The Dark Beneath The Ice Review

I love horror.

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Today’s review was an enjoyable read that I couldn’t put down. Let’s take a look at The Dark Beneath the Ice.


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (August 7, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492657077

 

Something is wrong with Marianne.

It’s not just that her parents have split up, or that life hasn’t been the same since she quit dancing. Or even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital.

She’s losing time. Doing things she would never do. And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close.

Something is after her. But a first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing’s rage. It demands Marianne give back what she stole. And Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it think it’s owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side.

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Tawney’s Review:

Sometimes a good horror book comes along that surprises you. The Dark Beneath the Ice was a great horror that was creeptastic.

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Marianne is haunted, that much is clear but it takes her a while to figure that out. She moves from home when her parents separate to live with her Aunt. This thing, entity wants to destroy everything in Marianne’s life.

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Marianne has anxiety, just like me, so it was nice to see her try to deal with that with therapy. But given that she is haunted her anxiety level goes to the extreme. I love that the book delves into that. I also love the supporting character Ron. She was exactly who Marianne needed in such a crisis.  Strong, faithful and caring. The connection between the two is on fire!

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The ghost story was unique and maybe that was why I liked it. I didn’t much care about Marianne’s parents drama but that was just more of a backstory to the haunting unfolding. And the haunting is scary with possession and moving objects. Things come together at the end where you are just as surpised to find actually why Marianne was haunted.

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Should you read it? Yes! A creeptastic horror book that had me turning every page and keeping the light on at night.

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Umbertouched Review

Today’s review is the sequel to Rosemarked.

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Let’s take a look at Umbertouched.


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  • Age Range: 12 – 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Rosemarked
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (November 6, 2018)

 

The mission was a failure. Even though Zivah and Dineas discovered a secret that could bring down the empire, their information is useless without proof. Now, with their cover blown and their quest abandoned, their only remaining hope is to get home before Ampara brings the full might of its armies against their peoples.

As Shidadi and Dara alike prepare for war, Zivah and Dineas grapple with the toll of their time in the capital. After fighting alongside the Amparans against his own kin, can Dineas convince the Shidadi—and himself—where his loyalties lie? After betraying her healer’s vows in Sehmar City, can Zivah find a way to redeem herself—especially when the Dara ask her to do the unthinkable? And after reluctantly falling in love, what will the two do with their lingering feelings, now that the Dineas from Sehmar City is gone forever? Time is running out for all of them, but especially Zivah whose plague symptoms surface once again. Now, she must decide how she’ll define the life she has left.

Together, healer and warrior must find the courage to save their people, expose the truth, and face the devastating consequences headed their way.

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Tawney’s Review: It was good to return to Blackburne’s world with Zivah and Dineas. Rosemarked was a great fantasy book so I looked forward to the sequel Umbetouched.

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The book felt a bit rushed as it is a duology and nothing really seemed to wrap up nicely but I did enjoy going back into Blackburne’s world. Seeing the characters again and finding out their fates kept each page turning. Though Zivah and Dineas quest failed in the last book we get to see them try and prevent a war, which made for some anxiety! I liked how Blackburne showed the impact of such a war and the outcome to those affected by it. Whether they were enemies or friends.

(Spoiler) The end was so sad and wonderful at the same time. I’m glad Blackburne didn’t change Zivah’s path with her disease. You knew what was coming but it still was sorrowful.

Should you read it? Yes! A fun duology.

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Like Never And Always Spotlight and Giveaway!

Today we’re spotlighting a new creeptastic book Like Never and Always! After checking out the book enter the giveaway.

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LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS Blog Tour Assets

About the Book:

Title: LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS

Author: Ann Aguirre

Pub. Date: July 17, 2018

Publisher: Tor Teen

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 336

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On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever.

Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s.

Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request.


 

About Ann:

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.

