Remember how I said we were doing new things?!? You MUST listen to up and comer Tyler Rhoades!!

So it’s always amazing to watch kids grow up and see their personalities develop. I have known Tyler since he was itty bitty and he has always had a big personality. He has charmed me since he was able to smile look at me with those big blue eyes! He has grown into an incredibly talented young man and I CANNOT WAIT for you to hear his voice! He has officially blown me away now with his music!

Or watch the video here!!!

Mini Interview with Tyler!
 Favorites:

  • Color? Blue
  • Food? Burgers
  • Song? Love Yourself by Justin Bieber
  • Singer/Band? Shawn Mendes
  • Subject in school? Math

What grade are you in? Sophomore

Do you write your own songs? Not yet, I’m going to start writing soon. 🙂

Apple or Android 😜?  Apple 💪🏽💪🏽

What do you do for fun? Sing!

Connect with Tyler!

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Death Before Decaf by Caroline Fardig!! #WINNER

  

No spoilers!! But man that makes it a little more difficult because I really want to detail the book. I  hate when people do that to me, though so this review will refer to the characters as they are first introduced! Oh and this is a standalone novel!  No cliffhanger, but part of a series.
  

Death Before Decaf is a fast-paced, funny AND serious mystery.  How can it be funny and serious?  Easy when Caroline Fardig is behind the ink!  Caroline has an amazing ability to create characters that go through real life situations and some insanely dangerous ones without losing their sense of humor. I am a firm believer that if you keep your sense of humor you can overcome anything (even yourself!).  
So Juliet was beaten down (emotionally) by her ex-fiancée when he stole her things, the money for their café and ultimately she had to close the café.  So here she has come back to her hometown and is going to run her best friends coffee shop.  He has been struggling with it ever since his father began having health issues and ultimately passing away. There is some definite undertones to Juliet and Pete’s relationship, but both have determined they are just friends. Being a romance lover I was ready to read the story of Pete and Juliet realizing their feelings and finally be together forever….that was before I even got through the first chapter and oh man the relationships are definitely a big part of the characters. but not the center of the story.

This is so great for the Suspense/Mystery lover in me! The twists and turns just kept on coming! This is not a girl who sat around and pondered who might have done it…she was right in the freaking middle of it!  I loved that Juliet was able poke holes in Seth’s story and figure him out (mostly), and he is stunned that she put those pieces together.  I also loved that these characters had flaws and were able to admit they were wrong. I have to stop there or I will spill too much!

When I pick up a Caroline Fardig book I know that I am going to laugh, bite my fingernails, and I am probably going to be reading it all in one sitting….Generally speaking I have a horrible time putting her books down because the action and events are constant and steady.  So far every book of hers I have read has turned out this way, so I suggest that when you see a new one coming, grab it as fast as you can and mark the release date on your calendar.  You probably won’t be doing anything else! LOL
  
Amazon / iTunes / Penguin Random House / Barnes and Noble

  
Caroline Fardig is the author of Death Before Decaf and the Lizzie Hart series. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

Wild Aces by Marni Mann….Do not miss this!! REVIEW

  
  
Trapper Montgomery 

His darkness drew me in. 

A mystery with a past I wanted to solve. 

He was cold, like ice, but set me on fire. 

A heat I hadn’t felt in ages. 

But when I saw his face, I burned… 

In mourning

Again.
Brea Bradley 

She melted from my voice–shuddered from my touch. 

But trembled from the memories 

That my face brought back. 

She wanted more… 

Maybe even him. 

I wasn’t the hand she counted on. 

But I was what she was dealt…
A Wild Ace with no way to win.

   

My first foray into Marni Mann’s writing was reading Unblocked…seriously fantastic! More on that another time. Wild Aces was an intense story to be sure. Trapper and Brea are an AMAZING couple! They have both been through hell, albeit very different kids. Trapper grew up in hell and has really done something with himself – even though it’s not a traditional success story. He dedicated his life to keeping others from experiencing what he did and he is a special kind of hero.

Brea lost the love of her life – or so she thought. Hints of Brea’s past are given in Unblocked, but I was beyond thrilled to hear her entire storyline! She is such an amazing person and very real. I found myself making a deep connection with her because she reminds me so much of a close friend. 

I can pretty well guarantee you have never read a story quite like this one and you will not be sorry you picked it up!

  
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Aces-Standalone-Marni-Mann-ebook/dp/B01AR8H2T6/

B&N: Coming soon

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/wild-aces/id1081946759?mt=11

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/613471

  
 

Marni Mann

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Instagram: https://instagram.com/marnimann/

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Website: http://marnismann.com/

Oh.My.Goodness. Troublemaker by Liliana Hart – Need I Say More?? EXCEPTIONAL!

