Roy L. Pickering Jr. ~ Author Interview

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Roy L. Pickering Jr., author of Patches of Grey, Ava Applesawse, Feeding the Squirrels, and Matters of Convenience.

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Lets start by talking a little about yourself!

1.  What is your name and do you write under a pen name? My name is Roy L. Pickering Jr. Everything I have gotten published to date has been written under my own name. As I have  witnessed the rise in popularity of fan fiction, I’ve considered giving the genre a shot. I’ve kicked around some ideas for putting real life people into fictional settings, but nothing has struck me as a slam dunk winner yet. If/when I ever come up with something delightfully absurd that I would not necessarily want to associate with the rest of my writing resume, that would be the occasion for me to deploy a pen name. What it would be is not yet decided on. Once I come up with a story, I’ll then decide on a name to associate with it.

2. Where do you call home? At present I live in New Jersey. Home for me so far has been the US and British Virgin Islands, New York and New Jersey.The settings of my fiction tends to be where I have lived. Write what you know, as they say. Write about where you know as well.

3. Do you have any hobbies, other than writing? What do you enjoy doing? I’m pretty obsessed with tennis. Weight training is another hobby. They don’t particularly go hand in hand as the latter bulksyou up more than is ideal for the former. But hobbies choose you more than you choose them, I think. Tennis and writing have a fair amount in common. Both require tenacity to improve from shaky beginner to competent. I can’t get enough of either one, and as much as I have improved since I first picked up a pen and a racquet, I realize there is so much further for me to go. I needonly to stick with it. 

4. What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing? I have been writing since my early teens and inspiration of course came from great books. The earliest novels I read after graduating from chapter books written for children were Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. By the time I was done with them I had decided that coming up with stories of my own for the entertainment of others was what I wanted to do with my life some day.

5. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hard-covers or audio-books? I am Team Print all the way. I don’t have a strong preference one way or the other when it comes to hardcover versus paperback. A shelf full of hardcover books is aesthetically pleasing to look at, but I also appreciate the lighter weight portability of a softcover book, not to mention the lower price point. As for e-books, I appreciate what readers value about them but my personal preference is for ink printed on paper. In some regards print and electronic books are competing with each other, but I have never believed that e-books would cause print to go extinct. Once the initial excitement over deciding whether to go with the Kindle or the Nook or some other platform dwindled down, I expected e-book sales to stabilize and for print to have a resurgence and for a balance to be established in which there is a place for both of them. I have made the books I wrote available in both electronic and print formats to reach the broadest possible audience. But I have not yet fully ventured into the world of audio books. I am not of the opinion that listening to a book is equal to reading a book. As a reader I opt for reading over listening and for paper over screen. As an author, an indie one with a budget at that, I have been contemplating creating audio versions of my books and possibly doing the narrating. We shall see if I get this ambitious project off the ground. To date I have only gone so far as to record myself reading a couple short stories plus excerpts from my longer works. I recorded myself reading a full chapter from Matters of Convenience, though it’s not an especially lengthy opening chapter. It is long enough to make me realize that recording an entire novel would be a massive undertaking. 

6. What is your opinion of novellas? I enjoy all lengths of fiction as both a reader and a writer. Without initially setting out to do so, I am the author of a single novella. When I sit down to write a novel (two of them completed so far and one in progress), I know what it is going to be. Same for short stories of which I have written about 50, give or take. When I began writing Feeding the Squirrels, it was the one time that I did not know what it was destined to become. Starting out as a writing exercise, it is about a man’s single minded pursuit of pleasure with various women. The encounters are not related to each other, so it was written at the outset basically as a series of short stories featuring the same protagonist. Eventually I figured out a way to tie the vignettes together, at which point the individual stories became chapters in what ended up being a novella. 

7. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format? At present I am reading and enjoying a paperback copy of The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett. I document the books I’ve read or plan to get to at the website Goodreads. Along with giving a star rating because I have no choice, I make sure to write are view. Recently I decided to make the move to YouTube where you can find my BookTube channel Roy’s Book Reviews. If anybody cares to know how I felt about a book, they have the options of either reading or listening to my thoughts. 

