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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #spotlight – A.d. Ellis

A.D.  Ellis

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

A.D. Ellis
I’m a mom of two teens, an educator of 23 years, and an author of over fifty books between two pen names. I also love, in no particular order, hot tea, chocolate, pizza, naps, reading, crocheting, and writing. My husband and I have known each other 25 years and been married 21. We live in the suburbs just south of Indianapolis and I teach in the inner city. My children are involved in show choir and band, so that definitely keeps us busy.

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

For me, it depends on the characters. Excitement over a new book/series usually pushes the first book along, but subsequent books/characters are easier because I *know* them more. My books don’t usually follow the same couple through more than one book. Most of my series are books with connected settings/groups of friends/family and focus on a new couple each book.

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

Each new couple gets their time to shine while we still get to revisit the couples in previous books. I think readers and writers enjoy a good balance of fresh/new with the warm/comfortable.

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

I do my best to write a little every day, but I also have to be honest with myself and let it go when a day just ISN’T going to be a writing day. Also, sometimes it helps to write something else. Interview questions/answers 😉 for example. Or I’ll find quotes I love and handwrite them as a way to get creativity going.

These quotes are always good for me when I’m feeling drained or stressed with writing.

“I tell my students there is such a thing as ‘writer’s block,’ and they should respect it. You shouldn’t write through it. It’s blocked because it ought to be blocked, because you haven’t got it right now.” -Toni Morrison

“If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” -Margaret Atwood

“‎If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot…reading is the creative center of a writer’s life…you cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.” -Stephen King

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

Typical day during the school year: Up at 3:15am, zone out on social media, take a shower, get ready for school, be at my desk with tea by 5:00am, write until 6:00am, leave for school. After school, I’ll usually do administrative type work but not often any real writing.

Typical day during breaks: Up around 6 or 7am, an hour or two writing, do whatever is scheduled for myself or kids, another hour or two writing.

You’d think I’d be more productive on breaks, but I’m really not.

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

Why don’t you just ask me which of my children is my favorite 🙂 Honestly, Sawyer holds a special place in my heart because he brought me to a very dear friend and his book was the one that thrust me into the world of LGBTQIA+ Romance.
Others who stick out: Jay in Can’t Fight It (he’s in the whole BJ Boys series), Braeton in Braeton & Drew: Something About Him, Cooper in Adore, Justin in The Perfect Blend, Charlie in Perfect Timing, Kota in Holly Hills Christmas, Marc in Take Me Home. But I truly love each character for one reason or another.

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 suck at these. I’d LOVE to see the BJ Boys made into a movie. I think Remington Place would be a fun movie/mini-series. But I am HORRIBLE at picking actors for characters.

What is your definition of success?

Honestly, I think it changes and can be different for different situations.
Is success writing a book? Maybe.
Is it writing over fifty books? Getting good reviews? Being asked to write in a special project? Again, maybe.
Is success when even just one reader is touched by your story?
Or do you need to be able to claim “best seller” to be successful?
Do you need to make six figures and quit your day job to write full time?
Depending on the parameters of what society/others/you set as “success”, it truly can be anything.
Some days, I’m a success because I got out of bed or remembered to wash that load of laundry.
I count it as a success when my kids’ teachers report they’re polite and helpful and great students.
It’s a success when I get through lunch duty with a smile on my face, when students seek me out for a hug, and when I see our students in the building making progress.
So again, success is different for different people and depending on the situations and experiences.

What are your social links?

This link will take you to a list of all of my social media (including my pen name)- https://www.adellisauthor.com/mylinks/

What are your buy links?

This link goes to a list of all of my social media and buy links- https://www.adellisauthor.com/mylinks/

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#WOTR22 #TwinsieAngieFavorite #MC #FriendstoLovers – Lil Bit, Book 4 of the Steel MC Montana Charter by Michel Prince and Wren McCabe, Narration by Kat Maxwell

Michel Prince is our attending author.

Lil' Bit (Steel MC Montana Charter #4)

Warning: Adult Audiences 18+. Language and actions some may deem offensive. Sexually explicit content. MF.