W.O.W. Those who know me, know not too many titles inspire that type of response from me, but Liliana Hart does. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. If you have never read one of her books, go check them out! The first book in each of her series is FREE! Aaaaaand they are standalone books! Really there is no reason not to! ☺️

  
  
Beckett and Marnie are an amazing pair of people. Beckett has lived a relatively privileged life, but was raised right. He works hard does what needs to be done. It is so rare to see that in people today! 

Marnie was raised in hell. No other way to put it. The thing about a Liliana Hart book is that you cannot wait to see what happens, but you want more of everything. Even the bad stuff if it means you get to spend more time with the characters. 

Liliana has an amazing ability to create characters that are real people. They are not glorified and made to be perfect, they are just people doing the best they can with what they have. The connections created between the characters is so powerful you can feel what they feel. I find myself able to relate to one of the main characters and dive into that world every single time. I half expect to be able to go to Surrender and visit them! 

I also love that I don’t HAVE to have read the other books to enjoy any one of the novels. It is an awful lot of fun to read them in order, though and watch the characters grow and develop even farther. 

*I was given an advanced copy for review.

  
  
Marnie Whitlock has never known what it’s like to be normal. Her ability to see the future and people’s innermost thoughts makes her an outcast—feared—loathed. Even by her own parents. And her father is determined to beat the curse out of her. Her only chance for survival is to escape Surrender.  

Beckett Hamilton has loved Marnie since they were kids, but one horrible night destroyed any future he’d hoped for. Now Marnie was back in Surrender, and picking up where they left off is the only thing on his mind. He finds out quickly that some hearts take longer to heal, and not everyone that’s broken can be fixed. But loving Marnie isn’t an option—it’s his destiny.

  
Troublemaker releases February 16th! Preorder it now!!

Also please note that Troublemaker is part of a series but can be read as a standalone! Check out Liliana’s website (link below) to see more information on this series and her others (which are equally fabulous). Troublemaker is also part of a special project where Liliana had 5 other authors join in and tell a story inside the Mackenzie world! 

   
 

TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM TROUBLEMAKER – Liliana Hart is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly Bestselling Author of more than 40 titles. After starting her first novel her freshman year of college, she immediately became addicted to writing and knew she’d found what she was meant to do with her life. She has no idea why she majored in music. 

Since self-publishing in June of 2011, Liliana has sold more than 4 million ebooks and been translated into eight languages. She’s appeared at #1 on lists all over the world and all three of her series have appeared on the New York Times list. Liliana is a sought after speaker and she’s given keynote speeches and self-publishing workshops to standing-room-only crowds from California to New York to London. 

Liliana can almost always be found at her computer writing or on the road giving workshops for SilverHart International, a company she founded with her husband, Scott Silverii, where they provide law enforcement, military, and fire resources for writers so they can write it right. Liliana is a recent transplant to Southern Louisiana, where she’s getting used to the humidity and hurricane season, and plotting murders (for her books, of course).

Connect with her online: 

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Hello World! Pumpkin Pie anyone?

There are some big changes coming! OK, OK … ANYthing is better than what I have given you over the last year! I have hopefully figured out and mapped out what I need to do in order to keep up with this and not get overwhelmed….I have been creating posts and scheduling them out so you will hopefully see a consistent stream of posts. Nothing crazy, just 2 a week. I am leaving plenty of room to throw out a publicity post if/when asked and I really hope you all enjoy some of the new content!

  
Keep reading to view the pumpkin pie recipe that is made EXACTLY how I LOVE it….thankfully lots of other people love it too!

  
I really do know, and hopefully people are still with me! So what do you have to look forward to? (BTW I so love Bitstrips and Bitmoji! They are so fun! Sorry I don’t have links but we have Apple products so I know they are available 😄)

  • Special Recipes
  • Crafts
  • Random Thoughts – think Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy….lol
  • Book Reviews
  • Audiobook Reviews
  • Product Reviews
  • Game Reviews
  • Advice (both solicited and unsolicited)…seriously! I have a 13 and 5 year olds…. #justsayin
  • Maybe, possibly some of my personal writing….that’s a bit scary to consider putting out there though!

