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NEW RELEASE - A Secret Melody

Title: A Secret Melody

Series: The Rules Series (#4)

Author: Hanleigh Bradley

Price: 0.99c


My name is Melody Peters and I’m dead. Gosh, that sounds dramatic doesn’t it – except I guess you don’t get more dramatic than dead.

I have been awhile now. I’ve gotten used to it. I’m well passed the acceptance stage.
I died when I was sixteen. A car crash. A drunk driver, I think. I’d been on my way home from boarding school with my best friend Abby. But then I’d died.

I don’t think I was ready to die. I had too may things left to do. Fuck, I hadn’t even written a bucket list yet. The one thing I had done?

I’d fallen in love.

His name was Zach. Zach Mulligan. He wasn’t my first boyfriend. Hell, he wasn’t even the first boy my big brother caught trying to climb out my bedroom window. Although, he was only the second. I wasn’t a complete slag.

But he was the first and only boy I ever fell in love with.



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NEW RELEASE - A Hunter Within

We're super excited to tell you about a book that was released this month. Our newest A.M.P. author, Anna Applegate recently released A Hunter Within and we'd love to introduce you to it. Make sure you grab your copy. We just know you'll love it.


Title: A Hunter Within

Author: Anna Applegate

Series: The Alliance of Power Duology

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: 12th July 2018

My name is JULES PARKER, and I’m a Research Scientist. I landed an internship at Falcone Industries, the most prestigious pharmaceutical company in the country, though it’s not what I’d hoped. After all, there’s hardly a fine line between taking a volunteer and shackling someone down before injecting poison into their body. After secretly witnessing that horror, I’m in an uncomfortable situation.

Then, there’s SEELEY RONAN. Who is he, you might ask? Well, he’s a Vampire King. And yes, I said vampire. He saved my life, and now we seem to be … connected. He’s sexy, dangerous, and a major distraction, who says Falcone is run by rogue hunters who are harming innocent vampires in a quest for power.

Seeley is desperate to protect his people, and needs my help to do it. But that means turning my back on the only path I’ve ever known. My heart and mind are in a tug-of-war and with my heart quickly becoming his, it’s not likely I’ll be able to deny him.

What I do know is that I’m in way over my head. As long as I can keep it together, we might be able to bring Falcone down from the inside. But, my world is about to change in a big way, and I’m not sure any of us will be ready for what comes next.




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Christmas In July Hop

Welcome to the Christmas in July hop here at Author Friends With Benefits Readers Blog! Hope you had fun at Hanleigh Bradley's Books. Take a look around while you’re here, I’m hoping you like what you see, and maybe even follow me!

How about a giveaway since you’ve been so kind to pay me a visit? Simply sign up for the AFWB newsletter, and one random new subscriber will receive a free e-book.

Now get your clue down below and jot it down! And find the next clue at the AFWB Free For All Blog.

Then head to the Event at for your last clue, and follow the instructions in the pinned post and enter to win the Grand Prize. And be sure to stick around and mingle with the authors from the hop!

Happy Hopping!!

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Cursed By The Crown Cover Reveal

Cursed by the Crown by Hanleigh Bradley
Kumari's Kitsune Book 1
Release Date July, 2019
Fantasy/Reverse Harem

Trust was a liberty that as Kumari, Bae could not afford, especially after the murder of Bae’s mother, the late Kumari. The Kumari bloodline had to continue regardless of the cost, even if it was the life of someone she loved.

There were only two things that a Kumari should trust; magic and her seven mates.
The race was on for Bae to find and claim her seven mates before she would have to defend her realm from an unknown enemy.
With them, she still might not win, but alone she would definitely fail.

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The new Kumari must find her seven mates to save herself, save the realm and save magic in Cursed By The Crown, A Reverse Harem.
About the Author:
Hanleigh loves books more than nearly anything in the world; whether its reading them or writing them, Hanleigh just can't get enough. She relishes in the way authors can create worlds with the words they put in their books. She loves the way your imagination introduces you to a new world when you read a book. It may well be a world completely foreign to the one you live in. That world is brought to life; inspires you to dream, captivates your imagination, entices your senses.
Hanleigh first took to reading as a small child reading Dr Zeus. She then fell in love with romance literature when she first read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; when she first swooned over Mr Darcy. She's read more books than she can count and owns more books than some libraries.
Although born in Scotland, she sometimes wishes she could live inside the world that she can create inside her mind, but since that isn't possible she puts pen to paper and shares that world with this world instead. There is something addictive about being able to mould your words into something that causes the reader to fall into your mind. When you put pen to paper and create a world, it's exhilarating. Every word has meaning. You know every character intimately. You know every secret, every whisper, every smell, every look; as the author you know the world you created and more so than even the most avid of readers you can get lost in your own creation.
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An Interview With Hanleigh Bradley

Today we're taking a few minutes to talk to Hanleigh Bradley about her upcoming release Cursed By The Crown. If you've not heard about the book yet, then you should definitely check it out. It's Hanleigh's first attempt at swapping genres. Instead of writing her usual Contemporary Romance, she's delving into a fantasy world where it's totally legit to have Seven mates.

Let's kick it off with a few questions about you, Hanleigh. Give us five words that you think describe you best.

Imaginative. Dreamer. Spontaneous. Silly. Ambitious.

What was the first book you ever wrote?

Broken Rules was the first book I ever published. I wrote that back in 2015. But before that I wrote under another name, writing Harry Potter fanfiction... yes, I was that geek. I wrote a whole load of stories. If you've ever read any of the Snitch of Secrets series... you've read my work and didn't even realise it.

Tell us about your current WIP.

I'm currently working on my second book in the Fate Series, Inexplicable Fate. It's a Romantic Suspense book; all serial killers and sexy arsed cops.

Do you have pets?

