July Book Releases #amreading

July 1

Moonlit Citrine: Fated Mates WhyChoose Rom Com (Moonlit Falls Book 6)
July 1

Alien Abduction for Beginners: Christmas Assignment (The Intergalactic Guide to Humans Book 5) Sci-fi romance fmf with Santa being abducted.
July 1

Surfaces (Tangled Crowns Book 5) Fantasy Romance RH
July 1

Vengeance of a Queen: The Resurrection of Queens, Book 2, PNR MF
July 1

Greed: A Dark Contemporary Romance, Rumpelstiltskin Retelling,
Dark Contemporary RH fairytale retelling.
 
July 4

Decadent Sins: A dark, anti-hero, paranormal romance, M/F
July 5

Beautifully Played (Candied Crush Book 18) Contemporary Romance MM
July 5

Claiming: Succubus Reborn Serial (Succubus Harem Book 47)
July 6

Coming Home (Losing My Heart Book 3) Contemporary MF Romance
July 8

Moonlit Jasper (Moonlit Falls Book 6) PNR RH
July 8

Bad Hades: A Fated Mates Fantasy Romance (Rebel Gods Book 2)
July 8

The Mercy of Demons: An Underestimated Novel Book 6, MC RH
July 9

Elemental Awakened (Of Demons and Dragons Book 1) PNR RH
July 9

Knocked Up: My Over the Top Possessive Alpha Harem, contemporary
July 9

Beyond: A High School Bully Romance (Tory’s School for the Troubled Book 2) PNR RH
July 15

A Shifter’s Trial (Wolves of Hawthorne Cove Book 2) PNR RH
June 15

Pride: A Rapunzel Retelling Dark Contemporary Romance, RH fairytale retelling
July 15

The Lieutenant : A dark military romance (Broken Warriors Book 1) Dark RH Military Stepbrother Romance
Juli 15

The Sacrifices We Make: Maven of Mayhem Series Book Two, RH
July 16

Their Champion Companion Novels: The Complete Series, Dystopian RH
July 16

Healed By The Stars: An Alien Reverse Harem Standalone Romance (SOS Space Station)
July 16

The Games We Play (The Path of Temptation
Book 3)
July 16

Shameful: A Paranormal Wolf Shifter Rejected Mate Romance (Reject Island) PNR RH
July 16

Love in the Stars (Signs of Love Book 1) M/F contemporary romance
July 16

Outlaw: A Paranormal Shifter Romance (The Pack Prophecy Book 2)
July 16

Vicious Punks: dolls and douchebags part two
dark rh romance
July 17

Sins of the Blood (PNR MF)
July 19

Moonlit Spinel: Unique Shifter Why Choose (Moonlit Falls Book 7) PNR RH
July 19

Writhe (Hellish Book 14) PNR MM
July 19

Witch Catastrophe in Westerham (Paranormal Investigation Bureau Cozy Mystery Book 17)
July 20

Hell’s Fury: RBMC Tonopah, NV, Paranormal MC
July 22

Moonlit Agate: A Paranormal Small Town Romance (Moonlit Falls Book 8) RH
July 23

Empty as a Scarecrow (Heirs of Oz Book 2) PNR
23 Juli

Project: Adapt – Reboot: A Space Fantasy Alien Romance (Book 5) RH
July 24

On The Hunt : A Paranormal Hunters Anthology – Vamp Hunter by Jenee Robinson
July 26

Feral Breed (Wolves of Chaos Valley) PNR/wolf shifter, MF
July 28

Lilith’s Heart (Wrongfully Damned Book 3) PNR RH
July 28

Princess Celesti 2: A Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reverse Harem Romance
July 29

Moonlit Danburite: An Elemental Reverse Harem RomCom (Moonlit Falls Book 9)
July 29

Storm : A Dark MC Romance (A Dark & Dirty Sinners’ MC Series Book 8) MF
July 29

Forsaken Secrets: A slow-burn new adult fantasy romance (Isle of the Forsaken Book 1)
July 31

Fear: A paranormal women’s fiction shared love romance (Masters from Afterlife Book 6) PNR RH

May Book Releases #amreading

May 1
Rhapsody (Bound to the Fae Book 3) Fantasy Romance RH
May 1
Mates Unwanted: A Reverse Harem Romance
May 3
Beautifully Spun (Candied Crush Book 15) Contemporary Romance MM
May 3

Bring me her heart, Wicked Warriors MC Montana Chapter: Bleeding Souls Saved By Love! (Wicked Bad Boy Biker Motorcycle Club Romance)
May 4

Sexy Drug (Losing My Heart Book 1)
Contemporary Romance
May 5
Nesting: Succubus Reborn Serial (Succubus Harem Book 46) PNR Demons and witches reverse harem.
May 5

Alliance: A Mafia Arranged Marriage / Forbidden Romance (Sinners of New Orleans Book 1)
May 6th
Virtues of Syn: A Phoenix Project Novel (The Phoenix Project Duet) PNR/Sci-fi mash-up.
May 7
The Paths We Lay (The Path of Temptation Book 2)
May 8
Alien Abduction for Pirates (The Intergalactic Guide to Humans Book 4) Sci-fi romance, m/f
May 10
Wild Vamp (Jaded Vamp Book 2) PNR MF
May 11
Blue Summer Part Two PNR
May 11

A Glassy Lady – PNR M/F Werewolf/Witch
May 13

Execution of Anguish (The Shadows of Wildberry Lane Book 2)
May 13

The Preacher’s Daughter: The Pact: An Enemies to Lovers Romance RH
May 15

Room For Three: A Reverse Harem Sports Romance (Bad Influence Book 3)
May 15

Dangerous Liaisons, Hawaii Kalama Crime Famiglia: Bleeding Souls Saved By Love (Fabled Wars A Dark Mafia Romance)
May 20

