Starr Z. Davies ~ Author Interview

Meet author Starr Z. Davies; while pursuing her Creative Writing degree, Starr gained a reputation as the “Character Assassin” because she had a habit of utterly destroying her characters emotionally and physically.


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Bride on the Run by Anna J. Stewart #giveaway

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Bride on the Run (Butterfly Harbor Stories Book 9) by Anna J. Stewart ~ Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance

Finding true love…

In the unlikeliest places!

Sienna Fairchild never imagined she’d be a runaway bride. Or that she’d stow away on a worn-down boat belonging to handsome tour operator Monty Bettencourt. Monty’s used to navigating rough seas, but Sienna might overturn his whole life, and avoiding drama is tough in such close quarters! If Sienna’s sure she doesn’t know what she wants, then why does running away feel so much like coming home?

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USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J Stewart writes sweet to sexy romances for Harlequin and ARC Manor’s Caezik Romance. Her sweet Heartwarming books include the Butterfly Harbor series as well as the ongoing Blackwell saga. She also writes the Honor Bound series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and contributes to the bestselling Coltons. A former Golden Heart, Daphne, and National Reader’s Choice finalist, Anna loves writing big community stories where family found is always the theme. Since her first published novella with Harlequin in 2014, Anna has released more than forty novels and novellas and hopes to branch out even more thanks to Caezik Romance. Anna lives in Northern California where (at the best times) she loves going to the movies, attending fan conventions, and heading to Disneyland, her favorite place on earth. When she’s not writing, she is usually binge-watching her newest TV addiction, re-watching her all-time favorite show, Supernatural, and wrangling two monstrous cats named Rosie and Sherlock.  You can read more about Anna at her website,

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5 Things Publishing Taught Me

5 Things Publishing Taught Me

By Kassandra Flamouri

1. Cover Your Costs!

When I self-published my first book, I was sure there was an audience for a Greek/English bilingual collection of short stories. There are huge Greek-American communities all across the country and thousands of students young and old trooping off to church for Greek School every week. Surely, I thought, some of them would be interested in quality stories to supplement their language learning! I was sort of right. I sold more books than might be expected for such a niche genre debut from an unknown author, but it wasn’t nearly enough to cover the costs I’d incurred by using a professional translator. I don’t regret it—my Greek definitely isn’t up to that level, and it was worth it for my family in Greece to be able to read my work—but I definitely learned from the experience. When the time came to publish my first novel, I ran a pre-order campaign through Kickstarter to make sure that my audience was at least big enough to cover my publishing costs. To my delight, my Kickstarter was successfully funded, and I was able to publish without putting myself further in the red.

2. Know your weaknesses!

I’ve always prided myself on my ability to learn new things, but it pays to be realistic about what you can and can’t do (like, say, learn Photoshop in less than a month). I’m not saying not to try new things, but definitely don’t put all your eggs in a basket that might break. Do your homework and try out new skills far in advance of when you’ll actually need them so that you can decide what’s worth a little educational investment and what’s not. Once those decisions are made, you can save up for the tasks that will require a professional.

3. Know your strengths!

Conversely, it also pays—or maybe saves—to know what you can do yourself. For instance, I could have done my own line editing for my first book and saved myself a pretty penny. I know some of you are probably gasping or rolling your eyes at my arrogance, but it’s true. I know this not only because I’ve been teaching grammar for close to ten years but because the editor I hired ended up bringing me on to her own staff as an editor just a few months after working on my collection. For my novel, I relied on my own skills and that of my eagle-eyed grammar nerd of a mother, and I have zero regrets (and a lot more money in the bank). I’m definitely not saying you shouldn’t hire an editor. I’m saying you shouldn’t hire an editor just because all those articles and tweets and posts say you aren’t a credible author if you don’t. Similarly, if you’re a trained artist, why shouldn’t you do your own cover art? If you know you’re a damned good designer, why shouldn’t you design your own cover? Of course, in an ideal world an experienced professional is almost always going to be preferable to even a highly skilled amateur, but we don’t live in an ideal world where everyone has the money to hire professionals for everything. Most of us will have to make choices about where we spend our money, and by being realistic about both our weaknesses and our strengths, we can make those choices wisely.   

