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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?

http://kimdeister.com

 

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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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Synopsis:

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.

 

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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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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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Mathematics of Eternity by David M Kelly

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Author: David M. Kelly

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Meet former space engineer, Joe Ballen. These days, he’s scraping a living flying cabs in flooded-out Baltimore, trying to avoid the clutches of his boss and the well-meaning advice of an old friend. When one of his passengers suffers a grisly death, Joe is dragged into a dangerous web of ruthless academic rivalry centered on a prototype spaceship.

As the bodies pile up, Joe becomes suspect number one, and his enemies will stop at nothing to hide the truth. With the help of an enigmatic scientist, a senile survivalist, and the glamorous Ms Buntin, can Joe untangle the conspiracy and prove his innocence before it’s too late?

Mathematics Of Eternity: the first in an explosive SF thriller series by a fantastic new Canadian author.

The future’s about to get a lot more action-packed!

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When Night Falls Launch Event

We've got an awesome event scheduled for the 30th January and we'd love you to join us.

 

You won't want to miss it! It's going to be a brilliant day as we celebrate the release of When Night Falls by Kayla Krantz.

 

There's a brilliant line up of authors taking part in this brilliant event! They've all got a little something to share with you. Books! Giveaways! Did I say BOOKS? And Games... 

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The Touch of Snow By Anna Edwards

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Author: Anna Edwards

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Selene Harper doesn’t know who is she and for that fact…what she is. If she touches someone, she hears all their intimate thoughts. Not so good when you want to start dating. And not so good when you are about to be thrown into the world of shape-shifting bears, wolves and wild cats.

Brayden Dillion is a shape-shifting snow leopard. He is the lead assassin of the Glacial Blood pack but has already been told that when he mates, he will be made a sentinel. That is the problem though. He cannot find his partner. Well, not until he goes to visit his mother and meets Selene.

The Touch of Snow is the first book in the new Glacial Blood series. A first paranormal book from the author, Anna Edwards. It tells the story of a voyage of discovery for both Selene and Brayden as they try to understand why they are what they are. The Glacial Blood world is full of intrigue, suspense and a family of dreams. It also features a secret that should remain untold.

Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life that accept you for what you are.

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An Interview With M. Kristine

  1. What inspired you to write your book?

I am currently writing my first book. I have always wanted to be a writer and have been inspired by many authors over the years. My current book is book 1 in at least a 4 part series, but may be more.

  1. Who is your favourite character from your book(s)?

I don’t have a favorite character yet

  1. Is there an underlying theme?

This series is an MC romance. I would like to stay in the romance genre

  1. What motivated you to become an author?

As I said earlier, I have always wanted to write. Now that I am older, I have found that my creativity has flourished and now I have the opportunity to put that to paper.

  1. What inspires you to to get out of bed each day?

My children and my grandson that is due to arrive any day now

  1. When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

I have a full time job, so writing is done in my spare time. Other than that I enjoy spending time with my family

  1. How do you discover the ebooks you read?

Many time by word of mouth or word of technology (lol). I find many of my books on Facebook and the many groups I am a member of

  1. What is your writing process?

Since I am new to this, I have put all of my ideas to paper first. Then once I have an idea of the characters, story line etc, I start to write. I let the characters guide me and I have found that my storyline has changed a few times already.

  1. Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?

I don’t, but I know I was exposed to reading from a young age. My great grandma read to me all the time when I was small and I have always had a love of reading.

  1. Describe your desk.

Right now, it is my kitchen table, lol. I recently moved and haven’t had a chance to get my desk situated yet

  1. Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in a small town in eastern Ohio. Being a shy kid and having few friends, I spent time reading and found that I had quite the imagination as a child. As I grew, my creativity diminished for many years, but I can say I am glad it has come back and I am excited to be writing.

  1. When did you first start writing?

About a year ago. I started to dabble, but the past 3 months I have really been spending as much time as possible.

  1. What else have you got planned?

I will finish this series, how ever many books that contains. After that I am not sure

  1. What’s the story behind your latest book?

It is about an outlaw MC. The female is a victim of child rape after her mother was murdered. His current problems and her past collide.

