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#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Maggie Adams @AuthrMaggieAdms

Maggie  Adams

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Maggie Adams is an Amazon Best Selling romance author. Her first book in the Tempered Steel Series, Whistlin’ Dixie, debuted in Amazon’s Top 100 for Women’s Fiction, humor, on November 2014. Since then, she has consistently made the Amazon best seller 5-star list with her Tempered Steel Series. Her series has launched the tiny town of Grafton, Illinois, into international recognition with sales in Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and the UK. She is the recipient of the Dayreader Reviews Best of 2015 for Leather and Lace, the Readers Favorite Award for Something’s Gotta Give in 2016, the Indie Romance Convention Romantic Comedy Award 2017 for Forged in Fire and the 2017 New Apple Awards nomination – Suspense for Cold as Ice.
She also writes erotica (Lustful Trilogy), paranormal romance (The Legends Series), young adult romance (Sweet Tea Sisters), and women’s fiction (Minx).

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

So many new indie authors are fabulous reads! It’s opened up the writer’s imagination to take readers to many fantastic places! I found Lexi Blake, Shayla Black, Chelle Bliss, Mina Carter, Selena Kitt, Alexandra Ivy, Kallypso Masters, Shannon Nemechek, and Maria Vickers just to name a few.

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

I thought I was a fairly organized person until I started trying to market my books. Trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t is a trying process. Then remembering to focus on that and not get distracted (by other author’s great new releases, usually!).

What are you working on now?

2018 will bring the conclusion to my Lustful Trilogy, book seven in the Tempered Steel Series, a paranormal spinoff to the series, and a romantic comedy for women entitled, “Minx.

What are your social links?

 – website
book page
fan club page
author page
Goodreads
twitter
Pinterest
Instagram
LinkedIn

What are your buy links?

Here are the author pages which have the links to my books on these websites –
http://www.maggieadamsbooks.com
https://www.amazon.com/Maggie-Adams/e/B00PKHNK6E
http://google.com/+MaggieAdamsBooksMaggieAdamsBooksChat
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/maggie%20adams/_/N-8q8
https://www.kobo.com (search Maggie Adams)
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/maggieadamsbooks
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/maggie-adams/290509485

 

Melinda’s Review of Whistlin’ Dixie (Tempered Steel, #1) 
by Maggie Adams –  HERE

#WOTR18 #Review #Novella #Erotica – On a Whim by JM Walker

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I’m in hiding.

As a bestselling BDSM author, I know all too well the danger of letting people get too close.

I’ve spent my entire life keeping people at arm’s length, until her. Kiki Smith is simply supposed to be my new cover designer, but before I know it, she starts breaking down the walls I’ve worked so hard to erect.

She’s unlike any woman I’ve ever met and before I’m even aware of what’s happening, she consumes me from the inside out.

There’s just one problem… I have a secret, and I’m afraid that once she finds out what I’m hiding, my barriers will once again slam back into place.

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I received this book from the authors for an honest review.

Hot little read from one of my favorite erotica authors.  JM can do a “quickie” very well.  *snickers* She gets you hot and bothered plus actually deliver a fun story to go along.

Kiki is a mother and book cover designer.  She is lonely and thanks to her bestie, Chaz, she is going to put herself out there again after her ex fiancée left her at the altar.

Bo is a model but also a romance author hiding from Kiki.  He is enthralled by her good girl persona and wants to see if she is the real deal before telling her his real identity.

The couple have a hot and steamy romance with lots of naughty fun to read…I mean come on it’s a JM book so OF COURSE the naughty fun is in abundance!!

The flirting was funny and sweet in the beginning but soon emotions (and fluid are swapped…LOL) but what will Kiki do when she learns of Bo’s deceit????  How will it all go down and what the heck was Parker Reed doing making a nice little cameo???

J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who 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

#WOTR18 #TwinsieForTheDayJordan – Rude, Kings Harlots #3 by JM Walker

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“An unexpected evil brings both the MC and Military world together in this brand new series by J.M. Walker”

His past haunts him.
Broken and destroyed, keep him silent and withdrawn.
Vice-One is the family he had always needed but it isn’t enough. Shadows of a nightmare threaten to take back the control he craves until Brogan Tapp unknowingly puts him in his rightful place.

