Author Interview w/ E.L. DuBois

Happy Sunday everyone. Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Today I am sitting down with multi-genre author E.L. DuBois. She is an awesome author and hope you enjoy learning about her. Happy reading everyone. 🙂


Author Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you so much for asking. I was born and raised in Texas, where I still live. I was born in a small town, but my family moved to the Houston area when I was seven, so I grew up a city girl. About five years ago we all migrated back to the small town where I was born. I’m a mom & wife, family is very important to me. I come from a small family so I’m really close with my parents & brother (who is also a writer). My husband is my writing partner so that makes for an interesting dynamic. We are all creative so it is good to have a close knit group to bounce ideas off of. I love to travel, but I do not get to do it nearly enough. I’m a full-time writer so my days are full of coffee, chucks(I have a collection, and the color I am wearing usually represents my mood), and the menagerie of characters & stories that live in my mind. Lol

What genre do you write in? Why?
Romance, Paranormal/Horror/Thriller. I really love both genres and those are the stories/characters that come to me. My debut novel was my memoir told as a dark fairy-tale. It will always be the hardest, and most important story I tell. I had to write an extremely personal, emotional story to realize my dreams, and heal. The process helped me to let go, it was my way of giving the girl I had been some semblance of justice. When I wrote it, I pulled no punches. It is raw, gritty, and honest. When I finished, I told myself, “If this helps, or give’s even one person hope, or changes their perception of domestic violence, then I have done something” and it has. The first review I received, I cried, because I had done just that. So, now, I get to write fun, romantic, action-packed stories that are unapologetically southern, laugh out-loud funny, and unique.

What inspired you to become an author?
I think I have always wanted to be a writer. I just didn’t realize it until I was in my early 20’s and got the idea for Ransom, TX. I told my little brother, we bounced ideas off of each other. He is a script writer as well as an author so I suggested he should write the script, he suggested I should write the book. So I did, lol, then life happened and I had to abandon the dream. Once I wrote my debut novel “The Glass Mask: Monsters Lurk Beneath” a door was opened for me to finally release Ransom, and the rest is history.

Tell us about your latest release?
Crossroads is about life changes, and how we sometimes find exactly what we need, when we need it, and that we usually never see it coming. It is a story of a normal girl trying to navigate her own grief, and a famous/jaded lead singer of a southern rock band and his road to recovery through a series of people he meets at a remote resort. He has lost his way and is on a destructive spiral of grief, drugs, and denial. Through sobriety, love, and some crazy interactions he finds something he didn’t realize he was missing, or even needed. It is told in two parts, part one is everything before sobriety, part two is everything after. So it was almost like writing the same character with two very different personalities. My WIP is the second book in the series, it is called No Strings and centers around the guitarist in the band. It is more lighthearted so I am having fun with it. I like to joke that I am a method writer, I live and breath my characters emotions, so to be stuck in the mind of two grief stricken lost souls for Crossroads was emotionally taxing. I kept telling myself, just get through the sad and you will get to tell the happy. I was probably insufferable to be around but my family understands. My husband gets it lol, he wrote the outline/base for Crossroads and then handed the characters/story over to me and he is so amazing he let me put my own spin on it, bleed angst and emotions all over his perfectly normal characters. The fact that he let me have the characters/story and do that says a lot about how wonderful he is.

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. I will wake up with my characters knocking on my mental walls telling me to get up and write. I am also plagued with waking up with random songs in my head. I love music, but I often feel like the songs are a representation of what I’m feeling or the characters are feeling for that day of writing. If it is a random song I haven’t heard in a while I immediately add it to my playlist and play it on repeat while I write. This is one of the main reasons I include a playlist for the readers. I want them to be able to flip to it and know exactly what moment in the book it inspired. I have so many stories I want to write, characters that have formed that I have notebooks full of stories. I will be writing a story, a character will form within that story and suddenly I know exactly how they look, sound, their backstory, and future story.

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?
Tyler “Twitch” Matthews in Crossroads is that good looking talented guy who has no concept of real life. He has been famous for so long that every day tasks are not something he thinks about. He is an artist so immersed in his grief and addiction that everything else kind of takes a backseat to it. Until he meets Gia, she is a catalyst to the first steps of recovery. He doesn’t do it for her, or because of her. She just helps guide him in the right direction, lays down the law, gives him the structure he has been lacking. Grounds him and brings him back to reality, Twitch in turn reminds Gia of her dreams, and that she shouldn’t give up on them. Their love story is not conventional at all. I knew it wouldn’t be a typical happily ever-after. They take it day by day.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?
I am a huge romance fan. I love most genres. I would have to say that my list is endless. I love well developed characters, stories, etc. Characters that give me all the feels… lol… If I had to name a few I would say, Emma Chase, LJ Shen, Emma Hart, L.A. Cotton. They are all amazing authors. I think that anyone brave enough to tell their stories and put them out there for the world should be read, appreciated, and applauded.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?
My family! And my fans! I love my readers, and I love hearing from them. Bookstagrammers and bloggers are a true gift. I love them. They have been so supportive. I’d like to give a special shoutout to @Tweezyread (Twee has been truly amazing), @themommabookclub, @cantquitbooks, @musingsofthemb, @kinkygirlsbookobsession, and K.M Jenkins of course! 🙂 My narrator Sarah Sampino, and the cover model for What Would It Take Brandon English have been wonderful as well. I cannot put into words how much I appreciate everything!

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
No Strings is my next release and I cannot wait for the world to meet my characters. Gahhh, I am so excited to tell their story, it’s definitely a doozy lol. All the feels!

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?
THANK YOU! Those two words will never be enough! Y’all are all the things! Everything! Much love and appreciation from the bottom of my heart. XO ~EL~


About the Author

20190924_104406EL DuBois is a best-selling & award winning author.
She was born and raised in Texas where she still lives today surrounded by her amazing family, and menagerie of fur babies. She loves to travel, has seen many beautiful places, and can not wait to see more. Erica is an avid artist, music lover, and reader. She is a Southern Belle at heart with a passion for red soled shoes, a good romance novel, chucks, and LV bags. When Erica is not writing she can be found enjoying a beautiful life with her loved ones.

Erica’s personal experiences with domestic violence have made her an advocate, and supporter of great causes facing victims of any harassment or abuse. It is her greatest wish that no one ever has to suffer the traumas she endured, and that justice be brought for all those who have. These experiences have made her appreciate life, laughter, and love. She is a believer in positive attitude, positive actions, and paying it forward. Her motto is “do good things with no expectations, and life has a way of bringing goodness back to you”.

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The Book

41IUNg6X7SLWords & Music…they need each other…
I am broken
I am lost
The damage cannot be undone…

Tyler “Twitch” Matthews is “the words”, but when tragedy strikes, he loses “the music”
To the world he is just the sexy “blue-eyed” bad boy
Notorious for embracing all the perks of being a rock star…
Money, women, drugs, partying, and fame…
But, none of it will bring back his music…
Behind the facade this “rock star” is quickly unraveling…
Plagued by the songs of his youth, and on the brink of insanity,
Twitch finds himself standing at a crossroads…and in dire need for a return to his roots

Gia Gibson is a dark-haired beauty barely holding together the pieces of her ordinary life.
After a devastating loss dramatically changes her future….she finds herself at a crossroads
Her every waking moment devoted to keeping the family business afloat.
One upside to being so busy…no room for anything else…
Until “he” walks into her life and his words ignite her melody…
Love…guilt…grief…broken souls…passion…and a crossroads…

Sounds like the beginnings of an unforgettable journey…or an epic love song

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Author Interview with Mia Jones

Welcome to another awesome Friday. Today I am sitting down with Romance Author Mia Jones in her very own interview. Check her out below and get to know what inspires her. Happy reading :).

Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I have three sons. I’ve been married to my husband for 30 years. We have lived in the same house for 29 of them. I started writing when I was a teenager. It helped get me through some rough times and I’ve never stopped. It’s only in the last few years that I’ve tried to publish any of my work and I had to be pushed into it by my mom and a sister. I never thought I was good enough to be published. After I sent them a book, amazingly I received an acceptance letter a few days later. So far, I have published 11 novels, and 4 anthologies. I’m signed up to do two more anthologies and am working on several books that I hope to get published in the near future. My hobbies are horseback riding, gardening, scrapbooking, cooking, and of course reading. My favorite pastime is spending time with my family.

What genre do you write in? Why?
Romance. Every story in my head is about love. I really think it helps people get away from their lives for a bit and feel good. My books always have happy endings. I dislike a book ending in a negative manner because I know it affects me and I assume other people also. There’s enough sadness in the world. I just want to bring a bit of happiness to people.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why?
I would love to bring my brother and dad back. I miss them terribly.

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?
I’ve no idea what inspires me. Every story is stuck in my head and won’t go away until I put it down on paper.

Who inspires you to write in your normal day life?
My husband and children. I want my boys to follow their dreams like I’m doing at the moment. It took a long time to get here but I feel incredibly blessed to be able to live my dream now.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?
Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, Lynda Chance are just some of them.

What is the weirdest thing you ever put into your books?
I can’t think of anything.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?
My husband.

Are you Indie Published or Traditional? Why did you choose this route?
I am published through Crazy Ink Publishing and Fiery Vision Publishing. I heard such good things about these publishers and I’m glad I went with them. They are both great.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
A lot more books. I’m working on a 3-book series and several stand-alone books.


The Author

69268462_493997751146668_24248062503288832_nMia Jones was born and raised in Iowa and still resides there with her husband and children. She’s an author of contemporary romance novels and devotes hours to creating steamy novels with happy endings that she hopes entertain people, make them laugh and sometimes cry, but always ends the book feeling good.
Mia started writing when she was thirteen. She found writing was a way to comfort herself during her rough teenage years, and she never stopped. It was only when her mother and sister pushed her did she finally send in a novel, and to her surprise, people enjoyed it and asked for more.
You can usually find her at her home in the country surrounded by her family and many animals and the majority of the time in her quiet little office, conjuring up whole new interesting families and communities.
Some of Mia’s favorite things are spending time with her family, her dogs, riding horses, gardening, cooking, hiking and, of course, writing and reading romance novels.

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The Book

41RXRCH4LcLLexi Danner’s life changed the night her husband, Mark, was murdered before her eyes. To keep from sinking into a deep abyss of depression after his death, Lexi vowed to find the person who murdered him, only to come face to face with more danger than she’d ever thought possible.

Jace has known her late husband since childhood, and he takes losing Mark hard, but not as hard as the thought of staying away from his friend’s widow. Now he has the chance to claim her as his own and keep her alive in the process.

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Author Interview: T.L. Christianson

It’s another Friday, which means it is time for another fun weekend. What do you have planned? I thought I would start the weekend out right with sitting down with paranormal & sci-fi romance author T.L. Christianson. Check out her interview below to see behind the mind of a spectacular author.

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

As a Colorado native and having lived in small mountain towns most my life, I’m an outdoors person. I love to hike, bike, and be outside. I’m married and have two children. I homeschooled, cloth diapered my babies and lived in a yurt. However, life goes on, and things change. My children are teenagers now and going to public school. I’ve gone back to my love of the written word. In my spare time, I read, listen to audiobooks and podcasts, and best of all I write.

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write paranormal romance and sci-fi romance. I have always been a huge sci-fi fan, but a story without love is like food without salt. There needs to be a little salt 😉

What inspired you to become an author?

Ever since I can remember, I’ve lived in my own imagination. Writing for me has always been my comfort, my escape, and my most profound companion since I can remember. However, I give my sister, and author, Ann Martinez (Annabelle Anders), the credit for pushing me off the publishing ledge. After reading through my work, she pointed to what would become Crimson and said, “You have to publish this. This is really good.” She helped me begin that journey and is still the one I go to when I have questions about the writing world. I took her advice and wrote Crimson during the spring of 2018, and the rest is history.

What is your writing process like?

There are two types of writers, a ‘panser’ who writes whatever pops into their mind and a ‘plotter’ who plots everything out. I’m both in a tangled mess. I start off by loosely plotting everything out, but when I get to know my characters, they basically do whatever they want.

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?

Crimson came about around 10 years ago when I was home-schooling my children in Durango. Rebecca and Jack are based on my real-life children. The story started off as a fun journal – but with the premise that I was a vampire. When I decided to write Crimson as a book in 2018, I originally meant it to be stand-alone and not part of a series, but as the characters spoke to me, I knew that there was more to the story that needed to be told.

Who inspires you to write in your normal day life?

I have a fantastic friend and blogger, Amy Bernal. We always say that we’re soul sisters. She has my back, gives me feedback, and is someone who I can talk to for hours on end…just like a sister.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?

Hmmm…I can’t remember not writing. But, the first author that made me fall in love with reading was Anne McCaffrey and Orson Scott Card. They created these fantastic worlds that I could just dive into and lose myself.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

The world is a hard place, there’s a lot of pain and suffering. I want you to lose yourself, and let go of all your pain and stress. That’s all that matters, that’s why I write.

Are you Indie Published or Traditional? Why did you choose this route?

Initially, I Indie published under my own label. I’d been emailing with a publisher, but after talking with some authors I trusted, I decided the best route for me was to go on my own. However, recently, I have signed a contract with a publisher to do a book in an established series! The official announcement will come later this month.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

The 4th book of my Shades of Red Series being released October 25! I have some new series on the horizon..


The Author

T.L.ChristiansonT.L. lives in Colorado with her husband and two children. She’s a graduate from the University of Colorado in Boulder and an avid outdoorswoman. When she’s not outside or writing, you’ll find her playing the Sims, a new Nancy Drew Mystery game or watching some Netflix.

She’s always jotted down stories and even wrote her first novel at age 16. T.L. finally decided to share her stories with the world and pursue publication after a severe injury left her in the hospital. She was given a bleak prognosis with lots of restrictions. Fighting to overcome them, T.L. has defied her doctors expectations and now lives a normal life. Although she still struggles occasionally from the fallout of her injuries, she’s a fighter and wants merely to give her readers the joy and contentment that she feels when reading a good book.

For more information or to contact T.L. visit her at www.TLChristianson.com

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The Book

CrimsonfrontVampire nanny, Emilie, stumbles across a deadly secret, a hidden lab and undeniable chemistry with the doctor. Her new life on an isolated estate may break the barriers that have kept her alive for over a hundred years.

When vampire Emilie discovers her neighbor dead, she’s granted a new lease on her undead life. Seizing the opportunity, she takes over the newly departed identity and job as a tutor on an isolated estate in the mountains of Colorado. Having always wanted children, teaching Dr. Owen Bennett’s children is her dream come true.

However, Dr. Bennett is preternaturally accomplished, handsome and eccentric, and Emilie suspects that he too is a vampire. To add to the mystery, his wife has seemingly vanished, he’s tight-lipped about who he works for, and his research is kept under lock and key.

After uncovering one of his secrets that could have severe repercussions for all of her kind, Emilie is swiftly kidnapped by a gang of vampires and forced to make an unthinkable choice.

Now that she has found the second life she was searching for, can she outsmart her captors or will her secrets and lies be the downfall of everyone she’s come to care about?

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Author Interview with Gracie Wilson

Welcome to another wonderful Sunday. What does your day look like right now? Right now in Sioux City, IA we have been fighting off the rain all week. It will be a happy day if the sun decides to come out to play for awhile. I believe we had only a few hours of sun all week. But, enough about bad weather lets get down to the fun stuff. Today I am sitting down with Gracie Wilson. She is an awesome author and I am featuring her in her very own interview. Read on to check this chick out.

