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Hope(less) – Melissa Haag *Trailer Reveal*

Title: Hope(Less)
Author: Melissa Haag
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Blurb:
Gabby’s brain is like a human fish finder. It comes in handy when she wants to avoid people. Mostly men. They seem to like her a bit too much. It’s lonely being different, but she’s adapted to it. Really. She just wishes she knew why she is different, though.
In her search for answers, she discovers a hidden community of werewolves. She immerses herself in their culture, learning about their world until she meets Clay. He’s unkempt, prone to mood swings, intense without saying a word, and he thinks Gabby is his.
It’s going to take every trick she knows to convince Clay to go away, and every bit of willpower not to fall for him when she discovers the man beneath the rough exterior.
Judgement has begun…
Melissa Haag currently resides in Wisconsin with her husband and three children. Touch is her first published novel. She is currently working on book three of a separate five book series.
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Thomas’ Heart (Judgement of the Six Companion Series Book 4) – Melissa Haag

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Thomas’ race is dying. To protect those left, the Elders create a safe haven. However, the safety of their sanctuary is threatened by the cause of their kind’s decline. A human. But, she’s not like the rest; and despite his hatred of humans, Thomas wants her for his own.

When females start dying while trying to reach safety, Thomas realizes it’s no longer just humans who pose a threat, but desperate males. Thomas must secure his place at Charlene’s side as leader of sanctuary, or everything they’ve worked together to build will crumble, and any hope of a future for Thomas’s race will die.

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T’s Thoughts!

Thomas…We’ve known about Thomas since book 1. He’s the pack leader and his wife Charlene is the heart and soul of the pack, even though she’s human. In (Un)Bidden we learned how they met and the things that happened through her eyes, and in this one, we get in his head. And like with the other books in her series, the companion books follow closely with the Jot6 book, BUT not everything is as the women thought. Also, huge difference in this book is we are getting a lot of background information on the werewolves themselves and the plot overall is THICKENING like WHOA!

I’m not sure what all to say because these characters are beginning to feel like family to me. If you count all the books there are now 9 of them. And Thomas and Charlene factor in EVERY-SINGLE-ONE. So, the world is growing and we’re being fed information gradually until now knowing what I know so far (which isn’t much because it’s only the next book, (Dis)Content), things are about to come to a head. This makes me both anxious and fearful of what’s coming.

Thomas isn’t who I thought he’d be. I really was surprised by his side of things and I was doubly surprised by the amount of restraint he showed considering they didn’t really have as ‘civil’ a pack as there is now. At least by human standards. But he stayed the course and true to himself and I loved watching him go from the foundation of what a good leader SHOULD be to being a great leader. I also liked that we could get some in Grey’s head. I really do like that elder.

I’m going to leave you with a little bit of advice, since I’ve already posted a huge wall of text. Read the books together. It makes the reading experience so full and rich. Or read Jot6 book 1 and then its companion, then Jot6 book 2 and then its companion. But don’t read all of the Jot6 books, THEN start on the companions. You could…but you’d miss out just how awesome they are together.

A’s Thoughts!

Hey guys! A here with my thoughts on Thomas’ Heart by Melissa Haag. This is the 4th book in the Judgment of the Six companion Novels,  and It’s even more amazing than the last one (which I don’t even know how that’s possible!)

This is so much more than an alternative POV. One of my absolute favorite things about these stories is how much they add to the women’s books. I love a good strong heroine,  but in alternate POVs their men can sometimes come off looking weak by comparison. The men in these books keep their strength and “alphaness”  because they have so much knowledge the Judgments don’t.

Thomas’ story has SUCH a different feel from Charlene’s. It’s a bit darker and more intense. It in no way feels like the same book…… And I LOVED it! There are some revelations in this book that will knock your socks off. 

If you’re someone who doesn’t like to “waste your money” on alternative POV books, this is a series that will make you eat your words! Melissa does a phenomenal job of making the books their own story and yet she somehow manages to make them follow the original plot as well. There’s no way I could give this one anything less than 🌮🌮🌮🌮🌮

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Melissa Haag currently resides in Wisconsin with her husband and three children. Touch was her first published novel. She is currently working on book five of the Judgement of the Six Series…along with several other new books.

