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#WOTR23 #attendingauthor #spotlight – Audrey Simmons

Audrey Simmons

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hi my name is Audrey. I write YA high fantasy and dystopian scifi (always with a thread of romance) and under a pen name I’ll be publishing steamy fantasy romance. I really like to focus on the characters and how they’re dealing with the chaos of their lives. The more angst the better. I also love world building and creating interesting magic systems. When I’m not writing, I’m making art, playing games, or reading.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

I only have one book out, the first in a series, and I’m working on the second at the moment. Right now the second one definitely feels harder but the first one took so much more time because not only was I writing the story but I was building the world and figuring out the characters.

 Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Take breaks both from writing and social media. It can be easy to fall prey to comparing yourself to others. Everyone is at their own place in their writing journey so it’s best to compare yourself only to yourself.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

I try to spend at least an hour writing every day but some days I write the whole day. Though in the past I was more of a sporadic writer.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

My favorite right now is one from a steamy series that will be under a pen name so I’ll talk about one from Child of the Moon instead. Hemi is my favorite character in that series. He’s just a lot of fun and very easy going. He keeps his head on in stressful situations and always has his friends backs.

What is your definition of success?

Success was publishing a book and I’ve done that. Now I guess success will be finishing the series and getting it out there.

Do you have anything you want to share that didn’t fit on one of these questions?

I’m really excited for the chance to be at Writers on the River ^_^ I’ve been a table buddy the past two events and it’s a blast.

What are your social links?

Twitter: twitter.com/AuthorAudreyS

Amazon author page: amazon.com/Audrey-Simmons/e/B09W5XSG55

Facebook: facebook.com/authorAudreySimmons/

What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

Want tickets to Writers on the River #2023?

They are available starting November 4th at Writersontheriver.com

$45 VIP sell out quickly – 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included.

$25 Early Access – 12-1 VIP house, 1-4 General Admission time. You also get a filled VIP bag but NO admission to the after party.

$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.

$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.

#ReleaseDay #BDSM #Saga #Series #DualReview – Beneath These Flames by Red Phoenix

Beneath the Flames (Brie's Submission, #25)

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“Beneath the flames of desire, my heart beats for you.”

A collaring, a letter, a fiery blaze, and an act of redemption will leave you breathless…

Romance and intrigue mark Brie’s journey as she attends the special collaring ceremony of a dear friend and learns the truth behind Marquis Gray’s heart-rending confession.

Adventure on the high seas leads to wicked fun, while a simple letter will reveal the truth that has been kept hidden from Faelan for years. Returning to her documentary, Brie is left spellbound when she films Master Nosh’s fire play scene—one she has never seen before!

She has come into her own, rising from the ashes like a phoenix. With newfound confidence, she is about to experience the sweetest of raptures in the arms of her Condor.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

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

I look forward to each installment of the Brie series from Red.  This story has grown so much from when I started to read it YEARS ago….like YEARS!  LOL  I feel like this book is setting up some things to come in the future.  We did move our characters along but I feel like something is coming in the next book or two!!

Brie and Sir start this book out with a surprise trip with a good friend to celebrate the future of the group and special steps their friends are making.  I was so happy with the beginning of the story.  Seeing our cast of characters so happy and moving toward their HEA’s is amazing.

OF COURSE, no book is complete without a visit from our favorite Russian making Brie forget some of the troubles in her life with the beast and Holloway.  We also have a great fantasy scene with Brie and Sir.  Which is always delicious reading but seeing Sir/Thane with his kids makes me love him even more.

I loved seeing The Wolf and the bond he and Brie have but hearing from Tono as well.

The biggest and saddest part was Grey and how devastated he is after he told us what he did at the end of the last book.  Hearing what he tells Brie and he heart right now made my heart hurt for the honorable man.

Like I said this was a good book but after what Rytsar tells us at the end when he is with Brie and Sir makes me thing big stuff is happening next book.

Review by Twinsie Melinda

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

I love when a new Brie book is released. The journey’s Brie goes on always warms my heart. Especially when all her friends are involved in them.  

