Author Candace Wondrake #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Oh, God. I suck talking about myself. Well, let’s start off with the basics! My name is Candace Wondrak, and I’m an author, a wife, a mother of 5 fur babies, and a lot of other stuff. My husband and I flip houses in addition to our full time jobs, so I have a lot on my plate! Eventually, though, I’d like to focus on writing.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes! I’ve written ever since middle school. I used to sit with my mom and read my stories out loud to her. She had written a book years ago, too, but she never followed up on it or tried to get it published. I didn’t want to be like that. I wanted other people to read my stories.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Spite released on the first, and it was my take on a contemporary bully reverse harem. It’s a standalone, so things happen fast. When I was younger, I was the bully, and in a lot of these bully books now, the guys always have some deep, secret meaning to why they’re jerks. In Spite, they were all kids when the majority of the bullying happens…and we all know kids don’t always think through what they’re saying or doing. In Spite, Alec, Xander and Christian were mean pretty much just because they could be. I know some readers don’t like that reasoning, but sometimes that’s all there is to it. Kids can be cruel for pointless reasons.

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What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on finishing up a standalone academy book with some bully elements and a bit of a murder mystery. I’m hoping to release it on my birthday, which is July 6th!

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t think so, but I do need no distractions. I can zip through books if I sit down and focus, so that’s what I try to do.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to eventually make enough money steadily every month through writing that I can afford to quit my full time day job and really focus on my writing. And soon I hope my husband and I flip enough houses that we land in our forever home and have no mortgage!

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

Keep trying. When you finish a book, don’t keep coming back to it. Sometimes new ideas are better. And always write every day, even if it’s only for a few hundred words. It really does make a difference!

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Uh, what else besides thank you and I love you! I’m a teeny author still, so every reader means a lot to me. Without you guys, I’d just be writing for myself, and there’s no fun in that!

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2nd Life Design #interview

Please give a warm welcome to graphic designer Thomas from 2nd Life Design

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

“It started out as an exercise and became an addiction.” – Jack Reacher

Hi everyone, I’m Thomas Moore. I live in Fulton, NY near Lake Ontario. I am married to author E. M. Moore and I began doing book covers as a way to reduce expenses. My wife is a prolific writer and she needed new covers on a regular basis, so I started doing them. One of the first covers I did for her was for her story Reawakened: The Chronicles of Cas. Eventually, I found that I really enjoyed doing the covers and decided to offer my skills to other authors. That’s when I started 2nd Life Designs. I called it 2nd Life because I already had a day job teaching martial arts. Graphic design has become another passion of mine. I create covers, do print and Ebook formatting, design bookmarks, banners, swag, you name it. I want to be able to help with anything an author might need.

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Have you always wanted to become an artist/designer?

I’ve always enjoyed graphic design, but usually how it related to my martial arts business. Creating custom designs for T-shirts and Logos, but when Erin began writing it sent me in a new subset of graphic design.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

When I do custom work, I get inspiration from the author’s blurb. When making premade covers, I get inspired by my favorite movies and tv shows: Supernatural, In Search of Monsters, The Order, Ancient Aliens, Beautiful Creatures…I could go on forever. I love the paranormal! My wife and I go to Salem, Mass as much as we possibly can. 😎

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What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a few different projects. I am formatting my wife’s Ravana Clan Vampire Series to put into an omnibus and creating a new cover for it. I usually do two premade covers a week and I’m also working on a commission for a custom cover that is the second in a series.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

Absolutely! I work with my dog sleeping next to me and I listen to Pandora’s Classical Commute radio. Something about the big orchestra sound gets me feeling creative. My dog doesn’t even look up.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to be the cover designer that authors think of first when they want the perfect cover for their story. I would absolutely love for one of my covers to be featured on the NY Times Bestseller list. Just sayin’ 😜

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Fans? I have fans? 😊

I would say thank you so much for appreciating what I do. It takes hours of painstaking work to create this art and seeing an author and their readers giddy with their new “pretty” makes it all worth it.

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Ruined Between the Sheets #newrelease

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The fun doesn’t stop when the world ends.
Slip between the sheets, or anywhere else that’s a flat surface, with these tales of seduction and destruction.

