Artist Dani Smith #interview

Please give a warm welcome to my fabulous friend, artist and author Dani Smith

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m an illustrator and book cover designer focusing on fantasy, horror, and romance themes. I have been creating and publishing my own comics and novels through my boutique publishing and art business, QuickDraw Studios, since 2010. I have been on Top 100 Bestseller lists numerous times, outselling select issues of titles like Hellboy, The Walking Dead, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in digital format.

I currently am at work with my husband and partner, Alex Julian, on numerous novel and comic projects that are projected for publication in the next year. We live in a little white cottage in San Diego, CA. with our boy Ryker, a terrier mix named Arrow, a fat guinea pig named Freckles, and a sassy black cat named Gabe the Prince of Darkness. Our house is full of murals, nude and pinup art, and rock n’ roll. We are the all-American family. 😉

Have you always wanted to become a designer/blogger?

I knew I was an artist from toddlerhood. I never questioned it, though that may not be the popular or “right” thing to do according to the society in which I live. Sometimes you are just born who you are meant to be in a straightforward fashion, no questions asked. I got into book cover illustration during my 2011 pregnancy with my son, and I have enjoyed it ever since.

My favorite book cover projects are illustrated, though I have also created covers using stock photos for authors, if this is requested. I also love doing interior illustration and character design for authors in the romance, fantasy, sci-fi, and horror genres.

What was your inspiration for your current work?

I have always been inspired by folklore, anthropology, fairy tales, film, and music. Lately I have been creating personal works for my Instagram, @daniquickdraw, that reflect my favorite popular characters or portray Instagram models that I find creatively alluring. These personal works have been immensely popular.

What are you working on now?

I am always working on the next comic book project, most recently the next issue of my bestselling Black Dog and Rebel Rose series, and two illustrated novels, ASYLUM and SHALE CITY. You can see examples of work done for these on my Instagram and Facebook pages fairly regularly.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I love to go “sideways”—that is, I drink strong coffee while also drinking a glass of wine or champagne. The alcohol relaxes me while the caffeine stimulates my creative brain and gets the juices flowing. It’s a really great combination. I love to listen to folklore, true crime, and anthropology podcasts while painting, as well as indie soundtracks on YouTube that fit whatever project I am working on at the moment.

What are your hopes for the future?

I currently have a live action film option on the table in Los Angeles for my most popular comic series, Black Dog and Rebel Rose. It has been a long time in the works, and we have had a few hurdles to jump over as time has gone by, which seems to be a fait accompli for indie films. But I remain hopeful that the project will pan out and be a success. Most recently, my producers are planning to film a teaser trailer featuring the five major characters that will be launched worldwide to promote the funding of the project.

Do you have any advice for new designers about the author world?

Make sure your work is top-notch in quality. Try to stand out from the crowd—discover what is unique about your work and focus on that. Let your light shine and the right folks will find you.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love every single one of you. Without my fans and supporters, I would be nowhere.

Buy links

Strange Days

Boobes: An Adult Coloring Book

Skriker: A Boy and His Beast

Black Dog and Rebel Rose: Chapter One: The Road to Hell

Black Dog and Rebel Rose Revamped

Being Ophelia and Other Poems

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March Book Releases on my TBR

March book releases.

The Naughty Book Box

Book releases for March! New book releases are both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because MORE books. A curse because MORE books. Haha. If your TBR list looks anything like mine. Well, then it takes up the entire first subject in a 5 subject college rule lined notebook. Yeah, it’s that big. That’s what she said. This only means I need to keep reading. And to keep track of all the numerous different book series i’m waiting on for sequels to release, books for new authors I want to read, and whatever ARC reads I have going on. Without further adieu, books! Note: ALL BOOKS WILL SHOW UP AS PRE-ORDER UNTIL THE RELEASE DATE.

Rock Star Harem Series. BadGirlsbook1.Release date MARCH1st.

Infernal Descent Book 3 – Hell’s Burning. Releases MARCH 1st.

