Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Hi all,

You know I can’t resist a HP reference 😉 I hope you’ve all had a good week and are all prepared for Sunday – eek, where has the time gone? As you may know I’ve had a lovely time this month working my way through my Xmassy to-read list. I absolutely love Christmas reads at this time of year and since I’m hoping you might do too, I thought I would share a few of my favourites and where you can find them. There’s paranormal, historical, sweet reads and steamy scenes – so something for everyone!

kissesMistletoe Kisses: A Westmore Christmas – Erzabet Bishop – 4 stars

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This was a really fun paranormal romance. Gargoyles aren’t something you see very often in these type of stories but the author has built a very rich and varied paranormal world, with shifters, demons and even a pink dragon all mentioned. This is obviously part of a series and it probably would have benefitted me to read earlier ones first as some of the background details were a little brief and I feel some of the secondary characters probably had their own stories already. That said, the main story was followable and I liked the characters a lot.

Jess is a very strong character. She’s gone through some terrible things and although she’s still traumatised in many ways, she hasn’t let it break her. She’s constantly trying to give back and help others, but I liked that she also had a sassy and sarcastic side (woman after my own heart lol).

Thorne was initially very reluctant to be stuck babysitting what he thought would be a spoilt princess but the relationship between them quickly develops. While I liked Thorne as a character, the relationship progression from his own point of view did feel a little jumpy at parts. He seemed to go from ‘he wanted her but needed to move on and he was no good for her anyway’ to ‘refuses to leave her’ pretty abruptly and I would have liked to see a little more of his internal journey there – especially with the back story that was only really hinted at.

This story could have easily been expanded for me. I would have loved to have seen their relationship progression in more detail and there were quite a few unanswered questions still left at the end (though perhaps they get resolved in a later installment). Overall though I really enjoyed the story, great characters and chemistry and a sweet Christmas backdrop. Will definitely be checking out others in this series.

angelThe Wrong Kind of Angel – Ruby Moone – 4 stars

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Charles is resigned to a lonely Christmas alone, when a stranger collapses on his door in the middle of a snowstorm. The beautiful young might share his sexual tastes but despite what he says, Charles knows he’s no angel. Harry has secrets of his own, that mean he can’t stay with Charles, no matter how tempted he may be, and ones that could very well get them both killed.

I really liked both characters in this. Charles initially comes across as very shy, quiet, even a little meek, but it quickly becomes apparent that he has hidden depths and is very capable of taking care of himself – and those around him. Harry has had a rough life and has had to do things he isn’t proud of to survive, but you can see that he has kept a core decency in the way he’s tried to save Julian. It was nice to see how they balanced each other out and the relationship development was really sweet.

Steamy scenes, gripping actions and a Christmas backdrop – what more could you ask for?

secretSecret Santa – Lichelle Slater – 4 stars

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Bell is a Secret Santa elf, tasked with helping people to rediscover their Christmas spirit. Unfortunately she’s failed with bar owner Drake the past years, but she’s determined this year she will find exactly what he needs for Christmas. Turns out it might just be her 🙂

This was an adorable little Christmas story. Bell is a really sweet character who genuinely cares about the people in her small town and goes out of her way to try and find what they need and to make their lives that little bit better. There was a great cast of secondary characters and a real community feel to the story. Drake wasn’t quite as well-developed for me – it might have been nice to see a bit from his point of view to help with that – but it was nice to see his progression from grumpy Scrooge to someone who was opening up to the festive season.

I did like their relationship development. The angst with Kristi did come across a little over-the-top at times and some of Bell’s assumptions didn’t really make sense to me – but the fact that she was a little naive in some ways didn’t make it seem as unbelievable as it otherwise might have been. Overall a really sweet Christmassy read. Would look for others from this author.

familyA Family for Christmas – Jay Northcote – 5 stars

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This was a great read, just overflowing with Christmassyness (it’s a word!). Rudy has a crush on his co-worker Zac but is convinced it’s all one-sided. When he learns Zac is spending Christmas all alone though, he can’t resist asking him along to his own crazy family festivities. When his family all assume that he’s finally found a boyfriend he doesn’t have the heart to upset them at Christmas – and Zac agrees to go along with the pretence. Soon though it’s feeling a little more real than either of them expected.

I really liked the characters in this story. Rudy was sweet and shy, with an endearing habit of always putting his foot in it. Zac has obviously had a hard life and a tough outer shell to show for it. It was really lovely to see that breaking down though under the onslaught of Rudy and his whole family, and to see that there was a softer interior that was desperate for something more out of life. The relationship between them both was believable and I enjoyed the progression.

This was just brimming with lovely Christmas details, and I especially loved Rudy’s family with all their warmth, openness and occasional complete inappropriateness 🙂 Not a lot of angst along the way but a feel-good romance, perfect for the festive season.

migglesMerry Christmas Mr Miggles – Eli Easton – 5 stars

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I just adored this book. Sweet, feel-good romance with just the right amount of Christmas spirit.

Toby is the junior librarian and loves his job. At the start of the story he has a horrible boyfriend and an ever-growing curiousity about his boss, the head librarian Mr Miggles. The older man is quiet, reserved, keeps himself to himself and Toby feels there’s always a sadness about him.

When Mr Miggles is wrongly arrested not only Toby but the whole town comes to realise just how much they miss him, and how much he quietly does behind the scenes for everyone.

This was a lovely story, there was a real small town community feel to it, with lots of interesting secondary characters. I loved the slow burn on the romance side, and the relationship development was sweet and believable. Both were well-developed characters; it was nice to see Toby growing and finding the strength to stand up for both himself and people he cared about, while Sean had to learn to loosen up a bit and let people in again. They were a great couple who really complemented each other well.

Overall, really enjoyable festive read. Will definitely be looking for more from this author.

And if you’re still looking for something I may have an angel themed Christmassy romance out myself 😉

angel-cover-7Divine Justice

He was sent to judge her… not fall for her.

As a justice angel, Jeremiah had been dispensing heavenly judgement for millenia. While he used to love his job, take pride it, then centuries of watching humans turn to selfishness and greed had left him cynical and bitter. These were no fit emotions for an angel and when he is summoned before the Archangel Council he is willing to accept his fate. Instead he is given one final task, one last judgement.

Holly was used to being alone. It didn’t mean she didn’t love her life, her friends, her work at the shelter. For Christmas though, she just wanted one thing; hope. Hospital tests were never fun and Holly had spent enough time being poked and prodded to never want to go through it again. When she encounters the mysterious Jeremiah she knows there’s something different about him. Something that has her inviting him in out of the cold and into her home, where the fire isn’t the only thing keeping them warm.

As secrets pile up faster than the snow outside, and lives hang in the balance, can Holly and Jeremiah both manage to get what they really want this Christmas?