Author Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Gracie Wilson. I come from a small town in Southern Ontario. Yes, that’s right. I’m Canadian. ❤️

What genre do you write in? Why?
I write across all genres. I started off in YA and now have dark books that can and have known to be banned from Amazon. Haha!

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why?
I’d want to move to the middle of nowhere and have my own little animal sanctuary away from the crazies of the world.

Tell us about your latest release?
Breaking the Cages is a charity box set where all royalties go towards the animals at the Sarnia Humane Society.

What is your writing process like?
I’m what some call a binge writer. So I won’t write for months then finish two books in two weeks and repeat. I can’t write in silence either.

What is the weirdest thing you ever put into your books?
One of my MC bestfriends gets a crab in her eye! HA!

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years as a writer?
The sky’s the limit!

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for sticking by me and all the support. I’d not be where I am today had I not had the support of so many.

Are you Indie Published or Traditional? Why did you choose this route?
Hybrid. I started off with a publisher and then went Indie.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
DARK things are coming.


About the Author

61WYEzBr7dL._US230_Look for her in the trees enjoying nature’s wonders, traveling to see the latest animal conservations, or at aquariums all around the world. This girl loves nature and all animals. She has many pets and is always adding new additions. The more the merrier in her mind. Sitting under the shade reading a book, letting the world around her pass by, while she is safe in her bubble of imagination. Well, that is where she’d love to stay. She is a softball player, can be talked into the occasional Karaoke and loves going out to dance. She is a first generation Canadian living in Ontario. Her family is from Scotland, so finding her in the hot sun for very long is unlikely, but give her rain and thunderstorms and she’s golden.

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The Book

51DfzAogPKLSeven authors have banded together to raise money for The Sarnia Humane Society.

Each romantic story will have you begging for more and we don’t disappoint. This collection isn’t a small one.

The Sarnia Humane Society provide shelter for abandoned and abused animals; giving them the care and love they desperately need.

All royalties made will be donated to this charity to help provide for the animals’ care and helping them towards finding their forever home.

So go ahead, pick it up, you might just find your next book boyfriend inside.

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Interview with Rena Marin

Welcome to another hump day everyone. Today I am sitting down with multi-genre author Rena Marin. Please sit back and relax and enjoy the read.

Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m from a little town in Tennessee. I suppose you could call me a typical country girl. I love the mountains, warm summer days, and of course, spending time with my family. I’m married to a great guy and we have two kids together. I’m a huge fan of movies and TV. I’m also a huge horror buff. Whether it’s shows, movies, or books if it’s scary I’m interested lol.

What genre do you write in? Why?
I’ve tried my hand at several genres. Most of the time I like to call myself a multi-genre writer. Lately, however, I have been bouncing back and forth between horror, fantasy, and rom-com.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why?
My job. It’s great for paying the bills and all that but it takes a lot of time away from the family and writing. I would prefer a normal 9 to 5 gig, but living in a small town like this doesn’t offer a lot of options for that.

Tell us about your latest release?
My latest release is set for October 2, 2019. It is called The Hunter’s Guild of Dark Hollow Ridge. This book is the sequel to my The Witches of Dark Hollow Ridge which was released in October of 2018. In this follow up, my witches learn a lot more about the new world they find themselves part of and have quite a few big decisions to make in the process.

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?
Sadie Love James is your typical 18 year old girl. She finds herself in a situation where she’s lost all the adults she depended on is left with the responsibility of taking care of those around her. It scares her, but she’s not one for giving up easily. When it comes to being a witch though, Sadie loves it. She wishes she’d been told all the dark secrets her coven has been hiding but now she’s to the point where nothing surprises her. She is ready to stand on her own if need be but luckily for her, she still has a few allies around to help her out.

What is your writing process like?
I’m an early morning writer. I like to wake up before daybreak, grab some coffee, and get some words down before I start my day.

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?
Each one is different, but I can definitely pinpoint where my Dark Hollow Ridge saga came from. It was a dream. I dreamed my 14 year old daughter and her friends were a coven of witches. When I woke up that morning, I jotted down what I remembered and the rest came from there.

Who are your top three favorite authors?
Stephen King, Erin Lee, and Joe Hill

What are you reading right now?
The Diary of a Serial Killer series by Erin Lee. I love it!

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
In October alone I have three releases. The Hunter’s Guild of Dark Hollow Ridge is on the 2nd. Devoured, a horror novella releases on the 15th. On the 30th, Erin Lee and I have a quirky, monster satire releasing called Coming Out Monster. Then in November, the same thing. I have two more horror titles releasing that month along with a couple of anthologies, so busy busy lol.


About the Author

71rcx-zJfbL._US230_Wicked Words with a Southern Twist
Rena Marin was born in a small town in East Tennessee where she, her husband Daniel, and two children–Cody and Amber–still reside today.
Growing up, reading and writing her own stories was Rena’s favorite pastime. Her once-unreachable dream of becoming a published writer came true when she was in high school and found herself with many writing awards and accolades, including a short story in Reader’s Digest.
After starting her own business, Rena continued writing shorts online before moving on to freelance work. Taking a chance, she and a friend submitted a novel to their first publishing company and were delighted to be accepted.
As a member of Crazy Ink Publishing, Rena now has several co-written series underway, including the Best Selling Dead Oak Terrors Series. Halloween Nightmare, the first book in that series, recently won the Reality Bites Best Horror Book of 2018. Rena also has her own solo series called The Witches of Dark Hollow Ridge. She looks forward to bringing readers with her into a world of magic and adventure.
Keeping close to her short story roots, Rena is part of several anthologies with many more in the works.
A lover of all forms of entertainment, Rena enjoys horror and fantasy movies new and old. When she isn’t writing or working, she often finds herself cuddled on the couch with her family–including their five fur babies–and lost in a fantasy world or hoping to be scared.

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The Book

51SSzjDgEHL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_On the run from the strongest witch alive, Sadie has tightened the reigns on her coven and declared Love Manor their refuge. But that is only the beginning. Soon, Sadie joins the hunters, and their young leader Ryder on a mission to face creatures she thought only existed in nightmares. Can Sadie and her new allies stop the vampires before they take over Dark Hollow Ridge, or will the powerful Ebony succeed in bending them all to her will?

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Author Interview: J.L. Leslie

Welcome to a new month. It’s my birthday month and I’m super excited for October to be here. To help celebrate this awesome month I am sitting down today with MC & Contemporary Romance author J.L. Leslie. We are going to talk about herself of course and her latest book. Stop by and check it out. Happy reading :).

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

There’s not much to tell LOL! I am a country girl, born and raised in Alabama. I’ve always loved reading and have always had a wild imagination. I love music, television, and movies just as much as I love books! I’m not super outdoorsy, but I’ve been known to catch a fish or two! I can also be found cheering my kids on at their sports events and rooting “War Eagle” during football season!

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write romance and the reason for that is I was drawn in by a romance book when I was a freshman in high school. In middle school, I decided I wanted to be a writer, but romance was definitely not the genre I envisioned myself writing. I actually thought I would be writing horror! But as I grew older, my taste in books began to change and I was hooked on the way a love story unfolds.

What inspired you to become an author?

I would always write short stories and draw pictures when I was a kid, letting my imagination go crazy. I told myself when I grew up, I was going to be the female Stephen King and write these amazing horror stories. As I said, my taste in genre changed and as a teenager, I was more into reading books than writing them. In my early twenties, I sat down and wrote a historical romance novel, which has not been and will not be released. This was prior to self-publishing. I shopped around for publishers, but as a newlywed with really no financial budget for writing, I realized paying a publisher to simply read my work was something I couldn’t afford to do. I tabled the book and my writing for a while. Fast forward several years, after getting divorced and re-married, I was a new woman with a new outlook on life, and decided I wanted to give writing another shot, especially since self-publishing was now an option. In 2015, I sat down and wrote my debut novel, Demons From My Past, and with the support of my family, I haven’t looked back.

