Author Lisette Brodey #interview @LisetteBrodey

Please give a warm welcome to author Lisette Brodey

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

Thanks for inviting me to your blog, Helle.

I’m originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia. After high school, I lived in New York City for ten years where I worked in the radio industry for quite a while. It’s a long story, but I first moved out to Los Angeles many years ago where I worked for a couple of studios as an assistant. I then moved back East, where I worked as a freelance writer and resume specialist, and have now been back in Los Angeles for nine years.

These days, once in a while, I work as a SAG background actor. Oh, and I write books. And that’s the very short version of my life story.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I started writing as soon as I learned the difference between the lead point and the eraser on a pencil. But I wasn’t always sure what I wanted to write. For a while, I thought I wanted to be a playwright, then a screenwriter. But after writing nine books, I know that writing fiction in the form of a book is by far what suits me best.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current book, Hotel Obscure, is a book of seventeen themed short stories that take place in a run-down hotel in an unnamed city. I really love writing literary fiction and I wanted to work with an eclectic cast of characters and story lines all within the space of one book. It presented unique challenges, but was very stimulating and rewarding at the same time.

One of the challenges, for example, was to make sure that the stories appear in the right order, as some reference events in other stories. Also, I needed to be certain that I didn’t write details in one story that contradicted what I wrote in another. One of the rewards in writing Hotel Obscure was that some of the same characters appeared in multiple stories and I was able to continue seemingly finished stories in surprising ways. And yes, many of those ways surprised me!

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What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m editing a romantic comedy and preparing to give it to my editor soon. This is my second RomCom and it takes pace in the same town as my first romantic comedy, Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! That said, this book is neither a sequel nor a series. What is a bit different, however, and definitely great fun, was that I used characters from Molly in supporting roles. But I made very sure that I didn’t give away the ending of Molly.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t know if I’d classify anything as a quirk, but unlike some writers, I can’t write with music playing. I have to have quiet so I can hear the words. I also find that I do a better job when I’m awake. Being asleep, however, has its perks: I’ve dreamed many a plot twist and important elements for my current work in progress.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to find inspiration for many more stories, and like most authors I know, I’d like to have a growing and appreciative readership. In terms of my writing life, I’m more focused on the immediate future. I find it too stressful when I think that far ahead. But on a much larger scale, my writing aside, I hope the world will become a better place.

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

First and foremost: don’t rush a book to publication because you’re eager to see it out there and to call yourself a published author. Take care to get the best cover you can and have your book professionally edited. I know that it is a financial impossibility for some (not easy for me), but there are ways to work around these hurdles. I know some authors who are able to self-edit very well, but even they have help in some areas to check their work. Do your best. It will almost definitely be a longer process than you expect, but you won’t regret getting it right the first time.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

First, I’d like to say that I appreciate each and every person who gives my books a chance. I know there is no book, movie, song, artist, place, food, person etc. etc. that will appeal to everyone. Taste is subjective.

Second, readers looking at my books will notice that I write in several genres, from romantic comedies to YA Paranormal to women’s fiction to literary fiction. Sure, those genres are quite different and the books are too. But at the same time, I have writing styles that are present in every single book. I write character-driven stories and I always have multiple story arcs of some kind. I also like revealing secrets and giving readers satisfying endings.

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Oh, and one more thing: my 1970s coming-of-age novel, Squalor, New Mexico, has absolutely nothing to do with New Mexico.

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It’s been fun. Thanks, Helle!

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The Lost Sentinel | Book Three Coming Soon

*Hyperventilating* If you haven’t read this series, then hurry up and get to it. If you are already addicted to The Lost Sentinel series, then it’s time to reread it.

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My name is Vinna, and I’ve been keeping a lot of secrets.
You would too if you’d experienced some of the weird shit I have: red-eyed monsters chasing me, markings on my body appearing out of nowhere, a strange power that crackles colorfully over my skin from time to time, and don’t get me started on the weapons I can conjure up almost out of nowhere.
Lucky for me, I have yet to meet someone whose ass I couldn’t kick, inside the ring or out. I put that to the test when I run headfirst into a fight that brings all my secrets, and reality as I know it, crashing down around me.
Now, I’m looking for answers and trying to piece together what the hell is going on. Paranormal is my new way of life. It’s not going to be easy, and I’m not exactly welcome.
That is, until I meet the boys, and trust me, they are anything but boyish.
I’m up against elders who think I’m too powerful, a family who views me as a threat, and something lurking in the shadows that’s been coming for me my whole life.
There’s not a chance in hell I’m going down without a fight. I’m not lost anymore, and I’m about to show this world exactly what I can do.
Author’s Note: This is the first book in The Lost Sentinel Series and ends with a cliffhanger. This book is a medium burn reverse harem story, intended for ages 18 years and older. This story contains strong language, sexual situations, and violence.

