PA – Editor Dani Black #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I am currently a stay at home mom. I have 6 kids, 2 of my own and 4 stepchildren. I love to read. When I am in a book slump I try to beat my own records of reading. HP in under 19 hours. GoT in about 36. I am a PA, editor, and make some graphics. I live on energy drinks, aka jet fuel. And believe pineapple belongs in drinks, not pizza.

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How long have you been a PA and editor?

I have been a PA for about 3 months. An editor for 2. But I worked for the government where I edited letters, memos, orders, and requests for about 6 years.

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Have you always wanted to be a PA or editor?

I have not. Although it is a good fit for me, being a PA, because I like making people’s lives easier.

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What do you do as a PA? As an editor?

As a PA, I find, schedule, and run takeovers. I manage ARC and BETA groups. I promo the books. I look for NL swaps. As an editor, I try to make the authors books look and feel pretty. I make things flow and be consistent.

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Dani animated the cover.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I have to have energy drinks and usually chips, unless my kids steal those. When I edit I listen to loud music in my headphones.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to expand my services and do more for my authors, PA wise. As an editor, I hope to one day be in a major publishing house.

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Do you have any advice for new PA’s or editors?

For PAs, be friendly and outgoing. For editors, be confident and consistent. For both, don’t be scared to ask for help!

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Are you available for new work or booked solid?

I am pretty booked for PA, but would try to help someone out if they really needed it. Editing, I will always take a book, negotiate the price, and keep my week guarantee.

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I don’t have any links, but I have two logos. I made the phoenix and Mallory Kent made me the eye.

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Author Alexis Winters #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

There really isn’t much to tell. I am a dog mom. I am a strong believer of coffee. When I’m not writing, I teach or read.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

No. I have always wanted to be a teacher. I love learning how children work and how their minds learn. It’s so enjoyable to listen to their stories.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Family. I grew up all over as a military brat and my family is and will forever be my inspiration.

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What are you working on now?

I have the other two books in the Dè Danann series. I have a few more fantasy/Rh series I am writing as well as some stand alone and some anthologies.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Usually I put on Critical Role and eat lots and lots of ice.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope I get to keep writing these amazing stories and people enjoy them.

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

Jump in full force. Find an author you know and ask them to be your mentor. I have a great group of women that I am proud to be associated with and they are just amazing. I can go to them for anything.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I want to first and foremost say thank you. As readers you can choose any book you want to read and you chose mine. I am truly humbled and honored.

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Blurb:
If there is one thing I have learned it is that life is never fair, even for a dé danann witch. This past year has proven that more than anything. After losing my mother to cancer and the man who I thought was the love of my life dumping me for his career, I am well aware of how cruel life could be. Hi, my name is Viola Octavia Magee. This is my not so happily ever after. It all started long before I was even born with a prophecy:
“In her 25th Winter, on the coldest night,
a witch shall become complete.
Paired with lupus, angelus, and daemonium,
none of whom compete.
Power brings responsibility.
Corruption she shall seek.
Coven and its elders.
The end they shall meet.
A tainted hierarchy births an empty throne.
The Queen of the Tuatha Dé Dannon takes her seat.
A dove replacing vultures.
Witch kind shall be complete.”
If only I had known these words earlier…

Author Jewels Athur #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Jewels Arthur, which is actually a penname. I have lived in Central Illinois all my life and I currently work at an insurance company that I don’t think wants to be associated with smut. Just a guess 😉 I have been married since 2011 to my high school boyfriend. We have 1 beautiful daughter who is 5. I am an avid reader, realty TV binger, and videogamer.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always loved to write. Whether it was poems, like my grandmother, or fanfiction it’s always been a passion of mine. When I was younger I wrote fanfiction about the movie Signs with Mel Gibson. Probably because I was/am terrified of aliens so I was trying to make it less scary. I have always thought being an author was out of reach though. That it wasn’t a ‘real job’ but since seeing the indie author world my perception has changed.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Every video game that has assassins. For example Skyrim, the Dark Brotherhood is one of my favorite parts. I love being a badass assassin just running through and murdering everyone. The idea of creating this female assassin with a dark past appealed to me so much. Plus I love the idea that joining the family unlocks this power sleeping inside you. In my dreams I am Mara, female assassin succubus with my gorgeous harem of men.

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What are you working on now?

Book 2 in the series. I am really excited for the introduction of new characters and to explore this realm the assassins can use called the void. I’m also working on a horror short story coming out in an anthology in September. There are a few other anthologies I am working on including a shifter romance that is turning out to be longer than I expected so we’ll see what happens with that. I also have some ideas for an alien reverse harem.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Playlists. I have several that I have made that get me in the mood for certain scenes. Also I watch certain videos of the sexual variety for inspiration writing those sexy scenes 😉

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What are your hopes for the future?

