Awakened and Betrayed by Ivy Asher #CoverReveal

Awakened and Betrayed by Ivy Asher book 2 in The Sentinel series going live January 28th

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My name is Vinna and I am a Sentinel.
I’m the last in a line of a hunted, magical race, coveted and killed for our power and abilities.
I was hidden and protected, but now that I’ve been found, it’s a race to see who can command and control me.
Joke’s on them, I bow to no one.
I need to master my magic, and protect the five guys I’ve marked as my own at all costs.
Because the line between friend and foe is dangerously blurry, and I’m collecting enemies like Sentinels collect runes.
It’s time to prepare for battle, claim my place, and get ready to fuck up anything or anyone that comes for me and my Chosen.

Authors Note: This is the second book in The Lost Sentinel Series and ends with a cliffhanger. This book is a medium burn Reverse Harem story, intended for ages 18 years and older. This book contains swearing, graphic sex, and violence.

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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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Covened by Ann Swan #preorder

Please give a warm welcome debut author Ann Swan. Her book Covened: A Magical Reverse Harem Romance (Mrs Pig and the Words of Power Book 1) is on pre-order going live Febuary 1.

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF?

Other than being a full-time sarcastic bitch, I am a writer, a mother to 3 kids, and a pug enthusiast. I wanted to write since I was a little girl but the practical people who raised me pushed me to another career, and then my health failed. I’ve had 68 surgeries in the last decade and am finally getting stronger again. Between that and my oldest turning 18 this year I felt like if I was ever going to go after my dream now was the time!

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BECOME AN AUTHOR?

Oh yes. Since I was little. I taught myself to read listening to books my mom would record onto tapes I’d play in my Care Bear Cassette Player. By the time I was 5 I was reading The Secret Garden and I read Jane Eyre at 8. We lived in the woods and I’d climb trees with books I borrowed and read them. I’d steal Harlequins from my great aunt and hide them in baggies in tree holes. My first book was when I was 9 and I wrote a Jane Eyre rip off called Stuart Hall (which was the name of the pen brand I wrote with).

WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE SERIES?

Covened, which is the first book in the Mrs. Pig & the Words of Power series has the best origin story. So like I mentioned, I’m sick. A lot. I spend about 75% of my time stuck in bed. My daughter was given a runt pug by a friend and we named her Luna. She is the biggest character. She fit right in with our rescue dogs and then before we knew it we were making up voices for her and having her narrate our lives. It made all the sucky parts of life better. She is so human, and so caring. One day, my husband and I were making up an alternate life for her while we joked around about reverse harem books…. And then it came to me. I knew it was time to go after my dream, and if I was going to do it I was going to write a story about something I loved.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUIRKS WHILE WRITING?

Some? Maybe? I have to have my legs up. I have short legs so I write in bed, or on the chaise. It has to be a laptop, too. I sit it on my lap direct or lay on my side sideways and type. It also has to be super silent, so that means I do most of my writing after midnight!WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW Right now I am deep into the second book in the series, CURSED. I am also working on a free short story from one of the guys perspectives. After the Mrs. Pig series wraps I’m going to write a series based off the Anastasia Romanov story but in space. It’s called the Hidden Princess series and the first book is Ana of the Stars. The covers are SO CUTE.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW AUTHORS ABOUT THE PUBLISHING WORLD?

I’m pretty new myself, but I do. Protect your reputation like it’s your health. Don’t gossip; it will ALWAYS end up hurting you. Treat your name like a business and keep it clean. Be genuine, work hard, and don’t feel stupid asking questions. Lastly, pay for good editing. It really is worth it.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOPES FOR THE FUTURE?

I want this series to do well so I can use it to pay for the costs of putting out the next one. I want to get better at what I do and write faster. I’m a slow writer. Developing that skill would be so beneficial. I want to get invited to a signing one day. That’s a big goal too… I’m waiting for once Covened hits for that first call out in a fan group. I can’t wait!

DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY TO YOUR FANS?

Hello all four of you! Ha! It’s hard to understand the concept of a fan when my book hasn’t released yet. You could hate it and then where would we be? I consider the people that have followed my journey to this point…the ones like you Helle who are in my group every day and have gotten to know me; I consider you guys family. Friends. Fans is for people I don’t know but like my books. Those would be nice one day, too, but for now I have friends who keep me going. Thank you for being one of those!

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MAGIC IS DYING;
CAN I SAVE IT?
IF THE PRICE IS MY HAPPINESS;
CAN I PAY IT?

In the last few generations, only one in a hundred female witches are born with power. So when I came into mine, my grandmother helped me hide it so I wouldn’t be swept away by the ISC, our magical government.

The price of discovery was steep; becoming an ISC drone and being paired with their choice of mate for my coven. So I hid in plain sight working days at Maggie’s Pet Wash, and nights piecing together the mythical Words of Power.

The only thought that keeps me going is figuring out a way to beat the ISC and hopefully fall in love with a coven of my own… maybe even raise a few little witchlings.