  1. Do you have any bizarre writing habits?

No

  1. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Getting all of my thoughts to words. It makes sense in my head but sometime it doesn’t make sense on paper.

  1. What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your genre?

That its just sex. But there is always a story to be told and heard. That’s what I enjoy, the story

  1. What is your reading format of choice?

Ebooks. I love my kindle

  1. How do you make time to write?

I write when I feel it. I cant write if I don’t feel like the characters are talking to me, if that makes sense

  1. What do you like to read?

I love romance of any kind! Paranormal, MC, BDSM…if its got romance, I am all for it!

  1. Any ideas for future projects?

I do plan to continue writing. I suppose we will see what comes about.

 

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Kissing Frogs by Kim Deister

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Author: Kim Deister

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Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs...

To say that Cassidy's love life has been a hot mess would be an understatement. Bad boys have been just that... bad. Love and fairy tale romance? She's over it. But her family won't give it up, so Operation Marry Cassidy is born, throwing one guy after another at her. So Cassidy has kissed a lot of frogs and not one of them turned into a prince.

But when Cassidy agrees to take care of her niece's beloved pet frog, little does she know just how much her life is about to change...

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Mother of Shadows by Meg Anne

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Author: Meg Anne

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Helena’s life had always been quiet. In fact, she liked it that way. When her childhood friend returns home and tells her that she is the prophesied ruler of the Chosen, those blessed with the gift of magic, her quiet life goes up in flames.

Suddenly Helena finds herself surrounded by a circle of protectors, each having sworn their loyalty to her since her birth. All except for one: her Mate.

It’s not enough that she learn how to use her magic and undergo a trial to prove her worthiness; in order to claim her title, Helena must also find the man who carries the other half of her soul.

Exiled due to a past he had no part in, Von is the last man the Chosen expect Helena to select. Despite their protests, his soul calls to hers and there’s no denying that he was made for her. But the prophecy stands and all isn’t as it seems.

There’s an enemy lurking within plain sight who will stop at nothing to destroy her.

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An Interview With Anna Edwards

  1. When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

 

I’m relatively new to writing having only started three years ago. My previous life was devoted to Accountancy. Can’t get further extremes. I became a founding member of a roleplaying group on Twitter. The group was based around historical romance in the time of the Musketeers. I started to develop a book based on our storyline and a friend, Charity Hendry read it. She loved what I wrote and encouraged me to think outside the box into contemporary romance and publish. Charity is NYT bestseller, Carrie Ann Ryan’s PA so I’m very lucky to have her assistance.  

 

  1. What is the first book that ever made you cry?

 

I’m quite a hard arse and don’t really cry much at books. I get sad but not really cry. I did cry once when I was roleplaying. One of the characters had to die and it was really emotional writing the scene with my friend who was playing that character. I was finding it hard to type for all the tears falling down my face.

 

  1. How long does it take you to write a book?

It can vary. Surrendered Control, my first book took six months but Divided Control only three. The Touch of Snow, my first paranormal book, only took me three weeks. I still work as an Accountant one day a week and I’m also a mum to an eight and five-year old so writing is something that I still have to fit in around other things. Hopefully that will change one day.

  1. Do you have any bizarre writing quirks?

I talk to myself when I write. So much so my husband thinks I’m going mad. I can be cooking dinner and talking to myself but I’m working an idea through in my head and acting the scene out. He does insist that I try to keep the working of a sex scene hidden.

  1. Where do you get your book ideas?

A lot of the ideas just seem to pop into my head (I carry a notebook with me at all times). The Touch of Snow came to me in a dream. I also read a lot and sometimes I see something in a book and my mind twists it around to form a story of my own.

I also feature a lot of travel in my stories. That all comes from personal experience. In Surrendered Control, Amy and James visit India. In 2012, I live there for eighteen months with my husband and very young children. It was a fabulous experience and I’m so excited that I can share it with my readers.

  1. What do you do when you are not writing?

When I’m not writing or being a mummy or accountant I love to bake and take photos. I make a lot of my children’s birthday cake and love to have fresh cookies available to them.

