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#WOTR20 #authorspotlight – Samantha Lind

Samantha Lind

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m Samantha Lind! I’m a contemporary / sports romance author. I’m originally from Alaska, but call Iowa home now where I live with my two boys and my husband. If I’m not writing, I can usually be found with either my kindle in my hand or an earbud in listening to an audio book! By day, I’m an accountant and work from home. My kids (and husband!) all keep me busy as they all play hockey! Our love of hockey runs deep in our house, so much so that my largest series is based on a fictional hockey team!

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

I have four go-to writing spots. 1) my couch! I’ll sit down after my kids are in bed and write for a few hours while watching TV. 2) My desk in my office. 3)Starbucks! I tend to get the most writing done when I pack it up and head to Starbucks for the day. I take my earbuds, get my Strawberry Refresher drink and let the words flow! 4) Last, if we’re on vacation, my husband will drive while I write in the car! I wrote about 80% of Marry Me while we rolled on down the road!

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Meeting readers! Seriously you guys are the best!

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

Kate Canterbary

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?

Due to our busy family schedule, I don’t write everyday. I sometimes go a few weeks without writing. I try and give myself a few weeks off between books so I don’t burn out. I’m also very motivated by deadlines, so once I pick a release date and book my PR/editor/proofreader etc. all in, I do my best to stick to it! Having those dates in mind keeps me focused and on track for the most part.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

So many come to mind! Seeing feedback on my very first book baby! Attending my first signing and having a reader come up to me excited to meet me! Getting my first “orange tag” on amazon…. so many exciting moments I’ve had in the last couple of years!

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

I’m not a paperback reader anymore, so I have very few.

What are your social links?

Reader group: http://bit.ly/SLReaderGroup
FB page: http://www.facebook.com/SamanthaLindAuthor/
FB profile: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100015316351814
Good reads: http://bit.ly/Samanthlindgr
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/samanthalindauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/samanthalind1
Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/samanthalind
Bookbub: https://goo.gl/4XyyLk
Website: www.samanthalind.com
Newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/SLNL
Book + Main: https://bookandmainbites.com/Samanthalind

What are your buy links? 

www.samanthalind.com/books

#WOTR20 #authorspotlight – Ellis Leigh

Ellis Leigh

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Ellis Leigh, writer of words, drinker of coffee, mother of daughters, and manger of projects.

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

I’ve become addicted to Smart Sweets sour gummy bears and peach rings. They’re made of prebiotic fiber and only contain 3g of sugar per bag–so they’re healthy! At least that’s what I like to tell myself. If I’m not eating low carb, I’ll have some Smart Pop popcorn around. And coffee (during the day) or flavored water (at night). I write on my couch with my feet up and my laptop in my lap (it’s not just a clever name after all) and require quiet–no music, no television.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

I LOVE getting to interact with other authors. Plus just being around books! But my favorite–the absolute bestest thing in the world about being at a signing–is interacting with my readers. They are the sweetest, and I adore meeting them and sharing our love of the worlds I’ve built. Definitely come see me, give me a hug, and talk books with me. I’ll love you forever.

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

I got to meet mine! It’s Kelley Armstrong, and I walked up to her during a convention and fangirled all over the place. It was terrifying and awkward and perfect all at once.

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 a woman who prefers structure, so I get up early and write for an hour before I have to get ready for work. Every weekday, I do this. Evenings and weekends I’ll work on admin things if I need to, but usually I just knit and hang out with my daughters. That first hour of the day is mine, though. Totally.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I was at a huge reader convention in Dallas a few years back–totally in line for coffee in my pajamas, mind you–and a reader screamed my name from across the lobby. I love that memory and pull it up whenever I’m feeling a little not-so-great. Whoever she was, she totally made my year!

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

I own paperback copies and a few of the graphic novels from Kelley Armstrong’s Women Of The Otherworld series. Those sit on a top shelf right along with my Harry Potter and Twilight collections. They’re sacred to me.

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/ellisleighwrites

https://twitter.com/ellis_writes

http://instagram.com/ellis_and_kristin

What are your buy links?

WebPage

Claiming His Fate Review HERE

#WOTR20 #5YearFamily #AuthorSpotlight – Jenna Jacob

Jenna Jacob

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hey gang! My name is Jenna Jacob and I’m super excited to be here with the sexy, sultry ladies of Twinsie TalkI If you haven’t made it to Writers On The River yet – you NEED to go. It’s an amazing event and I’m honored to be a part of ALL the fun!! Okay, about me – well…I’ve been writing for almost seven years and have a couple of hot and steamy BDSM series out: The Doms Of Genesis and another that I co-author with Shayla Black and Isabella LaPearl called, The Doms Of Her Life. I also have a sizzling hot contemporary series: The Hotties Of Haven as well as a new smoking hot contemporary series to be announced soon. Please feel free to follow me on any or all social media platforms.