This one starts off with Brie Sir and the kids being invited on a cruise for a special event for a very special friend.  Brie has a chance to get to know Master Nosh and his sub Nenove while on the cruise which ends up being a blessing for Brie and her movie.

Brie is still shook up over Marquis Grey and Holloway when our wonderful Russian Sadist “storms” the ship and whisks Brie, Sir and the kiddos away on a wonderful mini getaway that helps Brie live in the moment and forget. 

My heart aches for Grey and all he has gone through and going through. I loved catching up with Lea and Mary. Even Farlan got some much needed closure although it was hard for him. 

I love catching up on all these characters I cannot help but want to know what the next journey for Brei will be. I know it will be an emotional ride but oh what a ride it will be.  

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#WOTR23 #MC #Audio #KU – Making the Cut, Sons of Templar book 1 by Anne Malcom, Narration by Emma Wilder

Making the Cut: Sons of Templar MC Series, Book 1

Gwen Alexandra does not need a man in her life. Especially not a man who looks like Chris Hemsworth and Joe Manganiello’s love child. One wearing leather, riding a Harley, and covered in tattoos.

Gwen can bet every pair of her Manolos that Cade Fletcher is trouble. From the moment she meets him, the attraction sizzles between them. Gwen has a problem when it comes to attractive men in motorcycle clubs. The last one she got involved with almost killed her.

After healing physically, Gwen decides to get a new start in a small town, half a country away from the man who nearly cost her her life. She isn’t in town five minutes when she runs into Cade, a man that is too sexy and dangerous for his own good.

She tries to keep away from him, to ignore the attraction between them. But the biker has other ideas, soon she is in way over her head. Her heart, and her life are in danger once again.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this audio book.

I was super excited to start a new to me author and a new MC series.  I love love love me a good MC series.  The way this book and series started did not disappoint me at all.

I want to start by saying the narration *chef’s kiss* Emma was amazing!!  I absolutely am blow away by all the voiced she maintained through the book, and I understand the series as well.  Narration can make or break a book and Emma made it for me.

This book starts out and our girl Gwen is in a BAD situation to say the least.  She is essentially about to be assaulted and killed by the man she loved. SO to say she has a bad picker might be an understatement.  We meet Gwen, her brother who is hot as helllll named Ian, Amy her bestie , and her posse while she is recuperating.  Gwen decides she needs to GTF outta New York.  She and her bestie move to a small town in California.  From jump upon arrival in California we meet Cade. He is everything we readers want in an alpha male : Possessive, kind, bad ass, and smoking hot.

The relationship between Gwen and Cade is all over the place at times.  Given her past we can understand but when they (and by they I mean She) gives in to it….FIREWORKS!!!  They have a lot of drama to deal with like some of the club members not being fans of her, the not so super great ex, sweet butts causing drama, and miscommunication between the two.

What I loved about this book was the fact we get to see so many different sides of each character.  The book is in Gwen’s POV but we get a couple POV of Cade at the right time.

Brock and Amy got me soooo exited for their book.  I started and am LOVING it!!  Amy is the best best friend you could ever want.  But the guy who has my heart …yup its Bull.  I need to read his book. I need to see that broken man mended by the love of someone special!!

Anne Malcom has been an avid reader since before she can remember, her mother responsible for her book addiction. It started with magical journeys into the world of Hogwarts and Middle Earth, then as she grew up her reading tastes grew with her. Her obsession with books and romance novels in particular gave Anne the opportunity to find another passion, writing. Finding writing about alpha males and happily ever afters more fun than reading about them, Anne is not about to stop any time soon.

#WOTR23 #attendingauthor #Spotlight -Maggie Adams

Maggie Adams

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Most people call me Mags, so when I was in the market for my logo, I went with lips because I talk a lot, and my signature Mags. My kids thought it was perfect!

