Lexi Hart presents, One Wild Weekend with Connor

One Wild Weekend with Connor One Wild Weekend With Connor Book 1 by Lexi Hart
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Synopsis

Her dirty little secret is about to make headlines…..

When a ruggedly handsome ex-con arrives bleeding on her doorstep, Evelyn is too busy saving his life to consider why he was out during a storm.

Alone, and trapped inside her cozy beach house with no way to call for help, Evelyn is forced to confront more than her growing attraction to the dangerously sexy Connor.

When the storm clears and Connor leaves after an incredible weekend, Evelyn tries to forget the man she can’t have again.

But forgetting is impossible when Connor is accused of a crime only she can prove he didn’t commit.

If you love Alpha Male Protectors, Opposites Attract, Accidental Romance and Steamy Action Adventure stories with a HEA…The One Wild Weekend Series was written for you!

If you’re looking for the next Christian Grey you WILL NOT find him here. You WILL find hot men who know how to protect and please, smart woman, and unpredictable plot twists in a standalone.

Warning: R-18 for language, content and scenes that WILL keep you up nights and MAY cause you to spontaneously combust… Continue reading

Mason Bushell Presents, A Compendium of Characters

A Compendium of Characters by Mason Bushell
Genre: Short Stories, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery, Adventure

Synopsis

The world of imagination is a magical place filled with fantastical stories. Inside A Compendium of Characters you’ll be drawn into myth, legend, and mystery on every page, and across various genres. You’ll meet aliens, vampires, angels, and maybe a ghost or two; discover stranded people, farmers with shotguns and people to save. There’ll be romantic liaisons, fairytale frolics, and mysteries to solve!

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About the Author

Mason is a naturalist in every way and spends much of his time in the nature reserves by his home. His faithful dog Lucy is never too far away, especially when he is experimenting with the culinary arts. Mason loves a good mystery and dreams of opening a restaurant like the Workhouse soon.

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Introducing Author Starr Z Davis

About Starr Z Davies

Starr Z. Davies is a Midwesterner at heart, and lives in Wisconsin with her husband and kids. From a young age, Starr has been obsessed with superheroes like Batman and Captain America, which inspired her novel, Ordinary.

If Starr had a superpower, she would be an Empath, because she is an emotional sponge and easily relates to how others feel.

While pursuing a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin, Starr gained a reputation as the “Character Assassin” because she has a habit of utterly destroying her characters both emotionally and physically.

In her free time, Starr loves watching Doctor Who or anything with superheroes, reading books (duh!), writing about her favorite fantasy stories (Song of Ice and Fire, Mistborn, The Wheel of Time), and staring out the window as she dreams up more stories.

Oh, and sometimes she steps out the door.

How I Find Time to Write as a Mom

Being a mom is a demanding job, especially with my husband working as a doctor. His hours are long, so the kids depend on me for pretty much everything. That means I often find myself struggling to balance my writing with the responsibilities I have for the household. One thing, I find, that helps me keep up the writing habit is dedicating a certain amount of time each day to just my books. Sometimes this means writing or editing, and sometimes it’s just marketing or social media outreach. I am particularly lucky that my kids are in school and that my husband can keep up with the bills so I have more time to dedicate to just writing.

In a typical day, I wake up early, usually around 5:00 am, and just read until the kids get up for school. After they are out the door, I sit down and write until I’ve either finished at least 2,000 words or I’m satisfied with what I’ve done for the day. This generally means I’m done around noon. I then spend the rest of the day at my job (yes I have a part-time job!) until the kids get home from school. Then it’s homework, dinner, dishes, and relaxation time.

If there are other parents out there who struggle to find time to write, I understand! Until my kids were in school I was up early trying to get some writing done before they woke up. Usually, it only gave me about an hour or two, but that’s better than nothing at all. My advice is just to continue pushing on. Set small, reachable goals for yourself to complete by a certain time. It took me years to find the right balance that worked for me.

Movies that Influenced My Life

Watching movies is a huge part of who I am. Though I don’t tend to discriminate too much—I love all kinds of genres in film—I do tend to watch more superhero and sci-fi films than anything else, and I often avoid watching horror, documentaries (mostly), westerns, and war films (with a few exceptions). Continue reading

Blindfolded by Breanna Hayse

Blindfolded by Breanna Hayse
Genre: Dark Romance

Synopsis

Author’s Note: This work of fiction might not be for anyone who is offended by erotic spankings, graphic sex, exhibitionism, anal play, pony and pet play, elements of BDSM. Just beware… Happily ever afters come in all shapes and sizes!

To protect her heart from being hurt again, Regan Cooper limits her interaction with the world through cyberspace. Alone and isolated in a mountain cabin and living vicariously through her imaginary characters, the author celebrates yet another best seller with a bottle of wine—not expecting that she would be restrained, blindfolded, and kidnapped by an obsessed fan.

