Dangerous Temptations

By: Brooke Cumberland

To three of the closest author friends I’ve been fortunate enough to find: Staci, Katie, & Whitney. Thanks for putting up with my crazy, my stressed out mental state (only before deadlines though), and for making me laugh on a daily basis. Thank you for breaking up my stress-induced comas with awkward Tumblr pics and hilarious memes. Thank you for holding my hand through this long process and always encouraging me to keep going. Thank you for reading on demand and helping me at all hours of the day. I’ve been lucky to find introverts just like myself who understand my awkwardness (or at least pretend to). Thank you each for being my rock. For keeping me grounded. For encouraging and reminding me that I can do this. Thank you for challenging and pushing me to be better. This book would be a bunch of jumbled words without your support.

I owe a ginormous thanks to my personal assistant/friend, Miranda Sue Johnson. You’re so much more than my PA. I can’t even express how thankful I am for you each and every day. You definitely have helped me so much these past few months. Thank you for always being there, reading and ripping my words apart, pushing and challenging me to do better, and making my life a tad less crazy. Thank you for just ‘knowing’ things and always being able to do them for me. I don’t know how I went the first eighteen months without you, but now that I have you, I don’t plan to let you go. And thank you for being my right-hand woman while writing Alex and Mac’s story. Thanks for listening to my ramblings, ideas, panic outbursts, and freak out moments. Thank you for brainstorming with me and being readily available to re-read anytime I needed you to. I love you! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thank you to my beta team and all the members of the Brooke Cumberland & Crew! Thanks for always being so enthusiastic about helping me out and reading my books!

I’m a huge believer in being loyal to the ones that have helped me along the way. Thank you to the bloggers that I’ve been fortunate to meet along the way, thank you for sticking by my side and for your support, and for sharing my sales and new releases. Thank you for supporting Indies like me.

Thank you to my editor, Rogena, for always working with my high demands and short deadlines. Thank you for being a constant in our loyal and professional relationship. I’m so glad to have you on my team!

When I started writing Dangerous Temptations, I had a cover idea in my mind that I was sure I wanted for Mac and Alex’s story. After I met Lauren from Perrywinkle Photography, I decided to go with a custom shoot. Once we picked the models and the date, I flew out to Salt Lake City so I could be present for the shoot. What I had in mind and what Lauren created are so different! Turns out, the image in my mind didn’t even compare to what Lauren and the models, Chase and Whitney, were able to create.

So a huge thank you to Lauren, Chase, and Whitney for giving me the most beautiful cover picture I could’ve asked for! For two people who just met that day, you gave the camera the chemistry and hotness level Mac and Alex deserved.

Speaking of hotness, I need to thank Sommer Stein of Perfect Pear Creative Covers for putting up with me as we designed DT’s cover. You created the most gorgeous cover I could’ve asked for. Thank you for being much more than just my designer!

To my wonderful PR team, Christine Stanley, at The Hype PR who is a truly miracle worker. Thank you for all you do and for being a part of my team. I love you!

Bloggers, readers, author peers—this is an amazing community! Thank you for loving books, sharing about them, and networking together. This is an incredible journey, and I love that I have found some great people along the way! To the bloggers who read an ARC on short notice, thank you for squeezing Mac & Alex’s story in! And for all the bloggers who share their love for reading.

And to anyone I may have happened to miss, know that your support doesn’t go unnoticed!

Thank you for all!

Much love,

Brooke xx

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