Author Cait Marie #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Cait Marie

Hi! I’m Cait Marie, a multi-genre author who also offers a variety of author services. I published my first book, The Lost Legends, in March of 2020. It is the first in a YA/NA fantasy series, whereas my second book, The Last Summer, is an unrelated YA romance. I have a lot of interests and I’m indecisive, so I go back and forth between genres. I’m a freelance editor and graphic designer, I own/manage the book website Functionally Fictional, and volunteer work for YA Books Central.

Basically, I like to stay busy and books rule my life.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

No. I actually never wrote outside of school, and I hated academia writing growing up. I started writing out of boredom and the need to “put everything I want into a book” in 2015, but I didn’t truly dream of becoming an author until a couple years later.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

I have multiple series happening right now, but for the sake of this, I will talk about The Nihryst series. It is a mashup retelling that includes bits and pieces from Robin Hood, Tangled, and King Arthur. I’ve loved fairy tales and fantasy my entire life, so that love of stories was my biggest inspiration, which is reflected in the story through Adalina’s own fondness for fairy tales. I got the idea from a dream about searching for fae with a group of pirates (I changed the fae to cursed immortals, but most of the original idea is still very much the same in book one), and I believe the dream was inspired by a number of other books involving pirates. That fall, both A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan and These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch were released, and I read them both back to back pretty much. Plus, I’ve always been obsessed with Pirates of the Caribbean, which I watch fairly frequently. I have pretty vivid, random dreams that are influenced by what I read and watch, so this series was a culmination of several things going through my mind subconsciously.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working getting the second Nihryst book, The Lost Prince, ready for its release in November. I am also writing my next contemporary romance, The Final Chance, which releases in January of 2021, and the third Nihryst book I’m aiming to release in March of 2021. But I have several other books started or planned.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I don’t know about quirks, but I HAVE to have music on or something going in the background. If I’m writing, editing, proofreading, etc., it’s music. If I’m working on school stuff, graphics, or website stuff, it can be tv or movies, but usually things I’ve watched a lot before so it doesn’t take too much attention away from the work.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope I can continue publishing books, but I am also working on building up my author services business. Specifically, I want to do more in marketing and graphic design.

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

Don’t give up and stay organized. Plan ahead, especially if self-publishing. If you want your book to sell, people need to know about it. Do not slack on the marketing. Build up a social media following before your book is out. Get involved in the book community so when it comes time for a release, people know to expect the book and it will be easier to find bloggers to help promote and reviewers to build up hype. You don’t necessarily need to spend a bunch on marketing, not if you’re active and getting the word out well. There are plenty of tools for you to do your own graphics and such.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

Thank you for following! I have so many plans and hope you stick around to see them. Authors, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!






Author Melissa Adams #interview

Please give a warm welcome to author Melissa Adams

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born in Italy. I’m half English half Italian and grew up between the two countries. So that means I am bilingual with Italian.
I am a flight attendant by profession and I have lived in the UK, Italy, Germany and the US. I have an American husband who followed me back to Europe about five years ago when we decided to settle down permanently in the UK.
When and I don’t read and write, I love to cook, swim and take long walks with my two dogs.
I’m obsessed with 80s and 90s movies and music and I am especially fond of teen movies.
In fact, I mostly write new adult novels, probably because I still feel young at heart and I am fascinated with the endless possibilities one has during those years è, even though obviously I wish I knew then what I know now.

Have you always wanted to become an author?

I wrote my first novel when I was thirteen. It was a spy story called Intrigues and Contrabands. I even wrote a thriller when I was sixteen and then we made a movie out of it with my friends that summer. (All before digital cameras). So yeah, I have always wanted to write but I only took the plunge to do it seriously last summer. I am a flight attendant when I don’t write.

What was your inspiration for your current book/series?

The inspiration was my summer’s at summer camp aa teen. An old boyfriend reached out to me last summer when he needed to talk. He was my first kiss and we reminisced a little via Facebook and at the time we had been caught in a little love triangle but he and the other guy were amazing to me and we have been friends for years to this day. So I started writing about it and a few weeks later, I had written the first book of Lake Emerald Chronicles: The First Summer. Obviously the whole story is made up but I took inspiration from those summers at camp…

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a new RH series. It’s my first paranormal series. It’s about witches but it has got a totally different angle than anything you traditionally read. The Title of the series is Dreams and book 1 is Dreaming Of You

Do you have any quirks while writing?

I write whenever I can and since I still fly full time, I sometimes have to do it in the crew room (when a flight is delayed). So I got used to being asked what I’m doing by the pilots (who always then proceed to ask me to read them a naughty scene, they can’t help it) or if I’m home, I write with my two Yorkshire terriers on my lap. I have a slight obsession with Yorkshire terriers and Norse gods

What are your hopes for the future?

My hopes for the future are to possibly fly only part time (hopefully within the next couple of years) and maybe one day write full time. But I only published my first book at the end of last summer, so I am still trying to get people to know my name and my work.