Photography is a new passion of mine and I hope to use it in my writing as well with cover shoots. I was given an all dancing, all singing camera two Christmases ago. I wanted to learn how to use it properly so I took a couple of courses. I know see life through a lens very differently. Below are a couple of pictures I took with Controlling Darkness in mind.

  1. What does your family think of your writing?

They are all really proud of me. My daughter insisted on taking my business cards into show her teachers. She tells them that she is not allowed to read my book until she is eighteen though. So cute.

  1. Do you hear much from your readers? What kinds of things do they say?

I do. I’ve got a few followers now that stop by and say hi when I’m posting. It’s really nice. Everyone is so friendly. The author community really is a kind and helpful one.

At the moment most of my readers are telling me to hurry up and write my next books. Although I don’t like to leave the couple in a cliff-hanger. HEA’s are important. I like to leave something to get the reader thinking and wanting more.

  1. What do you think makes a good story?

To me it is believable characters and the way they interact. I have to fall in love with the hero and want him for myself. The heroine has to contain something of myself that I can see. I have to loose myself in the characters so that the book can flow. If I find a book like that I will read it in a day. I won’t be able to put it down. Which at the moment is a problem as I’m finding so many books like that.  

  1. Does writing energise or exhaust you?

Writing energises me. I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety for a number of years now. I also lack confidence in social situations but writing allows me to become a different person. It gives me a voice that has often been hidden. That doesn’t say that after a mammoth writing session, especially fight or sex scenes I’m not ready to curl up in bed.

  1. What are common traps that new authors fall into?

I think common trap, and one I fell into myself, is believing that to be an author all you need to do is write. There is so much more being successful, it is a lot of hard work especially for an Indie author. You’ve got takeovers, social media interaction, form filing, trying to understand KDP every-time they change it. A how to manual would be great for new authors but to be honest everything changes so fast it would probably be out of date before you’ve read it.

  1. Have you ever got READERS Block?

I have. I had terrible writers block half way through Controlling Darkness. I knew what I needed to get on the paper to tell the story but I just, for the life of me, could not write it. It was just not working. I stepped away for a week from the story and planned a few others. Took time out to read and then came back to it. I read through what I had previously written and then the words just flooded out. It probably helped that I came back to it one evening after a couple of glasses of wine.  

  1. If you could tell your younger writer self anything, what would it be?

Have confidence in your abilities and ignore everything that you were taught in English Literature, contractions are good.

 

  1. What was the best money you ever spent as an author?

The best money I’ve spent is on my graphics. They complete my book and make it look professional. I must admit I’m a snob with covers. If I see one that just doesn’t look good, I won’t even try the book. It could be the best book in the world but the cover and the blurb sell the book to me.

  1. What does literary success look like for you?

Ultimately, I want what everyone else wants and that is bestselling status but that is long term. That is literary success. I have lots of short term goals. My next two are to release a book in a new series which I’ll be doing on the 27th June and then to attend my first convention, which I’ll also be doing in August at the Manchester author event.

  1. Tell us about your latest book.

My latest book is the first in my paranormal romance series called, ‘The Glacial Blood’. It tells the story of Selene Harper and Brayden Dillon. Brayden is a shape shifting snow leopard. He is trying to find in place in the pack and has been told that he needs to mate to become Beta. Selene has no idea who or what she is. All she knows is that when she touches a human she hears their thoughts and when she touches a shape shifter something even worse happens.

  1. Do you sometimes find yourself Googling yourself?

Of course, who doesn’t. I can’t wait to get that blue verified marker on my twitter account as well.

  1. Describe how you felt when you published your first book.

I think I felt numb at first. I know that sounds strange but I was so excited in the lead up to publishing and so busy trying to sort everything out that I didn’t really have time to think about it. I suddenly found myself not pressured. My book was out. I had a copy in my hand. A copy of something that I had written. I was in shock. Now when they release though I’m on a high for days. I don’t check sales. For me this isn’t about sales at this stage. It is about getting my word out to everyone.

  1. What’s coming next?

Next we have lots of exciting things happening.

