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Spotlight and Interview: Broken (Assumption Series) by Izzibella Beau



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A girl’s senior year in high school should be a special time. Ayma’s expectations are not very high. She is the daughter of a control-freak mother and a father who has been absent for the past three years. She is ridiculed by the popular kids in school because of her unfortunate name and the way she dresses. Although she’s nearly eighteen, her mother controls every aspect of her life, including what she wears, who her friends are and even what foods she is allowed to eat. The only bright spot in her life is her friend Tabby. Until she meets Colton.

Colton is unexpected. He’s gorgeous, popular – the guy all the girls want and the one all of the other guys want to be like. When he begins to pay attention to Ayma, she doesn’t know what to think. Things like this just don’t happen to girls like her. One obstacle after another is thrown into their path, but they can’t deny what they feel for one another. Their new-found love will be threatened by secrets from their past, challenges in their present and a future they can only dream about. Ayma struggles to find an identity apart from her mother’s controlling nature while Colton faces the results of an arrest that took place the summer before his tenth grade year.

Can they find love and happiness? Or will they be destroyed by events beyond their control?


The song was almost over and he set down his guitar. Colton stood up to walked over to his computer where the songs were playing from. He was a sight to behold once again. He must have gotten a shower earlier because his hair was still damp. He had on a loose pair of shorts and no shirt. His chiseled chest was glistening from water and sweat. He just looked so smooth and well defined.
I started lightly clapping and walked in, shutting the door behind me. He turned to the sound, looking startled from the sudden noise. The song Figured You Out by Nickelback started playing from his computer.
“I, um, had Brady drop me off.” He was walking over to me, but in a slow motion, almost to the beat of the song. Colton didn’t say anything to me, just kept walking towards me.
I took a step backwards until I was up against the door. He took my hands in his and put them against the door, like he was trapping me in. His mouth came down on mine like there was no tomorrow for him. Colton was acting like he was starved for physical attention. He let go of my hands, but still kept me pinned against the door. His lips never left mine except to move down to my neck and nibble. He pressed his body tight against mine. His hands started to roam everywhere on my body. I couldn’t help but to run my hands over his naked chest and back.
We still hadn’t stopped kissing and we both seemed to be running out of breath. Colton moved his mouth to take a deep breath and so did I, except it came out more like a moan of pleasure. He was breathing hard and starting to sweat more. I’m guessing he had no boxers on as I could clearly feel his excitement pressed into me. His hands were now under the front of my shirt and moving beneath my bra. We’d done this before, but not this passionately. I had my hands on the back of his shorts and slowly slid my hands inside the waistband. I was right, there were no boxers. I’d never done anything like this before, the whole touching without any clothing barrier in between. My hands kept moving until they were cupping his bare bottom. I gripped him more firmly and pulled him tighter against me. Colton groaned inside my mouth and pulled me away from the door. He spun me, while we still kissed, and started to walk me backwards towards his bed.
A sudden knock on the door stopped us half-way there. “Mom said she doesn’t need any grandbabies now, so whatever you’re doing you better finish because dinner will be ready in ten,” Ezzie yelled through the door.
We were both still breathing deeply, just trying to catch that single deep breath that would fill our lungs to the fullest. Colton placed his forehead against mine and smiled, just a little.
“Hey,” he finally got out.
“Oh, so now I get greeted,” I tried to say sarcastically, but failed.
“You can go to dinner. I’ll be there in a couple minutes or hours.” He moved a little away from me. I could tell by the front of his shorts he was still way too excited to go in front of his family now, I think we both were.
I had to start being a little bolder. We’d been together for a little over two months. I know some people wouldn’t think that as being long, but we were together every chance we got. And being the eighteen year old, constantly sexually excited girl he has turned me into, I was relentlessly frustrated on what I wanted. I needed to move things along sexually with us, but still afraid of the unknown.
I pulled on his hand so I was shuffling backwards towards his bed. He was coming along, but still not understanding what I was doing. Please don’t make me have to spell this out for you that would be so embarrassing. I hadn’t touched or seen his private part, yet here I was playing the fearless girlfriend.
I made it to where the back of my legs were up against the side of his bed and looked up at him. I stared into his eyes and he had a look of confusion as to where this was heading. My hand was trembling as I slowly let it go below the waistband of the front of his shorts.
As soon as I did this, he got the idea of what I was attempting to do. He let out a low moan and his mouth ravenously attacked mine once more. My hand automatically begun what I’d intended to do.
Colton found his release rather quickly. I was really surprised of how easy that was and how much more excited it made me. I felt like I could’ve exploded along with him.