Two dogs; Manny and Missy. Although I secretly want to get a duck.

Talk to us about Cursed By The Crown. Rumour is you're very excited about this release...

My closest author friends say they've never seen me so excited about a book before. It's completely different to anything I've ever written before. It's still got all the juicy romance but it's so magical. It also incorporates some of the Asian themes I love so much. I'm currently learning Mandarin and so I've used my basic - very basic - understanding of some of the Asian languages to help me create the world Cursed By The Crown takes place in.

Tell us more! We want dets but no spoilers.

It focuses on the Kumari, or the Queen at the very beginning of her reign. She's in a bit of a rush to find her Seven mates to maintain magical stability.

Wow. Seven mates?

Yeah. That's quite a few, right? I was really excited to write about her seven mates. The challenge as an author of guaranteeing that their characters don't accidentally merge or that you don't diminish the others by focusing on one. To guarantee the stability of the realm she must choose seven mates, one from each of the seven tribes; Canku, Laoshi, Kumai, Dixia Muxue, Seom, Nun and Wenhe.

Do you have a favourite mate amongst the Seven?

Ewk. That's a question and a half. No and yes. I think Armel is really special because he's her first mate and I adore Maroo, but really, I'm not sure I can say they are my favourites. I love them all. They all have different strengths that make you love them.

Tell us about your female lead!

She's amazing. She's young and naive but she's also strong and independent. She thinks for herself and throughout the book you see her come into her own, especially with her mates support. Her name is Bae and she has fiery red hair and green eyes. I wanted her features to resemble magic. In this world magic is very corporal. It's not just something that you imagine is there, it's visible, at least to Bae. It's a silver fox - a Kitsune.

So, when can we read it?

The book is currently up for pre-order and will be released on the 1st of July.

Will there be another book?

At least three, if not five. The next book will be called Tainted By Prophecy.

You have a little giveaway for us all today, don't you?

Absolutely, you can all read the first two chapters for free today!


British Author with a world inside her head that insists on being put to paper.

Title: Cursed By The Crown

Release Date: 1st July 2018

Pre-order Price: $2.99

Release Week Price: $3.50

Normal Price: $4.00



Trust was a liberty that as Kumari, Bae could not afford, especially after the murder of Bae’s mother, the late Kumari.
The Kumari bloodline had to continue regardless of the cost, even if it was the life of someone she loved.
There were only two things that a Kumari should trust; magic and her seven mates.
The race was on for Bae to find and claim her seven mates before she would have to defend her realm from an unknown enemy.
With them, she still might not win, but alone she would definitely fail.


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Hanleigh's Review of Crown of Embers


So before I review this book, I want to give a little context... I've read all three of Meg's books and I recommend that you read book one, Mother of Shadows before you read either of Reign of Ash or Crown of Embers. This is a series and should be read as one.


Hanleigh's Review

Wow! I can't tell you how much I loved this books because I'm lost for words. I always get a bit like this after reading one of Meg's books. My mouth gaping wide, desperate for the next book like it's some sort of addiction. The truth is Meg's books are fantastic and each book is somehow an improvement on the last. Helena is a brilliant heroine. She's strong and independent but also completely in love with her mate Von. She can stand her own and that makes her character seriously kick ass! Every woman needs to read books about heroines like Helena.

What's more the plot is so creative and easily moving, highly descriptive and captivating while being so rich in tension and conflict that there's not a dull second. You will never skim a page of this book even after reading it three or four times, I promise!

I absolutely would be a fool not to give this book 5 stars!



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Crown of Embers New Release

Crown of Embers!

Meg Anne

Release Date: 21st May 2018

Current Price: $5.59

Genre: Fantasy Romance

“If it’s a war she wants, I’ll damn well give her one.”

Kiri Helena Solene may have gotten her Mate back, but that was just the beginning. The battle lines have been drawn and her nemesis has already struck the first blow.

Surrounded by her Circle, Helena’s power continues to grow. However, this time power alone will not be enough. To save the Chosen Helena must seek out the Forsaken to forge new alliances with those long forgotten by her kind.

But will they be friend or foe? After centuries of neglect is it too late to mend the wounds of time?

“The Circle must be broken.”

Rowena will stop at nothing to prove that Elysia and the Chosen are hers. With Elysia on the brink of destruction, it’s time for all of the Chosen to remember who, and what, they are.

Their fate depends on it.

“Shall we?” Von whispered in her ear. Helena’s grin was more than answer enough.

Stepping apart they moved into position facing each other, each pulling their hair up into tight knots.

“Pretty,” Helena called, allowing herself a moment to appreciate the stark male beauty of her Mate. His obsidian hair, pulled back from his face only enhanced the brilliance of his gray eyes and the sharp angles of his cheeks and nose. There really wasn’t anything ‘pretty’ about him. He was too much of a warrior to be anything but lethal, but when she looked at him, Helena only noticed the seductive curve of his lips and the ways his muscles bunched and shifted as he removed his shirt. She licked her lips, helpless to ignore her primal response to him.

Von winked at her, knowing by the tell-tale blush on her cheeks where her thoughts had wandered. For those that had stopped to watch the Couple, there was no doubt this was more than mere sparring practice. It was understood that they would not use their power to enhance their combat. This was a full-fledged test of physical skill and strategy. Those in the Circle had already moved in, eager to see them in action.

“It looks like they want a show,” Von teased, a small smile on his lips.

“Oh, they’ll get one,” Helena promised smugly, not hesitating before she attacked.

Von countered the move easily, laughing as he blocked two more rapid-fire blows. “Is that all you’ve got?” he taunted.

“Not even close,” she assured him, ducking low and using her momentum to knock him off-balance.