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

Other after, definitely! I have to go back and reference my previous dialogues, etc. in fact, in Something’s Gotta Give, I had to copy an entire scene from the previous book, Leather and Lace, only do it from Sggs heroines perspective. That was tough.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Everyone is different, so each character has to have a true personality. The key is to keep true to that person while introducing new characters into the story. I love quirky sub characters so I use them quite a bit. And then they sometimes become main characters with their own books. I did this with Zoe from Forged in Fire. She became a main character in my PNR series, Legends, Kermode. And Minx was a stand-alone novel until fans wanted to know more about Miranda’s friends. Now it’s a series, Hell on Heels.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

I love music, so it’s an integral part of my writing. Exercising let’s my mind wander, coupled with music and I come up with plots or dialogue. When Im writing, I play instrumental music so words don’t interrupt the voices in my head. Lol

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

I usually get an hour or so every evening, but my main writing occurs on the weekends. It’s not ideal, but I’m hoping to retire and spend all my time writing.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

There are actually two characters that are dear to my heart – Dixie, from Whistlin’ Dixie, was modeled after my daughter, she’s even on the cover. And in Minx, Miranda is me. With the exception of the divorce, the scenes are pretty well scenes from my life. Oh and hubby isn’t a billionaire, but he’s definitely one in a billion!

If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

I think Minx would make a great movie with Melissa McCarthy as Miranda and Tom Selleck as Reese. Of course, her buddies would star in the sequels!

What is your definition of success?

Everyone has bills, wishes, and dreams, but truly, I feel I’m living the dream. I have a loving husband who is also my best friend, my children and grandchildren are my sunshine, and I’m lucky enough to have time to make my dream of writing come true. Added to that, I’ve made so many friends through my books. I’ve found my tribe!

Do you have anything you want to share that didn’t fit on one of these questions?

I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love and meet all the wonderful book lovers at events.

What are your social links?

For those that may not know me or my work… Why the hell not? I’m all over the place! lol Here’s the 411 on me. Oh, and I’m not above handing out free books to join my newsletter!
https://twitter.com/AuthrMaggieAdms
https://www.pinterest.com/maggiesminxes/
https://www.instagram.com/maggieadamsbooks/
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/maggie+adams
https://www.amazon.com/author/maggieadams
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9867300.Maggie_Adams
http://www.maggieadamsbooks.com
https://www.facebook.com/maggieadamsbooks
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maggie-adams-006a8b142/
https://www.bookbub.com/profile/maggie-adams

www.tiktok.com/@maggieadamsbooks

What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

https://www.amazon.com/author/maggieadams
Buy direct – www.maggieadamsbooks.com

Want tickets to Writers on the River #2023?

They are available starting November 4th at Writersontheriver.com

$45 VIP sell out quickly – 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included.

$25 Early Access – 12-1 VIP house, 1-4 General Admission time. You also get a filled VIP bag but NO admission to the after party.

$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.

$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.

#WOTR23 #Authorspotlight #Attendingauthor – Siera London

Siera London

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hello Twinsie Girls! Siera London here. After 23 years in the United States Navy, I retired and started writing my first romance novel.

I loved my career as a nurse practitioner and serving my country, but I don’t miss that life.

My kids are grown, the grandkids are a blast, and my cat is my favorite writing partner. Since the release of my debut novel, Chasing Ava on March 30, 2015, I’ve written forty books.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

Setting up the first book in a series is by far the hardest. For me, crafting each character so they resonate with book lovers is key to the success of the first release and each book that follows.

Of course, I want readers to love the protagonist, but it’s equally important to feel a bit of intrigue for the other characters, too.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Huh, this is an interesting question. Like the people in our lives, characters are nuanced, their stories are unique to them, and their past experiences shape their perspective.

As a writer, each story is a challenge to share a universal journey in a creative and relevant way. In my latest Lunchtime Chronicles release, Peaches and Cream, the heroine is on the run, but she works as a migrant worker to stay under her pursuer radar.

Again, giving Empress a familiar backstory (damsel in distress) but, a non-conventional job (migrant worker) twists an old trope in a new direction.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Take a break when YOU need it! I know the currency of today’s writers is to write every day, but I don’t. And that’s okay.

Honestly, I give myself permission to manage my writing day my way. Accept your process as the best process. It may change; that’s fine, too. Storytellers must let their imaginations run free to devour great content and excellent media. It’s essential to fill your creative well. To do this, we need rest, relaxation, exercise, and to consume good stories on the regular.

