His Texas Forever Family by Amy Woods

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Paige Graham only has room for one man in her life—her son, Owen. The little boy hasn’t spoken since his father died, but things change when he meets his new art teacher, Liam Campbell. Paige can’t help marveling at the progress Owen makes while working with his instructor—and Mr. Campbell isn’t exactly hard on the eyes, either!

New to Peach Leaf, Texas, Liam is captivated by his beautiful boss—who is none other than Paige! He can’t risk his job or his future by falling for his supervisor, but there is just something about her he can’t resist. Thanks to Liam’s lessons, Owen is on the road to recovery. Now if only Liam can show Paige that the best way to heal her heart is to open herself to love again….”

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About the Author

Although she’s wanted to be a writer since learning to read, Amy Woods took the scenic route to her job as an author. She’s been a bookkeeper, a high school English teacher, a claims specialist, and a call-center worker, but now that she’s tried making up stories for a living, she’s never giving it up. She grew up in Austin, Texas and still lives there with her wonderfully goofy, supportive husband and a very spoiled rescue dog.

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Family Portrait Tour

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I read Changes by Gillian Felix, and let me tell you, it was something else.  I had trouble getting into it at first, and I didn’t really connect to Adriana to begin with.  I couldn’t help but giggle when she was telling her agent that she could be Carly Corinthos’ daughter or Sonny’s love child since I watch General Hospital with my mom.  I thought it was interesting the way that the story cycled through different characters perspectives.  Sometimes, it was a little hard to get through because there seemed to be a lot of back story in places, but otherwise it was fine.  There were definitely some twists that I didn’t see coming and that made it more interesting.  Check it out!



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Fantasy Cast – The Banovics

I thought I’d pull back the curtains of my Family Portrait series and share with you some of my inspiration behind the series. The series was built off of the characters, then I added the plot. California was a no brainer for the location, because the series features young Hollywood celebrities, ex-celebrities and celebrity wannabes. If you have not read the series, it starts with them, then branch out to their family members… that’s where the real drama starts.

The characters all have very different personalities which range from the way they dress to the way they speak.

Adriana through the years

Adriana is the chief mischief maker that anchors most of the storylines. She is wild, dynamic, strong and devious. She is the type of character that you do not want to piss off. Did I mention that she’s only 15?

The first actress that I looked at to play her was 90210’s Jessica Stroup. I liked Jessica because she had an innocence about her, and soft facial features. I also liked the style her character (Erin Silver) had in the show, kind of hippie, gypsy, bohemian. It stood out among the brand obsessed youths of Beverly Hills, just like the students of Westwood Academy in the books.

Jessica Stroup The Banovics

My next choice was the fantastic Kaya Scodelario. Kaya came on my radar while I was browsing through the online celebrity site Just Jared Jr. By following her, I was introduced to and got hooked on the British teen drama Skins (she was in the first four seasons). By the time I’d found Kaya, Adriana’s character had developed a little more. I wanted someone with more edge to play her. Kaya fit the bill perfectly, she has an edgy, yet classic look that could transfer from grunge to a ball gown in an instant. Plus Kaya is half Brazilian and so is Adriana!

Kaya Scodelario classic grunge

Creating Kevin

Kevin was fun to cast. Who wouldn’t want to go through the Hollywood catalog of hot guys with black hair and blue eyes?

Ian Somerhalder who I call smolderholder, was my first choice and inspiration for Kevin Adam Banovic. The way Ian dresses with soft shirts and cuffed jeans OMG! Ian rocks it hard. He is not afraid to take style risks by throwing on a hat.

Ian Somerhalder The Banovics

Kevin is a total badass, with his drug dealing, money laundering side business. Kevin also has a soft side when it comes to this family and women.

Zax Banovic through the years and beyond

Zax was and still is the hardest to cast. I say still is because I am still not 100% sold on this actor as Zax Jameson Banovic. Zax is the only blond second generation Banovic sibling. I originally modeled him after my crush object Zac Efron. While Efron is perfect in every way in my world, I needed him to have blond roots, I don’t know why, but I picture Zax to have really light hair and stunning blue eyes.