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Cover Reveal: Samsara



Jo-Anne Joseph


Tortured for years by recurring nightmares of a drowning woman,  
and the man she left behind,
th e sense that she kn ew these strangers plagued her,
Now a freshman in college, she wanted nothing more than a normal life,
a life that could start, if only she could deny the gift that the women in her family possessed.
Clay was not in the cards for her new life, but he entered it by storm . 
How would she reveal her secret, without l osing him ?
She was his , before she was her own.

He lost his heart a long time ago, 
The last thing he was looking for was love,much less with Luna. 
She was young enough to be his daughter,
but he crave d her like a drug,
When she revealed the impossible,
could he bring himself to walk away,
When every part of him knew, she was his.

How do between your past, the present, and a ll the layers in between?


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Author Spotlight: Kayla Krantz

 Dead by Morning (Rituals of the Night Book 1) by Kayla Krantz                                                              

"He was real, and he was a monster."
Obsession is deadly. No one learns that better than Luna Ketz, a pessimistic high school senior. She wishes more than anything to graduate but things don’t always go as planned. Luna quickly finds herself trapped in a web of lies and murders, spun by the least suspected person in her hometown. It’s not long before she realizes she’s being targeted by the person she despises most in the world. When Luna figures out who is behind the killings, things make a turn for the bizarre when she is contacted by a friend she has not heard from in years. It is then Luna realizes she is very much in danger, but although she can avoid the killer in reality, she cannot avoid him in her dreams.

Chance stayed where he was, studying the nearby people. At the sight of him alone, a couple girls ran up to him and Luna guessed they were asking him for a dance. She smiled a bit to herself…maybe if he got distracted with the other girls he would forget she was there. As she watched, he shooed the girls away with a simple movement of his arm, and Luna’s hope turned to disappointment. He walked over to her, searching her eyes with his.
“What’s wrong? Don’t like the paparazzi?” He laughed.
“You should dance with those other girls.”
“Why?” he asked, scrunching up his face.
“Because I want to go home.”
He shook his head. “No way, you’re not going home without at least giving me one dance.”
Luna slumped her shoulders. “Do we really have to?”
“Do I have to tell David that you didn’t follow his orders?” he asked, tipping his head to the side.
Luna closed her eyes for a long moment to hold back the building anger. He’d keep his promise. “Fine, you win.”
He smiled and held out his hand to her. “Of course I did.”
Reluctantly, she set her hand in his. His skin felt clammy beneath her fingers, like he had been sweating. Luna wanted to pull her hand back, but she forced herself to keep it there. He closed his fingers around hers and pulled her onto the dance floor. The music turned to a slow, sappy song, forcing them to slow dance. He forced her arms up onto his shoulders and set his hands on her waist.
As he stepped to the music, she searched his expression for any sign of compassion. “Why do you do this to me?”
“Do what?”
“Make me go to things like this. I mean, I know you don’t like me. What could you possibly want from me?”
He looked back at her, and for a minute, he didn’t speak, as if he had been caught off-guard by her question. “I can’t tell you.”
“You can blackmail me into going on dates with you, and you can have your friends kidnap me, but you can’t tell me why you do it?” she asked in disbelief.
“Look, you’ll find out eventually, and you won’t like it, I know. I try hard to get you to feel something toward me so that when you find that out, you won’t fight me,” he whispered in her ear.
“Find what out? What could be so bad? Do Susan and Kate and all of them know what it is?” She pulled back to watch his face carefully.
“No, they don’t. No one does. Just keep quiet, okay?”
“Does this have to do with the thing you hide in your pocket?” Luna asked him a bit louder. “Do you have it on you now?” She reached her hand forward to try to touch the side of his pants.
A couple people around them turned to look as she raised her voice to him. Chance caught her wrist easily in his hand, returned their stares, and smiled nervously before looking back at Luna. He had to resist the urge to shake her into silence as he let go of her arm.
“I don’t hide anything in my pocket okay?” he snarled. “That’s all just your imagination, Luna. Now drop it.”
Part of her was frightened by his sudden anger. He was hiding something from her…and from everyone else as well.
“Okay, we’re setting up to play,” a voice called from the stage. “We need a volunteer singer to help us out.”
“How about Chance does it?” Luna heard a nearby girl suggest.
The anger dissolved from Chance’s face as he turned to the girl who had spoken. Luna realized all of his rage had been solely directed at her, and she felt oddly cold at the thought.
“Yeah, I’ll do it. Why not?” she barely heard him say.
He let go of her and moved through the cheering crowd toward the stage. The band took its place, and Chance stood at the microphone. He looked completely comfortable up there, normal, as if he weren’t the center of attention. The band began to play “Every Breath You Take” by The Police, and Luna studied Chance. He began to sing the words gently, and his voice surprised her.
It sounded beautiful.
As Luna watched him, she knew he looked like any other teenage boy. The girls around Luna cheered him on, but she stayed silent. His eyes flicked to her as he reached the chorus of the song, flashing in the lights. There was something bad about him. Something that separated him from all the other teenage boys and made him a danger to the people who called him ‘friend.’
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Proud author of Dead by Morning, fascinated by the dark and macabre. Stephen King is her all time inspiration mixed in with a little bit of Eminem. When she began writing, she started in horror but it somehow drifted into thriller. She loves the 1988 movie Heathers. She was born and raised in Michigan but traveled across the country to where she currently resides in Texas.
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A Bleak December

A Bleak December

by Hanleigh Bradley


Author: Hanleigh Bradley

Series: The Fate Series

Release Date: 1st May 2018

Price: 99c

Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Inspirational,

Her Christmas list isn't long. It is the shortest it has ever been. She doesn't want a pretty new pair of shoes or a new dress to wear to her work's New Years Eve bash.

All Ella wants is a Christmas Miracle.

With a sick mum in hospital and a little brother at home, she struggles to maintain order in the chaos that is quickly engulfing her. If she doesn't get her miracle will her entire world fall apart? And if it does, who will help her put it back together again?

