Author Lyn Forester – Sophie O’Dare – Lili Black #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Lyn Forester

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is Lyn Forester and I write a number of romantic genres under various pen names. Under Lyn Forester, I write New Adult/Adult sci-fi (both m/f and RH), as well as PNR (mmf and RH). Under Sophie O’Dare, I write light PNR MM romance, and under my co-author pen name, Lili Black, I write YA/NA PNR.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes, for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be an artist and an author. After working as a graphic designer for a number of years, I dove into my author dream and now do both full time.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Hahaha, which one?

What are you working on now?

I have a number of series in progress. At this very moment, I’m working on the next Lili Black book while plotting out the fourth book in my Poison World series.

Do you have any quirks while working?

No.

What are your hopes for the future?

To keep writing. I never plan to stop.

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

It’s scary, and success (usually) takes time and dedication, so be brave and keep pushing.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I’m working on it, I promise!

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Author Lauren Ellis #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Lauren Ellis

Tell us a bit about yourself…

So I am a 29 year old book-lover. I currently live on the US east coast with my husband and two Siberian cats. I’m a home-body and introvert, I’d rather drink a margarita on my couch with a book in my pajamas than go out. I buy all my favorite books in paperback, even though I mostly read on kindle, just because I want to hold the pretty books and look at them on my shelves. I’m awkward AF and speak mostly in GIF or meme form.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

So, writing isn’t my day job—but I always loved reading and creative writing. I didn’t think I’d ever actually write a book, but around thanksgiving this past year I kind of just said, why the heck not? I’ve been obsessed with reading #whychoose/reverse harem books for the past few years, so I’m writing what I love to read.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’m working on about three different WIPs right now, with my main focus being Masks & Mayhem: The Hannover Heathens Book 1. This is a contemporary #whychoose, enemies to lovers, with some dark themes. The first few chapters are pretty intense—almost thriller-vibes. The first scene idea actually stems from when I worked at a mall in high school. I was a cashier at one of those large department stores, and how creepy it was to be closing the store, in a basically deserted mall, on a weeknight. It always seemed like a recipe for a horror movie. Other than Masks & Mayhem, I’m also working on an emotional, angsty, contemporary RH stand-alone called “A Breath Between Notes.” As well as a sweet, contemporary, sports RH stand-alone called “Offside Princess.”

Do you have any quirks while working?

I’ve recently discovered I work so much better with a standing desk. It allows me to dance around to the book playlists to get in the mood for a certain scene, or even to pace around while I’m thinking. I have Spotify playlists in my link tree so anyone can see the vibes of the different things I’m working on.

What are your hopes for the future?

To just keep writing what I love. I’m excited to keep going in the Hannover Heathens series—there’ll be a bunch of crossover characters and we’ll see multiple harems get together, with interconnected plot lines.

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

Not really, since I am a new author! Masks & Mayhem: The Hannover Heathens Book 1 will be my debut novel. But I can say this, don’t be afraid to reach out and make friends in this community. We’re all—for the most part—very nice people, happy to answer questions, and enjoy building each other up.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

To my followers—Masks & Mayhem is pretty intense from chapter 1. Really—there is no breathing room or fluffy intro, you’re kinda just thrown on in there into the deep end. There will be a cliffhanger, there will be m/m in the series, and you may want to scream and curse before it’s all said and done. Just hang in there, ‘cause I think you’re going to end up loving these characters as much as I do. 🖤

Author Lizzy Bequin #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Lizzy Bequin

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi, I’m Lizzy Bequin, and I write sci-fi, reverse harem, and omegaverse romance. I’m an only child, which probably accounts for my overall weirdness. And I’m also a southern girl. I was born in Alabama, and I’ve moved all over, but now I’ve settled back in the South in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a city that I absolutely love. It’s a fairly small city, and it’s surrounded by mountains and woods which is nice for me because I enjoy having fun outside–hiking, paddle boarding, camping when the weather is nice.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Pretty much. Even when I was little I was always making up crazy stories, and I’ve loved to read for about as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved both romance and sci-fi. My mom used to read romance paperbacks, and my dad read sci-fi, and I would steal their books and devour them. But it was only recently that I discovered sci-fi romance, and that’s when I found my calling.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The book I just published is titled Alien Meat Market, which is kind of a crazy title for a romance, right? I was brainstorming titles for a separate series, and that was one of the titles I came up with. Well, it didn’t quite fit that other series, but something about the title stuck with me, so I just had to write a story to go with it. I came up with the idea of a woman who gets abducted by aliens and auctioned in a literal meat market, but luckily the highest bidder wants her for reasons other than food. And the story just kind of flowed from there.