Destiny Jinn Series Book 3. Wish For me 3

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By Helle_Gade Posted in Art

Author A.C. Wilds #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author A.C. Wilds

Tell us a bit about yourself

I was born and raised in NYC. I live in an outer borough with my husband and two daughters. I am a bibliophile, who has always had a book in hand since I was little. I have a very strong obsession with horses, and it’s my dream to meet a unicorn.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes since I was little. It was something that was always a life goal for me.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have dreams and then I write about them. Or when I am driving, something will pop into my head and I create stories around the idea. Sometimes my brain scares me.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing the second book in the Changer Series, Claiming Death. Death Card, book 1 released on February 1st.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I need to have no one around me, and gummi bears. All the gummi bears. They are my writing fuel.

What are your hopes for the future?

My goal this year is to publish 5 books. I have two of those down, as my second book will be published on February 14th. It’s a prequel to a new series. It is titled Sinner’s Harem.

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

You need to write at the right time. It took me years to get comfortable enough to write my story. I used NaNoWriMo as the push I needed. The most important thing is don’t force it. When you force it, your story is going to get lost.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Holy Cannoli you guys! Since before pre-order you all have been amazing. I cannot thank you enough for the support you provide. It is truly amazing to be a part of this amazing community. All the love that you send me and the cheering you do, make this author thing so much sweeter. Thank you, Wild Ones from the bottom of my heart! Xoxo

Buy links

Death Card

Sinner’s Harem

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Wild Card – an A.C. Wilds Reader’s Group

Author K.A. Knight #Interview

Please give a warm welcome to author

Katie Knight

Tell us a bit about yourself

Erm, my names Katie and I have a problem, wait. Sorry that was the other group. *clears throat and waves awkwardly* Hi, I’m katie and I write dirty scenes. I’m 22 years old from a sleepy English village. I have a caffeine addiction and love horror films. *whispers, is that how you do it?*

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I know most people will say always but truthfully? No. I wrote a lot when I was younger but then I turned to design and film. It became my passion and I even went to university for it but I still found myself writing every now and again. It wasn’t until tragedy hit my family that I turned to writing properly, as my escape. Ever since then my passion flared up and I can’t go one day without it.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have always been obsessed with dystopian and horror. I love the world building the endless opportunities for character exploration and the darkness in it. I watched a lot of films like Mad Max, Doomsday etc and played a ridiculous amount of Fallout.

What are you working on now?

Lots and lots of projects! I am always working on five projects at a time. One co-author and my other WIP. Three are secret projects, with one I am so excited about. It is dark and filled with bloodshed. I am also working on Auroras Betrayal, The Lost Coven Book Two!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Not really, it changes everyday. I always have to have background noise though. Wether that be music or the TV. Some of my projects demand a playlist where as others I binge watch the Great British bake off!

What are your hopes for the future?

To become a full time author. It’s actually my goal for this year! To enjoy life as well, I’ve had some health scares this year and it’s only made me more determined to make the most of life.

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

Just write. It’s the hardest and the simplest part, everything else will fall into place and if you ever get stuck this is one of the most supportive communities you will ever meet. Most of all, be yourself. Don’t write to please people, write because you can’t do anything but.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

Yes! I love my fans so much, it sounds cliche but they are the reason I get up and write everyday. There support and love for my crazy drives me and I wouldn’t be here without them

Pre-order

The Summit

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Wasteland

Aurora’s Coven

Circus Save Me

Voyage to Ayama

Circus Save Me Christmas

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Katie’s Knights

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Wasteland

Circus Save Me

Circus Save Me Christmas

By Helle_Gade Posted in Art

Author Auryn Hadley #Interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Auryn Hadley

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a pretty simple person. I grew up in Texas, married a Canadian boy, and have a house full of critters. I’m a dog lover, my husband is a cat guy, and we have that property where all the strays get dumped – so we have a small zoo! Never had children, though, so the pets get pretty spoiled.

I went to school thinking I wanted to be a research vet, back in the day. Then, somewhere along the way, I realized I hate people, so wanted a career that is a lot more isolated. I think being an author definitely counts!

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Nope! In fact, I grew up convinced I was just a reader (and a voracious one at that). Someone else made the stories. I didn’t have that kind of imagination. Then, I ended up being cyberstalked, and the only way to avoid it was to not be online. That left me annoyed, stressed out, and wanting to vent, so I started typing. That ended up being BloodLust, the first book in the Rise of the Iliri series. After 18 released novels, I still haven’t stopped, and the ideas are coming faster than I can get them out.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

That’s a difficult question since I have a few in progress right now. The simple answer is current events. I find myself wondering, “What would it be like to live through that?” and then I write a character who is. This could be something as obscure as GamerGate or as “trending” as the #metoo movement. Sometimes, things just spark an idea, and before I know it, I have a little note for another book idea.