In book four of the Steel MC Montana Charter: Bryan “Baldy” Allen doesn’t have the same pedigree as the other founders of the Steel MC Montana Charter. He was named Vice President because of his friendship with Red, the Prez, leaving a part of him feeling as if he’s constantly playing catch-up with the former soldiers.

Weakened by cancer as a child, Baldy gutted out most of his life just to survive. Now thriving as the mechanic for, not only the Steels but those around Turnabout Creek, he finally sees a life ahead of him—there’s only one thing missing—his Lil’ Bit.

Kristy Coe survived a vicious attack that took more than her body—it stole any chance of a future with children. Like hearing the voices of her attackers when there is silence isn’t enough punishment.

Practically a shut-in until Baldy, a man who’d been there after the assault, offers her an opportunity of a job at the garage. Knowing Baldy would never allow anyone to hurt her, she’s able to run the gas pumps and check out customers daily with the security of him being less than a few steps away. Not to mention the yearning she has for the man she has watched from afar.

Scarred inside and out—feeling less than those around them—can Baldy and Lil’ Bit realize everything they’re missing is standing right before them? And will they have the time to figure it out since the Steel MC Montana Charter knows how to make enemies? Enemies that refuse to go away quietly.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this ebook and audio book.

Friends.  I am so confused as to how I feel.  I am so excited to FINALLY read my Baldy’s book but now I am sad because I read my Baldy’s book. Is it wrong I already want a re-read already??  NO?  Ok good because that might be happening this weekend!!  LOL  Sorry Free and Hollywood but you gotta wait.  It’s my Baby daddy we are talking about…Baldy all day every day!

Ok so why Baldy?  I admit Hack almost stole me away in book 3 buuut I hung strong for Brian “Baldy” Allen, the VP of the Steel MC Charter.  His character history was one of overcoming childhood cancer.  He was just such a fun loving guy who never takes anything for granted given the struggles he has had in life.

Lil’ Bit AKA Kristy Coe is the little sister to Cass.  She is BROKEN shell of the wild girl she used to be.  She has been brutally attacked, raped, and dehumanized beyond what most think is repairable.  She is afraid of everyone and everything but slowly starts to emerge out of her shell.  She wants to want more but is scared to death to want more.  Baldy is forcing her out into the world and that is her saving grace.

Baldy sees the little girl he grew up with and is there like a big brother should be.  However, Baldy soon starts to see the strength and amazing WOMAN she is.  He gets all kinda of confused about what is going on.  Kristy has always has a crush on Baldy but fears after he saw her when she was at her worst , he would never want her in THAT way.

Lawd thank god for Lil’ Mama kicking Kristy’s butt into taking a chance and LAWD thank God for Baldy finally taking that chance even though he knows Cass is gonna shit a brick!!  Can’t go against your MC brothers but when your heart is on the line you will do whatever you need to.

The story of what happened to Kristy is pretty horrendous and we get a lot more details in this book. But OMG guys I was screaming at so many points for her. She has found so much strength in this book.  Her strength is coming from her family, her love of Baldy, her new MC Family, and she finally but most importantly she found herself again!!!

The love story in this book….stop it………I am so thrilled with the entire way the story came together.  Kristy and Baldy are truly the perfect half to the others whole.  Hands down fav book of the series so far.

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.

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Wren McCabe lives in Northern United States with her two spoiled canine companions. Hobbies include big trucks, fast cars, motorcycles, four-wheelers, snowmobiles, fishing, hunting and camping. Outdoor enthusiastic keeps her outside during the summer months and on the ice in the winters. Her family will contest she is never far away from a pen, paper and computer.

#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Anna Hague

Anna Hague

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m Anna Hague and I live just a little north of Indianapolis IN. I also work as a sports writer/photographer for a local paper. My husband and I don’t have any children, but we’ve hosted 11 foreign exchange students. Before Covid, we did all kinds of activities. Now we’ve gotten content hanging out at home with our two dogs and three parrots. We are planning some vacations this year and plan to visit one of our kids in Italy in a year or so. I started publishing in 2016 and the best thing is all the wonderful people I’ve met in person and online.