The Control Series is continuing with Controlling Heritage which is Sophie and Grayson’s story. There are three other books after that to come before January 2018. From that series I have two spin offs planned, unfortunately they are hush hush at the moment so I can’t say much. They are really excitement and feature very sexy males though. I will also be lending one of The Control Series characters to the AFWB anthology. Miss Alexia from Divided Control will get to tell her story in a special Christmas tale.

My paranormal romance series is set for seven books long (at the moment) and I’m hoping to get Emma’s story, ‘Fighting the lies’ out in September or August.

In 2018 I’ve got lots of conventions planned in the UK, Indie Pop up in Bristol, Writers by the River in Kent and Fanssastic in Birmingham. I’m also hoping to travel over to America and maybe attend a convention there, either as an other or a fan.

  1. Do you have a favourite book?

I don’t really have a favourite book I have favourite authors. In Contemporary romance I love Sophie Oak and Cherise Sinclair. In paranormal romance it has to be Donna Grant, I’m just a massive Dragon Kings fan and even though I was her assistant at a convention in March she wouldn’t give me any clues to the storylines conclusion.

 

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Mail Order Governess by Susan Horsnell

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Author: Susan Horsnell

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Charlotte Campbell has not had the best start in life. She had a mother who didn’t care about her and, a father who wished she’d never been born. When he becomes hell-bent on marrying her off to someone three times her age, she knows it’s time to get out. An ad for a governess could not have come at a better time.

Harrison Tate desperately needs someone to take control of his renegade girls. Having lost his wife, murdered by her brother, he has spoiled them and allowed them to run riot. He places an ad for a Governess.

When Charlotte arrives, Harrison is shocked by the stuck-up fiery red head. It takes every ounce of his control not to put her on the next train back to Tulsa. Trouble is, he needs her and, so do his girls.

Will Charlotte win over the out of control, sassy little girls?

What will place her life in grave danger and threaten her happiness?

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Everything Undone By Wysteria Wilde

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Two worlds collide...

Annabel LaFrance was a good girl who lived a privileged and sheltered life, made good grades, belonged to a posh country club and had a male best friend who never tried to be anything more than just that: a friend. She didn’t drink or do drugs, and she certainly didn’t date. After what had happened with her own parents, she swore she would never fall in love, let alone get married and have kids. She had the perfect life. 

She also had buried secrets that should have stayed forever buried. Then she met Nick Bignanni, and everything changed.

Nick Bignanni was a bad boy who lived his life constantly haunted by his demons. After what had happened to his parents and the girl he loved, he swore he would straighten out his life. But he didn’t. Or couldn’t. Or wouldn’t. He did what he thought he had to do to cope with life, which mainly consisted of having meaningless sex with multiple women, doing drugs, drugs and more drugs - and being manipulated by his best friend, Michael LaFrance, to get money to obtain said drugs. He was nearly at the end of his rope when he met Michael’s little sister, Annabel LaFrance. She was intelligent and intriguing and beautiful. And off-limits. In addition to being his best friend’s sister, she was too young - and a girl like her deserved so much better than a guy like him. 

The only problem was, he couldn’t stay away. 

As Annabel and Nick’s epic love story unfolds, everything unravels. Truths are revealed, lies are exposed, danger lurks in the shadows, and people die - and love seems more and more likely to elude them. Sadly, sometimes, it’s too late - even for true love. 

But sometimes, it’s not.

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An Interview With Author Meg Anne

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have always been drawn to words and stories, especially the transformative power they hold. For me, there’s a special beauty in discovering a perfectly placed quote. And it’s a really individual thing, something I might find meaning in, another person could over look completely. It just depends on how the reader connects to the writer’s words. I’ve always thought that kind of relationship was powerful but I don’t think there was a particular lightbulb moment where I was like, “Hey! This is my thing.” It was more of a gradual build and something that was always in the back of my mind. I finally got to a point where other people were reading snippets of stories I had started and were pushing me to finish them.

2.What is the first book that ever made you cry?