What are you working on now?

The 9th book in the Rise of the Iliriseries. We’re almost at the end, and I’m taking a little longer to get all the loose threads tied up properly. I’m also releasing a series I finished a bit ago, to make up for that gap in releases. The Dark Orchid Trilogy is a high heat reverse harem fantasy that I wrote on the side to keep myself from burning out. I figure this is a win-win. My readers get something to hold them over, and I get some time to make sure the next to last book in a very long and epic series is written the way it deserves to be.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Plenty! Like most authors, I basically live on coffee. I also can’t write in silence, so I always have music going. Then I prop my feet on my desk, pull my keyboard into my lap, and ignore everything else. My husband works as my bouncer, keeping the dogs, cats, and visitors safely out of “Auryn’s on the rampage” distance because I get a little bit irate when disturbed.

What are your hopes for the future?

More books! Seriously, I love the author lifestyle. I get to be both a hermit and social when I want to. I spend all day wallowing in my own fantasies, and I’m doing this full time! I’ve never wanted to be rich or famous. I simply want to continue to be happy with what I do every day. There’s no greater feeling than sitting down to “work” and being excited about it. So long as I can, I want to continue to write – and I have ideas coming out my ears, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

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

Don’t rush to release. Write the whole series first. Trust me, it will make your life so much easier! I know it’s easy to get excited and start thinking about people reading your first book, but this isn’t a sprint. The life of an author is always about the NEXT book, not the last. The more books we put out, the more of our time is spent in marketing, socializing, and doing “not writing” things. That means it takes longer to write than we expect, and thus we get behind and can easily fall into the trap that burns out so many writers.

And learn to take critique. Someone will hate your work, and that’s ok! It’s why we have so many varied books out there. Learn that your book’s flaws are not your own. They’re simply a chance to learn where and how to improve. Make the next one better, because if you wrote one book, you can clearly do it again.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

I love you all! No, seriously, I do. I wrote Rise of the Iliri for myself. I never expected to touch so many people or to find hundreds willing to support me in my endeavors. This has been a very humbling experience, and possibly one of the best things I’ve done in my life. Surreal is the word I use to describe it. To see people talking about a thing I did feels like I’m going to wake up any moment, and I’m pretty sure I’ll never get used to it, so, thank you. My fans are the reason I can keep doing this, and I hope to never forget that.

Buy link:

Flawed

Challenge Accepted

Virtual Reality

One More Day

Series buy link:

Power of Lies

Rise of the Iliri

The Demons’ Muse

The Wolf of Oberhame

Pre-order:

Magic of Lust

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By Helle_Gade Posted in Art

The Lost and the Chosen by Ivy Asher #whychoose

I’d like you all to welcome to debut author

Ivy Asher of The Lost and the Chosen

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Aw man I never know what to say to this question. I took days to write my Author bio and it’s like 4 lines…lol. Hiya I’m Ivy Asher: I’m a writer, reader, mom, wife, friend, woman, human, and not always in that order. I love books, animals, people who make me laugh, or just love to laugh In general. I like to be real about life, the good, the bad, the brutal, and I value people who feel the same way.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I am one of those people who just kind of floated around, not really sure what I was meant for. I have always been creative, but I never thought being a writer was an option for me. I grew up a bit rough and it forced me to focus on basic needs and not so much goals or dreams. It wasn’t until I became a mom and I was isolated, a bit lonely, and reading a lot… that I just felt this story sitting inside of my soul. So I wrote down what was there in a note book and I started researching programs to use when writing a book.

What was your inspiration for The Lost and the Chosen?