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Spotlight and Interview: Blood & Lillies (Bloodlines Series) by Lyn Croft

Blood and Lilies


First in the Bloodlines Series

Once cast from Heaven, Zillah has vowed to destroy God and overtake his kingdom. But a key is needed to open the gates between the two realms.
The Key to the gate walks the earth in the form of a woman…young, innocent and completely unaware of her importance in the battle between good and evil. Once her blood is shed, Zillah can open the portal to release her father…Lucifer himself.
Cara, a college sophomore, is quickly thrown into the world of the supernatural, as well as learning of her true ancestry. Vampires, werewolves and the Nephilim are now a part of her reality. As the beings struggle to protect her, she fights to keep her sanity as her mortal realm is crushed.
Secrets are revealed that could shatter Cara’s new found love, as well as lead to her ultimate death. A family is torn apart as the battle to save the key leads them down a road of betrayal and heartache. Loved ones are lost, lines are crossed, and nothing is as it seems. Lies and truths twist and turn, leaving us with only one question…
Could you sacrifice the one you love to save the world?


The evening sky pulsed, hues of deep purples and blacks engraving blurry lines above the earth. The night echoed its cries, carried by angry breezes through the hills of the land. The cemetery, cascaded in carved tombstones that sprouted from the ground, laid empty and dormant, except for the busy, yet silent whispers of the dead.
The ground, wet and damp, gave way beneath Cara’s bare feet as she trudged through the mud pushing between her toes. Her eyes traveled towards the ground to study her soiled feet, finding her body was draped in a simple, yet elegant white dress which graced her pale legs just below her knees. The plunging neckline stopped just beneath the cleft of her breast as the thin silk straps hugged the tops of her shoulders, exposing her bare delicate skin.
She scanned around her, alone and frightened, like a young child strayed from its mother. It was so dark, and the crested moon, swarmed by rolling darkened clouds, offered no safe haven of light to guide her way. Slow and unsure, she stepped cautiously, waiting blindly for an edge that would send her spiraling down into a never-ending abyss, swallowing her whole. The shadows danced in front of her, playing tricks on her unfocused eyes as her feet took her step by step.
Where was she? How did she get here? She could hear faint whispers of the dead crying out to her from the spirit world. Their words made no sense as they all jumbled together like a soft but unmelodic hum in the air. Her ears strained to make out parts of the words, hoping to piece together some language so she could better understand why they’d brought her here.
Realization struck. The voices had guided her here. She turned around to where the whispers grew, louder and more needful. She followed them as they increased, vibrating through her head as if they were coming from inside her brain, instead of churning in the air around her. The darkness frightened her, yet she still continued, following the only guidance she had.
She could hear it now. Through the vast echo of the whispers, she could make out her name. They called to her, begged her to come near. She obeyed.
Something hard struck her toes, shooting instant pain up through her legs, like lightning igniting through her to her very core. Her body flew forward as she reached out to stop her fall. She expected a large stone to split her head. Or perhaps the tip of a metal cross would impale her through her chest and end it all, without her knowing or seeing it in the darkness before her. But there was nothing as her body hit the soft ground beneath her.
Grass laced itself through her fingers as she looked up to the gravestone in front of her. The clouds that had hugged the moon so well broke, lighting the etched carvings before her so she could see. What she read on the engraving shook her to the core. Her eyes couldn’t process, couldn’t comprehend what she was seeing.
Cara L. Chadwick
Beloved Friend and Student
We will miss you always
Oct. 18, 1992 to Dec. 21, 2012
A cry escaped her lips as Cara pushed herself up from the ground as fast as she could, stumbling backwards. She wanted to turn away, run and never look back. There was no way in hell she was going to stay here to hang out with her own tomb. And the date…it was this Friday’s date…or had it already arrived and was now in the past? Cara realized she had no idea of what time it was, or the day, but she needed to escape and get out of this place as fast as her bare feet could carry her.

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Author Interview: Harmony Lawson

Author Interview with Harmony Lawson
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~What are you currently working on?

Beyond Spells and an Untitled Project with two more lined up.

~What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Don’t worry about being perfect on the first draft. Just get your information down and then perfect it when doing revisions. I still find errors even after pushing the publish button.

~Do you plot out your story or write as it goes?

I plot it first so I know what will happen but then the characters change it up on me sometimes. I’m had a few happy surprises and a few gasps from letting them take control.

~Do you work on 1 story at a time or multiples?

I have the tendency to work on several but I’m trying to narrow it down to one project at a time so I can have my mind in it fully and not be all over the place.

~What is your favorite genre to read?

Young Adult is fun partially because I can share the stories with my son who loves to read. I have him reading the Divergent Series and he’s devouring it.

~Do you believe in love at first sight?

Absolutely and I married him.

~What’s your favorite fast food chain?

Taco Bell usually…but an occasional Big Mac at McDonalds (2x a year) is nice.

~What was your first job?

