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Giveaway: Enter to Win a Copy of Fearless!

Fearless CoverDiscover a new world of adventure and romance in the Survival Race series.

To enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win a copy of FEARLESS, click the link below.

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Fearless Excerpt:

Angry red streaks snaked through his aura. “What manner of trickery is this?”

“Get off of me, barbarian.”

Name-calling? Really? Had her father taught her nothing?

“Barbarian? That’s funny coming from a savage.”

She gasped. “Savage? You’re the one on top of me.”

“As I recall, I wouldn’t be on top of you if I hadn’t needed to protect myself from your tricks.”

“I am a spiritual healer. I only wanted to repair your soul. You must release my people.”

“They’re free to go at any time. They choose to stay.”

His weight was crushing her, making breathing difficult, but she refused to let him see her discomfort. If she could calm herself enough, her spirit could reenter his, and she could try healing him again. This might be the only chance she got before he…What would he do to her?

She didn’t sense anything evil, vile, or malicious. Murder wasn’t present in his aura. The only thing she perceived was arousal. Typical male. Perhaps she could use that to her advantage.

There were three occasions when a person’s spirit was the most vulnerable: during sleep, during illness, and during sex—so she’d been told.

“You’ve invaded our peaceful village and took our people against their will. Forgive me for not believing you.” Her words were angrier than she wanted them to be. What happened to her shamanic training?

“Seems we have a lot in common, you and I.”

“We have nothing in common, barbarian.”

“Did you not invade my body against my will?”

“To heal your spirit.”

“So you say, savage.”

Would he stop calling her that? She was not a fierce, violent person. She was tranquil and at peace with the universe, dammit.

Well, at least she strove for peace.

“However,” he continued, “you needn’t concern yourself. My spirit requires no healing.”

“So say you. But our spirits have met, and yours told me it hid a deep wound. Let me back in. Let me into your body to heal you.”

His smirk surprised her. What could he possibly find so humorous?

“If anyone enters another’s body, it will be me.” His warm lips pressed against hers. As if to prove his point, his tongue coaxed hers to open for him.

She’d been kissed before, but not from a man so dangerous and commanding, or so good at it.

Well, she wasn’t about to waste the opportunity to do what she came here for, especially since nothing in his aura indicated malicious intent. His spirit simply sought to demonstrate his male dominance in a kiss. Nothing more. Ha. He’d learn who the dominant one was when she connected with his spirit again.

She opened her mouth and kissed him back. His pause indicated surprise. He’d obviously expected her to resist. When she didn’t let up, his jaw relaxed and his kiss deepened. She couldn’t deny the freedom her soul felt.

But she’d come to heal his heart, and as much as she would like to give in to the pleasure she was receiving, she needed to heal him first.

Again retreating to that tranquil place in her mind, her spirit gathered energy and flowed from her body into his. Her spirit didn’t get further than the impenetrable stone wall before it was thrown from his body again.

His lips were off hers, the weight of his body disappeared. The influx of warm night air came as a relief.

“Savage,” he boomed. “Stay out of my body.”

“If you enter my body, barbarian, rest assured I will enter yours.”

Click to read Chapter One from FEARLESS!

Click to read Chapter One from CAPTIVE!

~K.M. Fawcett

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FEARLESS Release Day

Fearless CoverHOORAY! Today is release day for FEARLESS, book 2 in the Survival Race series. I’m super excited to share Fearless’ awesome first review (4 stars) from Goodreads!

“This is the follow up book to Captive and a fantastic piece of sci fi romance…I found the world building here to be truly fascinating…. Very good follow up to Captive. The first book explored being taken prisoner by aliens and trying to survive whereas this book explored the idea of living as a native on a planet dominated by a brutal race. Fans of the first book will be delighted to catch up with characters from the previous book and new readers will surely be clamouring to catch up! Recommended”- Marta Cox

You can read a sexy excerpt from the book and enter to win a free copy at Taking Time For Mommy’s blog today. Here is the book’s blurb…

TWO SOULS
Myia, a shaman-in-training, wants desperately to protect her peaceful village from the barbaric Highland invaders. To hone her powers of prophetic visions and healing, the village elders send Myia on a quest to heal the Highland leader’s heart and stop a brewing war. Myia’s mended many souls before, so this should be an effortless duty…until she meets the gorgeous, stubborn Highland warlord.

