan hits a brickwall. His frustration and anger are targeted towards Lucy. Is this the end or can he make amends? 

This is an easy to read fun story. I wasn’t overly keen on Otis' attitude but, the twist at the end is quite refreshing. Dylan is stubborn but lovable, patient and understanding. Quite the hero. Lucy is fun, caring and dedicated to what she believes in. The family dynamics are real. It's a good, light summer read for those of all ages. 

I was kindly issued with an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley. The views expressed are my personal opinion.

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Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.