31 March 2021

Broken Road by Angela Kay Austin

 

 


Women’s Fiction, Romance

Date Published: March 31, 2021

Publisher: Bluff City Publishing



To Be Forgiven, You Must Forgive Yourself

Abandoned by her husband, Elizabeth Marie Mitchell, a single mother with a teenage daughter, had no choice but to endure. She had to survive for both herself and her daughter.

What happens when someone you trusted hurts your daughter, and you are at fault?

Charles Mitchell ignored his heart and his responsibilities as a man, a father and a husband. Now, he has lost everything that matters. He wasn't there when they needed him, but he'll never fail them again.

What happens when you have the chance to be the man you were born to be, the man you know you can be?

What will Elizabeth and Charles do for the love of their daughter?



About The Author

Angela Kay Austin has always loved expressing herself creatively. An infatuation with music led to years playing several instruments, some better than others. A love for acting put her in front of a camera or two for her thirty seconds of fame before giving way to a degree and career in communications. After completing a second degree in marketing, Angela found herself combining her love for all things creative and worked in promotions and events for many years.

Today, Angela lives in London where she continues to write and explore!

To learn more about Angela, visit her website: angelakayaustin.com/. Don't forget to visit Angela's YouTube channel: youtube.com/AngelaKayAustin!

Also, download Angela's podcast, Live Free, today from wherever you download your podcasts!


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30 March 2021

The Crawfords Series by Sophie Barnes

 

 


A Regency Romance Collection

Historical Regency Romance, Historical Romance, Regency Romance

Release Date: March 30, 2021



Allow yourself to be swept away to a bygone era…


No Ordinary Duke

Returning to England after ten years abroad, Caleb Crawford learns he's the new Duke of Camberly. Only he doesn't want the title. He'd rather help three spinsters fix a leaky roof. Disguised as a laborer, he falls for Mary and she returns his affection. Until she learns that he's more than he seems and that she's in danger of getting hurt.


More than a Rogue

With a broken engagement behind her, Emily Howard knows she's destined to be a spinster. Nevertheless, it might still be nice to learn about kissing. But when she's discovered in the arms of Griffin Crawford, she flees to save not only him but her very own heart. Because in her experience, dreams don't come true. Do they?


Her Seafaring Scoundrel

Lady Cassandra has no desire to marry. But when Captain Devlin Crawford brings scandal to her doorstep and offers salvation, she cannot say no. Not with her daughter’s future at stake. So she decides to accept Devlin’s offer, provided he agrees to never be intimate with her. For although Cassandra is drawn to Devlin, she refuses to dishonor the memory of her one true love.


If you love independent heroines and heroes willing to go to the ends of the earth for them, you'll love this series!



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Born in Denmark, USA TODAY bestselling author Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.


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29 March 2021

Firefanged by Rory Surtain

 

 


Demon in Exile, Book One

Fantasy, Action Fantasy

Published: October 2020



A demon in Exile. It wasn’t a gift. It was a message.

Colivar is a Kingdom plagued by seemingly random incursions from the Infernal Domain. For centuries, the Order of the Vigil has fought to stem the tide and preserve the Realm, but politics and uncivil wars have depleted their ranks. For reasons unknown, the High Prince of Hell has decided to lend them a hand in the form of a demon in exile.

In the frontier city of Lockrun, a teenager named Ara encounters a demonic assassin and somehow survives, while on the northern horizon the black cloud of another Horde blows in his city’s direction. Ara soon realizes the extent of the threat and must come to grips with a mysterious dark soul that shares his fight from within.

The Demon in Exile Series offers a witty blend of pain-filled action and twisted drama in a series where the characters are as strong as they are flawed and striving to keep their own fragile humanity intact.


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The Scarred Man

Demon in Exile, Two

My district. My city. Murderhall.

The second book of the series brings us into the urban, fantasy setting of Maidenhall, where Ara Storm confronts the dark forces hidden beneath the surface of the Realm’s Capital City and within himself.

