Author Emma Luna #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Emma Luna

Tell us a bit about yourself

So my name is Emma and I have an addiction. No wait…that’s the opener to something different – a very bad joke. Apologies, there’s a reason I don’t write rom-com. But actually the start is very true because I am addicted to books; writing, reading, editing – you name it and I like to do it.

I am in my early thirties (can’t stress the importance of the word early enough here!!) and I am originally from East Yorkshire. So yes I do have a northern accent, but I wouldn’t say I have a gravy obsession. Now I live in Cambridgeshire with my long suffering boyfriend, Mr Luna. He is my biggest support and he also helps out with anything technical because that’s not my area of expertise. He created my website as a surprise – I know that’s relationship goals right there!

I have an obsession for buying novelty notebooks and they are scattered all around the new house, filled with book ideas. I use adult colouring books as a way to relax – currently I am completing Alan Robert’s The Beauty of Horror colouring book and it is frickin epic. It’s filled with page after page of gorgeous horror graphics. I have the next two in the series to complete too. But I also have the Disney colouring books to do too. That tells you everything you need to know about me; I love things dark and scary, but you have to have a bit of romance with it. That’s exactly what my books are like. I also drink far too much diet coke, have an amazing yet crazy family and am obsessed with Harry Potter!

Have you always wanted to become an author?

This is a hard question because there has never been a time that I haven’t been a writer but at the same time, I’m not entirely sure I ever saw this as a realistic option until it happened.

When I was a small child and my dad would take me into bed, I would always make him read me a story and pretty soon we had gone through all the stories and so I asked if we could make up our own. We took it in turns saying a line each and creating these funny books. Pretty soon that became my routine and Mum joined in too. Now, this is something that I watch my dad do, and I get to do with my nephew! So creating stories is just in my blood, but I never thought I would be able to publish and be an author. Instead I went down the traditional job route and became a midwife. I worked as a midwife for years and then started doing extra training to teach because that was an area I loved doing. Whilst doing this training I did some editing courses and that sparked a love in me that I didn’t even know I had.

Meanwhile, in my spare time I started integrating into the community and I started my own blog. I met some amazing people; readers, authors and Pa’s. But a couple of them particularly took it upon themselves to push me to do more and so I did.

Unfortunately for health reasons I’m not able to practice midwifery as much as I would like to do and so I threw myself into both writing and editing. I loved it so much that I began to wonder why the hell I hadn’t been doing it all along. But fear and lack of self-confidence can be a real evil and it held me back for too long, until now. And the rest as they say is history.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Honestly, I have no idea. I wish I could tell you some elaborate story as to how I came up with the characters and the plot but I don’t have one. They were just the voices in my head that were shouting the loudest when I sat down to start writing. When I write I have a rough idea of what I want to happen but mostly I just let the characters have free reign and do as they please, which they do love to do.

What are you working on now?

Ohhh, shush, it’s a secret. I am working on a super secret project that I am not allowed to tell anyone about just yet. But I can promise you that when you do find out you will love it. You won’t have long to wait either because I’m going to be dropping hints in The Asylum very soon.

Do you have any quirks while you work?

Yeah, doesn’t everyone haha. So because when I start to write I can go for a while, I like to be comfy because my body does not thank me for it afterwards if not. So, I sit on the sofa with my legs up all relaxed and use a laptop tray desk. It’s not the most conventional desk but it works for me. Then I eat far too many white chocolate chip cookies and drink lots of Diet Coke, while I ignore the world around me.

What are your hopes for the future?

Honestly, right  now I feel so incredibly blessed that I am in a position where I am able to write and edit at home, full time. Mr Luna is so supportive of my goals and he works so hard so that I can stay at home and concentrate on my writing and my health. So I want to make him proud and keep writing. I aren’t going to sit here and say I dream of becoming a USA Today Bestseller, although that would be nice. Hell, I would take just an International Bestseller badge and be grateful. But all that I want is for people to read my books and enjoy them. When I read I get transported into a whole different world and I love escaping my own. I want to be able to write worlds that people want to escape into. I would also love if my editing business Moonlight Editing continues to do as well as it is at the moment.