Master Jay knows everything about the woman he holds captive and has plan on making her his. He promises that not only will she not be harmed, but she will finally be introduced to the erotic fantasies that she has written about in her books. Stripped, bound and left blindfolded, Regan’s terror is slowly replaced by excitement as she finds her captor to be true to his word. Forced to depend on her other senses, she discovers a world of sensuality that had only existed as part of her vivid imagination.

Having no choice but to submit to Master Jay’s desire, Regan soon finds that her initial need to escape her kidnapper is replaced by curiosity. His touch arouses her naked and vulnerable body and she eagerly waits for the next experience of pleasure, pain and testing of her own conservative sensibilities. She has no reason to trust this stranger, yet his offer of an adventure that has not been experienced by one of her fictional characters is tempting. This choice to accept venturing into the unknown will challenge the naïve woman, and will also force her to see life beyond her own imagination. Continue reading

Who’s in Control? Holly Bargo Explains

Who’s in control? Author Holly Bargo explains.

One wit once commented, “No plot survives contact with the characters.” I wish I could remember who said that, because every “pantser” knows the inalienable truth of those words. It’s one reason why we’re pantsers.

In the ongoing tug-of-war between pantsers and plotters, the “rope” is the issue of control. Plotters exercise firm control over their stories. They know what’s going to happen, who’s going to do it, how it happens, and when it will occur. Then the characters get involved and, suddenly, who does what and how and when alters, because the planned action doesn’t fit the character’s personality.

Pantsers like me typically begin with an idea, maybe even just a character. We plop that character into a situation and let her run or ignite the idea and let it burn. We have a general conclusion in mind—in romance, that’s the “Happily Ever After”—but we don’t necessarily have a plan on how our characters are going to get there. Such unpredictability is responsible for Vladislav’s brother popping into the story in Cassia and pretty much everything that happens in The Falcon of Imenotash.

Even when I set out with a plan in mind, the characters seize control of the story, often from the get-go. In The Mighty Finn, Finn wasn’t supposed to be the strong co-protagonist he insisted on being. In Triple Burn, Crow exerted his personality with such surprising strength that the other two heroes in the story had to rein him in constantly. That’s how Rowan, Daughter of the Twins Moons, The Barbary Lion, and Russian Lullaby became the first books in their respective series: other characters demanded their own stories. And got them.

A good portion of my work consists of freelance writing which, in many cases, includes ghostwriting stories for clients. One of my favorite project types is adapting screenplays to novels. The screenplay (or script) serves as a strong plot guideline and source of dialogue. Even so, the characters take on distinct personalities inside my imagination and they speak beyond the dialogue in the source material and they act in ways not indicated in the source material. Probably to a greater extent than experienced by the script writer, those characters live in my mind. It’s an intimate relationship.

Characters exist in my mind as real personalities. Often, they’re more real to me than actual living persons. I think that’s because they exist so intimately within my mind. Regardless, such strong characters inform me as to what they want, usually to the effect that they guide the story rather than me directing them. Or, at least, that’s how it seems.

Fiction writing then becomes imbued with a sort of metaphysical or supernatural aspect. Am I hearing the voices of angels and demons? Ghosts and spirits? Or do I simply have a silly habit of overindulging my imagination?

I won’t answer those questions because they’re irrelevant. Neither those questions nor those answers mean squat. However, the effect of following the characters on the roller coaster ride that is fiction writing for a pantser is that what engages, delights, and surprises me should also engage, delight, and surprise the reader. If I, the author, didn’t see that coming, then how can you, the reader? Enjoy the plot twists, because I certainly do. Continue reading

Author Dana Littlejohn breaks down her writing process

Dana Littlejohn breaks down her writing process

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

All of the main characters are set when I start a book, but secondary and random characters come along as the story develops.

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

I do lots of research. Reading up on it or hands on depending on the specifics of the book.

Do you see writing as a career?

I would love to switch my career to writing. It is on my mind each time I complete a book.

Do you read yourself and if so, what is your favorite genre? 

Between a full-time job, my love for traveling and writing I don’t have much time to read, but when I do I love reading historicals.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with noise? Why?

I like white noise in the background. Most times it’s a Disney movie playing.

Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

Baptiste St John, from the Power of the Bayou, is the bad guy but I loved creating him.

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

I was the kid that said, when I grow up I’m going to be an author. I will continue to write books until people hear my name and know I’m an author even if they haven’t read a single book.

Describe your writing style.

I don’t know if I have specific style. I’m kind of a combination of a panster and outliner.

What is your writing process?

