Author Spotlight: Lily-Ann Johnson

This Week’s Author: Lily-Ann Johnson

Book Spotlight:

Blondie's Hero (Heart of Teufel Hundens Book 1) by [Lily-Ann Johnson, Ash Arceneaux]

Mary-Alice Roberts (Blondie) owns one of the busiest Marine Bars on the East Coast. Getting dumped via Text Message is just the start of her problems. She also needs an experienced Bartender who can fill in right away.

Marine Staff Sargent, Jake Peterson is medically retired, and needs a job to keep his mind busy and not live in the past. The Bartending job at Teufel Hundens sounds like the perfect solution.

When Blondie’s Ex decides to blame Blondie and Jake for his misfortunes and retaliates against Blondie.

Will Jake be the Hero Blondie needs and save her? Or will revealing his actual wealth and him being the cause of her ex’s anger have Blondie doubting not only Jake but their budding love as well?

Seamlessly Yours (Seamlessly Erotic Fairytales) by [Lily-Ann Johnson]

Cynder Whelan knows three absolute truths in her heart, nothing is better than a man in a well-made suit, both her parents had wills, and forever love exists. Ever since her father died she has been stuck with her stepmother and nasty stepsisters. Cynder has made it her goal to make sure Willow Wolf, the fashion house her parents built stays in business and one of the best. Even if that means working ungodly hours for her stepmother Rachel and never getting credit for her designs.Santon James is a self-made man, who lives by the moto is work hard, play harder. He owns one of the largest high fashion textile distributing company in the city and all the fashion houses want access to him. He only deals with the best and now that he back, he is waiting just to snap up the best the city has to offer even if that means playing dirty. Will a chance meeting between Santon and Cynder spark a connection that will set Cynder free.

Originally featured in Suit Porn 2 Anthology at LLS 2019.

About The Author:

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Lily-ann Johnson is an amazon best selling muti-genre author who lives in North Carolina. Married very own Marine and high school sweetheart with two amazing boys, a dog and 5 cats. 
If you don’t find her with her nose in a book. She can be found at her local VFW Post supporting various different military and non-profit organizations. 

Interview With Lily-Ann Johnson:

Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?

I am currently just finished a Valentines story for the Military Romance anthology Cupid Wore Dogtags. My story is Valentine’s Hart. 
I am also writing a story Seamlessly Tied for Suit Porn 4 for LLS 2022 that will be part of my Seamlessly Erotic Fairytales retellings.  I have two books bookmarked for Heart of Teufel Hundens series. 

What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author?

I always wrote poems and short stories but I knew I wanted to be a published romance author when I had so many ideas in my head they just had to get out.  Plus who doesn’t love a happy ending. 

What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?

 I have a circle of friends that I bounce ideas off. They are honest and if I have questions about my writing or the flow of the things they keep me centered and give me the kick I need to get back at it. 

Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing?

I do put real life situations in my books. The crab scene from Blondies Hero actually happened but it was no where near as romantic. Hubby left me on beach getting attacked by crabs while he ran to safety.

Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?

Easiest was (Blondie) Mary-Alice because I put a lot of myself into her. Easiest male would be Jazz from Seamlessly Wishful ,as I based him off a real life friend. 
Hardest would have to be Rich from Nikki’s Marine because he didn’t want to be happy at first. 

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Author Spotlight: Michelle Dare

This Week’s Author: Michelle Dare

Book Spotlight:

The Ariane Trilogy: The Complete Series by [Michelle Dare]

Enter the world of the Avynwood Pack with this complete trilogy.

A kept secret. A life altered. A new journey.

Ariane lived her life one book at a time. She would never have guessed those books were about to change everything.

They led her to Orion.

Tall, dark, with eyes only for her. The rest of the world ceased to exist when Orion was around. But during a fateful ash moon, he shifted into a wolf. Ari thought she was dreaming, but she’d recognize those eyes anywhere.

Fiction became reality. Fantasy was actually history. And soon, Ari would learn her role in it.

A pack war was on the horizon, and she was the only one who could stop it.

Nothing would ever be as it once was, because Ariane was now part of the Avynwood Pack.

With millions of pages read in Kindle Unlimited, find out why everyone is falling for the paranormals in this romance trilogy.

“One of the best written paranormal offerings I’ve found this year.” – Crystal M., Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

“Completely obsessed with this new series!! Total must read!” – TracyB, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

“This story is AMAZING. I think the plot is genius.” – Nina, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

“Well written, passionate characters, suspense, twists and turns. So good!” – Nikki B, Amazon Reviewer ★★★★★

About The Author:

Michelle Dare

Michelle Dare is a USA Today Bestselling Author. Her stories range from sweet to sinful and from paranormal to contemporary. There aren’t enough hours in the day for her to write all the story ideas in her head. When not writing or reading, she’s a wife and mom living in eastern Pennsylvania. One day she hopes to be writing from a beach where she will never have to see snow or be cold again.

Interview with Michelle Dare:

Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels? 

I write romance in a variety of genres including paranormal, fantasy, new adult, contemporary, suspense, rom-com, and M/M. I’m currently working on book four in my fantasy romance series, The Iridescent Realm. I’m also working on my next co-written series which is M/M sports romance. Rebecca Brooke and I co-write it under the pen name Haven Hadley.

What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author? 

This is a tough one. I’m not sure there was one moment but once I started writing my first book, it was like the flood gates opened and I got more story ideas than I knew what to do with.

What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing? 

Doubting myself is a problem I’ve definitely had to overcome. The more books I’ve written, the easier it’s gotten but I’m not sure it ever goes away. What helps is talking to my readers. They always know what to say. Their love of my stories and their words keep me motivated.

Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing? 