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

I think the other books are harder. You have so many ideas with the first, and after that one, you have to find something that will make the new book unique and just as interesting to the reader as the first.

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

I’m using secondary characters as the MCs. By using them, I can dive deeper into their lives and personalities the reader didn’t really get to see in the previous book. So both the reader and me get to know all kinds of things we didn’t know before.

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

Don’t force it. If the words aren’t there, leave it alone for awhile. I had to take a break for medical reasons. I had no desire to write. Now after the hiatus, I’m really excited to be back writing.

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

Because of my job, my hours are never set. I try for an hour everyday and days I’m not working, I aim for five to six. But I have to get full permission from the dogs, and they don’t always agree.

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

Jamey from Captured Hearts. He was my first, but I still love him. He did something really horrible, and through three books and a span of almost 18 years, he cannot forgive himself even though others have.

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?

Thunderstruck would be a great Netflix movie because it’s a paranormal. I think Chris Hemsworth and Mila Kunis would be a good pair.

What is your definition of success?

It’s certainly not about the money. I think from Page 1 to The End is success. The whole process of writing a novel is challenging at every turn. The story, the conflict, the pacing, the resolution. It all takes so much of yourself and sanity to complete.

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010050496430

https://www.instagram.com/annahagueauthor/

What are your buy links?

https://www.amazon.com/~/e/B01N19LUF1

https://books2read.com/u/4XXzB5

https://books2read.com/u/brvR9e

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#WOTR22 #MC #Audio #ReListen – Preacher Girl, Steel MC Montana Charter Book 3 by Michel Prince and Wren McCabe, Narration by Kat Maxwell

Michel is our attending author.

Preacher Girl (Steel MC Montana Charter #3)

Warning: Mature Adult Audiences 18+. Contains language and actions some may deem offensive. Sexually explicit content. MF.

In book three of Steel MC Montana Charter: Formerly a Navy SEAL, Thomas Creek was used to being single and free. He earned the nickname “Hack” due to his mad computer skills when he joined the Steel MC Montana Charter. Being part of the club allows him the freedom to ride fast and free on his motorcycle, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Hannah Ence grew up as one of many daughters of a prophet, now being forced into a plural marriage by her father. Posting on the dark web, she prayed for help in escaping her fate. She wasn’t asking for much—a future beyond that of a wife to a man who had a half dozen already.

Steel Montana, though they pledged to be part of a domestic abuse underground, was still working toward building their club. Alerted by Hack of Hannah’s plight, they chose to answer her call. They just didn’t know how important Hannah would be to the club until after she was rescued.

With a rival MC actively attacking the Steels, and Hannah’s sheltered upbringing, Hack worries about the raven-haired angel he saved. Is Hannah strong enough to become a part of his life? Or is her draw to him fleeting, brought on by the fact he makes her feel safe? Because for him, she has become so much more than a job.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I purchased this ebook and audio book.

OMG HACK!!!  Friends, I have been on #TeamBaldy since I was introduced to him in book 1 but after this book…uhm…wellll…Baldy might be getting sidelined *Gasp* I know I know!!!!

Thomas AKA Hack is Mr. Few Words and Mr. Always Club Business.  When he sees Hannah’s cry for help on the internet, he jumps to protect her from a marriage to her GREAT UNCLE who is like 70 years old.  EWWWWW

Hannah has grown up in a religious cult. She knew not everything was right but when your father is THE MAN how do you disrespect him??  She gets some help and makes a plea for help online.  When the MC shows up, she is scared as heck because hello they might have killed her family to save her plus…uhm…she is sheltered, and they are FREAKING BIKERS!!!

The attraction to each other is instant in a way.  But maybe its more a mutual respect then attraction initially now that I think about it.  He respects her for leaving everything she knows, and she respects him for his loyalty to friends and family.

As they bond and spend time together you can see their attraction build but he is freaking because she a virgin and 18.  She believes, thanks to her past, she is a demon and will ruin any life she decides to shack up with.

