Paranormal LGBTQ Romance by IMT

Book Talk with Imogen Markwell-Tweed

Photo of Imogen Markwell-Tweed When did you become interested in writing?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Originals, fan fictions, stories half-way between were how I spent most of my time when I was growing up. In college, I started ghostwriting romance as a part-time gig.

It quickly grew bigger than that and after a few years of working in the industry as a ghostwriter, I decided to start publishing my own original work.

I started writing for Bryant Street Shorts over on Scribd, an exclusive platform similar to Kindle Unlimited. I’m starting to branch out to selling my own stories now. I’ve been very lucky in my journey to be able to write about things that I’m super passionate about.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

It sounds cheesy because it’s the one I’m promoting right now, but definitely Life After Love. The absolute first iteration of this story I wrote was actually a short TV pilot for a class I took in undergrad. It was a little less romantic and a little less gay, but I’ve always been able to really see the cinematic aspects of this story.

What inspired you to write this book?

I was given a word count, a genre, and free reign from the editor where this story was originally published. “Write whatever you want in paranormal romance.” So, in a lot of ways, Life After Love is the most fantasy-fulfillment story I’ve ever written because it was entirely just what I wanted to read.

There’s this scene where Danny is commenting on Adam being able to wash dishes in super hot water because he’s a ghost. After it came out, my best friend messaged me with about twenty laugh emojis and said “You made your dream man: a ghost who can do the dishes for you.” And that’s truly what this story is to me: just my dream story.

I don’t know that I really was inspired by any one thing, it was just everything that I love about romance, about paranormal shorts, and about queer fiction. Two best friends slowly falling in love, with the literal universe against them, fighting against all odds.

How did you come up with the names of the characters in the story?

It’s not a fun answer but honestly what I do is, assuming the characters aren’t meant to have a particular religious, political, or ethnic background, I just Google the most popular names from the year they’d be born and choose two that I like and think fit together. It’s such a boring answer but it’s the only way to keep me from falling into crippling ennui about naming so many characters.

What did you learn during the writing of your recent book?

I think I learn something in every single book I write. I write in the format of fast-fiction, which basically means I spend very little time, objectively, on each book.

On average, from conception to finished draft, it’s about 30 days. It’s not the easiest way to write, but one of the things I love about it is that it doesn’t allow me to second guess myself, my characters, or my stories. I have to jump in, commit, and finish it. I think the process of writing that quickly and that consistently— it’s been my full-time job for about a year, and part-time for years before that— is that I am constantly testing myself, developing my skills, and redefining what I personally think is a good story.

In my latest book, I’m learning that the characters don’t need to be perfect to be the perfect fit: their flaws can stay flaws, as long as they’re still changing, adapting, and healthy for each other. Tying up the loose ends is important, of course, but I want them to feel real, human, and full, and that means flawed. I’m trying to play with that as I write my current book about an Alpha Male. Continue reading

New Novel by Author Roxanne D Howard

Type Dirty to me book coverType Dirty to Me by Roxanne D. Howard
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

When hot actor Brem Lockwood enters her life, Madelyn has a choice—stay safe with an online fling or risk her heart for a chance at real love.

Divorcee Madelyn Stacilli has baggage deeper than the Grand Canyon, and her move to New Haven to start a new life is the perfect change she needs. When vicious gossip stunts her plans to open her own business, she can’t confide in anyone around her. But online, beneath the blanket of anonymity, she can let loose and find comfort with the mysterious Easton216. Their natural, open relationship is a breath of fresh air.

When British A-list actor Bremond Lockwood rents the house beside her to escape an intense media spotlight and malicious past, he charges headlong into her life. Madelyn grows torn between her steady, emotional online connection and a fiery affair with a Hollywood star. Brem’s intense passion ignites the embers of her sexuality from a long slumber, making her burn hotter than the sun.

Should she stay safe with her online love or risk her heart with the man in front of her? The road to recovery just got a whole lot more complicated.

Reader advisory: This book contains a scene of public sex and a scene of {about} kidnapping. There is mention of gaslighting, alcoholism, emotional abuse, animal cruelty, and attempted murder. Continue reading

New Psychological Thriller from D.M. Barr

Author D.M. Barr Talks Saving Grace

Saving Grace blog tour iconTell us a little bit about the characters in Saving Grace

The protagonist is Grace Rendell, a 45-year-old New Jersey wife and mother who is the only child of an ailing billionaire and has been treated for paranoia since she was six.