8. What genres do you read as well as write in? I read across a wide range of genres. There are a few that I may never check out due to lack of interest, but they are exceptions to my belief that excellent writing and wonderful stories exist in various literary categories. Much of my own writing falls under the umbrella of literary fiction. Upmarket commercial fiction is another label that may appropriately apply. My debut novel Patches of Grey focuses largely on teenage characters. The language may be too harsh for it to be described as Young Adult, so the category of New Adult is probably a better fit. My second novel Matters of Convenience targets a more mature audience, as does the novel I have underway with the working title of Brothers. In a departure from my novels and novella and short stories, I decided to give children’s chapter book writing a shot. It is a family affair, writing by me, illustrations by my super talented wife, and inspired by our daughter. Our goal is to publish The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Ava Appelsawse in the Fall or early Winter of 2020. Writing for an audience 7 – 10 years of age has been a dramatic change of pace from the rest of my prose. I’m looking forward to wading into uncharted waters and introducing my stories to a new generation of readers.

Lets talk about your latest work…

1. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or fewer words, what would you say? My most recently published book is my second novel, Matters of Convenience. It’s a love triangle turned into a love rectangle. There you go, well under 20 words. Here is my slightly longer synopsis. When one man seems to be the perfect fit for your heart, and another is the one who picks up its broken pieces and supports pursuit of your dreams, which is the right choice and what are the more acceptable regrets?

2. Is the above book part of a series? Matters of Convenience is a standalone novel, same as Patches of Grey. Prior to taking on the challenge of writing a children’s book, creating a book series is not something I ever had in mind. I conceive of a tale and tell it to completion, and then I move on to a new literary universe. That has changed with The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Ava Appelsawse which is planned to be a series. I have written the first two installments and will get started on the third book as my wife embarks on illustrating the second. 

3. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book(s)? As mentioned in previous responses, I happen to be married to a visual artist. Erin is a wonderful painter/illustrator. The cover of my first novel Patches of Grey uses one of her paintings for the cover art. The cover for my novella Feeding the Squirrels uses one of her illustrations that I posed for. When it came time to decide on a cover for Matters of Convenience, I had an image in mind that my wife had not already painted. She brought my vision to life with a new painting created for my book’s cover. Not too many authors out there, whether indie or those published by the Big 5, have the luxury that I do when it comes time to decide on cover art. With The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Ava Appelsawse we have taken things to the next level as the book is illustrated throughout.

4. Do you have a book trailer?

5. In your latest novel, who is the lead character and can you tell us a little about him/her? I’ll take “latest novel” to mean the one I am currently working on. The lead character is a white, male police officer who kills a young black man in the line of duty. The necessity of the shooting is questionable and it is filmed by a cell phone camera. Video of the shooting goes viral and turns the officer’s life upside down in a climate where accountability is increasingly demanded by the public. Where the story goes from there is something for the world to find out at a later date. 

6. Will readers like or dislike this character, and why? That’s the big question. It’s sort of the reason why I’m writing it. My third book is written from the vantage point of a man who ended the life of another with the pull of a trigger. But if you have killed someone does that automatically define you as a killer? As a writer I am far less interested in absolutes than I am in nuance. My first novel is literally called Patches of Grey because it is usually simplistic to view matters strictly in black and white terms. Sometimes those we call good people do bad things. Sometimes those we call bad people exhibit decency. Sometimes things get so mixed up in the heat of a moment that it is difficult to tell good and bad, right and wrong, justified and unforgivable apart from each other. I believe readers will relate to my book’s protagonist because he is not written as a monster, but as a flawed human being who succumbs to the pressure of a tense situation. Was his motivation garden variety racism, or self preservation, or anger, or fear, or hatred, or an amalgamation of emotions? If unable to like him, can you both dislike him and feel empathy for his plight? We shall see.

7. What first gave you the idea for your latest book? You need look no farther than recent headlines that fall under the banner of the Black Lives Matter movement. I wanted to write about policing and the thin line between operating by the book and misconduct. I wanted to write about the gun control debate. And about the correlation between mental imbalance and violence. And about the accelerative effect that social media can have on the impact and resolution of events which garner a great deal of attention, even if it is fleeting attention as we quickly move from one tragedy to the next. With these topics in mind I came up with a story that has allowed me to explore their conflicting sides. 

Lets talk a little about your writing process!

1. What is your writing style like? Are you a pantster or a plotter? Up until the novel I’m working on now, I have been a plotter. In addition to coming up with the overall story arc I would create chapter outlines. This is a useful tool as it informs me on what to write as I get started on each chapter. But this time around I am trying out a different approach. Rather than chapters it is broken up into sections of varying lengths. The order in which the scenesare being written is not necessarily the order that they will appear in the final draft. They can be moved around later as I see fit since the story is not being told to the reader or written by me in chronological order. I decide what a scene will be about and write it. I may have no idea what will happen in the following scene until I get around to writing it. I know how it is all going to end, but the journey to get there is definitely being taken by the seat of my pants. This way of writing, being such a departure from how I have written in the past, has been both challenging and liberating.

