Model – Actor – Writer Donny Lewis #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Donny Lewis

Tell us a bit about yourself…


Hello, my name is Donny Lewis.  I have been a professional model since I was 18 years old some 25 years at the top of the fashion industry.  My first big advertising campaign was for Guess jeans in 1996.  Since that time I have worked all over the world for most all of the major brands.  Levi’s, Valentino, Armani, Boss, YSL, Esprit, Zara, H&M, Dolce & Gabanna, Bulgari, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, and many many many others.  I am probably known in the industry more for the number of men’s and women’s fragrances I have done.  Don’t think there are many people that have done 18 different perfumes and had a perfume contract for 20 years straight with various brands!  All of this is easy tot find with a quick google search if you want.  I suppose you are asking for something a bit more personal.  

So here you go;
I am from a town in what is known as the South Plains of Texas.  Our big claims to fame in the area are, Buddy Holly (from Lubbock, TX), and Waylon Jennings (from Littlefield, TX).  We also have oil, cattle, cotton, route 66, and sand storms.  There is not much else there to speak of and in keeping with that theme, my home town had a total of 216 people in it.  I graduated with a class of 12 in my high school.  So it is safe to say that I am from small town USA.  I was never a good student but I did have good grades. I have a very curious mind and love to learn, I just did not always care for what they were teaching.

We were a farming family.  We raised cotton, sheep and boarder collies, mostly.  I could drive a tractor at 8 years old. (Not at all uncommon). My first car was a 1990 white 5.0 mustang. 

Have you always wanted to become a model?

No. lol  I actually had no idea that it could be a job until a model scout saw me and explained a bit about the business. 

How did you get started?  

Showing sheep actually. 🙂
I still was not interested in being a model until there was no dreamed of Football career and the best academic scholarships I was offered were only 1/2 scholarships to Yale, Princeton, Emory, Rice and Austin College. They all offered based on my SAT and ACT scores (standardized test required for entrance into university), which I scored in the top 1%.  That was quite a big deal but alas, for a farm boy from a modest family, 1/2 off of way too much is still way too much!  LOL. So I did about 2 years worth of University over the 2 summer semesters at the local junior college (they gave me a full scholarship) and one fall semester (I had to pay for at West Texas A&M University), and tested out of every class I could.    Finally, I decided that I would see if I could take up that model scout guy on his deal to fly me up to NYC and sign on with Next model management. They took care of my flight, my apartment, my first test shootings, and a little pocket money.  All as a loan that would need to be paid back if I started working!  But, no strings attached if it did not work out. The way I saw it I had nothing to loose.  I would try it for an experience.  IF, it worked out then I would do it for no more than 2 years so I could save up enough money to pay for the rest of my education.  I had plans to get a law degree, and move into politics.  
I actually really enjoyed my time in the business and making some pretty decent money while traveling around the world.  So, I just kept doing it.  Having been to 89 countries so far!  I mean, I am a little farm boy from West Texas that gets to live on two continents!  


Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t think so.  The only thing that might be a quirk is that I almost always have gum in my mouth in every picture.  Can’t do it so much with the acting but for photo’s no one knows but me.

Do you have any advice for new models?

My standard answer for this question has always been find a good agent!  Though, the business has changed drastically in the past 5 to 6 years and there is a great deal of self promotion that is now required that was frowned up for most of my career.  I would still say though that having a great agent in your corner is the best way to advance in the modeling industry.  If you have say 1 million followers, then you will be just fine as well.  

What are your hopes for the future?

I have many plans in the works as I have always had.  I write, I have always loved books and wrote my first full novel when I was 14.  Also, short stories, poetry, and screen plays, I even created and wrote a TV series.  I will continue on that path, thankful that I have other means to keep the lights on!  Very hard to break into and become successful as a writer.  I applaud all that have and do!   Other than that I would say my hopes and plans for the future are much what they are for the present.  Do my best to be a good person and to be happy.  

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Thanks for following along @donny7lewis instagram, FB, Twitter, pinterest and youtube as well as my donnylewis.com  website.  As I experiment with this new dialog, sharing more of myself than just what I look like, the comments, ideas, and encouragement has been very nice.  In the same way I did not know what to think about modeling before I got started in the business, I really did not know if I was going to enjoy putting myself out there in other ways.  It’s always nice to learn new things about yourself.  I have all of followers to thank for that.  