He’s my boss. That doesn’t stop me though. It doesn’t stop my mind from picturing him naked standing in my shower, water cascading down over his toned, muscular flesh. No. It doesn’t stop my inappropriate thoughts, and it definitely doesn’t stop me having them at the most inopportune of moments. It’s not like I just think about him when I’m lying in bed late at night. No, I fantasise about him during staff meetings, when he’s being a pain in the arse bossing us all around and when he’s reprimanding me yet again for being late.

Do you want to know the worst bit? It’s not the thoughts. I can deal with my dirty mind; it’s always been that way. Dirty thought after dirty thought, wrapped in a world of dirty thoughts. No. The thoughts are fine; it’s the things that come out of my mouth. The actual words that I apparently have an equal lack of control over. Like right now, the whole room has gone silent in shock because of my stupid, big mouth. As if I just said that. I can feel my cheeks redden with embarrassment and my best work friend is laughing under her breath beside me. The bitch.

Tristen had asked me why I was late. It was a reasonable enough question but why, oh, why couldn’t I give him an equally sensible response??? No. Instead, I only went and gave him the most ridiculous cock and bull story known to man.

“Why are you late?” Tristan Riggens, my boss had asked in that deep, authoritative, yet almost disrespectfully uninterested voice of his. It’s a voice that threatens to destroy you while drawing you in, keeping you walking some imaginary tightrope.

“My dog ate a condom.” Why that sentence made it passed whatever filter I have, I will never know. Sometimes my mouth does unexplainable things, embarrassingly unexplainable. It’s a problem I’ve had since childhood and it shows no sign of improving.

The room goes silent, but he doesn’t react at all. His face remains expressionless except I think I can see humour in his eyes, or at least I hope I do. He’s not exactly easy to read and right now I really have no idea what he thinks. “Well, I hope your dog is okay now.”

“He’s absolutely fine.” I’m probably the colour of the Christmas tree in the corner. I think I might throw up my breakfast from the sheer embarrassment that I now feel.

“Someone should call the RSPCA.” A voice says from somewhere behind me.

“You might want to reconsider where you stash your condoms.” Another of my colleagues laughs.

My best friend, the one who’s supposed to be on my side is in fits of hysteria. In fact, she’s laughing so hard she’s close to choking. I hope she chokes.

“Okay.” Tristen tries to divert their focus from me and my condom eating dog, back to the meeting. “New Year – we’ll be having an office party.”

If he thinks talk of a party might divert their attention from my poor imaginary dog, he is wrong and he clearly doesn’t know his team that well. “How on earth did your dog get a hold of a condom?”

“Did it still have the foil wrapper on?”

“Eww, it wasn’t used, was it?”

I’m shrinking into myself. Massively embarrassed. Eyes on the floor. Cheeks burning hot. Head pounding. Heart palpitating. How the hell will I get out of this one? I have an uncanny knack for getting myself into a bit of a pickle and absolutely no skill at getting myself back out again. “That’s enough – I’ve heard more than enough about condoms and dogs for one day. Back to work.” He’s shaking his head as he dismisses us all before leaving the open offices of our floor of the TRW Advertising building. Walking into his office, he closes the door behind himself. Lucky sod. At least he has a door he can hide behind.

“Fuck.” I say under my breath.

“Only you Ella.” Sadie laughs beside me. “I don’t know how you do it.”

“I just open my mouth…” I sigh.

“You don’t even have a dog!”

“I know.” I’m groaning in mortification. “We should get back to work before Tristen gets all shitty.”

“Or worse,” Sadie whispers, “Delos might come out of her office and have at us.”

“As if – Clara’s too nice for that.”

“To you. She hates me.”

“That’s not true.” I laugh gently. The door to Tristen’s office opens once more, and he pops his head out. “Winthrope. Reed. Do I need to find you something to do?”

“No sir.” Sadie nods her head before turning back towards her cubicle.

I move to follow her, but Tristen is still talking. “Winthrope, in here please.”

“Shit.” I grumble before following him into his office. This is the moment when he finally tells me that enough is enough and I need to start being on time, or worse look for a new job. The new job scenario is probably more likely. My tardiness is my biggest failing. I’m lucky I haven’t already lost this job.

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Hanleigh loves books more than nearly anything in the world; whether its reading them or writing them, Hanleigh just can't get enough. She relishes in the way authors can create worlds with the words they put in their books. She loves the way your imagination introduces you to a new world when you read a book. It may well be a world completely foreign to the one you live in. That world is brought to life; inspires you to dream, captivates your imagination, entices your senses.

Hanleigh first took to reading as a small child reading Dr Zeus. She then fell in love with romance literature when she first read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen; when she first swooned over Mr Darcy. She's read more books than she can count and owns more books than some libraries.

Although born in Scotland, she sometimes wishes she could live inside the world that she can create inside her mind, but since that isn't possible she puts pen to paper and shares that world with this world instead. There is something addictive about being able to mould your words into something that causes the reader to fall into your mind. When you put pen to paper and create a world, it's exhilarating. Every word has meaning. You know every character intimately. You know every secret, every whisper, every smell, every look; as the author you know the world you created and more so than even the most avid of readers you can get lost in your own creation.


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The Deliverance Series Book One

by Jo-Anne Joseph


Series: The Deliverance Series, Book One

Author: Jo-Anne Joseph

Release Date: 30th April 2018

Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Romance

Price: $3.00

How far would you go to protect your loved ones?
What would be the ultimate sacrifice?
Lie? Fight? Steal? 
Would you kill?

For Alyssa Morgan there was no question.
She would do anything. 
When her ideologies are threatened she has a choice to make. 
But can she destroy the one person she trusted most in the world?