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Ruined Between the Sheets is full of ultra steamy complete reads. The characters may or may not be familiar, but the story won’t leave you wanting.

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Ruined Between the Sheets

Days After by Erin O’Kane and K.A Knight

I loved this story. It made all the feels come out. One minute is nail biting, the next panty melting and then the tears. It veered from the norm and I loved it!

Author Wendy Potocki #interview

Please give a war welcome to author Wendy Potocki

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yup, sure did!

It was a secret desire and I never told anyone because I never thought I would never be good enough—or have the ideas that spark good stories. Since I was a booklover, I thought authors were magical in their ability to keep me spellbound. So for more than half of my life, it remained a dream … something tickling my fancy … but nothing more. Then one day, my muse whispered an idea in my ear. Once started, I’ve never stopped.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Okay, so this is actually kind of interesting. I wrote a short story for a writing competition hosted by J. Ellington Ashton Press. The short was entitled “Fate Worse than Death,” and was about zombies. The lead character was a teenager who had to write a story for her English class using stream of consciousness. That method of writing has always fascinated me as there’s no filter on what comes out. One night, the concept got the better of me, and I decided to give it a try. I sat down and just wrote the first thing that came into my head. It was:

A liquid night.

A lucid dream.

A one-eyed girl buried in the rain.

I loved the words and the mood struck, and before I knew it, the three lines burst into an entire novel. It’s what I’m working on now and I hope it’ll be finished by Halloween. At least, that’s the plan.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t think so. I do like to write in the daytime which is always a surprise to me given that I’m such a night owl. I guess the only things that would pass for quirks are: (1) I do not like to talk about ideas I’m working on, and (2) I design covers for any new work I’m about to write. The cover allows me to establish a mood and feeling. It also helps consolidate or ground the visualization so there’s a tangible representation of the creative process going on in my head. I suppose one could liken it to a mood board, but for me, it’s designing covers.

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

My main advice is: WRITE. In personal training, there’s a concept known as “ exercise specificity.” What it means is that if you want to swim, at some point, you have to get in the water and swim! Running, lifting weights, eating healthy all might contribute to conditioning the body to swim, but swimming is the key in learning to swim. And it’s the same with writing.

Just write. Write anything, everywhere, and anything. If you write novels, try a short story … or poetry. If a friend needs to write a letter, write it for them. Also, write for blogs or other outlets that require you meeting a deadline. It’s the only way you’ll get good at firing out a paragraph or two. It comes in handy when you get an opportunity—like this one, for instance.

The next piece of advice would be to continue to hone your craft. Don’t get stuck in the notion that you can’t improve or that there’s a limitation on what you do. The best way to accomplish this is to distance yourself from what you’re doing, and be as objective as you can about your work. It may require putting your work away for a few weeks or months and looking at it with a fresh eye, but stagnation is the worst sin so don’t stay where you are. Continue to flex your muscle—and wings. Yes, they’re there waiting for you to use. Never be afraid to fail; it’s in the failing you’ll learn and eventually transform.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Yes, thank you so much for supporting me and my work. I love writing so much and I hope that it always shows.

I’m also very happy to announce that, after a long absence on the horror scene, I am coming out with two new chiller-dillers so please look for it them this fall. In the meantime, love to you all.

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Author Tessa Tempest #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi, I’m Tessa and I write fantasy romance and sexy gothic folklore filled with poison flowers, dark forests, and princesses who can save themselves. My first book under this name is Poison Garden, the first book in The Beautiful and the Deadly saga.

When I’m not writing, I teach college English and run a small business with my husband designing journals, notebooks, blank comic books, and totes at Wayfarer Journals. I have two boys, 6 and 9, who like to get in on the designing action too.

I’m also a huge TV junkie. TV is just another medium of storytelling, after all. So much of what I’ve learned about dialogue and where to cut scenes to leave readers wanting more comes from watching my favorite shows with a notebook at the ready. Some of my faves include Gilmore Girls, Doctor Who (though I’m behind), Umbrella Academy, the OA, and pre-Neagan Walking Dead. It totally counts as research, right? Right now I’m bingeing How to Get Away With Murder.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes, probably since I was around seven or eight. I love stories. When I was in third grade, I made my own (cardboard) boxed set of these mini books I wrote about Sweet Tooth the blue dinosaur because all the books I loved at that age were part of a series, so of course mine had to be too.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The first nugget of an idea for Poison Garden came years ago from a picture and article I found on Pinterest about a real poison garden. I’m not sure if the one at Alnwick in the UK still exists as the link I saved is now broken, but it said: “ There is a garden in England where behind closed doors only poisonous plants will grow. The guides warn, ‘Do not touch the plants. Do not even smell them.’ “

What a cool setting for a story, right? The idea captured my imagination so fully that I tucked it away until I could find the right place for it. When I started crafting Astrid’s story, all of the pieces fell into place.