Tell us about your latest release?

My latest release is Something Honorable (Dirty Southern Secrets Series: Book Two) and I have truly enjoyed writing a series based in my home state of Alabama! I have one more book to go in this series, but this series features the Holt brothers, each with their own love story. I have never been one to shy away from sensitive subjects and this series definitely hits on topics that aren’t normally found in books. I want my readers to read something they can relate to or might have experienced and understand that others have gone through the same.

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?

The main characters in Something Honorable are Tauren Holt and Helene Jacobs. Tauren is a construction worker during the week and drives a race car on the weekends. Helene is the goodie-two-shoes daughter of the pastor and local chief of police – yes, they are one in the same! What makes these characters unique is that they make mistakes, huge ones, but they also learn how to deal with the consequences of their decisions and how to fight for what they want. This isn’t a sweet, everything goes perfect, love story, because life and love isn’t like that. There are obstacles to overcome and sometimes we are the ones who create those obstacles.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years as a writer?

This is a tricky question for me honestly! Although I set personal goals for myself, I don’t set goals as to say “Okay, in 5 years you’re going to be a NYT or USA Today bestselling author!” My plan in 5 years is to still be writing what makes me happy. If I’m not writing what makes me happy, what’s the point?

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?

I get my inspiration from everything! Music, television, movies, and personal experiences all play a role in my books. There have been a lot of times I can hear a song on the radio and a story will unfold immediately! I’ve also seen a photo online or a scene in a movie and I’m hit with inspiration to go write! It just happens out of the blue and sometimes I’m a plotter, meaning I plot out the entire book before writing, but the majority of the time I let the story come to me during the process of writing it.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

When I originally decided to sit down and start writing again in 2015, my mom was my biggest support system. She told me to go for it and I did. Of course, my husband supported me as well, but he doesn’t read romance books LOL! My mom read my first two books and was reading my third when she passed away. I still have the support of my husband and family, but my mom was definitely my biggest supporter and I dedicate all of my written words to her!

What are you reading right now?

I am currently reading an ARC of Hidden Pain by Anna Edwards, which I’m loving so far! This book is part of the Glacial Blood Series and is PNR, so if you’re a fan, pick it up!

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

I am always working on something and my current WIP is the follow up to The Sinner Within (L.A. Sinners MC Series: Book One). I love writing difference romance sub-genres and after writing the Ravens MC Series, discovered that I enjoy the gritty side of MC romance! The Sinner Unleashed (L.A. Sinners MC Series: Book Two), is Warren and Mackenzie’s story and I am furiously writing on it, so I hope to release it very soon! I will also be releasing Something Reckless (Dirty Southern Secrets Series: Book Three) this year and plan to release the fourth and final installment in the Hearts of Hollis Series with my co-author, Nicole Dykes. I’m certain these will not be my only projects though so be sure to check in and see what I have in store!


The Author

eventpicI am a happily married mother of three (two boys and one girl). I live in a very small town in Alabama. Never lived anywhere else. I’ve been writing since my early twenties, but I couldn’t seem to finish a book. I’ve started self-publishing with the encouragement from my mom. Without her encouragement, I don’t think I would’ve done it. She always supported me and writing is something I’ve always enjoyed doing.

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The Book

Something Honorable Full WrapShe’s the perfect incarnate of an angel. Pure. Innocent. The only reason I come to church on Sunday mornings. The only woman I treat differently than the others. The only woman I unintentionally make promises to.

Promises I do intend to keep.

I’m practically sin walking. Immoral. Dishonorable. The very reason she should be in church on Sunday mornings. The only man she has ever allowed to touch her. The only man who makes her turn her back on everything she believes in. The only man who has the capability to destroy her.

And does.

Promises aren’t always kept. Life can unravel at the seams. The decisions we make when our world is falling apart can either be cowardly or something honorable.

**Something Honorable is Tauren and Helene’s story and is book two in the Dirty Southern Secrets Series. It is a standalone full-length novel. It contains adult content, adult language, and sexual content. It is intended for mature readers only.**

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Interview with Katie Holland

Thank god it is Sunday. My work weekend is almost over. Even though I am sitting at work bored out of my mind I got a special treat for you all to enjoy. Today I am sitting down with Katie Holland for her very own interview. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Happy reading everyone :).

Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m married to a wonderful, hardworking man. Daughter of fantastic parents. As well as a sister, cousin, step-mom, grandma and dog mom. I love being outside but hate bugs. Popcorn is my favorite snack and I never say no to chocolate!

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write Young Adult Fantasy and Paranormal as well as Contemporary, New Adult and Paranormal Romance. I all have a children’s book in the works.

What inspired you to become an author?

I’ve loved writing since I was a kid and I was encouraged by my family to try a novel.

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?

I honestly don’t know where a lot of it comes from. I just sit down at my laptop and see what happens. But a lot of my characters are inspired by real people.

Who inspires you to write in your normal day life?

My mom is my main source of inspiration, but my whole (and extended) family also encourages me.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?

Abbi Glines is the main one. Then I learned about the Indue author community and that was a huge inspiration.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years as a writer?

Hopefully making living as a full time writer.

Are you Indie Published or Traditional? Why did you choose this route?

A little bit of both. I started out with self publishing and then found Kingston Publishing Company which is a small publisher.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

I am going to finish the final book of my Nykara series. As well as the second book in my Bay State University series. And hopefully a children’s book.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You’ll never know what it means to me that anyone loves my work.


The Author

Web Resolution Headshots-4Author of Young Adult and Romance books. If Katie’s not writing you can find her reading, cooking or baking for her family. Her love of writing goes back to elementary school and her love of books goes back even farther than that. She takes inspiration from the everyday and lets her imagination take over. She loves seeing new places and enjoying what nature has to offer.

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The Book

NYKARANykara is the first novel in a thrilling young adult fantasy series.

For sixteen-year-old Alix, life was simple in her small town. However, that all changed the moment a mysterious boy moves into her town. Alix begins to discover strange occurrences all around her. Only, she quickly learns the magic she once believed to be fiction, may be more real than she ever could have imagined.

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Author Interview with Cassandra Jones

Hard to believe it is the last Tuesday of August already. Just in a blink it will be Christmas followed by a New Year. Anyway enough reminiscing…today I am sitting down with Crime Fiction Author Cassandra Jones. Hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I did. Happy reading everyone :).

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am from a small town in West Virginia. I enjoy writing, reading, drawing a d working on the family history.

What genre do you write in? Why?
Mostly crime fiction. I love anything to do with crime! I also write horror, poetry, romance, and children’s.

What does your daily life look like? What do you wish it was like?
Right now I am usually at home doing lots of writing and looking for a job. I wish there were places here to get out and have fun. It’s a very small country town.

Do you have any strange quarks you do while you write a book?
I tend to make playlists for everything I write, even my poetry.

What is your writing process like?
I will start an outline, but after getting names and a plot, I tend to just write. I take notes and add things as I go.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?
Karen Young, Stephen King, and James Patterson

When you write your books do you go straight for pencil and paper or a computer? Why?
Usually pencil and paper. Right now I write on my phone so it seems to be easier. Plus I am an old fashioned kind of girl!

Who is your biggest support system in your life?
My best friend Selena.

Who are your top three favorite authors?
Karen Young, Elle James, and Delores Fossen

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?
I hope I can inspire you with my writing. Never give up on your dreams and keep moving forward!


The Author

FB_IMG_1564892268247Cassandra Jones was born in Fairmont,WV and raised in the small town of Four States,WV. (Yes, that’s a real place!) She has loved to read since she was very young. At the age of thirteen she decided she wanted to try writing her own story. After taking Creative Writing and Journalism in high school, she began to love writing even more. She has won first place in two poetry contests and third place in a writing contest. Cassandra attended her first writer’s workshop in 2015 and another one October 21,2017. When not writing, she can usually be found with my nose in a book.

