Authors Spotlight: Dakota Willink

Heart of Stone by Dakota Willink

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“HEART OF STONE” by Dakota Willink.

Krystina Cole was a girl on a mission.  She had big dreams and aspirations, none of which included a man by her side.  She knew better than that – at least until she met Alexander Stone, the New York billionaire real estate tycoon.  She saw the way that he looked at her, and the dark promises in his eyes.  She was curious about his world and all that it entailed. But the shadows of her past haunted her, making her afraid to explore possibilities that she could never before have imagined…

Alexander Stone was a man who knew how to get what he wanted.  He understood the value of finesse, and the importance of patience and diligence to achieve the desired result. He was successful and wealthy, relying on his naturally sharp instincts to guide him through life.  But a chance run in with Krystina Cole quickly turned his world upside down. Her quick wit and firecracker attitude was the complete opposite of what he wanted in a woman, and his instincts failed him at every turn…

However, both Krystina and Alexander are clinging to the secrets of their past, and neither of them are willing to compromise.  Krystina’s hardened heart makes emotional surrender a hard limit.  But for Alexander, revealing his past could have devastating results.

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About The Author: Dakota Willink

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Dakota Willink is a self employed writer and editor, and the author of Heart of Stone, a contemporary romance novel.   She is an associate member of Romance Writers of America.

Dakota has always had a passion for reading and writing. From the time she was an adolescent, she enjoyed curling up with a good paperback, reading genres that ranged from thriller and fantasy, to mystery and romance.  She always dreamed of one day writing her own book, but had put her aspirations on hold to focus on her family and a career that would pay the bills.

Although she earned a degree in business and had built a solid reputation in retail sales, her heart continued to be with fictional characters – whether they belonged to a favorite author or if they were just stories that she made up in her own head.

In 2013, Dakota gathered enough courage to turn her dreams into a reality. In between playing chauffeur to two very busy children and working her job during the day, Dakota began to put words on paper.  Eventually, she began to describe her life as a book.  Everything she saw or heard throughout the day, intertwined with her imagination for the creation of future writings.  By 2014, with the support of her husband and two children, she gave up the security of a steady paycheck and began working on her first novel full time.

Dakota Willink is a lover of music, and appreciates the power and stimulating effect it can have on the brain.  She often uses lyrics and melodies to help her through bouts of writers block.  At the end of her novel, you can find an authors note that recognizes and thanks the artists that gave her inspiration.

Dakota resides in the Western New York area, where she enjoys spending time with family, her two Labrador Retrievers, and her spoiled rotten cat.  During the summer months, she can often be found on a boat, soaking up the sun on the Great Lakes with her family.

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Heart of Stone Playlist

“Wait Up (Boots of Danger)” by Tokyo Police Club (Champ)

“Hurricane” by Thirty Seconds to Mars (This Is War)

“Rocky Road To Dublin” by Dropkick Murphy’s (Live on St. Patrick’s Day)

“Stompa” by Serena Ryder (Harmony)

“Blue Jeans” by Lana Del Rey (Born to Die)

“Samba Pa Ti” by Tadeusz Machalski, self-released (Guitar Collection)

“Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys (AM)

“Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood (I Love You)

“Closer” by Nine Inch Nails (The Downward Spiral)

“Catch and Release” by Silversun Pickups (Swoon)

“Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira (Oral Fixation, Vol. 2)

“Desire” by Meg Myers (Make a Shadow)

“BTSK” by MS MR (Secondhand Rapture)

“Seven Devils” by Florence + The Machine (Ceremonials)

“Breathe” by Of Verona (The White Apple)

“Sanya Seiran” by Riley Kelly Lee (Shakuhachi Honkyoku – Japanese Flute)

“Howlin’ For You” by The Black Keys (Brothers)

“Beauty of Sadness” by Spiky (Whimsical Fantasy)

“Silence” by Delerium (feat. Sarah McLachlan), DJ Tiësto (The Best of Delerium)

“Breathing Underwater” by Metric (Synthetica)

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