4. Remember that no one can please everyone, but be prepared to grow!

It makes me proud (and relieved) that not a single reviewer has yet tried to diss my writing or editing technique. Many, in fact, make a point of praising the writing itself…which is how I make it through the reviews that critique everything else. Especially hurtful the ones that crap all over my protagonist. Of course I rail internally against those reviews and vent to my CP’s about how a character can’t show any growth if they’re already perfect and how (shocker) teenagers don’t always react like mature adults and how my precious protagonist is UNDER A LOT OF PRESSURE, OKAY?! But then I calm down and remember that, if I’ve done my job, characters are like real people. Just like not everyone is going to like me as a person, not everyone is going to like my characters, and that’s okay. Instead, I pay attention to the reviews that have real critiques to offer. After looking for patterns in reviews across my different books, I have a better understanding of my weaknesses and know what I need to work on in my next book.

5. Come prepared to work, because this sh*t is hard!

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Rowan by Holly Bargo #giveaway

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Holly Bargo never outgrew a love of fairy tales, legends, and myths. Or horses. However, one foot must remain firmly planted in the real world where Holly makes her living as a freelance writer and editor. She and her husband have two grown children and live on a southwest Ohio hobby farm with a menagerie indoor and outdoor animals.

Holly enjoys hearing from readers and other authors and may be contacted via the Hen House Publishing website:

When she’s not working on other people’s documents or reading, Holly finds time to transfer the voices in her head to paper … er … computer. If she doesn’t, there’s a definite possibility her mind will explode.

And for those who might wonder from where the pseudonym of Holly Bargo came, it’s quite simple really. Horses. Namely an elegant and temperamental Appaloosa mare who has long since crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is fondly remembered for guarding toddler children and crushing a brand-new pager.

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Rowan (Branch 1 of the Tree of Life) by Holly Bargo ~ Genre: Paranormal Romance

Nearly a century ago, Rowan Nemed died by lightning strike. The divine bolt ignited something magic and she was transformed into something rare, powerful, and fey: Sidhe.

Sidhe survival depends much upon one’s ability to remain hidden from other supernatural creatures and magic users who would exploit them. Rowan has lived for several years in the pressure cooker of Hollywood as a set designer, carefully staying away from the camera. However, a spontaneous act of recognition for her work brings Rowan to the notice of Los Angeles’ supernatural community and her freedom is threatened.

Lion shifter Adrian and vampire Simon are best friends and business partners. When they discover Rowan, each wants her for his own. Rowan does her best to dissuade them, for a supernatural matebond means the end of her freedom.

Then demons begin hunting sidhe and Rowan is a prime target. She agrees to exchange her freedom for survival. But which male will Rowan accept? And can she survive when one of them dies in a battle to keep her?

This is the first of three books in The Tree of Life trilogy. The book can be read as a stand-alone novel.

Mature content not suitable for readers under 18. Content has been proofread, edited, and updated.

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What’s in a Name?

By Holly Bargo

I put a lot of thought into my characters’ names. Sometimes, a character’s name pops into my mind without much cogitation at all; other times, I’ll go through several iterations of a character’s name until I settle on one that just feels right.

Sometimes names have personal connotations. For instance, I’ve known a few people with the first name of Kim (or Kimberly). I’ve loathed all but one of them and won’t use that name for one of my heroines. I’ll probably use it for a villain, though.

When writing Rowan, I wanted to use a name that wasn’t too common, yet had significance. In many stories, the rowan tree is associated with witchcraft and magic. That made it perfect for my heroine. Her fellow sidhe, Cassia and Willow, followed the theme of plant-based names. Cassia is one species of tree from which cinnamon is harvested. Graceful willow seemed to fit the name of the third heroine in the trilogy.

Sometimes I get alliterative in my naming conventions. I have no idea why. In the Twin Moons Saga, another trilogy, the heroines’ names all begin with C: Catriona, Calista, and Corinne. I prefer choosing names that don’t fall into 100-most-popular lists, as names lend originality and distinction to their characters. On the other hand, I don’t usually favor weird spellings of common names.