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

My biggest piece of advice would be to keep writing. There will be times when you get despondent and times when you think that you can’t do it, but ignore that voice in your head and just keep writing. Don’t publish because you want to make money or because you want to be famous, publish because you want people to read what you have written.

But I also cannot stress the importance of finding a good team to work with. You cannot produce an amazing book all by yourself, you need to have people who can help you. You need alpha or beta readers to go over your words and make sure that a reader will interpret it the way you want them too. You need a kick ass cover designer because people do judge books by their covers. You need to use an editor and/or a proofreader. This is often the step that a lot of people miss out because it can be one of the more expensive steps. But it is also one of the most important. If your book is not grammatically correct with good flow and readability then it doesn’t make a difference how great the plot is, people will not read it. Then you need a team to help spread your name and get people knowing who you are. Having all of these people in place are what will make you a massive success! I am lucky to have a great team and the reason I am here producing this interview is because of all their love and support.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I don’t think that there are any words that can accurately describe how grateful I am that you would be interested in following me and my work. It is so humbling to me that you have either read something I have written, seen one of my takeovers, or maybe just stumbled into The Asylum and have decided that you saw something in me that you liked. I hope that I can live upto your expectations. I can promise you that I will continue working hard to bring you lots of new stories that you will love. So the only thing that I can think to say, which by no means is enough, but thank you. Thank you for taking a chance on a newbie author and for listening to me ramble on. Thank you for reading my big, big book and hopefully loving it. Thank you for being a kick ass LUNAtic!! I am very lucky to have each and every one of you as followers.

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Bio:

When she’s not adulting or chasing her writing dream she loves dog-napping her Mums shih-tzu Hector, chilling curled up on the sofa with her Boyfriend binge watching the latest series or movie, drinking too much diet coke (it’s her drug of choice), buying too many novelty notebooks, and completing adult colouring books as a form of relaxation. Oh and she is a massive hardcore Harry Potter geek. Ravenclaw for life!

In her spare time she likes to create new worlds and tell the stories of the characters that are constantly shouting in her head. She also loves falling into the worlds created by other authors and escaping for a while through reading.

Emma Luna is a midwife and lecturer who lives in Cambridgeshire, UK, despite her heart still very much being Northern. She lives surrounded by her crazy family; her Mum, who is her best friend and biggest fan; her Dad who helps her remember to always laugh; her Grandparents and Brother who can never read what she writes, her gorgeous Nephew who lights up her world and her long suffering man-child Boyfriend who she couldn’t live without (but don’t tell him that!).

Authorversary and group hop celebration!

Come join us for some fun and intrigue. Its a group hop celebration.

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Princess Lost (Hybrid Royals: Fire and Ice Book 1)

Dreams are a funny thing: sometimes, they’re just for fun. Sometimes they give us a hint into our future, and sometimes those dreams show you who you are fated to be with. My blonde mate haunts my dreams every night for twenty years. It’s not until I show my best friend, Ladon, my dream, that I find out who my mate is.
Our destiny will soon be decided.
Will I be able to hold it together for forty-eight hours or will her presence send me over the brink? I have to make it to the mating ceremony without burning the kingdom to the ground.

Why Should I Wear A Mask? by Julia Dinges @juliaswoons

Why Should I Wear A Mask? by Julia Dinges

In a world where masks are fast becoming the new normal, kids have a lot of questions. There are several reasons why the world has turned to wearing masks to protect ourselves and those around us. Why Should I Wear A Mask will help explain to children why wearing a mask is so important to keep each other safe.

Pre-order The Lost Sentinel Series Crate by #IvyAsher

PREORDER The Lost Sentinel Series Crate by Ivy Asher!!!!

Pre-order Cutoff- 31st October
Release- November 2020

We are excited to announce our next special crate featuring Ivy Asher and her Lost Sentinel Series. This is a LIMITED edition crate and wont be done again so make sure you get your hands on it!