Luke Greene realized from the moment she walked into his office he was in too deep.
He believed in her innocence, even though she refused to admit it. 
Was his obsession with Alyssa just a diversion from his own crumbling life?
He has a choice to make - his profession or uncovering the truth.



Jo-Anne Joseph is an indie contemporary romance author, dreamer, doer, artist with a flair for creating stories about the seemingly impossible and second chance romance. Along with a passion for writing, she is an avid reader and enjoys painting and coloring. She also has a deep love for poetry and prose. Her lifelong love affair with words started at a young age and resulted in her debut novel Infinity.

Jo-Anne is a business professional by day and also writes on a volunteer basis for on-line publication Still Standing Magazine and the website Glow in the Woods. Her articles have been republished in several newsletters.

Jo-Anne lives in Johannesburg South Africa which provides the inspiration for the settings in her novels, with her husband and son.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

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An Interview With Lia Peele


Today we've got another interview with one of our awesome authors. This time it's the lovely Lia Peele. Lia is a British author from the North East of England who writes contemporary erotic romance all day long.

So let's kick it off with the basics. First, what's your genre?

Contemporary, erotic romance

What was the title of the first book you ever wrote?

Definition of Flawed

Do you have a tagline?

Deliciously Dysfunctional Romance

Give us five words that best describe you.

Tenacious, Assertive, Perfectionist, Worrier, Loyal

Tell us about your current work in progress.

Completing my five book 'Definition' series. Working on the last book now - called Definition of Absolution

Let's take a few to talk about what's coming next. What's the next title?

Definition of Craving

Give us the Dets. but no spoilers.

Flawed is a prequel novella, and technically Stripped is book one. Both Flawed and Stripped have been published. Craving is a continuation of the dysfunctional relationship that is Scarlett Trent and Dev Jackson. It's full of twists and angst.

When will you be releasing it?

I intend to rapid release Craving, Redemption, and Absolution by June 2018

If there's one thing we all know it's that authors are readers too. What was the first book that made you cry?

I remember the last book that made me cry: J A Redmerski, The Edge of Never. It really affected me, but I wonder if I read it now, whether I'd feel the same way.

What was your favourite childhood book?

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton

Do you recall the first book you ever read?

I've been reading forever, but I can remember the first adult novel I read - Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. I was probably about 13.

Which book inspired you to write?

I read a cougar book about a woman who fell in love with her son's best friend. They married and had a baby. I finished that book and a lightbulb went on. It hasn't stopped shining since 2015.

Now let's talk about writing. What do you think are the common traps authors fall into?

Relying on your own edits and publishing - I read too many books that obviously haven't been edited and the typos spoil what would otherwise be a good book.

Do you try to be original or deliver what you think readers will want?

I've tried original with my current series. The next one is going to be delivering what they want, but that won't be difficult because I love reading dark erotic romance.

If you could tell your younger self something, what would it be?

Before starting to write read self help books on how to write first. Then I'd tell my younger writing self to start networking under her author name much sooner. Big mistake on my part not joining Facebook until last summer when I'd been writing for two years previously.

What was an early experience that taught you that language has power?

As a teenager I babysat on a regular basis for someone. She paid regularly at first, but then she'd say she didn't have the spare cash and could she pay me next time. This happened twice, and when she asked me to babysit again, I told her in no uncertain terms it wouldn't happen again unless I got paid. I was only 15 but wasn't afraid to stand up to her and speak my mind.

What's the most difficult thing writing about the opposite sex?

I'd love to know what it feels like to orgasm as a man and be able to describe it. My husband can't help because I've tried asking him!

Next, we're going to ask you a couple of questions about the book community. What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

Authors trolling other authors, or inciting their readers to troll another author. This is an abhorrent practice.

Do you participate in the book community on social media?

Yes I participate sometimes in my author name, sometimes in my real name, it depends on the group. I prefer to keep my author name as a benign entity so I don't attract negative publicity. If I want to be controversial, I use my own name. Social Media is a necessary evil for networking. Find the right group and they can help to make your book a success.

Do you read your reviews? How do you handle negative ones?

When a book is first published I read them then. Unfortunately I imbue them with too much power, especially the negative ones. Most are fab, but if I read a negative one it affects my mood for days. I need to get tougher, and grow a thicker skin but I'm not there yet.

Now we want to know a little more about your books! Did you ever think you wouldn't be able to finish your first book?

Actually, I started writing a book in 2013, and only got as far as one chapter. I never went back to writing until 2015 when I got the idea for Stripped. Once Stripped took hold though, wild horses wouldn't have stopped me. I may re-visit the first one at some point!

Are your books standalones or are they connected?

Body of work with connections between each book, then spin offs from that if the series is well received.

Do you have any secrets hidden in your books that only some will find?

I have a motif running through my books - it's a number. I also sprinkle song lyrics throughout, spoken in a sentence as dialogue.

Who are your books dedicated to?

Always dedicated to my husband.

What is the one thing you think readers generally don't know about your specific genre?

I advertise as a contemporary erotic romance author, ergo my books are adult content which include profanity and sex. One reviewer said my character's swore too much and there was too much sex. I'd like to take that reviewer to one side and ask her what she expects from a contemporary erotic romance novel.

What was the hardest scene to write?

The ending of Craving. I cried.

Thanks so much Lia for answering our questions!


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An Interview With Pandora Spocks


At AFWB we absolutely love getting to know our authors. One of our awesome authors is the awesome Pandora Spocks. If you havent read anything by her then you need to! But for now, lets just find out a bit more about Pandora. Pandora Spocks is a sassy ginger and hopeless romantic, living her happily ever after in South Florida. She enjoys reading and writing literary erotic romance. She is the author of the three-novel epic spicy vanilla romance Rannigans Redemption, and a naughty little romantic novella, Just One Night. The Dream Dominant Collection, a series of light BDSM stand-alone novels, includes Luke & Bella, Lost & Bound, and For Sparrow.. When she's not reading or writing, Pandora can be found binge-watching her favorite programs: Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Handmaid's Tale, Westworld, The Walking Dead, or Naked and Afraid. Pandora is currently at work on her next steamy romance.