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Have a lovely Christmas weekend. Take care x

Guest Author Carolyn LaRoche with All She Never Wanted

Hi all,

Yay, it’s weekend. Thank you so much to all who bought, liked and shared Divine Justice yesterday (and if you haven’t seen it yet, do go grab your copy lol!). Today, though I’m thrilled to have the fab Carolyn LaRoche visiting to chat about her release, All She Never Wanted.

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

carolyn-laroche-author-pictureThank you so much for allowing me to visit your blog today. I am very excited to be out and about promoting my new book. It’s been a long time in the making—lugging my laptop to my boys’ baseball practices and squeezing edits in between writing lesson plans for my science students—but it’s been worth every word in the book.

They’re always a labour of love, aren’t they? Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I have always loved to write stories but as far as becoming a “writer”, I’d have to say it was about seven or eight years ago. I’d just finished the first draft to my romantic suspense Witness Protection and sent it to a friend to read. Upon finishing, her response was “you better do something with this one.” I took her advice and eventually signed it with a small press. Now, two series and this book later, here I am!

Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

The closest thing I have to a writing routine is procrastinating as long as possible before sitting down at my computer. As soon as I decide to work, I suddenly have laundry I just have to fold or floors that must be mopped right then. I don’t know why- I love writing. I guess maybe I can’t really concentrate unless everything else is done.

Lol, I better not show you the state of my laundry pile then 😉 Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I love happy endings. It may take gunshots, kidnappings and car chases to get to them but there’s always that happy ending just waiting for my characters.

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I absolutely love reading indie author books. There is so much talent out there just waiting to be discovered.

So true and great to support other authors on their way up. What five things could you never do without?

Aside from my husband and boys. I’d say I couldn’t live without wifi. I love the world wide web! I also need to have chocolate in my life at all times. Flannel pajamas and leggings are a must and the beach. The ocean is my happy place.

Tell us a bit about your new release.

Evie and Landon come from two completely different worlds, each dealing with their own tragedies. Evie’s dreams had been violently destroyed and Landon’s playboy lifestyle had come to an abrupt and horrific end. Circumstances have thrown them together and despite mutual dislike, they are forced to coexist and eventually find a common ground. Falling in love was not something they wanted or expected.

Aww, I do have a soft spot for hate to love stories. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

I spend a lot of time at the beach and it seemed like the perfect place to fall in love. Especially at the holidays.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

The story is set in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. This is one of my very favorite places in the world. Having Evie find her second chance at life and love on the beautiful islands of the Outer Banks made the experience of writing the book that much better.

Sounds like a lovely place! What was the hardest part about writing it?

Having no more story left to tell. I fell in love with Evie and Landon and ending their story made me sad.

Aww, I always struggle with the goodbye bit as well – probably why my characters keep popping up in other people’s stories lol! Speaking of, who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

I love Evie because no matter how much life tosses at her, she still manages to be her snarky self. She cries when she’s alone but she doesn’t let tragedy win. In the end her strength pulls her through and she ends up stronger and better for it.

Why should we run out and buy it right now?

If you want to laugh and cry and experience all the feels, you need to meet Evie and Landon. It’s a great holiday romance that will leave you searching for a beach and some mistletoe.

Hehe, I must admit I’m more used to holiday snow than a beach but this sounds like it could win me round 🙂 Check out the book details here:

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cover1One moment changed everything…

Evie Ward had everything she’d ever dreamed of. An action-packed job where no two shifts were ever the same, the best friend a girl could ever want, and a fairy tale wedding just days away. Her life was absolutely perfect. Until one bullet—one horrible choice—left her with a broken heart and shattered dreams. Fleeing the city she loved and a lifetime of memories, Evie took a job in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the hopes that the ocean air and fresh beaches could somehow restore her soul. Falling in love again wasn’t part of the plan.

Landon Reed was on top of the world. The money, the women, the status—he had it all until one bad decision nearly cost him his life. His father gave him three months to get his act together or be cut off from the family fortune and business. No house, no job and no money. His will and his patience are tested further when his father hires a nurse to whip him into shape. She may be little but she’s mean and it looks like Landon has finally met his match.

With her shattered heart and his broken spirit, the road to recovery will be long. Can they help each other heal or will their fractured pasts be too much to overcome?

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

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Don’t forget to follow Carolyn on social media here:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolynLaRoche

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Twitter: @CarolynLaRoche

 

Take care x

Guest Author Renee Leigh with You Should Smile

Hi all,

Can you believe we’re into December already? Christmassyness can officially start lol. Today though Im thrilled to have the fab Renee Leigh visiting, she’s going to chat about her re-release You Should Smile.

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

img_3273My name is Renee Leigh. I write contemporary, stand-alone erotic romance novels. I’ve always been a sucker for a good romance movie or novel – a happy ending, everything tied up neatly into a bow!

In my “spare” time, I’m also an attorney, wife and mom. I enjoy reading, researching, writing, and college basketball.

I live in the South with my husband, children and dogs.

Sounds like you’re definitely kept busy! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve written for as long as I can remember. Words have always been my outlet. I began writing erotic romance scenes with quirky characters for myself – to make ME smile. I wrote my first book, You Should Smile, three years ago. My husband told me that I should publish it. I thought maybe I could make others smile, too, so I decided to publish it last year. I’m glad I did!

Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I am a binge-writer. If I’m in the mood to write, I can write through the night without stopping. If I’m not in the mood, nothing sounds right that I put down on paper. I just have to wait to be ‘in the mood’ I’ve realized!

Lol, always a tricky balance to find. Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

As an attorney, I read all day – usually boring and very legalistic books. At the end of the day, all I want to do is turn that part of my mind off and just have fun reading. I’ve found that contemporary romance does that for me. I enjoy light-hearted and comedic romances the best – books that don’t cause too much emotional turmoil or analytical thinking. Just sit back with a glass of wine and have fun! I suppose that is now my target audience – those who don’t take themselves (like me!) or their books too seriously. They just want to sit back with a fun, yet sexy, read at the end of long day.

That is the aim at the end of the day, right? To entertain and give people that bit of escapism and destress 🙂 Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I adore Alice Clayton. Her books have always made me laugh, yet they’re sweet and hot at the same time. I also love Mia Sheridan. Her writing! Oh my gosh! She can’t write a bad book. It’s impossible! And I JUST finished Priest by Sierra Simone and I was speechless. I was absolutely speechless with the beauty and imagery of her words…and the HEAT. (I’m blushing just thinking about it. Lol.) She’s my new favorite!

Ooh, shall have to look out for her. What five things could you never do without?

1. My family

2. Coffee

3. Wine

4. My kindle

5. Words

Hehe, first time I think anyone has said ‘words’ – but where would we be without them? Speaking of… tell us a bit about your new release.