ONE DESIRE
Kedric, a gladiator who escaped enslavement, only wants to liberate the villagers from their common foe-a race that breeds humans for blood sport and genetic experiments. Fueled by his rage, Kedric is determined to take down the brutal enemy. So when a raven-haired beauty with a body made for sin tries to sabotage his mission, Kedric wants her gone. Yet no woman’s touch has ever left Kedric more annoyed…or aroused. Kedric knows he should shun her soothing embrace-but he can’t seem to stay away. As their passion grows, Kedric must decide between fighting his war or surrendering his rage-and his heart-for Myia’s love.

Please join me on these other stops during the FEARLESS blog tour.

1/7     Taking Time for Mommy     Excerpt/Spotlight
1/8     The Avid Reader                    Top 5 List
1/9     Manga Maniac Café              Q&A
1/9     Tyra’s Book Addiction           Top 5 List
1/9     Fab Fantasy Fiction               Q&A/ Excerpt
1/10   The Fiction Enthusiast         Top 5 List
1/10   Deluged with Books              Spotlight/Review/ Excerpt
1/10   Alyssa Alexander                   Excerpt & Blurb
1/11    Danielle Gavan                      Q&A
1/12   Bitten By Love Reviews        Spotlight/Review/Excerpt
1/13   The Book Pushers                 Spotlight/Review/Excerpt
1/15   Star-Crossed Romance
1/22   Caridad Pineiro

FEARLESS is On Sale Now: Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Books A Million | IndieBound

~K.M. Fawcett

Smugglers, Covers, & a Free Giveaway

Today on the blog we’re excited to welcome romance author, Alyssa Alexander, who will  be giving away an Advanced Reading Copy of her debut novel, A SMUGGLER WORE SILK to one lucky commenter. But before we get to Alyssa’s post, here are the results of the FEARLESS cover poll from Monday. Out of 222 visitors, there were 31 total votes broken down as follows:

  • Historical Romance               0 votes      0 %
  • Erotic Romance                      11 votes     35.48 %
  • Paranormal Romance            7  votes     22.58%
  • Contemporary Romance       8 votes      25.81%
  • Sci-fi/ Futuristic Romance   0 votes      0 %
  • Romantic Suspense                5 votes      16.13%

Though the majority of votes were for erotic and contemporary, you may be surprised to learn that FEARLESS fits best into the Sci-fi/ Futuristic Romance genre (which received 0 votes). Though, I think it could also be categorized as a Paranormal Romance (which received the 3rd highest votes). Either way, it’s clear to me that this book can’t be judged by it’s cover alone. That’s okay. Most people read a book’s blurb, right? They can also read an excerpt on my website and peek inside at Amazon. Fearless is available for pre-order now and releases January 7th (less than 2 weeks away!).

Guess who else has a book releasing that same day? Our guest blogger, Alyssa Alexander. Welcome Alyssa!!

9780425269527_medium_The_Smuggler_Wore_Silk(1) Thanks so much for inviting me to be on Attacking the Page, Kathy! I was delighted to discover we share a book birthday. Having read CAPTIVE, now I can’t wait to get my hands on FEARLESS!

Since we’re only a few short weeks away from our shared release day, I thought perhaps I would give readers a chance to get to know the hero and heroine of THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK: spy Julian Travers, Earl of Langford, and smuggler Grace Hannah. And, while I’m at it, how about some fun facts about me, as well?

First, a little about the book:

After he is betrayed by one of his own, British spy Julian Travers, Earl of Langford, refuses to retire without a fight, vowing to find the traitor. But when the trail leads to his childhood home, Julian is forced to return to a place he swore he’d never see again, and meet a woman who may be his quarry—in more ways than one.

Though she may appear a poor young woman dependent on charity, Grace Hannah’s private life is far more interesting. By night, she finds friendship and freedom as a member of a smuggling ring. But when the handsome Julian arrives, she finds her façade slipping, and she is soon compromised, as well as intrigued.