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Author Lucy Scott Bryan #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

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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🐍🛸Soulbinding Fate 🐍🛸 (Sky Serpent Clan Series Book 3)

The world has never been a kind place. It’s filled with disaster and people that are just out to get you, at least, in Tara’s experience.

Unless you get them first.

Tara likes to live on the edge, keeping people at a distance away from her heart for the sake of her sanity. It’s safer that way, but it’s also, lonely.

But when she becomes mated not to one, but to three men, she has an unexpected change of heart. She sees her future for once, instead of her own downfall and she doesn’t want to let go.

When it comes time to take love by the reins, will she risk it all for love and fully allow her mates that she always yearned for in? Or will she do what she knows best and kick them to the curb when things get tough?

Oceantide by @EverlyTaylor1 and @melodycalder1 #newrelease

Oceantide (Shadow Isle Reformatory Book 2)

Shadow Isle Reformatory, a school for the good, the bad and the evil. When I say school, don’t get too excited, sweet cheeks. It’s more of a prison where people are sent when they mess up, and not everyone is here for the right reasons. 

I’m one of those people. 

I spent almost a year keeping to myself here, trying to lay low so I could get out and stop my sister. Preferring to distance myself as I have no idea who I can trust and who is up to no good. That is until, Eva, the ice sorceress showed up. She changed everything. When she escaped, it was all upended again.

I know she will be back for me; it’s only a matter of time. But while I wait, I have to be even more careful than I was before. Jack Frost, our so-called headmaster, is on a power trip that makes evil look considerate. He thinks I can lead him to her. What he doesn’t count on is that I’d rather eat a sea anemone than lead him to my best friend. 

Just when I think I have everything figured out, a blast from my past shows up and I have to navigate whole new waters. With new teachers, new friends, and possibly new enemies, who can I trust? And can I figure out who is friend and who is foe before it’s too late?

*This is a reverse harem that include explicit sexual content that is not suitable for young audiences. 
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Painless (Steel Demons MC Book 4)


Love is never painless.
Especially when you love dangerous men.

My heart wants the most dangerous one of all–the golden man with the beautiful smile. Gunner strikes enemies as ruthlessly as his falcon, but when it comes to us, he keeps me tortured and begging for a swift end.

He crushed me once, then kissed hope back into me. His indecision will be the slow, painful death of me. I’m done waiting. I’ll make him put me out of my misery, or pull the trigger myself.

If dealing with him wasn’t enough pain, I’m also getting my Steel Demons tattoo from Shadow.

The scarred, quiet man has been coming around to me slowly. My new cat companion is obsessed with him. If my time with the Steel Demons has taught me anything, it’s to trust the instincts of our animal guardians.

They’re intelligent. Sometimes, they even talk to us.

I don’t expect my first tattoo to be painless. But can I heal my artist from the pain he keeps locked inside?

Sons of Anarchy meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this dystopian reverse harem adventure! Painless is the fourth book in the Steel Demons MC saga. This series is full of kindle-melting steam and dangerous men who take what they want. Proceed with caution if easily offended.

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Fallen Petals: Ira’s Harem by #RozieMarshall

Fallen Petals: Ira’s Harem (Personal Harem Series Book 2)

Cursed by a hated ex-fiancé, Ira spends her days as human as can be. Once night falls, however, she is transformed into a succubus. An enchanted rose tics down the time to give in to his demands, to be his, or face being a succubus forever.

Four men and one woman are trapped, just as much as Ira is, doomed to change alongside her. Will love for these five save her from this curse or will she find the inner strength to break it all on her own?

As her ex-fiancé turns more violent and desperate, the six must work together to release the castle from his dark spell. Failure is not an option for Ira and her beauties, for her inner beast has already snared them.

*Warning this novel is intended for 18 years and up. This novel is a stand-alone with a Happy for Now ending. This novel has scenes of a graphic sexual nature. There are scenes of BDSM, M/M, F/F, and Violence.

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Author Tabitha Barret #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello, I’m Tabitha Barret, a multi-genre Romance author who writes steamy fantasy, paranormal, academy and YA books.  I live in New Jersey with my supportive husband, two opposite personality teens and four insane dogs. There’s never a dull moment.

