Author Samantha Rose #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Samantha Rose

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Hmm, where do I start. I’m a Sci-fi author. I plan to venture out to other genres in the near future. I’m actually writing two contemporary romance novellas that will be out this summer. I’m originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. After meeting my husband I moved to the USA. Flash forward 8 years. I currently live in Alabama with my husband, two sons, four cats, and my fish. We move around a lot. I live a quiet lifestyle of housewife, and stay at home mom. My life is a bit norm, so I don’t have any crazy stories to tell.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Surprisingly no, I recently wanted to become one — I want to say within the last 4 years. I adore so many great authors. I’d have to give them all credit for me writing today. If it wasn’t for new authors creating new worlds and books, I likely wouldn’t have been inspired. So, I’d like to shout out to all the wonderful authors out there, thank you for being my inspiration!

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My inspiration was fear. Having fear is healthy, but what if you wrote about that fear to help overcome it? So, that’s what I did. I have a huge fear of snakes. HUGE. Alabama has a lot of snakes in its green wonderland. Often times, when I go for nature walks with my boys, we see snakes sunning themselves. I usually walk (run) by them, I have respect for them. Meaning, I keep away from them. Though I fear our serpent friends, I know a good amount about them. I decided to write about them to help myself. So far, it’s not working, at all — but the experience has been a blast!

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What are you working on now?

Well, I just finished book two in my Sky Serpent Clan series. I’m doing two contemporary romance novellas, it’ll be part of a Forever safe series which will feature many other amazing authors. After that I plan to write about Tara. She’s the next in my Sky Serpent Clan series line. That’s what I’m currently working on right now.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Possibly? I always have one of my four cats, tea, and some form of candy within arms reach.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I know I’m not perfect, but one day I hope my writing will grow, and get better with time. That people who read my books, will continue to enjoy them.

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Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

As a newbie myself, I want others out there to know — don’t be afraid to take that jump. Take the first step, you can do it! Write what makes you happy and don’t stop. Surround yourself with other authors and support one another. Having author friends are wonderful. Lastly, don’t take bad reviews to heart. Not everyone will enjoy your book and that’s okay, that doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy your book. I’ll be cheering you all on from the sidelines.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

A huge thank you to everyone that has read my first book, and my second. To those that helped me spread the word around, and those that have supported me, it helped a lot. To the spectacular readers that have posted reviews stating they loved my book, and gave me tips. You make writing worth it. You’re all truly appreciated!

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Author Kristen Banet #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Kristen Banet

Tell us a bit about yourself

Well, a bit? I’ve lived a really strange life that’s taken me all over and I’m not even 30 yet! Some work history, then. I was a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy. I worked in a tattoo parlor for stint before that. Through it all, I was a freelance artist. Still an artist in my free time, but no longer taking on work.

And on the personal front… I am married and we have a roommate. Two best guys I’ve ever met. We have two pets, a boy border collie and a girl cat. They are probably the most ridiculous characters in my life. My cat has now found herself in not one but two series as Riley’s cat Star and as Sombra from the Redemption Saga. She’s a nut.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes and no? I always said I wanted to be a storyteller. The form need not be a thing. It never mattered. From comics to books, I just wanted to tell stories. It was actually that drive that led me to starting my artwork. In the end, though, comics take a long time and I was suffering a really problematic depression where I couldn’t pick up a pencil to draw. I decided I would just write the stories and it’s worked out from there. It wasn’t the first time I had tried to just write them, but it was the first time it stuck.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’ve got a few right now! I’ll go with my epic fantasy. Age of the Andinnais all of my favorite tropes and pieces of an old epic fantasy I’ve been wanting to work on for years and had already started. Epic fantasy with romance is my favorite genre and I wanted to finally bring my own vision of epic fantasy to life.

It’s much like Sawyer, overcoming dark parts of yourself and seeing the brightness. Fighting back against those who would see you fail. Those story beats have always really resonated with me, much like polyamorous romance, where love is love and no one can tell these characters otherwise.

I also can’t resist a badass female lead.

What are you working on now?

I’m switching back and forth between Witch of the Wild West and Age of Andinna. Both on the third book right now! I’m a bit ahead of the readers, since Witch of the Wild West is just about to launch, and The Mercenary’s Bounty (AotA Book 2) comes out in April.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t think so? I listen to a lot of music and it’s not even stuff related to the book. It’s whatever I’m in the mood for. I’ll pace around my office too, thinking about scenes I want to write to get into the mood. That might be a little weird. My husband gives me strange looks when he walks in and I’m just walking in a circle with music blaring.

What are your hopes for the future?