What’s in this crate?

Complete Series The Lost Sentinel by Ivy Asher w/signed bookplates

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This crate won’t be done again so make sure you grab it now, we also have payment plans available below💕

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Author Jan Romes #interview @JanRomes

Please give a warm welcome to Jan Romes

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Helle, I think I’ve always wanted to be an author, although I didn’t acknowledge it to myself or to anyone else until later in life. Words stir emotion in me. That’s why I love to read books and poetry, and memorize music lyrics. It’s also why I enjoy writing so much. I’m not the world’s best writer, but it sure is fun taking a small idea and spinning a story around it.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series is the Coffee and Dessert – a sweet matchmaking series. A year ago, while on an airplane headed to Texas to visit my daughter, I flipped through the airline’s monthly magazine. In it was an advertisement for a matchmaking service for busy professionals. I decided when I was finished writing the last book in my Wine and Sweat Pants Series, I would write a series with the idea of matchmaking in mind. My series, however, would include anyone (not just professionals) who was looking for love and didn’t want to go the online route. My setting for this series is a new coffee shop in Key West called Coffee and Dessert.

What are you working on now?

With the first book in the Coffee and Dessert Series now published (Meg and Riley’s story), I am working on book two (Danna and Marvin’s story). 

Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t know if having a cup of coffee in front of me is a quirk, but I can’t seem to write without one. Some writers love background music. I can’t do the music thing because I’d be singing along. I need absolute quiet.

What are your hopes for the future?

To finish my latest 4-book series and then possibly write another Christmas-themed story.

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

I’d tell new authors to listen to what seasoned authors have to say about the process, but only use the advice as a guide. Every writer’s journey is different. What works for one, won’t necessarily work for another. There are so many fish in the writing sea, yet don’t be shy. Jump in and swim with the rest of us.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I absolutely do, Helle. I’d like to thank my readers and express how humbled I am that they read my work. 

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Author Xen Randell #interview

Please give a warm welcome to

Tell us a bit about yourself

First of all, thank you for taking interest into this new author. To be honest, I’ve always abhorred questions of this kind. I find it easier to talk about my writing, than myself. But then, that may be the same thing, right. In short, I’m a 35-year old artist. I paint, I design, I illustrate, I tattoo (or am learning to)… and now I’m a writer. I guess the art is in my blood and whatever shape it chooses to take, I always feel good creating.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes. I have always felt the push, the need to write, but I wasn’t very good at it. Not at first. It took years and years of reading and learning the English language to finally feel confident enough to try and pour my imagination into words.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?


The inspiration came in various forms: places, knowledge, dreams, music… I am what you might call a pantser writer, and I find my characters and plots in all things life can offer. The Wave inspiration came when I moved into the building with an atomic shelter underneath it. I imagined what it could be used for and the rest just… happened.

What are you working on now?

I’m working of finishing The Wave of Silence trilogy, then I’m about to start publishing a short novella series in Paranormal / UF genre with a twist. Also, I already have some ideas ready for The Wave spin-offs.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Uh, yeah. I find it hard to concentrate, or when I do, I dive into the hyperfocus where nothing exists but what I’m doing. The house may just burn out around me and I’d still be plotting my story. Needless to say, I’ve burned quite a few lunches while working.

What are your hopes for the future?

My plans and my hopes are different. My plans are to publish The Wave trilogy ‘till the end of the year and at least one or two novellas. My plan is to slowly start getting back the money I’ve invested into what I now consider my life-calling: writing. And my hopes? My hopes are that I’ll soon be able to write and design, and nothing more. It’s a dream come true.

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

I’m still too green to have any real advice, but I guess I do have two: 1. Don’t design your own cover if you’re not a designer! It’s a mistake many make, and it just may be the difference between success and your book sitting on the Amazon’s virtual shelf without being picked up. I say this as a designer and a librarian.

Learn. Read. Read a lot! Read authors that are better than you, read about writing, just read! Not all knowledge will be made for you but you will be able to take a bit from everything and create something your own.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Just – thank you! I am often amazed by the support I get, and I won’t ever cease to be thankful!

