Author Heather Relken #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Heather Relken

Hello everyone!! I’m Heather Relken; I write romance in fantasy, paranormal, and (mostly) scifi subgenres! I’ve always had a rampant imagination and once that manifested into creative writing back in 7th grade, I’ve never looked back! I like to tell stories about realistic characters in unexpected scenarios, and my love for creating cultures, toying with taboo, and creating languages has made me fall in love with scifi-romance.

I lost my job to covid this year, which was a blessing in disguise as it gave me the opportunity to dive headfirst into my writing and pursue my authorship full-time! My husband has been so supportive and willing to help my writing however he can, and I’m now about to publish my second novel within four months!!!!

Honestly, it’s a dream come true. ❤

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Wanted to, yes. Did I think it was ever going to actually happen? Mmm, no.

I started writing in 7th grade thanks to a creative writing homework assignment for my history class, and soon enough I would daydream about sitting outside in the sun, sipping iced tea and writing the day away without a care in the world. That was always how I envisioned “my best life”.

Unfortunately I live in the midwest so sitting outside all day is bound to get me frozen to death!!

So I’ve always dreamed of being a full-time author but at the same time, I’ve also always struggled with self-confidence and all that, so I never actually believed I’d be able to make it happen. I always figured I’d do writing as a hobby and have some other job to make money with. When I say doing this is a dream come true, I really, really mean it!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Man, I’ve been working on this series for so many years now it’s hard to go back to that initial, singular seed that grew into this universe.

The Aethercurrent Chronicles is a massive 20+ book endeavor. I plan on each being fully standalone, with Easter Eggs for those who have a sharp enough eye to catch them! I’ve been cooking this series for probably 5 or so years now, and I think the initial inspiration was probably after reading Amanda Milo’s series and realizing what the genre of Scifi-Romance was and how perfectly it was suited to my interests. So naturally, I wanted to create my own universe to play around in!

As for individual books though, I tend to get inspiration from my dreams. I have some really weird dreams and when I wake up, I’ll take one or two neat or interesting aspects and disregard the outlandish stuff that would never work, and I mash the ideas together until I get a cohesive sort of dough I can start to cook with! It’s honestly a chaotic mess, but I’ve learned it’s how I work best!!

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m working on a series-within-a-series, The Baron’s Hand Saga. This saga is about the curious case of amnesiac men & women who wake on a foreign planet and are sold at auction–no memories, no name, no language. These romances span the question of humanity–if other sentient life forms are capable of empathy, caregiving, humor, and love, does that not mean they too have humanity despite not being human?

Which is an elaborate way of saying it’s a romance between humans and aliens.

My newest book is actually the first in the saga, wherein a woman flees the man who bought her at the auction and stows away onto a stranger’s ship and eventually lives with them on their farm, trying to heal and learn who she is despite not having memories of her life before being sold. It’s a heartwarming story about family, identity, and forgiveness. ❤

Do you have any quirks while working?

Well, I’m a pantser through and through (meaning, I don’t plot or organize ANYTHING before knuckling down to type the story). I tend to pop on some music and just sort of word-vomit all over a document, and then afterwards I finger-paint the mess into art to make it look like I knew what I was doing all along lol my system is crazy, chaotic, and spontaneous!! Not knowing where I’m headed in the story keeps that zest of excitement in my fingertips and helps me to keep moving forward. If I know all the details and I know how it all goes down for every single chapter, that spark of interest is just…gone.

I find that my Muse (who I compare to Howl from the famous Studio Ghibli movie) works best in the early, early hours of the morning when I’m still somewhat asleep, so I try to get out of bed as early as possible to do my writing in the dark, by candlelight. Different candles for different scenes!! Earthy scented candles for adventurous scenes, floral candles for romance scenes, musky and masculine candles for the, ahem, REALLY romantic scenes…

What are your hopes for the future?

I have so many little goals, some of which I’ve already reached. “See someone recommend my book to another person”, or “be interviewed about my writing” (thanks Helle for fulfilling that one!!), or “have a reader draw fanart of my characters”, things along those lines. Reaching those little checkpoints always puts a smile in my heart!!

Long-term though, my hope is that I’m able to get enough solid ground under myself that I can stand on my author platform fully and not have to go back to a standard 9-5 once this covid nonsense calms down. I want to be able to thank my husband for his unerring support and belief by helping support the household in return, and make him proud that I put myself and my work out there, and that there’s actual people in the world who love what I write.