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Giveaway Details:

 

3 winners will win a finished copy of LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/2/2018- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

7/3/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

7/4/2018- YA Books Central Interview

7/5/2018- Literary Meanderings– Interview

7/6/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

Week Two:

7/9/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

7/10/2018- Twinning for Books– Review

7/11/2018- Parajunkee– Excerpt

7/12/2018- Wonder Struck– Review

7/13/2018- Christen Krumm Interview

Week Three:

7/16/2018- Jena Brown Writes– Excerpt

7/17/2018- Novel Novice– Guest Post

7/18/2018- Hauntedbybooks– Review

7/19/2018- Book Dragon Lair– Review

7/20/2018- Eli to the nth– Review

Week Four:

7/23/2018- Under the Book Cover– Review

7/24/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader Review

7/25/2018- Moonlight Rendezvous– Review

7/26/2018- Simply Daniel Radcliffe– Review

7/27/2018- Two points of interest– Review

Week Five:

7/30/2018- For the Love of KidLit Interview

7/31/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Excerpt

Outrun The Wind Review

I love LOVE Greek Mythology!

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Let’s take a look at Outrun The Wind!


 

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (November 27, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1635830265

 

The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta.

To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia— where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’ second rule.

She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors willing to tempt fate to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly.

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Tawney’s Review

I love Greek mythology. I just finished The Song of Achilles and Circe by Madeline Miller and was just itching for more! Out Run the Wind came just at the right opportune time.

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Tammi did a wonderful job at bringing Artemis’s Huntresses to life with vivid description and characters you can connect with. Kahina kept to herself and seemed distant and cold until the day she saved Atalanta and opened up. She’s strong and brave and is willing to do anything not just for Artemis, but Atalanta. And those two’s relationship is epic! It was slow and wasn’t too heavily drawn on in the plot, which made it so cute. I loved the fact that the POV was both girls and we got to be in their heads on what they were thinking, especially about each other.

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The only problem I had with the book was that I wanted more Ancient Greece. More setting and description. Given that the reader knows its set at this time, I would have preferred to see more of the descriptions of the cities and surrounding areas on Kahina’s adventure. Of the culture and mythology.

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Should you read it? Over all it was a great read and if you love Madeline Miller’s book this book could be for you!

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I’ve received the arc from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Believe Me Review

Today’s review is a psychological thrill ride.

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Let’s take a look at Believe Me.


 

  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 24, 2018)
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2018
  • Sold by: Random House LLC

 A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Then she gets both. But nothing like she expected.

Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions.

The rules? Never hit on the mark directly. Make it clear you’re available, but he has to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not coercion. The innocent have nothing to hide.

Then the game changes.

When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.

Claire can do this. She’s brilliant at assuming a voice and an identity. For a woman who’s mastered the art of manipulation, how difficult could it be to tempt a killer into a trap?

But who is the decoy . . . and who is the prey?

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Tawney’s Review: I love thrillers and the twist and turns that come with it. Believe Me was no exception.

Claire’s voice connects with the reader through her grim reality of wanting to be an actress, but due to unfortunate past circumstances that dream is ripped away from her. She needs money so she uses her acting talents for desperate wives to catch their cheating husbands.

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When one of those wives is murdered it’s up to Claire to bring the killer out. I was quickly ensnared by Claire and her acting abilities. She has to lure the killer of one of her former clients out, but to do that she must dive into his reality and lie. And that was just it, who was acting and who was telling the truth in this book?

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This book was a different type of psychological thriller. Clever with a twisty plot. The dialogue read like a movie script and I really found that interesting and unique. As Claire is embroiled deeper in her undercover lie, you turn each page to find out what happens next. It was a real fun dark twisted ride.

Should you read it? Yes, a great thriller that reads like a movie, taking you on a wild ride with twist and turns on every page.

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Thank you Netgalley and Random House for this book in exchange for my honest review

The Deep Dark Blue: A Memoir of Survival Review

Today’s book review comes at a powerful time for women who are speaking up against their abusers.

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Let’s take a look at Deep Dark Blue: A Memoir of Survival.


  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (May 1, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250128528

I want to be in the Air Force someday.

These are the words Polo Tate engraved on her junior dog tags at age eleven. It was an unpopular dream for most young girls, but her hard work paid off and at age eighteen, Polo started basic training at the United States Air Force Academy.

She does everything right, from academics to athletics. But no one prepared her for what came next: physical, sexual, and emotional abuse at the hands of her superiors. Harassment from peers who refused to believe her story.

Deep Dark Blue is more than a memoir about sexual assault. It’s about breaking boundaries but also setting them. It’s about learning to trust your instincts. It’s a story of survival, resilience, and finally, finding your joy.

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Tawney’s Review:   This book is the true definition of strength and courage. As Polo shares her memoir every depth of her emotions and vivid details of her experience throughout her time at the Academy is felt by the reader.

