Author Jayce Carter

Please give a warm welcome to author

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a desert dweller, born and bred in Southern California. Before becoming an author, I was a stay at home mom, and still manage to keep my kids alive even while writing.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I know this seems odd, but I didn’t. I’ve always written, but the idea of becoming an author didn’t occur to me until I was in my early twenties (after a few years of college where I thought go into every job possible and switched my major enough for my parents to needed to sit me down). This is funny, because when I looked back at my awards from school, I got compliments constantly on my writing. It seems I was headed that way even when I didn’t know it. Of course, the path to becoming a romance and erotica author is an even stranger one, since I went years thinking I could never write sex. I thought I’d never be good at it. It was fanfiction that enlightened me there, that taught me I was not only capable of it but good at it! Then, my interest in female sexuality, in wanting to portray a positive view of it, really pushed me into focusing on erotic romance!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I don’t know if I have inspiration. I tend to play with what-ifs a lot, and when I’m driving, I enjoy thinking about storylines. This one spawned during one such time. I will share, at the end, a face claim for the characters! It helps to show readers how I view the characters, the images I used before writing so I could ‘see’ my characters. It’s always fun to have a face to put with the name.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the edits for Grave Concerns 3, Saving the World and Other Bad Ideas. It’s so much fun to get back into Ava’s world, but wrapping up the series has been a lot of work. This is my first ever trilogy, as opposed to stand alone stories, and tying up all the threads has proven to be a big undertaking. I am so excited to share it in September!

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have ADHD, which means focus is difficult for me. I really need routine to be successful (well, and Adderall). This means I’m very regimented. I also get up and work at 5am, so the house is quiet! Even with that, I love my noise cancelling headphones and my touchpoints to help keep me focused. I am a huge fan of lists, and I keep a bullet journal to keep myself on track. My favorite thing, though? My freewrite. It helps me to write, to stay focused and is much easier on my eyes for long hours than a regular screen.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to continue to grow as an author, to learn more about how to reach readers (marketing is hard and scary!), to get to branch out and try to write different types of stories that are outside of my happy little rut. I’ve enjoyed writing my Grave Concerns Series so much because it was such a departure from my Alphas series. I want to keep doing that, to not be satisfied with what I know so I can try out new things even when they’re scary.

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

It takes time. That’s my number one piece of advice. Too often, we writers are in love with our own work, and we go into publishing with this belief that our book will be the exception. We will write the next best thing, that it will only take that one masterpiece for the masses to recognize our brilliance. In my experience, reality is far more work and a much longer and rockier path. For most of us, success will come from the slog, from creating and putting out story after story. I don’t say this to be demoralizing, but to prepare authors, because I’ve seen (and been) an authors who puts out their first books and feels hopeless when it flounders. It is so easy to give up at that point, to feel like a failure and think writing isn’t for you. So, my advice is to stick with it, to go into it knowing your first book is just that–your first book. Keep at it to see the benefits!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much! I couldn’t do what I love so much if it wasn’t for my amazing readers who support me. Readers are precious creatures who deserve all the praise and love!

Author Alexis B. Osborne #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Alexis B. Osborne

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I live in NY with my wife, step-son, and a small army of furry, deadbeat roommates. I love taro bubble tea and Thai food. My favorite book is If I Pay Thee Not in Gold by Mercedes Lackey and Piers Anthony. I’m a big fan of villains, anti-heroes, and the morally gray. I adore monsters. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

I’ve always been a writer. I started writing fan fiction in high school. My first fic was a terrible Escaflowne smut filled romance that I made my friends read. It has since been deleted. A college professor encouraged me to really think about writing. I always knew that if I wrote, it was going to be romance. He was… not encouraging in regards to the genre. I started to take writing more seriously about five years ago. After starting about 10 different stories without having a plan, most of them fizzled out. But I published my first novel last year. Since then, I’ve been learning as much as I can and as quickly as possible about the art of storytelling.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I have two series that I’m working on right now. One is a near-future sci-fi omegaverse series, and the other is a far future alien romance series. The latest novel that I just finished the first draft for is called Engineering Fate. I can’t pin point any one particular inspiration. I’d say that it was inspired by all of the works of the romances with aliens that look like aliens genre. I knew that I wanted my heroine to get stuck in a cage, and I knew that I wanted my hero to find her while he was working undercover in a smuggler’s ring. The story took off from there. Sasha and Ardalon were very bossy characters who told me exactly how they wanted the story to go.