Carhop at Sonic, Stigler, Oklahoma 1994

~Do you like to go out or stay home?

I’m a homebody but I like to go out sometimes. I’m completely happy staying at home most of the time.

~What is your favorite/ go to cuss word?

Jiminy Christmas.

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Spotlight and Interview: The Last Drop by Andrea Perno

The Last Drop

Jeremy always said Space Academy was Earth’s last hope. People only dream of leaving a dying planet in search of better lives. Avery never expected he would be forced to do just that.

On the heels of his brother’s murder, his father’s disappearance and Earth’s dwindling water supply now contaminated with a deadly virus, Avery and his younger brother have no choice but to leave Earth behind and join the survivors migrating the nearest habitable planet.

What they don’t know is that the rarity of water extends far beyond Earth and they aren’t the only ones fighting for survival.

Author Interview

~What are you currently working on?

Right now I’m working on the second book of, The Last Drop trilogy. It’s taking much longer than I anticipated, but that’s because I have AMAZING beta readers who love good, factually driven, Sci-Fi. It’s going to be a phenomenal second book in the trilogy. I’m also working with a very talented screenwriter who is adapting the first book of The Last Drop trilogy into a screenplay to pitch to producers in California.

~What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Advice for aspiring authors…you should note that not all my advice will work for every single writer…and I tend to write a little sarcastic. It’s how I roll so don’t be offended. Here are my biggest takeaways from writing two sci-fi novels over the last year and a half.

1.) Write every single day. No excuses. No matter what. No, I’ll do it tomorrow, I’m too tired, I should walk the dog, I have to cook dinner yatta yatta yatta. If you’re saying those things you don’t want to be a writer bad enough. You should walk the dog? You better have a notebook in your back pocket ready to take notes. Oh, you need to cook dinner? That laptop better be propped within typing distance so you can switch back and forth between writing and stirring the Béarnaise sauce. And lord knows I can’t count the times I’ve been so tired I’ve fallen asleep with the laptop across my chest. I usually wake up to find I’ve written at least one sentence and a whole lot of aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…it’s still a win.

2.) It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks and yet IT MATTERS what someone thinks. My second piece of advice to aspiring authors is to find other, like-minded people who are doing the same thing. Talk to people. Share ideas. I spoke to one guy who was in the process of writing his own book. He said he didn’t want to share his ideas or his thoughts because he was afraid it would “disrupt my process” or that I would “steal his ideas.” Needless to say, I gave him a piece of my mind. We as writers are in this together. We don’t “steal” another person’s story. And disrupt the process? YES PLEASE. You might say something profound that makes me think of something different!

Bottom line, build a support system with friends, family, co-workers (because rarely can you quit your job and just write…at least at the start of it all.) and the oddballs you find online that you know nothing about (and that’s the best part). Get every one of them to read your drafts…all seventy five thousand of them, and give you advice. HARD advice.

3.) This one relates to number two. Grow a thick skin. My younger brother, Michael, gave me a brilliant piece of advice when I was starting my first book. I was handing it out to beta readers and family members who, (now granted I had told them to be harsh) were crushing my soul and making me feel like my work was complete garbage. (By the way, the first draft IS GARBABE. So let’s not sugar coat it.) Anyway, I was having an “I’m worthless and this isn’t worth the headache and the criticism,” moment when he literally swiped the computer off my lap, went to the end of the page I was working on and typed: “No matter what other people think or how they feel the story should progress, it is still YOUR story. You got this.”

I add that quote at the bottom page of every manuscript I’m working on. It matters what people think of your work, but at the end of the day it is still YOUR work. People are going to say all sorts of things, good and bad, through the beta reading and editing process and beyond when the book comes out. That’s part of the process. Something to cry over and be inspired by. Trust me it’s worth it. This leads me to my last piece of advice.

4.) The single most important advice I have for aspiring authors is to “just do it.” Some of you know what I’m referring to here.  If you haven’t seen Shia LaBeouf’s motivational speech, click this link: He may not be the best spokes person in the world and I don’t condone some of his life choices, but he is a profound artist in his own way and his advice is sound. Plus it’s said with the passion and intensity I strive to live my whole life with.

~Are you an organized author or scattered?

I’d like to think of myself as an organized author. I’m very much a type “A” personality. My book planning, however, looks a lot like the white boards you see on the TV show, House, or, The Big Bang Theory. It’s a whole lot of information and ideas thrown together in the hopes of creating just the right formula. I usually start mapping ideas on a large white board or a huge piece of paper. Eventually the process evolves into various outlines in notebooks…none of the notes really make sense to anyone but me, though. Or so my husband tells me. Here’s an example picture and the notebook that went with my first book: The Last Drop. Lots of tiny notes and ideas and strange concept drawings.