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My name is Vinna and I am a Sentinel.
I’m the last in a line of a hunted, magical race, coveted and killed for our power and abilities.
I was hidden and protected, but now that I’ve been found, it’s a race to see who can command and control me.
Joke’s on them, I bow to no one.
I need to master my magic, and protect the five guys I’ve marked as my own at all costs.
Because the line between friend and foe is dangerously blurry, and I’m collecting enemies like Sentinels collect runes.
It’s time to prepare for battle, claim my place, and get ready to fuck up anything or anyone that comes for me and my Chosen.
Authors Note: This is the second book in The Lost Sentinel Series and ends with a cliffhanger. This book is a medium burn Reverse Harem story, intended for ages 18 years and older. This book contains swearing, graphic sex, and violence.

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The Lost and the Chosen is available as an audiobook now!!!

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Beyond The Veil Series by Trina Bates #complete

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The Hollow’s Awakening

I thought I was out for a night of fun with the love of my life, Ebbin.
My best friend Blue had other plans. She added a little something
extra in our drinks. Something meant for Ebbin and I. A lust spell.
We ended up taking three men home that night.
Now eight weeks later, we find out we’re pregnant.
We’re ecstatic, that is until we run into the three men we thought, were long gone.
We didn’t know they were different, supernaturals which we call Other.
We also thought our baby would be human like us, a Hollow.
Forced to find out what our child will be, I can’t help but wonder if it
will bring us all together, or tear us apart.

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The Other’s Ascension

The journey continues as Mira and her men race against the clock to discover her Valkyrie heritage so that she can ascend in a mere few days. Without ascending, Mira risks losing not only her life, but that of her unborn child as well.
Thrust in a new world of the Others, Mira must accept her fears and weaknesses, and gain control over her demonic half before it’s too late…
With threats, old and new looming on the horizon, she doesn’t know how far her men are willing to go. Secrets are revealed, some too hard to bear. Will they save her from not only herself, but the people that were supposed to protect her, or will they find the odds are too great?
Immerse yourself in an all new, magical world where Mira and her four men will bring your imagination to its knees and show you a different side of the Veil.
RH, 18+, language. *Please note, there is some mild torture and some scenes that might be triggering to people.*

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The Demon’s Advantage

Mira and her men have come so far. Though their adventures are still plentiful, the situations they’re now entangled in are even more dire than before.
As one of the most powerful Others any have seen, Mira’s Valkyrie side has just come to fruition, but her Demon side is still trying to take over. The light and dark that dwell within her are fighting for control. Will she be able to keep the two warring sides inside of her in check, or will they be her demise while she tries to save the mother she has never known?
Can she protect those she loves along the way while she works towards abolishing the one man that has ended the lives of his own children, only to fuel his incessant need for power, or will Mira become a pawn in his deadly games too?
Lose yourself in the newest installment of the Beyond the Veil series as new allegiances are made, lifelong friendships are found and the love of Mira, Rhett, Rhydian, Ebbin, and Merrick continue.

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The Valkyrie’s Promise

In the final installment of Mira’s tale, battles end, wars are won and to the victor goes the spoils. Or so they say. A bargain struck, and with a hint of trickery the bittersweet lines are once again tested. True achievement of all, is awarded to those that dwell on the cusp of light, and dark.
Reeling from loss, Mira changes tactics after her father escapes. Remembering the yellow eyed demon, she forms a plan to rid the realms of her father once and for all. He will pay for the tyranny he has caused.
With Alyria so close to being born, the race is on to end not only Alastor, but the long silent Conclave that has been biding their time, waiting for the perfect moment to emerge from the shadows.
With a new member joining the ranks, will they aid in the destruction of Alastor, or cause more strife than what has been foreseen?
In worlds and realms long but forgotten, death has been the only certainty in the lives of Hollows and Others alike. Or is it?
Join us in the action packed ending to the Beyond the Veil series.

