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#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight – AJ Renee

AJ Renee

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m AJ Renee and I write romance that gives you a break from reality. I have three daughters and we go wherever the military sends my husband. With as many hobbies and activities I enjoy, whether it’s learning how to use my new Cricut, reading, playing video games like Minecraft or Overcooked, playing board games, running, or painting, there’s no telling how I’m spending my time.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

The first book in a series is the hardest hands down. It sets up the future characters and town and there is so much detail you want to pump into it without subjecting the reader to information overload.

What comes first? The plot or characters

For me, I’d say a little bit of both. I can think of two characters but unless I have a general plot they are strangers to me. I want to know why they matter. What makes me want to drop everything to learn more about them.

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

Kathleen Brooks.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

How do you work out the outline without making the writing process boring?
What do you wish you’d have done differently?
Do you know what characters/stories you’ll write after you finish the Sunken Shadows and Forever Bluegrass series?

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.

The blurb. I loathe writing it. There is so much pressure to write so few words that will draw in a reader and not give away too many details in the process.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Meeting readers at signings. Getting to bond over books and meeting someone in person that you’ve been interacting with online is wonderful.

What is your definition of success?

I’m still trying to answer this question myself. One thing that makes me feel like a novel has been a success is when readers go out of their way to tell me they loved it. At the end of the day, I want my words to bring a reader happiness and that makes the story a success.

What are your social links?

Website: www.ajrenee.com
Newsletter: http://bit.ly/2bdqx9f
Bookbub: https://bit.ly/BBajr
Facebook: https://bit.ly/faceajr
Instagram: https://bit.ly/instaajr
Twitter: https://bit.ly/twajr
Goodreads: https://bit.ly/GRajr
St. Fleur Belles Reader Group: http://bit.ly/2bmtFmI

What are your buy links?

Amazon: https://bit.ly/ajrenee
Nook: https://bit.ly/nookajr
iBooks: https://bit.ly/ibooksajr
Kobo: https://bit.ly/koboajr

#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight – Sophie Stern

Sophie Stern

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Sophie Stern

Sophie Stern writes paranormal and contemporary romance stories for her amazing readers across the globe. When she’s not busy writing, you can find her pole dancing, traveling, or reading zombie novels.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

I think the first book in the series is always the most difficult for me since there’s so much world-building involved. I have to let my readers know the rules of the world, and I have to decide how the characters will interact within that setting! The other books fall into place more easily for me.

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

Renee Rose! I have been reading her books for years and would love to get to meet her in real life one day.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

What’s the most exciting thing about writing for you? What’s your go-to drink for while you’re writing? Do you have a favorite character that you’ve written?

 What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

When I went to my first book signing, I had someone come up to me and tell me they’d read Dragon Isle. That was my first series, and to have someone I didn’t know read it, enjoy it, and then tell me about it was wildly overwhelming, but in a good way!

What is your definition of success?

The cool thing about success is that it looks different for everyone. For me, being able to support my family on my writing is the greatest feeling!

What are your social links?

http://www.twitter.com/sexysophiestern; http://facebook.com/sexysophiestern; http://www.instagram.com/dontdatedemons

What are your buy links?

#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight – Melanie Jayne/M. Jayne

Melanie Jayne

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m a storyteller.

My grandparents were writers and huge influences in my life. When I spent time with them as a child, instead of playing games or with toys, we made up stories. When I grew older, I told myself stories to help me fall asleep and now, I share them with you.

I live on a grain farm in Indiana with my husband, and our mastiff, Duncan Keith. I am on a life-long quest to find the best mascara for stubby, thin eyelashes. I love to sit on our screened in porch and stare at the fields. I watch trashy TV and those awful “You are the Father” shows.

I’m very lucky to have acquired an awesome team of helpers who keep me on target and somewhat sane. This group is led by my fabulous Manny- David.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

As M. Jayne, I created The Novus Pack Series which is growing into The Novus World -Surprise!