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What are you working on now?

I’m deep into the world of Poisoned Paradise, the sequel to Poison Garden. You’ll see Valkyries, more of Astrid’s powers and her hot Viking warriors, more vengeful gods, an impossible journey, and a race to the underworld to retrieve a vial for Loki and save Drysi, Astrid’s best friend, before she evanesces.

On top of that, I’m finishing up a Poison Garden coloring book that should be out this summer.

I’ve also got a few other projects I’m adding ideas to. The first is a series planned for next year set in a world where fairy tales repeat themselves and Poppy, who has just learned she’s a Sleeping Beauty, must team up with the most unlikely allies: the brooding and possibly very dangerous Blue Beard, the flighty Eternal Boy, and womanizing Prince Charming to try and stop their stories and save all of their kingdoms.

I’m also kicking around ideas for a funny witchy Academy series and a horror romance.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

With my sensory processing issues, it’s very difficult for me to focus and write with any distracting sounds. So no music for me. No background noise if I can help it.

I also handwrite about 85% of my first drafts.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I want to keep telling stories as long as people want to read them.

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

Finish things. Start stories and write them all the way through to the end. Also, keep in mind that a “great writer” is not something you ever are or are not. Telling great stories is something all writers continually work toward.

Also, embrace the suck of your first efforts. Sticking with it until you develop your skills is so important when though it’s so uncomfortable.

There is a great video floating around from Ira Glass of This American Life with so many nuggets of wisdom on this subject.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I’m so grateful to every single person who reads my books and gets to know the people who live inside my head. If you liked Poison Garden, I think you will LOVE what comes next for Astrid and her guys in Poisoned Paradise, which I hope to have out late August or early fall.

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Author Briana Michaels #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Briana Michaels

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Briana Michaels, lover of all the dark, sinful, and sexy things. I also have a serious taco addiction.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

No, but I was always great at telling stories – at least that’s what I’ve been told. I was an event planner in Baltimore, MD for many, many years because creativity was always something that bubbled out of me. After moving to PA, I gave up events and became a preschool art teacher – so fun!

One day, after going out to dinner with my husband, we were driving home and I stared out the window and felt… I don’t know… like I needed to do something more. I’d had a character in my head for a while and decided to bite the bullet, so I said to my hubs, “I’m going to write a book.” He wasn’t at all shocked that I would do something like that out of the blue (have I mentioned how impulsive I can be?) Sooooo, I sat down and started writing. I haven’t stopped since. Now I can’t NOT write. I think I’d suffocate without it.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Hmmmm, which series!? I have two! Hell Hounds Harem is a reverse harem dark paranormal romance and I also write the Sins of the Sidhe series, which is a paranormal romance with urban fantasy elements (not RH).

In both, I take a lot of lessons I’ve learned in my life and stitch them into each character. And music drives my writing BIG TIME. Hozier, Shinedown, and Dorothy are just a few that fuel my muse. I’m a major Hozier fan though. Each book in my Sins of the Sidhe series was inspired by a song of his. Shinedown is a biggie for my Hell Hounds Harem series. I even have unofficial playlists for all my books – you can see them here: http://www.BrianaMichaels.com

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What are you working on now?

I just finished the final edits for the Second Trilogy in my Hell Hounds Harem series! Wooo hooo! And I’m currently working on the third draft of book 8 for the Sins of the Sidhe series. Once that is complete, I’ll jump back to the Hell Hounds Harem again, because the Third Trilogy is mapped out and those characters are roaring for my attention.

Side Note: With the Hell Hounds Harem series, I drop all three books in the trilogy on the same day. I binge write them so you can binge read them. 😊

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I sit like Gollum. Does that count? I literally perch on the seat and stay that way until my legs cramp and scream. I don’t even know why I do this. *Pets the keyboard and whispers, “My precious.”*

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What are your hopes for the future?