She pretends to be happy.
Smile. Laugh. Repeat.
Going through the emotions of everyday life when really, she’s a scared little girl on the inside.
She tries hard to be what society considers as normal when Coby Porter helps her embrace the darkness within. He shows her it’s okay to be different.

Their souls collide, giving them the comfort they need when an unknown source takes pleasure in trying to rip them apart.

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What appears to be a possibly volatile relationship seems to work perfectly for these two who are both rough and protective. Brogan and Coby are the protectors of their friends and when one is in trouble they try to take the hits to protect those surrounding them. As they try desperately to avoid their feelings towards one another, it becomes undeniable! The lengths that Coby goes through to protect Brogan from the enemy are just proof of the feelings they share for one another. I’ve been pulling for these two from the beginning of the series. They always seemed like a fit. Coby is the strong silent type always in the background and Brogan is a feisty little thing who will kill anyone trying to hurt her sisters. I loved the way that they finally found each other!

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J.M. Walker

J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who 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

#WOTR18 #Review – Heroines & Hellions: An Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Collection – City Stalker by Maria Monroe

Maria Monroe is the attending author

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Writer’s Digest Award Winning Author Maria Monroe
New York Times bestselling authors Margo Bond Collins & Erin Hayes
New York Times bestselling author Monica Corwin
New York Times bestselling author Melanie Karsak
Award-Winning author Bec McMaster
USA Today bestselling author Heather Marie Adkins
USA Today bestselling author Jade Kerrion
USA Today bestselling author SJ Davis
Award-Winning author Rene Folsom
USA Today bestselling author Michelle Hercules
LJ Andrews
Louisa Klein
USA Today bestselling author Melle Amade
Award-Winning author Ashley C. Harris
Award-Winning author Kim Cleary

Christina Walker
USA Today bestselling author Alex Owens
Award-Winning author D.D. Miers
Award-Winning author Gina A. Watson
USA Today bestselling author Ash Krafton
Elise Marion
Award-Winning author Carly Fall

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City Stalker by Maria Monroe

I purchased this book.

I have previously read MariaMonroe so I read her story in this set.  I have loved her other UF/Apocalyptical books and figured this would be another hit for me.

This story is about Thea who catches Chupacabra type creatures who are causing havoc in our human streets.    She works for Marcus at the Center.  He tells her where to go and what to catch.  He studies them and then releases them back to their home land…….or does he ???

One-day Marcus tells Thea to go and follow a bad humanoid vampire who is draining people dry and stealing their soul/life essence.  When Foster and Thea bump into each other the sparks fly.  The two begin to work together in and outta the bedroom *wink*  They soon discover that there is more to the Center then even they both realized.

Leon was a great side character.  His banter with Thea was really funny.  I also loved Thea’s one bestie, Fay.  She made Thea get in touch with her “girlie” side and that was nice to see this sassy, kick ass chick getting a make over while chatting over life.  Thea really needs an outlet that isn’t all violence.

So my favorite part of the book was when Foster goes as the jealous stalker when Thea was on a bind date!!  SO funny and hawt.  But when Thea gets jealous of the mermaid..yes friends mermaid..was pretty great reading too.

 

#WOTR18 #Review #Paranormal – Blood Bound (Blood Bound #1) by Traci Douglass


Blood Bound (Blood Ravagers, #1)

Anna Frost had a bad feeling when her twin sister, Liz, told her she’d run off with a member of the notorious Otherworld biker gang, the Blood Ravagers. And her unease skyrockets when her sister subsequently vanishes. The police have no authority and little interest, so Anna decides to take matters into her own hands by infiltrating the group to discover for herself what happened to Liz, where she meets….

Dante, half demon, half human. A mix of two worlds, accepted by neither, he’s had no choice but to learn the hard way how to play whatever side of the fence kept him alive during his nearly 500 years of existence. Now, as second-in-command of the Blood Ravagers biker gang, his survival depends on keeping his humanity a secret. Dante’s ultimate goal is to fulfill the vows he made over two centuries ago to create a world where half-breeds can live in safety and equality.

