#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

#review #partofaseries #standalone #shortstory Santa’s Baby by Dee Ellis

 

Santa’s Stuffing More Than Her Stockings…

Joy has no reason to love the holidays. Being single in the city with a joke of a job gives her little to celebrate.

Until a Sexy Santa takes over at Santa’s Village where Joy takes the kids’ photos.

Nick is yummier than any Christmas cookie and naughtier than any elf on any shelf.

All Nick want’s to unwrap this Christmas is Joy because he wants her to be Santa’s Baby.

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43250737-santa-s-baby

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L8B189X/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i6

This is a ok read definitely a quick read if your are wanting something fast to read. Joy is a Christmas elf photographer at the mall for all those festivities and wonderful pictures every mother wants of their seeing Santa. Well with a pervert of boss letting her know they had yet again another Santa fill Joy didn’t expect him the new big guy to be drop dead gorgeous and it all happened as soon as St.Nick helped her zip up her elf dress.

Review by Twinsie Dee

Born and raised in the Midwest, reading and writing have always been Dee’s passion. Short stories became long stories that finally, became books. While playing grownup during the day, meaning working a job, Dee wrote her first book. When not reading or writing, which leaves less time than she’s proud of, Dee loves spending her time with her four furbabies, her husband and lots of movies nights

#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

#Review #Wotr20 #AttendingAuthor #Year5Family #MMRomance #PartOfASeries

Just as Silver begins to wonder if his casual relationship with Gold might turn into more, the two men are thrown into a position that has the lovers quickly turning into enemies.
With no way to escape each other, Silver and Gold begrudgingly agree to make the best of an impossible situation.
Will Gold’s search for perfection drive them apart or can Silver show Gold that imperfection can be beautiful?
Silver & Gold is a steamy, slow burn M/M enemies-to-lovers, forced proximity romance between two slightly self-absorbed artists.
This is the second book in the Silver in the City series.


Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48992807-silver-gold

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Review by Tenise

I was fortunate enough to get a copy of this book from the author before it was released. This is my honest review.
4 stars!

Silver & Gold is book #2 in the Silver in the City Series. Each book is about a different couple, but I highly recommend reading them in order to have a better understanding of things. Plus, each of these couples have their own things that make them AMAZING. You don’t wanna miss a thing.

What would you do if you started feeling MORE for a casual fling? If you are thinking maybe you should take things to the next level, then an unfortunate mistake, turns you into enemies?

That is exactly what happened to Benji & Rhys and now the only place they want to take things is far, far away from each other. That is kind of hard for them to do since they really have nowhere to hide.

I love this series so much! All of the men are amazing and each of them have a special place in my heart. I’m both excited and sad to read book 3. I don’t want this series to end.

A.d. Ellis is my go to when I need an MM fix. Her books always grab me from the first paragraph and don’t let go until the last word. Silver and Gold had the same effect on me. I can’t wait to read book 3 in this series.

About A.D. Ellis

A.D. Ellis is an Indiana girl, born and raised. She spends much of her time in central Indiana as an instructional coach/teacher in the inner city of Indianapolis, being a mom to two amazing school-aged children, and wondering how she and her husband of nearly two decades haven’t driven each other insane yet. A lot of her time is also devoted to phone call avoidance and her hatred of cooking.
She loves chocolate, wine, pizza, and naps along with reading and writing romance. These loves don’t leave much time for housework, much to the chagrin of her husband. Who would pick cleaning the house over a nap or a good book? She uses any extra time to increase her fluency in sarcasm.
A.D. uses she/her or they/them pronouns.
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#WOTR #AttendingAuthor #PartofaSeries Death Do Us Part (Gods of DC 4) by Tricia Andersen


Hades and Persephone share a love that is known by millions over thousands of years. But even the greatest of love affairs can hit rocky ground. Zeus forces them apart, banishing Hades into the deepest, darkest parts of Tartarus and into the hands of Hades’s father, Cronus. If that isn’t enough, the king of the Greek gods tears Persephone away from her mother, Demeter, promising to find her a more suitable husband.

The rest of the family races to find a way to bring Hades home and reunite the lovers before a deity ends up dead. But when the mysterious tears in reality show their true purpose, will any of them survive?