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

My advice is to write what you are comfortable with and don’t rush it, don’t push publish unless you know you wrote the story you wanted. And also, don’t do it like me. I pressed publish and I only created an author profile a week later. It’s smarter to make connections in the Facebook groups and so on before hand. I published and no one knew who I was. It’s slowly changing but I wish I had thought ahead.

Do you have anything to say to your readers?

What I say to my Readers is that my stories are about feelings and love and real life (Reverse Harem style). I try to create a world for you and show you the story as it unfolds in my mind, give you a picture, like a movie. I want you to feel every look, every kiss, every dilemma. And I like to put a little mystery twist in my stories too. So if I have done that for you, I have done what I set out for. And I love when I get messages from people who have read my books and have questions or want to talk about them.

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A Winter Tale

The First Summer

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Willem of the Tafel by Hans M. Hirschi #AmReading @hans_hirschi



Willem of the Tafel by Hans M. Hirschi

Willem of the Tafel by

Hans M. Hirschi

Published by

Beaten Track Publishing

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, LGBT, Post-Dystopian, Young Adult

194 pages

Release Date: May 28, 2015


The world we know is gone, destroyed by greed and ignorance. On a post-apocalyptic Earth, centuries into the future, few have survived the Great War. Some have taken refuge deep inside a mountain. One of them, Willem, is exiled to the surface… Alone and struggling to survive, Willem embarks on an epic journey, making a discovery that could once again alter the future of humanity. Willem of the Tafel is an epic tale of survival, second chances, hope and undying love.


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Hans M Hirschi (b. 1967) has been writing stories ever since he was a child. Adulthood and the demands of corporate life efficiently put an end to his fictional writing for over twenty years.
A global executive in training and channel development, Hans has traveled the world and had previously published non-fictional titles.

The birth of his son and the subsequent parental leave provided him with the opportunity to unleash his creative writing once again. With little influence over his brain’s creative workings, he indulges it, going with the flow.

A deeply rooted passion for, faith in a better world, in love, tolerance and diversity are a red thread throughout both his creative and non-fictional work. His novels might best be described as “literary romance, engaging characters and relevant stories that won’t leave you untouched, but hopeful.”

Hans is a proud member of the Swedish Writers’ Union and the Writers’ Center in Sweden.



The giveaway for Willem of the Tafel has 11 randomly chosen winners; 10 will receive $15 Gift codes to the author’s shop, but the grand prize winner will receive a free ticket to GayRomLit retreat 2015, in San Diego, CA, happening October 15-18th, 2015. Ticket value is $175, but if you win the grand prize, you’re responsible for travel and accommodations. Please notify the author in advance should you win and be unable to attend, so we can choose another recipient to enjoy the prize!

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KYNDRED by Angela L. Clay #NewRelease

Today the awesome author Angela L. Clay it here on the blog about her debut novel Kyndryd. I’m reading it right now and I’m having a HARD time putting it down when life interferes.

If you leave a comment then you have a chance to win an ebook of Kyndryd.




It’s not every day you learn you’re a Sorcerer.


Kiera Johnson’s life is like any normal teenagers; school exams, young love, strong friendships. Only her mother and close friends understand her inner battles. Suffering from repetitive nightmares of her best friend’s death, Kiera finds herself wrapped in a depression that sends her close to the edge of sanity.


Until the strange dreams begin. Sights of a foreign world, a presence with a mysterious connection to her mind. Kiera learns of her origins, of a magical link she shares with this new world she never knew existed. Craziest of all is the claim of a hidden power that lays dormant within her; one that is only now surfacing; one she must hide from her friends and family in order to keep them safe.


As if that isn’t confusing enough, she develops unforeseen desires towards her friend Damien. With his surfer blonde hair and a body to die for, what could honestly hold her back? Maybe the fact that he is the ex-boyfriend of her recently deceased friend. Struggling with her shame, Kiera finds herself gravitating towards Damien, seeking not only love, but a confidante that she can share her secrets and fears with.


Through a series of attacks Kiera is left vulnerable, her opponent aggressive, unrelenting. What does he want with her, what is she to him? Cornered, with no where to go, Kiera has only one option; to wield the power within her. Is she strong enough to control her new found powers, will they be enough to save her life?









Angela L. Clay was born in the city of Durban, South Africa, 1978. In 1984 she immigrated to Australia with her family, growing up in the Far North Queensland city of Cairns. And there she has stayed, now married with two crazy children.


From a young age Angela has imagined worlds of adventure and fantasy, playing them out in her mind over and over again. She is greatly excited to now have put pen to paper and created her debut novel Kyndryd, the first in her Kyndryd series.


Angela’s passions are watching anime, reading a large variety of genres, including Paranormal, YA, Fantasy, Manga, Thriller and yes the occasional Romance Adult novel.


But her favourite down time is when she has a pencil in her hand sketching her favourite anime characters, sometimes even her own novel’s characters.


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