Register for her newsletter to learn more about her upcoming projects, and subscribe to her mailing list for deleted scenes, deals, and giveaways, go to http://melissahaag.com/subscribe/

or connect with Melissa at:

Twitter: @MelissaHaag
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6908249.Melissa_Haag
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.MelissaHaag

Judgement of the Six in order:
Hope(less)
(Mis)fortune
(Un)wise
(Un)bidden
(Dis)content
(Sur)real **no set release date**

Judgement of the Six Companion series:
Clay’s Hope
Emmitt’s Treasure
Luke’s Dream
Thomas’ Heart **Releasing 11-22-16**

Carlos Peace **Releasing 2-14-17**

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Emmitt’s Treasure (A Judgement of the Six Companion Series Book 2) – Melissa Haag

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After six years away from his pack, Emmitt realizes he has no idea what he wants from life. His parents want him to lead the pack, and the Elders expect him to further integrate his people into human society. His reluctance to take on the demanding responsibility of leadership has him dragging his feet to return home.

Finding his Mate changes everything. Michelle’s shy and beautiful and on the run. She needs somewhere to stay and someone to take care of her. Suddenly, responsibility doesn’t seem like such a burden to Emmitt. He’ll do whatever it takes to earn her trust and keep her safe…even from one of his own kind.

Note: This is book 2 of the Judgement of the Six Companion series. If you haven’t read the Judgement of the Six series yet, check out Hope(less) for free!

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This is the companion novel to (Mis)Fortune, you can find my review for that here. We know from that book that Emmitt is patient and wonderfully kind with Michelle and her two younger brothers. We also know that he’s fiercely loyal and willing to do anything to make sure she feels safe, even if that means keeping himself away from her. All of that rings true in this one too. And all those swoon-worthy moments from (Mis)Fortune are explained here, and you’d think with that explanation that they would be less swoon-worthy. Not so, my friend…not so. In this we see his motivations, his fears, his insecurities, and his struggles. These are things hinted at in (Mis)Fortune. We also get more history of the compound and of others in the pack. And we get more Jim. But we find out that Jim is in training…of what, I won’t say. Just know that I love Jim.

If you’re afraid that reading the same story from a different POV would be tedious and boring, worry not with this. I know there are quite a few POV companion stories that are nothing more than an exact retelling with no new information. This isn’t one of those. It isn’t as varied as some others that I’d read, but that works with this story.

Ms. Haag takes this story and makes it bolder, richer, and more dynamic. Her ability to write the story is growing through this series. Don’t get me wrong, she’s talented from the beginning. She’s just honing her craft, as all good storytellers should. So, you should know this by now…Read this book. FIRST, read Hope(Less), Clay’s Hope, and (Mis)Fortune) before reading this. THEN read the rest of the series. You won’t regret it.

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Melissa Haag currently resides in Wisconsin with her husband and three children. Touch was her first published novel. She is currently working on book five of the Judgement of the Six Series…along with several other new books.

Register for her newsletter to learn more about her upcoming projects, and subscribe to her mailing list for deleted scenes, deals, and giveaways, go to http://melissahaag.com/subscribe/or connect with Melissa at:

Twitter: @MelissaHaag
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6908249.Melissa_Haag
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.MelissaHaag

Judgement of the Six in order:
Hope(less)
(Mis)fortune
(Un)wise
(Un)bidden
(Dis)content
(Sur)real **no set release date**

Judgement of the Six Companion series:
Clay’s Hope
Emmitt’s Treasure **Book 2–May 24th 2016**
Luke’s Dream **Book 3–Aug 9th 2016**

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(Dis)Content (Judgement of the Six Series Book 5) – Melissa Haag

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I hate. I thought I hated before the letter, before the werewolves, but now I understand that was nothing more than a chip on my shoulder. The urbat took what was mine. And, they will pay.

Isabelle leads a very normal life…for an emotional syphon. If not for Ethan and his bar, she would have lost her sanity long ago. But everything changes with the crash of her fighting cage and a man who transforms into a wolf. There’s something about Carlos—when he’s not growling at her—that makes her do things she wouldn’t normally do, like sigh and daydream.

Attraction aside, she is faced the very real evidence that werewolves and urbat exist, and the urbat are after her. And the only way she can keep Ethan safe is to join with the werewolves and Carlos. It’s a race against time to stop a war, fight for love, and find the last Judgement.

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***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***

The next to last book. We have met Hope, Fortune, Wisdom, and Strength. In this book we get to meet Peace. This isn’t because of the way she is, but rather the way she makes people feel. She’s an emotion siphon. She sucks in all the negative emotions that we feel and it leaves us feeling happy and peaceful. But such a power comes at a cost. That cost is all that negative emotion has to go somewhere and the only way Isabelle can let it out is by beating people up. And that’s how Bethi, Luke, Gabby, Clay, Grey, and Carlos find her. She’s in a ring, duking it out with a guy called, affectionately, Brick. It is when Brick lands a shot that all kinds breaks loose. Carlos is almost as tight lipped as Clay. But he withholds more than his words, he’s an emotional void. And that’s unusual for Z. She decides to leave with the group along with her best and only friend Ethan, and they make their way across country to try to escape the Urbat and get the sixth sister, Courage. Blake has her.