2. Are you a self-published/Indie author or did you publish through a traditional publishing company? I am a self-published/Indie author when it comes to my novels. And the plan for The Absolutely Amazing Adventures of Ava Appelsawse is also to publish it myself. I have not decided yet which avenue I will choose to pursue once my third novel is ready. That bridge will be crossed when I get to it. Self publishing gives me control over the timetable that I would not otherwise enjoy, but of course there are various advantages to having a major publishing house behind you that I would not mind experiencing in the future. 

3. What’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing? The summer after I graduated college I worked for a freelance copywriter. My goal was to be a novelist at some point, but at that time writing an entire novel was a daunting notion. He asked me how many pages I believe a novel to be. I answered ‘about 300 on average’. He asked how many pages I thought I was capable of writing per day. I said rather ambitiously ‘about ten pages per day’. So that’s a book per month, he declared. Now just go ahead and do it. I had never thought about it like that before. Even back then, a more naïve version of myself realized that writing a book per month was an unrealistic goal. But TECHNICALLY it was a possibility. The key was to be willing and able to put in the work on a daily basis. And to have enough story ideas on tap to be able to move immediately from one project from the next. As for the laborious, time intensive work of getting my books published and drawing the public’s attention to them, we didn’t get into that. There are A LOT of things an author has little to no control over once a book has been published. How many copies will it sell? What will reviewers have to say about it? But when it comes to crafting our stories, we have 100% control. Nothing to it but to sit down and write. Or as Hemingway ironically put it – There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. I start books off writing longhand and then type it up on my laptop, but the same general principle applies. Look up from the pages every month or so and see how much has been accomplished. So much. Never enough. Get back to writing.

4. What advice would you give someone who wants to start writing? I wrote a post on this topic at my blog – http://lineaday.blogspot.com/2010/04/advice-for-aspiring-authors.htmlShorter version of what I wrote there is – read a lot, write a lot, rinse and repeat. I don’t see how anyone can be a writer if they arenot also an avid, lifelong reader. One fuels the other. Not that we copy from what we’ve read. We’re simply inspired by the great writing done by others to rise up and see if we are up to the challenge of doing the same in our own unique way. Each time is like the very first. I have no idea how I managed to get it done before and I have no idea how I’ll manage to do it again. I just know that I will try, and past history has shown that when I put my pen to paper, sooner or later it starts moving.

5. Where can your readers follow you? I recently set up this link tree https://linktr.ee/WrittenByRoy which has links to the various places online where you can find me and what I have written. Among them are…
Roy’s Book Reviews: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChxTtsj-XYu3cWqkT0iCXNg?sub_confirmation=1A Line A Day: http://lineaday.blogspot.com/Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorofPatchesFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/PatchesOfGrey/Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/mplwdscribeInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/roylpickering_author/Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorofpatches/boards/Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/authorofpatchesMy website: http://roypickering.weebly.com/Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Roy-L.-Pickering-Jr/e/B002D13K0Q%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share?ref_=d6k_applink_bb_dls

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Dying to Confess by D.L. Jones (info and giveaway)

DL Jones is a Writer, IT Professional and Tech Enthusiast.

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DL Jones was born in Brooklyn NY, grew up in Newport News VA and has spent the last 8 years in Charlotte NC. He has served time in the US Army and works as an IT Professional. His first love has always been tech, well computers and the web specifically, which has led to a lot of writing. He has had several websites/blogs and podcast over the years.

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Dying to Confess by DL Jones ~ Genre: Crime Thriller

Detective Johnson is a veteran on the police force. Loyal, smart and always gets his man. He and hispartner, Detective Sally, was stumped when a man arrived at the lone police station of his small town. That man wanted to confess to the murders of nine local women.

After an initial investigation, Detectives Johnson and Sally find that all nine of those women are indeed very much alive, but each had a strange interaction with the would-be serial killer. That interaction alone was enough to put the confessor in prison for life. Detective Johnson knew there was more to the story, especially since the confessor still claimed that those women are already dead.

Only Detective Johnson and Sally can find out what more there is to this case…
But will they survive what they find?