That I can keep going on adventures with my characters and people honor me with their time and join in.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Rule one to me is always finish the book. Before you get ahead of yourself, finish the book. Prove to yourself that you can actually do the thing. That, to me, comes before anything else. The social media, the pages, the groups, the takeovers. All of that mess we authors find ourselves bogged down in and distracted by. Finish your book. Then you’ve got something to work with. You’ve prove you can with no distractions. Then add to your plate.

Because the most important thing you’ll do as an author is write, at least in my experience.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for coming on journeys with me. There’s dozens, even hundreds of authors out there and yet, you decided to spare a moment for me. For just that alone, I’m grateful.

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Heart of Shame

A Nature of Conflict

An Echo of Darkness

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The Summit by K.A. Knight #review

Holy fu** this book kicked serious butt! Half the time I was suffering from heat flashes and the other half I was sitting on the edge of my seat in nail biting suspense. The author certainly kicked up her game with this book. Darn book hangovers!!!!
I don’t know how I’ll survive until the next book. I fear for my mental health. 😉
Hurry up and one click this hot and action filled book. I also highly recommend the authors other series.

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Author Steffanie Holmes #interview & #review

Please give a warm welcome to author Steffanie Holmes

Tell us a bit about yourself

My real name is Steff Green, and I’m a 30-something writer living in New Zealand. My husband and I built our own home on a slice of rural paradise, and we currently live there with our horde of cats and our medieval sword collection.

When I’m not writing, I love to travel, tear up the mosh pit at a metal show, and brew my own wine and mead.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Pretty much! I was going to be a writer and an archaeologist from the age of about 7. I went to university to study archaeology, and even participated in digs and conservation work all over New Zealand, but because of my eyesight (I’m legally-blind) I couldn’t convince anyone to hire me. I turned to writing instead.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Books! I love all things books, so it’s been so much fun incorporating that into the Nevermore Bookshop series. My husband and I visited this beautiful old bookshop in York in England last time we were there that we still talk about, and I always thought it would be a great setting for a series. I’ve been reading a lot of cozy mysteries lately and watching a lot of Midsomer Murders. And I kept seeing people talking about their “book boyfriends” online and decided it would be super fun to create a harem of book boyfriends and what it would be like if they came to life. Add a dash of Black Books-esque humour and you have the Nevermore Bookshop Mysteries!

What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished the first draft of book 2 in the Nevermore Bookshop series, OF MICE AND MURDER. After that’s been edited, I’ll be starting book 3, which is themed around Jane Austen, and I can’t wait!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Because of my eyesight, I write with my screen contrast reversed – so black background with white letters.

What are your hopes for the future?

Selling millions of books, travel the world, learn how to pilot a plane… you know, the usual sort of thing 🙂

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Your first book is your experiment book. It’s where you make a lot of your beginner mistakes. It’s perfectly okay that it’s not perfect – the important thing is that you write it and get it out there!

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

You guys are the best. Seriously. THANK YOU. Without you, I’d just be shouting into the void. Thank you.

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A Dead and Stormy Night

#Review of Covened by Ann Swan

I received this copy as an ARC.

I’ve been looking forward to reading this book so much. Finally I got my grubby little hands on it and it was totally worth the wait.

This book had me giggeling/snorting through the whole book. I could totally follow the #BigGirlProblems and having once been a pug owner I could appreciate Mrs. Pig and her brand of love/craziness. Throw in some hot dudes, magic and enough intrigue to choke a cow and you have a 5 star book. Now I just have to survive until Cursed comes out.

I really look forward to the next book in the series. This debut author does not disappoint.

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Author Katie May #Interview

Please give a warm welcome to

author Katie May

Tell us a bit about yourself

*I am twenty-years old and a senior in college. I’m studying political science and legal studies. Originally, I planned to go to law school but now I’m not so sure. Writing is definitely my passion so if I can make a career out of it that would be surreal. Oh and I love animals! I have like fifteen rescued pets at home. Cats, dogs, bunnies, turtles, birds, Guinea pigs.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

*I always did want to be a writer, but I didn’t always want to be an author. See, I love writer, but I don’t like being in the spotlight. As an author, you have to deal with so much stuff that it sometimes feels as if you’re head is exploding. I had planned to only write for myself when I lost a bet with my sister. As such, I had to publish my first book. I literally did it in a day. Got the covers, uploaded it to Amazon, etc. I didn’t have any experience nor idea of what to expect. I didn’t think even ten people were going to read my book. At the time, I didn’t have an ARC team or betas or even an editor. It was just me. I still can’t believe how it just blew up.

What was the inspiration for your current series?

*My inspiration for Gangs and Ghosts is actually kind of funny. I was watching a horror movie and I was like “wow, that chick could totally start her own harem.” And then I started thinking of my own experience. Gangs and Ghosts is actually loosely based on my old house I used to live with. I don’t remember it because I was very young, but my parents told me that it was haunted and I would talk to an imaginary friend called the Shadow Man (creepy, I know). I don’t know why I decided to add the gang. It just came to me with their behaviors. And thus, Gangs and Ghosts was born!