This story is darker than even Bethi’s, even though there’s less gore. Not less death, but less gore. Well, kinda. This book had me giggling at the Phineas and Ferb reference, bawling…like SOBBING…like crying noises coming out of my FACE. Stuff is getting deep and real and the danger is touching everyone. I can only imagine just how harsh the last book will be. I’m also glad to have the interlude of Charlene’s story between Bethi’s and Z’s story. Without it, it would be too much. And her story sets up so much that we experience in this one. So for those of you questioning why the break in tempo…TRUST me, you’ll need it. It gives you a chance to breathe, because books three and five will be just too much for so long. We see all the usual, except for the Greg and Mary and their boys. We get to see more of Jim and his antics. HAHAH! I love that character so much, he’s so light-hearted and fun, and so much like his uncle.

Ms. Haag is taking us down that rabbit trail and she’s not caring if we stumble along the way. And I’m ever so grateful for the companion books she is writing because like Clay, Carlos keeps his secrets close to his chest and we’re not given an inkling of what makes him tick. And honest, I’m dying to know. Only one more book left in her series and I think it’ll leave me sad and more than just bereft. So, as with all the others, I’m not just going to recommend that you read them, I’m going to shout and bother you until you do! And this is good for the older teen on up, due to thematic elements and violence.

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Melissa Haag currently resides in Wisconsin with her husband and three children. Touch was her first published novel. She is currently working on book five of the Judgement of the Six Series…along with several other new books.

Register for her newsletter to learn more about her upcoming projects, and subscribe to her mailing list for deleted scenes, deals, and giveaways, go to http://melissahaag.com/subscribe/

or connect with Melissa at:

Twitter: @imagine2live
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6908249.Melissa_Haag
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.MelissaHaag

Judgement of the Six in order:
Hope(less)
(Mis)fortune
(Un)wise
(Un)bidden
(Dis)content **Book 5–coming November 24, 2015**

Judgement of the Six Companion series:
Clay’s Hope
Emmitt’s Treasure **Book 2–coming 2016**

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(Dis)Content (Judgement of the Six Series Book 5) – Melissa Haag ***BOOK BLITZ***GIVEAWAYS***

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(Dis)Content by Melissa Haag 
(Judgement of the Six #5) 
Publication date: November 24th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Discontent

SYNOPSIS

I hate. I thought I hated before the letter, before the werewolves, but now I understand that was nothing more than a chip on my shoulder. The urbat took what was mine. They will pay.

Isabelle leads a very normal life…for an emotional syphon. If not for Ethan and his bar, she would have lost her sanity long ago. But everything changes with the crash of her fighting cage and a man who transforms into a wolf. There’s something about Carlos—when he’s not growling at her—that makes her do things she wouldn’t normally do, like sigh and daydream.

Attraction aside, she is faced with the very real evidence that werewolves and urbat exist, and the urbat are after her. And the only way she can keep Ethan safe is to join with the werewolves and Carlos. It’s a race against time to stop a war, fight for love, and find the last Judgement.

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I ducked under Brick’s next swing and came back with a punch to his jaw. Something crunched, and I wanted to cringe for him. Brick staggered back a step and shook his head. I didn’t press him. Instead, I gave him a moment to clear the hit.

From the corner of my eye, I noticed the repetitious movement of a dark-haired man near the fence, but I didn’t look away from Brick. His gaze looked a little unfocused, and I hoped I hadn’t done any real damage. I still had a lot to drain. Sometimes, if a single fight wasn’t enough to empty everything, I called out to the crowd for another contender. I might need to do that with Brick. He’d taken enough of a beating. The guy pacing beside the cage might be up for a round or two.

Brick brought his gloves back up and stepped toward me. A low growl, barely loud enough to hear over the noise, reached me. I turned to look and met the deep brown eyes of the tall, dark-haired man. My stomach dipped at the sight of him.

Just as I was registering the details of the stranger’s strong, clean-shaven jaw, Brick swung and knocked my lights loose.

Time slowed as my head snapped back. Something crashed against the fence. I barely heard it over the ringing in my ears. I widened my stance to stay upright and saw one of the brackets pull from the ceiling before I straightened. Stunned, my gaze followed the dust down as I automatically brought my fists up.

I expected more from Brick, but he wasn’t moving toward me. He wasn’t looking at me, either. Something crashed against the cage again. Then, I saw it.

