#Review – Resolute Justice by Leslie Marshman

Resolute Justice by [Leslie Marshman]

Will a stand-up sheriff toss the rule book in order to deliver justice?

Between hunting human traffickers and solving her father’s murder, Sheriff Cassie Reed’s hands are full. So, despite her attraction to Tyler Bishop, finding his runaway missing niece isn’t a priority. Besides, the charming PI’s penchant for bending rules exasperates the by-the-book cop. But when a leak in her department brings Cassie under suspicion, joining forces with the tantalizing rebel is her only option.

From Harlequin Intrigue: Seek thrills. Solve crimes. Justice served.

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Review by Twinsie Kelly

Team MEAT AND BEER!

Small town with big problems…The book starts out with quite the punch. We get to see how Tyler’s tale weaves himself into the small town of Resolute. While Tyler starts the hunt for his missing niece, he and Sheriff Cassie bump heads. The Sheriff has a lot on her plate and Tyler comes walking into town wanting her to break the rules. Um, NOPE! Not our Sheriff Cassie. While she is stubborn and headstrong, she starts to struggle thinking with her head instead of her heart. There are quite a few bumps in the road when the Texas Rangers pop in and throw a stick in their operation. Cassie and Tyler, who are opposites in ever way possible, work together to find these missing girls and put the bad guys to bed.

The story was very well written and while we all know that these two are going to end up together, it was fun watching these two grow on each other. Their banter back and forth made for some lightheartedness during some really crazy times in the book. I rooted for Cassie and Tyler the entire time and was not disappointed with the outcome. However, I am team MEAT AND BEER! Read it and you will know what I mean, LOL!

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Award-winning suspense author Leslie Marshman is (finally) putting her psychology degree to good use, getting inside the heads of her characters and figuring out what makes them tick. She writes novels that feature kick-ass heroines, the heroes who love them, and the bad guys who fear them.

Leslie called Denver home until she married a Texan without reading the fine print. Now she lives halfway between Houston and Galveston and has learned to embrace the humidity. Her household includes two miniature poodles named Harley and Davidson, and a three-legged box turtle named Stumpy. If she’s not at her computer making things up, you’ll probably find her camping at a lake, a fishing pole in one hand and a book in the other.

#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.)

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$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.

#Review – Blood Bounty (Charmslinger, Book 1) by Liza Street

Blood Bounty (Charmslinger Book 1) by [Liza Street]

Gracie Boswell’s got a charmed bullet, a brand new posse, and a pack of outlaw vampires to kill.

The tiny town of Penance has a big vampire problem—and charmslinger Gracie Boswell aims to be the solution. A whole nest of vampires makes for a mighty fine bounty, though, and Gracie is far from the only charmslinger angling for the job. When a charming local layabout and an old competitor elbow their way into Gracie’s posse, she’s forced to at least pretend to play nice…but trust is scarce in the west, and smart bounty hunters always sleep with one eye open.

But Gracie doesn’t have much time to watch her fellow bounty hunters—Penance’s vampire nest is bigger and more organized than anyone suspected, and there’s at least one traitor in the town’s midst. Soon, Gracie finds herself in the unenviable position of leaning on her posse…and at least one of them isn’t what he claims to be.

USA Today best-selling author Liza Street continues to thrill with a brand new western gothic series of outlaw vampires, sinister fae, and good old-fashioned treachery. Pick up Blood Bounty for a wild ride through the dark and dangerous west!

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Review by Twinsie Kelly

Wild West Vampire Bounty Hunter…what more could you ask for?!

If you are a fan of Westerns and “things that go bump in the night”, you should absolutely give the Charmslinger series a chance. I love the idea of the Old West having Vampires and such. I randomly found a recommendation for this on Facebook and was instantly hooked when I read the blurb. Just like in the olden days, for the most part, bounty hunters were frowned upon because they simply found people for money. It is no different in this story. But add another twist to it because our MC, Gracie Boswell, is a human bounty hunter that slings witch charms. They have helped her more times than not and she just keeps her distance from the people that have nothing better to do than look down on her. She is the one that keeps their little towns and lives safe.

She comes across a wanted poster for a nest of vampires that are wreaking havoc on Penance with a great bounty. Money that could help change her life. She goes to Penance to get more info and to start the hunt but ends up with a posse that is very different than she is. She has worked alone for so long that she has an incredibly difficult time working with the posse but it turns out, she is going to need them.

