Lakeborn by Victoria Larque #amreading #newrelease

Happy release day Victoria Larque

Lakeborn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Author Rowen Black #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Rowen Black

Tell us a bit about yourself…

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

Have you always wanted to become an author?

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

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Knightwood Academy my MFC beat it into my head.

What are you working on now?

Monster Kisses and Vicious Queen

Do you have any quirks while working?

Music I love to listen to music.

What are your hopes for the future?

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

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

Just write what you want and never look at reviews.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

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

Author Larae Mitchell #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Larae Mitchell

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am a proud member of the Cherokee Nation and many of my ideas come from the lore of different native tribes in and around the United States. I have kept my sense of wonder by trying to see the world through the imaginings of my grandchildren. Nerida Kai and Shattered Reflections were born from a desire to normalize feelings after the loss of my twenty-three-year-old son in 2017. I often judged or felt judged during the period of grief. Believing there is no right or wrong way to grieve I sought to show grief as a necessary part of life. Laughing, crying, sitting quietly or even screaming into the void, in the aftermath of loss, does not alter the love you share with the departed. I wish love and light to all who share this journey. I look forward to sharing many more stories with you in the future.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No, I actually wanted to be a librarian. Unfortunately, education is expensive in the United States. I’m pretty sure writing has turned that frown upside down. I had no idea I would enjoy sharing stories as much as I do.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Nerida Kai was inspired by a day spent with my granddaughters. The story contains little pieces of each of them. I wanted a way to portray grief to the young without judgement. We don’t speak often enough about what loss looks like and everyone feels awkward as they go through it for, he first time. Being able to open a discussion on the topic, even with the young, is very important to me. Shattered Reflections is a fictionalized version of my journey through pain to enlightenment. The women in the story were inspired by my mother, myself, and my daughters.

What are you working on now?

I’m very excited to announce, right here right now, that I have a new YA Fantasy series coming soon. I’m currently developing a modern-day fantasy based on ancient Egyptian beliefs and magics. I look forward to revealing more in the months to come. For now, it’s your exclusive!

Do you have any quirks while working?

I work very early in the morning (3-5AM) because I need absolute quiet and no interruptions or what I write is a disaster. Editing; however, requires music with a beat.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to continue writing and finding an audience for my work. This life may not have been my first choice, but I love it. I’m fortunate to be married to a wonderful man who encourages me to write full time. I’m living the dream.

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

Don’t be discouraged. Your work may not be a fit for the mainstream and that’s okay. Keep pushing forward and be brave enough to put it out there anyway. You never know who you might impact. A graphic artist is an asset, Levi Pottorff really pushed Nerida Kai from prayer to vision. He can be found on Twitter @braskaranger if you like what you see.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Release your magic. Your feedback and encouragement keep me writing. We are doing this together and I depend on you. Reach out to me through my website or e-mail to receive a bookmark, signature plate, and backpack tag. First come first serve there are only thirty available. Thank you, for everything! 

Author K.R. Fajardo #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author K.R. Fajardo

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is K. R. Fajardo and I am an indie author from East Texas. I currently have 4 self-published books and many projects in the works. My genre of choice is fantasy but I also dabble a little in paranormal fantasy and paranormal romance. My interests include 80’s music (specifically 80s hair bands), reading(of course), RPG video games (Assassin’s Creed and the Witcher are my favs), and watching movies. Dr. Pepper is my caffeinated beverage of choice.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

To be honest, I never considered it an option. Kind of like becoming a movie or rock star, it was one of those things that was reserved for the privileged few. I always loved reading and the escape it gave. And for years I had this one character running amok in my head, driving me crazy at night, but it wasn’t until my youngest child started to school and I found myself with some free time on my hands, that I decided to sit down and put some words on paper. One hundred and twenty thousand words later, K’s story was finally free. Shortly after that, I discovered self-publishing was a thing that existed, and fumbled my way through the process. And I am so glad I did. I have learned so much since then and met so many wonderful people from all over the world. It truly has been an adventure learning to be an author, but I don’t regret it one bit, and I never want to give it up. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

The Shadow Chronicles series is literally the voice in my head that would never shut up. K has rooted around in my mind for as long as I can remember. I think she is the embodiment of everything I wish I was. Strong, fierce, drop-dead gorgeous, and yet still vulnerable. And she is a vampire, because they have always fascinated me. Her story is unique in that it is told from the point of view of the other characters in the book. Her thoughts and feelings are never revealed, and that leaves her open to the interpretation of the reader. 

What are you working on now? 