Young Zac Efron The Banovics

It is really hard to find that look in a guy between the age of 18 – 21 in Hollywood. If you have any suggestions I’m open. Chris Hemsworth is too old for the role (in case you were thinking).

Jayne and Robin Banovic

My absolute first choice for this super couple was Susan Walters and Linden Ashby. How perfect it would be if Family Portrait was made into a series and we got these two? First I would freak out because Linden to me is Johnny Cage from Mortal Combat, (I’m a nerd, I know). Linden and Susan are husband and wife in real life, an added benefit for them.

The Banovic Parents Susan Walters Linden Ashby

So there you have it the Banovics, in later posts I’ll share with you my inspiration for the DaCosta clan. Let me know if you enjoyed this article by sharing or leaving a comment.

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Michael D Dennis Presents A Native’s Tongue

A Native's Tongue book promoA Native’s Tongue is about a young man trying to find his way in the world. He struggles to keep the woman he loves while entangled in the sex, drugs, and tragedy of Los Angeles. It was inspired by real events,” says Dennis.

Love and tragedy collide in Dennis’s poignant new novel, A Native’s Tongue.

Charlie Winters has never been an overachiever. He is used to just getting by while living with his single mother and working a dead-end job at a cheesesteak stand. Meanwhile, he’s constantly grappling with the voice of his sister, who died in a tragic car accident years earlier, echoing in his head.

So when Violet, an older woman, sets her sights on Charlie and refuses to let go, he follows along. He soon finds himself immersed in a destructive relationship that still fails to fill the void within him.

But then he meets Jennifer, a mystical young woman whose energy and life convinces Charlie to pursue her, even through the darkest corners of Los Angeles, and sets their lives upon a path that can’t be stopped.

Escaping to the California coast, Charlie and Jennifer finally find what they’ve always needed. But a sudden illness quickly pulls them both back to LA. It is there, amid the sex, drugs, and split-second decisions that pulse through the city, that tragedy strikes—threatening to tear Charlie and Jennifer apart forever.

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Michael D. Dennis is an author and playwright who earned a degree in English literature from Loyola Marymount University. Winner of a LMU Playwriting Award for his play Death of a Watchdog, Michael also had his play, Hen in the Field, produced at the Whitefire Theatre in 2012. His highly anticipated debut novel, A Native’s Tongue, was released in June 2014.

Michael currently lives in Santa Monica, California with his girlfriend and two dogs, Jack and Aurora. To learn more, go to http://www.michaelddennis.com/ or connect with Michael on Facebook  | Twitter Goodreads

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Delancey Stewart’s Writing Process

I’m always curious about other author’s writing process, today Delancey Stewart talks about hers. Enjoy.

Photo of Delancey StewartI guess there are two ways to look at my writing process –  and it totally depends on whether I’m elbow-deep in a book that I’m working on, or if I’m at the stage of conceptualizing.

The first is the nitty-gritty day-to-day writing. And since I’ve got kids, a job, and lots of time-sucking obligations outside of writing, it happens early. Like 5-6:30 in the morning. It’s not much fun, and the snooze button is a serious temptation, but once I get myself to the desk with a steaming cup of coffee, this is my best writing time.

My brain isn’t fully on, so I don’t self-edit too much. In order for it to work well, though, I have to have done good planning. I try to spend a little time at night reviewing whatever I produced in the morning; editing and making sure things are on track. And I’ll try to set myself up for the next day so that when I sit down half-asleep, I know what I need to write about. If I’ve done all that, and I manage it almost daily, then the words come pretty easily most of the time.

