Author Cynthia Sax #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Cynthia Sax

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi! I’m Cynthia Sax. I am a USA Today Bestselling Author and I’m currently writing very steamy cyborg romances and alien romances, building a huge fantastical combined world. 

The romances I write tend to feature love at first sight/instalove/fated to mate storylines because that’s the only type of romantic love I’ve ever known. The Dear Wonderful Hubby and I fell in love at first sight over 20 years ago and we’re still very much in love today. 

I also adhere to common ancestor theory in my writing. That is the belief that all humans and humanoids originate from common ancestors (which is why they can have babies!). That means I often use variations of existing Earth languages, customs and myths in my stories. 

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have written stories since I could hold a crayon. I was a daily diary writer when I was a kid until blogging became cool. Then I moved to that format and I remain an enthusiastic blogger today.

I didn’t realize writers actually earned a living until a newspaper asked me to cover an event for them while I was in high school and they PAID me. (grins) I wrote for a daily newspaper and a weekly newspaper covering things like town council meetings. It helped pay for a few books at university. 

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I wrote Releasing Rage, the first book in my cyborg series (it should be FREE everywhere), purely for myself.

Two of my all time favorite cyborg romance authors (Eve Langlais and Laurann Dohner) were taking a break from their respective series at the same time. I know! That is a disaster for any reader. And it certainly was for me. 

I bellyached about the lack of new cyborg romances for a while. Finally, the Dear Wonderful Hubby told me I was a writer. I should write my own.

So I did.

When Releasing Rage was completed, I thought fellow cyborg romance reading buddies might enjoy the story also. They were enduring the same cyborg romance dry spell as I was. I self-published the story and it is, by far, my bestselling work. 

What are you working on now?

I am just about to start B Free, the fourth story in the Rebel Cyborgs series (likely releasing in November). B is an early model cyborg. He’s primitive and less humanlike and he’s the last of his kind. His loneliness, his secret dream of belonging pulls at my heartstrings. 

Rebel Cyborgs is the third subseries in the greater cyborg series (Cyborg Sizzle and Cyborg Space Exploration are the first two). All the series can be read on their own and all of the stories, unless noted otherwise, can be read on their own. Each story features a different couple (or more).

Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t have many quirks. I like to write at home because I tend to act out some scenes, move while the characters are moving, and that is often unappreciated in coffee shops and other public places. (laughs) 

What are your hopes for the future?

Cynthia Sax – I hope to write in the cyborg world forever and eventually write the next generation’s stories. I also have many alien romances I’d love to write.

I maintain a list of my top 100 story premises. Ideas are added and dropped from that list all the time. I would have to live forever to write them all. My quest for immortality has been unsuccessful thus far but I haven’t given up on it! (grins) 

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

All we can really control about this wonderful career is our happiness levels. Write stories that feed your soul, that make you feel good about yourself. 

Those stories can be marketable. That’s often best. We can feed our stomachs as well as our souls. If you have a list of 10 story ideas and 1 of those ideas involve, say, a vampire, and vampires are all the rage in Romancelandia, consider writing that vampire story next.

And not all parts of the publishing process will bring us joy. Revisions are necessary, for example, but they make me cry. I complete them because readers deserve the best story possible, because it makes me a better writer, and because it is part of this awesome job. It is the broccoli I have to eat to warrant the chocolate (which, for me, is that exciting first draft). 

Something, however, in the writing/publishing process should give us pleasure. It should light us up, make us happier to be alive.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love you. (big hugs) I truly do. There’s a deep connection that happens between writers and their readers. It is special. It is wonderful. It is to be cherished. 

I’m always only an email (or blog comment) away. I read every message I receive (when the computer deities allow me to view those messages). Contact me if you have comments or issues or you feel like chatting. 

I might not answer the same day. Sometimes I’m deep in the writing cave, the words are flowing and I can’t immediately escape. But I eventually answer every legit message I see (and, by legit, I mean you’re not contacting me about enlarging male body parts – grins).

About Cynthia Sax

USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes steamy Cyborg, Alien and Contemporary Romances. Her stories have been featured on TV, in Star Magazine, and numerous top ten lists.