I’m re-releasing the first book, You Should Smile, for .99 beginning on November 21st to promote the Smile series and my second release, Sunlit Smile. You Should Smile is a professor-student love story. It features quirky characters and tongue-in- cheek writing. Though, like its author, the book doesn’t take itself too seriously, it does try to focus on serious themes and relationship issues in a way that maintains a fun atmosphere. In the end, I want to make readers finish the book with a smile.

Where did your inspiration for it come from?

Almost all of my writing evolves from a single phrase that sticks in my head and won’t go away. This time, it was: “‘You Should Smile’ I heard him say” …. That became the opening line of the book and Thad’s opening line to Shay in the book. He sees her standing at the gas station, looking sad and something just makes him want to see her smile. She teases him that telling women to smile can be offensive – and their banter and chemistry just take off from there. Little do either of them know, of course, that he’s about to become her professor.

Sounds like a fun start! What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Getting to know my characters as they came to life. I fell in love with them as individuals, including all of their imperfections. Even the side characters (like Grant) became a part of me. Grant is the best friend that everyone wants and deserves. I am still jealous that Shay has him for one. 🙂

Aww, it’s always the way, I fall a little bit in love with all my chars 🙂 What was the hardest part about writing it?

Sharing it with others and hoping that people could see that it is a tongue-in- cheek poke of fun at the romance ‘formula’. Yes, the nickname Shay gives Thad IS stupid. She’s awkward. She knows it’s dumb. She knows her movie obsession is dumb. That’s the point. Some readers get it and some don’t.
Those who do ‘get’ it tend to love it – and those are the readers I’m trying to reach!

Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!).

Oh gosh! I sympathize with Shay because I created her and she’s a lot like me in
 a very awkward, quirky way…Of course, I love Thad because he’s all sorts of intelligence in a big heated package…and I just finished my book on Chris, who is an emotional and uncontrolled Alpha mess underneath his calm demeanor…but I think Grant might be my favorite character to WRITE even though he’s not even part of the actual book series. He’s just a good-hearted and funny guy. He’s probably the one I most wish existed in real life because I want to hang out and drink with him. Haha.

Why should we run out and buy it right now? 🙂

Because the Smile series books are fun, sexy reads! They will make you smile – and blush – at the same time! 🙂

Check out the details here:

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You should smile,” I heard him say.
Unsure, I squinted my eyes from the sun, used my hand as a shade, and turned toward his voice. “I’m sorry?”
“You should smile,” he stated louder. “It’s a beautiful fall day. Summer’s wrath is left behind. So smile.” He stepped out from the shadows and into the sun where I could see him clearly. My lord. I’d heard the phrase ‘sex on a stick’ before, but never knew what it really meant. I did then.
A smile slowly crept across my lips. “You’re not supposed to tell women to smile. It can be offensive,” I said, teasing him.
“But you are smiling now, aren’t you?” he teased back.
“True. Any more advice for me?” I met his eyes. They were deep blue.
He nodded his head slowly. “Yes. Ditch that guy and come with me….”

Graduate student Shay Elliott gets hit on by a sexy stranger in a gas station parking lot – and the sparks fly immediately. She’s there with her boyfriend, though, so she declines the man’s invitation to leave with him. She thinks she’ll never see him again….

She was wrong.

He’s just been hired as a professor at her university – and she’s about to become his student.

 

You can get your hands on a copy here:

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You can follow Renee on social media here:

Renee Leigh Author Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/reneeleighauthor/

Renee Leigh Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/reneeleighsmile

Renee Leigh Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Renee-Leigh/e/B00T4HV590

 

Take care x

Guest Author Tami Veldura with Learning to Want

Hi all,

Yay, it’s Friday – and Black Friday at that, so if you’re out shopping I hope you manage to grab some bargains 🙂 It seems to have got even colder here – the canal outside my house has frozen over and am huddled over my teeny work fire. Still, can’t be all bad, my parents are coming up to visit this weekend – plus I have the fab Tami Veldura dropping by. She’s chatting about her new release, Learning to Want – a sci-fi LGBT romance with elements of D/S and a full POC cast (I’m slightly in awe of someone who can fit all that into one novel – could you really ask for anything more?)

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So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

I’m a gemini, I enjoy long walks on the beac–wait, wrong bio. Let’s see: I’m a full time writer with a dragon obsession and this persistent idea that if I insist hard enough, my whole life will look like the happily ever after in my favorite romance books. I’m easily distracted by small kittens and have a book buying problem. So many more people know me as Tami than my legal name that I may just change it one day.

Nothing wrong with a dragon or book buying obsession *whistles innocently* Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

When I was eight I was just starting school for the year and my mother took me to target for supplies. At the time, Lisa Frank was the brand to have and I came home with a pile of rainbow folders. Inside each folder, on the flap for your papers, was a two or three sentence paragraph about that Lisa Frank character: the unicorn, the puppies, the kittens.

I copied that paragraph from each of my folders onto a piece of paper and brought it to my mother. My first story. She put it on the fridge.

At the time I didn’t know writing was a thing, all I knew was the stories I was reading and the worlds I was living in were amazing and I needed more. Faster. So I’d start writing them myself.

Do you have a particular writing routine or any special rituals?

I tend to have ideas pop into my head throughout the day, especially when I’m out and about on the weekends encountering people and places.

But the average workday starts with a breakfast of grits or oatmeal, tea, and some time snuggling my pet rats while I wake up. I always keep a water bottle on my side table, but sometimes I’ll add a bottle of gatorade if I’m feeling dehydrated. I review my social sites and writing forum, just catching up on the world, but by 8AM I sit down on my corner of the couch and start writing. I try to write for at least 3 hours every day, but sometimes editing or a book release can skew the schedule. The rest of my day is filled with all the administration work that comes with hybrid publishing. Some of my books are self published and managed, while others are through small presses.

I’d like to add copywork to my morning routine before I start writing. Copywork is a technique that’s been used for generations to teach kids how to write and by authors to study their betters. Regular copywork can improve handwriting, but it’s also very meditative, can improve vocabulary and technique, and act as a mental trigger for an artist to enter that flow state where creativity and intent align into perfect productivity.

Sounds interesting, may need to have a look into! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Initially, my writing was traditional high and low fantasy coming of age stories, since that’s what I grew up reading. But in high school I transitioned into fanfiction, specifically the slash corner of the fanfic world where I discovered all kinds of story types that I hadn’t ever seen before.

Now, I write romance, science fiction, and fantasy with LGBT+ characters and themes. I’ve been publishing regularly in the genre since 2010, but in 2015 I discovered asexuality and realized that I belonged in this subgroup as well. It’s not a surprise I was drawn to the people and themes in these stories since I was living them myself. It’s been a much more personal journey since then.

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

Oh there is a list of people who are constantly impressing me with their ability to craft a world or pivot their business. Amelia Faulkner, Cecil Wilde, and E. Davis off the top of my head. My focus lately has been developing stories that appeal to a mainstream audience to attract a more stable income stream. I’m learning immense things from these established authors and I can’t wait to see how my readership grows.