So, binge-watch television, and listen to audiobooks when you feel like cracking a book open. In other words, getting the words out of her head is the right way… the best way for you. Different is okay.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

Three to four hours. That’s enough to get 2000-5000 words on the page and allow my body time to recover.

 If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

Oh, I would love to see the Men of Endurance on the big screen. To start on want Brad Pitt, Sam Elliott, Dwayne Johnson, Angela Bassett, Regina King, and Eva Marcille on the set.

What is your definition of success?

A growing catalog of stories that appeal to a growing number of readers who share and review my books. I want connect with readers who want to know me in addition to enjoying my books. Success to about building a career where the my readers share the journey with me.

 What are your social links?

Follow me on TikTok, BookBub, and Amazon.
Siera on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@authorsieralondon
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/siera-london
Amazon Author page: http://amzn.to/1Oce1Ht

What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

Siera’s Amazon Author page: http://amzn.to/1Oce1Ht

Want tickets to Writers on the River #2023?

They are available starting November 4th at Writersontheriver.com

$45 VIP sell out quickly – 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included.

$25 Early Access – 12-1 VIP house, 1-4 General Admission time. You also get a filled VIP bag but NO admission to the after party.

$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.

$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.

#WOTR23 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Cheryl Brooks

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Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Cheryl Brooks
I’m a native of Louisville, Kentucky and a former critical care nurse who resides in rural Indiana with my husband, my youngest son (the eldest lives in California), one horse, two cats, and one dog. My published works include the Cat Star Chronicles series, the Cat Star Legacy series, the Cowboy Heaven series, the Unlikely Lovers series, and the Soul Survivors trilogy, along with several stand-alone novels, novellas, and short stories. My other interests include cooking, gardening, and keeping 30+ acres of land looking beautiful.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

The first book is easy because you have free rein to create any kind of world and characters you like. The subsequent books are a little harder because you have to maintain the continuity of the world you’ve created while coming up with new stories and characters.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Different settings help, plus, each character speaks to you in a different way.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Don’t expect it to be easy or lucrative. To be truly successful, you must devote the greater part of your life to writing and marketing, which is tough to do when there are other demands on your time.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

Not nearly as much as I used to when I was churning out a 90K book every three months. That pace nearly cost me my sanity. Nowadays, I’m lucky to write two hours a week, sometimes none if I’m busy with other things.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

I think Onca in Rebel is my favorite character. Of all the others I’ve included in my books, his character is the one who demanded that I write his story.

What is your definition of success?

To earn enough money with your writing to live comfortably without resorting to a day job would be a major achievement for any writer. Unfortunately, very few writers can reach that goal, much less maintain it. Most of us have to measure our success by the impact our writing has made on our readers. Several readers have told me that my books helped them through some very tough times, which, for me, is the best measure of success.

 What are your social links?

Website http://www.cherylbrooksonline.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.brooks.963
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/cherylbrooksauthor/
Twitter https://twitter.com/CherylCatMaster
Blog http://cherylbrooksauthor.blogspot.com/
Email cheryl.brooks52@yahoo.com
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/752898.Cheryl_Brooks
BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cheryl-brooks

What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

All of my buy links are on my website: http://www.cherylbrooksonline.com/

Want tickets to Writers on the River #2023?

They are available starting November 4th at Writersontheriver.com

$45 VIP sell out quickly – 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included.

$25 Early Access – 12-1 VIP house, 1-4 General Admission time. You also get a filled VIP bag but NO admission to the after party.

$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.

$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.

#WOTR23 #KU #MC #MCWorld #MultiAuthorSeries – Ice: Sin City MC by Michel Prince

Ice: Sin City MC

The members of the Sin City MC never leave before all the cards are played.

Being a wild card is par for the course for the Sin City MC’s Maxwell ‘Ice’ Winter. The current Road Captain is tasked with getting the men to their location and back again safely by knowing the back roads, law enforcement traps and safe places to tuck away if danger arises. What he’s not sure of are the five-year-old twins dropped suddenly into his care. While he’d been fighting with their mother for more visitation his life isn’t set up for full time daddy duty. And a score needed to be settled with whoever took their mother from them.