Seeing them explore everything from her desire for MORE in life like school, job. Family, and a college education while he explores the possibility of an Ol’ Lady and family.

I loved loved loved these two.  They were such an odd dynamic and yet they fit together perfectly.  But I admit, after listening to the opening scene/preview for Baldy…..Hack might get kicked to the curb again/  LOL

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.

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Wren McCabe lives in Northern United States with her two spoiled canine companions. Hobbies include big trucks, fast cars, motorcycles, four-wheelers, snowmobiles, fishing, hunting and camping. Outdoor enthusiastic keeps her outside during the summer months and on the ice in the winters. Her family will contest she is never far away from a pen, paper and computer.

#WOTR22 #Paranormal #Shifters #Brothers – Lightweight, Hallow Brothers Book 7 by Tricia Andersen

Is this the end of the Hallow family?

The Hallows have been exiled from their home and the cell towers that sustained their income are burned to the ground. Their only hope rests on Caleb and Joshua who fly to Tokyo to plead for their contracts with LunaBit, the app company they work for. The night before their big meeting, Joshua is drawn to a blonde at a bar. After a night of amazing, sensual sex, he wakes up alone, bearing the mating mark of his ancestors, similar to the ones his six brothers already share with their mates.

When the brothers finally meet with Maya Johansson, LunaBit’s Vice President of the North American Division, Joshua discovers she is the woman who was his bed the night before. Maya holds secrets of her own, which includes being aware of what the tattoo she now bears means. She demands that Joshua returns to Los Angeles to negotiate the family’s contracts with LunaBit. Joshua agrees, willing to do anything to protect his loved ones in Minnesota. However, can he withstand a fabricated marriage, tension with an ex-boyfriend, and a new father-in-law that is pure evil incarnate? And can he save the Hallows home before they all fall to the vampires who want them dead?

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Review by Twinsie Angie

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

 I have loved each story of each of the brothers and enjoyed what NEW story line they bring to the overall arc of the series.

Josh and Maya were certainly a good read.  Josh is the last single brother, and he is all about not settling down.  When a one-night stand turns into ever after…he is not so thrilled initially with his mate.  Josh teases his brother Cay about having one woman for the rest of his life when he gets to enjoy the single life while they are in Toyko.  The family’s gaming apps are in trouble with the owner, and they are being called to headquarters to deal with the mess ups.  Cay and Josh goes for a quick drink when all of a sudden he mating signs show up.  Cay laughs his butt off because he knows what’s going to happen.

Maya needs to cut loose.  Being the VP of the gaming company is cutthroat business especially when a ex is a rival for her job.  Chaz is trying to make Maya look incompetent so he can take her job.  Maya sees the tall dark rink of water and says yes to one night.  When she wakes up with the tattoo her behavior and reaction isn’t what Josh expected.

Maya does he best to keep Josh at bay, but the bond is too much. When she comes clean about who she is and who her family consists of, yup another awesome addition to the crazy Hallow family.  Maya and Josh go through a lot to make things work and find a way to be together they can both be happy with.  Throw in vampires, not so nice dad’s, demons, and ya know orphans the story takes you on a great journey.

I absolutely LOVE this series and cannot wait for more!!!  Plus I would like to add that more Joe is always good and this book had some Joe scenes to make this girl happy. #TeamJoeForever!!

Tricia Andersen lives in Iowa with her husband and her three children. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in Communications Media/Public Relations.

For the past five years, Tricia has been a member of Hard Drive Performance Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, an affiliate of Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has experience in kickboxing and currently trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Even though she has never competed in an MMA cage, she’s witnessed and been a part of a fighter’s journey from fight camp to their walk to the cage. She also has competed in jiu jitsu.

#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #spotlight – Taki Kasai

Taki Kasai

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hello I’m Taki Kasai

I live in South Roxana IL with my eight animals. I have four dogs, Molly, Max, Copper and Khanna. I also have four cats, Cleopatra, Sassy, Salem, and Luna.

