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Release Day Blitz: Hearts & Daggers Anthology

 

Release
Day Blast
Authors:
Kimberly Blalock Cassia Brightmore
Skye Callahan heather Dahlgren
Ella emerson Danielle Jamie
Courtney shockey A.M. Willard
 
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Dark Romance
Model: Cassia Brightmore
Cover Design by Cover Me, Darling
Release Date: February 9, 2016
A little sweet, a little dark just enough to ignite a spark. 
This Valentine’s Day, prepare to have your darkest desires and hottest fantasies realized in one explosive anthology as four dark romance and four contemporary romance authors join forces to bring you eight all new tantalizing tales.
 

 

From a deranged stalker to a sweet-talking matchmaker, immerse yourself in this pairing of scorching hot romance and depravity in an action-packed experience certain to satisfy all of your delicious and dark desires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIRTY by Kimberly Blalock
My name is Oliva Basari. I escaped one hell only to be trapped into another. Darkness and fear seething through my thoughts. I fell in love, I fell in lust… Hell, I just fell. A new city, new job, new persona… In the darkness Tess became real… MY alter ego. The jab of someone or something else building in my gut until she’s all I wanted to become. Never fearing what could happen when remorse knocked on my door. Never fearing the lustful way I stalked them… The ones that couldn’t have me, that couldn’t taste me. Until I met one very, tall, dark, and forbiddingly handsome Mr. Black. He hated me, watched me with darkness in his tormented eyes. He scared me, intimidated me, left me questioning my own sanity. He was the one thing I wouldn’t let myself submit too. The way he touched me. Slid his knuckles across my flesh. But I wasn’t a single woman, I had someone that loved me for who I was or rather had feigned to be. 
In the end, we are all captured souls waiting for release or the claw scrapping escape of our own maniacal thoughts. In the end, we are all prisoners of the flesh.
 
Kblalockangel@gmail.com
 REPENTANCE by Cassia Brightmore
 

 

 
Obsession is a passionate emotion. A dark blend of desire and longing; it distorts reality into twisted fantasies. How far would you go to ensure the object of your infatuation is forever in your possession? Former Deputy Sam Ridley is a man plagued by past sins. In his eyes, being sentenced to ten years in prison isn’t punishment enough for his crimes. An unwanted early parole forces him to re-join a society that looks down on him with scorn. Exiling himself to a new town is the only hope he has to escape the ghosts haunting him. Emma Danvers is a woman looking for change. Living a life of privilege has offered her opportunities without challenges. Breaking free of the constraints of family obligation, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Never did she expect to be catapulted into the arms of a man searching for his own new beginning. Two people thrown together in a twist of fate. One running from his past; the other chasing a brighter future. Can they be each other’s salvation? Or will any happiness they find be ripped to shreds by the deadly obsession of another? Redemption comes at a high-staked price no one is willing to pay as the Darkness Series returns for one last mind-blowing trip into the depths of despair. 
 
Warning: This is a dark romance novel not suited for readers under the age of eighteen due to graphic violence and situations.
 
To contact her you can find her here:
Email: cassiabrightmore@gmail.com
Website: www.cassiabrightmoreauthor.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CassiaBright
IG: cassia_brightmore_author
Twitter: @cassiabr8tmore
 
 INSURMOUNTABLE by Skye Callahan
 
When a slave with no future meets a man with no boundaries, will their heated encounter ignite their lonely hearts or send them down in flames?


They took my life and freedom at the age of sixteen.
my prison
I live in their walks by their rules with the false and deluded hope that one day things will be different. That one day I’ll no longer be merely an object of their perverse fantasies. But deep in my heart I know there is only one end to my nightmare–death.
Until him…
my Master

Some call my home paradise, others know it as hell but it’s the only life I’ve ever known.
My legacy
At the age of ten, I saw my mother’s dead body carried out if our room. The organization became my family, molding and shaking me in their image, but I never forgot the lesson my mother taught me. I only live by their rules to get what I want in return… Her.
My Little Dove

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THE MATCHMAKER by Heather Dahlgren
 
 
 Amanda Thompson is a matchmaker and a damn good one. She’s a huge success in what she does for other people. For her own love life, not so much.
 Davis Hart moves home to help his sister after her divorce. He isn’t looking for romance, but his sister believes differently.   Taking it upon herself to seek out a matchmaker to find it for him.
 Finding love is exactly what Amanda and Davis need without knowing it.  Who knew a date when either were looking for more, could lead to so much?  But what if it’s built on a tiny omission of fact?
Matches can be made, but can they survive the truth?
 
 HEARTS in L.A. by Ella Emerson
 
 
Valentina Sparks was only the biggest author at the Hearts In L.A. author convention, and Carter Jackson would do anything to meet her. As a cover model, he knew his career would be set if he could charm his way onto one of her bestselling books.
Jessica Oliver is excited to be attending the Romance Author Convention in Los Angeles. Things are going just as she planned in her life, and she has everything figured out.
But, one random meeting and Carter and Jessica find themselves exactly where neither of them thought they would be. Infatuated with each other.
With Carter’s obsession with Valentina, and Jessica trying to overcome a life she is terrified of living, will these two souls be able to connect over the Valentine’s weekend?
 
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SAVANNAH’s DESIRE by DANIELLE JAMIE
This Valentine’s Day, escape to the snowy mountains of Aspen, Colorado with your favorite book couple, KAYDEN KNOX and Savannah Livingston-KNOX. It’s been almost two years since they welcomed their twins, Brayden and Colton, into the world. Since that day Savannah and KAYDEN have yet to have a romantic getaway with just the two of them…until now!
Savannah’s birthday and Valentine’s Day will be one she’ll not soon forget. So grab your skis and fuzzy handcuffs because you’re about to board the BEAUMONT jet and set out on an erotic vacation you won’t soon forget.