Bree Stanton is like most in Vegas, a transplant. Thousands of miles away from her family in Georgia she missed the old neighborhoods. Generations of people leaving, only to come back. There was no old lady sitting on a porch with the latest gossip. Instead she was met with people confused by her wave at the mailbox, shutting doors to her. All, but one, with a set of adorable twins making her feel like family. When the kids wander to her house because mommy won’t wake up she’s pulled into a world of chaos. One the woman used to the certainty of mathematics is unsure she can handle.

Between Ice’s need for revenge, the threat of the murderer returning and want to protect the littles calling her Auntie, Bree has to remember adrenaline fueled romances never work. Will her logical and cautious nature short her heart of a man worth taking a chance on? And can Ice settle his affairs and teach the first woman to break through his cold heart what it means to be claimed by Sin?

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this paperback and ebook.

I am an addict to Michel’s writing.  I have read pretty much most of what she has written.  My favorite is er MC series she writes with Wren McCabe. SO when I saw she was part of a new MC World, I jumped and bought a paperback from her without even really knowing what it was about.  Since I never read my signed paperbacks, I grabbed the ebook to read.

This is about Ice who is the Road Captain for the MC.  He is happy to bust a nut and then be on his way.  We meet him while he is BUSY shall we say with a woman annnd the detective slaps cuffs on him.  I laugh because the banter between the 2 characters was pretty funny.  Seems he is wanted for the murder of his baby momma which he is innocent of committing.

Bree is minding her business when she finds out her neighbor was murdered and jumps in to take care of the kids left behind.  When she first meets Ice, she is not falling for his crap. She was warned by the baby momma, but was it all true??

The story of them both protecting the kids……her from him and him from his enemies is solid.  I enjoyed the way they two are both fighting for the kids while also building respect for the other.  The story of who killed the baby momma and all that twists that happen DURING the finale was shocking.

I enjoyed meeting the other members but think Caviler had my attention.

Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes young adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.

With characters yelling “It’s my turn damn it!!!” She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.

When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.

Michel is a member of RWA Pro and Midwest Fiction Writers. In 2013 she was awarded Elite Status with Rebel Ink Press. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, and cat.

#WOTR23 #attendingauthor #spotlight – Sophia Paisley

Sophia Paisley

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m Sophia Paisley. I adore finding treasures for my little free library. I also enjoy annoying my family and finding unique places to vacation. My husband still won’t forgive me for having to sleep surrounded by camel dung. I’m not sorry.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

The books after the first one are always the hardest for me. I have a two-second memory and have to rely on spreadsheets to keep characters, locations, and facts organized. I also have to rely on my ability to remember to update them. I fail often.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

I take cues from the characters. Every person is unique, and it’s the same for characters. I don’t hold them back.

 On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

I spend most of the day procrastinating. I have a mile long to-do list, so it’s easily done. And then I realize the characters are waiting for me (and I’m not allowed to play games until words are written). I get about three to four hours of writing in on a good day. One or two on a bad day. I don’t count editing time. That beast stands alone.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

London Reese from Tempted to Love. He is by far my favorite. His back story is deep and he’s driven. He’s the kind of man you’d purposely lock horns with just to get a reaction.

 What is your definition of success?

For me, success isn’t about money. Did I survive the day? Success. Did my family survive? More success. Did I put a smile on someone’s face? Success. Did I change someone’s outlook or distract them enough that they didn’t think about their problems for a few hours? Epic success. Money is good, too. It pays bills. As long as those are paid, I’d rather have the memories.

 What are your social links?

I’m horrible with social media. If you want to keep in touch, sign up for my monthly newsletter for an insider’s look into my work and life. There are also monthly giveaways. https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/t9s6o5

What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

You can find links to all my books at https://www.sophiapaisley.com/

Want tickets to Writers on the River #2023?

They are available starting November 4th at Writersontheriver.com

$45 VIP sell out quickly – 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included.

$25 Early Access – 12-1 VIP house, 1-4 General Admission time. You also get a filled VIP bag but NO admission to the after party.

$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.

$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.

