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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Mellanie Szereto

Mellanie Szereto

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hi! I’m Mellanie Szereto, author of nearly forty steamy and super steamy romances, and I enjoy writing about characters who have experience with life, love, careers, and changes. Many of my stories are set in Midwestern small towns, much like my own life, and focus on family, friendship, and figuring out the meaning of true happiness. Living in the country suits me since I’m an avid gardener, am most at home in nature, and love hiking. I also enjoy cooking, baking, and reading, of course!

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

When I know I’ll be starting a new series, the first book is usually the hardest. I’m getting to know the main characters, setting, the dynamics of the relationships with secondary characters, and the general tone of the series. Once that world has its foundation, the other books seem to fall into place, providing enough background information to know what needs to happen with those other characters.

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

Like real people, my characters are unique and have their own life stories, experiences, fears, motivations, etc. While a few details may overlap here and there, each book develops into a story made for those characters. A different character will react differently in similar situations and each relationship is a new discovery!

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

BALANCE. Yes, I’m still working on it, even after 10+ years and nearly 40 books. Finding that perfect mix of writing, marketing, self-care, and other responsibilities can be difficult, but it’s a must to avoid burnout. And make time for reading!

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

I spend about 4-5 hours a day focused on actual writing and about 4-5 hours a day on writing-related business like marketing, social media, and emails.

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

One of my favorite characters is Georgie Swofford from And Baby Makes 2½ (The Homegrown Café Book Club 5). At the beginning of the series, I thought she was a hard-nosed workaholic family law attorney, but she developed into a truly loyal friend by book 4 and revealed a personal history in book 5 that explained her standoffish demeanor. She earned her happily-ever-after with Oscar, who turned out to be more sweetheart than grouch!

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?

Oscar Banyan, former mayor of The Homegrown Café Book Club’s small town setting, from And Baby Makes 2½ will be played by Jason Momoa. He’s a recluse with a ZZ Top beard and long hair throughout the series–until Georgie insists on a haircut and shave to agree to his fake relationship deal. Charlize Theron will play the part of Georgina Swofford, his ex-wife’s divorce attorney and fake fiancée.

What is your definition of success?

While making a living from writing is important to me, creating books I love and having readers love them defines success to me. Hearing someone tell me (and other readers) they enjoyed one of my books is the best!

What are your social links?

Website: https://www.mellanieszereto.com
Newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/mellanieszereto
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormellanieszereto
Facebook reader group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/worththewaitseasonedromancereaders
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/mellanie-szereto
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/mellanie_szereto
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mellanieszereto

What are your buy links?

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/mellanieszereto
Apple Books: https://books.apple.com/us/author/mellanie-szereto/id540431015
Audible: Audible page: https://www.audible.com/author/Mellanie-Szereto/B00GYKKZ7I
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Mellanie Szereto
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/author?id=Mellanie+Szereto
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=mellanie%20szereto&fcsearchfield=Author

Want to buy tickets to Writers on the River?

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General Admission is $10. 1-4 General Signing Time ONLY

After Party is $35. After Party 7:30-11:30 ONLY

Twinsie Angie Top 5 from July until December 2021 – #WOTR22Authors #Witches #Paranormal #SeriesFinale #Duet, #Mafia #dark #Family #Shifters #UglyCry #RH #Alpha – Cursed Luck by AJ Renee, Vow to Protect by JL Beck and Monica Corwin, His Reluctant Mate by Miranda Lynn, Timestamps by KL Kreig, and Quinton by Mary Martel

Hey friends!!  What a year!!  I admit I spent a lot of time this year with rereading oldies from 2012-2014 but I did read some great new ones to share with you.

The following authors are attending authors:

AJ Renee, Monica Corwin,  Miranda Lynn, Mary Martel and KL Kreig

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Here are my top 5 new reads for you in no order at all.

Cursed Luck (Broderick Coven, #5)

Edward Broderick was anything but lucky.