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Sorrow's Twin

Demon in Exile, Three

Sometimes, everything goes according to plan. I dread those moments.

In the third book of the genre-bending Demon in Exile series, deep in the jungles on the Realm’s eastern border, a Vigil Campaign becomes more deadly than anyone imagined. Struggling to control his inner madness, a demon-slayer finds himself in the worst of all possible positions as he confronts a clan of heretics and their demonic overlords.

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Wind Catcher

Demon in Exile, Four

Coming April 5, 2021

Don't confuse insanity for intent.

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Black Fortune

Demon in Exile, Book Five

Coming June 2021

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Gray Prince

Demon in Exile,Book Six

Coming December 2021

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The Devil and Koki-Ten

Demon in Exile, Book Seven

Coming in 2022


Storm Sister

Demon in Exile, Book 7 1/2

Coming in 2022

Vigil Storm

Demon in Exile, Book Eight

Coming in 2023


About the Author

Rory Surtain, a 2020 debut author and novelist, resides on the South Coast of the USA, dodging hurricanes, airports, and alpha-personality domestic cats. After a few decades of being creative in the technical and corporate worlds, freedom has taken the form of fitness, Irish whiskey, and full-time writing and self-publishing.

The Demon in Exile series of Fantasy Fiction novels will consist of at least 8 books (there are more clawing their way to life in the author's head) to be released beginning in October of 2020 via Amazon and eventually other outlets. Fans of urban fantasy, vampire/werewolf fantasy, or military fantasy and strong, yet flawed characters will enjoy this genre-bending series.


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13 March 2021

The Long Road Home by Sapna Bhog

 


Losing the boy she loved nearly destroyed MEHAK KHANNA. But letting him in a second time can be more dangerous for her. Rishi Sehgal has left a steady stream of broken hearts in his wake and if Mehak is not careful then she may just end up becoming the next victim of his dashing charisma. But Rishi is everywhere with his charm, his wit, and that devastating smile. Now Mehak has to fight a daily battle to not fall for him again.
RISHI SEHGAL has never forgotten Mehak, the girl who broke his heart when he was very young. Thanks to her, he has his rules—no relationships, no staying the night, and no promises. But all his hard rules fly right out of the window when Mehak returns into his life. Now Rishi has to decide if he can open his heart to Mehak a second time. 
Some things, however, are written in the stars and sometimes you have to move beyond the past and choose to believe in love.
However, what destroyed their relationship the first time will once again test their love. Will they survive a second test, especially with Mehak’s life on the line? Will Rishi and Mehak learn that true love is worth fighting for?
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Rishi kept his eyes on the road, all the while listening to Mehak talk to his dog. And Xan, as usual, was basking under her attention. He kept whining to be pet more and he dug his nose in her hand after she scratched him behind his ears. 
The damn dog was really spoilt.
Finally, Mehak swung around to face him.
“So where are we off to?” she asked. 
“There’s this lovely beach shack that serves the most amazing sea food. I think you’d like it. It’s far though, an hour’s ride at least.”
“Okay then.” Mehak scrambled to find the button to adjust her seat and pushed it behind to fold her legs into her lap. Her soft scent whispered in the air around them, playing havoc with his senses. 
“So, tell me something about you?” she asked, fidgeting with the music panel. He handed her his phone and she immediately went to his music app tapping on it.
“What do you want to know?” he asked, fixing his sunglasses on his nose.
“It’s been years. I’m sure a lot has changed with you.”
The music of One Republic’s latest album filled the car. He glanced at her for a moment. 
“Not everything has changed. But, ask whatever you want. I’ll answer as long as you answer the same question too. The deal is that we have to be absolutely honest.”
She nodded. “Let’s start with something simple. Tea or coffee?”
He made a face. “I think we went on enough coffee dates in the past for you to know the answer to that.”
“Coffee, then.” She smiled.
“Of course, black and no sugar. No change there. I suppose yours is the same awful milky, sugary concoction you used to have when we were younger?”
She smacked his arm. “Hey, it’s not awful.”
“It’s just an overdose of calories with no coffee flavor.”
He remembered all too well how she used to always have this sweet coffee and how he used to tease her about it. Truly some things didn’t change.
“Let’s agree to disagree,” Mehak declared, making a face at him. “Favorite city and why?”
“Florence. I love it. It’s so timeless. It has mesmerizing views, the Tuscan countryside is so beautiful and the food is just amazing. Yours?”
“Istanbul.”
Rishi raised a brow. “Really?”
“Yeah. We went there for my stepfather’s birthday many years ago. It has this vibe of old tradition mixed with new. I can’t tell you how amazing it is. You have to see it to believe it.”
“Wow. I’ll put that on my bucket list.”
 “You must,” Mehak said. “Favorite food?”
“Pizza, cold, straight from the fridge.”
Her gaze snapped to him. “Are you serious? Because that’s gross.”
Rishi laughed at her horrified expression. “No, it isn’t. You ought to try it sometime.”
“Ugh, no. I’ll pass. Mine’s seafood by the way.”
“I know. I remember.”
“You remember?” She gasped.
“Yeah, I remember everything about you. That’s why I chose this restaurant. It serves amazing sea food.”
After several seconds, he sneaked a peek at her and found her watching him silently. 
“You’ve gone awfully quiet,” he said.
“Um, yeah,” she shook her head, “Anyway, favorite…”
“No, my turn. Tattoo?”
She shuddered. “None! I’m scared of needles. You?”
“Yes, one.”
“Really?” She clutched his arm, turning it this way and that. “Where? Show me.”
When she leaned forward to touch his other arm, he moved it away from her. “Stop looking for it. It’s nowhere visible.”
When he glanced at her, she wriggled her eyebrows. “Where? Tell me.”
He flicked her ear hoop with a finger. “Look at you, so curious. You’ll get to see it, if you’re lucky.”
She rolled her eyes. “Yeah, yeah. Big words.”


