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Authors: AJ Krafton,Ash Krafton

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Take this kiss upon the brow!

And, in parting from you now,

Thus much let me avow

You are not wrong, who deem

That my days have been a dream;

Yet if hope has flown away

In a night, or in a day,

In a vision, or in none,

Is it therefore the less gone?

All that we see or seem

Is but a dream within a dream.


Edgar Allan Poe, “A Dream Within A Dream”




The Heartbeat Thief is the first release for AJ Krafton, a New Adult speculative fiction author from the Pennsylvania coal region. If she’s not writing, it’s probably because she’s distracted by all the cool junk on her desk or by the stacks of books that have grown up around it.


She also writes novels, short fiction, and poetry for adult audiences as
Ash Krafton
. Some of those novel titles include:


The Books of the Demimonde: urban fantasy trilogy

Bleeding Hearts (Demimonde #1)

Blood Rush (Demimonde #2)

Wolf’s Bane (Demimonde #3)


Stand-alone paranormal romance

Words That Bind


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Special thanks to Heather Hand, my Facebook Friend who named Felicity. I couldn’t have picked a more suitable name for such a sweet, fun, and happy girl…


Extra-special thanks go out to my beta crew for dedicating their time, thoughts, and energy to this project. *smoochies* *smoochies* Lizzy and her squees, Yvonne and her underlining, authors Tricia Schneider and Cesya Cuono, Mesquite Librarians Alison Reyes and Colleen Duke, and my ARC reviewers —you each have done me incomparable honor. My heart is within you, always!


And most extravagant thanks go out to all the readers and bloggers and bibliophiles who have supported my scribbles, especially with this newest book. Long live “Scary Jane”.



THE HEARTBEAT THIEF features excerpts taken from the following sources:


Newspaper article dispatched from the London press dated September 30, 1888 as reported in the Daily Alta California, Monday October 1, 1888, Page 5

The Masque of the Red Death
” by Edgar Allan Poe

A Dream Within A Dream
” by Edgar Allan Poe

” by William Shakespeare



For my

My husband, my children, my family


In fondest memory of EAP:

I’ll always carry pennies for you.



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