In every one of my books I like to put in tiny tidbits from my real life. Like a favorite TV show or a pet I had. Maybe a vehicle I once drove. Sometimes it’s the attitude of my characters. I’m very sarcastic and like to joke around. I think that comes through strongly with some of the books I write.

Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why? 

There are some characters who stay with me. Ones that even after their story is told keep a permanent residence in my mind. Solomon Verascue has been hands down one of my easiest characters. His personality, words, mannerisms flow so well from me. The hardest… I can’t think of one particular character but I can say some books are easier to write. Where I just close my eyes and the words pour out of me. Others can be much more of a struggle.

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Author Spotlight: Breezy Jones

This Week’s Author: Breezy Jones

Book Spotlight:

Winter's Rise (The Winter Series Book 1) by [Breezy Jones, Syneca Featherstone, Shantella Bnson]

Christmas is for losers…
It’s bad enough Nina Winters is failing epically at being a werewolf – throw in corny songs, hot cocoa, and snow angels, and she’s on the brink of insanity.
The last thing Nina needs is self-proclaimed ‘Christmas Miracle’ Ryker to show up and tangle her tinsel.
Between pack dynamics, Genies, and Christmas Fae, Nina and Ryker have to fight for their lives and their burning attraction for each other.

Once Upon Academy: Anthology (Once Upon Academy Anthology Book 1) by [Breezy Jones, Elle Klass, Emma Fontaine, Kerry Evelyn, Kim Plasket, Valerie Willis, Marie Long, Stephanie Harrell, Toni Peden, Valerie Puri]

Welcome to Once Upon Academy where Magic is real and Princesses really do have happily ever afters.

Once Upon a time, in the realm of Fairytales there is a little known school only the best are accepted to attend. The Academy is deep inside the fantasy forest hidden in plain sight. When those who have not been invited in, they see a normal school, brick and mortar but when the acceptance letter is received it becomes the beautiful estate for those to continue their college education in the magical world.

Join the descendants of classic fairytale characters as they navigate through their college lives at the prestigious Once Upon Academy.

About the Author:

Breezy Jones

Breezy lives in a small town in Florida with her husband, daughter, son and three furbabies, as a SAHM. If you ask what first got her into writing, she’ll tell you it was over the ending of Divergent. She remembers laughing at the first person to suggest that she could write a book, but chose to give it a shot.

When she’s not writing Breezy splits her time among her many hobbies; reading, repainting dolls, makeup and graphic design, just to name a few. These things don’t come without a cost; coffee and wine. While writing hasn’t always been her goal, she has fallen in love with building a world from nothing and watching it flourish.

Interview With Breezy Jones:

Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels? 

So I have my main series The Winter Series. Book one Winter’s Rise is about a girl who has recently found out she’s a werewolf and is learning how to handle that with her new pack alpha Ryker to help guide her. But when shifters start disappearing Nina gets caught in the middle and must learn to embrace who she is to save the day. Upcoming I have vol. 2 of that series will be out for LLS exclusively first in July. And also I have vol 2 of Once Upon Academy coming out in December. Besides that, I’m a part of a handful of other really awesome box sets starting with a Christmas set with the first one in the series which has my year one story from OUA!

What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author

I guess after I wrote Winters Rise the first time and figured out I hated it but then knew what I wanted to do with it and rewrote it. That’s when I decided I actually wanted to publish.

What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing? 

I don’t per se doubt my actual writing. I feel like I have good story ideas and do a good job getting them on paper. What I doubt is the editing. If I don’t feel as though the story got the edits it needs I’ll doubt the overall book. That’s when I worry. So I usually end up passing the story through multiple people and editors to really flush it out so I feel confident with the end result. Two sets of eyes are better than one.  Editing is what makes your story from good to great so I always worry about making sure it gets from that point to the next.

Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing? 

I think we all weed a bit of ourselves and our life experiences into our stories. Though with the ones I have out at the moment, there not any particular situation I’ve experienced but rather details from multiple experiences woven throughout.

Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why? 

Raven from Malefic Mixology was my easiest because she’s very much like me. She’s bubbly and bright. Very girly. Loves all things pink and glitter. A cheerleader at her core. I tend to have at least one character like this in all my stories because it’s hard not to weave yourself into your books.

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Author Spotlight: Joseph Gage

This Week’s Author: Joesph Gage

Book Spotlight:

The Mouse by [Joseph Gage]

Fourteen-year-old Joven can’t deal with his brothers constantly teasing him for being shy, so he runs away from his family farm to the darkenwood, a forest claimed by some to be magical. He hates his nickname, Mouse, and vows to prove to his family that he isn’t afraid of everything. When he meets a talking mouse named Eek, the forest proves to be magical indeed. Aided by his new companions, he tries to overcome many obstacles to climb out of the shadow of his brothers and be his own person. He meets a few really special people and creatures on his adventure, who show Joven that even a mouse can have the heart of a lion!

Twas the eve before Christmas
And all through the night,
The creatures were stirring to give you a fright.
The monsters came out from their warm nestled nooks, in search of some mayhem so dear reader come look.

Explore the twisted side of the holidays with this dark collection. Serial killers enjoying their Christmas vacation. Zombies terrorizing the holiday. Santa revealing his true colors. Learn about Frau Perchta and more winter legends who are here to delight and terrorize the holiday.

About Joesph Gage:

Joseph was born and raised in the Piney Woods of East Texas. He is a painter, musician, and even writes a bit. You can visit him online at for all of my links in one place.

You can see his art at

Interview With Joseph Gage:

Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?

