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Read an excerpt from Famous by Default by M.K. Harkins


Jax doesn't want to be famous. Stalked by rabid fans and the paparazzi, he dreams of better days when things were normal. But those days are gone. No one can stay under the radar if you're from the Jaynes family. He doesn't trust anymore.

Sivan doesn't have a family. As a part of the foster care system, all she wants is to finish doing her time and move out and on. She doesn't love anymore.

Jax and Sivan are thrust together on a small-town farm in Mount Vernon, Iowa. They take an immediate dislike of one another, trying at every opportunity to trip each other up. They don't want to acknowledge they might be more similar than they first thought.

Will they stay stuck in their past, hanging on to their lack of trust and love? Or can they change before it's too late? 


Could choking someone be considered manslaughter instead of murder? A reduced stint in jail might be worth wiping the smug expression off his face. That cocky, self-important jerk. So what if he was good-looking? Lots of people were. Well, maybe not as hot as Jax, but still.

His dark, wavy hair and green eyes, a chiseled jaw and high cheekbones that rivaled any high-priced model were actually annoying. And it wasn’t fair his lips looked so soft and full.

Stop it.

It didn’t change the fact he thought the world should revolve around him.

Probably just your typical pampered, rich kid. He didn’t have the clothes, but his attitude screamed spoiled brat.

“I thought you were homeless or some drug addict.” There. That should bring him down a few notches.

“What?” His overconfident smile faltered.


“Oh, so that’s how you treat a possible homeless person?” He raised an eyebrow.

Ugh. His irritating smile returned.

“No. Only the homeless who break and enter. Who knew what you were up to? And don’t forget about the drug addict part. Yeah, I think you look more like someone coming down from a meth high.” I folded my arms across my chest.


“Um. Look, Sivan.” Regina glared at me. “You may have lived in a cave or something before you came to Betty’s, but you can’t talk to him like that.”

I’d almost forgotten she was in the room.  “Of course I can talk to him that way. Why would you care anyway? Do you know him?”

“Duh. Everyone knows him. He’s, like, uber-famous.” She rolled her eyes.

Oh, great, worse than I imagined. A spoiled, rich, pampered, and famous jerk.

“I’m not famous. You’ve mistaken me for my brother.” His lips turned down into a frown.

Regina smiled like she’d just won a spelling bee. “Oh, I know who you are. You have the little scar above your right eyebrow. You’re Jax.”

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About M.K. Harkins

MK has always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry spell of reading material, she decided to write the kind of book she'd like to read. This resulted in the creation of her debut novel, Intentional. (Award for Best Sweet Romance - eFestival of Words- August 2014)

Unintentional, the second book in the series, is based on the life of one of the characters in Intentional (Cade - an engineer/rock star). Unintentional was written as a stand-alone book.

Breaking Braydon, another stand-alone book, is now available on Amazon. 

Taking Tiffany (A spin-off) is available now.

MK is currently working on a paranormal romance - The Reader. Due out 2016.

When she's not writing novels, she likes to spend her free time traveling the world, splashing in mud puddles (She lives in Seattle, what can she say?), watching movies and reading (!)

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