What are you working on now?

*I’m working on the third Together We Fall series and a contemporary RH through a writing class I need to take. Ohh and a short story for an anthology I am. So probably more than I can handle haha

Do you have any quirks while writing?

*I always write on my phone. Every story has been completely written in notes. My author friends call me a heathen because of it.

What are your hopes for the future?

*I hope to be able to continue to do what I love. I also hope that my stories will somehow resonate with the readers the way they do for me. For the most party, feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. As long as people keep reading, I’ll keep writing.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

*Do it. Just bring yourself to do it. I keep thinking of how things would’ve been different if I hadn’t lost that bet. Probably still writing stories that no one but me would read. Don’t be afraid if you can’t afford a fancy cover or an editor. As long as you have a story, people will read it. And join groups! I am currently in a group with a few authors that have been my rock. I don’t know what I would do without those ladies.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Oh gosh. I could write a whole novel on that haha. Thank you for supporting me and believing me even when I struggled to believe in myself. This has definitely been a journey full of ups and downs, but you guys have made it all worth it. I don’t know who I would be without you and your support. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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Awakened and Betrayed by Ivy Asher #Review

Review of Awakened and Betrayed

I received this copy as an ARC.
I LOVE IT!!!!! The author freaking blew my mind. I’m ready to reread it again. *insert positive swear words* I stayed up all night reading, I couldn’t put it down.
I have waited since December with baited breath to get my hands on this *Gollum voice* precious book. Well let me tell you, this book was even better than the first one.
I was nail biting, sitting on the edge of my seat nervous, exited, appalled, angry, giggeling and so much more. Not to forget that book one was hot, but book two was scorching.
It’s going to be pure pain waiting for book three, but I know that it’ll be worth it. So hurry up and check out this amazing series.

#Review of Spirits by Jenica Saren

Review of Spirits: Absent Faith Book Two by Jenica Saren

I received this copy as an ARC.
Holy mother of all that is sacred. I’m gonna mentally kick the authors butt for this cliffhanger. Then I’m going to beg her for book three. I’ll be on my knees begging writing muses to fuel her inspiration.
I freaking love this book. It’s more serious than book one, but I still had my uncontrollable giggle fits. Dead-not-dead Kismet has lots of problems and not enough answers.
I highly recommend this series as well as the authors other books. You won’t be disappointed.

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A Call To Pride by Poppy Woods

Please welcome debut author Poppy Woods and her book A Call To Pride

* Tell us a bit about yourself

Ahhh, I’m terrible at this. I’m Poppy… I’m short, southern, and swear like a well educated sailor? I’m a mom. I have two evil day jobs in addition to arguing with fictional characters (quite frequently *while* I’m at my evil day job, much to my boss’s dismay)

* Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always wanted to write. I don’t know that I always wanted to publish anything. I used to write a ton of poetry… probably from the time I was like 7-20. I have those in a binder somewhere, they got me through hard times.
A Call To Pride is the first story I’ve actually finished. I’ve started writing it and a hundred other stories a million times and just never had the willpower to finish. I’d try to edit it while I was still writing and get discouraged and scrap everything.

* What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Liza’s story is a little bit of everything to me. She has parts of me in her and parts that are completely organic, a product of my weird and twisted imagination.
The series as a whole (Unsung Veil) will focus on other characters throughout the series. My inspiration for the series is honestly a combination of reading works like The Damon’s Mountains series by TS Joyce and the Wings of Artemis series by Rebecca Royce and wanting to create a book world like that. A book world where there is a single universe that all these characters share, and maybe some of them know each other, but everything comes back to a single plot thread. Eventually. I guess we will have to see if I pull that off.

* What are you working on now?

Right now I’m writing Unsung Veil Book 2 – A Call To War. It’s the conclusion to Liza’s personal part of the story. She will still pop up as a side character in at least a few books, but her personal plot will be done.

* Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t know… lol. I get frustrated and close my laptop a lot. I smoke cigarettes religiously during sprint breaks, or when I get to a point in the story where I need some space to think about my next move.

* Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

I haven’t done traditional publishing and probably never will. I like the indie world. I like being in control of my career and setting my own deadlines. If I had any advice it would be just to write the damn thing. Don’t try to stop to self-edit it. Just get that first draft out onto paper/screen so that you have somewhere to start. If you stop writing it to do anything else, you probably won’t finish it. At least, that’s been true for me a million times.

* What are your hopes for the future?