 

Lost in Shadows by Courtney Shockey
 
 
Love for Jasmine Marlo can be described in one word; Malcolm. Her wonderful fiancé holds her heart in the palm of his hand and always has, but he’s overseas using his MD to help a place in distress. The months he’s away, she fears for his life. She dreams of the perfect Valentine’s Day with him and prays it’ll come true. This story is quite steamy throughout, but also tugs on your heart strings. “Sometimes the outside can be misleading.”
Twitter @ShockeyWrites
Goodreads @ShockeyWrites
Instagram @courtneytheauthor 
 
HEARTS IN FLORENCE by A.M. Willard
 
 
It’s not always black and white, nor is it about how much color your canvas has. It comes down to how you can connect with the ones near you, how they can cause your heart to beat faster.
Raven Bloomberg finds herself stuck in Florence, Italy over Valentine’s Day weekend. Not only has her business trip taken a turn, but she finds herself sharing a hotel room with the reason that’s caused her to be stranded. Pushed outside her comfort zone, she decides to let loose and enjoy her weekend. The only problem is; she might have enjoyed it a little too much.
Pierce Ashton has a secret that he’s not ready to share. His love for art and travel has him bouncing from country to country. But, a particular art gallery assistant has him wanting more.Hearts in Florence is about opening your eyes to see the colors of the world, you never know what else might open up on a weekend of firsts.

A.M. Willard Social Links: 
Facebook Author Page http://tinyurl.com/nnx2s8m
Twitter @AMWillard1 or  https://twitter.com/AMWillard1
Amazon Author Page http://tinyurl.com/lbpdpgr
Blog – Website http://amwillard.com/
Google + Author Page: http://tinyurl.com/ncmxhad
 
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#WOTR Author Spotlight – L.A. Remenicky

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L.A. Remenicky

L.A. Remenicky

About the Author

I’m a payroll professional with a love of romance. I read anything and everything – especially during the dreary winter days here in Northeast Indiana.

When and Why did you start to write?

Being an avid reader for as long as I can remember I always wondered if I could write my own book. Back in high school (too many years ago to mention) my two best friends and I made started writing a story told through diary-type entries where we were dating rockstars or our secret crushes. In 2012 one of my friends told me she had been adding to the story and she had found this writing competition called NaNoWriMo. I thought it was a great idea so I signed up too. Somehow, I wrote 50K words that November and after a lot of editing I published Saving Cassie in late 2013.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

There are so many authors that I read that I could never list them all so here are a few of my favorites: Stephen King for his storytelling and how he can pull you into a story, Jade C. Jamison for she is the queen of the rock-n-roll romance, and Allie Juliette Mousseau because her books are hot!

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

It’s a harder than I thought it would be. And the editing… ugh! But I love putting the stories in my head out into the world.

What are you working on now?

I am currently going through edits on Ragan’s Song and Invisible with my new publisher. Very time consuming but oh so worth it. I am also working on about three other projects that I hope to have published this year. Fate Stepped In ~ Fairfield Corners Book 3, Just One Look – Ground Zero Rock And Roll Love Stories #1, and a story that may turn into a duet – Love On The Double.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I am a pantser all the way. I’ve tried plotting but it just doesn’t work for me.

Social Links

Email: LARemenicky@LavishPublishing.com
Website/Blog: http://www.laremenicky.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/laremenicky
Google+:http://www.google.com/+LARemenickyauthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/remenickywrites
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7191202.L_A_Remenicky
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/laremenicky/
Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/laremenicky
Facebook Street Team/Fan Group ~ Remenicky’s Remenions: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1425708337682216/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/remenickywrites
Newsletter signup: http://eepurl.com/O0b4H

Buy Links

Saving Cassie links
Re-release by Lavish Publishing, LLC scheduled for February 2, 2016.
Buy links coming soon!
Goodreads: http://smarturl.it/SavingCassieGR

Ragan’s Song links
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/RagansSongAmznNA
B&N: http://smarturl.it/RagansSongBandN
iBooks: http://smarturl.it/RagansSongitunes
Kobo: http://smarturl.it/RagansSongKobo
Inktera: http://smarturl.it/RagansSongInktera
Scribd: http://smarturl.it/RagansSongScribd
All Romance: http://smarturl.it/RagansSongAllRom
Paperback Createspace: http://smarturl.it/RagansSongCS
Goodreads: http://smarturl.it/RagansSongGR

Invisible Links:
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/InvisibleAmznNA
B&N: http://smarturl.it/InvisibleBandN
iBooks: http://smarturl.it/InvisibleiBooks
Kobo: http://smarturl.it/InvisibleKobo
Inktera: http://smarturl.it/InvisibleInktera
All Romance: http://smarturl.it/InvisibleAllRom
Paperback Createspace: http://smarturl.it/InvisibleCS
Goodreads: http://smarturl.it/InvisibleGR

Fate Stepped In Links:
Coming in 2016
Goodreads: http://smarturl.it/FateSteppedInGR

#Awethology Dark (2015) ~ One Night Stand
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016RDV1RE
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/awethology-dark
Inktera: http://www.inktera.com/store/title/12728bf9-06bf-414e-9e36-afeb1dd14797
Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/285289607/Awethology-Dark
Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B016RDV1RE
Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/5816718

December Awethology – Dark Volume ~ Christmas Dreams
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/December-Awethology-Dark-Awethors-ebook/dp/B018XWC5Z4

Sensual Diversions – February 14, 2016. Qill be available for a limited time.
PreOrder on Amazon: http://mybook.to/SensualDiversionsBoxset

 

#WOTR Author Spotlight – Aly Grady

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Aly Grady

Aly Grady

About the Author

I’m a New England transplant living in central Indiana. I’ve been following my husband around for the past 24 years. Luckily, we have stayed put for the last 13 years and settled down with our two boys and our crazy Labradoodle (he looks like Fozzy The Bear from the muppets).

When and Why did you start to write?

I started writing less than five years ago. I was reading a ton of books while recovering from surgery. My husband challenged me to write something instead and out popped The Racer’s Widow. Since then I finished that series and I’ve been working on several other manuscripts as well as improving my writing craft with the help of my IRWA chapter mates.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

Janet Evonovich makes me laugh so I’ve read all of her Stephanie Plum books. I love historical fiction too from anyone I get my hands on.

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

The process of writing and getting my thoughts down on the paper isn’t the hard part. I’ve got a few things floating around in my head all the time so the stories are there. Editing though, is the part that I need to concentrate on learning how to be better at before I send it out to the professionals. Finding where I’ve gone off on a tangent, squirrel, and getting back in line with the plot.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’ve “A Place To Call Home” almost ready to publish this Spring. It is a contemporary romance about an interior designer and a carpenter.

In November for NaNoWriMo I started a trilogy about a group of women planning their high school reunion. I hope to have book one finished before Writer’s On The River in July.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I am a pantser and then do a cheat plot. If I have a good idea for how I’d like the plot to go then I’ll make notes for myself at the end of the day. I guess it’s still me being a pantser but I’d like to think I put a little effort in, squirrel!