 What are you working on now? 

Engineering Fate is getting alpha read and I’m working on writing the first draft of a novella that’s going to be in the Alien Embrace anthology which comes out in August. It’s called Ice Planet Prison, and as you can guess, it’s about a prison planet. The hero is an alien ice bear shifter. The planet might be cold, but their chemistry is going to he H-O-T.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I don’t let anyone look at what I’m writing until the first draft is done. A lot of authors have their alpha readers review each chapter as they write them, but I like to have a solid first draft done before I let anyone else look at it. I think it’s mostly because I’ve started so many stories that I never finished. I’ll run plot holes and snags by my author friends, but that’s it.

 What are your hopes for the future? 

My hope is to one day see omegaverse novels in a physical bookstore. I’m not sure that the traditional publishing world is ready for it just yet, but it’s becoming quite popular with indie publishing which is how I’m publishing my Omegas of OAN series.

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

You will have to do so much marketing. It can be very overwhelming at first, but I feel like I’m finally starting to get the hang of it. I had zero marketing experience before self publishing and I’m still learning something new every week. I’m so grateful to my fellow indie authors who are very supportive. It’s nice to be able to ask them questions and share information with each other.

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Thank you so much for reading my books and reviewing them. A review is an author hug and somedays reading your kind words is what makes all of the frustration and temporary set backs worth it. 

Author Lizzy Bequin #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Lizzy Bequin

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi, I’m Lizzy Bequin, and I write sci-fi, reverse harem, and omegaverse romance. I’m an only child, which probably accounts for my overall weirdness. And I’m also a southern girl. I was born in Alabama, and I’ve moved all over, but now I’ve settled back in the South in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a city that I absolutely love. It’s a fairly small city, and it’s surrounded by mountains and woods which is nice for me because I enjoy having fun outside–hiking, paddle boarding, camping when the weather is nice.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Pretty much. Even when I was little I was always making up crazy stories, and I’ve loved to read for about as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved both romance and sci-fi. My mom used to read romance paperbacks, and my dad read sci-fi, and I would steal their books and devour them. But it was only recently that I discovered sci-fi romance, and that’s when I found my calling.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The book I just published is titled Alien Meat Market, which is kind of a crazy title for a romance, right? I was brainstorming titles for a separate series, and that was one of the titles I came up with. Well, it didn’t quite fit that other series, but something about the title stuck with me, so I just had to write a story to go with it. I came up with the idea of a woman who gets abducted by aliens and auctioned in a literal meat market, but luckily the highest bidder wants her for reasons other than food. And the story just kind of flowed from there.

What are you working on now?

So, I just published Alien Meat Market, which is a reverse harem alien romance, and I’m planning to follow that up with a sequel. But in between that, my current project is an enemies-to-lovers alien prison romance titled Brute Force (I like my hard-hitting titles).

Do you have any quirks while working?

I often cackle loudly whenever I’m writing a particularly twisted or dirty scene. Sometimes so loudly my poor cat bolts away into the other room in fear. Oh, also, I’m addicted to LaCroix sparkling water, and by the end of my writing day I usually have a little pyramid of empty cans on my desk. Ah, the glamorous life of a writer.

What are your hopes for the future?

Mainly just to keep doing what I’m doing, to keep growing as a writer, and hopefully to sell even more books. It’s taken me about two years, but I’ve finally been able to go into writing full time, and I feel really fortunate for that. I guess my big dream would be to hit the bestsellers lists some day. But in the meantime, if I can just bring entertainment to people, then I feel pretty good about that.

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

In terms of writing, I would say, just don’t give up. Writing and publishing can be really scary, but you can’t ever let your fear or self-doubt stop you. I’m a big fan of the author Dean Wesley Smith, and he has this motto: “Dare to be bad.” I really like that. Even if you do write a bad book, that’s not wasted time. It’s an opportunity to grow and improve and write a better book next time.

In terms of the business and promotion end of things, I would say, prioritize building an email mailing list. I have two short novellas which are free for my newsletter subscribers, and that has brought a ton of readers to my list. There was an investment of time in writing those stories, but it has definitely paid off in terms of helping me build my fan base and get more sales of my books whenever I have a new release or run a promotion. I also use a service called Bookfunnel to build my mailing list.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you, thank you, a million times, thank you! My readers and followers are like my entire reason for being. If nobody was reading my books, there would be no reason for me to write them. I get emails and Facebook messages from my readers, and it’s always incredibly gratifying. 

