Tuesday, March 10, 2015

K.D. Wood

K.D. Wood is the exciting new author of the book "Unwilling." Caitlin reviewed this book a little while ago and has been gushing about it since. You can read her review here. Keep reading for our Q&A session, as well as the blurb about Unwilling. As always, at the bottom of the page is where you can link yourself to K.D. on social media, and purchase your own copy of Unwilling.

Neely McIntire’s dreams warn her about the future but will not protect her from the danger hiding in plain sight. On graduation night, she plans to tell her best friend, Hayden Nelson, that she's in love with him. Instead, they argue. Neely's hurt feelings leave her vulnerable, giving her secret admirer, Andrew Huckley, the opportunity to put his mother’s monstrous plan into motion. When Neely gives into her broken heart and pushes him away, Hayden knows he must fight to recapture the spark he felt in their last kiss. But will he find her in time to reverse the damage or will she be changed forever?

1.Did you always want to be a writer? 
As soon as I learned to read I fell in love with books but that young I had no story or voice yet. I kept diary and journals from a very young age. But it wasn't until I re-read them as an adult that I realized I'd actually been "writing" the bare and stunted versions of my stories even then. It honestly never occurred to me to not write since it's always been a part of me. I didn't fully commit to writing as a profession with the desire to share my stories until 2009. 

2. What's your favorite book?
I don't think I could pick a favorite book. Every year I discover a new story and author that I enjoy, that impacts me enough that I still think on it months and months after the read. From last year it was Ruta Sepetys, Out of The Easy. I haven't discovered a title in 2015 yet that affected me the way that story did. 

3. What's your favorite children's book?
I do have certain titles that changed me, shaped me, into the reader I am today and influenced me as a writer. Bunnicula gave me a first love of paranormal characters and stories as a small child, The Hobbit was my first love affair with a world so fantastic that I find something new to adore with that series on every re-read.  

4. What inspired this story line?
Neely and Hayden, their interactions and conversations, inspired their specific parts of the story. They've been talking inside my head for a very long time. The kind of old friends where all the people in their circle would eye roll and want to scream "go out with each other already!" if they were real people walking around in the world. Then there's Andrew, and more specifically, Margarette. Their appearance shook the entire situation up and gave Neely and Hayden the conflict they needed to become a fully developed story. The poem in the back of Unwilling was the moment of inspiration that the story pivoted on it's axis for me with the question of the rest of the story. 

5. How did you make the choice to self/trad publish?
Once I decided to share this story with readers, I realized very quickly I did not possess the technical knowledge, funds, or necessary self-editing skills needed in order to produce the level of quality I wanted for this series. I won't put my name on just anything. I needed to be utterly proud of the end result in order to survive the publication process. The product produced by my partnership with Blue Tulip Publishing is something I am completely proud of. They made the process more pleasant that I've ever expected. It took a very long time for fate to bring Liza Tice and myself together at RT14, but the experience was well worth the wait to get the chance to work with BTP.  

6. Can we expect more from you in the future? 
Absolutely! The second book in Unwilling's series, Unloved, is in the process of being edited. The third book in that series will be revised while Unloved is in the publication process. I also have a BDSM erotica on submission and another single title paranormal NA complete and ready to be edited. There are five other manuscripts waiting in the wings for a home too, all in various stages of revision. 

7. Who has been your biggest supporter?
I have an amazing group of friends and family that I couldn't survive the publication process without. Each one brings something wonderful to my life and I'm incredibly thankful for them daily. I can only hope I show them all the same level of love and friendship they give to me. 

8. Most and least favorite parts of being a writer?
Creating is my most favorite part of writing, disappearing into the worlds and characters. It's a level of escapism that you can only achieve with writing and addictive. 
Least favorite used to be revision so I had to teach myself to enjoy the process. It was a battle those first few years but I actually enjoy revision now. So the only struggle I really have with the process now is working within the time it takes to get all my work done around life and responsibility. Time management has at times had to get very creative at times to meet goals.  