She enjoys working on the family history and learning new things. She also loves to spend time with family and friends. She has the best time at her book group called The Lunchtime Book Discussion Group that meets at her local library once a month.

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The Book

HEART TO HEARTWe’re often told love speaks from the heart
Join these eleven authors as they bring you
stories of couples who’s hearts speak to each other.

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Author Interview with Fantasy Author Richard H. Stephens

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you have a great day to start off your weekend. Today I am sitting down with Fantasy author Richard H. Stephens. We are going to get to know him and his books. So hang for the ride and lets get things going…

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I started writing when I was 9. I began writing Soul Forge, my first epic fantasy story when I was 17, but never published it until I was 53.

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write epic fantasy because that is the genre I enjoy reading most. I love the freedom it gives you and the scope of imagination you can use to create eclectic characters, fantastical creatures and wondrous landscapes.

What does your daily life look like? What do you wish it was like?

I get up around 6am and check in on social media while I have a coffee and breakfast. Afterward, I will then fill out any outstanding interviews such as this one and follow that by editing the words I wrote yesterday. When the edits are done, I will go for a walk before settling into the day’s writing. I’m not a fast writer, so I generally strive for 2,000 words a day average. Some days I get over 3,000 while others I manage only 500 or so.

Tell us about your latest release?

Reecah’s Gift, is the second book in my epic fantasy dragon series, Legends of the Lurker. In book 2, we see the main character, Reecah, come into her own, acknowledging her heritage and striving to improve herself so that she may take on the high king in a desperate attempt to save dragonkind from extinction.

What is your writing process like?

Plot? What’s a plot? I’m what some call a pantser. I have the main character put one foot in front of the other and we discover their world and their story together. I must say, I am just as surprised as my characters when something untoward happens.

Do you have any strange quarks you do while you write a book?

Not really. I am a pretty simple person. I enjoy eating PEZ candy while writing, if that counts.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?

Terry Brooks and Stephen R. Donaldson. Their worlds and characters are absolutely amazing.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

My wife, Caroline. She doesn’t even like fantasy and yet she is the first one to read the first draft, helping me improve it and she is the last one to read the final draft, weeding out those relentless, soul sucking typos that always find a way through to the finished product.

What are you reading right now?

Archmage by R.A. Salvatore, and Transformation Protocol by Canadian science fiction author, David M. Kelly,

What should we expect from you in the coming months?
Reecah’s Legacy, book 3 in the trilogy is already several chapters in and is scheduled for release mid-December. After that, I already have 5 more books on tap that I hope to complete by the end of 2020.


The Author

AUTHORPICRichard began writing circa 1974, a bored child looking for something to do. ​As his reading horizons broadened, so did his writing.
A trip to a local bookstore saw the proprietor introduce him to Terry Brooks and Stephen R. Donaldson. His writing life was forever changed.
He worked in a warehouse for 22 years, supporting his family, before re-attending school to complete his education. Graduating with honours, he joined the local Police Service.
In 2017, he resigned from the Police Service to pursue writing full-time. With the support of his family, he has finally realized his boyhood dream.

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The Book

STEPHENS_2018_REECAHSFLIGHT_EBOOKAn epic fantasy, dragon series.

A young girl dreams of flying. Encouraged by her grandfather to follow her heart, Reecah grows up to form a forbidden relationship with a baby dragon.

Secretly opposing the mandate of her people, Reecah tests the boundaries of unconditional love as she and her enchanting accomplice battle the discriminating laws governing the land.

Together they confront the king’s men in a desperate attempt to save the dragons from extinction.

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Author Interview: Alexis Lantgen

It’s Sunday and the weekend is almost over. I thought I would help you deal with the idea of Monday being right around the corner with an author interview. Check out my fellow science fiction and fantasy author, Alexis Lantgen. Also, I got one of her collections of short stories featured below as well. Her book is on KU so if you have it go snatch it up for FREE. If you don’t have KU you can grab her collection of short stories for $2.99. Happy reading everyone :).

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a writer, teacher, and classical musician. I love science, history, and just learning new things. I try to be creative everyday, and I try to be a good parent. I like cats, reading, taking long walks, and going to the park. I love camping and travel!

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write science fiction and fantasy because honestly, I like them more than other genres. I think they’re more fun and imaginative, and honestly just more enjoyable to read. I also love researching both science and history.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why?

I think I’d choose a career that paid more, haha!

What is your writing process like?

Honestly? I write while my toddler’s napping. I also have weekly writing nights where I get together with other authors. Honestly, I just try to do the best I can with the time and energy I have in any given day.

Do you have any strange quirks you do while you write a book?

I don’t think so. I may be a little more absentminded, but I can be pretty absentminded anyway.

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?

I think I’m inspired by science, history, nature, and just observing life. I love going for nice long walks in the evenings or taking the kids to a park in the afternoon. I get ideas from daydreaming, watching the world around me, or when I read a good book. When I’m writing scifi, I also look around for new discoveries.

Who inspires you to write in your normal day life?

I’ve had to be pretty self-motivated, but my friends Sarah Mensinga and Gerardo Delgadillo and the rest of my writing group have definitely helped a lot.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

I think the love I get from my family–my husband, my children, my mother and sister, are the biggest support system I have. I have many great friends too.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

I’m hopefully going to finish the first draft of a new book, though I have no idea when it will be ready to launch!

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

I hope they enjoy my books! I spent years writing the stories in both my books, and I really hope that they’re entertaining and engaging for readers.


The Author

IMG_20190505_102337_986Alexis Lantgen is a writer, teacher, and classical musician. She loves Renaissance Faires and all things science fiction and fantasy. Her short stories have appeared in Kzine, the Gallery of Curiosities, Phantaxis, Red Sun Magazine, and Swords and Sorcery Magazine, and she’s had nonfiction articles in Renaissance Magazine. Alexis collected many of her science fiction stories into her first book, Sapience, and many of her fantasy stories into her newest book, Saints and Curses. Alexis is on twitter @TheWiseSerpent and has been spotted once in a blue moon on Instagram, @LunarianPress. She lives with her husband, her spirited six-year-old daughter, her toddler son, and two very patient cats in Texas.

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The Book

512XHkjmB4LSaints and Curses: A Collection of Fantasy Short Stories
Explore worlds of light and dark, where magical whimsy and grim tidings alike are painted across the tapestry of human experience.
Indulge in tales of the fantastical where enchantments are bought and sold at the local corner store, your morning latte gives you special abilities, and you might just adopt a murderous, vampiric cat. Your child might be stolen away in the night and replaced with an ancient, evil creature of the fae, waves of plague-ridden vermin consume everything, and only a saint could hope to turn the tide.
These stories and more await you, if you dare to turn the page…
Sapience: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories
What kind of life will we find in the depths of Europa’s oceans? What kind of life will we allow an AI with human level intelligence? The ten stories in Sapience: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories explore these questions and many more.

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Author Interview with Phillip Kessler

Wow its the weekend already? I can’t believe this week went so fast. To help you through the weekend I got multi-genre author Phillip Kessler to sit down with me for an interview. Hope you enjoy getting to know him. Happy reading :).

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m originally from a rural community on the High Plains of Northeastern Colorado, but I spent much of my youth in small towns in Southeastern Nebraska. Not much of a difference, really. Growing up in the country and in small towns gave me plenty of time to read books of all sorts. I actually learned how to read and write through books that were published in the UK. Made things fun in school when I was told I was spelling colour wrong.
My young adult life took me to Iowa and Minnesota with side trips to Nevada, California, and Florida. I’m not well-traveled, but I have read books that have put me into different parts of the world, the universe, or somewhere outside the realm of reality.
I’m still in Southeast Nebraska, living a stone’s throw from the capitol building in Lincoln. An area filled with ghost stories and a unique history. Going under the streets of this part of the city (several small towns that were later incorporated, are deep tunnels that were built by the Masons that go from the capitol to the governor’s mansion to the various Masonic Lodges, and even to the Regional Center (a facility for the criminally insane) and the medium security prison on the edge of Lincoln.
All great fodder for my main series Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings.