I wrote my first book, The Mouse, while I was unemployed, recovering from a nervous breakdown after my parents died. It was a labor of love. I had always wanted to write but never thought it was something I could do. Then I lost both of my parents, my girlfriend was killed in a hit and run while crossing the street, and I had a nervous breakdown. I ended up in jail and then on the street homeless. It was a traumatic time in my life. I turned to writing to find a way to cope with things. I think I had most of the book done before I considered publishing it. My friend and fellow author, DC Gomez, was a huge encouragement to me. I will remain forever grateful for her advice as I went through the process of publishing my first book. I also designed the cover, edited the book, formatted it, etc. No other hand touched that book from conception to publication. It was a huge learning experience to me, but more than that, it gave me the courage to pursue writing full time.

Fast forward, now I have a story in an anthology coming out December first, called Once Upon a Twisted Christmas. My next full novel is book one in my new series, The McAlister Chronicles. It is a thriller, Eye for an Eye, and will be out in December or January. The book follows the life of retired Navy Seal Nathan McAlister, called Mac by most people. The first book will most likely be out in January. Book two is already in the planning stage. I am really excited for both books. Not to mention this Christmas anthology. I am trying to finish out the year with a bang, and it has been a quite the journey! I am pretty open about sharing my story. I went through a lot, but I always try to encourage people. I have come so far, and I really just want to write interesting stories that people enjoy reading.

What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author?

When I was younger, I spent a lot of time writing but never considered it something I could do professionally. After I lost my parents in 2016, I felt adrift in the world. Grief was overwhelming, but  writing short stories helped me cope. The Mouse started out a short story  just for fun, but I fell in love with the characters, and as the story unfolded on the pages I was writing, I started to take it more seriously. Slowly the idea that I could do more than write as a hobby began to take hold.

What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?

Great question. I have struggled with so much doubt. I was bullied and abused as a child. My self esteem used to be zero. I have fought tooth and nail against my own negative self image. It takes constant vigilance. One thing I did is I started paying attention to what I was saying about myself. If I am saying negative things, even jokingly, I am crushing my self esteem. So I shut that down. I say positive things about myself. Even when I don’t feel like it. It might sound cheesy, but I have to tell myself that I do deserve good things, that I am good enough, and other affirmations. Doubt and low self esteem are truly dangerous enemies of happiness and success. And I never forget where I came from. I had a nervous breakdown after my parents passed away. I was homeless, living on the street, on drugs, hopeless. I really learned about who I am through it all. Now, when the doubt creeps in, I stop and mindfully remember where I was and how far I have come. Also, every time a reader tells me how much they enjoy one of my books, it makes my day. That’s what it is really about.

 Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing?

Oh yes, for sure. I battled addiction for a large portion of life. I have lived in a world that most people don’t know exists. I have known true fear, terror, and seen things I will never forget. Phillip K. Dick said it best in the book A Scanner Darkly when the main character talks about what the world of addiction is like, saying “Now in the dark world where I dwell, ugly things, and surprising things, and sometimes little wondrous things, spill out in me constantly, and I can count on nothing.” (Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly)

The stories I write are completely fiction, but the emotional response of the characters comes from my experience. I write damaged characters, anti-heroes, flawed people who are dealing with life on their own terms. My first love with books was as a reader. I love books with characters who I can believe in, so I try to write books with characters who are relatable. I know pain. I know grief. I know happiness, joy, and love. These are the things I write.   

 Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?

My easiest character I think was Joven, the main character of The Mouse. I was shy as a child. Seriously so. That is a whole other story about that, and how I overcame it. I may blog about it one day if enough people want to hear about it. My hardest character has been Mac, the anti-hero in my next novel, Eye for an Eye. I don’t want to give too much away, but he isn’t your typical good guy. It took some thought to write his character the way I really wanted.

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Author Spotlight: H. Gortlitz Scott

This Week’s Author: H. Gorlitz Scott

Book Spotlight:

Sivoa: Sunrise by [H. Gorlitz Scott]

In a desert kingdom, a sixteen year old girl is determined to escape a vile sorcerer, but is challenged by the maneuverings of an unseen insurrection.

Home to the largest library in Sivoa, Libris Del Sol is a wonder to behold. It has stood since before known civilization and is the most desired Kingdom in the world.

Dragonira is desperate to leave it behind.

Tormented by a lifetime spent at the mercy of her abusive father, she steals an escape spell that puts her face to face with the prince. Surprised by her appearance and wary of an underground rebellion, he and his family force her to stay within the palace walls.

Meanwhile, a troubled oracle struggles to cross the continent to warn of the kingdom’s demise before it is too late to save them.

Captain Halloween by [Michael Spiroff, Heather Gorlitz]

Do you know a child who loves Halloween? Do you remember that one haunting house where the fear was not worth the candy? Move over Great Pumpkin! Children will have fun trick-or-treating with the fearless, mysterious Captain Halloween!

Schoolchildren taunt and tease Peter “Pumpkinhead” because of his love of pumpkinseeds, which ultimately leads to a schoolyard dare: to trick-or-treat at the haunted house of the wicked witch on Halloween night. Peter never returns. For a generation, Halloween is all but banned. Until a brave schoolgirl named Clare takes the same Halloween dare Peter once took. In costume eerily similar to Peter Pumpkinhead long ago, a school-age Captain Halloween, along with a black cat named “Boo,” saves both Clare and Halloween from the wicked witch, forever!

About H. Gorlitz Scott:

H. Gorlitz Scott

H. Gorlitz Scott was born somewhere between orange groves and raised amongst the alligator people of America’s most phallic of states – Australia Lite. There, she and her sentient hair have taken to drawing a land of make-believe to live in so that she did not become one of the zombie hoards.

This hobby turned fully professional after she and her husband spawned a swamp elf that constantly needs to be fed. In addition to publishing her own line of comics, Scott has provided illustrations for gaming companies such as Aldorlea Games, Rose Portal Games, and The Historical Game Company.