So when my familiar, a pug named Mrs. Pig, screws up my one shot at obtaining the Words of Power, I figure everything is ruined. That is until Pierce, Sam, and their own talking dogs walk into my life. Now that I have them, can I give them up? Even to save magic?

The ISC is coming for me. What they don’t know is:
I’M COMING FOR THEM, TOO.

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Oath Forger by Nia Mars @niamars_author

– Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a huge binge reader. If I find an author I like, I will read everything they’ve ever written. I read a book a night. I’m a total insomniac.
– Have you always wanted to become an author?
Yes! LOL As a kid, I used to make up rhymes. I used to hide with books (so I wouldn’t get nabbed for chores), and make up my own stories. They mostly featured princesses, and heavily focused on the ball gowns.
– What was your inspiration for the Oath Forger series?
I ran out of sci-fi romance to read. LOL I wanted something quick and fun, with a kick-ass heroine and guys I could fall in love with. As I thought about it, a story came to life.
– Do you have any quirks while writing?
Not so much of a quirk, but a bad habit. Every time I get stuck with the story, I go and grab a snack. I keep thinking that getting up and walking away from the computer will restart my brain. My desk is by the kitchen door. Not good!!!
– Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Write whatever makes you happiest. Be in love with your story. There will be readers who are looking for exactly what you’re looking for. You’re not alone. Put your best ideas out there, and your people will find you.
What are you working on now?
I’m outlining 3 different series. One is sci-fi, in the Oath Forger world. One is dark fantasy. One is contemporary. I love all three. At the moment, I’m worried about the new censorship law in the US. I’m not sure how that will affect romance authors. Will my books be banned because I write love scenes? That I even have to worry about this, is insane.
What are your hopes for the future.
I hope readers will connect to my books. That’s really all I want. I’ve already made a number of online friends who found me because of Oath Forger. The RH community is a wonderful, supportive community. I’m so grateful that I get to be part of it. I hope I’ll get to write more RH stories.
Do you have anything to say to your fans?
A message to readers: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! You are the best. Thank you for reading my books! Thank you for the reviews! Thank you for sharing online. I’m grateful beyond words. Please, please keep reading. And, please, help us authors fight censorship, if you can.
Thank you for taking time to answer all my questions, Nia! 💓
—Thank you so much for interviewing me, Helle!!!

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Ravens: Sons if Olympia by Helen J. Perry #NewRelease

Today I’m happy to introduce you to Helen J. Perry, the author of Ravens: Sons if Olympia a reverse harem paranormal romance.

– Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a middle-aged, middle-sized, British woman and mother of three. I wrote my first novel about three or four years ago, and I’ve written science fiction, fantasy and contemporary romance, including straight, bi, lesbian and gay romance.
– Have you always wanted to become an author?
I’ve always loved the two things I’m good at, reading and daydreaming. These are qualities need for being an author, but like many women, for most of my life, I’ve thought I’m not good enough. So, no, I didn’t always plan on being an author because it seemed too lofty an ambition.
– What was your inspiration for the Sons of Olympia series?
I’ve always loved history, especially ancient history, and the mythology associated with it. The specific Greek angle was undoubtedly influenced by my love of the Percy Jackson books and the fact that I’ve visited some of the ancient sites in Greece. I love Greece and intend to visit more of it.
I must be honest, however. These stories started life in a very different way. The initial idea was about a lesbian or gay human being swept off their feet by a powerful and magical gay or lesbian god. I thought it would be interesting to see how close I could write the two books, both a lesbian version and a gay version of the same story.
Sometime after those books were written, I was working on a reverse harem story involving time travel, Vikings and Norse gods, but the other stories were also still in my mind. One day I decided to get out the files and see if what I’d written before could be rewritten with the new ideas in my mind.
Although the first two books in the Sons of Olympus are very similar to the lesbian and gay books, the story in book three is quite different.
– Do you have any quirks while writing?
I prefer to write in silence. It seems many authors prefer music.
– Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Self-publishing has made it easier for everyone to publish when it previously seemed impossible. I’d recommend joining a community of supportive authors.
– What are you working on now?
Well, I’m one of those people who finds it hard to focus on and complete a project before starting another. So, before I pulled together the Sons of Olympus trilogy, I was working on a reverse harem series, which would be very similar but linked to Vikings and Norse mythology. However, I may well do something completely different before I finish that. For instance, I do have a contemporary gay Cinderella story that is very nearly finished. I work on things for ages, putting them away and getting them out again.
– What are your hopes for the future?
For my children to grow up, leave home and have happy successful lives! Appart from that I’d hope to write more stories that I enjoy writing, and other people enjoy reading.
– Do you have anything to say to your fans?
Thank you for reading. Thank you for reviewing. I love receiving emails and messages on social media.
– Thank you for taking time to answer all my questions.
Thank you for asking them and giving me the opportunity to tell you about my work.
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