#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
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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.

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Ava Cuvay

Ava Cuvay

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m Ava Cuvay. I write hot Sci-fi Romance and children’s picture books under another name. I like long romantic walks on the beach at sunset and… HAHAHA, I can’t even type that with a straight face. Seriously, exercise is not my jam. But I do live for romance stories, Star Wars references, wine, bacon, and inappropriateness.

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

I write at the dining room table, which is the central hub of the household. Not saying I’m particularly prolific while I’m there… especially if hubby is at his computer. But at least there’s no TV in that room to distract me 😉

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Chatting with the readers! Meeting new people, talking about writing and romance with other kindred spirits, and (see previous answer) wine and inappropriateness.

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

Gena Showalter or Kresley Cole, because their voices are the reason I started down this path. But honestly, I’m impressed by *anyone* who writes and publishes… it is an honor to be among them!

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 (Can I say that?). I write whenever I can, when the muse strikes, or when the house needs cleaned.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

When Twinsie Kelly bought my first book at my first signing (which was the first WOTR). I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped and I stared blankly for several seconds, assuming I’d misheard. You mean, someone actually wanted to spend their money on my book?? Best. Feeling. Ever!!!

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

I hate to dust, so I’m not overly sentimental about “things,” but my favorite “book” is a journal where I wrote all the funny and delightful things my kiddos did when they were babies. Oddly enough, I don’t write much in that journal not that they are teenagers… Hmmm….. 😉

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/AvaCuvayAuthor/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15051407

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ava-cuvay

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

https://www.amazon.com/Ava-Cuvay/e/B01E5OIZ0I?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1571425897&sr=1-1

#WOTR20 #5YearFamily #EventHost #CompleteSeries #Football – The O-Line Series by Jillian Jacobs

Ember's Center book 1 Rachel's Guard book 2

Maude's Score book 3 Clayton's Star book 4

Erik's End (The O-Line Series Book 5) book 5

Book 1-

She spent her life fighting for middle ground, and now that she’s found it, she’ll fight for her life.

Ember Brooks yearns for an end to the dark chapters of her life—abusive mother, negligent father, teenage trauma, and sibling suicide. Determined to escape her traumatic past, Ember is finally headed for solid ground, gathering strength and balance with the help of her trusted counselor and friend, Xander Kane.
Still reeling from the death of her brother, Ember finds solace when Manchester Marauders center, Owen Killion goes on the offensive and barrels into her life. Both on the football field and off, Owen is sure-footed and confident. With his domineering presence and reliable nature, he alters her game-plan. But for a girl continually left on the sidelines, can she leave her heart on the line?
When Ember is the victim of increasingly dangerous incidents, and Xander changes the course of their relationship, once more her life spirals out of control.
Ember trusts Owen to guard their love, but when someone else is calling the shots, can they reach the end zone or will they fumble?

Contemporary romance with a jagged edge.

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One hidden secret. One tragic mistake. Two lives converge to discover one final truth.

“I killed you.”
With his grandmother’s words, pro-football player Warren “Bronco” Murray’s picture-perfect world takes a direct hit. After mistaking him for a man from her past, Bronco believes his grandmother’s confused confession reveals the man who raised him isn’t his real father. Is his grandmother’s mind slipping? Or is she harboring a deadly secret?
Searching for an answer to a question he’s not even sure exists, Bronco hires Rachel Harris, a local private investigator and a woman who brings out his protective—and primal—instincts.
Rachel’s spent her life seeking her own resolution for a tragic mistake made years ago. Unwilling to suffer through another loss, she vows to keep her relationship with Bronco strictly professional. Yet with each step into Bronco’s past, she finds that the players shaping her life also shaped his.
Working together to uncover the facts, they falter when the game turns deadly. Nothing is as it seems and they must fight to unearth the truth buried under past deceptions and lies.
Bronco and Rachel survive personal attacks and shocking revelations only to discover that the answers they sought have created a new path…but will they endure the journey together or falter under the truth?

Book 3-

He knows how to play the game, but can he win when the stakes turn deadly?

Manchester Marauders offensive lineman Jason Stafford has everything going for him until he is blindsided by a calculating woman who names him as the father of her unborn child. Unsure of the validity of her claim, he treads carefully, despite being willing to accept responsibility.

Maude Killion, the younger sister of one of Jason’s teammates, has been sidelined by a crush on Jason. Determined to revise her game plan, Maude asserts her independence from her overprotective brother and a controlling boyfriend.

While working on a charity project, Maude and Jason discover they play well together. But when Maude becomes the victim of a malicious foe, it appears that another player has entered the game—one with deadly intentions who will stop at nothing to win.

Now, Maude and Jason must join forces to defeat their opponent and score a victory for love.

Each book in the O-Line series is a stand alone

book 4-

A Hollywood starlet fearlessly prepares for danger but finds herself unprepared for the perils of love.

