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#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Vivian Ward

Vivian Ward

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

My name is Vivian Ward and I started my writing career in 2013. I’m a full-time, Amazon bestselling author of various titles and am best known for writing ménage and dark romance. Throughout my catalog, you will also find some second chance romance as well as enemies to lovers and, of course, erotic romance. My sweeter stories are those that I’ve published with Flirt Club, but even those have some super steamy scenes!

When you are writing, what are some go to’s that you needs? IE Foods to eat, noise level, place to sit.

I have to write in absolute silence because I have squirrel syndrome and get easily sidetracked. While I have an office, I typically like to work while sitting on my back porch because I love the view and it’s so peaceful. Usually, I have a cup of coffee right next to me but sometimes I like to drink something cold while I snack on sunflower seeds.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

I’m a people person so I love meeting readers–new and old–and I love networking with other authors as well as photographers and cover models. Meeting my fans never gets old and it feels amazing to know that I change people’s lives. I also believe networking is one of the most important tools that an author can have, so I’m always eager to meet some of my fellow writers. Personally, I hold Writers On the River very near to my heart because it’s such an amazing cause to support. As a victim of domestic abuse and violence, my life could’ve turned out much differently, so I’m glad to help other victims in any way I can.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

Tillie Cole, hands down! She could write a freaking grocery list and I’d fall in love with it. LOL Her writing is so detailed and unique and I love how dark her mind is.

When you are writing, do you have a consistent schedule where you write every day at the same time or are you a sit and go on different days to get it done kinda person?

My schedule is hectic with so many littles running around so I don’t have a structured schedule but I do record my progress every day on a spreadsheet to keep my writing goals a top priority. It helps me track if I’m right on target or if I’m falling too far behind so that I can adjust my daily routine to stay on top of things.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I have a few but my favorite memory is earning my first Amazon bestselling tag.

Do you have a book that is your most prized possession? What is it and why is it so amazing?

I do! My favorite book is Sick Fux by Tillie Cole. I love the characters, the way the story is told, and the outcome for everyone involved. My favorite part is when people ask me to summarize it and I tell them that it’s a retelling of Alice In Wonderland where Rabbit and Dolly go on a killing spree, murdering all the bad guys as they stop for tea time, and find their happily ever after when they find the next person to murder once everyone is gone from their circle. It’s a wicked story that I highly recommend!

What are your social links?

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorvivianward

Facebook Fan Page https://www.facebook.com/authorvivian

Fan Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/viviansvoyeurs

Twitter https://twitter.com/AuthorVivian

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/authorvivian

Newsletter newsletter.authorvivianward.com (download a free novel that I wrote for you!)

Pinterest www.pinterest.com/authorvivianwar/

Amazon Author Page www.amazon.com/author/vivianward

BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/vivian-ward

Booksprout https://booksprout.co/author/995/vivian-ward

What are your buy links?

https://www.amazon.com/author/vivianward or www.authorvivianward.com

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Aly Grady

Aly Grady

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Aly Grady – I’m the lady that is constantly running from place to place to catch up with my family.

When you are writing, what are some go to’s that you needs? IE Foods to eat, noise level, place to sit.

I am most successful writing in a quiet spot. I’m constantly being pulled by family to different obligations so when I get the chance, “Serenity NOW”

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

I realize it sounds cliche but I really do love interacting with readers

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

I’ve checked that box when I met Nora Roberts in NY a few years back

When you are writing, do you have a consistent schedule where you write every day at the same time or are you a sit and go on different days to get it done kinda person?

I would love to have a schedule but alas I do not. I grab time when I can.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

The first review I received on Amazon from someone that I didn’t know was thrilling!

Do you have a book that is your most prized possession? What is it and why is it so amazing?

It’ll sound corny but the Twilight Saga is a series that is near and dear. I was recovering from surgery and feeling sorry for myself when I read them.

What are your social links?

facebook.com/AlyGrady2012

@AlyGrady for twitter and Instagram

What are your buy links?

