Hanging with Author Jessica L Myers

Hanging with Author Jessica L Myers

What book do you think everyone should read?

Hands down, Game of Thrones. It is simply an epic masterpiece.

What kind of world ruler would you be?

Absolutely Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones. She is strong willed and powerful, honest, a fighter who has survived more than any person should, and above all she rules with a strong moral compass…though I must admit, now that I am watching the new season of Thrones, I am not so sure my support for her is as iron strong as it used to be. I guess only time will tell!

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

I have always loved reading and books. In school, I started writing dark short stories and poems to pass the time in classes, though my real need to write flourished when I first became a parent. Suffering postnatal depression, I rediscovered my love for reading and books, but I felt like I needed more than to read someone else’s words and live in their created landscapes. I needed a purpose and something that defined me. And many of you

I needed a purpose and something that defined me. And many of you may not understand this, especially with a beautiful new baby that I truly loved from the moment he arrived), but I needed an escape, a way to get out of my head and the emotions that seemed to have a hold of me.

Writing was my way to finding myself, to working through my own demons, past, and present, and to becoming a better person and parent. Many women feel that they lose themselves when they become mothers, and for me, writing was my way to rediscovering who I was and who I wanted to be. All that said, yes, becoming an author was the right decision for me, and I hope you will all agree when you get to know me and my characters!

What is your writing process? 

My writing process starts with my ideas for the plot and characters. Then I do an outline, detailing a single sentence for what happens in each scene from start to finish. This is not a definitive setup, and more often than not new ideas and twist and turns take shape as I write. I will even have whole new scenes come to light that are crucial to the telling of my story. I try not to get too perfectionistic (but hard as I’m a perfectionist!) with my first draft, as after that I have a step-by-step process for revision of the full book.

My revision usually takes me as long as the first draft did, and sometimes even twice as long or more. First draft is for me to have fun and get my ideas out, the revision process is for all of you, so that I am making sure that what I have written and what I later publish is worthy of your reading eyes and delivers a compelling and interesting story that, at the least, entertains you, but that hopefully leaves you with something so much more.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Nerve Damage?

Nerve Damage, despite my intentions to write a simpler book after my 4-book Blood Bound series, was quite complex. It is a psychological thriller that delves into the dark recesses of the mind in that of human action and intention.

Cassidy, the main character from which much of the story is told, is a newly created young adult orphan. After losing her parents in a terrible car wreck, her mind is not her friend. Her memories of the day of the accident paint an entirely different picture that day, leaving her believing that the ‘accident’ was not quite so accidental. After surviving and after what she thinks she saw, Cassidy isn’t sure what is real or not, but she can’t shake the feeling that she’s being watched…and hunted.

The rest of the characters have their own pasts and their own problems, and with the events that have them trapped together, they will soon come to learn that they are somehow connected and that them being brought together is no accident at all.

Throughout the story, you get to meet and get to know another character—the killer. A number of scenes are shown from their perspective, and, fair warning, they are vivid in detail and actions. Plus you will also meet a character from a past, a child that is intricately weaved into this story in ways that will ripple throughout the story from start to end in irrevocable and haunting ways. Continue reading

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Amy Sumida Presents, Fairy Struck (Twilight Court Series Book 1)

Amy Sumida Fairy Struck coverTitle: Fairy-Struck (Twilight Court Series) Book 1 by Amy Sumida
Genre: Urban Fantasy RH Romance

Synopsis

From the Award-Winning author of The Godhunter Series comes an exciting new Urban Fantasy series!

Would you like to hear a real fairy tale? A story about the war between us and them. A war which led to a truce and a truce which led to the creation of a secret society. There are councils you know nothing about, councils of fairies and of humans who write laws which govern us both. Laws you also know nothing about, yet you are held accountable to them. If you break these laws, the Wild Hunt of Fairy will come for

There are councils you know nothing about, councils of fairies and of humans who write laws which govern us both. Laws you also know nothing about, yet you are held accountable to them. If you break these laws, the Wild Hunt of Fairy will come for

If you break these laws, the Wild Hunt of Fairy will come for you but don’t worry too much, it’s hard to break laws concerning things you don’t believe in. Fairies tend to break the truce more than humans and that’s where I come in. I’m part of a military force which monitors the Fey. When they cross the line we extinguish their light… permanently. I’m Extinguisher Seren Sloane and I can tell you a real fairy’s

Fairies tend to break the truce more than humans and that’s where I come in. I’m part of a military force which monitors the Fey. When they cross the line we extinguish their light… permanently. I’m Extinguisher Seren Sloane and I can tell you a real fairy’s

I’m Extinguisher Seren Sloane and I can tell you a real fairy’s tale if you’re brave enough to listen.