Hobbies include: Reading, Writing, and Video Games. (Totally a nerd)

I write multiple genres, I write Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Contemporary Romance. I am going to be dipping my toes into the PNR world here soon as I have come up with a witchy novel that must be done now. My first book was a fantasy novella The Dark Arcane Master back in 2017. My latest book is Save the Last Dance published in 2021.

When I’m not writing I work as a truck dispatcher and a server at a Vineyards. (Can we just say all the free wine?)

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

Everything that comes after the first book. I am always having to look back at my last book to make sure I’m staying consistent with looks, nicknames, places. It sometimes become so boggling even with my notes. The first book I feel I can let my imagination do a free for all.

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

I add new characters and places to the series to add more layers to the story line. To make the story feel like it is more 3D then 2D. I also plan on adding in a new adventure in every story. Per example my Mage War Series is a fantasy series, so there will be more of an adventure story, a battle story, a love story. Etc.

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

Don’t force the words and always take me time. Sometimes just enjoying the weather and a nice cup a tea can do wonders for the stress. Especially when the words are not coming. I have also learned that it is okay to get help doing certain things. We can’t do it all!

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

I typically spend a couple of hours writing. I don’t do it all in one sitting due to my 7-5 job but I space it out in-between. Sometimes it can be a few words and other times I might get a few pages written. It really depends on the day.

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

Addie Moya is one of my favorite characters. You meet her in The Red Assassin. She is a hacker in the book and tends to blend into the background. She is willing to stay in the background unless one of her friends are hurt. Then she has no problem getting her hands dirty. Not only that she is the one of my mysterious characters who continues to develop as I write. I learn more and more about her every time that even makes me do a double take. I adore her and think she has a lot of potential.

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 would really want my Mage War Series made into the a movie. Just to see Michael Fassbender (Playing Lorcan Adair) and Misha Collins (Playing Mihaly Novak) Go head to head. I think it would be epic. Not only are they brothers but they are each others ultimate enemies. (Let’s not forget Scott Eastwood playing Jackson, one of Mihaly’s best friends and a Bear!)

What is your definition of success?

Someone telling me how much they enjoyed my books and how I have touched their life.

What are your social links?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TakiKasai
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/kasaitaki/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TakiKasai
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/taki-kasai
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/takikasai

What are your buy links?

Amazon: amazon.com/author/takikasai

*I have books listed on KOBO, iBooks, NOOK as well*

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#WOTR22 #SeriesStarter #Paranormal #Vampires – The Vampire’s Curse , Beyond the Mist book 1 by Valerie Twombly

The Vampire's Curse (Beyond The Mist) by [Valerie Twombly]

She’s fated to break his curse. He’s destined to kill her.

CURSED
With his clan trapped and starving, vampire Andrei Vladimir will stop at nothing to save them. But an ancient curse compels him to waste precious time hunting the vile creatures he creates every time he feeds. With the clock ticking, he weaves a trap to lure the fated female who can save them all.

FATED
Sonia Covaci doesn’t believe her grandmother’s visions of the future. But when a purchased trinket brings dreams of a mysterious stranger, her small town American life threatens to spin out of control. Sensing he is in danger, she does the unthinkable and boards a plane for Romania.

Sonia follows her fate. Andrei moves in for the sacrifice. Never did he imagine the female destined to break the curse would become the woman he couldn’t afford to lose.

Previously published as Passion Awakened.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I received this book from Book Sirens for an honest review.

Lawd! What a great premise for a book. Finding your long lost and much desired mate to only be told you have to kill her to break a curse!! Dude that is prolyl the worst news ever.

This novel is packed with a punch from start to end.  There is so much going on but it is all easy to follow.

Andrei is a vampire who has been dealing with the visions of his mate coming into his life. He was cursed and wants to know how to get rid of this curse when a witch tells him how to do it.  He can’t believe he must kill his mate to break the curse to protect and save his people.

Sonia’s grandma would always tell her about her future and would read her cars telling her of a special life to come. When Sonia finally admits she has been seeing a hot  blonde man in her dreams her grandma tells her he is her mate.