What are you working on now?

So, I just published Alien Meat Market, which is a reverse harem alien romance, and I’m planning to follow that up with a sequel. But in between that, my current project is an enemies-to-lovers alien prison romance titled Brute Force (I like my hard-hitting titles).

Do you have any quirks while working?

I often cackle loudly whenever I’m writing a particularly twisted or dirty scene. Sometimes so loudly my poor cat bolts away into the other room in fear. Oh, also, I’m addicted to LaCroix sparkling water, and by the end of my writing day I usually have a little pyramid of empty cans on my desk. Ah, the glamorous life of a writer.

What are your hopes for the future?

Mainly just to keep doing what I’m doing, to keep growing as a writer, and hopefully to sell even more books. It’s taken me about two years, but I’ve finally been able to go into writing full time, and I feel really fortunate for that. I guess my big dream would be to hit the bestsellers lists some day. But in the meantime, if I can just bring entertainment to people, then I feel pretty good about that.

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

In terms of writing, I would say, just don’t give up. Writing and publishing can be really scary, but you can’t ever let your fear or self-doubt stop you. I’m a big fan of the author Dean Wesley Smith, and he has this motto: “Dare to be bad.” I really like that. Even if you do write a bad book, that’s not wasted time. It’s an opportunity to grow and improve and write a better book next time.

In terms of the business and promotion end of things, I would say, prioritize building an email mailing list. I have two short novellas which are free for my newsletter subscribers, and that has brought a ton of readers to my list. There was an investment of time in writing those stories, but it has definitely paid off in terms of helping me build my fan base and get more sales of my books whenever I have a new release or run a promotion. I also use a service called Bookfunnel to build my mailing list.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you, thank you, a million times, thank you! My readers and followers are like my entire reason for being. If nobody was reading my books, there would be no reason for me to write them. I get emails and Facebook messages from my readers, and it’s always incredibly gratifying. 

It’s so strange to think about it. I imagine these stories in my head, then I turn that into a bunch of squiggly black marks on the page, and someone I’ve never even met before can read those squiggly marks and experience the story and be entertained. It really is a kind of magic.

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Author L.E. Martin #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author L.E. Martin

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi. I’m L.E. Martin but most people call me “Ellie” or “Marty”, those nicknames kinda stuck. I’ve been writing for over ten years now. I have four books out in my Laying it Bare series with another coming in April. I also have a Romantic Sci-Fi titled The Renters available. I work full time and write all weekend. I love to bake and wish I had more time to play the piano. I am a chocoholic and wished I lived somewhere warmer – I’m not a fan of cold and snow.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always been a reader but just in the last ten years or so I have become an avid reader and the more I read the more I wanted to create my own stories. Ideas would pop into my head and I began to roll with it.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

For my Laying it Bare series, it started out as a funny exchange of text messages between a friend of mine and me over getting a friend request from a really odd name with an anime picture for the profile. By the end of our texts, she told me I should write a story about that. I started writing and Laying it Bare with a Friend Request was born. And I now have 4 books out currently in that series (all stand-alones) with the next one coming out in April.

What are you working on now?

I have changed gears and am currently working on a paranormal romance about witches and demons. I don’t have many details yet as the book is still in its infancy. I also don’t know if it will be a solo book or turn into a duet or trio. I’m waiting to see where the characters take me.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Yes. I have to really force myself to stay put for long periods of time – even when the characters are excitedly talking to me. I swear I have adult ADD. It can’t be ADHD because I don’t have the energy to be hyperactive. But it not unusual for me to go bake something while I am writing. And then come back to it.

What are your hopes for the future?

I’m hoping to gain more readers and hope to get to meet them too at a future author signing. With COVID, the one I had been planning to attend was postponed. I would love to be able to interact more with my readers.

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

It’s a difficult and time consuming job but so worthwhile. Especially when you get those readers who really connect to your stories. Make sure you do your research and give your all for everything. Taking short cuts only ends up hurting you in the end.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for being a part of my world. I hope you love my characters as much as I do and hang around for the fun yet to come.

Author Letty Frame #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Letty Frame

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

I’m 21 years old, and I’m a law student. I’ve always been a big reader, and that was one of the things that helped me when I was first starting out as an author.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

No. It’s not something that I ever thought of as a career option for me, but it’s something I absolutely adore.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

Honestly, my female main character was just chatty. I saw something in a programme, and it kind of sparked the idea of her story, and it’s developed from there.