Not wanting to leave the make-believe adventures of her early life behind, she turned to writing them down; a process that was significantly faster, and more effective, than interpretive dance (which she is terrible at).

Scott continues to write, draw, and stare at spaceships from her home in Orlando, Florida to this day. “Hey, somebody has to live here.”

Interview With H Gorlitz Scott:

Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?

I’ve had a hand in quite a number of publications, but I’ve only a couple of novels that are totally mine – those being Sivoa in its various forms.

This setting and story was originally published as a comic series, but because I was a single person doing all of the things that a small team would normally do, it took me an uncomfortable amount of time to produce. Switching to a strictly prose format sped things up considerably.

The first book in the series, Sivoa: Sunrise, covers the comic from the beginning on past where it left off. In a nutshell it’s about Dragonira – a teenaged girl trying to escape an evil sorcerer, while indirectly contending with a secret insurrection.

The mini-sequel, Sivoa: Mourning takes place a short time afterward and features a bunch of Sivoa: Sunrise side characters that don’t continue on into Sivoa: Zenith, which is the proper second book in the series. As a reader, it drives me nuts when I don’t know what happens to a character outside of the main timeline, so I decided to write about them a little. 😅

Sivoa: Zenith continues with Dragonira’s story and features a drastically different world than the one she grew up in (not that it would take much). She finds herself having to deal with life in magic-using capitalist society, crazy religious factions, culture shock – all while having to hide who she is. It gets pretty nuts.

This novel is still in progress, but because I’m not restricted by the exclusivity rules of a publishing house, I have been sharing some work-in-progress snippets from it to patrons at 

What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author?

I can’t say that I actually had an aha! moment, but it definitely stemmed from comics. I read comics and I liked to draw, so I started creating comics. At first they were these weird one-page things involving aliens trying to sort Earth shit out (which made my kid brother laugh immensely), then they went one to more, uhhhh, structured things like a webcomic about samurai vegetables being idiots. Eventually – and in response to my BFF asking me endless questions about characters that appeared in my sketchbooks -I started drawing Sivoa as a comic.

10+ years later I had something of an emotional meltdown, where I realized that I wasn’t enjoying making comics anymore – even though I still wanted to get this story told. I guess that was when I wanted to become “an author.”

What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?

This is going to sound egotistical, but I focus on the good reviews that the book has received. Most of them are by close friends and fans of the comics. The fact that they like my writing in that form as well is a pretty huge confidence boost. I mean, jumping from comics to prose is a pretty big leap for the readers as well and that they liked the story enough to do that means a lot to me. I love my readers so much and I appreciate their patience more than I can put into words (ironically). 

Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?

I’m going to out myself as an extreme nerd here, but because I spent so many years “role-playing” villains online, Flag was actually my easiest character to write. He is nothing like me and I definitely don’t relate to him on any kind of moral level, but I learned how he thinks in all this time, so I can drop right in and write him without much issue.

Dragonira, on the other hand, started off as a fighting game character concept that then morphed into a coping mechanism for things that I witnessed dear friends go through. I had to learn who she was for the comic and then even moreso for the novel. It’s been a lot of fun figuring her out, but there’s also been a lot of prose thrown out because it wasn’t exactly her.

Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing?

Indirectly, yes. Certain interactions with toxic people has led me to realize that people can indeed get fixated on horrible motivations for extended periods of time and that interventions don’t always work. My going through the process of having and raising a child informs a viewpoint I need for Sivoa: Sunset, the third book in the series. I also learned that family doesn’t necessarily mean blood and that reflects a bunch in Sivoa: Zenith…

I feel I must stop here to say that my own family life isn’t reflected in the story at all. My parents are amazing and my brother is awesome. My extended family is dear to me and I am totally blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. 🥰

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Author Spotlight: Sophie Bartow

This Week’s Author: Sophie Bartow

Book Spotlight:

“I fell in love with this little harbor.”
“Charming beginning for a series.”

Enjoy this steamy small-town romantic suspense series with a sense of family that will have you falling in love.

From the moment Sally Miller arrived in Swan Harbor, she felt at home. And after a year in the small town, she’s ready to look toward the future instead of living in the past. Then a note appears. And another; leaving her worried, she might have to run once again.
Danny Patterson gave up his dream of going to medical school, when his father had a stroke. He spends his days on a lobster boat, and his nights caring for his parents and siblings. But his response to Sally has him remembering the dreams he’d long buried.

Welcome to Swan Harbor, where Granny’s is the place for gossip and apple pie. Will Sally trust Danny enough to let him in? Will Danny put his heart on the line? Will their friends meddle? Find out in this Prequel to this small-town series.

Welcome to Swan Harbor
Welcome to Swan Harbor is the Prequel in Swan Harbor: A Contemporary Romantic Suspense Series. Each novel stands alone with a guaranteed happy ending, but threads from secondary stories weave throughout. Grab a chair, open your book, and come meet my friends.

About Sophie Bartow:

Sophie Bartow

Sophie Bartow is married, a mother of four, and currently lives with two spoiled cats and a dog. When she is not involved with her family, you’ll find her writing, reading, or watching some of her favorite televisions shows while plotting her next book. You can connect with her via her website:

Interview with Sophie Bartow:

Tell us about the books you’ve published so far.

I write small town romantic suspense books. On 10/8, my 9th book came out. Each book stands alone, but there are multiple stories that carry through the series. And so, I try to give hints about past stuff, but they are really more fun to read in order.  I also have ‘stories’ within my series. “Swan Harbor’s Hope’ is a set of 5 books that revolve around ‘saving’ the town’s hope, and a Spanish Galleon pirate ship that has been docked in the center of town forever.  

