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#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author H.D’Agostino @HDAgostino001

Heather D'Agostino

 

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Heather D’Agostino is an avid reader turned Bestselling Author of the Contemporary Romance Series The Broken Series, The Shattered Series, The Second Chances Series, The Cook Brothers Series, and Romantic Suspense series The Witness Series.
She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics.
She currently lives in Central New York with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. When she’s not writing she can usually be found at the dance studio, soccer field, or one of the many other places that she plays ‘Supermom’.

When and Why did you start to write?

In 2012 I started writing as a fanfiction writer. I published my first full length novel in 2013. I found my love of reading again, and I wanted to try my hand at writing.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

T. Torrest, J. Sterling, K. Bromberg, Aleatha Romig, Gail McHugh, K. Linde, and the list goes on…

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

The writing part is the easiest. I’m a pantser, and that’s the only part of my life that I can do on a whim. I must plan everything else out. My characters control my writing. It’s the only time I let go. I must be in control with everything else, it’s a character flaw. LOL

What are you working on now?

Secret project. Shhh I can’t give any details yet. My betas don’t even know the deets. I just finished book 3 in my Sutter Family Series and I have plans for a spinoff on the Broken Series to start this summer.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

a pantser

What are your social links?

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Website:
Reader Group/ Street Team on Facebook: Heather’s Hotties
Goodreads

What are your buy links?

I have 28 books published. It’s way too many to list here. Your best bet is to check out my Amazon page HERE

Most of my books can also be found on B&N, iBooks, and Kobo.

Reviews of SEVERAL of Heather’s books by TwinieTalk Bloggers are:

Shattered, Shatter Book 1 Review by Angie HERE

Being Nobody, Witness Book 1 Review by Melinda HERE

Walking Among the Cherry Trees, The Cook Brothers Book 1 Review by Kristi HERE

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Amanda Mariel @AmandaMarieAuth

Amanda Mariel

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Amanda Mariel: USA Today Bestselling author Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.

When and Why did you start to write?

I took a creative writing class in college during which I had to write a short story. The assignment called for a YA story and much to my surprise I really enjoyed it. After the class ended I decided that I wanted to try my hand at writing a full book. The assignment was for a very short 10k novella. I also wanted to write historical not YA. It took a few years before I actually wrote my first book, but once it was done, I was hooked. My first book, Scandalous Endeavors, was published December 21, 2015.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

My favorite must read author is Lisa Kleypas. I devour everything she puts out. I also love Johanna Lindsey, Tessa Dare, and Sarah McLean.

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

That I am my own worst critic. I think everything I write is the worst and will sink my career. I seriously get a stomach ache when I release a new book. Once reviews start rolling in, I feel better though and am always amazed, surprised, and grateful for the readers who love my books. On a side note, I have trained myself to ignore the inevitable bad reviews. I remind myself that not everyone will like every book/author and then put it out of my mind.

What are you working on now?

I have several books in the works: Scandalous Liaison which is the final book in my Ladies and Scoundrels series, More Than a Lady which is my first stab at medieval romance and great fun, and a group project that has me writing a novella about twins with a touch of special power set during the sixteen hundreds.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I do both. It depends on the project and how alive it is in my head. Sometimes I have a full plot and develop it before writing. Other times I have a vague idea, maybe a chapter or two in my imagination and I write them then plot the rest. Once in a while I just write and see what happens.

What are your social links?

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorAmandaMarie1
Twitter www.twitter.com/AmandaMarieAuth
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10209362.Amanda_Marie
Website: www.amandamariel.com
Newsletter: http://wix.us10.list-manage2.com/subscribe?u=afc6d78ab64ea8d3699fb6851&id=d5a3a2e54b
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/amanda-mariel

What are your buy links?

All of my books and buy links can be found on my website along with other cool things like giveaways and special announcements. Stop by http://www.amandamariel.com and check them out 🙂

 

Twinsie Angie’s Review of Scandalous Endeavors HERE

Twinsie Angie’s Review of How to Kiss a Rogue HERE

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author CC Dragon @AuthorCCDragon

CC Dragon

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

CC Dragon…I write paranormal cozy mysteries…I have a swag problem. From the Chicagoland area. Love cats.

When and Why did you start to write?

Always been writing…pubbed in 2007. If I don’t write, the voices in my head might try to take over the world…

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

Charlaine Harris/ Jayne Ann Krentz

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

How easy it is to overlook a typo in your own writing…your brain just fixes it…

What are you working on now?

Plotting an Urban Fantasy Triology…

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

plotter!

What are your social links?