My process is the same with every book: I always know the beginning, the middle and the how it will end. I make the outline and fill in key points I don’t want to forget. Once I start writing, the characters tell me how I get to each section.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? Continue reading

Poor Florida Cracker by Chelsea Falin

Poor Florida Cracker by Chelsea Falin
Genre: YA Coming of Age

Synopsis

Sissy Collet and her siblings have grown up with neglectful parents, impoverished, and bullied by their small town. When they finally get their chance to break free, they take it – despite having the odds stacked against their favor. With nothing except a half-cooked scheme and an old beater, they set off without a set destination in the hopes they will finally be free of the baggage holding them back. Will Sissy get her happily ever after? Or will she never be anything more than a Poor Florida Cracker?

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Chelsea Falin is the 25-year-old independent author of well over ten titles. She began writing with intents to publish in 2006, at age 16, and finally published in 2009, at age 19. Chelsea writes in a variety of genres, including but not limited to: romance, young adult, comedy, cooking, poetry, and dramatic fiction. Professionally, Chelsea is also a freelance blog/article writer, web designer, and book blogger.

In her personal life, Chelsea is the mother of a six year old daughter. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, fishing, hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with her friends or family.

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A Quick Chat with Kayelle Allen

Author Kayelle Allen, shares her adventure in writing her newest novel, Lights Out.

What inspired you to write this book?

I fell in love with the character “Six” when I wrote the first Bringer of Chaos story, Origin of Pietas. When I wrote the second book, Forged in Fire, I discovered all sorts of things about him. I plan to write more stories in that series because it’s so full of material and the story of Pietas begs to be told. But Six is a favorite of my critique group and readers, and I admit readily, one of mine, so I thought I’d create a background for him.

When Craig Martelle announced he was doing a space opera anthology, I decided to give writing Six’s story a shot. Lights Out was accepted right away and is found in the Expanding Universe anthology.

The Kindle version, when it was available, rose to number one status on Amazon. You can still get the anthology in print. Lights Out by itself is free to members of my reading groups.

Do you have any back stories about your characters?

That’s like asking if fish swim. I have more than I could ever tell. For this book, I put together a booklet with a quick excerpt, a bit about each major character (with images) and even included my research.

Download your copy here. Like the story, this booklet has the exclusive members cover showing Six’s dragon tattoo. There are drawings of the weapons used by the Ghost Corps, specially commissioned from the artist Nano-Core. Take a good look at the Ghost Corps symbol (page 5). Can you see the secret image?

Can you tell us about the characters in Lights Out?

The main character is Tornahdo — not his real name. I won’t tell you what it is — it’s not going to be revealed until a future book in the Bringer of Chaos series, where’s he’s referred to as Six. This character has a Hispanic background and speaks several languages, but his native tongue is Spanish.

Secondary characters include the well-named Ravenstongue, and a general in the Ghost Corps.

The adversary Tornahdo worries about is Pietas, the immortal king of a race called the Ultras. Pietas and his twin sister are the only Ultras ever physically born as children. The rest were created. Pietas was enhanced by his father continuously before and after birth. He’s formidable, and because he believes the only good human is a dead human, he is the number one target of the Ghost Corps.

How did you come up with your characters names?

Tornahdo got his name (the Spanish pronunciation of tornado) because of the way he fights. In Lights Out, that’s what he’s called, but in the Bringer of Chaos series, he’s always referred to as Six. You’ll find out why in the first book, Origin of Pietas.

I always loved the statue called the Pieta, by Michelangelo. I’ve actually had the pleasure of seeing it in person in Rome. It’s breathtaking and magnificent. I had this character who was death personified, and one of the most powerful beings ever created, and I thought, what better name than after something of tragic beauty?

It was many years later that I learned that pietas is the Greek virtue of familial love and respect for fathers. How ironic that Pietas loathes and detests his father.

One reviewer said their family made the Kardashians look like the Cleavers. Too true.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Have you seen the Hobbit films? Lee Pace played the elven king Thranduil. He would be magnificent as Pietas. Only problem is, Pietas is frequently reborn as a younger version of himself. He can age like a human, but death “resets” him to about 17-20 in appearance. Now, if you want to see what he looks like, go look at the images on my website.

Nik Nitsvetov cosplayed him for me twice, and you could not ask for a more accurate portrayal. Nik IS Pietas in these images. He’s Russian, and though he speaks English, he might not comfortable acting in a film. But for my money, there’s no one who looks more like Pietas than Nik.

As for Tornahdo — I would love recommendations. I don’t have an actor in mind for him. Someone with Hispanic background who knows martial arts. Any suggestions?

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins of the story?

What reins? I’m laughing just thinking about that. I plot and lay out the story, and then they do whatever they want anyway. Can be frustrating, but I usually end up with a better story. Although, there are times I have to tell them, sorry guys, gotta be this way, because to tell the real story won’t work. If you’ve ever written a story, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, well… trust me. You are not always in control.