Really I don’t want to leave anything off, but I still want this blog to reflect me. SO Instead of taking on WAAAAAAAAY too many authors that I love and trying to keep them all straight and get the links perfect and get everything out on time….I’m just gonna be me. Which is random, imperfect and biting off way more than I can chew. If we all understand that up front, hopefully you’ll still respect me in the morning. 😳😘😂

  
Now what you’ve all been waiting on pins and needles for: 

PUMPKIN PIE

So, my recipe starts like any other and was actually adapted from the one on the Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Filling can. This recipe makes 2 of the 9 1/2 in deep dish pies. Here we go:

Crust: You are welcome to make your own crust if you prefer, but I have found I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pillsbury 

Filling

  • 2 regular cans of pumpkin pie filling – NOT spiced
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Gradually stir in sweetened condensed milk. Pour into pie shell.

Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F.; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. (Do not freeze as this will cause the crust to separate from the filling.)

THANK YOU ALL! I love you!!   

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*NEW REVIEW (REPOST) – Bad Medicine (The Lizzie Hart Mysteries) by Caroline Fardig

Reposting with images and buy links! Sorry all!

 

What do a smokin’ hot detective, an evil chiropractor, and a couple of blind dates from hell have in common?

Lizzie has to wrangle them all in the third book of THE LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series!

  

MY THOUGHTS 😎💕    

Oh man Caroline Fardig is one of my all time favorites!!! This is the third book in The Lizzie Hart Mysteries and you will NOT be disappointed!! Lizzie is seriously one of my favorite reluctant sleuths. That girl can find trouble anywhere…and I’m pretty sure she’s the origin of Murphy’s Law…LOL However it comes to be, she puts her heart and soul into everything she does and somehow it works out as it should. Thank goodness because once you bond with Lizzie you will be comparing her to other detectives and asking yourself “What would Lizzie do?” I’m really not kidding…I read a similar genre book right after Bad Medicine and all I could do was compare that heroine to Lizzie 😊

BLURB

Lizzie Hart is overjoyed that six whole months have passed without a single murder in the sleepy town of Liberty. It’s also been six months since Blake Morgan heartlessly dumped her, but she’s determined to get over him. She’s slimmed down, ready to party, and injury-free, except for a little nagging pain in her ankle. She’s also very single, but her friends are doing everything in their power to fix that—including setting her up on one disastrous blind date after another.  

Lizzie’s reprieve is short-lived when an old friend of hers is found dead from an apparent drug overdose. She wants to write it off as bad behavior after having seen the guy cheating on his wife with the new chiropractor in town. However, when she sees that same chiropractor playing doctor with another man who ends up dead, she worries there could be murder afoot.

Doing her best to stay on the right side of the law this time, Lizzie decides to go straight to the police with her suspicions. Unfortunately, the only cop available to speak with her is the stern yet hot new detective who has already given her a traffic ticket and a reprimand for public intoxication. Not surprisingly, he brushes her off, leaving her no choice but to begin snooping on her own. Lizzie soon learns she’s going to need help to get to the bottom of this mystery, but her best partner in crime solving, Blake, has turned into her worst enemy.  

Can Lizzie and Blake find a way to work together to catch the killer…or will they kill each other first?
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AMAZON KINDLE – http://www.amazon.com/Medicine-Lizzie-Hart-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B010RUKXTU

ABOUT THE FABULOUS AUTHOR!

  
CAROLINE FARDIG is the author of the LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series and the forthcoming DEATH BEFORE DECAF, available November 2015 through Random House. Her eclectic working career included occupations of schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.
Social Media:

Website:

www.carolinefardig.com

Blog:

http://www.carolinefardig.com/blog/

Mailing List:

http://www.carolinefardig.com/mailing-list/

Twitter: @carolinefardig

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caroline-Fardig/496944767049778

Here’s a link to my review of the first book in the series – http://joecoolreview.com/2013/09/0-99-today-only-its-just-a-little-crush-by-caroline-fardig/

NEW REVIEW – Bad Medicine (The Lizzie Hart Mysteries) by Caroline Fardig

SORRY ALL – PICTURES ARE COMING SOON THEY WOULDN’T UPLOAD! 😬

What do a smokin’ hot detective, an evil chiropractor, and a couple of blind dates from hell have in common?

Lizzie has to wrangle them all in the third book of THE LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series!
MY THOUGHTS 😎💕    

Oh man Caroline Fardig is one of my all time favorites!!! This is the third book in The Lizzie Hart Mysteries and you will NOT be disappointed!! Lizzie is seriously one of my favorite reluctant sleuths. That girl can find trouble anywhere…and I’m pretty sure she’s the origin of Murphy’s Law…LOL However it comes to be, she puts her heart and soul into everything she does and somehow it works out as it should. Thank goodness because once you bond with Lizzie you will be comparing her to other detectives and asking yourself “What would Lizzie do?” I’m really not kidding…I read a similar genre book right after Bad Medicine and all I could do was compare that heroine to Lizzie 😊

BLURB

Lizzie Hart is overjoyed that six whole months have passed without a single murder in the sleepy town of Liberty. It’s also been six months since Blake Morgan heartlessly dumped her, but she’s determined to get over him. She’s slimmed down, ready to party, and injury-free, except for a little nagging pain in her ankle. She’s also very single, but her friends are doing everything in their power to fix that—including setting her up on one disastrous blind date after another.  

