Shale City: Child of Blood and Tears (A Punk Fairytale Book 2) by Dani Julian #amreading

Shale City: Child of Blood and Tears (A Punk Fairytale Book 2)

Fifteen years have passed since Ashe and his newborn daughter, Scarlett, fled the horrors of Shale City. They have spent those years in relative safety, and as Scarlett has flourished toward womanhood, so has her strange blend of fox and faun magic. As the years fall away, Ashe trains his daughter in the ways of bow and blade, of mosh pits and street fights, all the while forbidding her to use the abilities with which she has been gifted.

With a teenager’s willful spirit, Scarlett chooses just once to disobey, discovering too late that she cannot take back the events she sets in motion, nor the grief they bring. Soon, the pair find themselves back on the road, hunted by forces they were so sure they had escaped.

Now, hiding out with her father in the shabby port of Irontide, a town infested with criminals, hooligans, and skags of every race, Scarlett must discover who she truly is…and the cost may well be higher than she ever imagined.

Written and richly illustrated by international bestselling storyteller Dani Julian and featuring more cover art by acclaimed concept artist Summer Dale, ‘SHALE CITY: Child of Blood and Tears’ is a gritty punk coming-of-age fairytale steeped in magic, blood, and the raw angst of growing up.

Author Rowan Thalia #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Rowan Thalia

First interview

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hello again Helle! Gosh it’s been forever since my first interview! I’m Rowan Thailia – Ro. First, I’m an author, I published my first novel  on February 14, 2019. 

I discovered very early on that I loved writing. Poetry was my first love and form of expression. I’ve written poems since I was sixteen and have quite the collection by now! Some of them you can find in my poetry novella, Deep in the Ro.

I’ve always been an avid reader and writer of short stories. My favorite author of all time is Anne Rice. In fact my pen name stems from one of her characters, Rowan, from The Witching Hour.

It wasn’t until 2018 that I decided to push through and write a full-length novel. I started Binding Rayne (which went through several title changes at first) but struggled with the direction. In the middle of the first draft, I happened upon the reverse-harem book community on facebook. The complicated romances rooted in my author heart and before long my book took on a new direction.  The Keepers of the Talisman trilogy was born!

Thank you for all of the support and love that you’ve shown toward my book babies so far, Helle, I hope to keep surprising you with bigger and better projects!

What has happened work wise since our last interview?

Since our first interview, I have written and published  many more reverse-harem romance novels, most of them paranormal in genre. Never to be one to sit idle, I opened a second pen name – R. Thalia . With this name, I began the journey of writing my first (non-romance) paranormal thriller, Song of Bones which I hope to publish in March.

Covid hit, and I backslid into depression for a while, but I came out fighting. I began a rewrite of my second series, The Soldiers of Blood and Ruin. At first, I thought to work through a quick edit, but realized I wanted to do more with the series – expand it – so I began the long road to reimagining the series. I just finished book one, Renegades Exiled (formerly Rox’s Renegades) and I can’t be happier! I’ve given Rox a deeper backstory and developed the plot and characters more than the first go around, even if you’ve read the first novel – I highly suggest you pick up the twe one. Renegades Exiled drops January 15!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Which one? Ha! I’m working on several projects right now. The biggest one is Soldiers of Blood and Ruin, so I’ll talk about that one. I’ve always been a fan of vampire novels – cue my Anne Rice obsession. Before writing this series, I read a dystopian novel and it got my mind spinning – what if I combined the two? This was right after finishing my first book, Binding Rayne in 2018. Anyway, I sat down and plotted/wrote the first ten chapters of this series in a weekend. The rest is history! Rox and her team were born. I mixed my love of vampires, dystopian, and zombies all together in one sexy package.

What are you working on now?

After finishing Renegades Exiled, I am working on four projects:
Renegades Mission: Book Two of Soldiers of Blood and Ruin
Juniper’s Trial: The final book of The Academy of Elite – Cowritten with Jarica James
Song of Bones – A thriller standalone under my non-romance pen, R. Thalia
Death Knell – a PNR RH Romance Co-written with Darcy Ray

Do you have any quirks while working?

Hmm. This is a good question. I think my biggest quirk is my need to see photos of everything I’ve imagined. I spend a lot of time searching pinterest and other sites finding the right images to go with what is in my head. Other than that – I’m needy. My poor alpha group can attest. Thankfully I’ve got people all around the world, so someone is always available in our chat- haha!

