Monday, October 6, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Washington Triplets Series by Danielle Allen, Michelle Lynn & Melissa Rolka


The Rebel
Mya Washington is a rebel. Or at least, that’s what her family has always said. As the youngest of a set of triplets, she has always been the more rebellious of the three…even though she never considered herself a rebel.
Outspoken? Yes.
Rule Breaker? Sometimes.
Trouble Maker? Nev—occasionally.
Growing tired of being typecast and misunderstood, Mya moves to New York looking for a fresh start away from the life she grew up in and out of the shadow of her older sisters.  Striking out on her own may have put a strain on the family dynamic, but it's the new beginning Mya was looking for.
But after the unexpected death of her mother, she is blindsided yet again by a wedding invitation she didn’t see coming. Her father’s upcoming marriage only cements the wall she’s put up around her heart. Because if her father could be such an utter disappointment, why should she even attempt to open up to any man?
Enter Colton Davis.


Everything that I've read from Danielle Allen have always been amazing and she has done it again with Love Discovered in New York, the first book of The Washington Triplet Series.

Can I just say how much I loved Mya Washington? Sassy, confident, with a little bit of attitude and a hint of vulnerability, she was probably one of my favorite characters to read because she reminded me of myself.

Mya is the youngest of the Washington triplet. Considered the rebel, she move to her own beat and doesn't care what anyone thinks, which I loved. Feeling betrayed by her father and keeping her distance from her sisters, she is not quick to let any man into her life. In walk Colton Davis. When Mya and Colton are together I could fell the sparks fly from my kindle. Their connection is instantaneous and although Mya feels something for him, she keeps him at arms length, refusing to give up her heart. 

I loved Colton. He was the not pushy with Mya. He followed her lead, allowing her to dictate their relationship but also showing her, in subtle ways, that he was interested in much more.

This story is about the power to accept the people that you love can make mistakes and opening yourself to love. A fantastic read!


Being the oldest Washington Triplet hasn’t been easy for Marisa Washington. Labeled the “good one” at a young age embedded the burden she strived to build true. She graduated at the top of her class, never caused her parents trouble, and even settled down in their hometown of Chicago with her college boyfriend.

Her life was “perfect”, at least in the eyes of others. But when her mom unexpectedly dies, Marisa’s eyes open for the first time. She leaves her boyfriend of four years and takes a job in Alaska to gain the freedom and individuality she’s craved. After all, what would she gain by sticking around Chicago? She discovered her perfect family isn’t so perfect, and everyone she cares for left her.

Starting a new life in Anchorage, Alaska, she’s unable to escape her family’s hold when her dad’s wedding announcement comes a mere six months after her mother’s death. Attempts to contact her sisters, in order to face this together, are unsuccessful, leaving her feeling even more alone.

Her family issues have to be pushed aside when her employer sends her and three others to a team building retreat in King’s Gate. It’s the last thing Marisa wants to do, until everywhere she turns, she finds…Zach Greer.


After reading Mya's story in Love Discovered in New York, I was anxious to read about Marisa in Love Grows in Alaska by Michelle Lynn.

Marisa is the oldest of the Washington Triplet, always considered the good one, when her mother pass and she learns of her father's betrayals, she decides to leave Chicago and make a life for herself in Alaska. Marisa moved to Alaska with a lot of the insecurity her ex left her with. when she meets Zach at a work retreat, there's an instant connection between them. Zach helps her work out with her insecurities and she helps him with the self doubt he has within himself.

Marisa learning to overcome the insecurities she has and opening herself to trusting Zach was great to read. Michelle did a wonderful job of telling Marisa's story. Can't wait to read the final novella.


The Quiet One

Mikaela Washington, the middle Triplet, has always been labeled the quiet one. Her parents claim her as the introvert or just shy. Of course she was, what other role could she take? All the others had been fulfilled.

Going away to college with her sisters was always the plan until unforeseen circumstances push Mikaela into a dark corner she can’t get out of. Her sisters think she’s just being more unusual than normal and her dad barely notices. The only person she can trust and confide in is her mom. 

She stays back and lives at home with her parents. These years are difficult, but she manages to find a career and go to therapy. During this time she learns her family home is not what it seems. She sees and hears things that her sisters know nothing about. Then when her mom suddenly dies she’s left to deal with not only her tragedy, but also the secrets of her family. 
Finally Mikaela realizes it’s time… time to move on, live on her own like her sisters and try to start new. When she moves to California she finds the job of her dreams and the man of her dreams attached to it… Ryan Chambers.

To read more about the Washington Triplet's check out Love Discovered in New York and Love Grows in Alaska.


I loved this book and I'm sad to end my journey with the Washington triplet but this was a great way to end the series.

Loved found in California by Melissa Rolka is the third and final novella of the Washington Triplets series. We met Mikaela (aka Mik) the middle triplet have always been labeled the quiet one. But something tragic happens to her in high school that left her alienating herself from her sisters and becoming distant from her family.

Melissa had a wonderful way of writing Mik story. In a series of flashbacks, we are able to see how she meets Ryan but also how she deals  with the horrible thing that has happened to her, dealing with the loss her her mother, as well as the hurt she feels from her father. Ryan, was by far my favorite guy in the Washington triplet series. He was the rock that Mik need to face her demons and he loved her unconditionally, even when he didn't know the full extent of what she was dealing with. When Mik was finally ready to open herself up, not only did she heal herself but she was able to bring her sisters together.

This was such a great series. To get three different authors to write these novellas about these three  sisters and get a different feel from each story, was a wonderful change. Absolutely loved it and would definitely recommend it.


I am a married event planner, life coach and instructor.  Between my awesome friends and family and my amazing husband, I am constantly surrounded by love.  My goal at all times is to love what I’m doing and enjoy life.  I love shopping and football with equal fervor.  I’m an amateur movie critic (i.e. my husband and I watch and critique a lot of movies for fun). I love to read, but since I’ve been writing, I don’t read as much as I used to. I love music. A good lyric with a good melody can paint a vivid picture and invoke such a range of emotions. I have a soft spot for most mediums of creative, artistic expression. But music is probably my favorite.




Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids.  She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write.   With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends.  But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.



Melissa Rolka grew up in the Chicagoland area all of her childhood and has always had a love of writing. She started by keeping a journal at a young age and in high school she started writing poetry. A couple poems were published anonymously. Then in college she majored in Philosophy, which required lots and lots of writing. After graduating from Marquette University she traveled west to Los Angeles. There she worked for the Writers Guild of America and found herself submerged in the writers world. She worked on small writings, but never pursued them. On the side she became involved with a small theater group. Eventually she made her way back to the Midwest, where her heart belongs, and worked in business for several years. She found love, got married and has two beautiful children. Being at home has allowed her to keep following her love of reading and writing. The Perfect Distraction (The Perfect Series) is her first full-length novel. When Melissa is not writing she is caring for, playing with and loving her two kids. In between taking care of her family and writing she almost always has her nose buried in her Kindle.




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