Category Archives: Author Spotlight

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight #5YearFamily – Valerie Twombly

Valerie Twombly

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m Valerie Twombly and I write smoldering vampires, fallen angels, dangerous demons and sinful shifters. I’ll give you a happy ever-after, but I won’t make getting there easy. I love chocolate and dogs. The most recent addition to my family is Cooper, an Aussie/Border Collie rescue. I live with my husband of 22 years in Northern IL

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

I need to have music, but where I sit depends on my mood and my muse. If I’m writing in my firefighter series, then I need to have YouTube going. Hearing and watching firefighters do their job really helps put me in their reality.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Hands down meeting the readers. I also like taking time to check out the other authors at the event. After all, I love to read too!

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

Sherrilyn Kenyon. I think I might actually become speechless if I ever met her.

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 before I leave for work and at my lunch. Sometimes I get words in on the weekend. It all depends on if those people in my head are talking to me or not.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Hanging with Larissa Ione at a reader event. I’ve always been a fan of her Demonica series, but it was awesome to connect on a personal level. Every time I think “should I write that?” I think of her and press on. I still love her writing, but I now adore her as a person and friend.

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

Hmm. Actually, it’s one of my own books. Rescue Me is the second firefighter book I wrote, but the first where I really delved into firefighting. I wanted to put the reader at the scene and I did that with the help of a great friend who is a firefighter as well as some local guys. What makes this book special to me is the fact several firefighters have read it and thought it was awesome. Hey, I got guys to read romance! I call that a win.

What are your social links?

Website: www.valerietwombly.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FangedFantasy
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fangedfantasy
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/vtwombly/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/valerietwomblyauthor/
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/valerie-twombly
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ValerieTwomblyParanormalPalace/

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

www.valerietwombly.com

#WOTR20 #authorspotlight – Beverly Ovalle

Beverly Ovalle

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Beverly Ovalle, I’ve been published since 2013 and just put out my 13th story! Lucky number 13! I’m a Navy Veteran, a mom to two grown @ss children and married for 30 years.

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

No family near! They are very noisy. No TV. Music is okay if it’s my music. Coffee or water. I seem to do my best work at the dining room table or the coffee shop.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

The people! I love to talk books and most people there love to do the same.

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

Christine Feehan

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?

Nothing in my life is consistent. I write when I can grab a few minutes or hours.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Seeing my first story on Amazon and then my first royalty check.

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

I have an antique leather bound miniature set of Shakespeare plays. Antique and miniature, no brainer!

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/BeverlyOvalleAuthor/,

https://beverlyovalle.com,

https://SSLYblog.com,

https://twitter.com/ovalleba,

instagram.com/ovalleba/,

https://www.pinterest.com/ovalleba/

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

https://www.amazon.com/Beverly-Ovalle/e/B00BOGT8MU

#WOTR20 #5YearFamily #AuthorSpotlight – Jolanthe Aleksander

Jolanthe Aleksander

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

My name is Jolanthe Aleksander. By day, I’m a full-time front office manager for an agency that provides services to people with special needs in their homes and in the community. I have a son who reminds me to take joy in the simple things life has to offer.

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

My MUST haves when writing are Lay’s Original chips, Chocolate, Fruit Snacks, and the MUST HAVE of all Must Haves…COFFEE!

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

My favorite thing about signings is getting to see my writer friends, seeing readers who have read my stories, and getting to meet new to me writers and readers! Let’s face it, I will always be a reader, so I fan girl with the best of them. lol

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

J.R. Ward, Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop, Robyn Peterman

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, though I wish I did. I squeeze my writing in where I can and pray my Muse is willing to play nice.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

The first time someone said, “I read your book and loved it. When is the next one coming out?”

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

The first copy of my book Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams that came out of the box. It’s amazing because it was something tangible that I created out of nothing but imagination.

What are your social links?