As she and Julian continue the hunt, Grace finds herself falling in love with the man behind the spy. Yet Julian’s past holds a dark secret. And when he must make a choice between love and espionage, that secret may tear them apart.

Now, let’s get to know Julian and Grace!

Five Fun Facts About Grace:

  1. Food: She usually has a glass of good French red wine when she visits the local pub.
  2. Weapon: She carries a pocket pistol, and she knows how to use it.
  3. Medical Skills: If you have the croup, megrims, need stitches, or need to set a broken bone, she’s your girl.
  4. Activity: Grace is an accomplished horsewoman and even rides astride. Shhh…don’t tell! It would ruin her reputation!
  5. Secrets: She tries very hard to hide behind the mask of poor relation, but you can’t hide a rebel smuggler forever.

Five Fun Facts About Julian:

  1. Food: He loves gingerbread, and lest you think authors often put themselves into a book, this author vehemently dislikes gingerbread.
  2. Weapon: Among the other deadly odds and ends on his person, he carries a knife in his boot.
  3. Medical Skills: Julian knows nothing beyond battlefield basics, which will do in a pinch. Particularly if you’re a spy.
  4. Activity: He’s in the business of espionage, which means he knows all those spy tricks about fading into shadows and hand to hand combat. You know, the fun stuff. Regency martial arts!
  5. Secrets: Julian has been carrying his secrets for far too long. But secrets have a way of being discovered, and his are very close to the surface once he returns to his childhood home.

Five Fun Facts About Alyssa:Alyssa Alexander

  1. Food: I love bacon. On everything. Actually, I just like food.
  2. Weapon: I have never touched a pistol, rifle, musket, or any other firearm. Nor have I touched a knife that isn’t intended to peel potatoes or chop onion. I’m sure I would be missing digits or limbs if I tried.
  3. Medical Skills: I’m very experienced at putting superhero band-aids on small children. Beyond that, I’m at a loss.
  4. Activity: I’ve ridden a horse only once, and it left me quite bruised. I know nothing of martial arts or any other tricksy spy things. But I do love yoga, and find it helps me balance a full time job, a family and a writing career. My favorite poses are Pigeon (when I can do it) and Warrior III. But my very, very favorite pose is the Couch Potato, preferably accompanied by Potato Chips.
  5. Secrets: If I have any, they’re so secret I’ve forgotten them—which is probably for the best!

Now that you’ve met Julian and Grace, I’d love to give away an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) to one random commenter! Good luck!

Alyssa Alexander spends her days working, her evenings playing with a kindergartener, and her late nights writing. She lives in Michigan, but is quite certain she belongs somewhere warm and sunny where drinks are served with little paper umbrellas.

THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK is available for pre-order now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Watch for Alyssa’s next book, IN BED WITH A SPY, coming in fall of 2014. In the meantime, you can visit her here:

Website   Facebook   Twitter   Goodreads   Book Trailer

Thanks for visiting with us today, Alyssa! I have already pre-ordered my copy of  A Smuggler Wore Silk. I look forward to reading it! By the way…great book trailer!! 🙂  Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered to win an Advanced Reading Copy of A Smuggler Wore Silk!

~KM Fawcett

Cover Reveal for FEARLESS

When I’d received the cover for my debut novel, CAPTIVE, we had a little fun on Attacking The Page trying to guess the genre of the book based on cover alone. The poll resulted in most people guessing a genre different than what the book actually is. Click here to see that post.

Now that I have the final cover for FEARLESS, I thought we’d try again. Of course anyone who has read the first book will already know the genre, but I still want you to vote. And here is the reason why…I must be honest and tell you that although it’s a great cover, I personally think it misses the mark on the genre. Am I wrong? That’s what I hope to find out.

Based on this cover alone, what kind of Romance would you expect to read?

Fearless Cover

The poll closes at 9:00 pm EST on Wednesday 12/18/13. Don’t forget to visit again on Thursday to see if you guessed correctly. :)  In the mean time, does your answer match up with the book’s blurb?

