Author K.R. Hall #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Karen Hall

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

I grew up as a Navy child. My dad was transferred about every two years. I was terribly shy, and it was hard to make friends. I was in the Air Force from 1984 to 1992. I moved to Colorado with my then three-year-old son. 

I was a single mom for 14 years. I met my soulmate in 2003, and we married in 2004. I have three adult children. Hubby and I had our dream home built in 2015. We live there with our two chihuahuas. 

I’m addicted to chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate, I enjoy milk, but I hate white. I love Cherry Coke Zero Sugar. I drink iced tea and hot tea. In the winter, I drink dark chocolate hot cocoa with Reddi-Wip whipped cream. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

I wanted to be a writer in the third grade, but my dad said I needed a job with a guaranteed income. December 2009, I quit my job due to health issues. My first six months of being unemployed were great. I still got up early to see my husband off to work then I cleaned the house. It was just the two of us, and it was easy to keep clean. I read a lot from my favorite authors, Sue Grafton, Dean Koontz, and Stuart Woods. I also read romance novels. My first Paranormal Romance (PNR) was VA Dold’s Le Beau series.

I met Vickie at the Reader Appreciation Weekend for the Denver RomCon in September 2016, and she changed my life. I remember being very nervous. When Vickie came around the corner, I tried to calm down. Her smile lit up her face when she spotted me. 

We hugged, and my husband took a photo of us. Vickie is so down to earth. She could tell I was nervous, and to help settle my nerves, she said to me that she put her pants on one leg at a time, just like everyone else.

We spent the weekend getting to know each other at the event. I told Vickie about my ideas about writing a book about bear shifters. She told me that I should write it and she would love to help me out. I called her and emailed her a lot while I wrote my first book.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

Many things inspire book ideas. A lot of them have been inspired by photos. My newest book, Project X-Force: B.E.A.R. – Bravo Echo Alpha Romeo, was inspired by the cover model’s image. 

What are you working on now? 

I am starting to write my first RH (Reverse Harem). Just as a harem comprises one man with multiple women, a reverse harem consists of one female protagonist and three or more male love interests. However, this is not a situation where the woman must pick her one true love by the end of the story; instead, she enters into relationships with … several (if not all) of them.

Vega: Stargazers’ Prophecy is the sixth book in a twelve-book series with other authors. Author Gina Manis saw the movie Stardust and had the idea for the series. The other authors joining us are Jewels Arthur, Jade Waltz, Skyler Andra, Quell T. Fox, J.R. Thorn, Krystal Pena, Ciara Skye, Hanleigh Bradley, Zelda Knight, Naomi Panthera, Kenzie Graves, and Eve Bradley.

Do you have any quirks while working? 

My office is full of stuffed animals (mainly bears). I have bear figurines and wall art. I must have silence when I write, but sometimes I turn on my bear water fountain. I tend to nibble while I write. I sometimes will have nuts, string cheese, and beef jerky. I also have chocolate candies.

What are your hopes for the future? 

I hope to make it to the USA Today’s Bestsellers list one day. I would also like to have a little orange flag from Amazon Bestsellers. In the meantime, I will continue to write and hope readers will enjoy my books.

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

Just keep doing what you love. I rewrote my first book six times before it was published. I have only been an indie author. It would be best if you did what feels right for you. Don’t let anyone tell you how or what to change. 

An editor told me to change the lead character’s nationality in a book. I explained that I didn’t feel comfortable doing so. My book was written a certain way, and the people who have read it enjoy the book.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for trusting my books. I’m thrilled that you like them. I enjoy writing and have loads of stories that are bursting to come out of my head and onto paper. I will continue to write and self-publish.

Author Annabel Allen #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Annabel Allen

Tell us a bit about yourself… 

Well, I’m a full-time author/freelance writer living in Ontario, Canada. I write under my birth name as well as Annabel Allan, though I keep the spicier subjects more for Annabel! Haha. 

Have you always wanted to become an author? 

I actually have not! I always enjoyed writing, but for most of my life, I wanted be a scientist, a Palaeontologist. Dinosaurs were always my jam! Once I hit high school though, I wanted to tell stories, turning more towards film. Then I discovered I really can’t tell a story successfully through visuals…so I fell back on writing. I just fell in love with it!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series? 

The Goode Pain series has an interesting past. I wrote the core of the book as a different novel, meant for a different type of series. It was rejected, so I shelved it. Then I was asked to write short stories for a friend, which he mentioned he wanted one about a kick ass Dominatrix. I actually started on the short story (which was titled “Goode Pain”) and by the time I finished what is now the first chapter, I thought man! I need to make this a novel. Then I remembered what an instructor in film school said, that I should flip the dynamic to make things more interesting. So, I took the old manuscript and rewrote it. I then retitled it “Edgeplay”. 