When Roman, Andrei’s bestie shows up to fill in Sonia about everything and take her to Andrei she is understanding and jumps on the plane.

The story was really fast paced and an enjoyable read for anyone who loves vampires and fated mates type reads.  I can’t wait to read more in the series.

This book previously was published but I never read it so I am unsure if there is added material from the original release date/title.

Award winning and bestselling author Valerie Twombly grew up watching Dark Shadows over her mother’s shoulder, and from there her love of the fanged creatures blossomed. Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper.

When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and dog, in Northern IL.

#review #Antihero #Audio #BDSMLight – Knight, Unfinished Hero Book 1 by Kristen Ashley – Narrator: Savannah Richards

Knight (The Unfinished Heroes Series Book 1) by [Ashley, Kristen]

Anya Gage has learned that to get anything good in life, you have to work for it. She has no expectations, no dreams.

Then she finds herself at a party where she doesn’t want to be and she meets Knight.

Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone.

Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves of white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays – good, normal and clean. But when Anya comes to his nightclub and finds herself in a situation, he knows someone has to look after her, he can’t fight it anymore and he decides that man will be him.

Knight teaches Anya that, just as with the bad, in life you should also expect the good. And he teaches her this by giving it to her.

But Knight has a dark past and just as he desires Anya for exactly who she is, he fears when she finds out exactly the man he has become and always intends to be, she’ll leave him for good, normal and clean.

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The audio book from this story was AMAZING!!   I have never heard a story from Savannah but LAWD will I look for more.  She brought this sexy hot story to life and added to it for sure.

Original Ebook review from 2016

My friend told me that I was missing out and she gifted me a copy of the book to read.

HOLY MOTHER OF HOTNESS!!  Uhm where have I been and why has someone kept the rock on my head for so long.  Knight is hot, alpha, naughty and just yum.

Knight is not a hero but an anti-hero.  I mean the guy is not a white picket fence kinda guy.  I mean he roughed up Anya’s landlord for not taking care of the apartment complex.  They weren’t even dating.  They jst met.  Now he isn’t the creep stalkery alpha’s you read about.  Actually he stayed as far away from her as he could get because she is so pure and he is not pure at all.  However, when she comes to his club and is getting harassed, he is no longer hiding but claiming Anya for own.

Anya is the girl who is beautiful but doesn’t think she is beautiful.  She is super low maintance and is the loyal to the end friend.  When her friend Sandrine (GRRR HATED HER FYI) drops her for “the one” she stumbles into Knights world.  She is whiplashed by his actions but she just kinds goes with it.  When the two start to date, she says no and he was like “well too bad because we are dating”.  I actually liked how he pushed himself into her life and made her realize that she is happier with him and he is too.

Man the stuff they go through is crazy.  I loved how no matter what Knight was honest with Anya.  She may not like what he has to say but he put it out there and never hid anything from her.  Anya was a calming balm to Knight.  She was able to tame him a bit while letting is stay HIM!!

I loved the story and ant wait to read more from the series.

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessories and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Alison Bliss

Alison Bliss

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m Alison Bliss, a best-selling, award-winning author of sexy, contemporary romances that are laugh-out-loud funny. Something I like to call, “Romance…with a sense of humor.” I’m a born and raised Texan, who currently resides in the Midwest with my super supportive husband, two awesome kids, and five pets. I’m also the youngest of five girls, which means I’ve never turned down a challenge or been called by the right name. I enjoy writing fun, steamy love stories that put a smile on a reader’s face.

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

I think the first book in the series is easier because you are open to any possibilities. With the next books in the series, you’ve already established things such as characters, settings, and backstory that you sometimes wish you could change. Fortunately, there are usually ways around these kind of writing barriers.

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

I try to always keep my characters fresh. For example, in my Perfect Fit series, the heroines of each book are all plus-size women, but they aren’t the same person. The women are all different and aren’t going to feel the same way about their bodies. Leah (Book 1) is my self-depracating heroine, Valerie (Book 2) is my confident heroine, and Jessa (Book 3) is a total foodie who doesn’t have any hang-ups about her size. Interesting fact – the hero in Jessa’s book is actually the one who struggles with a food addiction.

