Get to know author Sheena Binkley

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I used to play the clarinet in middle school. I was really good at it. I also wanted to be a news reporter and did a news show for a local public access channel when I was in college.

What are some of your pet peeves?

People chewing with their mouths open and leaving trash in my car.

What inspired you to write this book?

Just Right is a novella that is part of one of my series, Something Just Ain’t Right. I did the series over two years ago, and I figured I should write an update on the main characters of the series. It felt good to go back and write about how the couple in the series changed over the years and what they have accomplished after everything that has happened after the series ended. I think the readers of the series were also happy to read about how much the characters have changed and just to see how they are adjusting to life now.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I just wrapped up the third book, How Deep Is Your Love, from my current series, The Love Chronicles. This book is a romance/new adult novel that is a continuation of the main couple in the series. The story is an emotional roller coaster that readers will experience. I know I did while writing the story, so I know readers will feel the emotions throughout every scene.

Where were you born or grew up?

I was born and raised in Houston, TX.

If you knew you’d die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

I would spend my last day with my family, and I would do all of the things that I would love to do, including bowling (if I can), going to the beach, and watching the sunset.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I mainly listen to music to unwind. When I do, I’ll just put my earbuds in, lay back and just relax. Shopping also helps too, lol.

How to find time to write as a parent?

Writing when you’re a parent can be a challenge, lol. My son is 10, so I try to balance everything on a daily basis. I would usually write when he’s asleep, or on my days off from work. When I have a huge deadline, I would either try to write while I have some downtime at work. That way, I wouldn’t have to worry about writing as much when I go home.

What advice would you give new authors?

My advice to new authors is to never give up on your dream. There will be critics and naysayers that will criticize your work, but don’t let that discourage you. Also, write because you love to do it, and not for the fame or money; because believe me, sometimes writing is not all it’s cracked up to be. You must have patience and thick skin to be in this industry; if you do it for the wrong reasons, then you shouldn’t be doing it at all.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for about 27 years since I was 9, but I have been a published author for four years.

Bonus Q: Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

Unique, imaginative, spunky, energetic, & romantic. Continue reading

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Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart

Book cover Tiffany TruittTitle: Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart by Tiffany Truitt
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: July 18th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Synopsis

In the span of seven days, Annabel Lee will lose her heart.

Kennedy Harrison, as reckless with life as Annabel is obsessed with order, never could commit to anything—not to a person, not to a job, not to a path. But he’s got a history with Annabel, and for once Kennedy doesn’t want to run. Determined to spend time with her before she leaves for college, Kennedy dares her to join him on a road trip to a music festival.

And neither of them could ever say no to a dare.

But Annabel’s got a plan. She’ll complete seven dares in seven days—if Kennedy applies for one writing internship per dare. Because Kennedy needs to be pushed just as much as she does.

What follows is a dizzying week of music, shady hotels, comical dares, and a passion neither one knew existed. But when it ends, Annabel and Kennedy will realize the biggest dare of all might just be falling for each other. Continue reading

A Quick Chat with Kailee Reese Samuels

Kailee Reece SamuelsWho is Kailee Reese Samuels?

Embracing diversity. Coffee addict. Mango lover. Blueberry fetishist. Sweet peach tea crazy. Red wine devout. Whiskey deviant. Tattooed & pierced. Loves shoes. Collects rosaries. Fanatical organizer/cleaner/list-maker. Never sleeps. Hermit and recluse.

Storyteller.

Kailee Reese Samuels has been spinning tales since she can remember. Her books are contemporary fiction with a no-holds-barred attitude. She adores listening to her characters ramble and putting them into situations that push the boundaries.

Creativity is the way to change.

I see from your bio that you collect rosaries. Why rosaries? 

*smiles* That is such an awesome question! I started collecting rosaries years ago when I was confirmed. This is not to say I am a strict Catholic, I am not. I embrace many forms of spirituality, I have studied Buddhism and Wiccan extensively. I am rather bohemian and try to walk in grace at all times.

Back in 2013, I almost died and I was very incoherent and out of it. I ended would clutch my rosary and japa mala— one in each hand. It was during that time that I decided if I came out of it I would write with the intent of publishing.

Six months later, I eventually recovered and I just started carrying the rosary and my laptop with me, they went hand-in-hand. The one I have used the most is one of those that you give children – My first rosary – it’s broken and a mess, but that is also why John bought it for me. So I didn’t ruin any of my precious collection. I have many antique ones and even one made from rose petals from Italy.

Let’s talk mangoes for a bit. I am originally from the Caribbean and mangoes were a staple. Which variety is your favorite? Do you make any special dishes with them or do you eat it raw?