This is a slow building Reverse Harem series–multiple men with one woman. The series becomes RH in book 6. Continue reading

Ryder by Ali + Weston Parker

Ryder book coverTitle: Ryder by Ali & Weston Parker
Publication dateSeptember 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

A life of darkness only pays while the sun stays hidden.

The shadows of the past follow me no matter where I turn. Mistakes I thought were long dead and gone seem to nip at my heels and tear at my soul.

I’m not a good man. Not worthy of redemption.

As President of the Lost Breed MC, I fight, f*ck and take what’s mine. But everything changed in the blink of an eye, and now I got a kid, my brother’s kid. The teenage bastard is just like me. And he’s gone missing.

My only hope is that the pretty cop down at the station is willing to help a criminal like me out. My focus should be on the kid, but I can’t stop thinking about owning her, marking her, making her mine. She thinks she’s going to be able to resist me forever. She’s wrong.

I’m driven mad with the desire to gain her affection, to be the one that wakes her up in the dead of night to take advantage of her softness and remind her who’s King.

But what cost would the reaper require to give me such bliss? And am I willing to pay it?

 You bet your ass I am. Continue reading

Times Square book tour + Amazon gift card giveaway

Times Square book coverTitle: Times Square by Jana Aston
Publication date: September 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

A standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Jana Aston

Once in a while right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.

I saw that quote about fairy tales embroidered on a decorative pillow at a home decorating store. Honestly, it pissed me off. Retail propaganda aimed to promote sales when any single girl in the city could tell them they’d sell more if they’d offer Keep Your Pants On, Asshole instead.

But it’s fine. I don’t have room for decorative pillows anyway.

And I don’t have time for distractions.

Which is why I’m ignoring the distraction staring at me right now. The one who looks like he belongs on a billboard campaign. The one with the full lips and the cocky smile. The one refusing to look away even when I give him my best no way scowl.

The one headed in my direction. Right now.

*Times Square was previously published inside the Love In Transit anthology. Continue reading

Heel Lead by Dawn K. Henderson

Heel Lead book coverTitle: Heel Lead by Dawn K. Henderson
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction

Synopsis

Because life is one big ballroom – and all we can do is dance… Former UK dance champion Caroline Elliott has two burning passions in her life: her sexy, young Spanish lover Antonio, and the weekly Ballroom dance class she teaches to a diverse group of enthusiastic locals in the small English town of Castleham where she lives. But Caroline has a problem. The numbers attending her class have dwindled, and unless she can somehow breathe new life into it, she will have no choice but to close it down. A dance display at the local Arts Festival might just be the perfect opportunity to showcase her students and pull in those much-needed new members. How difficult could it be? With the date of the display

A dance display at the local Arts Festival might just be the perfect opportunity to showcase her students and pull in those much-needed new members. How difficult could it be? With the date of the display approaching, however, illness, affairs and relationship break-ups threaten to crush Caroline’s hopes.

As she battles to keep rehearsals on track and soothe her students’ rampant nerves, she must also conquer the demons of a long-ago tragedy in her own life.

Will she be able to let go of her fears and step into the spotlight once again? Heel Lead is an emotional, passionate and poignant story that entertains while it tugs at your heartstrings. In this short yet compelling novel, author Dawn K. Henderson presents a captivating tale of the power of love, dance and the ties that bind us.

In this short yet compelling novel, author Dawn K. Henderson presents a captivating tale of the power of love, dance and the ties that bind us. Continue reading

Toxic Desire by Ellie Douglas

Toxic Desire by Ellie DouglasTitle: Toxic Desire by Ellie Douglas
Genre: Thriller

Synopsis

Imagine waking up from a blackout, your memory betraying you as to where you have been or what you have done. This is what happens to beautiful and sexy, 24 year old, Annabelle Worthington.

Growing up, Annabelle’s life was anything but normal. Living with loveless parents, she was subjected to unimaginable abuse and torture at the hands of those who should have protected her. Her saving grace was her relationship with Ivy and Eva.

As an adult, she met Brett Campbell and finally her world became filled with the happiness, stability and love that she had never known. Then something unthinkable happens that destroys her idyllic life and fills her with rage. Annabelle’s blackouts increase and memories of her abusive childhood threatens to imprison her.

When Ivy and Eva comes back into her life, Annabelle elicits their help to rid the world of all cheating bastards.

Is there anything that can stop them before they wreak havoc on California? Which of them really poses the most danger to those who least expect it?