Rebel Academy: Complete Paranormal Romance Collection

           
May 21

The Damned (Their Champion Companion Novel Book 3)
May 21

Claimed: Dragon Shifter Romance (Ice World Warriors Book 1) Scifi and Dragon Shifter PNR MF
May 21

Forged By The Dragon’s Flame: Superhero Reverse Harem Romance (Cosmic Guardians Book 5)
May 22

Unyielding Autumn: Part One (The Aethercurrent Chronicles: The Baron’s Hand Saga)
May 23

Equilibrium (The Rapture Book 2) PNR
May 24

Beautifully Torn (Candied Crush Book 16)
Contemporary Romance MM
May 25

Riptide (The Dark Waters series Book 1) Dark fantasy M/F
May 25

Fanning the Flames (Soul Charmers Book 2) Paranormal Romance RH
May 26

Leather & Lace: A Reverse Harem Motorcycle Club Romance (Hell for Leather MC Book 1)
May 26

Witch: Hemlock Hollow (book one) Slow burn PNR RH
May 27

Filthy Hot
May 28
Infernally Theirs (The Infernal Blade Book 2) PNR RH
May 28

Ruthless: A High School Bully Romance (The Privileged of Pembroke High Book 4)
Contemporary Romance RH
May 28

Treasured By The Water Dragon Guard: Dragon Shifter Romance (Elemental Dragon Warriors Book 7) Sci-fi Romance
May 29

Taming Dragons: A Sci-Fi Alien Romance (Galaxy Dragon Mates Book 1)
May 30
Cruel Temptation: An Age Gap Romance (Cruel Beauty Trilogy Book 1) Contemporary Romance
May 31

Gleam (The Plated Prisoner Series Book 3)
Paranormal Romance MF

February Book Releases #amreading

February 1

When Arrows Fly 
February 1

Spelled:
Book 1 of the
Shadoewynne Series
February 1

Deadly Temptations
(Bring Me Pain Book 1)
Dark mafia
February 3

Their Dark Valkyrie:
The Complete Series
February 4

Wild Moon:
A Rejected Mates Romance
February 4

Tethered Magick
(The Veil Keeper Book 3)
February 5

A Golden Opportunity:
A Superhero Reverse Harem Romance
(The Spectra Series Book 9)
February 6

Nail ‘Em
(Jailbreak Book 2)
February 8

Beautifully Awkward
(Candied Crush Book 12)
February 8

Kari
(Silver Skates Book 4)
February 10

Sonata
(The Last Note Series Book 2)
February 12

Seduced By The Peacock’s Beauty:
Superhero Reverse Harem Romance
(Cosmic Guardians Book 2)
February 12

The Shadowborn Series:
Books One to Three
February 12

Raven:
An Unkindness of Raven
My Bloody Valentine #3
February 13

Two Tricks
(Hidden Empire Book 1)
February 14

Stowaway:
A Sweet, Why-Choose, Scifi-Romance
(The Aethercurrent Chronicles:
The Baron’s Hand Saga)
February 15

Stalked by the Alien Assassin:
An Alien Romance
(Aliens Among Us Book 2)
February 15

Storm:
A paranormal romantic comedy
(Silver Skates Book 5)
February 15

Alpha Hell:
A Dark Rejected Mates Romance
(The Rejected Mate Series Book 1)
February 15

Healed by the Earth Dragon Prince:
Dragon Shifter Romance
(Elemental Dragon Warriors Book 4)
February 15

Succubus Undone
(The (un)Lucky Succubus Book 7)
February 15

The Fallen Gods
Complete Series: Books 1-3

The Fallen Gods
Complete Series: Books 4-7
https://books2read.com/FallenGodsBoxset2
February 15

Waiting to Ignite
PNR RH
February 17

Betrayal:
(Grimm Brothers’ Tattoo Duet Book 1)
RH PNR/Urban Fantasy
February 18

Anax:
A Sci-Fi Alien Romance
(Bride to an Alien Prince Book 1)
February 18

Second Chances
(Emerald Lake Prep Book One)
Contemporary RH
February 19

Demon Sworn
(Darkest Flames Book 3)
February 19

Bloody Rosary Academy: Year Two
(The Supernatural Vampire Fae Chronicles Book 2)
February 19

Healed by the Earth Dragon Prince:
Dragon Shifter Romance
(Elemental Dragon Warriors Book 4)
February 22

Extra Credit

Contemporary RH standalone,
loosely inspired by the
Rapunzel fairy tale.
February 22

Eirwen
(Silver Skates Book 6)
PNR RH RomCom
February 22

Savage
(Hellish Book 12)
February 24

A Sword of Ice
(Fae Elementals Book 2)
High Fantasy M/F romance
February 24

Hard Boiled
(The Dragon Born Academy Book 3)
February 26

Destined to Run.
Comedic, PNR RH
with a touch of dystopia.
February 26

Her Fated Mates
(House of Wolves and Magic Book 2)
February 27

Freedom
(Featherstone Academy Series Book 5)
February 27

Taut Strings:
A Rockstar Romance
(River Valley Rebels)
Contemporary RH
February 27

Blood Moon:
A Paranormal Vampire Romance
(The Blackheart Saga Book 1)
PNR RH

Author Heather Relken #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Heather Relken

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

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

Honestly, it’s a dream come true. ❤

Have you always wanted to become an author?

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

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

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

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

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

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

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

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

What are you working on now?

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

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

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

Do you have any quirks while working?

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

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

What are your hopes for the future?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We want YOUR story ❤

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

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

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

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

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

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

Blog post edited 29th June