About the Author:
Sapna Bhog is an author from India who writes contemporary and historical romance novels. As a self-proclaimed die-hard romantic, her books are filled with swoon-worthy heroes and feisty heroines who clash all the time, but do get their happy ever after. Sapna has always surrounded herself with books and when she is not writing she is reading. Originally from Dubai, she now lives in Western India with her husband, kids and a Siberian Husky. Sapna gave up a successful IT career and took a foray into writing and has never looked back since. Her favourite pastimes are reading, writing, traveling and shopping—not necessarily in that order. She loves to hear from readers. So do give her a shout on


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12 March 2021

Sniper by George A Bernstein

 

 


A Detective Al Warner Novel

Suspense, Thriller

Published: October 2020

Publisher: Gnd Publishing



A deadly sniper is killing people in groups of three. Miami Detective Al Warner hates senseless murder, but the second set of targets provides several possible motives. One victim is brain dead but alive, reliant on life support. The FBI ID’s the shooter as The Shadow, an elusive, nameless contract killer they’ve hunted for two decades.

Charles Seagrave and his lover, Kim, are on a desperate search for a rare blood type liver donor for his nephew, Hunter, who only has months to live. The Shadow’s brain-dead victim is a possible candidate, but his mother won’t accept her son will never recover.

The Shadow drops more victims, another coincidentally a donor match for Hunter. Warner doesn’t trust happenstance and a secondary investigation opens a door into a deadly black market organ ring. As the detective races to uncover the illegal labs and stem those patient deaths, he learns Seagrave is dogging the Shadow’s victims’ families in hopes of a private donation.

A chance connection finally leads Warner to the assassin. In a shocking twist of exposed identities and astounding revelations, The Shadow escapes. Has Warner finally met his match? The fight to save Hunter and Warner’s mission to apprehend The Shadow results in a battle that may prove deadly for all.



Excerpt

The time had come for people to begin dying.