How many lives will be lost because of sexual desires and memories from the past? Continue reading

The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong books 1 + 2 by Angela Kay

DeLong book 1Title: The Murder of Manny Grimes (The Cases of Lieutenant DeLong #1) by Angela Kay
Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis

When three young boys stumble into Lieutenant Jim DeLong’s life one night during a winter storm, they claim they’ve seen a dead body by the swing sets of the Columbia County Elementary School. After he investigates, DeLong sees no evidence, not even a body. But were the boys telling the truth?

With the help of his oldest friend and mentor, former Naval investigator Russ Calhoun, DeLong sets out to find whether Manny Grimes is alive or dead. The further away he gets to the bottom of the mystery, the closer he comes to realize that his own life is falling apart.

Delving deeper into the murder of Manny Grimes, Lieutenant DeLong begins to unravel, losing his sense of control, falling into old temptations he spent years to overcome. Will he be able to move past his own demons and untangle the web of lies before it’s too late? Continue reading

Just Kylie by Monique Gooch

Just Kylie book tourTitle: Just Kylie by Monique Gooch
Genre: Young Adult

Synopsis

Kylie Bransford was all girl. She loved her long black hair that touched her lower back, and refused to cut it no matter how much her mother pleaded. She wore pink sneakers on the field when she cheered, her room was surrounded by mermaids, and her walls were decorated in pink and purple shades.

She was “all” girl. Kylie loved to be on the go and in the know. The only thing that made not only her world but her heart stop was Myles Russin.

Myles was one of the cutest boys in the 8th grade. The night she invited him over to watch television was the night she knew for sure she’d receive her first kiss. Her tongue trailed the braces that shielded her teeth as Myles leaned forward with his eyes closed. With much

Her tongue trailed the braces that shielded her teeth as Myles leaned forward with his eyes closed. With much disdain she pushed him away. Kylie had to come clean and reveal her secret. Kylie Bransford was biological[ly] born a boy, but lived as a girl. She just hoped Myles could see past her situation and like her for who she was and not what was in between her legs. Continue reading

What Does Smart Mean Anyway? By Paul Casselle

Paul Casselle photoPaul Casselle in his own words

I live in Spain with 3 Labradors, 2 children & 1 girlfriend.

Moving to Spain gave me the impetus I needed to finish Conversations with Eric. The warm climate caused me to move the second half of the novel here as well.

I love telling a compelling story that will both intrigue and excite my readers. I want to take you to places that will exhilarate as well as entertain. I’m never shy about sailing near the edge. The unusual is my normal and jaw-dropping, surprising my stock-in-trade.

If you liked Conversations with Eric, watch out, If The Bed Falls In will knock your socks off!

Knowledge or Peace; it’s your choice

Is it better to flood our lives with light by striving to know as much as possible or is it sometimes better to retain a few shadows of ignorance in the pursuit of peace?

It has been reported that when Albert Einstein was asked, ‘How does it feel to be the smartest man alive?’, he responded, ‘I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Nikola Tesla.’ I don’t know if this quote is true, but I can’t help digging deeper.

What does ‘smart’ mean anyway?

Is it the accumulation of knowledge, or the speed with which one can recall information, or the freedom with which one can juxtapose such knowledge, or how well one can apply the ‘smarts’? And venturing yet another step down the rabbit hole, what’s so good about being ‘smart’ anyway?

It occurs to me that the more I learn, the more I appreciate just how vast is the amount of stuff that is out there to be learnt. Therefore, the more I know, the more aware I become of how proportionally little I know. Ironically, the more I learn, the less I know I know! Continue reading

Bridges: A Daphne White novel by Maria Murnane

Bridges Maria MurnaneTitle: Bridges: A Daphne White novel by Maria Murnane

Three friends get together in New York City to celebrate an unexpected engagement, but each of them has a secret.

Synopsis

It’s the one piece of news Daphne White never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! First on the bride-to-be’s agenda is a celebratory weekend in Manhattan with her two best girlfriends—her treat, of course. After two decades scaling the corporate ladder with ease, Skylar can more than afford it.

While Daphne is happy for Skylar, the timing of the trip couldn’t be worse. Her own relationship is sputtering, and the debut novel she’s finally finished—which she’d hoped would land her on the bestseller lists­­­­—appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She doesn’t want to spoil the weekend with bad news, so she arrives in New York determined to keep her disappointment under wraps. When she sees Skylar’s spectacular Tribeca apartment, however, that becomes a little trickier. She and Skylar were academic peers in college. Could Daphne’s life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

Daphne struggles to hide her feelings of inadequacy, but what she doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and KC are also holding something back, but what? As the weekend unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.

And laughter. And love.

The fun-loving trio readers fell for in Wait for the Rain is together once more. Never underestimate the power of female friendship! Continue reading