But when sheltered schoolteacher Anna finds unexpected, white-hot passion in the arms of Dante, will her quest for the truth cost him more than he ever bargained for? Or will they find a way to save Liz – and their love – together?

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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

When the author approached me to read the book all she has to say was Paranormal and I was on board.  Yep I kinda like paranormal.  Anyway, I really had no idea what the book was about until I read the blurb that said demons, shifters, vampires who all hang at a bar and are in motorcycle gang…Uhm double and triple check right there.  Throw in they are 1%ers annnnd my heart is going wild.

This book is about Anna who is looking for her sister Liz.  Liz is the wild and crazy twin while Anna is the school teacher, responsible one.  She walks into Seven, the bar of the biker gang, and her entire world changes.  She meets Dante who is a lot more than JUST a human.

Dante is floored at this woman.  She is sassy, feisty and the other half to what he needs to save his people from the evil he is currently working with.  Don’t get me wrong, Dante is no angel, but he is trying to do right and fix some of the bad in the world.  He is also looking to make a safe haven for otherworlders like himself who have no place to go.

Anna and Dante had some steamy hawt sexy time for sure. Seems our Anna is a but of a masochist which our pain demon, Dante, is quite happy to help out *Wink wink*  The final conflict of the story will leave you super emotional because of the struggle our characters have to go through to stop the evil.

I enjoyed the book a lot and totally wanna read book 2 like ASAP.

Thrilling Tales of Suspense, Fantasy, and Happily Ever Afters…

USA Today Bestselling Author Traci Douglass writes fiction bursting with romance and action, usually mixed with a healthy portion of fantasy, urban edge and/or snark. Her stories feature sizzling heroes with quick wits and dark pasts and smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get.

 

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author, Event Sponsor & Event Host Jillian Jacobs @GreenMooseProd

Jillian Jacobs

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Jillian Jacobs
I write in the following genres: Paranormal and Contemporary with suspenseful elements. I love moose, polish pottery, and hot tea.
I am the co-founder of Healing with Words—a not for profit agency established for healing survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking, and prostitution. The mission is to bring together readers, authors, and survivors in a positive manner that affects change and relief from negative influences. Writers on The River, an author event in Peoria, Illinois is hosted by Healing With Words.

When and Why did you start to write?

I started to write because I thought I’d be the next Nora Roberts with my books on every shelf. I learned quickly that’s not how it works. And I’m an avid reader and thought, I’ll give romance writing a try because I love it so much.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

I read a lot of historical over the years and some paranormal because that’s what’s sold in stores. I’ve since found many self-published authors I enjoy. My favorite new author of 2017 was TJ Klune. One author I suggest to everyone is Karen Marie Moning. I love her highlander series. I suggest you look at the Writers On The River website under the Authors tab for a whole list of awesome authors.

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

That the comma is not your friend. But seriously, I’ve found that the author community is a lovely, wonderful place, and I’ve made lasting friendships that I’ll cherish forever.

What are you working on now?

My very first Male/Male romance called Spotlight.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

Pantser.

What are your social links?

Website
Twitter

Facebook
Amazon Author Page
Goodreads

What are your buy links?

www.jillianjacobs.com

 

Angie’s review of Ember’s Center, Book 1 of the O-Line Series HERE

Kristi’s Review of Fire’s Field, The Elemental Book 2 HERE

#WOTR18 #AuthorSpotlight – Attending Author Brynn Paulin @brynnpaulin

Brynn Paulin

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m Brynn Paulin and I’m the author of over 55 books in multiple romance genres. In addition to writing, I love cooking, reading, hockey and dogs–especially my three spoiled furbabies.

When and Why did you start to write?

I started to write in the late 90s and was first published in 2007. I’ve always loves creating stories.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

I always read: Ruby Dixon, Penny Wylder, Frankie Love, Aurora Rose Reynolds, Kristen Proby, Kelly Elliott, Kaylee Ryan and Kelly Jameson.

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

I don’t know if anything has surprised me about the process. What has surprised me is how different everyone’s processes are.