Amazon – https://amzn.to/2FEsuMV
Kobo – http://bit.ly/2R2wyb2
BN – http://bit.ly/2Mn2AOe
ibooks – https://apple.co/2ATrXCM

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Dawn Brower

Dawn Brower

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Dawn Brower

When you are writing, what are some go to’s that you needs? IE Foods to eat, noise level, place to sit.

peanut m&m’s if I have a first choice, but anything small that I can grab while I am writing.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Meeting everyone. I love the energy that readers bring.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

I’ve met a couple of my unicorn authors. Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, and Tessa Dare. I geeked out so hard. The only other one I would love to meet is Lisa Kleypas and those are just the historical authors… I wouldn’t mind picking Ilona Andrews brains (Like how do they manage to continue to write as a team? I don’t know if I would have that kind of patience. Plus their imagination…brilliant.) I’d also love to meet Kresley Cole and Richelle Mead one day.

When you are writing, do you have a consistent schedule where you write every day at the same time or are you a sit and go on different days to get it done kinda person?

I have a writing schedule where I need to have a certain book done by (or go to edits by). I write every day until it is done. Some days are better than others and the words just flow… Other times it is an exercise in patience just to get the minimum word count done.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Seeing my first print book. An eBook just isn’t the same as holding your book in your hand for the first time.

Do you have a book that is your most prized possession? What is it and why is it so amazing?

At one time I’d have said my signed books from Karen Marie Moning. The excitement has faded over the years. I remember meeting her for the first time and being a little gaga. I was an avid participant on her old message boards and through my fan girling over her I met some of my closest friends today. It amazes me still today how much reading can bring people together. I’m thankful every day for discovering KMM because of her I have all these wonderful people in my life.

What are your social links?

Bookbub: bookbub.com/authors/dawn-brower
Goodreads: goodreads.com/dawnbrower
Facebook: facebook.com/1DawnBrower
Twitter: twitter.com/1DawnBrower
Instagram: instagram.com/1DawnBrower

What are your buy links?

https://www.amazon.com/Dawn-Brower/e/B00KBBRW5E

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Kate Hawthorne

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

My name is Kate Hawthorne and I write steamy, kinky gay romance. I live in Los Angeles, but before it’s WOTR time, I’ll have relocated to Louisville, KY. I’m a big fan of coffee, wine, rootbeer floats, and ghost hunting. I am a prolific reader, and I can never say no to a good enemies-to-lovers story.

When you are writing, what are some go to’s that you needs? IE Foods to eat, noise level, place to sit.

I’ve just recently started making playlists to go along with my WIP’s, so I love to listen to whatever I’ve gotten put together for those, but other than that I need total silence. My husband loves to sit next to me at night and watch car videos on his phone, so I’ve become expert at tuning that out, at least. And lots of water. Gotta stay hydrated for all that emotional lifting.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

I *love* getting to meet new readers. Even if you haven’t read me or heard of me, I still want to know your name and I want to know what kind of books you love to read. Everyone at signings has at least one thing in common (a love of books), and it’s the best place to meet people.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

I actually *met* her earlier this year. Sierra Simone. Second to her though, JM Darhower.

When you are writing, do you have a consistent schedule where you write every day at the same time or are you a sit and go on different days to get it done kinda person?

I used to, but in addition to writing I have a day job and a toddler, so time is a lot harder to find than it used to be. I try to write at night if I’m not too tired, and I try to set aside time at least two days a week where I can focus on writing for a couple hours at a time.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

It’s hard to pick one memory. My first signing was GRL in Portsmouth 2018 so that is always going to hold a very special place in my heart.

Do you have a book that is your most prized possession? What is it and why is it so amazing?

I don’t think I have one book that I favor over all the others…that said, I do have some books that have survived a lot with me and they have the battle scars to prove it, so those mean something special to me. I also collect old (not my) family bibles from estate sales. I have about a dozen of those that go back to the very early 1800’s. They’re important to me because so many of them hold important family history, and even if it’s not MY history, it was important to someone and should be taken care of.

What are your social links?