If I’m in between books, or plotting something new, there’s less of a daily routine. Instead, I try to do the broad strokes mentally over the course of a couple days, letting my brain work on who the characters are, what they want, what’s stopping them from getting it… then, when I’ve hit a wall, I’ll sit down and write out a couple pages without worrying too much about the actual writing – more of a “this is what happens” kind of thing. A synopsis, really. That helps me figure out how to break up scenes, chapters, and acts. And then I build a new Scrivener project and get to work!  Continue reading

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand

Whisper by Heather Hildenbrand

Whisper winter saleWhisper by Heather Hildenbrand
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Fantasy


The Cherokee believe when a person dies, their soul is reborn. Life is repeated. An endless cycle of lessons to be learned, love to be found, destiny to be fulfilled. For the past six months, in every flower, every bird, I’ve imagined my parents, relieved of their human forms.

Now, after five months at the Skye View Wellness Center, it was summer. A time for parties and friends, but that’s the last thing I want to do. So when my best friend Erin convinces me to attend a bonfire at Eagle Point, I can’t handle the crowd full of sympathetic stares or drunken class clowns who would use my tragedy as a way into my heart – or my pants. The solitude of the woods offers an escape, until I stumble upon a boy, unconscious and bleeding, his pockets stuffed not with identification but with poetry illustrating the beauty of dying. I’ve seen enough death. I will not leave this boy’s side.

Even after he wakes, when the only thing he can remember are visions of events that haven’t happened yet…

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Heather Hildenbrand

Author of Across The Galaxy, Whisper, and the Dirty Blood series. I write, read, and fuss at my kids. Oh, and I do laundry, lots of laundry. I’m pretty good at it, too. Sometimes I even read WHILE doing laundry – and fussing at my kids. I’m a multi-tasker.

For more information on my books, release dates, or just general stalker material, um, I mean FAN material, visit my website: www.heatherhildenbrand.blogspot.com. I love hearing from readers!

Likes and dislikes? I love vintage tees, hate socks with sandals, and if my house was on fire the one thing I’d grab is my Amazon Fire TV! (oh yeah, I’m a fan of puns.)

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Charity Ferrell’s Author Journey

Today’s guest post is by Charity Ferrell. Charity recalls the first time she hit publish on Amazon, you know that terrified feeling, kind of like “OMG what the hell did I just do?” I get it everytime I publish a novel. It never goes away (I hope). Enjoy!

Charity FerrellMy journey as an author has definitely been a prodigious experience and I can’t wait to find out where it’s going to take me. I still find it crazy when I refer to myself as an author, see books on shelves that I’ve written, and receive messages from readers.

Writing has always been a release for me. For years I said, “When I get older, I’m going to write a book.” Then one day, I asked myself why I was waiting. Why was I waiting until I was necessarily older? There’s no age requirement for when you can put your work out there. I sat down, opened up my computer, and started writing. I found myself staying up all night, tapping away at my keyboard, because I couldn’t stop a scene. I couldn’t sleep because characters were screaming out and telling me to let their story out.

I started my first novel, Beneath Our Faults, in October 2013 and finished it at the end of that year. I wrote every single day. And still almost do. When it came time to release it to the world, there were so many emotions running through me. I was anxious, terrified, and elated all at the same time.

I told myself I would’ve been satisfied with only selling a few copies. I’d be able to say I put it out there, tried, and didn’t give up. I still to this day remember the first book I’d sold. I got a message from Amazon telling me my book was live on their site. That’s when I saw I’d already sold my first book. I looked over at my boyfriend and said, “Oh my gosh, I’ve already sold one and I haven’t told anyone to buy it yet!

My debut novel, the one I was terrified of releasing, made it into the Top 100 on in the New Adult & College and the Coming of Age genres on Amazon, which was exciting as a new author. My second novel, Karma, was released in June.

The most satisfying part about becoming an author is the feedback. I love getting messages from my readers telling me they cried, laughed, and fell in love with the story. It’s the best feeling in the world to know I evoked all of those emotions out of somebody. Readers are most sincere people and I can’t wait to hear more from them. They are the reason I put my work out there.

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