What are you working on now?

A dystopian zombie book

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I’m a plotser – plotting with the freedom for surprises.

What are your social links?

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest

What are your buy links?

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

#WOTR18 #review #Paranormal #Shifter #Erotica – Rumble and Growl (The Holloways Book 3) by Lacey Thorn

Rumble and Growl (The Holloways Book 3)

Five years ago they were attacked. The alpha was the first to die, but his murder was followed by carefully planned attacks focused on one thing: find and kill the female shifters.

Xandra Blackstone is out for blood. She’s spent the last five years forced to hide and wait while the person responsible for the deaths of her parents and youngest sister remains free. Separated from her surviving siblings, her rage has only grown. She and her bear are in agreement. They’ll settle for nothing less than blood.

Declan Holloway is on a mission. Now that he and his brothers know there are female shifters still hidden among them, they’ve made it their focus to find them and protect them. What he didn’t expect was to find himself pursuing one frustrating female who seems hell bent on killing him. With each trap he dodges, his temper rises. When he gets his hands on Xandra Blackstone he might just take her over his knee for the trouble she’s caused him.

With one glance, neither can deny what their bears know is true. No matter how much they rumble and growl, they belong to one another.

*NOTE: Though Rumble and Growl is part of the Awakening Pride: The Holloways series, it is a standalone book with an HEA and no cliffhanger.

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I purchased this book.

OMG Xandra and Declan!! They are quite a pair.  Declan is Mr. Logical where as Xandra runs on pure emotion.  I knew the little clip we got of them in book 2 showed they were going to be a fun read but man was I loving this book.

Declan is the most trustworthy and dependable brother of the Holloways.  When he is sent to find Xandra he is blow away once he catches her scent because HELLO she is his mate.

Xandra has been living in a personal hell for the 5 years following all the female bear massacre.  The “Uncle” she was tasked to live with seems to be the reason for all the treachery against the Holloway Pack.  She is finally free and after blood for her family and lost bears.  When she sees Declan’s she is not about to let this whole MATE thing get her…..nope not happening.  She is going to run and avenge everyone wronged.  She is pulling the whole “I am an island” dynamic.

I loved seeing the pack dynamics really starting to come into play.  We learn a lot more about each brother and their job for the pack.  We learn more and more about the expectations for revenge for the past wrong doings too.

I am super excited for the next book and I really hope its Laramie’s books because come on and Alpha needs his mate!!!

Lacey Thorn spends her days in small town Indiana the proud mother of three. When she is not busy with one of them she can be found typing away on her computer
keyboard or burying her nose in a good book. Like every woman she knows just how chaotic life can be and how appealing that great escape can look. So toss aside
the stress and tension of the never ending to do list.

 

#WOTR18 #Review #Paranormal #Shifters #Erotica – Claimed by the Grizzly (The Holloways #2) by Lacey Thorn

Claimed by the Grizzly (The Holloways, Book Two)

Five years ago the bear shifters were attacked. The alpha was the first to die, but his murder was followed by carefully planned attacks focused on one thing: find and kill the female shifters.

Sidia Blackstone is running for her life. Someone has discovered the existence of the remaining female bear shifters and is determined to hunt them down. One of the elders is dead and her twin is missing. Her guardian, Nicholas, sends her to find safety among the Holloway brothers. Her best chance at survival is to find them and if her bear is willing, claim one of the last remaining grizzlies as her mate.

Koby Holloway is one furious grizzly. They’ve just discovered there are surviving female bears hidden among them. Though he swore the one who came to them belonged to him, she chose another as her mate. He doesn’t understand the pull he feels until he learns she has a twin who also survived. Now, nothing will stop him from finding her.

He’d protect her, see to all her needs, and keep her right by his side. From the moment he found her, she was claimed by the grizzly.

*NOTE: Though Claimed by the Grizzly is part of the Awakening Pride: The Holloways series it is a standalone book with an HEA and no cliffhanger.

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I purchased this book.

*Clapping* Shifters…YESSSSS!!!  I love shifter books thank you very much!!