Lizzie’s reprieve is short-lived when an old friend of hers is found dead from an apparent drug overdose. She wants to write it off as bad behavior after having seen the guy cheating on his wife with the new chiropractor in town. However, when she sees that same chiropractor playing doctor with another man who ends up dead, she worries there could be murder afoot.

Doing her best to stay on the right side of the law this time, Lizzie decides to go straight to the police with her suspicions. Unfortunately, the only cop available to speak with her is the stern yet hot new detective who has already given her a traffic ticket and a reprimand for public intoxication. Not surprisingly, he brushes her off, leaving her no choice but to begin snooping on her own. Lizzie soon learns she’s going to need help to get to the bottom of this mystery, but her best partner in crime solving, Blake, has turned into her worst enemy.  

Can Lizzie and Blake find a way to work together to catch the killer…or will they kill each other first?

GIVEAWAY!!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

ABOUT THE FABULOUS AUTHOR!

CAROLINE FARDIG is the author of the LIZZIE HART MYSTERIES series and the forthcoming DEATH BEFORE DECAF, available November 2015 through Random House. Her eclectic working career included occupations of schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

Social Media:

Website:

www.carolinefardig.com

Blog:

http://www.carolinefardig.com/blog/

Mailing List:

http://www.carolinefardig.com/mailing-list/

Twitter: @carolinefardig

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caroline-Fardig/496944767049778

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Question and Temporary Takeover!! Or New Help!

Hello all!! We apologize again for the drop off in communication, but Joe Cool Review is officially a “we”! My name is Kat and I am super excited to be here helping! Fair warning you will find my sense of humor a little more warped than Lisa’s…..;-)

Lisa has been struggling with some medical issues that have kept her away, but she is definitely on the up and up! We are so thankful! She will hopefully be popping into social media and such to help share and retweet posts, but I am going to take over the majority of the reviews for a short time.

Contact will remain the same as we sort through all the emails and new requests so rest assured we are definitely up and ready to hit it again!

I have a question is like to ask, though. Does anyone know of a decent voice to text software that’s not outrageously priced? Lisa’s biggest issue right now is energy and strength so if she could voice her posts we can help her feel more productive! Typing takes a lot more than speaking and then I can fix any funny stuff….unless it’s supposed to be funny LOL!!

Please don’t worry, but we will take prayers for a speedy recovery! She’s doing waaay better than expected and is ridiculously stubborn when it comes to these things. That’s why we love her!

An Apology?!? Oh yes a big one my friends…

First, I want to give a HUGE apology and thank you to those of you that did not give up on me in my absence!
Secondly, for those that have sent in requests (and heard NOTHING) and attempted to contact me (and heard NOTHING) I WILL be getting back to you very soon.

When I started this blog it was my intention for it to be a place that my friend and I could escape and daydream and brag and boast about our favorite authors and books.  I absolutely LOVE discovering a new (or just new to me) author and the amazing things that they are able to put down in writing.  Joe Cool Review has been up and running for a little over a year now and I am so thankful to have a way to share with so many of you!

I have learned a ridiculous amount about how hard it is for them and the unbelievable hurdles they have to jump through to get their books seen by the public.  I have also discovered some authors that are truly just beginning and hope that my feedback has helped them grow as writers.

If I am offered a book that I agree to review, I will review that book honestly.  You may have noticed that pretty much everything you see on my site gets 5 stars from me, yeah? Well, there are actually a good number that you don’t see.  The reason for that is I prefer to send a note to the author and give my honest review privately if I can’t get behind it 100%.  I will absolutely still post reviews on the book’s sites (Amazon, BN, etc.) but I do try to reserve the blog for my absolute favorites.

The hardest part? Catching up!!  I had a library on my NOOK of nearly 1000 books when I began the blog and it was my full intention to go back and really rave about my absolute favorite authors.  The sad thing is, I haven’t really had time (not many of us do these days I don’t think).