Social Links

AlyGrady.com
facebook.com/AlyGrady2012
@AlyGrady
alygrady@aol.com

Buy Links

The Racer’s Widow

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Racers-Widow-Aly-Grady/dp/1938701828/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453218070&sr=8-1&keywords=aly+grady

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-racers-widow-aly-grady/1113879926?ean=9781938701825

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/the-racer-s-widow

Also available on ibooks

Chasing the Dream

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Dream-Racers-Widow-Story/dp/1939337585/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1453218070&sr=8-2&keywords=aly+grady

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chasing-the-dream-a-racers-widow-story-aly-grady/1114863623?ean=9781939337580

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/chasing-the-dream-a-racer-s-widow-story

also available on ibooks

Taking a Chance

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Chance-Racers-Widow-Story/dp/1940745764/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1453218070&sr=8-3&keywords=aly+grady

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/taking-a-chance-a-racers-widow-story-aly-grady/1119236025?ean=9781940745763

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/taking-a-chance-a-racer-s-widow-story

also available on ibooks

 

#WOTR Author Spotlight – Lacey Black

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Lacey Black

About the Author

I am an avid reader and vanilla latte lover! I love romance and look for a happily ever after in everything. I speak fluent sarcasm and have a bit of a potty mouth, both traits coming out in my writing. I reside in a small town in Illinois with my husband and 2 kids. My debut novel, Trust Me, reached #3 on Amazon’s Free Bestselling list, #2 on iBooks Free Bestseller’s list, and #1 on Amazon’s Contemporary Romance list! All of the books in the Rivers Edge series have been in the Top 100 on Amazon’s Contemporary Romance and Romance categories, respectively.

When and Why did you start to write?

I started working on my debut novel Trust Me in March 2014. As an avid reader, I’ve always had ideas bouncing around in my head. One day, I decided to take one of my “What if…” ideas and put it down on paper. I kept writing and writing and before I knew it, I had a chapter. So I freaked out. And then I sent it to my BFF and told her about my crazy idea. Before I knew it, I had a book.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

I have several go-to authors. Lauren Blakely, Melody Grace, Rachel Van Dyken, Marie Force, M. Leighton, and Ruth Cardello, just to name a few. These ladies could re-write the phonebook and I would buy it and love it!

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

Sometimes the characters stop talking to you. And I’ve discovered that you can’t force the process. It has to come naturally. Usually when this happens to me, I step away from the computer for a few days and regroup. When it’s time to sit back down, I reread what I’ve already written. Often this sparks new ideas or plot twists and suddenly, my fingers can’t keep up with my brain.

What are you working on now?

I am about to release the first book in my new series, Submerged, on January 26th! This book is a sexy contemporary romance with a suspenseful twist. The new series, Bound Together, has a common element: the hero and heroine are bound together by a surprise baby! All of my books also have their own HEA’s with no cliffhangers.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

Well, I plot out the major elements of the book, but I really let the characters take the story where they want. They always change things up on me when I’m least expecting it.

Social Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/authorlaceyblack/
Twitter – @AuthLaceyBlack
Blog – http://laceyblack.wordpress.com

Buy Links

Submerged (releases 1/26/16):
Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B0190P5EPQ
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0190P5EPQ
Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0190P5EPQ
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/submerged/id1074135872?ls=1&mt=11
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/submerged-12
B&N on release day (1/26/16)

Trust Me, Rivers Edge book 1 – FREE at all retailers:
Amazon US ~ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MV4DHAS
Amazon UK ~ http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MV4DHAS
Amazon CA ~ http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00MV4DHAS
B&N ~ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/trust-me-lacey-black/1120167189?ean=2940046102475
iBooks ~ https://itun.es/us/QRcm2.l
Kobo ~ https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/trust-me-66

 

Review – Locked and Loaded by Jade C. Jamison

Locked and Loaded

Locked and Loaded (Bullet #6) by Jade C. Jamison

Zane made Ethan look like an angel…

Release date: February 1, 2016

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Star Romance, Erotic Romance

Audience: 18+ due to sexual situations, adult language, and drug use

TBR

Goodreads

Buy Links
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1lWuUIF
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1QleUNe
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1Si3cUr
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1N76HVM
iTunes: http://apple.co/1SOirnq
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2373tgQ

synopsis

Is it too much to believe that someone keeps returning to your life because it’s meant to be?

Zane Carson is an idealistic young man with one big skeleton in his closet when he first meets Jennifer Manders in college. They date only to break up soon after. The sexual attraction is like an electromagnet but they fight like alley cats. The relationship just isn’t worth it.

Zane’s band Fully Automatic breaks big about the same time Jennifer finishes college. One summer afternoon, they meet for coffee and sparks fly once more. It’s off again, on again, but they just can’t make it work and break it off for good, deciding it’s not worth the effort.

But Zane is drawn to her and, during a break in the music action, he tracks her down again, willing to change himself for her and needing to give her one last try. The attraction is as strong as ever, but now Jennifer is hiding something from Zane—something big, something that threatens to extinguish the spark for good. When Zane discovers her secret, will he be able to forgive her or will that be the end?

excerpt

“Oh, Zane, this place is amazing. Why haven’t I ever heard of it before?”

“I can tell you exactly why. Three reasons.” She raised her eyebrows as he raised his index finger. “One, it’s almost downtown, and I know you avoid downtown like the plague. If I recall, you said something about rather losing a limb than walk the Sixteenth Street Mall again.”

“I said that?”

“Yeah.”

“Well…maybe that was a little drastic.”

“Yeah, probably.” He lifted the bottle of Dos Equis and then said, “Two, it’s a little hole in the wall. It doesn’t advertise like some of the bigger restaurants—no billboards, no newspaper ads, shit like that.”

Jennifer nodded. “Okay, yeah. And what’s number three?”

Zane leaned over the table and whispered. “It’s kind of a dive.” Jennifer couldn’t help but giggle. “But in a good way.”

She laughed out loud at that. “Yeah, definitely.” She picked up a chip and dipped it in the warm queso next to Zane’s bottle. “The food is amazing so far.”

“Just wait.”

The waiter came by with a pitcher. “More water, señorita?”

“Please.” After the waiter was back on his way, she said to Zane, “I love it. I love the people and I even love that stupid TV in the corner.”

Zane glanced over. “Yeah, well…”

“No, seriously. They don’t have the sound on, but it somehow makes it feel like home in here, you know? Lights and movement, but the sounds are coming from the kitchen and some weird soundtrack.”