What four things could you never do without?

My phone: you might be surprised how much business I manage on a daily basis through my smartphone. Twitter, email, google hangouts–I’m constantly on my phone communicating with editors, readers, coworkers and more. I have all of my work saved in the cloud, so phone access is possible on any file or book I could ever need to reference. A day without my phone puts me far behind!

The chromebook: A few years ago my life situation was a lot different than it is now. I had a day job with a decent commute and spent much of my time on the road outside of work, too. I needed a laptop that could go everywhere with me. I’ve written books on my phone, but that is a tough process I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. The chromebook was the solution I decided on. With all my work in google’s cloud I could access it anywhere I could find wifi (hello Starbucks and Panera) but I could also sit in the car and write on a draft on a full keyboard.

The chromebook is several years old now but still as zippy as ever. It’s my primary computer and sitting down to write anywhere and everywhere is easy. And it was only 200$ 😉

Internet: While I could survive for a long time without the internet, ultimately my entire business requires it to function. I contact editors and artists through email. I connect with other authors on forums. I interact with my fans on social media. I even save my stories on the cloud.

My Fiance: Is this a cliche? I’m supposed to avoid those 😉 Seriously, Fiance is critical to the success of my work. He supports me financially while I get this career underway which is both heartwarming and a heavy expectation. He knows I will be a famous author someday. That unconditional support is invaluable. He helps in smaller ways too, from traveling with me for research to reminding me to eat lunch. That second one happens more often than it should XD

Tell us a bit about your new release.

bannerLearning To Want is my latest novella and features a 100% POC cast. It’s a science fiction story set on an alien world where the ruling class uses sexual dominance and submission shows as political power. Atash is stuck at the bottom of the class system and hopes to teach Khoram how to submit. Khoram, meanwhile, is trying to avoid being killed by a mercenary clan boss: his former employer!

Ooh, sounds intriguing! Where did your inspiration for it come from?

The initial story was only five thousand words long and spawned from a call for submissions for an anthology about BDSM with a small press. I didn’t end up in the anthology, but when Nine Star accepted the story for publication, they asked me to expand it into a novella. Much of the world and action/adventure plot developed out of that expansion process and took me several months!

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I loved imagining the details of an alien world and bringing that vision to life. Dulia has a native species called the Frea that are well-adapted to their desert planet, but half a dozen other alien species make appearances in the story as well.

That sounds like so much fun! I love the world-building side of things. What was the hardest part about writing it?

The hardest part, but also fun, was definitely the details of Frea culture. I wanted to develop an alien race that was interesting and complex, not just window dressing for a story, but only the readers can tell me if I succeeded.

Who’s your favorite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Oh this one is easy: Madam Zoya! (That’s right I love my antagonist). Without Zoya, this book would have turned out much differently. When I first started writing she was just a convenient backstory name, but as the story evolved and grew her role expanded as well and became a critical driving force for not one, but both protagonists.

Hehe, I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves my villains! Why should we run out and buy it right now?

You should run out and buy it right now because there’s a bonus sexy scene in my newsletter for readers to enjoy and you’re going to want to know all the details!

 

Check out the book details 🙂

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Khoram is an enforcer, a bodyguard, but his boss has just betrayed him. Now he’s stranded on a desert planet he’s never heard of, chained to the only other human around.

Atash grew up in the cracks of Dulia’s complex social structure, where dominance and submission are a man’s worth. He’s struggled for years on a lower caste but Khoram could be his ticket to a better life if they can find common ground.

Atash wants to teach Khoram the art of submitting by choice and maybe make a name for himself along the way. Khoram, however, isn’t here to play Atash’s political games. He’s going to escape, if his former employer doesn’t see him killed first.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Amazon

Ninestar Press

Take care x

Guest Author – Brantwijn Serah with The Pact

Hi all,

How’s your Sunday going? I’m off to a vintage fair this afternoon, which should be fun, but before that I’m thrilled to have the fab Brantwijn Serah dropping in. Brantwijn is a wonderfully talented author, who I’m very jealous of because she seems to be able to do multiple genres effortlessly 🙂 She’s going to chat to us about her brand new release, The Pact, which is wild west with a definite twist! Read on to find out more 😉

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

brantwijn-serrahI’m a SoCal girl who loves rain more than sun, author of supernatural fantasy and fiction (as well as steamy romance), and the proud mother of five crazy furbabies. I take part in National Novel Writing Month every year, which is how The Pact came to be. Every book in the series – there are 8 total – started out as a National Novel Writing Month novel. When I’m not writing, I like to work on art including drawing, painting, digital art, and unique crafts like custom My Little Ponies.

Wow, that should give me a kick for my own Nano this month 🙂 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

My earliest memory of writing is from when I was six. Our class was taught how to use basic shapes to draw three simple characters: an owl, a frog, and a pig. Then the teacher asked us to write a story about them. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, I incorporated literary device into my little tale, things like suspense and dramatic irony. I had no idea what they were; I wrote it that way because that’s how the books I read were written. I wouldn’t have even realized I’d done anything unique except my teacher pulled me aside and pointed it out. It was she told me that I wrote “like a writer”. I think I’ve wanted to be a storyteller, more than anything else, ever since.

Aww, that’s lovely. Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

Lately I’ll find a YouTube video with and hour or two of instrumental music (nothing with words), pop on my headphones, and just write. I’ve saved hour-long videos of Celtic music, “Epic” music, “Spooky” music. Whatever is appropriate for what I’m currently writing, I’ll pop a similar video on and just go with it. It’s not really the same as using music as inspiration…I don’t really incorporate anything from the music into the work. It’s more like just white noise, blocking out distraction and centering my brain in the tone of the work.

I’m with you, I need very specific things on in the background when I’m writing – I can’t stand quiet but it can’t be anything too distracting either! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write across many genres. Up until now all of my published works have been part of the erotica genre, spanning dark erotica, fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal. The Pact, besides being my first non-romance release, is part of a genre known as “weird west”. It’s your typical style of Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Tombstone-style Western story, but with a dash of something—just about anything—weird. In this series, it’s ancient world magic.

I have never heard that term before lol – but, hey who doesn’t love a bit of ‘weird’ thrown in? Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I have a lot of favorites who have inspired me. I think my all-around favorite is JK Rowling, however. I think her talent for storytelling is amazing on many, many levels, and in fact I’m not sure she gets quite as much credit as she deserves. Other favorites are Stephen King, Jim Butcher, and lately Sarah Waters.

Yay, huge Potterhead here as well 🙂 What five things could you never do without?