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Dark & Stormy Knight Design #graphicdesigner

Please give a warm welcome to designer Christopher Coyle – Dark & Stormy Knight Design

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a graphic designer who moonlights as an indie romance writer, with a background in fantasy roleplaying games. I’m a moody Gemini who tends to embrace Zen, who’s traveled the world and loves life, embraces differences and celebrates the strange and unusual.

I primarily design covers for romance authors, and I try and create a distinct, unique take on their book with covers that aren’t necessarily “to market,” but will hopefully stand out from the others. I work closely with the author, collaboratively, from beginning to end, to try and bring their characters to life.

If I find stock photos that randomly inspire me, then I create “premades” based on that inspiration. They might not necessarily be designed around what’s currently popular, or “on trend,” but covers that make me happy – and hopefully inspire authors out there to create a story around that cover!

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Have you always wanted to become a designer/artist?

If I wasn’t writing, I was doodling. Growing up, I wanted to be a comic book writer & artist, but I always seemed to focus more on one side than the other. If I focused on my writing, I let my art slip away; if I focused on art, my writing suffered. Going into graphic design, opposed to art, let’s me juggle the two a lot more effectively…so, I guess, yes. I like to tell stories, whether through speaking, the written word, or through an image.

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Where do you find inspiration for your work?

It’s a bit of a cop-out answer, but the truth really is that I find inspiration in just about everything. Sometimes, it’s just a random stock photo that sparks an idea, or I’ll have gorged on alien romances so suddenly I need to design an alien cover.

Usually, though, if I’m working on a commission, then I draw inspiration from the author – I ask what covers they like, what their character(s) look like, what mood/theme their book is, and let their inspiration guide me. Some authors prefer to give me more leeway, which I’m comfortable with, and I take my job very seriously.

As a designer, my primary job is to make the author happy. I want them to hold that cover in their hand, and be just as happy with it years from now as they are the moment I show them the final draft.

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What are you working on now?

Oh, I’m not sure I’m allowed to drop names!

Sandra R. Neeley was one of the first authors I started doing commissions for, and I’ve done her Whispers of the Bayou series (book 3 is finished, coming soon, hint hint), as well as her science fiction book, Haven, and her Riley’s Pride series of shifter romances!

I have been working on the covers for Wendie Nordgren’s Space Merchants series, which I love working on because it’s “romantic” science fiction, so it’s mixing softer tones with a sci-fi environment!

A few new authors have approached me to do their first books, which is an incredible honor! I love working with new authors, watching them take the world by storm!

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I listen to audiobooks while designing. It’s a bit weird, but I’m an avid audiobook listener, so when I’m designing, I’ll usually fire up Audible and re-listen to one of my favorites; which, depending on my mood, can be anything from Julie Garwood or David Eddings through Kresley Cole and Thea Harrison…

I won’t tell you how many Audible audiobooks I own, but let’s just say that I’m a sucker for Whispersync on Amazon!

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

Don’t be afraid of embracing your own distinct style.

Watch YouTube tutorials!

Experiment! Constantly challenge yourself to learn and try something new!

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What are your hopes for the future?

I just want to keep creating covers! So, hit me up!

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Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Wait? I have fans? Haha! For those authors who have entrusted their book babies to me, I absolutely adore you. You humble me, and from the bottom of my wee heart, thank you for trusting me!

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Rox’s Renegades by @RowanThalia #review

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Holy sh*t this book kicked butt. Rox is my new bff. This book was a completely new take on the aftermath of the apocalypse. A dystopian story with zombies, vampires and awesome hybrids. And let’s not forget the scorching heat level. Man I need a cold shower and some chocolate!

I highly recommend this book and eagerly await book two. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Author Aster North #interview

Please give a warm welcome to debut author Aster North

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a brand spanking new author, a mom, a wife and have a small farm full of animals.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

Actually, no. I’ve always loved to read but I never felt “author-y” so I just devoured other people’s works. Then one day, I realized I had been telling stories for a while, so why couldn’t I write them down? Some of the best people I’ve met said go for it and here I am.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I really don’t remember. It’s a story that I’ve been telling for years in bits and pieces. The RH component came after my intro into the book world of RH.

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What are you working on now?

I’m working on book two of the Anomaly series (with more Willy!) as well as the first book of a new series which is going to be called Box of Puppets.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I need music or I will get distracted by everything. Oh and snacks. I need snacks.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I just hope people like what I write. As long as someone enjoys it, I’ll be happy!