Sign up for her dirty-joke-filled monthly newsletter and visit her on the web at http://www.CynthiaSax.com

Loosing my Heart by Melody Calder #preorder

Sexy Drug (Losing My Heart Book 1)

A hired gun is on the loose and has his sights set on the daughter of the most powerful drug lord in North America. Katie Rosemond just barely escapes with her life, but now, her future is in the hands of a ruthless man who would do anything to protect his asset. That man is her father.
After working his way up from being a simple drug mule to the inner circle of the Boss, Ramone becomes one of his most trusted men. That trust puts him in charge of Katie’s safety, and he is not going to let a spoiled brat ruin his ambitions. In fact, he will use it to his advantage. In a dangerous world where one wrong move can put his head on a pike, he isn’t counting on love to be the most dangerous of all.

Stay Away (Losing My Heart Book 2)

Coming Home (Losing My Heart Book 3)

Second Skin by Ophelia Bell #preorder

Mad Dog (Second Skin Book 1) by Ophelia Bell

My military discharge was only a year ago and all I want is to do tattoos and live my life, put my old scars and previous sins behind me. But it turns out my oldest wound can still inflict fresh agony. 

Her name is Celeste, she was my first everything, and those feelings haven’t died. 

The problem is, I have feelings for someone else now too, and I don’t know if Celeste would understand… 

Leo is his name, the inked-up gangbanger who visits my shop for new tattoos every Saturday like clockwork. 

And just to complicate this clusterf*ck that is my life now, Leo is also in love with Celeste.

Both are off limits, and I know it. He’s straight. I’m not. And she’s the daughter of one of the most dangerous men in the western hemisphere. But fate seems to keep throwing them in my path, torturing me with the one thing I want but can’t have. 

Until the night Leo comes to me with a proposal, and a request I never expected to hear spills from his lips. But even one night with them would be worth risking everything.

A new contemporary romance series is coming to ebook retailers in 2021.

March Book Releases #amreading

March 1

Lilith: Vampire Queen Series,
Book 1
Vampire/Warlock/
Wolf Reverse Harem
March 1

Eirlys
(Silver Skates Book 7)
March 1

Shifter Situations:
The Chronicles of Sloane King
March 3

Kings of Moonlight
(Bound to the Fae Book 3)
March 3

Gian: A Mafia Arranged Marriage :
The DelGado Trilogy Book 3
MF
March 4

Marked by Sin
(The Gatekeeper Chronicles Book 1)
March 5

Senseless
(Steel Demons MC Book 7)
March 5

Torn to Bits:
A Mafia/MC Shifter Romance
March 5

Spiteful Punks:
dolls and douchebags part one
March 5

Echo
(Bound to the Fae Book 2)
Fantasy RH
March 6

Gilded Mess:
A Reverse Harem Shifter
Goldilocks Retelling
(Three Bears Book 1)
March 9

Midnight Whispers:
A Paranormal and
Urban Fantasy Anthology
March 9

Surrender
(The Titans of Founder’s Ridge Book 3)
Contemporary MF
March 11

Moon Kissed:
Paranormal Demon Romance
(Chosen Vampire Slayer Book 2)
March 11

Erratic
(Arcane Mage Series Book 3)
PNR RH
March 12

The Tracker Hive Academy:
Semester Five
(Jade Storm Tracker Series Book 5)
PNR RH
March 12

Outcast:
The Pack Prophecy
March 13

The Salvation of Amarli Wolfe
(The Centrum Trilogy Book 3)
March 16

Makeshift:
A PNR/Why Choose? Novel
(The Hollow Book 1)
March 16

Omega Found
Leafwood Academy year 1
PNR RH
March 18

Westerham Witches and
a Venetian Vendetta:
Paranormal Investigation
Bureau Cozy Mystery
Series Book 15
March 18

Bad Loki:
Mythic Fated Mates
Paranormal Romance
(Rebel Gods Book 1)
March 18

When Darkness Calls
(Hades Redemption Book 1)
PNR M/F
March 19

Protected By The Spider’s Web:
Superhero Reverse Harem Romance
(Cosmic Guardians Book 3)
March 19

Like You Should:
A Student Teacher Romance
(Devilbend Dynasty Book 3)
Contemporary, student/teacher,
romantic suspense
March 21

Violent Tendencies:
Romance After Dark Spring
2021 Anthology
March 23

A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor
RH PNR
March 23

Rekindled Prophecy:
Greylyn the Guardian Angel
Book 1 PNR
March 24

Sam: Hyper Omega
Space Fantasy Romance
(Klaxian Cyborgs’ Mates Book 4)
March 25

Southland Academy for Supernatural Youth
Middle grade PRN
March 26

Chosen By The Fire Dragon Guard:
Dragon Shifter Romance
(Elemental Dragon Warriors Book 5)
Fantasy-SciFi-MF
March 26