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to get back on a regular schedule with my writing. In a perfect world, I’ll be publishing a book for each pen name at least bi-monthly. I’d also love to go back and get my Master’s in teaching – but that’s a long way away right now.

What have you learned about publishing since our first interview?

Gosh, I’ve learned so much. When you first interviewed me I had people helping me with the process – a small publishing house. Since then I’ve separated from the publisher and set out on my own. Both Deafening Silence and Last Chance Diner were self-published. The reason for rewriting my two first series is that I’ve gotten the rights back from the publisher and I will be putting them on my own account. The entire process is so intricate and it helps to know people. The most important advice I can give to new indie authors is – make friends with several editors and cover designers. Besides that, gather a small squad of beta/a;pha readers that will stick with you. Most of mine have been with me the entire three years and I couldn’t be more grateful. Shout out to my Shiver Squad!!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

To my followers – Thank you so much for hanging in with me for the last three years. I came into the writing community rapid-releasing six books in a year. Since then, I’ve slowed down – but you haven’t turned away from me and I appreciate you! I love every comment, message, and recommendation I see out there. Stick with me, I promise I have more in store!!  Hugs, love and dicks – Ro  ❤

Pre-Order Renegades Exiled (Soldiers of Blood and Ruin Book 1) by @RowanThalia

Renegades Exiled (Soldiers of Blood and Ruin Book 1)

BioWar, World War III

Sixty years ago, the first shot was fired.

In the last ten years, our country has fallen. Chemical agents dropped mercilessly on friend and foe alike have created two new humanoid species and the world population has been reduced to small colonies of humans fighting against them to survive.

Out on a routine patrol, my team and I run into the worst kind of trouble. Branded and left for dead by our superiors, we form bonds that cannot be broken and find asylum with the enemy.

Seeking knowledge, my team of four and I race across the wasteland for the one thing that can give us answers: a sample of untainted DNA. Fighting zombies, mutants, and our own transformation. Aligned with vampires and on the run… We thought things couldn’t get worse until a hidden threat finds me.

When conspiracy is the norm, who can I trust?

The war is not over. The fight between the species has just begun.

Preorder Lakeborn by @VictoriaLarque #amreading

Eyes as deep as the bottom of her lake. A heart as wide and alive as the forest surrounding it. A voice as soft as the wind rustling through trees and as melodic as waves on pebbled ground. A power that is rooted within her very soul, the soul of her lake. She passes time flipping stones and dipping her toes. She has never asked for anything but peace. This is her lake. The lake of dreams, the lake of truth, the lake of life. And she will do anything to defend it.

Coming January 25th
Coming January 25th

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January Book Releases #amreading

January 6th

Twisted Vows: A Collateral Damage Novel,
dark MF contemporary
 
January 6

On The Line: An Everyday Heroes World Novel (The Everyday Heroes World)
January 10th

Wastrel (The D Book 6) MM contemporary romance
January 12th

Mine: Sam & Alec (Grimm Brothers’ Tattoo World Book 5) MM PNR
January 15th

Dani and the Outcast: Olivier Crime Famiglia, Louisiana Mafia (Fable Wars A Dark Mafia Romance): Bleeding Souls Saved by Love!
A mafia-style retelling of Lady and the Tramp set in New Orleans as part of the Bleeding Souls Saved by Love!
January 25th

Lakeborn
January 26

Karma’s Stake: A Paranormal Women’s Fiction Novel (Magical Midlife in Mystic Hollow Book 4)
January 30th

Bound to the Dark Elf King (Of Fate and Kings Book 1)
January 31st

Fated: Dragon Shifter Romance (Ice World Warriors Book 6)
Live release

Catnapped by the Catman: An Alien Abduction Standalone Romance (Interstellar Protections Agency Book 1)

January RH Book Releases #amreading

January 2nd

Return to the Hollow: A Steamy Paranormal/Dark/Shifter/Romance (Misfit Protection Program Book 2)
January 4th

The Preacher’s Wife: Chasing Lynda (The Preacher’s Daughter – The Preacher’s Wife Book 3)
January 5th