What are you working on now? 

I’m currently working on my first series, the Luna Series, whilst doing a co-write with three of my favourite people on Earth.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I listen to the same song on repeat. Not good songs, no, it’s songs with a catchy beat and I cycle through different ones. I also leave myself many notes that are usually ‘fix this’ or ‘name this’.

What are your hopes for the future?

I want to continue writing the stories in my head that need to be told.

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

I still class myself as new, but my main piece of advice would be to make friends. No matter what your genre is, there are people there that write the same thing, and having them, having someone in your corner is what you need. I wouldn’t have made it past my first book if I didn’t have the support of others around me.

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Thank you. Without your support, I don’t know if Lottie’s story would continue to be told, and it’s your kind words that encourage me to keep going when things are tough.

Author Lucy Scott Bryan #interview

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I am a new author from Australia – my first book Door: Book 1 came out in March. I have two kids that are getting taller than me, two french bulldogs that I just adore, two cats and a husband who is my BF, and has been since forever.
I have been involved as a reader in the indie world for a while now, lurking on numerous FB pages and was a massive reader for a very long time before that. I started as a fan of Urban Fantasy and long drawn out epic paranormal reads and stumbled into the RH community. I have refused to leave ever since and have pretty much inhaled every book I have come across. So many sub genres to get lost in and too many favourites to list.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have read and read and read ever since I was young. I can clearly remember many birthdays unwrapping a book or two. The bookcase in my bedroom was jam packed, with piles of books spilling out of the book shelves.
I have a very vivid imagination and I suspect it was just the right time in my life for me to focus on something besides my kids. I finally gave into letting myself focus on something just for me and that was writing and books. My husband and family have been very supportive, which is pretty awesome.
I was/am also an alpha/beta to a few authors in the indie community and honestly it is such a privilege to be involved in the process with them. I love how different they are and how individual peoples writing styles are. There is no right or wrong. Writing a book is an amazing process.

What was your inspiration for your current book series?

I am a huge, massive, enormous fan of urban fantasy / paranormal / romance and have been in love with almost every vampire ever written about, portrayed in a movie or on TV. My husband and I have spent a lot of time talking about vampires and it honestly got to the stage where these vampires were haunting me. I was also pretty keen in maybe doing a RH a bit different, letting my characters make big mistakes, get angry, hurt. And then all of a sudden, someone said, um you just wrote a dark romance. And now the floodgates have opened, so to speak.

What are you working on now?

I have just released book 2 of Door, which is the final in the series. I absolutely love the Vernard Family, we have gone through a lot together!! They demanded a fair bit of my attention and I am all sorts of sad now that their story has come to an end.
Excited though for new opportunities. I currently have three anthology pieces coming out in the next couple of months – mafia / serial killer and teacher / student. I am also getting close to finishing a contemporary friends, or maybe enemies, to lovers hopefully out in July, along with a new series (two books at this stage) which is a play on fated mates and of course vampires. Next year I have a couple of projects that I am thrilled to be involved in. It’s an exciting time in the indie world.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Laughing I wiggle in my seat while I write. My hands flutter as my characters hurtle through the pages and I pull some pretty funny faces as they talk and feel. And then of course I have cried numerous times with them. My family is constantly asking if I am okay. It’s just my characters wanting me to type faster!!

What are your hopes for the future?

That I can continue writing and producing stories that I am happy to put my name to. If I don’t feel something for what I am writing, I am not doing it right. I would love to explore some diversity in what I write but at the moment paranormal romance / RH keeps beckoning me back into the world of vampires and shifters. Although lately Hunter (who is entirely human) has been yelling at me to get back in front of the computer.

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


Be okay in the knowledge that your books are not for everyone. Be true to your own goals and aspirations despite what is going on around you. Be humble, be confident and don’t be afraid to ask for help. And find your posse – fellow authors, bloggers, pa’s, readers, people that work for you, that encourage you to blossom, and hold on to them tight!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?


Thank you and stay tuned.

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Author Lux Carmine #interview

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I am a self-published author who has been publishing since 2015. Lux Carmine is one of my many pen names and I write enjoy writing all types of romances. I live just outside of Richmond, Virginia with my two cats and my two daughters. We recently became obsessed with K-dramas and we watch them together on the weekends.

Have you always wanted to become an author?