The first book, See Me, took 5 years to write. The following books came faster but they were so much more difficult to create. Because of the series popularity, every word became important, I fretted over plot points. I worry constantly if the readers will love them. I become a basket-case and while writing the first-draft– NOBODY wants to be around me.

What comes first? The plot or characters

Hmmm.

My books usually come to me with Characters and Major Plot Points. It is a terrible cliché, but many have come to me in dreams or as a complete thought. When that doesn’t happen, I will come up with a theme and the names and story just pop into my head.

This happened recently when I dreamed about a Halloween Party where the heroine made an ice cream run and within a few seconds, Ghost, the hero popped into my head and he saves her life. — It happens that fast.

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

Anne Perry.

At age fifteen she was convicted of killing her friend’s mother in Australia. After she served her time, she eventually moved to Scotland and had a very successful career as a Mystery Writer.

Watch the movie– Heavenly Creatures.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

1.) Does living in Scotland help your writing? I have a dream to spend 3 months touring the land of my ancestors. I believe that I could be mega-creative there.

2.) Are Hester and Monk really happy in their marriage? I always picture that two such prickly characters had a great deal of angry sex.

3.) The characters of Thomas and Charlotte Pitt have had a influence on my writing. Are they based on people that you know? Thomas is detail-oriented commoner police detective and Charlotte is aristocracy although on the poor side. She goes against her family’s wishes and marries Thomas. She is smart and brave and Thomas loves her, and she him.

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.

Hardest– Title. It either comes to me immediately or if not– it is a struggle. I find myself panicking if I don’t have on about half way through the first draft.

Blurb Writing– I hire a blurb writer. She does it better than me. #WorkSmarter

Naming a Series– Not that Hard, but my series names aren’t that creative.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

When my first book went “live,” I was working the overnight shift. David was working that night also and we waited for the e-mail from Amazon saying The Party Plan was available to read. Then around 3 a.m., my blog post went live on the USA Today online Romance Blog. — two dreams came true within a few hours and I got to celebrate with my Bestie.

What is your definition of success?

It is made up of many components.

-To wake up every day and want to go into my office and create.
-To see your hard work and struggle come to fruition in the form of a book.
-Making money, selling books. Of course, any money made goes right back into the business, so it isn’t like I’m buying a new car or taking a luxurious trip.
-Hearing from readers. Getting a message about a book is the most amazing feeling. A few of my books have a suicide or self-injury theme and readers have shared personal tales with me. I’m honored that I’ve given them hope.

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/MelanieJayneAuthor
www.ReadMelanieJayne
on Twitter @1MelanieJayne
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/m-jayne https://www.bookbub.com/authors/melanie-jayne
readmelaniejayne on Instagram

What are your buy links? 

http://www.readmelaniejayne.com/home.html

#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight – Ava Cuvay

Ava Cuvay

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Ava Cuvay. Sci-fi Romance author, Star Wars fan, bacon lover, and wine drinker. When not writing (or eating bacon or drinking wine), I substitute teach, help hubby make Disney vacation plans, drive kiddos to/from sports practices and games, and spoil two cats who seem to think I am at their beck and meow (I am). My body resides in Central Indiana, but my brain is off in a galaxy far, far away!

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

I’m in the middle of my Silver Cyborg Series, so I’d say “the others after” the first are the hardest. Like writing any story, the middle tends to drag/sag, so my over-arching story is struggling a bit right now. But, this is why authors have critique partners, beta readers, and a thousand rounds of edits!

What comes first? The plot or characters

It depends. I have a lot of ideas that begin with characters and now I have to wrap a story around them. But, I also have a lot of story ideas that I have to populate with characters. I also just have generic ideas I have to do both with. For example, my “Blood King” evolved from the question: What if Dracula was just some wannabe poser from an alien race of bloodsuckers…?

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.

Blurb writing. How do you cut to the heart of your story, introduce your characters, make it all SOOOOO fascinating that the reader HAS TO buy it right now… all in about 250 words? Ack! The pressure!

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Every time a reader enjoys my stories. It’s like having a stranger compliment me on my children… it confirms that I’m sending quality products out into the world, and that I’m not totally delusional about it 😉

What is your definition of success?