What are you working on now? 

Right now, I’m doing rewrites on my original vanilla series Smoke Chaser. The first two books are released, but I felt the third book was the weaker link, so I’m doing rewrites and edits on it. 

Do you have any quirks while working? 

It depends on the manuscript as well as what time it is during the day when I’m writing! Haha. If I’m writing at night, I tend to put on music while writing, which isn’t very quirky. But if I’m writing during the day, I HAVE to put on a movie. And that movie…is usually Jurassic Park! Weird to write BDSM when you have people running from escaped dinosaurs! Haha. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

I think like most authors, I hope for the bestseller status. I went a long while without my writing supporting me, but things are finally working out in that area. But I would love that little orange banner on Amazon saying “Bestseller”! 

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

Do your research! It’s super important to either find someone who can mentor you OR do your own research on how publishing works. I love to answer questions about publishing and writing, so if anyone wants to reach out to me, they definitely can!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Just that I appreciate them! I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my work. AND please leave a rating and review! Reviews feed authors! 🙂

Author Brooklyn Cross #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Brooklyn Cross

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am a Canadian country girl through and through although I love to travel the world and experience other cultures, taste new foods and meet amazing people.
One place I have not been to yet and would love to go is Thailand.
I work a full time job, own a small business and write every free moment I can.
I am an animal lover and wanted to be a veterinarian when I was a small child, but never would’ve made it through that much school.
I rescue dogs and nothing brings me more peace then going for long walks with them.
I’m a little addicted to my coffee… okay a whole lot addicted.
I sing about as well as my dogs and my dancing is not much better so it’s a good thing I chose to write.
I like pretty much all music but have a thing for drums and bass guitar. I could listen to that all day.
My favourite food is anything in the dessert family 🙂
I love action movies but can’t watch horror.
If I could pick any one person I’d like to meet it would be Dwayne Johnson.
I like to make people laugh and have no problem doing crazy stuff to cheer someone up.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always enjoyed writing and reading for as long as I can remember, but no I didn’t consider a career as an author until much later in life. My goal was to be an Olympian and to one day stand on a podium for my country and to train and teach full time. That was my dream and it was my sole goal until my mid twenties when I had to give up the dream because of reasons out of my control. Once that dream crumbled, I was left drifting from one job to another feeling unsure who I was or what I wanted. I started writing again as a form of therapy and the idea to become an author continued to bloom from that moment.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I am currently working on book 4 in my series The Righteous. This series just sort of came to me when I was brainstorming for a dark and twisty short story. The characters started talking and I jotted down how I saw the entire story playing out and who I wanted my characters to be. My inspiration for any story comes from many locations. Friends, family to personal life experiences and real life issues in the world. I happen to work full time in an industry that I see the best and worst of people. That leads me to questions like what if? Such a simple question and yet so powerful.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Coffee, and music, I think that’s my only quirk. I like to have a coffee at the ready, even if I don’t drink it, and I have to have my headphones charged. Those two things that are my comforts while I focus.

What are your hopes for the future?

My ultimate goal is to be able to write full time. It’s a tall order but, I genuinely love creating worlds and characters that I can share and people fall in love with as much as I love them. As for what I will be working on over the next year. I have the remaining four books in The Righteous series to complete by the end of 2022. I have a joint project with six other very talented authors that I’m very excited about releasing in April 2022 and an anthology piece called Burn With Me that will launch in March. If I can swing it I will release the first book in my paranormal/supernatural series fall 2022. Lots of other projects that are on the calendar for 2023 as well. I may dip my toe in a few genres that are new and exciting for me to explore.

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

There are so many things that I have learned the hard way during this process. The first thing I’d say is if there is one thing to focus your money on, it would be editing. Make sure you pay for someone that is not only a copy text editor, but someone who you can work closely with. Someone that will do developmental editing, and give you honest feedback, it will only make you better at your craft. The second piece of advice I’d give, is write from your heart, and make sure that the emotions, character arcs and world building are as clear to those reading as they are in your mind. A beta or arc team is very helpful for this process. Lastly, I’d say to remember not to compare yourself to any other author or their journey. We are all on our own journey and our paths are all very different and that’s okay.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

To those that have read my work and love it, I’d like to simply say thank you. Each one of you makes me smile, and keeps me going more than I can put into words. From the amazing reviews, to sharing my books on your feeds or creating spectacular edits, you blow me away. I appreciate each and every one of you and your support, it genuinely means the world to me. Being an indie author is tough, but it is because of followers like you that make all the blood, sweat and tears worth every moment of it.