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

The first piece of advice I got when I was hesitant to try was to “just write it” and go for it. You can always fix something later, unless you never put it down to begin with.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you. To every single person who reads it, whether you love, hate it or somewhere in between, thank you.

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Inked Imagination Author Services

Please give a warm welcome to Inked Imagination

Inked Imagination is an author services business focusing on covers, graphics, and interior formatting for both e-books and paperbacks. The covers are done by Jarica James who has produced her own covers since she started her publishing journey while interior formatting is done by A.J. Macey.

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Jarica James and A.J. Macey started Inked Imagination randomly one day after a discussion about how difficult and expensive formatting was when they started writing and publishing novels. After learning the ins and outs of both programs they use for formatting they started up Inked Imagination to offer affordable options for other authors.

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Author K.B. Wheelock #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author K.B. Wheelock

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a mom of 6 kids from 3-21, married to a husband who loves gadgets, computers and electronics. When not writing, I am reading, sewing or gardening. Occasionally when I am willing to brave my outdated kitchen, I do enjoy cooking.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always liked writing, felt I could express myself better. In middle and high school I wrote poetry (dang I wish I knew what happen to my 10th grade portfolio). In college, I took a creative writing class that really showed me how much I enjoy writing. I even won a short story award (which I now can’t find that piece either, though the book it was published in is somewhere).

In late 2018 I started to ARC and BETA read for some authors. In our conversations, I told them how I always wanted to write a book, but never thought I could. With their encouragement, I wrote Protect (renamed Protecting Rose) in 6 days while I was sick on the couch with strep.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The Prometheus Chronicles has been so much fun to write. I have a Pinterest file that I pin images for mythical creatures. One I found was a bunny/cat/moth/caterpillar type and I knew I would write a story about her at some point. Then while reading a book by Golden Angel, the whole story fell into place.

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What are you working on now?

The Prometheus Cure is the sequel to The Prometheus Curse. It starts off almost right after The Prometheus Curse. We might shifters that should never be, but here they are and you just have to shake your head. Some examples are Abby, who is a flamingo/porcupine hybrid, or Josie the apephant (elephant/ape hybrid).

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

While writing…um not really. I usually end up jumping from one tab to another, spending time on Facebook or wrangling children while I should be writing.

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What are your hopes for the future?

Every author hopes that one book will be that one that hits the big time, can’t say I am any different. But I would love to make enough for a nice family vacation, to help with bills some.

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

Don’t be afraid of trying. You don’t know what you will be capable of if you don’t try. Ask advice from people who really care in the community and who have had success. But most important be true to yourself. At the end of the day, how you feel about what you are writing and what you are doing is the most important thing.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Without you, these would just be words on pages. For each person who reads one of my stories, who leaves a review, Thank you.

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#Giveaway and #Pre-order in CY’s Chaos Cove

Big giveaway going on in CY’s Chaos Cove

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A proof copy of Revenge Paperback
$10 Amazon GC
Wolf Bookmark
All 6 character Chibis
Character stickers
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Bracelet

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Vengeance – Out For BloodCY’s Chaos Cove

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Command The Moon by Kathryn Moon is #FREE May 19th.

Command The Moon by Kathryn Moon is FREE May 18 & 19th.

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The Nikolaev witches have always been outcasts on Swans Island. Useful for entertaining the tourists with their fortune telling and spells, but held at arms length out of suspicion. But for Zoya Lane, witchcraft is her life, from morning until night. Even her dreams are flooded with the visions of her pesnya dushi, the person whose life threads are forever tied with hers.

Unfortunately for her that person is Johnny Sharpe, and he’s burned her more times than she cares to count. While she can’t escape the visions of him at night, she would at least like to keep him out of her waking hours. When Johnny returns to the island, it’s clear he has different ideas and a heart determined to make her forgive him.

To complicate her love life, there’s a new mysterious man in her dreams. He arrives to her house handsome, powerful, and with definitely questionable motives. Is he here because he’s Zee’s soulmate or does it have something to do with Aunt Nadia, the house ghost and the closest thing Zee’s had to a mother?

When the protective wards on the house and island start cracking, Zee’s emotions are more tangled than ever. It’s going to take everything Zee has to keep her home and aunt’s spirit safe from a threat more powerful than she could have possibly imagined. No matter what the dreams say, she can’t imagine Johnny sticking with her through what’s to come.

This book is a magical ménage romance novel at 96,000+ words and is intended for audiences 18+ in age. There is mature content.

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