Website: www.ccdragon.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccdragonauthor
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/752998138081518/
Google +: http://tinyurl.com/ccdragong
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorccdragon

What are your buy links?

Amazon: https://amazon.com/CC-Dragon/e/B00USM8LDI
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-dungeon-a-vampire-and-an-infatuation
Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-dungeon-a-vampire-and-an-infatuation-cc-dragon/1127834582
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1335779469

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Tricia Andersen @triciaandersen

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Tricia Andersen lives in Iowa with her husband, Brian and her three children – her sons, Jake and Jon, and her daughter, Alex. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in Communications Media/Public Relations.
Along with writing (which she loves to do), Tricia practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, coaches and participates in track and field, reads, sews and is involved in many of her children’s activities.

When and Why did you start to write?

I’ve been writing since I was in preschool, since before I could put words together to make a story. I write because I don’t know what life without writing would be like. I write because I love sharing the stories in my head.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?I

I love Karen Marie Moning

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

I love the way writing evolves the longer I write. What I wrote five years ago is nothing like what I write now and I’m sure what I write five years from now will be totally different.

What are you working on now?

I am working on Bantamweight (Hallow Brothers Series #5), Compromised (the final book of the Black Irish Series) and a paranormal/Greek god romance

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I’m a little bit of both. I like having a general idea where the book is going and get a timeline established. Then I go for it.

What are your social links?

Facebook
Facebook Group
Amazon
Bookbub
Blog
Twitter

Patreon
Pinterest
Instagram

What are your buy links?

My MMA Romances
The Black Irish Series
My other books

Angie’s Review of Welterweight HERE

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Sarah Grimm @SarahGrimmAuthr

Sarah Grimm

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

My name is Sarah Grimm and I write contemporary romance. I live in southwest Michigan, along the shores of Lake Michigan with my husband of 25 years, two sons and three pups. I love reading romance. But, I love writing romance even more—bringing two people together, even if it is only in my imagination. I love the stuttered heartbeats when the hero and heroine first meet—that first glance. I love the gut punch of sexual awareness, the sweetness of that first kiss, and the momentary panic over the realization they’ve fallen in love. Most of all, I love the idea how even at the worst of times, at those moments when they least expect it, two people can find love.

When and Why did you start to write?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I have notebooks filled with poems, story ideas, and partial chapters from as far back as age five. But I didn’t write more than bits and pieces of stories until my youngest son was born. He was healthy at birth, colicky, irritable even, but healthy—until he turned six weeks old and began showing symptoms of croup. I can’t tell you how many times we rushed to the hospital with a child who was turning blue, only to be told by the doctors that they didn’t know what was wrong with him. Most of them thought I was just a young, overreacting mother (I even got the condescending pat on the head from a few), but one believed there was something more going on than croup.
That man saved my child’s life. He found a birthmark in my son’s throat that obstructed eighty percent of his airway. By the time we were done, my baby had endured stomach surgery, throat surgery, and a tracheotomy with all the special care that entails. As you can imagine, all the hospital time left me desperate for a distraction, so I took pen to paper — yup, longhand — and wrote my first romance. Not just bits and pieces of a book, but the entire hero and heroine’s journey from ‘Chapter One’ to ‘The End’.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

]HelenKay Dimon, Tess Gerritsen, Kay Hooper, & Amy Lillard

What are you working on now?

A novella titled Sweet Distraction. Here’s the blurb:

He’s supposed to protect her body, not ravish it.

After injury forces him to leave his military career behind, Cole Sweet finds himself adrift, struggling against hellish memories and loss of identity. When his childhood friend, agent to rock goddess Jessie Ford, offers him a job as her bodyguard, Cole is hesitant to accept. What does he know about the glitzy world of rock and roll? He’s a warrior, not a glorified babysitter to some spoiled princess. Except Jessie is nothing like Cole imagined. Her lush curves and vivacious personality captivate him, tempting him in ways he finds impossible to resist.

Jessie Ford is at the top of her career. Her image graces the cover of Overdrive, the world’s biggest rock magazine, and her new single has debuted atop the charts, putting her on track to becoming the most downloaded female artist of the year. She has one clear objective, and nothing will stand in the way of her goal. Especially not an ex-Marine with a chip on his shoulder. Even if he does bring new meaning to the word distraction.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

pantser

What are your social links?

Facebook Author Page

Twitter

Pinterest

Amazon Author Page

Goodreads Author Page

BookBub Author Page

What are your buy links?

The best way to find my books and their purchase links is thru my website.