Zane breathed through his nose, putting on a look of mock horror and said, “What if it’s our soundtrack?”

“What do you mean?”

“What if this is our movie? A movie about our lives…and that’s the soundtrack?”

“Three things.”

Zane grinned. “What?”

“One…if this is our movie, it’s pretty damn boring. No car chases, no sex scenes, no snappy dialogue—”

“Says who? My dialogue’s plenty snappy.”

“Two, the soundtrack sucks.”

“Well, don’t be telling them that.”

“And…I don’t have a three. I guess just two.”

A smirk covered Zane’s face. “And we can take care of the sex scene later.”

Praise

AND she’s back! Who might you ask? Well of course I am talking about the hard rocking Queen herself…Jade Jamison and her fascinating, complex Fully Automatic cast of characters and in particular Zane, the quietly messed up bass player who lives his life on the edge and crosses the line one too many times before he falls from the cliff….

A lot of twists and a few surprises (some more expected than others) make this sixth book in the Bullet series a wonderful comeback for Jamison…after all the zombies, girl rockers and girl reporters of her other projects, I was very happy she went back to the series I first fell in love with and did an amazing job. Highly recommend if you have read and loved all the boys in Fully Automatic.” ~ Sue Banner, top Amazon reviewer

“When I finished this book my heart was so sad. Sad not at the book but sad that this was it. This was the end of the line for the Bullet guys. This was the end of a series that I have grown to love and looked forward to reading for years…” ~ Angie J, Twinsie Talk Book Blog, www.twinsietalk.com

Melinda's Review

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

As I read this I wanted to soak up every piece of it because it’s the last of the Bullet Series and I will l miss these guys yes ever Ethan. They have all gotten their HEA well all but Zane and now could it be his turn. Will he get clean and stay sober for the one he has always loved or will his addictions win again?

Jennifer went through so much with Zane during college then with their on again off again relationship of dealing with their fighting and his infidelity and additions. It has been 2 years since Zane has contacted Jen and she has to make sure he has changed before she lets her walls down again. There is just too much at stake now.

Watching Zane trying to make the changes in his life he needs to prove to Jen he is changing warmed my heart. What he did for Hen at his house was amazing even if he did have a little help from the housekeeper. I enjoyed being able to see Brad , Val, Ethan, and Jenna all doing so well and their families were growing. I sure am going to miss this group thanks for the amazing journey.

Here is one of my favorites:

Maybe he was her soul mate if there was such a thing. Yes, if there was, Zane was it, because she’d felt a connection to him from their first date. They’d somehow clicked.
Series Info (additional purchase links below)

1 Bullet: An Epic Rock Star Novel

2 Rock Bottom

3 Feverish

4 Fully Automatic

4.5 Christmas Stalkings: A Novella

5 Slash and Burn

6 Locked and Loaded

Locked and Loaded is the final book in the Bullet series.

Sales info

Both box sets (containing books 1-5) will be on sale for $4.99 1/31/16 through 2/2/16 (links below).

Purchase Links for Series Books

Bullet Box Set (Books 1-3)
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1MJtpEv
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/21aLoxf
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1SbJW7G
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1MuF8J5

Bullet Box Set 2 (Books 4-5)
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1JbL0ZR
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1n5TtmU

Bullet
Amazon: http://amzn.to/12qnzqW
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1wbmmjb
B&N: http://bit.ly/164FQfC
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1qg0lLG
iTunes: http://bit.ly/1lv3fO1
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1NFkG6G

Rock Bottom
Amazon: http://amzn.to/15VfzR0
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1q4Ah8a
B&N: http://bit.ly/1yqbGzc
Kobo: http://bit.ly/WN4cFA
iTunes: http://bit.ly/1sr9hzT
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1PeDDQq

Feverish
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1mp0KeK
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1m162dw
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1BPtWPo
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1vOBuSz
iTunes: http://bit.ly/1xnvX4I
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1PeDIn1

Fully Automatic
Amazon: http://amzn.to/VCoNMh
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1vc3j5D
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1rRWhQY
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1vc3YUG
iTunes: http://bit.ly/1pXIWHy
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1lkZrPz

Christmas Stalkings
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#WOTR Author Spotlight – Amy Hale

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Amy Hale

Amy Hale

About the Author

My name is Amy Hale and I’m the mother of a 19 year old and a 17 year old. I’ve been blissfully married for almost 25 years. I’ve always loved writing and have been doing it professionally in one form or another for the last 12 years. In 2014 I moved from writing non-fiction to fiction and my first book was published in January of 2015. I’ve since released two more books and my schedule for 2016 will be a full one! I really enjoy a good love story, so I like to blend romance with suspense, paranormal, and humor elements in my writing.
When I’m not making up stories, I’m busy enjoying time with my family and friends. I also love music, reading, and photography.

When and Why did you start to write?

I have always loved to read. In school I wrote poetry and short stories. Once I had children, I wrote stories just for them. I’ve always felt drawn to writing and storytelling. I’ve probably spent most of my life with a story of some sort rattling through my brain. After some encouragement from friends, family, and fellow writers I decided to take the leap into writing fiction. While it’s certainly hard work, I love it. I hope to be able to do this for the rest of my life.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

I have a variety of tastes. As a teen I was really into Stephen King. Now that I’m grown I’m less into the gore, but still admire his talents. I love historical romance – I find it fascinating. Julia Quinn has been one of my favorite authors for years and I was thrilled to finally get to meet her last year. I also adore Jennifer McQuisten, Mary Balogh, Kat Martin, and some of Pamela Britton (when she was still writing historicals). As for contemporary – I will happily read anything by Jamie McGuire, Colleen Hoover, J.L. Berg, Denise Grover Swank, Eric Asher… too much talent for me to even list here.

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

I think the most surprising thing I’ve learned during the writing process is that the characters really do take over. I know it sounds cliche and exaggerated, but it’s not. When I’m working on my books, the characters take on a life of their own. Sometimes they gently guide me through their stories. Other times they slap me right over the head with it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve written something, then sat back in shock over what just happened. It’s the best form of madness.

What are you working on now?

I’m almost done with my second book in The Shadows Trilogy – Shadows of Deception. I’m looking forward to sharing this adventure with my readers who fell in love with Jane and Colt in the first book. I think they are really going to like, and be surprised by, the events in store for our lovely and gifted Jane. And who wouldn’t want more of hot biker boy Colt?
This book was supposed to release in November of 2015, but circumstances prevented that from happening. If all goes as planned, the timeline for release will be in March 2016.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I’m actually a little of both. I usually know my beginning and my ending, but I pants my way through the first few chapters until I get a feel for the Character arcs, then I plot the rest to be sure I stay on track.

