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#WOTR20 #EventHost #5YearFamily #AuthorSpotlight – Jillian Jacobs

Jillian Jacobs

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Jillian Jacobs Lover of moose and wine. Co-host of this awesome 5 year event. Love to read, kinda like to write. And I’m all about positivity!

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

I must have absolute quiet, even to the point I put on noise-cancelling ear muffs. And if I just sit down and go, I can get words down, it’s the finding long periods of time to focus that are hard.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Honestly, I love it when readers are willing to take a chance and buy a new authors book. That always makes me happy.

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

TJ Klune. Ad Ellis got to meet him and she took a pic with him for me.

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 no schedule. I’m a writing doosh-canoe at the moment.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

As an author, the very first time you hold a paperback is pretty awesome. But as just me, the day I met Becca Stevens the founder of Thistle Farms. And what made that special was I was with my WOTR Team.

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

I feel like my Kindle is my most prized possession because I need to get a new one but I’m holding on to this one like it’s some kind of ancient treasure. My most prized possession in a hand held book though, hmmm…all of the ones I’ve kept to read again in the seven thousand bookcases I have.

What are your social links?

Website: www.jillianjacobs.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreenMooseProd
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenMooseProd/
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/JillianJacobsAMZAuthorPage
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JillianJacobs

What are your buy links? (You can list individual or links to your Amazon/ibooks/Koko/etc Author Home Page.)

Go to my website jillianjacobs.com But here is my book list with mini-descriptors

STEAMY NOVELLA!
Insider **99cents**
Trapped together, raw passions are exposed and years of denial culminate in an insatiable desire for more.

CONTEMPORARY COUPLET
FOR APRIL **99cents**
FOR RYAN
What happens when a tattooed bad boy falls for a Senator’s daughter?

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE SERIES
Ember’s Center Book 1 **99cents**
Start the O-Line series with a love triangle. Star football player or trusted counselor? Who would you choose?
Rachel’s Guard Book 2
One hidden secret. One tragic mistake. Two lives converge to discover one final truth.
Maude’s Score Book 3
He knows how to play the game, but can he win when the stakes turn deadly?
Clayton’s Star Book 4
A Hollywood starlet fearlessly prepares for danger but is unprepared for the perils of love.
Erik’s End Book 5
Families aren’t always bound by blood.

PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Water’s Threshold Book 1 **99cents**
What happens when a water-girl falls for a sexy scientist?
Fire’s Field Book 2
Fire plus witch equals steamy romance
Air’s Vision Book 3
She sees aura’s. He’s finally grounded. Together they complete the Elementals trilogy

M/M
Spotlight
Can they find a new rhythm for their love? Or are too many past mistakes in the Spotlight?

Website: www.jillianjacobs.com
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/JillianJacobsAMZAuthorPage

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Krystle Able

Krystle Able

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I am a multi-genre author who writes mostly romance, paranormal, and thrillers, although I do have women’s fiction releasing in 2020, as well as three YA titles which will publish under K.I. Able. I am from central Illinois and lived here my entire life. When I’m not writing, I enjoy traveling, cooking, and hanging out with my kids and husband.

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

I like to write in the quiet. A corner of my bedroom is set up as an office and that’s where I like to write most of the time, although I do like to go out to Panera once in a while. I don’t snack while writing very often because the keyboard gets dirty :/ but I do always need either a coffee or iced tea to drink.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

I love signings because I get to be surrounded by sometimes a few hundred people that all love the exact same things I do. Everyone in the room has something in common.