Gosh, that’s a tough one, but the first story that came to mind was I Never Promised You a Rose Garden by Hannah Green. The first time I full ugly cried (like had to stop and get a tissue because I couldn’t even see the page anymore) was when Dumbledore died. Am I allowed to say that? Is that still considered a
spoiler? I read the book before my mom and put a post-it at the beginning of the chapter warning her to keep her tissues handy.

3.How long does it take you to write a book?

Well, technically I started Mother of Shadows in 2014, and I would find the file every 6 months to a year and dabble in it a bit before I finished it over the course of 6 weeks earlier this year. If you added all the time I actually spent on the book over the last 3 years, it would probably only be about 8 weeks.

4.Do you have any bizarre writing quirks?

I don’t think so... I do find that those quiet moments in between hitting the snooze button tends to be when my brain starts to build potential moments in my stories.

5. Where do you get your book ideas?

Probably daydreams. I sit in traffic a lot, so I come up with stories to help pass the time. I tend to think of scenarios before I discover the characters.

6. What do you do when you are not writing?

All of the usual things! I love spending time with family and friends (especially my little cat Henry!) I’m an avid video game player and love to binge on books and tv shows. Oh, and work... that tends to take up a lot of writing time.

7. What does your family think of your writing?

My family is super supportive. My mom was one of the first people to read my first love scene, which looking back is pretty awesome. My grandma isn’t much of a reader, but she promised that my book would be the first she would ever read. I think they’re planning on reading it out loud, come to think of it I might need to find a reason to be out of town that day.

8. Do you hear much from your readers? What kinds of things do they say?

So far, I think I can count the number of people that have read my story on both hands, but the general consensus has been something along the lines of, “Is this a freaking cliffhanger?!?!” “OMG I need a Talyrian!” “I want Darrin to end up with Helena” and then about 20 minutes later, “Scratch that, Von is super hot.” lol.

9. What do you think makes a good story?

For me, it’s about the chemistry between the characters, an author’s attention to detail (ie: when something small early on in the story becomes big at the end) and something unexpected. A great story draws you in right away, keeps you hooked as you’re reading it, and when a story is exceptionally good you’re going to feel something as you read it.

10. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

I feel super energized while I’m in the middle of it, but when I finish a session my brain is total mush for a few hours.

11.What are common traps that new authors fall into?

I think authors can tend to worry too much about what their readers are going to think or want, and that can stifle their creativity. I was a reader long before I was a writer and while there are common themes/storylines I enjoy, I don’t need to read the same book written by 7 different people. As a writer, you need to trust in your voice and your instincts. I also think authors can try to force their characters/story in a certain direction which is when they’ll experience “writer’s block.” Your story evolves as you write and doesn’t always end up where you think it’s going to. As weird as it sounds, I don’t think you can always have every detail plotted out in advance, there’s got to be a certain element of spontaneity - that’s where the magic comes from.

12. Have you ever got READERS Block?

OMG Yes! Although it’s also sort of like Reader ADD - I either can’t decide what kind of book I want to read, or I’ll start about 5 or 6 books and not finish any of them. This usually happens after a particularly strong book hangover. It’s not always easy to jump into a new world when your head and heart are firmly rooted in another.

13. If you could tell your younger writer self anything, what would it be?

Believe in yourself! I had so many ideas and so many stories that I started and got rid of, or never wrote down at all, because I didn’t think they were good enough. I wish I had pushed myself to write more then, even if it was in a classroom setting, so that I would have more tools and confidence now.

14. What was the best money you ever spent as an author?

I flew out to a book signing in New Orleans this year (Naturally Naughty in NOLA) and got to meet some amazing indie authors. Everyone was so kind and helpful, many offering their help and support even before I asked for it. It introduced me to the community in a big way, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be
where I am now without them.

15. What does literary success look like for you?

For me, it’s a sea of readers hungry for more of my books. It takes time, talent and a lot of luck to build that kind of following, but I would love to be able to connect to people on that kind of level.