My fanciful answer, though, is that I hope sometime in the future someone will say, “This is my FAVORITE book!” about one of my novels. That would, I mean, that’d be absolutely incredible. I could die happy lol ❤

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

I always give the same advice whenever I’m asked this, because it’s the only advice I DIDN’T get when I was starting out!

Every writer has their own way of doing things, their own system that works best for them. Stephen King’s routine probably wouldn’t work for Jane Austen. And it might not work for you. You have to find your own way, find the environment and schedule in which your Muse works best!

I recommend that you listen to EVERY piece of advice you come across, and also NONE of the advice! Try out each piece–plot instead of being spontaneous, be spontaneous instead of plotting, write at night instead of in the morning, write on your phone instead of a computer, etc etc etc. Taste each method and try every recipe for success, and only keep the ingredients that work for you. Disregard the rest. Build your own, personalized recipe of what you’ve found works or helps out, and eventually you’ll be able to churn out content in a very effortless and natural way that feels satisfying to the soul, rather than stressful.

Your Muse is yours and no one else’s. Be open-minded to other’s advice, but remember not to compare yourself or become a copy of anyone else. Their stories are already out there.

We want YOUR story ❤

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Sometimes I stare out the window and look at the horizon and go “It’s so crazy to think there’s people out there, somewhere, who have read my stuff and really liked it.”

You guys aren’t obligated to enjoy my writing, but you do anyway. That boggles my mind and makes my heart do somersaults around my ribcage. I’d love to line you all up and go one by one hugging and squeezing you all and saying “thank you so much” a hundred thousand times, and KNOW that YOU KNOW I really mean that every time I say it.

Commenting “Thanks so much!” on each facebook post that says my work is good can come across as fake, or scripted, or empty, and honestly even though it’s my job and passion in life to write words and evoke emotion, when it comes to thinking of my readers? My fans?

I’m speechless.
Thank you so, so much.
You guys give my life purpose and I’m so happy that the stories I put out there can offer you solace, an escape, a laugh, or anything in between. ❤

Always feel free to reach out! I’m an open book and love chatting with folks about anything readerly, writerly, or really just about anything lol

Author Jessica Grayson #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Jessica Grayson

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello, World! I live in San Antonio, TX with my husband, cat and dog. I love swimming, biking and all things dark chocolate.  When I’m writing, I love coffee. But when I’m reading, I love a good cup of chai.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always loved writing, but it was more a hobby for me than anything else. But after losing my parents and oldest sister unexpectedly a few years ago, I started writing as an outlet for my grief.

Writing helps me to channel all my grief into something creative and beautiful. To be honest, I feel like it gave me my life back. It helped me to rediscover my joy after going through so much devastating loss.

I never thought I’d be an author but now that I am, I know it is something I will do for the rest of my life.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I love slow burn romance and getting lost in a beautiful love story—the kind of book that leaves you thinking about it for days after you’ve read it because the characters and emotions were so deep and intense. I also love Vampire, Alien and Elvish Romance. I kept searching for a story with all these things included in it, and wasn’t really finding what I was looking for. So, I decided to write what I wanted to read. That’s how my V’loryn Series (Vampire Alien Romance) was created. 😊

What are you working on now?

My Vampire Alien Romance (V’loryn Series), Dragon Shifter Romance (Mosauran Series), and Fae Alien Romance (Aerilon Fae Series) are all set in the same universe. Each series can be read independently, but it makes for a much more immersive experience to read each one to get a richer understanding of this universe and all the characters that live in it.

Right now, I’m working on my Aerilon Fae Alien series book: “Trace the Sky.” It is about Al’aneo (Tr’lani’s brother) and his Terran (human) mate Holly. He saved Holly from slavers in “The Shape of the Wind,” and I fell in love with the idea of giving them their own HEA.  

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have to write at the kitchen table. My husband set up an office for me in one of the spare bedrooms, but for some reason the words just flow better when I’m in the kitchen, in the middle of everything going on in the house.

Also, I love listening to music when I’m plotting. It’s amazing how much music helps in my creative process. When I hear a song that inspires me, I can literally see the plot playing out in my head like a movie.

The ending of “Lost in the Deep End” was inspired by the song, “Indian” by Sleeping at Last. The scene in “Beneath A Different Sky,” when they land on Marek’s planet and then step off the ship together was inspired by “Believe with Me” by Raign.

I’m not sure why my mind works that way, but I’m glad it does. When I get stuck on a plot issue, I start listening to music and it helps me to figure it out. 😊

What are your hopes for the future?