Strange or “creative” spelling of a common name annoys me more than not. It reminds me of a passage in Alan King’s satire Help! I’m a Prisoner in a Chinese Bakery. In this sarcastic commentary on creative naming, King speaks of a fictional young man who’s name is pronounced “William,” but that’s not the way it’s spelled. Near the end of that chapter when the young man goes for a job interview, the hiring manager asks him, “What’s your name, son?” The young man’s response: “I’m not sure, sir.” King condemns the trend with a single line showing the effect of creative spelling, something along the lines of “Some bright future this kid’s got.”

I also think it’s important to choose names that fit the culture and period, especially when writing historical fiction. For instance, I know that William Shakespeare invented the name Pamela. Therefore, any appearance of that name in, say, a medieval romance loses credibility with me. Little anachronisms like that annoy me to no end and affect my enjoyment of the book.

It’s also important in other genres to create names that the reader has a hope of pronouncing. Douglas Addams’ series beginning with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy takes creative naming conventions to their absurd extreme, including one minor character whose name is composed entirely of punctuation. Prince Rogers Nelson wasn’t the first to adopt that silliness when he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol.

Names affect the reader’s perception of a character. Choose them with care.

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Broken Toys by Glenda Thompson #giveaway

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Broken Toys by Glenda Thompson ~ Genre: Thriller

Texas Ranger Noah Morgan has his life together—with a great job and the girl of his dreams. Too bad it’s all based on a lie. A single phone call threatens to bring it all crashing down. After an irate citizen complains shoddy workmanship has left him with a booby-trapped driveway, and the local sheriff’s office is too busy to respond, Noah takes the call. The investigation of local scam artists uncovers a human trafficking ring. Noah fights to avoid being swept back into the sights of his murderous family—people he escaped at the age of seventeen.

Can he keep his past a secret or will his carefully crafted life come to a violent end?

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A sixth-generation Texan with Scottish roots, Glenda Thompson can ‘bless your heart’ with the best of them. As a former emergency medical technician married to a south Texas Lawman, she’s used insider information from both their careers as inspiration to build her Broken world of Texas Rangers with hidden pasts and dark secrets. When she’s not busy embarrassing her children or grandchildren by dancing in the middle of a country road during a rainstorm, she can be found huddled in her writing cave with her law enforcement technical adviser/husband working on another story in her Broken universe.

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What kind of world ruler would you be?

Oooh, great question. What kind of world ruler would I be? I like to believe I would be a gracious, magnanimous ruler but my kids would tell you I’m more like a benevolent dictator. I believe people should have free will and be able to make their own decisions. However, I also believe that all actions have consequences. My dad used to say we could do whatever we wanted when we visited him, no matter what it was. He followed that proclamation with the statement that we also had to accept the consequences of our actions… no matter what.

What are you passionate about these days?

So many things…autism research, cancer research, family. Our youngest grandson is on the spectrum. I never realized what was meant by a spectrum disorder until I experienced first-hand. Autism is such an all-encompassing diagnosis. No two people with autism are the same.

Darlin’ and I were hit with hard news on November 5th this year. Good ole 2020, right? He was diagnosed with a very rare, very aggressive form of bladder cancer. So rare that only one to nine people out of a million have it and there is no standardized treatment for it. We’ve gone from celebrating his winning his election to being plunged into an overwhelming world of curious doctors, round after round of chemotherapy and radiation. But it’s okay. We have faith and I firmly believe in miracles.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Play with the Grands, read, physically make things, walk the beach with Darlin’, drive fast, and mow the lawn with a push mower.

How to find time to write as a parent?

I’m an empty nester now but when the kids were young, I would carve out time to write when they were sleeping or on my lunch hour from work. As they grew up and became active in sports and other school activities, I learned I could write while sitting in my vehicle waiting for the bus to bring them back from wherever they went. Track meets were the best. My daughter and son both ran the mile and the two mile. Any parent with kids in track knows the two mile race is the first of the day and the mile is the next to last race of the day. I could write all day long sitting in the bleachers between the kiddos races. It was great.