Pretty Broken Things (Caravan of Freaks Book 1)
January 5th

Wasteland: Succubus Ascended Serial (Succubus Harem Book 53) PNR RH
January 6th

Haunts and Hades
January 6th

A Shifter’s Choice (Wolves of Hawthorne Cove Book 5)
January 11th

Danica: Darkness of Winter (Fallen Starlights Series Book 1)
January 12th

Grave Misconduct (Gang of Ghouls Book 3)
January 15th

Renegades Exiled
January 20th

Magic in the Making: A Curse of Blood Serial (Hartford Cove 4) PNR RH
January 21st

Pack Promised (Thrown to the Wolves Book 1) darker PNR RH
January 22nd

Zuko’s Fate: Dragon Valley’s Lord
January 24th

Captured by the Monsters
January 28th

Jewels and Feathers (Race Games Book 3)
January 28th

Depraved (The Feral Princess Book 3)
January 28th

Rising Darkness (The Veil Keeper Book 4)
January 29th

Fighting Monsters Part 1 and 2
January 30th

WOLF RECLAIMED: A Paranormal Shifter Romance (Aurelia’s Pack Of Misfits Book 2)
January 31st

Make Me Beg: A Dark Enemies to Lovers College Romance (Rich Demons of Darkwood Book 2) Contemporary
January 31st

MONSTERS IN MY BED: A Monster Romance (Bogeymen Book 2)
January 31

Orc-ward Encounters
January 31st

Crushed: Deadly Hearts, Book 1: A dark mafia contemporary reverse harem romance
January 30th

Cyns Revelation- Paranormal Romance RH
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Author K.R. Hall #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Karen Hall

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

I grew up as a Navy child. My dad was transferred about every two years. I was terribly shy, and it was hard to make friends. I was in the Air Force from 1984 to 1992. I moved to Colorado with my then three-year-old son. 

I was a single mom for 14 years. I met my soulmate in 2003, and we married in 2004. I have three adult children. Hubby and I had our dream home built in 2015. We live there with our two chihuahuas. 

I’m addicted to chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate, I enjoy milk, but I hate white. I love Cherry Coke Zero Sugar. I drink iced tea and hot tea. In the winter, I drink dark chocolate hot cocoa with Reddi-Wip whipped cream. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

I wanted to be a writer in the third grade, but my dad said I needed a job with a guaranteed income. December 2009, I quit my job due to health issues. My first six months of being unemployed were great. I still got up early to see my husband off to work then I cleaned the house. It was just the two of us, and it was easy to keep clean. I read a lot from my favorite authors, Sue Grafton, Dean Koontz, and Stuart Woods. I also read romance novels. My first Paranormal Romance (PNR) was VA Dold’s Le Beau series.

I met Vickie at the Reader Appreciation Weekend for the Denver RomCon in September 2016, and she changed my life. I remember being very nervous. When Vickie came around the corner, I tried to calm down. Her smile lit up her face when she spotted me. 

We hugged, and my husband took a photo of us. Vickie is so down to earth. She could tell I was nervous, and to help settle my nerves, she said to me that she put her pants on one leg at a time, just like everyone else.

We spent the weekend getting to know each other at the event. I told Vickie about my ideas about writing a book about bear shifters. She told me that I should write it and she would love to help me out. I called her and emailed her a lot while I wrote my first book.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

Many things inspire book ideas. A lot of them have been inspired by photos. My newest book, Project X-Force: B.E.A.R. – Bravo Echo Alpha Romeo, was inspired by the cover model’s image. 

What are you working on now? 

I am starting to write my first RH (Reverse Harem). Just as a harem comprises one man with multiple women, a reverse harem consists of one female protagonist and three or more male love interests. However, this is not a situation where the woman must pick her one true love by the end of the story; instead, she enters into relationships with … several (if not all) of them.

Vega: Stargazers’ Prophecy is the sixth book in a twelve-book series with other authors. Author Gina Manis saw the movie Stardust and had the idea for the series. The other authors joining us are Jewels Arthur, Jade Waltz, Skyler Andra, Quell T. Fox, J.R. Thorn, Krystal Pena, Ciara Skye, Hanleigh Bradley, Zelda Knight, Naomi Panthera, Kenzie Graves, and Eve Bradley.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

My office is full of stuffed animals (mainly bears). I have bear figurines and wall art. I must have silence when I write, but sometimes I turn on my bear water fountain. I tend to nibble while I write. I sometimes will have nuts, string cheese, and beef jerky. I also have chocolate candies.