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First Chapter Reveal – Unrequited (Fallen Aces MC Book 1) by: Max Henry

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She was, still is, and will never be anything but my everything.

Our love was all consuming, passionate, and forbidden. We took risks to be together, carrying on an affair for almost a year before her psychotic drug lord husband found the truth behind the lies. She barely escaped with her life … and that of my son.

My club president told me that our love was no longer worth the risk, gave me a choice, and loyalty to the club being what it is, I walked away from her. I left behind the only thing I’ve ever wanted more than life itself and remained the dutiful soldier to a corrupt leader.

Six years and a promotion to club president later, it’s time the lies stopped. She IS worth the risk, I’ve NEVER gone a day without thinking about her OR my son, and I know underneath it all she DOES still love me. She just won’t admit it … yet.

It’s time to run this club my way and make my family what it should have always been—complete. The road may have been long and lonely, but the journey is far from over.

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First Chapter

CHAPTER ONE

 

Another day, another screwed up job completed for the club. I wrap my hand over the spreading crimson on my left shirtsleeve and do what I can to staunch the flow of blood from the gash in my forearm. In all honesty, I’m lucky a nick from a stray bullet is all I walked away with. Gunfire rained over us like mid-summer rain as we bolted to our bikes. A simple drop-off, a whispered message in the right ear—it all sounded so easy at our early morning briefing, but from the moment we walked into that abandoned warehouse my gut never fully settled. The job was due to head south from the get-go; that much was obvious. We weren’t supposed to walk out alive. Thing is, I’m not sure how it was the Blood Eagles MC knew we’d be there. The information had to have stemmed from inside our club walls.

A tinny bell rattles as my fellow prospect, Callum, shoves the door to the corner market open. He’s probably the closest thing to a best friend I’ve got, and after what went down just now, the only brother I trust.

The shopkeeper lifts a set of world-weary eyes from his paper and roves the length of the two of us. His grimace says it all: that he’d rather not deal with our type—tattooed, leather-clad, and marked as prospects for an MC—but we’re paying customers, and my guess is that he doesn’t see too many of those, given the dusty stock on the first shelf we pass.

The steady chink of the buckles on my boots echoes off the stocked aisles, mirrored by the heavy thud of Callum’s feet as he wanders ahead of me. The pain in my arm isn’t anything too severe, but the nick from the bullet caused enough damage to make the sting annoying all the same. I glance down and lift the side of my hand to check the injury out. A tear in the plaid of my work shirt is the only sign there was contact made . . . aside from the large red stain spreading across the white squares in the fabric, that is.

“This do?” Callum lifts a box of fabric Band-Aid patches from the shelf and holds it over his turned shoulder so I can see.

“Yeah. It’ll do.” I really only need something to stop the flow of blood long enough for it to go hard.

We’re on the outskirts of Kansas City, six hours from home, and three hours into our ride. We should have made the one hour trip back to our southern brothers at Fort Worth after the shit went down, but I managed to convince Callum we’d ride through, that my arm would stop bleeding after a while. One night with those southern boys is more than enough for me; I can’t be fucked with another night of next to no sleep thanks to their habit of partying until dawn. Call me old before my time, but I like how laid back our chapter is—I like my sleep at night. Stupid bull-headed me thought I’d be able to hold off any sort of first-aid until we arrived back at our own clubhouse, and push through.

The streaks of red down my fuel tank say otherwise.

Callum turns for the counter, hesitates, and then swivels at the waist to reach out and grab himself a bottle of Coca-Cola to go with our impromptu purchase. My eyes fall to the floor briefly, and I cringe at the drops of blood that drop with a heavy splat to the linoleum beside my boot. The blood has soaked my shirt to the point where it now runs in a rivulet down my arm, snaking over my thumb, before it dives from the point of my index finger. I ball my hand into a fist and try to redirect the stream long enough to stop the drip. My head swims, and I snag a packet of Milk Duds to give myself a needed sugar-boost.

The entire ride here from the drop-off my mind’s gone crazy trying to work out who would rat us out like that. Protocol says I take this to our sergeant at arms, Beefy, to handle. But what if he’s in on it? Do I go straight to Prez instead?

You get sat down with the charter when you sign up as a prospect and made to memorize it. I could recite to you every fucking point on that document, but fuck me, there wasn’t shit all in there about what to do when you suspect a snake in the grass.

The bell over the door sings out again, and placing my addition on the counter, I move my gaze from where Callum exchanges cash with the shop owner to the source of the noise. The minute I lock eyes with the raven-haired beauty, I know my day couldn’t have gone better. Everything happens for a reason, and apparently, being shot and needing to stop off for supplies happened so I’d cross paths with this woman.

She moves her gaze between Callum and myself; her slender fingers tighten over the handles of her canvas shopping bag, and purse, which she has slung in the crook of her elbow. Everything about her is elegant, although the fire in her eyes speaks of a woman who knows how to hold her own. She’s a classic beauty, her feminine curves showcased in a light summer dress that cinches tight at the waist, flaring in the skirt, and wrapping about her neck in a halter. It’s an old style done new, and she fucking rocks it.

“Eyes front, soldier,” Callum teases.

I glance away to find him beside me with the top off his Coke already. He takes a long pull, his eyes on the Hispanic woman in the summer dress as well. Lowering the bottle, he swallows the drink down and lets out a low whistle through his teeth. “Pretty.”

The woman’s moved on, busying herself with her shopping. Yet the way her hand moves aimlessly along the row before she finally plucks something for her bag, it tells me she’s not really focused on the task at hand.

Callum moves for the exit, ushering me along with a tip of his head. “Come on.”

I follow numbly, and steal a glance back at the woman as she rounds the end of the first aisle to face our way. Her eyes lift over the top shelf and meet mine as I come close to walking into the doorframe. I’m too focused on her and not on what I’m doing. Great first impression, King. At the sound of Callum’s laughter, I reluctantly look away and exit into the midday sunshine, shaking my head at my own idiocy.