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/JolantheAleksander
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Joli_Aleksander

Website:https://ajolanthe.wixsite.com/jolialeksander
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/JOLANTHE-ALEKSANDER/e/B0163KCF7G
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/…/sh…/14442826.Jolanthe_Aleksander
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jolanthealeksander/
BookBub: www.bookbub.com/authors/jolanthe-aleksander

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

https://www.amazon.com/JOLANTHE-ALEKSANDER/e/B0163KCF7G

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – CJ Baty

C.J. Baty

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

C.J. Baty presently I live in Southwest Ohio, but I live part time in Seveirville, TN. I published my first book in 2013. Spending time with my grown children is a passion. And I’m looking forward to the day when my husband and I can fully retire and do some traveling. I’ve always been an avid reader, when I was offered the chance to write my own stories by an Indie Publishers I was shocked and thrilled. It has been amazing ride getting my stories down on paper and out into the world. I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

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

I have a mixed tape of nature sounds that I listen to most of the time when I’m writing. I love the sounds of a creek flowing or rain falling. My one go to drink is Diet Mt. Dew or coffee if I’m writing in the morning. I have several favorite spots to go to when I want to get away from my office. A local Waffle House where the girls keep my coffee cup full. A bagel/muffin place where my NANO group meets and my local library. It was recently refurbished and it’s an amazing place to work.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Authors! Readers! People! Books! What’s not to like? To be honest, the moments where I get to meet someone who loved something I wrote and they are as excited about it as I am. Also, fangirling over authors that I adore, that’s a definite plus as well.

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

My unicorn author was Josh Lanyon! I by ‘was’ I mean I finally met her last year at the GayRomanceLit event. She and I were both signing authors. It was the most exciting moment for me. I was totally tongue tied but I’ll never forget it.

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’m definitely a sit and go girl. If the words aren’t flowing, I’ve been known to pack up the laptop and tell my husband ‘be back later’. He knows I’m going to find someplace to inspire me.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

My favorite moment so far, came at 2019 Writer’s On the River event. I finally got to meet a reader who had been following me for sometime now. We’d chatted on line and I knew I’d love her. She surprised me at the event but the sweet thing was so excited she was blushing and couldn’t speak. That touched my heart so much, but I was just excited to meet her.

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

I have a signed copy of Josh Lanyon’s The Dark Tide (Bk 5 in the Adrien English Series). Meeting Josh and having her sign that book was amazing highlight in my life. I cherish the book and that memory.

What are your social links?

cjbaty.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/CJ-Baty-Author-344242482358480/
@cbaty on Twitter
@cjbaty on Instragram
Website coming in December

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

Amazon https://www.facebook.com/CJ-Baty-Author-344242482358480/
Bookbub https://www.bookbub.com/search?search=Cj+Baty

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – RB Hilliard

R.B. Hilliard

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

My name is RB Hilliard. I published my first book in 2014 and am about to publish my 14th! I live in Charlotte, NC with my husband, two teenagers, and dog named Oscar. I like food, red wine, chocolate, music, and BOOKS!

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

I have a comfy chair in my office I like to curl up in while I write. I find that I write best with little to no outside noise. I also find that I write best while caffeinated.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Getting to hang out with the readers as well as meeting other authors!

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

I’m a HUGE paranormal fan. I would love to meet JR Ward, Patricia Briggs, DB Reynolds, Shannon Mayer, Ilona Andrews, Amanda Bouchet, and so 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?

I write while my kids are in school – so from around 8 am – 3:15 pm are my normal hours. I also write on one of the two weekend days.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

The first time a reader messaged me to say how much she loved my books. (and every time since then)

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

My favorite books are the ones signed by my author friends. They sit on my special bookshelf in my office and I love each and every one of them.

What are your social links?