Book 1, Book 9, and the next 2-3 books are connected in what I’m calling my ‘love trials’ books.  

In addition to the above, I also have free novellas. One of them can be downloaded from my website. And the second one shows up in promos on BookFunnel and StoryOrigin.  

Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?

Book 10 of my series is due out 11/12/2021. It’s called The Innocence of Love and centers around the Sheriff of my town and his wife, Molly. She is pregnant with twins and well… let’s just say that they have been a lot of fun to write. But – the book isn’t part of my ‘trials of love’ set for nothing. Books 11 and 12 were set up in Book 9.  I also have about 5 novellas in my head and I’m participating in a romantic suspense anthology due out next April called Love is Fatal. 

What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author? 

I loved to write as a kid and have always had a vivid imagination. But for the past 34+ years, I have been a speech/language pathologist working with adult post stroke patients. When my daughters were seniors, I decided that I needed a new journey and allowed my R Brain out to play. My first book was published in March 2020. And I’m having a blast. 

What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?

I know this is probably uncommon, but I don’t really have doubts about my writing. I know that I can weave a good story and that some people will love my series and others won’t. My doubts come in when I think about all that’s involved on the business side and what if no one buys the books. BUT I’ve run a private practice for 23 years so… I’m trying to tell myself that it’s a marathon and go from there. 

Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing? 

As I said before, I’m a speech path and yes, I write my career into my stories.  I have several characters who stutter, a couple who’ve had strokes. One who has Alzheimer’s. And in Book 10 that comes out 11/12, a baby has a cleft palate. A teen boy has had a head injury (which happened in Book 4), the MFCs mother has Parkinson’s AND the MFC is carrying twins.  But she’s having boys and I have twin girls. 

Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?

Easiest character – That’s a tough question but maybe Ava King. And not because she’s anything like me. But somehow her personality flowed. She’s the mother of my MFC in Book 3. And then gets her own book, in Book 5. In the beginning, she sees herself as Rapunzel and is looking to be rescued.  Needless to say; her MMC is definitely the perfect book boyfriend.  This book, Kisses, Family & Hope just won 2nd prize in Romance in the Royal Palm Literary Competition. 

My hardest character was probably Liam Reade, but darn has he been a lot of fun. He’s the brother of the MMC in Book 3, is the MMC in book 4 and has shown up in several since. He hid behind his affability to keep from giving his heart to Elsa and that boy held his cards close to his vest forever…

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Author Spotlight: Ellie Raine

This week’s author: Ellie Raine

Book Spotlight:

Multiple Award-winning Gothic Fantasy. A Reaper knight embarks on an epic adventure to free his soul from his twin brother’s body.

Xavier, an apprentice Reaper knight with split magic, is thrust into a dark prophecy when his soul is ripped out and sealed inside his twin brother. To free himself, he must cross the five realms of Land, Sky, Ocean, Dream, and Death to find his missing body, hopefully alive. Unaware of their secret life, a young woman Reaper is sent on a mysterious mission to reunite the brothers. For it’s been Foreseen that the end of existence is near and the fate of the world hinges on these cursed twin Reapers being whole again. But none of them are prepared for what’s to come…

A vivid new world filled with deep lore rooted in magic, shrouded in gothic mystery, and seeping with extraordinary world-building.

Foreboding dreams. Visions of destruction. An epic adventure of mystery, magic, and mayhem…

The Orbs of Azure, relics of the Dream kingdom obscured in legend, are said to be hidden in Aspirre’s subconscious plane and blessed by the wise Shepherd of Dreams. Xavier and his twin, Alexander, have a destiny to fulfill that will lead them to the Orbs of Azure, in time. But with Xavier’s soul still trapped in his brother’s body, even Willow’s ominous visions can’t show her what it will mean for the world. But there is one Seer who has more answers… her grandfather, the King of Dreams.

Icy waters. Intertwined fates. An epic adventure of mystery, magic, and mayhem…

The Pearl of Emerald, a relic of the Ocean kingdom drowned in ancient fables, is said to be lurking in the depths of Marincia’s icy waters and blessed by the graceful Artist of Beauty. Xavier and his twin, Alexander, learn of their destiny that leads them to the Pearl of Emerald. But when a selfish queen goes to war with Grim, they must survive a dual battle with both the living and the dead.

High storms. Air-bound ships. An epic adventure of mystery, magic, and mayhem…

The Phoenix of Scarlet, a relic of the Sky kingdom overshadowed by ancient tales, is said to soar through the thunderous skies of Culatia’s floating islands and blessed by the thrilling Archer of Storms. Xavier and his twin, Alexander, learn that their destiny isn’t what they were told as they meet the Phoenix of Scarlet. Now they want nothing to do with the prophecy surrounding them. But it’s too late to turn back now, for if they stop now, they could lose the ones they love most.

Divided kingdoms. The End of Existence. An epic adventure of mystery, magic, and mayhem…

The Blossom of Gold, a relic of the Land kingdom thought lost to the times, is said to rest within the overgrown ruins of Everland’s lost city and blessed by the nurturing Gardener of Life. Xavier and his twin, Alexander, reluctantly face the destiny they’ve grown to despise as they are taken to the Blossom of Gold. They only hope it’s the right choice.

About Ellie Raine:

Writer’s Digest award-winning fantasy author Ellie Raine is a voracious BookWyrm when it comes to epic adventures, detailed world-building, and thrilling battles. Fueled by coffee-bean concoctions brewed by the finest caffeine alchemists in the kingdom of Atlanta, Georgia, she only emerges from the depths of these daring tales when she is summoned back to the physical realm to spend time with her brood.

