Author Annie James #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Annie James

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m 23 I live an hour from saint Louis I’ve been in a relationship with my future fiancee for almost 9 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in educational studies from Central Methodist I graduated in December. I’m also a full time PA and love my job and my authors.

Annie James has been reading since before she could talk. Her parents always told her she’d be a writer one day. She’s always wanted to write, but it took some great friends believing in her to help her make the leap. She lives with her diva cat Anna, she’s always reading and she lives for a good cup of coffee. She’s a believer in magic and is just the mouthpiece for all the voices in her head.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Actually I’ve always wanted to write but never thought I’d be good enough so I was a happy fangirl reader for years. I wanted to be a teacher at one point but covid gave me the push along with my amazing friends to make a career change that would make me happy. So here I am with my dorky fangirl self finally trying to let my characters shine.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My published book was in the Rock This Way Anthology by Irish Horse Productions. It’s an awesome story of a girl from a small town writing music for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. But they have more secretes than meets the eye. My sweet friend Tiegan Cylne needed help with a book idea and I love thinking of stories so I sent her my idea and she asked me to cowrite it with her. It was hard for us as the anthology didn’t want to take us because I was new so I sat on it. Then she recommended I write for this company that dose free anthologies and sent me their openings. I saw the Rock star one thought it over and Calie appeared ready for action with a whole lot of secretes and her four sexy men and wouldn’t leave me alone.

What are you working on now?

That’s actually a secret but I can tell you it’s a fairytale retelling and it’s MF at the moment and the FMC is a total bad ass.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I love writing when it’s quiet but that rarely happens. I have to be in the mood and I can’t get interrupted or I lose the story flow completely.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to continue to publish books and write things I’ve always wanted to read. If I make one reader happy then that’s good enough for me. I want to share my love of story telling and show others that if I can write they can too.

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

Talk to the PA’s they are so great and know all the secrets. Don’t be afraid to ask for help but know enough about pricing so you know what’s worth paying for and what you should avoid. It’s hard and it’s scary but once you find your readers it makes it all worth it. I can’t wait to find my stalkers and I wouldn’t trade my friends for the world their support means everything to me.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Hi future and current stalkers thank you for taking a chance on a quirky fangirl author and I hope you stick around because I can’t wait to get to know you!!

Author Colette Rhodes #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Colette Rhodes

Tell us a bit about yourself


My name is Colette, I live in New Zealand with my husband and toddler. I’ve been writing and publishing as an indie author for the past year now.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

It’s always been my dream career, but I never seriously contemplated pursuing it! I wasn’t really aware of the indie publishing route until 2019. Even then, when I wrote my first book in 2020 it was more of a challenge to me. Publishing it was a spontaneous decision that has opened up an exciting world of opportunities I never could have predicted.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My latest book, Blood Nor Money, is a vampire reverse harem romance that was inspired by Porcia Catonis, a rather tragic figure from Ancient Rome. I majored in Ancient History and there are so many historical figures whose stories have inspired me, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to write about all of them!

What are you working on now?

I just finished writing Blood Nor Money, so I’m currently doing the release day preparations for that. It was my longest book yet, and my first romantic suspense. It’s been a blast to work on, but I’m excited to get started on new projects too, once this is out.

My next series is a beach town contemporary reverse harem and I’ve been itching to get started on it. It’s summer in my part of the world and I’m full of ideas for this book.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I quite often lie on the floor while I’m working because I find it more comfortable than sitting at a desk! I also like to listen to movie scores when I’m writing an intense scene, as lyrics get too distracting.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to keep telling the stories I love and connecting with amazing readers. I’d love to attend an event one day and meet some readers face-to-face, once the world opens up again.

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

Have faith in yourself and your work, network as much as you can with the wider book community, and invest in a proofreader right off the bat.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Just a ginormous thank you for everything! For reading my books, leaving reviews, being so supportive about my new projects. You’re all amazing x

Satan’s Gift by Everly Taylor #amreading

$0.99 Until Dec 24th

Satan’s Gift by Everly Taylor

WILL SATAN FIND HIS OWN CHEER, OR SPREAD MISERY FOR ALL TO HEAR?

When Holly accidentally writes a letter to Satan, instead of Santa, little does she know it will actually find its way to him and change her life forever.
What does The Devil do with letters meant for Santa addressed to him by accident? Of course he insists on delivering them himself!
Follow, Luka, Nick, Bernard and Holly as hilarity ensues with Satan’s attempts to deliver Christmas presents. Santa and his elves as they attempt to track him down and make sure Christmas isn’t ruined. And Holly’s begrudging attraction to these devilishly charming men as she is roped into their chaotic holiday.

This book is intended for 18+ and is sure to set your yule log blazing!!!