Goodreads – http://bit.ly/1zO9bmy
Amazon Author Page – http://amzn.to/1Anwjr3
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rbhilliardb
FB – http://on.fb.me/1Anx1oi
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/rbhilliard/
BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/r-b-hilliard

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

https://www.amazon.com/R.B.-Hilliard/e/B00M1WO85S/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

#WOTR20 #5YearFamily #AuthorSpotlight – AD Ellis

A.D.  Ellis

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hello, Twinsies! I’m A.D. Ellis and I’m a mom of a 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son. I’ve been teaching for 21 years with twenty years in the inner-city of Indianapolis. I’ve taught grades 1st through 5th with the last five years in alternative education. I’ve now moved out of the classroom and I’m loving my new position as Instructional Coach at an inner-city school.
I write romance. I’ve been writing since 2014. I’m a hybrid author, but the majority of my books are self-published. My first series is small-town contemporary romance, but I’ve recently found my love in writing M/M gay romance. Books 24 and 25 are soon to be published with 26-28 in the works.

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

I do a lot of writing on the couch with headphones while the hubster or kids watch television or my son plays video games. I usually have a variety of music playing. I need it either completely quiet OR some good music or nature sounds playing to write. I love going to a coffee shop to write (but I don’t drink coffee, so they have to have a good tea!)

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

I love hanging with author and reader friends and meeting new readers!

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

I’ve actually been super lucky to either be friends with some favorite authors or I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some of my favorites.

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 teach all day and spend a lot of time taxiing my children to school things, so I’m often swamped or exhausted. But I try to write in the evenings, on weekends, and during breaks from school

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Oh, so many! All the fun events, signings, trips, meetings, lunches, parties, etc. I just love hanging with my author friends and readers!

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

Books from my childhood mean the most to me because they were what my mom read to me to instill my love of reading.

What are your social links?

www.adellisauthor.com
www.facebook.com/adellisauthor
www.twitter.com/ADEllisAuthor
https://www.bookbub.com/profile/a-d-ellis
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8068864.A_D_Ellis

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

www.adellisauthor.com
author.to/ADEllisAmazon

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Marie Piper

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Marie Piper. I live in Chicago with my husband, kiddo, and three cats. I’m fascinated by American History, especially the parts we didn’t learn about in school.

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

Coffee or tea and (lately) atmospheric and moody instrumentals playlists.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

I love meeting readers and seeing what interests them!

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

I’ve been fortunate to have met a bunch of my all-time favorite authors at signings and events, but I’ve never been in the same room as Lisa Kleypas…. Yet, anyway.

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 homeschool my son, so my free time is all over the place. I tend to write early in the morning before anyone else wakes up while everything is quiet and dark.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I was fortunate to be a signing author at RT in Atlanta. There were so many romance fans there, it was really incredible!

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/MariePiperBooks/, https://twitter.com/mariepiperbooks, https://www.instagram.com/mariepiperbooks/

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

https://www.amazon.com/Marie-Piper/e/B015PALG34?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1570481900&sr=8-1

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#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Dania Voss

Dania Voss

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hello! I’m Dania Voss. I was born in Rome, Italy and live in the Chicagoland area. I love everything pink and am a huge fan of 80’s hair bands. I enjoy my Vienna beef hot dogs, deep dish pizza and the Chicago Cubs. I write steamy/erotic contemporary romance – romance with heat and heart. My series, Windy City Nights, takes place in and around Chicago.

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

I don’t like too many distractions when I’m writing so I prefer quiet when I’m writing. I’m usually sitting on my comfy leather couch in the family room, wrapped in a cozy blanket with a bottle of water close by. I have a formal office with a wrap around desk, printers, book cases and couch when I need a change of scenery. Sometimes before I get started, I’ve been known to rock out to a few 80’s tunes to get those creative juices flowing.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Meeting all the wonderful authors and getting a chance to meet with and chat with the readers face to face.

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

I’m looking forward to meeting all the authors on July 18th, of course. I would also love to meet Julia Kent, Bella Andre, Jennifer Probst and Donna Michaels 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?

I do have a full time job in Information Technology, but thankfully I am able to work from home. This allows me to write in the morning before the work day starts, sometimes during the work day if I can sneak in some writing time and after my work day ends. I’m usually able to get some writing time during the weekend as well. Every day is different and there are some days that I’m not able to write at all. A writer’s life, like everyone else’s is challenging. It’s a balancing act.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Receiving the acceptance for my debut On the Ropes. What a thrill. It was a decades long dream come true. It was quite a surprise too since it only took 11 days from manuscript submission to acceptance. I’ll never forget that day.