Hi Pandora, lets start with the obvious questions so what genre do you write?

I write contemporary, erotic romance.

What was the title of the first book you ever wrote?

Luke & Bella

Do you have a tag line?

Smart, Sexy Romance

Give us five words that describe you best.

Redhead, romantic, optimistic, determined, blessed.

Tell us about your current work in progress.

I'm writing the 4th Dream Dominant book, a spin-off of Lost & Bound called Warrior Mine.

Sexy Dominant Scott Nielsen quits his job as a wilderness counselor to start his own outdoors survival school.  He heads to his friend Blake Walker's family's guest lodge to see about leasing space from them for his school.  That's where he meets Blake's sister Jackie, a strong single mom who runs the lodge. 

Their attraction is immediate, but Jackie's not interested in ceding her power and submitting to Scott.  Can he earn her trust and soften her warrior princess soul?

When will you be releasing it?

No current release date, but fingers crossed, sometime in June.


Of course, everyone knows that to be an author you have to be a reader, so what was the first book that made you cry?

Angela’s Ashes

Have you ever gotten readers block?

Not really.  Although I don't always write in a linear way.  Sometimes I stop where I am and head to a different part of the story.  Then I work to bring the ends together.

What was your favourite childhood book?

I always loved A Wrinkle in Time.  I'm afraid to see the movie.  I'd rather just stick with the way I saw it in my imagination.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

I wish I had written the first chapter of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.  I aspire to write something that beautiful.


We want to know all about your author habits. What was the best money you ever spent as an writer?

The best money I ever spent as a writer was on professionally-designed book covers.  I'm not a graphic designer, and my first covers were awful.

What advice would you like to give writers who are struggling to write their first novels?

I would say, Don't quit.  Keep writing.  Even if it's crap, write it.  You can always go back and fix it later.  Just get it out.  After that, find someone who can help you avoid the mistakes they already made.

What is your view on co-authoring books, have you done any?

I respect people who are successful with co-authoring.  I tried it once and it's not easy.  My partner had wonderful ideas for how the story should go, who the characters should be, and I couldn't figure out what I added to the mix.  We never finished, and I recently told her that she should take the story and run with it.  I hope she does.

Writers are often associated with loner tendencies. Is there any truth in that?

I think writers are inherently people-watchers.  We're constantly collecting ideas and details.  And writing is a task you perform alone.  So yes, I can see that.


Being an independent author, you of course belong to the extended book community on social media. Do you participate in it? Share your thoughts?

I'm fortunate to be a member of the Wicked Pens, a Facebook community of erotica and erotic romance authors.  Other members include Nia Farrell, Felicity Brandon, Patient Lee, M.S. Tarot, Reed James, Linzi Basset, Isabel James, and others.  They are my support system, available day and night, to advise and encourage.  Together, we run a large fan group and we host takeover events and support up and coming writers.  Without social media, most of us would be going this road alone.  It's a great tool.

Where do you interact most with your readers?

I love to interact with readers and I do it mostly on Facebook, although, social media-wise, I'm all over.  On Facebook, I have a reader group called Pandora's Passionista Paradise.  I also run a Facebook online book club called the Sizzling Hot Romance Book Club.  Every month, we read a book together (sometimes my book) and we discuss it.


Now tell us all about your other books. Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel?

No, because when I started out, I never imagined it would be a novel.  I started out posting a chapter at a time on Wordpress.  Suddenly one day, I realized it could be a book.

Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of works with connections between each book?

My books are intended to be stand-alone, with the exception of Rannigan's Redemption, which turned out so long, I divided it into three books.  But I DO categorize my books to make it easier for readers to find what they like: my Dream Dominant Collection books all feature a light BDSM theme, while the other ones are what I like to call 'spicy vanilla'. 

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

Yes, I do.  I know I enjoy that in the books I read.  It's like a little reward for being a loyal reader.

Do your novels carry a message?

I don't know if you'd call it a message, but all my leading ladies have red hair.  I think gingers are sexy, and underrepresented in erotic literature.

Who are your books mostly dedicated to?

I always start with my love. All my heroes have their beginning in him.

Thanks so much Pandora for answering our questions and letting our readers get to know you a little better.


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Matricide by Jo-Anne Joseph

How far would you go to protect your loved ones?
What would be the ultimate sacrifice?
Lie? Fight? Steal? 
Would you kill?
For Alyssa Morgan there was no question.
She would do anything. 
When her ideologies are threatened she has a choice to make. 
But can she destroy the one person she trusted most in the world?

Luke Greene realized from the moment she walked into his office he was in too deep.
He believed in her innocence, even though she refused to admit it. 
Was his obsession with Alyssa just a diversion from his own crumbling life?
He has a choice to make - his profession or uncovering the truth
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An Interview With Cassi A. Williams

  1. What inspired you to write your (most recent) book?  (Writing a book was always a dream of mine and so I wanted to show my kids that you can always follow your dream and accomplish them with enough work and dedication.)

  2. Who is your favourite character from your book(s)? ( I would have to say Eliza because she was the first character that started “Talking to me.”)

  3. Is there an underlying theme? ( If I had to pick a theme it would be that love always prevails.)

  4. What motivated you to become an author? (I am one of the biggest book nerds And I told my husband one day that I wanted to write a book and he told me, “Babe you can do anything you want to do and I can’t wait to read your books.”)

  5. What inspires you to to get out of bed each day? (Hands down my family. They are the greatest supporters I could have ever asked for.)

