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Today, author Kara Leigh Miller is guesting.  She’s here to talk about her latest series release The Cursed, a young adult paranormal romance.  Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

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I realize I’m pretty much a nobody in the grand scheme of the book world. LOL. Not many people know who I am or what I write, so I thought it would be fun to rip away the filter and just talk candidly about who I am, where I came from, and why I write the stuff I do.

I was born and raised in a very small town in Upstate New York called Mexico, and when I say small, I mean less than 1500 residents. Everyone knows everyone else, so it was impossible to really get away with anything because someone would know someone else who would inevitably know someone else who would then tell my parents or a relative. And I had a very unique maiden name (Shortsleeve, for those of you wondering – yes, I was teased endlessly about that) so that made it even more difficult to “be invisible” in such a small town.

Eventually, I married, then got divorced, then got remarried to a man who is literally the embodiment of a romance hero. About 5 years ago, I finally moved away from my hometown, and I now live in Michigan. I’m a mom to 5 kids – 4 girls and 1 boy. We have 3 pit bulls, 7 cats, and 3 tanks full of fish. In case you couldn’t tell, I’m a huge animal lover

I was so shy growing up, I refused to eat in front of people I didn’t know, which made it hard to attend birthday parties and sleepovers. This shyness carried over into my college and adult years – unfortunately – and when I first met my current husband, I was too nervous to look at him. In fact, we had our first kiss before I gathered the courage to just look at his face and meet his gaze.

When I was 9, I was hospitalized for weeks with two rare diseases – Sydenham’s Chorea and Rheumatic Fever. Google it. As a result, I’ve had a heart murmur my entire life, and recently, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which is quite possibly linked to the Chorea I had as a child.

Kara on pet peeves:
People who don’t respond to emails. I mean, I get it. People are busy, but even a quick “got it, will get back to you” goes a long way. And talking during movies—drives me nuts!

Kara on how she’d spend her last day:
With my family and friends. Probably have a private get together at my house, hang out, reminisce. I’d want to go out on a happy note, so definitely lots of jokes and laughter.

Kara on ruling the world:
Honestly? Probably a pretty crappy one. LOL. I am the most indecisive person in the world. There’s no way I’d be able to make tough decisions that come with ruling the world.

What Kara’s passionate about:
Writing. Then again, I guess I’m always passionate about that. Beyond that, I’d have to say raising my daughters to be strong, independent young women who know their worth.

Kara on relaxing:
Reading while soaking in a bubble bath. Or curling up on the couch with my husband to watch a movie.

How Kara finds time to write as a parent:
I’m lucky to have all of my kids in school, so most of my writing happens when they’re gone. I also have my own office, so when I’m in there, my kids know it’s work time, and they’re good about leaving me alone, unless it’s an emergency. Thankfully, we don’t have a lot of those around here.

Kara on her writing mascot:
A house cat because they tend to be very docile. They sleep a lot, which I would do, too, if I could get away with it. LOL. But they’re also very… independent. They want attention when they want it and that’s it, and I can be the same way. If I’m involved in something, I just want to be left alone until I’m ready to be social.

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1 Eternal Curse_356x600Title: Eternal Curse
Series: The Cursed Series Book 1
Author: Kara Leigh Miller
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Blurb: After pulling the plug on her mother’s life support, seventeen-year-old Chloe Madison moves to live with relatives she hardly knows. Her new hometown in the Adirondack Mountains is barely more than a pinpoint on the map, but it’s shrouded in deadly secrets and strange family legends. Chloe is determined to keep her head down, finish high school, and get the heck out of there. Until she meets the enigmatic Trent Halstead. Something intriguing hides beneath his quiet self-assurance and hero hair. Maybe there’s something—or someone—worth sticking around for after all.

But when a rash of unsolved murders leaves two of Chloe’s classmates dead, she begins to suffer from disturbing hallucinations that build to the horrifying image of Trent as a murderous vampire. With nowhere else to go, she’s stuck in a town she hates, surrounded by people she can’t trust, and she’s pretty sure she’s going to be lunch.

If all that isn’t bad enough, Trent is hiding a lethal secret, besides the whole immortal bloodsucker thing. He’s the not-so-proud owner of an ancient, family curse—no Halstead will ever know true love—and he’s desperate to find a way to break the curse. Could Chloe be the key to his happiness or just another secret Trent wished he never unlocked?