16. Tell us about your book.

Mother of Shadows holds a very special place in my heart. It’s a fantasy romance that follows Helena as she learns about the part she plays in a rather infamous prophecy. She learns that not only is she one of the Chosen, a group of people gifted with magic, but she is also destined to be their ruler. Part of her claiming this title calls for her to undergo a trial to test her new found magic and for her to find her soul mate. It was really important to me to write the kind of book I love to read, so there’s a pretty epic love story, a lot of sass (especially from the supporting characters) and a taste of some darker elements that will be developed throughout the rest of the series.

17. Do you sometimes find yourself Googling yourself?

Only to make sure all of the embarrassing photos don’t come up!

18. Describe how you felt when you published your first book.

I haven’t yet, but everything is very surreal. I’m constantly surprised when people tell me they are in love with my book. I don’t think they realize how much it means to me!

19. What’s coming next?

Reign of Ash, Book Two of The Chosen. 


20. Do you have a favorite book?

I could never pick just one! I do have books that I find myself constantly rereading. The Harry Potter series is among them. All of Sarah J Maas’ books as well. I have a hard time letting go of characters that I fall in love with.

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Eclipsed By Kim Deister

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Tons of you joined us for Kim Deister's cover reveal of Eclipsed. If you didn't join us, you definitely missed out. Not only are we all in love with all the moons and suns, but we absolutely couldn't get enough of Kim's teasers. I definitely am not alone in anxiously awaiting the release of this new book!

We've also got those awesome teasers for you just in case you did miss them.

Kim is set to launch this book very very soon so keep your eyes peeled because it's coming! 

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An Interview With David M. Kelly

One of the best bits about working with AFWB is all the amazing authors I get to meet and work with. One of our awesome authors, David M. Kelly is one of those seriously talented individuals. He joined AFWB towards the end of last year. We wanted you to get to know him a bit better so we've asked him a couple of questions.

  1. What inspired you to write your (most recent) book?

Right now, I’m working on edits for Perimeter, book 2 of the Mathematics Of Eternity series. This one is largely set in space and has more of a darker, mystery feel than book one, but it’s still a fast-paced thriller with great characters and plenty of acerbic humor. The series was inspired by many of the things we see happening in the world today, such as climate change, genetic research, technology developments in materials and space access, then playing “what if?” games inside my head.

  1. Who is your favourite character from your book(s)?

I think my personal favourite would be the lead character in Three Lives Of Mary. Mary is very tough and a survivor who faces up to everything thrown at her and yet still retains her human vulnerability, despite being a cyborg. Her toughness is in her resilience. She doesn’t go around killing people or fighting like many female sci-fi figures we see but has an inner strength and determination that carry her through her ordeals.

  1. Is there an underlying theme?

I think one of the themes that runs through much of my work is that no matter how bleak things are, there’s always hope. Another common element in my writing is an often darkly humorous look at life and the situations my characters find themselves in. I also like stories where people are smart and solve their problems using their minds and not just with violence.

  1. What motivated you to become an author?

I was a very early and prolific reader and the idea of writing has always been inside me. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m a very natural “story-teller” (to put it politely!). The push to actually start writing came when I was faced with an extremely long commute by train. I wanted something to fill the time and thought I’d give my long held dream a go. To my surprise I ended up writing a novel. It wasn’t a very good one and it’s never been published, but nevertheless I was hooked and have been writing ever since.

  1. What inspires you to to get out of bed each day?

After surviving a life-threatening illness a few years ago I feel grateful to still be here. That episode was also the push to finally go for my dream in publishing my writing. I love the process of writing and so getting up and “going to work” is usually very easy for me--especially as it means I spend a lot of time daydreaming about space! So there’s that, coffee, and my wife giving me a gentle kick

  1. When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

Hmm – editing, designing book covers and trailers, web design... Most of my time, especially in the long Northern Ontario winters, is spent on writing-related activities and I have no complaints about that! In summer, when I’m not writing I like to catch up with science news, hike and swim and drive around in my own personal starship – a vintage Corvette ZR-1.

  1. How do you discover the ebooks you read?

A lot of what I read now comes from other independent authors that I know online. I also subscribe to several book newsletters that keep me in touch with new releases and what’s popular.