Every book I sell is a success. Every fan I lure, er, gain is a success. Every tick closer to #1 ranking is a success. I count my small blessings because I know they’ll add up to big things eventually, and I’m in this for the long haul (got too many story ideas to quit anytime soon!).

What are your social links? 

https://www.facebook.com/AvaCuvayAuthor

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15051407.Ava_Cuvay

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ava-cuvay

What are your buy links?

https://www.amazon.com/Ava-Cuvay/e/B01E5OIZ0I

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Ava%20Cuvay%22?

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=ava%20cuvay

https://books.apple.com/us/author/ava-cuvay/id1095172321

#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight – Derek Masters

Derek Masters

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

My name is Derek Masters and I write romance with a raging heart on! I’m a huge sports fanatic, cheering on my St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs. I’m a former professional wrestler and currently work as a correctional officer in a maximum security prison.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

Definitely the follow up books. My mind is constantly thinking of new ideas and it can be a struggle writing a series when you have an unrelated idea you’re dying to write. This is the reason the majority of my titles are stand-alones.

What comes first? The plot or characters

They both are born at the same time, but the plot changes through the characters. My characters are constantly guiding me into directions that are far from what the plot says.

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

Dean Koontz

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.

The blurb is the bane of my existence

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Having readers tell me they could relate to Share Me. It was my first novel and I tried to write it in a way that told the story as close to real life as possible. Hearing so many people tell me they could relate to it made it all worth it.

What is your definition of success?

To me, success is completing a book. Even if nobody ever buys it, finishing a manuscript is a huge accomplishment. With that said, I consider the book an even bigger success when readers love it!

What are your social links? 

www.facebook.com/derekmastersauthor www.facebook.com/groups/dereksdirtysubs
www.instagram.com/araginghearton
www.twitter.com/araginghearton

What are your buy links? 

www.amazon.com/author/derekmasters

#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight #6YearFamily – Lynda J. Cox

Lynda J. Cox

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Lynda J Cox–and I hate this question. What am I supposed to tell you? That I’m a mom, a gramma, a wife? Or that I’m a crazy dog lady? Or that I’m a history aficionado? Or maybe that I’m a political junkie and I currently hate the state of our politics? Or that most days lately, I don’t want to be an adult and that I’d rather be hiding in a blanket fort with a bag of M & Ms, a box of 128 crayons, and a stack of coloring books?

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

As I’ve never written a series, per se, but have written in and for a series, I would have to say it’s every book.

What comes first? The plot or characters

The characters. Then I start playing the “what if” game with them. What if you didn’t do A, B, or C? What if this or that happened to you? What if this happened instead of that? Usually the characters show up in a pivotal scene and I write forwards and backwards from that scene. I’m a pantster, all the way.

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.

Hands down, the blurb. I’d rather have a root canal without anesthesia followed by a pelvic exam than write a blurb.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I have a couple, but I’ll share the one that sticks out the most. While on our way to Wild Deadwood Reads in June of 2019, hubby and my bestie and I stopped for the night in a little town off the beaten path in South Dakota. We were taking the scenic route to Deadwood. While sitting at the table in this itty bitty hole in the wall restaurant/local bar, I checked Facebook and learned that my book *West of Forgotten* was a finalist for the RONE. I was so excited, I literally whooped and hollered. Brought the whole place (all four tables, wait staff, and the three real life cowboys sitting at the bar) to a complete stop. I quickly apologized for my outburst and then said, “I just found out my book is in the running for what is pretty much the Oscars for indie and small press authors.” One of the cowboys at the bar asked what I wrote. I told him that I write western historical romance. He asked, “With cowboys?” Yes, sir, with cowboys. At this point, I’d already had one shot of bourbon, hubby had a glass of wine, and bestie actually was nursing a glass of wine, too. A few minutes later, another round came to the table. The waitress said they were from the gentleman at the bar. I turned around to thank him, he picked up his bottle of beer, tipped the neck toward our table, and said, “Congratulations.” They insisted on paying our dinner tab, too. Before they left, all three of them asked for my business card because their wives love to read romance. Did I gain a few new readers? I don’t know–but those three are the reason I write cowboys.