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

Tarryn Fisher, Caroline Kepnes, and Colleen Hoover

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 am a freelance web content writer in addition to being a fiction author so I feel like I am writing from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed most days.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Signing at WOTR last year is up there 🙂

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

surprisingly no

What are your social links?

facebook.com/krystleableauthor

instagram.com/krystleable

krystleable.net

facebook.com/groups/krystlebookclub

What are your buy links? (You can list individual or links to your Amazon/ibooks/Koko/etc Author Home Page.)

amazon.com/author/krystleable

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Sutton Bishop

Sutton Bishop

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Sutton Bishop (Please cut the following info as you want. I’m sure I’ve provided far too much. 🙂 )

I’m a Midwest mom of four—two of each, ranging from 18 to 26-years-old, and married to the love of my life. I have degrees in anthropology, forensics, and history. Traveling is my passion, most notably to places where I can explore the past.

Afraid to Fall, Ancient Passages Book 1, is my debut romance and is set in Guatemala. I am most comfortable writing from what I know. I’ve visited almost all of the countries in Central American, spending the more extensive time in Nicaragua, Mexico, and Guatemala. In Nica, I work with young girls who have been sexually assaulted and removed from their homes. I’m astounded by their warmth, spirit, and grace. I have an even deeper affinity for Guatemala; one of my sons is Mayan.

When traveling, I immerse myself, absorbing history, culture, and peoples’ stories. I take tons of photos, with permission, and journal. The majority of my storyboard photos for Afraid to Fall are mine, and they triggered memories and helped create story threads. This is also true for Afraid to Hope, Ancient Passages Book 2, releasing early 2020. Afraid to Hope is set in Morocco. Readers first met the main character in Afraid to Fall. (Yes, I have have traveled to Morocco for archaeology.) At this time, Book 3 will be set in Europe.

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

I’m fortunate to office out of our home. I listen to different play lists, depending on what kind of scenes I’m imagining and writing. I primarily work in Scrivener off my Mac and an extra-large monitor, so that I’m able to move between research, notes, and the story. My desk is large and my chair is adjusted to fit only me. I also have a foot rest for my very short legs (I’m 5’2″). I scrap writing when there’s a bunch of stuff going on (like painters this past summer or when outr internet was down for a day shy of eight weeks) or we have company or family staying with us.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

I love to interact with new-to-me readers, my readers, and the romance tribe, including getting to know other authors.

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

Amy Tan, Margaret Atwood, Diana Gabaldon, Megan March, Anne Lamott, Jane Austen, Isabel Allende, JK Rowling, Mary Shelley, Dan Brown, Nicolas Sparks, Robert Ludlum, Booth Tarkington, Dr. Seuss, Clive Cussler (I could go on and on.)

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?

It’s a combo. I’m consistent when there aren’t any tasks on my family/mom/wife task calendar.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I have two: 1) Receiving the first proof of Afraid to Fall. I cried. 2) Watching Afraid to Fall being printed by the local printer I use. OMG!

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

I still have all of my childhood books. I grew up with little and received a book on my birthday and at Christmas every year. My mom dated and wrote in each one. They’ve become even more special after she died.

What are your social links?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/SuttonBishop Facebook: http://bit.ly/2CyWgAv

Author Sutton Bishop’s Posse: http://bit.ly/2C8rjDb Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorsuttonbishop/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorsuttonbishop/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SuttonBishop2 @suttonbishop2

What are your buy links? (You can list individual or links to your Amazon/ibooks/Koko/etc Author Home Page.)

Amazon (Kindle, KU, and paperback): https://amzn.to/2AmLLPl
Barnes & Noble (paperback): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/afraid-to-fall-sutton-bishop/1129518220
Signed Copies: https://www.authorsuttonbishop.com/signed-books.html

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Cindy Tanner

Cindy Tanner

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Cindy Tanner. As an only child that grew up on a farm in rural Indiana an overactive imagination developed out of necessity. I started making up stories before I could write. I love animals and have a tendency to collect the ones need a home. I love reading as much as I love writing and cannot stay in one genre for either!

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

When I’m writing I need music to set the mood for whatever scene I’m writing *wink* and snacks (Reese’s pieces or peanut butter M&M are my favorite)

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

BOOKS! Getting to buy new books, getting to talk to people that love books as much as I do, and best of all getting to talk to the author that created the awesome stories I love reading!