Note:  The Cursed Series is perfect for fans of The Crave Series by Tracy Wolff, The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, and The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith.

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When I dropped my hands, Trent was no longer on the swing. He was standing on the other end of the porch, leaning over the railing. I hadn’t heard the swing move or his footsteps. My arms went limp, and my mouth hung open. Oh, my God.

“It’s true, isn’t it?” I cautiously approached him. “What I saw? It’s real?” My voice rose with impending hysteria. “Not you killing Abby, but the rest of it?”

He glanced at the front door, then the window. “Please keep your voice down.”

My brows shot up with disbelief. “Are you kidding me right now?”

“I can’t risk your aunt and uncle overhearing us.” Sighing, he faced me. “I’m sorry, Chloe. You weren’t supposed to find out like this.”

I half gasped, half whimpered, and slapped my hand over my mouth. “It’s not possible,” I mumbled, shaking my head. I took a step back, and he took a step forward. Vampires didn’t exist.

“Chloe…”

“No.” I held up my hand to stop him.

Then I raced down the steps. I had no idea where I was going, but I couldn’t look at him a moment longer. My feet had barely hit the driveway when he grabbed me from behind. Next thing I knew, I was back on the porch. My head spun.

“Your uncle said not to leave the porch.” His hands were on my arms, holding me in place like he was worried I’d run again. “And please, do not run.” An iciness in his tone warned me that I needed to listen to him.

“Let go of me.” My voice was surprisingly calm considering I was standing face-to-face with a vampire. It’s possible I was going into shock.

He immediately dropped his hands and took a small step back. “Please let me explain.”

Explain? What could he possibly say? He was an undead monster who drank blood and killed people. End of explanation.

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2 Eternal Choice_356x600Title: Eternal Choice
Series: The Cursed Series Book 2
Author: Kara Leigh Miller
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Blurb:  Forced to move to California with her father, the same man who abandoned her ten years ago, Chloe is once again starting over. Only this time, she has a perky new stepmom and an annoying baby brother. To make matters worse, the sea of snobby rich kids at her new prep school pretend she’s invisible. As if all that wasn’t bad enough, she has this gnawing sensation that she’s forgetting something important.

And then Trent Halstead crashes back into her life, bringing with him everything she’s forgotten and the devastating news that there’s a coven of witches after her, and no one knows why—until Chloe discovers the answer in a box of old family photos. Now, she’s keeping a secret that could save Trent’s life. There’s just one problem: his salvation will come at a cost. Her destruction. And that’s a price she’s not sure she’s willing to pay.

Note:  Eternal Choice is the exciting sequel to Eternal Curse.

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“Don’t get too excited. That school is awful, and no one is friendly,” I said, my tone harsher than necessary.

“I guess it’s a good thing I already know someone then, huh?” He gently nudged my shoulder, and we exited the dance floor as if we both knew what the other wanted without having to ask.

We found two empty seats at the bar. He pulled the chair out for me, and I sat. He occupied the spot beside me, his arm resting on the back of mine as if he wanted to put his arm around me but was too shy to do so. Should I tell him it was okay?

“Lucky you,” I teased. “I’m sure you’ll have no trouble fitting in.”

In fact, I’d bet Olivia would call dibs the second she laid eyes on him, and I was sure she wouldn’t hesitate to dump her boyfriend in favor of the hot, new guy at school. That tingling memory of familiarity returned like an itch I couldn’t scratch.

“Why do you say that?” He rested his other arm on the bar and turned so he was facing me.

“Have you seen yourself?” I waved my hand up and down his body. “Girls will be falling over themselves to get your attention, and all the guys will be your friend because they think if they’re nice to you, you’ll somehow help them get laid.”

He let out a surprised laugh. “Well, I certainly won’t be facilitating any hook ups. But I have to know… Will you be one of the girls trying to get my attention?”

I smiled as innocently as possible. “Don’t I already have your attention?”

“You most certainly do.” His eyes narrowed, and his gaze heated as it roamed down the length of my body. “My complete, undivided attention.”