I have several things in the works. Once I finish writing ACTW (Liza’s second book) I’ll be doing a totally new, secret project with another author, in a completely different universe. Once I finish that secret project, I’ll come back to the Unsung Veil and play with the characters there.
My overall goal is to eventually be a full-time author so that I can focus on my little terrorist at home instead of splitting my time four ways: Momming, Evil day job one, Evil day job two, Author.

* Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Thank you! I realize there may not be that many of you yet, at least not compared to some of the big names in this business, but each and every one of you are important to me. You make it possible for me to chase this dream of mine and I couldn’t possibly be more grateful! Every book, every page read, matters more than you know.

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The Lost and the Chosen by Ivy Asher #whychoose

I’d like you all to welcome to debut author

Ivy Asher of The Lost and the Chosen

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Aw man I never know what to say to this question. I took days to write my Author bio and it’s like 4 lines…lol. Hiya I’m Ivy Asher: I’m a writer, reader, mom, wife, friend, woman, human, and not always in that order. I love books, animals, people who make me laugh, or just love to laugh In general. I like to be real about life, the good, the bad, the brutal, and I value people who feel the same way.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I am one of those people who just kind of floated around, not really sure what I was meant for. I have always been creative, but I never thought being a writer was an option for me. I grew up a bit rough and it forced me to focus on basic needs and not so much goals or dreams. It wasn’t until I became a mom and I was isolated, a bit lonely, and reading a lot… that I just felt this story sitting inside of my soul. So I wrote down what was there in a note book and I started researching programs to use when writing a book.

What was your inspiration for The Lost and the Chosen?

I had this idea about a story of a girl who was tough, but empathetic, and owned who she was. I wrote the kind of girl I wish I could have read more about growing up. The kind of woman who isn’t just one sided but encapsulates all the incredible things that I think most women are comprised of; our mother hearts, and get shit done attitudes, our resilience, and unique compassion. I wanted to write about a raw, bruised but not down kind of girl, because those are the women I know, and what I’m all about. I knew who Vinna would be and then the rest came as I wrote. I personally love Paranormal and RH, so I knew those would be key elements. I just wrote and then I would go back and edit and then write some more, and then one day I typed, the end, and I had a book!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I listen to music. Not always, sometimes I need quiet to focus, but for all the badass scenes and fights, I have music on. When I wrote the final scene with Talon I had this one song on repeat. I see things like a movie in my head and then I write it down. I’m very visual in that sense. I need to see it and how it plays out and the soundtrack and all of that, and then I put it all in the computer how it plays out in my mind.

What are you working on now?

I am working on book three, getting merch sorted, and putting a website together… all things other authors have told me I need to have…lol. I’ve been approached about the audio rights to this series, so I’m working on that, and I have two other projects in the works. One is a secret and for the other I was asked to participate in an Anthology for charity so I’m brainstorming ideas for that. Mostly I’m getting ready to publish Book 2 and legitimately terrified that it won’t live up to Book 1. So I’m wrestling with some worry and self doubt, and hoping I don’t shit the bed or let any of the amazing readers down.

What are your hopes for the future?

So I’ve never been a big dreamer or goals kind of girl, but I’ll finish Vinna’s story this year, and then I have some other things planned for that world and stories that I see playing out in it. I have some new stories sitting in my soul, waiting to be written, and I’ve started notebooks for them but they’ll have to wait their turn. I’m going to keep writing and hope that people want to keep reading. I never want to do anything else. It fulfills me and calls to me in ways I never knew “work” could. It was what I was always meant for, but never knew to hope for.

Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?

Oh man advice…Write… if it calls to you or you have a story sitting inside of your soul, go for it. I didn’t go to school for this, I throw commas around like glitter, most days I feel a little bit like a fluke to be honest, but I had this story that I needed to write. I don’t outline or pre-plan I just sit down and go for it and one thing that has helped me in that process is that I write something that I would want to read. Last but not least I would advise, not to hire people to do anything with your book without a contract; I learned that the hard way, but it was a very valuable lesson. Make sure what’s agreed on is in writing, so that you, your work, and your reputation is protected. A lot of this indie publishing business is referral based and not everyone is trust worthy. Be smart, trust your instincts, and protect yourself with a contract.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

There are no words that truly express just how grateful and humbled I am by your support. You’ve made my dreams come true and I will never be able to repay you for that! I love and appreciate all of you so much, and I’ll work hard to be worthy of you! Thank you to all of you for reading, for reaching out, for the laughs, and the heart felt words. You’re fam now and I fucking love each and everyone of you!!

And now to you Helle…Thank you for your support…seriously I see you recommending the book and showing me so much love and I just want you to know how much it means to me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

About Ivy:
Ivy Asher is addicted to chai, swearing, and laughing a lot (but not in a creepy, laughing alone kind of way). She loves the snow, books, and her family of two humans, and three fur-babies. She has worlds and characters just floating around in her head, and she’s lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing people who support that kind of crazy.

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