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Birth of the Fae ~ Locked Out of Heaven by Danielle M. Orsino

Destined to be a writer from a young age, Danielle M. Orsino was working as a nurse and treating a patient who needed some distraction during long I.V. treatment sessions. So, Orsino reached back to a forgotten skill, a childhood dream, Danielle had wanted to be a writer and so she decided to tell a story. Little did she know the seed would grow into a fantastically epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and rebirth — Birth of Fae: Locked Out of Heaven. Drawing from her passion for comic books, Cosplay and fantasy along with her expert martial arts expertise, Orsino brings forth an electric and hopeful debut.

Danielle is embarking on her biggest challenge to date: taking the story born from the long treatment sessions with a patient into a fantasy book series-Birth of the Fae: Locked out of Heaven. Expanding her love of writing, comics and exploring the world of fantasy novels, she delves into the realm of fairies and retells their origins from a completely new perspective.

Orsino has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise science and is an LPN with a special interest in Lyme disease research. Orsino has been widely recognized from her influence and experience in martial arts realm, training for over 20 years and with over 500 tournament wins, and accumulating national and world titles. She has performed for former President of the United States Bill Clinton and has been featured on “Soap Talk, Fox Five news CBS, TLC and E! With this experience, she worked as a Fight Choreographer on “Wonder Woman: Balance of Power” and has worked with the likes of martial arts legend Vincent Lyn and WWE marvel and action star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Nothing Danielle ever does is simple, look at what NY times Bestselling author Clete Barrett Smith has to say about her debut endeavor: “After summoning this world into existence through an imaginative force of will, Danielle has scoured every inch of the landscape several times over. Critics often praise a story’s world building by saying that it feels “lived in.” Well, the world of the Fae certainly seems like that because Danielle herself has happily lived there for years as she worked to put all of this together…My favorite part of this story is that it is gloriously depicted in vibrant images.”

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Birth of the Fae: Locked out of Heaven (Book 1, Volume 1) by Danielle M. Orsino ~ Genre: Fantasy

Ride on the backs of fire breathing dragons with the Dark Fae and watch the Light Fae play in the shadows of primitive humanity as they build their magical world.


Abandoned by their creator, two factions of powerful angels remain on earth after the Great War with Lucifer. They struggle to comprehend their Creator’s plan while their angel wings, a symbol of their angelic lineage, slowly and painfully decay. With no hope of returning to the Shining Kingdom, two groups of angels denounce their angelic lineage and develop into separate factions – the Court of Light, led by Queen Aurora, a former Virtue Angel, and the Court of Dark, ruled by King Jarvok, a former Power Brigade Angel. The two monarchs have opposing views on how to govern their kin, but the one belief they agree on is that human worship equals power.
Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven is an epic fantasy adventure of heartbreak, rebirth, and hope that examines the bonds of family, friendship, and love. It is a fantastic tale of good vs evil in a beautiful world, where the Light Fae and their potent elemental magick are tested by the raw power of the dragon riding Dark Fae warriors.

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What really defines your time as writer?

Obviously the things you write, but take a step back, I think it’s not so much what you write as what inspired you before you knew you were going to be a writer. It’s easy to say this or that about an author after you have read their work or even for the author to discuss their piece. Me? I like to hear about their influences before it congealed. What did they grow up on? Those precious moments in the most informative years I believe set the stage. If the author had a vivid imagination as a child. Did they watch cartoons well into adulthood? Were they comic book readers or were they sci-fi junkies from a young age? You wouldn’t expect an author who wants to pen the next great literary classic to tell you they grew up watching Animaniacs and now own the entire collection. (I proudly admit it, Pinky and the Brain being a favorite.)

In the Fantasy genre the readers wants the author or as I like to refer to them “tour guide” to have a love and respect for the world they have built. The reader must trust the author. I believe this is where knowing a little more about the author and their qualifications comes into play. I’m not speaking on degrees; this is about influences and the love of the genre. A reader can tell within the first quarter of a book if the author loves a genre.

So I thought I would let you guys in on my background, besides the nursing and martial arts stuff. Here are my influences, this is what has carried me through and as an author colored my landscape…

Star Wars-The first movie I ever saw was “Star Wars” my parents took me to a drive-in when I was two years old and while I can’t tell you I remember seeing it in its entirety I can say they took me just about every Friday night for weeks and I fell asleep to the sounds of blasters, light sabers and Darth Vader’s breathing for the months. Star Wars pretty much became the metric by which all storytelling was measured. Good versus evil, it was clean and uncomplicated.

Disney– Mickey Mouse was the second staple in my house. My grandfather served with Walt and even drew with him. They remained friends and Walt offered him the first animation scholarship. My grandfather refused, not wanting to move his young family out to California. Disney is in my blood, once again the art of storytelling and building around a central villain is old school Disney princess perfection.