Honestly just getting all these stories out of my head and putting them on paper is amazing to me. The fact that people want to read them? Mind blowing. I’m hoping that the stories won’t stop and that I will be able to continue to express them and find readers.

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

Just do it. Literally if you have an idea, start writing and run with it! Make friends in the community. Everyone is so amazing and having contacts for your endless questions is amazing.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

Thank you! Seriously, the fact that you are at all interested in the nonsense that I have in my head is astounding to me. Also, keep swooning. We need more swooners in the world.

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Author Sam Hall #interview

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a mum and a teacher and I live in sunny Australia.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Kinda. I read A LOT as a kid, like obsessively so. I went to art school because I thought visual arts was my thing. I tried writing on and off, but could never get to the end of anything. I’d do short pieces for school, friends or boyfriends that had an impact, so I knew I could put words together in a way that could impact on some people, but with art you can make a bunch of small things that make up an exhibition, writing is putting one word after another, making a cohesive whole for 100 000 words or more. I also did what a lot of aspiring authors do and expected it all to be brilliant first go.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’ve got two books out so here goes:
Not My Fantasy: I was reading LOTS of PNR, as Buffy was a big popular culture moment for me and was wanting to recapture some of that. Instead I found a lot of very sexy stuff, but in some parts of the genre, it can be very formulaic. I wrote this book as an attempt to play with the tropes in a bit of a knowing way, have a bit of a chuckle about some elements, but hopefully not in a mean spirited way, because I wouldn’t have read a lot of it if I didn’t have a real love for the genre.
My ideal reader for this is someone similar, who still loves PNR, though apparently its ‘dead’, but wants something fresh.

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The Bottom Rung: I started writing this in a previous incarnation 15 years ago, but its transitioned nicely into a RH book. I teach Humanities, so the different ways different groups alienate and disempower others is of great interest to me. The book is about something not especially sexy: structural inequality and prejudice BUT I try to tell the story from the perspective of a very determined, bloody minded young woman who’s ready to take on the world to change it. I grew up in the 80s, so being Gen X I am quite apathetic about change, but increasingly I have become aware of the flawed, but real change people can have. This book was an attempt to look at that, how good intentions aren’t enough, that you need to understand the structures around you to change them. TL:DR: girl power, god-like female superheroes coming out of extremes of poverty and changing the world

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What are you working on now?

Doing the final beta edits to Bottom Rung, getting the second book to both books ready for publication (they have been written and just need to be beta-ed and edited). I’ve got a high heat wolf RH book on the backburner, a prequel for NMF mostly done, a sweeping fantasy romance to finalise, a RH sequel to NMF and hopefully a spin off where one of the MC’s autistic son takes centre stage in a final NMF book.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Not really. I like to listen to Spotify, but if I was all rock star and needed quiet or lots of time to focus, I wouldn’t be able to do it! I have to be flexible and write when I can.

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What are your hopes for the future?

To make enough to cover costs. When I made a lot of artwork, it was a real drain on our finances. I’m old enough to want it to be at least cost neutral now.
For people to get what I do. People keep saying my stuff is quite different. Here’s hoping there’s a place for that, as there’s been a lot of people who go out there and don’t write to market and are never heard again…

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

I am still new to this so it seems to be disingenuous to be handing out advice. It’s all the same stuff everyone says and that’s read, read, read. Reading a lot of the same genre, you’ll start to internalise the tropes, language, clichés, character arcs etc and you start to see behind the curtain into the inner workings of a particular genre of writing. You don’t have to do what everyone else does to be successful, but you need to know why they are doing it, to reject it. I started writing because I was so frustrated with Laurell K Hamilton’s stuff. There was so much I liked and so much I hated. I started trying to write the antithesis of her stuff and ended up with these bloodless, aimless characters with surreal storylines and worlds. I seriously wrote millions of words until I realised this was just not gonna work!

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

You are only a very small group, but the feedback I’ve been getting through reviews told me what I needed to know, that people got what I was trying to do and appreciated it. So thanks. A lot of writing self help groups/books would tell you to absolutely not do what I have done, and that’s go off on my own tangent, but even if I only ever attain extremely niche author status, I’m pleased there’s some people in my corner, egging me on.

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The Hollow’s Awakening: Paranormal Reverse Harem (Beyond the Veil Book 1) by Trina Bates #review

I thought I was out for a night of fun with the love of my life, Ebbin.
My best friend Blue had other plans. She added a little something
extra in our drinks. Something meant for Ebbin and I. A lust spell.
We ended up taking three men home that night.
Now eight weeks later, we find out we’re pregnant.
We’re ecstatic, that is until we run into the three men we thought, were long gone.
We didn’t know they were different, supernaturals which we call Other.
We also thought our baby would be human like us, a Hollow.
Forced to find out what our child will be, I can’t help but wonder if it
will bring us all together, or tear us apart.
Ooooh, I really enjoyed this book. The only reason I put it down was dropping my reader on my face when I fell asleep.
It was a fast paced delightfull whirlwind/rollercoaster of emotions. I so getting book two to follow the adventure.
I highly recommend you check out this delicious morsel. You won’t be disappointed.