The metal of the cage bent inward as a huge dog crashed against the fence again and again. It didn’t look at me. It only looked at Brick, who stared back at it blankly. I’d hit him too hard. I must have. Maybe Brick had hit me too hard, too.

Ethan shouted my name as a few more of the brackets tore from the ceiling. A memory surfaced of a video I’d seen earlier that year. A man had been attacked by a dog, just about the same size as the one that crashed against the cage. When the dog had fled, there’d been little left of the man. The memory shook me free.

“Brick, move!” I yelled, trying to jar him from his stupor.

I gave the man a shove toward the door, then ran past him when he showed no interest in saving himself. People in the main bar were screaming and running for the exit. Chaos reigned beyond the cage—every man for himself. Worried for Ethan, I pushed through the door to the hall so hard that it bounced back on me and banged my left shoulder.

The rhythmic slamming of the cage stopped as I stumbled out into the service hall and eyed my options. The employee entrance was too close to the dog. I’d need to go out to the alley, then circle around to the front to get Ethan.

Claws screeched on the employee door, and I almost tripped over myself in my rush toward the back exit. Behind me, the door shuddered as something hit it with enough force to make the metal groan. My heart stopped, and I twisted to look over my shoulder. I was still alone. But for how long? A burst of adrenaline helped me reach the end of the hall.

The cold metal exit bar of the back door gave way, and I flew outside, startling a few of the users who lingered amongst the trash. I pulled emotions from them as I ran past, fueling myself. The people sagged. I didn’t stop running or pulling. I might need it to get to Ethan.

Ahead, the mouth of the alley beckoned. Already, people from the club ran past on the street. Screaming and shouting filled the air, along with my own rapid breathing and the pounding of my feet on the pavement.

Before I reached the mouth of the alley, the door burst open behind me. Taking a risk, I looked back. Just in time, too. The dog flew at me, knocking me backwards. I lifted my arms to block its snapping jaws as I fell to the ground under its weight. My head hit the blacktop with a burst of pain, and I lost my breath a second time.

My ears rang. I gave my head a tiny shake and blinked as I looked up at my hands. They weren’t braced on fur but a human arm. I blinked again, trying to focus. Beyond the snarling face and snapping teeth, I met the light grey gaze of an older man. He had wrapped his arm around the thing’s neck in an attempted chokehold.

“Run,” he said. The man pulled back, straining to win me some wiggle room.

FROM THE AUTHOR

Being an Author: Breaking the myth

If you write a book, people will read it. I mean, that’s the point of writing a book, right? Readers will read it, tell other readers about it, and an author can sit back and enjoy the money and fame their writing will bring. Yeah, not so much.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love being an author. I love dreaming up the worlds I write about. The characters come alive in my mind and on paper. That I can share it with readers is cool. But, it’s not an easy or glamorous job (yep, I used the J word!).

There are no housemaids to do my laundry or cooks to make meals so I can keep writing. I still have everyday life responsibilities like washing dishes and paying bills. People don’t shout my name when I go into public places.

Being an author doesn’t mean wide spread fame or fortune. Being an author is a job like any other. It requires time and dedication to do well. It means sleepless nights worrying about deadlines and audience satisfaction. It means investing a ton of hours (and pieces of my soul) into each book I write. It means opening myself to public criticism for each word I’ve typed.

No, being an author isn’t easy. Then again, most jobs worth doing aren’t.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Melissa

Melissa Haag currently resides in Wisconsin with her husband and three children. Touch was her first published novel. She is currently working on book five of the Judgement of the Six Series…along with several other new books.

Register for her newsletter to learn more about her upcoming projects, and subscribe to her mailing list for deleted scenes, deals, and giveaways, go to http://melissahaag.com/subscribe/

or connect with Melissa at:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelissaHaag
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6908249.Melissa_Haag
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.MelissaHaag

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Devastation (A Beastly Tale Part 3) – M.J. Haag

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**Adult Romance – Special pre-order price $2.99**
The Beauty and the Beast saga ends with Devastation…

Abused and rejected, Benella strives to regain a purpose for her life, and finds herself returning to the last place she ever wanted to see. She must learn when it is right to forgive and when it is time to move on.

Intended for adult readers only due to sexual situations, violence, and moderate language.

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***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% my own.***

When we left off in Deceit, I was close to throwing the book. I was so mad and hurt and upset. I wanted to thrash more people at the end of that book than I wanted to shake hands with. And that’s where we start off. RIGHT where that left us. So we’re dealing with a very hurt and sad Benella. So, when Bernard is offered a position at the estate, they both evaluate whether it is a good position for him to take. And they both decide it is and go there. Once there, Benella has to come to terms that the Beast is gone and in its place is a seemingly indifferent man.