Preorder Dolce Amore by Helle Gade #poetry

This collection of poems celebrates all facets of love. From romance and passion to heartbreak and loss, it is all a deep part of understanding what love is, and what love can be. Join this phenomenal, award-winning author as she carries you through your inner self, discovering your deepest emotions and pulls them from you with her beauty and rawness of the written word.

Author AJ Andersen #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author AJ Andersen

Have you always wanted to become an author?

YES! I remember being in middle school and scribbling plots to love stories in a notebook. My best friend read and encouraged me to do it, and 30 years later she’s still in my corner, reading and critiquing and encouraging me to WRITE MORE! So I’ve definitely always wanted to write – and to write about true love!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

My K&S Securities Series came from a dream. Just one little snippet about a red-haired little girl and the much older boy who loved and protected her and POOF! Faye and Travis were born.

What are you working on now?

My current work in progress is a holiday novella. I’m hoping to have it ready by Christmas / New Year, but we’ll see. Life has been in my way lately. I’m hoping to use Nanawrimo as a kick off point to get back on track.

I’m also editing book 6 in the K&S series.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t get emotional about my characters. At all. I always joke that I’m probably the only romance write who feels nothing while I write. It’s weird, because when I read I feel all the emotions.

What are your hopes for the future?

To keep on writing. I have ideas about branching out into other genres, but that’s definitely something for another day.

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

Just WRITE THE BOOK! It doesn’t matter if the first draft is ugly, that’s what self editing, self editing again and finding a great professional editor are for!

YOU CAN DO IT!

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you all so much for your support! (You can also find me under the pen name Josephine Andersen for something a little different from romantic suspense.)

Preorder Till Undeath Do Us Part by Boris Bacic #amreading


Jack and Linda live a peaceful married life on their farm. Then one day, The Collapse comes before they can adequately prepare, changing the world as they know it – and with it, their lives. Now, Jack is all alone, wandering the rooms of the spacious house, painfully reminded of Linda’s presence wherever he looks. He can’t leave the farm – if the bloodthirsty flesh eaters don’t get to him, then the crazed humans surviving in isolation will. There is something else keeping Jack on the farm. Something far too valuable to him.
And his attachment to it could spell his demise.

Author S.A. Michelle #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author S.A. Michelle

Have you always wanted to become an author?

Yes, I have enjoyed writing since I was a child. Math and English were my favorite subjects in school. Although I just finished college recently and received a degree in culinary arts, which I use in my writing. Vixen, my main character, is a chef by day.

What was your inspiration for your current series?

My current series will be a duet. I have been dreaming about Vixen for a while now and I finally found the courage to write her story. It has a lot of traumas that some will find triggering. 

What are you working on now?

I am currently trying to finish my Vigilante Vixen duet, and then I have a paranormal reverse harem that I am researching for. It’s about a voodoo princess from New Orleans. 

Do you have any quirks while working?

I can’t listen to music while I am writing. I found that if I do, I will write the words of the song into my story randomly. Which is making it difficult to make a Spotify playlist for the book.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to finish my current duet, start my next series, and continue to write. I hope everyone enjoys the books as much as I enjoy writing them.

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

Take any and all advice you get and listen to it. I have met a bunch of amazing Indie authors and they are all amazing and so supportive. I appreciate all the advice and any help, whether or not I succeed. 

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I love all of my followers. I can’t thank them enough for supporting me on my journey. I love you all and thank you. I hope I make you proud

Author Cerise Rose #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Cerise Rose

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I’ve been writing since I was a child but did not become a published author until 2019 under a different pen name. When I am not writing I work as a Fraud Analyst in the gaming industry, which does not get incorporated into my writing. LOL

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I have always wanted to be an author and when I finally published my first book, it was one of my dreams that came true.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have all kinds of inspiration whether it’s from different types of movies or music. I don’t write one type of PNR book – I want to dabble in a variety, though vampire is my favorite.

What are you working on now?

Currently, I am working on a dark contemporary called N.S.F.W. which can mean Not Safe For Work or Not Safe From Willa. It is essentially a temp with a huge chip on her shoulder centered on men in the corporate world who have overstepped their boundaries.

Do you have any quirks while working?

Not really that I can think of.

What are your hopes for the future?

I am essentially starting over after striking my established author name. However, my hopes is to finally see that coveted orange banner on my book or books.

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

Never give up your dream. Even if things get rough and you need to make changes in your career, never stop, always keep going. There are so many days I want to quit, but then I remember the reason I write in the first place.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I have my Rose Buds and my followers who have been with me through everything and owe them a debt of gratitude. To my new followers, I can’t thank you enough in advance for helping me see my book dreams come true.