The story started out a bit slow for me but I think that it needed to in order to get a really good feel for the world and the characters. As you get further into the story and things start to pick up, you will get to the point where you can’t stop turning the pages. This nest is intriguing and these vampires are not similar to the ones that have been used over and over in other stories. This series definitely has my attention and I am looking forward to reading book two to see what other trouble Ms. Boswell can get into.

Liza Street

Liza got her start in romance by sneak-reading her grandma’s paperbacks. It wasn’t long before she started writing her own series. Now she’s a USA Today bestselling author who spends her time writing about shifters with fierce and savage hearts.

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#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.

#WOTR23 – #Review – Don’t Cry Over Spilled Potions (Which Village, Book 3) by L.C. Mortimer aka Sophie Stern

Don't Cry Over Spilled Potions (Which Village Book 3) by [L.C. Mortimer]

For fans of Buffy, Charmed, and Hocus Pocus comes a story about second chances and new beginnings.

Don’t cry over spilled potions.

Once upon a time, I was in love.

My husband was stolen from me before I was ready, but I found him again.

Now he’s back.

He’s here with me in Which Village, but he has no memory of the past and no idea that the two of us were inseparable.

When a foe from his werewolf days threatens to tear us apart, Stanley and I have a choice to make, and it’s not going to be an easy one.

Don’t Cry Over Spilled Potions is the third book in the WHICH VILLAGE series. This book features female main characters who are middle-aged (or fast approaching it) and who have magical powers.

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Review by Twinsie Kelly

Excellent finale for the Which Village series! I absolutely love this series and Don’t Cry Over Spilled Potions is no different. Jaden and Stanley’s love story is one that against all odds should continue. Now that Jaden has her husband back we get to experience what exactly Stanley is and has been going through….absolute hell. People are tricky and sneaky, but to find out you are something you are not feels like a curse. It is almost like Jaden and Stanley have to meet again. Neither know much about the other but both feel the connection. Is that connection going to be enough to save them? That’s the question, my friends. “The curse of the werewolves is a nasty one.” Both, Jaden and Stanley, have to deal with their own feelings of self worth and wondering if they are good enough. But when push comes to shove, true colors shine bright! If you are looking for something that is a bit different from the normal witches, werewolves, and things that go bump in the night, you need to read this series!

L. C. Mortimer

L.C. Mortimer likes zombies, shifters, and things that go bump in the night. When she’s not busy dreaming up her next story, Mortimer can be found dancing, traveling, or curled up with a cozy mystery.

#WOTR23 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – AD Ellis

A.D. Ellis

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

A.D. Ellis (and I write under a separate pen name of Dove Daniels). I’m a mom of two teens, a teacher/instructional coach of 24 years in the inner city of Indianapolis, IN, and an author. I love sweet red wine and laughing with friends, crocheting when I have time, writing, and reading. Naps are life, hot tea runs through my veins, and I love a crisp, cool fall day.

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

It just depends on the characters, but usually there are parts of a first book that are easier and parts of the subsequent ones that are easier.

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

Due to the fact that all of my series to date focus on a different couple set in the same world, it’s easy to keep things fresh.

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

Take breaks for time for YOU. If the words aren’t coming, do something different. READ A LOT. Write something else.

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

Approximately 90 minutes before school throughout the school year. Usually 2-3 hours on a Saturday or Sunday. Breaks from school often give me a bit more time to write.

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

That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child. A few of my favorites (and these are just a FEW!) are usually because of their backstory and/or their personality.
Jay in the Blueridge Junction Boys series.
Kota in Holly Hills Christmas.
Cooper in Adore.
Shaw in Julian & Shaw: On Cravenwood Block.
Ty in Hearts Afire.
But, truly, I love every main character (and some side characters!) for one reason or another.

 What are your social links?

All of my links can be found – https://www.adellisauthor.com/mylinks/

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 links can be found – https://www.adellisauthor.com/mylinks/

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 #Review – The Polar Bear’s Fake Mate By: Sophie Stern

The Polar Bear's Fake Mate (Shifters of Rawr County Book 1) by [Sophie Stern]

One bear. One human. One big, fat lie.