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You connect with Polo as she becomes vulnerable sharing her hopes, fears and the tragic bullying and assaults against her. It’s real and raw, drawing you page after page. It’s an eye opening book on a world not many people know about.

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The writing flows and the pace is swift. Polo’s description is vivid and rips at your heart. You feel for her and demand justice. Through it all Polo shows courage to heal. It’s a great book to have teens read and parents discuss sexual assault, because it can happen anywhere.

Should you read this book? Yes, a book that all ages should read about survival and the meaning of making a positive change.

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About the author:

 

Polo Tate is an actor and performer at places such as the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Broadway Comedy Club, Reckless, and the PIT. Deep Dark Blue is her debut memoir. She lives in New York City.

 

Between the Sea and the Stars Release Day Blitz

I am so excited that BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS by Chantal Gadoury is available now and that I get to share the news!

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

This blitz also includes a pre-order giveaway courtesy of Chantal. So if you’d like a chance to win, check out the giveaway info below.

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About The Book:

 

Title: BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS

Author: Chantal Gadoury

Pub. Date: June 19, 2018

Publisher: The Parliament House

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooks

A Legend,

A Magical Shell

A Girl Who Dreamed Of Something More…

Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability to control both land and sea.

When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the shore with no choice but to swim to land.

With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner.

Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?


 

Excerpt:

“Tell me the legend of the Skagerrak queen.”

Javelin lifted a brow. “It’s hardly a legend, Lena,” he said. “It’s barely been a decade.” His voice was easy, unbothered by the possibility of being overheard. They were alone in this place. There was no need to whisper or scold or shush. Still, he groaned. “I’ve told that one a thousand times. You should know it by heart. Aren’t you tired of it yet?”

“Come on,” Lena urged him. “It’s my favorite. Tell me again.”

He rolled his eyes, but his mouth curved into a grin. “Fine.” His scooped a clam shell out of the sand and began sliding the sharp side of a rock against its grain. “The queen fell in love with a human man,” he began, his strong fingers holding the clam firmly in place. “Every full moon, she used her magic to travel ashore to see him.”

Lena settled onto her elbows, relishing the smooth sound of her brother’s voice as he recited the tale. A dreamy smile spread over her lips.

“I wonder how she met him,” she murmured softly, tilting her chin up and letting her lashes flutter shut.

“Likely the same way any merrow meets a human,” Javelin teased. “Shipwrecked during one of Poseidon’s storms. She should have drowned him immediately.”

“But she couldn’t!” Lena’s eyes pinged open. “For he was devilishly handsome, even soaking wet. The most handsome man she’d ever seen.”

“Devilish is right,” Javelin allowed. “Whether he was handsome or not, I’ll let your imagination decide.”

“Oh, he was.” Lena was smiling widely now. “He was, perhaps, the most beautiful human man in existence, and desperately enraptured by the queen. Each full moon, he waited for her, pacing the beach like a madman. And when she would emerge from the sea, he’d run hip-deep to meet her, unable to spend one more moment apart. He’d wrap his muscular arms around her—”

“For Poseidon’s sake, Lena.”

“And they’d dance together,” she pressed on, giggling, “as only humans can do. They’d dance and dance the hours away, bathed in starlight, humming songs into one another’s ears.”

“Until one night. . .” Javelin prompted smugly, and Lena rolled her eyes.

“Until one night,” she sighed, “something overcame the queen’s lover. Greed.”

“Human greed,” Javelin corrected. “Human nature. It was only a matter of time.”

She glared at him, but didn’t interrupt as he continued. This was the best and the worst part of the tale, and Javelin—damn him, was good at telling it. And he knew.

“That night, the queen swam toward the surface, impatient as ever she was. Ready to be rid of her tail. Ready to be human again. Her magic was a gift from Poseidon himself, contained in a delicate shell which she wore around her neck on a gold chain. It gave her the ability to explore the shore, and to control the storms and seas.”

Lena leaned in.

“As she swam, the queen began to change. Faint sobs faltered over her blue-scaled lips—cries of pain, lost to the rushing lull of the waves and the urgent beating of her fins. Swiftly, her tail separated into two perfectly shaped legs, and she rose out of the sea.”

“Don’t leave out the good parts,” Lena whispered. She knew her brother would skim over the romance just to annoy her.