  6. When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time? (With my family or cuddled up with a good book.)

  7. How do you discover the ebooks you read? (Social Media and book recommendations from fellow book nerds.)

  8. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? (I was in the fourth grade and wrote my first poem that was later published.)

  9. What is your writing process? (As organized as I am my writing process is rather chaotic. I have notebooks filled with different ideas for my books then I put them all together.  Then the characters start “Talking” to me.)

  10. Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you? (The child called “it” was one of the first stories that showed me that you can express so much emotion through writing.)

  11. Describe your desk. (Chaotic at times but most of the time it is very organized and has different quotes all around it on the walls.”

  12. Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing? (I grew up in a very small town in Alabama and when I say small there wasn’t even a stop light.)

  13. When did you first start writing? (I was always writing when I was younger, it just took my a while to realize that I had the ability to put it all together and create a story.)

  14. What else have you got planned? (More and more writing.)

  15. What’s the story behind your latest book? (The one I am currently writing is a story about love and compassion. A girl that didn’t believe that she deserves love and finds it in an unlikely friend.)

  16. Do you have any bizarre writing habits? (I wouldn’t say bizarre because of course they make perfect sense to me.)

  17. What was the hardest part of writing your book? (Always thinking in the back of my mind “Who is going to like this?)

  18. What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your genre? (That it’s going to be cheesy because it is a romance.)

  19. What is your reading format of choice? (E-books or paper books.)

  20. How do you make time to write? (Most of the time I write once my adulting for the day is done.. Once dinner is cooked, everything is cleaned up and the kids are in bed.)

  21. What do you like to read? (I read just about anything I am not picky in my reading preferences.)

  22. Any ideas for future projects? (oh yeah….. we will just have to wait and see what becomes of them.)

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An Interview With Kim Deister

  1. Where are you from?

Potsdam, NY, but I live on O’ahu in Hawai’i now.


  1. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I ‘ve either in or married to the Army since I was 17. I was a linguist in military intelligence for most of my career, trained in Polish and Vietnamese. I’ve also been a tech writer, a web designer, a translator, and a bunch of other stuff, too. I’m also an Army wife married to the love my life (who will be appearing in uniform on the cover of a future novel) and a mom to four boys.


  1. Tell us your latest news.

I just released my first novel, Kissing Frogs. I’m in the process of finishing up its prequel.


  1. When and why did you begin to write?

I’ve been writing most of my life. It’s always been a bit of an escape for me. I love to read and writing seemed like a natural step!


  1. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

About 5 weeks ago when I released my first novel!


  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

It came from a college assignment, a rom-com short story. My prof loved it and encouraged me to take it all the way.


  1. How did you come up with the title?

There’s a line in the book parodying Katy Perry’s song I Kissed a Girl. My MC also has been through her share of frogs on the way to true love!!


  1. Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

I don’t think that I do. I love all kinds of genres and tend to write the stories I need to tell, rather than be genre-specific.


  1. How much of the book is real life experiences based on someone you know, or events from your own life?

A lot of it, actually, except for all the magic stuff. But the family dynamics, the bad dates… that’s all me!

  1. Who designs your covers?

Kennedy Kelly is doing the covers for this series.


  1. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Just that love comes at the most unexpected times.


  1. Are there any new authors that have taken your interest? Who is your favourite writer, and what is it about their work that really draws you in?

This is a tough question. I love so many books and authors, so many great stories!


  1. Outside of family members, name one person that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Author Jessi Gibson.  She’s been fantastic!


  1. Do you see writing as a career?

I definitely do!


  1. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No, I wouldn’t. The story is what it is and changing it would change its meaning.


  1. Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Quite a bit. How to be more efficient in the writing process, better ways to promote myself.


  1. If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Oh, wow!  For my leading lady, Emma Stone. My leading man, Colin O’Donoghue.


  1. Any advice for other writers?

Listen and learn from those who have the experience.


  1. Anything specific you want to tell your readers?

Thank you for taking a chance on me.


  1. What book are you reading now?

How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland.


  1. Do you remember the first book you read?

Little House on the Prairie


  1. What makes you laugh/ cry?

Laugh… pretty much anything.  Good comedy, a good pun.  Cry… pain, injustice, others’ sadness.


  1. Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?

Katherine Hepburn. She was such a pioneer for women!


  1. Do you have any hobbies?

Learning languages (I’m a nerd!), crocheting, art journaling.

  1. What TV shows/ films do you enjoy watching?

I’m addicted to crime shows and action movies!


  1. Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?

Go back to being a linguist because I loved it.


  1. What do you want written on your head stone?

Here lies Kim Deister. She lived life without regret…


  1. Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates?


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Almana And Visions

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Almana and Visions

by Julayn Adams

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Almana Synopsis:

Hidden deep inside the forest, a community of people have created a safe haven despite the terror that lies not far from their border walls. World War III has destroyed most of the world population, and the ruthless dictator, Equis, is quickly gaining control over the majority of the U.S. population. Heaven has turned its back on humanity; the angels have deserted their posts and are awaiting the end - all but one. Through visions, Almana comes to believe that one last chance for the world’s redemption lies in a girl who lives in this small community. The only problem is the future of seventeen-year-old Alexa is grim, but without her, the end is imminent. Though Almana will be banished from her home until the world’s last day, she chooses to join Alexa in hopes of not only saving humanity, but heaven as well. Bound by a supernatural connection with Alexa and her family, Almana is gifted a new home. And despite the inability of angels being able to fall in love, Almana finds herself in a dilemma she hadn’t expected.


A story of friendship, romance, love, betrayal, hate, hope, and despair, Almana is the first of a three-part series.


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Visions Synopsis:

Book II of Amazon's International Best Seller, "Almana"*


In a world full of violence and hatred, Alexa still believes in hope. She is the reason Almana left heaven to risk everything, including her own immortal soul. But when Almana returns from the abyss with visions of an impending attack on their community, Alexa’s plans to unite with neighboring camps must be expedited. As racism and the brutal effects of the war live on, threatening to infiltrate their newly merged faction, Almana fights the demons plaguing her mind and her heart.