  1. Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

The first one I remember clearly was writing a series of stories about the adventures of a ninja squirrel who was unexpectedly called on a heroic saga to save his nuts. It was very tongue-in-cheek and full of ribald humor.

  1. What is your writing process?

Coffee. Chair. Word processor.

  1. Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?

I read the usual Janet and John stories when I was very young, but the ones I remember most clearly from my youngest experiences were the Moomin books by Tove Jansson. They made such fun reading and had a crazily rich assortment of characters in them, something I try to bring to my own work.

  1. Describe your desk.

My work area is made up of 2 ex-government desks that I acquired from a liquidation store. They are fantastic quality, but so heavy I’ll never be able to move them again! I have two large monitors—which helps a lot with my graphics and web work—so I need lots of space. As to the state of the surface of the desks, let’s just say it defies description

  1. Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I grew up in a large West Yorkshire town in the UK. The area where I lived wasn’t the best and it didn’t pay to be too smart at school. That and a general lack of encouragement from teachers when it came to any writing that was remotely creative, meant I never pursued the idea when I was young. I did, however, read—lots—and fell in love with science fiction early on.

  1. When did you first start writing?

I started writing “seriously” in 2002. It took a long time before I had any of my work published and even longer before I really felt like I was a “real” author. There’s been a lot of learning through that time as I worked to improve my technique and skills, but it’s all worth it the day you hold your first book in your hands!

  1. What else have you got planned?

See question 22

  1. What’s the story behind your latest book?

My very latest project is a novelette called “A Place In The Sun” and it presents a science fiction twist on a classic tale inspired by my love of old movies.

  1. Do you have any bizarre writing habits?

I’ve been known to dream up entire plots and then frantically write everything down when I wake up to make sure I don’t forget it. I’m curious to know if this happens to other writers.  I suspect it might. I also like to have silence when I write, or at least nothing more than ambient noise. If I can make things out such as music or words, I get too drawn out of what I’m working on.

  1. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

For my novel “Mathematics Of Eternity” the most difficult thing was researching the scientific aspects and this was especially time consuming in the sequel. The vast majority of this research never sees light of day in the books themselves but gives me the framework in which to work in so that when I include a detail (which often is only in passing) I know it’s right.

  1. What is the biggest thing that people THINK they know about your genre?

A lot of people are completely turned off when they hear the phrase “science fiction.” They associate it with long, boring, highly technical stories with dull characters and no action. My books are definitely not like that! I want them to be accessible to anyone who loves a good story. So I aim for compelling characters, a concise style, action and twists, and often a healthy dose of acerbic humour in there too.

  1. What is your reading format of choice?

I have a huge collection of SF paperbacks, and there’s nothing like the thrill of receiving the print copy of your own novel in the mail and holding it in your hands. All that said, these days I find it most convenient to read ebooks on my tablet. I either download them through Amazon or through my local library.

  1. How do you make time to write?

I’m lucky enough to write full-time—having escaped the IT world a few years back after some serious health issues. But I could still use more time and often wish I didn’t have to sleep! Self-discipline is really important for my productivity—there are all too many distractions online. So I always try and start the day with a writing stint. Then whatever happens, at least I’ve made progress on my word count that day.

  1. What do you like to read?

I started reading very early and very heavily – it was almost an addiction. As a result I’ve read so much that it’s hard to pin down individuals. That said, I loved the works of Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov and read as much of theirs as I could get my hands on and although their styles are very different, I still appreciate them to this day. I’ve also read a lot of Rudyard Kipling and was hooked on Conan Doyle’s Holmes stories very early on. For present day authors, I’d recommend Christina McMullen who writes classy SF with a touch of humor, some of it slanted more towards a YA audience. Other new authors that are turning out good stories are Jay Norry, who has written a large collection of zombie books, and also fantasy authors Richard H. Stephens and C.L Schneider. Beyond that I like to read histories, especially about scientific figures and also the work of science popularizers such as Brian Greene.

  1. Any ideas for future projects?

Book 3 of MOE is already under way and I also have another—very different--novel in progress, but still SF. I have a bunch of short stories to edit and publish and many ideas for more. I’m not going to run out of projects any time soon!

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