But Rose’s interference doesn’t end when the curse is lifted and she’s placed a newer bunch of obstacles in order for Alec and the inhabitants of the estate to keep their freedom. And Benella decides to do all in her power to help Alec and those in his employ. Along the way, she learns a few hard truths about herself.

I will say that this one ended on a much better note. So all questions and worries are answered and accounted for by book’s end. And in reading all three stories together as one makes for one heckuva read. It’s really a great retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

Ms. Haag’s introduction into the world of adult romance is done with a bang. It’s not surprising that the quality is there. It’s not surprising that the world building is there. I will say that after having read so many books with no nookie the fact that there is made me go “oh my!” a time or two, but it’s done tastefully and it’s done without being too graphic. I know that some would take issue with Benella’s age. BUT bearing in mind it’s a fantasy tale set in a time reminiscent of our 17-18th century, girls were women once they were physically capable of bearing children. So by that standard, Benella is long in the tooth. So all said and done, it’s steamy without being racy. It’s delicately written without holding back. So would I recommend this to the adult crowd. Yup, I would I would!

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MJ Haag is the pen name for Melissa Haag, a multi-published author of three series. As MJ Haag she writes adult paranormal/fantasy romance. The Beastly Tales starts with Depravity, publishing June 2015. There are 2 more books in this series. Deceit publishes July 2015 and Devastation in August 2015.

As Melissa Haag she’s the bestselling author of the YA paranormal romance Judgement of the Six series and the Judgement of the Six Companion Series. Check out her YA books at http://amazon.com/author/melissahaag

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Deceit (A Beastly Tale Book 2) – M.J. Haag***RELEASE DAY BLITZ***

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I own a copy of this book. All thoughts are 100% my own.

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Safely hidden within the estate’s enchanted walls, Benella no longer has time to fear her tormentors. She’s too preoccupied attempting to determine what makes the beast so beastly. It might be the taxing visits from the aged enchantress who cursed him or his growing vexation at not being allowed to touch Benella.
In order to gain her freedom, she must find a way to break the curse, but first, she must help him become a better man while protecting her heart.

Intended for adult readers only due to sexual situations, violence (attempted rape), and moderate language.

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We pick up where Depravity leaves off. I won’t say where you are, but I will say that this is the time where the beast has her to himself and he is trying to woo her. Kind of. He needs her to help him to break his curse. So she is doing everything that she can to help him figure this out. She seeks out help from the Whispering Sisters, from the nymphs and tree and the enchanted creatures at the estate. Benella didn’t mind helping the Beast, she never thought that by helping him, she would find herself falling in love with him. Then one day things change….

I will go no further. I will say this IS a book that ends on a cliffhanger. Oh my goodness does it ever. I will say this really made me angry. I was cussing mad. I had a tiny moment where I didn’t think I could forgive Ms. Haag for hurting my heart the way that she did. It lasted all of a nanosecond. This second part definitely ups the ante on the first, and it is by far much naughtier. Still far from erotica, but oh so blush-inducing. And even though this book ends in a big cliffhanger, I wouldn’t suggest anyone not read it. Unless of course they can’t live with cliffhangers, then I suggest waiting a month for Devastation to come out.

Ms. Haag has taken this childhood tale and has created something VERY adult and very modern (even though its setting is in the past). Her story continues to get us more involved with the characters and more in tuned with Benella and her plight. We even root for the Beast, even if he is crude and harsh. So, would I recommend this book? Yes, I would! Read it now if you can handle the cliffhanger. WAIT, but read it later when Devastation comes out. Because believe me when I tell you that you’ll scoff at the other “popular kid’s movie” beast. He’s not beastly enough. I will give a warning though, this IS adult. This is NOT for children. This is NOT the Beauty and Beast story from your youth. This DOES contain graphic depictions of sexual acts. Therefore, consider yourself aware and don’t cry foul if you are affronted by such things.

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MJ Haag is the pen name for Melissa Haag, a multi-published author of three series. As MJ Haag she writes adult paranormal/fantasy romance. The Beastly Tales starts with Depravity, publishing June 2015. There are 2 more books in this series. Deceit publishes July 2015 and Devastation in August 2015.

As Melissa Haag she’s the bestselling author of the YA paranormal romance Judgement of the Six series and the Judgement of the Six Companion Series. Check out her YA books at http://amazon.com/author/melissahaag

*Stop by http://www.melissahaag.com/subscribe to join her newsletter and stay informed of her writing, public appearances, giveaways, and promotions.

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