Javelin gave her a pointed look. Then he grinned. “The moon was high that night,” he said, lowering his voice to a hush for effect. “The land was illuminated by an eerie, silver glow. Beneath its light, the queen’s new flesh was creamy and soft. Her hair became one with the wind, and her body shivered against a violent, uproarious breeze. Perhaps it was a warning from the gods, but the queen didn’t see it as such. The human lands were cold, suffering a new, frigid season, but her heart remained warm. She smiled, though her transition had been agony, when she heard the sound of water splashing and saw her beloved moving toward her through the shallows.

“She sang his name as he brushed chaste kisses against her neck, and relaxed fully against him, trusting him completely. She was blind to the wicked yearning which had wrapped around his heart. Which made his body tense, which crushed his lungs till he could hardly breathe. He wanted her shell, for he’d discovered what powers were locked inside that delicate charm. Powers gifted to whomsoever possessed it. His fingers dipped to her throat, caressing the shell which had allowed her to return to him, again and again. The queen eyed him strangely, and he dropped his hands to her waist, tugging her against him, kissing her deeply.”

Lena sighed, and Javelin smirked.

“She was a fool,” he said.

“She was in love,” Lena amended.

“She was both,” he conceded. “And that foolish love consumed her. Deceived her. Seduced her. Clouded her eyes, so love was all she could see. But that fateful eve, her beloved’s affection was not what it seemed. He’d seduced himself too, with all the prospects of what might be. His own love had been replaced by a lust for riches unknown. For control of the land and sea.”

Lena winced, for she knew what came next.

“He pressed his mouth against the queen’s skin, whispering sweet words, distracting her. She was smiling as he sent a knife into her back. Smiling, even as her eyes went wide with shock.”

Lena shuddered, picturing it. A joyful mouth, frozen in place. Bulging, horrified eyes going dim.

“The queen’s lover twisted his blade, releasing her cold merrow blood to the sand. He reached for the shell, yanking on its golden chain. But in the last throes of breath, the queen resisted him and threw the shell into the crashing waves, bidding Poseidon to wash it away.

“With a promised curse on his lips, her lover trailed back into the night, determined to one day possess the world between the sea and stars, and all who dwell beneath the earth, in the ocean’s depths. Our people.” He glanced sidelong at Lena, his meaning clear. “The merrows.”

“And the queen. . .” Lena murmured, though she already knew how the tale would end.

“He left her to dissolve into sea foam. She was washed away forever by the waves.”

Lena released a long breath and gazed at her hands, trying to imagine what it would be like to watch herself slowly disappear; what heartache and betrayal the queen must have felt in her last moments. She knew this was a gruesome tale, but a part of her thought the better parts, the magic and romance, were worth the gruesome bits.

“What do you think it would be like, to walk?” she wondered aloud. “Would it be like having two tails?”

“I don’t know,” Javelin chuckled. “I suppose it might be.”

“Where do you think the shell is now?”

Javelin shrugged. From a stony shelf above his head, he retrieved a slim, wooden railing he’d found in a ship a few days before and carefully tied his sharpened clamshell to its jagged end.

Lena smiled, realizing he’d made her a hunting spear.

“Poseidon is said to have hidden the shell before the human lover, or any human, could steal it. It could be anywhere.”

“If you could go to the surface, would you?”

Javelin pinched his lips together and didn’t speak. It was a silent reprimand. He knew how Lena longed to break through the waves, to see the human world with her own eyes, to know the uses of all the odd objects they’d collected over the years. But the laws of the sea were strict, and the king’s leniency had all but vanished in recent years.

Any merrow caught peeking at the shore was punished. Some were even struck down by Poseidon and reduced to sea foam, just like the queen.

“This is where we belong, Lena,” Javelin said softly, firmly.

“But how do you know?” She swirled upright and swam along the edge of the grotto, brushing her fingertips over cups and spoons and heaps of sodden fabric. Over small chests and tarnished, palm-sized figurines and other mysterious, unnamed things. “Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like, to live on the land? To live among them? To be one of them?”

“Not as much as you have, I can see.”

She groaned, and sank to her brother’s side, resting her head on his shoulder. “It can’t be as bad as everyone believes. Humans can’t all be the same. We’re not all the same,” she reasoned quietly.

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About Chantal:

Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Allerleirauh” with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.

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