9. Biggest hurdle?
I don't have the best grammar skills and I struggle in revision with that through every single book. But not so much skill, because those can be learned, but more I lacked the confidence I could learn and apply. Then accomplish to produce a book with as few mistakes as humanly possible. 

10. pet peeve?
Disorganization, drives me bonkers.

11. Favorite Disney princess?
Okay, this is the hardest question by far for two reasons: 
      a. I have nothing but boys in my house and we don't do princess type things
      b. I wasn't very princessy as a kid
But after researching this a bit, taking conference with my bestie Mel, I pick Merida. Her red, curly hair and blue eyes I identify with easily and her tomboyish ways are right up my alley. 

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Tich Brewster

Tich Brewster is the author of the Angels and Demons series. Caitlin recently read the first book "Devada," You can find her review right here. It's a story that Caitlin really got into, and is excited to continue on with the story to see where the characters take her. As usual, you can find all the necessary links to stalk Tich at the bottom, as well as purchase links. Keep reading for our interview with Tich and a taste of book 2 in her Angels and Demons series.

Here is the synopsis for Divulgence (book two).

Armageddon is coming… 

Hannah is a Devada, a special breed created to kill Satan’s chosen four ~ his Kings of hell. 

Hannah is on the hunt for the demons responsible for the death of her parents. Their gruesome bodies still haunt her dreams. Will these nightmares ever end? Will she get to know peace once more? 

When Raum was sent to Oklahoma to help a young girl transform into a Devada he knew there was something different about her. She wasn’t like any other Devada he’d known. When secrets are revealed he is surprised at how special Hannah truly is.

1-      Did you always want to be a writer?
I didn’t have an interest in writing until middle school when my best friend started writing short stories and passing them around the school. After reading her stories I started dabbling in the art as a means of entertaining myself between her stories.
2-      What’s your favourite book?
My favorite book? Do I have to narrow this down to just one? I love the Hot Wire series by Gracen Miller, House of Night by PC and Kristin Cast, Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine, Breaking Free by Alexis Noelle…the list goes on and on. I love books!
3-      What’s your favourite children’s book?
Heidi! Hands down, that is my favorite children’s book.
4-      Can we expect more from you in the future?
Absolutely! I am currently working on the next Angels and Demons book. Teresa Fuentez and I are also working on the next Royal Blood book. I have two contemporary romance novels outlined that I plan to write in the near future.
5-      Who has been your biggest supporter?
My husband and my best friend, Teresa Fuentez.
6-      What are your most and least favourite parts of being a writer?
My favorite part about being a writer is having an outlet for my imagination and meeting new people.

My least favorite thing would have to be the amount of time I spend sitting in my desk chair writing. I have eaten far too many junk food items since I’ve been writing full-time than I ever have.

7-      Who’s your favourite Disney princess, just because we can’t resist asking! :D
Sleeping Beauty

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

L.A. Cotton

Not so long ago (OK, a few days ago) Caitlin read and reviewed a book called "Loyalty and Lies" from L.A. Cotton. And she loved it. But if you want to hear (read) Caitlin gush about it, you can check out her review over on the blog! The rest of this is fantastic. Getting these answers from this author was great! So read on to learn a little more about the inner workings of L.A. Cotton!
1-      Did you always want to be a writer?
No, writing is a fairly new thing for me. I have always, always, loved to read. And in 2013 I read a lot. Like, way too much, as a way of escaping the stress I had going on in my life. One day, after reading a Kelly Elliot book (possibly Wanted) a story popped into my head and I figured why not give it a try. One year later, I have three self-published novels.
2-      What’s your favourite book?

It’s an impossible question. But I’m going with the book I could read again and again, and it’s probably Inescapable by Amy A Bartol. It’s the first book in her Paranormal Romance series, The Premonition Series, and it’s just an amazing read!