Wonder Woman– It gets complicated because I adore Gal Gadot’s movie version, but my heart belongs to Lynda Carter, with a nod to Cathy Lee Crosby because technically I saw her portrayal of the Amazon princess first. Either way Lynda Carter sent my 5 year old heart into over drive when she twirled on the screen exploding into fireworks of red, white and blue. She proved to me women could be superheroes and not play the damsels in distress waiting to be saved.

My first strong female protagonist and my love affair with comic books began. Through Wonder Woman I watched Batman and met Batgirl played by Yvonne Craig. A female who was a book smart librarian by day and motorcycle riding crime fighter by night, yup I was hooked. Now here I have to give a nod to Kato from the “Green Hornet” because watching Bruce Lee kick and punch his way onto the screen obviously left a mark on me. To me Kato was pretty damn cool, he got to drive (Robin never did) he never got captured (Robin always did) and Kato didn’t need a utility belt. He was perfection in my eyes.

The Muppets– The Muppets might seem odd but The Muppet show taught me about imagination and through them I learned to appreciate all that Jim Henson brought to the world of storytelling. From the “Dark Crystal” to “Labyrinth” Henson’s idea to push further was a key element I took with me. But most of all, to never lose touch with your imagination. I still watch the Muppets to this very day and find myself catching nuances I never noticed. Henson has a knack for nuance.

“In search of with Leonard Nimoy”– In search of with Leonard Nimoy” was on in the late seventies but repeated throughout the eighties and it hooked me as a kid. The show was all about unsolved mysteries and Cryptids. Cryptids are creatures not yet proven to exist like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster. I am still obsessed with Lake Monsters and have a news alert set for the Loch Ness monster. The show usually featured one, maybe two topics and went over the evidence screening eyewitness accounts. It was my first taste of the unsolved mystery machine and the idea there was more to this world.

Looney Toons Cartoons– What child of the 80’s did not grow up on Bugs Bunny? Daffy Duck’s sarcastic and pessimism still leaks into my mood. However, what I really grasped from these old school animated shorts was life is way too short to care what people think. Daffy Duck had an extra helping of self confidence which I am still trying to master, and Bugs’ humor when facing obstacles of insurmountable odds is another life skill I am attempting to utilize in my everyday life.  

If you mixed all of these elements together, I believe you would get my world. It’s a little strange, a bit mysterious, nothing is as it seems, the women are all very self sufficient, imbued with a strong sense of justice and there is a lot of imagination. These factors; Henson, Nimoy, Wonder Woman, Lucas, Disney and that Crazy Wabbit heavily influence my writing. If you can relate, grab Birth of the Fae: Locked out on Heaven because we are going to have so much fun!

See you in the Veil ~ Danielle M. Orsino

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Ashley Chappell ~ Author Interview

We have a very special guest today, Ashley Chappell writes satire and young adult epic fantasy novels featuring expansive world-building and universes filled with magic, mayhem, and monsters!

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Hide and Seek by Jo A. Hiestand

Books, Girl Scouts and music filled Jo A. Hiestand’s childhood. She discovered the magic of words and the worlds they create: mysteries, English medieval history, the natural world. She explored the joys of the outdoors through Girl Scout camping trips and summers as a canoeing instructor and camp counselor. Brought up on classical, big band and baroque music, she was groomed as a concert pianist until forsaking the piano for the harpsichord. She also plays guitar and has sung in a semi-professional folkgroup in the US and as a soloist in England.

This mixture formed the foundation for her writing. A true Anglophile, Jo wanted to create a mystery series that featured a British police detective who left the Force over an injustice and now investigates cold cases on his own. The result is the McLaren Mysteries, featuring ex-police detective Michael McLaren. Jo’s insistence for accuracy — from police methods and location layout to the general feel of the area — has driven her innumerable times to Derbyshire. These explorations and conferences with police friends provide the detail filling the books. She also writes the amateur sleuth Linn House Mysteries under the pen name Jessie McAlan. In 1999 Jo returned to Webster University to major in English. She graduated in 2001 with a BA degree and departmental honors.

She has employed her love of writing, board games and music in other ways by co-inventing a mystery-solving game, P.I.R.A.T.E.S., which uses maps, graphics, song lyrics, and other clues to lead the players to the lost treasure. Jo founded the Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime, serving as its first president. Besides her love of mysteries and early music, she also enjoys photography, reading, baking, and her backyard wildlife.Her cat, Tennyson, shares her St. Louis home.