Such a complex question! There are so many things, but for sake of time I’ll stick to five I could never do without in my writing career. First off, my laptop, since basically my whole life and every book I’ve ever worked on is on there, along with production notes, murdered darlings, and research. Second would have to be my iPod mini, where most of my writing music currently resides. When I get stuck I set that thing on shuffle and let the random selection of music speak to me. Thirdly is #SchalaMyMuse, the living beanie baby of a cat who flops down on my legs anytime I’m writing, to loan me her advice and expertise on the creative process. Fourth is an ice-cold unsweetened tea to mull over while I work. And fifth is my husband, who provides me a sounding board, a critical ear, and expert advice when I get stuck on some portion of the story. Mind you, those are in no particular order of importance…take any one of them away and I’m going to be throwing a fit!

Tell us a bit about your new release.

The Pact was my first-ever NaNoWriMo novel, written in November of 2006. It’s a supernatural weird west adventure, great for teens and adults who enjoy fantasy, urban fantasy, and sci-fi. It takes place in the fictional world of Geiral and follows a lady bounty hunter and hexslinger. She’s on the trail of her ultimate prey, the man who changed everything for her, with one goal. Whether that goal is justice or vengeance, well…that all depends on how you see things.

Oooh, sounds intriguing! Where did your inspiration for it come from?

When I started The Pact, I had also just started playing a weird west roleplaying game called Deadlands. I loved the setting and the style so much, I had to write a story rooted in it. The Pact isn’t a literal re-telling of any of my actual role-playing games or even a role-playing character…but it definitely takes a lot of inspiration from them.

I do love gaming for a bit of inspiration. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Certainly the setting was enjoyable to me, but Serenity—the main character—was a ton of fun to write. To me, she’s like Malcolm Reynolds, Harry Dresden, Roland Deschain, and Catwoman all rolled into one.

Lol, that’s quite a combination 😉 What was the hardest part about writing it?

The story’s setting is roughly based on the American West in the 1860’s. So that means I have to do a lot of research as to the kinds of technology, medical knowledge, and cultures of that time. From time to time I find the research doesn’t play out in my favor, to do the things I want to do in the story. I do get a little leeway, of course, because it is actually a fictional world…but I walk a pretty close line between legit poetic license and cheating.

Hehe, yup, I always like having a purely fictional ‘country’ as I can base it on certain places but have the wee bit of a buffer against people who call me out on my ‘inaccuracies’! Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

My favorite character doesn’t actually show up until the third book in the series. But for sake of answering the question, I’ll say that, in this book, my favorite character is actually Nathara, a developmentally disabled non-verbal character introduced in the second half. That will probably seem very strange to people, once they read the book, but Nathara has always touched a particular part of me. I don’t necessarily identify with her, personally. But she has a charm and an innocence to her that makes her a real joy to have along with me for the adventure.

Why should we run out and buy it right now? J

I’m told one of my strongest talents is building a world and a story readers can really immerse themselves in. You should run out and buy The Pact because you won’t want to miss the adventure inside.

 

Check out the book details here:

Blurb

cover-the-pactFleshlings and darklings… Rune-weavers and demons… When you walk in the land of the Reaper, who will survive?

Serenity Walker has cast runes for as long as she can remember. Her teachers call her a prodigy, and her secret studies hold the key to unlimited potential. Once an orphan left on an old woman’s doorstep, Serenity finally belongs. But when her mentor is murdered right in front of her, her hopes of a home die with him.

Her quest for vengeance leads her into a dangerous deal with a demon. Armed with its dark power and her own talent with the runes, she blazes a trail across the lands where ranchers and railroad men are kings, where the prevailing law is the law of the gun. To find the man who reshaped her past, Serenity offers up her future. She’ll face a world where weavers are hunted down to be hanged, whipped, or burned alive…but she won’t face it alone.

As Serenity’s mission takes her farther than most weavers are willing to go, she’ll have to decide who her true enemy is: the wicked men of the world, or the powerful demon inside her.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

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Guest Author Sheri Velarde with Our Last Salvation

Hi all,

Apologies for being a bit missing in action this week – have had a few website issues, technology definitely hates me lol! Anyway, we seem to be running again at least, so please excuse any minor blips while the site gets tweaked a bit. Still, moving on, it’s October, time for dark nights and scary stories – and I have the fab Sheri Velarde dropping by to chat about her new zombie-themed romance, Our Last Salvation. Scary and steamy, what more can you ask for? 🙂

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself (bio).

I live in New Mexico, US, with my husband and my two dogs Eowyn and Charlie. In addition to being an author I also make jewelry, paint, and craft. However I am happiest when I am either curled up with my dogs reading a book or snuggling with the hubby and watching a movie.

I have been writing professionally for a little over five years. People often ask why I write, the answer is simple, my mind won’t let me not write. I always have stories in my head and I have to get them out or go crazy. Writing is my therapy and I can’t imagine my life without it.

People can keep up with my writing and other shenanigans on my website: sherivelarde.weebly.com.

Ooh, another multi-talented person 🙂 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

When I was little I loved to read. I think the idea of telling stories, especially paranormal stories, was after I fell in love with Bunnicula. I started making up my own stories then. I probably started actually writing stories when I was in fourth or fifth grade.

I seem to have missed out on Bunnicula, I’ve heard a few people mention it but don’t think it made it over the pond 🙁 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

Well I am not a get straight out of bed and start writing writer. My husband works late and we sleep in, mornings are dedicated to errands and household stuff. I do my freelance work after my husband leaves and then sit down to work on my writing after a late lunch. I work then until a late dinner. After dinner I usually try to do some edits and then start writing again until my husband gets home from work. I just feel more creative at night. I also always have either music or a tv show that I know well. I live in an apartment complex and I need noise that I like to block out the noise I don’t want. Other than that, I try to write every day. That’s the most important ritual.

I’m a night owl as well, always annoying when EDJ makes me have to get up early *sighs* Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I primarily write a lot of paranormal romance, though I have been moving into horror and mystery a tiny bit as well. Mostly I like things that go bump in the night, in more ways than one 😉

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I would say Anne Rice and Stephen King. I know I am dating myself, but I grew up on both of them. Anne Rice in particular combined the paranormal and romance in a way that I can only wish I could.

What five things could you never do without?

My husband, my dogs, books, art and pasta! Lol

Lol, yup to the pasta! Tell us a bit about your new release.

salvationKol’s living her dream. Her gorgeous neighbor, Nick, promised to make her life brighter yet, until something from her past threatens the entire world.

Kol is trying to outrun her troubled past and start anew. She is finally living the life she always wanted in NYC, where she has met the man of her dreams, Nick. Just when her future is looking bright, an infection takes hold of the country, sending her and Nick on a race for their lives. Now Kol must face the pain she wanted to leave behind forever, in order for anyone to have a future.

Ooh, definitely sounds interesting. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

Seriously? It was while I was visiting a friend in NYC. We were on the roof of his building when some military helicopters flew over in formation. He wondered aloud what that was all about. I of course said zombie apocalypse. Seems reasonable to me. Lol That was the beginning of an idea. On a said note, we later found out it was Prince Harry being flown somewhere.