His intuition made him suave in both business and life. Unfortunately, his debonair style went out the window when an ethereal beauty slipped into his life. No woman had made him feel like a tongue-tied fifteen-year-old before.

Free-spirited Mia Hemlock didn’t live by others’ expectations. Yet her easy life was shaken by the arrogant and awkward, yet handsome, man. Not even her earth magic could ground her heart when she became consumed by the man.

Will they accept the goddess’s love match, or will they allow misunderstandings and greed to force them apart?

Broderick Coven Series:
Cursed Love
Cursed Sight
Cursed Whispers
Cursed Touch
Cursed Luck

My 5 Star witchy review is HERE 


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Vow to Protect

They call me a monster.

Murderous and hateful.

Beautiful but broken.
Nothing can calm the ever raging storm inside of me. As the ruthless leader of the Doubeck family there is a certain standard of brutality I have to uphold.

To be gentle or kind is a weakness I cannot afford.

That is until the day I meet her.

Beautiful, innocent, and so very afraid.

Valentina is a rival family’s daughter, and the little temptress has purposely tangled herself in my dark web.

She seeks me out, needing my help, but the price for what she wants will be steep.

Since my father’s death I’ve needed a wife to solidify my family name and this woman has piqued my interest.

We strike a deal intertwining our futures.

I’ll put a ring on her finger, own her body, keep her safe, and kill them all.

I make a vow to protect her at all costs.

That is until her secrets come to light, and I’m left with the choice of becoming the monster she’s only ever heard rumors about.

**This is a dark forced marriage mafia romance, that ends on a cliffhanger. It contains dub-con/non-con as well as other scenes that may be triggering to some readers.**

My 4 star Romeo Juliet Mafia love story review HERE

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Her Reluctant Mate (Night Shift Series Bk 2)

Diego

Known as DJ among his pride, Diego Cordova moved to South America to escape his life as an assassin and torture expert for a cartel. His ability to turn off his humanity is what kept him alive through all the ugliness thrust upon him. Yet his soul is scarred from each life he took… making him feel unworthy of a mate.

How could anyone love him when they learn of all he’s done?

Kymber

Kymber Prescott knows her boss, Ricardo, is a horrible person, but she’s powerless to escape him. Even so, she‘s irresistibly drawn to DJ and refuses to let Ricardo hurt him, or his loving pride. To protect them all, she’s willing to gamble with the one thing Ricardo has yet to rip away… her life.

Tapping into the side of himself he thought he put behind him, DJ fights to free Kymber from Ricardo’s clutches. Will he get to her in time? Or will her freedom be auctioned off to the highest bidder?

My 5 star Holy hawt alpha review HERE

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Time Stamps by [KL Kreig]

Time stamps.

Our life is marked by them. Significant milestones to the seemingly mundane. All of them have a place. A purpose. Moments and chapters stacking on each other, building scars and memories. Creating stories that are only ours to tell.

But those stamps are finite, pre-determined. And eventually our allotment runs out.

This is our story. Our collection of time stamps. The culmination of our love, our struggles, our redemption and our heartbreak. This story isn’t always easy, but it is real. A genuine account of utter devotion, where every page is crammed with pure emotion and truth and the gift of loving another person more than yourself. Share with us in our dreams, our laughter. Cry with us in our sorrows, our pain.

Take this journey through our time stamps with Laurel and I, and I will meet you at the end.

~ Roth Warren Keswick

Ugly snot sobbing cry review HERE

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Quinton by [Mary  Martel , Mary  Martel]

Quinton Alexander is the head of his coven, or so he thinks.

He’s the type of man who would go to any extreme to protect his loved ones, and he’s also the type of man who would do anything it took to make sure they are all happy.

He grew up in a way that taught him that the only thing that really mattered in this whole world was keeping the people you love safe—a lesson he learned at a very young age from his twisted, sadistic father.

But sometimes in a man’s life, it’s nice to know that the people you love care just as much about you as you do them. Sometimes, it’s nice to be able to put yourself first for once.