What are your hopes for the future? 

I hope to make it to the USA Today’s Bestsellers list one day. I would also like to have a little orange flag from Amazon Bestsellers. In the meantime, I will continue to write and hope readers will enjoy my books.

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

Just keep doing what you love. I rewrote my first book six times before it was published. I have only been an indie author. It would be best if you did what feels right for you. Don’t let anyone tell you how or what to change. 

An editor told me to change the lead character’s nationality in a book. I explained that I didn’t feel comfortable doing so. My book was written a certain way, and the people who have read it enjoy the book.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for trusting my books. I’m thrilled that you like them. I enjoy writing and have loads of stories that are bursting to come out of my head and onto paper. I will continue to write and self-publish.

Author Rowen Black #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Rowen Black

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My Name is Rowen Black and I am 33 years old with a male cat that i have had for years, I come from a large family who is very close to one another. My cousin is actually a RH author.. not naming names 🙂

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes i just wanted to make sure i could write an entire book before i got excited.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Knightwood Academy my MFC beat it into my head.

What are you working on now?

Monster Kisses and Vicious Queen

Do you have any quirks while working?

Music I love to listen to music.

What are your hopes for the future?

To continue to grow as an author and publish more books.

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

Just write what you want and never look at reviews.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you all so much it warm my heart that you all love my characters and books so much and i love your theories.

Author Addison/Adara Wolf #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Addison/Adara Wolf

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi everybody! I’m Addison/Adara Wolf. My dark MF works are under the name Addison Wolf, my dark MM stuff under Adara Wolf. I primarily write, well, dark romance. Protagonists who are unredeemable and relationships that are extremely toxic. I wouldn’t want to date any of my main characters IRL, but they sure are fun to write and read about!

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have been writing for fun since I was around 14, but if I’m honest, I didn’t consider it as a full time profession until I was in the middle of my first real job and absolutely hating it. I wrote Under His Heel (dark m/m) for fun, not really intending to monetize it, but it grew extremely long! And things had gotten very sour at work, so publishing this book allowed me to leave a toxic situation.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Raissa Donovan (my now co-author) and I were chatting about branching out into a new genre. We knew we wanted to write dark, and reverse harem sounded very fun, especially since it allowed us to include some bisexual men in our story. We chatted out ideas, throwing in all the fun kinks we definitely wanted to add, until we got to Breaking Lucia.

What are you working on now?

We just finished Book 2 in the Spoils of Victory series, Taming Lucia, and we’re gearing up to start writing the third one. We have it planned out, but as always things will probably change while we’re writing. On the m/m side, I’m working on a spin-off for Under His Heel, Leashing His Heart, featuring a rich young man out of his depths and a criminal who is finding out just how hard he can push the boundaries.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Not so much quirks, but I can’t work with music playing, most of the time. The lyrics distract me! If I think it’s too quiet, I’ll pop on some instrumental music.
… Oh, and anybody who knows me can tell you, but I spend way too long researching tiny details that will often never make it into my books.

What are your hopes for the future?

I’d love to be able to make this my full time job. I’m not there yet, but I changed day jobs mid-2021 and my goal for 2022 is to grow my author business. If I can figure out how to juggle my day job with my author job, I want to get back into painting, as well. I did a few paintings for my home office and had so much fun with it.

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

If you’re self-publishing, the most important thing is to have a plan! Plan out what you’re going to write for the next year, and stick to a schedule. Marketing is important too (don’t skimp on covers) but the best thing you can do is be consistent.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much to everybody who has supported me these past few years. I appreciate everybody who has read my books. I love reader comments and seeing people’s reactions to my characters really warms my heart. Thank you so, so much. 💖
As a thanks to all our readers, Raissa and I have written a little holiday extra story, titled Giving Lucia.