#WOTR23 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Cassandra Featherstone

Cassandra Featherstone

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m Cassandra Featherstone, though most people call me Cass (or Muppet).

I wrote my first short story at 3–my mom still has it–and I’ve been writing ever since.

Before the pandemic, I worked at an indie bookstore as Director of Educational Service/B2B, but my whole department got torpedoed by May of 2020. I’d started dipping my toe into self-publishing when they laid us all off in March, but I put myself in the wrong categories!

Once I figured out I belonged in whychoose romance, I really worked hard to learn as much about self-publishing as I knew about trad pub from my decade in the biz. I’m STILL learning and growing, but I’ve been busy!

I have five solo series and two co-write series in progress as of right now. The solo series all fall into one universe, which I love, and so I have an infinite playground to work in.(Plus, a really ridiculous writing schedule over the next few years.)

My five cats, puppy, long suffering husband, and my college aged goblin all live in the sweet spot between the South and the Midwest with me.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

Mmm. My PA says that I always write slower until I ‘de-virginize’ the characters. (ha!)

So probably first book, because my FMC will get spicy with the different love interests one by one (sometimes more), and after they do, I can really ‘hear’ all of their voices in my head clearly.

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

Oh, well. I’m a panster. I often haven’t a clue what’s coming next, so it’s ALL a surprise.

As for readers, I try to make sure I’m not just rubber stamping the same things over and over–whether characters, plots, traits, appearances, etc. No shade to people who do well with a formula or enjoy it at all! I’m just a girl who loves to have variety–hence whychoose 😉

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

First of all, learn about BUSINESS. You will make mistakes, but don’t let them be ones you have to suffer with FOREVER. Covers matter. Some form of editing (even betas, etc) matter. Marketing on anything free–FB, TT, IG, NL, etc–matter. Vet your helpers–find out about PAs, editors, cons, book boxes, anthology runners, arc team members as best you can before committing. Use contracts for these people and especially for co-writers, even your friends. You have to protect yourself and your work from fraud, scams, and people who will take advantage of you. Doing this stuff from the beginning will help your stress immeasurably.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

I work part-time still, but I write full time as well. (Sounds counterintuitive, but stay with me.)

That means on non-office work days, I write/do admin junk/do marketing at different points in the day for about two-four hours.

On office days, I aim for throughout the day, on breaks, and after I get home. (I work by daily word count on writing, which varies depending on how far ahead/behind I am.)

Also, I’m trying to get better at not working 24/7. WISH ME LUCK.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

Man, I am bad at choosing. All us whychoose people are.

Delilah (from the Codename series) was most like me when I was younger and got back into writing more seriously. She was my first published FMC and very near to my heart.

Jolene (Hollow series) is most like me now and she’s so much fun to write. She’s sassy, smart, a little damaged, funny, and does everything by seat of her pants. Jolene doesn’t have control of her life, per se, but she’s learned to ride the waves well. And she doesn’t take anyone’s BS anymore.

If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

I’m gonna go with the Hollow series because I think it’s got a good chance, but I’d prefer an HBO series. (Not Netflix they cancel everything.)

Jolene would be played by Zoey Deschanel
Teddy by Henry Cavill
Wolfie by Matt Later
Presley by Jared Padalecki
Doyle by Tom Hiddleston
Benjy by Donald Glover
Saoirse by Emma Watson

What is your definition of success?

I want to be able to go true full time as a writer and have readers adore my books.

Do you have anything you want to share that didn’t fit on one of these questions?

Don’t compare yourself or progress to others’. Stay on your path and do your thing. You’ll be happier for it.

What are your social links?

http://cfeatherstone.ctcin.bio/

What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

Want tickets to Writers on the River #2023?

They are available starting November 4th at Writersontheriver.com

$45 VIP sell out quickly – 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included.

$25 Early Access – 12-1 VIP house, 1-4 General Admission time. You also get a filled VIP bag but NO admission to the after party.

$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.

$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.