Personally: That I grow my reader base and get to travel around to meet people more. I love having conversations with book lovers, and it would be wonderful to attend more book cons and meet readers that I only get to talk to online. I want to write a few new series and one thriller book, too. I’m trying to figure out a writing schedule that will allow all that I want to do.

Book World: I hope that Reverse Harem continues to grow in readership and also that the paranormal romance community gets more love and attention. Come on, folks, the dark side is amazing and magical af. You’ll love it!

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

Dive in. Seriously, don’t pussy foot around about it. JUMP. IN. I’ve never met an author who regretted their decision to write a book.

Once you write your book, go over it a million times and then once more before you hit that publish button!

Don’t read reviews. You’re going to want to and it’s completely understandable. When you have high ratings, it’s easy to be tempted. But once you see a bad rating, be prepared. If you feel the need to know what readers are saying, ask a friend or family member to look for you and soften the blow a little – only allow them to tell you the constructive criticism that’s embedded in the reviews. Trust me, we all think we can handle “that one-star review” but it fucking crushes your mojo. For whatever reason, it can derail you faster than anything else. SO, DON’T LOOK!

The most important piece of advice, though, is this: Write what you want. Follow your gut. Your instincts and characters will never steer you wrong, so put your trust in them and yourself and stay TRUE to them and you.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I love you. I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it until I’m six feet under. I. LOVE. YOU. The support you give me has been so tremendous, there are days you steal my breath. My mornings begin with emails and messages from readers, and my evenings end the same way. I’m the luckiest writer in the world to have each and every one of you in my life. I can’t wait to take you on the next journey with me.

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Kamayama Designs #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Kamayama Design

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Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Melody and I’m originally from Hawai’i. I’ve bounced back and forth between Washington and the islands many times since most of my family resides there. My favorite color is red and favorite animal is a shark—yes, I’m serious. I got to see a baby one in the wild and Kamaole 3. It’s one of my favorite memories to date.

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Have you always wanted to become a designer/artist?

Yes and no. I’ve always loved drawing and the arts. I do chibi commissions on the side because regular commissions are a ton of work and I want to be a in a better spot before I offer those. After a low spot in my life, I focused in on writing and was graced to become part of a community that also wanted my chibis. I then branched into designing out of necessity for my own covers. Immediately, I got positive responses from people. So, I continued and, since I had a very minor background in graphic design, it helped.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Most times, I look through unsplash.com. I know the ins and outs of licenses and I know what I can and can’t use free and paid images for. Mainly, most of my stock comes from Adobe. I don’t use shutterstock because of how restrictive they are for what you can use it for.

But back to the main question, my inspiration comes from just browsing. Sometimes and idea pops into my head and I have to search for all the components, but it’s mainly from beautiful photography.

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What are you working on now?

TONS. A lot of the ones I have revolve around magic. There’s a shamaness. I have a couple fairy and fae ones. And if I’m being honest, I have a lot of ones on the backburner. Like…main image but nothing to go with it.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I either, and this goes with writing, have to have complete silence or non-stop pumped up music. Preferably no words.

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What are your hopes for the futur?

I would like to have all my premades that I’ve already made, sold. Then, once that’s done, I would like to possibly open up customs to everyone. It all hinges upon my writing and the demand for the covers. If more people want customs from me, I’ll consider it. Right now, they’re on a case by case basis. I think Jodie Lynne is the only one who’s been approved.

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Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thanks guys! I didn’t realize I had any out there, but hi! I appreciate the support!

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Author Erin Thornton #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Erin Thornton

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a stay-at-home mom turned writer. I have 6 kids (they are yours, mine, and ours, but truthfully let’s not discuss how bad my decision making skills are). I am married to the love of my life who I have a love/hate relationship with. We love to get on each other’s nerves whenever possible. I act like a child around him more often than not. While he is my biggest supporter financially (he works by day while I write by the hour), he is also my biggest emotional supporter. He is a fixer so my last year has been rough on him. I was diagnosed last May (2018) with breast cancer. I’m on the up end now after 2 surgeries and all my treatments. I get to spend the next year recovering and doing what I love with those I love.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

My daughter and I were on our way home one afternoon from a convention and her friend was under some misconception that I wrote a book. So taking it upon himself to google, he found a pregnancy book that he was certain I had written (even though my name wasn’t actually listed as the author). I laughed and told him that I know I have a big family and I’m more than qualified to write a book about pregnancy, but if I were to write a book it would NOT be about how what to expect while pregnant.