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Hide and Seek (The McLaren Mysteries Book 12) by Jo A. Hiestand ~ Genre: Mystery

Playing a mystery game seems the perfect way to celebrate Jamie Kydd’s promotion to Detective Sergeant rank. But the game turns real when a body turns up in the pretend crime scene. Perhaps worse than spoiling the party, the corpse is someone Jamie knows.

Even though the police take on the case, Jamie asks his friend, former police detective Michael McLaren, to also investigate—concerned that the victim’s criminal past may dampen the Constabulary’s usual fervor to nab his killer. It seems to have been a smart decision, for the police aren’t expending a lot of energy on the inquiry.

Suspects float around McLaren…half truthful, hard to find. More like wraiths than flesh and blood. If the victim’s burglary partner, ex-wife, or childhood friend didn’t kill Dan, who did? It’s a desperate game between McLaren and a killer who’s playing Hide and Seek.

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Bloodshed Academy by Jen L. Grey (plus a giveaway)

USA Today Bestselling Author

Reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies, even as a little girl. When I was a toddler, my parents would read stories to me over and over. I would hear them so often that I had the books memorized and could recite the story word by word.

My favorite genres are fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary romance. So of course that’s what I’m inclined to write.

I have a husband, two young daughters, and a mini Australian Shepherd. I’ve lived in Tennessee the majority of my life and love the state.

I’m extremely addicted to caffeine and enjoy drinking coffee and lattes.

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Year One (Bloodshed Academy Book 1) by Jen L. Grey ~ Genre: Paranormal Academy Romance

Only the strongest survive … most of the time

Raven may be a shifter, but she’s always felt separate from her wolf. She never knew it should be different. Then, a stranger showed up in her hometown, turning her world upside down and recruiting her for the elite Bloodshed Academy.

Everything she’s ever known gets challenged, and Raven found herself in impossible situations. Making matters worse was the fact that one of the strongest alphas at school caught her eye. And he made her feel things she didn’t understand.

The school may only recruit the best of the best, the strongest in their world, but there was something more about Raven. When push comes to shove, she had to decide if she’s willing to fight for what she’s come to love … or run from a life she couldn’t quite accept.

Vampire Diaries meets Daughter of the Moon in YEAR ONE, a steamy academy romance story for readers that love snark and strong alphas.

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Year Two (Bloodshed Academy Book 2) by Jen L. Grey ~ Genre: Paranormal Academy Romance

Some secrets kill … others bring a fate worse than death

Barely dealing with her shifter abilities, Raven had to navigate college. Her journey so far has uncovered a world beyond her wildest expectations.

Not only did she constantly have to prove her worth to the students and faculty at Bloodshed, but she also had to balance her love life, a secret society with a hidden agenda, and three of the most elite guys at school.

When all the secrets around her are exposed, and everything Raven’s facing comes to a head … she has to pick what’s worth fighting for. Her life and her choices, or her place in the world around her.

Vampire Diaries meets Daughter of the Moon in YEAR TWO, a steamy academy romance story for readers that love snark and strong alphas.

Please note that the story is not reverse harem and there are instances of bullying.

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Year Three (Bloodshed Academy Book 3) by Jen L. Grey ~ Genre: Paranormal Academy Romance

A society that you can’t escape… or you can die trying

Embracing her wolf, Raven became stronger than she ever imagined, but the next challenges she must face could break her.

The culling was coming. Only the strongest survive, and with it, the potential to change everything and everyone around her.

Now Raven and her friends must make decisions unlike anything they ever could have imagined. Their choices would set the course of a war. Their enemies were many, and even unknown. Once again, Raven was left with no other options. If she doesn’t take a stand, she would lose everything she held close.

Vampire Diaries meets Daughter of the Moon in YEAR ONE, a steamy academy romance story for readers that love snark and strong alphas.

Please note that the story is not reverse harem and there are instances of bullying.

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I’m excited to be one of many tour hosts sharing information about Bloodshed Academy by Jen L. Grey.

Amanda Orneck ~ Author Interview

We have a very special guest today, Amanda Orneck was raised in Southern California on a healthy diet of fantasy and science fiction. She grew up knowing from the time she was small that she wanted to be a writer. She wrote her first story at the age of five and began her first novel at eleven. While attaining a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing from USC, Amanda received the Middleton Fellowship for excellence in Poetry. Today she has one published SciFi novel and has recently begun following her renewed passion for Regency Historical Romance.  