No. In my “first life” I was actually a preschool teacher, then a middle school teacher. But I have been reading romance since I was 11 (I learned real quick that females should ALWAYS have orgasms) and I’ve been writing romances since I was 13. Going to age myself a little here but I was always in the AOL roleplaying chatrooms after school. I never did fight scenes, I was there for the romance. 🙂

What are you working on now?


I’m actually co-writing a book with a friend of mine, Riley Long. She writes M/M romance and I haven’t written one of those and I thought heck! Why not??

What was your inspiration for your current book?


I was flipping through Better Homes and Gardens or something like that this past summer and saw this article about these two men who were florists in upstate New York or something like that. I ripped the article out and gave it to my author friend, Riley, and I said “YOU MUST DO THIS!” And now I’m writing one in her series with her. It has a friends to lovers trope which I adore.

Do you have any quirks while working?


I must be facing a wall when I’m writing. If I can see anything at all it distracts me too much and pulls me out of my story. I wish I could be a coffee shop writer but that’s just not me.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope that my books are discovered and loved by people who need them. My goal as an author is to entertain and to touch the hearts of my readers.

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


New authors — Keep writing! Keep trying! Don’t give up hope if your first book doesn’t make the NY Times Best Seller List. And don’t quit your day job maybe until you do. It’s a tough market and it’s getting tougher every day. Publishing is not a get rich quick scheme so make sure you have a different motivation to write other than money.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?


To my followers, I am so thankful for you. I know that if I’m having a really shitty day, a horrible incident or just read a bad review I can count on all of you to lift me back up. I hope my books are able to do the same for you. I love you all! ❤

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Author Leigha Wolffe/Storm #interview

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Hmmm… A bit about me. I live in Dallas, Texas, USA with my husband and two small children, who are beautiful and wonderful and absolute monsters sometimes. We have 2 big dogs and 2 demonic cats, and my husband had to draw the line somewhere or I’d have a bunch more. I’m an animal lover through and through with a DEEP love of horses, dogs, cats (big and small), and wolves and coyotes. I’ve been obsessed with wolves and coyotes as long as I can remember, and with the paranormal as well. Native American legends and American and Irish ghost stories were a big part of my childhood. I’m also an art lover: drawing, painting, sculpture, writing, even decorative cooking, sewing, and design. I just love creating things and making them beautiful. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

I have absolutely always wanted to become an author. I have a ‘book’ my mom saved from when I was around 6 or 7 that I wrote and illustrated and put together myself, not as a project for school or anything but on my own time at home. I have been obsessed with story-telling and books my whole life, and I’ve always had a very active imagination. Usually it began as a story or game I was acting out with my toys when I was little (and I definitely played with toy animals longer than is probably socially acceptable) but was often translated into the written word when I was finished. I can’t begin to express what it means to me to have this opportunity now, after all this time.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

It actually stemmed from a dream (here comes the crazy). The books don’t end up a full play by play or identical, but most of my stories have grown from the seed of a dream I’ve had. Some days I just wake inspired and clinging to details of some random dream with everything I’ve got, you know? This one in particular began with the castle and the wedding. Can’t say too much more. Spoilers.

What are you working on now?

I’m just about to release the very first book I wrote start to finish, Veiled Guardian. I held onto it a long time out of fear, but I’m dedicating this year to overcoming fear, so here we are. My next project will be finishing up my first series, Rise of the Red Queen (previously The Demons of Areth Saga), under the name Leigha Stoirm, and simultaneously, book 1 of its sequel series, Hearts of Wonderland. I’m particularly excited about these 3 releases as they are introducing two full universes in which a lot of my future stories will take place, independent but connected. So this is a very exciting time for me and, hopefully, for my fans.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Wow… So many, probably. I’m a horrible nail biter when I’m tense, and since all my books are fairly tense, it gets bad. The others are coffee (all day long) and scotch and soda when I write at night. It may sound odd, but it honestly slows my mind down enough so that I can translate what’s happening in there. All the voices. Lol.

What are your hopes for the future?

Honestly, just that I can keep writing. I hope I’m lucky enough to continue to do this for the rest of my life. I hope our little band of demons and warriors continues to grow, but even if it didn’t and I lost all my fans, I’d continue to write for me. 

Also, I’m hoping to travel more in the future. I’m heading to The Court of Sin in New Orleans this June and The Great Gathering in Tulsa in 2021, and I hope I get to continue to make live appearances and connect with fans. And to eventually get to the UK and Australia to some of the bigger events there and meet some very dear friends and authors face to face.