I cracked open the door and my eyes swept the roof. Deserted. No surprise, considering the already intensified South Florida morning sun, as it arced above the distant palm trees. Mirrored sunglasses donned, I tugged the brim of a Marlins ball cap down to shade my eyes from the glare.

There, I spied what was needed near the eastern parapet . . . a three-foot-high steel mechanical box. Perfect. It offered a clear view of Bayfront Park, just across Biscayne Boulevard. I crouched and hurried across the roof’s black-tarred surface, my backpack and an oversized guitar case slung over my shoulder.

Shrugging off both, I removed a bedroll and spread it across the green top of the metal case. Latex gloves ensured I’d leave no prints or DNA. I flipped open the case and removed the pieces, taking less than a minute to assemble the rifle. A moment later, sprawled atop the flannel blanket and facing east, I loaded a 12.7mm round into the weapon’s breach, jacked four more into the magazine, and snapped it in place. More fire power than needed.

I arched my neck and took a quick preview of the landscape, then shed the gloves and pocketed them. A compact wind gauge set on the coping gave me direction and speed of the currently mild breeze.

I settled the weapon’s bipod on the metal surface. A gentle exhale quieted my heart before making preliminary adjustments to the telescopic sight. Right eye against the scope, I tweaked the focus and began a scan of the area.

There, the bus stop at NE 1st Street; and to the right, a path exiting the park. With a minor correction to the Leupold 5x25 scope, I swept the grounds, spotting the famous headless torso sculpture bordering the winding path.

Three joggers bobbed along the paths: a fit, thirty-ish woman coming toward me, a paunchy guy in his 50’s heading away, and a young jock—probably mid-twenties—on a crosswalk. Two kneeling Latino gardeners planted spring annuals along the trail. Drifting left out along Biscayne Boulevard, I located morning foot traffic striding along the walk, all apparent business-types on their way to offices in Miami’s financial district—a myriad of opportunities.

I sighed again, spread my legs a bit wider, and steadied my base as I fitted the butt of the TAC-50 snug against my shoulder. My clenched jaw required a wiggle to relieve tension as I sucked in a measured breath. This begins the first act, spawned from hours of scouting, detailed research, and the endless target practice at a remote ’Glades savannah: something very different from my usual contracts and using a new tool I’d come to love.

Now to initiate a reign of terror that will obscure my real motive. While I wasn’t the first at this scenario, mine was certainly the cleverest. No time for qualms, because as they say, the end justifies the means.

Been there, done that before, but this was the first time it was personal. Innocents sometimes perished to achieve a greater goal, but never before at my hand. That was about to change.

Starting now.

Who first? Ahh, the woman, just about to exit the park. I steadied her rhythmically loping body in the telescopic sight. Eleven hundred meters—an easy shot to baptize my deadly, new McMillan sniper rifle, acquired on the dark web. A soft breath eased from my lungs, and my lips tightened with resolve as I smoothly squeezed the trigger.

The sound-suppressed rifle emitted a quiet, high-pitched pop. The woman’s blond hair billowed out in a red-stained cloud, tossing her peaked cap away as the huge slug caught her left temple while in mid-stride. The impact slammed her to the ground as the exit wound blew half of her face away.

I blinked to moisten my eye and swung the scoped rifle left toward Biscayne Boulevard, searching for my next target. There, a guy hurrying along the walk, briefcase in hand, unaware of the mayhem just occurring behind him. I made a minor sight adjustment, exhaled, and squeezed off the next shot, catching him squarely between the shoulder blades. The big slug drove him across the walk, flattening him face down along the grassy border. Red spatter peppered the path in front of him. There was a loud yelp and a third victim, fifty-feet in front, tumbled over, clutching his shoulder.

I grunted and then pivoted my attention back to the park.

Hmm. Two with one shot. Unexpected consequences, but of little concern at the moment. One of the gardeners straightened by the flower bed. A hand shaded his eyes as he searched for the source of the sudden ruckus.