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

When you’re having a hard time writing a particularly difficult scene or struggling to finish your book altogether, keep in mind that even published authors who have been writing for years have these same struggles. Writing books is not easy, but if you stick with it and don’t give up, you will get through it.

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

I wish I could write daily, but it’s just not possible right now. I have a personal life and a busy household with a husband, two kids, and six pets. For me, it’s a balancing act to make sure everything gets done, including the writing. But on the days I do write, I usually am working for a good eight to twelve hours with some breaks in between.

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

My favorite character that I have written thus far is the heroine from my debut novel, Rules of Protection. Emily Foster is a girl after my own heart. She is sassy and gives the hero so much grief. I will admit that she is a bit of a brat, but once you read her story and get to know her background, then I think it’s easier to understand who she is and why she behaves the way she does. The woman actually has so many layers that you get to see unfold throughout her story. She was definitely a lot of fun to write.

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?

For Rules of Protection, I would love to see Emma Stone and Tom Hardy portray my characters, Emily and Jake.

What is your definition of success?

My definition of success is being able to do something you love while also earning enough to make a living.

What are your social links?

Website: http://authoralisonbliss.com/
FB Author Page: http://facebook.com/AuthorAlisonBliss
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/alison-bliss
Twitter: http://twitter.com/AlisonBliss2
Amazon Page: http://amazon.com/author/alisonbliss
Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/AlisonBliss
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/AlisonBliss2/
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/AlisonBliss2
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dvShQv

What are your buy links?

Amazon Page: http://amazon.com/author/alisonbliss

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/alison-bliss
Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/AlisonBliss

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#Audio #MC #seriesStarter #99CentsEbook – Reapers and Bastards Anthology, Reapers MC 4.5 by Joanna Wylde

Reapers and Bastards Anthology (Silver Valley #1.5; Reapers MC #4.5)

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Reapers Motorcycle Club and Silver Valley series comes an anthology of extras and never-before-released material, including a new short story featuring fan favorites Horse and Marie.

Charming Bastard: A Novella
I first met Riley Boone when I was four years old. We moved to Callup, Idaho after my dad blew out his back and had to go on disability. Boonie’s family lived next to ours. Every afternoon he’d swagger off the school bus after kindergarten like a conquering king. For the first week he ignored me, until I impressed him by climbing nearly thirty feet up in the tree behind his trailer. They had to call the fire department to get me down, but it was worth it to see the respect in his five-year-old eyes. He gave me a worm in honor of my accomplishment. I fell in love. The next day he made me eat the worm and our relationship has been complicated ever since.

(Until now, this novella has been exclusively available in the paperback edition of Silver Bastard.)

Sticky Sweet: A Short Story
Horse and Marie met for the first time in Reaper’s Property. Now experience this moment through his eyes. (Originally available on the author’s website.)

NEW Skunked: A Short Story
Marie has some BIG news to share with Horse—news that will change both their lives forever….

NEW Sugar and Spice: A Short Story
A prequel to Reaper’s Fall, this story features Painter and Melanie’s first meeting.

PLUS: Becca’s Huckleberry Pie recipe, Marie’s Bread recipe and Emergency Skunk Cleaning recipe.

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Review by Twinsie Angie

I was purchased this audio book.

I was doing a reread of this series on audio and realized I hadn’t read it.  When I saw the characters are Boone and Darcy plus Marie and Horse…SOLD!!!

If you are a fan of the series, you know how in LOVE Darcy and Boone are so hearing their beginning was great.  TBH I would have loved a full story.  What we got was wonderful and heartbreaking but this greedy sweet butt wanted more.

Now as a full fledge member of #TeamHorse of course I had to read this POV from the first time he saw Marie annnnd their baby news.  These 2 short stories were the icing on my cake.  To see Horse feeling Marie so hard in the POV and not jut for a quickie but as a “his woman” vibe was delicious.  Such a great read.

Joanna Wylde is a freelance writer and voracious reader. You can visit her website at www.joannawylde.net.