A note from the author: "Visions" contains subject matter that may be sensitive to some readers. Although not graphic, topics such as racism, sexism, and rape may be upsetting to some and may not be appropriate for younger readers.


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Crimson Illusion

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7 Kingdoms Series, Book 2

by Rae B. Lake

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Kate - I should have known, I was told not to trust the Palaens, but still I did. Now even after the broken bones and the bruises have healed, I am still left in pieces. No matter how hard I try to erase him from my memory, my heart always reminds me of one fact. I am in love with a killer.


Lucas - She is gone...just gone. Right when I thought maybe we would start a life together, she leaves me, or at least I hope she did. There was so much blood, and explanations why. I need to find her, even if it’s just to let her go.



Crimson Illusion is part 2 of the 7 Kingdoms Novels, Join Kate and Lucas as they find out just how much havoc the Phantoms can do to the Wolfe and Fields families. Will they be able to move past what happened in New Hampshire and fight this new demon together or will they have to admit defeat.


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*´¨✫) Cherry Christmas by A.L. Simpson, Aleisha Maree and Kay Maree

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Three Macho Brothers.

An ultimatum which risks their prized Christmas dinner.

Three Innocent Women.

How do all the pieces fit together?

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An Interview With R. Murray

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a London girl currently living in Auckland New Zealand. Touched By The Wolf is my debut novel and I am a mixture of nervous excited by it. I am an avid
reader and will pretty much read everything and anything and love discovering new authors. I have written on and off all my life mostly fanfictions, but now I am very happy and settled in to the world of paranormal. I have many more adventures planned.

2. What do you do when you are not writing?
Read, work, hang out with my amazing friends and explore the beautiful country that is currently my home. I feel very blessed to call New Zealand my home.

3. Do you have a day job as well? How do you balance that with your writing?
My day job is a Dog Supervisor at a dog day care centre in Auckland. I basically get to hang out and play with dogs all day, it’s a tough life. I write mainly at the weekends and as it is shift work I do, if I have an afternoon off I will write then.

4. When did you start writing?
I first started writing when I was a teenager, mainly fanfictions that I did post on a fanfiction site. I stopped through a lot of my later teenage years and my
twenties till about four years ago when I joined a RP group on twitter. I also dabble in poetry though haven’t had a chance recently.

5. How did you choose your genre?
I actually originally started writing a historical fiction, but when I struggled to get into it I took the two main characters and moved them to a paranormal world. Fantasy is my favourite genre. Fantasy of all types and so it made sense for me to write what I love to read.

6. Where do you get your ideas?
The idea for Emilie was from my very first character I ever wrote in RP and she has been with me for four years, so I am so excited to finally write a whole book series around her. My ideas come as I write, I didn’t really know where this story was going until I was about half way through the second chapter. Then it just clicked and the story worked.

7. Do you ever experience writers block and how do you overcome it?
I do experience writers block when I get tired. So I simply stop and return back to it when my mind is ready, it could be a few hours or a few day. Normally I lose myself in a good book and gain inspiration from the amazing authors I read.

8. Is there any particular authors or books that have inspired you?
Every book I read inspires me, not matter what the genre as does every author. I think the best research an author can do is by reading other authors in every
genre, that’s where inspiration is found.

9. What is your writing process like?
I like to plan very roughly the main story of the book, a brief description of each character and then I plan each chapter out with key words. Then I write and
build around the notes I have written. Most of the time I change a lot so I don’t like to plan thoroughly.

10. What do you think is the hardest part of being an author?
For me, it’s time. Time to promote a book, time to write a book especially if you are writing a series. Also getting noticed. I don’t write for money, I am writing
because I love it. But I would be lying if I said I didn’t want some acknowledgement and my work to be seen.

11. Tell us about your upcoming book.
My upcoming book is called Touched By The Wolf and it is a paranormal/ YA romance. It is the first in the Dark Blood series that will have three books
altogether. The story is the typical Vampire/werewolves war but I think it has a brilliant twist that I do not want to say much about.

12. Is it based on your own life experiences?
Not at all. It would be a pretty cool live I would have led if it was though.

13. Tell us about your favourite scene.
I think my favourite scene is when Emilie is forced to defend herself and another against a mob of newly turned vampires. I love the image of her stood amongst
them chanting spells as light illuminates her. The wolves come to her aid, and again the visual I had of their fight with her, and the love shared between her and Maccon. The mutual respect between her and the wolves is a very touching part of the book, and a turning point also.

14. Do you have any strange writing habits?
No. I don’t think so. I am a pretty boring writer.

15. Do you read as much as you write and what are you currently reading?
I read so much. I have three books on the go at the moment. They are:
Crimson moon by Sherri.A.Wingler
Tattered loyalties by Carrie Ann Ryan
Beast by A.Zavarell.

16. If you could claim to be the author of one bestseller what would it be?
I am going to have to say JK Rowling. I am such a Harry Potter geek, it’s ridiculous.

17. Is there anything you would never write about as an author?
I would never write erotica it is just not my thing at all.

18. What literary character is most like you?
Wow that is a tough one and if I am honest I don’t think I can think of an answer to that.

19. What was the most challenging part of writing your book?
Getting into the head of some of the characters. Not all of them I got on with and so that was tough. I am hoping I find them easier in the next book.

20. Any advice for other authors?
To never give up on your dream. I was very badly bullied mentally by someone I once called a friend and they destroyed my confidence in my ability to write, but
I eventually turned such negativity around and use the abuse as my strength, and now I have my first book published. Never let people tell you that you cannot do something, you can! Write for you first, someone, somewhere will always read your work.

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