Hehe, not quite as dramatic, but yeah that would probably have been my first thought as well. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I loved writing my heroine. She is fragile from past issues, but also one of the strongest characters I have ever written. Kol faces things that would make most people break, but she keeps going and going. She never loses all of her hope. I love that about her.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

For me love scenes are always the hardest to write. This one was no different. I always say that this book is going to have closed door love scenes, but that never happens. My characters are just too darn frisky.

Lol, I’m sure I don’t know what you’re talking about… 😉 Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

It’s a tough one, but I am going to go with Nick. Most heroes in romance are uber alpha male (and I do like that and write that) but Nick is the softer, caring and supportive hero that makes our heroine a stronger and happier woman. That can be pretty sexy too.

Aww, and yup, very sexy! Why should we run out and buy it right now?

It’s a short and super sexy read that will be sure to heat up your weekend! Running from zombies has never been so hot!

Well, I know I’m convinced 😉 If you want to get your hands on a copy of Our Last Salvation the link is here:

Buy Link:

Amazon – http://amzn.to/2cqXyxH

Have a great weekend. Take care x

Guest Author Alyson Pearce with The Viscount and the Artist

Hi all,

Well, weekend is here – although I’m stuck working a 12 hour shift tomorrow so perhaps not the most fun one! You may have noticed we migrated to a new site (though don’t worry if you’ve come from the old one, it should just divert you through!). Since some of you probably know I’m not the most technically-minded of people so do bear with me if there’s any odd blips – hopefully it should all be smoothly running very soon 🙂

Today though, I have the fab Alyson Pearce dropping by – and if you’re looking for a fun Regency read for the weekend then you may be in luck!

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself (bio).

aylsonpearcelogo-fI’m an American currently living in London and working in publishing. I fell in love with romances after discovering my grandmother’s collection, and I haven’t looked back! As a member of the LGBT community, I believe that everyone deserves their happily ever after, and try to incorporate that into my romances. In addition to writing, I’m one half of Between the Lines Editing, an editorial services company for LGBT romance. The Viscount and the Artist is my first book.

Exciting 🙂 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve loved writing since I was a child. When I was five, my grandma gave me a blank piece of paper and a pencil, and I wrote a ‘short story’ of about five sentences. I kept at it, writing more short stories, which were always encouraged. At twelve, I started writing my first novel—which I abandoned—and during my undergraduate years, I wrote fanfiction and the first draft of what became The Viscount and the Artist.

Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I’m a planner to the core. Before I write a single word, I spend a solid month figuring out who the characters are, what they’re like, what their motivations are. I plot out what’s going to happen, almost down to the chapter. Once I have a good idea of the direction I’m going in, then and only then will I start writing. When I write, I have to have music or noise of some kind in the background. I find that ambient mixes help set the mood of a scene. I’m also not one of those people who can write scenes out of order, so I suppose that’s part of the routine.

Lol, I may be in awe of those planning skills – I’m afraid pantser to the core here 🙂 Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write M/M historical romance. I’ve always loved historical romances. Authors like Lisa Kleypas and Elizabeth Hoyt drew me in, and when I discovered M/M historical romance, I fell in love with them immediately. I’ve always found the Regency era fascinating, and being able to look at a different side than is presented in mainstream romance was a lot of fun!

I do agree there’s just something about Regency times, it’s a period I’d love to be able to ‘step into’. Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

The first authors I ever read in the genre were Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon. Their books Seducing Stephen and The Gentleman and the Rogue were my first M/M historical romances, and I fell in love with the setting and the characters. They were the entire reason I started writing M/M romance to begin with, so they’ll always have a special place in my heart. I also adore KJ Charles’ Society of Gentlemen series, which I think is absolutely brilliant, and Heidi Cullinan’s A Private Gentleman.

What five things could you never do without?

A laptop with wifi, my phone, my Alpha reader (she’s the only reason The Viscount and the Artist exists!), my support network of authors and friends, and chocolate chip cookies—they’re my biggest weakness!

Hehe, I may be with you the cookies! Tell us a bit about your new release.

The Viscount and the Artist is a Regency romance, set in 1813. It follows Andrew, a damaged viscount, and a young artist named Jeremy. Still recovering from the death of his uncle and a wound he received in the Napoleonic War, Andrew sponsors Jeremy for the Season with the intention of helping him find a patron. He believes the arrangement will be temporary—but what he doesn’t anticipate is how much he’ll come to care for Jeremy. Facing pressure from his father to become a curate, Jeremy takes Andrew up on his offer to go to London. Although he knows his time with Andrew is limited, he can’t help falling for him, even after discovering Andrew intends to wed a woman he doesn’t love. The two must work through a multitude of obstacles—not in the least of which is their own doubts about their relationship—to find happiness.

Ooh, sounds intriguing. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

The inspiration for writing an M/M historical romance was simply that I couldn’t find anymore, so I decided to write my own. For this particular book/series, I discovered the real Society of Eccentrics very early on in my research into the Regency era, and knew that I wanted to include it in some way, so I based the series around it. The Society of Eccentrics included a lot of philanthropy and patronage of the arts, which has always been close to my heart, so each of the books features a different creative type (artist, actor, musician, and author.)

Sounds like a fab concept for a series, can’t wait to see them all coming! What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I loved the planning that went into it—getting to know not only the plot and the setting, but more importantly, the characters. I loved developing Andrew and Jeremy and seeing who they were and why they loved each other. I also really loved writing scenes where they’re intimate—and I don’t just mean the sex! There’s a scene where the two of them sneak away from an assembly to have a quiet moment together and they have an almost Pride and Prejudice moment where it’s just the two of them dancing where no one else can see. I loved writing those moments like that.

Aww, that sounds so sweet. What was the hardest part about writing it?

Keeping the motivation up and the momentum going. This was my first novel, and it’s something that I’ve been working on for a few years now, but I’ve only really been putting all my effort into it for about a year. It’s definitely more of a marathon than a sprint. Sometimes it was difficult to stay excited about the plot and invested in the characters, but I had fantastic critique partners and beta readers who helped me keep my morale up.

True, and I think something we all face. Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Oh now this question just isn’t fair! I love all of them! If I had to pick a favourite, it would be one of the side characters, actually, Percy. He’s the voice of reason in the story and the only one who seems to think with his head instead of his heart (and other parts.) Book two of The Eccentrics series will follow him, so I’m excited to get started on it!

Lol, I do love when your side characters insist of getting their own story told. Why should we run out and buy it right now? 🙂

It’s got just the right mix of romance, sex, and historical charm, with just a dash of mystery! Plus, as it’s the start of a series, you’re guaranteed more fun Regency stories to come.