Retribution:
A Vengeance Novel
(Vengeance Series Book 3)
Contemporary NA – RH
Revenge romance
March 26

Lone Wolf:
A Rejected Mates Wolf Shifter Romance
(Reach for the Moon Book 1)
March 26

Gangsters And Guns:
A Dark Contemporary Romance
March 27

The Blood Witch
(The Osseous Chronicles Book 2)
March 27

Rise of the Witch
(The Yaga’s Riders Book 1)
March 27

The Mage’s War
(Crescent Moon Academy Book 1)
March 30

A Novel Way to Die:
a reverse harem murder mystery
(Nevermore Bookshop Mysteries Book 6)
March 30

Native
(Chosen Series Book 4)
March 31

The Magic of Revenge:
Emerald Lakes Book Three

Author Tamsin Ley #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Tamsin Ley

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Tamsin Ley, but most people call me Tam. I was born and raised in Alaska, and currently live here with my husband and five very noisy chickens. I enjoy adult coloring books, gardening, crocheting, cooking, and prepping for the zombie apocalypse. 😉

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I used to pretend to be a writer when I was a kid, but my love of science drew me toward biomedical engineering when I entered high school. I went on to university and discovered that many scientists spend tons of time in the lab, and I knew I didn’t want that sort of life, so I switched my major to English. My senior thesis was to write a novel – which, by the way, is not possible when your professors believe submitting five pages a week is a good pace. I aced the thesis, but didn’t complete the book until ten years later! Twelve years after that novel, I’d written six more manuscripts (five of which will remain in a drawer until I die) and finally entered the Indie publishing world with a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel under another pen name. I now write steamy sci-fi with a pinch of pixie dust as Tamsin Ley.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My most recent release is part of the Galactic Pirate Brides series, and was inspired by my love of science. An evil corporation destroyed an alien race’s females through genetic modification gone wrong. The aliens turned to piracy and are now looking for human mates, but they have to overcome a lot of obstacles to become compatible. But I have always been intrigued by mythology and monsters, too, and started out writing fantasy romance with mermen and centaurs in my Mates for Monsters series. I also have a steamy Alaskan shifter series with two of my closest author friends here in Alaska.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing the next shifter book, Wild Child. I’m still working out the details, but here is the premise: Pregnant and single, Melody Rush is hiding in Alaska from her family. They want her to marry the pack Alpha-hole who knocked her up. Melody would rather live on welfare than spend her life spreading her legs for a man she detests, even if it means she’ll never inherit the family fortune. But hiding from wolf shifters is far from easy, and Melody steps out of the pawn shop straight into the arms of a bounty hunter.
He’s huge, tatted, and flies a plane that looks like it will never make it off the ground. But once they’re in the air, he tell her he has no intention of returning her to her family.
He plans on keeping her for himself.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Not really. I stare into space a lot, lol!

What are your hopes for the future?

I really hope to be able to surpass my husband’s income so he can retire in a few years with confidence that we’ll be okay. He’s always been my rock, supported my dreams and my writing, and I’d like to be able to return the favor before he’s too old to enjoy life. I will probably keep writing books until the day I die because I will never be able to complete all the ideas already swimming around in my head!

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

First of all, I recommend self-publishing for anyone who wants to make money writing romance. (If money is not your goal, it is perfectly fine to pursue a traditional contract, but expect it to take years before your book is published.) Second bit of advice is to write in a series and complete writing at least three books before you put the first one up for sale. The non-writing side of Indie publishing can be a brain crusher and often make it hard to be creative while writing that second book. If you have several books already written, you can learn the business side without the pressure of needing to write at the same time.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I want to give each and every one of you a hug! You allow me to live in my head and give me a reason to keep sharing my stories. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for enjoying my books and spreading the word to your friends.

Author L.E. Martin #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author L.E. Martin

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi. I’m L.E. Martin but most people call me “Ellie” or “Marty”, those nicknames kinda stuck. I’ve been writing for over ten years now. I have four books out in my Laying it Bare series with another coming in April. I also have a Romantic Sci-Fi titled The Renters available. I work full time and write all weekend. I love to bake and wish I had more time to play the piano. I am a chocoholic and wished I lived somewhere warmer – I’m not a fan of cold and snow.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always been a reader but just in the last ten years or so I have become an avid reader and the more I read the more I wanted to create my own stories. Ideas would pop into my head and I began to roll with it.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

For my Laying it Bare series, it started out as a funny exchange of text messages between a friend of mine and me over getting a friend request from a really odd name with an anime picture for the profile. By the end of our texts, she told me I should write a story about that. I started writing and Laying it Bare with a Friend Request was born. And I now have 4 books out currently in that series (all stand-alones) with the next one coming out in April.