~Do you plot out your story or write as it goes?

The first book in the Last Drop Trilogy I started with a concept map and a brief outline. Once I had characters, though, it became their story. My cute little concept drawing went right out the window and the story morphed into a completely different beast. Admittedly, it was hard to let go and just let the characters tell me what I should say. That sounds trippy, but it’s the truth.

~Do you have any strange writing habits?

Strange writing habits…that’s tricky because it’s really the characters who have the strange habits. For example, not only do they tell me what to write, they tell me when to write (that could be at 3:15in the morning…thanks Avery. The boss loves it when I come to work and can’t talk to people in a “human” fashion before 9:00am.) I also do a lot of writing in the car to and from work. Part of that is just long commute. But part of it, I feel, is also a zoned out, listening to, but not really listening to, pop radio music and letting the characters have space to invade my mind. Space they would not otherwise have when I’m teaching middle schoolers during the day.

~Do you have writers block and how do you work around it?

Yes, occasionally I do have writers block. I think every author experiences this at some point or another and it shows itself in a myriad of ways. People think of writers block and think of the author staring at blank wall with a pen in their hand or their fingers poised above their keyboard and just nothing happening. Writers block is more than that, though. Yes that previous example does occur, but more often (at least for me) it’s that moment of just not knowing the best way to say what the characters are demanding to say. It’s like there’s a language barrier. I’ll write whole pages and then have the characters scream at me that I got it wrong. That’s not what they intended to say and I’ll have to go back and fix it…sometimes 10 or more times. That’s the most frustrating part of writers block for me.

I’ve found the best way to combat the block is to just keep writing. Even if you write thirty different versions of the same scene, eventually you’ll get it right. A whole lot of pacing the house and going for ten-mile runs also helps. Sometimes you have to step away from the computer or the notebook and let the story and the characters slip in and out of your head while you’re doing something mundane, for things to finally click.

~Do you work on 1 story at a time or multiples?

ONE. There is only room for one set of characters demanding attention at any given time. That’s not to say I don’t take breaks from story to story. For example, I finished the first book in, The Last Drop Trilogy and the spent a few months writing a completely different book, Remotely Unplugged, before going back to the trilogy. But I do finish a book before starting to write another one.

~What is your favorite genre to read?

Science Fiction! You should read a whole lot of what you love to write…right?

~What is the most wacky/crazy weird thing you received from a fan?

I wouldn’t say I’ve received anything that’s wacky, crazy or weird…yet. I’m a pretty newbie author so I’m still building my fan base. But I have received some really nice emails through my website from former student and other people who have read my books and enjoyed them. : )

~What are your favorite hobbies?

I love anything that has to do with the outdoors: Shooting, hiking, horseback riding, swimming, cliff diving, camping. The safer hobbies I enjoy are: Painting and Running.

~If you had a warning label what would it say?

Silence…I kill you!

~Favorite quote?

All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs.

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Spotlight and Interview: Unforgettable Hearts (Soul’s Desire 2) by Emily A. Lawrence

Unforgettable Hearts

Ellie Benton lost all contact with her childhood friend, Tyler Stuart, when she moved with her family to New York. For seven years she mourned the loss of the copper-haired boy whom she’d secretly admired her entire life. Saddened by the thought that he’d forgotten her, Ellie carried on with her life, but nothing could fill the void he’d left in her heart.
When an unexpected trip reunited them, Ellie found herself unable to control the feelings she’d fought so hard to keep at bay.
Tyler’s initial coldness made her question if he’d ever cared about her, but soon she uncovered secrets that turned her soul inside out and brought her more joy than she’d ever experienced. Tyler proved to be the man of her dreams, exactly how she’d always imagined him.
But, as they embarked on a passionate relationship—just when she thought she’d finally found her happiness—demons from their past and present threatened to separate them.