 

You can’t argue with that 😉 Check out the book details here:

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Andrew Cardwell is a man driven by duty to his country and to his family. After the death of his uncle, he’s determined to provide security and stability for his family as the new Viscount Cardwell—even if that means marrying and producing an heir. Surprising himself, Andrew decides to sponsor a young artist named Jeremy for the season, to help him find a patron. What he doesn’t anticipate is how well Jeremy fits in his bed…and his life.
Jeremy Leighton knows what it’s like to be a disappointment. The only son of a vicar, he’s refused to follow the path his father set for him, choosing his passion for art, instead. He accepts Andrew’s proposal, hoping to prove to his father—and himself—that he can succeed as an artist. After spending time with Andrew in and out of bed, Jeremy struggles not to fall for the damaged viscount, knowing the season will likely end in Andrew’s engagement.
Between a meddling cousin, a widow on the hunt for a new husband, and their own doubts about the relationship, how can Andrew and Jeremy shed the expectations of others to find true happiness?
You can get your hands on a copy here:
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Guest Author Pippa Jay with Gethyon

Hi all,

Well, it’s weekend and thank goodness as it’s been a bit of a hectic week! I get to relax today though, with the fab Pippa Jay dropping by to chat about writer’s block (yes, it does exist!) and ways to get past it, as well as her brand new release.

 

487970_396457363750310_1481028755_n-640x640nHi, I’m Pippa Jay, author of scifi and supernatural stories to engage your emotions.

I’ve always been an advocate of exercise as one way to get past writer’s block (though I find housework the number one fix. My muse will do anything to avoid my kids’ dirty washing or cleaning milk splashes and crushed cereal from the dining room floor, and so on. Well, almost anything).

But last year my fitness levels plummeted and my weight went up in response. Writing is a horribly sedentary profession! I’d tried to get back into my freestyle street dance (no flips – I’m a bit too old for that now) but injured myself twice in 2015, laying myself up for nine out of the twelve months. I’m not sure if the additional weight or allowing my fitness to lapse or just getting older were at fault. Maybe all three. Whichever, the frustration at being told to rest when my aim was to get fit made me completely miserable. I had to accept that I wasn’t going to be able to get back into dance so easily this time.

So I went back to what my doctor said was the best exercise anyway – walking. I figured my chances of injury would be less doing something a bit more natural for the human body, and maybe in time build up my fitness levels and muscle tone enough to return to dance (BTW, I hate diets and never stick to them. Thinking about limiting my food and what I should eat just makes me feel hungrier!). Every morning I would drop my youngest monster at school and take an hour’s walk. I live on the edge of town, too far to walk out to the countryside but I found myself a route away from the busier roads. I listen to my mp3 player as I walk, and as I walk my mind wanders. So far it’s helped me through a difficult set of edits, help me fix some major plot holes in book three of my main series, and got me thinking about other, even abandoned projects languishing on my hard drive. And I’m feeling healthier too. While I’m still not back to my dancing, I can at least run up and down the stairs now without feeling that little bit puffed, and my muse has definitely benefitted.

 

Sounds like great advice – and it’s obviously paying off! Check out the details for Pippa’s fab new release Gethyon.

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Abandoned. Hunted. Out of control.

Gethyon Rees had always felt at odds with the universe, and hoped for an escape among the stars. But discovering he has the ability to cross time and space with just a thought brings more problems than it solves: a deadly bounty hunter who can follow him anywhere, the unwelcome return of Tarquin Secker—the mother who abandoned him—and an ancient darkness that seeks him and all those with his talents.

When an unforgivable act sets him on the run, it’ll take more than his unearthly powers to save his skin and the lives of those he cares about. It’ll take a sacrifice he never expected to have to make.

A science fiction adventure novel previously published by BURST (Champagne Books), and part of the Travellers Universe. A 2014 SFR Galaxy Award Winner for Most Awesome Psychic Talent and a 2015 EPIC eBook Awards finalist in the Science Fiction category. Also now includes the SF short story The Bones of the Sea.

“With colorful worlds full of nuance and dimension, characters that walk off the page, and themes that anyone who has been either parent or child can relate to.” J.C. Cassels, author of The Black Wing Chronicles series

“This fast-paced, gripping ride zips through time and space, love and loss, rebellion and acceptance.” Anna McLain, SFR Galaxy Award judge

You can grab yourself a copy here:

Amazon http://mybook.to/gethyon

Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/gethyon-1

B&N http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gethyon-pippa-jay/1115474634?ean=2940153374451

Omnilit https://www.omnilit.com/product-gethyon-2090269-370.html

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/gethyon/id1146204656?mt=11

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Take care x

Guest Author Liana Brooks with Decoherence

Hi all,

Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. Sadly the sun seems to have disappeared here but at least I have the fab Liana Brooks dropping in. She’s chatting about her new release, Decoherence, in her Time & Shadows trilogy. Looking for some exciting sci-fi for the weekend? Look no further 🙂

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

author-pic-liana-brooksI am a California-born vagabond who has lived in ten states and visited most of the others. I love sushi, summertime, science fiction, and not doing laundry. And I am celebrating the release of DECOHERENCE which is the final book in the Time & Shadows trilogy.

Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I don’t even remember learning to read. I picked it up early, took THE HOBBIT to kindergarten for show-and-tell, and always planned on being a marine biologist. Telling stories, and later writing them for friends, was something that kind of happened as an afterthought.

I always loved stories and books, but I didn’t dream of being an author, in part because so many of the authors I love aren’t just authors. They were soldiers, inventors, playwrights, parents, explorers… none of them were ever presented as Just An Author. Which, I think is probably for the best. The more multifaceted the author, the better their books tend to be.

True, the more experience you have the more you can bring to the writing I suppose. Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

The only thing I really need is a screen, a keyboard, and my sticker calendar. Secretly, I’m still in kindergarten and getting a sticker for writing 1000 words is enough motivation for me to sit down and write regularly.

Beyond that… no, I don’t have rituals because I don’t have time for them. My writing time is snuck in during the day between cooking, running errands, and going to meetings.

Hehe, I think I might need to get myself some stickers! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write primarily SF/SFR because I’m an optimist I guess. Science Fiction is the future. Every great invention we enjoy was in a story first, and I love being part of that process. I love imagining what the future will bring for everyone, and I hope it brings something wonderful.

Aww, that’s a lovely thought – here’s hoping. Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I could never pick just one. There are so many great books out there and I rip through them. I’ll go on binges and read five or six books in a day. Go read Terry Pratchett, Ilona Andrews, Blake Crouch, Wes Chu, Jim Butcher, Beth Cato, Lexie Dunne… go. Read everything you can get your hands on. Books are amazing.

They are! Also a big fan of Terry Pratchett and Jim Butcher. What five things could you never do without?

Oxygen, water, heat, people that love me, and imagination. If you have those you can get out of any problem eventually.