What are you working on now?

I have changed gears and am currently working on a paranormal romance about witches and demons. I don’t have many details yet as the book is still in its infancy. I also don’t know if it will be a solo book or turn into a duet or trio. I’m waiting to see where the characters take me.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Yes. I have to really force myself to stay put for long periods of time – even when the characters are excitedly talking to me. I swear I have adult ADD. It can’t be ADHD because I don’t have the energy to be hyperactive. But it not unusual for me to go bake something while I am writing. And then come back to it.

What are your hopes for the future?

I’m hoping to gain more readers and hope to get to meet them too at a future author signing. With COVID, the one I had been planning to attend was postponed. I would love to be able to interact more with my readers.

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

It’s a difficult and time consuming job but so worthwhile. Especially when you get those readers who really connect to your stories. Make sure you do your research and give your all for everything. Taking short cuts only ends up hurting you in the end.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for being a part of my world. I hope you love my characters as much as I do and hang around for the fun yet to come.

Author Letty Frame #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Letty Frame

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

I’m 21 years old, and I’m a law student. I’ve always been a big reader, and that was one of the things that helped me when I was first starting out as an author.

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

No. It’s not something that I ever thought of as a career option for me, but it’s something I absolutely adore.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

Honestly, my female main character was just chatty. I saw something in a programme, and it kind of sparked the idea of her story, and it’s developed from there.

What are you working on now? 

I’m currently working on my first series, the Luna Series, whilst doing a co-write with three of my favourite people on Earth.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I listen to the same song on repeat. Not good songs, no, it’s songs with a catchy beat and I cycle through different ones. I also leave myself many notes that are usually ‘fix this’ or ‘name this’.

What are your hopes for the future?

I want to continue writing the stories in my head that need to be told.

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

I still class myself as new, but my main piece of advice would be to make friends. No matter what your genre is, there are people there that write the same thing, and having them, having someone in your corner is what you need. I wouldn’t have made it past my first book if I didn’t have the support of others around me.

Do you have anything to say to your followers? 

Thank you. Without your support, I don’t know if Lottie’s story would continue to be told, and it’s your kind words that encourage me to keep going when things are tough.

Author Jessica Grayson #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Jessica Grayson

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello, World! I live in San Antonio, TX with my husband, cat and dog. I love swimming, biking and all things dark chocolate.  When I’m writing, I love coffee. But when I’m reading, I love a good cup of chai.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve always loved writing, but it was more a hobby for me than anything else. But after losing my parents and oldest sister unexpectedly a few years ago, I started writing as an outlet for my grief.

Writing helps me to channel all my grief into something creative and beautiful. To be honest, I feel like it gave me my life back. It helped me to rediscover my joy after going through so much devastating loss.

I never thought I’d be an author but now that I am, I know it is something I will do for the rest of my life.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I love slow burn romance and getting lost in a beautiful love story—the kind of book that leaves you thinking about it for days after you’ve read it because the characters and emotions were so deep and intense. I also love Vampire, Alien and Elvish Romance. I kept searching for a story with all these things included in it, and wasn’t really finding what I was looking for. So, I decided to write what I wanted to read. That’s how my V’loryn Series (Vampire Alien Romance) was created. 😊

What are you working on now?

My Vampire Alien Romance (V’loryn Series), Dragon Shifter Romance (Mosauran Series), and Fae Alien Romance (Aerilon Fae Series) are all set in the same universe. Each series can be read independently, but it makes for a much more immersive experience to read each one to get a richer understanding of this universe and all the characters that live in it.

Right now, I’m working on my Aerilon Fae Alien series book: “Trace the Sky.” It is about Al’aneo (Tr’lani’s brother) and his Terran (human) mate Holly. He saved Holly from slavers in “The Shape of the Wind,” and I fell in love with the idea of giving them their own HEA.  

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have to write at the kitchen table. My husband set up an office for me in one of the spare bedrooms, but for some reason the words just flow better when I’m in the kitchen, in the middle of everything going on in the house.

Also, I love listening to music when I’m plotting. It’s amazing how much music helps in my creative process. When I hear a song that inspires me, I can literally see the plot playing out in my head like a movie.