3-      What’s your favourite children’s book?
Growing up I loved the BFG by Roald Dahl and the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton. But now I have children of my own, and lately, I've been reading them a lot of Julia Donaldson books (she wrote the Gruffalo). One of my favourites is A Squash and a Squeeze.
4-      What inspired this story line?
My first two novels, Fate’s Love and Love’s Spark are your typical will-they-won’t-they romances. I loved writing both books, but I always knew they weren't going to get people talking or change lives. I wanted that. I wanted to write a book that people took notice of, and finished feeling like ‘I need more…’.  I also wanted to step out of my comfort zone and write something a little more gritty and angsty. Hopefully, Loyalty and Lies achieved that.
5-      How did you make the choice between indie/self-publishing and traditional publishing?
When I first started writing last year, I spent a lot of time researching traditional publishing houses and the process for getting agented… and quickly realised that I didn’t have the patience for that. Early on, I knew I wanted to share my words with readers, and self-publishing gave me the opportunity to do that.
6-      Can we expect more from you in the future?
The second book in the Chastity Falls series, Salvation and Secrets, will be released in April, and then I am hoping to release the third book in the Fate’s Love series, Love Collides. I am also working on a new standalone. So watch this space!
7-      Who has been your biggest supporter?
I owe a lot to two fellow writers/authors, Stylo Fantome and Jenny Siegel. They have both been with me on this journey since the beginning. Stylo was actually the first person to read my writing and eventually she planted the self-publishing seed. We published around a similar time and it’s great being able to share the highs and lows with someone on the same journey. And Jenny Siegel… well, she has become my confidant and sounding board for all things book (and life) related. I would really be lost without her!
8-      What are your most and least favourite parts of being a writer?
Favourite, getting to interact and meet other authors, bloggers, and readers. I love the networking aspect. I also love nothing more than getting lost in a story – a story I created.
Worst, time. I simply don’t have enough time to write all the things I want too!
9-      What’s been the biggest hurdle for you?
Building my confidence – which is an ongoing process. I'm not really ‘out’ in the real world as an author. My family and close friends know that I write, and I have just started telling people I know, but I pretty much spent the last year writing in a bubble!
10-   What’s your pet peeve, or share an embarrassing moment…
Pet peeve, in the book world? I get a little worked up when people sign up to beta read and/or for review copies of your book and then do not ever provide feedback and/or a review. I just don’t get it…
11-   Who’s your favourite Disney princess, just because we can’t resist asking! :D

Oooh, this is a good one! Hmmm, probably Cinderella. I love that she’s just a normal girl, having a tough life, that gets to be the Princess for a night. And her best friends are mice…!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Carly Wakefield

Wakefield is the author of the Rhodes series. A romance based series revolving around the "Rhodes" family, and all the men finding their "happily ever after." I've had the chance to only read the first, but will be hitting up the second soon enough. You can find the review for "Rhodes to Crazy" here on our blog. You can find our Q&A session with Carly below, as well as all the ways you can successfully stalk her on social media, and all the buy links for the two novels she presently has available.

Layla Alexander is a budding photographer with insecurity issues towards her more out-going sister. Sebastian Rhodes is ready but not looking for love, he is however in need of a photographer. Sparks fly when the pair meet and Sebastian needs to know more about this little photographer and his reactions to her. Will love run smooth or will family and insecurities put up blokes on the road to love?

1-      Did you always want to be a writer?
I've been a hairdresser and a dress maker, I love creative things and as a teenager had a dream of writing, but did not have the patience for it at the time. For the last 13 years I've been a stay at home mum. When I started writing it was the first thing I could imagine myself doing full time and for many years to come.
2-      What’s your favourite book?
The Fifty Shades trilogy kick started my reading obsession again, I would have to say they are my favourite.
3-      What’s your favourite children’s book?
Boy, by Roald Dahl, in fact most anything Roald Dahl.
4-      What inspired this story line?
My family is the inspiration for my fictional family series. I have a large, loud and wonderful family. Some of the Characters are loosely based on some members and I have used quite a few of their names too.
5-      How did you make the choice between indie/self publishing and traditional publishing?
Honestly, I was too scared of rejection letters to go the traditional route.
6-      Can we expect more from you in the future?
I have two books out right now, the third will hopefully out in April, these are part of a six book series and I have two more started for after them, so yes definitely more to come from me.
7-      Who has been your biggest supporter?
My mum, dad and husband are my biggest supporters. My mum is always on hand when I need instant feedback and my dad is a photographer and I'm so lucky to have him doing my covers.
8-      What are your most and least favourite parts of being a writer?
Least: writing synopsis’ can be a nightmare, and fillers. Naming characters can take me a while too. I liken it to naming my babies, it’s that important to me (lol).
Most: When someone tells me they loved my story. I don’t think that will ever get old, it just makes me feel so wonderful that someone can be enthralled in my work like I have been with others. 
9-      What’s been the biggest hurdle for you?
Biggest hurdle has been finding an editor I can afford.
10-   What’s your pet peeve, or share an embarrassing moment…
One of my biggest pet peeves is people who have no sense of ‘personal space’ and are all up in yours when standing in a queue for something. “Just take a small step out of my bubble please!” 
11-   Who’s your favourite Disney princess, just because we can’t resist asking! :D