The rifle emitted a soft burp and my third shot pitched the kneeling man backward, arms flung wide, as he took the round on the breastbone.

No pause required to examine the results. I knew all three shots had been instantly fatal. The fourth, unplanned victim must have caught a ricochet of the super-sonic slug as it blew through my victim and bounced off the concrete walkway. Just some collateral damage. There’ll be a lot more of that soon enough.

I slipped off the steel box and pulled the rifle and bedroll down. Scampering around in a squat, I collected and pocketed the three still-hot spent casings and snatched up my backpack and guitar case. Duck-walking away from the tile-topped parapet of the tall office building, I reached the exit door. I hunkered in the shadows and folded the rifle’s bipod, removed the detachable scope and stock, and replaced them in my customized guitar case. Glancing up, I wondered if someone in the nearby taller apartment buildings noticed my activity. Speed now was essential.

I shrugged on the backpack with the bedroll already fastened on top. With the cased weapon slung over a shoulder, I hurried through the door toward the staircase. It would be a long trip down on foot, but no problem for someone aerobically fit as me. The stairs were an extra precaution, because a homeless musician might be remembered if spotted riding the elevator.

Reaching the ground floor, I eased open the door and searched the building’s lobby.

Empty.

Any possible onlookers would see an innocuous street guy taking a shortcut across the marble-floored foyer, headed for a rear door that exited to the parking lot. Hurrying between rows of cars and past the next building on NE 3rd Avenue, I strode north toward my beige Honda CRV. It sat at the curb with eight minutes still on the meter. My backpack and gun case found the floor in front of the back seat. A moment later, I slipped into the driver’s side, started the engine, and hustled north on NW 2nd Avenue, heading for Interstate 395.

It had begun.

The first move of many to come—Miami about to become the center of panic again, and it would stay that way until the completion of this mission.

Speculation would abound about my motive, but I doubted anyone would come close to my real goal. Even the famed Detective Al Warner was unlikely to make this connection.

I sighed. Time is in short supply, but I have to get it done. No excuses. The next round of kills will be the one that counts, but I can’t stop there if I’m to continue misdirecting the cops. This is different from anything I’ve ever done for hire.

I contemplated my next move as I sped north, now on I-95. After things cooled for a few days, I’d head for Hollywood in south Broward County. Its main library was one I’d not yet visited. I took obsessive care not to leave any pattern or Internet trail for some clever detective to discover.

A blond wig and a pair of uncorrected tortoise-shell glasses were in a small bag on the passenger seat. Every library required the use of a different disguise.

Once this is over, life should return to my new normal. Had it only been six months? I shook my head and breathed another sigh.

Such unreasonable schedule restrictions. I grunted. Careful planning and sharp execution would triumph, as always. I’ve been on a tight wire more than once. Anyone getting in the way would not make it out alive.

They never did.


About The Author

George A. Bernstein, now living in south Florida, is the retired President of a modest, publicly held appliance manufacturer. He spent years attending writing seminars and conferences, learning to polish his work and developing a strong “voice.” George is acclaimed by his peers as a superb wordsmith and a crafter of surprise endings no one expects. He works with professional editors to ensure his novels meet his own rigorous standards, and all of his books are currently published by small indie press, GnD Publishing LLC, in which he has an interest.

"Sniper" is the fifth of his Detective Al Warner Suspense series, with the first four; "Death’s Angel;" "Born to Die;" "The Prom Dress Killer;" and "White Death" all garnering rave reviews. His Detective Al Warner has attracted many fans, with readers likening Warner to James Patterson’s Alex Cross.

Bernstein’s first novel, "Trapped," was a winner in a small Indie publisher’s “Next Great American Novel” contest, and received high praise, gaining many mostly 5-star reviews, reaching “Top 100” status. His second novel, "A 3rd Time to Die" (A paranormal Romantic Suspense) has also garnered mostly 5-Star & 4-Star reviews, with one reader likening him to the best, less “spooky” works of Dean Koontz & Stephen King.