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

Okay – So I work out of my office which was converted from my old dining room. So I’ve got space (which never fails to fill up) for books, books, and more books. My go to’s are: Coffee, Diet Coke, and chocolate. (Always around 3:00 pm when I’m crashing from all the morning coffee LOL) I like quite when I edit, but when I’m writing I gotta have ALL the music. I listen to a lot of different stations either on Pandora, Amazon music, or any number of playlists I’ve got stashed away.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

The READERS!! OMG – ya’ll are AMAZING! I love meeting new people, catching up with friends from the year before, and hugging the stuffing out of everybody!! I wouldn’t be even be at a signing if it weren’t for you guys!!

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

I’m a lucky lady! I’ve already met my Unicorn Author: Dean Koontz!

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 a Virgo so I am a schedule FREAK! I usually set a word count for 3,000 words for the day. I don’t always achieve that number depending on L-I-F-E, but it helps me formulate release dates and helps me stay on track. Oh, look….a squirrel. (Yeah, I do that a LOT!! LOL)

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I have a LOT of favorite memories so far. Getting the chance to meet – in person – people I talk to on social media is always a thrill. But one I’ll never forget is the first time a reader came up to me, and asked for my autograph. I’m sure I had that preverbal Deer-In-The-Headlights look on my face. LOL

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

OMG if you could see my bookshelves you’d be asking: How in the world is she going to answer that one? LOL Actually, the book that I most treasure isn’t in my office. It’s in the family room. It’s a cookbook from 1847 that my husband Sean’s grandmother gave to me before she died. And I found the best Bread Pudding recipe in that sucker… OMG it’s to die for!! LOL

What are your social links?

Website: www.jennajacob.com
E Mail: jenna@jennajacob.com
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorjennajacob
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/@jennajacob3
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jenna_jacob_author/
Amazon Author page: http://amzn.to/1GvwNnn
Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1Cj4ZyY
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jenna-jacob
Books+Main Bites: https://bookandmainbites.com/users/58

What are your buy links? 

www.jennajacob.com

Twinsie Angie’s Review of Embracing My Submission HERE

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Harley Easton

Harley Easton

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Harley Easton – I dabble in a little of everything life offers – reading, writing, singing, acting, cosplaying, board gaming, generally being a nerd. All are great ways to make my insanity seem a little more normal. I have two fur-babies I specialize in erotic, romantic, and speculative fiction, writing and editing independently and for small press publishers. Who knows what kind of trouble I’ll get into next.

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

It sounds silly, but I absolutely need a glass of ice nearby. Nothing in it, just ice. I’ll usually write with some instrumental music in the background, but I can crash anywhere to scribble down a few lines.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

The connections you make. I love meeting readers, authors, and organizers. Book people are usually really awesome, so I love walking away with new friends.

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

Right now, I’d love to meet Jim Butcher or Jane Yolan. Both of them are masters at manipulating folk-lore, fairy elements, and superstition into beautiful stories.

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?

Consistency is hard for me. Luckily my family and friends are really supportive and let me spend hours in the writing cave when I have a project.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

The day my mom asked to read my book and my dad told me he was proud I was a writer.

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

I have the copy of Maguerite de Angeli’s Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes that my aunt let me pour over for hours when I was a child. Not only does it remind me of her every time I see it, the gorgeously illustrated book is what first sparked my love of reading. It got me interested in fairy tales and folk-lore – a life-long obsession of mine that still seeps into my reading and writing.

What are your social links?

Insta – @harleyeastonwriter
Twitter – @ harley_easton
Facebook – @harleyeastonwriter
Website – www.harleyeaston.com
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8506548.Harley_Easton

What are your buy links?

https://www.amazon.com/Harley-Easton/e/B00O4BPLNW

Twinsie Angie Review of The Arts of Love HERE

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Emma Shade

Emma Shade

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

My name is Emma Shade and I live in a small town in Southern Indiana with two beautiful kitties. I have a degree in Fine Arts & Design and all but one of my covers use my own photography. Some day soon I hope to do book cover photography for authors.

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

I can’t have any distractions or loud noises, except for the headphones blasting either theme scores or hybrid trailer music.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

I love meeting new people and seeing friends.