Especially when it comes to the girl of your dreams, whom you have to share with the rest of your coven.

When it comes down to it, though, who’s going to go to extremes to protect the leader of the coven when he needs it? Who’s going to keep him safe? Or is he going to have to do what he always does and look after himself?

Quinton Alexander is an Ariel Kimber Novella. It’s a part of a reverse harem series. It contains mature content and is best suited for readers 18+.

Did you THINK I would forget my Baby Daddy Review HERE

#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Sophie Stern

Sophie Stern

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Sophie Stern – I’ve been writing professionally since 2005 and can’t imagine doing anything else!

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

The first book is usually the hardest for me because of the world building and setting the tone for the series.

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

I love adding in comedy. Jokes always make me laugh and I’ve found it’s a great way to mix things up.

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

Try not to take yourself too seriously. Write what makes you happy. Some people may critique you, but also remember that the great thing about writing is that it’s easy to fix mistakes.

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

At least eight hours

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

Mel from my Return to Dragon Isle series is one of my favorites. I just love her adventurous spirit.

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?

That’s an impossible choice! Could I get Neil Gaiman to play literally any character? 🙂 And I would definitely want Helena Bonham Carter to play a dragon shifter.

What is your definition of success?

For me, being a successful writer means supporting my family on my writing – which I’ve done!

What are your social links?

http://www.facebook.com/sexysophiestern

http://www.twitter.com/sexysophiestern

http://instagram.com/dontdatedemons

What are your buy links?

http://www.sexysophiestern.com

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General Admission is $10. 1-4 General Signing Time ONLY

After Party is $35. After Party 7:30-11:30 ONLY

#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – CJ Baty

C.J. Baty

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

CJ Baty
I’ve been writing for eight years and it was a dream I had as a young person. Unfortunately, I didn’t get started until I was in my 50’s. To date I have 20 published books and stories in several anthologies. I’ve lived in Southwest Ohio for most of my life, but my favorite place is anywhere there is mountains. I enjoy reading, playing games on my Kindle, sitting on my porch during the cooler months and spending time with my adult children. I’m also at the age where I am caring for my aged parents. No grandbabies yet but lots of wonderful fur babies and grand fur babies. Writing brings me a peace that I never knew existed. Sharing stories is one of the best things in life.

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

I guess the first book would be the one with the most research and work. There’s a lot of room to watch characters grow and mature when you take them through a series.

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

It depends on the series. The Pinkerton Man series allows me to move the characters to new locations and face new foes. The Ghost Train was fresh because each one took place in a new locale. Some series have new main characters in each book and that gets you invested in a new couple.

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

Gather others around you that you can talk things over with. Hash out a plot with someone. Other authors, your editor, and even readers can spark an idea that you spurs you to keep going.

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

I’d like to say I write for six hours every day!!!! But life doesn’t always let that happen. I usually write between two and three hours when I get started and the words are flowing.

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

I think that of all my characters Stiles Long from the Pinkerton Man series is my favorite. Over the course of four books (five stories), I’ve watched his character struggle with many things. He’s grown and been able to see that a future with his lover is a possibility. He didn’t believe that two men had a chance for that in the beginning. Unfortunately, the next two books in the series is going to see him really struggle and I’m excited to see how he handles the situations.

What is your definition of success?

I think we tend to base success on how many orange stars we collect, how many books we sell, or how much we made in any given month. I know that we all fall into the trap at times. The most successful I’ve ever felt was when I met a reader who was so excited to meet me, she cried. My words on paper moved someone to that. I’m just a person. But that is success, for someone to enjoy my stories.

What are your social links?

www.cjbaty.com
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063683973107
https://www.amazon.com/C-J-Baty/e/B00K2ISIQI/ref=aufs_dp_fta_dsk
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/c-j-baty
https://twitter.com/search?q=cbaty&src=typed_query
https://allauthor.com/search-page.php?q=C.J.+Baty
https://www.instagram.com/cjbaty27/

What are your buy links?

https://books2read.com/links/ubl/create

https://www.amazon.com/C-J-Baty/e/B00K2ISIQI/ref=aufs_dp_fta_dsk

Want to buy tickets to Writers on the River?