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TEMPEST TRIO is here!

It’s official! TEMPEST TRIO is here!


We have been secretly and not so secretly collaborating for a while, but the time has come to come out publicly, so here we are Helle, Ira and Josie as the TEMPEST TRIO!!!!!

What that means is that we will now be able to love and support more authors, read more books, share more posts, do more interviews, have more takeovers and do more giveaways. And of course, weekly New Releases. And a monthly or biweekly Newsletter.

We will soon post the schedules for Author Invasion in Ira Myriam’s World of Books and Feature Fridays in Soe Books Bliss and Soe Delights. There are still some spots available in Soe Book Bliss, and if you are interested please contact Josie Cross PA.

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Author Takari Hunter #interview

Please give a warm welcome to

Tell us a bit about yourself

I want to state for the record now I’m really horrible about talking about myself. I never know what to say, but I’m willing to try if you’re willing to listen. I grew up in a small town in Midwest USA. Books have always played an essential role in my life. I loved them even before I could read. My parents would give me a new book for successful potty training (embarrassing baby stories lol). As I learned to talk, I began to make up stories to go with the pictures and “read” them to my very attentive stuffed animals. I taught myself to read at 4 or 5, with a little help from my friend Julie—who was a year older than me and was using what she learned in school—was the game-changer.

Fast-forward to the present day, I’m still an avid reader. I typically go through a book a day. I have lived all over the United States but settled back in my home state of Iowa after my divorce. Once my son started school, I knew I was locked in—at least until he graduated from high school. Now that he’s done with that, I’m free to move around again. I have a list of places I want to go to before making any significant changes. I may end up just staying put—it is where my family and my son is after all. Plus, I’m pretty sure my cat, BB, wouldn’t know what to do if he couldn’t police the neighborhood from his window perches anymore.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

It was definitely high on my list of possible career choices. All of my English type course professors encouraged me to write. I have always written short stories and poetry. It’s my way of journaling. I just never had any clue on how to get started, as far as where to submit a manuscript, finding an agent, etc. This was before the internet, and the unlimited information it provided, and LONG before Amazon came along to give self-publishing authors a platform. I shelved that dream for a really long time and focused on a career in business, until now. *evil laugh*

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I find my inspiration by watching people or from interesting pictures I find on Pinterest. Sometimes, I’ll come across an image that screams really loud at me, it demands to have its story told. The pictures that inspired this current book/series ate at me for months. It wasn’t as loud as others, but it kept pulling me back to it. I knew there was a story and that it would be good, but it just wasn’t forming a clear picture in my head right away. Here’s the original inspiration:

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Beautiful, isn’t it? ***NOTE: I have no rights to this artwork. I don’t know who the original artist is, I found it on Pinterest.

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What are you working on now?

I’m still working on the Masquerade of Myths series. I need to get Betrayals & Broken Promises as close to perfect as I can before I release it out into the world, but I’ve also started outlining and plot the scenes for books two and three. This is just the first series that will be housed within the Hell on Earth World. There are currently, at least, three more series planned that will pick up the world story arc (it’s a big one) but will showcase a different heroine in each, with lots of crossovers involved. There’s always a possibility there will be additional series added to the world. It all depends on how many it will take to tell the story(stories).

I’m also working on, in the background, an epic fantasy series. It was actually the story that got me back into writing and started this journey for me. I finished book one a while ago but wasn’t happy with the scope of it, so tore it apart. I’m really working on the world-building and character development for the entire cast (there are A LOT) before I start again. Don’t expect to see this one for quite some time. I’m only casually working on it when I have writer’s block for my current WIP.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Hmmm, that’s a good question. I sometimes need music and other times I need absolute silence. The one thing I can’t have is somebody in the house talking. My son has learned to either use his inside voice while I’m writing, or he escapes the house completely when he sees me sit down and pull up my laptop. I don’t think I have anything really quirky though. If something pops into my head, I’ll get back to you.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I want to make this into a full-time endeavor. I’m willing to put in the work and time to make that happen. I’m more concerned with the quality of my stories versus the quantity I put out right now. I want to get to the point where I’m reliably publishing four books per year, one every three months. I’m excited and altogether nervous, but even failure can be a success if you can learn from it and get back up to try again.