My main focus is on reverse harem and #whychoose stories.  Admittedly, when I read Twilight, I was annoyed that Bella had to choose between two different men who loved her.  Yes, you can argue that either Edward or Jacob was the better choice, but it’s a fantasy book. If we can pretend that vampires are real and sparkle, why not indulge ourselves in the fantasy of having two very different kinds of men be part of our lives?

Have you always wanted to become an author?

When I was younger, I used to pretend that I was Wonder Woman or Batgirl and run around the house beating up bad guys.  As I got older, the role-playing stayed inside my head, even if I didn’t act it out anymore. I always had some kind of pretend world where I created different kinds of characters or lived out the lives of people from TV or movies.  I finally started writing down the story ideas in high school and actually finished a book. It was terrible, of course, and my mother thought I was crazy when she read some of it, so I put it away. When I took creative writing classes in college, I never dreamed that I would be a published author some day.  So, even though I never really decided to become an author until I was in my late thirties, I realized that I had quietly been working towards that unrealized goal. It took 4 years to complete the 1st two books in my original series.  Since then, I have been trying to hone my skills and improve my author business.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I’m actually working a few different books at the moment.

One of the books is a sequel to a Magic Academy anthology that was published last year.  I like doing anthologies sometimes because the theme is already set up. I just have to figure out how to write within the given perimeters.  It’s good experience and keeps me busy.

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When I write an anthology story or book, I focus on the genre and the type of story I want to tell.  I play around with different scenarios and characters to figure out what will work. I’m only ready to write when I get a strong image and motivation for my character.

My Third Throne series started off with a dream about Lucifer calling to a young woman, who kills herself to be with him in Hell.  It was a simple concept that spawned years of different scenarios in my head and ultimately led to a 12 book planned series rich with Fallen Angels, hot mortals and Hades, who is fan favorite.  (I’ve published 5 books so far.)

Hallowed Woods Academy started off with a young woman running through an ally, trying to escape men in trench coats who corner her and pull out wands.  She can sometimes do strange things, but never did she believe she was a witch.

Pearl: Jewels Café # 8 – I took my side character from Hallowed Woods and gave her a book of her own.  Celeste is witch who can’t do magic and is bullied because of it. I sent her home to deal with her overbearing mother and the dark wizards who were planning to do terrible things to her family and friends.

My ideas don’t come from a scripted, planned out story.  They come from moments or scenes that play out in my head.  Once I feel that a character is strong enough, I write a story for them, or rather, her.  My main characters have all been women, so far, so I take a woman, put her in a bad situation and watch her fight her way out of it.

What are you working on now?

I have multiple works in progress: The Third Throne: Angel of Illness book 6, Hallowed Woods Academy Semester 2, Dahlia: Spell Library # 5 and Bloodlust: House of Vampires (Wicked Reform School #5)

Dahlia is part of a world building series with other authors, as is Bloodlust.  I find that when I have a deadline that’s part of series, I write faster and actually publish the book instead of procrastinating.

Dahlia is about a psychic who doesn’t want to see visions of death and mayhem, or her future breakups, but doesn’t know how to control the visions.  Something is coming for her, something dark, but she can’t see who or what it is. When an unexpected love spell calls upon her soulmates, Dahlia finds that she doesn’t have to hide who she is anymore and can focus on fighting the darkness.

Bloodlust takes place in Wicked Reform School.  The Mielcarek Coven is the prominent coven of the vampires after years of destroying any coven who opposed them.  Marianela was chosen to lead the Mielcareks upon her father’s demise, until she woke up chained to the bottom of the ocean.  She launched a campaign against her duplicitous brother in an effort to claim her throne. She’s captured by her brother’s army and sentenced to Wicked Reform, where her brother believes she can be brainwashed into loving him again and accepting a lesser role within the coven, if she survives the notorious reform school known to kill their student if they don’t redeem themselves.  Let’s just say that Marianela is a fighter who has proven herself on the battlefield and wants revenge against her brother at any cost, or so she thinks. 

As you can see, in my darker stories I really like to challenge my heroines and make them work for their happy ending.

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I like to write with headphones and music to cancel out the distractions.  It helps me set the tone and mood of what I’m writing. I like epic mixes for mood and love songs or badass empowerment songs depending on what I’m writing.

I also tend to eat at my desk when I’m on a deadline, which leads to messy shirts when I drop things.  Mad geniuses don’t really care if they spilled their soda down their shirts as long as it dries fast and they can keep working.  LOL!