Her husband is an advertising exec named Eliot who grew up poor and appears to be cheating on her. She has two sons and a father named Barrington who lives with his “chippie of the month” Caprice.

Grace’s therapist is Emma Leighmann and the woman who helps her write her book is Andrea Lin, whose pen name is Lynn Andrews. Tom Druthers is the poisons expert who helps her and becomes a love interest.  Andrea’s brother “Hack” and his friends also play a big part in the novel.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Actually, I rewrote this book around ten times, so I guess what I liked most is when I was finally finished.

What makes your main characters tick?

Once Grace goes off her meds, she comes to believe that once her father dies, her husband will kill her for her inheritance. So she decides to write a novel, with the main character in the same predicament, so she can subtly expose his plot to the world without destroying her life and her family’s life if in fact, her views are a result of her resurgent paranoia and are completely wrong

How did you come up with the title of your first novel?

As a Realtor, I specialized in Expired Listings. It seemed like a great title for a book where a serial killer was offing all the real estate agents in a small town.

Who designed your book covers?

Each was designed by a different artist. Kim Killion worked with a photo and concept I selected for Expired Listings, and I had a second, less graphic cover designed by Syneca Featherstone.

There are two covers for Slashing Mona Lisa, one designed by Carl Graves and a second by the artist at Beachwalk Press, and for my current novel, the cover was designed by David King, the inhouse designer for Black Rose Press, again using a photo and concept I chose.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

My first editor for Saving Grace was Elf Ahearn. If I could do it all over again, I would have listened to her suggestions from the start. In the end, I used them anyway, but it took a long time for me to accept her criticisms were right on.

What did you learn during the writing of your recent book?

Prowritingaid.com is an invaluable tool. Continue reading

Debra Sennefelder on The Corpse Who Knew Too Much

Debra Sennefelder on how she wrote the book The Corpse Who Knew Too Much.

Photo of Debra SennefelderI’m delighted to share my new release with you today, The Corpse Who Knew Too Much. Seeing this book release amazes me. I can’t believe it’s the fourth book in the Food Blogger Mystery series. It seems it was only yesterday when I sat down at the computer to write the series’s first book. I had an idea, the main character, and the support of my critique partner.

Little did I know the idea I had for a mystery series revolving around a food blogger would lead me to fulfill my dream of becoming a published author. Born and raised in New York City, I fell in love with writing while in elementary school. I continued to write stories as a hobby.

After I married and moved to Connecticut, I decided to try and write a book. The mystery I wrote was promptly rejected by agents, and I tucked the manuscript away for a few years. We made another move to a town where we still live today, and I found a writing community.

I took writing classes, became involved in critique groups, and wrote several romantic suspense manuscripts. About this time, I also discovered blogging and started a food blog. I immediately fell in love with the medium. I loved cooking and baking and writing. It was a perfect combination for me. Soon, I was finding far more satisfaction in blogging than fiction writing. But after a few years, I missed writing stories. I missed creating characters, and I missed the writing community.

I decided to ease back into fiction writing, and I found a critique partner. We worked through several manuscripts. We both were writing romantic suspense. Then one day, I realized that I needed to decide whether I was a blogger or a writer.

Juggling working, blogging, writing, and life, in general, was becoming too overwhelming. After some careful consideration, I closed my food blog and went all-in with writing. I also decided to dust off that old mystery manuscript I had in the drawer. Continue reading

Willow Rose Presents, Black Frost

Black Frost book coverBlack Frost Emma Frost Book 13 by Willow Rose
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Synopsis

From Multi-Million-Copy Bestselling author Willow Rose comes the next chapter in the #1 Bestselling Emma Frost Mystery Series.

Emma Frost is tied up in a murder mystery that seems out of this world.

When a young girl disappears one night from the park, then turns up again the next morning in a different place on the island, people start to talk about her.

Was she drunk and just doesn’t remember what happened?

Did she go home with a guy and won’t admit it?

What happened to her, and why is she insisting that she doesn’t know?

Emma Frost is fighting for Victor’s best friend, Skye.

Emma is trying to get her back from the people who took her in the night, but having no luck when a guy falls into her arms in the street and dies a few minutes later.

The autopsy shows he has frozen to death, but it doesn’t seem possible. When a young boy from Victor’s school turns up frozen as well, and things start to get cold around her own house, Emma begins to fear for her loved ones’ lives.