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3 Eternal Bond_356x600Title: Eternal Bond
Series: The Cursed Series Book 3
Author: Kara Leigh Miller
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Blurb:  Chloe is in a fight for her life. Literally. Held prisoner by the Rose Coven, they are desperate for her to break the curse and restore the magical balance, but Chloe adamantly refuses—until a nearly starved Jax Halstead is tossed in the room with her. Now, hanging on to her humanity might be next to impossible.

When one act of mercy creates an unbreakable bond that threatens to destroy everything she’s ever wanted, getting away alive—and still human—is more important than ever.

Once freed, her love and devotion to Trent is at war with the bond she shares with Jax, a bond that’s only growing more intense by the day. And now she must decide which is stronger. All while navigating her senior year of high school, college applications, and waiting for the Rose Coven to return. If that isn’t bad enough, Isach Zoya is back. He knows the truth, and he’s watching her every move. What else could possibly go wrong?

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I turned and buried my face against Trent’s chest, shame and guilt warring inside of me. Why was I fantasizing about Jax? I didn’t want him like that. Did I? Was my subconscious trying to tell me something?

Trent wrapped his arms around me and eased onto his back, holding me tightly against him. “You’re trembling,” he said.

I lifted my head to look at him, and then I kissed him, pouring out all my desperation and uncertainty. Trent palmed the back of my head, welcoming my kiss. I needed to erase the feel of Jax from my body, rid myself of whatever weird thing was going on with me.

“I love you, Trent. So much.” My voice was shaky, but my feelings weren’t.

I loved Trent. He was my everything. My future. And I needed him to know that. I needed to do something to show him how committed I was. Right now, becoming a vampire was out of the question, but I could let him claim me. Even though I was scared, I wanted to let him do that.

He had me flat on my back before I could blink, my hands pinned above my head. My heart thudded against my ribs, and I licked my lips, waiting to see what he was going to do next. Slowly, he brought his mouth back to mine.

“I love you,” he mumbled against my lips before moving to kiss my jaw and neck, and then lower, to my collarbone.

Sighing, I closed my eyes. “Do you still want to claim me?”

He pulled back just enough to peer into my eyes. “Why wouldn’t I?”

I shrugged. “I don’t know. Because of what happened with Jax. Maybe you don’t—”

Trent silenced me with a deep, lingering kiss that fried my brain and left my insides mushy. I wiggled beneath him, desperate to be closer.

“I hate what happened between you and Jax, but it doesn’t change the way I feel about you.” He gently caressed his fingers down the side of my face. “I love you, Chloe. You’re my soulmate, and the day you tell me you’re ready to let me claim you…” He took a deep breath.

“So, if I give you permission, you’ll do it?”

“Yes,” he said without hesitation.

It was on the tip of my tongue to give him permission right now, but giving my virginity to him in a tent while surrounded by all our friends wasn’t exactly how I pictured my first time, and I was positive Trent would agree this wasn’t the best time, either.

“I have to know… this is a matter of when, not if, right?” he asked, his expression hopeful but guarded.

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4 Eternal Love_400x600Title: Eternal Love
Series: The Cursed Series Book 4
Author: Kara Leigh Miller
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Blurb:  As if having an unbreakable bond with Jax isn’t hard enough, Chloe’s now forced to work with him on a major school project, and the more time they spend together, the stronger the bond becomes. Fighting it will most certainly drive her mad. But if she ever wants to have a future with Trent, she has no choice but to resist. Unfortunately, any hope she has of ever becoming a vampire and spending an eternity with Trent hangs on breaking the bond, which is an impossible feat.

Until an unlikely source offers them a solution to their problem. There’s just one catch—in order to fully break the bond, Trent’s immortal life will be linked to her mortal one. And with two of the most powerful covens in the world hellbent on killing her, the decision is a no-brainer. Not even the promise of eternal love is enough to make Chloe risk Trent’s life.

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Kara Leigh Miller_267x400Kara Leigh Miller is a full-time wife; stay-at-home mom to 4 kids, 3 pit bulls, and 6 cats; writer, and the Editorial Director at Anaiah Press. When she’s not herding her family, she’s working out, reading, or binge watching Netflix. Sometimes, she’ll even go golfing with her husband, even though she totally sucks at it.

Find Kara:  Website | Blog | Facebook | FB Group | Twitter | Instagram | Bookbub | Amazon | Goodreads

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