Introducing Kayelle Allen

I’m Science Fiction author Kayelle Allen. I did a tour in the US Navy, where I climbed around airplanes fixing black boxes that helped pilots find their way home.

I wrote my first novel at 18 but to this day, it’s hidden under my bed, where (trust me) it will remain. Gems from it, however, launched several series in my galaxy-wide universe of stories. From childhood, I was the victim of an overactive imagination and inherited the Irish gift of gab from my mother. From my father, I got a healthy respect for mechanical things. Small wonder I write Science Fiction and Fantasy peopled with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr.

I’m a member of RomVets, a group of military and former military women who write romance. In 2014, I was awarded an honorary lifetime membership to the OutlantaCon Science Fiction Convention for support of the convention since its debut.

I founded Marketing for Romance Writers (more about them below), and today it has over 7k members. I also lead a writer’s group in my community. Now that I’m retired, I stay busier than ever. I’ve been married so long I’m tenured.

I am a graphic artist as a hobby. Most of the art and banners on this site and in my social media were created by me, including my logo. I have a great design team that I also work with, commissioning special pieces. Check out their pages. Jamin (Volgraza) and Livius (Nano-Core) have huge amounts of talent. I am also privileged to work with a cosplayer who portrays my immortal king, Pietas. Take a moment to check out Nik Nitsvetov’s amazing work.

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About the Book

Lights Out Bringer of Chaos: How Six Became Six by Kayelle Allen
Genre: Science Fiction

Synopsis

Join the Ghost Corps, they said. You’ll live forever, they said. You’ll save mankind, they said. They didn’t say that to do it, first he had to die.
When Tornahdo signs on the dotted line, he puts his life into the steady hands of the mighty Ghost Corps. Three grisly deaths and three agonizing resurrections later, he’s assigned duty on the space station Enderium Six.
He’s facing his most dangerous mission yet, the very reason the corps exists.
Do they expect him to win? Fat chance. Tornahdo and his team are already dead and this mission is codenamed “Lights Out.” No, there’s more to this than he can see.
To discover the truth, he must face an unbeatable, unkillable enemy, and this time–somehow–find a way to keep himself alive…

Tornahdo is facing his most dangerous mission, the very reason Ghost Corps exists.  He must take out the king responsible for every war between humans and Ultras since the origin of the Ultra bloodline.
If he succeeds, the war is over.
If he doesn’t, the Ultras will rule mankind for another thousand years…

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Phoenix (Steele Shadows Rising) by Amanda McKinney

Phoenix (Steele Shadows Rising) by Amanda McKinney
Publication date: March 19th 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Synopsis:

From bestselling and multi-award-winning author Amanda McKinney comes a **standalone** romance in the bestselling Steele Shadows series.

A man who cheated death.

A woman hired to pick up the broken pieces.

And an obsession strong enough to kill for.

They told him he’d been given a second chance at life. Told him to count his lucky stars, to stop and smell the roses. Kind of hard to do when your body is bound by chains and cuffs. That’s what it felt like, anyway, when Phoenix Steele woke up from his coma to a life full of restrictions. Once known around town as the fearless, indomitable heir to the Steele fortune, the former Marine was suddenly labeled unstable, short-tempered, and loose cannon. Unwilling to accept his issues, Phoenix instantly clashes with his assertive therapist—the town’s most eligible bachelorette.

No one knew overcoming the odds like Dr. Rose Floris. Determined not to be a statistic, Rose lived her life under carefully constructed routines—until a gruesome murder and a series of mysterious events reveal she’s become the center of a madman’s obsession. Suddenly, Rose’s world is turned upside down and she finds herself under the watchful eye of her new client, a broken man she’s been warned not to trust.

As the tables begin to turn on their client-patient relationship, Phoenix realizes he must battle his own demons before he can save anyone, including the woman who’s become his own obsession…

An obsession he’d kill for. Continue reading

About Never A Bride with Caridad Pinero

One of the fun things about writing Never A Bride was including a diverse hero and showing different aspects of his culture.  The hero, Carlo da Costa, is of Portuguese descent and grew up in the Ironbound section of Newark.  I’ve been lucky to have visited this area a number of times to eat at one of the wonderful Portuguese restaurants.  My grandparents also grew up right across the river from Portugal and many of their dishes were similar to those I tasted in the Ironbound.

The heroine in the story, wedding planner Emma, loves spending time with Carlo and his family in their Ironbound home.  I had a great time planning the dinner that Carlo’s family might be sharing, including the desserts because I have a wicked sweet tooth.  One of my favorite Portuguese desserts is pasteis de nata, also known as Portugeuese custard tarts.  These pastries have a buttery crust filled with a custard flavored with lemon, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Nom nom nom! Continue reading