Currently I am working on revising Stalking Fate for a rerelease with Butterdragons Publishing. The story is getting a complete overhaul with lots of new content that I think readers will enjoy. I also have several projects, including on Fae book and a paranormal romance in the works that will hopefully be ready for release next year.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

Silence. I am easily distracted, so no music or TV’s can be playing in the background. Also, I have developed the habit of lighting a candle while I work. I like the aromas they emit and find it soothing to have the flame flickering nearby.

What are your hopes for the future?

To keep writing stories. It is every bit as much of an escape as reading and it is my own world. Would I love to say that I will one day be able to quit my day job and just write, sure. But that is the dream isn’t it. If it is meant to be, it will be. In the meantime, I will just do me and have fun creating new worlds.

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

Beware wolves in sheep’s clothing. In particular vanity presses. If someone offers to publish your book but then tries to charge you to do so, run. You can self-publish your book for a fraction of what those people are charging. Also beware all the so-called ‘coaches’ that are running around out there. Don’t get me wrong, there are some legit sites out there that will be of great help and many reputable coaches. But there are also just as many frauds. Social media can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. I have found many wonderful cover designers, editors, and formatters using these resources. I just recommend you do your research, speak to other authors, and interview any new prospective business before you send your money their way.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much for sticking by me. I have had to deal with a lot of personal tragedies the last couple of years. This year in particular has been devastating. And through all these hard times, it has been your words of encouragement and patience that has helped me pull through. Finally, I have found my way back to writing, and it is all because of you guys. I love and appreciate each and every one of you. And you all have a special place in my heart. 

Author Regina Puckett #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author and poet Regina Puckett

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’ve never thought my life was interesting enough to talk about. I remember taking a Speech class in college and listening in awe as some of my fellow students stood up and discussed their lives. The minute I had to stand up to talk about mine, I couldn’t think of a single thing anyone would ever want to know about me.
I married right out of high school. The most exciting thing in my life at that time were my two beautiful daughters. They gave my life meaning, but it never occurred to me that anyone else would find my day-to-day life interesting enough to sit through a five minute speech. Here I am many, many years later, and I still don’t think anyone would want to listen to a five-minute speech about my life.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I knew I wanted to become a writer in the seventh grade. That was the same time I became interested in reading. I wanted to write something other people would fall in love with just like I had fallen in love with so many authors’ stories.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’m currently writing a Christmas romance. Christmas has always been my favorite day of year, so I wanted to center a love story around two people meeting and falling in love during that season.

Do you have any quirks while working?

My entire life is a quirk. Everything I do is by the seat of my pants, so I’m always just as surprised as the next guy that I ever finished an entire novel.

What are your hopes for the future?

I want to win the lottery but if not, I have several books in the beginning stages I would to finish writing.

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

I’ve learned the hard way how easy it is to be taken advantage of in the publishing business. There are plenty of people who are prepared rip you off. My best advice is to you is to research, research, research.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I’m always so pleased to hear someone has read one of my books. I know everyone’s time is so precious, so I’m honored when anyone spends their valuable time reading my books. Thank you so much.

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FEARLESS: A Charity Anthology #amreading

❤ Happy release day ❤

FEARLESS: A Charity Anthology

★BE DARING.★
★BE PLUCKY.★
★BE. . . FEARLESS.★

A collection of stories about badassery, bravery, and beating the odds. All proceeds to benefit Darkness to Light, a charity for children who have been sexually abused. The stories contained within are a wonderful mixture of both M/F and RH, ranging from contemporary to PNR. Featuring tales from:

Cali Mann
M.J. Marstens
A.J. Macey
Ginna Moran & Elie Waters
Jacquelyn Faye
M Sinclair & R.L. Caulder
Imani L Hawkins
Katie May & Ann Denton
Rosemary Johns
Cate Corvin
Mia Harlan
TL Hamilton
Whimsy Nimsy
Rachelle Bonifay
K.B. Wheelock
Jewels Arthur
Elle Lee
Jenn D. Young
Katherine Isaac
KZ Merlin books
Dolly Kalasin
J Grace
Roseyk Klayborn
Z Xanxar
Rory Miles
Emmy Dee
Serafina Luna Brodie
Lucy Felthouse
Maya Riley
CE Lashua

Author Alice Ivinya #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Alice Ivinya

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I live in wet and soggy Bristol, UK, with my husband, toddler and dog (oh and an immortal goldfish).

I have loved fantasy all my life. My favourite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Holly Black, Amy Harmon and Robert Jordan.

When I’m not off gallivanting in other worlds, you can normally find me climbing trees with my young son, working as a small animal vet for a charity that treats the pets of people who struggle to make ends meet, hanging out with my church family, or walking the best dog in the world. (And as a vet I feel qualified to say that!)