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

Eclectic, contrary, family-centric, shy, passionate

Do you have a favorite movie?

Mel Gibson’s We Were Soldiers is my favorite movie. I love Sam Elliott and Madelaine Stowe. The movie shows both sides of the war…the soldiers and the family waiting at home.

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

Broken Toys would make a great action film. It has shooting, romance, an explosion, and lots of unexpected twists and turns.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

The wolf, definitely. Wolves are solitary creatures, but they are also pack animals. They symbolize guardianship, loyalty, ritual, and spirit. They make quick and firm emotional attachments and teach us to trust our hearts and minds.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?

I would love to spend time with Rochelle and try to undo the damage her father and his wretch of a wife have done. We would spend the day in nature, preferably near living water, just unwinding and talking or sitting in silence soaking up peace.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?

My characters are a combination of people I know, stories I hear, and the phantoms who live in my brain. Most of them are a compilation of many people.

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

A little of both.

Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.

Broken Toys is a bumpy ride down a twisty country road full of surprises. It’s compelling fiction with real emotions. It shines a light into the darkness of human trafficking and teaches readers without preaching that it’s important to be yourself, to love yourself, especially if you want others to love you, too. (Can you tell marketing/sales is NOT my thing?)

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?

Sunshine and gunpowder

What did you edit out of this book?

Three complete points-of-view. It was hard at first but I think it made the remaining POV characters so much stronger, deeper.

Is there any writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?

Oh boy, is there. Several as a matter of fact including James Patterson, John Sandford, JD Robb aka Nora Roberts, Dean Koontz, and Janet Evanovich. I love each of their styles and have tried to take bits and pieces of each of their writing flavors and blended them into a new flavor all my own.

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Danielle Orsino ~ Author Interview

Meet Danielle Orsino, author of Birth of Fae: Locked Out of Heaven. Her book delves into the realm of fairies and retells their origins from a completely new perspective.

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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.  

Eugenia Fain – Author Interview

Today I would like to welcome Eugenia Fain, author of The Winter Years, to my website.

Eugenia Fain is a seasoned author with over forty years of experience in writing. She enjoys nature, animals, beaches, jazz and classical music. She also enjoys painting and coffee houses. Eugenia is a preschool teacher. She has also served as a private tutor. Eugenia regularly works with children at school and church. She is a songwriter on Amazon and Spotify. Eugenia participates in several writer’s groups. She does reviews in print and by video for all genres of books. Eugenia enjoys sharing her craft with others at books signings, and poetry readings here and across the country. Eugenia is also a listener for audio books for the blind and dyslexic doing quality control. She lives with her husband, Ivan, and tabby cat, Buddy in South Carolina. She has no children of her own. Check her out, and enjoy!

The Winter Years of the gray-headed are a time to laugh and cry. Readers will do both while seeing their own reflection from each poem. Learn the different types of poetry as you relate to life; no matter your age. Discover these types of poetry: Lento, Tanka, Triolet, Senryu, Monorhyme, Cinquain, Lento, anka, Triolet, Senryu, Monorhyme, and Cinquain.

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

I love reading. I like reviewing other authors. I enjoy strolls along the beach. And coffee houses are among my favorite hangouts.  I enjoy listening to jazz and classical music.  Painting is a past time.

What or who inspired you to start writing and how long have you been writing? I have been writing for over forty years. I am inspired by great British literature.

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading my peers on

What was your dream growing up? Did you achieve that dream? If so, in what ways was it not what you expected? If you never achieved the dream, why not?

I have dreamed of writing since I was eight years old.  I told my high school English teacher at fifteen that I would become a writer. I have begun to realize my dream, but I want to grow in my craft.

What is your favorite book genre at the moment?

A favorite genre of mine is Romance.

Have you ever read a book more than once, if so which one? Flowers For Algernon is a book I enjoyed during high school. I re-read it as an adult too.

What is your greatest fear?

My greatest fear is letting life pass me by.