Ok so last book Koby was kinda a major pain in the ass for Hot and Jaeda.  He kept demanding Jaeda was his mate….wellllll not her so much as her TWIN Sidia!!! Once Koby found this news out, dude was GONE to find and save his mate from the hunters.

I loved the raw lust and then love between Koby and Sidia.  They are both shifters so they KNEW what would happen with the mating unlike poor human Holt…he is learning the ways thought guys.

We get a lot of “mating” time with the couple but we also see the pack trying to figure out what the heck happened 5 years ago.  Who was the traitor and why did they decimate the female bears????  Once we get the information plus we get a sneak peak of the next couples books we know everything is going to change drastically for the pack, the hidden females and the news about a new bear pack!!  GASP so much happened in such a small book!!!

Anyway, look out for book 3 because both bears are going to be a handful.  I so cannot wait to see what shenanigans Xandra pulls for Declan.

Lacey Thorn spends her days in small town Indiana the proud mother of three. When she is not busy with one of them she can be found typing away on her computer
keyboard or burying her nose in a good book. Like every woman she knows just how chaotic life can be and how appealing that great escape can look. So toss aside
the stress and tension of the never ending to do list.

 

#WOTR18 #review #Paranormal #Shifters #Erotica – His to Bear (The Holloways #1) by Lacey Thorn

His to Bear (The Holloways, Book One)

When a marine and a shifter-on-the-run collide, beware! Sparks will fly. This human isn’t all to sure of the mating and the bear… Well, bears will be bears and she wants him NOW!

Jaeda is all alone, desperate to find safety, and there’s only one place she can go. She’ll have to run for the Holloway land and hope they’ll help her and not force her into a mating she doesn’t want. With hunters hot on her tail, she isn’t sure she’ll make it. Until something carries to her across the breeze, and she meets the bluest eyes she’s ever seen.

Holt never planned to stay with the Holloways. He was only there to offer temporary help. Then a dream ran to him and threw herself into his arms. Her fear was palpable, and when she begged him to protect her, he knew he wasn’t leaving.

He’d protect her, see to all her needs, and keep her right by his side. From the moment she sought his help, she became his to bear.

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I purchased this book.

Oh sisters. My favorite books to fall back and read are shifters. I am a total book whore for a good shifter series and this one is going to be a favorite for dang sure.

I loved this dynamic of this book. Female bear shifters are all thought to be dead until one falls on the Holloway lands and claims…..not a bear……but human as her mate. I was loving the fact that the female is the one who can fully decide who she wants to mate, and she chose a human. Not any of the tough as nails Alaskan Grizzly bears but a human marine who wont back down for the bears either.

Jaeda has been taught to hide from hunters and fear the Holloway clan. She doesn’t know why but she has and does fear them. As she runs on the land she sees and senses her mate in Holt. Holt makes a promise to her right then and there to protect her when she is scared and begs him for help.

The little trouble maker that Jaeda is tricks Holt into mating with her and then all hell breaks loose because one of the bears thinks she is his mate and is uber confused by this. He goes as far as to challenge Holt for her. YIKES!! So yeah, the friendships are all put to the test.

I flew through this hot little read and immediately bought book 2 because I am so curious about who betrayed the clan, if Koby finds his mate and more about the Holloway family.

Lacey is a hyper blonde, bouncing through life with her magical bracelets of positivity. A die hard gamer (she refuses to call it an addiction), she resides in the Midwest, mom to three awesome children, one demanding bulldog, and two crazy cats. She has a passion for life and tends to leap long before she checks for safety exits. She writes possessive, alpha heroes who demand everything from the women they love. Believing sex is an integral part of a healthy romantic relationship, she doesn’t believe in closed doors, or even confining things to the indoors. Her stories reflect her strong family ties, friendships that showcase how some family consists of those we choose, and a goofy sense of humor that helps keep her laughing through all life’s ups and downs.
She loves to chat with anyone and often does to the annoyance of her children who are always in a hurry. If you want to talk books, television, movies, actors, World of Warcraft, prepping for the zombie apocalypse, or music (she loves music!), drop her a line at lcy_thrn1@yahoo.com.

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