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

Diana Gabaldon

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?

When I can keep a consistent schedule I feel invincible however I let life (and my son) distract me more than I should. I do dedicate time everyday to write even if it is just a few hundred words on my phone.

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

Goofy’s Big Race. It was my Dad’s favorite book to read to me. He quoted it to me growing so many time especially when I would get frustrated when things weren’t happening as fast as I wanted. He passed away about a year and a half before I had my son. I still have the copy that my dad always read to me. Now I read it to my son. It means the world to me to be able to share something with my son that I enjoyed so much with my dad.

What are your social links?

Website:
https://www.cindytanner.com
Instagram:
www.instagram.com/cindytannerauthor
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/authorcindytanner/
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/CindyTannerAuthor
BookBub
https://www.bookbub.com/profile/cindy-tanner

What are your buy links? (You can list individual or links to your Amazon/ibooks/Koko/etc Author Home Page.)

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Cindy-Tanner/e/B0746RHQ9N

#WOTR20 #5YearFamily #AuthorSpotlight – Lisa Caviness

Lisa Caviness

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

My name is Lisa Caviness. Lisa Caviness is an award-winning author or romantic thrillers and suspense novels. She loves dreaming up story ideas where her characters are pushed to their limits during dangerous and blood-tingling adventures. As a lifelong reader of an eclectic pool of books from mystery/thrillers, science fiction, contemporary romance, and the classics, Lisa has never been without a book on the nightstand and a long to be read list. Although she began crafting stories as a child, she also held a deep interest in science. After college, she worked as a registered nurse before starting a career as a clinical project manager in medical research. She has lived in Boston, Massachusetts and now makes her home in Indiana with her husband, kids, and an affectionate black cat.

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

When I’m writing I like to have a beverage close by whether it be water, coffee, or tea. If I’m in the zone the noise level doesn’t matter but when I’m struggling then I listening to study concentration music on Youtube or Spotify.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Engaging with readers and talking about books is, of course, my top priority. Whether they are buying my books or not I find it fun and interesting to learn about their perspective on books and what they enjoy reading. I also love meeting other authors. I usually try to make a sweep of the room before the signing starts to introduce myself.

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

I’d love to meet Melinda Leigh, Lisa Gardner, Beverly Jenkins, Vince Flynn, Peter Swanson, and Elizabeth Hayes. I find their stories amazing. I can’t choose just one and there are more than I listed here!

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’d love to have a set schedule but everyday is bit different but I rarely miss a day where I don’t write something.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

The moment I saw my first book in print. It’s a feeling like no other!

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

My copy of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is my favorite book. After reading this book, as a young girl, I got the urge to write my own stories for the first time.

What are your social links?

Website: http://www.lisacavinessauthor.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LisaCaviness1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisaCavinessWriter
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14668568.Lisa_Caviness
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/lisa-caviness

What are your buy links? (You can list individual or links to your Amazon/ibooks/Koko/etc Author Home Page.)

https://amazon.com/author/lisacaviness

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight #5YearFamily – H. D’Agostino

Heather D'Agostino

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

H. D’Agostino I’m a mother of 2, and live in beautiful central NY. I’ve been self published since 2013. I write contemporary, new adult, and romantic suspense. In addition to writing, I’m a full time nanny to three year old twin girls.

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

I write in my office or during nap time. I need quiet. I don’t do well with noise and am easily distracted. I usually have something to drink nearby, coffee if it’s morning or water any other time.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

meeting new authors and networking with other industry peeps.

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

SC Stephens or Jamie McGuire

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 write during the week at the same time. Weekends it varies on what I’m doing. If there’s a chance I’ll have a few minutes, then the laptop comes with me. You never know when inspiration is gonna hit.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Meeting my besties at Indie Unmasked. Things haven’t been the same since.

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

anything that’s signed and duh, because it’s signed.