Which do you prefer, eBooks, paper backs, hard covers or audiobooks?

I like all types of books. I like soft cover, hard cover, eBooks and audiobooks.  I download eBooks and audiobooks onto my phone to entertain myself. So, I guess I have gotten away from physical books during the pandemic while the library was closed.

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

The best advice I have been given is to advertise and network with other authors. They have helped me with critiques, reviews, and publishing.  It’s good to have friends.

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

The best advice I have for new writers is to try different styles of writing. Keep reading. You have to find your own voice and you can grow. Don’t be disheartened if success doesn’t come overnight.  

What is next for your readers?

My latest book is being edited now. It’s hot off the press. It is called Written in Stone. It is another work filled with poems that have different forms and various topics.  I hope it will be immortal.

5 Tools to Offset Self-Publishing Costs

5 Tools to Offset Self-Publishing Costs

By Kassandra Flamouri

1. Kickstarter

This one is huge.  When my publisher went under, I wanted to self-publish—but I didn’t want to invest a bunch of money on a book no one wanted to read (a mistake I’d made once already with a bilingual short story collection). So I ran a pre-order campaign on Kickstarter to make sure I at least had enough people interested to cover my publishing costs. I ended up getting nearly twice the amount I was asking for and was able to cover basic publishing costs like an ISBN number, IngramSpark publishing fee, cover design tools, and a month-long NetGalley listing.

A word of warning, however: When you set a goal for a Kickstarter campaign, make sure you factor in the costs of fulfilling rewards. When I set up my campaign, I assumed that most people would want the digital version of my book and that my shipping costs wouldn’t be that bad. I was wrong—nearly everyone wanted a paperback. So instead of $15.00 for each paperback reward, I was really only getting around $3 after printing and shipping. Luckily, I got way more pledges than I expected and was able to cover the costs and meet my profit goal, but it was by a surprisingly slim margin. The bottom line: You’re going to need more money than you think, so don’t be shy about asking for it.

2. Fiverr

Fiverr is a great resource if used (judiciously) to supplement your own work and skills, but it can’t replace them. You can’t pay someone twenty bucks and expect them to pour their heart and soul and creativity into your project. But if you have a solid creative vision and just need someone with the technical skills to make it happen, Fiverr can be a great place to find that someone. My attempt at hiring someone from Fiverr for a full-service cover design was a disaster, but when I tried coming up with my own idea and hiring someone to clean up my sketch and render it digitally, the results were fantastic.

3. Bookbrush

Bookbrush is kind of like Canva but specifically for books. You can make some pretty cool mockups and ads and download up to fifteen for free. You can also try out the cover design tools, though you’ll have to pay for a subscription in order to download or save covers. I did the subscription version ($99 for the year) and used the artwork I’d commissioned from Fiverr to design a cover I absolutely adore. The only warning I have for this service is that I ended up having to pay someone about $15 (yay Fiverr!) to tweak the formatting to make the print version work for KDP and IngramSpark. To be fair, though, the issues could very well have arisen from my own mistakes. And the e-book cover was a breeze!

4. Reedsy

Formatting a manuscript for print is a NIGHTMARE (I mean, if you’re like me and don’t have professional InDesign skills or the money to pay someone with professional InDesign skills). I have done it successfully using Microsoft Word, but it took forever and the results, though pretty darn good, were still not quite perfect. The only reason I suffered through it was the fact that the book required more customization than Reedsy could offer (poems, stories, two alphabets, oh my). When the time came to publish my novel in all its straightforward formatting glory, I just couldn’t face the thought of wrestling with Word again. What took me weeks (months? It’s all kind of a blur, now) with Word took about three minutes with Reedsy. You just select the trim size and make a few stylistic decisions and voila! It can format your work for digital distribution, too, and delivers both an EPUB and a MOBI version of your e-book. All formats include a note giving credit to Reedsy for the typesetting, of course, but that’s a tiny price to pay, especially when it saves you weeks of work or hundreds of dollars (or both).