Her high fantasy series, the NecroSeam Chronicles, has won several awards including First Place in Fantasy for Writer’s Digest, a Silver Medal for Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, and additional awards from Readers’ Favorite and  the Book Excellence Awards.

She is a lover of ravens and a dreamer of dragons, but above all else, she is a scribe to the stories that guide her.

Interview With Ellie Raine:

1.    Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?

My main series right now is the NecroSeam Chronicles, an award-winning gothic fantasy adventure saga. There are five books total for the general series, and two prequels out so far. Outside of the NecroSeam universe, I also have a children’s illustration book, and an adult fantasy noir called Nightingale with Pro Se Productions. I have a few books in the works right now that I’m testing the waters of, but I’m still deciding which one to finish next.

2.    What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author? 

That would be my first creative writing course in college. I went to the Art Institute of Atlanta for Game Art and Design, then needed an extra elective to fill up my credits. I picked creative writing because it wasn’t full. Didn’t have anything to write, so I just wrote the story I was going to make into a game, and boom—I was in love. Never looked back after that.

3.    What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?

When I was first starting out, I had to constantly remind myself that I was writing for me, and that I was writing what loved, not what someone else wanted. When I started getting positive feedback for my books in messages and reviews, I printed those out and framed them on my wall so I didn’t forget that someone out there at least loved what I did. Nowadays, I’ve received a few awards and fan mail, so when I’m feeling like the worst writer in the world, I see them on my wall right above my computer so I can’t forget they exist.

4.    Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing? 

Absolutely. One example is a character in the NecroSeam books named Octavius. He has a type of magic that lets him sense the presence of germs that he describes as feeling like little pin pricks against his skin. The inspiration for that comes from a condition I have called Irlene Syndrome. Basically, I see in pixels. My vision is filled with little colorful dots that vibrate and dance around everything I look at, like static on a T.V. screen. When I created Octavius, I translated my visual experience as if it were a tactile one, and I imagined the static would feel like prickling if I could touch it.

5.    Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?

The main twins Xavier and Alexander were definitely the easiest characters to write about for me because their personalities are more or less modeled after the two moods of my husband, whom I met when we were 10. I’ve known him for so long, it’s hard not to accidentally slip him into some character personalities at this point.

As for the hardest character to write, I think the villain, Macarius, was the hardest. I’m not a murdering megalomaniac, so trying to write in the eyes of a psychotic serial killer was challenging.

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Author Spotlight: A.L. Davroe

This week’s author: A.L. Davroe.

She’s a very friendly lady that I had the fortune to meet at LLS. She’s very intelligent and full of talent. I’m honored to know her and call her a friend.

Book Spotlight:

Royal Revolution (Tales of Turin) by [A.L. Davroe]

Blithe owes everything to Castia. Her health, her power, her position. These gifts come at a price. As Castia’s magic apprentice, Blithe must fulfill the duties of Right Hand to her Hexen mentor.

Castia’s aspirations are high. High enough to overthrow the other eight women who rule over the Pillars of Hexen and become the one true queen of Turin.

The results leave Blithe questioning her own humanity and the person she has become, but she has a clear goal in mind — one that will change her world forever. She just needs a little more time. And a little more power…

Length: Novelette
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Audience: Mature (violence)

About A.L. Davroe:

A.L. (Amanda) writes both YA and adult cross-genre fiction.
She lives in Connecticut with her two feline hench-creatures and has had such colorful careers as a meta-data specialist, barista, cheese-maker, a food safety specialist, and a government inspector.

Amanda’s work ranges from teen to adult and spans across multiple genres including Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, and Romance.  Her work has been published in various outlets including self, traditional, and small press.  Much of her work can be considered cross-genre and sometimes ranges into speculative.  She likes redemption stories, alternative histories, retellings, generally pushing comfort zones, and reexamining perspective.

Her educational background includes vocational schooling as a vet tech; undergraduate degrees in English and Anthropology with minors in Women’s Studies, Religion, and African Studies; Master’s work in Mental Health Counseling; and extensive certifications and FDA training in food safety, codes, and regulations.

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Interview A.L. Davroe:

Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?

I’m kind of all over the place!  I’ve got YA and adult oriented stories ranging from short stories to novels in sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, and horror published across indie, small press, and traditional publishing.  My most recognizable work is the Tricksters series consisting of the duology, NEXIS and REDUX which is a YA futuristic dystopian.  This month I’m putting out the second story in my Tales of Turin series called GOBLIN GEMS and the third, HEXEN HAND, is coming out in November.  Tales of Turin is a dark fantasy collection of smaller novella and novelette length pieces that each follow individual “hexen” (witches).  These individual stories are part of a parallel narrative that culminates in a final storyline.  The first story for it, ROYAL REVOLUTION, came out last year.  That story follows Blithe a hexen apprentice who is helping her mentor to become the most powerful hexen of all.  GOBLIN GEMS follows Soraya who teams up with a goblin lord to help stop a slave trafficking ring.  And HEXEN HAND follows Marimeg who gets dragged into protecting a group of soldiers on a secret mission through a haunted forest.  In the end, these strong heroines are gonna start a war in the final story coming out next year.

What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author?

I’ve been writing since my freshman year of high school when my friend asked me to do a fanfiction with her.  I started writing on my own just a bit after that when I finished reading a book and didn’t want to leave so I made my own world I could always play in when I get bored (I still go back to that world whenever I need a touchstone).  I think the moment I knew I wanted to try publishing something is when I finished my first novel THE WILL OF THE FALLEN which is the first of my Dark Covenant Universe.  Weirdly, it wasn’t about “me” getting published, it was entirely that the story wanted to be told and it wanted to be told to others. That’s when I actually started trying to get an agent.  I didn’t get an agent for that novel, but I did for my second one (SCAR-CROSSED).  My third novel (NEXIS) actually sold to a publishing house.  I still haven’t published THE WILL OF THE FALLEN because I want to be able to do the story justice and, as a more experienced author, I realize the novel needs a little bit more…But, I will one day share it with the world!  SCAR-CROSSED also hasn’t been sold (not for lack of trying), but the market was just too overwhelmed with paranormal romance at the time we were pitching it (right after Twilight flooded the market).  I should probably start trying to pitch it again…

What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?