What genre do you write in? Why?

I’m a multi-genre author. I spend most of my time in the broad genre of fantasy – urban fantasy, paranormal fantasy, sci-fi fantasy, and more. I have two fiction pen names that dabble in historical fiction, romance, mystery, and erotica, but I’ll leave those for another time.
I love the idea of being able to pick up a book (or an ereader) and escape into a world that isn’t like our own, or maybe just a little different from our own. Diving into the crystal caves of Mary Stewart’s interpretation of the Authurian legends or snuggling up with a smexy vampire from the Vampire Academy are great ways to put aside the duldrums and stresses of everyday life. If I can help another reader do the same, then I have reached that part of my writing goal.

What inspired you to become an author?

All these stories floating around in my head. That’s the simple answer. I have characters nagging me to tell their tales, to make them come to life. And, oh the stories they have to tell! Elaine and Sandra from DotMNB are constantly vying for my time and get unhappy when I spend time with the futuristic Romans and Greeks of Station Zeta or the multi-cultural crew of the R.S. Pinnacle. Then there are the demons and angels plotting to overthrow the status quo (first installment just released in Feathers & Fiends from Stained Glass Publishing, “Principia Bellum”).
Needless to say, the characters living inside my head provide plenty of inspiration. But they aren’t the only ones. My real life Muse throws plenty of fuel on the fire. Rare is the conversation we have that doesn’t spawn another story or article idea – I also write spiritual nonfiction under yet another pen name.
If I could just live with the characters and ideas in my head and be successful enough to not work for “the man,” I would be set.

B-W-L togetherWhat is your writing process like?

There’s a process? No, really?
In all seriousness,,, When the characters of a particular story battle their way through the morass of my cluttered mind and demand loudly that I write their stories, then I write. I clean the desk of whatever else I have been doing and set to it.
Strong coffee and ice cold water at hand, a source of nicotine (I’ve been vaping in an attempt to quit smoking – no lectures please), a good soundtrack, and my furbabies contentedly sleeping nearby. Then, I am ready to write. How often do all those things fall into the perfect place? Almost never.
So, then I will push things aside, guzzle a pot of coffee, and barrel through without sleep to bring the characters to life on the screen. The sacrifices that authors will make for their characters and their stories!

Do you have any strange quirks you do while you write a book?

Non-authors think most authors are strange and quirky. If I had to say something I do while writing is a quirk, strange or not, I would have to say that my ability to shut out almost everything around me – save for the cats – is one of them. I can ignore the phone, Facebook, even the herd of elephants (children) running around in the upstairs apartment.
Unlike many authors I know, I often write with a TV series or movie playing in the background. I can filter the “distraction” of the story on the TV into a compartment of my mind while the words flow out through my fingers to relate the story of the character(s) that are most vocal in the rest of my mind.
Oh, and speaking of the cats! The youngest, my mostly black tuxedo male named Jonathan Renfield Bedlam (gee, wonder where I came up with those names), demands attention when I am glued to the computer writing. He’ll drag his favorite toy up onto the desk and drop it on the keyboard or push the mouse from under my hand while I am editing. To entertain him, and give myself something to chuckle about, I will stick that favorite toy under me and let the streamers hang to the floor. He’s happy to play with the streamers and I am able to work. We’re both happy – for a time. And then he’ll be back up on the desk flopping onto the keyboard. “Pay attention to me!”

How did you come up with the story within your books? What inspired your creativity?

Backfire, the first book in the Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings series started out as a short story for a Pagan fiction collection. I admittedly missed my deadline (I’d write a book on procrastination, but I’d never get around to finishing it) and shelved it for almost entire year. I found myself suddenly and unexpectedly unemployed. A friend suggested that I finish the story – an allegorical tale of what can happen when someone does magick for another without their permission. The two page sketch of a story quickly turned into a short novel – in three weeks!
Sandra and Elaine came to life for me. On the screen and in my head. They became nearly as real to me as the people around me (wait, I was hermitting in my apartment and not being around real people). That short novel went live on Amazon on April 1, 2017. One month later, the second book was published.
Yes, that’s right. Only a month later. It took a few months to write the third book, but I was feeling really good about my creativity and ability to tell a story by the end of August 2017. Three novels in six months! Wow!
Book four is still in process, two years after the third one went live. Why? So many other ideas! But Sandra and Elaine’s story will continue! There is so much still in store for them and their motley crew of friends and allies.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?

My friend who encouraged me to finish Backfire. She’s a published author as well. We may no longer be in contact (long story that doesn’t deserve being told here), but if it weren’t for her push, I doubt I would have ever finished that first story in Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings.
Fellow small-trad and indie authors like Asaph Mehr, Diane Morrison, Andy Peloquin, and so many more. All of those who I met prior to publishing Backfire and all those I have met since. They are all inspirations in their own way. Some of them, not just those named, have become good friends.
And my Muse. Without her, I would have become discouraged in the process. She reminds me that writing is more than a job, it is a calling for some. And for me, that is what it is. A calling.

Are you Indie Published or Traditional? Why did you choose this route?

My Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings series is technically indie published – originally. I moved into the publishing world myself shortly after the third book was launched. I have published short stories for others and am in negotiations with other authors to publish their books under my publishing house of Saturn Returns Publishing. I’ve also had more traditional publishing experience with my spiritual nonfiction projects. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Moon Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing in the UK (full circle, eh?).
I chose to self publish because I didn’t feel that a mainstream publisher would be interested in my stuff. But I knew there was a market for it. That, and I don’t have the patience to work with big named publishers who drag the process out much longer than I feel it needs to be. I guess I made a good choice. Though the advertising budget is almost nothing, I enjoy doing the legwork to get my works out there and in front of the readers. I enjoy the one on one with fellow small and indie authors. There may be drama from time to time, but I have built some strong relationships with my fellow authors and even other small publishers.

Backfire teaser graphic - Teresa HurstWhat should we expect from you in the coming months?

As an author, I have several short stories due out by the end of this year. Including some horror and paranormal romance. I hope to complete book four in DotMNB in time for the holidays and finish that part of the story before diving into more new adventures for the ladies and their cohort.
The collaborative RP novel “Legacy of a Corrupted Mind” is due out October 7th. Legacy is a role-play novel collaboration between myself and nine other authors, including the mastermind behind the project Lianne Willowmoon. We’re gearing up for a big release celebration in Baltimore, MD at the gravesite of Edgar Allan Poe, who inspired all the characters in the two volume novel. Legacy is on pre-order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your favorite online ebook retailers and will be available in paperback in early October with a special limited edition hardcover edition.
As a publisher, a number of anthologies are scheduled to come out by the end of the year. A merfolk collection, queer horror stories, and more.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

I want to say “buy my books!” Every author wants to say that. But in all seriousness, after you buy AND read my book, leave a review, share your thoughts with your friends, tell me what you liked or didn’t like. And keep coming back for more! I write as a calling, but part of that calling is sharing my thoughts, my stories, my ideas, with those who want to read them.


The Author

cosplay DWho4 - Tom Ulrick photographerPhilipp J. Kessler is an author, blogger, and radio/podcast personality. His Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings series launched his fiction career in 2017. He’s been published in several nonfiction and fiction anthologies including Feathers & Fiends from Stained Glass Publishing and Technology Gone Mad from Saturn Returns Publishing and the Pagan Leadership Anthology from Immanion Press/MegaLithica Books. He can be heard on KZUM-Lincoln 89.3FM Sunday mornings from 9am to noon Central and on the Pagan-Musings Podcast Channel. He resides in Lincoln, NE with his two cats and a horde of books and music. He also runs his own publishing label and editing services through Saturn Returns Publishing. Find out more about him by searching RevKess on your favorite browser or most social networks.