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Aurora’s Betrayal by K.A. Knight #preorder @K_AKnight

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Aurora’s Betrayal (The Lost Coven Book 2) by K.A. Knight

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In helping someone I love, I lost my life. Or did I?

Cut off from my body, I live in the home of a god who’s willing to train me, to help me fully embrace my powers, both as a witch and as a reaper. But while I lay in a coma, the men I left behind suffer, desperate to find a way to bring me back.

I want to return to them, but our family is not complete. One is missing, a member of the coven who was lost before they found me. And I must go on a quest to Purgatory and bring him back, or we’ll forever be incomplete.

I’m coming home to my men, to my family, but will my return bring relief or doom us all?


Aurora’s Coven (The Lost Coven Book 1)

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I have a secret. Darkness exists. I try to hide, but where can I go when it lives inside me?
On the run from those who want to kill me, I made an uneasy alliance and found a new home. Everything goes just fine until a coven of witches walk into the pub where I work. Broody, sexy, and scary as hell, I’m determined to avoid them, no matter how much attraction sizzles between us.
But Ezra, Alexander, Jason, and Benjamin have no intention of leaving me alone. They’re the council’s finest hunters, and they recognize the power that lives inside me, even if they don’t know what it is. They’re in town on a mission and agree to hold off turning me in. Which means I have limited time to convince them I’m not a bad person.
The darkness inside me grows, though, and when it breaks free in public, I’ll be forced to face the consequences. The only question is, can I trust these men who I feel a bond with, or will it lead to my destruction?

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True Light (From the Stars Book 1) by

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With sharing the true light, there is always a cost.Aura Scott didn’t want to move house, but her father didn’t give her a choice when he wanted an escape after the car accident that nearly killed them both. Trying to survive in a literal ghost town is never fun, but add in the neighbours from hell, well it’s becoming a nightmare.
Maxx and his brother have dark secrets, and Aura might want to run when she finds out the truth.
When two strangers move into Maxx’s house across the street, Aura finds out there is more than just secrets to be frightened of.

When light appears, so does darkness…

Author L. Starfyre #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’ve been writing off and on since I was a kid. I love to write and was writing a children’s book but couldn’t decide how to end it. About the same time, I was writing an offworld series and it became too confusing as to what was happening when. However, it was good practice for this series. I think if I went back to it now that I could finish it. I know people who were reading it back then wanted me to. It didn’t have as much bedroom time in it as my current books do.

I’ve also been an accountant, a server (AKA waitress), a hostess, a door-to-door salesperson, a mail handler, an airport package handler, a cashier, a blogger, and so many other things. It makes it easier to write about a character that is doing one of those jobs.

I love reading and watching Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Paranormal books and movies. I couldn’t help putting many of my favorite things into the books.

I also have a three-legged cat named Sharkey.

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

As a child, I wanted to be just about everything: an artist, an author, a nun (that never would have worked out, ahem), a baker, a firefighter, a veterinarian, a doctor and more. I think I just couldn’t choose because that meant I couldn’t be those other things too. As a writer, I have the opportunity to become all those things, and more, through my characters.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Dreams and daydreams were and are my inspiration – I would dream or daydream about something and take notes. Then I decided to write about them. However, I messed-up the first several drafts because I was writing them the way I would a recipe. This stemmed from me writing recipes for my gluten-free blog a few years ago.

Once I hammered that out of my system, the writing flowed a lot faster. I don’t think I’ll ever get to the point of being able to knock out a book a week but who knows?

I also remember conversations from people I knew in the past and blend their stories into various characters.

Additionally, I read facts about what is happening in our world today and try to blend some of those into the books. For other inspiration, I look at a variety of art, such as fantasy, sci-fi, and nature. I even love watching nature videos and science videos. Did you ever watch Connections with James Burke? I used to love that show.

Another thing, I try to imagine what it would be like to be on a world you know nothing about, know no one, and have none of your personal belongings. Wouldn’t you want to bring some of that to the new world – such as chocolate? I can’t imagine a world without chocolate – especially dark chocolate. I know when settlers came from the old world, they brought many things with them, including grapes. It was only natural the ladies would want to bring a few of those things if they could.

Jennifer, the FMC of the two books that have been published, requires they test everything to ensure that the foods from Earth will not make people sick and that they are safe to bring before she allows them to import the products and/or the plants. She’s concerned about many things, including any impact on the environment and the treatment of sentient beings. By book three, she’s a whole different person than she was when she first arrived on Xaerdu. It might be more accurate to say that she feels more empowered to take action about the things in the first two books.