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General Admission is $10. 1-4 General Signing Time ONLY

After Party is $35. After Party 7:30-11:30 ONLY

#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Miranda Shanklin

Miranda Shanklin

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Miranda Shanklin I live in Central Illinois with my husband, our two children, our 100 lab, two cats, our sons 10 month old lab and our daughter’s cat. I work full time during the day as a Paralegal at a very busy law firm. That job is very demanding and stressful. I love my job, but I also love I get to come into my home office (which hubby built for me and is everything I wanted) and escape into another world for the weekend.

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

For me the first book in a series is the easiest one to write. I think it’s the last book in the series that’s the hardest to write. I had such a hard time with it I had a spin off trilogy already planned because it wasn’t coming together the way it needed to in order for that to be the end. Luckily, the last book in the Trilogy (which took me three times as long to write) was able to give me that completed feeling.

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

Yep. My series is a serial series. It needs to be read in order. The spin off trilogy isn’t really as much but it’s better if it’s read in order. It’s also better if you read the series first because I always refer back to things that happened in prior books.

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

I have cried many times while writing. All that means is I put all of myself into my writing. To me writing is personal. Don’t separate yourself from your writing. Immerse yourself in the story. Write a story you would want to read.

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

I don’t typically write during the week. As I said my day job is demanding and stressful. I am usually drained by the time I get home. I want to make sure I am giving my characters my all. On the weekends it depends. I had some health issues that had to be dealt with and some anxiety issues and now that I’m back I make sure to get at least 5,000 a weekend but try for more. I currently have three fantasy series, a second chance romance, a contemporary fiction, and a dystopian I am working on so sometimes it’s just a matter of taking notes or writing a few scenes in my journal I carry around just for that purpose.

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

I do, I love this character. I really wish I could tell you about her, but she is in a book that I’m still working on. She is one of the main characters in one of my fantasy series. I will tell you it is about dragon shifters!

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?

That’s a hard one. I’m thinking it would be one three different ones. Of course, I can’t tell you about those either because I’m still working on those too ! I know authors can be so frustrating can’t they?

What is your definition of success?

Most people would answer this with some kind of money measurement. That just isn’t who I am. If one of my books helps someone through a tough time, then I am a success. Or if I inspire someone to reach for their dream, then I am a success. I have a job that pays the bills, I don’t do this for the money. I do this because I love it. When I was about ten years old my mom let me read Stephen King for the first time (I had been bugging her for about a year and she finally caved) and I was hooked. He is the reason I became a writer. I thought if I could help one person escape whatever is bothering them like he did for me, I couldn’t do anything better for someone. There is no greater honor in my opinion.

What are your social links?

www.mirandashanklin.com

https://www.facebook.com/mirandashanklinauthor

https://www.instagram.com/mlshanklin/

What are your buy links?

https://author.amazon.com/home

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #spotlight – Liz Flaherty

Liz Flaherty

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Liz Flaherty – I live in north central Indiana and I write sweet contemporary romance with leanings toward seasoned romance and women’s fiction. I’ve also written a column called Window Over the Sink for over 30 years.

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

The ones after it are harder because I have a difficult time with two things. (1) Keeping things straight, no matter how much attention I’ve paid to detail. (2) Maintaining excitement. At the end of the day, I’d rather write stand-alone than series.

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

I try to make the stories and the protagonists as different as I can, but I’m not sure I accomplish it.

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

Use it. Emotional writing is often the best. Who wants to read about a life that’s not messy?

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

I come to the office first thing in the morning and stay here until about noon, then occasionally a couple of hours later in the day. How much of that time is spent writing and how much is spent staring at the wall is…well, it’s the process.

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

Grace, from ONE MORE SUMMER, is probably my favorite. She had every reason in the world not to be loving and giving, but it didn’t stop her from doing both–even though the love was sometimes of the tough variety! She wasn’t beautiful or extraordinary in any way except the size of her heart.