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

Oh, this is a hard question. I have a few of them. If I had pick just one, I’d go with Jeaniene Frost.

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 try to write every single day, but the times vary with my work hours.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

My favorite memory was the first email from a reader. Getting fan mail of any kind makes your day.

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

My most prized possession is a signed copy of Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. She’s one of my top five authors. Meeting her was amazing.

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/authoremmashade
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/emma-shade

What are your buy links? 

http://author.to/EmmaShade

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Golden Czermak

Golden Czermak

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Golden Czermak. In the beginning, I worked the standard corporate rat race, completed college for a Chemical Engineering Degree, and began a small photography company on the side back in 2012.

Since then, and the growth of the FuriousFotog brand, I became an internationally published modeling & fitness photographer with over two million social media followers and eventually began working as a book cover model. Being in the photography and indie publishing industry, I’ve interfaced and networked with countless authors, publishers, and other clients. As part of my work as a photographer, I’ve worked with them to create book cover images – now numbering well over 1000 that have been licensed.

Learning the ins and out of the book world, along with being an avid reader and storyteller myself, I finally decided to write and publish my first book, Homeward Bound, in June 2016. From there. the rest is history

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

I love to write in my office, listening to instrumental music to set the mood of the scene.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

The number one thing I love about events is meeting readers, authors, and the networking they present.

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

Stephen King

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 get to it when I can, balancing photography and travel schedules.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Publishing my very first book on June 6, 2016

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

Paperback copies of Stephen King’s IT and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings from childhood.

What are your social links?

www.facebook.com/FuriousFotog
www.facebook.com/AuthorGoldenCzermak
Twitter: @onefuriousfotog
Instagram: @furiousfotog
Goodreads: bit.ly/GoodreadsGC
BookBub: bit.ly/BookBubGC

What are your buy links?

https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/author/ref=dbs_P_W_auth?_encoding=UTF8&author=Golden%20Czermak&searchAlias=digital-text&asin=B01EXMNZ20

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Melanie Jayne/M. Jayne

M. Jayne

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Melanie Jayne/M. Jayne– I’m a bitch, I’m a lover, I’m a child…well you get the picture. I spend my days creating women that I want to hang with, men that I want to do all kinds of dirty, filthy things to, and my nights tending to my dog and long-suffering hubby on our grain farm in Indiana. I write Paranormal Romance featuring the Novus Pack and Contemporary Seasoned Romance. I live to write and must write to live. I like my pizza with lots of cheese, my music loud, and my friends to have foul mouths and if you love trashy TV like the Real Housewives or Steve Wilkos— Let’s be friends. My life is never dull– I’m not for everybody but I am entertaining.

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

Dog out/dog in, laundry started, candle lit, music on- each book has a playlist, Hint Watermelon water if it is a Novus book, Coffee, and Dove milk chocolate.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

The planning of the table, packing up the stuff, the excitement in the room as we are all setting up, the anticipation before the doors open and THE READERS!!!! Seeing old friends and Making new ones. We all the same in common- we love to read!

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

Anne Perry (yes, I will go to Scotland) and Patricia Briggs

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 try to write every day but Tuesday. If it isn’t flowing then I stop. I write 2.5-3 hours a day and usually in the morning, sometimes between 2-5 in the afternoon if my characters are talking to me. I edit in long stretches because the first round fixes are so difficult.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

At Kristen Ashley’s Rock Chick Weekend in Indianapolis. Singling along to Pearl Jam’s song, Black. Everybody was on the dance floor with our arms around one another. She brought us all together and it was a magical night. There also might be a few other stories that I can’t put in writing but they involve Cowboy Cocksuckers( Google it– it’s a drink) and shenanigans.

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

I have a book from my childhood, Christmas in a Small Village, that my mom would read to me every year, until I could read, and then I did it. I still get it out every year and read it.

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/MelanieJayneAuthor https://www.facebook.com/ReadMelanieJayne/
@1MelanieJayne on twitter
readmelaniejayne on Instagram

What are your buy links?

http://www.readmelaniejayne.com/current-work.html

http://www.readmelaniejayne.com/m.-jayne.html

Twinsie Angie’s Review of See Me HERE

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Jennifer Daniels

Jennifer  Daniels

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Jennifer Daniels. I’m from Upstate, NY and live in the Adirondack Mountains with my husband and son. I write fantasy/romance with a lot quirky moments. I love Harry Potter and could watch it every weekend if allowed to.

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

I usually sit in my rocker recliner when I’m writing. I need it to be pretty quiet and need only something to drink nothing specific.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Meeting new readers and writer’s.