Author J.J. Dean #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author J.J. Dean

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m an avid reader, a grade A goofball and I love to eat. Most of my characters are spawns from pieces of my crazy brain, I’m quirky on the best of days and have an unhealthy obsession with Charlie Hunnam. I spend half of my time writing, and the other half staring into the distance wondering why my characters won’t cooperate and why I decided to write the assholes in the first place. I cuss a lot without making an apology for it, I procrastinate so hard that it’s become a disease, and I’m full of random facts that have wasted a lot of brain space that I might have needed in the past.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

There was a long period that I didn’t even think about writing. At age thirteen, I tried to follow in my mother’s footsteps, deciding to take a pen to paper and see where the ink would take me. Only, what I wrote was utter gibberish and made me cringe so hard that I threw the entire notebook away. After that failed attempt I was more focused on art, photography, and design. I thought for sure I’d end up in a career field associated with those. However, a year ago found my love for writing rekindled and I’ve not looked back since. It’s strange how that happens, but perhaps it just goes to show it was meant to be, right?

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

Pinterest. That app is a goldmine for inspiration, I kid you not. Many of my books were created based on a single art piece I found and fell in love with. One book was purely created from the love I have for my mother, wanting to put that feeling into a book with all the feels and emotions. I guess I find inspiration in all kinds of places, but my main go to is a cheeky little Pinterest board.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a few things at once. My main projects at the moment would be the third book in my series, The Fall, and a secret project I’ve only revealed in my reader group because I’m a sneaky tease like that. I have a whole bunch of other things tucked away up my sleeve that I’ve started, but I’m pretty sure they won’t see the light of day for a little while.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have a whole bunch that have no doubt dubbed me a weirdo to my other half. My main quirks would be talking out loud, feeling out the way the sentences I write would sound before typing them. Pretty sure it looks like I have a split personality disorder since I have full out conversations with myself. Another one would be listening to music that suits the vibe of the book I’m writing, or doesn’t suit it at all and I’m forced to focus even harder to write a sad scene while Wham! plays in my ears. Guess I like a challenge LOL!

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes would be that I continue to write what I love for as long as I can. This is a career I never thought I’d achieve but wouldn’t change for anything. Continuing down this road and finding myself still loving what I’m doing, enjoying sharing my words with others, is the dream. If I find myself still writing the ideas that spring to my mind ten years down the line, I’ll consider myself a very happy nugget.

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

Honestly? It’s a tough world to delve into. I’m still no where near the level a great deal of authors are at, and I’ve been writing for a year. This job takes a lot of love, dedication and perseverance. You have to push through the hard days, grow a very thick layer of skin, go at your own pace and don’t ever compare yourself to others. You’re you, your words are yours, and it’s a unique thing to be proud of. Comparing yourself will only hurt you and hinder the progress you’re heading towards. Always do a whole lot of promotion. Don’t be afraid to push your book out there, to show the world how hard you’ve worked on something you adore. And one vital piece of advice I can offer that was passed down to me: don’t read bad reviews. If you see those review stars sitting low on the chart, avoid it like the plague. I’ve been burned by many a review already, and the heart crushing ache it leaves you with is not worth it. You won’t please everyone with your books, and that’s okay. Remember that.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

The only thing I can say is that I love my followers to the ends of the earth. Their support and encouraging words are always a thing of beauty and each follower makes me honoured to have them in my corner. I wouldn’t be where I am without them and, for that, I’ll always be humble grateful. I don’t think they’ll ever know how much I value them all.

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Author F. East #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author F. East

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No. Originally, I started writing, just for the fun of it and because it gave me a safe space to express my emotions. When I was serious about becoming a published author, everyone told me that it would cost me thousands to publish my book. It wasn’t until I discovered the Indie writing community and KDP that I realized they were wrong and that I COULD publish. Plus, there were those few haters that told me I would never finish a book because I never stuck with anything I started. Well, two published books and one anthology later, I can safely say they were wrong. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

I’m working on two series simultaneously. 

The Hartfire Saga was born from a high school creative writing assignment. We were to create a mash up of two different stories and make our own. I chose A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court and Anne McCaffrey. If you’d like a giggle, the original essay from high school can be found at the end of The Ultimate Sacrifice (Book 1 of the Hartfire Saga). 

My gargoyle series originally started as an anthology/short story that took on a life of its own. Then, after a smart aleck remark by one of my beta readers, all the beta readers are now characters in the White Bluff clan. 

What are you working on now? 

Many, many books. I have a bad habit of bouncing from one story to another. If a scene pops into my head, I head to that document and write down that scene. 

The Hartfire Saga has taken on a life of its own. What was originally going to be a 2-book series currently has a total of nine books planned and may have more. 