TWO SOULS
Myia, a shaman-in-training, wants desperately to protect her peaceful village from the barbaric Highland invaders. To hone her powers of prophetic visions and healing, the village elders send Myia on a quest to heal the Highland leader’s heart and stop a brewing war. Myia’s mended many souls before, so this should be an effortless duty . . . until she meets the gorgeous, stubborn Highland warlord.

ONE DESIRE
Kedric, a gladiator who escaped enslavement, only wants to liberate the villagers from their common foe-a race that breeds humans for blood sport and genetic experiments. Fueled by his rage, Kedric is determined to take down the brutal enemy. So when a raven-haired beauty with a body made for sin tries to sabotage his mission, Kedric wants her gone. Yet no woman’s touch has ever left Kedric more annoyed . . . and aroused. Kedric knows he should shun her soothing embrace-but he can’t seem to stay away. As their passion grows, Kedric must decide between fighting his war or surrendering his rage-and his heart-for Myia’s love.

FEARLESS is available now for pre-order at: Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Books A Million | IndieBound

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!

~K.M Fawcett

The Adam & Eve Approach to Character Development

“The Creation of Eve” by Paolo Caliari (1528-1588)

About a month ago I’d been asked the following question in an interview. “When you decided to develop a hero and a heroine, how does that process come about? Do you do the character sketch? Do you use real world influences?”

Sometimes I get an idea for a character and then create a story around them. Sometimes I get an idea for a story and then create a character to fit the story.

In Captive (book #1 in the Survival Race series) I had a story idea first and then created the characters to fit the story. The plot required a tortured alpha male whose humanity is stripped away. I created Max–the poor hero believes he’s nothing more than a beast–to fill this role. Then I had to figure out what kind of heroine could make him see he’s not a beast. He’s a good man worthy of love. So I created a strong, spirited heroine who could inspire Max.

The hero of Fearless (Survival Race #2) was introduced in Captive. His character was already partially formed so I needed to create a story around him. As I brainstormed the plot, I also brainstormed the kind of heroine he required. Since he wants revenge, he needed a heroine who could tame his lust for war and bring peace into his heart. His heroine was created especially for him, and new to the series. This couple was exciting to write about. The warlord and the spiritual healer have opposing goals, but we all know what happens to opposites, right? Sexual tension! The heat level is a bit steamier in Fearless than Captive.

While plotting Survival Race #3, I realized once again that I have a hero and a partial plot but no heroine. I actually went through three different heroines trying to figure out who would work best! The first two weren’t getting the job done. They were already established characters, but were not right for what the hero needed or what the plot needed…or, quite frankly, what I needed. Those heroines weren’t getting me excited to write the story. After much cogitating, I came up with a new character. This kick-butt alpha heroine is exactly what the hero needs, and boy is she going to be fun and exciting to write about. I can’t wait to see their tension ignite the page.

So what have I learned about my character development process? Apparently I take the Adam and Eve approach. I create the man first and then from the man create the perfect woman for him.

No matter how the character is born, I always do a character sketch to get to know each one better. A character sketch answers questions like what do they look like, what is their history, what are their fears/ likes/ dislikes, etc…  I’ve also taken bits and pieces from real world influences, but don’t tell my family or friends that. 😉

Readers – have you ever read about characters that were perfect for each other? Have you ever read about characters that weren’t and wondered why the author forced them together? Writers – What’s your process to character development? Do you do the character sketch? Do you use real world influences? Please leave your answers in the comments section.

~K.M. Fawcett

The Flesheater

No, I’m not referring to zombies.

Flesheater Combat Knife
Photo courtesy of Jim Hammond’s website

I’m talking about this fierce looking combat knife called the Flesheater. It was designed by world renowned martial artist and retired USMC Master Sergeant AJ Advincula, and custom made by knife maker Jim Hammond.

It’s also the knife alpha gladiator Max uses in my sci-fi romance, Captive (Book #1 in the Survival Race Series). This 14 inch knife with its nine inch re-curve blade was designed for one thing, combat. And Max knows how to wield it in a fight.

I own this knife (though my husband mistakenly believes it’s his, but let’s not open up that can of worms) and train with it. Let me tell you, it is one serious weapon. You can cut a limb off with this thing! Don’t believe me? Watch the ten second video below.