Author Tirza Schaefer #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Tirza Schaefer

Tell us a bit about yourself…

My name is Tirza Schaefer and I am a mother of three children and one cat, a romance author and a spiritual Goddess coach who also writes articles about Goddesses, Gods, Power Animals and so on. I have just finished writing my 32nd book and am very excited that it is the longest I have written so far, there are lots of interesting characters in it and that I have incorporated some archetypal themes as well.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I’ve been telling stories to my sister at night even before I could read and write, so it’s always been part of me. However, the explicit dream of publishing a book one day came in my teenage years when I thought it would be the coolest ever when my children could one day say, our Mama wrote a book. Fast forward 35 years and here I am on book 32 and loving it!

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I love reading contemporary biker, military and badboy romance novels and because I also love reverse harem (most of which seem to be in the fantasy realm), I decided to write a standalone novel on a biker gang falling in love with one woman. The book is called “Her Badass Bikers” and will have to go through editing still before publication. There is also a slight reverse age gap in it because I write for mature women, no cheating and happily ever after guaranteed. So listening to an audiobook of a single biker love story, I decided to write a biker reverse harem story and also because I needed a break away from the series I am working on as well, the two current ones being Seals in Spain, of which Book 1, Tank, is already published and The Milf Diaries, of which Books 1, Izzy, and 2, Ria, are already published. Book 3 will have the characters of the Seals in Spain trilogy in it for a guest appearance.

What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished writing the rough draft of “Her Badass Bikers” and it’s been a wild ride to create this book. Nothing went according to plan and character showed up all over the place, hijacking the story and extending it from a planned 45-50K to a currently 104K file. However, throughout the writing process (including going bananas at times), I have really fallen deeply for this story, the characters and the journey I have travelled on to bring this book into being. It is richer, more complex and vastly more beautiful for the characters’ meddling, so I will be eternally grateful for their continued interference, no matter how unnerving it may have been at certain stages in the writing.

Do you have any quirks while working?

My greatest joys for inspiration will always be travelling and comfortable cafés with a real character but as this is mostly not my daily routine. I sit at my desk, on the patio or even at night in bed and type. I love drinking ginger-orange tea and for nobody to disturb me. Sometimes, I like to listen to music as well, Nicky Jam or Daddy Yankee mostly but I also love 90s hiphop, but mostly I like peace and quiet. And when I need a break from being creative, I may just bingewatch a Netflix series like Vampire Diaries, Vikings, Bridgerton, Downton Abbey, Big Bang or a European historical drama, whatever strikes my mood. I’m pretty open that way.

What are your hopes for the future?

I want my books to be made into movies or Netflix series, depending. Other than that, I just want to be close to my family and friends and spend quality time with the people I love when I’m not writing.

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

That is quite complex but there are a number of social media platforms you should be on and I have a list you can access for free when you sign up to my newsletter on my website tirzaschaefer.com

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I am an approachable person and you can email me, ask about my books, tell me how you liked them and even ask my characters questions. They’ll definitely answer, too. So I’d be thrilled to hear from you. And please feel free to follow me on social media. Due to platform specific restrictions I cannot always follow back or accept friend requests because I am at maximum capacity on most but that doesn’t mean I don’t care and am not happy to hear from you. And please, that is a general request for all authors, when you’ve enjoyed a book, please leave a positive review. You may not know about the various platforms restrictions on running campaigns and even showing a book when it doesn’t have a certain number of positive (4 or 5 stars) reviews but be assured, they are very real and hard to overcome for indie authors. So the more reviews you leave, even short ones, the more you help and support and author. And for you, that’s absolutely free. For an author, it means the world. Thank you!

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A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor by Kathryn Moon #LOVE

The ‘Zon (Amazon) strikes again! Apparently this absolutely fabulous book is too naughty for them so they banned it. Well I say it’s their loss, it’s one of my favourite books. The amazing author Kathryn Moon has been busy putting the book up everywhere else. Here’s the universal link: books2read.com/alorm

A Lady of Rooksgrave Manor by Kathryn Moon

On the brink of losing her position as a maid and with no prospects to go on, the offer of a place at Rooksgrave Manor—a house of ill and unusual repute—sounds like a perfect fit for a young woman with Esther’s inclinations. Even better, the invitation comes by the hand of the handsome Dr. Underwood, a delicate gentleman with a ferocious alter ego who knows exactly what he wants from Esther.

Upon arrival, the men and the daily decadence of the manor feel too good to be true for a girl of Esther’s station. There are rules to be followed, expectations to meet, and Esther is afraid she might be too wicked even for a place like Rooksgrave.

Temptations lurk around every shadowy corner and Esther has never been a girl able to resist. But the risk of disappointing her new gentlemen isn’t all that’s threatening Esther’s new position. Rooksgrave Manor’s protections for its unusual patrons are failing, the wards are crumbling, and Esther’s new and exquisitely pleasurable life may all come tumbling down.

Look at all the deliciousness that arrived with my signed paperback. 🥰😍🥰