The leather creaks as I make myself comfortable on the seat of my bobber to rip open the Band-Aid box and pull out a wide strip of gauze. I place it between my lips to free up my hands. Blood drips onto the leg of my jeans, blending in with the dirt and grease that stains the dark denim while I roll my shirtsleeve carefully back. My vision swims, the loss of blood on an empty stomach stealing my focus, and I squint a few times to work through it. The nick isn’t much more than a couple of inches long, but it’s deep. The angle it clipped me tore a decent line straight through the meaty part of my forearm. I twist my arm over to wipe it clear on my jeans before I awkwardly tear the backing off the Band-Aid and situate it over the worst of the injury. The tacky edge lifts with the blood that flows fresh, so I add another three strips and end up with some mashed up lump of sticky gauze covering the better part of my forearm.

The whole time, my thoughts are on her. The woman was nothing short of a stunner. Large eyes, high cheekbones, a pointed jaw, and the supplest flesh I’ve ever itched to feel under my rough fingers. To walk away without at least learning her name seems like a fucking crime.

“You hungry?” I ask Callum.

He stands beside his Fat Boy, looking my way as he takes another pull of his drink. His eyebrows bob as though to say ‘Do you need to ask?’ He drops the bottle from his mouth and frowns. “I thought I just bought you a candy bar or something.”

“Yeah, I need more,” I lie.

A bakery three doors to the right of the grocer is the closest place to eat. It’ll do. At this moment, a pet store could be the only thing in sight and I’d still make an excuse to head in. Wiping as much of the blood off my arm as I can, I dismount and head towards the bakery, looking in the windows while I pass the grocer. The dark-haired beauty holds a box of something before her, frowning at whatever it is she’s reading on the side. Movement in the reflection on the glass catches my eye and I refocus to find Callum behind me, grinning like a fucking idiot.

“You’re not hungry, are you?”

“Not for food,” I reply, fixing my attention back to her as she moves towards the counter.

“Jesus,” Callum mutters. “Don’t fuckin’ tease me like that. I thought you were goin’ to feed me.”

“You’ll keep until we get back.”

He stands in silence beside me as we both eye her unload the handful of items she’s collected onto the counter.

“You’ve got to fuckin’ man up, brother.” Callum jams both hands in his pockets and rocks back on his heels as he grins my way. “Just mill around until she leaves and ask her to hang out.”

I raise an eyebrow at the idiot. Ask her to hang out? “Do you even remember what we’re on our way home from?” I don’t know what he’s thinking, but I’m pretty sure Prez will be looking for details after that fucking ambush. “We ain’t got time to be ‘hangin’ out.’”

“Then tell her to come for a ride. She can waste time with the other women while we debrief, and then party’s on, buddy.”

Too fuckin’ right the ‘party’s on.’ Does he remember who we are? We’re prospects for the largest-growing MC chapter in Nebraska and its surrounding states. And what’s rule number one for a prospect when it comes to women? Don’t take her back to the club unless you’re happy to share her around. “I’ve got more respect for a woman than what ‘hangin’ out’ would mean, man.”

Just ask her to hang out. Pshh.

“Well fuck, whatever,” Callum says, throwing his hands in the air. “Don’t bring her back then. But I’m tellin’ you now, if she ain’t so hot on bein’ around the club property, then she ain’t going to be none to hot on hangin’ around with the likes of us at all.” He points toward the window behind me. “You better make up your mind; she’s on her way out.”

Fuck. When all hell broke loose back at the warehouse, I kept my cool. As the bullet tore through my flesh, I never flinched. Even when I realized how badly I was bleeding, I didn’t blanche. But five words from my closest friend, and I’m sweating buckets. What the fuck do I say?

I’m twenty-four years old, and I’ve had three girlfriends in my time. Only one of those stuck around long enough to have us classed as being in a proper ‘relationship’. I’m the shy guy when it comes to women, the one who blends into the background while his friends put their best moves forward. Relationships, interactions with people—they confuse me. I bury myself in work, apply myself religiously to a project, and I fucking excel.

The loner aspect to the outlaw lifestyle is what made me sign up to prospect for the Aces in the first place, because I’m exactly that—a loner. I’m an introvert. I like my own company—it doesn’t complain, confuse me, or expect things I can’t deliver. Don’t get me wrong, I like the feel of a woman, the softness only the feminine touch can offer, but fuck . . . they scare the living shit out of me most of the time.

Still, I’d be a fool to let her slip away because of some boyish fear of the unknown.

Suck it up, King.

Callum nods toward the entrance to the store, but there was no need to—the bell over the door does a fine job on its own of tolling my fate. He clears his throat as the soft patter of her shoes recedes behind me. “You going to go get that?”

My nostrils flare, and I fight back the bitter laugh that wants to escape. “I guess I should.”

He smirks. Fucker. “She turned right.”

I spin on the spot. Shit. She’s gone from sight, just as he said. A part of me wants to call it quits, to take the easy road out and walk away. As it is, I’m not short of options when we get back to the clubhouse; Apex keeps a good stock of girls on hand for the boys. I don’t need her. But I want her.

“Come on, sad sack. We should probably go and get you fuckin’ stitched anyway.” Callum makes a move to get on his bike and leave, but my protest stops him in his tracks.

“No. Give me five.” I hold up my hand to indicate he should wait where he is and spin around to go after her. Vibrations jolt through my body with each fall of my boots as I take off at a jog to catch up to the woman.

Reaching the intersection in the road, I hook right and come close to bowling her over in my haste. She yelps, moving back to avoid a collision, and catches her heel on an uneven patch of concrete at the base of the shop wall.

“I’m sorry.” I raise my hands with palms toward her as though she’s some spooked horse who needs placating. “I didn’t mean to—”

“I was in the way,” she cuts in. “Don’t apologize.”

Her voice is deep, throaty, and sexy as hell with that slight lilt of an accent. I take a step back and look her over, noticing now that her shopping bag and purse are between her feet, and she has a compact clasped in one hand, lipstick in the other.

“Are you waiting for someone?” I ask, glancing each way up the street. Be just my luck she has a boyfriend on his way to pick her up.

“No, I wasn’t,” she replies with a snap of the compact.

Uncertain of how to behave while she bags her makeup, I jam my hands in my armpits, being sure to cross my injured arm on top, and widen my stance. I should say something. Be handy if I had conversational skills, for a start.

“Were you on your way somewhere?” she asks as she straightens up. “You looked like you were in a hurry.” Her tone is clipped and terse.

Heat flames my neck and ears. Why did I think I could do this? “Uh, yeah. I . . .” Just say it. “I was trying to catch up to you.”

Her throat bobs. “Oh?”