On the big screen Sheridan Bennett’s got the face of an angel and the body of a…well, isn’t that what’s expected of an award-winning actress? But there’s something about her Clayton Kincaid can’t quite figure. The former Ranger is transitioning from local police detective to private investigator, and Sheridan Bennett is one case he’d like to solve.
Sheridan knows her luck has taken a turn for the worse when her criminal father appears in the middle of a police fundraiser. Not only that, the one man capable of uncovering her secrets witnesses her distress. Her idyllic life falls apart as her father’s demands for money escalate and a stalker begins a menacing game.
Determined to keep Sheridan safe, Clayton works his way into her life and her heart. But when Sheridan learns Clayton has secrets of his own, she decides to face the fight alone. Undeterred by Sheridan’s belief in his deception, Clayton uses all his resources when the path of her notorious father and her stalker converge.
Together they must learn that the spotlight shines brightest when it’s shared, and that not all love is an act.

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Kidnapped as a child and raised within an Ohio-based Russian mafia post, Erik Pavel has been honed to a razor’s edge—ruthless and deadly. Yet, at age fifteen, the head of his brigade deems Erik weak and murders his surrogate mother, fueling him to live for only one thing—revenge. Now closer than ever to the vengeance he seeks, Erik will allow no one to stand in his way.
Nicki Nobles fought her way out of a life where survival was key. Now strong and independent, she refuses to let her past dictate her future.
After Nicki helps him gather information on his nemesis, Erik is forced to work with her again. Fearing for her safety while fighting an attraction to her, Erik would prefer to keep Nicki out of his life.
Seeing so much of herself in the broken man, Nicki agrees to Erik’s plan only to discover she’s falling for someone who will never believe she can be more than her past.
As Erik’s plan unfolds, he must learn to rely on Nicki and realize that families aren’t always bound by blood and that trusting another doesn’t make you weak.

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Author Bio: In the spring of 2013, Jillian Jacobs changed her career path and became a romance writer. After reading for years, she figured writing a romance would be quick and easy. Nope! With the guidance of the Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA) chapter, she’s learned many “rules” to writing a proper romance. Being re-schooled was an interesting journey, and she hopes the best trails are yet to be traveled.
She is the co-founder of Healing with Words–a not for profit 501(c)(3) 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.
Her genres are Paranormal and Contemporary with suspenseful elements.

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Amy Hale

Amy  Hale

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

My name is Amy Hale and I’m an award-winning, best-selling author of paranormal romance, romantic comedy, and romantic suspense. I live in Southern Illinois with my wonderful husband and two fantastic children. We also live with more pets than any sane person should have.

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

When writing I need a comfortable chair, a cup of coffee or large glass of tea, depending on the time of day, and my noise canceling headphones. Sometimes it’s just quiet, other times I write to music.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

I love meeting readers and getting to hang out with them. It’s also great to spend time with my author friends.

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

I’ve met one of my unicorn authors – Julia Quinn. But if I had to chose another, it’d be J.K. Rowling.

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 currently a sit and go kind of person, because I’ve had to change the way I do things. But I’m currently working on a new schedule where I can write consistently every day.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

It’s so hard to choose. There have been so many amazing moments. I think it was when a young lady approached me and so nervous she could barely talk. She said she loved my books and was anxious about meeting me. I gave her a big hug and tried to make her comfortable while we talked. She was just so sweet!

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

My most prized possession would be my signed copy of The Duke and I by Julia Quinn.

What are your social links?

http://www.authoramyhale.com

http://www.facebook.com/authoramyhale

http://www.instagram.com/authoramyhale/

http://www.twitter.com/authoramyhale

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/amy-hale

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

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Amy-Hale/e/B00RQ3QTTU
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=author+amy+hale
Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/amy-hale/id961130103

#WOTR20 #BoxSet #FreeKU #AudioReview #Dark #BDSM #DarkBDSM – Risky Trilogy: The Complete Risky Series (Risky Series #1-3) by Vivian Ward

Risky Trilogy: The Complete Risky Series (Risky Series, #1-3)

Colton Kaswell will stop at nothing to get the woman he loves.
Ally is a young journalist who’s searching for the story that will blow her journalism career wide open and when a chance encounter lands her at the feet of a handsome billionaire, her life changes forever.

Before she knows it, she’s trapped in his dark underground world while Colton finds himself breaking every rule he’s ever made to protect his name and reputation. Just when the two are struggling to come to terms with what their relationship means and will do to both of them, someone new in the mix is lurking in the shadows, ready to destroy them both.

Neither of them can escape their past and now both of them must find a way to survive the present. Will they make it before their worlds are ripped apart again? Or will they conquer all and survive the odds?


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

Colton and Ally!!!  What a great series!  The emotional roller coaster we go on from book 1 to book 3’s ending was amazing!!