Relax, no humans were hurt in the video. We simply took a rolled up tatami mat and soaked it in lake water (we were at karate camp at the time. Uh yeah, karate camp isn’t your typical camp, folks). This dense, waterlogged tatami is supposed to simulate the muscle of a human arm. I suppose if you wanted to simulate bone, you’d add a dowel to the center of the mat. Anyone can cut through tatami with a sword, but you need to have good technique with a short blade. Play the video clip and watch me hack off a limb what this awesome knife can do. *Warning* Don’t do this at home kids.

If Max could see me, I hope he’d be proud.

For specifics on the Flesheater knife, its history, and design, including the unique four grip handle, I encourage you to click over to Custom Knife Maker Jim Hammond’s website.

To see Max wielding the Flesheater combat knife, read Captive, and enjoy the adventure!

~K.M. Fawcett

Are You Up For The Challenge?

Want a fun way to increase your physical activity? Take my Survival Race Challenge. Don’t worry, you won’t have to fight to the death. All you need to do is run, walk, or hike in the month of August and record your mileage.

This is a great way to get together with friends and like-minded people and  encourage each other to exercise. Whether it’s for health, fitness, weight loss, or fun, I hope Captive’s kick-butt heroine, Addy Dawson, inspires you to get out there and move your body.

Logging your mileage in the Survival Race Challenge enters you into a raffle for a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of my sci-fi romance novel Captive: Book 1 in the Survival Race series.

Though the overall goal is to achieve the most mileage you can personally, the raffle prize will be awarded to one lucky entrant regardless of total distance or time. The winner will be selected randomly on Sept 1st and announced on the site and contacted by email.

All you need to do to sign up is click on this link Survival Race Challenge and create a free account at Endomondo. You can log your mileage manually or use your favorite tracking device like Garmin, iPhone, Timex, Polar, etc…

If you’re up for the challenge (and up for the fun), I’ll see see you in the Survival Race!

Edited to Add: By the way…My hero is trying to survive a challenge of his own. He’s up against another gladiator in the Hero Showdown at The Window Seat on a Rainy Day‘s blog. Would love for you to click over to there and vote for Max. He’s giving the other guy a run for his money, but needs more help. Can he count on you to keep him alive for the next round or will this be his ultimortem?

~K.M. Fawcett

Author Fun – Book Signings

I’d like to share with you just a few pictures from my book signings for CAPTIVE (the Survival Race #1). I had a blast signing books, answering questions about CAPTIVE and about how I got published, and seeing good friends. I’m so lucky to have the support of these wonderful people – both pictured and not.

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Lisa & Jurgen came dressed in CAPTIVE colors!

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Melanie brought her copy on Kindle. (which reminds me to sign up for Authorgraph)

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Signing a copy for Katie.

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Thanks to ALL the Hellers for your support!

1010814_10201142529272897_1855511495_nI donated a copy of CAPTIVE to my local library. Librarian Karen graciously accepted the book and sent this picture to the local paper, the Readington News.

The following picture is the only one I have from last night’s book signing at my parents’ house. I’m sure my mom will email me some soon. Below is me with my aunt, Sharon Moran, who also wrote a book Daughters Of Destiny: Dramatic monologues of four Amazing American Women. I’m so blessed to have the wonderful support of my family. Aunts and cousins bought multiple copies for other family members who couldn’t make it, and I ran out of books!

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Aunt Sharon and me with our books.

I have a few more book signings on the schedule. I’ll be at RWA’s national conference in Atlanta signing at the Readers for Life Literacy signing on Wednesday, July 17th, as well as Grand Central Publishing’s signing on July 20th (my birthday!). Click on the link to see the 400+ authors who will be signing at Readers for Life.

August 4th I’ll be at A Paperback Exchange in Belmar, NJ. I hope to see you at one or more of these places!

~KM Fawcett

This Author Thanks You

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I am blessed to have a wonderfully supportive network of family and friends. If you follow the blog then you’re probably aware that Tuesday was release day for my first novel, CAPTIVE, and that I’ve been doing a blog tour this week.