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?

HOME TO SINGING TREES is a historical based right here where I live. I’ve always thought it would be a good film. As to who would star in it, I don’t watch enough movies to pick anyone! At the time I wrote it, I think I had Jeff Daniels and Anne Hathaway.

What is your definition of success?

Being happy.

What are your social links?

http://www.facebook.com/lizkflaherty
https://twitter.com/LizFlaherty1
https://www.amazon.com/Liz-Flaherty/e/B001J919R4%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3336348.Liz_Flaherty
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/liz-flaherty
https://www.instagram.com/lizkflaherty/?hl=en

What are your buy links?

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#WOTR22 #AttendingAuthor #Spotlight – Dahlia Rose

Dahlia Rose

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I write traditional published and info published books, I span across multiple genres, I love to Cosplay, dance, music, bartend. Im a bit of an eccentric blend girl.

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

I’d say the rest of the series

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

Its not really hard, my characters are alive in my head so we have some of the best conversation on where we should go from here

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

Chaocoate mattinis… Ok Kidding or am I? I would say one b book at a time, and being true to yourselves.

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

10

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

Fayth and her family in I think we’re alone now. They were so diverse and all a bit crazy, Maxie the 7 year old was a representation of my son Brenin and the many questions he asks me.

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 my book with Hallmark “Mistletoe in Juneau, I would pick Boris Kodjoe and Antonia Thomas who plays Doctor Claire in The Good Doctor.

What is your definition of success?

being better than you were last week. A person doesn’t define your success, you do and as long as you evolve, and keep learning. you are successful.

What are your social links?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/author.dahliarose
Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/fansofdahliarose
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dahliarose1029
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/dahlia-rose
Book+Main: https://bookandmainbites.com/AuthorDahliaRose

What are your buy links?

Want to buy tickets to Writers on the River?

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General Admission is $10. 1-4 General Signing Time ONLY

After Party is $35. After Party 7:30-11:30 ONLY

#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #spotlight – Clara Stone

Clara Stone

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Clara Stone

Clara Stone writes YA/NA Contemporary Romance and Paranormal Romance stories and is a complete sucker for sweet, memorable kisses. She strongly believes that true love conquers EVERYTHING, along with a tub of Ice cream!

When she isn’t reading or writing or dancing, much to the embarrassment of her husband and two kids, she’s probably watching Supernatural and The Walking Dead. So, if she sounds like your cup of syrup to your pancakes (or waffles… no favorites here), then give her a “Follow” to any number of social media kingdoms she’s built and stay updated of her upcoming releases, book sales, and book recommendations!

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

The ones after it!

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

Watch tons of movies/t.v shows, read books and take points.

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

Put yourself in the shoes of your character and feel what they are feeling.

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

most days not as much as I like to, but maybe 60 mins on most days

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

Harrington Lovelly! He’s all alpha, but a putty when it comes Jessica and that makes my heart go googoo, gaagaa.

What are your social links?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorclarastone.

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/charmingsquad

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorclarastone/

bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/clara-stone

What are your buy links?

Want to buy tickets to Writers on the River?

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VIP is $45. 12-1 VIP signing Time, Swag bag and 1-4 general signing time.  Plus includes After Party.

Early Access is $25. 12-1 VIP signing time, Swag bag, and 1-4 general signing time.  No After Party.

General Admission is $10. 1-4 General Signing Time ONLY

After Party is $35. After Party 7:30-11:30 ONLY

#WOTR22 #AttendingAuthor #Spotlight – AJ Renee

A.J. Renee

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I’m AJ Renee and I write contemporary and paranormal romance! I’m so happy to be here with you today. A little about me, I live in Virginia, I’m an air force wife, mom to three girls, avid animal lover, and I enjoy trying new to me wines and craft beer.

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

The first book is always harder. You have to set the setting and create a strong foundation and it usually holds the most details.