What is your definition of success?

Success is being able to touch a reader so strongly that reader sends an email, telling me how moved they were by reading one of my books. I’ve had a few of those and I cherish those emails. Those emails make all the bad days when the words won’t come, the days when I see dismal sales, the days when I ask myself why am I doing this seem utterly meaningless. Touching a reader’s heart makes it all worth it.

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/LyndaJCox/

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/lynda-j-cox

https://twitter.com/LyndaCox

http://www.lyndajcox.com/blog

What are your buy links?

#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight – Mellanie Szereto

Mellanie Szereto

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Mellanie Szereto


When her fingers aren’t attached to her keyboard, Mellanie Szereto enjoys hiking, Pilates, cooking, gardening, and researching for her stories. Many times, the research partners with her other hobbies, taking her from the Hocking Hills region in Ohio to the Colorado Rockies and the Adirondacks of New York. Sometimes, the trip is no farther than her garden for ingredients and her kitchen to test recipes for her latest steamy tale. Mellanie makes her home in rural Indiana with her husband of thirty-four years and their son.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

The second to last book in the series is usually the hardest for me to finish. The first book in the series is always easiest because…new series!

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.

You should see my list of to-write book titles! Blurb writing is by far the most difficult!

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I have two favorite memories as an author–writing The End with my first book and receiving my first fan email!

What is your definition of success?

Having readers who love my stories is the highest measure of success to me, but making a living at writing is up there too!

What are your social links?

Newsletter signup: https://www.subscribepage.com/mellanieszereto
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/mellanie-szereto
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormellanieszereto
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/mellanie_szereto

What are your buy links? 

Website/Books page: https://www.mellanieszereto.com/books
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/mellanieszereto
Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/mellanie-szereto/id540431015
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Mellanie Szereto
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=Mellanie+Szereto
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=mellanie%20szereto

#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight #6YearFamily – Dawn Brower

Dawn Brower

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hello, my name is Dawn Brower and I have been writing now for six years (I think…). When I was younger I wanted to be a writer, but not a novelist. My dream was to be a journalist. I don’t know when or where I gave up on that idea. Life…just happened. My father believed I’d be the next Mark Twain. I think he had high expectations (and at the time I thought he was nuts). If I had one wish, I’d have liked to have finished my first book while he was still alive. It might not be a classic by any stretch, but the fact that I finished a book would have made him proud.

I have 70+ books of various lengths available now. All romance, some historical, some time travel, some contemporary, and some romantic suspense. I like to play in a lot of sand boxes. Most of my books fall into some realm of historical though.

I live in Michigan, and have most of my life (one year I lived in Florida. That was the year hurricane Andrew hit and it freaked my mother out. We moved back to MI two weeks later.) For the most part I love it here, but I hate winter. To be more precise…I hate snow. I can deal with the cold. Snow makes me cranky in my advanced age.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

This one depends on the book(s). Some the first is harder, because it takes more research, and planning. You need to organize what you’re going to do and outline the plan as much as possible. It’s not harder to write, but harder in the sense its more work initially. Some books start out with only one book in mind and they spin into a whole series. Writing that book opens your mind up to other possibilities. Then some books, that come later, it’s like pulling teeth to get the characters from point A to point B. It’s not a this or that sort of answer for me.

What comes first? The plot or characters

The plot mostly, but the characters play a huge part in how it forms in my mind.

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

At one time I would have said Karen Marie Moning. I used to devour everything she wrote, and I went to many events that involved her. She is the reason I’m close to a select group of people. I met them because of her. Now? This is hard because I’ve met so many authors I look up to. I think Nalini Singh. She’s one of my favorite authors I have not yet met yet.

If you could ask that author three questions about their writing, writing process, or books, what would they be?