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Laura Hawks @AuthorLHawks

Laura Hawks

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Ms. Hawks has always been interested in writing in some form or other. A few years back, she was involved with and then ran a Star Trek Interactive Writing Group which was successful for a number of years. Yes, she is a trekker and proud of it.

A few years back, she received her Master’s Degree in Ancient Civilizations, Native American History and United States History.

It was at this time she got involved in role playing on FaceBook, which gave her ample opportunities to grow and hone her writing ability.

Today she has several books out, including the Demon Trilogy, a couple of stand alone’s and a non-fiction souvenir book on the Balconies of New Orleans. She recently wrote a Suspense/Thriller which is her second non-paranormal book.

She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her three companions, all males… cats. She travels as much as she can to various Author/Reader conventions and loves to meet established fans and make new ones, some of which she considers friends more than fans

When and Why did you start to write?

I’ve always been writing in some form or other… first as part of and then running a Star Trek writers group, then as a newspaper journalist, a role playing writers group and finally as a published author. I started writing books because of published friends in my writing group insisted I send work to a publisher. They liked it and the rest is history. I was first published for a novel in 2012.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, Graham Masterston and Suzannah Daniels

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

How much you have to market and how much I hate editing.

What are you working on now?

The third in the Spirit Walker’s Saga (Paranormal Romantic Suspense) and the second in Shattered Fairytales (This time working on a corruption of the Little Mermaid). Also getting ready to start a new YA paranormal series.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

Mostly a pantser, but I do plot out notes.

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLauraHawks/
https://www.twitter.com/AuthorLHawks 
Laura-Hawks.com 

What are your buy links?

Buy links are available on my website, and on Amazon
Smashwords 
Goodreads

 

Kelly’s review of Shifter’s Pride HERE

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Dawn Brower @1DawnBrower

Dawn Brower

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

USA Today Bestselling author, DAWN BROWER writes both historical and contemporary romance.There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet.

Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby and she loves all genres.

When and Why did you start to write?

Fall of 2013. I started to write because my stepsister dared me to. I’ve been a writing fiend ever since.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

I read things across all genres. I have a deep appreciation for the written word. Recently I just finished reading The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series (well the two books that are currently available.) by Hailey Edwards. The way she strings words together is pure magic–like brushstrokes that paint a picture in your imagination. If you like urban fantasy you should definitely check out her work.

I also love Ilona Andrews, Kresley Cole, Nalini Singh and Sherrilyn Kenyon. My go-to authors in historical are Tessa Dare, Julia Quinn, and Johanna Lindsay. Contemporary I like Jaci Burton, Avery Flynn, and Carrie Ann Ryan to name a few.

I have almost everything Lexi Blake has written in audiobook–but I haven’t had time to listen to them. A good friend of mine loves her and I plan on giving her a go next. At least before RT in Reno because I’m sitting on a panel with her and I’d like know something about her work before then, lol.

Basically I read anything…

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

That I can still do it. Each time I sit down to start a new book I think that I can’t possibly finish a whole book, and yet, I do. It amazes me each and every time.

What are you working on now?

I just finished writing Earl of Harrington and sent it off to my editor. It’s part of this huge coordinated release with 11 other authors. The series is The Wicked Earls’ Club. Next I’m writing the final Heart’s Intent book which will release early summer.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

Mostly pantster with a little plotter tossed in.

What are your social links?

https://twitter.com/1DawnBrower https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDawnBrower/ http://www.authordawnbrower.com/newsletter.html https://www.bookbub.com/profile/dawn-brower

What are your buy links?

Amazon

Angie’s review of A Wallflowers Christmas Kiss Here

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Amy Hale @AuthorAmyHale

Amy  Hale

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

My name is Amy Hale and I’m the mother of two amazing young adults who bring so much joy to my life. I’ve been happily married to the love of my life for almost 27 years. We currently reside in Illinois and are owned by one very self-absorbed cat named Jasmine. My husband and I are motorcycle enthusiasts and love to ride in our spare time. When we aren’t on the open road we enjoy watching Mystery Science Theatre 3000, spending time with the kids, and daydreaming about taking a seaside vacation.

When and Why did you start to write?

I’ve been making up stories and poems since childhood. I started writing professionally in 2003. I worked for various online magazines and websites in the health and diet industry. I also had a popular blog on similar health topics. I moved to writing fiction in 2014, with my first book debuting in January of 2015. Writing heartfelt and exciting stories for a living has been a lifelong dream of mine. I’ve always loved the way the written word can bring the imagination to life.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

Just a few of my one-click authors include Julia Quinn, Denise Grover Swank, Eric Asher, Jamie McGuire, & Colleen Hoover.