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

If I’m not excited, my readers won’t be either. I have to make sure the ideas are fresh and I’m not producing the same plot with different names. Everyone has different struggles and obstacles as do characters in books. My job is to create those and tell a great story.

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

The best advice is if you’re not feeling it or are struggling, give yourself a mental break. It’s sometimes best to take a few steps back so when you return to it you’re firing at 100%.

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

On writing days, about three hours.

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

They are ALL special to me! Don’t make me choose!

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?

Again with the hard questions! I love both the St. Fleur series and my Broderick Coven, so either of those on the big screen would be wonderful. As far as actors, who ever can bring the characters alive. There are too many talented actors to pick from.

What is your definition of success?

I’m still trying to define success within my writing career. Outside of work, seeing my children thrive, not be jerks, and showing kindness tells me I haven’t failed at motherhood.

What are your social links?

Website: www.ajrenee.com
Newsletter: http://bit.ly/2bdqx9f
Amazon: https://bit.ly/ajrenee
Bookbub: https://bit.ly/BBajr
Facebook: https://bit.ly/faceajr
Instagram: https://bit.ly/instaajr
Twitter: https://bit.ly/twajr
Goodreads: https://bit.ly/GRajr
St. Fleur Belles Reader Group: http://bit.ly/2bmtFmI

What are your buy links?

Amazon: https://bit.ly/ajrenee
Nook: https://bit.ly/nookajr
iBooks: https://bit.ly/ibooksajr
Kobo: https://bit.ly/koboajr

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#WOTR22 #attendingauthor #Spotlight – Dawn Brower

Dawn Brower

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Dawn Brower I write historical and contemporary romance. I’ve been writing since 2014 and love writing. I have two sons that are now grown. My dogs are my new babies, lol. You’ll see lots of pics of them if you follow my social media.

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

Usually the first because that’s where the world building begins, but every now and then one of the later ones decided to make my life difficult

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

I mostly write historical. There are only so many scenarios you can put your characters in and make it work. The characters themselves are where you make it more interesting. Like certain quirks or hobbies. Most of my female heroines have strong personalities. They can be unpredictable at times. For instance In Never Dare a Hellion Christiana actually shoots the marquess after he dares her to. She regrets it later but in that moment she’s like dare me, the nerve. Then bang. Oops.

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

Take breaks. Yes, you need to keep some momentum, but utilize self care. Burn out is real and your writing will suffer. Don’t get into the mindset you have to do everything. Also do not compare yourself to other writers. Not everything works for everyone and no one has the same path they need to follow.

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

I try to write a chapter a day. Whatever that word count ends up being. I like to have something finalized. If I can’t do a whole chapter I at least end at a scene.

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

I really adore the Marquess of Foxworth. He kind of stands out across the whole series. Some of the things that come out of his mouth are hilarious.

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?

Wow I have no idea but it would be amazing to see some more period pieces like Bridgerton. My Linked Across Time series is extensive and might be interesting to see o see adapted. With the past and present it would have more options. Like Outlander. The two main characters James and Alys (Searching for My Rogue) I think I would like to see Madelaine Petsch and Ben Barnes

What is your definition of success?

Finishing something I started. Sometimes that’s the hardest part.

What are your social links?

www.twitter.com/1DawnBrower
www.facebooks.con/1DawnBrower
www.instagram.com/1DawnBrower
TikTok: @1DawnBrower
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/dawnbrower
BookBub: BookBub.com/Dawn-Brower

What are your buy links?

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dawn-Brower/e/B00KBBRW5E/
iTunes: https://books.apple.com/us/author/dawn-brower/id900654301
BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Dawn%20Brower
Audible: https://www.audible.com/author/Dawn-Brower/B00KBBRW5E

Want to buy tickets to Writers on the River?

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Early Access is $25. 12-1 VIP signing time, Swag bag, and 1-4 general signing time.  No After Party.

General Admission is $10. 1-4 General Signing Time ONLY

After Party is $35. After Party 7:30-11:30 ONLY