Facebook – http://facebook.com/authorkatehawthorne
Twitter – http://twitter.com/katewriteswords
Insta – http://instagram.com/kate.hawthorne
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17636987.Kate_Hawthorne
BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kate-hawthorne

What are your buy links? 

http://author.to/katehawthorne

#NewRelease #review – Hope’s First Christmas (Brie’s Submission Book 19) by Red Phoenix

Hope's First Christmas (Brie's Submission Book 19)

USA Today bestselling author Red Phoenix brings you the magic of the season in this heartfelt and sizzling holiday romance.

Nothing is more enchanting than the wonder of a child on Christmas morning…
But Hope is not the only one who will experience the magic of the holidays.

Sir may not care for the season, but he enjoys challenging his beloved sub.
In the absence of extended family, you turn to your friends.

Unwrapping gifts will take on a whole new meaning at the Training Center.

And Santa has never been hotter!

 


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I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

I was so ecstatic to get this book. I love this family so much and love when we get to see the entire training center family.  To see Brie and Sir celebrate Hope’s first Christmas took me back to my baby girls first Christmas and memories that will always be with me.

 There were so many great things going on in this book. So much family love on this Christmas season. Sir has not celebrated Christmas in years but Rytsar and Hope may just bring Christmas joy back into his heart. I was so exited to see what Sir has planned for Brie, Hope and even Rytsar.  Sir did an amazing job planning the Christmas party at the Training center. I enjoyed seeing all the surprises Sir and the other Dom’s had for the subs.  All I can say is I would love to sit on that Santa’s lap.

I had the feel goods through out this entire story. Some of the most amazing thoughtful gifts were given by Sir, Brie and Rytsar. It is Amazing who the best gifts given don’t have to be physical things but words from the heart and boy does Rytsar know the perfect way to deliver it and it is shocking who receives this gift.  I enjoy seeing Mary, Lea and the other subs in this one.  Everyone deserves friends like Sir and Brie’s. Christmas is my favorite holiday and this story was the perfect thing to get me in the Christmas Spirit.

 

My favorite quote:

“Two strong men facing a holiday they had avoided for years now choosing to experience the holiday through the wonder of Hope’s eyes.”

 

USA Today Bestselling Author

Red Phoenix is an award-winning romance author who gained popularity with her BDSM series, Brie’s Submission.

To join in the Brie experience begin with the 1st Boxed Set (Books 1-3) and start your journey into a sensual world…

#NewRelease #BDMS #Saga #Series #Review #ARC #Menage – Tied to Hope (Brie’s Submission Book 18) by Red Phoenix

Tied to Hope (Brie's Submission Book 18) by [Phoenix, Red]


“Welcome me home…”

My life is what dreams are made of!

I am deeper in love with Thane after the birth of our child, and I can’t believe the plans he has for our future.

My joy Is doubled when Rytsar Durov returns as a conquering hero.

In the midst of such bliss, a dark secret surfaces that has the power to tear our world apart.

Love has always been the cornerstone my journey, and now I must make a heartbreaking choice.

What would you sacrifice for love?

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I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

I was so excited to get back to Sir, Brie, Rytsar and Hope. I have missed seeing our training center family and couples.  The love between Brie, Sir and Rytsar is amazing. They know each other inside and out and they know exactly what each other need.

There was so much going on in this story, heartache, deceit, trust and mostly love. My heart broke for Sir and Brie but the scenes with them and others in this one had my emotions all over the place. I could not choose a favorite if I had to they were all so wonderful.

Rytsar’s soft side shows so much in this story. His love for Hope turns him into a big teddy bear but let’s not tell him I said that.  He is fierce but can be taken down by one smile or giggle form Hope. My heart absolutely melted when Rytsar gave the Russian Doll to Hope.  He is so loving toward his family always doing the right thing. Have I mentioned I so love this Russian Dom.

I loved that we got to see all the Doms/subs from the learning center and got small updates on them. His group of people are so lucky to have each other. When you are not given the family you need then you build your own and they sure have built a strong family that is willing to do what ever is needed to help one another. My heart and soul have fallen so hard for this wonderful group of people and I want to See them all happy.