What sparks your imagination? When will Bluebell get a book? Do you need a beta reader? I volunteer as tribute. 😉

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series.

The blurb. I hate, hate, hate blurbs. I actually enjoy naming things lol.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

That feeling after finishing my first book. It was exhilarating. There was a time I thought I would never have the patience to write an entire book, and the fact that I did, still amazes me. Now 70+ written works later…that still leaves me with a heady feeling.

What is your definition of success?

Meeting my deadlines… Writing is rewarding, but let’s be honest…it helps that people actually buy my work so I can keep writing. Every book is a new sense of stress and praying that people will like it. Would it be nice to hit it big? Yes. But it’s important to me that I put out good stories and that people enjoy them. I’m all right with my place in the world.

What are your social links?

instagram.com/1DawnBrower

facebook.com/1DawnBrower

twitter.com/1DawnBrower

What are your buy links? 

Amazon

#WOTR21 #AuthorSpotlight – Chelsea Camaron

Chelsea Camaron

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Chelsea Camaron is a small town Carolina girl with a big imagination. She’s a wife and mom, chasing her dreams. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and romance thrillers. She loves to write about blue-collar men who have real problems with a fictional twist. From mechanics, bikers, oil riggers, smokejumpers, bar owners, and beyond she loves a strong hero who works hard and plays harder.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

The others after it!

What comes first? The plot or characters 

Depends on the series – most of the time a single scene starts in my mind that I can’t shake and I build from there.

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

Madeline Sheehan

What is harder? The blurb writing, naming the book, or naming the series. 

Naming the book!

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

pressing publish for the very first time

What is your definition of success?

Writing a story from beginning to end is a win. I have so many projects unfinished, getting to the end is a simple success to me that I treasure.

What are your social links?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorchelseacamaron
Twitter: @chelseacamaron
Instagram: @chelseacamaron
Website: www.authorchelseacamaron.com
Email chelseacamaron@gmail.com
Join Chelsea’s reader group here: http://bit.ly/2BzvTa4

What are your buy links? 

www.authorchelseacamaron.com

Amazon

#AuthorSpotlight of Siera London

Thank you for hosting me Twinsies Talk Book Reviews! 

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself. I’m Siera London and I write really sexy and emotional love stories. Heroes really do exist in Sieraland. Men who know what they want make my knees weak. I published my debut novel, Chasing Ava in 2015 and…twenty-two books later, I still love typing THE END. 

When you are writing, what are some go to’s that you need? i.e. Foods to eat, noise level, place to sit. Peace. Quiet. Pen, paper, and my laptop. For my latest release, Prime Ripped, I dictated most of the book. 

What or how would you describe the books you write? I write juicy stories about messy people who deserve love even if they don’t believe it’s possible. Family is important to my characters. Most of them will have one or more wacky relatives to battle with on the road to happily ever after. 

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?  Meet?! I want to eat dinner and then spend the night with Talia Hibbert, J.R. Ward, and Lee Child. Yeah, I’m that chick. 

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? Ha, I wish! I write best at night, but life forces me to write during the day (when I’m home alone). 

What is your favorite memory so far as an author? Receiving my first reader review for Chasing Ava. Logan and Ava’s story belonged solely to me for eighteen months before I hit publish. I feel in love with them before their story was written. When I received that first review, I knew someone else loved them too. 

Do you have a book that is your most prized possession?  Hmm, I don’t think so. Each book is a diamond, precious and beautiful, with a brilliance of its own.

What are your social links?

If you like communicating via text message, Text EZSIERA to 474747. If you want to see my travels, grandbabies, as well as Siera London book updates: 

Join my VIP Reader Mailing List for exclusive first looks at my upcoming books. https://www.subscribepage.com/sieralondonvipreaders

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorsieralondon

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

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/siera-london

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/siera_london

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sieralondon

Website: https://www.sieralondonauthor.com

What are your buy links?  Check out my Amazon Author page: http://amzn.to/1Oce1Ht 

I’ve written five book series and two standalone titles. All my titles are available in Kindle Unlimited, so you don’t have to choose.