Words. They’re just words. But they’re also some enigma that I can’t solve, a problem wedged in my throat. Seconds pass like hours. Her wide eyes prompt me to say something; a flush creeps into her cheeks. But my embarrassment triples with each imaginary tick of the clock. I’ve fucked it up. Why bother trying now?

“I thought you dropped something, but I’m just . . . I guess I was . . .”

Her face falls, softening the longer I take to try and spit it out. The lie is so damn transparent, the reasoning pathetic. Why do I find it so hard to talk to women, but I can ride a bike and handle a gun as second nature?

I make a hasty retreat back around the corner, dying from embarrassment, and come smack up against Callum. He shunts a heavy hand into my shoulder and demands under his breath, “Get back ’round there, you fuckin’ pussy.”

“I can’t,” I whisper, fighting my spinning head from the shunt. “I fucked up what I was going to say.”

“What the fuck is wrong with you?” He leans close, getting right in my face. “She’s just a girl.”

“Exactly.” I cast a cautious glance behind me and check she’s not there, listening. “I can’t talk to women. I choke.”

“Why?” He pulls his head back, confusion written across his face.

All I can do is shrug. Why indeed?

“Piece of advice, brother,” Callum whispers, looking behind me briefly. “She’s human too. Treat her like one, and ignore the fact she’s got the opposite bits to you. Makes things a lot fuckin’ simpler.” He gives me a shove to the chest and sends me stumbling back past the edge of the building.

Fighting the terror at what I’ll discover, I turn my head to the left and find her in exactly the same spot. She smiles. It fucking slays me.

“What happened to your arm?” She gestures at my reddish-tan Band-Aids.

“Accident.”

“Is it okay?” She steps around her shopping and moves toward where I’m rooted to the sidewalk.

I lean back and check the other way to find Callum making himself scarce. “It should be good now.” Her warm brown eyes meet mine as she stops before me.

Long fingers rest lightly on my arm just above the wound. My flesh tingles at the contact. “I’m staying with somebody not far from here if you’d like me to clean it properly. I’d just . . . I’d have to sneak you around the back.”

I frown and check her hand for a wedding ring. Nope.

“It’s complicated,” she explains. “The person I’m staying with, they . . . well, he’d get annoyed if I brought anyone back, let alone somebody like you.”

Right. I glance down at my leathers, steel-toed riding boots, and general rough appearance. She has a point. “Thanks for the offer, but I’ll sort it out when we get home.”

Her hand drops away, and I fight the urge to reach out and take it in mine. “Of course you will.” Her gaze is scathing as it runs the length of me. “I don’t know why I offered. It’s not like I’m your type anyway.”

“I don’t really have a ‘type.'” I ran after her, for fuck’s sake. How much more obvious can I make it that I’m interested? “You shouldn’t make assumptions about people like that, anyway.”

“I didn’t think it was an assumption, more an observation.”

“Well you got it wrong.”

She stares at me a moment, jaw set hard and clearly lost for words. I consider walking away and leaving this train wreck of a conversation behind when she ducks her head, shaking it. “I’m sorry. I’ve had a rough morning.”

“You and me both, babe.”

Her face lifts, and she matches my smile with her own. “Probably you more than me, right?”

I shrug. “Probably.”

She chuckles quietly, the soft sound dying off to an awkward silence. We hold each other’s gaze for a beat; the rich flecks in her brown eyes appear to shine in the sunlight. With a short, humorless laugh, she turns away to collect her bags. I panic. She can’t leave yet. Not when I’ve put this much damn effort into approaching a woman, for a change.

“You seein’ anyone?” I spit the words out before they have time to stick in my throat.

“Right now? Only you.” The woman winks, rendering me useless. “I’m here for a little while. Perhaps we’ll be lucky enough to meet again when you’re not hurt and needing to go home?”

If only. “I’m not from around these parts.” Her face blanks, and I madly file through my thoughts to find something that’ll make her feel better. “But then again, neither are you, right?” She did say she was staying with someone.

She shakes her head, a section of hair falling into her face with the movement. “Not here specifically, but where I live is a short drive south, just outside the city limit.” Her long fingers sweep the lock behind her ear as her gaze drops to the pavement.

South. And I’m north—way north. We’ve got fuck all chance of meeting again; I have no idea when I’ll next have reason to stop in Kansas City. Life always has a way of fucking with me.

The tired look slides from her face, and her freshly painted lips curl up into a well-practiced smile as she sucks in a breath and squares her shoulders. She’s clearly a pro at hiding her real feelings, a top-level illusionist. “Until we meet again . . .”

“King.”

She tips her head to the side and narrows her eyes, acknowledging my road name. “It was nice to meet you today, King.” She holds out her hand for me to shake. “Elena.”

“Elena,” I echo, and lift her fingers to my lips instead. Her eyes spark as I lay a gentle kiss on her knuckles, fire racing through me as I do, and let go. The simple reaction is enough to justify the incessant drumming of my heart.

She places a heel behind her, taking cautious steps backward and stoops to collect her bags. “Your club.” She gestures to my prospect patch with her chin. “What’s their name?”

I glance down at the side panel of my cut as I answer; the club name is small and hard to read on the stitched bar. All the more reason I can’t wait to prove I’m worthy of the center patch. “Fallen Aces.”

“I haven’t heard of them before.” She frowns. “Where are you based?”

I turn part-way around, thumbing over my shoulder at the bottom rocker without taking my eyes off her. “Lincoln.”

“Lincoln.” Her gaze falls to the large lettering. “I’ll be sure to look you up if I’m ever your way.” She smiles, but the regret is clear in her eyes.

She knows as well as I do that our chances of crossing paths again is next to none.

Still, there’s a slim chance.

And I’m fucking holding on to it with both hands.

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Author Bio

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Max is the author of dark, and highly emotional romance. Her Butcher Boys series is centred around a group of men who met living on the street, who have teamed up with an indebted motorcycle club to take down a notorious drug lord. Her writing has been described as ‘gripping’, and ‘addictive’, taking you on an ’emotional roller coaster ride’.

Originally born and bred in New Zealand, Max now resides with her family in beautiful and sunny Queensland, Australia. Life with two young children can be hectic at times, and although she may not write as often as she would like, Max wouldn’t change a thing. When she’s not engrossed in her dark and twisted fictional worlds, she can be found enjoying the outdoors while 4wd-ing with her family.