5. Books Go Social

To be honest, I do have some reservations and caveats for this recommendation. The service is mostly geared toward marketing books through promotional packages that include four to eight weeks of tweets, with an optional month-long NetGalley listing OR three months of email promotions. I took advantage of a sale and also got a $75 ad budget. Unfortunately, the ads had a minimal impact, but I’m not sure it’s any fault of theirs, necessarily (see Where to Spend Your Advertising Budget by Glenn Miller).  At the end of the day, the $90 I spent to was mostly worth it just for the NetGalley listing, as the cheapest option through NetGalley itself is a whopping $450. Be warned, though, that Books Go Social’s execution can be a bit haphazard. If you do go this route, stay on top of them and make sure you give explicit instructions for the timing and content of whatever promotional materials you choose. I think this can be a great tool, but proceed with caution and, as dear Professor Moody would say, CONSTANT VIGILANCE. In the future I will probably give Xpresso Book Tours’ package a try. It’s a bit cheaper at $65 for a month long NetGalley listing, though it comes with a waiting list and no promotional tweets.

Guest post written by Author Kassandra Flamouri

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The Bound Series by S. Courtney #giveaway

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S. Courtney is new to the published writing community but has been a lifelong writer and began creatively writing in junior high. She is the author of the werewolf romance series, The Bound Series.

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Bound To You (The Bound Series Book 1) by S. Courtney ~ Genre: Paranormal Romance

Kamari Lee was just a small hometown artist with an obsession with drawing wolves… She doesn’t know why she is obsessed but she is, she feels a love and attachment she just can’t describe. Her studio is popular among the residents but she refuses to sell any pertaining to her muse until one day a man walks in…

Kayden Miller is the Alpha leader of the Cheshire pack, he finds solace in drawing his mate, or features of her. He hasn’t found her but he draws what he sees in his dreams and fantasies.

When he runs out of supplies in the middle of an intense session, frustrated, he decides to go into town to get them himself. It’s when he finds her shop, he sees her painstakingly painting her white wolf, but wait…

This sparks a story for the ages because NOTHING about her is normal.

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Bound By Destiny (The Bound Series Book 2) by S. Courtney ~ Genre: Paranormal Romance

In the second installment of the Bound Series, we meet Kayari and Kamden Miller, twins of Alpha Kayden and Luna/Violet Legacy Princess Kamari Lee-Miller. Once Kayd & Kam retire from their roles as Alpha & Luna of the Cheshire pack it’s the kids turn and with that dad drops the bombshell…they will share the Alpha role. But how do twins SHARE the Alpha title? How do they choose their Beta or Betas? What if one finds their mate before the other? All those questions to answer and still protect the pack and themselves, oh and don’t forget about LOVE. It’s quite the adventure to be a Miller heir.

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Unapologetically Nessa (The Bound Series Book 3) by S. Courtney ~ Genre: Paranormal Romance

In the quiet town of Lovenshire, nestled in the deep forest is the almighty Cheshire Pack and among their members we meet Vanessa Vanderbilt, a spitfire who lives everyday like it’s her last and for a single girl fated to a mate, it’s only a matter of time before he comes for her. Outfitted with an out of control wolf with an unfiltered mouth and a hot tempered witch, they protect her while trying to live carefree. If it were her choice she’d party forever but she’s starting to feel the undeniable pull towards everlasting love and her trysts weren’t satisfying anymore. She could blame her love sick best friend for rubbing off on her but her fate was sealed by the Moon Goddess long ago. Until the tie comes, it’s going to be stiletto heels, endless drinks, loud music, and wild times! Her mate better be ready to tame the wild girl within!

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An interview with the author!

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
I believe my main female characters are versions of myself, the exception is Unapologetically Nessa in which she is my character’s best friend and so Nessa is based off of my best friend. Of course I had her read the story for approval and I came to her for advice on particular parts.

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
Ironically I created essential oils blends based on all my book characters and I sell them in my shop, I Smell a Story, on Etsy.

Since Nessa is a spitfire and wild child her candle would be cinnamon scented. Sweet and spicy, bold and would fill the house with the fragrance before it was even lit.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Typically I would say a month or two but with this year being the way it is, it has given me more available time to write and edit stories and get feedback from my Beta readers. I would say it can be a month if I really buckle down and concentrate on a story.