Teasers –Taming Lucia, releasing on Dec 28

The last dress I’m holding is black, knee-length, with a wrap design. It shows a bit of cleavage, but not as much as the white dress, and it still has thick straps and a covered back. Elegant, but still appropriate for work without being completely sexless.
“This one,” I say, pulling the dress off the hanger. “Raise your arms, Lucia.”
“I can dress myself,” she tells me, reaching out for the dress instead of obeying.
I unzip the back of the dress and shrug. “I’m sure you can. You can wear it by yourself too. I just finished clearing out one of the closets for you, we could hang you up there with the rest of the dresses.”
Angelo smirks.
All the color drains from her face. She quickly raises her arms in the air. “That won’t be necessary,” she says.
I pull the dress over her head and shoulders and nod at her. “Good girl.”
I don’t miss her quite tangible reaction to the words. A tremor runs through her, and her breath catches. I don’t think she even realizes she’s responding so beautifully to the praise.
She lets me pull the dress down over her body, hiding the bright red lingerie, and I zip it up in the back before circling around her to inspect her. It’s a good fit, just like I knew it would be, and it’s perfect for the meeting. She’s quiet, glancing at me uncertainly.
I let my hands roam over her body while I pretend to inspect it. I cup her breasts, trail soft touches down her stomach, and squeeze her ass. She tenses, her lips trembling, but she doesn’t move away from me.
There’s a certain thrill I get, knowing that I’ve molded my partner just to my liking. Lucia isn’t quite there yet, but she looks good in the clothes I picked for her. I have jewelry for her too, and I look forward to brushing her hair.
Then Angelo wolf-whistles. “Looking very, very nice, Princess.”
She startles, obviously having been caught in the moment I was where it was just the two of us. She glances over at him, rolling her eyes. “You’d think that no matter what I was wearing. You’d even find something you liked about the nun clothes.”
I give Angelo a cold glare. “If you can keep your mouth shut, you can stay and masturbate. Otherwise, leave.”
Angelo’s eyebrows rise. “So far, I haven’t seen anything worth jerking off to.”
“And there won’t be anything worth jerking off to,” Lucia says. “Right, Victor?” Like that’s going to make me agree with her.
A quick glance at my alarm clock shows there’s still twenty-five minutes before the meeting. Plenty of time. I brush my thumb over Lucia’s lips. “Mouth or cunt?”

Author Renee George #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Renee George

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a USA Today Bestselling authors of paranormal mysteries and romances. I live in the Midwest with my husband of 31 years, and I have a grown son who is 27. I am an animal lover, and I’m happily owned by my pit bull/ lab mix Kona the princess, and two cats, Simon and Ash. I served in the Army from 1986 – 1994, I became a nurse in 1991, and did that until my first book was published in 2005 by a small press, and that was the first time that I thought, “Hey, I can really do this.” I have never looked back.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes, but when I was growing up, I never thought it was a possibility. I was always writing stories. My mother still has a few that I wrote for her, but we were poor, and my parents had five children. Writing for a living seemed like a pipedream. That’s why I joined the military and went to nursing school. When I was 30 and my son was getting ready to go to kindergarten, I went back to college and worked for a degree in Creative Writing. I was doing the mom and wife thing, working full-time as a nurse, and going to school part-time. The same year my first book was published, was the year I graduated with my second degree.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My Nora Black Midlife Psychic Books was inspired by my own life. I love writing a heroine who is older, but still has a lot of adventure left in her.

What are you working on now?

I just finished Spice and Prejudice (A Nora Black Midlife Psychic Mystery Book 5), so I am in the “in between.” I won’t be starting my next book for a week or so. That will be Pits and Pieces of Murder (A Barkside of the Moon Cozy Mystery Book 7) coming at the end of 2022.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

Is coffee a quirk? LOL. I drink lots of coffee, but otherwise, I have no habits when it comes to writing. I hate routine. I write at various times throughout the day and night, and I move around to many locations including my desk, in my easy chair, out on the deck, in the car, the guest bedrooms, my bedroom, the living room, on vacation…Okay, I can see how that might be a quirk.

What are your hopes for the future?

To write a lot more books, and that more readers find my books. LOL. Isn’t that always the goal.

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

Write your books. Get your friends and family to read it before you do anything else. Do a lot of research. Google is a great place to start. Be professional. Hire an editor and cover artist. Properly format your books. Take advice but trust yourself when it comes to the stories. There is no magic bullet for success in this business. What works for one person may not work for you. Be prepared for that. Writing books, publishing, marketing, basically running your won business, is a lot of work, but if you have the stamina to carry on even when things look dire, it is also really rewarding.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

You guys make the whole wild ride 100% worth it. Thank you so much for loving my characters and stories as much as I do.