I am not well versed in the variety of mangoes, sadly. Living in Texas, they are usually always available in the markets. I love them raw, but I have also been known to cook with them. In the summertime I always make fresh preserves to can  – strawberry, cherry, blueberry, apricot, peach – last time I did it, I made a batch of mango. Oh my, it was tasty! We have used it on everything from toast to chicken and fish dishes. I can never have too much mango. I adore the mango!

Since you enjoy making lists… share the top 5 things you like doing when you are not writing. Continue reading

If you like 50 Shades, you’ll love The Velvet Chair by CP Mandara

Velvet Chair book coverTitle: The Velvet Chair (Velvet Lies #1) by C.P. Mandara
Publication date: February 6th 2017
Genres: Erotica, Romance

Synopsis

“Oh, darling. You’re going to be so easy to conquer.” His finger reached under my chin and pulled my face back to meet his. “I can’t wait to strip you out of that dress and watch you crawl around my home naked. I’m going to spank that delectable ass with every damn pervertible I can find. Hairbrushes, wooden spoons, spatulas, and I might even try a damn baking sheet. That ass of yours is always going to be prettily pink and perfectly swollen while you’re under my roof.”

My name is Mark Matthews. I own half of London, and the part I don’t own, I’m working on.

Life was all going swimmingly well until Michael Redcliff entered my life, demanding that I marry his daughter. Actually, swap demand for blackmail. He’s got goods on me that I want no one else to see, so for the time being I need to be his little lap dog.

I’ll marry his daughter. I’ll give him all the status, money and power he can handle… for as long as it takes me to get a divorce. You see, I can’t renege on our little arrangement – but she can. I give her a week. One week and she’ll be screaming the place down for her legal counsel.

I am never wrong. Continue reading

Serenade By Heather McKenzie

Serenade book coverTitle: Serenade (The Nightmusic Trilogy #1) by Heather McKenzie
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: April 17th 2017
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Young Adult

Synopsis

Kidnapped and held hostage in the Rockies, a teenage heiress falls for her abductor while her corrupt father and devoted bodyguard fight to get her back. The discovery of true love and dark family secrets turns deadly in this epic coming of age adventure.

Kaya Lowen dreams of living like a normal eighteen-year old, but being heiress to a billion-dollar company has put her life in constant danger. Fiercely guarded by her powerful and corrupt father, she develops close bonds with those who protect her, especially Oliver – a bodyguard who has proven his devotion to her time and again. He wins her heart – until a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning everything she believes in. Haunted by true love and reeling from a guilty conscience, Kaya’s world unravels when she’s kidnapped.

Held captive in a rugged wilderness fraught with raging storms, mystical caves and deadly predators, Kaya’s father scours the forest and her bodyguard fights to get her back. But, the discovery of a dark family secret makes Kaya wonder if staying in the arms of her blue-eyed abductor—a captivating stranger with dark secrets of his own – is a safer place to be. At least, that’s what her heart is telling her, her head is saying run…

An epic adventure centered on a smoldering love-triangle, Serenade sings a timeless tale of courage, self-discovery, and life-or-death love that will leave you breathless. Continue reading

Autumn’s Dance by Sarah Gai

Title: Autumn’s Dance by Sarah Gai
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

A story that captures your heart and continues you thinking about it long after you fall asleep.

Autumn Nash lives a nomadic existence with her harvest-travelling father, except every summer when they return to one place like clockwork…Ligonier, PA. But this season, Autumn meets a young man who changes her world and makes her long for more.

Eric Foster has been sent to stay the summer in Ligonier with his grandfather in hopes of altering his path as his life spirals downward. His direction changes the moment he sees Autumn; he knows his very reason for breathing is solely to be with her.

When Autumn is ripped away from Ligonier, she leaves Eric confused and devastated that their time is over. Both teens struggle through the years gone by without the other. Will Autumn ever see the boy who changed her life again? Will Eric wait for her? Will Autumn ever make it back to Ligonier? And what will happen when buried secrets surface?

Discover a love that takes you back to what it’s all about—the confusing, yet simplistic, beginnings of falling in love and watch it evolve into something that takes your breath away. Continue reading

Q&A about Seasons Within by Lele Iturrioz

Lele Seasons Within authorWhat genre are your books?

Seasons Within is a YA fantasy book. It has romance, adventure, and quirky humor.

How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?

I love fantasy. I like the idea of new worlds and possibilities beyond what we can achieve. I like stories where anyone ordinary can become extraordinary.

What is Seasons Within about?

It´s about a teenage redhead with unusual markings on her wrist that goes by the name of G.

Unlike most teenage girls, G doesn’t know her real name, she doesn’t know where she came from and she doesn’t know who she’s meant to become. G’s life before the age of six has been a mystery to her.