Once again, Willow Rose has written a story so compelling that it leaves the reader in almost unbearable suspense until the surprise ending is revealed.

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About the Author

Photo Willow RoseThe Queen of Scream aka Willow Rose is a #1 Amazon Best-selling Author and an Amazon ALL-star Author of more than 60 novels.

She writes Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Horror, Supernatural thrillers, and Fantasy.

Willow’s books are fast-paced, nail-biting pageturners with twists you won’t see coming. Several of her books have reached the Kindle top 10 of ALL books in the US, UK, and Canada. She has sold more than three million books.

Willow lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. When she is not writing or reading, you will find her surfing and watch the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Adena Astrowsky shares why she wrote the book Living Among the Dead

Adena Bernstein AstrowskyAuthor, Adena Astrowsky shares why she wrote the book Living Among the Dead: My Grandmother’s Holocaust Survival Story of Love and Strength.

Why did you write this book?

As a means of coping with the trauma of the Holocaust, my grandmother wrote. She wrote about meaningful things to her such as her childhood, her family, her garden, etc.

Over the years she would send me her writings and I found that as time went by I had them stored in all different places of my home. So, initially my goal was to gather all of my grandmother’s writings and copy them into a bound packet so that my children would have them all in one place.

Then I decided the writings would make better sense if they were imbedded within the context of whatever she wrote about so I began doing some of my own research, including listening to her interview with Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation multiple times, and interviewing her.

As others learned of what I was doing, I began getting requests for copies of the completed product. At the same time, I spent a lot more time learning the historical context that surrounded her writings and decided to also offer my third-generation survivor perspective as I thought it was equally important to help combat current forms of hate and genocide occurring all over the world.

If we don’t begin addressing the roots of hatred, there is no way to ensure another holocaust won’t occur in the future.

Was it difficult writing about your family’s hardship?

It was extremely difficult to write about my grandmother’s hardship because fleshing out the details caused my grandmother to relive the trauma. It was helpful to me that she was interviewed in the late 1990s by Steven Spielberg’s project, the Shoah Foundation, as I was able to learn many of the details through her videotaped interview, but still, asking my grandmother to recount countless details caused her obvious pain which in turn caused me to feel badly.

Another interesting thing occurred during the writing of my book: I was put in touch with a childhood friend of my grandmother’s. This connection came through a contact I was working with at Yad Vashem. I was able to communicate with my grandmother’s childhood friend through a college friend of mine who spoke Hebrew and was living in Israel at the time.

This woman grew up in the same hometown as my grandmother and they were very close in age. Additionally, they lived together in the first ghetto before being separated. She shared with me some beautiful and unknown stories about my grandmother that my grandmother never told anyone. I can only assume that my grandmother had a reason for not sharing certain things and although I knew many would find the stories interesting, I decided not to include some of them in the book.

Now that only a few survivors are alive, do you think this type of book will become a new genre?

As fewer survivors remain alive, any new “Holocaust Memoirs” will decrease. We will likely start seeing a new genre of books like mine, written by descendants, and based on the information they were able to glean from the survivors during their lifetime, their own research, and their own personal perspective.

What is the main message in this book?

Nearly seventy-five years after liberation, we are still witnessing acts of cruelty born out of hatred and discrimination. My message in “Living among the Dead” is to remind people of the beautiful communities that existed before WWII, the lives lost and those that lived on, and the importance to never forget these stories so that history does not repeat itself. Continue reading

The Talking Dog Detective Agency Series

On St. Nick's trailOn St. Nick’s Trail The Talking Dog Detective Agency Series Book 6 by M.K. Scott
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Synopsis

Old Saint Nick is missing, sparking shenanigans in the town of Santa Claus.

Private Eye Nala Bonne and her trusty crime-fighting rescue dog Max spend their days surfing social media for telltale signs of disability fraud and philandering husbands, but when a lucrative opportunity to investigate something entirely different, Nala readily agrees to take the case.

The task: find a missing Santa impersonator

Unfortunately for her, someone is dead set against the search and will stop at nothing to drive Nala and Max out of town before their search even begins.

Can this dynamic duo locate the missing Santa before it’s too late?

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Introducing Gail Chianese

Tell Me lies Gail ChianeseHow long have you been writing?

I started writing seriously eleven years ago. Before that, I would play around with just writing down scenes that came to me. They were terribly formatted, but I had fun and they spurred my imagination, so it’s all good.

Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?