Love this question! Princess Vanelope Von Schweetz.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Brenda Burling

Brenda Burling is one of the sweetest women I've had the pleasure of reading for since Caitlin and I started this blog. Like us, she's new to this whole world, and has been working herself like crazy to make a name for herself. And work, she has. Her novel "Deceived" is by far, one of my favourites that I've read and reviewed, and I am so excited to read more of her work in the future, be it for the blog, or for pleasure, her work is on my to-be-read list. Click here, if you'd like to read my review of her book "Deceived."
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Julia’s privileged and ordered world is turned upside down in a single day… 

The start of the catastrophic turn of events begins with a seemingly simple mobile phone malfunction, culminating in the disappearance of her children and husband. 

Against the backdrop of Cambridgeshire countryside, Florida’s relentless heat, and millions of tourists, Julia’s search begins. 

A story of one woman’s strength, ingenuity, and relentless courage to get back what’s been taken from her. 

By whatever means necessary…

Here's the details from our Q&A Session!

1. Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes, I always wanted to be a writer, but often felt it was just a pipe dream.
2. What's your favourite book?
My favourite book is John Wyndham's Day of the Triffids
3. What's your favourite children's book?
Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
4. What inspired this story line?
The original idea came around the time there was something in the news, and it got me thinking- what would I do in that situation? I like a story where the underdog comes through in the end. 
5. How did you make the choice between Indie/self publishing and traditional publishing?
The choice was made for me in a way, and I am an advocate of both indie and traditional publishing. I self-published and then was offered a contract with a publisher. 
6. Can we expect to see more from you in the future?
There will definitely be more from for many years to come.
7. Who has been your biggest supporter?
My family and friends are my greatest supporters. 
8. What are your most and least favourite parts of being a writer?
I love the escapism of being a writer. My least favourite aspect of writing is waiting to hear if submissions have been successful. 
9. What has been your biggest hurdle?
Juggling writing and family life. 
10. What's your pet peeve, or share an embarrassing moment.
Editors, I couldn't be without one but they terrify me. I think it's because they will always know more of the mechanics of writing. I am more about the story telling. They put together what I'm trying to convey. 
11. Who's your favourite Disney princess?
Snow White. Any woman who can organize seven men and get them out of the house on time has my vote! 

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Paulina Woods

Paulina is the author of "Stone Guardian." A novel that Caitlin recently had the opportunity to read and review. She found it to be a wonderful story, and messaged me several times throughout to tell me what she was loving about it. You can read her full review of it right here. If you're interested in following Paulina Woods, or purchasing her book, you'll find all of that information at the bottom of the page! In the meantime, here's the synopsis of Stone Guardian, and our Q&A session.

Element – Fire (Healer/Destroyer) 
Royal House – Purple 

Milcah was born to rule along side an evil mother. Milcah's father was taken against his will and forced to give up his seed to produce a child with unimaginable powers. At a young age she was taken away from the only home she knows and forced to forget, again and again. 

Raised by a detached stepmother, Milcah learned to depend on herself and her best friend, Mary for support. When Mary suggest a vacation, with a scenic route, to the Grand Canyon Milcah believes she is finally getting the chance to see outside her small town. Packing a few things and climbing into her old beat up car, she never imagined she would find a new side of herself. 