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46761699-death-do-us-part

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Death-Do-Part-Gods-Book-ebook/dp/B07TT41ZGQ/ref=pd_sim_351_2/137-1506939-3596048?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07TT41ZGQ&pd_rd_r=89f2c529-6f9a-4f57-a192-d8a52cf1ab14&pd_rd_w=umKUv&pd_rd_wg=8oq8a&pf_rd_p=5abf8658-0b5f-405c-b880-a6d1b558d4ea&pf_rd_r=ARWS34EAXMNWAQR2BGST&psc=1&refRID=ARWS34EAXMNWAQR2BGST

Hades and Persephone has an never ending romance. But after their last stunt with the family her good old dad Zeus wasn’t happy with either of them so what does he do, condemned her marriage and banished Hades into Tartarus and makes Persephone come to DC with him basically holding her prisoner in his house. So the rest of the family has to band together to save Persephone and get Hades back before things get wore then they already are. Will they save everyone in time and get the love birds back into each other’s arms. This is overall a really great book can’t wait to read more. The quick wit and bantering that comes from these God and goddesses is hilarious.

Review by Twinsie Dee

Tricia Andersen lives in Cedar Rapids, 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, Tricia enjoys coaching and competing in track and field and traveling to cheer on her children in their various activities.

#WOTR20 #EventHost #5YearFamily #AuthorSpotlight – Jillian Jacobs

Jillian Jacobs

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Jillian Jacobs Lover of moose and wine. Co-host of this awesome 5 year event. Love to read, kinda like to write. And I’m all about positivity!

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

I must have absolute quiet, even to the point I put on noise-cancelling ear muffs. And if I just sit down and go, I can get words down, it’s the finding long periods of time to focus that are hard.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Honestly, I love it when readers are willing to take a chance and buy a new authors book. That always makes me happy.

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

TJ Klune. Ad Ellis got to meet him and she took a pic with him for 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?

I have no schedule. I’m a writing doosh-canoe at the moment.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

As an author, the very first time you hold a paperback is pretty awesome. But as just me, the day I met Becca Stevens the founder of Thistle Farms. And what made that special was I was with my WOTR Team.

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

I feel like my Kindle is my most prized possession because I need to get a new one but I’m holding on to this one like it’s some kind of ancient treasure. My most prized possession in a hand held book though, hmmm…all of the ones I’ve kept to read again in the seven thousand bookcases I have.

What are your social links?

Website: www.jillianjacobs.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreenMooseProd
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenMooseProd/
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/JillianJacobsAMZAuthorPage
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JillianJacobs

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

Go to my website jillianjacobs.com But here is my book list with mini-descriptors

STEAMY NOVELLA!
Insider **99cents**
Trapped together, raw passions are exposed and years of denial culminate in an insatiable desire for more.

CONTEMPORARY COUPLET
FOR APRIL **99cents**
FOR RYAN
What happens when a tattooed bad boy falls for a Senator’s daughter?

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE SERIES
Ember’s Center Book 1 **99cents**
Start the O-Line series with a love triangle. Star football player or trusted counselor? Who would you choose?
Rachel’s Guard Book 2
One hidden secret. One tragic mistake. Two lives converge to discover one final truth.
Maude’s Score Book 3
He knows how to play the game, but can he win when the stakes turn deadly?
Clayton’s Star Book 4
A Hollywood starlet fearlessly prepares for danger but is unprepared for the perils of love.
Erik’s End Book 5
Families aren’t always bound by blood.

PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Water’s Threshold Book 1 **99cents**
What happens when a water-girl falls for a sexy scientist?
Fire’s Field Book 2
Fire plus witch equals steamy romance
Air’s Vision Book 3
She sees aura’s. He’s finally grounded. Together they complete the Elementals trilogy

M/M
Spotlight
Can they find a new rhythm for their love? Or are too many past mistakes in the Spotlight?

Website: www.jillianjacobs.com
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/JillianJacobsAMZAuthorPage

#Wotr20 #Review – Before Him Comes Me by: Alexandria Sure


Faced with an unexpected choice, a simple nod is all it will take to change the course of Zara’s life.

Bound to a life predetermined by the restrictive traditions of her community, Zara is offered a glimmer of hope by a complete stranger, a man selected for her. She can choose to walk away from the life she has been trained for.

Make new friends and lose her best friend.
Explore new places and lose her home.
Find herself and lose herself.

Will Zara nod and risk everything she knows to discover who she is meant to be?

**Disclaimer**

Although this book is BDSM theme it is not an erotic/a genre. No Sex scenes invovled, BHCM is categorized as a NA Contemporary Romance Genre.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26483476-before-him-comes-me?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=bBj0SDbMso&rank=3

Review by Tenise

3.5 rounded up to 4

I borrowed this book from Kindle Unlimited.