Bernstein is also a “World-class” fly-fisherman, setting a baker’s dozen IGFA World Records, mostly on fly-rods. He’s written the popular "Toothy Critters Love Flies", the complete book on fly-fishing for pike & musky.


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11 March 2021

A Change of Scenery by Davalynn Spencer

 

 


The Canon City Chronicles, Book 4

Sweet Historical Western Romance

Published: February 2021

Publisher: Wilson Creek Publishing



A hidden fear.

A daring challenge.

A liberating love.

A motorcar accident on a rainy Chicago night steals Ella Canaday’s fiancĂ© as well as her ability to ride. Clinging to the remnants of her independence, she cuts her hair and her ties with her wealthy father and takes a train west as the seamstress with a moving-picture company. Colorado offers the change of scenery she needs. But she doesn’t expect the bold cowboy who challenges her to reclaim both the loves she thought she’d lost forever.

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Davalynn Spencer is a Publisher’s Weekly and ECPA bestselling author and winner of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction. She is the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters and the author of sixteen titles, both contemporary and historical. She blogs monthly for Christian Authors Network, contributes to the American Christian Fiction Writers blog, and writes her own weekly inspirational blog. She teaches writing workshops when not wrangling Keeper the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. Connect with her at https://www.davalynnspencer.com


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10 March 2021

The Gift from Little Raccoon by Carolyn Watson Dubisch

 

 


Children’s Book

Date Published: January 19, 2021

Publisher: Abigail Books



Little Raccoon’s friend, the girl, isn’t coming outside anymore, and the humans have vanished from the streets. What can he do for her? Will they be ok?



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Little Raccoon, what are you doing?”

I’m looking for a present for the girl, Mama. She’s sad.”

Why is she sad?”

Because she can’t come outside.

Mr Crow says the humans are sick and they must stay inside away from each other.”

“…But she comes outside.”

Yes, to bring us food, but she’s taking a risk.”


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Carolyn Watson Dubisch is the author/illustrator of ten children's books and just the illustrator on four children's books with various authors. She also writes and illustrates comics for kids that have won numerous awards. Some of her comic book series include "The Horribles" and "The Dragon in The Closet".

Her two latest books include,”Fireflies” an engaging middle grade fantasy story with a surprising and magical twist ending, and “The Gift From Little Raccoon, A Pandemic Tale”, a touching picture book for ages 0-4 about caring for your friends in times of trouble.

She currently lives in a house by the beach in Mazatlán, Mexico with her husband, world-famous fantasy artist, Mike Dubisch, and her three daughters who are continuing their studies online due to the COVID19 pandemic. She also has a very old dog and four Mexican street cats who make life interesting every day.


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09 March 2021

The Problem at Wisteria Gardens by Pamela McCord

 

 


A Pekin Dewlap Mystery

Middle Grade Mystery

Date Published: 3/9/21

Publisher: Acorn Publishing



The ghost haunting Wisteria Gardens Antiques appears to be a charming and loving mother who can’t stand the thought of being separated from her son.

But appearances can be deceiving.

The Ghosties are moved by her expression of devotion, until they discover the truth. Her attachment to the real world has nothing to do with love.

As the teen ghost hunters struggle with the case, Althea’s determination to stay threatens their very lives. Will Pekin, Scout, and Amber convince the ghost to move on before it's too late?


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Pam got a late start in writing, but has made up for it with several published novels and at least one more on the way. A serendipitous conversation with a writer friend launched her literary career, and the fact that she might never have had that particular conversation is enough to make her believe that fate played a hand in sending her down her best path. She’s lived in Southern California most of her life and is thankful to have a loving family and supportive friends. Spending time at home during the COVID pandemic has advanced both Pam's writing and her relationship with her My Cat From Hell TV star, Allie, who manages to exude just enough affection to make her scary feral ways tolerable.


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