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

Well, I’m new myself, but I’ve been around the community for a while. I think my best advice is:

DON’T GIVE UP. This is a skill that needs practice and lots of work. Nobody starts off perfect, nobody ends up perfect either. There’s ALWAYS room for improvement.

FIRST DRAFTS ARE NOT PRETTY OR PERFECT. They’re not supposed to be. Every time you revise it, the words will come together more, and it’ll look better and better.

EDIT. Hire an editor. Yes, this will be one of the most significant expenses you’ll incur on your book, but if you find a good editor, it’s worth the cost. Self-editing is essential, but you won’t get it as clean as a professional editor. You read what you think you wrote, not what you actually put on the page. Find an editor who is knowledgeable and interested in helping you grow as an author. Ask them questions.

Ok, that’s enough advice from me for now. 😊

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

To all my future readers: Thank you! Thank you so much for taking a chance on me by reading my book(s). When I write, it’s with the hope that I’m able to tell you the story well enough that you join the people in each book on their journeys.

I love hearing from people about anything: send a picture you think could inspire a story, how you related to something I wrote, even constructive criticism (don’t be an asshole) is welcome; tell me what I’ve done right or what I could use improvement on, tell me about your day. I’m a tad socially awkward, and small talk is not a skill I’m good at, but I’ll do my best to form a connection so I can speak more freely with you.

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Betrayals & Broken Promises (Masquerade of Myths Book 1) by Takari Hunter

Being a chameleon demoness already made things tricky, but did it need to be this difficult?

All Dahlia wanted was her freedom, but first, she needed to buy out of her promised bonding, a promise that was made for her before she was even born. Almost a century of trying had taken its toll, and she’d done things she wasn’t proud of. Lost parts of herself along the way and flirted with the darkness inside her.

And it flirted back.

She told herself it would all be worth it in the end, but before she won that battle, everything in her life systematically blew up in her face—one piece at a time. Blaming it all on the beautiful, egotistical vampire who showed up in her life would be easy, but it started long before he arrived. With his help, she might succeed, but Dahlia wasn’t sure she could trust an outsider—not even one sent by Lucifer himself.

Dahlia was standing on the brink of having everything she’d ever dreamed of, but she also risked losing it all.

Was her freedom really worth the cost?

The Horror Emporium by @K_AKnight @poppywoods9 @KendramorenoA #newrelease

Happy release day, ladies 🎉🎉🎉

The Horror Emporium by Poppy Woods K.A. Knight, Kendra Moreno

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Welcome to the Horror Emporium…

We have something for everyone but choose wisely.

There’s no turning back…

Brought to you from the minds of the 3way, your Halloween is about to be a little bit scarier. Fate is controlling. Things lurk below. The devil wears a pretty face.

Are you afraid? You should be…

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Howls and Horrors #charity Anthology @Mission22

Howls and Horrors Anthology Is Now Available For Preorder

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K.A. Morse Brandy Slaven Jenee Robinson Rinna Ford April Bock Elizabeth G. Ellis Alexis Taylor AC Wilds Isobelle Carmichael Rhiannon Lee Candice Wright Katie May Loxley Savage Miki Ward Aspen Marks Everlyn Belle

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Howls & Horrors: All Hallows Night Anthology

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Did you hear that howl? Are you ready for a fright?

Some things go bump in the night, and that’s how it should be.

Join us as we spin you stories of Halloween delight. From the ghastly to the oh my gawd you’ll find what you’re looking for between these pages.

So what you guys might not know is this book is for Charity! All proceeds will be going to Mission 22! What is Mission 22 you ask..it is a organization that helps veterans because every 22 minutes a veteran commits suicide. So there mission is to get them the help save one! You can find your copy here for pre-order for $.99

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