Justin
You’d think that with a backstory like mine, the idea of taking a mate is unbelievable. You’d be right. The only reason I’m agreeing to this entire “mates” thing is so that my mother gets off my back, my shareholders are happy, and I continue moving forward in my career. I’m the face of a multi-billion dollar company. I don’t need any scandals in my midst.

Rebecca
The offer is for one year. One year of pretending to be this guy’s mate, and then we can have a quiet divorce. He just needs his shareholders off of his back, and me? Well, I’d like to not starve to death. Only, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Justin. He might have money and brains and incredibly good looks, but there’s a secret that lurks behind those beautiful eyes.

And I intend to find out what it is.

THE POLAR BEAR’S FAKE MATE is the first book in SHIFTERS OF RAWR COUNTY: a new shifter series from Sophie Stern. There is no cheating and a guaranteed HEA for our happy couple. You may also want to check out THE DRAGON’S CHRISTMAS TREASURE for a sneak peek at life in Rawr County!

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Review by Twinsie Melinda

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

Justin has it all looks, company, and knows how to have a good time. However, the shareholders do not like the idea of Justin being single and running the company. His mother comes up with a plan to find him a fake mate to appease everyone. Well except for Justin that is. The search is on for the fake mate he will marry and then after a year they can divorce. Once they have it narrowed down the ladies are whisked off to a remote resort to a face-to-face meeting.

Rebecca’s life is unraveling she cannot find a job and her roommate is leaving. If she doesn’t figure something out, she will be homeless before long. When she sees the ad for a temporary wife, she decides this is the adventure she needs.

When Rebecca arrives at the resort, she meets a guy in the elevator there were sparks. Justin sees Rebecca in the elevator he knows this is the one and sends the rest away. Rebecca holds back knowing Justin can break her heart. Plus, she knows he is hiding something but she cannot quite put her finger on what it is.

I enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read more of the series and learn more about these characters. There was so much going on here and the twist. Great start to a series.

Sophie Stern writes contemporary and paranormal romance <3 Visit her on Facebook for frequent updates!

http://facebook.com/sexysophiestern

#wotr #attendingauthor #standalone Disassembled Creatures by Albany Walker 

It all started with a game. 

It was supposed to be fun, a night with friends. No one was supposed to die, but that’s not what happened. 

There’s a killer on the loose. People I know are dying, and I think I might be next. 

We called the boogeyman, and he answered. 

Disassembled Creatures is a standalone novella intended for mature audiences 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/62792846-disassembled-creatures

Amazon https://amzn.to/3gtf627

Review by Twinsie Dee

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

Lethe and her friends wanted to have a little fun, well 2 of the 4 wanted to have some fun so they brought out a Ouija board after all its just a game nothing bad can happen right. Well, they were all very wrong, after one of the girls started calling upon spirit crazy things start to happen, Lethe had, had enough of this game and thinking that 2 of the girls planned this all out to scare the crap out of her and it was working grabbing her other friend she heads for the door and when she’s at her car she notices a shadow in the window upstairs and then the door closing without anyone touching it. Well, the next day she finds out 1 girl was dead and the other wasn’t going to make it. All because of a game the boogeyman has come to play and he wants her, but why does he want Lethe and will she figure it out or will he catch her by surprise. In this lesson never mess with the spirit world and leave the Ouija boards alone, will Lethe make it out of this nightmare come to life alive or will someone be contacting her spirit with a Ouija board in the future? Wow wow wow wow, I could not put this book down Albany has done it again just when I didn’t think I could love her words anymore she writes another amazing story. This book will have you on the edge of your seat and gripping the pages to turn them faster and faster, so many twist that you won’t see coming.

Albany lives in Michigan where she’s happily married to her high school sweetheart. She spends most of her time juggling her four children’s extracurricular activities, with her nose stuck in a book. When not reading you can find her writing her very own book boyfriends. Albany’s passion is writing romance with real characters that are far from perfect, but always seem to find their own happily ever afters. 