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

I’d say there is no teacher like experience, so the best thing you can do for yourself is go for it. 

Take negative feedback at face value, and use what you can to make yourself better and what you can’t use, it’s just an opinion. Everyone has them. They’re all different. 

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Kindness begets kindness, and people are an irreplaceable resource. 

Find your true tribe, and when you find them, hang on tight. Absolutely nothing has given me more in the past year than my people. They’re there to pick you up when you feel like you can’t carry on, kick your butt into gear when you’re feeling lazy and whiny, and keep you grounded when you get swept away in the storm. You can’t force that, and you might find them in ways and places you never expected, so be open-minded. Find your people. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Only that I plan to do my very best to make you proud, time and time again. I write books that I’d want to read, but it makes me so incredibly happy when they speak to other people as well, and I love getting to share those tiny bits of my heart and soul with all of you. You’ve taken good care of them so far. Thank you all for your support along this road, and I can’t wait to see where we can go together.

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Author Leann Ryans #interview

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I’m a wife and mother of three. I’ve always been an avid reader and I have a wide range of tastes though a good majority of what I read now is romance. I grew up on Anne McCaffery and Mercedes Lackey.
Nicky Charles was the first romance author I read, and I didn’t actually realize at the time that it was romance. It was a werewolf story, and I quickly devoured the entire series. It’s one of the few books I will read more than once.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I used to say I wished I could do something with books, but being an author never even crossed my mind. I liked to read, but never really tried writing anything until The Omega Prize.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’m currently working on the third book in my Alpha Barbarians series. The whole thing started from a prompt posted in Merel Pierce’s group “It was colder than she expected…”
I wrote a short story from that and posted it to Wattpad, and people kept begging me to continue it, so I would write a chapter between working on other projects. Once I hit about 8 chapters I decided I was going to have to go ahead and finish the story😅
Books two and three came because the men I introduced in the first book just had to have a story of their own, and the same with characters in the second. I don’t see it ending anytime soon!

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I don’t think I have any. I don’t use music like a lot of authors, and I don’t need to be alone to write or I’d have never finished anything 😅

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to continue getting better. I’ve almost been published a year now, and I managed to put out 12 stories, though some were short. I’m just hoping to continue and hopefully get more reviews so I know which direction to go.

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

Go for it and don’t be afraid to ask questions! There are tons of us that are willing to help if you need it. It’s a lot more work than I expected at first, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it all, and don’t let money hold you back. I published my first book without spending a cent, used the money I made from it to invest back into it and the next two and kept building from there.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

My readers have no idea how much I appreciate them! I never expected to get this far. Even a year ago, I never thought I’d even sell 100 books. I can’t say how much each review means to me, and they have inspired me to never quit.

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Author Laurel Skye #interview

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I’m a a relevantly new reverse harem indie author. I am a mom, I work full time and I’m married. I love all animals and am basically a chameleon myself. I get along with everyone and I don’t have just one style. Though the pink hair is my jam.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I haven’t wanted to be one necessarily. I wrote a lot in school and lost a novel I had been working on through my moms divorce my senior year of high school. I wrote a ton on poems and sonnets but never did anything with them. Fast forward 12 years later and here we are!

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’ve always had an obsession with fire and the paranormal. My inspiration came from seeing other indie authors doing their own thing and loving it. I was looking for a creative outlet so I started writing down my dreams I was having. I have a lot of vivid dreams! So I have loads of ideas for the future.

What are you working on now?

I’ve remastered my first book along with my rebrand to show what the book really means to me. Poured my heart into it even harder than I did before. So it will be published on 2/14/20.
I have three books planned an they should all be out before May 2020. Then I have my co-write, which I’m stoked about!

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

I have to be in the zone to get a good flow going. Headphones and a good dubstep song and I’m on it! It’s hard to get a good roll going when your being mauled by tiny humans.

What are your hopes for the future?

Like any author I want my works to be read and let word of mouth catch fire. Of course there’s the long stretch of getting it on Netflix or even be picked up by a publishing house. That’s extremely intimidating and exciting to think about.

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

Write it. Worry about the rest later. It’s easy to be distracted by all of the other things to do with marketing and promotions. Words can get lost with behind the scene work. Just write.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

THANK YOU! Thank you for taking interest in the crazy world I created and for falling in love with the characters. Your support, reviews, recommendations and personal messages mean so much!

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