What are your social links?

www.daniavoss.com
www.twitter.com/dania_voss
www.pinterest.com/daniavoss
www.instagram/daniavoss
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDaniaVoss/

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

www.amazon.com/author/daniavoss

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – AJ Renee

A.J. Renee

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m AJ Renee, mother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. I currently live in Illinois, but home is wherever my husband and kids are. I love a variety of things like reading, traveling, running, and vegging out on the couch.

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

I need my hot tea. I also can’t write if I’m distracted so sometimes that means listening to music if I use it to drown out other noises or no sounds when I’m home alone.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Meeting readers and the other authors.

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

Kathleen Brooks

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?

What is a schedule? HA! No seriously, I need to find a schedule, but I’ve been traveling more than usual. I try to get in my words when I can, but sometimes nothing happens.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Having a reader squeal with excitement when she met me.

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

Widower’s Aura, my debut. It has emotional value to me as I wrote it during a really hard time. I’ve dedicated it to one of my best friends who passed and I miss every day.

What are your social links?

FACEBOOK 👉 www.facebook.com/ajreneeauthor
St. Fleur Belles Reader Group 👉 http://bit.ly/2bmtFmI
TWITTER 👉 www.twitter.com/ajreneeauthor
INSTAGRAM 👉 www.instagram.com/ajreneeauthor
WEBSITE 👉 www.ajrenee.com
YouTube 👉 https://bit.ly/2Ms91mG
NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP 👉 http://bit.ly/2bdqx9f

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

AMAZON 👉 http://amzn.to/2fmR0Wj
NOOK 👉 https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/aj%20renee
iBOOK 👉 https://books.apple.com/us/author/aj-renee/id1112761929
KOBO 👉 https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/search?query=aj%20renee&fcsearchfield=Author
BOOKBUB 👉 https://www.bookbub.com/authors/aj-renee

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – C.J. Pinard

C.J. Pinard

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m C.J. Pinard… I write paranormal and contemporary romance and work a crazy, insane day job that I can’t quit. But very soon, I’ll be retiring early! Until then, though, I’ll continue to stay up late at night writing my stories.

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

Music is a must. I prefer to write at night when it’s dark and quiet. My go-to snack is caramel and cheddar popcorn and vodka. (Don’t ask, it works)

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

The atmosphere! Everyone is always so happy and excited to be there. The positivity lifts my spirits and fills my soul with happiness.

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

Stephen King. I’d pick his brain for hours (until he threatens to kill 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?

Oh, hell no. I’m a binge writer. I put up a preorder then write the book in like two weeks.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

The day a reader posted that they tattooed my name/book on their body and tagged me in a post to show it off. I almost passed out. It’s kinda tied with the day I hit the USA Today bestseller list with my Enchanted Immortals box set. Also, almost passed out.

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

Why people always ask this question? LOL! Kovah Soul Seeker is a pretty awesome book, I must say. It was supposed to be a novella about a character from my Death’s Kiss series… I kept getting messages asking if the guy was gonna get his own book, so I obliged, thinking, “Eh, I’ll just write a novella about him.” 80,000 words later, the dude would NOT shut up in my head. It’s my longest book to date.

What are your social links?

Find me: http://cjpinard.com/
Email me: cjpinardauthor@gmail.com
Like me: https://www.facebook.com/CJPinardAuthor
Friend me: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007822338176
Tweet me: https://twitter.com/CJPinard
Add me: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6565787.C_J_Pinard
Follow me: https://www.instagram.com/c.j._pinard
and here https://www.bookbub.com/authors/c-j-pinard
Join the fan book club! https://www.facebook.com/groups/CJPinardBookClub/

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

https://www.amazon.com/C.J.-Pinard/e/B009YI276Y for Amazon or type my name into your favorite ebook retailer. I’m all over the internet like a bad rash.