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I saw Tyler’s fingers tighten around the glass, squeezing it so hard I feared it might shatter in his hand. It only took seconds. First there was a crack, then his eyes became slits, and before I could react, the crystal glass broke, slicing his palm open.
“Tyler!” Caitlyn jumped, a look of horror on her face.
“Dammit!” Tyler growled and grabbed a towel, pressing it against his bleeding wound. I felt my stomach lurch and my heart beat a hundred miles per hour.
“Son, what did you do? Let me see that!” Alfred was by his side, but Tyler got up from his seat and stomped out of the dining room, causing several heads to turn.
“I’ll go,” I said and rushed after him. “Tyler, wait up! Tyler!” I managed to catch up with him when he stopped to open his door.
“Go back, Ellie. I’m fine,” he said through gritted teeth.
“No, you’re not. You’re bleeding!” I followed him into the bathroom and watched him turn on the cold water, getting his blood all over the faucet.
He put his hand under the clear water and grunted when it poured over his wound. He rinsed off as fast as he could, but it didn’t stop the bleeding.
“You might need some stitches—”
“No, it’s not that deep.”
I opened the medical cabinet on the wall. “At least let me put some alcohol on it. You don’t want it to get infected, do you?” After opening the bottle, I grabbed his wrist to hold him in place and poured a bit on the gash.
Tyler growled, then mumbled all kinds of vile things, half of which I couldn’t understand. He thrust his hand under the stream of water again and waited until it ran clean from his wound. The pain seemed to be subsiding since his body relaxed. He examined the wound closely. “It’s not as severe as I thought it was. It still burns, though.”
“Sit down and let me bandage you,” I said, taking what I needed from the cabinet.
He sat down on the edge of the tub, but stuck his hand behind his back when he saw me grab the bottle. “Oh, no. No more alcohol.”
“Don’t be such a baby. Come on. The faster I finish this, the sooner I’ll leave you alone.” Saying those words hurt, but it was the painful truth. Whatever pain he was feeling, mine was multiplied by thousands of times at the thought that he didn’t want me around him.
His jaw clenched and said nothing in return. I had half expected him to tell me I was mistaken, but he didn’t. Giving me his hand, he let me clean and bandage it. The proximity was killing me slowly, and it took all I had to keep from wrapping myself around him and settling into his arms. I ached to hear that he’d missed me and have the harrowing weight lifted off of my heart, but his lips remained sealed and not one word came out as I attended him. Saddened, I reflected deeply on our past relationship and how much it had meant to me, feeling the poignancy of everything we’d shared in good times and bad. I wondered if perhaps this was the beginning of the saddest time of all, as the torment I felt in all the years we’d been apart was nothing compared to the way I felt now. Holding my breath to avoid inhaling his masculine scent, I tried to swallow the raw pain scraping its way toward my mouth as a scream demanded its exit.
“There…you’ll be okay, but maybe you should let your dad have a look at it—”
“Stay away from that man,” he said and grabbed my wrist unexpectedly. My throat contracted around the emotions which threatened to leap up and out of my lips, my stomach tensed, and my insides felt like they were tied into a knot.
“What?” I barely whispered, glaring at him perplexed.
“You heard me. Stay away from that Andrew whatever.” Tyler was dead serious, his voice dry as bones. Was that what had caused his anger? Him seeing me with the other man? There was a small flutter of hope in my tummy, but I wasn’t sure what to think anymore.

Author Interview

~What are you currently working on?

Currently I have several projects in the works, but my main focus is on a contemporary romance trilogy I’ve been thinking about for a while.

~What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

I’d say, first and foremost, write, and write what you love. Read guides on how to write, which would help you improve your craft. Writing is a continuous learning process and there’s always room for improvement. Also, make sure your book is professionally edited before it gets into the hands of readers.

~Are you an organized author or scattered?

I am usually an organized person in everything I do, especially in writing. I like to know where everything is so I can easily find everything I need. Every book has its own file on the computer with all the research I do, character sheets, etc.

~Do you plot out your story or write as it goes?

I know the most important events I want to take place and write around them. I get most of my ideas as I write, so I’m never sure what a writing day is going to be like.

~Do you have any strange writing habits?

Not really, unless you count the fact that I need complete silence to be able to concentrate. Some authors write to music, while I prefer to be alone with my own thoughts. I can also only write during the day, preferably in the morning until late afternoon. I’ve never been a night owl, even though it works out for some.

~Do you have writer’s block and how do you work around it?

Sometimes I do and that’s when I detach myself completely from said book and try to focus on a different project. Thankfully I’ve never had writer’s block that lasted more than a week or so. Somehow I always manage to get back on the saddle, one way or another.

~Do you work on one story at a time or multiples?

I have several projects, but I usually prefer focusing on one story at a time, unless I get to a point where I’m not sure which way to go. That’s when I let it stew for a while and work on something else. I also get ideas for other books while I write, so I always stop and write them down.

~What is your favorite genre to read?

I read all kinds of books, but my favorites will always be romance peppered with some mystery or suspense.

~What is the most wacky/crazy weird thing you received from a fan?

I haven’t received anything like that, but nothing making me smile like when I receive a message from people who enjoyed my stories. It makes everything worthwhile.

~What are your favorite hobbies?

I love photography, taking long walks, being out in the nature, playing tennis, and swimming.

~If you had a warning label what would it say?

Warning label? Nah…I’m the sweetest person around! Hahaha

~Favorite quote?

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”


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Spotlight and Interview: The Island and The Kite by Aurora Zahni

The Iland and the Kite

Two girls. Two stories. One day.
A murder spree and magic tea help two star crossed lovers see the light.