Colton, the sex club owner, meets Flower Shop girl, Ally, and wants to buy flowers for his clubs.  Little naïve Ally strolls in and things soon change for the couple.  The chemistry was amazing to read, and it really pops for you when you listen the audio.  Of course, Ally has a dark secret as does Colton.  The couple soon have some issues and book one ended on a cliffhanger…GASP!!  Good thing I just kept on listening to the book to see what the heck happened next!

Now Imma admit Colton kinnnnda went a bit over the top with this plan to get Ally back.  I mean flowers and dinners sure buuuut kidnapping…well I mean you do you Colton buuuut a girl might not be ok with it.  Lucky for Colton, Ally is all in for his alpha ways and dominance.  Now Ally’s secret is still not out yet but soon it explodes when and Colton and her are trying to keep it from being public.  Ally becomes a bit desperate to stop her secret from coming out because she loves Colton and all his crazy dominance.

This book was a great read full of dark and sexy times but all in all a crazy over the top alpha and his women who are trying to figure everything out to see if love will win out.

Vivian Ward is a romance author from St. Louis, Missouri. She pens dark and dirty stories about alpha heroes and strong heroines with emotional HEAs. Vivian is happily married to her real-life Prince Charming who is also her best friend. One of her guilty pleasures is reading and writing smut while indulging in chocolate caramel candies.

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Brandy Slaven

Brandy Slaven

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hiya! I’m Brandy Slaven. I currently reside in small town, Tennessee. I have a wonderful supportive husband, two wild kiddos consisting of a 12 year old mini ball player and 6 year old little princess, and one furbaby named Primrose. Any given day you can find me glued to my screen writing, but when I need a break you can find me hiking with the hubs at one of the many state parks, or if we have a long weekend, at the beach, or in the mountains. I love all kinds of music and movies. I must say most of my favorites lists on both consist mostly of 80’s stuff. My favorite hobby is and will always be reading. I read every genre, but I am definitely a post-apocalyptic and paranormal freak. You’ll more than likely find me biting into a vampire novel or devouring a zombie book.

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

I can write anywhere as long as the mood is right. If it’s loud then I definitely need music!

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

WOTR was my first last year and everything ran so smooth. I was anxious not knowing what to expect but the Twinsie ladies are amazing and welcomed me with open arms, making everything a ton easier.

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

One thing about me…I never choose favorites…EVER. I’d seriously love to meet Stephen King, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Charlaine Harris. Just 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?

It depends on what I’ve got going on during the week. I try to make it a point to write every single day no matter what even if it’s not the same amount of hours.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Honestly? To this day when I see readers posting places saying how much they love my work, it gets me. I love that I’m able to bring others joy with my characters.

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

If you’d have asked me before I became an author, I’d have said Stephen King’s Bag of Bones because it was given to me from an older family friend. It started my love for SK and horror. Now, I’ve got signed books that are cherished on their own shelf from some awesome author friends like Mary Martel and Crystal Ash.

What are your social links?

Everything you could ever need from me can be found through this link: https://linktr.ee/cherrymetalchic

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

Easy Peasy. All of my books are linked through books2read, and it will take you to a retailer of your choice!
https://books2read.com/ap/nlr5zV/Brandy-Slaven

#WOTR20 – #Review – Identity by Brandy Slaven

Identity (A Villainously Romantic Retelling, #3)

the tough choices are what makes life

Years ago, I was the scape goat for a very powerful man and his six sons. I managed to escape and build a quiet life for myself. When the opportunity arose to help others in similar situations, I took it. Now, I’m known in the streets for my talented hand in forgery among other things. Almost anybody a person wishes to become, I can make it happen, well, with the help of my two best friends.

Arsuilla. Survivor. Savior. I answer to them all. Oh, and voice stealer. I swear, throat punch a guy one time and it’ll stick with you for a lifetime.

Life is looking up until the six sons find me. At first I fear they’ve been sent by their father to drag me kicking and screaming back to him. But I soon come to realize, I’ve got more to fear from Anderson, Alejandro, Abraham, Atlas, Alek, and Aric. Like losing my heart to the six brothers.

This is a Villainously Romantic WhyChoose Retelling with some chuckles, several fearless stunts, and enough determination to rival the sea.

(A Villainously Romantic Retelling)


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Great retelling of one of my fave villains, Ursula! Right from the beginning I was hooked. Arsuilla, AKA Su, is our BA female of the story. She escaped a life that was hurting her and has stayed hidden for quite a while. She has found real “friends” and has found a purpose helping people escape toxic pasts just like hers. 

“Unfortunately, going back is more than just handing myself over to them again. It’s sacrificing my freedom to Trenton. I will not be the victim nor the villain of my story any longer. I choose my fate.”