USA Today Bestselling Author

Red Phoenix is an award-winning romance author who gained popularity with her BDSM series, Brie’s Submission.
To join in the Brie experience begin with the 1st Boxed Set (Books 1-3) and start your journey into a sensual world…

#WOTR20 #Review #NewRelease — Logan (White Trash Trilogy) by Brandy Slaven

Logan (White Trash Trilogy)

Logan Rowe has had his fair share of waiting. Between age differences and growing up, he’s been as patient as love is supposed to be. After years of chasing Ryleigh, the time has come. She better buckle up for the ride, because he’s not stopping now until he finally claims her. Heart and Soul.
This is the first contemporary novella spin off from the RH White Trash Trilogy, which does not have to be read first, though the character cameos will make better sense if it is.


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I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

I so enjoyed this quick read. Logan and Ry are made for each other. I’m telling you their chemistry is explosive.

These two have been circling each other for years. Logan and Ry have been doing this dance and now Logan is done he is ready to show her that she is his. He is determined to win her over completely. I loved seeing Leo and Lath giving Logan a hard time in true brotherly love style.

I’m not sure how I could fall in love with Logan even more but watching everything he does for Ry and hearing the razzing he gets from his brothers did it. I don’t want to say too much about this book because I want you to read it to get the full story of Logan and Ry and what they have to deal with. I’m so happy to hear we get to know more about the rest of the Row boys. I have fallen for these men as much as I have for Kendall’s guys.

Here is a quote that made me giggle when I was reading.

“New Rule”, he replies in a gravely voice. “you’re not allowed to talk about my brothers in this room. The only names I want on your lips here is mine, or I might find other places to bite you. “

Brandy Slaven lives in Tennessee with her husband and two wild children. If you can’t find her typing away at her laptop, you will find her with her nose in a book at the beach or hiking at one of the state parks. Bringing her characters to life is one of her greatest accomplishments.

#WOTR20 #Review #NewRelease — Rain Kimber: An Ariel Kimber Novella by Mary Martel

Rain Kimber: An Ariel Kimber Novella

Rain Kimber thought that finding his daughter and finally being able to be a part of her life after so many years without her would be the end of his adventure.
He thought he’d find her, take care of the woman who’d stolen his child away from him (you don’t want to know), and then the two of them would immediately become the family they’d been before she’d been taken. Rain would soon learn that life didn’t always work out the way you wanted it to, and really? That was a lesson he should have learned a long time ago.
But it wasn’t all about heartbreak for Rain. With his daughter he gained an entire Coven of family, even the ones he didn’t want. What father got along with all of his daughter’s boyfriends? Not Rain, that’s for sure.
Just as life wasn’t all about heartache anymore for Rain didn’t mean it was all about happiness and rainbows either. The Alexander Coven, the one his daughter had joined, seemed to be a magnet for trouble and Ariel Kimber was right in the middle of it. Which meant Rain was right there with her.
And he wouldn’t have it any other way.


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I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

I absolutely love this series every time a new book comes out I am all over it and then want more when it is done. This is all about Rain and there was always something about him that drew me in. After reading this book there is so much more to Rain and makes me love him even more.

Rain had everything a wife and a daughter, but all that was taken from him shattering his heart. He found himself a loner hiding from the council. Now being reunited with his daughter his family keeps getting bigger and bigger. Rain shows he has a big heart even if he tries to hide it. He is 100% devoted to Ariel and making her happy. Even though he doesn’t like all of the boys in Ariel’s coven he will tolerate them because Ariel loves them. Rain will do anything to protect his family even if he puts himself in harms way.

Thanks to Ariel they find Baxter and Isobel, two awesome new characters. With having these two around we get to see a bit more of Rain’s heart opening. However, it does open up a conversation between Ariel and Quinton or should I say argument. I love how all these men will drop what ever to come to Ariel’s side to help her with what ever she needs. Their devotion and loyalty is by far superior to anything I have ever seen.

