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The Browning Series: Book 3

PJ Bruister has a major obsession with makeup and a slight history of violence – neither of which fly with her conservative Catholic high school.

On the heels of her third school expulsion, PJ runs into her other major obsession: Beau Browning. PJ’s been in serious lust with the sweater-vest wearing hottie for a while. Problem is, said hottie doesn’t seem too in lust with her.

So when PJ learns Beau’s thinking about enrolling his son in an ASD therapy program in town, she decides to get a job at the clinic. Working with a bunch of autistic kids sounds like exactly the sort of thing she needs to get her mess of a life back on track, and if she just happens to get a little closer to one of their dads in the process… that’s a total bonus.

Beau Browning has a new business on his hands, a serious co-parenting gig, and a five-year-old on the spectrum. PJ Bruister is a complication his busy life doesn’t need. But suddenly, she’s popping up everywhere. Airline flights. Roadsides. His son’s therapy clinic. He can’t seem to get away from her. Problem is, he’s starting not to want to… because he’s starting to have some serious lusty thoughts about his cousin’s former stepdaughter.

And she’s starting to steal his heart.

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The Browning Series: Book 2 

Korinne Wilkes wakes up in a crazy prison, overseen by an even crazier keeper. It’s the stuff of nightmares, but it’s real. Desperate to escape a madman and determined to return to the boy she made a promise to, she will need to find strength in the extraordinary power of her imagination.

At seventeen years old, Grayson Browning found the love of his life. At eighteen, he lost her. Now, with the help of an odd assortment of newfound friends and reunited family members, he will do everything he can to get Kory back.

They aren’t giving up on the light in their future

Even if it is being threatened by the darkness in their past…

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The Browning Series: Book 1

Kory Wilkes doesn’t believe in posing. She won’t pretend she didn’t grow up in a trailer park. And there’s no hiding the fact that her old man sleeps in a prison cell. The haters in high school can whisper all they like. Kory knows who her real friends are – even if one of them exists solely in her imagination.

Gray Browning has never stepped foot in a high school. He’s rarely ventured from the secluded Northern California home he shares with his brothers. And his eccentric father hasn’t slept well in years. It’s a quiet world they live in. Until her…

She didn’t plan on running to that fort in the woods. 

He had no idea their paths were about to cross.

Love isn’t a dream. It’s an awakening.

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October 28, 2020 – Lily Darling

Okay, major writer’s block this month. That’s what I get for not journaling in yonks. Good news is, I am now about three-quarters of the way through the manuscript, and I’m currently working on Chapters 27 and 28, titled “The Beasts” and “The L-Word” respectively. This section of the story is a doozy. Lots of […] Read More

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So, I was able to work in a couple small scenes with my favorite British bodyguard character Watson. The first is between him and Lily at the end of Chapter 18.  Lily’s had a rough night and Watson’s playing chauffeur, and after she climbs into the back of his ride all emotionally wrecked, he gives […] Read More

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May 21, 2020 – Lily Darling

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May 19, 2020 – Lily Darling

I’m currently working on one of the more eventful days in the story. So many things go down here, I think it will probably take me another five chapters to get through them all.  Good news is, when I’m done with this sequence, I should be at the halfway point in the manuscript. Here’s a […] Read More

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22,000 words in. Just finished Chapter 7, and chronologically, Day 1 in the novel. Thank fuck. Eli and Lilys’ arrangement is supposed to last three weeks, so I better move the plot along or this book is going to start looking like a George R.R. Martin novel. Problem is Day 2 is Christmas. How can […] Read More