What are your social links?

www.facebook.com/H.DAgostino.Author
www.twitter.com/hdagostino001
www.instagram.com/hdagostino001

What are your buy links? (You can list individual or links to your Amazon/ibooks/Koko/etc Author Home Page.)

www.amazon.com/author/h.dagostino

#WOTR2020 #Review – Unexpected Surrender – by: JM Walker

Unexpected Surrender (A Standalone Novel)


I am Luther Knight.
Powerful. Businessman. I own everything and everyone around me.
Until her.
Lexi Adams challenges me in ways I never knew I needed.
She’s defiant and stubborn, unwilling to show me her true submission.
She turns my whole world upside down and no matter how much I ignore it, I can’t help but
crave her.
When she becomes desperate, The Club is all that she has, and I watch as she falls for her
Master.
She’s confused, conflicted, and unable to decide who she wants more. Me or Him.
But the difference between her and I? I know what I want. Her.
And I won’t stop until I have her at my side.
Forever.

Goodreads

Amazon

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

Holly Hotness!!! This book took me for a ride.  Lexi Adams is trying to make ends meet and keep her family deli. When her brother gets involved in some bad things that brings Luther to Lexi’s doorstep.

Luther gives Lexi the option to help out her brother. OK so it may not be an option. She ends up joining Luther’s club to save her brother. Talk about Lexi having a head trip she has feelings for her Master but she also is falling for Luther. I’m telling you This story had me on my toes. I don’t want to say too much about the story I’m afraid I will give things away. Trust me you will want to read this to find out the journey Lexi goes on and Luther for that matter.

I loved the chemistry Luther and Lexi have together. The twist and turns this book took me on had my pulse racing. I thought I had it all figured out and BOOM here came a twist. This book has it all and I enjoyed every second of it.  Great job JM Walker.

A few of my favorites:

“Yes, Lexi. No woman has ever affected me like this.” I chewed my bottom lip. “You terrify me.” He smirked, “Good.”

“I-I don’t control you.” He chuckled, blowing a hot stream of air over my mound. “Yeah. You do, Lexi. In more ways than I care to admit.”

I was obsessed with them. I couldn’t get them out of my head. I swear, it was just pie I wanted from her.”

J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who recently hit USA Today with Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology. She loves all things books, pigs and lip gloss. She is happily married to the man who inspires all of her Heroes and continues to make her weak in the knees every single day.

“Above all, be the HEROINE of your own life…” ~ Nora Ephron

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Emily R Pearson

Emily R. Pearson

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m just a small town girl…living in a book world! 🙂 My fiancé and I live in a small town with our two little sidekicks – Anna and Evelyn. We have 3 energetic dogs and a devil cat. I’m a small town computer teacher with big girl teacher dreams. When I’m not wrangling children or studying for my Master’s classes, I’m writing romantic suspense stories that make my momma blush!

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

I need an oldie but a goodie on the television and some sour patch kids.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

I LOVE meeting others who are as obsessed with the fictional book world as I am. I love meeting readers and other authors – just spending time talking and getting to know everyone. It’s such a wonderful experience.

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

Richelle Mead – The Vampire Academy is one of my ALL TIME favorite series!! <3

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 don’t have a set schedule. I just write when I can between mom duties, work, and school!

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

My favorite memories involve Writers on the River and just spending time with others who love books as much as I do. DANCE OFF, ANGIE!! DANCE OFF!!!

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

I have The Curse Keepers signed by Denise Grover Swank – she is one of m inspirations in the book world. It’s because of her that I started writing and being able to call her a friend means so much to me!

What are your social links?

www.facebook.com/emilypearsonauthor
@EmilyRPearson

What are your buy links? (You can list individual or links to your Amazon/ibooks/Koko/etc Author Home Page.)

https://www.amazon.com/Emily-R-Pearson/e/B00ITGZP8Y?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_9&qid=1569372267&sr=8-9

Freebie – Series Starter: Moving Forward
www.amazon.com/dp/B00ITC8JWM

#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