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have written stories for as long as I can remember. My first book series was about a group of kids who ran away from home and became rulers of all the sharks in the sea. Worryingly they all got married at the age of 12-14 but that was old to my 8 year old self! 

I wrote my first full length novel at 11. It was about a magician’s apprentice who was bad at magic. 

Throughout my teenage years I wrote epic fantasy after epic fantasy that my poor parents had to read, even when they went over 200,000 words! As a child I was badly dyslexic and struggled with sentence structure and spelling to the extent that many of my early stories were illegible until I typed them up. It took me much longer than all the other children in my class to both write and type, but I just loved to write and have never been able to stop telling stories. Slowly, wth the support of my parents and teachers, I developed techniques to get around my dyslexia and now it never holds me back.

I now have ten published full length books and seven short stories.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series starts with Feathers of Snow and is inspired by the German fairytale, The Goose Girl. I always loved how the original tale coupled gentleness and beauty with brutality and ruthlessness. To me, it is a very powerful tale of the power of goodness and perseverance. Though my tale flips the characters on their heads!

What are you working on now?

I am currently putting the final touches on Feathers of Blood which is the sequel to Feathers of Snow. This book has a lot more action and angst and has been great fun to write!

Do you have any quirks while working?

I often feel the need to pull the expressions my characters are making as I write them to try to work out how to describe them. I must look very strange, so it’s probably a good thing I don’t write in public!

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to keep on doing what I love, which is being a mummy, writing and saving animals as a vet! It would be my dream to be able to earn a little more through my writing so I can devote whole days to it once my son is old enough to go to school.

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

My advice to authors who want to write fantasy is to read loads in your subgenre and keep writing. Never give up! Get as many fantasy lovers to read it as you can before you try to publish. Also start simple and master basic concepts in shorter books before your epic 12 book masterpiece!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love you all so much! Every time I gain a follower or reader, I do a little happy dance. I couldn’t do it without you!

Lady of Embers by Erin O’Kane #amreading

A Lady of Embers: Fires of the Fae series: Book One by Erin O’Kane

After a long war between the elves and humans, Morrowmer is a land full of divided people.

Finally free from decades of captivity, Annalise, a high elf, is on the run.
Moving from refugee camp to refugee camp, she keeps to herself. These places are dangerous, especially for an elf. One night, the camp is attacked by strange, ferocious beasts. She should flee, but when she stops to save a human, she alters her fate forever.

Stolen and taken to a new land, she discovers there is so much more going on than she first thought. A great darkness is about to descend on the Fae Lands and she might be the only one who can save them all.

Can Annalise rise from the ashes of her past and become the person she was born to be?

This is slow burn reverse harem and is aimed at readers 18+. There are some scenes that some readers may find upsetting.

Author Kyra Alessy #interview

Give a warm welcome to author Kyra Alessy

Tell us a little about yourself…

Well I’m pretty boring tbh! I grew up in NJ and moved to the UK for a one-year study abroad and I loved the UK so much I decided to never leave. (Don’t worry, it was legal, I had dual citizenship!) That was like fifteen years ago and since then, I’ve worked in London for awhile, got married, had a couple kids and I got back into writing about two years ago when I had a pretty popular series on Literotica, and the feedback I got from that was what made me decide to start publishing. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yeah, ever since I was about 11 or 12. I’ve always known that was what I really wanted.

What was your inspiration for current book/series?

I don’t even know. The Dark Brothers was meant to be a short story what came to me in a dream, but then I started writing it on Lit and it just snowballed into ideas for 6 standalones.

What are you working on now?

I just finished book 3 of the Dark Brothers, Kept to Kill, which is being published on the 20th May (I think you’re the first to know the date!) so I’m just starting the plotting for Book 4 which is called Caught to Conjure and follows a witch named Vivienne in the same world.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I need absolute silence, which means no writing during the day since my kids are not silent! When I can’t get the quiet I need, I have to listen to ‘airplane cabin’ white noise otherwise I just can’t focus. It’s ridiculous.

What are your hopes for the future?

It would be amazing to be able to earn enough from indie-publishing that don’t need to go back to a full-time job with a boss and stuff. I never liked it and writing in general is my real passion. I can say with 100% certainty that I’ve never put so much effort into anything ever!

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

Do your research before you start. There are a lot of free resources to learn everything, or at least be knowledgeable enough to not make costly mistakes that will break you before you’ve even started. Also, if you can’t afford a proofreader, get two or three Beta Readers and ask your ARC peeps to look for typos end errors. It’ll help you in the long-run!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Just thanks so much for following me and sorry I suck at posting on Facebook, Twitter, and IG – although I am heavily into TikTok right now ( I love it!)

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