#WOTR Author Spotlight – Elizabeth Sharp

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Elizabeth Sharp

Elizabeth Sharp

About the Author

I’m an author, a cover artist, a web designer and on occassion a formatter, which is a lot of hats to wear without even taking “wife” and “mother” into consideration. But I’ve been in love with books since I was three and I don’t see that changing any time soon. When I started writing seriously, I realized no one would buy a book that said Dull on the cover. Instead, I played on all the “opposite of Dull” jokes my friends made and became Elizabeth Sharp (The Elizabeth is for my grandmother).

When and Why did you start to write?

I was always telling stories, so no one in my family was surprised when I learned to write and immediately turned my new skill into a hobby. I dabbled for a couple decades, but once I got my first Kindle something changed. I learned about independent publishing, made a few new friends and launched on the road to publishing my first book. Nine books later I’m still going strong, and still proudly indie.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

I mostly read other authors I know these days. I do read some others, and this year I’m doing a special reading challenge to expand my library, but I prefer to support my indie friends. I would read anything with Robert Jordan’s name on it, though.

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

That I love mentoring the next wave. There’s always new writers waiting in the wings, and I love helping them to get their footing.

What are you working on now?

The shorter answer might be what I’m not working on. lol I have an adult paranormal about the four horsemen of the apocalypse, a spin of from my Forces of Nature series, a paranormal involving gypsy magic, and an anthology that will be published next month.

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

I used to think I was a pantser, but now I know better. I was always a plotter, just a little more subtle. I write out of order, fleshing out the big moments then piecing them together. The distance between A and B is far less indefinite than A to Z.

 

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#WOTR Author Spotlight – Amanda Meredith

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Amanda Meredith

Amanda Meredith

About the Author

I’m a wife, mother, amateur zoo-keeper, author, blogger, and wanna-be Betty Crocker from Central Illinois. I love to write, specifically romance, though I am working on a children’s picture book series. I’m also addicted to Pinterest, but who isn’t? My blog consists of writing tips and advice, author interviews and reviews, and other random bits of awesomeness. This year I plan on releasing my children’s book, attending my first major author event, and welcoming our third child into the world. I’m not sure which of those is going to be the craziest thing I do in 2016.

When and Why did you start to write?

I started writing in the second half of first grade. Before that, I was going to get held back because I just couldn’t read and write. But thanks to an amazing teacher who devoted a lot of time to finding the right ways to get me to WANT to read and write, I became one of the best in the class. I ended up writing my first story for the Young Author’s contest that year and won runner up out of the entire school (K-6). Since then, I’ve been writing and reading like it’s the only thing I CAN do. 🙂
Now, writing is a way for me to help others find that place where they discover a book (or genre) that takes them to another world, helps them forget about their problems, makes them happy, changes their life. If anything I write does that, for even one person, I consider myself a success.

What authors do you always read or suggest to others?

My list is endless. I’m a big supporter of finding the books or genres that speak to you personally. A lot of kids have problems, or no interest, in reading because they are forced to read books they aren’t interested in. My son loved to read books on dinosaurs at an early age. He didn’t have much interest in anything else. So that’s what he got the most of. I kid you not, he was reading paleontology books from the adult science section by nine years old. And he loved it. He’s now moved on to chapter books spanning multiple genres from Diary of a Wimpy Kid to Harry Potter. He loves to read. And part of that comes from being able to read what he enjoyed from a young age.
I was the same way as a child. Horse books were my epiphany. Marguerite Henry especially. But once I hit Jr High, I had moved on to JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, even Nora Roberts (don’t tell my mom I read romance that early, lol).
Now I stick to genres instead of authors, so I know I’m not missing out on any hidden gems by new/unknown authors. I used to read specific to romance, but now, I don’t limit myself to any one category, and I suggest other authors and readers do the same. You never know what you’ll find or what inspires you.

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

It moves at its’ own pace. There’s tons of websites and books, even a whole month of the year, devoted to writing a novel, in a short period of time. But I’ve found that deadlines and expectations can create forced writing and forced writing is not good writing. I’m a firm believer in writing what you feel and you can’t invent feelings if you just aren’t having any. I’ll sometimes go weeks without inspiration to write, then all of a sudden it hits me and I can’t stop. I’ve written 50K words in the span of a few days before. And when I read back through it, it felt natural and right. I’d rather take as much time as I need to write a novel that flows naturally, then force myself to write a certain amount of words a day and find half of them to be lacking in everything that makes a novel good. Which is also why I chose self-publishing. I make my own deadlines, which are usually non-existent, and have all the time I need to create my story without anyone breathing down my neck. The freedom of it keeps those creative juices flowing.

What are you working on now?

I’m the type of person that has too many irons in the fire… all the time. My next project due out is a children’s picture book that will be in the Zoo Adventures Series. The first story will be Manda Panda’s Tummy Ache, which is a remake of the book I wrote way back in first grade. I’m also working on two different contemporary romances, and a historical romance.
If I don’t feel like drawing, but I’m on a historical kick, I get out my historical romance. If I’m inspired by something in the now, I’ll pull out the contemporary romance. If I feel like not writing at all but want to be artistic, I pull out the children’s book. Add to that, I have a dozen notes on my iPhone of book ideas that popped into my head. I write them down so I can go back to them later.

 

When writing are you a pantser or plotter?

Definitely a panster. I tried writing a general outline for my Irish Treasures Saga and gave up before I’d gotten the first book plotted out. It took all the fun out of writing for me. It was hard enough doing character charts/family tree/relationship tree to help keep track of the plethora of characters.
I write when I feel it. So that means I might write the end of the story before I’ve even started the beginning. I might have the middle all written out with nothing on either end. I might skip from one thing to another. It sounds crazy, and if you’re a plotter, you’ll definitely be wondering how I manage to write anything to completion, but it works.
Write the way that works best for you. Everyone’s brain work in different ways. Find the way that speaks to you and go for it. 🙂

 

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I was born a fighter. Abandoned by my parents, I spent my life forging my own path—one guided by my fists and paved with pain.

Untouchable in the ring, I destroyed everyone who faced me, but that’s where my victories ended. Outside the ropes, I repeatedly failed the few people who loved me. Including my best friend, Liv James—the one person I’d die to protect.

Even though I didn’t deserve her, Liv never stopped believing in me. Never gave up. Never let go. After all, she understood what I’d lost, because she’d lost it too.

Liv was everything to me, but she was never truly mine.

That was going to change.

I lost my first love, but I refused to lose my soulmate.

Now, I’m on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.

Fighting to be the man she deserves.

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About the Author

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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

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