Zara was groomed her entire life to be a submissive. Her life was never really her own and her future had already been decided. Zara has a mind of her own, Hope’s and dreams. She has resigned to know none of these things will ever be a possibility for her. Her life and future have already been decided for her by her father and the other members of The Kings Council.

Ceremony day has arrived and Zara reluctantly gets ready- she has been dreading this day. Then at the last moment, Zara is offered a choice- continue on with a life that has been decided for her or follow her own path. What will Zara choose?

The plotline for Before Him Comes Me was very original. I can’t say I have ever come across a BDSM themed book or any book for that matter that has been quite like it.

I really felt for Zara, she was never allowed to think for herself. To be herself. It was interesting to follow her on her journey, to see if she thought the decision she made was the right one. Because, no matter what path she chose, she would have to live with that choice for the rest of her life. (less)

 

Alexandria Sure is from Michigan and adores her supportive family, her two rescue pups, and her mighty Spartans. Her coffee obsession leads her to writing in local coffee shops where characters come alive between salted caramel lattes and large cups of “cold brew extra cream two Splenda,” which are usually on the counter when she walks in because the baristas know her car. (Thanks, Biggby!)

When she is not writing, she spends a great deal of her time perfecting her craft. She is an active member of Capital City Writers Association and attends several writing conferences each year.

Sure’s first novel, Before Him Comes Me, is an unconventional romance of self-discovery, described by readers as “the first BDSM book with no sex.”

https://alexandriasure.com/

#WOTR20 #Review #SeriesStarter #5YearFamily – Soul Journey, Soul Series Book 1 by Miranda Shanklin

Soul Journey (Soul Series Book 1)

It has been many lifetimes since the cycle began.

The cycle that still haunts Annisa Lawson.

A spell cast in desperation to help, which only caused heartache.

Now, Annisa has found her way out of the varying repeats of her past; only to bring more danger to herself, and those around her. Now she must learn to survive with the help of her friends: Chase, Penelope, and Landon have all gone through each life cycle with Annisa. Sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. Now that Annisa has broken the cycle of their collective punishment, she finds that she needs her friends more than ever to keep their enemies, known, and unknown, at bay. As the group of friends learn of their souls’ journeys through their many life cycles, they must also learn to control the magick they have discovered within themselves and each other, in order to defeat the most feared assassin in their world.

Goodreads

This is a fun, quick read with a blast of supernatural! The book is categorized as YA (I believe because of the age of the characters) but is more on the NA side (as there are some adult situations that at times make it a little more adult-y). First, this cover is gorgeous and super eye catching and second, the synopsis sounds like a great read. I am a sucker for just about anything paranormal. I dive into this story head first and before I knew it was the end! The author was very clear with the world and character building. This is a story of witches that basically are reincarnated and go through life cycles over and over again. The reason they stand out is that the four main characters are cursed and have to not repeat past mistakes…but not in this life time. Annisa finally makes a decision that breaks this punishment but now the punishment is over they are faced with a lot of situations that no one can really help them with as they have never made it this far in past lives. One of the things that I didn’t care too much for was the fact that the four teens break the punishment with almost no struggle (well, some teen angst) and as they come together they don’t really have any struggles on a teen level anymore. So I feel like there could have been a little more of a story with some other types of struggles but that didn’t make me stop reading. The bond the teens form is unbreakable and just works. The villains in this story are some of my favorite! And once they are introduced into the story you will totally understand why. As for the story as a whole, I am definitely going to continue as I would like to see what other types of struggles and issues the teens come up against. I am looking forward to how the story progresses and how the author continues to grow. Super intrigued here!!!!

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Miranda Shanklin

Miranda Shanklin lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and the family security system, a 100 pound lab named Fido. Paralegal by day, mom/wife by night, she writes during those rare but precious moments of downtime. An avid reader her entire life, Miranda’s dream was to someday become an author. That dream was realized in 2015 when her handsome and intelligent husband said three beautiful words: go for it.

#review #MC – Breathe for It (Hellions Ride On #4) by Chelsea Camaron

Breathe for It (Hellions Ride On #4)

Life rarely gives us a second chance at love. These two find it in this passion-fueled ride.

Crunch
I don’t know where it all went so wrong. I was born a Hellion. I breathe for the club life, but at every turn, I put it all at risk.
I am Rhett “Crunch” Oleander.
I am still finding my way since losing the one person who meant the most.