Usually, one character will come to me at first. Sometimes, it’s a couple but most of the time, it’s just the one.

In my West Side Romance series, it was the main character Cherry and quickly after that, her best friend, Tawny, who stars in book 2. The three men in that series just sort all walked in the door and introduced themselves at once.

For Changing Tides, it was the heroine of Love Runs Deep that came to me first. I had a vague idea of the hero, but until he walked onto the page, he wasn’t much more than a fuzzy outline.

Books 2 and 3, the heroines are again best friends, and it was like I thought about them and then the heroes came waltzing in again. For book 3, Disarmed by Love, the hero had been there first, but he’s also Tawny’s brother. There’s a lot of overlap in those two series.

For the Camden Point books, it seems like the characters came a lot faster. Once I knew who Lexie was, the rest seemed to fall into place.

What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?

It really depends on the book, for the Camden Point series, I had to research private investigators (training, licensing, what did they really do, etc). I also research the area I’m setting a book in, if I have been there myself.

Other things I’ve researched are police procedures, things to do with the FBI, how things work on a submarine and just really anything that I don’t have personal knowledge of.

Do you see writing as a career?

Yes, this is my career. I work full-time writing now and I love it.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

I’m a monogamous reader and writer. LOL. I haven’t learned to manage that many voices in my head at once, but I’m usually working on multiple books at once (marketing for one, editing for another, plotting yet one more, all the while writing one).

What does your typical day look like?

Pretty boring for the most part, or at least to those who don’t write. On most days, I sit down at my computer with my breakfast and scroll through social media (make sure I haven’t missed anything exciting and to wish people happy birthday).

Then I bring up my outline, review my notes, review the last page or so that I typed and dive back into the story. For the next 3-5 hours, I write. Sometimes skipping lunch until my brain gives out for the day.

I generally do a quick lookover of what’s to come next so that can percolate in my brain until I come back to the story. The afternoon is generally spent working on other “admin” tasks such as marketing, editing a previous book, or working on the plot for the next one.

I tried to keep to somewhat regular working hours, so around 4-5 pm, I walk out of the office and close the door. The rest of the night is spent focusing on my family and home because having a balance in life is important to my health and happiness. The next day, I tend to rinse and repeat. Strangely enough, I love it.

What advice would you give new authors? Continue reading

Her Billionaire Daddy Western Daddy Doms

Her Billionaire Daddy coverHer Billionaire Daddy Western Daddy Doms Book 1 by Allison West
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance

Synopsis

He owns the hottest lifestyle club in all of New York City. It’s secretive, exclusive, and caters to Daddy Doms.

Romance author, Samantha Bellamy, is shocked when she attends a book signing and runs into her high school crush, Martin Taylor.

He’s a billionaire with a secret. He’s owner of an exclusive club for Daddy Doms and littles to openly explore the lifestyle.

He’s also notorious for his playboy personality, bedding a new woman every night.

There’s a deal to be made worth potentially billions and Martin can’t let it get away. The only problem is the board of directors doesn’t like his playboy persona.

He offers Samantha the deal of a lifetime. Marry him for eighteen months and receive two million dollars for her trouble. The only catch, no sex.

Oh, and she has to call him Daddy!

Publishers Note: This is the first book in the sizzling hot new series, Western Daddy Doms. Each book features a different Daddy and can be read independently, with a guaranteed HEA and no cliff-hanger ending! Continue reading

Get to know author Jordan Riley Swan

How do you start your day?

Get up early. Breakfast. Write a little in the morning. Go somewhere outdoorsy and walk around to clear and think on stuff. Lunch Return home for some more writing. Dinner. End day watching some mindless programs online. And in-between all of that listen to an audiobook.

What made you want to become an author, and do you feel it was the right decision?

I want to create stories and art and share it with people. I’ve always enjoyed telling a good tale. There is something about that look you get from people as you carry them through a narrative. I eat it up. Writing full-length novels seemed like a good extension of that.

Pen or typewriter or computer?

Computer. But Lord knows I tried on a typewriter (and used to use an electric one way back when I first started as a word processor would have cost a thousand bucks and wouldn’t have even had a printer).

For fun I once took home one of my old manual typewriters from my shop (a massive metal Underwood from the 1910’s if I remember right) bought a replacement ribbon and typed out a few pages of a kids novel I was going to write. Though it was fun, I missed cut and paste and autocorrect of Microsoft Word WAY too much…

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

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