It’s so strange to think about it. I imagine these stories in my head, then I turn that into a bunch of squiggly black marks on the page, and someone I’ve never even met before can read those squiggly marks and experience the story and be entertained. It really is a kind of magic.

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Baby + the Late Night Howlers by Kathryn Moon #review

Baby + the Late Night Howlers

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Baby’s heat is coming…

After years of assuming she was a beta, discovering her omega designation in a biker bar surrounded by alphas isn’t exactly fulfilling any fantasies for Baby. She only wanted to have a fun night, not get knotted, bitten, and bonded. Now Baby’s entire life is about to turn upside down.

With her heat on its way, she needs to find a pack, a nest, and alphas she can trust.

The Late Night Howlers have given up hope…

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After years of waiting for an omega to choose them, this motorcycle club of alphas is ready to move on with their lives. Until one sweet woman takes a chance on them.

A rundown bar and apartment building is no place to spoil a new omega but the Howlers are determined to do right by Baby when she needs them. All they have to do is keep her satisfied while resisting the mouthwatering temptation to bite and bond her, permanently.

When a rival MC comes sniffing after Baby, her safety is put at risk and the Howlers may be torn apart forever.

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Complete Series Sci-fi – RH 2 #amreading

🥏 Protected By The Aliens 🥏

by Maria Starr

These aliens want wives and they have to be virgin. Earth has been conquered and there is only 1 female for every 4 alien warriors. The apocalypse has arrived…

A Reverse Harem Romance Collection

Daine Bride Captives Complete Series Boxset

Book 1: Claimed By The Aliens

Book 2: Pleasured By The Aliens

Note: Adults Only!

🛸 Darkest Skies: Planet Athion 🛸

by Marissa Farrar

After Earth is invaded by an alien race, planetary scientist, Camille Harran, together with her team of three men—head of security, Aleandro, studious meteorologist, Casey, and tattooed, dark haired Mike, who is head of communications—fight to save loved ones.

But will Camille stand up against the aliens, or will she succumb to their advances?

Planet Athion is a shared world contributed to by multiple authors.

💫 The Swirl 💫

by Michele Mills

Three outlaw Cyborgs. One human female…

Axel, Steel and Gage.

Merciless supersoldiers. Forbidden cybernetic experiments gone awry. They escaped from their Hurlian programmers and now live hidden in a desolate area of space where few enter and none leave.

They crave one female to claim, one who will satisfy all their desires. But Cyborgs are illegal, so finding a mate has proven difficult.

Until Megan.

As a survivor of horrific abuse at the hands of her alien captors, this tiny female from the original planet is both strong and fierce. Her white-hot desire brings all three men to their knees.

They want this female. Forever.

But will she choose to live on the bleak edge of space, with three exacting, contraband Cyborgs, who have been stripped of human emotions?

Or is their time up? Will the original programmers return for their ultimate weapons, destroying their female and all they’ve constructed?

🛸 Pioneer’s: Planet Athion 🛸

by Angel Lawson

Mercy Ladd is a woman with a mission.

To help the pioneers women from earth as they acclimate to Athion after their home has been invaded by a dangerous enemy.

Mercy knew her life would change with this adventure, but she never expected how much. As she acclimates to her new life on Athion; three hardened, handsome soldiers do everything they can to protect her; body, mind and soul.

Can they also protect her heart?

Planet Athion is a shared world contributed to by multiple authors.

The Bond

by Corin Cain

Seven-Foot-Tall Greek God alien warriors triads…

Who are dying out.

Possessive. Dominant. Controlling.

The arrogant, powerful warrior species of Aurelians are nothing without their fated mates. Their only hope is The Bond, a fabled link between a warrior triad and the one woman who can bear their sons. They search desperately for their mate, and if they find her?

They will never let go.