Jennissey
Once upon a time, I believed everyone had this good inside of them. Now, I see the darkness in every single person.
I am Jennissey Rose Rivera.
Family over everything, even if it kills me inside every single day.

She’s the only taste of Heaven he’s ever had. When given a second chance, he’s refusing to let go. The question is, will she walk away again or hang on for the ride?


Goodreads



I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

Rhett and Jennisey…what a book!!  Rhett is Sass and Tank’s 2nd son.  His road name is Crunch.  He is a hot ass mess.  His addiction and bad attitude have made sure that not may like to be around him let alone trust him at all in the club.

Jennisey was the opposite of Crunch.  She was dedicated and hard working but loved and loyal to a fault.  She would do anything for the people she loved and did, in fact, do everything for those she loved even if it broke her heart in the process.

This story is not pretty…yes its romance but its not all hearts and flowers.  These two go through some shit ya’ll.  They have to deal with their past and now the present before they can have a future.  The story is hard at times and as to not spoil anything because that is a shitty thing to do, I am just going to cut this quick and say…..love isn’t always beautiful in the beginning.  Its hard and takes work which these two definitely do.

USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Chelsea Camaron is a small town Carolina girl with a big imagination. She is a wife and mom chasing her dreams.

She writes contemporary romance, erotic suspense, and psychological thrillers. She loves to write blue-collar men who have real problems with a fictional twist. From mechanics to bikers to oil riggers to smokejumpers, bar owners, and beyond, she loves a strong hero who works hard and plays harder.

#WOTR20 #Hockey #Series #Review #SeriesStarter – Just Say Yes, Indianapolis Eagles Book #1 by Samantha Lind

Just Say Yes (Indianapolis Eagles, #1)

What will it take for her to Just Say Yes?

Scott Taylor has the perfect life. He gets to fulfill his dream playing professional hockey, has a loving family, and a tight group of friends. But the one thing missing in his life is a partner to come home to. He knows exactly who he wants to fill that position – the only woman he has ever loved. The one who got away, who constantly consumes his every thought. What it would take to get her to Just Say Yes to a second chance?

Becca Phillips is an independent woman who has made her career as an ER nurse a priority in her life. She has a loving family and a best friend by her side, but she can’t seem to get over her first love, Scott. Insecurities led her to break up with him years ago when he started climbing the ranks in professional hockey and, for eight years, Becca has avoided Scott when he returns home each summer. Can she overcome her fears and allow love back into her life? All she has to do is Just Say Yes to the one and only man she has ever loved.


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I purchased the audio book of this novel.

I love reading or listening to a “new to me” author.  When I saw this author will be attending my favorite author event and she wrote about sports characters, I had to grab a book.

This is a great 2nd chance love story.  Who doesn’t love a 2nd chance story????  I am a sucker for it for sure.

Becca and Scott were love at first sight kinda kids.  But as life threw curves balls and Becca’s insecurity got the best of he,r she leaves the love of her life.  Now 8 years later Becca realizes she is missing the man of her dreams.  She decides to not avoid seeing Scott when he visits this summer.  She is prayig he too will want to try and rekindle things.

Scott has it all.  He has homes, money, and is important on his hockey team rocking the captain title.  The one thing he doesn’t have is Becca.  She is the one who got away.  He is determined to get her back and make her see she is the right woman for him, and he is the right man for her.

The story is a sweet but sexy story of the two reconnecting and figuring out if they are the one for the other.  I loved seeing Becca and Scott opening their eyes and making room in their heart for the other.   I also love the side story of Becca and Scott’s best friends who too have seem to have found a love connection whether they want to admit it or not.

The story has some insta-love elements but since these two date for high school and college it is easy to see them slip back into their relationship routines.  One of my favorite things about the characters are their abilities to want to best for the other half.  Scott is out to show Becca how important she is and Becca is all about supporting Scott in his time of trial during his hockey season.  They both really do compliment the other and their history is shown really well.

The audio voices in the book were amazing.  I loved listening to the differing voices for Scott and Becca.  I hope when the rest of the books are done, they continue with the two people because they did a great job bringing the characters to life for me.

Samantha Lind is a contemporary romance author. Having spent the first 27 years of her life in Alaska, she now calls Iowa home where she lives with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, watching hockey (Go Knights Go!), and listening to country music. You can connect with Samantha on her website, www.samanthalind.com.

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