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The Book

BACKFIREIt was a simple protection spell, what could possibly go wrong? Everything and then some!

Sandra Blackwell wants to help her friend find peace and protection after a nasty break up. Little did she know that Elaine’s home was already under protection – if you call flickering lights and depression protection. After the bulbs begin to blow and they realize something has backfired, they battle their own mental and emotional demons to fix what Sandra did. Two Egyptian Gods play with Sandra’s understanding of who she is and Elaine is floating in her own personal limbo after the blow up of her relationship and the backfire of a well intentioned spell. Can they fix things without it all blow up in their faces?

The first in a series of stories following Sandra and Elaine, Backfire introduces the characters and establishes their life together. Friends since middle school, the two are now getting established in their careers. Magick, love, and unexpected happenings follow them all over the place.

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Author Interview: Debbie Manber Kupfer

It’s another hump day treat here on my blog. Today I am featuring Debbie Manber Kupfer in her own author interview. Stop by and check it out to get to know this amazing fantasy author.

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a writer, puzzle maker, editor, tea drinker and cat lover. I grew up in London and lived in Israel, North Carolina and New York before somehow ending up in St. Louis. I believe that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can do anything.

What genre do you write in? Why?

Fantasy that takes place (mostly) in our world. Because I love to dream of magic, but when I do I kind of want to believe that it’s out there somewhere hidden in our world if you know where to find it.

What does your daily life look like? What do you wish it was like?

I get up in the morning and make tea, then I open my WIP and either write or edit. I make myself do this each day before I go on the internet. The internet and in particular Facebook is my biggest timesuck and in order to get work done I have to turn it off.
After I’ve completed my requisite words for the day I go on to editing for clients and writing my puzzles for Penny Press. Sometimes I take the puzzle work out to a local cafe or fast food place for the same reason as I write without the internet in the mornings. Out of the house I’m away from distractions and puzzles work better on paper than at my computer.

Tell us about your latest release?

COTULA is book 5 of my P.A.W.S. Saga. It continues the story arc that started in the previous book, LONDINIUM. A young girl, Rifka has been kidnapped and held by magic by an insidious werewolf. In the last book she received a magical stone from an old animagus camel, Shirley, in London Zoo.
This special stone is called a cotula and comes from an old witch in a faraway village. The witch Grisela is the keeper of the stones and she sends a number out into the world. When all the stones come together only then will Rifka be released.

How did you come up with the story within your book? What inspired your creativity?

The story kind of evolved as I was writing it as truly this whole series has. When I’m not writing fiction I write puzzles for magazines and this particular book is the most like a big puzzle of any of my books. All of the pieces have to come together for the story to be told.

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?

I would guess that Rifka is the main character of this particular episode of the P.A.W.S. Saga, though all the books are pulled together by the cat shifter, Miri Katz.
Rifka comes from a sheltered background as she grew up in her family’s compound in Safed and never ventured much out of it until the day she was kidnapped. Though her family has magic, Rifka has yet to find hers. Yet she is filled with compassion for others and finds it hard to hate anyone even her captor. Many have hinted that Rifka would make an excellent healer and maybe this is her destiny.

What is your writing process like?

I’ve written most of my first drafts during NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNo months. I spew out the words over the course of weeks and generally believe that everything I write is crap. But I keep going until I reach the end of my story and resist the urge to edit as I go along. Then I put my manuscript down for a few weeks and work on something else (editing for my clients and puzzles usually). Then when I come back to my manuscript to edit I do so with fresh eyes and usually I discover that it’s not half as bad as I thought it was. I self-edit a few times until I’m satisfied and then send it off to my beta readers. I currently have four betas who are awesome and are not scared to tell me when stuff doesn’t work. After I get back my story from my betas I edit again responding to their suggestions. Then my book goes to my editor, Rebecca Jaycox. After her edits I edit again and then format the book and send up for a proof copy. I proofread on paper (I catch more that way) and then finally after all that I publish and then start all over again.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

Not one, but a bunch of people, my beta readers, my editor, my family (including my kitties) and some wonderful FB groups, Dragon’s Rocketship, YA Author Rendezvous and AAYAA. It truly takes a village to write a book.

Are you Indie Published or Traditional? Why did you choose this route?

I began my publishing journey with a small traditional publisher that has since gone out of business. Today I self-publish with Amazon’s KDP and I love the control it gives me and honestly would only go back to trad if it’s with the big boys.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

Cotula comes out August 6th and I’m already writing book 6, Jhara which all being well will be out in 2020. In addition I’m attending two events as a signing author and panelist in the fall: Penned Con in St. Louis on Sept 13/14 and Archon in Collinsville on Oct 4-6. Sooo … if anyone is going to be at either of these events feel free to stop by and say hi.


The Author

debsprofileDebbie Manber Kupfer grew up in the London. She has lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina and somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a writer, editor, and a freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems. She lives with her husband, two children, and a very opinionated feline. She is the author of the young adult fantasy series, P.A.W.S. which features a secret institute of shapeshifters hidden deep beneath the Jewel Box in Forest Park, St. Louis. In addition she has stories in several anthologies including Fauxpocalypse, Stardust, Always, Winter Wishes, Sins of The Past and Sins of the Future and is the editor of the Sins of Time anthology series. She has also published a book of puzzles, Paws 4 Logic, with her son Joey. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!

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The Book

CotulaFollow the Cotula. The stone will show you the way.
Rifka is lost, far away from home. Kidnapped by an insidious werewolf. 
Far off in Manus Wu, a plan is set in place. An Old One sends colutae out into the world. These stones when brought together have the power to release Rifka. Yet does she truly want to go home? 
Meet an empathic goat, a family of otters, a girl who loves to draw fairies, and a dragon in this new installment of the P.A.W.S. Saga.

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Author Interview: C.J. Rose

Today I have a special treat. I am featuring fantasy/cookbook author C.J. Rose. Below you will find out some fun information about her and get to check out cook book. The awesome thing about this cook book is you can snatch it up for FREE on Kindle Unlimited. So, sit back and join the party. Lets get into this…

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I like the smell of cigars. Lol Other than that I am pretty boring.

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write fantasy fiction because I feel that everyone who reads a genre like this has the ability to get lost in a world that one could only dream of.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be and why?


Funny enough, I don’t think I could choose just one thing, but at this point I am grateful to be alive and that alone is worth waking up for.

What is your writing process like?

I am super sporadic when I write. I found that it is easier for me to write when I feel like it instead of forcing myself to do it at certain times for certain lengths.

How did you come up with the story within your book? What inspired your creativity?

I was never a lover of books growing up. It was not until I discovered Harry Potter in my later years that I realized why i didn’t. It was because I was reading the wrong things. One I started reading books similar to that, the ideas just started flowing. I used to write poetry and song lyrics in high school, but this was a new adventure for me.

Who inspires you to write in your normal day life?

My family and friends are my main motivation. They want to see me succeed and I do not want to disappoint them.

When you write your books do you go straight for pencil and paper or a computer? Why?

I do a little of both actually. If I am at a computer I will go there first, but if I am not, then I will pencil and paper it. I have even been known to use a napkin or two once in a while.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

People of every outlet.

Who are your top three favorite authors?

Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Austen, William Shakespeare

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

I have a few things in the works actually. I will be releasing book 3 in the series in the next few months. I am revamping the companion cookbook, and working on a follow-up novella to the series.