Tell us a bit about your new release.

time-shadowsDECOHERENCE… I am going to try to keep this as spoiler-free for the series as I can, but if I slip up, sorry…

DECOHERENCE is the third book in the Time & Shadows series and picks up almost five years after the end of CONVERGENCE POINT. When Mac is kidnapped by a rogue iteration, Sam has to travel between continents and variations of reality to find him.

For me, the best part was being able to write so many different versions of the main character, Sam Rose. She’s introduced in THE DAY BEFORE as this very young junior agent who really is out of her depth. By the end of CONVERGENCE POINT she’s survived multiple near-death experiences, depression, the loss of friends, and come out stronger. In DECOHERENCE there are four different Sams, or rather, Sam as a POV character in four different points in her life. And she has to face herself, channel her inner Tatiana Maslany as it were.

Look, go read it! Go read the series. Things explode, there’s witty one-liners, there’s escapes and fire fights and pirate ships. It’s a fun series. Come for the explosions, stay for the clones and the cute puppies.

Wow, that definitely sounds interesting (and yay, cute puppies!) Where did your inspiration for it come from?

Almost ten years ago I saw THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON and I wanted it to be a murder mystery. A recognition that the person in the ground is also the person narrating. THE DAY BEFORE was spun around that original idea.

CONVERGENCE POINT and DECOHERENCE simply followed the natural consequences of the characters’ choices in the first book.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Being able to write my hero as a villain was a lot of fun. Every author I know loves playing with this trope. Whether you’re writing Evil Spock or Dark Side Luke Skywalker, it’s fun to see your hero’s strengths used for evil.

It is always fun 🙂 What was the hardest part about writing it?

Finding an emotionally satisfying ending for this series without killing everyone was hard. One on hand, I knew from the start that I wanted a trilogy. On the other, finding the right ending for what the story had become, to make sure the fans got the ending they deserved, that was a lot harder to find.

In a series like this it’s tempting to go full-on Hamlet and just kill everyone, but I didn’t want that. Some named characters die. They always do, but I tried not to have deaths just for shock value. There’s a reason each character dies.

*sniffs* I suppose some of them have to. Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

I should say Sam and Mac, but I have a soft spot for minor characters. Ivy Clemens, the clone version, remains my favorite minor character. Her and Agent Edwin. They’re good people who do their job, but who you still want to invite over for dinner.

Why should we run out and buy it right now? J

rogueLook, THE DAY BEFORE opened with a body on the ground and readers have been waiting since May 2015 to learn if it’s our Sam that dies, or another Sam. Don’t you want to know who Jane Doe is?

At the end of CONVERGENCE POINT, Mac proposed to Sam on a beach in Australia, don’t you want to know if Sam said yes?

Don’t you want to read books about time travel and clones????

…if you don’t, well, go buy the book because Puppy needs more treats. You don’t want to make Puppy sad, do you?

 

Nooo, we can’t make puppy sad! If you’re wanting to make puppy happy (and you know, get a great book as well) here are the details:

Blurb

Readers of Blake Crouch’s DARK MATTER and Wesely Chu’s TIME SALVAGER will love Liana Brooks’ DECOHERENCE–the thrilling, time-bending conclusion to the Time & Shadow series!

cover-decoherenceSamantha Rose and Linsey MacKenzie have established an idyllic life of married bliss in Australia, away from the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation, away from mysterious corpses, and—most of all—away from Dr. Emir’s multiverse machine.

But Sam is a detective at heart, and even on the other side of the world, she can’t help wonder if a series of unsolved killings she reads about are related—not just to each other, but to the only unsolved case of her short career.

She knows Jane Doe’s true name, but Sam never discovered who killed the woman found in an empty Alabama field in spring of 2069. She doesn’t even know which version of herself she buried under a plain headstone.

When Mac suddenly disappears, Sam realizes she is going to once more be caught up in a silent war she still doesn’t fully understand. Every step she takes to save Mac puts the world she knows at risk, and moves her one step closer to becoming the girl in the grave.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

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Take care x

 

Guest Author D.F.Krieger with Joy’s Edge

Hi all,

Well, it’s back to to the day job today, but at least I have the fab D.F. Krieger dropping in. She’s talking about genre and her brand new release, Joy’s Edge – which is part of the Coming in Hot Medical Romance Box Set (if there’s one thing better than a hot medical romance, it’s a whole bunch of them, right?).

 

What genre do you write in and why? What drew you to it? Have you come across any difficulties, pre-conceptions or judgements because of this, and if so how have you dealt with these?

df-author-picI’m actually glad you asked that. Believe it or not, I often write BDSM because I’m actually involved in the lifestyle. It upset me that there were so many books out there with preconceived ideas and notions of how BDSM works. Let me give you a couple of examples of the truth behind BDSM that you often see misrepresented. No one can just walk into a BDSM club like “Oops, teehee, I’m in a club where people are having sex? How did I get here?”

You are not allowed to touch anyone without permission. Even a sub. Especially someone else’s sub. If you do, you will get kicked out. Consent is a HUGE principle in BDSM. Period.

BDSM is not a guy beating a girl while he gets off. There are so many facets to BDSM, and so many different ways to practice. It’s a shame more people aren’t aware of it. Not all kinks are violent, nor are they “dirty.”

“No” means no, even in BDSM. The only time it doesn’t mean no is if the couple is in a scene and they’ve already agreed that no doesn’t mean no. If this is the case, I can guarantee you they’ve come up with a safe way to say a word that absolutely does mean “Stop right now. I’m not comfortable with this.” It’s called a safe word for a reason.

If you’ve never read BDSM, I suggest looking at certain authors, myself included, for a taste of the real thing. Cherise Sinclair is also a wonderful author and one day I’d like to grow up to write just as well as she does. Regardless, the point is, just because a book is popular, it doesn’t mean it’s an apt representation of its subject. Hope you’ll give us a chance to spank you via literature.

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That sounds like an offer that’s hard to refuse 😉 Check out the book details here:

cover-joys-edgeBlurb

Joy wants two things from life—to be the best damn veterinarian possible, and to meet a Dom who can handle her deepest desires. The problem is finding a man who knows the difference between “no” and “make me.”

When a new potential Dom starts messaging her on the kink site she frequents, she’s torn between making her dreams a reality or letting her desires be nothing more than talk.

Boxed Set Blurb: Get a dose of romance, STAT! **Brand New and Exclusive** novella to novel length books. Featuring NYT, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors, we’re Coming In Hot with paranormal to contemporary, and sizzling to seductive bedside manners by the doctors, nurses, paramedics, and more in this boxed set.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I8BZ96C?tag=smarturl-20

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/coming-in-hot-paranormal-contemporary-medical-romance-boxed-set-gina-kincade/1124086188;jsessionid=639CA79D79BCD1333CFA3278AB459220.prodny_store01-atgap08?ean=2940153343822

Are: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-cominginhotparanormalcontemporarymedicalromanceboxedset-2076531-166.html?referrer=56f81090895d0

Have a great week. Take care x