The ending of “Lost in the Deep End” was inspired by the song, “Indian” by Sleeping at Last. The scene in “Beneath A Different Sky,” when they land on Marek’s planet and then step off the ship together was inspired by “Believe with Me” by Raign.

I’m not sure why my mind works that way, but I’m glad it does. When I get stuck on a plot issue, I start listening to music and it helps me to figure it out. 😊

What are your hopes for the future?

I have quite a few stories/HEAs I want to write in this share/expanded universe. Several side characters are speaking strongly to me and I can hardly wait to get their stories out in the world.

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

Write what you love and keep writing.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you so much for all your kind words of encouragement. These stories and these characters mean a lot to me. You have no idea how wonderful it is to know that readers love these characters as much as I do. I cannot thank you enough.

Author Valerie Mars #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Valerie Mars

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hello, world! I am 29 years old and hail from Alaska, where I graduated with a BA in Japanese before teaching in Japan for 3 years. Upon returning home, I became a barista on the Alaskan oil fields. Currently, I write while readying myself for motherhood this summer.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

This all feels like a prank that went too far. When COVID shut down my coffee shop in March, I was able to find work in the same facility cleaning toilets and vacuuming hallways. During those long, repetitive 12 hour days I discovered a story taking shape within my mind. I started listening to writing podcasts, taking notes, and in May began writing Ferrous. I figured it would flicker out by June, but for some reason I kept going. You have toilets to thank for this book.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I think I was in a reading rut at the time, horribly craving something reverse harem with a rich fae world. I wasn’t finding what I was looking for, and decided to craft my own. A bit of a fever dream, maybe.

What are you working on now?

I ought to be working on Zealous, the next book in the Fae’s Folly world, but I’ve been reading Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series instead! *guilty look* I discovered her books during my research phase last spring, but swore them off until I had developed my own world. They’re my reward for releasing Ferrous.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I have to eat Skittles, but they can only be the green ones. I’m currently searching for a PA to take up the task of sorting them for me. But, nah. In all seriousness, I’m pretty boring. My favorite place to write was in my room on the oil field, because it was dead quiet. And dinner was always prepared for me! When at home, I prefer Ghibli instrumental soundtracks or something related so that I don’t get distracted by the soundtracks of my neighborhood or family. There’s a Ghibli cello one with a HEADBANGING rendition of the Totoro theme song, I tell ya.

What are your hopes for the future?

To push out a healthy baby this summer and to see my husband discover his own fever dream. In the short term, I hope to discover my readers and create a great sequel for them. :3

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

[The End] is only the start for indie authors. Unless blessed with full pockets and friends in convenient places, you will not only be a writer, but an editor and entrepreneur as well. The good news is, there are resources out there. It will be a journey of discovery you must take on your own, but you are 100% capable of taking it. And when you do, be proud of yourself. You earned it.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I am horrible at taking any sort of praise. 5 years into my marriage, I STILL struggle to accept the love of my in-laws. So while I may be stoic most times, know that your kind words and enthusiasm have brought many tears and giddy spurts of energy over the creation and release of Ferrous. I’ve said this too many times already, but I am so glad to hear Ferrous may have made you laugh or read past your bedtime. ❤ Thank you for telling me.

Author Stella Brie #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Stella Brie

Tell us a bit about yourself

I live outside of Nashville, Tennessee with my husband and my 13 year old golden retriever, Bailey.  My husband got tired of me telling him I wanted to write a book ‘someday’ and challenged me to sit down and write a paragraph. Just one paragraph. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. First, I wrote a serial fan fiction, then jumped into my first book, My Salvation. I learned a ton writing that book! 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

For a long time, no. I was a voracious reader and I worked in marketing. But for the last few years, I kept thinking “this is something I want to do…someday”.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

Music often inspires a kernel of an idea. For my newest book, The Rowan, I heard the song Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer on the radio and all I could think about were vampires dancing on the dance floor, paying homage to a master vampire. That jump started my new series. 

What are you working on now? 

Book 2 in the Killian Blade Series, an urban fantasy reverse harem.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I like to write one chapter at a time. When I sit down at my laptop, I will only write one chapter. I may come back later and write another chapter, but not in one sitting. It helps me focus.

What are your hopes for the future? 

To tell a lot more stories, cross genres and make a living. (Got to feed my dog!)

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

Just do it, publish. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You will learn a ton and that will set up your second book for more success. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you, my heart is so full of gratitude for everyone who reads my books.