I have to say I really need more Rain, more Isobel, more Bax, well just more of everyone. I am so thrilled to hear that Dash is next and cannot wait to hear more about him and what is going on with the council and the witches.

Mary Martel was born in West Michigan and spent the majority of her life there. She currently resides in North Dakota with her husband, and her two beautiful daughters. She’s an avid reader, and when not writing she can be found with her nose stuck in a book.

#AudioReview – Risky Love (The Risky Series Book Three) by: Vivian Ward

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From Vivian Ward comes the final installment of the Risky series.

When Ally first met billionaire Colton Kaswell, she saw an opportunity to further her career as a journalist and never dreamed the two of them could fall for each other. While the couple runs from their past, the present is quickly catching up as it threatens to destroy everything around them.

Lust brought them together, lies tore them apart. Will love give them the strength they both need to face those who are out to harm them?

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Received a copy of the audio version from the author for an honest review.

This is the conclusion of Risky Series. Ally’s secret comes out and could ruin Colton. Even though, Colton and Ally comes up with a plan that may or may not work to undo the damage. Colton does not let her off he hook even though she is remorseful. He has a way of punishing her.

I did enjoy the plot of this story and it did borderline dark for me but still liked it. These two had amazing chemistry from the start. The narrator did a good job keeping the characters separated and keeping me engaged in the story.

Vivian Ward is a romance author from St. Louis, Missouri. She pens dark and dirty stories about alpha heroes and strong heroines with emotional HEAs. Vivian is happily married to her real-life Prince Charming who is also her best friend. One of her guilty pleasures is reading and writing smut while indulging in chocolate caramel candies.

Sign up for Vivian’s newsletter to take advantage of sneak peeks, giveaways, special offers. http://newsletter.authorvivianward.com

#WOTR20 #NewRelease #SeriesSpinOff #Paranormal #Review – Tessa, The Mates Book #2 by Teresa Gabelman

Tessa (The Mate Series) Book #2

Tessa Pride, mate to VC Warrior Jared Kincaid, is doing everything in her power to become a respected Warrior in her own right. Unfortunately, her mate isn’t quite as excited about her passion. Tessa walks into the role with a newfound sense of determination knowing her decisions could end her relationship with the man she loves.

With everything to lose, Tessa steps into the battle of earning the right to walk next to her mate in life, love, and work. Though she is also ready to walk alone if necessary, she will make sure Jared Kincaid regrets that for the rest of his life.

The Mate series delves into the kickass world of the Warriors’ mates and how united, they can make a difference—just like their badass Protectors. Follow along to see how these exceptional women’s newfound freedom affect those around them and which Warrior may or may not support their feisty independent mate’s new and exciting path.


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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

I’m going to start by saying I love the VC Women. They are Kickass and full of sass. Tessa Pride Kincaid has been through hell and back. She is strong but she will need to stay strong because things are going to throw her off left and right. Jared is being an ass and she needs someone to support her and love her. She has had too many others in her life tear her down and make her someone she is not Tessa is done having others try to conform her and if walking away is what she has to do to find herself that is what she will do.

I am so pissed at our ‘ole boy Jared he is keeping secrets and not just from Tessa but his brothers.  Sometimes it is a good thing when your past comes back to bite you in the ass or in Jared’s case to help him pull his head out of his and kick it too.

We are introduced to some new Characters in this book and man sure didn’t see those connections and twists coming. Things are going to get nasty here soon so glad the VC Warriors have such strong mates that can hold their own and have the Warriors backs. Tessa amazes me no matter how many times she is kicked down she gets back up even stronger. This woman has endured more that what some men could come back from. I love the mates series just as much as Warriors series and cannot wait to read about the rest of these amazing women.

Teresa Gabelman is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ‘Protectors Series’. When not writing about sexy alpha vampires and the women who drive them crazy she can be found on a lake with a fishing pole/Kindle, at a MMA event or spending a fun evening with family.

Being a full-time writer has allowed Teresa to connect more with readers which is what she loves most about writing. If you find the time she would love to hear from you!