Lost on a back road, Milcah meets her destiny in a small town named Beacon. When her mind is unlocked, she finds she has a past that will lead to the salvation or damnation of the world. 

This is book one in The Witches Amulet series. 

 1. Did you always want to be a writer?
    Yes and No. I grew up with a speech disorder, which caused me to talk really fast, high, and no one could understand me. From the age of 3 until I was in fifth grade I had to go to speech therapy. One of the things they had us do was write down our thoughts in order to organize them. I guess I never stopped writing them down. I started keeping a diary in six grade up until I graduated college and now I put my thoughts into books.

2. What's your favourite book?
    This is a hard one to be sure. I have so many favourite authors running round out there. Right now I am reading Viper Games by Christine Feehan. She is the author who introduced me to paranormal romance so I guess I will name her one of my top favourites.

3. What's your favourite children's book?
    My answer cannot be simple for this one because I started reading at such a young age that I was reading Tom Clancy in six grade. So if anyone asks me what I loved to read in grade school it would be Tom Clancy. His books were the first "long" books I read and I loved every second.
    In terms of real children's books I love Where the Wild Things Grow. Hated when they made it a movie.

4. What inspired this story line?
    My love for gargoyles. Remember that 1990 gargoyle cartoon? I still try to watch it whenever I can. I loved how the gargoyles didn't change to human form but were still loved by human females. I haven't seen many books with this type of hero and there is a quote floating around that says "Write the story you want to read."

5. How did you make the choice between indie/self publishing and traditional publishing?
    Honestly it was made for me. I hate giving up control and as I looked for publishing houses I notice the author has no real choice when it comes to publication date, cover or what to write next. I wanted to keep that control and bring in people I trust to help me with the details I can't do alone. So I have hired a PA and graphic designer, both also just starting out, and we work like a charm together.

6. Can we expect more from you in the future?
    You better believe it. My writing hand is itching and nothing can stop me. The Witches Amulet series has nine books, so that means eight more to come. I am working on a shifter story based off of some of the people I work with. A fantasy epic is halfway mapped out and I still want to write the story of the year I lived on the streets with my sister.

7. Who has been your greatest supporter?
    I am saddened that I can not say my family. My support comes from the wonderful ladies over at Coffee Talk Reviews who took me under their wings as a new blogger. They say potential in me and kept telling me to write until I finally did. When I have a question about publishing or just feel like giving up they are there for me. Renea Mason always tells it to me straight and I love her for it.

8. What are your most and least favourite parts of being a writer?
    I love sitting down and writing. I am not a planner by any means I just sit down and start writing. I was talking to my boyfriend when I was writing Stone Guardian and was like, "Dang it witches just showed up. What the hell am I going to do with them." He gave me a funny look but that’s how many of my characters come into being. They show up and refuse to leave.
    I hate hitting publish. I have only published one book so far but it was the worse moment ever. I had to send my hard work into the world and watch as others loved it or hated it. I kind of wish reviewers would be kinder to authors and realize it’s a person on the other side.

9. What's been the biggest hurdle for you?
    Concentration. Part of my learning disability makes it difficult for me to concentrate on one task to long. So I have to write in thirty minute intervals. If something happens in those thirty min, like a loud noise outside or a ringing phone, my concentration is broken and I have to get up for a while. I am going to have to invest in some noise cancelling headphones.

10.  What's your pet peeve, or share an embarrassing moment…
    To many peeves to list them here so I will give an embarrassing moment. I was working at Disneyland and had forgotten the belt to my pants. At lunch as I was ordering in line with a table full of people behind me, my pants hit my ankles. I was not wearing anything underneath but my panties. They have never let me live that one down, ever.

11. Who's your favourite Disney princess, just because we can't resist.
    Nope I actually do not have one. I love the villains. Ursula is by far my favorite, she made fat sexy. My sister and I made a pack that if we ever had children we would dress them as villains, take them to Disney and tell them to chase their princesses. 