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Riddle Me This by K.L. Lamar (info and giveaway)

K L. Lamar lives with her family in the South and a dog who is plotting to off her one day. K. L. Lamar writes thrillers, mysteries, and suspense novels. After years of voracious reading, her teacher told her mother when she was younger that she was destined to be a writer.
When she’s not reading, writing, or traveling, you can find her on the ocean somewhere, sailing the high tides.

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Riddle Me This by K.L. Lamar ~ Genre: Psychological Thriller

A murder who writes riddles in his victim’s blood, and the drunken FBI profile determined to catch him.

An infamous murder dubbed “The Riddler” resurfaces, this time hiding in plain sight, covering his tracks, and only leaving his signature token of carving in his victim’s blood. Things become foreign for him, when he meets a screwed-up woman that’s more damaged than he is. Helpless to the beautifully damaged soul that calls to his own tainted soul, he decides to help her.

Things become more complicated when she stumbled into the cat and mouse game between an assassin and the police. Every instinct suggest that he allow her bright light to be snuff out, but he can’t bare it.

His nemesis the washed up, drunken, half mad, FBI profiler pops up, hot on his trails, he must decide rather he should save her or himself. He was prepared for everything: torture, fiery depths of hell, incarceration, death, but not love.

The Riddler will face the ultimate test, and he soon realizes that some things are worse than death.

Available exclusively in the Notorious Minds box set!

What does it take to commit the perfect crime? 

Delve into these dark and twisted tales by twenty USA Today and International Bestselling Authors. 

No matter what kind of crime story typically catches your imagination, there’s sure to be something for everyone. 

Conspiracies, political plots, and yes, even murder, are just a few of the crimes waiting inside this box set. 

Discover a narcissistic grandmother running an underground syndicate, or a support group bent on murder…and even a serial killer who turns his victims into fairytale creatures. 

Uncover the passion, jealousy, and fear lingering in every tale. 

This box set is packed with thousands of pages that will hold you on the edge of your seat, crying for answers. 

**Pre-order now for Only .99 cents and get a free gift HERE!! **

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I’m excited to be one of many tour hosts sharing information about Riddle Me This by K.L. Lamar.

Loren Rhoads ~ Author Interview

I’d like to welcome Loren Rhoads, author of Lost Angels and Angelus Rose, to my blog today!!!

Lets start with a little about you!

What is your name and do you write under a pen name?

My name is Loren Rhoads. I changed it legally last year, after using it for a pen name since the Eighties. It was a huge step to claim my name for real. It made me so happy!

Where do you call home?

San Francisco.

Do you have any hobbies, other than writing? What do you enjoy doing?

I started visiting cemeteries by accident. I love to travel, so what started as a hobby has turned into a successful side hustle. I’ve written a travel memoir called Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel and a travel guide to cemeteries around the world called 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die. Angelus Rose, my new novel, has three cemeteries in it. It’s the first time one of my novels has so many cemeteries in it.

If you could invite any four (4) celebrities (alive or dead) to your dinner party, who would you invite and why?

I’d invite David Bowie, because his music has been so central to my life. I even have a Bowie tattoo. Barack Obama, because I’d like to talk to him about current events.  Angelina Jolie, because she inspired the succubus in my books. And Ursula Le Guin, because I’d love to talk to her about writing.

Let’s shift somewhat and talk about your latest story.

What is the name of your most recent book? If you had to sum it up in 20 or fewer words, what would you say?

Its title is Angelus Rose. The tagline is: If Romeo had wings and Juliet a barbed tail, could they find happiness in the City of Angels?

Is the above book part of a series?

It’s the second and final book of the As Above, So Below series. There are also a couple of short stories set in that world. One of them is free at Bookfunnel, if you’d like to get a taste of the succubus Lorelei at work:  https://dl.bookfunnel.com/v8o5w54mzk

Who designed the cover of your books?

Carmen Masloski did the covers of both books in the series. She was incredibly easy to work with. I just love what she came up with.

Did you listen to any particular songs while writing your books?

I listened to the first two Garbage albums a lot, along with a lot of soundtrack music on Spotify.

How did you come up with the title of your books?

Lost Angels is the name of the bar where the succubus Lorelei first meets the angel Azaziel, so the name of the first book was easy.  My co-writer Brian and I struggled a little with the title of the second book.  I wanted to call it Dies Irae (I was listening to Mozart’s Requiem a lot at the time), but Angelus Rose is easier to pronounce.

Do you have a book trailer?

In your latest novel, who is the lead character and can you tell us a little about her?