Oh gosh, that’s a tough one.  I think back on interactions I’ve had with people who have expressed a love for or resonance with my work.  One of the things that always drives me is remembering an interaction with a young lady who told me my work got her through a particularly bad patch in her life and another one who said that she’d never felt like she resonated with a character before until she read one of mine.  Thinking about something like that reminds me that it doesn’t matter how many people don’t like my work as long as there is someone out there who does.  If that doesn’t work then sometimes I’ll read good reviews.  Often it just comes down to realizing that as long as I like what I’m writing then at least I’m happy.  In the end I can’t please everyone and I wouldn’t want to – my work would suffer because of it.

Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing?

I wish more of my life experiences were part of my writing.  Imagine if paranormal beings were actually real???  I think that one of the big aspects I bring to my writing are the emotions and the gravity of reality.  I don’t always write the sweet, fluffy stuff because that’s not how life actually is.  I write about the hard things and people going through those hard things because they’re more realistic and human that way.  I deal with teen pregnancy, people getting kidnapped and tortured by serial killers, and coping with trying to find humanity after becoming a monster.  Not all my work is like that and it’s not usually front and center, but it’s usually somewhere in there for spice.  I like exploring the depths of the human experience and I don’t gloss over what that experience can be like.  I’m all about the grey areas.

Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?

Honestly, I’m not sure who the easiest character was.  I think that I have favorite characters and books that came to me easier, but that’s not a reflection on who was easiest.  I think maybe the most organic one that didn’t require too much thought to write was Jeanette Sauderheim from FOR YOUR HEART.  I wanted a slightly chubby, cat loving nerd who wore glasses and would actually be HAPPY about getting sucked into a fantasy situation because, at the time, I felt underrepresented in the YA community and wanted a character who actually looked and acted like me.  So, Jean was easier to write because she’s the most like me out of all my characters.  However, I think all my characters have a little of me in them – though, of course, I try to make them different from me too.

I think the hardest was probably Ellani Drexel from The Tricksters series.  Ella is a very unique person who grew up in the kind of setting that readers sometimes have a difficult time resonating with.  She’s very intelligent in some areas but quite naive in others and she’s also going through a physical and emotional experience that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.  It was hard just writing characters in a setting that is a freakish mix of the past and future where things have been selectively forgotten or reinvented.  It’s harder writing some traumas that you’ve never personally encountered – Ella loses a parent and becomes disabled in a tragic accident then has to deal with being held captive against her will while her death is announced to everyone on the outside.  It’s exceptionally difficult to write a sheltered teenager who is also a genius in a specialized area.  This girl can do crazy mathematical equations and is a genius computer programmer, but she’s a bit socially inept and she’s still only sixteen so some of her reasoning is not mature – she makes teen-girl-in-love decisions despite being able to hack into databases.  She’s flawed and complex and has her rollercoaster moments but my hope is that readers see how strong she becomes as a heroine throughout the series.

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Author Spotlight: Evelyn Lederman

This week’s author is Evelyn Lederman. She’s a phenomenal woman and author. I met her at LLS in 2018. I actually won a prize she donated at the welcome event. It was a purse full of books! I was overjoyed with that! I was overjoyed when I found out that we also shared the same favorite color (purple) and the same birthday (August 15th)!

Her Books (Click book photos to buy):

When adopted fifteen-year-old Pepper Samuels receives a surprise scholarship to Blakeway Prep School, she didn’t expect to attend a secret academy for witches. Witches? She wasn’t a witch. Was she?

Bishop Academy is selective of the most magical of the families. Those bloodlines powerful enough to change the world.

With an evil magic syphon threatening Pepper and her new friends, she has a whole lot to learn if she wants to keep them safe. Can she pull it off in time or will her coven of friends end before they get started?

Sixteen-year-old Salyt Edwards comes to Bishop Academy and discovers the truth about her real family and the untapped magical abilities at her fingertips.

With the Council, her biological father, and grandmother trying to control her magic and life, Salyt fights for her right to live and love as she wants. But how can one student battle “the powers that be” and make a difference?

She’s not sure, but with her long-lost sister by her side, they can do anything.

The Enchanted Ones awaited Hana’s arrival to begin their war against the Brethren. When Hana reunites with her sisters, she’s amazed at the powers they now possess. She fears their faith in her is ill placed and will cost lives.

Zach More renounced the Brethren’s teachings as a teenager and now he fights to free his sister-cousins. After a chance meeting with Hana, he realizes the bond that exists between the two of them. Although she rejects him, they both know that only a joining between soul mates will this daughter of Eden’s Dragon fulfill the prophecy her mother foresaw.

About Evelyn Lederman:

Evelyn Lederman

I clearly remember a conversation I had with my sister and a friend about infinite parallel universes. We were outside Sedona, Arizona. All of a sudden 5 young women started talking in my mind. That was the start of ‘The World’s Apart’ series. ‘The Chameleon Soul Mate’ was published in August 2014, followed by ‘The Crystal Telepath’ in December 2014. The floodgates have opened and I have more books in the Worlds Apart series as well as other series coming. I’m loving the ride!