I have quite a few stories/HEAs I want to write in this share/expanded universe. Several side characters are speaking strongly to me and I can hardly wait to get their stories out in the world.

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

Write what you love and keep writing.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much for all your kind words of encouragement. These stories and these characters mean a lot to me. You have no idea how wonderful it is to know that readers love these characters as much as I do. I cannot thank you enough.

Author Valerie Mars #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Valerie Mars

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello, world! I am 29 years old and hail from Alaska, where I graduated with a BA in Japanese before teaching in Japan for 3 years. Upon returning home, I became a barista on the Alaskan oil fields. Currently, I write while readying myself for motherhood this summer.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

This all feels like a prank that went too far. When COVID shut down my coffee shop in March, I was able to find work in the same facility cleaning toilets and vacuuming hallways. During those long, repetitive 12 hour days I discovered a story taking shape within my mind. I started listening to writing podcasts, taking notes, and in May began writing Ferrous. I figured it would flicker out by June, but for some reason I kept going. You have toilets to thank for this book.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I think I was in a reading rut at the time, horribly craving something reverse harem with a rich fae world. I wasn’t finding what I was looking for, and decided to craft my own. A bit of a fever dream, maybe.

What are you working on now?

I ought to be working on Zealous, the next book in the Fae’s Folly world, but I’ve been reading Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series instead! *guilty look* I discovered her books during my research phase last spring, but swore them off until I had developed my own world. They’re my reward for releasing Ferrous.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have to eat Skittles, but they can only be the green ones. I’m currently searching for a PA to take up the task of sorting them for me. But, nah. In all seriousness, I’m pretty boring. My favorite place to write was in my room on the oil field, because it was dead quiet. And dinner was always prepared for me! When at home, I prefer Ghibli instrumental soundtracks or something related so that I don’t get distracted by the soundtracks of my neighborhood or family. There’s a Ghibli cello one with a HEADBANGING rendition of the Totoro theme song, I tell ya.

What are your hopes for the future?

To push out a healthy baby this summer and to see my husband discover his own fever dream. In the short term, I hope to discover my readers and create a great sequel for them. :3

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

[The End] is only the start for indie authors. Unless blessed with full pockets and friends in convenient places, you will not only be a writer, but an editor and entrepreneur as well. The good news is, there are resources out there. It will be a journey of discovery you must take on your own, but you are 100% capable of taking it. And when you do, be proud of yourself. You earned it.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I am horrible at taking any sort of praise. 5 years into my marriage, I STILL struggle to accept the love of my in-laws. So while I may be stoic most times, know that your kind words and enthusiasm have brought many tears and giddy spurts of energy over the creation and release of Ferrous. I’ve said this too many times already, but I am so glad to hear Ferrous may have made you laugh or read past your bedtime. ❤ Thank you for telling me.

Author Colette Rhodes #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Colette Rhodes

Tell us a bit about yourself


My name is Colette, I live in New Zealand with my husband and toddler. I’ve been writing and publishing as an indie author for the past year now.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

It’s always been my dream career, but I never seriously contemplated pursuing it! I wasn’t really aware of the indie publishing route until 2019. Even then, when I wrote my first book in 2020 it was more of a challenge to me. Publishing it was a spontaneous decision that has opened up an exciting world of opportunities I never could have predicted.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My latest book, Blood Nor Money, is a vampire reverse harem romance that was inspired by Porcia Catonis, a rather tragic figure from Ancient Rome. I majored in Ancient History and there are so many historical figures whose stories have inspired me, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to write about all of them!

What are you working on now?

I just finished writing Blood Nor Money, so I’m currently doing the release day preparations for that. It was my longest book yet, and my first romantic suspense. It’s been a blast to work on, but I’m excited to get started on new projects too, once this is out.

My next series is a beach town contemporary reverse harem and I’ve been itching to get started on it. It’s summer in my part of the world and I’m full of ideas for this book.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I quite often lie on the floor while I’m working because I find it more comfortable than sitting at a desk! I also like to listen to movie scores when I’m writing an intense scene, as lyrics get too distracting.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to keep telling the stories I love and connecting with amazing readers. I’d love to attend an event one day and meet some readers face-to-face, once the world opens up again.

