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Friday, October 30, 2015

Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy

Nikki’s life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her that Dee is no good, but Nikki can’t imagine herself without him. He’s hot, he’s dangerous, he has her initials tattooed over his heart, and she loves him more than anything. There’s nothing Nikki wouldn’t do for Dee. Absolutely nothing.

So when Dee pulls Nikki into a crime—a crime that ends in murder—Nikki tells herself that it’s all for true love. Nothing can break them apart. Not the police. Not the arrest that lands Nikki in jail. Not even the investigators who want her to testify against him.

But what if Dee had motives that Nikki knew nothing about? Nikki’s love for Dee is supposed to be unconditional…but even true love has a limit. And Nikki just might have reached hers.

Yes, Terra Elan McVoy is my real name!

I grew up in Tallahassee, FL spending a lot of time playing elaborate games of Barbies, paper dolls, dollhouse, or Wilderness Family with my two younger sisters. Before bed every night our mom or dad read out loud to us, and once I got good enough to read and write stories all on my own, I have pretty much not stopped. (You can ask anyone who went to Lincoln High School, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, or the Creative Writing MA Program at Florida State University with me and they will all agree.)

Even most of my jobs have had to do with reading or writing. I've managed an independent children's bookstore, worked at Barnes & Noble and Scholastic Inc., been the Program Director for the AJC Decatur Book Festival (the largest independent book festival in the country), and have taught writing classes to both children and grownups. Pretty much, if it has to do with reading, writing, and talking about reading and writing, that's a job I'll enjoy doing! (Though I did also really enjoy working as a bakery counter girl at The Mill Bakery & Eatery years and years ago.)

When I am not reading or writing, I like to do a lot of crafty things (especially with paper and photography) and cook or bake, preferably for friends. On top of being an author, I am also currently a bookseller at Little Shop of Stories. I also really like Fluevog shoes, Blythe dolls, watching movies, playing board games, and making up Mad Libs with my sisters. (Since we are too big for Wilderness Family, I guess.)

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