Lorelei is a succubus who works for Asmodeus, the demon prince of Los Angeles.  She loves her life, posing as a club kid and leading people to damnation. One night, Azaziel appears in the bar where she’s working. Lorelei can’t get him out of her mind.  She pursues him — and he possesses her with a mortal girl’s soul. After that, she needs to find an exorcist.

In the new book, Lorelei and Aza are trying to figure out how they can be together. Unfortunately, war is brewing in Los Angeles and everyone wants them to take sides.

What first gave you the idea for your latest book?

Originally, As Above, So Below was all one book.  It was hugely long and I was afraid it would never sell, so I cut it in half at a natural climax about the mid-point. The first book was published by a small indie press in 2014. When I got the rights back, I revised it a bit, retitled it Lost Angels, and republished it with a new cover image. Then I started revising the second half so it could stand alone as a sequel. Angelus Rose, part two of the story, came out in February.

Let’s talk now about your writing process.

What is your writing style like? Are you a pantster or a plotter?

Definitely a pantser. I write to discover the story.

What made you go the indie route instead of the traditional publishing route?

I like the freedom of choosing my own cover artist, having the final say on the editing, and knowing that I’m doing the best possible promotion for the book.

What’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?

Just write and don’t think too much.  Ray Bradbury told me that.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start writing?

Set a timer and just start writing. You’ll find out what you think as you go along.

Where can your readers follow you?

Blog:  https://lorenrhoads.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loren.rhoads.5

Twitter: https://twitter.com/morbidloren

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/morbidloren/

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Loren-Rhoads/e/B002P905PE/


Deadly Getaway by Karen M. Bryson (info and giveaway)

KAREN M. BRYSON is a USA TODAY bestselling author who writes romantic stories with humor and heart. She is a winner of the prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small Publishing Industry as well as the RWA Lone Star Writing Contest.

Karen is also an award-winning/optioned screenwriter.

When she’s not at her computer creating new stories, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

Karen previously wrote contemporary romance under the pen names SAVANNAH YOUNG, SIERRA AVALON, REN MONTERREY and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR DAKOTA MADISON.

Please note that Karen M. Bryson (TM) is a trademark and may not be used without the owner’s permission.

Where to find Karen…

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Deadly Getaway by Karen Mueller Bryson ~ Genre: Mystery, Romantic Suspense

USA TODAY Bestselling Author KAREN MUELLER BRYSON

Her dream vacation becomes a nightmare when her roommate goes missing.

Brooklyn Winters just received the offer of a lifetime. If she accompanies her roommate, Addie, on a Spring Break trip to a tropical island paradise, all her expenses will be paid for by her roommate’s parents.

There’s only one problem: Brooklyn promised her dad she would spend Spring Break working with him at the Seven Brothers Security Services office. That’s what she has done for every vacation for as long as she can remember.

When her overprotective father reluctantly agrees to the island getaway, Brooklyn assures him that she and Addie will be perfectly safe and that he has nothing to worry about.

If only she was right.

On their first day on the island, Addie goes missing. The last thing Brooklyn wants to do is admit to her father that she was wrong and ask for his help. So, she searches for Addie on her own.

As Brooklyn follows the leads to find Addie, she realizes she is being trailed by Theo, a nerdy tourist staying in the room next door. Theo seems to have a crush on Brooklyn, so she uses it to her advantage and talks him into helping her find Addie.

But when Brooklyn starts to develop feelings for Theo, she discovers it was no accident that he was staying in the room next door.

She uncovers a web of lies. Nothing is what is seems and Brooklyn isn’t sure who she can trust.

Will she be able to find her best friend before it’s too late?

Available exclusively in the Notorious Minds box set!

What does it take to commit the perfect crime? 

Delve into these dark and twisted tales by twenty USA Today and International Bestselling Authors. 

No matter what kind of crime story typically catches your imagination, there’s sure to be something for everyone. 

Conspiracies, political plots, and yes, even murder, are just a few of the crimes waiting inside this box set. 

Discover a narcissistic grandmother running an underground syndicate, or a support group bent on murder…and even a serial killer who turns his victims into fairytale creatures. 

Uncover the passion, jealousy, and fear lingering in every tale. 

This box set is packed with thousands of pages that will hold you on the edge of your seat, crying for answers. 

**Pre-order now for Only .99 cents and get a free gift HERE!! **

Goodreads * Books2Read

Would you like a chance to win a $20 Amazon giftcard or an ebook of Suicide Blonde by Karen M. Bryson (1 winner each)? Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!


I’m excited to be one of many tour hosts sharing information about Deadly Getaway by Karen M. Bryson.