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#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Brandy Slaven

Brandy Slaven

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hiya! I’m Brandy Slaven. I currently reside in small town, Tennessee. I have a wonderful supportive husband, two wild kiddos consisting of a 12 year old mini ball player and 6 year old little princess, and one furbaby named Primrose. Any given day you can find me glued to my screen writing, but when I need a break you can find me hiking with the hubs at one of the many state parks, or if we have a long weekend, at the beach, or in the mountains. I love all kinds of music and movies. I must say most of my favorites lists on both consist mostly of 80’s stuff. My favorite hobby is and will always be reading. I read every genre, but I am definitely a post-apocalyptic and paranormal freak. You’ll more than likely find me biting into a vampire novel or devouring a zombie book.

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

I can write anywhere as long as the mood is right. If it’s loud then I definitely need music!

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

WOTR was my first last year and everything ran so smooth. I was anxious not knowing what to expect but the Twinsie ladies are amazing and welcomed me with open arms, making everything a ton easier.

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

One thing about me…I never choose favorites…EVER. I’d seriously love to meet Stephen King, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Charlaine Harris. Just to name a few.

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 depends on what I’ve got going on during the week. I try to make it a point to write every single day no matter what even if it’s not the same amount of hours.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Honestly? To this day when I see readers posting places saying how much they love my work, it gets me. I love that I’m able to bring others joy with my characters.

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

If you’d have asked me before I became an author, I’d have said Stephen King’s Bag of Bones because it was given to me from an older family friend. It started my love for SK and horror. Now, I’ve got signed books that are cherished on their own shelf from some awesome author friends like Mary Martel and Crystal Ash.

What are your social links?

Everything you could ever need from me can be found through this link: https://linktr.ee/cherrymetalchic

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

Easy Peasy. All of my books are linked through books2read, and it will take you to a retailer of your choice!
https://books2read.com/ap/nlr5zV/Brandy-Slaven

#WOTR20 #5YearFamily #AuthorSpotlight – Lynda J. Cox

Lynda J. Cox

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Lynda J Cox–and I don’t use a pen name, though there are times, I wonder about that decision. I fell in love with the west and history when I was a kid, so writing western historical romance is the perfect genre for me. When I’m not writing about the strong women who tamed the West and the men brave enough to love them, I travel to dog shows. My boy, Vander, goes with me everywhere and at a few book signings, people were more excited he was coming than me. Yeah, that puts it all in perspective.

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

I do my best writing in the wee hours of the morning. The house is quiet, everyone is asleep. I have the headphones on and music jacked up. What I listen to while writing totally depends on what I’m writing. I can’t write at all if I don’t have a diet coke next to me. I prefer crunchy snacks when I’m writing.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

The readers! Oh, my gosh…the readers. Even if a reader doesn’t read my genre, we still talk books and the great authors I’ve been introduced to by readers is amazing.

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

There are two, actually–JK Rowlings and Sarah J Maas.

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?

Schedule? What’s that?

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

An email I received from a reader. After reading *West of Forgotten*, she wrote me to share her story of surviving spousal abuse and that because of *West of Forgotten*, she found the courage to call her local crisis center and get out of that situation. She said day to day was still “iffy”, but she was determined to never go back. I was stunned by that email. I never envisioned the day something I would write could so profoundly touch someone and be what they needed to survive.

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

Yep–it’s *The Amazing Kid Donovan* by EK Recknor. Ellen was a close personal friend (I showed her whippet for her for almost two years) and when she was writing Kid, she asked me to beta read it for her. Ellen autographed a galley copy for me. Sadly, Ellen passed away a few years ago. I can’t tell you how much I miss the conversations she and I had, late at night, talking plots, story structure, marketing. Ellen was the first person to tell me I could write and pushed me to send my first book to my publisher, The Wild Rose Press.

What are your social links?

web page: http://www.lyndajcox.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/lyndajcox
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/lynda-j-cox
AllAuthor: https://allauthor.com/author/lyndajcox/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LyndaCox

What are your buy links?

https://www.amazon.com/Lynda-J-Cox/e/B009LW3JZ6

Twinsie Angie’s Review of Smolder on a Slow Burn HERE

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Traci Douglass @Traci_Douglass

Traci Douglass

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Traci Douglass

Traci is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. Her stories feature sizzling heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes and heroines who are smart, tenacious, and always give as good as they get. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and she loves animals, chocolate, coffee, hot British actors, and sarcasm—not necessarily in that order.

When and Why did you start to write?

I wrote my first book in 2011 after I had a dream that just wouldn’t go away until I put it down on paper. That became my first published novel, Seal of Destiny, which released from Crimson Romance in 2013.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

I have wide ranging tastes when it comes to books. Some of my favorite go-to authors are Kristan Higgins, Gena Showalter, Sarah MacLean, KJ Charles, Josh Lanyon, Dan Brown, Joe Hill, and Ernest Cline.

What is the most surprising thing you have found out with the writing process?

Just how long everything takes in traditional publishing. No one really tells you that when you go into it. From submission to an actual book in your hands, the world of publishing definitely works on its own time table.

What are you working on now?

]Well, I just recently signed new contracts with both Harlequin/Mills & Book Medical Romance and also Entangled Bliss. So I’m currently working on the proposal for Book Two on my Harlequin contract and writing my first sweet romance for Bliss. My first book with Harlequin is heading to copy edits now and should release in either late 2018 or early 2019. No firm release dates yet for the Entangled Bliss books. I’ll keep you posted on on those. 🙂

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

A bit of both. I like to start a project with at least my main plot points mapped out, so I know where I’m going. Things like inciting incident, plot points 1 & 2, the black moment, climax, HEA, etc. Then I kind of pants the journey in between, from point to point. That’s where the magic happens. 😉

What are your social links?

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Google +

Pinterest

Bookbub

Goodreads

FB Readers Group (Triple T’s)

Newsletter Sign-Up

What are your buy links?

Amazon Author Page

Angie’s review of Blood Bound HERE