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

I’m always surprised at how a story will take on a life of its own as you write. You can plot it all out and then suddenly a character or situation changes things and you’re being pulled into a totally new direction. I’m often as surprised by the twists and turns as my readers are.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on my latest Havenwood Falls NA novella titled Flames Among the Frost.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I’m a plantser – I do both. I start my stories with a beginning and ending in mind. Then I pants it for a while until I get a feel for how the story will progress. As I near the middle I start plotting out the general ideas for each chapter to assure I’m staying on track. I really like letting the characters lead the way, but it helps to have some organization too.

What are your social links?

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

What are your buy links?

You can buy from my website HERE
Amazon 

Angie’s review of  Catching Whitney HERE

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author AD Ellis @ADEllisAuthor

A.D.  Ellis

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

A.D. Ellis I’m a mom, wife, inner city teacher, and author. I enjoy reading, writing, napping, and teaching myself to crochet. I love spending time with my friends, laughing, eating, tasting new sweet red wines. I’m pretty much addicted to chocolate and hot tea.

When and Why did you start to write?

I started a story in October of 2013 while on Fall Break at my parents’ house. I had been thinking of the story for a while and just decided to see if I could do it. That story (For Nicky) was published in April of 2014 and, nineteen books later, I guess you could say I was bitten by the writing bug.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

My local writer peeps: TC Winters, Jillian Jacobs, Anya Breton, Ava Cuvay, Lori Wood, Cheryl Brooks, Donya Lynne, Lisa Caviness, Roxy Mews, Aly Grady, Melanie Jayne, Aleatha Romig….the list goes on and is a LONG one, but I have very talented writer friends right here in Indiana!
In my male/male genre, I love Kaje Harper, Missy Welsh, Finn Marlowe, Keira Andrews, Kay Simone, Ella Frank, Riley Hart, Felice Stevens…seriously, I could fill this entire page with my friends and fellow male/male romance genre writers.

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

It’s not concrete. Some days things work, some days they don’t. Words will flow one day and refuse to come the next. The process I used for one book may not be the same as I use for another. Ideas pop into my head at the weirdest times. Sometimes I go back to those ideas and they become great stories, other times they sit and marinate, or maybe they never go anywhere at all.
For me, the writing process is very fluid.

What are you working on now?

At the moment of writing this interview, I’m working on the third (last) book in my Blueridge Junction Boys (The BJ Boys) series titled Bound to Fight.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I am a pantser who likes to have a bit of a plan. Or a plotter who enjoys when pantsing happens. Really, I can’t start a book without SOME sort of plan, but most of my stories unfold during the actual writing.

What are your social links?

http://www.facebook.com/adellisauthor

http://www.twitter.com/ADEllisAuthor

http://www.adellisauthor.com

What are your buy links?

http://author.to/ADEllisAmazon
Some of my books are also on iBooks, Kobo, and Nook

 

Angie’s Review of Bryan and Jase, Something About Him series –  HERE

Angie’s review of Zach,  Torey Hope the Later Years –  HERE

#WOTR18 #AuthorSptotlight – Attending Author Samantha A. Cole @SamanthaCole222

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Samantha A. Cole – retired paramedic and police officer

When and Why did you start to write?

Several years ago while recovering from my fourth knee surgery, I decided to try and write one of the many stories floating through my head.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

Cherise Sinclair, Kennedy Layne, Angel Payne, Nicole Edwards, Susan Stoker, Lexi Blake, Shayla Black, Cristin Harber, Jerrie Alexander, DD Lorenzo, JB Havens, Laylah Roberts, Julie Ann Walker, Christy Reece, and so many more.

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

How my characters change the direction of the plot in the middle of the story without me knowing about it until it’s a done deal.

What are you working on now?

Two projects – one a collaboration ( The Collective Season Two) and the first book in a new series.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

Total pantser.

What are your social links?

www.facebook.com/SamanthaColeAuthor
www.smarturl.it/SACbookbub
www.amazon.com/Samantha-A.-Cole/e/B00X53K3X8
www.facebook.com/groups/1631022810469872
www.samanthacoleauthor.com
Newsletter – www.smarturl.it/SSPNL
www.twitter.com/SamanthaCole222
www.samanthacole.allauthor.com
www.smarturl.it/SamanthaColeYoutube
www.instagram.com/samanthacoleauthor
www.pinterest.com/samanthacoleaut
www.goodreads.com/author/show/5580362.Samantha_A_Cole

What are your buy links?

Far too many of them. My books can be found on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, and Google Play.