I had a fun time writing her ‘meet cute’ with her Xaerd mates. When you think about it, humans often ‘rename’ their ‘mates’. We call each other names like ‘honey’, ‘sweetheart’, and ‘hot lips’ (shoutout to MASH). The Xaerds all think this is a human custom of claiming and don’t feel comfortable until they receive their new names from their mates.

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What are you working on now?

I’m working on Matched: Karla’s Diary for an anthology called Men of Summer. Several authors are gathering together to contribute their stories for it. If you want to know more, contact Eva Delaney. She’s a reverse harem author that I love. She makes some seriously funny videos that she posts in her group.

I’m also working on Jennifer’s third book in the Xaerd series. Additionally, I’m working on first drafts of Sue’s book, Violet’s book and some others. If you haven’t read the books, these ladies are characters in Jennifer’s books.

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

My quirks are that I have to imagine the scene in a dream or daydream – I sometimes can’t sleep because I’m trying to force my mind to focus on the problem or the solution. I also binge write – I can write 50K words in two weeks (or less) but then have to edit it like crazy forever.

I’ve laughed out loud about scenes I wrote that I had forgotten. I’ve also cried at times. I hate putting my characters in danger and had to work on my dislike of risking their lives in order to write a better story.

I have plot bunnies for so many more stories in the series – even spin-off series. I hope I manage to write many of them. I’m dying to write a series about the cyborgs that appear in Jennifer’s third book (not published yet).

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What are your hopes for the future?

I just want people to enjoy the stories and escape whatever is happening in their lives for a bit. I hope that my writing brings tears, smiles, and laughter to their world.

I hope to write many more of the stories that are buzzing around in my head. My characters want their stories told.

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

Cross your fingers, it can be a wild, tumultuous ride – I hope you love rollercoasters.

I spend a lot of time helping new authors. Explaining that they should set up their pages and their groups early so that when they are ready to publish, they have someone to share their news with.

Link the page to the group on Facebook. There’s a long list of reasons for this but I don’t want to take up the space for it here.

Do takeovers (that’s when another author lets you take over their group to promote your book) as much as you can around your release date.

The big groups have rules about what you can post, when, and how often. Follow the rules of that group. I’m still learning what those rules are. It’s confusing to new authors because they all have different rules.

If you’re an indie author, then be prepared to spend money on cover designers, editors, and other services like Bookfunnel.

If you can afford to pay a PA (personal assistant), they can be invaluable in helping you get your book off to a good start. Ask other authors for recommendations – especially if they are new and their books are doing well.

Learn about social media – Twitter, Facebook, BookFunnel, BookBub, GoodReads, and more.

Set up an author page on Amazon as soon as you can.

If you’re an unknown author, romance books tend to do best in Kindle Unlimited. It gives readers a chance to get to know you before they spend money for your books.

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I want to thank them profusely for reading my books and for writing reviews about them. I appreciate it when they post reviews on the various sites. I love it when they post notes for me in my group, on my wall, or on my author page to let me know how much they enjoyed the book.

I hope they enjoy reading about Jennifer’s antics as much as, if not more than, I did writing them. I post on my author page almost every day. My group often gets more personal posts and I share a lot of page posts from other sources that I see and think are funny. I have a few group members that love to share things they love or they think are funny too. It can get pretty crazy.

The fans that let me know what they think about the books are truly appreciated. Hearing about a specific scene they enjoyed makes me feel great about writing and sharing.

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From Jennifer’s first book:

The first excerpt is from when Jennifer ties up Alf because she thinks he needs to learn to relax.

I crawled onto the bed, lightly running a fingernail up his powerfully muscled leg, feeling the warmth of his smooth skin and the firmness of his toned muscles under my fingertip. I ran it across his abdomen following his taut muscles as he gasped. He was fighting to not break loose now. I lightly ran my fingernail…

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This excerpt is from when Jennifer decides she wants minions to do her bidding. They were just a lark at first but then they become important to running the Keep and other things.

Excerpts from book two

This excerpt is from when Alf takes Jennifer to the waterfalls the first time.

…keeping my face out of the water and dipping my head back to feel the water against my scalp. Brr, the water was a little cold at first but not too bad; it turned pleasant quickly. I stood up out of the water and Alf swallowed hard as water first rushed, then dripped down my body – my hair and clothing soaked.

“I suspect it’s time we return you to your safe room,” Alf choked. I smirked; I loved that I still had that effect on him.

“All right, this was a nice little retreat,” I told him as I wrapped my wet body around him and gave him a kiss. My libido was dead for once in my adult life but that didn’t mean I couldn’t tease him.

He wrapped his arms around me and held me tight. “I’m pleased you enjoyed it,” he murmured, kissing me on top of my head, avoiding my horns and nuzzling my neck.