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Morgan Rayne

Morgan Rayne is the author of several contemporary romance novels including "A Different Kind of Fairy Tale" which I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the other day. You can find my review here. Her other titles are Let Me Love You, Just a Kiss and Resisting Amy. All buy links can be found at the bottom of the page, as well as social media links.


Stella and Alex have been best friends since the day Stella moved into Spring Towers Apartments three years ago. Alex reminded himself time after time that Stella was just one of the guys and completely off limits in all things romantic. That is until she needs an immediate boyfriend when her ex shows up engaged to the woman he cheated on her with. Alex comes to her rescue, but very quickly fantasy becomes reality and the sparks fly. Hidden feelings are shared and a new love blossoms in this quirky friends to lovers romance. But when football loving Stella's ex-best friend Heidi sets a course for Alex, will this new couple weather the storm, or will history repeat itself once again? 

1- Did you always want to be a writer?Not at all. In high school my favorite subject was History. Science and English were classes I absolutely dreaded. But my senior year I started reading romance novels regularly and found I had all theses ideas for my own stories. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I received an iPad in February of 2012 that those ideas started coming back to me again. Now, I almost wish I would have paid more attention in English class.
2- What’s your favourite book?
That’s like asking which one of my children I love more. I have so many favorites. Nora Robert’s “Three Sister’s Series” is definitely a stand out for me. I normally read much sexier books, but I love the way she paints a picture with her words. I always get lost in her stories.
3- What’s your favourite children’s book?
Hands down “Love You Forever” By Robert Munsch. I was read that story as a child, and read it to my own when they were babies. It’s so sweet and still brings a tear to my eye.
4- What inspired this story line?
My writing is very personal to me. While the stories themselves are fiction, the background and personalities of my characters are based on myself and people in my life.
5- How did you make the choice between indie/self publishing and traditional publishing?
I have this nasty habit of not believing in myself. When I started out I was only brave enough to let one person read my stories. She encouraged me to continue, but I still had my doubts so I never even attempted to find a publisher. It was the best decision I ever made. Yes, there’s more exposure going the traditional route, but there are also down falls, such as deadlines. I work when I can, when my children allow me too, and I like that.
6- Can we expect more from you in the future?
Yes! Lord knows my brain never shuts down. Currently I have four books started on my laptop with ideas for at least ten more, so there will be no slowing down for me anytime soon.
7- Who has been your biggest supporter?
My family, more specifically my step mother. She’s the one that read my stories, encouraged me, and gave me the confidence to follow my dream. Now I have many supporters. One of my best friends lets me come to her house and have melt downs when I have writers block, another fellow author gives me a kick in the pants and brainstorms with me daily even though I live in the US and she in England. We have formed an amazing friendship.
8- What are your most and least favourite parts of being a writer?
My favorite part is interacting with my fans, and seeing the excitement they get when I respond. I never want to be one of those people that forgets why I do this, and being able to say a few words, even if it’s just “Thank you” when someone sends me a message or post, is so rewarding. I want all of my fans to know I appreciate their support. Because without them, I wouldn't be where I am today. My least favorite part is the criticize. As authors, we put our blood, sweat and tears into what we do, and with just a few careless words someone decides to tear it down. I'm a lot better now than I used to be. I used to get so upset when I got a bad review, but now I realize the good ones far out weighs the bad ones. I just think people can be critical without being cruel.
9- What’s been the biggest hurdle for you?
Writers block. I have a nasty habit of letting what’s going on in my personal life affect how I write. When something bad happens, it completely puts a halt to my writing because my mind wants to think about other things. It’s something I’m definitely working on though.
10- What’s your pet peeve, or share an embarrassing moment…
Embarrasing moments have happened quite a bit and it’s always the same. My friends or family will read my books, then joke about how I gave them new ideas to spice up their own love lives or how things heated up between them and their significant other after reading it. I get so red faced. Especially when it was my 70 something Great Aunt saying this.

11- Who’s your favourite Disney princess, just because we can’t resist asking! :D BELLE…Oh I’m a sucker for a smart girl who knows how to speak her mind. Plus she falls in love with the Beast because of who he is on the inside instead of the outside. More people should do that.

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