All Tuesday long I’d received congratulatory messages on my personal and author Facebook pages. It was humbling to see everyone’s excitement for me. Friends checked out my bog tour and made comments on my Facebook page, they shared my Amazon buy link on their walls, and many of their friends liked and commented as well. How cool was that?

Some even kept an eye on the Amazon Best Sellers Rank all day. So did I, which I know I probably shouldn’t do, but couldn’t resist. I couldn’t believe it when CAPTIVE made into the top 100 in the kindle store for Sci-Fi Romance. It started out at 95 in the morning and at one point, around midnight I think, it went as low as #32! The rank for the whole Kindle store was #10,283 (it was ranked like #500,000 a couple days before 🙂 ). Thank you to everyone who bought a copy!

Friends also called when they found reviews for CAPTIVE. I wonder if reading reviews can count as exercise, because it’s a heart-pounding activity. So far they have been great, and I am very excited about the positive feedback. Especially from two of the reviewers who said they don’t normally read sci-fi romance, but loved my book. What a great feeling! Now I’m sure I’ll receive some negative reviews. Not everyone likes everything. Even my favorite authors received hateful 1 star reviews for books I loved. So when that happens, I’ll just have to re-read the good ones, and pretend the bad ones don’t matter. And call my support network to cry on their shoulders. 😉

945422_10200441983384821_429943506_nTuesday night, my wonderfully supportive husband (who hand sold a copy of my book to everyone at his work) took the kids and me out to dinner to celebrate.

As we were leaving, he texted some local friends and asked if they would come over for a toast. They did! They dropped what they were doing at 8:30pm (which was probably helping kids with homework since school doesn’t let out for two more weeks) and came over for champagne. Who doesn’t love an impromptu party?

No words can fully express my gratitude to all those who have supported me in my writing. I realize not every author is as fortunate, which is why I want to let everyone know how much I appreciate and love you! Thank you so very much!

~KM Fawcett

CAPTIVE Blog Tour

Blog Tour imageTomorrow June 4th is the official release day for my debut paranormal romance novel, CAPTIVE! I can’t believe it’s finally here. 🙂 I’m thrilled and scared. Today begins my blog tour, and I’d really love and appreciate some friendly Attacking The Page “faces” to visit me (and maybe leave a comment). Here is the schedule…

June 3    SMEXY Books                       Interview

June 3    Babette James                      Guest Post – Self Defense

June 4    Night Owl Reviews               Interview

June 5    A Buckeye Girl Reads          Q&A

June 5    Caridad Pineiro                     Excerpt & Fun Facts

June 6    Paranormal Romantic Suspense Reviews        Guest Post

June 6    My Book Addiction and More             Interview – Martial Arts & Captive

June 6    Attacking the Page               Blog – Thank you

June 7    Paranormal Haven               Guest post – Captive: Behind the Scenes

June 8    The Qwillery                          Interview

June 10  Wild Women Authors          Character Interview

June 17   Ex Libris                                Fun Facts and Except

June 19   Star-Crossed Romance                            Guest Post – Codes of Character

June 20  Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal        Writing Fight Scenes (part 1)

July 8     Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal         Writing Fight Scenes (part 2)

TBA         RT online                              Article & Excerpt

AN IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY

The last thing Addy Dawson remembers is a blazing inferno and freezing river water overtaking her lungs. When she awakens, Addy finds herself on a strange, alien planet, trapped in a cell with no doors, no windows– and to her horror– a naked warrior who claims to be her mate.

AN UNDENIABLE PASSION

An alpha gladiator, Max is forced to breed and produce the finest specimens for the Survival Race, a deadly blood sport created by the alien rulers of Hyborea. To rebel means torture-or worse-yet Max refuses to become the animal his captors want him to be. But their jailors will not be denied, and soon Addy and Max find themselves unwilling players in this cruel game. Pushed to the limit, they will risk everything for the chance at a life free from captivity. And though fate brought them together as adversaries, Max and Addy will discover that when they’re together, there’s nothing in the universe that can stop them.

You can find CAPTIVE (book 1 inthe Survival Race) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, IndieBound, Book Depository, and other online stores.

~KM Fawcett