Each night for the last twelve years she’s been haunted by the same nightmare—a war. Horrendous beasts, warriors able to wield the four elements, and a boy who saves her by means of blue fire taunt her memory. But on her eighteenth birthday, G’s life begins to unravel. When she meets her new Chemistry professor, a man with.

How did you come up with the idea?

One day I was walking around with my headphones while listening to Breath of Life by Florence and the Machine (Awesome song!). The street was covered with hundreds of leafs and when the wind came, it made all the leaves fly. In my perspective and with the headphones it looked as if they were dancing, so I lifted my arms and danced among the flying leafs. Besides the fact that I looked like a crazy person swinging my arms to the sky, for a moment I felt like I was the one moving them.

And that’s how G, my main character was born, a girl who had the power to move Nature in a world that was possible.

How did you come up with the title?

The title is based on two things, the first one is that G has the power to wield all elements, she has the four seasons within herself and the second one is that the seasons represent the year she has before her Resurgence.

How old are your characters?

G turns 18 at the beginning of the book. The rest are between 15 to 24 years old. Continue reading

Author Sylvie Parizeau’s Top 10

Sylvie Parizeau photoI asked author Sylvie Parizeau to list her top 10. Top 10 what you may ask? Read on to find out.

Sylvie

Okay, confession time. I’ll readily admit those are the toughest Top 10 to choose from… Truly. Seriously. Why, you may ask?

Well, here goes (with some of my quirks revealed by the same token). 😉

Top 10 TV shows?

I live on top of a mountain (literally), with no cell phone (*gasp*), no TV (*GASP*), and have been for the past… ten years. I know, I know.

Top 10 novels/authors?

I could list 78 (or a thousand seventy-eight, easily), but choosing 10? Cruel, cruel, cruel boiling down. Torture. Visit Mes Coups de Coeur for a better understanding. http://www.sylvieparizeau.com/mes-coups-de-coeur-indie/ or visit my About Me tab and peek under The Favorites? Toggle. http://www.sylvieparizeau.com/about-sylvie/

Which leaves me with Top 10 Actors (film/TV/stage)… Lesser of three evils as I’ll have to Google most of them in some capacity or other; I know who they are when I see them on screen, but I’m awful with remembering their names. I tend to get lost in the visual… 😉

Let’s see. 10… (can I bargain for a baker’s dozen? Just because :-D)

Pêle-mêle, in no particular order:

Chris Pine

Gerard Butler

Richard Madden

Matt Bomer

Matthew Macfadyen

Toby Stephens

Pierce Brosnan

Sean Connery

Dougray Scott

Hugh Dancy

Robert Redford

Kevin Costner

Harrison Ford

Season greetings from my winter wonderland, and happy reading holidays everyone!

Sylvie xo Continue reading

Two short paranormal romances by T.L. Katt

Winter Thrillz book coverTitle: Winter Thrillz by T.L. Katt
Publication date: December 2, 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis

Two short paranormal romances: Tigress and Talons. Explore debut author T.L. Katt’s world of paranormal romance.

Tigress
Jestin, in need of a vacation, takes a break to the mountains where strange events send him exploring the woods. What he finds changes his life forever.

Talons
It’s an ordinary day when Meg gets scooped up by a creature. She awakes in her own bed believing it was only a dream, until she finds puncture marks under her arms. In fear that she’s been injected with a virus, she flees to solve the mystery — finding much more.

This book is meant for mature audiences 18 and above. Continue reading

In a Gilded Cage by Mia Kerick

In a gilded cage Mia KerickTitle: In a Gilded Cage by Mia Kerick
Published by: Evernight Publishing
Publication date: October 21st 2016
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Lucci Grimley is indeed alluring—crowned with a mane of long blond hair, and blessed with an enchanting musical talent that draws a brave rescuer to a high tower hidden in the forest.

However, this modern-day Rapunzel is a young man, sold as a child to the wealthy and childless Damien Gotham for the price of a fast car and a pile of cash. And Lucci’s heroic prince is William “Prin” Prinzing, a handsome college student and star soccer player, hired to care for the grounds of the lavish Tower Estate. Prin climbs an extension ladder rather than a long golden braid to gain access to Lucci’s second-floor bedroom window, ultimately penetrating the secrecy surrounding the cloistered young man.

Friendship, and soon romance, blooms. The tower captive eagerly gives his loving innocence to his brave rescuer, which sends the strict and reclusive Gotham into a frenzy of jealous rage. With Prin, Lucci gets a taste of real life, and he wants more. Together, the young men must face Gotham’s ruthlessness and pay the price of liberating Lucci. Continue reading