I had this idea about a story of a girl who was tough, but empathetic, and owned who she was. I wrote the kind of girl I wish I could have read more about growing up. The kind of woman who isn’t just one sided but encapsulates all the incredible things that I think most women are comprised of; our mother hearts, and get shit done attitudes, our resilience, and unique compassion. I wanted to write about a raw, bruised but not down kind of girl, because those are the women I know, and what I’m all about. I knew who Vinna would be and then the rest came as I wrote. I personally love Paranormal and RH, so I knew those would be key elements. I just wrote and then I would go back and edit and then write some more, and then one day I typed, the end, and I had a book!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I listen to music. Not always, sometimes I need quiet to focus, but for all the badass scenes and fights, I have music on. When I wrote the final scene with Talon I had this one song on repeat. I see things like a movie in my head and then I write it down. I’m very visual in that sense. I need to see it and how it plays out and the soundtrack and all of that, and then I put it all in the computer how it plays out in my mind.

What are you working on now?

I am working on book three, getting merch sorted, and putting a website together… all things other authors have told me I need to have…lol. I’ve been approached about the audio rights to this series, so I’m working on that, and I have two other projects in the works. One is a secret and for the other I was asked to participate in an Anthology for charity so I’m brainstorming ideas for that. Mostly I’m getting ready to publish Book 2 and legitimately terrified that it won’t live up to Book 1. So I’m wrestling with some worry and self doubt, and hoping I don’t shit the bed or let any of the amazing readers down.

What are your hopes for the future?

So I’ve never been a big dreamer or goals kind of girl, but I’ll finish Vinna’s story this year, and then I have some other things planned for that world and stories that I see playing out in it. I have some new stories sitting in my soul, waiting to be written, and I’ve started notebooks for them but they’ll have to wait their turn. I’m going to keep writing and hope that people want to keep reading. I never want to do anything else. It fulfills me and calls to me in ways I never knew “work” could. It was what I was always meant for, but never knew to hope for.

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

Oh man advice…Write… if it calls to you or you have a story sitting inside of your soul, go for it. I didn’t go to school for this, I throw commas around like glitter, most days I feel a little bit like a fluke to be honest, but I had this story that I needed to write. I don’t outline or pre-plan I just sit down and go for it and one thing that has helped me in that process is that I write something that I would want to read. Last but not least I would advise, not to hire people to do anything with your book without a contract; I learned that the hard way, but it was a very valuable lesson. Make sure what’s agreed on is in writing, so that you, your work, and your reputation is protected. A lot of this indie publishing business is referral based and not everyone is trust worthy. Be smart, trust your instincts, and protect yourself with a contract.

Do you have anything to say to your fans?

There are no words that truly express just how grateful and humbled I am by your support. You’ve made my dreams come true and I will never be able to repay you for that! I love and appreciate all of you so much, and I’ll work hard to be worthy of you! Thank you to all of you for reading, for reaching out, for the laughs, and the heart felt words. You’re fam now and I fucking love each and everyone of you!!

And now to you Helle…Thank you for your support…seriously I see you recommending the book and showing me so much love and I just want you to know how much it means to me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

About Ivy:
Ivy Asher is addicted to chai, swearing, and laughing a lot (but not in a creepy, laughing alone kind of way). She loves the snow, books, and her family of two humans, and three fur-babies. She has worlds and characters just floating around in her head, and she’s lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing people who support that kind of crazy.

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My review of

The Lost and the Chosen

Isola Bella 2 #wanderlust

It’s time to explore the lower level of the castle.

Passing classic sculptures and funny ones.

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On the lower floor of the pallazo you see the cobblestoned shell grottos, embellished with black and white rock and tuff stone chips. Source

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The stones on the floor is shiny due to lots of use.

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The flowers are painted on marble.

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I really wish we’d had more time there. After the tapestry gallery we continue out to the amazing garden. That will be the next blog post.

*Death and the Maiden* #poetry

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His mahogany voice

Full of whiskey
Whispered promises
Of nebulous deeds
Star shattered feelings
In the obscure part
Of my opaque spirit
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Revelry ruptures my placid Hart
Benevolence flees my body
In search of pleasurable pain
To alleviate the empty space
Left in my dying imagination
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Oh how sweet the memory
Of sublime creation
My milky way of artistry
Leaves me with tears of starlight
Filling the river Styx

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On my deathbed
His whispers
Destroy and rebuild me
Fortifying my eternal devotion
To his purpose
To his very essence
The other half of my soul

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©Helle Gade 2018