In addition to the Hartfire Saga, I’m working on a series that I’ve dubbed “Gargoyles in Tulsa”. It’s currently a 12-book series, but it may also morph into a larger number.   

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I can never work on just one story at a time. At any given moment, there will be 10+ tabs open, each being worked on as an idea pops into my head. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

To keep publishing my books and to inspire others to chase their dreams. 

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

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and tell everyone how amazing your words are. Even if you haven’t published yet, tell everyone that they need to pay attention to you and that they’ll regret it if they don’t. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Thank you. I got a late start because I mistakenly believed I had to have a book to wave around before anyone would pay attention to me, but my fan base is growing and the support and love I get is amazing. 

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Author Jaya Moon #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Jaya Moon

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi there. I’m Jaya Moon. I live on the coast in country Victoria, Australia. I run a business with my husband. I say in my author blurb my job entails digging holes and joke I might be an undertaker (which I’m not).

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always written. My family lived on a farm amongst rolling green hills and forests in country Victoria. My childhood was a little turbulent. I spent many hours walking alone and telling myself stories. I guess it was a bit of escapism as well as my younger-self’s way of muddling through what was happening in my life. At primary school I was the girl who sat on the school fort and wrote rather than hanging out with my peers. I’d write stories that featured my classmates, often murder mysteries. Much to my teacher’s frustration, when we’d sit down as a class for people to read what they’d written, everyone in the class wanted to hear my stories. Probably because they were eager to know which one of them was going to die next and how they met their demise. After I finished my secondary education, I went and got a “real” job. I never stopped writing, but I didn’t actively pursue a writing career until a few years ago.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My current series (The Ascension of Meghan May) is my first attempt at writing Reverse Harem and paranormal fiction, genres I love. I was inspired to write something that would, hopefully, be a fresh look at genre tropes. I love really tropey stories. They’re comforting; like curling up in a blanket on a winter’s day. However, I know there are times I crave something that makes me go “oooh, that’s a bit different.” I was inspired to write a book like that.

What are you working on now?

After a far too long break between the publication of Book 1 and Book 2 of my Meghan May series, I’m currently working on Book 3, which is the final in this series. I pretty much have a one-track mind when it comes to writing and need to stay focused on one story before I move on to another. That said, I have numerous notebooks with other story ideas percolating.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I almost always write my first draft listening to music, picking songs that suit the mood of the scene I’m trying to write, usually movie soundtracks with no lyrics. While redrafting I listen to thunderstorm sounds wearing noise cancelling headphones. My final draft is always written in complete silence (or as much silence as I can get. My neighbours have dogs that like to bark a lot!). Coffee is a MUST, although I now drink decaf and pretend it’s real coffee!

What are your hopes for the future?

I decided to become an Indie Author because I’ve, sadly, lost my passion for my “real job”. I’d like to think I can make a living from writing and become a full time writer. Hopefully that might happen in the next year or two.

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

I could probably write a novel about this (LOL!), especially given my experience as I started out as an Indie Author.
Different things work for different people, but if I could go back and give myself advice when I first started out on my Indie Author journey it would be “keep going”. Don’t get distracted by the “noise”. Write what you want. Not everyone is going to love what you do, but that’s okay. In most cases, success won’t happen overnight.
If you’re passionate about being a writer, keep going no matter what. Remember why you wanted to become an author. My reasons to write may differ from yours, but I assume one of the main reasons you want to be an author is because you love writing. Don’t forget that.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you SO much to everyone who has read my stories and loved them enough to come back for more. Writing can sometimes be quite a lonely endeavour. It’s always a thrill to put your story out there and have people love the worlds and characters you’ve created. From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate your support.

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Terrifying Love: A Halloween Anthology

Happy release day ladies ❤

Enter the world of terror and chills as our amazing authors featured in this multi-genre anthology bring you stories like never before. A mix of tales that will put you on the edge of your seat, keep you guessing, and wish the things of your nightmares had stayed in your sleep. Each story takes a unique spin on the fear in our hearts as the characters push for their happy ever after, even amidst some of their greatest trials. Will they overcome their obstacles, or will the things that go bump in the night be too much? This collection is full of never-before-seen tales of romance that will make you fall in love and terrify you at the same time. Get ready for a glimpse of the darkness and things of shadows as these authors show you that sometimes the dark can make your dreams come true.

Featuring stories

Bringing Home by Serena Nova
His Dancer by Isobella Dunn
La Siguanaba by Everly Taylor
Reflections of the Past by Melody Calder
Runes and Fangs by Victoria Larque
Bloody Money by Annelie Janssen
A Patio and a Spade by Ada Rossi
Poems by Helle Gade

Author Kira Roman #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Kira Roman

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a stay at home mom of two toddlers. My daughter is 4, and my son is 2. I spend most of my time taking care of them. My husband is gone a lot because he’s in the Navy! 