#WOTR23 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Bria Quinlan

Bria Quinlan

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hello! I’m Bria Quinlan *waves*

I write sweet contemp romance where our quirky heroines deal with surprising situations and YA issue books that are funny around the hot HS soccer team (I know this sounds vaguely familiar….but I swear I was a decade ahead of Ted Lasso!) I’m also constantly distracted by my “cowriter” Jack who thinks throwing his squeaker is the most important part of my work day.

When you are writing a book, which is harder? The first book in the series or the others after it?

I love starting a new series. It’s the cleanest slate you can get with an already present core readership! Everything is possible. (Translation: I have not yet painted myself into a corner!)

When writing a series how do you keep things fresh, for both your readers and also yourself?

YES! I’m writing two new series now and it’s so fun to try new things, create new dynamics, paint new worlds.

Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. Any tips for aspiring writers?

Drink heavily. Joking, not even a drinker really.

I’d say to everyone: Find what lets you unplug and reenergize.

Walking in the woods is my go-to. It’s brings down my stress, allows me to get exercise, turns off the rest of the world while at the same time filling my creative well. And I absolutely leave my screens at home.

Find what works for you then guard it like it’s gold. I learned just walking in town isn’t it or walking with people didn’t do the trick. I do those things, but they’re not “me time” – protect your me-time.

On a typical day, how much time do you spend writing?

I’m a muller. I’ll make lists and doodle and go for walks and that all counts because without it there’s no words to put on the page. But I’m also a strong believer in not measuring my time any longer as it started to feel heavy. Some days I write a few words on a notecard for later. Other days I get up, forget to shower, and stop when I finally get hungry.

Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.

My readers are going to say “Abby” — and I do absolutely love her. But for me, my YA heroines all hit my heart hard.

I don’t think they’ll be a year I stop thinking about them no matter how far away those books get.

If any of your books were to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it? What book and who?

OOHHH I think my book that would translate the best (again, readers would say The Catching Kind, but thinking script work) would be Wreckless.

Bridget: Sadie Sink (I mean, come on! Right?)
Jake: Jacob Elrodi

Altho, in my head I’m always like “A younger version of…” bc it’s a little odd to think about younger folks that way. Also, the answer is always *always* Michiel Huisman

What is your definition of success?

Wow, has it changed.

As someone who was a full-time author for years, hit a list, nominated for awards, has a great agent, blah blah blah BUT STINKS AT MARKETING no one is going to stand up and say “You know who is super successful? Bria Quinlan.”

And now, with years under my belt, I’m absolutely okay with that.

Now I’m just kind of at the “I’d like to write books that bring me joy to create and become bedside rereads for people bringing them smiles and tears.:

That sounds schmaltzy, but there you have it.

Do you have anything you want to share that didn’t fit on one of these questions?

Only this: The thing that makes tough books, hard releases, bad sales quarters, silly genre drama, etc worth it are READERS!

Every time, every darn time I’m feeling down about a project it’s the most magical thing when a reader reaches out to tell me why they loved this book or that character. It’s gas in the creative tank because it reminds me why we do this and why I’ll keep doing it.

What are your social links?

https://briaquinlan.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/505892340961303

https://twitter.com/bria.quinlan

What are your buy links? (Provide links to your Amazon/iBook’s/Koko/etc Author Home Page if you have quite a few. Also include audible links if applicable.)

https://www.amazon.com/Bria-Quinlan/e/B00D9URPWO
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Bria%20Quinlan
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=bria+quinlan
https://www.audible.com/author/Bria-Quinlan/B00D9URPWO

I know you said audible, but I’m adding Chirp too bc it’s so much better a deal for both the reader and the author:
https://www.chirpbooks.com/authors/bria-quinlan-audiobooks

Want tickets to Writers on the River #2023?

They are available starting November 4th at Writersontheriver.com

$45 VIP sell out quickly – 12-1 VIP hour, 1-4 General Admission time. You get a filled VIP bag and admission to the after party is included.

$25 Early Access – 12-1 VIP house, 1-4 General Admission time. You also get a filled VIP bag but NO admission to the after party.

$10 General Admission – 1-4 General Admission time. You can purchase a bag but it is not filled with VIP swag. There is no admission to the after party included.

$35 After party – 7-11 After Party with food and cash bar. Dj with a photobooth is also included in the fun.