Then after a longer chat with my daughter on our long drive, I asked my daughter, “Why couldn’t I write I book?” I’ve been making up stories for my kids since my oldest son was born while I was still a single mom. I have stories to tell. So June of 2016 I started to write my first novel. I started with writing what I knew. My first novel has a lot of me in the heroine. While it isn’t my biography in anyway. It is realistic fiction. I continued that train in my 3rd novel but from a different perspective. I’m a very sarcastic person and my sense of humor always creeps into every one of my books. Most of all, I write to silence the voices in my head.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I actually love this story. As a write I pull inspiration from EVERYWHERE. One day my oldest daughter and I, (I just realized a lot of my book related stories happen with my oldest daughter. Then again she gets me.) were cleaning my youngest’s bedroom. At the time her room was the one downstairs with the French doors. The clever little girl that she is, my youngest, figured out how to take the tiny knobs off the inside of the door. Therefore, we never sealed her doors, unless an adult was in there to pull them from the bottom. Anyway, we were cleaning and we found them. Setting them to the side, we got to talking while cleaning. My oldest asked an interesting question. “What would someone use doorknobs for if you didn’t put them on doors?” I replied, “I don’t know, maybe some eclectic grandma uses them as wall décor.”

That moment didn’t take but a matter of seconds to hit me. I gasped and my jaw fell open. I then told my daughter I didn’t know how or what but that is going in a book.

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What are you working on now?

I have a character backstory novella for my current series that I’m working on as an exclusive for the upcoming boxed trio (the first 3 in the Gateway Saga). I am also working on a Contemporary Reverse Harem Office Romance. It might be a flop, but I noticed that I haven’t seen a boss RH or at least not that I’ve found. I personally love office romance. So why not make one in the genre I love to read.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I listen to instrumental “fantasy” music. I love to research the projects that roll through me. My muse “Tammy” loves junk food and when I eat healthy or cut back on my sugary drinks and sodas, she shuts down tighter than a va-jay-jay smothered in preparation-H.

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What are your hopes for the future?

Oh, what do all writers want? World Peace… just kidding. I can claim Best Seller in multiple categories, I’ve never nabbed that elusive orange banner. I don’t even care which one. #1 Best Seller or New Release Best Seller. I seem to always be jumping hurdles. My 2nd RH was 8 months after the 1st book. That resulted in a lot of readers needing to catch up. I sped to release book 3 and did so in 4 months. Now I just need to up my game and get books out faster to keep up with the readers.

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

Write! Don’t hesitate until you know it all. Write your words. Worry about the rest later. Most of all don’t worry about asking questions. Come ask me even. I’m a helper by nature and I’m also a figure-outer. I was able to figure out how to publish with minimal costs. Take advice from other published authors they’ve been around the block a time or two.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you! Those of you who read my books mean the world to me! You are the reason I keep writing and creating these stories, for you. Keep me up to date on how you feel about them, but reviewing. I am one of the few authors who actually enjoys reading them.

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Author Bo Reid #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Bo Reid

Tell us a bit about yourself

Well I’m 25, a mom to one little monster, and a wife. I was born and raised in California and we still live in the same small county we were born in. I have two dogs, who are my office assistants, which basically means they sleep under my feet while I write. Ha

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Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Not at all, it actually wasn’t even on my radar as a thing I could do. I have always been a huge reader, and my husband sarcastically said I should “Write a book or something” cause of how my I enjoy reading. I told him just because someone likes to read doesn’t mean they could be a writer, que major eye rolling. My mom has always encouraged my “overactive imagination” as she calls it. I was always making up stories and worlds when I was little, and even made my family refer to me as Pocahontas for a good week or so when I was little. A good friend of mine encouraged me to start a blog or something for over a year just cause my stories are funny, and I’m a snarky asshole that says funny things. All this added into me starting to sarcastically write a book to prove to my husband I couldn’t in fact do it. That didn’t work out and here we are.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

MURDER! Just kidding, kind of. I have always been obsessed with true crime and I’m constantly reading about cases, listening to podcasts and I even used to want to be an FBI profiler. When I sat down to write my first words on a page the crime and murder just flowed. It seemed like the most natural thing for me to be able to write about, and I’ve found I can’t actually finish anything if I can’t find a way to add murder.