Things are going great and then all of a sudden the 6 brothers (all are related by adoption only) found her. She attempts to run and at first and about makes it. This is where things get a little wishy washy for me. Su is this BA female character but basically gives up and goes with the brothers to face her father, Trenton, with whom she ran away from in the first place. 

“No matter the hands they’re dealt, the cards don’t always have to be played the same way.”

Ok, I am invested in this story at this point and continue because I just have to figure out what is going on and why Su even ran in the first place. Like I said, I was hooked! 

This is a reverse harem and you know from the story that she loves the brothers but after she throws a crazy temper tantrum for three days she ends up in bed with them. When it came to the brothers it was a little confusing following them as all their names started with an A. Their relationships felt a little rushed for me since there weren’t any answers or explanation on why they brought her back in the first place. With that being said, the story is a great story, and the ending answers our questions and ties it up very nicely. I hate to say this but I wish there was a bit more plot and a little less sexy time so the characters could develop a little more. Like I said, I really liked the spin on Ursula and am looking forward to reading others in this group! 

Brandy Slaven

Brandy Slaven lives in Tennessee with her husband and two wild children. If you can’t find her creating worlds with her words, you will find her with her nose in a book at the beach or hiking at a state park.

Find her online at
www.authorbrandyslaven.com

#WOTR20 #AuthorSpotlight – Anna Hague

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m also a sports reporter. I live in Central Indiana with my husband, three parrots and two dogs. We’ve had 11 foreign exchange students and have visited some of their countries,Norway, Denmark, Switzerland. Hoping to visit the one in Italy and Argentina

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

I listen to to 70s station on my cable tv or classic country or Latin pop. My dogs lay at my feet, and I need iced tea to drink. Can’t stand a quiet room. I have to have noise. I have my office but sometimes I’ll sit on the couch with my laptop

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

I love talking with readers whether they’ve read my book or not. It’s so interesting. Also, the after parties are a blast

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

Chanel Cleeton

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?

Because of my job, I don’t have a consistent schedule but I do better writing between 10-4 in the day.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

When my husband and sister told me how proud they were of what I did

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

Savannah Heat by Kat Martin is the first autographed book I have. I met her while living in California. She encouraged me to go to a writers conference

What are your social links?

Www. Facebook.com/AnnaHagueAuthor
Instagram: AnnaHagueAuthor
Facebook: Anna Hague Author

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

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=anna+hague&ref=is_s

#WOTR20 #Interracial #BWWM #audio – Color Blind (A BWWM Single Parent Romance) by Vivian Ward

Color Blind (A BWWM Single Parent Romance)

TRUE LOVE KNOWS NO RACE
Kimberly’s life has never been easy. Her three brothers cause her enough trouble by trying to set her up with thugs who refuse to work. At least one good thing came from one of her relationships: her daughter Nevaeh. Swearing off men, she focuses her attention to her daughter; her pride and joy, until billionaire Dale Halloway walks into her life — and refuses to leave.

When Kimberly was little, her father was shot and killed by a crooked white cop. Because of this, her family hates white folks, but that’s not stopping Dale. The white billionaire can’t get Kimberly out of his head, and he’s not letting her go that easy. Kimberly struggles to keep her and Dale’s relationship a secret for as long as she can. Her brothers would kill him if the knew he was dating their little sister.

When she needs the help of the billionaire, the jig is up, and she has to tell her family about her secret relationship with the handsome, built man who would never allow her to say no to him. Disowned by her family, she must decide whether to continue her love affair or remain loyal to her family.

Color Blind is a full-length steamy BWWM Romance Novel. No cheating. No Cliffhangers. Happy ending? You’ll have to read it to find out!


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

I like the concept of this story.  A waitress who is not impressed by a rich man trying to buy a date with her.  The fact the women was black and the man was white really didn’t factor much initially because Dale was a bit too off putting for me. His “I have money attitude” was not a fav with me initially in the story.

I did find myself drawn to Kimberly and the struggles of a single mom with a sick kiddo.  She loves her daughter and doesn’t want to see her ill but the struggles of co-pays, missing work, plus not so understanding employers is something a lot of people struggle with daily.

Dale slowly wiggles his way into a date with Kimberly but the relationship, I found the steam level more sweet then steamy but it was enjoyable.  I liked seeing Dale deal with Kimberly’s family dislike of him based on his skin vs what he was inside and how he treated Kimberly.  Dale fell in love with Kimberly and her daughter was definitely part of the whole package.

The story of sick Nevaeh was a big part of the story and helped bring Kimberly and Dale together along with helped her family deal with their prejudice of him as a person.

Vivian Ward is a romance author from St. Louis, Missouri. She pens dark and dirty stories about alpha heroes and strong heroines with emotional HEAs. Vivian is happily married to her real-life Prince Charming who is also her best friend. One of her guilty pleasures is reading and writing smut while indulging in chocolate caramel candies.

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