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

Katerina Martinez, Yasmine Galenorn, Linda Boulanger, Karpov Kinrade and many, many more.

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?

Nope, I’m not consistent at all. The mood has to strike me or I just zone out on the screen.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I had a fan bring their own books they purchased of mine to sign last year at WOTR. It was cool.

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

Opalla!! It’s my baby, my first born book…lol

What are your social links?

https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100027839283980

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/jennifer-daniels

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17240726.Jennifer_Daniels

https://authorjenniferdani.wixsite.com/authorjendaniels

What are your buy links?

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B076HB3XV1

#WOTR20 #5YearFamily #AuthorSpotlight – Lynda J. Cox

Lynda J. Cox

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Lynda J Cox–and I don’t use a pen name, though there are times, I wonder about that decision. I fell in love with the west and history when I was a kid, so writing western historical romance is the perfect genre for me. When I’m not writing about the strong women who tamed the West and the men brave enough to love them, I travel to dog shows. My boy, Vander, goes with me everywhere and at a few book signings, people were more excited he was coming than me. Yeah, that puts it all in perspective.

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

I do my best writing in the wee hours of the morning. The house is quiet, everyone is asleep. I have the headphones on and music jacked up. What I listen to while writing totally depends on what I’m writing. I can’t write at all if I don’t have a diet coke next to me. I prefer crunchy snacks when I’m writing.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

The readers! Oh, my gosh…the readers. Even if a reader doesn’t read my genre, we still talk books and the great authors I’ve been introduced to by readers is amazing.

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

There are two, actually–JK Rowlings and Sarah J Maas.

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?

Schedule? What’s that?

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

An email I received from a reader. After reading *West of Forgotten*, she wrote me to share her story of surviving spousal abuse and that because of *West of Forgotten*, she found the courage to call her local crisis center and get out of that situation. She said day to day was still “iffy”, but she was determined to never go back. I was stunned by that email. I never envisioned the day something I would write could so profoundly touch someone and be what they needed to survive.

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

Yep–it’s *The Amazing Kid Donovan* by EK Recknor. Ellen was a close personal friend (I showed her whippet for her for almost two years) and when she was writing Kid, she asked me to beta read it for her. Ellen autographed a galley copy for me. Sadly, Ellen passed away a few years ago. I can’t tell you how much I miss the conversations she and I had, late at night, talking plots, story structure, marketing. Ellen was the first person to tell me I could write and pushed me to send my first book to my publisher, The Wild Rose Press.

What are your social links?

web page: http://www.lyndajcox.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/lyndajcox
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/lynda-j-cox
AllAuthor: https://allauthor.com/author/lyndajcox/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LyndaCox

What are your buy links?

https://www.amazon.com/Lynda-J-Cox/e/B009LW3JZ6

Twinsie Angie’s Review of Smolder on a Slow Burn HERE

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – C.E. Johnson

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m C.E. Johnson but you can call me Carrie! I’ve lived in the middle of cornfields and in the Windy City. I like both for different reasons so I settled somewhere in between the two. However, the older I get the more I miss the country. I spent a whole lot of money on a Master’s degree in Communications, only to discover my love for writing novels after I graduated. It’s an expensive piece of paper, but it’s mine and I’m proud of it. I’m a wife, mama, dog lover, coffee addict, and night writer.

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

Sweet tea or coffee is a must. I write the best at my desk in my office. Sadly, its next to the playroom so I’ve gotten really good at writing while hearing “Bro! I just re-spawned! What are you doing? BROOOOO!” In case you don’t understand that, I live in a house full of gamers. It gets interesting.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Meeting readers! It’s so surreal that readers want me to sign their books. When I meet the readers, it really fires me up to go write more!

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

Kristen Ashley! I love some Colorado Mountain Men!

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 a sit and go girl. I used to try to sit down for a long period of time and get the words in. But now, I’ve found that I really enjoy writing for small spurts throughout the day. I can write for awhile, then take a break. (Ha! Did I just say break? I meant go do laundry, dishes, or scrub a toilet. Ah, motherhood!) And when I come back, new ideas have usually come to me.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

My very first signing I had a reader who drove an hour and a half just to meet me. I was the entire reason she came to the signing. That is still pretty surreal to me.

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/authorcejohnson https://www.instagram.com/authorcejohnson https://www.bookbub.com/authors/c-e-johnson

What are your buy links? 

RAIN: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BP6BPYM
AMAZON AUTHOR: https://www.amazon.com/C-E-Johnson/e/B071498N6B