I met him when I was 15, so we’ve been together a long long time.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

You know what’s funny, I used to write random stories in my journals, but I never thought I’d actually be good enough. In 2017 I discovered reverse harem, and was hooked. I started reading one book a week, using my husband’s money every chance I got, then I started KU, and OMG. It changed my life. I went through like 5-7 books a week. At some point, I thought “Hey, i might be able to do this.” I had no idea where to start though! It’s been a very long journey, and not all of it was good. But I’m so so glad I took that leap! 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

The Devil’s Sin actually has a sad start. I grew up in a close knit family, and I had a cousin that was as close as a sister my whole life. We were only 3 years apart, and spent our whole lives growing up together. In 2019 she passed away. I felt like part of me left with her. I spent a lot of time working on a different story, and one day… The Devil’s Sin just came to me! I knew I wanted to write something that could express the heartbreak I was feeling, while also giving readers a decent story. 

What are you working on now? 

Stolen Succubus. Book 1.5 in the Dramonia series. The main female character is different from book 1, but her story is just as important. 

A Touch of Violet. That’s my naughty contemporary RH romance lol. 

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I need a drink of some kind. Preferably wine. And my notebook. I have the memory of a goldfish. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

USA Today Best Seller! That would be a dream come true. But my ultimate goal is to earn enough to support my family. My daughter has special needs, and always will. I want to make sure she has a good life, and her future is secure. 

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

Oh man. Well, first I’ll say be optimistic, but cautious. Find someone who has published before, and ask for advice. There are SO MANY steps! lol. 

Do not let the 1 star reviews get you down. Someone will always have something bad to say. I like to read the 1 star reviews of authors I personally like. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

You guys are the best. Seriously. If I didn’t have followers, mini fans, and supporters, I’d have no book! So Thank you! I honestly never thought ANYONE would like my work enough to follow me, but the fact that so many do, blows my mind!

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Author Willow Hayes #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Willow Hayes

I announced to my parents when I was sixteen years old that I wanted to write a book. When they asked me what kind I simply shrugged my shoulders and said, “I don’t know yet, but someday I’m going to write a book.” It was exactly twenty years later that I published my first book, Flicker and Flame. I love the quote by Stephen King, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” I was a voracious reader from the time that I was in second grade, reading at nearly middle school level. From the sheer number of books I’ve read between second grade and the day I published I’d say I’m doing pretty well at that ‘write a lot’ portion of Stephen’s advice, and I’m hoping this is just the beginning of the ‘write a lot’ part. 

What was your inspiration for your current series?

I’ve known the VERY basic premise of girl finds out she’s magical/royalty and must take the throne back for years, but try as I may I was never able to get past the initial stages of planning. Early this year I dove down the reverse harem rabbit hole, and something about the switch in genres helped me get the story to paper. Having been a voracious reader and fantasy lover since I was young I have many authors who have inspired me as a person and a writer. There are so many aspects of Flicker and Flame (and the other two books in the series) that reflect that. It was as if I was collecting threads to this great story as I read these great books, and those threads finally came together in the form of my Magic Bound series. 

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the final book in the Magic Bound series, Shadows and Lies. I’ve also started the research for a new fae reverse harem series, and I’m hoping the first book will be out sometime in July. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

I invested in some great noise cancelling headphones because it has be nearly silent in order for me to really work, and with a twelve year old at home silence is hard to come by. I’m a total control freak and plot obsessively. In fact, I’m often teased about my color coded sticky notes that sit on the back of the door outside my office. I can’t write (like at all) until I know exactly where the story is going to go. Now, that’s not to say it doesn’t change, but I can’t start until I have plan. 

What are your hopes for the future?

Once I started writing Flicker and Flame I figured out just how much I loved the entire process, and I would love to make this my full-time forever job. I’m a single mom, and my son watches me carefully, so making this work, making my dream work, has never been more important. He’s picked up a few habits and has started keeping journals of story ideas and talks constantly about the different things he could do in his writing. I want to live out my dream as author for me but also so my kiddo can see that it’s possible.

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

Invest in the right people. I couldn’t do any of this without my PA, Hannah. She’s amazing. Having the right team of alpha and beta readers is everything, and hiring an editor was an absolute must for me, really anyone publishing. See, as much as I love to write and read…I’m crap at grammar! Ha! So much of my anxiety is reduced by simply having the right people on my team, and it’s made writing that much more enjoyable. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I am so incredibly humbled and blessed that you’ve shared this journey with me. Your kind words are seriously what get me through my moments of doubt. Thank you for letting me tell you my stories. 

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