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What are you working on now?

Right now, I have about a million projects in different stages of being finished, anywhere from 500-50,000+ words in any given doc. But I’m actively working on finishing The Reapers series, Betrayal book one is out. Deception book two is with the betas. Bloodlines book three I just finished rough edits and my alpha has it. And Redemption the final is a Work in Progress.

Broken Hart, book one in The Hart Duet is also with the beta and comes out in July, up for pre order now. Wild Hart, the second book in that duet is a WIP right now.

Other than that, I basically just have 2020 releases mapped out, but not working on them. I have a handful of surprises up my bloody sleeves as well for the end of this year.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I wouldn’t say I have any quirks; I listen to music but not always depends on my mood. I don’t have a certain drink I need to have, or anything like that.

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What are your hopes for the future?

Honestly? I feel like I’m already living in a dream world, Betrayal has done better than I ever dreamed it would. I guess my only hope is to keep writing, keep putting books into the world for my readers. Maybe someday be able to do author signing events and things like that I think would be amazing.

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

I self-published so I guess I’d just say that doing that is easier than you probably think it is to do. Start building your reader group, and social media pages, and connecting with other authors before you even publish your first thing. Trust me having a small base of people that are excited for your first book will help you take off. and make author friends! Indie authors are an amazing bunch of people willing to help you out with questions you might have, advice, and just all-around being cheerleaders when you need a boost. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have my author wifeys.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Just thank you guys so much for being around, for grabbing a copy of my book and falling in love with the characters as much as I did while writing them. Thank you for being a part of The Graveyard (my reader group) and sticking around through all the crazy! I wouldn’t be able to do this stuff without you guys; I really appreciate each and every single one of you!

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Author M.J. Marstens #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author M.J. Marstens

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a homeschooling mom of three wonderful kids. I used to teach foreign languages at the collegiate level, but now own a private practice in a yoga studio called Bright Light Therapy where I am a holistic psychotherapist. In my free time, I write, lol.

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Have you always wanted to become a writer?

Yes and no. I have always loved to write and I might have thought about it as a kid, but not really as an adult.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Actually, it was a dream, haha. A very inappropriate dream that evolved into something more.

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What are you working on now?

Total Lunar Eclipse is the third and final book in The Afflicted Zodiac series and will come out the end of August. I am also working on a dark menage standalone and an RH retake of Swan Lake called the Swan Empress, both to come out this year.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

My youngest is just 2 and still breastfeeds, so I have a lot of time holding him and just thinking. . . I get a lot of ideas and keep my iPod next to me to record anything. Sometimes this happens 2 or 3 in the morning and I have to whisper. When I listen to myself the next day, I sound like someone from the Blair Witch Project, lol.

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What are your hopes for the future?

To be happy. I’m a really simple gal.

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

I’m really glad you asked this question because I definitely came into this business blind. Firstly, I did not have FB of any kind, so I was behind the ball in this regard. Since most people already have FB, use this to grow your readers. Make a FB page and reading group and join similar genre groups to add friends and meet other like-minded authors and readers. Do Take-overs at release parties and offer giveaways and interesting posts to keep members engaged in your author group/page. Next: get your cover professionally done! And make sure your book is edited. I was so excited to publish my book, I did my own cover and self-edited. I am very well-spoken, but I missed A LOT. I finally had my cover redone and my book edited professionally and since then, my sales have soared. The truth is, you are going to have put a little money out up-front in self-promotions and polishing if you really want a well-done product. Learn from my mistakes because I probably wasted a lot of money I could have been putting towards my book instead, lol.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Yes: THANK YOU! If it weren’t for you guys, I really wouldn’t be much of an author. You inspire me to keep writing. And that means the world to me.

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Buy links

Virgo Rising

Retrograde

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M.J. Marstens Naughty Readers

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Virgo Rising review

Retrograde review