What are your hopes for the future?

I’m always trying to improve my technique and my editing skills.  I take marketing and ads courses to sell more books. I’m always interested in collaborations with other authors.  Though there are times when I want to quit, I have a team of people who push me to keep going and remind me why I’m doing this.  So, my future goal is to keep writing stories that interest me and find readers who want to come along with me on this journey.

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

Know your genre.

Be able to add something unique to your stories that makes you stand out. 

NEVER self-edit your books, no matter how good you think you are.  

Ask for help when you need it.  There are so many nice authors who have helped me out over the years or believed in me enough to give me a chance.  

Always have someone who will read your books and give you an honest opinion about your stories.  If you want to punch them by then end, then they are your best resource to improve your book.  

Finish your story.  You don’t know how many people I’ve met who say they want to be an author but can’t find the time to write or they started a book, but it’s not finished yet.  FINISH YOUR BOOK! Your first book will never be perfect. Accept it. You will always want to go back and reedit it, which you can as a self-published author.  Almost every author I know has gone back to their first book to make changes. We learn new things every year of our lives. Being an author is no different. We need improve our sentence structure and storytelling abilities if we want to be successful.  We learn from our mistakes and adapt. You will also find some flaw in your previous books because as human we are always growing and maturing.

Believe in yourself or no one else will.

Do you have anything to say to your readers? 

I love my fans!  I interact with them in my Facebook group and in anthology groups.  My two biggest fans became my editor and my writing soulmate turned PA.  Without her, most of my books would never get written on time and I would have quit six times by now.

Tell authors that you enjoy their work.  Talk about your favorite books with other readers.  That’s the best thing you can do to support the books that you love to read.  

Every day I am grateful to the people who buy my books, whether or not they love them.  I’m just happy that they gave me a chance to entertain them for a little while so that they could forget about their stressful day.

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The Third Throne Series

Pearl series:

Hallowed Woods Academy: Celeste’s first appearance as Sadie’s best friend. 

Pearl: Jewels Café #8: Celeste’s breakout book

Pearl: Wedding Bell Blues: Celeste’s final battle against the dark wizards

Dahlia (Spell Library # 5)

Bloodlust: House of Vampires (Wicked Reform School # 5)

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Treasured by Poppy Woods

Treasured: A Fantasy FF Romance by Poppy Woods

Taryn of Vanir has spent her entire life fearing the dragons that rule the mountain ranges bordering her father’s kingdom. They are vicious, cruel beasts who care only for gold and how much chaos they can cause. 

When a knight discovers an heirloom that belonged to Taryn’s mother, the king of Vanir finally has proof that the dragon responsible for her death is alive and well in the mountains. It’s the tipping point in a war that’s been brewing for years. 
Niressa, the teal and rose dragon, comes for her stolen treasure, intent on forcing the kingdom to return what is hers. When the beast takes Taryn as penance, instead, Taryn knows she must fight for her life. The dragons of Lazeorat will defend their hoardes with their lives—and murder to build it—and Taryn has no intention of being another treasured piece of the hoarde.

But when the dragon transforms into a beautiful woman, the princess finds herself questioning everything she has ever been told. 
Could the beasts in the mountains be more than the murderous creatures they’ve been painted as?

She thought she wanted to escape, but suddenly, being treasured doesnt sound so bad, after all . . .

Digital Artist Kellie Arts #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Kellie

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello. My name is Raquel A.K.A Kellie Arts, and I am a professional digital artist from Argentina.

Have you always wanted to become a artist/designer?

I guess the right answer is a big yes. Since little I loved drawing. I’ve always been quite quiet and artistic… I’ve started my current job as a profesional book cover artist as a hobby back in 2012.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

I find inspiration in my favorite artist such as Jessica Alain, Wesley Souza and Ana Cruz, too name just a few. I also think stock photography sometimes can be very inspiring. Like, you just know what you have to do!

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on custom book covers and lots of personal and premade book cover art… My favorite genre are Fantasy and YA, so I’m doing lots of those.

Do you have any quirks while working?

While working I enjoy drinking “Mate” which is a drink characteristic of Argentina!

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to always keep learning and improving my skills and work on tons of fantastic proyects.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

A huge THANK YOU for your support. I always smile at each comment and that people like what I do is very meaningful to me. Thank you!

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