Book 1: Sold to the Alien Gladiators

Book 2: Sold to the Alien Cartel

Book 3: Mated to the Alien Warriors

👾 The Hunt 👾

Omegaverse

by M.D. Pentacles

A pack of six males—banished from the safety of civilization…

A Feral male, drunk on the hunt…

In the world beyond the Krust, survival is the only goal. Without technology or shelter, even the strong can fall. Out here, Omegas are rare—especially when their Canicule is upon them and their minds cloud with the heat of the rut…

But Renegade isn’t easy prey

Renegade is an Omega unlike any other. Feisty and smart, she’s the Queen of the beyond with the hedonistic appetites to match. One male is not enough. One mate could never satisfy the fires that burn in her wildling heart…

And she will rule.

The Hunt Series is a reverse harem Omegaverse dark romance set in a fantastic world, yet steeped in scifi. Volume One includes: Hunting the Renegade Omega, Conquering the Renegade Omega, and Taming the Renegade Omega.

🛸 Equinox: Planet Athion 🛸

by Lily Harlem

After escaping a fate worse than death, Uma Nixon knows she’s one lucky woman.

She also knows Earth is no longer a safe place to be.

Not wanting to fall into the same trap twice, she uses her skills to secure a job aboard Equinox as it travels between Earth and Planet Athion. Some might say it’s a grinding job. A long journey in hyperspace as a cognitive traveler isn’t for everyone. But throw four sexy guys into the mix–human and alien–a cheeky parrot, and a whole lot of flirting and desire, things soon get interesting out there in the abyss.

When jealousy, curious quirks of evolution, and danger rears its head, Uma wonders if she’ll be able to handle the heat and the excitement. And if she can’t…there’s nowhere to run.

EQUINOX – A STANDALONE REVERSE HAREM TRILOGY WITHIN THE PLANET ATHION SHARED WORLD (planetathion.blogspot.com)

Boxed Set Contains

TRAVELER #1

DREAMER #2

SEDUCER #3

Author C.A. Storm #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Chris “C.A.” Storm | Kinkaid Knight

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Oh, this is always a difficult one. Right, I’m a 40-something gay male who writes romance novels primarily for a female audience. From male/female romances through polyamorous/reverse harem novels, and even dipping my toes into gay harem and dystopian omegaverse stories. I write under the pen name C.A. Storm for my paranormal/science fiction romance stories, and started a new pen name, Kinkaid Knight, for my more contemporary and “adult” erotica books.

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I grew up a military brat, joined the Navy out of high school, then after getting out of the Navy, proceeded to spend my twenties hopping around the world, trying to “find myself” while I pursued my dreams – I ended up working for a game publishing company producing tabletop roleplaying games based on the works of a New York Times best-selling author for a few years, then went to England for a year to work for an early independent publisher of alternative fantasy fiction. When I got back to the States, I finally finished getting my degree—in graphic design—before ending up in Hawaii of all places, where I finally made the plunge and started self-publishing romance novels.

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I’ve been reading romance novels since I was about 10, when I first got a hold of my mom’s Zebra Historical romance novels, and I’ve been addicted to “love” and “romance” ever since!

Currently, I live in Honolulu, Hawaii, with my partner of 14 years now. Hm, what else? I’m a Gemini, a bit of a Heathen, used to be called the #GlitterKing but have lately been embracing my #IrishViking heritage. I also have a fondness for hashtags, gifs, and posting pictures of good looking men in my Facebook groups to help spread joy, happiness, and eye-candy to those in need!

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Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always been a storyteller. Growing up, I’d make up fairy tales for my younger brother and sister as bed time stories. When I was 8, I won a school Halloween story writing contest for a short story about an alien plant—for the record, I won a set of fake vampire fangs and make-up kit—and ever since then, I’ve been a bit addicted to writing. In high school, I was the moody poet and channeled a lot of my storytelling into running Dungeons & Dragons and Vampire: The Masquerade/Werewolf: The Apocalypse games for my friends.

In my twenties, I started writing adventures for the Third Edition of Dungeons & Dragons, which ended up getting me a job as a game designer, writer/editor, and art director for Dragonlance Third Edition, but that was more technical writing than fiction. My first actual “published” fiction stories, however, were short stories that took place in Storm Constantine’s Wraeththu Universe.

Through my thirties, I didn’t do too much writing. I’d start projects, but never really finish, and was more focused on working on my degree in graphic design than I worried about actually submitting manuscripts for publication. It was only once I had my degree, and once I had moved to Hawaii and was in a better “mental place,” that I finally decided to take the plunge and start writing romance novels—because they’re fun.