Interview with Evelyn Lederman:

  1. Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?
    I write escapism; taking the reader to places they can’t travel to any other way. My first two series were set in parallel dimensions. The first realm is full of telepathic beings and the second is a world controlled by vampires. My adult-focused books fall in the paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi categories. They fall in the moderately hot category when it comes to sex. Only the Outer Worlds Passion Series has ‘foul’ language. It’s a hot, sexy sci-fi series.
    My latest book, ‘Salyt & Pepper’ is the start of a new series (Bishop Academy) set in a secret witches academy. It’s my second Young Adult (YA) series. The first series was the scifi Zaratan Trilogy which starts with an alien invasion and it’s told third-person through a 14-year-old girl’s eyes who was ‘Selected’.
    In November, I’ll be publishing my 5th (and last) novella in the Eden’s Dragon series set in the Worlds of S.E. Smith’s Magic, New Mexico. It follows the theme I set in the Worlds Apart and Nightshade Saga series where finding one’s soul mate transforms the couple.
  2. What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author?
    I attended my first romance novel conference in 2010 as a reader and a number of the authors said their characters talked to them. When I retired, my older sister said I could start writing romance novels. I told my sister that I had no desire to write. On February 23, 2014, I was driving to play tennis and a real conversation that took place outside of Sedona, Arizona, played in my head. The next thing I knew, five young women started talking to me. That was the start of the Worlds Apart Series, with the ‘Chameleon Soul Mate’ being the first novel I published.
  3. What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?
    There is nothing more rewarding than hearing from a reader how much she/he loved my book(s). A sixteen-year-old boy who had his grandmother drive to Ft. Myers to meet me after he read ’Selected’. The author of this blog, Nicole, ordered all my books for a second time because her boyfriend took off with my books.
  4. Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing?
    Since I write paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy, there isn’t a lot in my books that reflect my life experiences. I do put some of myself in some of my characters in reflect to what I’d do. Alexandra Mann in ‘The Chameleon Soul Mate’ and Kara in ‘Selected’ probably closest reflect me at different phases of my life.
  5. Who was your easiest character to write about and why? What was your hardest and why?
    The easiest were Alex and Kara who I mentioned above. In the Nightshade Saga series, my heroines (particularly in Books 1-3) are extremely broken. They were difficult to write because they start with a negative experience and have difficulty coping. In romance, you have to end the book with a happily ever after  and it’s a gradual slope to be as realistic as possible.

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Author Spotlight: Anna LaVerne

This week’s author is Anna LaVerne. I’m not as familiar with her as I am with the authors I have met in Savannah. She seems like a very sweet woman. I’m honored that I have gotten the chance to become acquainted with her and I see a beautiful friendship in our future. I also see many wonderful things in her future.

Her Books (Click book photos to buy):

Blood for Atlantis (God Born Book 1) by [Anna LaVerne, Michelle Hoffman]

Wendy has lived in a fog of depression for as long as she can remember. Then one day, a handsome siren named Morgan shows up at her door and whisks her away to the sea, where she’s hit with a barrage of memories.

She remembers . . . growing up on the seventh isle of Atlantis as Meri. Training to learn the art and techniques of war.

She remembers . . . being called to the Ring as a potential Key of Atlantis-Protector of the undersea realm, where she meets her four protectors: Morgan, Aden, Breck, and Laki. She remembers . . . being swept up into the feuds of the Gods, leaving her no choice but to stand with her four handsome mermen and fight her way out, or die trying. . . . and now, the gods will never forget her***Full length reverse harem novel.

Born in the underworld from nothing more than a wish from one god and a gift from Chaos, Lucinda knows she is destined for more. Instead, she spends centuries with her powers dampened and held captive to the underworld. With all things, change inevitably arrives. When the three hounds who guard the gates of Hell arrive in Tartarus, her magic flows free. She must travel into the depths of Chaos to claw her way out, fighting the demons set against her just to face the gods who want to kill her.

Reverse Harem

Interview With Anna LaVerne:

1.     Tell us about the books you’ve published so far. Can you tell us about some of your upcoming novels?

My newest novel, Lucinda’s Gate, is a sister book to Blood for Atlantis. Both are reverse harem stand alone novels that exist in the same universe. It is available for pre-order currently and will be released on October 1st on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

Born in the underworld from nothing more than a wish from one god and a gift from Chaos, Lucinda knows she is destined for more. Instead, she spends centuries with her powers dampened and held captive to the underworld. With all things, change inevitably arrives. When the three hounds who guard the gates of Hell arrive in Tartarus, her magic flows free. She must travel into the depths of Chaos to claw her way out, fighting the demons set against her just to face the gods who want to kill her.

I am also currently working on the third book to my Mystic Harem Trilogy. I have plans to release that book in December 2021

2.     What was the moment you knew you wanted to be an author? 

As a kid I would make up crazy stories and share them with everyone. My mom always told me that I should be a writer. It stuck. Unfortunately, I am dyslexic, so it wasn’t until I fell in love with reading that being an author really stuck with me. I purchased Pride and Prejudice from a scholastic book fair, because I was determined to learn to read better. I read the book over and over again. I was in the fifth grade and owe my love of literature and ability to read well to Jane Austin.

  1. What are some things you do to overcome doubts about your writing?

My editing skills and dyslexia. The first book I ever released, Elmora, was hit bad with reviews. I didn’t have the money or resources to hire an editor properly and had entirely too much faith in my own lacking abilities. Thankfully, I made some amazing connections and was able to get my first work edited and re- released.  Unfortunately, the damage was done. I decided to keep my pen name and my first work available as a reminder of how much harder I have to work. I will always have insecurities about my writing, but I won’t stop because this is what I love to do.

4.     Have any actual life experiences reflected in your writing? 

In my first novel, Elmora, I drew some from my own life experiences, however I ultimately try to separate my stories from my real life.

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