Mary Susan and Stefi Angel are two constant exes who can never get it right, always as eager to give up as they are to start up again. But one day in New York City helps change that forever.
The city is in a panic as the T and S Killers rising body count has everyone on edge. Free spirit Mary Susan just wants to see a movie and ends up trapped in Hell’s Kitchen being chased by vigilantes and murderers alike. She spends the night trying to escape the city that never sleeps and deciding if she should give Stefi another chance.
Star basketball player Stefi Angel can’t see the forest for the trees when it comes to love…until she drinks magical tea and suddenly has all the questions and the answers. She just hopes she can get Mary Susan to believe they have the kind of love worth fighting for and that it’s not too late.


“So…” Stefi took a deep breath. “How am I doing, red?” “Not bad. Maybe you’ll get most of me after all.” “I want it all this time.” “We’ll see.” Mary Susan laid her head on Stefi’s shoulder. “Hey.” She poked Stefi’s arm. “I have a gift for you back at my place.” “I bet you do. Just let me get you cleaned up first.” “No, silly. A real gift in a box with a bow and everything.” “I think I have everything I need.” They devoured their breakfast and Mary Susan napped on the drive back to her place. “Where’s your roommate?” Stefi asked when they got there. “At work.” Mary Susan removed her outer layer of clothing and announced, “I need to shower.” Stefi smiled and took off her shoes and socks. “Okay.” “That wasn’t an invitation. I’m filthy and I really need to shower. Will you wait for me?” Stefi nodded and then watched Mary Susan and the curves she loved walk to the bathroom in her skivvies. Be a better girlfriend. Stefi brought down all the shades and curtains in the room and put on some music at a low volume. When Mary Susan got out of the bathroom she was already in bed waiting for her. “Stefi…it’s been a long day. I don’t know what you think is going to happen here.” “Be quiet and come here and trust me.” Mary Susan listened to her and then cautiously slid under the covers. Stefi put both her long arms around her and gave her a gentle kiss on the lips. “Now I want you to sleep. I’m here. I’m yours. And I’m not going anywhere.”


~What are you currently working on?

I am really focusing these days and only working on three things right now. Wait, does editing count? Five things. I am working on five things! The main two being my ongoing superhero series with J Rose Alexander and my through the looking glass fantasy novel.

~What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Be honest. In everything you do and everything you show, be honest. Creating a fictional world begins with honesty.

~Are you an organized author or scattered?

I am scattered so I compartmentalize all my mess so I can neatly work on one thing at a time.

~Do you plot out your story or write as it goes?

I pretend to plot but it never works, so I just revise at end of every chapter to make sure it all makes sense.

~Do you have any strange writing habits?

Not really. I love writing on buses and trains or when I’ve had a drink or two, but I think that applies to most writers. Oh wait, I do make up songs when I have a decent idea in the bathroom so that I don’t forget it. So often I will run out after shower singing until I have a chance to write it all down.

~Do you have writers block and how do you work around it?

I’ve never had block because I write so slow and meticulous I wouldn’t even notice if I did.

~Do you work on 1 story at a time or multiples?

I “focus” on one story but I always have at least 3 going.

~What is your favorite genre to read?

Whatever I am currently writing. I like immersing myself.

~What is the most wacky/crazy weird thing you received from a fan?

A compliment.

~What are your favorite hobbies?

I also love playing music and am an avid board gamer. I

~If you had a warning label what would it say?

No warning, no label, just a skull and crossbones sticker.

~Favorite quote?

“nobody’s perfect”

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About the Author

Aurora Zahni is a former rebel who’s trying to bring a little bit of Judy Blume and Sylvia Plath to the Twilight Generation. Over the years she has given half-assed / full throttle contributions to numerous zines and blogs, written a web movie and done significantly well in countless competitive eating events. When she was in the 8th grade, she was on the local evening news. A dead body was being lifted out of the water at a marina by the Meadowlands and you could clearly see her standing in the background watching, looking a bit excited for the camera. Looking back it may have been the highlight of her entire childhood.…/B00I3J…/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1…


Book Blitz: The Voyeur Next Door by Airicka Phoenix

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Today we are sharing some teasers and a sale for THE VOYEUR NEXT DOOR by Airicka Phoenix. It’s on sale for a limited time only so grab it up while you can!

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He lived next door.

Alison Eckrich was an expert at being invisible. Having been raised by a mother who saw only flaws, she had learned long ago to watch and never participate. Until him. He was gorgeous from what little she could make out through his bathroom window and he awakened things inside her she had always been told was wrong. But she didn’t care.

She was addicted.

Gabriel Madoc was no stranger to the cold sting of betrayal. His broken heart had left him hard and bitter and that was how he liked it. Until her. She was a vision in the soft twilight. Everything about her called to him. It didn’t even matter he couldn’t see her face.