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What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I’m a bit of a mental sponge. I absorb everything I’m exposed to; never knowing what may spark an idea. For one of the series I’m working on, I drew upon my usual inspiration of world mythologies – I love myths and legends, ever since first learning Greek mythology in school. However, I love the interaction between mythologies, how wildly disparate and separated peoples might have developed eerily similar monsters or stories, probably drawing from some long-lost primordial tales that somehow survived migrations.

Heh, then again, I’m also working on a contemporary story involving the Mafia, the Bratva, a Heathen motorcycle club, and a cleaning lady—which was inspired by the term “clean” romances, even though this one will definitely not be “clean”!

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What are you working on now?

Let’s see…more than I should probably admit to.

C.A. Storm has Lilith: the First Omega coming out next month, a twisted tale of how Lilith tricks some of the most wicked and monstrous beings from myth and legend into causing the apocalypse; which will kick off my dystopian/paranormal Omegaverse universe dubbed Omega Apocrypha. I’m also revamping and expanding my ELF Omegas Christmas short story to a full novella, so that’s another Omegaverse novel—although this one is that gay harem I previously mentioned. After I get those finished, I’m heading back to my first series, about a paranormal Renaissance Flair, with A Wolf in Period Clothing, which I hope to have out by the end of June-ish.

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Kinkaid Knight is hard at work on The Cleaners, the first in my Big Bad Men series of standalone novels. It’s introducing my contemporary universe, so will contain hints of future series to come. Kinkaid’s also working on an erotica short story, introducing another universe—this one a “contemporary” type of dystopian, revolving around “primal” males…you’ll have to stay tuned for more on that one!

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Do you have any quirks while writing?

Oh jeez. This is a little tough.

Hm. Okay, I have to write in order, from the beginning of the story through the end. I can’t jump around. If there’s a certain scene that I desperately want to write, I just have to bulldoze through the story until I get to it. That said, I save each chapter in a separate file, which makes it easier to edit in the long run and keeps my “master document” from getting too large and unwieldy.

I always have 2 drinks at hand. One is water, I drink a lot of water. I also always have either a cup of coffee – if it’s early (say, before 3-4pm)—or either a beer (if it’s a “work night”) or a mixed drink, typically Dr. Jack (Jack Daniels & Dr. Pepper).

Oh! I tend to speak out-loud when I’m writing dialogue, to make sure it’s flowing properly, that it makes sense. I…may have also acted out certain scenes, in order to make sure the mechanics of it work out properly. I should probably not discuss which scenes, in particular, I’ve done that with.

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What are your hopes for the future?

Honestly? Just to keep writing. I want to get to the point my writing is fully supporting myself and my family, and I’d be quite happy doing that for the rest of my natural life. Wherever it takes me, though, I’m sure it’ll be an interesting ride—and provide plenty more inspiration for future stories.

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

Hm, this is another tough one.

First, I’d say “find your voice.” Find what makes your stories different, the unique “voice” that allows readers to relate to you, your distinct turns of phrase or what makes you different from the millions of other writers out there.

Second, editing is important. I cannot stress the importance enough! However, and this is the tricky one…don’t let them edit out your personality and your voice!

Third, keep writing. Just write. Don’t worry about making it perfect in the first draft. Just focus on getting it finished. Once you can prove to yourself that you can craft a story from beginning to end, then worry about polishing it, editing and revising it, but don’t let yourself get caught up in the stress of ensuring it’s absolutely perfect before you let it out in the world. Perfection is impossible. Just make it as good as you can, and move on.

Fourth, make friends and don’t start drama. In the indie world, who you know can make or break you, but never, ever talk bad about anyone – they will find out. Some authors, and readers, thrive on the drama, but in the end, it takes away from your writing, from the enjoyment of writing and telling stories. Yes, you’re going to see other, newer authors suddenly become huge while you may still be struggling, and it’s going to make you doubt yourself; that’s sadly just the way things are. Don’t become “That Person,” who starts trying to tear down other authors, don’t become the bitter critic—just double-down on your own writing, and keep pushing forward!

Find your own path to happiness. Learn what you can, figure out what works for you, and kill them with kindness!

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Do you have anything to say to your readers?

I adore you all—yes, even you! Thank you for reading my stories, and hopefully, even if just for a minute or two, I managed to entertain you! If I made you laugh, or made you swoon, or even made you mad or sad, then my mission was accomplished! Now, just be sure to leave a review!

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