I Won! I Won! I Won!
And to say I was shocked would be an understatement...
Recently, Debra Anastasia ran a giveaway to promote the last book in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood...there were 22k entries...and to my amazement, I was the winner of the BIG BASKET OF GOODIES!!! Debra was so sweet, she kept me posted as to when to expect the package (anticipation is part of the gift, you know!) and she was getting a bit frustrated because she was waiting on the last book to be in hand before she sent it.
Well, the box arrived today and I grinned all the way down my very long driveway from the mailbox.
The box was overloaded with GOODIES!!! All THREE BOOKS...all signed to me! And Crushed Seraphim, too! There were charms, bracelets, earrings, a ring, a CHAIN necklace, tattoos, a phone case with YARN (oh, Mouse...), and a postcard, signed!
But the things that actually brought tears to my eyes (why yes, I am a dork!) were the pink napkin roses and the two cardboard keyboard key chains. I hugged them close and sniffled.
Blake would have had a lot of smiles to count from me today...
Thank you, Debra...you are such a gem.
Now, go and check out these books. They are a ride you won't regret taking...
He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him-just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he's homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day. Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She's the same as a million other girls-certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe. When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation she steps into the fray to defend the homeless man. And she's surprised to discover an inexplicable connection with her new friend. After danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something in each of them. But it's not long before their bond must prove its strength. Entanglements from the past challenge both their love and their lives. Blake's heart beats for Livia's, even if her hands have to keep its rhythm. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails. Love never fails, right? In an interwoven tale of unlikely loves and relationships forged by fire, Debra Anastasia takes readers into the darkest corners of human existence, only to show them the radiant power of pure adoration and true sacrifice. Complicated families and confused souls find their way to light in this novel, which manages to be racy, profane, funny, and reverent all at once.
Beckett Taylor is a murderer. His calling, his craft are destruction and intimidation--whether he wants it that way now or not. He left Poughkeepsie to keep his brothers safe, to keep Eve safe. Set up with happy lives to live, they're better off without him, right? But all his willpower crumbles when he hears his brother Blake's frantic voice on the phone. An unknown enemy has moved in on his old territory, and Livia's been taken. In an instant, Beckett knows it will take an attack only he and Eve can execute to bring her back. All his self-imposed embargoes are torn to shreds, perhaps along with the new man he's struggled to become. "Brother, call Eve. I'll be there soon." In this emotional and action-packed sequel to Poughkeepsie, Debra Anastasia conjures a tale of love at its most raw and ragged. With Beckett and Eve, how could we expect anything less? But even when it's messy, not magical, true love perseveres. Real love finds a way--for better or worse until death does part.
Beckett Taylor's quest to be a better man has brought Eve Hartt back into his
life, but sometimes it feels like they're bound together with barbed
wire. Though he longs to love her without causing pain, the wreckage of
their past continues to crash down around them.
Yet with the help of this brothers--and for his brothers--Beckett won't stop trying.
He's determined to make them all a family, to make a life they want to
live, and to make Poughkeepsie a place that's safe to live it.
He can feel their futures balanced precariously on his shoulders: Blake
and Livia and their children, Cole and Kyle and the new baby they've
just brought home, and Eve...always Eve. He wants their dreams to be real.
But murderers don't just get Happily Ever After handed to them. They
have to wrench it away from Satan himself. Good thing Beckett is prepared to do just that.
After all, saving Poughkeepsie is the only way his story ends.
Prepare your heart and your head for a wild ride in this final installment of
the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series. Debra Anastasia does not disappoint
as she weaves the last chapter of a story that blends true love,
turbulent emotions, and life's harsh realities into an uplifting tale.
There are a lot of eyes in Debra Anastasia's house in Maryland. First, her own creepy peepers are there, staring at her computer screen. She's made two more sets of eyes with her body, and the kids they belong to are amazing. The poor husband is still looking at her after 17 years of marriage. At least he likes to laugh. Then the freaking dogs are looking at her--six eyeballs altogether, though the old dog is blind. And the cat watches her too, mostly while knocking stuff off the counter and doing that internal kitty laugh when Deb can't catch the items fast enough.
In between taking care of everything those eyes involve, Debra creates pretend people in her head and paints them on the giant, beautiful canvas of your imagination. What an amazing job that is. The stories hit her hard while driving the minivan or shaving her legs, especially when there's no paper and pen around. In all of the lies she writes hides her heart, so thank you for letting it play in your mind.
Debra has a smattering of books in a few genres. There are two in the Seraphim Series and three in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series with a prequel, Poughkeepsie Begins in the near future. Fire Down Below is the first in the comedic Gynzaule Series. The second, Fire in the Hole, will be published in late 2015. The Revenger, a dark paranormal romance will debut this summer. And last, a novella called Late Night with Andres is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!)
You can find her at DebraAnastasia.com and on Twitter@Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared...
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