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

Have faith in yourself and your work, network as much as you can with the wider book community, and invest in a proofreader right off the bat.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Just a ginormous thank you for everything! For reading my books, leaving reviews, being so supportive about my new projects. You’re all amazing x

Author Stella Brie #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Stella Brie

Tell us a bit about yourself

I live outside of Nashville, Tennessee with my husband and my 13 year old golden retriever, Bailey.  My husband got tired of me telling him I wanted to write a book ‘someday’ and challenged me to sit down and write a paragraph. Just one paragraph. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. First, I wrote a serial fan fiction, then jumped into my first book, My Salvation. I learned a ton writing that book! 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

For a long time, no. I was a voracious reader and I worked in marketing. But for the last few years, I kept thinking “this is something I want to do…someday”.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

Music often inspires a kernel of an idea. For my newest book, The Rowan, I heard the song Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer on the radio and all I could think about were vampires dancing on the dance floor, paying homage to a master vampire. That jump started my new series. 

What are you working on now? 

Book 2 in the Killian Blade Series, an urban fantasy reverse harem.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I like to write one chapter at a time. When I sit down at my laptop, I will only write one chapter. I may come back later and write another chapter, but not in one sitting. It helps me focus.

What are your hopes for the future? 

To tell a lot more stories, cross genres and make a living. (Got to feed my dog!)

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

Just do it, publish. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You will learn a ton and that will set up your second book for more success. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you, my heart is so full of gratitude for everyone who reads my books.

January Book Releases

January 1

Discovery of a Queen:
Resurrection of Queens Book 1

PNR MF
January 5

Shifting Tides:
Mirrored Worlds Book Three

PNR RH
January 5

Undone:
Succubus Undone Serial
(Succubus Harem Book 43)

PNR RH.
January 6

Feral Blood
(Bound to the Fae Book 2)

RH PNR

 
January 7

Laces
(Boys of Hawthorne Asylum)

Upper-YA bully/dark romance
January 7

Feel My Power
(The Iron Fae Book 2)

UF MF
January 7

The Heir of Shadows
(Book 4 in the Underestimated Series)

MC RH
January 7

The Heir of Shadows
(Book 4 in the Underestimated Series)

MC RH
January 8

Charmed by the Fox’s Heart
A Fantasy Superhero RH Romance
Cosmic Guardians #1
January 9

Blood Nor Money:
A Paranormal
Reverse Harem Romance
January 11

Lookin’ For Mr. Right:
A Collection of
Contemporary M/M Stories
January 11

Karma’s Broken Dolls
(Dollhouse Vigilantes Book 2)

Reverse Harem
January 11

Beautifully Explosive
(Candied Crush Book 11)

MM Contemporary Romance.
January 12

Jaded Vamp
January 15

The Wild Finale:
The Wild Boys Book 3
January 15

Sinfully Yours

Contemporary MF
January 15

Discord
(Bound to the Fae Book 1)

Portal fantasy RH
January 18

Torment: Part One
(The Bleeding Hearts Series Book 1)

Dark and taboo’ish MF
January 21

Bloody Union
(Made Book 1)

Mafia contemporary
January 22

Lyric & the Heartbeats

Switch Omegaverse RH
January 22

Rescued by the Water Dragon Prince:
Dragon Shifter Romance
(Elemental Dragon Warriors Book 3)
January 28

Destined to Hide
(A Shifting Society Book 1)

Shared PNR/Dystopian world
with Author J. Kearston
– all books are standalone novels
in an interconnected world.
Reverse Harem, Human/Shifter mates
January 29

Tiamat
(My Bloody Valentine)
January 29

Ella and Her Shifters:
A Reverse Harem Shifter Romance
(Once Upon A Shifter Book 1)
January 30

Alien Abduction for Professionals
(The Intergalactic Guide to Humans Book 2)
January 30

Project: Adapt – Failure:
A Space Fantasy Alien Romance
(Book 4)

Book Promotion Directory: Bloggers & Promoters by @eBookBuilders

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Satan’s Gift by Everly Taylor #amreading

$0.99 Until Dec 24th

Satan’s Gift by Everly Taylor

WILL SATAN FIND HIS OWN CHEER, OR SPREAD MISERY FOR ALL TO HEAR?

When Holly accidentally writes a letter to Satan, instead of Santa, little does she know it will actually find its way to him and change her life forever.
What does The Devil do with letters meant for Santa addressed to him by accident? Of course he insists on delivering them himself!
Follow, Luka, Nick, Bernard and Holly as hilarity ensues with Satan’s attempts to deliver Christmas presents. Santa and his elves as they attempt to track him down and make sure Christmas isn’t ruined. And Holly’s begrudging attraction to these devilishly charming men as she is roped into their chaotic holiday.

This book is intended for 18+ and is sure to set your yule log blazing!!!

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