He wanted her.

The rules were simple: No names. No faces. No attachments. They both had what the other needed so long as they never broke the rules. But what will happen when the mystery is unveiled and they both come face to face with the truth and each other? Is what they shared in the cloak of darkness enough to keep them together, or will reality tear them apart?

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Airicka Phoenix is a romance junkie with an incurable addiction to chocolate. She is also a prolific author of several novels written for young adult and new adult romance addicts who love bad boys, hot kisses and a gritty plot. Airicka prides herself in producing quality material her readers can fall in love with again and again.

When she’s not hard at work bleeding words onto paper, Airicka can be found cuddling with her family, reading, watching TV shows, or just finding excuses not to do chores.

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Author Interview: V.A. Dold

Author Interview with V.A. Dold



~Tell us a little about Cade.

This is the first in a fourteen book series of New Orleans Wolf Shifters and their mates. Each book is related in the series as characters show up in other books but they are also stand alone with no cliffhangers.

~What do you think sets your love story apart from all the others?

My heroines are regular everyday women without perfect bodies and many are in their 30’s and 40’s. You will see that in Cade, Anna is 45 and a size 16. When they do the ritual she regresses back to age 25. Many people have commented that they had never seen a regression before.

~As you were writing Cade’s and Anna’s love story, was there anything that surprised you in its development?

Yes, lol. It was only a single story that became a 14 book series. Didn’t see that coming.

~What would Anna say is Cade’s best feature and vice versa?

She loves his eyes and he adores her curves and her mind.

~What did you do in your writing process for Cade to get in the right head space to tell this stor?

Nothing really. For me the story comes as random scenes. Much like a movie playing in my head and then I piece it together.

~What would you say is the theme song for your book?

Huey Lewis The Power of Love.

~What do you think is the perfect date night?

A great dinner out and then a snuggle in.

~Which would you say your love story is, sweet or spicy?

Both for sure. Many reviews specify that the “Love” Scenes are smoking hot and they stress they are “Love” scenes not just sex.

~First meetings, what would you say is your favorite way for a couple to first meet in a book?

In one of the future books, Bryan sees Tory walking on the sidewalk below his condo window. He runs out to catch her leaving the coffee shop across the street so he can accidentally (on purpose) knock the coffee from her hand and offer to buy her a new one. That was his excuse to speak to her and one of my favorite first meets LOL

~For readers who enjoy your book, what would you recommend they read next?

Other than Simon & Stefan?  Thomas will be out shortly too.

~Tell us in one sentence why we should read your book.

They are Sexy, sweet, and any woman can visualize herself as the heroine.

~What do you have coming out next?

Thomas. He is the oldest Son of Anna in Book one and the head security guard for the King. It’s a funny, sweet, action packed story and the vampires are back!

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Author Interview: Emily Goodwin

Author Interview with Emily Goodwin



~What are you currently working on?

I’m writing Beyond the Sea, a NA paranormal romance about mermaids. I’m loving this book, and it’s exciting to put something “new”. There are very few adult books with mermaids as the main character.

~What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Keep writing. The hardest part of the whole process can be just finishing that manuscript. Remember you can edit and revise later, so don’t get hung up on a certain part. Keep moving, and when it comes together in the end, you will be so proud of yourself for accomplishing something as complex as writing a novel.

~Which of your characters is your Book Boyfriend? Why?

I have a hard time choosing between Hayden (from the Contagium series) and Ethan (from the Guardian Legacy series). They are both similar in a few ways, and I’m a sucker for a loyal, protective, caring, and badass hottie. Ethan is a demon hunter and Hayden is a former Marine turned zombie slayer. I’d take either if I can’t have them both 😉

~Are you an organized author or scattered?

Very scattered author. I think organized authors are mythical creatures that don’t really exist.

~Do you plot out your story or write as it goes?

I start out with a very basic plot outline done, meaning I know the general direction of the story and certain main events that will happen, but things just kind of go from there. I’ve never stuck with a detailed outline before. The characters and plots change organically for me.

~Do you have any strange writing habits?

I don’t know if this is strange, but I like to recreate my characters’ houses in The Sims. Seeing the vision in my head (sort of) come to life is inspiring.

~What are your favorite hobbies?

Riding my horse (we aren’t into competitive showing anymore), playing The Sims, and making costumes. I love Cosplay and creating my own original characters/costumes. I’m working on The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse costumes now, and yes, I’m making armor for my horse.

~If you could date a celebrity who would it be and why?

Kit Harington. Because Jon Sno.

~Have you ever been in trouble with the police?

I got caught trespassing when I was a teen before. We were in an old barn ghost hunting. With the help of my sister’s fake tears and a made up story about looking for a lost dog, we got out with just a warning. My criminal record is pretty clean.