So now for the biggest reason behind my lackluster performance as a blogger so far….  I have a wonderful family,  a lot of really great friends, and a REALLY hard time saying no.  So, I have been swept up in a close friend’s complicated life for nearly a year and we have been unable to use the blog as we had hoped.  I finally have had to take a step back and let her know that I can’t continue to be a crutch for her.  I fear I have only been making things worse by giving her an out whenever and wherever.  I am still her friend and I can still be there for her, but my life was getting lost in the process.  She has come so far and has such a good grip on it now that she is ready to stand on her own, I just have to let her. :-)

Ever been there?  Let me tell you how much it makes you appreciate the life you have and the people in it.  I am truly blessed and busy and yet I realized I need this blog.  I need to take the time to dive into my books and share them with all of you!!

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” ~Paul Boese

I hope that saying is true and those of you that are still with me will believe that I am truly sorry and will do my best not to let it happen again.  I am officially the only one reading the books and posting reviews; so it may take some time, but if I promised it to you, it will be done.

I appreciate each of you that read and respond to my posts in any way and I am making it my goal to return the favor more than I have been doing.  I have read so many awesome books, by really outstanding writers, and I will continue to give you reviews, but on a MUCH more consistent basis!!

Lastly, if for some reason I need to go dark again for any length of time I will send out a message to let you know and I will make sure my previous promises are fulfilled.  However, I think that I need this blog and the outlet it provides me to keep myself grounded.  Grounded in fiction is kind of an oxymoron, I think….but hopefully you know what I mean!

So please feel free to contact me using the contact page on this blog and I will get back to you.  I’m not signing up for any blog tours or anything else like that right now (SORRY AGAIN), but feel free to submit your book info to me and I will get back to you.  I warn you I have a pretty big backlog at the moment, so I’m afraid I won’t get to anything new for a while yet.  I will respond to any requests with a rough estimate of when I think I can have my review posted and you can decide if you would like me to add you to the list.

FUTURE NOTES

I am also working on a page on this blog that will list my favorite authors and quick links to their books and/or websites.  I realize this may be a somewhat large undertaking, because I have a HUGE imagination and can get into almost any book I pick up…LOL

REVIEW – FANTASY – Seducer Fey (Genetic Fey Series Book 1) by Cullyn Royson

SeducerFeyCoverI wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book, but it was addictive!!  I’m always a little worried when I begin a fantasy book, because it is not my usual genre.  I need the book to give me background and explain things without going on and on.  This book more than delivered!!  It explained in such a way that I felt I had an understanding of the characters, but also left room for me to discover more unique qualities and abilities throughout the entire book!  That is so rare!  Let’s begin with the book’s blurb:

When the fairies of Celtic mythology are combined with genetic engineering, youth and charisma can be sold.

The mid-twenty-first century has brought about advancements for social justice and genetic engineering. Fluid gender identity and sexuality are widely accepted in society. The scientific quest for immortality is more popular than ever. Physical appeal, however, isn’t just about youthfulness. Any researcher who discovers the secret to charisma will make millions.

During a prospective college visit to Dalhousie University, Danny and her crush, Cassidy, are invited to the home of an eerily captivating student named Taban. There Danny learns that her DNA could be used to create a form of genetic therapy to give people longer lives for a hefty price. Danny’s life is at risk because her rights to her DNA would get in the way of this plan. Cassidy vows to protect her friend. Unfortunately for the two young women, Taban has other motives.

While this book was primarily about Danny and journey to learn more about herself and her genetics, I really felt most of the characters had starring roles.  We really were able to get into the heads of each character and learn quite a bit about who they are, what they can do,  and how they think.  I feel like I could befriend each one and that includes Donovan, who doesn’t say much. :-)

I really loved the strong friendship between Danny and Cassidy.  It was true and really could withstand anything.   From the beginning it is clear that Danny is a bit immature when compared to Cassidy, but it fit perfectly within the friendship and what we learn in this book.  I liked that no matter the events happening, neither friend ever doubted the other and knew they could count on each other.  Isn’t that what we all hope for?!?

One of the things I love about reading is getting lost in the story and connecting with the characters.  In this book I couldn’t decide who I wanted to know more about!  I really loved that sexuality was completely open and acceptable in this book.  Essentially, anything goes and nothing is judged.  LOVE THAT!  I don’t know how to explain it so it’ll make sense and not offend anyone so you are just going to have to grab it up to see for yourself!  Suffice to say that nothing was predictable!

I am very happy this is only book 1 and I cannot wait to read more about these amazing characters!!

Buy this book on Amazon!

About Cullyn Royson

Cullyn Royson is a twenty-two year old graduate of The Evergreen State College. A combination of biology classes, swimming, fencing, and martial arts helps to inspire Cullyn’s writing. As a child and teen Cullyn performed magic tricks and made balloon animals for school talent shows.