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
I am a multiple story writer, all the way. I know it sounds crazy to some people but my method is when I get stuck on one story I move to the next until I can work out the problem. At one time I was writing four stories at once and it worked for me, I would cycle through them until one story really needed my attention.  One of the main reasons I had a few stories completed before I even published my first book.
I have stories currently ready now but sometimes other story ideas “cut the line” and move to the front.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
I don’t always want my male characters to be macho, arrogant jerks. I wanted them to be masculine and have some emotions. I read a lot of stories where the men were loud, arrogant, abusive, and promiscuous and the female would be weak and powerless and would let him talk down to her and wouldn’t be upset to see him with another woman. I would run into this reading story after story and I finally said no, this is not how I would handle this and this isn’t how my male character would act.
The most difficult part is to balance strong and powerful with emotional availability.

Do you believe in writer’s block?
Absolutely! Going through the worst bout right now with #4 of this series, which will involve a character who shows up in Nessa’s book. I have written the story twice, the first time had 28 chapters and this second time 5 chapters written but it’s just not flowing like I’d like. I know the ending but the beginning is surprisingly the most difficult right now. I have put it to the side and am working on another story that’s already written until my main character starts talking again. Yes, my characters do talk to me. I’m just the writer of their story.

How did you come up with the title of your first novel? 
Bound to You came from the movie with Christina Aguilera and also the ballad she sang in the movie. That song became the soundtrack to their story. It also emphasizes being “bound” to someone by love and a powerful bond between a werewolf and their mate.

Where did you come up with the names in the story?
 Usually it’s off the top of my head but I also have a list in my notes of names because most of the time my names are not common names. A lot of times I give them strong names and they embody their name and it reflect their character and their attitude. I don’t think their are no weak names but for my characters I want their name to be unique to them.

What can we expect from you in the future?
As stated earlier I have a lot of stories and ideas readily available. I just released my first MC (motorcycle club) on December 1st which is my birthday, named the Black Aces MC. I would like to finish up the Bound Series with the last two books but writer’s block. So I am currently working on a Coffee romance, I also have a mafia style romance, and a friends to lovers romance that deals with tough issues such as abuse, infertility and surrogacy.

Those stories are either complete or need just a bit of work. I also have ideas on character stories for the Aces and a story based on just a book cover, that will be my challenge because it’s also a darker genre. I’m excited to give it a chance!

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
Ooh that’s an interesting question. Hmmm I would say the Black Aces because who doesn’t love bad boy bikers? Especially one who is against all aspects of love but fate deals him a funny hand when he becomes a hero to a down-on-her-luck bartender who stupidly followed love and ended up in the middle of nowhere New Mexico. I would love to see this as a movie especially with the many plot twists in the story.

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Of course! My pen name is S Courtney but I go by Kia, it’s just easier. I am a romance writer who loves a happy ever after but I am looking to branch away from that and explore other options. I love to read as well, my TBR list is probably a mipe long and I love supporting my fellow Indie writers. I consider having a very solid support system in my circle and they keep me motivated. I having been writing since junior high school, I’ve always loved to tell a story. I restarted my passion two years ago on Wattpad just wanting feedback from people. When Bound to You hit 10k reads on the site, a friend said, “You should really consider publishing it.” And so I did and here we are, my first year of publishing and four books completed. I’m shocked and proud at the same time. I look forward to the future!

I am happy to be one of many tour hosts sharing The Bound Series by S. Courtney.

KG Fletcher ~ Author Interview

Today I am excited to have had the opportunity to interview KG Fletcher, author of The Nearness of You. As a full-time indie-artist, a particularly thrilling moment was when her Amazon best-selling romance novel, Georgia Pine became a 2019 Maggie Award of Excellence Finalist.

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The Nearness of You is a breathtaking standalone contemporary romance novel. If you like swoon-worthy magnetism, celebrity situations, and speeding hearts, then you’ll adore KG Fletcher’s unforgettable story.

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