~Who is one person you would like to meet for coffee?

Jennifer Lawrence. I’m convinced we’re meant to be BFFs.

~What is your favorite TV show?

Supernatural. Yay for another seaon!

~Do you like to go out or stay home?

Stay home. I like wearing my jammies and being home with the kid and the dog.

~What is your favorite movie?

Practical Magic. I can watch it over and over and never get bored.

~Do you take the “personality” quizzes, like on Buzzfeed/Facebook?

All the time! I just took one to see what Disney Mom I am. I got some cat from the Aristocats LOL

~What is your favorite holiday?

Halloween. Creepy is right up my alley!

~What is one of your phobias?

I am terrified of moths. I think they are disgusting and will freak out if they are near me. Spiders are gross, but I can handle. But moths…*shudders*. Anora (from the Guardian books) is also terrified of moths.

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Author Interview: Melissa Pearl

Author Interview with Melissa Pearl

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~What are you currently working on?

I always a few projects on the go at the same time. Everything is staggered…so at the moment, my March release (Forbidden Territory – a YA Romantic Suspense) is in the final proofing stages, my April release (Everything – a NA Contemporary Romance) is with my copy-editor and I’m in the planning stages of a brand new series, tentatively entitled No Fear (an upper YA Romance/Spy-Action). I write in a variety of genres so that my readers don’t get bored and I can keep my work fresh.

~Who is your favorite author?

That question is WAY to hard to answer. LOL 😀 I have a few. The first two that popped into mind were Cambria Hebert and Anna Cruise.

~What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

Learn the craft of writing. There is SO much that goes into constructing a GOOD story. Take the time to learn the ins and outs of how to write a good book. It’s so worth it.

As far as story structure goes, I would highly recommend checking out STORY by Robert McKee and A Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler.

~Are you an organized author or scattered?

I am stupidly organized, but very proud to fly my geek flag. My writing schedule until Dec 2015 is already mapped out, I have calendars and timelines on my walls, plus a daily diary that I write copious lists in. I love crossing things off, I think that’s why I do it 🙂

Haha. No seriously, if it’s not in the diary, it WILL NOT HAPPEN 😛

~Do you plot out your story or write as it goes?

I prefer to plot and plan really thoroughly. The story does shift and move within that plan, sometimes things pop up that you just have to go with, but generally speaking I know 90% of the scenes before I even start writing the first chapter. I am very thorough, because that’s what works for me and I find that I can solve a lot of my plot structure issues during the plan stages and I’m not wasting time writing scenes that I’ll never use 🙂

~What is your favorite genre to read?

I LOVE romantic suspense, I think that’s my top genre, but I also love contemporary romance and historical romance. I also have a thing for military romances…love me some Navy SEAL action 😀 I tend to lean towards YA and NA as well. Love reading about characters in high school and college.

~Name one of your pet peeves?

Oh my gosh – when people park really badly in a parking lot. Like when they take up two spaces instead of one! Little things like that rile me – any kind of really inconsiderate behavior irks me big time 😀

~If you could date a celebrity who would it be and why?

Paul Walker was always the guy I crushed on big time. I was so sad when he passed away 😦

I think the thing I like about him (aside from his gorgeousness) was the fact he seemed like a really humble, nice, genuine kind of guy…a good soul.

But if I had to go on a date with a celebrity, I’d probably pick someone who could make me laugh like Jimmy Fallon or Justin Long, because then I know I’d be in for an entertaining evening 🙂

~If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Hamburgers probably. I love those things 😀 Unfortunately for me, I’ve been diagnosed with celiacs disease so I am no longer allowed to eat wheat, which means burger buns are off the menu. I still each the middle part though 😀 Haha.

~Do you like to go out or stay home?

I’m such a stay at home girl. If it wasn’t for my husband and kids, I’d be a hermit. LOL 😀 No – I’m not quite that bad, but I’m definitely a home-body.

~Are you a Tom boy or a girly girl?

Way more Tom boy than girly girl. If I didn’t suck so badly at sport, I could probably be classed as a total tomboy, but unfortunately, I’m super unco. Thankfully I get to live out my fantasy of being a kick-ass sporty chick in my stories 😀 LOL 😀

I do wear make-up and heels when I have to and if I’m honest, I love the dressing up part, but within about twenty minutes of dolling-up I’m wondering when I can take the muck off my face and put my jeans back on 😀

~Do you have any piercings/tattoos? If so where?

I have two tattoos. One on my ankle – a silver fern leaf – it’s a symbol from my country – New Zealand. I also have a tattoo on the back of my neck. It’s a cross with the words beneath – It’s All About Love

~Favorite quote?

I have SO many, but one that pops to mind is: “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the full staircase.” – Martin Luther King

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