The Author

I am RoseAnn Labriola, penning as C.J. Rose. C. J. Rose resides in Central Illinois; originally from just south of Chicago. The passion for writing took root in high school where she began writing song lyrics and poetry. C.J. found her inspiration from other fantasy and YA novels such as Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, and more. On top of literature, Rose has a keen love for all things nerdy and sci-fi. On a quiet night, you can find her curled up with an episode of Doctor Who, Arrow, Firefly, and more. C. J. also belongs to a theatre organization KVTA. The devotion to musicals and theatre has led her to be a part of over 10 shows as an actor, and over 20 as a staff person. I am a hairstylist, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. I have always loved writing, whether it was poems, song lyrics or stories. I decided it was time to sit down and put my thoughts to paper of a story concept I have played with for long time. In the process, it developed into the full-length version that I am proud to call my first published book, Bridge of the Gods – A Generation Son Chronicle. Now I have 3 novels in the series as well as a companion cookbook.

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The Book

51yCKJJxnUL*** THE ULTIMATE COMPANION COOKBOOK***
You will find some of yummiest recipes this side of the dimension. Each character, each book, each actor, and each staff member has a recipe dedicated to them. Each chapter is a different adventure, from soups and salads, to desserts and drinks. Dive into the BBQ lamb chops, or take a sip of the magic cocktail. Each one will entice your taste buds and bring you to a new world full of tastes and smells. Even those of us who do not like to cook will find something to enjoy.

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Author Interview: Karen DuBose

Happy Saturday everyone. Today I am sitting down with Fantasy and Paranormal Romance author Karen DuBose. Sit back and hold on while we get down to the nitty gritty. Hope you all are having a great weekend and this makes it better. Happy reading everyone :).

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Where do I even start. Lol. For all who knows me. I write dark fantasy romance. I’m addicted to White monsters (Energy drinks). I love anything to do with Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Which is why my new real ease coming next month is my dark twist on it. I live in East Tennessee with my husband of 15 years and 6 fur babies (all dogs) ranging from 7 lbs up to 75 lbs. Not only am I a writer, I also love to read.

What genre do you write in? Why?

Dark fantasy romance. Because I love putting twist on things. I’ve tried doing non dark, but it always ends up dark. Not all my stories have happy endings.

What does your daily life look like? What do you wish it was like?

I work a lot. Lol. I wish I had more free time to write. Only writing on the weekends isn’t cutting it for me. Lol.

What is your writing process like?

First I have to have my monster close to me and music playing.

How did you come up with the story within your book? What inspired your creativity?

I had a dream about my main character. After that they got into my head demanding me to write their story.

What authors inspired you to write your own book?

Ednah Walters. I told her about the story in my head and she told me to write it. I told her I wasn’t a writer. She then told me that if I wanted my story out there then to write it.

When you write your books do you go straight for pencil and paper or a computer? Why?

Computer because I cannot read my handwriting when I think that fast lol.

Who is your biggest support system in your life?

My husband, mom and sister. Plus my fans are amazing to.

What is the one thing you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for taking a chance on me and my books. I’m so happy you guys love them. I hope you will love the others that I write.

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

I have a new release coming in September. World of Nightmares. My twist on The Nightmare Before Christmas. I’m almost finished with book 2 in The Light Realm series. After that I will be writing Runes story (daughter of Dariya from The Elder Series), a twist on Aladdin, and then Edna’s story (best friend in Wailing Waters)


The Author

unnamed (1)Karen grew up outside of Chicago with her mom, dad and two older brothers. Being the only girl and the baby was hard when your brothers thought it was a good idea to make her the guinea pig. They both were in wrestling and they used her to learn new moves. Fun for them not so much for her. Family means everything to her, and she wouldn’t have changed a thing.

She traveled a lot and has finally settled down in a small town in East Tennessee in the mountains. Something about the mountains called to her and still does.
She loves to make her own swag and other gifts. She also loves anything to do with the outdoors.
Her favorite snack is gummy worms and bears. Her favorite drink is a white monster. She says she is a monster before she has one.
Her family is everything to her and they support her 100% with her dream to become a well-known author. She is taking it one step at a time and one book at a time.
She loves to meet her fans at book signing. To this day she still thinks its unreal. Like she is going to wake up and the dream will be over.

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The Book

9781949050912_p0_v1_s550x406🖤🖤Black Ruins Forest🖤🖤

Fate must’ve been bored. They’ve decided my lifecycle needs to be shaken up a bit. It’s bad enough waiting and wondering which of the four shifter animals I’m going to turn into. To top it all off I have these weird and crazy daydreams that come and go whenever they want. Leaving me disoriented. They’ve gotten me into trouble more than I like to admit. Then came to find out the Elders want to kill me or use me for some unforeseen reason. So, here I am on the run just to survive. With my best friend Kira, my mom and a bunch of dragon shifter I barely know. Oh, and the crush of my lifecycle Kiernan.
I’m really missing my old boring lifecycle right about now. If I can ever get back to it. I’m not taking it for granted again.

Will the Black Ruins Forest hold the answers we are all seeking, or will it just make things worse? There’s only one way to find out and pray to the source we all survive long enough to get those answers.

“Her fate will either kill her or empower her.”
If you love shifter books! Check this one out.

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Author Interview: Tanya L. Harris

Welcome to another Friday. Have you grabbed your book to consume your weekend yet? If not I got the perfect book for you. Check out author Tanya L. Harris and her book Unbound. Nice thing about her series is that it is on KU so you can go easily grab it without issue. If you don’t have KU you can grab it for $2.99 on Amazon. But, not only do I have her book featured below but also a special interview. Sit down and get to know more about this new amazing author. Happy reading everyone :).

The Interview

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I love building new and brilliant fantasy worlds while keeping these fantasy worlds anchored in the real world. It’s a touch of urban to hold the epicness together! By day I am an Accounting Manager, by 5pm I turn into a lacrosse coach and after dinner I am word slaying writer. I love to hang out with my family and friends and see as much of the world as I can.

What genre do you write in? Why?

I write in the fantasy genre simply because whatever I say, is truth! I can develop my characters and my worlds with the only limitation being my own imagination.

What inspired you to become an author?

I have had a story rolling around in my head for years. I would think about it at night in hopes of falling asleep and landing my dreamscape that world. After meeting several indie authors, I decided to put my dreamscape to paper.

Tell us about your latest release?

Awaken, Book Two of the Aldreash Series is the continuing story of Katie

Tell us about your main character in your book. What makes them unique?

Katie, is a strong independent female.

What is your writing process like?

A little bit of chaos, if I am honest. I write the

What should we expect from you in the coming months?

I am working hard on getting book 3 (yet titled) to a point for edit. I will also begin doing author events and appearances in and around the Denver, Colorado area.


The Author

2nd proflie imageTanya loves building new and brilliant fantasy worlds while keeping these worlds anchored in the real world. It’s a touch of urban to hold the epicness together!
She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughters. When she is not working as an accountant or writing her stories, she enjoys watching her daughters play sports and being outdoors, either hiking, boating, or just enjoying the fresh air. When time allows, she loves traveling with her family to new places.

Connect with the Author

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The Book

UNBOUNDTwelve remaining realms, an Evil bent on destroying them, and one unbeknownst woman with the power to stop it.
Magic, is not something Katie thinks about. She doesn’t even know it exists until it explodes out of her.
Now with her magic released, her entire existence, which has been kept secret even from her, has been revealed. She has become a target, hunted by monsters from other realms. To survive she must flee to a new world far beyond her imagination. There she is thrust into a world of secrets, magic, and ultimate power. All of which want to save her, control her or destroy her.
Beyond the halls of Alderash a growing threat, an evil so great that the realms are on high alert. The elven race is old, and many remember the last time the darkness began to consume the lands, destroying everything in its path. It is remembered the madness that consumed all. It is rising again. More powerful, more destructive.
Katie must learn the secrets that surround her and harness the magic within her or she will not be ready to fight the evil rising out of the darkness. If she can’t fight it, all will be lost.

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