#WOTR23 #AttendingAuthor #Spotlight – CJ Baty

C. J. Baty

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I go by CJ at events and in my book life. I’ve been published for about 8 years now. It sure has gone be quickly. I live in Southeastern Ohio but I travel to the Pigeon Forge area of TN frequently. That area has been the inspiration for many of my stories. Autumn is of course and beautiful season to travel there, but actually winter is my favorite. I love walking in the mountains with that crisp winter air. It makes for good thinking time. My life at the moment has become a caregiver for my parents. They have recently moved back home from Florida and I love having them here. I have two grown children, who are the world to me. We have so much fun together. My husband and I celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary 9/2022 and I don’t see how that has gotten here so quickly. Looking forward to all the books, I have scheduled for next and returning to WOTR is a priority for me.

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

Has to be the ones that come after!!! Got to remember all those names and places. My WIP write now is the 6th book in Pinkerton Man Series – The Secrets at Whitcomb Manor. This book as a boatload of new characters and I’ve had to do a lot of research for it as well.

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

My stories usually involve a mystery or murder to solve. I also like to change up the locations even in writing a series. This gives the reader familiarity with the characters, but also takes them to a fresh location.

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

I think getting away from the work in process. Having a cup of coffee with a friend. Also, I’d definitely suggest making friends with other authors along your writing journey. It helps so much when you can turn to someone who knows exactly what you are going through and understands. I am blessed to have such an author friend who lives close. We get together as often as we can, sometimes to write, sometimes to sound off ideas, sometimes to just another each others company and chat over coffee.

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

I don’t have a typical day right at the moment. As I get my parents settled in their new home and location, I’ll get back to it. BPM (Before Parents Moved), I tried very hard to write at least 1200 to 1500 words every day. Indie authors spend a great deal of time marketing their books and themselves. I’d say that takes up just as much time as the writing, if not more.

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

Now that depends on if you’re talking about a character I like or one I detested. Let’s start there. Moses Lee is the villain of the Warfield Hotel Mysteries. He is mean, egotistical, totally bent on getting even if he feels wronged, and he is cold hearted. He was so much fun to write! The meaner I wrote him, the more I loved him.

Now, for the character I most like to write, that is Stiles Long from the Pinkerton Man Series, hands down. When I first started this series, he was only concerned with getting sex whenever he could and it didn’t matter with whom. He didn’t believe men like him could have a relationship. After all, it was late 1800’s and homosexuality was illegal. The sex in the early stories was heated and lusty, there was nothing personal about it. After he meets Michael O’Leary and time passes, he changes into a different man. Love really can change a person. Seeing him grow and become the character he is in book 5 of the series, was amazing. And just wait until you see him in book 6!!!

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?

The Warfield Hotel Mysteries would make an amazing movie. I’m not sure who I’d want to play the characters, but I think Idris Elba would make an amazing Moses Lee (the villain).

What is your definition of success?

Wow that is a tough one. Sure being a USA Today or NY Times best selling author would be wonderful, but it isn’t everything. (By the way, I haven’t had that privilege yet.) When I get reviews that say they loved the story, they were swept away by it, or I took you away from real life for a little while, I feel like I succeeded in writing something good. When I meet readers at book events who loved my stories as much as I did, that means a great deal to me. I think the one thing that makes me feel like a success, is when I meet a young man who’s just becoming comfortable in his own self and stops to chat with me. I come away feeling like I did a wonderful thing by writing these story of love and romance.

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

At one event in Indiana, a lady came by my table and shared that she was finally able to get her young adult son interested in reading because of my books. Also, there was the time that a young woman was in tears because she was meeting me. I assured her that I was excited to meet her as she was to meet me. Similar things have happened in the years, I’ve been attending book signing events and it always makes my day. I’m just a person who loves love in all it’s forms and I want to share that with the book reading world. Oh, and I love to write a mystery too.

What are your social links?

www.cjbaty.com – Web page
@cbaty – twitter
https://www.facebook.com/CJ-Baty-Author-344242482358480/ – Facebook
cjbaty27 – Instagram

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/C.-J.-Baty/e/B00K2ISIQI?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000 – Amazon Author Page
https://books2read.com/ap/nkNz6R/CJ-Baty – Universal Book Link for all other book sellers

Also coming in 2023, I’ll have a purchase link on my webpage where you can purchase paperback books directly from me. Signed. If you can’t make it to an event, these is how to get an autographed book from me.

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.

We are THE TWINSIES… We love to read…We love to promote the authors we read… and we love to stir up TROUBLE… It's who we are and what we do